No. of Recommendations: 4
For those interested in reading the actual document (and forgive me if it was linked elsewhere), it can be found here:

I have to go back and re-read Hamdi, but on first pass I find this to be a deeply disturbing justification for the killing of U.S. citizens with no process whatsoever. Some of the phrases in the memo are horrific in their clinical description of these killings - allow me to nominate the statement:

"An individual's interest in avoiding erroneous deprivation of his life is 'uniquely compelling.'" one of the most chilling euphemisms for "deliberate killing" that I've read in a long time. We don't wrongly kill people - we erroneously deprive them of their lives.

It will be interesting to see if groups that loudly decried practices like waterboarding and extraordinary rendition similarly denounce this approach as even more monstrous.

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