How Much Will the American People Put-Up With? Who Cares?

NATO Does Not Need America For Libya: Joe Biden

“AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE?   OOOH, I AM SO SCARED!”

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview published on Tuesday that NATO can handle Libya without US help, saying Washington’s efforts are better focused on places like Pakistan or Egypt.

“If the Lord Almighty extricated the US out of NATO and dropped it on the planet of Mars so we were no longer participating, it is bizarre to suggest that NATO and the rest of the world lacks the capacity to deal with Libya it does not,” Biden told the Financial Times.

“Occasionally other countries lack the will, but this is not about capacity,” he told the daily amid deep unease among the US public and lawmakers over military action in Libya.

His comments came after the US Defense Department said the US military had flown more than 800 sorties over Libya since handing control of the air campaign’s operations to NATO.

Navy Captain Darryn James said US fighter jets this month unleashed bombs eight times on the air defenses of strongman Muammar Qaddafi’s government, which is battling anti-regime rebels in the North African nation.

Washington coordinated operations in the first days of allied intervention in Libya after the United Nations Security Council approved international military action to thwart attacks by Qaddafi forces on rebel-held cities.

It transferred command to the NATO alliance earlier this month, leaving the Pentagon primarily providing refueling and surveillance aircraft, but it still flexes its military might.

Biden argued that Washington had to decide whether to spend resources “focusing on Iran, Egypt, North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan”, or give Libya more attention, stressing: “We can’t do it all.”

“The question is: Where should our resources be?” he asked.

If it came down to deciding between getting a complete picture of Libya’s opposition or understanding events in Egypt and the role the Muslim Brotherhood — an Islamist group feared by some in Washington then “it’s not even close,” said Biden.

But the vice president flatly denied that domestic US political considerations had shaped the US handover to NATO.

“This is about our strategic interest and it is not based upon a situation of what can the traffic bear politically at home,” he said.

“The traffic can bear politically more in Libya: There’s a bad guy there, everybody knows he’s a bad guy, the people don’t like him, and so that’s not hard,” he added, referring to Qaddafi.

Fulfilling the UN mandate to protect Libyan civilians “is totally, thoroughly, completely within the capacity of NATO,” he said.

“Where we brought unique benefits to bear and unique assets we have applied those assets and we will,” he added.

The Pakistan US Friction

[The following article offers the most probable scenario of about to unfold events that I have come across (by writers other than me).  In addition to the references given in the article, the following two articles point to the same conclusion–Pakistan’s intransigence and Obama’s demands have brought the issue to a point of decision (SEE:   U.S. charges Pakistanis in 2008 Mumbai attack plot ; US lawmakers tell Obama, dump Pakistan and go with India), NATO  and India are about to attempt the eviction of China from Pakistan.  I, however, don’t share the writer’s faith and enthusiasm that the Pakistani Army will come through in the end, to defend the Pakistani people from their treacherous alleged allies.  But I sincerely hope that he is correct. 

Long live Pakistan!]

The Pakistan US Friction

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Assalamualaikum (Peace be unto you)

I hope you have been keeping well. It is certainly very nice to be back and writing quickly. I intend to keep this ‘no-so-short’ and ‘not-so-sweet’ (As if there is ever the other variety on this blog).

My focus today is on the apparently rising tensions between Pakistan and United States. This is a key juncture in the progression of events that will define this period in history. There are some interesting facts that need to be taken into account in this aspect.

The key element in the rising tension has been the drone strikes.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_Attacks_on_Pakistan_by_the_United_States_of_America)

The drone strikes are not some new found notion, brought into practice under the current government, but thanks to Musharraf, has been a practical strategy since 2004, though the intensity of the attacks has increased exponentially since 2008.

One should note that General Kiyani took over as Chief of Army Staff, Pakistan Army in late 2007. Consequently, 2008 stands out to be a noteworthy year. The general elections took place in 2008 and the present setup was established in the same year. (Please note that this writer is of the view that there is no such thing as a ‘fair’ election, neither in the US nor in Pakistan, hence the word ‘established’).

It seems that the plan that was undertaken painstakingly by appointing Musharraf was now being taken to the next level i.e. from 2008 onwards. Hence, to bring the public opinion to square one, new faces and a new regime was placed. Eventually Musharraf was phased out and Zardari was placed in the presidency.

But coming back to the drones, they have continued unabated and with increased frequency since 2008 until January 23, 2011, ‘Raymond Davis’ was captured on January 27, 2011, the next attack came on February 21, 2011, and have resumed ever since. (‘Raymond Davis’ was released on March 16, 2011)

Surprisingly, while it has been maintained that ‘Davis’ was released in exchange for halting drone strikes as well as restricting the CIA setup in Pakistan, on March 9, 2011, while the ‘Davis’ ‘crisis’ was in full swing, ‘General Officer Commanding of the 7th Division, Major General Ghayur Mehmood, called a media briefing at Miranshah a major town of Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, on 9 March 2011. He defended CIA’s drone attacks inside Pakistan, saying they killed over 900 militants ‘and very few civilians.’’(http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/2011/04/21/cia-drones-claims-of-maj-gen-ghayur-mehmood-and-their-authenticity/).

Just to add General still retains his position as Maj Gen Ghayur Mahmood TBt, FF[68] — GOC 7th Infantry Division, Peshawar. (One of the three divisions that conducted Operation Rah-e-Nijat in 2009-2010 and the earlier Operation Zalzala in 2008 in South Waziristan. Currently based in Miranshah, North Waziristan) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_serving_generals_of_the_Pakistan_Army)

Military officers do not act like politicians (though some certainly behave like them). They are always to restrict themselves by the guidelines set by the top commanders. Reviewing the above facts, one is forced to question the seriousness of the military top brass’s reservations regarding these attacks. (I am certainly not criticizing the institution or singling out the military, the political leadership has always been the lackey of the anti Pakistan forces)

Additionally, it is also interesting to note that General Kiyani was given an unprecedented 3-year extension by a political government on July 22, 2010. And interestingly, do you remember who just happened to be in town that day, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

It is also interesting to note that Lt. General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, DG ISI, is also on extension.

The idea of the above brainstorming was to review the conduct of the military regarding the drone attacks which seems to be the bone of contention between the US and Pakistan.

Apart from that, there are some other interesting facts that need to be looked at. The COAS announced the other day that Army was pulling out from Sui. Perhaps he was signaling a reduction in the military’s role in the province. This coming at a time when it is an open secret that the CIA, Mossad, RAW as well as Iran and certain Gulf states are busy stoking separatist movements in the province. From the face of it, hardly seems like a very prudent step.

Let us leave the military matters for a while and concentrate on the geopolitical situation. As I said 2008 onwards is a very important and noteworthy period, which is ongoing,

As the new setup comes in, the new US AfPak policy is unveiled in March 2009 (some state that it was already in play in 2008) which marks Pakistan and Afghanistan as a single theater of operations. In June 2009, General Stanley McChrystal is assigned command of US and ISAF forces in Afghanistan. General Stanley McChrystal was also the commander of JSOC (Joined Special Operations Command) for 5 years. JSOC is a special branch of US armed forces which is also assigned the responsibility to undertake nuclear weapons extraction from Pakistan. Incidentally, the bill for provincial status of Gilgit-Baltistan is passed through the Parliament in ONE day, in 2009.

In 2010, additional 30,000 troops are sent to Afghanistan. (The joke was that US withdrawal was to start from June 2011, one may ask why the 30,000 troops then? To have a grand camp out?). It was suspected that these troops were under JSOC command and not under the ISAF flag, in short these troops were for Pakistan. The same year NWFP was named Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, granting the wish of separatist elements in NWFP.

Start of 2011 brings us to ‘Raymond Davis’ and now apparently the ties between US and Pakistan are steadily declining.

Throughout this period there has been a steady rise in provincialism advocated by separatist elements emboldened by the Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber PK ‘initiatives’ by the current ‘government’ and the establishment. Slogans and echoes of ‘Azad Baluchistan’, ‘Hazara Province’, ‘Saraiki Sooba’, ‘Sindhu Desh’, and ‘Jinnahpur’ are steadily becoming louder. Baluchistan and Karachi in particular are resembling more and more like the ‘Wild West’, lawless lands where might is the only right. The terrorist/separatist elements in these regions under direct support of foreign powers and anti Pakistan forces are operating to bring the situation from bad to worse under the garb of racist and sectarian violence. Moreover, these terrorists/separatists are well entrenched in the political circles directly or indirectly hence, they enjoy political immunity. Reports are consistently emerging that there is heavy CIA/RAW presence in Gilgit-Baltistan to stoke an insurgency there, worse than Swat. Worse because it would result in the disconnection of the road link between Pakistan and China. Furthermore, I recall reading that there is heavy US troop presence in Kunar and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan, which are coincidentally adjacent to the Northern Areas and Gilgit-Baltistan region. The US is maintaining this presence despite taking heavy losses from the Afghan Mujahideen in these provinces.

Federal authority is being silently delegated to provinces such as Reko Diq (via the Supreme Court), Thar Coal power project (via the Federal Government), HEC (via the Federal Government) to cite a few examples.

Under the direct instruction of the IMF and the World Bank, price hike and inflation has been unleashed like a beast to prey upon the masses creating fertile ground for anarchy and chaos.

The performance of the Judiciary has been a testament to the implementation of the Enemy’s plan for Pakistan. Just one fact is enough to unmask its ugly face. In the past one year 16,000 innocent people have been killed in terrorist attacks, yet not a single conviction or a death sentence has been awarded. Not a one since 2001 actually.

The ‘Raymond Davis’ affair was the perfect moment to unmask the true standing the government, its allied parties, the judiciary, the opposition, and the military leaderships. Based on that one incident alone, it can perhaps be concluded that all of them are in Uncle Sam’s back pocket.

My question is when all of these pillars of the state could not interrogate much less convict and hang a proven spy and killer, how in the name of heaven can we expect them to get the drone attacks stopped or the CIA setup dismantled?

Suddenly, the members of Parliament are demanding the resolution against the drone attacks. My my, where have they been since 2008?

The ISI Chief standing up to CIA counterpart Leone Panetta? Was he in a coma since his appointment when even a layman like me knew what the Americans were doing? Why don’t some rogue terrorists start hitting the US contractors in Pakistan? So many terrorist activities are taking place, can’t the ISI hire some gunslingers and let them loose on these Blackwater/Xe/CIA operatives? 14 Americans were slaughtered in Somalia and these cowards packed up and left. That is the extent of their bravery. Was the top brass completely unaware of this? And has seen the light only this January? Maybe the extent of our generals’ bravery is even worse. (I am excluding the majority, patriotic, Muslim soldiers of the Pakistan Army, I have fierce pride and great hopes for this great institution which will lead Pakistan to its promised destiny, InshaAllah).

This ‘breaking down’ of the relationship is so ridiculous, it’s laughable. Why? Because when men like Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh start criticizing the US, you know something is up. ‘US hasn’t delivered under Kerry-Lugar: Shaikh, Wednesday, April 20, 2011’ (http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=5420&Cat=13&dt=4/20/2011).

Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh is Pakistan’s Finance Minister and one of THE World Bank/IMF’s men in Pakistan. Hand picked by anti Pakistan forces to lead the country to economic ruin. His criticism of the US is bad drama at the most.

My personal evaluation on the matter can be better understood if you read US Vice President, Joe Biden’s latest statement in which ‘Biden argued that Washington had to decide whether to spend resources “focusing on Iran, Egypt, North Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan”, or give Libya more attention’ (http://www.columnspk.com/nato-does-not-need-america-for-libya-joe-biden/).

It seems that the decision has already been made. The Yankees are coming to Pakistan. Those 30,000 JSOC soldiers should just be getting battle ready having arrived in 2010. They are probably holed up in Kunar and Nuristan as well.

From what I have gathered and once again I am also stating this on the basis of spiritual knowledge sources, I believe that Gilgit-Baltistan is about to up in flames and a regional war might be in the offing. Reports of Chinese troop presence in the area certainly consolidate this forecast (and lends some encouragement that my faith in the Pakistan Army is not unfounded). In the midst of this conflict or insurgency, Pakistan should expect the NATO forces to cross the Durand Line into Pakistan (‘to pursue terrorists’), they will probably make it as far as Attock where Pakistani forces can mount a defense using the Indus river as a natural obstacle. If Pakistan offers stiff resistance, 30,000 or 300,000, the Yanks will not cross. Either the bullet will get them or the river.

Of course, India has been primed for exactly this moment. India has conducted military exercises on our eastern border in 2002, 2005, 2009, and 2011 (No doubt under American and Israeli oversight). (http://rupeenews.com/?p=36493)

The latest one is called “Vijayee Bhava” (Be Victorious). These exercises aim to achieve ‘Cold Start’ readiness, meaning a quick, rapid strike against Pakistan, ideally in the south Punjab region to cut the country into two halves. (In 2002, in response Pakistan army actually mobilized and achieved battle readiness before the Indians who had actually planned the exercise). Additionally, 2011 features a ‘NBC (nuclear, chemical, biological) overhang’. Meaning, how to maneuver in the event of utilization of such weapons.

So, as the Crusaders move in, we can expect all out war on the eastern front, the result of which will be that we may initially lose ground on the East. That is why I am of the opinion that conflict with India will be two-phase, in the first one we should expect difficulties especially on the Lahore front. The second phase will be the one where we regain territory and push into India making as far as Ganges and Jumna rivers, possibly even further. The time frame for the second phase can be up to 6 months which can also be the minimum timeframe for the eastern campaign (Ghazwa-e-Hind).

So, in conclusion, this ‘breaking down’ of ties is the beginning of the ‘end game’ in South Asia. It is certainly being orchestrated by the Americans to justify aggressions against Pakistan. Our government, their allied parties, the opposition, the judiciary are directly or indirectly in on this plan and are singing to the tune taught by the White Man. The only question mark is the military leadership. Is the top brass in on it or are they sincerely trying to salvage the situation for Pakistan? It must be remembered that what I have stated is based on apparent and available information. Consequently, conclusions can be a very tricky business.

As far as the Enemy’s designs are concerned, I think I am close to the truth, same goes for our political forces and the judiciary. The Army is the only anomaly in the equation.

Either way, if the military leadership is sincere, then this is a positive sign, it means that the military has already developed a plan to deal with these impending scenarios. The testing of short range, tactical nuclear capable missile Hatf-IX certainly seems like a statement in this regard.

However, if the military leadership is in on the Enemy’s game, this is very good news, it means that there is a military takeover in the offing, and we can expect real Muslim, patriotic Pakistani soldiers to emerge from the dust and smoke to take the mantle of leadership and steer Pakistan to glory it richly deserves.

I continue to maintain that no power on Earth can destroy Pakistan because it was created by Almighty Allah. Though, Pakistanis may have to initially pay for their complacency.

So, here is to seeing you in Delhi while sitting on top of an Al-Khalid tank, looking at the Red Fort with the Pakistani flag flying over it.

Zindabad Pakistan

BAK

BBC Propaganda Network, Just Like All Western Media

WikiLeaks: leaked files accuse BBC of being part of a ‘possible propaganda media network’

The BBC is accused of being part of a “possible propaganda media network” for Al Qaeda, according to the leaked US files on the Guantanamo detainees.

WikiLeaks: Leaked files accuse BBC of being part of a 'possible propaganda media network'

Analysis by The Daily Telegraph suggests the number is one for Bush House, home of the BBC World Service Photo: REX

The files, obtained by the WikiLeaks website and passed to The Daily Telegraph, disclose that a phone number of someone at the BBC was found in the phone books and phones of a number of extremists seized by US forces.

A detainee assessment, dated 21 April 2007, states: “The London, United Kingdom (UK), phone number 0044 207 XXX XXXX was discovered in numerous seized phone books and phones associated with extremist-linked individuals.

“The number is associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).” Analysis by The Daily Telegraph suggests the number is one for Bush House, home of the BBC World Service.

The assessment continues that US forces uncovered many “extremist links” to this number, suggesting that extremists could have made contact with BBC employees who were sympathetic to extremists or had information on “ACM [anti-Coalition Militia] operations”.

It says: “(Analyst Note: Numerous extremist links to this BBC number indicates a possible propaganda media network connection. Network analysis might provide leads to individuals with either sympathetic ties to extremists or possibly possessing information on ACM operations.)”

The Daily Telegraph rang the phone number on Monday. A single tone on the line suggested that it had been disconnected, or was no longer in use.

The possible link between extremism and staff at the BBC will anger the national broadcaster, which prides itself on its impartiality.

The BBC number was given in the file of Turki Mish’awi Za’id Alj-Amri, a Saudi who was “assessed to be a member of al-Qaeda, who travelled to Afghanistan to participate in Jihad”.

The file claims that Alj-Amri had “stayed at al-Qaeda facilities, received training at an al-Qaeda camp, and served under al-Qaida leadership in Tora Bora, AF. “Detainee’s pocket litter links him to significant Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) personnel and groups.”

It says: “Many of the telephone numbers in his pocket litter have been associated with multiple ACM personnel, indicating he may have played a greater role in multiple activities than previously assessed.”

Alj-Amri was repatriated to Saudi Arabia from the detention camp seven months later on 9 November 2007, along with 13 other men.

In February 2009 the Saudi Government published a list of the 85 most wanted suspected terrorists, which included an individual named Turki Mashawi Al Aseery.

In September 2006 the BBC’s then-chairman Michael Grade organised an “impartiality summit”, hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley, to assess whether there was a left-leaning bias at the broadcaster.

An account of the meeting, leaked to a Sunday newspaper the following month, showed that that executives accepted they would broadcast an interview with al-Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden, if they were given the opportunity.

In a debate on whether the BBC should interview Bin Laden if he approached them, it was decided the al-Qaeda leader would be given a platform to explain his views.

Andrew Marr later told the newspaper: “The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people.

“It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “Independence and impartiality are at the heart of all BBC World Service output. The service has interviewed representatives of organisations from all sides involved in the Afghan conflict so it would not be surprising that a number believed to relate to the BBC Pashto service was in circulation.”

Britain’s Long-Running Radicalization Efforts Coming To Light

[American and British programs, intended to create an “Islamist” enemy for the West to stage a fake war with, demonstrate the completely immoral thinking of Western leaders.  CIA, MI5 &6, Mossad and the rest are truly scum of the earth.]

WikiLeaks: Guantánamo Bay terrorists radicalised in London to attack Western targets

At least 35 terrorists incarcerated at Guantánamo Bay were sent to fight against the West after being indoctrinated by extremist preachers in Britain, secret files obtained by The Daily Telegraph disclose.

Abu Hamza speaks to his followers outside Finsbury Park Mosque. The preacher is named by US authorities as responsible for recruiting dozens of terrorists

Abu Hamza speaks to his followers outside Finsbury Park Mosque. The preacher is named by US authorities as responsible for recruiting dozens of terrorists Photo: ROB BODMAN


By Robert Winnett, Christopher Hope, Steven Swinford and Holly Watt

Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza, two preachers who lived off state benefits after claiming asylum, are identified by the American authorities as the key recruiters responsible for sending dozens of extremists from throughout the world to Pakistan and Afghanistan via London mosques.

The leaked WikiLeaks documents, written by senior US military commanders at Guantánamo Bay, illustrate how, for two decades, Britain effectively became a crucible of terrorism, with dozens of extremists, home-grown and from abroad, radicalised here.

Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, is described as a “haven” for extremists. United States intelligence officials concluded the mosque served as “an attack planning and propaganda production base”.

The files will raise questions over why the Government and security services failed to take action sooner to tackle the capital’s reputation as a staging post for terrorism, which became so established that the city was termed “Londonistan”.

The documents show that at least 35 detainees at Guantánamo had passed through Britain before being sent to fight against Allied forces in Afghanistan. This is thought to be more than from any other Western nation.

Of those, 18 were originally from abroad. The other 17 were British nationals or citizens granted residency here after claiming asylum, who were indoctrinated before being sent to terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

The Government has paid millions of pounds in compensation and benefits to people regarded as highly dangerous by the US authorities.

Qatada, who was paid compensation under human rights laws for being “unfairly detained”, is described as “the most successful recruiter in Europe” and a “focal point for extremist fundraising [and] recruitment”. Hamza is accused of encouraging “his followers to murder non-Muslims”.

Four mosques in London and an Islamic centre are highlighted as places where young Muslim men were radicalised and turned into potential terrorists. Finsbury Park mosque “served to facilitate and training of recruits,” note the files, adding that it was “a haven for Islamic extremists from Morocco and Algeria.”

The Daily Telegraph, along with other international newspapers, is publishing details of more than 700 files on the Guantánamo Bay detainees obtained by the WikiLeaks website.

Earlier, this newspaper disclosed that dozens of terrorists held at the prison had admitted plotting a wide array of attacks against targets in Britain and America. However, it also emerged that more than 150 innocent people had been sent to Guantánamo.

Now, the key role that Britain and British-based preachers played in the lives of many of the Guantánamo detainees can be disclosed.

British intelligence services also provided information, including lists of suspected extremists seized from raids on Islamic centres, to the US military as it interrogated detainees. The information was passed on despite the Government publicly condemning the use of torture at Guantánamo. The leaked documents also reveal that:

• Sixteen detainees sent back to Britain are regarded as “high risk” by the US authorities and are liable to plan attacks against the West. However, they have been paid a reported £1 million each in compensation by the Government. For the first time, details of their alleged extremist activities, including travelling to Afghanistan to fight against British troops, are disclosed;

• The US government suspected the BBC of being a “possible propaganda media network” for al-Qaeda after details of a phone number at the broadcaster was found in the possession of several suspected terrorists. The number, which now appears to be disconnected, was thought to be for an employee of the BBC World Service, which was then funded by the Foreign Office;

• Terrorist recruits from across Africa and the Middle East flocked to London to claim asylum, often after travelling through other European countries;

• British taxpayers’ money was used to bankroll an Afghan politician who was sent to Guantánamo Bay after being exposed as an al-Qaeda aide. Mullan Haji Rohullah received more than £300,000 to destroy his opium crop – but he sold the drugs and kept the money from the Department for International Development.

• Four of the Guantánamo detainees were “British intelligence sources” who betrayed their paymasters.

 The last remaining British national at the prison is an al-Qaeda commander who directed terrorist forces in Tora Bora during the Afghanistan conflict. His family, who were previously allegedly paid directly by Osama Bin Laden, is thought to have received compensation from the Government.

The files help to explain American anger towards the British authorities, who have been regularly accused of failing to tackle radicalisation in this country.

The top-secret documents show how Muslim men travelled to European countries such as France, from where they obtained fake EU passports. They then crossed the channel to take advantage of Britain’s generous asylum system.

Extremist preachers radicalised the men at London mosques, showing them videos of atrocities committed against Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya.

According to one document, Finsbury Park mosque was “a key transit facility for the movement of North African and other extremists in London to and from al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan”.

They were flown to Pakistan and Afghanistan at the terrorist group’s expense, put up in special guesthouses and sent to the training camps. They were introduced to senior al-Qaeda figures including Bin Laden and taught to fight and make bombs. Wives were arranged for some terrorists and their families received generous payments.

The US government condemned the release of the Wikileaks documents. In a statement, the Pentagon said: “It is unfortunate that news organisations have made the decision to publish numerous documents obtained illegally by WikiLeaks concerning the Guantánamo detention facility. These documents contain classified information about current and former detainees, and we strongly condemn the leaking of this sensitive information.

“The WikiLeaks releases include Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) written by the Department of Defence between 2002 and early 2009. These DABs were written based on a range of information available then. Any given DAB illegally obtained and released by WikiLeaks may or may not represent the current view of a given detainee.

“The previous and current administrations have made every effort to act with the utmost care and diligence in transferring detainees from Guan­tánamo.”

Barack Obama, the US President, previously made a high-profile pledge to close the Guantánamo Bay facility and prosecute in the criminal courts those alleged to have broken the law.

However, the pledge has now been largely abandoned and the US authorities recently announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the most senior terrorist at the prison and the alleged mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, will be tried at a controversial military tribunal.

Mohammed, who was tortured more than 100 times, has admitted his involvement in dozens of plots, including plans to hijack aircraft and crash them into Heathrow airport, Big Ben and Canary Wharf, and assassination attempts against Pope John Paul II and former President Bill Clinton. He is among 15 so-called kingpins at the prison who are unlikely to ever be freed.

NATO KILLS TOP SAUDI TERRORIST LEADER IN AFGHANISTAN

[Another Wahabbi scum terrorist removed from this earth.  It has been a good week for the anti-terrorists of this world, as another CIA/Saudi synthetic terrorist (a.k.a., “al-Qaeda”) is returned to the lap of Shaitan (SEE:  Russian Forces Kill America’s Pet “Islamist,” Another Saudi Terrorist).]

NATO KILLS SAUDI AL QAEDA LEADER IN AFGHANISTAN

(AGI) Kabul – Nato forces in Afghanistan killed a Saudi described as an ‘Al-Qaeda senior leader’, number two on their wanted list. The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Abu Hafs al-Najdi, also known as Abdul Ghani, was killed in an air strike in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan, during a meeting with other insurgent leaders on 13 April. . .

U.S. charges Pakistanis in 2008 Mumbai attack plot

[This is the clearest sign yet that the US is actually dumping Pakistan in favor of its preferred relationship with India (SEE: US lawmakers tell Obama, dump Pakistan and go with India).  Will the “gloves come off,” in the American campaign against Pakistan, forcing a geostrategic split, with the US and India on one side and China and Pakistan on the other?]

U.S. charges Pakistanis in 2008 Mumbai attack plot

(Reuters) – Four Pakistanis have been charged as co-conspirators in the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans, U.S. prosecutors said on Monday.

The four were previously mentioned, but not named, in indictments charging American David Headley and Pakistani-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana with helping to identify targets in Mumbai.

Headley and Rana have also been charged in a plot to attack a Danish newspaper that was never carried out.

Headley pleaded guilty in March 2010 and is cooperating with U.S. investigators about taking several trips to India — and later to Denmark — to scout targets for the coordinated and lethal assault.

Rana has been held since his arrest in 2009 as a conspirator with Headley, and his U.S. trial is scheduled to begin May 16. His attorney was not immediately available for comment.

All of the four newly-indicted figures are linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the largest and best-funded Islamic militant groups in the region. The group is blamed for the November 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which killed 166 people in India’s commercial capital.

Those newly indicted were Sajid Mir, Abu Qahafa, Mazhar Iqbal, and a fourth defendant known only by the alias “Major Iqbal.” None are in U.S. custody. All four are believed to be in Pakistan.

They were charged with six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens and other charges related to the Mumbai attack and providing support to Lashkar, identified as a terrorist organization by the United States.

Mir was also charged in the plot against Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper aiming to revenge the publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammad that enraged many Muslims and prompted protests.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in Chicago had requested the superseding indictment handed up by a grand jury on April 21 charging the four to be sealed to give the government time to alert U.S. agencies and consult with foreign authorities.

The Mumbai attack strained already difficult India-Pakistan relations.

India has said it is not satisfied with the pace of Pakistan’s investigation, and has demanded more people be put on trial for the attack, including the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Laura MacInnis)