All over America, Special Interest groups that support Democrats are rallying support to aabolish the Death Penalty http://sojo.net/magazine/2013/01/its-time-end-death-penalty and many believe that with the current administration in place, it might be accomplished nationwide. Yet where were these people this week when Rand Paul was filibustering the Senate confirmation of John Brennan to lead the CIA to bring to light the administrations apparent opinion that it had the Constitutional right to kill Americans "suspected of terrorism" even on American soil?
Everyone knows that prisoners on death row go through a full jury trial first, then can remain on death row for over a decade before all appeals for overturning both the conviction as well as sentencing run through the court system. However, to justify killing an American the memo released in February to the House and senate stated -
“The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” according to UPI. Citizens who present such “imminent threats” were defined as those who participated in violent acts — and maintained the views that led to their violent acts, according to UPI.
And as we have seen already in 2009, the party in power will move quick to establish their criteria for "views" and "violent acts" remember the furor in Missouri where a leaked secret report distributed by the federal Missouri Information Analysis Center lists Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists?
The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.
The MIAC report (PDF) does not concentrate on Muslim terrorists, but rather on the so-called “militia movement” and conflates it with supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, the so-called patriot movement and other political activist organizations opposed to the North American Union and the New World Order.
It is a sad day in this country when any citizen must think twice before placing a Tea Party bumper sticker on the car or participate in an Occupy "___ " protest for fear of being arrested or even killed as an "imminent threat" in the eyes of the ruling class. It is even sadder when those who will hold candlelight vigils for someone who raped and murdered and innocent victim will stand so silent in defense of their neighbors.
The notion of Government By the People died a long time ago and all who use this now bumper-sticker argument for defending what's happening are either naive or complicit in the destruction of our civil society...