It's legal to drone strike Americans according to the Obama Administration. This is the recent revelation that is dominating news outlets. But is this new?
The New York Times last year reported on President Obama's secret kill list, which even included a 17-year-old girl.
The U.S. government has already assassinated multiple U.S. citizens with drone strikes. Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a 16-year-old Denver, Colo. native, was assassinated via drone while in Yemen in 2011 a week after his father was assassinated.
The boy's father, American-born Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric and Al Qaeda leader according to the U.S. government, was assassinated without charge or trial based on the assumption that he was a threat. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was bombarded with questions by reporters soon after about how the Obama Administration could legally murder U.S. citizens without proof of a crime.
Despite the murder or indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without charge being against the constitution, some argue that a man as dangerous as Awlaki, who had been tied to 26 terrorism cases according to the U.S. government, had to be taken out before any more damage could be done.
Even with Awlaki's alleged danger, a Freedom of Information request revealed that Awlaki had been held by the U.S. at least twice and then released. The documents indicated that he had been held for at least eight months between 2006 and 2007. Even more disturbing is the FBI's admission that Awlaki was detained in 2002 then quickly released.
The most shocking news came after the admission that Awlaki had dined at the Pentagon with top U.S. military leaders just months after 9/11. Especially troublesome given the fact that the government says he preached to three of the hijackers.
Awlaki also had ties to almost every "failed plot" within the United States. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the "Underwear Bomber," had been coached by Awlaki according to the U.S. government, yet was put on the plane by the U.S. government.
Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy admitted live on C-SPAN that he was forced to get Abdulmutallab on the plane after he originally denied his visa, a bombshell that was ignored by the mainstream media. Even lawyer Kurt Haskell who was on the flight blew the whistle on what he witnessed.
Despite what appears to be a media blackout, many citizens did notice. Mickey McCarter, writer for Homeland Security Today, was grilled by callers about the revelations over the Underwear Bomber live on C-SPAN.
In light of the U.S. aiding groups involved with Al Qaeda in Syria, many feel even more outraged by the governmen's claims of needing to have the power to assassinate U.S. citizens, to keep them safe.