Monday, November 10, 2008


International Herald Tribune - The United States military since 2004 has used broad, secret authority to carry out nearly a dozen previously undisclosed attacks against Al Qaeda and other militants in Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere, according to senior American officials.

These military raids, typically carried out by Special Operations forces, were authorized by a classified order that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld signed in the spring of 2004 with the approval of President George W. Bush, the officials said. The secret order gave the military new authority to attack the Qaeda terrorist network anywhere in the world, and a more sweeping mandate to conduct operations in countries not at war with the United States. . .

More than a half-dozen officials, including current and former military and intelligence officials as well as senior Bush administration policy makers, described details of the 2004 military order on the condition of anonymity because of its politically delicate nature. Spokesmen for the White House, the Defense Department and the military declined to comment.

The Pentagon has exercised its authority frequently, dispatching commandos to countries including Pakistan and Somalia.


At November 10, 2008 3:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason U.S. policy and operations so closely mirror those of organised crime is because of their close connections; witness the murders of the Kennedys and MLK.


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