It’s hard to get any kind of reaction out of American’s these days unless something affects them personally. Most walk around over medicated and under educated. They ignore politics until their little public pension is threatened. They vote for whomever their favorite pundit tells them to vote for. They have no knowledge of constitutional government but are heavily opinionated when it comes to a policy that doesn’t serve them. With all this selfishness that I’m talking about, you’d think we might get at least a little reaction from the public when they’re told that their own government now has the legal power to kill them without due process.
Nope. Nothing. Nil. Silence. Back to our reality show please. I didn’t hear about this on the nightly news so it can’t be true?!
On March 6th, Senator Rand Paul began to filibuster the Senate vote on confirming John Brennan as CIA director. The reason why is because he’s one of the only politicians breathing today with balls enough to challenge President Obama’s authority to assassinate American citizens in the drone war. This is kind of a big deal. The filibuster went on for 10 plus hours and during this time, Rand Paul had the opportunity to educate the American people about the secret drone war going on. Here’s how Senator Paul started out the filibuster…
I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak, I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.
And according to John Glaser at Antiwar.com…
Paul warned he might block the vote on Brennan if he was still unsatisfied with the Obama administration’s response to his repeated inquiries on the question of killing US citizens in the drone war.
In a letter responding to Paul’s questions, the Obama administration’s Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that the President does have the authority to kill US citizens on US soil without any due process.
“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,” Holder wrote.
The back-and-forth began after the leaking of a Justice Department white paper on targeted killings of US citizens, which was written to retroactively justify the CIA’s assassination, on the orders of the President, of US-born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011. Other Americans have also been killed in the drone war, including AbdulRahman Awlaki, Anwar’s 16-year old son.
President Obama believes that our land is a battleground where he can solely choose who gets a bullet to the head. This is dangerous power to give to any one person. In a world with common sense, you’d think that every American would oppose this at all costs. But politics takes precedence over lives, like it always has. It’s really sad to realize that killing American people is up for debate with little reaction from the people.
Charles Burris made a good point in his recent blog post…
Senator Rand Paul’s epic filibuster on the floor of the United States Senate yesterday was a heroic exercise in speaking truth to power. The central question he raised – does the President of the United States and the top echelon of the National Security State have the power to arbitrarily and capriciously order the assassination of an American citizen without due process of law? – strikes at the root of the state apparatus and our constitutional rule of law. It is particularly appropriate this historic filibuster occurred during the confirmation process of a new director of the Central Intelligence Agency, in lieu of the tragic world-changing event which happened fifty years ago this November 22 which forever changed the course of our nation.
The National Security State in America is out of control. Eisenhower tried to warn us in his last speech as President of the hidden powers on the verge of hijacking our Republic. President Truman, who helped create the CIA, started getting nervous shortly thereafter, about the dangerous powers it had acquired so rapidly. JFK wanted to obliterate the CIA into smithereens for the Bay of Pigs fiasco—and we all know how that ended up.
It’s blatantly obvious what the state is preparing for—civil unrest. The Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets in the last year. They’ve also just purchased 2,717 ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States. And now, to top it off, they have the legal authority to kill our fellow countrymen on our own soil without due process. The government recognizes that some people are waking up to their lies and deceit. In a collapsing, bankrupt empire, where politicians can no longer come through with promises, they know unrest is inevitable. And they’re preparing accordingly by stripping us of our rights and freedom. The Bill of Rights is no more.
People that understand what’s going on right now are the biggest threat to the state, which unfortunately, is worshiped and adored by the people who don’t understand what’s going on. That’s the dilemma in America right now. Wisdom is the bullet that assassinates falsehoods; ignorance is the fertilizer that feeds it.