I Don’t Like These Drones

NBC news recently got a hold of a U.S. Justice Department memo revealing that the U.S. government feels it’s allowed to kill American citizens, without trial, without due process, secretly and without oversight.  They use a drone and bomb you from above.  You’ll never even see it coming.

“A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.”

NBC News

Incredible.  Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it does.

The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the  September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.

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I’ve never liked President Obama.  He’s just like President Bush, but worse.  All I see are wars, bailouts, deficits, and the erosion of our civil liberties.  So he stood up for gay rights?  That’s nice, but that doesn’t excuse all of these other things.  Of course he’s supposed to stand up for the minority and protect their rights from the majority.  He doesn’t deserve praise for doing what he’s supposed to be doing anyway.

With things like the Patriot Act and the NDAA, it’s been obvious to anyone following the issues that eventually the government would start abusing their newfound powers and start killing people without trial.

For all of his liberal positions on the environment, taxes and health care, President Barack Obama is a hawk when it comes to the war on terror.

From deadly drones to secret interrogations to withholding evidence in terror lawsuits, Obama’s Democratic White House has followed the path of his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush. The U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, remains open, despite Obama’s pledge to close it, and his administration has pursued leaks of classified information to reporters even more aggressively than Bush’s.

The Associated Press

And who is President Obama appointing as the head of the CIA?  John Brennan, a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with waterboarding.   Fantastic.

Politics just makes me sick.  Everyone’s screaming about a little gun regulation, “Ain’t nobody takin’ my assault rifle, dammit!”, but there’s absolutely no outrage over drone murders, spying on our internet activity, listening into our phone calls, hacking our email accounts, torture, or indefinite detentions without trial of our own citizens.  None of that seems to be a problem.

The Fourth Amendment in our Bill of Rights states explicitly:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

The Six Amendment states that we have a right to a trial by jury, and our crimes must be openly be presented and examined,

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

The Eighth Amendment protects us from any forms of torture, period.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

John Brennan says waterboarding is “reprehensible” but will use it if has to.  Sorry, but that’s unconstitutional!  Spying on us, whether it be listening into our phone calls, reading our emails, or monitoring our web activity without a warrant, is unconstitutional!  To murder any citizen with drones, or detain them in any prison, anywhere, without a proper trial is unconstitutional!

They say U.S. Constitution is the ultimate law of the land.  How come they pay it so little mind?

In this next video, I agree with Lawrence Krauss that the government should not have the ability to kill its own citizens based on vague guidelines.

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