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where are the rest of the comments, there were more than a dozen? is it a public radio job to cull them? seriously, is this lopate messing with the show?
The logical scenario following Mr. Bear's Monday night quarterbacking (of his own wishful acts) regarding assasination of heads of state: no leaders would be easier to pick-off than our own, and why stop there when the really tempting targets would be heads of multinationals who pull their strings. Stupidity knows no bounds and arrogance easily turns to silliness.
I can't believe that out of all the great shows Brian has done, this is the rerun he chooses. His guest must be a horrible journalist, since it seems he never read the Church Committee Report, or the Rockefeller Committee Report, ...
Elimination by assassination of radical elements we're at war with and who seek us harm is absolutely. It is a burden of maintaining a sovereign nation.
The unbelievable lapse in judgement in this case is that apparently it would've been answerable to one person only, and of all people, Cheney. Cheney, one of the biggest cowards to have served in ANY gov't, real or fictional (5 deferments during Viet Nam War + 1st daughter born 9months 2days after Selective Services declared that married men without children would have to serve).
Cheney, who can only argue in terms of legal loopholes and NEVER in terms of ethics; he doesn't know the meaning much less the etymology of the word ETHICS.
THAT is the scary part. The whole program would've been answerable to him only.. And it is something we must challenge and get to the bottom of, just to make it clear that though such programs are amoral they still must be conducted/overseen with a sense of integrity so as not allow misuse as it would have by someone like Cheney had he had the chance.
Pay attention to what happens when you have one whole section of a military thinking one general is more important than their elected officials, their Constitutions, their basic laws. The planet is littered with such examples people. Woo us had Cheney the chance to exercise such total control without answerable to anyone else. And Woo that Bob Baer, who by his previous employ would qualify as smart, would consider risking the integrity of his nation's Institution and bylaws by his seeming unconcern of the CIA's compliance in this.
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