Friday, April 9, 2010

Should we call this...

..."enhanced execution?"

Hat tip: Mark Shea.

9 comments:

  1. If he's an American criminal, he has to be arrested and put on trial and deadly force would only be justified if he resisted with deadly force. If he is an enemy combatant, then one has to actaully catch him combatting to use deadly force. There is no third kill-on-sight-in-any-context category.

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  2. RE: Use of Force

    Certainly the American government can use force to defend its citizens against aggression by another rogue citizen. The problem of course is defining aggression.

    If it is alleged that I, an American Christian, advocate (God forbid) that the President be assassinated because he is a New York Yankees fan it would be proper and prudent for the Secret Service to investigate; and, if probable cause is established, to arrest me and hand my case over to the judicial system for trial.

    However it would be improper and rash for the U.S Government simply to hand my case over to the Department of Defense for counter assassination.

    Apparently, in this case, the US Government is claiming that an American Muslim hiding in Yemen is advocating violence against fellow US Citizens. Why an American Muslim hiding in a cave in a remote wilderness in Yemen is a threat to our lives has not been explained. (The 9/11/01 suicide bombers hid in plain sight in the USA to include within eye shot of the NSA headquarters.)

    Much of this case appears to be more of US Government bureaucratic hysteria rather than an immediate threat to the lives of US Citizens.

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  3. Well then, clearly we need to suspend a thousand years of law and give the President to declare any citizen he likes worthy of death. 9/11 changed Everything.

    Are we really such a generation of cowards? Oooh! 9/11 terrorists eluded our lazy law enforcement and lax monitoring. Therefore, we should sweep our whole system of law out of existence and rely on "If the President guesses you are guilty, you shall die."

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  4. Re: the above. Not saying anybody here is implying that. Just ranting.

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  5. RE: Government Assassination of Non-Muslim Americans

    As I understand it our government is apparently claiming the right to assassinate Muslim U.S. citizens who are members of Al Qaeda or similar allegedly violent groups.

    Does this mean that our government can assassinate non-Muslim U.S citizens who are members of other allegedly violent groups such as:

    The Italian Mafia
    The Irish Republican Army
    The Jewish Defense League?

    Or can our government also assassinate U.S citizens who make financial contributions to any of the above or similar allegedly violent groups?

    Where does the our Government's alleged right to assassinate allegedly violent U.S citizens end?

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  6. RE: The Civil Rights Angle of Assassination

    And what does our Government assassination program do if an allegedly violent Muslim U.S. citizen, conspiring to kill other U.S citizens, is a member not of Al Qaeda but the Nation of Islam or the Black Panthers?

    What would Dr. Martin Luther King say about all of this?

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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  7. RE: Precedent

    Sadly the President's assassination initiative has precedent.

    In two incidents heavily armed federal agents, at times supported by military tanks and helicopters, fell upon alleged Christian separatists at Waco Texas (1993) and Ruby Ridge Idaho (1992). Federal Agents killed 92 at Waco and 2 at Ruby Ridge. For the first time in modern history federal agents were authorized to shoot on sight without warning. (At Ruby Ridge an unarmed mother, standing in the doorway of her home and holding her infant, was killed by a single round deliberately fired by an FBI sniper.)

    To my knowledge no federal functionaries have ever been criminally charged for their actions. To my memory the media appeared supportive of our government's actions during these two incidents.

    We should pray for our president.

    God bless

    Richard W Comerford

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