Posts Tagged ‘hamdi’

Where Will It End?

April 7, 2010

At his inauguration, President Obama said,

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.  Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations.  Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake

I have written numerous times about the Bush Administration utter disregard for the Constitution and the separation of powers.  I wrote numerous posts about their claims of Article II powers to incarcerate anyone they labeled a terrorist without charges, the right to counsel or the right to challenge their detention in court.  Now, it turns out that the Obama administration has upped the ante.  According to the NYTimes,

The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorizing the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who is believed to have shifted from encouraging attacks on the United States to directly participating in them, intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.

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A Response to Doug

May 16, 2009

Doug,

This post is in response to the lengthy comment left by my friend and former colleague Doug.  Because of the length of my response, I felt a new post was justified.

First, Doug, thanks for the thoughtful, though misguided response but you did not grapple with the main thrust of the post—that it is ludicrous to claim that the Speaker is somehow guilty of conspiracy to commit torture by failing object to torture.  In my post, I tried to stay away from the Speaker’s moral culpability in the matter.  But if failure to object is the standard, very few, if any, Congressmen acquitted themselves very well during this period.  To her credit, at least the Speaker voted against the authorization to go to war.

But since you addressed your comment to whether the Speaker has any culpability in this matter, I will address your claims in succession.  I have put what my response in italics.

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Our Security vs. Our Ideals

April 30, 2009

“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.  Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake,” so said President Obama during his inauguration.

I have heard no more idealistic statement by a politician who actually held power since I started following politics more than 20 years ago.  It was such a refreshing view of our country’s dreams, hopes, and ideals, especially after 8 years of utter disgrace.

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