Neal Barton's POV

Whose idea was this?


POSTED: Friday, October 7, 2011 - 6:36pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 8:17pm

I read something today that made my eyes bug out.

But, I'll start with this.

Remember all the hub bub back in the Bush administration about how cruel were were being to our enemy combatants?

The military and the entire administration were dragged through a street filled with nails of righteous indignation.

We had to listen to arguments about how cruel water boarding was and what type of animals we were for sending these poor misunderstood beings to Gitmo.

It's too hot and humid there and that might offend them.

The uber-left was put out.

But now this drips out from the website In comments made through the media today, a number of top Obama Administration officials, including White House spokesman Tommy Vietor, confirmed that there is a "secret panel" which exists now that can order American citizens assassinated with no judicial oversight.

The only thing officials would say about the assassination process was that the president's death panel was a "subset" of the National Security Council and that there is no existing legislation governing its operation.

In other words, they do what they want.

Where is the outrage?

I thought maybe the president and the military would have something to say.

Maybe it is them, but where is the transparency?

The notion of a supreme panel of life and death which operates outside of the law is making a number of Americans uneasy, and has raised concerns that the president could move beyond religious leaders to target members of the media critical of his policies.

Where is the outrage?

Am I the only one?

That's my point of view, what's yours??

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It goes back to the standard regarding the exect same act: if Republicans do it, it's criminal-if the Democrats do it, it's heroic.

We have a beautiful airport in Tyler---so why don't we have a restaurant in the building to feed hungry passengers and employees. There is space for one but it hasn't been used in 3 1/2 years. I have been told the rent is free, very low and over $2000. Which is right? Stranded passengers have to eat from a vending machine, yet the City of Tyler wants to bring in business to the airport. Wouldn't it make sense to put in a restaurant or a snack bar in the vacated space? Yes!

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