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  •  About the drones at home (11+ / 0-)

    Someone at the EFF was clever enough to google map them

    EFF Map of Drones

    Each red dot makes a balloon with more info when you click it.

    Turns out there is a local one. Not surprising really given the intense concentration of military around here, the border with Mexico, and the lunatics who run this state, but yes I live in a ground zero for domestic Droney badness. Fuck on a pogo stick!

    Watched the Brennan show yesterday. As was predicted, much fluffing. Much, "Will you promise to be a good boy if we vote for you?". Thank God for Code Pink in these situations. And thank Ron Wyden for cutting to the chase about checks and balances.  At least one of those Senators knows what is at stake.

    “Corruption isn’t just people profiting from betraying the public interest. It’s also people being punished for upholding the public interest.”  ― MS

    by cosmic debris on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:02:05 AM PST

    •  On the drone map (7+ / 0-)

      the closest one to me is in Maryland.  There are not many in the Philadelphia or NYC area.  Maybe there's too much air traffic. Or too many liberals?  Or maybe they are secret.  Who knows?  There's a base in NC that is fairly close to where we go.  Maybe we'll see Droney if he's flying low.  Creeps me out.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:13:50 AM PST

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    •  "Will you promise to be a good boy if we vote for (9+ / 0-)


      "Totally," as Greenwald posted.

      It was a farce, wasn't it?

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

      by allenjo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:17:49 AM PST

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    •  "The Brennan Show" is right, he had (9+ / 0-)

      rehearsed his answers to questions given in advance. Feinstein was obsequious to the point of being sickening. I thought at one point that they want to be nice to him because once he is in there, he could be another J.Edgar towards them.

      They are giving this guy a lot of power with no real oversight.

      To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 06:26:09 AM PST

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    •  Democracy Now had Jeremy Scahill and Medea (3+ / 0-)

      Benjamin on today (she is on the following segment).

      JEREMY SCAHILL: Well, you know, if you listen to John Brennan, I mean, it’s like he’s talking about buying a used car and what, you know, sort of little gadgets and whistles it has on it. He used "optimize"? Ron Wyden was asking him about whether—about the extent of the CIA’s lethal authority against U.S. citizens, on U.S. soil and abroad. And, see, the problem is that while some questions were asked that are central questions, there was almost no follow-up. People wouldn’t push—senators wouldn’t push Brennan back when he would float things that were nonsensical or just gibberish, you know, or using terms like "we need to optimize this, we need to optimize that." There was no sense that—I mean, remember, this is a guy who is, for all practical purposes, President Obama’s hit man or assassination czar. This guy has been at the center of a secret process where the White House is deciding who lives and who dies around the world every day, and yet the conversation that took place was as though they were, you know, sort of talking about whether or not they’re going to add a wing onto a school in Idaho or something, when they were talking about life-and-death issues for people, not only U.S. citizens, but around the world.

      There was no discussion at all of the so-called signature strikes—the idea that the U.S. is targeting people whose identities it doesn’t know, whose actual involvement in terror plots is actually unknown. There was no discussion of the fact that the Obama administration authorized operations that killed three U.S. citizens in a two-week period in 2011, one of whom was a 16-year-old boy who was sitting and having dinner with his cousins in Yemen. No discussion of the case of Samir Khan, a Pakistani American who was killed alongside Anwar Awlaki. His family had met with the FBI prior to his death. The FBI told his family that Samir Khan was not indicted, that Samir Khan was not accused of a crime, and yet you have three U.S. citizens being killed.

      When Anwar Awlaki’s name was raised during the course of the hearing, it was one of the most disgusting displays of a show trial or a faux trial that I’ve ever seen. Dianne Feinstein and John Brennan set out to put Anwar Awlaki on trial, posthumously, without presenting any evidence and to issue a guilty verdict. The whole thing was a show. And I believe that—

      (emphasis mine)

      I want to highlight THIS from the transcript where Jeremey Scahill responds to Difi saying civilian casualities were "in the single digits"...

      JEREMY SCAHILL: Yeah. I would invite Senator Feinstein and other members of the Intelligence Committee to travel to Abyan province in Yemen, where I was a few months ago, and meet with the Bedouin villagers of al-Majalah, where more than 40 people were killed, several dozen of them women and children, their bodies shredded into meat with U.S. cluster bombs, and then come back and go on national television and talk about single digits. There were over 40 people killed in one strike alone. And you know what? That wasn’t even a drone strike. That was a cruise missile strike. Everyone is talking about drones these days and obsessed with drones. The U.S. uses AC-130 gunships, night raids, Tomahawk cruise missile strikes. Some of the most devastating strikes were not even drone attacks.

      So, you know, this Congress is totally asleep at the wheel when it comes to actually having any effective oversight. You know, they allowed John Brennan to say repeatedly, "Well, I’m not a lawyer," while simultaneously saying, "Everything we’ve done is perfectly legal." And then they say, "Well, what about torture?" And he goes, "Well, I’m not a lawyer, and that has legal implications." I mean, what kind of a show is this? I mean, what does this say about our society when this is the extent of the debate we can have when an administration in power has asserted the right to kill U.S. citizens and foreigners alike around the world without trial? I mean, it’s devastating. It should be a very sobering moment for all of us.

      (emphasis mine)

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:52:18 AM PST

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