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  •  it's the worst (14+ / 0-)

    that make the best examples, for the principle. just as it was easy to be outraged at the execution of troy davis, but on the principle of opposition to capital punishment we also had to be outraged at the execution of lawrence russell brewer. al-awlaki deserved full due process, not because of who he was but because of who we should be.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:46:48 AM PST

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    •  Indeed (2+ / 0-)
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      Try as I might to be a good pwog, I just keep getting hung up on that whole "due process" thing, even in the face of terribly damning quotes in the infallible New York Times. I have tried mightily to trim my constitutional ideals to fit this year's or this administration's fashion, but I have failed time and again.

      At this point, I must concede that it's a character flaw, as so many otherwise canny and decent people clearly have no problem whatsoever with the random remote control extermination of persons around the globe.

      I quietly await my turn in the barrel, when enough of the right people decide that I am an enemy of the state with no right to trial or counsel, opportunity to confront the witnesses or evidence against me, or regular rules of criminal procedure. Let freedom reign!

      •  There needs to be transparency and accountability (0+ / 0-)

        in the use of drones (just as in trials of alleged terrorists) and law enforcement is preferable to assassination, but I would be willing to make an exception for those cases where that is not possible. Such as in a lawless no-man's land, where the nominal authorities are either unwilling or unable to exercise their authority. Again, only if there is oversight. The current situation is unacceptable.

        I have also been assuming that drones are more precise and inflict fewer civilian casualties than the alternative, but I'm beginning to wonder about this as well.

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