The White House gave it a chilly reception; I don't know whatever happened to it....but there has apparently been some controversy about this guy's rights for quite some time -- going back to 2010.Independent Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts introduced a measure Thursday to strip Americans charged with terrorism of their US citizenship. We speak with Shayana Kadidal, senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who says the proposal is "constitutional buffoonery." [includes rush transcript]
All I can say now is that I'm glad GWB wasn't in office. Obama? He'll skate on glass.
From April 2010:
Interesting.Newser – In what may be an unprecedented move, Barack Obama has authorized the CIA to assassinate an American citizen. The target: Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was born in New Mexico, but now operates out of Yemen. Counterterror officials say he’s a member of al-Qaeda, and has been linked to numerous terrorist plots, including the attempted Christmas Day bombing and Fort Hood shooting.
Because Awlaki is an American citizen, the CIA had to get special permission from the White House to put him on their kill list. A former Bush official tells the New York Times that he’s not sure it’s ever happened before, and didn’t, to his knowledge, happen under Bush. But Awlaki is seen as a major threat—he’s moved from simply encouraging attacks to actively planning them, according to one intelligence official. " He knows he won’t be met with handshakes and flowers. None of this should surprise anyone."
Thank you, Quazi!
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
I agree with Ron Paul. He deserved a trial. Then we could have assassinated him.
Interesting that it happened on a Friday. Bin Laden was also killed on a Friday mission.
News is slower over the weekend. Because of the controversial nature of this mission, it wouldn't surprise me if it was done on Friday for a reason. Don't be naive and say, "That's when they finally saw him." The order to kill him was given by the President over a year ago. "Do it any Friday you can."
Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me.
Thank you, Quazi!
You asked for it Maggie