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So much for the home of the brave.

24 Apr

Your leaders on crack.  These are the same guys who overwhelmingly voted for the 2011 and 2012 NDAA’s, which allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens, and find no issue with a President who declares he can kill Americans at his whim with no charges, arrest or trial taking place.  Oh, except that brave, brave Sir Rand, who stood up against the Obama Drone America program, right?

Description of this video clip from youtube user who uploaded  it:

Remember when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stood up on the Senate floor for nearly 13 hours in an ideological protest of the Obama administration’s hypothetical authority to use drone technology to kill U.S. citizens on American soil? Well, now he’s saying killing a certain U.S. citizen on some specific American soil in Watertown, Massachusetts last Friday may not have been the worst thing in the world.

During an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network Monday night, Paul attempted to make a distinction between the American “sitting in a café” example he has often cited and the “imminent threat” faced by Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night. “I’ve never argued against any technology being used when you have an imminent threat, an active crime going on,” Paul said. Though his next example offered up a disturbingly low bar for the predator drone option. “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and fifty dollars in cash,” he said, “I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”

Yes, that is exactly what he said.  So much for ideological stances and moral rectitude.  He doesn’t care if a cop or a drone kills a guy running out of a store?  Really?  Drone-bomb the fucker on the mere suspicion he stole fifty bucks?   The alternative is letting the cops kill anyone they suspect of a crime, right there on the street?  That’s your “imminent danger” and your two suggested solutions?   Although perhaps if the standard is going to be an “active crime going on”, there are quite a few banks and corporations – not to mention the entirety of Wall Street and Capital Hill – that would fit the criteria.

Frontier justice, baby.  It’s a free-for-all in the land of the free, now in free-fall.

And then there are these swell senators – hey, y’all elected these people, if election results are to be believed – baying for the chance to officially incorporate the idea of everywhereness into the War on Terror:

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC), John McCain (AZ), and Kelly Ayotte (NH) lashed out at liberals and libertarians on Tuesday, claiming it was dangerous to oppose the notion the United States was a “battlefield.”

The three senators have been pushing for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be treated as an enemy combatant for intelligence purposes. The term enemy combatant was controversially used by the Bush administration to refer to alleged members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, making them neither criminals nor prisoners of war.

Speaking on the Senate floor, the three Republicans said the government should expand the definition of an enemy combatant to include any domestic terrorists inspired by “radical Islam.” They said Tsarnaev should be interrogated as an enemy combatant before being transferred to the civilian justice system, despite the fact he is an American citizen. […]

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/23/republican-trio-push-to-militarize-u-s-response-to-domestic-terrorism/

As we watch it all crumble in real time, let’s remember that old saw, “At least Mussolini made the trains run on time.”  (Although Snopes says that is an urban legend.  See: http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/trains.asp)  We can’t even manage that.

Some 1,200 flights were delayed Monday thanks to staffing cuts put into effect because of sequestration, the Federal Aviation Administration said today.

Air travelers throughout the country were hit with cancellations and tarmac delays as long as four hours, as the nation’s largest airports grappled with the onset of the air-traffic controllers furloughs. Another 1,400 flights were delayed for the usual reasons: “weather and other factors,” the FAA said in a statement.

“Industry-wide, the FAA plan could delay one out of every three people who fly, and the delays could be significant,” United Airlines says.

Though the furloughs had little impact when they started on Sunday, delays were building quickly Monday. Reports of late takeoffs at O’Hare, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, New York’s LaGuardia, Los Angeles International and Charlotte-Douglas International in Charlotte, N.C., were widespread. In many cases, planes left the gate, only to sit on the tarmac for extended periods of time, while many flights were cancelled. Flights into cities such as Washington and New York were delayed by more than two hours as a result of the furloughs, the FAA told the Associated Press. […]

http://articles.marketwatch.com/2013-04-23/finance/38730530_1_sequestration-cuts-furloughs-faa

See also: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/04/23/furl-a23.html

A relative trying to book a cross-country flight for next week was told that none of his connecting flights were guaranteed, as the airlines are not sure which flights will be canceled a week from now.  You are flying by the seat of your pants, so to speak, and he was warned that despite what his ticket may say, he could end up sitting in an airport for any length of time waiting to be placed on the next available flight.  (“For days? Is that what you are saying?”  “Yeah, we don’t know in advance which flights we will have to cancel.”)

Maybe if we are just willing to give up our social security and a few other assorted “goodies”, they’ll let us travel again.

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 24, 2013 in civil rights, Congress, drones, economy

 

3 responses to “So much for the home of the brave.

  1. laura

    April 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Was waiting to hear what your thoughts would be on this Teri and wasn’t disappointed. Nice job!!! Rage against the machine sister.

    Don’t know if you saw this posted at GG’s today (hopeful):

    http://www.lawfareblog.com/2013/04/post-boston-polls-find-americans-increasingly-unwilling-to-trade-freedom-for-security/

    I have a recent vid that shows how authoritarian governments use violence to keep people passive and silent. (Milton likes it 😉 It’s here:

    Chin up!
    Laura

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  2. teri

    April 25, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I think this is your best video yet, Laura. Although it is not as explosively graphic as some of your earlier ones, it makes a huge point in an understated way; very effective.

    Might I post it here on the blog?

    -Teri

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  3. laura

    April 25, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Thanks Teri! Sure, of course use it. I spelled Yemen wrong once but I guess that’s not the end of the world.

    Laura

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