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Report: Admin Crafts "Disposition Matrix" to Continue Extrajudicial Suspected Terrorist Killings

HeadlinesOct 25, 2012

The Obama administration has secretly developed a new long-term mechanism for monitoring, capturing and killing suspected terrorists well into the future. According to the Washington Post, the administration is maintaining what it calls a "disposition matrix" that would help future administrations continue militaristic policies such as the drone warfare and kill lists of President Obama’s first term. The disposition matrix contains detailed information of terror suspects for use in efforts to target them through "extradition requests, capture operations, and drone patrols." As part of the program to launch attacks overseas, the Washington Post also reveals, the United States is using its military facility in Djibouti as the "launching pad" for covert operations across the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. The Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, has also established a secret center for targeting militants across the Potomac River, just 15 minutes from the White House. The report comes just days after it was revealed the CIA is seeking a major expansion of its fleet of armed drones to carry out attacks overseas. In a statement, Hina Shamsi of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project said: "Anyone who thought U.S. targeted killing outside of armed conflict was a narrow, emergency-based exception to the requirement of due process before a death sentence is being proven conclusively wrong. ... A bureaucratized paramilitary killing program that targets people far from any battlefield is not just unlawful, it will create more enemies than it kills."

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