(An interesting post deserving of discussion. What say you, RMG? – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
By now you have heard that the White House (Barack Obama to you and me) has authorized the assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American citizen behind the attempted Christmas Day bombing and other horrible terrorist events. If not, read about it here or here.
“Awlaki is a proven threat,” a US official told Reuters. “He’s being targeted.”
Now, I am not opposed to the idea of killing terrorists, but this case is a little different. Unlike other terrorists, this guy is an American citizen and is therefore deserving of due process.
Think about it – the Christmas Day bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is a Nigerian citizen and operated at the direction of Al-Awlaki was almost immediately read his rights and will have access to the US court system. Al-Awlaki was behind the scenes and is a US citizen. So, why do foreigners that have the bombs attached to their underpants get a trial, but a US citizen gets assassinated?
Also, how does this jive with Obama’s attempt to let Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (born in Kuwait) get a trial in New York?
Think about this: President Barack Obama is ordering the assassination of a US citizen even though that citizen has not been found guilty of a crime. Certainly he is suspected of a crime and most assuredly was guilty, but he has not been proven guilty in a court of law. As a US citizen he deserves that due process. And, if Obama can order US citizens to be killed, then who is next? And for what reason?
I want Al-Awlaki dead as much as the next guy for being a terrorist, but doesn’t he deserve a trail? He is a US citizen for crying out loud…..