Drones & Obama’s targeting of innocents
- The cute one in the middle? Dead. (Picked the wrong father, according to Team Obama.)
As always, for real intelligent conversation, look no further than Up With Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Today the topic was Obama’s use of drones.
On the other side, we have “Obamabots” who will truly support the POTUS seemingly no matter what he does or says. This is a real post: Why I like drones… There is even a podcast to drive the point home: Emo Progressives Drone On and On… You can find even more drone-scusing by Obamabots here.
Al-Awlaki’s father sued to try to stop the government from killing his son, arguing he had to be afforded the constitutional right to due process. But U.S. District Judge John Bates in Washington refused to intervene in al-Awlaki’s case because he said the courts do not have the authority to review the president’s military decisions.
Holder pointed out that decision in his speech. “The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process,” Holder said. – The Guardian
Two weeks after the U.S. killed American citizen Anwar Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen — far from any battlefield and with no due process — it did the same to his 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, ending the teenager’s life on Friday along with his 17-year-old cousin and seven other people. News reports, based on government sources, originally claimed that Awlaki’s son was 21 years old and an Al Qaeda fighter (needless to say, as Terrorist often means: “anyone killed by the U.S.”), but a birth certificate published by The Washington Post proved that he was born only 16 years ago in Denver. As The New Yorker‘s Amy Davidson wrote: “Looking at his birth certificate, one wonders what those assertions say either about the the quality of the government’s evidence — or the honesty of its claims — and about our own capacity for self-deception.” The boy’s grandfather said that he and his cousin were at a barbecue and preparing to eat when the U.S. attacked them by air and ended their lives.
- Julian Assange Bill Maher Interview: WikiLeaks Founder Slams Drones, Targeted Killings (huffingtonpost.com)
- Obama Gives Himself Permission To Kill (thedailysheeple.com)
- Holder: It’s ‘Legal’ to Drone Strike Americans (dprogram.net)
- Obama’s Drone Attack on Your Due Process – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- Graham defends Obama on drones (politico.com)