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October 3, 2011

Proscriptions: "Questions still remain."

The first question is, how do you get on that list?
It surely isn't automatic. Just because the press reports that you have publicly declared yourself an enemy of the United States doesn’t necessarily make it true. Newspapers have been known to get such things wrong. But assuming that we have good intelligence reports, how do you get on the list? Is this a power that lies with the President alone, or must he have the acquiescence of someone else? Who? We are well beyond the law or the constitution here. We have to presume that this is a war power and resides in the President and that he can delegate that power. -- Proscriptions « Chaos Manor – Jerry Pournelle

Posted by Vanderleun at October 3, 2011 1:14 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

Gerard: Drop it. This guy is barking up the wrong tree. WRM rulez. Al needed to die, and I am happy and proud that we were able to help him. Let Ron Paul and the ACLU go off into a corner to quibble.

Posted by: Fat Man at October 3, 2011 6:57 PM

Awlaki had comitted treason, thereby negating the protections of citizenship. He was serving the Islamist terrorist cause by serving in the same category as service members in our Pentagon. That is funding, communications, recruiting, drawing up operational plans and other activities in support of kinetic operations. He is a target just as those service members and civilians in the Pentagon are even though they're nowhere near a kinetic military or terrorist operation.

To satisfy the lawfare crowd, we could try him in absentia by a military commission, publish the verdict and the sentence. Then carry it out as expeditiously as circumstances allow.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at October 3, 2011 9:26 PM

Treason should be punishable as quickly as possible; the Barbarians are among us and need to know what the response is.

This odious man, who no doubt made much of his origins to show how he had 'turned', had declared war on not only the USA but any of its overseas agencies and allies. In fact you could say he would have been happier to commit acts of war against the weaker and more innocent than actually commit acts in the States themselves, though he would have dreamed of that and no doubt had plans of a kind to do so.

The trouble is that there will be a squad of equally crazed lunatics wanting to take his place, but if they declare war on America (on their terms, not anyone else's) and commit murderous acts as well as treason, this is what properly should happen.

Posted by: Ukelele at October 4, 2011 11:37 AM

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