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Journal twitter's Journal: Big Brother has Secret Killing Program in Iraq. 1

Bob Woodward claims the US has a secret killing program in Iraq.

In "The War Within: Secret White House History 2006-2008," Woodward disclosed the existence of secret operational capabilities developed by the military to locate, target and kill leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgent leaders.

"It is a wonderful example of American ingenuity solving a problem in war, as we often have," Woodward said.

National security adviser Stephen Hadley, in a written statement reacting to Woodward's book, acknowledged the new strategy. Yet he disputed Woodward's conclusion that the "surge" of 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq was not the primary reason for the decline in violent attacks.

The US does have a wonderful system for catching criminals. The general principles are described in the Bill of Rights. Doing things by hearsay puts US agents at risk only to perform an injustice to the Iraqi people.

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  • National security adviser Stephen Hadley, in a written statement reacting to Woodward's book, acknowledged the new strategy. Yet he disputed Woodward's conclusion that the "surge" of 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq was not the primary reason for the decline in violent attacks.

    But, the Sunni Awakening preceded the Surge, and analysis of strategy discussions at that time suggest that the Awakening was the primary reason for the Surge, meaning Hadley's statement is a matter of PR, not of objective analysis. Just because John McCain will no longer admit that the Surge was a response to Iraqis' resistance to terrorism, and that Iraqis brought peace to Iraq and now prefer that we leave, doesn't mean it isn't so.

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