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Forum Post: ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Targeted Killing of Three U.S. Citizens (none had been charged with a crime)

Posted 8 years ago on July 18, 2012, 8:17 p.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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Today, the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit challenging the government’s targeted killing of three U.S. citizens in drone strikes far from any armed conflict zone.

The government has never charged any of the three U.S. citizens with a crime. They have never provided evidence of their crimes either.

This is why this is a problem. The government can't just say things are bad and then kill it. They need a thing called evidence. They also need to abide by the law.


These wars have poisoned America. Why is Black water still in operation? Why do we have warships surrounding Iran? Why Libya and not Uganda? More people have been slaughtered in Uganda. Way more. Research these countries and these wars. Don't forget about the undeclared wars in Yemen and Pakistan. Why is hatred for the US growing in Yemen? Why are they reusing failed policies that created the Taliban dating back to 1979? Research the Mujahideen and the Aghan Arabs. These are failed policies and they're proven to be counter productive.

Sanctions and bombs that kill or hurt civilians are counter productive to our goals.

And it's not just these presidents doing this. It's failed Congressmen budgeting for these policies and failing to impeach for war crimes.



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[-] 3 points by LetsGetReal (1420) from Grants, NM 8 years ago

Excellent! This should be interesting.

Of course, even those who think the wars and killings are necessary, should be horrified at Obama killing these people without any congressional oversight or due process whatsoever. This from Glenn Greenwald:

"For the moment, let’s put aside the question of whether Obama’s drone assassinations are justified. Shouldn’t we all be able to agree that the power to order people executed (including U.S. citizens) is far too extreme and dangerous to vest in one person without any checks, review, oversight or transparency? After all, it was a consensus among Democrats that George Bush should be forced to obtain judicial review before merely spying on or detaining people, let alone ordering them executed by the CIA." http://www.salon.com/2012/07/18/obamas_killings_challenged_again/

[-] 2 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 8 years ago


So far the Obama administration has either gotten extensions on previous lawsuits from the ACLU or has had them thrown out. Sadly the same will most likely happen to this case.... because I know they've already tried going after this issue.

The government should not be above the law. Murder is murder. We have due process for a reason.