Drones Across America

Drones cast a shadow over Constitutional rights

Senator Lindsey Graham recently told reporters today that his colleagues in Congress need to get behind Obama’s targeted killing program, and protect the president from “libertarians and the left.”

Graham said, “Every member of Congress needs to get on board. It’s not fair to the president to let him, leave him out there alone quite frankly. He’s getting hit from libertarians and the left.
I think the middle of America understands why you would want a drone program…
The process of being targeted I think is legal, quite frankly laborious and should reside in the commander in chief to determine who an enemy combatant is and what kind of force to use.”

A leaked Department Of Justice white paper explicitly says, “[T]here exists no appropriate judicial forum to evaluate these constitutional questions.”

Davi Barker reported on SilverUnderground.com, “The Drone memo lays out three vague, easily-met conditions that allegedly justify the murder of Americans without a trial.

  • The target must be an ‘imminent threat’ in the broadest sense requiring no evidence or intelligence.
  • Capture of the target must be ‘unfeasible’ meaning U.S. officials consider attempted capture an ‘undue risk.’
  • The strike must be conducted according to ‘law of war principles’ which are not defined.

The Drone Memo redefines ‘imminent’ to mean its opposite. The ACLU calls it ‘vague,’ ‘elastic,’ and ‘easy to manipulate.’ According to the memo ‘the condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on US persons and interests will take place in the immediate future.’ In other words, classifying a threat as ‘imminent’ does not require any indication that it is actually ‘imminent.’”

We already know that several government officials think liberty-activists and other peaceful people are “potential terrorists” or some other kind of threat. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called activists from Food Not Bombs “dangerous food terrorists.” NH State Representative Cynthia Chase said “Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today.” And just one year ago, Congress authorized government use of unmanned spy planes in U.S. Airspace. The FAA projects there will be as many as 30,000 unmanned drones in American airspace by 2020.

Andrew Napolitano asked, “Would we live in a safer society if the government could cut down every law and abrogate every freedom and break down every door and arrest everybody it wanted? We’d be safe from the bad guys, but we wouldn’t be safe from the government. Who would want to live in such a society?” I certainly don’t want to live in that society!

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  • http://twitter.com/epigrammaticus john galt

    We’re getting a LOT of mileage off the drones, and specifically Graham, I approve :) BONUS: for drones, remember that the G40 RC Plane record is something like 237 MPH, a Predator/Reaper cruises at 197 and maxes at 300, so if you REALLY wish to be left alone, a $500 toy can make a multimillion dollar boondoggle into a waste of fuel or a smoking wreck (depending on if you wanted to harass or actually kamikaze) rather quickly

    • http://vforvandyke.com/ Stephen VanDyke

      Better yet, learn HAM radio and hack the RF controls. Pwn a drone.

  • shafawn

    IMPEACH OBAMA. NO DRONES!!

    • H. Reynolds

      “tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito”

      It’s time for Congress to grow a conscience and a backbone. This is a blatant violation of people’s rights to allow the emperor president to kill people as he sees fit.

      Might as well just target political enemies and be done with it if this is the road we’re taking. Except the only people taking that road are UNAMERICAN/IMMORAL politicians.

      • shafawn

        If we continue to allow King Obama to ruff shod over democracy and set up a murderous campaign against his enemies then we have absolutely no right to criticize Germany for allowing Hitler to become powerful and murder millions. Obama is on the same course and we are like Germany 1937. We need to limit congressional terms to 8 years and return to God as a nation. Whatever it takes to accomplish this our elected officials as well as our citizenry should be prepared to go the distance because we really are about to lose not only the meaning of freedom but freedom itself.

  • LostInContext

    “One of the definitions of a nation state is that the state has a monopoly on legitimate violence. And the state ought to have a monopoly on legitimate violence.” Congressman Jerrold “The Waddler” Nadler

    The monopoly term goes back to German sociologist Max Weber, who as David Cordea points out, also supported Article 48, which allowed Hitler to come to power. Furthermore Max Weber’s original formulation is, ““Upholding of the domestic and external distribution of violence and power. […] The appeal to the naked violence of the means of coercion towards the outside, but also towards the inside is absolutely essential to any political association. … the ‘state’ is that association, which claims the monopoly of legitimate violence – it can’t be defined otherwise.”

    What the actual fuck.