The Illegal(?) Assassination of Osama Bin Laden

Op-ed by Marjorie Cohn, editor of The United States and Torture.

When he announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a Navy Seal team in Pakistan, President Barack Obama said, “Justice has been done.” Mr. Obama misused the word “justice” when he made that statement. He should have said, “Retaliation has been accomplished.” A former professor of constitutional law should know the difference between those two concepts. The word “justice” implies an act of applying or upholding the law.

Targeted assassinations violate well-established principles of international law. Also called political assassinations, they are extrajudicial executions. These are unlawful and deliberate killings carried out by order of, or with the acquiescence of, a government, outside any judicial framework.

Read the whole article at the Huffington Post

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  1. After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, how can the US develop better relations with Muslim by the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in 2021? Will the US still be involved in the Middle East in 2021? What does peace mean to YOU? How else can we make the world a better place by 2021? Where do you see yourself in a decade?

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