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  •  Assassination? (1+ / 0-)
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    rainmanjr

    In other words, the President said:

    "Use a drone and make sure you target any Americans in the vicinity, because I want them dead."

    I don't think so.

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 11:56:04 AM PST

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    •  The president ordered the assassination of (12+ / 0-)

      al-Awlaki, as the NYT reported on 30 Sept. 2011.

      The search for Mr. Awlaki, the American-born cleric whose fiery sermons made him a larger-than-life figure in the shadowy world of jihad, finally ended on Friday. After several days of surveillance of Mr. Awlaki, armed drones operated by the Central Intelligence Agency took off from a new, secret American base in the Arabian Peninsula, crossed into northern Yemen and unleashed a barrage of Hellfire missiles at a car carrying him and other top operatives from Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, including another American militant who had run the group’s English-language Internet magazine.
      American officials said that the missile strike also killed Samir Khan, an American citizen of Pakistani origin who was an editor of Inspire, Al Qaeda’s English-language online magazine. Mr. Khan, who grew up in Queens and North Carolina, proclaimed in the magazine last year that he was “proud to be a traitor to America,” and edited articles with titles like “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”

      These extrajudicial assassinations are a serious blemish on the rule of law.

      Do you think that you're safer now that the executive has the unlimited authority to detain or because it can assassinate people it determines--according to its own methods and criteria--need to be killed?

      Frankly, I can't make heads or tails of your response. Are you supportive of the expanding secret drone program? Is it good policy?

      "Soyez réalistes, demandez l’impossible" "Be realistic, demand the impossible." Graffiti from Paris, May 1968

      by absolute beginner on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 12:08:40 PM PST

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