posted on Apr, 7 2010 @ 08:47 PM
There's no fine line here. Once you cross the line into legalized assassination (or what is euphemistically called "targeted killing") you've
essentially crossed the Rubicon, not some ambiguous line filled with subtle shades of gray on either side. I would not support laying a hellfire
missile on Osama bin Laden any more than on this guy - American citizen or no. We have no proof that any of the "targets" so far were planning
attacks on the US and many of them were not even in US combat zones, but neutral or allied countries.
Even if in an " hostile country, we have not declared war on anyone and this is just an extension of preemptive war doctrine, an insane divergence
from 80+ years of American foreign policy. That crossed a line into mass killing of citizens of countries whose leaders have only "thought about"
doing us harm. If that's the standard, we have crossed into Orwellian territory.
We have a Constitution which recognizes any treaty signed by the US as the law of the land.
Article 6 "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be
made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing
in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.“
Conducting assassinations in foreign countries is no more acceptable than conducting them on our own soil. All Predator strikes should be stopped
immediately, at the very least those conducted outside the borders of combat zones.
Targeting al-Alauqi is thus crossing two lines; targeting an American citizen for summary execution without due process and (undoubtedly) violating
the air space of a sovereign nation to do so (Yemen or Pakistan).There's a reason we don't have an indictment of Osama bin Laden; the FBI doesn't
think there's enough proof to even put him on its most wanted list. It does have arrest warrants on him for the attack on the Cole and bombing of our
embassy in Kenya, Tanzania and the Riyadh truck bombing, but not for 9/11. Isn't that a bit curious?
Let's spend our resources getting to bottom of 9/11 before we spend another American or foreigner's life on this issue. Even after that, if it's
proven beyond a reasonable doubt that any Muslims not acting under orders of our own intelligence agencies has taken American lives, than let's do go
after them within the laws and treaties of this nation. If we can't do that, then we are simply conducting a suicide bombing on our Constitution. And
if we're really at war, then let's assume some of the risk ourselves to protect our freedoms and not simply ask our military to take on that risk
while we live "normal" lives at home.
I have not lived nearly 60 years to see this country turned into an haven for extra-legal assassins, nor to drape the flag over another coffin of one
our troops sent on fools' errands abroad so I "can go shopping."