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Corbett_ Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 1:48 PM
We did not summarily execute Axis Sally or Tokyo Rose. Their treason was a good deal more open than anyone who Obama has ordered killed. But they got trials.
MarineGunner Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 9:50 PM
True, but the war was over when they were tried. Neither were the Nazi hierarchy summarily executed. However, any and all of them would have been "summarily executed" by American G.I.s if the opportunity had presented itself during the war. We also don't summarily execute Americans who commit heinous crimes but Americans discovered in the process of committing a heinous crime can be summarily executed by any American who has the opportunity, even if not a police officer. Enemy combatants are killed on sight. Terrorists are enemy combatants and can be killed on sight, whether or not they are Americans.
Colonialgirl Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 3:28 PM
NOt unless with"due Process of law" that they get to present a defense.
71 911E, TX Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 2:43 PM
They weren't actively involved in specific plot to do harm to the U.S. Awlaki was. The administration should have to present evidence for review, judicial or perhaps a grand jury, in order to proceed with elimination of enemy combatants who are American citizens.

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

I can't get excited by the question of whether Senator Robert Menendez had sex with a prostitute in Central America. It is her word against his -- and when it comes to a prostitute's word against a politician's word, that is too close to call.

If an American citizen went off to join Hitler's army during World War II, would there have been any question that this alone would make it legal to kill him? Why then is there an uproar about killing an American citizen who has joined terrorist organizations that...