Never thought I’d say thank God for the ACLU

Going from neoconservatism to libertarianism to Anarcho-capitalism has been weird in many ways. But little’s weirder than growing some love for the ACLU.

Glen Greenwald at Salon has a fantastic story about how the ACLU is suing several departments for first killing a US citizen without a trial, and then refusing to even attempt to justify it, release any information about it, or even acknowledge that it happened.

Truly: what more tyrannical power is there than for a government to target its own citizens for death — in total secrecy and with no checks — and then insist on the right to do so without even having to explain its legal and factual rationale for what it is doing?

I remember when I first heard vague references to Obama killing an American citizen without a trial last year. I hoped I had misunderstood. I’d hoped it was a conspiracy theory. But the sad truth is that the Obama administration, the most transparent administration in history, with a president who’s a former Constitutional scholar, really thinks that it’s acceptable to 1. assassinate American citizens and 2. not give any information about or justification for doing so, even after repeated FOIA requests.

Who knew the right to not be killed without a trial was a civil right the ACLU would have to defend? But that’s where we are, and I’m so thankful they’re here.

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