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    this article in the New Yorker.  It's  more than just a Nixonish feeling.   The DoJ white paper leaked by Isikoff contains a reference to a speech by a Nixon legal advisor that was used for the purpose of Nixon's illegal warmaking in Cambodia.  There is a lot more in that white paper to raise red flags, but since you said it felt like Nixon, that's because it is like Nixon.

    WHOM CAN THE PRESIDENT KILL?

    About a third of the way into in a Department of Justice white paper explaining why and when the President can kill American citizens, there is a citation that should give a reader pause. It comes in a section in which the author of the document, which was given to members of the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary committees last year—and obtained by Michael Isikoff, of NBC, on Monday—says that this power extends into every country in the world other than the United States, well beyond those where we are engaged in hostilities. The reference is to an address that John R. Stevenson, a State Department legal adviser, gave before the Association of the Bar in New York in May, 1970, to justify the Nixon Administration’s incursion into Cambodia. Does that make everyone, or anyone, feel better about what the Obama Administration has decided it can do, or the extent to which it thought through the implications, unintended consequences, precedents, and random reckless damage it may be delivering with this policy?


    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:35:25 AM PST

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