Glenn Greenwald, a columnist who analyzes “civil liberties and U.S. national security issues for the Guardian of London, has provided the most insightful critique of President Barack Obama’s “authority” to order the assassination of U.S. citizens associated with Al-Qaeda or some other organization. See “Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens.”
Mr. Greenwald (in photo below), a former constitutional lawyer in the U.S., writing in a February 5, 2013, column opined:
The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice. In September 2011, it killed US citizen Anwar Awlaki in a drone strike in Yemen, along with U.S. citizen Samir Khan, and then, in circumstances that are still unexplained, two weeks later killed Awlaki's 16-year-old American son Abdulrahman with a separate drone strike in Yemen.Mr. Greenwald adds: ”Since then, senior Obama officials including Attorney General Eric Holder and John Brennan, Obama's top terrorism adviser and his current nominee to lead the CIA, have explicitly argued that the president is and should be vested with this power.”
The former Slate columnist’s analysis is lengthy but worth reading, especially if you seek a perspective contrary to that of the Obama Administration.