Skip to comments.Administration Asserts Authority to Terminate ‘Enemies’
Posted on 11/13/2010 10:46:30 AM PST by John Semmens
The Obama Administration filed court papers asserting that the Government has the authority to use deadly force against its enemies. The filing came in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) charging that the asserted killing authority violates the US Constitution.
As the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Brief put it, this Government faces serious threats both at home and abroad. Just this past November 2, over 60 members of the governing coalition were driven from their posts by dangerous right-wing elements who have been identified by the president as enemies of his Administration. Under such a threat, the President, as Commander-in-Chief, has a broad power to take any measures he deems necessary and warranted to protect the nation from this kind of assault.
The brief further challenged the jurisdiction of the court on this matter: The voters in America have granted this power to President Barack Obama by electing him to the office he currently holds. For the courts to attempt to place any limits on this grant of power would undermine our democratic form of government. It is our position that the courts have no jurisdiction in this matter. Consequently, the Executive Branch of the Government will not enforce any court finding that interferes with the Presidents Constitutional authority as Commander-in-Chief to order the elimination of any person he deems a credible threat.
CCR Staff Attorney Pardiss Kebriaei characterized the DOJs argument as a brief for lawless abuse of power and a gateway to unconstrained tyranny. The focus in the immediate case may be a suspected al-Qaeda operative, but the scope of the authority claimed would essentially give the President the option of ordering the assassination of anyone he chooses to name as a threat. Today the target is Anwar al-Aulaqi. Tomorrow it might be Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh.
Had Bush suggested any of this we would hear no end of it. But Democrats get a special pass.
Are we the admistration’s enemies?
That’s us ain’t it?
Must see video...
Undercover agent Larry Grathwohl discusses the Weather Underground's post-revolution governing plans for the United States:
"I asked, 'well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?' and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say 'eliminate,' I mean 'kill.' Twenty-five million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia [ie, Bill Ayers] and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people. And they were dead serious."
"It was at the Chicago home of [Bill] Ayers and [Bernardine] Dohrn that Obama, then an up-and-coming 'community organizer,' had his political coming out party in 1995. Not content with this rite of passage in Lefty World where unrepentant terrorists are regarded as progressive luminaries, still working 'only to educate' both Obamas tended to the relationship with the Ayers."
Article: The Company He Keeps:
Meet Obamas circle: The same old America-hating Left
From American Thinker, September 16, 2008
Article: Obama's Foul Weather Friends
By Scott Swett and Roger Canfield
"As a gesture of solidarity, the Vietnamese who [Bernardine] Dohrn met in Budapest presented her with a ring made from an American aircraft shot down over North Vietnam. Bill Ayers would receive a similar ring while meeting with Vietnamese communists in Toronto. He later recalled being so moved by the gesture that he 'left the room to cry.' "
"Dig It. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victims stomach! Wild!"
-Weather Underground leader and wife of Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, referring to the Manson murders
Article: Allies in War -by David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 17, 2001
"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at"
--Bill Ayers (1970), quoted in New York Times, September 11, 2001:
Article: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
I’d laugh, but it’s just too close to reality.
Pretty hard to “catch people off-guard” when it’s posted AS satire.
You know obama is bad when the ACLU and CCR files lawsuits against him.....
Apparently “main” post 2 got snookered.
Too close to reality for comfort. If he can order the execution of an American citizen living in a foreign land without due process, that’s only one step from executing some of us living in our own country.
So he can start executing Tea Partiers?
With all the deadly serious (and legitimate) things to be concerned about with this president, do we really need to confuse people about what the reality is.
Good one, John...but the line between satire and reality grows ever thinner...
John’s satire has always dealt with plausible extremes. It is the Government which is crowding the line.
Think about it!
First you have to wonder about the need for this order and then we have to take a serious look at where it could go.
As said in other posts; "Just imagine the furor if this had come from Bush or Reagan." For that matter just imagine if it was even a hypothetical idea tossed out in an editorial by ANY conservative columnist or talker.
A lot of posters don't realize they are being punked.
Just an observation. I don't get the point unless we are so used to the outrageous things that Liberals get away that nothing surprises us anymore.
AW geez- gotta learn to take my time. That shows how wary I am about these times we live in.
In your dreams! LOL
It is NOT posted as “satire.” It should be in the headline.
And I even like satire. But sorry, John, you’re no P.J. O’Rourke or Dave Barry. I figure it out by the third sentence, but then I feel like I want the last 20 seconds of my life back.
Exactly. And some of them probably pass along the semi-satire stories to others as 'fact'.
Al-Aulaqi - the subject of the case underlying Semmens’s brilliant satire - isn’t your typical “American citizen living in a foreign land.” He’s no senior who’s retired to the south of France, or tourist checking out Big Ben.
It WAS posted as satire, as are all of Mr. Semmens’ “articles, which appear here several times a week.
What part of: “A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative” would have led you to think the posting was not satire?
That’s the source. The headline is where you post bracketed notices like [Satire] or [Dowd Alert] or [Spoilers], etc. It only takes a second.
And it only takes a tenth of a second (or less) to read the source before reading the body of the article.
(The Congressional hearings are the ones Congress was forced to conduct not the immediate "there ain't nothing wrong here, move along" so-called hearings. Citizens endured years of ridicule and abuse before Washington finally(!) agreed to look into what really happened.)
Thanks for the ping John. Another good one.
The Tea Party and Birthers are at the top of his list.
That’s how I feel.
Be careful John, you might give them ideas.
“I don’t get the point unless we are so used to the outrageous things that Liberals get away that nothing surprises us anymore”
I believe that is part of it. It also helps to be able to laugh easily rather than take offense at a joke.
Soon to be true in a neighborhood near you.