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A big pile of anonymous sources and a US government cover-up conspiracy story, but still, an extremely credible one. A new major article by Jeremy Scahill just posted on The Nation:  Blackwater, the private security company of civilian-massacres-in-Iraq fame, performing targeted killings for JSOC, the US ‘omega’ security agency, in Pakistan:

The military intelligence source says that the CIA operations are subject to Congressional oversight, unlike the parallel JSOC bombings. “Targeted killings are not the most popular thing in town right now and the CIA knows that,” he says. “Contractors and especially JSOC personnel working under a classified mandate are not [overseen by Congress], so they just don’t care. If there’s one person they’re going after and there’s thirty-four people in the building, thirty-five people are going to die. That’s the mentality.” He added, “They’re not accountable to anybody and they know that. It’s an open secret, but what are you going to do, shut down JSOC?”

Amazing. The thing is, I think I can understand the kind of thinking that leads to this – some missions are just too important to be sullied with politics, and sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. This is how ambitious people rise up the ranks of things like the US military or government. It’s a general approach to life that has brought them success so far. But the ‘not-massacring-civilians’ part of the political discourse is an important one. And not only that, it’s an extremely important part of US strategic security. Hopefully this story whips up the shitstorm it deserves.

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Written by Francis

November 24, 2009 at 12:55 pm

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