Torture Is So Last Year — Now It’s Death Squads

Pentagon May Use Death Squads in Iraq:

“Now, Newsweek has learned, the Pentagon is intensively debating an option that dates back to a still-secret strategy in the Reagan administration’s battle against the leftist guerrilla insurgency in El Salvador in the early 1980s. Then, faced with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or supported ‘nationalist’ forces that allegedly included so-called death squads directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers.

[. . .] Following that model, one Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise, support and possibly train Iraqi squads, most likely hand-picked Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen, to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathizers, even across the border into Syria, according to military insiders familiar with the discussions.

[. . .] The interim government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi is said to be among the most forthright proponents of the Salvador option.”

I’m actually too upset to comment on this. I keep writing something, deleting it. It’s fear. Laws just don’t matter. ALL the checks and balances have been removed. And if they are willing to do it there …