Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 5, 2013
NBC News’s investigative correspondent, Michael Isikoff, reported on a chilling story of governmental overreach. Isikoff reported on a confidential Justice Department memo that authorizes the US government to assassinate American citizens located outside of the United States. Should the government conclude that such individuals are “senior operational leaders” of known terrorist organizations, they have the legal authority to assassinate such individuals even without evidence of imminent threat to the United States.
The shocking Justice Department memo is likely created to be cover for future legal actions that may be taken against Americans who authorize this ultimate of sanctions. In September 2011 a US drone strike in Yemen killed American citizens Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan who were supposedly involved with Al Qaeda.
Deputy legal director of the ACLU, Jameel Jaffer, rightfully said of the Administration’s plan:
“This is a chilling document. Basically, it argues that the government has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of an American citizen. … It recognizes some limits on the authority it sets out, but the limits are elastic and vaguely defined, and it’s easy to see how they could be manipulated.”
It is remarkable how far we have come in four years. Shortly after his first election Barack Obama and his Atty. Gen. Eric Holder threaten criminal action against government employees involved in waterboarding suspected terrorists during the Bush administration. Since then the President has used assassinations without due process on the same type of individuals and creates a legal memo for justification. Where is the moral outrage from the Left?
President Obama is indeed a uniter. Who else could have gotten this Blogger and the ACLU on the same page on an important issue!
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 21, 2012
After you think that you have thought you have seen it all, take another look. Political correctness has been taken to a new level in Rhode Island where the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) successfully stopped age-old traditions, the father daughter school dance and another “gender-based” event the mother–son baseball game.
The ACLU filed a complaint on behalf of a mother who didn’t like the fact that her daughter could not attend a school dance because she did not have a willing father to accompany her. According to the mother and ACLU, the child would feel “left out” of the dance. Yikes! Heaven forbid that we should blame the mother for her poor choice of a father for the child.
After receiving the ACLU’s complaint, school district superintendent Judith Lundsten halted the events stating: “I acknowledge that many of these events have long traditions and for many parents, these types of gender-based events are not an issue. However, this is a public school system and under no circumstances should be isolating any child from full participation in school activities and events based on gender. Please be all-inclusive when planning your events.”
As political correctness gains in ever stronger foothold in American society, it places at risk the very guarantees of freedom and independence that our founders attempted to guarantee in the US Constitution.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 5, 2010
On Monday evening a 17-year old “fan” decided to run rampant through the field at a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game. A Philadelphia policeman chased down the criminal with his Taser quickly stopping the romp with no one getting hurt. However, the trespasser did shake a bit on the ground as a few thousand volts “reminded” him that he was breaking the law. Probably not what he thought the response would be when he knowingly broke the law.
It didn’t take long for the Progressives to start their Liberal dribble. The pathetic American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania said of the incident: “The officer’s response was completely out of proportion to the situation.” For that bit of dribble, Attorney Mary Catherine Roper must be classified as a knucklehead. When a criminal knowingly breaks the law there needs to be consequences and sometimes they need to be strong enough to act as deterrence in the future. Let us remind Ms. Roper that in 2002 two similar trespassers attack Kansas City Royals coach Tom Gamboa at a Chicago game with Gamboa suffering partial hearing loss.
Not only did the policeman use an appropriate response Tasering the Philadelphia trespasser, but he also sent a message to other would be criminals with similar intent. Run out on a baseball field illegally and you’re in for a bad night. Good work officer!
Posted in ACLU, Crime, Progressives, Uncategorized | Tagged: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Attorney Mary Catherine Roper, Baseball, Deterrent, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phillies, Progressives, Taser, Tom Gamboa | 2 Comments »