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February 4, 2010

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS IT HAS RIGHT TO KILL YOU WHEN YOU'RE OVERSEAS

Anti- War - In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told representatives that American citizens can be assassinated by the US government when they are oveseas.

Blair said the comments were intended to "reassure" Americans that there was a "set of defined policy and legal procedures" in place and that such assassinations are always carried out by the book.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R - MI) inquired about the procedures involved, asking what the legal framework was under which Americans could be killed by the intelligence community.

Blair insisted that under no circumstances would Americans be assassinated overseas for criticizing the government, adding "we don't target people for free speech." Rather they are subject to assassination when the government decides they are a threat and when they "get specific permission." Exactly who was giving that permission was unclear.

The US has killed Americans in overseas attacks before, but only as "collateral damage." It has never admitted to explicitly assassinating an American citizen before. . .


2 Comments:

Anonymous Effective free speech seems to be fatal. said...

If you look at the Americans the CIA has killed, notably RFK and MLK e.g., they were killed exactly for their speech which the Rockefeller crowd considered dangerous and inconvenient. Whenever someone has the eloquence to unite poor and middleclass Americans of all colors, they seem to wind up suddenly dead.

February 4, 2010 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the people who were pushing for Bush's impeachment because of Gitmo and torture will call for Obama's impeachment because he's deploying death squads around the world (no indictment, no trial, just a Hellfire missile on you and your family).

Well, maybe not.

February 4, 2010 9:12 PM  

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