Obama Lawyers: Citizens Targeted If At War With US

Editor’s Note: American Congress is doing to her own people what American Government has been doing to the rest of the world for many years now. This happening in the watch of a President who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize goes to reflect how the mighty have fallen. Please HEAR Paul Craig Roberts: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29874.htm

Associated Press

December 02, 2011 –WASHINGTON, (AP) — U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the Obama administration said Thursday.

The lawyers were asked at a national security conference about the CIA killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen and leading al-Qaida figure. He died in a Sept. 30 U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen.

The government lawyers, CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson, did not directly address the al-Awlaki case. But they said U.S. citizens don’t have immunity when they’re at war with the United States.

Johnson said only the executive branch, not the courts, is equipped to make military battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.

The courts in habeas cases, such as those involving whether a detainee should be released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, make the determination of who can be considered an enemy combatant.

Late last year, a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by al-Awlaki’s father, saying that the courts do not have the authority to review military decisions by the president aimed at protecting the country from terrorists. The cleric’s father, Nasser al-Awlaki of Yemen, was suing to prevent the U.S. from targeting his son.

Administration Officials say Obama has Sole Power to Declare Citizen’s Enemies

By Matt Lacy 

December 02, 2011 -“Greeley Gazette” – A pair of lawyers for the Obama administration said the president has sole discretion to define who is an enemy and that U.S. citizens with that designation are legitimate military targets.

Government lawyers, CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson, were asked at a national security press conference about the CIA killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was also a member of al-Qaida.

Following al-Awlaki’s killing by a drone aircraft; the administration has faced criticism from both the left and right. Critics have said it is one thing to die in a firefight with troops, but the aerial attack amounted to a targeted assassination.

Last year, a lawsuit by al-Awlaki’s father was thrown out by a judge who said courts do not have the authority to review military decisions made by the commander in chief that are intended to protect to country from terrorists.

While not directly addressing the al-Awlaki case, the lawyers said any U.S. citizen who takes up arms with al-Qaida is a legitimate military target. They went on to say that when it came to deciding who is an enemy, the executive branch, not the courts had sole authority to make that distinction.

While a recent defense authorization bill has come under criticism by those who say it could grant the military powers to detain U.S. citizens here in America, the bill has not yet been signed into law.

Today’s statements show that regardless of what the bill contains, the President believes he has full power to declare a U.S. citizen an enemy and order his termination.

Brian Britton with the Greeley 9/12 Project called the statement by the administration “frightening.”

“For any president, regardless of his political party to have the power to act as judge jury and executioner of any American citizen based simply on his say so is frightening,” Britton said “Members of Congress and even the Department of Homeland Security have said that everyday citizens can be terrorists if they support Ron Paul for president, are in favor of lower taxes or love the Constitution. Based on those statements, every tea party member is a possible military target.”

During this Summers debate over the debt limit, Republican members of Congress and the tea party were called terrorists by several Democratic lawmakers.

On Aug. 1, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) speaking about members of the tea party caucus, reportedly said “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists has made it impossible to spend any money.” Vice-President Joe Biden supposedly echoed the sentiment saying “They have acted like terrorists.” Biden has denied making the remark.

A few days before Doyle’s comments, former Ted Kennedy staffer William Yeomans wrote, “It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House ‘hostage takers’, but now they have become full-blown terrorists.”

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) said “tea party extremists really held this country hostage. Another Florida Democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings said “What we have witnessed in the past several weeks was hardly a negotiation, but rather the Republicans recklessly holding the full faith and credit of the United States hostage until they got everything they wanted and then some.”

In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo warning law-enforcement about terrorist groups. The memo’s list of terrorist indicators included returning vets, people who support state authority over federal authority and those who are dedicated to a single issue such as abortion or immigration. The memo also listed Christians who believe in “end time prophecies” such as the “Rapture” as portrayed in the Left Behind series of books and movies.

DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, issued a statement saying she stood by the report. Critics have said the memo’s description of terrorist also applies to many tea party members.

The Missouri Highway Patrol was given a similar report by the Missouri Information Analysis Center that linked conservative groups with terrorists. The report said terrorist indicators included support for third-party candidates such as Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin. Other characteristics included opposition to illegal immigration, abortion and federal income taxes. The Missouri Highway Patrol disavowed the report after news of it had been made public.

Soldiers taking the Department of Defense’s Annual Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training, in 2009, were asked the question “which of the following is an example of low-level terrorist activity?”

The choices were attacking the pentagon, IEDs, hate crimes against racial groups, and protests. To answer the question correctly on the knowledge check, the examinee had to select the answer “Protests.” Following the complaint, the DOD withdrew the question from the training manual..


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  • Portugheis Alberto  On December 3, 2011 at 11:31 am

    For half a century I’ve been calling the United States of America “The best disguised Military Dictatorship in the world”. Nobody believed me. Now you are “forced” to believe it. You have to pay for your infantile patriotism.

    For half a century I’ve been saying the Arms Trade, the Arms Race should stop. Everybody said USA must develop arms production and trade, as well as her military forces, to keep Americans employed and to help the American economy.

    In order to have American soldiers killed in battles everywhere and still have enough soldiers to continue fighting, (business cannot stop they say) all USA Governments brainwash American populations into believing only America is a great country and must be defended, at all costs, from enemy countries, all jealous and nasty. The American population has swallowed the pill.

    Now you pay for it.

  • Rauf  On December 3, 2011 at 11:43 am

    No problem, they (the US) is more than welcome, they can do anything
    with their own citizen, as long as they do not try such methods in Pakistan.

    By the way if this sort of thing happens in any other country, United
    States of America will be the first one to shout from the top of their
    voices “Human Right Violation” Ha Ha Ha Ha –

  • Adnan  On December 3, 2011 at 11:44 am



    Proposed Rules for Terrorism Suspects Under Fire
    Thu, Dec 1, 2011 — 10:00 AM

    Virginie Montet/AFP/Getty Images
    An entrance to the U.S. military’s prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    The U.S. Senate is debating the Defense Authorization Act, including a provision requiring certain terrorism suspects to be interrogated and detained by the military instead of by civilian police. Critics say the new policies allow indefinite detention of suspects — and that even U.S. citizens could be denied a trial.

    The Obama administration has threatened a veto. But supporters, including some influential Democrats, say the rules are vital to security and do not threaten civil liberties.

    Host: Michael Krasny

    Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy and former assistant secretary of the Reagan Defense Department

  • Faisal Imam  On December 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    the beginning of the end.

  • Najma  On December 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Known as shooting oneself in one’s own foot. — An expanded (and unnecessary) continuation of the Patriot Act, except this time it’s directly aimed at maintaining the status quo of the banksters, stockbrokers and speculators financial institutions that brought about the crash in 2008 and thereafter.
    — Najma

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