Boiling frogs

I wonder if they still hate us for our freedom? Oh, that’s right — we don’t have those anymore:

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.

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, 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.

As we’ve seen, these principles are often extended to include all kinds of definitions citizens would be astounded to know. For instance: Would this include hackers? Bet it will eventually…

4 Responses to Boiling frogs

  1. imhotep February 5, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    As they say “timing is everything.” John Brennan is about to be grilled by the Senate in his confirmation hearing to become the Director of the CIA. Brennan has stated that the drone program should be taken away from the CIA and put into the hands of the Defense Department where it belongs. So the release of this memo at this time by the administrations favorite news outlet makes sense…………………….Speaking of the CIA and knowing that some here are interested in both the JFK and RFK assassinations, some recent research turned up this tidbit: George Joannides. Go to:

  2. Alek Hidell February 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    And you voted for that, Suzie. Remember that. You. voted. for. it.

  3. lless February 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Okay smart Alek, so you and I didn’t. Exactly how does that change this equation?

  4. Ron February 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Hacker, terrorist, tinker, plumber . . . The point is without trial or evidence of wrong doing, the assassinated could be anybody for any reason. Well, almost anyone. I’ll wager not one Hedge Fund manager gets a Hellfire missile up the tail pipe.

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