Obama's 'Kill List' Becomes Permanent 'War On Terror' Centerpiece


It appears, in Orwellian fashion, that the war on terror does not have an end in sight. As a result, Barack Obama's 'kill list' will continue to grow and both look as if they will become permanent in the American psyche and on the world stage.

First The Washington Post reports,

Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”

The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the “disposition” of suspects beyond the reach of American drones.

Although the matrix is a work in progress, the effort to create it reflects a reality setting in among the nation’s counterterrorism ranks: The United States’ conventional wars are winding down, but the government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years.

Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade. Given the way al-Qaeda continues to metastasize, some officials said no clear end is in sight.

“We can’t possibly kill everyone who wants to harm us,” a senior administration official said. “It’s a necessary part of what we do. . . . We’re not going to wind up in 10 years in a world of everybody holding hands and saying, ‘We love America.’ ”

Just the number of deaths by drone attacks alone are about to surpass the number of Americans killed on September 11, 2001. That does not count enemy combatants that have been killed without drone strikes. While many have been enemies, there have been quite a number that have been innocent teenagers, including an American citizen.

But it's more than the "kill list," which should cause every American to perk up their ears and open their eyes. The fact, that Americans are losing basic rights under oppressive legislation, including unconstitutioinal legislation such as the Patriot Act (nothing patriotic about it) and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and ever growing spying on the population, warrantless wiretaps, gps devices on cars and a host of other rights violations by the federal government should be enough to wake us from our slumber and demand an end to it all and a restoration of the Constitution, but it hasn't. It's just resulted in a cry to change the names of those in leadership, but to keep these things in place.

Glen Greenwald at the Guardian points out the the war on terror looks to be permanent in its scope. In other words, there will never be a time when victory can be claimed. He writes,

Based on interviews with "current and former officials from the White House and the Pentagon, as well as intelligence and counterterrorism agencies", Miller reports that as "the United States' conventional wars are winding down", the Obama administration "expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years" (the "capture" part of that list is little more than symbolic, as the US focus is overwhelmingly on the "kill" part). Specifically, "among senior Obama administration officials, there is broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade." As Miller puts it: "That timeline suggests that the United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism."

In pursuit of this goal, "White House counterterrorism adviser John O Brennan is seeking to codify the administration's approach to generating capture/kill lists, part of a broader effort to guide future administrations through the counterterrorism processes that Obama has embraced." All of this, writes Miller, demonstrates "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."

He also points out a "must-read analysis" documented by the ACLU's legislative counsel Chris Calabrese. He writes, "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"."

Greg Miller points out just how common place it is in the Obama administration to engage in targeted killing, even of innocent civilians. He writes,

The creation of the matrix and the institutionalization of kill/capture lists reflect a shift that is as psychological as it is strategic.

Before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States recoiled at the idea of targeted killing. The Sept. 11 commission recounted how the Clinton administration had passed on a series of opportunities to target bin Laden in the years before the attacks — before armed drones existed. President Bill Clinton approved a set of cruise-missile strikes in 1998 after al-Qaeda bombed embassies in East Africa, but after extensive deliberation, and the group’s leader escaped harm.

Targeted killing is now so routine that the Obama administration has spent much of the past year codifying and streamlining the processes that sustain it.

While it is certainly one thing to target a known enemy who you are at war with, it is quite another to be targeting innocent people. Many of these have been documented, including three Afghan children that were killed on Saturday by NATO operations. Additionally, CNN reported, "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." Even former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs made light of the assassination of a 16-year-old American citizen saying the killing was legitimate because he "should have a far more responsible father."

Perhaps we need to step back and look at the road we are taking in all of this and see if it is the right one. I'm thinking our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves, especially George Washington!

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  • djw663

    This religious has been brewing for over 100 years it is not going to stop any time soon. We have had many opportunities to be proactive and our leadership has failed us both Republican and Democrat. Remember Congress has been controlled by the Democrat Party for nearly 50 of the last 60 years and how much influence does Congress have? Rhetorical question, you don't have to answer that.

  • http://twitter.com/JimVaughn13 Jim Vaughn

    THe biggest terrorist threat on the USA is obama

    • djw663

      The only way to destroy America is from the inside out so you are correct. Let's hope enough independant's have seen the light and will help government swing back toward the right and not allow Obama to appoint any more judges.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christine-Ulferts/100001440049720 Christine Ulferts

    Hussain is leading this country by executive orders! Over 960 executive orders have been made and signed by him! EXECUTIVE ORDERS MUST BE ELIMINATED OR LOWERED TO A MIN. OF 4, ONE FOR EACH YEAR SOMEONE SERVES! Hussain is a dictator and no where in the constitution do "ececutive orders" appear. We went to war to be free of a dictatorship and now, thanks to the congress, we are living in one again! ABOLISH EXECUTIVE ORDERS!!!!! EXECUTIVE ORDERS GIVE FULL POWER TO RULE AS KING AND TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND BE FREE!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Pedersen/100000821446540 Kathleen Pedersen

    Perhaps initially Osama bin Laden (sp) was killed because he knew the truth about our president and who he really is what he's really up to?????????That really is the Chicago style of doing business. Kill those who know too much before they have a chance to let it out.

  • Rwolf

    Could Obama use NDAA To Arrest Militias?

    Could Obama use NDAA To Arrest Militias on the Premise members are Militants and Belligerents that pose a threat to National Security?

    Recently the Obama administration stated to Federal Judge Katherine Forest that under (NDAA) The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 the President had
    authorization to lock up belligerents indefinitely. That they (were justified)
    to lock belligerents up indefinitely—because cases involving belligerents
    directly-aligned with militants against the good of America—warrants such
    punishment.) Pres. Obama could use NDAA provisions to order U.S.
    Military Forces to round up without evidence, millions of Americans including
    militias by alleging they are belligerents or a threat to National Security.
    Many observers believe Obama intends to extend NDAA to imprison U.S. Citizens
    in Indefinite Detention not involved with or associated with enemy forces.

    Hitler included similar provisions in his fascist (Discriminatory Decrees signed February 28,1933). Almost immediately after the German Parliament passed Hitler’s laws, the
    Reich Government ordered the arrest of German Citizens and confiscated their
    guns without probable cause or evidence; delegated powers to German Police and
    other authorities to arrest anyone Nazi authorities claimed attempted or
    incited public unrest: arrested among others were outspoken Germans, writers,
    journalists, peaceful protestors and artists. After World War II the East
    German Secret Police (Stasi) used the threat of Indefinite Detention to
    forcibly recruit thousands of informants.

    The U.S. 2012 NDAA legislation Obama signed 12-31-11 is similar to Hitler’s
    1933 fascist laws the SS and Gestapo used to target persons in Germany for
    arrest, imprisonment and execution without probable cause; and confiscate
    millions of dollars of property. Hitler used his laws to suspend Parliament and
    the Supreme Court insuring his laws could not be rescinded.

    During the Obama Administration's recent request for a (stay) to stop U.S.
    District Judge Katherine Forrest blocking enforcement of vague NDAA provisions,
    the Obama Administration—never clarified what constitutes a (belligerent); or
    militant; or what belligerent activities (directly aligned with a militant) to
    order a belligerent’s arrest or indefinite detention; or what is against the
    good of America. Under vague provisions of NDAA, the President could accuse
    anyone of being (directly aligned with militants by way of any political or
    other association; activity, statement, writing or communication with an
    individual or group government deemed (militant) to arrest and indefinitely
    detain Americans. Writers, journalists, Americans that disagree with or
    question U.S. Government or its allies—may under NDAA be subject to arrest and
    indefinite detention.

    NDAA 2012, like Hitler’s 1933 Discriminatory Decrees enforces censorship;
    refers to the Patriot Act e.g. warrant-less searches of private property and
    forfeiture of property from persons not charged with crime. Provisions in NDAA
    2012 keep the door open for corrupt U.S. police; government agents and
    provocateurs which there are many, to falsify reports and statements to target
    any American, group or organization for arrest, indefinite detention, complete
    disappearance; civil asset forfeiture of their property.

    You may have noted NDAA referred to the USA Patriot Act. The Patriot Act lends
    itself to Government / police corruption; the Federal Government may use secret
    witnesses and informants to cause arrests and civil asset forfeiture of
    Americans’ property. Witness(s) and informants may be paid up to 50% of assets
    forfeited. Federal Government under 18USC may use a mere preponderance of civil
    evidence, little more than hearsay to Civilly Forfeit Private Property. Under
    the Patriot Act innocent property owners may be barred by government knowing
    the evidence federal government uses to forfeit their property.

    Sections of NDAA 2012 are so broad, it appears U.S. Government or the President
    could (retroactively) deem an American’s past 1st Amendment activities prior to
    passage of 2012 NDAA—supported hostilities, terrorism or (Belligerents) to
    order the arrest and Indefinite Detention of any U.S. Citizen, writer, group or
    organization.

    Under NDAA 2012 it should be expected that indefinitely detained U.S. Citizens
    not involved in terrorism or hostile activities, not given Miranda Warnings
    when interrogated, not allowed legal counsel or habeas corpus may be prosecuted
    for non-terrorist (ordinary crimes) because of their (alleged admissions) while
    held in Indefinite Detention.

    • http://www.wolfbritain.com/ S. Wolf Britain

      ///

      Excellent article, "Rwolf". When they take us, completely innocent Americans, away in the name of "security" at the expense of all our True Liberty and Freedom, no matter what they do to us, don't cooperate with them AT ALL, or answer ANY of their questions; because, as "Mr. Wolf" so accurately says here, they will use everything we say against us, outside of a court of law, and use totally innocent statements, and/or statements that are nothing but free expressions of freedom and liberty, and the defense thereof, protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights, to condemn us. These Satanic, modern-day "Nazis" must not be cooperated with whatsoever, for they are nothing but un-American, anti-American domestic enemies. THEY are the ones' who are the "unprivileged enemy belligerents", THEY are the ones' who are the true terrorists, not those of us who are True American Patriots, who refuse to bow down to this anti-liberty-and-freedom evil. So, all of us True Patriots must not cooperate with them whatsoever.

      ///

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    Remember, the patriot act and the latest NDAA were authored by our pal Jonh McCain, RINO to the max. Dispite the damage done by 0bama during his reign, I can imagine McCain's being worse for erosion of rights and privacy with his imagination to write such onerous laws. Let's hope Romney has a bit more respect for American liberty and the Constitution than either one of these two.

  • john

    Believe me these coward commies are planning on sending these drones at Americans in America. Don't trust these bastards.

  • noelle2011

    presidents DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT OR POWER TO PUT PEOPLE INCLUDING AMERICANS ONTO A KILL LIST!
    THIS A-HOLE, SOTERO HAS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS POLICE STATE BS HAS TO END NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SOTERO BUSH RUMSFELD BOEHNER BUSH SR AND JR CHENEY JAY ROCKEFELLER ALL NEED TO BE ARRESTED AND THEN EXECUTED FOR THEIR TREASON AGAINST AMERICA VIA THE BANKER AND ELITES!

  • M. Andrews

    I wonder just when this traitor Obama will turn that " kill" list on American citizens that don't like him, or agree with him.. It will happen.. he will just eliminate those of us who know exactly what he is... a wanna be Hitler!

  • Truffles

    The Patriot Act was not against American citizen sir. It was destroyed by leftiest operatives like the ACLU and the CCR for one purpose only to help our enemy, which their actions did.We are wide open to those who want to destroy America and they are doing a good job of it.

  • HTCM USN RET James A Graham

    Subject: Washington Post Hits Obama

    Why isn't
    the Romney campaign pushing this information

    THE WASHINGTON POST HITS OBAMA

    The liberal media bashing
    Obama! Now this is a story.

    THE WASHINGTON POST HITS OBAMA

    Finally, the Washington Post and Newsweek speak out about Obama. This is
    timely and tough. As many of you know, the Washington Post and Newsweek have
    a reputation for being
    extremely liberal. The fact that their editors saw fit to print the following
    article about Obama and the one that appears in the latest Newsweek, makes
    this a truly amazing event, and a news story in and of itself. At last, the
    truth about our President and his agenda are starting to trickle through the“protective wall”
    built around him by the liberal media.

    I Too Have Become Disillusioned.

    By Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco
    Examiner)

    Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an
    inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass
    hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will
    wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many
    into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's
    most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?

    Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered
    into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores
    along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer;" a brief
    career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact
    nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present");
    and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the
    entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

    He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as
    a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the
    white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's
    "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as
    Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future
    historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected
    president?

    Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed
    the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white
    candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like
    Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have
    lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled
    in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various
    American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass.
    Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard - because
    of the color of his skin.

    Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter
    when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said)
    "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to
    become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to
    rest?

    Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama
    phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But
    certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and
    regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and
    especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

    Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on
    the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are
    not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance
    and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority
    students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation
    and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative
    action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of
    the color of his skin - that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that
    isn't racism, then nothing is.

    And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled
    by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama
    was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at
    Occidental; he was told he was good enough

    for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was
    good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his
    life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next
    step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

    What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every
    time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive
    qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and
    cool character. Those people - conservatives included - ought now to be
    deeply embarrassed.

    The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that's when he has
    his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely
    think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth -
    it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again
    for 100 years.

    And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and
    everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited
    this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is
    embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own
    powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what
    were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do
    we expect him to act responsibly?

    In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament
    nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when
    you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make
    sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

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    10/17/2012

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    What a magnificent
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    Joy to our great
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    There
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    I prayed for your intervention and, yes, inspiration, for one thing I love
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    inspiration you provided to Mitt Romney shone through, and defeated, the
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    venom that spewed from the usurper's lips.

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    for more than a millennium and shall fight on 'til final victory be had -
    conversion of them all to be your followers, to raise them from darkness to
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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Barney/100000502045724 Victor Barney

      And, NEXT comes the two-witnesses of chapter 11 Revelation(i.e., Obama, being a gentile, still can't be touched YET, but I promise "you" that anglo-saxons will be LEFT with 72,000 WOMEN & 72,000 MEN, split up equally between sexes from each of the 12 tribes of Israel with the tribe of Joseph(Revelation, chapter 7) replacing the tribe of Dan(Irish) as being PROTECTED in these last days! Just saying what's written(i.e. A woman's "intellectualizing" began man's age of 6,000 years and NOW her "intellectualizing" is about to END IT)!

  • jersey cowboy

    This is only for show for getting votes. He will kill his own people to get votes.
    Jihadist scum are the same as flies....kill one and 200 are there to take the place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1486141321 Joanne Satmary

    And do not forget Ambassador Stevens and the other three martyrs! Anyone who votes for Obama is either extremely stupid or just as evil!

  • Evermyrtle

    My opinion: Obama was born into this world to bring this world to it's end leaving JESUS CHRIST TO REIGN FOREVER OVER MANKIND, no longer Obama, who will go with the rest of teh evil!!!

  • Nightlyonewolf

    This bloke has done absolutely nothing to promote or defend this country. He has weakened us at every opportunity. He even allows his own countrymen/women to be killed and he does.....that's right....you guessed it......nothing! All he has done, that he feels is important?....is improve his golf game.

  • phunyfarm

    More smoke & mirrors for O. Singular focus is his own power & "fundamentally changing America". The only real terror he sees is not being able to do this. Minions charging around everywhere trying to bring focus to everything except what really matters.
    Vote R/R believe in America!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harry-Jismsm/100003531565382 Harry Jismsm

    Although I detest obama and his administration, I totally agree with the kill list. This IS war! And even though THEY try to hide, we should kill them. Concerning the 'innocents?' killed by drones, well 'if you lie with dogs, you get flees', sorry bout that but s&it happens.

  • The Shadow

    The writer is absolutely correct in his evaluation of our problem with our enemies the jihadists. After all we live on a planet ruled by satan and he's busy trying to establish his own kindom before our Lord comes to claim his royal family. So he's using the jihadists as one of the tools of his trade to do so; along with the criminal element that never goes away. So it's remains a constant battle everyday for us to remian vigilant and battle ready at all time whether at war or "peace time" which is rapidly disovling away as we come down to the finish line. So don't lay down your bow and arrows folkes because you're going to need them aways!