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I understand that it would ruin the story but why not shoot the target in the future and then just send back the dead body? Or with their legs broken? Or drugged?

It seems like a lot could go wrong with sending back live targets. If they escape they could kill those people trying to kill them before they're born or as children.

example rainmaker.

In the future they have that cool contact-less-taser. Why not use that, or some sleeping pills. They're sending them back gagged, a peg on the nose would do it!

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Letting this question air out for a second chance. As such, comments have been purged. – TylerShads Dec 19 '12 at 18:27
You already said it. It would ruin the story. – sanpaco Nov 22 '15 at 7:45
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They send them back because there is no evidence of any murder in the future if the person is sent to the past.

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But there would be no evidence of drugging or breaking their legs... – Coomie Jan 4 '13 at 8:14

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