The Obama “Double Tap”

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

In a 2007 report, entitled Underlying Reasons for Success and Failure of Terrorist Attacks (pdf) and prepared for Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate by Homeland Security Institute (and recently scrubbed from their web site, here) notes: “a favorite tactic of Hamas, the “double tap;” a device is set off, and when police and other first responders arrive, a second, larger device is set off to inflict more casualties and spread panic.”

It has been documented that this terrorist tactic has been embraced by President Obama.

Obama has adopted the “double tap” tactic by using second drone attacks to kill the first responders to the first drone attacks. Funerals for the victims of the first drone attack have also been the target of second drone attacks. These second attacks have  caused the deaths of between 282 and 535 civilians, and at least 60 children.

In a comment that could have come out of the Bush/Cheney/Rove administration, a senior American counterterrorism official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said:

Let’s be under no illusions — there are a number of elements who would like nothing more than to malign these efforts and help Al Qaeda succeed.

This Obama administration official has committed the irrelevant conclusion (ignoratio elenchi) fallacy. The conclusion that there are those who would help Al Qaeda is not relevant to the question of accuracy of the documentation.

Obama’s “double tap” policy is nothing short of despicable. Obama has brought dishonor to America and to our founding principles. When America commits the same actions that we condemn when used by terrorists, we become terrorists. The liberals’ silence on this issue is shameful. If George W. Bush had adopted this tactic, the cries of protest would have been deafening.

We wanted change and we got it, from bad to worse.

H/T: Glenn Greenwald, Tom Engelhardt, Scott Shane, Juan Cole, Chris Bertram, Justin ElliottGlenn Greenwald.

145 thoughts on “The Obama “Double Tap””

  1. MIRAMSHAH, July 6: Twenty people were killed and four others injured when missiles fired by US drones slammed into a residential compound in North Waziristan on Friday night, three days after Pakistan reopened Nato supply routes to Afghanistan.

    According to sources, six missiles hit the fortress-like residence of tribesman Muhammad in Zoi Nari locality of tehsil Dattakhel at around 8:45pm.

    Local people rushed to the site of the attack and started rescue work while drones continued to hover over the area. They retrieved 17 bodies and two injured persons from the rubble of the house.

    At about 10:30pm, the drones fired another two missiles on the compound, some 35km from the agency’s headquarters of Miramshah, when tribesmen were still carrying out rescue work. Three people died and two others were injured in the attack.

    Local tribesmen feared the number of the people killed or injured might go up because they had to stop work due to the hovering drones. They said most of the bodies retrieved were mutilated beyond recognition.

    Other sources said most of the dead were militants.

    They suspected that the house, completely destroyed in the attack, was being used by militants.

    It was the first drone attack since the US and Pakistani authorities reached an agreement to reopen Nato supply routes Pakistan had closed after a US air raid on the Salala checkpost in Mohmand tribal Agency along Afghanistan border killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

    The government and opposition parties and tribal people wanted the resumption of Nato supply routes linked to suspension of drone attacks. The parliament had also demanded a halt to the raids. The fresh attacks will certainly provide religious groups and opposition parties ammunition to assail the government for deciding to reopen the routes without obtaining such an assurance from the United States.”

    They will not stop doing this. This is the first double tap since they got their supply route opened up again.

  2. arm,

    Obama doesn’t know what to do. That’s why he’s doing what he does.

    He’s a lot better than you.

  3. If Bush had? LOL!!!! You cant be serious. Look at the issue for what it is…but to compare to Bush AS IF anything Obama WILL EVER DO can F@#$% us as bad as that hillbilly….well….i guess would just be to fool the people again..

  4. anonymously who?

    That view is now maligned by that same Party’s loyalists with precisely the smears that George Bush, Karl Rove and Sarah Palin so infamously perfected. That revealing shift is as vital a component of Obama’s legacy as anything else.”
    Are you saying that Obama is as good at perfecting smears as Bush, Rove, and Palin? Obama needs to go back to school in that regard.

  5. treemonkey 1, June 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    And what is with this: “….deporting undocumented (young) immigrants who arrived in the United”
    treemonkey, maybe you should drink beer with Bron. Why do you want to deport somebody who went to school and has never been in trouble?

  6. And why this president – who was elected on a platform of openness and transparency – is engaged in one of the worst crackdowns of public information that we’ve seen since the McCarthy era.
    Ask General Electric what transparency is. They tried that game and lost. They said they would issue truly transparent financial statements. Do you know how long they kept saying that? Not very long.

  7. shano 1, June 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    After reading ‘Legacy of Ashes’ it is appalling to realize that everything the CIA touches turns to sh*t. Past performances of this organization are true indicators of future performance. Is this a feature or a bug?.
    It’s the future. Do you have a bug-out bag? Might not do any good.

  8. These themes, 1. the wise father and 2. the bodhisattva president are powerful in our society. But these are attributes have no place when evaluating the actions of a president.
    If somebody is standing in the gutter pounding you on the ass with a stick while you’re standing on the sidewalk, how are you going to deal with that? Are you going to get down in the gutter and kick their ass, or not? What happens if they win because you’re too good to get in the gutter? Got a question?

  9. Michael Murry, “The Misfortune Teller,” Copyright © 2009

    I like your poem. I really did pass the Navy SEAL fitness test. Then they looked at my medical records and told me my uncorrected vision wasn’t good enough. Sorry son, no waivers.

  10. Michael Murry,

    Don’t elect Romney. No more vodka for you or anybody else. Unless you’re a Saudi Royal.

  11. FRIDAY, JUN 15, 2012 08:33 AM EDT

    GOP/Dem rhetorical convergence

    A Democratic columnist channels Bush, Rove and Palin to malign Obama’s critics as Terrorist-lovers


    “Scorning critics of the U.S. Government’s militarism as law-obsessed, Enemy-enabling, Terrorist-coddling weaklings was once the defining rhetorical rot of America’s Right. As Lyons’ column reflects, that is precisely what is now routinely spewed by Democratic loyalists at those who criticize Obama’s militarism and civil liberties assaults. The notion that Terrorists should be treated the way accused Nazi war criminals were — with evidence presented of their guilt in a duly constituted tribunal, with oversight, transparency and in accordance with legal process — was once the standard mainstream Democratic view (the imperative of due process for accused Terrorists was once even Obama’s professed view). That view is now maligned by that same Party’s loyalists with precisely the smears that George Bush, Karl Rove and Sarah Palin so infamously perfected. That revealing shift is as vital a component of Obama’s legacy as anything else.”

    “UPDATE: Twenty-six House members — mostly progressives along with a couple of Republicans — have written letter to President Obama objecting to his newly ordered “signature strikes”: targeting people whose names aren’t known based on “patterns of behavior.” The letter notes that the policy “is in stark contrast to what your Administration has previously claimed regarding its drone program”; complains that the drone programs in general is carried out without “transparency, accountability or oversight”; and notes that these attacks “cause civilian deaths” and “generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment.” Isn’t it amazing that so many members of Congress want to give therapy and send flowers to The Terrorists instead?”

  12. And what is with this: “….deporting undocumented (young) immigrants who arrived in the United”

    It fixes NOTHING and is feeds directly into drug trafficing. Hell, perhaps Wachovia Bank needed more drug money to stay afloat, or perhaps B of A or Chase, whatever.

    That is why John Dean is WRONG. I am not interested in casting a vote for the next Criminal in Chief. We have nobody to vote for at present. So do not let anyone tell you, that you have no say since you didn’t vote.

    There isn’t anyone who is not a thug and criminal to vote for right now. I refuse to be a party to further criminal conduct. To muder, to lies, to massive corruption.

  13. I think the drones are being overused but at the same time I am not one of the posters on here that thinks the “shoe bomber” is imaginary.


    Summary: The Listening Post program on Al Jazeera takes an in-depth look at the Obama administration crackdown on intelligence whistleblowers. The first half of the show looks at the six Espionage Act prosecutions of intelligence whistleblowers under Obama –especially the one brought against NSA whistleblower and GAP client Thomas Drake – and the effect it has on American journalism. GAP Executive Director Bea Edwards was also among the interviewed. The second half of the program is showcased by an extensive interview with GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack – also a DOJ whistleblower in the case of “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh.

    Key Quote: I think the media really should dig into what is driving Obama’s war on whistleblowers. Is it that he wants to curry favor with the national security and intelligence establishment, which found him to be weak going into office? I think journalists really need to be asking the government the hard questions of whether the intelligence agencies are driving this or whether people at the Justice Department are driving this? And why this president – who was elected on a platform of openness and transparency – is engaged in one of the worst crackdowns of public information that we’ve seen since the McCarthy era.

  15. Jill,

    “I’ve really been trying to understand what is happening in our society.”

    It’s going to hell in a handbasket!

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