War Law Space

No prizes for guessing what provoked this entry. Nothing less than the ‘Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a U.S. Citizen who is a Senior Operational Leader of Al Qa’ida or An Associated Force.’…

… the title of  a 16 page “confidential” Justice Department memo – unsigned & undated –  detailing the legal case for the killing of (U.S.) citizens, made public just hours ago by MSNBC News. The parenthesis are quite deliberate because contrary to what you will read or have already read in today’s headlines, the memo provides a legal argument not just for the execution of U.S. citizens, but for citizens of all other nations as well. I’m always perplexed as to why the killing of U.S. citizens is seen as horrific while the mechanized and far more extensive execution of foreign nationals, say in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen, is hardly worthy of comment. Such visible blindness speaks, I…

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