President Barack Obama will nominate former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson, a national security expert who had a role in ending the military’s ban on gays in the military, to be Homeland Security chief, a White House official said on Thursday.
Johnson was involved in the administration’s policy over the legality of drone use.
He helped lead a review and authored a report that led to the 2010 repeal of the “Don’t’ Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military.
From Breitbart’s Big Peace:
Johnson made the case on behalf of the Obama Administration for the lawful use of targeting a U.S. citizen overseas without having to give the citizen his or her due process under the law. At the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, Johnson specifically mentioned 4 methods of criteria that were “set forth in the Attorney General’s (Eric Holder) speech a year ago” that would enable the US government to terminate one of their own:
*]The target is a senior operational leader of al Qaeda or associated forces who is actively engaged in planning to kill Americans.
*]The individual poses an imminent threat to the United States
*]Capture is not feasible
*]The operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war principles
Just wonderful. An advocate for targeting American citizens for assassination is going to be in charge of Homeland Security.
[Hyperbole follows:] I wonder when, in his new post, he will make the case for the assassination for US citizens within the borders of the US, as he did for US citizens overseas[/end hyperbole]