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NYT and Texas Republican Senator agree Obama’s US Kill List the Most Radical Power a Government Can Seize

Posted in Civil Rights, Obama, terrorism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2012 by saynsumthn

Congress is finally standing up to President Barack Obama on targeted killing. Almost a year after three American citizens were killed in US drone strikes, legislators are pushing the administration to explain why it believes it’s legal to kill American terror suspects overseas.

Congress is considering two measures that would compel the Obama administration to show members of Congress what Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calls Obama’s “license to kill”: internal memos outlining the legal justification for killing Americans overseas without charge or trial. Legislators have been asking administration officials to release the documents for nearly a year, raising the issue multiple times in hearings and letters. But the new proposals, including one from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) first flagged by blogger Marcy Wheeler and another in a separate intelligence bill, aren’t requests—they would mandate disclosure. That shift shows both Republicans and Democrats are growing impatient with the lack of transparency on targeted killings.

The New York Times has confirmed the existence of a secret memo from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC)—the branch of the government that tells the president whether what he wants to do is legal—outlining the legal basis for the targeted killing program.

Below is an interesting piece by the New York Times on this topic…When the New York Times and a Texas Senator agree- we need to pay attention !

John Cornyn Makes Sense
By ANDREW ROSENTHAL

I don’t often find myself in agreement with Senator John Cornyn, the Texas Republican. But he’s rightfully fed up with the secrecy surrounding the Obama administration’s targeted killing program, and he’s now pushing a measure to force greater disclosure.

Here’s the background: In public speeches (though not in a court of law) the administration has claimed the right to decide, without any Congressional or judicial review, which people, including American citizens, represent an imminent terrorist threat to the United States and have them killed – by soldiers on the ground in other nations, or by drones.

It’s an open secret that, as a part of this program, Mr. Obama ordered the killing of Anwar al Awlaki, an American-born Islamic cleric who was urging jihad against the United States. He was killed in a drone attack that also killed Samir Khan, another American citizen. Mr. Awlaki’s 16-year-old son was killed in a separate attack.

It’s also an open secret that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel prepared a memo outlining the legal rationale for the program—but, officially, the administration refuses to acknowledge that the memo even exists.

We’ve seen this kind of dangerous over-reach in the not-distant past. And Mr. Obama was highly critical of President George W. Bush’s vision of an imperial executive who could give legal sanction to torture, to warrantless wiretapping, to indefinite detention without charges. Mr. Bush also resisted providing documents and explanations to Congress and sneered at the notion of judicial oversight.

Mr. Cornyn certainly did not introduce bills to compel Mr. Bush to turn over documents on his extra-legal activities. But in this particular case I’m glad he’s been inconsistent. Mr. Cornyn’s measure, an amendment to an intelligence bill, would compel Mr. Obama to turn over the OLC memo to legislators.

I’m not certain the amendment—which isn’t a request but a mandate for disclosure—passes muster on the separation of powers, but Mr. Obama has brought this on himself. The Times, going a bit further than Mr. Cornyn, is party to a lawsuit seeking public disclosure of the OLC memo (rather than disclosure to Congress). The ACLU, going a bit further than The Times, is also seeking disclosure of the specific documents justifying the Awlaki killing. (That seems like a stretch since they certainly contain highly sensitive intelligence.) But though the administration may find reasons to shrug off The Times and the ACLU, there’s truly no excuse for withholding any of those papers from Congress.

New Hampshire Republican Congressman attacked for asking for prayer for America say, “The Republican Party is Not our Savior”

Posted in Christian, Politics, Prayer, Religion with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

H/T Hot Air:

NH Democrats accuse Republican of “Bible Belt agenda” for asking people to pray for healing America
December 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The party of tolerance strikes again in New Hampshire. According to the spokesperson of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Harrell Kirstien, the speech below by state Rep. David Bates is an attempt to impose a new theocracy on the US. That may come as a surprise to most Christians who attend church and hear the same message of sin, redemption, and the need for atonement and prayer just about every Sunday. In response, a conservative political group has demanded an apology from the Democrats for Kirstien’s “bigotry.” Watch the video and see just where Bates calls for a government imposition of prayer vigils:

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Holy books should not be burned

Posted in Burning Book, Church, Islam, Religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by saynsumthn

I Say the military should STOP BANNING and BURNING any HOLY BOOK – this is all an outrage !!!!

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Haiti parents testify they gave kids to Americans

Posted in Haiti with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2010 by saynsumthn

2/10/2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A lawyer for 10 U.S. missionaries detained in Haiti says parents of the children they’re suspected of kidnapping told a judge they freely handed over their kids.

Aviol Fleurant argues the parents’ testimony means no law was broken and “we can’t talk any more about trafficking of human beings.”

Fleurant said Tuesday he’s “confident” the judge will dismiss the case.

Prosecutors are to make their final argument Wednesday on whether to pursue the charges.

The Americans are accused of trying to take 33 children into the neighboring Dominican Republic without proper documentation.

The Baptist missionaries say they were heading to a Dominican orphanage following Haiti’s devastating quake, and had only good intentions.

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Motion Filed to Bring Imprisoned American Home from Haiti

Jim Allen’s Wife Pleads for Safe Return

Contact: Jennifer Grisham, Director of Media, Liberty Legal Institute, 972-941-4453, media@libertylegal.org

DALLAS, Feb. 10 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, attorneys filed a motion asking for the release of Jim Allen, a Texan who is imprisoned in Haiti with nine Baptists who were in the Caribbean country to assist relief victims after last month’s devastating earthquake there. Mr. Allen, a construction worker and small business owner from Amarillo, Texas, joined the team 48 hours before the group’s departure in an attempt to lend his construction expertise in the rebuilding efforts, and has been held, along with the others, by Haitian authorities since January 29.

“Jim is an honest, hard-working American who just wanted to help those in need,” said Lisa Allen, Jim Allen’s wife, who was allowed to speak with her husband yesterday for the first time since he was detained 13 days ago. “Jim was invited to go with a group from Idaho just a couple of days before they left. He felt compelled to use his skills to help complete a temporary orphanage for those who had lost everything.”

Mr. Allen has been before a Haitian judge a number of times, but until yesterday had not been allowed to speak with his attorneys in the United States. Attorneys for the Allen family sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week asking for her involvement to get Mr. Allen home.

“Jim Allen is an upstanding American with a good heart trying to help rebuild a devastated country,” said Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel of Liberty Legal Institute, a non-profit legal firm that is helping the Allen family. “We believe that when the facts of this case are revealed, our client will be released. We’re working hard to make that happen.”

Invited by a cousin in Idaho to join the team, Mr. Allen jumped at the chance to help. “He had been talking for years about wanting to help relief efforts,” said his wife, who has been particularly concerned with Jim’s well-being while in a Haitian prison since he suffers from a medical condition for which he takes medication.

“We hope and pray that the State Department is doing everything it can to get all these Americans, in particular Jim Allen, home,” said Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Legal Institute. “We have faith that the Haitian judge will do the right thing after Jim’s facts come to light.”

Liberty Legal Institute has set up a website to help with Jim Allen’s legal defense at http://www.BringJimHome.com. Jim’s Haitian counsel is Louis Gary Lissade, who previously served as Haitian Minister of Justice. Mr. Lissade filed today’s motion on Jim Allen’s behalf.

Liberty Legal Institute is a legal organization committed to the defense of First Amendment rights and practices before the U.S. Supreme Court.

For questions or interviews, please contact Jennifer Grisham, director of media, at 972.941.4453 or media@libertylegal.org.