All their rights respected...
Sweet. Too bad Tom Lehrer isn't around still... (my italics):
We can go anywhere and kill anyone, basically. SEAL teams or drones or a platoon of Marines or an air strike. But if someone tries to kill an American soldier in Afghanistan - let's not even think about in the US - they're a Terrorist.
White House counter terror chief John Brennan laid out what could be called the Osama bin Laden raid doctrine, in remarks at Harvard Law School [on Sept. 16]. He says under international law, the U.S. can protect itself with pre-emptive action against suspects the U.S. believes present an imminent threat, wherever they are.
“We reserve the right to take unilateral action if or when other governments are unwilling or unable to take the necessary actions themselves,” Brennan said.
Yet Brennan followed that by saying that does not mean the U.S. can use military force “whenever we want, wherever we want. International legal principles, including respect for a state’s sovereignty and the laws of war, impose important constraints on our ability to act unilaterally.”
Brennan did not explain how that constraint applied when the U.S. Navy SEALs entered Pakistani territory to go after Bin Laden, without Pakistani government knowledge or permission.
It's good to be the king, isn't it?
Source: Miami Herald