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WASHINGTON — Secretly and quietly, the Biden administration has continued to use the killing machine designed by President George W. Bush, expanded by President Barack Obama, and employed from time to time by President Donald Trump. These presidents have used drones and other unmanned missiles and projectiles to target people in foreign countries with which the United States is not at war.

They did so despite the prohibition against taking the life, liberty or property of any person – not just any American, but any person – in the Constitution that everyone was sworn to uphold, and they did so. in accordance with secret rules which they themselves have established. for these murders.

Last week, 11 senators and 39 members of the House of Representatives — all Democrats — to their credit sent a harshly worded letter to President Joseph R. Biden asking him to stop the killings. As of this writing, he has not responded publicly.

Here is the backstory.

The purpose of the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the Constitution – is to protect individual liberty by restricting government.

The Fifth Amendment prohibits killing people, restricting liberty, and taking property without due process; it means a jury trial in which the government must prove its fault. Until President Abraham Lincoln waged war on half the country, the operative clause of the Fifth Amendment was supposed to prohibit any federal killing without a declaration of war or due process.

If the country is at war – legally and constitutionally declared by Congress – the president can obviously use the US military to kill the opposing country’s military. And if an attack on the United States is imminent, the President can strike the first blow against the military of the entity whose attack is about to occur.

There are no other constitutional circumstances in which a president can kill.

All of that changed – culturally, not constitutionally – when President Harry Truman targeted Japanese civilians in Japan when the Japanese government was days away from surrendering in World War II. Truman was of course not the first American President to target civilians, as Lincoln criminally targeted American civilians during the Interstate War.

Despite his unprosecuted war crimes and with the government’s version of Pearl Harbor still fresh in the minds of many Americans, Truman was considered heroic for ordering deeply immoral, militarily unnecessary criminal massacres against the hated Japanese using atomic bombs.

Fast forward to the 9/11 era, and Bush had precedent for starting his own presidential assassinations of people the government wanted Americans to hate. Although Congress authorized him to use force against those who caused or aided in the 9/11 attacks, we all know that his bloodlust in the Middle East disregarded the Constitution, the evidence, the proportionality, civilian lives, morality or human decency.

Julian Assange sits in a British dungeon awaiting decisions on his extradition to the United States because he bravely, legally and constitutionally released documents and videos conclusively demonstrating that Bush’s use of drones targeted and murdered Afghan and Iraqi civilians, and that his administration covered it up.

Obama took this to another level when he targeted and killed Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son, both born in the United States. Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder informed Obama that the killings were legal, as al-Awlaki had encouraged people in the Middle East to fight American soldiers there. Holder compared al-Awlaki’s murder to shooting a bank robber who is chased by police and shoots them.

Holder forgot that al-Awlaki was not charged or charged with any crime, was never charged with violence, and was not even the subject of an arrest warrant when a drone l evaporated while sitting outside a cafe in Yemen.

The exercise of power by the federal government is largely based on precedent and politics. Whenever a president wants to kill secretly, all he has to do is find an example of a predecessor having killed secretly with impunity – without due process, without a declaration of war, and without an imminent attack. And then he just has to calculate what he thinks he can get away with politically.

Simply put, Joe Biden — whose drones in 2021 targeted innocent civilians in Afghanistan, killing dozens — is using illegal powers that his modern predecessors used and got away with to target and kill unsympathetic people.

The nature of political power is to expand in ways that meet a perceived need, unless there are mechanisms in place to limit its expansion.

The founding generation believed that British monarchs had no limits to their power and that was reason enough for the 13 colonies to secede. They also believed that they had crafted founding documents—the Constitution and Bill of Rights—for the new nation that imposed sufficient constraints on the federal government.

After all, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. His language is clear that only Congress writes laws and declares war, and that presidents can only kill wartime troops or civilians according to due process.

Additionally, each president takes an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution as it was written, not as he would like it to be.

Unfortunately, the founders were wrong.

Today, the President writes laws and rules that allow him to restrict personal freedom and kill with impunity, and Congress and the American people let him off the hook. Formally, we still have a Constitution. Functionally, it has absolutely failed to contain the government.

Ultimately, we ourselves are responsible for these murders. Why are we putting the Constitution in the safe hands of those who overthrow it? If a future president uses Bush’s greed, Obama’s logic, and Biden’s stealth to kill Americans in America, no one’s life, liberty, or property will be safe.

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