It just keeps getting better (more bizarre and frightening).
Yesterday the Washington Examiner reported that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder believes:
“It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,”Folks, he's talking about using drones to attack American citizens on our own soil . . . think about that . . . a United States Attorney General contemplating the possibility, however remotely he may posit it, of an American President authorizing the use of U.S. military drones to attack an American citizen.
In December of 2011, Congress and the President authorized the new National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 which included, the authority to detain, without recourse, any American citizen believed to be "a terrorist or member of a group affiliated with terrorism." We're talking indefinite detention without trial, or formal judicial hearing--no judge, no habeus corpus.
Then in February of this year, you may recall, our Department of Justice issued a finding that drone-strikes against American citizens on foreign soil were legal:
". . . the U.S. gvernment 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."So now, the other shoe has fallen . . . the shoe that I predicted would fall when I posted my commentary in February, asking:
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.I don't care how "extraordinary" the circumstances are in which Holder and the President may find under which they would authorize such attacks, it is the mere contemplation of the possibility that disturbs me--and should frighten the willies out of you and every law-abiding citizen who disagrees openly with the Obama Administration.
This is just another item to add to the growing list I posted yesterday. A list which, increasingly, begins to look like a preparation for war against American citizens.
Alone none of these events is indicative of a government out of control. It's not any individual decision, but the pattern of decisions that is worrying.
- The early description, by the DHS under Janet Napolitiano, of fundamentalist Christians, patriot groups and "right-wing" groups as potential terrorists, the identification of veterans as potential threats.
- The suspension of constitutional protections for citizens "suspected" of being terrorists or associated with terrorist organizations, indefinite incarceration of suspected terrorists or those "affiliated" with terrorists--both under the aegis of the NDAA.
- Unusually large ammunition and arms purchases, repurposed military armored vehicles
- Multiple legal findings supporting drone attacks on American citizens abroad, domestic drone surveillance, signal intercepts and internet monitoring.
- Legal opinion from the AG that envisions drone attacks on domestic targets.
This is not the America I grew up in and these broad and expansive powers for the DHS exceed even those of the FBI during it's most controversial days under J. Edgar Hoover.
Without any evidence of domestic terrorism or even any discernible probable threat of foreign terrorism on our shores, these actions seem extreme. These are not the actions of a benevolent, benign government, they are frighteningly similar to the actions of the old Eastern bloc government during the cold war.
Conspiracy? I don't know, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's unlikely to be a giraffe.
Vigilance truly is the price of liberty and American citizens should probably be paying a little closer attention to current events than they appear to be.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!