An "insurgent" does damage to the Bush-Obama regime whenever the insurgent reduces the ranks of the U.S. Armed Services, either by gunfire, an I.E.D., or some other terrorist act.
If I reduce the ranks of the U.S. Armed Services by persuasion, reason, or eloquence, would the Bush-Obama regime consider this "damage?"
It certainly would damage the chances that the Regime would be able to keep its campaign promises to major oil and gas special interests, that the regime would open up stable pipeline corridors through Asia.
It might even be sufficient to be
placed on a secret "hit list" of people whom the President has personally authorized to be killed
The Washington Post's Dana Priest reports that
After the Sept. 11 attacks, Bush gave the CIA, and later the military, authority to kill U.S. citizens abroad if strong evidence existed that an American was involved in organizing or carrying out terrorist actions against the United States or U.S. interests, military and intelligence officials said. . . .
The Obama administration has adopted the same stance. If a U.S. citizen joins al-Qaeda, "it doesn't really change anything from the standpoint of whether we can target them," a senior administration official said. "They are then part of the enemy."
Both the CIA and the JSOC maintain lists of individuals, called "High Value Targets" and "High Value Individuals," whom they seek to kill....
Glenn Greenwald urges us to
Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose "a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests." They're entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations.
America is an idea. America is a creed. Summed up in three words, that creed is "Liberty Under God." And the secular Bush-Obama Regime is the enemy of this America.
If John Witherspoon, George Washington, Samuel Adams, and Patrick Henry were transported through time to our day, they would be the enemies of the federal government. They would be added to the regime's list of "High Value Individuals," just as they were added to a similar list in Britain in 1776. While I reject their means, I agree with their goal: abolish tyranny.
I hope I can be enough of a threat to tyranny someday to be labeled a "High Value Individual." I seek the approval of Witherspoon and Adams, not that of Bush and Obama.
Feb. 4 Update