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Do you believe the military should kill an enemy combatant if he is a U.S. citizen?

FanOreilly 2010/01/26 08:48:47
Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
No, if a terrorist is a U.S. citizen, the military should not kill him
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Anwar Al Awlaki is an admitted Al Qaida recruiter who has called for the murder of Americans in the name of jihad. He was instrumental in inspiring the mass-murder at Fort Hood by Major Nidal Malik Hassan.

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The U.S. military has not killed Awlaki because he is a U.S. citizen:

"White House lawyers are mulling the legality of proposed attempts to kill an American citizen, Anwar al Awlaki, who is believed to be part of the leadership of the al Qaeda group in Yemen behind a series of terror strikes, according to two people briefed by U.S. intelligence officials.

One of the people briefed said opportunities to "take out" Awlaki "may have been missed" because of the legal questions surrounding a lethal attack which would specifically target an American citizen."

awlaki missed legal questions surrounding lethal attack target american citizen

Do you believe the U.S. military should kill enemy combatants like Anwar Al Awlaki even if he is a U.S. citizen?

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  • FanOreilly 2010/01/26 08:50:38
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    FanOreilly
    +33
    A terrorist's citizenship is irrelevant. If he tries to commit mass murder against civilians, then he deserves to die of a lead overdose.

    citizenship irrelevant commit mass murder civilians deserves die lead overdose

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  • mark 1 2010/01/27 01:18:11 (edited)
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    mark 1
    +2
    In my opinion if anyone is caught in the course of combat against the United States to change our way of life that was intended by our constitution then she/he forfeits any constitution / citizenship rights and are tried in military court and then put to death if so found to be guilty.
  • MARTY 2010/01/27 01:13:06
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    MARTY
    +2
    They don't think twice about killing one of us! Kill them period!!!!!!!!!!
  • Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm... 2010/01/27 01:11:15
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +2
    If they want to harm America..... then they must go..... however that may be....
    God Bless America..... and all her true citizens.... amen....
    Peace and Love.... harm america god bless america true citizens amen peace love
  • Atticus Finch 2010/01/27 01:07:49
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Atticus Finch
    +4
    An enemy is an enemy. There have been times when a police officer has had to shoot and kill an American citizen to protect the lives of other American citizens.
  • Daryl 2010/01/27 01:03:11
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Daryl
    +12
    Two to the head, make sure he's dead.

    If he's an American than even more so...he knew better.

    Think of all the good Americans we could have saved if we were not worried about political correctness.

    passport carry head dead american americans saved worried political correctness
  • Liberal... Daryl 2010/01/27 04:35:42
    LiberalsHateAmerica
    +2
    Let's see if Barry discusses this 'dilema' tomorrow... Anybody know the Vegas odds on him actually speaking about this topic with any (legitimate) emotion?
  • mark 1 Liberal... 2010/01/27 13:42:26
    mark 1
    +3
    Does any know the odds on him actually speaking about this topic or any topic with (legitimate) emotion and truth?

  • Blaspha... Daryl 2010/01/29 22:18:21 (edited)
    Blasphameer
    +1
    United States citizens have a Constitutional right to a trial. That is our Constitution to allow for individual rights and a civil form of Government. Those are the values we are projecting in the War on Terror since we started back in 2001 (and to a larger extend, much before that). That's our line then. That's our line now. That ought to be our line in the future.

    By justifying this act, you justify the Government launching an aerial drone attack on your house if you're wrongly mislabeled a drug peddler without getting a fair trial to prove you innocence. Stand up for your rights. Stand up for your country.
  • Daryl Blaspha... 2010/01/29 22:24:00
    Daryl
    +2
    Since when do we missile-lock on drug dealers?

    >Stand up for your rights.

    I do...I am standing up for the right of Americans to not be murdered.

    >Stand up for your country

    I am...it is legal and reasonable to kill aspiring mass murderers. We've done it before and should continue to do so.
  • Peaches Blaspha... 2010/01/30 08:18:57
    Peaches
    +1
    Will you defend yourself and/or your family from a person who is threatening you/them? How is it you cannot understand the right to defend oneself? Even the animal kingdom does not waiver in this basic survival instinct.

    And why do NOT understand that citizenship has a value? Foreigners who want to kill our citizenry must be dealt with swiftly and with extreme measures. Just as you would defend your own life. Security is the primary function of our government . . . dahhhh.
  • Peaches Daryl 2010/01/30 08:19:58
    Peaches
    +2
    I say a firing squad of 100 military men to take him down.
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2010/01/27 00:53:16
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +4
    they aren't at arms to make a social tea call. kill 'em. spare the taxpayer's a trial.
  • Irisheyes 2010/01/27 00:46:57
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Irisheyes
    +2
    If they've broken US Laws and are a general threat to this Country and the public, what type of passport shouldn't matter. I only wish they had killed Nidal Malik Hassan, he'll spend the remaining part of his life in a wheelchair, but that's still too good for him. I do understand why the military lied about him being dead to gather more information, I only wish it were so.

    I'll never understand why the left and this administration thinks that these terrorist deserve US rights under our laws. They don't abide by them and have no problems killing us and other people around the world. For them, each death brings them closer to Their God and the 72 virgins waiting for them. I wouldn't mind giving them a roaring case of Syphilis, Gonorrhea or HIV/ AIDS. The more painful the better.
  • Beccy Irisheyes 2010/01/27 02:19:00
    Beccy
    +2
    Because every time we take away one man's rights we are that much closer to loosing our own.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2010/01/27 00:36:48
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +4
    Let's just get it done....enough pussyfooting, and get the information that you can in 48 hours then be done with it....especially the army major....traitor,killer,scumb...
  • Brenna 2010/01/27 00:15:53
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Brenna
    +4
    One shot right between the eyes.
  • o8amana... Brenna 2010/01/27 00:26:14
  • Brenna o8amana... 2010/01/27 00:36:47
    Brenna
    +4
    Well, they're not your buddies. They would kill you as soon as look at you.
  • o8amana... Brenna 2010/01/27 00:39:44 (edited)
  • Brenna o8amana... 2010/01/27 00:50:03 (edited)
    Brenna
    +4
    That is exactly the response I would expect from a young 19 year old woman who has yet to experience life. Seems you have the terrorist mantra down right though. Best to you.
  • EM1-SS Brenna 2010/01/27 00:33:40
    EM1-SS
    +2
    Pour l'encouragement d'les autres
  • Brenna EM1-SS 2010/01/27 00:36:59
    Brenna
    +2
    English please?
  • Daryl Brenna 2010/01/30 08:46:07
    Daryl
    +1
    I think that is French for:

    "for the encouragement of the others"
  • Brenna Daryl 2010/01/30 09:56:12
    Brenna
    +2
    Thanks Art!
  • Murph 2010/01/27 00:09:08
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Murph
    +3
    Their actions prove that they are Muslim first, and American somewhere further down the line. If it can be proved that he conspired with the Major who shot up Fort Hood, then he should be put in front of a firing squad.
  • LifeIsComedyPHAET 2010/01/27 00:02:02
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    LifeIsComedyPHAET
    +5
    It's treason to betray your own country by joining the enemy.
    The penalty for treason?
    I think we all know the answer to that.
  • John Deathhammer 2010/01/27 00:00:47
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    John Deathhammer
    +4
    Obama thinks we should rub their feet, or perhaps fluff their pillows instead.
  • maggie John De... 2010/01/28 02:58:34
    maggie
    +2
    Does any one think they are giving the terriost the same rights as we have because they are afraid their names might come out when the scumbag start talking
  • John De... maggie 2010/02/04 01:30:16
    John Deathhammer
    Who knows the real reasoning( if there actually is any) behind this absolutely insane decision to try these vermin in an American court.
  • mtncolumbine 2010/01/26 23:58:54 (edited)
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    mtncolumbine
    +3
    American Military take an oath to defend America against foriegn and DOMESTIC threat. For all those that don't understand what they mean by domestic - that means american citizens! That includes traitors as well as foreign born citizens that have chosen to become American citizens!
  • Libertarian Right 2010/01/26 23:57:57
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Libertarian Right
    +3
    If a U.S. citizen commits an act of terrorism, they are not only guilty of terrorism, but are also guilty of treason! Thus making the death penalty (preferrably, in my view, execution by firing squad) even more relevant.
  • mtncolu... Liberta... 2010/01/28 05:00:37
    mtncolumbine
    +2
    And the pledge of allegiance that foriegn born citizens take as to their own when they become American citizens as well as American born citizens pledge their Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it Stands - One Nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. When you took your oaths and made your pledges you ceased to be foriegn and became American. If you didn't want to become an American citizen then why did you?
  • Charon 2010/01/26 23:57:31 (edited)
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Charon
    +5
    Bring back the firing squad. firing squad
  • mtncolu... Charon 2010/01/27 00:01:35
    mtncolumbine
    +2
    this picture however is not a firing squad - this is a military honor guard - tasked with the firing of a special gun salute during special occasions or a military salute for someone that has passed away.
  • Charon mtncolu... 2010/01/27 00:04:04
    Charon
    +3
    yea I know.
  • Mr Mike 2010/01/26 23:35:09
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Mr Mike
    +3
    Enemy combatants who disguise themselves in any way forfeit protections afforded by treaties. If they want to meet their God, we should schedule the meeting forthwith!!
  • Cathy 2010/01/26 23:25:07
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Cathy
    +2
    Even though this man is an American citizen this does not protect him from being put to death, since he had murdered others............he need to pay the price.
  • DAVY 2010/01/26 23:20:09
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    DAVY
    +2
    Traitors are shot throughout history of war. If he does not surrender why not kill him before he kills more Americans. He can't have both ways: American citizenship protection and the ability to kill more Americans.
  • dick 2010/01/26 23:18:12
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    dick
    +2
    Absolutely On the spot as a traitor they should do it very slowly! I would suggest cutting off their toes and fingers one at a time and feeding them to pigs them shoot them in the knee caps and let them slowly bleed to death!
  • Irish little 2010/01/26 23:16:36
    Yes, kill the terrorists no matter what passport they carry
    Irish little
    +4
    If he (or she) is concidered combatant (enemy) with an American pasport it is an act of treason, the laws of this land states it is punishable by death, But then again, we have a pussyfoot liberal with the big sayso.

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