MindWar: Full Spectrum Fake Terrorism (for the victims in Pakistan)

MindWar: Full Spectrum Fake Terrorism

Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire

 

August 21, 2005

Jeffrey Steinberg, in an article appearing in the August 26 issue of the Executive Intelligence Review, mentions Col. Paul E. Vallely, the Commander of the 7th Psychological Operations Group, United States Army Reserve, and a document he authored entitled From PSYOP to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory (note: link is a PDF document). “MindWar must be strategic in emphasis, with tactical applications playing a reinforcing, supplementary role,” Vallely wrote in 1980. “In its strategic context, MindWar must reach out to friends, enemies, and neutrals alike across the globe—neither through primitive ‘battlefield’ leaflets and loudspeakers of PSYOP nor through the weak, imprecise, and narrow effort of psychotronics [the relationship between matter, energy, and consciousness]—but through the media possessed by the United States which have the capabilities to reach virtually all people on the face of the Earth.” In short, the corporate media, Vallely wrote 25 years ago, is an integral and essential component and “force multiplier” of forever war waged against enemies, including the American people.

Steinberg spends a lot of time documenting the occult and paranormal activities of Pentagon researchers (and also “weapons that directly attack the targetted population’s central nervous system and brain functioning,” including “such phenomena as atmospheric electromagnetic activity, air ionization, and extremely low frequency waves), but for my dime the interesting part of Steinberg’s analysis concerns the use of fake terrorism, or “pseudo gang” terrorism and “psychological operations” of the sort used against the “targetted population” here in the United States since nine eleven and, more recently, in Britain. For instance, Steinberg references Seymour Hersh, who quoted Naval Postgraduate School defense analyst and Pentagon counterinsurgency advisor John Arquilla (see my January blog entry on Hersh and Arquilla in regard to pseudo terrorism and the kidnapping and apparent murder of Margaret Hassan). “Hersh hinted [in his New Yorker article, The Coming Wars] that U.S. Special Forces units were being unleashed to create their own terrorist ‘pseudo gangs’ to more easily infiltrate terrorist groups like al-Qaeda,” as Steinberg summarizes. “When conventional military operations and bombing failed to defeat the Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya in the 1950s, the British formed teams of friendly Kikuyu tribesmen who went about pretending to be terrorists,” writes Arquilla. “These ‘pseudo gangs,’ as they were called, swiftly threw the Mau Mau on the defensive, either by befriending and then ambushing bands of fighters or by guiding bombers to the terrorists’ camps. What worked in Kenya a half-century ago has a wonderful chance of undermining trust and recruitment among today’s terror networks. Forming new pseudo gangs should not be difficult.”

It is my contention al-Qaeda (or more precisely, al-CIA-duh) is just such a “pseudo gang,” initially created in Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight the Soviets but held over—as are all successful intelligence operations (and the CIA admits the creation of the Islamic Terror Network is its largest and most successful operation to date; see Chalmers Johnson). As the corporate media (as a willing participant in psychological warfare against the American people) would have it, al-CIA-duh reformulated itself without intelligence assistance after the United States abandoned Afghanistan in the wake of the Soviet defeat in that backwater and more or less strategically meaningless country (that is until a consortium of oil and natural gas corporations decided they wanted to build a pipeline there in the 1990s). There is ample evidence that al-CIA-duh remained a valued intelligence “asset” (and covert warfare workhorse) after Afghanistan, the primary example being its activities in the Balkans (see my From Afghanistan to Iraq: Transplanting CIA Engineered Terrorism) and elsewhere.

As Steinberg notes, once again referencing the detective work of Hersh, “[Evangelical Christian Lieutenant-General William “Jerry” Boykin] and his immediate boss, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone, are directly in charge of the Special Operations search-and-kill squads touted by John Arquilla in his pseudo-gang promo.” Joe E. Kilgore, writing for Special Warfare in the Winter of 2002, declares that the “future holds great promise for the Center and School and for the students it trains. The commanding general of SWCS [John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School], Major General William G. Boykin, is developing the ARSOF School of the Future, an innovative concept designed to ensure that SWCS instructional facilities and techniques will meet the challenges of the 21st century. The SWCS Special Forces Evolution Steering Committee is developing a road map to facilitate the transformation of the Special Forces Branch. Improvement plans for both CA and PSYOP have been approved, and those plans are scheduled to be implemented beginning in FY 2002.” An integral component of the Pentagon’s ambitious psyop program is Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG). “P2OG would launch secret operations aimed at ’stimulating reactions’ among terrorists and states possessing weapons of mass destruction, meaning it would prod terrorist cells into action, thus exposing them to ‘quick-response’ attacks by US forces. The means by which it would do this is the far greater use of special operations forces,” David Isenberg wrote for the Asia Times in November, 2002. P2OG, however, is only the public relations face of a much larger and sinister plan that stretches back at least to 1980 and Col. Paul E. Vallely’s seminal MindWar document and the idea of psychological warfare waged against the American people.

Vallely, of course, does not mention “pseudo-gang” warfare explicitly and instead puts forward the idea of “full spectrum” warfare in all fronts, including disinformation or propaganda warfare waged against the American people. Indeed, the idea of fake or deceptive terrorism is much older and originated in its modern form and was field tested by General Frank Kitson, a British officer “who first thought up the concept that was later used in the formation of Al Qaeda. He called it the ‘pseudo gang’—a state sponsored group used to advance an agenda, while discrediting the real opposition. The strategy was used in both Kenya and Northern Ireland. In the case of Northern Ireland, most of the violence that was attributed to ‘Loyalists’ was in actuality not their handiwork, but the result of the activities of the death squads affiliated to the British secret state,” writes Ian Buckley (see my General Frank Kitson: Trail Blazing Fake Terrorism).


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Mass Mind Control Through Network Television

Mass Mind Control Through Network Television

Are Your Thoughts Your Own?


By Alex Ansary
Outside The Box
12-29-5

Why do countless American people go along with the War on Iraq? Why do so many people call for a police state control grid? A major component to a full understanding of why this kind of governmental and corporate corruption is to discover the modern science of mind control and social engineering. It’s baffling to merely glance at the stacks of documentation that this world government isn’t being constructed for the greater good of humanity. Although there are a growing number of people waking up the reality of our growing transparent soft cage, there seems to be just enough citizens who are choosing to remain asleep. Worse yet, there are even those who were at least partially awake at one time but found it necessary to return to the slumber of dreamland.
This is no accident; this is a carefully crafted design. The drive to dumb down the populations of planet earth is a classic art that existed before the United States did. One component to understanding and deciphering the systems of control is to become a student of the magicians of influence and propaganda. In order to defeat our enemies (or dictators), its imperative that we understand how they think and what they believe in.
When people think about mind control, they usually think in terms of the classic “conspiracy theory” that refers to Project MkUltra. This program is a proven example of ‘overt mind control.’ The project had grown out of an earlier secret program, known as Bluebird that was officially formed to counter Soviet advances in brainwashing. In reality the CIA had other objectives. An earlier aim was to study methods ‘through which control of an individual may be attained’. The emphasis of experimentation was ‘narco-hypnosis’, the blending of mind altering drugs with carefully hypnotic programming.
A crack CIA team was formed that could travel, at a moments notice, to anywhere in the world. Their task was to test the new interrogation techniques, and ensure that victims would not remember being interrogated and programmed. All manner of narcotics, from marijuana to LSD, heroin and sodium pentathol (the so called ‘truth drug’) were regularly used.
Despite poor initial results, CIA-sponsored mind control program flourished. On 13 April 1953, the super-secret project MK-ULTRA was born. Its scope was broader than ever before, and only those in the top echelon of the CIA were privy to it. Official CIA documents describe MK-ULTRA as an ‘umbrella project’ with 149 ‘sub-projects’. Many of these sub-projects dealt with testing illegal drugs for potential field use. Others dealt with electronics. One explored the possibility of activating ‘the human organism by remote control’. Throughout, it remained a major goal to brainwash individuals to become couriers and spies without their knowledge.
When it was formed in 1947, the CIA was forbidden to have any domestic police or internal security powers. In short, it was authorized only to operate ‘overseas’. From the very start MK-ULTRA staff broke this Congressional stipulation and began testing on unwitting American citizens.
Precisely how extensive illegal testing became will never be known. Richard Helms, CIA Director and chief architect of the program, ordered the destruction of all MK-ULTRA records shortly before leaving office in 1973. Despite these precautions some documents were misfiled and came to light in the late 1970’s. They laid bare the spy agency’s cynicism. Despite the widespread knowledge of MK Ultra and the civil lawsuits that followed, this form of behavior modification is not the most expansive. The real dangers are the types of thought control that are ‘covert’ and not the subject of several dozen Hollywood movies like “Clockwork Orange” and Mel Gibson’s “Conspiracy Theory.”
Our founding fathers faced enormous challenges in the formation of this country and its bill of rights. One challenge was laying down the groundwork or a free society without knowing what kind of technological advances would be made. Who would have guessed in those times that we needed an article in the bill of rights that specifically prohibits the government and it’s associates from engaged in mind control or thought control. The closest item that promises our protection from the government is the 4th Article in The Bill of Rights which states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Like many are now beginning to note, the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights are merely given lip service by our supposedly elected officials.
One of the most common examples of mind control in our so-called free and civilized society is the advent and usage of the television set. This isn’t to say that all things on TV are geared towards brainwashing you. They’re not. But most of the programming on television today is run and programming by the largest media corporations that have interests in defense contracts, such as Westinghouse (CBS), and General Electric (NBC). This makes perfect sense when you see how slanted and warped the news is today. Examining the conflicts of interest is merely glancing at the issue, although to understand the multiple ways that lies become truth, we need to examine the techniques of brain washing that the networks are employing.
Radio isn’t any different in its ability to brainwash a population into submission. Sixty-seven years ago, six million Americans became unwitting subjects in an experiment in psychological warfare. It was the night before Halloween, 1938. At 8 p.m. CST, the Mercury Radio on the Air began broadcasting Orson Welles’ radio adaptation of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. As is now well known, the story was presented as if it were breaking news, with bulletins so realistic that an estimated one million people believed the world was actually under attack by Martians. Of that number, thousands succumbed to outright panic, not waiting to hear Welles’ explanation at the end of the program that it had all been a Halloween prank, but fleeing into the night to escape the alien invaders.
According to researcher Mack White ( http://www.mackwhite.com/), “Psychologist Hadley Cantril conducted a study of the effects of the broadcast and published his findings in a book, The Invasion from Mars: A Study in the Psychology of Panic. This study explored the power of broadcast media, particularly as it relates to the suggestibility of human beings under the influence of fear. Cantril was affiliated with Princeton University’s Radio Research Project, which was funded in 1937 by the Rockefeller Foundation. Also affiliated with the Project was Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member and Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) executive Frank Stanton, whose network had broadcast the program. Stanton would later go on to head the news division of CBS, and in time would become president of the network, as well as chairman of the board of the RAND Corporation, the influential think tank which has done groundbreaking research on, among other things, mass brainwashing. Two years later, with Rockefeller Foundation money, Cantril established the Office of Public Opinion Research (OPOR), also at Princeton. Among the studies conducted by the OPOR was an analysis of the effectiveness of “psycho-political operations” (propaganda, in plain English) of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Then, during World War II, Cantril and Rockefeller money assisted CFR member and CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow in setting up the Princeton Listening Center, the purpose of which was to study Nazi radio propaganda with the object of applying Nazi techniques to OSS propaganda. Out of this project came a new government agency, the Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service (FBIS). The FBIS eventually became the United States Information Agency (USIA), which is the propaganda arm of the National Security Council. Thus, by the end of the 1940s, the basic research had been done and the propaganda apparatus of the national security state had been set up–just in time for the Dawn of Television.”
Experiments conducted by researcher Herbert Krugman reveal that when a person watches television, brain activity switches from the left to the right hemisphere. The left hemisphere is the seat of logical thought. Here, information is broken down into its component parts and critically analyzed. The right brain, however, treats incoming data uncritically, processing information in wholes, leading to emotional, rather than logical responses. The shift from left to right brain activity also causes the release of endorphins, the body’s own natural opiates–thus, it is possible to become physically addicted to watching television, a hypothesis borne out by numerous studies which have shown that very few people are able to kick the television habit. It’s no longer an overstatement to note that the youth today that are raised and taught through network television are intellectually dead by their early teens.
The dumbing down of humanity is represented by another shift which occurs in the brain when we watch television. Activity in the higher brain regions (such as the neo-cortex) is diminished, while activity in the lower brain regions (such as the limbic system) increases. The latter, commonly referred to as the reptile brain, is associated with more primitive mental functions, such as the “fight or flight” response. The reptile brain is unable to distinguish between reality and the simulated reality of television. To the reptile brain, if it looks real, it is real. Thus, though we know on a conscious level it is “only a film,” on a conscious level we do not–the heart beats faster, for instance, while we watch a suspenseful scene. Similarly, we know the commercial is trying to manipulate us, but on an unconscious level the commercial nonetheless succeeds in, say, making us feel inadequate until we buy whatever thing is being advertised–and the effect is all the more powerful because it is unconscious, operating on the deepest level of human response. The reptile brain makes it possible for us to survive as biological beings, but it also leaves us vulnerable to the manipulations of television programmers. This is where the manipulators use our own emotions as strings to control us. The distortions and directions we are being moved to are taking place in the subconscious, often undetected.
Propaganda techniques were first codified and applied in a scientific manner by journalist Walter Lippman and psychologist Edward Bernays (nephew of Sigmund Freud) early in the 20th century. During World War I, Lippman and Bernays were hired by then United States President, Woodrow Wilson, to participate in the Creel Commission, the mission of which was to sway popular opinion in favor of entering the war, on the side of Britain. Edward Bernays said in his 1928 book Propaganda that, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”
The Creel Commission provided themes for speeches by “four-minute men” at public functions, and also encouraged censorship of the American press. The Commission was so unpopular that after the war, Congress closed it down without providing funding to organize and archive its papers. The war propaganda campaign of Lippman and Bernays produced within six months such an intense anti-German hysteria as to permanently impress American business (and Adolf Hitler, among others) with the potential of large-scale propaganda to control public opinion. Bernays coined the terms “group mind” and “engineering consent”, important concepts in practical propaganda work. The current public relations industry is a direct outgrowth of Lippman’s and Bernays’ work and is still used extensively by the United States government. For the first half of the 20th century Betrays and Lip man ran a very successful public relations firm. World War II saw continued use of propaganda as a weapon of war, both by Hitler’s propagandist Joseph Gobbles and the British Political Warfare Executive, as well as the United States Office of War Information.
Turn on your local newscast. You have a few minutes of blue-collar crime, hardly any white collar crime, a few minutes of sports, misc. chit chat, random political jibber-jabber, and a look at the weather that no one is forecasting correctly. Is that what happened in your town? And we’re supposed to own the airwaves! The mainstream media openly supports the interests of the prison industrial complex. The stories focus on minority criminal groups, and exploit the real threat to appear much more dangerous than they are. Think about the growing per capita number of prisoners in the country. Then remember that this is happening at the same time that our prison boom began. The police on our streets have created criminals. The focus is to keep us in a state of fear, that way the elitists can attack any group they want to without fear of consequence. This is why the media is continuing to craft the timeless art of dehumanization.
The techniques are increasing in their sophistication over time as the mind scientists that serve the empire continue to discover scientific breakthroughs as to how the human brain functions, learns, retains information, and behaves. The most effective brainwashing techniques are used on the most successful propaganda networks. Examine the music bed that lies low during the fright night scope of the second. It’s spooky. I wonder if we are supposed to be thinking with our minds or getting ready for stunt. Observe the graphics with the music. They’re glitzy and flashing. Like the monkey that is attracted to shiny objects, it’s our monkey hand that controls to remote often stops the search for entertainment when the proper amount of glamour catches their attention. Most importantly, notice the repetition behind the lies that the politicians and their corporate media groupies tell us. You see, the unimaginable fallacies are created as ‘truth’ not because it’s logical or provable, but because of the broken record technique. No matter how ridiculous the lie, it’s repeated often enough that the brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and nursery rhymes. This technique is under estimated in its ability to allow the puppeteers to hypnotize millions of people. Instead of “Fair and balanced” it’s “We say it enough times, and you believe it.”
It’s a tragic day when the state can monopolize on the enslaving and imprisonment of a population. Hollywood will continue to frighten us with films on the mafia, gangsters, and the corrupt blue collar criminal whose stupidity and greed get them caught. In the end, our minds are already pre conditioned to accept living in a police state economy and society because we read it in the paper, saw it praised on the news and talk shows, or saw it in a movie. There are several movies planned right now that support the official story of 911 and a few movies that glamorize the War on IRAQ. According to David L Robb, Author of Operation Hollywood, “Hollywood and the Pentagon have a long history of making movies together. It’s a tradition that stretches back to the early days of silent films, and extends right up until the present day. It’s been a collaboration that works well for both sides. Hollywood producers get what they want – access to billions of dollars worth of military hardware and equipment – tanks, jet fighters, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers – and the military gets what it wants – films that portray the military in a positive light; films that help the services in their recruiting efforts. The Pentagon is not merely a passive supporter of films, however. If the Pentagon doesn’t like a script, it will usually suggest script changes that will allow the film to receive the military’s support and approval. Sometimes these proposed changes are minor. But sometimes the changes are dramatic. Sometimes they change dialogue. Sometimes they change characters. Sometimes they even change history.” They create something coined ‘disinfotainment’. They mix disinformation with entertainment and call it disinfotainment.
Unadulterated Violence is now accepted on regular TV. Killing in the name of the mother government is praised, that is unless the violence is committed in self defense to protect someone from the system. Sharp shooters, bombers, and assassin are worshipped if they are fighting for the system, are in the military, or are associated with groups that control the masses locally, such as the local police department. I don’t condone violence, however it’s hypocritical to support one form of homicide when it favors the elite, and condemn another when it’s done to protect your land, freedom, or loved ones. This odd reality transfers itself into the shady world of video games that are stepped in plots and tasks to kill as much as the player can. The players are getting younger and younger with 7 out of 10 children playing games with a ‘Mature’ rating. Recently I was browsing the PC video game selection at a very large electronics store. I was appalled to see nearly 50 different games in which the setting of the game is IRAQ and the goal is to kill as many insurgents as possible and fulfill the mission. Children today are being indoctrinated through their favorite games and law enforcement programs to be the button pushes of the weapons of mass destruction for tomorrow’s world.
Is it any wonder why there are two house bills and a senate bill (with more on the way), which are giant steps in dismantling free speech of the general public. These bills together would kill (PEG) cable access centers where the public still owns the airwaves. It’s the programming created locally, without censorship or commercial gain. Their income is derived from franchises within the local cities and a small percentage cable subscriber frees. This is a corporate takeover because this is centralizing communication by removing the locally based programming and moving the audience to the more official, nationalistic, and sensational programs that promotes violence, uniformity, and slavery over peach, diversity and freedom. Cable access features free speech and information with perspectives neglected by mainstream television. It also features a free flow programming system with fresh programs being aired by new producers on a rotating basis. This keeps the content and information creative and locally based while network TV is rigid with regular time slots and repetitive programming.
The blocks of programming that are universally accepted parallel the shift to craft our entire lives towards the factory’s bell and the illusion of time. This is the creation of the hive mind. The hive mind is result of massive brainwashing to the general public. Everyone shares the same thoughts, goals, knowledge and understanding. A hive mind society gears itself towards conformity and ignores diversity while masqueraded as the road to utopia in mainstream television. Network programming, weather it’s the news or drama, is geared towards artificially creating your world and reality. With the proper amount of entertainment and sensationalism, we may even be living our lives through the television set. Many anchors and actors are beautiful and research shows that attractive people are usually perceived as trust worthy. While the real news rolls quickly by on the bottom of your screen, the anchor is selling you on the idea of having your very own police state hell hole right here in your local jurisdiction, or how 2 sports opposing teams chased around on a court for 2 hours in attempt to score points means something to you. No education, no information, SPIN. Today the media represents a tool of brainwashing and indoctrination that is utilized on behalf of the owners interests.
Since the 1996 Telco act, television and radio stations all across the nation were bought out by major international media outlets. Clear Channel and Infinity are the two largest corporations in radio today. This has centralized the distribution of information and has threatened our free society ever since. The media drums to the heartbeat of its owners, whose interests are not of the general public. Instead they are interested in their other financial endeavors like defense contracting, oil business, political parties, prison industry. The conflicts of interest are monumental with the deregulation of the corporations. The lines are now blurred between one network’s coverage of the war and the other.
Once we come to the conclusion that the media is intentionally deceiving us, we can apply the principles of problem-reaction-solution. This formula takes a problem by either creating it or allowing it to happen and presenting that to the population. It could be terrorism, molestation, extra terrestrials. These topics create fear and no one in their right mind would support terrorism or crime. It’s therefore OK to blast the television, the papers, and radio with ‘the problem.’ The natural reaction from the people is a request for more control to ensure more safety. Most let their fear and emotional side control their decisions and usually translated into something like, “The government needs more power over our lives to make us safer and freer from tyranny. I believe what the media tells me so I will support whatever decisions they make.” Today’s mainstream corporate news program discourages dissent of the war and paints activists with a negative brush that hints of treason. At the same time, the so-called journalists are cogs in a much larger machine who know that if they report a story that paints the government in a dark light, is likely to remain on ‘the wire’ and off the front page.
The most disturbing thing about spending a single hour examining network cable news and modern Hollywood films are the reoccurring themes in the backdrop. The central ideas of countless “investigative reports” or “Friday night special” features are about a threat of some type over the horizon. The end of the world as we know it is being sold. If the news isn’t feeding it to you, then the History Channel or Discover Channel are either talking about the crusades, asteroids, UFOs, earthquakes, terrorism, or exposes about serial killers. They are crafted a message that our world is unstable, and the threat is always an invisible and dangerous one that only our military can fix. When you record and log all the messages, you end up with a script, a screen write produced through the movie studios of Hollywood hell.
I am not alone in noting this observation. Local and network news are designing their editorials about despair and fear because the owners, producers, and editors now understand that fear sells. The end result are the desired ratings, delivered like expected. The masters of modern spin understand that we like to be terrified. Just look at the success in the action/suspense/terror genres that have plopped onto the conveyor belt and packaged for our glee consumption. When the editors in charge found out that simply plastering a terror alert chart didn’t scare the people the same way it used to, they began to kick up the campaign of terror a few notches with new and creative ways to sell the police state.
When you get to the other side of the terror alerts of all shapes and sizes, you find another nightmare masquerading as the savior. The ‘Ministry of Truth’ will protect you. The mother government is here to rescue you and squash this brown terrorist bug, this gray alien, this avian bird flu, and every other nightmare that the nightly news brought you. The finest public relations specialists take the science of worshipping our kings down to a frame by frame level. George W. Bush is pictured in numerous poises with a hallo around his head. In other pictures, he stands tall with dozens of American flags blowing in the wind behind him. A more blasphemous display features him speaking in front of the cross of Jesus Christ. The message send couldn’t be more clearly presented. Our current leaders are of the messiah status and only through them, will we reach the gates of safety. The lie that has been accepted by so many as truth is that this is a religious war. Numerous prime time programs are telling the story of the crusades (without the horrors) to synch our vibrations up to something out of the 13th Century, instead of the 21st Century. If the America people accept the fact that the crusades are here, that George Bush reports directly to god, and that revelations are here, then they have won the war for our minds.
The loudspeaker whispers, “All our problems are by accident, never design.” Across the room the system’s minion snorts, “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” It’s that plot that says Middle Eastern terrorists from an Afghan cave are the reason beyond our little, “War on terror.” Related messages in the script demonize young minority males and suggest harsh punishments for crimes they commit. They don’t come out overtly and state their racist agenda. They come at you from the side by airing the same crime news repetitively, usually when it’s committed by the minority group. The networks love the fact that the TV sets the norms in society and today, and hence politically opinion. Who would imagine that in the United States of America, both candidates of both parties in the 2004 election would be members of the Skull and Bones society at Yale University? Out of 290 million Americans, this is the best we could come up with?
It is the decision of the owners to influence producers, editors, and others involved to paint to brush to fit the objective, which is the bottom line. If Sports is what the people want, then they get it, usually in large doses. Multi-media sports (or spectator sports) is just an escape from our own existence. It’s like gambling, or drug addiction. It provides that buffer zone of rooting for something with other people that we’ve been told is good. People’s fantasies also lead them to fixating on sports. Its simulated masculinity, in an age where there’s a push to change us from men to robots. It’s human nature to resist and fight that which is suppressing us. The sociologists and psychologists in areas of influence know this. Spectator sports prove the outlet internationally for what has been stripped away from us. We’ve lost the right to rebel and change our government through warfare if necessary. Today the bulk of our nation’s population today doesn’t know what’s really going on with the fall of the American dollar and the plans for the transfer of American wealth to other countries. However, most can tell you who the top basketball or football players are. A lot of fans wish they were the stars, out there on the stage, the court, and the drag strip. Either you’re “numero uno” in center stage or you’re nothing. End of story.
What I never understood when I was in high school was why my peers and friends would act naïve or ignorant in a “Wayne’s World” or “Beavis and Butthead” kind of way. What I’ve learned since then is that the numerous programs that are pimping themselves of as ‘entertainment’ are actually demo graphed to the lowest common denominator. This is especially true with disc jockeys in Radio today. The reason our airwaves are saturated with jokes and content centered on fart jokes, private parts, borderline racism, and general trash talk is because it is selling. In the meantime, large numbers of our children, young adults, and older audiences are mimicking what they see and hear because the current ‘norm’ is selling this behavior as cool or ‘chic.’ When the conditioned is so intense that these forms of content are considered the norm, anything else seems either bizarre or uninteresting to the average American’s attention span that is decreasing by the day. Hypothetically, if a producer on a network did get away from a feature story exposing government corruption at the highest levels, chances are the large impact necessary wouldn’t be realized because the average viewer’s brain has already been conditioned to seek out certain types of disinfotainment.
The media has created the picture perfect society that could exist if we only did things their way, (their interests/government interest). It tells us what happiness is and what it is not and same for love, hate or anything else they can implant into our sub consciousness. We can become the perfect slave to the system through indoctrination given through network TV. Over time the messages are becoming increasingly racist, violent, and dishonest. But the programming began decades ago and few have the eyes to see it for what it has become. We live in a world where the populations give their minds away to the official version of the event, where utopia is right around the corner when big brother is riding shotgun. It’s a world where Hollywood can make you believe anything, even that you are free. It’s a world in which the prosecutor and the judge sit on the same side of the bench. The most obvious reason that our minds are being controlled on a massive scale psychologically, is become our culture has been conditioned incriminatingly to a TV, a radio, or a paper. We are given the world reality through a screen, some ink, or radio waves. The truth is hiding in plain site. The indoctrination through these mediums warns us that views other than those presented by them are unimportant and too be condemned. This Administration and media monopoly has a carefully crafted dehumanization program to anyone that dissents the official version of events.
Some people are wrong about 5% of the time. Some are wrong most of the time. I wish I was wrong all the time. A lot of people deal with these
intense realities, by asking me rhetorically, “What is the solution, smart guy?” Remember, it’s the viewers, the consumers and all the other little votes called dollars that helped this oligarchy system lay its concrete foundation in our backyards. We must recognize the truth about why the system is flawed and enslaving us if we wish to beat it. The most important solution to fighting this type of brainwashing and mind control is to start with ourselves and our own awakening in the smaller things. In this case, it’s brainwashing but after awhile we break Outside the Box and begin venturing outside the system and into unknown terrain. Fighting with people and forcing them to understand ‘our truth’ is not a solution. If our collective free will created this nightmare, than only our collective free will change it. The battle begins in the heart and mind of the beholder, and then extends outward from there, only to those open to the information.
If you choose to travel the road to the truth, then you must be prepared for the obstacles that await you. You may be condemned or criticized by your family, your friends, your lovers, or your co-workers. This is their programming that began at birth that is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. You’re going to have to be stronger than that. You must realize that there is a reality that exists outside of this controlled artificial system. Like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade, he took that ‘leap of faith’ over the bridgeless canyon in an attempt to get to the other side. Like Neo in the Matrix, he took the red pill from Morpheus in his attempt to cross over to his real self. Once you wake up, it’s as if a hypnotist came along and snapped his fingers. You wake up and say to yourself, “Oh my god. I can see it now. Why did it take me so long to wake up?!” For some of you it can be a major shock. Like anything else, take this information and knowledge in stages. If it took a lifetime for them to mold your reality for you, then you know that it may take longer than a day to fully awaken. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

China and Russia Spoil UN Embargo Actions on Iran

[US and EU may go it alone, with so-called "crippling actions" (euphemism for military blockade) on behalf of Zionist masters.]

West lowers sights for new Iran sanctions at U.N.

By Louis Charbonneau – Analysis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Western powers are gearing up for talks on a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program but will not target Iran’s energy sector to ensure Russia’s and China’s support.

The decision to begin exploring the possibilities for new punitive measures against Tehran reflects the growing impatience in the United States, Britain, France and Germany, the four Western powers that have joined forces with Russia and China to persuade Iran to freeze parts of its nuclear program.

“We have waited long enough for Iran,” a European diplomat said on condition of anonymity. “We and our friends in the (six powers) agree it is time to consider next steps at the U.N.”

But the scaling back of the West’s expectations for new U.N. steps against Iran for defying Security Council demands to stop enriching uranium shows that the Europeans and Americans have accepted that Moscow and Beijing, with their close trade ties to Tehran, will not let Iran’s economy be crippled.

Diplomats said the Western powers are eager to ratchet up the pressure on the Islamic Republic. But they also need to keep Moscow and Beijing on board to send a clear signal to Tehran that the world’s big powers are united against it.

The United States and its Western allies fear Tehran is covertly seeking atomic weapons, a charge Iran denies.

Just a few months ago U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders warned Iran that it could face “crippling sanctions” if it continued to reject U.N. demands about its nuclear program.

But “crippling” measures would not make it through the United Nations. The kinds of sanctions that Russia and China can accept in a new U.N. resolution, Western diplomats said, include largely symbolic measures, such as adding names to a U.N. blacklist to face asset freezes and travel bans.

OTHER OPTIONS – EUROS, LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS?

One senior Western diplomat said a new U.N. sanctions resolution could be expected to target “at least another bank, more individuals, more companies — possibly a shipping company — a tighter ban on arms, possibly political measures.”

Another senior European diplomat told Reuters the Security Council could “never pass crippling sanctions against Iran’s oil and gas businesses because Russia and China have a veto.”

“Such sanctions will have to come from the European Union, or outside the U.N., and we hope to do that,” he said.

A senior Western diplomat said the Western powers had other options independent of the United Nations. Those options would not be symbolic, he said.

He said that if European governments were to forbid Iranian banks from engaging in any transactions in euros, it would have “quite serious consequences” for Iran. Such a measure is both feasible and possible if the “political will” exists in Europe, he added.

Other diplomats said the West could prevent Iran from getting hold of the lucrative technology to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG). Tehran has been eager to acquire LNG technology for some time but has been unable to get top industry players to close deals with it.

Iran has the world’s second largest gas reserves after Russia.

Diplomats said negotiations on new sanctions would likely begin before the end of the year, when an unofficial deadline runs out — a deadline the U.S. and European leaders had given Iran to begin talks on their offer of economic and political incentives in exchange for halting nuclear enrichment.

Diplomats said it was highly unlikely the Security Council would be able to approve a new sanctions resolution before the end of the year. Negotiations would likely drag for weeks or months as the Russians and Chinese work hard to water down the measures, as they did with previous sanctions resolutions.

Western diplomats said their fears about Iran’s nuclear program were confirmed this week by a new report from the U.N. nuclear watchdog that said it was concerned Tehran might still be engaging in clandestine atomic activities.

Iran has also rejected a U.N. proposal to ship most of its low-enriched uranium out of the country for further enrichment and processing in Russia and France before returning it to the Islamic Republic for use in a medical reactor that produces isotopes for cancer treatment.

Tehran has enough low-enriched uranium for approximately one bomb, if enriched to a much higher purity level, and U.N. officials had said that moving most of it temporarily out of Iran would have bought time for negotiations aimed at ending Tehran’s nuclear standoff with the West.

Shortly after U.S. President Barack Obama took over from George W. Bush in January, he announced that he was willing to engage directly with Iran to mend ties between the two nations, which have not had diplomatic relations for three decades.

Western diplomats said hopes had been high that Iran would take Obama’s outstretched hand and end its confrontational approach to the West. But they have been disappointed.

“It doesn’t look like Iran wants to resolve this problem,” a diplomat said. “It’s not surprising but it’s disappointing.”

(Additional reporting by Patrick Worsnip; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Criminals and Spies Posing as Militants

State behind shadows

Kamila Hyat

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor

The demand by French parliamentarians that allegations by a newspaper regarding the payment of $4.3 million to Asif Ali Zardari and other Pakistanis in kickbacks from a 1994 submarine sale to Pakistan be investigated opens up many possibilities.

The insinuations that stem from that deal take the case well beyond the league of other major scandals involving defence deals, such as that which surfaced in the 80s, linking the then Indian prime minister Rajeev Gandhi to massive kickbacks paid out by the Swedish firm, Bofors. Such bribery of course takes place around the world. However, the Pakistan case appears to be unique. French investigators say Pakistanis, displeased with the failure to pay all the money promised as kickbacks, may have had a hand in the 2002 suicide bombing that killed 14 people, including 11 French naval engineers working on the submarines.

The attack was one of the earliest by a suicide bomber in the country where such means of mass murder were virtually unknown till after 2001. It remains, to this day, an attack which killed the largest number of westerners. The killing was at the time blamed on groups linked to Al Qaeda, and two members of a jihadi organisation were indeed found guilty by a lower court in Sindh but were acquitted by the provincial high court due to lack of evidence. In France, since this summer, investigators have been looking into the possibility that Pakistani intelligence officials were behind the bombing — which they think might have been intended to send out a message to Paris. The kickback payments were stopped after a change in the French government and in 2000, France moved for international conventions that banned kickbacks to be put in place. French officials who back this theory say the logic of the attack would have been similar to traditional mafia hits on those who fail to pay back debts: to make an example of someone who is seen as unlikely to pay up, and thereby send a message to others, even while officially being able to point the finger at someone else.

In President Zardari’s, defence it must be said that in 2002, he was indeed in jail. As his spokesman has said, while denying the story, it is hard to see how he could have been behind the attack carried out at a time when General Pervez Musharraf was at the height of his power. The French president — Nicolas Sarkozy — a minister at the time the submarine deal was signed, has also denied the story though there is a suspicion this is tied in to his attempts to alter France’s independent investigation system rather than any genuine knowledge about the events of 2002. It is also apparent that the story, coming as an anti-Zardari campaign gains momentum, has been played up. The Pakistan government has ordered a new investigation into the attack, though it is hard to believe that much credible evidence will emerge from it.

There are a number of important implications in the whole sordid business. The links between elements in the intelligence agencies and the militants have only recently been broken, as the military takes on the Taliban. The attack on the GHQ a few weeks ago and more recently on the ISI office in Peshawar is an outcome of this breakdown in a long relationship. But if elements other than the militants are capable of organising suicide attacks, more questions arise as to the nature of our state and the shadowy network that links groups within it, creating a labyrinth that makes it extremely difficult to distinguish truth from fiction.

The existence of outfits that mirror the working of militants or that incorporate them in their own efforts is relevant to other cases of terrorism too. The 2007 murder of Benazir Bhutto remains a mystery. We are, almost two years after it took place, no closer than before to solving what happened though the killing has had a huge impact on our political system, badly weakening it and the democratic set ups that stem from it. The status of Pakistan’s own probe into the death is unknown. Certainly it has faded rather unexpectedly into the background given that Benazir Bhutto’s own party is in power. A UN investigation — for what it is worth — continues. There are many who suspect that Baitullah Mehsud, the man named as having plotted the murder, indeed had little to do with it. We know the assassination was meticulously planned, involving bombers and multiple sharp-shooters. It is possible that the extremist shield was used to provide cover to other killers.

This has happened in the case of other deaths — including that of Major General Faisal Alvi, killed by unknown gunmen in 2008. In April this year, a former military official admitted to the murder – claiming he had carried it out in revenge for the death in Afghanistan of his brother, a militant. But other suspicions linger on, with some reports suggesting the flamboyant Alvi could have been preparing to expose links between elements in the intelligence agencies, the Taliban and other extremist outfits. There is no way of knowing if there is any truth in this.

The possibilities are quite obviously limitless. Extremists could be used to cover up other crimes, committed for completely different motives, and to deflect blame from their true perpetrators. Even petty criminals seem to be able to resort to this. In 2008, a businessman in Bhakkar ‘hired’ a young suicide bomber to target a rival and staged an attack that killed 20 people. The motive was initially believed to be sectarian. If ordinary murderers can hide behind militancy, it is obvious that more powerful elements can do so too.

In the state we have created, it is hard to know what is mirage and what reality. The intelligence agencies that manipulate so much of what happens are a factor in this. The French submarine story suggests suicide bombings may not always involve extremists; the origins of such attacks may have been different. The games played are dangerous ones. They continue today, and they will indeed not come to an end until we can find a way of more effectively controlling our agencies, limiting their size and bringing them under some kind of centralised command within a state that is not run from secret locations scattered across its territory but only by the institutions constitutionally assigned to do so.

Email: kamilahyat@hotmail.com

The Real Cost of this War, the Suffering of the Innocent

IDPs and winter

As winter sets in over Waziristan, the over 300,000 people reported by the UN to have fled the area have now begun to move beyond the neighbouring districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank, where they have so far been based. With little prospect of being able to return to abandoned homes till after the snows melt away, IDPs are headed to larger cities in search of work to sustain them over this period. Some say they are also fearful of clashes breaking out in D I Khan, where persons from rival tribes have all sought shelter. It is also clear that the IDPs from South Waziristan have not received the level of help offered to those from Swat. Requests from international humanitarian agencies to be permitted to work with the IDPs have been turned down by authorities on the grounds of security.

These concerns are valid, but as a consequence men, women and children who have played no part in militancy suffer. Even the International Committee of the Red Cross, known internationally as a body that is neutral, has been prevented from visiting the conflict zone or even areas where IDPs are based. With the advent of winter certain to impose a prolonged period of displacement, it is vital that the situation be reviewed. Ensuring that the people of Waziristan receive adequate support goes beyond immediate humanitarian needs of the old, the sick, the very young or the vulnerable. Wining the trust of these people is of utmost importance and this could prove a vital factor in the future to ensure that victory in Waziristan over the militants is sustained and indeed built upon to guarantee the future of the territory.

Dangerous Disconnect With Reality Masquerading as Leadership

[Miliband is typical of all modern leaders--he is either dangerously ignorant of the real causes of all this crap, or he is a hypocritical liar, who loves to tell the sheeple the most outrageous stories, knowing that they will accept anything he says.  There are so many layers of pure B.S. overlapping each other in the thirty years of lies that we have been fed concerning Afghanistan, that it would be surprising if even the CIA could keep it all straight.  All of the trouble that we are in there stems from the original deceitful program to create a jihadi army, that began it all.  Instead of solving our problems by correcting our history of lies, we cover the old lies with a fresh layer of brand new lies.  We created "militant Islam" to fight our wars for us.  It's time to un-create it.]

Cryptograms

Decoding the various messages that come out of Afghanistan or those that are given to Afghanistan by its well-wishers is an arcane artform. The latest message has been delivered by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, while speaking at a meeting of the NATO parliamentary assembly in Edinburgh. Miliband is a frequent visitor to the region and presumably has a ‘feel’ for its complex politics. That said, one wonders who he has in mind when he says that ending the war in Afghanistan is going to need ‘senior Taliban figures’ sitting in government. Military action, he says, must be accompanied by a ‘political surge’. Presumably this does not mean flooding the country with yet more politicians in the hope that by sheer force of numbers they are somehow going to ‘make a difference’. He seems to be under the impression that the majority of the Taliban may be persuaded to stop fighting, but how he has determined that they are peace-loving pastoralists at heart who would happily lay down the Kalashnikov and pick up the hoe is not clear.

The ‘top Taliban’ in Afghanistan are driven and motivated ideologues with years of fighting under their belts. They are unlikely to join any government that does not reflect their vision. Miliband talked of ‘reintegration’ and of the insurgency starting to ‘fray and crumble’. The insurgency shows no sign of fraying or crumbling and although the Taliban are under pressure there is little or no indication that they are about to pack up and go home. In one of his more lucid moments Miliband acknowledged that the task was going to be far from straightforward – but pointed out that enemies of a past era are now in government together and that could happen with today’s adversaries. Former Taliban, he said, are now in government and that at least is true – but the government is monstrously corrupt, weak at the centre and barely functional outside greater Kabul. How long it will last is anybody’s guess. He probably had little choice but to say what he did, yet viewed from our end of the telescope his statement appears to bear little resemblance to what we understand ground realities to be. He concluded by delivering his own version of the ‘Pakistan must do more’ mantra by calling for more support for Pakistan to ‘squeeze the life’ out of the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Messages are tailored to audiences and Miliband’s audience in Edinburgh got what it wanted to hear. Decoding it for local consumption suggests a reality-disconnect that bodes ill for all of us.

Three Day Warning to Protect Building, What About the People Outside?

Police were tipped about attack on spy agencies

Some stations received information after bombing at ISI headquarters

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Javed Aziz Khan

PESHAWAR: The Frontier police were tipped off about a possible suicide bombing at the offices of spy agencies in NWFP and Fata well ahead of the attack on the provincial headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on Khyber Road here on November 13, a source confided to The News.

The NWFP government was informed on November 10 that a suicide bomber had been sent from the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stronghold to attack the office of the country’s intelligence agency in any of the mentioned districts or Miramshah subdivision of the North Waziristan Agency.

“A reliable source has indicated that militants from North Waziristan are plotting attack (through suicide car-bombing) on the country’s secret agencies offices. Likely targets could be intelligence agencies’ offices in Miramshah, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat and Peshawar, etc,” said the dispatch No 2898 from the office of

the additional chief secretary (ACS) home and tribal

affairs sent to the bosses of the Frontier police on November 10.

The message, a copy of which is available with The News, revealed that an explosive-laden vehicle, likely to be non-custom paid, might be used in the attack. “Tight security and extreme vigilance is suggested to thwart any untoward incident,” said the letter.

The sources said the information was accordingly conveyed to the capital city police officer (CCPO) of Peshawar, the SSPs of operations, coordination and investigation, Peshawar, and the district police officers (DPOs) concerned the same day.

The sources said security was already at its best but it was further beefed up around the offices of spy agencies in Peshawar, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan and Miramshah after receiving the tip-off.

The suicide bomber, however, succeeded in bombing the regional office of the ISI on the Khyber Road with a mini-truck.

The blast, triggered through high-intensity ex-

plosives, killed 12 people and injured around 70 people

but the destruction it caused to the infrastructure was colossal.

The tragic aspect of the story is that some of the police stations in the province received the information conveyed by the office of the ACS days after the explosion at the ISI headquarters.

Peshawar’s hospital staff face war-like situation

Peshawar’s hospital staff face war-like situation

‘Victims are pouring in almost daily now. We start our day with prayers that may Allah spare us from tragedy,’ says Arif. —AFP Photo

PESHAWAR: Doctors and nurses battle round the clock to save lives in Pakistan’s war against the Taliban, threatened with death and struggling to treat horrific injuries at a colonial-era hospital.

‘We’re under severe psychological pressure. How long will we get bodies of men, women and children, severed limbs, severed heads?’ said Sajida Nasreen, catching her breath on duty at the main hospital in the northwest city of Peshawar.

‘A dead 11-year-old was brought in, drenched in blood but his shoes shining with polish. His father came, lifted the child onto his lap, kissed him and said: ‘I sent you to school, not to die’.

‘For the first time in my career, I wept bitterly,’ said the nurse, who at 53 thought she had seen everything until Al-Qaeda-linked attacks got worse and worse, killing 2,540 people in Pakistan over 29 months.

‘Those responsible should see the situation in the hospital to understand what these blasts do,’ she added.

Lady Reading Hospital, or LRH as it is known among the 2.5 million residents of Peshawar, was founded in 1924 when Lord Reading was viceroy of India and is now one of Pakistan’s largest teaching hospitals.

On a visit to the area, his wife fell off a horse and suffered an injury, only to find proper treatment was unavailable locally. In England, she collected donations from British philanthropists and set up a hospital that ultimately took her name.

But the romance of its beginnings has vanished under the carnage witnessed in Peshawar and the surrounding North West Frontier Province (NWFP) where Taliban bombings and military offensives have been concentrated.

‘We have dealt with 49 blasts… 2,200 injured and 576 bodies in bombings,’ Doctor Ataullah Arif, surgeon in charge of the emergency ward, told AFP.

Tactics are changing. Bombings of crowded markets are beginning to maximise civilian casualties. Attacks on the army, police and paramilitary to avenge the government’s alliance in the US-led ‘war on terror’ are becoming more brazen.

‘Victims are pouring in almost daily now. We start our day with prayers that may Allah spare us from tragedy,’ said Arif.

‘We have been working under severe stress over the past two months. I can’t explain the situation in words.

‘Very often there are bodies and blood, as rows of stretchers start flowing amid shouts and screams,’ he said.

The 1,543 beds are woefully inadequate and the hospital is struggling to overcome dire shortages to build a 500-bed emergency ward.

‘In an emergency, sometimes we put two wounded on one bed and people with lesser injuries are treated on the floor or in wheelchairs,’ said Arif.

There are fears that a suicide bomber could strike the hospital, a soft target.

There are eight gates into the 30-acre compound guarded by just seven policemen, Arif says.

‘Our staff are constantly in danger. They are under severe threat from militants.We have received calls from militants, warning the staff ‘you are treating those who are our target. We will not spare you.’’

LRH chief executive, Doctor Abdul Hameed Afridi, says shortage of space is so acute that the basement was converted into a mortuary last year.

‘We face great difficulty in coping with the situation. We badly need funds, equipment and trained staff. In such a big hospital, we have just one CT scan machine and no MRI facility,’ said Afridi.

‘We need life saving drugs. LRH bears the pressure not only from NWFP but from Afghanistan. When there is a big disaster in Afghanistan casualties are also sent to Peshawar,’ he said.

Aged 25, Bibi Zakia is one of LRH’s younger nurses but has grown old quickly in the face of horror.

‘It is a human crisis. It’s a huge burden. We have to treat not only the victims, but also take care of their relatives,’ she said.

‘We are tired but I’m proud to be a nurse and I think I’m better than millions of others because I’m serving humanity.’But even hardened nurses sometimes find it difficult to cope with the magnitude of the suffering.

One particular occasion was a car bomb on October 28 that killed 118 people in Peshawar’s Meena market, frequented by women and children, in the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan for two years.

‘I remember two charred bodies of children. They looked like roast chickens. It was horrible. I couldn’t control myself. Pain and anguish filled my body and I screamed and I shouted: what was their crime?’

Rejecting Obama, U.S. Jews push West Bank settlement

[If Obama really did represent some kind of hope in the cosmic scheme of things, then these continuous insults from Netanyahu and Lieberman would serve as a wake-up call.  He must know, that if he continues to grovel before the Zionist master race then it will only get worse for him and for us.  For the sake of his children and for all of us, Obama better start acting like he really was a smart man.  The rest of us had better start praying for a political miracle.]

Rejecting Obama, U.S. Jews push West Bank settlement

Photo

By Tom Perry

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – President Barack Obama may be telling Israelis that building settlements round Jerusalem risks dangerously fuelling Palestinian anger, but some of his fellow Democrats brought the opposite message to the city on Wednesday.

Dov Hikind, a member of New York state’s assembly, looked out over Jerusalem’s Old City and dismissed the "extreme" view on the matter taken by his party’s president.

He urged fellow American Jews to buy homes on occupied land rather than in traditional U.S. vacation spots.

"I’m trying to get a whole bunch of my friends to actually buy," said Hikind during a tour of settlement housing projects for several dozen potential U.S. investors.

"Rather than buying second homes in Florida, we want people to buy in Israel," he said, having watched a foundation stone laid for an extension to the Nof Zion, or Zion View, settlement.

Palestinians, whose leaders declared this week’s Israeli government approval for more settlement building near Jerusalem a killer blow to peace, reject Hikind’s description of Nof Zion as "Israel," as it lies on occupied land they want for a state.

But his views, shared by significant numbers of American Jews, many of them Democrat voters, are an indication of Obama’s difficulties in holding to his demands that Israel halt its expansion of settlements in the interests of a peace agreement.

Hikind’s active participation in the settlement policy that has seen Israel move close to a tenth of its Jewish population onto land captured from the Arabs in the 1967 war is not very common among Jews in the United States. But financial support from Americans, some benefiting from U.S. tax relief on charity, is a significant source of funding for West Bank settlements.

A small group of Israeli peace activists staged a protest against Hikind’s tour on Wednesday. Israeli left-wingers echo Obama’s line that expanding settlement for ideological and religious reasons is jeopardizing Israel’s security.

Settlements, home to significant numbers of immigrants from the United States, also benefit from support from fundamentalist American Christians — like Republican former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

"The thing that prompted me to organize this group is being so angry at the Obama administration," said Hikind.

"I WANT TO LIVE HERE"

As he looked out across the valley toward the Old City, where the gilded Dome of the Rock marks out the Muslim holy site that Jews revere as the site of their ancient Temple, he said:

"I don’t want to displace anyone. I don’t want to kick anyone out of their homes. I have no hate, no malice in my heart. I want to live here and I am trying to work that out."

Yet Palestinians in the city feel that is exactly what Israel and its international supporters are trying to do, displacing today’s inhabitants with foreign-born Jews who claim an ancestral and religious right to land going back 2,000 years.

On the same day as Hikind was showing fellow Jews the sites of future homes, and Obama was condemning Israel’s approval of 900 new homes at the nearby Gilo settlement, Abdel Halim Darry had his house demolished by Israeli authorities. Arabs complain that they are denied permission to build for growing families.

"The difference between us is clear," Darry said. "There are plans to build 900 housing units in Gilo, in order to accommodate their so-called population growth, while our growth is not taken into account, and we have to make-do with what we have. I have no idea where the Palestinians should go."

Other Arabs in the city make complaints, endorsed by the United Nations and world powers, that they are unfairly evicted by courts from homes where ownership is in dispute, while Arabs have little chance of recovering property occupied by Jews.

Palestinians say building projects such as that at Nof Zion, close to the Arab village of Jabal Mukaber and sitting under the British colonial-era building that houses the United Nations mission, are undermining not only their hopes of a state but their hopes of a viable capital in a part of Jerusalem.

(Additional reporting by Jehan Abdalla, editing by Alastair Macdonald and Charles Dick)

Indian Troops Prepare for Guerilla War With Maoists

Red soldiers prepare for war

Sudhi Ranjan Sen, Wednesday November 18, 2009, Bastar
Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district is all set to become a battleground between the state and the Maoists. NDTV travels inside the forests in the district to report on what lies ahead.

 

Deep inside, the forest is laden with a lot of mine pits – a sign that the Naxals are preparing for war.

And there could be hundreds such mines, being made ready for use and camouflaged by natural vegetation by the time government troops move in. The mines have been scattered across all possible approach routes of the forces.

“Like small ants that attack a snake at various at the same time, we are also going to do the same,” said Kadri Satyanarana Rao, also known as Kosa, president of the Dandyankaranya Special Zonal Committee, who will be leading the fight.

And that’s not all, the Maoists are also preparing to fight face to face. Their weapons range from old-fashioned shotguns, to AK-47s and even seized rifles like the INSAS.

His plan is simple: Multiple strikes, simultaneous cuts and break the moral of the force, much like the “guerilla warfare”.

Also, anticipating that local support would be crucial, Maoists are wooing the villagers by looking after their welfare.

“We are building up our capacity using people. We have asked our cadre to interact with people more. We will use the force of the people against the forces,” he said.

And these could be the Naxals’ biggest advantage because the tribal people here have never seen a government representative ever.

Even after with Chidambaram’s latest strategy to use force and development simultaneously, no government official has reached them yet.

Across Bastar the situation is very poor; there is no power, no roads, and no schools. So far only the Maoists were here, but now sometimes forces come this way.

And with this the Maoists are planning what could turn out to be the worst nightmare of the state.

“We are going to spread out across India and hit back,” said Kosa.

So how’s the government preparing?

The Chhattisgarh Police have created smaller teams, of about 8-12 commandoes, which are now being launched into the forest. Their mission is to search and destroy the Naxal targets.

So, instead of a massive offensive the state wants calibrated operations. And the man who is going to lead the government’s forces into Bastar is the Director General of Police Viswaranjan.

“We will move in carefully. Our idea to take back small patches of land, hold it with forces and allow development to start,” he said.

As we moved out of the forest, one thing was clear – no matter who wins or who loses, the days ahead are likely to be bloody and messy.

Freedom Rider: Assassination

Freedom Rider: Assassination

Posted Tue, 11/17/2009 – 20:02 by Margaret Kimberley

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wilkins and king meet bobby kennedyby BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 was rooted in previous crimes and created a cascade of subsequent crimes. Indeed, none of the high profile political killings of the Sixties can be understood apart from the larger matrix of official criminality. Even “the American mafia owes its very existence to the CIA, which protected and promoted the illegal drug trafficking responsible for so much loss of life and destruction of entire communities.”
Freedom Rider: Assassination
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
The president of the United States was gunned down as a direct result of his connections with criminals and with anti-Castro Cuban exile terrorists.”
November 22, 2009 will mark 46 years since the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. That date is usually reserved for sentimental nostalgia for the days of “Camelot” and tales of the charismatic president and a family still admired by many people. It ought to be a date to remember the past and continuing corruption of American domestic and foreign policy which led to a day that changed our history and set in motion crimes committed years later.
The official explanation of the president’s death – than an unstable man acted alone – is impossible to believe and ignores information that was never brought before the American people. There are individuals such as Santo Trafficante and John Roselli who confessed to involvement in the president’s death in later years. None of those individuals were ever investigated in even a cursory manner. Doing so would have exposed the government’s illegal activities at home and abroad. As a result of this inaction, the same individuals may have played a part in the killings of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and continued their illegal activities in the Watergate scandal.
The Kennedy brothers’ ongoing financial and tactical support of violent Cuban exiles and organized crime figures brought about the president’s killing.”
The Kennedy administration was far from the romantic beacon that it has been portrayed to be for nearly 50 years. At the time of his assassination, the president and his brother, attorney general Robert Kennedy, were involved in a plot to overthrow the Cuban government. The Kennedy brothers’ ongoing financial and tactical support of violent Cuban exiles and organized crime figures brought about the president’s killing. The cover up led to further killing.
On November 9, 1963, avowed white supremacist Joseph Milteer was recorded by a police informant predicting that president Kennedy was about to be killed. Milteer had connections with mobsters Carlos Marcello and Santos Traficante. Milteer also spent years attempting to kill Martin Luther King. He openly offered a bounty to anyone who would kill him. Milteer had connections with convicted assassin James Earl Ray. The cover up of one assassination led to another years later.
Theories about the JFK assassination and the identity of the shooter or shooters vary a great deal. The confusion is a direct result of government lies that have been told for decades. Despite the fact that the 1992 JFK Act requires the release of all documents related to the assassination, they will not be released until 2017 at the earliest. All of the government files on the King assassination have not been released, neither to the House Special Committee on Assassinations or to the public.
All of the government files on the King assassination have not been released.”
Among the untold stories of the presidential assassination is that of Abraham Bolden, the first black Secret Service agent to serve in a presidential detail. He experienced overt racism at the hands of his superiors and witnessed gross incompetence among his fellow agents. In November 1963 Bolden was stationed in Chicago, where an attempt to kill the president was revealed, causing the cancellation of a motorcade through that city. There was also an assassination plot uncovered in Florida that same month.
When Bolden attempted to contact the Warren Commission and reveal his information about the two assassination attempts, he was himself arrested on a trumped up charge of selling government documents. Despite the fact that a witness against him admitted to lying and a prosecutor pleaded the Fifth Amendment when asked about his conduct in the case, Bolden was convicted and spent three years in prison.
Bolden was punished because he wanted to tell what would have been a very inconvenient truth. The two previous attempts that November proved that the president of the United States was gunned down as a direct result of his connections with criminals and with anti-Castro Cuban exile terrorists. Some of those gangsters were eager to return to their lucrative activities in pre-Castro era Cuba, some took revenge because the president’s brother threatened their livelihoods with his headline-making prosecutions.
Drug dealers and other criminals operate with the full assistance of the American intelligence agencies.”
Little has changed in the way our government has been run in the past five decades. Drug dealers and other criminals operate with the full assistance of the American intelligence agencies. The American mafia owes its very existence to the CIA, which protected and promoted the illegal drug trafficking responsible for so much loss of life and destruction of entire communities.
In 2009, narco-traffickers in Colombia now operate with the full blessing of the United States government. Journalists work hand in hand with the government to spread propaganda, and good people who dare to speak out against government crimes are themselves silenced through a variety of means.
By all means, the 22nd of November should be remembered. Remember that the CIA refuses to release information, claiming that doing so would cause “extremely grave damage” to national security. In other words, they want to tell their lies in perpetuity. Remember that Robert Kennedy approved J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance of Martin Luther King and sowed the seeds of destruction of the civil rights movement. Remember that King’s killers had full government protection after killing a president. The truth isn’t pretty, but it must not be forgotten.
Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.com.

Islamabad: TTP leaders evacuated by mysterious airlifts

Islamabad: TTP leaders evacuated by mysterious airlifts

Akhtar Jamal

Mysterious airlifting of some Taliban elements from areas of Pakistan-Afghanistan border linking Waziristan have been reported by several sources and fears are growing that anti-Pakistan TTP terrorists are also being rescued by their “foreign allies” from across the border.

The unexplained movements of “un-marked” helicopters and aircraft have been reported since last few days along Pak-Afghan border and one source claimed that they were being transported to the Eastern Afghanistan.

Some experts believe that secret allies of friendly-Talibans took the action in order to secure the militants from an assault in South Waziristan by Pakistani Armed Forces while others believe the secret evacuation was part of a larger deal between some Western States and “good Taliban.”

The airlifting and evacuation of TTP leaders from South Waziristan coincided with a report by foreign news media or a similar mysterious evacuation of “militants” from South Afghanistan to North Afghanistan.

An Iranian news site on October 18 reported that “British Army has been relocating Taliban insurgents from southern Afghanistan to the north by providing transportation means.” Quoting diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity, the Iranian site claimed that insurgents are being airlifted from the southern province of Helmand to the north amid increasing violence in the northern parts of the country.

The PressTV.com also claimed that “the aircraft used for the transfer have been identified as British Chinook helicopters.”

The report suggested that the secret operation was being launched under the supervision of Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, who “was still operating under the British guidance.”

Last week Afghanistan’s Pajhwok news agency reported that “US ambassador scotched speculation that his country was helping terrorists in the north, saying America had nothing to do with the air-dropping of armed men from helicopters in Samangan, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.” At an October 11 news conference in Kabul, President Hamid Karzai had himself claimed that “some unidentified helicopters dropped armed men in the northern provinces at night.”

According to Pajhowk news report President Karzai revealed “the government had been receiving evidence of the air-dropping of gunmen from mysterious helicopters in the provinces over the last five months.”

A comprehensive investigation is underway to determine which country the helicopters belong to; why armed men are being infiltrated into the region; and whether increasing insecurity in the north is linked to it.

http://www.pakobserver.net/200910/19/news/topstories16.asp