Friday, April 9, 2010

Obama Assassinates American

Glenn Greenwald

Olbermann on Obama's assassination program


(updated below - Update II)

There are many

legitimate criticisms

voiced about

Keith Olbermann,

but he deserves


credit for his coverage

last night of a story

that is as self-evidently significant as it is under-covered:

Barack Obama's assassination program aimed at American

citizens. He not only led off his show with this story, but

devoted the first two segments to it, and made many of the

key observations and asked virtually all of the right questions.

The videos of those two segments, worth watching, are below.

What's most striking to me about all of this is that -- as I noted

yesterday (and as Olbermann stressed) -- George Bush's decision

merely to eavesdrop on American citizens without oversight,

or to detain without due process Americans such as

Jose Padilla and Yaser Hamdi, provoked years of vehement,

vocal and intense complaints from Democrats and progressives.

All of that was disparaged as Bush claiming the powers of a

King, a vicious attack on the Constitution, a violation of Our

Values, the trampling on the Rule of Law. Yet here you have

Barack Obama not merely eavesdropping on or detaining

Americans without oversight, but ordering them killed

with no oversight and no due process of any kind. And the

reaction among leading Democrats and progressives is

largely non-existent, which is why Olbermann's extensive

coverage of it is important. Just imagine what the reaction

would have been among progressive editorial pages, liberal

opinion-makers and Democratic politicians if this story had

been about George Bush and Dick Cheney targeting American

citizens for due-process-free and oversight-less CIA


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