A Mockery of Citizenship

By: Wayne Brown

I have never envisioned myself being in a position to be even slightly in agreement with the Obama Administration on any issue. Picking up the newspaper this morning, I found myself in a bit of a dither in that, there on the front page, was an issue on which we did agree. Now, before you label me an Obama man, hear me out as you may want to get on the band wagon yourself.

It seems there are those in legal circles now who are questioning the motives of the Obama Administration in giving the okay through the National Security Council to add radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki to their terrorist kill list. It seems Cleric al-Awlaki is a born citizen of the United States. On the surface, I have to agree that it looks bad that the CIA might be interested in killing citizens of our own country. On the other hand, when one looks at the details, they just might decide that the CIA has the best interest of the citizens of the good old USA in mind.

The United States declared war on terror after the terrorist attacks on America that occurred on 9-11. Essentially, this country is at war with anyone or anything that elects to be involved in activities that perpetrate terrorist activities, attacks, or the potential harm to the people of America. If that is news to anyone, I have to ask you where you have been for the past few years.

Cleric al-Awlaki is a citizen of the United States having been born in the state of New Mexico. For whatever reason, the cleric no longer resides in the United States choosing instead to hid in Yemen. On top of that, he has openly stated that it is his religious duty to attack the United States. The CIA has apparently collected enough information to be convinced that he has engaged in actively plotting more than a dozen terrorist activities in the West.

The fact that al-Awlaki is a citizen of the USA by birth is a convenient blanket under which he hides. The CIA cannot so much as monitor his cell phone calls without a warrant to do so thanks to laws enact by our Congress. Now the question arises whether Congress should take action on protecting the life of this man because he, in effect, is a citizen of the USA, and, since he is residing in Yemen, he is far from any designated combat zone and therefore not a participant in this war.

Now, I have to ask you ‘what is it with that?’ American citizens have rights and are entitled to protection under the Constitution. American citizens, the real kind, also have responsibilities, one of which, is not standing up and publicly announcing that you have a religious duty to wage attacks upon the United States. In my way of thinking, that just might border on a confession of treason to say the least, a crime which is also punishable by death. Thus, it would appear that this radical cleric has more or less made a public confession of his intent to harm the United States in any way he can guided and driven by his fanatic religious beliefs. Responsible citizens of the United States do not make such threats and thus have nothing to fear. If indeed this so-called religious leader is a citizen of the United States, then perhaps he would like to return to his native land and enjoy all the protections to which he is accustomed under the Constitution.

This man is not a citizen of the United States except by technicality. He gave up those rights when he elected to take up arms against this country. He declared himself an active participant in this war. He essentially painted a target on himself. Now it’s a damn good thing that our fighting men in the U S military are not all lawyers because a hell of a lot of them would be lying dead on the battlefield right now. In the heat of battle there is no time to pause and wonder whether the person shooting at you has Constitutional Rights as a citizen of the United States. The fact of the matter is he is engaged in actively trying to kill citizens of the United States and for that he forfeits his so-called rights.

This is not a man of religion, not in any sense of the word in terms of the civilized world. This a is fanatic who is such a coward that he has to hide behind his rights as a U S citizen and slither around the countryside of Yemen spewing his venomous hatred of the American people in order to inflame the fanatical Islam crowd into declaring yet another Jihad. This is no citizen. This is a dead man and the sooner he is dead the better off the world will be. If you choose to be on the other side of that discussion, you can join the likes of Cindy Sheehan, Daniel Ellsberg, and Ed Asner…you’ll be in good company.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Excellent review of this travesty. I think there are many people out there who would disagree with your point of view because, in their view, a move like this provides a very slippery slope for the next citizen who comes along. I happen to agree with you, because this guy isn't really a citizen, he is a terrorist whose sole objective is to kill Americans. Good riddance is what I say.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Poppy, I agree with you totally, it is a slippery slope. To me the litmus test is whether one is practicing responsible citizenship as opposed to just hiding behind the protection thereof. That is not a difficult answer to decipher. Unfortunately, the media and other groups have painted the CIA as a dark sinister organization that has little or no interest in th protecting America. To me there are some things that are just not up for discussion; they are there for those to decide to have the most information available with which to make a decision. On the battlefield, that right belongs to the soldier being who is ducking the bullets. If the CIA has information that this individual is involved in acts against the USA, then that is good enough for me. Act on it. If he is just a good old boy American citizen who happens to subscribe to the Muslim religion, then I say fine, come on home and live in peace. But when he publicly takes up the mantra of a Jihad against his fellow citizens, he may as well be shooting at us. We need to shoot back. Thanks for the read! WB

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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio


You may be right about al-Awlaki ,but I feel the need to remind you that Ben Laden had connections to the C.I.A. As did many individuals involved in so-called lone wolf operations ,such as the J.F.K. and his brother's asassination and Tim McViegh in the Oaklahoma city bombing.Kernal Partin an expert in explosives who happened to be there DEBUNKED the case for the building in Oaklahoma being destroyed as a result of the homemade truck bomb blamed for doing the damage that was found there.

You seem to be less knowledgable about the C.I.A. and their operations then you should be.I'm sure there are C.I.A.Unitedstates citizens and non Unitedstates citizens employed by the C.I.A. who do their dirty work in countries other than the united states.So,I wouldn't be too sure that this Al-Awlaki is not one of them.

Cowards,always shoot first and ask questions later.It ,takes courage to not shoot anything that moves.I say ,keep your distance from your enemy,while keeping an eye on their activites.That's what Abraham Lincoln did when he arranged for the U.S. postal service to assign addresses to everyone during the civil war where everyone was required to give their place of domicile.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

someonewhoknows...thank you for your comments. The last time I looked, the mission of the CIA was to deal with intelligence of both an overt and covert nature in any arena outside the shores of America. Conspiracy theories abound and I certainly have no way to either confirm or deny the CIA's ties with any individual or group. Certainly, in the arena of 'contract work', that interface could be rather broad and the connection rather vague. The intelligence world has always been a dirty little place and it always will be but I see nothing on that side of the equation that balances scales in this particular situation. But, if it makes you feel better, I am sure the United States Post Office would be glad to assign some of their personnel to key an eye on this cleric at a distance thus keeping our cowardly guns quiet. Thanks for stopping by.

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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Wayne, I'm kinda thinkin your out purchasing an Obama bumper sticker for the next election! hahahaa, I know better! good write!

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Wayne...I'm agreeing with your well reasoned argument for supporting this decision...sometimes, as even Obama has exhibited, a broke clock shows the right time...Larry

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I guess I'm just uninformed on the subject, but I didn't know we have a 'kill list', so I was shocked when I heard about it. We just had 3 SEALS court martialed, accused of abusing a terrorist when they captured him. If we really do have a kill list, why wasn't that terrorist on it? Why aren't all of the known terrorist leaders on it? Something about that announcement doesn't smell right to me.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

You may be right Sheila...I thought it rather weird that the Obama bunch would ever go along with such a decision then again they may be desperate to gain some points in the polls. Only time will tell. WB

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks American Romance...I am searching for one right now but they are scarce around Texas!

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hey, Maven101...you are correct it does! Once in a blue moon! Thanks for the read! WB

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

It's the good old laissezfaire, excuse my french or to americanized it the Untouchable scenario. It makes me sick that people like this are protected because they were born in your country and feel untouchable and proceed to utter threats and downright plan attacks against your people. That's why we have outside agencies and vendetta groups to take this scum out and it does happen. I would gladly pull the trigger, I have a little Jack mentality in me and that's not Daniels but Jack Bauer in the t.v. series 24 now I love his tactics and no nonsense approach to taking you out. Good post Wayne, I would have your back if we were on a mission together...peace brother.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Ken...isn't incredible how these people want to see the flag burned yet wrap themselves in it for protection. I feel certain that God in the simplest of forms is a Creator who put us here to help each other. I cannot grasp anyone who speaks in the name of religion with a perspective toward killing his fellow man. Hitler subscribed to a philosphy of higher beings so I have to assume that is also the source for this perspective in the Islamic faith. Thanks for the read and your great comments! WB

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Madame X 6 years ago

Hey, at least he was born here. That means that this guy has more rights than Obama does! Seriously though . . . there is a section of the Constitution that names the death penalty for treason - maybe he forgot about that part.

Great hub Wayne :)

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Madame X. I appreciate your feedback and comment! WB

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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

fabulous fantastic god blessed right its great true loved of God Jesus you have set forth truth thanks god speed to peace freedom

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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Makes you sick, huh? As far as I'm concerned he's about as much of an American citizen as Osama himself (you can insert a B there as well if you like) and therefore should not be given a single solitary right as an American citizen. If he wants an American right, let's give him the right of treason being punishable by death!

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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

How many times has so-called friendly fire killed american soldiers?

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sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

In all reality, I imagine if the US government wants someone dead, they will make it happen whether they have legal permission to do so or not. Slippery slope, indeed.

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