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October 6, 2011

Secret panel can put Americans on kill list'

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American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials,
which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House's National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate. -- | Reuters

Belmont Club: The Star Chamber (Latin: Camera stellata) was an English court of law that sat at the royal Palace of Westminster until 1641...
the court was set up to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against prominent people, those so powerful that ordinary courts could never convict them of their crimes. Court sessions were held in secret, with no indictments, no right of appeal, no juries, and no witnesses. Evidence was presented in writing. Over time it evolved into a political weapon, a symbol of the misuse and abuse of power by the English monarchy and courts.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 6, 2011 8:52 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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You know, it's a two-way street.
Consider this: If the government sends out hit men or secretly establishes death squads, what's to keep anyone else from doing the same in the name of retribution against the government?

I can think of a lot men and women who know the ins and outs of government, who are former agents, who have left their jobs in disgust, and who see the corruption and feel enraged enough to form their own posses to do unto the Fed as the Fed might do unto you.

It's going to come down to this: Will we be outgunned, and who has superior firepower?

This government might turn out to be thuggish and corrupt, willing to kill innocents without batting an eye. They've done it before, but when we figure it out, will we have figured it out in time?

Posted by: Jewel at October 6, 2011 9:40 PM

So this 'star chamber' works like IRS audits?

Posted by: ErisGuy at October 7, 2011 2:32 AM

Verrrrry Jeffersonian, Jewel.

Posted by: Peccable at October 7, 2011 4:55 AM

Jewel is right. Most of the government, the bureaucrats, the central bankers, they are all above the law. The rules don't apply to Holder, for example, as he sends a defiant letter to Issa and Congress condemning them over their handling of the Fast & Furious memos that which appear to implicate Holder.

Posted by: mushroom at October 7, 2011 3:58 PM

"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."
- Mao Zedong

Kinda puts the F&F Op in it's proper perspective...What with the .gov attempt to leverage a calculated murderous fallout into domestic gun control while subverting the legitimate business of the 2nd Amendment.

Posted by: monkeyfan at October 7, 2011 11:01 PM

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