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  •  Throws a whole (7+ / 0-)

    new light on his drone jokes at the WH press corp dinner.  Read these articles and more in the Guardian/Observer this morning.... They are covering this extensively unlike our propaganda outlets...

    Drone wars and state secrecy – how Barack Obama became a hardliner

    He was once a liberal law professor who campaigned against the Iraq war. Now, according to revelations last week, the US president personally oversees a 'kill list' for drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan. Then there's the CIA renditions, increased surveillance and a crackdown on whistleblowers. ......

    Amos Guiora
    "He is making a decision largely devoid of external review," Guiroa told the Observer, saying the US's apparent methodology for deciding who is a terrorist is "loosey goosey".
    America's murderous drone campaign is fuelling terror

    Obama's escalation of a war that's already caused thousands of deaths will only destabilise his own allies and bolster al-Qaida

    ....From Pakistan to Somalia, CIA-controlled pilotless aircraft rain down Hellfire missiles on an ever-expanding hit list of terrorist suspects – they have already killed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of civilians in the process.

    At least 15 drone strikes have been launched in Yemen this month, as many as in the whole of the past decade, killing dozens; while in Pakistan, a string of US attacks has been launched against supposed "militant" targets in the past week, incinerating up to 35 people and hitting a mosque and a bakery.


    •  from your first link, "George Bush on steroids" (3+ / 0-)
      Obama has presided over a massive expansion of secret surveillance of American citizens by the National Security Agency. He has launched a ferocious and unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers. He has made more government documents classified than any previous president. He has broken his promise to close down the controversial Guantánamo Bay prison and pressed on with prosecutions via secretive military tribunals, rather than civilian courts. He has preserved CIA renditions. He has tried to grab broad new powers on what defines a terrorist or a terrorist supporter and what can be done with them, often without recourse to legal process.
      The sheer scope and breadth of Obama's national security policy has stunned even fervent Bush supporters and members of the Washington DC establishment. In last week's New York Times article that detailed the "kill list", Bush's last CIA director, Michael Hayden, said Obama should open the process to more public scrutiny. "Democracies do not make war on the basis of legal memos locked in a [Department of Justice] safe," he told the newspaper.
      Even more pertinently, Aaron David Miller, a long-term Middle East policy adviser to both Republican and Democratic administrations, delivered a damning verdict in a recent issue of Foreign Policy magazine. He wrote bluntly: "Barack Obama has become George W Bush on steroids."
      (emphasis mine)

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 01:38:25 PM PDT

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      •  it's OK if you are a Democrat /nt (3+ / 0-)
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      •  Thanks aliasalias (3+ / 0-)
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        I deleted the line 'George Bush on Steroids' . I was cowardly. I have no excuse other then not wanting to have to deal with the blow back I thought would occur. Glad you gave this article back it's punch. Thanks and sorry I wussed out. It's hard to look at the reality what we are supposed to support here. Sometimes I feel like my thoughts alone are bannable. Perhaps they are in this strange new Democratic reality we are required to adopt. Your a better man/woman then I am and I thank you.  

        •  be kinder to yourself, you post a lot of comments (2+ / 0-)
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          that certainly aren't from a 'wuss' ,and many times I'm saying hell yes ! tell it sister/brother. The same thing goes for the article you linked, which I most likely wouldn't have seen otherwise.
          So thanks for the link, others were/are free to read the whole thing so you already put yourself out there (along with the current comment). So fwiw from this man to you, sister or brother, ya ain't no wuss. There have been things I've dropped just to avoid conflict, but sometimes the truth is just too large to ignore, and it needs to be spoken.
          Also, I wouldn't be surprised if my comment wasn't rec'd by some because they didn't want a part of it either, especially with it in the title instead of buried in the article.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 12:24:55 AM PDT

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    •  Obama's drone joke was as bad as Bush's joke (1+ / 0-)
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      about looking for WMD's.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 03:42:40 PM PDT

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