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Today’s NYT featured an article that explains why no one reads newspapers any more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/world/14awlaki.html?partner=rss&emc=rss. Entitled “US Decision to Approve Killing of Cleric Causes Unease” the article discusses the National Security Council decision to permit the assassination of US citizen and Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, currently residing in Yemen. Al-Awlaki is described as someone “who the CIA. believes is actively plotting violence. The attempted bombing of Times Square on May 1 is the latest of more than a dozen terrorist plots in the West that investigators believe were inspired in part by Mr. Awlaki’s rhetoric.” The article includes “The notion that the government can, in effect, execute one of its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence, makes some legal authorities deeply uneasy.”

I would note to the Times that we in the alternative media have been screaming about this story since January when Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair casually announced the directed assassination policy. That an American citizen can be targeted for death from the skies because a government bureaucrat “believes” that he might have inspired something by his rhetoric is nothing short of Orwellian, possibly emanating from the Ministry of Subversive Thoughts. But this kind of idiocy is a measure of the times we live in and the moral dead zone that we now inhabit as a result of the global war on terror.

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: American Media, Assassinations 
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  1. They must have declared him an “Citizen Enemy Combatant.” This administration is confused. They prosecute alien sabotures as street criminals while rubbing out actual citizens at will. I thought the extra-judicial killing of civilians was the Israeli national sport, not ours.

    But let’s face it, there’s no reason NOT to kill this SOB except that he is technically a citizen as an anchor baby. As in the case of the Times Square bomber, we have only ourselves to blame. If we didn’t promiscuously hand out citizenships to fuzzy-wuzzies we wouldn’t be in this fix.

    It’s also disgraceful how difficult it is to strip a “citizen” of his/her citizenship. Nothing connects this clown with our country but the fact that we were dumb enough to grant his father a student visa. Al-Awlaki is a citizen solely by virtue of escaping his mother’s womb in New Mexico. He clearly adheres to, and provides aid and comfort to our enemies abroad. So let’s launch whatever legal proceeding necessary to revoke his American status. And while we’re at it, let’s do what is necessary to end the anchor baby rule.

    BTW, Al-Awlaki has dual US-Yemeni citizenship and is reportedly a relative of the Yemeni Prime Minister.

  2. Mr. Giraldi, I couldn’t agree more! This policy is straight out of the paranoid fantasies of the 1960s counterculture.

    Ptuh! Looks like they were prophetic, after all!

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