Deirdre Tynan 9/17/09

The US military is preparing for a worst-case scenario in Central Asia. The Pentagon is presently developing plans covering the potential deployment of elite Special Forces to Central Asian states other than Afghanistan.

In each of the Central Asian states, US Special Forces 3rd Group are preparing to conduct “foreign internal defense” missions — military shorthand for counter-insurgency operations fought by host nation troops with training and other forms of assistance provided by Washington.

The 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, currently consists of four operational battalions. At least one battalion will be deployed to Central Asia on every rotation of troops serving in Afghanistan.

According to a military handbook, Joint Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Foreign Internal Defense (FID), published under the auspices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2004, “the United States will normally consider FID support only if the following three conditions exist: the existing or threatened internal disorder threatens US national strategic goals; the threatened nation is capable of effectively using US assistance; and the threatened nation requests US assistance.”

It adds: “assistance will normally focus on civil-military operations (primarily, the provision of services to the local populace), psychological operations, communications and intelligence sharing, and logistic support.” [For additional information click here].

Prior to 2001, the 3rd Group traditionally was oriented toward sub-Saharan Africa. The struggle against international terrorism prompted the unit to refocus its attention on Central Asian affairs. “This adjustment in regional orientation just reflects the realities of today’s environment and requirements. The group has been conducting operations in Afghanistan since 2002,” LCDR W. Fred Kuebler, a media relations officer with US Special Operations Command, told EurasiaNet.

“The 3rd Special Forces Group will continue to conduct operations in Afghanistan and be prepared to support training with militaries in Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan when required by the commander of US Central Command [Gen. David Petraeus],” Kuebler added.

He said 3rd Group would continue to take part in “traditional Special Forces missions,” which he said included “direct action,” “special reconnaissance,” “foreign internal defense,” and “security force assistance.”

The 3rd Group’s objective would be “to assist partner nations improve their ability to provide for their own security in Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan,” Kuebler said. “[They] will begin focusing their training in language, customs, and culture to reflect this adjustment in regional orientation.”

According to an August 21 directive from US Special Operations Command, the realignment of the Special Forces was undertaken “in order to provide better and more consistent support to the geographic combatant commanders, stabilize Special Forces group headquarters deployments and spread the operational workload more evenly across the joint special operations community.” The directive is scheduled to be fully implemented by February 1, 2010.

The prospect of US forces carrying out foreign internal defense operations in Central Asia is generating mixed views. Some analysts described it as routine, while others call it risky. All agree, however, that Russia will be agitated by any deployment.

“I think this is a normal practice, because there were cases when Turkish military partners used to come to train our military, and Special Forces as well,” said Mars Sariev, a Kyrgyz political analyst. “The only thing, I think, is that Russia won’t like it so much.”

Editor’s Note: Deirdre Tynan is a freelance journalist who specializes in Central Asian affairs.

India now plans to buy gas from Iran via deep-sea

India now plans to buy gas from Iran via deep-sea

By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir

ISLAMABAD: India in less than a week of signing the gas pipeline deal between Pakistan and Iran has planned to take gas from Iran but bypassing Pakistan at a dearer tariff. New Delhi has also spoken of Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline that it abandoned to harm Pakistan.

Indian sources have claimed that in light of the freeze in ties with Islamabad, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has advised its government to walk out of the proposed IPI gas pipeline but continue talks with Tehran for a deep-sea pipeline that avoids Pakistan.

“In view of the complicated relationship between India and Pakistan, the MEA does not advise meeting between India and Pakistan for further discussions on the project. The deep-sea pipeline option may not involve Pakistan and, therefore, the same can be pursued,” The Indian MEA officials said at a meeting last week to decide India’s position on the IPI pipeline.

Endorsing MEA’s position, officials from the Indian National Security Council (NSC) Secretariat cautioned that the IPI pipeline would be a potential target of India-centric terror groups in Pakistan. Interestingly the Indian NSC is headed by a Pakistan basher Shiv Shankar Menon who till recently was foreign secretary of his country and earlier served as high commissioner of his country in Pakistan.

Last Tuesday, Pakistan signed two agreements with Iran in Istanbul that deem India’s participation in the project at a later date. The pipeline through Pakistan is envisaged to carry 60 million standard cubic meters of gas per day of which half would be for India.

The Indian inter-ministerial group of bureaucrats, who met on March 9, decided that India continues its talks with Iran on upstream gas exploration/development and assured gas supply.

While the meeting was told that “Iran is internationally isolated due to continuing sanctions, any wholehearted engagement in Iran may emerge as an area of friction between India and the West, there was a unanimity that in view of the energy security of the country, India does need to continue engagement with Iran”.

Besides providing “first-mover advantage” on exploration and LNG projects there, the panel agreed that India’s engagement with Iran, an important oil and gas player, would open the option of laying another on-land pipeline up to Iran-Pakistan border from where a sub-sea pipe would be laid to India. The sub-sea pipe would be laid in international waters away from the coast. It could make the proposition cost wise impossible.

Delhi will approach Tehran for meetings of the Indo-Iran Joint Working Group on Oil & Gas and the Joint Working Group on IPI Project in May, said an India official. An Indian expert who has less knowledge of pipeline affairs is of the view that the pipelines combination will be shorter than the proposed IPI pipeline; result in lower pipeline cost and transport tariff, he said.

Mossad And India Spy Agency Team Up, Target Pakistan, 5-19-02

[Tariq Saeedi is the author of the Balochistan series from News Central Asia, SEE: ‘Final Solution’ Frenzy – Part One: From Afghanistan with Love]

Mossad And India Spy Agency Team Up, Target Pakistan

By Tariq Saeedi
“It is essential that we…strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans.” — David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister.
Janes information group, the world’s foremost source on intelligence information, reported in July 2001 that “The Indian spy agency RAW and the Israeli spy agency Mossad have created four new agencies to infiltrate Pakistan to target important religious and military personalities, journalists, judges, lawyers and bureaucrats. In addition, bombs would be exploded in trains, railway stations, bridges, bus stations, cinemas, hotels and mosques of rival Islamic sects to incite sectarianism.”
Pakistani intelligence agencies also said that RAW had constituted a plan to lure Pakistani men between 20 and 30 years of age to visit India so that they could be entrapped “in cases of fake currency and subversion and then be coerced to spy for India.”
This was the high point of cementing an unholy alliance which began much earlier and which continues to tighten its noose around the neck of Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
It appears that RAW and Mossad — either singly or jointly, either covertly or overtly — have been making efforts to penetrate sensitive circles of top echelon in Pakistan.
It cannot be said with certainty but there are some reasons to assume that Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, wittingly or unwittingly, played in the hands of RAW-Mossad masterminds. She appointed Rehman Malik as chief of the Federal Investigation Agency which then launched a secret war against the Islamists; amounting to a direct attack on the ISI.
War against religious extremists could have been a laudable goal but it seemed to target only those elements which could have brought a semblance of moderation to the religious swatch cutting across Pakistan society.
Thus, leaving the field wide open for extremists.
It seems that the Pakistani military was equally dismayed by reports of FIA contacts with the Israeli secret service, the MOSSAD, to investigate Islamist terrorists.
One of the first acts of President Leghari after dismissing Benazir Bhutto on November 5, 1996 was to imprison the Ghulam Asghar, head of FIA, suspended on non-specified corruption charges. Rehman Malik, Addl. Director General FIA, was also arrested.
Whether these actions were triggered as a consequence of plotting by RAW-Mossad planners or whether it was an entirely internal matter, it is difficult to say.
Bhutto s visit to India last year at a time when Pakistan was going through one of the worst crises in its history, and her statements there which aimed to undermine the whole foundation of Pakistan, generate more than a flicker of doubt in analytic minds.
The basic question arises: Who is Benazir Bhutto?
Leaving BB to her own fate, let’s return to RAW-Mossad connection.
What is clear right now is that Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad are collaborating extensively to curb the freedom movement of Kashmir and destabilize Pakistan.
The Indian newspaper The Pioneer wrote on March 3, 2001: Fencing of the Indo-Pak border is not enough. To check Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism, top security experts of Israel have suggested that hi-tech gadgets ranging from an electronic barrier system of radars to thermal imaging devices should be immediately installed on India’s sensitive international border in J[ammu] & K[ashmir] and Punjab sectors.
The team of experts, including officials of the Mossad, the Israeli Army and the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), also found shocking loopholes in the security arrangements relating to the much-talked about Samjhauta Express. They advised that instead of Lahore, the train should terminate on the Attari border. Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Israeli experts surveyed the 198 km international border in Jammu and Punjab and reviewed the route of the Samjhauta Express with top officials of the Border Security Force.
Subsequently, former DG of the Border Security Force, E.N. Ram Mohan was appointed as the consultant on border management. Mr. Ram Mohan has recommended that besides radars, aerostate balloons and FLIR equipment be used.
India is keen to purchase surveillance aircraft (UAVs) from Israel to gain intelligence teeth. The UAVs could also help the state police in keeping an eye in naxalite-affected areas of Andhra Pradesh.
For several years, Mossad and Israel’s internal intelligence agency, Shinbhet, have utilised unmanned air vehicles to patrol the hypersensitive Gaza border.
Qutbuddin Aziz, former minister in Pakistan embassy in London, wrote an excellent article, titled ‘Dangerous Nexus between Israel & India.’ It was published by a prominent Pakistani newspaper on April 1, 2001.
Aziz writes: “Top secret details of Indian Home Minister LK Advani’s visit to Israel in June 2000, show that the deals he has struck with the Israelis would make India and Israel partners in threatening the Muslim world with diabolic conspiracies to fragment and cripple it as a political force in the world. The details of his meetings with Israel’s rulers, particularly the heads of the Israeli Home Ministry and its intelligence agencies, Mossad and Sabak, reveal that the arrangements he has made for joint Indo-Israel espionage operations in key areas of the Muslim world would make the Indian embassies in these Muslim countries the eyes and ears of the worldwide cloak-and-dagger Israeli spy network.
“Under the euphemism of ‘counter-terrorism,’ India is allowing Israel to establish a huge spy establishment in India which will, inter alia, unearth and monitor ‘Islamic fundamentalist’ individuals and groups for elimination by extra judicial process or by cold-blooded murder and kidnapping.
“The most important meeting Indian Home Minister Advani had during his three-day Israeli tour on June 13-16 was with the top brass of Israel’s intelligence agencies in Tel Aviv. Heading the Israeli team was the powerful chief of Israeli police, Yehuda Wilk, with the heads of the Israeli intelligence agencies, Mossad and Sabak, and military officials dealing with Israel’s punitive and espionage operations against Arabs in Israel, Palestine and neighbouring states such as Lebanon and Syria. Senior officials from the Israeli Foreign Office and the defence and home ministries attended this meeting. Israeli experts in bomb detection were also present.
“Mr. Advani’s large team included India’s highest-level spymasters such as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Mr. Shayamal Dutta, the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mr. R. K. Raghvan, the head of the Indian Border Security Force, Mr. E. M. Ram Mohan, Indian Home Ministry’s powerful Secretary K. Pande who oversees the work of the infamous Indian spy agency, RAW, and liaises with the Indian Foreign Office in respect of undercover RAW agents working in Indian embassies abroad, and a senior officer of India’s military intelligence agency (equivalent of Pakistan’s ISI).
“In this top-level meeting in Tel Aviv on June 14, Advani reportedly thanked the Israeli government for its immense help to India in security matters and spoke of the dangers India and Israel face from their common enemies, i.e., Muslim neighbours.
“Advani, it is reported, highly praised the help provided by Mossad and army commando personnel to the Indian army in the war on ‘Muslim militants’ in Kashmir and against ‘Muslim terrorists’ such as the ‘Memon brothers’ of Mumbai in Dubai. Advani said he had, throughout his political career, advocated India’s recognition and friendship with Israel and that his party had played a key role in forcing Congress government to have full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992.
“He lauded the Indo-Israeli cooperation in the military, economic and other fields. Advani recalled that India had voted in favour of a US-sponsored motion in the UN for rescinding a UN resolution that equated Zionism with racism. Mr. Advani explained at length India’s security problems in which the danger from Pakistan and Indian Muslims getting Arab money loomed large. Advani gave a long list of the special services in spying and the anti-insurgency devices and spy equipment India urgently needs from Israel to combat ‘Muslim terrorism.’
“In the June 14 Tel Aviv meeting, the Israeli Police Chief, Yehuda Wilk, profusely praised India for its friendship with Israel and pledged help to the Indian government in combating ‘Muslim terrorism’ that poses new threats to Israel and India. The heads of India’s intelligence agencies then briefed the Israeli side in the meeting on the ground situation in India in respect of ‘Muslim terrorists,’ especially in Jammu and Kashmir, and the new dangers coming up for India and Israel because of the Pakistani bomb and the fear that Pakistan may give its nuclear weapons to the anti-Israel Arabs.
“The Indian side showed a keen interest in learning from Israeli security experts how they had run the slice of Lebanon which Israel ruled for 18 years and gave up recently. Some information about the Israeli torture and investigation methods was gathered by the Indian side from the Israelis with regard to dealing with Arab dissidents within Israel and in the Palestinian Authority region.
“The Indians gave the Israelis a long shopping list of spying, torture and surveillance equipment such as electronic fencing of sensitive sites, laser systems, short-range rockets, eagle-eyed long distance snipers, observation blimps, giant shields, night vision device, unmanned aircraft of the MALAT wing of the Israeli Aircraft Industries Limited, special protective dress and gear for security personnel, cross border snopping devices and gadgets, training and deployment of spies and the special gear for them, use of computers and Internet for espionage and disinformation, code-breaking, tailing of enemy agents and their elimination, nuclear espionage, purloining state secrets of hostile countries and pooling them for the good of India and Israel and their mutual friends.
“The Israelis were interested in having access to the secret reports of Indian undercover RAW diplomats from certain Muslim countries of special interest to Israel (especially Pakistan, Libya and Iran). India is apparently willing to grant access to Israeli agents to the Indian Home Ministry’s Central Intelligence Processing Unit (CIPU) in New Delhi. This was recently set up under Advani’s direction with Israeli and US help. A handpicked RAW officer, trusted by Advani, heads this unit. Israel wants full access to its information data. The Indian government has already allowed access to it by American intelligence agencies now working with the Indian government on so-called anti-terrorist assignments.
Federation of American Scientists website comments on RAW in these words: “RAW has engaged in disinformation campaigns, espionage and sabotage against Pakistan and other neighboring countries. RAW has enjoyed the backing of successive Indian governments in these efforts. Working directly under the Prime Minister, the structure, rank, pay and perks of the Research & Analysis Wing are kept secret from Parliament.”
Tarek Fatah, a Turkish scholar settled in Canada, wrote: “Britain’s authoritative and respected defense publication, Jane’s Terrorism & Security Monitor, reports that Israel and India have formed a military relationship and that Israeli intelligence is active in Occupied Kashmir.
“It says: Israeli intelligence agencies have been intensifying their relations with India’s security apparatus and are now understood to be heavily involved in helping New Delhi combat Islamic militants in the disputed province of Kashmir…
Ed Blanche writes in Janes’ Security on 14 August 2001: “Israeli intelligence agencies have been intensifying their relations with India’s security apparatus and are now understood to be heavily involved in helping New Delhi combat Islamic militants in the disputed province of Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state which lies at the core of the conflict with neighbouring Pakistan.
“Israel has several teams now in Kashmir training Indian counter-insurgency forces to fight the dozen separatist guerrilla groups operating in the Indian-controlled sector of the disputed state.
“The exact extent of the involvement in Kashmir by Israel s intelligence agencies is far from clear, but it fits into Israel’s increasing focus on events in Central Asia, and as far afield as Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim state, to counteract Islamic fundamentalism, which it perceives as a major threat.
“Shimon Peres, currently Israel’s foreign minister, said during a visit to New Delhi in January 2001 (shortly before he took his current post in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s coalition government) that Israel was prepared to co-operate with India to fight terrorism. Weeks earlier, an Israeli counterterrorism team, including military intelligence specialists and senior police commanders, paid a visit to Indian-administered Kashmir and other regions of the country that are grappling with anti-government militants to assess India’s security needs.
If there is still any doubt as to the real intentions of Israel, then please see this statement issued by David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister. His words, as printed in the Jewish Chronicle, 9 August 1967, leave nothing to imagination:
“The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs.
“This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan.
“Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work therefrom against Pakistan.
“It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans. ____
We are grateful to Tariq Saeedi for permission to reprint excerpts from his special report that appeared first in The Balochistan Post, .

American Fingerprints–TTP Use Psychologists in Suicide-Bomber Brainwashing Program

[Here is some evidence from '08 that supports my theory about the nature of the brainwashing used upon young Muslim suicide bombers, especially in the FATA area.  The idea that professional mind-molders are part of the Wahabi indoctrination that is fed into the innocent minds of young uneducated Muslim boys, supports the idea that an American "Manchurian Candidate" program is being used in Waziristan.  The American military and CIA have labored since world war II to find methods for effectively programming professional killers and "reconditioning" young men to lose their moral inhibitions against killing their fellow man.  Psychotropic drugs (such as LSD), hypnosis, electroshock and the use of inspirational role-modeling are primary tools for erasing undesirable personality traits (such as morality) and replacing them with acceptable (to the programmer) thoughts and characteristics.  I would like to know whether or not any of these boys experienced electroshock.

Beginning with Mullah Dadullah, after his year-long captivity in the hell-holes of Afghanistan, a massive suicide-bomber training program was instituted in the Wana area.  These young bombers joined other brainwashed recruits provided by reconditioned former Guantanamo inmate, Abdullah Mehsud, to form the anti-Taliban operation known as "Pakistani Taliban (TTP).   Mehsud's fighters were Uzbeks and other Northern Alliance fighters from Afghanistan, who were supported by India, Russia and Iran.  In the report below, RAW is supposedly the driving force behind the TTP, when the whole project is American military/CIA, all the way.  It should be getting clearer to everyone that India is being played for a sucker in all of this, as the US moves Pakistan and India ever closer to nuclear war.   India is merely the CIA's middleman.]

‘Taliban backed by RAW trained Wah bombers’

August 26, 2008

By Our Correspondent
TAXILA, Aug 25: The two suicide bombers who blew themselves at the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) gates in Wah Cantonment last week were trained in Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, by the Pakistani Taliban allegedly supported by the Indian intelligence agency – Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

Officials privy to investigations told this reporter on condition of anonymity that the bombers were aged between 17 and 20 and they were natives of Khyber Agency.

According to the officials, the detained would-be suicide bomber, who identified himself as Hameedullah, revealed some stunning facts about the activities and involvement of proxy Taliban in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Hameedullah described how the Taliban trained and provided arms and ammunition to the militants. They have also hired psychologists who brainwash innocent youth from different seminaries and transform them into hard-line militant or “Fidayeen”.

The officials said Hameedullah was arrested while trying to flee from the scene of the blasts in a taxi. Soon after the incident, law-enforcement agencies seized an explosive-vest that the suspect had left in a toilet at a mosque located close to the POF complex.

During initial interrogation, the man confessed that he wanted to blow himself up at the arms factory but lost heart at the last moment.

The officials declined to give more details because it could affect the ongoing investigation.

However, they said there was an overwhelming body of evidence showing that RAW and the Afghan intelligence agencies had stepped up their activities in Pakistan.

“RAW and the Afghan intelligence agencies are very much active in the tribal areas. Several Afghan agents have been arrested and they confessed that they were trained by the Indians in Afghanistan,” the officials said.

“There are more than 10,000 Indian soldiers in Afghanistan, ostensibly to protect engineers involved in road building activities. But, in fact, most of them are spies and there maybe thousands more who are causing carnage in Pakistan” they added.

‘Final Solution’ Frenzy – Part One: From Afghanistan with Love

‘Final Solution’ Frenzy – Part One: From Afghanistan with Love

Tariq Saeedi

With Qasim Jan in Kandahar, Khalil Azad in Kabul, SM Kasi in Quetta, and GN Brohi in Nushki and Dalbandin

22 March 2010 (nCa) — Had Van Gogh been given a canvas the size of the Eurasian landmass in 1890, he would probably have painted what the United States in painting now: Spectacular psychosis smothering withered sanity, towering talent defeated by raging madness, sky-high ambition smashed by rock-hard realities, a troubled genius in self-immolation.

What we are witnessing today, and what may unfold in the coming months, is Von Gogh’s ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ on cosmic scale. ——- Welcome to the ‘Final Solution,’ Made in USA.

In this series of investigative reports we shall sum up the results of thousands of kilometers of arduous and risky travel by our team in search of clues scattered in the harsh terrain of the Pakistani province of Balochistan and the adjoining, equally unforgiving, landscape of Afghanistan and Iran.

Our startling findings are explained and augmented by experts and sources in Moscow, Washington, Kabul and New Delhi.

This series starts with what is happening in Pakistan and will expand gradually to cover the Greater Central Asia and its immediate neighbourhood.

We will tell a dreadful story, segment by segment, part by part.

This is the first part of our ‘Final Solution’ Frenzy series and in this report we shall describe what we found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the subsequent report we shall connect these findings with explanations and interpretations of experts.

As with our previous reports, this series would be abrupt and incomplete. It is not possible to come up with an alpha-to-omega story, complete in all respects, merely through investigative reporting. Without generous leaks from well placed sources a story of this kind must remain unfinished.

So, let’s start cutting through the web of deceit, ambition, cruelty, backstabbing and violence.

Training camps in Afghanistan

There were persistent reports that the Americans, through their contractors, were operating at least two training camps, churning out an assortment of terrorists.

It sounds strange that a country supposedly fighting a global war against terrorism would train its own terrorists. Nevertheless, the crux of investigative journalism is that every lead, no matter how ludicrous, should be followed to its logical end if it promises some relevance.

In one of our earlier reports (Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India), we uncovered that the Americans had tunneled into some Jihadi outfits in Pakistan. The links to all four parts of our Mumbai report are given at the end of this narrative.

In the Mumbai report we mentioned that as far as we had been able to determine, the earliest deal between the Americans and the Jihadis took place in Quetta in August 2007.

With the help of our experts in Moscow, we predicted in our Mumbai report that bombings and acts of terrorism were likely to increase in Pakistan in the coming months. Our Mumbai report was published in December 2008 and since then Pakistan has hardly seen a day of respite.

There is no joy in being right in this case; we are not gloating. All we are trying to register is that most of the substance of our previous reports has withstood the test of time.

We also told in our Mumbai report that Michael Vickers, the assistant secretary of defence for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities (ASD/SOLIC&IC) was the author of the chaos that were going to be systematically unleashed in Pakistan. It is necessary to remind that Vickers was directly running the Jihadi war against Soviet Union for about six years and he has personal contacts with almost all the players in the current mix.

We underlined in our Mumbai report that Vickers would mainly use United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for beating Pakistan to near-pulp. Here, again, we were right on the mark, as we shall show in our subsequent reports in this series.

Based on the findings in our previous reports, we started examining the possibility of existence of American terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

Interviews with some knowledgeable persons in Afghanistan and Pakistan suggest that at least one of the training camps run by the American contractors is located in either Ghowr or Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

What is important from the point of view of our reports is not the exact location of these camps but the fact that they do exist at all. We will return to the subject of these camps in our succeeding reports in this series.

Chicken lunch before hawk chase

It was early October 2009. We were sitting in a killi – a small clan-village – in the Pakistani province of Balochistan, not far from the border with Afghanistan. We shall not disclose our exact location but it was somewhere between the towns of Dalbandin and Nushki in Chagai district of the Balochistan province of Pakistan.

The chicken, cooked hastily, was tasty without being tender. The flatbread was improbably large, perfectly round and evenly baked.

The lunch over, we started planning on the travel route for the next few days. Most of the legwork by our field contacts had been completed already. We were about to start verifying some of the leads that looked significant.

The first, and the closest point, was where we expected to see some young men who were not Muslims. We started off after downing a pot of excessively sweetened black tea.

They are not Muslims

We drove for about an hour and reached a place almost at the border of Afghanistan. It was pre-evening (Asr) prayer time when we reached a small, nondescript teahouse.

“When I point at someone with my eyes, just watch but not overtly and not immediately. And, don’t talk when you look,” said our local contact in a low voice.

We sat down on the palm-frond mat on the dirt floor. After a while, he looked meaningfully to his right and quickly averted his eyes. In a few seconds we gave a brief, furtive look and saw two bearded young men, somewhere in their late teens, dressed in slightly dirty baggy trousers and long shirt, no different from everyone around, walking toward a low mound to attend to the call of nature. They emerged shortly from behind their mound that served as open air toilet and went straight to the prayer mat.

Some ten minutes later, our local partner made a similar gesture toward another young man, with a mere hint of a beard on an otherwise smooth face, who was also walking to the toilet-mound. He also returned after unburdening his urinary bladder and walked directly to the prayer mat.

We had seen enough; there was no point in sitting there any more and attracting unnecessary attention.

“This kind of people started appearing more than a year ago,” said our local man.

“After attending to the call of nature, they don’t even wash their hands. They don’t perform necessary ablutions (Wudoo) before going from toilet to prayer mat,” he said after we had started driving to the next point in our journey.

“They are not Muslims,” he said.

Yes, we could see that they were not Muslims. After attending the call of nature, it is mandatory for all Muslims to perform ritual ablutions before they can stand for prayers. The only exception is when water is not available, which was clearly not the case.

‘Taliban’ in American Helicopters

After having seen the young men who wanted to look like practicing Muslims without bothering to go through the obligatory ablutions for prayers, our next stop was to meet someone who could tell us about ‘Taliban’ being transported in American helicopters.

We drove on a dirt trail for about thirty minutes and reached another point, still not far from the Afghan border. One of our local contacts in Afghanistan had confirmed earlier that he had spoken to some people who had seen the so-called Taliban being carried in American helicopters. He was waiting for us at a makeshift gasoline station. Border crossing is no big deal in those parts.

Our man told that he had spoken to several people who had seen bearded young men disembarking from American helicopters near the border of Afghanistan with Pakistan. Based on the accounts narrated by our contact person, we understood that batches of four to ten persons were dropped twice or thrice a month, every time at a different location but always in walking distance from the Pakistan border.

The villagers on the Pakistani side of the border also confirmed that illegal border crossing was a universally common phenomenon on the entire border line in Chagai district.

Next, we drove to see the man who had been left for dead.

Murder after prayers

In a killi about thirty kilometers from the Afghan border we met Osman (not his real name). He is in his early forties and told a tale that is not uncommon in those areas.

He said that two persons, who said that they were Afghan traders, hired his car for a day trip along the border. Since it was the area where anything can happen at any time, Osman took a friend along for company.

The ‘Afghan traders’ said that they had to meet some people near the border and the trip would be over in less than half a day. At a deserted place near the Afghan border the clients said that since it was prayer time, they should stop the car and pray.

Osman and his friend also joined the prayer, led by one of the Afghans. Soon after completing the prayer, while rising from his prayer position, the prayer leader took out a pistol from his side pocket and shot straight at Osman’s friend. He was hit in the shoulder and fell back like a log.

Then he pointed the weapon at Osman and pulled the trigger again. Osman was wearing a loose and baggy shirt and the bullet passed through his shirt sleeve, grazing his upper arm slightly. He also fell down, pretending that he had also been hit.

The two Afghans took the car, sped toward the border, and into Afghanistan.

Osman says that when the car snatchers disappeared, he carried his friend on his shoulder for about a couple of kilometers before he found someone willing to give him a lift to the hospital. His friend survived but remained bedridden for more than six months.

Less than a week later the car was found connected to an act of terrorism in Quetta.

Unregistered automobiles

There were reports that more than half of the automobiles and motorbikes in a wide swath of Balochistan, from Dalbandin to Taftan in the north, and from Pasni to Gwadar in the south, were running without any number plates.

This was the easiest thing to verify. All we had to do was to drive around the area and look at every vehicle to see whether it had a registration plate or not. Yes, more than half of vehicles of all description did not have any registration number at all.

It was difficult to understand the reason for this mass anomaly. An unregistered vehicle is an ideal getaway transport for terrorists, criminals and everyone else interested in breaking the law.

Theft of cars

Driving from place to place in pursuit to confirm the findings of our team, we heard repeatedly that theft of motor vehicles, especially cars and SUVs, was an organized crime, reaching the scales of a sophisticated business in Balochistan. Stealing a parked automobile is definitely easier than snatching it at gunpoint.

What we could gather from our conversation with several people was that vehicles were stolen from all parts of Pakistan and smuggled across the border to Afghanistan. Sometimes, a car is stolen as per specifications of the client i.e. a particular make, model and colour.

These cars and SUVs go to Afghanistan and some of them are used for cross-border forays into Pakistan and Iran, as seen in Osman’s case. Sometimes these vehicles, after commitment of a crime, are abandoned deliberately to put the investigators on the wrong trail.

So far, we had found that some young men are regularly crossing over from Afghanistan to Pakistan, some of them were Muslim in appearance but not in essence, and quite possibly some of them are being carried by Americans in their helicopters close to the border of Pakistan. We had also found that automobiles were being stolen or snatched at gunpoint, taken to Afghanistan, and later used in the acts of terrorism in Pakistan.

What next?

Funding mechanism

A terrorist must work for someone. Self employed terrorists are far and few between. If they were working for someone, there must be a system to provide them with funds when in Pakistan.

This was a challenge. With a small team running on a shoestring budget we could not trail anyone for long. Tracking multiple targets was simply impossible.

We did the next best thing ——- We watched the moneychangers in Quetta, the administrative centre of Balochistan province.

Quite a few moneychangers in Quetta are concentrated in one of the bustling streets of the cramped city. With the help of cooperative fruit vendors, shoeshine boys, tobacconists, and just plain loiterers, we created a temporary network to keep an eye on some moneychangers.

In a few days we found that some people were changing US dollars to Pak rupees regularly. This, in itself, can hardly be called a suspicious activity except for the fact that they were not changing all of their money from a single vendor. Instead, they went from moneychanger to moneychanger, never converting more than $ 2000 from a single vendor. This was an obvious precaution to avoid being noticed.

Because of our insufficient capacity to study the money-changing phenomenon in detail, this can, at best, be considered implied evidence. The thing to remember is that terrorism is a comparatively low cost enterprise.

The corridor of instability between Afghanistan and Iran

In our first investigative report on Balochistan, published in March 2005, we reported that a corridor of instability exists in the territory of Pakistan through which all kinds of players were traveling from Afghanistan to Iran and Back. This report is not available on our own website anymore because we lost our archive after it was hacked. However, the report received wide audience and it can be seen at dozens of portals; two links are given at the end of this narrative.

In that report we said that if you marked Shah Ismail and Ziarat Sultan Vais Qarni in Afghanistan and Jalq and Kuhak in Iran, and connected Shah Ismail with Kuhak through a slowly arching line, and Ziarat Sultan Vais Qarni with Jalq through another line running in parallel with the first one, the space between these two lines would form a corridor that is used by the American defence contractors, and many other kinds of players, to travel between Afghanistan and Iran through Pakistan.

Now we would like to report that the corridor has somewhat narrowed down in width but there is more activity through it to destabilize Iran, and put pressure on Pakistan.

The main reason why it is so easy for anyone to use this corridor to travel between Afghanistan and Iran is that the patrolling in Balochistan is done mainly by the irregular militia and (FC) frontier constabulary, mostly manned by illiterate personnel.

To check on this theory, we drove across the breadth of Chagai, Kharan, and Panjgur districts, reaching just four kilometers from the border of Iran near Kuhak. Throughout the journey we encountered several check posts and mobile patrols but hardly anyone could even read our identity documents much less determine whether we were genuine travelers or someone else in disguise.

We also learned during this road trip that at least two Indian nationals had been caught, using this corridor to reach Iran.

It is worth mentioning that the corridor of instability identified by us terminates right near the town of Pishin in Iran where an act of terrorism several months ago took the lives of dozens of people, including 15 senior officials of Pasdaran.

In the next two reports, hopefully at intervals of about a week or so, we shall describe how a Russian atheism specialist explains the phenomenon of suicide bombing and how a Russian counterterrorism expert decodes our findings to create a fairly understandable picture.

To be continued . . .


Our first report explained the origins of BLA, and unveiled the simmering insurgency in Balochistan. This report is not available on our own website after we lost the archive as a result of hacking. However, it is carried by dozens of portals; here are a couple of links:

The Birth of Balochistan Liberation Army

Secret Hands Behind Militancy in Balochistan

Here are the links to all four parts of our Mumbai report, unearthing the link between some Jihadis and Americans, and outlines the Americans ambitions for south Asia:

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part One

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Two

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Three

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Four

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Four

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Four

Tariq Saeedi

with Sergi Pyatakov in Moscow and Mark Davidson in Washington

Legwork by SM Kasi in Quetta, GN Brohi in Dalbandin, and Qasim Jan in Kandahar

Continued from Part Three

Nearly complete jigsaw puzzle

In order to get as complete a picture as possible we picked the brains of X in Washington and Sasha and Misha in Moscow in numerous lengthy, intensive sessions.

Information came thick and fast; with the hindsight of nearly 16 months of legwork we knew the right questions to ask. For the sake of readability and coherence, we have paraphrased the gist of our conversations with X, Sasha and Misha. Input from our contributors in New Delhi, Tehran and Kandahar is also blended into this write up:

American Dilemma: The US military is burning nearly 600000 gallons of fuel per day. More than 80% of this comes from Pakistan, through 700 or so road tankers that are vulnerable to all kinds of attacks on their long journey from facilities in Pakistan to American bases in Afghanistan.

The reserves in Afghanistan will suffice for only two weeks if the supply line is disrupted.

Aware of this, the Americans have been trying to create an alternate route through Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Even if the alternate route is opened fully, it is very long and inefficient and there are risks that Americans are not in a position to counter at present.

There is need to abandon the Pakistan route but there is nothing to replace it.

Bifurcating Pakistan: The solution that is agreed to nearly unanimously by the American policymakers is that Pakistan must be split into two parts: the Americans would like Balochistan province to become an independent country and they don’t care where the rest of Pakistan goes.

In fact, it is a goal the Neocons have been pursuing for a long time. A few years ago, they pumped Baloch insurgency but it proved an exercise in futility.

Vickers, in one position or the other, has never been far away from the process of decision-making. He sees many advantages in splitting Pakistan into two parts.

Benefits of bifurcating Pakistan: From American point of view, there are many benefits in creating an independent Balochistan:

  • An independent Balochistan will be an ideal territory to keep supply lines open to the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
  • Independent Balochistan will provide Americans with excellent locations for putting up their military and naval bases to police the Persian Gulf and make sure that no other naval power including India, China and Russia ever gets upper hand in the Indian Ocean.
  • An independent Balochistan will be the place from where Americans can maintain permanent pressure on Iran, even in the remote possibility that they may have to eventually leave Iraq.
  • China and Russia will be denied any access to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
  • The Gulf countries will remain dependent on the USA for export routes of their hydrocarbon products.
  • Full control of the entrance to the Gulf will enable USA to allow or deny oil flow by tankers to any country in the world.
  • Central Asia is a land-locked region and the whole region would be on the mercy of the United States.
  • If Balochistan is detached from Pakistan, the rest of Pakistan is likely to exist as a perpetually unstable entity, creating a permanent source of trouble for India. This fits nicely with other American plans because India has come very close to becoming an economic rival of the United States.

Why Mumbai incident: One doesn’t need to be an exceptionally brilliant person to understand immediately that Pakistan had nothing to gain and everything to lose from Mumbai incident.

If we assume that it was done by a jihadi outfit on its own, it would be the most foolish thing to do because of the consequences that should have been discernible at the time of planning.

However, if we agree to the assertion that Vickers planned it, through proxy forces, for advancement of American objectives in the region, everything suddenly makes sense.

Here are some pointers:

  • One logical consequence is that India and Pakistan would probably go to war or at least move their forces to the borders in a position of war readiness. Every expert knows that keeping forces ready for war is nearly seven to eight times more expensive than keeping them in the barracks. This is an excellent way to make sure that Indian and Pakistani economies would be crippled for a long time to come.
  • India and Pakistan are negotiating for two gas pipelines, one from Iran and the other from Turkmenistan. There are also plans to put oil pipelines from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to South Asia. USA would use every method to deny India the energy resources of Central Asia and IranIndia is not what USA has in mind. The tide has reversed already and it is not to the liking of the Americans. Students from the United States are now coming to India, Indian businessmen are giving tough time to American corporations worldwide, and India has entered some of the export markets that were traditionally dominated by the west. In short, a weak India will be acceptable as a friend but a strong India will be a pain in the neck for Americans. because an economically strong
  • The global financial and economic crisis was triggered by the follies and dishonest practices of the American corporations; the American economy is still in free fall and the end is nowhere in sight. On the other hand, the Indian economy has not suffered a proportionately comparative loss. The steep fall on one side and the lesser fall on the other means that the real gap between the American and Indian economies has somewhat narrowed down because of the twin financial and economic crises. Mumbai incident is an attempt to remedy the situation in favour of the United States.
  • In a way, Mumbai incident is similar in concept to Bin Laden tapes. With dependable regularity, Bin Laden tapes appeared whenever Bush was going through difficult times. The Mumbai incident magically appeared when Americans needed to remove Pakistani forces from the Afghan border so that American forces could operate freely in the Frontier province of Pakistan, and push for bifurcation of Pakistan to solve their supply problems permanently.

Reaction in India: As far as we have been able to confirm through our sources, Indian leadership is trying to handle the situation in a calm and measured manner. However there are two kinds of pressures on the Congress government: From one side they are being pressed by BJP and other parties through public protest, and on the other side they are being pressured by the Americans to act fast and hard against Pakistan.

For instance, we know for sure that the name of Hamid Gul was included in the list of people wanted by India on the insistence of Americans. India never wanted to put Gul on the list. Americans forced them to include his name because it is an impossible demand; refusal by Pakistan to hand over Gul would give opportunity to Americans to push India for war.

India-Pakistan confrontation: As mentioned, Americans have maneuvered India to place impossible demands on Pakistan. The next logical step would be to encourage India to deploy its forces along the Pakistan border, forcing Pakistan to do the same on its side of the border.

By any degree of confrontation, both the countries would be net losers; the only winner would be the United States.

Bonus hit on China and Russia: Mumbai incident has indirectly affected Chinese and Russian interests in the region.

Two more successful moves on the chessboard and the Americans would be in a position to block RussiaChina in the greater Central Asian region. and

If Balochistan is detached from Pakistan, it would contribute to American ambitions to put a full-stop to expansion of Russian and Chinese economic and political influence in the entire region.

Iran: Whatever the Americans are doing, they have an eye on Iran. Encirclement of Iran is central to their plans. In addition to whatever is being done through MeK and Jundullah, the Americans are spending more than US $ 80 million annually to create internal dissent in Iran.

Our sources in Iran tell that Iranian authorities are aware of American machinations and they feel adequately prepared to counter whatever is sent in their direction.

Central Asia, the traditional playground: Nothing has changed for Central Asia. What was true in the nineteenth century is true in the twenty-first century.

Central Asia is still the playground of the big powers.

There is increased pressure to acquire airports and military bases in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Colour revolutions, on the pattern of Ukraine and Georgia are being prepared in all the Central Asian countries. Money is flowing generously to anyone who shows a spark. In their desperation and hurry, Americans are sometimes using crude and obvious methods.

Disposal of surplus Opium: Afghanistan produced 6000 tons of opium in 2006, 8200 tons in 2007 and 7700 tons in 2008. On average, the world demand of opium-based narcotics, including heroin, is only half of this production. Where is the rest of opium going?

We have reports from Afghanistan that the American forces – this includes all kinds of Americans such regular forces, CIA, Socom and contractors – have been buying and storing all the surplus opium.

This report gets credence from the fact that about 70% of all opium production in Afghanistan comes from Helmand province, an area under the direct control of the Americans.

What would the Americans do with all this opium?

Experts are of the view that this opium, in raw or refined form, would be spread in the neighbouring countries (Pakistan, India, Iran, Central Asia and China). Some of it would go to Russia also.

This would bring several advantages to the Americans: 1. By increasing drug addiction in target countries, Americans would sap the economies of these countries and produce the generations of junkies that would be long-term liabilities for their countries; 2. If the opium is mostly consumed in the neighbourhood, less of it would be left for export to the American markets; 3. Narcotics are a traditional source of additional revenues for the American forces, especially the CIA.

The suspicion that the American want to spread drug addiction in the neighbouring countries is also supported by the fact that even though the ‘farm-gate’ price of opium has remained stable at nearly US $ 70 per kilo, it is becoming available in the neighbouring countries at around US $ 40 per kilo. Clearly, the Americans are subsidizing the export.


Links to all four parts of the report:

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part One

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Two

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Three

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Four

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Three

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Three

Tariq Saeedi

with Sergi Pyatakov in Moscow and Mark Davidson in Washington

Legwork by SM Kasi in Quetta, GN Brohi in Dalbandin, and Qasim Jan in Kandahar

Continued from Part Two

Benazir Assassinated

BB (Benazir Bhutto) got assassinated on 27 December 2007, when she was leaving Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi after addressing a huge rally.

It was absolutely shocking news and our first reaction was to kick ourselves in the butt for not going public with our story in November 2007. Would she still be alive had we released the story in November? It is a question that would always keep haunting us.

We went to Sasha and Misha with a blurry video clip, showing a clean-shaven young man pointing and shooting a hand gun at BB.

It didn’t take Sasha and Misha long to identify the weapon.

“It is a 0.22 high velocity pistol,” said Sasha.

“Standard personal weapon of Mossad agents,” added Misha.

“What does it mean?” we asked.

“It points to the source of training. If you are trained to use a knife, you will use a knife when required. If you are trained to use a 0.22 pistol, you will use that when the time comes,” said Sasha.

“There are all kinds of speculations, even claims, that BB was assassinated by a jihadi organization,” we mentioned.

“If Americans can fund a jihadi faction, what is wrong with Israelis training them?” countered Sasha.

He added, “You keep forgetting what I tell you. Look for patterns. There is certain CIA-Mossad signature that you cannot fail to miss if you are trained to look for it. The nerve gas used to paralyze the pilots of the C-130 carrying Ziaul Haq was made in Israel, but Israelis didn’t put the little box in the mango crate, they used the local people. The poisoning of Shahnawaz [younger brother of BB, who died of poisoning in mid 1980s in Cannes] can be connected to CIA-Mossad if someone cares to open the case again, but it was just the maid of Shahnawaz who did the dirty work, not the Israelis or CIA. There is unmistakable similarity in the riots and endless public processions that led to the ouster of Salvadore Allande in Chile and ZAB and Musharraf in Pakistan; in none of these cases you saw CIA or Mossad officers leading the processions and riots. Look for patterns.”

Wasted time, weak leads

From January to November 2008, we were held back by weak leads and drying up sources.

Only two things of any significance came to light but hardly a story to go public.

X said in Washington, “Vickers and Gates [US secretary of defence] are close friends. My assessment is that they might like to do something really big before Bush leaves the White House so that the next man should not be able to deviate much from the Neocon agenda.”

Misha said in Moscow, “The opium production in Afghanistan for the last three years is nearly twice the worldwide demand of opium-based narcotics. Have you ever wondered where all the surplus opium is going?”

Mumbai mystery and Vickers

It was the fateful last week of November 2008, when terror struck Mumbai, the economic and financial heart of India. A group of probably ten persons, split into small teams, wreaked havoc in several public places for more than 60 hours, causing death and destruction at large scale, and bringing India and Pakistan to the brink of yet another war.

We returned to X in Washington and Sasha and Misha in Moscow, determined that we will go public with our story now, even if our findings cannot be backed by definite and demonstrable proof.

“Vickers is written all over it,” said Misha.

“Looks quite like Vickers,” agreed X.

X in Washington and Sasha and Misha in Moscow pointed to a number of features of the Mumbai mystery that they consider hallmark of Vickers.

Here is the gist of our several conversations with X, Sasha and Misha:

Choice of the sea route to Mumbai is the first thing that should ring alarm bells. If it was a homegrown jihadi outfit, they would have chosen the Bhuj route in Rajasthan with which they are familiar and which is not as risky as the sea route.

The likely departure point was some small settlement left of Hyderi and not the main port of Karachi as is widely reported and believed. If a fishing boat starts from any point left of Hyderi and moves along, hugging the coast, it has very little risk of being challenged. This was the route followed by India to send back trained Al-Zulfikar and other militants to Pakistan. This is also the route favoured by the Shah group and other drug smugglers known to cooperate with the Americans.

In addition to the route, there is the matter of drug use by the terrorists during the siege. Being in the midst of a shooting match with the security forces was enough of a stimulant to generate necessary quantities of adrenaline to keep them awake. However, if they felt the need to use narcotics, they would not go for LSD, which is basically a fad of the American youth, not much popular in South Asia.

The use of Google Earth maps is a classic Vickers touch. None of the sites targeted by the terrorists was a military installation; they are all shown in every tourist map. Even if one doesn’t care to buy a tourist map, it is easy to get there merely by asking directions. Vickers, who is very fond of killing several birds with one stone, added Google Earth to the paraphernalia of terrorists because he is known to oppose this service; he considers it a security risk, probably rightly so, and wants it to be unavailable to the general public.

And, the terrorists conveniently kept quiet about the most important part of their mission: The message they wanted to convey, the goals they wanted to achieve. This gives free hand to Vickers and co. to fill in the blanks, to attach any motive to the terrorists they like.

Then, there is the little matter of the American officials ‘who preferred to remain anonymous’, contending even before the Indians that Pakistan was involved in the incident. Even when the operation against terrorists was still in progress, Americans started saying repeatedly that they suspect Pakistani involvement. Among the other peculiarities mentioned here, it is this slip that removes the mask from the face of Vickers.

The conclusions drawn by X, Sasha and Misha are logically correct. Taken together with our earlier findings, these are strong arguments to suspect that Vickers engineered the Mumbai incident. However, the question is: Was it an end in itself? What was the objective?

As Sasha said in one of his conversations, “It cannot be an isolated phenomenon. There must be something before and after it.”

Continued . . .

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Two

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Two

Tariq Saeedi

with Sergi Pyatakov in Moscow and Mark Davidson in Washington

Legwork by SM Kasi in Quetta, GN Brohi in Dalbandin, and Qasim Jan in Kandahar

Continued from Part One

Yankee-Jihadi Marriage

We turned our attention back to Balochistan and patched into the local grapevine.

Misha’s phrase ‘Yankee-Jihadi Marriage’ was the key we were trying on every lock.

Something seemed to click after a while.

There was buzz that a representative of a jihadi outfit recently had a meeting with an American in the Sadabahar area at the edge of Quetta. This was the beginning of August 2007 and the meeting was unusual. Americans of all descriptions travel frequently between Afghanistan and Pakistan but they were not known, till then, to seek clandestine meetings with jihadi elements.

According to our source, the representative of the jihadi outfit was a burly man in mid thirties with medium-length, thick beard. In Sadabahar, where the compound walls are typically high, he met an American who was dressed like a Pushtun. The meeting lasted more than three hours and the jihadi left with a canvas bag full of cash.

We could not identify the American but we managed to trace the jihadi to a splinter group of LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba).

As is known, LeT is not a single entity; it is more like a brand name, used by many groups with diverse objectives and split loyalties.

The jihadi went to Karachi and met a colleague in Shah Faisal Colony and apparently gave him some of the cash he received from the American in Quetta. This assumption is based on the fact that the jihadi’s colleague in Shah Faisal Colony purchased a flashy SUV a few days later.

We returned to Sasha and Misha.

Money Explodes

“It cannot be an isolated phenomenon. There must be something before and after it. Look for patterns, always look for patterns,” said Sasha.

Misha said, “This money will explode. It will explode in many places.”

It was early September 2007, and Misha’s black prediction was not long in coming true.

BB [Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan] returned to Pakistan on 18 October 2007 after nearly eight years of self-imposed exile, and her huge convoy was hit by suicide bombers en-route to the mausoleum of the father of the nation. Hundreds were killed and wounded but BB escaped unharmed.

Was there any connection between the suicide attack on BB’s convoy and the American funding of a jihadi outfit?

Instead of jumping to conclusions, we went back to Sasha and Misha.

Look at the whole picture

“Look at the whole picture. Never get distracted; look at the whole picture,” said Sasha.

“That is what we are here for – show us the whole picture, or at least as much of the picture as you can,” we said.

Sasha looked Misha in the eyes for a few seconds. It is disconcerting, the way they can communicate with each other silently and make you feel dumb.

There seemed to be some kind of accord.

“OK, let’s a bit of picture for you,” said Sasha.

He started, “BB has hired the lobbying firm BKSH & Associates in a six-month contract for US $ 250000. It is the same firm that is working for Hillary Clinton.

“Burson-Marsteller is the parent company of BKSH and pollster Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates is its affiliate. Mark Penn is the president of Penn Schoen and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and he is also the chief advisor of Clinton in her presidential campaign.

“Now that Republicans are sure they cannot win the elections, they are betting on Hilary. She is a Republican among Democrats and by looking at her policy stance as senator, I can say confidently that if she wins the elections or finds her way into the new administration, she would continue with the Republican foreign policy. She is the last hope of Neocons.

“It is no coincidence that BB decided at this very time to return to Pakistan and hired BKSH to lobby for her in Washington.”

“She has been chosen as pillion rider to a wayward Musharraf,” interjected Misha.

“Yes,” continued Sasha, “she is the chosen pillion rider but there are likely other plans, several of them in fact; a dead BB would be more useful for Washington.”

Complicating the picture

“It is a rather confusing picture you are painting. First we find that Americans are funding a splinter group of LeT, then you predict that the money given to that jihadi outfit will lead to ‘explosions’ and now you are saying that BB was chosen as pillion rider to Musharraf but a dead BB will be more useful to Washington. Are you suggesting that Washington sent BB to Pakistan just to get her killed by LeT or some other jihadi lunatics?”

“Listen to the end,” said Sasha rather sternly.

“Sorry,” we said, afraid that he might clam up.

“First, let’s clarify the question of funding by Americans. Financing, arming and training of enemy elements is nothing new in the American policy. The whole Russo-Afghan was fought on funding and training the kind of people who would never be welcome in Washington. However, their being loathsome was not a barrier against their being funded and trained to fight the Russians because, as the Americans are fond of saying, the end justifies the means.

“If BB is removed from the scene, it would bring several benefits to Washington, the topmost being swift departure of Musharraf, replaced by a weak government that would be heavily dependent on Americans for its very survival”

Misha started speaking when Sasha broke the conversation. “We are not saying that LeT did or did not engineer the suicide bombing in the BB procession on 18 Oct.

“What we are underlining is that a dead BB would be very useful for the region-wide American objectives, and the contract to bump her off may have been outsourced to more than one contractors.”

Look for patterns

It was even more confusing.

“Sorry, but we cannot make head or tail of all this,” we said.

“Look for patterns,” said Sasha like a teacher whose patience was wearing thin.

“The pattern here is,” explained Sasha, “that CIA and other American agencies are funding, training and arming MeK [Mujahideen-e-Khalq] in Iraq and Iran to use them against Iran, they are funding and supporting Jundullah in Pakistan and Iran to create trouble in Iran, and now they have co-opted some factions of LeT, possibly some other jihadi outfits also, to do their dirty work in Pakistan.”

“Go chase Vickers,” said Misha with the finality that indicated the end of our session with the spymasters.

Chasing Vickers

Chasing Vickers is easier said than done.

Michael Vickers is the assistant secretary of defence responsible for special operations and low intensity warfare. A former Green Beret, he was confirmed as assistant secretary for defence on 23 July 2007.

Vickers was the principle strategist for covert CIA operation in Afghanistan that resulted in the defeat, and subsequent break-up, of the Soviet Union.

At the height of Afghan operation, he was giving strategic and operational direction to 300 unit commanders, 150000 full time and 500000 part time fighters. He coordinated the efforts of ten countries and oversaw an annual budget of more than US $ 2 billion.

In other words, Vickers was the direct challenger of Sasha and Misha in Afghanistan.

Special Operations Command (Socom), a part of the portfolio of Vickers, is based in Tampa, Florida. Its annual budget is US $ 8 billion. More than 60000 covert and overt personnel are on its payroll.

Vickers has offices on the third floor of Pentagon in the ‘C’ ring.

X is for eXpert

Washington is not an easy place for us; the people are reluctant to talk. Everyone who knows us is wary of us, and those who don’t know us, don’t care to talk to us.

However, there are three experts with deep knowledge and insight, who sometimes cooperate with us. For this story, we have given them a composite name ‘X’ – X for expert.

“Vickers is not a bureaucrat. He is a fighter, first and last,” said X.

He elucidated, “Vickers has four qualities that put him head and shoulders above the crowd: 1. His multi-track mind that can process several scenarios simultaneously; 2. His ability to co-opt enemy to fight the enemy; 3. His talent to add or remove the essential elements, as the situation demands; and 4. His uncanny sense of timing; where to strike, when and how.

“He would think a thousand times before setting a goal, but once he has decided where he wants to go, he would use endless, flexible tactics to get there.”

“We are impressed already,” we said, “but what is the connection between American funding of some Pakistani jihadi outfits, the return of BB  to Pakistan, and suicide attack on her convoy?”

“BB is the daughter of her father. Popularity goes to her head and she tends to become stubborn, even arrogant.

“Remember? Her father, ZAB [Zulfikar Ali Bhutto], made an extremely fine impression on JFK in their first meeting. JFK said that if you were an American, you would be in my cabinet. ZAB replied, ‘Watch your words Mr. President. If I were an American, you would be in my cabinet.’ She is no different.

“Although she has been sent as co-pilot for Musharraf, she might change her mind any time and that would be quite inconvenient for her American handlers. However, if she is bumped off, preferably with traceable links to some jihadi outfit, it would fit nicely with American plans for Pakistan and the entire region,” said X.

“And, what could those plans be,” we asked.

X said, “There is general agreement among all the 16 intelligence agencies of the United States that Pakistan is ‘on the edge,’ the situation is ‘very bad, very bleak.’ The latest National Intelligence Estimate describes Pakistan as ‘no money, no energy, no government.’”

He was of the opinion that not only the entire intelligence community but the mainstream Democrats and Republicans, and the Pentagon leadership, had come to the conclusion that nothing was going to go forward without dealing directly with Pakistan.

“Vickers is in the forefront. He was one of the authors of the QDR-2006-2025 [Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defence Review for the next twenty years]. QDR defines terrorism as the immediate threat and China, Russia and India as long-term threats,” said X.

Expanding on the theme, X said, “There is the concept of ‘Total Force.’ This includes active and reserve components, DoD civilians and contractors. DoD, specifically its special operations wing, has been tasked to enable ‘other actors’ to perform key tasks, roles and missions.

“There is also the concept of ‘freedom of action’ which means that indirect approach, stealth, flexible basing and strategic reach, outsourcing of missions, co-opting enemies, and conducting covert operations in countries that are not at war with the USA, are all fully permissible.

“There is the stress to ‘shift the cost balance’ to the adversaries. It means that military and civilian activities are to be conducted across the spectrum to establish and maintain desired order in countries and regions, and in doing so, one enemy should be used to cause damage to the other enemy.

“In addition to QDR, there is the special hit list of Socom. Vickers has short-listed 20 ‘high priority’ countries. Pakistan is at the top of the list and India is not very far behind. These are the countries where Socom will conduct all kinds of clandestine operations. External actors will be playing, wittingly or unwittingly, the script written by Vickers.

“You should never forget that Vickers is on first-name basis with lot many of the original jihadis of the Afghan war – he was their paymaster and handler – and these are the people running or guiding most of the present jihadi outfits.”

Some of it was already going over our heads. The information was piling up like a shapeless lump, eluding any handle.

The best thing was to take a break for brainstorming.


We tried to put together what we had uncovered so far in our investigations and match it with the information we obtained from X, Sasha and Misha.

Only some parts of the overall picture were visible, and it looked like this:

  • American espionage activity has intensified in Pakistan, indicating some major shift in policy and possible preparation for big action.
  • Americans are funding some jihadi outfits and militant elements in Pakistan, including at least a splinter faction of LeT. This is part of the known pattern of American tactics to finance enemy to fight the enemy. Other examples are US funding, training and arming of MeK and Jundullah.
  • BB has returned to Pakistan after reaching some kind of understanding with the current and future power players in Washington but the actual scriptwriters would like her dead because that would accelerate their regional ambitions.
  • Michael Vickers, assistant secretary of defence for special operations and low intensity warfare since July 2007, is a CIA veteran and chief strategist of jihadi war against USSR. He has big budget and huge manpower at his disposal for conducting clandestine and covert operations anywhere in the world. He has successful track record of co-opting enemy to fight the enemy. Pakistan is at the top of the list of his target countries and India is not far behind.
  • American establishment is unanimous in its opinion that a radical solution is needed for ‘Pakistan problem.’
  • There are region-wide American ambitions, although we don’t know much about them, but whatever those ambitions are, they cannot be advanced without severe damage to, possibly bifurcation of, Pakistan.

Where do we go from here? There were no fresh leads. We were also aware that we don’t know the right questions to ask.

We were still in a state of indecision. And, BB got assassinated.

Continued . . .

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part One

[SEE The Stunning Investigative Story on the Birth of Balochistan Liberation Army–Mar 1, 2005]

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part One

Tariq Saeedi

with Sergi Pyatakov in Moscow and Mark Davidson in Washington

Legwork by SM Kasi in Quetta, GN Brohi in Dalbandin, and Qasim Jan in Kandahar

Mumbai episode is the latest in a long and nefarious story that started unfolding some 16 months ago in the barren hills of Balochistan, a sparsely populated province in western Pakistan.

After more than 22000 kilometers of road and rail travel, endless legwork chasing small and seemingly unrelated clues, hundreds of interviews and many dozens of field trips, all we have been able to do is just remove the lid on the American designs on Pakistan and India. Equally disturbing is the reality that Central Asia, China and Russia are also in the crosshairs of the United States. What we have found is sheer in scope, mind-boggling and frightening.

The USA seems to have decided to:

  • Bifurcate Pakistan using all possible means, including the religious elements that can be bought, coerced or tricked;
  • Pull the plug on the Indian and Pakistani economies by creating a situation of perpetual confrontation;
  • Prevent India from becoming an economic rival of the United States in foreseeable future by denying it the energy resources of Central Asia and Iran, and draining its precious human and material assets in dead-end pursuits;
  • Promote drug addiction in South and Central Asia so that all the opium produced in Afghanistan is consumed in the region and little or none is left for export to the American markets;
  • Block the economic growth and expanding regional influence of China and Russia;
  • Acquire logistics facilities and infrastructure network for military action against Iran;

The Bumper Crop of Spies

We started working on this story in July 2007 on a vague tip that some foreign spies had been caught in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. We traveled to Balochistan and started talking to people who had many interesting things to tell.

“They caught a spy transmitting from the backroom of a pharmacy in Dalbandin,” said a local shopkeeper.

“Yes, it was about eleven in the night. They caught him without any trouble.” said his friend.

The capture of another spy was rather hilarious.

“He was dressed like a Baloch, and he looked like a Baloch,” said a shepherd.

“But we knew immediately that he was not a Baloch and we tipped a militia patrol,” he added.

“How did you know he was not a Baloch,” we asked.

His brief explanation: “He was not walking like a Baloch.”

It is easy to understand the shepherd if you have ever seen a real Baloch in motion. The lilt and majesty of Baloch gait is inimitable.

Another spy was pretending to be a bush.

“The spy was concealed in a small bush on ——– [name of the mountain omitted deliberately],” told a farmer in a settlement opposite Ahmedwal town.

“Why did you think it was not just a bush like any other bush,” we asked.

“There was no bush there the day before,” was his simple reply.

Because of the keen observation and vigilance of the locals, five spies were caught in less than two months. There were at least three others, who were detected but managed to escape. It is difficult to say as to how many more operated unnoticed, completed their work and went back to wherever they came from.

What was significant was that the locals said that four of the five captured spies were Amreeki (Americans).

This sudden surge in American spies was inexplicable.

We decided to consult Sasha and Misha, two retired KGB colonels, living in a quieter district of Moscow.

Back to Sasha and Misha

Sasha and Misha (not their real names), are retired KGB colonels and top-notch experts on Afghanistan and Pakistan. They were among the architects of the original BLA (Balochistan Liberation Army) during the Russo-Afghan war. They know Balochistan better than anyone else we ever met.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are their first love and like faithful lovers they always keep tab on what is happening in that part of the world. And, they are in touch with many of their old contacts.

“There can be many reasons for increased espionage. It usually indicates some major shift in policy or preparation for a big operation. Looking at other developments, I would say that it is the both. The Americans are going for a major shift in their policy toward Pakistan and they may also be putting together some big operations,” said Sasha.

“Go look for something unorthodox,” added Misha.

The trouble with Misha is that he speaks Cryptese. With his inherent fondness for crosswords, anagrams and puzzles, Misha is almost always difficult to decipher.

“Unorthodox what,” we asked in exasperation.

“Such as Yankee-Jihadi marriage,” said Misha with a naughty twinkle in his eyes that suddenly made him look much younger.

It was clear that we were not going to get anything more from the duo before doing some spadework.

Continued . . .

Links to all four parts of the report:

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part One

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Two

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Three

Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India – Part Four

Afghanistan’s Boy Sex Slaves

[SEE: The Warlord’s Tune: Afghanistan’s war on children]

Afghanistan’s Boy Sex Slaves

Michael Mechanic

March 21, 2010

Say what you will about the Taliban. They’re small-minded, repressive, religious zealots who exert their power through fear and intimidation. But certain aspects of Afghan society can make the black turbans look downright righteous. Consider the ancient tradition of Bacha Bazi, which means “boy play.” Banned by the Taliban, this illicit activity is on the upswing across Afghanistan. The Guardian reported on it last fall, and on April 20, Frontline is airing a special report with the same title: The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan.

Here’s how the Frontline producers describe it:

Hundreds of boys, some as young as eleven, street orphans or boys bought from poor families by former warlords and powerful businessmen, are dressed in woman’s clothes, taught to sing and dance for the entertainment of male audiences, and then sold to the highest bidder or traded among the men for sex.

With remarkable access inside a Bacha Bazi ring operating in Northern Afghanistan, Najibullah Quraishi, an Afghan journalist, investigates this practice, still illegal under Afghan law, talking with the boys, their families, and their masters, exposing the sexual abuse and even murders of the boys, and documenting how Afghan authorities responsible for stopping these crimes are sometimes themselves complicit in the practice.

This brings to mind the rights of Afghan women, something American officials rarely talk about anymore—probably because they came to realize that the Taliban were Johnny-come-latelys when it came to sexual oppression. “Afghanistan is a rural nation, where 85 percent of people live in the countryside. And out there it’s very, very conservative, very tribal—almost medieval,” Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, told me last year. “The way that people saw the Taliban treating women, unfortunately, is the way women have been treated in many parts of the country going back centuries. Kabul has always been sort of a cultural island.”

In our conversation, Hosseini was ambivalent as to whether America should—or even could—make an issue of women’s rights. As he put it:

Throughout the last century there were multiple attempts at giving women more autonomy, to change marriage laws, to abolish the practice of bride price and child marriage, and to enforce women to be involved in school. Every time, the reaction from the traditionalists was one of contempt and scorn and at times outright rebellion. At one point they called jihad on one of the Afghan kings. So we do have to be careful. I think the emancipation of women in Afghanistan has to come from inside, through Afghans themselves, gradually, over time. Otherwise, I think we’re back to suffering the same consequences that the communists in Afghanistan did in the ’80s, or the king earlier in the 20th century.

He’s probably right. All the same, some of these so-called traditions are enough to make you wonder just what it is we’re fighting for in Afghanistan—and for whom.

(The Frontline image above depicts an illegal dancing-boy party in Takhar, northern Afghanistan. The dancer, Abdullah, 13, is “owned” by a local businessman.)

:: Article nr. 64393 sent on 22-mar-2010 07:15 ECT






By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

Meet Dr. Alan Sabrosky, a brave man, a USMC Vietnam vet, an American of Jewish ancestry and someone devoted to the security of the United States at any cost.   Ask any Jew what it takes to stand up against the most powerful and ruthless group in the world, the Israeli lobby inside the United States.

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Sabrosky has been calling for a new 9/11 investigation for some time.  What makes him unique is that we have a Jew who can hardly be called “self-hating” or “anti-Semitic” or against Israel.  He is consistent in everything he says.  His point is that you are an American or you are an Israeli but you can’t be both, especially now with Zionism turning Israeli foreign policy into a “runaway train.”  9/11, as Sabrosky sees it was the watershed in a relationship between America and Israel that has gone from bad to unsurviveable, especially for America.  He contents that AIPAC exercises near total control over the electoral process in America through the ability to outspend any other group and destroy anyone who stands against them.

The unwillingness of the US to stand with the international community on humanitarian and war crime issues where Israel is found in continual violation is, to Sabrosky, a critial issue.  In discussion the US and her lack of support for the Goldstone Report, Sabrosky says:

US criticism of the HRC resolution should be disregarded, as Washington only parrots Israel’s wishes here…

… it might have been better to have included Goldstone’s condemnation of Hamas offenses as well, but it is legitimate as it stands for five reasons: (1) Israel committed the great majority of the violations; (2) Israel had an overwhelming preponderance of military power; (3) Palestinians suffered almost all of the death and destruction; (4) Israel has a long, sordid history of ignoring UN commissions and resolutions, and of attacking UN facilities and killing UN staff, as when the clearly marked UNRWA facility in Gaza was bombed; and (5) the HRC focus is properly on the actions of the oppressor (Israel) and not on those of the oppressed (the Palestinians).

Another is that it did not accord Israel the right of self-defense. But Israel’s claim to self-defense in its savaging of Gaza is specious, because Israel — like all occupiers and oppressors — has no inherent right of self-defense against its victims. Who, for instance, would have accepted Nazi Germany’s assertion that its brutal reprisals against the Czechs for their assassination of a Nazi commander named Reinhard Heydrich was an exercise in self-defense? No one, and no one should accept Israel’s claim, either.

A third is that holding Israel accountable for its actions will somehow endanger the Middle East peace process. But there is no peace process, simply meaningless discussions to the dead end (for Palestinians and the rest of the region) of Israeli hegemony, and under Netanyahu or any electable government in Israel, there is not and cannot be one. There will be an enforced peace imposed from outside of the Middle East, over the objections and obstruction of Israel, or there will be none at all.


This is how Sabrosky describes the nature of Jewish nationalism as described within the term we call “Zionism”:

The differences between Jewish nationalism (Zionism) and that of other countries and cultures here I think are fourfold:

1. Zionism is a real witches’ brew of xenophobia, racism, ultra-nationalism and militarism that places it way outside of a “mere” nationalist context — for example, when I was in Ireland (both parts) I saw no indication whatsoever that the Provisional Irish Republican Army or anyone else pressing for a united Ireland had a shred of design on shoving Protestants into camps or out of the country, although there may well have been a handful who thought that way — and goes far beyond the misery for others professed by the Nazis;

2. Zionism undermines civic loyalty among its adherents in other countries in a way that other nationalist movements (and even ultra-nationalist movements like Nazism) did not — e.g. a large majority of American Jews, including those who are not openly dual citizens, espouse a form of political bigamy called “dual loyalty” (to Israel and the US) that is every bit as dishonest as marital bigamy, attempts to finesse the precedence they give to Israel over the US (lots of Rahm Emanuels out there who served in the Israeli army but NOT in the US armed forces), and has absolutely no parallel in the sense of national or cultural identity espoused by any other definable ethnic or racial group in America — even the Nazi Bund in the US disappeared once Germany and the US went to war, with almost all of its members volunteering for the US armed forces;

3. The “enemy” of normal nationalist movements is the occupying power and perhaps its allies, and once independence is achieved, normal relations with the occupying power are truly the norm, but for Zionism almost everyone out there is an actual or potential enemy, differing only in proximity and placement on its very long list of enemies (which is now America’s target list); and

4. Almost all nationalist movements (including the irredentist and secessionist variants) intend to create an independent state from a population in place or to reunite a separated people (like the Sudeten Germans in the 1930s) — it is very rare for it to include the wholesale displacement of another indigenous population, which is far more common of successful colonialist movements as in the US — and perhaps a reason why most Americans wouldn’t care too much about what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians even if they DID know about it, is because that is no different than what Europeans in North America did to the Indians/Native Americans here in a longer and more low-tech fashion.

Sabrosky is one of the few Americans who sees the nuclear threat of Israel as it is, blackmailing the United States, not only in how it could be used to draw America into an unwanted war, but how it could actually be used at some point to attack the United States itself.  Only recently, Israel put Western Europe on notice that it would be attacked if its actions threatened Israel, attacked by nuclear weaons from Israel without warning.  Martin van Creveld’s threat combined with Sabrosky’s analysis of Israeli intentions and culpability for 9/11 brings to mind something Sabrosky had once written.

He has always seen Moshe Dyan as a hero.  Dyan saw Israel’s military role as that of a “junk yard dog,” ready to bite without warning, attack anything and anyone.  Sabrosky notes that, eventually such an animal is always put down or as he puts it,  ”the preferred response of everyone else is to kill that mad dog before it can decide to go berserk and bite.”


Sabrosky makes a case, not just for a coverup of 9/11 but goes much further.  He points out as do so many that the physics of the attack are unworkable.  He, however, is one of the few to point to a conclusion many find obvious but few have the nerve to admit, that it would have been impossible to stage 9/11 without the full resources of both the CIA and Mossad and that 9/11 served the interests of both agencies quite well.

There was nothing they could have wished for more.

Sabrosky also makes a point involving media coverage of 9/11:

Finally, we need to take a hard look at why the mainstream media (MSM) have paid more attention to Sarah Palin’s wardrobe than they have to dissecting blatant falsehoods, discrepancies and inconsistencies in the US Government’s treatment of 9/11 and its aftermath.


The inescapable point isnt the 60,000 Americans killed or wounded in a war started out of treason or the world it threatens to destroy.  Americans have been looking away from these glaring realities the way they looked away from Vietnam.  Sabrosky leaves Israel and her American Jewish supporters who he sees as traitors with a warning:

If these Americans and those like them ever fully understand just how much of their suffering — and the suffering we have inflicted on others — is properly laid on the doorsteps of Israel and its advocates in America, they will sweep aside those in politics, the press and the pulpits alike whose lies and disloyalty brought this about and concealed it from them. They may well leave Israel looking like Carthage after the Romans finished with it. It will be Israel’s own great fault.

Do we take Sabrosky seriously because he is a Marine or a Jew?  Do we wonder why the things he says reach so few?  Is American in a shooting war where our biggest enemy sits behind us, killing us off, robbing us blind and whispering gently in our ears how much they love us?

It would seem so.

Obama Rammed It

President Barack Obama: ‘It’s a victory for the American people’

The US House of Representatives has narrowly voted to pass a landmark healthcare reform bill at the heart of President Barack Obama’s agenda.

The bill was passed by 219 votes to 212, with no Republican backing, after hours of fierce argument and debate.

It extends coverage to 32 million more Americans, and marks the biggest change to the US healthcare system in decades.

“We proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things,” Mr Obama said in remarks after the vote.

“This legislation will not fix everything that ails our healthcare system, but it moves us decisively in the right direction,” he said.

Mr Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly.

But a new challenge is expected in the Senate, where Democrats hope amendments to the bill will be enacted by a simple majority. Republicans say the move is unconstitutional and plan to stop it.

Historic vote

This is the most significant victory for the president since he took office 14 months ago, says BBC North America editor Mark Mardell.

He has been tough and tenacious – some might say stubborn – in pushing this legislation after so much opposition and so many setbacks, our correspondent says.

When the vote count hit the magic number of 216 – the minimum needed to pass the bill – Democrats hugged and cheered in celebration and chanted: “Yes we can!”

Under the legislation, health insurance will be extended to nearly all Americans, new taxes imposed on the wealthy, and restrictive insurance practices such as refusing to cover people with pre-existing medical conditions will be outlawed.

However, our correspondent says it has become a rallying point for Republicans, who are convinced the American people do not want the changes and that it will be a vote winner for them come the mid-term elections in November.

They say the measures are unaffordable and represent a government takeover of the health industry.

“We have failed to listen to America,” said Republican party leader John Boehner.

Speaking moments before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the health care reform honoured the nation’s traditions.

“We will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare and now, tonight, healthcare for all Americans,” she said, referring to the government’s pension program and health insurance for the elderly established nearly 50 years ago.

Although Democrats pushed the measure through with three votes to spare, 34 members joined Republicans in voting against the bill, worried about paying a political price in November.

In a last-minute move designed to win the support of a bloc of anti-abortion lawmakers, Mr Obama earlier on Sunday announced plans to issue an executive order assuring that healthcare reform will not change the restrictions barring federal money for abortion.

Next steps

The bill’s final approval represented a stunning turnaround from January, when it was considered dead after Democrats lost their 60-seaty majority in the Senate, which is required to defeat a filibuster.

To avoid a second Senate vote, the House also approved on Sunday evening a package of reconciliation “fixes” – agreed beforehand between House and Senate Democrats and the White House – amending the bill that senators adopted in December.

Minority leader angry over the deal

The president is expected to sign the House-passed Senate bill as early as Tuesday, after which it will be officially enacted into law. However, it will contain some very unpopular measures that Democratic senators have agreed to amend.

The Senate will be able to make the required changes in a separate bill using a procedure known as reconciliation, which allows budget provisions to be approved with 51 votes – rather than the 60 needed to overcome blocking tactics.

The Republicans say they will seek to repeal the measure, challenge its constitutionality and co-ordinate efforts in state legislatures to block its implementation.

But the president has signalled he will fight back.

The White House plans to launch a campaign this week to persuade sceptical Americans that the reforms offer immediate benefits to them and represent the most significant effort to reduce the federal deficit since the 1990s.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the healthcare bill will cut the federal deficit by $138bn (£92bn) over 10 years.

The non-partisan body said last week that the legislation would cost about $940bn (£626bn) over the same period.

The reforms will increase insurance coverage through tax credits for the middle class and an expansion of Medicaid for the poor.

They represent the biggest change in the US healthcare system since the creation in the 1960s of Medicare, the government-run scheme for those aged 65 or over.

India Possibly Intensifying Proxy War In Afghanistan

[Normally, The Nation serves as a mouthpiece for the Pak. Army, so take the following report with a large grain of salt.  I could find no mention anywhere on the Internet about a Baloch community north of Kabul, but Charikar was recently the scene of some anti-American protests, resulting in the closing of a a military coordination center.  The reference given at the end about an Indian jail break of Taliban is also not on the Net.  It seems to be an attempt to blame India for the "Kunduz airlift," where Taliban and ISI personnel are airlifted to safety.   The writer should give a more substantial reference to an unknown incident if it was really relevant to his story.]

India intensifying proxy war in Afghanistan

By: Ashraf Javed

LAHORE – In the wake of recent spate of violent attacks and unrest fanned by foreign-sponsored elements across the country particularly in Balochistan and FATA, the security sources have warned that Pakistan must remain prepared to brace for waves of terrorism likely to buffet the hinterland in the days to follow, as India plans to intensify ‘proxy war’ in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Well-placed sources disclosed to this reporter on Friday that New Delhi is intensifying ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan to destabilise its nuclear-armed neighbour.
‘The top officer of the Indian Military Intelligence accompanied by several leading intelligence operatives visited Kabul in the recent past. The delegation also went to Charikar in Parwan province of Afghanistan, where a large number of Baloch dissidents are receiving training. The DG Military Intelligence of India witnessed the training along with the delegation’, the sources said.
With the US Forces scheduled to begin packing up their duffel bags for the much-awaited homeward bound journey, beginning in the mid of next year, the Indian intelligence has started mobilising its substantial Afghan assets to challenge Pakistan’s legitimate security concerns in Afghanistan.
The ambitious plans not only seek to exert influence on the Afghan turf but envisage using the substantial intelligence presence in Afghanistan for ratcheting up subversive activities inside Pakistan. Raking up internal instability and destruction in Pakistani hinterland with FATA and Balochistan emerging as the sensitive points for directing such efforts, remain at the heart of the Indian strategy, said a highly placed source.
The increasing frequency of high level Indian intelligence’s secret visits to Afghanistan is indicative of the persistence of a clear and present danger that India, using Afghanistan as a spring board, is endangering Pakistan’s security.
According to well-informed sources, during January 2010 Indian Army’s Director General Military Intelligence (DGMI), accompanied by some senior intelligence officers visited Kabul.
A surprising aspect of the visit was the presence of over a dozen MOSSAD operatives, who accompanied the Indian delegation during their visit to Charikar in Parwan Province where a large number of Baloch dissidents are receiving training. The visit was facilitated by the Afghan Intelligence Chief who remained present during delegations’ interaction with Kabul-based officials of Israel and few other countries as well.

It is worth recollecting that during 2001-02 period the Indian close cooperation with the Afghan Intelligence, dominated by India’s Northern Alliance allies, was instrumental in airlifting of captured Taleban fighters from Charikar and Shibbergan jails, for use as human clay pigeons to substantiate claims of ‘cross border terrorism’.
According to the sources, a significant aspect related to Indian delegation’s activities in Kabul was their overbearing emphasis for acquisition of intelligence related to Pakistan’s nuclear capability.
‘This aspect remained under focus during interaction with the Afghan Intelligence Chief as well as briefing of RAW cover officers deputed at the Indian Embassy at Kabul and the four Consulates, the sources said, adding, the Indian DGMI also visited the NATO Parachute Battalion along with representatives of some other intelligence agencies. Among other subjects, reportedly, the matters regarding Pakistan’s nuclear programme was also discussed.
For India, intensifying intelligence activities in Afghanistan come with a realisation that given a post US scenario, India is fast becoming irrelevant to Afghanistan situation. India’s plan of seeking a position of dominance for her Northern Alliance protTgTes at the cost of Pashtun dominated Taliban, has failed. In US, there is an emerging realisation that Indian advice and perspective, that guided her war on terror effort since 2001, have compounded the already complex ethnic divisions, resulting into sharp divisions and polarisation. The London Conference held in January this year has only added to her discomfiture. A flurry of Indian intelligence activities in Afghanistan may not cement her position for the long haul but Pakistan must brace for waves of terrorism to buffet the hinterland in the days to follow, said observers.

Charikar Angered by Security Force Presence

US and Afghan troops agree to leave town at the request of Kabul officials.

By Mohammad Saber Saffor in Charikar (ARR No. 354, 2-Mar-10)

A military coordination centre staffed by United States and Afghan forces is moving away from a provincial capital where local people have complained about the army presence.

The Operational Coordination Center, Provincial, OCCP, is based in the police station at Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, which has been one of the safer places in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taleban in 2001.

The Taleban encountered stiff resistance in the province when they ran the country and, though still active in much of Afghanistan, they have never been able to gain much headway in Parwan.

A member of the US forces who declined to give his name told IWPR the troops were in Parwan to cooperate with the Afghan security forces and that local people should be happy about their presence.

“The people should not be worried about possible insecurity in the province, because we are ensuring security for them,” he said.

He said coalition forces patrol various districts of the province including Charikar town – which is close to the American military’s giant Bagram air base – but no one has been bothered by them so far.

As part of the deployment, a company of US army personnel together with Afghan troops set up the coordination centre several months ago, angering the local population.

Sayed Mahmud, a Charikar shopkeeper, shakes his head in despair as a convoy of foreign military vehicles passes by.

“I do not know whether these forces make us more or less secure. I am sure that life for the people in Charikar is more dangerous because suicide attacks and roadside bombs come together with these forces and it is the civilians who will suffer,” he said.

Mir Abdolshokur, speaker of the provincial council in Parwan, believes that the presence of the foreign forces puts restrictions on local people.

“The people are deprived of their freedoms by the deployment of these forces. People are not comfortable about visiting their friends at night, because the foreign forces may be nervous about them moving around at this time,” he said.

Provincial politicians have been passing local concerns about the coordination centre to central government and people in Charikar believe this has led to the decision to move it. No date has been given for its relocation.

Major General Mawlana Abdorrahman Sayed Kheli, security commander in Parwan province, said, “An understanding has been reached on the basis of which the coordination centre and the foreign forces will be positioned far from the city.”

He said he hoped this would deal with people’s concerns but did not give any details.

A US military spokesman confirmed the move, “The OCCP … is moving, but not because of local opposition but rather because the Afghan leadership wanted it in a new location.” He said land for the new centre was being secured but did not give further details.

The foreign forces, who include some from the United Arab Emirates as well as Americans, have been using the police headquarters for about four months.

Abdolzaher Salangi, a member of parliament for Parwan, said security in the area was already adequate without the need for foreign forces. “Parwan police have the capability and capacity to fight our enemies, because the security forces in Parwan are supported by the people. There is no need for the foreign forces to be present in this town.”

He said all the people oppose the Taleban and have always cooperated with the security forces.

Some residents had warned that if the international troops continued to deploy in their town, they would lose faith in the government and may stop cooperating with it.

One resident, Shahpur, said, “The presence of the foreign forces means that the government does not trust us. We defended the government … We did not cooperate with the Taleban. Security was ensured.”

Mohammad Saber Saffor is an IWPR trainee in Parwan province.

Church exposed Dalit persecution to whole world–DALIT VOICE

Church exposed Dalit persecution to whole world :

Every country today knows Hindu racism


Is the Dalit Movement dying?

I identify with the frustrations Com. Ayyankali, Brother Neerav Patel, Dr. Kancha Ilaiah and others have expressed. Many honor Babasaheb in name only while rejecting his principles. The majority of our people are illiterate and hardly know what Babasaheb has written. Others have experienced the benefits of Babasaheb’s sweat and blood, yet they are busy filling their homes with wealth and not lifting a finger to help those who have fallen down. Many were empowered and then joined our oppressors, some through marriage, and hardly identify with us. Every year the situation seems to get worse. What is the point of filling pages with words, printing magazines, sitting in dharna, and walking in morches? At the end of the day, our people are getting raped, abused and killed. Even with great laws like the Prevention of SC/ST Atrocities Act, less than 4% are actually convicted of thousands cases registered each year. More important, no one knows the number of unregistered incidents.

The Challenge

However, if we study worldwide history we realize that the battle for freedom is never easy. Countries can become free from outside forces like colonial powers, but it is almost a bigger challenge to free the people within those countries who suffer discrimination. The long struggles in Lanka, Palestine, and more have proven this as many opposing forces try to kill the movement toward emancipation and liberty.

And among all the global struggles, the caste system is the most evil and ingenious systems. It is unique. It is even extremely difficult to explain.

The Hope

Everyone born in India exactly knows what it is. Even some cultures in Africa and Asia practice it from birth. But when you talk to people from most places in the world, they have no clue about it. Is it color, race, language, wealth, culture, size, surname, or power? What makes the high so high and the low so low? It can be difficult to explain in a way they understand. And how do you stop what cannot be explained? The world understands racism. They know apartheid. But what is Casteism? How does that work? How do you destroy it?

Despite the enormous challenge we are facing, we are not going to give up. Even in tough times, we are making definite progress in many areas. In some places we have gone backward, but overall we are making slow and steady progress. There is no coming back.

(a). Caste consolidation through “caste identity” has happened. People hate it, but it has worked. More and more groups are identifying themselves with caste and trying to assert their presence.

(b).This has provided some political awareness and even limited power to some of our people. Many of those in power may not be committed to Ambedkarite ideology, but at least our enemies have realized that they cannot ignore the power of the low.

Back to Basics

(c). Due to reservations and other programs, some education and empowerment has happened. There are at least 4 million Class-1 officers from our people and many more in other posts of honor and power in the govt.

However, we have long way to go. Any defeat is because of our own people. Those who are empowered are not staying with us. Those who want to go forward want to do so for their own sake and not for others.

The key is in Babasaheb’s dictates: Educate, Agitate, Organize . These may be slow strategies and consume huge time and resources, but they are sure to deliver.

Best Kept Secret

My only concern is that we do not give up hope. When people don’t have hope, they give up all struggles. It is OK for general public to give up easily, but not for the leaders. That separates the leaders from the common people. Leaders see in the future what others cannot see. Those of us who have hope of a better future need to exhibit that vision and people will follow. As for me, I am not going to give up and want to see a major freedom movement in my own lifetime.

The major difference for us – compared to past generations of our people — is that the world is learning about the Dalit issue. Those of us who are involved in this struggle are encouraged that the world is getting interested now. And this is very important. Those who fought against slavery had to inform the world about the evils of it and only then eradicated formal slavery from the world, even though it remains in other forms. Those who heard about Apartheid supported the struggle against it and the whole world pressurised South Africa (curiously even our own country was against the practice of apartheid).

The whole world knows about racism and is trying to change.

Casteism has been the world’s best kept secret so far.

But not anymore

After many years of struggle by many Dalit groups, now it is part of the United Nations agenda. TheNational Geographic carried an article in June 2003 which created a huge uproar in the Western world, and upper castes living there severely opposed it. The Wall Street Journal and many other groups have written many articles on Dalit issues since then. Several international human rights reports regularly mention of evils of the caste system in their annual human rights reports.

“Christian Conspiracy”

Several books describing effects of caste received international awards. Movies like Slumdog Millionaire created huge interest worldwide about the injustice meted out to the poor.

Our enemy is extremely upset with this publicity. They say this is a conspiracy of Christian nations to destroy our “national honor”. They demand we don’t talk about Dalit atrocities, don’t mention it, and only say our nation is great and successful.

This is frustrating, but a good sign that something is happening. There is a long way to go, but there is definite progress. Ten years ago when we talked about Dalits, people asked, “Who are they?” No more. Today at least half of the foreigners I speak with know, and we need to use it to strengthen our struggle. We need to stand strong until enough of our people are awakened and the critical mass is achieved which is required to start the chain reaction. Then we won’t need any help. We will do it ourselves.

Apartheid In India

Here is a list of significant events that took place in last three years since 2007:

(1). In Feb., Kobia, the African head of the WCC (World Council of Churches), likened the treatment of Dalits in India to apartheid during a visit to India. He said, “South Africa has abolished apartheid [and] it is a sin to practice it in India in the 21st century.” While words can be cheap and I look for actions, it is important to note that many church denominations are regretting the presence of caste inside the church and are working to remove that completely.

(2). On Feb. 1, the European Union members of parliament passed a historic resolution which clearly summarizes the plight of Dalits and calls for European governments to help the Dalits achieve freedom.

(3). On Feb. 23 and 26, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) listened to Indian Govt. report on discrimination and asked many questions about Dalits. CERD is a body of independent experts responsible for monitoring a country’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. India ratified the Convention in 1968. The panel criticised India in its “Concluding Observations” document issued on March 19 because India didn’t acknowledge any caste-based, work-based or Dalit discrimination.

Mayawati Captures U.P.

(4). Within India, positive developments included the following:

(a). After more than two years of study, (Misra Commission), the National Commission for Religious & Linguistic Minorities, asked the govt. to give benefits to all Dalits, regardless of their religion. The report on May 21, 2007 said the govt. should change a 1950 Presidential Order which restricts government benefits to Dalit Hindus, Sikhs or Budhists. My colleagues in the All India Christian Council (AICC) had testified before the panel at Delhi and Mumbai in 2006.

(b). For most Dalits, Mayawati’s election victory in Uttar Pradesh was a big news.

(c). A report in August said India’s Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law Ministry believes the judiciary should have reservations for Dalits.

(d). Also in August, Bharti Enterprises, parent company of mobile phone giant Air Tel, promised to train and employ SC/ST engineers on a preferential basis.

Western Media Exposure

(5). In Feb. 2007, BBC surveyed over 1,600 Indians and found that 55% are worried the caste system is holding the country back from progress (“Caste clouds India’s high hopes”, Feb. 5, 2007). Many Western publications published articles on the challenges for Dalits and my colleagues and I were involved with some of these including the influential Washington Post (“A ‘Broken People’ in Booming India: Low Caste Dalits still face prejudice, grinding poverty,” by Emily Wax, June 21, 2007) and a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal newspaper (“Caste Away”, by Paul Beckett, June 23, 2007; “In India, ‘Untouchables’ Convert to Christianity and Face Extra Bias,” by Yaroslav Trofimov, Sept. 19, 2007; “Untouchable: Brutal Attack in India Shows How Caste System Lives On,” by Yaroslav Trofimov, Dec. 27, 2007). Several noted the root of religious violence in Orissa over Christmas was due to caste discrimination (“A Christian-Hindu Clash in India”, Time magazine, by Simon Robinson, Dec. 27, 2007).

Caste Within Church

(6).It is important to see the developments in the Christian world during this time. Although Christians make mistakes, they are learning to change. Within India some of us are involved in major Christian human rights network called the AICC. One challenge is to remove caste discrimination within the Indian churches. AICC also has worked hard to awaken Indian and International Christian communities to pay attention and do something to stop caste discrimination.

According to a Govt. of India report (1992), 33% of all social work in India is done by 3% of India’s Christians.

Aicc Achievements

Some Indian Christians have not been actively helping the downtrodden. Even worse, unfortunately in many areas upper castes have received much of the benefits. But AICC is committed to focus the efforts on those who are in greatest need. Here are some achievements of AICC in 2007 in the area of Dalit human rights.

(a). In March, partnering with international human rights agencies Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and the Dalit Freedom Network (DFN), AICC used a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery by William Wilberforce to tell Europe about the Dalit plight. Due to AICC efforts:

The UK Foreign Office issued a statement on Dalit slavery

The Archbishop of Canterbury mentioned Dalits during a nationally broadcasted Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey attended by the Queen, Prime Minister and other heads of govt.

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission in London and European Union MPs in Brussels held important hearings on Dalit issues.

There were briefings of politicians in Scotland and Norway.

A new documentary film called India’s Hidden Slavery premiered to a full cinema in downtown London.

Congressional Hearing

(b). On May 1, AICC leaders testified about the plight of Dalit women before the United States Congressional Human Rights panel in Washington D.C. Then they delivered a letter to the leader of the US House of Representatives asking for legislative action.

On May 8, the British House of Commons debated the problem of caste oppression and untouchability. AICC helped provide key information to legislators, one MP talked about a visit to India which AICC hosted, and Dr. Sam Paul, AICC Secretary of Public Affairs, attended.

On June 27, the AICC National Administrator testified in London before the UK’s Department for International Development on “Caste, Social Exclusion and Development in South Asia.” The powerful department promised to use the information to decide on distribution of financial aid for Dalit education and other projects in India.

U.S. Condemns India

On July 23, largely due to AICC and DFN efforts, the US House of Representatives passed a statement condemning untouchability and suggesting ways the US government, development organisations, and other groups can take action. Called a concurrent resolution, it must be passed by the other part of the assembly – the Senate.

On Oct. 11, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) Board of Directors unanimously approved a “Statement of Conscience Concerning the Dalits”. The NAE is one of the largest ecumenical networks of churches in the USA and has only approved a similar document twice in their history. They apologised for ignoring the plight of the Dalits, and encouraged all their 33 million members to become involved in seeking freedom and dignity for the Scheduled Castes.

During the year, AICC leaders were widely quoted in news stories from the Wall Street Journal to USA’s Christianity Today to Nickelodeon TV (a popular children’s channel).


Dalit Muslims & Christians

1. In January, a Delhi University sociologist released a study sponsored by India’s National Commission for Minorities which proved that Dalit Christian and Muslims suffer severe socio-economic problems and must be given the same rights as other Dalits.

2. In May, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights noted major problems for Dalits and outlined changes India must make before the next review in June 2011. Also, the UN Human Rights Council conducted a “Universal Periodic Review” of India.

Attack On Sikhs

3. Although thousands of crimes against Dalits were reported and there was discrimination throughout society, there was good news in a few courts. On Feb. 13, a court in Punjab sentenced seven people for the brutal attack in Jan. 2006 on a Dalit activist, Bant Singh Jhabbar. On Sept. 15, a court in Maharashtra said that eight people were guilty of brutally killing four members of a Dalit family in Khairlanji in Sept. 2006. The father, Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange, was the only survivor. On Dec. 19, the Supreme Court sentenced 31 people in the 1985 killings of six Dalits by upper caste landlords in Karamchedu, Andhra Pradesh.

4. AICC was successful in several activities:

(a). AICC hosted six (of about 20) multi-faith NGO meetings for Ms. Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, during her three week visit in March. The meetings, held in Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, and New Delhi, facilitated testimony by various minority leaders. The last UN religious freedom report on India was in 1997. Both noted challenges for Dalits who choose to change their religion.

(b). In 2008, AICC received 90 victories in legal cases related to people from SC/STs across India. This is encouraging compared to the injustice our people face all over.

(c). 1984 attacks on Sikhs, 2002 attacks on Muslims of Gujarat, and 2007 and 2008 attacks in Orissa against Christians have been unprecedented in the recorded history of India.

Annually AICC records over 100 severe attacks on Christians. Not many realize that when Hindutva forces attack Christians or Muslims, it is the Dalits among those faiths that become the main target. Most Orissa victims were Dalits. In the 2008 riots in Kandhamal District, Gajapati District and other places there were 120 deaths including at least six pastors and one Catholic priest, 4,640 homes destroyed, 315 villages “ethnically cleansed”, 54,000 became homeless, two women raped (including a nun), 149 churches and prayer halls damaged (state government estimated 252), thousands injured and who had to live for months in refugee camps, and 13 schools or colleges vandalized.

Udit Raj Evidence

(d). On Sept. 9-17, Udit Raj, an AICC partner and Dalit Budhist activist, spoke about anti-Christian violence during meetings associated with the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

(e). In September, aicc hosted a delegation of two Washington D.C. and one London-based human rights experts which visited Orissa as well as Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, & Delhi.

(f). On Oct. 23, aicc North India public relations officer met in London with UK Foreign Minister Lord Mark Molloch Brown.

(g). In early November, aicc hosted Baroness Caroline Cox, MP, visit to Orissa. This resulted in a UK House of Lords debate on Dec. 18, 2008.

(h). From Dec. 9-12, aicc coordinated the Orissa visit of the official, five-member delegation of the European Union.

(i). Aicc leaders were widely quoted in news stories including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, New York Times, Reuters, Christianity Today, and BBC as well as India’s media.

Aicc Chief Testimony In Canada


In March, aicc President testified on Dalit issues before Canada House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights in Ottawa and met senior government officials. This is the first time the Canadian government had officially enquired into caste issues.

In March, Ms. Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, presented her report on her 2008 visit to India to the UN Human Rights Council and highlighted the challenges for Dalits from all faiths.

In April, the first 45 Dalit-Bahujan students graduated from class 10 in a network of high-quality, English-medium schools run by AICC members in partnership with the Dalit Freedom Network. These schools came up after request by Dalit leaders in 2001 to educate their children. All graduates are now enrolled in college and have a vision to help their community.

U.N. Expresses Shock

In June, two investigators on the topic of discrimination based on work and descent presented their recommendations to the UN Human Rights Council for changes to stop caste discrimination. They were appointed by the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and spent five years looking at caste around the world.

In October, the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay – a South African of Indian descent – told the world that the caste system needs to be torn down. Then the Nepal representative at the UN agreed. Now the UN will likely add caste discrimination as a form of human rights abuse.

This is just a partial list of activities that are known to me. There are numerous national and international groups that are tirelessly working to free our people and lots of things are happening worldwide. Besides words and awareness at the international level, practical changes are happening in rural and urban Dalit communities across India.

100 English Medium Schools

The AICC partners alone are running over 100 high-quality English Medium schools with over 18,000 Dalit-Bahujan boys and girls studying there. The goal is to do 1,000 schools.

They run over 1,200 self-help-groups with over 20,000 Dalit women (that means, families) as members who learn job skills, earn and save money, and improve their lives.

There are 50 full-time health workers in villages around the schools to teach basic health and hygiene along with primary medical care. Social justice teams have panel of lawyers in several states providing free legal advice and assistance in certain cases to get justice.

[Moses Parmar 1jn478@gmail. com) with Santosh B. (Research)]


Caste killing the church

No religious group has done so much for Dalit liberation as the Christians. We have said many times in DV and our books that the “Christian service to Dalits can be written only in words of gold”.

But all these are things of the past. The church leadership has simply abandoned the Dalits. In Kerala, where the Christians are a powerful force the Roman Catholic church has defended the caste system both within and outside. The church is busy educating the upper caste cobras — biting and killing the Christians themselves.

The church has also refused to heed our repeated plea for a media of our own — despite the enormous wealth it commands. Caste is killing the church also.

Secret of church helplessness: Brother Moses Parmar has travelled all over the Christian world, particularly the US where his organisational headquarters is situated. So he is fully aware of the reasons of the inability of the Indian church to fight Brahminism.

In London, the very capital of the Christian Britain, we did not find a single functioning church. There are hundreds of massive church buildings all over London —but permanently closed. When we asked the British Christians they said they no longer believed in church-going and hardly believed in god.

Karl Marx influence: Who told them not to go to church? Karl Marx made them godless even as this German Jew settled in London continued to be a strict Jew and regularly attended the synagogue.

London has one of the largest concentration of Jews with a large number of synagogues where they regularly prayed fully dressed in their religious attire – even as they made fun of the Christians. The very god-fearing Jews preached atheism to Christians who faithfully closed their churches and sold them to shopping centres, liquor bars, Muslim mosques, cinema theatres etc.

Evangelical Jews: It is only in US, the churches are active but fully infiltrated by the Jews converted to Christianity. Evangelical are mostly Jews.

The crisis of the Western world is the result of the zionist hold on the Christian neck. The very Vatican is a puppet in the hands of Jews.

The West can get itself liberated only when Christianity is freed from zionist octopus.

The Indian Christian leadership is fully upper castes and naturally pro-Jew — EDITOR.



Zionist control will not allow West to punish Delhi

Brother Moses Parmar is perhaps one of the best Dalit Christian leaders whom we have met in the 30-year-old history of Dalit Voice. He has given a big list of the “achievements” of the AICC whose sincerity and dedication to Dalit liberation are never in doubt.

But the problem with Brother Moses, who played host to our two UP state DV family members meet at Lucknow, and his Christian colleagues is that they have not made a study of the “Hindu Mind”. Read our book, Know the Hindu Mind, (DSA-2008, Rs. 100).

3,000 year-old rule: Brahminic rulers of India constitute a micro-minority of 2% in this land of over 1,300 millions. They were ruling it even during the Muslim and British rule. Except the “Golden period of Indian history” during the Budhist rule when they were made mince meat, they have always been theBhoodevatas who finally finished Budhism and drove it out of India.

The world has not seen a more deadly and diabolical criminal than the Bahminists.

The Jews have produced any number of kind hearted souls willing to admit their crimes. Many Jews were killed by the Jews themselves for speaking out the Truth. But India has not seen a single vaidikwho is ready to delete even a coma in the Brahmin “sacred scriptures”. Who then is more dangerous?

“Jews of India” join Jews: That means the Brahminists are least bothered about international media exposure of their crimes, UN or World Court strictures or European Parliament or American Senate resolutions condemning their criminal conduct.

We are saying this with our thorough knowledge of the Brahminic behaviour and a deep study of the sick “Hindu mind”.

US controlled by Jews: Their confidence to rule India with iron fist got further strengthened after the “Jews of India” joined hands with the Jews ruling the US. They know full well that this new alliance of the two blood brothers will not allow the West to take action on India. Because the West, particularly the US, is controlled by the Jews. Even the US church is in the Jewish pocket.

It is this confidence that has made the vaidik vampire so confident, so arrogant and extremely blood-thirsty.

Weakness of Indian church: They also know the weakness of the Indian church leadership which depends upon the Western Christian funds. The West will never allow it to be used to fight the “Hindu mind”.

Besides, the upper caste Brahminical church leaders are in total control of the Indian church.

India’s Brahminical Govt. can be cut to size in no time if only the West and the US in particular stop funding and supporting Delhi. The Indian Christian leaders have done enough to expose the Brahminic crime. The West has all the information. Yet it is not able to stop funding and supporting Delhi because the Jews who control the West and US in particular will not permit it.

We have said all this in DV, our books and speeches.

Deadly cancer: Hence the first priority should be to study the “Hindu mind” which will help us fight and destroy it.

A deadly cancer is destroying the great Western Christian civilisation. This cancer is called zionism which is controlling not only the Western banks, economy, media, political, cultural institutions but also the church — particularly the Vatican.

The wonder of all wonders is the Western people do not recognise, much less identify, this evil because all the Western institutions are subverted.

If this is the fate of West, in India it is still worse. There are many good Jews fighting zionism. But we have not found a single vaidik having the heart even to criticise Brahminism.

The “Jews of India” can never, ever be defeated by the line of action you have taken. It cannot be corrected. It can only be destroyed —EDITOR.

Hekmatyar Steps Out of the Shadows with Draft Peace Deal

Militant group in Kabul with draft peace deal

Afghan men raise the holy flag during celebration of Nowruz, the start of spring and the traditional New Year celebrated in Afghanistan, Iran and other countries of central Asia, at the Kart-e-Sakhi shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 21, 2010. A roadside bomb killed two civilians Sunday as a series of blasts targeted people celebrating the Afghan New Year, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Afghan men raise the holy flag during celebration of Nowruz, the start of spring and the traditional New Year celebrated in Afghanistan, Iran and other countries of central Asia, at the Kart-e-Sakhi shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 21, 2010. A roadside bomb killed two civilians Sunday as a series of blasts targeted people celebrating the Afghan New Year, officials said. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) (Rafiq Maqbool – AP)


The Associated Press

Talk of reconciling with insurgents has done little to slow the fighting across Afghanistan, yet the issue is gaining steam, partly fueled by a “peace jirga” that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will host in late April or early May.

The Afghan government and others from the international community

have had secret contacts with the Taliban, or their representatives at the same time that thousands of U.S. and NATO reinforcements are streaming into the country to slow the insurgency.

Helmand province in southern Afghanistan was the scene of Sunday’s deadliest violence. A suicide bomber killed 10 civilians and wounded seven others when he detonated his explosives near an Afghan army patrol at a bridge in Gereshk.

In eastern Afghanistan, two civilians died when a roadside bomb exploded near a crowd celebrating the Afghan new year in Khost province. And in Wardak province, NATO said an elderly man was shot and killed by a joint Afghan-international force that mistakenly believed he was a threat.

Besides working on ways to reconcile with the Taliban’s top leaders, the Afghan government is finalizing a plan to use economic incentives to coax low- and mid-level insurgent fighters off the battlefield. PakistanIran and other international players, meanwhile, have begun staking out positions on possible reconciliation negotiations that could mean an endgame to the 8-year-old war.

Harun Zarghun, chief spokesman for Hizb-i-Islami, said a five-member delegation was in Kabul to meet with government officials and also plans to meet with Taliban leaders somewhere in Afghanistan. The group, which has longtime ties to al-Qaida, was founded by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister and rebel commander in the war against the Soviets in the 1980s.

Spokesmen for the Karzai government could not be reached for comment.

Khalid Farooqi, a member of the parliament from Paktika province, said one delegation from Hizb-i-Islami arrived 10 days ago, and a second one, including Qutbudin Halal, a powerful figure in the group, came on Saturday.

Zarghun, the group’s spokesman in Pakistan, said the delegation is carrying a 15-point plan that calls for foreign forces to start pulling out in July – a full year ahead of President Barack Obama’s desire to start withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011.

The plan also calls for the current Afghan parliament to serve through December. After that, the parliament would be replaced by an interim government, or shura, which would hold local and national elections within a year, according to the plan. Zarghun said a new Afghan constitution would be written, merging the current version with ones used earlier.

A spokesman for Hekmatyar, Wali Ullah, said Hizb-i-Islami has never refused to join in peace talks, under certain conditions. “The main condition is the empowerment of President Karzai to engage in talks and make decisions,” he said. “The aggressive occupying forces should also announce a schedule for leaving Afghanistan.”

Earlier this month, Hizb-i-Islami fighters battled the Taliban with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns in Baghlan province. It was not immediately clear whether the clashes were a localized militant dispute or represented signs of a rift between Hekmatyar and the Taliban. But dozens of Hizb-i-Islami fighters, under pressure from the Taliban, ended up joining government forces that had amassed on the edge of the battle zone.

In the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif to mark the Afghan new year, hard-line Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim expressed hope that the upcoming peace jirga will lay a foundation for peace with insurgents.

“The government will try to find a peaceful life for those Afghans who are unhappy,” Fahim, who fought the Soviets and commanded forces that overthrew the Taliban in 2001, told thousands who flocked to a shrine.

Without mentioning the Taliban by name, Fahim said, “God willing, by the help of the people, we will have a successful, historic jirga. … My dear countrymen, my hope is that this year will be the year of peaceful stability.”

Fahim, who has been critical in the past of deals with the Taliban, is an ethnic Tajik and former defense minister, while Karzai and the Taliban leadership are ethnic Pashtuns.

During his speech to the crowd, Balkh provincial Gov. Atta Mohammad Noor also expressed support for reconciliation and stressed the need for input from Afghans across all ethnic factions and regions, especially those who have “been damaged by fighting from both sides.”

Reconciliation cannot set back democracy or women’s rights, he said.

“People without participation of people has no meaning,” Noor said later. “If the people participate or share in this process, then there is no doubt the war machine of the Taliban will get weak.”

Noor said Pakistan appeared to be meddling in possible peace efforts with insurgents when it recently arrested the Taliban’s No. 2 and other members of the insurgency in Pakistan. “The people who were arrested were the people who met with the government,” Noor said.

The U.N.’s former envoy to Afghanistan, Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide, has criticized Pakistan, saying that he and other U.N. officials had been in discussions with senior Taliban officials since last year, but the arrests halted the dialogue. Eide said the Pakistanis surely knew the roles these figures had in efforts to find a political settlement. Pakistan denies the arrests were linked to reconciliation talks.

Associated Press Writers Zarar Khan in Islamabad, Rahim Faiez in Kabul and Amir Shah in Mazar-i-Sharif contributed to this report.