Who said it? Answer to come soon.
UPDATE: It was Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. He said:
"Every American has the right to know when their government believes that it is allowed to kill them," Wyden said. “The Justice Department memo that was made public yesterday touches on a number of important issues, but it leaves many of the most important questions about the President’s lethal authorities unanswered. Questions like ‘how much evidence does the President need to decide that a particular American is part of a terrorist group?’, ‘does the President have to provide individual Americans with the opportunity to surrender?’ and ‘can the President order intelligence agencies or the military to kill an American who is inside the United States?’ need to be asked and answered in a way that is consistent with American laws and American values."
There's another post out tonight from Salon's Joan Walsh -- whose praises I've sung here before -- that I think really cuts to the crux of the matter. It's called: "When liberals ignore injustice":
But Tesler found that the Obama effect worked the opposite way, too: African-Americans and white liberals who supported Obama became more likely to support policies once they learned the president did.
More than once I’ve worried that might carry over to bad policies that Obama has flirted with embracing, that liberals have traditionally opposed: raising the age for Medicare and Social Security or cutting those programs’ benefits. Or hawkish national security policies that liberals shrieked about when carried out by President Bush, from rendition to warrantless spying. Or even worse, policies that Bush stopped short of, like targeted assassination of U.S. citizens loyal to al-Qaida (or “affiliates”) who were (broadly) deemed (likely) to threaten the U.S. with (possible) violence (some day).
Read the whole thing -- I endorse it totally. There's also a great cartoon from Tom Tomorrow which I believe is from last year but is getting lots of play today.