Obama Prioritizes Targeted Killings
Obama is a war criminal multiple times over.
by Stephen Lendman
A previous article said Obama decided who lives or dies. His kill list chooses targets. He designated himself judge, jury and executioner.
He chose John Brennan as new CIA director. He's currently Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. He's Obama's chief counterterrorism advisor.
He heads the administration's Murder, Inc. agenda. As CIA head, he'll do more than advise. He'll have direct control. Expect him to take full advantage.
Anyone can be targeted anywhere in the world. US citizens are vulnerable. They can be murdered for any reason or none at all.
Drone wars are prioritized. They're becoming Washington's weapon of choice. They're instruments of state terror. They operate round-the-clock.
They sanitize killing on the cheap. Teams of remote control warriors operate computer keyboards and multiple monitors. They target faceless enemies half a world away or nearby.
Virtual war kills like sport. Escalated operations are planned. Rule of law principles and other disturbing issues aren't considered. Secrecy and accountability go unaddressed.
The Washington Post explained further. On January 19, it headlined "CIA drone strikes will get pass in counterterrorism 'playbook,' officials say."
Obama's counterterrorism manual nears completion. It's "designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations, but leaves open a major exemption for" CIA strikes in Pakistan.
Rules of engagement don't apply to killing Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects. A year or more will pass before directives are mandated.
Obama's counterterrorism playbook is being readied for term two. Policies will create lethal operations guidelines. A "milestone" will be reached.
Pre-9/11, institutionalized killing "would have seemed anathema to many." It's now standard operating procedure. It's normalized. CIA and Pentagon Special Forces Command officials prioritize it.