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Obama Mulls Legality of ‘Taking Out’ US-Born Cleric

Can Obama ‘Take Out’ a Citizen Not Charged With Any Crimes?

By Jason Ditz | January 25, 2010

According to US intelligence officials, the Obama Administration has “missed” several opportunities to assassinate US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki because lawyers are still unclear on the legality of killing him.

At issue is that Awlaki, a New Mexico-born Muslim cleric, is not charged with any crimes under US law and is only speculatively linked by the Obama Administration to terrorism through secret “intelligence reports.”

As a native-born citizen of the United States, assassinating him on the basis of secret evidence which is so shaky that officials haven’t felt comfortable issuing charges against him is a legal grey area, to say the least.

But despite this legal concern, officials had no problem in backing Yemeni air strikes which attempted to assassinate Awlaki just last month. US officials said Awlaki was ‘probably’ killed in those strikes, though it later turned out he wasn’t even present at the site of the attack.


January 26, 2010 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture, War Crimes


  1. When is cold-blooded premeditated attempted murder seen as legally plausible? Only one answer is correct: When the White House is behind it!

    Comment by chinarose | January 26, 2010

  2. nothing new here–Obtuse americans NOT bothered by many of their many Presidents being assissinated. During Clinton/Bush regimes countless folks died because they were a threat to government cover-ups.
    America is no better than Israel–both are bloodline killers :^/

    Comment by jojo | January 26, 2010

  3. So if you are a US citizen who has commited no crime, are not charged with any crime, and are only a suspect based on secret evidence, you stand to be “taken out” by your own government.

    Imagine if his crime is tax evasion, or failure to pay his child support, or failure to pay his car insurance, and the secret evidence is a bounced check…

    Imagine the new auto insurace commerials?

    15 minutes can save you 15% on your car insurance, but one boucned check can cost you your ass!

    Comment by Dave from NY | January 26, 2010

  4. I can save the crack White House legal eagles from
    doing all that tedious research. Guys! listen up.
    It would be cold blooded 1st degree murder. That clear

    Comment by Fred in Boston | January 26, 2010

  5. I used to wonder what it was like living in the Dark Ages or in Nazi Germany, or being a slave in ancient Rome. I don’t have to wonder anymore.

    Comment by j r walker | January 26, 2010

  6. Unless they’re saying that Americans are the “Master Race”, then they’re just as well arguing whether assassinating a federal politician is legal for Americans, or just legal for everyone from every other country on the planet.

    Oh, yeah… Looking at every other decision they make, I guess it is a Master Race thing.

    Comment by PR Jr. | January 26, 2010

  7. ROFLOLOLOLOLOL America as a MASTER RACE …… ROFLOLOLOL, …… thats so funny I damn near collapsed from laughing so hard ….. these skinbags couldnt organise a f*ck in a 1000 whore brothel with a million bucks in hand, let alone organise a decent intel hit !!

    most times they go to “get” someone they usually come away without hitting the target, but retardedly killing a large number of civilians …. Me Here, I just laugh !!!

    Comment by Me Here | January 27, 2010

  8. If there’s no crime charged, what’s the reason to take him out then?

    Comment by Cynthia Harper | February 1, 2010

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