Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

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?

(Excerpt) Read more at Salon.com


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: anwaralawlaki; april; assassination; bho44; bhofascism; bhotreason; bhotyranny; bloodoftyrants; democrats; fubo; leftwingextremism; liar; lping; obama; president; rapeofliberty; traitor
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-275 next last
Greenwald notes further in the article that this is one power President George W. Bush never claimed.
1 posted on 04/07/2010 7:24:39 AM PDT by kristinn
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: kristinn
"Enemies Of The State," be warned.


2 posted on 04/07/2010 7:26:08 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
So when does the left LOSE IT, and demand Obama's impeachment?

Or must there be an additional factor of Aggravated Unlicensed Republicanism in the Third Degree?

3 posted on 04/07/2010 7:26:33 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

No doubt Obama is setting the stage for future use against ‘enemies’ on the political right in this country.

Mussolini must be busting his buttons right now.


4 posted on 04/07/2010 7:29:02 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Entitlements will do to America what drugs eventually do to addicts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

This is an extremely dangerous Regime.


5 posted on 04/07/2010 7:29:17 AM PDT by unkus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
Confirmed: Obama Authorizes Assassination of U.S. Citizen

Yet another law he exempts himself from.

6 posted on 04/07/2010 7:29:47 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: reagan_fanatic

When will they try for the “Fairness Doctrine”?


7 posted on 04/07/2010 7:30:04 AM PDT by unkus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
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.

Imagine if Bush did that. Heads would explode live on MSDNC.

8 posted on 04/07/2010 7:30:21 AM PDT by McGruff (Don't criticize. Explain to me who I should support other than Sarah Palin.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Can’t trust Salon.


9 posted on 04/07/2010 7:30:26 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Repeat Offender

Another banana republic in the making?


10 posted on 04/07/2010 7:30:51 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Has Lon Horiuchi been notified of his new assignment?


11 posted on 04/07/2010 7:31:38 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (We're all heading for red revolution -- we just disagree on what the red really means.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
...they're here and here...

kristinn, did you intend to link the 'here's to your other postings?
12 posted on 04/07/2010 7:31:39 AM PDT by CaptSkip
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

And yet they say Bush is a war criminal........................


13 posted on 04/07/2010 7:31:48 AM PDT by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Incredible.


14 posted on 04/07/2010 7:32:12 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Lennin had his hit lists that murdered tens of thousands. Welcome to Marxism.


15 posted on 04/07/2010 7:33:17 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

The “Cleric” needs to be convicted in a Military court of TREASON and then sentenced to death. THEN the US Government can blow him up as soon as you can find him!


16 posted on 04/07/2010 7:33:23 AM PDT by WellyP
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

I don’t trust this regime at all. They could’ve looked at a sign that read *Kill The Bill* and deemed it terrorism.

Very scary.


17 posted on 04/07/2010 7:33:47 AM PDT by azishot (J.D. Hayworth...U.S. Senator FOR Arizona...http://www.jdforsenate.com/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FourtySeven

Incredible is right. I thought Chavez arresting that judge was bad. We’re going downhill full steam ahead, yowsers!


18 posted on 04/07/2010 7:33:55 AM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: ClearCase_guy

No need for a new assignment if he winds up on the list.


19 posted on 04/07/2010 7:35:02 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Is Obama an Irish, Italian or Japanese name?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Good thing Obama doesn’t have him put into Guantanamo.

That would be bad.


20 posted on 04/07/2010 7:36:11 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn; All

He’ll go after Rush, Beck, Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, FOX news.

And Jim.

He has money, power and a mandate to de-construct America, by removing such favored people he creates antagonism, he wants America to become divided along racial and party lines.

Its easier to then attack the smaller herds.

We must become the BIG WHOOPASS HERD, the MOTHER of all HERDS, unstoppable, period.


21 posted on 04/07/2010 7:36:15 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" G.Orwell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

When they ran this on foxnews I didn’t get it, but the title of this article makes the point.

Sure the guy probably does deserve to be shot, but with all Obama is doing to protect foreign terrorists...it makes you wonder why it’s ok to kill a US Citizen without due process.

This is incredible. I may have to visit the DU to see how they are responding...this *should* be giving them fits.


22 posted on 04/07/2010 7:36:29 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: subterfuge
Can’t trust Salon.

How about the New York Times or Washington Post?
23 posted on 04/07/2010 7:37:07 AM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Wow from Salon no less.


24 posted on 04/07/2010 7:37:31 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Its one think to kill an enemy on the battlefield (even an American citizen) its another altogether to authorize the assassination of an American citizen outside of a military action.


25 posted on 04/07/2010 7:37:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
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.

From Salon, no less.... I think the reality of the guy they married at the quickie Vegas wedding has begun to sink in....

26 posted on 04/07/2010 7:37:45 AM PDT by r9etb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
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.

From Salon, no less.... I think the reality of the guy they married at the quickie Vegas wedding has begun to sink in....

27 posted on 04/07/2010 7:37:45 AM PDT by r9etb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: CaptSkip

Sorry, I didn’t feel like embedding all the links in the article.


28 posted on 04/07/2010 7:38:26 AM PDT by kristinn (A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
Mr. Awlaki is an operative of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the affiliate of the terror network in Yemen and Saudi Arabia

If we can't get him in America, he should be targeted ... wherever he is.

29 posted on 04/07/2010 7:40:26 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: subterfuge
Can’t trust Salon.

No, but it's an interesting piece nevertheless, because of the venom directed toward The 0ne by this denizen of the left.

30 posted on 04/07/2010 7:40:49 AM PDT by r9etb
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: for-q-clinton

DU has the NY Times article posted, but not one response to it. They must have their heads in the sand on this one.


31 posted on 04/07/2010 7:40:56 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: OldNavyVet
That seems obvious enough.

If an American citizen acts as an enemy combatant, he should bear the same risks as any other enemy.

32 posted on 04/07/2010 7:43:42 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Freepers are next.


33 posted on 04/07/2010 7:45:06 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
So when will we hear the left cry, "Obama's a war criminal and should be frogmarched out of the White House and into The Hague"?
34 posted on 04/07/2010 7:45:10 AM PDT by lwd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

>>Sorry, I didn’t feel like embedding all the links in the article.

booo, hissssss :)


35 posted on 04/07/2010 7:45:13 AM PDT by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
Well at least we didn't tap his phone, that would be unconstitutional.
36 posted on 04/07/2010 7:45:20 AM PDT by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: for-q-clinton

DU has the NY Times article posted, but not one response to it. They must have their heads in the sand on this one.


It’s called “selective indignation”.


37 posted on 04/07/2010 7:47:04 AM PDT by unkus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

Obama probably dreaded getting embarrassed by this guy.


38 posted on 04/07/2010 7:47:14 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: OldNavyVet
The point is being made that an American citizen is being targeted for assassination (i.e., complete denial of all Constitutional rights) away from the battlefield solely on assertions without the barest of judicial proceedings.
39 posted on 04/07/2010 7:47:48 AM PDT by kristinn (A conspiracy of silence speaks louder than words.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Lazamataz

Of course, had the target been Sarah Palin, Greenwald would have had no problem with it. Only the killing of terrorists could upset him.


40 posted on 04/07/2010 7:48:07 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: unkus

I hear the sound of little rats digging, digging, digging to see if any president before Bush II was known to have done such a targeting.


41 posted on 04/07/2010 7:48:32 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Travis McGee

42 posted on 04/07/2010 7:50:37 AM PDT by Bean Counter (I keeps mah feathers numbered, for just such an emergency...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

First they came for Awlaki, but I am not a terrorist so I did not care, then they came for ...


43 posted on 04/07/2010 7:50:41 AM PDT by granite (A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn

What happened to miranda rights for terrorists?

What does Anwar al-Awlaki have on Ogabe.......


44 posted on 04/07/2010 7:50:53 AM PDT by Electric Graffiti (I'm armed and Amish.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lazamataz
The left is waiting to see if active, strong republicans are going to be on uhbama's hit list as enemies of the state. After all....as of today we are no longer allowed to use the terms terrorist, islamist, jihadist, etc. so WHO KNOWS what the definition of a person worthy of dying by edict via uhbama will be?

Perhaps it need be only a person who is unruly and SCREAMS out the TRUTH to that pom-pus POS at one of his creepy air force one boondoggles. A person quietly killed in his or her bedroom later that day. Legally. Of course.

Welcome to tyranny ala liberal land. You will NEVER hear any liberals come against uhbama. They are not only afraid of him, but they are TERRIFIED of being called racist! lol

45 posted on 04/07/2010 7:51:18 AM PDT by Republic (Stop the horrific liberals from spending ONE MRE DME before they destroy our nation.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
I think this kind of thing has happened before.


46 posted on 04/07/2010 7:51:24 AM PDT by toast
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kristinn
Confirmed: Obama Authorizes Assassination of U.S. Citizen

I'm wondering if he would authorize the assassination of a Kenyan?

47 posted on 04/07/2010 7:52:34 AM PDT by The Duke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine

He has already bankrupted the nation... we just haven’t seen the generations of debt servitude in the future. Future generations indentured.


48 posted on 04/07/2010 7:52:50 AM PDT by himno hero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hydrazine

He has already bankrupted the nation... we just haven’t seen the generations of debt servitude in the future. Future generations indentured.


49 posted on 04/07/2010 7:52:50 AM PDT by himno hero
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: unkus

The DU appears to be spinning it this way now.

What is unprecedented about this is that they announced it to the world. And that by announcing it to the world is better than a covert ops murder as it’s a shrewd move to make the guy inneffective.

But then there are those that support Obama and some wish to have GW and Bush added to the hit list.

While some think this is a bad idea.

It’s a mixed bag...get some popcorn this should be fun.


50 posted on 04/07/2010 7:53:12 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-275 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson