The House of Deputies has been recalled from its recess today to discuss the revelations over the weekend of Sanctaria’s “Kill List” – a list of known domestic terrorists that the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice have jointly determined should be executed extrajudicially rather than face the risk of capture and trial through normal court procedures.
The Senate will also be gavelling in this week and have already indicated that the Sub-Committee on Intelligence will be calling in Homeland Security Secretary Kathryn Stewart, SIS Director Alexandra Maye, and Justice Secretary Eric Hill to get more detailed knowledge on the kill scenario policy leaked last week and reported exclusively by this paper.
Governing-Mayor of Haven June Warren, who is still a Senator for Haven until the elections later this year, has also suggested hauling in Chancellor Hendry for “interrogation”. Though the Senate can vote to bring in the Chancellor of the day, it requires a full vote of the entire Senate, and one that DLP Senators, currently holding a one seat majority, are unlikely to vote for.
Stewart was thrown to the Sunday shows yesterday to defend the Kill List with her commenting that “every advanced superpower, both in this region and beyond, have a list of individuals that pose a risk of terrorism. Sometimes it’s too dangerous to send federal agents, or even special ops to arrest these individuals. The risk of loss of life is too great – sometimes it’s necessary to initiate a remote takedown.” Stewart however did confirm that Chancellor Hendry has not ordered a kill under the kill scenario thus far in her premiership.
However sources close to Chancellor Hendry have said that in her remarks to parliament today she will defend the use of the Kill List – she is purportedly expected to say that “while thus far the excellence of our security services have not necessitated my ordering of the kill scenario, let me be very clear to all terrorists, foreign and domestic, who view Sanctaria as an easy target – I will give the order if it means keeping my citizens safe from harm”.
This defiant attitude will not win her support from her own base in the DLP, many of whom have already criticised their government for not only not disbanding the list, but for creating it in the first place – it was first established in 1998 under the first DLP government.
However it is likely to give Hendry some breathing room in parliament, with both the SCP and the NSP, in both chambers, thought to be in favour of such a database.