“Al-Awlaki was born here, he’s an American citizen, he was never tried or charged for any crimes,” Paul said today after a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, CNN reports. “To start assassinating American citizens without charges - we should think very seriously about this.”
I'm not too sympathetic to this argument, even though al-Awalaki was a homeboy from my home town. The fact is, you don't charge and try a bank robber when you catch him in the act and he resists arrest. Yes, it would be nice if there was a more formal process for charging these guys, but its not like he was about to show up at the embassy to defend himself in court.