Are You Serious About Civil Liberties?

If you are serious about civil liberties, I mean honestly, not only when a Republican is in office … then I don’t see how you can vote for the incumbent. At all.

Can You Pull The Lever For Obama In 2012 In Good Conscience? ]

This is nothing short of disgraceful. Note that The Atlantic is not exactly a right-wing mouthpiece. Nor is Mother Jones.

[ UPDATE: Note that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the Chair of the DNC. Here she claims to have no knowledge of this whatsoever. Do you believe her? Glenn Greenwald nails it: The remarkable, unfathomable ignorance of Debbie Wasserman Schultz ]

How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic: First, it’s vital for the uninitiated to understand how Team Obama misleads when it talks about its drone program. Asked how their kill list can be justified, Gibbs replies that “When there are people who are trying to harm us, and have pledged to bring terror to these shores, we’ve taken that fight to them.” Since the kill list itself is secret, there’s no way to offer a specific counterexample. But we do know that U.S. drones are targeting people who’ve never pledged to carry out attacks in the United States. Take Pakistan, where the CIA kills some people without even knowing their identities.

Note that I am not saying one should vote for Romney. While we can assume there’s a pretty good chance Romney would be every bit as bad, Obama has left no doubt about what he is capable of. And please do check out the additional links below.

Former Obama White House Spokesman Justifies the Killing of a Teenager – Mother Jones: Still, the US government has never provided any evidence that the younger al-Awlaki was a terrorist or played an operational role in Al Qaeda, and it’s an elementary moral precept that children are not responsible for the sins of their parents. It’s one thing to argue that killing Anwar al-Awlaki was justified because of evidence he was part of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, (although one does not simply lose the constitutional right to due process as a US citizen by being abroad); it’s another to justify the killing of a teenager based on decisions made by his father.

Related links:
Can You Pull The Lever For Obama In 2012 In Good Conscience?
He Campaigned On Closing Gitmo, That Was Yesterday …
Abdulrahman al-Awlaki Death – Tom Junod on the Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama – Esquire
Readers Have a Stake in Obama’s Free-Speech Disconnect – The Public Editor –
ACLU Chief “Disgusted” With Obama’s Civil Liberties Record
White House Claims Right To Kill Americans Without Trial
Top Obama Adviser: Awlaki’s 16-Year-Old Son Should Have Had a More Responsible Father If He Wanted Us Not to Kill Him

  • brerarnold

    I’ve addressed this issue on my blog from the point of view of pacifism:

    Pacifism, for me, is a spiritual choice, not a political one. Politically, I am a Goldwater Anarchist. LOL.