US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was recently put out of business on account of assassination. I won’t debate whether this was a good idea or not to off this guy. He was a very bad boy and I shed no tear for him.
Since that day Republicans have expressed their faux outrage daily that an American President could authorize the assassination of any American. Wall to wall coverage of the outrage cherry picks TeaNagger complaints of Obama’s disregard of the US Constitution are pervasive throuohught the corporate right wing media. Ironically it was GW Bush who forced through Congress the repressive and un-read USA PATRIOT Act . Built in to the “Law” is an authorization that allows ANY President to order an assassination of ANYONE deemed to be a terrorist, enemy combatantt or a fry cook at McDonalds. REPUBLICANS allowed that monster to rush through this repressive Constitution ignoring piece of crap to be rammed through Congress without even a discussion of its contents.
It should be noted that GW also wrote a signing statement that allowed him to kill whomever he wished…in case the USAPA ever expired. As well it should also be noted that on every level Anwar al-Awlaki (as an American citizen) was guilty of TREASON the penalty for which is Death.
Those of you who are reasonably thinking Americans should be wondering FOUR things.
Why did the then President Bush disallow Congress any time to debate this domestically repressive measure which we still live under today?
WHO benefited financially from this ACT?
Why was this legislation written BEFORE 9/11? (ya you heard me. Look it up)
Who benefits from making what Bush did Obama’s fault?
Lastly, before you go off on me and invoking Fox News/Tea Party talking points and commence name calling read the damn thing!!
The full text of the USA Patriot Act is HERE. You should read it if you haven’t yet. Or perhaps you are like Matthew Harrison Brady who said “I do not think about things I don’t think about.”