The Washington Times reports that Mr. Change has said okey-dokey to whacking American citizens elsewhere if they satisfy somebody’s definition of a terrorist. Not sure who or what criteria, but hell, who cares, right? They’re terrorists. Or so we say and that’s all she wrote. “There are, in my mind, dozens of U.S. persons who are in different parts of the world, and they are very concerning to us,” said the dude pictured infra, John O. Brennan, deputy White House national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism. U.S. persons. How quaint.
On Feb. 3, Dennis C. Blair, then director of national intelligence, said in congressional testimony that special permission must first be obtained by military or intelligence forces before what he termed “direct action” strikes against American citizens.
The main weapon in recent CIA and U.S. military counterterrorism operations has been attacks with missile-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The administration has said it has killed dozens or perhaps scores of terrorists with these strikes over the past several years.
That practice was criticized in a report earlier this month authored by Philip Alston, the independent U.N. investigator on extrajudicial killings, who said the practice may violate international humanitarian law.
The American Civil Liberties Union in a letter to Mr. Obama on April 28 warned that the current program to kill terrorists in foreign countries would create a precedent for other countries to kill suspected terrorists all over the world.
We’ve already been tracking down U.S. nationals and U.S. passport holders who pose “security threats,” like the Yemen-based al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, he said. He’s probably the umpteenth third in command.
And what if another country claims that we’re harboring one of their terrorist persons here? You guessed it, a rain of Predator strike across Cleveland. I mean, that’s fair, right?