[Marxism] Is this really a momentous turning point in post-9/11 America? — War in Context

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 24 08:52:40 MDT 2013

“For the record, I do not believe it would be constitutional for the 
government to target and kill any U.S. citizen — with a drone, or with a 
shotgun — without due process, nor should any President deploy armed 
drones over U.S. soil.”

In saying this during his speech yesterday at the National Defense 
University, Barack Obama was following the lead of his political mentor, 
George W Bush. Which is to say: in anticipation of the possibility that 
either president might at some point in the future face prosecution for 
crimes such as murder or torture, each has wanted to present himself as 
having acted in good faith while following the advice of their legal 

Obama is treating “due process” as a term that can be applied in 
whatever novel way his administration determines it can be used. His 
idea of due process amounts to nothing more than a process of review, 
yet in the US legal system it has quite specific elements — none more 
important than the principle that someone accused of a crime is entitled 
to a defense.


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