Today, May 22, 2013, the Justice Department confessed to killing 4 Americans with drones.
Four dead Americans.
Not one court date. Not one arrest warrant. Not one lawyer. Not one Judge.
They were just incinerated on the side of the road.
I am used to complete indifference in our politicians, our media and our culture to the deaths of little brown people. Nothing new there. That’s simply business as usual. The US doesn’t even count collateral damage.
Instead, they adopt the policy that all military-aged men are enemy combatants. The policy makes things easy…they are all guilty. No muss, no fuss.
The Policy is as follows (on page 3 of 8):
“…Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties that did little to box him in. It in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants, according to several administration officials, unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent…This counting method may partly explain the official claims of extraordinarily low collateral deaths.
You will note, as a great indication of how servile our major media is, they continue to report the deaths of unknown and unidentified people as “militants”, despite our government’s having been busted calling ALL slain military aged males “militants”.
Just look at the headlines this week…they STILL use the word “militants” for unknown people, without a whisper about the true definition of “militant”:
…just some more dead little brown people, who will never be named again.
But enough talk of these unknown and unidentified dead little brown people…
The particular batch of corpses Justice is confessing to today are Americans. You know, real humans.
The NYT has coverage of the Department of Justice confession here.
At least our Justice Department still feels compelled to report, years after the fact, that it has killed Americans. I suppose this counts as a due process win these days.
The government actually meant to kill one of the Americans, without a shred of due process. Awlaki’s killing was reported around the world, since 2011 at least, as the work of American predator drones, but our government hid their act. Until today.
The letter from Department of Justice, in a quaint nod to checks & balances of the past, informs some in congress of the fact that while bombing overseas, without specific approval, they happened to kill 4 citizens. In the letter, completely bald assertions of fact are given about Awlaki, the one citizen of the four our government meant to kill. Not one piece of evidence is mentioned…we are just supposed to take it on faith the President protected us by killing a real bad guy.
Maybe he was a bad guy. We certainly will never know, and the government’s bald, unsupported accusations will never be tested in a court of law.
The confession from Justice today, literally, contains no notion that the government is “sorry” for killing three people who were completely innocent. None whatsoever.
The fruits of Empire I suppose.
Read the letter. It is one of those uber-chilling letters like the torture memo. Nothing is scarier than your own government’s prose coldly rationalizing brutality.
We have always had bad guys as a nation. Terrorism is older than our Nation. We have actually been attacked by Japanese bombers and fighters.
Never before did our government find it necessary to kill its own citizens without any due process.
Why now is it so critical?
In a “post 9/11” world, we are told, everything is different.
This is a lie. We can fight terrorism, or any other foe, without losing our way and our rights. We are just chosing to allow our government to act with impunity.
When the government killed four at Kent State, “…four dead in Ohio…“, it set the nation into motion.
Protest and civil disobedience were the order of the day.
How many are we going to let them stack up before we’re roused from our nintendos, our reality shows, and our happy meals?
This is outrageous.
It is outrageous that we have seen such widespread complacency in the face of our government’s having seized the power to kill us without due process.
It is time to organize around these issues. We need to speak out about this constitutionally-carcinogenic drone war.