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Assassinations have long been regarded as a basic element of foreign relations that largely remained in the dark, unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security. Assassinations have long been regarded as basic elements of foreign relations that were largely unspoken of but widely practiced in response to perceived threats to national security.

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If George W. Bush had told us that the "war on terror" gave him the right to execute an American citizen overseas with a missile fired from a drone aircraft, without due process or judicial review, I'd have gone ballistic. It makes no difference that the president making this chilling claim is Barack Obama. What's wrong is wrong.

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On "The Daily Show" on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart criticized President Obama for the government document recently obtained by NBC News that details the administration's legal argument for supporting drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida members, including those who are U.S. citizens.

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