Federal Assassination of U.S. Citizens?

I frankly don’t understand why this isn’t getting more news coverage. This is important – and an outrage!

Anwar al-Awlaki was a fellow who needed killing, as far as I can tell from what I read about him in the (ahem) news. And in Texas, “he needed killing” is a legal defense [1].

Now, from everything I have learned, this man was an evil man, who instigated a lot of other troubles for our country. No debate about that, and I’m glad he’s gone.

However, he was a citizen of the U.S., and he [2] was assassinated by our government while overseas, in Yemen. If there was any sort of a trial, I never saw it in the news or heard of it afterwards. The wikipedia article says he was “on a targeting list signed off on by the Obama administration.”

Since when can our government kill an American citizen without a trial or court martial?

Apparently, Obama is cool with that. So now, the President can apparently have any person on the planet killed at his whim.

The Fifth Amendment is now meaningless. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution says that the government may not take the life, liberty or property of any person without due process.

Honestly, I can see the need, in cases like this, for a decision to be made to remove a person who is actively engaged in doing damage to our country. Where I differ is that I think this decision should be made in a trial “in absentia” of some sort, with a judge and jury. If found guilty, then, and only then, should such an execution be ordered. This is called “due process”.

Note the difference; without due process, it is an assassination; with due process, it is an execution.

Attorney General Eric Holder, saidDue process and judicial process are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.”

So, apparently, now due process is whatever Obama and Eric Holder decide it is.

So, then, I wondered what legal distinction there was that keeps such assassinations from happening inside our borders… and it turns out there apparently isn’t any.

FBI Director Robert Mueller was asked if these assassinations could happen here. He was unable to articulate an answer when asked this question. So there is not even a clear legal opinion prohibiting this from happening within our borders. Nothing. Nada. No legal distinction.

If these things don’t make you nervous, they should.

The rule of law in the United States of America is dead, at least in the Obama administration. If they won’t balk at this, they won’t balk at anything.

God™ help us.

-Popgun

ADDENDUM 3/11/2012: Bayou Renaissance Man posted on this as well, and as always, did an excellent job. Go read it.

[1] To my New York friends – that was a joke, doggone it.

[2] Along with other members of his family, who apparently were not even on any “list”.

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One Response to Federal Assassination of U.S. Citizens?

  1. tenwhiskey says:

    Waco. Ruby Ridge. A number of fires killing two or three suspected (having not been subjected to due process) domestic something or other, and then there’s Philly where whole rows of homes burned.

    Been going on for a long time.

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