Protester Storms CIA Confirmation Hearing of Drone Mastermind John Brennan
Kyle Becker | On 07, Feb 2013
It’s sort of vogue on the right to think that it’s perfectly kosher for the government to use drones in U.S. airspace to take out a Muslim terrorist who could be hiding behind grandpa’s milkshed. But it’s actually refreshing to see a protester crash the confirmation hearing of CIA director nominee John Brennan, who was recently outed by NBC news as part of an administration that feels it is ‘legal, ethical and wise‘ to use drones on American civilians, if the president believes they are a part of al Qaeda or an associated force.
Rush Limbaugh characterized the ludicrous nature of the president’s counter-terrorism policy rightly when he said that President Obama claims the right to drone-kill an American citizen suspected of being with al Qaeda, but not the legal right to water-board or torture him. Interestingly, former CIA director Leon Panetta admitted recently that intelligence attained by waterboarding helped lead the Obama administration to Osama bin Laden.
The war on Islamist terrorists should continue, but there is no call for jeopardizing the civil liberties of Americans to prevent terrorist events that have a minimal chance of killing a given citizen each year. The issue with giving any government power is that it can be used wisely or unwisely and for legitimate purposes or illegitimate ones.