Obama's Expanding Kill List
Prosecutors always expand laws far beyond their intent. Attorneys in civil cases do the same. For example, the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed in order to make it easier for the government to convict members of the Mafia. However, the law, despite its intent, was quickly expanded by prosecutors and attorneys and used in cases against pro-life activists, Catholic bishops, corporations accused of hiring illegal immigrants, and in divorce cases. "Junk bond king" Michael Milken, a person with no ties to organized crime, was threatened with indictment under the RICO Act. Prosecutors have found that the asset freeze provision in the Act is a convenient way to prevent a defendant from being able to pay attorneys and, therefore, makes it easier for prosecutors to coerce innocent defendants into a guilty plea.
We are now witnessing the expansion of Obama's Kill List. The list began under the Bush regime as a rationale for murdering suspect citizens of countries with which the US was not at war. The Obama regime expanded the scope of the list to include the execution, without due process of law, of US citizens accused, without evidence presented in court, of association with terrorism. The list quickly expanded to include the American teen-age son of a cleric accused of preaching jihad against the West. The son's "association" with terrorism apparently was his blood relationship to his father.
As Glenn Greenwald recently wrote, the power of government to imprison and to murder its citizens without due process of law is the certain mark of dictatorship. Dictatorship is government unconstrained by law. On February 10 the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Obama dictatorship now intends to expand the Kill List to include those accused of acting against foreign governments. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an "Algerian militant" accused of planning the January attack on an Algerian natural gas facility, has been chosen as the threat that is being used to expand Obama's Kill List to include participants in the internal disputes and civil wars of every country.
If the Obama regime is on the side of the government, as in Algeria, it will kill the rebels opposing the government. If the Obama regime is on the side of the rebels, as in Libya, it will kill the government's leaders. Whether Washington sends a drone to murder Putin and the president of China remains to be seen. But don't be surprised if Washington has targeted the president of Iran.
The elasticity of the Kill List and its easy expansion makes it certain that Washington will be involved in extra-judicial executions of those "associated with terrorism" over much of the world. Americans themselves should be alarmed, because the term "association with terrorism" is very elastic. Federal prosecutors have interpreted the term to include charitable contributions to Palestinians.
The next time former US Representative Cynthia McKinney gets on an aid ship to Palestine, will Washington give the green light to Israel to kill her as a terrorist agent for her association with aid to Gaza, ruled by the "terrorist organization," Hamas?
Already a year or two ago, the director of Homeland Security said that the federal police agency's focus had shifted from terrorists to "domestic extremists," another elastic and undefined term. A domestic extremist will be all who disagree with Washington. They also are headed for the Kill List.
Where is the government going with this? The most likely outcome is that everyone disliked or distrusted by those who have the power to add to the Kill List will find themselves on the list. The government can expand the Kill List beyond the original intent as easily as the RICO Act was expanded beyond its original intent.
As the Founding Fathers knew and the American people have forgot, no one is safe in a dictatorship.
Clearly, the American public lacks sufficient comprehension to remain a free people. All indications are that the large majority of Americans fear alleged terrorists in distant lands more than they fear their government's acquisition of dictatorial powers over them − powers that allow government to place itself above the law and to be unaccountable to law. This is despite the fact that 99.999% of all Americans will never, ever, experience any terrorism except that of their own government.
According to a recent poll of registered American voters, 75% approve of Washington's assassination of foreign citizens abroad based on suspicion that they might be terrorists, despite the fact that the vast majority of the Gitmo detainees, declared by the US government to be the most dangerous men on earth, turned out to be totally innocent. Only 13% of registered voters disapprove of the extra-judicial murders carried out by Washington against foreign citizens, whether based on wrong intelligence, hearsay, or actual deeds. (http://www.ahherald.com/newsbrief-mainmenu-2/monmouth-county-news/14849-public-says-its-illegal-to-target-americans-abroad-as-some-question-cia-drone-attacks)
Registered voters have a different view of the extra-judicial murder of US citizens. In what the rest of the world will see as further evidence of American double-standards, 48% believe it is illegal for Washington to murder US citizens without due process of law. However, 24% agree with the Obama regime that it is permissible for the government to murder its own citizens on accusation alone without trial and conviction of a capital crime. As The Onion put it, "24% of citizens were unequivocally in favor of being obliterated at any point, for any reason, in a massive airstrike." (http://www.theonion.com/articles/american-citizens-split-on-doj-memo-authorizing-go,31207/)
Are we to be reassured or alarmed that 24% of registered voters believe that the terrorist threat is so great that suspicion alone without evidence, trial, and conviction is sufficient for Washington to terminate US citizens? Should not we be disturbed that a quarter of registered voters, despite overwhelming evidence that Washington's wars are based on conscious lies − "weapons of mass destruction," "Al-Qaeda connections" − are still prepared to believe the government's claim that the person it just murdered was a terrorist? Why are so many Americans willing to believe a proven liar?
If we add up all the costs of the "war on terror," it is obvious that the costs are many magnitudes greater than the terror threat that the war is alleged to contain. If terrorists were really a threat to Americans, shopping centers and electric substations would be blowing up constantly. Airport security would be a sham, because terrorists would set off the bombs in the crowded lines waiting to clear security. Traffic would be continually tied up from roofing nails dispensed on all main roads in cities across the country for each rush hour. Water supplies would be poisoned. Police stations would be bombed and police officers routinely terminated on the streets. Instead, nothing has happened despite Washington's killing and displacement of huge numbers of Muslims in seven or eight countries over the past 11 years.
The cost of the "war on terror" is not merely the multi-trillion dollar financial bill documented by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes. The cost of Washington's wars is the main reason for the large national debt, the threat of which politicians are using to destroy the social safety net. This is a huge cost for a pointless war that pleases Israel and enriches the armament companies but does nothing for Americans.
The financial cost is huge, but how important is this cost compared to another cost–the domestic police state supported by a significant percentage of the population and a majority in Congress and the media? Is the war on terror worth the evisceration of the US Constitution? A war that costs us the Constitution means our total defeat.
The cost in human life has been enormous. Millions of Muslims have been killed, wounded, orphaned, and displaced, and entire countries have been destroyed as socio-political entities. Washington locked Iraq in sectarian murder. Libya has no government, just warring factions, and now Syria is in the process of being disintegrated. The prospects for people's lives in these countries have been ruined for years to come.
The cost in American lives has also been high. More than 400,000 American lives have been adversely affected by 11 years of pointless war. The deaths of 6,656 US troops, the 50,000 wounded, the 1,700 life-changing limb amputations, and the suicides (http://www.globalresearch.ca/record-numbers-of-us-military-and-veteran-suicides/5322544) are just the tip of the iceberg. Since the Bush-Obama wars began, 129,731 US troops have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. And now we learn from a new Congressional Research Service report that more than a quarter million of US troops have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury. Based on current diagnostic capability, three-fourths of the cases are classified as mild. (http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/02/cost-of-war/)
These lost, ruined and impaired lives affect also the lives of many others–spouses, children, parents, siblings, and those disheartened by their government's pointless wars who have to care for the damaged. There are many Americans who have been collaterally damaged by Washington's pointless wars.
Will Americans wake up in time? I wish I could answer, "yes," but I regret that Americans are an insouciant people. They are unaware. Americans are more concerned with sports events, sales, and which celebrities are sleeping together than they are with their liberty. Washington can create a police state, because there are insufficient citizens with the intelligence, education, and awareness to stop Washington.
Congress has accepted the police state and has given up too much of its power to the executive branch and is too beholden to the special interests that benefit from the police state to do anything about it. Congress is even content for the CIA or the Pentagon, perhaps both, to murder by robot innocent people on the Benthamite presumption that at some future time they might commit a terrorist act. Some US Senators want a cloak of legality for the murders and suggest a secret court to rubber-stamp Obama's Kill List. CIA nominee director John Brennan reportedly objected to a secret court on the grounds that not all drone murders are retaliation; some victims are murdered for what some executive branch official thinks they might do at some future time, and without evidence the court would have nothing objective to go by. (http://news.antiwar.com/2013/02/10/lawmakers-push-plans-to-advance-drone-strikes/)
The federal judiciary has proven to be almost as impotent. Federal judges did not ask federal prosecutors why, in violation of the whistleblower protection laws, they were prosecuting National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake for blowing the whistle on the NSA's illegal spying on US citizens instead of the officials who broke the law and committed felonies. Judges did not ask why CIA agent John Kiriakou was prosecuted for blowing the whistle on the torture program instead of those who committed crimes by authorizing and committing torture. (http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33894.htm)
The innocent and the truth-tellers were prosecuted. The criminals and the liars were not. The federal judges went along with the Justice (sic) Department's prosecutions of those who obeyed the law and did their duty and non-prosecution of criminals who clearly without any doubt violated the law, trampled upon the US Constitution, and committed felonies.
In a police state it is always the innocent who are the most heavily punished. In his history, The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn explains that in the prison camps, the Soviet equivalent to Guantanamo and the CIA's secret torture prisons, common criminals such as murderers, rapists, and robbers had a privileged position compared to the political prisoners who mistakenly thought that the Soviet Constitution meant something. It will be the same in Amerika.
The destruction of truth and the law in the US is the legacy of 9/11. Both conservatives and the left-wing have bought into the government's preposterous story that a few Saudi Arabians, unsupported by any government or intelligence agency, outwitted every institution of the National Security State and inflicted the most humiliating blow against a superpower in human history. They buy into this story despite unequivocal evidence that WTC building 7 came down at free fall speed, an event that can only occur as a result of controlled demolition.
But evidence and expert testimony no longer have authority in the US, which now has its own form of Lysenkoism.
Lysenko was a quack Soviet scientist, a charlatan who successfully persecuted Soviet geneticists for "setting themselves against Marxism" by not having a Marxist theory of genetics. Soviet geneticists were arrested and executed for being "against the people." Even the world famous Soviet geneticist, Nikolai Vavilov, was arrested and died in prison.
Americans don't know any more about physics and structural architecture and engineering than the Soviet population and Stalin knew about genetics. Today "Lysenkoism" is used as a metaphor to denote the corruption of science in behalf of a social, political, or ideological purpose.
Lysenko used lies to gain power, just as Ponzi scheme operators use lies to gain wealth. Power is an Aphrodisiac, and everyone in Washington wants it. All indications are that they have it.
This column was originally published at paulcraigroberts.org and is reprinted here with the author's permission. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service and Creators Syndicate and has had many university appointments.
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 02/13/13 03:13 PM
They couldn't let Dorner on the stand. It might have caused another riot. They can't let that happen until the whole country's ready to explode.
Posted by bmw2002tnt on 02/13/13 12:55 PM
where do you get those numbers Dr. Paul
--because many are awake now and now with this C. Dorner deal in Ca. with corrupt cops exposed everywhere in the manifesto he wrote--by the way on that not one corrupt cop will face prosecution. LAPD Long Beach PD and South Bay PD depts. are all known for their corruption all the way up to the stinking vile mess of the judges that are bought off buy the Prison Guard Unions, Police Unions etc etc
====as well if we got these corrupt cops to pay for their retirement and pay for their traffic tickets Cali might not be broke--fire them all Judges --DA's (In bed with the judges) --- Entire police depts---LA area residents that beleive that the cops are corrupt outnumber those that believe they are not -- it seems are better than 5 to 1---
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In what would seem to be another unconstitutional act - not to mention a bestial one - the LA police apparently incinerated Dorner. So much for due process ....
Posted by dave jr on 02/12/13 05:27 PM
Poll the American people if they would support a 'war an apathy'.
20% - absolutely not
10% - certainly
20% - undecided
50% - don't care
Posted by 1776 on 02/12/13 03:34 PM
Published on Dec 7, 2012
SAN DIEGO, CA -- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ran anti-terror drills in which civilians dressed as zombies were gunned down indiscriminately by soldiers and police. Detailed makeup was used as well as pyrotechnics. This exercise was coordinated by the HALO Corporation.
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Posted by 1776 on 02/12/13 02:56 PM
George Washington, in his farewell address, made very clear that he thought political parties (factionalism) could become the death knell of a Republic. He preferred to have every politician in competition with all the others, and defending their constituents. He declaimed against the rise of factionalism in the same way Eisenhower did the 'military-industrial complex'.
In part this was supposed to be held in check by the Senate, which was voted on by each State government, not by popular vote. The 17th Amendment changed the way Senators were elected, and the 16th Amendment gave Congress the power to tax incomes. Both changes have led to the leviathan we now have in Washington DC.
If we don't repeal these two Amendments then we need something else to let our States reassert their sovereignty as a check against Federal power. Otherwise we remain on the path toward dictatorship, just like the ancient Romans, and just like the Old Republic from 'Star Wars', which was based on what happened to the Romans.
Posted by daddy warbucks on 02/12/13 02:07 PM
... and to make the 'event' so horrible that it will incite the Masses to demand government do something.
The Sandy Hook Controversy - James Tracy on GRTV
February 6, 2013
By, James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
McKnight Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
University of Minnesota Duluth
Click to view link~jfetzer/
An Open Letter to FAU Faculty, Staff and Administration about Sandy Hook
I argue a three-man team entered the school. One was arrested in the school, cuffed and put on the lawn. Two went out a back door; one of them was arrested and the other apparently escaped.
Those arrested currently are not in police custody; their names were never released. That is a telling sign that we are being sold a story based on fiction rather than on fact.
The absence of any terrorist threat and the existence of more than 300 FEMA camps and special boxcars to carry dissidents to them have been deliberately withheld from the public.
Since Homeland Security has no foreign commitments, those camps and ammunition have to be for domestic consumption. Homeland Security appears to be gearing up to conduct a civil war with the American people - but 80 million armed families stand in its way.
Veterans Today,12/20/2012, by Niall Bradley
'Sandy Hook massacre: Official story spins out of control'
'This logically tells us that the real perpetrators are being protected with cover stories of what really happened because if the truth were known, some section of the U.S. government would be implicated.'
'…and the media focusing the emotional outcry onto the hot-button topic of gun control…I'm left wondering if this was actually the work of some highly trained professional hit team?'
'Was the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, a psy-op, using what amounts to a 'death squad' and a carefully planned mission to terrorise people on behalf of the government, in combination with perception management to shape the narrative and vector the emotional fallout?'
The John Moore show said that one child had 11 bullet wounds and that #4 buckshot could do that with one shot from a shotgun. Have you heard any media reports of a shot gun at the scene?
SANDY HOOK ~ "I'm Sorry Governor, WHAT DID YOU SAY ???"
Posted by jkluttz on 02/12/13 12:53 PM
"According to a recent poll of registered American voters, 75% approve of Washington's assassination of foreign citizens abroad based on suspicion that they might be terrorists,... "
What ever happened to, "Do unto others?" I keep thinking that one day the rest of the world will get tired of this and then the battle will come to us.
Posted by nailheadtom on 02/12/13 12:04 PM
If there's one thing to be learned from history, it's that systems are initiated, sustained, perverted and eliminated by personalities. Only historians can detail the outlines of the government of Republican or Imperial Rome, post-Revolutionary France or Prussia. Yet everyone knows the names of Caesar, Augustus, Napoleon and Bismarck. These individuals, and others like them, were pragmatists unfettered by even the laws that they themselves enacted or the ideologies they professed to hold. They simply did what they wished to do, ignoring the desires of the population or manipulating them. And so it has been in American history as well. Jefferson, Lincoln, McKinley, Roosevelt and other chief executives did things that were plainly unconstitutional, as have those of the most recent administrations. The idea that we live in a democracy that reflects the morality of the general population is preposterous.
Posted by 1776 on 02/12/13 11:46 AM
Published on Feb 12, 2013 Ben Swann Full Disclosure conducts a one on one interview with Dr. Jim Garrow who claims the Obama administration is weeding out top military brass who are unwilling to fire upon Americans. Ben talks with Dr. Garrow and asks viewers questions.
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Posted by Thomas Molitor on 02/12/13 09:35 AM
How is Obama's kill list any different than the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798? The latter addressing the "War on France" rather than the "War on Terrorism." Both undeclared wars. Both targeting Americans.