Assassination of Anwar Al-Awlaki
Editors Note: There are connotative differences in the usage of the terminology to remove a target. Assassination may be to strong a term as it connotes that this was an unauthorized action. Anwar Al-Awlaki was an enemy combatant and thus, gave up a measure of his rights as an America citizen by taking up arms against America.
We are in a war that steps over, to a degree the classical understanding of war. We are in a war on terror though. Other terms that may be more appropriate include different connotative values than assassination. Similar the killing of bin Laden, the attack of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki was a covert operation, defined by U.S. law (Title 50, section 413(e)) as “an activity or activities of the United States Government to influence political, economic, or military conditions abroad, where it is intended that the role of the United States Government will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly.” There are a multitude of laws that may be applicable but with out expertise in these areas it would be difficult to comment specifically with great accuracy.
The enemies of peace and liberty must be dealt with. These actions are deemed necessary to protect America and democratic nations around the world. We as citizens need to keep perspective that freedom is sometimes threatened and must be protected.