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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JimWhiteGNV I'm being stalked by a panther. https://t.co/BwyQteGsxR
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JimWhiteGNV RT @GuantanamoAndy: My photo: I speak at Florida protest against #Guantanamo on Jan. 9, outside gates of Southcom https://t.co/IlixI4gMRR
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emptywheel @mla1396 It's the unclassified version. The secret stuff no one can see got taken out.
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emptywheel @HinaShamsi That's why you're the litigator and I'm the one stirring up trouble via other means.
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emptywheel @HinaShamsi Think you should write nice note to Comey saying you're glad he likes new redress procedures & where he'd like to be sued next.
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emptywheel This sentence describes how China is using bulk data in a CI function but doesn't describe it coming from OPM. https://t.co/EwZR5YE6Uy
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emptywheel @HinaShamsi Eventually ACLU will save us by helping get guns out of hands of terrorists (& innocents). But ingrate FBI can't offer thanks
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emptywheel Here's how Clapper's testimony describes Juniper backdoor. https://t.co/YLixhxrhpC In infrastructure section. https://t.co/ufbSnGyrjE
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Does that presume best defense for domestic networks same as best defense overseas?
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emptywheel @Susan_Hennessey Q on your piece: Shouldn't all the fractions for Rogers time be split again, to account for CyberComm?
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JimWhiteGNV Yes! My @GatorsBB tickets just arrived. Only ten days until opening night! #NumberOneInAllPolls https://t.co/v8d1LxYqyp
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emptywheel @Pachacutec_ Why does Warren keep making that smear abt a BK law that let banks take houses from millions? @davidbrockdc
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