Julie Telgenhoff| Unfortunately, there are too many Democrats who put partisan loyalty above the U.S. Constitution, and too many Republicans who fear appearing soft on terrorism, regardless of the Constitutional consequences to protect the people they are suppose to represent.
The full memo can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/23/us/23awlaki-memo.html?_r=0
Without any action taken by your elected officials from both the left and the right, you, yes YOU, an American, can LEGALLY be ASSASSINATED by your own government by drone.
The killing of AMERICAN Anwar al-Awlaki, never mind a month later the murder of his innocent AMERICAN 16 year old son, sets the precedence for the U.S. government to LEGALLY murder targeted Americans.
When your politicians do not care to do their job by protecting those they reign over, it affects your life ….LITERALLY!!!!
Quoting RT News:
The release of this memo represents an overdue but nonetheless crucial step towards transparency. “There are few questions more important than the question of when the government has the authority to kill its own citizens,” American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said in a statement released by the ACLU on Monday.
“The release of this memo will allow the public to better understand the scope and implications of the authority the government is claiming,” added Jaffer, who argued for the release of this memo and other documents before the Second Circuit.
I seriously cannot believe I just read that above quote from ACLU’s Jaffer:
“There are few questions more important than the question of when the government has the authority to kill its own citizens …”
Can you? And this news hasn’t gone viral???
Or is it that people just don’t care anymore because if so, that’s exactly the kind of response that “the State” desires …pure apathy!
THE ASSASSINATION OF AMERICAN CITIZEN ANWAR AL-AWLAKI:
Anwar al-Awlaki, was a New Mexico-born United States citizen and Muslim cleric.
For those not familiar with the US regime’s murderous deeds, per Global Research:
He was branded an “operational leader” of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and assassinated by a drone-fired missile in Yemen on September 30, 2011. Three others were killed in the attack, including a second US citizen, Samir Khan.
One month later, another drone strike in Yemen ordered by Obama and his military/intelligence accomplices killed Awlaki’s 16-year-old, US Citizen, son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, along with six other people. The US government has acknowledged terminating a fourth US citizen in its campaign of drone killings, which have killed many thousands in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries.
Regarding the murder of American Anwar al-Awlaki, consider the assertions that Obama made as if they had been PROVEN in a court of law the crimes this American was being accused of.
Obama ascertained that:
- American “Anwar al-Awlaki, the chief of external operations for AQAP” (Obama)
There is no such title in al Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula. The false claim was apparently used to comport with Attorney General standard in the OLC memo for targeted killing. It must be a senior leader who is targeted.
- “That’s who Anwar Awlaki was – he was continuously trying to kill people. He helped oversee the 2010 plot to detonate explosive devices on two U.S. bound cargo planes. He was involved in planning to blow up an airliner in 2009.” (Obama)
This is an ALLEGATION that was supposedly provided by the Christmas day underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. NO PROOF was offered about al-Awlaki trying to kill people or being involved in these said bombing campaigns outside some “Power Point Presentation …in the White House“. The lines between reality and accusations, decorated with a pretty performance, seem to be blurred.
In reality, al-Awlaki was on the CIA’s hit list, signed off by the Obama Regime, for 17 months prior to his assassination. NO evidence was ever presented against al-Awlaki in court, his American citizenship was NEVER revoked, and he was given NO opportunity to exercise his constitutionally-guaranteed rights to due process and a fair trial.
According to others who knew him, al-Awlaki was a spiritual teacher not an operative let alone a commander who “approved” missions.
Perhaps he was becoming too successful at waking up and uniting the Muslim population with “spiritual economic” truth as I will quote excerpts from Anwar al-Awlaki’s speech below:
” ..as Muslims, we want to bring an end to terrorism just like anybody else ..….
The fact that the U.S. has administered the death and homicide of over 1 million civilians in Iraq. The fact that the U.S. is supporting the deaths and killings of thousands of Palestinians does NOT justify the killing of ONE U.S. civilian in New York City and Washington D.C.”
In addition, al-Alwaki was explaining to the many Muslims, who may not understand due to sheer lack of knowledge, how governments actually operate.
“…governments have some of the worse track records of human rights violations in the world and these are the allies of the U.S. and the Middle East ..Muslim countries.”
al-Alwaki’s words are right here in this video shown below that the media and U.S. government DOES NOT want anyone to see. Please listen as he had a beautiful message.
Remember that the U.S. government didn’t even try to capture American al-Awlaki. It would have been possible to mount Hellfire warheads in the missiles used to kill him with some kind of knock-out gas that would have given time for an assault team to fly in and pick al-Awlaki up so that he could have had the opportunity for a due process/fair trail in a court of law.
Apparently, no one in the CIA or Pentagon had considered this. Furthermore, why was there never an indictment created against al Awaki? DSWright on the Firedog Lake blog conveys the problem with this claim by the President:
Perhaps if he were formally charged, as an American citizen should be, he may have decided to engage the legal system and we would have an actual factual basis to go on rather than unsubstantiated assertions by Obama. None of that happened. Instead an American citizen was killed by the word of one unaccountable man, President Obama.
And now we finally have the “smoking gun” memo providing LEGAL JUSTIFICATION for the 2011 ASSASSINATION of Anwar al-Awlaki, a United States citizen living in Yemen. In order to Constitutionally justify the murder of al Awlaki, a United States citizen by another United States citizen, it was necessary to create the appearance of a loophole in Section 1119.
American al-Awlaki’s assassination is the determining factor, the PROOF we were all looking for, that we now KNOW, without a doubt, that it is LEGAL for the US government to target and then murder Americans by drone …NO due process! Constitution Null and Void!
And both the Republicans and Democrats, who are suppose to represent the people of the United States, can be thanked for allowing the U.S. Constitution to be completely trashed and destroyed! al-Awlaki’s ASSASSINATION BY DRONE sets the LEGAL precedence for the killing of Americans by their own government …period!!!
Do you think this doesn’t pertain to you as an American? Here is a list of 72 types of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” in OFFICIAL U.S. government documents. So if you belong to a group of people that is now being referred to as “potential terrorists”, please don’t take it as a joke. The first step to persecuting any group of people is to demonize them. And remember ….POTUS does have a KILL LIST.
Where is the outrage?
Oh that’s right, who cares because the US Congress, who never agrees on anything, certainly had no problem with the bi-partician passage of the “GITMO for Americans” National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The fact that the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are still on the books, should disturb you on a personal and fundamental level.
The ability to imprison you indefinitely, without ANYONE even knowing where you are?
Got your attention yet?
Take 3 minutes out of your day and listen. If not for you, how about doing it for your loved ones?
We Americans might want to consider rising up NOW before we are all targeted and assassinated LEGALLY because we are on some U.S. government’s KILL LIST …Ya think?