More on those CIA Death Squads Sy Hersh told us about
We aren't the only ones thinking that the recent controversy over CIA Death Squads looks a lot like the scoop Seymour Hersh hinted at during a University of Minnesota lecture. Gawker picked up on the connection today. Now Rachel Maddow is putting it into better perspective, as only she can do. Listen and remember Hersh's chilling words:
It's an executive assassination ring essentially, and it's been going on and on and on. Just today in the Times there was a story that its leaders, a three star admiral named [William H.] McRaven, ordered a stop to it because there were so many collateral deaths. Under President Bush's authority, they've been going into countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding people on a list and executing them and leaving. That's been going on, in the name of all of us.
As to the article Hersh was referring to--he was speaking on March 10, 2009, the same day this article ran in the New York Times. The nut:
A United Nations report released last month specifically blamed clandestine missions by commando units for contributing to a surge in civilian deaths in Afghanistan in 2008. The report concluded that the number of civilian casualties rose nearly 40 percent compared with 2007, although it found that suicide bombings and other Taliban attacks were the primary cause.