Totalitarianism is the New Normal
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
First it was a secret “kill list” on which Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama names those he wishes to be assassinated. The names included American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan who died in a drone strike in Yemen on September 30th, 2011. Neither was indicted or charged with a crime. They were killed as ‘terrorists’ at the discretion of one man whose signature now constitutes due process.
Then, on March 20th, the Obama administration put a $5 million bounty on each of two American citizens: Abu Mansur Al-Amriki (alias Omar Hammami) and Jehad Serwan Mostafa. They are accused of being fighters for the Islamic militant group al Shabaab which is based in Somalia.
Hammami is a particularly interesting choice. The respected website Intelwire.com, run by J.M. Berger, analyzes terror risks. Berger noted that Hammami has made no threats against America; he “hasn’t taken direct violent action against the U.S. or worked with al-Qaida proper in any meaningful capacity.” Moreover, Hammami has broken with the militant al Shabaab, which he now bitterly attacks. And, yet, his photo will be circulated on posters and matchbooks in Somalia in order to encourage his capture.
The posters do not say “dead or alive” but they might as well. Hammami has vowed to never be taken alive. If he were, he would almost certainly be renditioned to a third world torture chamber or, perhaps, to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Obama plans to pour $150 million into an overhaul of Gitmo to expand the facility.