Selective Amnesia on Assassination

Gandhi assassinatedWhen IS the United States of America going to start being the “good guys”?

The good guys are supposed to be like John Wayne, they go out and get the bad guys, bring ’em to court, give ’em a fair trial and THEN hang ’em. The good guys” (yup even John Wayne) do NOT go out and take it upon themselves to murder the bad guys. The “good guys” are for freedom and independence and truth and justice and other silly things like that.
(First published October, 2009)

The United States has a history of both clandestine and now open assassination programs, it is not only against the law, it is just wrong.

The United States Patriot Act, the invasion of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program, the widespread use of mercenary black op private “contractors” in war zones, domestic Constitution shredders and warrantless electronic eavesdropping and wiretapping (the PRISM program) have all sprung out of the 9/11 attacks, created an afraid and paranoid public, and made a bad domestic and overseas situation much, much worse and has been the alleged “justification” for denying Constitutional rights in the USA and extra-judicial murders abroad, even of US citizens.

Throughout the history that I was brought up on, only bad guys did assassinations; bad guys such as John Wilkes Booth, Leon Czolgosz, Lee Harvey Oswald and others. Assassins were always the bad guys–weren’t they? According to one very old definition assassins were “irreligious social outcasts and low-class rabble,” they are commonly considered as hired killers or cutthroats and are for hire to murder a “target” for political reasons. If Bush had decided that Obama should be eliminated for political reasons, would he have been a good guy in so doing? If not, then how can any President decide, unilaterally, who should die by the assassin’s bullet or drone missle or bomb?

So why is the US government acting like the “bad guys”? The Democrats’ Selective Amnesia on Assassination: Clinton Did It and Obama Does It Too July 15, 2009 by Jeremy Scahill author of, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. Scahill is an independent journalist who reports frequently for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! and The Nation magazine. He has spent extensive time reporting from Iraq and Yugoslavia.

Bill Clinton had a targeted assassination policy, which was aimed at killing Osama bin Laden among others, there was no discussion about bringing “’em back alive for a trial and hangin’…” Scahill tells us that “Members of Congress have expressed outrage over the ‘secret’ CIA assassination program that Dick Cheney allegedly ordered concealed from Congress. But this program…sounds a lot like the assassination policy implemented by President Bill Clinton.” Ah yes, the outrage of Congress can be heard all over the world, especially when blood might be seen dripping from their hands. These wimps have to point the finger somewhere else for the responsibility of such dastardly acts. It is called covering your ass or plausible deniability.

The Bush administration reportedly authorized the CIA to use small paramilitary teams to hunt down and assassinate “al Qaeda” leaders around the world. It is currently reported that this plan was never implemented and was born after 9/11. Both of these assertions are very, very doubtful.

Obama the Bomber has continued the Bush targeted assassination program using weaponized drones and special forces teams hunting “high value targets.” In fact, this program has been part of official U.S. policy — under Democratic and Republican administrations — for decades.

Executive Order 11905, issued in 1976 and signed by Gerald Ford states “No employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination.” The order was updated during the Carter administration dropping the word political and prohibiting assassination. This means none, for no reason whatever. Even Reagan signed an update of the Order and it has been an administrative order ever since.

For nearly 40 years it has been clearly illegal for any United States citizen, including (or especially) the President, to engage in assassination, and yet, every administration since then has tried to cover up their assassins or hide behind what are calmly called “proxies.” or mercenaries; the private contractors who do their dirty work. A former Clinton official said “We have a war on drugs, too, but we don’t kill drug lords.” But he added, “we have proxies who do.” The use of these “proxies” is also against the Order which forbids their use. It says “No agency of the Intelligence Community shall participate in or request any person to undertake activities forbidden by this Order.”

Presidents and their cronies have attempted to get around their own Orders by having middle level officials work toward “termination by force” of undesirable political leaders and suspected criminals, alleged terrorists and other victims of whatever “hit list” is in vogue at the time.

Reagan is known to have attempted to kill Moammar Gaddafi in 1986 which instead killed Gaddafi’s infant daughter. This is called “collateral damage.” Between “plausible deniability” (I did not know) and under the guise of a military operation, assassinations have never stopped. They were just better hidden and never admitted…until Obama the Bomber came to office.

Clinton admitted to authorizing assassination squads to hunt down and kill bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders in an interview on NBC News. He said “The ban that was put in effect under President Ford only applies to heads of state. It doesn’t apply to terrorists.” Clearly a far too broad and legally indefensible interpretation of the ban according to the explicit language of the Order.

The CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center (CTC) was headed by J. Cofer Black. Black claimed that “over 70 percent” of Al Qaeda’s leadership had been arrested, detained, or killed, and “more than 3,400 of their operatives and supporters have also been detained and put out of an action.”

Obama the Bomber kill listObama the Bomber has admitted to targeted assassinations and that his “hit team” has defined “adult males” who were killed as terrorists, how do we know that Mr Black’s assertion of 3,400 people killed were enemies? Were they killed in battle or simply murdered? The United States can no longer wear the white hat of the good guys, the government has lowered itself to the level of that which it hunts and in turn becomes the hunted. This “war on terror” will never end, it will keep the US military powerful and omnipotent in government circles and fill the bank accounts of the arms merchants.

This is all in the name of freedom and democracy. How banal…

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