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  •  I'm assuming you are (1+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan

    supporting the plaintiffs in the ACLU/Alwaki Senior lawsuit.

    Suppose the US military makes a list of 20 AQ commanders and puts them all on a list for shoot-to-kill if seen in Yemen or Afghanistan - in the battlefield. Is that legal according to you? Does it depend on the citizenship of the commander?

    •  That's 3 different questions as I see it. (1+ / 0-)
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      In Afghanistan, we're actively engaged in military operations and standard rules of warfare would, I presume, apply.

      In Yemen, we have not been authorized to conduct military operations, and we aren't in a state of war, so what's okay would largely depend on the Yemenis.  But I think the citizenship of the targets would matter much more there, as it isn't an active war zone.  You've called it a "battlefield," but I don't think you can say that Yemen counts as a battlefield but, for example, Hamburg, Germany doesn't (or even Cherry Hill, NJ).  Would it be acceptable to assassinate an American citizen in Hamburg?  Would citizenship matter in Cherry Hill (ignoring posse comitatus for the moment)?

      But as far as I know, we're specifically talking about a kill list that is not territorially bound to places that one might consider "battlefields."  So isn't it more like saying that the military made a list of 20 people who are under shoot-to-kill orders regardless of where they're found?

      (I'm really enjoying that you're presenting real arguments with sound footing, even if I disagree with both your premise and conclusions.  But it's 5:35 a.m. local time, so I probably won't be playing much longer tonight.)

      "Speaking for me only." -Armando

      by JR on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 02:36:12 AM PDT

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