Gavel Grab

Targeted Killings Court Supported by NY Times Editorial

Particularly when American citizens overseas are targeted for killing because they are suspected terrorists, they should be protected by the “fundamental principle” that people can be locked up or executed in America only upon orders by a jury or judge, a New York Times editorial says.

“A growing number of lawmakers and experts are beginning to recognize that some form of judicial review is necessary for these killings, usually by missiles fired from unmanned drones,” the editorial states. It goes on to support the idea of a special court, similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, to engage in such review.

President Obama alluded in his State of the Union address to counterterrorism efforts, saying, “I  will continue to engage Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.” The editorial challenges Obama to live up to his word.

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