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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    We could have this conversation. If you start a thread I will join it.
    Start a thread about it and I may join. It is not on my to do list at the moment.

    I believe we have significant policy differences between us. I will not call you, or anyone else who begins with a policy difference a hypocrite. I ask that you consider the same rule.
    We probably do disagree. If you read further, you will see that there was a little antagonism between the person I had a conversation (on both parts) was peacefully resolved.

    Given my starting position that we are in a war with Islamofascists and our target was part of the command and control structure he is a legitimate target. This was not a hit. This as a wartime killing, a decapitation.
    We obviously disagree since I don't believe that Islam is the main driving force behind these terrorists attacks. It was a hit. The President used the CIA to place an assassination order on a citizen that was never even charged with a crime. Unfortunately, this is America where we love to practice extraordinary rendition, use secret prisons, and torture people who have never been charged of a crime.

    I believe you are beginning from the perspective that terrorism is a crime instead of a war tactic. Therefore you believe he should be apprehended, read his rights, given a lawyer and tried.


    Do I understand your position?
    Terrorism can be both. Yes, I believe in the rule of law. I don't think we should be placing hit orders on people, capturing them on one country and secretly imprisoning them in another, and torturing people without ever bringing charges against them. I find it appalling that people now believe that these are American principles.

    Here is Ron Paul the topic, in which I agree with. The death of Al-Awlaki is a net benefit. However, we must be careful as a society if we now believe that the President has the right to order the killing of another person, especially an American citizen, without even charging him. Notice that Ron Paul nor I have ever said that we should be flying over there and serving him papers. You can still charge someone of a crime in absentia.


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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    I like where your heart is at but not your head. We can do both. When it comes to waging war if you re in the enemy's camp you are a legitimate target, American or not.
    Our POW's were in the enemy camps. I realize that is not what you meant but my point is that simply doing something others, even a majority, even a vast majority of others disagree's with does not negate your rights.

    Yes, if we target a camp and you as an American citizen happens to be there of your own choice and you get killed, too bad. That's not the same thing as targeting a citizen of the United States.

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    We were not in a war with the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas. Yet the American government, under Bill Clinton killed those people. I considered it manslaughter.
    I understand that arguement. I also have a problem with what happened there.

    We are in a war with Islamofascists. If an American is in an organization we are at war with, in this case a part of the enemy leadership, then we have an obligation to kill him if we can find him. There is no trial necessary. In my opinion this is a war, not a crime.
    Your opinion is noted.

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Our POW's were in the enemy camps. I realize that is not what you meant but my point is that simply doing something others, even a majority, even a vast majority of others disagree's with does not negate your rights.

    Yes, if we target a camp and you as an American citizen happens to be there of your own choice and you get killed, too bad. That's not the same thing as targeting a citizen of the United States.
    Did they target a citizen of the USA or did they target the area...

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    During this war, we have had lawyers review specific applications of the rules of engagement. I don't see this as any different than in cases where we receive incoming fires and intend to return indirect fire.
    I DO NOT want lawyers deciding these things.

    We do not bring the enemy leadership into court to determine guilt or innocence. We kill them. Or if possible, we capture them.
    Sorry, you are leaving out some very important issue's.

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Sorry, baby...you dont get to disavow your country, join a terrorist organization, plot violent crimes against the country, then pretend you have the right to constitutional protections while playing terrorist in Yemen. You DO however get to die. Choice and consequence.
    He never disavowed his country. If he had, we would not be having this discussion.

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by Misterveritis View Post
    I think the difference between our opinions is that you view him as a criminal who should be apprehended and tried. I view him as an unlawful combatant on the enemy side in a shooting war. This is a huge difference. i do not believe we can bridge it.
    No, he is most certainly IMO an enemy combatant. The courts ruled that being an enemy combatant does not negate your rights.

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    It's another example of the inability of the Leftists to see the big picture. Few--if any--of them have taken into consideration the possibility of awlaki launching a successful attack, while we were giving him his due process and making our selves look like we were playing fair.
    To Obamas credit...he was saying some of the same empty headed foolishness as candidate Obama. Unfortunately...in the real world **** still stinks. Luckily...there are people that will dwell in the real world so the idealists can live their fairy tale existence and feel oh so superior.

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Its highly unlikely we could have sent a few police officers and lawyers to serve him an arrest warrant.
    This has been covered over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. He does not have to be present to be tried.

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    Re: Ron Paul: US-born al-Qaida cleric 'assassinated'

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Our POW's were in the enemy camps. I realize that is not what you meant but my point is that simply doing something others, even a majority, even a vast majority of others disagree's with does not negate your rights.
    In the enemy's camp means fighting on their side. If you are an enemy combatant you do not have criminal rights while you are on the battlefield. If captured, you do have the right to trial by military tribunal under some circumstances. And you have the right to humane treatment, generally.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Yes, if we target a camp and you as an American citizen happens to be there of your own choice and you get killed, too bad. That's not the same thing as targeting a citizen of the United States.
    Sure it is. He was part of their command and control infrastructure. We can target more than his radios. Killing enemy leadership is always a part of war. His citizenship is irrelevant.

    I think we are way apart on this. Crime - War.

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