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Castro demands Bush make clear assassination policy

Cuban President Fidel Castro urged US President George W. Bush for the second time in a week to state whether he, as a policy, renounces the assassination of foreign leaders. Referring to Bush on the reelection campaign trail, the 77-year-old communist leader, trading his usual olive drab for a grey tailored suit, asked in a lengthy address at an economic conference: “How can the transition (the US says it wants) be sped up in Cuba?” Quickly answering his own question, Castro said “the only way is by moving to an extrajudicial execution,” and Castro challenged Bush to state openly whether he believes he has the authority to order the executions of foreign leaders. In the post-September 11 security frenzy, Bush reportedly gave the CIA written authorization to kill terrorists without seeking approval each time the agency stages an operation. Yet despite the authority to kill, Bush has not waived the US executive order banning assassinations that was put in place by then-president Gerald Ford in the 1970s. Full Story

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