Monday, February 4, 2013

Yep, That's Called a "Death Squad"

Trey Smith

The film Secret Wars, which premiered at Sundance, can be viewed, as Amy Goodman sees it, as an important narrative of excesses in the global "war on terror". It is also a record of something scary for those of us at home – and uncovers the biggest story, I would say, in our nation's contemporary history.

Though they wisely refrain from drawing inferences, Scahill and Rowley have uncovered the facts of a new unaccountable power in America and the world that has the potential to shape domestic and international events in an unprecedented way. The film tracks the Joint Special Operations Command (JSoc), a network of highly-trained, completely unaccountable US assassins, armed with ever-expanding "kill lists". It was JSoc that ran the operation behind the Navy Seal team six that killed bin Laden.

Scahill and Rowley track this new model of US warfare that strikes at civilians and insurgents alike – in 70 countries. They interview former JSoc assassins, who are shell-shocked at how the "kill lists" they are given keep expanding, even as they eliminate more and more people.

Our conventional forces are subject to international laws of war: they are accountable for crimes in courts martial; and they run according to a clear chain of command. As much as the US military may fall short of these standards at times, it is a model of lawfulness compared with JSoc, which has far greater scope to undertake the commission of extra-legal operations – and unimaginable crimes.

JSoc morphs the secretive, unaccountable mercenary model of private military contracting, which Scahill identified in Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, into a hybrid with the firepower and intelligence backup of our full state resources.
~ from JSoc: Obama's Secret Assassins by Naomi Wolf ~
Strip away any mention of President Obama and the US Government and then replace it with your favorite communist or authoritarian dictatorship and most Americans would immediately identify JSoc as a Death Squad. If I shared the above information and identified the nation as one from South America in the 70s and 80s, "Death Squad" would roll off of people's lips.

For all the screaming from the Right about Obama being this socialist flaming liberal, the truth of the matter is that he is about as LEFT as the Tea Party! I don't care if he mouths populist platitudes about gay rights or job creation. You simply can't be seen as a beacon for progressive politics if you run a secret Death Squad from the White House!!!

What makes this whole situation even more damning is that Obama is a constitutional scholar. The man used to teach constitutional law. And yet, here he is undermining the constitution in about the most vulgar way possible. I continue to be absolutely bewildered how so-called progressives can support this guy. If his name was Bush or Romney, progressives would be literally bouncing off the walls.

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