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Saturday, October 01, 2011

How Sad

For someone who regularly evinces libertarian tendencies, it's particularly disappointing to read James Taranto's dismissal of the fact that the United States government can now target American citizens for extermination at will with a simple swat of the hand at the Constitution.  Taranto:

"It was actually a CIA airstrike in Yemen, and the targets, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, were unlawful enemy combatants who happened to be U.S. citizens by accident of birth."

Theirs was citizenship by accident of birth.  Which doesn't count.

So to hell with 'em.

Food for thought for Mr. Taranto:

"However imperfect due process, it has a protective faculty which cannot be removed without destroying it. It is the natural enemy and the unyielding foe of tyranny, whether popular or otherwise. As long as due process subsists, courts will put in despotism's path a resistance, more or less generous, but which always serves to contain it."