Congress may act to rein in Obama’s deadly drone policy

Congress is considering doing something about the Obama’s deadly use of drones, especially in the United States against Americans. With the newly surfaced information that the Justice Department believes that drone strikes can be used more widely, many in Congress are concerned.

predator-firing-missile4On Thursday, John Brennan, Obama’s pick for head of the CIA, will be present for a hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It is expected that Senators will ask Brennan his opinion of the drone program. Perhaps he will pull a “Hagel” and refer everything to the president’s policy rather than sharing his own views. Of course, Brennan will be advising the president, so he should have his own opinion.

“It has to be in the agenda of this Congress to reconsider the scope of action of drones and use of deadly force by the United States around the world because the original authorization of use of force, I think, is being strained to its limits,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said in a recent interview.

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the number two Democrat in the House, said Tuesday that “it deserves a serious look at how we make the decisions in government to take out, kill, eliminate, whatever word you want to use, not just American citizens but other citizens as well.”

Hoyer added: “We ought to carefully review our policies as a country.”

According to the AP:

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee likely will hold hearings on U.S. drone policy, an aide said Tuesday, and Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, both have quietly expressed concerns about the deadly operations. And earlier this week, a group of 11 Democratic and Republican senators urged President Barack Obama to release a classified Justice Department legal opinion justifying when U.S. counterterror missions, including drone strikes, can be used to kill American citizens abroad.

Without those documents, it’s impossible for Congress and the public to decide “whether this authority has been properly defined, and whether the president’s power to deliberately kill Americans is subject to appropriate limitations and safeguards,” the senators wrote.


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Congress should act. It should start with reviewing the Patriot Act, and removing the portions that are no longer applicable, that infringe on the rights of American citizens. And, Congress should make it clear to Obama that he does not have authorization to kill American citizens anywhere. If the drones are used to target our enemies overseas, that is a military operation and could be explained. However, the fear among the liberty-minded citizens of the United States is that President Obama will abuse the use of these drones.

The White House claims that these drone strikes are being used against Al-Qaeda and that this was made legal after 9/11. However, Jay Carney, White House Spokesman, and the documents recently uncovered by NBC news, seem to imply that the government has the right to use the drones against American citizens — anywhere.

Remember when the White House was saying that the Tea Party members may be terrorists?  

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  1. This should scare the hell out of everyone. Even strikes overseas such as the one on Anwar al-Awlaki, is concerning. Yeah he was a terrorist but, consider this: The West Point study that focused on right wing terrorist organizations. The definition lumped white supremacist hate groups with people who believe in limited government, the federalist system, and pretty much everything that can be found in the Republican party platform. It was very broad and encompassing. So, here I am thinking of taking a vacation to South Africa next October to see the Great White sharks breach the surface at Seal Island, and BOOM! No more boat, and no more me. Sure it could be paranoia. Could it be? They are already using them to spy on Americans in the continental United States. I wonder if they are armed. Hmmm…

  2. This congress nor our supreme court will do one thing to stop this fascist regime. They are all in it together.

  3. Of course the next 4 years is going to be very bad for small businesses, and it will also spell the destruction of thousands and thousands of small businesses that already operate on a very low return for investments and for the work they do. And, what most people do not seem to get yet, is that the aim and purpose of what the Obama Regime, and the Fascist Federal Regulatory Agencies have in mind is the complete and total destruction of not only small and intermediate sized businesses, but the destruction of the Middle Class in general. The state of California and New York City is now the Federal Model, and businesses and citizens have been fleeing from California and NYC for decades as these Socialist Run States and Cities have Taxed and Regulated people out of business, and they leave for their own survival. Now, the Feds have Kalifonicated the Entire USA through the federal Bureaucratic System.

    Obama and the Socialist-Marxist Democrats run on “Class Warfare and Tax the Rich” campaigns, but in actuality, the only folks getting taxed excessively are the middle class and small and medium sized businesses, and in fact this sector pays the majority of the load of taxes. The ultra rich and big international corporations such as GE and others, pay little or no taxes. As the Middle Class and Small Businesses disappear, who do you think takes the properties of the middle class and small businesses when they can no longer survive and lose their assets, including money, homes, land, capital
    assets, etc.? If you guessed The Banks, which now in the USA, are Internationally Owned Consolidated Banks, and the large International Corporations, you guessed right.

    While the government regulates and taxes away small businesses and the middle class, they totally ignore any and all excesses by the international corporations. Obama Care had nothing to do with better health care, and had everything to do with Seizing Control of one more huge sector of our economy and the way it is laid out, it forces people, against their wills and against their survival instincts, to buy something they do not want. That is pure fascism. Small businesses will be forced to provide health insurance whether they can afford it or not, and if not, they get fined. And, here is the kicker, that nobody is now talking about is the fact that beginning in April 2014, there is going to be another $640 fee for every employee a small and midsize company hires, and this does not include the cost of the insurance premiums if these businesses can even afford to buy it to begin with. What do you think the result of these fascist policies, regulations, fees, fines and taxes will be? If you guessed, people will go out of business and try to salvage some of their assets before they are seized by government, you guessed right.

    Thousands of businesses have already chosen this path the day that the Supreme Court Declared that Forced Purchases of a Product You Do Not Want or Cannot Afford to buy, is constitutional. Thus, our last vestige of a Division of Powers in the Executive (Who Executes and Enacts all the Regulatory and other of hundreds of U.S. Bureaucratic Agencies, Bureaus, Commissions and Departments), the Legislative Branch that is supposed to authorize spending and to do budgets and pass laws, are all in line with The Executive and they allow the Regulatory Agencies to do things that are not only Un-Constitutional, they are Punitive and Destructive and in all cases, they do more harm than good, and now the Supreme Court, the last Gatekeeper From Fascism, Totalitarianism, and Tyranny has bought in with the Sell Out Executive and Legislative Branch of our government. Our government now is nothing but a mockery of the intents and purpose of the United States Constitution. The way small businesses to survive is to Unite and Just Refuse To Go Along with Unlawful and Unconstitutional Confiscation of their property and refuse to follow Laws, Regulations and Rules that Force you To Buy Something You Do Not Want and Cannot, in most cases, afford. And, as I started out, the aim of the Current Federal Government, is the Destruction and All Private Property and have it taken over by the Federal Government, that in turn, turn it over to the International Bankers and Corporations, and you have Complete Monopoly of Power and Businesses that only International Corporations and Banks Own Everything. Small businesses all over this country need to form their own Super Pac and Let’s Elect Real Americans who believe in this country and our constitution and get these scoundrels we now have running this country out of office and Begin The Downsizing of the United States Government that has become a Huge, Bloated and Out of Control Fascistic Bureaucracy, that is even worse than the one the old USSR had, and of course, what happened to the USSR? Yes, it collapsed under it’s own Weight Of Debt after all Assets were Controlled by the State. And, that is the direction that Marxists such as Obama, Pelosi and many others in our political class, are intentionally taking us.

    • Under this Marxist, Fascist, Socialist, Anti-Business president the stock market in January 2013 reached it’s highest point since before the recession in October 2007. It is up 111.17% since shortly after Obama took office in 2009. It’s up 9.7% in the past year. Since 1928 the way the stock market goes in January generally indicates how it will go for the remainder of the year. My portfolio is booming. We need to throw this Marxist, Fascist, Socialist, Anti-business president out and replace him with a pro-business president like George W.

      • Interesting how that is your comment on an article about American citizens being killed by drones. So glad you don’t care about that. (sarcasm)

        • Saramarie,
          My reply was to the posting from jeromennis, not to the original drone posting. He went off on tangents not related to drones. He veered off into the anti-business policies of the Marxist, Fascist, Socialist, anti-business policies of the Democrats and Obama. My point was that we need to be careful about making broad statements regarding the anti-business climate of the Obama Administration and the Democrats. The stock market rebound would indicate otherwise that maybe they’re not so much the Marxist, Fascists, Socialists, anti-business that we think they are.

          The way the page format of Brenner Brief is set up you should have been able to see that my reply was attached to that particular posting, not to the original drone article.

          I take offense that you would think that I support the killing of American citizens by drones.

  4. Does the policy really say that drones can be used against targets in the United States? I haven’t read the report, but I doubt if it says that. It is only minimally troubling that terrorists in foreign nations are targeted by the drones. It is far more troubling that governmental policies are so focused on limiting freedoms of United States citizens within our nation.

  5. The Obama regime is a dictatorship. This should be troubling to all Americans. I truly hope Congress takes action, and definitely, you are correct that they need to revisit the Patriot Act.


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