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The Executive Branch has a lot of Power

Mr. President, you could be using your executive power to create a Public Works Program to rebuild our country’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, solar electricity on every public school in the United States, and on and on. The Executive Branch has a lot of Power. It’s time to get your FDR on.

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source: http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/09/justifying-al-awlaki-attack

EXCERPT:

“Obama’s necessary war against Al Qaeda. There can be little doubt that his administration’s use of drone strikes—and the successful raid that killed Osama bin Laden—has made it tougher for Al Qaeda to again attack the United States.”

* We, the United States of America, are now target-killing people from the sky with unmanned drones. Even American citizens who have al Qaeda ties. No rule of law, no day in court. Just those unpublished intelligence reports.

(a) At least we are targeting al Qaeda, and not having unnecessary wars, like in Iraq.
(b) This is bad international precedent mixed with efficiency of results.
(c) The Executive Branch as a lot of Power. Drone attacks seem to skip over some of the checks & balances of the legislative and judicial branches of government. Because this looks like a policy recipe for Abuse of Power. Imagine Bush/Cheney using drone attacks in Yemen, instead of wasting $1 Trillion and wasting over 100,000 lives – U.S. soldiers and civilian casualties – in Iraq. The Executive Branch has a lot of Power.

source: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/14/world/la-fg-yemen-drones-20110615

EXCERPTS:

“The Associated Press has reported that the U.S. is building a CIA air base in the Persian Gulf region to target terrorists in Yemen….

U.S. officials say the government is continuing counter-terrorism cooperation with the U.S. military.

Covert action by the CIA offers the U.S. more freedom of action if a future Yemeni government decides to curb cooperation.

‘We have seen what kind of things work to disrupt networks in Pakistan,’ said the U.S. official, who would not speak publicly about sensitive intelligence matters. ‘Clearly there is an effort to say, *Is there any way we can duplicate that to disrupt networks in a place like Yemen that has a lot of similar characteristics?*”

Another U.S. official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said, ‘There’s no question that we’re trying to look at a lot of different ways to make something happen in Yemen.’

That official said the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen ‘is now the most capable, most imminent threat to the U.S.’

In Pakistan, Obama has intensified drone strikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the tribal areas along the Afghan border.”

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