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Article posted Oct 01 2011, 11:31 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Glenn Greenwald Print

The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality

Glenn Greenwald

It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki.  No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report last October that the Obama administration was "considering" indicting him).  Despite substantial doubt among Yemen experts about whether he even has any operational role in Al Qaeda, no evidence (as opposed to unverified government accusations) was presented of his guilt.  When Awlaki's father sought a court order barring Obama from killing his son, the DOJ argued, among other things, that such decisions were "state secrets" and thus beyond the scrutiny of the courts.  He was simply ordered killed by the President: his judge, jury and executioner.  When Awlaki's inclusion on President Obama's hit list was confirmed, The New York Times noted that "it is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing."

After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.).  It almost certainly was able to find and kill Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its.  The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world.  The government and media search for The Next bin Laden has undoubtedly already commenced.

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DK Wilson

Posted: Oct 02 2011, 10:04 AM

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72179 In this case, with the tapes Awlaki allegedly made (I'm gathering that was him talking on the one I saw), any president who seeks out someone who is any part of an organization that is a threat to the nation is within the law. And that law? It's called "Treason." Now, the burden for proving Treason is on the DOJ. However, if the case can be made, and from the tape of Awlaki is threats were stated, he can be killed for committing Treason against the U.S.
Anonymous

Posted: Oct 02 2011, 12:07 PM

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142177 DK........even those accused of treason deserve a trial and lawyer before sentencing to death. He most certainly would have been found guilty of treason but now it won't.
Just remember that these guys are being targeted and assassinated on the same intelligence that gave you Iraq. DEAD MEN DON'T TALK. I for on e would like to hear what these terrorists have to say as to why they do what they do and who put them up to it.


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