CQ Politics | SpyTalk – What’s the Big Deal About Hersh’s ‘Assassinations’ Claim?

Ever since the CIA’s counterterrorism chief in 2001 was famously quoted by a CIA agent as saying, “Capture Bin Laden, kill him and bring his head back in a box on dry ice,” no one from President Bush on down has denied that U.S. agencies have full latitude to kill suspected terrorists.

But when famed investigative reporter Seymour Hersh talked a few weeks ago about “targeted assassinations” ordered up by an “executive assassination wing” centered in Cheney’s office and carried out by the Joint Special Operations Command, much of the news media went into a tizzy.