Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul told reporters at a press club lunch that they could be assassinated by their own government in the same way it targets Americans with ties to Al Qaeda
Paul was criticising President Obama for approving last week’s drone strikes against an American citizen in Yemen based on secret intelligence that linked him to failed terrorist attacks against the U.S.
American-born Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in the attack in what American officials said was a major blow to the organization.
Texas congressman Paul told the National Press Club luncheon if citizens do not protest the deaths, the country could start adding reporters to its list of threats that must be taken out.
He said: ‘Can you imagine being put on a list because you’re a threat? What’s going to happen when they come to the media?
‘What if the media becomes a threat? … This is the way this works. It’s incrementalism.
‘It’s slipping and sliding, let me tell you.’
Anwar al-Awlaki, the target of the U.S. drone attack, was one of the best-known Al Qaeda figures after Osama bin Laden.
American intelligence officials had linked him to two thwarted attacks on U.S.- bound planes, an airliner on Christmas 2009 and cargo planes last year.