Did you miss this astonishing news from last week?
The director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, is unsure whether the U.S. government has the right to assassinate Americans on U.S. soil.
Fox News reports, March 7, 2012, that Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga) asked FBI Director Robert Mueller whether the federal government has “the ability to kill a U.S. citizen on United States soil or just overseas.”
Graves’ question was in reference to the killing, via a drone attack on Yemen, of Anwar al-Awlaki last September 2011. Al-Awlaki was a senior al-Qaeda operative who had been described as “the bin Laden of the Internet.” Al-Awlaki was also a U.S. citizen living in Yemen.
Mueller’s response to Congressman Graves’ question was that he would have to “go back” and check with Obama’s Department of Justice. Referring to the distinction between domestic and foreign targeting, Mueller said, “I have to go back. Uh, I’m not certain whether that was addressed or not. I’m going to defer that to others in the Department of Justice.”
In fact, for more than a year and a half, the Obama administration has said it could target American citizens for assassination without any trial or due process. He even had written a memo on this — a memo that Obama steadfastly refuses to reveal.
And last December, both parties in both houses of Congress obligingly gave him legal cover with the passage of the abominable National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), better known as the Indefinite Detention of American Citizens Without Trial Act.
Writing for ZeroHedge, March 9, 2012, blogger George Washington quotes top constitutional and military law expert Jonathan Turley [on C-Span]:
President Obama has just stated a policy that he can have any American citizen killed without any charge, without any review, except his own. If he’s satisfied that you are a terrorist, he says that he can kill you anywhere in the world including in the United States.
Two of his aides just … reaffirmed they believe that American citizens can be killed on the order of the President anywhere including the United States.
You’ve now got a president who says that he can kill you on his own discretion. He can jail you indefinitely on his own discretion.
I don’t think the the Framers ever anticipated that [the American people would be so apathetic]. They assumed that people would hold their liberties close, and that they wouldn’t relax …
Clearly, the Founding Fathers were wrong in their appraisal of the American people.
When news came of the assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki last September, some of us hooted and rejoiced. (See the comments on Steve’s post, “Ron Paul Says U.S. “Assassinated” US-Born al-Qaeda Terrorist“.) Now it’s coming back to bite us on the patootie.
Under the Obama administration, virtually any American can be considered a suspected terrorist, especially veterans, pro-2nd Amendment-ites, pro-lifers, conservatives, and Christians — according to a 2009 memo by the Dept. of Homeland Security.
No one is safe from being assassinated, abroad or at home.