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I Warned You!

April 8, 2010

On February 5th, I warned you about the danger of putting your enumerated rights in the hands of the Government specifically, I said the following:

If our rights come from the government, then they are arbitrary.  The
government gets to decide what your rights are and when you can and
can’t have them.  Since the government changes, your rights can change
too.  They can even be taken away entirely.  It means that our country’s
foundation had no basis, since the government we had at the time didn’t
grant us the right to declare independence.  It means that opposition
to Slavery has no significant basis as long as there isn’t a law against
it.  It means that attacking Iraq to save its people from the
atrocities of its government can’t be justified – after all, their
rights weren’t being violated, they didn’t exist!

It also means that any time the government decides YOUR rights are
inconvenient, it can rescind them.

Now, it looks like the government is rescinding the rights of its U.S. Citizens.

From the Washington Post:

The Obama administration has authorized operations to capture or kill
a U.S.-born Muslim cleric based in Yemen, who is described by a key
lawmaker as Americas’s top terrorist threat, officials said on Tuesday.

The decision to add Anwar al-Awlaki, of al Qaeda in the Arabian
Peninsula, to the target list followed a National Security Council
review prompted by his status as a U.S. citizen.

She told Reuters that Awlaki’s U.S. citizenship made going after him
“certainly complicated.”

But Harman said President Barack
and his administration “made very clear that people, including
Americans who are trying to attack our country, are people we will
definitely pursue… are targets of the United States.”

This, by the way, is a clear violation of the fifth amendment of the U.S. Constitution:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous
crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in
cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in
actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be
subject for the same offence 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.

I don’t see any other way to read this.  If the President orders the U.S. to kill him, he is deprived of life.  Since he has not stood trial, he has not seen the due process of law.  The order is blatantly unconstitutional!

If the United States has him killed on the President’s order, the President should be impeached.  This isn’t about politics – We aren’t talking about looking for something we can try to call a “high crime,” we are talking about a clear cut violation of the Constitution resulting in the death of one of its citizens.  That’s impeachable.

If the President gets away with this, then NONE of our rights are safe.

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