July 10, 2009

Will Obama Disclose This One?

Was The CIA Hiding Cheney's "Executive Assassination Ring"?
So what are the "significant actions" that these seven lawmakers insist were kept from Congress? Another theory being bandied about concerns an "executive assassination ring" that was allegedly set up and answered to former Vice President Dick Cheney. The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, building off earlier reporting from the New York Times, dropped news of the possibility that such a ring existed in a March 2009 discussion sponsored by the University of Minnesota.

"It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently," Hersh said. "They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. They did not report to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the secretary of defense. They reported directly to him. ...

"Congress has no oversight of it," he added. "It's an executive assassination ring essentially, and it's been going on and on and on. Just today in the Times there was a story that its leaders, a three star admiral named [William H.] McRaven, ordered a stop to it because there were so many collateral deaths. 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."

Asked if this was the basis of her letter to Panetta, Eshoo said she could not discuss what was a "highly classified program." She did, however, note that when Panetta told House Intelligence Committee members what it was that had been kept secret, "the whole committee was stunned, even Republicans."


2 comments:

Bukko_in_Australia said...

I wonder if Cheney's death squad was what killed Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone in 2002, when his airplane fell out of the sky just before the election? Wellstone was one of the most leftish senators, and with him gone, it silenced a strong voice against the looming war to seize the Babylon Oil Colony.

But even if was proven that Wellstone was assassinated, there would be counter-stories saying "This is a crazed conspiracy theory!" And the people who want to believe the lies will go on believing. When anything can be "true" than any evil act can be done and denied.

P.S. G -- just got word from Vancouver General Hospital that they'll hire me. That was one of our stops on this holiday, job-hunting. Mrs. Bukko is happy, but I'm thinking "Oh shit. I should leave the easiest job I ever had, in a nice warm country, to immigrate to some picturesque but cold 'n' drippy land of earnest, boring people?" But I will, because if I don't, she'll either top herself or more likely divorce me, and then there goes half the fortune that enables me to lead this glorious lifestyle. (I'm currently sitting at a 'puter terminal on a first-floor veranda on Maui, looking out over the tropical Pacific as I wait for the van that's going to pick me up and take me to the top of the Haleakala volcano, from whence I will ride down to sea level on a bicycle. I could keep living like this, or I could stay in Oz and be working-class average. Whaddayouthink?))

G. said...

Sounds like Vancouver is the go, mate. You can always come back here if the Mrs doesn't like Canada either... From what I hear, it's not a bad place. They have WP too!!!

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