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Without Trial, Barack Obama Orders an American Citizen Killed For Talking Smack

Back during the oh-so repressive era of George W. Bush, Ben Metcalf was driven to write in Harper’s to ask whether, for having the audacity to declare “I would like to hunt down George W. Bush, the president of the United States, and kill him with my bare hands” he could be imprisoned.

Now, during the oh-so enlightened era of Barack Obama, an American citizen has actually been targeted for death — without warrants, without hearings, without a trial. This is not because the American citizen has actually gone out and harmed anyone. No one is claiming that he has. Rather, it is because the American citizen has made a public declaration that he would like others to take up arms against the United States.

For this speech, the Obama administration has put this American citizen on a list of people to be killed. Not to be arrested. Not to be brought to trial on some charge or another. Simply to be killed.

What do you think of that?

7 comments to Without Trial, Barack Obama Orders an American Citizen Killed For Talking Smack

  • I was half-joking when I mentioned the word earlier today, but this makes me feel more serious about it: Impeachment.

    Really, what good is Barack Obama doing for progressives? What was the point of electing him President?

    My favorite quote from the article you linked to was this: “American citizenship doesn’t give you carte blanche to wage war against your own country.” The person who said this was an anonymous “counterterrorism official” from the Obama Administration. What kind of idiots will the Obama Administration accept into these counterterrorism positions, if they really think that the only options that the government of the USA has are 1) To kill, without trial, American citizens suspected of terrorist sympathies or 2) to give those suspects carte blanche to do whatever they like?

  • Tom

    i’m leaning in that same direction Peregrin. i’m not buying Obama as closet progressive, or even giving him any more chances to do some progressive work before he’s voted out of office in two years (which he will be if he keeps dissing his base and doing nothing for those of us who wanted REAL change – not just hope). It turns out he took the most money from Wall Street and Big Oil during his campaign of saying the right things, talking his “brand” of “hope and change” (which is all it turned out to be), but is, at heart, a corporatist – just like the Bushes and probably Clinton too.

    i don’t know why it took me so long to discover what was going on here with big business and politics – naive, i guess – but i certainly get it now. i still don’t know how we’re going to fix this corrupted system that’s incapable of fixing itself. Voting (actually, the entire voting process needs reform badly because it) obviously doesn’t work, but what’s the alternative?

  • Smack! Kill me, Obama! Send in the drones!

  • Louise

    I think Obama needs to be impeached before the United States is totally destroyed. I believe Bush may have started the financial crisis, but Obama is making it worse everyday, the deficiet is getting to the point we’ll never recover, this country will be in such a mess, why would anyone want to run for President.

  • Jon

    Barry Obama is the same kind of progressive all his predecessors were…Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, Teddy and Franklin, Stalin, Mao Castro, his brother Hugo CHAVEZ, they all purport to be for the people. But in reality they are all misguided egomaniacs. Power comes from the end of a gun in their world, not from freedom and knowledge.
    The real QUESTION is: how many of you believed his BS and voted for him, and how many saw through to the Saul Alinsky clone, Bill Ayers friend, Marxist organizer?

    • So Barack Obama was a cloned version of Saul Alinsky, and is the brother of Hugo Chavez? Saul Alinksy is Hugo Chavez’s brother? How come Obama doesn’t look like Saul Alinsky? Plastic surgery?

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