Monday, May 2, 2011

Catholic Legal Theory Argues the Killing or "Execution" of Osama Bin Laden

I think that word execution has some play here. I have a strong feeling, though I suspect this will never be made clear, that this was a no capture mission for reasons which I for the most part endorse. There was no judicial proceeding that usually involved such an act , but the Executive / Commander In Chief might have issued that order so it does take an state execution flair perhaps. But as we see below maybe not.

Mirrors of Justice had two posts up that are interesting that look at this from a State Execution standpoint and one that says State Execution principles do not apply. However both seem to find the exercise of this power valid.

See OBL, the Death Penalty, and Targeted Killings and then the response at The Strike Against Bin Laden as a Military Operation, Not Law Enforcement

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