Senator Angus King: Drones Are ‘A More Humane Weapon’


These Independents are a menace. What is with these Maine folks who keep forgetting about the Constitution? Before the video, just a refresher on part of the NDAA.

Senator Angus King (I., Maine) appeared on MSNBC Friday to review his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that pressed CIA Director nominee John Brennan about the White House’s drone program.

King spoke in favor of drones, describing the targeting killings as “smart artillery” and “civilized.” King did clarify that due process must be included in drone strikes. Sure.

NDAA: (For those who want more info: John Conners on the NDAA  and the ACLU  for more on U,S, soil is cosidered a battlefied).

In a stunning move that has civil libertarians stuttering with disbelief, the U.S. Senate has just passed a bill that effectively ends the Bill of Rights in America.
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The National Defense Authorization Act is being called the most traitorous act ever witnessed in the Senate, and the language of the bill is cleverly designed to make you think it doesn’t apply to Americans, but toward the end of the bill it essentially says it can apply to Americans ”if we want it to.”
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This bill, passed late last night in a 93-7 vote, declares the entire USA to be a ”battleground” upon which U.S. military forces can operate with impunity, overriding Posse Comitatus and granting the military the unchecked power to arrest, detain, interrogate and even assassinate U.S. citizens with impunity.
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Even WIRED magazine was outraged at this bill, reporting:
Senate Wants the Military to Lock You Up Without Trial
…the detention mandate to use indefinite military detention in terrorism cases isn’t limited to foreigners. It’s confusing, because two different sections of the bill seem to contradict each other, but in the judgment of the University of Texas’ Robert Chesney — a nonpartisan authority on military detention — “U.S. citizens are included in the grant of detention authority.”

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Maine independent Sen. Angus King made the case that the use of drone warfare actually is not as evil as some of the detractors have suggested.

According to King, drones are less likely to inflict casualties upon civilians than other military operations undertaken in the last 1,000 years of warfare.

“To be honest, I believe that drones are a lot more civilized than what we used to do, you know, when [William Tecumseh] Sherman shelled Atlanta or when the Allies firebombed Dresden in World War II, it was all collateral damage. It was virtually all civilians. And that’s the way — that was the way of war until very recently,” he said. “The drones, although there is some collateral damage, basically is a very smart artillery shell. And we’ve been shooting artillery shells over miles and miles for many years and hoping they hit the right target. I think there’s just something creepy about drones that they can be controlled and people are uneasy about it. But if you put it in a context of 1,000 years of war, I think it’s actually a more humane weapon because it can be targeted to specific enemies and specific people.”

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11 Responses to “Senator Angus King: Drones Are ‘A More Humane Weapon’”

  1. Teresa Rice Says:

    Tom’s right, too many have been programmed that both the Constitution and Bible are unimportant things of the past – relics irrelevant to this day and age. If this was any other president I think he would have been impeached for all his unconstitutional actions by now.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      No question. Nixon sure got it for a breaking and entering coverup.

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  2. Steve Dennis Says:

    I wonder how many people even know about the NDAA at this point, hopefully they never find out about it the hard way. With the NDAA and the FAA Re-authorization Act we are on incredibly dangerous ground and I for one do not trust this president at all.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      True indeed. And not so sure I want to trust any other President in the future. We have due process for a reason.

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  3. Designs by Dianne Says:

    It’s all civilized and smart until “they themselves get poked in the eye” with one. Then it’s a different story. As long as their behind the joy stick they support it.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Nothing like having a family member or oneself get one up the kazoo to have a different point of view/

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  4. Asylum Watch Says:

    I may live in a socialist hell hole but, you , my friend, now live in a military dictatorship. If this doesn’t get Americans off their asses and into the streets, I don’t know what will. Do ypu know where we can read the text of this bill?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      http://johnconner1984.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/battlefield-u-s-a-s-1867-national-defense-authorization-act-on-freedomlink-radio/

      Check out this link

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      • bunkerville Says:

        In response to proponents of the indefinite detention legislation who contend that the bill “applies to American citizens and designates the world as the battlefield,” and that the “heart of the issue is whether or not the United States is part of the battlefield,” Sen. Udall disagrees, and says that we can win this fight without worldwide war and worldwide indefinite detention.

        The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made their goals very clear that they want an okay for a worldwide military battlefield, that even extends to your hometown. That is an extreme position that will forever change our country. The amendment was voted down.I added the ACLU website link.

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  5. Citizen Tom Says:

    Our leaders don’t care what is in the Constitution. What they care about is what they think, what they call realistic and pragmatic.

    Isaiah 5:20-21 American Standard Version (ASV)

    20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

    Unfortunately, the public school system has taught generations of Americans that the Constitution and the Bible are unimportant. So we have elected too many dishonorable people, people who dishonor their oath of office, to lead us.

    They are still some men and women willing to fight for that which is right.

    http://citizentom.com/2012/05/17/judges-ruling-blocks-indefinite-military-detention/

    We will have to work to elect them.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks Tom. We are living in dangerous times aren’t we. Thanks for the link.

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