(NaturalNews) Probable cause, due process, trial by jury -- these are just a few of the many relics of the former constitutional republic that used to exist in the United States of America. And the recent Obama-prompted murder of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen suspected of "inspiring" terrorist attacks, but who was never actually tried by a jury or officially ruled to have committed any crime whatsoever, proves just how far down the path of tyranny that the supposed "land of the free" has descended.
According to the official government story, al-Awlaki was a key player in helping to plan and organize various al-Qaeda terrorist attacks, including the infamous World Trade Center attack on 9/11, and the failed Christmas Day underwear bomber attack in 2009. The imam, who allegedly preached many anti-American sermons to his followers when he was still alive, was also involved in being a "spiritual advisor" to alleged jihadists.
But as serious as all this activity truly is, al-Awlaki was still an American citizen, which means he is entitled to the same constitutional protections as any other American citizen. This includes the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, for instance, which guarantees every American citizen protection against government abuse of authority in a legal procedure, and the right to due process of law, neither of which al-Awlaki received.
Instead of taking al-Awlaki to trial and prosecuting him the proper way, the Obama-led US government arbitrarily sent the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) last Friday to perform an air strike on al-Awlaki, who had been living in Yemen. The end result was the death of both al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, another man connected to al-Awlaki that CBS News says was "not targeted directly."
Again, regardless of what al-Awlaki was suspected of doing, he was never tried in a court, and he was never declared by a jury to have committed any crime. The US government simply decided to murder him in cold blood, and has since refused to share any evidence with the public as to why such an action was necessary or legitimate.
White House admits that al-Awlaki's murder cannot be legally justified
At a recent press conference, ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper grilled White House press secretary Jay Carney on the al-Awlaki issue, repeatedly asking him to offer at least some evidence proving that al-Awlaki was at all involved, as the government claims, in aiding terrorism, or some kind of legal justification for the man's murder.
Not only did a nervous Carney refuse to answer the question, but he even admitted that the government cannot actually prove anything at all about al-Awlaki. Instead, Carney alleges that "the position" of both the Obama administration and previous Bush administration that al-Awlaki is guilty is enough to warrant his death.
Never mind all that business about gathering evidence, presenting it before a court of law, and determining without a shadow of a doubt that someone is guilty. As long as government officials hold the position that someone is guilty, then they automatically are in the New America.