There was an interesting opinion piece on the NY Times site today. It's seems simliar to the plot of 'The Bourne Ultimatum' for those of you who don't want to read the entire article. It talks about the policy of assassinating American citizens who are deemed to be combatants of the US. Here's a couple of paragraphs that introduce the basis and argument of the piece: Some of you know my positions when it comes to national security. I really don't see a problem with this policy overseas. Chances are if a American citizen is somewhere in the Middle East and they're not working for an aid group or for the government and there is evidence that supports the conclusion that they're actively engaged in attacking the US, then by all means they should be dealt with accordingly. However, I think that real problem presents itself when you start enacting this policy domestically. I have no idea how you could do this domestically without it getting extremely messy, but nonetheless I support this policy. I wouldn't be surprised if they have already done this domestically, in which case, I'm glad they've found a way to do this effectively.