The Constitution is a shield protecting us from the tyranny of the majority. Its purpose is to provide all Americans with protections for our property, our liberty, and our very lives. So I was very disturbed when President Obama ordered the killing of the American born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.
Most of my conservative friends were not disturbed at all. In fact many of them expressed directly that it was a great thing that we took out al-Awlaki in Yemen with a drone missile. As I said in an earlier post, I too am glad he is dead, but I fear that we have now taken a step into darkness with the murder of an American citizen.
As more information comes to light about the process by which President Obama made his decision to kill al-Awlaki, the more alarmed I become about our future.
Reuters now reports that there is a secret panel of unnamed, senior government officials which has taken upon itself the power to place American citizens on a government hit list for execution. Just what this panel is we don’t know. Nor do we know who is on it nor how they decide just who to put on this kill list. There are no records kept and most alarming there is no law that has authorized its existence and no law governing its operation.
Reuters states that American militants like al-Awlaki can be placed on this list. With members of the Tea Party being condemned by politicians and then being likened to Hitler, labeled as racists, and called terrorists by the Vice President of the United States, how soon will it be that we are labeled as “American militants”.
Does this sound farfetched to you? Do you think it can’t happen here or are you just hoping it won’t happen? It’s time to stand up and clearly, loudly and forcibly condemn this outrageous violation of our Constitution. Today it was Anwar al-Awlaki, who will it be tomorrow?