Thursday, March 12, 2009

Executive Action

From Raw Story:

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an “executive assassination ring” throughout the Bush years which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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“It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on,” Hersh stated. “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 told MinnPost.com blogger Eric Black in an email exchange after the event that the subject was “not something I wanted to dwell about in public.” He is looking into it for a book, but he believes it may be a year or two before he has enough evidence “for even the most skeptical.”

Is it true? Mr. Hersh’s previous work has been impeccable, from Vietnam to Abu Ghraib. Is it shocking? Yes. Is it surprising? No.

Oh, I am sure that there will be those who will defend this type of thing because when we are fighting terrorism all bets are off and that only lily-livered bleeding hearts would worry about things like the rule of law or other such silliness. Yeah, okay, whatever; they can just keep watching Delta Force over and over on the Betamax. It’s as close as these dittoheads and defenders of black ops ever got to the real thing.

I don’t know about them, but I have this lofty idea that we’re supposed to be better than that, and if we’re fighting for our freedom and our way of life, it seems kind of pointless to do it with tactics that are just as nameless and faceless and brutal as the enemy we’re fighting.