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  •  Obama has set Cheney's "Assassination Squad" (1+ / 0-)
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    in stone by officially bringing JSOC under his personal control. What is the difference between this and a dictator of a third world banana republic who employs a quasi-military police force to do his personal bidding? It is a very small leap to go from assassinating an American on foreign soil to doing the same as a covert operation within the country.

    Here's an NPR report:

    The World Is a Battlefield: Jeremy Scahill on "Dirty Wars" and Obama’s Expanding Drone Attacks

    ...under both Bush and Obama, the world has been declared the battlefield. You know, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force that was passed after 9/11 is technically the law that President Obama and his administration point to when they say they have a right to drone strike in Yemen, because these people are connected to the 9/11 attacks. But in reality, one of the enduring legacies of the Obama presidency is going to be that he solidified this Cheneyesque view of the U.S. government, which says that when it comes to foreign policy, that the executive branch is effectively a dictatorship and that Congress only has a minimal role to play in oversight.

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