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 @bmaz Had to explain to someone recently wha a mimeograph was. It was hard to do. @AllThingsHLS
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bmaz Credit when and where due: @Ron_Founier is on a roll lately with worthwhile articles https://t.co/FSVMuAsij6
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emptywheel .@csoghoian Remember when (IIRC) @JulieATate confirmed some guys shot up in Mexico were CIA from a rent-a-box in VA place too?
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JimWhiteGNV That is typical Sanger bullshit: hype is on wrong details.
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JimWhiteGNV All you folks yammering about Iran's stockpile growing, jump to fifth graf from end: US sabotaged conversion plant, creating this problem!
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bmaz @AllThingsHLS @emptywheel Also, getting extra mimeograph machines was pretty key for Freeh http://t.co/b3sD9hKeuS
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bmaz RT @28Pages: @bmaz http://t.co/TLjO7Bzuw8: For the growing, nonpartisan movement to declassify 28 pages on foreign gov ties to 9/11
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emptywheel Shorter DOJ: Our rule prohibiting surveillance of 1A activities only applies to drones, not manned aircraft. http://t.co/c6lltfeVKi
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bmaz @emptywheel @AllThingsHLS Good grief, do not even joke about letting Louis Freeh in a pilot's seat.
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emptywheel In beating up Rand Paul, hawkish WaPo ed board concede dragnet may have been illegal w/o mention of 2nd C. http://t.co/r8XTTxelBm
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bmaz Second this. Should be a great panel https://t.co/XMklHuhCTo
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bmaz Shhhhh! Other people have not figured out how nutty non-lawyer Mary Anne Franks and her proposals are yet. https://t.co/tCAnGS6DvY
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