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From: Brian Christian [Email him]
Re: Paul Craig Roberts' article America's Devolution Into Dictatorship
I generally enjoy Paul Craig Roberts' writings, and I was particularly struck with his latest article about the Justice Department. His claim about the Justice Department seeking to assassinate Americans was very dramatic, so I had to do a little internet research. It seems that Roberts is talking about the targeting of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki.[Lawyers for cleric's father fighting to keep son off kill list as he urges death to Americans, By Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, November 8, 2010]
I'm writing because I think this would be a great case to connect with the argument against birthright citizenship. Anwar al-Awlaki may be an American on paper because of his birthplace, but his culture and his patriotism are the furthest from it, and the justice department is really targeting what I would call an American. However it's true that the right to assassinate this man would then spill over legally into the right to assassinating "real" Americans. I'm hoping another writer on VDARE.com can take this point and fly with it.
James Fulford writes: Anwar al-Awlaki has been mentioned by three writers on VDARE.com—Pat Buchanan, Steve Sailer, and me. I mentioned him as an example of home-grown terrorists who aren't that homegrown—"Anwar al-Awlaki, born in Las Cruces when his Yemeni father was a foreign student, now based in Yemen."
He's been connected to the Fort Hood Massacre, and the Underpants Bomber, and would be no loss to society, either American, or Yemeni. That doesn't, however, mean that the Obama administration can be trusted with this kind of power.