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  •  Ummm. "Push the limits"? So killing someone (3+ / 0-)
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    without trial is simply pushing the limits.

    Please explain to me what it is that's going to ensure that political dissidents aren't treated the same?  Thinking that absolute power is not going to be used in a corrupted way is what's nuts.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:03:52 PM PST

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    •  Bin Laden got no trial, either (1+ / 0-)
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      Are you similarly upset about that?

      No one has yet explained to me why targeting a U.S. citizen outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. is legally distinguishable from the similar targeting of a noncitizen. Either they're both ok, or they're both not ok.

      And no one has suggested that it would be constitutionally permissible to target anyone, citizen or not, within the United States with a drone strike. Obviously withing the U.S. you must attempt to arrest them.

    •  sorry but during warfare (0+ / 0-)

      and acts of self defense you kill people without trial.  It's an abhorrent act to kill anyone anytime but damn if I'm the one with the responsibility laid on my shoulders to protect the nation.  Every President, every governor, every police officer has absolute power at times and we've managed not to slip into the abyss.  This is insane talk that using drones against proven terrorists abroad, right or wrong, clears the path for having any of us here at home targeted for murder.  War is assassination.  If you want to talk about the futility of war then I'm all ears but in the meantime this is what we were stuck with when Bush led the nation into this mess.  The cleanup is messy and brutal and takes time and this murderous jerk and his entourage tempted fate and lost.  End of story.

      "A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." -- Carl Sagan

      by artmartin on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:17:50 PM PST

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