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The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality

Posted By admin On October 1, 2011 @ 4:36 am In Commentary,Tile | Comments Disabled

Glenn Greenwald
Salon [1]
Oct 1, 2011

It was first reported [2] in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki. No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report [3] last October that the Obama administration was “considering” indicting him).

Despite substantial doubt [4] among Yemen experts [5] about whether he even had any operational role [6] in Al Qaeda, no evidence (as opposed to unverified government accusations) was presented of his guilt. When Awlaki’s father sought a court order barring Obama from killing his son, the DOJ argued [7], among other things, that such decisions were “state secrets” and thus beyond the scrutiny of the courts. He was simply ordered killed by the President: his judge, jury and executioner. When Awlaki’s inclusion on President Obama’s hit list was confirmed, The New York Times noted [8] that “it is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing.”

After several unsuccessful efforts [9] to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today [10] (and itwas [11] the U.S. [12]). It almost certainly was able to find and kill Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens [13] to help the U.S. murder its. The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world. The government and media search for The Next bin Laden [14] has undoubtedly already commenced.

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[1] Salon: http://www.salon.com/news/yemen/index.html?story=/opinion/greenwald/2011/09/30/awlaki

[2] first reported: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/27/yemen

[3] a report: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/09/15/assassinations/index.html

[4] substantial doubt: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/opinion/20johnsen.html

[5] Yemen experts: http://twitter.com/#%21/gregorydjohnsen/status/75838992544841729

[6] any operational role: http://twitter.com/#%21/gregorydjohnsen/status/75837444557258752

[7] DOJ argued: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/09/25/secrecy

[8] The New York Times noted: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/middleeast/07yemen.html?hp

[9] several unsuccessful efforts: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/05/07/awlaki

[10] U.S. succeeded today: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/world/middleeast/anwar-al-awlaki-is-killed-in-yemen.html?_r=1&hp

[11] was: http://twitter.com/#%21/blakehounshell/status/119711090237120512

[12] U.S.: http://twitter.com/#%21/blakehounshell/status/119718227969445888

[13] murdering his own citizens: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/world/middleeast/21yemen.html

[14] The Next bin Laden: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/06/22/anwar_al-awlaki_the_next_bin_laden_257933.html

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