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    what it used to be according to this administration.

    The white paper, however, spells out rules under which such attacks can be ordered that appear to be much less stringent that what administration officials have said.

    It says, for example, that the United States isn’t required “to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future.”

    It also says the United States has the right under international law to act under the suspicion that an attack might take place.

    “It must be right that states are able to act in self-defense in circumstances where there is evidence of further imminent attacks by terrorist groups even if there is no specific evidence of where such an attack will take place or of the precise nature of the attack,” it says. “Delaying action . . . would create an unacceptably high risk that the action would fail and that American casualties would result.”

    Several experts called that an exaggerated rewrite of the legal definition of “imminence,” something that the administration has labeled “elongated imminence.”

    “That is a completely nonsensical case,” said Micah Zenko, an expert with the Council on Foreign Relations.
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    without the ants the rainforest dies

    by aliasalias on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 09:09:35 PM PDT

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