OMNI ASSASSINATIONS NEWSLETTER #4, June 20, 2013. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace By Challenging Official Myths and Lies. (#1 Oct. 8, 2011; #2 August 10, 2012; #3 May 3, 2013).
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“…Since the end of World War II the
The multifarious methods of oppression employed by
an imperial state would fill an encyclopedia.
One general method is the control of language, and one sub-division is
rhetorical devices. A specific figure
is euphemism, a
powerful way of hiding folly and depravity.
For example, our government has rebranded
Posted: 03 Jun 2013 12:14 PM PDT
If assassinating suspects makes sense overseas, why not at home?
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 4th June 2013
Did the FBI execute Ibragim Todashev? He appears to have been shot seven times while being interviewed at his home in
An irregular one. There was no lawyer present. It was not recorded(2). By the time Todashev was shot, he had apparently been interrogated by three agents for five hours(3). And then? Who knows? First, we were told, he lunged at them with a knife(4). How he acquired it, five hours into a police interview, was not explained. How he posed such a threat while recovering from a knee operation also remains perplexing.
At first he drew the knife while being interviewed. Then he acquired it during a break from the interview(5). Then it ceased to be a knife and became a sword, then a pipe, then a metal pole, then a broomstick, then a table, then a chair(6,7,8). In one account all the agents were in the room at the time of the attack, in another, all but one had mysteriously departed, leaving the remaining officer to face his assailant alone.
If – and it remains a big if – this was an extrajudicial execution, it was one of hundreds commissioned by US agencies since Barack Obama first took office. The difference in this case is that it took place on American soil. Elsewhere, suspects are bumped off without even the right to the lawyerless interview Ibragim Todashev was given.
In his speech two days after Todashev was killed, President Obama maintained that “our commitment to Constitutional principles has weathered every war”(9). But he failed to explain which Constitutional principles permit him to authorise the killing of people in nations with which the
Er, yes. In the same speech Obama admitted for the first time that four
Given that they might not even have known that they were accused of the alleged crimes for which they were executed, that they had no opportunities to contest the charges, let alone be granted judge or jury, this suggests that the former law professor’s interpretation of constitutional rights is somewhat elastic. If Obama and his nameless advisers say someone is a terrorist, he stands convicted and can be put to death.
Left hanging in his speech is the implication that non-US citizens may be executed without even the pretence of due process. The many hundreds killed by drone strikes (who, civilian or combatant, retrospectively become terrorists by virtue of having been killed in a
As the process of decision-making remains secret, as the US government refuses even to acknowledge – let alone to document or investigate – the killing by its drones of people who patently had nothing to do with terrorism or any other known crime, miscarriages of justice are not just a risk emerging from the deployment of the president’s kill-list. They are an inevitable outcome. Under the Obama doctrine, innocent until proved guilty has mutated to innocent until proved dead.
The president made his rejection of habeas corpus and his assumption of a godlike capacity for judgement explicit later in the speech, while discussing another matter. How, he wondered, should the
Global powers have an antisocial habit of bringing their work back home. The British government, for example, imported some of the methods it used against its colonial subjects to suppress domestic protests and strikes. Once an administrative class becomes accustomed to treating foreigners as if they have no rights, and once the domestic population broadly accepts their justifications, it is almost inevitable that the habit migrates from one arena into another. If hundreds of people living abroad can be executed by US agents on no more than suspicion, should we be surprised if residents of the
George Monbiot’s book Feral: searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding is published by
1. A picture of the head wound has been reproduced here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/30/father-chechen-man-killed-fbi-inquiry
12. International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School and Global Justice Clinic at NYU School Of Law, September 2012. Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in
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Filmmaker Jeremy Scahill focuses on ‘Dirty Wars’
An interview with filmmaker Jeremy Scahill, whose documentary “Dirty Wars” opens in
The first time Jeremy Scahill smelled tear gas, it was during the Battle of Seattle in late 1999.
“That was also my first time in
“That was also the first time I started working with the director of our film, Rick Rowley, and his wife, Jackie Soohen,” said Scahill. Rowley and Soohen were part of a video collective that produced a 2000 documentary, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like,” about the World Trade Organization protests.
Eventually all three worked in
“We ended up becoming friends and working together, on and off, until the current moment,” Scahill said. He’s also hiked Mount Rainier and appeared at Town Hall with “Dirty Wars” and his earlier book, “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.”
Now 38, the Brooklyn-based Scahill writes a column for The Nation magazine that mostly deals with his investigative work.
“Dirty Wars” grew out of the filmmakers’ interest in Yemen, Somalia and especially one Afghan family that was devastated by night raids (including drones) and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) — whose goal was to “find, fix and finish” their targets.
That’s JSOC jargon [euphemisms for murder—Dick], reminiscent of
“I spend a lot of time raising funds to do this reporting,” said Scahill. “Budgets have dried up for foreign reporting. There are very few media outlets that will send people to do this kind of work. It is very expensive. Just to get insurance for some of the shoots ... no insurance company in the
When they started shooting “Dirty Wars,” Scahill and Rowley weren’t sure where the project was going. Rowley had spent a lot of time embedded in
“Night raids were a kind of war within the war,” said Scahill. “After they draw down the troops in
The film’s shoestring budget officially began with Scahill buying plane tickets, using a small grant he had been given for reporting. He and Rowley filmed several stories about night raids before they realized they were working on a larger story about the killings of pregnant Afghan women.
“Once we stumbled into that story, I sort of became obsessed with JSOC and what they do,” he said. “ It was around that time, early 2010 I think, when I started to figure things out.
“ In retrospect now, because of the Bin Laden raid and everything, everyone knows JSOC. But it wasn’t that way at the time.”
Jeremy Scahill's "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield"
Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for , is the author of the new book and the writer, producer and subject of an award-winning , which goes into this week.
Scahill sat with 's Matt Welch for an extended conversation about the book and movie, which thoroughly investigate the way America conducts its covert wars in the post-9/11 world, and how Barack Obama's embrace of drone strikes, rendition, and targeted assassination have cemented the policies of the Bush Administration which declared the entire world "a battlefield."
Other subjects discussed include Scahill's skepticism of President Obama's recent foreign policy "rethink" speech (14:00); how any adult male in a drone strike area is posthumously labeled a "suspected militant," (16:15); the Department of Justice's absurdly broad definition of an "imminent threat," (20:15); the mysterious case of the American-born terror-advocating imam Anwar al-Alwaki, who was assassinated by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen (21:15); the "shameful" persecution of Yemeni journalist , who was set to be pardoned and released by the government of Yemen until President Obama intervened (32:31); his disappointment in the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats for being "nowhere" on civil liberties (38:41); and his surprising credit to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) for his epic filibuster where he read into the Congressional record "for the first time ever...the names of U.S. citizens killed in operations authorized by President Obama." (40:22)
WILLIAM BLUM ON US = ASSASSINATION NATION (AND MURDER AND TORTURE)
The CIA has attempted to assassinate 50 foreign leaders including Chavez – William Blum
The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was warned by Fidel Castro to be careful of a very specific attack, namely a quick jab from an infected needle. Such a warning coming from a leader who has reportedly been the target of CIA assassination plots more than 600 times in over 50 years, was sure to be heeded. Was the illness of Hugo Chavez a completely deniable assassination by the CIA? William Blum spoke with the VOR’s John Robles and discussed this issue and more.
I cannot prove it of course, but I believe he was. It would be totally in keeping with the entire history of the CIA and its attitude towards people like Hugo Chavez.
The CIA has attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders and successfully at least half the time. And very few of them were as despised by the US Government as Chavez was, I would say. So, there would be no reason at all to expect that the CIA would not at least plan on killing, and the nature of his ailment is very odd.
He went from a cancer, which would not go away despite several sessions of chemotherapy and what have you. Then it went to serious lung infections, which would not go away no matter what they did. And then it went to a massive heart attack. All in the same man with no apparent cause, he was only 58 years old, and as far as we know he was a very healthy until this happened, it is all very odd.
And given the great motivation that the US Government and the persons in the CIA has put for killing a man like Hugo Chavez, I’m pretty sure that the CIA played a role in this.
The means would be a needle with a quick sharp jab and what you need is getting one person close enough to Chavez to do that.
Chavez was always in the public eye, he was always embracing people. There must have been countless occasions in the past few years when he was vulnerable to a quick jab by a needle that would be the method of transmitting the ailments.
He did mention that Fidel Castro warned him about just that. He said: “A quick jab with a needle, and they’ll do… I don’t know what!” Actually he was told by Fidel.
Well, Fidel… According to Cuban intelligence, there were more than 600 attempts on the life of Fidel Castro by the CIA. There is an entire book on that subject by Cuban Intelligence.
And many of the methods were pretty bizarre, including an exploding cigar, but over the course of 50 years the Cubans claim there were more than 600 attempts on his life and it may have taken just one with Chavez.
No. I would assume that there is a connection but I don’t know if the Venezuelan Government has actually said so.
Getting back to Chavez’s case,we have to keep in mind that four other South American leaders, prominent people on the left, all came down with cancer within the past year or two.
The four that I named in my report… You can add the ones that you know just for my information… were Cristina Fernandez…
Castro is one of them…
Right! If the CIA was involved it doesn’t have to be cancer necessarily of course.
I very well may have read of such over the years, I have read so much about the CIA, but at the moment I can’t think of anything to supply you with that information. Although we do know, it is well known, that for decades the CIA was looking for a method of killing somebody which would not leave a trace. The CIA itself has used those words. For the entire period of the Cold War that was a major stated project of the CIA. But where that stands today, I have no idea.
I will mention there is no one in the entire universe who was more hated, no leader, more hated than Chavez was by the US Government. In the eyes of the
Because he was the most outspoken leader in the world when it came to criticizing the
Yes, Bush had spoken to the UN before Chavez from the same platform. And Chavez said there was a smell of sulfur in the air because of that.
Yeah, it is a shock for anyone under any circumstances to be so outspoken in the criticism of the
Well, in general yes. I think there certainly were times when he may have overdone it, even for me. I mean, he felt obliged to comment on everything under the sun, and I thought several times that he could have held off on saying certain things, they were not serving any good purpose. But that’s a minor criticism of his overall marvelous record.
What he’s brought to the poor people of
He and others formed a new… A counter to the OAS, the Organization of American States, which for decades has been dominated and corrupted by the
Yes, they would want to. But if Maduro who was chosen and backed by Chavez, wins, and he is expected to win in the election next month, then most of it will continue, I assume.
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Contents of #1 Oct. 8, 2011
Obama and State Secrets
OMNI at Farmer’s Market 2010
Protests via Google
Remembering Fred Hampton
Contents of #2, August 10, 2012
Greenwald, Presidential Power vs. Constitution
Petition: Drones Assassinating Innocents
Cockburn, Obama Above the Law?
Savage, Secret Memo Justifies Assassination
Ron Paul against Assassination
Media Benjamin’s New Book on Drones
Moyers on Unconstitutional Presidency: Reagan
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