Al-Alwaki meets death from above

US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Alwaki has been assassinated by a drone aircraft in Yemen. Fluent in English and American culture, educated at Colorado State and San Diego State, he has been instrumental in attracting the likes of Major Hasan and Mutallab, the underwear bomber, to terror activism. The world is a better place without him, and his death has to make it harder to for Al Qaeda and company to recruit, and perhaps give pause to those who wish to move into leadership positions. But it is worth noting that the United States government has killed a United States citizen without any judicial sanction, merely on an executive branch decision. A line has been crossed, and there are people on both the left and right side of the political spectrum who are given pause by the precedent and prospects for the future.   I have no sympathy at all for Alwaki, and am glad the man is dead. But knowing that our president can order an American killed with no apparent checks and...(Read Full Post)