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Oh, please….

This has to be one of the worst articles I’ve seen in a while. Starting with the title… Radical Yemeni cleric the new bin Laden?

And these little unattributed add-ins are just complete and utter garbage.

Terrorism specialists say Mr. al-Awlaki could be more influential than Osama bin Laden, especially among potential radicals within the U.S.

Terrorism specialists say Mr. al-Awlaki inspired some of the most infamous terrorist attacks in recent U.S. history: Sept. 11, Fort Hood and the failed airline-bombing plot on Christmas Day.

Ugh. I could go on, but will save you all the rant.

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  1. Blaine
    04/13/2010 at 2:58 pm

    Well, it is the Washington Times. Guess one can’t expect much from them.

    Terrorism specialists say Mr. al-Awlaki inspired some of the most infamous terrorist attacks in recent U.S. history: Sept. 11, Fort Hood and the failed airline-bombing plot on Christmas Day.

    This is well, interesting. The 9/11 Commission Report (as far as I know, I haven’t read it in a few years), only established an incredibly tenuous connection between Awlaki and al-Hamzi and al-Mihdhar. That’s not evidence that he “inspired” anything, especially considering the plan was already in motion by then to begin with (He met both of them mid-2000).

    Steven Emerson, a terrorism specialist who heads the Investigative Project on Terrorism, said in an e-mail.

    And this is precisely who I figured the article would reference. I’m still a little confused though, when did Emerson ever become a “terrorism expert” (outside of merely claiming to be one)?

    “Yes, he’s a U.S. person,” the official said. “But Americans who take up with the enemy aren’t entitled to special protections. Citizenship is an additional factor you have to consider, but it certainly isn’t a shield for those who have plotted the murder of innocent Americans.”

    This stuck out as well. Either this official is dumb as get out, or he’s waxing ignorant in the hopes that the audience of this piece wont know any better (or care). Punishment for treason cannot be meted out on a whim, the Constitution is quite clear on this in Article 3, Section 3 which states:

    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”

    Nowhere does it say in that, or has the Supreme Court allowed, that the Government has the right to assassinate citizens for Treason without producing evidence (in the form of two material witnesses or a confession in open court). Knowing this person works as an official for my Government is quite disturbing.

  2. Chris H
    04/15/2010 at 2:25 am

    Exactly, its owned by the Moonies after all.

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