January 26, 2010
CIA Wants permission to legally kill an American Citizen.
Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen currently in Yemen, is suspected of being involved in both the killings at Ft. Hood by Major Hasan and the aborted airline bombing in Detroit that resulted only in damage to the bomber himself. Democracy Now: The War & Peace Report on National Public Radio, is reporting in its news today that the CIA is actively trying to determine if it can legally kill an American citzen overseas--in this case in Yemen, with the permission of the president. al-Awlaki has been charged with no crime, but is widely believed by the intelligence community to be deeply involved in al-Qaeda activities in Yemen.
While the CIA has been involved in political killings for years, they don't apparently routinely kill American citizens--and for good reason. Even the CIA should know that in a democracy, we should at least charge them with something more than inuendo before killing them. Maybe even give them a quick trial that has no witnesses and the accused is not able to see the testimony against them (My god, that sounds like a military commission). Oh well, I guess that's how a demoncracy operates in the real world.
Israel to Condemn the Goldstone Report AGAIN
Israel is preparing for a full-scale assault on the Goldstone Report, using the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Aushwitz as its backdrop. Israeli ministers have been frequently calling the report anti-semetic for days--even weeks--and are working furiously to gain public support for their approach. So far, the US has made no formal comments.
Israel has decided that the report is 'just another example of ant-semitic behavior' which really mystifies me. How can a report that condemns both groups--both semitic groups by the way--and demands only that they conduct real, open investigations of what actually happened during the invasion of Gaza be anti-semitic? The Israeli Army has already conducted its investigation and simply dismissed any evidence found as unreliable--even the statements of its own soldiers on the scene, most of whom were reprimanded for criticizing their leadership. The Palestinians, who were also criticized for their bombings, asked the UN for assistance which was mostly denied by vetoes in the Security Council. However, the General Assembly passed the resolution supporting actions under the Goldstone Report.
Put your money on the US jumping on the Israeli bandwagon when they are told to do so, and to come out sgtrongly against the Report on cue.
And in Iraq...
Chemical Ali -- Ali Hassan al-Majid -- one of the men on the deck of cards issued to soldiers in Iraq, and a cousin of former dictator Sadaam Hussein is dead by hanging--and good riddance to the man who thought gassing the Kurds was the way to go. Hopefully, when he arrives wherever he gets, there will be no virgins waiting for him.