WaPo-ABC Polls Notwithstanding, This Liberal Deplores Obama’s Drone Use, Gitmo Policy

Kevin Gosztola of FDL Dissenter tells you all about the poll. Here’s Gosztola on Obama’s actions and public reaction:

The poll results are as follows: 70 percent of Americans approve of keeping Guantanamo Bay prison open (53 percent of liberals support keeping it open); 83 percent of Americans approve of using drones (77 percent of liberals support drone use). And, 65 percent support drone use when the targets are US citizens (55 percent of liberals approve of targeting US citizens).

Asked what my immediate reaction to the results was by Alyona Minkovski on RT’s “The Alyona Show” last night, I answered, “I think their [sic] revolting poll numbers, but I don’t think that they’re entirely surprising, given that back in July 2010 we had the ACLU warning the Obama Administration was in danger of establishing a new normal.” [See the top of this post for video of my interview appearance.]

Obama has prolonged an era where officials, who commit crimes, are shielded from accountability for engaging in warrantless wiretapping, torture, or rendition; state secrets are invoked to prevent transparency; detainees are denied habeas corpus; prisons like Guantanamo and Bagram (along with black prison sites that likely still exist) continue to hold detainees perhaps indefinitely; navy ships hold prisoners that can no longer be sent to Guantanamo because there will be public outrage; the right to target and kill U.S. civilians and bypass due process is asserted; and military commissions or “kangaroo courts” force detainees into Kafkaesque proceedings that make it nearly impossible to not be found guilty.

Worse, in the years since the ACLU warned of a “new normal” being established, President Obama has made legitimate the killing of “terror suspects,” including US citizens, without charge or trial by drones. He has presided over a revolution in military affairs, where Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), the CIA and the National Security Council (NSC) each keep a “kill list” of targets to be extra-judicially assassinated.

He also allowed Congress a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that codifies into US law a provision that grants the military the power to indefinitely detain US citizens without charge or trial for whatever reason the government may want to detain a citizen indefinitely. Essentially, what happened to Jose Padilla, a Latino Muslim who was held without charge in complete isolation for three and a half years in a military brig, is now much more legitimate.

Reason number 857147 why I cannot vote for the man again in 2012… his complete and utter disregard for fundamental civil liberties.

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