A cornerstone of our Republic has been our justice system of due process, the right to a trial of our peers along with the right of appeal. What happens when a president puts an American citizen’s name on a government-sanctioned assassination list – no trial, no jury, no appeal? See a Judge Napolitano video below.
For some months now the CIA has had the authority to kill dual Yemeni-American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. It appears that al-Awlaki has not been indicted for treason. Apparently, he can be killed abroad, whether on a battlefield or not. I would be comforted to know that al-Awlaki could not inspire another Nidal Hasan because he was one-dead-dude, and dead by the hand of an American, but is it constitutional?
Why is al-Awlaki not charged with treason? Maybe because there is no way we can find two witnesses to anything he has done. So where does that leave us? With a kill list?
American Adam Gadahn, a California native and convert to Islam, is charged with treason, but is not on the government kill list. Gadahn has family and other non-Muslim acquaintances in the U.S. Maybe witnesses against Gadahn can be found.
Obama has targeted American Anwar al-Awlaki for assassination in an obviously unconstitutional act. What gives Obama this authority, and what are we going to do about it? Consider this: what if the truth becomes treason…one day?
The video below is Judge Andrew Napolitano and Glenn Beck discussing the government-sanctioned kill list. The second video is the Judge, on another occasion, also talking about hit lists.
Second video – thanks to therightscoop