The Case for Extra-Judicial Killings
Today marks the first anniversary of the death of terrorist financier and al-Quaeda founder Osama bin Laden. I do not cheer the deaths of innocent human beings but Osama bin Laden was anything but innocent. Not only did bin-Laden support terrorist operations against the United States with the money he recieved from his wealthy Saudi family along with founding al-Quaeda, he also declared war against the United States in 1998 and followed up later stating it was legitimate to kill Americans.
After bin-Laden was killed I will never forget the idiotic comments made by former C.I.A. analyst and Iraq war critic Ray McGovern who wrote an opinion piece downplaying the significance of bin-Laden’s killing as well as questioning the legality of President Obama ordering bin-Laden’s death. Essentially, McGovern not only questioned the legality of the operation, but also whined about it overall making comments in a tone reminiscent of a 5 year old boy. McGovern expressed fear that bin-Laden was martyred by U.S. forces acting arbitrarily and independently in a Muslim nation which, in theory, would inspire more terrorists. He added:
The professor turned president was out to show how tough he is and how his crackerjack extrajudicial assassins can get their man. There are commonly accepted legal ways to capture and bring such people to a court of law—yes, even the ‘bad guys’ like Osama bin Laden.
The ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights have weighed in on their own by filing lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of such decisions. Never mind that bin-Laden called the deaths of Americans as legitimate while helping to organize and support terrorism against the United States. Like bin-Laden Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki encouraged jihad among Muslims too. Awlaki gave ecclasiastical legitimacy and logistical support to terrorists like Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan who went on a deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood and a young Nigerian’s scheme to blow up a U.S. jet at Christmas.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that both men contributed and openly supported violent activities that lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and American military personel, undaunted in their quest for their perverted sense of justice the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issue a statement saying:
The government’s authority to use lethal force against its own citizens should be limited to circumstances in which the threat to life is concrete, specific and imminent … 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
It is this kind of inverted logic that indirectly helps terrorists. By questioning the logic behind actions in the War on Terrorism, people like bin-Laden and Awlaki are nearly given a blank check to continue doing what they do without any regard for human life. I also think it was a serious mistake for Attorney General William Holder to mention the President’s targeted killing program in his speech since that has given the ACLU and CCR the ammunition they need in order to file their lawsuits.
Not only Awlaki and bin-Laden support, inspire, and encourage jihad against the West but both men made a conscious, irrational choice to conduct and support the heinous acts of those who conducted acts of violence. If successful, killing Americans on the part of terrorists becomes much easier and we will have these two liberal laws firms to thank that also includes Terror War critics like McGovern and politicians like Ron Paul. When it is an established fact that whose who decide they are not only at war with the U.S. and follow through by giving logistical, material or moral support to terrorists or plot to or are in the act of conducting an act of terror they forfeit any semblance of legal protection and should be treated like enemy war combatants.
Despite the digusting conduct of such people and groups I will celebrate today like I did then. The anniversary of this event is certainly something to commemorate and cheer since it means one of the main figureheads terrorists looked to for inspiration is gone and will never return. The deaths of scum like bin-Laden and Awlaki mean more peaceful, innocent people live and Western Civilzation (especially the United States) is a little safer thanks to the actions of Seal Team 6 and other U.S. military and clandestine personel who helped make such events happen.