the Fort Hood base that killed 14 American service members. The problem with that is that,there’s been no evidence presented that he’s actually been involved in any of those plots. He isnot been indicted or charged. If he has been involved in those plots, then the solution is to chargehim with those crimes, bring him before a court of justice, and prove his guilt; not simply toorder him killed as though the President is judge, jury, and executioner.
Now, his father had attempted, or started a court proceeding to try toenjoin the Obama administration from carrying out any attack on his son. Could you talk aboutthat and where that is?
Sure, well, Awlaki, himself, was incapable of suing to vindicate hisrights because, had he popped his head up at any time, as we proved today, he would have beenkilled by the Unites States government, which sought on several occasions before today to killhim. So, his father brought suit on his behalf, represented by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights, asking a court to enjoin the President from murdering his son without due process, and in response the Obama administration made numerous claims, mostly arguingcourts have no right to interfere in the decisions the president makes about who is an enemycombatant using standard Bush-Cheney theories about how this is a military operation that thecourt shouldn’t be involved in it. They argued that whom the president decides to assassinate is astate secret. And that courts have no business meddling in or judging or adjudicating the president’s choices in that regard. A federal court, several months ago, accepted the argumentthat this was really a political and military number, and not a legal or constitutional or judicialquestion for courts to resolve. Although, the judge said there are very difficult questions raised because of what an extraordinary step this is for the president to order American citizens killed.He said it’s really up to the Congress to stop it or for the president to make decisions on his own.That, I believe that is being appealed; the appeal is pending, but, obviously, it’s now it is too late.There’s no point in trying to obtain an injunction now that Awlaki has been killed by PresidentObama.
And the Bizarre irony of the government in Yemen which is clearlyillegitimate by any international standards, facing a huge popular rebellion among its own people, being involved, to some degree or other, with the United States in this killing?
Well, President Saleh, who, of course, has been slaughtering his owncitizens by the dozens over the last several months, and is still, you know—-has been a longtimeally of the United States. The State Department has issued some very meek statements,suggesting that there should be a democratic transition. But, we’ve continued to work withPresident Saleh, the U.S. government has, to try and kill those people that we want dead inYemen, including Awlaki, and this is widely viewed as an attempt by President Saleh to, sort of,offer an olive branch to the United States; we will help to kill the American citizen within our borders whom you want dead in exchange for your continuing to support our regime. Of course,the United States has been trying to claim to the Arab world that it is on the right side of theArab Spring, and yet just yesterday, of course, in Bahrain, numerous medical professionals,doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, were imprisoned for the crime of treating protesters whowere shot by government forces just two weeks after the U.S. government announced that it plans to ship to Bahrain huge amounts of new weapons. Here, our long time ally, President