Since when was this a debate about the United States Constitution? And regardless of whether the United States government has some document stating assassination shall be carried out, last I checked that same government would just assume ignore it's own laws to ensure the safety of its citizens.
Not a matter of assassination, but take for example Guantanamo Bay and the allegations and questions of the constitutionality of some of its operations. Gitmo, is an example of how our government turns a blind eye to its own laws to ensure the safety of its citizens.
Also under current conditions, if the United States considered itself to be officially under wartime conditions, with as much as soldiers have been on repeat trips back to the hot zones in the world today; the United States government would've probably issued a draft. Over the past decade, a draft has been discussed or rumored, but never called. And a state of war has really only been officially declared once in the past fifteen or so years.
As for the definition of assassination, I'm well of aware of what it means.
In other words, assassination during this "wartime" is actually just plain assassination,
First off, since when is the act of assassination itself anything but assassination? I mean if I just go kill my neighbor, it's murder; the President of the United States, it's an assassination (and well an act of treason).
You're using old wisdom and you're applying it to a completely new situation. You're both still acting as if "warfare" and "wartime" is the exactly same thing it was fifty years ago. It isn't! In fact, you can barely see the difference between wartime and peacetime today because the definitions are so vague.
Actually the lines between the two are still clearly defined, especially as far as the United States government is concerned. While we may have troops deployed in military force, we are NOT at war. Are shots being fired, bombs being dropped, etc etc? Yes. But in modern times, such actions are defined as military operations not war. The country or rebel faction on the receiving end may feel the United States has in effect declared war, or the words "we have declared war on terror" (or some variation there of) may be used. But as far the status of the United States, we are not at war.
Democracy isn't supposed to.
Perhaps but since when do governments, the associated politicians and their select "puppets" (for lack of a better word) follow every law to the letter or even follow the laws of the government they serve at all in defense of principles such as democracy.