Monday, October 3, 2011

Is the fact that Obama ordered a US citizen murdered good for America?

It appeared to be the first time in the United States-led war on terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that an American citizen had been deliberately targeted and killed by American forces. It was also the second high-profile killing of an Al Qaeda leader in the past five months under the Obama administration, which ordered the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last May. 

What's most striking about this is not that the U.S. Government has seized and exercised exactly the power the Fifth Amendment was designed to bar ("No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law"), and did so in a way that almost certainly violates core First Amendment protections (questions that will now never be decided in a court of law). What's most amazing is that its citizens will not merely refrain from objecting, but will stand and cheer the U.S. Government's new power to assassinate their fellow citizens, far from any battlefield, literally without a shred of due process from the U.S. Government. 

Many will celebrate the strong, decisive, Tough President's ability to eradicate the life of Anwar al-Awlaki -- including many who just so righteously condemned those Republican audience members as so terribly barbaric and crass for cheering Governor Perry's execution of scores of serial murderers and rapists -- criminals who were at least given a trial and appeals and the other trappings of due process before being killed.

I am not among them. I think this sets forth a dangerous precedent, and I think it's wrong . Jews especially should condemn this action, even though this time it was a bono-fide terrorist, but who knows what Obama could do if he dislikes a citizen that opposes him, and decides he wants him eliminated! I know it sounds crazy, but so are people in the present Administration. Please note that this was done without any authorization from any US Court of Law.Obama claims that he had authorization from the Justice Department, but so far there isn't any shred of evidence that he actually had.


Anonymous said...

If McCain had done this, you'd be singing his praises.

shmuel ben Karl said...

you are kidding...right..
we are at war with these terrorist, its call a casualty of battle..get over it you bleeding heart liberal..i guess if your family were next on his hit list you would first read him his too..
his right to be killed..

Dusiznies said...

To Shmuel
If you are a follower of my blog, you would know that I don't have a liberal bone in my body... but I am also a follower of our constitution which states that every single citizen is entitled to be tried and judged by his peers, which means a fair trial... I think that it was a great thing that we took out this bastard, but right now we have a President that really wants to do away with our constitution as we know it, and he is starting first with a terrorist, but who knows whose next? Some democrats are calling the Tea Party, terrorists.