The Justice League Elite was formed to attempt black ops that would not be acceptable for the JLA to "sully their hands" with.
"The Justice League Elite are a not-exactly-sanctioned, don't-ask-don't-tell, covert operations unit-- newly formed to hunt and eliminate extra-normal threats to the earth before they go public." (JLA Secret Files and Origins 2004)
The team was formed at the end JLA #100 from most of the second incarnation of The Elite (only missing Hat), members of the JLA and a couple of spies/assassins. They operated out of Somerset, New Jersey.
Justice League Elite
The cover to Justice League Elite #1. Art by Doug Mahnke and Tom Nguyen
Coldcast, the only original member of the Elite in the JLE, and inspired by Superman to fight for right after his earlier actions in the Elite.
Menagerie, joined with an alien weapon crèche (formerly bonded to her comatose sister) which drove her insane, now in a metahuman prison facility.
Manitou Raven and his wife Dawn (who later becomes Manitou Dawn after her husband's death), serving as the team's magical expert.
Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), serving as the team's tactical expert and left-winger, commonly coordinating their battles from the base; has a brief affair with Dawn.
Flash (Wally West), working in the Elite after recent events caused him to question the League's policy of only reacting to threats; he was a member of both teams simultaneously, but used a new, dark costume for his time with the Elite.
Major Disaster, a former supervillain who reformed and went on to join the Justice League.
Kasumi, supposedly an assassin who killed two hundred men before she was sixteen, but actually an undercover Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), sent by Batman to monitor the Elite.
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