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MAY 1, 2012 3:38PM

Further Reflections About John Brennan's Targeted Killing Speech

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Jameel Jaffer

The president's chief counterterrorism advisor delivered a speech yesterday at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. We issued a first reaction here. Here are some further thoughts:

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The violations against the Constitutional precautions about unauthorized murder are many throughout US history as more and more presidential powers are assumed to make the president unresponsive to the legalities of declaring war which is not a presidential initiative but one which legally belongs to Congress.

War itself, of course, is legalized murder but the limits of its extent had been set for a time by precautions which are now more or less considered irrelevant.

When lives can be now taken on the whim of the executive with no judicial review it must be openly acknowledged that the state is totalitarian and democratic rule is a fantasy.

Although this has always been the case to a large degree the previous hypocrisy had been a comforting fantasy.