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28 July 2011

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It bothers me too, Col. Some of us still believe in Article I, Section 9: "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed." As to the terrorist U.S. citizen hiding in Yemen, he should still have access to the 5th Amendment, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on presentment or indictment of Grand Jury..."

Essentially, the Founders in the their great wisdom prohibited either the President or the Congress from convicting someone of a criminal act. Clearly, the government believes the power to designate "a terrorist" now includes the power to punish said terrorist without the need to convict. This is the ultimate slippery slope. The belief becomes the justification. Whether the belief is accurate becomes immaterial.

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