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.

Marcy has been blogging full time since 2007. She’s known for her live-blogging of the Scooter Libby trial, her discovery of the number of times Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded, and generally for her weedy analysis of document dumps.

Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties. She writes as emptywheel at her eponymous blog, publishes at outlets including the Guardian, Salon, and the Progressive, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation, and liveblogged the Scooter Libby trial.

Marcy has a PhD from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship. Before and after her time in academics, Marcy provided documentation consulting for corporations in the auto, tech, and energy industries. She lives with her spouse and dog in Grand Rapids, MI.

7 replies
  1. P J Evans says:

    Him, and Lew, and a few other people who would better serve the public elsewhere than in federal government. (For Brennan and Holder, preferably behind bars.)

  2. bsbafflesbrains says:

    The fight goes on and 2014 has to see the rise of a third party and the fall of MSM’s hold on the majority opinion by propaganda. Keep up the good fight Marcie and all who contribute. Do not ask for whom the drone trolls, it trolls for thee.

  3. What Constitution? says:

    But, but, but — President Obama specifically referred to the Rule of Law in his inaugural address! Isn’t that “progress”? Can we hold him to that?

  4. Pathman says:

    When can we call it tyranny? How many American citizens will be need to be assassinated before we get there? Is it 100 or 1000? Probably never happen though, except through that magnificent machine called the “retrospectoscope.”

  5. Peterr says:

    This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has mocked the legacy of MLK, and I am fairly sure it will not be the last. As King said in “A Time to Break Silence” at Riverside Church:

    Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak of the — for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.

    I’d love to be proven wrong on my statement above, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

  6. joanneleon says:

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised about the drone strikes in Yemen. But I really was taken back that even throughout the celebrations of the weekend and the very inauguration day, Obama was still overseeing drone strikes in Yemen, killing people, militant and civilians alike.

    Was it so critical that these people be blown to bits today? Was there some ticking time bomb or some dire threat to our nation that on the very day of his vaunted speech and his inauguration, he had to blow people up thousands of miles away?

    Does the world not get a break even for a day while the inaugural balls are attended and the caterers and hair dressers and limo drivers and hotel workers tend to the events and all the multitudes of people who pour into the ballrooms in their evening gowns and tuxes and onto the Mall with their bundled up children to hear the great man speak and invoke the words and symbols of Martin Luther King and speak of equality and ending wars…

    For one day or one feted weekend, does anybody get a break from the drones?

  7. klynn says:

    My daughter had to interview us about changes since we were kids. I said, “There is no fourth estate. And, justice has been under attack.”

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