The Problem with Al-Awlaki: He Committed No crimeSubmitted by James_Madison_Lives on Mon, 10/03/2011 - 00:36
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 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.
Understand Al-Awaki is only a trial balloon. The real targets are the punk accountant at the next ENRON who'll be assassinated before he can spill the beans that billions of your money is getting stolen and you will never hear about it. No one is thinking this through.
The problem with Al-Awaki? He never committed a crime. FROM ANTIWAR.COM: CIA Assassinates Two American Citizens in Yemen --News from Antiwar.com
Most of the domestic coverage in the US centered around praise for the killings and reiterating the half-formed allegations against Awlaki,while glossing over the fact that the administration’s primary objection to Awlaki, and the one which actually put him in US sights in the first place, was his collection of religious sermons critical of America’s imperial ambitions. This of course explains why there was no trial, because religious sermons
critical of a president’s foreign policy are not against the law. Interestingly the closest thing to an allegation of direct AQAP ties was his putative influence on the December 2009 Christmas underbomber. This of course came just days after another failed assassination attempt by US cruise missiles killed a large number of Yemeni civilians.
The latest Fox News line for block heads is "he put on the uniform of the enemy." But they have no uniforms, they have an ideology. Does that mean if I speak out against the Obama administration, I have put on a "uniform?"
What if they had killed Brandon Mayfield? The guy whose fingerprints the FBI said were a "100% verified" match to the Madrid train bombings? Then the FBI turned out to be lying, and knew it, and didn't care. The only reason Mayfield is not rotting incommunicado in a military prison (or now could have been killed) is because the Spanish government went public screaming that they had the wrong guy.
"On May 6, 2004, Brandon Mayfield, an Oregon attorney, was arrested by the FBI in connection with the Madrid train bombings. A bag containing detonating devices, found by Spanish authorities, had fingerprints that were initially identified by the FBI as "100% verified" as Mayfield's. But in a subsequent lawsuit Judge Ann Aiken found that this information was largely "fabricated and concocted by the FBI and DOJ". Mayfield was cleared only when the Spanish authorities protested that the fingerprints were not a match... Further, the Spanish authorities informed the FBI they had other suspects in the case, Moroccan immigrants not linked to anyone in the USA. The FBI completely disregarded all of the information from the Spanish authorities."
Next to get labeled and zapped: that punk accountant at ENRON who's going to blow the whistle and take down a few congressmen with him (the next ENRON, that is...) HEY THIS IS EASY!
If Troy Davis can be possibly wrongly executed with the full apparatus of the courts, what could a vindictive Executive Branch sociopath with the NSA behind him do? In the "War on Terror" the battlefield is everywhere including your front yard and the Motel 6. Very convenient.
Now who else?
Oath of the President of the United States:
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Fifth Amendment, United States Constitution:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;
IMPEACH TRAITOR TO THE CONSTITUTION OBAMA. WE WILL NOT GO WITHOUT A FIGHT.