by Staff Monkeys
In a long New York Times story about U.S. policy toward killing suspects with no arrest or trial, administration officials also make it clear how they decide who’s a terrorist. If you’re anywhere near a suspected terrorist, you are automatically considered a terrorist — and will be killed without further questions. Radley Balko breaks down the NYT story on this point.
- Writing in the Washington Post, Dana Milbank asks whether Mitt Romney might really be a unicorn and thus not eligible to be president. There’s no proof he’s not a unicorn. Shouldn’t he have to prove this? (In case you think he’s serious, consider the case being made that Barack Obama’s supporters have to prove his birthplace again and again.)
- When a group of Catholic monks in Louisiana decided to start selling their hand-made coffins, the state swooped down on them like a hawk, letting them know that only funeral homes are allowed to sell coffins. The state claims it’s to protect consumers, of course, but it’s clear that the real purpose is to protect the funeral home industry. With the help of the libertarian Institute for Justice, the monks are slowly winning in court. Here’s a short Institute for Justice video on the case last year.