Obama's terrorist 'kill list'
What's the story behind the story?
- Duration 5:13
- Date Jun 2, 2012
What's the story behind the story?
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This week the New York Times published an extraordinary story which got a lot of attention and stirred up a lot of concerns.
Titled secret kill list proves a test of Obama's principles and will.
It was the front page story here are a couple of the quotes.
Obama has placed himself at the Helm of a top secret nominations process to designate terrorists for kill or capture.
All of which -- capture part has become largely theoretical.
Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq War and water and torture.
Then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding kill list.
Poring over terrorist suspects biographies on what one official calls being the Cobb baseball cards.
Of and unconventional.
First of all gym this story here is is pretty extraordinary but the paper must've had some extraordinary access to get it.
I think suspected did and I suspect they got it right from the Oval Office right from the president because they understand than any story like this even if it upsets the ACLU and liberals and anti death penalty activists on that that's all the good they need some framing in the center -- everybody in the left.
Who's criticizing Obama over some aspect of this drone strike business is still gonna vote forum.
When he needs is help in the middle they realize and so so the idea of President Obama running a kill list against terrorist -- like George -- -- pushed me including the baseball cards.
And it's gonna help push Obama center weather works election remains to -- but it certainly part of strategy from the White House.
This is the same president who campaigned against waterboarding and outlawed it when he came to office but.
Killing his okay.
Killing I care so now we have his aides on the record explaining.
That not a flip flop at an evolution of thinking.
About this issue and of course this was a concerted campaign strategy because the same article appeared in Newsweek.
A day before the New York Times which is never mentioned by the times.
But this was clearly an issue they wanted to address they want to highlight the run his the president's role as a very tough counter terrorist.
Warrior which she has fans.
Well and and didn't say that he even invited his campaign manager to sit in on on some of these meetings.
Gat what I think the way that this was covered is is interesting because it you you can imagine -- this was about George Bush how would have been covered persons house being covered with.
Obama with a -- that's very heroic it's very decisive.
You know win with bush it would have been -- him as a war criminal and we would've Harken back to the days of Henry Kissinger targeting.
-- villages in Vietnam so I think that that this is it's it's really very biased and not way.
Remember when George W.
Bush made that dead or alive comment about Osama bin Laden just days after 9/11 attacks and he was lamb based and in the media to the point where even issued to kind of an at -- You about our cal boy that is the same thing -- Ronald Reagan you know as a cowboy you have finger on the nuclear trigger.
But -- the New York Times which almost never finds anything to criticize this president about.
In their lead editorial on Thursday of this week said.
That his ability to decide like Caesar.
Thumbs up or thumbs down on the coliseum is too much power for -- president so at least we know according to the New York Times where the line is.
With this president for too much power does this kind of -- beauty have any effect on national security.
Well it can that in this instance since everyone being targeted no -- that America is using drones out there.
And since there have been many many articles on the use of -- to kill people I don't think it compromises.
Anything to understand the process.
By which someone's name is added to the list but I just find it extraordinary.
That the left -- has been so silent about what is basically.
A -- like absorb shouldn't you know assertion of power on the part of the present evidence and you know that's that's unusual and it's -- got very little content.
Some of the names on the list are American citizens there's there's very little outcry about due process here.
-- well again it's it's when your team is doing it it's okay whatever it is and that includes the media team.
On the score.
But there was a Williams salad -- I'm writing in slate pointed out something very important which is the definition of who's a target is so broad that it.
It minimizes the number of people who were killed collateral Lee who may have nothing to do with terrorism.
And -- second point is that this president has been living off of the intelligence that was provided by the previous administration.
We are not capturing more -- terrorists we are not interrogating more -- we are just killing them.
And that four years down the road may have some consequence of.
-- Jake Tapper -- ABC who challenged Jay Carney the white house Press Secretary.
Saying this week in -- in a direct quote there's almost a quality.
Of guilty until proven innocent in -- didn't really have much to say in response to that other and say well this is kind of new technology -- the previous administration didn't have there's also not a lot of the debate in the media about the wisdom of killing these guys as opposed to capturing them.
And getting intelligence we have.
Lousy intelligence on the ground these people have information that could prevent other terrorist attacks.