Article 2, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.Ē
In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice for matters arising out of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.
If perjury and obstruction of justice constitute high crimes or misdemeanors, then doesnít it seem rather obvious that the murder of an American citizen by the president would also constitute a high crime or misdemeanor, especially if the citizen is a child?
Thatís precisely what President Obama, acting through U.S. national-security state agents, did on October 14, 2011. He murdered a 16-year-old American boy who was traveling in Yemen. The boy was Abdulrahman al-Awlaki
, who was the son of accused terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who the CIA had assassinated two weeks before.
Why did President Obama and the CIA or the military kill Abdulrahman? The president, the CIA, and the Pentagon have all chosen to remain silent on the matter, refusing to even acknowledge that they killed the boy. But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs implicitly provided the justification
: ďI would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children. I donít think becoming an al Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business.Ē
So, there you have it: the boy was apparently killed because he was considered to have the wrong father.
But if thatís a legitimate justification for killing a child, there are obviously a lot more children at risk in this country.
Proponents of the war on terrorism argue that the killing of the teenager wasnít really a murder but rather an assassination. But isnít that a distinction without a difference?
After all, compare Obamaís killing of Abdulrahman with Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochetís killing of Orlando Letelier
. Pinochet took power in 1973, during the time that the Cold War and the war on communism were being waged. Pinochet, who the U.S. national-security state had helped install into power, not only began rounding up, incarcerating, torturing, abusing, and executing suspected communists without any judicial process, he also embarked on an program to assassinate Chilean communists found overseas.
Agents of Pinochetís counterpart to the CIA, a secret police force called DINA
, planned and orchestrated the killing of Orlando Letelier on the streets of Washington, D.C. Why was Letelier targeted for death? He was a socialist, a Chilean citizen who had served in the administration of President Salvador Allende, the democratically elected Marxist president whom Pinochet, President Richard Nixon, the CIA, and the U.S. military ousted from power and replaced with Pinochetís military dictatorship. Therefore, as part of the war on communism, Letelier was considered to be a legitimate target for assassination.
On September 21, 1976, an assassination team headed by a man named Michael Townley
exploded a bomb that the team had planted under Letelierís car. Letelier was killed, along with his American assistant who was also in the car, 25-year-old Ronni Moffitt
Interestingly, the U.S. Justice Department did not consider the assassination to be legitimate under the concept of war and enemy combatants, notwithstanding the fact that the Cold War and global war on communism were still being waged. The Justice Department treated the killings of Letelier and Moffitt as murders. Townley and his team were indicted and prosecuted for the murders of Letelier and Moffitt.
How is Obamaís killing of Abdulrahman any different from Pinochetís murder of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt? In the one case, a 16-year-old boy has had his life snuffed out because he had the wrong father. In the other case, a man had his life snuffed out because he had the wrong philosophical beliefs. Given that the Letelier and Moffitt killings were treated as murders, why shouldnít the Abdulraham killing be treated as murder too?