So we took out Anwar al-Awlaki with a predator drone. Good for us. I won’t be shedding any tears over this filth….however, this does leave me feeling a little queasy in the legal department.
Now this is strangely one of the few things I will not critique Obama over. He did the right thing and it was completely justified.
And Ron Paul is an idiot, what a shock, for calling for Obama’s impeachment over this issue.
The guy was a terrorist, had already declared war on all humanity and civilization, so the fact that he was an enemy of the U.S. was kind of a given. And even if you have a problem with that logic there is the more common belief of Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges (In War the Laws are Silent) the idea that laws are not suicide pacts and that the safety of people, when seriously in jeopardy, it’s never a bright choice between to choose following the letter of the law over following what is right. Okay the guy didn’t have his finger on a button to a nuke at that very moment, but he was a major figure in al-Qaeda and we’re at war with them (although I would prefer a formal declaration to come out of Congress about that). Still we were completely justified in doing this. Ron, there are lots of reasons to impeach Obama, this is not one of them.
The scum was technically a U.S. citizen and this does set a dangerous precedent. And as I heard on Red Eye, TV’s Andy Levy suggested that we could have easily tried him for treason in absentia and sentenced him to death. It’s not like everything the man has said and done wasn’t the textbook definition of treason. The whole trial wouldn’t have taken 2 days. It’s an open and shut case, we could have easily done it without problems. Then the predator drone wouldn’t have been carrying out the will of the executive branch but rather a court ordered punishment.
Would that have been a huge hurdle? No.
And I don’t want to give the government a carte blanche to kill anyone. Granted there is probably no one I trust less than Obama and he has yet to turn a predator drone against anyone I care about (that I know of) but this is still a bad precedent.
Thus I would like Congress to pass a law requiring the administration to seek treason trials against any U.S. citizen thought to be a terrorist. Hell most of them won’t show because they’re busy plotting terrorists acts so I don’t see these triasl taking a long time, but it just would ensure that predator drones aren’t misused in the future.
It’s not a big thing, but I just don’t want to give this executive or any future executive this kind of unchecked power.
…but on the issue of non-U.S. citizens who are terrorists I can only say, I love the smell of Napalm in the morning. Obama feel free to keep the drones flying, I have no complaints.