The Intercept magazine has broken a major story when some whistleblower like Snowden has leaked a huge stash of CIA/Pentagon files about the illicit US assassination war against Muslims. This eye-opening document shows the need for Nüremberg-type war crimes trials but of course there will be none such. These drones fly mainly from US bases in Africa and ships offshore. Reading the revelations in today’s news is sickening. Morals matter especially during wars. The last World War was just one giant war crime. All sides indulged in major mass murder and many, many innocent people died during that terrible war. Supposedly, world rulers were going to fix all that and did…NOT.
Intercept magazine just broke yet another whistle-blower bombshell and I suspect the CIA and FBI are frantically searching for the brave person who dared to do this and who will probably flee, like Snowden, to some safe haven, we shall see. We must salute these fine people who put their lives on the line to expose these insane military/intelligence plans to the rest of us so we can see clearly how war crimes happen and can try to stop them.
As if that will happen! We failed to stop the Bush war crimes. Americans on the left who thought they were morally superior to the right wing, ended up voting into office a young-ish black guy who…promptly ended up copying Bush’s programs in the ongoing wars between the Muslims and the Jews for this is what it all boils down to: we are in a vast Christian/Jewish/Muslim mega-war event that is nonstop and we should call this ‘The Apocalypse’ for that is the goal.
First this untidy news: In Reversal, Obama Says U.S. Soldiers Will Stay in Afghanistan to 2017 – The New York Times
Thursday was not the first time the administration has revised its withdrawal plans. During Mr. Ghani’s visit to Washington in March, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2015, instead of cutting the force in half, as had been originally planned. At the time, the White House maintained that almost all troops would be pulled out by 2017.
His announcement will allow the military to continue carrying out secret operations focused primarily in eastern Afghanistan against people it suspects of being militant leaders. Those operations are intended to follow a “lighter footprint” model of targeted strikes.
In Afghanistan, the easiest way to cover up war crimes is to destroy the evidence: US Tank Smashes Its Way Into Bombed Hospital, Destroying Evidence — News from Antiwar.com
Doctors Without Borders today reported they were informed that the US smashed into the wreckage of the hospital with a tank, forcing their way in and destroying potential evidence that would be used in a war crimes investigation.
US officials claimed that the tank was “carrying investigators” from the official military inquiry into the matter, though they likely could’ve gotten into the hospital, closed after the attack, without using a tank if they’d simply asked Doctors Without Borders to let them in.
I read the news and say to myself, ‘This has to be a comedy movie, this cannot possibly be real.’ Indeed, ‘investigating’ a play by running tanks through it destroying everything is…insane. And yes, our rulers are insane. It is sad, annoying and sickening how anyone who tries to approach power ends up mad but then, there are stories warning people about this feature in life going back at least 10,000 years.
Here are some tidbits from the Intercept magazine: The Assassination Complex
The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret slides that provides a window into the inner workings of the U.S. military’s kill/capture operations at a key time in the evolution of the drone wars — between 2011 and 2013. The documents, which also outline the internal views of special operations forces on the shortcomings and flaws of the drone program, were provided by a source within the intelligence community who worked on the types of operations and programs described in the slides. The Intercept granted the source’s request for anonymity because the materials are classified and because the U.S. government has engaged in aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers. The stories in this series will refer to the source as “the source.”
Additional documents on high-value kill/capture operations in Afghanistan buttress previous accounts of how the Obama administration masks the true number of civilians killed in drone strikes by categorizing unidentified people killed in a strike as enemies, even if they were not the intended targets. The slides also paint a picture of a campaign in Afghanistan aimed not only at eliminating al Qaeda and Taliban operatives, but also at taking out members of other local armed groups.
It has been widely reported that President Obama directly approves high-value targets for inclusion on the kill list, but the secret ISR study provides new insight into the kill chain, including a detailed chart stretching from electronic and human intelligence gathering all the way to the president’s desk. The same month the ISR study was circulated — May 2013 — Obama signed the policy guidance on the use of force in counterterrorism operations overseas. A senior administration official, who declined to comment on the classified documents, told The Intercept that “those guidelines remain in effect today.”
U.S. intelligence personnel collect information on potential targets, as The Intercept has previously reported, drawn from government watchlists and the work of intelligence, military, and law enforcement agencies. At the time of the study, when someone was destined for the kill list, intelligence analysts created a portrait of a suspect and the threat that person posed, pulling it together “in a condensed format known as a ‘baseball card.’” That information was then bundled with operational information and packaged in a “target information folder” to be “staffed up to higher echelons” for action. On average, it took 58 days for the president to sign off on a target, one slide indicates. At that point, U.S. forces had 60 days to carry out the strike. The documents include two case studies that are partially based on information detailed on baseball cards.
Here is an example how the CIA operatives cover up their crimes:
When drone operators hit their target, killing the person they intend to kill, that person is called a “jackpot.”
When they miss their target and end up killing someone else, they label that person EKIA, or “enemy killed in action.”
They did this during the %#$&# Vietnam war, too! I very clearly remember the morning tallies of ‘dead communist fighters’ that droned on and on and on during my entire years in high school and college and I spent a lot of those years demonstrating against that war, discussing in ‘Free School’ sessions at Berkeley University, the CIA/Pentagon illicit activities in Vietnam, I was one of the fastest organizers of the nation-wide blow-up that happened when one of our group who could penetrate the computer systems of the Pentagon discovered the secret bombing program in Cambodia.
I could write mirror image so I did many of the anti-war leaflets during those years because the template has to be reverse and then we run it off on the printer so I bent to the work of describing the Cambodian bombings and we scattered these all over the place and then we got on the WATS line which the CIA had set up at our university but we used it to contact other radicals in Wisconsin, NYC, Texas, LA, etc. to get coordinated demonstrations going.
This all led to our government murdering students at several universities with the Kent State shooting by the National Guard being the most remembered due to the excellent photographs taken there that terrible day.
I was in the news that day because a reporter was talking to me as I was manning the phones taking calls from different campuses when the news came in. I put my head on the desk and began to cry. Then put the reporter on the phone who then ran out the door to file the story.
We learned NOTHING since then except how to be even worse. Why we fight, matters and the wars raging in mainly Muslim countries which spill over to us continuously, are religious wars fostered by cynical people who believe we will have the Apocalypse and via that, certain people will have Total Power. Which is insane. WWIII is insane. The UN is useless thanks to no one using it anymore, everyone does as they please, no care about the future.
Obama should be impeached but then the Bushes should be put in prison. I suggest we have another Nüremberg Trial set up to do the proper thing here.
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