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For my entire life, the president has had the power to launch a nuclear strike that would, in effect, end all human life on Earth. To my knowledge, there's no formal check on that power.

Minimization example #36?

There are a ton of checks, both formal and informal against such both before and after such an attack.

The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that a nuclear strike, above everthing else, would be public, even if only after the fact, and would be subject to congressional review.

There is literally little to no intelligent comparison to the predetermined secret killing of civilians suspected of a future terrorist act and the defensive launching of a nuke while under immediate attack.

As the article states:

There is no hint that after-the-fact executive-branch review is important. There is no commitment to carry it out. There is no discussion of procedures to do it. In fact, the universe apparently contains no such concept. Once the Hellfire missile falls out of the sky, both the dead and the decision to kill them vanish in the flames.

This won't do.

A nation and an administration committed to the rule of law would insist on after-the-fact accountability somewhere, somehow. If the administration doesn't want the courts involved, then it needs to let us know what it proposes in their stead.


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