Wednesday, April 07, 2010
The scary slope we're heading down

I wrote this letter to all of my congressional delegation in light of today's events.  In case you don't know (link in the letter) the US government has issued a "mob hit" against an American citizen.  The letter is below:

I am writing this letter to you out of the horrific news I have seen lately and about the constitutional crisis that is looming as a result of this if left unchecked. An article from the New York Times has documented the United States government and specifically the Obama administration has given out a mob hit order (for lack of a better term) to Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen. The article is available here for your perusal: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/middleeast/07yemen.html


The news article does not mention al-Awlaki ever receiving a fair trial within the court system of the United States of America, which is a severe violation of the constitution if this is the case. This is a flagrant violation of Amendment V, which guarantees he cannot be deprived of his life without due process of law. American citizens are guaranteed the right to a fair trial. How are we a nation of laws if we choose to willfully ignore the law when it is convenient?


This is also very similar to what is called a “Bill of Attainder” which is a specific power barred from Congress via Article I, Section IX to the Constitution but little is mentioned about the executive branch using such a bill. From what I have studied within the text of the Constitution, this power is not specifically barred from the executive branch of the government. However, in keeping with the spirit of the US Constitution, I would surmise that the President also lacks the power to create a Bill of Attainder also since it was assumed the President would be the executive in charge of administrating the laws of the land.


There is a serious crisis looming if the United States government thinks it is able to do whatever it wants. American citizens cannot be treated like this, regardless of whether or not he is branded as a terrorist. He may pose an imminent threat to the nation, but we as a country should not go down the route of mob hits. To go down this route is little more than resorting to terrorism to try and stop terrorism.



Posted at 4/7/2010 7:02:30 pm by greatcow95

 

Leave a Comment:

Name


Homepage (optional)


Comments







Previous Entry Home Next Entry

Hello everyone! Welcome to what could be termed "my little slice of internet life." The conversation can go from my life to politics to the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) to gay life and every single point in-between. I will try to provide analysis whenever I can in each post and I encourage any kind of feedback except for personal attacks. If you have something to say, say it like an adult. Have fun reading and I look forward to having some great discussions with you!
1-800-PetMeds
Footlocker.com
MenScience Acne Solution


   





<< April 2010 >>
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
 01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30



LinkShare  Referral  Prg





Contact Me

If you want to be updated on this weblog Enter your email here:




rss feed