Can you see what is wrong with this picture?
Of all the people the United States government killed in the eight years of Barack Obama's presidency, one of the most controversial targets was Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen and imam who at the time of his death had become the face of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The US killed Awlaki in a drone strike in late September of 2011 -- despite having never charged him with a crime or presented evidence of his guilt in court -- marking what The New York Times described as the "first time since the Civil War [that] the United States government had carried out the deliberate killing of an American citizen as a wartime enemy and without a trial."
Now, as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office after a campaign in which he promised to carry out war crimes, such as killing the families of suspected terrorists and reviving the torture program, Awlaki's death is getting renewed attention. If Awlaki, a US citizen, could be deprived of life without judicial oversight, what limits will there be on Trump's authority to carry out similar strikes against citizens and non-citizens alike?
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Nobody other then Senator Rand Paul gave a damn when it was Obama ad-Dajjal and perhaps Hillary who had this power. So now we're supposed to worry because TRUMP can kill whomever he likes?
If Congress gave a damn about us, they would have curtained presidential power long ago. But they do not, and that (not Trump) is the real tragedy here.