Barack Obama’s secret “kill list” proves to be something quite unnerving for the American citizenry and something that is confounding to those who are his advisors. The New York Times recently did a large report by Jo Becker and Scott Shane, which was a fascinating look at this issue.
The NRT reports,
This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.
President Obama, overseeing the regular Tuesday counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. 19, 2010, the end of a first year in office punctuated by terrorist plots and culminating in a brush with catastrophe over Detroit on Christmas Day, a reminder that a successful attack could derail his presidency. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them.
A little further into the article they said,
In interviews with The New York Times, three dozen of his current and former advisers described Mr. Obama’s evolution since taking on the role, without precedent in presidential history, of personally overseeing the shadow war with Al Qaeda.
They describe a paradoxical leader who shunned the legislative deal-making required to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, but approves lethal action without hand-wringing. While he was adamant about narrowing the fight and improving relations with the Muslim world, he has followed the metastasizing enemy into new and dangerous lands. When he applies his lawyering skills to counterterrorism, it is usually to enable, not constrain, his ferocious campaign against Al Qaeda — even when it comes to killing an American cleric in Yemen, a decision that Mr. Obama told colleagues was “an easy one.”
The thing that is most disturbing in all of this is that Americans are targeted for assassination without charges, without due process and without a trial and conviction. This is solely based upon the decision of a president with a questionable history himself.
On top of that, we are now openly targeting those considered children, American children, for assassination.
Is this really what our Founders had in mind? It seems quite clear to me that this is not what the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution is talking about when it says,
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
What part of “all” is not clear here? Barack Obama has ordered the murder of American citizens on foreign soil. He has completely bypassed the Sixth Amendment and his advisors and everyone involved are culpable in these murders. The judiciary system has been completely disregarded and the rights of the people have been violated.
No evidence has been provided in a court of law that there should be a conviction and subsequent punishment. Instead Barack Obama has become judge, jury and executioner. This is outrageous! Maybe it doesn’t bother people that much since Americans are on foreign soil when they are killed. Personally, I don’t see a problem if they are attacking soldiers or something of that nature, but to just target them the way this is being done is just wrong.
I ask you, what is going to happen once 30,000 drones are in our airspace and assassinations start occurring on U.S. soil? By then it will be too late to speak up. Those who do now are already being labeled as potential terrorists.
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