NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – Larry Mendte dissects part of the constitution and looks at the rights Americans have when they aren't on U.S. soil.
It has been a deeply held belief in this country that all American citizens are protected by the rights afforded them in the U.S. Constitution.
Even if they happen to live or work in another country.
The dominant factor is not the location but that they are an American.
That deeply held belief has been abandoned sometime in the last few years and nobody let us know about it.
It was an NBC investigation that uncovered a classified document from the justice department that outlines the new policy of the Obama administration.
The document states the United States can kill a U.S. citizen overseas when it is determined the target is an imminent threat.
Who makes the final decision? 'An informed high level official' and that mystery person can do it without the okay of the president.
So some shadowy figure, we didn`t elect, on his own can kill an American citizen without due process, without having to provide any evidence.
And the killing would be carried out quote 'consistent with applicable law of war principles' even when we are not at war.
It`s already happened. In September, 2011 a drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki and his friend Samir Khan. In October that same year another drone killed Awlaki`s 16 year old son, all three were born in the united states
The families of the three are currently suing the U.S. government.
Where is the outrage? Just imagine for a second if this guy was president, democrats would be having kanipshins; but he isn`t, this guy is, so democrats are silent and so are republicans because they agree with the policy.
The truth is most Americans agree too, and the administration knows that; but there is little question that the U.S. Constitution is being ignored and when we allow that to happen we are lost.