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.
Posted in ACLU, Political Correctness | Tagged: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, Baseball, dance, father daughter, gender-based, mother son, Rhode Island | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 7, 2012
Eric Holder recently gave a speech at the Northwestern University Law School that again shows Progressives do not mind using deadly force to enforce national interests as they perceive them. It has become clear that their problems with George W. Bush’s use of such force was based on the man dishing out the punishment, not on moral grounds.
The New York Times reported that Holder’s speech offered a justification for the Obama Administration’s killing of American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, in Yemen via a Predator drone strike. Holder called al-Awlaki a terrorist that the United States could not capture and therefore had “the clear authority to defend the U.S. from lethal force.” He also added a few caveats for future assassinations including that targeted individuals would need to be located in a foreign country and be a leader of a terrorist organization planning to kill Americans. Then, in an attempt in to sanitize deadly force, Holder indicated that the killings must be done in compliance with the Geneva Convention. Yikes, that caveat certainly does not make the victims any less dead.
The negative response from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Obama Administration’s position was immediate. One director, Hina Shamsi, correctly said: “Few things are as dangerous to American liberty as the proposition that the government should be able to kill citizens anywhere in the world on the basis of legal standards and evidence that are never submitted to a court, either before or after the fact.” A positive outcome of President Obama’s election has been to bring together to diverse groups: Libertarian Conservatives that include this Blog, and the heavily left-leaning ACLU.
It is ironic that radical Leftist Barack Obama, who ran for the presidency on a peace platform and against Bush’s anti-terror policies, not only ratcheted up the war in Afghanistan, but is using international assassinations as a central tool of his foreign policy. This same Administration that would take criminal action against CIA employees who used waterboarding prior to Obama’s election has no problem justifying the use of assassination against similar targets. This perverted logic is allowed to continue by a press that remains silent and the radical Left that treats Obama more like an emperor than a servant of the people.
Posted in Eric Holder, Terrorism | Tagged: ACLU, al-Awlaki, assassination, Bush, Drone, Holder, Obama, Predator, Yemen | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 3, 2010
Since the end of World War II it has been fashionable in Leftist circles to glorify revolutionaries. During the sixties the Left promoted characters like Mao, Castro and Che Guevara. The fact that millions perished from the actions of these revolutionaries didn’t hinder their reverence by the Left.
With the fall of Communism, Red revolutionaries went out of fashion and were relegated to the history books. But the Left did not lose its infatuation with revolutionaries. Today, revolution is fermented by Radical Islam and once again the Left has elevated evil to higher moral ground. Where once the United Nations welcomed Cuba’s Fidel Castro as he blasted the United States, now it welcomes Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But Ahmadinejad has added to rants against the United States, adding anti-Semitism to his repertoire.
While Communist revolutionaries were responsible for the deaths of tens of millions, today’s Islamic revolutionaries are in some ways even brutal. These contemporary revolutionaries have more in common with Nazis than Communists. Like Nazis, Islamic revolutionaries see it their duty to a higher power to rid the world of those they vilify. For the Nazis this included Jews, Communists, gypsies, homosexuals and others. With Islamists, it starts with Jews and but ultimately includes the entire western culture.
This Blog does not generally post writings from clerics of religion. An exception is made today because of the moral clarity expressed so elegantly in a sermon by Rabbi Shlomo Lewis of Atlanta on the First Day of Rosh Hashanah 2010, the Jewish New Year. Another first for this Blog is that the Rabbi is a self-proclaimed “card carrying member of the ACLU”, an organization who has in the past taken positions that are in opposite of moral clarity. Irrespective of the flaw in the Rabbi’s associations, his words are profound. While the entire sermon is posted below, given its length, highlights are first listed.
Moral Clarity from Rabbi Shlomo Lewis
- We are at war with an enemy as savage, as voracious, as heartless as the Nazis but one wouldn’t know it from our behavior. During WWII we didn’t refer to storm troopers as freedom fighters. We didn’t call the Gestapo, militants. We didn’t see the attacks on our Merchant Marine as acts by rogue sailors. We did not justify the Nazis rise to power as our fault. We did not grovel before the Nazis, thumping our hearts and confessing to abusing and mistreating and humiliating the German people.
- We did not apologize for Dresden, nor for The Battle of the Bulge, nor for El Alamein, nor for D-Day.
- Not all Germans were Nazis – most were decent, most were revolted by the Third Reich, most were good citizens hoisting a beer, earning a living and tucking in their children at night. But, too many looked away, too many cried out in lame defense – I didn’t know.”
- In WWII we won because we got it. We understood who the enemy was and we knew that the end had to be unconditional and absolute. We did not stumble around worrying about offending the Nazis.
- Let me mince no words in saying that from Fort Hood to Bali, from Times Square to London, from Madrid to Mumbai, from 9/11 to Gaza, the murderers, the barbarians are radical Islamists.
- Today the enemy is radical Islam, but it must be said sadly and reluctantly that there are unwitting, co-conspirators who strengthen the hands of the evil doers. Let me state that the overwhelming number of Muslims are good Muslims, fine human beings …… The good Muslims must sponsor rallies in Times Square, in Trafalgar Square, in the UN Plaza, on the Champs Elysee, in Mecca condemning terrorism, denouncing unequivocally the slaughter of the innocent. Thus far, they have not.
- Immediately after 9/11 how many mosques were destroyed in America? None. After 9/11, how many Muslims were killed in America? None. After 9/11, how many anti-Muslim rallies were held in America? None. And yet, we apologize. We grovel. We beg forgiveness.
- Israel is the laboratory – the test market. Every death, every explosion, every grisly encounter is not a random, bloody orgy. It is a calculated, strategic probe into the heart, guts and soul of the West.
- There is a message sent and consequences when our president visits Turkey and Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and not Israel.
- There is a message sent and consequences when free speech on campus is only for those championing Palestinian rights.
- There is a message sent and consequences when the UN blasts Israel relentlessly, effectively ignoring Iran, Sudan, Venezuela, North Korea, China and other noxious states.
- Let’s try an analogy. If someone contracted a life-threatening infection and we not only scolded them for using antibiotics but insisted that the bacteria had a right to infect their body and that perhaps, if we gave the invading infection an arm and a few toes, the bacteria would be satisfied and stop spreading. Anyone buy that medical advice? Well, folks, that’s our approach to the radical Islamist bacteria. It is amoral, has no conscience and will spread unless it is eradicated. – There is no negotiating. Appeasement is death.
- I was no great fan of George Bush – didn’t vote for him. (By the way, I’m still a registered Democrat.) I disagreed with many of his policies but one thing he had right. His moral clarity was flawless when it came to the War on Terror, the War on Radical Islamist Terror. There was no middle ground – either you were friend or foe. There was no place in Bush’s world for a Switzerland.
- A few weeks ago on the cover of Time magazine was a horrific picture with a horrific story. The photo was of an eighteen year old Afghani woman, Bibi Aisha, who fled her abusive husband and his abusive family. Days later the Taliban found her and dragged her to a mountain clearing where she was found guilty of violating Sharia Law. Her punishment was immediate. She was pinned to the ground by four men while her husband sliced off her ears, and then he cut off her nose. That is the enemy.
- Our parents and grandparents saw the swastika and recoiled, understood the threat and destroyed the Nazis. We see the banner of Radical Islam and can do no less.
Sermon delivered by Rabbi Shlomo Lewis of Atlanta
I thought long and I thought hard on whether to deliver the sermon I am about to share. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 26, 2010
America has become a great success in part because it has been the “melting pot” of the world. With cultures from all continents, this diversity helped produce a great nation; that is until the Progressives took over the Country and turned strength into weakness.
All Americans are decedents of immigrants, most of who came to the Country between the mid 1800’s and early 1900s. Immigrants came from Europe, and to a lesser extent Asia, and brought with them diverse religious backgrounds. At the same time there was commonality; they all desired the better life that America offered, both economically and politically. They took lower echelon jobs and focused on their children’s’ education and growth. This resulted in many of these families’ next generation becoming successful, thereby also strengthening the Country.
These earlier immigrants got little assistance from the government with few social programs in place. Instead, immigrants created strong bonds of family and community who helped the newcomers on their journeys. While they maintained their religions, immigrants were determined to become Americans and assimilate into their new country as they understood this was the path to prosperity.
Contrast this earlier the melting pot with the current version. Now, many immigrants come from Mexico, with a large subset coming from Africa and the Asian sub-continent. Instead of being cajoled by realities on the ground towards assimilation, they are told by Progressives to maintain their differences. They are also aided by governmental programs, for example, to maintain their own languages. Most damaging to long-term prosperity, they are given handouts through governmental programs that kill incentive to achieve.
While this newer approach towards immigrants may have initially been well-intentioned by the Liberals who promoted it, the results have been failure. Assimilation into the American culture has been stymied and many children of immigrants do not speak English as a first language. This puts them in a subclass of poverty and they now blame their adoptive country for their failures.
The language barriers and failed social programs now have a new partner. Immigrants from countries with Muslim majorities are demanding that the Shariah (Muslim law) be integrated into America. This shows the growth of Progressive insanity. Shariah law is the antithesis of the U.S. Constitution. It subjugates individual freedoms to “rules” called for in the Koran. It also subjugates the majority, women, to the male majority.
Where are Progrssives in the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and NOW (National Organization of Women)? They are most likely more concerned with the Sarah Palins of the world. After viewing the video below, while a bit dated, you choose the danger.
Posted in Immigrants, Shariah | Tagged: ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, Constitution, Immigrants, Law, Melting Pot, Minnesota, National Organization of Women, Now, Progessives, Shariah | 2 Comments »
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 »