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Federal Government: Americans Can Be Killed, Detained If They Threaten Us

December 1, 2011 by  

Federal Government: Americans Can Be Killed, Detained If They Threaten Us

Citizens of the United States are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the Administration of Barack Obama said Thursday.

Asked about the CIA murder of anti-American alleged terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki in September, Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson said only the executive branch, not the courts, is equipped to make military battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy. Administration lawyers also say that U.S. citizens do not have immunity when they are at war with the United States.

The Obama Administration lawyers’ remarks come as many Americans are already in panic over what is seen as an assault on personal liberty that Congress is attempting to add to the National Defense Authorization Act S.1867. The new provisions would allow the military to detain American citizens without due process of law and hold them indefinitely if they are perceived to be a threat.

Two new amendments that would attempt to halt the indefinite detention of American citizens on United States soil under a section of the National Defense Authorization Act have been introduced and could be voted on by the end of the day.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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