Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is blasting Attorney General Eric Holder´s assertion that the government could conceivably use drones against its own citizens in the U.S. as "frightening," saying such an action would violate the Constitution. Paul was responding to comments by Holder released Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee approved the nomination of John Brennan, President Obama´s pick to be his next C.I.A. Director. Paul said in a statement obtained by Fox News that Holder sent him two letters regarding the constitutionality of the use of legal force such as drones against Americans
Comments: I never thought I would live to see something like this in the United States of America. Unfortunately, I am saying that a lot lately.
The hypocrites on the left wee wee in their pants over water boarding, but it was okay for 0bama to give "kill" orders on who he deems should be taken out. Now this Holder guy says it is okay for drone strikes in the US. What is happening? This is not the America I grew up in.
Holder seriously needs to be locked up himself. From selling guns to Mexican drug cartels (so he could try and pin the blame on US citizens in order to build a case for restricting their gun ´rights´), to out and out demonstrated *racism* for refusing to follow thru on the Black Panther´s voter intimidation case - which was *ALREADY WON* when he refused to perform his duties...
This man interjects the term ´farce´ into the concept of justice at every available opportunity.
Surely at some point - Congress will get around to actually punishing him for his actions.
Oh wait - he´s already the only AG in US history to be found guilty of both civil and criminal contempt of Congress...
So apparently the reason he can´t be held accountable - is his race?
Who will operate the drones? Will the military operate and activate weapons on drones in the USA, against US citizens? Or is it in the future plans of 0bama to have the crud of the earth in the military since most of the competent military folks will be gone...retired or fired? The crud will think nothing about firing rockets at us
The problem isn´t the concept or the policy, it´s the people we trust (or not) to carry it out. Of course one can conceive of a situation in which a US citizen of foreign extraction, or groups of citizens such as an alquaeda sleeper cell, has issued a threat to the US (dirty bomb? suitcase nuke?) that might justify taking them out at any cost to save millions of American lives, and sorting out the legal niceties afterward. It is the question of whether a US fighter pilot should have, if he could have, shot down one of the planes that hit the WTC. Tough questions do not generate answers that fit on a bumper sticker.
I´m sorry, but Rand Paul is getting tiresome, a stone rattling around in an empty bucket. And for all his bluster today, if it came up for a vote tomorrow, would he vote to APPROVE it anyway, like he did Hagel?
Sorry for the second post, but the rest of the thought is this: we do not trust that the current administration views radical islamic groups like alquaeda as the enemies of the US, especially since they have already indicated that they view American veterans, the Tea Party, Ssecond Amendment advocates, and other ordinary American citizens as THEIR enemies. THAT is the problem. We don´t trust that it won´t be turned on us, and we are probably right to feel that way. The evidence is certainly there.
It´s hard to conceive of an arrest with a drone. Holder to explain, after he finishes explaining his exemption from Congressional subpoena. Then Holder might explain why Al Queda held at Guantanamo, and illegals, have more rights than U.S. citizens. Holder, as he has told everyone, is black, and has been discriminated against and victimized by giving him a free education, law degree, lifetime benefits, and federal job, is mad because of his mistreatment, and is exempt from constitutional constraints.
These actions are not hidden. Congress knows about it. WHY can´t they do something to protect our liberty and our Constitutional underpinnings ? The DOJ and the Administration have become vigilantes dispensing their brand of justice unilaterally. This is NOT legal.
If you hadn’t heard, there are a growing number of Democrats wanting to delay the implementation of the ObamaCare individual mandate as a result of the disastrous rollout of the health insurance exchanges. With this in mind, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg on Fox News’s Special Report Friday marvelously quipped, “I’m scandalized by these racist, anarchist, extremist, hostage-taking Democrats who want to delay ObamaCare which is the law of the land” (video follows with commentary): Indeed. If the media are going to be consistent, these Democrats looking to delay this implementation should be just as vilified and excoriated as Republicans that tried to
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The policy director for Grover Norquist´s Americans for Tax Reform apologized Friday for inflammatory remarks in which he said some Tea Party supporters were "retarded" and reportedly referred to those who wanted to defund Obamacare as terrorists. Ryan Ellis @RyanLEllis Re: My recent harsh language and over the top analogies--I apologize to one and all, esp. ATR staff. My personal fault not to be repeated. 2:06 PM - 25 Oct 2013 7 Retweets ReplyRetweetFavorite The Daily Beast reported that Ryan Ellis, on a "list serv informally called the Repeal Coalition List, comprising about 200 leading conservative activists and writers," compared those who supported
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GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is clearly not a Mac person. The self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11 is requesting that he be given a “Microsoft-enabled laptop computer” for use during his trial for war crimes, which is now underway. The ideal laptop would have features such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, LexisNexis and Adobe Premiere video-editing software, the defense argued. Lawyers for the al Qaeda suspects argue that the detainees need a computer “to assist counsel in their own defense” as they face a military commission in what has been called the “largest criminal investigation in the history of the United
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