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Drone Assassinations

Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Looking back on the violations of justice that characterized British rule in pre-Constitutional America, it is easy to see the Founders' intent in creating the Fifth Amendment. A government's ability to inflict harm on its people, whether by taking their lives, imprisoning them, or confiscating their property, was to be checked by due process.

Too Big to Jail? Why Kidnapping, Torture, Assassination, and Perjury Are No Longer Crimes in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Tthere is but one crime for which anyone in America's national security state can be held accountable in a court of law, and that's leaking information that might put those in it in a bad light or simply let the American public know something more about what its government is really doing.

Drone Killing the Fifth Amendment

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

It's still possible to remember, almost nostalgically, how the Fifth Amendment used to guarantee Americans due process. The key phrase was indeed that "due process."

American Anniversaries from Hell

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Take this April. It will be the ninth anniversary of the widespread release of the now infamous photos of torture, abuse, and humiliation from Abu Ghraib. Or to pick another anniversary that, strangely enough, goes uncelebrated here, consider the passage of the USA Patriot Act.

Obama and Drones: Unkept Promises

James Zogby | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics
James Zogby

President Obama promised an Administration that would respect due process, rule of law, judicial oversight, and a government that would be transparent and accountable. The "White Paper" fails to deliver on this promise.