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Did you know that the United States...

Did you know that the United States
government is using drones to kill
innocent people in Pakistan? Did you
know that the Pakistani government
has asked President Obama to stop it
and he won't? Did you know that
Pakistan is a sovereign country that has
nuclear weapons and is an American
ally?

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    • The President’s Private WarAndrew P. NapolitanoLewRockwell.comMay 5, 2012 Did you know that the United States government is using drones to kill innocent people in Pakistan? Did you know that the Pakistani government has asked President Obama to stop it and he wont? Did you know that Pakistan is a sovereign country that has nuclear weapons and is an American ally? Last week, the Obama administration not only acknowledged the use of the drones; it also revealed that it has plans to increase the frequency and ferocity of the attacks.White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan argued that these attacks are "in fullaccordance with the law" and are not likely to be stopped anytime soon.Brennan declined to say how many people were killed or just where the killings took place or whois doing it. But we know that Obama has a morbid fascination with his plastic killing machines, andwe know that these machines are among the favored tools of the CIA. We also know that if thepresident had been using the military to do this, hed be legally compelled to reveal it to Congressand eventually to seek permission.We know about the need to tell Congress and ask for permission because of the War Powers Act.This law, enacted in 1973 over President Nixons veto, permits the president to use the military for90 days before telling Congress and for 180 days before he needs congressional authorization.Obama must believe that he can bypass this law byusing civilian CIA agents, rather than uniformedmilitary, to do his killing.The Constitution limits the presidential use of warpowers to those necessary for an immediate defenseof the United States or those exercised pursuant to avalid congressional declaration of war. In this caseof Pakistan, the president has neither. Andinternational law prohibits entering a sovereigncountry without its consent. But Brennan arguedthat the Authorization for Use of Military Force(AUMF), which Congress enacted in 2001 in theaftermath of 9/11 to enable President Bush topursue the perpetrators of 9/11, is essentially carteblanche for any president to kill whomever hewants, and that the use of drones, rather than themilitary or rather than arresting those thegovernment believes have conspired to harm us, is a"surgical" technique that safeguards the innocent.
    • Attorney General Eric Holder made a similar unconstitutional argument a few months ago when he stated in defense of the presidents using drones to kill Americans in Yemen that the AUMF, plus the careful consideration that the White House gives to the dimensions of each killing and the culpability of each person killed, somehow satisfied the Constitutions requirements for due process. What monstrous nonsense all this is. These killings 10,000 miles from herehardly constitute self-defense and are not in pursuit of a declaration of war. So, what has Congressdone about this? Nothing. And what have the courts done about this? Nothing.Prior to the presidents ordering the killing of the New Mexico-born and unindicted and unchargedAnwar al-Awlaki, al-Awlakis American father sued the president in federal district court and askeda judge to prevent the president from murdering his son in Yemen. After the judge dismissed thecase, a CIA-fired drone killed al-Awlaki and his American companion and his 16-year-old Americanson.In his three-plus years in office, Obama has launched 254 drones towardpersons in Pakistan, and they collectively have killed 1,277 persons there. The New AmericaFoundation, a Washington think tank that monitors the presidential use of drones in Pakistan,estimates that between 11 and 17 percent of the drone victims are innocent Pakistani civilians. Somuch for Brennans surgical strikes. So much for Holders due process.The president is waging a private war against private persons – even Americans – whose deaths heobviously believes will keep America safe. But he is doing so without congressional authorization,in violation of the Constitution, and in a manner that jeopardizes our freedom.Who will keep us safe from a president who wants to use drones here? How long will it be beforelocal American governments – 313 of which already possess drones – use them to kill here becausethey are surgical and a substitute for due process? Can you imagine the outcry if Cuba or Chinalaunched drones at their dissidents in Florida or California and used Obamas behavior in Pakistanas a justification?How long will it be before even the semblance of our Constitution is gone?Reprinted with the authors permission. May 5, 2012Andrew P. Napolitano [send him mail], a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is thesenior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel. Judge Napolitano has written six books on the U.S.Constitution. The most recent is It Is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong: TheCase for Personal Freedom. To find out more about Judge Napolitano and to read features by otherCreators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit creators.com.
    • Anaemic jobs data hit ObamalaunchRobin Harding and Michael Mackenzieft.comMay 5, 2012Robin Harding andMichael Mackenzieft.comMay 5, 2012Weaker-than-expected USjobs growth hit financialmarkets and cast a shadowover President BarackObama’s plans for a formallaunch of his re-electioncampaign this weekend.US crude oil prices fell more than $4 a barrel and were trading below $100 for the first time sinceearly February after data showed the economy added only 115,000 jobs in April compared with expectations of 162,000. The S&P 500 dropped as much as 1.5 per cent while yields on US and German 10-year government bonds fell. Mike McCudden, head of derivatives at Interactive Investor, said: “The penny has dropped with investors that the US recovery is not strong enough to lead the world out of the mire.” Read moreThe Obama Deceptionhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLwFall of the Republichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VebOTc-7shU http://www.infowars.com/