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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 01:29 PM

2. I'm not sure I like or understand this law.


I seem to recall Americans going off to fight in foreign wars with some regularity. Now they face the death penalty for doing so?

Okay, I get that it was a designated terrorist group, but it isn't fighting us (at least yet, but that's a different matter).

But I think what really bothers me is this whole concept of extraterritoriality, that US law reaches beyond US borders. This guy was a combatant in a civil war in Syria, not Tucson.

In another recent example of extraterritoriality, the US last week seized a former Guinean official on the high seas, took him to New York, and charged him with facilitating drug deals between Colombia and Europe. Why are we involved? What is our jurisdiction?

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