Monday, January 17, 2005


Here's the money paragraph in Hersh's story:

The new rules will enable the Special Forces community to set up what it calls “action teams” in the target countries overseas which can be used to find and eliminate terrorist organizations. “Do you remember the right-wing execution squads in El Salvador?” the former high-level intelligence official asked me, referring to the military-led gangs that committed atrocities in the early nineteen-eighties. “We founded them and we financed them,” he said. “The objective now is to recruit locals in any area we want. And we aren’t going to tell Congress about it.” A former military officer, who has knowledge of the Pentagon’s commando capabilities, said, “We’re going to be riding with the bad boys.”
(via New Yorker)

Yep, a dirty war against 1.5 billion Muslims. Good luck, guys!

Oh, and Tom's historical question has now been at least partially answered:

Are the folks at the Pentagon now admitting that we were BEHIND THE DEATHSQUADS in El Salvador in the 1980s?

Well, Hersh's sources certainly are. We can only hope that books are forthcoming from lots of recently purged CIA professionals. Eh?

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