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Good evening I'm Bret -- the president who wanted to quote and torture and close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison.
To try enemy combatants in US courts.
Personally orders the execution of suspected terrorists.
Never charged or convicted in a court of law that's the headline from a new report detailing president Obama's take no prisoners philosophy.
In the war on terror.
-- White House correspondent Ed Henry has details.
President Obama is kill list is described as a kind of year book full of photos with names and whereabouts of known and suspected terrorists like Anwar all lucky.
An American killed in Yemen last year by a drone strike ordered by the president part of a program some of his staunchest liberal allies now say has crossed the line.
It's -- because it allows the president to kill people including US citizens far from any theater of war.
It is dangerous because -- -- the press.
-- spokesman Jay Carney was press today about how a Nobel Peace Prize winner can justify the program the president also make clear.
From the outset of his administration and we work.
At all times going to act in a manner that was both lawful and consistent with our values the president's counter terror advisor John -- laid out that legal justification in his speech last month as a matter of international law.
The United States is in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda the Taliban.
An associated forces.
In response to the 9/11 attacks.
And we may also use force consistent with our inherent right.
Of national self defense language former Bush Administration officials note is strikingly familiar.
To the Republican justifications that candidate Obama ripped in 2008.
Certainly represents -- 180 in his direction so yes hypocritical in the sense that he continues to criticize those who believe in for instance enhanced interrogation but nonetheless does this which is far more intrusive I'd say.
Republicans also question the timing of this massive leak to the New York Times.
And weather was aimed at making the president look more hawkish in an election year why this information and the fact that these people is targeted.
Has been let out to the press is somewhat shocking and fits a pattern.
Of abuse the sensitive intelligence and national security information White House officials insist there was nothing inappropriate.
And note the president's more direct hands on approach has delivered results most notably taking out Osama bin Laden President Obama made clear from the start.
To his advisors and the world that we were going to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the American people from harm and particularly from terrorist attack.
As one former top intelligence official told me tonight the president as a candidate probably didn't realize how compelling the intelligence about these terrorists is.
Now that he's in office he doesn't want an attack on his watch and that's why last couple days US led NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Wiped out Al qaeda's number two with an air strike.
Brett and and a lot of north lawn Ed thank you there --
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