Saturday, June 22, 2013

Will the U.S. Gov’t Target Whistleblowers With Drones?

Yes, things have come this far. There is open talk of killing NSA leaker Edward Snowden via a drone strike.

Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton
Activist Post

Remember that saying “Don’t kill the messenger?” This is the ultimate form of doing just that.

There is open talk in the media of killing National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden via a drone strike.

The online version of the magazine Popular Science had point and counterpoint articles debating all the reasons why the U.S. government might or might not consider drone striking Snowden in Hong Kong, the city he ran to fearing federal retribution for leaking information regarding the NSA’s PRISM program, a vast spying operation that has been turned against the American people at large at the expense of their constitutional rights.

Truthstream Media reporters Melissa Melton and Aaron Dykes discuss this apathetic acceptance of government assassination of American citizens:

Part of the PopSci discussion centered around the inoperability of large-scale Predator drones, which would potentially cause too large of a collateral damage footprint, thereby triggering a wider diplomatic disaster. The tinier and tidier Switchblade drone, on the other hand, writer David Hambling argues, would be more effective than other drones: “The small size of the warhead means that collateral damage would be limited to anyone else in the room with Snowden.”

Not only did these PopSci writers discuss limiting ‘collateral damage’ and drone strike logistics such as speed and strike range, but the gamut also included whether or not China would appreciate such an attack, and Hambling even asked, “So why wouldn’t the U.S. government just send a guy with a gun to kill Snowden?”

These articles were apathetically written as if outright federal assassination of anyone who speaks out against the government is so commonplace, it’s expected.

Snowden’s constitutional rights or the fact that government assassination of crime suspects would be tantamount to murder were not mentioned even once in either article as reasons why the U.S. shouldn’t go around drone striking American citizens.

Scarier still is the fact that the idea itself is plausible enough to garner such casual banter. The thought of permanently silencing dissenters through targeted strikes would not only eliminate embarrassing disclosure from government employees and contractors like Edward Snowden, but it would effectively freeze free speech by intimidating anyone else from coming forward, all while skirting the real issue at hand (in this case systematic, wholesale spying on Americans by the NSA).

This all came days before Snowden was even charged — albeit ironically — with espionage for reporting on the illegal surveillance of the NSA, which has been going on openly since shortly after 9/11.

In our bizarre new reality, the systematic criminality of the government is a blasé fact of life, but those who would dare to uncover, spotlight and quantify this fact are considered criminal, and even treasonous. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that such unwarranted spying is not compatible with a free society, and that the counter-terrorism and national security rationales for concealing the scope of the PRISM program and others like it are insufficient — such secrets are not worth keeping.

Curbing government abuse and protecting the privacy of the populace, on the other hand, remains a worthwhile goal, even in the age of metadata.

Regardless, even if Snowden’s actions had been clear-cut crimes, his flight to Hong Kong poses no imminent danger, so the very thought of taking lethal action defies the basic common law spirit and protections of the Constitution and Bill of Rights which have been so readily degraded in this country.

Ron Paul was the first (former) public official to voice his concerns that Snowden could hypothetically become the target of a drone attack. The former Congressman and presidential candidate told Fox News:
I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile. I mean, we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed. But the gentleman is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on. 
I don’t think for a minute that he is a traitor. Everybody is worried about him and what they’re going to do and how they’re going to convict him of treason and how they’re going to kill him. But what about the people who destroy our Constitution? … What do we think about people who assassinate American citizens without trials and assume that’s the law of the land? That’s where our problem is.
Indeed, due process has effectively been thrown out the window along with any other rights considered inconvenient to the roaming pseudo-anti-terror apparatus that has occupied the once-free United States.

Using the pretext of wider threats and the vague but reaching powers of the National Defense Authorization Act’s (NDAA) indefinite detention clause and its concept of a worldwide battlefield as a basis to justify preemptive strikes on dissidents who pose no actual threat is beyond disgusting.

Yet as reported before, the Justice Department under Holder considers drones and other actions as useful tools in their kit. The justifications for the supposed legality of striking an American citizen with a drone, even on American soil if the circumstances arise, are already on paper, which will in turn erode the protections in place for other cases…and other Americans.

AARON DYKES AND MELISSA MELTON created, where this article first appeared, as an outlet to examine the news, place it in a broader context, uncover the deceptions, pierce through the fabric of illusions, grasp the underlying factors, know the real enemy, unshackle from the system, and begin to imagine the path towards taking back our lives, one step at a time, so that one day we might truly be free...


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Anonymous said...

There is currently video online of journalist Michael Hastings car burning from 4am accident hitting a pole. He was seen traveling at very high speed, a very loud explosion rocked neighborhood, and the car had a huge hole in its SIDE.[pole was hit head on]
He phoned Wiki lawyers shortly before that saying the FBI was investigating him and he was on his way to Israeli Embassy for safety. He never made it. Drone strike?Will anybody check for explosive residue? Oh wait that would be classified. Remember folks he took down two us generals in media.

Jack City said...

Explosion … fireball, engine flies down the block. Not your typical crash.

BUT the LAPD has said there will not be an investigation - nothing here folks, move along.

Government has been hijacked by criminals.

Archie1954 said...

Although spying on individuas by the government has been going on for a very long time, it has never been this all embracing nor this blatant. As far as killing when the government feels it is appropriate, don't forget Cheney's office was also the office of his assassination squad, his killers for hire. He was overtly using his position to rid himself of all those he had a problem with and we will never know how many or who these poor souls were.

Brian Thiesen said...

This system can both track every move and terminate any target on the globe:

Steve Macintyre said...

This isn't seeking justice, it's retaliation.

Rev. M. A. Divine said...

If the Obama Administration or U.S. Government, Murders Edward Snowden in Any Type of Assassination, I truly believe that, they will make him a Martyr and a Rally Cry for ALL American Patriots Everywhere!

Anonymous said...

Shot down and shake down. Just you wait till they close those borders. Yeehaaa! Americans will, at last, get a taste of their own medicine. Enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

if a drone strike happens then the gov will have made him a martyr and he told the truth. giving while blowers even more reason to tell public

Anonymous said...

You really think so?? Don't underestimate American Patriots. Heavily armed militias are popping up everywhere, especially in mountainous and heavily forested areas.

And if US citizens are determined enough to leave, they'll find ways to do so. You forgot there are foreign consulates all over the country, many of which would take in asylum seekers. Just look at the UK, for example. Julian Assange has been protected inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for weeks now, and the Brits cannot do anything about it.

Anonymous said...

Do you really not even realize the extent of what is happening right now to people branded rightly or wrongly as whistleblowers?
Does anybody out there know what a SASER is? They're portable now. Harassment in the form of burglary, home invasions, theft of pets, terrorizing one's family, use of everything from the IRS to Code Enforcement to Animal Control for special targeting--and here's the kicker-- not just accessicng medical records, but altering them as well. Not just monitoring prescriptions, but contaminating the generic ones. It's happening, folks.

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