Collaborating With the Enemy in the War on Terror

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At least one CCR board member has gone public with her misgivings over the organization’s decision to take this case. Karima Bennoune, a law professor at Rutgers School of Law who is of Algerian descent, broke with the CCR on this issue. It should be noted that Bennoune leans far to the Left when it comes to prosecuting this war. She has supported CCR’s efforts to oppose both enhanced interrogation methods and rendition. Nevertheless, Bennoune had this to say about her organization’s efforts to defend Al-Awlaki: “Anwar al-Awlaki is not a detainee; he is still at liberty and able to gravely harm others by inciting and advocating murder,” she said. Bennoune continued:

Since the inception of the case there has been increased mystification of who Anwar al-Awlaki is in liberal and human rights circles in the United States. This may in part have resulted from the fact that a highly reputable organization like CCR was willing to represent his interests, and described him only as “a Muslim cleric” or “an American citizen,” and repeatedly suggested that the government did not possess evidence against Awlaki.

Both the CCR and the ACLU have drifted well beyond their stated purpose over the years and their defense of Al-Awlaki is the latest example of this trend. Rather than defending the rights of all American citizens, both organizations now act as advocates for their preferred causes. For example, the ACLU uses some of its considerable resources to oppose the rights of ordinary Americans to protest against mosques being built in their communities and to speak the truth about Islam. A statement by the ACLU asserts in part:

The Constitution guarantees the right of private citizens to protest, and the ACLU would vigorously defend that right if infringed by the government. But making Muslims – or any other religious group – feel unwelcome in local communities conflicts with our Founders’ vision of religious liberty and tolerance.

Yet the ACLU’s outrage here is clearly selective. Citizens stand up to make the reprehensible Westboro Baptist Church feel “unwelcome” all of the time. These Americans aren’t in conflict with the “Founders’ vision of religious liberty and tolerance.” Rather, they are standing up to a group of hateful bigots who are making a mockery of religious liberty and tolerance. Many Americans oppose the construction of mosques in their communities for the same reason. It is more and more apparent that Islam, even when presenting itself as “moderate,” is all too often a front for the Islamist program, which is fundamentally inconsistent with religious liberty and tolerance. Yet the ACLU seeks to deprive concerned Americans of the right to say so.

This is the very brand of Islam that Anwar Al-Awlaki believes in. He speaks for that portion of the worldwide Muslim community which believes that Islam and Islamic law must be the dominant forces in the world. Toward that end, Al-Awlaki, like all of his fellow true-believers, stands ready to lie, cheat, steal and murder to defeat anyone who gets in the way of his mission. At the top of that list stands a powerful and determined nation: the United States of America. When an individual is part of an organization that has publicly avowed its willingness to do anything in order to take down a nation, most reasonable people would conclude that such an organization is at war with that nation. When a top lieutenant in such an organization has planned attacks against that nation and has repeatedly called for even more attacks, most reasonable people would conclude that such a fellow is in fact an enemy soldier. It’s disturbing and sad that the ACLU and CCR have drifted so far to the Left that they are incapable of understanding this obvious truth. We can only hope that the courts, like Barack Obama and Karima Bennoune, recognize just how foolish and naïve efforts to defend an enemy like Anwar Al-Awlaki truly are.

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  • Robert Laity

    Obama "collaborates" with Terrorists:
    See 18USC,Part 1,Chapter 115,Sec.2381

  • Lee Poteet

    The ACLU has not drifted far to the left. It was founded as a Communist front organization and has continued to do the work of destroying the Constitution and infringing upon the actual religious liberties of the citizens of this country. If it is being aided and abetted by CCR then both are now by their alliance "combatants."

  • So Cal Mike

    It's really too bad we can't target the ACLU and CCR for assassination.
    The Left just doesn't feel comfortable if they aren't helping or doing something beneficial for those trying to mass murder us.
    It's just how they are. It's an inextricable part of their being.

  • chiquelets

    Al-Awlaki is a traitor, and thus subject to the death penalty. He should be adjudicated guilty in absentia…then, have his sorry a## obliterated from the face of the earth.

    • noway2no

      Agreed! A short rope is what he deserves.

      Now if he is a traitor are the ACLU and CCR guilty of treason for defending him?

  • Mike in VA

    Al-Qaeda declared war on the United States over a decade ago, and Anwar Al-Awlaki is a high-ranking officer in that organization – we're well past the point of questioning whether or not he is an enemy soldier/combatant. The ACLU and CCR can sue all they want, but that doesn't mean they have a legitimate case.

    • Fred Dawes

      When you cut right to the point al awlaki head needs to be cut off before he kills more little kids.

  • USMCSniper

    The article said: "Al-Awlaki’s father, Nasser Al-Awlaki, asked the two groups for help after he learned that the Obama administration has targeted his son for assassination."

    Ahhhh…errr…. hmmmm… I would like to know from where his father heard this,because if a "covert ternination" was authorized, I am sure it was above top secret. Anwar Al-Awlaki is simply on a terrorist list and if he resists arrest then he gets his 72 virgins next!

    • SeaMystic

      First inject him with pigs blood or perhaps we need bullets with a drop of swine blood in it, to ensure an impure death and no Bordelo in the sky for Muslims.

      • Rifleman

        I was reading a few years back where scientists had genetically modified some pigs so they had human compatible blood (to eliminate reliance on donors). I was thinking it would be a great interrogation tool. I'd tell them if they didn't talk, we'd transfuse them straight from one of those pigs and after a week, execute them and send their body back to desecrate their family cemetery plot. Call me Mr. cultural sensitivity.

        • SeaMystic

          Right On, great Idea. I further suggest that a cloud of Pigs Blood be detonated over Mecca, and let them know that Mecca will be destroyed, just as a start to our War against Islam.


  • tweedledee

    well well well… as usual, RWers only want to stand up for the constitution when it's convenient and fits into your agenda. The ACLU has defend all kinds of people (not just leftists) when their rights to free speech, practice religion, meeting, protesting, or been unlawfuly searched and siezed by the government. Including, recently, a NJ transit worker who has fired for burning a Koran. So hold your horses there with the "commie" accusations… from a constitutional stand point, the U.S. government does not have the right to target people for "assassination", only a court can issue a "death sentence" after a fair trial. It's pretty clear cut, Al-Awlaki, foul as he may be, is not a soldier serving in an army or for a nation that has formally declared war on the U.S.A. therefore. Allowing the U.S. government to target people they consider a threat here and abroad would sent a horrific precedent, where even people like you and me (citizens who may or may not agree with the government) could be assassinated for so much as showing up at a meeting.

    • Fred Dawes

      Most Americans understand that al awlaki is in fact not a real American and also understands that The ACLU Will only defend some agenda not a person that is not about right or wrong but about the ideals not only of the left or right but of the ideals behind that for justice of a idea.
      This battle of political ideals not the right or wrong of that idea IS IN FACT BS. In other words its all for the show and nothing about right or wrong.

    • Bobzilla

      You are an idiot. “Death sentence” is for criminals, not war combatants. ACLU rarely (and that is being generous) defends anyone that cannot further their left wing commie agenda. You really need to read more – Huffington Post DOES NOT COUNT. America needs to deport all liberals like you to Iran or Cuba or N. Korea, We’ll see how long you morons are allowed to live in one of your chosen lands. Please move right away!

    • Mike in VA

      Contrary to what you claim, it is clear cut that Anwar Al-Awlaki IS an enemy combatant in an organization that has formally declared war on the United States, February 23, 1998 to be precise.

    • Rifleman

      Illegal combatants have no constitutional rights.

      The aclu was founded by Roger Baldwin, Unitarian Socialist; Norman Thomas, leader of the Socialist Party of America; and Elizabeth Gurley, future chairwoman of the American Communist Party. Delude yourself they aren't commies, but they are. That's why you'll never see them defend the 2nd, 9th, or 10th Amendments.

  • Fred Dawes

    It would be normal for the ACLU To help our enemies after all the ACUL Was setup by the Red political party to do just that destroy the bill of rights.

  • Malcolm

    Surely there's an obvious solution here: Al-Awlaki can give himself up! Once he does, he is sure to receive a fair trial. The ACLU can even represent him/