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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

JUSTIFYING KILLING


The United States can lawfully kill a U.S. citizen overseas if it determines the target is a “senior, operational leader” of al-Qaeda or an "associated group" and poses an imminent threat to the United States, according to a Justice Department document published late Monday by NBC News.

"This is a chilling document," said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He called the document a “profoundly disturbing” summary of “a stunning overreach of executive authority — the claimed power to declare Americans a threat and kill them far from a recognized battlefield and without any judicial involvement before or after the fact.”
  
This issue is now rising to prominence as the national spotlight begins to shine on Obama's immoral and un-Constitutional drone program. On Thursday, John Brennan has his confirmation hearing where the Senate will go through the motions to decide if he should run the Central Intelligence Agency. Since he's the brains behind the drone war it will be interesting to watch how deeply the Senate probes and if they find the courage to defend the Constitution.

Brennan is currently Obama's chief counter-terrorism advisor. Obama wanted  to appoint Brennan as director of the CIA back in 2008. Brennan, however, pulled his name from consideration because of his controversial support for torture and extraordinary rendition to other countries where torture is commonplace and federal and international laws do not apply.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will conduct the hearings and the public is urged to send messages to their senators in opposition to Brennan's appointment.  The Intelligence Committee is composed of the following people:

Democrats Republicans
Dianne Feinstein,
California
Chairman
Saxby Chambliss,
Georgia
Vice Chairman
John D. Rockefeller IV,
West Virginia
Richard Burr,
North Carolina
Ron Wyden,
Oregon
James E. Risch,
Idaho
Barbara A. Mikulski,
Maryland
Daniel Coats,
Indiana
Mark Udall,
Colorado
Marco Rubio,
Florida
Mark Warner,
Virginia
Susan Collins,
Maine
Martin Heinrich,
New Mexico
bullet Tom Coburn,
Oklahoma
Angus King,
Maine


The Congressional Switchboard number is: (202) 224-3121

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