Peter Foster, the U.S. Editor for the British newspaper the Telegraph, argued on Friday that President Obama chose to “downplay” the threat of terrorism to the American public, but “The Boston bombings would appear to present a fundamental challenge to that assessment and once again bring the nagging uncertainty of terrorism back on to the American main street.”In a piece called “Boston bombs: Obama lulled America into false confidence over terror threat,” Foster argues that the attacks “bring home the complexity of the global Islamist threat and the fact that it cannot be confined to wars in distant lands, or fought at arm’s length using drones, as the Obama administration has quietly yet insistently led America to believe.”He continued: “Mr Obama and his intelligence community know the threat from al-Qaeda affiliates, but have chosen to downplay it to the US public,” and that the confidence “of the American public – is likely to be badly shaken by what is emerging from Boston.”Read the op-ed here.Continue Reading… …
Drone Wars would have been
an awesome title for a straight-to-video ’80s science fiction movie
starring Tim Thomerson, but war waged with drones was the starting
point for my appearance on RT with the always excellent Liz Wahl
(Yes, that was a reach. But how else am I going to work in a
Trancers reference?). We talked about Sen. Rand Paul
holding up the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA, the
possibility that the Obama administration might think its
legal rationale (or lack thereof) for using drones could apply
domestically, and whether the
most transparent administration ever might be
just around the corner.
What do you say folks? Is death by drone the most efficient
delivery of battlefield justice to-date? Is it an exercise in
executive-fueled due process? Or could it be, perhaps,
Hint: I’m thinking something else.
http://www.youtube.com/v/MsL4rPh9QTY?version=3&f=videos&app=youtube_gdata View original: Are Drones being used for the Dorner manhunt?
A majority of Americans support using drones to kill high-level terrorism suspects overseas, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But support drops when those suspects are American citizens, and more disapprove than approve if innocent civilians may also be killed.
According to the new survey, 54 percent of Americans approve of using drones to kill high-level terrorism suspects, while 18 percent disapprove and 28 percent are undecided. Support for drone strikes has changed little since a previous HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in early January, when 59 percent of respondents said they approved of using drone strikes and 18 percent said they disapproved.
Another survey released Friday, by ABC News and the Washington Post, found that 83 percent of respondents approve of using drone strikes “against terrorism suspects overseas” and 11 percent disapprove.
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