We Cannot Trust Republicans to Assassinate People Responsibly

That seems to be the Obama administration’s attitude toward maintaining an extrajudicial kill list, as Kevin Gosztola lays out in chilling detail:

The administration of United States President Barack Obama feared they might lose re-election and in the weeks before Election Day began to develop a set of rules for using drones, according to a New York Times report by Scott Shane.

An unnamed official with the Obama administration told Shane:

…“There was concern that the levers might no longer be in our hands,” said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity. With a continuing debate about the proper limits of drone strikes, Mr. Obama did not want to leave an “amorphous” program to his successor, the official said. The effort, which would have been rushed to completion by January had Mr. Romney won, will now be finished at a more leisurely pace, the official said.

The revelation is remarkable in that it shows GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney—not the fact that the power to extrajudicially kill people suspected of committing or having ties to terrorism was being claimed—was why the administration began to have increased concerns over drone warfare.

Keep reading Obama Administration Was Not Willing to Trust Romney with a Secret Kill List over at The Dissenter…

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