Al-Awlaki's Can of Worms

Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the controversy surrounding his demise is far from over.  Many Americans and members of Congress are still alarmed that a U.S. citizen was ordered assassinated without due process of law.  And an important point that the Obama administration could make in its defense is contained in a can of worms that the president would probably rather not open. It is the same can that was noted to exist by the Bush administration and two Supreme Court justices back in 2004 in the case of Hamdi v Rumsfeld, although the court's final decision did not open it either.  The worms in the can: the assertion that al-Awlaki, just like Yaser Esam Hamdi, might not have been a U.S. citizen in the first place. "Why is Hamdi being treated as a citizen at all?" asked constitutional law expert Dr. John Eastman in his 2004 editorial, "Wrong Question in Hamdi." The same question was posed regarding al-Awlaki by former congressman Tom Tancredo, one of the signers of an...(Read Full Article)