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We are on the brink of the Senate giving the President of the U.S. the power to kill whomever he wants. - American Thinker - Exercising a power that no prior president ever thought he possessed -- a power that no prior president is known to have exercised -- President Obama admitted that he ordered the execution of American citizens, not on a battlefield, based on his belief that they were involved in terrorist activities. It is known that at least three U.S. citizens, including a 16-year old boy, were killed on the president's order in drone strikes in Yemen in 2011.
As the worldwide drone program ramps up, there have been increasing calls for the president to reveal the basis for his claimed authority....... While Judge McMahon was concerned that the documents "implicate serious issues about the limits on the power of the Executive Branch under the Constitution and laws of the United States, and about whether we are indeed a nation of laws not of men," she felt constrained by precedent to withhold them. Now, a bipartisan group of 11 senators has written a letter to president Obama asking for "any and all legal opinions" that describe the basis for his claimed authority to "deliberately kill American citizens."...... According to the white paper, there are only three requirements to order a killing. First, "an informed high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States." Second, capture is "infeasible." And third, the " operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with the applicable law of war principles." Indeed, from the white paper, it is not clear why killings of U.S. citizens on American soil would be judged by a different standard.......It is a measure of how far we have fallen as a nation -- not only that President Obama asserts and exercises such a terrible power, but that only 11 U.S. senators would be willing to affix their names to a letter to ask the Obama administration to provide its legal reasoning. If John Brennan is confirmed as CIA director, and the killings of U.S. citizens continue based on this whitewash of a white paper, then the U.S. Senate will have yielded up to the president without even a fight the power to kill citizens without judicial due process -- a power that has been unknown in the English-speaking world for at least 370 years. Read more........ In Virgina: Mark Warner-202-224-2023, Tim Kaine - 202-224-4024. Senate Contact List......
(2) Sean Hannity - Lindsay Graham - Was President Obama AWOL During Benghazi Attack?
(3) Pew: Majority Now Believes Federal Government a Threat to Their Freedom - Hot Air - As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree.
In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to personal freedom; 47% said it did while 50% disagreed. In surveys between 1995 and 2003, majorities rejected the idea that the government threatened people’s rights and freedoms. Read more.........
(4) Daily Progress Editorial: Dumler's Resignation Needed Now - Albemarle County: known for its beautiful scenery, its superior quality of living, its ties to Thomas Jefferson — and for having on the Board of Supervisors a man convicted of sexual battery.
To spare himself, the board and the county, Christopher Dumler should resign.The Dumler story is a sad one in so many respects: the fall of a man who, as Albemarle’s youngest elected supervisor, seemed to have the very brightest of political futures.
But last year he was accused by a woman of forcible sodomy, and charged by authorities after an investigation. He initially fought the charges. Two more alleged victims came forward. Mr. Dumler last week pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of sexual battery, and the latter two accusations were not pursued.
Sexual battery is a misdemeanor. It does not require Mr. Dumler to register as a sex offender. It does not mandate that he resign from office.
But resignation would be best for all concerned.
Mr. Dumler has lost the confidence of a majority of his fellow board members and many of his constituents. Under these conditions, he cannot effectively do the job he was elected to do.
In calling for Mr. Dumler’s resignation, we do not wish to heap additional odium upon him. We have no wish to make personal or political redemption more difficult for him. We hope he finds that redemption.
But neither is it possible to shrug aside what has occurred. There is a sexual battery conviction on record against him. There is a victim. There are outrage and repugnance from his constituents.
Mr. Dumler has said he wants to continue to serve those constituents. Unfortunately, the best service he can render now is to voluntarily leave office.