The sexing up of the Hollywood "007" character was part of a campaign to normalize extra-judicial killings. The CIA and NSA have been "at it" for decades. How often have they "taken out" an unfortunate leader, caused a coup or sudden fatal accident? The fact that Presidents and Prime Ministers are now claiming a "piece" of that same "action" shows how far down the rabbit hole of criminality, so-called Democratic government officials have traveled.
This is a very apt question (and observation):
"And what about the intelligence behind such strikes? If indeed, an attack were imminent—and the intelligence so good as to justify a targeted killing—why couldn't the U.K. simply arrest the individuals in the U.K. working with Khan?"
Answer: They'd have to forfeit the licenses to kill that THEY arrogated to themselves.
This is the "advertised brand" of free, open, transparent, Democratic societies... but NOT what they actually are today--as subsidiaries of corporations (as Catherine Fitts describes it).
"'Trust us' is not how democracies work, however. In Britain at least, the government has a duty to be transparent about its actions, so that the public can rightfully judge the lawfulness and morality of actions taken in their name."
Thank you, Ms. Gibson for a short, concise article.
In this era where language means what elite controllers want it to mean, compare this statement with the constant Pentagon insistences upon "surgical strikes" and next-to-no "collateral damage":
"The prime minister should also consider the difficult questions raised by the U.S.' own Kill List. Reprieve's research has shown that on average, it takes the U.S. three attempts to kill one person on its List – in the process, dozens of others are killed."