Killing of Anwar al-Awlaki Takes Era of Sacrificing Civil Rights to National Security to New Level

Posted on October 3, 2011


It began under President George W. Bush – the passage of the Patriot Act to enable a degree of information gathering on US citizens unprecedented in
“peacetime” – or wartime for that matter.  But the planned CIA hunt for and killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki brings with it more than questionable means to a desired end.  Due process was entirely thrown out the window and yet a great threat to all of our freedoms has been eliminated.

“It is a mistake to invest the president — any president — with the unreviewable power to kill any American whom he deems to present a threat to the country,” said Jaffer.His concerns were echoed by Vince Warren, the executive director of the Centre for Constitutional Rights. He said that the attacks essentially granted the US government the power to kill anyone it considered a threat, without having to prove in court why it had come to those conclusions. “If we allow such gross over-reaches of power to continue, we are setting the stage for increasing erosions of civil liberties and the rule of law,” Warren said. [Guardian]

Other than Ron Paul, few were the comments against this kind of operation.  It is really part and parcel of a larger picture that is emerging in dealing with not only global terrorism but with the Muslim populations world wide.

It is reported that in Switzerland, Muslims want the cross removed from the nation’s flag.  [see Diary of a Mad Conservative] This from a total population of 400,000.  Mosques dot the landscape and the cultural look and feel of Switzerland and other countries in Europe is threatened.  What is happening is clear.  Muslims have quickly learned that democracy is a concept that can work for them in the takeover of the West.  Hispanics have known this for a long while.  It is the new way of winning territorial and cultural war.  These groups know the limits of a democracy and they manipulate it.

The future seems to belong to countries like China, Russia, Brazil…countries with strong central leadership where decisions may be made quickly.  Our cumbersome and quirky form of government may not be suited to winning wars or economic dominance or just about anything of import without being more dictatorial.  Obama was such the good, fertile ground for this.  As President, he has gathered an unprecedented quotient of power in his office.  He has appointed the many “czars” to flesh out his staff – employees not authorized or approved by Congress.

Have we reached the tipping point?   Have Civil Rights been sacrificed to National Security for the foreseeable future?  It appears the grave of the US  Constitution is being dug daily.

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