Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blackwater Assassination Team in Germany?

The more revelations I learn about use of storm troopers from the GOP SS, the more amazed I become.

Blackwater German prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into allegations that the CIA deployed a team of Blackwater operatives on a clandestine operation in Hamburg, Germany, after 9/11 ultimately aimed at assassinating a German citizen with suspected ties to Al Qaeda. The alleged assassination operation was revealed last month in a Vanity Fair profile of Blackwater's owner Erik Prince.

The magazine reported that after 9/11, the CIA used one of Prince's homes in Virginia as a covert training facility for hit teams that would hunt Al Qaeda suspects globally. Their job was find, fix, and finish: "Find the designated target, fix the person's routine, and, if necessary, finish him off," as the magazine put it.

According to Vanity Fair, one of the team's targets was Mamoun Darkazanli, a naturalized German citizen originally from Syria. Darkazanli has been accused by Spain of being an Al Qaeda supporter with close ties to the alleged 9/11 plotters who lived in Hamburg. The Blackwater/CIA team "supposedly went in 'dark,' meaning they did not notify their own station--much less the German government--of their presence," according to Vanity Fair. "[T]hey then followed Darkazanli for weeks and worked through the logistics of how and where they would take him down." Authorities in Washington, however, "chose not to pull the trigger."

This week, a senior lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union called on Washington to provide an explanation. "If this commando really existed and the U.S. government knew about it but didn't notify our government then this would be a very grave incident," said the lawmaker, Wolfgang Bosbach.

His concerns were echoed in the US by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. "This really is part of an ongoing investigation that I can't talk about, but even the fact that there is that allegation, I think, gives one a picture of the degree to which Blackwater has been completely enmeshed in these secret operations," Schahowsky said. "And, you know, at least the allegation that they are, I think is disturbing enough. And there is an investigation going on around activities like that."

Dieter Wiefelspütz, the domestic policy spokesperson for the parliamentary group of Germany's center-left Social Democrats, told Der Spiegel it is irrelevant that Darkazanli's targeted assassination was never carried out. "If it can be confirmed, then this was a murder plot," he said. The conservative Christian Democratic Union joined the Social Democrats in calling for an official inquiry… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <The Nation>

Consider this: if Germany, an ally, were to deploy an assassination team within the US, instead of coming to the appropriate authorities here and asking that we deal with the targeted individual,  how would you feel?  Would you be angry?  Would you thing Germany had no right to violate our sovereign territory in that way?

If the allegation is true, and I believe it is, based on the illicit track record of Bush and the GOP, this was a criminal act.  Those responsible should be prosecuted here or extradited to Germany, and I mean top responsibility, not some flunky scapegoat.


the walking man said...

Well past time to shine the full light of exposure on Ex or whomever with a full FBI raid on all known properties to take their files and computers for scrutiny in the formation of criminal charges.

But then bush/cheney never really recognized any sovereignty but their own.

TomCat said...

Mark, you mean Xe? I agree.

MadMike said...

Hmmmm....I think I will look into this. Thanks Tom.

Lisa G. said...

Xe needs to be one of those 'too big to fail' companies that needs to be summarily dismantled. And don't we have the CIA to do stupid shit like this for us?

otis said...

1) I thought that the ability for the Executive branch to be able to order assassinations was rescinded.
2) I though that we had CIA people that could do this kind of thing.
3) You ask how would we feel if Germany did this to us? It wouldn't matter, Congress would be up in arms screaming, yelling, and getting in their own way no one would hear what I thought anyway. Obama would probably be soft stepping it on TV right now.
4) How do we know that Germany hasn't? I think that it has been made evident the Isreal works in the US like this. Why not Germany?

What am I more worried about: The fact that the US attempted something like this, the fact that the US had to OUTSOURCE something like this, or the fact that we got caught? Honestly, it is the outsourcing that I am most upset about, followed by caught, then that we did something like that (Because surprise CERTAINLY wouldn't be the word that I used.)

I think that you are missing the entire point of Blackwater. THEY ARE A SKAPE GOAT. The best alibi. The ultimate 'plausible deniability'. They do a lot of the things that the CIA and the DoD did anyway, they just don't get the full protection of the US government. So, while everyone is pissed off and distracted by Blackwater, the Black Ops business pushes on, quietly and uninterrupted. Even under Obama, and with his knowledge and consent.

TomCat said...

Mike, you're most welcome.

Lisa, how about too evil to exist?

1) It was, but that mattered not to the GOP Regime.
2) We do, but perhaps CIA people might have objected.
3) Good point.
4) Germany is probably more ethical that either Israel or the US.

Otis, I didn't miss the point at all. I said that those ultimately responsible, not some flunky, should be prosecuted here or extradited there. Cheney would be my best guess.