Strange isn’t it. The Progressives have no trouble with Obama’s “Kill list”. But trouble with water boarding which might actually get information that would more likely save lives. I have been on the story of our drone bombing which has been causing many civilian casualties and instigating unrest from the populations. So here is an update on Obama’s list, First a bit of what is going down.
Somalia is the sixth country where the US military has engaged in unauthorized aerial bombing campaigns through the use of its remote-controlled aircraft.Press TV Ir
Here we go:
The matter may have lost some urgency after Nov. 6. But with more than 300 drone strikes and some 2,500 people killed by the Central Intelligence Agency and the military since Mr. Obama first took office, the administration is still pushing to make the rules formal and resolve internal uncertainty and disagreement about exactly when lethal action is justified.
“One of the things we’ve got to do is put a legal architecture in place, and we need Congressional help in order to do that, to make sure that not only am I reined in but any president’s reined in terms of some of the decisions that we’re making,” Mr. Obama told Jon Stewart in an appearance on “The Daily Show” on Oct. 18. (Chuckle time)
The administration of United States President Barack Obama feared they might lose re-election and in the weeks before Election Day began to develop a set of rules for using drones, according to a New York Times report by Scott Shane.
An unnamed official with the Obama administration told : (Link to NYT article-worth it) Shane
…“There was concern that the levers might no longer be in our hands,” said one official, speaking on condition of anonymity. With a continuing debate about the proper limits of drone strikes, Mr. Obama did not want to leave an “amorphous” program to his successor, the official said. The effort, which would have been rushed to completion by January had Mr. Romney won, will now be finished at a more leisurely pace, the official said.
The revelation is remarkable in that it shows GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney—not the fact that the power to extrajudicially kill people suspected of committing or having ties to terrorism was being claimed—was why the administration began to have increased concerns over drone warfare.
A video had circulated just after the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, where John Cook was stopping Democrats to ask if Romney could be trusted with the kill list. It was a shrewd way to expose how they had given Obama a pass to normalize targeted killings when they would not like the program if a Republican had the power. Lanny Davis, who served as special counsel to President Bill Clinton, said, “I’m not regarding that question as a serious questions so I’m not interested in your interview.” Sen. Charles Schumer answered, “I don’t think he’ll do that, but I think there are a lot of other issues we shouldn’t trust him on.” Gloria Allred, a lawyer known for taking women’s rights cases, did not answer the question but in a follow-up stated she would trust Obama “one thousand percent” with the decision to extrajudicially assassinate people on the kill list.
Full Story over at Fire Dog Lake well worth the full read