A U.S. License to Kill

The Tenet-Rumsfeld Bushwhackers

Said an FBI official: "We just don't know what this [CIA hegemony] is going to mean." Neither do I. Who's going to tell the citizenry? Not Tenet or Bush. And will Tenet be able to rein in Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who (as the January 8 New York Sun reports) is planning to provide more funds, troops, and equipment to the Pentagon's shadowy Special Operations Forces, letting these commandos "run their own operations," including (as the January 6 Washington Times notes) the authority to "kill or capture terrorists around the world"?

Both the military and the CIA will greatly increase their already unprecedented powers in this borderless war, including at home. The Constitution calls for civilian control of the military, right?

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