Apologist for Assassination of Americans to Be Named as New Homeland Security Chief

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Apologist for Assassination of Americans to Be Named as New Homeland Security Chief


USA Today reports:

President Obama plans to nominate former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of homeland security, officials said Thursday.

Johnson is a supporter of assassinations … even against American citizens.

AP noted in 2011:

U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the Obama administration said Thursday.




The government lawyers, CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson … said U.S. citizens do not have immunity when they are at war with the United States.


Johnson said only the executive branch, not the courts, is equipped to make military battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.

The New York Times noted:

Belligerents who also happen to be U.S. citizens do not enjoy immunity where non-citizen belligerents are valid military objectives,” said Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department general counsel, in a speech at Yale Law School.




Still, Mr. Johnson invoked a lawsuit filed by Mr. Awlaki’s father before the killing that had sought an injunction against targeting his son, citing with approval a district judge’s decision to dismiss the case and saying that targeting decisions are not suited to court review because they must be made quickly and based on fast-evolving intelligence.




“The legal point is important because, in fact, over the last 10 years Al Qaeda has not only become more decentralized, it has also, for the most part, migrated away from Afghanistan to other places where it can find safe haven,” Mr. Johnson said.

This is particularly concerning since the U.S. wants to expand the assassination program to cover “ASSOCIATES of ASSOCIATES” of Al Qaeda … and blurs the lines between bad guys and average Americans.    This violates a little thing called the Fifth Amendment.

The Washington Post points out:

[A senior administration official] added that Johnson was “responsible for the prior legal review and approval of every military operation approved by the president and secretary of defense” during Obama’s first term.

That presumably includes supporting Al Qaeda in Libya.

Wikipedia notes more unsavory aspects of Johnson’s background:

As General Counsel of the Defense Department, Johnson was a major player in certain key priorities of the Obama Administration, and he is considered one of the legal architects of the U.S. military’s current counterterrorism policies.




In August, 2010, Johnson was part of the public dialogue over the Wikileaks release of classified Pentagon documents known as the Afghan War Diary or The War Logs. “The Department of Defense will not negotiate some ‘minimized’ or ‘sanitized’ version of a release by WikiLeaks of additional U.S. government classified documents,” he wrote in a letter to Timothy J. Matusheski, a lawyer representing the online whistle-blowing organization pro bono. In August 2012, Johnson also wrote to the former Navy seal who authored the book “No Easy Day” and warned him of his material breach of his non-disclosure agreements with the Department of Defense.




In January 2011, Johnson provoked controversy when, according to a Department of Defense news story, he asserted in a speech at the Pentagon that deceased civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, despite King’s outspoken opposition to American interventionism during his lifetime….  Jeremy Scahill called Johnson’s remarks “one of the most despicable attempts at revisionist use of Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve ever seen,” while Justin Elliott of Salon.com argued that based on Dr. King’s opposition to the Vietnam War, he would likely have opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the covert wars in Pakistan and Yemen.




In a February 2011, speech to the New York City Bar Association, Johnson “acknowledged the concerns raised” about the detention of alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning and “stated that he had personally traveled to Quantico to conduct an investigation.” Human rights attorney and journalist Scott Horton wrote that “Johnson was remarkably unforthcoming about what he discovered and what conclusions he drew from his visit.”

Did the Saudi Intelligence Chief and Other High-Ranking Officials Trade on Inside Information Regarding 9/11?

Mass surveillance by the NSA and other government agencies is not really making us safer, but is being used for other reasons.

For example:

Saudi Prince Bandar – head of Saudi intelligence – helped to arm the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan, and is now arming Al Qaeda in Syria. (Background).

Respected financial writer Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says that Prince Bandar admitted that Saudi Arabia carries out false flag terror.  Indeed,  U.S. government officials say that the Saudi government had a hand in 9/11.

Moreover, several financial and economic experts – such as Jim Rickards, Max Keiser, German central bank president Ernst Welteke, Swiss economists Remo Crameri, Marc Chesney, Loriano Mancini and Bill Bergman (senior financial markets policy analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for 13 years) – say that there were insider trades right before 9/11 by people who knew the attacks were coming … people  with “no conceivable ties to al-Qaeda” according to the 9/11 Commission.

You don’t have to believe that 9/11 was an inside job to believe that this theory is at least possible. After all, 9/11 was foreseeable to people in intelligence services worldwide … as was Al Qaeda flying planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

For example, the NSA, CIA and other intelligence agencies were listening in on the hijackers’ calls, and an FBI informant rented a room to two of the hijackers in San Diego.

Now, Max Keiser alleges that this story is about to be blown wide open:

Within a few months, there’s a book coming out by a friend of mine who’s already had a very popular book which went to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. It’s a new book, he’s shown me the gallies. Chapter 1: talks about his eyewitness accounts being in the room in the CIA discussing trading inside information days ahead of 9/11. He’s talking about [Saudi intelligence chief Prince] Bandar, he’s talking about Tony Blair, he’s talking about [then executive director of the CIA] Buzzy Krongard.

Is Keiser right? Will the book really be published, and will it really make this allegation? Is the former CIA officer and bestselling author credible?


We’ll have to wait to find out.

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geewhiz's picture

Nothing to see here. Just Alex Jones diverting conspiracy attention away from Israel/Mossad, the real masterminds behind 911.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Looks like a prize turd.

brettd's picture

Its striking:

An american working with Al Queda is considered an "enemy combatant" and a legitimate military target.

But  weren't our efforts in Ben Gazi and Syria coordinated with "rebels" who were "al Queda"?

We have mentally ill leadership.

mypetdrone's picture

so he wont be helping to re-investigate 9/11 i take it ?

geekgrrl's picture

As a public service, here again is a link to a free online book that examines the psychology of our leaders: "The Authoritarians." Very relevant for those who want to understand the mindset of our "leaders," and those who follow them.

shovelhead's picture

Fuck understanding them...

I want to bury em.

Then I'll stand on em and exercise my bladder.

paul20854's picture

The guy probably would be a good follower of the Wimp in Chief (WIC). Under the 14th Amendment, both WIC and his chimp (the veep) would be impeached and removed from office for failure to provide due process of law to a citizen before taking his life. Four counts of first degree murder should be sufficient grounds for "high crimes and misdemeanors". WIC and veep can pick whatever they want in our police state.

It's time to leave.


Atticus Finch's picture

U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida,"

Must have numerous CIA and FBI agents on his up for assassination list.

MrBoompi's picture

U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the Obama administration said Thursday.


So what about the people who are actively supplying arms to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Syria and other locations around the world?  Is this clown just the latest in a long line of Americans who hold a double standard for US government actions?

Madcow's picture

The US is descending into madness:   A police state run by bankers and sex crmininals. 

Here is a woman being beaten and torturned becuase she wouldn't have sex with a "cop" - 




El Vaquero's picture

That video doesn't show what happened when the on duty cops got there.  In an odd display of things working how they should, the on duty cops viewed the video, then told him to uncuff her, then arrested him.  When the Sheriff tried to back his boy, public outcry was strong enough that he put the guy on leave, then fired him, and he is still facing charges.  All too often, cops get away with this kind of shit.


It is also worth noting that this guy was 49 and a 14 year veteran of the police force, after having retired from the fire department.

Hedgetard55's picture

Jeh will make Janet Napolitano look like a patriot. Black Nazi, like Holder and Pakalolo.

TomGa's picture

"[W]e reject the idea that when the United States acts against citizens abroad it can do so free of the Bill of Rights. The United States is entirely a creature of the Constitution. Its power and authority have no other source. It can only act in accordance with all the limitations imposed by the Constitution. When the Government reaches out to punish a citizen who is abroad, the shield which the Bill of Rights and other parts of the Constitution provide to protect his life and liberty should not be stripped away just because he happens to be in another land.”


--Justice Hugo Black,  Reid v. Covert, 354 US 1, (1957)



bunnyswanson's picture


Someone in Israel agrees ---  No checks or balances.  Clearly an infringement of basic human right to privacy.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

Yeah, but they conveniently get around that by calling the fight against a very small group of terrorists a "war" instead of what it should be called, a law enforcement action, and therefore justify assassinations of US citizens by calling them "enemy combatants" in a "war" rather than just "criminals."  Thus, the evolved over time "war powers" of the imperial presidency kick in.  Not saying that's the way it should be, just saying that's the way it is.  They can effectively do anything they want because they are the ones who can interpret anything to fit what they want to do.

Paveway IV's picture

 "...They can effectively do anything they want because they are the ones who can interpret anything to fit what they want to do..."

Psychopaths are always good at this. They sit around all day and night figuring out ways to weasel around the rules (= the law). That's all they do, and they're very good at it. They are also the first to point out to you that the U.S. is not a nation of citizens and their rights, but rather a nation of laws and law-abiding people. 


"...Not saying that's the way it should be, just saying that's the way it is..."

And the way it will remain. As long as the average U.S. citizen labors under the delusion of salvation through politician-replacement via a fake, evil god: the current voting system. 

I keep wanting this to be about something else, but always end up seeing Knuckles in a little cartoon thought-bubble over my head, "It's f*king theatre, for christ's sake.... STOP THINKING." 

bunnyswanson's picture

"Qu'on me donne six lignes écrites de la main du plus honnête homme, j'y trouverai de quoi le faire pendre."

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."


That's what they're banking on.

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pupdog1's picture

You had me at Jeh.

d edwards's picture

Hmmmm...another black man in high office: 0bozo and H0lder-two of the most vile, corrupt people around now this guy who thinks like a f-ing nazi.

Just great.

falak pema's picture

I thought that Homeland OMO washes so white you can't tell the negative from the original in the old NSA camera lens. 

Anyways when we move to digitalised, like for money, it all comes out with ONE stripe. 

d edwards's picture

PS: he's black so no one can criticize him without being a RAY-CYST!

NoClueSneaker's picture

... know some j00 cocksucker who's so black that noone bashing him can be called antisemite ... :-P



SoilMyselfRotten's picture

This is the exact thing Alberto Gonzalez did to give Bush cover, wretched legal counsel. Guess you can make the case they were nazi's too.

Jumbotron's picture

Just remember this along with the nomination.......

2 billion rounds of ammo have been purchased to be used against the American people by various agencies of Corp/Fed.

As the Joker said in "The Dark Knight"........."It's all.....part of the PLAN ! "

dontgoforit's picture

They also have a drone for every one of those rounds.

kurt's picture

My gut says something worse than psychopathology is in operation. It's as though people, such as these, have SEARED minds, awful missing spaces, and hyper-activated reactive centers full of writhing, calculating response engines/programs. Could we be seeing advanced generation manchurian administrative monsters? There is an ineffable uglyness in these creeps.

Obadiah's picture

Tru dat  where the hell have i heard of this type of person before??


Oh yeah 2 TIMOTHY 3  KJV

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men , as theirs also was.
10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,
11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them ;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

want some good ol Bible Study?  try this http://www.shepherdschapel.com/broadband.htm




Wild tree's picture


Pastor Arnold Murray is one of a kind. I will miss him when the Lord calls him home. He speaks truth from and by the word of God. It always amazes me how many will say a belief in God is an opiate for the masses. Einstein believed in God, for he said God does not play dice with the universe. I ascribe to that, for the steps of a righteous man are done in obeyance to his word.

Thank you for sharing those words of truth.

GMadScientist's picture

And lo they will most likely take a liking of fatty foods, and anything salty and will shy away from vegetables and fruits...


banzai401's picture

Rather than 'apologist'

'Enabler' would be a better description.

Since 2008 Jay Gay Johnson has been Obama's 'goto' man for getting the 'legal' justification for killing US citizens without a trial.

Arguing whether JJ brain-washed Obama, or Obama gave JJ the job cuz JJ supported the position.

The Outcome is certain, the execution of Miriam Carey brought a standing ovation by the US Congress, and the MSM called her insane for trying to do a U-TURN at a DC checkpoint.

JJ is one evil mother fucking lawyer, but so is Obama.

lakecity55's picture

So, he is also gay?

Somehow, it does not surprise me.

banzai401's picture

Awlakis crime was hosting a pro-islam website in the USA,...

Just don't do that in the USA,

Well then he still would have gotten droned,

So now they can drone USA citizens for hosting websites,... ok I can handle that,

They kill the son of awlaki? Why? Cuz in these tribes family is important and son is legacy, so that's a major signal.

So they go to US courts,... fuck a fucking 'white-guy' cannot get justice in a USA court, so what is a fucking Muslim USA citizen expecting to get?


All this pales compared to the killing of Miriam Carey, killed for driving her car in wrong place, driving while black. Child abduction called 'rescue by media'.

Even HITLER never killed GERMAN WOMAN near the reichstag for doing U-TURNS at his checkpoints.

Jay GAY JOHNSON is the guy who gives out 007 license to kill, and OBama makes him in charge of DHS, the same DHS that just got 3billion rounds of ammo, and 3,000 humvee's ... going to be fun :)


Insult to INJURY now they have arrested Miriam Carey's lawyer ( ERIC SANDERS ), and he's sitting in jail for threatening to SUE Obama for killing Carey.


DaveyJones's picture

the amazing shorting of many stocks including the airlines has been known for a long time. So has the $100,000 transfer from the Pakistan intelligence

Condoleezza Rice's Press Conference

In the course of Condoleezza Rice's May 16 press conference (which took place barely a few hours after the publication of the "Bush Knew" headlines in The New York Post), an accredited Indian journalist asked a question on the role of General Mahmoud Ahmad:


Q: Dr. Rice?

Ms RICE: Yes?

Q: Are you aware of the reports at the time that the ISI chief was in Washington on September 11th, and on September 10th $100,000 was wired from Pakistan to these groups here in this area? And why was he here? Was he meeting with you or anybody in the Administration?

Ms RICE: I have not seen that report, and he was certainly not meeting with me.13


Although there is no official confirmation, in all likelihood General Mahmoud Ahmad met Dr. Rice during the course of his official visit. Moreover, she must have been fully aware of the $100,000 transfer to Mohammed Atta, which had been confirmed by the FBI.

Lost in the barrage of media reports on ‘foreknowledge', this crucial piece of information on the ISI's role in 9-11, implicates key members of the Bush Administration including: CIA Director George Tenet, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, Under-Secretary of State Marc Grossman, as well Senator Joseph Biden (Democrat), Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee (who met General Ahmad on the 13th of September)."According to Biden, [Ahmad] pledged Pakistan's cooperation".14."

THERE are so many individual pieces of evidence and so many experts in so many areas that point to an undeniable conclusion. There is nothing shocking about a government (or our government) taking out its own for some kind of political or resource advantage. There is also nothing shocking about oil being the most valuable and quickly depleting resource in the world. From a Supreme Court that blocked access to the energy meetings,  an "investigative" committee that did anything but, to a new adminstration that immediately announced it would do nothing to investigate the prior one, 911 is clearly an inside consipiracy that many many goverment officials know about, have justified, and will continue to cover up  

omniversling's picture

Extensive research into who profited from 911. 43 mins, highly recommended:

9/11 Conspiracy Solved: Names, Connections, & Details Exposed!

lakecity55's picture

I guess they will just brush off 'collateral damage' when the drone strikes begin openly here in CONUS.

Happens to brown people all over the world now.

Soon, a schoolbus full of US kids.

"Department spokesmen said the Texas bus veered into the path of the missile intended for Paul. The Department regrets the deaths of those elementary students, but is an acceptable risk when dealing with dissidents like Libertarians or Christians."

The Premier was out of Washington for a comment, but is known to deal severely with opponents of The Regime.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I'll say it again as I believe this article to be wrong with some of it's facts.  Just where is Prince Bandar "Bush" bin Sultan anyway???

Ned Zeppelin's picture

This stuff was in the works long before Obama, he is merely the latest handmaiden of our true overlords. You are smoking something if you think this started with Obama. And you racists are idiots if you think it is about race. You are playing into their hands - divide and conquer.

Of course we are a bunch of idiots for allowing what goes on to continue.

Wahooo's picture

The xenophobic become self-oppressive.

lakecity55's picture

Look into the history of the CPUSA in the recruitment of negro citizens. It might (not) surprise you.

The individual occupying the White House was jump-started by white  communists Ayers and Dorn.

GMadScientist's picture

Look into the history of the Club for Growth in the recruitment of skinhead citizens. It might (not) surprise you.

The individuals occupying the House of Representatives were jump-started by white fascists Koch and Koch.


lakecity55's picture

Anyone who posts a keyword like the coke bros. is a Progressive Shill.

Do you get O-Care in your employment package?


falak pema's picture

nobody taught you how to spell that four letter word...it rhymes with cork and it screws everybody in sight! 

Jam's picture

What is he going to model his office after? Something President Obongo and he can feel at home in, the set of The Planet of the Apes might work.

sosoome's picture

I would sure like to see all those FBI files with the Saudi connections Bush had redacted... 

lakecity55's picture

Another negro communist slithers into position.....

kchrisc's picture

Only one thing worse than a bureaucrat/pol/bankster/etc., a black one.