I know people are on you about shifting U.S. counter-terrorism policy to "targeted, surgical pressure" on militant groups intent on attacking the homeland but whatever -- people harass us for our frat's policy of "targeted, surgical pressure" on sororities all the time. Screw it, you do you.
The CIA pushed for and built the base; the White House clearly accepted it as a fine idea. An informal network of key media sources agreed that it really wasn't worth the bother to tell the American people just how stupidly their government was acting.
I'm sorry, Mr. Brennan, we can't have it both ways. What we're seeking is transparency of drone policies and to end the effects these policies have at home and abroad.
The constant that underlines discussion of extraordinary -- and unconstitutional -- methods to secure the United States against terrorist attack is the premise that a grave menace lurks out there. Yet there is no evidence that such is the case.
Cantor softens GOP rhetoric -- a start? Obama tries a permanent campaign of aggressive, progressive governance -- that succeeding? And the famous and tired Secretary of State leaves after one term to ponder a presidential bid -- worked for Jefferson, will it for Hillary?
The GOP can try to repackage their party by reaching out to all demographics. But, for many Americans, the GOP is just the same old party.
I was watching John Brennan's Senate hearing and suddenly the words to the John Lennon song Imagine came into my head, with a slight twist. Imagine ...
In his Senate confirmation hearing, Thursday, CIA director nominee John Brennan noted that the United States "needs to make sure we are setting a standard for the world."
To the extent that the Obama Administration engages in targeting U.S. citizens abroad, and believes that it has sound legal authority to do so, it does itself no good in withholding the supporting legal arguments from open scrutiny.
It will probably be years, even decades, before we see the most negative effects of our drone policies. The precedent that the Obama administration is setting should concern everyone.
It's been all drones and all John Brennan all the time this week: ever since Michael Isikoff dropped his bombshell about an administration white paper...
We do not have access to the Obama administration's complete legal memo but we have enough in this leaked white paper to know that it does not bode well for global order and stability.
How does the administration know that its targeted killings and use of armed drones have not merely exchanged one terrorist threat for another that will be bigger, longer-lasting, and more dangerous?
Though we should not forget that extrajudicial killing is inherently a violation of human rights, the Israeli approach to targeted killing at least involves some judicial review. The approach pursued by the Obama Administration has none.
John Brennan's confirmation hearing to become head of the CIA will take place at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, February 7. If CODEPINK had a chance to question John Brennan as his hearing, here are some questions we would ask.
The story of bin Laden's death is just one aspect of the international manhunt the United States has pursued, a worldwide dragnet of detention and death that has raised troubling questions and fervent debate over the fight against terrorism.