Monday, July 26, 2010

Glenn Beck Judge Napolitano: Government Sanctioned Assassination: Whatever Happened to Treason?

A cornerstone of our Republic has been our justice system of due process, the right to a trial of our peers along with the right of appeal. What happens when a president puts an American citizen's name on a government-sanctioned assassination list - no trial, no jury, no appeal? See a Judge Napolitano video below.

Government Sanctioned Assassination

For some months now the CIA has had the authority to kill dual Yemeni-American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. It appears that al-Awlaki has not been indicted for treason. Apparently, he can be killed abroad, whether on a battlefield or not. I would be comforted to know that al-Awlaki could not inspire another Nidal Hasan because he was one-dead-dude, and dead by the hand of an American, but is it constitutional?

Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution covers treason. Treason consists only of levying War against the U.S., or giving the enemy aid and comfort. There can be no conviction on charges of treason without the testimony of two witnesses to each treasonous Act ("overt" Act). The Congress is tasked with fixing the punishment. In this administration, Congress would abdicate that duty to a czar.

Why is al-Awlaki not charged with treason? Maybe because there is no way we can find two witnesses to anything he has done. So where does that leave us? With a kill list?

American Adam Gadahn, a California native and convert to Islam, is charged with treason, but is not on the government kill list. Gadahn has family and other non-Muslim acquaintances in the U.S. Maybe witnesses against Gadahn can be found.

Adam Gadahn - Treason - Traitor

Obama has targeted American Anwar al-Awlaki for assassination in an obviously unconstitutional act. What gives Obama this authority, and what are we going to do about it? Consider this: what if the truth becomes day?

Will Truth become Treason?

The video below is Judge Andrew Napolitano and Glenn Beck discussing the government-sanctioned kill list. The second video is the Judge, on another occasion, also talking about hit lists.

Judge Andrew Napolitano and Glenn Beck on Sanctioned Assassination (video)
Judge Andrew Napolitano - Obama's Assassination Program (video)

Second video - thanks to therightscoop

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