A Killer of a "Joke"by Will Grigg
1.Cop Kills Man with Patrol Car While Speeding & Looking at Laptop, Flexes Blue Privilege – No Charges
2.Cop Tells Woman There's "No Excuse" For Parking The Wrong Way, Says It's Against The Law To Film Him
3.NYPD Cops Terrified of New Bills that Will Stop them from Choking and Illegally Searching People
4.Why Not an 'Independence From the State' Day?
5.Chicago Institutes New "Amusement Tax" On Netflix, Streaming Services
6.The Real Untold Story Of Government's Takedown of Silk Road
7.Florida Man Sentenced to 8 Months for Driving Away from Interior Border Patrol Checkpoint Too Quickly
8.TSA Asks America To LOL At Traveler Who Had $75,000 Taken From Him By Federal Agents
9.Report: Son Shot At Home Invasion Suspects With AK47
10.No Charges Against Cops That Killed 17-Yr-Old Kristiana Coignard
A US citizen who jokes about assassinating the president or any other prominent official can expect to receive a visit from the Secret Service or the FBI. Even if the statement was an ill-advised act of whimsy, rather than a credible threat, the citizen who makes it will most likely be prosecuted and face fines and a prison sentence.
Things are rather different when public officials speak irresponsibly about killing citizens. This is true even – or perhaps especially – for officials who have the means to carry out such designs.
During the 2013 Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, Gen. Michael Hayden, the former chief of the CIA and the National Security Agency, joked about putting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on a “kill list.” Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, replied: “I can help you with that.”
The “kill list,” of course, refers to people who are subject to summary execution on presidential orders. No fewer than three US citizens on that list have been killed through drone strikes, and both Hayden and Rogers have been implicated in those extra-judicial killings.
This isn’t merely a bad joke. It’s a public admission of conspiracy to commit murder.