Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes ‘executive assassination ring’ By Eric Black

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By Eric Black
Wed, Mar 11 2009 11:17 am

At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.”

Hersh spoke with great confidence about these findings from his current reporting, which he hasn’t written about yet.

In an email exchange afterward, Hersh said that his statements were “an honest response to a question” from the event’s moderator, U of M Political Scientist Larry Jacobs and “not something I wanted to dwell about in public.”


“Right now, today, there was a story in the New York Times that if you read it carefully mentioned something known as the Joint Special Operations Command — JSOC it’s called. It is a special wing of our special operations community that is set up independently. They do not report to anybody, except in the Bush-Cheney days, they reported directly to the Cheney office. They did not report to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff or to Mr. [Robert] Gates, the secretary of defense. They reported directly to him. …

“Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on. Just today in the Times there was a story that its leaders, a three star admiral named [William H.] McRaven, ordered a stop to it because there were so many collateral deaths.

“Under President Bush’s authority, they’ve been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That’s been going on, in the name of all of us.


via MinnPost – Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes ‘executive assassination ring’ (plus audio)

h/t: CLG

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  9. Not surprising that the party which sponsored the assassination of Salvador Allende has a personal goon-squad.

    So which ‘enemies of the state’ did these neo-nixons kill? Wellstone? Michael Connell? Mel Carnahan? Or only ‘enemies’ in other countries…

    Assassinations have been part of the amerigoon national style since 1946 and the establishment of the SOA. Third World Traveler offers this chilling list of assassins made and paid by amerigah:

    Romero assassination 3 officers cited — 2 were SOA graduates

    Murder of US nuns 5 officers cited — 3 were SOA graduates

    Union leader murders 3 officers cited — 3 were SOA graduates

    El Junquillo massacre 3 officers cited — 2 were SOA graduates

    El Mazote massacre 12 officers cited — 10 were SOA graduates

    Dutch journalist murders 1 officer cited — he was an SOA graduate

    Las Hojas massacre 6 officers cited — 3 were SOA graduates

    San Sebastian massacre 7 officers cited — 6 were SOA graduates

    Jesuit massacre 26 officers cited — 19 were SOA graduates

    Hersh is fearless, and yet he survives… Hopefully we get to read the details.

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