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Barack Obama made headlines this week when he shed public tears over the loss of children’s lives to gun violence.
My being an Anarchist precludes me from ascribing any political affiliation to the worthiness of life. I feel all people are equal and their lives just as important, be they rich, poor, or live behind one border or another, or rally under a particular flag. That said, I find it disgusting that Mr. Obama melodramatize grief over the loss of lives from gun violence when Mr. Obama is responsible for equally tragic loss of life resulting from U.S. drone strikes abroad in the specious “war on terror”.
I don’t know if I would characterize Mr. Obama’s display as crocodile tears, or crock-of-shit tears. I find it hard to believe that a man responsible for the taking of other children’s lives would feel any remorse for the loss of life at the hands of others not under his charge. At the time of this post, loss of life in grades K-12 in the U.S. is stated to be at 160 children (source https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_school_shootings,_1990-present). Likewise, the loss of children’s life in Pakistan alone is estimated to be 168 (2004 – 2015). The total across all countries where the U.S. engages in drone strikes is greater, and this does not take into account non-drone actions such as troop-related killings. (source https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/02/02/almost-2500-killed-covert-us-drone-strikes-obama-inauguration/)
Be that as it may, this is but one more item in the “why I loathe government” bucket. State-sponsored murder goes unnoticed, while the moral decay of an uncaring people turns itself inward and brings home the message that allegiance amounts to accepting murder on some scale, and the loss of innocent life at home is a reflection of our actions exercised abroad.
This article does not investigate whether politicians can be assassinated by civilians for, not only constitutional transgressions, but for basic violations of human decency. Therefore, by failing to difinitely address that issue or to otherwise identify any barrier to such action, they tacitly acknowlege the justification for doing so. Funny how that works.
The Treason Clause of the U.S. Constitution specifically delineates what process should be taken when dealing with American citizens who are accused of becoming enemy combatants against their own country. This clause does NOT allow the federal government to assassinate them under any pretense whatsoever. What it does allow for, is due process, the requirement of at least two plausible witnesses, and a jury of their peers to hear both sides of the case. What the Bush and Obama administrations have done over the past decade is very carefully craft a judicial “grey area” in which the law is left open to very broad interpretation, and, they have circumvented civil liberties by attempting to re-categorize certain activities and undesirables using national security and military protocols. Ultimately, this feeds an atmosphere not of order but of lawlessness on the part of the political machine. Legislation like the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and the executive option of assassination of American citizens, completely removes the foundational pillar of innocence until proven guilty. Leadership must be bound by SPECIFIC legal guidelines of what it can and cannot do. The law has to apply to government, even more so than the citizenry, otherwise, the balance of power is lost, and so is our nation.
The Obama administration has adopted the same stance. If a U.S. citizen joins al-Qaeda, “it doesn’t really change anything from the standpoint of whether we can target them,” a senior administration official said. “They are then part of the enemy.”
Both the CIA and the JSOC maintain lists of individuals, called “High Value Targets” and “High Value Individuals,” whom they seek to kill or capture. The JSOC list includes three Americans, including Aulaqi, whose name was added late last year. As of several months ago, the CIA list included three U.S. citizens, and an intelligence official said that Aulaqi’s name has now been added.
Above, FBI Director Robert Mueller tries to evade the question of whether the federal government considers Americans on American soil as viable targets for assassination. By doing so, he actually answers quite clearly our concerns in the Liberty Movement. By avoiding the query, he silently admits that the government is, indeed, at least considering the possibility of enemy combatant status for citizens here at home. There is no longer any need for debate over where exactly D.C. stands on this. Obama has tried to dance around the issue of the NDAA and indefinite detention, “promising” he will not apply it to U.S. citizens, but clearly, if he is willing to kill us without trial, then he is certainly willing to throw us in a concrete box without trial. The bottom line; the people of this country are not going to acquiesce to this kind of totalitarian behavior from a historically unpopular Congress and President, and so, the elites have to engage in word games and semantics until they achieve an event or set of social circumstances that generate enough fear and desperation within the populace to force such abuses of power through…
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