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Opinion

Letter: Citizen targets

January 19, 2013

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To the editor:

When Barack Obama places his hand on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible during his second inauguration, an executive will be sworn in as president of the United States who openly claims the codified right to target a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil for assassination by the U.S. government.

Will U.S. citizens be subjected, as have Pakistanis and other nationals, to Joint Special Operations Command “snatch/grab/assassinate” programs collaborating with corporate contractors Blackwater/Xe/Academi or outsourced groups such as Israeli Mossad? Or will armed versions, such as CIA Predators or drones already roaming the skies above the surveilled homeland, preside over targets found guilty through a trial of Hellfire missiles or other such peers.

Well beyond hypotheticals, the president has already overseen orders that blew up a 16-year-old U.S. citizen named Abdulrahman al-Aulaqi while he ate dinner with a friend in an open-air restaurant in his family’s homeland of Yemen. Obama’s well-wrought, post-Newtown tear for the “safety of our children” notwithstanding, Abdulrahman’s grandfather has credibly accused the Nobel Peace laureate of acting as “nothing more than a child killer.” Left unmentioned are the unknown names, at least to the American people, of the multitude of individual children of other national origins whose breaths Mr. Obama is liable for snuffing.

King prophetically asserted: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Has it been long enough for us to find our will to bind, arrest and correct the increasingly codified, spiritual wickedness hurtling down from “we the people’s” house?

Comments

overthemoon 1 year, 3 months ago

Had a federal agent killed Timothy McVeigh in the process of his setting up his truck bomb, would you all be outraged that he didn't get a trial?

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roadwarrior 1 year, 3 months ago

why are anti Obama people so hysterical ?

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Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

Mabe the only moral of this story is don't hangout with al quaida terrorists.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

Fred wrote: Do you agree with the President that it is acceptable to kill Americans abroad with drones for just being suspected of terrorism ties or activity? I don't.

---Fred, I also don't agree.

furthermore, the drone campaign has other serious bad consequences beyond radicalizing whole populations who don't particularly appreciate having big brother planes hovering overhead, would you?
in just bumping them off, Obama is trashing any intel value they might have had in interrogation but that would have involved an interrogation process. oddly, it is okay to bump them off but it is not okay to use enhanced interrogation techniques on them? that's backwards.

but you cannot have the president sitting there with a "kill deck" that includes american citizens. american citizens do have rights and those rights need to be properly protected.

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skinny 1 year, 3 months ago

Welcome to the real world folks!! In time of war, everything is fair!

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Abdu Omar 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree Fred, there is this little thing in the Constitution about due process. So there are questions to be asked: Did he receive his Maranda Rights, Did he have the opportunity to seek a lawyer, did he get his one phone call? All of these are not taken into consideration and is a breach of our sacred code.

Drone killing is an abomination toward all mankind because those who happen to be in the vicinity of the victim can end up just as dead. This "collateral" damage is a risk we should never take!

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Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

The president is the Commander in Chief of the military. The military is sworn to protect the U.S. Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic..

If he ever orders a military attack on US soil against a citizen, get back to me and we will discuss if his rights were violated

The full oath: I (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

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Gandalf 1 year, 3 months ago

The president is the Commander in Chief of the military. The military is sworn to protect the U.S. Constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic..

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