Apologist for Assassination of Americans to Be Named as New Homeland Security Chief

Key Architect of Counter-Terrorism Policies to Become Homeland Chief

USA Today reports:

President Obama plans to nominate former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of homeland security, officials said Thursday.

Johnson is a supporter of assassinations … even against American citizens.

AP noted in 2011:

U.S. citizens are legitimate military targets when they take up arms with al-Qaida, top national security lawyers in the Obama administration said Thursday.

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The government lawyers, CIA counsel Stephen Preston and Pentagon counsel Jeh Johnson … said U.S. citizens do not have immunity when they are at war with the United States.

Johnson said only the executive branch, not the courts, is equipped to make military battlefield targeting decisions about who qualifies as an enemy.

The New York Times noted:

Belligerents who also happen to be U.S. citizens do not enjoy immunity where non-citizen belligerents are valid military objectives,” said Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department general counsel, in a speech at Yale Law School.

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Still, Mr. Johnson invoked a lawsuit filed by Mr. Awlaki’s father before the killing that had sought an injunction against targeting his son, citing with approval a district judge’s decision to dismiss the case and saying that targeting decisions are not suited to court review because they must be made quickly and based on fast-evolving intelligence.

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“The legal point is important because, in fact, over the last 10 years Al Qaeda has not only become more decentralized, it has also, for the most part, migrated away from Afghanistan to other places where it can find safe haven,” Mr. Johnson said.

This is particularly concerning since the U.S. wants to expand the assassination program to cover “ASSOCIATES of ASSOCIATES” of Al Qaeda … and blurs the lines between bad guys and average Americans.    This violates a little thing called the Fifth Amendment.

The Washington Post points out:

[A senior administration official] added that Johnson was “responsible for the prior legal review and approval of every military operation approved by the president and secretary of defense” during Obama’s first term.

That presumably includes supporting Al Qaeda in Libya.

Wikipedia notes more unsavory aspects of Johnson’s background:

As General Counsel of the Defense Department, Johnson was a major player in certain key priorities of the Obama Administration, and he is considered one of the legal architects of the U.S. military’s current counterterrorism policies.

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In August, 2010, Johnson was part of the public dialogue over the Wikileaks release of classified Pentagon documents known as the Afghan War Diary or The War Logs. “The Department of Defense will not negotiate some ‘minimized’ or ‘sanitized’ version of a release by WikiLeaks of additional U.S. government classified documents,” he wrote in a letter to Timothy J. Matusheski, a lawyer representing the online whistle-blowing organization pro bono. In August 2012, Johnson also wrote to the former Navy seal who authored the book “No Easy Day” and warned him of his material breach of his non-disclosure agreements with the Department of Defense.

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In January 2011, Johnson provoked controversy when, according to a Department of Defense news story, he asserted in a speech at the Pentagon that deceased civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, despite King’s outspoken opposition to American interventionism during his lifetime….  Jeremy Scahill called Johnson’s remarks “one of the most despicable attempts at revisionist use of Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve ever seen,” while Justin Elliott of Salon.com argued that based on Dr. King’s opposition to the Vietnam War, he would likely have opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the covert wars in Pakistan and Yemen.

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In a February 2011, speech to the New York City Bar Association, Johnson “acknowledged the concerns raised” about the detention of alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning and “stated that he had personally traveled to Quantico to conduct an investigation.” Human rights attorney and journalist Scott Horton wrote that “Johnson was remarkably unforthcoming about what he discovered and what conclusions he drew from his visit.”

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  • Washington76

    Civil War And The Litmus Test – “Will you shoot Americans?”

    Dr Garrow was recently contacted by a high ranking military official who implored him to reveal the truth about a “litmus test” that is being proposed by the Obama administration to the military asking the question “will you shoot Americans if they won’t give you their guns?”

  • Honest Harry’s Used Cars

    A lot of alternative media pundits and their followers are openly advocating war on the government, our government.

    Should they get vociferous enough about it, this man could launch a missile from a drone that would do more than knock down their door.

    When I saw the veterans outside the White House with the sharpshooters on roof, I wondered if an armed rebellion was about to unleash weaponized drone warfare in our own country.

    The veterans in this country are all a bunch of disability-fraud wusses with about as much spine as the typical American ninny.

    They’re printing themselves more money today, and, continuing to devalue the currency with deficit spending meant only to make themselves and their friends that much richer. You’re not in this club, and you never will be. Quite a few Congressmen spend more money on dope every year, than you or I will make in our entire lives. They are the ones who voted to raise the debt ceiling in order to borrow more money to keep their party going.

    • shirley_king76834@yahoo.com

      SHAME on you for talking about our vets like that !!! It’s people like you that have helped to destroy this country. You must be a liberal idiot from Mexifornia

    • cam_s

      Go back to your pathetic hole, little troll.

  • EllenBernal

    Obama’s Henchman to flatten the way for Lifetime Presidency. Disgusting what these people do to Americans.

  • SUSANM621

    WHAT HAS BECOME OF OUR COUNTRY, AND LOOK WHO IS RUNNING OUR COUNTRY, WHERE IS THE MILITARY, WHY DO AMERICANS HAVE TO PUT UP WHITH MUSLIMS TAKING OVER THE GOVERNMENT, WHO ARE THEY…….

    • jo6pac

      Please pay attention the so called Amerikan military sleeps with the elites that run the country. Obummer wants to be as rich big dog was when he left office. 0 is about to do what the right wing can’t and that’s finish off Main Street, SS will be slowly taken over by ws, Medi Care will become ACA and transferring what little wealth Main Street has to the 1% elite that the govt. works for. Please open your mind a little to what is really going on around you. In case you missed it there already has been a military coup in the New Mother Land once called Amerika.

      shirley_king76834@yahoo.com ——– You must be a liberal idiot from Mexifornia
      I’m the left and live in Calif. and will take my state over any others any day because it is the great melting pot.

  • Lindsey Graziani Doerner

    Boy, this guy’s resume sucks! It never ceases to amaze me how Obama is able to find the absolute scum of the earth to head things.

    • DJH

      Oh he will blend right in with the rest of the scum bags in DC

  • gozounlimited

    So why is JJ ignoring this al-Qaeda mouseole?……John McCain’s “Rebels”, aka al-Qaeda, Slaughter Entire Christian Village In Syria… http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/05/28/john-mccains-rebels-aka-al-qaeda-slaughter-entire-christian-village/

    Senator Gohmert states: McCain Supports Al Qaeda …… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oURvN8B8m58

    • Honest Harry’s Used Cars

      Senator John McCain has been the absolute king of the disability-fraud wusses since 1968! For more than forty years this slimeball Vietnam veteran has been claiming he’s disabled due to his military service.

      And he’s setting the pace and the standard for every American veteran alive today. Welcome to the crowd. McCain calls himself a hero! This guy dropped bombs on Vietnamese men, women and children from 40,000 feet. And he had the nerve to come home crying about the way the North Vietnamese treated HIM after he was shot down!

      Look at this guy. All those proud American veterans should puke every time this guy is out there in the press asking for more war. This is the guy who lost to Obama the first time around!

      Is there any wonder? This guy is a disability-fraud turd. And the NEOCONS put him up for election to be President of the United States. A god-damned Kenyan beat this wuss.

    • Honest Harry’s Used Cars

      Senator John McCain has been the absolute king of the disability-fraud wusses since 1968! For more than forty years this slimeball Vietnam veteran has been claiming he’s disabled due to his military service.

      And he’s setting the pace and the standard for every American veteran alive today. Welcome to the crowd. McCain calls himself a hero! This guy dropped bombs on Vietnamese men, women and children from 40,000 feet. And he had the nerve to come home crying about the way the North Vietnamese treated HIM after he was shot down!

      Look at this guy. All those proud American veterans should puke every time this guy is out there in the press asking for more war. This is the guy who lost to Obama the first time around!

      Is there any wonder? This guy is a disability-fraud turd. And the NEOCONS put him up for election to be President of the United States. A god-damned Kenyan beat this wuss.

 

 

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