My son just asked for the definition of a “Sisyphean task“, as he is studying Greek myths in school.
My answer: Trying to address the most liberty-crushing item from the Obama Administration.
For example, I caught a Twitter hashtag that highlights a new concern about this administration’s policies: #sendinthedrones.
During the confirmation hearings being held for John Brennan, who hopes to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a intriguing memo from the Justice Department was released. The document claims there is legal justification for drone strikes against U.S. citizens without due process procedures, even if there is no evidence that they are engaged in an active plot to attack the country.
Given the fact that Congress has been unable to derail unpopular programs like Obamacare, or even come up with a budget, citizens are beginning to respond to this threat to their unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness at the local level.
One city has fired the opening salvo against the drone program:
Charlottesville, Virginia has become the first city in the U.S. to put a two-year ban on drone flights within city limits, reported NBC29 Wednesday.
The decision comes two days after a Justice Department memo on the Obama administration’s criteria for determining the targeting and drone assassination of foreign enemies — including American citizens — was leaked to the public. (RELATED: White paper authorizes targeted killing of U.S. citizens)
And it seems it’s just not the country’s conservatives who are uncomfortable with the ill-defined requirements for initiating air strikes on Americans. Via Prof. Glenn Reynolds is a story that indicates progressives are unhappy with this policy as well.
“You watch and see — the left wing of the party will start targeting Obama over this,” said Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia. “It’s inevitable. The drumbeat will increase as time goes on, especially with each passing drone strike.”
Obama late Wednesday decided to share with Congress’ intelligence committees the government’s legal reasoning for conducting drones strikes against suspected American terrorists abroad, the Associated Press reported. Lawmakers have long demanded to see the full document, accusing the Obama administration of stonewalling oversight efforts.
Earlier in the day, one Democrat even hinted at a possible filibuster of Brennan if given unsatisfactory answers about the drone program.
Using spy technology against citizens is hardly a new development. For example, the FBI’s interest in Martin Luther King Jr.’s private life is well known.
But the Obama Administration has taken it to a whole new level in the pursuit of their goals. Last year, Gateway Pundit shared the story of Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency using surveillance planes to determine if Iowa farmers were violating clean water policies.
Midwest farmers were outraged to hear that the Obama EPA was spying on ranches in surveillance planes. Rep. Tom Latham sent a letter to the EPA demanding answers,
“No federal agency has the right to treat the American farmer like the Taliban.”
To the Obama EPA – Iowa farmers are the enemy.
And it turns out it’s just not Iowa farmers who are potential targets, either. It may be time for other communities to follow Charlottesville’s lead.