NSA Central to U.S. Assassination Program

George Washington's picture

We’ve previously documented that the NSA isn’t just passively spying like a giant peeping tom, but is actively using that information in mischievous ways … such as assassinations.

A lot more information is about to come out on the topic.  AP reports:

Two American journalists known for their investigations of the United States’ government said Saturday they’ve teamed up to report on the National Security Agency’s role in what one called a “U.S. assassination .”




Jeremy Scahill, a contributor to The Nation magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of “Dirty Wars,” said he will be working with Glenn Greenwald, the Rio-based journalist who has written stories about U.S. surveillance based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.


The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the U.S. assassination program,” said Scahill ….




“Dirty Wars” the film, directed by Richard Rowley, traces Scahill’s investigations into the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC. The movie, which won a prize for cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, follows Scahill as he hopscotches around the globe, from Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia, talking to the families of people killed in the U.S. strikes.

JSOC, as well as the CIA,  have been described as “the President’s private army“, which operate at the President’s beck-and-call with no real oversight.

But a fourth agency is also centrally involved in both intelligence-gathering and assassinations:  the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).  NCTC is responsible for generating the “disposition matrix” of who to murder using drones or other means.

As Greenwald noted last year:

The ACLU has long warned that the real purpose of the NCTC … is the   “massive, secretive data collection and mining of trillions of points of data about most people in the United States” …. In particular, the NCTC operates a gigantic data-mining operation, in which all sorts of information about innocent Americans is systematically monitored, stored, and analyzed. This includes “records from law enforcement investigations, health information, employment history, travel and student records” – “literally anything the government collects would be fair game”.  In other words, the NCTC – now vested with the power to determine the proper “disposition” of terrorist suspects – is the same agency that is at the center of the ubiquitous, unaccountable surveillance state aimed at American citizens.


Worse still, as the ACLU’s legislative counsel Chris Calabrese documented back in July in a must-read analysis, Obama officials very recently abolished safeguards on how this information can be used. Whereas the agency, during the Bush years, was barred from storing non-terrorist-related information about innocent Americans for more than 180 days – a limit which “meant that NCTC was dissuaded from collecting large databases filled with information on innocent Americans” – it is now free to do so. Obama officials eliminated this constraint by authorizing the NCTC “to collect and ‘continually assess’ information on innocent Americans for up to five years”.

But don’t worry, the government would never assassinate Americans living on U.S. soil … would it?

And even if it would, it would only consider truly bad guys to be terrorists …  wouldn’t it?

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The Wisp's picture

NoBody Sign their IRS form or pay their Taxes until a Balanced Budget is Signed ?

 that would fix them.. Oh Wait we are all Sheep.. forget it just give them  our money and Keep Wining

SmittyinLA's picture

There's a nano-meter of difference between GW's administration and the Kenyan Communist's administration.

New American Revolution's picture

Let me just say, Bret Breitbart, his coroner, Aaron Swartz, Michael Hastings, & Barney Jack.  Now, what were you saying about not assassinating American citizens?

Mad Muppet's picture

The 'must--read analysis' link was dead...is this what was referred to?


cognus's picture

George, my friend, I have a suggestion:  SELL YOUR MERCEDES

Chupacabra-322's picture

What do you think the Beta testing was with Michael Hastings was about? The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Sydicate is all about one thing, Total Complete Full Spectrum World Domination over man.

The Totalitarian Authoritarian Fascist Fouth Reich Police State is here & upon us.

cognus's picture

^ This

just awaiting an incident....

BeetleBailey's picture

I clicked on the Odouchebag ad on right side for ZH's sake...five times.

Pay up Barry and your band of zombie fuckin douchebags!


Georgie....watch yer back brother....spot on!

The Wisp's picture

In The  70's I had a Best Friend who said he was a Sniper flown in for assassinations. The military tested him said he had no Conscience and trained him special . funny thing was he said a lot of time they don't shoot the main guy, they pop the dog at his feet or shoot the butler handing him his tea,  because they want control .

  then they call him up and say your next if you don't ( xyz ). One nice thing about hearing it from a friend in your Living room is you know it's not BS. He seemed to Like the Flying him  Out Wisking him away part the best. And yes i have about 5 witnesses to the conversation

earnyermoney's picture

Check out the photo to this Stratfor Link: http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/growing-instability-iraqi-kurdistan


Q. Anything look out of place?

A. The white dude in camo talking to langly on his droid phone.

WarPony's picture

Drone? Nah, natural gas leaking led to an explosion.

Drone?  Nah, smoking while reloading ammo led to an explosion.

Drone? Nah, ______________________ led to an explosion.

What difference does it make!? (signed, Killary)

espirit's picture

"Extreme Predjudice" comes with an increasingly higher cost of collateral damage.

Seems to be acceptable practice, no?

papaya's picture

JSOC, as well as the CIA,  have been described as “the President’s private army“, which operate at the President’s beck-and-call with no real oversight.



I've heard some obtuse rantings in my time, but this one is good!

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ papaya,

Absolute Fascism bought to by WWII imported Nazi's & front Companies with Wall Street Criminals bought to via Operation Paper clip through Allen Dulles, Prescott Bush, Union Bank, OSS/CIA etc....

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Sydicate.

Check Jim Marrs & Corsi's new book out on the NYT best seller list.

NWO : The Rise of the Fourth Reich Jim Marrs.


grouchist's picture

What exactly do you find obtuse? I think the snippet you quote as well as the rest of the article is perfectly clear.

A. Buttle's picture

Be safe GW.

The dronetards would love to wipe you off the interwebs.

falak pema's picture

so USA, USA becomes NSA, NSA and...

In God we trust becomes in Guantanamo Bay we trust! 

What next...assassination is housecleaning in God's name? 

What a world where a "tourist" rhymes with "terrorist" and shoot first and ask questions later is the motto. 

monad's picture

Actively using this information, knowing what you know now, who would have known young congressman Wiener liked to surf porn? Who could have set him up with that absurd trap? Against whom should the formerly honorable Mr. Wiener be seeking to avenge himself, proportional to the injuries inflicted upon him? 

The Wisp's picture

Nuke Commander found with a Gambling Problem.. how convenient,

stant's picture

service men playin cards or betting on sports  imagine that

firstdivision's picture

Gotta pave the road to the antichrist somehow, no?

DeadFred's picture

For those who agree with this keep yourselves safe. The writing is already on the wall and .GOV's days are numbered. Remember to look to the hills.

rustymason's picture

It would be interesting to see if they are targeting real Americans, or those who are Americans in name only.

BullyBearish's picture

Which one of these idiots would not want "more power"...the plan has always been to increase the executive

Gen. Keith Alexander's picture

This is for your own good.

stormsailor's picture

we want you to die, mr bond

Charles Wilson's picture

"He kills little girls, too..."

Mototard at Large's picture

Obama actually makes George Bush (jr) look like a guardian of US civil rights!

The world is indeed going crazy.

Widowmaker's picture

What you are seeing is old fashioned Fascism.   

Seek your Kongressional [mis]representative's votes for Patriot Act renewal in 2011.

Throw the Fascists and their synthetic "war or terror" out.   It is that simple.

Let them know you fucking care. 

Ungaro's picture

Well, I care. But even if we throw all the bums out, they'll just be replaced by a new breed of kleptocratic oligarchs in better tailored suits, beholden to the same cabal as the old guard sworn to uphold the constitution.

CH1's picture

Blue, Red, Tweedledee, Tweedledum.... just playing roles in the big charade.

As long as the system can rob and punish everyone with immunity - and as long as everyone obeys it - nothing will really change.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

If citizen vill not co-oper-vate, vee has to assasinate...

Heil Obama!

kurt's picture

I like zee American cigarette.

grunk's picture

We only assassinate because we love.

Uncle Remus's picture

Yes, redefining "tough love".

Burticus's picture

"Act surprised."  Our domesic terrorists are based in BrainWashington and New York City.

Of course, this is nothing new.  Throughout history, political oligarchies have always used standing armies to rob, kidnap & murder their subjects.  Rich and powerful prople have always hired poor people to oppress other poor people.

Winston of Oceania's picture

Yes but poor people like Hitler use charisma rather than cash...

WTFUD's picture

What about some oversight here! Who and who signs the death warrants?
Round up the usual suspects.

Blue Horshoe Loves Annacott Steel's picture

They hacked Hastings' car, made it accelerate out of control, & he crashed.

The Alarmist's picture

Occam's razor ... maybe they just spked his drink or filled him full of LSD.

g speed's picture

the car had a bomb in --courtesy of your secret gov't--who uses terror to protect you from terror---who has trouble seeing something wrong with this picture??

BigJim's picture

It's not terror when we do it. --Prezident Barrack "Bomzaway!" Obama.

Ungaro's picture

Government for the people, by the people. Dr. Kevorkian's people.

You can do a great deal to protect yourself from the NCTC, the NSA and alike. Keep all your private data on an external drive (USB HDD, optical drive, SSD, etc.) and never have it connected while connected to any network. Use an unbreakable, mutating key encryption with a one-time pad like Cryptogra.ph (inexpensive yet powerful) and stay below the radar.

Keep in mind that the term "terrorist" is a subjective label, depends on one's point of view. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. Let's aim our angst against the financial terrorists at the Fed, the TBTF banks and their bought-and-paid-for lackeys in Congress who have done greater damage to our United States than any radical Islamic insurgent ever could.

Azannoth's picture

If you are using a Microsoft or Apple Operating System it matters little anyway.

Encryption is a big red flag, anything encrypted must be important right? Better burry your sensitive data inside a heap of random unrelated data

geekgrrl's picture

"Encryption is a big red flag, anything encrypted must be important right?"

In practice, no. I encrypt everything, not because I'm trying to "hide" from the government or that I'm a "terrorist," but because I fundamentally believe that the NSA has NO FUCKING RIGHT to read what I am writing or reading.

One thing I know is that decryption costs money. It takes energy to run the computers that perform decryption, so if everyone on the planet was using encryption, I think they would run out of energy long before they would be able to decrypt most messages on the net.

That's a hint, BTW.

One World Mafia's picture

Makes me think of Michael Hastings.

BigJim's picture

Final bit of threadjacking for the day:

OT, I know, but how about signing a petition requesting Bart Chilton resign from the CTFC and become a whistleblower with regards to silver manipulation?


Come on Tyler(s), rally the ZH masses!