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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emptywheel @gregorydjohnsen Q: can you think of any instance of "side payment" strike? Something done for Hadi or even KSA as part of drone permission?
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emptywheel @Esquiring In Tsarnaev trial. Lots of journos live tweeting it. https://t.co/ZczkDdwOjn
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emptywheel Dear defense attorneys. The government just asserted that AT&T location data is not a reliable indicator of where their AT&T phones are.
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emptywheel RT @JimArmstrongWBZ: C: if you had training, you would've known AT&T data is not a reliable indicator of where a phone is at any time. G: I…
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emptywheel @nickmanes1 Maybe if I combine it w/ill-informed opinion abt terrorism? I can charge extra bc I don't speak arabic, apparently. @p2wy
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emptywheel @p2wy Twittering is hard work. I wonder if i could get paid $450/hour because I spend too much time on it?
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emptywheel @onekade This is why you're such trouble. If you don't like stories how will they make you obey?
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emptywheel @firetomfriedman I DO think they might not get death. They want it SO badly though. @onekade
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emptywheel Govt whose Twitter witness didn't even click through links on Twitter now trying to discredit defense witness w/o "special Twitter training"
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emptywheel @onekade Because everyone likes a good story.
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emptywheel @draperha I had to compete 2 years ago from the bottom of a KY holler w/absolute no Toobz. No consideration given.
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emptywheel @onekade It's such an easy guilty verdict, but govt had to write its little story.
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