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  •  "that carried out the 9 11 attacks" (2+ / 0-)
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    Hayate Yagami, Brown Thrasher

    does not mean "was associated somehow much later with people who carried out the 9 11 attacks"

    what I've always hated about this type of legislation:  it's fucking elastic; once you give an inch, someone will take a mile.  Spread it out to include everyone who ever criticized U.S. Middle East policy, why don't you.

    Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 03:13:53 PM PDT

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    •  It includes the organization (3+ / 0-)
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      that carried out the attack.

      Which Al Awlaki was stupid and evil enough to join.

      "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

      by Geekesque on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 03:18:36 PM PDT

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      •  so, even though somebody (2+ / 0-)
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        was in no way involved in the attacks on our people, in fact had not killed one american citizen, we're going to shoot him in the head and that's fine.

        Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 03:45:04 PM PDT

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        •  Just because he didn't succeed in killing people (0+ / 0-)

          doesn't mean he wasn't trying. He certainly puts himself out there as a soldier in the fight against America. Soldiers get killed in war. Too damn bad.

          •  Criminal Law (0+ / 0-)

            And if you're going to take the criminal law analogy to its logical end this POS was guilty of murder and attempted murder - whether or not he ever succeeded because he was part of a conspiracy - namely, Al-Quada's war on the USA an our soldiers.

            That makes him liable for everything the the organization did whether or not he personally took part in it.

            But criminal law has no place in this discussion - war cannot generally be treated the same as criminal matters - soldiers are not cops, they don't gather evidence on a battlefield -- and do you really think someone who belongs to AQ should have the right to discovery (of intelligence files) or the right to cross-examine their accusers? Nothing would kill our intelligence efforts faster and last time I checked their amazing performance over the past ten years is what has prevented more bloodshed on American soil.

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