Lookee, Jobs ! Foreign Governments Will Pay You To Kill In Another Country

087-800x600l c99 essay assasinations.jpgRevolving Door of Death, From Special Forces to Assassins for Hire In Yemen

Edit: Even though Amanda wrote about this earlier, am leaving this up to add to the discussion.

Blackwater was one of the first, but apparently not the last.

How do you feel about our soldiers being trained on our nickel, only to be hired to kill for other governments in a third country?

A call for debate and the support of the US Gov for mercenary assassinations in Yemen.

This story is quite interesting in that they are calling for US support for their mercenary work in Yemen after the fact. Go figure.

Caitlin, of course, scissors in to the heart of it all. We live in a world where the Nation State is not alone in extra-judicial killings. The oligarchs got themselves murderers for hire and they are wantonly going out and assassinating any one they choose.

And you know they are feeling free to hire this done {while} Bush, Obama and Trump Admins have trampled on International Law and Conventions, invading countries at will.
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A call for a hearing.

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Many of us opposed Obama's approval and direction of non-judicial killings by drone. The Empty Suit set a precedent for Trumpco. Who will be surprised if Trump or DOD approves the mercenary actions?

Heh. the Justice Department should open an investigation and prosecute. Yeah, well maybe after another election.

How long before the killing starts happening here in the US?

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divineorder's picture

There is also a transcript if you don't have time for the vid.

Have drone footage that happened during Obama Admin.

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/10/17/investigation_as_us_backed_war_in

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We end today’s show looking at a shocking new investigation that reveals the United Arab Emirates hired U.S. mercenaries to carry out assassinations of political and clerical leaders in Yemen. The former elite U.S. special operations fighters were paid to take part in missions to kill those deemed to be terrorists by the UAE. The UAE worked with the U.S. company Spear Operations Group, founded by an Israeli-American man named Abraham Golan, who told BuzzFeed “There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it.” The group’s first target in Yemen was a local leader of Al-Islah, a political party whose members include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman.

AMY GOODMAN: We go now to Washington, D.C. to speak with journalist Aram Roston of BuzzFeed News who broke the story. His piece, American Mercenaries Hired to Assassinate Politicians in the Middle East. Welcome to Democracy Now!, Aram. Tell us what you found.

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targets include civilians, can't even hide behind the flimsy argument of taking out combatants making this clearly assassinations. Where is that moral majority when a country needs them?

Thanks, do.

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@smiley7

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You’ve got way more details and sources than I had but there were comments so maybe you might be interested in them.

https://caucus99percent.com/content/american-mercenaries-were-hired-assa...

UPDATE: yes, definitely do not delete. Yours is far more informative. But I figured the comments those 3 posters made could be referenced and noted.

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@Amanda Matthews

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gotten ‘certification’ from SOS Mike Pompeo that everything the Saudis are doing is cool and they’re are doing everything they can to prevent civilian casualties.

I wonder how that bastid can look himself in a mirror. Or look his family in the eye, the SOB.

Annotation of Sec. Pompeo’s Certification of Yemen War: Civilian Casualties and Saudi-Led Coalition

https://www.justsecurity.org/61053/annotation-sec-pompeos-certification-...

Here’s his press release:

Certification to Congress on Actions of Saudi Arabia and UAE in Yemen Under the NDAA

Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 12, 2018

Pursuant to Section 1290 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA), I certified to Congress yesterday that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments.

The Trump Administration has been clear that ending the conflict in Yemen is a national security priority. We will continue to work closely with the Saudi-led coalition to ensure Saudi Arabia and the UAE maintain support for UN-led efforts to end the civil war in Yemen, allow unimpeded access for the delivery of commercial and humanitarian support through as many avenues as possible, and undertake actions that mitigate the impact of the conflict on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2018/09/285861.htm

Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if he knew about these killers for hire.

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@Amanda Matthews

another hospital that destroyed the maternity ward? Or maybe that was done with a bomb from a different country. Lots of them are selling weapons to them. Just how many billions worth of bombs do they need?

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@snoopydawg
and bullets. Gotta keep the common trash in line.

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The UAE worked with the U.S. company Spear Operations Group, founded by an Israeli-American man named Abraham Golan, who told BuzzFeed “There was a targeted assassination program in Yemen. I was running it.” The group’s first target in Yemen was a local leader of Al-Islah, a political party whose members include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman.

What is the motivation for the Israeli-American Abraham Golan to tell Buzzfeed that there was a targeted assassination program and that he was running it?

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@mimi is about to go public and he wants it out there he was working for a US 'ally', and doesn't want to be assassinated himself so some government wouldn't be embarrassed?

Pure speculation on my part.

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@mimi
Prince was of Blackwater. Prince has been trying to get the US Government to privatize the endless Afghanistan ‘conflict’.

Some people sell cars. Some people sell insurance. These people sell murder and mayhem.

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@Amanda Matthews

Some people sell cars. Some people sell insurance. These people sell murder and mayhem

What does it say about society when people are willing to kill others just because you're getting paid to do it? Do they even know what the person did to be put on a kill list or even if they had done something bad? Do they feel at all bad if they accidentally kill innocent people who just happen to be in the area? I'm the kind of person that will put most bugs outside rather than kill them and stopped fishing when I wondered if it had family waiting for it to come home. I can't imagine how one can square taking someone's life purposely when they hadn't done anything to me.

This goes for the people who join the military knowing that they will be sent to kill people in another country that did nothing to them or their country. Contempt is not a strong enough word for what I feel about people who do that. Or torture people. Or try to gut programs that people rely on to live. Or ..... the list is long.

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This goes for the people who join the military knowing that they will be sent to kill people in another country that did nothing to them or their country.

And how many of the little soldier people know or imagine that could happen to them when they are seduced by skilled military recruiters to join the military service?

Why do you think so many combat veterans have so many difficulties to deal with what happened to them that they kill themselves or completely withdraw from society?

May be it's time to question the recruitment procedures, the draft and the idea of volunteer military services.

If you sell someone for mayhem and murder, may be you sell everbody by ending volunteerism and pay them equally and force everyone to do the same. I would think that would cause the real resistance to all that bullshit.

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@snoopydawg
Jay Gould

I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.

From what we’re seeing here in this foul situation and out in our own streets today, regardless of who said it I do believe it’s true. But the original quote was...

Quote Investigator: The earliest pertinent citation located by QI appeared in a letter from an agrarian organizer that was published in October 1891 in a Topeka, Kansas newspaper. Emphasis added to excerpts by QI: 1

The truth of Jay Gould’s assertion that he “could buy the vote of a farmer member of the legislature for the price of a bull calf, about seven dollars and a half,” was clearly disproved at Topeka last January, where not a single People’s party member of the Kansas House could be bought at any price.

It is my prayer to God that all farmers and other toilers will now unite in one solid phalanx, so that the other characteristic remark of the same gentleman, that he “could hire one-half the farmers to shoot the other half to death,” shall also show him to have overestimated the power of his money, supplemented though it may be by Satanic cunning,

John Livingston,
President New York State Farmers’ Alliance.
Campville, Tioga Co., N.Y., Oct 21, 1891.

Gould died shortly afterward in 1892. This early instance of the quotation referred to “farmers” instead of the “working class”. The modern version evolved over time.

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/10/29/hire-half/

There is very little that’s humane when it comes to humanity anymore. Or maybe there never really was.

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Just like the lobbyists turn up as politicians and return to the 'private' sector for an advancement in salary. So do the trained warriors start with the 'service' and morph into mercenaries. Better pay. It all comes from the same pot.

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@QMS Heh. The major problem with both you list:

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@divineorder Not the force we want. D. Rummy

Otherwords, We'll sub out the rest.

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@QMS to become lobbyists or the soldiers who become mercs have much of any loyalty to we the people.

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@divineorder of the god almighty dollar. Greed kills.

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Already started. Look at the cops and prisoners in this 'just' nation. Low volume only because the media won't carry it. In peoples minds, loud and clear. Get it already. People are standing up and being shot down. Then more stand up because of the lack of justice. Snowballs. They are having trouble dealing with the grassroots no longer believing the 'official' story. Armed and dangerous.

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@QMS And sure, there are lots of vets recruited in to local forces. And there must be a few of those with lingering issues left over from their service? And SWAT?

But when I wrote that question about when it might begin to happen here, I was thinking more about a possible similar organized group of assassins like the ones covered in the essay, trained by the US military but hired by a foreign nation to snuff out those here in the US that might oppose their interests.

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@divineorder paid killers exist within the military and police departments. The conscripts go after whichever enemy is defined by their paymasters. We could be the enemy in their minds. Rare are the warriors that have a conscience. Killing for pay makes those psychos work.

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@QMS We will just have to agree to disagree on this.

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