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To: piytar
Enemy combatants on the ground I unreachable by LEOs. That is completely different from on US soil.

Let's see what the article says:

One was Anwar al-Awlaki, the firebrand preacher, born in New Mexico, who had evolved from a peddler of Internet hatred to a senior operative in Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen.

OK, "senior operative" whatever that is. What is in question is if he was a direct combatant posing an imminent threat to US citizens, which is the standard of the law. In my opinion, UNLESS he had direct means to make good on that threat, there should have been a finding by a court which is also the standard of the law. On the other hand...

Another was Samir Khan, another American citizen who had moved to Yemen from North Carolina and was the creative force behind Inspire, the militant group’s English-language Internet magazine.

A propagandist is not a combatant who poses an imminent threat to US citizens, not even close.

I have no problem killing these clowns, but unless they pose said threat, they should be killed only after a death warrant from a US court, perhaps analogous to a FISA court. Without clear lines of responsibility with checks on administrative overreach, you could find yourself on a video screen with your executioner 2,000 miles away, perhaps even in another country.

Killing Al Awlaki's kid was another matter. As a minor, there should be separate grounds for his death. As far as I am concerned, it was borderline murder, no matter what the little creep might have believed.

12 posted on 03/09/2013 11:47:29 PM PST by Carry_Okie (The environment is too complex and too important to be "protected" by government.)
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To: Carry_Okie
A propagandist is not a combatant who poses an imminent threat to US citizens, not even close.

Thank you!

Thank you very much!

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31 posted on 03/12/2013 5:46:29 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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