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Obama names counter-terror chief Brennan drone assassination czar

Alexander 2012/05/28 15:43:31
Posted on May 28, 2012 by creeping sharia

The MSM is not reporting this. We could only find one report on Russia’s English-language propaganda network RT.com and this via Who will drones target? Who in the US will decide? – Boston.com.

WASHINGTON—White House counterterror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in choosing which terrorists will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, establishing a new procedure for both military and CIA targets.

The effort concentrates power over the use of lethal U.S. force outside war zones within one small team at the White House.

The process, which is about a month old, means Brennan’s staff consults with the State Department and other agencies as to who should go on the target list, making the Pentagon’s role less relevant, according to two current and three former U.S. officials aware of the evolution in how the government goes after terrorists.

In describing Brennan’s arrangement to The Associated Press, the officials provided the first detailed description of the military’s previous review process that set a schedule for killing or capturing terror leaders around the Arab world and beyond. They spoke on condition of anonymity because U.S. officials are not allowed to publicly describe the classified targeting program.

Who are all these anonymous people who talk regularly to AP?

Anyway, as we noted before we now have a situation where a few folks can determine who is a terrorist, can detain them indefinitely without telling them why even if they are American citizens on U.S. soil, and can give the green light on killing them by drone attack. With 30,000 drones, some armed, soon to be flying over the U.S., spying on citizens non-stop, how long before the first citizen is killed by drone on U.S. soil?

Anyway, back to the blundering – but Arabic speaking – Brennan:

We should all be fearful that Obama has named an Assassination Czar and worse, that he has named John Brennan to the post. Jihadists, however, are likely cheering.

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  • Max 2012/05/28 16:58:32
    Max
    +1
    I haven't heard, so far, of a drone being armed flying over U.S. skies. As for that Brennan guy, the highlighted links make him look like a numbskull and a Muslim.
  • DoxieDad 2012/05/28 16:38:25
    DoxieDad
    I have absolutely no problem with this program. Except for Ron Paul who believes we should retreat into an isolationist cocoon this program will be continued by either Obama in a second term or a Romney administration. Fear of the unknown to terrorists should always be in the back of their minds.
  • Son Of Anubis™ 2012/05/28 16:28:59
    Son Of Anubis™
    I'd like to get my own drones as well....I think everyone should have their own drones and fly them all over the place...maybe get some good pics of Area 51 for once. Can't wait for the first Government/Police/CIA drone to malfunction and fall out of the sky and kill someone....want to see that lawsuit go through the roof....or when it crashes...disiable the tracking device and move it and have your own little drone....lol....then again that would be against the law and I'm not advocating that at all....lol
  • Josh Robinson 2012/05/28 15:59:15
    Josh Robinson
    +1
    If the NDAA is worth the blood it was printed with than Americans have already been killed with drones. Remember there is no paperwork or reporting needed for NDAA.
  • JoeBtfsplk 2012/05/28 15:57:29
    JoeBtfsplk
    +1
    Is there an outside chance drones will be put to good use?
  • JoeBtfsplk JoeBtfsplk 2012/05/28 16:13:48
    JoeBtfsplk
    +1
    There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.
    The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.
    Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

    But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.
    It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology.

    As well as active locations, the FAA also revealed 16 sites where licences to use spy planes have expired and four where authorisations have been disapproved, such as Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

    The authority revealed the information after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    Its website hosts an interactive map that allows the user to zoom in to the area around where they live to see if any sites are nearby.
    However, the FAA is yet to reveal what kinds of drones might be based at any of these locat...






























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    There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.
    The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.
    Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

    But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.
    It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology.

    As well as active locations, the FAA also revealed 16 sites where licences to use spy planes have expired and four where authorisations have been disapproved, such as Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

    The authority revealed the information after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Electronic Frontier Foundation.
    Its website hosts an interactive map that allows the user to zoom in to the area around where they live to see if any sites are nearby.
    However, the FAA is yet to reveal what kinds of drones might be based at any of these locations.
    The agency says it will release this data later.
    Most of the drones are likely to be small craft, such as the Draganflyer X8, which can carry a payload of only 2.2lb.
    Police, border patrols and environmental agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), could use for them effectively.
    While few would object to vast open areas being monitored for wildfires, there are fears of privacy violations if drones are used to spy over cities.

    Other drones – likely to be operated only by the armed forces – might include the MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-1 Predator, which was used to kill American Al Qaeda boss Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen last September.
    The FAA released two lists of public and private entities that have applied for authorisations to fly drones domestically.
    Certificates of Authorizations (COAs), issued to public entities like police departments, are active in 42 locations, expired in 16 and disapproved in four.
    Special Airworthiness Certificates (SACs), issued to private drone manufacturers, are active in 21 locations and not active in 17.
    Among the other unanswered questions, however, are is exactly how many drones each registered user owns.


    The FAA has confirmed that there were about 300 active COAs and that the agency has issued about 700-750 authorizations since the program began in 2006.
    But this information does not reveal how many are owned, for example, by Miami Dade Police Department.
    While the use of drones in the U.S. is little known, American operations overseas have been well documented.
    As well as high-profile terrorists, campaigners claim hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed in the border regions of Pakistan, where they are most active.


    SO WHICH PUBLIC ENTITIES ARE REGISTERED OWNERS OF DRONES? FULL LIST REVEALED HERE;


    U.S. Air Force Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
    Arlington Police Department Mississippi State University
    U.S. Army U.S. Navy
    City of Herington, Kansas New Mexico Tech
    City of North Little Rock, AR Police Department Ogden Police Department
    DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) Ohio University
    DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Orange County Sheriff's Office
    DHS (Department of Homeland Security) / Science and Technology Polk County Sheriff's Office
    DOE (Department of Energy) - Idaho National Laboratory Seattle Police Dept
    Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
    Department of the Interior - National Business Center/Aviation Management Directorate Texas A&M University - TEES
    Eastern Gateway Community College University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Texas State University University of Colorado
    FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) University of Connecticut
    Gadsden Police Department
    Georgia Tech Research Institute University of Florida
    Kansas State University University of North Dakota

    USMC (United States Marine Corps)
    Mesa County Sheriff's Office
    Miami-Dade Police Department Utah State University
    Middle Tennessee State University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    New Mexico State University Physical Sciences Laboratory (NMSU-PSL) Washington State Department of Transportation
    NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)


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  • NPC 2012/05/28 15:46:14
    NPC
    +1
    Brennan most likely needs more time in federal government grade to pad his pension

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