Obama’s Death Panel
t’s not what you think …
by Justin Raimondo
October 07, 2011
When the Tea Partiers protested President Obama’s healthcare plan, they claimed that, in order to shave medical costs, the healthcare bureaucracy would be setting up “death panels,” which would decide who gets medical treatment and who didn’t. Presumably this would be adjudicated on the basis of a cost-benefit analysis: the cost of care weighed against one’s benefit to society. The Obama cult exploded in incredulous disdain: “Nonsense!” they screeched. This is just another crazy idea coming out of the mouths of “extremists” afflicted with ODS – Obama Derangement Syndrome. So move along, there’s nothing to see here….
Well, as it turns out, the Obama administration has indeed set up a Death Panel, albeit not in the realm of healthcare. Reuters reports:
“American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
“There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is a subset of the White House’s National Security Council, several current and former officials said. Neither is there any law establishing its existence or setting out the rules by which it is supposed to operate.
“The panel was behind the decision to add Awlaki, a U.S.-born militant preacher with alleged al Qaeda connections, to the target list. He was killed by a CIA drone strike in Yemen late last month.”
Who are the members of this panel? How do they reach their decisions? What legal advice are they given? The answers to these and other questions about this macabre bureaucratization of death must remain a mystery, because it’s all a secret: you and I are paying for it, in more ways than one, and it’s being done in our name – but we have no right to know the details.