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Who Speaks For the So-Called “Religion of Peace”?

[Normally, I try to respect the beliefs of others, never pointing a finger at any one religion as superior or inferior to the rest.  I especially have accorded a decent respect for Muslim beliefs, believing that modern political Islam as an ideology of violence is a creation of Western intelligence agencies, who have effectively weaponized streams of the religion, to use them against the Muslim people.  The majority of the victims of  Islamist violence are Muslims. 

"Political Islam," "militant Islam," "radical Islam," or "fundamentalist Islam" are all labels given to the phenomenon which British and American intelligence agencies have created, to be used as an instrument of destabilization within the Muslim "Ummah," for the purpose of harvesting the black gold from underneath them, primarily within the Arab tribal region.  This politicized stream of bloody violence in the name of the Muslim religion has worked remarkably well, pitting Muslim against Muslim, maneuvering the world to the precipice of a Muslim world war between a Sunni bloc and a Shia bloc, which apparently lies gaping before us.

Western intelligence agencies have midwifed the birth of Khomeini's militant Shia faith, as well as the radicalized Deobandi and Wahhabi Sunni doctrines which drive the Sunni "jihadi" terrorists who are responsible for 70% of all world terrorism (with "Shia terror" failing to make it to the top ten terrorist list).  Both versions of radical Islam have their own versions of "infidels," or "kfirs," the "unbelievers" or "apostates" of the world, who are under some kind of divine death sentence.  According to radical Islam, believers have a duty to kill unbelievers.  So-called "moderate Muslims" refuse to believe in such nonsense, as adherents of "peaceful Islam" (the Islam we hear so much about, but never really hear from), they don't want to kill anybody.  Apparently, they have a great aversion to being killed, as well, since they have not dared to respond since the 911 attacks with their own chorus of voices, urging fellow moderate Muslims to speak-out against Jihadi Islam.  If "True Islam" is, in fact, a "religion of peace," then true believers should denounce the so-called "Salafists" for the sin against God, that they represent.

It is time to take a stand against the real "unbelievers," those who commit murders and call it "holy war."  That is the primary message in the following fine editorial message against false religions.  The focus may be upon fundamentalist Islam, but it pertains to all fundamentalist radicalism in all of its violent manifestations.]

So-called religion of peace rife with violent extremism

times-standard

Tim Martin/Here’s a Thought

The monotheistic religions of the world — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — have a long history of walking the halls in bold strides, and we clear a path before them. These religions have common roots in fear, oppression, persecution, genocide, and male supremacy. They also have a history of killing unbelievers, heretics, and infidels. This is done for the glory of Yahweh, the honor of God, and the love of Allah.A number of their followers are thinking in a gear so low it’s difficult to believe they’re awake.

Judaism and Christianity are illogical, but Islam is the gold standard for religious insanity. Its teachings are barbaric, its founder revolting, and its practice (in many Islamic countries) is violent. Islam is based on the Quran, an authoritative text that has remained unchanged for 1,400 years. The Quran contains numerous commands that Muslims kill nonbelievers, treat women as inferior beings, and stifle free speech to anyone critical of their religion.

Here are a few passages: (Quran 8:12) “I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle.” (Quran 8:39) “Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah.” (Quran 8:7) “Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words, ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last.’”

There are “moderate Muslims” throughout the world who defy such inflammatory sections of the Quran, but others want sharia law. Under sharia, women are afforded only half the value of men in both testimony and actual value. Non-Muslims are afforded 1/12th the value of a Muslim. Sharia also allows the enslavement of non-Muslims, along with such punishments as amputations and public flogging.

Evidently, many Muslims do not pick up on the giant tectonic plate of irony that underlies their “peace-loving” religion.

The link between Muslims and hatred for America is obvious. According to a report by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Sunni Muslim terrorists committed “about 70 percent” of the 12,533 terrorist murders in the world last year, many of them on other Muslims. Another interesting tidbit from the survey: In South Asia (defined as Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh), 76 percent of people are in favor of executing those who leave Islam.

Despite this, a Pew Research poll reports that only four in 10 Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Islam. An equally small number link the religion with acts of violence. Why do we defend a fanatical faith that is misogynistic and intolerant? Why do we cut Islam so much slack? We have been lied to. Americans are continuously fed a watered-down, peaceful version of the religion.

The truth is that fanatical Islamists — whether they belong to al-Qaida, the Taliban, Egypt’s Army, or any other Muslim group with aggressive political aspirations — demand a stricter version of Islam imposed worldwide; one in which drinking, homosexuality, and blasphemy are punishable crimes. A Dutch filmmaker was assassinated, and Danish cartoonists and the creators of South Park have been threatened with murder by Islamic extremists for their portrayals of the prophet Muhammad.

How soothed am I by Muslim apologists who hope to convince us that we have nothing to be concerned about? I’m very concerned. Sharia law and those who want it should be feared. A recent World Public Opinion poll states that 61 percent of Egyptians and 32 percent of Indonesians approve of attacks on Americans, and that 83 percent of Palestinians and 62 percent of Jordanians approve of some or most groups that attack Americans.

The Quran (like the Bible and the Talmud) is an unconvincing book in terms of proving that a kind and loving god exists. Muhammad declared women as deficient in mind and soul. He had people killed for trivial reasons and married a 10-year-old child (Aisha). His defenders insist that either you worship Muhammad or they will kill you.

Sorry, that’s not a god I choose to respect and honor.

Luckily, many Muslims have a sense of morality that is vastly superior to that of their prophet. For this we should be thankful. But Islam is a totalitarian system. It requires only a small committed core and an intimidated mainstream to grow. Why is it acceptable to protest against Christianity or Judaism, but not Islam? Why do we live in fear of Muslim reprisal if we speak out against Muhammad, the Quran, or Sharia?

We already have a backwards and repressive religion influencing law and politics in the United States. We certainly don’t need another.

Tim Martin resides in Fortuna and writes this column for the Times-Standard. He can be contacted at tmartin@northcoast.com.

September 11, Opening Act of The Saudi War Upon the American People

[Bush's low-down redaction of hard Saudi truths from the 911 Report was merely a temporary holding action.  The groundswell of American retribution awaiting the vile monarchs is a huge body of water, just waiting to be released.   When the dam of truth is finally broken down, vengeance will sweep the Saudi monarchy from the pages of time itself, reducing them to a mere footnote, designating a tribe of ruthless "camel jockeys" who made themselves into a real threat to Western civilization.]

Do the Saudis really control the terrorists they court?

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In a 2003 Rose Garden press conference, a reporter asked President Bush why he was sealing a congressional report “incriminating the Saudi government when it comes to 9/11.”

 

Bush, without denying the description of the report’s contents, argued he had to seal it “so that those who are being investigated aren’t alerted.”

 

Only, the Saudi suspects named in the report weren’t really “being investigated.” Several months earlier, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted as much during a closed hearing with the 9/11 Joint Inquiry staff on the Hill. Mueller sheepishly acknowledged the only people aggressively investigating the Saudi connections were sitting there across the table from him.

 

This was beyond odd. At both the FBI and CIA, there were files thick with memos and other documents detailing connections between the Saudi hijackers and Saudi officials and agents in at least seven US cities coast-to-coast. They revealed a vast Saudi support network spanning from Los Angeles and San Diego in the West to Washington, DC, Falls Church, Va., and Herndon, Va., in the East; and from Sarasota, Fla., in the South to Paterson, NJ, in the North.

 

Yet the only people connecting the dots were congressional staffers, as case agents and detectives assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Forces in San Diego and Washington complained of being frustrated by brass in their attempts to run down Saudi leads, particularly ones that led back to the Saudi Embassy.

 

There was so much Saudi-related evidence that it took 28 pages just for Hill investigators to summarize it all.

 

In fact, there arguably was more evidence for the Justice Department to indict Omar al-Bayoumi, the suspected Saudi intelligence agent who aided two of the hijackers in San Diego, than there was to indict Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker. The attorney general could just have easily thrown material support of terrorism charges at Bayoumi. But he did not. The only real difference is Bayoumi’s a Saudi.

 

If Bush’s objective really was to avoid tipping off subjects of ongoing investigations, he could have carefully redacted the names of Bayoumi and other Saudis cited in the 28-page section. Instead, he elected to censor the entire section, scrubbing out anything and everything Saudi.

 

The day before he did that, he met with the Saudis in the White House to discuss that secret Saudi section, which remains classified today. Walking away from that hour-long meeting, the Saudis no doubt felt reassured their secrets were safe. Confident Bush would never release the 28 pages, Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar made a show of demanding they be released, arguing the Saudis have nothing to hide.

 

It was an obvious, if effective, ploy.

 

The congressional report safely sealed up, the Saudis had only the 9/11 Commission Report to worry about — and, lo and behold, it cleared the Saudis (even though the commission director never let investigators see the 28 pages from the earlier congressional report). Upon its release, Bandar clucked that the panel exonerated the Kingdom, not to mention himself, conveniently.

 

The report curiously leaves out evidence tying Bandar and his wife to the hijackers through a Saudi bag man, Osama Bassnan, who received personal checks from the Bandars while handling the hijackers in San Diego. Bandar appears a few times in footnotes, and only in passing.

 

The Bandars claim the checks were “welfare” for Bassnan’s supposedly ill wife, and that they did not know what Bassnan was really up to.

 

Maybe so. The Saudis have a history of turning a blind eye to the extremists among them, funding radical mosques as a way of placating their population and keeping themselves in power.

 

But even if you take Bandar’s ignorance at face value, as he sows the wind, we reap the whirlwind.

 

Last year, Bandar was promoted to chief of Saudi intelligence. Saudi Arabia very much wants to see Bashar al-Assad removed from power in Syria. Bandar, frustrated with Obama’s inaction, has been letting Saudi jihadists cross the border to fight in the civil war — and has been funneling arms and support to the Islamic Front rebel group, according to the Daily Beast, weapons that can easily end up in the hands of al Qaeda.

 

Bandar also has pushed Russia to drop its backing of Assad. In August, according to the Telegraph, he gave President Vladimir Putin both a carrot — oil deals — and a stick:

 

“I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year,” Bandar allegedly said. “The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

 

By Chechen groups, he means Islamic terrorists — just like the ones who bombed the Boston Marathon. It’s a startling, shocking admission.

 

Which is the more scary scenario? That members of the Saudi government provide funding to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups but can’t control them — or that they can?

 

Either way, we can’t find out the full story without an investigation. And the necessary first step is declassifying those 28 pages. Let’s finally connect those dots.

 

Paul Sperry is a Hoover Institution media fellow and author of “Infiltration” and “Muslim Mafia.”

Obama’s Dilemma, Uniting Islamic Front With FSA, Without Alienating Al-Qaeda

Syria: Islamic Front denies meeting US ambassador

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Spokesman says group will not fight Al-Qaeda-linked militants
Ambassador Robert Ford appears before a full committee hearing on his nomination to be ambassador to Syria at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington

Ambassador Robert Ford appears before a full committee hearing on his nomination to be ambassador to Syria at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington (AFP)

Beirut, Asharq Al-Awsat—Syrian opposition sources have denied that talks have taken place between the US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, and leaders of the Islamic Front, one of the largest Islamist opposition factions in Syria.

A source within the Syrian opposition, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on condition of anonymity, said: “The Islamic Front received an invitation from the US administration through mediators to discuss the possibility of returning to work under the umbrella of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), but it has not responded yet.”

A spokesman for the Ahrar Al-Sham group within the Islamic Front, Abu Majd Al-Shami, told Asharq Al-Awsat that no meeting had taken place with Ford and dismissed the possibility of a meeting taking place soon.

He did not, however, rule out meeting with American officials in the future, and said: “Everything depends on the interests of our people in the future, and decisions would be made according to developments.”

Meanwhile, an official of the Islamic Front’s political bureau, Abdallah Al-Hamawi, denied the reports and said they were “lies, and their objectives were clear, and we will not allow them to cause sedition”.

He added on his Twitter account that the Islamic Front “will not fight the Al-Qaeda organization because it [Islamic Front] was founded to form a link for jihadists”, and that it would not fight a proxy war or cause division between the jihadists.

Opposition sources said the Islamic Front was faced with two difficult options—if it accepted dialogue with the Americans it would put itself in confrontation with the extremist forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Al-Nusra Front, which would accuse it of being an agent of the West, while if it rejected dialogue, it would become distant from the international community.

The sources suggested “the timing of the US invitation extended to the Islamic Front after it took control of FSA positions aims at pressuring the Islamic Front to return to work with the FSA.” The US had expressed concerns about the control by the Islamic Front of former FSA positions at the Bab Al-Hawa border point with Turkey, and had suspended its aid to the FSA as a consequence.

Meanwhile, representative of the Syrian National Coalition in the United States, Najib Al-Ghadban, told Asharq Al-Awsat that the US invitation was part of a US and opposition policy aimed at bringing all “moderate” opposition forces under one umbrella to confront government forces and extremist forces such as ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front.

Ghadban said: “Islamic Front leaders [have] previously held meetings with American politicians … The second meeting, if it took place, would lead to decisions which would not include provision of arms.”

He called on the Islamic Front to adhere to the principles of the revolution and avoid extremism, and said he hoped “its factions would join the FSA in a united front against the Syrian regime”.

The Islamic Front was formed by six groups of Islamist opposition fighters in Syria frustrated with the FSA and the Syrian opposition’s political leaders outside Syria. It recently took control of the headquarters and supply depots of the FSA on the Syrian-Turkish border, raising fears in the West that the Syrian opposition was being taken over by religious extremists.

Kerry In Philippines To Seal Deal for American Re-Colonization

[SEE:  PHILIPPINES TYPHOON CAUSED BY US MILITARY WEAPON - REPORT ]

Kerry in Philippines to propel troop deal as China row simmers

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US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Manila International Airport on December 17, 2013

Manila (AFP) – Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Philippines Tuesday for a two-day trip that could fast-track a deal on expanding the US military presence as a territorial dispute simmers with China.

Kerry flew to Manila as the two allies are in the final stages of hammering out a deal allowing more US troops, aircraft and ships to temporarily pass through the Philippines, where the last US bases closed in 1992.

He will also visit areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan last month, highlighting a massive US humanitarian response to the disaster which contrasted with a modest contribution from regional power China.

“Kerry’s visit can be expected to act as a catalyst for change,” John Blaxland, a security and defence analyst at Australia National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, told AFP.

“He will be eager to leverage the visit to speed up and finalise arrangements and assure the Philippines and other regional powers that the US is not just a fair-weather friend,” Blaxland said.

Kerry will meet with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and President Benigno Aquino later Tuesday to discuss ways for “broadening of economic and security cooperation”, the foreign department said.

“Humanitarian assistance and disaster response and cooperation on regional issues are also expected to be on the agenda,” it said in a statement. The United States, the former colonial power in the Philippines, has been the greatest contributor of aid following the typhoon which left nearly 8,000 dead or missing, and four million people homeless.

Washington deployed an aircraft carrier group and committed 1,000 Marines and $20 million in a mobilisation that served as a preview of the deal’s intensified defence engagement.

Beijing meanwhile drew scorn with an initial offer of just $100,000 to the Philippines, a Washington ally with which it is locked in a dispute over sovereignty of islands in the strategically vital South China Sea.

Del Rosario and Aquino have been rallying pro-US sentiment to blunt China’s muscle-flexing in the region.

Ian Storey, a senior fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, said Washington’s humanitarian response could help it secure the military pact with Manila.

“America’s immediate, massive and generous support in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan could well hasten negotiations on US military rotational deployments through the Philippines,” he said.

China’s growing assertiveness in the region as well as the increasing frequency of deadly natural disasters in the Philippines “underscore the growing importance of Manila’s alliance with Washington”, Storey said.

Kerry, who is touring the Philippines for the first time since taking office, will travel to the typhoon-ravaged town of Tacloban on Wednesday.

Tensions between the Philippines and China have risen in recent years as Beijing becomes more forthright in asserting its claim over most of the potentially resource-rich South China Sea.

Earlier this year, Manila took Beijing to a United Nations tribunal over the contested Scarborough Shoal, which lies about 220 kilometres (135 miles) from the Philippines’ main island of Luzon and has been occupied by Chinese vessels since last year.

In a bid to showcase its increasing military alliance with the United States, Manila held war games near the territory earlier this year, further stoking tensions with Beijing.

China’s recent declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone in the East China Sea — which has infuriated Japan and South Korea — has also raised concerns in the Philippines.

Storey said that while Beijing had not officially declared a similar air cover for the South China Sea “it might do so in the near future”.

“During Kerry’s visit to the Philippines, both sides will likely reiterate the importance of freedom of navigation at sea and in the air,” he said.

The United States already has a long-time ally in the Philippines — until 1992 it had a permanent military presence at two bases in the island nation.

The bases were closed amid nationalist opposition, but the current administration led by Aquino has repeatedly said it wants to build a stronger alliance with the US.

Creator of Typhoon Haiyan Microwave Steering Loses Google Account Days After Video

[SEE:  PHILIPPINES TYPHOON CAUSED BY US MILITARY WEAPON - REPORT ]

[As of 11/21/2013 , DutchSinse lost Gmail, YouTube collections, access to account.  He still has this research site at SinseDutch.  He outlines the dangers below lurking in Google+ which made him easy prey for the self-appointed censors of the Evil Empire.]

Major Security FLAW in Google+ can Shutdown your Youtube page instantly with no strikes, no appeal

video explanation here:

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My youtube channel , http://www.youtube.com/dutchsinse, was erroneously shut down yesterday, lost all videos, and all Google+ access.  I had no strikes, no violations, and was all green across the board.

How did my youtube get terminated?  Easily.

They simply flagged my GOOGLE+ account as an “impersonator”.  Yes, flagged my own dutchsinse MAIN GOOGLE+ page as an impersonator.  LOL.   They can do it anonymously, with no warning, and with no recourse by you to fix it, except, to SEND A PHOTO ID OF YOURSELF to G+ to prove you are who you say you are.

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google plus security flaw

What? Send a photo ID to G+ to save your YOUTUBE page from shutdown, after your G+ was falsely flagged as an “impersonator”?!!!

Madness.  Seriously, big problem here, how do you PROVE you’re a screen name?

They’re asking for a photo ID to prove who I am.  However, the google+ is named “dutchsinse”.  My real name is Michael Janitch.

I sent them a copy of my passport 48 hours ago, filled out the form with my real name, never even received a confirmation reply that they received it.  and as of today 220am CT november 21, no reply at all.

I’m dutchsinse.  How can someone ELSE, an anonymous person, report me for “impersonation”?  Which then causes G+ to INSTANTLY shut down my whole G+ page…. which then leads to the INSTANT TERMINATION OF MY YOUTUBE PAGE, and a blocking of all my associated G+ pages.

A domino effect caused by one single false flagging, one single easy abuse of a security feature on youtube that, SHOULD, have human review behind it, and should not be automated.

Yesterday, thanks to this fake / false google+ shutdown , I lost 75,000 subscribers, and 800+ videos. Lost access to ALL of it.  Due to a single false flag on a separate service away from youtube!!!

Again, no email from youtube OR google+ was sent to me, warning me, or giving me a dispute option.

Very strange too, Google+ and youtube BOTH have my cellphone number already on file for login and verification purposes, no message sent to my mobile device at all.

Don’t forget, MOST IMPORTANTLY, there was no recourse to solve this.  No link to click on, no email to send, and no option to dispute. For me to get it fixed, it literally took someone who works there to privately contact the “policy team” and do a few things to get my youtube restored.

Still locked out on Google+, still cannot make any comment even below my own video, and still cannot share anything via the share button.  No reply from google, except to ask for an ID with my SCREENNAME on it?!

lol, can you say NIGHTMARE scenario here.

Meanwhile, no laughing matter, 3 years of work , 800+ videos, and 75,000+ subscribers on the line… all capable of being wiped out from a SEPARATE service like google+ ?  Somethings not right about this.

Imagine if someone could shut down your PERSONAL facebook page with the click of a button, and then YOU have to prove who YOU are because they clicked a button.

Guilty until proven innocent , meanwhile they DELETE your youtube page, delete all your content, and you have to fight to get it back?

Shouldn’t the person making the impersonation CLAIM have to provide THEIR ID???????

Anyone can get shut down this way.  Maybe a few larger channels will get slammed, then google might take notice.  Right now, they’re not responding to any of my contact attempts.

Bandar Allegedly Threatens To Ruin Journalists Who Broke Report On Saudi Source of Ghouta Chemical Weapons

[If true, then this would serve as confirmation of Bandar's guilt in this war crime.  (Read Original report: EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack]
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Bandar Threatens U.S. and Foreign Journalists Who Exposed Syrian Rebel Role in Chemical Attack

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September 23, 2013

The two journalists who authored the August 29, 2013 story, “Syrians in Goutha claim Saudi-supplied rebels behind chemical attacks,” published by Mint Press, have been threatened with having their careers “ended” if they do not disavow the story, and both journalists have told Mint Press that they believe that the pressure comes from Saudi Arabia. One author, Yayha Ababneh, who conducted the interviews on the ground that were the guts of the story, told MintPress that he received threats from the Saudi Embassy in Jordan, his home country. Dale Gavlak, the other reporter, an American, has been suspended by Associated Press, and further subjected to “immense amounts of pressure,” according to Mint Press, which said she believes the source of pressure to be Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the head of Saudi intelligence.

Bandar, the former Ambassador to the United States at the time of the 911 attacks, left that post after exposes that showed his wife had provided funding for 911 hijackers through a Saudi Arabian intelligence operative living in the U.S., and after exposes that he had received bribe funds in the range of $2 billion from BAE (formerly called British Aerospace) for arranging the Al Yamamah defense contract deal with Saudi Arabia. Bandar is also a major figure in the suppressed “28 pages” of the report on the 911 attack produced by the U.S. Congress. The “28 pages” were “classified” and pulled from distribution because of their detailed information about the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its charities, bank accounts and nationals in the funding of the 911 attack.

On September 21, MintPress which was founded earlier this year and is edited by Mnar Muhawesh, a Palestinian American journalist, put out a lengthy statement in response to Gavlak’s claims that she had not authored the August 29 story.

MintPress editor Ms. Muhawesh wrote:

“Dale [Gavlak] is under mounting pressure for writing this article by third parties. She notified MintPress editors and myself on August 30th and 31st via email and phone call, that third parties were placing immense amounts of pressure on her over the article and were threatening to end her career over it. She went on to tell us that she believes this third party was under pressure from the head of the Saudi Intelligence Prince Bandar himself, who is alleged in the article of supplying the rebels with chemical weapons.

“On August 30th, Dale asked MintPress to remove her name completely from the byline because she stated that her career and reputation was at risk. She continued to say that these third parties were demanding her to disassociate herself from the article or these parties would end her career. On August 31st, I notified Dale through email that I would add a clarification that she was the writer and researcher for the article and that Yahya was the reporter on the ground….

“Yahya [Ababneh] has recently notified me that the Saudi embassy contacted him and threatened to end his career if he did a follow up story on who carried out the most recent chemical weapons attack and demanded that he stop doing media interviews in regards to the subject.”

The statement from MintPress adds, “We are aware of the tremendous pressure that Dale and some of our other journalists are facing as a result of this story, and we are under the same pressure as a result to discredit the story. We are unwilling to succumb to those pressures for MintPress holds itself to the highest journalistic ethics and reporting standards….”

In terms of Gavlak’s role, MintPress says:

Gavlak pitched this story to MintPress on August 28th and informed her editors and myself that her colleague Yahya Ababneh was on the ground in Syria. She said Ababneh conducted interviews with rebels, their family members, Ghouta residents and doctors that informed him through various interviews that the Saudis had supplied the rebels with chemical weapons and that rebel fighters handled the weapons improperly setting off the explosions.

When Yahya had returned and shared the information with her, she stated that she confirmed with several colleagues and Jordanian government officials that the Saudis have been supplying rebels with chemical weapons, but as her email states, she says they refused to go on the record.

Gavlak wrote the article in its entirety as well as conducted the research. She filed her article on August 29th and was published on the same day.” [all emphasis in the original]

The Govt. of the United State Has A Moral Responsibility To Help Bashar Assad Eliminate the Islamists

Islamists drive out US-backed Syrian rebel general Salim Idris

11,000 Kyiv Police Break-Up Obama’s House-Wrecking Party

Police gain ground overnight on Maidan, beatings reported, at least 10 detained (UPDATED)

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Acting on a court order and under the cloak of night, after 1 a.m. on Dec. 11 thousands of police and National Guard troops gained ground as they steadily advanced on Independence Square, taking down barricades, and arresting at least 10 protesters along the way.

Police say some have been released already, but wouldn’t specify how many. However, the Kyiv Post witnessed police clubbing protesters, including one being repeatedly beaten with a club wearing a Batkivshchyna party jacket.

The European Union’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton who spent time on the square just hours before after holding a 3.5-hour meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych, was appalled at the police action.

“I’m still in Kyiv. I was among you on Maidan in the evening and was impressed by the determination of Ukrainians demonstrating for a European perspective of the country,” she said in a statement. “Some hours later I observe with sadness that police uses force to remove peaceful people from the center of Kyiv. The authorities didn’t need to act under the coverage of night to engage with the society by using police. Dialogue with political forces and society and use of arguments is always better than the argument of force.”

The U.S. State Department issued a scathing statement denouncing the police action:

“The United States expresses its disgust with the decision of Ukrainian authorities to meet the peaceful protest in Kyiv’s Maidan Square with riot police…and batons, rather than with respect for democratic rights and human dignity, read the statement. “This response is neither acceptable nor does it befit a democracy.”

After 2 a.m. police managed to divide the huge encampment of protesters into three sections, sealing off the main trade union building from the rest of Independence Square where some 250 protesters were holed up inside bracing for an attack at any moment. After 3 a.m. some 200 National Guardsmen surrounded City Hall. Protesters used a fire hose to spray water on the steps and let it freeze as lights were shut off inside.

A huge crowd gathers in front of City Hall this morning after 9 a.m. where five buses of riot police arrived. Police say they are acting on a court order to vacate occupied public buildings.

Meanwhile, sometime around 4 a.m. municipal workers dressed in orange vests started to dismantle the barricade on Institutska Street, which intersects Khreshchatyk Street.

Later, police said 10 of their own were injured in clashes with protesters.

After 9 a.m. three buses of riot police arrived in front of City Hall and were soon surrounded by some 2,000 protesters who shouted, “Shame!” Some 40 minutes later they disengaged and left the scene.

The two subway stations nearest Independence Square – Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Khreshchatyk – have been closed for entry and exit since the subway opened this morning at 5:30 a.m.

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis

[Saudi Arabia has complete immunity to wage its "holy war" of Sunni terrorism all over the world, with the  intention of controlling American and Western govt. foreign policies.  We know that the Saudis are the SOURCE OF ALL SUNNI TERRORISM and that 90% of all global terrorism is Sunni, yet our leaders ignore these obvious truths that confirm Saudi Arabia as the source of the terror which we fight in the American "War on Terror."  We fight against Sunni terrorists worldwide, as we strive to find an avenue to war against the Shia.  

If this knowledge, that the entire American govt. is colluding with a foreign govt. which sponsors "al-Qaeda" terrorists who kill American soldiers in Iraq and elsewhere doesn't merit violent revolution as a solution, then I don't know what does!  Bandar bin Sultan and his cousin Prince Turki have always presided over the royal assets which have sustained have Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Boko Haram, Fatah al-Islam, PKK, TTP, Taliban, IMU, and all the rest, especially in their capacity as Saudi spy chiefs.  Bandar has merely come out of the closet smiling broadly due to Obama's attempts to remove the stigma from Al-Qaeda, by legitimizing Ayman al-Zawahiri's latest incarnation in Syria and after using Al-Qaeda militant leaders openly in the Western aggression against Libya.

Whenever enough Americans are made to realize the cold, inexplicable fact that we are using the Saudis, Pakistanis and others to create the very same terrorist armies that are killing American soldiers everyday, then the current government will be violently overthrown by an armed populace grown weary of a tyrannical govt. that uses our tax dollars to fund the terrorist threat to America.] 

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis

the independent

World View: Everyone knows where al-Qa’ida gets its money, but while the violence is sectarian, the West does nothing

Public grief: Mass funerals after a car bomb in a Shia area of Karachi in March

 

Patrick Cockburn

Donors in Saudi Arabia have notoriously played a pivotal role in creating and maintaining Sunni jihadist groups over the past 30 years. But, for all the supposed determination of the United States and its allies since 9/11 to fight “the war on terror”, they have showed astonishing restraint when it comes to pressuring Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies to turn off the financial tap that keeps the jihadists in business.

Compare two US pronouncements stressing the significance of these donations and basing their conclusions on the best intelligence available to the US government. The first is in the 9/11 Commission Report which found that Osama bin Laden did not fund al-Qa’ida because from 1994 he had little money of his own but relied on his ties to wealthy Saudi individuals established during the Afghan war in the 1980s. Quoting, among other sources, a CIA analytic report dated 14 November 2002, the commission concluded that “al-Qa’ida appears to have relied on a core group of financial facilitators who raised money from a variety of donors and other fund-raisers primarily in the Gulf countries and particularly in Saudi Arabia”.

Seven years pass after the CIA report was written during which the US invades Iraq fighting, among others, the newly established Iraq franchise of al-Qa’ida, and becomes engaged in a bloody war in Afghanistan with the resurgent Taliban. American drones are fired at supposed al-Qa’ida-linked targets located everywhere from Waziristan in north-west Pakistan to the hill villages of Yemen. But during this time Washington can manage no more than a few gentle reproofs to Saudi Arabia on its promotion of fanatical and sectarian Sunni militancy outside its own borders.

Evidence for this is a fascinating telegram on “terrorist finance” from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to US embassies, dated 30 December 2009 and released by WikiLeaks the following year. She says firmly that “donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide”. Eight years after 9/11, when 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis, Mrs Clinton reiterates in the same message that “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support for al-Qa’ida, the Taliban, LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan] and other terrorist groups”. Saudi Arabia was most important in sustaining these groups, but it was not quite alone since “al-Qa’ida and other groups continue to exploit Kuwait both as a source of funds and as a key transit point”.

Why did the US and its European allies treat Saudi Arabia with such restraint when the kingdom was so central to al-Qa’ida and other even more sectarian Sunni jihadist organisations? An obvious explanation is that the US, Britain and others did not want to offend a close ally and that the Saudi royal family had judiciously used its money to buy its way into the international ruling class. Unconvincing attempts were made to link Iran and Iraq to al-Qa’ida when the real culprits were in plain sight.

But there is another compelling reason why the Western powers have been so laggard in denouncing Saudi Arabia and the Sunni rulers of the Gulf for spreading bigotry and religious hate. Al-Qa’ida members or al-Qa’ida-influenced groups have always held two very different views about who is their main opponent. For Osama bin Laden the chief enemy was the Americans, but for the great majority of Sunni jihadists, including the al-Qa’ida franchises in Iraq and Syria, the target is the Shia. It is the Shia who have been dying in their thousands in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and even in countries where there are few of them to kill, such as Egypt.

Pakistani papers no longer pay much attention to hundreds of Shia butchered from Quetta to Lahore. In Iraq, most of the 7,000 or more people killed this year are Shia civilians killed by the bombs of al-Qa’ida in Iraq, part of an umbrella organisation called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), which also encompasses Syria. In overwhelmingly Sunni Libya, militants in the eastern town of Derna killed an Iraqi professor who admitted on video to being a Shia before being executed by his captors.

Suppose a hundredth part of this merciless onslaught had been directed against Western targets rather than against Shia Muslims, would the Americans and the British be so accommodating to the Saudis, Kuwaitis and Emiratis? It is this that gives a sense of phoniness to boasts by the vastly expanded security bureaucracies in Washington and London about their success in combating terror justifying vast budgets for themselves and restricted civil liberties for everybody else. All the drones in the world fired into Pashtun villages in Pakistan or their counterparts in Yemen or Somalia are not going to make much difference if the Sunni jihadists in Iraq and Syria ever decide – as Osama bin Laden did before them – that their main enemies are to be found not among the Shia but in the United States and Britain.

Instead of the fumbling amateur efforts of the shoe and underpants bombers, security services would have to face jihadist movements in Iraq, Syria and Libya fielding hundreds of bomb-makers and suicide bombers. Only gradually this year, videos from Syria of non-Sunnis being decapitated for sectarian motives alone have begun to shake the basic indifference of the Western powers to Sunni jihadism so long as it is not directed against themselves.

Saudi Arabia as a government for a long time took a back seat to Qatar in funding rebels in Syria, and it is only since this summer that they have taken over the file. They wish to marginalise the al-Qa’ida franchisees such as Isil and the al-Nusra Front while buying up and arming enough Sunni war-bands to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The directors of Saudi policy in Syria – the Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, the head of the Saudi intelligence agency Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the Deputy Defence Minister Prince Salman bin Sultan – plan to spend billions raising a militant Sunni army some 40,000 to 50,000 strong. Already local warlords are uniting to share in Saudi largesse for which their enthusiasm is probably greater than their willingness to fight.

The Saudi initiative is partly fuelled by rage in Riyadh at President Obama’s decision not to go to war with Syria after Assad used chemical weapons on 21 August. Nothing but an all-out air attack by the US similar to that of Nato in Libya in 2011 would overthrow Assad, so the US has essentially decided he will stay for the moment. Saudi anger has been further exacerbated by the successful US-led negotiations on an interim deal with Iran over its nuclear programme.

By stepping out of the shadows in Syria, the Saudis are probably making a mistake. Their money will only buy them so much. The artificial unity of rebel groups with their hands out for Saudi money is not going to last. They will be discredited in the eyes of more fanatical jihadis as well as Syrians in general as pawns of Saudi and other intelligence services.

A divided opposition will be even more fragmented. Jordan may accommodate the Saudis and a multitude of foreign intelligence services, but it will not want to be the rallying point for an anti-Assad army.

The Saudi plan looks doomed from the start, though it could get a lot more Syrians killed before it fails. Yazid Sayegh of the Carnegie Middle East Centre highlights succinctly the risks involved in the venture: “Saudi Arabia could find itself replicating its experience in Afghanistan, where it built up disparate mujahedin groups that lacked a unifying political framework. The forces were left unable to govern Kabul once they took it, paving the way for the Taliban to take over. Al-Qa’ida followed, and the blowback subsequently reached Saudi Arabia.”

Israeli Saudi Union On Full Display In UAE with Shimon Peres Addressing Iran War Rally

Israeli President Briefed 29 Arab and Muslim leaders in a Secret Summit Organized by UAE Against Iran

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Israeli Presidernt Shimon PeresDubai : Israeli President Shimon Peres has secretly addressed a number of Arab and Muslim politicians two weeks ago during a summit organized in Abu Dhabi. 

According to a report published in the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth on Monday, Peres appeared before 29 foreign ministers from the Persian Gulf states, Arab League countries and other Muslim nations. The king of Saudi Arabia’s son was also among the participants of the meeting.

Peres appeared on a video screen at the (Persian) Gulf States Security Summit, sitting in his office in Jerusalem with an Israeli flag behind him.

The foreign ministers of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Yemen and Qatar were present, as well as foreign ministers from the Arab League and other Muslim countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh.

UN-Under Secretary-General Terje-Roed Larsen and U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Martin Indyk interviewed Peres in the meeting. As agreed upon beforehand, the foreign ministers would not ask their questions and address Peres directly, and in return he would only speak with the interviewers. In addition, the organizers of the event stipulated that Peres would participate only if the content of the meeting remain confidential.

“The UAE, which organized the summit, chose Peres to open the assembly, a testimony to the importance of the Israeli president during this point in time, and more so, the importance of a good relationship with Israel against the common enemy, Iran,” the daily said.

New York Times chief analyst Thomas Friedman, who attended the event said the Israeli president Tackled many issues during his address.

According to Friedman, Peres had stressed that “Israel can be a major factor in the Middle East, and that there is an opportunity for dialogue for a common goal – a struggle against radical Islamism and a nuclear Iran, and he also talked about his vision for world peace.”

Bandar’s Counterpart Prince Turki Runs Financial/Diplomatic Operations for Saudi Police State

[The following was written by Saudi prince Turki.  It is trash.]

How to Win in the Middle East

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Turki bin Faisal al-Saud

RIYADH – Analysts the world over are assessing the situation in the Middle East in 2012 by listing the region’s “winners” and “losers.” Hamas won. Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi won, then lost. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won. Syria lost. Iraq lost. Iran had a draw (tougher sanctions, but closer to nuclear-weapons capability), as did Saudi Arabia (growing clout, but unable to stop the killings in Syria [LYING TURKI--order your al-qaeda fighters to stop the killing, you royal asshole, everything else will fall into place] or Gaza) and Israel (avoided massive bloodshed, but became even more isolated).

All of these lists, however, are merely the pastimes of policy wonks. In the bloody, hostile miasma of the Middle East, being a “winner” in any sense of the word is fallacious. The region continues to breed only losers. The victims of the conflicts in Syria, Iran, and Palestine; the friends and families of the victims; those who hope for peace: all lost. This is a grim reminder that when it comes to killing one another, repeatedly missing opportunities for peace, and botching all efforts at progress, no one can beat the Middle East. In 2012, the region proved once again that it is truly the best at perpetrating the worst.

When will these vital, eclectic, and prosperous (or potentially prosperous) countries stop their ravenous infighting and start nurturing, protecting, and sustaining their people? While there have been many prescriptions, I will provide my own 2012 Middle East roundup, with a look toward what must happen in 2013 if we want it to bring fewer losses.

The Israeli killing machine must be stopped by a determined United States using its leverage to bring about implementation of the land-for-peace principles of United Nations Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, the Madrid Conference, the Oslo Agreement, and the Abdullah Peace Initiative. This is the only way out of the current unworkable predicament.

Borrowing a term from nuclear strategy, the situation between Israel and the Palestinians can be described only as “mutually assured destruction,” also known, fittingly, as MAD. It benefits no one, so why let it continue? Only the US has the ability to push the Israelis out of their MAD-ness, so I look forward to the Obama administration recognizing and acting on that moral obligation in the coming year.

The Assad killing machine must also be stopped. In this case, it is through the West agreeing with Saudi Arabia to arm the Free Syrian Army with the defensive weapons that it needs to ground Bashar al-Assad’s aircraft and immobilize his tanks and artillery.  [LYING TURKI--pretending that the answer is to support the FSA, while his country's "Islamist Front" attacks the FSA in Syria, stealing their weapons, and now one of their bases.  Saudi royal lies are coming back to haunt them in a blitzkrieg of outrage, whenever enough people realize that "al-Qaeda" has ALWAYS been an arm of the Saudi royal family.]

Unlike some conflicts in the region, this is a case with a clear and simple solution. Those being attacked merely need weapons to defend themselves; if they get them, the entire dynamic of the conflict will shift, in turn ending the bloodshed. [LYING TURKI--there is only ONE SOLUTION to the Syrian conflict, for foreign entities to stop all support operations.  Stop arming and transporting Islamist terrorists into Syria.  Stop Turkey and Jordan from allowing war materiel and fighters across their borders.  Prevent covert Israeli and American supply of the Syrian foreigners.  Failure to oppose the Saudi initiative will result in another Talibanized Muslim country, bought and paid for by Saudi Arabia and friends.]

By now, all of the actors in Syria are known. There are no hidden jihadis, terrorists, or gangsters. They are all well documented. So the moderates are the ones who should get the anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons. Having them, their prestige among other fighters will soar, and so will support for their moderate stance.  [LYING TURKI--by "moderates," the Saudi spokesperson means the least extremist of all of the extremist radicals, who fight under the "Islamist" banner.  THERE ARE NO MODERATE EXTREMISTS!]

Iranian intervention in Iraq must stop. It is tearing Iraq apart and endangering the countries around it. Western and Iranian support for Nouri al-Maliki’s government, which is controlled by Iran’s Basij militia, must be withdrawn, enabling the Iraqi people to determine freely their own destiny. [TURKI YOU LYING BASTARD--Iraq has been brought to boil again by Sunni (al-Qaeda) terrorists, who are hell-bent to overthrow the Maliki democratically-elected govt.  Turki is urging Obama to abandon Iraq to these Sunni terrorists and the second Iraqi civil war, which they intend to fight.]

Did the Americans defeat Saddam Hussein, and did more than 100,000 Iraqis die in the process, so that their country could become a puppet of the hostile Iranian regime? Iran’s meddling in Bahrain, Kuwait, Yemen, and other Gulf states must end as well.  [LYING TURKI--Saudi money, tanks and planes have been used to upset the democratic process in all of the aforementioned countries, blaming popular expressions of discontent upon "Iranian spies and agents."  More than anything else, the Saudis are at war with "Democracy" within all of the Middle East.  The implication, hidden within the Saudi initiative, is the unspoken intention of Riyadh to use its fortune as a weapon, to conquer and to assimilate the entire region (SEE:  Gulf union is inevitable: Saudi Prince Turki Al Faisal).  The Saudi royal family are a threat to the human race and should be stopped BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.]
In addition to these major tasks, Palestine’s main political rivals, Hamas and Fatah, must reconcile and turn their united efforts toward improving the lives of the Palestinian people. Egypt must get over its post-revolutionary squabbling and reassume its leading role among the Arab states. And all Arab states must coordinate their efforts to realize common ambitions, rather than continuing to pursue only narrow national interests.

Central to all of these tasks is a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) that is united into a confederation that can meet the challenges of Iran’s regional ambitions and bring major military deployments to bear on regional conflicts.  [LYING TURKI--Saudis will not be satisfied until they have divided the Muslim Ummah into two warring halves in the Middle East.  He should worry less about meeting "the challenges of Iran's regional ambitions" and worry instead about reforming the Middle Eastern Arab dictatorships, who have always lived fat while their people suffered.]

If anything has become clear in the last year, it is that states like Israel, Iran, and Syria will act with impunity if no one is ready, willing, and able to stand up to them. It is time for the GCC, anchored on Saudi Arabia’s power, to take up that role.

The Middle East has been losing for too long, because its national leaders have been seeking to win in their own way, for their own purposes, and at everyone’s cost but their own. Such unilateralism is impossible in today’s globalized world. We must join together, or else we will rip each other to shreds. The choice is simple: Do we want to be winners or losers?

Australian Press Dares To Ask, “How Deep Is the NSA Rabbit Hole?”

Who is monitoring the covert operations of the world’s spy agencies?

 

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Deborah Snow

Mission drift: our intelligence agencies are in danger of straying from their core purpose.

 

 

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Not since the infamous Sheraton Hotel incident in Melbourne 30 years ago, when weapons-brandishing spies bungled a mock hostage rescue exercise, has the Australian Secret Intelligence Service wound up with so much egg on its face.

In that escapade, ASIS trainees broke down a guest-room door with a sledgehammer, terrorised the hotel manager and pulled pistols as they tried to escape.

You need the haystack to find the needle. 

This week, the embarrassment lay in the exposure of a real-life spying operation, with the clearest evidence yet that ASIS, apparently under political direction, had bugged the East Timorese cabinet room in 2004 to help Canberra arm-twist Dili over offshore gas fields.

ASIO, the domestic spy agency, appeared to confirm the charge with a raid on the home of a former ASIS agent who had allegedly blown the whistle on the bugging operation. It also searched the premises of Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery, who had been poised to call the former spy in legal action on East Timor’s behalf.

Australia’s foremost academic intelligence specialist, the Australian National University’s Professor Des Ball, said he found it mortifying that ”we used our highly professional security agency to get a couple of bloody percentage points in our dealings with a struggling country like East Timor. I’ve got no problems doing it to the Chinese or Japanese, who are doing it back to us … but Timor? That’s what bullies do”.Former senior Defence Department official Allan Behm agreed, slamming the spying action against Dili as as ”affronting” and ”not moral”.

The revelations capped off a shocking few weeks for the Australian intelligence community, given recent exposure of 2009 plans by the Australian Signals Directorate to tap the private phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and other members of their inner circle.

With Dili and Jakarta in uproar, many Australians might have been wondering what havoc our spy services were going to wreak next.

But red faces have not been confined to Canberra. Its been an annus horribilis for the Western intelligence community as a whole, with continuing disclosures from the innermost vaults of signals intelligence agencies in Britain, the US,

Australia, New Zealand and Canada, courtesy of former US intelligence insider Edward Snowden.

Snowden, branded a ”traitor” by Attorney-General George Brandis, has lifted the lid on a surreptitious global communications and data surveillance dragnet operated by the five countries under what is formally called the UKUSA intelligence-sharing pact, known colloquially as the ”Five Eyes” arrangement.

The five eyes operate through the key eavesdropping agencies in each country: the all-powerful National Security Agency in the US, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Britain, New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), Canada’s Communications Security Establishment and the Australian Signals Directorate or ASD (formerly the Defence Signals Directorate).

Decades of intimate intelligence-sharing has left these agencies with a pattern of co-operation that one former senior government insider describes as ”seamless, instinctive, visceral”.

”It has produced a situation where the agencies wouldn’t contemplate for a nanosecond not co-operating if one of them asked for something,” the source says.

The slow drip of revelations from the cache of documents, which former NSA contractor Snowden took with him and then leaked to The Guardian, is building an extraordinary picture of the depth, breadth and reach of this global surveillance effort.

Just two days ago, The Washington Post (which is partnering The Guardian on some Snowden stories) revealed the NSA was collecting upwards of 5 billion mobile phone records a day, allowing the agency to plot the movements and connections of an enormous number of individuals around the world.

The paper quoted an unnamed NSA manager confirming that the agency was getting ”vast volumes” of location data by tapping into global communications networks.

Snowden’s cache has unveiled the existence of a veritable alphabet soup of programs – with code names including Prism, Tempora, xKeystroke, Muscular, Pinwale, EgotisticalGiraffe, Stormbrew, Fairview, Oakstar, Mainway, and Nucleon – all aimed at harvesting, storing and analysing as much of the world’s electronic communications as can be scooped up.

Among the key programs is Tempora, which allows the NSA and GCHQ, with help from ASD, to tap into the arteries of the global communications system, the undersea fibre optic cables which snake between continents and carry well over three quarters of the word’s internet and communications traffic.

Then there is Prism, which has sparked particular outrage as it points to extensive NSA penetration of services such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and YouTube.

As one leaked slide prepared by the NSA’s Special Source Operations group points out: ”Much of the world’s communications flow through the US. Your target’s communication could easily be flowing into and through the US.”

Behm says: ”If you and I are on a mobile, neither of us knows quite where the packages of our signals are actually going. It could be going through San Francisco, Canada or somewhere else. The NSA can collect it because it’s all up there to be collected, it’s just all out there.”

In an Australian context, the documents trickling out so far have raised more questions than they’ve answered. How far does ASD contribute to the worldwide five eyes data-harvesting effort? How secure from snooping by the intelligence agencies are the US services Australians unthinkingly use on a daily basis, including Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, Hotmail and Microsoft?

And even if Australian law purports to offer some measure of privacy protection, how can that be more than a fig leaf when most of these services are headquartered outside Canberra’s jurisdiction, and so much of our data is routed offshore?

Behm says the legislation governing Australia’s intelligence agencies was fashioned at a time when ”everybody thought they knew the boundaries within which those organisations would operate. But since then, there has been an exponential explosion in the amount of data that is available, and in the capacity to store it, monitor it, interrogate it. How do we assess the adequacy of laws [governing the agencies] which were passed more than 10 years ago?”

A salient warning has come from the US founder of Lavabit, Ladar Levison, who shut down his encrypted email service earlier this year because he said he would become ”complicit in crimes against the American people” if he complied with secret court orders forcing his co-operation with security agencies.

”I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States,” he warned.

San Francisco’s Kurt Opsahl, a senior attorney with the US Electronic Frontier Foundation, describes the latest revelations as the template for a ”surveillance state that is completely global in scope and is designed to use guilt by association: to look at who is in the same location at the same time as others, and then make assumptions based about that information”.

Intelligence agency heads in Britain and the US have been at pains to point out that most of the information gathered in mass data-harvesting operations is metadata, key details like time, place, duration and user ID which are automatically recorded when a communication takes place, rather than the contents of the communication itself.

NSA director General Keith Alexander has defended ”bulk” collection as an essential anti-terrorism tool, saying ”you need the haystack to find the needle”.

But privacy advocates say metadata can be rich with information about a person’s life and associations.

University of NSW associate professor and fomer army intelligence analyst Clinton Fernandes says: ”I am able to control what I say on the phone [but] I can’t control my metadata.

”Let’s say somebody was to ring a rape crisis hotline, followed by an abortion clinic hotline, followed by a counsellor. You wouldn’t need to know what the calls were about, you could tell immediately what was going on. So metadata is very revealing in that sense.”

The Snowden documents have so far revealed very little about the precise contribution of Australia to mass data-gathering and monitoring operations. One snippet, apparently jotted down by note-takers at a 2008 meeting at GCHQ in Britain, suggested the then Defence Signals Directorate could ”share bulk, unselected, unminimised metadata as long as there is no intent to target an Australian national”. It added that ”unintentional collection is not viewed as a significant issue”.

Although some have seen this a smoking gun, the Defence Department (of which ASD is a part) issued emphatic denials this week.

”ASD is a foreign signals intelligence organisation which targets foreign communications,” a Defence spokesman said. ”ASD does not undertake the mass collection of domestic metadata. ASD can only produce intelligence, including metadata, about Australian persons in a limited range of circumstances subject to a ministerial authorisation first being obtained.”

Ball and Behm find these assurances convincing. Ball is adamant the agency is ” very much involved in this global activity but not when it comes to picking up Australians”.

But others argue there is such seamlessness to the five eyes’ intelligence gathering that nothing stops the other partners combing through Australian traffic which they pick up, and feeding the results back to our agencies for ”target development”.

The NSA and the GCHQ each used the other to circumvent domestic restrictions on intelligence collection.

There is little transparency in Australia, either, about how long domestic telecommunications agencies and internet service providers are storing communications records to meet legislative requirements that they assist police and intelligence agencies. (Demands for metadata do not require ministerial warrant.)

”Australians would be gobsmacked if they understood how much data telecommunications companies had on them,” says one observer with some knowledge of Telstra operations. ”Telstra and some of the other major telcos are virtual honey pots of information because of this ceaseless river of data flowing into their information banks. We just don’t know how how much of that the agencies have access to.”

Fairfax revealed on Friday that Telstra had installed ”vacuum cleaner”-like technology supplied by US firm Gigamon to help it sift through telephone calls, texts, social media and internet metadata, and that ASD was also a Gigamon customer. Telstra denied using ”any traffic monitoring system to conduct mass surveillance on behalf of Australian national security agencies.” But all the telcos have to comply with secret requests from the police and intelligence agencies.

In Senate estimates committee hearings in Canberra last month, ASIO director-general David Irvine defended his organisation’s ability to keep the cloak of confidentiality around metadata collection.

”We are very keen to ensure that … is kept secret so that it is not possible to determine who and what we are targeting,” he said.

In Britain and the US, some leading politicians are starting to question the vast data-gathering operations unmasked by Snowden. Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg recently declared that ”with each passing day there is a stronger and stronger case” to question ”the proportionality of intelligence-gathering today and the accountability of the services”.

In the US, Barack Obama has ordered a snap review of NSA powers.

But in Australia, the political response, with the exception of Greens senator Scott Ludlam and independent senator Nick Xenophon, has been anaemic.

Apart from relevant ministers, there is meant to be a special parliamentary committee which keeps watch on the agencies – the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security – but it has yet to be reconstituted since the September election. And its powers of scrutiny are limited.

There is also an Inspector-General of the Security Services (IGIS), Dr Vivienne Thom, but critics claim her office is under-resourced and too much part of the intelligence ”club”.

The president of Civil Liberties Australia, Dr Kristine Klugman, recently wrote to Dr Thom, urging her to investigate the impact of the NSA’s Prism program on Australians. The IGIS replied that she lacked power to ”look at the activities … of foreign agencies” and in any case would not comment on ”operational matters of the intelligence community”.

Ball says the IGIS office is ”minute, overseeing very secret, very compartmentalised and technically complex [ASD] operations. At the moment, I suspect it’s beyond them”.

He and Behm, strong supporters of the core work of the espionage agencies (which included tracking down some of the Bali bombers), believe there has been ”mission drift” and that public confidence needs to be restored.

Says Behm: ”I think given both the WikiLeaks and Snowden information, it’s high time that parliaments, in the United Kingdom and Australia, had a properly constructed inquiry as to whether existing legislation meets the needs that citizens have for the protection of their fundamental democratic rights which includes privacy.”

with Ben Grubb

The Menace of Militant Islamists in Syria

[In this piece, we have a quote from Gen. Martin Dempsey admitting that we are trying to sort-out the "affiliates" of al-Qaeda, to determine “which ones are local, which ones are regional, and which ones are global,” to find the militants who fight a "defensive jihad, as opposed to those who wage "offensive jihad."  The difference between the two evidently determines which al-Qaeda affiliates we can deal with.  If they are fighting to liberate Syria because it is a Muslim country, then they will now be called "Islamist Front," who are acceptable to Washington and London.  If they are fighting to establish Sunni "Shariah" in all countries (Global Caliphate), then they will now be called "al-Qaeda."  It doesn't matter that the Islamist Front fighters probably think of liberating Syria as the first step into the Caliphate.

 It is sad that an editor of a major media outlet, like Lebanon's Daily Star, had to go to the alternate media to get this intelligent piece published.]

The Menace of Militant Islamists in Syria

Middle East Online

 

Rami G. Khouri.

Whatever approaches the United States and its allies are using do not seem to be working very well, because these Salafist-takfiri groups continue to proliferate and also to develop operational links with one another, notes
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BEIRUT – The worsening situation in Syria threatens the Middle East in many ways that will continue to evolve in the months and years ahead, but perhaps the most troubling threat is the continued expansion of the hardline groups of Salafist-takfiri Islamists, such as Al-Nusra Front and The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), that have established themselves in parts of Syria.

These groups are troubling for Syrians above all, but also because they threaten other countries in the Middle East and around the world. Syria is critical for the global network of militants because it allows local, regional and global groups to establish secure bases from which they can operate, mobilize and train recruits, coordinate globally, and carry out operations in Syria or abroad.

In the past month, officials and analysts in Europe, North America, Russia, Australia and other distant lands have rung the alarm bells over the new threat they face from trained, battle-hardened militants who have joined Islamist groups in Syria and are likely soon to return to fight in their own home societies. The striking simultaneity of this realization across the world captures the real threat that now emanates from Syria. It includes statements by the heads of the US House and Senate intelligence committees last week that the terrorist threat against the United States is growing, and Americans are not as safe as they were a year or two ago. One reason for this, they said, is that Al-Qaeda has been evolving and developing a wider global network of affiliated groups that often carry out smaller operations that are more difficult to detect and prevent.

Russian officials have expressed concern about Islamist fighters from the North Caucasus region who are active in Syria—often in leadership positions—and are likely to return to work to achieve Islamic states in Chechnya and other nearby regions around southern Russia. Governments there have established special police and intelligence units to fight and prevent this from happening.

Europeans also now speak openly about the growing number of young Europeans who flock to Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria, and who now pose a “potential threat” for the European Union and its allies, as French and Belgium officials warned this week. European militants are especially troubling for Western security agencies because they can freely travel around much of the world.

The French and Belgian interior ministers said that between 1,500 and 2,000 youths have gone to Syria to join Islamist groups working to topple the regime in Damascus. The numbers continue to increase. Recent estimates by security agencies put the number of Europeans fighting in Syria at 1200-1700, compared to the 600 that was estimated earlier this year in a report by King’s College London.

“When the conflict began in Syria, it was difficult to act because it was a matter of going to fight a regime condemned by all, which made it difficult to say anything,” the French minister said. But the situation today is different, as “most of those going say they want to fight in groups linked to Al-Qaeda.”

This highlights the perplexing fact that most Western governments waffled in their policy towards removing the Assad regime after the uprising there started in March-April 2011, and the lack of serious support for the secular and nationalist Syrian rebels opened the door for mainstream and then hardline Islamists to participate in the anti-Assad rebellion. Estimates of how many fighters the Salafists-takfiris command vary widely—between 15,000 and 30,000—and this figure also appears to be growing. As these local and regional groups establish themselves in Syria, and in Iraq since the 2003 Anglo-American invasion, it becomes easier for Al-Qaeda to connect with them and expand its global network.

“To the extent that I am concerned about Al-Qaeda the brand, it’s that it is clearly expanding its affiliates, both in number and in some cases in capability,” Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a recent media interview. “We’ve got to watch and determine which ones are local, which ones are regional, and which ones are global, and each requires a different approach.”

Well, whatever approaches the United States and its allies are using do not seem to be working very well, because these Salafist-takfiri groups continue to proliferate and also to develop operational links with one another. To stop the current expansion of Al-Qaeda-linked networks that threaten everyone in the region and the world, the Syrian war must be wound down and ended soon. This is why I suspect that we have started to see the early signs of concerted diplomatic rapprochements among the United States, Europeans, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the Saudi-led Gulf states, who can easily resolve their differences in order to work together to confront the new and frightening Salafist-takfiri threat emanating from Syria.

Rami G. Khouri is Editor-at-large of The Daily Star, and Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon. You can follow him @ramikhouri.

Saudi Islamist Terrorists Disrupting Free Syrian Army Democrats

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE, NOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SWITCH ALLEGIANCE TO THE ISLAMIST TERRORISTS!

[The homegrown Free Syrian Army forces are being forcefully disbanded by the Saudi-backed foreign terrorists, who may or may not claim linkage to "Al-Qaeda."  Washington and London are throwing their support to the allegedly "non-al-Qaeda Islamists," as if that made everything all right.  It makes nothing right.  Our tax dollars are going to support an invasion of Syria by foreign Islamist terrorists, whose mission is to disrupt the legitimate democratic-revolutionaries who are the only Syrians fighting to overthrow the Assad govt., to make Syria the first state in the Al-Qaeda "global caliphate."]

Syrian Islamists Reportedly Seize Western-Backed Rebel Bases

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FILE - Free Syrian Army fighters carry the body of a fellow fighter who was killed during what FSA rebels say were clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad near Aleppo International airport.

FILE – Free Syrian Army fighters carry the body of a fellow fighter who was killed during what FSA rebels say were clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad near Aleppo International airport.

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December 07, 2013

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL — Syrian rebels from an Islamist alliance formed last month have occupied bases and warehouses belonging to a Western-backed rebel group on the Turkish border, rebels and activists said on Saturday.

Fighters from the Islamic Front, a union of six major rebel groups, took control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) bases at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the northwestern border with Turkey late on Friday night, the opposition sources said.

Louay Meqdad, an FSA spokesman, said the Islamic Front fighters had entered the bases after saying they wanted to help to secure them. They then asked officers and employees to leave and replaced an FSA flag with one of their own, he said.

“We believe that those brigades are our brothers, that they know that we are not the enemy,” Meqdad said.

Infighting among Syria’s rebel groups has undermined their fight against President Bashar al-Assad in the 2-1/2-year-old civil war and made Western governments hesitant to back them.

The rise of hardline Islamist groups among the rebels, including some linked to al-Qaida, has also unsettled powers such as the United States, who fear that if the militants came to power, they would eventually turn their weapons on Western targets.

On Tuesday the Islamic Front said it had withdrawn from the military command of the FSA, notionally charged with coordinating the war, and criticized its leadership.

While the Islamic Front does not include either of Syria’s two al-Qaida-affiliated units – the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – it does include radical Islamists who have coordinated with them.

Difficulty of uniting rebels

On Friday, the opposition Syrian National Coalition published statements by an FSA official playing down the Islamic Front’s withdrawal and denying that the groups were in disagreement.

But the events in Bab al-Hawa, confirmed by activists in the area, underscored the size of the task facing the Western powers as they try to unite rebel groups under FSA command and sideline more hardline groups.

Observatory director Rami Abdulrahman said five rebel fighters had been killed in clashes in Bab al-Hawa, but it was not clear which side they were on.

It is difficult for Reuters to independently verify reports from inside Syria because of media restrictions.

The Observatory, which has a network of sources across Syria, said fighting also broke out between ISIL and the Nusra Front on Friday in the northeastern city of Raqqa, the largest city to fall under rebel control so far.

The fighting started after a unit loyal to the Nusra Front killed a Saudi Arabian ISIL fighter who did not stop at one of the unit’s checkpoints, the Observatory said, quoting its sources in the area. There were no reports of casualties.

Separately, an air raid killed at least 20 people, including eight children and nine women, in parts of Bezaa in the northern Aleppo province, the Observatory said.

Syria’s conflict has killed more than 100,000 people since it started in 2011 as a peaceful uprising against four decades of Assad family rule.

The weekly death toll often climbs above 1,000, and world powers remain deadlocked over how to resolve the crisis.

Israel Comes Out of the Closet, Revealing Sponsorship of Saudi “Islamist” Army

Bibi and Bandar Badger Obama: Better Six Billion than Six Trillion!

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Franklin Lamb

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—along with certain Arab League countries, plus Turkey and Israel, have this past week reportedly committed themselves to raising nearly $6 billion to “beef up” the just-hatched Islamic Front (IF) in Syria. These “best friends of America” want the Obama administration to sign onto a scheme to oust the Syrian government by funding, arming, training, facilitating and generally choreographing the movement of fighters of this new front, a front formed out of an alliance of seven putatively “moderate” rebel factions.

BandarRepresentatives of Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan reportedly told staff members on Capitol Hill that committing several billions to defeat the Assad regime by supporting the IF makes fiscal sense and will cost much less than the six trillion dollar figure tallied by the recent study by Brown University as part of its Costs of War project. According to the 2013 update of the definitive Brown study, which examined costs of the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the total amount for all three topped six trillion dollars. This never before released figure includes costs of direct and indirect Congressional appropriations, lost equipment, US military and foreign contractors fraud, and the cost of caring for wounded American servicemen and their families.

Among the Islamist militia joining the new GCC-backed coalition are Aleppo’s biggest fighting force, Liwa al-Tawhid (Tawhid Brigade), the Salafist group Ahrar al-Sham, Suqour al-Sham, al-Haq Brigades, Ansar al-Sham and the Islamic Army, which is centered around Damascus. The Kurdish Islamic Front also reportedly joined the alliance.

IF’s declared aim is to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, whatever the human and material cost it may require, and replace it with an “Islamic state.” Abu Firas, the new coalition’s spokesman, declared that “we now have the complete merger of the major military factions fighting in Syria.”

Formally announced on 11/22/13, the IF includes groups from three prior umbrella organizations: the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF), the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF), and the Kurdish Islamic Front (KIF). From the SIF, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyya (HASI), Kataib Ansar al-Sham, and Liwa al-Haqq all joined, as did the KIF as a whole, and former SILF brigades Suqur al-Sham, Liwa al-Tawhid, and Jaish al-Islam. None of these groups have been designated foreign terrorist organizations by the US, and therefore, as an AIPAC

Israeli official argued in a meeting with AIPAC and Congress this week, nothing stands in the way of US funding and support for them. The Israeli official in question is the country’s new national security advisor, Yossie Cohen, who assures key congressional leaders that the tens of thousands of rebels making up the IF will all support “one policy and one military command.” Cohen also pledges that the new group is not as “insane” as other Muslim militia—Daash or al-Nusra or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, for instance—that comprise the IF’s chief rivals. Cohen and AIPAC are further telling Congress members and congressional staffers that the emergence of the IF is one of the war’s most important developments, and he vows that the new organization in effect brings seven organizations into a combined force that will fight under one command, a force estimated by the CIA to number at around 75,000 fighters. Reportedly the objective will link the fight in the north with that in the south in a manner that will stretch loyalist forces, and the Saudi-Israel team is also asking the Obama Administration to more than double the monthly “graduation class” of CIA-trained rebels in Turkey, Syria and Jordan—from its current level of 200 per month, up to 500 a month.

What the GCC/Arab League/Israeli team is asking of its western allies (meaning of course mainly the US) is to immediately fund the IF to the tune of $ 5.5 billion. This, Israeli security officials argue, is pocket change compared to the $6 trillion spent in US terrorist wars of the past decade. Plus it will have the presumed “benefit” of toppling the Assad regime and truncating Iran’s growing influence. The plan has reportedly been dismissed by some in the Obama administration as “risible and pathetic.” Nonetheless, Tel Aviv, the US Congressional Zionist lobby, and to a lesser extent Ankara, are pressing ahead under the assumption that linking with the IF now makes sense and that they can take their chances will al-Qaeda later. Ironically these are some of the same voices from AIPAC’s Congressional Team who four years ago were claiming that al-Qaeda was “on the ropes and will soon collapse.” Yet they are optimistic that if Assad goes, “we can deal with the terrorists and it won’t cost six trillion dollars.”

One House member who strongly agrees with AIPAC is Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who recently declared that “in my heart I am a Tea Party guy.” A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Hunter believes the US should use nuclear weapons against Tehran. In a Fox TV interview this week he declared his opposition to any talks with Iran, insisting that US policy should include a “massive aerial bombardment campaign” utilizing “tactical nuclear devices” to set Iran “back a decade or two or three.”

According to sources in Aleppo and Damascus, the IF’s top leadership positions have been parceled out among five of the seven groups. This at least is as of 12/5/13. Four days after the IF was announced, the organization released an official charter. In terms of its basic architecture, the document is similar to that put out by the SIF in January, but the new version is filled with more generalities than other militia proclamations, and seems designed to accommodate differing ideas among member groups. The charter calls for an Islamic state and the implementation of sharia law, though it does not define exactly what this means. The IF is firmly against secularism, human legislation (i.e., it believes that laws come from God, not people), civil government, and a Kurdish breakaway state. The charter states that the group will secure minority rights in post-Assad Syria based on sharia, which could mean the dhimma (“protected peoples”) system, or de facto second-class citizenship for Christians and other minorities. According to Saudi officials in Lebanon, the IF seeks to unify other rebel groups so long as they agree to acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Given this ‘moderate’ wording, the expectation of some is that that the southern-based Ittihad al-Islami li-Ajnad al-Sham will join the IF.

According to the Netanyahu government, the IF’s leading foreign cheerleader, this new coalition gives substance to that which states who have been wanting regime change in Syria have been calling for. One analyst on the Syrian conflict, Aron Lund, believes a grouping of mainstream and hardline Islamists, excluding any al-Qaeda factions, is significant. “It’s something that could be very important if it holds up,” he explained. “The Islamic Front’s formation was a response to both regime advances and the ‘aggressive posture’ of jihadists against other rebels, plus a good deal of foreign involvement, not least of which is Saudi and GCC pushing to unify the rebels.”

Contrary to reports out of Occupied Palestine that the Netanyahu regime is not worried about or much interested in the crisis in Syria, a measure of delight seems to be felt in Tel Aviv that Muslims and Arabs are once more killing each other, along with smugness over Hezbollah’s loss of key mujahedeen as it faces, along with Iran, its own “Vietnam experience.” Yet all this notwithstanding, near panic is reported to have been felt in Israeli government circles over Hezbollah’s achievements in Syria. Truth told, Tel Aviv knows that despite manpower losses by Hezbollah, the dominant Lebanese political party is bringing about major enhancements of its forces. It also knows that there is no substitute for urban battlefield experience with regard to effecting such force regeneration, and Israeli officials have also stated their belief that the Resistance is organizing non-Hezbollah brigades that share one goal in common despite disparate beliefs. That sacred goal is liberating Al Quds by any and all means.

Martyr Hassan Lakkis

A US Congressional source summarized the Obama administration’s take on this week’s assassination of a key Hezbollah commander as part of a major new Netanyahu government project to weaken Hezbollah. Hassan Houlo Lakkis’ assassination on the night of December 3-4 is deemed in Washington to be particularly significant since Lakkis was in charge of strategic files related to Israel and the Palestinians and also oversaw a number of key operations. The Resistance commander was deeply involved in the development of drones for Hezbollah, as well as smuggling weapons to Gaza via Egypt. He also had good relationships with the Palestinian factions in Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon. Lakkis was known by Washington to be a highly important cadre and a second rank Hezbollah official. According to one analyst “Israel appeared as if it was telling Hezbollah, come and fight me. Israel is upset over the Western-Iranian agreement. It is also upset over the new position that the West has concerning Hezbollah whereby the West is now viewing the party as a force that opposes the Takfiris. Thus, Israel’s objective behind the assassination is to lure the party into a confrontation thus allowing Tel Aviv to tell the West: Hezbollah is still a terrorist organization.”

According to sources on the US Foreign Relations Committee, the White House is being heavily pressured by the US Zionist lobby and the Netanyahu government to take “remedial measures” for the “catastrophic historic mistake” it made in defusing the Iranian nuclear issue and refusing to bomb Damascus. The measures being pushed for, of course, are funding and support for the IF, though doubts persist in Washington as to how “remedial” they will in fact be. The $5.5 billion “investment” is to be paid in large part by GCC/Arab League countries, with US and Zionist contributions. Cash from the latter two sources will come directly and indirectly out of the pockets of American taxpayers—with Israel paying nothing.

Some Washington officials and analysts are wondering if US participation would help unify notoriously hostile rebel ranks and curtail the growing power of al-Qaeda in Syria, or whether it is simply another zany Bander bin Sultan-concocted project, the latest of many—in this case to create a hierarchical revolutionary army with the aim of fighting the Syrian regime essentially alongside al-Qaeda? Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed his personal suspicions this week that “the Israel-Saudi team is trying to drag the US back into a potentially deepening morass,” alluding to what apparently is an effort to head off any plans the Obama administration may have of living with the Assad government until such time as Geneva II happens, that is if it happens, according to one congressional staffer.

Many among the American public also have doubts because they have been told that their government was ‘winding down’ its Middle East wars in favor of rebuilding America’s infrastructure, roads, health care and education systems, all of which, especially the latter, appear to be suffering dramatically. According to the most recent international survey, released this week, the average Chinese student, aged fifteen in Shanghai, is two full years ahead of America’s best students surveyed in Massachusetts. Recent top scores among secondary school youngsters, particularly in math, reading and science, were considerably lower than those achieved by students in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Japan. The US is far down the list and declining, and the survey suggests that the gap is widening.

It’s too early to say whether this latest Saudi-Israel-Arab League collaboration will fail as others have recently, but given the continuing Obama administration efforts at taking back US Middle East policy from Tel Aviv, plus the perceptible movement away from support for the Netanyahu government along with growing angst among American taxpayers over funding the occupation of Palestine, it just might collapse.
Franklin Lamb is a visiting Professor of International Law at the Damascus University Faculty of Law.  He volunteers with the SSSP (sssp-lb.com) and is reachable c/o fplamb@gmail.com.

US Risking War With China To Defend Imperial Japan’s War Conquests

 

[SEE: Forget Trade Talks, Biden Is in East Asia to Stop a Potential War ]

[Obama was so frustrated with his failed attempt to engineer world war with Russia in the Middle East, that he has now "pivoted" to his next intended war front in the South "China Seas."  The US and Japanese Navies are now skirting around the Chinese Navy and their new aircraft carrier, in order to reinforceJapan, which was forced into relinquishing its claims to the Paracel/Spratly Islands as a condition of the WWII surrender document.  The dubious claims made upon the Spratlys by the Japanese are related to Japan's many aggressions committed against China. 

First, Obama confirmed that Bush's terror is now his own, before he escalated the war in the Middle East against multiple nations, revealing for all to see that he is waging a true "war of aggression" against the entire world.

Next, Obama anoints the new Imperial Japanese government with his blessing, in the form of a promise to invoke the American postwar commitment to defend Japanese territory, even those defined by previous war claims.  Obama, the self-celebrated legal expert, doesn't have a legal leg to stand on in this intricate, pre-arranged dogfight.  Is WWIII to begin with a revival of WWII?]

TREATY OF PEACE WITH JAPAN

Signed at San Francisco, 8 September 1951
Initial entry into force*: 28 April 1952

CHAPTER II, TERRITORY, Article 2, (f) Japan renounces all right, title and claim to the Spratly Islands and to the Paracel Islands.

 

The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

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By HAN-YI SHAW
Diaoyu Island is recorded under Kavalan, Taiwan in Revised Gazetteer of Fujian Province (1871).Han-yi ShawDiaoyu Island is recorded under Kavalan, Taiwan in Revised Gazetteer of Fujian Province (1871).

Japan’s recent purchase of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands has predictably reignited tensions amongst China, Japan, and Taiwan. Three months ago, when Niwa Uichiro, the Japanese ambassador to China, warned that Japan’s purchase of the islands could spark an “extremely grave crisis” between China and Japan, Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro slammed Niwa as an unqualified ambassador, who “needs to learn more about the history of his own country”.

Ambassador Niwa was forced to apologize for his remarks and was recently replaced. But what is most alarming amid these developments is that despite Japan’s democratic and pluralist society, rising nationalist sentiments are sidelining moderate views and preventing rational dialogue.

The Japanese government maintains that the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory under international law and historical point of view and has repeatedly insisted that no dispute exists. Despite that the rest of the world sees a major dispute, the Japanese government continues to evade important historical facts behind its unlawful incorporation of the islands in 1895.

Specifically, the Japanese government asserts, “From 1885 on, our government conducted on-site surveys time and again, which confirmed that the islands were uninhabited and there were no signs of control by the Qing Empire.”

My research of over 40 official Meiji period documents unearthed from the Japanese National Archives, Diplomatic Records Office, and National Institute for Defense Studies Library clearly demonstrates that the Meiji government acknowledged Chinese ownership of the islands back in 1885.

Following the first on-site survey, in 1885, the Japanese foreign minister wrote, “Chinese newspapers have been reporting rumors of our intention of occupying islands belonging to China located next to Taiwan.… At this time, if we were to publicly place national markers, this must necessarily invite China’s suspicion.…”

In November 1885, the Okinawa governor confirmed “since this matter is not unrelated to China, if problems do arise I would be in grave repentance for my responsibility”.

“Surveys of the islands are incomplete” wrote the new Okinawa governor in January of 1892. He requested that a naval ship Kaimon be sent to survey the islands, but ultimately a combination of miscommunication and bad weather made it impossible for the survey to take place.

Letter dated May 12, 1894 affirming that the Meiji government did not repeatedly investigate the disputed islands.Japan Diplomatic Records Office.Letter dated May 12, 1894 affirming that the Meiji government did not repeatedly investigate the disputed islands.

“Ever since the islands were investigated by Okinawa police agencies back in 1885, there have been no subsequent field surveys conducted,” the Okinawa governor wrote in 1894.

After a number of Chinese defeats in the Sino-Japanese War, a report from Japan’s Home Ministry said “this matter involved negotiations with China… but the situation today is greatly different from back then.” The Meiji government, following a cabinet decision in early 1895, promptly incorporated the islands.

Negotiations with China never took place and this decision was passed during the Sino-Japanese War. It was never made public.

In his biography Koga Tatsushiro, the first Japanese citizen to lease the islands from the Meiji government, attributed Japan’s possession of the islands to “the gallant military victory of our Imperial forces.”

Collectively, these official documents leave no doubt that the Meiji government did not base its occupation of the islands following “on-site surveys time and again,” but instead annexed them as booty of war. This is the inconvenient truth that the Japanese government has conveniently evaded.

Japan asserts that neither Beijing nor Taipei objected to U.S. administration after WWII. That’s true, but what Japan does not mention is that neither Beijing nor Taipei were invited as signatories of the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1951, from which the U.S. derived administrative rights.

When Japan annexed the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in 1895, it detached them from Taiwan and placed them under Okinawa Prefecture. Moreover, the Japanese name “Senkaku Islands” itself was first introduced in 1900 by academic Kuroiwa Hisashi and adopted by the Japanese government thereafter. Half a century later when Japan returned Taiwan to China, both sides adopted the 1945 administrative arrangement of Taiwan, with the Chinese unaware that the uninhabited “Senkaku Islands” were in fact the former Diaoyu Islands. This explains the belated protest from Taipei and Beijing over U.S. administration of the islands after the war.

Report dated August 12, 1892 from navy commander affirming the islands were not fully investigated. Source:  Library of The National Institute for Defense Studies.Report dated August 12, 1892 from navy commander affirming the islands were not fully investigated. Source:  Library of The National Institute for Defense Studies.

The Japanese government frequently cites two documents as evidence that China did not consider the islands to be Chinese. The first is an official letter from a Chinese consul in Nagasaki dated May 20, 1920 that listed the islands as Japanese territory.

Neither Beijing nor Taipei dispute that the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands — along with the entire island of Taiwan — were formally under Japanese occupation at the time. However, per post-WW II arrangements, Japan was required to surrender territories obtained from aggression and revert them to their pre-1895 legal status.

The second piece evidence is a Chinese map from 1958 that excludes the Senkaku Islands from Chinese territory. But the Japanese government’s partial unveiling leaves out important information from the map’s colophon: “certain national boundaries are based on maps compiled prior to the Second Sino-Japanese War(1937-1945).”

Qing period (1644-1911) records substantiate Chinese ownership of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands prior to 1895. Envoy documents indicate that the islands reside inside the “border that separates Chinese and foreign lands.” And according to Taiwan gazetteers, “Diaoyu Island accommodates ten or more large ships” under the jurisdiction of Kavalan, Taiwan.

The right to know is the bedrock of every democracy. The Japanese public deserves to know the other side of the story. It is the politicians who flame public sentiments under the name of national interests who pose the greatest risk, not the islands themselves.

Update: The author would like to include an updated image of the Qing era documents that recorded, “Diaoyutai Island accommodates ten or more large ships”, as mentioned in his blog post.

Record of Missions to Taiwan Waters (1722), Gazetteer of Kavalan County (1852), and Pictorial Treatise of Taiwan Proper (1872).National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.Record of Missions to Taiwan Waters (1722), Gazetteer of Kavalan County (1852), and Pictorial Treatise of Taiwan Proper (1872).

Han-Yi Shaw is a Research Fellow at the Research Center for International Legal Studies, National Chengchi University, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ending Riyadh Support for Terrorists Can End Syria War

Assad: End of Riyadh Support for Terrorists Can End Syria War

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Assad: End of Riyadh Support for Terrorists Can End Syria War
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that as long as Saudi Arabia continues sending arms and money to Takfiri extremists, the war in Syria can see no end.

According to an article in Lebanese daily Al Akhbar newspaper, Bashar Assad met with several political leaders from regional Arab countries ’10 days ago’ in which they discussed the condition in Syria and ways to end the ongoing deadly crisis in there, Al-Alam reported.

The paper quoted one of the attendants of the meeting who interviewed with Al Akhbar on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, Assad said, Syrian government is dealing with terrorism in several fronts and the country is facing with a massive war supported by foreigners.

“We knew from the beginning that this is a war against our independent rule and this independent ruling has been the main factor driving our resistance and victory,” the source quoted Assad as saying.

He added that Assad appreciated those countries that allied with them in their resistance against terrorism, especially the Russian government which Assad said their support to Syria was not just for Damascus but also for protecting their interests.

The source says Assad told the meeting that foreign support to the militants must stop if an end to the war is sought.

“Time” and “requirements” for ending the war depends highly on halting illegal foreign supports to the armed groups.

“Saudi Arabia and others are strongly supporting terrorism and have deployed tens of thousands of Takfiris in Syria; Saudi Arabia has even been paying 2,000 dollars a month to each militant as a salary,” the source quoted Syrian president.

Stopping supporting militants at the side of Saudi Arabia will have ‘definite results’ in all aspects, Assad told the meeting adding that, “now everyone knows Al-Qaeda is not just a threat to Syria”.

Saudi Arabia, along with Qatar and Turkey have been strongest supporters of the war in Syria with Riyadh and Doha spending billions of dollars to support militants.

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who is Director General of the Saudi Intelligence Agency has been referred by many as a one of the main figures leading the war against Syria.

The source further said Assad was not optimistic about finding a solution to the war in the near future and said as long as foreign threat and support exists, they can’t stop fighting against them.

Syrian president also said Saudi Arabia’s role in the war cannot be neglected. “Saudi Arabia is leading the most extensive vandalism operation in the whole Arab world,” the source quoted him as saying.

Assad was also critical of what he reminded the attendants of Saudi Arabia’s role in Camp David Accord that normalized Israel’s ties with Egypt and also Riyadh’s support to the war against Lebanon in 1982.

In return, he praised Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his ‘brave’ stance towards those who wished to harm Iraq.

Syrian president warned Arab political leaders in the meeting about threat of extremism and Wahhabis, as the source said.

Assad was quoted that presence of extremist in the region was a plot for keeping the Arab world retarded.

“I want to remind you that the West never wants to see us developed. I remember when I met former US foreign minister Colin Powell in 2003, he was telling me US conditions about managing relations with Iraq and he asked us not to ever let an Iraqi scientist to set foot in Syria and we rejected this offer, and the US and Israeli spying organizations killed many of these scientist and now they want to empty Iran from brains,” the source quoted Assad as telling the meeting.

Assad furthermore stressed that his government rejects all kinds of Takfiri and Wahhabi thoughts.

The crisis in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped Syria for over two years.

Saudi/Israeli Terrorist Union

The Wahhabi-Likudnik war of terror

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The double suicide bombing targeting the Iranian embassy in Beirut – with at least 23 people killed and 170 wounded – was a de facto terror attack happening on 11/19. Numerology-wise, naturally 9/11 comes to mind; and so the case of the Washington-declared war on terror metastasizing – largely conducted by oozy forms of Saudi “intelligence”.

Yet don’t expect the “West” to condemn this as terror. Look at the headlines; it’s all normalized as “blasts” – as if children were playing with firecrackers.

Whether carried out by a hazy al-Qaeda-linked brigade or by

Saudi spy chief Bandar bin Sultan’s (aka Bandar Bush’s) goons, the Beirut terror attack is essentially configured as a major, Saudi-enabled provocation. The larger Saudi agenda in Syria implies getting both Hezbollah and Iran to be pinned down inside Lebanon as well. If that happens, Israel also wins. Once again, here’s another graphic illustration of the Likudnik House of Saud in action.

Nuance also applies. Bandar Bush’s strategy, coordinated with jihadis, was to virtually beg for Hezbollah to fight inside Syria. When Hezbollah obliged, with only a few hundred fighters, the jihadis scurried away from the battlefield to implement plan B: blowing up innocent women and children in the streets of Lebanon.

While Hezbollah welcomes the fight, wherever it takes place, Tehran’s position is more cautious. It does not want to go all out against the Saudis – at least for now, with the crucial nuclear negotiation on the table in Geneva, and (still) the possibility of a Geneva II regarding Syria. Yet the House of Saud is not welcoming Geneva II anytime soon because it has absolutely nothing to propose except regime change.

On Syria, the main pillar of Bandar Bush’s strategy is to turn the previously “Free” Syrian Army into a “national army” of 30,000 or so fully weaponized hardcore fighters – mostly supplied by the “Army of Islam”, which is nothing but a cipher for the al-Qaedesque Jabhat al-Nusra. King Playstation of Jordan, also known as Abdullah, collaborates as the provider of training camps near the Syrian border. Whatever happens, one thing is certain; expect Bandar Bush’s goons to be carrying out more suicide bombings on both Lebanon and Syria.

The Zionist/Wahhabi/Salafi axis
The dodgy al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades in theory exist since 2005, placing the odd bomb here and there. One sheikh Sijareddin Zreikat tweeted responsibility for the Beirut terror attack. Curioser and curioser, the claim was “discovered” and translated into English by the Israeli disinformation website SITE. [1]

Yet another Israeli intelligence disinformation site, DEBKAfile, claimed the terror attack was an Iran/Hezbollah false flag, based on a “Saudi warning” reaching “Western intelligence agencies, including Israel”. [2] The rationale, according to “Saudi intelligence”, was “to convince Hezbollah fighters consigned against their will to the Syrian battlefield”.

This does not even qualify as pathetic. Hezbollah is basically defending the Lebanese-Syrian border, and has only a few hundred fighters inside Syria. Moreover, no string of suicide bombings will deter Hezbollah and Tehran from regaining control of what really matters in the Syrian strategic context; the Qalamoun area.

Qalamoun, ringed by mountains, is a 50-kilometer stretch bordering the Bekaa valley in Lebanon, between Damascus and al-Nabk, and right on the absolutely critical Damascus-Homs corridor of the M5 highway. The Syrian army is on the offensive in Qalamoun. Recapturing the whole area is just a matter of time. This means controlling the northern approach to Damascus. Hezbollah is helping in the offensive out of Bekaa valley. This does not mean they will camp out in Syria afterwards.

Now for the false flag accusation. As far as real false flags are concerned, one just has to re-examine three recent international bombings that supposed victimized Israel. In India the bomb had no projectiles; it barely injured an Israeli attache. In Azerbaijan the bomb was miraculously “discovered” before it went off. And in Thailand, the bomb exploded too soon, injuring only a nearby Iranian.

Crass Israeli disinformation is unmasked when it leaps into this conclusion:

If Tehran is capable of such atrocities merely as a diversionary tactic, then perhaps Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin ought to take a really hard look at their negotiating partner across the table before signing a major deal Wednesday, Nov. 20, which leaves Iran’s nuclear program in place.

So this neatly ties up with the current Israeli hysteria about the Geneva negotiations, which also includes the umpteenth report by a News Corporation outfit, London’s Sunday Times, that Saudi Arabia will help Israel to attack Iran. [3]

It also ties up with the proverbial US shills spinning, gloating rather, that, “strategically, this de-facto Israeli alliance with the Saudis is an extraordinary opportunity for Israel”. [4]

Even such shills have to admit that the House of Saud is “blocking formation of any government in Lebanon, for example, to obstruct Iran’s ally, Hezbollah”. “Blocking” of course is a euphemism to normalize suicide bombing.

And then comes the ultimate wishful thinking disguised as “analysis”; Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu “bidding to replace the United States as military protector of the status quo”. Translation; the Likudniks dreaming of becoming the new military Mob boss of petrodollar Wahhabis.

The enablers
Bandar Bush’s strategy – weaponizing and providing cover to Salafis, jihadis and every patsy or mercenary in between – will go on unabated. After Bandar Bush convinced Washington to get rid of the Muslim Brotherhood-friendly Qataris, the Saudis are the supreme warfare go-to channel. The Bandar Bush machine has ties with virtually every jihadi outfit in the Levant.

It certainly helps that Bandar has the perfect cover; the fact that he knows and has cajoled every significant player in Washington. In the US, Bandar Bush remains a dashing hero, even eliciting fawning comparisons with Gatsby. [5] Right. And my name is actually Daisy.

Even with its own embassy attacked in Lebanon, Iran is maintaining an extremely calibrated approach. The number-one priority is the nuclear negotiations in Geneva with the partner that really matters, the US. This explains Iran blaming the Beirut terror attack on the proverbial “Zionists”, and not Saudi-enabled jihadis posing as “rebels” and part of the whole Bandar Bush nebula.

For the moment though, enough of Orwellian newspeak. What happened in Beirut was a terror attack, cheered by Israel, and fully enabled by Saudis; a graphic display by the Likudnik-House of Saud axis.

Notes:
1. Al-Qaida-linked group claims responsibility for deadly Beirut attack, Ha’aretz, November 19, 2013.
2. Incredible! Beirut bombings killing 25 people were self-inflicted by Iran and Hizballah as a diversionary tactic, DEBKAfile, November 19, 2013.
3. Israel, Saudi Arabia Unite For Attack On Iran, RT, November 17, ’13.
4. The stakes of an Iranian deal, Washington Post, November 15, 2013.
5. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s Gatsby, Master Spy, The Daily Beast, November 16, 2013.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

Islamic Jihadists are poodles for wealthy Gulf elites and Pakistan–Qatar, Saudi Arabia and terrorism

Islamic Jihadists are poodles for wealthy Gulf elites and Pakistan: Qatar, Saudi Arabia and terrorism

 

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Islamic Jihadists are poodles for wealthy Gulf elites and Pakistan: Qatar, Saudi Arabia and terrorism

 

Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker

 

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Al-Qaeda affiliates and a plethora of Sunni Islamic jihadist movements in Syria are highlighting the ultra-reactionary reality that exists wherever jihadists are based because of sinister forces throughout the Gulf region. In the Gulf you have certain families and individuals with enormous wealth and who purchase the most expensive things that you can find on this planet. At the same time, these feudal Gulf nation states seek to preserve their feudal power bases at all costs. Therefore, Gulf petrodollars are investing heavily on spreading Salafi Islam; supporting reactionary Sunni Takfiri clerics who spread sectarianism based on their anti-Shia agenda; forcing women into the shadows; and garnering financial support for terrorist movements – and other negative realities.

 

Of course, it doesn’t concern al-Qaeda affiliates and other Sunni Islamist movements that feudal monarchs spend vast sums on enormous palaces, buy sublime yachts, invest in football clubs, and so forth; no, issues related to social justice doesn’t even enter the equation. Therefore, while Sunni terrorist reactionary forces blight parts of Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and other countries – it is clear that wealthy Gulf monarchs don’t fear a threat to their respective power bases by the very same terrorist groups. Obviously, this isn’t surprising because the main source of funding terrorism and sectarianism in many parts of the world emanates directly from the Gulf region irrespective if state sanctioned; based on Sunni Islamist Salafi organizations; funded by extremely wealthy individuals; ratlines within the banking sector; or based on powerful charities which hide behind slick advertisements based on media propaganda.

 

In other words, religious militancy in the Gulf is the perfect ticket to spread compliant Salafi and Takfiri Islam based on brainwashing individuals into supporting a monoculture based on “year zero.” These ultra reactionary forces can be manipulated easily by inciting hatred towards “the other” based on rhetoric related to jihad, Sharia and oppressing all moderate forces. Therefore, Kurdish Islamists are killing fellow Kurds; Syrian Islamist sectarians are killing fellow Syrians; Islamists in the Sinai are killing fellow Egyptians; and it goes on and on. Indeed, in Bangladesh it is clear that Islamist militant forces even fought against their own people and committed mass atrocities for Pakistan while the people of this country were fighting for independence. This reality highlights the fact that Islamic jihadists are mere fodder for wealthy Gulf monarchs, the intrigues of Western powers (CIA and MI6 supported jihadists in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Libya and so forth), the policies of Pakistan and so forth.

 

In Pakistan this nation helped Islamic jihadists from all over the world to fight in Afghanistan in the 1980s and early 1990s in cohorts with America, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf powers. The same Pakistan allied itself with Bangladesh Islamist movements in order to try to crush the independence of this nation. Likewise, Islamist militancy in Kashmir is based on the intrigues of Pakistan and several major terrorist attacks in India relate to Pakistan and the ISI.

 

Turning the clock forward to 2013 and even now Pakistan is playing a dangerous game whereby the ISI and other intrigues in this nation are enabling militant Sunni Islamist forces to have a foothold aimed at Afghanistan and India. Therefore, the Shia and other religious minorities suffer enormous persecution because Sunni Islamist militant forces are allowed to flourish in this country. Indeed, even Pakistan soldiers are fodder to the elites in this nation because many known terrorists mingle freely in parts of this country. The killing of Osama bin Laden highlights the double-game that Pakistan is playing and the same applies to the recent killing of Nasiruddin Haqqani in Islamabad. After all, both individuals were not afraid of authorities in Pakistan.

 

Therefore, in Pakistan it is clear that Sunni Islamic jihadists remain to be a fixture within the geopolitical ambitions of this nation. After all, Pakistan can’t defeat the military of India based on past conflicts that erupted between both nations. However, Kashmir can be taken by stealth by Pakistan based on spreading Islamic militancy and indoctrinating the people of Kashmir. Hindus therefore have fled many areas of Kashmir despite residing in India. Also, indigenous Sunni Islam in this part of India is being transformed by Gulf versions of Islam and the militant message of Takfiris in Pakistan.

 

Takfiris and militant Salafists in nations like Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria adore beheading, blowing up people, destroying the economy of nations they are based in, infringing on the rights of non-Muslims, persecuting the Shia, shackling women and other draconian realities. Overwhelmingly, these militant Sunni fanatics are mainly slaughtering Muslims and destroying Muslim dominated nation states. Nothing is productive and now from Afghanistan to Nigeria in West Africa you have an enormous belt of chaos, daily massacres and destabilized nation states. These ultra reactionaries are a mirror to the reality of modern day Saudi Arabia whereby all non-Muslim faiths are banned, the Shia are persecuted, women are forced to cover-up and marrying little girls is legal based on Sharia Islamic law.

 

Of course, wealthy elites in the Gulf invest in major fashion houses, buy property all over the world, travel first class, invest in powerful football teams and enjoy a life which is completely free from the shackles that they enforce on society. Despite this, modern day al-Qaeda affiliates and radical Salafi and Takfiri forces ignore this reality because they are doing the bidding of the same wealthy Gulf elites. Therefore, wealthy feudal monarchy states are not threatened by “year zero Sunni Islamists” but in Pakistan the situation isn’t so clear because draconian forces are also based internally.

 

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Hold Qatar Responsible for “Islamist/Wahhabi” Rebellion In Africa

[While we still can, the Free World should literally ROAST THE FAT PIG OF QATAR.]

[SEE: France: “Our friend Qatar is financing Mali’s Islamists”  ;  France launches unprecedented campaign against Qatar role in Mali ]

Central African Republic ‘descending into chaos’ – UN

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The BBC’s Laeila Adjovi reports from Bossangoa, where Christians have fled their homes

The Central African Republic (CAR) is descending into “complete chaos”, the UN deputy secretary general has warned, calling for urgent action.

Jan Eliasson urged the Security Council to strengthen the African Union-led force in the country, and to turn it into a UN peacekeeping operation.

The CAR has been in turmoil since rebels seized power in March, with warnings of a possible genocide.

France has said it would contribute about 1,000 troops to the force.

Senior UN and French officials have warned that a cycle of violence between the Muslim minority, now in power, and the Christian majority could become a genocide.

It is not known how many people have been killed in the conflict this year because it is too dangerous to access the rural areas where most killings occur, a UN spokeswoman told the BBC.

However, she said that in the Bossangoa area alone, one of the worst-hit areas about 300km (185 miles) north of the capital, Bangui, several hundred people had been killed in the first two weeks of September.

Some 460,000 people – 10% of the population of 4.6 million – have fled their homes, while more than a million need food aid, according to the United Nations.

Tens of thousands have sought refuge at the Catholic mission in Bossangoa.

The priest in charge, Frederic Tonfio, told the BBC: “The tension here is palpable. People are absolutely terrified.”

‘Regional threat’

Mr Eliasson said there had been an surge in sexual violence, torture, summary executions and sectarian violence.

“The CAR is becoming a breeding ground for extremists and armed groups in a region that is already suffering from conflict and instability,” he said.

“If this situation is left to fester, it may develop into a religious and ethnic conflict with long-standing consequences, even a civil war that could spread into neighbouring countries.”

Some of CAR’s neighbours such as South Sudan, the Sudanese region of Darfur, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to emerge from years of conflict and remain extremely unstable.

Map showing the location of the Central African Republic and the countries that border it

France, the former colonial power, currently has about 400 soldiers stationed in Bangui. Their mission is to protect French nationals.

On Tuesday, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced that France would send another 1,000 troops to the CAR.

UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson: “Children and women are at the greatest risk”

“We cannot have a country fall apart like that,” he told Europe 1 radio: “There is the violence, massacres and humanitarian chaos that follow a collapse.”

He added that – as was the case of France’s intervention in Mali earlier this year- the troops would be deployed for “a short period, in the range of six months”.

The UN Security Council is expected next week to adopt a resolution authorising the deployment of African Union troops with French support in the impoverished nation.

There are currently some 2,500 African troops in CAR, due to be increased to 3,600 by January 2014.

“A country in the heart of Africa is descending into complete chaos before our eyes,” Mr Eliasson told the 15-member council on Monday.

“The situation requires prompt and decisive action.”

Central African Republic crisis in numbers

Earlier this month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said communal violence in the CAR risked spiralling out of control.

Mr Ban backed the establishment of a UN peacekeeping force before the crisis leads to widespread atrocities.

The rebels – known as the Seleka – have replaced President Bozize with their own commander, Michel Djotodia.

Armed gangs, mainly former Seleka rebels, who are mostly Muslim, now control most of the landlocked country.

Some are mercenaries from neighbouring countries, such as Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan.

Mr Djotodia, the country’s first Muslim leader, has formally disbanded the rebels and integrated many fighters into the national army.

French troops patrol a street in Bangui. Photo: October 2013 France currently has some 400 soldiers patrolling the capital, Bangui

But former rebels linked to Seleka have continued to launch attacks on scores of villages, prompting the emergence of local civilian protection groups.

The government in Bangui denies targeting any group, but recognises the rise in inter-community violence.

Saudi-Bahrain report is a whitewash

[REPORT IN FULL--- The UKs relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain]

Saudi-Bahrain report is a whitewash

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Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has condemned the Foreign Affairs Committee’s new report on UK’s relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as a whitewash.

CAAT had high hopes when the inquiry was announced in September 2012. However, earlier this year, CAAT began to have major concerns about the way the inquiry was being conducted. These included:

  • the appointment of Sir William Patey, former UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, as Specialist Adviser to the Committee. He could not have been expected to act in a disinterested and questioning manner
  • an informal meeting with the representatives from BAE Systems, the UK’s largest arms company and major arms supplier to Saudi Arabia, with Sir Sherrard Cowper Coles, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and now international business adviser to BAE, and Bob Keen, BAE head of government relations
  • the seven-month delay in publishing some of the written evidence to the inquiry, including that of CAAT and other critical voices. While it was said some of the delayed evidence raised concerns about individual safety, CAAT’s did not and was eventually published in full.

Ann Feltham, CAAT’s Parliamentary Co-ordinator, who has been following the progress of the inquiry, said:

Unfortunately it looks as though arms company and establishment interests reached into the heart of this inquiry. The Foreign Affairs Committee is giving cover to the UK government as it continues the policy of pandering to despicable regimes in its desire to drum up sales for BAE Systems.

She added:

The problem is not that the UK government is failing to explain its approach to Saudi Arabia to the UK public; it is the approach itself that is the problem. The Government needs to put human rights at the heart of its policy towards Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, not the interests of the arms companies. Otherwise it is a betrayal of those protesters who seek human rights and democratic freedoms.

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Saudi’s Official Liar Hides Zionist Connections from Lunatics In “Islamic Army”

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Saudi denies contact with Israel on Iran

Riyadh dismisses possible cooperation with Israel to stop Iran from developing a nuclear warhead.

Rabbi David Rosen meets Saudi King Abdullah

Saudi Arabia has ruled out any contact with Israel, with which it has no diplomatic ties, after a British newspaper reported that the two countries could coordinate efforts against Iran.

The kingdom “has no relations or contacts with Israel of any kind or at any level,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by state news agency SPA on Monday.

Under the headline “Two old foes unite against Tehran,” Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together on “contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed.”

“As part of the growing cooperation, Riyadh is understood already to have given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in the event of an attack on Iran,” it said.

The Saudi spokesman said the report was “completely unfounded”.

The Israeli and Saudi governments are convinced that the international talks to place limits on Tehran’s military nuclear development will do little to slow its development of a nuclear warhead.

Widely believed to have a formidable nuclear arsenal itself, Israel has refused to rule out bombing Iran’s facilities, as it reportedly did with an Iraqi reactor in 1981 and a Syrian facility in 2007.

Is Using the World’s Most Powerful Military Force To Punish Civilian Populations, “War” Or State Terrorism?

FOR SOME REASON,

The Powers That Be decided to trash this post, since someone deleted all of the commentary and image previously posted here.  Normally I copy my posts before hitting the post button….Screwed-up here.  I will try to recapture that which was lost.

[The following is a welcome admission by the Establishment press that our wars have been unmitigated disasters, but it is also very deceptive, falling far short of acceptable standards of journalistic integrity.  Despite the long-overdue admission that are wars have been failed efforts, this article is what is known as "limited hangout" propaganda, telling partial truths as a means for concealing more revelatory damning truths.  In this case, the writer wants his readers to begin to see our wars as huge "mistakes," human-error caused disasters, rather than criminal wars of aggression.   The cold hard truth is that all of our wars have been resounding successes, judging by Pentagon/CIA standards.  The disastrous end-products of these wars was the intended result for all of them, destroying the Muslim countries that refused to follow American dictation.  We fully intended for the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Pakistanis, Yemenis, Syrians, Libyans and all of the rest of America's perceived "enemies," to experience unimaginable human suffering on a scale far greater than that which has been experienced so far.  In addition to all of this, the Imperial plan was to take advantage of the rising chorus of humanity, urging that we remedy all of this misery, as an excuse for inflicting even greater suffering and indignation on these populations under the guise of "humanitarian relief."]    

 

“US ‘humanitarian interventionism’ is the official cover story for the planned destruction of governments and the sustained, relentless punishment of the people who supported those governments…plain and simple.

American foreign policy under Bush and Obama has been a concentrated effort to inflict maximum suffering upon civilian populations, under the cover of pretending to “help” them. America’s foreign policy is criminal…far worse than the alleged ‘crimes against humanity’ which Syria allegedly committed. The chaotic deadly conditions left in the wakes of these criminal wars have affected all of humanity and pushed civilization to the brink of complete collapse. This,makes America’s Imperial wars, by definition, ‘crimes against humanity.’”

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The bloody disaster of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan is laid bare

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Bombs and militia violence make clear the folly of Britain’s wars – the removal of law and order from a nation is devastating

Demonstrators Clash With Militiamen In Tripoli

A militia member patrols during clashes with demonstrators on November 15, 2013 in Tripoli, Libya. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media

Forty-three people died on Friday in clashes between militias in Libya, as did 22 on Sunday from bombs in Iraq. In Helmand, a return of the Taliban to power is now confidently expected. Why should we care? Why should it feature on our news?

The answer is that we helped to bring it about. Britain’s three foreign wars in the past decade were uninvited military interventions to topple installed governments. All have ended in disaster.

In each case – Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan – it was easy to see evil in the prevailing regime. These are bad guys that we need to go after, said the Americans. Yet the removal of law and order from a nation is devastating, however cruel that order may have been. Iraqis today repeat that, whatever the ills of Saddam Hussein, under his rule most ordinary citizens and their families could walk the streets at night without fear of murder or kidnap. Religious differences were tolerated. Iraq should have been an oil-rich modern state. Even the Kurds, scourged by Saddam in the past, enjoyed autonomy and relative peace.

In each of these cases Britain and its allies, chiefly America, intervened to overthrow the army, disband government, dismantle the judiciary and leave militias to run riot. Little or no attempt was made to replace anarchy with a new order. “Nation building” was a fiasco. The British bombs that flattened government buildings in Kabul, Baghdad and Tripoli did not replace them, or those who worked in them. Those who dropped them congratulated themselves on their work and went home.

It is hard to exaggerate the misery and chaos created by so-called “liberal interventionism”. It is hard to think of a more immoral foreign policy, roaming the (chiefly Muslim) world, killing people and sowing anarchy. That is why the blood-stained consequence should be splashed across headlines. Those who seek political kudos by visiting violence on foreign peoples should never be allowed to forget their deeds.

Israel Is the Only Nation To See Peace As An “Existential Threat”

[It is Jews like Benjamin Netanyahu who confirm to the world that there really are many Jewish intellectuals who believe that fomenting wars in other countries is a legitimate survival strategy.  Anyone who dares, or has dared to point-out this cold hard fact has been immediately branded as "anti-Semitic."  Brand away.  I have been in this struggle far too long to care about such infantile nonsense as name-calling anymore.  As long as there is an established "nation" with a single-minded foreign policy of stirring-up trouble and instigating war for its neighbors, then there will be NO PEACE in the Middle East.  Something has to change.  I prefer the path to Peace which puts and end to international trouble-making and the use of any kind of political terrorism by any nation.  If Israel or any other nation cannot exist except by creating strife in other nations, then that nation will either have to change, or cease to exist.

It's your choice to make, Netanyahu, but consider this...if the Nations of the world get their heads together and determine that there will be WORLD PEACE, then no shitty little pile of sand calling itself "Israel" will stand in the way of a planet united on that one goal.  Zionists and other Imperialists must learn a quick lesson about the mental state of most of the human race...The People are sick and tired of pointless, endless war.  We are "mad as hell and we aren't going to take anymore."  Zbigniew Brzezinski has been speaking freely about this rapidly building phenomenon, the human race becoming politically aware of their power.  There is no longer a static status quo.  Things are changing fast and will soon be beyond their meager abilities to control us.  I guess  that at that time, the proper non-anti-Semitic response would be to feel sorry for the Jews and the collapse of their grand social experiment, forgetting about all the damage that they have done and the lives wasted by the conspiracy to bring it all about.  But I prefer a quicker solution...one which lays everybody's cards on the table, exposing all of those "Jokers" who today are world-class state sponsors of terrorism, forcing the players to pay-up and to shut-up.

But for now, I will be happy to see what happens when the arrogance and the obstinacy of the evil alliance of the Wahhabi Saudis and the Zionist Israelis try to stop the international tsunami for Peace that is now building-up within the war-weary hearts of most of the human race.]

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Peace threatens Israeli agendas, says Fetzer

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Press TV has conducted an interview with James Fetzer, professor at the University of Minnesota from Madison, to further discuss the latest developments regarding Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.

Below you are provided with a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: James Fetzer, I would like to get your reaction to one of the things that John Kerry has said and he said that aside from sanctions probably having a negative effect with the Iranians to pull out of any talks that it is either a deal or war.

When he makes the statement “war” what does he mean? From the US side or from the Israeli side?

Fetzer: Well, that is a completely outrageous statement for John Kerry to make. I am shocked by that. I mean that the United Nations’ charter specifies all diplomatic relationships…, opportunities must be fully exploited before there is any consideration of military action and that would only be permissible under two conditions, namely: If Iran posed an imminent threat to the United States, which is obviously not the case; or if it had the approval of the Security Council which of course would never happen.

So it is completely and utterly irresponsible for John Kerry to be making such a remark.

Press TV: And during his trip, we know that he was in Israel, he went to the United Arab Emirates and of course he is trying to appease his allies regarding this possible deal with Iran and we can see the positive motions that the US president Barack Obama has made regarding the Congress not to impose more sanctions.

I mean do you think that there is sincerity in not only Kerry but President Obama to have this, at least interim deal signed and how probable do you think that it is?

Fetzer: Well, it is very interesting because there are some signs that Obama, actually, is willing to go against the Israeli lobby and negotiate a diplomatic agreement with Iran.

There should be no interference with Iran’s right to develop nuclear energy. That appears to be an effort by the American nuclear energy industry to circumvent competition because Iran can provide nuclear fuel rods to the third-world countries at less expense than can the American and so they do not like the competition but the fact is that France appears to be the stumbling block and it appears to be because it has a major arms deal with Saudi Arabia and another with Israel.

I am heartened that Obama made those remarks to oppose further sanctions on Iran but the sanctions were never deserved in the first place.

Iran has no nuclear weapons program, even our own intelligence agencies in 2007 and again in 2011 confirmed that Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

I believe that it has to do with Iran having abandoned the petrodollar, which of course was also true of Iraq, also true of Libya and we know what happened there and of course with Israel’s determination to achieve domination over the Middle East without any opposition whatsoever from a major power, if in fact there is a diplomatic resolution of this issue then Israel will lose any possible semblance of justification of attacking Iran; even the former of highest levels intelligence service chiefs for Israel have made that observation which is why Netanyahu is so desperate to provoke something here and to not allow, to undermine a diplomatic initiatives that he finds so threatening to his agenda for the Middle East.

Libya Is Total Anarchy Without Any Discernable Govt.—Thanks USA!

Libya is in anarchy as US/NATO backed terrorists reign – Farazh Muftah  

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The entire western intervention in Libya was a lie fabricated from the very beginning to allow the US/NATO to prevent: gold-based dinars from damaging the dollar, an international law suit filed by Libya over the violations by the West of treaties, Libyan oil trade to be done in Euros, and a non-US controlled block to grow strong. The “humanitarian intervention” was never about protecting the Libyan people. It was only about money, geopolitics and resources. By providing air-support, funding and weapons to Al-Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorists groups US/NATO was successful in destroying the government, completely freeing up the resources and assassinating the leader. The Libyan people now live in a state of anarchy being decimated by US/CIA/Al-Qaeda (the CIA data-base), and the West is silent. Where is the “support for the people of Libya” now? Farazh Muftah is a representative of the tribes of Libya and is in exile, he granted the VOR an interview on the real situation in Libya.

 

You are listening to part one of an interview with Farazh Muftah– a spokesperson for the tribal nations of Libya. You can find part 2 of this interview in the near future on our website at voiceofrussia.com

Robles: Can you explain to our listeners about the real situation in Libya right now? What is really happening in Libya?

Muftah: Thank you so much for giving us a chance to explain everything to your people and to your listeners.

Our country was safe and secure until what happened with it in 2011. It was started by lies and dirty games by satellite from many journalists of CNN, al-Arabia, Al-Jazeera, BBC as well and Qatari channels which prepared all the propaganda before the game has been started.

They lied to the people and they said that they will come to Libya to protect the civilian people. They only used this reason as a pretext to destroy our country, destroy all establishment and destroy our regime.

You have to know that the majority of Libyans supported the former regime and we did not have any problem before 2011. Our regime was the fairest regime, it was against Al Qaeda and terroristic groups on the ground and around the world.

And our leader Col Gaddafi – the fairest guy – announced and reported to the United Nations Security Council, the US and other Western countries that they must arrest Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda groups, it was in 1987.

At that time no one listened to our side. The reality and the truth is that the Western world and especially the USA and the CIA, which gave control to America, they knew already that Bin Laden works with them.

Nowadays, they brought all the Al Qaeda terroristic groups to Libya at the beginning of the crisis and we call it a conspiracy against our country.

France, the United States, Italy, Qatar, Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups – they used Security Council resolution of 1971-1973 to launch and intervention and “protect” the civilian people. But they killed the people, as you know now approximately more than 500,000 people have been killed in Libya.

Robles: 500,000?

Muftah: Yes, about half a million has been killed in Libya since 2011 up to now. The majority of this number has been killed by NATO and the United States, the rest of them have been killed by militias and terrorist groups, and Al Qaeda as well.

Al Qaeda has a full control of Tripoli – the capital. There is no government, there is no regime, there is not an agency in Libya.

The solution now is to return the people who have been exiled to their country, to their land, to try to sort out all the problems in Libya.

Americans supported Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya and in Egypt as well.

Now in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime has been finished and destroyed by the Egyptian people, more than 32 million people went on the streets.

In Libya still America and some Western countries support Al Qaeda and terrorist groups, especially in Tripoli – the capital of Libya. This is the big problem facing the Libyan people that NATO and the USA supported Al Qaeda and terrorist groups.

And the American administration – Obama and John McCain – are representatives of Al Qaeda terrorist groups.

John McCain is their close friend, he supported them and he talks about them every day. They plan how to support them, how to protect them. This is the big problem which faces the whole world.

In the future, I warn all of the people, we report that in a few days it will become a big problem and danger facing the whole world, especially the Western countries.

Now the Libya is the main source for terrorists, the main source for Al Qaeda training, the main source of weapons, main source of crimes and criminal groups.

Now the danger has reached Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Mali, Chad – they get the resources and establish control over our cities in Libya. As you know, they burned more than four or five cities in Libya. In Tawergha all cities have been completely burned in 2011.

And where was Tawergha, now it is a place for Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood training.

Bani Walid attack of 2012 was by militias, about 20,000 militias attacked Bani Walid city to try to establish control over it, but it was hard for them, because the people in Bani Walid are brave and strong fighters, they were against and they defended their city. They got the out back to Misrata militias.

Now, we have another problem the international community must know about – the unknown and uncontrolled presence in Misrata and Tripoli which is controlled by Al Qaeda terrorist groups.

It is a hard situation for more than 30,000 Libyan civilian people inside the prisons. Nobody knows their fates. It is a situation of unknown presence without any control from the government, because there is no government.

Even the so-called Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been kidnapped by militias. And they still lie to the people, lie to the community, they lie to the media and he says he is the Prime Minister.

There is no Prime Minister in Libya, there is no parliament in Libya, there is no government in Libya, there is no regime in Libya now, only Al Qaeda and terrorist groups.

Let’s me tell you something about the problem with Interpol. When NATO and Americans invaded Tripoli with militias and terrorist groups, they attacked the Interior Ministry and the office of Interpol was taken over by militias.

The militias reported papers and documents to Interpol. That is why Interpol has now called and is asking (searching) for more than 200 Libyan people who are living abroad.

There is no Interpol in Libya, it is impossible. There are militias all cities,the whole country controlled by militias and where is Interpol? There is no Interpol in Libya.

2 million Libyan people have been exiled and they are living in a bad situation in Tunisia, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Mali, Egypt, Malta and a small number of them in the Western countries. There is no United Nations that cares about us, there are no human rights organizations that care about us, there is no international community that cares about us.

This is the truth and this is the reality, and this is our story.

Nobody will bring control in our country, nobody will clean up our country, only Gaddafi loyalists know how to clean out the terrorist groups and Al Qaeda. And we have our own experts, more than 2,000 security experts outside Libya, they have been exiled. And they are followed by Al Qaeda terrorist groups.

Every day they kill an officer from our military, every day they kill one member of the security section in Libya, every day they kill civilian people, kidnap them, rape the ladies, rob stores and banks.

This is the situation now in Libya. This is the real story. This is the truth and this is what is happening in Libya right now.

Robles: It sounds like complete anarchy. Can you tell me what was life like before the NATO invasion? What was life really like for Libyan people when the US and NATO said they were oppressed and they were being killed, and everybody hated Gaddafi? What was life really like?

Muftah: No! This is not truth. The truth is that all the Libyan people liked Gaddafi, supported our leader. Our leader was an honest man. He was a patriot, a strong man and defended our country.

He was against the international law which allowed them to invade any country, to attack any country, to bomb any country.

You cannot imagine how is it to burn and attack civil cities, to burn them and then bomb for two months about three or four times every day. Did you think about this? How is it that the NATO forces, their airplanes, their military, which were prepared to fight against Russia and then attacked a small city like Bani Walid?

From February 2011 up to October 2011 NATO attacked and bombed.

Most of the cities, as I told you, have been burned and destroyed, all cities – Sitra, Bani Walid, Tawergha, Qawalish, Mashashita, Ar Rayaniya, now Tiji.

Every day now Tiji is exposed to attacks from militias in Zintan.

This is the truth and this is the real story. We were living in so good situation, nobody was against Gaddafi. There were a few people and they say that this is a political group. But they ran away from the military in 1971-1973 to America and America protected them, and America used them as spies, as Ali Zeidan.

Ali Zeidan has stolen money from our Embassy in India and ran away to Germany.

He’s stolen the Libyan Embassy’s money in Delhi which was sent to use to help Muslim people in India and he ran away to America.

America protected (Magallion?) and America used him as a spy.

(Magallion?) is a member of the CIA. Ali Zeidan is from Gestapo, a member of German intelligence. This is the truth, this is the story.

Robles: I see. Why do you think they want to keep a condition of anarchy in Libya?

Muftah: In Libya right now there is no control, there are no companies, there is no government, there are no embassies.

All the foreign people, all representatives of foreign companies, all diplomatic groups in Libya are threatened and killed by Al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda announced a few days ago that they will start killing all diplomatic people in Libya.

And there is no infrastructure from 2011. There are no buildings, there is no development, there isn’t anything.

Even all the money in the Central Bank invested outside Libya has been stolen by these militias.

There is no money, there are no resources now because oil exports have been blocked by militias.

Robles: Who is in control of the oil right now?

Muftah: The militias since 2011 sell the Libyan oil in the Mediterranean Sea without any documents, without anything. It is a black market. Many groups from the eastern part did not allow Ali Zeidan, from the puppet government to sell oil unless they have a know and help to plan and organize how to sell our oil.

Robles: Is oil still flowing out of Libya right now?

Muftah: No, not any more. It’s been blocked by many groups in Ras Lanuf, Sitra, Zueitina. And even yesterday I think a group from west part militias has blocked gas, which is supplied to the south of Italy.

Robles: I’d like to ask you a question. In Egypt we now know the United States supported the Muslim Brotherhood, like they supported Al Qaeda, like they created Al Qaeda, like MI5 created the Muslim Brotherhood – the Egyptian people have filed crimes against humanity charges against the US and Barack Obama. Can the Libyan people do the same thing?

Muftah: Yes, we have a lot of things, we have a lot of documents which will show to the world what was happening because of Obama and the Western countries.

Of course, because they started to help the militias and the Muslim Brotherhood from the beginning of the conspiracy against Libya.

Robles: Is there any movement or any group of lawyers or former judges who could organize a formal criminal complaint and deliver it to Hague?

Muftah: Yes, our group and our lawyers, who have been exiled as well, they are preparing all the documents and all files to bring them to ICC or to any international court, to show them all the evidence how NATO and America destroyed the country and destroyed the land of Libya. They are working on it.

My friend John, you have to know that there is no stability, no development and infrastructure, there is no growth for all the countries who were invaded or attacked by NATO and America.

You were listening to part 1 of an interview with Farag Muftah – a spokesperson for the tribal nations of Libya. You can find part 2 of this interview on our website at voiceofrussia.com in the near future.


The first photo was taken inside one of the villas that had been occupied by the Misurata militias in Tripoli in Gharghour – on the ground floor was found some human organs inside the cans glass for their illegal trade in human organs:

Photo: James and Joan Moriarty

Algeria Square Tripoli:

Photo: James and Joan Moriarty

Misurata Militias that killed protesters yesterday:

Photo: James and Joan Moriarty

Mitiga Air base, Tripoli:

Photo: James and Joan Moriarty

Green Square:

Photo: James and Joan Moriarty

 

SOCOM Gen. Con Job—”Fixing America’s Islamists” In Libya Is Impossible AND Idiotic

[Shame on you, Gen. McRaven...all of your predecessors were smarter than that!  These guys are just practicing the deadly skills that your boys taught to them, and you want us to believe that the problem is that you need to train them better? 

Hell, you guys backed the head of an al-Qaeda terrorist group as Libyan military chieftain, after your men murdered the President of Libya  Your Islamist proxies have murdered the entire legitimate Libyan govt.  Now that their terrorism is making Africom look bad, you beg for the privilege of making them even better terrorists, only you call them "Freedom Fighters" when you try to sell them to the American people.  I hope that you burn in Hell for what you guys have done to this world.

You should be congratulating your terrorist proxies for a job well done, every time that they carry-out another massacre, even if they massacre the trainers that you intend to send them.]

[McRaven is a freak, trying to sneak his fellow freaks into any combat position that SOCOM can dream-up (SEE:  SOCOM Peddles Its “Wet Dream” of Creating Global Web Under SOF Control  ;  Special Forces Chief Seeking Blank Check To Attack Anyone, Anywhere He Wants).  Now that America's Islamists are openly causing problems in Libya for the CIA and the Pentagon, the "Slick-Operator-In-Chief" thinks that he might be able to sneak a few more of his "irregular forces" back into Tripoli, under cover of "correcting the Islamist militias" (SEE:  Dozens dead in clash with Libyan militiamen in Tripoli). 

WHAT A WHOPPER!  This guy, just like ALL U.S. officers and American politicians, lies to us so often that he must think that he has some kind of weird diplomatic immunity.  After the recent public stink which was spontaneously generated around Obama's intention to enter the war against Syria, one would think that they would be reluctant to try it again, so soon.  Pentagon warmongers will have to play catch-up with the politicians, who have slowly come to realize that the American people are waking-up.  There will be a great electoral correction of America's course to the Nazi shoals, since most politicians don't want to be swept aside in the anticipated great house-cleaning.  The American people have started sobering-up, after having drunk deeply from the poisoned chalice of the plastic patriotism that has been dispensed so freely by Bush/Cheney and the neocon traitors.  More Americans are coming to understand that the Pentagon and the CIA have been taken over by a bunch of Nazis.

By all means, allow the Pentagon to complete the Nazification process among the nascent little national militaries that it is raising-up all over the Africom mischief zone.  If no one besides a handful of "conspiracy theorists" opposes this rising-up of the new "Fourth Reich," an American global "Reich," then we all might as well start practicing our goose-stepping and stiff-armed salutes to our tall, thin, dark-skinned "Fuhrer."]

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U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists

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Socom chief warns counter-terrorism training will be risky

Ansar al Shariah supporters protest the United States' capture of Abu Anas al-Libi / AP

Ansar al Shariah supporters protest the United States’ capture of Abu Anas al-Libi / AP

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November 16, 2013 7:45 pm

Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Adm. William McRaven said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re in the early stages,” he told the Free Beacon.

McRaven said a major gun battle erupted in Tripoli last week among opposing militias, a sign of instability in the North African country. The training is needed to stabilize Libya, an oil-rich country beset by mounting terrorism and Islamist militias.

During a panel discussion on the war on terrorism at the Reagan National Defense Forum, McRaven disclosed that the Libyan military training would include both conventional forces training and special operations training and that there will be risks.

“We are going to have to assume some risks,” McRaven said. “Right now we have the authorities to do that training, and I think as a country we have to say there is probably some risk that some of the people we will be training with do not have the most clean records, but at the end of the day it is the best solution we can find to train them to deal with their own problems.”

McRaven disclosed the plans for Libyan training when asked about problems encountered in training foreign special operations forces.

McRaven said the training would include a “very, very thorough review” of the Libyans who will take part.

Since the ouster of Muammar Gadhafi in 2011, Libya has had a weak government in a region dominated by Islamist militias ranging from al Qaeda affiliates to Islamists that do not support al Qaeda.

A weak central government has resulted in the spread of militias throughout the country. Weak border controls also have made the country a safe haven for jihadists.

Intelligence reports from earlier this year said some of the Islamists are engaged in training jihadists fighters who are then dispatched to Syria to join Islamist rebels there fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashir Assad.

The four-star admiral said the risks have been explained to senior leaders, including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, and the regional combatant commanders.

The U.S. covert raid to capture al Qaeda leader Anas al Libi also has led to a backlash by Islamist militias operating in Libya.

The terrorists who attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans, were linked to al Qaeda.

The group, Ansar al Sharia, continues to operate openly, despite promises by President Barack Obama to bring those who carried out the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks to justice.

Additionally, Ansar al Sharia has grown more belligerent in recent months, apparently abandoning propaganda efforts to rebrand itself as a nonviolent militia.

Libyan militias also have seized some oil production facilities and have been selling oil to fund their activities.

Recently, al Qaeda terrorists reportedly infiltrated into Libya through the poorly protected southern border, according to a U.S. official.

McRaven said the military and special forces training will be carried out through the U.S. Africa Command, the military command in charge of Africa, and that negotiations with the Libyans are still underway.

Between 5,000 and 7,000 Libyans will receive conventional military training from the United States.

“And we have a complementary effort on the special operations side to train a certain number of their forces to do counterterrorism,” McRaven said.

Special operations training for the Libyans raises the prospect that some of the most advanced military tactics and operations could be compromised to Islamists.

Both training programs are being developed with Africom and supported by the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

CIA Kills Jalaluddin’s Son Nasiruddin in Islamabad, Another Taliban Who Sought Peace

[This marks the beginning of Fazlullah's reign of terror at the helm of the TTP and the re-blossoming of the spy wars in KP.  It is unknown what relationship new TTP deputy, Khalid Haqqani, has to Jalaluddin, but the removal of Naseer-uddin and the simultaneous rise of Khalid within the Haqqani clan cannot be coincidental.

Nasiruddin supported pursuing peace talks with both the Afghan and Pakistani governments.  In his position as an intermediary between  the Haqqani network and its generous Gulf donors, he made regular trips to the Gulf, where he is alleged to have made contact with Tayeb Agha, who runs the office of the "Taliban Emirate" in Doha (SEE:  Taliban group share peace talks draft with Pakistan).  This means that he has been tainted by contact with the Qatari pig, which immediately draws a line between him and the Saudis.] 

“There are reports that Nasiruddin and other senior Haqqani leaders also maintain residences in the immediate vicinity of ISI headquarters in Islamabad.”  He was no doubt killed in the vicinity of ISI HQ in Islamabad.

[Just down the road from ISI HQ, is Bhara Kahu, the spot where he was alleged to have been killed, according to Afghan Taliban spokesman.]

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A photographer takes picture of the spot where Nasiruddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the feared militant Haqqani network, was assassinated. AP
A photographer takes picture of the spot where Nasiruddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the feared militant Haqqani network, was assassinated. APRead more at: http://www.firstpost.com/world/pak-haqqani-chiefs-son-nasiruddin-gunned-down-in-islamabad-1223107.html?utm_source=ref_article

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Haqqani’s son murdered in Islamabad

Pajhwok

KABUL (PAN): A son of the Haqqani Network’s leader has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, a militant leader said on Monday.

Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son, Dr. Nasiruddin Haqqani, was gunned down in front of his residence in Islamabad last night, a senior Taliban leader confided to Pajhwok Afghan News.

There was no immediate of claim of responsibility for the murder that happened in the Barakau area Barakau area, the source said, adding the attackers managed to escape on a motorbike.

Dr Nasir came under attack while returning home from a mosque. His body has been dispatched to Miranshah for burial, scheduled later in the day.

He was in charge of political affairs of the militant outfit that has been engaged in an armed struggle against US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan.

In August 2012, another son of the top insurgent leader, Badruddin Haqqani, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan.

Regarded as a fierce commander of the network, Badruddin was struck with missiles from the CIA-operated pilotless aircraft while leaving his hideout in Shawal Valley.

Egyptian Lawyers Charge Obama, Brotherhood With “Crimes Against Humanity” At ICC

Home” published the text of the first communication for “international criminal” accused Obama and the leaders of the “Brotherhood”

of committing crimes against humanity

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Provided by Dr. Nabil Medhat Salem, Professor of Law, a complaint to the International Criminal Court, for himself and as a member of the Egyptian Bar Association, against U.S. President Barack Obama and all of Muhammad Badi leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian and Safwat Hijazi and Asim Abdalmagd, to do Obama accidentally agreement and incitement and assistance to the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of crimes against humanity in the period from 03/07/2013 to 08/18/2013, the Arab Republic of Egypt.

I got “home” to the text of the communication, which is the first of its kind, which came pursuant to Article 15 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court, and referred to trial before this court in the light of the outcome of the investigation pursuant to Article 13.

The text of the communication submitted by Dr. Nabil Medhat Salem lawyer cassation that “Article 7/1 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court as a” means any of the following acts “crime against humanity” when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any combination of the civilian population, with knowledge of the attack: (a) murder. (B) Extermination. (C) slavery. (D) Deportation or forcible transfer of population. (E) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation in any other manner of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law. (F) Torture. (G) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity. (C) Persecution against any identifiable group or a specific population for political reasons, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, or gender-related, as defined in paragraph 3. Or for other reasons that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court. (I) Enforced disappearance of persons. (J) The crime of apartheid. (K) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.

Shows the text of this article that crimes against humanity based on the three pillars of the following: First: to commit the act Almathm in the context of a widespread and systematic against any civilian population, and the second: to take this action one of the pictures of the following: (1) murder intentional, (2) genocide, (3) slavery, (4) forcible transfer of population, (5) Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty, (6) Torture and the intentional infliction of severe pain or suffering physical or mental person is under the control of the accused, (7 ) rape, (8) persecution, (9) enforced disappearance of persons, (10) apartheid, (11) Other inhumane acts, and third: take a picture mental element is criminal intent.

As it was, it was hard probes Case No. 338 for 2013 cover of the appellant Ismailia, and the sentence, and investigations of public prosecution in the events of peaceful demonstrations in front of the Palais des Federal, and investigations into the events of resolving the occupation field fourth Adawiya and the Renaissance and Fath Mosque, and what has been extracted from under the platform fourth Adawiya of bodies distorted by the effects of torture and intentional infliction of physical pain is severe, and CDs containing video tapes illustrated locally and globally that the armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood driven instigation publicly Mohammed Badi guide the group, and Mohammed El-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian and Safwat Hijazi and Asim Abdalmagd members of the Guidance Bureau congregation committed crimes against humanity that killed deliberately premeditated many groups of civilians in the governorates of Egypt different, as Pett intent and determined to kill them during the peaceful demonstrations that took place in front of the headquarters of the Federal Government in Heliopolis, Egypt to demand the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi Ayat of office. And the detention of several other groups of civilians, and deprivation of physical liberty, torture, and that these crimes have continued within the period from 03/07/2013 until 08/18/2013 throughout and around the provinces of the Republic, accompanied by depriving them intentional and severe deprivation of fundamental rights because of their political identity and religious, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama teamed up with all of Mohammed Badi and Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian and Safwat Hijazi and Asim Abdalmagd and armed elements of the Muslim Brotherhood in the commission of these crimes accidentally agreement, incitement and assistance, that agreed with them to commit, حرضهم publicly on it, and helped them to implement by providing them with firearms and cartridges contrary to international law, and the article 25/1 of the Statute of the International Criminal Court held this court jurisdiction to try natural persons for crimes committed against humanity, and the Article 27 states that applied the Statute of the Court equally to all persons without any distinction based on official capacity. In particular, the official capacity of a person, whether as Head of State or Government or as a member of a Government or parliament, an elected representative or a government official, not تعفيه in any way from criminal responsibility, nor does it constitute in itself, a reason for reduction of sentence, and immunities and procedural rules that are linked to the official capacity of the defendant does not preclude the exercise of jurisdiction by the Court it, and the Article 13 authorizes the Attorney General the authority to refer the case to the International Criminal Court if he had started the investigation on its own in the crimes within the jurisdiction of this Court based on the information that reaches to his knowledge about them.

Americans Grow Weary of Serving the Repulsive State of Israel

[The following is one of those rare reports where the readers' commentary is more relevant than the article itself.  It is highly unusual for a "legitimate press" source like the Philadelphia Inquirer to allow anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish comments to stand.  "JohnWV" nails American leaders as Israeli lackeys and AIPAC as a subversive organization.  I will be very interested in seeing what sort of response Philly's large Jewish community will muster to this challenge.  If anything significant comes of this, I will try to follow-up.  

As for the actual report itself, it is nice to see Kerry turn his sharp tongue towards one of America's true enemies, Netanyahu.  Oh, to have been a fly on that wall.]

  • Of today’s Americans, 2% are Jews. Of today’s American millionaires, 50% are Jews. As in Weimar Germany, they are organized and cunningly extract enormous amounts of money from our economy without contributing value. Wall Street has become a Jewish run casino serving itself and Jewry. Our news media is mostly Jewish owned and blatantly Israel/Jew biased. Our electoral process has been corrupted by AIPAC, the Jewish Conference of Presidents and more enormous amounts of Jewish money. Israel has occupied not just Palestine, but America too. The Wall Street felons remaining unpunished, AIPAC actually writing congressional legislation, and lack of treason indictments attest to the depth of the occupation. The Jewish state instigated all our Mideast wars and benefited from all. None were in American interests, yet we did the dying and suffered the Great Recession. Our diminished America is now being overthrown from within and transformed into a world dominating racist ultrapower, the JEWISH STATE OF AMERICA.

    — JohnWV

  • NO MORE WARS! Israel has ICBM nukes and openly threatens Iran, actually campaigns for war against Iran. Israel, not Iran, is the warmonger. Resolution lies with lifting all sanctions and compensating Iran for damages from the $$$ billions we will no longer be giving the Jewish state. American foreign policy must again serve American interests, not the Jewish state’s paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and racist empire in and beyond the Mideast. NO MORE WARS!

    — JohnWV

Crisis brewing in U.S.-Israel relations

philly com

Josef Federman, Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

JERUSALEM – A pair of testy public exchanges last week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli and U.S. governments during a high-profile visit by President Obama early this year.

Tensions burst into the open during a swing through the region by Secretary of State John Kerry. In an interview broadcast on both Israeli and Palestinian TV, Kerry questioned Israel’s seriousness about peace with the Palestinians. Hours later, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back, vowing not to cave in to concessions to the Palestinians – and also saying he “utterly rejects” an emerging nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

The rancor signals a tough road ahead for the twin American goals of finding a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear program and forging peace between Israel and the Palestinians. And it raises the specter of a return to the uncomfortable relationship that has often characterized dealings between Obama and Netanyahu.

Israeli news reports describe Netanyahu as being in “shock” over the possible Iranian compromise. Netanyahu, who sees Iran as an arch-enemy, has vowed to do anything, including a military strike, to prevent Iran from reaching weapons capability.

Obama and Netanyahu took office just months apart in 2009, but seemed to have little in common. At joint appearances they appeared uncomfortable and even occasionally sparred.

The lack of chemistry seems rooted in vastly different worldviews. Obama is a proponent of diplomacy and consensus, while Netanyahu believes Israel can trust no one and must protect itself.

And there has been constant friction over Netanyahu’s insistence on continuing to settle Jews on occupied land even as he negotiates with the Palestinians.

Over the summer, Kerry persuaded Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table for the first time in nearly five years. To get talks going, Palestinians dropped a demand for an Israeli freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, captured territories that Palestinians claim for a future state. To get Palestinians back to talks, Israel committed to releasing 104 long-serving Palestinian prisoners. The U.S. apparently gave vague assurances settlement construction would be restrained.

With negotiations making no visible progress, Israel’s release of a second round of Palestinian prisoners two weeks ago – all jailed for killing Israelis – set off an uproar. Netanyahu followed the release by announcing plans to build thousands of settler homes, infuriating the Palestinians, the Americans, and the moderate camp in Israel itself.

Kerry told Israel’s Channel 2 TV on Thursday that Israel faced the possibility of international isolation and renewed violence with the Palestinians if peace efforts failed. He also said continued settlement construction raised questions about Israel’s commitment to peace. Netanyahu responded the next morning. “No amount of pressure will make me or the government of Israel compromise on the basic security and national interests of the State of Israel,” he said.

The two had a tense meeting that stretched more than two hours, and a planned joint appearance to the media was canceled.

Josef Federman Associated Press

Pakistan Forced To Trade American Agent Hakeemullah For Even Worse US/Saudi Agent Fazlullah

[Sad to admit the hard facts about Pakistan, but militant/terrorist leaders tend to tell the truth more often there than does the actual government leaders do.  I can find no fault with the following TTP claims.  The first quotes are from the Dawn article on Fazlullah, blaming the Pak govt. for killing Hakeemullah.]

“Pakistani rulers are slaves of the Americans and Pakistan is a US colony. The rulers are keeping the people in the dark and deceiving the nation by speaking about talks while conspiring with the US to harm the Taliban.”

The TTP holds “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for the death of Hakeemullah. `He bargained and sold out Hakeemullah to the Americans and we hold Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League responsible for his death.”

“We are one hundred percent sure that Pakistan fully supports the United States in its drone strikes.”

[No matter what the lying Pakistani or Western press says to the contrary---There is NO DAYLIGHT between the Pakistani and American militaries on the drone assassination program, a hard fact that the militants have always understood.  All of this nonsense about "good" or "bad Taliban" is tabloid journalism, intended to mislead the viewing or reading public.  Consider the words of the most disputed "good/bad Taliban," before he too was murdered by one of Obama/Kayani's drones, Mullah Nazir had the following to say:

[SEE: Paramilitary Pretense, Who Controls the Predators?]

“Pakistan has misled the common population that America carries out these attacks and we cannot do anything to stop them. All the spies that we have caught turned out to be employees of Pakistan. The location-tracking SIMs that they use had been provided by Pakistan. We have also released their video clips. The spyware and intelligence is fully associated with the Army. A couple of days ago, an American CIA officer confessed that Pakistan’s airbases are being used for these attacks and that Pakistan itself is involved in them. They have even threatened us themselves that it is we who are striking you and that either you should renounce Jihad or we would attack. The assertion that America is behind this and we are helpless is only meant to deceive the public. All these attacks that have happened and are still happening are the work of Pakistan.”

“Pakistan serves America. 70% of the assistance America receives is provided by Pakistan. They have martyred our Mujahid brothers; those of them who were leading us and were our elders. Whenever we raise our head, Pakistan pursues us. Thus we are compelled to war Pakistan. It is not because India or Russia has bribed us…not at all…rather, we have been compelled to do so. Pakistan does not leave us alone.”

“Actually, it is the ISI that executes operations at mosques, not the Mujahideen. They are enemies to us and so they scare people about us being thugs and things like that. We are Mujahideen and we never carry out martyrdom operations in the vicinity of Muslims. It is the Army upon which we execute such operations. The Army is our target because it has aided the Americans. We do carry out martyrdom operations throughout Pakistan but we renounce and condemn those of them in mosques and marketplaces. It is our enemy that does it.”

[Before the drone campaign blossomed under Obama, we have the following testimony on Pakistani Army culpability from an anonymous Mehsud militant.]

[Fazlullah has promised to wage an intensive bombing campaign across Punjab in revenge for Hakeemullah's murder, which is anticipated to force the Army's hand,  achieving the long-sought North Waziristan offensive that the Pentagon has been screaming for (SEE:  'Red rag to a bull': New TTP chief could push army to military action).  Fazlullah is the CIA/Saudi agent who started a war against the Pak Army in Swat and Bajaur, before the Army drove him into Afghanistan's Nuristan/Logar region.  He has maintained his attacks upon the Army from the sanctuary there.  Having him in charge of the TTP is the CIA's "wet dream" come true.  There will be no drone attacks upon Fazlullah.  While Fazlullah was in control in Swat, there were zero drone assassinations there, after the single disastrous attempt to kill Ayman Zawahiri there in 2006, blowing-up a religious seminary in Chenagai village, claiming the lives of 82 boys and their teachers.

Whoever was the traitor that planted the CIA tracking chip on Hakeemullah, effectively silencing the new govt attempts to negotiate peace, did a very great disservice to his country.  The Pakistani people just jumped from the frying pan right into the middle of the fire.]

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Ruthless Fazlullah is new Taliban chief

dawn
By Sailab Mehsud and Pazir Gul

MIRAMSHAH, Nov 7: The outlawed Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan chose on Thursday Mullah Fazlullah, a fugitive militant ensconced in Afghanistan, as its new leader.

The umbrella organisation representing dozens of militant groups vowed to take revenge from Pakistani rulers and security forces f or the killing of its leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone attack last week.

Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, reverberated with gunfire in celebration after the announcement of the selection of the 39-year-old militant leader from Swat, who ruled the northern district for two years before he was driven out in a military operation in 2009.

He had entered into a peace deal with the then ruling Awami National Party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through his father-in-law Maulana Sufi Muhammad, leading to enforcement of the Nizam-i-Adl Regulation in 2009. But the deal collapsed when militants refused to lay down arms and a full-fledged military operation was launched in Swat.

According to intelligence officials, Fazlullah, who was known as Radio Mullah for his use of FM frequencies to broadcast sermons to the people of Swat, was in Afghanistan`s eastern Nuristan province from where his fighters carried out raids on Pakistani border posts.

The Fazlullah group had accepted responsibility for a roadside bombing in Upper Dir that killed Maj Gen Sanaullah Niazi and another officer in mid-September this year and subsequently released a video of the attack.

The TTP announced that its shura had also chosen Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, a little known militant leaderfrom Swabi, as its deputy leader, effectively shifting the militant leadership from the tribal region to the settled districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In a recent video message, Khalid Haqqani outlined TTP`s global jihad mission and said: `Our ongoing struggle is not restricted to the boundaries of Pakistan but connected to all [jihadi] movements in different regions of the world.

`Now we have people at the helm in the TTP who are opposed to talks with the government. This indicates the mood within the TTP,` a senior security official said.

`Not that there has ever been any optimism before, but this development changes the entire equation,` he said.

`The leadership has passed on from one set of radicals to another. They are all hardliners.

But some former security officials said the appointment of leaders from outside the tribal region indicated a rift between rival groups within the TTP vying for the top slot.

`The Mehsuds wouldn`t let the leadership go away from TTP`s birthplace,` former intelligence officer retired Brig Asad Munir said.

`Fazlullah and Khalid Haqqani have been brought in to avert a rift between rival Mehsud groups,` he said.

But the leader of TTP executive shura, Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, said at a news conference in Miramshah that the unanimous election of the new leaders disproved the `propaganda` about a rift within the TTP.

He also threatened that the `federal government and Punjab and other provinces and security forces will be our target`.

He held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif responsible for the death of Hakeemullah. `He bargained and sold out Hakeemullah to the Americans and we hold Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League responsible for his death, he said.

Bhittani said the militants would expand their activities to Punjab which so far has largely remained peaceful. `We are not politicians who issue hollow threats.

Our revenge from Punjab, the federal government and the security forces will be exemplary,` he said whiletalking to Dawn.

`But we assure the people that they would not be harmed.

However, the assurance is likely to be believed only by a few people as the government says about 50,000 people have lost their lives in terrorist attacks in more than a decade of militant activities in the country.

Bhittani accused the government of pursuing a dual policy. `Pakistani rulers are slaves of the Americans and Pakistan is a US colony. The rulers are keeping the people in the dark and deceiving the nation by speaking about talks while conspiring with the US to harm the Taliban,` he alleged.

(According to news agencies, Asmatullah Shaheen said at the press conference that the TTP would not negotiate with the government `until it announces the complete enforcement of sharia`.

`There will be no more talks as Mullah Fazlullah is already against negotiations with the Pakistan government,` Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.

`We are one hundred percent sure that Pakistan fully supports the United States in its drone strikes,` he said.

Fazlullah opposes polio vaccinations and ordered closure of girls` schools.)

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