John on October 6, 2011 at 9:05 am
Remember two years ago when Sarah Palin coined the term “death panel” to describe a nightmare future in which some unaccountable bureaucrats working under an expansive government health care system could make life and death decisions about Americans? That was the focus of progressive outrage for nearly a year. The left was simply furious that anyone would suggest any American, especially this President, would ever allow such a thing. Yesterday, Reuters reported that the constitutional-lawyer-in-chief already has his own secret death panel:
American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate…
In an ironic turn, Obama, who ran for president denouncing predecessor George W. Bush’s expansive use of executive power in his “war on terrorism,” is being attacked in some quarters for using similar tactics. They include secret legal justifications and undisclosed intelligence assessments.
Of course this isn’t connected to health care reform, but it really is a death panel capable of putting American citizens on the secret list to be killed.
I look forward to the defense of this program by the same progressives who demanded Bush’s head for (potentially) looking at people’s library selections.
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