Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More on Darth Cheney's Death Squad

It's never a good idea to dismiss Sy Hersh, even when he says things like 'Dick Cheney ran a secret kill team out of his office and kept it secret from Congress.'

Various right wing meat puppets denigrated and mocked Hersh's claim - just like they did when he said American Forces in Vietnam had massacred a village called My Lai and just like when he revealed some of the torture going on in Guantanamo Bay.

You'd think they'd have learned to trust his grasp of the facts by now.
Reporting legend Seymour Hersh raised eyebrows back in March when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that Dick Cheney ran a secret hit squad that he kept hidden from Congressional oversight.
"Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on," Hersh said at the time. He added: "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."
"I said what I said, they can always say what they say," Hersh told The Daily Beast. "The last time they said the government doesn’t torture, this time it's the government doesn’t assassinate."
Some observers accused him of rumor-mongering and a top former military official threw cold water on the story, but with the recent news that the CIA allegedly kept Congress in the dark on a covert program, Hersh's words suddenly look more and more prescient. Yesterday, the New York Times reported the hidden program in question was a death squad authorized by Dick Cheney without Congressional approval—almost exactly what he described.

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