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VIDEO: Paul Criticizes Obama Over Assassination Order

Talk on healthcare reform turned to criticism over Obama's decision to target US-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki without due process.

Congressman Ron Paul speaks during a Monday night town hall-style event at Judd Gregg Auditorium, located at Nashua Community College, in which he draws a correlation between the recent assassination of radical U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and Nazi Adolf Eichmann, who was tried in Israel and hanged in 1962 for WWII atrocities "against atrocity."

The event was the second in a series of Town Hall GOP candidate events sponsored by We the People Freedom Forum.

Jan Schmidt October 04, 2011 at 11:43 AM
al-Awlaki was a senior talent recruiter and motivator who was involved with planning operations for the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda. His sermons are alleged to have helped motivate at least three attacks inside the United States. Yemen was working with the US to find and get this killer - this was what they could accomplish after several failures at capturing him. The point wasn't to punish an American - it was to stop the head of a murderous organization from killing more Americans.
Carol Robidoux (Editor) October 04, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Jan, thank you for your insight. Curious to know what is your take on Paul's correlation to the way Adolf Eichmann was brought to justice following WWII?
Jan Schmidt October 04, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Brought to justice... if al-Awlaki had been an actor in a war - by a country - that had been defeated - and the war stopped - then finding and capturing him would have been the best way to make him pay for his actions. But this war is ongoing, there is no "country" to invade to stop him. Paul's analogy is a false one. Obama has done the right thing, yet again.
Kaphen DePriest October 04, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Jan, the smartest thing you did was use the word, "alleged". That is the trouble with your entire argument. It is all based on alleged crimes and alleged activities. Personally, I believe al-Awlaki is a very bad man and probably deserved what he got, BUT... I don't get to pronounce a death sentence on him. Neither do you... Neither does the King... er I mean president. Our constitution is not just for protecting the innocent. It also protects the accused and the guilty. Shall we throw out the rule of law, due process, the right to be charged, given a fair trial and convicted before being sentenced to death? Obama did the wrong thing and Ron Paul is correct, as he is advocating adherence to these rights guaranteed to individual American citizens under the Constitution of the US.
Jan Schmidt October 04, 2011 at 03:31 PM
If you need a real analogy - try Bombing Hitler's bunker... he was waging war, couldn't be arrested, and was killed.
Mike Mcisaac October 04, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Jan, you seem to miss the point. Hitler was not a US citizen, al-Awaki was, therefore al-Awaki had constitutional rights, where Hitler didn't. That is the difference, all US citizens are granted the right to a trial under the Constitution, and it sets a very dangerous precedent when the rights of any US citizen can be so taken. Like it or not, he had the same rights that you or I as American citizens do.
Kaphen DePriest October 04, 2011 at 10:45 PM
By the way, Hitler wasn't killed. He committed suicide. I would have been completely ok if al-Awlaki had killed himself. You may want to try again to come up with a "real" analogy.

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