Why should we be concerned with the government killing of a terrorist operative? Because we only have the government's word that he was so.
In this Salon article, the topic is discussed a little more fully than my brief bullet in today's BI. Whatever else he was, Awlaki was an American citizen and entitled to due process of law and NOT to be murdered by the CIA. If he was a terrorist, then put forth the evidence in a court of law. The Obama administration chose not to do that. In fact, they even went so far as to classify all evidence against him as a "state secret" so it couldn't be revealed when Awlaki's father tried to get a court order to prevent the assassination of his son.
If American soldiers had killed Awlaki on the field of battle with an AK-47 in his hands and Jihad on his lips then it would be a completely different story. I'd give my nod of approval and hoist my coffee cup in tribute to our lads in uniform.
But they didn't. A CIA dronestrike murdered him.
Here's where I call the Democrats and liberals out for their hypocrisy. You liberal pieces of filth ranted and raved and pulled out your hair in clumps when Bush eavesdropped on American citizens without due process. But yet you applaud when that lunatic usurper Obama orders the assassination of an American citizen without due process.
This is why I don't think we're ever going to be able to put this country back on the right track without bloody revolution. Constitutionalists play by the rules and the liberals and socialists don't. Those scumbags go with whichever way the wind blows and have no moral compass at all to guide them. They'll stop at nothing. At some future point, our children or grandchildren will be left with this mess and they're going to have to actually pick up rifles (or sticks and clubs by that point) and sort it out.