ACLU, doing its job, condemns targeting of US citizen

The American Civil Liberties Union has condemned the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen by birth who had become a leader of an al Qaida offshoot in Yemen.

“The targeted killing program violates both U.S. and international law,” the ACLU said yesterday. “This is a program under which American citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government without judicial process, and on the basis of standards and evidence that are kept secret not just from the public but from the courts.”

I’m glad the ACLU has taken that stance. Such decisions by our government should not be allowed to go unchallenged.

That said, I also think the ACLU is wrong.

As President Obama noted, “Al-Awlaki directed the failed attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day in 2009, he directed the failed attempt to blow up U.S. cargo planes in 2010, and he repeatedly called on individuals in the United States and around the globe to kill innocent men, women and children to advance a murderous agenda.”

On Sept. 18, 2001, Congress passed a resolution under the War Powers Act to the following effect:

“(a) IN GENERAL- That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”

That’s all the authorization a president needs to act against those who have taken up arms against this country.

– Jay Bookman

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Normal

October 3rd, 2011
6:47 am

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:06 am

Cain had another great weekend. Won the Republican Women’s Poll and the Il. Straw poll.

Imagine. Al those racist Republicans backing Herman Cain.

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:11 am

Bro

So because Jay Bookman is a liberal, that is justifacation for the nasty, personal attacks on conservatives by so many liberals. I guess any excuse will do . . .

And you and Midori think that I always think that I am right . . . as opposed to . . . . who? Who comes here saying: I’m probably wrong, but . . ..

Whatever. Have a good day.

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
7:22 am

Gone but not forgotten, Cynthia Tucker on Hardball – Note great new haircut!

On topic, Jay’s right. The ACLU is doing what is right. Holding this up to scrutiny. However, as far as I am concerned, when you enlist with terrorists against America I think you are giving up your citizenship in a very public way.

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:28 am

CT

Great new hair cut. Same old angry scowl.

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
7:29 am

Will Georgia Republicans vote for Cain. They have so many choices. How will they ever decide.

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
7:30 am

Good Little Liberal

So is this you first foray into hair dressing or have you been a
beautician since you were 16?

Jimmy62

October 3rd, 2011
7:37 am

So Jay must be cool with Guantanamo, and with Obama’s keeping it open despite promising to close it?

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
7:40 am

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:42 am

Granny the Nasty

I’ve been able to recognize a person who can’t string three words together without stumbling for quite some time. Tucker was decimated by the former Black Chair of the RNC. Pulling her hair back where it can’t be seen is probably her best option, but she has to live with that face that is frozen into an angry scowl. I think if she tried to smile, her nose would break off.

Yes, men notice women’s hair and it doesn’t take a beautician to recognize what all that anger and hate has done to the face of a formally beautiful woman. That should be a lesson to you.

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
7:45 am

Is this your first foray into mind reading or have you been a
swami since you were 16?

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
7:47 am

I wonder where Jimmy62 got the idea that the US President simply rules by fiat?

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
7:48 am

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
7:48 am

I’m not mess’n with Granny Godzilla this morning; she’s on a roll. :-)

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:48 am

Granny

I don’t have to read your mind to see all that anger and hate. I just read what you write.

Smile, Granny.

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:49 am

Enter your comments here

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
7:49 am

it doesn’t take a beautician to recognize what all that anger and hate has done to the face of a formally beautiful woman. That should be a lesson to you.

There’s approximately a half-century of distilled stupid in those two sentences.

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
7:50 am

Which of those positions taken by Jay are “out of the mainstream,” USMC?

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
7:51 am

I think someone must love the taste of vinegar-flavored coffee in the morning. Gee, who could it be. Let’s see. Not me. Granny is cheerful and Normal is the happiest blogger of them all.

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:52 am

stands for decibels

its stupid to say that a woman with a scowl on her face is not beautiful?

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
7:52 am

Good Little Liberal

Is this your first foray into analysis or have you been
an analyst since you were 16?

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
7:52 am

I wonder where Jimmy62 got the idea that the US President simply rules by fiat?
–STANDS for nothing

Maybe by the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen… as just one example.

Just a guess :-)

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:52 am

TaxPayer

And you definately are a fair judge.

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
7:53 am

Mornin’ Taxie, Normal and USMC!

Wasn’t it a beautiful weekend?

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
7:54 am

USMC, now that you’ve shown one and all that you *do* read my posts–

the out-of-the-mainstream positions taken by Jay, please.

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
7:55 am

So now the “Progressives” want to behead people… what an idiot. :-)

Roseanne Barr: Behead Bankers, Rich Who Won’t Give Up Wealth
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/10/01/roseanne_barr_behead_bankers_rich_who_wont_give_up_wealth.html

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
7:55 am

Granny Godzilla

I’ve been an active Republican since I was 16. Is the adolecsnet nonsense by your little dim witted friend what you keep referring to?

You should come up with your own attacks. You are in for a rough year. Own your own nastiness.

AmVet

October 3rd, 2011
7:56 am

Morning, Bookmaniacs.

Jeez, the sensitive one is taking his crying game to a new level.

Libs are mean, Granny is mean, Cynthia Tucker is mean. Jay is mean.

Everybody non-Republican is mean.

It’s just heartbreaking…

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
7:57 am

“Wasn’t it a beautiful weekend?_–GRANNY

Good Morning GRANNY! Yes, it was a Beautiful weekend. Isn’t this weather incredible?

Have a great day, Granny! :-)

jm

October 3rd, 2011
7:59 am

USMC – liberals are blood thirsty radicals….. the “wall st. buffoons” are on the same page

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
7:59 am

@AMVET7:56

Maybe he was referring to this liberal among others who are filled with HATE. :-)

Roseanne Barr: Behead Bankers, Rich Who Won’t Give Up Wealth
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/10/01/roseanne_barr_behead_bankers_rich_who_wont_give_up_wealth.html

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
8:00 am

AmVet

Good morning. Talking about how nasty and confrontational you libs are was a subject that was talked about this weekend. You were here. You know. But now you have a lot of nasty little liberals all ready to jump on board. Its what you do, and the more you see the decline of Obama, the nastier you will get.

(If that’s possible” its what you do. Its all you can do.

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
8:01 am

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
8:03 am

“USMC – liberals are blood thirsty radicals….. the “wall st. buffoons” are on the same page”

Hi JM, Hope Florida is treating you well.

Did you see some of the Fox news interviews with the SOCIALISTS on Wall Street??

One of the Ring Leaders had to cover a protesters mouth because she kept advocating for “Communism”. LOL! What a joke! At least most of them were honest in their pining for Socialism.

Have you bought that E-Class yet??? The new 5 series is pretty “smart” looking as well.

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
8:03 am

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:07 am

It was a most beautiful weekend. We went up to Tallulah Falls for a little hike. It was great and there was very light traffic.

Jm

October 3rd, 2011
8:07 am

Sba: regulation compliance costs per year are $1.7 trillion per year

That’s bigger than most world economies just to comply with regs

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:09 am

The Wall Street protesters don’t carry guns to their rallies like some of those tea party tools.

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:11 am

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
8:15 am

“The Wall Street protesters don’t carry guns to their rallies like some of those tea party tools.”

What a crock! LOL! Yeah, they cling onto their guns and religion… right, Taxpayer??

To compare people who go to a “TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY” rally to the Socialist “Leech” mobs, that you identify with, showing their collective Ar$e on Wall Street gives one a pretty good insight to your illogical and intellectually dishonest stance. :-)

Good Little Liberal

October 3rd, 2011
8:18 am

The Koch Crooks. Typical republicans.

Jm, USMC. How are your arms sales going? I’m having some trouble from the people at Soros firms trying to block my sales. He seems to have all the sales to third world crap holes locked up.

At the Thursday Night Republican “How To Be Mean” meetings, lets have a meeting of all the arms dealers to see if we can break Soro’s monopoly on selling arms. And Jm, I love the new Learjet. It’s not quite up to USMC’s converted 747, but it sure looks cool.

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
8:19 am

GG, does it keep you lying awake nights that hunky guys like GLL might not think you’re teh hawtness if you allow yourself to get angry about anything?

No?

(There, GLL. That’s about one shot-glass’ worth of the distilled stupid patiently explained for you. You’ll have to finish the rest of the bottle on your own.)

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
8:19 am

USMC and Scout–two Bookman-addicts/Corpsemen who can’t back up their own bullshyt.

stands for decibels

October 3rd, 2011
8:20 am

anyway, gotta go produce. might be back when Jay’s got something new for us…

Paul

October 3rd, 2011
8:23 am

Mornin’ all -

If the second thru the fourteenth pages were like the first, there was an awful lot of “I don’t like this because it’s illegal, because I say so even tho the courts have said otherwise” and “Obama… dictator… ” The latter argument sounds so much like what the Left said about Bush it’s really rather funny.

I had a tough time with this when Jay first wrote of it. But… is it legal? Congress authorized, executive put procedures in place (National Security Council review) to make sure it wasn’t up to one person and it hasn’t been stopped by the court. So, it appears it is legal.

But break it down. “Targeted killing.” Killing’s what we do to the enemy in war. As one Bush-era official put it, if it was WWII and the person was an American wearing a German uniform, we’d kill him just like any other. Don’t have uniforms now, but we have that classification that caused so many on the Left heartburn, ‘enemy combatant.” And that’s what the authorization addressed.

Next is ‘targeted.’ So we make a special effort. A restricted effort. What’s the alternative? No special effort?

Some have asked ‘what if he were here?’ Completely different. Then Constitutional protections for citizens kick in. And in some particulars, for non-citizens.

Which was a big part of the reason for establishing GITMO. To keep them out of the US and avoid the Constitutional rights question.

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:23 am

USMC uses a crock. I never took him for the cooking type. Those Koch Crooks even sold stuff to Iran. They’re criminals.

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
8:23 am

stands

I got my own hunky guy to keep me awake nights…..

Is this GLL’s first foray into self pity or has he been a whiner since he was 16?

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
8:24 am

“USMC and Scout–two Bookman-addicts/Corpsemen who can’t back up their own bullshyt.”

LOL! What an idiot! Corpsemen are in the NAVY.

And I would take that as a complement as corpsmen sacrifice and save lives.

Wasn’t it Comrade Obama who call a Corpsman a “CORPSE”??? LOL!

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:26 am

Those tea party tools just loves them some Koch crooks.

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
8:27 am

“USMC uses a crock. I never took him for the cooking type…”–Comrade taxpayer

That was funny Tax Payer, seriously! :-)
(my girlfriend might disagree, though)

It’s almost that time of year to breakout the crock pot, isn’t it Crack Pot? :-)

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 3rd, 2011
8:28 am

Morning Granny,… I see you are on a roll! :D Again I see someone else is still failing to raise the bar of their discussion, but I am sure its just a “forray” into name-calling….

Taxpayer… I just read that article. It would be nice if the Koch criminals went to jail.

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:29 am

USMC wants a Corpseman as a complement.

USMC

October 3rd, 2011
8:29 am

“Those tea party tools just loves them some Koch crooks.”

Oh the Delusion! LOL! Your comrades are calling you to Wall Street, Taxpayer. :-)

Granny Godzilla

October 3rd, 2011
8:31 am

USMC

Do you support what it is alleged that the Koch Brothers did?

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:32 am

Those Koch crooks are so greedy they even rigged their oil measurement equipment on oil wells they have on federal land to give false readings so they could steal oil from US. And the Republican tools want to give them more tax cuts and fewer regulations. Those Koch crooks can trickle down on those Republicans for as long as they want to by just telling them that their trickle is special.

TaxPayer

October 3rd, 2011
8:33 am

Your Koch crooks have some more trickle for you, USMC.

Strawman

October 3rd, 2011
8:55 am

zeke

October 3rd, 2011
9:40 am

I cannot think of one(1) single instance where the aclu has been right!! NOT ONE! It is a leftist anarchist anti USA group only intent on completely changing the country for the worse! It caters to nitwits in order to get funding! By the way, WHERE DOES THAT FUNDING COME FROM? If one penny comes from the governments, taxpayer money, that must be changed immediately! Same for the naacp and all other agenda groups!

Jm

October 3rd, 2011
11:15 am

Not my fault u guys don’t know how google works

mike

October 3rd, 2011
1:58 pm

BS the world is changing he wanted to kill you. FK him glad hes dead good job servicemen.

dbm

October 3rd, 2011
4:58 pm

Constitutionally, this raises the question, is Congress entitled to pass such a law, or does it violate the limitations in the Constitution?

Producer

October 4th, 2011
8:43 am

Jay, my comments are so far down the role here that I do not know if you addressed this earlier. I read where he renounced his US citizenship. Is that true? If so, then he was not a US citizen at the time he was killed. Doesn’t matter if he was a natural born US citizen, he wasn’t one any longer. No fuss, no muss. Can you say Enemy Combatant? Dr. Paul is wrong about impeachment if this is the case.