This Term’s Inauguration Day Order: Nominate Drone Assassination Czar CIA Director

Four years ago, the first act President Obama took after swearing to protect and defend the Constitution was to order the closure of Gitmo.

Rather than closing Gitmo, Obama’s Administration greatly expanded our prison in Bagram, and gutted habeas so as to keep a probably innocent man in Gitmo; that man has since died under suspicious circumstances.

Today, on this day celebrating the heroism of Martin Luther King Jr., Obama’s first act will be equally as symbolic as last term’s–though it will likely be a good deal more honest about the direction of his Administration.

Along with Jack Lew, John Kerry, and Chuck Hagel to their new posts, Obama will formally nominate John Brennan, his Drone Assassination Czar, to lead the CIA.

Update: And he just signed it, just after swearing to protect the Constitution.

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bmaz The modern police, cops first citizen's lives second, state is pervasive+invasive: We need to step, and get, back: https://t.co/W6CdD0Np3f
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emptywheel Also, anyone want to start a pool on how long Bandar will really be booted this time?
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emptywheel Can someone ring me when the definitive account of the Bandar booting is done?
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emptywheel @biasedreporter Huh. For how long, this time?
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emptywheel If we had 5 Judge Rakoffs in every federal courthouse this country would be in better shape.
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bmaz @biasedreporter Whatever. @AC360 did a fantastic job with Marissa Alexander and @JeffreyToobin They really did given TV constraints.
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bmaz It is 70º and dry where I am in Phoenix. I'm a punch the next pasty ass visitor from Seattle or New England that complains about the weather
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emptywheel @charliearchy Man, who do I ask to be able to use "fucked" in a Salon headline?
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bmaz If you all in the Beltway think Loretta Lynch is grand bi-partisany nom, and not the worst of Holder without the best of him, quit you jobs.
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emptywheel Walter Pincus apparently wasn't not watching the trial I actually watched. https://t.co/DdM3C20iFV
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bmaz If Orrin Hatch will support+McConnell will let through, Lynch's nom, that is NOT a sign of "bi-patisanship" you Beltway morons. Wake up.
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emptywheel @electrospaces Plurality of orders used by FBI to get Internet data not available using NSLs. That FBI gets directly. @dametzger
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