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  •  The Next Republican President will inherit this (10+ / 0-)

    I said the same thing to Republicans when GW Bush was abusing executive power:

    The next president gets to do that, too.

    Show of hands if anyone wants the next Dubya to have the power to kill citizens without charge, trial or oversight (aka judge, jury and executioner).

    Anyone?

    •  No, but that might be what it takes. (2+ / 0-)
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      Words In Action, 3goldens

      We might need a crazy right-winger who goes nuts with that power to wake people up.
      Or the majority will buy into the fear and propaganda, and continue to believe that it's being done in their best interest...

      "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."

      by Hayate Yagami on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 06:52:17 AM PST

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    •  I think ... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... many on the right regret getting caught up in the post 9/11 fervor. (on the left, too, for that matter ... the Patriot act has overwhelming support from both parties).

      It is not even a stretch to imagine Americans on American soil who pose an "imminent threat" being summarily executed via hellfire missile.

      Any time someone in congress gets mouthy about the powers of the Federal agencies (read that as 'budget cuts'), the heads of those agencies proceed to shout "9/11, 9/11, 9/11!!!"

      •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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        VClib
        It is not even a stretch to imagine Americans on American soil who pose an "imminent threat" being summarily executed via hellfire missile.
        bzzt.  From Ex Parte Quinn, citing Ex Parte Milligan:
        the law of war 'can never be applied to citizens in states which have upheld the authority of the government, and where the courts are open and their process unobstructed'.
        Hence the requirement for use of force that the target be outside of effective control of the host country.

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