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We did it.  For over a hundred years, proud Americans were belittled and marginalized for openly celebrating extra-judicial killings -- for bringing the family and posing for photos at a lynching.  Little details - like the executed man wasn't convicted in any court - stood in the way of what entire communities intuitively knew to be true: that this person is guilty and deserves to die.

Now all of my fans understand, and we're cheering together.  If your community is terrified and you're fighting a war against that terror, you can't waste time and resources.  When good people are sure someone is guilty, all that charging him with a crime, indicting, evidence, trials, judges, convictions -- it's so much bureaucracy it's practically unAmerican.

I've never lived in the South but I've always felt bad for my southern and Republican friends over the heavy social judgements made against them by the Professional Left.

We don't call it lynching anymore, of course.  But does every sheriff who has someone locked up without charges have to be able to pronounce "extra-judicial killing" to shoot him?  That's like saying every president with his finger on the button needs to be able to pronounce "nuclear".  Well, I won't let anyone call me an ivy league elitist.

First the people needed to be eased into it.  We started with bin Laden -- who took credit for 9-11 but wasn't charged, and was shot in the head twice when he was found unarmed.

Then outspoken US citizen Anwar Awlaki: never charged, indicted or convicted - just killed.  
Then his innocent 16 year old son and his companion.  No point in the kid growing up angry and avenging his father.  It's part of the same anti-terrorism program that has us bomb rescue teams and funerals after a drone attack.

Now my fans accept every declaration of secrecy and cheer (or ignore) every drone strike.  We'll be fully healed when we finally embrace our brothers and sisters and the children shown at this lynching in Virginia.

All that's left is to end the old hateful view of lynching as some kind of racist act.  But it never was: even in Mississippi and Alabama there was never an official rule that only negroes could be lynched.  Likewise, I swear to you that in our secret process there's no rule that only Muslims and brown people can be executed by my mideast and African drones.

I know there will be leftists, skeptics and jihadist sympathizers who won't believe I'm being fair and just, because I've never assassinated a white person, a Christian or a Jew.  They'd love to cast this as religious persecution and racism -- even though I'm black!

Well trust me -- I'm working very hard to finally correct that perception.  Our ideal target would be an atheist albino.  We're very excited about getting a hold of Julian Assange -- he looks like he might be both!

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  •  I agree but apparetly others don't since nobody (2+ / 0-)
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    Horace Boothroyd III, Bisbonian

    liked my anti-drone comment the other day.

  •  From the beginning, the rule of law has (6+ / 0-)

    been used to justify killing other human beings. The United States not only adhere to the principle of "capital punishment," a deceptive euphemism, if there ever was one, our premier legislative body, the Congress, has specifically authorized the use of military force against individuals on "unconventional" battle fields. In declaring war on terrorists, Congress has issued a sentence of death against all who make them afraid.

    The law, like money, makes a convenient intermediary by carrying out orders without leaving any finger prints. No need for a Pontius Pilate-like hand washing. Let the law take care of it! At least George W. had the guts to identify himself as the "decider."

    We are inclined, or perhaps taught, to assume that action is direct -- a subject and an object connected by an action word or verb. In reality, much of what humans undertake is indirect. One person sends another to do his dirty work. That's triangulation. If the work isn't dirty, but siphons off a profit for doing nothing, it's called intermediation. It's what insurance companies do. They step into the breach to collect a benefit. Real estate agents are a good example. They claim to provide a service by bringing buyer and seller together and claim to be honest brokers. Willfully ignorant is more likely. Ignorance may not be an excuse, but it makes a really good shield. Throw in some money, and you're home free.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:33:28 AM PST

    •  The author of this piece (6+ / 0-)

      doesn't know the lynchings never stopped.

      I remember riding out to a valley near the border in the early 70's to look at one.

      "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:57:32 AM PST

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      •  thank you for this (10+ / 0-)

        Plenty of lynchings in modern times; without naming the names I can think of an African man in TX who had a rope placed around his neck and dragged behind a pickup truck while the number of LGBT and trans individuals who have been lynched are too numerous to list.  A quick Google turned up more than 20 names.

        Too often we want the TV Western version of lynching where an individual is taken from law enforcement and hanged by a mob.  A lynching does not take a mob, only a very very few and few lynch victims are fortunate enough to have been in police custody.  Leo Frank was more the exception of how a lynching occurs rather than the rule  

        •  True. But can it be a lynching without a mob? (0+ / 0-)

          Interesting divergence in the meaning of "lynching" here.

          (That TX guy who tied a black man to his truck and dragged him until his head came off wasn't really a lynching -- just a hate crime.  No mob, no sheriff, and the killer was convicted and went to jail.)

          To me, the typical state-assisted lynching scenario was depicted in "To Kill A Mockingbird": a black man is charged with a crime he physically could not have committed, quickly convicted by an all white Alabama jury, and shot by a sheriff or guard before his appeal.  To you it's a mob with a rope but no sheriff prominent.

          The last shred of Constitutional law professor in me worries that "extrajudicial killing" is the real crime.  Plus, in "Mockingbird", Tom is charged, gets a trial where he testifies, and a conviction before he's killed -- more than I'll ever offer my victims.

          So I like your definition better.  In yours I'm just a sheriff with a new idea of due process, and I'm not lynching anyone if there's no mob and no rope.

          Well, no mob except for the outsize cheering at our party convention and at the Daily Kos.

          Gee -- they couldn't really have been lynchings without your help.

          Ambien fueled visits to the Oval Office iPad

          by Not Barack Obama on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:34:49 PM PST

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          •  what constitutes a mob? Two or more people? (0+ / 0-)

            some of the articles I have seen asserts there have been no lynchings in the US since the 1960's which I think is an overly simplistic view of the phenomenon.  It appears the elements are a lack of due process, a "group" of people as actors, one or more victims, and a murder resulting from that activity.  After all there have been lynchings over perceived violations of social norms and not actual violations of the law    

      •  It was when I was about five (4+ / 0-)

        it wasn't a trip I made on my own to those of you that assume that.

        "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

        by Horace Boothroyd III on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:59:03 AM PST

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        •  i lived in Marion Indiana. (1+ / 0-)
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          It was where the last lynching of black people in the North happened. It still scars the town.

          I agree with the diarist's taking issue with the use of drones to kill suspected terrorists but not b/c they are extra judicial but that they are not as safe for innocent people as they are made out to be. Nor are they as effective as made out to be.

          When you say it is "common sense" what you are really saying is "I don't have any evidence to back up my argument", because it is quite often neither common nor sense.

          by kaminpdx on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:09:01 AM PST

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  •  Alright, so what do we do about it? (0+ / 0-)

    People are too busy playing with their gadgets and watching reality tv or slaving away at their jobs to be concerned about something that happens on the other side of the world.

    I'm not dismissing it, just being cynical.

    Until these war adventures come to a close, if they ever do, drones are going to cost less American lives, so that's what they'll use.

    As far as extra-judicial killings, have they increased considerably that you know of, after the instances which you mention? Or do we not know? And if we don't know, what's going to make people pay attention? Nothing short of it happening in front their eyes, by which time it will be likely much more difficult, if not impossible, to reverse.

    I wish it weren't that way, but everywhere I look people are too busy to care.


    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:04:08 AM PST

    •  to continue your cynicism (2+ / 0-)
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      how is present day drone hits, except for the tech involved that different from the use of militias in Central America during the heyday of Jesse Helms?  We now use drones instead of proxies but to the Marymount nuns, or to Allende, the difference may seem a bit pedantic.

      •  Now, there is a potential catalyst for change... (0+ / 0-)

        But it's along the lines of what I mentioned above in terms of people needing to have it right in front of their faces to find a reason to act:

        When the use of civilian drones starts becoming commonplace, and people start worrying about privacy and whatnot, here in their own backyards, THEN maybe we'll see an attitude change. Maybe.

        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
        ~ Jerry Garcia

        by DeadHead on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:47:00 AM PST

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    •  well, we tried electing Democrats (2+ / 0-)
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      which made this problem worse.

      "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war" - John Adams

      by esquimaux on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:50:09 AM PST

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      •  Right - it's about challenging the abuse of power (0+ / 0-)

        even when it's being done by leaders of your own party.  Plenty of people aren't capable of that, but for me to be a great president it's essential.  As I used to say years ago -- "Make me do it."

        Now that we're no longer fighting single-mindedly to secure my second term, Democrats have a duty to hold me accountable.  In fact, the only way to end the war on terror is to stop our own terror, and convince the world by our actions that torture, kidnapping, rape and murder will always be prosecuted even when the victim is a Muslim.  

        Sadly, after four years of doing the opposite, I'm literally the last person in the world who can make that case.

        But it's the only real way to end recruiting for jihad: show that justice will happen without it.

        You need to think about the next president, probably not someone from the Bush/Obama regime.  Rocky Anderson?

        Now that the inauguration is past you need to start supporting and electing leaders who oppose the regime's bipartisan 12 year war on Islam and the Constitution, and these escalating killing policies.  For us to be safer, and for me to be great, I need to hear your voice.

        Ambien fueled visits to the Oval Office iPad

        by Not Barack Obama on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:50:21 PM PST

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    •  I have radically increased extra-judicial killings (0+ / 0-)

      over the past 4 years.  In fact, last week I did drone killings almost every day.  Likewise I have prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined.  War crimes are like big banks -- I don't want them prosecuted.

      Encouraged by loyal Democrats (and of course by Republican fans of lynching), bipartisan America has embraced me and unlawful killing as never before -- and frankly, my race helps.  (Clint Eastwood put on a good show, but basically I've been following the "Dirty Harry" philosophy: my job isn't to uphold the Constitution or the law or help find out who's guilty -- it's to Kill Bad Guys.)

      The mentality that illegal killings of innocents are OK as long as they don't cost "American lives" is what inspired 9-11 and the handful of terror attack attempts since then.  And -- though I know you didn't mean it that way -- the impression that an innocent 16 year old Muslim born in Colorado is not an "American life" worth protecting or discussing is also the core mindset of lynch mobs: "Celebrate!  He's not like us and he was probably guilty of something.  This can never happen to my family.  Bring refreshments."

      Ambien fueled visits to the Oval Office iPad

      by Not Barack Obama on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:06:35 PM PST

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  •  Well, you convinced me (9+ / 0-)

    the targeted killing of Bin Laden is exactly like mobs lynching and killing black and gay people for the "crime" of being black or gay. Yup. Same exact thing.

    •  I can feel you oozing with pride, but (0+ / 0-)

      we're not talking about anyone being assassinated for their race or sexuality here -- it's about whether we can skip pesky obstacles like charges and evidence when good people like you and me (and say, Mr Zimmerman) prepare to kill people we know are bad.  

      Clearly our feelings of certainty, our bloodlust and the thrill of success are more important than the rules in the Constitution.  If you have any doubts, just ask your favorite Constitutional law professor.  

      The important thing is, we agree that my murder of an innocent Muslim 16 year old, a US citizen, isn't worth discussing or explaining if I say so.  

      I can't do this without you.  We did it!
      (Now I know how Colbert feels when right wing guests agree with everything he says.)

      Ambien fueled visits to the Oval Office iPad

      by Not Barack Obama on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:16:38 PM PST

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      •  You could certainly write a diary (0+ / 0-)

        --a good one--about the moral and legal implications of targeted killings by drone. But you didn't. You wrote a sarcastic diary that compared those targeting killings with lynchings. And whether you like to admit it or not, lynchings do target people solely on the basis of their race or sexual orientation.

        You made the comparison, not any of your readers.

  •  What Horace said nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Poor, poor Osama bin Laden. Really terrible. (5+ / 0-)

    Really, when you think about it, he's just like Medgar Evars or Emmit Till.

    It's always good to read a diary from someone of with such elevated moral sensibilities.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:04:50 AM PST

  •  This did not start last year (0+ / 0-)

    Police have walked away unpunished from clearly unjustified shootings again and again, and isn't every lethal hate crime actually a lynching?

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