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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Justice watch

Via Glenn Greenwald, whose analysis describing this non-Wonderland very real world version of "sentence first, verdict afterward" you should read:
The Obama administration is considering filing the first criminal charges against radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in case the CIA fails to kill him and he is captured alive in Yemen.
My only quibble with Greenwald, and others who have written on the subject, is the obsession with the fact that Awlaki is a U.S. citizen. Are the rights of the U.S. to kill non-Americans really any different, any more than their "right" to detain people indefinitely without trial? I frankly don't think Greenwald thinks so, but it definitely isn't a point he makes in his analysis.

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