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Obama To Show Respect For Rights — Of Terrorists

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Obama to push for transparency in face of threats

By LARA JAKES and LOLITA C. BALDOR | May 23, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid lingering concerns about his national security policies, President Barack Obama is outlining measures to clarify the deadly use of drones against terror suspects, make good on a pledge to close the controversial prison at Guantanamo Bay and warn Americans about dire threats they continue to face — even from fellow citizens.

It’s hard to believe that even the AP could be so obtuse as not to see the irony in their headline. But, sure, Obama is all for transparency, now that the elections are over and he has been safely re-elected and his scandals are coming out anyway. Well, some of them, at least.

Of course, in reality, Obama just wants to change the subject away from his scandals. (Which even Reuters admits below.) And the polls say his handling of national security and terrorism is still his strong suit. So he is going to try to distract us with that.

On the eve of a speech Thursday at the National Defense University, the Obama administration revealed for the first time that a fourth American citizen had been killed in secretive drone strikes abroad. The killings of three other Americans in counterterror operations since 2009 were known before a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy acknowledged the four deaths.

Obama’s speech is expected to reaffirm his national security priorities — from homegrown terrorists to killer drones to the enemy combatants held at the military-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — but make no new sweeping policy announcements…

So when was Obama told about these drone strikes? Heck, when was he told that Gitmo is still open?

Obama will try to refocus an increasingly apathetic public on security issues as his administration grapples with a series of unrelated controversies stemming from the attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and government monitoring of reporters…

And his attack on Fox News, and Fast & Furious, and… Which, by the way, are all very much related.

The White House said Obama’s speech coincides with the signing of new "presidential policy guidance" on when the U.S. can use drone strikes, though it was unclear what that guidance entailed and whether Obama would outline its specifics in his remarks…

And maybe it’s also a gentle reminder to his critics that he could kill them at any moment on a whim.

At least Reuters is a little more honest about what is behind this speech:

Switching from scandals, Obama to address drones and Guantanamo

By Jeff Mason | May 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will seek to draw attention away from a series of domestic scandals with a speech on Thursday that defends the U.S. use of drones abroad and lays out a vision for closing the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

The speech, scheduled for 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) at Washington’s National Defense University, is meant partly to illustrate Obama’s support for civil liberties after recent criticism that his administration is secretive and bullies opponents…

Will the networks interrupt their regular programming to cover this speech? Or will they ignore it, like they used to do when Bush tried to address the nation on actual matters of war and peace?

But what a joke this is. Obama says he wants to close Gitmo to show his support for civil rights — for terrorists. Meanwhile, he has shown no concern for the rights of US citizens.

Such as their right to due process (drones), or the freedom of the press (AP/Fox), or religious freedom (birth control), or freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble and petition the government (IRS/Tea Party).

The civil rights of Americans can all go to hell. But we must protect the rights of enemy combatants to get a civil trial, with all the rights and protections of US citizens.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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