Dr. Brian Phillips has a strong column at Antiwar.com:
When President Obama authorized the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, there was much rejoicing. A terrorist was gone, al-Qaeda was dealt a major blow, and vital links between jihadists and the West were broken. In addition to Awlaki, three other men were killed, including Samir Khan, publisher of a Muslim magazine.
But more died on that day than two suspected terrorists. Awlaki and Khan were both American citizens and, according to the 14th Amendment, are therefore to be afforded the “privileges” and “immunities of citizens of the United States.” Among those privileges or immunities:
No person shall be held to answer for a a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury … nor shall [any person] be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. (5th Amendment)
The 6th Amendment goes on to promise:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed…to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defence.
The argument has been made by many that Awlaki was an “enemy combatant,” thus, because we are at war, his rights as a citizen should be ignored. Others have further claimed that, by Awlaki’s own words and supposed actions (no evidence has been released, just supposition), he forfeited his citizenship.
Now that Barack has claimed the right to kill US citizens without trial or jury, the whole country just slid into the crapper. And it's amazing how most treated this issue as a one-day story if even that. They just ignore it or make 'jokes' that they find pithy and distracting.
All I know is Barack is worse than Bush and gets worse every day. America made it through 8 years of Bush so I guess we can make it through 8 years of Barack The Asshole; however, I really hope he gets defeated in the 2012 elections.
And I never intend to forget those on the left that I once trusted who turned out to be the cheapest of cheap whores. They pretended to be for the Constitution and against the wars but the second Barack got into office, they sold out everyone and everything they ever pretended to believe in.
I'd advise you not to forget either and to also be sure that you remember the small number of people who bothered to tell you the truth.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"