As well as they shouldn't (care that is), since said attempts will most likely go nowhere; it's only "universal jurisdiction" claims that anyone will notice.
that this will come up more than once at some point in TSW: It Ain't Cheating Unless You Get Caught
GrayAnderson wrote:Setting aside the morality of the matter, I do think that something along the lines of what Yee drew up will probably make a comeback. With that said, I expect severe blowback as soon as the government gets caught overreaching. It's one thing to, say, remove Hitler or Stalin. However, let's assume that they get caught in some form going after somebody seen as inoffensive by most people (or at least someone who can make a plea of "It's been a thousand years since I hurt anyone") if not held in decent respect (Alexander the Great leaps to mind as a candidate for this).
My hypothetical "presidential finding" I recognize probably left out a lot of caveats, disclaimers and details that might be in an actual one. Possibly a notice as to when the intelligence committees are to be notified (I'm gonna guess that bcoogler doesn't like the IRL "as soon as possible"), as well as specific examples of how the target had become a clear and present danger. Based on the example I gave ("by means up to and including"), since the capability to perform nonlethal operations to the desired effect is implied, there could also be a caveat that immediate notification of the committees was required if a decision to kill the target had been made by the executive had been made at any stage of the operations sanctioned by this finding, even if the actual tactical direction of such an attempt was left out of Congressional hand, or even left entirely to the shooter(s).
Though, I can also see such findings being issued but backdated to selectively cover any unsanctioned incidents that the USG does find out about... which is
a double-edged sword. At no point have I written the hypothetical finding with intent of it being a "get out of jail" coupon, even "written such a way in-universe."
The two most justifiable criteria would most likely be: #1 Recalcitrance (with regards to past crimes... though yeah, "crimes" will most likely be defined based on how recent), and #2 if they're trying to stir things up in Hell. It's not like the HEA leadership is above deposing (publicly anyway) a non-Earth regime that's practically bending over for them, so it'd be interesting as a thought experiment to see what'd happen if Second-Life Hitler somehow got enough followers still believing in him to kick off a "Fourth Reich" in Hell... but relatively geographically isolated, hence the possibility of lebensraum
without "having" to invade other Hell nations (and thereby possibly increasing the unacceptability of doing so).
Basically if Second-Life Hitler decides that he wants to kick off an aggressive Fourth Reich that would encroach on the Hell nations (not just the New Roman Republic), and especially
if he declares this up front -- then that kill order can't come soon enough. If Second-Life Hitler decides that he just wants to fade into obscurity and not make any political moves, though... well, considering that he's Hitler
, that'll be interesting to see how people (both First-Life and Second-Life) react, in particular to see whether it'd be a sign of slippery slope or not...
Like with Petraeus' decision about infantry, we need to start asking these questions, if not finding out the answers, fast before some unsanctioned operation blows up in First-Life Earth's face.