Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SPECIAL OPS NOW DEFINES THE PENTAGON’S EXPANDING WARS

By Danny Schechter Author, The Crime Of Our Time

New York, New York: William H McRaven is an admiral in Obama’s Navy. He was a member of Seal Team 3, and oversaw the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

He’s the consummate Special Ops warrior and wants more special ops forces, more drones and, most significantly, more “autonomy” (read, power) to position “his” troops in more places. He is now lobbying to expand his “freedom” by building a bigger personal arsenal of undercover operatives under his command.

The NY Times refers to his guys somewhat vaguely as “elite units” that “have traditionally operated in “the dark corners of American foreign policy.”

That shines light on it, doesn’t it? What it says is: forget transparency and accountability. The hidden government is always hiding

These units like Special Forces |Delta Force | SEALs | Rangers often operate outside the chain of command and, as they become institutionally stronger, tend to dominate military decisionmaking.

McRaven’s ambition represents a takeover of the military by more and more clandestine killer units. They are deceptive, secretive, and are growing in influence. There are no cuts planned in this realm.

Under military governments, these are the units who support the secret police, often engaging in torture and murder with impunity.

They are give a sense of being our supermen, the real chosen people; ordinary rules don’t apply to them.

Democracy is not their “thing.” Read More