What do you think? Do you think a secret committee of government staffers can vote on who lives and who dies? Stop and absorb that please. Were you up in arms about the so-called Obama “Death Panel?” Were ya? Well it’s happening right now……
I saw an article in Newsweek, Can Intel Agencies Kill Americans? Pretty troubling to think about. It’s another example of the slow deterioration in our fundamental right to be safe from our own government. The director of national intelligence testified that United States intelligence agencies can assassinate United Citizens. It’s alleged that “… strikes specifically targeting Americans must first be approved by a secret committee made up of senior intel officials and members of the president’s cabinet.”
Our right to due process is guaranteed to us by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. It reads in part, “..nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” This clause is in the Constitution to prevent the government from killing its citizens without some sort of due process. We’re supposed to know what the government accuses us of, be able to present a defense and have a disinterested arbiter weigh the evidence. Allowing a secret committee to decide who lives and who dies is something we all should fear. That is an out of control government.
And don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that some of these people don’t deserve to die, but I don’t think having a group of government officials casting votes on which American citizen should be assassinated is the way to go.
As long as I’m alive I will still GET OUTSIDE EVERYDAY!!!
I thought this was a fitting picture for an entry about an overly aggressive government. In addition to this fire tower with all kinds of antennae on it there are a bunch of other towers at the top of the mountain. If there were so many people that wanted to hurt us don’t you think they would blow up or cut down some of these towers. By destroying one of these towers you could create a huge disruption for minimal effort. Sure, there are lots of bad, evil, mean people out there, but not so many that we need to live in fear or abrogate our rights. While your government wants you to think that you need to fear the other people, it’s your own government that you need to fear.
After a light snow. Just a white pine with a little slush on it. If you look at the slope of the land you can see that this is a pretty steep area. I like hills. I went to Indiana one time. It was way too flat for me and there is no ocean either.