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Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Look at what's actually been lost

We have been killing both combatants and "collateral" non-combatants from the sky for years. Now the administration is claiming that drone strikes can be used against American citizens without any evidence that they pose an imminent threat, and that this doesn't require a presidential order, only the approval of "senior officials." So the legal standard for when your government can kill you without trial has been lowered to "he was looking at me funny"?
The right-wingers rage about tyranny when we debate gun magazine capacity, but don't raise a peep about torture, secret prisons, warrantless wiretaps and extra-judicial assassination. Because a fat redneck in a camo costume will be much more effective than a democratic system of checks and balances in preserving our liberty.
Donald Shank
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