Despite Obama’s calls for transparency and the rescinding of the “War on Terror” security apparatus and drone strikes; there’s still unanswered questions about the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman, a sixteen-year-old American citizen.
In fact, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, admitted that the United States has killed four Americans since 2009, one was Anwar, and the rest were “not specifically targeted.” If you look past the euphemism, that means they were killed accidentally. Even then, when one’s due process is subverted and they are killed, well, accident seems too loose a term. You can read Holder’s full release here.
While that document is a very small baby step in the direction of transparency; it’s obfuscated by legalese and trying to defend the assassination of American citizens without due process, whether they are Anwar or not.
What it doesn’t do and what it ought to have done and President Obama should be forthcoming about is the details surrounding the death of an American citizen that had nothing to do with terrorism who was a minor at that.
This video in particular with President Obama’s former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is telling:
When asked about the killing of Anwar’s son, Gibbs said:
I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children. I don’t think becoming an al Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business.
Yeah, what does his father have to do with anything? Is that the criteria now? The son dies because of the sins of the father? And without due process?
It’s long past time the American people and media are due for answers regarding this. Not only does it matter in terms of establishing the limits (if there are any, which at present that doesn’t seem to be the case) to executive power and the legal framework therein, but from a moral standpoint, which is arguably more imperative.