Did Obama Violate the Ban on Political Assassinations?

The raid was carried out by the US military but under CIA legal authorities and command, partly for deniability if something went wrong and partly because the United States is not at war with Pakistan, a US official said.

via Special Report:The Osama bin Laden kill plan.

Well as I understand it this is a thorny legal point then.  If the raid was conducted under CIA legal authorities then the question of whether Obama violated the ban on political assassinations comes into question.  If the RAID had been conducted as a military mission then the Obama administration could claim that we had just killed a leader of our enemy, but with the CIA in charge that claim is rendered moot.  Or so it would appear.


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