The IRS scandal of targeting conservative groups is messy, and the Obama Administration is going to look like it was drug through a hog lot before it’s through. Lois Lerner, who was in charge of overseeing tax exempt groups, was put on administrative leave (with pay) after she pled the 5th. Funny thing though, before she pled, she made a statement that said she basically did nothing wrong. Then she answered a question and used her Constitutional right to not self-incriminate. Republican lawmakers say because she testified and made statements, she can’t have it both ways. Some say she waived her 5th Amendment right. This screams for a special prosecutor, and Democrats are not going to stand in the way. They are not going to cover for the White House. It is amazing to me how little the President claims to know about the IRS scandal, Benghazi and Department of Justice investigating journalists doing their jobs. I don’t know which is worse, a clueless President or a President knowing and doing nothing.
The President does know something about the drone program that some say is nothing more than a drone murder program. President Obama says he is going to “narrow” the parameters. That’s cold comfort to the already more than 3,000 people who have been killed by drones in the Middle East. Many were suspected terrorists, but many have been civilians hit by collateral damage. This includes more than 100 children! Could someone please tell me how we can go after al-Qaeda in places like Pakistan and Yemen and then turn around and arm al-Qaeda rebels in Libya and Syria? Could someone please tell me how this murder program is compatible with the due process clauses in the Constitution? Being “careful” or “narrowing” the scope does not take the place of charges, a public trial and being judged by a jury of your peers. This should be the standard, at least, for U.S. citizens. The government has finally admitted the U.S. has killed four Americans with drone strikes.