U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham hates al-Qaeda … well, except when he wants America to partner with them in support of his failed interventionist foreign policy.
This week he hates al-Qaeda, though. For real. In fact he wants the group’s American-born spokesman, Adam Gadahn, to be killed as soon as humanly possible.
“Even though Adam Gadahn is an American citizen, he should BE subject to being killed or captured by our military and intelligence forces,” Graham tweeted this week.
Moments later, Graham fired off another tweet in which he argued that the native Californian should be killed immediately should the opportunity arise.
“The use of lethal force against American-citizen Al-Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn is appropriate and should be utilized without hesitation.” he wrote.
Wow … that’s pretty tough talk coming from somebody like Graham.
This isn’t the first time Graham has sought to deny American citizens their constitutional rights. Back in April he argued that Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev should be held as an enemy combatant – even though the 19-year-old is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Prior to that he attacked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for daring to suggest that American citizens should not be the target of drone strikes by the U.S. military.
More recently, Graham has offered his full-throated support for the federal government’s Orwellian domestic spying program – which has targeted American citizens despite U.S. President Barack Obama’s promises to the contrary.
We agree with Graham that Gadahn deserves to die. He’s part of a terrorist network which has targeted and killed American citizens, and he should be held accountable for his crimes. That’s why we’re ardent supporters of the death penalty – as well as the Code of Hammurabi.
But whether we like it or not, Gadahn is an American citizen – which means he (like Tsarnaev) has a constitutional right to avail himself of the American judicial system. If that right is stripped away – no matter how contemptible the suspect is – the whole system falls apart.
More importantly, the sooner America stops injecting itself into foreign conflicts without a compelling national interest, reliable intelligence and clearly-defined objectives – the fewer Adam Gadahns we will have to deal with.
Which is why we have consistently argued that Graham’s incessant war-mongering makes America less safe …
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