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     WHAT AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEATH SQUADS


and Model death squad prohibition legislation


October 15, 2012


by: James Roger Brown


Sociologist, Intelligence Collection and Analysis Methodologist


THE SOCIOLOGY CENTERTN


P.O. Box 101


Worthington, KY 41183-0101


(606) 836-7613


thesociologist@roadrunner.com


www.thesociologycenter.com


Foundation
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, survivor of the Russian Gulag, had many profound insights from his experience that
will help us understand the foundation death squads and torture squads are built upon:
“To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-
considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek
justification for his actions.


Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble – and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb
too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses.
Because they had no ideology.


Ideology – that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary
steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of
bad in his own and other’s eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and
honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors
of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis by race;
and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.


Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the
millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers
do not exist? And who was it that destroyed these millions? Without evildoers there would have been no
Archipelago.”


Mass Grave Forensics

Including information about mass graves left behind by previous death squads in other nations is important
because the significance of the reported stockpiling of plastic coffins and body bags has been missed. The
plastic coffins and body bags are most likely for the worst case scenario number of their casualties projected
from the effort to kill a couple of hundred million Americans and a few additional billions around the world
deemed ”useless eaters” or some other label connoting collective inferiority. Since the main purpose of using
death squads is to make the executed all vanish, the inferior dead will be interred in unmarked mass graves,
probably with industrial solvents to expedite the breakdown of human flesh and bones. Enterprising
investigative reporters should search government purchases for unusually large orders of human flesh
dissolving chemicals to pair with the massive purchases of ammunition.


If you are confused about who has been targeted, that means you, the one who has not been given the
location map and pass code to find and enter the giant underground safety bunker while all the killing is going
on.
The self-appointed elites behind the death squads will not want future generations getting curious about why
there are entire cemeteries filled with tombstones indicating millions of Americans and billions of people
worldwide all died in the same year. If your name is on a .40 caliber problem solving recipient list, it is doubtful
you will be using a body bag or plastic coffin.


Mass grave forensic statistics do not include the average number of bullets used per execution victim. This lack
of useful information may explain why the death squad elements in the United States Government continue to
order more ammunition. They are not certain how many rounds per person it will take to execute everyone they
intend to make disappear.


One additional noteworthy pattern is that people in mass graves who were not restrained in some manner were
shot in the hips or feet to keep them from running.


Identify Torture and Death Squads by Their Recruitment and
Training

1. Screening of death and torture squad members is based upon physical strength and animosity toward
specific political, religious or other beliefs, ethnic groups or other social distinctions (depending upon the
population targeted for torture or mass execution).


2. They are offered the distinction of being drafted or recruited into “elite” units that require them to torture or
execute prisoners or “detainees.”


3. They must demonstrate the ability to never discuss what the torture or execution squad does.


4. Loyalty is also tested by requiring them to snitch on other torture or death squad members who do not follow
rules or orders.


5. They must demonstrate aggression toward targeted groups, individuals, and detainees.


6. They follow orders without question.


7. Training involves treatment that binds squad members to command authority:


(a) Trainees are physically and psychologically abused while being told how fortunate they are to be members
of the unit (physical and psychological abuse of torture squad members will include the tortures they will be
expected to apply to torture victims);
(b) They are kept in a constant state of fatigue and prevented from relieving themselves for long periods of time
to keep them from thinking clearly;


(c) Trainees are required to swear allegiance to some physical symbol of unit or government authority;


(d) Trainees are told they will have protected special powers or authority over their fellow citizens;


(e) They are told their actions will never be questioned; (Anyone familiar with the trials of death and torture
squad members in Argentina, Greece, and other places should know that is a falsehood. It may take years, but
their crimes are documented and they are held accountable. In the case of the Greek military junta that held
power from April 21, 1967 to July 23, 1974, the first torture related trials began in August 1975.)


(f) Trainees are told that if they show mercy to anyone ordered tortured or executed, they will take that person’s
place;


(g) A special in-house language is used with code words and euphemisms for various types of torture,
nicknames for victims to dehumanize them, nicknames for unit members to conceal identities, and classifying
nonmembers as “outside world”;


(h) Frequent “training classes” are held depicting the target population as dangerous, criminal, conspirators,
traitors, terrorists or other undesirable labels;


(I) Torturers are desensitized to pain and learn the torture techniques from the physical and psychological
abuse incorporated into their training; and


(j) Successful torturers are given specific rewards for each confession or each desired piece of information
obtained.


Adding It All Up


If you are wondering what kind of mind and reasoning produces death squads and torture squads, there are
revealing quotes from administrations which actually created them.


Former Argentine Dictator Jorge Rafael Videla is quoted in a Daily Mail article by Leon Watson as providing the
rationale for “disappearing” perceived enemies of the status quo:


‘In every war people are crippled, killed and disappeared, their whereabouts unknown, that is a fact,’ Videla
said in an interview broadcast on local television.
‘Let’s say there were 7,000 or 8,000 people who needed to die to win the war against subversion,’ newspaper
La Nacion quoted Videla as saying in a new book ‘Final Mandate,’ by journalist Ceferino Reato, based on a
series of interviews with Videla.


‘There was no other solution,’ La Nacion reported Videla as saying. ‘We were agreed that was the price to win
the war against subversion and that we needed it not to be evident so that society didn’t notice.’


‘For that reason, to avoid provoking protests inside and outside the country, it was decided that those people
disappear. Each disappearance can certainly be understood as the cover-up of a death.’


To get some idea of the demeanor of former Dictator Videla discussing the actions of his administration, you
may view a Spanish language video of the public confession.


For additional insight revelations, compare and contrast Videla with the statements, demeanor and conduct of
Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Leon Panetta, Eric H. Holder, Jr, Janet Napolitano and President
Barack Obama.


We also have an excellent example of these bizarre and evil mental processes from the Bush Administration,
which established both torture and death squads, purportedly to operate abroad.


In the 2004 New York Times article “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” Ron Suskind
reported the following experience during “a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush” [subsequently purported to
be Karl Rove]:


In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s
former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed
the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but
which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.


The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people
who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured
something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really
works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while
you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you
can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just
study what we do.”
These “history’s actors,” and their fellow custom fabricated reality pimps and bimbos, are the individuals
responsible for getting us to where we are today. A place historian Michael Wood compares to events and
individuals responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire.


Despite expectations and pretensions to the contrary, you should note that the history of death squads
indicates it is not strong governments that produce them, but weak, ineffective governments which cannot solve
contemporary problems.


There are actually three types of death squads. In addition to the death squads acting under color of
government authority described so far, there are two other types of death squads. There are vigilante death
squads formed by “off duty” law enforcement or military, members of a political party or faction, members of a
religion or religious faction, and ethnic or other self-identified groups with an ideology that justifies mass killing.


The last category of death squads is crime related. Drug cartels and street gangs both have death squads
operating in the United States now. There are few, if any, actual random drive by shootings. These executions
are gang death squad actions produced by their ideology. Consistent with the death squad training protocols,
gang member trainees must “make their bones” (gang death squad jargon), demonstrate lack of mercy toward
victims and demonstrate hostility toward the “outside world” by executing a stranger. A glimpse of the relevant
street gang ideology can be seen in the statements made in a September 27, 2012 Chicago CBS affiliate
Walter Jacobson interview of local gang members:


“There’s no solution to the violence,” one gang member tells him. “Killing, killing is the solution.”…


“Rob, steal and kill. That’s the only way. We didn’t grow up in Beverly Hills. We don’t get it handed to us,” he
said.


“We ain’t living in Hyde Park,” added a third young man….


“The police hate us,” a young man said. “Every time they ride past us, they shoot us down and do all that. Do
what you want to do, I don’t care about you all, keep riding. Who are you all? We’re not scare of you all. I’ll fight
you too. Take that badge off.”


But he says the police cannot catch them or exact any consequences.


“I laugh at the police,” he said. “They’re a joke to me.”


There is another glaring example of death squad activity that has gone unrecognized. Regardless of whether
you believe the Zionist Israelis, Illuminati, Al Qaeda, or International Bankers are responsible for 9/11, the act
itself was carried out by a trained death squad. The ideologies attributed to each of these groups contain
elements, such as the benefits of using false flag operations, which would justify to each of them the mass
killings that occurred on 9/11.


Only One Way Out


Mass grave forensics and death squad murder prosecution evidence in other nations communicate a clear
warning. If you allow yourself to be taken into custody by a death squad or torture squad, you will no longer
have any control over how long you live, how you die, where you die, or how much pain and humiliation you will
experience before you die. If taken, you can be absolutely certain you and all those you love taken with you will
die by death squad or torture squad member hands.


Researching death squad information for this commentary, I found one thing missing from every nation on the
planet, including nations who have lived through the terror and dealt with the aftermath of death squads formed
by arrogant members of their own governments. No one anywhere has enacted laws to prevent the formation
and operation of death squads or torture squads. No model legislation exists anywhere I looked.


The ugly reality here in the United States, right now, is that we face all three types of death squads as threats
to our lives and liberty. As with other nations afflicted before us, elitist, arrogant individuals with access to
United States Government authority are training and equipping death squads to eliminate those of us who do
not meet their criteria for safe citizens. Foreign, criminal and vigilante death squads are already killing United
States citizens or have killed citizens.


On an individual basis you have no chance of surviving or remaining unaffected in an environment with all three
types of death squads operating, any of which may place your name or the name of a loved one on their final
solution list. You cannot rely on the United States Government to protect you because individuals in positions
of authority are training their own death squads and allow the death squads of nations they consider friendly to
kill us, Israel and Chile being prime examples.


The minimum level of organized resources that will give you and your family some chance of staying out of
death squad or torture squad hands is the State level. For that to happen, someone in your State Government
must be given responsibility for protecting citizens from death squads. No problem gets solved until someone is
made responsible for finding a solution. Knowing from my research that no law exists to accomplish this, I
found that I could not just write and publish this warning. I was compelled to develop model legislation to
establish a State Police Death Squad Monitoring Task Force with appropriate delineated responsibility and
authority.


As best I can determine, this is the only practical way out of the current multiple death squad threat mess for all
of us. The draft text of this Death Squad Prohibition Model Legislation is at the end of this article after the
Bibliography. I hope it will begin to fill the void for a solution to the recurring death squad problem. With the
enactment of effective antideath squad laws, death squads and torture squads will hopefully become the weak
link in the criminal, elite and arrogant having their way with the rest of us.


For those not privy, a key lobbyist secret is knowledge that few, if any, legislators have the time and skills to
draft effective legislation. The best way to get what you want out of any legislative body is to hand your
legislator a draft bill that does exactly what you want. All the legislator then has to do is send or hand deliver
the draft bill to the Legislature staff specialist who registers and turns the draft into the proper format to
introduce as an actual Bill. Five thousand people calling their legislator demanding something be done about
death squads will not be as effective as you printing off a copy of this Model Legislation and handing it to your
State Representative and Senator. If you then add in five thousand people calling for something to be done,
your chances for success will improve.


Remember that the Bill must be processed as emergency legislation to take effect immediately. A regular Bill
enacted into law will not take effect for up to a year later. We do not have that much time before we will need
effective protection.


You may also consider printing and sending this entire article and Model Legislation to your State
Representative and Senator as your request. If the Legislator or his staff has time to read the article, it will
provide some powerful context for the need to have a law.


If you live in a State which fails to enact antideath squad legislation to protect you or enacts weak, ineffective
legislation, you should seriously examine moving to a State that has enacted strong, effective legislation that
does provide protection to its citizens.


If anyone has specific suggestions for improving the power of this Model Legislation to prevent or hasten the
shutting down of operating death squads or torture squads, please send them to
thesociologist@roadrunner.com. I will put a PDF file copy of this model legislation, and update with any
effective improvements, on the Special Research Projects page of my website www.thesociologycenter.com.


Model death squad prohibition legislation


Bibliography


Cesereanu, Ruxandra


Portrait of the Torturer in the 20th Century


University of Cluj, Romania
http://ece.columbia.edu/research/intermarium/vol10no1/Portrait%20of%20the%20Torturer%20in%20the%2020t
h%20Century.pdf


Gibson, Janice T. and Haritos-Fatouros, Mika.


“The education of a torturer; there is a cruel method in the madness of teaching people to torture. Almost
anyone can learn it.”


Psychology Today v20.(Nov,1986) :pp50(6).


www.psychology.uiowa.edu/Classes/31015sca/GibsonArticle.doc


Suskind, Ron. “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush.” New York Times Magazine, October
17, 2004 [NOTE: At the end of the article on the New Your Times Magazine website appears "Correction: Nov.
14, 2004, Sunday"].


http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/17BUSH.html?_r=1&ei=5090&en=890a96189e162076&ex=125
5665600&adxnnl=1&partner=rssuserland&adxnnlx=1338160106-q9/zK475RyV3DfF4NrJm9A


History Repeating Itself: Current Context Parallels


“Viewpoint: The time Britain slid into chaos”


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18159752


“The social unrest, economic gloom and austerity in Europe today mirrors one of the greatest crises in British
history, says the historian Michael Wood.”


[NOTE: This should provide some guidance on whom to hold responsible now. It should also provide some
insights on why you should abandon any ideologies you have been recruited to that are used to jerk you
around emotionally and use you to support destructive processes. Follow the God of Truth instead of human
manipulators. In case you are unaware, truth is derived from reality, not imposed upon reality from some
ideology. JRB]


Real World Examples of How Torture Squads and Death Squads Work


A History of Greece: The Rise of the Junta in Greece


http://www.ahistoryofgreece.com/junta.htm


CIA Torture Secrets: ‘Nazi-like’ Polish black site confession (news video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcrhoEp4TrE


Kirsh, David. Death Squads in El Salvador: A Pattern of US Complicity. Covert Action Information Bulletin #34
(Summer 1990)


http://www.skeptictank.org/files/socialis/usdeaths.htm


Oakes, Dan and Hedge, Mike. Death squad members in Australia, refugee says. July 20, 2011


http://www.smh.com.au/national/death-squad-members-in-australia-refugee-says-20110719-
1hn5y.html#ixzz1tFM0u86c


Watson, Leon. “Former dictator, 86, finally admits his regime ‘disappeared’ 7,000 or 8,000 left-wing opponents
in Argentina.” Mail Online News, April 26, 2012.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130651/Jorge-Rafael-Videla-86-admits-regime-disappeared-8-000-left-
wing-opponents-Argentina.html


[NOTE: “The full video of the public confession on missing” (Former Dictator Jorge Rafael Videla). Not in
English.


http://info.publicintelligence.net/USArmy-InternmentResettlement.pdf


[NOTE: You will need to be thoroughly familiar with these “detainee” management principles to plan escape
attempts if you become a “detainee” for purposes of torture or mass execution. The best escape plan is to
never let yourself be taken into custody for torture and/or mass execution. Even if you are taken into custody by
mistake, Management will have to consider you radicalized at that point and you will suffer the same fate as
your fellow “detainees.”]


Organizations


Redress: Ending Torture, Seeking Justice for Survivors


http://www.redress.org/home/home

http://ppjg.me/2012/10/24/what-americans-need-to-know-about-death-squads/

http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/4/018/show_4018755.mp3
America's Death Squads
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               When the Obama administration took office in 2009, it was
confronted with an extraordinary problem: what to do about the crimes of the
previous administration, in particular its illegal global campaign of kidnapping,
torture, and indefinite detention without trial of mostly innocent terrorism
suspects. On taking office, President Obama announced that he would close the
U.S. concentration camp at Guantanamo Bay within a year and he formally
recommitted the U.S. military to legal prohibitions against torture and abuse of
prisoners. But he rejected any effort to investigate his predecessor’s crimes,
claiming that he wanted to “look forward.”

Obama, predictably, went back on his promise to close Guantanamo where
indefinite detention, unfair trials, beatings, and abuse continue unchecked.
Amnesty International lamented in November 2010 that the United States
remains “an accountability-free zone” for war crimes. The Obama administration
has not just provided “continuity” with Bush and Cheney’s illegal policies, it has
vastly expanded the illegal worldwide campaign of “targeted killings” or
“manhunts” that were first approved by Donald Rumsfeld in 2003.
American Exceptionalism
American exceptionalism” was conceived as a vision of America for the rest of the
world to look up to. Instead, it has come to describe the systematic American
violation of otherwise binding international laws. Today the U.S. rejects the
international rule of law on basic issues. When U.S. officials say, “All options are
on the table,” it is well understood that they mean something quite different
from, “All legal options are on the table.”




                                                                    Escaping
international accountability has been critical to freeing U.S. military doctrine from
otherwise binding legal constraints. Article 94 of the UN Charter states that, “by
signing the Charter, a State Member of the United Nations undertakes to comply
with any decision of the International Court of Justice in a case to which it is a
party.” In 1984, the ICJ ordered the U.S. “to cease and to refrain” from its
“unlawful use of force” against Nicaragua and to pay war reparations. The U.S.
refused, declaring that it would no longer accept the binding jurisdiction of the
court. Nicaragua asked the Security Council to enforce the judgment, but this was
met with a U.S. veto. The U.S. likewise rejects the jurisdiction of the new
International Criminal Court (ICC).
The doctrinal rejection of legal constraints set the stage for the systematic
violations of the UN Charter and the Geneva Conventions that are essential to
America’s post-2001 war policy. With no fear that they will be forced to answer to
impartial international courts, U.S. government legal advisers craft increasingly
“bold” (meaning legally indefensible) rulings to provide cover for serious crimes,
from torture to aggression to murder.

By contrast, in the UK, which is a party to both the ICJ and the ICC, the
government’s legal advisers warned repeatedly that invading Iraq would be a
“crime of aggression” for which British officials could face prosecution. The Iraq
Inquiry in London has spent two years wrestling with the fact that the
government ignored these warnings from its own legal advisers. Its final report
may yet hold Blair and his cronies accountable for the cataclysm they unleashed
on the people of Iraq, opening the door to criminal prosecutions and civil claims in
British and international courts.

A Policy of Cold-Blooded Murder




                                                              As the Obama
administration took office in 2009, an Eminent Jurists Panel appointed by the
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and chaired by Mary Robinson, the
former President of Ireland, published a report on America’s so-called “war on
terror.” It concluded that U.S. violations of international law were neither an
appropriate nor an effective response to terrorism, and that American leaders
had confused the public by framing their counter-terrorism campaign in a “war
paradigm.” The panel insisted that established principles of international law
“were intended to withstand crises, and they provide a robust and effective
framework from which to tackle terrorism.”

Barack Obama has halted the macabre parade of hooded, shackled suspects in
orange jumpsuits stumbling off American planes into the tropical sunshine at
Guantanamo, but he has not done so by restoring the rule of law. Instead, to a
great extent, he has replaced Bush’s policy with a global campaign to simply kill a
wide range of people in cold blood: terrorism suspects, resistance fighters, and
anyone else added to secret lists for secret reasons.

From a uniquely American “exceptionalist” point of view, killing suspects instead
of capturing them is a convenient way to avoid the embarrassment of sweeping
up hundreds of mostly innocent people in an indiscriminate global dragnet and
then not knowing what to do with them. The dead tell no tales. Public outrage is
contained within the faraway countries where the killings take place and does not
cause domestic political problems.

Without real accountability under established law, previously binding legal
standards have been quickly dispensed with. U.S. officials have been formally
prohibited from conducting assassinations since 1976 under President Ford’s
executive order 11905. U.S. legal advisers have subverted this prohibition by
ruling that “targeted killings” are not assassinations, but acts of self-defense. This
simply ignores established rules of international law, in this case the Caroline
principle, formulated by U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster in 1841 and now
universally accepted, which limits the right of cross-border self-defense to a
proportionate response to an imminent threat.

The U.S. forces committing these cold-blooded murders systematically count
most of the innocent civilians they kill as “false positives.” When U.S. forces in
Afghanistan killed Zabet Amanullah in a case of mistaken identity, they also killed
nine campaign staff who worked for his nephew, a candidate for the Afghan
parliament, based only on “guilt by proximity.” U.S. Special Operations officers
explained to former BBC reporter Kate Clark that they operate under a general
rule that proximity to a “target” is all the evidence they need to treat someone
else as a target too. This helps to explain why U.S. body counts always claim more
“insurgents” killed than civilians, despite illegal rules of engagement that
routinely lead to excessive and indiscriminate killing.




                                                                   U.S. “targeted
killings” are conducted under the authority of both the CIA and U.S. Joint Special
Operations Command (JSOC). The methods of killing generally fall into three
categories: air-strikes by planes or helicopters; air-strikes by unmanned drones;
and assassinations by JSOC forces on the ground.

The genesis of JSOC’s assassination operations was an open-ended “execute
order” written by Donald Rumsfeld in September 2003 as widespread resistance
to the illegal U.S. invasion took hold in Iraq. In addition to authorizing
assassinations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia under military command,
Rumsfeld’s order also authorized them in Algeria, Iran, Malaysia, Mali, Nigeria,
Pakistan, the Philippines, Syria, and Yemen—subject to presidential approval.
Whatever role the United States is or isn’t playing in the murders of Iranian
scientists, Defense Secretary Panetta’s sweeping statement—“That’s not what the
United States does”—was a disingenuous lie.

The Obama administration has expanded U.S. special operations deployments
from 60 countries to about 80 since it took office, but how many of these are
JSOC operations that include “targeted killings” is a secret. Special Operations
Command has 58,000 personnel under its command and up to 25,000 of them
operate under JSOC on a flexible basis. As of June 2010, JSOC had 9,000 troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan and 4,000 more deployed in other countries.

At least three units are permanently assigned to JSOC: the Army’s Delta Force, the
Navy’s DEVGRU (formerly SEAL Team 6), and the Air Force’s 24th Special Tactics
Squadron. Other units that routinely operate under JSOC include the 75th Ranger
Regiment and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), known as
the “Nightstalkers.” The 160th SOAR operates attack and transport helicopters to
support Special Forces operations. A “Special Police Transition Team” from the
160th, SOAR was also assigned to the Iraqi Interior Ministry’s Wolf Brigade as it
detained, tortured, and murdered thousands of civilians in Baghdad in 2005 and
2006.

JSOC Kills The Wrong People Most Of The Time
Seymour Hersh reported in the New Yorker in December 2003 that JSOC forces
were being trained by Israeli assassins, or Mista’aravim, in Israel and North
Carolina to conduct assassination operations in Iraq. “It is bonkers, insane,” a U.S.
intelligence official told the Guardian, “Here we are—we’re already being
compared to Sharon in the Arab world and we’ve just confirmed it by bringing in
the Israelis and setting up assassination teams.” Other officials explained that the
targets of the campaign would not be limited to actual resistance fighters, but
would include much of the Iraqi middle class, who they believed were supporting
and funding the Iraqi Resistance. “The Sunni population is paying no price for the
support it is giving to the terrorists,” a U.S. officer told Newsweek. “From their
point of view, it is cost-free. We have to change that equation.”
The American death squads in Iraq were widely credited with a critical role in the
so-called “surge” or escalation of the war in 2007. A retired U.S. officer told PBS’s
“Frontline” that they had become “so good at using electronic means of
identifying, tracking, and finding” targets that they had created an “industrial
strength counterterrorism killing machine.” The “killing” part is true, but JSOC’s
“social network analysis” is a crude way to compile target lists based on numbers
retrieved from captured cell-phones, with no effort to corroborate the data with
real-world “human intelligence” as legitimate intelligence operations would
require.

Two senior commanders made the extraordinary admission to Dana Priest of the
Washington Post that JSOC raids have a less than 50 percent record of targeting
the right person or house. The systematic failure to positively confirm the
identities of the targets—who are mostly civilians not engaged in military
operations at the time they are killed—makes the assassination campaign a very
serious war crime, arguably even a crime against humanity, as it expands to kill
more and more people in a growing number of countries.

Under President Obama, the number of night raids in Afghanistan expanded from
20 raids per month in May 2009 to over 1,000 raids per month by April 2011,
using “social network analysis” of cell-phones captured in previous raids or
confiscated in prisons to create ever-expanding target lists. Gareth Porter of Inter
Press Service reviewed the records of 4,100 people captured in night raids in
Afghanistan during a 6-month period in 2010 and 2011. He found that 86 percent
were released immediately or on the first review of the evidence against them.
U.S. officials only had real evidence against 14 percent of their prisoners. The
same methods are used to generate target lists for “kill” as for “capture”
operations. So were 86 percent of the people killed in night raids innocent as
well?

The UN reported that only 80 civilians were killed in Afghanistan in “search and
seizure” operations in 2010, along with about 2,000 so-called “insurgents.” But
the 80 civilian deaths were the result of only 13 incidents the UN had fully
investigated, while 60 more incidents were still awaiting investigation. Nader
Nadery of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission estimated that
the UN would eventually revise its count to about 420 civilian deaths if and when
it resolved this backlog of cases.

But this would still be a low estimate of civilian deaths in night raids. The UN has
no access to the resistance-held areas where most night raids occur, so it receives
no reports at all from those areas. Even a complete analysis of all the incidents
reported to the UN would therefore yield only a fraction of the actual number of
civilians killed. With at least 50 percent of raids targeting the wrong person or
house, it is safe to say that more than half the 2,000 Afghans killed in night raids
in 2010 were probably innocent civilians, and that the escalation of the campaign
in 2011 probably led to an even higher proportion of “false positives.”

Indiscriminate Massacre
When assassinations are conducted by air strikes, they are even more likely to kill
innocent people. In the case of Zabet Amanullah, he was targeted based entirely
on “social network analysis” of cell-phone records, which misidentified him as
Muhammad Amin, the Taliban shadow governor of Takhar province. U.S. officials
thought that Amin was using “Amanullah” as an alias, but they didn’t even bother
to find out whether a real person called Zabet Amanullah existed. This would have
been quite easy, as Amanullah was a commander who quit the Taliban in 2001
and became a well-known human rights activist in Kabul. But “social network
analysis” does not include asking people questions in the real world. If your cell-
phone records match certain criteria, you are condemned to death, along with
anyone else who is “guilty by proximity.”

William Arkin was given rare access to the U.S. Combined Air and Space
Operations Center in Qatar and was allowed to watch an air strike that targeted
an alleged resistance leader named Baz Mohammed Faizan in Afghanistan. A
team in Qatar went to some lengths to order up a strike by two A-10 Warthog
warplanes with 500 pound bombs from Bagram Airbase. Officials explained that
the 1,000 pound bomb on a nearby plane was too big and would kill too many
civilians, while the 150 pound Hellfire missiles on the Predator drone that had
been tracking Faizan could easily miss—so much for “precision” drone strikes.

The U.S. Air Force’s A-10s were designed and built in the 1970s and early 1980s
for use against Soviet tanks. Their main weapon is a cannon made by General
Electric that fires 30 mm armor-piercing shells at a rate of 65 per second.
Watching the A-10s in action on TV monitors in Qatar, Arkin saw one of them
drop its bomb and then come around for a second pass and strafe the whole area
with a torrent of fire from its tank-busting cannon.

Arkin expressed shock that this “precision” strike had suddenly turned into an
indiscriminate massacre. A U.S. official quickly told him that the strafing “was not
unauthorized” and that, once an attack is under way, JSOC air controllers on the
ground take full control of the operation. Arkin had discovered a dirty little secret
of JSOC operations. All the precautions taken by analysts, JAG officers, and senior
officials to use proportionate force in planning operations no longer apply once
the operations are under way.

Despite this excessive and indiscriminate use of force, an officer later showed
Arkin a memo from the CIA which concluded that Faizan had walked away alive at
the end of the attack. Apparently he did not tell Arkin how many other people it
had killed and wounded or how many of them were innocent civilians.

License To Kill Without Accountability
But the most indiscriminate weapon used in U.S. assassinations is the drone. In 10
years, Predator and Reaper drone operations have mushroomed from an
experimental program at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and a few take-off
sites in Iraq and Afghanistan to 60 locations around the United States and the
world, where hundreds of missile- and bomb-laden drones are operated by CIA,
U.S. Air Force, and Air National Guard personnel and “contractors.”

The Obama administration has expanded the CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan
from 42 strikes under Bush to 241 strikes since 2009. They have killed between
1,700 and 2,700 people, of whom at least 90 percent were civilians, according to
Pakistani journalists and human rights groups. U.S. claims of fewer civilian deaths
are undoubtedly tainted by “false positives.”

On June 2, 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Executions, Philip
Alston, issued this diplomatic but damning statement: “Targeted killings pose a
rapidly growing challenge to the international rule of law, as they are increasingly
used in circumstances which violate the relevant rules of international law... The
most prolific user of targeted killings today is the United States, which primarily
uses drones for attacks... this strongly asserted but ill-defined license to kill
without accountability is not an entitlement which the United States or other
states can have without doing grave damage to the rules designed to protect the
right to life and prevent extrajudicial executions...

“...the United States has put forward a novel theory that there is a ‘law of 9/11’
that enables it to legally use force in the territory of other states as part of its
inherent right to self-defense on the basis that it is in an armed conflict with al-
Qaeda, the Taliban and ‘associated forces,’ although the latter group is fluid and
undefined. This expansive and open-ended interpretation of the right to self-
defense goes a long way towards destroying the prohibition on the use of armed
force contained in the UN Charter.”

But drones fulfill important political objectives for U.S. policy-makers. U.S. war
policy since 1945 has been driven by a never-ending quest to inflict death and
destruction in other countries without a political backlash from large numbers of
American casualties. Foreign casualties, even of innocent civilians, are politically
less damaging than even small numbers of U.S. casualties.

Illegal U.S. rules of engagement reflect these priorities, authorizing excessive and
indiscriminate use of force in the interest of “force protection.” As a result, the
6,400 U.S. deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are hardly one-tenth the number of
Americans lost in Vietnam, even though more than a million Iraqis and Afghans
have been killed. In the bloody calculus of American politics, the reduced
American death toll has minimized the political cost of war and made it a safer
option for policy-makers. The use of unmanned drones provides an even more
politically attractive way to wage war, unleashing powerful weapons against
people on the ground with no immediate danger of American casualties at all.
Drone manufacturers currently have orders for another 730 medium and large
armed drones.

A Revised U.S. War Policy




                                                       The U.S. “targeted killing”
campaign and NATO’s campaign in Libya are two tracks of a revised U.S. war
policy following its failed occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. In Libya, NATO
conducted 9,700 air strikes in 8 months, the most concentrated bombing
campaign anywhere since Iraq in 2003. The U.S. role was “disguised, quiet, and
media-free,” even though it supplied two-thirds of the NATO personnel, half the
planes, nearly all the drones and cruise-missiles, and officially spent more on the
war than the UK did.

Public credit was reserved for the Libyan rebels. The role of British, French,
Jordanian, and Qatari Special Forces on the ground was shrouded in secrecy.
When Qatari Special Forces blasted their way into Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli,
the world saw only jubilant Libyans. Under cover of a UN mandate to protect
civilians, NATO besieged, starved, bombed and shelled Sirte and Bani Walid for
over a month, leaving them and other towns in ruins. NATO’s war killed far more
Libyans in eight months than Colonel Gaddafi had in 42 years. The new
government estimates that 25,000 people were killed in the war. Other estimates
run as high as 50,000. This is a far higher death toll than in all the other Arab
Spring revolutions combined, a good reason for people everywhere to choose
non-violent revolution over U.S. or NATO intervention if they have any choice in
the matter. The Obama administration conducted the entire war without
authorization from Congress in open violation of U.S. law.

The Obama administration bases its aggressive and global use of force on the
Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001.
The AUMF gave the president the authority to use “all necessary and appropriate
force against those nations, organizations, or persons” who he determined to
have “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the terrorist crimes of
September 11, 2001 in the U.S.

As John Bellinger, the Bush administration’s State Department Legal Adviser,
explained to the Washington Post in June 2010, most of the people the Obama
administration is targeting had nothing to do with the 2001 terrorist crimes, so
Obama has no authority under U.S. law for most of these operations.

Because President Obama did not act firmly to stop his government’s violations of
U.S. and international law and to hold U.S. officials accountable, America’s
descent into systematic international crime has continued on his watch, leading
to new war crimes for which he and his subordinates are criminally accountable.
Far from a “shining city on a hill,” American exceptionalism has led us to a
graveyard in a dark valley. Americans must accept the same international laws,
treaties, and standards of accountability as our “unexceptional” neighbors if we
are ever to break the death spiral of American neo-imperialism and begin the
conversion to a prosperous, sustainable, and peaceful society.
                                                                                                     Z



Nicolas J. S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of
Iraq (Nimble Books).

http://www.zcommunications.org/americas-death-squads-by-nicolas-j-s-davies
WHAT AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
DEATH SQUADS
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WHAT AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEATH SQUADS


and Model death squad prohibition legislation


October 15, 2012


by: James Roger Brown


Sociologist, Intelligence Collection and Analysis Methodologist


THE SOCIOLOGY CENTERTN


P.O. Box 101


Worthington, KY 41183-0101


(606) 836-7613


thesociologist@roadrunner.com


www.thesociologycenter.com


Foundation
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, survivor of the Russian Gulag, had many profound insights from his experience that
will help us understand the foundation death squads and torture squads are built upon:


“To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-
considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek
justification for his actions.
Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble – and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb
too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses.
Because they had no ideology.


Ideology – that is what gives evildoing its long-sought justification and gives the evildoer the necessary
steadfastness and determination. That is the social theory which helps to make his acts seem good instead of
bad in his own and other’s eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses but will receive praise and
honors. That was how the agents of the Inquisition fortified their wills: by invoking Christianity; the conquerors
of foreign lands, by extolling the grandeur of their Motherland; the colonizers, by civilization; the Nazis by race;
and the Jacobins (early and late), by equality, brotherhood, and the happiness of future generations.


Thanks to ideology, the twentieth century was fated to experience evildoing on a scale calculated in the
millions. This cannot be denied, nor passed over, nor suppressed. How, then, do we dare insist that evildoers
do not exist? And who was it that destroyed these millions? Without evildoers there would have been no
Archipelago.”


Mass Grave Forensics

Including information about mass graves left behind by previous death squads in other nations is important
because the significance of the reported stockpiling of plastic coffins and body bags has been missed. The
plastic coffins and body bags are most likely for the worst case scenario number of their casualties projected
from the effort to kill a couple of hundred million Americans and a few additional billions around the world
deemed ”useless eaters” or some other label connoting collective inferiority. Since the main purpose of using
death squads is to make the executed all vanish, the inferior dead will be interred in unmarked mass graves,
probably with industrial solvents to expedite the breakdown of human flesh and bones. Enterprising
investigative reporters should search government purchases for unusually large orders of human flesh
dissolving chemicals to pair with the massive purchases of ammunition.


If you are confused about who has been targeted, that means you, the one who has not been given the
location map and pass code to find and enter the giant underground safety bunker while all the killing is going
on.


The self-appointed elites behind the death squads will not want future generations getting curious about why
there are entire cemeteries filled with tombstones indicating millions of Americans and billions of people
worldwide all died in the same year. If your name is on a .40 caliber problem solving recipient list, it is doubtful
you will be using a body bag or plastic coffin.
Mass grave forensic statistics do not include the average number of bullets used per execution victim. This lack
of useful information may explain why the death squad elements in the United States Government continue to
order more ammunition. They are not certain how many rounds per person it will take to execute everyone they
intend to make disappear.


One additional noteworthy pattern is that people in mass graves who were not restrained in some manner were
shot in the hips or feet to keep them from running.


Identify Torture and Death Squads by Their Recruitment and
Training

1. Screening of death and torture squad members is based upon physical strength and animosity toward
specific political, religious or other beliefs, ethnic groups or other social distinctions (depending upon the
population targeted for torture or mass execution).


2. They are offered the distinction of being drafted or recruited into “elite” units that require them to torture or
execute prisoners or “detainees.”


3. They must demonstrate the ability to never discuss what the torture or execution squad does.


4. Loyalty is also tested by requiring them to snitch on other torture or death squad members who do not follow
rules or orders.


5. They must demonstrate aggression toward targeted groups, individuals, and detainees.


6. They follow orders without question.


7. Training involves treatment that binds squad members to command authority:


(a) Trainees are physically and psychologically abused while being told how fortunate they are to be members
of the unit (physical and psychological abuse of torture squad members will include the tortures they will be
expected to apply to torture victims);


(b) They are kept in a constant state of fatigue and prevented from relieving themselves for long periods of time
to keep them from thinking clearly;


(c) Trainees are required to swear allegiance to some physical symbol of unit or government authority;


(d) Trainees are told they will have protected special powers or authority over their fellow citizens;
(e) They are told their actions will never be questioned; (Anyone familiar with the trials of death and torture
squad members in Argentina, Greece, and other places should know that is a falsehood. It may take years, but
their crimes are documented and they are held accountable. In the case of the Greek military junta that held
power from April 21, 1967 to July 23, 1974, the first torture related trials began in August 1975.)


(f) Trainees are told that if they show mercy to anyone ordered tortured or executed, they will take that person’s
place;


(g) A special in-house language is used with code words and euphemisms for various types of torture,
nicknames for victims to dehumanize them, nicknames for unit members to conceal identities, and classifying
nonmembers as “outside world”;


(h) Frequent “training classes” are held depicting the target population as dangerous, criminal, conspirators,
traitors, terrorists or other undesirable labels;


(I) Torturers are desensitized to pain and learn the torture techniques from the physical and psychological
abuse incorporated into their training; and


(j) Successful torturers are given specific rewards for each confession or each desired piece of information
obtained.


Adding It All Up


If you are wondering what kind of mind and reasoning produces death squads and torture squads, there are
revealing quotes from administrations which actually created them.


Former Argentine Dictator Jorge Rafael Videla is quoted in a Daily Mail article by Leon Watson as providing the
rationale for “disappearing” perceived enemies of the status quo:


‘In every war people are crippled, killed and disappeared, their whereabouts unknown, that is a fact,’ Videla
said in an interview broadcast on local television.


‘Let’s say there were 7,000 or 8,000 people who needed to die to win the war against subversion,’ newspaper
La Nacion quoted Videla as saying in a new book ‘Final Mandate,’ by journalist Ceferino Reato, based on a
series of interviews with Videla.


‘There was no other solution,’ La Nacion reported Videla as saying. ‘We were agreed that was the price to win
the war against subversion and that we needed it not to be evident so that society didn’t notice.’
‘For that reason, to avoid provoking protests inside and outside the country, it was decided that those people
disappear. Each disappearance can certainly be understood as the cover-up of a death.’


To get some idea of the demeanor of former Dictator Videla discussing the actions of his administration, you
may view a Spanish language video of the public confession.


For additional insight revelations, compare and contrast Videla with the statements, demeanor and conduct of
Henry Kissinger, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Leon Panetta, Eric H. Holder, Jr, Janet Napolitano and President
Barack Obama.


We also have an excellent example of these bizarre and evil mental processes from the Bush Administration,
which established both torture and death squads, purportedly to operate abroad.


In the 2004 New York Times article “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” Ron Suskind
reported the following experience during “a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush” [subsequently purported to
be Karl Rove]:


In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s
former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed
the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but
which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.


The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people
who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured
something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really
works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while
you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you
can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just
study what we do.”


These “history’s actors,” and their fellow custom fabricated reality pimps and bimbos, are the individuals
responsible for getting us to where we are today. A place historian Michael Wood compares to events and
individuals responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire.


Despite expectations and pretensions to the contrary, you should note that the history of death squads
indicates it is not strong governments that produce them, but weak, ineffective governments which cannot solve
contemporary problems.
There are actually three types of death squads. In addition to the death squads acting under color of
government authority described so far, there are two other types of death squads. There are vigilante death
squads formed by “off duty” law enforcement or military, members of a political party or faction, members of a
religion or religious faction, and ethnic or other self-identified groups with an ideology that justifies mass killing.


The last category of death squads is crime related. Drug cartels and street gangs both have death squads
operating in the United States now. There are few, if any, actual random drive by shootings. These executions
are gang death squad actions produced by their ideology. Consistent with the death squad training protocols,
gang member trainees must “make their bones” (gang death squad jargon), demonstrate lack of mercy toward
victims and demonstrate hostility toward the “outside world” by executing a stranger. A glimpse of the relevant
street gang ideology can be seen in the statements made in a September 27, 2012 Chicago CBS affiliate
Walter Jacobson interview of local gang members:


“There’s no solution to the violence,” one gang member tells him. “Killing, killing is the solution.”…


“Rob, steal and kill. That’s the only way. We didn’t grow up in Beverly Hills. We don’t get it handed to us,” he
said.


“We ain’t living in Hyde Park,” added a third young man….


“The police hate us,” a young man said. “Every time they ride past us, they shoot us down and do all that. Do
what you want to do, I don’t care about you all, keep riding. Who are you all? We’re not scare of you all. I’ll fight
you too. Take that badge off.”


But he says the police cannot catch them or exact any consequences.


“I laugh at the police,” he said. “They’re a joke to me.”


There is another glaring example of death squad activity that has gone unrecognized. Regardless of whether
you believe the Zionist Israelis, Illuminati, Al Qaeda, or International Bankers are responsible for 9/11, the act
itself was carried out by a trained death squad. The ideologies attributed to each of these groups contain
elements, such as the benefits of using false flag operations, which would justify to each of them the mass
killings that occurred on 9/11.


Only One Way Out


Mass grave forensics and death squad murder prosecution evidence in other nations communicate a clear
warning. If you allow yourself to be taken into custody by a death squad or torture squad, you will no longer
have any control over how long you live, how you die, where you die, or how much pain and humiliation you will
experience before you die. If taken, you can be absolutely certain you and all those you love taken with you will
die by death squad or torture squad member hands.


Researching death squad information for this commentary, I found one thing missing from every nation on the
planet, including nations who have lived through the terror and dealt with the aftermath of death squads formed
by arrogant members of their own governments. No one anywhere has enacted laws to prevent the formation
and operation of death squads or torture squads. No model legislation exists anywhere I looked.


The ugly reality here in the United States, right now, is that we face all three types of death squads as threats
to our lives and liberty. As with other nations afflicted before us, elitist, arrogant individuals with access to
United States Government authority are training and equipping death squads to eliminate those of us who do
not meet their criteria for safe citizens. Foreign, criminal and vigilante death squads are already killing United
States citizens or have killed citizens.


On an individual basis you have no chance of surviving or remaining unaffected in an environment with all three
types of death squads operating, any of which may place your name or the name of a loved one on their final
solution list. You cannot rely on the United States Government to protect you because individuals in positions
of authority are training their own death squads and allow the death squads of nations they consider friendly to
kill us, Israel and Chile being prime examples.


The minimum level of organized resources that will give you and your family some chance of staying out of
death squad or torture squad hands is the State level. For that to happen, someone in your State Government
must be given responsibility for protecting citizens from death squads. No problem gets solved until someone is
made responsible for finding a solution. Knowing from my research that no law exists to accomplish this, I
found that I could not just write and publish this warning. I was compelled to develop model legislation to
establish a State Police Death Squad Monitoring Task Force with appropriate delineated responsibility and
authority.


As best I can determine, this is the only practical way out of the current multiple death squad threat mess for all
of us. The draft text of this Death Squad Prohibition Model Legislation is at the end of this article after the
Bibliography. I hope it will begin to fill the void for a solution to the recurring death squad problem. With the
enactment of effective antideath squad laws, death squads and torture squads will hopefully become the weak
link in the criminal, elite and arrogant having their way with the rest of us.


For those not privy, a key lobbyist secret is knowledge that few, if any, legislators have the time and skills to
draft effective legislation. The best way to get what you want out of any legislative body is to hand your
legislator a draft bill that does exactly what you want. All the legislator then has to do is send or hand deliver
the draft bill to the Legislature staff specialist who registers and turns the draft into the proper format to
introduce as an actual Bill. Five thousand people calling their legislator demanding something be done about
death squads will not be as effective as you printing off a copy of this Model Legislation and handing it to your
State Representative and Senator. If you then add in five thousand people calling for something to be done,
your chances for success will improve.


Remember that the Bill must be processed as emergency legislation to take effect immediately. A regular Bill
enacted into law will not take effect for up to a year later. We do not have that much time before we will need
effective protection.


You may also consider printing and sending this entire article and Model Legislation to your State
Representative and Senator as your request. If the Legislator or his staff has time to read the article, it will
provide some powerful context for the need to have a law.


If you live in a State which fails to enact antideath squad legislation to protect you or enacts weak, ineffective
legislation, you should seriously examine moving to a State that has enacted strong, effective legislation that
does provide protection to its citizens.


If anyone has specific suggestions for improving the power of this Model Legislation to prevent or hasten the
shutting down of operating death squads or torture squads, please send them to
thesociologist@roadrunner.com. I will put a PDF file copy of this model legislation, and update with any
effective improvements, on the Special Research Projects page of my website www.thesociologycenter.com.


Model death squad prohibition legislation


Bibliography


Cesereanu, Ruxandra


Portrait of the Torturer in the 20th Century


University of Cluj, Romania


http://ece.columbia.edu/research/intermarium/vol10no1/Portrait%20of%20the%20Torturer%20in%20the%2020t
h%20Century.pdf


Gibson, Janice T. and Haritos-Fatouros, Mika.


“The education of a torturer; there is a cruel method in the madness of teaching people to torture. Almost
anyone can learn it.”
Psychology Today v20.(Nov,1986) :pp50(6).


www.psychology.uiowa.edu/Classes/31015sca/GibsonArticle.doc


Suskind, Ron. “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush.” New York Times Magazine, October
17, 2004 [NOTE: At the end of the article on the New Your Times Magazine website appears "Correction: Nov.
14, 2004, Sunday"].


http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/17BUSH.html?_r=1&ei=5090&en=890a96189e162076&ex=125
5665600&adxnnl=1&partner=rssuserland&adxnnlx=1338160106-q9/zK475RyV3DfF4NrJm9A


History Repeating Itself: Current Context Parallels


“Viewpoint: The time Britain slid into chaos”


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18159752


“The social unrest, economic gloom and austerity in Europe today mirrors one of the greatest crises in British
history, says the historian Michael Wood.”


[NOTE: This should provide some guidance on whom to hold responsible now. It should also provide some
insights on why you should abandon any ideologies you have been recruited to that are used to jerk you
around emotionally and use you to support destructive processes. Follow the God of Truth instead of human
manipulators. In case you are unaware, truth is derived from reality, not imposed upon reality from some
ideology. JRB]


Real World Examples of How Torture Squads and Death Squads Work


A History of Greece: The Rise of the Junta in Greece


http://www.ahistoryofgreece.com/junta.htm


CIA Torture Secrets: ‘Nazi-like’ Polish black site confession (news video)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcrhoEp4TrE


Kirsh, David. Death Squads in El Salvador: A Pattern of US Complicity. Covert Action Information Bulletin #34
(Summer 1990)


http://www.skeptictank.org/files/socialis/usdeaths.htm
Oakes, Dan and Hedge, Mike. Death squad members in Australia, refugee says. July 20, 2011


http://www.smh.com.au/national/death-squad-members-in-australia-refugee-says-20110719-
1hn5y.html#ixzz1tFM0u86c


Watson, Leon. “Former dictator, 86, finally admits his regime ‘disappeared’ 7,000 or 8,000 left-wing opponents
in Argentina.” Mail Online News, April 26, 2012.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130651/Jorge-Rafael-Videla-86-admits-regime-disappeared-8-000-left-
wing-opponents-Argentina.html


[NOTE: “The full video of the public confession on missing” (Former Dictator Jorge Rafael Videla). Not in
English.


http://info.publicintelligence.net/USArmy-InternmentResettlement.pdf


[NOTE: You will need to be thoroughly familiar with these “detainee” management principles to plan escape
attempts if you become a “detainee” for purposes of torture or mass execution. The best escape plan is to
never let yourself be taken into custody for torture and/or mass execution. Even if you are taken into custody by
mistake, Management will have to consider you radicalized at that point and you will suffer the same fate as
your fellow “detainees.”]


Organizations


Redress: Ending Torture, Seeking Justice for Survivors


http://www.redress.org/home/home

http://ppjg.me/2012/10/24/what-americans-need-to-know-about-death-squads/




What Americans need to know about death
squads
Marti Oakley
9 months ago

http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/4/018/show_4018755.mp3



A recent article on PPJ titled, What Americans Need to Know About Death Squads, written by James
Roger Brown, opened the eyes of many people. Brown laid out in plain English the police state being
assembled right before our eyes with "we the people" as the intended recipients.
BIO: James Roger Brown, Sociologist, Intelligence Collection and Analysis Methodologist
Called by some "The most dangerous mind in North America," Roger's general field is sociology of
knowledge with specializations in the sociology of intelligence operations, cultural reality models, and how
cultures define and relate to the spiritual world. Roger has tested Joseph Campbell's conclusion that the
spiritual traditions of all cultures are attempts describe the same spiritual world by testing what they
identify as teachable and learnable spiritual skills to determine if the skills can be learned. In the
intelligence field Roger has developed the most advanced methodology that currently exists. One major
feature is that it can be applied to any species with a central nervous system.
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Death Squads & Collapse of Civilization
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  Date: 11-03-12

  Host: John B. Wells

Guests: James Roger Brown, Glynis McCants

Conducting a five-hour broadcast (Download Hour 5 MP3), John B. Wells was joined by sociologist and
analysis methodologist James Roger Brown for a discussion of his work documenting pseudoscience,
science fraud, structural corruption, and organized crime in government agencies and programs.
Brown's research is based on his own mathematical model which describes social processes using
neural structures, or biological programs, as the unit of analysis. If we could scan neural structures,
entire libraries of knowledge could be preserved in perpetuity, he speculated. In addition, it would
allow for the development of a dictionary of neural structures that could be used to thwart terrorist
acts, Brown noted. Neural scanning technology could also be used for nefarious purposes. One could
theoretically develop a weapon to target specific groups with certain learned skills (biological
programs), such as lawyers, he proposed.

Brown disclosed the reality of clandestine death squads in the United States. Some are officially
sanctioned by the federal government, while others are more properly grouped into either the
vigilante or gang category, he revealed. As an example, Brown claimed that Israelis have been
granted permission to enter the country and kill American citizens. Any religious or political
organization with threatening ideologies, such that they can justify killing other people, will give rise to
death squads, he said. Brown admitted that he has been the target of such groups. The only way to
protect oneself is to enact legislation that assigns the responsibility to the state police since death
squads are a process of the federal government, he suggested.

According to Brown, our civilization is in the process of collapse similar to the fall of the Roman
Empire. He noted that the Mayans appear to be correct about a coming time of crisis. Brown
commented on the ATF gunwalking scandal in which American guns were sold to Mexican drug cartel,
as well as revealed that the Chinese are smuggling containers of AK-47s and pre-positioning them in
the U.S. He thinks this may be a precursor to war. Brown believes the breakdown of society could land
us back in the Stone Age and he encouraged listeners to begin making preparations. He also spoke
about science fraud in the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2, as well as the reality of
UFOs and extraterrestrials. ETs are here for intelligence collection and analysis, and because they
have legitimate grievances from past human activity, Brown said.


Numerology Update
In the first hour, numerologist Glynis McCants talked about numerological patterns, significant dates,
and what she sees ahead for the presidential election. Barack Obama is in the fight of his life because
he is in a personal year of '8', she explained, noting that despite his obvious campaign fatigue he
shares a life path number '2' with two-term presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, which she
believes gives him a slight edge. Mitt Romney has a '6' for leadership and is entering a cycle of '3'
which is all about communication, McCants said, suggesting that this could mean he will be the next
president. Regardless of the outcome, running mate Paul Ryan will be a force to be reckoned with in
politics, she predicted. Speaking about the sense of anxiety many are feeling presently, McCants
indicated that the year 2012 produces a world number of '5' which promotes chaos and drama. She
pointed to several significant dates coming up: 12/12/12, a good day to launch a creative endeavor
and 12/21/12, then end of the Mayan calendar and what McCants described as a healing date. On
11/11 McCants recommended listeners light a white candle and write down something they would like
to achieve.

Website(s):
  thesociologycenter.com
  numberslady.com
Book(s):

 Pseudoscience and Pseudologic in Psychological Testing
 Glynis Has Your Number
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America's Hired Death Squads and Torture Teams Are
Still Operating in Iraq
A 15-month investigation exploring war crimes long denied by the Pentagon lays out
the tragic truth.




A Wave of Sexual Terrorism In Iraq


April 7, 2013 |


Death squads, torture, secret prisons in Iraq, and General David Petraeus are among the featured
atrocities in a recently-released new British documentary – James Steele: America’s Mystery Man in
Iraq – the result of a 15-month investigation by Guardian Films and BBC Arabic, exploring war crimes
long denied by the Pentagon but confirmed by thousands of military field reports made public by
Wikileaks.
The hour-long film explores the arc of American counterinsurgency brutality from Viet-Nam to Iraq, with
stops along the way in El Salvador and Nicaragua. James Steele is now a retired U.S. colonel who first
served in Viet-Nam as a company commander in 1968-69. He later made his reputation as a military
advisor in El Salvador, where he guided ruthless Salvadoran death squads in the 1980s.


When his country called again in 2003, he came out of retirement to train Iraqi police commandos in the
bloodiest techniques of counterinsurgency that evolved into that country’s Shia-Sunni civil war that at its
peak killed 3,000 people a month. Steele now lives in a gated golf community in Brian, Texas, and did not
respond to requests for an interview for the documentary bearing his name.


James Steele: America’s Mystery Man in Iraq is online


News coverage of this documentary has been largely absent in mainstream media. The Guardian had a
report, naturally, at the time of release and DemocracyNOW had a long segment on March 22 that
includes an interview with veteran, award-winning reporter Maggie O’Kane, as well as several excerpts
from the movie she directed.


The documentary is available online at the Guardian and several other websites.


James Steele opens with a montage of soldiers, some masked, taking prisoners, some hooded, as the
woman narrator sets the stage:


“This is one of the great untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion, the United
States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture centers to fight the
[Sunni] insurgency….


“This is also the story of James Steele, the veteran of America’s dirty war in El Salvador. He was in
charge of the U.S. advisers who trained notorious Salvadoran paramilitary units to fight left-wing
guerrillas. In the course of that civil war, 75,000 people died, and over a million people became refugees.


“Steele was chosen by the Bush administration to work with General David Petraeus to organize these
paramilitary police commandos.”


U.S. Counterinsurgency Requires Secret Prisons, Torture, Death Squads


The documentary concentrates on the creation and activities of the Iraqi police commandos who
executed American policy in the face of Iraqi resistance the U.S. had never anticipated, having expected
to be greeted as liberators. There are only glancing references to the policy failures that created the
crisis, such as disbanding the army and most of the government of Iraq or assuming that six U.S. police
professionals would be sufficient to train a civilian police force capable of keeping peace in a nation of 30
million people.


Steele was in Iraq early in 2003 as an “energy consultant” with easy access to authorities like Gen.
Petraeus, even though what he actually did in Iraq remained a mystery to most people. As the Sunni
insurgency developed, Steele was brought in to organize counterinsurgency. Though still, technically, a
civilian, he worked closely with Gen. Petraeus and reported directly to Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld.


Steele set about working with Iraqi officers to organize “special police units” under military control, as the
notion of a civilian police force faded. By April 2005 there were nine battalions of these police
commandos operating in Iraq, with some 5,000 in Baghdad alone.


When The Body Count Rises, the New York Times Notices


With more and more bodies left on the streets during the night, with secret prisons spreading across the
country, with reports of disappearances and torture proliferating, the New York Times took notice, at least
to the extent of publishing a Sunday magazine cover story on May 1, 2005, by Peter Maass titled, “The
Salvadorization of Iraq.” By then, anyone who wanted to know the level of American-sanctioned brutality
in Iraq would have had little difficulty doing so.


Conditions worsened and reports kept coming throughout 2005 and 2006.


On October 2005, one of the Iraqi generals involved in the secret prisons fled Iraq and spoke out publicly
from Jordan about what was happening in his country. Steele came to visit the general in Jordan, the
general recalled, apparently to see if the general had any evidence – pictures, documents, tapes that
could give Steele cause for concern. None have yet appeared.


Of course American media did not pursue the terror-fighting-terror story very hard, and the U.S.
government denied most bad news. At a news conference on November 29, 2005, a reporter asked a
timid question about the killings and Sec. Rumsfield said he had not seen any reports. Following a week
follow-up question, he said he had no data from the field – even though the truth was that Steele had
reported six weeks earlier that the Shia death squads were operating effectively from his perspective.
U.S. Was Cold, Heartless, Ruthless, and Finally Fruitless


In the documentary, Steele is described as a cold and ruthless man by an Iraqi who knew him. “He lacks
human feeling,” the Iraqi general says, “his heart has died.”


The moral vacuity of the American leadership during the Iraq war is illustrated in an exchange at a press
briefing on international human rights law, in particular the treatment of prisoners, that illustrates Sec.
Rumsfeld’s polite but ignorant numbness:


GEN. PETER PACE: It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see
inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene, to stop it.


SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD: But I don’t think you mean they have an obligation to
physically stop it; it’s to report it.


GEN. PETER PACE: If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they
have an obligation to try to stop it.


When a Cover-up Works, No One Is Held Accountable


Sec. Rumsfeld, presumably never present during inhumane treatment of a prisoner, apparently never
made any effort to stop it, or to report it, or even to know about it. In that he was following the classic
pattern of a cover-up as articulated by Nixon fund-raiser Maurice Stans during Watergate: “I don’t want to
know, and you don’t want to know.”


The Guardian/BBC investigation into torture and death squads on Rumsfeld’s watch started after
Wikileaks provided the Guardian with almost 400,000 previously secret U.S. Army field reports, whose
release is attributed to Bradley Manning. The Pentagon has not disputed the truth of the
documents. The government has arrested and tortured Manning, 25, a former intelligence officer, who is
currently on trial in a military court where he has pled guilty to 10 of 22 charges for which he could be
sentenced to 20 years in prison. The prosecution is demanding a life sentence.


After the Stele documentary was released March 6, the Guardian invited comment from the
Pentagon. Having declined to take part in the documentary as it was being made, the Pentagon said it
would study the film and perhaps comment at a later date.
Unhappy with the documentary in a completely different way is Kieran Kelly whose blog critiques the
movie under the headline: "The Guardian's Death Squad Documentary May Shock and Disturb, But the
Truth is Far Worse" – a claim he argues at length. For example, he criticizes the movie’s acceptance that
“only” 120,000 Iraqis died in this American war, and he wonders how that “fact” squares with a million
widows in Iraq?


Realistically, ten years after the American invasion, the Iraq war isn’t close to over. It’s just that, having
prompted the Iraqis to kill each other the U.S. has left them to it.


William M. Boardman has over 40 years experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20

years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public

Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and

Sciences.

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The Fallout of a Liberal Vote



Obama in 2012, American Death Squads in
2016
by AMOS BURRITT

What would be best sign of a true dictatorship in this country? Most people would probably say it would be the
government’s power to kill you, or lock you away forever in prison, without ever needing clear evidence that you
are guilty of any crime, and without ever allowing you a day in court.

It is a sign of the times we live in that this most outrageous assault on the Constitution and all American citizens by
President Obama hardly merits comment by the Press, and is totally ignored by most Obama supporters. After all,
what’s the problem with a few death squads directed from Washington, so long as they kill the right people?

And who are the right people? Terrorists, of course. Or those who aid and abet terrorists. And how do you define
these terrorists? Well, if the government says they are terrorists, then that’s what they are.
So much for that issue, let’s move on to the next. Let’s reelect a president who has tenaciously and so far
successfully fought to have this power of passing sentence and executing those he doesn’t like. No big deal, or at
least not enough to reject voting for him if you live in a swing state. After all, doesn’t Romney’s support for drone
killing and his lack of criticism of Obama’s Kill List indicate that he would support this policy when in office? And
given that fact, wouldn’t Obama be an all-round better presidential choice than Romney?

This is the “lesser of two evils” theory, and it seems to work with progressive voters in particular. In truth, this same
4 year theory of change has been widely discussed and defended for the last 28 – count them -years. And now, we
have arrived at the point when this “Lesser of Two Evils” has determined that the executive branch of our
government has the right to murder whomever it pleases, with no legal restraints at all.

Now let’s consider, in the real world, how this delusional three-decade-old game of tactics currently being
advocated by progressives such as Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, etc, may play out in the future.

1)President Obama is reelected, with the begrudging “crucial” votes of “pragmatic” progressives in swing states, just
as they have voted for similar candidates every four years since the Ronald Reagan changed the idea of what is
politically acceptable in this country.

2)Sometime after Obama’s reelection, probably sooner than later, the world economy implodes. Keynesian
strategies no longer work, as the US and other debt-ridden countries have no more money to spend their way out of
such an implosion. The world conditions which offered the US this avenue after WWII, the only time our
government had greater levels of per capita debt than now, no longer exist. Ever-rising government and private debt
in the US of over $58 trillion, similar levels of debt for most other major industrial powers except China, a lack of
viable new markets, rapidly shrinking world natural resources, a life-supporting ecosystem under assault from all
directions including global climate change, all in the face of 78 million new people each year, makes a global
economic collapse a certainty. The only question is when.

3)After a massive stock market plunge within the near future, which could be triggered by any number of different
causes, a fast-growing portion of middle class Americans join the poor. Huge numbers become increasingly angry
and desperate. Even now, before such a meltdown, 47 million Americans are on food stamps. The Obama
administration, with Congressional support, becomes increasingly repressive in the face of ensuing protests and
outright rebellion. The expansion of surveillance and tracking of all citizens continues its relentless expansion
under the Hitlerian rubric of “Homeland Security.” US involvement in war overseas, supported by Obama and the
Congress in a vain attempt to maintain a crumbling US empire based on military force, results in ever-greater
foreign resistance from countries under attack by the US. At home, even without conscription, domestic resistance
and anger over these priorities increases. (Relying on a professional military, rather than conscription, is yet another
example of superior strategic thinking within far right circles.)

4)Desperate citizens, along with government provocateurs, increasingly lash out with firearms and violence.
Peaceful resistance, as usual, is heavily infiltrated by government agents who advocate violence and internal
dissension. Hate crimes and violence against Hispanic minorities, in particular, soars. The combination of this
explosion of violence is then used as the justification by the corporate-owned media and antigun
liberals/progressives in demanding stricter government regulations of firearms. Possibly, government assassins
unconnected with Obama might help encourage this unified front by killing a few of the leftists they particularly
dislike, while framing others for these murders. (Think the unsolved anthrax murders in the lead-up to the invasion
of Iraq.) Obama and his congressional supporters then move to disarm the American citizenry, and right wing
Republicans, who for years have been quietly trying to figure out the sticky problem of how to accomplish this
themselves, “reluctantly” follow Obama’s lead during a declared national emergency.

5)As a new 2016 election cycle approaches, the corporate media, which has succeeded in brainwashing so many
Americans for so many years, easily channels this widespread public rage against Obama and the “liberal”
Democrats. With no viable alternative appearing on their TV sets which makes sense to the majority of voters, the
American public falls prey to the demagogy of a new hard right Republican Party. This party saturates the airwaves
with pre election ads and in 2016, a truly far right wing Republican president is elected into office.
6)Now the chickens come home to roost, just as they did in Germany after the election of Hitler in 1933 during a
deepening depression which began 3 yrs earlier with a global stock market crash. Any serious resistance to the
government is labeled by a 2016 Republican administration as supporting terrorism. Alternative web sites and
communications between activists are shut down by the government, leaving the corporate media in control of most
of what is aired and published. Other forms of protests are met with heavy government repression.

What kind of repression would this be? In all likelihood, the kind of repression which President Obama put into
place during his first term: the murder or indefinite detention of US citizens with no due process. Just as the
Reagan White House, with support from powerful Democratic groups such as the AFL-CIO under Lane Kirkland
was instrumental in ensuring the murder of tens of thousands of unarmed organizers, union members, civil rights
leaders, peasants, teachers, students, priests, nuns, etc, in a countries like El Salvador and its Central American
neighbors, the new Republican administration will do the same here at home. And just as in many of those cases
from the 1980’s under Reagan, state murders in this country will be carried out not through tanks, artillery and
jets, which could be broadcast on TV to the horror if its citizens, but through shadowy paramilitary death squads
which the government organizes and supports while still maintaining “plausible deniability.” These death squads
will be successful in terrorizing the American public into submission, however, only when the civilians they are
targeting have first been disarmed. This operation could certainly be a two-stage process between a Democratic and
Republican administration. For example, Obama might successfully succeed in enacting gun registration, while a
following right wing Republican government could then coordinate a mass confiscation of civilian firearms, when
its traditional alliance with a group like the NRA is no longer necessary.

Too far a stretch, even in Oct 2012, to imagine that such a dictatorship could happen here in 2016 after Obama’s
second election sets the stage? Let’s consider just one well-known example: the case of Dinesh D’Souza. Many
readers know him as the creator of the recent box office hit “documentary” entitled “2016: The Roots of Obama’s
Rage.” D’Souza’s history also includes his position as a policy analyst in Reagan’s Cabinet, his affiliation with a
number of well-known conservative organizations, and the author of numerous books, many of them on the New
York Times best sellers list.

What kind of a role would someone like D’Souza happily play as an advisor under a future right-wing Republican
dictatorship? Who would someone like him designate as enemies of our country who need to be murdered or
incarcerated forever without trial or evidence, thanks to the tools which the Obama Administration gave him?
Consider this passage from his book “The Enemy at Home: The Cultural left and its responsibility for 9/11” (pages
289-90.)

Unlike (Senator Joe) McCarthy…..I intend to name the enemies at home….I offer this roster of people and groups
that deserve the label of domestic insurgents.” (These are):

The Congressional Left: Ted Kennedy, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Robert
Byrd, Patty Murray, Barbara Mikulski, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangel, Carl Levin, Tom Lantos, Maxine Waters, Ed
Markey, John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney, Barney Frank, Jim McDermott, and Jack Reed.

The Intellectual Left: Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Richard Rorty, Martha Nussbaum, Rashid
Khalidi, Eric Hobsbawm, Cornel West, Sean Wilentz, Paul Starr, Robert Reich, Eric Foner, Lauence Tribe, Henry
Louis Gates, Tony Judt, Thomas Frank, and Garry Wills
The Hollywood left” Martin Sheen , Barbra Streisand, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte,
Rob Reiner, Rosie O’Donnell, Oliver Stone, Danny Golver, Jane Fonda, Spike Lee, Alec Baldwin, Norman Lear,
Cameron Diaz, Sharon Stone, Ed Asner and Janeane Garofalo
The Activist Left: Howard Dean, Michael Morre, George Soros, Cindy Sheehan, Ramsey Clark, Nicholas De
Genova, Markos Moulitsas, Nan Aron, Ralph Neas, Paul Begala, Amy Goodman, Ward Churchill, Jim Wallis,
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Gary Kamiya, and Arundhati Roy

The Foreign Policy Left: Chalmers Johnson, Robert Fisk, David Cole, Gore Vidal, Jonathan Schell, William Blum,
James Carroll, Seymour Hersh, Jimmy Carter, Bob Herbert, George Galloway, Mark Danner, Robert Scheer, Juan
Cole, Anthony Lewis, and Richard Falk
The Cultural Left: Frank Rich, Al Franken, Maureen Dowd, Salman Rushdie, Tony Kushner, Toni Morrison, Jane
Smiley, Arianna Huffington, Eve Ensler, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer, Katha Pollitt, Eric Alterman, Karen
Armstrong, Bill Moyers, Ellen Willis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Molly Ivins, Mari Matsuda, Thomas Frank, Joe Conason
and Wendy Kaminer

Leftist Organizations: Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER,) United for Peace and Justice, Peaceful
Tomorrow, Open Society Institute, National Lawyers Guild, Human Rights Watch, Center for Constitutional Rights,
Amnesty International, Ford Foundation, Code Pink, Planned Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
National Aortion Rights Action League (NARAL,) People for the American Way, and moveon.org”

Keep in mind that someone like D’Souza is hardly unique, and that his take on the “enemy at home” in 2007 will
hardly become less extreme during a period of much greater domestic crisis. Certainly, our government will have
no lack of human resources when in comes to enlisting people like Mr. D’Souza in dealing with “domestic
insurgents.” I have included his entire list so that one can appreciate the breadth of the groups a tyrannical right
wing government, using the tools given it by President Obama, might consider to be enemies of the state. Consider,
also, that this particular list was compiled before the 2008 mortgage crisis, during a relatively stable economy, and
that this list is one which the author had no compunction about sharing with anyone.

Now, consider what would be the alternative if Mitt Romney were to win, who also supports Obama’s claim that the
government is entitled to murder or incarcerate American citizens without due process. Here, the probable short
term results have been well-aired in pro-Obama circles. However, in some critical areas, such as the Supreme
Court, it is really the Congress and Senate which matter more than the president. Either president would be offering
nominees which they hope will uphold their concept of absolute tyranny, so the difference in this respect is minimal.
Moreover, a Romney presidency also means that in one very important case concerning freedom in this country
from government tyranny – his position of somewhat freeing public schools from centralized government control –
the Republican platform is actually more progressive, in the sense of liberty, than that of the Democrats.

Romney’s authoritarian vision of this country in general, of course, clearly exceeds that of Obama’s, and certainly
Romney would pursue a much stronger course of repression during his 2012 term than Obama would, very probably
including gun control. However, the point is that Romney’s attempt to confront our current economic problems
through tax cuts for the rich and large corporations will also fall victim to the same economic collapse which would
happen under Obama’s watch. And if this doesn’t happen in his next four years (highly unlikely given his position
on Iran alone,) then almost certainly it will happen during Romney’s second term. And as a new election cycle
approaches, it will thus be the right wing Republican party which is identified as the target in the mind of average
voters, despite all the twisted and desperate alternative theories put forth by the corporate media to convince them
otherwise. Thus, a Romney presidency in 2012 will provide one more chance for real change in 2016, assuming that
the progression of future events as outlined here is at least somewhat accurate, and assuming that Romney is unable
to assume the role of dictator for life during his first 4 yrs.

Obama supporters, whether they are enthusiastic followers or just calculating strategists, can say whatever they like,
but the truth is simple. For over a quarter of a century, it has been a fundamental lack of principles among most
Democratic candidates, chosen by their party mainly because they were deemed “electable,” who share a major
responsibility for where we are now. And now we have finally arrived at the bizarre date in US history when
educated and sophisticated progressives – not even avowed Democratic party members – are advising voters in
swing states to vote for a president who, for the first time in US history, has established a policy of government
murder or lifetime incarceration of American citizens with no due process at all.

One can only say this to these reluctant Obama supporters: Unlike the innocent civilians in other countries whom
this Administration is murdering, you will unfortunately be more deserving of your own fate when the time comes,
even if you were holding your nose while encouraging others to reelect him.f

Amos Burritt is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/29/obama-in-2012-american-death-squads-in-2016/
American Death Squad

Obama inherits Cheney's army of assassins – and promotes their commander

by Justin Raimondo, May 20, 2009

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As the story of Bush administration’s war crimes comes out in fits and starts, it appears that
torture is only one aspect – and not the worst, by any means – of this horrific history. In an
interview in mid-March, Seymour Hersh let slip the following:

"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."

Well, yes, that’s hardly surprising. The PATRIOT Act and other legislation [.pdf] passed by
Congress gives the government the legal "right" to spy on American citizens and, in the case of
Jose Padilla, lock them up without a trial and throw away the key. But, as Hersh reveals, it gets
worse. Much worse:

“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. … Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries,
not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing
them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us."

Well, yes, that’s not too surprising, either, actually. It’s so – what’s the word? – Cheneyesque.
Those Rethuglicans! Well, we’re past all that now. The Dear Leader’s in the White House, and
it’s time to move on, right? Oh wait…

It turns out the commander of this international order of assassins has just been appointed by
Defense Secretary Robert Gates to head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. As part of the "fresh
thinking" in the Obama administration, epitomized by the COIN crowd, Lt. Gen. Stanley
McChrystal replaces Gen. David McKiernan. So who is McChrystal? A 2006 profile in
Newsweek put it this way:

"JSOC is part of what Vice President Dick Cheney was referring to when he said America would
have to ‘work the dark side’ after 9/11. To many critics, the veep’s remark back in 2001 fostered
his rep as the Darth Vader of the war on terror and presaged bad things to come, like the
interrogation abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay. But America also has its share of
Jedi Knights who are fighting in what Cheney calls ‘the shadows.’ And McChrystal, an affable
but tough Army Ranger, and the Delta Force and other elite teams he commands are among
them."

The dark side includes McChrystal’s overseeing of Camp Nama, a detainee center outside of
Baghdad (since renamed and relocated) notorious for its brutality. The very same administration
that is up on its high horse about forbidding torture has just elevated one of the chief torturers to
direct Obama’s war in Afghanistan. It is hardly inconceivable that what we saw at Camp Nama –
beatings, degradation of prisoners, and outright, cold-blooded murder – is going to be replicated
on a nationwide scale.

That’s what they call "fresh thinking" over at Obama’s Pentagon.

The response to all this – or, rather, the non-response – indicates to me that torture is not really
the issue, as far as the Obamaites and their amen corner in the media are concerned, it’s who’s
doing the torturing. If Bush and Cheney ordered it, it’s reprehensible and might even be a war
crime. If, however, a known torture-enabler is elevated by Obama’s secretary of defense to the
position of commander of our armed forces in Afghanistan – well, then, that’s a far different
matter.

Yes, I know, it’s hard to believe such brazen hypocrisy really exists, but here it is, right in front
of us, in the person of Human Rights Watch investigator Marc Garlasco. Garlasco, who
investigated and helped expose the abuses at Camp Nama, thinks the question of whether
McChrystal ought to be confirmed as Afghan commander is "a tough one." Really? Well, yes,
according to him:

"I defend McChrystal to myself because I think he’s the right guy for the job. [He is] in the
Petraeus model, a new-thinking guy who is not thinking in terms of massive troops and kinetic
kills, but non-lethal power – economic issues, winning the population over. In that mold, he’s the
right guy.”

It was McChrystal who had operational command over Camp Nama. He kept out the
International Red Cross, and he was personally present in the camp while torture was going on.
Now he’s going to be overseeing the conduct of the "Af-Pak" war, so don’t be too surprised to
see an entire country, and portions of another, turned into one giant Camp Nama. What gets me
is that it’s all being done in the name of a kinder, gentler approach to the "art" of
counterinsurgency, and presided over by the best, the brightest, the most liberal administration
since FDR.

I don’t know what’s worse: the crimes themselves, or those who rationalize them, such as the
author of the Esquire piece that exposed Camp Nama, linked to above, who has decided that
McChrystal is one of the good guys – and that Cheney might not be that bad after all. A more
egregious apologia has never been uttered, at least not since the war criminals of yesteryear
declared they were only following orders. Okay, he admits, excusing Cheney may be going a bit
"too far," but hands off McChrystal – and, of course, Obama.
That someone so conversant with the abuses perpetrated by Commander Dark Side could take
this position is an indicator of just how far the moral corruption that characterized the Bush era
has penetrated – and how long it’s going to take for us to return to some semblance of normality.
Author John H. Richardson ridicules McChrystal’s critics as "armchair moralists," to which the
only appropriate reply is: Better an armchair moralist than an armchair torturer and executioner.

Yet Camp Nama is hardly the worst of McChrystal’s walks on the "dark side." Remember, Hersh
reported that JSOC was (and presumably still is) going around killing "high-value targets" on a
global scale, murdering people from the Middle East to Central America. The criterion for
selecting the victims was (and presumably still is) whether, in Hersh’s phrase, they had engaged
in or were planning "anti-American activities."

Isn’t anyone curious as to who qualified for a hit? Congress is threatening to investigate the use
of torture techniques during interrogations, but what about the murderous rampage we’ve been
conducting for the past eight years? Who fell victim to our army of assassins?

Along these lines, I note a completely phony – and obviously planted – story that "reports" Hersh
saying JSOC murdered Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese leader whose assassination set off a
countrywide crisis. He has naturally denied saying this, but what’s interesting is that the false
story was timed just as questions about McChrystal’s tenure at JSOC and Camp Nama were
being raised. Not that the U.S. government or anyone connected with it would ever try to
discredit one of its most credible critics – heaven forbid!

With the appointment, and likely confirmation, of McChrystal, it is clear that the "change" we
were promised by Obama is just a change of faces: the policies, at least on the foreign policy
front, are remarkably similar. Indeed, the Obamaites may prove to be even more brutal and
arrogant than their immediate predecessors, and they’ll get away with it far longer than the
Bushies did. That’s because the media is in the tank for Obama, as our fundraising copy put it the
other day – just like Marc Garlasco.

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                     Death Squads in El Salvador:

                          A Pattern of U.S. Complicity

                                     by David Kirsch
                            Covert Action Quarterly, Summer 1990
In 1963, the U.S. government sent 10 Special Forces personnel to El Salvador to
help General Jose Alberto Medrano set up the Organizacion Democratica
Nacionalista (ORDEN)-the first paramilitary death squad in that country. These
Green Berets assisted in the organization and indoctrination of rural "civic" squads
which gathered intelligence and carried out political assassinations in coordination
with the Salvadoran military.

Now, there is compelling evidence to show that for over 30 years, members of the
U.S. military and the CIA have helped organize, train, and fund death squad activity
in El Salvador.

In the last eight years, six Salvadoran military deserters have publicly
acknowledged their participation in the death squads. Their stories are notable
because they not only confirm suspicions that the death squads are made up of
members of the Salvadoran military, but also because each one implicates U.S.
personnel in death squad activity.

The term "death squad" while appropriately vivid, can be misleading because it
obscures their fundamental identity. Evidence shows that "death squads" are
primarily military or paramilitary units carrying out political assassinations and
intimidation as part of the Salvadoran government's counterinsurgency strategy.
Civilian death squads do exist but have often been comprised of off-duty soldiers
financed by wealthy Salvadoran businessmen.

It is important to point out that the use of death squads has been a strategy of U.S.
counterinsurgency doctrine. For example, the CIA's "Phoenix Program" was
responsible for the "neutralization" of over 40,000 Vietnamese suspected of
working with the National Liberation Front.

Part of the U.S. counterinsurgency program was run from the Office of Public Safety
(OPS). OPS was part of U.S. AID, and worked with the Defense Department and the
CIA to modernize and centralize the repressive capabilities of client state police
forces, including those in El Salvador. In 1974 Congress ordered the discontinuation
of OPS.

In spite of the official suspension of police assistance between 1974 and 1985, CIA
and other U.S . officials worked with Salvadoran security forces throughout the
restricted period to centralize and modernize surveillance, to continue training, and
to fund key players in the death squad network.
Even though the U.S. government's police training program had been thoroughly
discredited, the Reagan administration found other channels through which to
reinstate police assistance for El Salvador and Honduras. Attached to this assistance
is the requirement that the president certify that aid recipients do not engage in
torture, political persecution, or assassination. Even so, certain members of
Congress showed concern over the reinstatement of police aid to repressive
regimes. In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Senator Claiborne Pell
(Dem.-Rhode Island) asked, "I was talking about cattle prods specifically. Would
they be included or not?"

Undersecretary of State for Latin American Affair Elliott Abrams replied, "Well, I
would say that in my view if the police of Costa Rica, with their democratic
tradition, say that for crowd control purposes they would like to have 50 shot [sic]
batons, as they are called in a nonagricultural context, I would personally want to
give it to them. I think that government has earned enough trust, as I think we have
earned enough trust, not to be questioned, frankly, about exporting torture
equipment. But I would certainly be in favor of giving it to them if they want it."



Death Squad Members, Testimony

Cesar Vielman Joya Martinez, a soldier in the First Infantry Brigade's Department 2
(Intelligence), is the most recent Salvadoran to admit his involvement in death
squad activity. At a November 1, 1989 press conference Joya Martinez stated that
certain military units in Department 2 carried out "heavy interrogation" (a
euphemism for torture) after which the victims were killed. The job of his unit was
to execute people by strangulation, slitting their throats, or injecting them with
poison. He admitted killing eight people and participating in many more executions.
He stated that the Brigade Commander had sent written orders to carry out the
killings and that the use of bullets was forbidden because they might be traced to
the military.

Joya Martinez also claims that one of the U.S. advisers working with the First
Brigade sat at a desk next to his and received "all the reports from our agents on
clandestine captures, interrogations...but we did not provide them with reports on
the executions. They did not want to hear of the actual killings." U.S. advisers
authorized expenses for such extras as black glass on squad vans to allow
executions to take place unobserved; provided $4,000 for the monthly budget; and
conducted classes in recruiting informants and conducting intelligence
reconnaissance.
Another Salvadoran soldier, Ricardo Castro, is the first officer to come forward with
information about death squad activity. Castro graduated from West Point in 1973
and was a company commander in the Salvadoran Army. He translated for several
U.S. advisers who taught, among other subjects, interrogation techniques. Castro
claims that one U.S. instructor worked out of the Sheraton Hotel (taken over briefly
during the November 1989 FMLN offensive) and emphasized psychological
techniques. Castro recalled a class where Salvadoran soldiers asked the adviser
about an impasse in their torture sessions:

He was obviously against torture a lot of the time. He favored selective torture....
When they learned some thing in class, they might go back to their fort that night
and practice.... I remember very distinctly some students talking about the fact that
people were conking out on them...as they were administering electric shock. 'We
keep giving him the electric shock, and he just doesn't respond. What can we do?'....
The American gave a broad smile and said, 'You've got to surprise him. We know
this from experience. Give him a jolt. Do something that will just completely amaze
him, and that should bring him out of it."

Castro revealed that he held monthly briefings with then deputy CIA chief of station
in El Salvador Frederic Brugger who had recruited him for intelligence work after
meeting at an interrogation class. Castro also claimed to have knowledge of the
perpetration of large massacres of civilians by Army Department 5.

In December 1981, he met in Morazan Province with one of the officers that the U.S.
instructor had advised. "They had two towns of about 300 people each, and they
were interrogating them to see what they knew. Since I...knew something about
interrogations, he said he might want me to help. The Major told me that after the
interrogation, they were going to kill them all." Castro was, however, reassigned
and did not participate. Later, his pro-government mother told him, "You know, son,
these guerrillas, they invent the wildest lies. They say that in December, 600
civilians were killed in Morazan." "Oh, shit, I was hoping I'd been dreaming it," he
thought. "I later found out, they did go in and kill them after all."

Rene Hurtado worked as intelligence agent for the Treasury Police, one of the three
Salvadoran paramilitary forces. After a falling out with an officer, he fled to
Minnesota, took refuge with a Presbyterian Church congregation, and began
describing routine torture methods used by paramilitary forces. These included
beatings, electric shock, suffocation, and mutilation. He described techniques such
as tearing the skin from " interrogation" subjects, sticking needles into them, or
beating them in such a manner that lasting internal injuries but no telltale external
marks would be sustained. According to Hurtado, CIA employees and Green Berets
taught some of these torture techniques to the Treasury Police in Army staff
headquarters.
General John Vessey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was particularly
disturbed by the implication of the Green Berets and initiated an investigation. The
investigator from the Army Criminal Investigation Division stated, "My job was to
clear the Army's name and I was going to do whatever [was] necessary to do that."
Hurtado refused to cooperate with the investigator on the advice of a member of
Congress whom the church parishioners had called upon. When the investigator was
told this by the minister, he responded, "Tell Mr. Hurtado that the Congressman has
given him very costly advice. When I went to El Salvador to investigate his
allegations, at the advice of the U.S. Ambassador, I did not talk to members of the
Salvadoran military. If I go again and talk to the military, we don't know who will be
hurt, do we?''

Following revelations of U.S. involvement in death squad activities, the House and
Senate Intelligence Committees reported on allegations of U.S. complicity in death
squad activity. The Republican-dominated Senate panel confirmed that Salvadoran
officials were involved, but denied any direct U.S. role, keeping certain portions of
its report classified. The House Committee stated that, "U.S. intelligence agencies
have not conducted any of their activities in such a way as to directly encourage or
support death-squad activities." Rep. James Shannon (Dem.-Mass.), who requested
the inquiry, commented that the report was "certainly not as conclusive as the
committee makes it sound.''



Varelli, Carranza, Montano, and others

Frank Varelli is the son of a former Salvadoran Minister of Defense and National
Police commander. When Varelli's family came to the U.S. in 1980, Varelli started
working as an FBI informant. Years later, he publicly revealed his role in FBI covert
operations against domestic organizations opposing Reagan's Central American
policy. He has also asserted that the Salvadoran National Guard gave him death lists
which he compared to lists of Salvadorans in the U.S. awaiting deportation back to
El Salvador. Varelli believes some may have been killed on their return to El
Salvador. He reported these contacts with the National Guard to the FBI.

Former Colonel Roberto Santivanez claimed that the then chief of the Salvadoran
Treasury Police, Nicolas Carranza, was the officer most active with the death
squads. Colonel Carranza is also alleged to have received $90,000 annually from the
CIA. Carranza has confirmed the close working relationship of the paramilitary
forces with U.S. intelligence. "[They] have collaborated with us in a certain technical
manner, providing us with advice. They receive information from everywhere in the
world, and they have sophisticated equipment that enables them to better inform or
at least confirm the information we have. It's very helpful.''
Carlos Antonio Gomez Montano was a paratrooper stationed at Ilopango Air Force
Base. He claimed to have seen eight Green Beret advisers watching two "torture
classes" during which a 17-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were tortured.
Montano claimed that his unit and the Green Berets were joined by Salvadoran Air
Force Commander Rafael Bustillo and other Salvadoran officers during these two
sessions in January 1981. A Salvadoran officer told the assembled soldiers,
"[watching] will make you feel more like a man.''

Above are the accounts of the death squad deserters. Non military sources have also
reported the participation of U.S. personnel. For example, another (highly placed
anonymous civilian) source maintained that Armed Forces General Staff
Departments 2 and 5 (organized with help from U.S. Army Colonel David Rodriguez,
a Cuban-American) used tortures such as beating, burning and electric shock. U.S.
involvement has also been asserted in sworn accounts by some victims of torture.
Jose Ruben Carrillo Cubas, a student, gave testimony that during his detention by
the Long Distance Reconnaissance Patrol (PRAL) in 1986, a U.S. Army Major
tortured him by applying electric shocks to his back and ears.

Various sources have reported the use of U.S.-manufactured torture equipment.
Rene Hurtado, for example, explained, "There re some very sophisticated
methods...of torture..[like the machine] that looks like a radio, like a transformer; it
s about 15 centimeters across, with connecting wires. It says General Electric on
it...."

Many other documented accounts of brutality by U.S. trained and advised military
units exist. Indeed, the elite Atlacatl Battalion has been implicated in several
massacres over the past ten years and members of the battalion have been indicted
for the November slayings of the six Jesuit priests and two women.

It is widely accepted, in the mainstream media and among human rights
organizations, that the Salvadoran government is responsible for most of the 70,000
deaths which are the result of ten years of civil war. The debate, however, has
dwelled on whether the death squads are strictly renegade military factions or a
part of the larger apparatus. The evidence indicates that the death squads are
simply components of the Salvadoran military. And that their activities are not only
common knowledge to U.S. agencies, but that U.S. personnel have been integral in
organizing these units and continue to support their dally functioning.



David Kirsh is author of the booklet, "Central America Without Crying Uncle." It is
available from Primer Project, 107 Mosswood Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.
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Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With
Money From Families Tied To Death Squads
Posted: 08/08/2012 9:38 am EDT Updated: 10/24/2012 11:25 am EDT

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In 1983, Bill Bain asked Mitt Romney to launch Bain Capital, a private equity offshoot of the
successful consulting firm Bain & Company. After some initial reluctance, Romney agreed. The
new job came with a stipulation: Romney couldn't raise money from any current clients, Bain
said, because if the private equity venture failed, he didn't want it taking the consulting firm
down with it.

When Romney struggled to raise funds from other traditional sources, he and his partners started
thinking outside the box. Bain executive Harry Strachan suggested that Romney meet with a
group of Central American oligarchs who were looking for new investment vehicles as turmoil
engulfed their region.

Romney was worried that the oligarchs might be tied to "illegal drug money, right-wing death
squads, or left-wing terrorism," Strachan later told a Boston Globe reporter, as quoted in the
2012 book "The Real Romney." But, pressed for capital, Romney pushed his concerns aside and
flew to Miami in mid-1984 to meet with the Salvadorans at a local bank.

It was a lucrative trip. The Central Americans provided roughly $9 million -- 40 percent -- of
Bain Capital's initial outside funding, the Los Angeles Times reported recently. And they became
valued clients.

"Over the years, these Latin American friends have loyally rolled over investments in succeeding
funds, actively participated in Bain Capital's May investor meetings, and are still today one of
the largest investor groups in Bain Capital," Strachan wrote in his memoir in 2008. Strachan
declined to be interviewed for this story.
When Romney launched another venture that needed funding -- his first presidential campaign --
he returned to Miami.

"I owe a great deal to Americans of Latin American descent," he said at a dinner in Miami in
2007. "When I was starting my business, I came to Miami to find partners that would believe in
me and that would finance my enterprise. My partners were Ricardo Poma, Miguel Dueñas,
Pancho Soler, Frank Kardonski, and Diego Ribadeneira."

Romney could also have thanked investors from two other wealthy and powerful Central
American clans -- the de Sola and Salaverria families, who the Los Angeles Times and Boston
Globe have reported were founding investors in Bain Capital.

While they were on the lookout for investments in the United States, members of some of these
prominent families -- including the Salaverria, Poma, de Sola and Dueñas clans -- were also at
the time financing, either directly or through political parties, death squads in El Salvador. The
ruling classes were deploying the death squads to beat back left-wing guerrillas and reformers
during El Salvador's civil war.

The death squads committed atrocities on such a mass scale for so small a country that their
killing spree sparked international condemnation. From 1979 to 1992, some 75,000 people were
killed in the Salvadoran civil war, according to the United Nations. In 1982, two years before
Romney began raising money from the oligarchs, El Salvador's independent Human Rights
Commission reported that, of the 35,000 civilians killed, "most" died at the hands of death
squads. A United Nations truth commission concluded in 1993 that 85 percent of the acts of
violence were perpetrated by the right, while the left-wing Farabundo Martí National Liberation
Front, which was supported by the Cuban government, was responsible for 5 percent.

When The Huffington Post asked the Romney campaign about Bain Capital accepting funds
from families tied to death squads, a spokeswoman forwarded a 1999 Salt Lake Tribune article to
explain the campaign's position on the matter. She declined to comment further.

"Romney confirms Bain had investors in El Salvador. But, as was Bain's policy with any big
investor, they had the families checked out as diligently as possible," the Tribune wrote. "They
uncovered no unsavory links to drugs or other criminal activity."

Nobody with a basic understanding of the region's history could believe that assertion.

By 1984, the media had thoroughly exposed connections between the death squads and the
Salvadoran oligarchy, including the families that invested with Romney. The sitting U.S.
ambassador to El Salvador charged that several families, including at least one that invested with
Bain, were living in Miami and directly funding death squads. Even by 1981, El Salvador's elite,
largely relocated to Miami, were so angered by the public perception that they were financing
death squads that they reached out to the media to make their case. The two men put forward to
represent the oligarchs were both from families that would invest in Bain three years later. The
most cursory review of their backgrounds would have turned up the ties.

The connection between the families involved with Bain's founding and those who financed
death squads was made by the Boston Globe in 1994 and the Salt Lake Tribune in 1999. This
election cycle, Salon first raised the issue in January, and the Los Angeles Times filled out more
of the record earlier this month.

There is no shortage of unsavory links. Even the Tribune article referred to by the Romney
campaign reports that "about $6.5 million of $37 million that established the company came
from wealthy El Salvadoran families linked to right-wing death squads."

The Salaverria family, whose fortune came from producing cotton and coffee, had deep
connections to the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA), a political party that
death-squad leader Roberto D'Aubuisson founded in the fall of 1981. The year before, El
Salvador's government had pushed through land reforms and nationalized the coffee trade,
moves that threatened a ruling class whose financial and political dominance was built in large
part on growing coffee. ARENA controlled and directed death squads during its early years.

On March 24, 1980, Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador and an advocate of the poor,
was celebrating Mass at a chapel in a small hospital when he was assassinated on D'Aubuisson's
orders, according to a person involved in the murder who later came forward.

The day before, Romero, an immensely popular figure, had called on the country's soldiers to
refuse the government's orders to attack fellow Salvadorans.

"Before another killing order is given," he advised in his sermon, "the law of God must prevail:
Thou shalt not kill."

In 1984, Robert White, the former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, named two Salaverria
brothers -- Julio and Juan Ricardo -- as two of six Salvadoran exiles in Miami who had directly
funded death squads, repeating in sworn congressional testimony a claim he'd made earlier as
ambassador. The group became known as the "Miami Six." White testified that a source close to
the Miami Six had notified the U.S. embassy of their activities in January 1981.

White was pushed out of his job by the incoming Reagan administration in 1981; he was
considered insufficiently supportive of the Salvadoran ruling class. (D'Aubuisson endorsed
Ronald Reagan in 1984.) When contacted by phone recently, White reiterated his claim about the
Salaverria brothers, but said he couldn't reveal his source's identity in order to protect the source.

"The Salaverria family were very well-known as backers of D'Aubuisson," White told The
Huffington Post. "These guys were big-money contributors. ... They were total backers of
D'Aubuisson and the extremist solution, including death squads."

Alfonso Salaverria was a close associate of Orlando de Sola, a leading death-squad figure, and,
like him, supported D'Aubuisson.

The Salaverria family also violently resisted land reform efforts. When the Salvadoran
government seized about 140 of the country's largest farms in March 1980, 73-year-old Raul
Salaverria was the only landowner to openly resist, the Washington Post reported at the time. A
brief exchange of gunfire between government forces and Salaverria's people resulted in two
injuries, and 1,500 weapons were allegedly found on the property.
Eight years later, workers in an agrarian reform co-operative whose land once belonged to the
Salaverrias barely escaped an assassination attempt. "Members of the co-op suspect the former
owners, the Salaverria family, were behind the violence," a 1988 Human Rights Watch report
said. The family denied involvement.

Francisco de Sola and his cousin, Herbert Arturo de Sola, also invested early in Bain,
according to the Los Angeles Times. Two other members of the de Sola family were "limited
partners," according to the Boston Globe, but the Romney campaign declined to provide The
Huffington Post with their names. The de Sola family was one of El Salvador's most powerful
coffee growers and a financier of the ARENA party.

Herbert's brother was the notorious Orlando de Sola, who resisted the peace negotiations toward
the end of the civil war. The Romney campaign acknowledges Orlando de Sola's connection to
death squads but insists he is not representative of the de Sola family investors. While Romney
told the Tribune in 1999 that the backgrounds of the families had been checked diligently, he had
explained to the Boston Globe in 1994 that Bain's due diligence included only the backgrounds
of the individual investors, not their family members. "We investigated the individuals' integrity
and looked for any obvious signs of illegal activity and problems in their background, and found
none. We did not investigate in-laws and relatives." Deflecting the association with Orlando,
Strachan, whom Romney had charged with vetting the investors, described him that same year to
the Globe as "the black sheep of the family. ... He was kicked out of the family business."

Yet there is strong evidence that Orlando was anything but a black sheep in the de Sola family.
Indeed, he was a leading public face of the Salvadoran elites in Miami, speaking, for example, on
behalf of the El Salvador Freedom Foundation, the organization which arranged a U.S. press
conference for D'Aubuisson as part of its public relations activities on behalf of the oligarchs and
ARENA. An Associated Press story from April 1981 includes Orlando de Sola and Alfonso
Salaverria speaking on behalf of the oligarchs in exile. The story also makes reference to White's
charges regarding the funding of death squads, indicating that the charges were already well
known by that point.

But the ties run deeper still. In 1990, Orlando de Sola, D'Aubuisson and founding Bain investor
Francisco de Sola allegedly assassinated two left-wing activists then in Guatemala, according to
a report by that country's government, which cited its intelligence sources. The activists had just
held a meeting with then-Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who was attempting to broker a
Salvadoran peace deal.

Francisco de Sola later pleaded his and his cousin Orlando's innocence to the U.S. ambassador.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights looked further into the killings and
concluded that elements of the Salvadoran right were indeed the mostly likely assassins, but said
that it couldn't confirm the guilt of the de Solas or D'Aubuisson. It deemed the investigation
incomplete and called for a deeper look. The three men were never charged.

Francisco de Sola is now president of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social
Development. His assistant, Ada Chang, said that he was traveling and unavailable to comment,
but she confirmed to HuffPost that he had been accused of murdering the two leftists in 1990.
Whether he committed the crime or not, the fact that Guatemalan intelligence would associate
him with Orlando de Sola and D'Aubuisson, and place them in Guatemala together, casts further
doubt on Strachan's claim that Orlando de Sola was merely a "black sheep" who had been
"kicked out of the family business."

UPDATE: Oct. 24 -- Francisco de Sola told The Huffington Post that his cousin Orlando was
very much a "black sheep" and that D'Aubuisson spoke out against other members of the de Sola
family for supporting dialogue as a way to resolve the conflict. Indeed, there is no evidence that
Francisco de Sola himself financed death squads nor that he financed ARENA prior to 1988; he
did so afterward in support of a more moderate direction for the party. The Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights, which reviewed the Guatemalan government report that linked
D'Aubuisson, Orlando de Sola and Francisco de Sola to the murder of the two left-wing activists,
described the charges as "surprising and unsubstantiated."

Orlando de Sola, who is serving an unrelated prison sentence for fraud, told the Los Angeles
Times that he did not personally benefit from the Bain investments. "I would say their
relationship with Bain Capital was a step to diversify into foreign investments," he said of his
family.

Ricardo Poma was the first investor Romney thanked when he traveled to Miami in 2007. The
head of the Poma Group, he became one of the three members of the Bain Capital investment
committee, according to Strachan's memoir. The Poma family were financiers of D'Aubuisson's
ARENA party.

The Regalado-Dueñas family, like many of El Salvador's other powerful clans, amassed much
of their wealth and political power through the coffee industry. Along with the Alvarez family,
they also helped to found Banco Comercial, one of the biggest banks in El Salvador.

The Regalado-Dueñas and Alvarez families were leading supporters of ARENA. Arturo Dueñas
"regularly supplied" the head of an ARENA-affiliated "paramilitary unit ... with a variety of
official Salvadoran documents," according to a redacted 1984 CIA document, which uses the
euphemism for death squad. (Salvadoran government documents were used by death squads to
assemble lists of people to kill.)

Miguel Dueñas and Ricardo Poma did not respond to requests for comment. The Salaverria
brothers are dead, according to Ambassador White.

Jeffery Paige, author of "Coffee and Power: Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central
America" and a professor at the University of Michigan, has studied the political economy of
Central American oligarchies. Romney's claim to have checked out the backgrounds of the
families and come away satisfied befuddles Paige.

"These people benefited from one of the most exploitative and repressive agricultural systems in
Latin America. That's why they had a revolution," Paige said. "This money, certainly there
wasn't much concern where it came from and what these people had done to make that money."

Sergio Bendixen, who now does polling for President Barack Obama, spent a significant amount
of time in El Salvador in the early '80s, doing political polling for Univision. He said that he met
D'Aubuisson on many occasions and found him to be one of the warmest, most charming and
charismatic people he has ever met. But he said D'Aubuisson was also very upfront about what
he saw as the justifiable use of death squads.

"There were 10 or 30 bodies in the street every morning," Bendixen recalled of his time there.
"D'Aubuisson said it was necessary. The message needed to be sent [that] if you were associated
with the communists or socialists, you had to be killed. He said it was an instrument in keeping
the violence down, because others would see the consequences."

Bendixen suggested that a cursory look would have shown Romney what those families were
involved with. "If anybody tries to tell you there was a line, a Chinese wall, between ARENA
and the death squads, that's just not the way it was," he said.

The Salvadoran elite in Miami talked openly at the time, he said, of supporting the death squads
battling the rebels. It wasn't a source of shame, Bendixen recalled, but a source of pride. "They
were proud of the fact that they were supporting their country against the communists," he said.

As Romney now seeks support from the Latino community in his campaign for president, his
knowledge of Bain's all-too-few degrees of separation from Salvadoran death squads may
become a topic of interest.

"Under Ronald Reagan, the U.S. sent billions of dollars to the murderous regime, which utilized
that aid to fund the military and death squads in an effort to preserve the unjust privileges of the
Salvadoran oligarchy," said Arturo J. Viscarra, an immigration lawyer, who, like many other
Salvadorans, emigrated to the United States in order to escape the civil war. He said his family
left the country in 1980 after his father began receiving death threats.

"To now learn that a man that may become president of the U.S. deserves some of his success
due to the incredible inequality that the U.S. helped to preserve in El Salvador is ironic,"
Viscarra said. "It's morbidly funny.”

The U.S. involvement in the bloodshed is now seen as a black mark on the nation's record. When
President Obama visited Central America in March 2011, he made a symbolic stop at Romero's
grave, lighting a candle for the archbishop.

Romney, however, has shown no public remorse for signing up such investors, although the
concept of culpability is not foreign to him. When he returned to Miami in 2007, he condemned
those who had financed torture and other human rights abuses during the Salvadoran civil war --
just not those he was connected to.

"These friends didn't just help me; they taught me," Romney said. "Ricardo's brother had been
tortured and murdered by rebel terrorists in El Salvador. Miguel himself had been chained to a
floor in Guatemala for weeks and tortured. And their torturers were financed by Fidel Castro. I
learned from these friends about the human cost when Castro has money."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/mitt-romney-death-squads-bain_n_1710133.html
America’s Death Squads and torture Teams Still in Iraq
William Boardman NATION OF CHANGE/NEWS ANALYSIS

Published: Monday 8 April 2013

Realistically, 10 years after the American invasion, the Iraq war isn’t close to over. It’s just that, having
prompted the Iraqis to kill each other the U.S. has left them to it.



Recent News of Old War Crimes in Iraq

Death squads, torture, secret prisons in Iraq, and General David Petraeus are among the featured
atrocities in a recently-released new British documentary – “James Steele: America’s Mystery
Man in Iraq” – the result of a 15-month investigation by Guardian Films and BBC Arabic,
exploring war crimes long denied by the Pentagon but confirmed by thousands of military field
reports made public by Wiki leaks.

The hour-long film explores the arc of American counterinsurgency brutality from Vietnam to
Iraq, with stops along the way in El Salvador and Nicaragua. James Steele is now a retired U.S.
colonel who first served in Vietnam as a company commander in 1968-69. He later made his
reputation as a military advisor in El Salvador, where he guided ruthless Salvadoran death
squads in the 1980s.

When his country called again in 2003, he came out of retirement to train Iraqi police
commandos in the bloodiest techniques of counterinsurgency that evolved into that country’s
Shia-Sunni civil war that at its peak killed 3,000 people a month.

Steele now lives in a gated golf community in Brian, Texas, and did not respond to requests for
an interview for the documentary bearing his name.

“James Steele: America’s Mystery Man in Iraq” is online

News coverage of this documentary has been largely absent in mainstream media. The Guardian
had a report, naturally, at the time of release and Democracy Now! had a long segment on March
22 that includes an interview with veteran, award-winning reporter Maggie O’Kane, as well as
several excerpts from the movie she directed.

The documentary is available online at the Guardian and several other websites.

“James Steele” opens with a montage of soldiers, some masked, taking prisoners, some hooded,
as the woman narrator sets the stage:

“ This is one of the great untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion,
the United States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture
centers to fight the [Sunni] insurgency….
“This is also the story of James Steele, the veteran of America’s dirty war in El Salvador. He
was in charge of the U.S. advisers who trained notorious Salvadoran paramilitary units to fight
left-wing guerrillas. In the course of that civil war, 75,000 people died, and over a million people
became refugees.

“Steele was chosen by the Bush administration to work with General David Petraeus to organize
these paramilitary police commandos.”

U.S. Counterinsurgency Requires Secret Prisons, Torture, Death Squads

The documentary concentrates on the creation and activities of the Iraqi police commandos who
executed American policy in the face of Iraqi resistance the U.S. had never anticipated, having
expected to be greeted as liberators. There are only glancing references to the policy failures that
created the crisis, such as disbanding the army and most of the government of Iraq or assuming
that six U.S. police professionals would be sufficient to train a civilian police force capable of
keeping peace in a nation of 30 million people.

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against the status quo.

Steele was in Iraq early in 2003 as an “energy consultant” with easy access to authorities like Gen.
Petraeus, even though what he actually did in Iraq remained a mystery to most people. As the Sunni
insurgency developed, Steele was brought in to organize counterinsurgency. Though still, technically, a
civilian, he worked closely with Gen. Petraeus and reported directly to Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld.

Steele set about working with Iraqi officers to organize “special police units” under military
control, as the notion of a civilian police force faded. By April 2005 there were nine battalions
of these police commandos operating in Iraq, with some 5,000 in Baghdad alone.

When The Body Count Rises, the New York Times Notices

With more and more bodies left on the streets during the night, with secret prisons spreading
across the country, with reports of disappearances and torture proliferating, the New York Times
took notice, at least to the extent of publishing a Sunday magazine cover story on May 1, 2005,
by Peter Maass titled, “The Salvadorization of Iraq.” By then, anyone who wanted to know the
level of American-sanctioned brutality in Iraq would have had little difficulty doing so.

Conditions worsened and reports kept coming throughout 2005 and 2006.

On October 2005, one of the Iraqi generals involved in the secret prisons fled Iraq and spoke out
publicly from Jordan about what was happening in his country. Steele came to visit the general
in Jordan, the general recalled, apparently to see if the general had any evidence – pictures,
documents, tapes that could give Steele cause for concern. None have yet appeared.

Of course American media did not pursue the terror-fighting-terror story very hard, and the U.S.
government denied most bad news. At a news conference on November 29, 2005, a reporter
asked a timid question about the killings and Sec. Rumsfield said he had not seen any
reports. Following a week follow-up question, he said he had no data from the field – even
though the truth was that Steele had reported six weeks earlier that the Shia death squads were
operating effectively from his perspective.

U.S. Was Cold, Heartless, Ruthless, and Finally Fruitless

In the documentary, an Iraqi who knew him describes Steele as a cold and ruthless man. “He
lacks human feeling,” the Iraqi general says, “his heart has died.”

The moral vacuity of the American leadership during the Iraq war is illustrated in an exchange at
a press briefing on international human rights law, in particular the treatment of prisoners, that
illustrates Sec. Rumsfeld’s polite but ignorant numbness:

GEN. PETER PACE:

It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see inhumane treatment
being conducted, to intervene, to stop it.

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD:

But I don’t think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it; it’s to report it.

GEN. PETER PACE:

If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they have an
obligation to try to stop it.

When a Cover-up Works, No One Is Held Accountable

Sec. Rumsfeld, presumably never present during inhumane treatment of a prisoner, apparently
never made any effort to stop it, or to report it, or even to know about it. In that he was
following the classic pattern of a cover-up as articulated by Nixon fund-raiser Maurice Stans
during Watergate: “I don’t want to know, and you don’t want to know.”

The Guardian/BBC investigation into torture and death squads on Rumsfeld’s watch started after
Wiki leaks provided the Guardian with almost 400,000 previously secret U.S. Army field
reports, whose release is attributed to Bradley Manning. The Pentagon has not disputed the truth
of the documents. The government has arrested and tortured Manning, 25, a former intelligence
officer, who is currently on trial in a military court where he has pled guilty to 10 of 22 charges
for which he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. The prosecution is demanding a life
sentence.

After the Stele documentary was released March 6, the Guardian invited comment from the
Pentagon. Having declined to take part in the documentary as it was being made, the Pentagon
said it would study the film and perhaps comment at a later date.
Unhappy with the documentary in a completely different way is Kieran Kelly whose blog
critiques the movie under the headline: The Guardian's Death Squad Documentary May Shock
and Disturb, But the Truth is Far Worse – a claim he argues at length. For example, he criticizes
the movie’s acceptance that “only” 120,000 Iraqis died in this American war, and he wonders
how that “fact” squares with a million widows in Iraq?

Realistically, 10 years after the American invasion, the Iraq war isn’t close to over. It’s just that,
having prompted the Iraqis to kill each other the U.S. has left them to it.

http://www.nationofchange.org/america-s-proxy-death-squads-and-torture-teams-still-iraq-1365431747




                       America's Death Squads
                                          By Jim Kirwan
                                             5-16-11

     How have we come down to this? It did not
     happen overnight, and this has been the result of
     decades of extreme-right-wing views of the role
     of "law-enforcement" polices throughout this
     country. The very first problem with the entire
     concept stems from the definition of
     "law·en·force·ment." The term infers that there
     are laws that need to be enforced; but the fact is
     there are no longer any "laws" that govern the
     behavior of those in uniform.

     This is how we have apparently become
     unwilling participants in this massive crime
     against the rights and responsibilities of
     everyone in this country; from the citizens that
     are the victims to the thugs that are illegally
     making these arrests; Tasering and sometimes torturing people-as well as
     those who are murdered by those same people that are armed, supposedly, to
     protect the same people that the uniformed law-enforcers are now making
     undeclared-war-upon.

     When I was as consultant to the California Department of Justice in the late
     nineteen-seventies the mood among a great many "officers" was that police
in California were being restricted far-too-much by having to Mirandize
suspects: Because this limited what police could do to "catch-the-bad-guys."

In fact these same lazy, bull-headed cops were adamant that there should be
no restrictions upon whatever they might want to do to get "confessions"
from those they had decided were criminals. In this process the first, fourth
and fifth amendments were considered to be counter-productive to "good-
police-work (i.e. cops needed a blank check, including beating confessions
out of suspects). After Death-Squad-Reagan became president these efforts
began to be seen as much more desirable than they ever-had been before. Of
course after 911 these criminally-open-ended policing polices became
defacto law. And the result of these miscarriages of actual justice are now
the law of the land: All of which are heavily buried under many layers of
false-flag national-security and STATE Security requirements which is how
America has come to find itself in the crosshairs of police weapons for the
slightest infractions on so very many different occasions.

This brings us to the latest version of lawless-behavior by a SWAT TEAM
in Tucson, Arizona. This nameless and faceless "TEAM" murdered an ex-
marine in his own home, with 71 shots which were fired at him without
reason: and basically without warning. All the members of this TEAM
should be profiled in the local papers, with their pictures and home
addresses published, along with the records of their entire-service to the
despicable Tucson Police Department that routinely utilizes their illegal-
services (murder-for-hire). If Tucson cops were any-good at their so-called
jobs then the number of home-invasions would not be the problem that they
definitely are today!

May 12, 2011 "LR" -- Jose Guerena survived two combat tours of Iraq, only
to become a casualty of the Regime's longest war - the one waged against its
domestic subjects in the name of drug prohibition. The former Marine was
slaughtered by a SWAT team during a May 5 assault on his home in
Arizona.

Guerena's wife, Vanessa, heard a noise outside the couple's home near
Tucson at about 9 a.m. Jose, who had just gone to bed after pulling a 12-
hour shift at the Asarco Mine, suspected - correctly, as it turned out - that his
family was threatened by an armed criminal gang. Grabbing his AR-15,
Guerena instructed his wife and four-year-old son to hide in the closet while
he confronted the intruders. According to Mrs. Guerena, the stormtroopers
from the Pima County Regional SWAT team never identified themselves as
police; they simply stormed into the home and started shooting.
"I saw this guy pointing me at the window, Vanessa recalled in a television
interview. "So, I got scared. And, I got like, 'Please don't shoot, I have a
baby.' I put my baby [down]. [And I] put bag in window. And, I yell 'Jose!
Jose! Wake up!'"

"A deputy's bullet struck the side of the doorway, causing chips of wood to
fall on his shield," recounts the Arizona Daily Star, paraphrasing an account
provided by Pima County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) functionary Michael
O'Connor. "That prompted some members of the team to think the deputy
had been shot." Guerena never fired a shot; the marauders who invaded his
home fired no fewer than seventy-one. As is standard procedure in such
events, the invaders claimed that Guerena had fired on the officers, as he had
every moral and legal right to.

Neither Jose nor his wife had a criminal history of any kind. The attack on
their home was described as a narcotics enforcement operation, but there are
no reports that narcotics were found at the residence - even though the
invaders reportedly "seized" (that is, stole) something that belonged to the
victim." (1)

Whatever garbage was 'gleaned' from this attack that involved victims from
four different homes that morning; must become public knowledge; so that
the public can determine if this death sentence was warranted. As the
"officers" were invading this man's home; the burden of PROOF that
apparently justified this callous MURDER needs to be proven, beyond the
shadow of any doubt! The "officers-involved" need to be immediately
suspended and their pay frozen pending a full and open public-investigation
of everyone from the Commander of that unit all the way down to and
including whatever supposed "intelligence" there might have been that
justified this irreversible action that resulted in the DEATH of the
"SUSPECT." The judges that issued the warrants, the departments of the
government that were behind the orders issued to the SWAT TEAM; in sum
everyone and everything involved here ought to become part of this public-
investigation. If there were any "justice" these so-called "officers" would be
FIRED immediately and then investigated: IF that is, they were being judged
the same way that their VICTIM was treated in this instance!

"The Pima County Regional SWAT team fired 71 shots in seven seconds at
a Tucson man they say pointed a gun at officers serving a search warrant at
his home.
Jose Guerena, 26, a former Marine who served in Iraq twice, was holding an
AR-15 rifle when he was killed, but he never fired a shot, the Sheriff's
Department said Monday after initially saying he had fired on officers
during last week's raid. Six days after Guerena was shot, few details about
the investigation that brought the SWAT team to the southwest-side home
Guerena shared with his wife and their two young sons are known.
Guerena's role in the narcotics investigation is unclear and deputies would
not comment on what was seized from his home. Three other homes within a
quarter of a mile from Guerena's house, were served search warrants related
to the investigation that morning. The addresses and the names of people
who live in the other homes have not been made public." (2)

Is the USA now nothing but a holding-pen for unnamed suspects that can be
murdered at random; if so, then we need to know that! That is what 'we have
all been' since George W. Bush began spying on US citizens seven months
before 911 happened. We have no rights, and we have now way to question,
to challenge or to confront these animals in uniform: And everyday our
ability to deal legally with these out-of-control-uniformed-outlaws is
diminished. It is amazing that most of these creatures probably need to use
their own fingers to be able to count to ten; and anything over that presents a
problem. The US is drafting troops from our wars overseas, straight into
police-departments here, without any police-training and putting them in the
field as if the people they confront here are no different than those they were
murdering routinely overseas. Maybe that's why this RAID looked more like
a night-raid in Baghdad than a SWAT-TEAM 'action' in Tucson? This is
producing time-bombs that cannot continue in a holding pattern for much
longer. . .

If this situation is not directly and publicly addressed then things like
Vigilantism could well begin to make a comeback among the population.
Because no people can be targeted as we have been TARGETED, for very
long without producing an equal and opposite REACTION to these illegal
and outrageous behaviors by those that are supposed to protect the public
and not simply brutalize and murder us. Apparently no response to these
POLICE-STATE tactics was ever contemplated by those dark-forces that
have instituted these illegal polices: However there will be a spontaneous
public BACKLASH, and the only questions will be When and Where: NOT
IF.

Seventy-one shots and although 'The TARGET" was armed, and combat-
trained, his weapon while fully loaded was still on SAFETY, and he did not
fire a single shot! He had just gone to sleep after working a twelve-hour shift
overnight, and he was suddenly awakened to this nightmare. The house was
     darkened (that helps if you're trying to sleep) but to the invaders this was
     suspicious, and just seemed to confirm that something illegal was going on).
     No one in this criminal murder has even asked things like:

     "What happened to 'the presumption of INNOCENCE?"

     So Jose Guerena was murdered at home, in front of his wife and one of their
     children. (His wife was never referred to as his wife officially she was just
     the unidentified woman). So, unless you like living in Baghdad or Kabul,
     you need to begin to DEMAND ANSWERS to the questions that at this
     moment, WE, as American-Victims of POLICE-STATE-INSECURITY are
     not allowed to ever-ask!

     Whatever else happened in Tucson, Arizona these uniformed thugs
     MURDERED Jose Guerena; and his murders MUST be TRIED in Open
     Court!

     kirwanstudios@sbcglobal.net

     1) He Served the Empire Abroad: The Regime Killed Him in His Home
     http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28089.htm

     2) SWAT Team Fired 71 shots in Raid
     http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/article_d7d979d4-f4fb-5603-af76-
     0bef206f8301.html
http://rense.com/general94/betray.htm



January 9, 2013

Obama Death Squads Kill Top Gun Activists As New
Massacre Fears Rise
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
A new Federal Security Forces (FSB) report updating their 4 January “urgent action”
                                        memorandum to President Putin circulating in the
                                        Kremlin, today, states that the “death squads”
                                        unleashed upon America by President Obama have
                                        claimed their first two victims and warns that “another
                                        massacre” in the United States is “much nearer than
                                        first believed.”

                                         As we had previously detailed in our 5 January report
                                         “Obama Death Squads Fan Out Across America As
                                         Rebellion Looms,” Obama, emboldened by recent US
                                         Federal Court rulings giving him absolute authority to
                                         kill anyone he chooses in secret, and for whatever
                                         reason he deems necessary, dispatched at least 800
                                         VIPER Teams (Visible Intermodal Prevention and
                                         Response Teams) throughout America in a bid to
                                         assassinate and neutralize any and all opposition to his
                                         planned seizure of his citizens guns.

                                         According to this chilling FSB report, the first two
                                         Obama “death squad” victims indentified by Russian
                                         intelligence sources were gun rights activists John
                                         Noveske [photo 2nd left] and Keith Ratliff [photo 3rd left],
                                         both of whom were hailed as supporters of the US
                                         Constitutions Second Amendment which grants
                                         Americans the right to bear arms.

                                         Western news sources confirming these assassinations
                                         report that Noveske was killed after a mysterious
                                         single car accident and that Ratliff was killed by a
                                         mysterious single gunshot to his head.

                                         Noveske, this report continues, was the owner of
                                         Noveske Rifleworks, one the premier makers of what
                                         are called assault-style weapons and equipment in the
                                         US, which have been specifically targeted by the
                                         Obama regime for confiscation, and had made a recent
                                         FACEBOOK posting linking psych drugs to school
                                         shooters.

                                         Ratliff, this report says, was a business partner at
                                         FPSRussia (FPS-First Person Shooter), YouTube's
                                         ninth most popular channel with more than three
                                         million active subscribers and a combined half billion
                                         views, and sole owner of FPS Industries, which works
                                         in customized weaponry and world leader in military
technology.
The Obama regimes reason(s) for assassinating two such high profile weapons manufacturers
and gun rights activists, this report notes, is based upon the United States successful reign of
terror against top scientists, which between the dates of 2004-2012 have seen 119 of some of the
worlds leading researchers mysteriously murdered over US government fears of their reporting
the truths of what they’ve discovered.

By assassinating Noveske and Ratliff, FSB intelligence analysts in this report say, the Obama
regime is sending a “chilling message” to all who oppose their plan to totally disarm the
American people that they “will stop at nothing” to see their master plan implemented.

Even worse, this report warns, is “new evidence” coming from the United States that the Obama
regime is planning another “mass carnage” type event to occur within the next few weeks to
bolster their spurious claim that Americans need to be disarmed.

Following in the wake of the 14 December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre, top
FSB intelligence social psychologists state in this report, the Obama regime will undoubtedly be
able to achieve a critical mass of public opinion advocating for new draconian gun laws that will,
in essence, make criminals out of millions of otherwise law abiding American citizens.

Unfortunately for the Obama regime, this report says, and the reason for another “tragic event”
needing to happen, is that the “official story” about the Sandy Hook Massacre, like nearly all
such events before it, is beginning to break down in the light of critical scrutiny and analysis.

One such analysis that has spread widely among American dissident factions was done by
Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy, who in two reports, The Sandy Hook
Massacre: Unanswered Questions and Missing Information and Sandy Hook School
Massacre Part II: Continued Ambiguity and Augmented Realities clearly shows this tragic
event more resembling an intelligence agency/military psychological operation than a lone
gunman massacre it is be purported to be.

To the American people being allowed to know the truth of these events it appears unlikely as
the Obama regime has secured for itself the lapdog services of the powerful American
mainstream propaganda media establishment which, to date, continues to spread its venomous
lies to an unsuspecting public not really knowing, or even caring, about the abyss they are being
led to.

One such example of this was last month when the CIA-backed social media site FACEBOOK
suspended an account because they dared to post a quote by the father of Indian independence
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) that said: “Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India,
history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.”

To if the American people will awaken and realize that the true objective of the Obama regime
is to disarm all of their Jewish citizens (and as we had reported on in our 23 December report All
Jews Living In US Ordered To Be Disarmed) like their corporate-banking counterparts did in
Nazi Germany it does not seem likely. But, and as history always show…those who fail to
remember the past are doomed to live it once again.
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[Ed. Note: Western governments and their intelligence services actively campaign against the
information found in these reports so as not to alarm their citizens about the many catastrophic
Earth changes and events to come, a stance that the Sisters of Sorcha Faal strongly disagrees
with in believing that it is every human beings right to know the truth. Due to our missions
conflicts with that of those governments, the responses of their ‘agents’ against us has been a
longstanding misinformation/misdirection campaign designed to discredit and which is
addressed in the report “Who Is Sorcha Faal?”.]

You May Already Be To Late…But It Has Begun!
They Are Going To Come For You…Why Are You Helping Them?
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How Reagan Promoted Genocide (and death squads)
Posted on February 28, 2013 by willyloman

(I have often stated that this neoliberal agenda ALWAYS requires death squads targeting left leaning members of
which ever community it was imposed on. Now it is being imposed on us. Here is a little history lesson for you)

Special Report: A newly discovered document reveals that President Reagan and his national security team
     in 1981 approved Guatemala’s extermination of both leftist guerrillas and their “civilian support
 mechanisms,” a green light that opened a path to genocide against hundreds of Mayan villages, reports
                                             Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry, from Consortium News

Soon after taking office in 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s national security team agreed to supply military aid to
the brutal right-wing regime in Guatemala to pursue the goal of exterminating not only “Marxist guerrillas” but their
“civilian support mechanisms,” according to a newly disclosed document from the National Archives.

Over the next several years, the military assistance from the Reagan administration helped the Guatemalan army do
just that, engaging in the slaughter of some 100,000 people, including what a truth commission deemed genocide
against the Mayan Indians in the northern highlands.

Recently discovered documents at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, also reveal that
Reagan’s White House was reaching out to Israel in a scheme to circumvent congressional restrictions on military
equipment for the Guatemalan military.

In 1983, national security aide Oliver North (who later became a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal) reported in
a memo that Reagan’s Deputy National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane (another key Iran-Contra figure) was
approaching Israel over how to deliver 10 UH-1H helicopters to Guatemala to give the army greater mobility in its
counterinsurgency war.
According to these documents that I found at the Reagan library – and other records declassified in the late 1990s –
it’s also clear that Reagan and his administration were well aware of the butchery underway in Guatemala and
elsewhere in Central America.

The relaxed attitude toward the Guatemalan regime’s brutality took shape in spring 1981 as Reagan’s State
Department “advised our Central American embassies that it has been studying ways to restore a closer, cooperative
relationship with Guatemala,” according to a White House “Situation Room Checklist” dated April 8, 1981.

The document added: “State believes a number of changes have occurred which could make Guatemalan leaders
more receptive to a new U.S. initiative: the Guatemalans view the new administration as more sympathetic to their
problems [and] they are less suspect of the U.S. role in El Salvador,” where the Reagan administration was
expanding support for another right-wing regime infamous for slaughtering its political opponents, including Catholic
clergy.

“State has concluded that any attempt to reestablish a dialogue would require some initial, condition-free
demonstration of our goodwill. However, this could not include military sales which would provoke serious U.S. public
and congressional criticism. State will undertake a series of confidence building measures, free of preconditions,
which minimize potential conflict with existing legislation,” which then barred military assistance to Guatemala
because of its long record of human rights crimes.

The “checklist” added that the State Department “has also decided that the administration should engage the
Guatemalan government at the highest level in a dialogue on our bilateral relations and the initiatives we can take
together to improve them. Secretary [of State Alexander] Haig has designated [retired] General Vernon Walters as his
personal emissary to initiate this process with President [Fernando Romeo] Lucas [Garcia].

“If Lucas is prepared to give assurances that he will take steps to halt government involvement in the indiscriminate
killing of political opponents and to foster a climate conducive to a viable electoral process, the U.S. will be prepared
to approve some military sales immediately.”

But the operative word in that paragraph was “indiscriminate.” The Reagan administration expressed no problem with
killing civilians if they were considered supporters of the guerrillas who had been fighting against the country’s ruling
oligarchs and generals since the 1950s when the CIA organized the overthrow of Guatemala’s reformist President
Jacobo Arbenz.

Sparing the ‘Non Politicized’

The distinction was spelled out in “Talking Points” for Walters to deliver in a face-to-face meeting with General Lucas
and his senior advisers. As edited inside the White House in April 1981, the “Talking Points” read: “The President and
Secretary Haig have designated me as [their] personal emissary to discuss bilateral relations on an urgent basis.

“Both the President and the Secretary recognize that your country is engaged in a war with Marxist guerrillas. We are
deeply concerned about externally supported Marxist subversion in Guatemala and other countries in the region. As
you are aware, we have already taken steps to assist Honduras and El Salvador resist this aggression.

“The Secretary has sent me here to see if we can work out a way to provide material assistance to your government.
… We have minimized negative public statements by US officials on the situation in Guatemala. … We have
arranged for the Commerce Department to take steps that will permit the sale of $3 million worth of military trucks and
Jeeps to the Guatemalan army. …

“With your concurrence, we propose to provide you and any officers you might designate an intelligence briefing on
regional developments from our perspective. Our desire, however, is to go substantially beyond the steps I have just
outlined. We wish to reestablish our traditional military supply and training relationship as soon as possible.

“As we are both aware, this has not yet been feasible because of our internal political and legal constraints relating to
the use by some elements of your security forces of deliberate and indiscriminate killing of persons not involved with
the guerrilla forces or their civilian support mechanisms. I am not referring here to the regrettable but inevitable death
of innocents though error in combat situations, but to what appears to us a calculated use of terror to immobilize non
politicized people or potential opponents. …
“If you could give me your assurance that you will take steps to halt official involvement in the killing of persons not
involved with the guerrilla forces or their civilian support mechanism … we would be in a much stronger position to
defend successfully with the Congress a decision to begin to resume our military supply relationship with your
government.”

In other words, though the “talking points” were framed as an appeal to reduce the “indiscriminate” slaughter of “non
politicized people,” they amounted to an acceptance of scorched-earth tactics against people involved with the
guerrillas and “their civilian support mechanism.” The way that played out in Guatemala – as in nearby El Salvador –
was the massacring of peasants in regions considered sympathetic to leftist insurgents.

Cables on Killings

As reflected in the “Talking Points” and as confirmed by other U.S. government documents from that time period, the
Reagan administration was well aware that the Guatemalan military was engaged in mass killings of Guatemalan
civilians.

According to one “secret” cable also from April 1981 — and declassified in the 1990s — the CIA was confirming
Guatemalan government massacres even as Reagan was moving to loosen the military aid ban. On April 17, 1981, a
CIA cable described an army massacre at Cocob, near Nebaj in the Ixil Indian territory, because the population was
believed to support leftist guerrillas.

A CIA source reported that “the social population appeared to fully support the guerrillas” and “the soldiers were
forced to fire at anything that moved.” The CIA cable added that “the Guatemalan authorities admitted that ‘many
civilians’ were killed in Cocob, many of whom undoubtedly were non-combatants.” [Many of the Guatemalan
documents declassified in the 1990s can be found at the National Security Archive’s Web site.]

In May 1981, despite these ongoing atrocities, Reagan dispatched Walters to tell the Guatemalan leaders that the
new U.S. administration wanted to lift the human rights embargoes on military equipment that former President
Jimmy Carter and Congress had imposed.

In essence, Walters was giving a green light to Guatemala to continue the practice of slaughtering guerrillas and their
civilian supporters, a counterinsurgency strategy that was practiced during some of the darkest days of the Vietnam
War in such infamous incidents as the My Lai massacre.

The “Talking Points” also put the Reagan administration in line with the fiercely anti-communist regimes elsewhere in
Latin America, where right-wing “death squads” operated with impunity liquidating not only armed guerrillas but
civilians who were judged sympathetic to left-wing causes like demanding greater economic equality and social
justice.

In the 1970s, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and other South American countries even banded together in a cross-border
assassination program that hunted down leftist and other political opponents around the world, including inside the
United States.

Called “Operation Condor,” the wave of assassinations reached Washington D.C. on Sept. 21, 1976, when Chilean
intelligence assets exploded a car bomb killing former Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier and American co-
worker Ronni Moffitt as they drove down Massachusetts Avenue through an area known as Embassy Row.

The original cover story for the assassination plot had been a meeting at the CIA with Vernon Walters, who was then
deputy CIA director under CIA Director George H.W. Bush. Walters also had served as U.S. military attaché to Brazil
at the time of a right-wing military coup in 1964.

Reagan again turned to Walters in 1981 to serve as the President’s ambassador-at-large. One of his key roles was
coordinating with right-wing governments across Latin America in their escalating wars against leftist insurgencies.

Right-Wing Butchery

Despite his aw shucks style, Reagan found virtually every anticommunist action justified, no matter how brutal. From
his eight years in the White House, there is no historical indication that he was morally troubled by the bloodbath and
even genocide that occurred in Central America while he was shipping hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to
the implicated forces.
The death toll was staggering — an estimated 70,000 or more political killings in El Salvador, possibly 20,000 slain
from the Contra war in Nicaragua, about 200 political “disappearances” in Honduras and some 100,000 people
eliminated during a resurgence of political violence in Guatemala. The one consistent element in these slaughters
was the overarching Cold War rationalization, emanating in large part from Ronald Reagan’s White House.

Despite their frequent claims to the contrary, the evidence is now overwhelming that Reagan and his advisers had a
clear understanding of the extraordinary brutality going on in Guatemala and elsewhere, based on their own internal
documents. As they prepared to ship military equipment to Guatemala, White House officials knew that the
Guatemalan military was engaged in massacres of the Mayans and other perceived enemies.

According to a State Department cable on Oct. 5, 1981, when Guatemalan leaders met again with Walters, they left
no doubt about their plans. The cable said Gen. Lucas “made clear that his government will continue as before —
that the repression will continue. He reiterated his belief that the repression is working and that the guerrilla threat will
be successfully routed.”

Human rights groups saw the same picture. The Inter-American Human Rights Commission released a report on Oct.
15, 1981, blaming the Guatemalan government for “thousands of illegal executions.” [Washington Post, Oct. 16,
1981]

But the Reagan administration was set on whitewashing the ugly scene. A State Department “white paper,” released
in December 1981, blamed the violence on leftist “extremist groups” and their “terrorist methods” prompted and
supported by Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

What the documents from the Reagan library now make clear is that the administration was not simply struggling
ineffectively to rein in these massacres – as the U.S. press corps typically reported – but was fully onboard with the
slaughter of people who were part of the guerrillas’ “civilian support mechanisms.”

More Massacres

U.S. intelligence agencies continued to pick up evidence of these government-sponsored massacres. One CIA report
in February 1982 described an army sweep through the so-called Ixil Triangle in central El Quiche province.

“The commanding officers of the units involved have been instructed to destroy all towns and villages which are
cooperating with the Guerrilla Army of the Poor [the EGP] and eliminate all sources of resistance,” the report said.
“Since the operation began, several villages have been burned to the ground, and a large number of guerrillas and
collaborators have been killed.”

The CIA report explained the army’s modus operandi: “When an army patrol meets resistance and takes fire from a
town or village, it is assumed that the entire town is hostile and it is subsequently destroyed.” When the army
encountered an empty village, it was “assumed to have been supporting the EGP, and it is destroyed. There are
hundreds, possibly thousands of refugees in the hills with no homes to return to. …

“The army high command is highly pleased with the initial results of the sweep operation, and believes that it will be
successful in destroying the major EGP support area and will be able to drive the EGP out of the Ixil Triangle. … The
well documented belief by the army that the entire Ixil Indian population is pro-EGP has created a situation in which
the army can be expected to give no quarter to combatants and non-combatants alike.”

On Feb. 2, 1982, Richard Childress, another of Reagan’s national security aides, wrote a “secret” memo to his
colleagues summing up this reality on the ground:

“As we move ahead on our approach to Latin America, we need to consciously address the unique problems posed
by Guatemala. Possessed of some of the worst human rights records in the region, … it presents a policy dilemma
for us. The abysmal human rights record makes it, in its present form, unworthy of USG [U.S. government] support.
…

“Beset by a continuous insurgency for at least 15 years, the current leadership is completely committed to a ruthless
and unyielding program of suppression. Hardly a soldier could be found that has not killed a ‘guerrilla.’”

The Rise of Rios Montt
However, Reagan remained committed to supplying military hardware to Guatemala’s brutal regime. So, the
administration welcomed Gen. Efrain Rios Montt’s March 1982 overthrow of the thoroughly bloodstained Gen. Lucas.

An avowed fundamentalist Christian, Rios Montt impressed Official Washington where the Reagan administration
immediately revved up its propaganda machinery to hype the new dictator’s “born-again” status as proof of his deep
respect for human life. Reagan hailed Rios Montt as “a man of great personal integrity.”

By July 1982, however, Rios Montt had begun a new scorched-earth campaign called his “rifles and beans” policy.
The slogan meant that pacified Indians would get “beans,” while all others could expect to be the target of army
“rifles.” In October, Rios Montt secretly gave carte blanche to the feared “Archivos” intelligence unit to expand “death
squad” operations. Based at the Presidential Palace, the “Archivos” masterminded many of Guatemala’s most
notorious assassinations.

The U.S. embassy was soon hearing more accounts of the army conducting Indian massacres. On Oct, 21, 1982,
one cable described how three embassy officers tried to check out some of these reports but ran into bad weather
and canceled the inspection. Still, the cable put the best possible spin on the situation. Though unable to check out
the massacre reports, the embassy officials did “reach the conclusion that the army is completely up front about
allowing us to check alleged massacre sites and to speak with whomever we wish.”

The next day, the embassy fired off its analysis that the Guatemalan government was the victim of a communist-
inspired “disinformation campaign.” Dated Oct. 22, 1982, the analysis concluded “that a concerted disinformation
campaign is being waged in the U.S. against the Guatemalan government by groups supporting the communist
insurgency in Guatemala.”

The Reagan administration’s report claimed that “conscientious human rights and church organizations,” including
Amnesty International, had been duped by the communists and “may not fully appreciate that they are being utilized.
… The campaign’s object is simple: to deny the Guatemalan army the weapons and equipment needed from the U.S.
to defeat the guerrillas. …

“If those promoting such disinformation can convince the Congress, through the usual opinion-makers — the media,
church and human rights groups — that the present GOG [government of Guatemala] is guilty of gross human rights
violations they know that the Congress will refuse Guatemala the military assistance it needs. Those backing the
communist insurgency are betting on an application, or rather misapplication, of human rights policy so as to damage
the GOG and assist themselves.”

Hailing the Dictator

Reagan personally joined this P.R. campaign seeking to discredit human rights investigators and others who were
reporting accurately on human rights crimes that the administration knew, all to well, were true. On Dec. 4, 1982, after
meeting with Rios Montt, Reagan hailed the general as “totally dedicated to democracy” and added that Rios Montt’s
government had been “getting a bum rap” on human rights. Reagan discounted the mounting reports of hundreds of
Maya villages being eradicated.

On Jan. 6, 1983, Rios Montt was informed that the United States would resume military sales to Guatemala. The
dictator expressed his thanks, according to a cable from the U.S. Embassy, “saying that he had been convinced that
the USG had never abandoned Guatemala. He commented that the guerrillas in country and its propaganda machine
abroad would now launch concerted attacks on both governments.”

On Jan. 7, 1983, Reagan formally lifted the ban on military aid to Guatemala and authorized the sale of $6 million in
military hardware. Approval covered spare parts for UH-1H helicopters and A-37 aircraft used in counterinsurgency
operations. Radios, batteries and battery charges were also in the package.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government’s cover-up of the Guatemalan bloodshed continued. State Department spokesman
John Hughes said political violence in Guatemalan cities had “declined dramatically” and that rural conditions had
improved too.

In February 1983, however, a secret CIA cable noted a rise in “suspect right-wing violence” with kidnappings of
students and teachers. Bodies of victims were appearing in ditches and gullies. CIA sources traced these political
murders to Rios Montt’s order to the “Archivos” in October to “apprehend, hold, interrogate and dispose of suspected
guerrillas as they saw fit.”
Despite these grisly facts on the ground, the annual State Department human rights survey praised the supposedly
improved human rights situation in Guatemala. “The overall conduct of the armed forces had improved by late in the
year” 1982, the report stated.

A different picture — far closer to the secret information held by the U.S. government — was coming from
independent human rights investigators. On March 17, 1983, Americas Watch condemned the Guatemalan army for
human rights atrocities against the Indian population.

New York attorney Stephen L. Kass said these findings included proof that the government carried out “virtually
indiscriminate murder of men, women and children of any farm regarded by the army as possibly supportive of
guerrilla insurgents.”

Rural women suspected of guerrilla sympathies were raped before execution, Kass said, adding that children were
“thrown into burning homes. They are thrown in the air and speared with bayonets. We heard many, many stories of
children being picked up by the ankles and swung against poles so their heads are destroyed.” [AP, March 17, 1983]

Involving Israel

Publicly, senior Reagan officials continued to put on a happy face. In June 1983, special envoy Richard B. Stone
praised “positive changes” in Rios Montt’s government, and Rios Montt pressed the United States for 10 UH-1H
helicopters and six naval patrol boats, all the better to hunt guerrillas and their sympathizers.

Since Guatemala lacked the U.S. Foreign Military Sales credits or the cash to buy the helicopters, Reagan’s national
security team looked for unconventional ways to arrange the delivery of the equipment that would give the
Guatemalan army greater access to mountainous areas where guerrillas and their civilian supporters were hiding.

On Aug. 1, 1983, National Security Council aides Oliver North and Alfonso Sapia-Bosch reported to National Security
Advisor William P. Clark that his deputy Robert “Bud” McFarlane was planning to exploit his Israeli channels to
secure the helicopters for Guatemala. [For more on McFarlanes's Israeli channels, see Consortiumnews.com's "How
Neocons Messed Up the Mideast."]

“With regard to the loan of ten helicopters, it is [our] understanding that Bud will take this up with the Israelis,” wrote
North and Sapia-Bosch. “There are expectations that they would be forthcoming. Another possibility is to have an
exercise with the Guatemalans. We would then use US mechanics and Guatemalan parts to bring their helicopters up
to snuff.”

However, more political changes were afoot in Guatemala. Rios Montt’s vengeful Christian fundamentalism had
hurtled so out of control, even by Guatemalan standards, that Gen. Oscar Mejia Victores seized power in another
coup on Aug. 8, 1983.

Despite the power shift, Guatemalan security forces continued to murder with impunity, finally going so far that even
the U.S. Embassy objected. When three Guatemalans working for the U.S. Agency for International Development
were slain in November 1983, U.S. Ambassador Frederic Chapin suspected that “Archivos” hit squads were sending
a message to the United States to back off even mild pressure for human rights.

In late November, in a brief show of displeasure, the administration postponed the sale of $2 million in helicopter
spare parts. The next month, however, Reagan sent the spare parts anyway. In 1984, Reagan succeeded, too, in
pressuring Congress to approve $300,000 in military training for the Guatemalan army.

By mid-1984, Chapin, who had grown bitter about the army’s stubborn brutality, was gone, replaced by a far-right
political appointee named Alberto Piedra, who was all for increased military assistance to Guatemala. In January
1985, Americas Watch issued a report observing that Reagan’s State Department “is apparently more concerned with
improving Guatemala’s image than in improving its human rights.”

According to now declassified U.S. records, the Guatemalan reality included torture out of the Middle Ages. A
Defense Intelligence Agency cable reported that the Guatemalan military used an air base in Retalhuleu during the
mid-1980s as a center for coordinating the counterinsurgency campaign in southwest Guatemala.

At the base, pits were filled with water to hold captured suspects. “Reportedly there were cages over the pits and the
water level was such that the individuals held within them were forced to hold on to the bars in order to keep their
heads above water and avoid drowning,” the DIA report stated. Later, the pits were filled with concrete to eliminate
the evidence.

The Guatemalan military used the Pacific Ocean as another dumping spot for political victims, according to the DIA
report. Bodies of insurgents tortured to death and of live prisoners marked for “disappearance” were loaded on planes
that flew out over the ocean where the soldiers would shove the victims into the water.

Regional Slaughter

Guatemala, of course, was not the only Central American country where Reagan and his administration supported
brutal counterinsurgency operations — and then sought to cover up the bloody facts.

Reagan’s attempted falsification of the historical record was a hallmark of the conflicts in El Salvador and Nicaragua
as well. In one case, Reagan personally lashed out at an individual human rights investigator named Reed Brody, a
New York lawyer who had collected affidavits from more than 100 witnesses to atrocities carried out by the U.S.-
supported Contra rebels in Nicaragua fighting to overthrow the country’s leftist Sandinista government.

Angered by the revelations about his pet “freedom-fighters,” Reagan denounced Brody in a speech on April 15, 1985.
The President called Brody “one of dictator [Daniel] Ortega’s supporters, a sympathizer who has openly embraced
Sandinismo.”

Privately, Reagan had a far more accurate understanding of the true nature of the Contras. At one point in the Contra
war, Reagan turned to CIA official Duane Clarridge and demanded that the Contras be used to destroy some Soviet-
supplied helicopters that had arrived in Nicaragua. In his memoir, Clarridge recalled that “President Reagan pulled
me aside and asked, ‘Dewey, can’t you get those vandals of yours to do this job.’” [See Clarridge's A Spy for All
Seasons.]

It was not until 1999, a decade after Ronald Reagan left office, that the shocking scope of the grisly reality about the
atrocities in Guatemala was revealed by a truth commission that drew heavily on documents that President Bill
Clinton had ordered declassified.

On Feb. 25, 1999, the Historical Clarification Commission estimated that the 34-year civil war had claimed the lives of
some 200,000 people with the most savage bloodletting occurring in the 1980s. The panel estimated that the army
was responsible for 93 percent of the killings and leftist guerrillas for three percent. Four percent were listed as
unresolved.

The report documented that in the 1980s, the army committed 626 massacres against Mayan villages. “The
massacres that eliminated entire Mayan villages … are neither perfidious allegations nor figments of the imagination,
but an authentic chapter in Guatemala’s history,” the commission concluded.

The army “completely exterminated Mayan communities, destroyed their livestock and crops,” the report said. In the
northern highlands, the report termed the slaughter “genocide.” [Washington Post, Feb. 26, 1999]

Besides carrying out murder and “disappearances,” the army routinely engaged in torture and rape. “The rape of
women, during torture or before being murdered, was a common practice” by the military and paramilitary forces, the
report found.

American Blame

The report added that the “government of the United States, through various agencies including the CIA, provided
direct and indirect support for some [of these] state operations.” The report concluded that the U.S. government also
gave money and training to a Guatemalan military that committed “acts of genocide” against the Mayans.

“Believing that the ends justified everything, the military and the state security forces blindly pursued the
anticommunist struggle, without respect for any legal principles or the most elemental ethical and religious values,
and in this way, completely lost any semblance of human morals,” said the commission chairman, Christian
Tomuschat, a German jurist.
“Within the framework of the counterinsurgency operations carried out between 1981 and 1983, in certain regions of
the country agents of the Guatemalan state committed acts of genocide against groups of the Mayan people,”
Tomuschat added. [NYT, Feb. 26, 1999]

The report did not single out culpable individuals either in Guatemala or the United States. But the American official
most directly responsible for renewing U.S. military aid to Guatemala and encouraging its government during the
1980s was Ronald Reagan.

The major U.S. newspapers covered the truth commission’s report though only fleetingly. The New York Times made
it the lead story the next day. The Washington Post played it inside on page A19. Both cited the troubling role of the
CIA and other U.S. government agencies in the Guatemalan tragedy. But, again, no U.S. official was held
accountable by name.

On March 1, 1999, the Washington Post’s neoconservative editorial board addressed the findings but did not confront
them, except to blame President Carter for having cut off military aid to Guatemala in the 1970s, thus supposedly
preventing the United States from curbing Guatemala’s horrific human rights conduct.

The editorial argued that the arms embargo removed “what minimal restraint even a feeble American presence
supplied.” The editorial made no reference to the substantial evidence that Reagan’s resumption of military aid in the
1980s made the Guatemalan army more efficient in its slaughter of its enemies, armed and unarmed. With no
apparent sense of irony, the Post editorial ended by stating: “We need our own truth commission” – though there was
no follow-up of that idea.

During a visit to Central America, on March 10, 1999, President Clinton apologized for the past U.S. support of right-
wing regimes in Guatemala dating back to 1954. “For the United States, it is important that I state clearly that support
for military forces and intelligence units which engaged in violence and widespread repression was wrong, and the
United States must not repeat that mistake,” Clinton said. [Washington Post, March 11, 1999]

However, back in Washington, there was no interest, let alone determination, to hold anyone accountable for aiding
and abetting the butchery. The story of the Guatemalan genocide and the Reagan administration’s complicity quickly
disappeared into the great American memory hole.

For human rights crimes in the Balkans and in Africa, the United States has demanded international tribunals to
arrest and to try violators and their political patrons for war crimes. In Iraq, President George W. Bush celebrated the
trial and execution of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for politically motivated killings.

Even Rios Montt, now 86, after years of evading justice under various amnesties, was finally indicted in Guatemala in
2012 for genocide and crimes against humanity. He is awaiting trial.

Yet, even as Latin America’s struggling democracies have made tentative moves toward holding some of their worst
human rights abusers accountable, no substantive discussion has occurred in the United States about facing up to
the horrendous record of the 1980s and Reagan’s guilt.

Rather than a debate about Reagan as a war criminal who assisted genocide, the former president is honored as a
conservative icon with his name attached to Washington National Airport and scores of other public sites. MSNBC’s
Chris Matthews gushes over Reagan as “one of the all-time greats,” and Democrats regularly praise Reagan in
comparison to modern right-wing Republicans.

When the U.S. news media does briefly acknowledge the barbarities of the 1980s in Central America, it is in the
context of how the little countries are bravely facing up to their violent pasts. There is never any suggestion that the
United States should follow suit.

To this day, Ronald Reagan – the U.S. president who signaled to the Guatemalan generals that it would be alright to
exterminate “Marxist guerrillas” and their “civilian support mechanisms” – remains a beloved figure in Official
Washington and in many parts of the United States.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and
Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an
e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com).
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Reagan’s ‘Death Squad’ Tactics in Iraq
April 7, 2013

Official Washington has long ignored the genocide and terrorism that Ronald Reagan inflicted
on Central America in the 1980s, making it easier to genuflect before the Republican presidential
icon. That also helped Reagan’s “death squad” tactics resurface in Iraq last decade, as William
Boardman reports.

By William Boardman

A recent British documentary Death squads, torture, secret prisons in Iraq, and General David
Petraeus are among the featured atrocities in a new British documentary – “James Steele:
America’s Mystery Man in Iraq” – the result of a 15-month investigation by Guardian Films and
BBC Arabic, exploring war crimes long denied by the Pentagon but confirmed by thousands of
military field reports made public by WikiLeaks.

The hour-long film explores the arc of American counterinsurgency brutality from Vietnam to
Iraq, with stops along the way in El Salvador and Nicaragua. James Steele is now a retired U.S.
colonel who first served in Vietnam as a company commander in 1968-69. He later made his
reputation as a military adviser in El Salvador, where he guided ruthless Salvadoran death squads
in the 1980s.




Retired Col. James Steele.

When his country called again in 2003, he came out of retirement to train Iraqi police
commandos in the bloodiest techniques of counterinsurgency that evolved into that country’s
Shia-Sunni civil war that at its peak killed 3,000 people a month. Steele now lives in a gated golf
community in Brian, Texas, and did not respond to requests for an interview for the documentary
bearing his name.

News coverage of this documentary has been largely absent in mainstream media. The Guardian
had a report, naturally, at the time of release and “Democracy Now” had a long segment on
March 22 that includes an interview with veteran, award-winning reporter Maggie O’Kane, as
well as several excerpts from the movie she directed. The documentary is available online at the
Guardian and several other websites.

“James Steele” opens with a montage of soldiers, some masked, taking prisoners, some hooded,
as the woman narrator sets the stage:

“This is one of the great untold stories of the Iraq War, how just over a year after the invasion,
the United States funded a sectarian police commando force that set up a network of torture
centers to fight the [Sunni] insurgency….

“This is also the story of James Steele, the veteran of America’s dirty war in El Salvador. He was
in charge of the U.S. advisers who trained notorious Salvadoran paramilitary units to fight left-
wing guerrillas. In the course of that civil war, 75,000 people died, and over a million people
became refugees. Steele was chosen by the Bush administration to work with General David
Petraeus to organize these paramilitary police commandos.”

Secret Prisons, Torture, Death Squads

The documentary concentrates on the creation and activities of the Iraqi police commandos who
executed American policy in the face of Iraqi resistance the U.S. had never anticipated, having
expected to be greeted as liberators.

There are only glancing references to the policy failures that created the crisis, such as
disbanding the army and most of the government of Iraq or assuming that six U.S. police
professionals would be sufficient to train a civilian police force capable of keeping peace in a
nation of 30 million people.

Steele was in Iraq early in 2003 as an “energy consultant” with easy access to authorities like
Gen. Petraeus, even though what he actually did in Iraq remained a mystery to most people. As
the Sunni insurgency developed, Steele was brought in to organize counterinsurgency. Though
still, technically, a civilian, he worked closely with Gen. Petraeus and reported directly to
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Steele set about working with Iraqi officers to organize “special police units” under military
control, as the notion of a civilian police force faded. By April 2005, there were nine battalions
of these police commandos operating in Iraq, with some 5,000 in Baghdad alone.

With more and more bodies left on the streets during the night, with secret prisons spreading
across the country, with reports of disappearances and torture proliferating, the New York Times
took notice, at least to the extent of publishing a Sunday magazine cover story on May 1, 2005,
by Peter Maass titled, “The Salvadorization of Iraq.”

By then, anyone who wanted to know the level of American-sanctioned brutality in Iraq would
have had little difficulty doing so. Conditions worsened and reports kept coming throughout
2005 and 2006.

On October 2005, one of the Iraqi generals involved in the secret prisons fled Iraq and spoke out
publicly from Jordan about what was happening in his country. Steele came to visit the general
in Jordan, the general recalled, apparently to see if the general had any evidence – pictures,
documents, tapes that could give Steele cause for concern. None have yet appeared.

Of course American media did not pursue the terror-fighting-terror story very hard, and the U.S.
government denied most bad news. At a news conference on Nov. 29, 2005, a reporter asked a
timid question about the killings and Secretary Rumsfeld said he had not seen any
reports. Following a weak follow-up question, he said he had no data from the field – even
though the truth was that Steele had reported six weeks earlier that the Shia death squads were
operating effectively from his perspective.

Cold, Heartless, Ruthless, Fruitless

In the documentary, Steele is described as a cold and ruthless man by an Iraqi who knew
him. “He lacks human feeling,” the Iraqi general says, “his heart has died.”

The moral vacuity of the American leadership during the Iraq War is illustrated in an exchange at
a press briefing on international human rights law, in particular the treatment of prisoners, that
illustrates Secretary Rumsfeld’s polite but ignorant numbness:

Gen. Peter Pace: It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see
inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene, to stop it.

Rumsfeld: But I don’t think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it; it’s to report
it.

Pace: If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they have an
obligation to try to stop it.

Rumsfeld, presumably never present during inhumane treatment of a prisoner, apparently never
made any effort to stop it, or to report it, or even to know about it. In that he was following the
classic pattern of a cover-up as articulated by Nixon fund-raiser Maurice Stans during Watergate:
“I don’t want to know, and you don’t want to know.”

The Guardian/BBC investigation into torture and death squads on Rumsfeld’s watch started after
WikiLeaks provided the Guardian with almost 400,000 previously secret U.S. Army field
reports, whose release is attributed to Bradley Manning. The Pentagon has not disputed the truth
of the documents.

The U.S. government has arrested and tortured Manning, 25, a former intelligence officer who is
currently on trial in a military court where he has pled guilty to 10 of 22 charges for which he
could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. The prosecution is demanding a life sentence.

After the Stele documentary was released March 6, the Guardian invited comment from the
Pentagon. Having declined to take part in the documentary as it was being made, the Pentagon
said it would study the film and perhaps comment at a later date.

Unhappy with the documentary in a completely different way is Kieran Kelly whose blog
critiques the movie under the headline: “The Guardian’s Death Squad Documentary May Shock
    and Disturb, But the Truth is Far Worse” – a claim he argues at length. For example, he criticizes
    the movie’s acceptance that “only” 120,000 Iraqis died in this American war, and he wonders
    how that “fact” squares with a million widows in Iraq?

    Realistically, ten years after the American invasion, the Iraq war isn’t close to over. It’s just that,
    having prompted the Iraqis to kill each other the U.S. has left them to it.

    [For more details on Reagan's policies in Central America, see Consortiumnews.com's "How
    Reagan Promoted Genocide."]

    William Boardman lives in Vermont, where he has produced political satire for public
    radio and served as a lay judge.

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    7 comments on “Reagan’s ‘Death Squad’ Tactics in Iraq”


         1.                   Otto Schiff on April 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm said:

               Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It seems to me thar US
               presidents need more control by the congress. Almost all recent presidents have blood on
               their hands.




         2.                   iraqi on April 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm said:

               Conspiracy theory nothing more. it simplifies the situation in Iraq into a secret conspiracy
               by US to fight some good resistance fighters..etc . I’m Iraqi, and I have lived in Iraq most
               of my life and I read the news daily. There was almost no nationalist resistance against
     the US. there were and still there are terrorists, and sectarian groups that attack anyone
     who does not subscribe to their philosophy. those same extremists and terrorists also
     target the US. thousands of Iraqis killed before any death squad started. prior to 2006
     thousands of shias killed randomly.

     The police force simply was not trained well and infiltrated by radical shia groups
     seeking revenge for the daily attacks on shia. Whether that one officer involved in a dirty
     war tactic previously is not much relevant.

     There were people who greeted US as liberators, certainly there were. there were also
     groups who fought along side of the US or army units that surrendered without a fight.
     you can’t deny all that which was well documented and witnessed.


        o          F. G. Sanford on April 8, 2013 at 7:40 am said:

            Dick Cheney called. He said your check is in the mail.


        o          Lars Adaktusson on April 9, 2013 at 4:34 am said:

            Cute little piece of Bush league desinformation, mr Iraqi – if that IS your real
            name!




3.              Frances in California on April 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm said:

     Steele is the guy who should be in prison, not Bradley Manning.




4.              incontinent reader on April 9, 2013 at 9:51 am said:

     Similar counter insurgency death squad activity has been occurring in Syria for over two
     years. One wonders if Steele or Col. Coffman resurfaced there. It has been alleged that on
     the State Department side, Ambassador Robert Ford coordinated a special ops death
     squad program, and that the program may well have been responsible for the massacres
     in Hama, Homs and Houlas.

     It should be noted that Ford was previously Political Counselor to Ambassador John
     Negroponte in Iraq, where, on the State Department side, both were reportedly also
     helped direct or advise the Iraqi death squad program in which Steele and Coffman were
     principally involved. (Negroponte, years earlier, had been part of the COIN death squad
         program in Vietnam and later in Honduras- he was Ambassador to Honduras from 1981 –
         1985 where and worked closely with CIA Director William Casey- as well as in El
         Salvador, Nicaragua and elsewhere in Latin America. William Brownfield was another
         official involved in the Latin American dirty wars. He was posted in Argentina, and later
         as a political officer in El Salvador who helped in the embassy cover up of the
         assassinations of Archbishop Romero and the Maryknoll nuns and killings of tens of
         thousands trade unionists and members of the FLMN. He was appointed Political Adviser
         to the US Commander in Chief in Panama in 1989-1990 during Operation Just Cause
         where thousands of Panamanians were slaughtered. He has also served as Ambassador to
         Chile, Venezuela (following Robert Shapiro who helped organize the short lived coup in
         2002) – Chavez threatened to kick Brownfield out of Venezuela for his organizing
         activities to overthrow the government- and Colombia. He is currently Assistant
         Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
         Affairs.

         So it’s a much more complicated mix, and has been pervasive in our government’s State
         Department, CIA and military operations worldwide for many years. Hopefully, the
         Guardian documentarians will continue to investigate and bear witness to more and more
         of this.




    5.              bob gates on April 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm said:

         I always find it interesting that everybody wants to talk about the so called death squads
         of the Reagan or Bush years, but hardly anybody wants to talk about the same issues
         happening under JFK, LBJ, Jimmy Carter, and Obama. Not to mention death squads
         being handled by remote control through drone strikes. So to give the subject fair
         treatment, besides Reagan and Bush we should also cover all the other President’s as well

http://consortiumnews.com/2013/04/07/reagans-death-squad-tactics-in-iraq/




CIA Death Squads in Afghanistan to Have Fewer Bases
Posted on July 24, 2013 by Jim White

Greg Miller reports in the Washington Post that the CIA will be closing several bases in Afghanistan as
US military forces are withdrawn from the country. I’ve been obsessing lately about US death squads
operated primarily by the CIA but also affiliated with Special Operations forces and their bases. These
death squads have been an integral part of the vaunted David Petraeus COIN strategy in both Iraq
and Afghanistan (and rest on the heritage of death squads funded by the US in Latin America and
those run by the US in Vietnam).

Miller’s article joins a growing trend toward public acknowledgement of the paramilitary activities the
CIA has carried out in Afghanistan:
The CIA has begun closing clandestine bases in Afghanistan, marking the start of a drawdown from a
region that transformed the agency from an intelligence service struggling to emerge from the Cold
War to a counterterrorism force with its own prisons, paramilitary teams and armed Predator drones.

Think for just a moment about what is being admitted here. These are clandestine bases that are
being closed. Those clandestine bases had their own prisons and paramilitary teams. Remember all
the US denials regarding the disappearance of innocent civilians and their torture at secret prisons in
both Iraq and Afghanistan? Those denials get a lot less believable with this matter-of-fact admission
that clandestine bases with their own prisons and paramilitary teams are being closed. You can bet
that those secret prisons did not sit empty and the CIA paramilitary teams did not sit around all day
just playing cards at their secret bases.

The entire article is worthy of reading for the number of confirmations it has on CIA activities in
Afghanistan. However, lest we think that Mr. Moral Rectitude is going to be cutting back on his war
crime activities in Afghanistan, we have this near the end of the article:

This year, President Obama approved new counterterrorism guidelines that call for the military to take
on a larger role in targeted killing operations, reducing the involvement of the CIA.

But the guidelines included carve-outs that gave the agency wide latitude to continue armed Predator
flights across the border and did not ban a controversial practice known as “signature strikes,” in
which the agency can launch missiles at targets based on patterns of suspicious behavior without
knowing the identities of those who would be killed.

John Brennan will hang on to his “latitude” to continue signature strikes. It seems likely that he also
will keep his death squads active in Afghanistan, but they will be operating out of fewer bases.
International laws and treaties are just immaterial if you have enough moral rectitude.

Oh, and as a postscript, the article does confirm affiliation of CIA death squads CIA paramilitary forces
with military bases (just as has been at the center of the controversy surrounding the Nerkh base in
Maidan Wardak Province, where Karzai expelled US Special Forces):

Even so, a full withdrawal of U.S. troops would probably trigger a deeper retrenchment by the CIA,
which has relied on U.S. and allied military installations across the country to serve as bases for
agency operatives and cover for their spying operations.

It appears that Brennan and the Obama administration just don’t care any more about maintaining
secrecy on their war crimes. After all, who is going to stop them?



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COIN, David Petraeus, disappearances, Hamid Karzai, John Brennan, secret prisons, Torture, US death squads by
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2 thoughts on “CIA Death Squads in Afghanistan to
Have Fewer Bases”
    1.   Garrett on July 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm said:

         The information clampdown about the paramilitarized CIA in Afghanistan is pretty impressive.
        We know a fair amount about operations out of Camp Gecko. But even that is mostly on the Afghan side.
        We know of Ahmed Wali Karzai, and how he was CIA backed. We occasionally get small glimpses of death-
        squad-style U.S. Special Forces.

        He accused American officials of refusing to hand over evidence or to permit his investigators to interview
        the special forces commander, known to Afghans only as “John or Johnny”, who he alleges sanctioned the
        raid.

        The arrest warrant, which has been circulated to border posts and airports, is an embarrassment for the US
        military, which is facing growing criticism for links to militias controlled by warlords. In Kandahar, the militias
        have been accused of murder, rape and extortion.

        Afghan prosecutor issues arrest warrant for US army officer over police killing, Guardian, May 2010

        But the CIA paramilitaries can act in almost complete invisibility.

   2.   Garrett on July 24, 2013 at 1:52 pm said:
        As policy, though, as opposed to information about individual operations, the death squads have been
        visible.

        Death squads in Kandahar were ramped up after the failure of the surge.

        The target of the surge was not Marjah. Marjah was explicitly stated to be a “confidence builder” for the real
        goal, which was Kandahar.

        “The scale of what you will see in the Kandahar operation will be comparable to the scale you see in
        Helmand,” said [ISAF spokesman Captain Scott] Costen. “We’re still in the planning stages.”

        “Next big combat mission in Afghanistan will target Kandahar, McClatchy, Feb. 2010

        The death squads are not just the CIA doing what the CIA can get away with, or a peripheral ugliness in
        U.S. policy.

        It was [not] going to be a massive military action, sort of sieging the city, tanks rolling into the city. That is not
        the kind of operation that our military leaders believe is warranted.

        Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, May 2010

        A successful effort would support the contention made by Vice President Joe Biden and other administration
        officials who are skeptical of the military strategy in Afghanistan: Special operations troops, with their small
        footprint and skill at tracking and killing the enemy, can be more effective than conventional forces in the
        difficult conflict the U.S. faces in that country.

        U.S. strategy in Afghanistan may involve greater use of special operations forces, LA Times, June 2010

        They are a major and highest-level operational decision in the war. We can just read our political leaders, in
        the newspapers, talking about the decision to go with them.

http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/07/24/cia-death-squads-in-afghanistan-to-have-fewer-bases/



January 5, 2013
Obama Death Squads Fan Out Across America As
Rebellion Looms
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
                                          A grim Federal Security Forces (FSB) “urgent action”
                                          memorandum prepared for President Putin is warning
                                          that United States President Barack Obama has
                                          ordered at least 800 highly trained “death squad”
                                          units to disperse throughout his country in preparation
                                          for what Russian intelligence analysts are predicting to
                                          be a series of high-profile killings of dissident
                                          Americans set to begin as soon as February 22nd.

                                          According to this memo, Obama was emboldened to
                                          implement this murderous plan against his own
                                          citizens after this past weeks US Federal Court ruling
                                          granted his regime the right to kill, without trial or
                                          charges, any American he so chooses, and keep the
                                          reason(s) for doing so secret.

                                          Important to note about this shredding of the US
                                          Constitutional protections the American people once
                                          lived under was the disgusted wording used by United
                                          States District Court Judge Colleen McMahon who in
                                          handing down this frightening ruling, in part, said:

                                          “The Alice-in-Wonderland nature of this
                                          pronouncement is not lost on me; but after careful
                                          consideration, I find myself stuck in a paradoxical
                                          situation in which I cannot solve a problem because of
                                          contradictory constraints and rules — a veritable
                                          Catch-22. I can find no way around the thicket of laws
                                          and precedents that effectively allow the Executive
                                          Branch of our Government to proclaim as perfectly
                                          lawful certain actions that seem on their face
                                          incompatible with our Constitution and laws, while
                                          keeping the reason for their conclusion a secret.”

Equally important to note about the Obama regimes murderous plan, this memo continues, was a
likewise chilling ruling issued last month by United States Appeals Court Judge Raymond
Lohier that allows the American President to detain indefinitely any citizen he so chooses
without trial or charges, a move so grave and draconian it led to the Academy Award-winning
director Oliver Stone saying about Obama:

“I think under the disguise of sheep’s clothing he has been a wolf. That because of the nightmare
of the Bush presidency that preceded him, people forgave him a lot. He was a great hope for
change. The color of his skin, the upbringing, the internationalism, the globalism, seemed all
evident. And he is an intelligent man. He has taken all the Bush changes he basically put them
into the establishment, he has codified them.
That is what is sad. So we are going into the second administration that is living outside the law
and does not respect the law and foundations of our system and he is a constitutional lawyer, you
know. Without the law, it is the law of the jungle. Nuremburg existed for a reason and there was
a reason to have trials, there is a reason for due process – ‘habeas corpus’ as they call it in the
United States.”

The excuse to be used by the Obama regime in order to begin their targeted killings of American
dissidents, FSB analysts say, is that these otherwise lawful citizens were not complying with the
new gun control laws Vice President Joseph Biden “guaranteed” Boston Mayor Thomas
Menino would be enacted by the end of January.

Critical to note is that Obama permanently solidified the enmity of the American gun-rights
supporters when, during the 2008 Presidential primary, he was recorded at a political fundraiser
saying of rural, working-class Americans, “So it's not surprising, then, that they get bitter and
they cling to guns or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren't like them, or anti-
immigrant sentiment, or, you know, anti-trade sentiment [as] a way to explain their
frustrations.”

Most interesting to note in this memo is its saying that the “master plan” Obama intends to use
in disarming his citizens has already been openly discussed and published by the highly
influential progressive American political blog Daily Kos, that is said does not repeat
Democratic “talking points,” it generates political talking points that later are found in
mainstream publications and from Democratic politicians themselves, and is now opening
advocating indiscriminate armed raids to be used as an “example” to frighten other citizens into
obeying their Washington D.C. masters who will order them all to disarm.

The “death squads” being deployed throughout the United States under Obama’s orders, this
memo continues, are frighteningly called VIPER teams, which is the acronym for Visible
Intermodal Prevention and Response Team, a programme run by the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA) and whose agents terrify millions of Americans with Nazi-like Gestapo
tactics on a daily basis at airports and who report to the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS).

So frightening have these TSA agents become that London’s Guardian News Service, this past
April, in their article titled “The TSA's Mission Creep is Making the US a Police State,”
warned that these Obama regime henchmen are spreading out across the entire United States in
order to control every aspect of American citizens life… “never in response to actual threats,
but apparently more in an attempt to live up to the inspirational motto displayed at the TSA's air
marshal training center since the agency's inception: “Dominate. Intimidate. Control.”

And to how these TSA VIPER Team “death squads” will “dominate, intimidate and control”
dissident Americans, this memo says, was made even more chillingly clear this past week when
the DHS ordered another 200,000 rounds of hollow point ammunition on top of the 1.6 billion
rounds of this internationally banned ammunition already secured by them over the last 9 months
alone. These nearly 2 billion rounds of ammunition stand in sharp contrast to US military forces
who use only 70 million rounds of ammunition per year in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Russian military analysts contributing to this memo further note that the Obama regimes saying
that these massive DHS ammunition purchases are for “practice and training purposes” is
“preposterous” as all firearms training done by military and/or police forces “always” use less
expensive rounds. Retired US Army Major General Jerry Curry, likewise, agreed with his
Russian counterparts when he stated that the Obama regimes “explanation about the bullets fails
to pass the smell test.”

Most ominous, perhaps, in this memo is its stating that the “exact” plan for the Obama regimes
disarming of its citizens appears to have been predicted by the famous martyred American
dissident William Cooper (1943-2001), who in his 1991 book “Behold A Pale Horse” wrote:

“The government encouraged the manufacture and importation of firearms for the criminals to
use. This is intended to foster a feeling of insecurity, which would lead the American people to
voluntarily disarm themselves by passing laws against firearms. Using drugs and hypnosis on
mental patients in a process called Orion, the CIA inculcated the desire in these people to open
fire on schoolyards and thus inflame the anti-gun lobby. This plan is well under way, and so far
is working perfectly. The middle class is begging the government to do away with the 2nd
Amendment.”

Cooper, who former President Bill Clinton once called “the most dangerous man in America,”
was gunned down by US authorities shortly after the 11 September 2001 attacks which, in a
radio broadcast on 28 June 2001, he predicted an attack on America and stated that Osama Bin
Laden would be named as the primary scapegoat.

With the tragic events of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre still fresh in the
American peoples mind, combined with Obama’s new unlimited power to kill and detain any
American citizen he so desires, this memo concludes, the conditions for “wholesale rebellion” in
the United States is just “one spark” away from becoming a reality, and which these heavily
armed TSA VIPER Team “death squads” are sure to provide.

January 5, 2012 © EU and US all rights reserved. Permission to use this report in its entirety is
granted under the condition it is linked back to its original source at WhatDoesItMean.Com.
Freebase content licensed under CC-BY and GFDL.

[Ed. Note: Western governments and their intelligence services actively campaign against the
information found in these reports so as not to alarm their citizens about the many catastrophic
Earth changes and events to come, a stance that the Sisters of Sorcha Faal strongly disagrees
with in believing that it is every human beings right to know the truth. Due to our missions
conflicts with that of those governments, the responses of their ‘agents’ against us has been a
longstanding misinformation/misdirection campaign designed to discredit and which is
addressed in the report “Who Is Sorcha Faal?”.]

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DHS Secret Assassination Squads ?
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                                                           Has the Department of Homeland
                                                           Security (DHS) assembled “Top
                                                           Secret” Assassination Squads in
                                                           every major American city?

                                                           If so, do these squads now employ
                                                           the use of special Lapua .338
                                                           Magnum bolt action sniper rifles
                                                           with silencers and are they part of a
                                                           sophisticated plan featuring the use
                                                           of ”decapitation lists” to assassinate
                                                           top politicians, legislators, police,
                                                           judiciary, and any dissident or Patriot
                                                           on their MIAC type lists?

                                                           Is DHS now morphing into a new
                                                           Bolshevik style Cheka, preparing to
                                                           deploy mass murder and “Red
                                                           Terror” in America?

Now tell me this, who are the real American Terrorists?

As many know, DHS has distributed numerous watch lists for the police and it is alleged that
these have been prepared by the ADL. These lists now feature the following groups in order of
alleged domestic terror threats: Evangelical Christians, Catholics, Vets, Tea Party Members,
Ron Paul supporters, Patriots, Constitutionalists, gun owners, tax protesters, etc.

I know quite a few people in these categories and none are violent, none have police records nor
could ever pose any threat as a potential domestic terrorists. I do believe however that those who
prepare and distribute these lists are terrorists and have been involved in numerous gladio style
false flag stage events such as Murrah, First Trade Center Bombing, the 9-11-01 inside-job false
flag attacks, Aurora, Sikh Temple, Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon false-flag “bombing”.

DHS has been ordering, acquiring and stockpiling massive quantities of arms and
ammo including approximately 2 billion rounds of ammo (most of which are hollow points,
illegal for wartime use, thus for targeting of civilians only), 2700 armored cars, 30,000 armed
drones and 2700 fully automatic M-16 assault rifles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=sHH8mtOizC8


YouTube - Veterans Today -

As crazy as this will seem at first, there is actually an official USG document released from
the Houston, Texas FBI Office in response to a FOIA petition in association with a
legal case related to the Occupy Movement public protests in Houston (1).

This FBI document is very disturbing and states that a certain entity [name redacted] had
contingency plans to assassinate peaceful Occupy protesters in a major American city. And even
more disturbing the FBI has no plans to investigate the group mentioned. Here is what the
document stated:

An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against
protesters (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had
received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar
protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [DELETED] planned to
gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then
formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.

When queried, the Houston police denied any knowledge of this matter.

Paul Kennedy, the National Lawyers Guild attorney in Houston who represented a number of
Occupy Houston activists arrested during the protests, had not heard of the sniper plot, but said,
“I find it hard to believe that such information would have been known to the FBI and that we
would not have been told about it.” He then added darkly, “If it had been some right-wing group
plotting such an action, something would have been done. But if it is something law enforcement
was planning, then nothing would have been done. It might seem hard to believe that a law
enforcement agency would do such a thing, but I wouldn’t put it past them.”

He adds, “The use of the phrase ‘if deemed necessary,’ sounds like it was some kind of official
organization that was doing the planning.” In other words, the “identified [DELETED]”
mentioned in the Houston FBI document may have been some other agency with jurisdiction in
the area, which was calculatedly making plans to kill Occupy activists.

Kennedy knows first-hand the extent to which combined federal-state-local law enforcement
forces in Houston were focused on disrupting and breaking up the Occupy action in that city. He
represented seven people who were charged with felonies for a protest that attempted to block
the operation of Houston’s port facility. That case fell apart when in the course of discovery, the
prosecution disclosed that the Occupiers had been infiltrated by three undercover officers from
the Austin Police department, who came up with the idea of using a device called a “sleeping
dragon” — actually chains inside of PVC pipe — which are devilishly hard to cut through, for
chaining protesters together blocking port access. The police provocateurs, Kennedy says,
actually purchased the materials and constructed the “criminal instruments” themselves,
supplying them to the protesters. As a result of this discovery, the judge tossed out the felony
charges.(2)

FBI Response to www.whowhatwhy.com inquiries made to the Washington Field Office (WFO)
resulted in confirmation the document was genuine and that it did indeed originate in the
Houston Field Office of the FBI. Note, www.whowhatwhy.com also recovered another redacted
FBI document from the Gainesville, Florida FBI Field Office which was apparently a daily FBI
bulletin sent to all IAs, SSRAs and SSA on October 13, 2011, identifying the exploitation of the
Occupy Movement by [name deleted followed by lengthy deletion of details] “interested in
developing a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire.”(3)

When questioned further the FBI Media Office responded with the usual boilerplate:

The FOIA documents that you reference are redacted in several places pursuant to FOIA
and privacy laws that govern the release of such information so therefore I am unable to
help fill in the blanks that you are seeking. Exemptions are cited in each place where a
redaction is made. As far as the question about the murder plot, I am unable to comment
further, but rest assured if the FBI was aware of credible and specific information
involving a murder plot, law enforcement would have responded with appropriate
action.(4)

Sniper action by law enforcement in Texas against the Occupy Movement would not be anything
new, since in October, 2012, a Border Patrol Officer with the Texas department of Public
Safety fired a sniper rifle at a fast moving pick-up truck carrying nine illegal immigrants into the
state from Mexico, killing two and wounding a third, causing the vehicle to crash and overturn.
(5)
Craft International Official Logo (Fair Use for Educational Purposes)

Craft, International comes into the picture.

It turns out that this Texas Border Agent who fired a high powered sniper rifle at the illegals in
the pick-up was trained by by a Dallas-based mercenary-for-hire group called Craft,
International, which had been founded by Chris Kyle, the American Mideast Sniper with the
most official “kills”.

And prior to this there have been rumors that Chris Kyle had personally negotiated contracts
with the Department of Homeland Security to train sniper teams in every major American city
and the rifle of choice was to be a bolt action “suppressed” i.e. as in “silenced” sniper rifle
featuring the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, a system with an operation range of well over a mile
when used by a well trained, skilled sniper.

For those who haven’t heard, Chris Kyle came out with a book about his exploits as a Sniper in
the Mideast wars and travelled the TV talk show circuits bragging about all his kills, something
most experienced snipers will never do.

Kyle made a startling claim at the start of his “book tour” that he had been present in a well
known Navy Seal Bar in California when former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was
present. He further claimed that former Gov. Ventura was “dissing” a dead Navy seal and that he
“sucker punched” Ventura to defend the man’s honor, that is, cold cocked him and knocked him
down because he wouldn’t allow anyone to talk so badly about a dead Navy seal. Immediately
former Governor Ventura issued a public denial. And further he stated he had witnesses this
never happened and had never met or even seen Kyle before. Ventura then filed a major lawsuit
against Kyle. The suit was going badly for Kyle and he could not produce any witnesses to
support his story, but Jesse Ventura could produce witnesses to support his claims.

The alleged and convenient murder of Chris Kyle.

Then mysteriously, out of left field, a news report appears that Chris Kyle and another friend
were murdered while helping another vet at a shooting range. This story was thin in detail, no
evidence about the weapon or autopsy reported and the Controlled Major Mass media (CMMM)
immediately accepted all reports at 100% face value, unlike how they typically treat any real
American Hero like Jesse Ventura, whom they often demean and try to discredit.

The interesting thing is that the folks who know Jesse Ventura well and have known all about
him since his younger years before he was a Mayor and then a Governor and after, highly respect
him, know him to a 100% stand-up man and know that Jesse always tells the truth even when it
has been unpleasant. And as if this story wasn’t already strange enough, there have been rumors
that Chris Kyle did not die at the shooting range and continues on running Craft, International.(6)

Now, I don’t know the truth whether Kyle is dead or still alive, but I do know that before
Kyle’s purported death it was alleged that he had claimed that he had negotiated a large contract
with DHS to train sniper teams in every major American city. The person who allegedly
murdered Chris Kyle has a very strange history, was not charged within 90 days as is required
under Texas law. The whole storyline has some very strange twists and stretches credibility. For
those who want to dig a bit, you will find some interesting related issues.

And now Jesse Ventura is suing the estate of Chris Kyle to once and for all time show that the
sucker punch that Kyle claimed to have delivered and then run out of the bar with no-one seeing
him is bunk, and a pure lie. Jesse needs to do this because many young people and a wide
spectrum of vets and liberty lovers want him to run for President in the future and Jesse needs to
clear his name of this horrendous and convenient lie which never had any corroboration at all.

A concocted story, a non-existent but claimed sucker punch and lots of book sales?

A substantial number of well informed individuals believe that Chris Kyle lied and concocted his
phony sucker-punch story to discredit Jesse Ventura and prevent him from being a successful
future Presidential candidate as a favor for DHS in return for massive sniper training
contracts, and in order to get millions of dollars of free publicity to sell his book. If true, Kyle
made a very “crafty deal” with the devil (DHS) that could not have stood the test of broad
daylight in a courtroom or any series of detailed depositions and cross examinations.

Every major intel agency in the world always has decapitation lists for use in the gravest
national emergencies and martial law deployment or “when deemed necessary” and this
includes American Intel agencies, some of which share lists and some have their own
unique ones. DHS has an inter-agency list shared by all which is called “main core” and
some view this as a master kill list or decapitation list to be activated in a grave national
emergency or Continuation of Government Emergency Contingency Plan
activation (COG).
This list at last count included 8 million American Citizens. Some insiders have expressed
the view that these list likely resembles the lists that were made by the Cheka during the
Bolshevik “Red Terror” in which about 66 million Russians were mass murdered. During
the Red Terror all politicians, Judges, Police, Doctors, lawyers and anyone educated was
included on the list. No chances were taken that anyone with any moxie to later rebel
would be left.

Every major Intel Agency always assembles a “decapitation list” of officials and upper class
professionals involved in Government to assassinate in time of war, revolution or if deemed
necessary because of a grave threat to national security occurring. Seasoned deep cover black
ops and “intel cowboys” have claimed that the large American Intel groups have each had these
lists, normally contained in their specific and general Continuation of Government (COG)
Emergency Martial Law plans.

The theory behind decapitation list goes way back in history. It has always been taught in
military academies in certain circles that targeting and removal of top leadership can quickly
destroy command and control lover any military or governmental system. That is why
Yamamoto was targeted and taken out in WW2 and Hitler’s own top command tried to
assassinate him when they made a secret deal with the Americans and British intel to give up all
their nuclear, anti-gravity and weapons secrets as well as their soviet intel penetration networks
if they would be promised complete immunity and jobs in America, which was done under
Operation Paperclip.

Normally these decapitation plans are planned to be activated and deployed in response to certain
specified contingencies usually described as grave threats to “national security” (which are
actually only threats to the security of the “National Security State”with no concern for the
welfare of the American people, as Prof. Jim Fetzer has well shown).

Typical decapitation plans involve taking out top leaders, judges, legislators, doctors lawyers and
educated professionals, or anyone that is thought could have the moxie to pose any kind of threat
to a new regime taking over. Normally, if the top leadership and intelligentsia, including doctors,
lawyers, teachers, pastors, etc. are “neutralized” it is a cake walk to assume complete control.

Using gladio style staged false-flags attacks during civil protests as cover for silenced long-
range gun fire.

Of course if these decapitation operations are instituted silently with suppressed sniper rifles
from over a mile away, and false flag scenarios like Boston are set up and used, it can all be
blamed on domestic terrorists who are innocently protesting unacceptable government
actions. So of course the use of silencers and long rang very high velocity sniper rifles with flat
trajectories makes a great deal of sense.
The trick would be for DHS operatives of subcontractors like those used at Boston Marathon
such as Craft International to plant low powered boom-booms, set them off remotely and
then use them as cover to assassinate any one they want with silenced gunfire. Some insiders
have said privately within intel circles that this method was used during the JFK assassination
with some of the multiple weapons being fired from different directions in the kill zone.

Macro-decapitation plans versus micro or localized group specific decapitation plans.

There are micro-decapitation plans within each major intel ops to target specific leaders, top
military and police, etc. as well as macro-decapitation plans for massive aerial bombing,
deployment of target nukes and other beyond black weapons to be deployed from orbital space
platforms.

It was alleged that there was an Operation Thor at one time which was designed to drop
telephone pole sized titanium rods which could be targeted to eliminate high profile targets
below. It is unknown whether this system went operation or not. There have been other claims
of space based plasma cannons, particle beam weapons, all energized by large capacitor banks
charge with high tech nuclear power generators.

And there have been reports of numerous different plans for the deployment of orbital platform
fired guided missiles which are able to decapitate any or all world leaders in less than 45
minutes. What is known for sure is that America had possessed a supersonic aircraft than can fly
to any part of the world, drop various MIRVs and return to origin in about 90
minutes. Allegedly this craft has various types of propulsion including scram, ram and rocket as
well as some type of anti-gravity cloaking making it mostly invisible to radar and vision.

If folks believe that the USG and/or the secret Shadow Government (SSG) is not willing or
capable to develop and deploy decapitation operations in times when “deemed necessary”, one
only needs to re-examine history and the South America death squads trained in America by the
DOD and CIA and the infamous black Operation Phoenix, conceived in Hell and deployed in
Vietnam.
If these rumors of DHS setting up special assassination squads in every large American City,
armed with silenced .338 Lapua magnum sniper rifles that can be selectively silenced are true,
this poses a major risk to every single person on any DHS watch list, the eight million Americans
listed on the top secret USG “Core List” (which many believe is a detainment and mass murder
list for use if Martial Law is deployed), and poses a major risk for many Senators, representative,
legislators, mayors, politicians, police and community leaders as well as anyone judge a patriot
or a dissident.

Political murders are nothing new for American Intel or for the IZCS which is allegedly
behind the formation of DHS.

Folks need to remember all the political murders by American intel such as JFK, RFK, MLK, the
Black Panthers, John Tower, Governor Carnahan, Senator Paul Wellstone and many more
strange deaths and “arkensides” (such as Ron Brown, Webster Hubbel, Vince Foster, etc.). Note
there were over 30 deaths of so-called Clinton friends and associates. It was very dangerous to
be too close to them. Let us never forget what was done to the Ian Spiro family upon orders from
the IZCS and blamed on Ian who was murdered himself and used a s a patsy.

If DHS is truly an IZCS Bolshevik operation, then one might expect it to be secretly morphed by
its senior controllers into a Cheka type Murder Inc. operation and institute a Bolshevik
style ”Red Terror” murder frenzy in America with numerous death squads in each major
American city like the CIA and DOD deployed in some South American countries numerous
times. I won’t go into the gross atrocities and mutilations they included with their rapes and mass
murders, but folks who want to know can do a bit of basic research.When doing so and
examining available photos, I suggest that you have a “barf bag” close by because most folks get
sick to their stomachs.

If one truly examines what the IZCS has already done to America it’s not much of a stretch to
view DHS as an “enemy within the gates” which is a top secret Bolshevik operation designed to
take-down American, destroy the current leadership, police and military after instituting its own
new Red Terror type government, a new derivative type of super-fascism where the state and the
corporations merge, but the interlocked network of approximately 140 very large off shore
international corporations call all the shots and essentially run the USG and intel and use them as
their enforcers and servants.

And consider this. If the IZCS has hijacked the American monetary production and distribution
system on behalf of the City of London Banksters and instituted pernicious usury to produce a
high population of debt slaves inside America in order to asset strip America and manipulate it
into fighting the IZCS’s wars for huge profit taking, what would keep them from finishing the
job by instituting a complete coup de etat using DHS and deploying a multi-city massive
Bolshevik style decapitation operation?

Personally after examining all the evidence so far available, I do think this is a significant risk
and Congress needs to move on this right away while they still can. Yes, Congress needs to wake
up and examine this grave risk that DHS and its henchmen mercenary programs pose to all
Americans as well as themselves. Full and open public, televised Congressional hearings must be
opened immediately. The very survival of America the Republic and the US Constitution and
Bill of Rights requires immediate action by Congress.

Operation Phoenix in Vietnam was a serious war crime and crime against humanity and
this pattern of crimes against humanity by American Intel and Defense has continued
despite its stark illegality in view of the Nuremberg Trials and other International law.

Operation Phoenix which was deployed during the Vietnam war and in the associated secret
Cambodian and Laos invasions was a demarcation from this usual plan of tying such
decapitation plans to activation of COG as a part of Martial Law. Phoenix was a savage mass
murder assassination plan patterned after the Bolshevik Red Terror, Cheka style mass
assassinations, and the mass assassinations of Mao in red China and later by Pol Pot in
Cambodia. This program, clearly a well documented war crime and crime against humanity
involved, capture, torture, targeted killings and mutilations of the dead. Over 80,000 Vietnamese
were successfully “neutralized” during this operation according to declassified USG figures.

And this program Operation Phoenix was followed by other similar operations in South
America using death squads trained at the International police Academy and School of the
Americas. These programs involved torture, rape, mutilation, and mass murder, Cheka
style. Various American Intel agencies have been implicated in these operations and it is
alleged by credible sources that they were deployed on the behalf of the major Wall
Street and City of London Banks and large offshore international corporations. Obviously
these operations were completely illegal under US law as well as many different
international laws and institute crimes against humanity. However to date no-one
responsible inside the USG or American Intel has been brought to justice for these mass
murders and crimes against humanity which were certainly every bit as bad as those
occurring in Bolshevik Russia, Nazi Germany and Mao’s red China.

So we know that American intel and the DOD has a long history of deploying highly illegal anti-
human mass murder and torture operations. However since 911, various US Justice Department
puppets have prepared dubious and ridiculous legal briefs “justifying” the use of torture,
cancellation of Habeas Corpus, kidnapping of American Citizens and imprisonment forever with
no legal representation or any trial by Jury, etc. Now since the attacks of 9-11-01 which many
folks now realize and about 99% of all VT readers know, were Gladio style ”inside-job” staged
false-flag attacks done by a top cabal of the JCS, the USAF, the Neocon Zios (many of them
Israeli/American Dual Citizens) and with the help of the Mossadniks.

Is DHS setting up a new Operation Phoenix to be deployed inside every major American
City to be deployed “if deemed necessary”?

It should be obvious to anyone who understands RICO that DHS meets the criteria for a RICO
crime syndicate. It has been set up by NeoCon Israeli firster dual-citizen type traitors who have
made enormous sums of money off of it. It can best be viewed as a Cutout or extension of the
International Zionist Crime Syndicate run out of the City of London Financial District. Doubt
this, then do some serious investigating of your own. Find out who started DHS, what their
associations and [prior businesses have been and who they serve. Find out if they have any
continuing financial and political conflicts of interest. Find out if they are America Firsters or
Israeli Firsters.

Has America been hijacked by the IZCS and has it set up the DHS to serve as its secret
Bolshevik army for the final take-down of America and its destruction, red terror, Cheka
style?

What would you think if all the folks of 100% Norwegian ethnicity from parents or grandparents
who migrated here and who now live in America gained dual citizenship with Norway, and set
up powerful lobbying groups, bought almost every Congressman with North Sea oil money and
attempted to manipulate America to attack and invade Sweden on their behalf so they can take
back old land lost in prior border skirmishes with Sweden, even though they never had any right
to those lands? Think about it and then ask yourself if this is how America has been hijacked by
the IZCS.

Many journalists and whistle-blowers who expose USG RICO crimes and/or American
Intel abuses have been harrassed, black listed and quite a few murdered.

Michael Hastings was blown up in his car. Some believe it was cyber hijacked which is now
possible with cars manufactured after 2005 according to numerous experts, including a
University level study and the work of highly respected investigative Journalist "Jim
Stone". Andrew Breitbart was murdered with a fast acting heart stopping drug or a psychotronic
weapon right before he said he had a movie of young Obama which would bring him down. there
are many others who have been murdered and/or arkensided.

But there have been many more that have been jailed and put in hell holes like Susan Lindauer, a
great American Hero. And there have been many harassed and black listed like Sibel Edmonds
and Mark Novitsky, also great American Heroes.

Just recently there was attempt on the life of Mike Harris who is a columnist at veterans
Today, the Financial Editor for Veterans Today and a talk radio host on his own show "The
Short End of the Stick" on www.RenseRadio.com. Mike Harris was also a former gubernatorial
candidate against Janet Napolitano in Arizona, so go figure that and see if you think it is a factor
in his harassment. A number of well informed insiders believe that he is currently being targeted
by DHS at Napolitano's personal direction as revenge for running against her for Arizona
Governor, even though she won. Mike Harris is a rock solid stand-up guy and another true
American Hero who deserves to be treated with respect for his service to America in many ways
over many years.

Mark Novitsky has been blacklisted for over 10 years for being the first to report on massive
private intel spying with NSA by a large communication company which he has identified and
claimed to be Tele Tech Holdings. Novitsky was formerly a highly paid tech professional at a
managerial level with a spotless record who refused to go along with corruption and has been
"blacklisted as a result" and cannot get a job in any capacity right now, not even fast food.
He has documents proving that he personally and fully notified almost every single important
Senator, Representative, official, newspaper and most top so-called investigative journalists in
America and was ignored at the time despite the current claims by these same folks they never
knew about the illegal and unConstitutional NSA spying on the public with no warrants. And of
course there are hundred others harassed and blacklisted. America is quickly becoming a banana
republic with a Bolshevik leadership.

It's time for honest open public hearings to be started on DHS with NO closed executive
sessions and no invocation of the phony cover for major RICO crime "national security".

                                                             If the worst case scenario turns out to
                                                             be that DHS has actually set up secret
                                                             "decapitation" sniper squads in each
                                                             city trained by Craft, International to
                                                             be deployed to mass murder all
                                                             political leadership inside the federal
                                                             government, the military and state
                                                             government and in order to set up a
                                                             new Bolshevik style system of
                                                             government in America, it is high time
                                                             this be exposed and broken up before
                                                             it can be fully deployed.

                                                             Normally such decapitation actions are
                                                             deployed in war time or to institute a
                                                             revolution or coup de etat during a
                                                             natural disaster (engineered or
                                                             otherwise) such as during Katrina or
                                                             the staged 911 false flag attacks.

                                                             It's time for DHS and the Dept of
                                                             Justice to be brought to Justice if
                                                             these allegations are true.

                                                               If DHS has actually set up a
                                                               decapitation list and assembled trained
                                                               assassination teams armed with .338
                                                               Lapua Magnum silence sniper rifles,
                                                               this must be completely exposed and
                                                               stopped cold with public
Congressional hearings, and use of special grand juries and indictments. If numerous DHS, FBI,
Dept. of Justice officials are arrested or even some Senators and representatives on committees
that were part of this, so be it. Let the truth be told even if the heavens fall.

Remember during Obama's campaign he said America needed a "domestic force" larger than the
military. Has he enlarged DHS to fulfill that hope. Will DHS be deployed to crush the current
form of government we have and set up a Bolshevik dictatorship based on Red Terror and Cheka
murder squads. Has DHS assembled special sniper teams trained by Craft International and
armed with high powered and silenced .338 Lapua magnum sniper rifles as one part of this
planned takeover?

And was Chris Kyle actually murdered or was his murder faked as part of a continuing covert
operation and is he still alive and operating Craft International?

DHS is an extension of the IZCS and serves the City of London Zio Banksters.

DHS is an extension of the IZCS and evidence they have hijacked America and bought or
compromised most key politicians. They have all the money they need because they control
American central banking which is a privatized franchise of the City of London Banksters.

Recent highly respected John Hopkins genetic research done by a top medical researcher who
just happens to be Judaic shows that at least 90% of Judaics are not Semites at all but are
Khazarians and Judaic converts with no Hebrew blood and are not related to Abraham. True
Semites are Arabs, especially the Palestinians and they alone have rights to their land, not
Khazarian converts to Judaism.

the IZCS knows that the "jig is about up" and is desperate to take down America before they lose
their grip. Here is an interesting video clip by Zionist Judaics which shows their panic over these
disclosures exposing them and their undue influence on America from NeoCon Dual Citizens
who are Zionists. For those who want to understand that this stark reality and panic is now
starting to be understood that over 90% of Judaics living Palestine are not even Semites, feel free
to watch as much of the following video as you can stand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=0L8WWuxSwTc


YouTube - Veterans Today -

It is important to remeber there is a near complete split in Judaics between non-zionist Judaics
and zionist Judaics. Non-zionist Judaics have fully exposed the secret games of the holocauust
industry and con job and are its biggest enemies. These folks like Alan Sabrosky, Ph.D.,
Professor Mearsheimer and Walt and Steve Pieczenik, MD, Ph.D. are American firsters and
great American heroes and also of non-zionist Judaic heritage too and have done the most to
expose the evils of Zionism.

Unfortunately it now seems certain that DHS was developed as an extension of the IZCS run out
of the City of London Bankster power, the same Zionist power which hijacked the City of
London banking and also hijacked the American monetary production and distribution system.

Conclusion:
Obviously the concept of DHS going rogue and serving offshore IZCS entities and building up a
private domestic/mercenary force to be turned upon the American people like the Bolshevik
revolution which produced the much feared, ”savage beyond words” Cheka who administered
extreme “Red Terror” inside Russia from 1917 on, mass murdering at least 66 million unarmed
innocent humans beings is something no one wants to believe. I certainly do not.

However, the redacted FBI document released under FOIA is most alarming and must be
explained. Like it or not at this time all the evidence points to DHS being set up and controlled
by foreign offshore IZCS interests run by dual citizens who DO NOT and never have put
America first. These individuals appear to have been involved in the 911 false-flag inside-job
mass murder of 911 and are NeoCons. All have serious conflicts of interest and appear to have
made millions off of DHS and the TSA by providing equipment such as gene-
stripping machines which operate outside normal FDA regulations with no use of dosimetry
badges which are required in any other setting where humans are X-rayed.

It is important for all politicians who have danced and are now dancing with the IZCS folks that
they should carefully consider who these people represent and what their cultural history is such
as during the Bolshevik takeover in Russia in 1917, or the communist takeover and purge of
1949 in Maoist Red China or during the “killing fields” reign of pol Pot in Cambodia who took
over in 1975. The trademark of their work was the systematic mass murder, including torture,
mutilations before death by murder and grotesque acts of violence far too disgusting and horrible
to mention in this article. Anyone who wants full documentation can either spend a day in a
large public or University Library or do some deep research on these subjects on the worldwide
Internet.

If Congress move quickly and as together demands immediate and thorough public hearings with
no special executive session (all televised live with no intel operating the cameras or sound
equipment like they usually do), there is still time to fully expose DHS for what it is before it can
began to carry out such sinister Bolshevik take-down of America plans. If Congress delays it will
soon be too late as DHS will have time to provoke new public demonstrations and then stage
new false flag attacks like at the Boston marathon and use them as an excuse to seize whole
cities and go door to door like they did at Boston.

Congressional leaders and their senior staff and advisers need to realize that when the Bolsheviks
took over in Russia in 1917, when the Maoists took over in China and when Pol Pot took over in
Cambodia, all folks with an education over the fourth grade were summarily tortured and/or
executed. All doctors, all lawyers, all government officials, all politicians, all managers, all
clergy, anyone who was professional or educated, man or woman and their children were
tortured and/or assassinated. Stop for a minute and ask yourself this question.

If the IZCS is so demented and violent and also so incredibly influential and manipulative that
they can induce some IDF soldiers to use Palestinian children for target practice and then print
up and wear T-shirts featuring this, why wouldn’t they be able to induce their NeoCon cutouts
who have infiltrated America and are traitors and “enemies within the gates” to morph DHS into
another Bolshevik Cheka “Red Terror” operation inside America?
Quick summary: There is substantial evidence that DHS is building up a massive weapons
stockpile and preparing to wage a major internal war against the American people which is
best described as a new Bolshevik type red terror. It has been using sophisticated methods
of staging gladio style “inside-job” false-flag operations to create the necessary
provocations they can use to justify a door to door attack on major American cities to
disarm Americans and get control.

The plan, unless stopped by the American people who must wake up and take their
country back from foreign invaders who set up and now run the DHS, is to provoke a
major civil war and then use it as a pretext to mass murder perhaps 80% or more of the
populace either in battle or later in FEMA “relocation” or internment camps much like the
Bolshevik Revolution and Red Terror in Russia, Maoist China, or Cambodia under Pol
Pot.

Okay, this whole subject of the hijacking of American by offshore Foreigners is pretty darn
negative and disturbing and has created a real emergency inside America, and a very urgent need
to take the situation to heart, to act and to take back America and even things up. Let’s finish
this article off with some of the best live Rock and roll ever video-recorded (for those who are
interested, have time and need a lift):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=jP3kyG71W2Q


YouTube - Veterans Today -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0yw9xL2Ds4&feature=player_detailpage


YouTube - Veterans Today -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLhxF-
Un39k&list=RD02qVcl0Iw3fs8&feature=player_detailpage


YouTube - Veterans Today -




Note: Highest commendations to www.whowhatwhy.com and Dave Lindorff for
groundbreaking and important research. This kind of work is a great service to all Americans. If
even 10% of all Americans work as hard as Dave Lindorff getting the truth out to our friends and
associates things can be turned around.
(1) Dave Lindorff, 6-27-2013, “[Deleted]” Plots to Kill Occupy Leaders If Deemed necessary,
www.whowhatwhy.com

(2) Ibid.

(3) Ibid.

(4) Ibid.

(5) Melissa del Bosque, http://www.texasobserver.org/a-dps-helicopter-sniper-kills-two-men-on-
border-highway/

(6) http://nodisinfo.com/Home/did-craft-internationals-chris-kyle-fake-his-death/

(7) Stephen Lendman, http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2013/06/israeli-involvement-in-nsa-
spying.html

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http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/06/30/dhs-secret-assassination-squads/



The White House Death Squad: A New Watergate Revelation
By Jonathan Marshall
Inquiry, March 5, 1979, 15-21
Mugging squads, kidnapping, sabotage, the use of prostitutes for political blackmail, break-ins to obtain
and photograph documents, and various forms of electronic surveillance and wiretapping.” These were
some of the elements of G. Gordon Liddy’s million-dollar plan--described by Jeb Magruder--to win the
1972 presidential election for Richard Nixon, as he presented it to John Mitchell. “It’s not quite what I
had in mind,” said the attorney general, as he sent Liddy back to the drawing board to come up with
something less ambitious and costly.
What Mitchell may not have realized --and what Nixon may have meant when he said, “did Mitchell
know about this?”--was that Liddy and his coconspirator E. Howard Hunt had already begun to
implement an even more sensitive and dangerous operation: the recruitment of a secret army of Cuban
exiles, answerable only to the White House, and equipped to assassinate foreign leaders.
On August 15,1973, President Nixon told a press conference that upon learning of a Justice Department
investigation of the “plumbers’ squad” burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist, he became
“gravely concerned that other activities of the Special Investigative Unit might be disclosed, because I
knew this could seriously injure the national security.”
Nixon never identified these “other activities,” and at the time his words seemed to be no more than a
lame justification for his cover-up of Watergate. But. a new investigation of this clandestine White House
unit reveals that Nixon may have had a much bigger cover-up in mind: Specifically, had the arrests at
Watergate not disrupted their plans, Hunt and Liddy were prepared to carry out at least one assassination
plot against Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos.
The plot against Torrijos was a product of the twin preoccupations with political enemies and drugs that
were the hallmark of Nixon’s Special Investigations Unit. Formed in mid-1971, when John Ehrlichman
ordered his aide Egil Krogh to probe the leaking of the Pentagon papers, the unit operated out of Room 16
of the Executive Office Building. There Gordon Liddy and Walter Minnick helped Krogh coordinate the
administration’s “war on drugs,” a struggle that Nixon described in his message to Congress of June 17,
1971 as nothing less than “a national emergency.” It was this “war on drugs” that provided the Plumbers
with their ostensible rationale for the conspiracy against Torrijos: The White House suspected the
Panamanian leader of aiding and abetting known narcotics traffickers. But the plot against Torrijos was
more than just law enforcement gone wild. Like so many of the other secret operations of the Nixon
White House, it was an effort to destroy a political enemy who dared to challenge the White House’s
definition of the national interest.
The Nixon administration’s suspicion that leading Panamanian officials were involved in the drug traffic
was by no means unjustified. By 1970- 1971, the Customs Bureau and the Bureau of Narcotics and
Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) were busy smashing the enormously successful Corsican-Latin American drug
networks of Auguste Ricord. With Ricord and many of his associates arrested or on the run, BNDD and
Customs began focusing on Panama as a key transshipment point for Latin American narcotics destined
for the U.S. market.
On February 6, 1971, American police arrested Joaquin Him Gonzales, chief of air traffic control at
Panama’s international airport, in the Canal Zone. They had lured him onto American-controlled territory
to watch a softball game; after the arrest he was flown in a military plane to Texas, where a sealed
indictment awaited him. The Panamanian government expressed outrage at the kidnapping of an
important government official; the Department of State deplored the straining of relations with Panama.
Joaquin Him got five years for the narcotics charge.
Six months later, Rafael Richard, Jr., son of Panama’s ambassador to Taiwan, was arrested in New York
with 154 pounds of heroin. Richard carried a diplomatic passport and tried unsuccessfully to claim
immunity. U.S. officials noted with interest that Panama’s Foreign Minister Juan Tack had signed the
passport and that Moises Torrijos, brother of the Panamanian strongman, had helped obtain it for young
Rafael.
On the basis of this arrest and other intelligence reports, BNDD and Customs officials now suspected that
the Panamanian government had been corrupted at its highest levels. As Jack Anderson confirmed on
March 14, 1972, “American narcotics agents have implicated the foreign minister of Panama and the
brother of Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos in a scheme to smuggle hundreds of pounds of heroin into
the United States.” Sometime in the spring of 1972, according to recently obtained Justice Department
documents, a federal grand jury handed down a sealed indictment against Moises Torrijos. As long as
Panamanian officials stayed off U.S. soil, however, there was little the administration could do through
normal legal channels.
But then, the administration had never committed itself to working solely through normal legal channels.
In May 1971, the White House asked John Ingersoll, director of the BNDD, to draft a plan for
“clandestine law enforcement” in the drug field--including assassination. By May 27, 1971, Nixon, John
Ehrlichman, and Egil Krogh had agreed to secretly budget $100 million for a covert BNDD kidnap and
assassination program. “This decisive action,” read the minutes of the meeting, “is our only hope for
destroying or immobilizing the highest level of drug traffickers.” BNDD officials began talking openly of
the need to establish “hit squads”: With only “150 key assassinations,” several BNDD officials told Dr. J.
Thomas Ungerleider of the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, “the entire heroin
refining operation can be thrown into chaos.” Krogh himself admitted that assassinations took place in
Southeast Asia, and John Dean, in a recent interview, revealed that Krogh once asked him to help resolve
a dispute between the BNDD, the Pentagon, and the State Department over the legality of kidnapping
drug traffickers in Latin America.
On January 10, 1972, undoubtedly in response to White House pressure for more action on the narcotics
front, Ingersoll asked his staff to consider the possible “immobilization and/or neutralization” of Colonel
Manuel Noriega, chief of intelligence for Panama’s Guardia Nacional, whom the BNDD suspected of
involvement in the heroin trade. According to a still-secret report of the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence, the options outlined in the five-page report included: Linking the official [Noriega] to a
fictitious plot against General Torrijos..., leaking information on drug trafficking to the press; linking his
removal to the Panama Canal negotiations; secretly encouraging powerful groups within Panama to raise
the issue; and ’total and complete immobilization.’ It has also been alleged that two leading BNDD
officials, Phillip Smith and William Durkin, took part in discussions of whether to assassinate Omar
Torrijos. These allegations are contained in a secret 1975 Justice Department report--known as the DeFeo
report, after one of its coauthors--that outlined to the attorney general “allegations of fraud, irregularity,
and misconduct in the Drug Enforcement Administration,” the agency that succeeded the BNDD. (The
Justice Department, by the order of Attorney General Edward Levi, closely guarded the contents of this
report. Even the Senate Intelligence Committee, although granted access to the report, was not given a
copy.) According to the DeFeo report, Smith denied any such plotting, but claimed instead that he passed
on to the CIA information he had received about a conspiracy to kill the Panamanian general. However,
the DeFeo report also mentions charges-- corroborated by the existence of the Ingersoll option paper--that
“a discussion concerning assassinations involved the possibility of killing Mr. Noryago [sic], the principal
assistant to the President of Panama, and that Smith and William Durkin actually proposed that he be
killed.” (Durkin, then chief of criminal enforcement, retired from the DEA in December 1978. Smith,
now head of security for the Resorts International casino in Atlantic City, was chief of special projects.)
A follow-up Justice Department report found “no evidence that any overt acts occurred which could be
characterized as criminal violations of law.” In other words, Noriega is still alive. However, as the Senate
report states without further elaboration, “some” of the options presented to Ingersoll “were put into
action.” Thus, the BNDD waged a successful campaign of press leaks, through Jack Anderson and the
anti-Torrijos press in Latin America, to encourage Torrijos’s opponents and to shame the regime into
cracking down on official corruption. The BNDD was probably behind the detailed and informed charges
printed in La Hora in Panama on January 29, 1972, accusing Omar Torrijos of protecting the drug
“mafia.” Before Torrijos could shut down the presses, several. thousand copies of the newspaper had been
circulated. And four days after the arrests at Watergate, Ingersoll visited Panama to warn Torrijos,
according to transcripts of their meeting, that “narcotics enforcement is in your government’s best
interest. Failure to do so effectively could result in further embarrassment to your government.” The
chastened general in turn “promised full cooperation with BNDD” in “stopping the traffic.”
While the White House pressured the BNDD to use any means to eliminate Panama’s drug traffickers, it
was secretly mounting its own deadly campaign against General Torrijos. The top operators in this theater
of the “war on drugs” were Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt.
Liddy, a former district attorney from New York, had joined the Nixon administration in 1969 as special
assistant to the secretary of the treasury, with responsibility for law enforcement functions of the Customs
Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Bureau. In that capacity,
he organized in 1969 the notorious “Operation Intercept,” a disruption of traffic at the southern border
that bludgeoned the Mexican government into accepting U.S. demands for greater participation in the
narcotics “war.” Liddy lost his job at the Treasury Department for making an unauthorized speech against
gun control, but he soon went to work for Egil Krogh in the White House. There he began recommending
formation of a White House-controlled drug enforcement unit to free Nixon from the bureaucratic
resistance of entrenched agencies in the Justice and Treasury departments.
E. Howard Hunt, a retired career CIA agent then working for the Mullen Agency, a CIA-connected PR
firm, went to work for the White House on July 7, 1971, as a $100-a-day consultant. Hunt was known
around the White House as an adviser on the Far East narcotics traffic, but secretly he began working
with Liddy on clandestine political operations. His fees--and other expenses of the Special Investigations
Unit (SIU)--were paid out of a secret $1.5 million White House Special Projects Fund.
Hunt was in a particularly good position to recruit loyal agents to carry out White House orders. As the
CIA’S political chief for the Bay of Pigs invasion, Hunt was on intimate terms with literally hundreds of
anti-Castro Cuban exiles whose personal loyalties to Hunt, conservative politics, and clandestine skills
would make them ideal SlU operatives.
Hunt visited Miami in the summer of 1971 to contact his old CIA friend Bernard Barker. Barker, who
revered his former boss, had been the CIA’s paymaster to the various exile groups. He had also served the
agency as a secret informant during the 1950s, while a member of Batista’s secret police, and later he
helped establish the Nicaraguan and Guatemalan bases from which the exiles launched their invasion of
Cuba.
Hunt had already sought out and met Barker that spring at a reunion of Bay of Pigs veterans in Miami.
Now he asked Barker to join a new “national security organization., above both the CIA and FBI.” The
ever-loyal Barker jumped at the chance. Hunt gave Barker the task of recruiting CIA-trained anti-Castro
exiles to be put at the disposal of the White House. Barker ultimately put together a secret army of 120
Cuban exiles; as he later described it, they were trained in every conceivable clandestine skill, including
killing. One of their targets, it is now clear, was White House enemy Omar Torrijos.
There have been suggestive accounts of the White House campaign against Torrijos, but the full story has
never been pulled together. On June 18, 1973, Newsweek offered an informed glimpse of those plots, and
predicted John Dean would reveal their existence in his forthcoming Watergate testimony. “Dean’s story
is that the Administration suspected high Panamanian officials of being involved in the flow of heroin
from Latin America into the U.S., and were also concerned about strongman Omar Torrijos’s
uncooperative attitude toward renegotiating the Panama Canal treaty,” wrote Newsweek. “Thus, in
Dean’s telling, some officials found a Torrijos hit doubly attractive. The contract, he said, went to E.
Howard Hunt, later a ringleader in the Watergate break-in; Hunt, according to Dean, had his team in
Mexico before the mission was aborted.” When his turn came to testify in public, Dean did not mention
Panama, and in a recent interview he denied ever learning of Hunt’s plans. The Newsweek reporter
responsible for the story, however, while now admitting that his sources erred in assuming Dean’s
knowledge, insists that those sources accurately described the plot on the basis of first-hand knowledge.
Corroboration for the story has come from the participants themselves. Sometime after July 1971, Hunt
approached Manuel Artime, who had headed the Bay of Pigs Cuban invasion force under Hunt’s
direction. In 1963 and 1964, Artime participated at a high level in CIA plots--said to include both Hunt
and Barker to kill Castro and invade Cuba anew. Artime remained a close friend both of Hunt (becoming
godfather ’to one of Hunt’s children) and of Barker (who smuggled Artime out of Cuba after Castro’s
takeover). Artime, in secret testimony before the Watergate grand jury in 1973, revealed that Hunt had
asked him to join in disrupting the Panamanian narcotics traffic, saying “something had to be taken care
of” in the Central American country. That mission, scheduled to take place after the election, was
obviously aborted by Watergate, but not before Hunt introduced Artime to “a friend of the White House”
named G. Gordon Liddy.
Artime, questioned by the grand jury for four hours about the Panama assassination project, denied
having joined Hunt or recruiting other Cubans. But on November 3, 1974, former Cuban exile leader
Carlos Rivero Collado, son of a former Cuban president, told a press conference: “Artime, approximately
two years ago, was plotting to assassinate the chief of the Panamanian state, General Omar Torrijos.
Artime had active, direct participation in the Watergate affair; however, his name has never been
mentioned.” (Artime was publicly identified only as a backer of the Miami Watergate Defendants’ Fund.)
Whether or not Artime did join Hunt, Barker had no difficulty in recruiting a large number of other
Cubans. Barker admits that the White House envisioned using his secret army in an all-out drug war: in
Barker’s words, “to hit the Mafia using the tactics of the Mafia.”
Gordon Liddy must have relished the thought of commanding his Cuban troops. “He was a nut about
guns and silencers and combat daggers and so on,” recalls anti-Castro activist and Watergate burglar
Frank Sturgis, “and he was always talking about ’disposal’ --about killing people.”
Nor was Hunt a stranger to such tactics. In his book on the Bay of Pigs invasion, Give Us This Day, Hunt
tells of urging his superior in the clandestine division of the CIA to assassinate Castro “before or
coincident with the invasion.” All the CIA’s Castro plots failed, of course, but Hunt’s fellow Plumber
Frank Sturgis claims, “Howard was in charge of a couple of other CIA operations that involved
’disposal,’ and I can tell you, some of them worked.”
Sturgis admitted, after his arrest for the Watergate burglary, that he had joined Hunt in an “investigation”
of the drug traffic from Mexico, Paraguay, and Panama. Sturgis was an old hand at clandestine activity.
He claims to have worked variously for Israeli intelligence, Castro’s air force, the U.S. Army Security
Agency, and the ’CIA, devoting himself since 1959 to the overthrow of Communism in Cuba. In 1961, he
joined Operation 40, a secret political and intelligence team charged by the C~A with forming a new
government in Cuba following Castro’s overthrow. Howard Hunt and Manuel Artime had used this
“Cuban CIA” to purge the Bay of Pigs exile force of most of its liberal, anti-Batista elements. One branch
of Operation 40 consisted of an elite murder squad, made up primarily of experienced killers from
Batista’s secret police. Several years ago Sturgis told an interviewer, “the assassination section, which I
was a part of... would, upon orders naturally, assassinate either members of the military in the foreign
country, members of the political parties of the foreign country that you were going to infiltrate) and if
necessary some of your own members, who were suspected of being foreign agents.” Sturgis says he took
part in several pre-Operation 40 attempts against the life of Castro in 1959 and 1960, and claims to have
engaged in subsequent plots in Central America.
When Frank Sturgis was caught inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate
building, he was carrying a Mexican visa made out in the name of Edward J. Hamilton. That name, it
soon became clear, was E. Howard Hunt’s old CIA alias; indeed the whole Watergate team carried phony
identifications prepared by the CIA. Hunt had obtained the Mexican tourist card on January 7, 1972, valid
for three months. Rumors began to circulate in Washington that the visa was obtained in connection with
a task force Hunt had sent into Mexico for a “national security” operation against Torrijos.
Sturgis has been extremely reticent in recent years about his Watergate operations with Hunt and Liddy,
telling interviewers only, “There are some things that I could never discuss.” But shortly after the
Watergate break-in he talked with Andrew St. George, an old friend of his, about the Panama plots.
Sturgis apparently believed “the fix was in” on the Watergate job and that the Cubans would be released
to continue on some of their other sensitive projects. “The White House has decided that dead or alive,
Torrijos must go,” St. George recalls Sturgis saying. “We must use terror.”
Fortunately, we now have public confirmation of the plot from E. Howard Hunt himself. Shortly after
Hunt was released from prison in February 1977, he was interviewed by a Boston television station.
Asked whether he knew “anything about a project to eliminate Panama dictator Torrijos,” Hunt for the
first--and last--time made a startling admission. “Panama,” he said, citing CIA reports, “was a drug
trafficking area where drugs could move easily.., with the blessing of the Panamanian government. There
was a great deal of concern on the part of the drug officials and certainly on the part of some of the Latin
American drug informants. I think the feeling was that if Torrijos didn’t shape up and cooperate he was
going to be wasted. That never happened. I don’t know any of the people asked to participate other than
the people in the Plumbers unit. They had that as part of their brief.”
Why was the White House so anxious to “waste” the Panamanian dictator? After all, many other U.S.
allies, particularly in Southeast Asia, also condoned narcotics trafficking, yet as far as we know, no one
talked of bumping off French President Georges Pompidou just because his intelligence service was
implicated in the “French Connection.” For all the rhetoric about a “national emergency,” the Nixon
administration’s “war on drugs” was as much an expedient political campaign as it was a sincerely held
conviction. Why in any case did his agents not consider a less drastic fate for Torrijos?
Revulsion toward narcotics traffic can hardly explain the enthusiasm of Hunt’s friends for the planned
“hit,” since most of them tolerated or even worked with organized crime when confronted by what they
saw as the infinitely greater evil of Castro. CIA Director Richard Helms, for example, told the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee in executive session that the CIA had released Bernard Barker from service
in the mid-1960s because of his association with “gambling and criminal elements.”
An FBI memo on Frank Sturgis prepared only two days after the Watergate arrests cited Miami sources
who said “he is now associated with organized crime activities...” Sturgis’s International Anti-Communist
Brigade, active back in the early 1960s, was described by the attorney for one of its other leaders as being
“financed by dispossessed hotel and gambling owners who operated under Batista.” Many of these same
interests, of course, had a stake in the pre-Castro Cuban heroin and cocaine traffic. We know also that
Operation 40, of which Sturgis was a member, remained active as a CIA counterintelligence operation
until 1970, when federal narcotics authorities arrested several of its leading members on charges of
having masterminded the nation’s largest heroin and cocaine ring.
Finally, we have the example of Manuel Artime, the “golden boy of the CIA,” who received millions of
dollars from the CIA to mount a second invasion of Cuba from Costa Rica in 1964--only to have a Miami
Herald reporter poke around and discover that “a government cloak of secrecy over Cuban exile training
was being used as a cover for smuggling.”
Moreover, other known targets of the Room 16 team had always been political enemies of the White
House. The Plumbers had originally organized under Egil Krogh to gather information to blackmail
Daniel Ellsberg, whom the White House suspected of knowing about its plans for escalating the war.
When that mission failed, President Nixon the next spring ordered Ellsberg silenced by other means. On
May 3, shortly before the mining of Haiphong harbor, J. Edgar Hoover’s body lay in state in the Rotunda
of the Capitol, and Ellsberg was expected to attend an unrelated antiwar demonstration outside. Once
again Hunt called on Barker, who recruited a squad of 10 activists, including Frank Sturgis and Felipe de
Diego (both formerly of the CIA’s Operation 40); Angel Ferrer, head of Cubanos de Fort Jackson (an
army commando training center); and Humberto Lopez, a leader of the violent National Front for the
Liberation of Cuba. Their orders were to pose as patriotic Americans outraged at the lack of respect
shown to Hoover by the demonstration and to beat up Ellsberg. Although the Cubans were unable to get
to Ellsberg, the scheme was remarkable as possibly the only time that an American President has ordered
his goons to batter a U.S. citizen.
By the spring of 1972 Jack Anderson had become a White House enemy on a par with Ellsberg, because
of his relentless coverage of the ITT scandal. Nixon repeatedly asked Charles Colson to discredit or quiet
the columnist. On March 14, Colson met with Hunt, who recalls the White House counsel asking him to
look into ways of drugging Anderson. Ten days later, Hunt and Liddy met with a former physician in an
unsuccessful attempt to obtain hallucinatory drugs. Hunt has since denied published reports that he sought
to kill Anderson, but his admitted plan to coat the steering wheel of Anderson’s car with a mind-altering
drug “for absorption through the palms of the hands” surely amounts to the same thing. It is hardly
reassuring that Colson has testified that Hunt also met with CIA doctors “in connection with
consideration of covert action against Daniel Ellsberg.”
Given this pattern to the Plumbers’ activities, the White House plot against Torrijos--and the enthusiasm
with which anti-Castro activists joined must be understood at least in part as a political operation, rather
than simply an example of drug enforcement gone wild. The origins of the conspiracy probably have
more to do with Torrijos’s public image as a radical nationalist, friend of Cuba, and challenger of
traditional American “rights” to the Canal Zone, than with his condoning of drug trafficking. It is
significant that Hunt and Liddy were both extreme conservatives, close to right-wing interests represented
in the Nixon administration by Hunt’s White House supervisor Charles Colson. Hunt’s Cuban exile
friends in particular were becoming alarmed by Torrijos’s friendship with Castro.
As early as 1969, columnists Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson charged that Omar Torrijos belonged to
the Communist party in Panama and that his brother Moises “was sent to Moscow all expenses paid by
the Communists.” In April 1971, Panamanian and U.S. businessmen complained that Torrijos was
installing radical leftists in key cabinet positions and at the University of Panama. Such charges unified
conservative forces when, on June 29, 1971, negotiations to transfer sovereignty over the Panama Canal
resumed between the United States and Panama, following Torrijos’s rejection of an agreement proposed
earlier. By late 1971 the Baltimore Sun could report, “The United States reportedly is ready to accede
sovereignty over the zone to the Panamanian government.”
Expectations of a “sellout” mobilized opponents of the treaty. Congressman Daniel Flood (D-Pa.), who
has come under federal investigation for wielding influence on behalf of Haiti’s dictator Jean-Claude
“Baby Doe” Duvalier-- among other things--thundered, “The very moment we surrender sovereignty
over the Zone to Panama as presently planned, Soviet power will take over the Republic of Panama as it
did Cuba.”
On November 15, 1971, Jack Anderson first disclosed Representative John Murphy’s (D-N.Y.) plans to
have his Panama Canal subcommittee of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee hold hearings to
determine whether the State Department was, in Anderson’s words, “selling out U.S. interests in the
Panama canal.” Less than two weeks later, Anderson published the first of many “leaks” from that
subcommittee; he described a briefing by BNDD director John Ingersoll, who held Panama responsible
for one-twelfth of all the cocaine and heroin imported into the United States.
Murphy was not just another conservative hoping to dump the treaty: He also happened to be an old
friend of Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza. In 1977, Murphy came under investigation by the
official corruption unit of the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, for influence peddling
on behalf of the Nicaraguan dictator.
Somoza also had the gratitude of E. Howard Hunt and his Cubans. As Central America’s leading foe of
communism, Somoza has from the time of the Bay of Pigs invasion encouraged Cuban exile forces to use
his country as a launching platform for militant anti-Castro operations throughout Central and South
America. Indeed, in .September 1976, Somoza personally attended a reunion of the original’ Bay of Pigs
force, Brigade 2506, and promised his continued support.
Somoza had his own compelling reasons to hope for a collapse of the talks with Panama, aside from his
ideological interest in frustrating good relations between the populist Panama regime and the United
States. In the 1971/72 period Somoza began negotiating with a consortium of billionaire financiers--
Howard Hughes (then resident in Nicaragua), Daniel Ludwig, and the Rothschilds--to build a sea-level
canal through Nicaragua to take traffic away from the outdated and politically unstable lock canal in
Panama.
It is surely significant, therefore, that Howard Hunt--according to Artime, who was interviewed by the
FBI in June 1972--”expressed his interest in a proposed canal through Nicaragua ....” Hunt says he
discussed Nicaraguan business deals at an April 1971 Bay of Pigs reunion with Barker and Artime (who
was in the meat business with Somoza); FBI records indicate that he did so again with Artime, a year
later, by telephone from the White House.
At the same time, however, plans were underway to build a similar, and cheaper, sea-level canal through
Panama itself. The Atlantic-Pacific Interoceanic Canal Study Commission, appointed by President
Johnson, reported in 1970 that such a canal was feasible and would probably be needed before the end of
the century. Several members of the United States treaty negotiating team from that era have admitted in
recent interviews that the Nixon administration’s pursuit of a new treaty was motivated in large part by
the hope of winning permission from the Panamanian government for future construction of such a canal.
Congressman Murphy may have had Somoza’s interests in mind, therefore, when, over the vigorous
objections of the State Department, he used the canal hearings as a platform from which to torpedo the
treaty negotiations. As an essential part of that strategy, he seized upon the emotional issue of drugs,
airing reports from Customs and BNDD implicating the Panamanian leadership in the narcotics traffic.
Jack Anderson, Murphy’s favored media contact, once again was the first to leak the committee’s
findings, in his March 14, 1972, column that fingered Juan Tack and Moises Torrijos. Murphy followed
up the next day with a speech in .Congress, accusing the “highest levels” of the Torrijos regime of
complicity in the traffic. Murphy also attacked the State Department for turning a blind eye to the drug
traffic in its unseemly haste to sign a treaty with Torrijos. (A few months later Jack Anderson reported yet
another leak from the Murphy committee, in a column that began: “For the sake of better relations with
Panama, the United States has gone soft on Panamanian heroin smugglers.”)
Murphy’s subcommittee report questioned whether “the United States is negotiating a treaty that involves
a 70-year, five-billion-dollar U.S. commitment, not to mention the security of the United States and this
hemisphere, with a government that condones or is actually involved in a drug running operation into the
United States.” The report concluded unequivocally: “Because of the known involvement of Panamanian
government officials in the international narcotics traffic, the U.S. government should take a firm stand in
the current negotiations of a new treaty for the continued use of the Panama Canal Zone.”
The State Department replied lamely that the Murphy report was “inappropriate.” Privately, a member of
the treaty negotiating team told Murphy that after weeks of agonizing the State Department had decided
that “if it eliminated dialogue with all Latin American governments that might have officials involved in
the narcotics traffic, very little dialogue would take place at all.” But the antitreaty forces rallied behind
Murphy. Representative Flood rose to denounce “the collaboration of Panama with Cuba and the USSR”
and suggested that in narcotics “our agents have uncovered the source of revenue for financing Soviet
espionage.”
“Pro-Red nationalist” countries, as Flood called them, hardly bore a unique responsibility for the drug
traffic. BNDD director John Ingersoll himself admitted before the Murphy committee that “Most of what
can be said of the situation [in Panama] is applicable to a number of other Central and South American
urban transportation and communication centers as well as key cities in the Caribbean.”
Indeed, a secret 1972 CIA report on Latin American narcotics cited Murphy’s beloved Nicaragua as a
“transit point for heroin shipped north from South America via Panama to the United States.” It identified
Cuban exiles as the middle men for narcotics originating in such anticommunist lands as Argentina,
Uruguay, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In short, the left-wing narcotics conspiracy made good
propaganda but was not the primary concern of right-wing critics of Panama.
SIGNIFICANTLY, HOWEVER, those propaganda charges were echoed by prominent Panamanian exile
Arnulfo Arias, whose own dictatorial ambitions rivaled those of General Torrijos: Arias had served as
president of Panama for only 11 days when Torrijos overthrew him in 1968. His chief spokesman (and a
relative by marriage) was the ardent antitreaty lobbyist Philip Harman, who dedicated himself to ousting
Torrijos and to returning Arias to power. In a letter to C. L. Sulzberger of the New York Times on April
21, 1972 (placed in the Congressional Record by the ever-helpful Daniel Flood), Harman warned of KGB
infiltration in Panama, recited familiar charges against Juan Tack and the Torrijos brothers, and added, “I
do know that President Arnulfo Arias, a former physician and now in exile in Miami, is gravely worried
over this mounting heroin problem in his country in which 12% of the heroin in the United States stem
from Panama.” [sic]
Arias’s oft-expressed outrage at corruption in the Torrijos regime wears thin, however, when his own
record is recalled. During an earlier stretch as president of Panama, from 1949 to 1951, Arnulfo and his
favorite nephew Antonio “The Druggist” Arias, in collaboration with the secret police, masterminded a
huge narcotics and gold smuggling ring that accounted for much of the $2 million that President Arias is
said to have made during his 20 months in office. Arias was also accused by opposition leaders--whom he
promptly threw in jail--of profiting from illegal business deals with the Somoza family in Nicaragua. And
he thought nothing of spending state funds for his own private ventures. New evidence has come to light
that Arias, possibly as just a figurehead, was involved with the White House in efforts to oust Torrijos in
1972. According to a source close to Frank Sturgis, the Room 16 group coordinated its assassination plot
with a group of Panamanian exile leaders, including Arnulfo Arias and Colonel Amado Sanjur, who fled
Panama in 1970 following an unsuccessful (and, many say, CIA-backed) coup attempt against Torrijos.
A confidential FBI report on “Panamanian Revolutionary Activities,” dated September 18, 1972, throws
light on this subject. It consists of a lengthy interview with Arias, who made no secret of his hope that
Torrijos would be “overthrown . . . by a force supported by the United States Government.” Arias, the
report continued, could not understand “why Torrijos, a dedicated leftist, is allowed to remain in power. If
he is allowed to remain, he will be another Fidel Castro, whom he has visited in Cuba already.”
Arias denied being “currently” engaged in organizing a force to overthrow Torrijos, but admitted--
probably in reference to Barker’s “secret army”--that he had “had help offered him from a group of
Cubans in Miami.” In the meantime, Arias said, he was “encouraging his associates in Panama to do all
they can to work against the Torrijos regime.”
But the Panamanian exiles persisted, even after Watergate. Representative Murphy early in 1974
disclosed the existence of “not one but two plots currently underway to overthrow the current military
dictatorship. One plot involves a military overthrow of General Omar Torrijos--similar to the
unsuccessful one that was attempted several years ago [i.e. the December 1969 Sanjur plot]--and the other
involves a conspiracy of Panamanian businessmen-- who are wooing ex-Panamanian military men in
exile--because they are disenchanted with the current economic situation in Panama.” Torrijos, he said,
was negotiating with Arias in the hope of preventing a coup, but, Murphy concluded, “We simply do not
wish to give this vital world waterway over to an unstable government that, aside from dabbling in the
narcotics traffic, might be overthrown tomorrow.”
The confluence of antitreaty lobbyists, Panamanian exiles, Somoza cronies, and Cuban exiles in plotting
the ouster of Torrijos, and their common resort to narcotics charges to undermine State Department
negotiations with his regime, all suggest the political motives that lay behind the Plumbers’ plan to
assassinate Torrijos. The same political instincts that led the White House warriors of Room 16 to suspect
Daniel Ellsberg of ties to the Soviets or George McGovern of taking payoffs from Cuba inspired their
violent ambitions against General Torrijos. But narcotics meanwhile provided a perfect excuse for the job,
for had the Nixon administration not elevated the drive against narcotics to the moral equivalent of war?
Assassinations might be immoral in peacetime, but not in war.
MUCH ABOUT THE Torrijos plot remains unclear, however. The Watergate special prosecutor’s
investigation did not resolve any of the remaining questions, according to the attorney who worked on the
case, because the conspiracy was “too far afield.” “It involved something outside of the United States,” he
said. “You just don’t go after someone for that.” But evidence such as the Mexican visa found on Sturgis
at the time of the Watergate break-in tends to confirm Newsweek’s claim that Hunt actually sent a team
into Mexico in connection with the intended assassination. How far the plot had progressed by the time of
Watergate, however, remains uncertain.
A wall of silence surrounds the operation at its higher levels. Egil Krogh, Gordon Liddy, and E. Howard
Hunt will not talk, and the locus of responsibility within the White House cannot, therefore, be pinned
down. It is hard to believe that Hunt would have gone ahead with a plot to kill a foreign leader without
higher authorization, although in light of Liddy’s propensity to take off-the-cuff remarks as orders,
authorization might not have been explicit. If Nixon did approve the operation--and evidence from other
Watergate operations suggests that he must have known of it--the question of his motives remains.
Nixon might have sanctioned the elimination of Torrijos simply as part of his “war on drugs.” But why
Torrijos and not any number of other leaders in Latin America or Southeast Asia? Le Monde charged that
the destruction of Ricord’s Corsican drug network in Latin America--of which the BNDD’S Panama
campaign was a part--was a result of “close Mafia-police-Narcotics Bureau collaboration,” with “proofs
furnished obligingly by La Cosa Nostra.” According to this bizarre but not impossible theory, it was no
mistake that Cuban-Italian organizations, often with ties to the CIA, replaced the old Corsican syndicates.
A more likely theory centers on the fact--confirmed in recent interviews with former senior officials of
the State Department and treaty negotiators-- that by the spring of 1972 the White House realized that its
treaty demands for a 50-year military presence in the Canal Zone and for construction rights to a sea-level
canal were encountering serious opposition from the Torrijos government. Indeed, later that year, the
general rejected the final, firm U.S. offer. Nixon may well have believed that conservative, Miami-based
Panamanian exiles such as Arnulfo Arias and Amado Sanjur would be more sympathetic to U.S. interests
and might accept a treaty where Torrijos would not.
Finally, the old anticommunist Nixon has to be considered. Nixon, after all, had been the White House
operations officer for Bay of Pigs planning during the Eisenhower administration, and had numerous
business and political ties to Cuban exiles associated with his friend Bebe Rebozo. Over the years, Nixon
also developed a relationship with prominent Somoza lobbyists, who threw powerful political support his
way during the 1960 campaign. And one of his biggest backers, Howard Hughes, was negotiating
business deals with Somoza in 1971 and 1972. Nixon may well have shared the concern of such
constituencies that Torrijos would stir up radicalism in Central America and the Caribbean.
The White House war against Torrijos was curtailed only by a setback on another battle front: Watergate.
The capture of Hunt and his burglars pushed Nixon into a hasty cover-up of the crimes that Hunt and
Liddy had committed on his behalf--up to and including assassination plots. Torrijos, at last, gained a
little more room to maneuver. His troubles were not over: The canal lobby remained as vigorous as ever
(as he would see in 1977), and militant Panamanian and Cuban exiles continued their raids against
property of his regime. But no longer were the hired guns of the President of the United States out for his
life.
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                                                                                    July 19, 2000
Released Documents         On July 13, 2000 the Senate passed a measure in the FY 2001 Defense
that would be              Authorization Act that – if approved by the full Congress – would severely
Withheld under             undercut the public's ability to obtain critical human rights information
Proposed Legislation       gathered by U.S. defense attachés (DATT) and other U.S. military
                           representatives abroad. The provision would exempt from release under the
Analysis of Proposed       Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the "operational files" of the Defense
Legislation                Intelligence Agency (DIA). This would include most of the documents
                           produced by the Defense HUMINT Service – files that have been
Proposed Exemption         declassified routinely in the past and which in many cases contain crucial
                           information about human rights violations committed by foreign military
DIA vs. The Facts:         and intelligence units and other important information about political and
Analysis of the DIA's      military developments around the world.
Statement on the
Proposed Legislation       The DIA and the military services maintain a large number of military
                           attachés and a much smaller network of clandestine case officers to satisfy
More on the Defense        foreign intelligence requirements. The Defense HUMINT Service became
HUMINT Service             operational October 1, 1995, to consolidate the human intelligence
                           (HUMINT) capabilities of the DIA, Army, Navy, and Air Force.
CIA Information Act
of 1984                    The proposed section extends to the DIA the language of the CIA
                           Information Act of 1984, which exempted certain files in the CIA's
American Library           directorate of operations from the Freedom of Information Act on the basis
Association Opposes    of an extensive public record, multiple hearings, and specificity as to
DIA Exemption          exactly which files would be covered. Unlike the CIA Act, however, there
                       were no public hearings on the proposed DIA exemption, no debate, no
                       testimony, and no public record other than a misleading five-paragraph
                       "background paper" from the DIA. And while the CIA had argued in 1984
                       that the operational exemption would actually produce a net increase in
                       released material, it is clear that the application of such an exemption to the
                       DIA would drastically reduce the number of documents currently being
                       released.
          Released Documents that would be Withheld under the Proposed
                                       Legislation

   Excerpt of a
 February 1976
 report from the
   U.S. defense
(DATT) and Air
  Force (AIRA)
    attachés in
Santiago, Chile.


       HUMINT              If passed by the full Congress the legislation would effectively shield
       Reports on          the activities of foreign death squads, torturers and kidnappers from
       Human Rights        public scrutiny and would greatly undermine the efforts of official
       Abuses in Chile     truth commissions – many of which have been aided by the
       and Guatemala       declassification of such records – to clarify responsibility for human
                           rights violations. Below are examples of the kinds of military
       HUMINT              HUMINT reports that would be exempt from release if the Senate
       Reports on          language is included in the final bill. The first eleven documents –
       other Political     released through FOIA and special declassification projects – contain
       and Military        important information on human rights abuses committed by Chilean
       Issues              and Guatemalan security forces. The next set of documents cover a
                           range of political and military matters and are included to illustrate
       The State           the broad range of topics covered by defense intelligence operational
       Department's        reports. These records are just a small sample of the hundreds of DIA
       Electronic          HUMINT reports that the Archive has obtained. There are also many
       Reading Room        more of these kinds of DIA documents available at the State
                           Department's Electronic Reading Room, including dozens of
                           additional reports about human rights violations in Chile and
                           Guatemala.

         HUMINT Reports on Human Rights Abuses in Chile and Guatemala
        U.S. Defense Attaché, Santiago, "DINA, Its Operations and Power,"
        February 6, 1974.
The reporting officer ("R.O.") relates a conversation he had with an undisclosed source about a
pending legal matter in Chile shortly after the military coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.
Referring to a matter unrelated to intelligence, the source tells the officer that it can be
accomplished as long as the Chilean National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) approves. The
source explains that there are three souces of power in Chile: "Pinochet, God, and DINA."
         U.S. Defense Attaché, Santiago, to DIA, "Activity at Suspected Chilean
         Air Force Interrogation Building," February 2, 1976.
The U.S. Defense and Air Force attachés provide an eyewitness account of the beating of
detainees outside a suspected Chilean Air Force interrogation building in Santiago. The officers
report that guards "armed with police type billy clubs" repeatedly struck prisoners "most
frequently at the rear of knee joints." Another source reports that one of the prisoners, a small
boy, was repeatedly struck by the guards, who also banged the head of an elderly man against the
wall.
        U.S. Defense Attaché, Santiago, to DIA, "Disappearance of Eduardo and
        Julio Budnick," August 5, 1976.
A source confirms to the U.S. Air Force attaché that two Jewish businessmen, Eduardo and Julio
Budnick, have been detained by the Chilean government. "Based on source's position" and on
information from a separate source, the reporting officer believes that the Budnicks are being
held by Chilean intelligence.
         U.S. Navy Defense Attaché, Santiago, "Covert Countersubversive
         Activities in Chile," November 5, 1977. [Best Copy Available]
The U.S. Defense attaché in Santiago provides information concerning recent covert intelligence
operations carried out by Chilean security forces. The operations, the source reports, are intended
"to deal with the threat, real or imagined, of extremist subversion." The report details the
involvement of Chilean security forces in kidnappings and robberies designed to appear to be the
work of leftist subversives, and in bombings directed against safe houses used by the left. A
source explains that the military intelligence chiefs had determined that "the best way to deal
with the safe house problem was blowing them up, if possible, with the terrorists present."
         DIA, "Suspected Presence of Clandestine Cemeteries on a Military
         Installation," April 11, 1994. [Guatemala]
Sources tell U.S. military intelligence officials that from 1984-86, the army’s intelligence
directorate (D-2) coordinated the counterinsurgency campaign in southwest Guatemala from the
southern airbase at Retalhuleu, using it as both an operations post and an interrogation center.
Small buildings that were once used as interrogation cells have since been destroyed, and pits
“that were once filled with water and used to hold prisoners” have been filled with concrete. To
dispose of the prisoners after interrogation, D-2 personnel would fly them out over the ocean and
push them – sometimes still alive – out of the aircraft. “In this way, the D-2 has been able to
remove the majority of evidence showing that the prisoners had been tortured and killed.”
Officers currently stationed at Retalhuleu wishing to grow plots of vegetables have been denied
permission to cultivate certain areas “because the locations . . . were burial sites that had been
used by the D-2 during the mid-eighties.”

         DIA, "The Fate of Those Captured," November 3, 1994. [Guatemala]

An informant attests that guerrillas captured by the Guatemalan military must work with military
intelligence (D-2) against their former units or face summary execution. Only those with
significant “propaganda value” are paraded before the media, while most all others are
interrogated extensively, and then either recruited by the D-2 or killed. The source adds that this
has been a long-standing practice that has not changed under the army’s current leadership.
         DIA, "The Rising Impact of the Bamaca Case on the Guatemalan Military
         Establishment," November 24, 1994. [Guatemala]
A source within the Guatemalan military describes the army’s response to increasing U.S.
pressure to clarify the fate of captured rebel leader Efraín Bámaca Velásquez – the husband of an
American lawyer. The army high command, the source states, has ordered military personnel to
destroy any “incriminating evidence . . . which could compromise the security or status of any
member of the Guatemalan military.” The destruction of documents, holding pens and
interrogation facilities has already been accomplished at the Retalhuleu air base, and the army
has designed a strategy to block future “United Nations investigating commissions” from
entering bases to examine army files. The author of the cable asserts that, “All written records
concerning this case and probably a thousand others like it have, by now, been destroyed.”

         DIA, "Problems with Military History," February 24, 1995. [Guatemala]

The Guatemalan army vice chief of staff has reportedly prevented an army historical commission
– charged with writing an official history of the internal conflict – from gaining access to the
Guatemalan army archives. In doing so, Pineda has defied orders from his immediate superiors,
and is said to be working with officers from the Intelligence Directorate (D-2) “to keep
‘embarrassing’ events from reaching public scrutiny.” The source is concerned “that some
records may ‘disappear’ as a result of BG Pineda and friends [sic] efforts.”
          Memorandum for Director of Operations, US Army Foreign Intelligence
          Activity, "Operational Summary of Intelligence Information [Excised] RE:
          Efraín Bamaca, Michael DeVine, and Colonel Julio Alpirez," April 17,
          1995. [Guatemala]
An undisclosed source provides information on the involvement of Guatemalan Col. Julio
Alpirez in the murders of U.S. citizen Michael DeVine and guerrilla commander Efraín Bámaca
Velásquez, the husband of an American lawyer. Bámaca, who was captured by the army in 1989,
was placed in a full body cast to prevent escape, and later executed. DeVine, an innkeeper, was
picked-up by an army patrol investigating his ties to arms and narcotics trafficking. He "was
tortured and murdered" by one of the soldiers who reportedly "wanted to rob him of what he
carried."
         DIA, "HUMINT to Suffer with Loss of Military Commissioners," July 20,
         1995. [Guatemala]
A source tells the reporting officer that a recent decision by the Guatemalan president to disband
a nation-wide network of civilian intelligence informants will dramatically weaken the army's
HUMINT capability. The military commissioners have historically "formed the backbone of the
G-2's HUMINT networks," but have also been involved in activities "which could have been
labeled as illegal by current human rights standards," such as "the elimination of individuals
viewed to be a threat to the government and the army."
         DIA, "Transition of the Military Commissioners," August 29, 1995.
         [Guatemala]
Although the network of some 35,000 Guatemalan military commissioners is to be formally
decommissioned [see previous document], more than 25,000 will be secretly retained as "army
collaborators" and "will continue to have an invisible role within the army." This arrangement,
according to the source, "allows the army total deniability if and when they are asked if the
military commissioners have been totally disbanded."


             HUMINT Reports on other Political and Military Issues

Below are examples of defense intelligence operational reports obtained through the Freedom of
Information Act on a range of other subjects. Such information, routinely declassified in the past,
would also be withheld under the proposed legislation.
        DIA, "Various Attitudes on MLA" [Military Coup in Pakistan], Ca. July
        1977.
        U.S. Defense Attaché, Moscow, "Sov[iet] Communist Party Member's
        Views on Polish Crisis," October 22, 1980.
        U.S. Defense Attaché, Bucharest, "Soviet Estimates on Polish
        Intervention Forces," November 4, 1980.
        U.S. Defense Attaché, Moscow, "Chinese View on Polish Crisis,"
        November 18, 1980.
        U.S. Defense Attaché, Bonn, "Weekend of 28-29 March Ominous for
        Poland," March 27, 1981.
        U.S. Defense Attaché, Belgrade, "Yugoslavia/Military Intelligence Chief
        Comments on Poland and Kosovo," April 7, 1981.

        DIA, "Nicaragua: Refugee Exodus," August 22, 1983.

        Commander, U.S. Army Operations Group, "Iranian Travel Controls,"
        May 29, 1986.
        Commander, U.S. Army Operations Group, "Impact of the Stinger Missile
        on Soviet and Resistance Tactics in AF [Afghanistan]," Ca. 1987.
          DIA, "[Pakistan's] Nuclear Industry," Ca. 1987.

          DIA, [Alleged Transfer of Patriot Missile Technology from Israel to
          China], March 26, 1992.

          DIA, "Cuban Facilities Associated with Biotechnology," March 1993.


          DIA, "Biological and Chemical Defense [in Cuba]," March 1992.


          DIA, "Members of the Cuban Biological Front," March 1992.



 Further Information on the Defense HUMINT Service

 For more information on the evolution and consolidation of the Defense HUMINT Service see,
 Richelson, Jeffrey T., "From MONARCH EAGLE to MODERN AGE: The Consolidation of
 U.S. Defense HUMINT," International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Vol.10,
 No.2, pp. 131-164.

 Chart: Country and Subjects of Army HUMINT Intelligence Information Reports, FY 1992-93
 Sources: Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Annual Historical Review, 1 October 1991 to 30
 September 1992 (Washington, D.C.: ODCSI, 1995), pp. 4-3 and 4-18; Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for
 Intelligence, Annual Historical Review, 1 October 1992 to 30 September 1993 (Washington, D.C.: ODCSI 1995),
 pp. 4-32 to 4-43. Table compiled by Jeffrey T. Richelson

 Defense HUMINT Service Organizational Chart
 Source: DIA Unclassified release.




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                                    Proposed Legislation
 S.2549
 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001
 (passed by the Senate July 14, 2000)
 SEC. 1045. PROTECTION OF OPERATIONAL FILES OF THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE
 AGENCY.
(a) Authority.--Subchapter I of chapter 21 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding
at the end the following:

"Sec. 426. Protection of sensitive information: operational files of the Defense Intelligence
Agency

"(a) Authority To Withhold Operational Files.--The Secretary of Defense may withhold from
public disclosure operational files described in subsection (b) to the same extent that operational
files may be withheld under section 701 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 431),
subject to judicial review under the same circumstances and to the same extent as is provided in
subsection (f) of such section.

"(b) Decennial Review of Exempted Operational Files.--Section 702 of the National Security Act
of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 432), setting forth requirements for decennial review of exemptions from
public disclosure and related provisions for judicial review shall apply with respect to the
exemptions from public disclosure that are in force under subsection (a), subject to the following
requirements:

"(1) The Secretary of Defense shall conduct the decennial review under this subsection.
"(2) In the application of the judicial review provisions under subsection (c) of such section 702-
-
"(A) the references to the Central Intelligence Agency shall be deemed to refer to the Secretary
of Defense; and
"(B) the reference in paragraph (1) of that subsection to the period for the first review shall be
deemed to refer to the 10-year period beginning on the day after the date of the enactment of the
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001.
"(c) Operational Files Defined.--In this section, the term 'operational files' has the meaning given
that term in section 701(b) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 431(b)), except that
the references to elements of the Central Intelligence Agency do not apply.''.

(d) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the beginning of such subchapter is amended
by adding at the end the following:

"426. Protection of sensitive information: operational files of the Defense Intelligence Agency.''.


                           The CIA Information Act of 1984
         Full text as amended to the National Security Act of 1947 [50 U.S.C., Title VII]

Sec. 701. Exemption of certain operational files from search, review, publication, or
disclosure

(a) Exemption by Director of Central Intelligence
Operational files of the Central Intelligence Agency may be exempted by the Director of Central
Intelligence from the provisions of section 552 of title 5 (Freedom of Information Act) which
require publication or disclosure, or search or review in connection therewith.
(b) ''Operational files'' defined
For the purposes of this title the term ''operational files'' means -

(1) files of the Directorate of Operations which document the conduct of foreign intelligence or
counterintelligence operations or intelligence or security liaison arrangements or information
exchanges with foreign governments or their intelligence or security services;
(2) files of the Directorate for Science and Technology which document the means by which
foreign intelligence or counterintelligence is collected through scientific and technical systems;
and
(3) files of the Office of Personnel Security which document investigations conducted to
determine the suitability of potential foreign intelligence or counterintelligence sources; except
that files which are the sole repository of disseminated intelligence are not operational files.
(c) Search and review for information
Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, exempted operational files shall continue to be
subject to search and review for information concerning -
(1) United States citizens or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence who have
requested information on themselves pursuant to the provisions of section 552 of title 5
(Freedom of
Information Act) or section 552a of title 5 (Privacy Act of 1974);
(2) any special activity the existence of which is not exempt from disclosure under the provisions
of section 552 of title 5 (Freedom of Information Act); or
(3) the specific subject matter of an investigation by the intelligence committees of the Congress,
the Intelligence Oversight Board, the Department of Justice, the Office of General Counsel of the
Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency,
or the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence for any impropriety, or violation of law,
Executive order, or Presidential directive, in the conduct of an intelligence activity.
(d) Information derived or disseminated from exempted operational files
(1) Files that are not exempted under subsection (a) of this section which contain information
derived or disseminated from exempted operational files shall be subject to search and review.
(2) The inclusion of information from exempted operational files in files that are not exempted
under subsection (a) of this section shall not affect the exemption under subsection (a) of this
section of the originating operational files from search, review, publication, or disclosure.
(3) Records from exempted operational files which have been disseminated to and referenced in
files that are not exempted under subsection (a) of this section and which have been returned to
exempted operational files for sole retention shall be subject to search and review.
(e) Supersedure of prior law
The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not be superseded except by a provision of
law which is enacted after October 15, 1984, and which specifically cites and repeals or modifies
its provisions.

(f) Allegation; improper withholding of records; judicial review
Whenever any person who has requested agency records under section 552 of title 5 (Freedom of
Information Act), alleges that the Central Intelligence Agency has improperly withheld records
because of failure to comply with any provision of this section, judicial review shall be available
under the terms set forth in section 552(a)(4)(B) of title 5, except that -
(1) in any case in which information specifically authorized under criteria established by an
Executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign relations which is
filed with, or produced for, the court by the Central Intelligence Agency, such information shall
be examined ex parte, in camera by the court;
(2) the court shall, to the fullest extent practicable, determine issues of fact based on sworn
written submissions of the parties;
(3) when a complaint alleges that requested records were improperly withheld because of
improper placement solely in exempted operational files, the complainant shall support such
allegation with a sworn written submission, based upon personal knowledge or otherwise
admissible evidence;
(4) (A) when a complainant alleges that requested records were improperly withheld because of
improper exemption of operational files, the Central Intelligence Agency shall meet its burden
under section 552(a)(4)(B) of title 5 by demonstrating to the court by sworn written submission
that exempted operational files likely to contain responsive records currently perform the
functions set forth in subsection (b) of this section; and
(B) the court may not order the Central Intelligence Agency to review the content of any
exempted operational file or files in order to make the demonstration required under
subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, unless the complainant disputes the Central Intelligence
Agency's showing with a sworn written submission based on personal knowledge or otherwise
admissible evidence;
(5) in proceedings under paragraphs (3) and (4) of this subsection, the parties shall not obtain
discovery pursuant to rules 26 through 36 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, except that
requests for admission may be made pursuant to rules 26 and 36;
(6) if the court finds under this subsection that the Central Intelligence Agency has improperly
withheld requested records because of failure to comply with any provision of this section, the
court shall order the Central Intelligence Agency to search and review the appropriate exempted
operational file or files for the requested records and make such records, or portions thereof,
available in accordance with the provisions of section 552 of title 5 (Freedom of Information
Act), and such order shall be the exclusive remedy for failure to comply with this section; and
(7) if at any time following the filing of a complaint pursuant to this subsection the Central
Intelligence Agency agrees to search the appropriate exempted operational file or files for the
requested records, the court shall dismiss the claim based upon such complaint.


Sec. 702. Decennial review of exempted operational files

(a) Review by Director of Central Intelligence
Not less than once every ten years, the Director of Central Intelligence shall review the
exemptions in force under subsection (a) of section 431 of this title to determine whether such
exemptions may be removed from any category of exempted files or any portion thereof.

(b) Consideration; historical value; public interest
The review required by subsection (a) of this section shall include consideration of the historical
value or other public interest in the subject matter of the particular category of files or portions
thereof and the potential for declassifying a significant part of the information contained therein.
(c) Judicial review
A complainant who alleges that the Central Intelligence Agency has improperly withheld records
because of failure to comply with this section may seek judicial review in the district court of the
United States of the district in which any of the parties reside, or in the District of Columbia. In
such a proceeding, the court's review shall be limited to determining (1) whether the Central
Intelligence Agency has conducted the review required by subsection (a) of this section within
ten years of enactment of this title or within ten years after the last review, and (2) whether the
Central Intelligence Agency, in fact, considered the criteria set forth in subsection (b) of this
section in conducting the required review.

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