Connecting the Dots
I'm sure you all recall the early days of the NSA
Hoovering up all domestic data warrantless wiretapping scandal, when they referred to it as the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" and assured us that they were only targeting Al-Qaeda operatives.
Naturally, this turned out to be a
lie enhanced duplicity technique, because it turns out they were spying on all of us everyday American citizens. Nobody was off the target list, and we were all potential Al-Qaeda operatives.
Now, there's a big hubbub about some sketchy CIA assassination ring, apparently answering to Cheney himself. Nobody's willing to talk about the nitty-gritty details, but it's enough to have even Nancy "off the table" Pelosi spooked or pissed off enough to start publicly discussing how fucked-up it was, whatever "it" was.
The public justification for this shadowy, super-classified, apparently reprehensible death squad?
They were only targeting Al-Qaeda operatives.
Yeah, okay, I'm gonna go ahead and call bullshit. Does anyone seriously doubt that what we'll eventually learn is that they formed a group to assassinate American citizens in the National Interest? Consider this, via TPM:
Vince Cannistraro, a former CIA counterterrorism chief, told TPMmuckraker that because we've been in a state of war against al Qaeda since just after September 11, there would have been no need for a secret CIA program that received special legal authorization...
As for what the program did involve, Cannistraro suggested that it involved Americans as targets, and that it went beyond surveillance, but declined to elaborate. He added that, though Cheney may have directly ordered the CIA to keep Congress in the dark, the veep wasn't acting alone. "The approval was from the president," said Cannistraro.
Hmm, I wonder...
What I'm more curious about, though, is
when if they struck.
(And what about that woman shot to death as she walked out the door? I feel like she worked for a government agency and this happened in DC... wasn't she a whistleblower or a witness? Can't find this story. Readers?)
Update: Via the comments on this Digby post on the subject (read the whole thing!):
Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 - October 25, 2002)