“…[T]he United States has reached only the midpoint of what was once known as the global war on terrorism. Targeting lists that were regarded as finite emergency measures after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are now fixtures of the national security apparatus.The rosters expand and contract with the pace of drone strikes but never go to zero…”
Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the ‘disposition matrix.’
The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the ‘disposition’ of suspects beyond the reach of American drones.
Although the matrix is a work in progress, the effort to create it reflects a reality setting in among the nation’s counterterrorism ranks: The United States’ conventional wars are winding down, but the government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years.
Among senior Obama administration officials, there is a broad consensus that such operations are likely to be extended at least another decade. Given the way al-Qaeda continues to metastasize, some officials said no clear end is in sight.
‘We can’t possibly kill everyone who wants to harm us,’ a senior administration official said. ‘It’s a necessary part of what we do. . . .We’re not going to wind up in 10 years in a world of everybody holding hands and saying, ‘We love America….
OMISSION OF CONSEQUENCE
I believe it important to mention that the media, the administration even Obama himself never mentions the fact that many more than those targeted for assassination are killed during Obama’s drone strikes.
When an individual on Obama’s hit list is targeted, located and the call comes through to eliminate the individual, no one never thinks twice about those in the company of said individual.
Thus, the so-called decision as alleged by the Obama administration not to assist and rescue U. S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans killed during the September 11 terrorist attacks does not hold water.
At the same time, let us not forget that last New Year’s Eve, Obama under the dark of night signed into legislation the National Defense Authorization Act.
In addition to Obama instituting the use of drones to kill, said Obama’s killing machines are now surveilling Americans 24/7 throughout the country. We must ask ourselves what will it take (and how long) before Obama makes the call to turn the drones on those living here in the United States?