I just finished watching a 2013 documentary, "Dirty Wars", which is about U.S. covert operations in the so-called "War on Terrorism". The film is by Jeremy Scahill, the guy who broke the story of abuses in Iraq by the private security company formerly known as Blackwater. This is an excellent film.
In previous blogs, I've lamented the fact that our Outlaw Fed Gov't (those at the highest levels) orders the murder of terrorist SUSPECTS. One of those was an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki (or perhaps more accurately, -Aulaqi). Scahill points out that two weeks after Awlaki's murder, our Gov't killed another American citizen in another targeted assassination---Awlaki's 16-year-old son. Gov't spokesmen claimed that the son's death was not intentional, but rather "collateral damage". Perhaps...perhaps not. Perhaps it was a weird type of "pre-emptive strike" because the Powers-That-Be were worried about what the kid might do in the future. [The entire concept of pre-emptive strikes is atrocious; it's naked aggression while claiming to know the Future.]
The U.S. Constitution DOES permit targeted assassinations through the mechanism of "Letters of Marque and Reprisal". Here's the catch, however---and this is crucial--- Letters of Marque and Reprisal can be issued only by the U.S. Congress, not by the Executive Branch. So once again, our Fed Gov't (in this case, the President) is violating the Supreme Law of the Land. My guess is that the justification for the President marking those suspects to be killed is some "law" or another. So again, I'll point out that no law supercedes the Constitution...not the War Powers Act, or any other law.
Our Gov't now is engaged in a whole series of undeclared "wars" and is doing so in blatant violation of the Constitution. We've attained the Machiavellian concept of Perpetual War, a tool used by rulers throughout History to maintain power and control the citizenry. Very little of this is about "safety"; most of it is about Empire and money. Neocolonialism, Oligarchy, nonparticipatory democracy, power, mega transnational business, Edward Bernays-style propaganda, and money for the super-rich are all the order of the day. All adult Americans should be thoroughly ashamed.
Just my opinion. Be Well