Did the Saudis Pay Davis’ Blood Money, Hillary?

U.S. didn’t pay blood money to secure Davis’ release, says Clinton

PTIAn undated family photo provided by Rebecca Davis, wife of Raymond Davis, 36. Raymond Davis, who shot and killed two Pakistani men, was released from a Pakistani prison on Wednesday, and left Pakistan. Photo: AP.

An undated family photo provided by Rebecca Davis, wife of Raymond Davis, 36. Raymond Davis, who shot and killed two Pakistani men, was released from a Pakistani prison on Wednesday.  AP

Her comments came in the wake of reports in the Pakistani media that Mr. Davis was acquitted and freed by a court in Lahore after the families of the dead men agreed to a “blood money” deal of USD 2.3 million.

The U.S. has said it did not pay any blood money to secure the release of its national Raymond Davis, a suspected CIA contractor who was arrested in Pakistan for gunning down two men, amid reports that a USD 2.3 million compensation deal was reached with the victims’ kin.

“Mr Davis was an embassy employee, and we will continue to seek visas for embassy employees who have important functions to perform in furtherance of the work we are doing with the Pakistani Government and on behalf of the Pakistani people,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters accompanying her during her Egypt visit.

She said the U.S. did not pay any compensation to the victims’ families in Pakistan to secure the release of Mr. Davis.

Her comments came in the wake of reports in the Pakistani media that Mr. Davis was acquitted and freed by a court in Lahore after the families of the dead men agreed to a “blood money” deal of USD 2.3 million.

Ms. Clinton, however, said the families of the two men shot dead by 36—year—old Mr. Davis on January 27 pardoned him and added that the U.S. was very grateful for their decision.

“We appreciate the actions that they took that enabled Mr Davis to leave Pakistan and head back home. We also have a Department of Justice investigation that has begun into what happened in Lahore,” she said.

The U.S. has communicated its strong support for the relationship between Pakistan and the United States, which the Obama administration considers to be of strategic importance, and is looking forward to continuing to strengthen it based on mutual respect and common interests.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters separately that the U.S. welcomed the release of Mr. Davis.

“The U.S. welcomes the release of Mr Davis. He was pardoned, as you understand it, by the families involved of the victims and in accordance with Pakistani law,” he said.

Mr. Davis’ release ended one of the most serious diplomatic stand—offs between Islamabad and Washington in nine years of partnering in the fight against terrorism.

“This was a very important and necessary step for both of our countries to be able to maintain our relationship and remain focused on progress on bedrock national interests, and I’m deeply grateful for the Pakistani government’s decision,” said Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mr. Kerry, who visited Pakistan last month, said the U.S. deeply regrets the loss of life that led to this difficulty in US—Pak relationship and the demonstrations on Pakistan’s streets.

“But neither country could afford for this tragedy to derail our vital relationship. We look forward to working with Pakistan to strengthen our relationship and confront our common challenges,” he said.

Obama Pulling All Stops To Save His “Libyan Opposition” Forces

[For those of us, too deaf, dumb, or blind to realize what we are witnessing here–this vote is the equivalent of Colin Powell confidently testifying before the UN about the half-truths and possible outright fabrications which he had been fed, convincing the UN Security Council that the US was making an honest appeal for the authority to bomb Iraq and not just deceiving the international body.  This is the “yellow cake” moment that precedes the next war, which Obama swears he doesn’t want to fight (amid promises to keep US ground troops out of the picture) and retiring Sec. Def. Gates has recently warned against.  If there is any hope that the American people would ever think about doing the right thing towards the Muslim world, then this must be it….but it won’t happen.

The American people have surrendered their consciences to the Imperial power and they are gambling their families that America will not fall.

America WILL fall, by its own hand, if it continues on this murderous path of deception and aggression.  If the United Nations grants Obama authority and respectability for this plan of premeditated murder, then it will have revealed itself to be the “abomination,” as so many have previously claimed.

If any nation, no matter how wealthy or powerful, sets-out to conquer the world by a lethal combination of military power, threats, deceptions and bribery, then that Nation is defined and known by its actions.  The United States has fronted a multi-headed terrorist organization and supplied the most modern weaponry that can be smuggled across international borders to them.  Our national media acts as an organ of enemy propaganda, transmitting lies and cover-ups to their unsuspecting audiences, never once bothering to ask any govt. official about any of these acts of aggression, American state supported terrorism, or the portrayal of forces of international mercenary armies as “national opposition” forces.

Folks, we are being lied to in so many ways that the head spins, whenever the attempt is made to understand the “Big Lie” or all the millions of lesser lies that go into it.]

U.S. Seeks Range of Strikes on Libya at U.N.

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The United Nations Security Council during a meeting about Afghanistan March 17, 2011 at U.N.

By ADAM ENTOUS

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution that would authorize a wide range of possible military strikes against the forces of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, aimed at preventing them from overrunning rebels and civilians in the country’s east, officials said.

In discussions with other U.N. Security Council members, the Obama administration is making the case that a no-fly zone alone would be “insufficient” to save the rebel capital of Benghazi, in eastern Libya.

The Obama administration is seeking a broad U.N. authorization for strikes aimed at holding back Libyan ground and air forces with the aim of protecting Benghazi and avoiding a humanitarian crisis there. Military operations could include a no-fly zone but would not be limited to that, officials said.

A no-fly zone alone would have limited effectiveness because Col. Gadhafi could strike the city with ground forces, officials said.

The Obama administration doesn’t plan to send any American ground troops to Libya, and wants any strikes to be conducted as part of a broad, U.N.-backed coalition.

“The U.S. doesn’t want a war,” an Obama administration official said. “But we want to prevent a slaughter.”

The Security Council could vote Thursday afternoon on a draft resolution aimed at preventing Col. Gadhafi from using military force against his own people.

Late Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice indicated the administration was shifting away from its previously cool stance on military intervention, saying that “the situation on the ground has evolved and…a no-fly zone has inherent limitations in terms of protection of civilians.”

Both China and Russia, among others, have expressed skepticism about the use of international forces in Libya.

Libya: Another revolution or special op?

Libya: Another revolution or special op?

Say it isn’t so. Don’t tell me that Washington, Israel, The City of London, the Vatican, and their Merry Pranksters are behind this revolution, too. Along with those slick signs, “Enough” and “Hopeless” that the protestors flash with shiny new red and green, pre-revolutionary Libyan flags, all part of a new movie for Western media.

That is, thanks to the Libya Human Rights League, one more group that spontaneously combusted in 2005 at the same time as the NFSL (National Front for the Salvation of Libya), headed by Ibrahim Sahad, former captain in the Libyan army, now appearing in D.C., offering strategic guidance to the revolution, according to the Daily Bell. Go know.

According to Land Destroyer’s Libya: The Rest of the Story, Tony Cartalucci writes, “When Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, accused foreigners and opposition groups of fomenting unrest within Libya, it appears no truer words have been spoken. It is not surprising BBC and the rest of the corporate owned mediawent through extensive measures to discredit his speech.

“Unbelievable revelations have been discovered regarding the unrest in Libya. The leader of Libya’s opposition group organizing the protests both inside and outside of Libya, is currently in Washington D.C. as he and his organization direct the upheaval and bedlam consuming the North African nation.

“An interview with Ibrahim Sahad of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) on ABC Australia features every talking point covered by the mainstream corporate media from over the past week, all with the White House and Washington Monument looming over him in the background.” Also, Sahad’s interview with the Australian reporter echoes the “Soros/Brzezinski International Crisis Group’s calls for the UN Security Council to convene and discuss intervening in Gaddaffi’s defiance.”

In another interview, Christine Amanpour asks Qaddafi if this is a revolution he’s facing. He does not agree and claims that his people love him, and it’s only some protestors putting LSD in the water who have drummed up all the claims of his “oppression” for the past 41 years. Yet, behind the gold flyer-frame shades, the pencil mustache and his orange-gold African chief garb, Qaddafi still seems to be his own man with a sense he’s been set up for a take-down by his old nemesis, the US. The last time we tried to axe him was on April 15, 1986Operation El Dorado Canyon, which was quite a shindig . . .

“After several days of diplomatic talks with European and Arab partners,President Ronald Reagan ordered a strike on Libya on April 14. Eighteen F-111F strike aircraft of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, flying from RAF Lakenheath supported by four EF-111A Ravens of the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing, from RAF Upper Heyford in England, in conjunction with fifteen A-6A-7F/A-18 attack aircraft and EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare Aircraft from the aircraft carriers USS SaratogaUSS America and USS Coral Sea on station in the Gulf of Sidra, struck five targets at 02:00 on April 15, with the stated objective that their destruction would send a message and reduce Libya’s ability to support and train terrorists. Reagan warned that ‘if necessary, [they] shall do it again.’” Yet, due to faulty intelligence, Qaddafi was not in his home, but one of his children was killed. So it goes.

Returning to the present, it turns out that Sahad’s NCLO began organizing the February 17th “Day of Rage” as Egypt fell so the mainstream media apparatus could turn the cameras around and put the focus on Libya. “Conveniently, the media needs only to move from Cairo to Egypt’s western border and wait for Sahad’s men on the ground to secure them a base of operations, presumably in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi. Qaddafi is apparently wise to the role of NGOs and the foreign media, which is why they’re not in the streets of Libya’s cities, where coverage is “admittedly daunting.”

It also turns out that both the corporate owned news and the US State Department’s corporate funded Movements.org are getting their reportsentirely from Sahad’s NCLO in Washington. They claim to be in “first hand contact” with whatever is happening in Libya. “Other NFSL members, including one in Dubai, are also supplying the media with this ‘first hand’ information. These reports have become the basis for accusations of ‘genocide,’ the convening of the UNSC, economic sanctions, threats directed toward Libyan security forces that attempt to quell protesters, and NATO enforced no-fly zones.”

Could this be part of a US media-series of Arab revolutions? The script seems to support that, carrying on the revolutionary fervor from Tunisia to Egypt and now to Libya. This must be unsettling the digestion of dictators around the world, including other “staunch allies.” Commenting on the defunct Mubarak, Israel’s president said, “We always have had and still have great respect for President Mubarak,” and a few days later added, “I don’t say everything that he did was right, but he did one thing which all of us are thankful to him for. He kept the peace in the Middle East.” Some peace—and at what price—the inhalation of Palestine.

Israel seems to be the enforcer here, the Mossad its muscle, along with MI6 and the CIA, reports the Daily Bell, all coincidentally right in the middle of it all where the mischief erupts and chaos is set loose. It seems to be “a fiefdom of the Rothschilds, with them choosing Jews to work with the way the Mafia likes to work with Italians.” The Rothschild network extends worldwide and the financing they can supply via central banking is as deep as the Red Sea.

From this cadre of banking and investment familias, the poison of mercantilist central banking spreads, with small groups controlling the globe. Their Merry Pranksters are intelligence operatives who seem already to have launched a global attack on developing countries, each to fall, no two at once, so that the cameras are not distracted and maximum coverage is given to each.

The US is the main muscle for the City of London (a country unto itself like the Vatican). The thoughtful touch of the pre-revolutionary Libyan flags gives that away, plus the ongoing theorizing about whether or not we should get involved. We are involved already. And likely so are intelligence agents and Western mercenaries on the ground in Libya, putting together scenarios for the rebels’ military campaigns. The planning for this revolution was probably laid well in advance, Western-style, as other revolutions take place or are fomented.

This seems to be part of the “Great Plan” that has existed in D.C./Tel Aviv for more than a decade to control “Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finishing off Iran,” that is, in the words of no less than General Wesley Clark in an interview with Democracy Now on March 2, 2007.

Most probably, Sahad and his buddies make up a leadership in waiting who will swoop down on Libya on cue. Qaddafi though has been a tougher nut to crack than Muburak or Ben Ali. They saved the toughest for last on the world stage, though his days seem to be numbered. That is, unless the US misses their mark again. The rebels themselves are average Libyan citizens—as are the many deserters from the army.

The Independent reported that Qaddafi recently bolstered his troops and African mercenaries with tens of billions in cash within Libya, according to The New Times. The EU had tried cut off the regime’s cash pipeline by freezing a number of large investments including the Libyan Investment Authority worth about $70 billion, with stakes in businesses across Europe. The US had also tried to freeze billions of dollars.

But, there is another army on the ground now and it will be backed with Western resources. It will be, sad to say, hailed by Western mainstream media, as one more miracle rising up of oppressed people. Whether or not the West can hold on to the control of these uprisings or whether they will turn into Islamic Republics is another question. But do the producers and director care? They still will control them. If not, their unruliness will strengthen Western authoritarianism at home and heat up the issues of domestic oppression.

Land Destroyer concludes, “Again we are told the protests are spontaneous, inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings. Again we are told it is the youth yearning for freedom and ‘democracy.’ But when we look behind the curtain, we see yet another old man from Washington pulling the levers, blowing the smoke, and flashing the lights.” Could it be the “Wizard of Oz” again?

LD adds, “If you are religious, pray for the people in the streets of Libya, many of whom may be merely swept up in this cruel hoax. The US and their stooges will only be disheartened if their plot doesn’t succeed. The rivers of blood that will flow to ensure that it does never entered into their calculations.” The capper . . .

“When your US State Department sponsored ‘liberation’ comes to you, you will hope others elsewhere will stand in solidarity with the truth, not the emotions of an engineered hoax. You will hope others take it upon themselves to speak the truth amongst the deafening din of corporate media propaganda. So spread the word, wake your neighbors up, and most importantly, boycott the corporations whose greed drives this agenda and whose members are planning and carrying it out.”

One wonders if that reference applies to the current skullduggery going on in Madison, Wisconsin. On the night of March 9, Governor Scott Walker (who sees his himself as Reagan II) convened the Senate, without the 14 Democratic senators, to push through his bill to strip Wisconsin’s municipal workers of their right to collective bargaining and silence the voice of organized labor. The plan is to fire them all, reminiscent of Reagan firing 11,345 air-controllers on August 5, 1981. The Wisconsin “firing event” took place as thousands of protestors shouted “shame” over and over again into the historic night.

Check TheEdShow.com to replay the details of this home-grown, ongoing conflict. Hopefully, Wisconsin’s brave Americans have not been set up for a take-down to enforce the power of the muscle-brained, corporate fascist, Koch Brothers et al, better known as Republicans.

It would seem that the radical right, with its ‘personage’ funding has taken a major if illegal step to set the US back 50 years in collective bargaining. The Democratic response is to first challenge the legality of Walker’s move, and second to plan for a recall of all of the Republican legislators, including Governor Walker. My heart goes out to the people of Wisconsin in their struggle for democracy.

Lastly, the second strike against the whole of the American people has been the sharp rise in gas prices from $2.69 in July 2010 to over four dollars a gallon as of March 10, 2011, which affects all phases of our society. This can’t be blamed on Libya because only 2% of our oil comes from it, for which other oil nations have taken up the slack. But this is speculation, with a significant rise in oil bets for higher prices noted by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.

There are rules that can be enforced against this speculation if our Democratic President Obama would ask the CFTC to put them in play and warned speculators not to continue. But, so far, silence from our non-contentious leader while America’s pocketbook gets a kick in the pants, threatening our so-called ‘mild recovery,’ and leading us further into Third World status.

Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer, life-long resident of New York City. An EBook version of his book of poems “State Of Shock,” on 9/11 and its after effects is now available at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. He has also written hundreds of articles on politics and government as Associate Editor of Intrepid Report (formerly Online Journal. Reach him at gvmaz@verizon.net.

The tragedy of Fukushima may be mankind’s greatest hope

The tragedy of Fukushima may be mankind’s greatest hope

The Tragedy of Fukushima is not yet fully known, at least not in terms of the long-term effects of the radiation released today and tomorrow, perhaps for mankind’s entire “half-lifetime.”  (read HERE)

There Are No Sunglasses–RADIOACTIVE FILE

Driver Killed, Four Tankers Burned in Mastung Attack on NATO Supplies

Driver Killed, Four Tankers Burned in Mastung Attack on NATO Supplies

The Baloch Hal News

MASTUNG: A driver was killed and another wounded while four Nato tankers were set on fire in Mastung district of Balochistan, some 60 KM south of Quetta on Wednesday.

The tankers were on their way back from Afghanistan and were going to Karachi, when the assailants opened fire at them on the RCD highway in Ganji Dori area of Mastung. As a result, one occupant identified as Zakir died and another sustained serious bullet wounds. The assailants later set tankers ablaze and escaped from the scene on motorbike after committing the crime.

Levies personnel rushed to the site after being informed about the incident and moved dead and injured to the hospital. The tankers were gutted.

A case has been registered against unidentified assailants and investigations regarding the attack are in process.

Tunisians protest against US interference during Clinton visit

Tunisians protest against US interference during Clinton visit

Mar 17, 2011, 14:16 GMT

Tunisians protesters hold placards as they protest against the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the country, Tunis, Tunisia, 16 March 2011. Clinton is expected later in the day in Tunis for a two-day official visit.  EPA/STRTunisians protesters hold placards as they protest against the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the country, Tunis, Tunisia, 16 March 2011. Clinton is expected later in the day in Tunis for a two-day official visit. EPA/STR

Tunis/Paris – Some 100 demonstrators protested in the Tunisian capital Tunis on Thursday against a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

‘We don’t want outside interference,’ protesters wrote on banners.

Clinton was in the country, where long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled by mass protests two months ago, to discuss Tunisia’s new political landscape.

The fate of 100,000 refugees who have crossed the border from Libya was reportedly also a topic of discussion.

Earlier this week, Clinton had visited Egypt, where she promised that the United States would help that country on its road to greater freedom and democratic elections.

The US foreign policy chief also encountered some antipathy there, when the January 25th coalition – an association of six youth groups that took part in organizing the protests that led to president Hosny Mubarak’s resignation in February – refused to meet with her.

‘The American administration supported Mubarak politically. Plus the majority of tear gas that was thrown at the Egyptian revolutionaries was made in America,’ its spokesman, Khaled Abd el Hamid, said.

Night raids by US Special Forces anger Afghans

Night raids by US Special Forces anger Afghans

Afghanistan: In Nawa district, touted a model of success, hearts and minds are again being lost.

Jean MacKenzie and Aziz Ahmad Tassal

 

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U.S. soldiers march in the cover of night. (Ben Brody/GlobalPost)

NAWA, Afghanistan — It was two o’clock in the morning on Feb. 15. Mullah Abdul Khaliq, who taught at a local school here in Nawa district, was asleep with his family when the helicopters began circling overhead.

“We could not leave our houses,” said Abdullah, a neighbor of Mullah Khaliq’s. “Everyone understood that the U.S. forces were carrying out a raid somewhere, and we were all afraid. In the morning we found out that something was very wrong at the house of Mullah Khaliq.”

U.S. forces had broken into Khaliq’s house and what happened next is an all too familiar scenario to the people of this beleaguered district, which has now been caught for almost two years between the Taliban and the U.S. military.

“The wife told me that her son ran out of the house and was shot on the spot,” recounted Abdullah. “They then asked Mullah Khaliq if he was Taliban. He said ‘no we are not,’ but they searched the house and shot him in the head. His other son is missing. We saw blood, he must have been injured. His nephew, who was visiting, was also killed.”

One of Mullah Khaliq’s sons was a student at Kandahar University. The other son and the nephew were seniors in high school.

Nawa district had been under Taliban control until the summer of 2009, when the U.S. Marines went in to clear it. With overwhelming force they were able to pacify the area, driving many Taliban to Pakistan, while others simply blended back into the population.

Now this largely agricultural district, once a no-go zone rich in opium poppy, is billed as a rousing success.

“The turnaround in Nawa district over the past 20 months demonstrates what is possible in Afghanistan when all the elements of the counterinsurgency strategy come together correctly,” wrote Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a journalist with the Washington Post, in a policy brief published in March by the University of Ottawa’s Centre for International Policy Studies.

“Nawa now is one of the safest districts in southern Afghanistan. Marines who live at a base in the district center have not fired a single bullet while on foot patrol in the past six months. School classrooms are packed. The bazaar is thriving … COIN [counterinsurgency] strategy concentrates not on hunting down guerrillas but on protecting the civilian population from insurgents.”

But persisten night raids by U.S. Special Forces now appears to be threatening to erase that sense of security. Many civilians here said they feel like they need protection from the protectors.

The night raids, in which U.S. Special Forces target people they believe to be known insurgents for kill or capture, they say, are making everyone nervous.

“It was two in the morning when U.S. forces and the Afghan Army surrounded my house,” said one Nawa resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution from U.S. forces.

“I was sleeping with my children when suddenly my wife said somebody was in the yard. They blew down our door and came into the house. I told them in broken English that there are only children and my wife here, but they took me at gunpoint and handcuffed me and put a black hood over my head. They took me to their helicopter … I didn’t know where I was, but after two weeks of interrogation I was released and I found out that I was in Garmsir.”

Garmsir is another district of Helmand, about 20 miles south of Nawa.

Maj. Timothy James, an American military spokesman at the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Media Operations Center, confirmed that night raids were continuing in Nawa, but denied that they were increasing in frequency.

“Ops are ongoing,” he said. “There has been no change in operational tempo.”

According to James, the four people who were killed in Nawa the night of Feb. 15 were supporters of the insurgency. He said that the name of the target was not Mullah Khaliq, but he would not identify the actual “objective.”

“We targeted a known Taliban facilitator,” he said. “We also killed three others who posed a clear security threat.”

Daud Ahmadi, a spokesperson for the Helmand governor, said he could not comment on whether or not the family had links to the Taliban. He did not deny that the U.S. forces sometimes got it wrong.

“Raids and attacks are not 100 percent accurate,” Ahmadi said. “Often innocent people get arrested, but they are released immediately. We have operations in Nawa against the insurgents, and the enemy is also operating secretly, but that is not a concern. I assure the residents of Nawa that the Taliban are very weak now.”

According to the New York Times, Nawa has become so stable that the U.S. military is considering moving troops from there to Sangin, a district in northern Helmand that is one of the most violent in the province.

The Taliban, predictably, reject such characterizations.

“We are not weakened, we are getting stronger,” boasted Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi. “The residents want us here. The Americans arrest innocent people and torture them … if the number of their troops decreases they will not be able to spend a single day here.”

Mullah Roze, a local Taliban commander in Nawa, also portrays Taliban operations as successful. The insurgents are aided by public anger over the night raids, he adds.

“We are not afraid of the Americans,” he said. “Our teams are getting together again, because the Americans have become brutal. People are sick of this situation and they are happy that we are back.”

The Taliban mix freely with the residents of Nawa, but it is far from clear how welcoming they are. Rubbing elbows with the insurgents can be dangerous business, earning one a visit from the feared Special Ops brigades.

“The Taliban come to people’s houses every night,” said Nasratullah Baheer, a doctor from Nawa. “Some welcome them, but others are afraid of the U.S. forces. Recently they carried out many night raids and arrested many innocent people.”

Abdullah, Mullah Khaliq’s neighbor, also worries.

“The Taliban are humans like us, they sit and talk with people, nobody can tell them to go away,” he said. “But that does not mean we support them. The only ones who support the Taliban are those who are wealthy enough to do so.”

Abdullah is bitter about the loss of his friend.

“The family barely had enough money to live on,” Abdullah said. “How could they support the Taliban? This is the habit of U.S. forces. They kill innocent people. Then they accuse them of having relations with Taliban. Who can prove this? I’ve been his neighbor for 10 years, if I don’t know then how can these Americans? People have disputes here and they give false information to the U.S. forces, who then kill or abduct people without any investigation.”

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