GOOD MORNING WORLD
Yesterday I awoke with a clear picture of what to write and today my brain is as scattered as pick up sticks. So many things are floating around there that the Wicked Witch from the West could be up there on her broom driving them like she led the Flying Monkeys in the original movie.
We have just discovered that the Justice Department has deemed it okay to have drones kill Americans if someone high up thinks this American is involved in a terrorist plot or action. Now this is really comforting, sarcasm intended.
Is this a contradiction? Does anyone remember the outrage against water boarding and that was against the enemies? John Kerry, our new Secretary of State, and Joe Biden, the current Vice President, were very vocal Senators about their outrage of this. The mainstream media was all over it. For days and still there was nothing else except how bad water boarding was in our news. Our current President has spoken often about NOT water boarding. There were calls to impeach George Bush over water boarding. Have you heard anything about it being okay to kill Americans with drones? Impeaching this President?
The story broke with NBC news. Is it on the front page of your paper? Think it is in the New York Times. It is amazing that the Constitution is being ripped apart yet again and no one is screaming!! Here are some sources for this info – do not take it from me.
EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans
By Michael Isikoff
National Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
White House calls drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil ‘legal,’ ‘ethical’ and ‘wise’ – even without evidence of a pending attack
-The U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be ‘senior operational leaders’ of Al Qaeda or ‘an associated force,’ the memo states
-The U.S. government can do so even if there is no clear evidence that the American targeted is engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
-NBC reported the news after obtaining and releasing the memo
-The Justice Department told MailOnline that it would not comment on the news
PUBLISHED: 23:58 EST, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:55 EST, 5 February 2013
The White House is declining to explain its criteria for directing drone attacks against American citizens working abroad with terrorists following revelations that the administration requires no evidence of a pending attack to justify a strike.
‘These strikes are legal, they are ethical and they are wise,’ White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday.
He declined to discuss in detail a newly disclosed Justice Department memo saying only that the target must be involved in ongoing plotting against the United States for a strike to be justified.
WASHINGTON — A report Monday night on the nature of the administration’s drone program has the potential to dramatically revamp the debate over President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and the confirmation process for his incoming cabinet.
The report, by Michael Isikoff of NBC News, reveals that the Obama administration believes that high-level administration officials — not just the president — may order the killing of “senior operational leaders” of al Qaeda or an associated force even without evidence they are actively plotting against the U.S.
“A lawful killing in self-defense is not an assassination,” states the Justice Department white paper quoted by Isikoff.
The 16-page memo, given to Congress in June, is not the final Office of Legal Counsel memo that news organizations have sued to obtain. But it offers plenty of insight into the government’s justification for killing American citizens in overseas drone strikes.
The paper states that the U.S. would be able to kill a U.S. citizen overseas when “an informed, high-level official of the U.S. government” determines the target is an imminent threat, when capture would be infeasible and when the operation is “conducted consistent with applicable law of war principles.”
The other scattered thoughts could not be documented as well. I understand it took over 60 ‘takes’ to get that ‘Go-Daddy’ Super Bowl commercial kiss ad correct. Over 60 ‘takes’? That geek was no dummy!!!
Then I was wondering who really was Pete or Tobie or Coxey’s Army? These names come from sayings I have used in my life. In my high school year book my favorite saying was ‘Honest to Pete’. When someone does not spend money we say they are ‘tight as Tobie’. When there is a lot of food left over the saying is that I cooked enough for ‘Coxey’s Army’. I have not found out who Pete and Tobie are to answer the question of those idioms. I did discover who Coxey was years ago when we looked it up in the encyclopedia.
From the web: http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Coxey’s+Army
Group of unemployed men who marched to Washington, D.C., in the depression year of 1894. Jacob S. Coxey (1854–1951), a businessman, led the group, which hoped to persuade Congress to authorize public-works programs to provide jobs. It left Ohio on March 25 and reached Washington on May 1 with about 500 men, the only one of several groups to reach its destination. It attracted much attention but failed to bring about any legislation.
That brings me to another scattered thought. How many children today know what an encyclopedia is? Our youngest grandson discovered ours last weekend. I have no idea why I still have them except that they are decorative and no one else wants them. They are Funk and Wagnalls with gold and burgundy spines. I bought them for $1 a book at the grocery store. They were once well used.
…and there it is…once well used. My teeth are falling apart. All these scattered thoughts are probably due to the fact that within the next 3 hours I will be sitting in a dentist chair having a root canal. I would rather think about anything else other than that. This is my very least favorite type of medical issue. I know some wonderful dentists that treated me with such kindness as they knew of my angst.
I am hoping this guy today is one of them. The last time I went to this group for the same thing the lady I got was robotic. She grunted a hello and drilled and left. Think I mentioned her earlier in my posts. I refused to have her again. Hopefully the new man will be better. Hopefully……
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…