Yesterday, the world found out what we conservatives have long known about Obama, he is a lawless despot who holds our Constitution and our rights as citizens in complete contempt.
The revelation by Michael Issikoff of the existence of a Department of Justice finding that the President has the power to order the assassination of an American citizen by drone attack if they are SUSPECTED of being a high-ranking leader in al Qaeda or an "associated group," even if they are not engaged in any active plot to commit an act of terror against the U.S. shows just how far down the path of lawlessness this President has led us.
Am I the only one who remembers leaders of the Democrat Party, anti-war protesters, and members of the MSM lashing out in high dudgeon--in paroxysms of self-righteous outrage--over findings by the G.W. Bush Department of Justice that water-boarding was not torture? Does anyone remember the speeches, the editorials, the members of the Democrat Leadership standing in the well of the House and on the floor of the Senate calling for investigations of President Bush? Does anyone recall the demands for impeachment, just because known terrorists were water-boarded?
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.
Where are the hoards of angry protesters marching on the steps of the Capitol? Where is the press coverage of the Cindy Sheehans, the 24-hour a day bombast by the talking heads railing against the President for violating the constitution?
I guess for liberals, foreigners captured on foreign soil actively engaged in plotting acts of terror and killing Americans have more rights than American citizens who are not even suspected of committing any crime.
We are on the cusp of (some would say we are already in the throes of) becoming a dictatorship. We began down this road with the "War on Drugs" which led to the first real abridgements to our Constitutional protections with "no-knock" entry by police based solely on the unsubstantiated assertions of informants or even the claim by police that they had "detected the odor of drugs. Later we saw the expansion of wire taps under the auspices of FISA with a post facto judicial approval.
Then 9-ll happened and our government hit the accelerator with the Patriot Act, George Bush's brutal violation of our Constitution, first implemented to aid in finding and killing terrorist. Then came the establishment--largely at the behest of Democrats, but later enthusiastically supported by Republicans--of a huge new bureaucracy charged with policing our nation, the Department of Homeland Security and it's (largely under-trained) 47,000 person adjunct police force of thuggery and oppression, the Transportation Security Administration (yes, I know I am beginning to sound like Alex Jones or one of the other conspiracy theorists, but what is, is what is).
President Obama, with the willing participation of a majority in Congress, followed this with the National Defense Authorization Act, the most far-reaching intrusion into our individual rights and abridgement of constitutional protections yet witnessed by the American citizens since FDR imprisoned Japanese Americans, and possibly since Lincoln suspended the right of habeus corpus. The NDAA greatly expanded the power of the government to investigate, wire-tap, and detain American citizens without the protections we all have come to expect.
Gone was due process, gone was judicial review, gone were the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment protections against unreasonable (and unwarranted) searches and seizures, deprivation of life, liberty, and property without due process, the right to speedy trial, the right to be confronted by witnesses against us. Gone was habeus corpus.
In their place was the presumed good will of the state and all it's well intentioned nameless bureaucrats. With the NDAA, our government has replaced "of the people, by the people and for the people" with "trust us, we're the government."
That was followed by recent revelations of a $2 Billion NSA "Data Collection Center" which will house within it's 2 million square feet the capability to monitor all data transmissions (including cell-phone calls, computer postings, business transactions--all computer based activities) within the United States (we have been assured that there will be no monitoring of American citizens--"trust us, we're the government").
Now, President Obama has taken this path to it's natural conclusion, the unwarranted, unconstitutional assassination of American citizens SUSPECTED of being part of some nebulous organization OR ITS ASSOCIATES--NO CHARGES NEED BY FILED, NO INTELLIGENCE OR EVIDENCE REQUIRED--merely a finding by the President or his surrogates in the CIA and NSA that said person is suspected of being involved in potential threats.
Gone also is the word "imminent;" redefined to give it "broader" conceptual meaning. One in which the requirement of having actionable intelligence has been removed.
Lest the reader think I am in sympathy with terrorists, or have the desire to protect them, let me divest you of that misconception now. I am all in favor of killing the rat-bastards wherever they are, but I do believe that, no matter how distasteful he or she may be, we MUST protect the constitutional rights of EVERY citizen.
I believe in and support rendition, enhanced interrogation, and, on occasion, even assassination OF FOREIGN NATIONALS engaged in acts of terror or military actions against Americans and American interests abroad, but American citizens must retain their rights under our Constitution, or ultimately we all become subject to the same abridgements.
How long will it be before this same President--the President who views our Constitution as an impediment--decides to direct his Department of Justice to issue a finding that American citizens suspected of terrorist activities ON AMERICAN SOIL should be subject to the same treatment.
Who will define "terrorist activities?" Will they include only violence, or will they include anything considered by this administration to be "seditious?" Will members of so-called "militia" groups be targeted? How about bloggers and those who express opinions contrary to those approved by this administration?
We have not just started down a "slippery-slope," we are well down one by now and we are rapidly approaching the point of no return.
Where is the skepticism of the Church Committee? Where is the suspicion of "Big Brother" (or "Big Sister" in Obama's Administration)? Where is the ACLU and where are all those peace protesters who have plagued every Republican Administration from Nixon to Reagan, through George W. Bush? Where are the sit-ins, the riots, the mass protests? Where are all of those Occupy Wall Street protestors?
. . . and even more disturbing that the absence of all of those liberal hypocrites who felt such outrage over the policies of Bush, WHERE ARE THE REPBULICANS? Where are the defenders of our Constitution?
Maybe I am the only one left who sees the abject danger that this massive revelation of lawlessness within the Obama Administration. Maybe I am the only one who sees the eventual outcome should this gross abridgement of our Constitution go unchallenged.
Is it paranoia or is it truly the slippery slope?
- War on Drugs with it's no-knock entry
- Warrant-less wiretapping under FISA
- The 2008 relaxation of FISA restrictions
- The Patriot Act
- The Department of Homeland Security
- The National Defense Authorization Act
- The NSA's $2 Billion "Data Collection Center" in Utah
- The major push for an expansion of "gun-control" legislation
- Drone attacks against American citizens based on a "suspicion"
I'm beginning to wonder if all those "preppers," and conspiracy theory hawkers haven't been more rational than those of us who have been ridiculing them. I'm not ready to start digging a bomb shelter yet, and I retain some faith in our system, but the brazenness with which this President is flouting our Constitution and seeking through Executive Orders and DOJ "Findings" to curtail, subsume, and subvert our Bill of Rights protections has me wondering just when those in his own party will stop covering for him and truly begin to question his actions.
The atmosphere of hypocrisy within the Democrat Party and the MSM is becoming stifling.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!