by Scott Creighton
How soon til the death squads are operating in the United States? I don’t mean the destabilization campaign teams that are clearly already here running the American version of their old Operation Gladio, I mean the real death squads that our government has been setting up in neoliberalized nations via the CIA and Special Forces for a number of decades? The death squads that kick in doors at 3 am and drag out dissidents or political rivals of “made men” in the global elite cabal. Dissidents who end up being tortured to death and brutally killed, their headless bodies turning up under bridges and those are the fortunate ones, the others simply disappear, never too be seen again after being tossed from helicopters into the ocean.
When we overthrew the democratically elected president of Iran in ’53, our puppet, the Shah, needed his own death squad to help him maintain his brutal order for decades, so the CIA and Special Forces trained the SAVOK for him and they reigned with an iron fist.
In Indonesia, our puppet Suharto, who employed the step-father of one Barack Obama, used death squads and the help of the CIA to rout hundreds of thousands of dissidents and left leaning Indonesians in the first few years of his brutal tyranny. It was good for global businesses and for a few carefully chosen local elites, but no so good for most others.
In Chile in ’73 (Sept 11th 1973 to be exact) Nixon gave the go ahead to try a neoliberalism “experiment” down there and so we violently overthrew and killed their president and installed yet another brutal dictator, Augusto Pinochet. We equipped him with his own death squads as well.
The list goes on and on but let’s take a look at a few recent examples, shall we, just so we all understand this is not some aspect of past policy that has changed or mellowed over the years.
We created death squads in Iraq. Recently I watched a video of a soldier talking about what they saw happening in 2007 during the so-called “surge”. It would probably be better called the “slaughter’ because that is exactly what we created. We armed and trained the Iraqi Army and enabled them to carry out wholesale slaughter against Sunni civilians. Thousands died as a result while our CIA targeted not “terrorists” but political opponents of our various puppets or other left leaning writers, journalists, educators, and organizers. Aside from the statements from returning soldiers like the one I am talking about, it’s well documented that this took place.
In 2010, as WikiLeaks published hundreds of thousands of classified documents relating to the conduct of the US government, government defenders dismissively claimed that they revealed nothing new. Among the many documents disproving that claim were ones relating to a US policy in Iraq set forth in “Frago 242”, which ordered coalition troops not to stop or even investigate torture and other war crimes by the Iraqi forces they were training, but simply to “note” them.
And note them they did: the logs record thousands of cases of Iraqi forces severely beating, brutalizing and torturing Iraqi civilians while US forces, with rare exception, did nothing to stop it (when the documents were released, the Guardian detailed just some of the illustrative cases). As the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder wrote at the time, the documents contain “incredibly awful reports of systematized detainee abuse by Iraqi soldiers and security forces right under the noses of the American-led coalition, which appears to have had virtually no incentive to put a stop to them” Glenn Greenwald
And It was recently revealed that the same thing is happening in Afghanistan and that our forces are actually taking part in the torture and murder of targeted civilians. And this is all to say nothing of the drone strikes which are clearly “death squads from above” taking place literally across the globe.
Take a look at Syria and Libya. What are these terrorist acts if not a form of death squads? They go from home to home sometimes in the cities they briefly hold and ask if the families are loyal to the current government. If they are, they are slaughtered. In Libya now that NATO successfully bombed them back into peace, the death squads are running rampant, killing off all kinds of people still loyal the the country their nation once was.
On the continent of Africa, President Peace Prize just sent military members, mainly Special Forces groups, to 35 different nations in order to train their “special forces” and what do you think that training is for?
The company formerly known as Blackwater, a group of highly trained, well paid mercs run by a ultra-Christian zealot, has been operating in Pakistan since 2007 at least, running terrorist missions to blame the local version of the Taliban there. They’ve also been abducting various people who pose a problem for the corrupt military and the neoliberalized economy.
At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus. “ Scahill
The point I am trying to make is one I made years ago and that is that this type of economic system, the one we have imposed on so many others in the past and the one they are attempting to install here in the states, depends on totalitarian control. Brutal totalitarian control. Death squads are not optional, they are required. And in these days of privatization, they death squads will probably be for-profit ventures. Why waste an opportunity to make a buck, right? Especially when you can force the masses to pay for their own death squads.
Just look at what is happening in Greece.
Blackwater mercenaries are currently overseeing the police in Greece as rumours of a coup abound. We understand the situation is extremely tense and that the mercenaries are there mainly to protect the Government and parliament should trouble break out either in the form of a revolution or counter-revolution. Already, a destabilisation plot involving the far-right and police has been uncovered. More below…
Over the last 12 months or more Greece has seen wave after wave of mass demonstrations, riots, battles between police and protesters, armed attacks on Government premises, attacks by fascists (i.e. Golden Dawn ) on migrants, as well as, of course, the complete collapse of the economy. The Government has been beset by scandals (e.g. secret bank accounts in Switzerland) and journalists have been arrested. Most people now exist day by day via co-operatives ; workers are taking over the factories .” Salem News
The privatized death squad notion has been around for a thousand years at least. It’s nothing new. My question is how long till this model is brought round to the U.S., not that it’s acceptable to do this to other people in other countries, but one has to ask this question eventually. Everything else, all the other little evils we have perpetrated on others across the globe have eventually made their way back to us in one form or another. The pending austerity genocide is just around the corner. What will follow here is the same as what followed in so many other countries, then and now.
Death Squads Inc. that made in America institution, will be here soon enough I suppose. Guess that’s why they are pushing to disarm the population so quickly.
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