A Drone Was Used to Blow up a US Citizen Without a Trial. Let That Sink In by Daniel McAdams

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by Daniel McAdams
Ron Paul Institute
July 9, 2016

The Dallas shootings have ushered in a very new world for US citizens. For the very first time, drones have been used on US soil to kill Americans without trial or charges. The suspected shooter in yesterday’s tragic killings, US Army veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, was, according to police and press reports, holed up in a parking garage and would not give himself up. After hours of what police claimed were fruitless negotiations with Johnson, a weaponized robot was sent to where he was hiding and blown up, taking Johnson with it.

Get past the horror of what Johnson was accused of doing and think about that precedent for a moment. Is it not chilling?

RPI regular contributor Peter Van Buren, a retired State Department official who did a tour in Iraq, put a very fine point on the “robot” bomb:

Indeed, even without wings, this was a drone sent in to kill an American suspected of a crime.

Police claim that continuing the negotiations was pointless and attempting to capture him would have put officers at risk. He was supposedly shooting. While no sane person wants police officers to be killed, risk is something we are told they willingly accept when they sign up for police duty. There are plenty of low-risk jobs out there.

The media and opinion-leaders are presenting us with a false choice: if we question the use of drones to kill Americans — even if we suspect they have done very bad things — we somehow do not care about the lives of police officers. That is not the case. It is perfectly possible to not want police officers to be killed in the line of duty but to wholeheartedly reject the idea of authorities using drones to remotely kill Americans before they are found guilty.

African-American Dallas protester Mark Hughes was wrongly identified by Dallas Police as a suspect in the shootings. Police tweeted photos of Hughes marching with protesters openly carrying a rifle, as is permitted in Texas. Police claimed was involved in the shooting. He was a suspect just like Johnson was a suspect. During questioning they told Hughes that they had video of him shooting people, which was a lie. What if police had sent in a drone to take out Mark Hughes? What will happen in the future to a future Mark Hughes, falsely accused by police of being involved in a shooting? Will we come to accept murder without trial?

This article (A Drone Was Used to Blow up a US Citizen Without Trial Yesterday. Let That Sink In) by Daniel McAdams originally appeared on RonPaulInstitute.org and was used with permission. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific.

see also:

Decision to Blow up US Citizen With Robot Was Improvised in Less Than 20 Minutes by Claire Bernish

From Martin Luther King + 50 to Dallas, Minneapolis, Baton Rouge by Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Afghan war veteran guns down five Dallas police By Patrick Martin

Legal Experts Raise Alarm over Shocking Use of ‘Killer Robot’ in Dallas by Nadia Prupis

from the archives:

If Afghan Lives Mattered, Dallas Lives Would Matter by David Swanson

Thought Crime: The Road To A Police State by Vashti Kenway

Abby Martin: An Unparalleled Act of Police Terror

Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, Militarism and Capitalism (must-see)

Chris Hedges Calls Out Corporate America for Their Complicity in Neoslavery + Quentin Tarantino, Cornel West, Victims’ Families Decry Police Violence

20 thoughts on “A Drone Was Used to Blow up a US Citizen Without a Trial. Let That Sink In by Daniel McAdams

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  6. The numerically tiny US capitalist class, which lives in mortal terror of the power of the working class to rise up and depose them, has now re-legalized torture, asserted the “right” of the US President to assassinate U.S. citizens whose friends they do not like and now are using bombs to murder criminal suspects. They have completely overthrown the principles upon which their own government was founded upon and have at last openly declared war on the workers of the United States (they long ago declared war on the workers outside the USA).. Only workers socialist revolution can remedy this situation; the US capitalist class and their rotten system must be overthrown and replaced by an egalitarian workers republic if we want a decent future for our children and grandchildren. Capitalism must die so that the working class may live!
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    • Thanks, iwpchi.

      I deleted your other comment as there is no name calling in the comment section. Keep to the issue/topic even if disagreeing with other commenters.

  7. Personally, I am all for “swift justice…” even the use of drones. The only part that bothers me, actually, is the complete LACK OF A TRIAL. If something could be done about courts having their time WASTED all the time, this guy could have gotten a lawyer, had the case tried then and there, and IF FOUND GUILTY, offered the chance to surrender and serve his sentence (again, if found guilty) or be at risk of the drone. THAT type of law enforcement could result in swift trials, less taxpayer support of prisoners, AND how much less likely is somebody to commit such a crime if they chance death by drone strike?

  8. My husband was a police officer in a past life and he was required (like all of his fellow officers) to wear a bulletproof vest; with that in mind, how truly “in fear for their lives” can they actually be? Further, where was the swat team in this situation — I cannot seriously see how they couldn’t have managed to capture him instead of ‘droning’ him.

  9. Yes, the use of the robot bomb is indeed disturbing. But I find I disagree with your statement: “There are plenty of low-risk jobs out there.” There are not a lot of good paying, low risk jobs in America, that is one reason why you find young men of lower economic status signing up for the military and the police force, where they are “guaranteed” job security and community and a sense of purpose. Whether this is true or not is beside my point, the young men believe it.

    • Thanks, Ryna. Good point about the lack of jobs. I also believe that there is an economic draft going on. The current military is made up from mostly men and women from rural towns. After they come home, many do go into local police departments. I think that needs to change. We don’t need military people in our local police forces.

  10. We have to face it, we’re in a world shaped by the technologies of the dominant concentration of culture/power.

    Two problems with that: the first is the political schizophrenia that corporate America exports everywhere, under threat of participatory exclusion. The second is the gratuitous violence of its race-based ideological lip-service.

    How do we resolve these escalating tendencies? One serious answer, is the tactic of the smart hackers ~ to appropriate the means of control, & reverse the psychological advantage of hybridized resources remaining in the hands of privileged vested interests.

    Of course those brave ‘rebels with a cause’ have been meted out severe and unjust retribution, under specious ‘American law.’ The US is not the land of the free, but the haven of the lawless.


    So the only viable long-term strategic obligation, as responsible planetary beings, must be our determination to uphold the universal deployment of the Rule of Law; striving to ensure the independence and integrity of all supreme courts and global tribunals internationally, regardless of their patron states, their gendered ethnicity or biospherically situated domicility.

    US power has squandered and exhausted its current privileged advantage; it no longer enjoys the circumstantial option of dictating its preferred terms of social and ecological engagement for everyone else; it does not own us, nor does it have any right to prescribe the formulae of governance for our world.

    The anarchic centralized banking-hegemonic power-brokers, may no longer presume to engineer or influence, the minds of those who see fit to exercise their right to express their own sovereign will. We all have that right as human beings ~ to enjoy our moral capacity for judicious educational initiative, intelligent reflection and coherent purposeful action.

    No power on Earth may claim authority to restrict or corrupt that innate duty of care; the profound need, to prosper our planet’s welfare, and affirm the shared hereditary sense of instinctive moral freedom.

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