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An unsent letter to the President's chief counterterrorism advisor

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Medea Benjamin, a truly patriotic American and co-founder of the anti-war group, Code Pink, recently wrote an article in OpEdNews.com (May 1, 2012) explaining why she had interrupted the speech entitled "The Ethics and Efficacy of the President's Counterterrorism Strategy" being given by John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser at the Woodrow Wilson International Center on April 30.


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Her action protesting the administration's use of drone strikes was very courageous. I also really appreciate her having written the article. Had she not done so the speech probably would have escaped my attention. After reading her article I found and read the transcript of Mr. Brennan's speech, which instantly reminded me of Hannah Arendt's phrase, "the banality of evil" that she coined to characterize the thoughtless mind of Adolph Eichmann, whose trial she was reporting on for The New Yorker.


My next reaction was to write what now follows as my unsent letter to the chief counter terrorism advisor. A sent letter would be round filed by his staff before he ever saw it.

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The unsent letter


Dear Chief Counterterrorism advisor to the President,


I recently read an account by the woman who interrupted the speech you gave on April 30 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. I then read a transcript of your speech. I was appalled by the ouster of the lady and by your speech. I now put to you a series of questions about the entire matter.

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On the ouster of the protestor


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