Government Wants to Expand Assassination Program to Cover “ASSOCIATES of ASSOCIATES” of Al Qaeda

Never-Ending Expansion of War On Terror

The U.S. government already claims the power to assassinate, indefinitely detain or torture anyone in Al Qaeda or “associated forces”:

In the name of “fighting Al Qaeda or associated forces” or those who “support” those bad guys, the U.S. government has authorized:

Now, the government wants to allow targeting of “associates of associates” of Al Qaeda.

As the Washington Post reported yesterday:

A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to the organization responsible for the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. officials said.

The Authorization for Use of Military Force, a joint resolution passed by Congress three days after the strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, has served as the legal foundation for U.S. counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda over the past decade …that have killed thousands of people.

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The authorization law has already been expanded by federal courts beyond its original scope to apply to “associated forces” of al-Qaeda. But officials said legal advisers at the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon and intelligence agencies are now weighing whether the law can be stretched to cover what one former official called “associates of associates.”

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Officials said they have not ruled out seeking an updated authorization from Congress or relying on the president’s constitutional powers to protect the country. But they said those are unappealing alternatives.

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The debate comes as the administration seeks to turn counterterrorism policies adopted as emergency measures after the 2001 attacks into more permanent procedures that can sustain the campaign against al-Qaeda and its affiliates, as well as other current and future threats.

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“You can’t end the war if you keep adding people to the enemy who are not actually part of the original enemy,” said a person who participated in the administration’s deliberations on the issue. [Indeed, endless war is a feature, not a bug, of government policy.]

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He said extending the AUMF to groups more loosely tied to al-Qaeda would be “a major interpretive leap” that could eliminate the need for a link between the targeted organization and core al-Qaeda.

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Still, the administration has taken recent steps — including building a drone base in the African country of Niger — that have moved the United States closer to being able to launch lethal strikes if regional allies are unable to contain emerging threats.

In other words, the government wants to play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon with our life and liberty.

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  • nveric

    Thank you Congress for everything. You intentionally impoverish millions of people and continue giving money to the great Dictator, while restricting representation thus ending the Republic. Someone must now write another dumb-shit pledge ditty song to the icon-devil worshiping-flag of the Empire.

    Target me will you. I’ll wait.

    I guess the corruption of blood thing doesn’t count?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.servalis Sara Servalis

    Sounds great.

    Obama & the CIA sponsor Al-CIA-da.

    Let the Assassinations begin!

  • Kenman

    The criminal government (mostly Zionist run) is getting very concerned about blowback from the public after they learn of all the LIES and DECEPTION out of DC and the FED.

    • http://twitter.com/wanklord Wanklord

      It is a scientific (and indisputable) fact that Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue; these slobs are extremely gullible and incapable to think for themselves – trained not to think. Moreover, these brutes are lovers of wealth and pleasure; they are selfish, slothful, indolent and can be inspired to raise above their brutish existence only by fear of impending death or catastrophe.

      Furthermore, it will be legally perfect to kill an American (or Americans) who happened to be present in an area (or areas) designated as a combat zone (or combat zones) within the territories and possessions of the United States of America. Considering the fact that this country in legal terms is in a State of War, it shouldn’t be complicated for the President (a Constitutional lawyer by profession) to declare the whole nation as a combat zone if the circumstances justify such decision – remember that during war times the Executive branch has extraordinary powers.

      Under US Law, these are areas designated as Combat Zones:
      http://www.irs.gov/uac/Combat-Zones

    • Yasher

      Zionist run huh? Why not stop hating on the Jewish people for once? So sick of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Davis/100000302380943 Matthew Davis

    He kills their kids. He kills their wives. He kills their parents and their
    parents’ friends. He burns down the houses they live in, the stores they work
    in. He kills people that owe them money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Davis/100000302380943 Matthew Davis

    He kills their kids. He kills their wives. He kills their parents and their
    parents’ friends. He burns down the houses they live in, the stores they work
    in. He kills people that owe them money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Welch/727191673 Doug Welch

    If only they would kill the “Friends” of the Syrian Al Qaeda Rebels in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar!

  • http://twitter.com/MsSamanthaMarie ~ Samantha Marie ~

    Dear government(s): STOP KILLING PEOPLE WHO DID NOTHING WRONG! THANK YOU!!!

  • http://twitter.com/JailBanksters JailBanksters

    No, that sounds pretty reasonable to me.

    However I would take offense to the next step of droning those who are even reading the News Paper about Al-Queda. Wait…Isn’t the CIA “secretly” supplying Weapons to Al_Queda in Syria. So shouldn’t the US Government be droning the CIA for associating with Al-Queda. And shouldn’t they also be droning the UK Government also for supplying weapons to Al-Queda in Syria while at the same killing Al-Queda in Afghanistan for having weapons.

    I suppose in the eyes of the UK and USA Governments there are Good Terrorists and Bad Terrorists, and they only support the Good Terrorists. I just hope they at least have different colored T-Shirts on.
    Second Thought: It’s more like the Lies are getting bigger to cover up an ever increasing Lie.

 

 

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