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Obama administration hiding info on targeted killings of Americans - senator (Ron Wyden)
RT ^ | 1/15/13

Posted on 01/14/2013 7:22:51 PM PST by Libloather

A US senator has accused the Obama administration and the Justice Department for not being “adequately forthcoming” with information on the targeting and potential killing of Americans suspected of terrorism.

Ron Wyden, the Democratic senator from Oregon and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote an open letter to John Brennan, the frontrunner for the post of Director of the CIA, asking Brennan to provide Congress with the secret legal opinions defining the government’s capacity to pursue and kill US citizens suspected of involvement in terrorist activities.

Members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence by law have access to classified legal opinions – but, Wyden writes, the Obama administration has denied him access to the opinions governing targeted assassinations of American citizens.

Wyden stressed that it is vital that the legal opinions guiding such conduct be distributed so that Congress and the public can “have full knowledge of how the executive branch understands the limits and boundaries of this authority,” the letter reads.

Wyden has tried for more than two years to gain access to the information, but has received either unsatisfactory responses or no response at all.

(Excerpt) Read more at rt.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: killing; obama; targeted; wyden
Does Hussein use guns?
1 posted on 01/14/2013 7:23:04 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I wonder how many have been on US soil? And looking back on some of the “suspicion criteria” issued by Big Sis, I’d really like to know who they were.


2 posted on 01/14/2013 7:25:24 PM PST by DBrow
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To: Libloather

The entire US Congress should either resign
or consider ritual suicide on TV
for their giving up THEIR authority to the Tyrant.


3 posted on 01/14/2013 7:25:38 PM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Libloather
Ron Wyden, the Democratic senator from Oregon and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Doesn't Wyden listen to the leader of his party? The Congress is irrelevant in our new Post-Consitutional America. /s
4 posted on 01/14/2013 7:31:12 PM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: DBrow
You make a very good point. I wonder though, if the “American citizens” are on foreign soil and conducting terrorist operations or supporting terrorist activities and organizations against the USA, are they protected by the defenses offered by the Constitution of the USA or subject to the laws of the country they are in, thereby making themselves subject to anti-terrorist operations by the USA?
5 posted on 01/14/2013 7:33:58 PM PST by Glennb51
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To: Libloather
the Democratic Democrat senator ... fixed
6 posted on 01/14/2013 7:37:35 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Libloather
Ironic that this article appears on Russia Today.
7 posted on 01/14/2013 7:39:28 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Libloather

Wyden is a scumbag....he doesn’t even live in the state he supposedly represents...Oregon....he lives in New York City


8 posted on 01/14/2013 7:40:15 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Libloather
Interesting comment to the original article:Let us hope. Sounds like a FReeper :)
9 posted on 01/14/2013 7:43:56 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Glennb51

The constitution makes no requirement regarding location, merely being a citizen is sufficient. Due process is being violated. This is not constitutional. Rampant violations of our rights is happening, as our government marchs on down the road toward totalitarianism.

George Bush was called Hitler because of panties on the head, yet Obama kills and nary a whisper of criticism from the presstitutes.


10 posted on 01/14/2013 7:45:38 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Libloather

Maybe if they release the citizen kill list state by state, that would help.


11 posted on 01/14/2013 7:48:52 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Libloather; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; coffeebreak; ...
If you aren't on this ping list and are interested
in articles about Oregon, please FReepmail me.

12 posted on 01/14/2013 7:52:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Libloather

Good post.

It is inevitable and important that the democrat dam begins to crack, and democrats get-a-clue, and become willing to speak, while there is still time to speak, at all. Perhaps this is a start.

Wyden has been obnoxious. This time he is showing himself to be at some certain risk for being rather courageous. He will be finished politically, after all.

I am grateful for his voice, one that nails this president for excessive perogatives taken.


13 posted on 01/14/2013 7:55:26 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: upchuck

Cute name, that comment poster.

“Bark obumma”.

Did I get it right? Reminds me of Bark-A-Lounger, by Lazy Boy Furniture. A suitable image of Barky in the upstairs TV room recliner, watching basketball season unfold, away from the golf course, and the Oval.


14 posted on 01/14/2013 8:04:21 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Libloather

*** targeting and potential killing of Americans suspected of terrorism. ***

Does that include gunsmiths? Two have died under mysterious circumstances.


15 posted on 01/14/2013 8:24:01 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: RitaOK

Yes. Very cute :)


16 posted on 01/14/2013 8:26:20 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Libloather

ARE ANTI-GUN MURDER SQUADS KILLING PRO-GUN CAMPAIGNERS IN AMERICA?

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/good-news-americas-pro-gun-campaigners-are-getting-even-more-paranoid


17 posted on 01/14/2013 8:50:07 PM PST by wolficatZ (Hey blue states....Got Food?)
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To: Libloather

This is quickly going from bad to nightmare status. Everyday the ante is upped. Every single day, it is something worse than the days preceding.


18 posted on 01/14/2013 8:52:55 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

The DIMs/LIBs outrages are like waves endlessly striking the shore.


19 posted on 01/14/2013 10:26:06 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Libloather

It is noteworthy that a Dem is pushing about this.


20 posted on 01/14/2013 11:09:56 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Libloather

How interesting that at the same time the gun-grabbing government is gearing up to disarm the law-abiding citizens of this country they are also busy conducting secret killings and ramping up their ability to kill people, including American citizens, in high-tech ways with no trial, no jury.


21 posted on 01/15/2013 6:10:17 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Glennb51

“are on foreign soil and conducting terrorist operations or supporting terrorist activities “

Yep that would be the best of a worst case, going after US citizen al Quaeda members in Yemen.

I don’t think a citizen gives up his rights to a speedy trial with a jury of his peers just because he’s in France when the drone targets him, but I am not a lawyer.

There was once an EO directing the CIA and other similar agencies to not do assassinations. Singling someone out who is not actively engaged in combat and killing them is assassination, in my book, and doing that to a US citizen needs some close scrutiny.

Killing someone on US soil because they are in the way of some administration goal or if someone “thinks” the target is a troublemaker is just wrong, which is why I think someone with the correct clearance needs to look at who is being assassinated and where.


22 posted on 01/15/2013 6:44:06 AM PST by DBrow
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To: DBrow

Is this Operation Blackbriar? Where is Jason Bourne?


23 posted on 01/15/2013 11:31:24 AM PST by research99
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