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where is code pink when you need them?

where is code pink when you need them?

For the last four years, Barack Obama has not only asserted, but aggressively exercised, the power to target for execution anyone he wants, including US citizens, anywhere in the world. He has vigorously resisted not only legal limits on this assassination power, but even efforts to bring some minimal transparency to the execution orders he issues.

This claimed power has resulted in four straight years of air bombings in multiple Muslim countries in which no war has been declared – using drones, cruise missiles and cluster bombs – ending the lives of more than 2,500 people, almost always far away from any actual battlefield. They are typically targeted while riding in cars, at work, at home, and even while rescuing or attending funerals for others whom Obama has targeted. A substantial portion of those whom he has killed – at the very least – have been civilians, including dozens of children….

The result is that, for so many, it is genuinely inconceivable that a leader as noble, kind and wise as Barack Obama would abuse his assassination and detention powers. It isn’t just rank partisan opportunism or privilege that leads them not to object to Obama’s embrace of these radical powers and the dangerous theories that shield those powers from checks or scrutiny. It’s that they sincerely admire him as a leader and a man so much that they believe in their heart (like Obama himself obviously believes) that due process, checks and transparency are not necessary when he wields these powers. Unlike when a GOP villain is empowered, Obama’s Goodness and his wisdom are the only safeguards we need.

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allimac December 06, 2012 at 09:19 PM
CODEPINK's anti-drone campaign can be found here: www.droneswatch.org. Check out Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin's anti-drone book here: codepink.org/dronebook.
John W December 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Good point, Carole. When Bush was in office, Code Pink issued repeated calls for his "impeachment." They tried to "arrest" Condi Rice. By contrast, at droneswatch.org, as I write this, the top articles tagged Obama merely have polite mutterings about the current status of Obama's "formal rulebook" on drone killings.
carole mason December 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
He killed an American citizen without due process..???????? again I ask where is the outrage?
Carmen M Daniel June 05, 2014 at 06:40 PM
This post is plagiarized. You can find the text here. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2965582/posts

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