Yes, I Said We Need to “Move On” From the Russian Hacking Story
That doesn’t mean ignore it. Let me explain.
That doesn’t mean ignore it. Let me explain.
Rand Paul's chief liability is his consistent lack of consistency, and this new statement on drones falls perfectly in line with his record of obvious flip-flopping on the issue.
This would be the first Obama White House drone that didn't kill anyone.
He's an opportunist and will say just about anything in order to sucker either the far-right and the far-left into supporting him.
First, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) delayed U.S. Senate proceedings with an 18-hour "Stand With Rand" filibuster in opposition to the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as "drones," against U.S. citizens. Then, a short time later, he suggested law enforcement use drones to kill a liquor store burglar inside the U.S. Now he's threatening the use of drones against former Guantanamo detainees.
While the world focuses on Islamist extremist group Boko Haram's plans to sell the 270 kidnapped Nigerian teenage girls into slavery, we should be more concerned with western imperialism.
The drone in question isn't a government drone at all, but a radio controlled toy rigged up by a British hacker that can, the hacker claims, hover overhead while stealing your username and even your address from your smartphone. One guy. A hacker.
The site posted its first two articles based on the National Security Agency (NSA), one of which we covered yesterday, and, as promised, here are some impressions of not only the site in general but the first post by Greenwald and Scahill.
This is one of many tricks by which the pro-Snowden clique has added a layer of audience-gripping drama to the story -- drama which helped to propel it into the national conversation. Snowden could be killed any day now, and Obama will pull the trigger! Engage rending of garments.
I for one welcome our new multimedia entrepreneurial, online crap-dealing overlord.
Regardless of whether you think the US should use drones in warfare, the testimony of an innocent family whose lives were ruined by a botched attack is hard to stomach. 13 year old Zubair Rehman's testimony is chilling, and a terrifying insight into what life is like for those affected by US attacks in Pakistan.
Could this be the most Greenwaldian headline from Glenn Greenwald ever?
Apparently, a tiny online publication called the Dorset Eye -- "News and Events Reported by the People to the Community" of Dorset, England -- posted a piece that accuses longtime Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson of receiving a $500 million contract from the U.S. government to build drones.
Yes, if you thought that the Capitol Hill hearings on the Syria crisis were like a patient uprising inside a psych ward with just Congress in attendance, you can imagine how things got once the Code Pink people showed up.
What Manning did was totally and utterly illegal under the law of the land, and he will be punished accordingly. It is clear that Manning will spend many years in jail for his crimes against the state, a fate he was well aware of when he chose to leak secret military documents. But that does not mean that what Manning did was wrong.
Much of the left are increasingly happy to publicly savage Barack Obama and his administration, creating a division between themselves and those on the left who still have faith in the President. The topic that seems to marks the demarcation line between these two groups the most is Obama's use for unmanned predator drones. For some, it is a necessary evil that the President must use to face off the persistent threat of terrorism; for others it is a a fundamental betrayal of Obama's hope and change promise.
No matter how you examine Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki's death, there's simply no comparison with the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of a neighborhood-watch vigilante named George Zimmerman. Anyone who conflates these two deaths is either desperate for traffic or simply ignorant of the circumstances of each incident.
On Sunday, he predictably criticized the president's speech on drones, saying, "It’s not good enough to us that [the president's] not using a power. We want him to assert that he doesn’t have the power." Here's just a sampling of his shifting position on drones...
A couple of days ago, the questionable message and court jester-style message delivery came together to bring Code Pink perhaps its biggest moment in the spotlight yet. What Obama was saying didn't matter to Benjamin since she came into the room planning to be heard and nothing he said -- no amount of ostensibly giving her what she wanted -- was going to stop her from being heard. And so she yelled. As usual. She shouted and ranted about the CIA and Muslim-killing and DRONEZ! and so on and so on.
The Obama Administration has found itself in yet another scandal this week after it was revealed that law enforcement officials had obtained records for the telephone lines of journalists at the Associated Press. Obama was elected in part to put a stop to the egregious abuses of executive power by the Bush Administration. Instead, it is upping the ante.
Yesterday, Rand Paul explicitly endorsed the use of drones to kill American citizens who happen to be in the midst of committing a petty robbery. There's not a lot of gray area there. He supports the use of drones in most circumstances except when law enforcement wants to perv-out on citizens who are lounging in hot tubs.
Glenn Greenwald, who's widely regarded as the leading anti-drone writer and activist, admitted that he's against banning drones. And he did so in an almost matter-of-fact way, as if everyone clearly knows that he's against banning them. Silly us for not knowing. Of course Glenn Greenwald supports drones in some cases -- how could we possibly not know that?!
This conspiracy theory is so shoddy that it debunks itself before it's really even underway. It'd be like saying the moon landing was faked -- on the surface of the moon! Gotcha! Either Obama is a terrorist or he's wantonly murdering terrorists. It doesn't make sense if he's a criminal for killing terrorists and a criminal for being a terrorist.