Today's entry in the ongoing procession of WTF moments that is the Obama administration: A leaked Justice Department memo justifies the use of drones to kill US citizens anywhere, any place, any time just because we can't be troubled to catch them. So no due process, no presumption of innocence, no right to confront your accusers, no fair trial by a jury of your peers, just a Hellfire missile returning you to your component molecules.
Troubling? Yer damn right it is troubling. There is no more dangerous and scary use of state power than the execution of one of its citizens. This set up also has no oversight outside the Executive Branch. I have long supported the use of drones to kill terrorists overseas, and still do. But this is a pretty huge stretch and it seems to be driven by a giant steaming bowl of hypocrisy and gutlessness. Ask yourself why drone killings are all the rage now. Maybe it's because we no longer catch and interrogate terrorists because that is too messy. We were told that Gitmo was the perfect example of what was wrong with America and our "war on terror". Let's hear from our next CIA Director.
"Tactics such as waterboarding were not in keeping with our values as Americans, and these practices have been rightly terminated and should not and will not happen again," Brennan said in an August 2009 speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. But Brennan's previous public statements suggest he may have felt the program was both necessary, and useful, at the time.
But back when we were actually using waterboarding and other tactics to gain valuable intel, like finding bin Laden, Brennan didn't say a damn thing.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Brennan, now President Barack Obama's nominee to be CIA director, sat quietly around a conference table at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., during briefings about the capture and waterboarding of key al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah.
Former and current U.S. intelligence officials who were part of those briefings say Brennan, then deputy executive director of the CIA's administrative arm, did not raise objections to the interrogation practices in those forums.
So let me recap this for you. Obama team says yes to extrajudicial killings of US citizens, but no to pouring water on foreign terrorists. If anyone on Earth can square that circle please let me know.