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America Assassinates One of Its Own Citizens By Executive Mandate

2011 September 30

It’s hard to know what to think today, on reading the news of the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, other than that we have entered a new and even uglier chapter in the decline of America.  Awlaki, an American citizen, was killed by executive fiat, on the order of our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, without being arrested, charged with any crime, tried in any court, or convicted of anything. Needless to say, there will be no appeal.

Al Jazeera notes that the evidence against Awlaki was that he “spread al-Qaeda’s message via a blog, social media posts and email exchanges.”

It sure will be fun when a Republican takes office and gets to decide who will be the next to die.

Good Night, Democracy!

Update:  The Center for Constitutional Rights has condemned the killing of Awlaki and notes that ” If we allow such gross overreaches of power to continue, we are setting the stage for increasing erosions of civil liberties and the rule of law.”

ACLU National Security Project Litigation Director Ben Wizner stated today: “If the Constitution means anything, it surely means that the President does not have unreviewable authority to summarily execute any American whom he concludes is an enemy of the state.”

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