The US GOVT Sometimes DOES have the Right to Order a lethal attack on a U.S. Citizen, IF–

Gangster John Dillinger, wanted for murder and other federal crimes by the US government, was coming out of a theater with two ladies when he realized that the men staring at him outside were probably federal agents. Wikipedia tells us that Dillinger “turned his head and looked directly at Melvin Purvis as he walked by, glanced across the street, then moved ahead of his female companions, reached into his pocket but failed to extract his gun, and ran into a nearby alley.” The agents opened fire, shooting Dillinger down. That was in 1934. There was no outcry that I’ve heard of, protesting the federal government shooting down a US Citizen. He was a dangerous guy, a murderous gangster.

Suppose that federal agents became aware of the Oklahoma City bombers, just before the bombing was to happen–suppose they rushed to stop the bombing, and just had time to shoot the bombers before the building was blown up and all those people killed. Would anyone really object, finding the bomb (unexploded), afterwards? The sad thing is that it didn’t happen that way. Timothy Mcveigh and his partner were not intercepted, and ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT PEOPLE DIED.

But McVeigh was executed–on the order of the President, eventually. He was executed on order of the United States government.

Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen on the order of the President. He is a man who’s plotted–and tried, through his pawns–to blow up airplanes full of people. He is an American citizen but he’s also a Jihadist terrorist. He was killed in order to prevent more civilian deaths–to protect American citizens. I maintain that it’s not much different than the case of Dillinger, despite Dillinger being a gangster and not a terrorist, and it’s even closer to the case of McVeigh. No one would have objected if federal agents had killed McVeigh to stop him blowing up 168 people. Anwar al-Awlaki was killed to stop him engaging in an Oklahoma City bombing scale of brutality…

The President, for the US Government, does sometimes have the right to order an attack like the one on Anwar al-Awlaki…if the target, though a U.S. citizen, is a significant danger to the people of the United States.

I’m speaking of moral and ethical rights–and surely precedent makes it a legal right, especially in the case of a terrorist sworn to commit acts of mass murder…

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