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To: Alberta's Child
The dilemma here is that so much of the information the U.S. government has about Osama bin Laden is "classified" -- either in truth or conveniently so. One of the advantages any government has in a case like this is that this can be used to justify a lot of actions (or even inaction) that would never be tolerated in normal circumstances.

So, in other words, the government can do what it can do because it says it has justification for it and just can't show you because they say they can't. That means they are outside of any judicial/legal system. They just act because they can. That's your government. Kind of reminds me of Mao. And reminds me of this thing called a "Star Chamber" which was one of the things that a guy named King George liked to use which caused a little thing called the American Revolution.

It seems like that should be more scary than the idea that there are people on the other side of the world that hate you and want to kill you.

I said the other day that it seemed the US government was controlled by people living out their Nitszchean delusions of grandeur.

109 posted on 05/03/2011 10:58:32 AM PDT by MichiganConservative (We would all be better off if the federal government just decided to end itself.)
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To: MichiganConservative
You got it, MC.

Reminds me of a fascinating radio interview I heard with radical leftist lawyer William Kunstler years ago. The guy was quite a character, and despite his political philosophy I have to admit I agreed with a lot of his legal perspectives.

When the interviewer asked him what motivated him to pursue the kind of legal work he did, he said: "Because I want to protect people from their corrupt government." When the host asked him (incredulously) if he thought the U.S. government was corrupt, Kunstler said: "All governments are corrupt, sir."

115 posted on 05/03/2011 11:51:37 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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