WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama steered the nation's war machine into uncharted territory Friday when a U.S. drone attacked a convoy in Yemen and killed two American citizens who had become central figures in al-Qaida.
It was believed to be the first instance in which a U.S. citizen was tracked and executed based on secret intelligence and the president's say-so. And it raised major questions about the limitations of presidential power.
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We have to be careful, very careful when we resort to our "cowboy roots" to parcel out justice in this world. I know nothing really about Anwar al-Awlaki, he could be the worst person on earth but the United States should not toss out the fundamentals upon which this country was founded; the belief in the law and due process, as it wages its war on terrorism. This all encompassing labeling of terrorists is becoming an easy way to work around the justice system as we understand it.