Assassination Inc. Threatens Us All
by Fred Branfman
What American soldiers are doing today in the outside
world in the name of Christ, they will someday soon
be doing right here in the so-called "homeland" - AND
THE GLEN COLES
AND THE JOHN HAGEES
OF THIS WORLD WILL APPLAUD WHAT THEY ARE DOING!
truth that many Americans find hard to take is that that mass U.S. assassination
on a scale unequaled in world history lies at the heart of America's military
strategy in the Muslim world, a policy both illegal and never seriously debated
by Congress or the American people.
assassination operations throughout the 1.3 billon-strong Muslim
world will inevitably increase the murder of civilians and
thus create exponentially more "enemies."
The Muslim World
mass assassination program is being sold to the public as a program
designed to defend Americans.
U.S. has conducted assassination programs in the Third World for decades,
but the actual killing-though directed and financed by the C.I.A.-has been
largely left to local paramilitary and police forces.
This has now changed dramatically. [Please see our articles,
"The Death Squads: Bringing
in the Kingdom of God through Terror, Torture and Death"
and "The Horror of John
Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Stands Represents."]
unprecedented today is the vast number of Americans directly
assassinating Muslims - through greatly expanded U.S. military
Special Operations teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage
networks run by former CIA assassins and torturers. Most significant
is the expanding geographic scope of their killing. For example,
CENTCOM (US Central Command) has received secret and unprecedented
permission to unilaterally engage in Phoenix-type assassination
operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, former Russian
Republics, Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, the Horn of
Africa, and wherever else it deems necessary. [For information
on the Phoenix Program, please see addendum attached to the
article, "About S.R. Shearer."]
CENTCOM area of responsibility
before has a nation unleashed so many assassins in so many foreign nations
around the world (9,000 Special Operations soldiers are based in Iraq and
Afghanistan alone - i.e., Phoenix-type operatives) as well as implemented
a policy that can be best described as unprecedented, remote-control, large-scale
"mechanized assassination." As the N.Y. Times noted in December
"For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence
agency is using robots to carry out a military mission, selecting
people for killing in a country where the United States is
not officially at war."
Predator drones being operated out of a secret base in the Nevada desert that are capable of killing America's adversaries anywhere in the world WITHOUT WARNING.
combination of human and technological murder amounts to a worldwide "Assassination
Inc." that is unique in human affairs.
"This combination of human and technological murder
amounts to a worldwide 'Assassination Inc.' that is
unique in human affairs."
increasing shift to direct U.S. assassination began on Petraeus's watch in
Iraq, where targeted assassination was considered by many within the military
to be more important than the "surge." The killing of Al Qaeda leader
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was considered a major triumph that significantly reduced
the level of violence. As Bob Woodward reported in The War Within:
A Secret White House History 2006-2008:
"Beginning in about May 2006, the U.S. military and
the U.S. intelligence agencies launched a series of top secret
operations that enabled them to locate, target and kill key
individuals in extremist groups.
Locate, target and kill
"A number of authoritative sources say these covert activities
had a far-reaching effect on the violence and were very possibly
the biggest factor in reducing it. Lieutenant General Stanley
McChrystal, the commander of the Joint Special Operations
Command (JSOC) responsible for hunting al Qaeda in Iraq, (conducted)
lightning-quick and sometimes concurrent operations."
finding that many "authoritative sources" believed assassination
more important than the surge was buttressed by Petraeus' appointment
of McChrystal to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
major qualification for the post was clearly his perceived expertise
in assassination while heading JSOC from 2003-'08 (where he also conducted
extensive torture at "Camp Nama" at Baghdad International Airport,
successfully excluding even the Red Cross).
Bagram airbase in Afghanistan where Americans have "renditioned" and tortured countless numbers of prisoners.
key reason for the increased reliance on assassination is that Petraeus' announced
counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan obviously cannot work. It is absurd
to believe that the corrupt warlords and cronies who make up the "Afghan
government" can be transformed into the viable entity upon which his
strategy publicly claims to depend-particularly within the next year which
President Obama has set as a deadline before beginning to withdraw U.S.
troops. Petraeus is instead largely relying on mass assassination
to try and eliminate the Taliban, both within Afghanistan and Pakistan.
third factor behind the shift to mass assassination is that Petraeus and the
U.S. military are also determined to attack jihadi forces in nations where
the U.S. is not at war, and which are not prepared to openly invite in U.S.
forces. As the N.Y. Times reported on May 24, "General Petraeus
(has argued) that troops need to operate beyond Iraq and Afghanistan
to better fight militant groups."
most significant aspect of this new and expanded assassination policy is the
Pentagon's authorizing clandestine U.S. military personnel to conduct
it. The N.Y. Times has also reported:
"In roughly a dozen countries-from the deserts of North Africa,
to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled
by ethnic and religious strife-the United States has significantly
increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the
enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors
to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists (Military)
Special Operations troops under secret 'Execute Orders' have
conducted spying missions that were once the preserve of civilian
extraordinary is the fact that these vastly expanded military assassination
teams are not subject to serious civilian control. As the N.Y. Times
has also reported, Petraeus in September 2009 secretly expanded a worldwide
force of assassins answerable only to the military, without oversight by not
only Congress but the president himself:
"The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered
a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort
to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi
Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according
to defense officials and military documents. The secret directive,
signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes
the sending of American Special Operations troops to both
friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia
and the Horn of Africa. Unlike covert actions undertaken by
the C.I.A., such clandestine activity does not require the
president's approval or regular reports to Congress." [Emphasis
a dozen countries-from the deserts of North Africa,
to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics
crippled by ethnic and religious strife-the United States
has significantly increased its secret assassination
program. Although sold to the American public and Congress
as targeted, selective assassination aimed only at a
handful of "high value" insurgent leaders, the program
has in fact already expanded far beyond that. As personnel
and aircraft devoted to assassination exponentially
increase, so too do the numbers of people they murder,
both "insurgents" and civilians.
sold to the American public and Congress as targeted, selective assassination
aimed only at a handful of "high value" insurgent leaders, the program
has in fact already expanded far beyond that. As personnel and aircraft devoted
to assassination exponentially increase, so too do the numbers of people
they murder, both "insurgents" and civilians.
it is reasonable to assume that expanding the number of Special Operations
commandos to its present worldwide level of 13,000 will result in increasing
assassinations, the secrecy of their operations makes it impossible to know
how many they have murdered, how many of those are civilians, and the
effectiveness of their operations. It is not known, for example, how many
people U.S. military assassins murder directly, and how many they kill indirectly
by identifying them for drone strikes.
information, however, has emerged about the parallel and unprecedented mass
mechanized assassinations being carried out by the C.I.A. drone programs.
It is clear that they have already expanded far beyond the official cover
story of targeting only "high-level insurgent leaders," and are
killing increasing numbers of people.
CIA, of course, is no novice at assassination. Former CIA Director William
Colby's Operation Phoenix program in South Vietnam gave South Vietnamese police
quotas of the number of civilians to be murdered on a weekly and monthly basis,
eventually killing 20-50,000 people. CIA operatives such as Latin American
Station Chief Duane "Dewey" Clarridge also established, trained
and operated local paramilitary and death squads throughout Central and Latin
America that brutally tortured and murdered tens of thousands of civilians,
most notably in El Salvador where CIA-trained and -directed killers murdered
Archbishop Romero and countless other Salvadorans.
the present CIA assassination program in Pakistan and elsewhere is different
not only because it is Americans who are themselves the assassins, but because
of the unprecedented act of conducting mechanized mass assassination
from the air. The CIA, as Nick Turse has reported for TomDispatch.com, is
exponentially increasing its drone assassination program:
"(Drone) Reapers flew 25,391 hours (in 2009). This year,
the air force projects that the combined flight hours of all
its drones will exceed 250,000 hours. More flight time will,
undoubtedly, mean more killing."
were already signs in 2009, when drone strikes were a fraction of what they
are now, that they were striking large numbers of civilians.
then drone strikes have increased exponentially and the scope of the killing
has likewise increased far beyond the claimed "high-level insurgent leaders."
The N.Y. Times reported on Aug. 14:
"[The CIA has] broadened its drone campaign beyond selective
strikes against Qaeda leaders and now regularly obliterates
suspected enemy compounds and logistics convoys, just as the
military would grind down an enemy force."
reported on May 5 that:
"The CIA received approval to target a wider range of targets
in Pakistan's tribal areas, including low-level fighters whose
identities may not be known, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
Former intelligence officials acknowledged that in many, if
not most cases, the CIA had little information about the foot
soldiers killed in the strikes."
this means is clear: the CIA is assassinating an expanding number of "low-level"
people, labeling them as "fighters," but has little if any idea
of who they really are.
moral, legal and ethical objections have been raised to this program of mass
assassination. Philip Alston, the United Nations special representative on
extrajudicial executions, has stated that -
"... this strongly asserted but ill-defined license
to kill without accountability is not an entitlement which
the United States or other states can have without doing grave
damage to the rules designed to protect the right to life
and prevent extrajudicial executions."
notion that a handful of U.S. military and CIA officials have the right to
unilaterally and secretly murder anyone they choose in any nation on earth,
without even outside knowledge let alone oversight,
is deeply troubling to anyone with a conscience, belief in democracy, or respect
for international law. It was precisely such behavior that made the Gestapo
and Soviet secret police symbols of evil.
this program of assassination continues - and so much so that Duane 'Dewey'
Clarridge, one of the masterminds behind the present U.S. policy of assassination,
"We'll intervene whenever we decide it's in our national
security interest. AND IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, LUMP IT. GET
USED TO IT WORLD!"
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