Thursday, October 11, 2012

Are you okay with a secret government kill list?

Because I'm certainly not.

Neither is Jason Kuznicki.

Nor Kyle Cupp.

Nor Mark Shea.

Nor Thomas McDonald.

There is no justification in the moral law which would allow any government official to maintain a secret list of enemies--including American citizens--who can be ordered to be killed without arrest, trial, due process, or anything else.

And that's assuming they really are guilty.  Much of the time our efforts at remote-control extra-legal executions kill innocent bystanders.

This.  Must.  Stop.

If you think that the question is not whether we must have a kill list, but whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is the better man to have this power, you have already lost the election no matter who wins.

3 comments:

  1. Yes I am ok with it. The entire book of Judith is about one woman assassinating Holofernes so that thousands do not die instead in large scale warfare. Can you think alone? Outside the seamless garment movement? Or is crowd thought your only possible?

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  2. Here is peter bergen for cnn on the lowering of civilian caualities from drones by the Obama directive requiring increased caution by the CIA...excellent article:

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/13/opinion/bergen-civilian-casualties/index.html

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  3. I'm not okay with it. A governing body that can pronounce a death sentence without trial or appeal is bound to harm the innocent. Where does it stop? My great fear is that someone will take the "kill list" to its logical conclusion and propose abolishing the criminal justice system in favor of some anonymous body with the unchecked power to try and punish.

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