Hersh says an 'executive assassination ring' in the US military was in direct
contact with the Bush administration's second-in-command.
Hersh, an esteemed investigative reporter, quite unintentionally dropped the
bombshell during a "Great Conversations" event at the University of Minnesota on
Tuesday that centered on Nixon-style abuses of executive power by succeeding US
According to Hersh, former Vice President Dick Cheney condoned and was informed
about the operations carried out by the alleged covert unit, which he dubbed an
"executive assassination ring."
In response to a question by the event's moderator on instances of intelligence
activities in grey areas of the law, like the Watergate scandal -- which
encompass a range of abuses of law including campaign fraud, political espionage
and improper tax audits that eventually led to the resignation of the 37th US
president, Richard Nixon, -- Hersh explained two cases of active operations
throughout the Bush administration.
"After 9/11, [the CIA] was very deeply involved in domestic activities against
people they thought to be enemies of the state; without any legal authority for
it," the legendary reporter replied.
Referring to a New York Times article published on Tuesday that
mentioned the Joint Special Operations Command, Hersh explained that it was yet
another "special wing of our special operations community that is set up
"Congress has no oversight of it "It's an executive assassination ring
essentially, and it's been going on and on and on," Hersh stated.
With an almost unlimited authority under Bush, "they've been going into
countries, not talking to the ambassador or the CIA station chief, and finding
people on a list and executing them and leaving. That's been going on, in the
name of all of us," the Pulitzer Prize winner mused.
In an emailed statement Hersh later said he had not planned to touch on his new
unpublished findings, saying it would take a few years to gather the required
proof and substance.