Sunday, January 03, 2010

Nitpicking: Thinkprogress

Thinkprogress, apparently, doesn't read its own links:

Of course, assassination of this nature is illegal under international law and two Executive Orders,

"Of course," if one reads the first link:
Thus, as long as the international armed conflict with the virtual-State of al-Qa’eda continues, the killing of al-Qa’eda combatants such as al-Havethi is certainly not assassination.
If one reads the second link:
Although such covert attacks might be illegal in the absence of provocation, in the light of the continuing terrorist threat a state-sponsored killing of Usama bin Laden or other terrorist figures would be justifiable as an Article 51 action, as well as permissible under established exceptions to Executive Order 12333.