Our government has finally completed the first outright assassination of a US Citizen without any due process.
I’m not suggesting that al-Awlaki was not a bad guy who deserved to die, but he was a US Citizen, born here in the States, with all the protections & privileges that come with that distinction. He may not have deserved due process, but we were obligated to do our best to give it to him. It’s possible that had we tried, the end result would have been the same. Had the SpecOps team sent after him been given orders to take him alive if at all possible for extradition back to the US, and he resisted with lethal force, the end result would be the same, but we could at least tell ourselves that, “Hey, we tried to give him a fair trial, he chose another path to justice.”
Nope, our government, under their own authority, bypassed all the checks & balances that are supposed to act counter to the abuse of power, and killed a US citizen outright, because they can, and because good, American citizens can’t, or refuse to see the danger inherent in the exercise of that power.