Bad stuff, that's what it leads to. Seems the Executive Branch is arguin' in court that they have a right to [State Secrets!] declare a U. S. citizen a bad guy and then [State Secrets!] put him to sleep like a mad dog. Well, actually, they're not even sayin' that; near as I can figure out, they want the court to forget anyone even asked about it, 'cos it's a [State Secret!].
As it happens, the rat in question is a genuine POS. The world would be made a better place if he was dead. But one of the things that distinguishes our government from a gang of thugs (or at least it used to) is that we have rules and we stick by 'em, especially when it comes to our own. How effin' hard would it be for FedGov to at least convincingly fake it, instead of putting his name on the semi-sekrit Better Dead list and then tellin' anyone going through proper channels that they -- and the court they sued in -- can just sod off, 'cos it's a [State Secret] and the bastid is gonna get the bum's rush outta his mortal coil, no questions to be asked by nobody nohow, no trial no nuthin'.
Like I said, he's an infected boil on the backside of bad guys in a bad part of human society -- but if they can do him at whim and argue [State Secret!] when that niggling little quibble about due process is mentioned, who's next? Who else is in Teh Gummint's "terrorist" files? H'mm.
Heh. "...Includes people who 'Make numerous references to US Constitution,'" does it? Gun nuts? Libertarians?
I said it during the second Mr. Bush's Presidency and I'm saying it now: I am not comfortable with our Government having that kind of power -- and I am even less comfortable with their overtly claiming it.
Alea iacta est. If Luck's a Lady, let's hope she's in a nurturing mood.
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