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Rachel Maddow On Drone Strikes: 'One Of The More Orwellian Things' About 21st Century America


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#1 Joker

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

I guess 7 drone strikes in the first 10 days of 2013 is enough 

 

 

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Rachel Maddow looked at President Obama's use of drones -- and his nomination of John

Brennan, the architect of his drone policy, to CIA director -- on her Thursday show.

Maddow said she was troubled by the secrecy with which the strikes were carried out, since the Obama administration's policy is to refuse to talk about them.

 

"The most amazing thing about this as a matter of policy is that it isn't a matter of policy," she said. "...The fact that we know that these things are happening and that our government considers these things deniable is frankly one of the more Orwellian things about being an American in the 21st century."

 

Maddow continued that the lack of accountability meant that citizens were denied a say in their government's military policy.

 

"We may or may not like what our military does in wartime, but the expectation ... [is that] we get to know what they're doing," she said. "Our political leaders can be voted out of office if we do not like what they have the military do. We do not have that luxury, that accountability, when our government does not admit to what we do."

 

She also said she was skeptical about Brennan's supposed desire to bring more transparency to drone strikes when he moves to run the CIA.

 

"Why are we now supposed to believe ... that regardless of how things have gone under his leadership so far, it all might change and get a lot more accountable and a lot more transparent if he gets this big new job?" she asked. "It is kind of hard to believe that he's going to go run an agency so he can go give some of that agency's authorities away."



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:14 PM

i guess we could go back to carpet bombing or possibly do what we did to Dresden in WWII.



#3 Joker

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

That would involve having to explain themselves. Using drones eliminates that headache and allows them to focus on killing whoever they want, including American children, with minimal blowback and no need to even acknowledge, let alone explain, why.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

Alien conspiracy

#5 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

very few care. While I applaud Maddow for reporting this, it falls on deaf ears. People, especially her target audience,  dont care about government accountability any more. That was soooo 2008.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

Bildaburg group

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

That would involve having to explain themselves.

 

?

 

i doubt they would feel they have to explain anything.

if they used live troops / operatives  same deal.

 

the sooner we bring them all home, the more come home.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:47 PM

As it is now, they won't even acknowledge there IS a drone program never mind explaining how they decide why/who they're going to kill. Right now they're targeting people they simply suspect might be guilty of something. At least if they're using planes to carpet bomb there's some accountability.

 

They were drawing up a drone policy to put in place in case Romney was elected, I'm betting that's already on the back burner and will remain so until they're worried about someone else coming in and having the same type of unregulated, unchecked killing "authority" they allow themselves to wield.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:24 PM

They were drawing up a drone policy to put in place in case Romney was elected,

 

vs making shit up to start the thing in the first place ?



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

http://www.nytimes.c...?pagewanted=all