By lex, on September 14th, 2010
Anwar al-Awlaki is a traitor to his country and a promoter of terrorism. Let’s stipulate that right up front.
As such, I’d have no problem seeing him dance at the end of a rope once tried and convicted of his crimes. Since the American citizen is hiding in Yemen, my heart would rest easy if he met his maker courtesy of a Hellfire missile – now there’s a visionary name for a weapons system – fired by an MQ-9 Reaper.
But I have to admit to you that I found the lead to this AP article just a little chilling in an “enemy of the state” kind of way:
The Obama administration is considering filing the first criminal charges against radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in case the CIA fails to kill him and he’s is captured alive in Yemen.
See, a trial for an American citizen by a jury of his peers is being considered as a fallback plan to his targeted, extrajudicial assassination. This from the same bunch that just a few years ago got their panties in a twist about extending habeus corpus to non-citizen terrorists detained by the US military in Cuba.
Anybody else got a problem with that, or is it just me?