Obama’s Very Real Death Panel

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 08 Oct 2011 10:44:23 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Anthony Gregory at LewRockwell.com - the man who accused the Tea Party of planning to create death panels to ration health care has a death panel of his own, tasked with picking those to target with drone assassination. They're secret, not authorized by any law, and answer to nobody.

Let that sink in. The U.S. presidency, supposed leader of the free world, has a clandestine committee that chooses American citizens to assassinate. This from the administration that promised unprecedented transparency and a ratcheting back of Bush-era civil liberties abuses. This from the president who vowed to restore habeas corpus and subject executive war powers to judicial scrutiny. This from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

There is a more fundamental lesson to be learned, however, and one to remember for the ages: This is the nature of the state. It is, by its institutional nature, always and everywhere seeking to expand power in any way it can. To claim and practice the power to kill on its own unreviewable prerogative is simply the fulfillment of its very design. At times of crisis, especially concerning national security, states almost always tend toward aggrandizement toward their realization as totalitarian entities.

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Glenn McCoy on Obama's Assassination Policy

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 08 Oct 2011 14:02:23 GMT

Glenn McCoy drew a great comic about Obama's assassination policy, comparing it with Cheney's waterboarding.

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