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U.S. Mulls Legality of Killing American al Qaeda "Turncoat"
ABC News ^ | Jan. 25, 2010 | MATTHEW COLE, RICHARD ESPOSITO and BRIAN ROSS

Posted on 01/25/2010 9:57:42 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Opportunities to "Take Out" Radical Cleric Anwar Awlaki In Yemen "May Have Been Missed"

White House lawyers are mulling the legality of proposed attempts to kill an American citizen, Anwar al Awlaki, who is believed to be part of the leadership of the al Qaeda group in Yemen behind a series of terror strikes, according to two people briefed by U.S. intelligence officials.

One of the people briefed said opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed" because of the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack which would specifically target an American citizen.

A spokesperson said the White House declined to comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alaulaqi; alawlaki; anwaralaulaqi; anwaralawlaki; aulaqi; awlaki; daralhirjah; fallschurchcell; lawyers; litigation; vajihad

1 posted on 01/25/2010 9:57:42 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Murdering Americans in Cold Blood isn’t murdering Americans in cold blood to the Anti-War left when DONE-WHILE-DEMOCRAT.

Notice the lack of outrage from the leftist hypocrites about this??


2 posted on 01/25/2010 9:59:19 AM PST by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Pick him up and read his rights said Eric Holder!


3 posted on 01/25/2010 10:00:16 AM PST by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world.)
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To: SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; NormsRevenge; onyx; gandalftb; jveritas; BOBTHENAILER; ...
Link to FR posting of Threat Matrix story:

Targeting Awlaki: A violation of lawfare?

4 posted on 01/25/2010 10:00:51 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He’s warring on us, so I see no reason to delay dropping a big one on his ass.


5 posted on 01/25/2010 10:01:43 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Just when you thought Janet Reno was useless . She had no problem killing Americans .
6 posted on 01/25/2010 10:02:17 AM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Seems a good time for this joke...

Are you a Democrat, a Republican, or a Redneck?
Here is a little test that will help you decide.
The answer can be found by posing the following question: You’re walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an Islamic Terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you. You are carrying a Kimber 1911 cal. 45 ACP, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

..........................................................
Democrat’s Answer: Well, that’s not enough information to answer the question!
Does the man look poor or oppressed?
Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
Could we run away?
What does my wife think?
What about the kids?
Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
What does the law say about this situation?
Does the pistol have an appropriate safety built into it?
Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?
Is it possible he’d be happy with just killing me?
Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
Should I call 9-1-1?
Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have a paint and weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.
This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for few days and try to come to a concensus.

...........................................................
Republican’s Answer:
BANG!

...........................................................

Redneck’s Answer:
BANG!
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
BANG!
BANG! BANG !
Click...(Sounds of reloading)
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click
Daughter: “Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hydrashocks?”
Son: “Can I shoot the next one?”
Wife: “You ain’t taking that to the taxidermist!”


7 posted on 01/25/2010 10:05:53 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: theDentist

Precisely. He is at war with us. He has jumped sides, is functioning militarily and as an enemy needs to be dealt with that way. The man needs to meet his 72 “near” virgins. The politicians and the company needs to quit debating while lives are being lost, let alone them plotting and assembling bigger jobs.
Send him to the devil and his 72 “virgins”.


8 posted on 01/25/2010 10:06:53 AM PST by himno hero
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To: tcrlaf
Any war that is run by lawyers will be a bloody loss for the nation making such a stupid decision. When soldiers of America and other nations hit the beaches on D-Day, they were not carrying arrest warrants for Fritz, Hans, etc. They were carrying guns, with orders to kill the enemy.

The present administration thinks lawyers, not generals, should be in charge. How stupid is that? Don;t answer that; it's a rhetorical question.

Congressman Billybob

Don't Tread On Me (9/12 photo and poster"

"Earthquakes and Other Human Disasters"

9 posted on 01/25/2010 10:09:45 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (www.TheseAretheTimes.us)
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To: driftdiver; Brad's Gramma

ROFL!


10 posted on 01/25/2010 10:10:18 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack which would specifically target an American citizen.

Easy, do not target him, target his assistants. If he gets hit in the collateral damage............oops!

11 posted on 01/25/2010 10:11:32 AM PST by Michael.SF. (At least Hitler got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Waco and Ruby Ridge.


12 posted on 01/25/2010 10:12:39 AM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"One of the people briefed said opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed" because of the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack which would specifically target an American citizen."

Revoke his citizenship. Problem solved.

Actually, I would think he voluntarily surrendered his citizenship when he took up arms against his nation, its interests and its allies.

13 posted on 01/25/2010 10:13:15 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I suppose this is only slightly less exasperating than Clinton’s failure to take out Bin Laden because he couldn’t be reached for the final go-ahead due to the Lewinsky he was receiving in the back room.


14 posted on 01/25/2010 10:14:52 AM PST by Flightdeck (Go Longhorns)
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To: Congressman Billybob
From deeper in the article:

*********************************EXCERPT********************************

In the case of Awlaki, born in New Mexico and a college student in Colorado and California, a strike aimed to kill him would stretch current Presidential authority given to the CIA and the Pentagon to pursue terrorists anywhere in the world.

15 posted on 01/25/2010 10:15:44 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: tcrlaf

Put Janet Reno on the job!


16 posted on 01/25/2010 10:16:37 AM PST by DariusBane (Even the Rocks shall cry out "Hobamma to the Highest")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The U.S. doesn’t recognize treason as a crime any more. Nor does it require that the President prove eligibility for office. The only crimes are being a Christian, a heterosexual or a person of European ancestry.


17 posted on 01/25/2010 10:21:03 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
a strike aimed to kill him would stretch current Presidential authority given to the CIA and the Pentagon to pursue terrorists anywhere in the world.
Code Pink says no and they're the final authority!
18 posted on 01/25/2010 10:23:25 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DariusBane

And if this American terrorist had them in his sights would he debate the legal issues?
not hardly.
and if the people who debate these issues were themsevles at immediate risk would they deploy the redneck response?
damn straight they would.


19 posted on 01/25/2010 10:25:47 AM PST by South Dakota (Drill baby, drill)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
All enemies, foreign and domestic!
20 posted on 01/25/2010 10:25:54 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: theDentist
If you are a terrorist and PLAN TO KILL Americans, and you get caught, the death penalty should apply, no exceptions. Isn't it time that we drew a line in the sand on this subject, if we don't some moonbat will want to try them in New York.
21 posted on 01/25/2010 10:45:45 AM PST by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is easily solved - just tell the Obozo Administration that Awlaki is a Republican.


22 posted on 01/25/2010 10:50:34 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Pants on the ground pants on the ground lookin like a fool wit yo pants on the ground)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Right on the mark.
23 posted on 01/25/2010 10:50:39 AM PST by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: Michael.SF.

If you’re a right wing extremist they will take any and all steps to stop you including thought control. Never mind whether you have actually committed a crime.

If you are traitorous muslim planning attacks on the US then they aren’t quite sure what to do.

pig feces upon them and their pedophile camel loving prophet


24 posted on 01/25/2010 10:54:24 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Kill him now, worry about the legalities later.

He won’t be around to contest it.


25 posted on 01/25/2010 11:03:41 AM PST by Venturer
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To: driftdiver

Funny!


26 posted on 01/25/2010 11:13:21 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: All

Unreal...


27 posted on 01/25/2010 11:15:22 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He isn’t an American any more!


28 posted on 01/25/2010 11:21:15 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Blast his ass to pieces and refer to it as a pre-trial diversion program.


29 posted on 01/25/2010 11:32:51 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

During the BJClinton GHB POTUS debate President Bush walked away from the podium put one hand in his pocket and declared the lawyers will get to your pocketbooks. He should have added they will also get you killed.


30 posted on 01/25/2010 11:55:16 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
One of the people briefed said opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed" because of the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack which would specifically target an American citizen.

At Chancellorsville , the Union specifically targeted American citizens with lethal attacks, killing a total of 12,821 citizens ... citizens who were fighting a war against the United States and attempting to kill Americans.

At Gettysburg, the Union specifically targeted American citizens with lethal attacks, killing a total of 28,063 citizens ... citizens who were fighting a war against the United States and attempting to kill Americans.

At Chickamauga, the Union specifically targeted American citizens with lethal attacks, killing a total of 18,454 citizens ... citizens who were fighting a war against the United States and attempting to kill Americans.

Total dead? Over 600,000 citizens. When did the lawyers decide that we couldn't act against an enemy of our country engaged in war against our people? When did the people decide that they felt safe electing a sissy who backs down in front of lawyers who hate innocent human life but work to protect the guilty?

31 posted on 01/25/2010 1:30:09 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed" because of the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack

Clinton-Osama redux.

32 posted on 01/25/2010 1:32:25 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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