Clear and Present Danger

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Government, GWOT
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The reason for adding this little poll stems from reading a release by Attorney General Eric holder earlier this week about the justification for the death by drone in September of 2011 of one Anwar al-Awlaki.  Awlaki, a U.S. born Muslim cleric was a known facilitator for al Qaeda and was living in his ethnic home of Yemen at the time of his death.  In April of 2011, President Obama authorized the kill or capture of al-Awlaki with the drone strike being successful just nine months later.  See the Associated Press Article

Many feel the administration began a descent down the slippery slope by authorizing the “assassination” of a United States citizen without the benefit of a trial or at a minimum of an Executive finding which would have given irrefutable proof of his guilt.  The administration contends that the danger to American citizens as a result of not stopping the cleric far outweighed the judicial process.  Many also feel the administration has thrown the Constitution out the window in carrying out the attack.

Al-Awlaki had known ties as a spiritual adviser to three of the 9/11 hijackers, including number 20 who for some reason did not fly with his fellow jihadis and was arrested in Germany.  He also provided “guidance” to the Fort Hood shooter and blessed off on the attempted destruction of another airplane by the Nigerian underwear bomber.  It is also believed that he provided guidance to the attempted Times Square bomber and that the attempted bomber was going to join al-Awlaki when he was apprehended at the airport.  Awlaki was actively being hunted by government forces in Yemen as a senior member of al Qaeda.

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF as we like to abbreviate it in the Army) is citizen or not, he was a danger to Americans and as far as I am concerned gave up his right to due process when he left the country and decided it was better to advocate the Islamic state through unadulterated violence on Americans and Westerners in general.  Cleansing through Hellfire missile was the most simple, expeditious manner in which to remove an enemy who would have used the rights he turned his back on and advocated against to his advantage.

Don’t take my word for it, do a little research and answer my little poll.  If there was ever a topic to stir some debate on, this is one of them.

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Comments
  1. Killing Awlaki was justified. We should hold American citizens accountable just as we do citizens of other countries who are terrorists. It is impractical to arrest Awlaki and put him on trial. That also brings up the debate of taking a law enforcement approach to terrorism. Bottom line, the Obama Administration made the right call, well within the authority of the President.

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    • As far as I am concerned he turned his back on his country to promote his ideology. That ideology was contrary to what we stand for and detrimental to U.S. citizens worldwide as well as anyone in the world who did not subscribe to his perversion of his faith. The administration made the right call.

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