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Naomi Wolf: Obama's Secret Assassins (JSoc)

by Naomi Wolf | The Guardian

The president has a clandestine network targeting a 'kill list' justified by secret laws. How is that different than a death squad?

The film Dirty Wars, which premiered at Sundance, can be viewed, as Amy Goodman sees it, as an important narrative of excesses in the global "war on terror". It is also a record of something scary for those of us at home – and uncovers the biggest story, I would say, in our nation's contemporary history.

Though they wisely refrain from drawing inferences, Scahill and Rowley have uncovered the facts of a new unaccountable power in America and the world that has the potential to shape domestic and international events in an unprecedented way. The film tracks the Joint Special Operations Command (JSoc), a network of highly-trained, completely unaccountable US assassins, armed with ever-expanding "kill lists". It was JSoc that ran the operation behind the Navy Seal team six that killed bin Laden.

Scahill and Rowley track this new model of US warfare that strikes at civilians and insurgents alike – in 70 countries. They interview former JSoc assassins, who are shell-shocked at how the "kill lists" they are given keep expanding, even as they eliminate more and more people.

Our conventional forces are subject to international laws of war: they are accountable for crimes in courts martial; and they run according to a clear chain of command. As much as the US military may fall short of these standards at times, it is a model of lawfulness compared with JSoc, which has far greater scope to undertake the commission of extra-legal operations – and unimaginable crimes.

JSoc morphs the secretive, unaccountable mercenary model of private military contracting, which Scahill identified in Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, into a hybrid with the firepower and intelligence backup of our full state resources. The Hill reports that JSoc is now seeking more "flexibility" to expand its operations globally.

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ecorob's picture

Here is an interesting correlation.

Between June 30 and July 2, 1934, Hitler's SS purged it's "enemies" during what was called the "Night of the Long Knives".
It is estimated that ONLY 85 people were killed. This "mythic" night in Germany's history only resulted in 85 deaths.
Germany's population was about 66 million at the time.

America's population today is roughly 350 million or, a little over 5 times that of Germany in 1934.

5 x 85 = 425

Subtract the "voices" of the people that have already been killed, i.e., breitbart, aaron swartz, and, over the years, jfk, rfk, mlk, malcolm x, senator paul wellstone & family...
Is it too surprising to believe that 400 Americans could be "justifiably" liquidated in America's own "Night of the Long Knives"?

Do you think the ptb have the capability to do this?

Tell me, again, how we have nothing to worry about with the way this country is going. miac, ndaa, patriot act, tsa, 30,000 drones, fema, "homeland", etc.
Think about it.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Amy Goodman supports the...

good work of Scahill but she also advocates for a tyrannical carbon tax that will subsidize more wars for "clean" energy. Afghanistan is the first war for clean energy because it's considered the "Saudi Arabia of lithium". And lithium is the key ingredient in batteries for electric cars and battery banks that will store the intermittent energy generated by solar and wind farms. Goodman's show is called "Democray Now, The War and Peace Report". I call it "Hypocrisy Now, The War IS Peace Report" because she's a classic example of the media in Orwell's 1984.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

Mercenary ARMIES of the Federal Government

Al Qaeda and Blackwater are just two of the most visible of the clandestine Mercenary forces loyal to the federal government.

The Zionist Apartheid shadow financial dictatorship that controls most of the world has been developing these 'assets' for many decades.

So far they have just been honing their skills and mastering their 'craft' murdering the highly demonized boogey-mooslims, using good Al Qaeda to kill bad Al Qaeda in places like Libya and Syria, indiscriminately, wantonly, drone bombing weddings and funerals, IN YOUR NAME, and with your silent approval no less. But just wait and see...

Their true objective, their true reason for even existing? To take out the only armed(therefore POSSIBLY dangerous) opposition to their installation of agenda 21 over the constitution, meaning the globalist dictatorships ONLY armed populace capable of stopping them is under IMMINENT threat from these mercenary Armies and from the presidents 'kill list' AND HIS DRONE AIR FORCE.

Didn't she endorse Obama?!?

You get what you ask for, lady.

Why is...

a 'kill list' in quotes and not the word "justified"?

....a 'kill list' justified by secret laws....

Just saying...


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" Navy Seal team six that killed bin Laden."

Now that's rich.

Was Naomi fooled by that one?

Blood-stained hands of Democrats

.. These are the murderous "altruistic" people who thought George Bushes were evil, now they have the blood of thousands of innocents splattered all over their hands, smeared on their faces like war paint... and when you talk to them the scary part is ... they like it. Killing for altruism is GOOD you see

The Bolshevik Fascists are showing their true colors.

Ayn Rand was right

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"Politics and religion, causing more division"

The blood stained hands of Democrats

Oh brother. Like the Republicans are any better. That's okay - just keep it up, the divide and conquer. Blue is better than Red. Wait - or is it the other way around?

The subject line is from a song by Mutabaruka that I first heard in high school. It is powerful, and has stuck with me through all these years, and the line magically resurfaces every time I read a dumb comment like yours.

Everyone kills for good don't you see? Blue or Red, it is all the same. Everyone claims they have God on their side. GW Bush's 'eradication of evil' was done in the name of God, just like Osama bin Laden's.

bumping, and I will bookmark this--

Naomi is intelligent, and the 'beauty' of her message and her beliefs is that they are not exactly libertarian.

It's wonderful to have someone from the 'other side of the aisle' to speak up like this.

I've read her and listened to her before, but I want to hear/read what she has to say now.

Thank you--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Want this said again sister Naomi is under our protection


Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Now perhaps it's time

you young ones should know with no doubt that among these are our sisters. I'm gonna have to top post this. Get ready.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Secret Societies?

Dare I say it? Hmmmmmmm?


I'm a whole chapter in one of her books woo hoo! oh yeah booyah

oh yeah booya man are we so, have we ever been so captivated by this astoundingly...

have you actually seen her?

ok forget about it i'm not even gonna....

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

So what did i tell her for her book?

I told her of the old line. How it's a life of sacrifice. Because love is a sacrifice. And that is what is recorded.

Mitakuye Oyasin. Oyate Miyelo.

To our ancestors.

To the Wakan Tunka who put the pipe in our hands and made us one people.

To White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman

who it is easy to see in sister Naomi.

Gentle One, gentle one.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

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Water gets hotter and the frog just grins

“The US executive now has a network of secret laws, secret budgets, secret kill lists, and a well-funded, globally deployed army of secret teams of assassins. That is precisely the driving force working behind what we can see. Is fascism really too strong a word to describe it?”

No Naomi, it's not.

Yet the propaganda and the doublethink disconnect would impress even Bernays. The population at large can't quite hone in on it; and that's understandable. One set of perspectives and discontent produce the tea party. Another set of understanding and desire-to-act produce occupy wall street. But the grass roots energy is so easily harnessed, controlled, and redirected. In effect, all work within the system strengthens the system. Conversely, attacking the system tends to make it stronger. If fascism were dark waters, the temperature has been rising at an increasing rate.

Thanks Naomi for your Letter of Warning, a valuable, courageous book.

This fact alone: That none

This fact alone: That none other than the US government has secret assassins to eliminate targets should be a slap of truth in the face to most people. Still think a few of those people who mysteriously died was by suicide? A couple examples being 9/11 researchers.

This informaton needs spreading.

I mean, this is EXACTLY like in the movies. A friggin organization whose sole role is taking out targets through assassination. Think something like like Mission Impossible was a made up story? Think again. I gotta wonder how much they pay these assassins.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

This is what is meant by the term "slippery slope".

"I have often wondered, since I first wrote about America's slide toward fascism, what was driving it. I saw the symptoms but not the cause. Scahill's and Rowley's brave, transformational film reveals the prime movers at work. The US executive now has a network of secret laws, secret budgets, secret kill lists, and a well-funded, globally deployed army of secret teams of assassins. That is precisely the driving force working behind what we can see. Is fascism really too strong a word to describe it?"

Screening this film in local

Screening this film in local areas strikes me as a tremendous opportunity to build grassroots awareness on an issue that colors outside libertarian lines. Does anyone know if the creators/distributors are doing this sort of thing? Or how one goes about trying to get such a thing started?

thanks for the post!

Wolf should just call them what they are: Praetorian Guards

JSOC/SOCOM's 1st SFOD-D & DEVGRU are, or at least have become, nothing more than the POTUS' own paramilitary private army.

Guess that makes the POTUS a Shogunate, eh? ...er... :o(

If you guys wanna keep track of what some of these guys are, at least publicly, 'divulging,' check it out here:

By the way Michael, I posted this a while back (only one I can find is RobHino's thread: http://www.dailypaul.com/246635/homeschooled-childrens-music...), but in light of Rand's recent filibuster, and the reality of the fact that the Executive is still not denying his pseudo 'right' to execute ANY American on his own personal arbitrary whim, thought the following YouTube parody 'opera' mini-set was apt.

R3VOL kids are brilliant, aren't they, even if the parent wrote it and the children are merely singing it!

The tune is catchy as hell! Get ready to have it stuck in your head...for awhile. LOL.

Behold, the Obamikado!

The Obamikado - I've Got a Little List


Published on Jul 28, 2012

Obama surely isn't the first to use non-judicial killing - but it has never been done so openly. If this is allowed to stand - what does our children's future hold?

Read on for lyrics, source files and key articles about the issues covered in the song. Like and Share far and wide!

Adapted from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta - The Mikado (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mikado)

Download the mp3 here: http://snd.sc/PWByuQ
Instrumental version here: http://snd.sc/PWBsmZ
Karaoke version here: http://youtu.be/0EMuJyLhBaM


As someday it may happen that a conflict we must start,
I've got a little list! I've got a little list!
Of America's detractors who might well be blown apart
and who'll certainly be miffed! They'll certainly be miffed!
There's the oil owning foreigners whose skin is rather brown.
I push a button then a drone will blow up half their town.
All victims who are blown up too - 'accomplices' we'll call.
No innocents - just terrorists - we'll classify them all.
But wait - the army's offensives to congress I must tell...
but not the CIA's - the drones will fit there swell!

If the Army flies the drones, then congress he must sway
so he'll hide the program deep - deep inside the CIA

There's the radical inciter, and the others of great faith,
and the Pro-Life activist - I've got him on the list!
The whistleblower Wikileaking into cyberspace.
He can't escape my fist - I've got him on the list.
The idiot who raises some objection to my plan
"The constitution guarantees due process" he'll demand
"without a trial or a judge to keep the rule of law
you cannot act as jury judge and executioner!"
I'm sad to say but, little man, your theory isn't true
due process is just this - a process that I do!

And now you're on the list! And now you're on the list!
'Cause the process that he does - that is what due process is!

And that noncompliant nuisance who is just a waste of space
the nosey journalist! I've got him on the list!
And the bitter people clinging to their guns and to their faith.
They never would be missed - our drones just do not miss.
Those who approve my killing move on foreigners alone
will see the state expatriate then hit them with a drone.
And in the end it doesn't matter what they think is true
the drones can kill you both abroad and in the homeland too.
For a nation who gives up their rights and has a monarchist
may well be on the list - you're all there on the list!

He has put us on the list! He has put us on the list!
For the tyranny we bought, will rule with an iron fist!

Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul