Anyone who knows me knows that I have been a supporter of the Global War on Terrorism, and eliminating terrorists when possible. I applauded Obama’s decision to put boots on the ground to take out Osama bin Laden, one of those rare occasions where I agreed with something Obama did. Okay, it may be the only occasion.
Recently the Obama administration assassinated two U.S. citizens accused of having ties to al Qaeda, Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. to the best of my knowledge, these two males never took up arms against the United States, nor were they involved in any terrorist attacks. All they are guilty of is expressing their views, as vile and as repugnant as they are, that may have inspired radicals to commit terrorist attacks against America and other Western nations. Accused of doing so, alleged to have promoted acts of terrorism, but not proven. They were still citizens of the United States, and as repugnant as their alleged actions are, of inciting hatred against the U.S., they were still protected by our Constitution and deserving of due process of law.
What I mean by this is, the Fifth Amendment states, quite clearly, that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”. Yet al-Awlaki and Khan were both denied this basic right accorded to all U.S. citizens by the Obama administration. An administration that is now known to maintain a secret kill list maintained by an unaccountable group of advisors.
When our government sees fit to deny citizens of their Constitutional rights because of alleged crimes, one must ask: How safe are any of us?
The assassination of al-Alwaki and Khan, two U.S. citizens, should serve as a red flag that some of those who we elected have no regard for our Constitution, or our laws. We are moving away from Rule of Law to the tyranny of Rule of Man.
Ron Paul said it best in a recent piece on infowars.com. I don’t always agree with Paul on Foreign Policy, but this time he is right on the money; and I believe President Obama has committed a serious and impeachable offense.
For the record, I would be just as disturbed by this action if it had been performed by a Republican or any other Democrat. You don’t assassinate U.S. citizens because you don’t like what they say.