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Murder for Hire

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 11:19 AM
You don't need to be a lawyer, spy, or military expert to be able to read and comprehend. I've read the studies. Torture does NOT provide short-term, actionable intelligence. It might, only might, provide actionable intelligence in the long term, but never intelligence of value on its own. I'll never argue that killing a person shooting at you is unjustified. Nor one carrying a bomb to blow you up. I'll not argue that killing people planning violence against you is unjustified; provided you can show a clear history of their planning and violent actions based on those plans, or where a jury would agree there was reasonable evidence to beleive they would take such violent action.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 11:20 AM
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However, killing a person simply because he or she talked with an enemy, or expressed sympathy for an enemy isn't justifiable. And that kind of case can not be justified by a jury because there is no evidence, reasonable or otherwise, that that person would take, plan, or personally facilitate violent action against us.

We have grounds to be concerned. More importantly, we have grounds to charge un-Constitutional behavior by the President, his Administration, and the Intelligence community; and demand accounting and punishment where warranted. Unfortunately, our tool for doing so, Congress, is broken.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 11:20 AM
continued.

However, killing a person simply because he or she talked with an enemy, or expressed sympathy for an enemy isn't justifiable. And that kind of case can not be justified by a jury because there is no evidence, reasonable or otherwise, that that person would take, plan, or personally facilitate violent action against us.

We have grounds to be concerned. More importantly, we have grounds to charge un-Constitutional behavior by the President, his Administration, and the Intelligence community; and demand accounting and punishment where warranted. Unfortunately, our tool for doing so, Congress, is broken.

I am a fan of the Central Intelligence Agency. More precisely, I am a fan of the officers and analysts who, along with uniformed service members and Foreign Service Officers, are at the dangerous, too often deadly, pointy end of the sword in promoting American foreign policy as enunciated by the President.

Whomever the President happens to be.

A book about the CIA's drone program will be published tomorrow and a harrowing excerpt was published over the weekend in the New York Times.

According to the New York Times correspondent (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Mark Mazzetti, the mechanism by which the...