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Obama Moves To Authorize Domestic Drone Strikes

Mac Slavo

Feb 20, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security recently advanced a plan to deploy “public safety” drones in the skies over America, an action Congress authorized last year and called for the deployment of 30,000 drone surveillance vehicles by 2020.

While DHS head Janet Napolitano says the primary mission for domestic drones is for situational awareness in “large public safety [matters] or disasters”, President Obama may have a different idea for how best to implement this next generation of frightening surveillance technology.

Well known for his obsession with remote drone attacks, reportedly going so far as to personally sit in on unmanned aerial vehicle missions, the President was recently asked about concerns from American citizens about the possibility of extra-judicial military drone strikes within the borders of the United States.

Obama has not only failed to deny that he has such plans, but makes it clear that his administration is working closely with Congress to develop a legal framework that will allow the Chief Executive and his subordinates the leeway to initiate strikes right here at home.

First of all… there’s never been a drone used on an American citizen, on American soil.

We respect and have a whole bunch of safeguards in terms of how we conduct counter-terrorism operations outside of the United States. The rules outside of the United States are going to be different than the rules inside of the United States.

I am the head of the Executive branch and what we’ve done so far is to try to work with Congress on oversight issues.

Part of what I’m going to have to work with Congress on is to make sure that whatever it is we’re providing Congress, that we have mechanisms to also make sure that the public understands what’s going on, what the constraints are, what the legal parameters are.

That’s something that I take very seriously.

I am not somebody who believes that the President has the authority to do whatever he wants or whatever she wants, whenever they want, just under the guise of counter-terrorism.

There have to be checks and balances on it.

One can only conclude that military and law enforcement drone strikes will soon be business as usual, and likely the preferred method for dealing with, as the Patriot Act outlines, those who “intimidate or coerce the civilian population” or attempt to “influence government policy” – pretty much anyone who disagrees with what the government is doing.

As Chris Carrington rightly points out about pre-emptive government prosecution, under the National Defense Authorization Act “individuals who have committed no crime can be arrested and incarcerated at the will of the government without proven cause.” Will this new legal framework now expand on Patriot Act and NDAA to allow for a militarized government response to potential threats?

For those who would call for such extreme action as firing a military grade remote Hellfire missile at a domestic target, as the media recently suggested we should do during the hunt for Chris Dorner, consider that Global Research recently reported thatover 40% of drone casualties are innocents – often children.

But such collateral damage would never happen in America, right? The NYPD, for example, would never randomly open fire in the middle of a busy street and shoot civilians. Likewise, the LAPD would never overreact and send a barrage of bullets at two innocent newspaper carriers who happen to be in a vehicle matching the description of what a suspect may be driving.

With drones, such incidents would be reduced or all but eliminated right? This legal framework being developed by President Obama’s administration with the help of Congress would ensure that no innocents will be killed, right? Law enforcement and military would never target criminals or terrorists if it would endanger innocent Americans who might be in their direct vicinity, right?

And never would they be used to target American citizens unless actionable intelligence of an impending threat was real and confirmed by, as President Obama notes, a “whole bunch of safeguards.”

To paraphrase President Obama, Diane Feinstein and the many Congressional representatives who support a safer America, it’s time we start disarming those who have access to these weapons of mass destruction. These military style assault weapons have no use in hunting or sporting, and have no business being on the streets of America.


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Eight FBI agents conduct interrogation in Iceland in relation to ongoing U.S. investigation of WikiLeaks

Thursday February 7th 2013, 10:30 GMT

Recently it has become public that the FBI had secretly sent eight
agents to Iceland in 2011 in relation to the ongoing U.S. investigation
of WikiLeaks. The Icelandic Minister of Interior, Ögmundur Jónasson,
has confirmed this to the Icelandic press and furthermore stated that
when he found out on August 25th 2011 that the aim of the visit was to
interrogate an Icelandic citizen he ordered the local police to cease
all co-operation with the FBI. He indicated that the FBI had left the
country the day after.

In a joint statement Monday from the Icelandic Police Chief and the
Prosecutor General it is revealed that the FBI agents, in fact, did
not leave the country immediately and were conducting interrogation
of an Icelandic subject for at least five days, without the presence
of Icelandic police officers.

The person in question was a 18 year old individual who had offered
his assistance to WikiLeaks as a volunteer. For a period of some months
he did manage several minor tasks for the organisation as one of hundreds of volunteers all over the world assisting the organisation. Many of them have visited Julian Assange as did the person in question in the summer of 2011. A Canadian volunteer contacted the young Icelander with the idea of raising funds for WikiLeaks with online sales of T-shirts, coffee mugs and other merchandise. It later emerged that the Icelander deceived the Canadian volunteer into believing that he was WikiLeaks staff in order to have the funds transferred to his personal account instead of the organisations. When confronted, he admitted the wrongdoing. Because of requests from people close to him and his young age he was offered the opportunity to repay the stolen funds, which amounted to about $50,000. When it became clear he would not honour the agreement the matter was reported to the Icelandic Police.

WikiLeaks has learned that the police have finished the investigation
and that the matter has been sent to the police prosecutor. It has also
been reported that the police are processing charges of embezzlement
against the individual pertaining to a number of other organisations
within Iceland unrelated to WikiLeaks. It has materialized that the
individual has engaged in gross misrepresentations of different types
to obtain benefit from a range of parties.

We will not identify him by name in light of information that he has
recently received institutional medical treatment.

In light of the relentless ongoing persecution of U.S. authorities
against WikiLeaks it is not surprising that the FBI would try to abuse
this troubled young man and involve him in some manner in the attempt
to prosecute WikiLeaks staff. It is an indication of the great length
these entities are willing to go that they will disrespect the
sovereignty of other nations in their endeavor. There is strong
indication that the FBI used a combination of coercion and payments to
pressure the young man to co-operate.

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