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A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s most secretive and controversial polices: its dramatically increased use of drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens, such as the September 2011 strike in Yemen that killed alleged al-Qaida operatives Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were U.S. citizens who had never been indicted by the U.S. government nor charged with any crimes.
Meanwhile, Mika @ “MORNING JOE” admits that the drone attack policy would NOT be tolerated by the Left if George W. Bush was using it:
Unusual candor from Mika Brzezinski and Harold Ford, Jr. on the double standard that exists for Republicans and Democrats. Discussing on today’s Morning Joe the Obama administration memo that has been uncovered authorizing the use of drone strikes to kill U.S. citizens abroad, Mika admitted that there would have been a “huge controversy” if such a memo had surfaced during the Bush administration. Ford said that “Democrats have to think now about how they conducted themselves and the questions they raised about Bush administration tactics.” Joe Scarborough flatly declared that had the policy come to light under Bush, it would have been “stopped” by the ensuing outcry. View the video after the jump.
They say that a picture is worth a 1000 words. Some people let power and privilege get the best of them. But you can decide for yourselves:
Now check out these:
The 40 heroes who were onboard Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 will be given the honors of a memorial to their final resting place in field in Shanksville, PA.
Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, with Mrs. Bush, and Mrs. Biden, join Vice President Joe Biden to dedicate the Flight 93 Memorial.
The passenger and crew of Flight 93 learned what was going on in New York and at the Pentagon, and quickly realized that their hijacked plane was a part of the terrorist mission on that fateful morning. The stories of the 40 brave souls have played out in various accounts, and will be memorialized forever. The first responders to the site, and the many on the ground who talked with the passengers or their families as the events unfolded in that short period of time, are all a part of the memory and the understanding of the human spirit that those 40 brave heroes exhibited that day.
As the poet said at the dedication, we would not choose to have gone through this event to be able to remember, but we must choose never to forget. Pres. Bush invoked the words of another great President, at another dedication of sacred land in Pennsylvania, as Lincoln said “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”
God bless the heroes of Flight 93 and their Families who carry on their legacy!!
George W. Bush released this statement earlier tonight:
Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001. I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission. They have our everlasting gratitude. This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.