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Hamlette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 10:47 PM
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112. It was legal under act of Congress

"The United States is engaged in an armed conflict with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. That's not a choice of the administration; that is the result of Congress passing the Authorization to Use Military Force in 2001. The AUMF's authority has been stretched beyond its original purpose many times, but if it does anything, anything at all, it sanctions the killing of Osama bin Laden in the context in which he was killed. It certainly matters how he was killed, but short of him being executed after surrendering or after being captured, his killing is still lawful. It doesn't matter whether he was armed or not -- this would make any kind of aerial bombing or surprise attack a war crime."

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