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Reader comment on item: Thoughts on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Submitted by Mike (United States), May 3, 2011 at 14:15

1. Bin Laden was assassinated. "Targeted Killing is just another term like "Overseas Contingency Action" created by Obama to allow him to wage war and assassinate whoever he wants outside of the law of the U.S. Constitution..

2. This was an illegal action taken by the Obama Administration Was Osama bin Laden's Killing Illegal? Posted on May 2, 2011 by Juliana Was Osama bin Laden's Killing Illegal?The reactions to the news Sunday night of Osama bin Laden's death were many: shock, relief, joy, wariness, elation, reservation. His death is an undeniably significant event in the war on terror and will have wide-ranging political effects in the US and abroad. Some analysts are wondering just what it means for the larger legal sphere. Here are just a few of the major questions being asked. 1. Was this an assassination? If so, was the killing of Osama an illegal act? In 1976, president Ford outlawed assassinations in Executive Order 11905. In a section entitled "Restrictions on Intelligence Activities", Ford wrote that "No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination." President Reagan reiterated the prohibition on assassination in 1981 and included those acting on behalf of (but not necessarily employed by) the U.S. government. There have been no amendments to the law, meaning that it still holds true today. Even if the executive order did not exist, assassination would still be illegal under the U.N. charter. If Osama's killing was an assassination, it was illegal. cont on link



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