The PJ Tatler

‘Only the Executive Branch Decides Who’s an Enemy’

At a national security conference yesterday, Obama administration lawyers were asked about killing Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen involved with al-Qaeda. Government lawyers responded that:

  • “U.S. citizens don’t have immunity when they’re at war with the United States” and
  • “only the executive branch, not the courts, are equipped to make decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.”

But don’t worry! As long as there’s beer in the fridge and reality TV on a working cable access, things are great in America.