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Obama Administration Memo Outlines Justification for Assassination of U.S. Citizens

eddie again Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:00 PM
what is the essential distinction between assassinating americans overseas using drones and assassinating them on the streets of america using snipers?
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:05 PM
Again, combatants are not "assassinated".

Words have meanings.
Cal29 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:13 PM
unlike your hot air, doggy.
Cal29 Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:13 PM
.....which comes out two ways.
MacQ - Texas Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:01 PM
The whim of president skeeter is all.
Sooner Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:04 PM
And therin lies the problem.

You said that you would have no problem with this if all Presidents were honorable and just. Can you guarantee that ALL Presidents, from this day to the last, will be both honorable and just? Because, if you can't, then this is a power which must be denied to ALL Presidents lest one, who is neither honorable nor just, abuses it to his own end.
MacQ - Texas Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:25 PM
Let's be clear: I didn't say I'd have NO problem with it. I just acknowledged that, because I deem this president NOT to be an honorable man, I am more discomforted by it.

That illustrates precisely the point you are making, I believe.
Our laws can't be predicated on an assumption that those who govern will be honorable. Better to assume they WON'T be (which is what our founders did).
Sooner Wrote: Feb 05, 2013 4:32 PM
Correction noted, and yes, that is my point.
A leaked memo from the Department of Justice lays out the explicit justifications that the Obama Administration believes authorizes the targeted assassination of American citizens on foreign soil.

NBC News obtained and reported on the memo last night, which explains that drone strikes that have been conducted in the past that have killed American citizens are legitimate and legal operations.

[A]n “informed, high-level” official of the U.S. government may determine that the targeted American has been “recently” involved in “activities” posing a threat of a violent attack and “there is no evidence suggesting that...