Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Whom Should We Put On Our Kill List?

Whom Should We Put On Our Kill List?

By Luke Hiken and Marti Hiken
June 25, 2012

Now that Obama and his handlers at the Pentagon have informed us that it is legal, appropriate and acceptable to have a “kill list,” we’ve actually warmed up to the subject. After all, if Obama can have a kill list, so should every good American. We sat down and thought about those we would put on a “kill list” if we ever got the chance. We tried to imagine whether we actually could come up with a valid list of who our real enemies should be: capitalists, weapons manufacturers…. There were so many targets to consider.

We started out with the worst of the worst -- those who destroyed the American economy and impoverished the people of the U.S.: Wall Street bankers, Pentagon weapons manufacturers, military contractors and mercenaries. Then we started to think about the individuals who were at the forefront of destroying our government: the Koch Brothers, the Walton family. We pondered the impact that the Bush family, Cheney, Abrams, and the murderers who inhabited the White House for the last many years have had on the country. We considered the monsters who deprived the American people of health care, social security and a livable wage. The list kept growing….

We recognized immediately that we should destroy individuals who had been particularly virulent in their destruction of our nation, but we also wanted to make sure that there were symbolic targets who deserved to die as well: corporate CEOs who had eviscerated successful businesses for their own profit; insurance companies that had undermined the public’s access to health care and necessary services; sexist, homophobic opportunists, who had caused the death and humiliation of thousands of our fellow citizens; whoring politicians, who pandered to the rich at the expense of the people.

Quickly, we came to understand that we needed more unmanned drones to destroy our enemies. But, we also realized that the creators of the unmanned drones should themselves be destroyed. What a conundrum! While Obama has chosen Muslims as his favorite group to kill, we select torturers, such as John Yoo and Jay Bybee. However, rather than add low-level prison guards to our list, we instead narrowed it down and decided to only assassinate those responsible for establishing the policy that legitimized torture. Surely we didn’t want to expand our kill list in an indiscriminate manner.

We found it difficult to identify and limit judges and prosecutors, a particularly difficult group to identify, who were responsible for selling the country to the highest bidders. Slime like Scalia, Alito and Thomas would certainly top anyone’s kill list that cared about truth or justice in the legal system. The difficulty lay in distinguishing between these activist right-wingers and the typical Superior Court judge who spent every day of the week sentencing African Americans and racial minorities to life sentences in prison.

Equally difficult was figuring out which of the Pentagon maniacs should be held accountable for our permanent wars, dependence upon weapons of mass destruction, and for attempting to subjugate the entire world for our insane imperialist agenda. After all, soldiers are supposed to fight and kill, so why should we hold them responsible for doing so in the context of modern warfare?

As we trudged our way through an ever-expanding list of those to kill, we considered the religious hypocrites and fanatics who spend their lives enriching themselves at the expense of the rest of us. We were becoming weary from trying to ensure that the individuals we chose to kill were worthy of being on our list.

After weeks of fine-tuning our choices, we ended up right where we started: this is a road without an end. Once we took it upon ourselves to decide who should live or die, we had lost any right to choose any one individual. We concluded we should spare even Obama, given that he is as clueless about the implications of his kill list as he is merciless.

*************

Marti Hiken is the director of Progressive Avenues. She is the former Associate Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and former chair of the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force.

Luke Hiken is an attorney who has engaged in the practice of criminal, military, immigration, and appellate law.

The Progressive Avenues website, www.progressiveavenues.org, is regularly updated in the “What’s Added, What’s New” link on the Home page, at http://www.progressiveavenues.org/Whats_New_Added.html

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Binoy Kampmark: Foreseeable Risk: Omicron Makes Its Viral Debut
It has been written about more times than any care to remember. Pliny the Elder, that old cheek, told us that Africa always tended to bring forth something new: Semper aliquid novi Africam adferre. The suggestion was directed to hybrid animals, but in the weird pandemic wonderland that is COVID-19, all continents now find themselves bringing forth their types, making their contributions. It just so happens that it’s southern Africa’s turn... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Totalitarian Cyber-Creep: Mark Zuckerberg In The Metaverse

Never leave matters of maturity to the Peter Panners of Silicon Valley. At their most benign, they are easily dismissed as potty and keyboard mad. At their worst, their fantasies assume the noxious, demonic forms that reduce all users of their technology to units of information and flashes of data... More>>

Keith Rankin: 'Influenza' Pandemics In New Zealand's Past
On Tuesday (16 Nov) I was concerned to hear this story on RNZ's Checkpoint (National distances itself from ex-MP after video with discredited academic). My concern here is not particularly with the "discredited academic", although no academic should suffer this kind of casual public slur. (Should we go further and call Simon Thornley, the academic slurred, a 'trailing epidemiologist'? In contrast to the epithet 'leading epidemiologist', as applied to Rod Jackson in this story from Newshub.) Academics should parley through argument, not insult... More>>



Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal

Words can provide sharp traps, fettering language and caging definitions. They can also speak to freedom of action and permissiveness. At COP26, that permissiveness was all the more present in the haggling ahead of what would become the Glasgow Climate Pact... More>>

Globetrotter: Why Julian Assange’s Inhumane Prosecution Imperils Justice For Us All

When I first saw Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison, in 2019, shortly after he had been dragged from his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, he said, “I think I am losing my mind.”
He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms was emphasized by a yellow identifying cloth tied around his left arm... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>