The Killing of al-Awlaki and the Death of the Fifth Amendment

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution is unequivocal: no American shall "be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."  No amount of ducking and diving will evade the inescapable fact that, for the first time, U.S. military officials in an aggressive overreach of constitutional authority deliberately targeted an American citizen for killing.  And no amount of legalistic wordplay will alter the reality that al-Awlaki was denied due process. (No, Mr Gingrich, the signing of a death warrant by an American President does not constitute "due process," except perhaps in North Korea or Iran.  Our Founding Fathers taught us better than that.) Al-Awlaki was an acknowledged "bad guy" who incited, trained, and prepared others to commit heinous terrorist crimes designed to inflict death and injury upon his fellow countrymen.   He was, assuredly, our self-confessed enemy, and he fully deserved to die --  but not without...(Read Full Article)

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