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  •  There is no evidence (4+ / 0-)

    there was no due process.  There was no trial.  There was no judicial oversight.  Every single thing about why he was assassinated is based on the president's unproven assertion that he was a "sufficiently bad person" for exercising the free speech in conditions that SCOTUS has consistently held to be protected.

    Reality has a liberal bias.

    by Hayate Yagami on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 12:40:30 PM PDT

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    •  He's been on a public "kill or capture" list (0+ / 0-)

      for over six months. If he was concerned about due process or his free speech rights, perhaps he could have sent a lawyer over to the embassy or something. He didn't, because he cares about his rights under due process even less than the military does.

      Honestly, there are so many more important human rights issues to be worried about. I don't see this as raising a single important issue that hasn't already been brought to the forefront by drone assassinations of people who don't happen to be American citizens.

    •  By the way, there is plenty of evidence (0+ / 0-)

      No evidence has been presented in a courtroom setting, but then, this operation was not carried out by the Department of Justice (that would indeed be problematic in a new way).

      You certainly have no evidence that he was targeted for his speech acts, and the government claims that he was targeted for other, specific actions. This is a colorable argument since he's been performing these speech acts for several years, but was never targeted until April.

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