Fox News spent a whole Sunday segment on the legality of President Obama’s killing of Al Awlaki, an American citizen. Bill Kristol chuckled condescendingly and said that no candidate except for Ron Paul is complaining about it and therefore it is a non-issue. Kristol implied that the killing was legal and morally justified. Everyone else on the panel agreed. No one explained why they spent a whole segment talking about something that was supposed to be a non-issue.
But it turns out that Bill Kristol was wrong. Herman Cain was asked about the killing of Al Awlaki several months ago and stated clearly that it was wrong and unconstitutional. I am posting the Youtube of the Herman Cain interview below for you to see for yourself.
So get this straight. President Obama must get a federal judge to sign a warrant before he can listen in on the telephone conversations of an American citizen but he can kill an American citizen without it. He just need support from the American news media.
This is about as far from the U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as one can get. This is running the country by the news media and a popular leader.
Ron Paul made it very clear today that he condemns what Al Awlaki did and what he stands for. He voted to go into Afghanistan and to hunt down Osama Bin Laden. But he pointed out that even with Timothy McVeigh, we brought him to trial and he was convicted by a jury and sentenced by a judge. And he was executed. He was not killed on an order of the president.
During the Nuremberg Trials the prosecution took great pains to show how Nazi Germany started its fall into the abyss. A great amount of time was taken to explain how gullible the German people were to accept Hitler’s actions during the Blood Purge when Ernst Rohm and other SA leaders were summarily killed without trial. This should have been a warning, the court was told. Instead it was applauded by the population. After all, the men that Hitler had killed were bad men.
One of the four major counts against the Nuremberg defendants was the waging of an aggressive (preemptive) war. It is now our American foreign policy.
We are at an interesting point in our history. It is worth a discussion before we race ahead.
If the press and journalists were subject to perjury charges as others who are entrusted to give good information are, held to the same standard as those on the witness stand perhaps, most on the nightly news would be in prison. Many of those with criminal justice degrees would have to study nothing but press law and entire task forces would need to work tirelessly to patrol the airwaves seeking out those who sought to confound and confuse the public. Commentators, pundits and talking heads just no longer tell the truth and those getting a journalism education should leave them out of it. In 2009 only 1 in 5 would admit to putting considerable trust in the media. The case of Al Awlaki is a perfect explanation as to why. FOX reported no one flip flopped, even though Herman Cain actually did, but instead of spending the news day analyzing a morally questionable act, they rehashed the candidate’s comments and the feud between Democrats and Republicans.