Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Betty McCollum Approves of Obama's Extrajudicial Killings at Home & Abroad

For the past few weeks, I have contacted Congresswoman Betty McCollum's Office several times about the ongoing Predator drone bombings of unknown people in Pakistan. I was alarmed at a Sy Hersh piece I read in the New Yorker and several other pieces I have read about unknown populations of people being bombed by Predator drones in Pakistan. The administration does not officially admit that these killings are going on, but they are widely reported on in Pakistan and around the world. Sometimes over 100 people will be killed in a bombing. I have no idea who these people are, and who is deciding that they should be summarily executed in such a fashion.

These unknown people who reside in this country with whom we are not at war, are referred to by some as "terrorists." It is the Obama administration that is carrying out these attacks. Even if you are to assume for the sake of argument that Pakistan is harboring "terrorists" or even the Devil himself, it is dangerous and unwise to be bombing Pakistan in this way. Pakistan is a country with a population in excess of 160 million people. It possesses nuclear weapons, and it possesses missile technology obtained from North Korea. Ongoing bombings with remote control airplanes is destabilizing, and puts the world at risk.

Obama's Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair has recently stated that U.S. Intelligence agencies may also summarily execute Americans, with the approval from Obama. Source: Reuters, February 3, 2010.

My very simple questions for Betty McCollum were and are:

1) Does Congresswoman McCollum support the ongoing bombings of Pakistan with Predator drones?; and

2) Does Congresswoman McCollum support the Obama administration policy of extra-judicial killing of American citizens by U.S. intelligence agencies?

Betty McCollum's staff has emphatically refused to answer either of these questions, and refused to let me speak to the person handling foreign affairs, at first stating that they were not available, and then stating that they are "never available."

Congresswoman McCollum's silence and evasion of these serious questions demonstrate her support for ongoing illegal, murderous and unconstitutional policies. Could she at least speak up for her hard-working constituents to her friend Obama? Should our tax money be used to bomb these people in Pakistan and to murder our own citizens?

Call Rep. Betty McCollum's office today at (202) 225-6631 and ask her what her position is on these issues. Representative McCollum's silence is deafening on this issue. If she is too much of a coward to stand up to her elite controllers, then she doesn't belong in the U.S. House of Representatives for CD 4 in Minnesota.

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