The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program – The Intercept

I could pull quote dozens of things in the article that should raise red flags for anyone who values human rights, honor in battle, the rights of the innocent… It is just shameful what we have let ourselves, this nation, become.

“Once the bomb lands or a night raid happens, you know that phone is there,” he says. “But we don’t know who’s behind it, who’s holding it. It’s of course assumed that the phone belongs to a human being who is nefarious and considered an ‘unlawful enemy combatant.’ This is where it gets very shady.”

via The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program – The Intercept

I mean, we are killing people with no hard evidence of who we are killing from a drone 4 miles up and a human on the other side of the globe pulling the trigger. The only thing they have to have is the wrong SIM card in their cell phone.

But, you know, we have a President who takes great pride in his skill…

Obama once reportedly told his aides that it “turns out I’m really good at killing people.” The president added, “Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.”

Shameful. Anyone who does not regret the taking of a human life — even if “necessary” or “deserved” — let alone bragging about it, is a sociopath:

so·ci·o·path [soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-]
noun Psychiatry.
a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience

But, perhaps, I’m being unfair about making such a broad statement about the character of our President. I’m only connecting the dots. I think anyone, especially the leader of this nation, should never speak of the taking of another human life — innocent or not — with anything less than the deepest regret and mindful reflection of the price of such a decision. Even if said in confidence or casualness. That office, power, and position require and demand the weight of responsibility and humility that come with it. I fail to see that character on display here.