Archives – Execution of citizens without trial

by Becky Akers

Listen to the drums beating the Dead March as the American Empire chugs into totalitarianism’s next terminus: execution of citizens without trial.

“The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen,” the New York Times reports. And yes, those are cheers you hear over the drums, erupting from the same neocons who applauded torture and Gitmo. That’s because the intended victim is “the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki… who was born in New Mexico and spent years in the United States as an imam” but who is now “hiding in Yemen.”

“Extraordinary,” indeed. Once upon a time we required a trial; in fact, the Constitution still does. The State must present and prove its charges to an “impartial jury” before it takes a man’s life. True, politicians and bureaucrats often rig those trials, while cops and prosecutors tamper with evidence, but what else would we expect from government? Yet Leviathan now dispenses with that pretense, too, as it has with search warrants, habeas corpus, presumption of innocence, motive, and other such quaint necessities.

Even the Times, which leads the pack of “mainstream” (sic for “considerably to the left of Pravda”) media in its animosity to liberty, is appalled enough to quote anonymous “officials” who admit that this is “extremely rare, if not unprecedented.”

What has our fellow-citizen done to merit such attention? The Feds allege a great many foul deeds, though I’m hard-pressed to find one that threatens us nearly as much as the average Congressional act. Our Rulers “[believe]” Anwar is now “participating directly” in attacks on Americans rather than simply “encouraging” them. They’ve “linked” him to bad guys like the Underwear Bomber and the Ft. Hood Shooter. “Counterterrorism officials” who, curiously enough, battle those inept bad guys instead of the horrifically successful ones in Congress, claim he’s a member of al Qaeda.

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