“One human in a room full of zombies. ”
“I would have stood up and started clapping if I was there. seriously. That woman probably doesn’t even realize “on behalf” how many people she spoke for. Utmost respect for that woman.”
John O. Brennan (born September 22, 1955) is chief counterterrorism advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama; officially his title is Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Assistant to the President. His responsibilities include overseeing plans to protect the country from terrorism and respond to natural disasters, and he meets with the President daily. Previously, he advised Obama on foreign policy and intelligence issues during the 2008 presidential campaign and transition. Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the CIA in the new Obama administration over concerns about his views regarding the CIA under President George W. Bush. Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.
Mr. Obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war and torture, and then insisted on approving every new name on an expanding “kill list,” poring over terrorist suspects’ biographies on what one official calls the macabre “baseball cards” of an unconventional war. When a rare opportunity for a drone strike at a top terrorist arises — but his family is with him — it is the president who has reserved to himself the final moral calculation. “He is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go,” said Thomas E. Donilon, his national security adviser.
via NYTimes | Secret ‘Kill List’
I strongly disapprove of my country killing people by remote control without due process. It is a cruel and unusual punishment without a fair trial. The use of drones in this way violates our Constitution. We are murdering innocent people.
As Americans they were entitled to Rights to a Fair trial under Amendment VI of the Constitution. That trial to be speedy, public. Amendment VIII reminds that “nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” I think being offed by an Obama drone is pretty cruel and unusual but a bit more permanent. – Link
Obama took this oath twice, because the first time it was done, a word was misplaced:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
As Sting said years ago, “Murder is the sport of the elected.” Taking this oath and then violating the Constitution by killing people with drones is even lamer than AT&T throttling my unlimited data plan and justifying it by claiming that slowing it down to the point where it just barely works is not the same as limiting it.
Just curious, did John O. Brennan swear an oath to the Constitution as well?