During this years Super Bowl in America, a US car manufacturer showcased their latest television advert. But they made the terrible mistake of showing a Muslim woman on TV.
The advert is set to the tune of the traditional folk song ‘This Land is Your Land’, and shows various landscapes from across America and the World. Everything was fine until the advert suddenly shows the smiling face of a women with a headscarf.
This was too much for some Americans who quickly turned to twitter and Youtube to post their disgust at having being subjected to a Muslim without warning. Only a few weeks after a million people marched in Paris during a ‘free speech’ rally, some Americans are demanding that Muslims be completely removed from sight.
American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.
The role of the president in ordering or ratifying a decision to target a citizen is fuzzy. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to discuss anything about the process.