Obama’s nonsensical terrorist ‘Kill List’ defense, explained by humorist Matt Filipowicz

Call this a “music” post … of sorts. This explanation from the commentator and comedian Matt Filipowicz of the inane Obama kill-list defense is spot-on in every particular. It’s also entertaining.


■ Barack Obama claims the right to kill American citizens at will; he claims it by decision of the Executive Branch.

■ He also makes this claim in secret. He refuses to release the legal memos he claims justifies his claim.

■ Barack Obama has already used this power. There are at least three American citizens he has killed without a trial.

■ All of the definitions under which you can be killed are also secret.

■ We’re clearly through the looking glass on the word “imminent” — in the best right-wing tradition, “imminent” now means its opposite, “not imminent”. You know, like “strengthen Social Security” means kill it.

■ The phrase “going full-0n Nixon” comes up. So does the phrase “snuggle-puppy rainbow.” Go figure.


The “bending over backward” left gets some attention. There’s also a nice riff on “informed high-level official” — the one who can kill you (3:16 in the clip). For what it’s worth, what Obama calls “informed high level officials” I’ve been calling “Exec Branch rabbits pulling the trigger on your kids during a lunch meeting.” Sounds the same to me.

I’ll have more tomorrow. But do enjoy this today. There’s a ton of info in this “righteous comic rant.”

(By the way, the Matt Filipowicz Show is worth your attention and support. Progressive media doesn’t support itself you know. We don’t have billionaires; it takes the rest of us.)


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10 Responses to “Obama’s nonsensical terrorist ‘Kill List’ defense, explained by humorist Matt Filipowicz”

  1. karmanot says:

    It’s over Jafa, but it will take time and suffering for folks to realize it. Morris Berman has a great article on Obama’s Nation over at Counterpunch. It’s worth the read.

  2. Badgerite says:

    There was an episode of Frontline on PBS a while back. It was a film made by an Iraqi journalist who Al Qaeda allowed in to a village they controlled in Yemen. This was the village in Yemen where Al Awlaki was known to reside. Also known to reside there was a close associate of his who was wanted in the bombing of the USS Cole (also later killed by a drone stike).. What the film showed was a village clearly terrified by these people. So was the journalist. He showed the spot outside where Al Awlaki and his associates would have lunch and down the road a small distance was the spot where they literally hung a villager they thought was spying for the government up on a cross for three days til he died. While they had lunch nearby. And they kept video of it. When this issue first came up I sought out interview material of Al Awlaki on Al Jazeera. He identified himself as Al Qaeda in the interview and made arguments to try to overcome any religious proscriptions against the killing of civilians that might exist in the Koran. His argument was essentially one of necessity. That is, Al Qaeda was involved in a ‘holy war’ and that they would not be powerful enough to strike at the western military so the TARGETING of civilians would be allowed as the only viable option for fighting. The young man who tried to bring down an airliner with a bomb is reported to have told interrogators that Al Awlaki gave him instructions as to where to set off the bomb ( over an American city so that casualties would be higher when it crashed) and blessed his mission. You will perhaps notice that the ‘American citizen’ you keep referring to indeed advocated for others, of course, just exactly what you are complaining of. Our ideals and rhetoric may be high minded, but out laws must be designed to operate in the real world. That said, since this technology is not going away, I think it is appropriate that Congress and the Courts have more involvement in setting up the procedures where by these killings occur. And really, there has to be a point at which the Authorization of Force Act expires. It cannot be the law forever.

  3. goulo says:

    The sad irony is that current policies are not making US citizens safer anyway. Even if one ignores the repugnant ethics, it’s simply not practical or the US’s self-interest. Instead it just makes new enemies faster than they can be killed…

  4. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    It seems that most citizens of the USA are quite willing to trade their freedoms for safety concerns. One result of that is we sometimes get groped at the airport, but some people feel safer because of it.

  5. Jafafa Hots says:

    Chris Matthews today cited polls saying not only do most Americans favor allowing the President to order secret killings, most self-identified liberals and progressives do also – by an overwhelming majority, in the high 70s

    Seems we don’t even CARE if the President commits crimes, as long as those crimes are either against the other political side, or against the “other side.” (Anyone brown or with a funny last name)

    I am disgusted at this country. Electing Bush twice was no fluke. This is who we are as a nation – petty, bloodthirsty, frightened and partisan.

  6. Jafafa Hots says:

    How can it be a paranoid conspiracy theory when THEY’RE ADMITTING IT?

  7. Sweetie says:

    “So where in the world was newly minted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren while other Bay State pols were attending the 43rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Boston?

    According to Warren, who addressed the convention center crowd via prerecorded video, the Harvard prof planned to be ‘somewhere near’ Barack Obama as he was ceremoniously sworn in to his second term as president. As Obama takes his oath, Warren told the audience, ‘I’ll be taking my own silent oath to help him.'”

  8. Bill_Perdue says:

    This is an example of an Ermächtigungsgesetz.

    1776 again. please.

    We need another Declaration of Independence.

  9. karmanot says:

    Situationist light throwing on noir existential paradoxes.

  10. Indigo says:

    File under Paranoid Conspiracy Theories.

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