The February 13 issue of Newsweek reveals that President Bush is entitled to order killings here in the United States, the same as he has been doing around the globe for the last few years. Newsweek notes that, “Steven Bradbury, acting head of the Justice department’s Office of Legal Counsel [the office which in 2002 promulgated a presidential right to torture], went to a closed-door Senate intelligence committee meeting last week…” Bradbury was asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein – “could Bush order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances.”When Newsweek contacted the Justice Department for comments on this new doctrine, Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos stressed that Bradbury’s comments occurred during an “off-the-record briefing.”
However, any Bush-ordered killings within the United States would also presumably be off-the-record.
This has me sufficiently concerned that I may stop taking Arabic lessons. I don’t know how broadly the Bush team will define “suspected terrorists,” as far as sufficing for termination.