by Scott Creighton
“No person … shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” Fifth Amendment, US Constitution
It is being reported that the United States launched a drone strike in Yemen that killed targeted US citizen Anwar Awlaki as well as former North Carolina resident Samir Khan. Now, if he’s actually dead.. this time… what exactly does it mean? Who did Obama kill without due process of law and more importantly… why?
While President Obama (Peace Prize “winner” (Nobel committee admitted they gave him the award because they wanted to “support his agenda” and not for anything that he had done “”It was because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve“”)) is busy patting himself on the back for what he calls a “major blow” against al Qaeda, keep in mind that the entire al Awlaki story is fraught with bullshit and exaggeration from the very beginning. Now he supposedly gets killed while riding along with a completely fraudulent al CIAda psyop by the name of Samir Khan?
Anybody else thinking about those dead bin Laden photos that were going around the congress until someone pointed out that they were an internet hoax dating back to 2005 or so? The congressmen who were shown the photos refused to tell us who provided them but we have to figure that they came from high placed officials in the White House. I can’t remember.. was bin Laden using his wife as a human shield and is it really customary to rush the body of a Muslim halfway across a country so you can dump it in the ocean before anyone can see it?
Let’s start with the basics on Anwar al Awlaki. President Obama says this is a major blow to al Qaeda. Hmmm….
“But in truth Mr. Awlaki is hardly significant in terms of American security. Contrary to what the Obama administration would have you believe, he has always been a minor figure in Al Qaeda, and making a big deal of him now is backfiring….
… But no one should remain under the mistaken assumption that killing Mr. Awlaki will somehow make us safer.
He is far from the terrorist kingpin that the West has made him out to be. In fact, he isn’t even the head of his own organization, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. That would be Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who was Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary for four years in Afghanistan.
Nor is Mr. Awlaki the deputy commander, a position held by Said Ali al-Shihri, a former detainee at Guantánamo Bay who was repatriated to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and put in a “terrorist rehabilitation” program. (The treatment, clearly, did not take.)
Mr. Awlaki isn’t the group’s top religious scholar (Adil al-Abab), its chief of military operations (Qassim al-Raymi), its bomb maker (Ibrahim Hassan Asiri) or even its leading ideologue (Ibrahim Suleiman al-Rubaysh).
Rather, he is a midlevel religious functionary who happens to have American citizenship and speak English. This makes him a propaganda threat, but not one whose elimination would do anything to limit the reach of the Qaeda branch.” New York Times, Nov. 19th 2010
Anwar al Awlaki was never indicted on any counts. He was never officially charged with any crime. He was not the head of any al Qaeda group nor had he made any weapons or claimed to have planned any attacks and yet he was supposedly killed on just the say-so of the “progressive’ president of this country… the president of “CHANGE”
“Historically, this country has tended to correct periods of heightened police powers with a pendulum swing back toward greater individual rights. Many were questioning the extreme measures taken by the Bush administration, especially after the disclosure of abuses and illegalities. Candidate Obama capitalized on this swing and portrayed himself as the champion of civil liberties.
However, President Obama not only retained the controversial Bush policies, he expanded on them. The earliest, and most startling, move came quickly. Soon after his election, various military and political figures reported that Obama reportedly promised Bush officials in private that no one would be investigated or prosecuted for torture. In his first year, Obama made good on that promise, announcing that no CIA employee would be prosecuted for torture. Later, his administration refused to prosecute any of the Bush officials responsible for ordering or justifying the program and embraced the “just following orders” defense for other officials, the very defense rejected by the United States at the Nuremberg trials after World War II.
Obama failed to close Guantanamo Bay as promised. He continued warrantless surveillance and military tribunals that denied defendants basic rights. He asserted the right to kill U.S. citizens he views as terrorists. His administration has fought to block dozens of public-interest lawsuits challenging privacy violations and presidential abuses.” Jonathan Turley
When al Awlaki’s name appeared on Obama’s hit list, his father filed a motion to prevent his son’s murder without due process of law. Going farther than anything George W. Bush ever tried to get away with (aside from the 935 lies to take us to war with Iraq that is), Obama’s Justice Department moved to block that motion based on the fact that any evidence Obama would have to justify killing a US citizen without due process of law and in direct violation of the 5th amendment of the US Constitution, would have to remain a state secret for reasons of “national security”. In short, the Obama Justice Department refused to provide any evidence what-so-ever of supposed crimes committed by al Awlaki which would leave on to believe there is none. This would sync up with what a Yemeni Governor said about him in late 2010… “So far, we have not received any official statement that confirms his affiliation with al-Qaida,”
Few on the left actually took notice of the totalitarian turn of the Obama administration at that point, but Glenn Greenwald did and he wrote eloquently about it.
“At this point, I didn’t believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record. In response to the lawsuit filed by Anwar Awlaki’s father asking a court to enjoin the President from assassinating his son, a U.S. citizen, without any due process, the administration late last night, according to The Washington Post, filed a brief asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit without hearing the merits of the claims. That’s not surprising: both the Bush and Obama administrations have repeatedly insisted that their secret conduct is legal but nonetheless urge courts not to even rule on its legality. But what’s most notable here is that one of the arguments the Obama DOJ raises to demand dismissal of this lawsuit is “state secrets”: in other words, not only does the President have the right to sentence Americans to death with no due process or charges of any kind, but his decisions as to who will be killed and why he wants them dead are “state secrets,” and thus no court may adjudicate their legality.” Glenn Greenwald
At best Obama just murdered a mid-level al Qaeda front man who spoke English and served as a propaganda piece for them. At worst he killed a US citizen for doing nothing more than expressing his first amendment right.
In short, it would appear that President Obama is celebrating and bragging about the extra-judicial murder of a US citizen who would appear to have violated no US laws while he himself is actively defending those that have and is currently violating the constitution himself on a number of fronts not the least of which is the violation of a US citizen’s 5th amendment rights.
But there is another aspect to all of this. There is ample reason to believe that al Awlaki himself is nothing more than a CIA fabrication… a new boogie man being used by this administration to justify a number of various crimes against humanity like the killing of 23 children in Yemen back before Awlaki was a household name.
Yemen is run by a puppet dictator of ours and our companies and banks have a lot of money invested there. A couple years ago, prior to the so-called “Arab Spring”, the people of Yemen’s northern areas decided to rise up against their ruler and cast him out of the country. Immediately Obama signed an order which issued two cruise missiles armed with cluster munitions to strike a target of known revolutionaries in the north. That strike killed 23 children, among others, and it threatened to undermine Obama’s “CHANGE” image far sooner than anyone planned. A few days later a State Department official met with the father of Umar Fizzlepants and he was allowed to get on a plane and set off his diaper of doom fireworks display over a Detroit airport. Suddenly Obama was justified retroactively for attacking and murdering 23 children in a country we were not at war with… and Anwar al Awlaki became a household name.
Now we also find out that Awlaki was supposedly killed with Samir Khan. Khan is a pure psyop, a creation of US intel services. He was from North Carolina where he ran a honey pot jihad site filled with every single anti-Muslim cliche you could possibly think of. He was exposed by a local television crew and then supposedly he ran away to Yemen but no one, not even Khan, could figure out how he was allowed to board an international flight while he was a well known al Qaeda recruiter from the Tarheel state. In a posting he put up, Khan himself admitted his close relationship with the FBI.
“I proceeded to travel to Yemen, the land of faith and wisdom. After spending some time in Sana’a as an English teacher, I made my move quietly. I praise Allah and laugh at the intelligence agencies that were watching me for all those years. Back in North Carolina, the FBI dispatched a spy on me who pretended to convert to Islam; I took this man’s shahāda and kept him under my wing. At one point, he broke his cover, revealing his true identity. There were quite a few other incidents of regular surveillance and even one where they set me up to rain blows on an agent who pretended to be a jerk that hated me for my onlinework. I knew I had to rush out ofAmerica before the FBI got me in for a flimsy excuse as they have done to individuals like Tariq Mehanna. Even when in Sana’a, I caught one of their agents spying on me near my hotel. As I left Sana’a, I was surprised that they all easily fell for my cover. Throughout my experience of traveling from America to Yemen, I was expecting to be stopped and detained. But the most trouble I went through – if it’s even considered trouble – was that it took thirty minutes extra to get my boarding pass in North Carolina since, as the receptionist told me, I was being watched. It still surprises me when I reflect on it; I mean, I was quiet open about my beliefs online and it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that I was al Qaeda to the core. That proved to my soul that if Allah wants to protect you, no one has the power on earth to harm you. I was to learn that lesson continually in close encounters with death later on.” Samir Khan
Take Khan’s self professed connection with the FBI and consider it in the broader picture of the FBI in America and their seemingly endless list of manufactured terror plots they themselves create so that they themselves can thwart them at the last minute and “save the day”. Were the FBI to need a “jihadi” site to help them in their recruitment of these would be “terrorists”, seems like their connection with Khan would become much more interesting, doesn’t it?
“None of these cases entail the FBI’s learning of an actual plot and then infiltrating it to stop it. They all involve the FBI’s purposely seeking out Muslims (typically young and impressionable ones) whom they think harbor animosity toward the U.S. and who therefore can be induced to launch an attack despite having never taken even a single step toward doing so before the FBI targeted them. Each time the FBI announces it has disrupted its own plot, press coverage is predictably hysterical (new Homegrown Terrorist caught!), fear levels predictably rise, and new security measures are often implemented in response (the FBI’s Terror plot aimed at the D.C. Metro, for instance, led to the Metro Police announcing a new policy of random searches of passengers’ bags).” Glenn Greenwald
Is it too much to wonder aloud about a professed al Qaeda “recruiter” who (post 9/11 mind you) openly ran a jihadist website, was closely connected to the FBI (who it is well known to regularly create fake terrorist operations), and who for some indescribable reason was allowed to board an international flight with little to no problem?
Anwar had his own connections with the Defense Department and the intelligence services of America. In the aftermath of 9/11, Anwar al Awlaki was invited to the Pentagon for a luncheon. The information released as part of the Fort Hood shooting investigation and it painted a very different picture of the man that President Obama just murdered without due process of law.
“In an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in November last year, a Defense Department employee told investigators that she helped to arrange the meeting with Awlaki after seeing him speak in Alexandria, Virgina.
One of the documents read that the employee had ‘attended this talk and while she arrived late she recalls being impressed by this imam. He condemned Al Qaeda and the terrorists attacks‘.
‘During his talk he was harassed by members of the audience and suffered it well,’ the document continued.
Other documents read: ‘At that period in time, the secretary of the Army was eager to have a presentation from a moderate Muslim‘.
American-born Awlaki, of Yemeni descent, ‘was considered to be an up and coming member of the Islamic community‘.
‘After her vetting, Aulaqi (Awlaki) was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army’s Office of Government Counsel‘. Daily Mail, Oct. 2010
So, Anwar al Awlaki was considered a “moderate Muslim” prior to President Obama’s murder of 23 children in Yemen in December of 2009. He spoke regularly in northern Virginia, spoke out against al Qaeda as a Pentagon “moderate”, and was certainly allowed to board whatever flight he wanted.. even one that took him to the Pentagon for a luncheon. Was al Awlaki on the employ of the Pentagon while he was running around campaigning against al Qaeda and extremists Muslims and then also paid to go to Yemen to help create a pretext for us to engage in a war there? As a Muslim Chaplin at George Washington University, a university with well known connections to the intelligence agencies, was al Awlaki recruited to help the Pentagon with their “Global War on Terror” in a number of ways and was he eventually double crossed by the agencies that created him?Is he even dead or is this just another news distraction like the last time he was killed?
Answers to these questions may never be known but this much we do know…