Pretty strong opinions on the thread about al-alwaki's assassination in light of his being an American citizen. How about a poll: Should the President be impeached?
Early last year, the President put Al-alwaki on the CIA's Kill List, at their request. That was well reported in the news. Al-alwaki's father, together with the ACLU, brought a suit against the government on the grounds that Al-alwaki is a US citizen. The US District Court threw out the case:
Congressional hearings were held on the matter earlier this year:"There are circumstances in which the (president's) unilateral decision to kill a U.S. citizen overseas is constitutionally committed to the political branches and judicially unreviewable," U.S. District Judge John Bates concluded last year. In his 83-page decision last December, Bates dismissed an effort by al-Awlaki's father and civil liberties groups to block, in essence, al-Awlaki's execution. While acknowledging many "stark and perplexing questions," Bates said he lacked the authority to get involved.
Read more: Some question president's power to kill a US citizen overseas - KansasCity.com
U.S.-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed, Yemen says - Iowa State Daily: WorldAt a U.S. congressional hearing this year, Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said, "I actually consider al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, with al-Awlaki as a leader within that organization, as probably the most significant threat to the U.S."
What've we got?
- A US Citizen who was identified by the CIA as kill-worthy in the war on terror.
- A Lawsuit brought about to "stay the execution" dismissed by the US District Court with an opinion that says that courts have no authority in the matter.
- Hearings held making Congress aware of the kill order, apparently without uproar.
I vote "No" above. You?
G. W. Bush, September 2001: "We will never tire, and we will hunt them down."