David Isenberg: Rise and Fall of Covert Operations

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David Isenberg

The Rise And Rise Of Western Covert Ops

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

Reuters.com, October 18, 2011

WASHINGTON — Four months ago, Admiral William McRaven commanded the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. Now, as the new head of U.S. special forces, he argues that his shadowy, secretive warriors are increasingly central to how America and its allies fight.

When the suntanned, towering SEAL testified to the Congressional House Armed Services Committee in September, just a few weeks after he took over his new role, he used posters detailing the growth of his forces. In the decade since September 11 2001, U.S. Special Operations Command personnel numbers have doubled, its budget tripled and deployments quadrupled.

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Phi Beta Iota:  In a debt-based secrecy-enabled government, there is no scrutiny of such programs, neither in relation to return on investment or in relation to moral engagement.  The US Government lacks intelligence and integrity and is OUT OF CONTROL.