|Who determines fact or fantasy?|
I watched a news program this morning, discussing drones. a news program which drifted substantially away from any real comprehension of these most crucial dynamics in any sound nation.
So, in today's post we discuss this in the context of the realm of facts that are used to determine who the government can kill and how they may kill them.
In two recent posts we looked at the issue of drones and how the media becomes a government propaganda device (see Drones Take Out The 5th & 6th Amendments and Mocking America).
In the context of the government killing its citizens, the U.S. Constitution requires the most exacting fact finding methods, processes, and judicial inquiries to develop proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a death sentence can be imposed.
In the Constitution, our founders revealed themselves to be quite concerned with what is called "fact finding."
They separated the federal "government" into three separate segments or branches, all of which were to be subservient to the Constitution.
Under Article I is the Legislative Branch (a Congress made up of a Senate and a House of Representatives), then Article II sets up the Executive Branch (a President and Vice President), and finally Article III sets up the Judicial Branch (The Supreme Court, and lesser courts).
The Judicial Branch is to be what is called "the trier of fact" in all cases where facts determine the outcome as to whether or not the government can kill one of its citizens.
Never-the-less, members of the "news media" who fancy themselves as journalists, today on Morning Joe of MSNBC, said we might have to use torture and drones to kill either Americans or citizens of other nations (without any Judicial Branch fact finding process).
They were clueless concerning the Constitution's declaration about who is to determine the facts even as they incompetently discussed killing Americans "who are suspected terrorists."
So, who determines the facts that prove beyond a reasonable doubt what is a terrorist, or a terrorist organization?
Who determines the facts that prove beyond a reasonable doubt what establishes membership in a terrorist, or a terrorist organization?
Who determines the facts that prove beyond a reasonable doubt what establishes helping a terrorist, or a terrorist organization?
One has to wonder if U.S. citizens who train terrorists to overthrow an elected democratic government are included in this media fantasy:
General Carter Ham, the AFRICOM commander for the Pentagon, admitted last week that the US had helped trained the Mali rebels, including Captain Amadou Sanogo, who led the military coup which overthrew Mali’s constitutionally-elected government.(US Trained Mali Rebels). Have these media Luddites forgotten how the existence of WMD in Iraq was faked with fantasy ("we create our own reality" - Karl Rove) in the Bush II Administration?
In describing the statement Ham made at the Ralph Bunche center, Veterans Today editor Gordon Duff is highly critical of Ham’s support for widening US military involvement in the region, including the recent establishment of drone bases in Niger.
Duff is extremely concerned that the US lacks the intelligence resources in Africa to prevent the horrendous “collateral damage” nightmares drones have caused in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.
He goes on to describe Mali as a “domino” in a misguided and poorly thought out destabilization effort aimed at creating a generation of warfare.
How factual beyond a reasonable doubt was that?
The commentators participating in this shameful episode were: Donny Deutsch, Richard Haass, Eugene Robinson, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, and Mika Brzezinski.
Anyone who does not see the pattern of "the king can do no wrong" or "the Pope is infallible" in this demented media analysis is not yet informed (see On The Origin of The Bully Religion - 2).
Their demented analysis is a reprehensible repeat of the Operation Mockingbird shame covered in the post Mocking America, and it is a prime example of "destroy the
The Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution were not even mentioned as relevant considerations in their fantasy show.
So, shame on you Morning Joe commentators mentioned above, because that is how things like this happen while you are selling overpriced coffee pretending to be journalists:
Western multinational corporations’ attempts to cash in on the wealth of Congo’s resources have resulted in what many have called “Africa’s first world war,” claiming the lives of over 3 million people. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been labeled “the richest patch of earth on the planet.” The valuable abundance of minerals and resources in the DRC has made it the target of attacks from U.S.-supported neighboring African countries Uganda and Rwanda.(American Companies Exploit the Congo). How shameful of you to try to make fellow Americans ignorant of heinous evils done by psychopaths within.
The DRC is minerial rich with millions of tons of diamonds, copper, cobalt, zinc, manganese, uranium, niobium, and tantalum also known as coltan. Coltan has become an increasingly valuable resource to American corporations. Coltan is used to make mobile phones, night vision goggles, fiber optics, and capacitators used to maintain the electrical charge in computer chips. In December of 2000 the shortage of coltan was the main reason that the popular sale of the Sony Play Station 2 video game came to an abrupt halt.
The DRC holds 80% of the world’s coltan reserves, more than 60% of the world’s cobalt and is the world’s largest supplier of high-grade copper. With these minerals playing a major part in maintaining US military dominance and economic growth, minerals in the Congo are deemed vital US interests.
Historically, the U.S. government identified sources of materials in Third World countries, and then encouraged U.S. corporations to invest in and facilitate their production. Dating back to the mid-1960s, the U.S. government literally installed the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko, which gave U.S. corporations access to the Congo’s minerals for more than 30 years. However, over the years Mobutu began to limit access by Western corporations, and to control the distribution of resources. In 1998, U.S. military-trained leaders of Rwanda and Uganda invaded the mineral-rich areas of the Congo. The invaders installed illegal colonial-style governments which continue to receive millions of dollars in arms and military training from the United States. Our government and a $5 million Citibank loan maintains the rebel presence in the Congo.