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  •  Why is "Citizen" an issue - read the 5th Amendment (4+ / 0-)
    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
    The  5th Amendment uses the word PERSON, not citizen.

    It applies to anyone under US jurisdiction, whether a citizen on not.

    Presumably, the US does not have a legal right to go kill non-citizens any more than citizens.

    The issue here is whether Anwar al-Awlaki commited some act that made him a (hate to use the word) "legitimate" target.  I am not going to try to deal with that issue, but just the issue that "citizen" appears to be an overly narrow reading of the 5th Amendment and the rights it confers.

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

    by BornDuringWWII on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:48:11 PM PST

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