Can a President Kill Americans Without Due Process?

That’s the question at the bottom of the Al-Awlaki assassination.  Honestly, I’m not crying over Al-Awlaki.  But I don’t think the assassination sets a good precedent.  If the executive office can find a workaround to kill Americans abroad without due process (even those who no doubt deserve it)…  Well, that’s a slippery slope I just don’t want to go down.

On September 11, Paul Krugman penned a blog accusing neocon politicians of taking advantage of 9/11 to pursue their evil, warmongering policies.  I wonder if he and his liberal colleagues feel the same moral disquietude over this assassination?  Was it an example of the sort of “deeply shameful” thing government officials did as a consequence of 9/11 anti-terrorism policy?  Krugman wrote in a sort of conclusion:

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

I’m not a lawyer – I don’t know what the answer is re: the Al-Awlaki assassination.  But I sure hope America has a serious conversation about it.

About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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