On February 20, 2013, you wrote to John Brennan requesting additional information concerning the Administration’s views about whether “the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”
As members of this administration have previously indicated, the US government has not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of doing so. As a policy matter moreover, we reject the use of military force where well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat. We have a long history of using the criminal justice system to incapacitate individuals located in our country who pose a threat to the United States and its interests abroad. Hundreds of individuals have been arrested and convicted of terrorism-related offenses in our federal courts.
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Since Barack Obama took office, the country has seen the largest rise of people on food stamps ever. An estimated 47 million people now depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to put food on the table. That’s one in five adults, and larger than the population of Spain. Since 2008, food stamp use has spiked over 50 percent and so have instances of fraud and abuse. RT Correspondent Liz Wahl reports.
Obama’s Former Secret Service Agent Slams Gun Control on Fox & Friends
This is a fascinating conversation between Tucker Carlson and the originator of that statement, former Secret Service agent Dan Boingino.
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Sounds like Obama is giving sweetheart deals to people that dontaed to him on a large scale. Smells illegal and certainly should be a red flag to what kind of person Barack Obama is. Video below From CNN via Youtube: Obama Just More Of The Same On Appointing Big Donors As Ambassadors.
Brett LoGiurato Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.
“It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, ‘You’re going to regret doing something that you believe in,'” Woodward said.
“I think they’re confused,” Woodward said of the White House’s pushback on his reporting.
The White House aide who Woodward said threatened him was Gene Sperling, the director of the White House Economic Council, BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith reported.
Earlier today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.
By Lyndsey Layton and Karen Tumulty, Wednesday, February 27, 12:53 PMThe descriptions of the post-sequester landscape that have been coming out of the Obama Administration have been alarming, specific–and, in at least some cases, hyped.“There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips, who are getting notices that they can’t come back this fall,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”15Comments Weigh In Corrections?Personal PostMore from PostPoliticsRepublicans are losing the spending argumentRepublicans are losing the spending argumentChris Cillizza and Aaron Blake 5:00 AM ETTHE FIX | Two-thirds of people disapprove how the GOP is handling federal spending issues.Sequester claims: The FAA’s warnings of airline waitsSequester claims: The FAA’s warnings of airline waitsGlenn Kessler 4:00 AM ETWe examine the administration’s claims of circling planes and closed airport towers if the sequester is implemented. Fact CheckerGOP’s anti-Hagel crusade: Worth it?GOP’s anti-Hagel crusade: Worth it?Aaron Blake FEB 26THE FIX | Republicans didn’t succeed, but that doesn’t mean the whole exercise was a bust.Read moreWhen he was pressed in a White House briefing Wednesday to come up with an example, Duncan named a single county in West Virginia and acknowledged, “whether it’s all sequester-related, I don’t know.”And, as it turns out, it isn’t.Officials in Kanawha County, West Virginia say that the “transfer notices” sent to at least 104 educators had more to do with a separate matter that involves a change in the way West Virginia allocates federal dollars designated for poor children.The transfer notices are required by state law and give teachers a warning that they may be moved to a different position next school year. They don’t necessarily mean a teacher has been laid off, said Pam Padon, director of federal programs and Title 1 for the Kanawha County public schools. “It’s not like we’re cutting people’s jobs at this point.”
In a rare admission, Robert Gibbs, the former White House Press Secretary under Obama, told reporters Sunday that he was ordered to act as if there was no such thing as an active US drone program.
“When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” this past weekend.
Gibbs said that he was told “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.”
Noting that the notion was “inherently crazy”, Gibbs said “You’re being asked a question based on reporting of a program that exists.”
“So you’re the official government spokesperson acting as if the entire program—pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”
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