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Sentencing terrorism suspects to death – without trial

In an editorial published in The Washington Post Friday (09/03/2010), entitled "Sentencing terrorism suspects to death – without trial"  Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU and  Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights,  discuss their lawsuit, filed last Monday (08/30/2010), that challenges the legality of targeted killings that take place outside zones of armed conflict. 

Quoting their opinion piece, 

"The government has the tools it needs to address the threat posed by suspected terrorists, including Americans, who find refuge in other countries. It can indict suspected terrorists and seek their extradition. It can seize their assets. It can share intelligence with other countries so that they can charge and try suspected terrorists. It can provide financial and technical support to other countries' law enforcement and intelligence services. In a truly extraordinary case, the government may have no choice but to use lethal force to address a threat that is both grave and imminent. But if we are to preserve anything resembling the rule of law, the government's authority to use lethal force against its own citizens must be limited to such grave and imminent threats."

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