For the 8 years that GW was prez we heard almost daily from the Dems that they wanted more transparency for the administration…..and now that Obama is prez we hear almost daily from the Repubs that they want more transparency from the administration…..well you asked for it….you got it!
I am talking about all the hoopla running through the Beltway about the use of drones…….the deal is that the US is targeting Americans and killing them without due process…….you may say what a mess this is and should be subjected to the hearing process……are kidding? Have you not been paying attention to the most recent hearings….they are jokes! The sole purpose is to generate sound bites and talking points…..period! Congressional hearings are a colossal waste of time and money…..they are for show not anything else!
Just what brought on all this “fake” concern?
(Newser) – It is legal for the American government to order the killing of an American citizen if a “high-level” official decides that the person is a senior member of al-Qaeda or an associated group who poses “an imminent threat of violent attack” against the US, according to a Justice Department document obtained by NBC News. The memo—which has a broad definition of “imminent”—is not the same one used to justify the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, but the legal reasoning appears very similar, reports the New York Times.
An ACLU director describes the memo as “chilling.” At its heart, “it argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of an American citizen,” he says. “It recognizes some limits on the authority it sets out, but the limits are elastic and vaguely defined, and it’s easy to see how they could be manipulated.” A bipartisan group of 11 senators wrote to President Obama yesterday urging him to release documents explaining his “authority to deliberately kill American citizens” in drone strikes or other counter-terror operations, Politico reports, and the issue is expected to play a key role in the confirmation hearing of counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan as CIA director.
But let us be real for a change…..this is nothing new….Americans that have been on the wrong side of movements have always been targets…..COINTELPRO comes to mind…..okay there may be NO document evidence that anyone was killed but there is evidence that smear campaigns and such were employ by our government against people that did not agree with the direction of the country…..so it was an easy step to move up to killing those who do not agree with you…….
All this fake outrage……it is only outrage as long as it can drive the story…….these people that are outraged are hypocrites…….the country that everyone defends almost blindly has been using this technique for decades……Israel. They target people, families, friends, acquaintances, etc and they do not let civilians change the course of their assassinations……..
You bitched about the lack of transparency from at least two presidents and now you have it…..HAPPY?