Finally some creeping legitimacy for the fucking retards.* According to Adam Serwer in Mother Jones, congress is considering 2 measures to mandate disclosure of internal memos outlining the legal justification for killing (by drone) Americans overseas without charge or trial. Problem is that the potus has yet to acknowlegde that such a memo exists. The NYT already has an FOIA suit seeking the memo. The ACLU already has a FOIA suit
seeking not only the legal justification for America’s targeted killing program, but the process by which US citizens suspected of terrorism are placed on its so-called “kill list.” The ACLU is also seeking the evidence the US government used to determine that radical American preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in September, was actually a terrorist.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), (ok, not a fucking retard) initiated one of the bills requiring the administration to produce the memo, but it was shelved by the Dems on the Judiciary committee (surprise!)
“We’re not mere supplicants to the executive branch, we are a coequal branch of government,” Cornyn said during discussion of his amendment in the Senate committee hearing last week. “So it is insufficient to say pretty please, Mr. President, pretty please, Mr. Attorney General, will you please tell us the legal authority by which you claim the authority to kill American citizens abroad?”
There is a separate section of another intelligence bill that would compel the Justice Dept to share all legal opinions on intelligence committees, unless the White House invokes executive privilege. Dunno, that phrase is starting to sound just a bit too familiar.
Good series on the drone strikes in Mother Jones, The Atlantic, and the NYT. Chilling article in the NYT by Elizabeth Bumiller the other day if anyone caught it – Drone Pilots – A Day Job Waiting For A Kill Shot A World Away.
*(Rahm) Emanuel had a hand in war strategy, political maneuvering, communications and economic policy. Bob Woodward wrote in his book, Obama’s Wars, that Emanuel made a habit of calling up CIA Director Leon Panetta and asking about the lethal drone strikes aimed at Al Qaeda. “Who did we get today?” he would ask.
ok, i know that the fucking retard bit was initially about us libtards re: HCR. But as one who has had to listen to “blue dogs” condescendingly lecture me about collateral damage in warfare, (really? we’re at war with Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan? Apparently Congress missed that vote), i’m rather glad to see this is finally getting some air.