Anwar al-Awlaki Might Really be Dead


Note that there is very little in the way of skepticism in this initial piece; some journalistic professionalism might slip into future articles.

Is he really dead? Is the defense ministry of Yemen a reliable source? When they say "implicated" does that mean that he's under indictment, under suspicion, or under some other sort of general umbrella of concern?

If al-Awlaki is truly a dangerous terrorist, I have no problem with him being dead. Hopefully, when the government and the media get around to establishing these facts, they'll remember the rule of law and apply the same sort of standards to al-Awlaki that they have applied to other terrorists, both proven and unproven. There's nothing wrong with questioning whether everyone got it right in this case.