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Petitioning Representative Gary Peters 2 and 2 others

Tell Obama: It's Not Okay To Kill U.S. Citizens Without Trial

Barack Obama campaigned on a platform that called for restoring the rule of law. Since taking office, however, he has ordered the U.S. government to kill its own citizens when they travel abroad, without even bothering to first charge them with a crime. That isn't restoring the rule of law -- that's eviscerating it.

Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen living in Yemen, is one man we know has been targeted for an extrajudicial killing. In December, Obama ordered air strikes to take him out. Though unsuccessful, the strikes -- using cluster bombs banned by nearly ever other country -- did kill more than 41 innocent civilians, according to Amnesty International, including 14 women and 21 children. Others may also be targeted, but the Obama administration has refused to disclose the list of Americans it believes deserve to die without a trial.

As Obama is fond of saying, "This is America," where citizens accused of crimes are supposed to be guaranteed the right to be judged by a jury of their peers -- not to be extrajudicially murdered by their elected leaders. And since this is America, it is time we quit passively accepting violations of our liberties and let the White House and congressional leaders know we do not appreciate having to check our Constitutional rights at the border.

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