Saturday, December 24, 2011

We don't have to tell you commoners why

The DOJ has rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from the New York Times that asked the agency to reveal the legal basis for the newly unveiled American program of strategic drone-attack assassinations of American citizens off the field of battle.

Summary:

* The government dropped a bomb on a U.S. citizen,

* who, though a total dick and probably a criminal, may have been engaged only in propaganda,

* which, though despicable, is generally protected by the First Amendment;

* it did so without a trial or even an indictment (that we know of),

* based at least in part on evidence it says it has but won't show anyone,

* and on a legal argument it has apparently made but won't show anyone,

* and the very existence of which it will not confirm or deny;

* although don't worry, because the C.I.A. would never kill an American without having somebody do a memo first;

* and this is the "most transparent administration ever";

* currently run by a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
- Boing Boing

9 comments:

Brock Townsend said...

Good find and posted.

Snakebite said...

It's gonna be so bad if the GOP screws this up, that I might just have to flee the country to keep from being a (radical right wing "DHS Terrorist")casualty of patriotism.

SanyoSoup said...

Totally divorced from the rant you posted, Merry Christmas Kenny!

I don't always agree with what you post, but you are always a live wire.

Sanyo

Sammy said...

Oh shit. I missed this story. At the risk of exposing my dumbassitude, did this actually happen? If yeah, any suggestions as to where to get more info?

wirecutter said...

Calm down, Sammy. Hypothetical situation, although the blogger involved does kinda sorta sound like me, huh? Especially the part about him being a dick.

Josh K. said...

Sammy -

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/01/world/la-fg-awlaki-killed-20111001

;-)
Merry Christmas

Josh K. said...

Oops that said off the battle field.

orbitup said...

Well, when you put it that way it sounds bad.

Hello Birdy said...

The murdered American you speak of, was Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki who advised and comforted the lunatic who screamed Ali Akbar on a military base and murdered 13 American soldiers and wounded about 30 others. That was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

Obama has murdered Awlaki, for his part, but still refuse to call Hasan a radical muslim terrorist. Ali Akbar notwithstanding.