by: Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
As Judson Berger said in an article:
It sounds like an Orwellian idea from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Government officials gather in a secret courtroom, poring over documents and weighing whether to approve the fly-by killing of a suspected terrorist.
If the judges say yes, the target dies. If not, the target lives.
Also from the Fox article:
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is pushing the idea the hardest.
According to his vision, the drone court would be an avenue for U.S. officials to argue in secret before a judge why an American citizen should be targeted for death. He said it would be like “going to a court for a warrant” and proving probable cause.
Except in this case, the judge would be ruling not on a search warrant or a wiretap — but a missile strike from thousands of feet in the air, and thousands of miles away.
“If you’re planning a strike over a matter of days, weeks or months, there is an opportunity to at least go to some outside-of-the-Executive Branch body like the FISA court in a confidential and top-secret way — make the case that this American citizen is an enemy combatant,” he said.
It looks to me that Brennan and the Senators who are pushing this idea are doing so to create cover for Barack Obama, who has claimed the sole power to decide who lives and dies. Rather than Obama taking the heat for ordering the death of American citizens, (or foreigners, for that matter), prosecuted and judged in secret, the blame is shifted to the new Assassination Court. Excuse me, but an assassination is still a murder, no matter who authorizes it. Will these Assassination Courts give the target the opportunity to refute the evidence? Of course not. The target’s will have no standing in the Assassination Court. There will be no Rights of Habeus Corpus. No trial where the defendant can present evidence. The defendant will not even be aware the proceedings are taking place. The “Trial” will be conducted in secret.
What has happened to this once proud Nation, that was born believing in the Creator given Rights that many men have fought for, and died for? Are we so afraid of men, whom we label terrorists, who live in the shadows, or in caves in Afghanistan, or the deserts of North Africa, that we have abandoned those Rights our ancestors died fighting for? Do we dishonor them to such an extent as to negate the sacrifices they made?
The Constitution of the United States delegates the power to declare war to the Congress. It has not declared war since WWII, yet our troops have been sent to die in many engagements since 1945, the end of the last declared war. They have lacked the integrity to do so. And they wonder why the American public holds them in such low esteem in the polls.
The only wars Congress has declared, are the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and now the War on Guns. Think about these four so-called wars for a minute. These are not wars against a particular enemy. They are wars on inanimate objects, (drugs and guns), or concepts, (poverty and terror). These wars, being vaguely defined, can last forever. The War on Terror, being the most vaguely defined, is meant to last forever. It is meant to be used to deprive us all of our Creator Given Rights, as well as the Rights inherent within the Constitution.
The Patriot Act was written before 9-11 occurred. It was waiting for an opportunity to be thrust upon us. That opportunity came when 9-11 shook our World to the core. We had been attacked by a bunch of “terrorists”, the authorities claimed, necessitating the War on Terror. Since that fateful September day, more and more of what used to labeled simply, crimes, are now labeled as “acts of terror”. Terrorists have no rights, according to the FedGov. They are “enemy combatants” and can be killed on sight, if the authorities choose to do so. More and more of our citizens are being labeled as “subversive elements” by the Department of Homeland Security. The list grows longer and longer. Returning Vets have been singled out as potential subversive elements, along with Ron Paul supporters, Constitutionalists, (Think about it, those who believe in the Constitution are labeled subversives!), and others.
The Constitution we hold dear is being ignored, or perverted, by those who would label our Veterans potential subversives. It isn’t enough that we send our military into harm’s way. Their sacrifice is not enough to give them respect and honor. No they are treated with suspicion by the very Government that sent them in harm’s way. It is surreal! It is Orwellian!
Does the creation of a Secret Assassination Court mean that the “targets” will get a fair hearing? Of course not. They are merely targets, and those who will condemn them to death will be guilty of murder. War on Terror? Terror is merely a concept, like freedom, capitalism, feudalism or collectivism. I have an idea, let’s start a War on Liver. I hate liver. We can have a Secret Liver Assassination Court. But don’t tell anyone. After all, it is secret.
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