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    Aren't there lawyers employed by the military and the government who look into the legality of these assassinations?

    Morally, I'm not against it myself. Targeted assassination of the leaders of these groups is certainly a better alternative than war.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2011
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    @Verus

    Aren't there lawyers employed by the military and the government who look into the legality of these assassinations?

    There are. Just search for "John Yoo waterboarding torture" to see how good of a job they do regarding that sort of thing.

    Morally, I'm not against it myself. Targeted assassination of the leaders of these groups is certainly a better alternative than war.

    The problem is that it's arguable of whether or not he's the "leader" of any of these groups, a terrorist by association, or just an asshole who wants people to kill Americans and is more than happy enough to encourage it.
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    @ Andre - I was going from the purely moral point of view on this one. You have a valid point regarding the national judicial relevance and I agree that it is of paramount importance that anyone being targeted in this way should still be given the full protection of their nation's legal system.

    Unfortunately, the legal trapdoors installed by the previous administration are still operational and I'm sure the judicial system would find a way to get around this with a bit of persuasion if evidence was provided that he is as big a threat as they're making him out to be. My cynical gut instinct is that we've been on the brink of, "He's a terrorist!" = Citizenship/Rights revoked for the past decade. Guantanamo didn't do much to alleviate my apprehension on this, but I'd like nothing more than to be proven wrong. The fact that there's little/no evidence to link him with any actual plots or leadership groups at this time is the most worrying aspect of this whole affair for me, his nationality is secondary in my eyes.

    Whether Dubya or McCain would carry it out, who knows. They might be assholes but I won't take that decision for granted. Point is, Obama did carry it out (or tried to).


    As usual, you're right regarding my assumption here. But going from previous form it's not really that hard to imagine. Maybe they wouldn't have done it to this guy, but my personal opinion is that they would have done some quick follow ups in the wake of a successful Bin Laden assassination during their tenure.

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