Thursday, February 07, 2013

Droning on, and on...

(Light posting ahead as a family celebration rises on the calendar.)

Neil has written the most concise, cogent response on the topic.

It is wrong for the President to have the power to use drones to kill American citizens without accountability to Congress and without judicial review. President Obama is asserting that he has this right.

It will be just a matter of time until the range of Americans we target with drones will expand. We will widen the definition of who poses a threat to American interests.

At the same time here at home, surveillance drones will watch and follow domestic political dissenters and evermore militarized police will be called upon to intimidate and repress lawful protests. Large defense contractors will gain from these actions abroad, and corporate interests will play a big part in defining our domestic “security” objectives.

These things will happen with the support of elected Republicans & Democrats.

These things will happen–as they are already starting to happen– unless we realize and understand the fact that the work of freedom is up to each of us.
One more thought as the confirmation hearings for the new CIA chief open today. What we, the public, are learning this week about drones, drone bases, drone assassinations, and the legal rationalizations behind the targeted killings is news that many of our corporate media outlets have known for a couple of years.

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