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“Extraordinary,” indeed. Once upon a time we required a trial; in fact, the Constitution still does. The State must present and prove its charges to an “impartial jury” before it takes a man’s life. True, politicians and bureaucrats often rig those trials, while cops and prosecutors tamper with evidence, but what else would we expect from government? Yet Leviathan now dispenses with that pretense, too, as it has with search warrants, habeas corpus, presumption of innocence, motive, and other such quaint necessities. Even the Times, which leads the pack of “mainstream” (sic for “considerably to the left of Pravda“) media in its animosity to liberty, is appalled enough to quote anonymous “officials” who admit that this is “extremely rare, if not unprecedented.”