Obama’s Expanding Kill List
Paul Craig Roberts
by Paul Craig Roberts: It
Has Happened Here
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 Obamas 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 sons 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 Obamas 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 governments
leaders. Whether Washington sends a drone to murder Putin and the
president of China remains to be seen. But dont be surprised
if Washington has targeted the president of Iran.
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 agencys 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.
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
governments 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.
a recent poll of registered American voters, 75% approve of Washingtons
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.
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.
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
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 Washingtons wars
are based on conscious lies weapons of mass destruction,
Al-Qaeda connections are still prepared to believe
the governments claim that the person it just murdered was
a terrorist? Why are so many Americans willing to believe a proven
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 Washingtons
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 Washingtons 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
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 peoples 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
Brain Injury. Based on current diagnostic capability, three-fourths
of the cases are classified as mild.
ruined and impaired lives affect also the lives of many others spouses,
children, parents, siblings, and those disheartened by their governments
pointless wars who have to care for the damaged. There are many
Americans who have been collaterally damaged by Washingtons
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.
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
Obamas 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.
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 NSAs 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.
and the truth-tellers were prosecuted. The criminals and the liars
were not. The federal judges went along with the Justice (sic) Departments
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
CIAs 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.
of truth and the law in the US is the legacy of 9/11. Both conservatives
and the left-wing have bought into the governments 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.
and expert testimony no longer have authority in the US, which now
has its own form of Lysenkoism.
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.
dont 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.
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.
Craig Roberts, a
former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate
editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases
of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. A new edition of his book,
Tyranny of Good Intentions,
co-authored with Lawrence Stratton, a documented account of how
americans lost the protection of law, has been released by Random
House. Visit his website.
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