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Obama’s Assassination Machine

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Posted on Jul 14, 2011
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U.S. Special Forces troops train in North Carolina in late 2010.

Fred Branfman was in Laos when the U.S. began covertly dropping bombs on the country’s civilian population in 1969 as part of its military operations in neighboring Vietnam. Today, he writes about the Obama administration’s international counterterrorism plan, which involves 60,000 Special Operations forces worldwide.

This “assassination strategy” is already under way in six Muslim countries and, according to the author, is set to be implemented almost everywhere else in the world—including the United States. It is more dangerous than the terrorism it’s supposed to combat, Branfman argues. —ARK

AlterNet:

Although President’s Obama’s partial Afghan troop withdrawal announcement has received more attention, his June 29 “National Strategy for Counterterrorism” is of far greater long-term significance. This remarkable document states that the U.S. government intends to “disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat al-Qa’ida and its affiliates and adherents,” in the following “areas of focus”: “The Homeland, South Asia, Arabian Peninsula, East Africa,Europe, Iraq, Maghreb and Sahel, Southeast Asia (and) Central Asia.”

This assassination strategy is already operational in six Muslim countries with a combined population of 280 million: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and Libya, which has become a laboratory experiment for urban drone assassinations. The London Sunday Times reported a year ago that “President Obama has secretly sanctioned a huge increase in the number of US special forces ... with American troops now operating in 75 countries.” There are presently 60,000 Special Operations forces worldwide, with 7,000 U.S. assassins unleashed upon Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq. Lt.-Col. John Nagle (ret.), an enthusiastic assassination supporter, has correctly called these operations “an almost industrial-scale counterterrorism killing machine.”

...  President Obama, a former constitutional law lecturer, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and rhetorical advocate of the Rule of Law cannot possibly reconcile his previously stated beliefs with his presently creation of an “industrial-size killing machine” that sees U.S. leaders unilaterally hunt, kidnap and murder any person anywhere on earth—including “the Homeland”—whenever they feel like it, without outside oversight or their victims enjoying any legal or human rights whatsoever.

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By Go Right Young Man, July 16, 2011 at 8:47 am Link to this comment

gerard,

You are old enough to understand that you need to stand for something from time to time.  Something, that is, tangible.  Your abstracts don’t bring about peace and your lack of true ethics only serves to harm human beings.

My hope is that you hear me on this.  From your first reply to something I had written you treated me as your enemy.  All the while holding yourself out as an advocate of “non-confrontational Peace”.

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By gerard, July 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

Decisions, decisions!  Which would you prefer? Which is more humane?  Which yields the most accurate information?  Which makes you feel better afterward:
Waterboarding or shooting people in the head:

Next question?

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By berniem, July 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

Amerika has finally been revealed as a manical fascist regime bent on total global control no matter the cost in lives or treasure here or abroad! Obama is everything that bush/cheney were and worse!

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By Go Right Young Man, July 15, 2011 at 5:41 am Link to this comment

“...  President Obama, a former constitutional law lecturer, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and rhetorical advocate of the Rule of Law cannot possibly reconcile his previously stated beliefs with his presently creation of an “industrial-size killing machine” that sees U.S. leaders unilaterally hunt, kidnap and murder any person anywhere on earth—including “the Homeland”—whenever they feel like it, without outside oversight or their victims enjoying any legal or human rights whatsoever.” - Fred Branfman

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President Bush caused a “Constitutional Crises” by establishing guidelines for the use of “water-boarding” during the interrogation of suspected enemies.  President Obama, being the Constitutional Scholar and Peace Prize Winner that he is, has increased summary executions of suspected enemies more than ten-fold since taking office.  The former; a feared Neo-Con.  The latter; a peace-loving activist.

Stop Using Water to Scare Terrorists.  Shoot Them In The Head Instead! - Re-elect Obama campaign slogan

Paid for by the Democratic National Cabal

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By thecrow, July 15, 2011 at 5:18 am Link to this comment

Like his predecessor, Obama is quite plainly a sociopath, and no doubt that is prerequisite for installation as “Commander in Chief”.

He recently claimed the US is not waging “war” against Libya.

http://battleland.blogs.time.com/2011/07/13/air-force-a-quick-symphony-of-planning/

It is one thing to be governed against your will by lying, thieving, mind-raping, mass-murdering shit-weasels, quite another to applaud and give them money once you are awake to the fact. (laughter)

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/killin/

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By bogi666, July 15, 2011 at 3:35 am Link to this comment
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GWOT, Georges War of Terror, includes waging war on the USAn’s and is being conducted vigorously. This War on the USA by the USG is funded by the forced contributions, withholding taxes,of taxing labor, and the USG transfers the forced contributions to those which are waging war on the same people that the contributions were forced from. With 1,000,000 DHS[translated Gestapo]nationwide operatives at 10,000 locations these are the troops who are waging war in the U.S. against USAn’s.

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By RayLan, July 15, 2011 at 2:49 am Link to this comment

US terrorism is more treacherous because it camouflages itself as nation building.

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By blogdog, July 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm Link to this comment

“...9/11, blowback…” plays right into the ‘official conspiracy theory’ - i.e. those ‘extremists’ hate us so
much
, and clowns like David Letterman quipped, “What’s their problem, don’t they have
cable?”

the global war of terror was launched in ernest on that day, almost ten years hence, that will also live in
infamy - and the most infamous aspect is that it was the single most heinous false flag provocation of all
time - satisfying to the letter the Project for a New American Century’s call for a New Pearl Harbor to “...
galvanize American resolve…”

9/11 is the entire premise for the global war of terror and the lynchpin to undoing it - the Mighty
Whirlitzer drones on and on and until (if ever) its plug gets yanked, what Bill Casey predicted is the way it
is: “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is
false.”

And, anybody who didn’t see Obomber coming - Left Cover charlatan shill for uninterrupted advance of
the Globalists’ hegemonic agenda - is (sorry to say) a dupe.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., July 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm Link to this comment

First; we’re not ever leaving Afghanistan no matter
what Branfman thinks. Too much treasure there in the
shrinking world of finite resources.
My 26 yo nephew just joined up to become a green
beret; why? because he was bored and needed direction
in his life! How fucked up is that? I’ll never
forgive him for that, not that he cares.
I’ll never forget the morning of 9/11; getting up to
go to work and being dragged in front of a TV (west
coast, U.S.) to see the attack. My very first
reaction was; “blow-back” and I said so. A friend
pulled me aside and warned me to shut up; that’s the
thing I’ll never forget.
What Branfman is clear about and correct, IMO, is
there has been blow-back and it will only increase as
our illegal GWOT escalates and ultimately brings us
down. Basically blow-back will finish the job started
by the Wallstreet’s boys from Brazil.
That said, I’m increasingly questioning why I
continue to post on these once important sites, that
seem to have devolved into irrelevance; I’ve been
posting on sites like this for too many years as have
many of you here, but in all these years it’s changed
nothing. And I no longer feel relevant posting; sort
of like pissing in the ocean and expecting the level
to rise accordingly…

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By monkeymind, July 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm Link to this comment

““Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and rhetorical advocate of the Rule of Law”“

If it did not hurt so bad I would laugh. Welcome to end times, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.

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By TDoff, July 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t it remarkable that Osama bin Laden, even though assassinated, is still the big winner in the continuing terrorism/counter-terrorism/counter-counter terrorism/(ad infinitum) fracas he fronted?
He proved that One Man can certainly change the world.

It would be interesting to see the results of a world-wide poll to determine which is more feared and which is more supported, the US/Israel ‘Democratic’ Empire, or the Muslim Nations’ ‘Theocratic’ Regimes. I’ll bet most peoples’ preference would be to just be left alone.

History seems to indicate that empires which seek to enforce their ‘right’ way of doing things on other peoples by force…by murder, assassination,war…do not succeed.

But hey, the die is cast. The New Crusades, the ‘Christians’ and the Jews vs. the Muslims and other ‘Infidels’ are commencing. We’ll see if the remote Predators and Raptors and Special Forces spies can win out over Native Cunning and ‘Terrorism’ and people willing to give their own lives for their beliefs.

Problem is, in the middle of this contretemps, someone(s) may get really p****d, and decide to use Nukes…and since both sides have Nukes…well, it’s about 50-50 whether the Israelis or the Pakistanis (or the US Christian Air Force, or the North Korean heir-to-the-throne, or an OBL ghost) are the craziest, and would be the first to use Nukes. But it really won’t matter, will it?

Someday, somewhere, a few billion light-years from here, an emerging civilization’s Galileo may peer through a crude lens and notice a bright flash in the sky, and wonder what it is/was.

But he/she will never guess the truth.

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