Saturday, March 14, 2009

CIA assassination team reported to Dick Cheney, says Hersh

“After 9/11, I haven’t written about this yet, but the Central Intelligence Agency was very deeply involved in domestic activities against people they thought to be enemies of the state. Without any legal authority for it. They haven’t been called on it yet. That does happen.

"Right now, today, there was a story in the New York Times that if you read it carefully mentioned something known as the Joint Special Operations Command -- JSOC it’s called. It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. 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. 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.

Provocative words from Sy Hersh, as quoted in the Minnesota Post. Read the whole thing here. Listen to it here.

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Blogger Dawn Meredith said...

Oh my god. An assassination ring? Out of the White House? Not Cheney. Actually what was surprising to me about this story is not its truth but that it was reported on MSNBC two nights ago by the lovely Rachel Maddow. In some detail. I look forward to hearing more about this. Just when you think these people couldn't get any just keeps coming doesn't it?

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