Why Isn’t the Murder of an American Boy an Impeachable Offense?

Attention all flag wavers and troop supporters: If you really want to “support the troops,” listen to what they are trying to tell you. — jtl, 419

…the boy was apparently killed because he was considered to have the wrong father…if that’s a legitimate justification for killing a child, there are obviously a lot more children at risk in this country.

by  via The Future of Freedom Foundation

Article 2, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice for matters arising out of the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.

If perjury and obstruction of justice constitute high crimes or misdemeanors, then doesn’t it seem rather obvious that the murder of an American citizen by the president would also constitute a high crime or misdemeanor, especially if the citizen is a child?

That’s precisely what President Obama, acting through U.S. national-security state agents, did on October 14, 2011. He murdered a 16-year-old American boy who was traveling in Yemen. The boy was Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was the son of accused terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who the CIA had assassinated two weeks before.

Why did President Obama and the CIA or the military kill Abdulrahman? The president, the CIA, and the Pentagon have all chosen to remain silent on the matter, refusing to even acknowledge that they killed the boy. But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs implicitly provided the justification: “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.”

So, there you have it: the boy was apparently killed because he was considered to have the wrong father.

But if that’s a legitimate justification for killing a child, there are obviously a lot more children at risk in this country.

Proponents of the war on terrorism argue that the killing of the teenager wasn’t really a murder but rather an assassination. But isn’t that a distinction without a difference?

After all, compare Obama’s killing of Abdulrahman with Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s killing of Orlando Letelier. Pinochet took power in 1973, during the time that the Cold War and the war on communism were being waged. Pinochet, who the U.S. national-security state had helped install into power, not only began rounding up, incarcerating, torturing, abusing, and executing suspected communists without any judicial process, he also embarked on an program to assassinate Chilean communists found overseas.

Agents of Pinochet’s counterpart to the CIA, a secret police force called DINA, planned and orchestrated the killing of Orlando Letelier on the streets of Washington, D.C. Why was Letelier targeted for death? He was a socialist, a Chilean citizen who had served in the administration of President Salvador Allende, the democratically elected Marxist president whom Pinochet, President Richard Nixon, the CIA, and the U.S. military ousted from power and replaced with Pinochet’s military dictatorship. Therefore, as part of the war on communism, Letelier was considered to be a legitimate target for assassination.

On September 21, 1976, an assassination team headed by a man named Michael Townley exploded a bomb that the team had planted under Letelier’s car. Letelier was killed, along with his American assistant who was also in the car, 25-year-old Ronni Moffitt.

Interestingly, the U.S. Justice Department did not consider the assassination to be legitimate under the concept of war and enemy combatants, notwithstanding the fact that the Cold War and global war on communism were still being waged. The Justice Department treated the killings of Letelier and Moffitt as murders. Townley and his team were indicted and prosecuted for the murders of Letelier and Moffitt.

How is Obama’s killing of Abdulrahman any different from Pinochet’s murder of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt? In the one case, a 16-year-old boy has had his life snuffed out because he had the wrong father. In the other case, a man had his life snuffed out because he had the wrong philosophical beliefs. Given that the Letelier and Moffitt killings were treated as murders, why shouldn’t the Abdulraham killing be treated as murder too?

An interesting twist to these killings is a common denominator — the CIA. It turned out that Townley was an agent of the CIA. He claimed that at the time he set off the bomb he was no longer working for the CIA, which, not surprisingly, is what the CIA claimed also. But the problem, of course, is that they would say that even if he was still employed by the CIA. And, in fact, the CIA was supporting and working closely with DINA after Pinochet came to power. It says a lot that for the pre-meditated, cold-blooded murder of Letelier and Moffitt, Townley served a grand total of about five years in jail before being released — get this — into the federal witness protection program, where he remains safely ensconced and anonymous today.

We also shouldn’t forget that the U.S. national-security state also participated in the execution of 31-year-old American journalist Charles Horman during the Pinochet coup, a crime that U.S. officials have never investigated or prosecuted CIA officials or U.S. military officials for. What was the justification for murdering Horman? We can’t know for sure because U.S. military and CIA officials have never provided it, but most likely it was because Horman had acquired secret information about U.S. involvement in the coup and because Horman was a socialist who supported the Allende regime. (See here and here.) In an interesting twist, just recently Chilean officials charged a U.S. military officer with conspiracy to murder Horman during the coup.

What remedy do the family members of an American who has been murdered by the president and the national-security state have?

They obviously can’t look to the Justice Department, which answers to the president and which isn’t ever going to take on the CIA with a criminal prosecution for a crime that was ordered by the president.

They also can’t look to the federal courts, which display the same deference and submissiveness to the military and the CIA that Chilean courts displayed toward the Pinochet’s military and DINA. In any wrongful death action brought by the victim’s family, all the military and CIA have to do is announce to the presiding judge the same sorts of things that Pinochet’s people would announce to Chilean federal judges: “National security, war on terrorism, and state secrets, your honor,” and every federal judge in the land will quickly slam down his gavel and declare, “Case dismissed.”

That leaves the families of the victim with only one course of action: impeachment and removal from office by Congress. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s also the only practical way to induce President Obama to explain why a child’s father provides the justification for murdering his child.

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews atLewRockwell.com and fromFull Context. Send him email.

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6 Responses to Why Isn’t the Murder of an American Boy an Impeachable Offense?

  1. I have a question based upon the article, but first a little qualification/quantification about myself. I am a career soldier with close to 20 years in the Army. Since 9/11 I have been deployed close to 6 years in every rat hole there has been anything related to terrorism or insurgency in. I have seen the horrors, first hand, that are war and those behind the scenes that have nothing to do with the U.S. and our policies. Some of the many things that the public is never made privy to. Not because we were actually involved in it, but simply because anyone with an agenda of their own they want to promote would make what they want about it.
    My question then is, would this article have the same tone if the President was George Bush rather than President Obama? Keep in mind, this is actually a rhetorical question. You can tell me anything you want to as answer, but it would be moot because it would be in hindsight.
    I am not necessarily a fan of the President, but he is my Commander in Chief.

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    • Kool Aid, since I have known Jacob Hornberger (the author of the article), I would have to answer your question with a resounding “Yes!” In fact, if the president were Bush, I suspect Honberger would have written with even more rancor. And here is why.

      My Marine Corps career span over 35 years, in total (with a lot of broken time and reserve time). During that time, I fought two or the Yankee Occupation Government’s imperialistic wars (Vietnam and Desert Storm) and it took me 40+ years to figure it out. I am a slow learner

      NOTHING I ever did for the Marine Corps had anything to do with “liberty” or “freedom” or “defending the contsitution” or any of that propaganda grass hay (aka the first stage of horse shit).

      EVERYTHING I ever did for the Marine Corps had everyghing to do with the agrandizement of the state and the enrichment of the politicos and their cronies in the military-industrial-congressional-banking-educational complex.

      I was a dupe.

      Sadly, you will eventually figure that out for yoursef. And I hope it will not be as painful a proscess as it has been for some of us. I know a guy that went into the VA system and, as is routine, was initially sent to the shrink. When he told her that killing innocent women and children really bothered him, she told him that she couldn’t help him because she didn’t work with conscience objectors.

      All I can say to that is, You gotta be shittn me! Get out now.

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      • First, thank you for your service. Even in deference to your feelings on that service today, you served. You did a task that less than 10% of our living population has done in the last 50 years.
        The flags and yellow ribbons are a great rallying cry, but I have never fell prey to the call of greater good based on the word of the government. I do what I do simply because I am good at it. It is a job, a job that sometimes has some cool perks and other times has very little redeeming qualities other than a paycheck.
        I have been fortunate to be in a unit that not only fosters free thought, but demands it. While there is a hierarchy as in normal military organizations, we work as peers. We do not rally around our banners, we simply do our jobs and we do it well.
        In exception to wars of the past, the current fight is much different than even those in charge realize until after they have to change along with the current political climate. A small percentage of the Army today is the ra-ra flag waving, god and country sort. Most of us are soldiers doing what we are told because that is the contract we made and above all we honor our word above all else. Trust me when I so though (or not) that there have been numerous saves to liberty in the homeland here due to actions overseas that the public has absolutely no clue about. A substantial portion of them have nothing to do with the current wars, they have to do with the simple fact that we are Americans and people just do not like us. Several other countries have us to thank for things that have not happened to them as well.
        I will be out soon in relative terms. It is almost time. It will not be because I have become disillusioned though, I would have had to have had illusions in the first place.

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  2. Sounds like you have a handle on reality. At least you know that you are a paid assign, hit man, knee breaker for a relatively small group of elite men (and a few mentally retarded women like Nancy Pelosi) who hold a regional monopoly on the use of force and violence– a criminal, mafia like, organization that has the audacity to call itself “the government.”

    They commit crimes on a daily basis and a massive scale that they would lock the rest of us up for. They counterfeit and call it “stimulating the economy.” They commit extortion and call it “paying your fair share.” They commit armed robbery and call it “traffic fines.” They reduce people to slaves and get by with it by calling it “conscription.” They commit mass murder and call it “war.”
    And we allow that to happen because we are thoroughly indoctrinated in what Larken Rose calls the “most dangerous superstition” or “the myth of authority.”

    Yours for freedom in our lifetimes.

    PS. Ever shot a 6 year old kid in the back–dumped a M-16 mag into him–while he was running away from you? Here is a hint for coping with coming “home” to a place you have never been before. The “support the troops” morons don’t want to hear about shit like that.

    All they will want to know is “are you OK?” When you start to actually tell them, you will discover that they have the attention span of a fucking fruit fly. All they want to hear is, “Yeah, I’m OK.” That way they can go home knowing what they knew all along–that “war is not so bad after all.”
    They will also want to know “how many people did you kill?” Tell them a wild assed, “there we were” type of war story while getting progressively wild eyed so they think you may be about to turn the white demon loose on them and they will generally go away and leave you alone.

    Good luck bro.

    And oh, fuck your commander in chief aka Bareback Yomama the commie bitch. What eats at me the most is that the uS government used to pay me to kill people who were just exactly like the people who run the uS government. How ironic is that?

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