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US Waging 'Shadow War' in Dozen Countries
And it's turning the CIA into a 'paramilitary organization': NYT
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2010 2:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The New York Times takes an in-depth look at the "shadow war" being waged by the US in about a dozen countries, shining a light on a secret assault on terrorism that expands from North Africa to Yemen to former Soviet republics. Though the stealth war began under Bush, it's grown significantly under Obama; with voters worn down by the financial and human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, administration officials point out the benefits of the quiet approach—one that is evolving the CIA from spy agency into a "paramilitary organization," notes the Times.

In Pakistan, for instance, the agency has grown its drone campaign, attacking not just al-Qaeda leaders but suspected enemy compounds and convoys—an approach the military would generally take to wear down the opposition. The Pentagon is experiencing a transformation of its own, becoming more like...the CIA, executing spy missions across the Middle East that operate with even less Congressional oversight than traditional CIA spying programs tend to have. The approach is raising many red flags, among them the fear that such weakened oversight could diminish our ability to prevent abuses by these secret operatives.

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Aug 16, 2010 1:37 PM CDT
Paramilitary CIA? Oh jesus fucking christ can we stop this bullshit now please?
Aug 16, 2010 7:59 AM CDT
"The very word secrecy is repugnant, in a free and open society. There is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society (USSR) by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. There is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation, if our traditions do not survive with it." ~~ John F. Kennedy, April 27, 1961, --- God, I miss when democrats were sane.
Aug 16, 2010 7:01 AM CDT
List of countries bombed or invaded by the USA since WW2: China 1945-46 ; Korea 1950-53 ; China 1950-53 ; Guatemala 1954 ; Indonesia 1958 ; Cuba 1959-60 ; Guatemala 1960 ; Belgian Congo 1964 ; Guatemala 1964 ; Dominican Republic 1965-66 ; Peru 1965 ; Laos 1964-73 ; Vietnam 1961-73 ; Cambodia 1969-70 ; Guatemala 1967-69 ; Lebanon 1982-84 ; Grenada 1983-84 ; Libya 1986 ; El Salvador 1981-92 ; Nicaragua 1981-90 ; Libya 1986 ; Iran 1987-88 ; Libya 1989 ; Panama 1989-90 ; Iraq 1991-2002 ; Kuwait 1991 ; Somalia 1992-94 ; Croatia 1994 (of Serbs at Krajina) ; Bosnia 1995 ; Iran 1998 (airliner) ; Sudan 1998 ; Afghanistan 1998 ; Yugoslavia 1999 ; Afghanistan 2001-02 ; And 'proxy' bombings of Iraq by Israel in 1981 using sixteen US made F15 bombers and brand new F16 fighter bombers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- List of countries whose governments became more democratic thanks to US bombing: - - not one!