When George Bush flouted the law to wiretap and torture there was a huge outcry. Emanating mainly from the left but also to some small degree from the right. Now Obama has taken it up a huge step, putting a hit on an American citizen with no evidence of a crime presented, then following through with an extra-judicial execution. Where is the outcry? Extra-judicial execution is just a longer way of saying murder… A US citizen was murdered by the US government with no trial, no evidence, and certainly no legal basis for the action. Where is the outcry?
The left is quiet. They are even apologetic, after all Anwar al-Awlaki was a “terrorist”, he deserved it they say. Terrorist by whose testimony? All we have to go on is the president’s word…and that would be summarily rejected as hearsay, not admissible. Do we have any other evidence? To my knowledge we don’t. Let’s for a moment believe this inadmissible evidence, does that give the president the power to supersede the 5th Amendment and execute him without resort to judge, jury, due process, etc…? No, No, and NO!
The only (albeit muted) outcry that I have heard has been from the right. Ron Paul stated that it may be an impeachable offense (if it isn’t, then what would be?) and was a sign of our slipping toward tyranny.
First they murdered Randy Weaver’s family, but I didn’t speak up because they tied him to a white supremacist; then they massacred scores at a compound in Waco, but I didn’t speak up because I’m not a religious fanatic; then they murdered al-Awlaki, but I didn’t speak up because they claimed he was a terrorist; then they came for me…
I thought Obama would lead us back from the precipice that GW left us teetering on, instead he pushes us over.
Here are a couple of articles questioning the President’s powers to execute US citizens:
The Shipler Report posits Crime or War,
and Salon has a nice write up (watch the video at Salon).
And here is Greenwald being interviewed on the Sam Seder show.