Sunday, January 05, 2014

Truest statement of the week

To Pine, Republicans and Democrats are interchangeable. He's quick to point out the erosion of privacy and the strengthening of the Patriot Act under President Obama.
"The head of our government can assassinate anyone, including an American citizen," he says. "We are striking countries with drones -- sovereign countries. What if Mexico decided to bomb San Diego because there was a drug cartel there?"
During a two-hour stretch with this reporter, Pine checked his iPhone exactly once -- to confirm the name of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen who was killed in Yemen by a CIA-led drone strike.
"Was he an awful guy? Yeah. Was he plotting terrorism? Possibly. But we crossed the line by just outright assassinating him," he says.

-- Chris Pine, in Tatiana Siegel's "Chris Pine Reveals His Politics Amid High-Risk 'Jack Ryan' Play" (Hollywood Reporter).

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