Killing of U.S. citizen merits greater scrutiny

October 03, 2011

I am writing to express my anger at The Sun's coverage of the CIA assassination of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki.

Frequently, Mr. Awlaki has been described as a "terrorist," but how do we know that to actually be the case? We don't. All we have are the Obama administration's unproven assertions since they forbade any and all judicial involvement. That is not how we run our affairs in the United States. Or, at least once upon a time it wasn't.

President Barack Obama appointed himself judge, jury and executioner of a U.S. citizen. That's an outrage of the first rank. In a single stroke, he has committed a grievous crime against both Mr. Awlaki and the Constitution. (The Fifth Amendment guarantees the right not to be deprived of life without due process.)

To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Obama's lawless, tyrannical — and impeachable — act of usurpation and violence is unprecedented. This fact is easily the most newsworthy aspect of the entire story. That it's not been mentioned is a journalistic disgrace.

Daniel Fleisher, Baltimore

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