10 February 2010

On the Obama Administration's Policy on Extra-Judicial Assasination of American Citizens: A Quiz

Which of these things is unlike the others?

(1) "Governments shall prohibit by law all extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions and shall ensure that any such executions are recognized as offences under their criminal laws, and are punishable by appropriate penalties which take into account the seriousness of such offences. Exceptional circumstances including a state of war or threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency may not be invoked as a justification of such executions. Such executions shall not be carried out under any circumstances ..."*

(2) "Being a US citizen will not spare an American from getting assassinated by military or intelligence operatives overseas if the individual is working with terrorists and planning to attack fellow Americans." ~ Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair**

(3) "No person shall be . . . deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . ." ~ Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment V
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*Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, E.S.C. res. 1989/65, annex, 1989 U.N. ESCOR Supp. (No. 1) at 52, U.N. Doc. E/1989/89 (1989). Find document here.
** See news report here based on earlier report here based on initial report here.

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