Obama’s Expanding Kill List

“Expect no help from “progressives,” who believe in Obama more than they believe in liberty.”

Prosecutors always expand laws far beyond their intent. Attorneys in civil cases do the same. For example, the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act was passed in order to make it easier for the government to convict members of the Mafia. However, the law, despite its intent, was quickly expanded by prosecutors and attorneys and used in cases against pro-life activists, Catholic bishops, corporations accused of hiring illegal immigrants, and in divorce cases. “Junk bond king” Michael Milken, a person with no ties to organized crime, was threatened with indictment under the RICO Act. Prosecutors have found that the asset freeze provision in the Act is a convenient way to prevent a defendant from being able to pay attorneys and, therefore, makes it easier for prosecutors to coerce innocent defendants into a guilty plea.

We are now witnessing the expansion of Obama’s Kill List. The list began under the Bush regime as a rationale for murdering suspect citizens of countries with which the US was not at war. The Obama regime expanded the scope of the list to include the execution, without due process of law, of US citizens accused, without evidence presented in court, of association with terrorism. The list quickly expanded to include the American teen-age son of a cleric accused of preaching jihad against the West. The son’s “association” with terrorism apparently was his blood relationship to his father.

As Glenn Greenwald recently wrote, the power of government to imprison and to murder its citizens without due process of law is the certain mark of dictatorship. Dictatorship is government unconstrained by law. On February 10 the Wall Street Journal revealed that the Obama dictatorship now intends to expand the Kill List to include those accused of acting against foreign governments. Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an “Algerian militant” accused of planning the January attack on an Algerian natural gas facility, has been chosen as the threat that is being used to expand Obama’s Kill List to include participants in the internal disputes and civil wars of every country.

If the Obama regime is on the side of the government, as in Algeria, it will kill the rebels opposing the government. If the Obama regime is on the side of the rebels, as in Libya, it will kill the government’s leaders. Whether Washington sends a drone to murder Putin and the president of China remains to be seen. But don’t be surprised if Washington has targeted the president of Iran.

The elasticity of the Kill List and its easy expansion makes it certain that Washington will be involved in extra-judicial executions of those “associated with terrorism” over much of the world. Americans themselves should be alarmed, because the term “association with terrorism” is very elastic. Federal prosecutors have interpreted the term to include charitable contributions to Palestinians.

The next time former US Representative Cynthia McKinney gets on an aid ship to Palestine, will Washington give the green light to Israel to kill her as a terrorist agent for her association with aid to Gaza, ruled by the “terrorist organization,” Hamas?

Already a year or two ago, the director of Homeland Security said that the federal police agency’s focus had shifted from terrorists to “domestic extremists,” another elastic and undefined term. A domestic extremist will be all who disagree with Washington. They also are headed for the Kill List.

Where is the government going with this? The most likely outcome is that everyone disliked or distrusted by those who have the power to add to the Kill List will find themselves on the list. The government can expand the Kill List beyond the original intent as easily as the RICO Act was expanded beyond its original intent.

As the Founding Fathers knew and the American people have forgot, no one is safe in a dictatorship.

Clearly, the American public lacks sufficient comprehension to remain a free people. All indications are that the large majority of Americans fear alleged terrorists in distant lands more than they fear their government’s acquisition of dictatorial powers over them–powers that allow government to place itself above the law and to be unaccountable to law. This is despite the fact that 99.999% of all Americans will never, ever, experience any terrorism except that of their own government.

According to a recent poll of registered American voters, 75% approve of Washington’s assassination of foreign citizens abroad based on suspicion that they might be terrorists, despite the fact that the vast majority of the Gitmo detainees, declared by the US government to be the most dangerous men on earth, turned out to be totally innocent. Only 13% of registered voters disapprove of the extra-judicial murders carried out by Washington against foreign citizens, whether based on wrong intelligence, hearsay, or actual deeds.

Registered voters have a different view of the extra-judicial murder of US citizens. In what the rest of the world will see as further evidence of American double-standards, 48% believe it is illegal for Washington to murder US citizens without due process of law. However, 24% agree with the Obama regime that it is permissible for the government to murder its own citizens on accusation alone without trial and conviction of a capital crime. As The Onion put it, “24% of citizens were unequivocally in favor of being obliterated at any point, for any reason, in a massive airstrike.”

Are we to be reassured or alarmed that 24% of registered voters believe that the terrorist threat is so great that suspicion alone without evidence, trial, and conviction is sufficient for Washington to terminate US citizens? Should not we be disturbed that a quarter of registered voters, despite overwhelming evidence that Washington’s wars are based on conscious lies–”weapons of mass destruction,” “Al-Qaeda connections”–are still prepared to believe the government’s claim that the person it just murdered was a terrorist? Why are so many Americans willing to believe a proven liar?

If we add up all the costs of the “war on terror,” it is obvious that the costs are many magnitudes greater than the terror threat that the war is alleged to contain. If terrorists were really a threat to Americans, shopping centers and electric substations would be blowing up constantly. Airport security would be a sham, because terrorists would set off the bombs in the crowded lines waiting to clear security. Traffic would be continually tied up from roofing nails dispensed on all main roads in cities across the country for each rush hour. Water supplies would be poisoned. Police stations would be bombed and police officers routinely terminated on the streets. Instead, nothing has happened despite Washington’s killing and displacement of huge numbers of Muslims in seven or eight countries over the past 11 years.

The cost of the “war on terror” is not merely the multi-trillion dollar financial bill documented by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes. The cost of Washington’s wars is the main reason for the large national debt, the threat of which politicians are using to destroy the social safety net. This is a huge cost for a pointless war that pleases Israel and enriches the armament companies but does nothing for Americans.

The financial cost is huge, but how important is this cost compared to another cost–the domestic police state supported by a significant percentage of the population and a majority in Congress and the media? Is the war on terror worth the evisceration of the US Constitution? A war that costs us the Constitution means our total defeat.

The cost in human life has been enormous. Millions of Muslims have been killed, wounded, orphaned, and displaced, and entire countries have been destroyed as socio-political entities. Washington locked Iraq in sectarian murder. Libya has no government, just warring factions, and now Syria is in the process of being disintegrated. The prospects for people’s lives in these countries have been ruined for years to come.

The cost in American lives has also been high. More than 400,000 American lives have been adversely affected by 11 years of pointless war. The deaths of 6,656 US troops, the 50,000 wounded, the 1,700 life-changing limb amputations, and the suicides are just the tip of the iceberg. Since the Bush-Obama wars began, 129,731 US troops have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. And now we learn from a new Congressional Research Service report that more than a quarter million of US troops have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury. Based on current diagnostic capability, three-fourths of the cases are classified as mild.

These lost, ruined and impaired lives affect also the lives of many others–spouses, children, parents, siblings, and those disheartened by their government’s pointless wars who have to care for the damaged. There are many Americans who have been collaterally damaged by Washington’s pointless wars.

Will Americans wake up in time? I wish I could answer, “yes,” but I regret that Americans are an insouciant people. They are unaware. Americans are more concerned with sports events, sales, and which celebrities are sleeping together than they are with their liberty. Washington can create a police state, because there are insufficient citizens with the intelligence, education, and awareness to stop Washington.

Congress has accepted the police state and has given up too much of its power to the executive branch and is too beholden to the special interests that benefit from the police state to do anything about it. Congress is even content for the CIA or the Pentagon, perhaps both, to murder by robot innocent people on the Benthamite presumption that at some future time they might commit a terrorist act. Some US Senators want a cloak of legality for the murders and suggest a secret court to rubber-stamp Obama’s Kill List. CIA nominee director John Brennan reportedly objected to a secret court on the grounds that not all drone murders are retaliation; some victims are murdered for what some executive branch official thinks they might do at some future time, and without evidence the court would have nothing objective to go by.

The federal judiciary has proven to be almost as impotent. Federal judges did not ask federal prosecutors why, in violation of the whistleblower protection laws, they were prosecuting National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake for blowing the whistle on the NSA’s illegal spying on US citizens instead of the officials who broke the law and committed felonies. Judges did not ask why CIA agent John Kiriakou was prosecuted for blowing the whistle on the torture program instead of those who committed crimes by authorizing and committing torture.

The innocent and the truth-tellers were prosecuted. The criminals and the liars were not. The federal judges went along with the Justice (sic) Department’s prosecutions of those who obeyed the law and did their duty and non-prosecution of criminals who clearly without any doubt violated the law, trampled upon the US Constitution, and committed felonies.

In a police state it is always the innocent who are the most heavily punished. In his history, The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn explains that in the prison camps, the Soviet equivalent to Guantanamo and the CIA’s secret torture prisons, common criminals such as murderers, rapists, and robbers had a privileged position compared to the political prisoners who mistakenly thought that the Soviet Constitution meant something. It will be the same in Amerika.

The destruction of truth and the law in the US is the legacy of 9/11. Both conservatives and the left-wing have bought into the government’s preposterous story that a few Saudi Arabians, unsupported by any government or intelligence agency, outwitted every institution of the National Security State and inflicted the most humiliating blow against a superpower in human history. They buy into this story despite unequivocal evidence that WTC building 7 came down at free fall speed, an event that can only occur as a result of controlled demolition.

But evidence and expert testimony no longer have authority in the US, which now has its own form of Lysenkoism.

Lysenko was a quack Soviet scientist, a charlatan who successfully persecuted Soviet geneticists for “setting themselves against Marxism” by not having a Marxist theory of genetics. Soviet geneticists were arrested and executed for being “against the people.” Even the world famous Soviet geneticist, Nikolai Vavilov, was arrested and died in prison.

Americans don’t know any more about physics and structural architecture and engineering than the Soviet population and Stalin knew about genetics. Today “Lysenkoism” is used as a metaphor to denote the corruption of science in behalf of a social, political, or ideological purpose.

Lysenko used lies to gain power, just as Ponzi scheme operators use lies to gain wealth. Power is an Aphrodisiac, and everyone in Washington wants it. All indications are that they have it.

Liberty is disappearing before our eyes. Expect no help from “progressives,” who believe in Obama more than they believe in liberty.

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.

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  1. Fascism is the insertion of capitalist into the levers of power in the government. They use the NSS to run their agenda of foreign policy outside the law and outside the scrutiny of congress and with no transparency.

    CIA and NSS are outside the LAW… end of story. They serve their constituency… the MIC and the oil giants. The sell the PR nonsense using the MSM which are own by the same bunch who own the MIC.

    Our little democracy is a fig leaf… it’s window dressing… it’s a memory… a shadow of its former self. This is the reality.

  2. I think what you would call this fascination with … this person… what it might be called is: some kind of idolatry, some kind of foolish adulation or… just, Black asholes are so fuckin’ glad to see a smoke in the so called “top position” hoax deal, and hey, like what is the main deal is: just enough stupids, and they are of both colors, whites are just as much dumb as blacks!

    THe dumb are so much on the band wagon, cause he is a smoke.

    He ain’t not no real Black guy!

    You can’t put that foney up as a black guy, cause he is a half caste at best…

    fuck you asshole… I guess I wanted to direct to the main place… Rocky, Rothy, and the rest of em.

    And what I mean is: them aholes that are running things, and don’t care much, or if they do, it don’t seem like they do, cause, come on!! would you give billions of money to crooks/banker/criminals/from peoples savings/pensions/future/social safety net/paid for SS/Mc… I don’t think so!!

  3. this president has had ample time to make some waves…

    What I mean… in the past there was something that was termed… “Using the Bully Pulpit”… in other terms, what it means is, the gadamned president has the ability to say a whole bunch a crap, anytime he/she would be up to it…. If he woke up in the morning and had some idear… the… SOB/president, could go on the gadamned media/tv/radio/internet, and he/she could broadcast… BROADCAST!!!!!!! any damned thing he/she wants to!

    That is the power that is in the hands of the mfr that is the PRes. So when the Pres… sort of doesn’t use that, well that is the telling issue, the mfr don’t go on and tell the issues, he don’t go on and he don’t care!!

    THis punk jive ass mfr, don’t use the “Bully pulpit”, cause he don’t care about nothin’, he would if he cared!!

  4. Oh, just by the way… is it really anything that pertains… like is it anything pertaining… to… or could it be asked: is it really… really?

    I don”t buy it! so, I guess, maybee, we don’t either… and that is what is… ! What it Is! I finnally figueded what that means… What It Is!

    And tell you what… What it is, if you come around my yard/back yard… I will give you some… what it is!! Pppppp.! no I don’t subscribe to… Agenda’s #21 nor other ashollish idears. thanks a bunch for nothing!!

  5. I don’t really think, that we should get all upstaged, or all up in arms, nor do I think any of this stuff is /// all that much to worry about!!

    I don’t think so, but that don’t mean it ain’t….. but to me… well, damned glad to be an American/usian….

    I don’t like some of the shit that is going on… like in the murder stuff… no I’m not thrilled with some of the resent demonstrations of what is…. but that isn’t nothing nothing new.

  6. Well How can I do this? I want to go 180 degrees.

    Here is the one eighty degree thing: I think Obammee is doin’ jes’ fine! No I don’t mean it like that, I just said it in that way… because, to me.. this guy has got to do good, (which I don’t think he will do!!, because he has shown himself to be a smallish proxy of and a total slave to.. the PTB)

    If you got my drift on that… it is: slave to the ptb… Yeah!!

    Little punk actor… little puppet… who the hell Wouldn’t it be nice to have a real authentic… despot… ? Give me a gadamned real authoritarian dictator! Tell it! Tell it!!!

    Or some sort of type fruit, woosey, and he don’t have the moxy to go up and say and mean it!!! Stand on it and back it up… !

  7. Well,, rereading my last post, I wonder what the heck I was saying… so to do it over, here, what I would have said is: I think that the president, should show some balls, he should if he is of any caliber worth talking about: do what it is , what he can do, and do the right things, which of course means:

    What it means: It means: you are the top of the heap, you have the power, you can do a lot, you the person, may not need to survive if you do the right thing: Because:

    Jesus didn’t survive doing what Jesus did… did he?, You are no Jesus!!!

    I hope some of you will remember the debate when the VP candidate Quayle was took down by ole Texas feller!

  8. Responding to: London’s story of the heroic dog Buck, no that wasn’t the right one, but I figured what the hey, I liked that so much, I will leave it there,

    [SanderO Says:
    Fascism is the insertion of capitalist into the levers of power in the government. They use the NSS to run their agenda of foreign policy outside the law and outside the scrutiny of congress and with no transparency.
    CIA and NSS are outside the LAW… end of story. They serve their constituency… the MIC and the oil giants. The sell the PR nonsense using the MSM which are own by the same bunch who own the MIC.
    Our little democracy is a fig leaf… it’s window dressing… it’s a memory… a shadow of its former self. This is the reality.]

    What I meant to answere was: SanderO up ababove… and I just wanted to make sure, to disagree, with what SanderO sais… I sure disagree!

  9. Well my comment above went off the rails, but, I do reccomend Jack London’s stories, Jack London’s estate is right over the hill to the north east of me here, I will go over to see it again soon,

    Soon as when I meet some sweet young thing to go with… I don’t like to go places like on the single! Not saying I won’t , but I would prefer to have some female companionship… pretty and younger than me…. hyshya!

  10. Sibel is beatuful, I hope she gets it that I like any gadamned man worth anything… is attracted to her!

    That said: of course I like any normal man, realizes that women who are married women, well…

    Sorry Sibel, I just guess I had to say what I mean… You are so attractive and beautiful, and so… I finally get to this place… and now… I tell you, I guess I am taken by you!

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