Friday, July 17, 2009
Well, it appears my hunch may have been right. It is being reported in The Washington Post and expanded on in TPM and Raw Story that Cheney cleared the CIA assassination squads to operate anywhere, including in the United States, something that is clearly illegal.
What is confusing is that it is also being reported that Cheney was running a secret operation that neither the CIA Director or Congress knew about.
We will have to wait and see exactly what that was, as it appears we may have some sizzling hot Senate hearings to get to the bottom of this.
As Raw Story reports, the last documented case of CIA complicity in assassination on U.S. soil occured in 1976:
"on Sept. 21, 1976, Orlando Letelier, a leftist Chilean political figure-turned Washington, D.C.-based, anti-Pinochet activist, was assassinated in D.C. by a car bomb. The act of terrorism also claimed the life of his assistant, Ronni Moffitt.
The FBI would later determine that Michael Townley, a former CIA asset, organized the assassination, aided by a visa provided by Robert White, then U.S. ambassador to Paraguay. The hit was discovered to be part of Operation Condor, a program coordinated by South American governments which sought to eliminate leftist political figures".
You can bet there were others.