Here is a very telling interview from PBS that I heard rebroadcast on WGBH radio last night, regarding the recently leaked memo that described the Obama Administration’s legal reasoning for giving the President the power to murder innocent people without due process.
You can hear the ACLU representative clearly articulate the very serious implications of the U.S. government’s murder-of-innocents policy, while the Columbia law professor — who is also a fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations (!) — expresses a very inarticulate, lame case for the government to have this kind of immoral, dangerous power. The Columbia law professor is stuttering and stammering because he knows that his defense of this police state is entirely immoral and criminal. They enter at about 4 minutes in the video.
And shame on all those bureaucrat-groupies in the media out there who for over 11 years have been obedient stenographers helping to rationalize the State’s Orwellian war on peace and freedom, a.k.a. the “War on Terror.”
Whether the totalitarians and their gullible, obedient defenders like it or not, all human beings have a natural human right to presumption of innocence and due process. If someone is going to accuse you of something, then you have a right to require that individual to show evidence against you. If the accuser can’t or won’t provide evidence against you the accused, then you are still innocent, and any harm the accuser inflicts on you is a criminal action.
No exceptions. No “secret” or “classified” stuff, no “But there’s a war going on,” is important enough to allow anyone to have the power to be judge, jury and executioner. (Maybe in a third-world banana republic, maybe.)
There are those who want to say that the “War on Terror” is different, and that in this case we must make exceptions. No, sorry.
There are those who believe that this war is not what our government has been telling us it is (although, if that were true, we certainly wouldn’t know that given the submissive beltway news media today), and some people believe that the “War on Terror” is really a hoax, and that the whole thing is illegitimate.
I know, there are many chickenhawks, many un-American ignorant politicians who love the government but hate the moral values and principles of freedom upon which America was founded, I know. They want to arrest, detain indefinitely or murder those who question the legitimacy of this illegitimate “War on Terror.” But it is they who become the real terrorists when they support or implement a policy of murdering anyone anywhere that the President or some other bureaucrat decides should be murdered, without showing evidence, without letting the accused see the evidence and challenge it, without giving the State’s victim the right to defend oneself against the accusations.
Criticizing U.S. government foreign policy, by the way, was exactly why Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was murdered by Obama. Obama’s action was nothing but murder and a violation of the victim’s right to life, but Obama’s rationalization was to silence a critic, a violation of the victim’s First Amendment-protected right to criticize obviously bad and immoral policies.
And the so-called “conservatives” who preach about “Christian moral values” have been taking the side of the corrupt State against Christian moral values, and shame on them.
In fact, this whole police state since 9/11 was planned well before 9/11. We have had people in power who just love power, who love a police state and with them at the controls. They love it. Just look at the idiots who were grilling former Sen. Chuck Hagel, the nominee for Secretary of Defense. And when they question John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, watch the senators act like little puppy dogs as they jump up and down Brennan’s leg and lick his face. They know what power the next CIA Director will have, given that Obama will turn the “War on Terror” more within U.S. borders. (See this must-read Arthur Silber article on the psychopathic John Brennan.)
Do you really believe that this State-sponsored, State-perpetrated terror and murder program will be reserved for only foreign territories? Reckless, immoral Obama and his CIA drones have been killing countless innocent civilians [.pdf] in Pakistan and other countries for years now. He is bombing villages, wedding parties, funerals, even rescuers of victims of the drones. Those entirely innocent human beings are terrorized by Obama’s drone-murder bombings.
For those who are chortling and saying that old phrase, “It can’t happen here,” in June of 2010 I wrote an article, Tea Partiers May Need the ACLU Soon. After 9/11, once then-President George W. Bush started two unnecessary and counter-productive wars, and especially put all the due process-trashing policies in place, and Obama strengthened and escalated the policies, our totalitarian future was perfectly clear.
I hate to say “I told you so.” Currently, the John Boehner Establishment elitists have been throwing the Tea Party congressmen off committees, really snubbing and trashing those people. The John Boehner Establishment elitists join the Left and the Obama
communists Weather Undergrounders Administration in the elitists’ silencing and banishing of the Tea Party people.
There is little difference between the neocons such as the Bushes and other warmongers and warvangelicals, and the Obama lefty moonbats and communists.
And in March of 2010 I wrote an article, November 2010: More Rearranging of Deck Chairs. But I hate to say “I told you so.”
Now, as much as I don’t like the U.S. Constitution, and as flawed as the Bill of
Goods Rights is, most of the early Americans who wrote those documents understood from experience that all human beings have a right to presumption of innocence and due process. It doesn’t matter who is accusing you of something, whether it is your spouse, your neighbor, or the President of the United States. In a just, moral, and civilized society, the accuser must be required to present evidence against the accused and prove the allegations, and the accused has a right to defend oneself against accusations. Otherwise, we are giving these bureaucrats the power to merely snuff out those they don’t like or whose existence is an inconvenience to them.
And, like it or not (all you “liberals” out there!), these government bureaucrats’ assertions without evidence that presumably innocent human beings are “terrorists,” or “criminals” without the targeted people being allowed to defend themselves is one of the main reasons why the Second Amendment was written — to protect ourselves from the aggressions of the State.
I think that a lot of people are in denial when they say that “It can’t happen here.”