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Confirmed: Obama Authorizes Assassination of U.S. Citizen
Salon ^ | Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | Glenn Greenwald

Posted on 04/07/2010 7:24:39 AM PDT by kristinn

In late January, I wrote about the Obama administration's "presidential assassination program," whereby American citizens are targeted for killings far away from any battlefield, based exclusively on unchecked accusations by the Executive Branch that they're involved in Terrorism. At the time, The Washington Post's Dana Priest had noted deep in a long article that Obama had continued Bush's policy (which Bush never actually implemented) of having the Joint Chiefs of Staff compile "hit lists" of Americans, and Priest suggested that the American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was on that list. The following week, Obama's Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Dennis Blair, acknowledged in Congressional testimony that the administration reserves the "right" to carry out such assassinations.

Today, both The New York Times and The Washington Post confirm that the Obama White House has now expressly authorized the CIA to kill al-Alwaki no matter where he is found, no matter his distance from a battlefield. I wrote at length about the extreme dangers and lawlessness of allowing the Executive Branch the power to murder U.S. citizens far away from a battlefield (i.e., while they're sleeping, at home, with their children, etc.) and with no due process of any kind. I won't repeat those arguments -- they're here and here -- but I do want to highlight how unbelievably Orwellian and tyrannical this is in light of these new articles today.

Just consider how the NYT reports on Obama's assassination order and how it is justified:

The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday. . . .

American counterterrorism officials say Mr. Awlaki is an operative of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the affiliate of the terror network in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. They say they believe that he has become a recruiter for the terrorist network, feeding prospects into plots aimed at the United States and at Americans abroad, the officials said.

It is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing, officials said. A former senior legal official in the administration of George W. Bush said he did not know of any American who was approved for targeted killing under the former president. . . .

"The danger Awlaki poses to this country is no longer confined to words," said an American official, who like other current and former officials interviewed for this article spoke of the classified counterterrorism measures on the condition of anonymity. "He’s gotten involved in plots."

No due process is accorded. No charges or trials are necessary. No evidence is offered, nor any opportunity for him to deny these accusations (which he has done vehemently through his family). None of that.

Instead, in Barack Obama's America, the way guilt is determined for American citizens -- and a death penalty imposed -- is that the President, like the King he thinks he is, secretly decrees someone's guilt as a Terrorist. He then dispatches his aides to run to America's newspapers -- cowardly hiding behind the shield of anonymity which they're granted -- to proclaim that the Guilty One shall be killed on sight because the Leader has decreed him to be a Terrorist. It is simply asserted that Awlaki has converted from a cleric who expresses anti-American views and advocates attacks on American military targets (advocacy which happens to be Constitutionally protected) to Actual Terrorist "involved in plots." These newspapers then print this Executive Verdict with no questioning, no opposition, no investigation, no refutation as to its truth. And the punishment is thus decreed: this American citizen will now be murdered by the CIA because Barack Obama has ordered that it be done. What kind of person could possibly justify this or think that this is a legitimate government power?

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico; War on Terror
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To: Bahbah; mware; holdonnow

If true, does anyone have the legal process, docs on this?


251 posted on 04/07/2010 2:27:31 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Pray, Pray, Pray.)
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To: kristinn

So ... plug in a different name instead of a Muslim terrorist ... say, a political opponent or other opposition leader ... what do we have?

Whoa.

Wouldn’t there be enough evidence to bag the terrorist and put him on ice? Give him due process?


252 posted on 04/07/2010 2:31:17 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: kristinn

A liberal rag like Salon is using terms like “unbelievably Orwellian”? Nah - no way a liberal would ever wake up to the reality of “change”...


253 posted on 04/07/2010 2:38:03 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: broken_arrow1
Lenin had his hit lists that murdered tens of thousands. Welcome to Marxism.

Hitler, Lenin Stalin Mao... they all had to start the killings somewhere... start with a person on the line - then move up...

It spreads - always does.

How long until "the vast right wing conspiracy" gets hit? How many weeks before it's just plain old Republicans leaders being shot?

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew...

254 posted on 04/07/2010 2:46:22 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: kristinn

Gee, I wonder how long before this policy is applied to those racist, anti-American “Nazis” congregating at tea party rallies?


255 posted on 04/07/2010 2:46:25 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: toast

I didn’t read that part.

I still hate you.


256 posted on 04/07/2010 2:47:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Chuckster
Who else is on your list; and who's list are YOU on?

I hate people who have Latin in their taglines.

257 posted on 04/07/2010 2:49:38 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Has Lon Horiuchi been notified of his new assignment?

Heh! There's a name I haven't heard in awhile! The towel-head isn't a nursing mom married to a "gun nut", so I'm guessing Lon won't be assigned on this one.

258 posted on 04/07/2010 2:51:24 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer ("It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." --Jefferson)
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To: toast
The section just above the examples goes through a long explanation of why “in absentia” trials have not been accepted in the US for over 100 years.

The fact that the Court disapproves of trials in absentia only amplifies the unconstitutionality and illegality of denying the individual a trial altogether, by murdering him.

259 posted on 04/07/2010 2:55:22 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (November 4, 2008 - the day America drank the Kool-Aid)
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To: subterfuge
Can't trust Salon.

So-called Liberals will talk to the folks at Salon. Maybe some Chicago style pressure if they don't see the logic quick enough.

Who wants to bet Glenn Greenwald doesn't have a job next year?

Nat Hentoff would have been able to fight back - a "Greenwald"? He doesn't have a chance.

260 posted on 04/07/2010 3:00:37 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=dam&lang=eng)
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To: MestaMachine

>That order came straight from the bj in office at the time...as well as blatantly ignoring the Posse Comitatus Act.

The Posse Comitatus Act pisses me off; precisely because it is either ultimately meaningless OR utterly contra-Constitutional. Consider the Constitution says the following is a power of Congress [Art 1, Sec 8]:
“To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”

As you can see, the purpose of the military [militia, remember the founders wanted no standing Army] is to:
1) Repel Invasion,
2) Suppress Insurrection,
3) EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THE UNION

>Janet Reno couldn’t do Waco on her own.

True.

>What happened to bj for that? NOTHING.

Which was, and is, disgusting.

>Precedence was set.

You are correct. The only possible problem is the ‘people’ are questioning the ‘authority’ of the ‘government.’ And to make it worse, the government LOST its case against Randy Weaver. This is the problem they have with people reading the Constitution and other laws, this is why they HATE the tea party. (People roused and investigating WILL see corruption... and to an extent that SHOULD make one sick.)


261 posted on 04/07/2010 3:11:55 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: MestaMachine

>You know what’s REALLY scary? How many people on this thread have to mentally edit their remarks for fear the wrong people might be watching?
>And you know they are....

Yep. And you obviously noted that I WASN’T editing my thoughts because “people might be watching”.


262 posted on 04/07/2010 3:15:25 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: MestaMachine

I am on record as to my “druthers.”


263 posted on 04/07/2010 3:21:34 PM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: kristinn

First, pass an act to strip him of his citizenship.


264 posted on 04/07/2010 3:23:04 PM PDT by kenavi (I am a greedy health insurer. Now I join the government. Is that better?)
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To: kristinn

I wonder if this “citizen” has the goods on obama, hence the order...


265 posted on 04/07/2010 3:27:05 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: OneWingedShark

I don’t usually hold back much either. Just saying.


266 posted on 04/07/2010 3:52:02 PM PDT by MestaMachine (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2426869/posts SUPPORT RINO FREE AMERICA)
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The Washington Post's Dana Priest had noted deep in a long article that Obama had continued Bush's policy (which Bush never actually implemented) of having the Joint Chiefs of Staff compile "hit lists" of Americans, and Priest suggested that the American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was on that list.
Thanks kristinn.
267 posted on 04/07/2010 5:01:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Travis McGee

So how far down this road do we go?


268 posted on 04/07/2010 6:06:04 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum
So how far down this road do we go?

To King Barack Hussein Louis XVI signing Death Warrents on the political opposition./sarc


269 posted on 04/07/2010 7:07:16 PM PDT by magooey (then - NO JUSTICE! NO PEACE!, now - NO DATA! NO WARMING!)
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To: OldNavyVet

NO- Americans must be given due process.


270 posted on 04/07/2010 11:55:08 PM PDT by The Doctor ("They work for us. Take back government from those we can't trust.")
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To: The Doctor
NO- Americans must be given due process.

Feelings be damned! Justice, in its finest sense, is swift.

271 posted on 04/08/2010 7:47:47 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years.)
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To: azishot
maybe this person was going to expose obama and who he is.
272 posted on 04/08/2010 8:07:53 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Canadian Outrage

Death Camps Warned Being Prepared As Millions In US Left Hopeless

http://www.eutimes.net/2010/04/death-camps-warned-being-prepared-as-millions-in-us-left-hopeless/


273 posted on 04/08/2010 9:23:45 AM PDT by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or ...off.)
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To: OldNavyVet

Due process is the law, and the President should not break it.


274 posted on 04/08/2010 10:30:04 AM PDT by The Doctor ("They work for us. Take back government from those we can't trust.")
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To: kristinn

I shudder to think of how many here would be agreeing with this policy if Bush had conceived of it.

Not all, but at least some, and that is why our country is going to hell.


275 posted on 04/12/2010 4:22:13 PM PDT by evandi
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