|via Center for a Stateless Society|
And so we now know (per CNN, February 5) of a 16-page Department of Justice memo setting forth parameters for when the U.S. government can “legally” murder an American citizen completely outside the requirements of due process.
The elements of “legality” established in the policy paper are nothing if not vague and overbroad. Applying a three-part test, the U.S. government gives itself a blank check to murder citizens insofar as they pose an “imminent threat,” capture “would be infeasible,” and the killing is consistent with accepted law of war principles.
If you weren’t already terrified by the power that the Obama White House has arrogated to itself and future administrations, this memo ought to do the trick. The unabashed indifference to the rights and lives of American citizens that is contained in the memo should come as no surprise, validating the general arguments anarchists…
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