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TERRORISTS: Headline conveys misinformation

Letter by Dennis Quilio , Gig Harbor on Oct. 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm | 5 Comments »
October 3, 2011 2:36 pm

Re: “U.S. drone executes 2 American citizens” (TNT, 10-1).

Rather than extol the excellent work by U.S. Special Operations in finding and killing two major forces in al-Qaida (Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan), The News Tribune chose a headline which makes it sound like any U.S. citizen is at risk of being killed by a drone.

Al-Awlaki and Khan made a conscious choice to take up arms against America and to encourage others to do the same, both abroad and on American soil. The article said al-Awlaki was a “bigger threat than bin-Laden” and Khan is known for publishing al-Qaida’s English-language magazine, Inspire. In fact, al-Awlaki was involved in several terror plots and inspired others, including the Fort Hood shooting.

Your newspaper consciously chose to disregard all that and, instead, highlight the fact they were Americans at some point in their lives. I would argue they ceased being Americans when they became traitors and moved to Yemen.

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