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Monday, February 06, 2006

Something to Think About

In a recent article appearing online at Newsweek, Mark Hosenball discusses one of the "theoretical" plenary powers given to the president in that magical authorization to conduct the seemingly perpetual Terrorist Wars. That, of course, would be the absolute right granted to Mr. Bush to snuff out a terrorist suspect on U.S. soil. According to Steven Bradbury, acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, during a "closed door" briefing of Congress members, Bush could, if necessary, kill an Al Qaeda suspect on U.S. soil if the president so ordered.

The article continues, "University of Chicago law professor Cass Sunstein says the post-9/11 congressional resolution authorizing the use of military force against Al-Qaeda empowered the president to kill 9/11 perpetrators, or people who assisted their plot, whether they were overseas or inside the United States." It goes on to add the inferred caveat from Mr. Sunstein that it would be a bit more tricky to do it inside the U.S.

On the official side of the debate, however, intel-czar John Negroponte and FBI director Robert Meuller, deny that a U.S. agency was authorized to kill an Al-Qaeda linked person within the U.S., official side in this case meaning for public consumption?

Well, that makes me breathe easier knowing that our officials are willing to pull out all the stops if they form suspicions about possible terrorist plots.

Question: Why do we have drug czars and intel czars in the U.S.? Is our government paying nostalgic homage to old Russian dictators?

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