Updated: Oct. 1, 2011
democracynow on Sep 30, 2011
www. DemocracyNow.org – The United States has confirmed the killing of the radical Yemeni-American cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, in northern Yemen. The Obama administration says Al-Awlaki is one of the most influential al-Qaeda operatives on its ‘most wanted’ list. In response to news of al-Awlaki’s death, constitutional scholar Glenn Greenwald and others argue the assassination of U.S. citizens without due process has now has become a reality. “One of the bizarre aspects of it is that media and government reports try to sell al-Awlaki as some grand terrorist mastermind … describing him as the new bin Laden. The United States government needs a terrorist mastermind to replace Osama bin Laden to justify this type of endless war … For a while, al-Awlaki was going to serve that function,” Greenwald tells Democracy Now! Sept. 30. “If you are somebody that believes the President of the United States has the power to order your fellow citizens murdered, assassinated, killed without a shred of due process … then you are really declaring yourself to be as pure of an authoritarian as it gets.”
For the complete transcript, podcast, and for additional Democracy Now! reports on Yemen and on the global “war on terror,” visit http://www.democracynow.org
MOXNEWSd0tCOM on Sep 30, 2011
September 30, 2011 News Corp
RTAmerica on Sep 30, 2011
A drone strike over Yemen today killed two al-Qaeda operatives that were born in America. President Obama authorized the executions, but neither man was ever charged with a crime or given a trial. Can the CIA bypass the constitution to do as they wish? Jeremy Scahill of The National weighs in.
MOXNEWSd0tCOM on Sep 30, 2011
September 30, 2011 CURRENT TV
Kucinich on the Extrajudicial Killing on Anwar al-Awlaki: Wrong Legally, Constitutionally and Morally
by Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Sep 30, 2011
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement after news reports confirmed the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in the extrajudicial killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen.
“The Administration has a crossed a dangerous divide and set a dangerous precedent for how the United States handles terrorism cases. This dangerous legal precedent allows the government to target U.S. citizens abroad for being suspected of involvement in terrorism, in subversion of their most basic constitutional rights and due process of law. Their right to a trial is summarily and anonymously stripped from them.
The U.S. has successfully tried hundreds of terrorism cases in federal courts. Intelligence operations that have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight raise serious legal questions, particularly when the outcomes of such programs constitute possible violations of international law and violations of the Constitution.
“Mr. al-Awlaki’s allegedly violent rejection of America was not acceptable in any way. Neither is it acceptable to trample the Constitution through extrajudicial killings.”