A new memo was released detailing the justification of assassinating an American citizen without charge or trial, despite that American not presenting an imminent threat (being on an assassination list for nearly two years is not evidence of an imminent threat).
According to this article:
Although Awlaki was an American citizen, the memo states that applying constitutional rights to a trial in this circumstance 'could significantly disrupt the ability of the political branches to respond to foreign situations involving our national interests.'It should be noted the rationalization above was provided by David J. Barron, who has since taken a seat on the bench as a federal judge. That does not bode well for our liberty, when our constitutional rights are seen as an impediment to "our" national interests (ie, the interests of the powerful and connected who are most certainly not representative of us).
Our Constitution defines treason as making war on the United States. When American government uses the machinery of war (ie drones and air-to-ground missiles and bombs) to kill American citizens without charge or trial, it is making war on America. Not unlike the military occupation of Ferguson, Missouri we see on the news each night. Not unlike the NSA spying on each of us, recording our private communications, as though we were Al Qaida in Afghanistan.
Of all that law breaking, using the machines of war to kill Americans is quite simply, treason. The real treason, not the bullshit spouted off by politicians to demonize anybody they disagree with, like Edward Snowden. No, this is the real treason we were warned about.
We have rights that include the right to not have our government take our life without the due process of law (Fifth Amendment) and a right to be found guilty of a crime (treason is a crime) by a jury of our peers (Sixth Amendment) and the charge of treason requires an open trial (Article Three).
But a government that has no use for our Constitution, and cannot be bothered with it when powerful monied interests control it, is unconcerned with our Bill of Rights and the body of our supreme law of the land. In such an Alice in Wonderland state of affairs, it is no wonder that innocent Americans get put into the largest prison system in the world for smoking a plant, while those in government who murder innocent Americans receive no accountability at all.
In this Inverted America, it is not our Constitution that needs to go. It is our government that has broken not just the faith with America, but the law that needs to go. If only it were as easy as voting, but only a fool would think the powers that be haven't corrupted and controlled that system. Just ask our Supreme Court of the United States that not long ago had to decide an election for, you know, the gold standard of "democracy."
Those of us in the profession of lethality need to remember that such a government is only able to commit treason because of inferior military officers who swore an oath, who do not have the character to do right by the American neighbors who pay them. Worse than worthless military officers who lie to their families about how heroic they are, who don't have the courage to do the right thing after swearing to do so, and being paid to do so.
In this Inverted America, such officers often think they are the bees knees, because they can write a good OPR and kiss ass with gusto, while complaining over on BaseOps.Net about how leadership is ruining the Air Force.
Those of us in the profession of arms better man-up in the worst way. Otherwise, we might as well start adding the writings of 1940s German soldiers into our PME while watching our families burn because, when tested, we were too cowardly to take a stand.
We are in a very bad place.