Friday, September 30, 2011

Crossing the line

From Veterans for Peace:

The United States government crossed a line by killing an American citizen who had not been charged or convicted of any crime. The Fifth Amendment states that "No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law." The disregard that our government shows for the constitution makes a mockery of the concept that our “soldiers are fighting for our freedom.” If our government ignores the Fifth Amendment what amendments will they observe? How long will it be before the killings start in the United States? Once the president is allowed to kill an American on his word alone no one is safe anywhere in the world. Are we safer now that Anwar al-Awlaki is dead?
This killing marks a seminal moment and unless Congress takes steps to force the administration to observe the Constitution and the Bill of Rights the future of America looks very dark indeed.
Phillip P. Pflager
Two U.S.-Born Terrorists Killed in CIA-Led Drone Strike
Fox News has learned that two Predator drones hovering above al-Awlaki's convoy fired the Hellfire missiles which killed the terror leader. According to a senior U.S. official, the operation was carried out by Joint Special Operations Command, under the direction of the CIA. A total of four people were killed in the attack.
CIA-led drone attack kills terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki and Al Qaeda magazine editor Samir Khan in Yemen, in a strike that used two Predator drones and Hellfire missiles.
President Obama called the strike a major "milestone" in the fight against Al Qaeda and its affiliates.

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