2.1.12

Extinguishing Rights




"Because a decision to bomb a particular target might extinguish life interests, the plurality’s analysis seems to require notice to potential targets. . ."

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's rationale concerning his support of the decision to continue detention of a US born citizen without habeus corpus.

Thomas was worried that granting due process for a captured suspect may set a precedent requiring due process for bomb targets.

If my "life interest" was about to be "extinguished" I would prefer some notice and due process as a potential target.  

Likewise I would prefer the chance to defend myself against charges before I am indefinitely detained or interrogated.  But you know, that's just me, and I'm a bit particular.

As life extinguishment seems to be an acceptable alternative to speaking about "killing" (such a politically incorrect word!), it gives me a new perspective on George's explanation of the flame-thrower. From here on, it should be known as Fiery Life Extinguisher.


 
In related news, as part of the New Year celebrations, President Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).   Which allows the U.S President to authorize the indefinite detainment of anyone including U.S citizens, suspected of terrorist activity.    

It's not as though the CIA wasn't already getting that job done without the help of the President, (and getting promoted for their efforts) but why not make it official?


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