Listening to Dan Carlin today, and he's saying scary and depressing things again.
From what I gather, the executive branch (Obama) claims the power to execute (different meaning of the word) people suspected of terrorism without a trial. Furthermore, the executive branch also claims it does not need to reveal its evidence on the grounds that such information is a "state secret" and having anyone review that information, even a judge, in his chambers, under strict confidentiality, is a breach of national security.
Which basically means that Obama can have anyone killed he pleases. The only defense they have is pretty much an exciting and unlikely prison break, followed by a dramatic chase to a nation where they can seek asylum. These days that might require a lot of gasoline.
We are a nation of law, and a nation of checks and balances. We are a nation where the president can make people disappear forever, but he's supposed to at least be subtle about it.
Is this the price of security? Are we going to trot out the old excuse that if you aren't doing anything wrong then you don't have anything to worry about? Are we to assume that no mistakes will ever be made with so dire a decision? Even knowing how very wrong the CIA was about Iraq's WMD program before we invaded?
Obama, please don't take us to war with Iran. That's all we've got left.