God bless Glenn Greenwald!

who continues to chronicle our devolution into a Police State and who gives it to his fellow Lefties with all the shaming power their disgusting hypocrisy deserves:

When Obama officials (like Bush officials before them) refer to someone “who is a senior operational leader of Al Qaeda or associated forces,” what they mean is this: someone the President has accused and then decreed in secret to be a Terrorist without ever proving it with evidence. The “process” used by the Obama administration to target Americans for execution-by-CIA is, as reported last October by Reuters, as follows:

American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions . . . There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council . . . Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.

As Leon Panetta recently confirmed, the President makes the ultimate decision as to whether the American will be killed: “[The] President of the United States obviously reviews these cases, reviews the legal justification, and in the end says, go or no go.”

So that is the “process” which Eric Holder yesterday argued constitutes “due process” as required by the Fifth Amendment before the government can deprive of someone of their life: the President and his underlings are your accuser, your judge, your jury and your executioner all wrapped up in one, acting in total secrecy and without your even knowing that he’s accused you and sentenced you to death, and you have no opportunity even to know about, let alone confront and address, his accusations; is that not enough due process for you? At Esquire, Charles Pierce, writing about Holder’s speech, described this best: “a monumental pile of crap that should embarrass every Democrat who ever said an unkind word about John Yoo.”

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I’ve obviously written about the Obama assassination program many times before but there are several points worth examining in light of Holder’s speech and the reaction to it:

(1) The willingness of Democrats to embrace and defend this power is especially reprehensible because of how completely, glaringly and obviously at odds it is with everything they loudly claimed to believe during the Bush years. Recall two of the most significant “scandals” of the Bush War on Terror: his asserted power merely to eavesdrop on and detain accused Terrorists without judicial review of any kind. Remember all that? Progressives endlessly accused Bush of Assaulting Our Values and “shredding the Constitution” simply because Bush officials wanted to listen in on and detain suspected Terrorists — not kill them, just eavesdrop on and detain them — without first going to a court and proving they did anything wrong. Yet here is a Democratic administration asserting not merely the right to surveil or detain citizens without charges or judicial review, but to kill them without any of that: a far more extreme, permanent and irreversible act. Yet, with some righteous exceptions, the silence is deafening, or worse.

How can anyone who vocally decried Bush’s mere eavesdropping and detention powers without judicial review possibly justify Obama’s executions without judicial review? How can the former (far more mild powers) have been such an assault on Everything We Stand For while the latter is a tolerable and acceptable assertion of war powers? If Barack Obama has the right to order accused Terrorists executed by the CIA because We’re At War, then surely George Bush had the right to order accused Terrorists eavesdropped on and detained on the same ground.

That the same Party and political faction that endlessly shrieked about Bush’s eavesdropping and detention programs now tolerate Obama’s execution program is one of the most extreme and craven acts of dishonesty we’ve seen in quite some time.

Not, of course, that we on the Right haven’t had our own love affair with the Police State going since we whored for torture and the Patriot Act. But we didn’t leaven our enthusiasm for the truncheon with the base alloy of hypocrisy: we celebrated the destruction of civil rights with naked pagan approval and closed ranks to attack those who dared to question the erection of the torture state. We wrote frank apologetics for acts of murder. We have since gone on to celebrate Mr. Catholic for calling cold-blooded murder “wonderful”.  We made it clear on the Right from day one that we thought torture was swell.  And so Greenwald can write with bitter irony, “By stark contrast, rightwing leaders, pundits and bloggers are being commendably consistent: they cheered for Bush’s due-process-free eavesdropping and detention programs and, based on exactly the same reasoning, they now lavishly praise President Obama for extending that mentality to assassinations.”  Good job Team Conservative!  You haven’t even *tried* to pretend to care about the Constitution or grave intrinsic evil here, so nobody can lay a glove on you with the whole “hypocrisy” charge (though that whole “GOP Jesus” vibe does rather have a whiff of sulfur about it if you ask me).

But on the Left, fake moral dudgeon was the order of day–while it was Bush in office.  Yes, the Lefties were going to show us the new Post-Christian Right Morality that doesn’t need God and just Does the Right Thing because of their native virtue.

How’s that working out for you guys?  How come Greenwalds are so few and far between, but excuse makers and stony silence are the order of the day?  With the exception of a few honorable Lefties like Greenwald, you hear crickets.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I am not a “secret Obama supporter”. The Left specializes in this kind of fake moral outrage and long has done so.  But they are every inch the police state fascists who are willing to smash human rights and civil rights and call it “keeping you safe” as they seize power.  I’ll take the Left seriously when they demonstrate the same amount of moral dudgeon over their God King as they do having fake moral panic attacks over some radio talking head. Greenwald sees the difference between straining at the Limbaugh gnat and swallowing the camel of Presidentially-authorized murder.  I see precious little evidence the rest of the Regressive Left knows or cares.  Hence the unbelievably arrogant campaign to smash the Church as well. Caesar is a jealous god and his sycophants and toadies are thick on the ground.

Please. Do read the whole thing. You now live in a police state with a Ruling Class that claims unchecked power to kill you. Only custom and the inertia of culture protects you. Law no longer does. It was a bipartisan effort and it took the combined labors of Lefties and Righties to achieve it, but working together ideologues from across the political spectrum have successfully put ordered liberty on life support in the US and will, soon, pull the plug if they are not stopped. They will blame each other as they do it, while boasting that they themselves are saving you, but they will do it nonetheless.

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  • keddaw

    Such laws from a Constitutional Scholar no less.

    Here is Penn Teller on why El Presidente shouldn’t be allowed the healthcare powers (never mind murder powers):

    • keddaw

      That should read “Penn from Penn & Teller”.

      • Rosemarie


        That *was* an excellent video by Penn.

        No matter how much you like the man, don’t give *any* president too much power because someday one of his successors might just use it in a way you won’t like. Yes! Too bad more people aren’t out there explaining it that way.

  • Stephen M. O’Brien

    Glenn Greenwald is the secularist Mark Shea, and Mark Shea is the Catholic Glenn Greenwald. Let’s pray for Greenwald’s conversion to the Faith. It would be awesome to have him fighting on our side.

    • Tominellay

      …yes, it would…

  • Joseph

    This is sad but true and I don’t think you can mention it enough.

  • Steve P

    Yes, I suppose it’s too much to expect for people to get fired up about paying for contraception if they don’t even object to the Executive’s power to murder you without due process… Lord, have mercy.

  • Beadgirl

    Who cares if Obama does this, as long as he gives us free birth control, right?!?!?

  • Bin Laden was never arrested or put on trial either. I don’t object to his having been killed by SEALS in Pakistan. What were they supposed to do – knock on the door of his compound and hand him a summons?

    If people hang out with and work with AQ they put themselves and everyone around them at risk. If you live and work in the back of beyond in a country like Yemen, there may be no alternative to termination with extreme prejudice.

    There are always assets and sources involved in these operations. They have to be secret for the sake of everyone involved.

    • Joseph

      Spoken like a true British Black & Tan. That 50 year-old mother of six helped some IRA men escape pursuit through her barn. Kill her.

      • Mike Petrik

        No, just leave her alone for fifteen minutes with the mothers of their victims.

        • Joseph

          Black & Tans? Well, I suspect you’re no history buff, eh?

        • Joseph

          Regardless, that would be a more “just” punishment than automatic execution without a trial.

      • You might also charge me with being one of Attila’s Huns. I’m more than a thousand years old.

        • Joseph

          Vampires are so technically savvy these days.

          • De drrawbreedge is awp, you vill haff to spend de naiiight.

    • Rosemarie


      Bin Laden himself wasn’t an American citizen and there was no doubt he was a terrorist, since he had taken credit for various attacks. The concern with Obama’s power grab is that POTUS can now declare any American citizen a “terrorist” and order his or her extermination, with no recourse to due process.

      I don’t know for sure whether he will abuse this power, but even if he doesn’t what about his successors? What if some radically pro-abortion person becomes president some day and declares pro-lifers who protest in front of abortion clinics to be “domestic terrorists?” Will they send the military to open fire on peaceful clinic demonstrators?

      Maybe that sounds crazy; maybe an atrocity like that will never happen, but hopefully I’ve made my point. Though if someone had told me ten years ago that within a decade airline passengers would have to submit to being felt up by federal agents before boarding a plane, I would have thought he was crazy, too. If we’ve fallen so far in just ten years, how far might we go in ten more? It hurts me that I can no longer say, “That can’t happen here; this is America!”

  • BTW, AQ is now engaged in blowing up people by the dozens in Iraq. What makes you think they wouldn’t do the same here? – as indeed they have recently attempted to do. Ask any SWAT team what they may and usually do to armed and dangerous people.

  • Ask the Russians too. Use the words ‘Beslan’ and ‘Nord Ost”.

  • Matt Talbot

    So, we have a party that doesn’t object to the slide toward tyranny, and a party that actively pursues it.


    We need a party that is for the restoration of the rule of law . This is an emergency.

    • Richard Johnson

      No, we already have several such parties out there (Green, Libertarian, etc.). What we need are people who have the courage to stop voting for the lesser of two evils and instead vote *for* their convictions.

  • Mark R

    I am afraid this police state trend is just something we will see more of as the United States and Europe are becoming more dependent on trade and energy with states with low regard for representative democracy and human rights (i.e. China, Russia, the Mid-East). The West will lack resolve out of neccessity to buck the police state trend for its own material survival and we will become like other non-Western countries.

  • Joannie

    I heard about the Super Tuesday results from yesterday and according to Drudge Mitt Romney won the majority of states including my own state of Ohio, while Rick Santorum won a few states as well like Oklahoma. Newt Gingrich even won at least one state Georgia. But how many states did Ron Paul win NONE. It really bothers me how people don’t seem to care about the NDAA and the war against the civil rights of Americans as well as the endless War on Terror and the sabre rattling against Syria and Iran. Apparently unless there was more voter fraud or if the Veterans votes were not counted than the American Electorate does not care about any of these things. God Help Us!

  • A Random Friar

    Tribalism: our united states getting ready to hang separately.

  • keddaw