It appears that a drone strike ordered by Barack Obama and his British counterpart David Cameron has killed someone known as “Jihadi John,” who allegedly played a large role in the (staged) ISIS hostage killing videos. This is yet another instance in which Obama has murdered people while depriving them of their right to due process. All human beings have a right to presumption of innocence and due process.
“What, are you defending Jihadi John? Why, he was a terrorist!” Well, no, he was an accused terrorist. And I know a lot of people don’t understand this, and they believe that someone is a criminal or a terrorist merely based on the say-so of government bureaucrats. But morally, all people who are accused of something have a right to require their accuser to present evidence against them. Not only that, but the accused have a right to respond to accusations and possibly refute the alleged evidence against them. And this fundamental human right applies to ALL human beings.
“But the crimes of beheading people and murder and terrorism are just too serious to make the government follow procedures, etc., etc., etc.” But we are still talking about someone who was accused of those crimes. The reason why this is important is because anyone can accuse someone of anything. And it doesn’t matter how heinous the crimes are. That aspect is totally irrelevant to the difference between someone who is accused of a crime and someone who has actually been convicted based on evidence and after having had his right to present his own case against the accusations. So it doesn’t matter how serious the crimes are that someone is accused of.
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What the people who are saying regarding just killing a “terrorist,” even though he has not been given the opportunity to defend himself, is that we should just trust the judgment of the bureaucrats making the accusations. We should just trust the rulers, like Obama or Bush, or military generals or soldiers or CIA agents. That’s nuts! Really, who in his right mind would trust Obama, and trust his judgment?
The early Americans who had to endure the tyranny of the British were actually trying to do away with that kind of mentality. And it isn’t just the early Americans who suffered at the hands of corrupt liars using the phony concept of “war” or “security” to murder others they either didn’t like or just wanted out of the way. Just talk to survivors of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. And the Fidel Castro regime. And Chile’s Pinochet. And now all the people who have suffered in this made-up “war on terror” under Bush and Obama.
We can look at IRS commissars like Lois Lerner targeting conservatives, and Obama targeting journalists. As I wrote in this post, those groups considered by the Obama regime to be “threats” and “terrorists” include “constitutionalists,” religious Christians, those who believe in individual liberty, preppers and survivalists, and those who are critical of the government’s phony operations.
And to you “law and order” “moral values” conservatives out there, when I hear them talk about the Declaration of Independence referring to our natural, “God-given rights,” to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, those are inherent rights that all human beings have as human beings. And they include the right to due process and presumption of innocence, and that ALL human beings who are accused of something have a right to require their accusers to present evidence, and the right of the accused to have the opportunity to respond and refute such evidence and defend oneself.
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This commentary originally appeared at Scott’s blog.
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