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Rand Paul To CIA: "Can You Kill With Drones In The USA?"

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Rand Paul’s Third Letter to the CIA: Can You Kill with Drones in the USA?

This letter is a few days old, but is very important for every American to be aware of. Essentially, Rand Paul is threatening to filibuster Barack Obama’s nominee for the CIA, John Brennan, due to his refusal to answer a simple question:

Do you believe that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial?

This should not be a complicated question to answer, yet it seems Obama, Brennan and pretty much every other little power consumed bureaucrat is incapable of doing so.  Below is Rand Paul’s letter reprinted in full (my emphasis added).

February 20, 2013

John O. Brennan

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20500


Dear Mr. Brennan,

In consideration of your nomination to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), I have repeatedly requested that you provide answers to several questions clarifying your role in the approval of lethal force against terrorism suspects, particularly those who are U.S. citizens. Your past actions in this regard, as well as your view of the limitations to which you are subject, are of critical importance in assessing your qualifications to lead the CIA. If it is not clear that you will honor the limits placed upon the Executive Branch by the Constitution, then the Senate should not confirm you to lead the CIA.


During your confirmation process in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), committee members have quite appropriately made requests similar to questions I raised in my previous letter to you-that you expound on your views on the limits of executive power in using lethal force against U.S. citizens, especially when operating on U.S. soil. In fact, the Chairman of the SSCI, Sen. Feinstein, specifically asked you in post-hearing questions for the record whether the Administration could carry out drone strikes inside the United States. In your response, you emphasized that the Administration “has not carried out” such strikes and “has no intention of doing so.” I do not find this response sufficient.

The question that I and many others have asked is not whether the Administration has or intends to carry out drone strikes inside the United States, but whether it believes it has the authority to do so. This is an important distinction that should not be ignored.

 Just last week, President Obama also avoided this question when posed to him directly. Instead of addressing the question of whether the Administration could kill a U.S. citizen on American soil, he used a similar line that “there has never been a drone used on an American citizen on American soil.” The evasive replies to this valid question from the Administration have only confused the issue further without getting us any closer to an actual answer.

For that reason, I once again request you answer the following question: Do you believe that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial?

I believe the only acceptable answer to this is no.

Until you directly and clearly answer, I plan to use every procedural option at my disposal to delay your confirmation and bring added scrutiny to this issue and the Administration’s policies on the use of lethal force. The American people are rightfully concerned, and they deserve a frank and open discussion on these policies.

Rand Paul, M.D.

United States Senator


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Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:45 | 3284422 ACP
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Dear Mr. Paul,

Please furnish us with your home address and I'll let you know.

John Brennan

"I'm Assistant to the President, BITCH."

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:56 | 3284462 Groundhog Day
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"You want the truth, you can't handle the truth"

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:11 | 3284509 Xibalba
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C Dorner

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:22 | 3284687 SafelyGraze
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dear mister paul,

you'll eat it. and you'll like it.

have we made ourselves clear?


ps thanks for your service as controlled opposition (conop)

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 02:44 | 3284815 Manthong
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“The evasive replies to this valid question from the Administration have only confused the issue further without getting us any closer to an actual answer.”

Um.. there should be no confusion.

If an immediate and resounding “no” is not uttered, it means that they believe yes or at least that there is some latitude for them.

Either way, it means that “We the people” have a clear and present danger on our hands with this bunch.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:16 | 3284907 Lore
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No man of conscience would ever equivocate on a basic matter of principle.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:40 | 3284920 francis_sawyer
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Yeah but I got me an Obamafone before I got droned... Itz all good!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:24 | 3285074 Go Tribe
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You can bet that every obamafone comes hardwired ON for GPS. Coordinates already targeted.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:08 | 3285124 GetZeeGold
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That's why Rand voted for Chuck Hagel. He found out he was on the short list.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:22 | 3285268 GeezerGeek
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Why would Obama want to target those who hold Obamaphones? After all, they are all Obamabots who voted (often more than once, I hear) for the anointed one. Or are they now expendable now that Obama no longer needs votes to win a presidential race?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:06 | 3285413 ATM
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They will be expendable in the future just as were the millions of Ukrainian peasants to Stalin.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:03 | 3285045 JPM Hater001
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"it means that they believe yes or at least that there is some latitude for them."

You had me at yes.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:19 | 3285145 goldfish1
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Incapable of answering?

I don't think incapable is the correct word.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:10 | 3285423 Orange Pekoe
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Of course they do not believe they have the authority to do so, but they will do it anyway. These people know right from wrong, hence the LIESSSS.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 06:36 | 3285022 Al Gorerhythm
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dear mister paul,

you'll eat it. and you'll like it.

Damn. Not cake again.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:42 | 3284726 One World Mafia
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Normally they just lie and let time dull the memory. Since they are evading rather than lying we can safely assume there won't be enough time to dull the memory of a lie before the drone strikes in the US begin.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:53 | 3284746 TPTB_r_TBTF
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President Lincoln ordered the killing of Americans on American soil. 

What's different this time?  This time, instead of drafting boys from the North, the POTUS is having flying robots do the killing.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 02:02 | 3284766 El Oregonian
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Lincoln was wrong then. Barry is wrong now....

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 03:02 | 3284833 A Nanny Moose
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The dronings will continue until morale improves.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:04 | 3285049 JPM Hater001
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The civil war was a moral victory and a constitutional failure.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:17 | 3285063 Room 101
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It was a moral failure as well. Or was destroying the south, burning Atlanta and Richmond to the ground, and the establishment of a de facto dictatorship "moral" in your view? 

Oh, I know it was all about "freeing the slaves."

Bullshit.  Slavery would have ended in 20 years if the south went it's way and the north it's way in any case. Slavery wasn't economically viable in the long run when immigrants would gladly work for pennies.    

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:01 | 3285121 Stoploss
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Im still waiting to see one of "the ships" we used to go to Africa and collect the slaves to bring back an sell.


Oh, right, we didn't do that, the French brought them to us, i forgot they took the ball from the Romans and ran with it.

The Romans were equeal opportunity slavers, no ethnicity involved, you either were Roman, or, a slave.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:36 | 3285172 AnAnonymous
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Bullshit. Slavery would have ended in 20 years if the south went it's way and the north it's way in any case. Slavery wasn't economically viable in the long run when immigrants would gladly work for pennies.

Absolutely. That is why convict leasing had had a blast from the emancipation act to the 1950s.

It was uneconomically viable and 'americans' would have stopped it anyway.

An 'american' world in action.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:33 | 3285780 earnulf
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"Slavery would have ended in 20 years".

yeah, right.   Since when has anything intelligent actually happened within the time frame of a couple of decades.    White Southern Slave owners only had to feed and work their slaves, all the rest of the profits from their labors went into the slaveholders pocket.    With the efforts being made in the 1850's to expand slavery to the western territories, slavery would have lasted far longer.    The Civil War (War between the States) was on a course that no one was able to stop with both sides intransigent in their outlook and beliefs regarding the others.    This started in the 1820's and festered for 40 years before war broke out as the nation looked west.    Manifest Destiny relegated anyone who was not white to minority status (Mexicans, Indians, Africans).

Today we have two sides that are so enamored of their "mandate" that they can't agree on anything of importance, the government runs itself into the ground and the taxpayer picks up the tab.    Everyone has a talking point and no one thinks about the ramifications of actually doing it.     Balance the budget! they cry, but don't cut my program or raise my taxes.    It's a me, me, me theme and to hell with anyone else as long as I get my way!

There are no more statesmen (the last one retired) and the talking heads are spouting gibberish sales slogans that people pick up like "where's the beef!".     Let's cut spending across the board in all programs by 5% and raise all taxes by 5% every year until the budget balances.   The Economy will tank, people will go hungry and chaos will ensue.      The powderkeg is lit and there's powder all around, we just haven't had the right spark yet.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:19 | 3285068 jeff montanye
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that is not an unimportant point.  although delayed by about a hundred years there is something positive about ending human slavery and racial discrimination (and, possibly, keeping the u.s. one country).  what are we getting for this go round?  more settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem?  keeping saudi women out of the drivers' seats and subject to stoning?  protecting the ability of the emir of bahrain to torture to death peaceful protesters?  iran/taliban/pakistan have been and are no better, but is this the measure of the city on the hill?  no worse than iran? 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:27 | 3285078 GCT
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The Civil War was not about slavery to begin with, please do some reading other then the educational books.  Slavery and freedom of the slaves came into play when the North kept getting it ass handed to it in early battles.

The writing of our history books went to the victors. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:43 | 3285092 Ghordius
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+1 as always, vae victis

interestingly, some of our older history books point to the (alas, continental euro-centric view) lack of european support for the South as the main cause of defeat through the successful Yankee embargo of the South's exports

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:41 | 3285178 AnAnonymous
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The civil war was about slavery.What it was not about was emancipation.

'Americans' have been trying to sell themselves as promoting freedom.

Slavery was central in the civil war and the two 'american' sides that fought it, one was for maintaining it (status quo), that is the Union while the other was for expanding it, making de facto slaves ownership an 'american' human right.

Two sides, three positions, for, status quo, against and the two 'american' sides managed to leave empty the only position that could have given them some credit in their freedom promoting.

It takes 'americans' to accomplish such deeds.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:46 | 3285185 overmedicatedun...
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anan, is there any subject you are not an expert in?? take a break pal.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:03 | 3286829 akak
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History and truthfulness, for two.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:52 | 3285194 madcuban
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No. The civil war was about tariffs. Namely the northern states constantly adding tariffs to southern state agricultural exports. Abolishing slavery was simply a way for Lincoln to add to his troop totals and create chaos in the south with fleeing slaves. It was after the fact. Lincoln was on record prior to this saying his preference was tp put every slave on a boat and send them to their own country in Africa so they wouldn't have mixed race children.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:58 | 3285212 Ghordius
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"The civil war was about tariffs" if so (can't judge) than even more: the victory was through embargo

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:02 | 3285218 overmedicatedun...
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one of the missed facts about the american civil war, lincoln could not find generals willing to kill fellow americans until he found a drunk and psychotic, I will let you historians to figure who I mean.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:54 | 3285855 GCT
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Spot on Madcuban I did not want to get into all the problems at the time.  Lincoln did indeed want to send all the slaves home so to speak.   I just get tired of how Lincoln is protrayed as a great leader who wanted slavery abolished and the North went to war over it.  LOL there were alot of slaves in the North as well.  Funny how that is forgotten.

The North did indeed have the industrial base to produce machinery of war and wa politically tied to Europe.  The south actuallly had better military leaders. Until the South started running out of war supplies the North was taking an ass wooping.  I am not from the south so do not go there.  I am just pointing out some facts the media forgets when they do some research and post it for the sheeple.



Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:47 | 3285358 One World Mafia
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Killing drones make it too easy for a corrupt govt - which we certainly have - to destroy a country.

If the civil war was really about slavery, slaves could have been freed the same way other countries successfully freed them: by buying their freedom (no war!). If we couldn't have a civil war he would have been forced into the better solution if that was really his objective.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:56 | 3284742 El Oregonian
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I'll quote a real one even better: "No bastard won a war dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." - Attributed to General George S Patton Jr.

So in other words taken from one of our greatest generals- "Take them out before they take you out." Simple enough... He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:57 | 3284754 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 05:49 | 3284987 Monedas
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Do we have a right to shoot a home invasion perp .... yeah .... so you you can imagine circumstances .... where a person could be taken out .... before he flies his Cessna into the Academy Awards .... well, maybe that's not a good example ?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:23 | 3285151 goldfish1
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Lord save us.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:22 | 3284545 ultimate warrior
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A better question would be can an American citizen kill a drone in the USA? Just would like some clarity before I start dropping some metal in the sky made by; Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Atomics, Northrop Grumman, and BAE Systems. I apologize in advance for destroying your surveillance/murder machines but you fuckers got it coming if you intrude in my space. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 02:40 | 3284812 Troy Ounce
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I saw a long comment on ZH recently from a reader on how to kill/evade/incapacitate drones.


Tyler, can you give that reader some space?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:28 | 3285079 Go Tribe
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I think he may no longer be with us.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:17 | 3285257 krispkritter
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Posted this some weeks ago:

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:15 | 3285136 Punch Bag
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Great question...I can see the movie now

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:32 | 3285295 GeezerGeek
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I'd rather capture one than kill one. Anyone know of a URL to an Iranian web site that describes the process of hijacking one?

(Just kidding, Janet. Really. Trust me.)

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:27 | 3284561 daxtonbrown
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Related questions. What about drone strikes in Mexico? Canada? Puerto Rico? US Virgin Islands?

Much less Britain? France? Germany?

South Korea? Japan?

Then what about Russia? China? NoK?

Enquiring minds want to know!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:36 | 3284589 Anusocracy
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If drone strikes are good enough for foreigners, they're good enough for the US.

After all, a wedding party is a wedding party, a school is a school, and a funeral is a funeral.

Unless, that is, they are of a particular religion.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:24 | 3284906 Ghordius
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but drone strikes in foreign lands are acts of war. done after a proper declaration of war.  all legal  oh... wait... never mind...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:30 | 3284705 rotagen
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The Jekyll Island monster is getting long in the teeth.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 03:06 | 3284823 EscapingProgress
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:53 | 3284934 CompassionateFascist
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Do you think this is all a joke? Put your name on that List and ZOG will kill you soon enough, by drone or otherwise. That's why hardly anyone is signing on.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:46 | 3285096 unrulian
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kneel before ZOG

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:07 | 3285053 Oldrepublic
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June 5, 1942 last time US formally voted to declared war on any nation:

Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:38 | 3285315 Everybodys All ...
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Yes we can. Yes we can.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:45 | 3284425 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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So I assume Paul will be portrayed as an utter buffoon in the press during the time this question is not widely relayed to the public?


"No I don't know why Paul is trying to stop the CIA from functioning, but I saw a hilarious late night monolog about what a dumb-shit he is..."

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:16 | 3284525 lewy14
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The same late night comics who would have praised some Dem senator as a hero for standing up to Bush in the exact same way.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:25 | 3284555 Buckaroo Banzai
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Every real American patriot needs to cancel their cable tv or satellite tv, NOW.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:23 | 3284691 Totentänzerlied
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Subsidized cartels don't need customers. They have the government.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 03:21 | 3284855 A Nanny Moose
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Done. 7 years ago. Don't miss it. Words cannot express the revulsion I now feel, every time I get within earshot of a "connected" skinner box broadcasting the same horseshit cacophony of logcal fallacies.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:46 | 3284428 Troy Ounce
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every country gets the leaders it deserves.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:54 | 3284456 fourchan
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the government cant wait to kill we the people, as usual of governments.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:23 | 3284544 LetThemEatRand
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We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Drones are created Equal, that they are endowed by their Creator [and Chinese builders] to kill random American citizens who believe they have inalienable rights, etc.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:32 | 3287032 hidingfromhelis
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Drone personhood?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:31 | 3284578 Crash Overide
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Utah data center = Skynet?

Paging John Conner and his terminator.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:47 | 3285577 The Chief
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They have to land somewhere. They are piloted by somebody. Stay alert. Keep your eyes and ears open. Act when the time comes. YOU are the new minutemen.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:36 | 3286385 NeedtoSecede
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Sorry if I double or triple posted, fat fingers, on a tablet, on an airplane...

ANG base near me supposedly transitioning from A-10 mission to drones. I would put my money on one of the locals to be the first to take down a drone. The hillbillies from these parts know how to shoot. I just hope the damn thing doesn't crash on me or my house.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:54 | 3285209 IamtheREALmario
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Quite trite.

I disagree.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:48 | 3284439 ceilidh_trail
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Rand Paul and Thomas Massie- two of Kentuckys best exports to DC.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:48 | 3284440 tony bonn
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barry soetoro is an indonesian citizen who has absolutely no compunction to murder and has done so numerous times. he is a puppet of the rockefeller cabal who takes great delight in murdering americans because he is not one himself and worships the masters who appointed him president.

the cia will lie about policy and regardless of what answer murderer nazi brennan gives will be a lie....once appointed, he will hunt americans and murder them in cold blood just as his faux boss obama does every morning.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:49 | 3284441 beaker
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Give 'em hell, Rand Paul!!!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:48 | 3284615 otto skorzeny
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unfortunately he has made the pilgrimage to  Tel Aviv to prostrate himself at the foot of Israel

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:04 | 3284656 shutdown
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All Senators and Congressional Representatives all do that. If they don't bow before the Chosen People at least once, the Christians who believe that chosen people nonsense (most of them) and the mass media will destroy them.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:51 | 3284447 PowerzThatB
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Rand, I hope you don't have a Breitbartesque myocardial infarction compliments of "Them."

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:42 | 3284923 Vlad Tepid
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He has a very skilled family physician.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 06:58 | 3285043 pherron2
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What would cause "Them" to suicide their own, when they have undoubtedly put so much time, energy, and money into their creation?

Seems like he's working just as intended

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:53 | 3284455 Likstane
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Rand Paul is still a traitor to liberty.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:59 | 3284472 howenlink
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Maybe, but he seems to be a heck of a lot better than most of the Congresscritters.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:29 | 3284702 Likstane
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He endorsed Milt Romney.  How is that better?  You are either in on the game or you are against it.  Rand Paul is a pussy who caved like building #7

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:51 | 3284627 otto skorzeny
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he couldn't hold daddy's jock

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:28 | 3284693 Colonel Klink
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As are virtually ever elected offical in the District of CRIME!

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 23:58 | 3284471 samsara
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Ironically,  His dad's coordinates are probably known at all times...

Jus sayin...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:04 | 3284485 wee-weed up
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The Obama Admin and their sycophant MSM will simply ignore the question and hope it just "goes away."

Like all the questions about Benghazi, etc.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:08 | 3284495 prains
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I'm constantly amazed at the bredth and depth of your viewership that has 1+ years of membership but only see comment for the first time.

Either a hell of a lot of lurking or some number fudging is going on in the durden camp.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:16 | 3284526 TrueSkeptic
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There is a lot of lurking.  But sometimes you read something and just finally have to say something.

Just sayin'

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:23 | 3284548 sleigher
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And some of them only recently opened accounts regardless of how long they have been reading.  I just had to comment...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:31 | 3284577 prains
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not an accusation just a comment on never seeing a wee-weed up comment before and low an behold the guy is semi old school.

are you telling me that of the plethora of articles posted at ZH the wee-weeds of the world come out on some random article for the first time after

1+ years of relative silence. If it was a pot article sure you ahve a point but why now on this particular meme????? I'm not of the knowing (thick punjabi accent here) 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:46 | 3284600 wee-weed up
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I have hundreds of comments on ZH. You obviously have not been looking very hard. Many folks here can attest to my activity.

In addition... if it's "old-school" to expect accountability of our leaders and our press, then I'm guilty as charged!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:43 | 3285338 GeezerGeek
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Being "old school" as you described it is a crime whose punishment is death. They just haven't made that law public, because we, the people, might object. Please call 1-666-555-KILL and inform the (drone) operator what your current GPS coordinates are. We will contact you to 'discuss' your attitude, which needs some serious adjustment.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:49 | 3284619 otto skorzeny
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weewee is an OG

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:57 | 3284757 Scro
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If u sign up the pop up ads stop. Not too hard to figure out.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:45 | 3284925 Vlad Tepid
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I wonder if I've been deemed a lurker...on another note, it's my 2 year ZH anniversary!  Yay me.  I owe myself a mojito.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 06:40 | 3285026 StychoKiller
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Well, skewer a mouse (or a Turkman or two) to celebrate! :>D

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:36 | 3285309 Overflow-admin
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uh, ad-hominem attack?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 02:27 | 3284796 sandiegoman
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I'm lurking. All sides have been accounted for. No need to comment.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 02:49 | 3284820 Broken_Trades
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Lurking since blogspot.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:16 | 3284905 Dave Thomas
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And holy shit, Glitch, MathMan's arch nemisis. Hardcore old school indeed.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:50 | 3284623 Itgoestoeleven
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I was on this site every day for well over a year before I became a member. I was afraid of TPTB. when I joined, I resigned myself to the fact that they are not interested in individuals. They are going to wreck the joint with everyone in it. They do not care. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:15 | 3284902 HyperinflatmyNutts
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Who the Fuck r u? The comment police!!!  I am really getting sick of all these people who post cowardly snide remarks

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:48 | 3285192 MrNude
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A wise internet site once told me to ''LURK MOAR'' before commentating. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:34 | 3285302 Overflow-admin
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Lurk moar, instead of trolling our ass!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:26 | 3284694 Totentänzerlied
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What difference does it make?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:05 | 3284487 JR
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The time to deal with the drone danger is now by dealing with Brennan. It is time to make him the issue and reveal the exact intentions and authority that the President of the United States has for a domestic drone employment.

Rand Paul’s reputation is pretty bad but if he will stand firm on this issue and force the hold (filibuster) on the confirmation, he will gain a tremendous amount of public support. Because I feel the public is greatly alarmed at the possibility of military use of drones against American citizens.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:31 | 3285165 goldfish1
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He's fake opposition. Otherwise, one quiet word to Paul and that will be the end of it.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:06 | 3284489 Meatballs
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I want to ask the CIA if Viagra is money. I bet they won't answer that one either.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:11 | 3284508 zorba THE GREEK
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When TSHTF Viagra, ammo, and alcoholic beverages will all be money.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:24 | 3284692 Jab Cross Hook
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Don't forget weed.

/resume lurking

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:23 | 3285270 shovelhead
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Lots of weed and a hotrodded distortion pedal is really all you need.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:55 | 3284750 Teamtc321
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I question your Viagra choice. Why would one want a ragin, flamin bone while in the middle of shtf?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 02:34 | 3284801 Major Major Major
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 03:08 | 3284841 TheMerryPrankster
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Cause nothing brings wood like some of the old ultraviolence, me droogy.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:13 | 3284513 Schmuck Raker
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Rand Paul To CIA: "Hit me with your best shot. Fire awaaaaay."


[h/t Pat Benatar]

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:35 | 3284585 wee-weed up
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We must keep in mind that the Obama Admin has been at loggerheads with the CIA for a long time. There has been much bad blood between the Agency and the Administration. Brennan is the Admin's attempt to try to put an Obama loyalist in charge who can invoke The One's policies through their hand-picked leader throughout the CIA. Not good!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:40 | 3284586 Pure Evil
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And, if Brennan comes out and says the NDAA gives the President the authority to drone a US citizen on US soil, then what?

Ok, you got your question answered Senator Paul, are you and your fellow US Senators gonna rewrite the NDAA?

So far, we don't really see the American people standing up for their Constitutional rights. Yeah, they finally started squealing when the Feds started talking about taking their guns away.

But, if we saw something like when the illegals came out back in 2005 we might see the Feds back down, but for how long?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:36 | 3284588 LetThemEatRand
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I am no fan of Rand Paul, but positions like this are why I voted for his dad.  If Rand could just get over his corporatist tendencies....

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:49 | 3284617 Pareto
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That there is any hesitation to answer this at all, suggests to me that only the 2nd Amendment is left standing (albeit on pegged legs).  Cause you know they are going to fucking get this one too.  So, if the Constitution is dead, does this imply that God is dead - that one nation under God also dead?  So, if you go to a footbal/baseball game, isn't it rather pointless to put your hand over your heart, when not even your government gives a shit?  Isn't that like a symbolic contradiction a sort of illusion of freedom?  You know, so then by extension, why even bother with the flag?  Doesn't it now appear symbolic of, dare I say it, nothing?  I guess it is still symbolic of a union, of sorts, but it is sure not a union buttressed by freedom.  A union like one nation under coercion.  Sure is fuck isn't God.  sorry having a tough time reconciling the insanity. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:36 | 3284716 MikeMcGspot
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The argument on the second ammendment should be changed from how many rounds can be packed in a clip of a rifle to should the idea of citicizen protection be expanded in law to include local patriot missle batteries or SAM sites which perhaps given our inability to address our budget problems in a coherent manner the Russians may be willing to finance.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:58 | 3284631 TomGa
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Here's an even better idea for handling pesky Americans during the Drone Wars.... From the British playbook, first strip them of their citizenship (in secret of course) then kill 'em. Problem eliminated, uh, so to speak:


Exclusive: Secret war on enemy within - British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship… then killed by drones

"The Government has secretly ramped up a controversial programme that strips people of their British citizenship on national security grounds – with two of the men subsequently killed by American drone attacks...."

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:59 | 3284645 Yohimbo
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how soon we forget,

we all seemed to have forgiven the rand paul

since romney was made to lose. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 00:59 | 3284646 IridiumRebel
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I'm sure they will try to hellfire Woodward.



Thu, 02/28/2013 - 05:46 | 3284984 Conax
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Guided missiles are too expensive to use killing one dude.  They are best suited to family gatherings and the like.  Hell, a third-grader could kill Woodward with a pointed stick.

They should build little robot trash can looking things that roll up and electrocute the 'bad guy'.

Or how about chip-implanted zombie kamikazi birds that pack two ounces of c4 and detonate on impact.  They could come right in the window.. We got to put darpo on this right away.  They need a guy like me, an idea man.

Being demented and warped, I could really contribute a lot.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:10 | 3285234 WillyGroper
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They've already got drones the size of a small bird. What's to stop them from loading it with a magazine of poison darts for non-tax producing, bartering, useless eaters? Oh, he died of natural causes, heart attack, with no one any the wiser. 

Hummingbird drone---removed from utube.

Here's a pic of one.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:30 | 3285289 shovelhead
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:05 | 3284658 holdbuysell
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Children in the US will be collateral damage of a drone strike. It's only a matter of time.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 05:02 | 3284944 CompassionateFascist
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interesting tangent: 1/4 scale DHS Cessna drone over Sandy Hook school w/in minutes of the massacre of children...zipped right under the skids of a Police helicopter. Very cute.  

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:07 | 3284662 SubjectivObject
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Droner In Cheif (DiC) drones about allbut drones.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:09 | 3284665 jldpc
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Some time ago the question was raised about the definition of "war" - where a person/group found the guys/techs (whethersoldier or civilian) in the USA controlling the drone(s) with intent to kill and killed them in defense of their agression against that person/group. Compare "war" to rebellion, insurrection, treason, etc. verrsus criminal conduct, e.g., under state or federal statutes. If we now can be, are, or may be the target(s), by those who have no "force" of law to be restrained by the constitution, then what duty do we owe to our brethern citizens to follow the "law." As compared to self preservation? This is all just like the start of Nazi Germany, and Lenin's Russia. The law became what those non-restrained fanatics (some were very smooth talkers like you know who (see the Oscar's the other night) made it. The founding father's started 3 branches of government for a reason - counter balance. If the Executive removes the need for the judiciary in matters of governmental use of forceagainst valid citizens (by having the congressional scum say it is so), then no man's life liberty or property is safe. And you can thank the "liberals" for it. If Georg Bush/Dick Cheney trie to get away with this the liberral press would have come unglued, and promoted mass demonstrations against executive power. And all we have is gun stores running out of ammunition.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:13 | 3284674 Meat Hammer
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The wife and I watched Bourne Legacy last night.  The CIA tries to kill a spy that knows too much with a drone and he shoots it down with his trusty rifle.  I so want to do that!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:54 | 3284936 francis_sawyer
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Helps if you have ammo...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 07:55 | 3285108 SmallerGovNow2
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not as easy in real life as shown in the movies...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:22 | 3285455 resurger
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read the terrarist manual posted on ZH earlier for more accuracy and prevention

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:35 | 3284676 Radical Marijuana
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Obviously, the path of legalizing lies, and then legalizing the violence to back those lies up, is a runaway juggernaut.

There is no possible constitutional authority for the executive to summarily become both the judge and executioner.

HOWEVER, since that is going to continue to happen anyway, the executive does not want to be on record as openly stating that what they are going to do is not legal, especially since there is nothing they could do to make it legal, without going through an outrageous set of attempted amendments of the American constitution.

But nevertheless, the American constitution has ALREADY been systematically destroyed for more than a Century, at an apparently exponentially accelerating rate. I like to point out the demonetizing of silver in 1874 as one of those turning points that is not as well known as others, such as the 1913 creation of the Federal Reserve Board, and the income tax law which apparently never was fully ratified, in order to make it be technically legal, but simply became a runaway de facto situation, of lies, backed by violence, which were not even properly legalized to begin with.

In my view, the main thing that has happened during American history is that the international bankers were gradually able to take back control of the American government, which they had temporarily lost control of, due to the American Revolution. After the financial systems were fundamentally corrupted, in ways which, at face value, appear to be blatantly unconstitutional, but which, nevertheless, have been the de facto law, in the sense of frauds, backed by the full force of the government, nothing else could possibly happen, except what has actually happened, namely, a runaway fascist plutocracy, building a runaway fascist police state. That has been developed through a system of toroidal vortices, where foreign affairs and domestic affairs constantly recycled through each other. Thereby, everything that the covert government of America did abroad then returned to be done at home.

There is no reasonable doubt that the bankster controlled American government will summarily use drones to execute Americans without trial. After all, even before drones, there are plenty of examples, which, when more deeply researched, already look like mass murders of Americans by their covertly controlled government, without any legal justifications, but which were gotten away with, and indeed, sold to the American people through the mass media.

After one takes enough time to understand American history, we are mostly like people in the face of an avalanche, from which there is no reasonable hope of avoiding being hit by its overwhelming impact. In my opinion, most of us are still vainly believing that somehow our residual freedom of expression has some point or purpose. However, the realities look like the Federal government of the USA is NOW an out-of-control entity, which has been almost completely taken over by a covert organized crime gang, which have used that power to legalize their own crimes. Furthermore, I think it is painfully obvious that the biggest terrorist organization in the world is the Federal government of the USA.

Those trends have been on exponential growth curves for quite a while, where the leading edge of that has been the triumph of the privatized fiat money-as-debt frauds causing the total American debts to double and double, as a nearly perfect match to exponential growth, due to the basic structure of the system that has already been made and maintained for more than a Century. Therefore, we ALREADY are inside a runaway fascist plutocracy juggernaut, which is always building a fascist police state to back it up at a similar exponentially accelerating rate. Hence, as I just wrote, we are standing in the path of an avalanche which has already wiped out quite a few people, and is going to wipe out way, way more in the foreseeable future.

The international banking cartel that took control of America, and enslaved its people to endlessly increasing and impossible to ever repay debts, has no exit strategy. It can only continue to keep doubling down, as that debt slavery becomes ever more blatantly debt insanity. As that runaway debt insanity situation manifests more and more, those established systems MUST resort to more of the matching madness of imposing a fascist police state.

There are no sane ways that I am aware of which can actually arrest the runaway fascist plutocracy, which is turning more and more Americans into road kill. Furthermore, there is nothing politically possible that I am aware of which could arrest the runaway fascist police state from automatically continuing to get worse, at an exponentially accelerating rate, where the fascism that has come to America will get twice as bad, twice as fast, for as far into the future as the current systems continue.

I would like to recommend some sort of Second American Revolution, as a theoretical solution to that situation. However, I find no plausible way to believe that such a thing is coherently possible. Although I have no doubts that we are looking at the growth of fascist plutocracy, and its fascist police state, towards complete madness, which would end in psychotic breakdowns, and collapses into chaos, I find no reasonable grounds to believe in any feasible solutions to that situation.

My conclusion is that the government of the USA is an out-of-control monster, that is going to mass murder Americans, and that anything that any of them attempt to do to resist that will probably only provoke it to become even worse. It is all going to automatically get worse, faster. There is no reasonable doubt that the American government WILL "carry out drone strikes inside the United States" despite the fact that it is plainly obvious that there is NO constitutional basis to say the "President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial."

THE FUNDAMENTAL USA SYSTEM HAS ALREADY BECOME FORCE BACKED FRAUD. There is already a runaway juggernaut system of fascist plutocracy, backed by a fascist police state. There is no reasonable doubt that is going to turn more and more Americans into road kill. What started as the crucial assassination of politicians, then became the assassination of dozens, then hundreds, then thousands ... I see no reasonable doubt that will continue to become the mass murders of millions, and then tens of millions of Americans. Indeed, if there is significant resistance, such that the chain of command over the abundance of weapons of mass destruction shatters, then it is quite possible that the current trajectory towards tragedy would finally result in the mass murders of hundreds of millions of Americans.

In the end, as far as I can best guess, I believe that the government of the USA is so totally mad, due to its triumphant out of control ability to back up frauds with its forces, that the end game scenarios are most probably going to become the worst possible dystopian science fiction nightmares. That is, the systems which are being built are going to be monsters that go out of human control.

That is what each little step towards having automated computer/machine drones being designed to enable a fascist police state to summarily execute its "citizens" seems to be leading towards. I can not image any coherent ways to fight that, which would not actually result in it getting worse instead. Furthermore, I can not image the masses of the Zombie Sheeple Americans, who have been fleeced and fleeced, for so long, by the runaway fascist plutocracy system, being able to understand and effectively respond to the fascist police state which has been built to advance the agenda of that fascist plutocracy.

About the only remotely possible irrational hopes which I can maintain in the face of this require a series of political miracles, which are all dependent upon profound paradigm shifts in the basic ideas of militarism, and the monetary system, and so on and so forth ...

Those seem to be to be quite theoretically possible. However, given the ways that 99% of Americans have already been brainwashed to act like political idiots, I find no good grounds to actually believe that such real, radical, revolutions are remotely possible to be practically implemented. In theory, there MUST be a Second American Revolution, which is primarily a monetary revolution, but which must also be matched by a military revolution. However, that military revolution is barely comprehensible, since it has to somehow come around to being theoretically consistent with weapons of mass destruction, and thereby enable death controls which actually achieve dynamic equilibria, rather than runaway towards psychotic collapses into chaos.

The basic problem is that the whole system IS based on huge lies, backed by lots of violence, but that violence can never make those huge lies become true. But nevertheless, the current, already established social systems ARE based on force backed frauds, which means a fascist police state backing up a fascist plutocracy.

When we see things like automated drones, we are witnessing technologies becoming trillions of times more powerful, and able to use information, than ever before in human history, BUT, which are still being employed to try to back up Huge Legalized Lies, with violence ... that no longer could even be construed as legalized, but rather, have blatantly become unconstitutional.

Of course, the already established systems of Huge Legalized Lies, OUGHT to have already been seen as patently unconstitutional, and therefore, not legally allowed to continue to grow and grow. However, what SHOULD BE was not what actually happened! Since we already are inside a runaway system of legalized fictions, which are a systematic set of Huge Lies, in which endless financial frauds are the most important, and which are already backed up by the full force of the government, OF COURSE, we are looking at current events like this article discusses. The executive refuses to admit that what they have been doing, and are preparing to do a lot more of, is NOT legal, and could never be properly legalized. HOWEVER, they have been doing that anyway, and they ARE planning and preparing to do a lot more of that!

The science and technology that makes drones possible is on an exponential growth curve. The social insanities that enable the runaway fascist plutocracy, backed by a fascist police state, are also on exponential growth curves! Taken together, we ARE on paths towards the most dystopian science fiction nightmares becoming FACTS, at an accelerating rate! So far, I see barely the slightest signs that enough Americans understand that enough to do anything to prevent them becoming its victims. Therefore, I tend to believe and expect our residual freedom of expression to be able to discuss these political problems to disappear, rather than result in any effective solutions being generated and acted upon instead.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:44 | 3284731 Totentänzerlied
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Concentration camps for political prisoners, class enemies, and social deviants (staples of communism) have been shown to be wholly unnecessary to maintain a functioning authoritarian totalitarian state. So too has curbing of basic political rights like freedom of speech. Modern western history shows that freedom of speech is not a threat or counterbalance to despotism, people who believe otherwise are engaged in wish-based magical thinking wherein an abstract notion about people's capacity to express differing opinions somehow threatens a very real government, which controls said opinions.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:23 | 3286614 KnightTakesKing
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Once the virtue of the citizenry is lost they become slaves and pose no threat to the regime.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 04:51 | 3284931 Vlad Tepid
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...Therefore, I decided to move out of the country and save myself the angst of going over this monologue 15 times as I try to fall asleep at night.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 05:29 | 3284973 Optimusprime
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Excellent summary, so far as it goes.  Missing from your account are the sorts of factors brilliantly analyzed by Kevin MacDonald in Culture of Critique--factors involving group competition.  Counter-Currents publishes material germane to your concerns.


I appreciate your posts.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 08:06 | 3285128 Punch Bag
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i find it a bit rich for those who support(ed) massive government military spending and overseas military presence, to complain about government budget woes.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:54 | 3285377 Henry Hub
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It's also a bit rich that they want a huge military establishment and say they want a tiny federal government. Big military = big government.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:24 | 3285274 WillyGroper
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Murder for hire. Courtesy of your tax dollars & the cost of your liberty. The only hope I see is that the same technology can be used on the very people in .gov that allowed this to happen, once the voracious greedy appetite of the fascists can no longer be satiated. Welcome to the NWO. A thousand points of light.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3286535 NeedtoSecede
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Rad MJ, I heard from a buddy that works for DHS that use of the word toroidal (without proper background checks) gets one on "The List". +1

I bet you have had multiple boating accidents along with many others here on ZH?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:27 | 3286999 Zymurguy
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The cartel running this country has intentionally moved all the jobs needed to create everything they need/want to nations whose governments have their subjects under their control.  Now, they are saddled with millions of destitute citizens struggling to provide for their families and placing an ever increasing burden upon the government within a failing economy.  Last step is to eliminate the millions of citizens it no longer needs or wants to take care of.

Coming soon to a nation you live in.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:22 | 3284688 semperfi
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Can we kill the traitor Nazis in the CIA, in the White House, and Congress with our bare hands and then go to Disneyland ?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:37 | 3284718 booboo
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The government has gone rogue, is there really any point in pretending that they have any legitimate power to govern, the constitution does allow for consent to be withdrawn. Free your mind of their phoney grip and you can, for a fleeting moment, understand how little effort it would take to rid our great landscape of this virus of oppressive megalomaniac.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:54 | 3284748 Totentänzerlied
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I can think of one. The fact that everyone is on the take. And the fact that the vast majority of us have been successfully psychologically conditioned into a lifelong state of emotional dependence on centralized authoritarian institutions, such as government and mass media, and abstract collectivities or derivatives thereof such as "the public", "public opinion", "the media", "the party", "expert opinion", "the majority", and "the public good".

The issue is not and never was capacity for independent and critical thought. It is and always has been the psychological readiness and willingness to make use of that capacity.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 05:33 | 3284977 Optimusprime
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Has anyone noted the OPPT ""movement"?   Someone as astute as Dave Henderson thinks in may have legs.  

Then again, it may simply be another Soros-funded Trojan Horse.  But worth a look.  And hey, Tylers, why not commission a critical review of it?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:05 | 3285412 uno
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Justice Ginsburg: “I Would Not Look to the U.S. Constitution”


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:41 | 3284724 resurger
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+5 RP

btw, ill be looking forward to hearing Brennans reply

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 03:03 | 3284834 TheMerryPrankster
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when hell freezes over. The CIA don't answer no questions, they ask them, while holding your head underwater and with a battery taped to your balls.

They're the good guys remember?.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 03:43 | 3284727 Kelley
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It's not whether they will use drones inside the borders. Of course they won't use drones - just ask Breitbart.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 01:56 | 3284755 MikeMcGspot
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Central control can be broken and distrubuted.

States have the power.

People in the states, corporations in the states have the power.

Central control is out of control.

A good spanking is in order.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 02:56 | 3284829 morning_glory
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What we have here, is a failure to communicate.

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