September 30th, 2011
11:35 AM ET

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jpadil02

    Don't we kill US citizens in prison all the time?

    September 30, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Not before al Awlaki was tried. It was a targeted killing and his elimination could cast doubts on its legality.

      September 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Thanks

        We do that guilty until proven innocent all the time so don't start that now.

        October 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Thanks

      Thank you, I logged on to remind everyone how we kill US citizens all the time. Even though I believe in capital punishment the execution of Troy Davis did not sit well with me although I tried not to take any sides since I don't know the details. Black Americans are citizens too.

      October 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  2. Onesmallvoice

    Of course not! The targeting of U.S. citizens or anybody else for murder for that matter should never be considered to be acceptable. This policy only proves just how far to the right this country has gone. Germany followed the same path back in the 1930's which eventually led to WW2.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:51 am | Reply
    • Michael

      The Right? Are you Crazy? I guess if you think obama is "Right" I can see your point. Bush's legacy is water boarding 3 or 4 individuals to get information but obama's Drone Strikes have killed near 3000 or more if you count Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and Afghanistan. I guess that you are right though Waterboarding is probably much more cruel than killing, maiming, burning suspected terrorists and civilians.

      February 27, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
  3. Kailim

    No. It is against American's own rule of law. It is rule of man and tramples the American core value advocating safeguarding liberty as the US government always rebuke its Chinese counterpart.

    Under the US sovereignty and administration everybody can only be jailed, punished or executed by judicial verdict, not by the judgment of police or any other law enforcement agents. Detaining 'suspects of terrorists' in Guantanamo for years without trial is also against the Americans' own rule of law by the same token.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • You're an idiot

      All of these arguments are moot because nobody seems to realize that once you take arms against the U.S., you're not afforded the rights of a U.S. citizen. Traitors are killed. This guy was a traitor.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • sarah

        That is just what I was thinking . He has no rights in this USA. !

        October 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  4. paula Jay

    no – it is morally wrong to murder anyone. we are really stooping to new lows everyday.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Onesmallvoice

      Well said paula and so very true!

      September 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  5. Mario

    I don't care that he was killed, and I don't think terrorists deserve trials. I do believe, though, that the rights of an American citizen should be taken pretty seriously, and it's shameful that the current administration doesn't agree. What they should have done was to strip him of his citizenship before they went out to kill him, thereby removing the legal question entirely. If they couldn't do that, and they apparently couldn't try him in abstentia, then it should bother all of us that they either had very little evidence against him or very little regard for our rights.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:42 am | Reply
    • Thanks

      Splitting hairs.

      October 1, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  6. fernace

    Criminals on the FBI 10 Most Wanted list are considered armed & dangerous & can be taken dead or alive! Are y'all trying to say al-Awlaki should get more consideration than them! He gave up citizenship rights when he joined al-Qaeda & became a powerful leader & top recruiter! Our nation isn't the only 1 that has been attacked by these terrorists! Yemen is 1 of many & al-Awlaki had a trial there in absentia! As far as I can see this was a clean op by allies with a common cause!!

    October 1, 2011 at 5:43 am | Reply
    • Anne SArdina

      Thanks Fernace, well said and you are so right, what gives the terrorists more consideration than any other american

      October 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  7. Toppolina

    America is killing people all over the world, but when it came to killing an American born it is illegal. For God's sake, when are we going to stop treating the rest of the world differently? Al Awlaki authorized the killing of innocent people around the world and this was the only way to rid the world of his killings.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
  8. Larry

    We are at WAR with Al Qaeda and al- Awlaki was a legitimate combatant in the war. All members of al Qaeda anywhere in world are legitimate targets in war.

    October 2, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  9. Cam Rankin

    al-Awlaki committed TREASON against this country and her people, yes that is punishable by death. He made himself an combatant. Article in the UCMJ! God Bless the United States!

    October 3, 2011 at 2:09 am | Reply
  10. rightospeak

    It is immoral. It is barbarism. if we want to return to Jungle Justice and Cangaroo Courts we lost any legitimacy. Soviets did it. Do we want to be like them ?

    October 3, 2011 at 10:05 am | Reply

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