US says it may kill Americans abroad
(Raw Story) -- By John Byrne --
In a striking admission from the Obama Administration's top intelligence officer, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced Wednesday that the United States may target its own citizens abroad for death if it believes they are associated with terrorist groups.
"We take direct action against terrorists in the intelligence community," Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair told the House Intelligence Committee. He said US counter-terrorism officials may try to kill American citizens embroiled in extremist groups overseas with "specific permission" from higher up.
If "we think that direct action will involve killing an American, we get specific permission to do that," Blair said in response to questions from the panel's top Republican, Representative Pete Hoekstra.
Blair's comments came after The Washington Post reported that US President Barack Obama had embraced predecessor George W. Bush's policy of authorizing the killing of US citizens involved in terrorist activities overseas.
If a United States citizen was determined to have joined a foreign terrorist group, that person could be legally murdered under orders given by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks.
Hoekstra, the ranking Republican, asked what the standards were for targeting American citizens abroad. Blair didn't specifically articulate them.
"We don't target people for free speech," he said. "We target them for taking action that threatens Americans."
Hoekstra pressed him, citing a 2001 incident in which Peru's air force shot down a plane carrying US missionaries, killing a woman and her seven-month-old daughter, after the aircraft was misidentified as a drug-smuggler.
"We were careless and we were reckless," Blair replied. "I want to make sure that this committee does everything that it can and within its power that it does not allow the community to be reckless and careless again."
"While I'm in charge, we will not be careless and reckless," he pledged...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
How reassuring. A pledge from an unaccountable government stooge not to be "careless and reckless" now replaces the entirety of Constitutional due process in protecting the rights of U.S. citizens.
Translated? Even as a U.S. citizen, all that it now takes to get a death sentence from the U.S. government is to get into a political beef with some federal bureaucrat, who then labels your in-laws abroad "terrorists." Pay them a visit, get your button pushed by the CIA.
On top of the murderous totalitarianism, what is this going to do to the travel and airline industries? Are the Democrats, the Obama administration, and the "national security" pimping Republicans attempting to completely destroy the American economy deliberately? I'm beginning to believe they are constructing this shadow-government climate of fear and loathing on purpose to keep us all inside their controlled bubble, like Soviet citizens locked behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. 'Can't have them seeing the world; they might realize how insane their own government has become.'
These people are out-of-control monsters.