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Extrajudicial Executions From the Sky CBC

One of the first to speak up was Ron Paul, the Republican congressman currently running for president. It cannot be denied that Paul is a man who sticks to his principles, regardless of public opinion.

Anwar al-Awlaki died in a drone attack in Yemen in September. Al-Awlaki in November 2010, the image taken from a video and released by the SITE intelligence group, which monitors jihadist intentions. Anwar al-Awlaki died in a drone attack in Yemen in September. Al-Awlaki in November 2010, the image taken from a video and released by the SITE intelligence group, which monitors jihadist intentions. SITE Intelligence Group/ Associated Press

He noted that al-Awlaki is an American-born citizen, which is purely a domestic American issue, but he also pointed out that no one has ever seen proof Awlaki is a murderer: "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."

The operative phrase in Paul’s critique is "who he thinks are bad guys." Because that’s what it boils down to.

In sentencing al-Awlaki to death, Obama presumably relied on intelligence reports. They probably said al-Awlaki had been responsible for planning or orchestrating various atrocities, but they remain intelligence reports. And this country’s intelligence agencies have in the past been wrong, to put it mildly.

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