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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 05:57 PM
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49. It's called discretion.
Edited on Mon May-09-11 05:58 PM by NYC Liberal
Not everyone who is accused of a crime is arrested. Or if they're arrested, they may not be charged. Or they may be offered a plea bargain.

Would it be legal, all else being equal, to do to a terrorist who had killed 10 people what was done to bin Laden, who killed many thousands?

Yes it would be, if that terrorist had declared war on the United States, had refused to surrender, was evading capture, and was still plotting and planning to kill even more people,

However, just as someone accused of a crime may not necessarily be arrested or charged, the president and military leaders would have to decide if the risk of conducting the operation was worth it to get a terrorist who killed 10 people vs one who killed thousands.
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