Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Targeted killings" increase under Obama

"Targeted killings" increase under Obama

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Far from having broken with the practice of extrajudicial executions (also known as "targeted killings") which the Bush administration had made ample use of, the Obama administration has turned it into a priority tool of intervention.

According to the Washington Post, the White House has set aside $ 9.8 billion for Special Operations in 2011 (6.3 billion funded from the general budget and 3.5 billion off costs) [1].

Under the authority of Admiral Eric T. Olson, secret interventions have been planned in 75 countries this year, as opposed to 60 during George W. Bush’s last year in office, noted the newspaper.

Presenting his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions underscored the commonplace occurrence of drone killings.

The United States is the leading state in the world to perform extra-judicial executions. They get little media coverage, except when Washington boasts of having murdered alleged "leaders of Al Qaeda" without trial because they occur in countries of the Third World.

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[1] U.S. ’secret war’ expands globally as Special Operations forces take larger role, by Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post, 4 juin 2010.

The 75 targeted countries

1. Afghanistan
2. Albania
3. Algeria
4. Azerbaijan
5. Bahrain
6. Bangladesh
7. Benin
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
9. Brunei
10. Burkina Faso
11. Cameroon
12. Central African Republic
13. Chad
14. China
15. Colombia
16. Comoros
17. Congo (DR)
18. Cote d’Ivoire
19. Djibouti
20. Egypt
21. Eritrea
22. Ethiopia
23. Gabon
24. Gambia
25. Georgia
26. Guinea
27. Guinea-Bissau
28. Honduras
29. India
30. Indonesia
31. Iran
32. Iraq
33. Jordan
34. Kazakhstan
35. Kenya
36. Kosovo
37. Kuwait
38. Kyrgyzstan
39. Lebanon
40. Libya
41. Malaysia
42. Mali
43. Mauritania
44. Mexico
45. Morocco
46. Myanmar
47. Nepal
48. Niger
49. Nigeria
50. Oman
51. Pakistan
52. Philippines
53. Qatar
54. Russian Federation
55. Rwanda
56. Saudi Arabia
57. Senegal
58. Sierra Leone
59. Somalia [including Somaliland]
60. South Africa
61. Sri Lanka
62. Sudan
63. Syria
64. Tajikistan
65. Tanzania
66. Thailand
67. Togo
68. Tunisia
69. Turkey
70. Turkmenistan
71. Uganda
72. United Arab Emirates
73. Uzbekistan
74. Venezuela
75. Yemen
(Source : Wayne Madsen)

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