'Terrorists' and the Expansion of Kill Lists Means Perpetual War
Gary D. Barnett
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appeared recently in the "National Security" section of
The Washington Post titled: "Plan
for hunting terrorists signals U.S. intends to keep adding names
to kill list." This is a misleading title to be sure, because
it becomes quickly obvious that the intent of this article is to
justify the government’s drive toward continuous war. That of course
is the aim of the government, the military, and all those corporate
sponsors who are dependent on war for their very survival.
for this article according to the editor’s note include "dozens
of current and former national security officials, intelligence
analysts and others." This is not an unbiased selection of
"experts," nor is it a who’s who of those who adhere to
the non-aggression principle. The picture presented is from the
perspective of the government, and is completely sympathetic to
the government’s agenda of theft, murder, and mayhem.
The Obama administration
has been secretly developing what is called the "disposition
matrix," which is a supposed new way to identify those "terrorists"
who are to be targeted for assassination. One aspect of this new
technology is the ability to use "sealed indictments and clandestine
operations." Are there any who believe that using secrecy and
clandestine operations is a new government strategy?
the Post article: "U.S. officials said the database is designed
to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the disposition
of suspects (emphasis mine) beyond the reach even of
American drones. Less visible is the extent to which Obama has institutionalized
the highly classified practice of targeted killing, transforming
ad-hoc elements into a counterterrorism infrastructure capable of
sustaining a seemingly permanent war."
here is obviously not only to keep assassination (murder) lists
secret, but also to allow the government to add many more names
to its kill lists for many years to come. Senior officials at the
White House said that there is "no clear end in sight."
What this means in real terms is that the government is setting
up its "justification" for unending war.
"War on Terror" is simply government code for perpetual
war. There is no real or stated enemy, there is no geographical
limit for aggression, there is no current threat, nor has there
been an attack by any country on the U.S. mainland. Therefore, there
is no valid reason for war. But has there ever been, with the possible
exception of the American Revolution, a valid reason for any war
in U.S. history? I think not!
on Terror" is different than other unwarranted wars, because
it is a war against the unknown, a war with no defined enemy. Instead
of one or more countries being targeted by the U.S., the entire
world, including our own country, has now become the battlefield.
There is much
evidence to support that al Qaeda, the government’s catchall term
for terrorist, has been virtually eliminated, and even the despicable
Defense Secretary, Leon Pannetta, said as much in the past. But
without that false bogeyman, the government’s drive for perpetual
war would have to come up with a new enemy feared enough by the
American sheep to keep them docile and compliant. Instead, the government,
with full support from its complicit media, now claims that al Qaeda
is establishing new roots all over North Africa and the rest of
the Middle East.
The U.S. is
currently prosecuting its wars of occupation in Afghanistan and
Iraq. Through the use of killer drones, funding for military operations
and training, supplying weapons and intelligence, implementing harmful
sanctions, and other interference, the U.S. is currently aggressively
involved in Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Algeria, Mali,
Egypt, as well as in other countries. This is in addition to CIA
and FBI covert operations in other parts of the world.
war is certainly the "health" of the state. Without continuous
war, at least in the minds of those in government and corporate
America today, economic chaos would result. In reality, the economic
pain would be short lived, and would mainly affect those bottom-feeding
companies dependent on unholy wars for their existence. These companies
that survive only due to taxpayer-funded welfare, are in the end
a drain on real production. These fascist government/corporate partnerships
bring massive amounts of money to these companies, and of course
these same companies support monetarily those politicians responsible
for doling out multi-billion dollar defense contracts.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumann, General Electric, and
many others, feed at the trough of war for profit. Arms sales alone
in 2010 were over $235 billion for the 25
largest defense companies, and that number is higher today.
Total defense spending each year is well over a trillion dollars,
and continues to spiral out of control. The plunder by the U.S.
empire of other country’s natural resources helps to enrich oil
and mining companies; this at the expense of the citizens of other
nations. This is big business, and with this much money involved,
powerful alliances are created; brutal alliances that have no sympathy
for the mass human suffering they cause.
sponsored war has become the primary profit center of defense companies,
energy companies, and large financial conglomerates, among others.
These companies run the government, not the other way around. U.S.
sponsored war has become the driving force behind the massive growth
of government. It has allowed that same government the ability to
gain tyrannical power due to the people’s unadulterated fear of
non-existent enemies from afar.
policy of indiscriminate killing by assassination, all without any
benefit of just law, will serve initially to create more imagined
enemies in the eyes of frightened Americans, but the end result
will be the creation of real enemies in the future. This is the
method currently being used by the State to expand its wars. This
is nothing more than planned murder for the sake of profit and power
achieved at the expense of all of us.
What now is
common practice, and in many cases codified into law, things like
indefinite detention, torture, assassination, and rendition; all
without any due process, are accepted as normal by the American
citizenry. Continuous wars of aggression, maiming, murder, and the
slaughter of innocents are everyday occurrences. The United States
government and its military industrial complex are little more than
bloodthirsty assassins addicted to war and plunder. They are a force
without limits in their drive to rule the world, and there is no
apparent will by the American people to stop them!
States government and its military have become the most prolific
and brutal terrorists on earth. The so-called "War on Terror"
is really a "War of Terror." No country commits more violence
against civilians for political gain than the U.S., and that is
the essence of terrorism. If this madness is not stopped, history
will rightly define this nation state of America as the scourge
D. Barnett [send him mail]
has been a financial advisor for 25 years, and now resides and works
in Lewistown, Montana. Visit his
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