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by Peter Moskos

September 30, 2010

Tyranny?

Any thoughts on Radley Balco's post?:
So yeah. Tyranny. If there’s more tyrannical power a president could possibly claim than the power to execute the citizens of his country at his sole discretion, with no oversight, no due process, and no ability for anyone to question the execution even after the fact . . . I can’t think of it.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

I think that the president having the power to unilaterally execute US citizens is a bad thing. There needs to be some checks and balances.

Further, what if these executions are found to be illegal.

Is a sniper shooting Awlaki in the head an 'execution' and illegal? But some spotter calling in an airstrike on a house he just watched Awlaki enter considered 'war' so it is legal?

Its a grey area. I assumed these executions always happened in the past and we just never found out about them.