For John, BLUF: In war and quasi-war, safeguards to civil liberties erode. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Reason Magazine seems a little concerned that the Administration thinks it can order hits on Americans in the US.
I think the author, Jacob Sullum, is reading too much into the tea leaves, but times of war do tend to seen Constitutional Rights diluted or ignored by the Federal Government, starting with the Alien and Sedition Acts, during the Quasi-War with France in 1798, but including the Civil War, The First World War and the Second (remember all those people interned on the West Coast and elsewhere?). During the Viet-nam war there was domestic spying by the US Army. And now we have great freedom given to law enforcement agencies, and, of course, the Drone Attacks, executed under a secret plan, that has resulted in American Citizens being killed.♠
Interestingly, The New York Times has an article today that compares and contrasts the approach to the Global War on Terrorism by Presidents Obama and Bush. Less harsh interrogation and more death.
Then there is the comment from the Public Editor (Ombudsman) of The New York Times, in which she laments the fact that the paper has kept secret a Drone Base in Saudi Arabia, kept secret at the behest of the Federal Government.
Hat tip to Hot Air for the Reason Magazine item.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Frankly, if someone takes up arms against the United States, then their passport is no shield to protect them from our armed forces. They have declared war on us and war it is. On the other hand, off the battlefield and away from enemy headquarters, suspicion is not sufficient for ordering a hit.