Saturday, February 9, 2013

Poster of the Week

Poster of the Week – February 8, 2012
I have a Dream/I have a Drone
Artist Unknown
Digital image
Circa 2013

CSPG’s Poster of the Week for Black History Month is a powerful visual commentary on the ideals articulated by Martin Luther King, Jr., in contrast with the political agenda pursued by President Barack Obama. This striking image also highlights the content of the confirmation hearings that took place this week, regarding Obama’s nomination of John Brennan to be head of the CIA.

John Brennan is chief counterterrorism advisor to President Barack Obama. Although he had been with the CIA for 25 years, Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the CIA in the first Obama administration over concerns about his support for the use of torture by the CIA under President George W. Bush. Instead, Obama appointed Brennan to be Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.

After Obama nominated Brennan in January 2013 to be the next director of the CIA, the ACLU called for the Senate to not proceed with the appointment until it confirms that "all of his conduct was within the law" at the CIA and White House.

At his confirmation hearing on Thursday, February 8, Brennan forcefully defended Obama’s counterterrorism policies, including the increased use of armed drones and the targeted killings of American citizens.  Jeremy Scahill, author of the forthcoming book, "Dirty Wars," commented on Brennan’s responses on, "None of the central questions that should have been asked of John Brennan were asked in an effective way.  In the cases where people like Sen. Angus King or Sen. Ron Wyden would ask a real question, for instance, about whether or not the CIA has the right to kill U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, the questions were very good. Brennan would then offer up a non-answer. And then there’d be almost no follow-up." Scahill went on to say, "[Brennan] has served for more than four years as the assassination czar, and it basically looked like they were discussing purchasing a used car on Capitol Hill. I mean, it was total kabuki oversight. And that’s a devastating commentary on where things stand."

When will we ever learn?


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