Holder Defends Execution Without Charges
Via Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com: “In a speech at Northwestern University yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder provided the most detailed explanation yet for why the Obama administration believes it has the authority to secretly target U.S. citizens for execution by the CIA without even charging them with a crime, notifying them of the accusations, or affording them an opportunity to respond, instead condemning them to death without a shred of transparency or judicial oversight. The administration continues to conceal the legal memorandum it obtained to justify these killings, and, as The New York Times’ Charlie Savage noted, Holder’s “speech contained no footnotes or specific legal citations, and it fell far short of the level of detail contained in the Office of Legal Counsel memo…” The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
How anyone can defend Obama just shows me that Americans will put up with the lesser of two evils and stay complacent with upholding the two-party corporatist and militarist duopoly, that prevents a true democratic and environmentally, economically, and politically just party from restructuring our society to be more just and sustainable that actually stands for justice for all.
Obama is worse than Bush on these civil rights abuses - and has gone far beyond what even Bush would have done. Bush didn’t claim the right to assassinate American citizens and hold them indefinitely. Obama explicitly asked for that power, and now he got it with the NDAA.
Yet, Americans will just vote for Obama because they do not have the political will to right these wrongs. I will never understand how people can be so complacent with serious political abuses going on, the shriveling of our civil liberties and the greatest economic disparity since the 1920s. Obama’s new JOBS act just makes it easier for investors to speculate on the stock market.
The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people … white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means … continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you … they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all … at all … at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their ass everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream, ’cause you have to be asleep to believe it …”