Holder to make case for targeting Americans in terror hunt
March 5th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Holder to make case for targeting Americans in terror hunt

By CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden

After months of promises from the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder Monday will finally lay out at least some of the legal arguments that the Justice Department developed to support its targeted killing of a U.S. citizen with alleged terrorist ties in Yemen last year.

One official familiar with the speech said it was doubtful Holder would mention by name Anwar al-Awlaki, who was targeted in a September drone attack. Another American who was active in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Samir Khan, was not the target of the strike but was with al-Awlaki and killed at the same time.

Both the operation and the legal opinion that supported it remain classified.

Another official familiar with the speech confirmed the attorney general will discuss the legal framework on the use of lethal force. The official, who asked not to be identified because the speech is still under wraps, said the targeted-killing issue is just one aspect of a broad-ranging look at national security issues from a legal perspective.

The official said Holder will use the occasion to declare the administration is carefully adhering to the rule of law as it presses its approach to counterterrorism. Holder will defend the use of civilian criminal courts to convict and sentence terrorists.

Republican critics in particular have pushed for the administration to use military courts where possible because the terror suspects may be viewed as enemy combatants. The attorney general also is expected to discuss reforms that the Obama administration has made in military commissions.

The decision to kill a U.S. citizen abroad who had not been provided the rights provided by the American judicial system has raised protests from the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil liberties groups.

Holder's late-afternoon speech Monday at the Northwestern University Law School in Chicago will mark the attorney general's first extended comments on the controversy over "targeted killings."

However, other top government lawyers have previously spoken on the subject.

Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson last month said U.S. and international law allow for the targeted killing of terrorist suspects with known ties to al Qaeda. In a speech at Yale law school, Johnson said laws including the "authorization of the use of military force" - approved by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terror attacks - grant government officials the authority to pull the trigger on suspected terrorists.

Similar comments have been made by State Department legal adviser Harold Koh.

Lawyers in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel wrote a 50-page legal opinion for the executive branch, with the opinion approving of targeted killing. The full text of the opinion is expected to remain classified

By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Anwar al-Awlaki • Terrorism
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  5. dinak

    Grossest example of liberal hypocrisy yet. And u had ur panties in a wad over tapping terrorist's phone calls made into or out of the U.S. – really? But ordering a hit is just fine? This is the height of liberal evil.

    March 7, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  6. M Houston

    Awlaki said publicly what he was up to, and with whom he was allied. So what if the government took him at his word?
    That's all the "due process" needed to waste his hide. He's gone and good riddance.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:20 am | Reply
  7. NotMyUs

    Holder needs to go -- the sooner the better.
    The guy he reports to has lost sight of the job.

    March 6, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
    • M Houston

      No he doesn't. And I hope the guy he reports to nails the next "Awlaki" who raises his ugly head.

      March 6, 2012 at 6:23 am | Reply
  8. Uncle Sammy

    Protect this countries against any enemy, foreign or domestic. Lawful combatant? Check! Bombs away....

    March 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Your twisted kind of thinking here is one of the biggest problems this country has! Advocating cold blooded murder like this shows just what a sick society that we're living in today. This is why we have such a high rate of crime as we do! When are people like you learn that there's no glory in killing?

      March 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
      • Panzercommander

        Hello, it is not cold blooded, it is war........... When a person decides to step over the line and fight against his country. He is now the enemy, same thing that happened in the World wars. Don't over play it, did you know that on march 1 2012 two us soldiers were killed in Afgan, but what do you care. You care more about the enemy than you do the people that protect your butt.

        March 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
      • M Houston

        You're wrong, Patton. And Panzer's right. There are those in this world who deserve exactly what they get
        and Awlaki was one of them...

        March 6, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  9. James

    "whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States." United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381

    March 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Annoyed by Politics

      Bravo, you found the law that states the punishments for committing said crimes. Now go back and find a quote that allows those punishments to be applied unilaterally without trial.

      March 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • Scott in Pgh

      Yup, that's the law- but I'm not seeing the "we think they might have" part. This would all need to be proven under an objective court system.

      March 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • sumguy

      Yes....That would be AFTER that pesky "Due process" we're guaranteed under the 5th, and 14th amendment.
      Personally I'm glad we smoked this guy, but I'm not happy when the constitution is ignored. Why drop a bomb on Gitmo and be done with it.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  10. James

    Can they have a trial in absentia? By swearing allegiance to a Al Qaeda are they not guilty of treason, which is punishable by death?

    March 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • sumguy

      That would be a good start.
      Unfortunately our gov. seems to only follow the constitution when it suits them.

      March 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Panzercommander

      You must think it is that easy to join said group,.......... You have to prove yourself and there is only one way to do that. I can promise you it is not score under a 75 on your local golf course.

      March 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  11. JWR

    How do we know they are American citizens? Show the birth certificates!!!

    March 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
    • Constitution FIrst

      They left them in Hawaii.

      March 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  12. deniz boro

    This portrait will soon get to be as well known as Kentucky Fried Chicken. Creators of Horror Scenes should as well try for some other image. Like say USAMA-ZİLLA

    March 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply




    March 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Constitution FIrst

      When we got Obl we did the right thing the wrong way. We simply can NOT invade another country unless we declare war which we did not. The correct way would have been to tell Pakistan that we were going to give them 2 hours to get him to us or we were coming in with full military force and HE the president would be the first on the list. Now we have become the bad guys and we still have an enemy at the helm of Pakistan

      March 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • Realitee Thinkin

        Unless of course Osama was simply a patsy for the US to prosecute yet another illegal war,!

        March 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  14. Annoyed by Politics

    It's truly disappointing to see the utter lack of understanding of this issue in the comments section. It is not an issue as to whether this guy should have been killed or not. It is an issue of whether the the government has the right to kill and AMERICAN CITIZEN without following legal due process. If this had gone through the courts, had followed due process, and then he'd been judged to be terminated, this wouldn't be an issue. But he was not, and instead an executive order was given that ignored his constitutional rights and signed his death warrant. There is no law on the books, or wording in the constitution or any amendment that allows for this. Nor should there ever be.

    In this instance, this guy deserved it. But the president can't be allowed to unilaterally just say "you're a terrorist, so you need to die" when it comes to a US citizen (and I mean any president, not just Obama). The next guy might not be as deserving of a death sentence and there won't be any way to prevent it.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Scott in Pgh

      Exactly. I have zero heartburn about this individual, but without defined rule of law it becomes a tool that is far too open ended. Between this and the recent National Defense Authorization Act (potentialy setting up for unregulated detention of US citizens with no need for a trial) it's becoming unnerving. Putting in place the groundwork for powers like these, even if they are not abused right now, is not the path that most would want to start traveling if they realized that it was happening.

      March 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • dakota2000

      This reminds me of when Bushes attorney general said that the Geneva convention was "quaint" He was hispanic as I recall, and my understanding is that in Spanish "Quaint" is a pretty big insult.

      March 6, 2012 at 3:34 am | Reply
  15. Scott in Pgh

    The continual use of the word "suspected" is what worries me here. I don't care what it is anyone is "suspected" of doing or being- unless there is some sort of burden of proof beyond someone pointing and saying they think someone is guilty, this is a very slippery slope to start down.

    March 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • Wylie-Mike

      I agree. Those in Washington D.C. believe that they are the majority since they presume that our electing them has surrendered our consent to them. They believe that we have a Democracy instead of a Republic. Since they are the majority they get to decide, since the 'Rule of Law' is considered to be at their discretion.

      March 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • who cares

      if you believe that history repeats itself than its hard not to think of suspected terrorist as the new word for witch! Someone with influence points a finger and because everyone is ignorant and afraid they watch there friends and loved ones be hauled away to die. The rule of law was set to prevent this and the laws that were on the books before 911 were enough to protect this country and its people. They just failed to use them properly (as proven by the 911 commission)

      March 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  16. god

    foolish mortals....

    March 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  17. Wylie-Mike

    How would we know who has been targeted since the latest laws put in place strip them of due process?

    March 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • who cares

      the problem is with the states secrets act they dont have to tell anyone that they targeted Americans. Without due process there is no paper trail so no one can contest whether or not the government was justified in their decision. Its like falling into one of Creedy's black bags.

      March 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  18. Ranger830

    You know the old saying,your with us or against us! This chicken sh!t was clearly against us. I took an oath to defend this country against all enemies forign and (Domestic)! That would include American born jihadists!!!!! Plot terror and destruction and this is how it ends! You can run and hide maybe even for ten years like Binladden,however the inevitable outcome is the same! Sleep tight and remember we are watchin always watchin. RLTW.......

    March 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
    • Wylie-Mike

      What an opportunity to silence some political opposition.
      Is anyone keeping track of whom or their relatives have disappeared?

      March 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Reply
    • who cares

      a 16 year old kid goes to school and kills 21 of his class mates throws down his gun and runs home. The SWAT team shows up at his house and knocks down the door while the kid laughs sitting on his couch. Now every officer in that room wants to shoot the punk but none of them do... and do you know why? Its because no matter how good your evidence is the law is designed to protect the individual, innocent until proven guilty. The cop is not a jury or a judge, and the president, chief of staff or general is not a jury either. Those politicians and jar heads are not my peers and before I'm targeted for death / assassinated I have a right to know why and what evidence they have to defend myself.

      The laws are not there to protect criminals they are there to protect innocent people from being labeled criminals without proof, unbiased proof!

      March 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • Wylie-Mike

        I agree. The laws should enable responsible citizens to report, protect, and defend life and liberty. Disabling the citizenry makes it too easy for criminals and enemies to have a safe-haven.

        March 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm |



        March 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • Wylie-Mike

        JUGGERNAUT – Oh duh .... Some of us weren't even born yet or less that 10 years old.

        March 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
      • who cares

        my bleeding heart was with the lawsuit that followed and was heard by a judge and the act was deemed illegal. This is saying that you can not protest the supreme ruling of one man who you will never meet and never be able to challenge. No family member can file an appeal. We sentence people to death and we let them live for 20 more years just to give them enough time to appeal not because we want to but because the law protects us from just being killed.... or at least it did. Not everyone follows the law like those cops you speak of but if you allow them to say its ok to do that then dont complain when your the one being gunned down on a bridge.

        March 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  19. Abbot

    The guy in the pic is an american? Sad. Is this how Americans look like now a days?
    He is never an American. He is ME pig that was just born in America. You are an american if you embrace its values and what it stands for, else you just have an American passport.
    Kill anyone that wants to destroy the USA, no matter what passport he holds.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply

      Then that would be every unpatriotic Republican and teabag trailer trash!

      March 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • Brainwashed

      Wow, you scare me, you sound just like those Jahidist mentalist, except you are saying kill all those who don't value everything American? Come on man I am American, I served, and I see this as an insult to my sacrifice. I and many service members get sent out to be the goons for those playing politics, then they feed you all these "facts" yet if they had them, why not capture this fool, get in tried, once you proven your facts in a public court, where we the real Americans can have a say about our peers and make a an informed decision. This is taking power away from the people. Please for the love of our country open your eyes and mind, don't let a few dictate our lives.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Wylie-Mike

      If he is an American; should we no longer consider anchor-babies as citizens?

      March 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  20. Just a nagging lingering thought

    Could SEAL TEAM 6 possibly go in and remove all those nuclear centrafuses? I mean in Israel? Then see Netanyahu sh*it his panths!

    March 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Wylie-Mike

      Put your nukes down! We don't want you nuking us while we rocket your day cares and schools.
      Sad. But that is what you are saying.

      March 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply

    Don't retreat, reload...next stop Crawford Ranch!!!

    March 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
    • Internet Tough Guys are Funny


      March 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  22. come on...

    For those of you who disagree with the killing of these two "Americans," you should be glad that they are dead. Yes, glad. Be glad that you and your family can never possibly be in the next building or vicinity of their next planned attacks. Be glad that our military protects us from people like this so that you can complain about the way it protects us. If I didn't believe in karma to some extent, I would wish some very harmful things upon you as well...maybe visiting one of the countries who harbor these terrorists for an extended time period.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Reply
    • M0r0n

      "For those of you who disagree with the killing of these two "Americans," you should be glad that they are dead. Yes, glad. Be glad that you and your family can never possibly be in the next building or vicinity of their next planned attacks"

      i read the same types of comments after hilter burned down his own parmientary building....You are a nitwit.

      History will repeat it's self once again. This time the camps are near you! Enjoy eating food not fit for a dog! Enjoy your FEMA shower! YOU "Americans" that suport this insult your grandfathers/fathers who fought and died fighting the NAZI scum that has invaded our government today.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Brainwashed

      I believe anyone that thinks killing Americans in the name of fighting terrorist is delusional. We start killing ourselfs because someone in Government believes you to be part of a terrorist group and then they go kill you with no trial is no different then back in the colonial day's when people would get accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake with no trial. Think like really think rationally not emotionally. If we allow this to continue we are placing our lives completely on people in government, who to say one day they don't target you because you post on message boards that you are tired of our government and the people who run it. then they make laws that if you speak out you are labeled as a threat.. its happening now!

      March 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Mikey

        I'm neither brainwashed nor delusional. I think killing those that plan, organize, and send out others to kill ANYONE should expect the same in kind. Whether or not you are a "good guy" or "bad guy." Live by the sword die by the sword. These Americans are no different from gang bangers or mob bosses that are running from the cops. If you can take any of these people alive do so. If they run and you can't catch them take them down. Anwar al-Awlaki is on video tape planning and calling for the systematic killing of people and frankly admits it. So come peacefully or not, his choice. That's my thought and that is completely rational and not emotional.

        Emotional is saying you're being targeted as a threat for posting on a board. That's called paranoid. Unless you have some type of training that could actually be considered threatening, nobody from the government cares what you post here. So unless you've been to Ranger School, SOPC, SFAS, BUD/S, SERE, or you're a Ranger, SF, Seal, Recon, PJ, etc. you aren't the least bit of a threat cause even if you know something you're not good enough to cause trouble. So if that doesn't describe you brainwashed calm down. If it does, they already know where you are anyways.

        March 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
      • who cares

        Mickey, you do know when a Mob boss runs from the cops if he didn't shoot at the cops they wont shoot him right? Even though everyone knows he ordered dozens of killings. Do you know why? CAUSE ITS DUE PROCESS! Everyone has a right to a trial. Saddam had a trial and do you know why? Not because someone wanted to prove he was a murder everyone knew this. He got a trial because the people wanted accountability! When you swoop in and kill Osama people wonder if he died, no pictures no arrest record no autopsy report just the word of a government who was proven guilty by international courts for running guns laundering money and lying to the world about it (Iran-Contra). Its not paranoid to judge your faith in your countries decisions based on its own recent track record. Your are being emotional and that's why justice is supposed to be blind!

        March 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
      • who cares

        @Mickey – and your foolish enough to believe that without training you cant be a threat! what a joke! Recipe for terror attack, one gun and alot of ammo in a public space. Idiot...

        March 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  23. mike

    Lets see, in the name of terrorism: We've legalized torture, executions, and indefineite detention on anybody that some unnamed person in some office somewhere deems to be a terrorist threat, with no over sight, no reason, no evidence, no rule of law and no appeal. Becuase that guy in the basement got all 100k+ names on the terrorist no fly list accurate...including those terrorist senators and 6 yr olds.

    because we were attacked by "somebody" ONCE ten years ago whitch was investigated by remained mostly top secret that gave no explination why building 7 fell down despite no plane ever hitting it (cuz it hit a cornfield instead)

    its all just a matter of time at this point, the illusion is gone, they dont even pretend it isnt a police state anymore. Just most of you are too damn stupid to smell your own feces from your knees.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
    • BigRed

      Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, I am afraid. There is a price to be paid for any policy no matter how benign or bad.

      March 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
    • come on...

      For those of you who disagree with the killing of these two "Americans," you should be glad that they are dead. Yes, glad. Be glad that you and your family can never possibly be in the next building or vicinity of their next planned attacks. Be glad that our military protects us from people like this so that you can complain about the way it protects us. If I didn't believe in karma to some extent, I would wish some very harmful things upon you as well...maybe visiting one of the countries who harbor these terrorists for an extended time period.

      March 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
      • who cares

        If our military was protecting us they would have been there blow those planes out of the sky instead of running a simulation in the heart land leaving this country vulnerable to attack. They would have had a sky marshal on the plane with a gun. btw quit reposting the same garbage and ask why they sent a plane into a building in the first place!

        March 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  24. BigRed

    American or otherwise, these were enemy combatants and therefore legitimate targets to be taken out. Military actions and legal remedies are two different things. Legal remedies only pertain after the termination of all military activities (end of a war).

    March 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • M0r0n

      Your a triator!!!! Go ROT IN HELL TRAITOR

      March 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Reply
    • who cares

      thats interesting because I dont remember a war being declared by the congress... but by goly if they say its a war then military action is required right? Thats why the military is fighting the war on drugs, and the war on poverty. Oh wait those are not real wars and do you know why? not because people dont fight and die in those battles but because they are not declared. Not sure why its so hard to understand. There is a little thing called the rule of law.

      March 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  25. Fred Phred

    Well, I'm pretty sure they had proof on this guy and let's face it – he wasn't going to surrender to the proper authorities.

    He had it coming and he knew it. Another nutcase eliminated! Who's next?

    March 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • M0r0n

      Actually, if you read more then just CNN puts out there you would know that man was a cleric a tool for recruitment into the (well known look it up dipshi*s) CIA AL-qadea. We back ALQ in libya yet were at war with them....makes sense right? You would also know that as an AMERICAN WHOM WAS BORN IN LAS CRUSAS NM HAD THE RIGHT TO TRAIL AND DUE PROCESS. HE WAS NOT A THREAT BUT AN EXMAPLE OF OBAMAS ASSUMED DICTATORSHIP POWERS. Yeah, your all screwed and your all stupid dumb down so far that pakistan has a better education system then us....but whatever enjoy your death camps, I won't come running to save you.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
      • who cares

        The part your failing to understand is he promoted terrorism but never committed an act himself which according to our laws is not guaranteed to be sentenced to the death penalty. And if you can send the entire military to capture Saddam alive (some one who never threatened Americans) and give him a trial why say Americans can be arrested without trial and without legal representation. Its not about how you feel about that person! Its about the rule of law and justice is supposed to be blind.

        March 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  26. LostinSLC

    American or not, if they declare war they become an enemy combatant subject to the rules of war

    March 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Reply
    • who cares

      a person can not declare war an army has to declare war. and an army of a few hundred rag heads does not pose a credible threat to a three million man army enough to change the laws on ordinary citizens.

      March 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  27. Skorpio

    Any US-born terrorist should be strip off their US citizenship, the same way as any apostate of the Islam. They should be considered traitors and at least be sent away to Muslim countries.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
    • Manny

      Ignorance is not the answer; Seems like you are ignorant of what our consitution states and it covers ALL us born American and Naturalized American, thus how can you strip US Citizenship from a US Born person, regardles if he is a terrorist or not. Havev you ever served in the Military, have you ever had to swear to combact any enemies, foreign or "Domestic". Your statement is a reflection of charlatans that think that it is so simple, when in reality it is a very complex issue, that in my opinio can be easyly be overcomed by educating (and I mean aducating) or own poeple.

      March 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • Melvin Earl Swanson Sr.

      I'm not a Muslim but I like what they are doing to blue coat devil worshippers. If the public knew that they sometimes put human flesh in the blue can canned meats, they would really be mad.I'm a stonemason by trade and have been watching these devil worshippers for years. All the public are not Masons and they don't like to eat human flesh like the Freemasons. It's not right to put human flesh in canned meats for the public to eat if they don't know not to eat the blue canned meats. ST MATT 21:42 KJV

      March 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • dodo

      Wow. In that case all of america has to have its citizenhip stripped and sent away to Muslim countries. Including you. Guilt by association for creating osama bin laden, saddam hussein, shah of iran, manuel norieauouga, the taliban, association with pakistan ... the list goes on ... probably every terrorist group in the world.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply

      How is that possible? Every Republican and Teabag trailer trash fall into that categoty. I just couldn't imagine Eric Cantor, Rick Santurum, Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trumb, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or GWB and cabinet volunteering to be deported to Yemen. We may have to give them Kool-Aid and then ship them all in a very large bodybag.

      March 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  28. yup

    Boy thease people really love to point that dam finger.....dont they know thats rood. He is saying; this is the finger that I stick up my but every night, Allah told me to wave it so the smell is not so bad. I love my camel

    March 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  29. Hot-Me

    This man is a traiter so who cares if we killed him. All traiters should be put on trail and castriated.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  30. Garrett

    This is not the same world I knew and grew up in ten years ago. Things seemed more peaceful back then. The world just seems to go further and further into the abyss. All the good news is gone and all we have is this depressing, war mongering, corruption and stealing articles.

    March 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • BigRed

      Garrett, history is never kind to optimists and those who seek peace. Just the way it is I am afraid. The trick is to not get caught up in the endless distractions of the news. There is more to life then this. Go out and find your joy elsewhere my friend.

      March 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  31. John Ramos

    This country will soon turn into a Iran or Syria. It is slowly happening in front of our own eyes. The US Government can imprison any person indefinitely without trial, without charges. It can execute anyone it deems to be a "terrorist" without trial, without charges, without any rule of law.

    March 5, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • BigRed

      Ok, there is always Mexico and Canada to go to if you aren't satisfied. Feel free to leave at your earliest opportunity.

      March 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
      • M0r0n

        Hey Bigred,

        You are a traitor to the US constitution the SURPREME LAW OF THE LAND. <<<do you know what that means? Fking traitor.

        March 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  32. twig

    As long as the government dont come right out and tell us they have taken all our freedoms away, there will always be people that still believe we are free

    March 5, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
    • BigRed

      Feel free to go back into the bathroom, sit down, and find something else in Mother Jones News to quote.

      March 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  33. Jonathan Pollard zionist born American Traitor Learned it ALL from Obama

    Holder is a lot like me. We do what we're told to do.

    I't all about control and jailing free speech.

    Sorry George, but we have taken over America without firing a shot.
    Now, we own you stupid Americans. zionism runs the new world order and you better know your place.

    On your knees!!!!!

    israel forever!

    March 5, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • M0r0n

      At least your honest and speak the truth, So....we saved you isreali fukers from the nazi so you could then turn around and become the nazis?

      March 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply

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