Ron Paul: Assassination of Awlaki sets dangerous precedent

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, October 2, 2011 11:40 EDT
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Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said on Friday that the death of al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki — who was born in the U.S. — was a “net positive” but it also set a dangerous precedent for future assassinations.

“This is very, very dangerous, you know,” he said on Fox News. “Who knows what the future will bring. Maybe just dissenters would be potential terrorists. Already, it doesn’t take a lot to be a potential terrorist.”

Paul added he had voted to give the president the authority to go after Osama bin Laden, but not other terrorists like Awlaki.

“I strongly object to the president institutionalizing a policy that explicitly says that he has the authority to target American citizens because he believes they are bad people,” he said.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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