Lindsey Graham of South Carolina Just Gave Twitterbombing a New Meaning

U.S. Senator wants American-born Al Qaeda spokesman killed ‘without hesitation’

Lindsey Graham of South Carolina Just Gave Twitterbombing a New Meaning Lindsey Graham of South Carolina Just Gave Twitterbombing a New Meaning

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Lindsey Graham of South Carolina Just Gave Twitterbombing a New Meaning

U.S. Senator wants American-born Al Qaeda spokesman killed ‘without hesitation’

South Carolina’s senior Republican U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham, unleashed a string of Tweets today in which he advocated for the killing of an American citizen working as an Al Qaeda operative.

“Even though Adam Gadahn is an American citizen, he should BE subject to being killed or captured by our military and intelligence forces,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Tweeted at 10:56 a.m., Aug. 19. He followed it up by saying, “The use of lethal force against American-citizen Al-Qaeda leader Adam Gadahn is appropriate and should be utilized without hesitation.”

Graham was talking about the U.S.-born Al Qaeda spokesman who has called for an attack on U.S. ambassadors and American diplomats across the world. Gadahn has released a 30-minute video in which he also danced on the grave of former U.S Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens who was slaughtered there in September. Gadahn was raised in California and is an Islamic convert, according to CNN. There is currently a bounty of up to $1 million on his head, according to the National Counterterrorism Center. Graham, a full-throated supporter of the U.S. government’s drone program, has called for increased uses of unmanned aircraft. In the the event Gadahn isn’t blown to bits, Graham said the operative shouldn’t be treated as a common criminal if brought in by the United States.

“If captured, Gadahn should NOT be read his Miranda rights but held as an enemy combatant under the Law of War for intelligence gathering,” Graham said.

Lindsey Graham is known to clown around on Twitter. Like the time he joked how if John McCain didn’t make it back alive from from a trip to Syria Graham had dibs on his office. But he wasn’t kidding today.

As the Washington, D.C. newspaper Roll Call pointed out, Graham’s statements “are consistent with years’ worth of positions on this issue” and he has “long maintained that reading Miranda rights to terrorists is ‘counterproductive’ and more recently called for for the Boston bombing suspect — who is a naturalized citizen — to be detained without being read his rights.”

Whether an American citizen gives up his or her Constitutional rights by joining a terrorist network like Al Qaeda is a question “two U.S. administrations have failed to clearly answer,” according to Intercepts, a blog of Defense News.

In March, National Journal reported that no American citizens were on the U.S. government’s so-called “kill list,” citing the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

“The White House has wrapped its kill list in secrecy and already the United States has killed four Americans in drone strikes. Only one of them, senior al-Qaida operative Anwar al-Awlaki, was the intended target, according to U.S. officials,” the Journal wrote at the time. “The others—including Awlaki’s teenage son—were collateral damage, killed because they were too near a person being targeted.”

It remains to be seen whether Adam Gadahn’s name has yet made the list.

Graham, who is up for re-election next year in South Carolina, faces a troika of announced primary GOP challengers. Lee Bright is a far right-wing member of the state Senate from the conservative Upstate region who chaired Michele Bachmann’s state campaign for president; Nancy Mace is a Lowcountry political, media and web consultant who supported Ron Paul for president and was the first woman to graduate from the Citadel; Richard Cash is a socially conservative activist and corporate computer analyst.

Neither candidate has yet appeared to have any rapid response to Graham’s position, though an aide to Bright indicated in an email it’s something he plans to address eventually.