US Official: Irresponsible Not to Try to Assassinate US-Born Cleric | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

US Official: Irresponsible Not to Try to Assassinate US-Born Cleric

Speaking today at the Aspen Security Forum, National Counterterrorism Center chief Michael Leiter defended the attempted assassinations of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, claiming he had a “direct role” in the failed Christmas Day underwear bomber attack.

"I think it would be wholly irresponsible for individuals like me, or Leon Panetta, for Secretary Gates and ultimately the president, not to at least think about and potentially direct all elements of national power” against him, Leiter insisted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to National Counterterrorism Center chief Michael Leiter:

The assassination of an American citizen, no matter how heinous the crime they are alleged to have committed, is extrajudicial and denies due process, under which this man is entitled under the Constitution of the United States, a document with which I would hope you have more than a nodding acquaintance.

The precedent of the institutionalization and normalization of preemptive, extrajudicial assassinations against American citizens puts this country, allegedly a country of laws and not of men, on a very slippery moral slope, and throws the entire concept of American jurisprudence under the proverbial bus.

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