Honduran Coup Regime Mocks UN Security Council with Embassy Attacks

Honduran Coup Regime Mocks UN Security Council with Embassy Attacks

Al Giordano

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September 25, 2009

After today’s emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in New York, US Ambassador Susan Rice emerged to read a warning to the Honduras coup regime:

“We condemn acts of intimidation against the Brazilian embassy and call upon the de facto government of Honduras to cease harassing the Brazilian embassy.”

The wording is unequivocal. After investigating the claims (and the de facto regime’s denials) of constant technological and chemical attacks on the diplomatic seat in Tegucigalpa, and illegal impediment of ingress and egress to and from the embassy, where legitimate President Manuel Zelaya and at least 85 aides, supporters and some members of the news media are sheltered, the UN Security Council has concluded that said harassment i s real and it is ongoing.

If the coup regime believed that its use of chemical and sonic devices would render its attacks less visible, it has already lost that gamble.

Article 31 of The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 is titled “Inviolability of the consular premises,” and states:

“Consular premises shall be inviolable to the extent provided in this article… The authorities of the receiving State shall not enter that part of the consular premises which is used exclusively for the purpose of the work of the consular post except with the consent of the head of the consular post or of his designee or of the head of the diplomatic mission of the sending State… the receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the consular premises against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the consular post or impairment of its dignity… The consular premises, their furnishings, the property of the consular post and its means of transport shall be immune from any form of requisition for purposes of national defence or public utility.”

Article 33 states: “The consular archives and documents shall be inviolable at all times and wherever they may be.”

Article 34, titled “Freedom of movement,” states: “the receiving State shall ensure freedom of movement and travel in its territory to all members of the consular post.”

Article 35, titled “Freedom of communication,” states:

“The receiving State shall permit and protect freedom of communication on the part of the consular post for all official purposes. In communicating with the Government, the diplomatic missions and other consular posts, wherever situated, of the sending State, the consular post may employ all appropriate means, including diplomatic or consular couriers, diplomatic or consular bags and messages in code or cipher… The official correspondence of the consular post shall be inviolable. Official correspondence means all correspondence relating to the consular post and its functions… The consular bag shall be neither opened nor detained.”

In light of those international laws, the device you see in the photograph up top, deployed by Honduran coup regime security forces at the gates of the Brazilian Embassy, offers a smoking gun of proof that the regime is violating the Vienna Convention.

Narco News and its team of technical engineers and counter-surveillance consultants has identified the apparatus as the LRAD-X Remote Long Range Acoustic Device, manufactured by the American Technologies Corporation.

The instrument is an offensive weapon, used on US Navy warships and by other nations, which can emit sounds that, “Through the use of powerful voice commands and deterrent tones, large safety zones can be created while determining the intent and influencing the behavior of an intruder.”

The LRAD-X machine can shoot sounds of up to 151 decibels. According to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders sounds less loud than those it produces can cause Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL): “Sources of noise that can cause NIHL include motorcycles, firecrackers, and small firearms, all emitting sounds from 120 to 150 decibels. Long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the time period before NIHL can occur.”

The front of the device looks like this:

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And this is the back of the device:

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In other words, the LRAD-X is the source of the high-pitched and pain-inducing sounds that have been fired both at those inside the Brazilian Embassy and turned around when anti-coup demonstrators have tried to come close to it. As such, it interferes with the Vienna protected inviolability of the Embassy and its free communications.

Under international law, this violation already serves as sufficient justification for intervention by UN Peacekeeping Forces of the multinational kind that the country of Brazil has led in Haiti.

But that’s not all: Narco News has received the following photos of a C-guard LP Cellular telephone jamming device designed for low power indoor use.  The black out range can be set to cover an area of 5 to 80 meters. The device was found inside the premises of the Brazilian embassy yesterday. Here it is, front:

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And back:

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(On Monday a large multitude of people, including journalists, including some from pro-coup news agencies, were able to enter the Brazilian Embassy to welcome or interview President Zelaya. It is possible that the cell phone jamming device was placed inside the premises then.)

Sold by Netline under the product category of “Counter Terror Electronic Warfare,” the device, the company boasts, “C-Guard LP cellphone jammers block all required cellular network standards simultaneously: GSM, CDMA, TDMA, UMTS (3G), Nextel, 2.4 GHz and more.”

The deployment of a cell phone jamming device is in direct violation of the Vienna Convention articles above protecting the inviolability of embassy and consular communications. What’s more, sources inside the embassy that are in constant direct contact with Narco News testify that prior to locating and removing the device, cell phones of the President, his aides and others in the building were impeded by much interference.

Additionally, around noon today, President Zelaya called a press conference inside the embassy, during which a medical doctor testified that two of the people staying inside the embassy displayed symptoms of bleeding from the nose or the stomach, and that a larger number of them displayed symptoms of nausea, throat and sinus irritation and related problems that can be caused by neuro-toxic gases used in chemical warfare that are also prohibited by international treaties.

Zelaya said, calmly and deliberatively, that upon awaking at 7:30 a.m., he had felt an unfamiliar irritation, “first in the mouth, next in the throat, and later a small pain in the stomach. I drank water and milk. And I came out to find others feeling sick. Since then we’ve been trying to figure out where it is coming from.”

Understanding the dramatic nature of this kind of warfare and its capacity to generate panic, fear and anger, Zelaya urged members of the anti-coup civil resistance, “Please, do not attack the police. Maintain yourselves at a respectable distance. Don’t come near enough to be beaten. Protest your grievances peacefully.”

Displaying the cell phone jamming device, President Zelaya said, “This apparatus is installed to interfere and practically act against all telephones inside the Embassy. We practically have a sonic intervention that could also be affecting the health and nerves of people inside.”

“They have also aimed frequencies of high intensity against the Embassy. This is also to affect our psychological state. Other machines are installed in the neighboring houses, where the owners have been kicked out and the military has occupied them.”

Hortensia “Pichu” Zelaya, also inside the embassy, sent out this photograph, below, taken earlier today of a device, partly covered by a green plastic bag, that security forces erected from one of the neighboring properties in clear view and air stream of the Brazilian embassy. “As soon as we discovered it,” she wrote, “they immediately took it down.”

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Father Andrés Tamayo, also inside the embassy, told reporters at the press conference that he witnessed that device first hand. It is not yet known what exactly it is, or why it was accompanied by a plastic bag, or whether some kind of substance or chemical agent or gas was inside the bag and aimed at the Brazilian embassy.

These evidences and the eye-witness testimonies, including that of the doctor and the priest, demonstrate convincingly that while the Honduran coup regime issues emphatic denials of such attacks on the sovereign embassy of Brazil, it is clearly engaging in them nonetheless. The UN Security Council should not need any high tech apparatus of its own to be able to see and hear what is really going on at ground level, and respond accordingly to the coup regime’s mockery of it.

Update 5:08 p.m. Tegucigalpa (7:08 p.m. ET): The coup regime held a “cadena nacional” (mandatory broadcast on all radio, TV and cable channels) this afternoon to deny having engaged in any chemical warfare and to say it would allow the international Red Cross and Dr. Andres Pavon, a human rights leader, into the embassy to check the health of those inside. A group of doctors, including Pavon, just emerged from the examinations and reported the following:

That the symptoms were definitely caused by some kind of “contaminant.” Upon review of the photos of the unidentified device in the final photograph above, Pavon concludes that it is a humidifier and that the plastic bag contained some kind of liquid to put where water usually goes, and that it was the likely cause of the contamination of the embassy. It was not concluded whether the contaminant weapon was chemical or biological.

The doctors also confirmed, for Radio Globo, that UN officials had entered the Embassy with them to participate in the investigation.

The coup regime has just called a military curfew for most of the country’s population from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight.

5:32 p.m.: We’ve just confirmed independently from a source inside the building that UN officials have entered the Brazilian embassy.

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Blackwater: Enemy in Every House

Blackwater: Enemy in Every House

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Sep, 2009
Sajjad Shaukat

On September 19 this year, police raided the Inter-Risk, a private security company in Islamabad, and arrested its two employees, possessing unlicensed arms and ammunition. Meanwhile, US embassy spokesperson Richard Snelsire confirmed, “The US contract with Inter-Risk is to provide security at the embassy and consulates.”

In the recent past, media have focused on private security firms which American diplomats are using in Pakistan. In this regard, the existence of the US notorious private security firm, Blackwater has been verified in our country with a new name as XeServices.
Last month, at the Super Market in Islamabad the road in front of girls school was sealed off—it was believed that employees of Blackwater entered in the guise of diplomats. And a number of well-furnished houses have been hired, while some US officials revealed that they have expanded the staff of their embassy. Last year, agents of the Blackwater had landed in Peshawar where a firing incident, targeting the officials of the US Consulate, Lynne Tracy and Stephen Deviance occurred.
As regards Blackwater, on August 19, 2009, New York Times reported, “The C I A in 2004 hired contractors from Blackwater as part of a secret program to assassinate top Al Qaeda operatives…Blackwater employees in Iraq were accused of using excessive force on several occasions including shootings in Baghdad in 2007 in which 17 civilians were killed. Iraqi officials have since refused to renew the company license.” The Times also endorsed firm’s secret operations in Afghanistan.
However, Blackwater has rapidly been establishing its network in Pakistan. It has started recruiting Pakistani nationals who are vulnerable and can work on payroll. In this connection, the company has been giving high financial incentives to our people.
Although the US says that it is adding more staff to its embassies and is giving additional humanitarian aid to Islamabad for lessening extremism, yet under this cover, it is likely to set up a number of Guantanamo-style secret prisons all over Pakistan. In this context, by playing a double game, US sent Blackwater which will engage in espionage and other criminal activities such as kidnapping, torture and killing of our citizens.
It is notable that Washington considers stability in Pakistan critical to helping the faltering war effort in neighboring Afghanistan. Despite Pakistan’s successful military operations in Swat, Buner and Dir including the arrest and surrender of the renowned Taliban commanders, breaking their backbone, under the pretext of Al-Qaida fighters, now America wants to destabilise Pakistan which is the lonely Islamic country, having nuclear weapons. For this purpose, Blackwater will be like Gestapo which was responsible for thousands of illegal arrests, executions and torture of anti-Nazis under the ‘Hitlerite Germany.’ Regarding the Gestapo, histroians agree that in Germany every one had been spying over every one.
In this respet, the KGB, the secret agency of the former Russia presents another such example. During one-party Soviet State, the agency played its role in suppressing ideological subversion and eliminating anti-Soviet public figures. The clandestine nework of KGB was working in such a manner that every man was spying over every other man.
Unlike the Gestapo and the KGB, the Blackwater with modern intelligence devices is likely to deploy its legal and illegal espionage residencies in every nook and corner of Pakistan where the spies with the legal residents, working in American embassy and consulates will have diplomatic immunity from prosecution. If caught, they will be returned to their country. The agents with the illegal residents will be Pakistanis unprotected by diplomatic immunity.
In the ongoing era of modern technologies, Blackwater’s personnel are likey to perform more dangerous functions. Besides the targeted executions and abductions of those persons, hostile to American polocies, its activities will entail disinformation, counter-intelligence, intensification of sectarian violence, division among our files and destruction of our websites. Covertly, they will employ all possible means to increase instablity in Pakistan.
Most harmful act of the company will be to gather information about Pakistan’s nuclear assets. For all its sinister designs, Blackwater which has already been in cooperation with the CIA, could be in collusion with the Indian secret agency RAW and Israeli Mossad. In this regard, Pakistan’s civil and military high officials have openly been revealing that RAW and other foreign agencies are involved in supporting militancy in the Frontier Province and separatism in Balochistan.
Incusion of foreign agencies could be judged from the statement of NWFP Governor Awais Ghani who disclosed on June 28 this year that some world powers were trying to divide Pakistan, adding that if he were not a governor, he would have exposed them. In one or the other way, ISPR spokesman, Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas has also expressed similar thoughts during his intermittent press briefings.
Nevertheless, Blackwater’s agents will be present in every building, every market, every company, every NGO, every public place, every computer, and under every tree.
Now the right hour has come that there must be a strong sense of unity among our security agencies and every patriot Pakistani to check the covert operations of Blackwater. We must be more vigilant in this respect because enemy will be in every house.
Sajjad Shaukat writes regularly for Opinion Maker. He writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs. Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations.

Barack Obama: The Empire’s New Clothes

Barack Obama: The Empire’s New Clothes

By Paul Street. Originally published at The Greanville Journal

Carefully engineered myth and reality clash hard in Obama. But both his policies and advisors will soon tell us how much hope for change is justified—if any.

Barack Obama and his followers continue to revise the history of his ascendance, pretending his campaign was rooted among the “outsiders.”

The public line is a fiction, as even the most rudimentary research reveals. In fact, Obama’s own words document his intense courtship of the rich and powerful. Unfortunately, “few if any of” Obama’s staunchest supporters “have bothered to read a single solitary word of Obama’s blatantly imperial, nationalist, and militarist foreign policy speeches and writings,” says the author. “And my sense is they never will.”

“Obama is an act of system-legitimizing brilliance.” “This is bigger than life itself. When I was coming up, I always thought they put in who they wanted to put in. I didn’t think my vote mattered. But I don’t think that anymore.”

The speaker of these words is Deddrick Battle, a black janitor who grew up in St. Louis’s notorious Pruitt-Igoe housing projects during the 1950s and 1960s.

Battle was speaking about the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama. He was quoted on the front page of last Sunday’s New York Times in a story about the pride many African Americans are naturally feeling in Obama’s candidacy. The story contained numerous examples of American blacks who have been encouraged by the Obama phenomenon to think for the first time that “politics is for them, too” [1].

But, as The New York Times’ editors certainly know, “they” still “put in who they want to put in” to no small extent. The predominantly white U.S. business and political establishment still makes sure that nobody who questions dominant domestic and imperial hierarchies and doctrines can make a serious (”viable”) run for higher office – the presidency, above all. It does this by denying adequate campaign funding (absolutely essential to success in an age of super-expensive, media-driven campaigns) and favorable media treatment (without which a successful campaign is unimaginable at the current stage of corporate media consolidation and power) to candidates who step beyond the narrow boundaries of elite opinion. Thanks to these critical electoral filters and to the legally mandated U.S. winner-take-all “two party” system [2], a candidate who even remotely questions corporate and imperial power is not permitted to make a strong bid for the presidency.

Barack Obama is no exception to the rule. Anyone who thinks he could have risen to power without prior and ongoing ruling class approval is living in a dream world.

An Early and ‘Quieter Audition’ with the ‘Moneyed Establishment.’
Conventional wisdom holds that Obama entered national politics with his instantly famous keynote address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. But, as Ken Silverstein noted in Harper’s in the fall of 2006, “If the speech was his debut to the wider American public, he had already undergone an equally successful but much quieter audition with Democratic Party leaders and fund-raisers, without whose support he would surely never have been chosen for such a prominent role at the convention.”

The favorable elite assessment of Obama began in October of 2003. That’s when “Vernon Jordan, the well-known power broker and corporate board-member who chaired Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team after the 1992 election, placed calls to roughly twenty of his friends and invited them to a fund-raiser at his home. That event,” Silverstein noted, “marked his entry into a well-established Washington ritual-the gauntlet of fund-raising parties and meet-and-greets through which potential stars are vetted by fixers, donors, and lobbyists.”

Drawing on his undoubted charm, wit, intelligence, and Harvard credentials, Obama passed this trial with shining colors. At a series of social meetings with assorted big “players” from the financial, legal and lobbyist sectors, Obama impressed key establishment figures like Gregory Craig (a longtime leading attorney and former special counsel to the White House), Mike Williams (the legislative director of the Bond Market Association), Tom Quinn (a partner at the top corporate law firm Venable and a leading Democratic Party “power broker”), and Robert Harmala, another Venable partner and “a big player in Democratic circles.”

Craig liked the fact that Obama was not a racial “polarizer” on the model of past African-American leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Williams was soothed by Obama’s reassurances that he was not “anti-business” and became “convinced…that the two could work together.”

“There’s a reasonableness about him,” Harmala told Silverstein. “I don’t see him as being on the liberal fringe.”

“Elite financial, legal, and lobbyists contributions came into Obama’s coffers at a rapid and accelerating pace.”

By Silverstein’s account, the good “word about Obama spread through Washington’s blue-chip law firms, lobby shops, and political offices, and this accelerated after his win in the March [2004] Democratic primary.” Elite financial, legal, and lobbyists contributions came into Obama’s coffers at a rapid and accelerating pace [3].

The “good news” for Washington and Wall Street insiders was that Obama’s “star quality” would not be directed against the elite segments of the business class. The interesting black legislator from the South Side of Chicago was “someone the rich and powerful could work with.” According to Obama biographer and Chicago Tribunereporter David Mendell, in late 2003 and early 2004:

“Word of Obama’s rising star was now spreading beyond Illinois, especially through influential Washington political circles like blue chip law firms, party insiders, lobbying houses. They were all hearing about this rare, exciting, charismatic, up-and-coming African American who unbelievably could win votes across color lines…..[his handlers and] influential Chicago supporters and fund-raisers all vigorously worked their D.C. contacts to help Obama make the rounds with the Democrats’ set of power brokers. …Obama…spent a couple of days and nights shaking hands making small talk and delivering speeches to liberal groups, national union leaders, lobbyists, fund-raisers and well-heeled money donors. In setting after setting, Obama’s Harvard Law resume and his reasonable tone impressed the elite crowd.”

According to Mendell, Obama now cultivated the support of the privileged few by “advocate[ing] fiscal restraint” and “calling for pay-as-you-go government” and “extol[ing] the merits of free trade and charter schools.” He “moved beyond being an obscure good-government reformer to being a candidate more than palatable to the moneyed and political establishment.” [4].

“Reasonable tone” was code language with a useful translation for Obama’s new business-class backers: “friendly to capitalism and its opulent masters.”

“On condition of anonymity,” Silverstesin reported two years ago, “one Washington lobbyist I spoke with was willing to point out the obvious: that big donors would not be helping out Obama if they didn’t see him as a ‘player.’ The lobbyist added: ‘What’s the dollar value of a starry-eyed idealist?’”

Obama’s ‘Dollar Value’
Since his election to the U.S. Senate and through the presidential campaign, the “deeply conservative” (according to New Yorker writer Larissa MacFarquhar) Obama has done nothing to undermine his “palatability” to concentrated economic and political power. He has made his safety to the power elite evident on matters both domestic and global, from his support for bailing out parasitic Wall Street financial firms with hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars (while claiming to be “a free market guy” and proclaiming “love” for “capitalism”) to his refusal to question the morality of U.S. colonial wars and his strident support for maintaining a globally unmatched “defense” (empire) budget that accounts for nearly half the world’s military spending. As Edward S. Herman and David Peterson note in an important recent article, “in 2007-08, Obama has placated establishment circles on virtually every front imaginable, the candidate of ‘change we can believe in’ has visited interest group after interest group to promise them that they needn’t fear any change in the way they’re familiar with doing business” [5].

It’s all very consistent with Obama’s history stretching back to his days as the Republican-pleasing editor of the Harvard Law Review and his climb up the corporate-friendly politics of Chicago. As Ryan Lizza noted in The New Yorker last July, “Perhaps the greatest misconception about Barack Obama is that he is some sort of anti-establishment revolutionary. Rather, every stage of his political career has been marked by an eagerness to accommodate himself to existing institutions rather than tear them down or replace them” [6].

Obama enjoyed a remarkable windfall of favorable corporate media coverage.”

Obama’s business-friendly centrism helped him garner an astonishing, record-setting stash of corporate cash. He received more than $33 million from “FIRE,” the finance-real-estate and insurance sector. His winnings include $824,202 from the leading global investment firm Goldman Sachs [7]. He has been consistently backed by the biggest and most powerful Wall Street firms.

At the same time and by more than mere coincidence, Obama enjoyed a remarkable windfall of favorable corporate media coverage. That media treatment was the key to Obama’s success in winning support and donations from the middle-class and from non-affluent people like Deddrick Battle.

This does not mean that the Obama phenomenon has raised no concerns among the rich and powerful. As Herman and Peterson note, “Obama’s race, his background, his enthusiastic, and less predictable constituency, and the occasional slivers of populism that creep into his campaign, make the establishment nervous, whereas Hillary Clinton and John McCain clearly posed no such threat.”

Still, the moneyed elite’s most reactionary wing used its formidable media and propaganda system to keep the Obama “movement” safely within conservative boundaries. It employed a series of neo-McCarthyite anti-radical and related racial scare tactics including the Jeremiah Wright Affair and subsequent public relations campaigns surrounding alleged Obama links to “terrorist” charter-school advocate William Ayers and “radical professor” Rashid Khalidi. It has sought to link the openly capitalist Obama to the “anti-American” threat of “socialism,” alleging that that the harbors a nefarious desire to “redistribute” wealth.

‘Holding Domestic Constituencies in Check’
At the same time, many in the establishment sensed (accurately) that Obama is particularly well-suited to the goal of wrapping corporate politics and the related American Empire Project in insurgent garb. Their profit- and empire-based system and “leadership” has been behaving so badly that a major image makeover is required to keep the rabble (the citizenry) in line. Once he was properly “vetted” and found to be “reasonable” – to be someone who would not fundamentally question dominant power structures and doctrines – Obama’s multicultural background, race, youth, charisma, and even his early opposition to the Iraq War became useful to corporate and imperial elites. His outwardly progressive “change” persona is perfectly calibrated to divert, capture, control, and contain coming popular rebellions. He is uniquely qualified to simultaneously surf, de-fang, and “manage” the U.S. and world citizenry’s hopes for radical and democratic transformation in the wake of the Bush-Cheney nightmare. As John Pilger warned last May:

“What is Obama’s attraction to big business? Precisely the same as Robert Kennedy’s [in 1968]. By offering a ‘new,’ young and apparently progressive face of Democratic Party – with the bonus of being a member of the black elite – he can blunt and divert real opposition. That was Colin Powell’s role as Bush’s secretary of state. An Obama victory will bring intense pressure on the US antiwar and social justice movements to accept a Democratic administration for all its faults. If that happens, domestic resistance to rapacious America will fall silent” [8].

“His outwardly progressive ‘change’ persona is perfectly calibrated to divert, capture, control, and contain coming popular rebellions.”

Obama’s race is no small part of what makes him “uniquely qualified” to perform the key tasks of mass pacification for which he has been hired. As Aurora Levins Morales noted in a Z Magazine essay written for left progressives last April:

“We’re far more potent as organizers and catalysts than as voters. Our ability to create a world we can thrive on does not depend on who wins this election, it depends on our ability to dismantle profit-based societies in which greed trumps ethics. This election is about finding a CEO capable of holding domestic constituencies in check as they are further disenfranchised and… [about] mak[ing] them feel that they have a stake in the military aggressiveness that the ruling class believes is necessary. Having a black man and a white woman run helps to obscure the fact that …decline of empire is driving the political elite to the right. Both [Obama and Hillary Clinton] represent very reactionary politics…Part of the cleverness of having such candidates is the fact that they will be attacked in ways that make oppressed people feel compelled to protect them” [9].

Imperial ‘Re-branding’
The logic works at the global as well as the domestic level. A considerable segment of the U.S. foreign policy establishment thinks that Obama’s race, name (technically Islamic), experience living (Muslim Indonesia, as a child) in and visiting (chiefly his father’s homeland Kenya) poor nations and his nominally anti-Iraq War history will help them repackage the U.S. imperial project (replete with more than 730 military bases located in nearly every nation on Earth) in softer and more politically correct cover [10]. John Kerry, who ran for the presidency four years earlier largely on the claim that he would be a more effective manager of empire (and the Iraq War) than George W. Bush [11], was certainly thinking of these critical imperial “soft power” assets when he praised Obama as someone who could “reinvent America’s image abroad” [11A]. So was Obama himself when he said the following to reporters aboard his campaign plane in the fall of 2007:

“If I am the face of American foreign policy and American power, as long as we are making prudent strategic decisions, handling emergencies, crises, and opportunities in the world in an intelligent and sober way….I think that if you can tell people, ‘We have a president in the White House who still has a grandmother living in a hut on the shores of Lake Victoria and has a sister who’s half-Indonesian, married to a Chinese-Canadian,’ then they’re going to think that he may have a better sense of what’s going on in our lives and country. And they’d be right” [12].

What Obama didn’t tell reporters was that his idea of “prudent” and “intelligent” foreign policy is strongly committed to U.S. global hyper-militarism and world supremacy, including unilateral action whenever “we” deem it necessary to “protect the American people and their vital interests” [13].

Obama’s distinctive biography is one of his great attractions to the mostly white U.S. foreign policy elite in a majority non-white world that has been deeply provoked and disgusted by U.S. behavior in the post-9/11 era (and truthfully before). He is a perfect symbol of deceptive imperial “re-branding.” According to the power-worshipping and unconsciously imperialist New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof three weeks ago, the election of a black president “could change global perceptions of the United States, redefining the American ‘brand’ to be less about Guantanamo and more about equality” [14]. Never mind that the U.S. remains the most unequal and wealth-top-heavy country in the industrialized world by far, strongly dedicated to maintaining steep socioeconomic and disparity within and between nations and scarred by a domestic racial wealth gap of seven black cents on the white dollar.

Call it “the identity politics of foreign policy.” The Empire wants new clothes and Obama is just the man to wear them.

“If there’s anyone out there who still questions the power of our democracy…”
The first public words out of Obama’s mouth on the evening of his election were richly consistent with his assignment of restoring legitimacy to the American System. “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible…..who still questions the power of our democracy,” Obama intoned, “tonight is your answer” [15].

Our supposed “left” President-Elect’s first statement was NOT a call for peace, justice, and equality. It wasn’t a call for America to confront the inseparably linked problems (what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the “triple evils that are interrelated”) of economic exploitation, racism (deeply understood), and militarism-imperialism.

No, it was a Reagan-like declaration bolstering the American plutocracy’s ridiculous claim that the U.S. – the industrialized world’s most unequal and wealth-top-heavy society by far – is home to a great democracy and limitless opportunity for all.

And what’s with the word “still” (used twice) in Obama’s assertion? It’s not exactly like the case for the U.S. being a great popular democracy has been made with special, self-evident strength in recent times! The last three-and-a-half decades have brought the deepening top-down infliction of a sharply regressive corporate-neoliberal policies that are widely (but irrelevantly) repudiated by the majority of U.S. citizens [16].

In this century we’ve witnessed the execution of a monumentally criminal petro-imperialist Iraq Invasion sold to the U.S. populace by a spectacular state-media propaganda campaign (including preposterous claims of noble democratic intent Obama has embraced) that mocked and subverted the nation’s democratic ideals. Dominant U.S. media’s role in the invasion of Iraq marks perhaps the all-time low point of the “free press” in the U.S. [17]. The “democracy disconnect” – the gap (chasm really) between majority public opinion (which supports things like national universal health care, significant reductions in military expenditure and imperial commitment, massive public works, reduced corporate power, etc.) and “public” policy – is a widely acknowledged problem in American political life [18]. The specter of homeland totalitarianism – please see Sheldon Wolin’s recent book Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism (Princeton, NJ, 2008) – has never loomed larger than in the opening decade of the 21st century. “If there is anyone out there who still questions the power of our democracy”? Hello? How about: “Is there anybody who seriously thinks we really have a functioning democracy in the U.S.?”

Elections as Change
“In all of the post-election noise,” a student recently wrote me, “I think one thing Obama said in his acceptance speech was completely right on: the election itself is not the ‘change’ but simply the chance to make the changes we have to make. I know, I know, Obama was the ruling class candidate, but you have to admit that this represents at least symbolically a very good (first) step.”

In the fifth paragraph of his acceptance oration, however, the President-Elect said that “because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.” That line (anyway) makes the election itself change. Later in the speech Obama said that his election “proved that…a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from this Earth” [19]. That was very premature. Whether or not that judgment proves accurate remains to be seen and the answer is up to citizens, not politicians. I’m no where near ready to put Wolin’s book in the basement because of the neoliberal “conciliator” [20] Barack Obama’s election.

I’ve never said Obama was THE ruling class candidate, just A ruling class candidate. And for what it’s worth, I agree with Herman and Peterson that the Obama phenomenon (not so much Obama but the expectations surrounding him) causes some anxiety in establishment circles [21] – as well it should.

‘Carefully Crafting the Obama Brand’
“Our campaign,” Obama announced last Tuesday night, “was not hatched in the halls of Washington” [22]. Yes it was. “One evening in February 2005, in a four-hour meeting stoked by pepperoni pizza and great ambition,” the Chicago Tribune reported last year, “Senator Barack Obama and his senior advisors crafted a strategy to fit the Obama ‘brand.’” The meeting took place just weeks after Obama had been sworn into the upper representative chamber of the United States government. According to the Tribune’s Washington Bureau reporters Mike Dorning and Christi Parsons, in an article titled “Carefully Crafting the Obama Brand”:

“The charismatic celebrity-politician had rocketed from the Illinois state legislature to the U.S. Senate, stirring national interest. The challenge was to maintain altitude despite the limited tools available to a freshman senator whose party was in a minority.”

“Yet even in those early days, Obama and his advisors were thinking ahead. Some called it the ‘2010-2012-2016′ plan: a potential bid for governor or re-election to the Senate in 2010, followed by a bid for the White House as soon as 2012, not 2016. The way to get there, they decided, was by carefully building a record that matched the brand identity: Obama as a unifier and consensus builder, and almost postpolitical leader.”

“The staffers in that after-hours session, convened by Obama’s Senate staff and including Chicago political advisor David Axlerod, planned a low-profile strategy that would emphasize workhorse results over headlines. Obama would invest in the long-term profile by not seeming too eager for the bright lights” [23].

This Tribune story suggests a degree of cynicism, manipulation, and ambition that does not fit very well with the progressive and hopeful likeness that the Obama campaign projected. The politician being sold would make sure to seem non-ambitious and humble. But, by Dorning and Parsons’ account, Obama and his team were actually and quite eagerly all about “the bright lights” and “the headlines” in a “long-term” sense. They were already scheming for the presidency less than a month into his Senate seat.

“For Obama and his team the Senate was largely a marketing platform for the Next Big Thing.”

The image of Obama as a humble and hardworking rookie who got along with his colleagues across partisan lines was part of their marketing strategy on the path to higher – the highest – office. Obama may have just become only the third black to sit in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction, but for Obama and his team the Senate was largely a marketing platform for the Next Big Thing – a place to build his image as a “unifier” and “consensus builder.” The term “Obama brand” suggested the commodified nature of a political culture that tends to reduce elections to corporate-”crafted” marketing contests revolving around candidate images packaged and sold by corporate consultants and public relations experts.

The fact that presidential opportunity knocked four years before 2012 does not alter the basic point. Other “halls” of wealth and power also “hatched” Obama: LaSalle Street (Chicago’s financial district), Wall Street (Goldman Sachs alone gave Obama nearly $900,000 for the 2007-08 campaign), and the monopoly media [24].

Power Elite Cabinet Appointments
Those remaining bizarre individuals on the lunatic fringe who “still question the power of our democracy” are going to be entertained and/or nauseated by “Obama Inc.’s” cabinet appointments. As the balmy populist warmth of Election Day (75 degrees and blue skies as I knocked doors in rural Iowa) gives way to the big chill (it was freezing in Iowa City by Friday) of corporate-imperial governance, Obama has already named the brass-knuckled power-elite enforcer Rahm Emmanuel as his chief of staff. This is a slap in the face to leftish progressives who think the next president is one of them.

Emmanuel is a former leading member of the corporate-neoliberal Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Formed by business-oriented elites to increase the Democratic Party’s distance from labor, environmentalism, blacks, and Civil Rights, the DLC’s mission was to steer the party closer to the corporate, imperial, southern, suburban, and racially accomodationist center. It’s goal was to advance post-partisan convergence between Democratic and Republican agendas and to impose economically and racially regressive polices underneath the cloak of “progressive” strategy and “pragmatic” “realism.”

Emmanuel was a leading Clinton administration agent of the corporate-globalizationist investors-rights bill called the “North American Free Trade Agreement.” He is a leading liaison between corporate funding sources and the Democratic Party.

The son a wealthy Israeli doctor, he is a fierce defender of Israel’s apartheid regime and its illegal occupation of Palestine.

He played a critical role in favoring conservative and pro-war Democrats over progressive antiwar Democrats during the 2006 congressional primaries.

The rest of Obama’s cabinet appointments should follow in much the same vein. Expect Republican imperialist Robert Gates (who advocated the straight-up U.S. bombing of Nicaragua in the name of the Monroe Doctrine during the early 1980s) to stay on as “Defense” Secretary for at least a year. In the campaign home stretch, Obama bought into the noxious notion that the Bush-Patraeus-Gates “Surge” is “working” (”beyond our wildest dreams” he told FOX News thug Bill O’Reilly) in Iraq

We will certainly get somebody from the neoliberal Wall-Street-Goldman Sachs-Harvard-University of Chicago-Hamilton Group crowd in Treasury – a seasoned state-capitalist apparatchik who understands the need to bail out the wealthy Few, not ordinary homeowners and workers. Top Obama economic adviser Lawrence Summers could well be brought in, despite (a) his scandalous claim that females are genetically unfit for science; (b) his claim (as World Bank economist) that Africa was under-polluted since people don’t live very long there anyway; and (c) his critical role (along with Robert Rubin, another possibility at Treasury) in advancing the financial deregulation that helped create the recent meltdown of U.S. and global financial markets.

Look for a foreign policy post of some sort to go to Richard Holbrooke, a major Iraq War Hawk, largely indistinguishable from Paul Wolfowitz on Iraq and the broader Middle East. Holbrooke’s resume includes authorizing (during his time as a State Department functionary in the Carter administration) the continued sale of arms to Indonesia while its military conducted a genocidal invasion of East Timor during the middle and late 1970s.

I could go on.

‘I Can’t Read That’
Are progressive people I used to like and take seriously really going to let themselves be turned into hopeless reactionaries and/or fools by the Obama phenomenon?

The progressive filmmaker Michael Moore says this on his Web site: “Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war” [25]. Obama is an “anti-war candidate?” Yes, and Love is Hate. I tried to write Moore to suggest that he read my book’s fourth chapter (titled “How ‘Antiwar’? Obama, Iraq, and the Audacity of Empire”), but his mailbox was full.

A left labor historian I’ve worked with has admonished me for criticizing Obama, who (the historian hopes) will bring the Employee Free Choice Act (re-legalizing and expanding unions). Well, the EFCA is in Obama’s policy book and I’m going to work for it but mark my words: it’ll have to be fought for tooth-and-nail against the likes of Emanuel, Summers, and Obama’s own “deeply conservative” [26] instincts. (This morning on ABC, the neoconservative commentator and Obama fan George Will said that president Obama might well be pleased to see the EFCA fail since it could end up being for the new administration what “gays in the military” was for Bill Clinton).

An old friend used to be a very smart Marxist and was an early member of SDS – a real New Leftist. She refused to be given – yes, refused to be given – a copy of my very careful and respectful book on the Obama phenomenon. “I can’t read that,” she said. Some of the names on the back of the book (Adolph Reed Jr., Noam Chomsky, and John Pilger) are former icons of hers (she introduced me to the writings of Adolph Reed, Jr in the mid-1990s.) but now she’s in love with Obama. “It’s the best thing that could happen,” she says about his election. She’s repudiated her radical past and agrees with centrist American Enterprise Institute (AEI) “scholar” Norman Ornstein’s recent ravings on how “the left” must not press Obama for very much right now (Ornstein’s AEI-funded admonitions have recently been broadcast again and again across America’s wonderful “public” broadcasting stations (”N’PR and “P”BS) because of, you know, “the economy” and all.

Paul Krugman in the New York Times (a left-liberal Obama critic during the primary campaign) says there’s “something wrong with you” if you weren’t “teary-eyed” about Obama’s election [27]. Yes, numerous other radicals and I need to be put under psychiatric care because we didn’t cry over the militantly bourgeois and openly imperialist Obama’s presidential selection.

We have the increasingly unglued white anti-racist Tim Wise screaming “Screw You” to Obama’s harshest radical critics [28] – this after recklessly charging racism against working-class whites [29] Wise 2008b) and Hillary Clinton supporters [30] who had any issues with (the racially conciliatory) Obama.

Half-progressive liberals I know in Iowa City (white-academic-Obamaist ground zero) ask my opinion of the election. I express the slightest hint of substantive, evidence-based left critique/concern and they turn away.

The local bookstore, run by progressives (left-liberal Edwards supporters during the Iowa Caucus), is wiling to sell my book but “too scared” to have an author event.

Few if any of these people have bothered to read a single solitary word of Obama’s blatantly imperial, nationalist, and militarist foreign policy speeches and writings. And my sense is they never will. They do not care about such primary sources in the ongoing history of the Obama phenomenon. For the last two years talking to many liberals and avowed “progressives” I know about Obama – who I picked to be the next president in the fall of 2006 (I thought he was too simultaneously irresistible to both the power elite and the liberal base not to prevail) – has been like talking to Republicans about George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and 2004: no room for messy and inconvenient facts.

I am hearing people of color identify with the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq in ways that would be unimaginable without Obama. This may be the worst thing of all.

Obama is an act of system-legitimizing brilliance – a tour de force for the ruling class. He has been chosen to wear the Empire’s new clothes. He is the “managed democracy’s” fake-progressive public relations makeover at home and abroad.

Meanwhile the real heartland white fascists – the ones Wise doesn’t make up – are buying up assault weapons at a record pace.

Such is the dark authoritarian reality of U.S. political culture lurking behind the pride and excitement felt by Deddrick Battle and many other poor and black voters who have been inspired by the Obama phenomenon to think that “politics is for them too.” President Obama can be counted on to use their new faith in reactionary and imperial ways reflecting hidden allegiance to the timeworn elite principle that really big matters of politics and policy are for the rich and powerful – not ordinary citizens. At the end of the day Obama’s job is to keep the restless poor, working class, and global Many safely pacified while serving the needs of the wealthy and imperial Few. It’s a deadly juggling act that could have terrible consequences. How long he can maintain the illusion of serving the interests of the people and the elite at one and the same time is an open question.

The sooner seriously left agitators and activists can expose the corporate-imperial truth behind the progressive Obama façade to disenfranchised people at home and abroad, the quicker we can get to real social and democratic change beyond the ruling class’s latest quadrennial candidate-centered electoral extravaganza. Paul Street’s books include Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis (New York, 2007), and most recently Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, September 2008).

Paul can be reached at paulstreet99@yahoo.com.

NOTES

1. Susan Saulny, “Obama-Inspired Black Voters Find Politics is For Them Too,” New York Times, November 2, 2008, sec.1, p. 1.

2. In deciding against “fusion” electoral options (which would allow a voter to select Obama [or McCain] in the name of the Green Party or any other non-mainstream party), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the nation has an interest in restricting the number of viable political parties to just two.

3. Ken Silverstein, “Barack Obama, Inc.: The Birth of a Washington Machine,” Harper’s (November 2006).

4. David Mendell, Obama: From Promise to Power (New York: HarperCollins, 2007), pp. 248-49.

5. Edward S Herman and David Peterson, “Jeremiah Wright in the Propaganda System,” Monthly Review, September 2008, pp. 3-4; Paul Street, Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2008). For Obama as “deeply conservative,” see Larissa MacFarquhar, “The Conciliator: Where is Barack Obama Coming From?” The New Yorker (May 7, 2007). According to MacFarquhar, “In his view of history, in his respect for tradition, in his skepticism that the world can be changed any way but very, very slowly, Obama is deeply conservative.”

6. Ryan Lizza, “Making It: How Chicago Shaped Obama,” The New Yorker, (July 21, 2008).

7. Center for Responsive Politics, “Open Secrets,” Barack Obama’s Campaign Finance Profile, read at www.opensecetrs.org (accessed on November 2, 2008).

8. John Pilger, “After Bobby Kennedy There Was Barack Obama,” Common Dreams, May 31, 2008, read at www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/05/31/9327/.

9. Aurora Levins Morales, “Thinking Outside the Ballot Box,” Z Magazine (April 2008).

10. James Traub, “Is (His) Biography (Our) Destiny?” New York Times Magazine (November 4, 2007). See also Liza Mundy, “A Series of Fortunate Events: Barack Obama Needed More Than Talent and Ambition to Rocket From Obscure State Senator to Presidential Contender in Three Years,” Washington Post Magazine (August 12, 2007).

11. See Paul Street, “Bush, Kerry, and ‘Body Language’ v. ‘Message’: Notes on Race, Gender, Empire and Mass Infantilization,” ZNet Magazine (October 12, 2004).

11A. John F. Kerry, “Truly Transformative,” Newsweek (April 28, 2008): 34.

12. Quoted in Traub, “Is (His) Biography (Our) Destiny?”

13. For truly ugly details, please see the fourth chapter – titled “How ‘Antiwar?’ Obama, Iraq, and the Audacity of Empire” – in my book Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics.

14. Nicholas Kristof, “Rebranding the U.S. With Obama,” The New York Times, October 23, 2008, p. A27.

15. Barack Obama, “Remarks on Election Night,” Chicago, IL (November 4, 2008), read at http://www.barackobama.com/2008/11/04/remarks_of_presidentelect_bara.php

16. For one among many sources, see see Jeff Faux, The Global Class War: How America’s Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future and What It Will Take to Win it Back (New York: Wiley, 2006).

17. For some important recent reflections, see John Bellamy Foster, Hannah Holleman, and Robert W. McChesney, “The Military/Industrial/Media Triangle,” Monthly Review (October 2008), pp. 15-16.

18. For sources and details, see Paul Street, “Americans’ Progressive Opinions vs. ‘The Shadow Cast on Society by Big Business,’” ZNet Sustainer Commentary (May 15, 2008), read at http://www.zmag.org/zspace/commentaries/3491.

19. Obama, “Remarks on Election Night.”

20. MacFarquhar, “The Conciliator.”

21. Herman and Peterson, “Jeremiah Wright.”

22. Obama, “Remarks.”

23. Mike Dorning and Christi Parsons, “Carefully Crafting the Obama Brand,” Chicago Tribune, 12 June, 2007, sec.1. p.1.

24. Ken Silverstein, “Obama, Inc.: The Birth of a Washington Machine,” Harper’s (November 2006); Center for Responsive Politics 2008, Mendell, Obama: From Promise to Power; Paul Street, Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, September 2008), pp. xvii-72.

25. Michael Moore, “Pinch Me,” ZNet (November 5, 2008), read at http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/19359. And what’s with this “time of war” crap? Is Moore dodging IEDs and mortar shells on his way to and from his filming locations or home? Are they imposing nighttime blackouts and rationing scarce war materials in Moore’s hometown of Flint or anywhere else in the U.S.?

The American Empire has undertaken two vicious and one-sided petro-colonial occupations in oil- and gas-rich Southwest Asia. It is not imposing anything like wartime rigors on the imperial homeland.

26. MacFarquhar, “The Conciliator.”

27. Paul Krugman, “The Obama Agenda,” New York Times, November 7, 2008.

28. Tim Wise, “Good and Now Back to Work,” ZNet (November 6, 2008), read at http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/19398

29. Tim Wise “This is How Fascism Comes,” Red Room (October 11, 2008), read at http://www.redroom.com/blog/tim-wise/this-how-fascism-comes-reflections-cost-silence.

30. Tim Wise, “Your Whiteness is Showing,” LIP Magazine (June 5, 2008), read at http://www.lipmagazine.org/~timwise/WhitenessShowing.html

Talking Revolution

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Talking Revolution

By Timothy V. Gatto

All day long I’ve been seething. I finally calmed down enough to sit down and through writing about how I feel, sort of work things out. Because this is a very personal set of feelings I’m working through and writing about, what I have to say really needs to be said and more importantly thought about, especially if this material is new to you.

The reason why I wrote a book was to reach an audience that hadn’t heard what I have to say, not to make a buck. I’m not the smartest guy in the world but I’m not the dumbest either. It took a long time to arrive at where I am now in my political thinking. Most people that are familiar with my writing know that at one time I was very naive. I sometimes wish I were still, life was easier. I know just about all it is possible to know without actually being in the political system and privy to what is said in backrooms and in whispers. I am aware of what my nation is doing and I am ashamed.

I never believed in Barack Obama nor did I believe in Hillary Clinton. Still, like many other Americans I felt that a change from the radical right to something more centrist would be good for this country. I still had very deep reservations about Barack Obama. I followed his campaign and I saw where his financing was coming from. I was convinced that he hadn’t been chosen by the Democrats; instead he had been anointed by corporate America. I now believe it to be true and I am unshakeable in this opinion. It has been ten months since the Democrats have had control over both houses of Congress and the executive branch and still we seem to be to be on the same course as we were under Bush and Cheney.

Let me state some irrefutable facts that every American should know;

1.      The United States spends 48% of the entire world budget for the military. $515.4 billion dollars for the basic budget alone. That does not include appropriations for Afghanistan and Iraq. We have 800 bases in 130 different nations. We have revived the 4th Fleet that is responsible for operating in Latin America. We are building 5 new bases in Columbia to whom we have given 5 billion dollars to over the past three years. Uribe, the leader of Columbia has supported murder and violence against trade unions and those that disagree with his rule. Columbia still remains the largest exporter of cocaine to the United States. Afghanistan produces 90% of the opium in the entire world.

2.      The goal of “fighting terrorism” is but a guise to cover the real objectives of the United States. According to Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times in the article U.S. Arc of Instability JustKeepsGettingBigger.

“Most of all, the underlying logic remains divide and rule. As for the divide, Beijing would call it, without a trace of irony, “splittist”. Split up Iraq – blocking China’s access to Iraqi oil. Split up Pakistan – with an independent Balochistan preventing China from accessing the strategic port of Gwadar there. Split up Afghanistan – with an independent Pashtunistan allowing the building of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline bypassing Russia. Split up Iran – by financing subversion in Khuzestan and Sistan-Balochistan. And why not split up Bolivia (as was attempted last year) to the benefit of US energy giants. Call it the (splitting) Kosovo model. Kosovo, incidentally, is known as the Colombia of the Balkans.” What Washington calls the “Western hemisphere” is a sub-section of the New Great Game. The linkage between the recent military coup in Honduras, the return of the living dead – that is, the resurrection of the US Navy’s Fourth Fleet in July 2008 – and now the turbo-charging of seven US military bases in Colombia is not to be blamed merely on continuity from president George W Bush to Obama. Not really. This is all about the internal logic of Full Spectrum Dominance.

“Full Spectrum Dominance” is the real motivation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Columbia.

3.      According to Paul Craig Roberts in an article entitled “The Economy is a Lie Too” (Sept 23, 2009) he states; The spin that masquerades as news is becoming more delusional. Consumer spending is 70% of the US economy. It is the driving force, and it has been shut down. Except for the super rich, there has been no growth in consumer incomes in the 21st century. Statistician John Williams of shadowstats.com reports that real household income has never recovered its pre-2001 peak.

4.      Obama supporting the renewal of The Patriot Act and the practice of “Preventive Detention”. The Patriot Act which is the draconian measure that basically tries to legitimatize “the security state (fascism)” allows for warrant less searches of citizen’s homes without their knowledge before or after the searches. While this was brought into the act on the premise of stopping terrorism, the use of these searches has primarily been against suspected drug dealers. Preventive detention basically does away with the writ of habeas corpus; no right to a lawyer, no disclosure of the crimes against the detained, no trial and no peer jury. This is America?

5.      Propping up Wall Street at the expense of Main Street. The President declares that we are seeing a rebound in the economy when in reality unemployment and homelessness are still rising. There are one million homeless children in America and over 47 million unemployed. The only indicator that has risen is the stock market where wild speculation is still taking place. Corporations and banks have been the recipient of the lion’s share of bailout funds, not the individual citizen. Job outsourcing to other nations in order to increase the bottom line of corporations has crippled the manufacturing base of the United States. We are at a point where we produce very little. Production has been the means in which to gauge the economy and has been tied to rising or falling salaries. Now we are in a service economy dependant on retail sales for 70% of our GDP. In this climate, how is America affecting a financial rebound? Improbable to say the least.

These are but a few of the reasons why all Americans need to get involved. The practice of listening to the guidance of our political leaders should be terminated. There are only a handful of people in government that are not on the take. The pharmaceutical industry according to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has over 1100 lobbyists in Washington, two for every Senator and Representative. The money that flows to politicians from corporate coffers is measured in the billions. The Congressional Branch has been bought and paid for. I believe it is now impossible to enact campaign finance reform. The Supreme Court is considering overturning the Austin Decision which puts a cap on corporate campaign contributions. If this happens, corporations will have no prohibition against legally installing their own people in State and Federal government.

One telling example of Obama’s loyalty to corporate America was his decision to prevent re-importation of drugs into the United States and to ban government agencies from negotiating lower drug prices. This in effect gave big pharma free reign to rape the consumer. He claimed that we saved “billions” in the compromise which in reality turned out to be a 2% decrease in future pricing.

The expansion of NATO operations on all continents except Latin America and the ensuing encirclement of the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia), China and Iran all point towards a quest for international hegemony by the U.S. The result of which will not significantly change the situation of American citizens. Far from it, the resulting wars without end will, in my opinion, bleed this nation dry of resources and capital. The only entities that will profit from continued conflict will be those that make up the military industrial complex, the defense industries and related corporations. One must consider that the continuing outsourcing of manufacturing to other nations have created corporate entities that are multi-national or “supra-national” corporations with no allegiance to any one country. Some of these corporations such as Exxon/Mobil have assets that are larger than most nations on the planet.

What I see for the future of the United States does not bring me any peace. The real problems in the world such as dwindling resources and climate change beg attention. There is no real way to affect change when military budgets and foreign military adventures use up the lion’s share of our budget. What possible good will come of a world ruled by the United States of America when this world is facing world-wide starvation, desertification, anarchy and extreme poverty while a good percentage of planet Earth’s citizens become refugees looking for arable land in order to feed themselves? Civilization itself is facing collapse while the nations of the Earth fight wars over resources and political disagreements.

Capitalism has long outlived its usefulness. Just to prove a point, the Rothschild family is estimated to have 100 Trillion dollars in assets, the Rockefellers’ of the United States 11 Trillion dollars. These are unsubstantiated numbers and come from Pravda (Retired management consultant Gaylon Ross S., author of Who’s Who of the Global Elite, has been tipped from a private source that the combined wealth of the Rockefeller family in 1998 was approx (US) $11 trillion and the Rothschild’s (U.S.) $100 trillion. However something of an insider’s knowledge of the hidden wealth of the elite is contained in the article, “Will the Dollar and America Fall Down on August 19?..” on page 1 of the 12th July 2001 issue of Russian newspaper Pravda.).

The question Americans must ask themselves is what do they want from the future? Are American ideals that were enshrined in The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution really important? Do the tenants of the Magna Charta really matter? Can people ever be truly free under any government? Who will benefit from the incessant wars fought for undetermined principles? Can capitalism ever be refined to the point where all people have the same chance to succeed? Will it ever be possible for the people of the United States to again be in control of the Federal Government as if we ever had control?

I believe that it is now impossible to affect change from inside the system. The government has ceased to be by the people and for the people. This is not a question of right or left, it is a question of what is good for the majority. Change must be affected from outside the government in the form of civil disobedience, boycotts and demonstrations. The most important task in front of us is educating our fellow citizens to the grave dangers we face by maintaining the status quo. Eventually war with Russia and China will be inevitable. War with Iran is just around the corner. Our freedoms are being usurped by both political parties in power. The government has no real regard for the good of the citizenry. Our system is corrupted by corporate greed and most wealth is in the hands of 1% of the population.

Is Revolution the answer? If we take Revolution out of the equation what are the alternatives? Will enough of us see the coming dangers so as to change the future? Do we have any choice than but to “go along to get along” because too few of us are capable of critical thinking? As George Carlin once said, “There is a club that rules this country…and you ain’t in it”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that most of us cannot possibly continue to live at the levels we are accustomed to as long as the lion’s share of our nation’s wealth is being used to fund our military and our wars for “full spectrum dominance”. In the short run military expenditures will keep our economy from going bust, but in the long run these military expenditures will bankrupt us. Nobody in the government today is going to change things, change must come from the people, if not revolution, then what?

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Abuse of Psycho-physical Weapons

The weapons of mind control .. Call Swetlana Schunin.Allemagne (English)

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_ The “torture house” and mind control _ Testimony and Appeal Swetlana Schunin. Allemagne _ Germany _

Swetlana Schunin, Hegaustr.24, 76297 Stutensee, Tel.: 0721 / 5043925 , s-schunin@t-online.de , Swetlana Schunin, Hegaustr.24, 76297 Stutensee, Tel.: 0721 / 5043925, s-schunin@t-online.de,

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My name is Swetlana Schunin and I am a German citizen as well as co-organizer and President of the Association Against the Abuse of Psycho-physical Weapons. My name is Swetlana Schunin and I am a German citizen as well as co-organizer and President of the Association Against the Abuse of Psycho-physical Weapons. In 1993 we came over to Germany from Russia in order to lead a normal way of life. In 1993 we came over to Germany from Russia in order to lead a normal way of life. Being a teacher, I have worked my whole life teaching children. Being a teacher, I have worked my whole life teaching children. Since however, living in Germany, we have been constantly terrorised and tormented by some unknown criminals. Since however, living in Germany, we have been terrorised and Constantly tormented by some unknown criminals. They have tried to murder us and our children several times by causing car accidents and by creating other dangerous situations. They have tried to murder us and our children several times by causing car accidents and by creating other dangerous situations. I myself, have even survived an attempt of murder and a raid in our apartment. I myself, have even survived an attempt of murder and a raid in our apartment.

In 2006 the European victims of electronic terror, decided to found the “Association Against the Abuse of Psycho-physical Weapons”. In 2006 the European victims of electronic terror, Decided to found the “Association Against the Abuse of Psycho-physical Weapons”. The problem we are concerned with here, deals with the covert crimes committed against innocent people in Germany, in Europe, and in many other countries of the world. The problem we are concerned with here, deals with the covert crimes committed against innocent people in Germany, in Europe, and in many other countries of the world. Experiments are taking place using psycho-physical weapons which are being implemented without the consent of the people. Experiments are taking place using psycho-physical Which weapons are being implemented without the consent of the people. An immense number of information has already accumulated, which confirms that concealed military-medical experiments on peaceful citizens have been carried out over many decades. An overwhelming number of information has already accumulated, Concealed Which confirms that military-medical experiments on peaceful citizens have been carried out over many decades.

The victims of these atrocious experiments and their families are forced to live under the worst conditions of psycho-physical and social terror in spite of being law-abiding and conscientious citizens. The victims of these atrocious experiments and their families are forced to live under the worst conditions of psycho-social and physical terror in Spite of being law-abiding and conscientious citizens. These weapons are of dreadful effectiveness and endanger the lives of the entire population of our planet . These weapons are of dreadful effectiveness and Endanger the Lives of the entire population of our planet. Apart from causing physical damage and great pain to human subjects and to animals, secret manipulation in controlling the mind, the thoughts and behaviour are also being implemented. Apart from causing physical damage and great pain to human subjects and to animals, secret manipulation in controlling the mind, the thoughts and behavior are also being implemented. With these means, dissidents and politically interested people can easily be murdered without any kind of detection because these psycho-physical weapons have such an impact on the mind which can eventually lead to death. With these means, dissidents and politically interested people can easily be murdered without any kind of detection Because these psycho-physical weapons have such an impact on the mind Which can eventually lead to death.

The homes of victims are transformed secretly into drill-grounds for these weapons. The homes of victims are secretly transformed into drill-ground for these weapons. In order to prevent any traces of their presence, the Secret Services usually perform their experiments from a distance. In order to Prevent any traces of their presence, the Secret Service usually perform their experiments from a distance. We have reports, concerning the relatives of some of the victims, who dared to address the courts with complaints, and have thus been killed themselves with the same weapons. We have reports, concerning the respect of some of the victims, who Dared to address the courts with complaints, and Thus have been killed themselves with the same weapons. There are an uncountable number of witnesses, who are able to submit evidence about their own torture by radiation. There are an uncountable number of witnesses, who are able to submit evidence about their own torture by radiation. Victims of such experiments, are discredited in the family, neighbourhood and at work, eventually losing their jobs and subsequently declared mentally ill. Victims of such experiments, are discredited in the family, neighborhood and at work, eventually losing their jobs and subsequently declared mentally ill. According to instructions by the Secret Services, all the people who complain about these military-medical experiments, are locked away in a psychiatric institutions. According to instructions by the Secret Service, all the people who complain about these Military-medical experiments, are locked away in a psychiatric institution. This happened to Arina Droshinowa, who was admitted to a psychiatric clinic in Gehlsdorf , Rostock 2 months ago and she has still not yet been released. This happened to Droshinowa Arina, who was admitted to a Psychiatric Clinic in Gehlsdorf, Rostock 2 months ago and she has still not been released yet. She was threatened by the psychiatrist Dr. Habermeier, to sign a paper, allowing medical treatment to commence and that if she refused, electric shock therapy would be applied. She was threatened by the psychiatrist Dr. Habermeier, to sign a paper, Allowing medical treatment to commence and that if she refused, electric shock therapy would be applied. All rights of the victims are diminished and they are subjected to special care, their children are even taken away from them. All rights of the victims are diminished and they are Subjected to special care, even their children are taken away from them. Their families are destroyed and eventually they lose their homes and become very poor. Their families are destroyed and they eventually lose their homes and become very poor. Other examples are Jaqueline Saali from Berlin and Christa Bauer from Regensburg. Other examples are Jaqueline Saali from Berlin and Christa Bauer from Regensburg. These two German mothers have been fighting against this crime against humanity for years. These two German mothers have been fighting against this crime against humanity for years.

The injuries caused by radiation are kept secret by the medical institutions of the state and the examination results are altered deliberately because a large amount of medical institutions are under control of the Secret Services in many countries. The injuries caused by radiation are kept secret by the medical institutions of the state examination and the results are altered Deliberately Because a large amount of medical institutions are under control of the Secret Services in many countries. The police and the public prosecutors are prohibited to investigate the injuries and hence, they are not exposed, meaning that victims have no possibility to obtain any forensic examinations. The police and the public prosecutors are prohibited to investigate the injuries and hence, they are not exposed, meaning that victims have no possibility to Obtain any forensic examinations.

The media are not allowed to report about the psycho-physical radiations of the population. The media are not allowed to report about the psycho-physical radiation of the population. The European High Court for Human Rights and UN Courts have been informed about these crimes, but we have as jet received no reply. The European High Court for Human Rights and UN Courts have been informed about these crimes, but we have have received no reply jet. Various reports submitted to government representatives of our homeland were all in vain . Various reports submitted to government representatives of our homeland were all in vain. All of our efforts have been completely ignored! All of our efforts have been completely ignored!

Psychophysical weapons are weapons which can have an effect on the mind and body enabling change of thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Psychophysical weapons are weapons Which can have an effect on the mind and body enabling exchange of thoughts, feelings and behavior. These are effected by radiation from low and high frequencies in pulsed electromagnetic fields, as well as by the use of acoustic ultrasound and infra red waves. These are effected by radiation from low and high frequencies in pulsed electromagnetic fields, as well as by the use of acoustic ultrasound and infra red waves. A description of this is documented in the Russian law on weapons from 2001 by the Russian scientists Lopatin and Gurow. A description of this is documented in the Russian law on weapons from 2001 by the Russian scientists and Lopatin Gurow. After a frank interview with Boris Ratnikow, the former general – major of the committee for state security, all doubt about the existence of these weapons disappeared. After a frank interview with Boris Ratnikow, the general form – Staff of the committee for state security, all doubt about the existence of these weapons disappeared. . . Boris Ratnikow has said that in 10 years these psycho-tronic weapons will be more dangerous than nuclear weapons because they enable millions of people to be mind controlled – similar to “robots”. Boris Ratnikow has said that in 10 years these psycho-tronic weapons will be more dangerous than nuclear weapons Because they enable millions of people to be mind controlled – similar to “spam”. These psycho-physical weapons were created to be used on the battle ground, not only slaving the opponent but destroying their own people. These psycho-physical weapons were created to be used on the battle ground, not slaving the only opponent to destroying their own people. The use of psycho-physical weapons leads to complete slavery of populations. The use of psycho-physical weapons leads to complete slavery of people. People are transformed into well-behaved bio-robots which leads to complete physical destruction. People are transformed into well-behaved bio-robots Which leads to complete physical destruction. So-called Psichotron-Matrjoschka exists according to opinion of WM Kandyba from some different personalities. So-called Psichotron Matrjoschka exists-according to opinion of WM Kandyba from some different personalities. With the change-over of one on the other personality the manners change. With the change-over of one on the other the manners personality changes.

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Russian scientist WNAnissimow states that psychophysical weapons can kill from a distance, produce or cause any chronic disease, turn people into criminals or make them insane and irresponsible, make them fall down on the ground or stumble,cause flight, railroad or car disasters in a few seconds, cause any climate upheavals, damage devices . Russian scientist WNAnissimow Psychophysical states that weapons can kill from a distance, produce or cause any chronic disease, people turn into criminals or make them insane and irresponsible, make them fall down on the ground or stumble, because flight, railroad disasters in gold as a few seconds, because any climate upheavals, grooming devices.
These weapons can harm the psyche, damage the movement-coordination and the muscle tones, change the functions of the organism’s various systems . These weapons can harm the psyche, damage the movement-coordination and the muscle tones, change the functions of the organism’s various systems. They can control people, manipulate any biological object and change the view of life of the population. They can control people, biological manipulate any object and change the view of life of the population. With a continuous psychophysical process they can secretly control people and also the behavior of any groups and of the whole society . With a continuous process Psychophysical they can secretly control people and also the behavior of any groups and of the whole society. The victims of the special experiments can be gifted people, soldiers and officers, athletes, prisoners, and both psychologically ill and totally healthy people. The victims of the experiments can be special gifted people, soldiers and officers, athletes, prisoners, and both psychologically ill and totally healthy people. The hunt for victims is taking place in both cities and small places. The hunt for victims is taking place in both cities and small places.

There are three stages in the psychoprogramming. There are three stages in the psychoprogramming. The first stage is braincontrol, the second stage refers to the control of the targeted individual’s psychophysical activity and the third stage concerns the destruction of the targeted individual. The first stage is braincontrol, the second stage refers to the control of the targeted individual’s Psychophysical Activity and the third stage concerns the destruction of the targeted individual. The main rivals and competitors in the development and in the control of mindcontrol newest technologies were and still are the USA and Russia. The main rivals and competitors in the development and in the Control of mindcontrol newest technologies were and still are the USA and Russia. Some examples of such experiments were the following mindcontrol projects: MK ULTRA, MKDELTA, MKNAOMI, MKSEARCH, BLUE BIRD, ARTISCHOCK and others conducted by the CIA, with the use of drugs,electronic and electric shocks, and also the short frequencies and oscillations of superhigh frequencies and high frequencies. Some examples of such experiments were the following mindcontrol projects: MK ULTRA MKDELTA, MKNAOMI, MKSEARCH, BLUE BIRD, Artischocke and others conducted by the CIA, with the use of drugs, electronic and electric shocks, and also the short and frequencies of oscillations Superhigh frequencies and high frequencies. Doctor José Delgado had a special contribution in these secret projects by developing the different stimulators: love-hate, sympathy-antisympathy. Doctor Jose Delgado had a special contribution in these secret projects by developing the different stimulators: love, hate, sympathy-antisympathy. The aim of such experiments is to realize the possibilty of controlling people’s behavior. The aim of such experiments is to realize the possibilty of controlling people’s behavior. If the radiation is directly aimed at the person from a short distance, it is possible to control and destroy his willpower completely. If the cancellation is Aimed directly at the person from a short distance, it is possible to control and destroy his willpower completely.
Who has these weapons? Who has these weapons?

At that time Helen Blinnikowa-Wyazemskaya reported that “the preprogramming-methods , the psyche and mindcontrol were carried out for military purposes in the USA, France, Germany, Israel, England and China and in other countries.” At that time Helen Blinnikowa-Wyazemskaya reported that “the preprogramming-methods, the psyche and mindcontrol were carried out for military purposes in the USA, France, Germany, Israel, England and China and in other countries.” In Germany such investigations are carried out at the universities of Bonn and Freiburg. In Germany such investigations are carried out at the universities of Bonn and Freiburg. In Great Britain the same kind of investigations is being carried out at London University, in the lab of the psychological studies of Cambridge University . In Great Britain the same kind of investigation is being carried out at London University in the lab of the Psychological Studies of Cambridge University. Now the most efficient technologies are used not only in the arsenal of the military forces in the USA, Great Britain and France. Now the most efficient technologies are used not only in the arsenal of the military forces in the USA, Great Britain and France.

American scientific doctor Nick Begich wrote: “New technologies have been developed, it is possible with the help of acoustics or the electric stimulation of the brain to control the behaviour of a person, to manipulate his behaviour and even his thoughts with good or bad intentions. Scientific American doctor Nick Begich wrote: “New technologies have been developed, it is possible with the help of acoustics or the electric stimulation of the brain to control the behavior of a person, to manipulate his behavior and even his thoughts with good or bad intentions .
The English author and also a victim of psychophysical experiments Jim Keith has written a book “Mass control – Engineering human consciousness” in which he has described how it is possible to control the mind of a whole mass of people from a distance. Français The author and also a victim of Psychophysical experiments Jim Keith has written a book “Mass Control – Engineering Human Consciousness” in which he has described how it is possible to control the mind of a whole mass of people from a distance. Jim Keith further wrote : ” The technologies with whose help, emotions, communications and subliminal orders were directly sent to the brain of the targeted people were in the arsenal of American and Soviet governments. “ Jim Keith wrote further: “The technology with Whose help, emotions, communication and subliminal orders were sent directly to the brain of the targeted people were in the arsenal of American and Soviet governments.”

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The Russian scientific professor and victim Vassily Lensky reports that any citizen is continuously monitored by the Secret Services according to a torture-pattern, because he or she has been put down without any reason on a destruction list (there exist about 30 million of them in Russia). The Russian scientific professor Vasily Lensky and victim reports that any citizen is continuously monitored by the Secret Service according to a torture-pattern, Because he or she has been put down without any reason it was destroyed list (there exist about 30 million of them in Russia).
An extremely wide net of murderers has been set up to carry out the victims’ torture. An extremely wide net of murderers has been set up to carry out the victims’ torture. It is a gigantic army about which nothing has ever been published in the newspapers and only few people have heard about it. It is about a gigantic army Which nothing has ever been published in the newspapers and only few people have heard about it. Doctors have been criminally involved for a long time. Doctors have been criminally involved for a long time. The whole judicial system is corrupt and only serves the culprits. The whole judicial system is corrupt and only serves the culprits. The culprits’ misdeeds and terrorism are even covered up by the International Court for Human Rights and the International Criminal Court. The culprits’ misdeeds and terrorism are even covered up by the International Court for Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.
In these last hours of the history of crime and criminal aggressions all borders have been crossed. In these last hours of the history of crime and criminal aggressions all borders have been crossed. The history of mankind has never known such barbarity ! There never have been “criminalized victims ” nor ” Manchurian candidates “. The history of mankind has never known such Barbarity “There never have been” criminalized victims “nor” Manchurian Candidate “.

We must have a good knowledge of killing sprees’phenomenon, in order to subject the new “clean weapons” to a close scrutiny. We must have a good knowledge of sprees’phenomenon killing, in order to subject the new “clean weapons” to a close scrutiny.
Only in this way it is possible to see the real reasons for events such as the Erfurt case seven years ago, the recent cases in Winnenden in Germany, in America, in the Belgian childrengarden, and the other crimes of all kinds possibly staged by the Secret Services. Only in this way it is possible to see the real reasons for events such as the Erfurt case seven years ago, the recent cases in Germany in Winnenden, in America, in the Belgian childrengarden, and the other crimes of all kinds possibly staged by the Secret Services. The responsibility for these crimes and for terrorism are assumed by NATO and the secret services together with the organized crime, masons and sects. The responsibility for these crimes and for terrorism are assumed by NATO and the secret services, together with the organized crime, masons and sects.
We,the victims of non-lethal weapons want the secret services and military forces to get their dirty hands off the highly dangerous experiments carried out on us, on our partners, our children and grandchildren! We, the victims of non-lethal weapons want the secret services and military forces to get their dirty hands off the highly dangerous experiments carried out on us, on our partners, our children and grandchildren!

We can no longer accept that psychomurderers control and destroy the population with unethical, immoral and often deadly experiments. We can no longer accept that psychomurderers control and destroy the population with unethical, immoral and often deadly experiments.
The situation is comparable with the Third Reich, now the same is taking place, but with high tech weapons on a worldwide scale. The situation is comparable with the Third Reich, now the same is taking place, but with high tech weapons on a worldwide scale. This possible genocide of a new kind has no right to exist. This possible genocide of a new kind has no right to exist. The culprits must be brought to the international court of law to face up to their responsibilities! The culprits must be brought to the international court of law to face up to their responsibilities!

Our association is now seriously looking into the preparation of a law on psychophysical weapons. Our association is now seriously looking into the preparation of a law on Psychophysical weapons. Europe urgently needs a law which forbids unlawful use of all kinds of psychophysical weapons on human beings on one hand, and on the other hand a real authority for the control of the Secret Services, and a control of research and science. Europe urgently needs a law Which forbids unlawful use of Psychophysical all kinds of weapons on human beings on one hand, and on the other hand has real authority for the control of the Secret Service, and a control of research and science. But victims will never have the protection of the law to be able to sue for offences like physical injury or deprivation of freedom . But victims will never have the protection of the law to be able to sue for offenses like physical injury or deprivation of freedom. Together with German and European victims, our association requests from the Council of Europe and the European Court of law that a commission be founded for the investigation into this crime and genocide both on the European and international levels to expose and punish all the criminal organisations and all the culprits. Together with German and European victims, our association requests from the Council of Europe and the European Court of law that a committee be founded for the investigation into this crime and genocide on both the European and international levels to states and punish all the criminal organizations and all the culprits.

Therefore, we ask all reasonable people of this planet to support us and help us to solve this global problem. Therefore, we ask all reasonable people of this planet to support us and help us to solve this global problem. We must do this for our children and for the future generation! We must do this for our children and for the future generation!

We demand that our leaders,the politicians and the media open their eyes and support us. We demand that our leaders, the politicians and the media open their eyes and support us. It is not too late to pull the emergency brake. It is not too late to pull the emergency brake.
We also request German and international journalists to help the victims to break the wall of silence on psychophysical crimes .We all shoulder the entire responsibility for it. We also request German and international journalists to help the victims to break the wall of silence on Psychophysical crimes. We all shoulder the entire responsibility for it.
Those who protect the criminals and hide the truth are indirectly accomplices and culprits. Those who protect the criminals and hide the truth are indirectly culprits and accomplices.


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Pak Farce In War Against Terror

Pak Farce In War Against Terror

By: Cecil Victor

How Pakistan has reduced the war against terror to a farce was illustrated by the short-notice first information report filed against Interpol-wanted terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (formerly Lashkar-e-Toiba). The case is not for the Mumbai massacre on 26/11 but for some local offence which could be rendered infructuous by the simple expedient of the public prosecutor being absent from hearings as happened in the Lahore High Court in the chargesheet filed on the Indian complaint.
Given the deliberate farce over the Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack and the armed provocation along the Line of Control where the ceasefire was broken by the Pakistan Rangers in their attempt to facilitate the infiltration by group of terrorists trained in new camps set up in Pakistan Punjab and Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, the Government of India will be well-advised if it ignores the forthcoming Secretary-level talks on the sidelines of the UN meeting.
The method in this madness is carefully crafted so that some excuse is forthcoming for Islamabad to move its troops away from the border with Afghanistan and abandon the US-induced pursuit of the Taliban on grounds that India has mobilized its armed forces. . The much-publicised “offensive” against the Taliban to clear its occupation of Swat and Buner in the North West Frontier Province where it set up the rudiments of a shariah-based caliphate is similarly farcical in that television clips clearly show that Pakistan armd forces firepower was expended on demolishing abandoned houses even as the Taliban particularly its top leadership quietly melted away into the mountains after announcing that it had no intention of fighting the Pakistan Army.
Since then top leaders like Sufi Mohammad and his relatives who played a big part in supporting the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine in Afghanistan have surrendered to the Army and have been provided comfortable accommodation instead of being put in jail and prosecuted for waging war against the State. More recently, the official spokesman of the official spokesman Taliban also surrendered and there is talk that the much-feared bloodthirsty Fazalullah has also sent feelers that he wants to surrender but the Pakistan Army is trying to make out that it will “capture” him as well.
The cynical method all this is being done – carefully preserving these dangerous “non-State actors” for reoccupation of Afghanistan once the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), comprising troops from various western nations, moves out next year very much in the manner in which the bloodletting has intensified in areas vacated by the US-led forces in Iraq.
The US finally discovered the duplicitous game that the Pakistan Army Inter-Services Intelligence played in protecting the top leadership of the Taliban-Al Qaeda- United Jihad Council by providing them safe havens in Pakistan after they were chased out of Afghanistan post-9/11. It began developing its own human and electronic intelligence and launching unmanned but armed drone aircraft for precision strikes to kill those the Pakistanis were protecting either by denying the US intelligence about their whereabouts or deliberately misleading the US.
Al Qaeda second in command Ayman Al-Zawahiri was almost killed when the house in which he was supposed to hold a meeting in Waziristan along the Pak-Afghan border was hit by a missile launched by a Predator drone aircraft. The most spectacular of such strikes has been the recent killing of Baitullah Mehsud when he visited his father-in-law’s house to meet his second wife. About forty other Taliban fighters were killed in that attack.
Pakistan’s attitude towards the Taliban became clearer when it refused to follow US advice to strike the Mehsuds after the Baitullah killing when they were in disarray and confusion. It would have meant that Pakistan Army would have regained sovereignty over its tribal belt bordering Afghanistan and the war on terror could have been better prosecuted.
US attempts to create a favourable atmosphere prior to the proposed meeting on the sidelines of the UN meeting by prosecuting Hafiz Saeed elicited such a prompt response that it was surprising and unexpected – Saeed is to be “tried” for something totally unrelated to the Mumbai carnage which he masterminded and supported during its execution. It has left both Washington and New Delhi stupefied.
Some Indian analysts have begun to suggest that in order to pacify Pakistan India should offer to withdraw from Afghanistan. At a time when Europe is trying to lay the blame for the causes of World War II this kind of suggestion of division of “spheres of influence” in this part of the world is going to lay the foundations of World War III. If Afghanistan is to be put into Pakistan’s sphere of influence then it means that the Taliban-Al Qaeda will once again gain ascendancy and with their quest for nuclear weapons satisfied by Dr A.Q.Khan who has been released from custody the world will be an even more dangerous place than it is already.
India should quietly tell Pakistan in New York that unless it takes action against those named in the Mumbai dossiers and stop its crossborder terrorism and violation of ceasefire there will be no forward movement under duress. There is a very apt Indian saying: “Dekhna hai kitna zor bazu-e-katil may hai”.
All that the Indian security forces will need to do is to keep their promise of stopping the infiltrators at the Line of Control itself

Obama raises spectre of nuclear conflict as Allies find site near Iran holy city

Obama raises spectre of nuclear conflict as Allies find site near Iran holy city

Obama raises spectre of nuclear conflict as Allies find site near Iran holy city Britain, France and the United States set the stage for a dramatic confrontation with Iran when they revealed the existence of a secret nuclear site inside a mountain near the holy city of Qom as evidence of Tehran’s efforts to deceive the international community. The coup de théâtre came at the opening of the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh after three days of intense diplomacy at the UN General Assembly. President Obama, President Sarkozy and Gordon Brown took turns to demand that Iran disclose its nuclear ambitions and threaten new sanctions. Later, Mr Obama raised the spectre of military conflict, saying that failure by Iran to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons would lead down “a path that is going to lead to confrontation”. “Iran is on notice that when we meet with them on October 1 they are going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice,” he said. Mr Obama added that he would prefer a diplomatic resolution but added: “We do not rule out any options when it comes to US security interests. It’s up to the Iranians to respond.” Britain was said to have played a leading role in the operation to expose the secret uranium enrichment plant, at Qom, which officials say could only be used for military purposes. Three years of intensive investigation and surveillance by the most trusted of America’s intelligence allies: Britain, France and Israel, led to the discovery. “We will not let this matter rest,” said Mr Brown. “The level of deception will shock and anger the whole international community and it will harden our resolve.” Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, said Iran should allow inspectors into its plant in order to prove one way or another whether it was designed to create fuel, as Iran claims, or weapons.

“Let the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) make an inspection and we will see who was right,” he said. “I want them to be right, but they need to let us make the controls.” The revelation raises the stakes significantly for the meeting next week between Iran and the five members of the Security Council plus Germany. Russia opened the door to new sanctions on Iran this week but China remained opposed. That could change, the leaders said. Sanctions could be imposed by December if Iran refused to come clean on October 1. The existence of the plant shrinks the timescale by which Iran could build a nuclear bomb. Iran wrote to the IAEA, the UN’s atomic watchdog, on Monday to declare the site when it discovered that its secrecy had been breached, but the world leaders were already preparing to break the news. (The Times)

Japan launches probe of secret pacts with US

Japan launches probe of secret pacts with US

By TOMOKO A. HOSAKA

Associated Press Writer

TOKYO — Japan’s new government launched an investigation Friday into whether previous administrations entered secret security pacts with Washington, including one said to endorse U.S. nuclear-armed ships despite a policy of barring such weapons.

The Democratic Party of Japan, which unseated the long-ruling Liberal Democrats in parliamentary elections last month, has vowed to improve transparency in government as well as review military ties with the U.S.

Japan’s previous governments have always denied secret deals, but some bureaucrats have recently said that long-standing speculation that they existed is correct, prompting new Foreign Minister Katsuya Okadato to launch an inquiry.

“We will reveal everything we find,” Okada told reporters in New York, according to Kyodo news agency.

Four alleged pacts are subject to the investigation, including one between the two allies in 1960 giving tacit approval of port calls by U.S. military aircraft and warships carrying nuclear weapons.

Nuclear arms are a sensitive topic for Japan, the world’s only country to have suffered nuclear attacks. Tokyo since 1967 has maintained principles of not possessing, producing or allowing nuclear weapons into the country.

Okada has assigned a 15-member team to sift through more than 3,200 files at the Foreign Ministry, as well as 400 files stored at the Japanese Embassy in Washington. The team will report their findings in late November, the ministry said.

They will also look into an alleged secret deal in 1960 regarding the use of U.S. military bases if there is war on the Korean peninsula. The other two pacts are related to the entry of nuclear weapons onto the southern island of Okinawa in times of emergency and the cost burdens associated with the 1972 handover of Okinawa back to Japan from U.S. control.

Okada has said that if the secret pacts are confirmed, he does not intend to punish Foreign Ministry officials who may have been involved in any cover-up.

But any new revelations are likely to spark new debate about Japan’s relationship with the United States, which the Democrats hope to modify. Okada supports more equal relations between Tokyo and Washington, and has said he wants to review the status of the nearly 50,000 U.S. troops deployed across Japan under a post-World War II bilateral security pact.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s government also wants to end Japan’s naval refueling mission in the Indian Ocean in support of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan.

FoDP dumps expected billions into WB basket

[In the end, the only real "friends of Pakistan" are the Pakistani people themselves, and people like me.  Pakistan's leaders, just like America's leaders, are not friends of their own people; they have proven time and again to be the peoples' worst enemies.  Zardari's globe-trotting begging missions are accomplishing very little, except for providing misdirection in the ongoing drama, in order to deflect the attention of the people away from what they should be doing--TAKING CONTROL.  Until the Pakistanis and Americans take control of their own destinies they will suffer from hopelessness, because nothing changes (except for the worse) and whatever real potential for change does exist is squandered or stolen by the people trusted to keep watch for us.]

FoDP dumps expected billions into WB basket

Saturday, September 26, 2009

By Shaheen Sehbai

WASHINGTON: The Friends of Democratic Pakistan, a forum which was created by President Asif Ali Zardari to raise billions of dollars for ‘his’ Pakistan, on Thursday quietly dumped the issue back into the lap of the World Bank, something which Mr Zardari had specifically warned against when he launched it a year ago.

And in another subtle move the FoDP turned itself into a political debating club for expressing support, minus of course the talk of the billions. Foreign Minister Qureshi had to explain to the media that the FoDP meeting was not about “pledges”, although Mr Zardari had nothing else in mind except getting pledges of billions.

This subtle change of its purpose and definition contrastssharply with the original idea of President Zardari who launched it almost exactly one year ago at the same time and place, with the urgent appeal to collect $100 billion dollars as grants, from what he considered to be friends ready to trust him after the tragic death of Benazir Bhutto and his dramatic rise to power.

On Oct 4, 2008, shortly after the FoDP was launched with much fanfare, Mr Zardari had gone on record asking for the $100 billion dollars and warning against involving the World Bank. After interviewing him, the Wall Street Journal reported: “On Mr Zardari’s request for $100 billion in grant he has a simple and powerful argument to make that the world cannot allow his government to fail…In asking the international community for infusion of $100 billion into Pakistan’s economy, Zardari was keen to insist that it not be described as aid. Aid is proven through the researches of the World Bank . . . (to be) bad for a country. I’m looking for temporary relief for my budgetary support and cash for my treasury which does not need to be spent by me. It is not something I want to spend. But (it) will stop the (outflow) of my capital every time there is a bomb (blast). In this situation, how do I create capital confidence, how do I create businessmen’s confidence?”

But when on Thursday in New York, the high profile summit of FODP ended with a political statement of good wishes and “we all love you” but go to the World Bank Trust for money, the only saving grace for the Pakistani managers of the FODP moot was the Senate passage of a modified version of the Kerry Lugar Bill. This was the best news President Obama could give to the FODP leaders although it has to pass through several stages before any dollars reach Pakistan.

Just one day before the FODP meeting Zardari had urged the US to reimburse $1.6 billion dollars and had called for an early realisation of about $6 billion pledged to Pakistan at a Tokyo donors conference early this year.

A top diplomatic source in New York said Pakistan had just received less than 15 per cent of this pledged amount so far and the creation of a Word Bank trust means the whole issue has been thrown into the mill of the financial institutions where Pakistan is already grappling with conditions and repayment schedules. What Mr Zardari wanted was aid or grants not loans. That has not yet come.

Even the prolific support of Richard Holbrooke for Mr Zardari was not enough to get more than statements stuffed with hot air. His own remarks after the FODP meeting reflected this helplessness or inaction. This is what he said: “… we wanted to show clearly that we were – that the United States and Pakistan’s other friends are all working together for Pakistan. It’s a long way from this meeting to realities on the ground, but this is the first summit meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan, and we’re very proud that it was co-hosted by our President on American soil.” In essense, a long way to go but we are proud to host it now.

The way the FODP initiative was mixed up and merged with the Kerry Lugar bill was a master stroke of the PPP strategists who wanted to cover up the lack of progress in New York with the work in progress on Capitol Hill.

The British envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Sir Cooper, called the adoption of the Kerry-Lugar bill the best “Eid gift” to the people of Pakistan. Where is that gift was left open for the people to look for but he reaffirmed British support for the country.

This support for the “people of Pakistan” was a repeated mantra because the US and other world leaders did not want to fall into the trap of equating the support for Pakistan to support for Mr Zardari. President Obama mentioned this in his opening remarks at the FODP by congratulating President Zardari but reaffirming deep commitment to the people.

Diplomatic insiders in New York say one of the reason behind President Zardari’s “absence” from all the speeches of President Obama in New York, three at least, was this hesitation in US circles to express direct and unequivocal personal support for the Pakistani president. It was hilarious to note that Mr Zardari missed Obama’s speech because he had to go for a medical check up but his personal physician, who is accompanying the president and should have been with him in the hospital, was left behind to hear Mr Obama’s address, one diplomat revealed.

The hoopla about the passage of the Kerry Lugar bill may have partly made up for the lack of substance at the FODP meeting but a close reading of the Kerry Lugar text reveals that the conditions and clauses included have almost made the US the big brother with a big stick watching almost every economic, political, military and social activity in Pakistan. No wonder the US needs a lot of houses and residences in Islamabad.

The list of conditions and monitoring subjects (pl refer to the text of the bill) makes stunning reading but the key para which is likely to create a lot of trouble, although it is desperately needed in Pakistan’s context, is about keeping the armed forces under control of the civilians.

This para is about US monitoring and every six months Secretary of State has to give the Congress “an assessment of the extent to which the Government of Pakistan exercises effective civilian control of the military, including a description of the extent to which civilian executive leaders and parliament exercise oversight and approval of military budgets, the chain of command, the process of promotion for senior military leaders, civilian involvement in strategic guidance and planning, and military involvement in civil administration.”

The Indian factor has been added in these conditions under the following clause: “It is the sense of Congress that the achievement of United States national security goals to eliminate terrorist threats and close safe havens in Pakistan requires the development of a comprehensive plan that utilizes all elements of national power, including in coordination and cooperation with other concerned governments, and that it is critical to Pakistan’s long-term prosperity and security to strengthen regional relationships among India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.”

There are several roadblocks, checkpoints and mechanisms to monitor where the aid given to Pakistan will flow because of the widespread fears of corruption and pilferage of the aid dollars.

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi addressed that question in a diplomatic way but Richard Holbrooke said it bluntly. In response to a question on possibilities of corruption, the foreign minister assured the journalists that a mechanism has been devised in consultation with the Friends of Pakistan to make the whole process transparent. He said that the donor countries were satisfied with this arrangement.

Answering the same question, Holbrooke said that the US government has assigned Ambassador Robin Raphel, who under the instructions of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will coordinate with the relevant government ministries as the aid process moves forward. What he meant was that she will be the “monitor in chief” to catch any thief, big or small.

Whether Kerry Lugar washes away the impact of the missing dollars at the FODP meeting, a senior ex-diplomat in New York put the whole circus into a comical perspective. He said: FODP or FOP was a stock character in English literature and especially comic drama, as well as satirical prints. He is a “man of fashion” who overdresses, aspires to wit, and generally puts on airs. FOP was widely used as a derogatory epithet for a broad range of people by the early years of the 18th century; many of these might not have been considered showy lightweights at the time, and it is possible that its meaning had been blunted by this time.

US military option on Iran would only buy time: Gates

US military option on Iran would only buy time: Gates

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday military action against Iran would only “buy time,” adding diplomacy was needed to persuade the Islamic state to abandon its nuclear program.

“The reality is there is no military option that does anything more than buys time. The estimates are one to three years or so,” Gates said in an interview with a US channel.

“The only way you end up not having a nuclear capable Iran is for the Iranian government to decide their security is diminished by having those weapons.”

Peshawar blast kills 10, hurts 75; 2 suspects nabbed

Peshawar blast kills 10, hurts 75; 2 suspects nabbed

PESHAWAR: At least ten people were killed and 75 others injured when a car bomb exploded near a private bank at Fakhr-e-Alam Road in Peshawar’s Saddar area, Geo News reported Saturday.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, condemning the suicide attack, directed that the injured be provided with the best medical facilities. While, NWFP Chief Minister Amir Hyder Khan Hoti also announced the aid for the bereaved families.

At least two suspects have been taken in custody and shifted to some undisclosed location for interrogations.

It should be mentioned that the blast occurred a little before noon, destroying two dozens of vehicles around.

At least 25 injured have been brought to Lady Reading Hospital and 50 others taken to CMH Hospital. Several injured are in critical state.

SSP Operations Abdur Ghafoor Afridi said 100-kg of explosives was used in the blast, which caused the human body parts to get scattered on the blast site.

The eyewitnesses said the 7-storey building has been receiving threatening calls for long. The sources said the bomb was planted in a car parked in a nearby parking area.

The security forces put a security cordon around the area and started investigations.

Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, NA Speaker Fahmida Mirza, NWFP CM and Governor condemned the attack in strong words.

Afghanistan: What Are These People Thinking?

Conn Hallinan,
Foreign Policy In Focus

One of the oddest – indeed, surreal – encounters around
the war in Afghanistan has to be a telephone call this
past July 27. On one end of the line was historian
Stanley Karnow, author of Vietnam: A History. On the
other, State Department special envoy Richard Holbrooke
and the U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, General
Stanley McChrystal. The question: How can Washington
avoid the kind of defeat it suffered in Southeast Asia
40 years ago?

Karnow did not divulge what he said to the two men, but
he told Associated Press that the “lesson” of Vietnam
“was that we shouldn’t have been there,” and that,
while “Obama and everybody else seems to want to be in
Afghanistan,” he, Karnow, was opposed to the war.

It is hardly surprising that Washington should see
parallels to the Vietnam debacle. The enemy is elusive
enemy. The local population is neutral, if not hostile.
And the governing regime is corrupt with virtually no
support outside of the nation’s capital.

But in many ways Afghanistan is worse than Vietnam. So,
it is increasingly hard to fathom why a seemingly
intelligent American administration seems determined to
hitch itself to this disaster in the making. It is
almost as if there is something about that hard-edged
Central Asian country that deranges its occupiers.

Delusion #1

In his address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Obama
characterized Afghanistan as “a war of necessity”
against international terrorism. But the reality is
that the Taliban is a polyglot collection of
conflicting political currents whose goals are local,
not universal jihad.

“The insurgency is far from monolithic,” says Anand
Gopal, a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor
based in Afghanistan. “There are shadowy, kohl-eyed
mullahs and head-bobbing religious students, of course,
but there are also erudite university students, poor
illiterate farmers, and veteran anti-Soviet commanders.
The movement is a mélange of nationalists, Islamists,
and bandits…made up of competing commanders and
differing ideologies and strategies who nonetheless
agree on one essential goal: kicking out the
foreigners.”

Taliban spokesman Yousef Ahmadi told Gopal, “We are
fighting to free our country from foreign domination,”
adding, “Even the Americans once waged an insurgency to
free their country.”

Besides the Taliban, there are at least two other
insurgent groups. Hizb-I-Islam is led by former U.S.
ally Gulbuddin Hekmatyer. The Haqqani group, meanwhile,
has close ties to al-Qaeda.

The White House’s rationale of “international
terrorism” parallels the Southeast Asian tragedy. The
U.S. characterized Vietnam as part of an international
Communist conspiracy, while the conflict was
essentially a homegrown war of national liberation.

Delusion #2

One casualty of Vietnam was the doctrine of
counterinsurgency, the theory that an asymmetrical war
against guerrillas can be won by capturing the “hearts
and minds” of the people. Of course “hearts and minds”
was a pipe dream, obliterated by massive civilian
casualties, the widespread use of defoliants, and the
creation of “strategic hamlets” that had more in common
with concentration camps than villages.

In Vietnam’s aftermath, “counterinsurgency” fell out of
favor, to be replaced by the “Powell Doctrine” of
relying on massive firepower to win wars. With that
strategy the United States crushed the Iraqi army in
the first Gulf War. Even though the doctrine was
downsized for the invasion of Iraq a decade later, it
was still at the heart of the attack.

However, within weeks of taking Baghdad, U.S. soldiers
were besieged by an insurgency that wasn’t in the
lesson plan. Ambushes and roadside bombs took a steady
toll on U.S. and British troops, and aggressive
countermeasures predictably turned the population
against the occupation.

After four years of getting hammered by insurgents, the
Pentagon rediscovered counterinsurgency, and its
prophet was General David Petraeus, now commander of
all U.S. forces in the Middle East and Central Asia.
“Hearts and minds” was dusted off, and the watchwords
became “clear, hold, and build.” Troops were to hang
out with the locals, dig wells, construct schools, and
measure success not by body counts of the enemy, but by
the “security” of the civilian population.

This theory impelled the Obama administration to
“surge” 21,000 troops into Afghanistan, and to consider
adding another 20,000 in the near future. The idea is
that a surge will reduce the violence, as a similar
surge of 30,000 troops had done in Iraq.

Delusion #3

But as Patrick Cockburn of The Independent discovered,
the surge didn’t work in Iraq.

With the possible exception of Baghdad, it wasn’t U.S.
troops that reduced the violence in Iraq, but the
decision by Sunni insurgents that they could no longer
fight a two-front war against the Iraqi government and
the United States. The ceasefire by Shi’ite cleric and
Madhi Army leader Muqtada al-Sadr also helped calm
things down. In any case, as recent events have
demonstrated, the “peace” was largely illusory.

Not only is a similar “surge” in Afghanistan unlikely
to be successful, the formula behind counterinsurgency
doctrine predicts that the Obama administration is
headed for a train wreck.

According to investigative journalist Jordan Michael
Smith, the “U.S/ Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency
Field Manual” – co-authored by Petraeus – recommends “a
minimum of 20 counterinsurgents per 1,000 residents. In
Afghanistan, with its population estimated at 33
million, that would mean at least 660,000 troops.” And
this requires not just any soldiers, but soldiers
trained in counterinsurgency doctrine.

The numbers don’t add up.

The United States and its North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) allies currently have about 64,000
troops in Afghanistan, and that figure would rise to
almost 100,000 when the present surge is completed.
Some 68,000 of those will be American. There is also a
possibility that Obama will add another 20,000,
bringing the total to 120,000, larger than the Soviet
Army that occupied Afghanistan. That’s still only a
fifth of what the counterinsurgency manual recommends.

Meanwhile, the American public is increasingly
disillusioned with the war. According to a recent CNN
poll, 57% of Americans oppose the war, a jump of 9%
since May. Among Obama supporters the opposition is
overwhelming: Nearly two-thirds of “committed”
Democrats feel “strongly” the war is not worth
fighting.

Delusion #4

Afghanistan isn’t like Iraq because NATO is behind us.
Way behind us.

The British – whose troops actually fight, as opposed
to doing  “reconstruction” like most of the other 16
NATO nations – have lost the home crowd. Polls show
deep opposition to the war, a sentiment that is echoed
all over Europe. Indeed, the German Defense Minister
Franz-Joseph Jung has yet to use the word “war” in
relation to Afghanistan.

That little piece of fiction went a-glimmering in June,
when three Bundeswehr soldiers were killed near Kunduz
in northern Afghanistan. Indeed, as U.S. Marines go on
the offensive in the country’s south, the Taliban are
pulling up stakes and moving east and north to target
the Germans. The tactic is as old as guerrilla warfare:
“Where the enemy is strong, disperse. Where the enemy
is weak, concentrate.”

While Berlin’s current ruling coalition of Social
Democrats and conservatives quietly back the war, the
Free Democrats – who are likely to join Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s government after the next election -
are calling for bringing Germany’s 4,500 troops home.

The opposition Left Party has long opposed the war, and
that opposition gave it a boost in recent state
elections.

The United States and NATO can’t – or won’t – supply
the necessary troops, and the Afghan army is small,
corrupt and incompetent. No matter how one adds up the
numbers, the task is impossible. So why is the
administration following an unsupportable course of
action?

Why We Fight

There is that oil pipeline from the Caspian that no one
wants to talk about. Strategic control of energy is
certainly a major factor in Central Asia. Then, too,
there is the fear that a defeat for NATO in its first
“out of area” war might fatally damage the alliance.

But when all is said and done, there also seems to be
is a certain studied derangement about the whole
matter, a derangement that was on display July 12 when
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told parliament
that the war was showing “signs of success.”

British forces had just suffered 15 deaths in a little
more than a week, eight of them in a 24-hour period. It
has now lost more soldiers that it did in Iraq. This is
Britain’s fourth war in Afghanistan.

The Karzai government has stolen the election. The war
has spilled over to help destabilize and impoverish
nuclear-armed Pakistan. The American and European
public is increasingly opposed to the war. July was the
deadliest month ever for the United States, and the
Obama administration is looking at a $9 trillion
deficit.

What are these people thinking?

Conn Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy In
Focus.

911 MARCH FOR ANSWERS, 2 pm Today in NYC: Battery Park to City Hall

This week on Truth Jihad

this Sunday, September 27th, 2 pm in NYC: Battery Park to City Hall via Ground Zero: http://nyccan.org/index.php#march


Greetings,

Don’t miss this weekend’s Truth Jihad Radio! Sat. 6/26 5-7 pm Central, http://www.americanfreedomradio.com

First hour: Jerry Smith, author of Weather Warfare: The Military’s Plan to Draft Mother Nature. http://www.jerryesmith.com/index.php/2

Second hour: 9/11 family member Manny Badillo, http://www.NYCcan.org, discussion the upcoming March for Answers this Sunday, September 27th, 2 pm in NYC: Battery Park to City Hall via Ground Zero: http://nyccan.org/index.php#march

Manny recently gave the best mainstream 9/11 truth interview I’ve ever seen, which is being taken down all over the web due to alleged “copyright violations”… but as of this writing can still be seen at: http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/29951/9_11_Family_Member_Manny_Badillo_schools_France_24/

Call in with questions for Jerry or Manny at 512-879-3805.

By the way, you can listen to a commercial-free archive of my interview yesterday with Michael Rivero of WhatReallyHappened.com at http://www.radiodujour.com/mp3/20090924_mikerivero_kevinbarrett.mp3

In the struggle for truth,

Kevin

Kevin Barrett
Author, Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters: http://www.questioningthewaronterror.com