There will be no trial. No due process.
No jury, no attorneys and no questions asked.
The “fundamental transformation” of America continues as Obama has vested in himself, the role of Judge, Jury and Executioner in Chief.
Today, the Dictator will “allow” Members of Congress a peek at HIS drone strategy because, John Brennan will go through his CIA confirmation hearing today as well. It’s an attempt to placate and he won’t be held to it.
The droning of al Awlaki was a trial balloon.
Now, according to a 16 page “leaked” memo, the president of the United States has the authority to kill those he believes to be an al Qaeda leader or affiliate leader in a foreign country.
“…the condition that an operation leader present an “imminent” threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future. Given the nature of, for example, the terrorist attacks on September 11, in which civilian airliners were hijacked to strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, this definition of imminence, which would require the United States to refrain from action until preparations for an attack are concluded, would not allow the United States sufficient time to defend itself.”
According to the above excerpt from the memo, an “imminent” threat does not even have to mean…Imminent.
Given that, does an al Qaeda “leader” mean a leader?
And what, exactly, is an “affiliate” officially?
The problem is, any…ANY president will hold the power of defining “imminent” and “leader” and “affiliate” as well as judging the intent, proximity and anything else including when to push the button to drone the offending party out of existence.
Obama and his henchman, Holder, have taken it upon themselves, sans consent of congress, to invest such immense and easily corrupted power in Obama but, don’t call him a Dictator.
The HELL I won’t.
Who BUT a Dictator would entrust HIMSELF with such an overreach of the Constitution?
Who BUT a Dictator would feel emboldened enough to decide without trial, jury or due process which citizens live or die?
Who BUT a DICTATOR would feel absolute power was his?
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The memo outline 3 standards for the killing of an American citizen…Imminent threat which, as we know, doesn’t mean imminent. Engaged in terrorist activity and unable to be captured.
It should be NOTED HERE that these are NOT…I repeat…NOT regarded as “minimal legal requirements” for launching a lethal attack on an American Citizen. THERE ARE NO “MINIMAL LEGAL REQUIREMENTS.” None…None at all.
So…Imminent threat can mean whatever the Dictator deems it to be…Terrorist activity can be deemed whatever the Dictator deems IT is and cannot be captured means…Whatever the Dictator claims it is.
But the memo goes even deeper than this.
The memo also opens wide the door for the Dictator to engage troops…Boots on the ground and Intell, Special Ops…for the purpose of…
WITHOUT THE ADVICE OR CONSENT OF CONGRESS.
The Supreme Court has already rules that no president has the authority to name an American citizen as an enemy combatant for the purpose of incarceration so it’s seems a certainty that such measures, as outlined in the memo in question, would also be held unconstitutional.
It also follows that should a president have no use for the courts and due process, the same president would have no use for the Supreme Court or the Constitution.
Yesterday, it was al Awlaki, and Samir Khan on a Yemeni highway.
Then it was an American Teenager in Yeman who had NO connection to terrorism and was droned anyway.
Today, it’s any U.S. citizen on foreign soil who meets the criteria as defined by 1 man.
Tomorrow…Who will it be tomorrow and…Where?
Congressman Mike Doyle, a socialist from PA stated back in 2011: “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
He was talking about the Republicans in the house.
The Vice Dictator said: “They have acted like terrorists.”
Biden was upset over the Republicans during the debt ceiling debate.
In a report entitled: “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008,” complied by the University of Maryland with $12 MILLION DOLLARS of funding from Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security…the 1993 Trade Center bombing was not mentioned even ONCE however…
Those…- Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack…Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)…People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty); Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”…Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”…People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty” and People opposed to abortion…
WERE ALL LABELED AS…
And who can forget that the same Dictator who said of Conservatives, “…it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion…” is the exact same Dictator who just gave 20 F-16’s and 200 tanks to those who cling to their guns and Korans.
So…What will happen to the denoted “terrorists” on the list above?
Perhaps the better question is…What will become of those on the list above who the government is unable to capture and hold indefinitely without charges or trial?
We were told that Obama was not a tax.
We were told nobody making less than $250,000 would have THEIR taxes hiked.
That too was a lie.
We were told that the Dream Act couldn’t be initiated without congress.
We were told this would be THE most transparent administration ever.
Only those Americans deemed to be terrorists on FOREIGN soil will be droned.
The socialist ilk will label me a “fear monger” for this article but they would be droned wrong for doing so.
I am not a “fear monger” rather, I am a REALITY Monger as this is the world in which we now live and the questions about it we MUST ask.
Our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, have always set us apart from the world’s despots and kept the exact sort of ultimate power exhibited by those we see overthrown in coups from being vested in any one man here.
This is no longer the case.
Yes, we’re talking about terrorists here. They want US dead even though they are American citizens and THAT does indeed make THEM the enemy but…
Did CONGRESS give this power to the Dictator? NO. Does CONGRESS have oversight on the decisions to drone these American citizens? NO. Are there ANY checks and balances? NO.
Today, our Dictator becomes the Despot by vesting in himself the very powers we, as a nation, have stood fought against since 1776…The ultimate power of life or death regarding an American citizen will rest with ONE person.
Regardless of party affiliation…Regardless of good intentions…Regardless of the vile nature of the target…Such power over life and death of any U.S. citizen despite their ideology, plans, actions or anti-American beliefs is far, FAR too much power for ANY one man and ONLY a Despot would entertain the idea OF it.
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