The Decline of Civil Liberties
Wilmer J. Leon Iii | 6/27/2012, 3 p.m.
During a speech at Northwestern University's Law School, Eric Holder explained that the American government can kill American citizens abroad under the following conditions, "First, the U.S. government has determined, after a thorough and careful review, that the individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States; second, capture is not feasible; and third, the operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war principles."
There's one small problem with Holder's analysis, it's called the Constitution. Holder is wrong on the law, wrong on the politics, and on the wrong side of history.
Holder's comments are even more disturbing when considered in the context of President Obama signing the 2012 Defense Authorization Act (DAA). Section 1021 of the Act allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens and/or anyone who commits a "belligerent act" against the U.S. By signing the 2012 DAA President Obama reaffirmed Bush's suspension of habeas corpus instead of overturning it. So now, not only can American citizens be indefinitely detained, they can also be assassinated by their own government at the will and whim of their President.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying, "those who will sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither." If Americans don't pay closer attention to the direction to the laws that are being passed under the pretext of security they will have neither liberty nor security.
Wilmer Leon is the producer/ host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program "Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon," and a Teaching Associate in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. Go to his Prescription @ Face Book.com He can be reached at www.wilmerleon.com or by email: email@example.com. www.twitter.com/drwleon