Fifty Years of US Targeted ‘Kill Lists’: From the Phoenix Program to Predator Drones
by DOUG NOBLE
“A broad-gauged program of targeted assassination has now displaced counterinsurgency as the prevailing expression of the American way of war.”
–Andrew Bacevich 
Counterpunch, 19 July 2012
In fact, US assassination and targeted killing, with presidential approval, has been going on covertly for at least half a century. Ironically, all this drone killing now offers us a new opportunity: to pry open the Pandora’s box hiding long-held secrets of covert US assassination and targeted killing, and to expose them to the light of day. What we would find is that the only things new in the latest, more publicized revelations about kill lists and assassinations are the use of drones, the president’s hands-on approach in vetting targets, and the global scope of the drone killing.
Phi Beta Iota: When we went to read the full story, we found an extraordinary number of other stories and even web sites using the term “assassination nation.” This is not a meme the Founding Fathers would be happy about.