Today’s banner headline is that Anwar al-Awlaki has been assassinated. As an Al Qaeda operative we are all expected to applaud his death. The problem is that killing Americans is illegal without due process of law according to the 5th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. This in essence codifies that our government has now taken the legal authority to execute those it deems terrorists without proving its case. Al Qaeda is supposedly easy to identify but the definition in the Patriot Act is open ended enough that dissent against the government may make you eligible to be called a terrorist even if you are protesting Wall Streets corruption and criminal behavior.
Although the Obama Administration had talked about indicting al-Awlaki it never brought charges against him and all the so called experts parading onto our corporate media identifying him are using completely unsubstantiated evidence as supposed proof. Officials in Yemen don’t believe al-Awlaki had any real opperational role in Al Qaeda.
More disturbing or should be, are the implications for those on the Left starting to build a substantial protest movement against the economic powers of Banking and Oil that really rule no matter what party is pretending to run the country. Would Stephen Lerner the union organizer, be called a terrorist for stating that Americans should stage an economic strike and stop paying mortgages or credit card debt until the economic system was managed more equitably? Under current definitions he very well could be. Right Wing Republicans howled with calls of economic terrorist despite how they have orchestrated a destruction of the Middle Class for their corporate masters.
What about those who now Occupy Wall Street and just garnered Union support for their cause? We saw how the NYPD had no problem assaulting people who committed no crime except to oppose Corporatocracy. Why shouldn’t we believe that attacks would now be justified? Is this the real strategic reason there are no identified leaders, so the corporate powers can’t target the heads of opposition to crush the movement? I think the answer is yes. To get the leaders now you will have to arrest everybody.
The only state sanctioned protest is the Tea Party which should tell you all you need to know about how grass roots it is. The Corporate media pushes this pretense. The Right is fearful of the growth of a real Left Wing economic protest movement because in Wisconsin and Ohio they have tasted how powerful just a little opposition to their authoritarian regimes can be. In November it is likely the anti-collective bargaining Bill SB-5 in Ohio will be thrown out. In Wisconsin early in 2012 it is likely Scott Walker will face a recall.
But the Right will call it terrorism and anti-American. Remember Bush’s “You are either with us or your with the terrorists.” Expect to hear it again and see the Patriot Act used against Americans excercising what used to be their Constitutional rights. I don’t think executing al-Awlaki just after Occupy Wall Street recieved union endoresement and help is any accident. Beware Progressives the Patriot Act was really meant for you.