Guess who is fulfilling a military role for the US in Pakistan.
At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, "snatch and grabs" of high-value targets and other sensitive actions inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.
The source, who has worked on covert US military programs for years, including in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has direct knowledge of the program. He spoke to The Nation on condition of anonymity because the program is classified. The source said that the program is so "compartmentalized" that senior figures within the Obama administration and the US military chain of command may not be aware of its existence.
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I realize that every nation carries out covert intelligence operations that are more distasteful than any of us might like to acknowledge. If the US had the opportunity to assassinate or grab Osama, I’d be the first to say, “Go for it!” However, to entrust such sensitive operations the Blackwater, the GOP SS, given their record for anti-Muslim bigotry and casual disregard for human life, is unconscionable.