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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 07:57 PM

American Citizens Split On DOJ Memo Authorizing Government To Kill Them

http://www.theonion.com/articles/american-citizens-split-on-doj-memo-authorizing-go,31207

American Citizens Split On DOJ Memo Authorizing Government To Kill Them

NEWS IN BRIEF • Politics • ISSUE 49•06 • Feb 7, 2013

WASHINGTON—Following the release of a secret Department of Justice memo this week that outlines the administration’s legal justification for killing U.S. citizens, a new Pew Research Center poll has revealed that a majority of Americans are torn over whether they support the government’s right to kill them anywhere at any time without due process.

“On the one hand, I get it—it’s important for the government to be able to murder me and any of my friends or family members whenever they please for reputed national security reasons. But on the other hand, it would kind of be nice to stay alive and have, maybe, a trial, actual evidence—stuff like that,” said visibly conflicted 39-year-old Nashua, NH resident Rebecca Sawyer, who, like millions of other Americans, is split over whether secret federal agents should be allowed to target and assassinate her anywhere on U.S. soil.

“I wouldn’t mind if federal officials blew up other citizens and claimed it was in the name of my safety. But it’s just that when it comes to me, I guess I’d rather not be slaughtered by my own elected officials on charges that never have to be validated by any accountable authority. This is tough.”

While most Americans expressed conflicted feelings regarding the memo, the poll also found that 28 percent of citizens were unequivocally in favor of being obliterated at any point, for any reason, in a massive airstrike.

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Reply American Citizens Split On DOJ Memo Authorizing Government To Kill Them (Original post)
Hissyspit Feb 2013 OP
Journeyman Feb 2013 #1
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #2
think Feb 2013 #3
quinnox Feb 2013 #4
Coyotl Feb 2013 #5
GiaGiovanni Feb 2013 #6
progressoid Feb 2013 #8
kenny blankenship Feb 2013 #7
Nanjing to Seoul Feb 2013 #12
EastKYLiberal Feb 2013 #9
Hissyspit Feb 2013 #10
drokhole Feb 2013 #15
stupidicus Feb 2013 #11
Nanjing to Seoul Feb 2013 #14
another_liberal Feb 2013 #13
octoberlib Feb 2013 #16

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:05 PM

1. And in the best instances, most effective when not immediately recognized. . .

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:06 PM

2. I love The Onion.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:20 PM

3. The 28% figure seems a little low...

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:22 PM

4. Posting to save, this one and the drone satire cartoon

 

are too good to not save.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:23 PM

5. If only this were an Onion caption! It is so surreal.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:26 PM

6. There's no way to satirize the reality anymore

 

We should just treat the Onion as real news now.

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Response to GiaGiovanni (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:56 PM

8. Yup. n/t

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:55 PM

7. We had it coming.

(In a way.) We've let them get away with assassination and mass murder in other countries for so long now, it was inevitable that they'd turn their guns on us. What did we do to make them think they couldn't?

We're outraged now, because the Imperator claims the right to assassinate any one of us without public charges, evidence, or due process of any kind. The outrage is correct from a legal view, but tardy from a moral view. Countless thousands of victims of US sponsored terror against unions and citizens rights groups in Latin America say, "Welcome To The Club!" from their shallow graves. Countless thousands of more victims in IndoChina and the Middle East ask, "What kept you so long?"

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Response to kenny blankenship (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:24 PM

12. to paraphrase George Carlin

 

American citizen rights: raped again. guess who? "hey, they were askin' for it."

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 08:57 PM

9. Because 99.99% of us don't attend meetings on killing fellow Americans...

 

If uou do, the last thing you should hear is the buzzing of a drone... no matter how many citizenships you have around the world.

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Response to EastKYLiberal (Reply #9)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:04 PM

10. CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan 2004–2013

Total US strikes: 363
Obama strikes: 311
Total reported killed: 2,634-3,468
Civilians reported killed: 473-893
Children reported killed: 176
Total reported injured: 1,268-1,431

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #10)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:22 PM

15. And just imagine the countless family members, friends, neighbors...

...all bearing the scars, as well.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 09:39 PM

11. actually that's about right

According to the Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind poll, 48% of Americans said it's illegal for the U.S. to attack its own citizens in such situations, while 24% said the practice should be considered legal.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/07/poll-americans-back-drone-attacks-but-not-on-u-s-citizens-abroad/

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Response to stupidicus (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:28 PM

14. of those 24%, most would probably believe that it's okay, so long as they target someone they

 

don't know, that disagrees with them politically or insults their sensibility (some jackhole celebrity).

if it's one of those people, bombs away!

if it isn't, they are opposed to it.

i would hazard to guess most of those 24% are teabaggers, truthers, birthers, militia members, klansman, bigots, Christian Fundies, Fred Phelps types and the rest of that ilk, meaning Republican American haters.

Just remember: republicans love america, hate americans.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 10:27 PM

13. "When the drones came . . ."

"When the drones came for the suspected terrorists, I said nothing. When the drones came for . . ."

You know how the rest of it goes.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 11:49 PM

16. Not trying to go off topic but this made me laugh.

PR Firm Advises U.S. To Cut Ties With Alabama

WASHINGTON—Stressing the importance of protecting the nation’s global image, consultants from the public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton have advised the United States to begin distancing itself from the state of Alabama as soon as possible, sources confirmed Wednesday.

The marketing team, which reportedly cited results from focus groups and surveys that revealed a widespread perception of the state as misguided, intolerant, and poorly educated, has strongly encouraged U.S. officials to downplay its connections with Alabama and to avoid being seen in any of its cities.Though they clarified that their recommendation was solely a business decision and was not meant to belittle Alabama, the consultants reportedly emphasized that the nation must take steps to suppress every facet of the 22nd state’s ignominious reputation..

At press time, sources indicated that government officials were also considering the PR firm’s recommendation that they slowly phase out Mississippi over the next five years.


http://www.theonion.com/articles/pr-firm-advises-us-to-cut-ties-with-alabama,31186/?ref=auto

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