The Traitor Anwar al Awlaki is dead. This is war, not a police matter.

Posted by: Phineas on September 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"I say again, the infidels will never find me! Wait. What's that noise?"

And, we sincerely hope, he is in a place decorated in fire and brimstone.

I’ve waited most of the day to post the good news, because it’s happened many times over the years since 9/11 that we’ve announced a major kill, only to have the target show up in another video thumbing his nose at us. But now it’s confirmed: we nailed the traitor Anwar al Awlaki:

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Islamic militant cleric who became a prominent figure in al-Qaida’s most active branch, using his fluent English and Internet savvy to draw recruits to carry out attacks in the United States, was killed Friday in the mountains of Yemen, American and Yemeni officials said.

The Yemeni government and Defense Ministry announced al-Awlaki’s death, but gave no details. A senior U.S. official said American intelligence supports the claim that he had been killed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

Yemeni security officials and local tribal leaders said the was killed in an airstrike on his convoy that they believed was carried out by the Americans. They said pilotless drones had been seen over the area in previous days.

And we didn’t just get Awlaki; this same strike also took out another traitorous dirtbag, Samir Khan, the editor of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s (AQAP) online magazine, “Inspire.” Khan also had regularly threatened the lives Dr. Rusty Shackleford and  his family. Shackleford is the main Jawa at The Jawa Report, an important counter-jihad blog that’s done invaluable work against Al Qaeda’s online presence,  so this news is doubly sweet.  Replacing these two won’t be easy for Al Qaeda; as men born in America, they had a unique ability to communicate jihadist thinking to radicalized Muslims in the West who might not speak Arabic well enough to understand the garbage spewed by the likes of Zawahiri and bin Laden.

Naturally, this set off caterwauling among Leftists and hardcore libertarians (and jihadist sympathizers) about the targeted killing of American citizens, denying them due process in a court of law. I can understand the argument and I have a reasoned, thoughtful reply:

Boo-freaking-hoo! Cry me a river!

Forget the whining from CAIR, they’re nothing but tools of the Muslim Brotherhood. But leftists like the ACLU and Ron Paul-worshipping libertarians need to pull their heads out of their collective rears and realize one thing: this is war, not a police matter. Traitors like Awlaki, Khan, and al Qaeda mouthpiece Adam Gadahn chose to side with those who make war on their (former) country. Awlaki in particular was described as having operational control over AQAP’s foreign strikes. He was involved in the attempted bombing of a Northwest flight over Detroit; he was at least the spiritual mentor to Major Hasan, the Ft. Hood shooter; and he may have had an operational role in 9-11, itself. And who knows what else he was planning?

To quote what I’ve been told is the First Rule of Texas Common Law:

“He needed killing.”

And so did Samir Khan, and so does Gadahn, and so does everyone who takes up arms for Al Qaeda. I’m very much a Jacksonian about this: they are traitors and they are trying to destroy my country. They want to kill my people. They need killing.

Again: this is war, not a police matter.

If traitors who join the jihad against us want to surrender, fine: we’ll give them a fair trial, hopefully followed by a hanging. But, if we spot them going about their merry jihadi way, then…

“Gentlemen, you may fire when ready.”

And, to the group that tracked Anwar al-Awlaki and took him and Khan out, good work!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “The Traitor Anwar al Awlaki is dead. This is war, not a police matter.”


  1. H Hazell says:

    I think due process takes several forms and those forms can be dependent on the behavior of the one to receive that due process. In the case of an American citizen who turns on our country in an effort to do damage as part of a larger effort and who remains engaged as a major player in that fight no longer enjoys access to the courts or the same rights enjoyed by other US citizens under our Constitution. They become subject to the findings and decisions of our President acting as Commander in Chief to exercise justifiable force in our defense. Anwar al-Awlaki received his due process from the consideration of his status and behavior as a terrorist at war against this nation. I’m sure several wise legal consuls gave the President the best advice they could and that was that the President as Commander in Chief has the authority to order the killing of an unlawful combatant who was once a US citizen who is an ongoing threat to our nation. Had there been no evidence proving al Awlaki’s actions, the President would not have considered this much less commited to this.

  2. ST says:

    Bravo! Well said, Phineas. Greenwald’s hyperventilating, in particular, took the cake today.

  3. Tex says:

    Apparently the ACLU believes that the U.S. Constitution SHOULD be a recipe for national suicide. Al-Awlaki was an enemy combatant who waged war, not felony offenses, but war, against his own country. He got all the “due justice” he was entitled to and then some. The ACLU is, once again, on the wrong side of justice and history.

    Anyone who believes you can defeat armies of warriors who have no fear of death, no respect for human rights, no sense of humanity, and are totally dedicated to the principal of committing genocide against their enemies simply by fighting them as you would fight bank robbers or drug dealers is completely brain dead.

  4. Carlos says:

    Who (besides the ACLU) gives a rusty rip whether Awlaki was a US citizen or not? In my book, he is/was as morally repugnant as McVeigh, Goering or Diane Downs, and deserved the exact consideration any other murderer should get.

    And that doesn’t even touch on him getting other felony-stupids to do his evil for him.

  5. Neo says:

    What is interesting is that overnight it has become accepted that the terror at Fort Hood executed by Nidal Hasan is now an al Qaeda plot of Anwar al-Awlaki.
    The Army (or this Administration) never seemed to accept it before, but now it is accepted as fact.

    Clever pivot ?

  6. Carlos says:

    No one is paying attention to that now, Neo, so it doesn’t count to the average useful idiot that still plans on voting for Duh-1 (including nearly 100% of the LSM.)

  7. Carlos says:

    Maybe Duh-1 and the gang of thugs he calls an administration don’t know the difference between “war” and “police action,” Phineas. After all, their only points of reference are being thugs in the ‘hood and fomenting riots as “activists.”

    They certainly didn’t learn it by studying, since most of them don’t have any reading comprehension at all. Look what they’ve done to constitutional separation of powers.

  8. Liz says:

    So well said!Nothing to add!