"The Shooting of Ibragim Todashev: is the lawlessness of Obama's drone
policy coming home?"
--George Monbiot (3 June 2013, 'The Guardian'
"If--and it remains a big if--this was an extrajudicial execution, it was one
of hundreds commissioned since Barack Obama first took office. The
difference in this case is that it took place on American soil. Elsewhere,
suspects are bumped off without even the right to the lawyerless interview
Ibragim Todashev was given.
But he (US President Obama) failed to explain which (US) constitutional
principles permit him to authorise the killing of people in nations with which
the US is not at war....So what is due process if doesn't involve the courts?
Whatever the (US) president says it is?
If Obama and his nameless advisors say someone is a terrorist, he stands
convicted and can be put to death. Left hanging in his speech is the
implication that non-US citizens may be killed without even the pretence
of due process. The many hundreds killed in drone strikes...are afforded
no rights *even in principle*. ... Under the Obama doctrine, innocent until
proved guilty has mutated to innocent until proved dead."