Interesting article here. Apparently deep in the bureaucratic bowels there’s a hit list on who needs to die. And there was an American on it, Anwar al-Awlaki. Now I doubt few will argue that he didn’t need to die, but let’s look at the principle of it.
He was an American citizen, and even though he was at war with the government, he has the same rights as any other citizen. Like the 5th and 6th Amendments which I’ve covered here and here. When you break the law they find you and arrest you. Not issue a kill order to the police to shoot you on sight. But that’s just what they did for Anwar. No Miranda Rights, warrants or nothing. There he is, KILL HIM. They could’ve arrested him, I mean we flew a stealth chopper into Pakistan beside a military academy to get Osama. So that excuse doesn’t cut it. This sets a dangerous precedent. Are you on the death panel’s list? We now know that an American citizen’s right to a trial is not guaranteed by the government.
“He was a traitor.”
Treason is a capital offense but you still face a trial. Something to think about.