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MajTom Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 2:46 PM
What constitutes a land force? A national army only? Or does a terrorist force also constitute a land force (since they aren't naval or air)?
Corbett_ Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 9:10 PM

The 5th Amendment applies to EVERYBODY. It tells the government the ONLY way it can kill people -- by having an indictment followed by a trial.

Once these people get their trial & are found guilty, I will be perfectly willing to supply the rope to hang them. But I cannot agree to throwing out the 5th Amendment just because I do not like the crimes they have been accused of committing.
MarineGunner Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:52 PM
The land and naval forces are the U.S. military. The Militia is the whole rest of the American people, except those in government, who are armed under the 2nd Amendment. Should a member of the military or militia commit a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, while in active service in time of War or public danger, they may be indicted without presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury. Terrorists are not a member of either the military or militia and the U.S. Constitution does not protect them, regardless of arguments to the contrary by illiterate liberals. Thus, I don't understand your comment.
Corbett_ Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:12 PM
3129 -- Please READ what the 5th Amendment days. Diagram the sentence. You will see that 911 has nothing to do with excusing the government from the requirement to have an indictment followed by a trial.
Corbett_ Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 8:10 PM
MajTom -- Reading comprehension is not your big suit, I see. If you read the 5th Amendment, it says that no person will answer for a capital crime unless he has been indited by a grand jury except in cases arising in the land and naval forces (i.e., the US Army and Navy) or in the Militia when in actual service in time of war. In other words, this exception ONLY applies to US military personnel. Military personnel do not have to be indicted by a grand jury.

For the REST of the world, the Constitution required an indictment by a grand jury followed by a trial. And in the case of felonies, a trial by jury.
3129 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 4:06 PM
Does not the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon constitute "in time of war or public danger"? Viva la revolucion.

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...