September 5, 2010
The father of the new Osama bin Laden, Nasser al-Awlaki, has initiated a lawsuit to prevent “extrajudicial killings” of his son and other officially designated enemies. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights were retained by the elder al-Awlaki.
In April, Obama targeted U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who is described as the clerical leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The cleric stands accused of contacting the suspect in the November shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas, and the alleged underwear bomber. Anwar al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
In January, Clinton’s State Department officially designated al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as an enemy of the state. Obama later marked the cleric for death. “The designation was a recognition that al-Awlaki has risen in the ranks of anti-Western Islamic extremism and become a mortal enemy, a danger to America’s national security on a par with 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden,” USA Today explained.
As Webster Tarpley has noted, al-Awlaki represents “one of the premier terror impresarios of the age operating under Islamic fundamentalist cover.” More than a mere ideologue, al-Awlaki plays a vital role in the manufactured war against Muslim patsies and mental deficients the U.S. government has insisted for nearly a decade hate us for our freedom. “In particular, Awlaki and his work were used to motivate and encourage groups of mentally impaired and suggestible young dupes who were entrapped into ‘terrorist plots’ by busy FBI and Canadian RCMP agents during recent years, thus keeping the boogey man of Islamic terrorism in the public eye,” writes Tarpley.
Awlaki and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have provided the U.S. government with a custom-made excuse to expand the bogus war against terror into Yemen and ultimately Africa.
“No U.S. citizen has ever been on the CIA’s target list, which mainly names Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden, according to current and former U.S. officials. But that is expected to change as CIA analysts compile a case against a Muslim cleric who was born in New Mexico but now resides in Yemen,” the Los Angeles Times reported in February.
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It should come as no surprise the CIA has expanded its murder campaign to include Americans. The CIA has facilitated the mass murder of untold numbers of people since its inception as an integral part of the National Security State.
In the mid-60s, the agency “played a significant role in one of the worst massacres of the century by supplying the names of thousands of Communist Party leaders to the Indonesian army, which hunted down the leftists and killed them, former U.S. diplomats say,” Kathy Kadane wrote for the States News Service in 1990.
The CIA role “really was a big help to the [Indonesian] army. They probably killed a lot of people, and I probably have a lot of blood on my hands, but that’s not all bad. There’s a time when you have to strike hard at a decisive moment,” said Robert Martens, a former member of the U.S. Embassy’s political section in Jakarta, in 1990. Estimates of the total number of Indonesians murdered over a period of several years following an aborted coup range from 500,000 to one million.
Following the CIA-engineered ouster of democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz Guzman in 1954, tens of thousands of “politically suspect” Guatemalans were murdered with the eager assistance of the agency. “Not only did U.S. officials apparently give a death list to the Guatemalan military but even forced out of power Guatemalan officers who balked at the murder assignments,” writes Robert Parry.
In 1973, with the active participation of Henry Kissinger, the CIA overthrew the democratically elected government of Chile. Thousands of Chileans were tortured and killed, many fingered as “radicals” by lists provided by the CIA, notes Mark Zepezauer. Author Róbinson Rojas documented in The Murder of Allende how the CIA was actively involved in compiling lists of political leaders, journalists, union and community organizers to be arrested, tortured and murdered.
Former high-ranking CIA official John Stockton estimated in the 1980s that over 6 million people around the world were killed in CIA covert operations, a crime that approaches the atrocities perpetuated by Nazi Germany.
“The United States cannot simply execute people, including its own citizens, anywhere in the world based on its own say-so,” said CCR Executive Director Vince Warren.
It has and it will and with the right mix or false flag terrorism and 24-7 corporate media propaganda the American people will enthusiastically support it.
“Public understanding of what it means to murder people because they inspire others, is thoroughly buffered by context: since 1990 in Iraq millions of Iraqi Muslim civilians have been killed, mothers, fathers, children, who showed no ill will against America,” writes J. B. Gerald. “The covert claim to absolute power over citizens of other countries, is now familiar enough for the CIA to allow surfacing of its hit list, not a new policy but the overt continuation of an old policy. It is publicly claiming the right of the American government to murder anyone.”
Including its own citizens.