Let’s See the Evidence on Al-Awlaki

Ding dong Awlaki’s dead, says the government.

While everyone’s talking about having “got” this latest bogeyman, I just wanted to remind folks the kind of language the Administration used to explain why it could kill an American citizen with no due process.

Accordingly, although it would not be appropriate to make a comprehensive statement as to the circumstances in which he might lawfully do so, it is sufficient to note that, consistent with the AUMF, and other applicable law, including the inherent right to self-defense, the President is authorized to use necessary and appropriate force against AQAP operational leaders, in compliance with applicable domestic and international legal requirements, including the laws of war. [my emphasis]

As to the actual evidence that Anwar al-Awlaki was a terrorist? That’s a state secret.

Incidentally, last week the 9th Circuit said there should be some due process and proof of probable cause before the government acts on claims that someone or something (in this case, al-Haramain) is a terrorist. Lucky for the government they managed to kill Awlaki before anyone asked again for due process for him.

 

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

47 Responses to Let’s See the Evidence on Al-Awlaki

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47
Emptywheel Twitterverse
emptywheel @siestadrive There was interesting discussion abt doing an IRV poll to make this crapshoot more sensible. I might do that. @SamWangPhD
3mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @armandodkos: "Pick a drug law you don’t like and thank Sen. Joe Biden". He deserves credit for racially disproportionate impact of drug…
11mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @armandodkos: Jeralyn discusses Biden's awful record on crime issues // Joe Biden's Plans Have Long Roots http://t.co/6EFOlYUvrq via @Ta
17mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz They shouldn't. Not to mention that Biden is horrid on law+order/crime reform issues. @Sherry_Reson @downwithtyranny https://t.co/25b4P2XaEA
19mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @JamesWolcott: "Moments from now Republican hopeful Donald Trump will be faxing us directly from Elvis Presley's home in Memphis."
28mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @PogoWasRight Well, theoretically, yes. But courts let this junk in all the time when it supports the government and cops.
56mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Lewinski is not a doctor, not even a licensed psychologist. Just a cop loving charlatan for sale. https://t.co/bANRY60qA3
1hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @macfathom: Excellent piece on Bill Lewinski by @mattapuzzo: http://t.co/DnX6CC52oT. For more on Lewinski, see my 2010 story: http://t.c…
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Why are they even having Koch begfest? Haven't they already declared Walker their guy?
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @RyanLizza To be able to push back against appearance that all Dems support broad criminal justice reform?
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Is it me, or does Marist misunderstand how polls are ALWAYS used in Presidential politics? http://t.co/rq0NVTNjW0
2hreplyretweetfavorite
September 2011
S M T W T F S
« Aug   Oct »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930