Since When Did Killing Al Qaeda Become A Bad Thing?

So, they latest “controversy” that the Democrats have their knickers in a twist about is a secret CIA program to kill Al Qaeda leaders. A plan that was never implemented.

C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders

Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials.

The plans remained vague and were never carried out, the officials said, and Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, canceled the program last month.

Officials at the spy agency over the years ran into myriad logistical, legal and diplomatic obstacles. How could the role of the United States be masked? Should allies be informed and might they block the access of the C.I.A. teams to their targets? What if American officers or their foreign surrogates were caught in the midst of an operation? Would such activities violate international law or American restrictions on assassinations overseas?

Yet year after year, according to officials briefed on the program, the plans were never completely shelved because the Bush administration sought an alternative to killing terror suspects with missiles fired from drone aircraft or seizing them overseas and imprisoning them in secret C.I.A. jails.

Mr. Panetta scuttled the program, which would have relied on paramilitary teams, shortly after the C.I.A.’s counterterrorism center recently informed him of its existence. The next day, June 24, he told Congressional Intelligence Committees that the plan had been hidden from lawmakers, initially at the instruction of former Vice President Dick Cheney.

. . .

Because the program never carried out any missions and because Congress had already signed off on the agency’s broad authorities after the Sept. 11 attacks, the officials and some Republican legislators said that the C.I.A. was not required to brief lawmakers on specifics about the program.

But Congressional Democrats were furious that the program had not been shared with the committees. The Senate and House oversight committees were created by law in the 1970s as a direct response to disclosures of C.I.A. abuses, notably including assassination plots against Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, Fidel Castro in Cuba and other foreign politicians. President Gerald R. Ford in 1976 issued an executive order banning assassinations.

That ban does not apply to the killing of enemies in a war, government officials say. The Bush administration took the position that killing members of Al Qaeda, a terrorist group that has attacked the United States and stated that its goal is to attack again, is no different than shooting enemy soldiers on the battlefield. The Obama administration, which has continued to fire missiles from Predator drones on suspected Qaeda members in Pakistan, has taken the same view.

See also:
Secret Program Fuels CIA-Congress Dispute
AP sources: House lays groundwork for CIA probe
Cheney Role in CIA Secrecy Questioned
With Pelosi’s blessing, Dems push CIA probe ahead
CIA inquiry raises stakes for Nancy Pelosi
Democrats must act on their claims
Want To Get Away?
Someone’s Lying

The CIA is out in the field risking American lives, trying to kill the enemy and keep us safe and Nancy Pelosi, to cover her ass for previously accusing the CIA of lying, along with the rest of the Democrat chukleheads, are now going to pick a fight with the CIA and waste their time with an investigation into a program that never even got beyond the planning stage!

/who’s side are Democrats on anyway, do they even have a clue who the enemy is?

2 Responses

  1. It is becoming harder and harder NOT to believe that obamanation is a sleeper. Like they say if they can’t beat us from without, they will be beat us from within.

  2. This “plan” is almost the exact same plan that the Clinton admin botched, and cancelled, repeatedly between 1996 and 2000. Tarnak Farms…

    All those useless leaky congress-critters had to do was to actually read Steve Coll’s “Ghost Wars” just one time and all would have been revealed.

    They do know how to read, don’t they?


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