There's the first one where he writes about AG Eric Holder's written response to Senator Rand Paul's question about whether or not drones can be used on a US citizen on American soil. And then there's the second one where Cesca responds to Holder's appearance at the Senate committee hearing yesterday and Paul's filibuster.
Yes, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief at the nonsense I'm seeing on the blogs and twitterverse as the emos (never has that description been more fitting) throw a tantrum about all this and wind up positioning themselves with people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Its surely a sight to behold. And so I heartily endorse Cesca's closing comments.
But not once has any Republican, including Cruz and Rand Paul, mentioned anything about ending the war on terrorism or repealing the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The lack of nuance, as well as the lack of a sense of history on both the far-right and far-left is eerily coincidental. (Make up your own mind what’s driving it.) Again, it’s important to have oversight on drones, but let’s get real here. Cruz and others seem to have hastily constructed a bridge of paranoia and hyperbole between “a guy having a coffee” and “hijacked planes careening towards skyscrapers.”I'm not sure there's a need to explore the question of "why" all the paranoia and hyperbole is coming from the right. We've known these folks are lunatics for a while now. When it comes to the left, I blame folks like Glenn Greenwald and Marcy Wheeler for spending years pushing propaganda on these questions while avoiding the very real issues - like the one about needing to repeal the AUMF. So a moment like yesterday is the culmination of their efforts to spread paranoia and hyperbole.
Other than the addition of a new weapon in the arsenal, what exactly has changed in terms of the president’s military powers and policies inside the borders of the United States? Based on Holder’s letter, nothing — traditional law enforcement in nearly every circumstance and lethal military force if another 9/11 or Pearl Harbor happens to be in progress. Beyond that, there’s only speculation, paranoia and kneejerk hysteria. And it all sounds equally ridiculous regardless of which side it’s coming from.
The antidote to all that is to simply read those two posts by Cesca I linked above. Thanks for a great dose of sanity Bob.