Nick Gillespie:The Libertarian Case Against the Death Penalty

…let’s face it: There’s no good way to kill a person, even one as completely unsympathetic as Wood (he killed his ex-girlfriend and her father, shooting them at point-blank range). As a libertarian, I’m not surprised that the state is so incompetent that it can’t even kill people efficiently. But I’m far more outraged by the idea that anyone anywhere seriously thinks the death penalty passes for good politics or sane policy. It’s expensive, ineffective, and most of all, deeply offensive to ideals of truly limited government.

Nick Gillespie makes his case against Capital Punishment @ Reason http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/31/die-death-penalty-die-the-libertarian-ca

Healey:”Let’s End Congress’s Blanket Authorization of Force”

In the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Congress adopted an “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” which authorized the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and those who “harbored” them. This vote has been used to justify the military intervention in Afghanistan, and also to justify a number of drone strikes, commando raids and other military action since then.

Gene Healey looks at what journalist Gregory Johnson calls “the most dangerous sentence in American history” and reports on efforts in Congress to repeal the open-ended authorization @ http://reason.com/archives/2014/05/20/lets-end-congresss-blanket-authorization