Assasination of US Citizens

The Obama administration has taken the rare step of authorising the killing of a US citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric linked to the attempt to blow up a US airliner on Christmas Day.

The decision to place Awlaki on a US hit list followed a national security council review because of his status as an American citizen.


I have tried to think of a similar order given by a POTUS against and individual American citizen, and have come up with nothing….so this decision appears to set a precedent for sure. The problem lies in the fact that a sitting POTUS had with a few words changed a criminal act to a state of war, and a cowed Congress bought the bill of goods. If one act so drastically changes that dynamic, and the precedence has been set, what is in place to prevent a similar ‘state of war’ against other groups….christian militia’s, tea parties who advocate overthrow of the government, violent anti-war protesters…..?

It will probably be held up as Constitutional however. I don’t care if al-Awlaki lives or dies, we simply need to use some visionary application to ensure that this precedent does become abused in the future.

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