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NEW MEMO POLICY WILL ALLOW THE PRESIDENT TO KILL ANYONE HE WANTS
October 10 2011
Washington, D.C. – There is no debate that Anwar al-Awlaki was a dangerous man. He was one of the most prominent Al-Qaeda leaders in the world, a runner-up to the leadership position, and had authorized attacks against the United States. There is also no debate that he was an American citizen, and those two facts combined have made his killing a bit of controversy.
As far as records show, al-Awlaki appears to be the first American deliberately targeted in the war on terror and may in fact be the first American ever deliberately assassinated by the U.S. government. While critics won’t debate the danger of the man, they also make the argument that doing so has created a dangerous precedent that could start the country down a slippery slope.
Officially, al-Awlaki was not killed by a U.S. drone strike, but he was. Now new documents have started to appear showing that the U.S. had authorized his killing without trial as a specific case, not a new policy for the government. The memo details the dangers al-Awlaki presented to the country, and lays out the legal case for killing him, making it case specific and requiring the U.S. government to write a memo anytime it wants to execute an American citizen without trial.
“Essentially, this memo creates a specific legal case for al-Awlaki. That the execution of people believed to be doing bad things abroad is not officially U.S. policy but that such situations have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It will require the government to write a memo anytime they want to do something like this,” said a Pentagon
insider. “These aren’t normal memos, mind you, and they aren’t written on regular pieces of paper. They are written on legal paper and looked over by experts and then it is approved. They really put a lot of thought and effort into these memos and they aren’t going to just issue them haphazardly.”
It’s believed that the creation of the memo can take upwards of a year and involves at least 300 people before it can be executed.
“This is a very detailed memo system. It is a potent new weapon in the fight against terrorism and one that they really do need to look out for. It may take a long time to get going, but it shows these people that no one is safe anywhere or at anytime no matter where they are born,” continued the insider. “All terrorists, and Americans thinking of becoming terrorists, need to be aware of this memo. It is perhaps the best new weapon against the bad guys we have created in years and one that could very well turn the tide.”
It’s not clear how many American terrorists currently have memos written about them somewhere deep in the Pentagon.
“The concern here is pretty obvious. When you create these types of memos you have to have people who work on them. You create a memo division which has to justify its budget, which results in a lot of memos being written and a lot of Americans being killed, and that’s the danger,” said Scrape TV Terrorism analyst Doug Davids. “Pretty soon these divisions will be writing hundreds of memos, they may have done so already, and that is the slippery slope. This is a huge victory for the memo division and one that could lead us down a dangerous road. The country needs to be very careful.”
Ron Paul, apparently, has been the subject of a number of memos.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent