I am leaving for a trip out of the U.S. I had thought of writing a sarcastic piece asking the President to refrain from attacking me while overseas. This is too serious a matter for sarcasm. President Obama has authorized the killing of at least two overseas American citizens he deemed terrorists. Bush claimed the same authority. I don’t pretend to be important enough to attract such attention from the Administration, but it is disturbing nonetheless.
When I return President Obama has the authority to indefinitely detain me under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which he signed on the last day of 2011. It is arguable this was the day the U.S. became an unfree country. The Bush administration claimed authority under prior law to take this action as well, so I’m not saying it is all Obama; it is the power grabbing nature of government, which we ignore at our peril.