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Thursday, December 22, 2005

What Are the Limits on Executive Power, Anyway?

This is a serious law school-type hypothetical.

A journalist in a foreign, but not officially hostile, Middle Eastern country (not Iraq, Syria, Iran), (e.g. Egypt, Jordan), writes an article vociferously attacking the President and US foreign policy. The President decides the journalist should be killed as it may harm alliances or the war on terror.

A) He authorizes private friends to make the hit.
B) He orders the military to do the hit.

Lawful or no? Write on only one side of page in your bluebook.

Assume no other persons or parties will be injured in the assassination strike by either of the above means.

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