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Glenn Greenwald on Obama's Secret Drone War (And the Democrats Letting it Happen)

 
 
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 Glenn Greenwald turns his eye to the Obama administration's use of drones in foreign countries to target suspected terrorists, and the radio silence on the topic from Democrats. Specifically, a Washington Post  piece about its "vast drone/killing operation." Greenwald writes

In sum: the President can kill whomever he wants anywhere in the world (including U.S. citizens) without a shred of check or oversight, and has massively escalated these killings since taking office (at the time of Obama’s inauguration, the U.S. used drone attacks in only one country (Pakistan); under Obama, these attacks have occurred in at least six Muslim countries). Because it’s a Democrat (rather than big, bad George W. Bush) doing this, virtually no members of that Party utter a peep of objection (a few are willing to express only the most tepid, abstract “concerns” about the possibility of future abuse). And even though these systematic, covert killings are widely known and discussed in newspapers all over the world — particularly in the places where they continue to extinguish the lives of innocent people by the dozens, including children — Obama designates even the existence of the program a secret, which means our democratic representatives and all of official Washington are barred by the force of law from commenting on it or even acknowledging that a CIA drone program exists (a prohibition enforced by an administration that has prosecuted leaks it dislikes more harshly than any other prior administration). 

Read here for the whole piece, it's quite revealing and provocative. 

 

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Posted at December 28, 2011, 7:16am

 
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