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  •  The difference between "active combatant"... (1+ / 0-)
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    burrow owl

    ...and "fugitive" seems to be nothing more than the say-so of members of the Executive Branch (the President and the NSC).  My underlying concern is that allowing such a designation to be made of an American citizen by one branch alone subverts the principles of separation of powers.

    You make a compelling argument, but it fails for me because it, unlike the Constitution, doesn't seem to distinguish between a foreign entity making war on the US and a citizen making war on the US.  There are enemies, and there are traitors.  The Constitution sets the standard for proving that someone is a traitor.  I think it's important that we not set that standard aside by allowing the President to unilaterally declare a person a traitor, based on secret evidence, and order that person's execution.  I think that's exactly what Art. III, Sec. 3 was meant to prevent.

    "Speaking for me only." -Armando

    by JR on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 01:34:54 AM PDT

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