So, let’s get this straight: Two years ago President Obama ordered the assassination-by-drone of an American citizen overseas. The fellow was successfully vaporized.
And according to Wednesday afternoon’s headlines, Obama just now “agrees” to share with Congress the memos he relied on for his legal justification to kill that American. And by extension, others that Obama or his successors might deem expendable for “national security” reasons.
This from the arugula-loving Democrat who professed such profound moral outrage over the non-lethal (Republican) terrorist interrogation process called waterboarding. The brief senator who said such “extreme” measures, producing priceless intelligence saving countless lives, violated American morality and war conduct, albeit without killing. And that waterboarding undermined the rule of law.
But whacking an American terrorism suspect on foreign soil with no hearing or evidence beyond geographical proximity to other suspected terrorists is fine? And for two whole years was unworthy of explanation to the equal branch of elected government that declares war? Seriously?
Wasn’t this what the Soviets were doing to perceived domestic security threats abroad for so many years? But it’s OK now because the intelligence agency doing the killing is our CIA instead of their KGB?
Is there a civil liberties attorney in the house?
We’re going to hear a whole lot more about this issue today and beyond. That’s because John Brennan is a key architect of Obama’s “There-he-is, let-him-have-it” drone assassination strategy. And Brennan begins his Senate confirmation hearings today to become director of said CIA.