posted on Feb, 26 2010 @ 02:31 PM
Wow, what a thread..I stuck with it and read through all the posts before responding. At any rate the argument about the quote is getting old.
Everyone should get over it and deal with the issue at hand. In my eyes that issue is the American Government assassinating its citizens?
It really doesn't matter where the citizen is in the world. I think a better use of four pages of banter about who quoted who improperly (for the
record I don't have any problems with the quote, Ron Paul said it, it is what it is) would be to hash out just what they mean by "get specific
permission"...Specific permission from whom? The president, the military's general in the area, the on call supervisor that night, congress? Just
who can give this "specific permission"? Because depending on who gives it, this "specific permission" can still be "at government discretion".
And while I agree that Blair in the context of his original statements was likely referring to U.S. Citizens abroad, nothing in his statement
prohibited assassinating citizens right here in CONUS.
Now I like to see the bad guys eliminated (read as; blown up, shot, poisoned or any other method that makes them cease to be a threat to anyone). But,
when we start assassinating people we are headed down a very slippery slope.
There needs to be clearer rules of engagement. These rules need to be public knowledge. I might have less issue with this "assassination" policy if
I knew that the process to undertake such actions were sound. I guess to some degree I just want to see some kind of due process.