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.

 

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

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bmaz But hey, this is exactly why the #WHCD is such offensive bullshit to democracy in the US: Press are bought off fools https://t.co/iNF8KgNZXX
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bmaz Seriously, not kidding, the only thing more pathetic than #WHCD is the thermonuclear status asinine post coverage on @CNN #EpitomeOfPathetic
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bmaz @hi_hat_truth Go fuck yourself asshole
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bmaz Honestly, as a lifelong Democrat, I am fucking embarrassed by Obama's ridicule of transparency and emulation of rapist Kobe Bryant mic drop.
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bmaz There are people I consider true friends in #WHCD and I seriously wonder if they think Obama's closing was "funny" or appropriate. #BeHonest
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bmaz So, Obama decided perfect coda on his 8 yrs w/the press was to sign off with an homage to a rapist sports figure. Are #WHCD #NerdProm good
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bmaz Obama, after eight yrs as most powerful man on face of the earth, parrots a rapist sports figure. Hope and change bitchezz!!
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bmaz Obama to the press: "Thanks for being equal partners with me on freedom" The Devil in Hades: "What a fucking joke"
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JimWhiteGNV RT @KevinMKruse: The UC system spent $175,000 trying to remove this picture from the internet, so please, please do NOT retweet this. https…
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bmaz DJ Foster is a total Kevin Faulk clone if the Pats will keep+develop him. Seriously, real potential here @emptywheel https://t.co/D0eZzYtElH
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bmaz Okay, but let us all hope that Christian goes to the Packers https://t.co/Zq2IwSwTB6
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bmaz Good news for Sanchize in Denver! https://t.co/hqi6lbQAv3
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