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Obama Orders Assassination of U.S. Citizen by CIA Hit Team
by Obama Violates U.S. Constitution
Saturday Apr 10th, 2010 11:54 AM
The current Obama regime has crossed the line and gone one step further than the previous regime of GW Bush by ordering a CIA assassin team to hunt U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki for the sole purpose of killing him without any trial. This overt violation of the U.S. Constituion by Obama would have resulted in leftists calling for impeachment had GW Bush tried it, though now the left propaganda ministers like Olberman are quiet as churchmice, not daring to offend their beloved "hope for change" leader Obama.
For the first time in history, an American president has officially ordered the assassination of a US citizen. [Democratic] President Barack Obama has approved the “targeted killing” of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Muslim cleric who is reported to be in hiding in Yemen. No substantial evidence has been brought to bear against Awlaki, 38, who is accused of terrorism, and he will be afforded no legal recourse against the death sentence. He has not been charged, tried, or convicted of anything. DID YOU VOTE FOR THIS? WILL YOU NOW VOTE ONLY SOCIALIST OR GREEN?

From: Obama orders assassination of US citizen, by Tom Eley, 8 April 2010 at;
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/apr2010/pers-a08.shtml

Word of Obama’s decision has been intentionally leaked by multiple intelligence officials to various media sources. Reuters and the Wall Street Journal published news articles on the story on Tuesday, and these were confirmed by stories in the Washington Post and New York Times on Wednesday.

The killing of citizens declared by the executive branch to be “terrorists” was first announced as state policy by Obama’s director of national intelligence, Dennis C. Blair, in February congressional hearings. “We take direct actions against terrorists in the intelligence community,” Blair said. “If we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that.”

Awlaki, who was born in New Mexico, has been linked by e-mail communication to Nidal Malik Hasan, the army psychologist who gunned down 13 soldiers in a November rampage at Ford Hood, Texas. No evidence has been presented, however, to suggest that Awlaki in any way planned or ordered the attack.

There have also been allegations, so far entirely unsubstantiated, linking Awlaki to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian youth who attempted to blow up an airplane as it approached Detroit on December 25, 2009. The failed attack was, in fact, made possible by the stand-down of the US intelligence apparatus—or its direct complicity.

Awlaki’s family have defended him. “I am now afraid of what they will do with my son, he’s not Osama Bin Laden, they want to make something out of him that he’s not,” said his father, Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, a US-trained scientist, in a January interview with CNN. “How can the American government kill one of their own citizens? This is a legal issue that needs to be answered.”

The public justification for killing Awlaki is based on bald assertions and hearsay from intelligence sources who refuse to even identify themselves. Typical is the following account from the New York Times: “American counterterrorism officials say Mr. Awlaki is an operative of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula … They say they believe that he has become a recruiter for the terrorist network, feeding prospects into plots aimed at the United States and at Americans abroad, the officials said.”

The decision to kill Awlaki takes Washington’s lawlessness to a new level. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone assassination program has killed between 400 and 500 “militants,” the vast majority in countries with which the US is not officially at war. The Bush and Obama administrations have declared the right to attack or invade countries Washington deems to be threats to US interests, and have institutionalized a worldwide regime of kidnappings and indefinite imprisonment without trial in the so-called “war on terror.”

But while Washington has long flouted the laws of war, there is no precedent for a president openly ordering the assassination of a US citizen he declares to be an enemy.

This is, however, a further extension of the claim asserted by Bush and continued by Obama that the president has the power to declare individuals, citizens as well as non-citizens, to be “illegal enemy combatants” and held indefinitely in military detention without being charged or given access to the courts. The Obama administration is moving to institutionalize the policy of indefinite detention by setting up a military prison in Illinois, so-called “Guantánamo North,” where scores of Guantánamo detainees will be held indefinitely without trial.

The Obama administration justifies the policy of targeting US citizens for murder by citing the September 14, 2001 congressional act, the Authorization to Use Military Force. Passed three days after the September 11 attacks, the measure allowed the US president, from that moment forth, “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

Out of 531 senators and congressmen casting votes, only one opposed this sweeping measure that is now being invoked by Obama to kill a US citizen without charge or trial.

The Obama White House is evidently seeking a new pseudo-legal justification for the policy of state murder. “Officials now argue privately that Americans who side with the country’s enemies are not ultimately ‘entitled to special protections’,” the British Telegraph reported. The “special protections” to be discarded are none other than the liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, which the Founding Fathers installed precisely to provide the citizenry protection from the state.

There has been no evidence that suggests Awlaki represents any immediate threat to the US people. On the contrary, his killing will only provide new fodder for terrorist groups. The administration’s decision to kill Awlaki is largely motivated by the desire to establish a new precedent.

The implications are chilling. In principle, there is nothing in such a policy to stop intelligence officials from declaring political opponents of US imperialism within the 50 states to be terrorists and put on a list for liquidation. Neither Blair’s initial testimony nor subsequent media accounts have spelled out any limitations to the policy of assassinating US citizens beyond assurances that the measure is to be used only against “terrorists.”

The executive branch arrogates to itself the powers of judge, jury, and executioner, and those targeted for liquidation have no right to question the supposed evidence against them.

There is a deeper logic behind the order to kill Awlaki. Under conditions of economic crisis, the methods of imperialist violence abroad must inevitably be visited upon the population at home. The turn toward war and increasingly dictatorial forms of rule both rise inexorably from the deepening crisis of US and world capitalism.

There has been no opposition within establishment political quarters to Obama’s order. The New York Times article on the decision reads as a legal brief defending it.“As a general principle, international law permits the use of lethal force against individuals and groups that pose an imminent threat to a country,” the leading organ of US liberalism writes. “People on the target list are considered to be military enemies of the United States and therefore not subject to the ban on political assassination first approved by President Gerald R. Ford.”

This underscores the fact that no section of the political establishment retains any serious commitment to the defense of democratic rights. Only through the independent political mobilization of the working class against both parties of US.
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For more on this case, see
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/04/07/us-confirms-citizen-is-on-cia-assassination-list/

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http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/apr2010/pers-a08.shtml






extra commentary;

By ordering assassination of U.S. citizen, Obama Violates U.S. Constitution

This is very disturbing news. Obama's regime has now surpassed the audacity of the previous (as of yet untried) war criminal regime of GW Bush by ordering assassinations of U.S. citizens. While we may not like all U.S. citizens, we need to protect their rights granted to them by the U.S. Constitution. Opening the door for assassination of one U.S. citizen will surely enable the Obama regime to form a list of people that they wish to have out of their way. Who will be next targeted for elimination by Obama's CIA hit squad?

Any political leader ordering assassinations of U.S. citizens is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. If a U.S. citizen breaks the law, or is under suspicion of being a lawbreaker, then s/he needs to be arrested and publically charged with whatever crime they are believed to have committed, NOT put on a CIA hit list!!

Sorry that i ever campaigned one second for this slick talking thug Obama, the lesser evil turns out to be not that significantly lesser evil than his predecessor GW bush. At least with Bush and McCain we knew that we needed to fight the power, unlike Obama who pretends to be our friend then stabs us in the back.

Fuck that lying traitor Obama!! Am very glad that i voted for Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney!!

BTW - We the people need to charge Obama with aiding and abetting GW Bush regime by refusing to bring the GW Bush regime to trial for their war crimes of violating the Geneva Conventions by authorizing torture (Yoo, Addington, Feith, etc...), using deceit (unfound WMDs, tortured false confession of Al Libby, etc...) to justify invasion of sovereign nations Iraq and Afghanistan.

More rage against the Obama regime is needed from the left, libertarians and others who have not yet seen justice for the illegal invasions of Iraq, unconstitutional wiretapping and other crimes against citizens now continued under the Obama regime. Now we have CIA hit teams chasing U.S. citizens, trying to kill them without ever having a trial!

The Tea Party has taken the wind out of the sails of the left and it seems that progressives like Keith Olberman and the MSNBC have become the new propaganda ministers of the Obama regime, classifying any protesters against Obama as "racist". Seems like the media defends whomever is in power and strongarms the protesters by using misinformation.

This is always taken out of context, a few racist goon infiltrators of the Tea Party then represent the entire protest movement on the media news, and behind the scenes the oppositon from the Tea Party people is now regulated by the hidden hand of the GOP, thus reducing their effectiveness as a truly populist movement.

Sort of like how A.N.S.W.E.R. took over the leftist anti-war movement under the GW Bush regime. Who knew? ANSWER was a tool of the Democrats, while Tea Party is a tool of the Republicans. However, that doesn't mean that the regular people who make up the majority of the protests on either side have legitimate reasons for outrage against the ruling party.

That doesn't mean that there are real reasons for anger at the Obama regime due to their continuous betrayal of progressive values and the further escalation of the military conflicts in the Middle East.

Now i truly hate Barack Obama (NOT because of his skin color!) because he betrayed the promises he made to peacefully resolve the military conflicts in the Middle East. Ordering CIA assassinations of U.S. citizens is crossing the line for me, and i encourage all U.S. citizens to keep holding tight to their guns and do NOT allow these deceptive Demoncraps to take your consitutional rights to bear arms away, we will need to protect ourselves from Obama's CIA assassins!!


Modern day version of Pastor Niemoller's warning;

First the CIA jackals came for suspected al Queda opertives, but i said nothing because i was not an al Queda opertive. Then the CIA came for the U.S. militia members, but i said nothing because i was not in any organized militia. Then they came for the lone wolves, and there was nobody left alive willing to defend me!!



Additional online thoughts on Obama's violation of U.S. Constitution;

"Today we found out that President Obama gave the CIA permission to kill al-Awlaki. The rub? Unlike a lot of our other radical Islamic cleric enemies, al-Awlaki is a natural born citizen of the United States.

Don’t get me wrong; al-Awlaki is asking for it, and he has asked for a bullet in his head for a long time, by his actions. That said, the last time I checked, American citizens have certain rights under the Constitution of the United States, one of which is, when they’ve committed crimes, a right to a trial before a jury of their peers. By this authorization, Obama has essentially said that an American citizen labeled a terrorist is not eligible for his constitutionally ensured rights.

This is a huge grab of power by the Executive Branch, and their justifications don’t really hold up.

In February, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair said that in order to carry out these assassinations, special permission must be granted. By whom must the Executive Branch situated CIA get permission? By the President. So much for checks and balances! But that’s okay, because there are conditions that must be met:

He also said there are criteria that must be met to authorize the killing of a U.S. citizen that include “whether that American is involved in a group that is trying to attack us, whether that American is a threat to other Americans. Those are the factors involved.”

Err, so under this rationale, I take it groups like the Hutaree are also eligible to be targeted for assassination? They were clear threats to other Americans, and police officers to boot. They also have a stated goal of war against the United States. Of course, nobody would seriously think of trying to assassinate a stateside terrorist group. Right? Right?

“They’re a threat” is not an argument for ignoring the rule of law.

Such should be the case with al-Awlaki. The goal should be to capture and try him, not assassinate him. The end result will probably result in the death penalty, anyway, but at least we won’t have violated the Constitution, and everything this country was founded on to do it. If we can get close enough to kill him, why not try to go the extra step and get him back here for a trial?"

article found @;

http://www.poligazette.com/2010/04/08/unfortunate-precedent-set-american-citizens-can-now-be-targeted-for-assassination/

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Forgive and forget war criminals?
Saturday Apr 10th, 2010 1:53 PM
As an aside, here's some thoughts from Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura on Obama's failure to take the GW bush regime to task for their war crimes from authorization of torture;


"Alex Jones: Getting to the big national controversy, you caused quite a buzz and helped, really accidently, push it back into the spotlight, that Cheney and Bush committed all these crimes, ordered torture and then burned their own underlings and sent them to prison for it and are now denying it when we have their own memos from Gonzales and others and Bush’s speech.

What should be done, what’s your idea? A hearing in Congress? They’ll just white wash it. I mean if we don’t bring Bush and Cheney to justice and if Obama covers for them, as he said he’s going to “move forward”. I mean, what do we do about this from your view.

Jesse Ventura: First of all, let’s understand why the President wants to “move forward”. Because the Democrats are involved, too.

Alex Jones: Yes. Good point.

Jesse Ventura: Maybe they didn’t order it, but in my opinion they certainly knew it was going on and they didn’t step forward because, let’s remember, Democrats truly don’t have spines for the most part. And so they condoned it and went along with it. That’s why they don’t want to continue with it.

Whenever the government tells you that it’s time to move on that means that both parties are involved and both of them did something wrong. They don’t want you to know about it, so they want you to move on. And so that’s the dilemma you’re faced with. And in light of the fact that it’s all basically Democrats and Republicans in the Congress and everywhere out there, they’re going to move on and we’ll be left like we always are, Alex. Yelling out there, “Where’s justice?” Justice will have been lost, blinded."

entire interview @;
http://www.jesseventura.net/2009/05/26/jesse-ventura-on-the-alex-jones-show/#more-17

The term for civilians covering for a murderer would be "aiding and abetting", though the corporate media will never use this term on their beloved Obama, always hoping for change. We certainly got some changes, now the CIA is authorized to hunt and kill U.S. citizens without a trial? Is that the sort of change we were hoping for? Think not!!

by consti tution
Saturday Apr 10th, 2010 2:14 PM
You mention that the constitution has been violated. Since you seem to be well versed enough how about showing us what part of the US constitution has been violated. Back up your allegations, please. Thanks
by Friends of Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi
Saturday Apr 10th, 2010 3:35 PM
There's a U.S. law against conspiring to kill people in other countries, but the ruling vermin of the United States have violated that law in hundreds of thousands of cases just since 2001. Of course, that law probably contains some wording to exclude crimes by agents of the U.S. state, and would not, regardless of wording, be enforced against such agents anyway.

Moreover, there is no chance that any U.S., foreign or "international" law would be brought to bear against agents of the U.S. Empire, except maybe a few lowly ones. Partly for these reasons, one could argue that it is -- regardless of any laws -- ethically, morally, and politically correct to carry out targeted killings, anywhere in the world, of any persons who would use or abet violence on behalf of U. S. imperialism, Zionism, and their allies, unless such persons can be stopped from their criminal activities in other ways.

When and where such targeted killing of imperialist agents should be carried out is a strategic and tactical question as well as a moral-ethical-political one, so anti-imperialists shouldn't just kill every imperialist collaborator at every opportunity. Think before you act, but don't use thought as a substitute for action -- nor vice versa!
From the US Constitution, which the all federal officials, state officials, police and the like have sworn to uphold from
http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html
Note: This latest scapegoat of Obama and his capitalist ruling class has not been charged, tried or convicted of anything.

1. Article 3: Judicial Power Rested in the Courts (not in the Executive Branch, which is the Presidency)
Section 1: Judicial Powers
"The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office."

2. Article 3: Section 2: Trial by Jury
"The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed."

3. Fifth Amendment (part of the 10 Amendment Bill of Rights)
Due Process clause:
..."nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

4. Sixth Amendment: Right to Speedy Trial, Confront Witnesses and right to an attorney
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, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."

5. Seventh Amendment: Right to Jury Trial
"In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law."

6. Eighth Amendment: No Excessive Bail nor Cruel and Unusual Punishment Allowed
"Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted."

I am sure a lawyer could point out more, but this is more than enough to impeach this latest Hitler in the White House, the same as the previous occupant of the White House.

I am so glad I voted for Cynthia McKinney. One of her many strengths is she is a proud supporter of the 9/11 Truth Movement, which exposes all the scapegoating for what it is, pretexts for war. Since the greatest profits are in war and capitalism is all about maximizing profits for the capitalist class, war is what the capitalist class and its worthless, evil government promotes. The president of the capitalist government is simply the Chairperson of the Board of Big Business.

The Democrats only exist to make sure you never vote socialist or Green so that the Democrats, together with the Republicans, can carry out the same capitalist agenda which the capitalist corporations pay them to do with their massive campaign contributions. It is long overdue that both the Democrat and Republican Parties be cast into the dustbin of history. You have to vote socialist or Green if you want things to get better.
obama is not the first president to order the assassination of a U.S. citizen, do your research

http://www.infowars.com/cheney-assassination-unit-still-active-under-obama-including-domestically/