This is a hot-button issue, but I agree with Ron Paul and the ACLU because I support the Constitution - as Republicans and Democrats in Congress silently endorse yet another usurpation of the Constitution.
Anwar al-Awlaki was a criminal and an evil person.
He was also a U.S. citizen.
He was not the member of the army of a country we had declared war against with an up-and-down vote in Congress in a constitutional manner.
He was most certainly a criminal and part of a very violent organization.
Al-Awlaki should have been presumed innocent, arrested, and provided with his constitutional right to a trial.
Posted on Fri, Sep. 30, 2011
Ron Paul, ACLU condemn Anwar al-Awlaki killing
By Brian Montopoli
The ACLU said the killing was a violation of both U.S. and international law.
"As we've seen today, this is a program under which American citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government without judicial process, and on the basis of standards and evidence that are kept secret not just from the public but from the courts," said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director for the ACLU. "The government's authority to use lethal force against its own citizens should be limited to circumstances in which the threat to life is concrete, specific and imminent. It is a mistake to invest the president - any president - with the unreviewable power to kill any American whom he deems to present a threat to the country."
Added ACLU National Security Project Litigation Director Ben Wizner: "If the Constitution means anything, it surely means that the president does not have unreviewable authority to summarily execute any American whom he concludes is an enemy of the state."
So the president has assumed the monarchist and unconstitutional powers to start wars without the consent of the People and to assassinate U.S. citizens that he deems a “threat”.
Great, just great.
Meanwhile, Yemen remains home to radical Muslim terrorists, and they just keep growing in number due to constant U.S. intervention in the country, and the killing of al-Awlaki will just motivate more to become terrorists.
The CIA calls it “blowback”, and it is described in detail in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Posted on Fri, Sep. 30, 2011
Ron Paul criticizes Obama for U.S. Role in Killing of Awlaki
By Michael Muscal
Los Angeles Times
"No, I don't think that's a good way to deal with our problems,” Paul said in a videotape of the questioning by reporters. Awlaki “was never tried or charged for any crimes. No one knows if he killed anybody. We know he might have been associated with the ‘underwear bomber.’ But if the American people accept this blindly and casually that we now have an accepted practice of the president assassinating people who he thinks are bad guys. I think it's sad.”
Paul went on to compare the situation to Timothy McVeigh, convicted of blowing up a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. The attack killed 168 people and injured more than 800 people.
“I think, what would people have said about Timothy McVeigh? We didn't assassinate him, who certainly had done it,” Paul said. McVeigh “was put through the courts then executed. … To start assassinating American citizens without charges, we should think very seriously about this.”
Paul argued that the killing of Awlaki was different from the attack on Bin Laden because Bin Laden was involved in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
“I voted for authority to go after those individuals responsible for 9/11,” Paul said. “Nobody ever suggested that he [Awlaki] was participant in 9/11.”
“I want to congratulate the United States military and intelligence communities ..” Perry said in a prepared statement.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also praised the Obama administration in a prepared statement.
"The targeted killing program violates both U.S. and international law,” ACLU deputy legal director Jameel Jaffer said in a prepared statement.
Brotherhood of Thieves ~ As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.