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Thursday, January 28 2010 - Other Important News
Presidential assassinations of U.S. citizens
By the way, take note: This is in the "current events" category, not yesterday's "evil Bushies history" or even last century's "nasty Clintons era" ...
So after reading this, can we finally drop the false right/left, liberal/conservative, 'have faith in Obama's Change'/'Obama's destroying the country' paradigm nonsense and come together as a people of resistance? Surely we can agree, at the very least, that 'our' US government is NOT authorized by its citizens to assassinate people?!!
By Glenn Greenwald
(updated below - Update II)
The Washington Post's Dana Priest today reports that "U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people." That's no surprise, of course, as Yemen is now another predominantly Muslim country (along with Somalia and Pakistan) in which our military is secretly involved to some unknown degree in combat operations without any declaration of war, without any public debate, and arguably (though not clearly) without any Congressional authorization. The exact role played by the U.S. in the late-December missile attacks in Yemen, which killed numerous civilians, is still unknown.
But buried in Priest's article is her revelation that American citizens are now being placed on a secret "hit list" of people whom the President has personally authorized to be killed:
Indeed, Aulaqi was clearly one of the prime targets of the late-December missile strikes in Yemen, as anonymous officials excitedly announced -- falsely, as it turns out -- that he was killed in one of those strikes.
Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose "a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." They're entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations. Amazingly, the Bush administration's policy of merely imprisoning foreign nationals (along with a couple of American citizens) without charges -- based solely on the President's claim that they were Terrorists -- produced intense controversy for years. That, one will recall, was a grave assault on the Constitution. Shouldn't Obama's policy of ordering American citizens assassinated without any due process or checks of any kind -- not imprisoned, but killed -- produce at least as much controversy?
Please read the rest,, and watch for Greenwald's ongoing updates, at the source: Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2010/01/27/yemen/index.html
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