Lindsey Graham Praises Obama For Drone Killings While "Protecting" Him From "Libertarians"


Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will be offering a resolution next week to commend Barack Obama's use of drones and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the man who was a guest speaker at the Pentagon one month after 9-11. Graham is an open supporter of the National Defense Authorization Act, the Patriot Act and indefinitely detaining American citizens, denying them their due process rights, guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment in the United States Constitution. But not only does he praise Obama for his drone policy, but he wants to protect him from Constitutional libertarians.

“Every member of Congress needs to get on board,” Graham said. “It’s not fair to the president to let him, leave him out there alone quite frankly. He’s getting hit from libertarians and the left."

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He also told reporters that he was "comfortable with the administration’s rationale on drone strikes. Yes, I'm totally supportive of the administration's rationale on drone strikes."

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“I think the middle of America understands why you would want a drone program to go after a person like Anwar al-Awlaki,” Graham added.

The discussion over the issue came about as a result of the confidential memo that was released, in which the Obama Department of Justice declared, “The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future."

Additionally, it does question certain legitimacy, considering our own Federal government sends aid to al-Qaeda in Libya and Syria and the fact that they have demonstrated their blood lust to kill innocent children with drone strikes, including American citizens.

While Graham continues to talk about a debate that would determine who the nation is at war with, I simply point him to the fact that war must be declared by Congress and as of yet, they have not made a formal declaration of war on the United States, nor can they lawfully declare it on US citizens and target them for assassination.

"My criticism of the administration is we don't have a jail to put somebody in if you capture them to interrogate them," Graham said. "We've had one capture in four years. We're losing valuable intelligence because we won't use Gitmo. So I'd give you [Obama] an F in detention policy but I've give you [Obama] an A in the drone program."

"The idea of stopping a strike against an al Qaeda operative like Anwar Al-awlaki because he happens to be an American citizen runs counter to the law of war and turning this decision over to unelected judges is crazy," he continued.

Graham also said that the drone program was a "logical use of how you deal with an enemy combatant."

"The law of war applies," Graham said. "The attack of 9/11 was an act of war not a common crime. Anwar Al-awlaki chose to side with the enemy. He was deeply involved in al-Qaeda operations."

“The process of being targeted I think is legal, quite frankly laborious and should reside in the commander in chief to determine who an enemy combatant is and what kind of force to use,” Graham said on Wednesday.

“If this ever goes to court I guarantee you it will be a slam dunk support of what the administration is doing. I think one of the highlights of President Obama’s first term and the beginning of his second term is the way he’s been able to use drones against terrorists,” Graham said.

Graham is also noted as declaring on the Senate floor that if the government determines you are a terrorist, though they have to provide you with no evidence, nor do they have to issue you due process under the law, then you are to "Shut up!" because "You don't get a lawyer."

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