Monday, January 21, 2013

New Targeted Killing 'Playbook' Exempts Drone Strikes

Joe Wright
Activist Post

With drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and soon Mali, that Obama has stated are "precision strikes against al Qaeda and their affiliates," such precision does not apparently fit the definition of targeted killings, at least in Pakistan. It's also less than comforting that those responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians - at least 10 for every 1 'militant'  in Pakistan alone - refer to their manual of guidelines in sports and theater terminology.

But what else should we expect from a regime that has redefined the term 'militant' to include "all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants," thus lowering the potential registered number of civilian deaths. (Source)

The architect of the playbook is newly nominated CIA director John Brennan who is being painted as a voice of moderation and restraint, even as he has presided over an increase in drone strikes during his tenure as chief counterterrorism advisor. We should remember, however, that Brennan also called drone strikes, "ethical, and just" while claiming that there hadn't been a single collateral death in Pakistan from drone strikes.

This playbook is yet another piece of Orwellian obfuscation that seeks to reassure the public that the greatest care is being taken when they decide in weekly White House meetings who should be part of the Disposition Matrix, being murdered outside the court of law . . .  including U.S. citizens.



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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've said it many times, Americans won't care until it is THEIR wedding being bombed. And it's coming...

Anonymous said...

This piece demonstrates the fact that Americans ignore, preferring to pull up the covers and pretend that the bogeyman isn't in the room.
America is under Martial Law. And has been since the 1870's. If you look at the US flag hanging in every courthouse, it has a gold fringe. This is the flag of the C in C of the Armed Forces.
But does a nation of the obese have the balls to once again fight off tyranny?
Josephus informs us that there was a time in antiquity when Pharaoh invaded Israel. He encountered no opposition, so he did whatever he wanted to do. When he left, he erected stelae all over the land which were surmounted with pictures of women's genitals.

Anonymous said...

Yes to the two comments above.
Right now Americans are busy shopping. Like when dirty little W Bush told them to go shopping right after 911.........and they did!

Now they are gun shopping. Like fat chicks buying shoes, the men of America are out buying guns, so they can save the Constitution, whatever that means.

Torture, domestic spying on everyone, targeted assassination, TSA thugs getting the people to bow down and submit, police forces abusing people all across the nation........no problem for the gun nuts, as long as they are still permitted by the state to buy guns they are happy, and they are shopping. It's all they have left.

Anonymous said...

Anybody who applauds, stands up for, feeds or tells Obama he does not need to be checked to see if he was lobotomized as part of Project Monarch, is a traitor of the U.S..

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