Germany and U.S. Worked Together On Taliban Assassinations
August 3, 2010
(ChattahBox) – A new report by RAW has reported that of the documents released by Wikileaks, several point to involvement by the German government in providing names and information for U.S. assassinations of Taliban leaders. This is separate from the usual NATO list, and instead bypasses judiciary measures, hiding all involvement from the German public.
Alright, so I can already hear the comments shouting about how this is a war, and the capturing or killing of Taliban leaders is necessary, and international efforts, and blah, blah, blah. This is an issue that goes more towards the mood of the public, and the secrecy surrounding international efforts despite a forward face of dissent.
RAW quoted Der Spiegel, a German news source, which explained it best:
“Thanks to the WikiLeaks revelations, war-weary Germany now knows that German officials added names to the JPEL [Joint Prioritized Effects List]at least 13 times. On this list, 13 names translate into 13 potential death warrants. The Germans only mark their candidates with a C for “capture,” and not with a K for ‘kill’.
“But in fact, all International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops are authorized to shoot and kill candidates on the JPEL list if, for example, they attempt to avoid capture by fleeing. In other words, although German elite troops do not use the kill option themselves, Germany does provide its tacit approval of the killing of candidates in the zone under its control in northern Afghanistan.”
I short, the JPEL list is not like the NATP run list, which provides target names for capture. It is a specialized list that allows for direct control by the Pentagon.
See the scandal, now?