Pretty heavy report in the Washington Post on the CIA’s increased killing. Some good questions about accountability, ethics and of course the return of hard power in the era of terror.
Human rights groups go further, saying the CIA now functions as a military force beyond the accountability that the United States has historically demanded of its armed services. The CIA doesn’t officially acknowledge the drone program exists, let alone provide public explanation about who shoots and who dies and by what rules.
“We’re seeing the CIA turn into more of a paramilitary organization without the oversight and accountability that we traditionally expect of the military,” said Hina Shamsi, the director of the National Security Project of the American Civil Liberties Union.
via CIA shifts focus to killing targets – The Washington Post.
Yet this month, the Obama administration admitted that the Central Intelligence Agency had staged a fake vaccination campaign in Pakistan as American intelligence closed in on Osama Bin Laden. Health care workers were used on a clandestine mission—not in the paranoid imagination of America-hating fanatics but as part of the deliberate policy of the United States government.
As atrocities go, delivering inadequate vaccines under false pretenses isn’t obviously worse than, say, systematically kidnapping people and torturing them.
via The CIA’s fake vaccination program in Pakistan reveals the moral bankruptcy of American spooks. – By Tom Scocca – Slate Magazine.
“If there’s Hell below, we’re all gonna go.”
* How about the kids who got only the first of three doses because the health worker was moved to spy on Bin Laden? I’ve asked students in the past which evil they think is worse: the people who injected syphilis into African-American citizens, or the doctors who lied to the sickening people and told them they were getting treatment while they injected placebos and watched people die.
Both are pretty evil, but there is something absolutely wrong about watching people suffer and pretending to help them.
After our CIA vaccine bait-and-switch Pakistan considered cancelling their vaccination program.
The Afghani blood on American hands is going to be there for a long time.