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Will the Right to a Trial of Our Peers Be Usurped?

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Remember, al-Awlaki nor his son was on the government's kill-list, nor were there any formal charges against them. If al-Awlaki was a terrorist, charges should have been brought before a court. The killing of his son however was wrong on every conceivable level.

Now the American people are engrossed in the capture of a "rogue" former LAPD policeman who was also a navy officer. A manifesto was released, ostensibly from him, about why he is murdering law enforcement officers. All of this is very strange. This " manifesto " is very coherent and makes some very damning charges against the LAPD. The mainstream media says little about these charges that Christopher Dorner has leveled against the LAPD. Some have claimed that this manifesto wasn't written by the same person throughout. Regardless, the man-hunt has brought sensationalism to this drama. Now that drones are being used domestically, will Dorner, hyped by the press as an armed killer, be brought down by an armed drone?

Surveillance drones are already being used in this man-hunt. The question that I would like to pose here is that if they have a shot, will an armed drone be used to take this individual down? If this happens, will they give him a chance to give himself up, or will this just be another indiscriminate murder by another governmental agency seeking to destroy its enemies without judicial process? How will the American people react to something like this?

Unless people in the entertainment industry speak out against lethal drone strikes in the United States without proper judicial process, don't expect many in the United States to even be aware that an historic precedent has even happened. Once it is ruled that the drone killing of this man was "legal", expect drone strikes against perceived "criminals" to become commonplace across the country.

The media will not speak out against it if it should happen. They will blindly go along with whatever policies were put in place. They will not only go along with executing someone by remote control, they will even champion it! Whatever happens in this case, the media as it exists in this nation will not argue the questions that a scenario like this will bring.

Between the Federal Government being controlled by millionaires and those that are supported by corporate funding and special interests, expect nothing from the Federal Government. They are not there to support the working people that live here, they support the status quo. If they are told that a Federal, State or Local government can kill suspects with impunity, they will blindly obey. Expect nothing from the mainstream media, as they are in the same hands as the government.

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In short, we are witnessing the destruction of due judicial process in the United States. As some have suggested, we are entering into a Federal dictatorship that is being supported by the States and the media. The right to kill without a trial is being debated and without the people's voice in the debate, many people will be subject to execution without a trial right here in the United States. The federal Government has never had a power that it hasn't used. I just hope it won't be used on you or me.

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Former Chairman of the Liberal Party of America, Tim is a retired Army Sergeant. He currently lives in South Carolina. A regular contributor to OpEdNews, he is the author of Kimchee Days (or Stoned Cold Warriors).

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