Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:41 pm

Cheney’s ring of killers??

Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh is now saying, although he hasn’t published this anywhere yet, that we have an “executive assassination ring” that reported directly to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, outside the military chain of command (at the top of which, you’ll recall from Civics 101, sits the president).

I have no way of knowing whether this is true. And the facts that Hersh 1) hasn’t published anything about this (yet) and may be as much as two years from doing so; and 2) appears to be saying he let slip more than he intended, are big red flags.

But if it is true, it’s got all sorts of constitutional, legal and practical ramifications, irrespective of the moral question of whether the people of the United States ought to be in the assassination business. (For the record, if we whacked Osama bin Laden I surely wouldn’t cry, although I would prefer he get due process in a legitimate court. I also believe that any great power, once seized, will be abused.)

Hersh also mentions what he believes were illegal domestic CIA surveillance activities not heretofore brought to light. Again, I have no idea whether this is true.

Emptywheel offers some commentary and commenter discussion here.

1 Comment

  1. Excellent blog post!

    Comment by Otto — Saturday, March 14, 2009 2:11 am @ 2:11 am

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