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Obama's Kill List Expands to Fascistic 'Disposition Matrix'

Murder Inc. has got nothing on the West Wing.

As of the latest Obama anti-constitutional "thou SHALT kill relentlessly and mercilessly" development, I’m becoming convinced neither did Hitler’s Germany.

According to Bill Van Auken of wsws, Obama is developing a new system to codify and STREAMLINE extrajudicial assassinations. He is calling it a “Disposition Matrix.”

Did you know IBM was a serious help to Hitler’s record-keeping of his vast number of victims and prisoners during the Holocaust years?

A new database is necessary apparently for the Nobel Peace Prize winner to organize the ever-growing names of intended targets for world-wide extrajudicial assassination by him from his White House, especially right now in Pakistan, but in no way exclusively.

Obama apparently has concluded drone-annihilating people is a nifty way to permanently punish some foreigners and terrorize so many more whom our country is not “officially”, even illegally officially, at war with. No torture or indefinite detention muss and fuss. Just clean and mean, well, maybe clean only if you are, say, 7000 miles away where the joy stick of death is operated from. Not so much clean to those targeted, of course, or witnessing the horror, but what the hey, what do they matter to Mr. Nobel Peace Prize?

Obama can also use the drones assassination program to punish troublesome Americans, as well. Obama is so-to-speak “drone-flying” in the face of our Constitution and the Magna Carta of 900 years ago, that Van Auken supplies, maintained that “no person could be put to death or imprisoned ‘except by the lawful judgment of his equals or the law of the land’.” One of the most profound and important rights we have -- HAD -- as American citizens.

I repeat:

One of the most profound and important rights we have -- HAD -- as American citizens.

With the corporatization of America one has to consider if a drone death-warrant is determined for an individual or group not for threatening the welfare of American citizens in any way, but more likely threatening U.S. CORPORATE PROFIT-MAKING INTERESTS ANYWHERE ON THE GLOBE. “US interests” stopped having anything to do with most of us a long time ago.

It used to be the physical welfare of American citizens our leaders took a serious oath to protect. Now it is corporate “legal” persons with their sociopathic wills and agendas our Congressional, executive and judicial representatives accommodate at EVERY turn. International corporate agendas serviced by our U.S. military -- our military enabled by an obscene number of our tax dollars and the blood of our overly-trusting mostly young adult children who serve as cannon fodder.

American and foreign blood has been and is being spilled, billions of gallons of blood, for corporate illegitimate aggrandizement globally by the Post-Morality, “might makes right” halls of American power. The halls of power occupied now by what so many deluded citizens CELEBRATE as a “lesser evil” president as they fight hard for him to continue on as leader of our FORMER representative democracy. Romney promises to be as bad, admittedly.

So many apparently due-process-less targeted enemies are on Obama’s horizon, foreign or American, thanks to to the advice of intelligence and military advisors. So many enemies to be torturously annihilated by U.S. unmanned armed aircraft that a database must be established. Obama as Van Auken stresses is “institutionalizing” his illegitimate, “extra-judicial assassination” program.



Obama is, incidentially, announcing this chilling expansion of assassinations one and a half weeks before the election. Wow! Talk about hubris. Talk about arrogance. Talk about confidence. Talk about adding the American voter as an "in the know" accessory and enabler of mass murder!

I suppose it is savvy of him. Obama the political gamesman, NEVER statesman. The announcement of his new deadly -- literally -- database is slickly introduced amidst the crony-hysteria around the specter of a Romney presidency.

I’m thinking Obama is one of the most diabolical people on the face of the earth. To me he is the "American Judas" with all those pseudo-left apostles minimizing ANYTHING he deigns to do. He’s even gotten American celebrities/heros working on his election behalf. Springsteen. Ellsberg.

You guys all right with this mass assassination thing?

Once again the amiably telegenic Obama contributes even more to the normalization of executive high crimes and misdemeanors as his team Democrat promoters remain deaf in a “bell jar” of stunning conscienceless-ness, lost to anti-Republican, anti-Romney hysteria. As they also oblige Obama, helped by a propaganda corporate media, by ignoring third parties who have serious and committed plans to re-institute democracy to America. Who are calling out the profound anti-constitutionality and immorality of Obama's choices.

This latest fresh hell from Obamaworld deserves serious citizen exploration AND attention though it is not getting it.

The intended targeted deaths perpetrated by the drone aircraft, incidentally, as recently reported by Pakistan’s prime minister, are only approximately 20% of those who are actually killed by the surreal and swooping drone raids. 80% of the victims are INNOCENT civilians. A ratio clearly okay with our blood-lusting commander in chief. An added consequence for any survivors of the vicious ambushes from the sky is to leave the civilian community in a “permanent state of terror” reminds Van Auken. No skin off Obama’s nose. But consider the burning skin as well as innards of his many anonymous and/or demonized and often INNOCENT victims.

A familiar M.O. for the drone attacks (for the joy stick wielders safely 7000 or so miles away) is hovering the craft nearby for a brief amount of time after a deadly strike, then returning it to the scene and annihilating any "good Samitarians" trying to help the survivors or collecting the bodies of the dead. Barack, is this what you call a “surgical” strike in your ever-expanding useful vocab of mendacity?

Van Auken mentions that during Obama’s third debate on foreign policy he “bragged about bringing alleged culprits 'to justice'" (and “Romney vowed to ‘kill them, take them out of the picture.’")

Obama, ever the overachiever, is earnestly ramping up the rate of deaths by assassination. If you are old enough you may remember the scene from the wonderful old Disney movie, Fantasia. Remember the “Sorcerer’s apprentice” segment when Mickey Mouse, an “aspiring magician,” "oversteps his limits" and the results are ramped up chaos of “battling brooms” and “endless buckets of water”? But in Obama’s case, make them buckets of blood.

Is he trying to win the war on terror one drone victim at a time?

If Obama is looking for a terrorist there must be a mirror handy in the elegantly furnished, drone-free zone White House, I’m thinking.

Just below is part of an excerpt I posted on the comment thread of my blog “Commander-in-Chef Obama to Serve Boiled Frogs or Lame Duck?” as well as the threads of two fellow bloggers on open salon last week.

I had no idea the fear and sarcasm I voiced within the comment would manifest itself within the course of a week. Even I didn’t see this acceleration of droning assassination coming so fast!

The fact that every Tuesday Obama sits at a table with a stack of resumes of the supposedly most bad-ass terrorists in the Middle East which probably means the ones most nationalistic and unhappy with their country being turned into a failed state by the greedy and lying US/NATO and Israel and Mr. Obama decides who will be droned for THIS WEEK!

No due process. Just this horrible heat sucking the air out of your lungs in an excruciating death. Yup. Obama gets to play God -- or Caesar. Life and death. Doesn't matter if you are American, either. It is supposed to matter especially, but somehow that is part of the lesser evil blank check he is being given by the terrified ones of Romney.

So, the resumes are provided by our intelligence agents. And of course, they never get anything wrong. Well, maybe the WMDs mistake that caused approx. 1 million Middle Easterners to die and over 3 million to be displaced, but that was just one little mistake dontchaknow. And the guys in Gitmo and detention black sites all over the world. Our operatives never detained or tortured anyone not deserving of being detained and tortured. Screw the Geneva Conventions btw. And some of those guys will die imprisoned, their only way to escape, because our government sure wouldn't want them blabbing how they were innocent and embarrassing any of the important top echelon.

So you don't think maybe this every Tuesday ritual might desensitize one and he might keep escalating the death numbers as he checks off who is to be killed since it is KILLER TUESDAY.


Obama no longer has just a bully pulpit. He has a killer pulpit!

I repeat the money question of that comment:

So you don't think maybe this every Tuesday ritual might desensitize one and he might keep escalating the death numbers as he checks off who is to be killed since it is KILLER TUESDAY.

There I was speculating on if Obama’s insanely troubling weekly killing rituals might escalate to such profound desensitization within him for him to addictively and exponentially expand the numbers of drone assassinations to more and more human beings, now mostly but not exclusively Middle Eastern. Strikes against those who thwart his imperialist and killing-addict’s will for a U.S.-dominated new world order.

I was right and it has come so very fast!

Obama has taken it upon himself -- violating the U.S. Constitution’s mandate -- to expand his presidential job description to “assassinator.” We thought we were in horrifying waters dealing with Bush’s “decider” identity to wage pre-emptive wars and institute a torture program, etc. Obama takes the Bush-style colossally evil aggression and sadism farther.


"WHAT?????", you who are still enthralled with Obama may ask incredulously! Or those of you who still defiantly and ridiculously label Obama the too soft, namby-pamby, bleeding-heart liberal socialist! Dear God!

Come on, libby. Bush/Cheney? Torture. Extraordinary Rendition. Indefinite Detention. Massive secrecy and coverup. Stop exaggerating by comparing Obama to their heart of darkness programs.

Reality for anyone willing to exit the “psuedo left’s” bell jar of Obama lesser-evil loyalty horrifies!

Obama is resorting more and more to secret drone-striking annihilations. Like the drone annihilation of Anwar-Awlaki, the New Mexican cleric, in Yemen in 2011. An American. Assassinated per presidential order. Sans formal charges. Sans exploration of said charges in a court of law.

Apparently Obama conflates HIS rubber stamp on the drone kill lists as “due process.” What an obscene level of hubris, arrogance and illegality!

Two weeks after Awlaki’s drone-assassination, his sixteen year old son was also droned, along with the son’s 17-year old cousin.

Really? That was necessary to Obama and his secret murdering operatives, too?

People have the right to ask what exactly Awlaki had done that warranted the Obama death sentence.

Also, they ask, what the hell had the son and his cousin done to be murdered? What had THEY done to warrant their Obama et al. executions? What thoughts and utterances of those kids especially necessitated Obama and his military and intelligence advisors to KILL THEM! Turn them into the proverbial “bug splats” in DESENSITIZED AND GALLOW’S HUMOR military drone parlance.

Those kids assuredly had RAGE against the U.S. for the massive deaths caused by the American military war machine over so many years. So many tragic deaths within family and social networks. I bet the son was heartbroken as well as enraged at the annihilation of his father only two weeks earlier. Little knowing how soon his own end would come.

Is that the criteria for being droned by Obama in Obama’s hubristic world as executioner? Rage at American policies seals a doomed fate?

No wonder Obama needs a database for enemies of the U.S. warmachine, whether foreign or domestic. And the more he drones on, the bigger that database will grow!

Ever hear of JSOC? Pronounced jay-sock. I get a chill just typing the letters. This Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command along with CIA paramilitary operatives and commandos have contributed their substantial powers, exercised under profound and craven secrecy as much as possible (which is not that hard anymore thanks to our corporate lap-dog mainstream media). This dark covert team Van Auken labels “the President’s Army” and an “industrial-scale counterterrorism killing machine.”

Aside from Obama, the other main figure we as citizens should be focusing our eyes on regarding this anti-constitution, anti-humanity drone/black ops assassination program is John Brennan.

Van Auken explains that pre-inauguration Obama was eager to name John Brennan as the new CIA director. But Obama had to surrender this appointment since, after all, Obama was being heralded as the champion of hope and change, and Brennan, alas, had been such a strong and dark part of the Bush administration. He was implicated as a major agent of the Bush torture, indefinite detention, extraordinary rendition, etc. programs.

According to Van Auken, The Washington Post declares that Brennan today has even more power in the Obama administration than the present director of the CIA. Consider, while Brennan has Obama’s ear he is NOT accountable, as the director of the CIA is, to the legislative branch.

Van Auken writes of how bound up the Obama administration is in MURDER, BRUTALITY, and EXTRA-CONSTITUTIONAL REPRESSION.


The Republican and Democratic Parties BOTH are TOTALLY ON BOARD with this horrifying policy.

Will you be, too? Endorsing it with your vote for either legacy party’s candidate? Will you become an accessory to mass assassinations? One of the newest members of America’s MURDER, INC.?

Four years ago Obama made a discomforting and telling joke threatening the Jonas Brothers with predator drones. I didn’t laugh then, and I sure as hell am not laughing now.

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Submitted by Hugh on

He wants to go down in history as the Obaminator. He's probably already sold the movie rights. I think whoever first said that Obama believes in nothing got it exactly right. It's why he finds it so easy to erase the lines that exist for the rest of us.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

Hard not to despair after four years of the conscience-lessness of our fellow citizens. What is the expression, the "pseudo" left?

When "good people" do nothing. Well, not nothing. Demonize the Repubs and CELEBRATE ESCALATING WAR CRIMES not to mention trying to outshout the messengers of profound American amorality!

thanks for commenting!

best, libby

Submitted by libbyliberal on

FWIW!!!! This from Glenn Greenwald's guardian blog:

"As I noted yesterday, Afghan officials reported that three Afghan children were killed on Saturday by NATO operations. Today, reports CNN, "missiles blew up part of a compound Wednesday in northwest Pakistan, killing three people - including one woman" and added: "the latest suspected U.S. drone strike also injured two children." Meanwhile, former Obama press secretary and current campaign adviser Robert Gibbs this week justified the US killing of 16-year-old American Abdulrahaman Awlaki, killed by a US drone in Yemen two weeks after his father was, on the ground that he "should have a far more responsible father".


continuing greenwald's quote:

"Also yesterday, CNN profiled Abu Sufyan Said al-Shihri, alleged to be a top al-Qaida official in Yemen. He pointed out "that U.S. drone strikes are helping al-Qaida in Yemen because of the number of civilian deaths they cause." Ample evidence supports his observation.

"To summarize all this: the US does not interfere in the Muslim world and maintain an endless war on terror because of the terrorist threat. It has a terrorist threat because of its interference in the Muslim world and its endless war on terror."

Also consider this from glenn in same article:

"That people are now dying at Guantanamo after almost a decade in a cage with no charges highlights just how repressive that power is. Extend that mentality to secret, due-process-free assassinations – something the US government clearly intends to convert into a permanent fixture of American political life – and it is not difficult to see just how truly extremist and anti-democratic "war on terror" proponents in both political parties have become."

And this from Greenwald:

"The creepiest aspect of this development is the christening of a new Orwellian euphemism for due-process-free presidential assassinations: "disposition matrix".


"This was all motivated by Obama's refusal to arrest or detain terrorist suspects, and his resulting commitment simply to killing them at will (his will). [Greg] Miller quotes "a former US counterterrorism official involved in developing the matrix" as explaining the impetus behind the program this way: "We had a disposition problem."


"The central role played by the NCTC in determining who should be killed – "It is the keeper of the criteria," says one official to the Post – is, by itself, rather odious. As Kade Crockford of the ACLU of Massachusetts noted in response to this story, the ACLU has long warned that the real purpose of the NCTC – despite its nominal focus on terrorism - is the "massive, secretive data collection and mining of trillions of points of data about most people in the United States".

"In particular, the NCTC operates a gigantic data-mining operation, in which all sorts of information about innocent Americans is systematically monitored, stored, and analyzed. This includes "records from law enforcement investigations, health information, employment history, travel and student records" – "literally anything the government collects would be fair game". In other words, the NCTC - now vested with the power to determine the proper "disposition" of terrorist suspects - is the same agency that is at the center of the ubiquitous, unaccountable surveillance state aimed at American citizens.

"Worse still, as the ACLU's legislative counsel Chris Calabrese documented back in July in a must-read analysis, Obama officials very recently abolished safeguards on how this information can be used. Whereas the agency, during the Bush years, was barred from storing non-terrorist-related information about innocent Americans for more than 180 days – a limit which "meant that NCTC was dissuaded from collecting large databases filled with information on innocent Americans" – it is now free to do so. Obama officials eliminated this constraint by authorizing the NCTC "to collect and 'continually assess' information on innocent Americans for up to five years".


"It doesn't require any conspiracy theorizing to see what's happening here. Indeed, it takes extreme naiveté, or wilful blindness, not to see it.

"What has been created here - permanently institutionalized - is a highly secretive executive branch agency that simultaneously engages in two functions: (1) it collects and analyzes massive amounts of surveillance data about all Americans without any judicial review let alone search warrants, and (2) creates and implements a "matrix" that determines the "disposition" of suspects, up to and including execution, without a whiff of due process or oversight. It is simultaneously a surveillance state and a secretive, unaccountable judicial body that analyzes who you are and then decrees what should be done with you, .

"The Post's Miller recognizes the watershed moment this represents: "The creation of the matrix and the institutionalization of kill/capture lists reflect a shift that is as psychological as it is strategic." ...


"To understand the Obama legacy, please re-read that sentence. As Murtaza Hussain put it when reacting to the Post story: "The US agonized over the targeted killing Bin Laden at Tarnak Farms in 1998; now it kills people it barely suspects of anything on a regular basis.""

end of quotes

I'm thinking re fascism -- with Obama and his administration and "his arbitrary will to kill" we are there. As Glenn above quotes, "this is a watershed moment." And Obama's disclosing this to us before an election is significant and frightening. Those enabling Obama or Romney are colluding with war and domestic murderous oppressors. They are on board with Obama's profound anti-constitutional policies. They say that sliding into fascism goes really quickly at the final stage! We are there!!!

best, libby

Submitted by libbyliberal on

This from an article by Chris Floyd:

"To be fair -- and by all means, let us be fair with these butchers -- the term 'disposition' is also stretched to cover a multitude of sins: kidnapping, rendition, indefinite detention, turning captives over to proxy torturers. But it is worth remembering that all of these dispositions -- including the murders, wholesale and retail -- involve "alleged" terrorists, terrorist "suspects," people who have found themselves, for whatever reason (or no reason at all) on one of the innumerable "lists" gathered by whatever method (or no method at all) by the many fatly-funded agencies now involved in "counter-terrorism."

"But that's not all, not by a long shot. These codified murders are also being inflicted on people who are not on any list whatsoever: their names, affiliations, beliefs, intentions -- indeed, their dispositions -- are completely unknown to those who kill them. They are the faceless targets of "signature strikes," which allow American death squads to kill people based on "patterns of activity" which may -- or may not -- signal some possible malign intent -- or none -- toward someone -- or no one -- somewhere -- or nowhere. This rigorous process rests entirely on in the magical mind-reading abilities of drone jockeys ogling a computer screen. If the armchair warrior doesn't like the cut of someone's jib, then he squeezes his joystick and turns the stranger into "bug splatter," to use the term favored by our bold defenders of civilization.

"Like last year's NY Times piece that first detailed the murder racket being run directly out of the White House, the new Washington Post story is replete with quotes from "senior Administration officials" who have obviously been authorized to speak. Once again, this is a story that Obama and his team WANT to tell. They want you to know about the murder program and their strenuous exertions to make it permanent; they are proud of this, they think it makes them look good. They want it to be part of their legacy, something they can pass on to future generations: arbitrary, lawless, systematic murder.

"Perhaps this fact should be borne in mind by all those anguished progressives out there who keep telling themselves that Obama will "be different, that he will "turn to the left," if we can only get him a second term. No; the legacy of arbitrary, lawless, systematic murder is the legacy he wants. It is the legacy he has been building, with remarkable energy and meticulous attention to detail, day after day, week after week, for the past four years. This is what he cares about. And it is this -- not jobs, not peace, not the environment, not equal rights for women and ethnic and sexual minorities, not the poor, not the middle class, not education, not infrastructure, not science, not diplomacy -- that he will apply himself to in a second term. (Along with his only other political passion: forging a "grand bargain" with Big Money to gut the remaining shreds of the New Deal.)"

end of quote


Forgive the caps, but this stuff is serious!

best, libby

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

Here, NC, or elsewhere other than on He had so many trolls and bots on there it was hard to have a good discussion. His piece was quite well argued even if you don't agree and his conclusions were well thought out. Basically he's saying, "If not now, when?" to prepare for the onslaught of the Shock Doctrine? Drones and eliminating social programs is looking very Pinochet.