Of course gangsters can kill you. It’s what makes gangsters gangsters.
Otherwise, who would fear and obey them?
Gangster Government, and Sakharov’s Immunity
Matthew Bracken, February 29, 2012
how would one feel about a President whom we liked and trusted having such powers?
I believe that the President, nor any part of the government should *EVER* have any more power under the BEST of men ( or women) than we would want it to have under the worst.
I did not like renditions, the utilization of non jury trials or pretty much any part of the PATRIOT act. the FOunding Fathers gave the government plenty of tools to do anything it needs or will ever need to do; there is NOTHING so urgent that it can’t go through being vetted by a judge before a warrant is issued unless it is an airplane. I sure as hell don’t like the precedent being set now. Yes, an enemy combatant who happens to be an American citizen who gets whacked IN THE MIDST OF A BATTLE- tough luck, other than that, the rule of law should always apply.
Just my .02
as I read this, my cursor rested over the word “Holder” so that all I could see was “H-—er” and I really thought it said “Hitler”.
This kind of thinking in the executive branch makes speculation concerning recent unfortunate events in Brentwood a little more understandable, I think.
In my opinion, if you engage in war against the United States, simply possessing U.S. Citizenship does not provide a special protection from warfare, nor does it restrict the U.S. government from engaging in warfare.
The Bush administration is developing a parallel legal system in which terrorism suspects --U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike --may be investigated, jailed, interrogated, tried and punished without legal protections guaranteed by the ordinary system, lawyers inside and outside the government say.
An American-born radical Muslim cleric who had emerged as both a leading voice in Al Qaeda recruiting and propaganda over the internet and, according to the US government, was also involved in operations and operational planning with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, an offshoot Al Qaeda terrorist organization that the US governments regards as an associated force with Al Qaeda (and hence covered by the terms of the original Authorization to Use Military Force).
When it became public that the Obama administration had put Al-Aulaqi on a target list, the ACLU filed suit on his behalf through his father; it made international law arguments that included the proposition that he was outside of the war zone and hence could only be sought through law enforcement methods, as well as domestic law arguments that this amounted to the execution of a citizen designated by the President without judicial process. The suit was dismissed in December 2010 by Judge John Bates.
The thing about changing the rules in the middle of the game so that you will win is that the other players, when they find out, may decide that the rules don’t apply to them, either. Perhaps those shredding the rules of our society should consider that such a decision may have unintended consequences.