Thursday, June 6, 2013

"America knows war. They are war masters" - "Dirty Wars"

Jeremy Scahill,  journalist from "The Nation", is known for his reporting on the Middle East, from the Middle East.

He brought us the story of Blackwater, the Bush Administration's "Praetorian Guard", and now brings us the reality of  America's continued and perpetual war through a covert, secret army, the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), whose existence was denied by both the Bush and Obama Administrations until they took out Bin Laden and have been viewed as unerring heroes of the nation...

..........Despite its innocuous sounding charter, JSOC has made strides in the special operations field and is comprised of rigorously screened and accessed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Civilians.  These men and women possess unique and specialized skills, and are routinely among the best in their field.  Among them are seasoned combat veterans who cut their teeth by participating in joint special operations liked the Son Tay Prison Raid in Vietnam War which took place in 1970, long before JSOC was activated. 
More recent members of the Command include active duty special operations veterans of all services who have successfully completed the toughest training regiments and demonstrated their mettle under the most challenging and difficult circumstances, including combat.  As a result, past and present members of JSOC have participated in all of our nation's wars and contingency operations since it was activated in 1980. 
Included among the places that military and civilian members of the Command have previously served are Desert One in Iran (1980), Grenada (1983), the Mediterranean Sea during the Achille Lauro hijacking (1985), Panama (1989), the Mideast during the Gulf War (1991), Somalia (1993), Haiti (1994), the Balkans (1996-2002), Afghanistan (2001-present), and Iraq (2003-present).
The Command is always decisively engaged in working to fulfill its charter and typically has members located throughout the world at any given time. An incredibly busy Command, JSOC accomplished its assigned missions successfully in the face of expanding commitments largely due to the quality, dedication, and patriotism of its military and civilian members and the family members who support them.

Disney tried to trademark them, "Zero Dark Thirty"  a myth created about them, Americans who lost friends and family, and a sense of "it can't happen here",  cheered them, but Scahill discusses the real world of JSOC ...

But are they the perfect American heroes?  Or are they just the beginning of a new, elite bully sent out by an administration whipped into fear and loathing by the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA and the FBI who will do anything (to include spying on the American people) in order to perpetuate their existence.

The Killing Anwar al-Awlaki...

Anwar  al-Awaki is never going to be looked at as a "victim" by the mainstream in America.  He has been vilified and  "convicted" of terrorism by the mainstream media and the Obama Administration. He was summarily dispatched (executed) without benefit of trial, without so much as a legal defense, without a single statement allowed....and so has his son, who was no more than a son looking for his father when he was taken out by a drone.

It took 2 years for the administration to cop to this act of murder.

As Scahill asks this question, in a recent interview with John Fugelsang, "Viewpoint" :
"How do you surrender to a drone?  If you haven't been charged with a crime, how do you surrender?""
The simple and obvious answer as determined by the Obama Administration is played out with every strike from a drone and every covert action by JSOC

Scahill has great insight on how Obama came to be the "warhawk" he is today.  The Constitutional Lawyer willing to corrupt that very promise (the Constitution) to further an agenda of "counter-terrorism" and "national security" to include murder without due process........
"If we are going to decide that certain of our citizens are so reprehensible that we will fast-forward past the judicial process - due process - and just sentence them to death then we are living in a different country and we should just re-write the Constitution..."

Scahill has released his new book, "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield", and film....

Real transparency in the Obama Era