Obama names counter-terror chief Brennan drone assassination czar

The MSM is not reporting this. We could only find one report on Russia’s English-language propaganda network RT.com and this via Who will drones target? Who in the US will decide? – Boston.com.

WASHINGTON—White House counterterror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in choosing which terrorists will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, establishing a new procedure for both military and CIA targets.

The effort concentrates power over the use of lethal U.S. force outside war zones within one small team at the White House.

The process, which is about a month old, means Brennan’s staff consults with the State Department and other agencies as to who should go on the target list, making the Pentagon’s role less relevant, according to two current and three former U.S. officials aware of the evolution in how the government goes after terrorists.

In describing Brennan’s arrangement to The Associated Press, the officials provided the first detailed description of the military’s previous review process that set a schedule for killing or capturing terror leaders around the Arab world and beyond. They spoke on condition of anonymity because U.S. officials are not allowed to publicly describe the classified targeting program.

Who are all these anonymous people who talk regularly to AP?

Anyway, as we noted before we now have a situation where a few folks can determine who is a terrorist, can detain them indefinitely without telling them why even if they are American citizens on U.S. soil, and can give the green light on killing them by drone attack. With 30,000 drones, some armed, soon to be flying over the U.S.,  spying on citizens non-stop, how long before the first citizen is killed by drone on U.S. soil?

Anyway, back to the blundering – but Arabic speaking – Brennan:

We should all be fearful that Obama has named an Assassination Czar and worse, that he has named John Brennan to the post. Jihadists, however, are likely cheering.

Update: Obama’s secret kill list

We have known for some time that President Obama is waging a private war. By that I mean he is using the CIA on his own – and not the military after congressional authorization – to fire drones at thousands of persons in foreign lands, usually while they are riding in a car or a truck. He has done this both with the consent and over the objection of the governments of the countries in which he has killed. He doesn’t want to talk about this, but he doesn’t deny it. How chilling is it that David Axelrod – the president’s campaign manager – has periodically seen the secret kill list? Might this be to keep the killings politically correct?

Can the president legally do this? In a word: No.

The president cannot lawfully order the killing of anyone, except according to the Constitution and federal law. Under the Constitution, he can only order killing using the military when the U.S. has been attacked, or when an attack is so imminent and certain that delay would cost innocent American lives, or in pursuit of a congressional declaration of war. Under federal law, he can only order killing using civilians when a person has been sentenced lawfully to death by a federal court and the jury verdict and the death sentence have been upheld on appeal. If he uses the military to kill, federal law requires public reports of its use to Congress and congressional approval after 180 days.

The U.S. has not declared war since World War II. If the president knows that an attack on our shores is imminent, he’d be hard-pressed to argue convincingly that a guy in a truck in a desert 10,000 miles from here – no matter his intentions – poses a threat to the U.S. so imminent and certain that he needs to be killed on the spot in order to save the lives of Americans who would surely die during the time it would take to declare war on the country that harbors him, or during the time it would take to arrest him. Under no circumstances may he use civilian agents for non-judicial killing. Surely, CIA agents can use deadly force to protect themselves, but they may not use it offensively. Federal laws against murder apply to the president and to all federal agents and personnel, wherever they go on the planet.

June 8 Update: Patrick Poole writes Meet John Brennan, Obama’s Assassination Czar

Last month, it was revealed that Brennan was implicated in a serious intelligence breach detailing an ongoing counterterrorism operation led by British and Saudi intelligence agencies that had placed an operative deep inside the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) organization. The White House leak forced the termination of the operation and the immediate withdrawal of the double agent, infuriating our foreign intelligence allies.

Just two weeks ago, internal White House documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a FOIA request revealed that Brennan and other White House officials had met twice with Hollywood filmmakers preparing a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden, providing them unparalleled access including the identity of a SEAL Team 6 operator and commander along with other classified information. Amazingly, these high-level White House meetings between Brennan and the Hollywood filmmakers took place just weeks after the Pentagon and CIA had publicly warned of the dangers posed by leaks surrounding the successful SEAL raid killing bin Laden.

John Brennan is the man under whom President Obama has consolidated the unprecedented power of assassination. He directly controls and oversees all aspects of the program that had been previously divided between the Pentagon, the CIA, and other officials. If this is the kind of policy change that Americans can expect in light of Obama’s promise to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev of “more flexibility” after the 2012 elections, Americans of all political stripes have reason for grave concern.

19 Responses

  1. Nobody in the Obama Regime should have their Finger On the Trigger, including the Imposter in Chief, Obama himself. We have a Rogue Government and they must be defeated. Get out the Vote in November 2012 to make sure the Obama Regime comes to an end ASAP, and also the majority of the traitors in the U.S. congress.

  2. “WE, the People…” have the “RIGHT” to rise-up against, as “jeromeennis” put it so eloquently “…a Rogue Government…” and re-claim “our” country as provided for in the Constitution of the United States of America over which even the President does NOT have priority over! The Constitution “over-rides” President Obama!

    Which means, “WE, the People…”, over-ride him!

    Obama is an “imposter” from the start! Sharia Muslims ARE A CULT!

    WAKE-UP AMERICA!!!

  3. obozo plans on removing the IOWA Air Guard and replace them with the drones. He will use those to spy on us and target us for termination. I stand against the obozo regime. He just might be a bigger threat to us than the terrorists do. He’s got to go now!

  4. I get the impression that Brennan is another closet Muslim.

  5. It comes down to the “Federal Family” against the American citizens.

    The golden 500 want to live like Pharoes with the American citizens as serfs to support them in style.

  6. The reason that Obama opened up this job is so that his team can keep watch and malign the fact that the Socialists in the Democratic Party are using the US military to fight al-Qaeda on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen, and across North Africa. However, if you take a closer look at the facts you will see that they are not fighting al-Qaeda in the Sinai, where al-Qaeda is launching missile attacks against southern Israel.

  7. This is exactly what I have been trying to educate people about for quite a while.  When I was studying at Auburn University beginning in 1982 when I returned to college to become a Social Studies/History teacher, I purposely took several graduate level courses in far eastern and middle eastern history, including religions, and studied Islam in length. 

    They have a long range plan of dominating the world. This so called religion is much more dangerous and insidious than the communist political movement. 

    Communists do not breed suicide bombers, etc.  Islam should be treated as a subversive and traitorous political system, and no Muslim should be allowed to infiltrate government, and most especially the military. 

    And, the home grown Black Muslims of the sort that Farakhan leads and those of the teachings of Elijah Mohammed are not only dangerous, they are lunatics. 

    Farakhan’s movement is a traitorous bunch and should be treated as such.

    PC and CD has to end in this nation, and we have to look at these folks and these groups for what they truly are.  If you or I, as regular white guys and Christians, were to promote similar ideas, I can guarantee you that we would be doing federal time for sedition, treason and other crimes. 

    Hopefully, we will begin to elect men and women of integrity and courage who will put an end to this Political Correctness and Cultural Diversity. 

    The Leftists in this nation are a bunch of idiots, and many of their followers, are just plain idiots who think it chic to go along with Cultural Diversity and Political Correctness. 

    They were conditioned for this idiotic thinking during the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Movement, etc, and Of Course, Hollywood Educated them in this Way, and eventually, the Public School System was Subverted by the National Teacher Unions and the National Dept. of Education, and this is how we have come to this place in history. 

    We, the People have to take it Back. They will not give it up willingly or easily.  We have to Become The Majority in Government and then begin to Dismantle the Socialist Apparatus that has been built.  Thanks—Jerome Ennis, Patriot
     

    • Hey “jeromeennis!!!”

      I totally agree! These “Sharia Muslims” are, by every definition of the U.S. Government, A “CULT!” PERIOD! Yet, they are give all these privileges, etc.

      You are one hundred percent correct…”WE, the People…” MUST TAKE OUR COUNTRY AND GOVERNMENT BACK!

      The only way I can see this happening is to do what was done in the ’60′s…it can only be done as a “grass roots movement!” (i believe). SO…I’m IN! I was a little too young to fully understand exactly how those movements got started and to this day still don’t quite understand (59 y.o. as of Mar), but, I’m willing to learn and be a part of this one!

      Otherwise…my children will not have a “free world” in which to raise “their” children!

      I am serious about helping to make this happen in what ever way “I” can be of help…except monetarily…as i’m “broke”…at the moment!

      Take care and God Bless!

  8. We all pontificate about Islam and base our beliefs on hear say, but I stood there and listened to this Muslim Businessman living and breathing and voting in the USA make this statement while the Official word VIA Media and Government and even Churches is that Islam means us no harm and that are a peaceful movement. They are a Patient Movement, but when enough of them have infiltrated our culture taking advantage of our decency and constitutional rights, they will make a move. They are already involving themselves in community affairs and getting elected to local, state and federal offices, and when they reach a critical mass in numbers, they will make their move to take over the entire country. That is why we cannot allow this to happen. It is time to put aside PC and Cultural Diversity and Put on a Pair of Balls and stand up and speak out against these Enemies of the USA and Western Civilization in general.

    • As a concerned, (VERY concerned) Canadian who watches what happens in the United States with great interest and intensity, I fear for your country’s future.
      As you go, so goes Canada, as we are joined at the hip in many more ways than most people realize.

      I agree with every single word you say, but what frustrates the livin’ shit out of me is THE ALTERNATIVE to OBAMA…!!!???

      Is Mitt Romney the very best the Republicans can muster…?
      Please tell me there is hope for someone better at the Republican Convention…?
      A brokered convention with maybe Allen West and perhaps even Rudy Giulliani as a team…?

      Good God Romney is just so God damned lame…and to me he comes off as a buffoon…

      What a choice…Obama vs. Romney….YIKES!

      • We just have to make sure that this time around, Obama and Dems are voted out of office, and then we have to hold the Republicans accountable to We The People, and not to the Lobbyists who now control how DC runs.

  9. [...] Obama names counter-terror chief Brennan drone assassination czar The MSM is not reporting this. We could only find one report on Russia’s English-language propaganda network RT.com and this via Who will drones target? Who in the US will decide? – Boston.com. WASHINGTON—White House counterterror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in choosing which terrorists will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, [...] Mon, 28 May 2012 15:00:04 +0000 more info… [...]

  10. If obama cannot legally do what he’s doing, why is Congress letting him do it?

    Seems to me this ‘President’ is getting away with murder. (Probably literally.)

  11. [...] Obama names counter-terror chief Brennan drone assassination czar [...]

  12. [...] is nothing secular about an Islamic group, unless you use John “Kill List” Brennan’s Muslim Brotherhood interpretation of secular (video). But even Brennan [...]

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