War on Terror

Obama and Shaye: Will the White House Explain its Actions?

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After reading Jeremy Scahill's article about imprisoned Yemeni journalist (or, according to the U.S. government, imprisoned Yemeni al-Qaeda frontman) Abdulelah Haider Shaye, Kevin asked "Is Barack Obama a Murderous Sociopath?" The headline was provocative, but the question was real. Scahill's article strongly suggests that Shaye is an innocent journalist who's in prison solely because he's a thorn in the side of the American national security establishment.  What we have here is really the central problem of national security in the post-9/11 era:  Are the people the government says are terrorists, the people the US government asserts the right to detain indefinitely the people our government asserts the right to kill far from any declared battlefield, actually guilty?  

Read it at Mother Jones


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2 comments on "Obama and Shaye: Will the White House Explain its Actions?"

Jeffrey Hill

March 16, 2012 3:03pm

The authorities don't rule by superior morality or superior intellect. --
(Alex DeTocqueville from his book "Democracy in America")

TheKit51

March 16, 2012 8:36pm

Americans should be alarmed at the breach of constitutional rights under the last two administrations. Nothing in the constitution allows the execution without charge or trial of an American citizen simply because they are purportedly a "terrorist." But, it seems, as long as we have the current sports craze to keep us occupied, or are caught up in the latest reality TV show, or otherwise distracted by superficialities which really don't matter, we are happy to give up the rights accorded us. Those who are willing to trade their liberty for security shall have neither.