11 Jan 2013 03:33 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Rachel Maddow (Image Source: MSNBC)
Renowned Liberal MSNBC talk show host and political commentator Rachel Maddow spoke out against President Barack Obama’s divisive drone program last night, describing the tactic as “the wholesale embrace of a secretive, psuedo-legal, deniable, Orwellian means of raining death from the sky all over the world, even in places where we’re not technically at war.”
“The fact that we know that these things are happening and that our government considers these things deniable is frankly one of the more Orwellian things about being an American in the 21st century,” Maddow said.
The comments came in the context of the 44th President’s nomination of John Brennan for the position of CIA director.
Brennan is credited as being the chief architect behind the creation of the drone program.
“Why are we now supposed to believe that regardless of how things have gone under his leadership so far, it all might change and get a lot more accountable and a lot more transparent if he gets this big new job?” Maddow asked. “It is kind of hard to believe that he's going to go run an agency so he can go give some of that agency’s authorities away.”
“Does President Obama appointing John Brennan to appoint the CIA mean that he does care about that critique from the left? Or is it the opposite?” she went on. “By promoting the architect of the drone program we’ve got now, is this a punch-the-hippie moment? Is this a sign that he is happy for drone warfare to be his legacy?”
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