July 3, 2013
It seems to me only fair that President Obama and his national-security state cohorts publicly announce whether NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been added to the presidential kill list, like two other American citizens who were assassinated, Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenage son Abdulrahman. When the U.S. government targets an American citizen for assassination, it seems only right that they let him know that the hit is coming.
The sad reality, which the Snowden controversy is exposing, is that we Americans now live in a country in which the president, operating through his national-security state apparatus, now wields the omnipotent authority to kill any American he wants with impunity.
Suppose Snowden is making his way to a country that has offered him asylum. Suddenly, he is shot dead by an unknown assassin who escapes.
While there would undoubtedly be members of the mainstream press who would immediately cry, “Conspiracy theory!” I’d venture to say that most Americans would place the CIA or other elements of the national-security state at the top of the list of likely suspects in an assassination of Edward Snowden.
But the fact is that President Obama, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA could simply remain mute about the assassination. There is no one that could force them acknowledge that they had committed the assassination. We’ve seen that with the assassination of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. We all know that they assassinated the kid, presumably to make sure he never grew into adulthood and sought revenge for the killing of his father, but the fact is that U.S. national-security state officials have never peeped a word about why they did it or even whether they did it, and, under the current state of affairs, they don’t have to.
If they were to say anything, it would simply be to recite the two words that have played the most important role in the lives of the American people in our lifetime: “national security,” a term that isn’t even found in the Constitution. Those two words — “national security” — would serve as the excuse for the president, the Pentagon, the CIA, and NSA to continue remaining mute about Snowden’s assassination. It would also serve to shut down any congressional or judicial inquiry into the assassination.