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TERRORISTS: Headline conveys misinformation

Letter by Dennis Quilio , Gig Harbor on Oct. 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm with 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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  1. xx98411 says:

    “…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.”

    No, at the time of their meeting the 140 virgins between them, they were American citizens. According to US Law they either had to formally renounce their citizenship ( I haven’t read that either one did that), and/or I have no information (I am looking) that the State Department revoked their citizenship (their is a process)

    Oh no, they were clearly qualified for target practice but let’s not obfuscate the fact they were American citizens who were not afforded due process. al Awalki dad tried to have his son removed from the President’s hit list…

  2. IMO – their citizenship was renounced as soon as they began to wage war on the US.

  3. theglovesRoff says:

    xx, have you gone karnito’s on us?????

  4. theglovesRoff says:

    And, I agree with xring for once.

    :-o

  5. beerBoy says:

    xx, have you gone karnito’s on us?????

    Since he is attempting to argue with even those who agree with him on this…..that appears to be the case.

    But….he is correct on this aspect. The idea that the president can imperially declare a citizen an enemy combat and then sentence him to death is a very frightening erosion to basic protections of law supposedly guaranteed by the Constitution (and before that, the Magna Carta).

    Please note: neither xx nor I are suggesting that this guy wasn’t a sleaze. I am not losing any sleep over the fact that he was killed. What troubles me is HOW he was killed and the precedent that this complete avoidance of due process has set.

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