On October 14, two weeks after killing U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and U.S. citizen Samir Khan, the U.S. killed a third U.S. citizen in Yemen with a drone attack, Awlaki's 16-year- old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, along with his 17-year-old cousin and seven other people. The U.S. initially claimed that he was 21 years old and an Al Qaeda fighter, but a birth certificate published by the Washington Post proves that he was born only 16 years ago, in Denver, Colorado.
The boy's grandfather said that Abdulrahman and his cousin were at a barbecue and preparing to eat when the U.S. attacked them by air and ended their lives.
Lyndon LaRouche said that Obama is using Hitler methods, and that this pattern of assassinations poses the question as to whether he is criminally insane.
In a column published at Salon.com entitled "The Killing of Awlaki's 16-year-old son," Glenn Greenwald writes the following:
"So here we have yet again one of the most consequential acts a government can take — killing one of its own citizens, in this case a teenage boy — and the government refuses even to talk about what it did, why it did it, what its justification is, what evidence it possesses, or what principles it has embraced in general for such actions. Indeed, it refuses even to admit it did this, since it refuses even to admit that it has a drone program at all and that it is engaged in military action in Yemen.
"You can offer the ability to citizens to choose from one of the two parties and elect their leaders as much as you want. But 'democracy' is an illusion — a sham — if the most significant acts taken by those leaders are kept concealed from the citizenry. The Obama administration is just off waging a secret war in Yemen, killing its own citizens from the sky, and refusing to account to anyone for what its doing. If you accept that level of secrecy, what don't you accept?... Literally, the U.S. government is just continuously killing people in multiple countries around the world. Who else does that? Nobody — certainly nowhere near on this scale. The U.S. President expressly claims the power to target anyone he wants, anywhere in the world, for death, including his own citizens; he does it in total secrecy and with no oversight; and this power is not just asserted but routinely exercised. The U.S., over and over, eradicates peoples lives by the dozens from the sky, with bombs, with checkpoint shootings, with night raids in far more places and far more frequently than any other nation or group on the planet. Those are just facts."