The issue of government condoned assassinations has once again arisen in Washington. Executive Order 12333 specifically states that no person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination. Especially as the battle with terrorism rages on, many have argued that assassinations are necessary to defeat as many of our terrorist enemies as possible.
[...] By killing key terrorist leaders, or attempting to, the U.S. will not be able to successfully eradicate terrorism will into more detail on this matter later). In this case, the outcome does not justify the means. Thus, assassinations do not provide a viable answer to the problem of terrorism. Not only does legalizing assassinations undermine American principles but it is also counterproductive to the ultimate goal of removing the terrorist threat. Authorizing the assassination of key, even not so key, terrorists' only gives our enemy another reason to oppose us. [...]
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