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Obama Orders Assassination of US Citizen

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There has been no opposition within establishment political quarters to Obama's order. The New York Times article on the decision reads as a legal brief defending it."As a general principle, international law permits the use of lethal force against individuals and groups that pose an imminent threat to a country," the leading organ of US liberalism writes. "People on the target list are considered to be military enemies of the United States and therefore not subject to the ban on political assassination first approved by President Gerald R. Ford."

This underscores the fact that no section of the political establishment retains any serious commitment to the defense of democratic rights. Only through the independent political mobilization of the working class against both parties of US capitalism and the corporate-financial oligarchy which they represent can democratic rights be defended.

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