A match made in… hell
Feb 12, 2013
Former vice president Dick Cheney, he who owns a man size safe in which no one really knows what he keeps, has expressed a strong liking for Obama’s secret drone assassination program.
Appearing on CBS today, Cheney said that the death from above program, and the accompanying kill list is a “good policy”, and constitutes the only part of Obama’s foreign policy that he agrees with.
Of course, Dick Cheney loves the assassination program. He loves assassination programs full stop. As the award-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh revealed in 2009, Cheney had his own SS-style political assassination unit that reported directly to him while he was Vice President.
Hersh revealed how the Joint Special Operations Command was an executive assassination unit that carried out political`assassinations abroad. . “It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently,” he explained at the time. “They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. … Congress has no oversight of it.”
“Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.” Hersh said.
Indeed, the Joint Special Operations Command, has been active for decades, has been deployed domestically in the U.S., has killed U.S. citizens, and is now an integral part of Barack Obama’s expanded wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
As the Global Security website notes, the Joint Special Operations Command in fact comprises mostly of Delta Force soldiers and SEALs. The unit was established in 1980 and is located at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina and at nearby Fort Bragg.
According to Global Security, Bill Clinton’s 1994 Presidential Decision Directive 25 “exempt(s) the Joint Special Operations Command from the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 18USC Sec.1385, PL86-70, Sec. 17[d]. which makes it illegal for military and law enforcement to exercise jointly.”
Cheney’s latest comments remind us how such programs, including the drone program, continued seamlessly from the Bush Administration, and how Obama is employing the exact same approach in the “war on terror”.
Elsewhere in the CBS interview, Cheney criticized Obama by noting “[Obama] seems to think that if he gives terrorists the rights of Americans, lets them lawyer up and reads them their Miranda rights, we won’t be at war.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.