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Monday, February 06, 2006

Lethal Force Authorized

A spokesman for the Bush administration (allegedly) mentioned that Bush would be able to order the death of a person in the U.S. in "certain circumstances."

During the briefing, said administration and Capitol Hill officials (who declined to be identified because the session was private), California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Bradbury questions about the extent of presidential powers to fight Al Qaeda; could Bush, for instance, order the killing of a Qaeda suspect known to be on U.S. soil? Bradbury replied that he believed Bush could indeed do this, at least in certain circumstances.

Considering that this is yet another "according to anonymous sources" piece, I'm not inclined to believe this... especially because it's from Newsweek. I sincerely hope this isn't the case because while I do accept that the government must resort to lethal force at times, it should only be used as a last resort. Even in the case of terrorists in the country, the government should make the effort to arrest them--not kill them.

In real life, the official said, the highest priority of those hunting a terrorist on U.S. soil would be to capture that person alive and interrogate him. At a public intel-committee hearing, Feinstein was told by intel czar John Negroponte and FBI chief Robert Mueller that they were unaware of any case in which a U.S. agency was authorized to kill a Qaeda-linked person on U.S. soil. Tasia Scolinos, a Justice Department spokeswoman, told NEWSWEEK: "Mr. Bradbury's meeting was an informal, off-the-record briefing about the legal analysis behind the president's terrorist-surveillance program. He was not presenting the legal views of the Justice Department on hypothetical scenarios outside of the terrorist-surveillance program."

So in fact they actually say that they would do exactly what I hope they would: kill them if they are in the process of attacking us, but arrest them if they haven't attacked us yet. However, notice Newsweek makes it sound like the Bush administration wants to tap our phones and come in and execute us for talking to our Muslim friend across the pond like the Chimpy McBushHitlerHalliburton fascist Republicans want.

So yet another groundbreaking piece for Newsweek. According to an anonymous source that attended a secret meeting, the unofficial position of the Bush administration is advocating assasinations. PROOF that Republicans are in fact in favor of a police state. This is what is called a "non-story." I'm perfectly fine with my government killing those carrying out an attack against my country, it's called "national defense" for a reason.