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Was it legal according to Ukrainian law to kill Illya Kyva?

There is room for controversy, but the standard for extrajudicial killings in times of a declared war in a place not under the total control of the government carrying out the killing are analyzed ...
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Political purpose of Canada's prime minister publicly accusing India's government of being involved with killing a Canadian Sikh leader

Basically the same reasons that the U.S. made public the allegations of Saudi Arabia's royal family being involved in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he briefly visited ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

First, let's be clear that we're talking about non-state-sponsored assassination politics. State-sponsored assignation politics is alive and well, both within many countries and across national ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

Getting paid for killing someone might have gotten easier. But getting away after killing someone insofar didn't. Especially high-value targets like POTUS etc. (They even have anti-drone defense etc., ...
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Was it legal according to Ukrainian law to kill Illya Kyva?

So, I'm curious, is that an admitted extrajudicial killing, as far as Ukrainian law is concerned? [...] Or maybe it's another one of those "karma got to him" statements, i.e. not quite an ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

The problem is that cryptocurrency isn't as untraceable as it pretends to be. Within the system, blockchain-based cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are actually the exact opposite of untraceable. Every ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

Given the presence of internet, good encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off? The main reason that this doesn't happen is that participants in the ...
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Political purpose of Canada's prime minister publicly accusing India's government of being involved with killing a Canadian Sikh leader

Also, assume he doesn't do this, but the case is leaked to the press by some lower level official. It would cause a fair amount of internal political trouble for the PM. Accusations of double ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

The big issue I see is that, while strong encryption and privacy-focused cryptocurrencies are necessary for "assassination politics" to flourish, they aren't sufficient. There's many other ...
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Was it legal according to Ukrainian law to kill Illya Kyva?

Or maybe it's another one of those "karma got to him" statements, i.e. not quite an outright admission, but the BBC missed the nuance? Yes, it sounds like "karma got to him". See ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

I believe that there's very scarce demand for assassinations at the presented price point. There are a lot of examples of whom many would like to see dead, but it is distributed between a huge number ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

High barrier of entry. You can dabble in selling weed, shoplifting or drunk driving. Then you can change your mind and go straight. But once you start killing people, you're on the run the rest of ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

Like all wacky libertarian thought, they merely presuppose that such payment infrastructure would exist and that the majority would continue to tolerate it. Simply switching off the national ...
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