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Evidence suggests CIA funded experiments at state hospital

Evidence suggests CIA funded experiments at state hospital

November 30, 2008

Few people in Vermont remember Dr. Robert W. Hyde, but one of his former patients can’t forget him. The doctor was involved in one of the nation’s darkest chapters in medical science: In the 1950s, Hyde conducted drug and psychological experiments at a Boston hospital through funding that apparently originated with the CIA. Later, he became director of research at the Vermont State Hospital.

The patient, Karen Wetmore, is convinced that Hyde and other researchers subjected her and possibly other patients to experiments paid for by the CIA at the Waterbury facility.

In addition to her claim, new evidence, though incomplete, suggests that such tests might have been conducted at the Vermont State Hospital.

Several books and numerous newspaper accounts have detailed how techniques developed through testing, including on mental health patients at hospitals in other parts of the country, are related to the interrogation methods used in Guantanamo and other locations in the war on terror. These well-known and well-documented drug experiments began in secret after the Korean War and were sponsored by the U.S. government.

News accounts and histories of the experiments have not mentioned the Vermont State Hospital, but a congressional committee concluded that dozens of institutions, some of which have never been identified, were involved in secret experiments for the CIA.

A complicated, disturbing story

Wetmore, who grew up in Brandon and now lives in Rutland, resided at the Vermont State Hospital for extended periods in her teens and early 20s.

Hyde had a long and distinguished career as a psychiatrist and university researcher before he returned to Vermont in the late 1960s. He died in Bakersfield, his birthplace, in 1976.

This story centers on the possible intersection of Hyde’s research work and Wetmore’s experiences at the state hospital. The strands of the narrative, constructed from government documents and her memory, is complicated, confusing and sometimes disturbing.

Her claim, that the Waterbury hospital was involved in experimentation on patients, has never been reported despite numerous instances in which it could have come to public attention, including a lawsuit that Wetmore settled out of court.

Further complicating matters is Wetmore’s severe memory loss, which she says is the result of her treatment at the Vermont State Hospital where she says she was given experimental drugs, experienced repetitive electroshock therapy and was subjected unwittingly to other tests. Her medical records from the Vermont State Hospital, including daily logs and summaries of her treatment support these claims.

Another obstacle for Wetmore is the social stigma of mental illness. She says once a patient is committed to a mental hospital, “the first thing they take away from you is your credibility.”

In order to figure out what really happened to her at the Vermont State Hospital and to overcome this credibility gap, Wetmore has spent more than 12 years collecting and analyzing reams of government documents, including state hospital records, declassified CIA paperwork and histories of MK-Ultra, the code name of the CIA’s best-known clandestine research projects on mind-control.

At many points Wetmore reached dead ends: The government denied her requests for certain documents and heavily redacted key evidence from others. Some documents were destroyed.

In 1997, Wetmore decided to bring a lawsuit against the state. A psychiatrist and a Rutland lawyer agreed to help her with the case and spent months collecting and poring over evidence. They both came to the conclusion that Wetmore was the subject of drug experiments at the hospital.

Wetmore and her advocates could not unequivocally link her case to the CIA’s research activities at other institutions through government documents from the agency, but histories of the CIA’s psychiatric testing, other documents and a preponderance of circumstantial evidence around Wetmore’s treatment based on her medical records suggest the Vermont State Hospital may have been one of the sites for secret experimentation.

The CIA destroyed much of the evidence regarding the drug and psychological tests on unwitting patients in the 1970s as the truth about its funding for the tests came to light, according to a 1975 congressional review headed by U.S. Sen. Frank Church.

Several authors have examined government research programs in other parts of the country, but they have not fingered the Vermont State Hospital as a site for the secret experiments.

Several striking conclusions have arisen from their research and Wetmore’s paper trail:

  • As a teenager, Wetmore was a patient at the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. While Hyde was not her primary doctor, he at least reviewed her case. She was also treated with powerful drugs, some of which were almost certainly experimental.
  • Hyde was an international pioneer in the development of mind-altering drugs and in their use in treating mental illness. He was involved in research programs sponsored and secretly funded by the CIA and the U.S. military. With an Army psychiatrist, he also conducted research on drugs designed to produce mental illness in healthy people who volunteered for such studies. In 1949, Hyde was an early experimenter with LSD: He volunteered to take the drug himself.
  • The Army psychiatrist, Dr. Max Rinkel, was particularly interested in using LSD to induce in mentally healthy people a schizophrenia-like state. The symptoms exhibited by these test subjects show similarities to those Wetmore experienced, according to her medical records from the Vermont State Hospital.
  • The experiments conducted by Rinkel, Hyde and their associates (sometimes even on themselves) were an important part of secret programs run by and for the CIA to construct “black operations” for prisoner interrogation and other espionage and military uses. “Black ops” were designed to look like civilian programs, even to the researchers, with the CIA gleaning the results.
  • The intelligence funding was often disguised as grants that were passed through organizations or other agencies. Psychiatric researchers at dozens of sites around the country, including state hospitals, prisons and universities, many of which have never been identified, cooperated sometimes knowingly and sometimes unwittingly in research on human test subjects.
  • Finally, official documents Wetmore has uncovered show that the Vermont State Hospital had a history of experimenting with drug treatments on its patients. At least one of those experiments, which predated Hyde’s tenure at the hospital, was financed by the federal agencies identified by researchers as a conduit for money for the CIA “black-ops” experimentation. In addition, the Vermont State Hospital doctors were corresponding about that grant work with Dr. John Gittinger, a CIA scientist in Washington, D.C.

    Many of the people affiliated with the Vermont State Hospital in the 1960s and 1970s when Hyde worked at the Waterbury facility said they do not believe or do not have evidence that either the hospital or Hyde carried out such experiments on patients at the Waterbury facility. Few of the individuals interviewed for this story were willing to speak on the record; many of the most important potential sources are now deceased.

    The Vermont State Hospital’s current director, Terry Rowe, said she is not familiar with the questions Wetmore raises.

    “This is information that was unknown to me,” Rowe said. “I don’t know it if is valid or not.”

    It is also important to note that although the experiments represent an ugly period in American psychiatric research, they were followed by a revolution in the field of mental health. In some instances, the same scientists who were involved in CIA-funded experiments also conducted the research that has led to the development of drug therapies that have enabled many patients to live comparatively normal lives.

    This phenomenon in turn has allowed mental hospitals and other institutions around the nation to significantly reduce the number of patients who require 24-hour care.

    A researcher’s dark connections

    The trail linking Karen Wetmore’s treatment at Vermont State Hospital to the CIA is twisting, sometimes nearly impossible to follow and for the most part cold, but what kept Wetmore going was the recurring and distinctive footprint of Dr. Robert Hyde.

    Hyde was 25 when he graduated as a Reserve Officer Training Corps student at the University of Vermont’s school of medicine in 1935. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and worked as an intern at the Marine Hospital in New Orleans.

    He later became a researcher at Boston University and Harvard University and assistant superintendent at Boston Psychopathic, a hospital associated with Harvard now known as the Massachusetts Mental Health Center – and one of the key institutions connected to the CIA research. Hyde then served as assistant superintendent at Butler Health Center in Providence, R.I., before returning to Vermont as director of research at Vermont State Hospital.

    Hyde died on Aug. 1, 1976, leaving a widow and no children. He was, in the words of a co-worker at the Waterbury hospital, “a sweetheart.”

    He also was an intellectual adventurer. In 1949, while serving as assistant superintendent at Boston Psychopathic, he experimented on himself, taking what many believe to be the first acid trip in America.

    “There is no way of determining who was the first American to take LSD. But one of the earliest was a Boston doctor named Robert Hyde,” Jay Stevens wrote in “Storming Heaven,” a history of the drug. “What followed was fascinating. Right before their eyes, Hyde, the even-keeled Vermonter, turned into a paranoiac, as a swarm of little suspicions — why are those people smiling? Was that a door closing? — began eating away at his composure.”

    It was Hyde’s colleague, Rinkel, who is credited with bringing the first batch of LSD into the United States. Earlier in 1949, Rinkel had obtained a supply of LSD from Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland, where it was developed, and brought it home with him to Boston Psychopathic. Rinkel and Hyde went on to organize an LSD study at the facility in which they tested the drug on 100 volunteers, reporting their initial findings in May 1950 at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

    So began the scientific foray into an aspect of mental health research that struggled for funding, although it eventually produced revolutionary breakthroughs in the field. The new drug therapies led to a significant reduction in the number of institutionalized mental patients nationwide. At the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury the shift has been dramatic. Once there were 1,200 patients housed at the facility; now it treats about 50.

    Long before the Boston researchers’ work laid the foundation for those groundbreaking psychiatric studies, it garnered attention from another, less benign profession. Soon after the Rinkel-Hyde report appeared in the APA journal, the CIA became interested in the researchers’ work, according to Stevens and others who have researched the subject.

    “Early on they contacted Rinkel and Hyde at Mass. Mental Health, and with Hyde as the principal contact began pouring as much as $40,000 a year into LSD research,” Stevens wrote.

    The CIA and the U.S. military had their own reasons for wanting to finance such experiments, an interest dating at least to the Korean War when American prisoners of war were subjected to various psychiatric drugs.

    In the 1950s, the New York Times, reporting on congressional hearings and studies of the effect of Communist interrogation of U.S. prisoners, wrote: “Chinese Communist attempts to create confusion, disloyalty and doubts about this country’s role were highly effective among American prisoners captured during the Korean War, an Army psychiatrist said here today.”

    The article went on to report on the 1950 meeting of the American Psychiatric Association and on Rinkel’s research “based on the experimental reproduction of mental illness in 100 normal volunteers. The illness, similar to schizophrenia, was induced by small dosages of the chemical d-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).”
    More recently, since the United States launched the war on terror, government use of earlier research into mind-altering drugs and torture-resistance techniques for U.S. soldiers have come under scrutiny. Military interrogators employ related tactics at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and at other sites around the world, according to articles in the New York Times, the New Yorker magazine and a book by New Yorker staffer Jane Mayer, “The Dark Side.”

    The Korean War torture methods were outlined in a chart published in a 1957 Air Force study.

    “The recycled chart is the latest and most vivid evidence of the way Communist interrogation methods that the United States long described as torture became the basis for interrogations both by the military at the base at Guanatanmo Bay, Cuba, and by the Central Intelligence Agency,” according to a New York Times report in 2008.

    Another recent mention of the connection between “spies and shrinks” was made in an Oct. 18 Newsweek article.

    “The ties go back decades, to the early years of the Cold War when psychologists helped the CIA experiment on U.S. citizens with mind-altering drugs. The relationship has warmed and cooled over the years, heating up whenever defense or intelligence officials wanted better mind-control methods, ways to direct people’s behavior or detect deception,” according to the magazine.

    The quote came from an article about Steven Reisner, a psychologist who is vying to become head of the American Psychological Association. Reisner wants to end cooperation of the organization’s members with interrogators.

    It’s not clear Rinkel and Hyde knew the CIA and U.S. military were secretly financing their work — although histories of the subject make the case that they did.

    Their colleagues and friends, however, insist the researchers did not collude with military intelligence.

    In 1977, in response to an investigation into the CIA experiments, Harold Pfautz wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times defending his own research — funded in part by the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology, an MK-Ultra front — and that of Hyde.

    Pfautz wrote: “I know that I (and I am convinced that Dr. Robert W. Hyde, then superintendent of the Butler Health Center, as well as my other colleagues) had no knowledge of the CIA auspices and functions of the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology. In a word this was a ‘black’ operation — deceptive and intended to deceive — on the part of the government and addressed to me as a citizen.”

    No one has specifically looked at whether MK-Ultra experiments occurred in Vermont. Former employees, attorneys and doctors familiar with the facility and its patients, as well as researchers who have studied case histories of the hospital’s patients, have all said they found no evidence of unethical experimentation before Hyde returned to the hospital or after that would lead them to believe that the institution had been used for MK-Ultra experimentation.

    Among the strongest defenders of Hyde’s reputation is Lois Sabin, who was an administrator at the hospital for years and served for a time as director of nursing education.

    Sabin is adamant that Hyde left his interest in experimental research behind him when he returned to Vermont to work at the state hospital.

    “He was a very brilliant man and a great asset at the hospital,” said Sabin, who is now retired and still lives in Waterbury. “I thought he was a sweetheart. He was very, very knowledgeable.”

    A trail of missing documents

    Conclusive answers to the many questions Hyde’s history raises may never be known: many of the documents concerning the CIA funding, the front organizations and the drug experiments on mental health patients have been destroyed. In addition, many of those who were involved in the programs or may have known about them have died.

    A 1994 Government Accounting Office report on the clandestine research notes that at least 15 of the 80 facilities around North America known to have participated in the research remain unidentified and may never be, while others, including Boston Psychopathic Hospital and McGill University in Montreal, are well-known.

    In the McGill case, a prominent Albany, N.Y., psychiatrist, Ewen Cameron, was accused of working for the CIA and performing experiments on patients in a mental hospital there in the 1950s and 1960s.

    According to a book on the subject by John Marks, “Patients of Dr. Cameron were subjected to a regimen that included heavy doses of LSD and barbiturates, the application of powerful electric shocks two or three times a day, and prolonged periods of drug-induced sleep.” In 1988, the U.S. government paid nine former patients $750,000 to settle a lawsuit in the matter, and the Canadian government has also paid dozens of compensation claims.

    Wetmore is convinced that mind-altering experiments were also conducted at the Vermont State Hospital.

    Some of the procedures used in Cameron’s experiments, specifically electroshock and drug therapies, appear to be similar to those that appear on Wetmore’s medical charts at the state hospital.

    To support her claim, Wetmore cites a report on the results of a federal research grant for schizophrenia and the use of tranquilizers that was undertaken at the Vermont hospital in the late 1950s. The report was written long before Hyde became director of research at the state hospital and before Wetmore was a patient there.

    This research project included experimental use of the use of tri-fluoperazine on patients at the Waterbury hospital, an antipsychotic drug that is still used for some schizophrenia sufferers.

    The study reported disturbing results, including: “On the third day, the charge attendant said, ‘It’s like old times. It’s bedlam.’”

    “Thirteen patients were suffering severe withdrawal reactions indistinguishable clinically from a moderate withdrawal reaction following long-term ingestion of morphine,” according to the study results. Later in the study an attendant said nine patients were “constantly pacing back and forth like caged lions.”

    One of the consultants working on the study was Dr. Milton Greenblatt, who was also assistant superintendent at Massachusetts Mental Health Center — the former Boston Psychopathic, where Hyde was assistant superintendent.

    An even more direct link is in a report on a personality study at the Vermont State Hospital between 1963 and 1966 titled, “The Use of Programmed Instruction with Disturbed Students” and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The institute was one of the cover organizations used to conceal the source of funding for various CIA projects. These groups also paid for research unrelated to military or espionage studies.

    The study lists a Washington, D.C., address, 1834 Connecticut Ave. N.W., as a source for personality-testing information. That address is identified as a front for the spy agency in Marks’ book about the CIA’s experimental work, “The Search for the Manchurian Candidate.”

    The top CIA psychologist, John Gittinger, developed this personality assessment test that, according to Marks, became a centerpiece of the agency’s psychological work.

    The researchers in the Vermont hospital program not only used Gittinger’s test; they also sent him results of their own trials, according to a report on the research grant written by Vermont State Hospital doctors.

    So, was the Vermont State Hospital one of the institutions used by researchers to perform now-discredited experiments on hapless mental patients like Karen Wetmore? She believes absolutely that it was; others say they doubt it.

    The evidence is circumstantial and incomplete. Unless someone brings a case to court that breaks down the barriers that have been erected by the CIA, conclusive answers to questions Wetmore and the documentation she has gathered raises are unlikely.

    A patient on a quest

    The first time Wetmore was admitted to the Vermont State Hospital she was just a young girl.

    “It’s the only time I ever saw my father cry,” she said recently.

    A troubled child, Wetmore had been treated at outpatient mental health clinics, but her illness persisted. At 13, after she threatened her mother and was found wandering confusedly in the halls of her school in Brandon, Wetmore was committed to the Waterbury hospital for a little less than a year in 1965-1966 and again between 1970 and 1972.

    Now in her mid-50s, Wetmore, is physically frail and drawn looking. She lives alone in Rutland and is still in therapy. She speaks hesitantly when she talks about what little she recalls of her experiences at the Vermont State Hospital.

    In the intervening years, Wetmore has tried to trace the cause of her mental illness. She believes several traumas may have triggered her lifelong struggle with multiple personality disorder (a dissociative disorder in which the sufferer often compartmentalizes memories and aspects of their personality) and a form of extreme anxiety, a condition her doctors referred to as “hysteria” in the 1960s.

    Wetmore says that as a child she remembers seeing someone die in a fire. She also says she was traumatized by sexual abuse that she believes was perpetrated by a family friend. She attempted suicide twice as a young woman.

    When she was 15, Wetmore seemed well enough to be released from the Waterbury hospital. Looking back, she says she seemed to be recovering from her mental illness.

    She had been out of the Vermont State Hospital for two years when she was engaged to an 18-year-old from Brandon. In 1969, her fiancé was killed in a car accident.

    “That pretty much did it for me,” Wetmore said.

    Over the next few years, she was in and out of the state hospital, and she was eventually transferred to the psychiatry ward of Mary Fletcher in Burlington. Wetmore was 20 when she was finally released in 1972.

    Wetmore’s road to mental health has been difficult. She attempted suicide before and after her time in the hospital and was held in the psychiatry ward at Rutland Regional Hospital several times, including after her stints at the state hospital.

    Gradually, she gained control of her life, though even now there are long periods of her personal history she cannot remember. To retrace her forgotten steps she has documented what happened to her through medical records starting in the mid-1990s. Now boxes of documents and shelves of books line a closet in the Rutland apartment where she lives.

    “We had to go through hell and high water to get my medical records,” she said.

    Dr. Thomas Fox, the Rutland doctor who treated Wetmore, was so appalled by the nature of her state hospital treatment records that he agreed to help her with a lawsuit against the state in 1997. Fox, who also became a top mental health official with the state of New Hampshire before his death, had never before agreed to be an expert witness in a civil litigation.

    A 140-page deposition and an outline by Fox show that he concluded that Wetmore was an unwitting subject of experimental testing while she was a patient at the Vermont State Hospital.

    “Although Plaintiff was not schizophrenic or otherwise psychotic, she was treated with medication as if she were. Even though it was noted by the Defendants early on that she was allergic to these medications, that they would alter her behavior adversely, and that they would cause her permanent damage and even threaten her life, she was involuntarily administered massive doses of these drugs throughout the periods of her confinement,” according to Wetmore’s lawsuit. “Plaintiff was kept almost constantly in seclusion, often bound with wristlets behind her back, and left to lie unattended and unrelieved, naked on a tile floor.”

    “I became convinced, based on the record, that Karen had been mistreated at certain phases of her treatment in (Waterbury), and that, from a professional standpoint, the way in which we police ourselves, the way in which we keep each other ethical and competent, when we identify that, we (members of our profession) should do something about it,” Fox said in a deposition in the lawsuit to Wetmore and the state’s lawyer. “That’s my feeling, you should act on it.”

    He wrote in an outline that he prepared for her lawsuit in 2000: “I must conclude, in my opinion, that Karen was involved in drug experimentation without her knowledge or consent.”

    Fox said he reached this conclusion because at the hospital Wetmore was kept in “seclusion” or isolation for extended periods of time — apparently for weeks at a stretch during a period of months. She was given placebos, and her medications were changed, indicating there was an experimental aspect to her care, he wrote.

    Moreover, the treatment Wetmore received did not follow standard treatment for “hysteria,” the diagnosis that Fox said would have been most supported by her symptoms. Wetmore has also been diagnosed at the hospital with multiple personality syndrome — an assessment she agrees with — and schizophrenia, which she and Fox both said was not accurate. Treatment for schizophrenia is significantly different from care for a multiple personality syndrome diagnosis.

    While at the hospital Wetmore was given electroshock treatment — sometimes many times a day according to her medical records — and Metrazol, a drug that can induce seizures and whose federal approval has since been revoked.

    She was also subjected to other treatments, including with other medications and shock treatment, the nature of which are still not fully known.

    Fox also noted that during the periods in which Wetmore was there the Vermont State Hospital was engaged in drug research.

    In the midst of building her lawsuit, Wetmore realized she had to drop it because of her failing physical health. She had a heart attack, her second. Wetmore, who still has several serious physical health problems, reached a private settlement with the state instead, according to Alan George, her attorney.

    George, a sometime utility lawyer who practices in Rutland, said recently that because of the strength of the case he was very reluctant to accept that settlement agreement.

    “I didn’t really want to drop that suit,” George remembered. “I thought we had a pretty solid suit, frankly.”

    Wetmore’s lawsuit, based on the hard evidence required for a court of law, did not delve into what she believes to be the connections between her case and CIA research at the hospital.

    Fox steered clear of that aspect of the case in his work with Wetmore, he said in the deposition for her lawsuit.

    “I didn’t find it germane to what I viewed as my task. It was outside the scope of what I perceived the issues to be,” he said.

    “We never really got to the bottom of that (CIA connection). We did not try the case based on some grand, national conspiracy even though Karen had connected some of the dots,” George said.

    George said they chose not to pursue her theories about the CIA in part because most of the people were dead by the time the lawsuit was filed. Even so, George said, some aspects of Wetmore’s treatment were very strange.

    “The whole regimen of drug therapy … was bizarre,” he said. Furthermore, the background of some of those involved or consulted about the research at the hospital did strike George as odd.

    “There is no question about who these characters were and what they were involved in,” he said. “But all of that was guilt by association.”

    On the other side of this equation, though, are various mental health professionals in Vermont, including former state Mental Health Commissioner Jonathan Leopold, who in 1971 wrote a letter to Wetmore’s worried mother reassuring her that her daughter was undergoing treatment and doctors, including Dr. Robert Hyde, were reviewing her case.

    He also wrote: “Her behavior was very difficult and at times she represented a real danger to herself and to others. She was never, of course, left for three days and nights unattended in a separate room as all patients are taken out at frequent intervals for care and exercise and an opportunity to use the toilets.”

    Wetmore’s daily logs of her hospital stay and medical records appear to contradict that statement.

    Whatever the connections between the federal government and what happened to Wetmore in the state hospital, the experience has left Wetmore physically frail, but as determined as ever to find out what really happened to her.

    Wetmore says she doesn’t think mental health patients should ever be involved, even when they apparently give consent, in psychological experiments no matter how beneficial they may be to society. Her experience, she says, is proof of how such studies can damage the life of a vulnerable person.

  • A Deadly Threat


    A Deadly Threat

    Words Fay Ferguson
    Photos Adel Samara

    The massive car bomb which killed 17 people in Damascus in September shocked the country. Many fear Syria, a country renowned for its internal stability, is being increasingly targeted by extremist forces.

    On September 27 at 8.45am, a deadly bomb blast ripped through a crowded intersection on the main road leading out of Damascus to the international airport, killing 17 people and injuring 14 others. Quick to the scene, Syrian state TV broadcast live pictures of the bloody aftermath, shocking a nation which had not witnessed such violence on its own soil in 20 years.

    It soon emerged a suicide bomber driving a car packed with 200kg of explosives was responsible for the attack which Syrian authorities quickly labelled the work of a “Takfiri” (Sunni fundamentalist) group. Five weeks later on November 6, Syrian state television aired an hour-long programme in which 12 people from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Yemen confessed to planning the bombing with the purpose of “harming the Syrian government”. They claimed to be members of Lebanon’s al-Qaeda orientated Fatah al-Islam, a Sunni fundamentalist group which came to prominence in the summer of 2007 during clashes with the Lebanese army in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp, north of Tripoli.

    The confessions, accompanied with video footage of the cell’s weapons arsenal, passports, bank statements and cash stockpile, worked to show that Syrian authorities are adept at catching those who jeopardise internal security. It also revealed a terror threat was manifesting itself on two adjoining playing fields. First, the jihadi cause was finally bleeding its way through the Iraqi borders as fighters seek new battlefronts. Second, the attack was potentially the bloody face of anti-Syrian power politics. Whatever the motives, Syria, a country renowned for its domestic tranquillity in a troubled region, now seems to be under threat from the same kind of brutal violence that is all too common in neighbouring Lebanon and Iraq.

    Anti-Syrian power politics

    The televised confession of Wafa al-Abssi, daughter of notorious Fatah al-Islam leader Shaker al-Abssi, alleged the group was financially supported by Saudi sympathisers and Syrian critics in the Lebanese government. Abssi claimed Lebanon’s Future Movement, led by pro-Western parliament majority leader Saad Hariri, provided funds to Fatah al-Islam. Hariri’s Future Movement, known for its close relationship with the Saudi royal family, has long accused Syria of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Saad’s father, an allegation Damascus denies.

    Mazen Bilal, a Syrian political analyst, said radical Islamist groups emerging in Lebanon in recent years could be the new infantry on a silent battlefield. “We have a kind of intelligence war in the region,” he said. “Some of the big players are at odds with each other, unable to agree on anything.”

    Abssi’s confession backs up an earlier report by American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh which claimed the US, Saudi Arabia and pro-Western parties in Lebanon were funding Sunni terrorist groups. In a subsequent interview with CNN in May 2007, Hersh said his investigations revealed that US Vice President Dick Cheney, US Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams and Saudi National Security Advisor Prince Bandar bin Sultan had agreed that the Wahhabi Saudi regime would provide covert funding for Fatah al-Islam to thwart the perceived Shiitization of Lebanon by the popular Syrian-backed Hezbollah party, the main opposition to the Sunni-backed Future Movement. “The US was deeply involved,” Hersh said. “This was a covert operation that Bandar ran with us. The Sunni government in Lebanon was also providing funding.”

    Michael Scheuer, the former chief of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit and senior fellow at the global terrorism analysis centre, the Jamestown Foundation, also backs up the allegations. In a paper titled A Mujahideen Bleed-Through from Iraq published last month, Scheuer writes: “Riyadh’s activities in northern Lebanon hold the promise of fulfilling two longstanding Saudi goals, 1) Creating a well-armed Sunni-Salafi movement as a military counterweight to the Shia Hezbollah and 2) to enable Riyadh to cause domestic instability for their Syrian enemy.”

    Since the airing of the confessions from the alleged September 27 bombers, Syria has called for the establishment of a joint committee with the Lebanese government to investigate Fatah al-Islam’s support base. “These people are both criminals and victims because they are misguided into doing wrong deeds,” Khalid Aboud, secretary to the Syrian parliament, told Syria Today. “We want to find out who pushed them into attacking Syria.”

    The Future Movement denies it has any links to Fatah al-Islam. In a statement released on November 7, it accused Damascus of airing the confessions in an attempt to deflect attention away from the UN probe into Hariri’s assassination due to be released this month. It has formerly accused Damascus of being behind the terror group, charges which Damascus has always denied.

    Lebanese threat

    Analysts claim radical groups like Fatah al-Islam, also held responsible for a flurry of bomb attacks against the Lebanese army in Tripoli over the past four months, have gained a foothold in Lebanon due to an internal security vacuum and a weak central government. “Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon, together with the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war, forced the precipitate decline of effective governmental authority in Lebanon, allowing Jihadis to use the country for transit and basing,” Scheuer wrote.

    Bilal echoed similar concerns and pointed to the growth of the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood after the Lebanese civil war. “Radical Islamist groups gain momentum in uncertain times,” he said.

    At a summit attended by France, Turkey and Qatar in Damascus on September 4, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he was worried about “extremist forces” based in northern Lebanon. “Anything positive accomplished in Lebanon will be worthless without a solution to extremism and the Salafist forces that are moving in Lebanon,” Assad said. A few days after his warning and prior to the Damascus blast, Syria deployed some 10,000 troops on the border with northern Lebanon. Syrian officials said the deployment was to “crack down on smuggling across the borders”.

    Border security

    The issue of border security took on lethal significance with the confession of Abdul Baqi Hussein, a Syrian identifying himself as the cell’s operations coordinator. After fighting in Iraq, Hussein said he returned to Syria in 2004 where he met with al-Qaeda members in Aleppo. He claims to have joined Fatah al-Islam in 2006 in Tripoli, where the logistics of the Damascus attack were discussed. “We were able to smuggle the explosives for the bombing into Syria from Lebanon with the help of a Syrian named Abu Obaida,” Hussein said. “He also helped move fighters into Iraq… the suicide bomber was a Saudi called Abu Aisha.”

    Hussein’s confession shows Fatah al-Islam was able to carefully plan their attack via a sophisticated network stretching across the Levant. The broadcast came just two weeks after a US military raid from Iraq into Syria killed eight people. Syria says they were civilians. Unnamed US officials say the attack targeted an al-Qaeda leader responsible for smuggling fighters and weapons in and out of Iraq.

    The US has long accused Syria of doing too little to secure its border with its eastern neighbour. It’s an accusation which Syria sees as unfair. Umran Zauby, a Syrian political analyst, said no country can fully control its borders. “Even the US, with all of its advanced technology, can’t totally control its border with Mexico,” he said. “Syria asked for military equipment to help it secure the border, such as night vision equipment from the UK, but Washington told London to ignore the request, claiming it would end up in the hands of insurgents.”

    Mujahideen bleed-through

    The instability following the US occupation of Iraq in 2003 saw the country become a global hub for jihadi fighters. With security improving in the country, particularly as America puts many former local Sunni insurgents onto the US payroll, many Middle Eastern analysts say al-Qaeda fighters are now looking to take their fight to neighbouring countries. “North Iraq is relatively stable, so fighters can’t move to Turkey and this leaves Syria trapped between two crises and vulnerable,” Bilal said. “The threat to Syria comes from Arab lands spawning radical fighters.” Bilal also warns Syria must be wary of a home-grown threat which will be increasingly radicalised by battle-hardened Iraqi fighters slipping into Syria. “Syria has sleeping cells which are now being awoken by these fighters,” he said. “But unlike other Arab countries, it doesn’t provide a social incubator for them to flourish.”

    Scheuer says fighters are pouring out of Iraq and into the Levant as part of a shift in al-Qaeda’s strategic focus to emphasise the liberation of Palestine. In a report published in February, Scheuer refers to statements made in early 2008 by prominent jihadi leaders Osama bin Laden, Abd al-Rahman al-Ghazzawi and Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, encouraging Palestinians to assist the “immigrant” mujahideen who will arrive from Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. “The likelihood that these three messages were just coincidence seems small,” Scheuer writes. “Each stresses the importance of Iraq, the Levant countries and al-Qaeda allies residing therein as bases from which military assistance can be sent to the Palestinians.”

    Clashes between Syrian security services and militants in Idleb, other northern regions and Damascus’ Palestinian Yarmouk camp in the days following the Damascus attack show a heavy crackdown is underway. In her confession, Wafa al-Abssi said her ex-husband Mohammad Tauma was killed earlier in the year by Syrian security forces whilst attempting to cross into Iraq. Moreover, General David Petraeus, former coalition-commander in Iraq, praised what he perceived to be a change in Syrian policy towards securing the border in September 2007. “Syria has taken steps to reduce the flow of foreign fighters through its borders with Iraq,” he said.

    Whether the Damascus bombing is evidence that Syria is paying the price for changing its policies remains to be seen. What is not in doubt is the attack has shocked the country. “I’m not worried about the larger groups because their cells are now high on the radar and easily caught,” Bilal said. “I fear the smaller terrorist groups. A few people can cause a lot of damage.”

    Mumbai attackers trained by special forces: Experts

    Mumbai attackers trained by special forces: Experts

    Press Trust of India
    Sunday, November 30, 2008 6:44 PM (Moscow)

    A top Russian counter-terrorism expert on Sunday underlined that the Mumbai attackers were not “ordinary terrorists” and were probably trained by the special operations forces set up in Pakistan by the US intelligence prior to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

    “The handwriting and character of the Mumbai events demonstrates that they were not ordinary terrorists,” said Vladimir Klyukin, an Afghan war veteran.

    “Behind this terrorist attack there are ‘Green Flag’ special operations forces, which were created by the Americans in Pakistan, just an year before the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, and in the initial period were under full US control,” stressed Klyukin, a veteran of the special “Vympel” commando group of the former Soviet KGB.

    He said for such guerrilla operations at least two-three years of preparatory work with the involvement of experienced instructors is required. Klyukin did not rule out that the Mumbai attackers could have taken part in similar attacks in other regions.

    “People from the streets, without any planning and training are simply not able to hold four big complexes in a city so long,” Soviet special services veteran was quoted as saying by largest Russian Interfax news agency.

    He also presumed that there were at least 50 attackers given the geography and scale of the strikes. Klyukin lauded the “right” decision of the Indian authorities not to succumb to terrorist demands.

    He, however, regretted that India lacks special anti-terror units similar to the Russian, Israeli, British or German.

    Nearly 200 people were killed in the multiple terror attacks in the Indian financial capital, hitting five-star hotels and other targets frequented by Westerners.




    U.S. appears to be losing its secret war in Somalia

    THE BLACKWATER SYNDROME: Pentagon’s End Run Around the Draft


    Blackwater gunboats will protect ships

    By Kim Sengupta

    The American security company Blackwater is planning to cash in on the rising threat of piracy on the high seas by launching a flotilla of gunboats for hire by the shipping companies.

    The firm, which gained international notoriety when its staff killed civilians in Iraq, has already equipped one vessel, called The McArthur, which will carry up to 40 armed guards and have a landing pad for an attack helicopter.

    The McArthur, a former survey ship, arrives in the Gulf of Aden, the scene of the recent high-profile hijackings and shootouts with Somali pirates, at the end of the year. It is to be joined by three or four similar vessels over next year to form the company’s private navy.

    Blackwater, which has strong ties with the Republican administration in Washington, was the subject of investigations by the US Congress and the Iraqi government after its guards shot dead 17 people in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square last year, a massacre which led directly to changes in law regarding security contractors in Iraq.

    Several security companies are rushing to the region despite the presence of British, American, Russian and Indian naval warships, among others, sent to protect ships. For fees ranging from £8,000 to £12,000 for transits of three and five days, companies are offering teams of unarmed guards, “non-lethal deck security personnel”.

    With more than 60 ships attacked in the Gulf and ship-owners paying an estimated £75m in ransom for the return of crew and cargo, the security companies foresee a lucrative business.

    One US company, Hollowpoint Protective Services, says it is offering a comprehensive service of hostage negotiations backed by armed rescue operations if the talks fail. Eos, a British concern, says it favours a “non-lethal” approach with the use of sophisticated laser, microwave and acoustical devices. But Blackwater plans to have the largest and most heavily armed presence among the security contractors. The company believes that the presence of escorting gunboats will have a deterrent effect, with criminal gangs being forced to switch to more vulnerable targets.

    A Blackwater spokeswoman, Anne Tyrrell, said there have already been about 15 inquiries about its anti-piracy service. The company refused to reveal how much it will charge. Its executive vice-president, Bill Matthews, said the US Navy and the Royal Navy do not have the resources in the region to provide total security, opening up a role for companies such as his. He added: “While there are temporary needs that perhaps outpace the limited resources of the Department of Defence [Washington] and the Ministry of Defence [London], the private sector is available to fill those gaps.

    “We have been contacted by ship-owners who say they need our help in making sure goods get to their destination. The McArthur can help us accomplish that. We have not sought to enter the space until recently. It was not part of our business plan. But as the world changes, so does our business plan.”

    Nick Davis, a former British Army pilot who runs a company in Poole called Anti-Piracy Maritime Security Solutions, said: “It frightens me that Blackwater is going down there. Their background is not in deterrence. Their background is in weapons. To me, the best people to be armed are the military. Pirates might approach McArthur without knowing it’s a Blackwater boat and try to hijack it.”

    Chris Austen, chief executive of Maritime & Underwater Security Consultants, in London, said ship-owners should be cautious about armed guards. “There are some flags that prohibit the carriage of arms or the use of violence. There are some insurers that will not accept it, and your insurance will be void.”

    Guns for hire: The violent option

    The massacre on Baghdad’s “Bloody Sunday” became a lethal symbol of the aggression with which Blackwater’s private army carried out its mission in Iraq. I saw the deadly result of panicked security guards opening fire at a crowded Nisoor Square in the city centre. Round after round mowed down terrified men, women and children. At the end of the shooting spree, 17 people were dead and 20 injured. The killings sparked one of the most bitter and public disputes between the Iraqi government and its American patrons, and brought into focus the often violent conduct of the Western security companies – and that of Blackwater in particular. Operating in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, they were immune from scrutiny or prosecution. This was the seventh shooting of civilians involving Blackwater. The company’s reputation in Iraq was particularly controversial. After Nisoor Square, the Iraqi government threatened to expel Blackwater. But it was forced to let the company operate again under pressure from Washington.

    Evidence Contradicts Western Media Reports- Americans and Brits Were NOT Targets

    Mumbai Death Toll Reaches 195, 295 Wounded

    FACTBOX – India says 22 foreigners killed in

    Mumbai attacks

    23 wounded

    FACTBOX - India says 22 foreigners killed in Mumbai attacks Reuters – Hotel guest walk towards a bus after being evacuated from the besieged Trident-Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai …

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian officials said 22 foreigners were killed in the Mumbai attacks and 23 wounded, a senior home ministry official said on Saturday.

    Following is a table of the nationalities of the foreigners killed.

    Australia -1

    Canada – 2

    China – 1

    Germany – 3

    Italy – 1

    Israel – 3

    Japan – 1

    Mauritius– 1

    Singapore – 1

    Thailand – 1

    United States of America- 1

    United Kingdom – 1

    The identity of the remaining five foreigners is yet to be established. However, the U.S. State Department has said that five American citizens had been killed.

    ‘Foreign militants entering Balochistan via Pak-Afghan border’

    ‘Foreign militants entering Balochistan via Pak-Afghan border’

    * ‘Major chunk of Indian aid to Afghanistan being used to support anti-Pakistan quarters’

    By Tahir Niaz

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani intelligence agencies have gathered credible information on the influx of foreign militants and sophisticated weapons into Pashtun areas of Balochistan – with some also headed to Karachi – via the Pak-Afghan border, sources told Daily Times on Thursday.

    The sources claimed that the weapons were being supplied to Balochistan’s Chaman, Pishin and Qila Abdullah districts for the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), by ‘anti-Balochistan and anti-Pakistan quarters’.

    They said Pakistani agencies had seized at least 726 missiles in addition to other weapons over the last few days. The Pakistani authorities have also secretly conveyed to organisations supporting anti-Pakistan quarters to cease their activities or face action. The sources said the authorities wanted to settle the matter without bringing it into the limelight.

    Indian aid to Afghanistan: With 334 land routes leading into Pakistan from Afghanistan along the 2,560-kilometre border, the sources believe that a major portion of the $125 million recently given to Afghanistan by India was being used to support anti-Pakistan quarters in parts of Balochistan. The sources believe the hub of Pakistan’s business, Karachi, is also among the targets.

    They said the federal government had made plans to check the insurgency in Balochistan, and orders on the situation had already been given to the provincial government and intelligence and law-enforcement agencies.

    Meanwhile, intelligence agencies have also collected credible evidence against hardcore Baloch leaders, and they would soon be produced in courts of law.

    Chabad Houses have history of criminal activity

    Chabad Houses have history of criminal activity

    November 29-30, 2008 — Mumbai gangland war and its global tentacles

    WMR previously reported that the violent and bloody attack on Mumbai represents a pay-back from exiled Indian Muslim Mumbai gangland warlord Dawood Ibrahim who fears that the CIA was conspiring with the Pakistani government to extradite him from Pakistan to India. Such an event would effectively cede control of Mumbai’s lucrative organized crime territory to Hindu extremist criminal syndicates allied with the Hindu terrorist Shiv Sena group.

    The targeting of the Lubavitcher Chabad House in Mumbai, where a New York rabbi and his wife were killed by one team of gangsters that arrived by sea from Pakistan, was likely more score settling by Ibrahim who suspected that Israeli Mafiosi were conspiring with Hindu extremist gangs to supplant Ibrahim’s criminal influence in Mumbai.

    There is a history of Chabad Houses not only being used as safehouses and logistics centers for Israeli intelligence but as storefronts for criminal activity. In March 1989, U.S. law enfocement rounded up a criminal network in Seattle, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Colombia, and Israel that involved a Chabad House that was involved in money laundering and currency violations.

    The Associated Press reported from Newark, New Jersey that Adi Tal, a former employee of Israel’s El Al Airlines who emigrated to the United States from Israel in 1983, and his chief assistant Nir Goldeshtein, were found guilty by the U.S. District Court in Newark of laundering $25 million. The cash was sent to Panama and Colombia directly and smuggled to Britain, West Germany, and Israel as personal and cashier’s checks, money orders, and cash. The money was then wired to Panamanian bank accounts. Tal and Goldeshtein lived in Edison, New Jersey. They had moved there from Seattle. Goldeshtein had attempted to deposit $437,000 in Citibank’s London branch.

    Federal prosecutors said Tal conspired with Jose Stroh, one of the Cali, Colombia drug cartel’s chief money launderers. Sixteen people were indicted in the case but five were never captured. Of the five, Nir Levy, Rea Lev-Ari, and Dov Feldman, escaped to Israel and avoided extradition back to the United States. Among the fugitives was Tal’s recruiter, Enrique Korc of Israel. Among those indicted was Rabbi Sholom Levitin, the founder and head of the Chabad House in Seattle. Tal claimed that the laundered money was Israeli “investments” and Levitin denied knowing that the money he was laundering was illegally obtained. Federal prosecutors said Tal told his “mostly Israeli operatives” that the money was not connected to organized crime but, according to the March 23, 1989 AP report from Newark, told them “the cash came from Israel for investment in the United States or that it was somehow connected to the Mossad, Israel’s secret service.”

    UPI reported on March 17, 1989 that one of the Israelis indicted and found guilty, former Israeli Air Force Captain Moshe Begim, said he was told the cash was Mossad money being used to fund anti-Communist guerrillas in Central America. Federal prosecutors described Begim and another member of the Israeli gang, Baruch Zeltzer, as leaders of the Los Angeles and Seattle operations, respectively. Zeltzer lived at the Chabad House in Seattle. Another Seattle Israeli military veteran, Avsholom Hazan, was also found guilty and sentenced to prison. Two Israelis in Begim’s Los Angeles operation, Alon Redko and Guy Marom, also an ex-Israeli Defense Force member, were also found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment. Most of the Israelis indicted were also former employees of El Al.

    In 2007, Israeli police arrested top Chabad leaders for laundering money from Kfar Chabad, Israel. Israel’s Channel 10 reported that one of the suspected money launderers using the Chabad operation was Arkadi Gaydamak, a Russian-Israeli mafiosi figure who recently ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Jerusalem. Among those arrested was Yosef Aharanov, director of the Young Chabad Association, who the Jerusalem Post reported had been the head of the “Bibi is Good for the Jews” campaign that championed Chabad support for Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister in 1996.

    On November 27, 2008, WMR reported: “Bangkok police have long suspected Chabad House as a center for the Israeli Mafia, which runs its Ecstasy and Ice trade from Bangkok for all of Southeast and East Asia. The Israeli Mafia also reportedly runs heroin labs in Myanmar, where an Israeli military officer serves in Myanmar’s feared military counter-intelligence agency.”

    There are Chabad Houses located in Bogota and Barranquilla, Colombia; La Paz, Bolivia; Kinshasa, Congo; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Quito, Ecuador; Tbilisi, Georgia; Baku, Quba, and Sumqait, Azerbaijan; Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, China; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Luang Prabang, Laos; Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico; Thamel District of Kathmandu, Nepal; Cusco and Lima, Peru; Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Samui, Thailand; Caracas, Venezuela; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    In addition to Mumbai, Chabad Houses are also located in Bangalore, Goa, and Manali, India.

    Did a Criminal Mastermind Stage the Mumbai Nightmare?

    Did a Criminal Mastermind Stage the Mumbai


    As in the case of America’s Afghan war protégé Osama bin Laden, the blowback to U.S. covert policy came suddenly, this time with spectacular effects in Mumbai. The assault on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel will probably go down as the first lethal blow to the incoming Obama administration. The assailants, who spoke Punjabi and not the Deccan dialect, went to a lot of trouble to torch the prestigious hotel, which is owned by the Tata Group. This industrial giant is the largest business supporter of the U.S.-India nuclear cooperation agreement, and Tata is now planning to become a nuclear power supplier. The Clintons, as emissaries of Enron, were the first to suggest the nuclear deal with New Delhi, so Obama inherits the Mumbai catastrophe even before he takes office.

    By Yoichi Shimatsu, New America Media. Posted November 28, 2008.

    The Mumbai attacks carry the signature of Ibrahim Dawood, a Indian living in Pakistan and former crime boss turned self-styled avenger.


    Don’t miss Sandip Roy’s article at the bottom of this report, arguing that the gun-toting, Versacet-shirt-wearing assailant whose image was beamed across the world at the start of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai who could as easily have been one of the victims as one of the terrorists.

    The coordinated nighttime assault against seven major targets in Mumbai is reminiscent of the 1993 bombings that devastated the Bombay Stock Exchange. The recent attack bears the fingerprints of the same criminal mastermind – meticulous preparation, ruthless execution and the absence of claims or demands.

    The eerie silence that accompanied the blasts are the very signature of Ibrahim Dawood, now a multi-millionaire owner of a construction company in Karachi, Pakistan. His is hardly a household name around the world like Osama bin Laden. Across South Asia, however, Dawood is held in awe and, in a twist on morals, admired for his belated conversion from crime boss to self-styled avenger.

    His rise to the highest rungs of India’s underworld began from the most unlikely position as the diligent son of a police constable in the populous commercial capital then known as Bombay.

    His childhood familiarity with police routine and inner workings of the justice system gave the ambitious teenager an unmatched ability to outwit the authorities with evermore clever criminal designs. Among the unschooled ranks of Bombay gangland, Ibrahim emerged as the coherent leader of a multi-religious mafia, not just due to his ability to organize extortion campaigns and meet payrolls, but also because of his merciless extermination of rivals.

    Dawood, always the professional problem-solver, gained the friendship of aspiring officers in India’s intelligence service known as Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). He soon attracted the attention of American secret agents, then supporting the Islamic mujahideen in their battle against the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan. Dawood personally assisted many a U.S. deep-cover operation funneling money to Afghan rebels via American-operated casinos in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Eager to please all comers, Dawood occasionally got his wires crossed, providing travel documents and other amenities to Islamist airplane hijackers. In response, Washington spymasters tried to unofficially “impound” his investment in the Nepalese casinos. Dawood’s fury is legendary among locals. An honorable businessman, he held to the strict belief that a deal is a deal and there can be no reneging for any reason.

    As Bombay moved into the league of Asia’s premier cities – hotel rates and apartment rentals are the highest in the region – Dawood could have led a comfortable life as top dog. Instead he suffered a spasm of conscience, a newfound moral outrage, when rightwing Hindu nationalists destroyed a mosque in northern India in 1992, slaying 2000 Muslim worshippers, mostly women and children.

    One a day in the following May, his henchmen set off bombs across Bombay, killing more than 300 people. His personal convictions had – uncharacteristically – overcome his dispassionate business ethics. Reeling in shock, his top lieutenant, a Hindu, attempted to assassinate Dawood. A bloody intra-gang war followed, but as always Dawood triumphed, even while away in exile in Dubai and Karachi.

    In the ensuing decade, at the height of violence in Kashmir, Dawood sent his heavily armed young trainees by boat from Karachi on covert landings onto Indian beaches. This same method was used in the Mumbai assault with more boats, seven craft according to initial navy reports.

    Why the timing of this raid, on the dawn of Thanksgiving in America? The leader of India’s opposition and former deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani had long sought Dawood’s extradition from Pakistan, a move opposed by the then military government in Islamabad. With the restoration of civilian rule, the new Pakistani prime minister (Gillani) consented to New Delhi’s deportation request.

    Washington and London both agreed with the India’s legal claim and removed the longstanding “official protection” accorded for his past services to Western intelligence agencies. U.S. diplomats, however, could never allow Dawood’s return. He simply knows too much about America’s darker secrets in South Asia and the Gulf, disclosure of which could scuttle U.S.-India relations. Dawood was whisked away in late June to a safe house in Quetta, near the tribal area of Waziristan, and then he disappeared, probably back to the Middle East.

    As in the case of America’s Afghan war protégé Osama bin Laden, the blowback to U.S. covert policy came suddenly, this time with spectacular effects in Mumbai. The assault on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel will probably go down as the first lethal blow to the incoming Obama administration. The assailants, who spoke Punjabi and not the Deccan dialect, went to a lot of trouble to torch the prestigious hotel, which is owned by the Tata Group. This industrial giant is the largest business supporter of the U.S.-India nuclear cooperation agreement, and Tata is now planning to become a nuclear power supplier. The Clintons, as emissaries of Enron, were the first to suggest the nuclear deal with New Delhi, so Obama inherits the Mumbai catastrophe even before he takes office.

    Dawood, ranks fourth on Forbes’ list of the world’s 10 most wanted fugitives from the law. After the new round of attacks that killed more than 100 people and laid waste top five-star hotels, Dawood can now contend for the No.1 spot in the coming months and years. In contrast to the fanatic and often ineffective bin Laden, Dawood is professional on all counts and therefore a far more formidable adversary. Yet some in Pakistan’s military intelligence agency say that Dawood is dead, killed in July. This version of events is much the same as a variation of the bin Laden story. If true, then his underlings are carrying on the mission of an outlaw transfigured into a legend.

    Yoichi Shimatsu. Former editor of The Japan Times in Tokyo and journalism lecturer at Tsinghua University in Beijing,, Shimatsu has covered the Kashmir crisis and Afghan War.

    Hindutva and Zionism, Agents of Imperialism & Gandhi’s Death

    Hindutva and Zionism, Agents of Imperialism &

    Gandhi’s Death

    What happened to the anti-imperialist anti-Zionist pro-Palestinian heritage of India? First, we might want to start with Gandhi. Towards the end of 1947, Gandhi made his statement, in response to a question by Doon Campbell of Reuters.

    “It has become a problem which seems almost insoluble. If I were a Jew, I would tell them: ‘Do not be so silly as to resort to terrorism…’ The Jews should meet the Arabs, make friends with them and not depend on British aid or American aid, save what descends from Jehovah.”
    It is interesting to note that Gandhi recognized the actions of the Zionists in the 1940s as “terrorism.” On January 31, 1948 barely months later, a man by the name Nathuram Godse shot Gandhi.

    The ruling elite’s in India and Israel should be easily able to find common ground, since most of those elite seem to be racists and bigots.

    From India’s caste system, with its degrees of ritual purity and of social status, from the Brahmans to the Untouchables to the Apartheid Jews only State of Israel, with their Rabbis who help formulate law to their version of the untouchables, the indigenous Palestinians, these two countries seem like a good fit for one another.

    To help maintain their grip on power, they need “terrorists” incidents and other brazen acts to keep the people in a state of fear, crying out to the same ones who were behind those acts for help.

    Israeli agents seemed particulary interested in getting their tentacles into India and Kashmir the year prior to 9/11.

    To help set up the MOSSAD/CIA false-flag of 9/11?
    (This is a lengthy article, so only part of it is copied here.)

    Hindutva and Zionism, Agents of Imperialism

    Meanwhile, politically the BJP has embraced Israel and turned a cold shoulder to the Palestinians, betraying the bonds of friendship shared by the Palestinian and Indian people in this process. Hindutva ideologues are talking about Hindu-Yahudi unity and the need to fight against ‘terrorism,’ a euphemism for Palestine’s and India’s Muslims. Hindu extremist websites gloat about the need to work together with Israel to target Muslims in South Asia. Recently a virulent organization calling itself “” had its website shut down. It came back without a problem when the virulent Jewish extremist Kahane organization (Haktiva) came to the rescue. Rabid extremists working together for a common cause: Muslims are the targets, but also most importantly, the entire peoples of the Arab and Iranian nations, and the great masses of people in South Asia are targets for these two running dogs of American imperialism. Hindutvadis are happy to see such cooperation, while Israel murders Palestinians with impunity, and India reels under the Hindutva onslaught.

    Israel has also been suspected of involvement in the incitement of virulent anti-Muslim activities in India, as has been pointed out by Faisal Kutty, a writer from Kerala state who noted that a meeting took place, shrouded in secrecy between BJP high officials and Israeli officials preceding a completely uncharacteristic violent communal anti-Muslim riot in the normally peaceful and harmonious state of Kerala in 1992.

    Kerala’s Muslims are the oldest Muslim community in India, tracing their roots to the early Arab Muslim traders who plied the Indian Ocean Arabian Sea trade route. They make up 20 percent of the population in Kerala while Hindus are 60 percent and Christians 20 percent. Kerala has the highest rate of literacy in the country, in no small part due to the work of the ruling Communist Party over the last several decades to build a literate and thriving, secular state. Comparatively, the other South Indian states under the heel of chauvinistic ethnocentric parties have no comparable achievements. Faisal Kutty also notes that the first serious communal clash between Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus and Muslims occurred shortly after the opening of an Israeli interests section in the U.S. Embassy in Colombo. The section was later closed by the Sri Lankan government.

    These suspicions cannot be unfounded because of similar reports about Israeli agents wandering in Kashmir as well as the BJP government’s fascination with ‘security cooperation,’ a code word for ‘how to keep the natives in line,’ and the overt statements made by Hindutva ideologues about “Hindu-Yahudi” unity. Recently the BJP has built close security ties with the U.S. and Israel under the guise of “fighting terrorism.” It is certain that this is a step towards turning India into a “security” state as both the U.S. and Israel will provide technological support in terms of arms, intelligence and who knows what else. This will most definitely be used in the BJP’s attack on India’s people, especially Muslims, Christians, Dalits, and anyone opposed to Hindutva, those they call with contempt, “pseudo-secularists.” The people of Kashmir will no doubt also be targeted by these new alliances, as well as Andhra, Punjab, Assam and the North East where militant struggles for human rights and freedom have continued for most of the half century following the British exit.

    Organizations like the Bajrang Dal, a Hindutva version of the Storm Troopers, the same group who last year burned to death an elderly Australian missionary and his children, also find inspiration and who knows what else in Zionist Israel. The Indian Express, June 30, 2000 had an article titled “Desi Mossad is getting ready at Bajrang Dal’s Ayodhya camp.” It begins: “I, as a member of Bajrang Dal, swear in the name of Lord Hanuman to always remain prepared to protect my country, religion and culture,” 150 young men, between 15 and 21 years of age, recite in unison. On several occasions, the cadres and their leaders mention Israel and the Mossad as their inspiration.

    ‘Asked what he did at the camp, an activist whispers, “I am from the secret service of Bajrang Dal. Israel’s Mossad is my inspiration. I can’t tell you more.”

    ‘Dal leaders in their defence, cite example of Israel where all citizens have to undergo a mandatory training in physical fitness and arms handling. But, isn’t Israel’s geographical situation peculiar? “`India’s even worse. Israel has threat only from outsiders while India faces threat from even those inhabiting it,” Sharma replies.

    These are words from people who frequently terrorize India’s Muslims and Christians. They are the paramilitary mobs of Hindutva, not boy scouts or martial artists.

    In recent years Israeli “counter-terrorism” assistance is also being mobilized, most evidently in (though not restricted to) Jammu and Kashmir, where the government of India sees a political issue as a ‘security’ issue, in the age-old imperialistic tradition of ignoring the human, civil and political rights of the Kashmiri people while making every effort to suppress the voice of Kashmiris.10

    The Times of India, Friday 22 September 2000 reports that

    ‘A high-level team of Israeli counter-terrorism experts is now touring Jammu and Kashmir and several other states in India at the invitation of Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani to make an assessment of New Delhi’s security needs, high-level government sources said.’

    ‘The Israeli team, headed by Eli Katzir of the Counter-Terrorism Combat Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office, includes a senior Israel Police commander and Israeli military intelligence officials. The team will prepare a “feasibility study” of Indian security needs and assess the areas in which Israel can offer assistance to New Delhi in tackling the activities of insurgent and terrorist groups.’

    BJP’s corruption: money for nothing, and a few lousy Barak missiles, Hindutva Zionism in action.

    In the short span of time that the BJP has been in power in Delhi, its claims of being patriotic and honest have been thrown in the dustbin. Earlier this year, a team of investigative journalists videotaped a series of bribe taking and bribe negotiating episodes involving people in the highest levels of government including the armed forces. Using a fictitious arms deal the team easily bribed its way into the offices of high-ranking Indian officials in the armed forces and the government. The ease with which it was possible to bribe these officials shocked the country. Imagine what levels of corruption might be possible when very efficient efforts at the same are carried out by international professional arms dealers, mercenaries and other organizations?

    The most damaging episode in this was a videotaped recording of the leader of the BJP, yes, the party leader, taking a wad of money and also mentioning that he prefers dollars! Overnight, the BJP’s never ending charade of patriotism and honesty turned into outright guilt and defensive noises about ‘foreign conspiracy!’ As if the taking of bribes by the highest officials of the land especially for defense related deals, itself does not constitute treason and conspiracy of the highest order! These so-called ‘patriots’ of the BJP are willing to send Indian soldiers as cannon fodder to their stupid warmongering disasters, with equipment that is sub standard, and available only because the officials procuring them were bribed into doing so. Thus the so-called Barak missile found its way from Israel to India, while India’s own Trishul missile, which outperforms the Barak, got pushed out, perhaps because the Indian defense industries couldn’t match the Mossadis in bribery and intrigue!?

    Pakistan prepared to abandon war on terror to fight India

    Pakistan prepared to abandon war on terror to fight India


    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan demanded evidence yesterday for Indian charges it was involved in the Mumbai attacks and reversed its decision to send its spy chief to aid the probe.

    Deep mistrust between the rivals, who have already fought three wars, endangers efforts by its western allies to battle al-Qaida and Taliban hiding along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

    Rising tensions yesterday prompted Pakistani security officials to warn the government would pull its troops from the fight along the Afghan border to respond to any Indian mobilization.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi insisted that Pakistani authorities — including intelligence agencies that New Delhi has long accused of sponsoring terrorism — were not behind the carnage. “If they have evidence they should share it with us,” Qureshi said. “Our hands are clean.”

    Asked how Pakistan would respond, the second official said it would pull all its troops from the hotspots along the border with Afghanistan to its highly militarized eastern frontier.


    “All troops from our western border would be withdrawn to redeploy them at the eastern border,” the official said. “Not a single soldier will remain”

    He acknowledged that there was no indication of India mobilizing its forces; however, he claimed that India’s air force has been put on “red alert.”

    U.S. appears to be losing its secret war in Somalia


    U.S. appears to be losing its secret war in Somalia

    To glimpse America’s secret war in Africa, you must bang with a rock on the iron gate of the prison in this remote port in northern Somalia…

    By Paul Salopek

    Mostly, though, it is a policy time bomb that will be inherited by the incoming Obama administration: a little-known front in the global war on terrorism that the U.S. appears to be losing, if it hasn’t already been lost.

    BERBERA, Somalia — To glimpse America’s secret war in Africa, you must bang with a rock on the iron gate of the prison in this remote port in northern Somalia. A sleepy guard will yank open a rusty deadbolt. Then, you ask to speak to an inmate named Mohamed Ali Isse.

    Isse, 36, is a convicted murderer and jihadist. He is known among his fellow prisoners, with grudging awe, as “The Man with the American Thing in His Leg.”

    That “thing” is a stainless-steel surgical pin screwed into his bullet-shattered femur, courtesy, he says, of the U.S. Navy. How it got there — or more to the point, how Isse ended up in this crumbling, stonewalled hellhole at the uttermost end of the Earth — is a story that the U.S. government probably would prefer to remain untold.

    That’s because Isse and his fancy surgery scars offer what little tangible evidence exists of a bare-knuckled war that has been waged silently, over the past five years, with the sole aim of preventing anarchic Somalia from becoming the world’s next Afghanistan.

    “Your government gets away with a lot here,” said the prison warden, Hassan Mohamed Ibrahim, striding about his antique facility with a pistol tucked in the back of his pants. “In Iraq, the world is watching. In Afghanistan, the world is watching. In Somalia, nobody is watching.”

    It is a standoff war in which the Pentagon lobs million-dollar cruise missiles into a famine-haunted African wasteland the size of Texas, hoping to kill lone terror suspects who might be dozing in candlelit huts.

    It is a covert war in which the CIA has recruited gangs of unsavory warlords to hunt down and kidnap Islamic militants and — according to Isse and civil rights activists — secretly imprison them offshore, aboard U.S. warships.

    “Somalia is one of the great unrecognized U.S. policy failures since 9/11,” said Ken Menkhaus, a leading Somalia scholar at Davidson College in North Carolina. “By any rational metric, what we’ve ended up with there today is the opposite of what we wanted.”

    What the Bush administration wanted, when it tacitly backed Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia in late 2006, was clear enough: to help a close African ally in the war on terror crush the Islamic Courts Union. The Taliban-like movement emerged from the ashes of more than 15 years of anarchy and lawlessness in Africa’s most infamous failed state, Somalia.

    At first, the invasion seemed an easy victory. By early 2007, the Courts had been routed, a pro-Western transitional government installed, and hundreds of Islamic militants in Somalia either captured or killed.

    But over the past 18 months, Somalia’s Islamists — now more radical than ever — have regrouped and roared back.

    On a single day last month, they flexed their muscles by killing nearly 30 people in a spate of bloody car-bomb attacks that recalled the darkest days of Iraq. And their brutal militia, the Shabab, or “Youth,” today controls much of the destitute nation, a shattered but strategic country that overlooks the vital oil-shipping lanes of the Gulf of Aden.

    Even worse, Shabab’s fighters have moved to within miles of the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, threatening to topple the weak interim government supported by the U.S. and Ethiopia.

    Meanwhile, in the midst of a killing drought, more than 700,000 city dwellers have been driven out of bullet-scarred Mogadishu by the recent clashes between the Islamist rebels and the interim government.

    Somalia’s hapless capital has long been considered the Dodge City of Africa — a seaside metropolis sundered by clan fighting ever since the nation’s central government collapsed in 1991. That feral reputation was cemented in 1993, when chanting mobs dragged the bodies of U.S. Army Rangers through the streets in a disastrous U.N. peacekeeping mission chronicled in the book and movie “Black Hawk Down.”

    The airport — the city’s frail lifeline to the world — is regularly closed by insurgent mortar attacks despite a small and jittery contingent of African Union peacekeepers.

    Foreign workers who once toiled quietly for years in Somalia have been evacuated. A U.S. missile strike in May killed the Shabab commander, Aden Hashi Ayro, enraging Islamist militants who have since vowed to kidnap and kill any outsider found in the country.

    Today most of Somalia is closed to the world.

    It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way when the U.S. provided intelligence to the invading Ethiopians two years ago.

    The homegrown Islamic radicals who controlled most of central and southern Somalia in mid-2006 certainly were no angels. They shuttered Mogadishu’s cinemas, demanded that Somali men grow beards and, according to the U.S. State Department, provided refuge to some 30 local and international jihadists associated with al-Qaida.

    But the Islamic Courts Union’s turbaned militiamen had actually defeated Somalia’s hated warlords. And their enforcement of Islamic religious laws, while unpopular among many Somalis, made Mogadishu safe to walk in for the first time in a generation.

    When the Islamic movement again strengthened, Isse, the terrorist jailed in Berbera, was a pharmacy owner from the isolated town of Buro in Somaliland, a parched northern enclave that declared independence from Somalia in the early 1990s.

    Radicalized by U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, he is serving a life sentence for organizing the killings of four foreign aid workers in late 2003 and early 2004. Two of his victims were elderly British teachers.

    Sources say Isse was snatched in 2004 by the U.S. after fleeing to the safe house of a notorious Islamist militant in Mogadishu.

    The job was done by Mohamed Afrah Qanyare, a warlord in a business suit, who said four years ago his militia helped form the kernel of a CIA-created mercenary force called the Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism in Somalia.

    The unit cobbled together some of the world’s most violent, wily and unreliable clan militias — including gangs that had attacked U.S. forces in the early 1990s — to confront a rising tide of Islamic militancy in Somalia’s anarchic capital.

    Isse was wounded in the raid, according to Qanyare, now a member of Somalia’s weak transitional government who divides his days between lawless Mogadishu and luxury hotels in Nairobi. Matt Bryden, one of the world’s leading scholars of the Somali insurgency who has access to intelligence regarding it, confirmed the account. They say Isse was then loaded aboard a U.S. military helicopter summoned by satellite phone and was flown, bleeding, to an offshore U.S. vessel.

    Navy doctors spliced a steel rod into Isse’s bullet-shattered leg, according to defense lawyer Bashir Hussein Abdi. Every day for about a month afterward, Isse’s court depositions assert, plainclothes U.S. agents grilled the bedridden Somali at sea about al-Qaida’s presence. The CIA never has publicly acknowledged its operations in Somalia. Agency spokesman George Little declined to comment on Isse’s case.

    In June, the British civil-rights group Reprieve contended that as many as 17 U.S. warships may have doubled as floating prisons since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    Calling such claims “misleading,” the Pentagon has insisted that U.S. ships have served only as transit stops for terror suspects being shuttled to permanent detention camps such as the one in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

    In a terse statement, Lt. Nathan Christensen, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet that patrols the Gulf of Aden, said only that the Navy was “not able to confirm dates” of Isse’s imprisonment.

    For reasons that remain unclear, he was later flown to Camp Lemonier, a U.S. military base in the African state of Djibouti, Somali intelligence sources say, and from there to a clandestine prison in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Isse and his lawyer allege he was detained there for six weeks and tortured by Ethiopian military intelligence with electric shocks.

    Security officials in neighboring Somaliland confirmed that they collected Isse from the Ethiopian police at a dusty border crossing in late 2004. “The Man with the American Thing in His Leg” was interrogated again. After a local trial, he was locked in the ancient Berbera prison.

    The CIA’s anti-terror mercenaries in Mogadishu may have kidnapped a dozen or more wanted Islamists for the Americans, intelligence experts say. But their excesses ended up swelling the ranks of their enemy, the Islamic Courts Union militias.

    “It was a stupid idea,” said Bryden, the security analyst. “It actually strengthened the hand of the Islamists and helped trigger the crisis we’re in today.”

    Somalia’s 2 million-strong diaspora is of greatest concern. Angry young men, foreign passports in hand, could be lured back to the reopened Shabab training camps, where instructors occasionally use photocopied portraits of Bush as rifle targets.

    Some envision no Somalia at all.

    With about $8 billion in humanitarian aid fire-hosed into the smoking ruins of Somalia since the early 1990s — the U.S. will donate roughly $200 million this year alone — a growing chorus of policymakers is advocating that the failed state be allowed to fail, to break up into autonomous zones or fiefdoms, such as Isse’s home of Somaliland.

    But there is another possible future for Somalia. In Bosaso, a port 300 miles east of Isse’s cell, thousands of people swarm through the town’s scruffy waterfront seeking passage across the Gulf of Aden to the Middle East. Dressed in rags, they sleep by the hundreds in dirt alleys and empty lots. Stranded women and girls are forced into prostitution.

    “You can see why we still need America’s help,” said Abdinur Jama, the coast-guard commander for Puntland, the semiautonomous state encompassing Bosaso.

    A military think tank at West Point studying Somalia concluded last year that, in some respects, failed states were admirable places to combat al-Qaida, because the absence of local sovereignty permitted “relatively unrestricted Western counterterrorism efforts.”

    Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company

    Militant Hindutva on the rise – silence that seeks to hide this reality

    Women of the Hindu Right:

    The RSS (Rashtriya Sevika Samiti)

    Militant Hindutva on the

    rise – silence that seeks to

    hide this reality

    A Hindutva recruitment poster

    Taking aim: Bajrang Dal women’s brigade, Lucknow, 2001

    October-November 2007)

    by Subhash Gatade

    Nanded, in Maharashtra, is a town with a significant population of different faiths – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Buddhist. Nanded could well have become a new metaphor for secularism as practised in the Subcontinent, but this was not to be. Instead, Nanded has come to represent the emergent danger of a violent new brand of Hindu militancy, with due support from a section of the state machinery. A place that was once witness to the final days of Guru Gobind Singh, Sikhism’s Tenth Guru, has today metamorphosed into an epicentre of violent Hindutva. Indeed, Nanded represents the build-up of the violent fundamentalist Hinduism of the past half-century. The town has been witness to a new spate of acts that can be inarguably dubbed ‘terrorism’.

    The inner workings of this new form of Hindutva were on show recently in two, evidently accidental, explosions in Nanded within a span of nine months, in April 2006 and February 2007. These blasts, which killed four people, took place at the houses of activists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena. The arrival of Nanded on India’s ‘terror’ map was followed by media investigations into similar previous incidents, which also showed the involvement of Hindu youth in terrorist actions.

    The new element here is the increasing similarity between Hindu militancy and ‘terrorism’ of other hues. While various enquiry commissions have looked into riots in post-Independence India and corroborated the proactive role played by the RSS in instigating riots, the irony of the situation is that the organisation is still able to maintain its ‘missionary’ image. Part of this is because the group has long maintained a strict division of labour within its ranks, delegating much of the ‘dirty work’ to fringe workers. The Nanded blasts proved to be an exception to this pattern, as the RSS links were obvious. This is why, in the immediate aftermath of the explosions, the Sangh Parivar leadership went to great lengths to suppress the news. Indeed, activist friends of this writer in Maharashtra were themselves unaware that any such incident had taken place.

    One set of blasts took place in a house belonging to Laxman Rajkondwar, an old RSS activist, and killed two youths belonging to the Bajrang Dal and RSS, while injuring three others. The explosives that were being made were to be used during the entry into Maharashtra of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani’s Bharat Suraksha Yatra, the idea being to warn of the grave security situation existing in the country. Later investigations found that the plan had been to instigate communal riots in Nanded that could have spread to adjoining areas. Such a situation, it was hoped, would boost the sagging morale of both the BJP and its ageing stalwart, Advani (see accompanying story, “Befuddled, jingoistic party”).

    The aim was clearly to instigate a communal conflict. A police raid on one of the deceased’s houses found maps of nearby mosques, as well as clothes and caps usually worn by Muslims in the area, which the activists were going to wear to sneak into and attack the mosques and gurudwaras. The only thing still needed was explosives. The making of bombs in a house owned by an old RSS activist – one who supposedly also dealt in firecrackers, at that – seemed like the perfect plan.

    Of course, the story neither begins nor ends in Nanded. Since 2003, at least five, and perhaps six, Hindutva-related explosions have taken place in central Maharashtra alone, in Parbhani, Purna, Jalna and Nanded. Malegaon also witnessed a bomb blast last year, killing 40 people, with strong indications of a Hindutva hand behind it. (The final picture will emerge after an ongoing investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation finishes.) Beyond the geographical similarities, the details of the attacks were uncanny: each took place between 1:45 and 2:00 in the afternoon, just after Friday prayers, at the most prominent mosque in town. (The bomb that went off in Nanded in 2006 exploded on 6 April, a Thursday, but was apparently meant to be set off at an Aurangabad masjid the following day.)

    At the same time, this cannot be dubbed a Maharashtra-centric phenomenon. Madhya Pradesh’s former chief minister, Digvijay Singh, has publicly admitted to the involvement of various groups and individuals affiliated with the RSS in similar acts in his state. As for the rest of the country, no systematic study of saffron ‘terror’ has yet been undertaken. One reason for this could be the thin line that separates the different anushangik (affiliated) organisations of the RSS, thereby making it possible to move from the ‘legal’ to the ‘illegal’ without great effort. Indeed, there is every possibility that funds collected from the Hindu diaspora for philanthropic work might also have been channelled to further ‘terrorist’ activities.

    Reuters Makes It Official: 19 Crazy Muslims Did It


    Indian anger rises as Mumbai cleans up

    By Rina Chandran

    MUMBAI (Reuters) – Mumbai on Sunday mopped up the streets where Islamist gunmen rampaged and killed nearly 200 people over three days, while Indian anger over the attack’s alleged Pakistani links threatened the nuclear rivals’ ties.  (More here, if you really need it)

    Mumbai attacks: India raises security footing to ‘war level’


    Mumbai attacks: India raises security footing to

    ‘war level’

    India will increase security in the country and on its borders to a “war level” in the wake of the deadly attacks in Mumbai that have been blamed on militants linked to Pakistan, a government minister said.

    The only one of the gunmen captured alive is believed to be from Pakistan and India claims to have proof of a Pakistani link to the Mumbai attacks.

    In response to a string of public accusations from Delhi, officials in Islamabad said troops could be moved to the Indian border if relations continue to deteriorate.

    “Our intelligence will be increased to a war level, we are asking the state governments to increase security to a war level,” Sriprakash Jaiswal, India’s minister for state for home affairs, told Reuters.

    “They can say what they want, but we have no doubt that the terrorists had come from Pakistan,” Mr Jaiswal said.

    Earlier federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil submitted his resignation following anger over the delayed response to the attacks.

    India has already boosted coastal security with the Indian Navy and the coast guard carrying out coordination patrols.

    The Mumbai attackers are said to have come to the city by sea from the Pakistani port of Karachi, according to security officials.

    The Lashkar-e-Taiba a Pakistan-based group that has been blamed for previous attacks in India has been identified by the Indian authorities as responsible for the massacres which left at least 174 people dead.

    Indian commandos said the attackers had demonstrated professional techniques, firing in short bursts, setting traps and even stocking up with almonds and dried fruit to keep their energy up during the fighting.

    Commandos brought 300 survivors out of the five-star Taj Mahal Palace hotel, where the siege ended early yesterday. Some 250 others were rescued from the Oberoi-Trident hotel and 60 people were brought out of the Jewish centre.

    Those rescued included a British couple who were among a group of six people who hid for six hours in a toilet cubicle at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. At one stage, the terrorists searched the darkened area with a torch but did not see or hear them huddled together.

    The Pakistani Government yesterday denied involvement in the terror plot and has promised to help in the investigation. Asif Ali Zardari, the President, pledged to act swiftly if given any evidence of involvement by Pakistani nationals. “As president of Pakistan, if any evidence comes of any individual or group in any part of my country, I shall take the swiftest of action in the light of evidence and in front of the world,” he said.

    A team of British police and security officers is also in Mumbai to help with the inquiry, along with American FBI agents.

    Gordon Brown said yesterday that the attack had raised “huge questions” about how the world should address violent extremism.

    Speaking in London, the Prime Minister said: “A great multi-faithed democracy has been laid low by terrorists. It raises huge questions about how the world addresses violent extremism.”

    Fires, explosions and gun battles during the siege devastated the 105-year-old Taj Mahal Palace hotel. At the height of fighting, hundreds of people, many of them Westerners, were trapped or taken hostage.

    Television pictures of a satellite telephone captured from a terrorist appeared to show a constant stream of calls to Pakistan during the operation. Officials also said they had traced the group’s route from recorded GPS co-ordinates on the devices.

    The group sent eight operatives on a reconnaissance mission to Mumbai earlier this year, Indian officials have claimed.

    Security officials, Scotland Yard and diplomats in Britain played down reports yesterday of a British link to the terror plot. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We have been speaking to the Indian authorities at a high level and they say there is no evidence that any of the attackers are British.





    India is the first country in the 21st century to have a massive genocide: 2,000 burned alive in 2002. In Kashmir this month, Indian soldiers shoot and kill an aging Kashmiri politician during a peaceful protest. Four years ago, a European priest and his son were burned alive by long-haired, saffron-clad Hindu religious workers. Welcome to secularism’s false prophet, a nation of rising religious extremism, two dozen raging freedom movements, all hidden under the mask of a colorful film industry that provides distraction for a troubled country.

    WARNING: The second report below contains some disturbing images, not suitable for children and sensitive readers.


    The Face Of India Hidden From The World

    There is a distinct lobby in United States and Britain that played a criminal role in fostering Indian terrorism. It did this by covering up Hindu terrorism against Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and low-caste Indians. Have you seen any of the above pictures published by any American or British newspaper or news service? See [left] the charred bodies of Indian Muslims burned alive by Hindu mobs in 2002, in the 21st century’s first genocide. And [center] you might think this picture is from a Hollywood movie set on pre-historic humans. No. These are Hindu religious devotees, or terrorists to be more accurate, who went on the rampage in a north Indian city in 1992 were they attacked and demolished a huge historical mosque going back 500 years. And to the right, the picture of an Indian woman who happened to be on the route of a mob of Hindus in the Gujrat genocide of 2002. She was an Indian Muslim. So they attacked her, tore her clothes off and then burned her alive.


    Fading India In Kashmir

    Tensions heightened when fanatic Hindu mobs imposed an economic blockade on the Jammu- Srinagar National Highway with Kashmiri Muslim truck drivers targeted. Indian Punjab, tellingly, followed suit, according to a BBC report, to once again expose the great myth of Indian secularism. Be part of the great developments taking place in Indian-occupied Kashmir in August 2008. India showed its ugly face to the world this month, when Indian settlers and outsiders tried to impose an economic blockade on Srinagar. While we are busy in Pakistan in our political instability created by the ruling coalition, Kashmir is in the middle of change. This is the time for Pakistanis to pay attention and support the Kashmiris against Indian brutality. Read this simple and fascinating story of the coming change.

    By Abbas Jafari

    Friday, 15 August 2008.


    SRINAGAR, PakistanIt started end of May and has built steadily ever since: the resistance to the Indian occupation of Jammu & Kashmir.

    The movement began when the state government agreed to grant 40 hectares of forest land to the Amarnath Cave Shrine Board as the rest and recuperation area for Hindu pilgrimage to the cave. What followed is a general strike and students’ protests against the plan throughout the Muslim-majority state and persuaded the state government to take a stand, fearing this was another ploy by the Indian government to change the demography of the disputed state from Muslim to Hindu.

    This prompted Hindu retribution and violent clashes were reported between Muslims, Hindus, police and the Hindu protestors in Jammu, with more troops having to be called in for a curfew to be imposed. Reports of assaults on Muslims poured in, along with Muslim homes being set ablaze.

    Shutdowns followed across the entire Kashmir Valley called by a freedom leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in an expression of solidarity with the Muslims in Jammu. Geelani noted that the administration had failed to protect the lives and properties of the Muslims in Jummu with Hindus on the rampage and matters began to spiral out of control.

    Tensions heightened when fanatic Hindu mobs imposed an economic blockade on the Jummu– Srinagar National Highway with Kashmiri Muslim truck drivers targeted. Indian Punjab, tellingly, followed suit, according to a BBC report, to once again expose the great myth of Indian secularism.

    Another BBC report from Srinagar had Muslim truck drivers refusing to travel on that road, fearful for their lives. The BBC Srinagar correspondent reported that fruit exports worth millions of dollars perished, as a consequence, with stocks of food grain, fuel and other needed supplies rapidly running out.

    Just before retaliatory violence reached fever-pitch, a two-day International Kashmir Peace Conference in Washington (July ’08) is reported to have called for “the establishment of an independent and credible investigative commission to probe human rights abuses”. This call was reinforced when Z.G. Muhammad, the acclaimed author of ‘The Cindering Chinars‘ and ‘Kashmir in War and Diplomacy’, quoted the venerated Mr. Yusuf Buch enunciating at the conference: “In Kashmir, campaigns of murderous cruelty have been sustained for decades; when the population gets tired of militant insurgency, the repression seems to subside but when an act of police or paramilitary savagery is protested, the orgy of murder and rape is re-enacted.”

    Clearly aware of this, India‘s prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, turned to Hindu nationalist leader of the opposition L.K. Advani and called for an all-party conference to resolve the issue. But the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) represented by Mr. Advani, was said to have been much more inclined towards guarding the interests of the Amarnath Sangharsh Samati (ASS), the spear-head of the Jammu agitation. The ASS reportedly was not prepared to accept anything short of the allocation of the 40 acres of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board – which is based in New Delhi!

    Subsequently, an 18-member cross-party parliamentary delegation was dispatched to Jammu and Srinagar for a solution to draw the major concession from some of the moderates in Kashmir‘s All Parties Huriayat Conference, of their having no objection to the Hindu demand for a separate state in contiguous areas where Hindus constituted the majority. These areas were identified as Jammu, Kathua, Samaba, Udhampur, and half of Resai, with the majority Muslim areas of Poonch, Rajouri, and Doda districts merged with the adjoining Muslim belt.

    Simultaneously, the Conference endorsed the demand of the Kashmiri fruit farmers and traders to take their produce to across the Line of Control (LOC) to Muzzfarabad to draw in urgently needed supplies from across the border. On this
    India‘s electronic media asked India‘s home minister Shivraj Patil whether bifurcation or trifurcation (as Ladakh’s Leh district is Bhuddist) of Kashmir could be a possible solution, to which question the home minister replied he was not competent to judge.

    The upshot: an additional 10,000 troops deployed to disrupt the Muzaffarabad– bound march and more killings. With the government unable to stem the tide of unrest, the Huriyat Conference’s Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omer Farooq were quickly put under house arrest, while Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JFKL) leader, Mohammad Yasin Malik’s fast-unto-death protest saw him hospitalized and in critical condition. If that was not enough, Indian security forces then shot dead an alleged resistance fighter along with two farmers and following that, an important Huryiat Conference leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, together with an unspecified number of others, as a reported 100,000 protestors began their march to Muzaffarabad.

    Despite a curfew being imposed in all 10 districts of Indian-occupied Kashmir close to 250,000 gathered for the funeral prayers of the slain leader and thousands are reported to have stormed Geelani’s home to free him. Farooq too was released soon after and the two called for peace as communal killings ravaged the Valley. But are peace and harmony possible in an area where the Muslim majority sees itself persecuted for its religious beliefs?

    Zafar Choudhary, in his Countercurrent August 8 article ‘Why is Jammu burning’ underplays this. He writes, “What has shattered in the last 45 days is the myth that ‘Jammu’ and ‘Kashmir’ can behave like a common entity called ‘Jammu and Kashmir’ … In the early days of agitation, the popular slogans heard in Jammu were “we want the land returned … These slogans are no more audible. Now people are asking for an end to Kashmir‘s domination over Jammu. The problem is now no more between the government and the local people on a controversial decision. It has been now projected as Jammu versus Kashmir … When small spark has put the state on fire it has also demonstrated that efforts of dousing flames in one region may well prove as fuel in the other. It is high time that New Delhi‘s Kashmir policy is redrawn and sentiments beyond Kashmir are also taken care of.”

    That as it may, the sentiments evoked on the Jammu blockade have accentuated Muslim-Hindu differences in Kashmir and the front-page picture of the crowd gathered to pay homage to Sheikh Abdul Aziz published in Pakistan’s Daily Times on Wednesday August 13, is indeed worth a thousand words.



    India’s ‘Hindu Al-Qaeda’: Why

    Hindu Extremists Invaded Taj


    The Muslim Book And The Taj Mahal: The Untold Story

    Why would Hindu extremists attack Taj Mahal? The West does not know that a mosque is part of this mausoleum built by a Muslim ruler for his wife. The four walls of the monument that look toward India from all directions speak only one language: Arabic, from the Holy Quran, carved in large inscriptions. You can’t miss it. The Indians have masterly hidden this truth in their attempt to own this marvel as an Indian product. But Hindi extremists won’t have any of it. They are attacking Taj Mahal precisely because of its Muslim heritage.

    A group of saffron-clad Hindu extremists entered the Muslim marvel of Taj Mahal, started walking around the monument performing Hindu prayers. Welcome to

    India’s Hindu terrorists. India is creating al-Qaeda-style civilian militant groups and arming them with heavy weapons. Financing is coming from the narco-trade run by none other than Indian military. This is the face of India that New Delhi’s image makers want to hide from the world.

    By ABDUL RUFF Colachal

    Saturday, 26 July 2008.


    NEW DELHI, IndiaIndia is said to be multi-faceted nation with a flourishing multi-culturalism and securalism, but in reality it expects Muslims and other minorities to make way for the Hindu onward march in every field.

    Hindus want every thing in India for themselves. They have enjoyed all benefits of progress and development to themselves leaving nothing to Muslims, except insults and jails.

    This write up focuses on Indian chauvinistic activities in the spheres of religion, cultural heritage of Muslims, the plight of Kashmiris and the hidden agenda of the Indian occupation of Jammu & Kashmir.

    ONE: Why should India train Hindu extremists, Militants and others?

    A group of 10 Hindutva activists-cum-militants belonging to Shiv Sena, a core fundamentalist political outfit, sneaked into the Taj Mahal at Agra on July 24 and performed prayers (puja) within the precincts on Thursday. They were taken into custody and later released without any hurdles.

    The Hindu Shiv Sena activists, including three women, bought tickets and entered one by one into the Taj Mahal in the afternoon. They performed some kind of puja and ‘parikrama‘ (circling of the monument) of the Muslim edifice/ structure with folded hands. After a while they were forced to stop the ritual when some people brought the matter to the ‘knowledge’ of the security personnel, who in the first place allowed them to enter and even saw them wearing saffron scarves. A minor scuffle ensued after which the police took them to the Taj Ganj Police station.

    This is a routine matter for Indian governments when Hindus perform illegal activities. Had Muslims enter the temples and remove the idols and clean up the structure to be able to offer prayers to God, the matter would be different.

    Hindu outfits, who consider themselves above law and have every right to do anything they please with Muslims and their mosques, have been on a rampage for political reasons with concocted stories against Islam.

    The latest story or discovery of Hindu extremists and their researchers led by Shiv Sena is that the 17th century monument is actually a Shiva temple. Hindu extremists have announced earlier that they would perform puja and aarti on every Monday during the Hindu month of ‘Shravan’, considered auspicious for the worship of Shiva. This past Monday, they had been prevented from entering the Taj Mahal. They later performed the ‘rituals’ at the Taj Mahal corridor.

    A Shiv Sena chief in Agra said they had gone there as ordinary citizens of India and felt like praying. ‘So, what’s wrong with that,’ he asked. The officer belonging to the Archaeological Society of India who is in-charge of the Taj Mahal tried to justify what the Hindu fundamentalists tried to do at the Taj Mahal:

    “They came in a group as ordinary citizens and purchased tickets. We were with them all the time along with the Taj Ganj police station in-charge. With folded hands they went towards the mosque and went back. How could we have prevented their entry as they did nothing objectionable? I don’t know why such a hullabaloo is being made about it. They told me their program is for Mondays and had come today just to see the Taj Mahal.”

    As a Hindu extremist organization thriving on anti-Islamic and anti-Minority sentiments, Siva Sena’s activities, like any other extremist religious groups, are supposed to be under scrutiny by the government, but as this incident shows, the government knows about such activities and knew in this case what the Hindu extremists were planning to do, and yet the Indian authorities allowed the Hindus do their prayers (puja) inside the Taj Mahal. The Hindus were conducting their worship in a Muslim mosque which houses the tomb of the wife of the Moghul emperor.

    Enough of this nonsense for this nation where people are being divided along religious and fundamentalist lines. It is high time Indian judiciary stepped in to clear up the Hindutva mess the rulers over decades have created in appeasing the majority population.

    TWO – Why India trains Hindu militants?

    Even as India keeps blaming Pakistan of training freedom fighting Kashmiris, it also trains the Hindu militants and Kashmiri Muslims. With this Indian strategists have decided to kill Kashmiris directly by Hindus themselves, leading a civil war in Jammu & Kashmir. The great idea behind this new scheme is to delay granting independence to Jammu & Kashmir.

    As if state terrorist forces are not enough to kill the Kashmiri Muslims, now the UPA government of India and the Indian-occupied J&K government under Governor’s rule have embarked upon a massive training of Hindu militants in Jammu region to fight the so-called Muslim ‘terrorists’, which only means Kashmir Muslims, who still demand sovereignty back from the occupying terror forces of India.

    After establishing Village Defense Committees (VDC) and handing people with modern weaponry in hilly areas of Jammu province to fight ‘militancy’, Indian terror security agencies are now busy establishing Self Defense Committees (SDC) in all the hilly villages of Jammu. The SDCs would be like VDCs but every member of SDC is given an AK-47 rifle and other heavy weaponry to use against anybody without any accountability. The SDCs consist of 15 volunteers from every village who are registered with the police department before receiving rifles and ammunition.

    Thus, Sarankote Police Station in Poonch district has been converted into a zonal office for registering SDCs and people are being introduced to SDCs through the public address system and many SDCs have already been registered. ‘The people who are being registered as members of SDCs are mostly illiterate and there is every possibility that these people can misuse the weapons for their personal grudges or animosities. This can result in a civil war in the area,’ says an elderly inhabitant of Poonch.

    This policy of distributing heavy weapons to local civilian militias has anguished the Muslim population in these areas, who feel threatened as police is handing over the weapons only to the members of Hindu community.

    Yet, the moot question remains: Why should India train extra Hindus when it has surplus terror military forces, charged with the ‘patriotic’ task of killing the Kashmiris and when they have been doing the ‘job’ pretty well over decades as heavy militarization of Jammu Kashmir by India, killing thousands of innocent Kashmiris?

    THREE – India promotes Narcotics in JK

    Very few Indians know that their military units are thoroughly corrupt. Anti-social and anti-people activities like smuggling and narcotics are a part of the Indian military services. Police on 10 July arrested an Indian army trooper and recovered heroin worth Rs. 10,000,000 fom his possession in Rajouri district.

    Acting on a tip-off, police intercepted soldier Sumeet Singh at Inphaja Morh in Kandi belt Saturday night and recovered the heroin. Singh, who is working with 13 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry regiment, is presently posted at Udhampur and was on leave when arrested. A case under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPSA) has been registered against him. Military establishment has confirmed the arrest.

    It is amusing to note that Indian propaganda abroad includes branding Kashmiris, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis as terrorists and placing slur on Kashmiri, Afghani and Pakistani Muslims involved in drug trade and narcotics.

    Genocide, secret mass graves, illegal land grabs, economic terrorism, promotion of Hindu religion in Kashmir, and now trade in narcotics and drugs are the goals of the occupying Indian terror forces from India in Kashmir.

    Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal is a research scholar, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

    EXCLUSIVE: Signs Of An Attempted Coup In New Delhi

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    Above, a CCTV snapshot of one of the Mumbai terrorists, wearing the sacred Hindu armband [see right] and carrying a machine gun. Below, a picture of a typical member of Hindu terror groups, wearing the same armband. The band is sacred to fundamentalist Hindus who believe wearing it shows devotion and brings good luck from gods.


    EXCLUSIVE: Signs Of An

    Attempted Coup In New Delhi

    With a traumatized nation and a paralyzed government, a core group of secular ideologues and Hindu nationalists are executing a ‘soft coup’ in New Delhi to bring to power hawks who want to pursue America’s agenda of grooming India as a regional policeman, sort out Pakistan and confront China. India will self-destroy in the process. India’s military and intelligence has been penetrated. The man who uncovered the plot, Hemant Karkare, the antiterrorism chief of Mumbai police, was the first target of the mysterious terrorists. Patriotic Indians need to wake up and save their country.


    Saturday, 29 November 2008.


    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Preliminary signs emerging from India’s power center, New Delhi, paint a picture of an unstable situation. Security is already compromised. But a bigger story is taking place in New Delhi, not Mumbai. There are disturbing signs that India, a nuclear-armed nation of a billion people, is witnessing a ‘soft coup’ attempt involving secular rightwing ideologues and Hindu nationalists.

    Exploiting the fears of a traumatized nation and a government caught sleeping at the wheel, a core group of rightwing ideologues within India’s military, intelligence and political elite are trying to overthrow Manmohan Singh’s government. The plan apparently is to help the rise of rightwing elements in power and firmly push India in a confrontation with Pakistan and some other countries in the region.

    The objective of this core group is to see India emerge as a superpower closely allied with the United States. They are excited about American plans for India as a regional policeman and have no problem in confronting China and Pakistan to achieve this status. They think time is slipping and they don’t want a hesitant political leadership in their way. Already the instability in the wake of Mumbai attacks is being exploited to start a war with Pakistan. The fact that this will also help U.S. military that is facing a tough time in Afghanistan appears to be more than just a coincidence.

    In the very first hours of the Mumbai attack, the unknown terrorists were able to achieve a singular feat: the targeted murder of Hemant Karkare, the chief antiterrorism officer in the Indian police. The man was responsible for exposing the secret links between the Indian military and Hindu terror groups. His investigation resulted in uncovering the involvement of three Indian military intelligence officers in terrorist acts that were blamed on Muslim groups. At the time of his murder, Karkare was pursuing leads that were supposed to uncover the depth of the nexus between the Indian military and the sudden rise of well armed and well financed Hindu terrorism groups with their wide network of militant training camps across India.

    Curiously, a CCTV camera has caught on tape one of the unknown terrorists when he arrived with his group at their first target: a train station. The man, dressed in a jeans and a black T-shirt and carrying a machine gun [see picture below], is wearing an orange-colored wrist band very common among Hindu religious people. As a comparison, a recent picture of a Hindu militant activist taken during an event this year is shown below where the militant is wearing a similar band.

    An aggressive advertisement campaign has already begun across India urging a scared population to rise against the government.

    On Friday, front-page advertisements appeared in several newspapers in Delhi showing blood splattered against a black background and the slogan “Brutal Terror Strikes At Will” in bold capital letters. The ads signed off with a simple message: “Fight Terror. Vote B.J.P.”

    The Indian, the Pakistani and the international media has not woken up yet to this ‘soft coup’ taking place in New Delhi. Some observers and journalists are beginning to catch its first signs. This is how a New York Times reporter, Somini Sengupta, has characterized it today:

    “Mr. Singh’s government had lately hit back at the Bharatiya Janata Party with evidence that its supporters, belonging to a range of radical Hindu organizations, had … been implicated in terrorist attacks. Indeed, in a bizarre twist, the head of the police antiterrorism unit, Hemant Karkare, killed in the Mumbai strikes, had been in the midst of a high-profile investigation of a suspected Hindu terrorist cell. Mr. Karkare’s inquiry had netted nine suspects in connection with a bombing in September of a Muslim-majority area in Malegaon, a small town not far from Mumbai. “

    Evidence is emerging that Karkare knew he was facing the prospect of a violent death because of the investigation he was pursuing. What Karkare probably didn’t know is that his elimination would come in such a perfectly executed operation.

    Only hours before Karkare’s violent death, his close friend, retired Colonel Rahul Gowardhan, received an envelope. Karkare called him to say he was sending him a confidential letter. This is how Times of India has reported the story:

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    Just some hours before that, Karkare had sent a letter to him in an envelop which had some “personal” content. “Hemant had called me up on Wednesday,” said Gowardhan, a top official with MSEDCL. “As I was in a meeting, we decided to postpone the talk. He hung up saying he would be sending me an envelope. When I wanted to know the content, he told me to just read the letter that’s inside it. I returned home and read it. I cannot share the content of the letter with anyone,” said Gowardhan.

    The highly sophisticated nature of the attack in Mumbai, lasting for almost 60 hours, diminishes the chances of a foreign invasion and increases the possibility that influential elements in Indian intelligence and Hindu militant organizations might have helped orchestrate this incident, pretty much like they did in the Sept. 29 Malegaon attack, in which they tried to simulate a Muslim terrorist group. In that attack, in which three Indian military intelligence officers have been arrested, the objective was to provoke a Muslim backlash that could justify a massive state crackdown against minorities.

    Observers are already seeing how the hawks within the Indian establishment and Hindu militant organizations have seized the initiative from a paralyzed government. The Indian army and intelligence are already penetrated. Now the real culprits are channeling the fears of a traumatized people toward Pakistan.

    India is on the same path today that the Bush administration hawks took the American nation on after 9/11. But this time, patriotic Indians have the benefit of hindsight. They should stop the secular warmongers and Hindu militants from hijacking their country. The future of the entire region depends on it.

    Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border

    Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on

    Iran border

    MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran’s borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday.

    “The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran,” the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

    He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran “that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost.”

    He also said the U.S. Naval presence in the Persian Gulf has for the first time in the past four years reached the level that existed shortly before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

    Col.-Gen. Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, said last week that the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran’s military infrastructure in the near future.

    A new U.S. carrier battle group has been dispatched to the Gulf.

    The USS John C. Stennis, with a crew of 3,200 and around 80 fixed-wing aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornet and Superhornet fighter-bombers, eight support ships and four nuclear submarines are heading for the Gulf, where a similar group led by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has been deployed since December 2006.

    The U.S. is also sending Patriot anti-missile systems to the region.

    Financial Disaster May Lead to Civil Disorder and Wars, Says Secret Citibank Memo

    Financial Disaster May Lead to Civil Disorder and

    Wars, Says Secret Citibank Memo

    Gold is poised for a dramatic surge and could blast through $2,000 an ounce by the end of next year as central banks flood the world’s monetary system with liquidity, according to an internal client note from the US bank Citigroup.
    By Ambrose Evans-Pri

    The bank said the damage caused by the financial excesses of the last quarter century was forcing the world’s authorities to take steps that had never been tried before.This gamble was likely to end in one of two extreme ways: with either a resurgence of inflation; or a downward spiral into depression, civil disorder, and possibly wars. Both outcomes will cause a rush for gold.

    “They are throwing the kitchen sink at this,” said Tom Fitzpatrick, the bank’s chief technical strategist.

    “The world is not going back to normal after the magnitude of what they have done. When the dust settles this will either work, and the money they have pushed into the system will feed though into an inflation shock.

    “Or it will not work because too much damage has already been done, and we will see continued financial deterioration, causing further economic deterioration, with the risk of a feedback loop. We don’t think this is the more likely outcome, but as each week and month passes, there is a growing danger of vicious circle as confidence erodes,” he said.

    “This will lead to political instability. We are already seeing countries on the periphery of Europe under severe stress. Some leaders are now at record levels of unpopularity. There is a risk of domestic unrest, starting with strikes because people are feeling disenfranchised.”

    “What happens if there is a meltdown in a country like Pakistan, which is a nuclear power. People react when they have their backs to the wall. We’re already seeing doubts emerge about the sovereign debts of developed AAA-rated countries, which is not something you can ignore,” he said.

    Gold traders are playing close attention to reports from Beijing that the China is thinking of boosting its gold reserves from 600 tonnes to nearer 4,000 tonnes to diversify away from paper currencies. “If true, this is a very material change,” he said.

    Mr Fitzpatrick said Britain had made a mistake selling off half its gold at the bottom of the market between 1999 to 2002. “People have started to question the value of government debt,” he said.

    Citigroup said the blast-off was likely to occur within two years, and possibly as soon as 2009. Gold was trading yesterday at $812 an ounce. It is well off its all-time peak of $1,030 in February but has held up much better than other commodities over the last few months – reverting to is historical role as a safe-haven store of value and a de facto currency.

    Gold has tripled in value over the last seven years, vastly outperforming Wall Street and European bourses.

    Indian puts air defence on high alert: Military sources

    Heightened tensions with India will cause Pakistan to pull-back from the western border, to reinforce the east.

    Indian puts air defence on high alert: Military sources

    Updated at: 1830 PST, Saturday, November 29, 2008
    ISLAMABAD: The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the Director General of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) met here on Saturday to discuss the situation prevailing due to the recent incidents of terrorism in Mumbai.Geo News senior correspondent Hamid Mir has said that Pakistan army officials held an important briefing session with a group of senior journalists. The military officials said that after Mumbai attacks, the Indian External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee called senior Pakistani officials and gave threats. The officials said that it seems as if Indian authorities wanted to ‘escalate’ the already fragile situation.

    Considering the gravity of situation, Pakistan has made it clear to the United States of America and its allies in Europe that if India keeps blaming Pakistan for Mumbai attacks, Pakistan would have no option but to pull back its troops from the Western border to Eastern border. India has also put its air defence on high alert, they added.

    According to well-placed sources, it has been made clear to the US and European Union (EU) that in case of any eventuality, India will have to suffer more than Pakistan. Mir said there are indications suggesting that Pak army is being pulled out from the Western border. Military sources also said that instead of pointing fingers at neighbours, India should address the root causes of terrorism inside its own territory.

    Press and “Psy Ops” to merge at NATO Afghan HQ

    Press and “Psy Ops” to merge at NATO Afghan HQ:


    By Jon Hemming

    KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. general commanding NATO forces in Afghanistan has ordered a merger of the office that releases news with “Psy Ops,” which deals with propaganda, a move that goes against the alliance’s policy, three officials said.

    The move has worried Washington’s European NATO allies — Germany has already threatened to pull out of media operations in Afghanistan — and the officials said it could undermine the credibility of information released to the public.

    Seven years into the war against the Taliban, insurgent influence is spreading closer to the capital and Afghans are becoming increasingly disenchanted at the presence of some 65,000 foreign troops and the government of President Hamid Karzai.

    Taliban militants, through their website, telephone text messages and frequent calls to reporters, are also gaining ground in the information war, analysts say.

    U.S. General David McKiernan, the commander of 50,000 troops from more than 40 nations in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), ordered the combination of the Public Affairs Office (PAO), Information Operations and Psy Ops (Psychological Operations) from December 1, said a NATO official with detailed knowledge of the move.

    “This will totally undermine the credibility of the information released to the press and the public,” said the official, who declined to be named.

    ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Richard Blanchette said McKiernan had issued a staff order to implement a command restructure from December 1 which was being reviewed by NATO headquarters in Brussels, but he declined to go into details of the reorganization.

    “This is very much an internal matter,” he said. “This is up with higher headquarters right now and we’re waiting to get the basic approval. Once we have the approval we will be going into implementation.”

    But another ISAF official confirmed that the amalgamation of public affairs with Information Operations and Psy Ops was part of the planned command restructure. This official, who also declined to be named, said the merger had caused considerable concern at higher levels within NATO which had challenged the order by the U.S. general.


    NATO policy recognizes there is an inherent clash of interests between its public affairs offices, whose job it is to issue press releases and answer media questions, and that of Information Operations and Psy Ops.

    Information Operations advises on information designed to affect the will of the enemy, while Psy Ops includes so-called “black operations,” or outright deception.

    While Public Affairs and Information Operations, PA and Info Ops in military jargon, “are separate, but related functions,” according to the official NATO policy document on public affairs, “PA is not an Info Ops discipline.”

    The new combined ISAF department will come under the command of an American one-star general reporting directly to McKiernan, an arrangement that is also against NATO policy, the NATO official said.

    “While coordination is essential, the lines of authority will remain separate, the PA reporting directly to the commander. This is to maintain credibility of PA and to avoid creating a media or public perception that PA activities are coordinated by, or are directed by, Info Ops,” the NATO policy document says.

    “PA will have no role in planning or executing Info Ops, Psy Ops, or deception activities,” it states.

    The United States has 35,000 of the 65,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan, operating both under ISAF and a separate U.S.-led coalition operation, but both come under McKiernan’s command.

    Washington is already scheduled to send another 3,000 troops to arrive in the country in January and is now considering sending 20,000 more troops in the next 12 to 18 months, further tipping the numerical balance among ISAF forces.

    “What we are seeing is a gradual increase of American influence in all areas of the war,” the NATO official said. “Seeking to gain total control of the information flow from the campaign is just part of that.”

    Crimes against Humanity: Iraqi academics assassinated during the US-led occupation

    Crimes against Humanity: Iraqi academics assassinated during the US-led occupation

    Global Research, November 27, 2008
    Pakistan Daily – 2008-11-26

    Editor’s note

    Pakistan Daily has published the list of Iraqi academics assassinated by US and allied occupation forces. The objective of these targeted assassinations is to “kill a nation”, the destroy Iraq’s ability to educate its people, to undermine its research and scientific capabilities in literally all fields of endeavor, to transform a nation into a territory, and ultmately to destroy civilization.

    Of particular significance is the assassination of  prominent scientists and physicians, professors of medicine in the country’s leading academic institutions, its social scientists and historians, its physical scientists, its biologists, its engineers.

    we are dealing with a carefully devised covert operation. The plan to kill the nation’s scientists and intellectuals emanates from US intelligence and the military. It is a deliberate process.

    Is the new Obama administration going to turn a blind eye to this diabolical and criminal agenda?  (Read here)

    The Last Shout

    The Last Shout

    By Michael James in Germany


    It came to me as something of a surprise to learn that the German authorities and their Zionist puppet masters allowed me to remain online until Monday, December 1. So much so, that I could not resist writing one final article, one final shout aimed at the Zionist-Bolshevik takeover of the world we, as children of my generation, once knew as fertile soil for dissent and freedom.

    America has just elected an avowed Marxist, aligned with the principles of British Fabianism, to be their president for at least the next four years. McCain would have been no different; for the Zionists and the State of Israel, who control America, stacked their cards to ensure for themselves a satisfactory outcome either way.

    We in the European Soviet Union have become accustomed to the gradualism of a Jewish-Freemasonic dominated socialist bureaucracy that stifles freedom of speech and imprisons truth tellers as a matter of course under various strictures aimed at those brave enough to challenge historical orthodoxy and the Zionist manipulation of the usurious banking and financial system. On account of our weakness and cowardice to resist the encroachments upon our liberties, we are now easy prey for the Satanic elites who govern us by decree from Brussels.

    At a whim, they haul us before their judicial synagogues in the same fashion as the Spanish Inquisition. No jury. No admissible defence. No escape from Gulag Europa. Case closed.

    Now Americans must suffer the same plight. The corporate fascist enabling laws, most of which took shape under executive orders issued by the Clinton and Bush administrations, are now the purloin of the international socialist Obama government. It is my suspicion that the CFR and the Bilderberg cliques have determined that Obama will be a two-term president; and under his auspices Americans will be left disarmed, without any freedom of speech and devoid of the civil liberties they enjoyed prior to the treasonous Bush junta.

    It is hardly a surprise to me that Obama has chosen former Clinton insiders, Zionist communitarians, treacherous Israeli dual-citizens and “Common Purpose” advocates as his main advisors. It was a done deal months before his (s)election. Once again, Americans have foolishly allowed themselves to be ensnared by the serpentine hypnotic trance of the City of London and its Zionist overlords.

    The new American president may well be the “Black Pope” of which Nostradamus spoke, for the aforesaid recognised no higher authority than the Father of Rome; and America has, by its own volition and servitude to the parasitic Zionist entity, inherited every aspect of the empire that never died but was torn apart by civil war and internal strife. This curse has now been passed to the United States, which will soon experience nothing but disunity, repression, martial law, secession and massive suffering on a scale far surpassing that of the Great Depression.

    I am simply an ordinary Englishman living in Germany under the shadow of a plastic Zionist dictatorship and the prospect of arrest and imprisonment due to the opinions I have published over the past few years. Yet I care deeply for my fellow ancestral Europeans in America, for they were always our last hope: comprising the great Alamo of resistance against global Jewish-Zionist tyranny and its much-heralded communist Noahide laws for the Goyim.

    Now the Alamo has fallen, and with it nary a chance that the world can be truly free again.

    And so the burden of responsibility for the future of our children and our grandchildren lies upon the shoulders of brave individuals in place of steadfast, free and independent nation states. You know who you are, and the decision to do the right thing is yours and yours alone. Nobody will help you. Like me, you’re a lone wolf pining for freedom. Look to no leaders, for there are none; and those who pose as such are merely tools of the state.

    These are the days of which the great prophets and seers of all religions spoke. These are not the End of Times, but the beginning of a leaderless resistance: the turning of the tide.


    In the early hours of Monday morning, the parasitic Zionists will cut me off from the rest of the world by word and mouth, and I must trust that my letters pass untrammelled through the hands of the German Zionist police state, which has unerringly and successfully connived at depriving me of my income.

    But I shall continue to fight to the bitter end, for this is my Alamo. They cannot and will not ever break my spirit. I shall never accept defeat, go down on my knees and lick the boots of the financial and political Master Race. I am, and shall always remain, a defiantly freeborn Englishman.

    I refuse to be a slave to those who have torn our world asunder and who have despoiled our culture, our values and our noble heritage with their insane decadence and sneering disrespect.

    And you? Will you go gently into the night?

    It’s your shout.


    Mike James, an

    Englishman, is a former freelance journalist resident in Germany since 1992 with additional long-haul stays in East Africa, Poland and Switzerland.

    Evidence being deliberately ignored?


    Evidence being deliberately ignored?

    November 29, 2008 | Dan Qayyum | PakistanKaKhudaHafiz .com

    Strange that none of the media (TV or Print) have picked this up at all. Or have they been deliberately ignoring it?

    Have a look at the attached pictures of one of the terrorists. [Another angle]

    Notice the orange thread / band on his right hand.


    Tying a red thread or cord around the wrist is a Hindu practice and it is unlikely a Muslim, especially one politicized enough to carry out an attack such as this, would observe it. I think this provides more evidence that this was a false flag operation or at least an attack by a non-Muslim group. For more information about the significance of the red thread see wikipedia and this blog post. [Thanks to Uruk]

    Additionally, the terrorists inside the Nariman House Building were reported to have stocked up on supplies on Wednesday evening, buying not just food items but liquor, among other things, from a local store [Source]. Again, it is highly unlikely that a Muslim, let alone a ‘Mujahid’, and especially one politicized enough to carry out such an attack, would consume liquor in normal life, let alone hours before his inevitable ‘martyrdom’.

    Don’t let them ignore it. Circulate this to as many people as you can as we strongly believe it wouldn’t have been ignored if the terrorists were carrying a copy of the Qur’an, or a taveez.


    It is customary for Hindus to tie a red thread – commonly called a mauli or kalava – on the wrist at the beginning of a religious ceremony. The thread is tied on the right wrist of men and the left wrist of women. The literal meaning of mauli is ‘above all’. Here the reference is to the head that stands high. With the moon perched on top of Shiva’s head he is referred to as Chandramauli.

    A person often puts on the red thread on one’s wrist when doing a ceremony, ritual or puja, such as worship to the Ganga River, a deity, or for certain blessings. The thread helps preserve or imbibe those blessings when it is tied around one’s wrist during the ceremony. The practice of tying the thread dates back to the time when Vamana Bhagwan tied this holy thread on the wrist of the progressive King Bali to grant him immortality.

    Clues nudge India to look beyond Pakistan

    Clues nudge India to look beyond Pakistan

    By Jawed Naqvi
    NEW DELHI, Nov 28: The recovery of the bodies of a Brooklyn rabbi and his wife on Friday at the end of the seizure of a Jewish centre in Mumbai by terrorists could be as good a reason as any to start a discussion on India’s Middle East policy, among other questions the attacks raised.

    Instead, as Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi probably noted here on Friday, the penultimate day of his ill-

    fated visit, that India — mainly its media, the leadership, and a middle class that easily acquires the demeanour of Shakespeare’s mob-like crowds — remained obsessed with a Pakistani hand in the horrific blood-letting.

    Mr Qureshi, on his part, was adamant at a news conference hosted by Delhi’s women journalists that there were no longer training camps for terrorists in Pakistan. Few would accept that he had not overstretched the point. Asked if the killers of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the truck bomber of Marriott Hotel were trained elsewhere, he waffled, saying something about an international link, and named Iraq as a factor.

    Between India’s threat of retribution against Pakistan for the Mumbai massacres and Mr Qureshi’s denial of terrorists thriving in his watch, lies an opportunity to clear the vision on both sides. There is a good chance that the chief of ISI, an institution hitherto blamed for all the ills of Pakistan and for bad blood with India, may yet clear the air with a promised visit to New Delhi to discuss Mumbai’s tryst with terror.

    Mr Qureshi sought to allay Indian fears that the ISI was an untrustworthy rogue entity, telling reporters that the agency was today taking orders from an elected government, and not from anyone else. He did not, how-

    ever, entirely rule out the presence of rogue elements “in your society and ours”.

    In the meantime, the Indian media has picked up what it said was enough evidence from two or more men, apprehended from among the terrorists for questioning, to claim clinching evidence against “elements in Pakistan” for the act. A satellite phone was said to have been used to call Karachi a few times during the three-night standoff. Some incriminating credit cards were said to be found as well as a boat that apparently transported them from Karachi.

    The Indian government threw its weight behind the reports. An Indian foreign ministry statement described a telephone call Mr Mukherjee made to Mr Qureshi in terms that could be seen as terse. Mr Mukherjee conveyed “the hope that the Government of Pakistan will take immediate action with regard to the terrorist attacks on Mumbai”.

    “The Government of Pakistan has said that it wants a leap forward in our bilateral relations, (but) outrages like the attack on our Embassy in Kabul and now the attack on Mumbai are intended to make this impossible,” the statement quoted Mr Mukherjee as saying.

    There was a glimpse of conciliation though. “The groups responsible and their supporters are, therefore, also acting against the direct interests of the Government of Pakistan.” But the bottom line was that India expected “Pakistan to honour its solemn commitments not to permit the use of its territory for terrorism against India”.

    Dr Singh received a call from President Asif Ali Zardari, who assured him that Islamabad “will cooperate with India in exposing and apprehending the culprits and masterminds behind” the attacks in Mumbai.

    Earlier India’s national security adviser M.K. Narayanan claimed a Lashkar-i-Tayyaba hand, which he said took the link right up to Al Qaeda. A key question, however, remained untended. If it was possible for the killers of Mumbai to have belonged to Pakistan, and who evidently harboured a specific hatred of Jews, Americans and Britons, as reports have suggested being the case, then was it not even more likely that the terrorists bore a greater grudge against President Asif Zardari’s policies for exactly the same reasons.

    In his own way this was more or less the burden of Mr Qureshi’s fulminations in the meeting at the Indian Womens’ Press Club. “I have come here to build bridges. I am mourning with you,” he said. “I want to turn the tide from confrontation into cooperation.” Mr Qureshi recalled Pakistan’s woes with terrorism, saying he too had narrowly escaped assassination recently.

    Yet neither the Indian establishment nor Pakistan appeared ready to address the mocking absurdity in the fact that Muslim extremists, whether originating in Pakistan or anywhere else, had chosen India to vent their anger with the West, even more tragically towards Jews.

    Mr Qureshi did say that terrorism was a global phenomenon in which India and Pakistan were equal targets. But he did not say why this was so. The cold-blooded killing of the rabbi and his wife link the tragic events in Mumbai to the politics of the Middle East as much as they are rooted in the fanaticism breeding in our own region.

    Pakistan holds crisis talks after Mumbai atrocity

    Pakistan holds crisis talks after Mumbai atrocity

    ISLAMABAD (AFP) — Pakistan’s cabinet was on Saturday holding crisis talks to discuss a response to the Mumbai attacks after Islamabad reversed a decision to send the head of military intelligence to India.

    The powerful chief of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency had been due to fly to Mumbai to help the investigation, amid Indian allegations of Pakistani involvement in the terror attacks that claimed 195 lives.

    “The special session of the cabinet will take stock of the situation arising out of the allegations by India and the change in level of ISI participation into the probe,” a government official told AFP.

    Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani rushed to Islamabad from the eastern city of Lahore late Friday to chair the special cabinet meeting and his foreign minister cut short a visit to India and returned home by special plane.

    The meeting comes after an abrupt change of plan by Islamabad, saying it will send only a representative of the ISI to India, and not its head, Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha.

    No explanation was given in a short statement issued by the prime minister’s office for the change of plan. The chief was to have gone at the request of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    However, government sources here said the change came after reservations in top military circles over the unprecedented move.

    “The military leadership was not consulted before an announcement was made to the media regarding the decision to send the ISI chief to India,” a senior government official said.

    Before the government U-turn, chief army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas had told AFP that the decision to send the ISI chief had not been conveyed officially to the army.

    Singh asked Gilani to send the ISI chief to India in a telephone conversation between the pair Friday, after New Delhi blamed the attack on its neighbour, something which the Pakistani premier has vehemently denied.

    Gilani and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari talked to Singh separately and offered to cooperate in the investigation, amid concerns India’s accusations could undo improving relations between the neighbours.

    New Delhi has in the past accused Pakistan, and particularly the ISI, of helping militants attack Indian targets, including the Indian embassy in Kabul earlier this year.

    A December 2001 attack on India’s parliament in New Delhi, which India also blamed on Pakistan, brought the two countries to the brink of war as the neighbours amassed armies at the border.

    The latest Indian allegations surprised Pakistan’s new democratic government, which has repeatedly vowed to work with India to combat terrorism in the region.

    Tensions between the rivals have been easing amid a slow-moving peace process aimed at settling their decades-old feud over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, which triggered two of their three wars.

    Qureshi: no training camps in Pakistan

    Qureshi: no training camps in Pakistan

    Gargi Parsai

    NEW DELHI: Visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said there were no terrorist training camps in Pakistan. The country was pursing a policy of cooperation to add a new chapter in bilateral relationship with India. Kashmir was an outstanding issue on which Pakistan preferred a “peaceful, negotiated settlement.”

    Asked where terrorists were being trained if not in Pakistan, he said, “It is not confined to Pakistan. There have been attacks and suicides in Afghanistan, Iraq. This is an international network and has to be dealt with at an international level. It is a global issue and has to be tackled on that basis.”

    Interacting with the media at the India Women’s Press Corps here, Mr. Qureshi said he did not cut short his visit in the wake of the terror attacks so as to express “solidarity” and “lend support.” “I have come here to build bridges. I am equally saddened by what has happened.”

    Asked about India’s assertion that initial information had shown the involvement of Pakistan elements in the Mumbai attacks, Mr. Qureshi said, “How can you be so sure? You have to build trust. Without trust there can be no beginning. There are extreme and rogue elements in every society. In February the people of Pakistan spoke and rejected extreme fringe elements.”

    To a question, he said the Indian government should have pondered more before pointing a finger at Pakistan. “The leadership must rise above politics and domestic compulsions.”

    Appealing for cooperation and not accusations, he stressed the need for strengthening the anti-terrorism mechanism that had been set up between India and Pakistan. “Terrorists are barbaric and inhuman and we have to eliminate them collectively.”

    On what action the Pakistan government had taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba, he said, Pakistan had banned LeT. “To give a value judgment during this moment is not proper. Experience shows that there should not be a knee-jerk reaction. When the Samjhauta Express bombing happened there were a lot of accusations, but today investigations have reversed that.”

    Claiming that the Pakistan government was going after terrorists, he said such incidents were happening to disrupt the India-Pakistan dialogue process. He said the present government in Pakistan did not subscribe to the values of the Taliban and was looking at the curricula of all madrasas to discourage teaching of militancy.

    Pakistan foreign minister cuts short India visit

    Pakistan foreign minister cuts short India visit

    NEW DELHI: Distressed over widespread charges of involvement of Pakistan in the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood

    Qureshi cut short his four-day visit to India and abruptly left for Islamabad on Saturday morning.

    Qureshi was scheduled to meet Leader of Opposition L K Advani, Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate, at 10.30 am on Friday, but had to cancel his appointment due to a cabinet meeting in Islamabad later in the day, Pakistan embassy sources said.

    He was earlier scheduled to go to Lahore in the evening.

    Qureshi, who started his visit to India Wednesday on a positive note, was “quite upset” about what he saw as India’s “insinuations” pointing to the involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in audacious terror strikes at in Mumbai that has killed over 150 people and left over 300 injured, diplomatic sources said.

    Hours after External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee blamed “some elements in Pakistan” for the terror strikes in Mumbai, Qureshi Friday condemned the “barbaric, inhuman attack” and offered cooperation “at every level” with New Delhi. He also warned against “playing politics” with the terror attacks and said the two countries needed “to turn the tide of confrontation to cooperation.”

    “The Indian government should have pondered more, reflected more before coming to a conclusion,” he said.

    He, however, acknowledged that there could be “rogue elements” in Pakistan who would be working to create a wedge between the two neighbours.

    “We cannot rule out anything,” he said.

    Mukherjee rang up Qureshi Friday evening in the middle of his press interaction with women journalsits of India and impressed upon him the need for Pakistan to take immediate action over the terrorist attacks on Mumbai. He also reminded Islamabad to honour its pledge not to allow its territory to be used for terror attacks against India.

    In a curious coincidence, terrorists targeted ten sites in Mumbai minutes after Mukherjee and Qureshi held talks in New Delhi and agreed to wage a joint fight against terrorism.

    Attacks recharge India-Pakistan war of rhetoric

    Attacks recharge India-Pakistan war of rhetoric

    Indian PM’s decision to accuse Pakistani elements of involvement – before the fighting had concluded – alarms United States

    LONDON — While the world’s attention was focused on the human victims of the Mumbai attacks this week, there is a looming fear that the real target of the attacks, and the most alarming victim, may be the emerging rapprochement between India and Pakistan and the possibility of peace between these nuclear-armed powers.

    A war of rhetoric yesterday left many observers fearing a situation in which India’s moderate government, pressed by an angry public and influential Hindu-nationalist parties, might be forced to escalate military pressure on Pakistan, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari may face similar pressures to raise the stakes lest he appear weak.

    Such a conflict, which would defy the agendas of both George W. Bush’s White House and Barack Obama’s presidency-in-waiting, would reverse years of Western efforts to encourage both countries to put aside their long-standing military conflicts with one another and focus on the larger problem of Islamic militancy and terrorism in the region.

    Indeed, the timing of the attacks has led Indian and U.S. observers to suggest that they may have been designed to undermine efforts by Mr. Obama and his aides to bring Pakistan and India together into a continent-wide trading and military bloc opposed to Taliban-linked forces in Afghanistan and other terrorist influences.

    The attacks occurred as Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was on a peacemaking visit to India, aimed at defusing the long-standing military conflict over the contested Kashmir region and finding common military cause.

    Pakistan’s nuclear program has been tolerated by the United States, which has long seen Pakistan as a key ally in the war on terrorism. More recently, India’s nuclear program has received support from the United States. (Canada is currently negotiating a nuclear co-operation agreement with India to re-establish business ties, despite concerns that India has not signed the international nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.)

    Last month, Mr. Zardari announced his intention to institute a no-first-use nuclear position toward India and promised to disband the political wing of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency, a branch of the military that has repeatedly been linked with al-Qaeda, the Taliban and other Islamist forces, including groups accused of terrorist attacks on India.

    Yesterday, Pakistan’s government repeatedly denied any ties to the Mumbai attacks, and agreed to send the head of the ISI to India to participate in the investigation in an apparent move to acknowledge that Islamist politics and terrorism are now a common enemy of both countries, which for the first time in a generation both have democratic, officially secular governments.

    “Our expression, and our insinuations, need to be measured,” Mr. Qureshi said yesterday in what sounded like a message of caution to India. “Pakistan wants to co-operate. Pakistan wants a friendly relationship with India. And we have today a common enemy. Extremism and terrorism is a common enemy.”

    But even as other Pakistani officials were reiterating that point, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his ministers seemed determined to undermine it, with repeated accusations of Pakistani links to the attacks and subtle suggestions that Islamabad was not doing enough to prevent them.

    Mr. Singh’s decision to accuse Pakistani elements of involvement before the attacks had been investigated – indeed, before they were over – alarmed U.S. officials, diplomats said. Washington rushed a special investigative team to Mumbai yesterday, and a diplomatic mission was sent to New Delhi in an effort to prevent India and Pakistan from turning against one another.

    But Mr. Singh’s position may have less to do with international alliances and loyalties than it does with the more pressing concerns of domestic politics.

    Several major Indian states are in the midst of election campaigns, with voting due to begin next week, and Mr. Singh’s social-democratic Congress Party faces serious challenges in at least four states from the far-right Hindu-nationalist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), whose leaders portray him as a sellout to Pakistan and a Muslim apologist.

    Mr. Zardari of Pakistan, whose wife Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, reportedly by Islamists, has no such political compunction to increase tension with India.

    But he is not in an easy position. If the attackers are found to have Pakistani links, it will either mean that Pakistan’s military and security forces are lax in pursuing al-Qaeda-linked groups bent on large-scale terrorist attacks, or that they are directly involved in the attacks. There are already widespread suggestions that branches of the Pakistani military, as well as the ISI and its former members, are beyond Mr. Zardari’s control – a suggestion that could further weaken him.

    The response to this week’s attacks is a bad portent. Mr. Zardari, in another of his efforts to defuse the tension, issued a warning yesterday that is likely to be reiterated by leaders such as Mr. Obama with increasing frequency in coming days: “We should not fall into the trap of the militants.”

    Who is Paul Volcker? Obama appoints a longtime enemy of the working class


    Who is Paul Volcker? Obama appoints a longtime enemy of the working class

    By Patrick Martin
    29 November 2008

    President-elect Barack Obama announced Wednesday the appointment of former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker to head a White House advisory board to oversee the new administration’s policies for stabilizing financial markets. The selection of the 81-year-old Volcker puts an inveterate enemy of the working class at the side of the new president, and demonstrates the class character of the right-wing government that Obama is assembling.

    In the course of the week, Obama selected his entire economic team: Timothy Geithner, currently president of the New York branch of the Federal Reserve, who will become secretary of the treasury; Lawrence Summers, former Clinton treasury secretary, who will head the National Economic Council, the chief White House group for coordinating economic policy; and Peter Orszag, who will become budget director. Summers, Geithner and Orszag are all protégés of former Clinton treasury secretary Robert Rubin, former CEO of Goldman Sachs and now director and vice chairman of Citigroup.

    These appointments have been greeted favorably on Wall Street, with a 1,200-point runup in stock prices since Geithner’s name was made public last Friday. Congressional Republicans hailed the selection of Geithner and Summers, and an op-ed column in the Wall Street Journal November 28 by former Bush political adviser Karl Rove was headlined, “Thanksgiving Cheer From Obama: He’s assembled a first-rate economic team.”

    But it is the selection of Volcker that is the sharpest warning to the working class. No other individual in modern US history is so closely identified with the deliberate creation of mass unemployment to drive down wages and smash the organized resistance of the working class to the demands of corporate America. He put into motion policies that led to the destruction of large sections of industry and the explosive growth of financial speculation in the US economy.

    Volcker served as Fed Chairman from 1979 to 1987, a critical period in the history of the American working class, in which the official labor movement was effectively destroyed as an instrument of workers’ self-defense, and the unions transformed into what they are today: a mechanism for the suppression of workers’ struggles and the destruction of their jobs and wages.

    Democratic President Jimmy Carter nominated Volcker—a former Chase Manhattan Bank executive—to head the Federal Reserve in August 1979, at a turning point for the American ruling class and world capitalism as a whole. The coming to power of Margaret Thatcher in Britain three months earlier first signaled the drastic shift to the right internationally on the part of big business. The selection of Volcker initiated a similar shift within the United States, which culminated in November 1980 when Ronald Reagan defeated Carter for reelection.

    Runaway price inflation had sparked a series of bitter strikes by workers seeking to defend their living standards, and the Carter administration had suffered a humiliating defeat when more than 100,000 coal miners struck for 111 days in 1977-78 in defiance of a presidential no-strike order under the Taft-Hartley Law. The White House had been unable to cow the miners into submission—they publicly burned copies of the president’s back-to-work order on the picket line—and Carter was compelled to rely on the leadership of the United Mine Workers union to deprive the rank-and-file of any gains from their struggle.

    Volcker was brought in to initiate policies that would suppress inflation—and the wages movement in the working class—by driving up the rate of unemployment. Under his leadership, the Federal Reserve rapidly raised interest rates to an unprecedented 20 percent, choking off home-buying and purchases of cars and other durable goods and triggering a series of corporate bankruptcies.

    The economic turmoil contributed heavily to Carter’s defeat in the presidential contest, but that prospect did not faze Volcker, whose loyalty to the Democratic Party and the president who nominated him took a distant second place to his devotion to the long-term interests of American capitalism, which required the most draconian methods.

    Once Reagan entered the White House in January 1981, Volcker worked closely with the new Republican administration, and was reappointed by Reagan in 1983 to continue his inflation-fighting course. In 1982-83, the US economy plunged into the sharpest recession of the post-World War II period.

    The economic devastation was focused particularly in the industrial Midwest—steel mills, auto plants, coal mines were shut down, many of them permanently. The city of Detroit began the downward slide that has continued to this day, and Buffalo, Akron, Youngstown, Gary, Indiana and countless industrial towns followed suit.

    The response to the attacks by big business and the Reagan administration was the biggest wave of strike struggles since the 1940s, beginning with the PATCO air traffic controllers strike in August 1981, where Reagan ordered the firing of 12,000 workers and made the firings stick. He had the backing of the entire US ruling elite, Democrats and Republicans alike, and critical assistance from the AFL-CIO bureaucracy, which blocked any large-scale mobilization of workers behind the PATCO strikers, leaving them to isolation and defeat.

    Volcker famously praised Reagan for breaking the PATCO strike, calling his action the most important factor in bringing inflation under control.

    PATCO set the pattern for the struggles which followed: Greyhound, Phelps Dodge, Hormel, International Paper, A. T. Massey Coal, Continental Airlines, and Eastern Airlines. Isolated groups of workers engaged in militant and protracted battles, in many cases against state repression and employer violence, all stabbed in the back by the AFL-CIO. The outcome was the destruction of union locals, the arrest, imprisonment and even murder of striking workers, the strengthening of the bureaucratic apparatus, and the emergence of corporatism—labor-management “partnership” —as the guiding philosophy of the American unions.

    Throughout this period, there was a bipartisan anti-labor front in Washington: Republican Reagan in the White House, Democrat Volcker at the Fed, a Republican-controlled US Senate, and a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Democratic governors and mayors worked hand-in-glove with unionbusting corporations, calling out the National Guard or mobilizing local police against strikes in Arizona, Minnesota, Kentucky, West Virginia and countless cities and towns.

    Particularly relevant today is the role played by the Democrats in the bailout of Chrysler Corporation in 1979-80. The Carter administration provided loan guarantees to Chrysler in return for concessions by the United Auto Workers union, including the first-ever cuts in wages and benefits imposed by a major American trade union on its own membership—setting the pattern for the concessions bargaining of the 1980s.

    Like a criminal returning to the scene of the crime, Volcker now goes back to Washington as a principal adviser to another Democratic Party administration preparing to bail out bankrupt auto manufacturers at the expense of the auto workers and the working class as a whole. He can rely on his direct personal experience with the UAW bureaucracy to demand that the union finish the job it began three decades ago: transforming what was once the most powerful section of the American working class into a super-exploited mass of low-paid, casual laborers, without any rights.

    When Obama announced that he was establishing the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, with Volcker as its head, he praised the “sound and independent judgment” of the former Fed chairman. That “judgment” included early support for Obama’s presidential campaign—he gave $2,300 to Obama’s primary campaign last February, the most Volcker has ever contributed to any candidate, Democrat or Republican.

    “Paul Volcker hasn’t been in Washington for quite some time,” Obama said, “and that’s part of the reason he can provide a fresh perspective.”

    Volcker’s record from 1979 to 1987 suggests what this “fresh perspective” will consist of. Unemployment in the United States reached 11.3 percent in 1982, double the level of 1975. The average wage of young workers fell 30 percent by 1987. Infant mortality, family violence, drug addiction and other concomitants of economic hardship soared.

    But the wealthiest 1 percent of the population saw a staggering 50 percent increase in their wealth during that period. That is why the American ruling elite remembers the Volcker years fondly, and why, acting through their servant Obama, the financial aristocracy has summoned the old reactionary for one last service in attacking the working class.

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    Home-grown conflict stretches decades


    Home-grown conflict stretches decades

    Marika Vicziany

    WE do not yet know exactly who is behind the Mumbai bombings.

    But we can consider numerous scenarios, based on past bombings in India’s most cosmopolitan, commercial city.

    An unknown group called Deccan Mujahidin has claimed responsibility. Deccan refers to the high plateau that rises behind Mumbai city – the hinterland of the western Indian state of Maharashtra.

    There has been much violence between Hindus and Muslims in the hinterland.

    If the Deccan Mujahidin have been recruited from that hinterland, it would not come as a surprise.

    On the other hand, the adoption of this name could be a smokescreen.

    Has al-Qaida been involved? The history of local community tension is sufficiently serious it does not need the hand of al-Qaida.

    If it turns out that al-Qaida was involved, it would be because they were either invited into Mumbai by the deeply alienated Muslims of that city or because al-Qaida saw this as fertile ground for spawning its power on the Indian subcontinent.

    In India claims about al-Qaida are often mixed up with allegations about Pakistan’s Intelligence Service, the ISI, or Lashkar-e-Toiba, a wing of the large non-government organisation, Jammat-ud-Dawa.

    With Lashkar-e-Toiba there is some evidence of involvement in recruiting supporters in western India.

    Might radical Muslim students be behind the bombings? Governments have placed radical Muslim student organisations under surveillance, so this seems unlikely.

    We also need to consider another possibility — that this is the work of Hindu rather than Muslim terrorists.

    The history of modern India and Mumbai is littered with violent acts, including terrorism by militant Hindu fundamentalists. But it is unlikely such terrorism would be aimed at foreigners.

    The remaining possibility of suspicion falls on criminal or mafia gangs.

    The Bombay bombings of March 12, 1993, are very similar to what has happened in Mumbai. A series of 13 explosions killed 257 people and injured more than 700.

    Police arrested 123 suspects and at the top of the apex was one family of middle-class Muslims who formed part of a local mafia gang headed up by Dawood Ibrahim.

    The terrible situation in Mumbai must be placed in the context of the politics of Hindu-Muslim conflict during the last decades.

    Indian states have done little to promote peaceful Hindu-Muslim relations or community policing.

    Angry Muslims, therefore, are vulnerable.

    In essence, these Mumbai bombings are home-grown.

    Professor Marika Vicziany is director of Monash University’s Asia Institute and is a specialist on Indian terrorism and security.

    Is India reaping a harvest of hatred sown by Indians? We have seen it all before-a Sri Lankan perspective

    To see what is happening in India today is to look in the rear view mirror of what we did wrong in Sri Lanka. When we suffered terrorist attacks, we blamed it on foreign interference, namely India. India does the same today: the Prime Minister in a televised message blamed a “group based outside the country”. Both countries have failed to realize that the root of the problem is not outside our shores; the problem lies within… So here’s a word of advice from a Sri Lankan to our big neighbour. Don’t go down the path we have taken. Don’t be tempted to sacrifice the freedom of another for your own safety. Be smarter than us. Look within and find the disease that is causing this fever called terrorism. For now, your terrorists seem to be ad hoc groups of lethal young men. With every attack in your country a new terrorist group with a new label takes credit. That’s how it starts. The day will come when a determined and motivated leader manages to coalesce the many fingers of extremism into a hard-hitting fist, with an ideology as compelling as it is evil. When that happens, you will pay a price in blood and sorrow for generations to come. We know this because we have seen it all before.

    Is India reaping a harvest of hatred sown by Indians? We have seen it all before-a Sri Lankan perspective

    As I write this, Indian security forces are still fighting terrorists in Mumbai, the financial capital of India and centre of its glamorous film industry. Over a hundred people are dead, gunned down by young men in a crazed Columbine style shooting of unarmed civilians. A previously unknown group called the Deccan Mujahedeen have claimed responsibility. With the choice of this name-the Deccan valley being a large plateau in India-these guys are sending a clear signal: they are sons of Mother India. And they are not alone: a string of bomb blasts over the last year in Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, and Uttar Pradesh was claimed by another home-grown group calling themselves the Indian Mujahedeen.

    India is the largest democracy in the world. They’ve got several hundred languages, they’ve got every major world religion in residence and originated four of them; they are multi-cultural and multi-ethnic, with a male Prime Minister of the minority Sikh religion and a female President. This is a kaleidoscope of people, all very proud of their individual cultures, and yet also very proud that they are one nation under one flag. This is the land held up as proof that no matter how large, how populated, and how diverse a country may be, democracy works for everyone; democracy protects everyone. So what the hell is going wrong now?

    One of the terrorists spreading carnage at the Oberoi Hotel told Indian television via telephone: “Muslims in India should not be persecuted. We love this as our country but when our mothers and sisters were being killed, where was everybody? Release all the mujahedeens, and Muslims living in India should not be troubled.” What is he going on about?

    In 2002, over two thousand Muslims were massacred in the state of Gujarat. It was called a spontaneous communal riot, but the weight of evidence suggests that it was a premeditated attack against the Muslims organized by local authorities and politicians. The attack was particularly severe against women, with organized rape and mutilation of women and female children-”when our mothers and sisters were being killed, where was everybody?”

    The violence in Gujarat bares many resemblances to the landmark event in our own battle against terrorism: the 1983 anti-Tamil riot. It too was called a spontaneous communal riot, but as with Gujarat the weight of evidence suggested premeditated action by the then government. It is alleged that the government minister Mr Cyril Matthew organized gangs made up of the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya to systematically target Tamil houses and businesses using voter lists which they had conveniently got access to. In Gujarat too, voter lists identified the Muslims and the chief minister Narendra Modi was accused of instigating and encouraging the attacks, and of being wilfully negligent in providing relief to the victims. The 1983 anti-Tamil riot swelled the ranks of militant groups in Sri Lanka with youth determined to exact revenge, and evidently the Gujarat riot has had the same effect in India.

    Our response to 1983 was to ignore it and pretend that it was an isolated and spontaneous incident, rather than accept that there were deep-seated injustices perpetrated against the minority even prior to 1983. India did the same: investigations were sabotaged, no one was held accountable. Few saw the broader context of the problem: the ever-simmering violence in Kashmir, and the fact that the Indian economy-laudable though it is-had left out many Indians, many of whom felt that they had been systematically neglected because of their minority status.

    To see what is happening in India today is to look in the rear view mirror of what we did wrong in Sri Lanka. When we suffered terrorist attacks, we blamed it on foreign interference, namely India. India does the same today: the Prime Minister in a televised message blamed a “group based outside the country”. Both countries have failed to realize that the root of the problem is not outside our shores; the problem lies within. Messages from the Indian public are scrolled continuously on NDTV, most of them blaming the government for inadequate security and calling for a severe crackdown on terrorism (as if they weren’t already trying all this time). Not one message asked the question: “what drove these Indians to do this to other Indians?”

    In the interests of combating terrorism, it won’t be long before anti-terrorist squads ask Indians with Muslim names questions like:  what are you doing out so late? Do you have a legitimate reason for walking near that hotel? How can you prove that you live in this city? If you’re not from here, what reason do you have for being in this city? It won’t be long before Indian Muslims are arrested simply for being Muslims, and asked to prove that they are not terrorists. As for the public, the great majority will applaud these actions. They’ll say it is unfortunate, but it is necessary. We know this because we have seen it all before.

    One of the police officers killed by the terrorists in Mumbai was an ‘encounter specialist.’ This is a euphemism for government assassins who shoot dead alleged gangsters and terrorists without bothering to collect evidence. Our equivalent would be the ubiquitous white vans that make ‘suspected terrorists’ mysteriously disappear and keeps adding to the tally of bodies that wash ashore or turn up in ditches. How does the public know they really are terrorists? We know, and that’s all that matters-who needs evidence anyway? In India these ‘encounter specialists’ are glorified by the media and cinema as heroes. Murderer equals hero. Isn’t that the same logic used by terrorists?

    So here’s a word of advice from a Sri Lankan to our big neighbour. Don’t go down the path we have taken. Don’t be tempted to sacrifice the freedom of another for your own safety. Be smarter than us. Look within and find the disease that is causing this fever called terrorism. For now, your terrorists seem to be ad hoc groups of lethal young men. With every attack in your country a new terrorist group with a new label takes credit. That’s how it starts. The day will come when a determined and motivated leader manages to coalesce the many fingers of extremism into a hard-hitting fist, with an ideology as compelling as it is evil. When that happens, you will pay a price in blood and sorrow for generations to come. We know this because we have seen it all before.


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    Published: November 28, 2008

    WASHINGTON — American intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Friday that there was mounting evidence that a Pakistani militant group based in Kashmir, most likely Lashkar-e-Taiba, was responsible for this week’s deadly attacks in Mumbai.

    The officials cautioned that they had reached no firm conclusions about who was responsible for the attacks, or how they were planned and carried out. Nevertheless, they said that evidence gathered in the past two days pointed to a role for Lashkar-e-Taiba or possibly another group based in Kashmir, Jaish-e-Muhammad, which also has a track record of attacks against India.

    The officials requested anonymity in describing their current thinking and declined to discuss specifics of the intelligence that they said pointed to Kashmiri militants. In the past, the American and Indian intelligence services have used communications intercepts to tie Kashmiri militants to terrorist strikes. Indian officials may also be gleaning information from at least one captured gunman who participated in the Mumbai attacks.

    According to one Indian intelligence official, during the siege the militants have been using non-Indian cellphones and receiving calls from outside the country, evidence that in part led Indian officials to speak publicly about the militants’ external ties.

    Lashkar-e-Taiba denied any responsibility on Thursday for the terrorist strikes. American intelligence agencies have said that the group has received some training and logistical support in the past from Pakistan’s powerful spy service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or I.S.I., and that Pakistan’s government has long turned a blind eye to Lashkar-e-Taiba camps in the Kashmir region, a disputed territory over which India and Pakistan have fought two wars.

    Officials in Washington said Friday that there was no evidence that the Pakistani government had any role in the attacks. But if evidence were to emerge that the operation had been planned and directed from within Pakistan, that would certainly further escalate tensions between India and Pakistan, bitter, nuclear-armed rivals. It could also provoke an Indian military response, even strikes against militants’ training camps.  (more here)


    Kashmiri militant denounces slaughter in Mumbai

    MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) – A leader of militant groups in Pakistani Kashmir called the slaughter of civilians in Mumbai “reprehensible”, and denied that any member of his alliance was involved.

    Sayed Salahuddin heads the United Jihad Council, an umbrella organisation banding together around a dozen ethnic Kashmiri militant groups.

    Suspicion has fallen on a non-member, Lashkar-e-Taiba. Though it fights for the Kashmiri cause, L-e-T was founded in the eastern Pakistani province of Punjab and mainly recruited Punjabis to its ranks.

    “Let me be very clear once again that the United Jihad Council does not approve of civilian killings and under its code of conduct such an act is reprehensible,” Salahuddin said.

    “I can say with utmost certainty that none of Kashmiri jihadi groups has any involvement with the events in Mumbai,” he told Reuters by telephone.

    The targeting of Westerners and Jews as well as Indians in the attack supported views that the perpetrators subscribed to a global jihadi agenda, like al Qaeda’s, and not just a regional dispute like Kashmir.

    Security analysts say L-e-T and Jaish-e-Mohammad, another Punjabi-based militant group fighting for the Kashmiri cause, have links with al Qaeda.  (more here)

    Putin Urges Calm As India Readies Nuclear Forces

    Putin Urges Calm As India Readies Nuclear Forces

    Russian Foreign Ministry sources are reporting that Prime Minister Putin has telephoned India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to react to the attacks upon his Mumbai with ‘calm’ after being informed by Singh that he has invoked India’s National Security Act which puts their Nuclear Forces on
    full alert’.

    India’s NDTV News Service is further reporting that their elite Marine Commando Forces (MCF) are continuing their battles against the terrorist forces holding an estimated 150 hostages and that the death toll is over 200 dead with nearly 1,000 wounded.

    Indian Military Intelligence sources are also reporting to the FSB that the initial ‘confessions’ of those terrorists apprehended show that they are from Pakistan and had entered into Mumbai with what is being termed a ‘strategic attack plan’ giving full details of the attack including the security plans and procedures of all hotels targeted in these attacks.

    As we had previously reported on in our previous report, “Kissinger-Obama Team Targeted In Horrific India Terror Attack”, Pakistan’s Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] and US CIA forces are believed to be the ‘masterminds’ behind these attacks in order to derail President-Elect Obama’s attempts to bring a permanent peace to the Southeast Asia in his hopes of averting Total Global War.

    This latest attack against India, these reports continue, appear to have permanently destroyed Obama’s hopes for achieving this peace as the tensions between the nuclear armed Nations of India and Pakistan which were already near the breaking point over Pakistan’s ISI intelligence services bombing of the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan in July and which killed over 40 people.

    Newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Asif Ali Zardari, who ascended to power after the ISI’s assassination of Benazir Bhutto, has sought to reign in the power of the rogue agency but only with limited success, and as we can read as reported by the Los Angles Times News Service:

    “Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence, has quietly shut down a unit that for decades spied on domestic politicians and exerted shadowy influence in affairs of state.

    Analysts described the decision to deactivate the ISI’s “political wing” as the latest in a series of steps meant to separate the army and the security apparatus from domestic politics — and also to rehabilitate the spy agency’s battered public image.

    The ISI, which nurtured the Taliban movement in the 1990s, has been dogged by allegations that elements within the agency are acting in concert with Islamic militant groups. Those tensions came to a head earlier this year when U.S. intelligence officials confronted Pakistan’s new civilian government with evidence of ISI complicity in militant activities, including the July bombing of the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan, and demanded agency reforms.

    At the height of its powers, the ISI’s secretive political wing rigged national elections and arrested and intimidated domestic opponents, according to public accounts provided by some retired ISI officials.”

    Not being understood by the American people about the attacks upon India is their Bush Administrations long push to have the Indian government and military factions join with them in their attempt to enjoin our World in Total War, and which up until today India has strongly resisted and which after today their own peoples may not allow them to do.

    If the worst is to be expected, than our World will see a rapid escalation of hostilities between India and Pakistan leading to nuclear strikes which will destroy the already bankrupt Nation of Pakistan and lead to the ‘last buffer’ between the West and its goal of South and Central Asia hegemony over the last remaining proven oil and gas riches on Earth to be removed.

    However, Russia, Iran and China have vowed that should the West attempt this move against them they will respond, and which as of this moment the Western Powers appear ready to accept, no matter how many hundreds of millions of our human race will be killed.

    To those remaining skeptical over the United States and its Western Allies intentions to engulf the entire World in flames in order to insure their extravagant lifestyles while over half of our human race is starving to death, this attack on India should dispel any of their remaining illusions.

    How Did Israel Manipulate the US Into Attacking Iraq And Declaring A “War On Terrorism”?

    How Did Israel Manipulate the US Into Attacking Iraq And Declaring A “War On Terrorism”?

    by  Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq

    It is critical for anyone who is really after knowing the truth to consider two of the most significant events involving Americans since the year 2000. (1)The war on terrorism and (2) the attack on Iraq. How did we come to be involved with these events and also how did we go about assessing blame and identifying the culprits? Looking carefully and dispelling the hype pushed on us by an untrustworthy media would expose significant facts. Let’s look at the two events briefly:

    1. 911 Attacks: The following is from the Globe Intel website:


    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon authorized the leak of sensitive documents which reveal America’s spy agencies were warned about a terrorist strike weeks before September 11… Mossad chiefs insist the Israeli spy agency was tracking Osama Bin-Laden’s terrorists in America before September 11 and that the information was passed on to the CIA on Five separate occasions before the attacks on the WTC and Pentagon. As late as August 24, less than two weeks before the attacks, a Mossad warning, confirmed by German intelligence, BND, said that “terrorists plan to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture.

    The following is from the September 18, 2001 issue of the Jerusalem Post:


    …the Israeli officials specifically warned their counterparts in Washington that “large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent.” They offered no specific information about targets, but they did link the plot to Afghanistan-based terrorist Osama bin Laden, and they told the Americans there were “strong grounds” for suspecting Iraqi involvement.

    This was an accusation more than it was a warning! Mossad’s pointing the finger to Bin Laden in advance was an attempt to ensure that Bin Laden was blamed for the attack, to pre-empt the finger-pointing. They wanted no other possibilities to be considered! As a result a lock was placed on Bin Laden. Along with Bin Laden they skillfully also pointed to Iraq, an enemy that they wanted to use the Americans to get rid of. Please note that this was reported on September 18, 2001 in an important Israeli newspaper right after 911. Israel took the initiative way back then to lead the Americans on who to blame and who to attack for 911. They already had their spy network in place in the U.S. and were armed with explosives and in all the right places to carry out 911. They were so exact about when and where it was going to take place that none of their people got killed in the WTC, some even received Odigo warnings 2 hours before it happened and others were strategically placed to film and celebrate the twin towers destruction. Such fantastic knowledge and details is truly amazing for one who did not plan and execute the act.

    What even rubs more salt into the wound for thinking Americans is that The American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) identified the group of speculators who made profits from the 911 attacks to be Israelis! You can read more about this at the following link: 911 Insider stock trades . Not only did the Israelis cause Americans misery on 911, they profited handsomely from it and have caused America to treat all of Israel’s enemies as American enemies. Today Hizbullah, Hamas and all legitimate freedom fighters in Palestine along with countries like Syria and Iran which at one time were Israel’s enemies are now America’s enemies. Not to mention the total obliteration of Israel’s arch enemy Iraq.

    2. Attack On Iraq: Israel manipulated western intelligence agencies to attack Iraq. Here is a story about this from the Hebrew Press where an Israeli general admits how his government manipulated the American and British intelligence agencies:


    How Israel Manipulated Western Intelligence Agencies
    Richard H. Curtiss, Special to Arab News

    WASHINGTON, 19 December 2003 — It’s no secret that much of the news reported in Israel’s Hebrew-language media never reaches the mainstream American press, for the simple reason that items unfavorable to Israel generally are not translated. And, because very few Israelis break this self-imposed censorship, items from the Hebrew press that do appear may be much more newsworthy than their anemic English translations indicate.

    It was a bit stunning, therefore, to read an article in Strategic Assessment, the quarterly bulletin issued by the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. The report, titled “The War in Iraq: An Intelligence Failure?” was written by Shlomo Brom, a brigadier general in the Israeli Army reserves, and said what no one seems to have dared publish since President George W. Bush decided to wage war on Iraq. Shockingly, it told the full truth about the American and British intelligence “sources” making the case for war.

    In fact, according to Brom, these sources were utterly compromised by Israeli intelligence, which made the case for starting the war and kept it going as long as necessary. The retired general described Israel as a “full partner” in US and British intelligence failures that exaggerated Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs in the lead up to the US-led invasion…

    In both these examples Israel led American actions on who to blame and who to attack. Can we say it is coincidence that the only nation in the world that is leading us to blindly follow their suggestions in matters of critical importance to the U.S. is Israel? How is it that this small nation has so much power and pulls over the mighty U.S.?

    This should be of great concern to Americans. We are being led to kill and be killed not as a result of American interests but as a result of being manipulated by a foreign country for their gain. The recent Harvard study exposing the Israeli Lobby role as the main cause of America getting into the war in Iraq and also leading America into a war with Iran confirms this. We have been told who did 911, the worst domestic attack on U.S. soil, and also blocked from doing any reasonable investigation to find the true culprits from the available evidence. We have been told that there is proof but after more than 4 years none have been shown to the American public. Even the FBI has openly admitted that there is not a shred of evidence that was found to link the 911 attacks to Al-Qaeda. Some point to the Osama Bin Laden videos as evidence. But these have been proven to be fakes by German scientists and others but were never reported by our mainstream media. I guess if smoke signals were a means of communication for us today somehow they would have found the right smoke signals to implicate Bin Laden. Afterall it was the Israelis who identified him for us and that is why the media was so quick to repeat the blame.

    It is as if Americans don’t know anything about frame-ups even though Israel has been guilty of framing Arabs on numerous occasions for actions they commit. Not only guilty, but Israelis have been caught numerous times conducting false flag operations to blame Muslims. Even with Israelis also admitting that they manipulated Americans and Brits to attack Iraq with false intelligence, the average American still remains blind. We are indeed in a very dark period of American history. This is a very sorry state of affairs for us. What is worse is the death and misery our nation has unleashed on millions of innocent Muslims as a result of being manipulated by Israel. Is it any wonder that Jews think so little about the intelligence of gentiles?

    Iran is on the agenda next. Are we going to be so foolish to be manipulated AGAIN?



    Mumbai terror attack planned 6 months ago

    An arrested terrorist has revealed that the Mumbai terror attack operation was planned about six months ago.

    Investigators are examining satellite phone and GPS found on trawler seized in Arabian Sea.

    Sources have told NDTV that data from GPS revealed terrorists sailed from Karachi harbour on November 12 or 13. Their phone was used to call Lashkar commander Yusuf Muzamil in Muzaffarabad.

    The group of terrorists stayed in Karachi for about four days. The mobile phone found on a dead terrorist was used to make calls to Pakistan.

    On November 18, Coast Guard had warned of possibility of infiltration by sea route.

    THE BLACKWATER SYNDROME: Pentagon’s End Run Around the Draft


    Dogs of War: A contractor’s tale


    WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) — A recent article in Parameters, the quarterly academic journal of the U.S. Army War College, confirms the military’s critical dependence on private contractors.

    What much of the debate over the use of contractors overlooks is that their presence on American battlefields is not the result of the greed of a bunch of opportunistic entrepreneurs and shady corporations. Instead, it is the result of deliberate decisions made decades ago.

    The article, by retired Marine Corps Col. Mark Cancian, finds that most jobs performed by contractors on the battlefield are unobjectionable and should not be done by military personnel. He states what most informed observers of the industry have long known: following the Cold War, the services, especially the active-duty Army, were structured with an emphasis on combat units at the expense of support units. “As a result,” he writes, “there is a large and enduring shortage of support units. The use of contractors on the battlefield is no longer an optional or marginal activity.”

    Cancian is correct, but it is worth remembering that it wasn’t supposed to be this way.

    In the aftermath of the Vietnam War the U.S. military shifted to an all-volunteer force. Military leaders set up a series of organization “trip wires” to preserve the tie between the nation’s foreign policy decisions and American communities. Led by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Creighton Abrams, they wanted to ensure that the military would not go to war without the sufficient backing and involvement of the nation. But this “Abrams Doctrine” has since been outsourced.

    What happened? During the Cold War the Army planned to use all of its combat forces in the event of a conflict with the Warsaw Pact. Force planners also were required to provide a full complement of support units for these combat units.

    In the post-Cold War era, instead of a global war against another superpower and its allies, strategic planning called for the U.S. military to prepare for two nearly simultaneous regional conflicts, such as Korea and Iraq. Such planning envisioned the same kind of high-intensity conventional conflict that typified the Cold War, albeit short, violent and limited, and fought with smaller forces. Thus, the Army radically changed its force structure to adapt to this new strategic environment.

    As the Army shrank its force structure it changed the way it employed combat forces. Planners foresaw employing only eight to 10 divisions. That strategy justified the active-duty divisions but left National Guard combat units searching for a mission. The compressed timelines envisioned for these conflicts made employment of reserve combat units unlikely. It was simply not possible to mobilize, train up and deploy on the envisioned timeline.

    Planning for support forces reflected this strategy. All active divisions needed a full set of support, from active or reserve support units. The enhanced Guard brigades required some support but not a full set because they were to be deployed in secondary roles. Guard divisions required no support.

    This meant that support forces could be substantially reduced. In reality, even this lower goal was not met and the Army accepted “risk” in its support force. Internal Army analyses showed a shortfall of more than 60,000 soldiers.

    Furthermore, the Iraq insurgency turned out to require the continuous employment of large combat forces. At first active-duty combat forces were able to handle the initial combat phase and even the first rotation of troops out and into theater. But then active-duty combat forces needed a rest. Reserve combat forces were then placed into the rotation. As the conflict wore on, essentially every National Guard combat unit was deployed to some theater — Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia or Kosovo. A major problem then arose: Planners had not provided sufficient support forces to sustain all the combat organizations. The National Guard combat units had not been expected to need this level of support.

    The solution was contractors. They would fill the huge gap between the support force that was needed and the military support forces that were available.

    According to Cancian, things will not change in the future. The Army is currently expanding from 482,400 to 547,400 soldiers. This expansion could have reduced dependence on contractors if the additional personnel were channeled into support units. But it has not. Although some of the additional manpower is being integrated into support units, the majority is going to combat units.

    The purpose is clear: reduce stress on personnel by increasing the number of units in the rotation base. Army leaders have repeatedly cited the need to lengthen the time units spend in the continental United States. In all their testimony related to expanding the force, Army leaders have never expressed a desire to reduce dependence on contractors.

    In fact, if Cancian is right, all future U.S. military operations are explicitly based on the utilization of contractors.

    “The Army is developing a strategy based on a future of ‘persistent conflict’ where every combat unit, active and reserve, deploys on a regular basis,” he writes. “Indeed, the Army’s planned force structure does not make strategic sense without the implicit expectation of continuous deployments. As a result, the Army will continue to depend on contractors in support of deployed forces.”

    Yet for all the military’s dependence on contractors, their role continues to be minimized and discounted. Another article in Parameters by George Washington University Law Professor Steven Schooner notes that the true U.S. death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan recently reached the 6,000 threshold. But that is not what the media are reporting, and as a result the public remains generally unaware.

    “On the modern, outsourced battlefield, contractors are sustaining injuries and fatalities in increasing numbers,” writes Schooner. “Specifically, the losses chronicled in The Washington Post’s ongoing ‘Faces of the Fallen’ series fail to recognize the little-known fact that, as of 30 June 2008, more than 1,350 civilian contractor personnel had died in Iraq and Afghanistan in support of U.S. military and political operations. Another 29,000 contractors have been injured; more than 8,300 seriously. Yet contractor fatalities (and injuries) remain generally outside the public’s consciousness.”

    Experts not certain al-Qaeda to blame

    Experts not certain al-Qaeda to blame

    • Paisley Dodds London
    • November 29, 2008
    Commandoes get down from a chopper to the roof of a house owned by Israelis in Colaba, Mumbai.Commandoes get down from a chopper to the roof of a house owned by Israelis in Colaba, Mumbai. Photo: Saurabh Das

    SPY agencies around the world had little warning of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, which bore some al-Qaeda hallmarks but appears unlikely to be linked to the group’s core leadership.

    Westerners in India’s financial centre were targeted in the spectacular attack comprised of multiple simultaneous assaults — a signature of past al-Qaeda actions, including the September 11, 2001, attacks.

    But the Indian attack was carried out by gunmen, not the suicide bombers frequently employed by al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

    “We have been actively monitoring plots in Britain and abroad and there was nothing to indicate something like this was about to happen,” a British security official said.

    Western security experts believe attacks organised, directed and funded specifically by al-Qaeda’s core leadership along the Afghan-Pakistan border are not frequent.

    More common are incidents in which terrorists have either some limited contact with al-Qaeda leaders or are inspired to carry out attacks by the ideology of Islamic extremism.

    British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told reporters it was “premature to talk about links to al-Qaeda” and that the intended targets still had not been identified.

    “This is only the latest in a series of attacks in India over the last year or two,” he said, adding: “Terrorism is not just a war against the West.”

    A US counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lashkar-i-Taiba (Army of the Pure) and Jaish-i-Mohammed (Army of Mohammed) are what “people are starting to look at. But I can’t caution enough to treat it as a theory, a working assumption.

    “What the Indians have in their favour is that they’ve got some of these guys. It seems logical that they can expect to work their way back reasonably quickly.”

    Indian officials said several gunmen were captured.

    Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed “external forces” and the Indian navy said its forces were boarding a cargo vessel suspected of ties to the attacks. Navy spokesman Captain Manohar Nambiar said on Thursday that the ship, the MV Alpha, had recently come to Mumbai from Karachi, Pakistan.

    Pakistan’s Port and Shipping Minister, Nabil Gabol, said Indian authorities had not asked him for information about what he called a “false allegation”.

    “They should not drag Pakistan into this just to overcome their own political problems,” he said.

    Major-General R. K. Hooda, the leader of the operation to flush out the militants, said that they had pretended to come from Hyderabad, in central India, but they had captured one man who spoke with a Punjabi accent and appeared to be from Pakistan.

    Lashkar-i-Taiba is based in Lahore, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, and was supported by the Pakistan Government’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency during the 1990s.

    It nearly sparked a war between India and Pakistan when it attacked the Indian parliament in 2001, along with Jaish-i-Mohammed.

    Few terrorism experts have heard of the Deccan Mujahideen, who have claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    “Initially, we saw violence in India imported from outside — with allegations of Pakistani Government support — but now we are seeing new, home-grown groups,” said Nigel Inkster, director of Transnational Threats at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

    “There is a possible link to al-Qaeda,” he said. “Logically, it would be easier for al-Qaeda to get things done in India than in the US and Europe. Everyone’s been expecting some type of pre-US election or post-US election spectacular, and there is some speculation that this is it.”

    Whoever was responsible, their demands have been vague.

    A militant inside the Oberoi Hotel told Indian television by telephone: “Release all mujahideen, and Muslims living in India should not be troubled.”

    Another, inside the Jewish Chabad-Lubavitch centre, who called himself Imran, phoned an Indian television station to say: “Ask the Government to talk to us and we will release the hostages. Are you aware how many people have been killed in Kashmir? Are you aware how your army has killed Muslims?” he said.

    Who could have done it?


    Six hours after the attack, Indian media received an email from this unknown group, claiming responsibility. Experts are sceptical. An Indian news channel reported that the email’s sender was traced to Russia.


    In May, the organisation, headed by Abdul Subhan Qureshi, known as “India’s bin Laden” threatened to attack tourist sites unless the Indian Government withdrew its support for America. It has claimed responsibility for bombings in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi since July. But analysts believe it does not have the resources to have conducted the Mumbai operation alone.


    Mumbai’s most notorious crime boss, Dawood Ibrahim, was accused of masterminding the March 1993 blasts in Mumbai. At that time he lived in Dubai but later moved to Karachi. Indian intelligence alleges he is holed up in the tribal areas of Pakistan.


    Al-Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Taiba has been active in fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir since 1993. In the past, the group was alleged to have close links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency. But from what is known, few believe Pakistan played a role in the Mumbai attacks.




    Chief investigator of recent terror bombings which implicated Hindu terrorists and a rogue Army officer, who supplied RDX hi-explosive to the groups to bomb train, killed by a sniper’s bullet in the Mumbai seige by unknown military forces.

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    Piracy in the Red Sea: Saudi points towards Israel


    The Star Sirius

    Piracy in the Red Sea: Saudi points towards Israel

    Columnists fear that a plan is underway for ‘internationalization’ of security in the Red Sea.
    By Habib Trabelsi – PARIS

    Not only do columnists and analysts openly accuse Israel of sponsoring acts of piracy that multiply off Somali waters, but they also do not hide their fears of an internationalization of security in the Red Sea, where Israel plays a decisive role.

    “What is happening in the Horn of Africa is not a simple case of piracy. These acts of piracy raise various questions about the capabilities and equipment of simple outlaws who are seeking ransoms,” wrote Tuesday (November 25) Nawaf Al-Meshal Sabhan in the Saudi daily Al-Iqtissadia.

    “These acts triggered statements on the internationalization of the Red Sea, in which the enemy state of Israel would be a crucial element,” he adds.

    “Who has got an interest in such an internationalization?” Asks the analyst, echoing “another disturbing development represented by the decision of a shipping company (AP Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container ship operator and supply vessel operator) to divert its huge merchant fleet from Suez Canal and take the route via the Cape of Good Hope.”

    “Who has got an interest in putting pressure on Egypt, by diverting cargo ships of Suez Canal and by making Egypt lose daily income of over $15 million?” the analysts asks again.

    “Who is behind acts of piracy?” Was the headline of the daily Al-Riyadh’s editorialist Dr. Hashem Abdou Hashem.

    “These repeated acts of piracy are premeditated. They are sponsored by a State or organization, in any case by a party seeking to create tension, concern and instability in the Red Sea in order to achieve strategic interests,” he wrote.

    According to him, “this party seeks to convince the international community to monitor the sea on the pretext of ensuring the safety of navigation, ensuring energy supplies and preventing supplies of arms to troublemakers in the region,” referring particularly to the Islamist militia “Shebab” who control much of Somalia.

    Red Sea: “the lung of Arabia”

    More explicitly, Jalal Aref wrote Monday in al-Youm that Arab countries bordering the Red Sea “are now faced with four dangers: The internationalization of security in the Red Sea with the pretext of fighting piracy, Israel’s covetousness of seeking to play a key role in the Red Sea, the theft of Arab oil through piracy, without counting the blow to navigation in the Suez Canal.”

    The daily Al-Iqtissadiya asked in its editorial Monday “how hackers may have means of air defense, missiles guided by satellites, computers and advanced navigation equipment.”

    “This means that some countries close an eye on these acts of piracy for strategic, political and economic reasons,” added the newspaper, pointing out that “the Red Sea is the only waterway in the world where residents are Arab dominant … and it must remain so.”

    Amin Sa’ati, a Saudi expert, demonstrated in a long article published the same newspaper that “the security of Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea are inseparable (…) since 30% of global crude, including the one of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states, pass through the Red Sea, the bulk of our desalinated water resources comes from the Red Sea, and our imports and exports pass largely through the Red Sea. ”

    “The Red Sea is our lung (…). The kingdom must convene a meeting of countries bordering the sea to develop a mechanism for strategic cooperation. But it seems that foreign forces do not want stability in the region. Israel remains the main obstacle to such cooperation,” added the expert.

    Besides Saudi Arabia, eight other countries bordering the Red Sea are: Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Israel.

    Yemen: mobilize Arabs

    Last October, Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh called on Arab countries bordering the Red Sea to “assume their responsibility” to remove any pretext for an internationalization of security in the sea.

    His appeal came shortly after a decision by NATO to strengthen its military presence in the Indian Ocean against piracy off Somalia, in coordination with the European Union (EU).

    Saleh went to Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia for that matter. His foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Korbi, had claimed that Riyadh was “conducive to cooperation among Arab countries bordering the Red Sea to ensure the security of the sea.”

    Speaking on November 20 in Cairo at a meeting of Arab officials bordering the Red Sea, Korbi said that the multinational naval presence in the southern part of the Red Sea was “a danger to Arab national security.”

    Since the diversion of Saudi supertanker, the “Star Sirius” on November 15 by pirates off Somali waters, the Saudi press has been publishing echoes of several Arab journalists and analysts, including Egyptians, who warn against “Israel’s aims for playing a key role in the Red Sea” and against “a US-European control of this strategic sea.”

    Israel in Islamists’ line of fire

    Israel is also condemned by Islamists on Internet sites which are full of inflammatory articles, including one written by the former Secretary General of Kuwaiti Salafist Movement, Sheikh Hamed Al Ali.

    “The aims of the Zionist enemy in the Red Sea have never ceased,” wrote the Islamist cleric on his website, illustrating his long article with a quote by a former commander of the Israeli navy regarding “a diabolical plan” which aims to “transform the Red Sea into a Jewish lake.”

    Sheikh al-Ali also lists examples of “the Zionist military engagement in Ethiopia,” particularly “sophisticated aircraft-radars and 60 military Zionists experts.”

    That is why Sheikh al-Ali called the mujahideen in Somalia “to eliminate pirates whose irresponsible acts will be exploited by western hackers to the benefit of the diabolical Zionist plan and to abort the Islamic project in Somalia.”

    The Shebab, who called piracy an offence to Islam, threatened to attack the pirates if they will not release the “Star Sirius.”

    FM: No Israelis in Mumbai Hospitals

    FM: No Israelis in Mumbai Hospitals

    ( Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yossi Levi said, mid-morning Thursday, that according to the data received by Israel’s control center for the Mombai terrorist attacks there are no Israelis among the wounded or dead in Mombai hospitals.

    Levi added that reports coming had not yielded new specific information about the condition of Chabad Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, who are being held by terrorists in the Mumbai Chabad house.

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    Mumbai, or how to get rid of the Islamic Bomb

    Mumbai, or how to get rid of the Islamic Bomb


    It’s all coming together. When the Bush administration – just on time before the election – pushed through the nuclear proliferation deal with India, a lot of people questioned its sanity. Why would you supply critical nuclear technology to a country that had several wars with its neighbour Pakistan? The only thing that stopped both countries so far from letting loose their nuclear arsenals on each other has been the fear of mutually assured destruction. Isn’t it obvious that providing India with the latest nuclear technology will give the country the edge over its neighbour, adding to the instability in the region and increasing the risk of a nuclear confrontation?

    The reason for this insanity is that America is no longer comfortable with the ‘Islamic bomb’, the nuclear weaponry owned by Pakistan. Or to be more precise, Israel and its lobby were able to convince the US to take steps to disarm Pakistan. The plan they came up with was the same they used when the Afghani Taliban asked for too big a share of the heroin cake in return for ensuring an undisturbed opium production. Linking them to a terrorist attack the Americans had committed themselves. It’s standard operating procedure. After the successful test run in Oklahoma, that convinced America’s ruling crime families that they sufficiently control the media to get away with anything, they pulled off 9/11 to have an excuse for their various neocolonial wars and NWO legislations. They bombed Bali to give Canberra sufficient public support for the Australian participation in the War for Drugs and the War for Oil for Israel. They bombed the London Tube and the Madrid trains for the same reason. They were going to do the same thing in Germany too, to give former StaSi now Mossad spy Angela Merkel more leverage, but there was too much resistance within the German intelligence community and they had to call it off.

    If you wonder how much evil a human being can do – or allow to happen – before being stopped by his own conscience, let me assure you that’s not how it works. Our ruling elites and their shills – whether they are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish or Agnostic makes no difference – are strongly influenced by ancient Kabbalistic and Masonic mysticism. They hope to grow their power and wealth, or find redemption by committing as much evil as they can get away with. Quite a few of them secretly engage in full-blown Satanism, aiming to bring about the triumph of Satan over God through the rampant use of Satanic symbols and by doing extreme evil. This is why Churchill and Roosevelt murdered millions of innocent German and Japanese civilians and defenseless prisoners of wars. This is why the Americans are murdering millions of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is why they are poisoning not only Iraqi civilians but their own troops with the rampant use of depleted uranium coated ammunition.

    Anyone who is hoping for Obama to stop this nonsense must be severely delusional. Obama made it perfectly clear, on a number of occasions, that he is willing to engage the US in an armed confrontation with Pakistan. He wouldn’t be where he is unless he had promised to go to war with Pakistan.

    Republican and Democrats are just two sets of puppets controlled by the same players. Oklahoma wasn’t planned by Bill Clinton, but by George Bush. 9/11 wasn’t planned by George Bush, but by Bill Clinton. And the destruction and disarming of Pakistan – although minutely planned and put into motion under George W. Bush – will be completed by Obama, unless America comes to its senses. Why else would Obama keep Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates?

    As in New York, London and Madrid the dirty work of the terrorist attack was done by Mossad, the world’s most experienced assassins. They own the building from which the snipers operated and they bombed train stations before, most notably in London and Madrid. Most incriminating though is that, just like in all the previous false-flag attacks, no Jews were injured or killed. It’s okay for a Jew to kill hundreds and thousands of Gentiles, according to the Talmud even his duty, but the blood of a Jews is too valuable, unless he has made the rabbis upset.

    The Indian government obviously isn’t innocent. The attacks are on such a scale, that they couldn’t have possibly be performed without the knowledge of the local authorities. Only time will tell whether Delhi can get away with it. They must hope that Hindu hatred for Muslims sits so deep and compassion for their own is so scarce, that they don’t mind.

    Andrew Winkler is the founder and editor/publisher of dissident blog and alternative news site You can read more of his writings in the editorial section of Andrew can be contacted on

    Kristallnacht in Hebron


    Clockwise from top left: Israeli settlers teach their children to kill Palestinians; the Khaled Ibn Al-Walid Mosque, threatened by Jewish fanatics; a Muslim cemetery desecrated by settlers

    Kristallnacht in


    When will Israel wake up to its gruesome legacy, asks Khaled Amayreh

    Unconcerned about arrest by the police or prosecution by the Israeli justice system, fanatical Jewish settlers in the Palestinian town of Hebron (Al-Khalil) have been attacking Palestinians, damaging and ransacking their property, exactly like Nazi thugs did to Jewish-owned property in Germany 80 years ago.

    The settlers, who claim to be acting in the name of true Judaism, espouse a messianic doctrine advocating violence and terror against non- Jews in Israel-Palestine for the purpose of creating a pure Jewish kingdom that would be ruled by Halacha, or Jewish religious law.

    The settlers, who represent the core of religious Zionism, believe that the ethnic cleansing of non-Jews in the Holy Land will eventually usher the messianic age and accelerate the appearance of the Jewish Messiah, or Redeemer, who would bring about redemption for Jews and rule the entire world from Jerusalem.

    In recent weeks, these thugs have been attacking Palestinian homes, smashing cars, vandalising property and fostering a general atmosphere of fear and terror throughout this town of nearly 200,000 people.

    Al-Ahram Weekly has inspected the damage inflicted by settlers and spoken with thoroughly terrorised victims who complained that the Israeli authorities and army were effectively giving the paramilitary terrorists a carte blanche to terrorise Palestinians. “They [the settlers] are Nazi, and if there was a stronger epithet, I would not hesitate to use. You can’t imagine the ugliness and brutality of their behaviour,” said Ahmed Al-Jamal, a frequent target of settler terror and vandalism.

    “Every Friday night and Saturday, dozens of settlers, including kids, descend on our neighbourhood to smash our cars, windows and property and shout ‘Death to the Arabs!’ This is their way of sanctifying the Sabbath and pleasing God.”

    Al-Jamal said dozens of settlers, some of them masked, last week attacked his and his brother’s and neighbour’s homes around 2.30am, smashing windows and windshields of parked cars. “We informed the police, and the police told us they would look into the matter. This is pretty much what they have been telling us since 1970 when these ‘Nazis’ came to live here.”

    Mohamed Daana, who lives in Wadi Al-Nasara, located just south of the Jewish colony of Kiryat Araba, said he submitted at least 500 complaints to the Israeli police in a desperate effort to put an end to settler violence and terror against him and his family.

    “The last time I went to submit a police complaint in Kiryat Araba one policeman took me to the next room and told me ‘I want to advise you, there is no point in submitting all these complaints. We simply can’t do anything to help you. The settlers control the state and the army can do little to protect you from them.'” Asked what he would do next to protect his family, Daana said, “I have no choice but to remain steadfast. A harmful neighbour will either die or move away,” said Daana quoting an old Arabic proverb.

    Last week, dozens of young settlers, many of them wearing masks and armed with submachine guns, rampaged through the Khaled Ibn Al-Walid neighbourhood, not far from the colony of Kiryat Araba. There the settlers, who reportedly were dressed in religious attire, vandalised a Muslim cemetery and scrawled the Star of David on Muslim graves.

    On the walls of the Khaled Ibn Al-Walid Mosque, the rampaging thugs scrawled the following phrase: “Mohamed is a pig.” This is the new slogan the settlers are mouthing to offend and provoke the Palestinians. The other slogan is Mavet le Arabim or “Death to the Arabs!”

    These obscenities are infuriating the Palestinians who warned that settlers were trying to instigate a religious war in the Middle East. “What does the Prophet Mohamed have to do with the conflict? Why are they deliberately provoking us? We have never, and never will speak ill of their prophets and religious figures,” said Hassan Jaber, a neighbour of the mosque.

    “When someone touches a Jewish cemetery anywhere in the world, the Jews make a big outcry about anti-Semitism. But when Jews commit blasphemous acts against Islam and Christianity, it is freedom of speech.”

    This is not the first time self-righteous settlers, who claim to be following the Torah, seek to offend Muslim religious sensibilities. According to local Palestinians, settlers have markedly escalated their anti-Islam discourse, mainly by way of scrawling sacrilegious epithets that are deeply offensive to the Islamic faith, such as cursing the Arabic name of God (Allah) and the Prophet Mohamed. Several years ago, a Jewish immigrant from the former Soviet Union pasted on the doors of Arab stalls and shops in downtown Hebron drawings depicting the prophet of Islam as a pig writing the Quran.

    Such sacrilegious acts generally go unpunished by the Israeli government, allowing the settlers and their supporters to feel powerful and immune from government action.

    The bulk of Jewish settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories follow the teachings of Abraham Kook, the first rabbi of Israel, who taught that Jews should seek to expedite the appearance of the “redeemer” or Jewish Messiah by way of carrying out acts of violence and bloodshed. In 1994, a Jewish settler terrorist, an American immigrant by the name of Baruch Goldstein, murdered at least 29 Arab worshipers who as they were praying at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

    Goldstein, who was eventually killed by survivors, became a national hero among religious Zionists and Jewish extremists in general, and his tomb in Kiryat Araba became a pilgrimage site for religious Zionists from around the world. The settlers adopt a manifestly genocidal ideology with regard to how non-Jews living in Israel ought to be treated.

    This ideology, which settlers say is based on the Talmud and is taught at the Mirkaz Harav religious Zionist college in Jerusalem, and gives Palestinians in Israel-Palestine three choices: first, comprehensive enslavement whereby non- Jews, or goyem, would have to accept their inferior status, second, outright expulsion, “lest they remain a thorn in your side,” and third, Old Testament-style physical extermination.

    The settler community in Hebron is not large in terms of numbers. According to Israeli government statistics, no more than 500-600 settlers and Yeshiva (religious school) students live in the old quarter of Hebron among the town’s 180,000–200,000 Palestinian inhabitants. However, thousands of Israeli soldiers and paramilitary troops guard and protect the settlers around the clock, with the chief method of protection taking the form of making large parts of the town off-limit to Palestinians. In other words, 200,000 are held hostage to the whims of 500- 600 thugs who demand that non-Jews be enslaved, expelled or exterminated.

    Needless to say, this causes immense hardship to Palestinian inhabitants whose freedom of movement and economic activities are harshly restricted. In some cases, a Palestinian living, say, in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque, is forced to travel several miles in order to get home from a nearby school or grocery store. The reason for such draconian restrictions is to make ordinary life so unbearable for ordinary Palestinians that they would leave their homes “voluntarily” so that the settlers could then seize them without the need of murdering the inhabitants.

    As usual, the Israeli government continues to treat the settlers with the greatest temerity, refusing to take decisive action to stop their almost daily acts of violent and terror against Palestinians.

    There are three main reasons contributing to the soft-glove policy towards the settlers. First, many of the soldiers serving in the occupied territories, particularly in the Hebron region, are themselves settlers and reluctant to arrest their colleagues. After all, the soldiers and settlers often have the same rabbi and attend the same Yeshiva, and worship at the same synagogue. Moreover, soldiers who are also settlers are effectively answerable first and foremost to their local rabbis, and only secondarily to their army superior. Second, the Israeli state itself views the settlers as a strategic asset that will prevent the creation of a viable Palestinian state, guaranteeing the continuity of Israeli control over the West Bank. This is despite all official propaganda that Jewish settler violence is carried out in spite of the government. Third, the proximity of the upcoming Israeli elections, slated to take place on 10 February, makes the government, especially Defence Minister Ehud Barak (head of the Labour Party) think twice before alienating the settlers, even by carrying out High Court rulings.

    Last week, the Israeli High Court ordered the state to vacate Jewish settlers from an Arab building they had seized after forging ownership documents. However, the settlers and their supporters, including 48 Knesset members (out of 120) and former ministers, vowed to confront the army and police “be it as it may”. Moreover, the settlers were planing to hold a large rally in Hebron to protest against the court decision and to underscore their determination to have their way.

    Israeli President Shimon Peres, the godfather of Jewish settlements in the West Bank who is falsely portrayed as a man of peace, was quoted as saying during a visit to London last week that “Israel will find it difficult to evacuate the settlements without civil war.” Yossi Sarid, a former minister, spoke of “a state within a state that has arisen in the territories.”

    Writing in Haaretz on 21 November, Sarid wrote, “a new custom has come to the country: High Court rulings are one thing, reality is another. One has not the slightest thing to do with the other. The settlements and the outposts are planted firmly in place and refuse to be uprooted; private land of Palestinians is being freely stolen; whole neighbourhoods born in sin are being populated; homes that have been stolen are filled with people; a brazen fence stands according to its original, arbitrary plan with only minimal changes.”

    Sarid’s remarks may even be an understatement of reality.

    One noted Israeli journalist intimated to this writer last week that Israel was facing two nightmarish scenarios in light of the settlers’ determined refusal to leave the West Bank: “We have two alternatives, either we go into civil war or become a fascist or Nazi state. These two choices are becoming starker with the passage of each day.”

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    Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project


    Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project

    Establishing an “Arc of Crisis”

    Many would be skeptical that the Anglo-Americans would be behind terrorist acts in Iraq, such as with the British in Basra, when two British SAS soldiers were caught dressed as Arabs, with explosives and massive arsenal of weapons.[1] Why would the British be complicit in orchestrating terror in the very city in which they are to provide security? What would be the purpose behind this? That question leads us to an even more important question to ask, the question of why Iraq was occupied; what is the purpose of the war on Iraq? If the answer is, as we are often told with our daily dose of CNN, SkyNews and the statements of public officials, to spread democracy and freedom and rid the world of tyranny and terror, then it doesn’t make sense that the British or Americans would orchestrate terror.

    However, if the answer to the question of why the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq occurred was not to spread democracy and freedom, but to spread fear and chaos, plunge the country into civil war, balkanize Iraq into several countries, and create an “arc of crisis” across the Middle East, enveloping neighboring countries, notably Iran, then terror is a very efficient and effective means to an end.

    An Imperial Strategy

    In 1982, Oded Yinon, an Israeli journalist with links to the Israeli Foreign Ministry wrote an article for a publication of the World Zionist Organization in which he outlined a “strategy for Israel in the 1980s.” In this article, he stated, “The dissolution of Syria and Iraq into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front. Iraq, rich in oil on the one hand and internally torn on the other is guaranteed as a candidate for Israel’s targets. Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria. Iraq is stronger than Syria. In the short run, it is Iraqi power which constitutes the greatest threat to Israel.” He continued, “An Iraqi-Iranian war will tear Iraq apart and cause its downfall at home even before it is able to organize a struggle on a wide front against us. Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and Lebanon.” He continues, “In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul and Shiite areas in the South will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north.”[2]

    The Iran-Iraq War, which lasted until 1988, did not result in Oded Yinon’s desired break-up of Iraq into ethnically based provinces. Nor did the subsequent Gulf War of 1991 in which the US destroyed Iraq’s infrastructure, as well as the following decade-plus of devastating sanctions and aerial bombardments by the Clinton administration. What did occur during these decades, however, were the deaths of millions of Iraqis and Iranians.

    A Clean Break for a New American Century

    In 1996, an Israeli think tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, issued a report under the think tank’s Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000, entitled, “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm.” In this paper, which laid out recommendations for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, they state that Israel can, “Work closely with Turkey and Jordan to contain, destabilize, and roll-back some of its most dangerous threats,” as well as, “Change the nature of its relations with the Palestinians, including upholding the right of hot pursuit for self defense into all Palestinian areas,” and to, “Forge a new basis for relations with the United States—stressing self-reliance, maturity, strategic cooperation on areas of mutual concern, and furthering values inherent to the West.”

    The report recommended Israel to seize “the strategic initiative along its northern borders by engaging Hizballah, Syria, and Iran, as the principal agents of aggression in Lebanon,” and to use “Lebanese opposition elements to destabilize Syrian control of Lebanon.” It also states, “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right — as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions.”[3]

    The authors of the report include Douglas Feith, an ardent neoconservative who went on to become George W. Bush’s Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2001 to 2005; David Wurmser, who was appointed by Douglas Feith after 9/11 to be part of a secret Pentagon intelligence unit and served as a Mideast Adviser to Dick Cheney from 2003 to 2007; and Meyrav Wurmser, David’s wife, who is now an official with the American think tank, the Hudson Institute.

    Richard Perle headed the study, and worked on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee from 1987 to 2004, and was Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2004, where he played a key role in the lead-up to the Iraq war. He was also a member of several US think tanks, including the American Enterprise Institute and the Project for the New American Century.

    The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is an American neoconservative think tank, whose membership and affiliations included many people who were associated with the present Bush administration, such as Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, John Bolton, Richard Armitage, Jeb Bush, Elliott Abrams, Eliot A. Cohen, Paula Dobriansky, Francis Fukuyama, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Peter Rodman, Dov Zakheim and Robert B. Zoellick.

    PNAC produced a report in September of 2000, entitled, “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century,” in which they outlined a blueprint for a Pax Americana, or American Empire. The report puts much focus on Iraq and Iran, stating, “Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests in the Gulf as Iraq has.”[4] Stating that, “the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security,” the report suggests that, “the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification,” however, “the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime change of Saddam Hussein.”[5]

    Engineer a Civil War for the “Three State Solution”

    Shortly after the initial 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, the New York Times ran an op-ed piece by Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus and Board Member of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations, the most influential and powerful think tank in the United States. The op-ed, titled, “The Three State Solution,” published in November of 2003, stated that the “only viable strategy” for Iraq, “may be to correct the historical defect and move in stages toward a three-state solution: Kurds in the north, Sunnis in the center and Shiites in the south.” Citing the example of the break up of Yugoslavia, Gelb stated that the Americans and Europeans “gave the Bosnian Muslims and Croats the means to fight back, and the Serbs accepted separation.” Explaining the strategy, Gelb states that, “The first step would be to make the north and south into self-governing regions, with boundaries drawn as closely as possible along ethnic lines,” and to “require democratic elections within each region.” Further, “at the same time, draw down American troops in the Sunni Triangle and ask the United Nations to oversee the transition to self-government there.” Gelb then states that this policy “would be both difficult and dangerous. Washington would have to be very hard-headed, and hard-hearted, to engineer this breakup.”[6]

    Following the example of Yugoslavia, as Gelb cited, would require an engineered civil war between the various ethnic groups. The US supported and funded Muslim forces in Bosnia in the early 1990s, under the leadership of the CIA-trained Afghan Mujahideen, infamous for their CIA-directed war against the Soviet Union from 1979-1989. In Bosnia, the Mujahideen were “accompanied by US Special Forces,” and Bill Clinton personally approved of collaboration with “several Islamic fundamentalist organisations including Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda.” In Kosovo, years later, “Mujahideen mercenaries from the Middle East and Central Asia were recruited to fight in the ranks of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in 1998-99, largely supporting NATO’s war effort.” The US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the British Secret Intelligence Services (MI6), British SAS soldiers and American and British private security companies had the job of arming and training the KLA. Further, “The U.S. State Department listed the KLA as a terrorist organization, indicating that it was financing its operations with money from the international heroin trade and loans from Islamic countries and individuals, among them allegedly Usama bin Laden,” and as well as that, “the brother of a leader in an Egyptian Jihad organization and also a military commander of Usama bin Laden, was leading an elite KLA unit during the Kosovo conflict.”[7]

    Could this be the same strategy being deployed in Iraq in order to break up the country for similar geopolitical reasons?

    The Asia Times Online reported in 2005, that the plan of “balkanizing” Iraq into several smaller states, “is an exact replica of an extreme right-wing Israeli plan to balkanize Iraq – an essential part of the balkanization of the whole Middle East. Curiously, Henry Kissinger was selling the same idea even before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.” It continued, “this is classic divide and rule: the objective is the perpetuation of Arab disunity. Call it Iraqification; what it actually means is sectarian fever translated into civil war.”[8]

    In 2006, an “independent commission set up by Congress with the approval of President George W Bush,” termed the “Baker Commission” after former Secretary of State, James Baker, “has grown increasingly interested in the idea of splitting the Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq as the only alternative to what Baker calls ‘cutting and running’ or ‘staying the course’.”[9]

    It was also reported in 2006 that, “Iraq’s federal future is already enshrined within its constitution, allowing regions to form, if not actually prescribing how this should happen,” and that, “the Iraqi parliament (dominated by Shi’a and Kurds) passed a bill earlier this month [October, 2006] allowing federal regions to form (by majority vote in the provinces seeking merger).” Further, “The law, which unsurprisingly failed to win Sunni support, will be reviewed over the next 18 months in a bid to bring its opponents round.” The article, however, stated that instead of a three state solution, “a system based upon five regions would seem to have more chance of succeeding. A five-region model could see two regions in the south, one based around Basra and one around the holy cities. Kurdistan and the Sunni region would remain, but Baghdad and its environs would form a fifth, metropolitan, region.”[10] The author of the article was Gareth Stansfield, an Associate Fellow at Chatham House think tank in London, which preceded, works with and is the British equivalent of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    “Ethnic Cleansing Works”

    In 2006, the Armed Forces Journal published an article by retired Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph Peters, titled, “Blood Borders: How a better Middle East would look.” In the article, Peters explains that the best plan for the Middle East would be to “readjust” the borders of the countries. “Accepting that international statecraft has never developed effective tools — short of war — for readjusting faulty borders, a mental effort to grasp the Middle East’s “organic” frontiers nonetheless helps us understand the extent of the difficulties we face and will continue to face. We are dealing with colossal, man-made deformities that will not stop generating hatred and violence until they are corrected.” He states that after the 2003 invasion, “Iraq should have been divided into three smaller states immediately.” However, Iraq is not the only country to fall victim to “Balkanization” in Peters’ eyes, as, “Saudi Arabia would suffer as great a dismantling as Pakistan,” and “Iran, a state with madcap boundaries, would lose a great deal of territory to Unified Azerbaijan, Free Kurdistan, the Arab Shia State and Free Baluchistan, but would gain the provinces around Herat in today’s Afghanistan.” Further, “What Afghanistan would lose to Persia in the west, it would gain in the east, as Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier tribes would be reunited with their Afghan brethren.” Peters states that “correcting borders” may be impossible, “For now. But given time — and the inevitable attendant bloodshed — new and natural borders will emerge. Babylon has fallen more than once.” He further makes the astonishing statement that, “Oh, and one other dirty little secret from 5,000 years of history: Ethnic cleansing works.”[11]

    The map of the re-drawn Middle East, initially published alongside Peters’ article, but no longer present, “has been used in a training program at NATO’s Defense College for senior military officers. This map, as well as other similar maps, has most probably been used at the National War Academy as well as in military planning circles.”[12] Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed wrote of Peters’ proposal, that “the sweeping reconfiguration of borders he proposes would necessarily involve massive ethnic cleansing and accompanying bloodshed on perhaps a genocidal scale.”[13]

    Federalism or Incremental Balkanization?

    A month before Peters’ article was published, Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Joseph Biden, a Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times, in which they stated, “America must get beyond the present false choice between “staying the course” and “bringing the troops home now” and choose a third way that would wind down our military presence responsibly while preventing chaos and preserving our key security goals.” What is this third option? “The idea, as in Bosnia, is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group—Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab—room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests.”

    They describe a few aspects of this plan. “The first is to establish three largely autonomous regions with a viable central government in Baghdad. The Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite regions would each be responsible for their own domestic laws, administration and internal security. The central government would control border defense, foreign affairs and oil revenues.” Then, “The second element would be to entice the Sunnis into joining the federal system with an offer they couldn’t refuse. To begin with, running their own region should be far preferable to the alternatives: being dominated by Kurds and Shiites in a central government or being the main victims of a civil war.”[14]

    In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007, Leslie Gelb stated that his plan for “federalizing” Iraq, “would look like this: The central government would be based on the areas where there are genuine common interests among the different Iraqi parties. That is, foreign affairs, border defense, currency and, above all, oil and gas production and revenues.” And, “As for the regions, whether they be three or four or five, whatever it may be, it’s up to—all this is up to the Iraqis to decide, would be responsible for legislation, administration and internal security.”[15]

    The Senate subsequently passed a nonbinding resolution supporting a federal system for Iraq, which has still yet to be enacted upon, because it stated that this resolution was something that had to be enacted upon by the Iraqis, so as not to be viewed as “something that the United States was going to force down their throats.” Further, “when Ambassador Ryan Crocker appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he testified in favor of federalism. In his private conversations with senators, he also supported the idea,” yet, while in Baghdad, the Ambassador “blasted the resolution.”[16] Could this be a method of manipulation? If the American Embassy in Baghdad promotes a particular solution for Iraq, it would likely be viewed by Iraqis as a bad choice and in the interest of the Americans. So, if the Ambassador publicly bashes the resolution from Iraq, which he did, it conveys the idea that the current administration is not behind it, which could make Iraqis see it as a viable alternative, and perhaps in their interests. For Iraqi politicians, embracing the American view on major issues is political (and often actual) suicide. The American Embassy in Baghdad publicly denouncing a particular strategy gives Iraqi politicians public legitimacy to pursue it.

    This resolution has still not gone through all the processes in Congress, and may, in fact, have been slipped into another bill, such as a Defense Authorization Act. However, the efforts behind this bill are larger than the increasingly irrelevant US Congress.

    Also in 2007, another think tank called for the managed “break-up of Iraq into three separate states with their own governments and representatives to the United Nations, but continued economic cooperation in a larger entity modeled on the European Union.”[17] In a startling admission by former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, stated in 2007 that the “United States has “no strategic interest” in a united Iraq,” and he also suggested “that the United States shouldn’t necessarily keep Iraq from splitting up.”[18]


    Clearly, whatever the excuse, or whatever the means of dividing Iraq, it is without a doubt in the Anglo-American strategy for Iraq to balkanize the country. Saying that what is being proposed is not balkanization, but federalism, is a moot point. This is because reverting to a more federal system where provinces have greater autonomy would naturally separate the country along ethno-religious boundaries. The Kurds would be in the north, the Sunnis in the centre, and the Shi’ites in the south, with all the oil. The disproportionate provincial resources will create animosity between provinces, and the long-manipulated ethnic differences will spill from the streets into the political sphere. As tensions grow, as they undoubtedly would, between the provinces, there would be a natural slide to eventual separation. Disagreements over power sharing in the federal government would lead to its eventual collapse, and the strategy of balkanization would have been achieved with the appearance of no outside involvement.


    [1] Global Research, Iraqi MP accuses British Forces in Basra of “Terrorism”. Al Jazeera: September 20, 2005:

    [2] Linda S. Heard, The Prophecy of Oded Yinon. Counter Punch: April 25, 2006:

    [3] Richard Perle, et. al., A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm. The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies: June 1996:

    [4] PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses. Project for the New American Century: September 2000: Page 17

    [5] PNAC, Rebuilding America’s Defenses. Project for the New American Century: September 2000: Page 14

    [6] Leslie Gelb, The Three State Solution. The New York Times: November 25, 2003:

    [7] Michel Chossudovsky, “Osamagate.” Global Research: October 9, 2001:

    [8] Pepe Escobar, Exit strategy: Civil war. Asia Times Online: June 10, 2005:

    [9] Sarah Baxter, America ponders cutting Iraq in three. The Times: October 8, 2006:

    [10] Gareth Stansfield, The only solution left for Iraq: a five-way split. The Telegraph: October 29, 2006:

    [11] Ralph Peters, Blood Borders: How a better Middle East would look. Armed Forces Journal: June 2006:

    [12] Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a “New Middle East”. Global Research: November 18, 2006:

    [13] Nafeez Mossadeq Ahmed, US Army Contemplates Redrawing Middle East Map

    to Stave Off Looming Global Meltdown. Dissident Voice: September 1, 2006:

    [14] Leslie Gelb and Joseph Biden, Jr., Unity Through Autonomy in Iraq. The New York Times: May 1, 2006:

    [15] Leslie Gelb, Leslie Gelb before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The CFR: January 23, 2007:

    [16] Bernard Gwertzman, Gelb: Federalism Is Most Promising Way to End Civil War in Iraq. CFR: October 16, 2007:

    [17] Robin Wright, Nonpartisan Group Calls for Three-State Split in Iraq. The Washington Post: August 17, 2007:

    [18] AP, French report: Former U.N. envoy Bolton says U.S. has ‘no strategic interest’ in united Iraq. International Herald Tribune: January 29, 2007:

    Evidence Mumbai Attackers were Anglo-American Intel Operatives

    Evidence Mumbai Attackers were Anglo-American

    Intel Operatives

    Kurt Nimmo
    November 27, 2008

    As a BBC report notes, at least some of the Mumbai attackers were not Indian and certainly not Muslim.

    Pappu Mishra, a cafe proprietor at the gothic Victorian Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, described “two sprightly young men dressed in black” with AK47s who were “foreign looking, fair skinned.”

    Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe. “They did not look Indian, they looked foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed,” Amir told the BBC.

    Other “men walked into the cafe, drank beer, settled their bills and walked out. Then they fished out guns from their bags and began firing.” Muslims do not drink alcohol, that is unless they are Muslims like Marwan Al-Shehhi and Mohamed Atta, who reportedly not only liked to drink but enjoyed lap dances by topless dancers as well before they supposedly hijacked planes and flew them into buildings.

    Even though these firsthand accounts indicate the attackers were white, drank alcohol and displayed the steely and professional reserve of trained military men, the emerging story carried by the corporate media blames the attacks on al-Qaeda and specifically Lashkar-e-Taiba, one Arab and the other Asian. “A terrorist group with training camps in Pakistan and strong ties with al-Qaeda as well as a history of mounting attacks in India yesterday became the chief suspect behind the atrocities,” reports the Times Online, pointing to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

    As the Times Online admits, Lashkar-e-Taiba is a creation of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI. It “receives considerable financial, material and other forms of assistance from the Pakistan government, routed primarily through the ISI. The ISI is the main source of LeT’s funding. Saudi Arabia also provides funds,” explains the South Asia Terrorism Portal. Lashkar-e-Taiba “also played a part in the ISI organized ‘Bosnian campaign against the Serbs,’ which was directed above the ISI by the CIA and British intelligence.”

    According to Andrew G. Marshall, the ISI “has long been referred to as Pakistan’s ’secret government’ or ’shadow state.’ It’s long-standing ties and reliance upon American and British intelligence have not let up, therefore actions taken by the ISI should be viewed in the context of being a Central Asian outpost of Anglo-American covert intelligence operations.”

    The presence of “foreign looking, fair skinned” commandos who calmly gunned down dozens of people after drinking a few beers indicates that the Mumbai attacks were likely the work of the Anglo-American covert intelligence operatives, not indigenous Indian Muslims or for that matter Arab al-Qaeda terrorists. The attacks prepare the ground for the break-up of Pakistan and the furtherance of destabilizing terrorism in the Middle East and Asia. The Mumbai attacks had little to do with India or the relationship between Muslim Pakistanis and Hindu Indians.

    “Pakistan’s position as a strategic focal point cannot be underestimated. It borders India, Afghanistan, China and Iran,” concludes Marshall. “Destabilizing and ultimately breaking Pakistan up into several countries or regions will naturally spread chaos and destabilization into neighboring countries. This is also true of Iraq on the other side of Iran, as the Anglo-American have undertaken, primarily through Iraq, a strategy of balkanizing the entire Middle East in a new imperial project.” (See Marshall’s Divide and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project.)

    It is no mistake, as well, that Barack Obama has called for action against Pakistan. “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will,” Obama said last August.

    Regardless of who occupies the White House, the global elite are determined to continue their agenda of violence and murder in order to realize order through chaos. Obama and the Democrats will spend the next four years blaming George W. Bush for what the neocons have done while making sure the same destructive policies remain in effect. It is a shell game. George Bush and Barack Obama control nothing, they are little more than front men for the New World Order.

    Radicals threaten India’s global ambitions

    Radicals threaten India’s global ambitions

    By Jo Johnson

    This is not the face that India likes to show the world. The faster it rises up the ranks of the world’s nations and the closer it comes to being a global power, the more India objects to being bogged down in a sub-regional conflict with Pakistan, its rival for the past six decades.

    If there is one thing that the Indian elite fears could derail the country’s rise, it is that agents provocateurs acting on behalf of rivals could disrupt its delicate religious and ethnic balance.

    Manmohan Singh, who as prime minister since May 2004 has presided over a spectacular transformation of India’s global standing, was quick to blame the country’s neighbours for the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

    Whenever terror strikes, the Indian elite instinctively looks for scapegoats beyond its borders, almost always blaming the Pakistan-based militant groups that are opposed to the peace process between the two nuclear-armed rivals. They point out that big terrorist attacks often coincide with periods of rapprochement.

    “Unless the national security adviser had told the prime minister – a circumspect man not given to rash statements – that there was evidence of foreign involvement, he wouldn’t have gone on television and said this, especially when he’s trying to work with [Pakistan president] Asif Ali Zardari,” says Sumit Ganguly, professor of political science at Indiana University. “The Pakistani president has made a series of extraordinary gestures that the Indian prime minister is extremely keen on reciprocating.”

    But the speed with which India blames Pakistan, or groups operating under the direct or indirect control of Islamabad’s main intelligence agency, worries those who believe that terrorism on Indian soil also has indigenous roots.

    Human rights groups have long pointed out the risk that India’s most marginalised and vulnerable communities could prove susceptible to radicalisation. The spread of revolutionary Naxalism, a violent Maoist movement, has shown the appeal of radical ideologies to India’s castes and tribes.

    Academics believe that the roots of India’s terrorism problem can be found in a complex fusion of greed and grievance. While a Muslim-dominated underworld plays a part in facilitating and carrying out terror attacks, that is just part of the story.

    In spite of four years of turbo-charged growth, there are still hundreds of millions living in abject poverty, with next to no stake in an otherwise newly wealthy and self-confident society. Of all the groups yet to benefit from spectacular growth, none, apart from so-called dalits (once known as “untouchables”) and tribals, have fared as poorly as Muslims.

    Some, inevitably, succumb to the blandishments of recruiters from the country’s myriad insurgencies and extremist movements.

    The Muslim community, although far from monolithic, forms the second largest religious group in the country and represents just under 14 per cent of the 1.1bn population.

    Sociologists describe the relationship of India’s Muslims to the rest of Indian society as one of “upper class inclusion and mass exclusion”. While a small elite – typified by the Khans of Bollywood, the aristocratic Nawabs and businessmen such as Azim Premji, chairman of Wipro, a leading software group – thrives in the new India, a far larger number of Muslims, in many cases low-caste converts from Hinduism, often face marginalisation.

    A government report into the community’s socio-economic condition found India’s Muslims constantly battling perceptions that they were “anti-national”, “unpatriotic” or “belonged in Pakistan” and either withdrawing or being pushed into ghettos.

    Markers of their identity, such as the burka, the purdah, the beard and the topi, a Muslim cap, produced ridicule and harassment. Bearded men said they were routinely picked up for interrogation:, hijab-wearing women that they struggled to find jobs.

    The integration of India’s Muslim population into the economic mainstream has strategic importance for the subcontinent and for the west. Unless this underlying susceptibility to terrorism is addressed, India’s path to superpowerdom could be bumpier than almost everyone predicts.

    Militants want to destabilise peace: Pakistan

    Militants want to destabilise peace: Pakistan

    Nirupama Subramanian

    ISLAMABAD: The Mumbai terror attacks and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that the attackers came from a “neighbouring country” have spread widespread gloom here. They have spurred fears for the future of India-Pakistan relations, with leaders, officials and analysts urging both sides to work “more aggressively” towards peaceful ties.

    Local television channels gave the happenings in Mumbai the maximum coverage through the day, packing in discussions and talks shows on the incident and its implications for the relations between the two countries.

    President Asif Ali Zardari telephoned Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday evening and said that militancy and extremism in all its forms and manifestations had to be eliminated and all countries needed to cooperate with each other in this regard, his spokesman Farahtullah Babar said.

    Mr. Zardari termed the killings of innocent people “a detestable act” and condemned the attacks “in the strongest possible terms,” his spokesman said.

    Mr. Babar told The Hindu that “militants and extremists want to destabilise the peace process and it is in the interests of both countries not to allow this.”

    Strict measures

    Earlier, in separate messages, both Mr. Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack. The Pakistan president called for “strict measures” to eliminate terrorism and extremism, while Mr. Gilani urged “concerted efforts to make the region a peaceful place.”

    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told Dawn News from Chandigarh, where he was visiting on Thursday, that he would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday and express condolences on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan. He would also offer all support, assistance and co-operation from Pakistan in tackling the “common enemy” of extremism and terrorism that faced the two countries.

    “We need to be calm, we need to be composed and supportive of each other,” Mr. Qureshi said

    Knee-jerk reactions

    Responding to a question about Mr. Singh’s assertion that India would take up with its neighbours the use of their territory to launch terrorist attacks against it, Mr. Qureshi cautioned against “jumping to conclusions” and “knee-jerk reactions.”

    He also made a reference to the Samjhauta Express firebombing, which the Indian media blamed on militants from across the border, and said the investigations were now taking a completely different direction.

    Analysts expressed fears for the gradually improving India-Pakistan relations and warned against allowing relations between the two countries to slide back.

    Only on Wednesday, the home secretaries of the two countries issued a confident joint statement after their two-day talks in which they “condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” and affirmed their resolve to cooperate with each other to combat it.

    They further “agreed that terrorism must be prevented and, as directed by the leadership of the two countries at the meeting in New York on 24 September 2008, severe action be taken against any elements involved in terrorist acts.”

    Rasul Baksh Rais, who teaches political science at Lahore University of Management Sciences, said it would only serve the interests of the terrorists if India and Pakistan let their relations get disrupted on account of this incident.

    “If the terrorists are linked directly to the Pakistani government or an intelligence agency, this is the end of the peace process. If they are not linked but are said to have gone from here, even then it will impact negatively on our relations,” Dr. Rais said.

    “Greater cooperation”

    But he also raised the possibility of the involvement of “home-grown Indian groups,” and said the solution lay in greater cooperation between the two countries.

    “India has to work with Pakistan, and work with Pakistan much more aggressively for peace. We must not send out the signal to the terrorists that they have succeeded in their design,” he said.

    Mumbai The Mossad Angle

    “The firing by terrorists began from Nariman House–which is the only building in Mumbai inhabited by Jews.”

    Mumbai The Mossad Angle

    Amaresh Misra

    Mumbai and India Under Attack

    It is 4AM in India right now. I am in Mumbai reporting from the ground. I have not slept a wink. Mumbai is under attack. People and forces who killed Mahatama Gandhi, who demolished the Babari Mosque have triumphed. More than 16 groups of terrorists have taken over Taj, Oberai and several hotels. Hundreds of people are dead. For the first time no one is blaming Muslim organizations. The Mumbai ATS chief Hemant Karkare and other officers of the ATS have been killed. These were the same people who were investigating the Malegaon Blasts–in which Praggya Singh, an army officer and several other noted personalities of the BJP-RSS-Bajrang Dal-VHP were arrested. Karkare was the man to arrest them. Karkare was receiving threats from several quarters. LK Advani, the BJP chief and several other prominent leaders of the so-called Hindu terrorism squad were gunning for his head. And the first casualty in the terrorist attack was Karkare! He is dead–gone–the firing by terrorists began from Nariman House–which is the only building in Mumbai inhabited by Jews. Some Hindu Gujaratis of the Nariman area spoke live on several TV channels–they openly said that the firing by terrorists began from Nariman house. And that for two years suspicious activities were going on in this house. But no one took notice.

    Our worst fears have come true. It is clear that Mossad is involved in the whole affair. An entire city has been attacked by Mossad and probably units of mercenaries. It is not possible for one single organization to plan and execute such a sophisticated operation. It is clear that this operation was backed by communal forces from within the Indian State. The Home Minister Shivraj Patil should resign. The RSS-BJP-VHP-Bajrang Dal should be banned. Advani and others ought to be arrested. Today is a day of shame for all Indians and all Hindus. Muslims and secular Hindus have been proven right. RSS type forces and Israel are all involved in not only destabilizing but finishing India. India should immediately snap all relations with Israel. We owe this much to Karkare and the brave ATS men who had shown the courage to arrest Praggya Singh, Raj Kumar Purohit, the army officer and several others.

    A photograph publushed in Urdu Times, Mumbai, clearly shows that Mossad and ex-Mossad men came to India and met Sadhus and other pro-Hindutva elements recently. A conspiracy was clearly hatched.

    This is a moment of reckoning especially for Hindus of India. The killers of Gandhi have struck again. If we are true Sanatanis and true Hindus and true nationalists and true patriots we have to see this act as a clear attack by anti-national deshdrohi forces. Praggya Singh, Advani and the entire brand is anti-national. They ought to be shot. Any Hindu siding with them is hereafter warned of serious consequences.

    This is a question of nationalism. If no one else, the Indian army will not take this lying down. Communal, anti-national forces have attacked the very foundation of the Indian constitution and the nation. We will fight a civil war if need be against the pro-Hindutva, communal forces and their Israeli backers.



    By: Peter Chamberlin


    [SEE:Exclusive: Somali Pirates Call on American Benefactor]

    Michele Lynn Ballarin notes that she is trying to market a solution for failed states through Black Star. If she can demonstrate that it works in Somalia, which has not had a functioning unitary government in 19 years, she would have an excellent product to sell.

    Once again, the CIA is repeating the same gambit it first used to fuel the original war on terror against the Soviets in Afghanistan, that of using an attractive wealthy socialite to front for the agency, in promoting the government’s secret agenda for world domination.  Ballarin owns a Blackwater clones, called Select Armor and Black Star, which she is using to further the agency’s mercenary solution for failed states, using ruthless unaccountable private soldiers to do the work that is too dirty for regular government troops.

    She is playing the same role formerly perfected by Joanne Herring, the Houston socialite turned mujahideen fund-raiser “Charlie Wilson’s War” fame.  Persuasive CIA tool Herring was the motivational force behind Congressman Wilson’s crusade to create the global Islamist insurrection.  The secret agency knows that it is always best to hide their sinister plans behind a pretty face.  As the trusted sweetheart and champion of the Somalian pirates (the latest CIA ploy, using the concept of limited warfare sown by “Islamic extremists”), Ballarin is doing her part to sow death and destruction, moving the game of terror by contract to the next level, that of privatized contractors.

    Ballerin discussed her company’s participation as a CIA intermediary in the militarization of Somalia, even revealing her company’s use of three military bases.  In the email dated Friday, 16 June, the chief executive of Select Armor:

    “Ballarin claimed she has been given ‘carte blanche’ to use three bases in Somalia ‘and the air access to reach them’.

    She then suggests that the CIA have been kept informed of the plans. Ballarin states: ‘My contact whom we discussed from the agency side requested an in-person meeting with me. I arrived in New York at 2340 last night and was driven to Virginia – arriving at 0200 today.’

    The recipient of Ballerin’s email, Chris Farina of the Florida-based military company ATS Worldwide,

    “boasts it ‘can execute operations in support of host national indigenous forces’. ATS claims it uses former US and British special operations personnel.'”

    Like all aspects of the war on terror, things are not as they seem; in fact, reality is usually the opposite of that reported in the media.  In the case of the Somalian pirates, who have hijacked Ukrainian arms shipments, Saudi oil tankers, and possibly even suspicious Iranian cargoes, their actions justify every military solution carried-out by the forces of the United States or its allies.  Even American ally against Pakistan, India, is getting a chance to use its own navy to push its weight around.

    The help of the Indian Navy will be greatly appreciated in the forging of the New World Order alliance that has Pakistan, Iran, even Russia in its sights.

    Exclusive: Somali Pirates Call on American Benefactor

    “Is she CIA or a cutaway since she does have former intelligence and military officials on the board of one of her other companies, Black Star, and is known to have excellent contacts among the intelligence community?”

    Exclusive: Somali Pirates Call on American Benefactor

    Somali Pirates Call on American Benefactor

    The pirates who captured the Saudi oil tanker Sirius Star have broken off negotiations with the ship’s owners, apparently insisting they want to talk with a wealthy Virginia woman with close ties to the US military and intelligence communities.

    Michele Lynn Ballarin, a figure only Washington could offer the world, runs a small Virginia-based company, SelectArmor, that designs and makes body armor and provides executive protection to wealthy individuals. She has a long history of involvement in Somalia, including allegations by a respected publication — Africa Confidential — that she was helping plan military operations there in 2006. spoke with Ballarin for more than an hour Nov. 24 and she told us she has been in regular touch with the pirates by satellite phone — the last contact was Monday at 5 p.m. Eastern Time — and had just returned from Somalia Nov. 18.

    Ballarin said she is not only negotiating with the pirates holding that Saudi tanker, she is also in touch with the MV Faina, the Ukrainian ship loaded with grenade launchers, ammunition and 33 Russian-made T-72 tanks.

    “I’m in communication with both ships on a regular basis,” she said.

    The Faina’s captain helped the pirates drop a sign over the ship’s side with one word on it: Amira. Ballarin is known to the Somalis as Amira. The crew of the Sirius draped a similar sign over the side of their ship. But Ballarin’s goal is even bigger than helping end the takeover of the two ships. She wants to negotiate an end to piracy off the Somali coast.

    “My goal is to unwind all 17 ships and all 450 people they’ve been holding,” she said.

    Ballarin said the involvement of the Somali Islamist group, Al Shabab, had helped turn the tide in her favor by putting the fear of death into the young pirates. She claimed the Islamist group had captured, tortured and killed a young male relative of one of the pirates in the last few days. This came after Al Shabab announced it opposed the taking of ships owned by Muslims and promised to behead those who did.

    Al Shabab “made it dead clear that any ransom that is collected they will take it; they will take away their money and kill them,” Ballarin said.

    That has concentrated the minds of the pirates, according to Ballarin.

    “The most urgent requests I’ve had is they don’t want to be offloaded in Somalia because they would be killed,” she said, adding that negotiations are under way to find a country willing to take the pirates.

    She says the pirates understand the gravy train they have ridden for the last few years from their ill-gotten gains is coming to an end.

    “They have snatched too many ships. They have too many navies watching them and now Al Shabab enters the picture,” she explained. “So they know they’re not going to be able to maintain this activity.”

    Piracy is not a traditional activity for most of the young Somalis who have taken it up. She believes providing a consistent income would help break the cycle even though they have earned about $150 million from piracy.

    To help encourage Somalis to patrol their own waters and discourage locals from turning piracy Ballarin has a plan to recruit 500 men and women to serve as a Somali coast guard operating out of Berbera, the country’s major port. To fund it, she’s talking with international aid agencies and encouraging members of the various governments running Somalia to tax the country’s vibrant currency exchanges and some of its companies.

    All this might lead a reasonable person to wonder just why Ballarin is doing this and what she has to gain. Is she CIA or a cutaway since she does have former intelligence and military officials on the board of one of her other companies, Black Star, and is known to have excellent contacts among the intelligence community?

    First, Ballarin notes that she is trying to market a solution for failed states through Black Star. If she can demonstrate that it works in Somalia, which has not had a functioning unitary government in 19 years, she would have an excellent product to sell. She claims that she has spent all her own money on this five-year effort.

    And she has invested a great deal of her self in it.

    “If I had to pick a cause, I would have to say this is one that deserves all the attention it can get,” Ballarin said. “Sometimes we are propelled down a path to do something for the right reasons and we just continue.”

    100 Groups In A War Against India

    100 Groups In A War Against India

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    Thursday, 27 November 2008 14:40
    Mumbai’s night of terror underscores a phenomenon concealed by the Indian government and intelligence agencies and deliberately ignored by a biased Anglo-American media for a long time: The rise of a virulent form of Hindu terrorism that begets violence from other minorities.
    Here is a list of almost one hundred groups that are fighting the Indian government. All of them thrive in India. The context for what has happened in Mumbai is stunning only for those unaware how a cocktail mix of wrong policies, official patronage to extremism, and separatist movements have come together to destabilize India.

    The night of Nov. 26, 2008, will go down in history as the day when India’s homegrown terrorism reared its head after years of silent mushroom growth.

    This terrorism in Mumbai is not surprising, unlike the reactions in most of the western media.  India’s terrorist underground has been flourishing for many years.  While the U.S. media was busy last year likening Pakistan to Iraq in a politically motivated campaign aligned with U.S. military objectives, experts were ranking India only second to Iraq in the number of people who died as a result of terrorist attacks between 2004 and 2007, according to one survey by an American think tank.

    The Indian government has been artfully concealing a worrying development for at least sixteen years under an organized hype centered on economic growth and military power projection with a focus on China and Pakistan.

    Indian terrorism is a confusing mix. Journalists and observers outside the region often miss the simmering tensions beneath the surface that occasionally burst into the open, surprising many and raising questions like how could there be so much violence in what is supposed to be a secular democracy and a rising economy where such things should not happen.

    In India, there is a cocktail mix of wrong policies, official patronage to extremism, and separatist movements, all coming together to destabilize India.  At least 600 Christians, churches, nuns and priests were targeted by Hindu mobs in eastern India in August this year. Almost the entire Muslim population of Kashmir is up in arms against the excesses, arrests, murders and rapes by the Indian army.  For years there has been a media trial of Indian Muslims for real and imaginary involvement in violence.  News such as the arrest this month of two serving Indian army officers involved in crimes that were attributed to Indian Muslims has served to increase disgruntlement among minorities.  In 2002, close to 2,500 Indian Muslim men, women and children were burned alive in the first religious genocide of 21st century. In 1984, Sikhs were hauled off buses in New Delhi and beaten or burned to death following the assassination of Indian prime minister Indra Gandhi at the hands of Sikh bodyguards. And finally, between 12 to 14 separatist insurgencies currently rage across India’s north and northeast.

    All of this makes for a dangerous combination that simmers quietly under the surface. The Indian media’s self-imposed ban on discussing these problems helps keep the lid on them.  But when the pressure becomes unbearable, things occasionally burst into the open in the shape of terrorist acts.  This only surprises those who do no know how India has been gradually relapsing into religious extremism in the period between 1990 and 2008.  This history is important in order to understand why the Indian claims of Pakistani complicity in the attacks have often sought to simplify a complex situation.

    Hindu militant groups have mushroomed in the past few years. This month, the arrest of two serving Indian army officers has confirmed speculation that Hindu terrorist groups have infiltrated Indian military and political establishments.

    1992 was the definite year that saw Hindu fundamentalism express itself politically. Hundreds of religious terrorists descended on a north Indian city with tools in hand. They climbed on top of a majestic, 500-year-old mosque built by the same Muslim rulers who built the famous Taj Mahal.  Imbibed with religious hatred, the Hindu mobs razed the building to the ground.  Indian government authorities did nothing to stop it.

    This Indian betrayal of a carefully crafted secular image would prove fatal later. In 1999, a Hindu mob surrounded the car of Graham Staines, an Australian priest, and his underage boy and girl and burned them alive.

    Australia maintained an unusual quiet till this day about this major act of terrorism. The bias is easily detectable when compared to Australia’s reaction and statements to ‘Muslim terrorism’, especially in Indonesia and later in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    In this sense, countries like United States, Britain and Australia are partially responsible for letting the growth of India terrorism – with its mix of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian and ethnic insurgencies – go unnoticed for so many years. These western countries have done this in order not to disturb the Anglo-Saxon project of grooming India as a bulwark against China and Russia and other regional powers.

    Following is a list of various indigenous separatist, militant and terrorist organizations operating in India against the Indian federal government.  This list has been compiled using information available in the public domain, news reports and specialized publications. During any given incident in India, a combination of some or all of these organizations is a suspect, including in the Mumbai blasts and in any other militant activity.  Blaming Kashmiris or Pakistanis for Indian internal problems would be a factual misrepresentation that must be countered with full force by Pakistan.

    It should also be noted that the Indian establishment is cracking down on Tamil separatists due to violence in Sri Lanka as Tamils are regrouping in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nado.  Tamils have to their credit the last significant political assassination in India, the blowing up of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1984. They continue to be the most ruthless terror outfit in India.  Mumbai blasts carry the fingerprints of many terror groups operating inside India, each with a long list of grievances against the Indian government and enough motivation to carry out such terrorist acts.

    A church being ransacked on the outskirts of New Delhi, 2008.

    Not all groups in this list are necessarily terrorist organizations.  But all of them are active against the Indian government.

    Hindu Terror Groups

    1.      Shiv Sena – Army of Shiva
    2.      Bajrang Dal
    3.      Durga Vahini-Women militants
    4.      BJP
    5.      A ragtag, government-armed Hindu militant groups have been raised in Kashmir and northern India during this decade

    Indian Occupied Kashmir

    6. Hizbul Mujahideen
    7. Harkat-ul-Ansar or Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami
    8. Lashkar-e-Toiba
    9.  Jaish-e-MohammadMujahideen E-Tanzeem
    10.  Jammu & KashmirLiberation Front
    11.  Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen
    12.  Al Badr
    13.  Dukhtaran-e-Millat
    14.  Al Barq
    15.   Al Jehad
    16.   Jamait-ul-Mujahideen
    17.  Jammu & Kashir National Liberation Army
    18.  People’s League
    19.  Muslim JanbazForce
    20.  Kashmir Jehad Force
    21.   Al JehadForce (combines Muslim Janbaz Force and Kashmir
    22.  Jehad Force
    23.  Al Umar Mujahideen
    24.  Mahaz-e-Azadi
    25. Islami Jamaat-e-Tulba
    26. Jammu & Kashmir StudentsLiebration Front
    27. Ikhwan-ul-Mujahideen
    28. Islamic Students League
    29. Tehrik-e-Hurriat-e-Kashmir
    30. Mutahida Jehad Council
    31. Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqar Jafaria
    32. Jamait-ul-Mujahideen
    33. Al Mustafa Liberation Fighters
    34. Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-Islami
    35. Therik-ul-Mujahideen
    36. Muslim Mujahideen
    37. Al MujahidForce
    38. Tehrik-e-Jehad
    39. Islami Inquilabi Mahaz


    40. Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT)
    41. Dima Halom Daogah (DHD)
    42. Karbi National Volunteers (KNV)
    43. Rabha National Security Force (RNSF)
    44. Koch-RajbongshiLiberation Organisation (KRLO)
    45. Adivasi Cobra Force(ACF)
    46. Karbi People’s Front(KPF)
    47. Tiwa National Revolutionary Force (TNRF)
    48. Bircha Commando Force(BCF)
    49. Bengali Tiger Force (BTF)
    50. Adivasi Security Force(ASF)
    51. All Assam Adivasi Suraksha Samiti (AAASS)
    52. Gorkha Tiger Force(GTF)
    53. Barak Valley YouthLiberation Front (BVYLF)
    54. Muslim United LiberationTigers of Assam (MULTA)
    55. Muslim United LiberationFront of Assam (MULFA)
    56. Muslim Security Council of Assam (MSCA)
    57. United Liberation Militia ofAssam (ULMA)
    58. Islamic Liberation Army of Assam (ILAA)
    59. Muslim Volunteer Force (MVF)
    60. Muslim Liberation Army (MLA)
    61. Muslim Security Force (MSF)
    62. Islamic SevakSangh (ISS)
    63. Islamic United ReformationProtest of India (IURPI)
    64. United Muslim LiberationFront of Assam (UMLFA)
    65. Revolutionary MuslimCommandos (RMC)
    66. Muslim Tiger Force (MTF)
    67. People’s UnitedLiberation Front (PULF)
    68. Adam Sena(AS)
    69. Harkat-ul-Mujahideen
    70. Harkat-ul-Jehad


    71. National Socialist Councilof Nagaland (Isak-Muivah)– NSCN(IM)
    72. National Socialist Councilof Nagaland (Khaplang)– NSCN (K)
    73. Naga NationalCouncil (Adino) – NNC (Adino)
    74.      Tripura Liberation OrganisationFront (TLOF)
    75. United Bengali LiberationFront (UBLF)
    76. Tripura TribalVolunteer Force (TTVF)
    77. Tripura Armed TribalCommando Force (TATCF)
    78. Tripura TribalDemocratic Force (TTDF)
    79. Tripura Tribal YouthForce (TTYF)
    80. Tripura LiberationForce (TLF)
    81. Tripura Defence Force (TDF)
    82. All TripuraVolunteer Force (ATVF)
    83. Tribal Commando Force (TCF)
    84. Tripura Tribal YouthForce (TTYF)
    85. All TripuraBharat Suraksha Force(ATBSF)
    86. Tripura Tribal ActionCommittee Force (TTACF)
    87. Socialist Democratic Frontof Tripura (SDFT)
    88. All TripuraNational Force (ATNF)
    89. Tripura Tribal Sengkrak Force (TTSF)
    90. Tiger Commando Force (TCF)
    91. Tripura Mukti Police (TMP)


    92. Hynniewtrep NationalLiberation Council (HNLC)
    93. Achik NationalVolunteer Council (ANVC)
    94. People’s LiberationFront of Meghalaya (PLF-M)
    95. Left-wing Extremists
    96. People’s Guerrilla Army

    Here are quick references that can help understand the India story:

    Hindu Al-Qaeda: Asia’s New ‘Terror Central’ : Here is the hottest Indian story, neatly tucked under the well constructed –and expensive- veneer of ‘Incredible India’ advertisements on international television news channels: The fast rise of Indian religious terrorist organizations that have penetrated India’s military and politics.  The movement is so strong, resourceful and organized that it warrants the label India’s Hindu al-Qaeda. India is quietly emerging as a new ‘terror central’. Since the start of this century, almost nine years ago, India has seen the targeted murder of over 700 Christians, 2500 Muslims, and the unaccounted hundreds of ‘untouchables’. That’s not all. India is now grooming its own ‘Hindu al Qaeda,’ terrorist militias tasked with guarding India’s dreams of becoming the next superpower. Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka beware. India is already grooming rebels to stir trouble in China’s Tibet and Xingjian. The problem with this thinking is that expensive showoff space shuttles to Moon –when almost no one else in the world is doing it for now- won’t reduce poverty among the world’s largest single concentration of poor people on earth.  In India.

    The Face Of India Hidden From The World:  There is a distinct lobby in United States and Britain that played a criminal role in fostering Indian terrorism. It did this by covering up Hindu terrorism against Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and low-caste Indians. Have you seen any of the above pictures published by any American or British newspaper or news service? See [left] the charred bodies of Indian Muslims burned alive by Hindu mobs in 2002, in the 21st century’s first genocide.

    Why Hindu Extremists Invaded Taj Mahal? A group of 10 Hindutva activists-cum-militants belonging to Shiv Sena, a core fundamentalist political outfit, sneaked into the Taj Mahal at Agra on July 24 and performed prayers (puja) within the precincts on Thursday. They were taken into custody and later released without any hurdles.  This is a routine matter for Indian governments when Hindus perform illegal activities. Had Muslims enter the temples and remove the idols and clean up the structure to be able to offer prayers to God, the matter would be different. Hindu outfits, who consider themselves above law and have every right to do anything they please with Muslims and their mosques, have been on a rampage for political reasons with concocted stories against Islam.

    Kashmir Shakes India: Something stunning is happening in Indian controlled Kashmir. World media is not giving it projection, Indians are hiding it and Pakistani media is too busy focusing on political turmoil within. The fact is that the Indian federation has been shaken to the core over the developments in Indian held Kashmir in the last few weeks.

    Pakistani Government provides 80% of the Fuel American War Machine uses to Attack Pakistan


    Pakistani Government provides 80% of the Fuel American War Machine uses to Attack Pakistan

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    Wednesday, 26 November 2008 16:55
    Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain called the Pakistani Government to account for facilitating American attacks on Pakistan by supplying it essential fuel in a strongly worded letter to the Pakistani Ambassador to the UK.

    According to expert data [Energy Tribune], almost 80% of the fuel used by the American war machine in Afghanistan is currently being supplied by Pakistani refineries. The US is using almost 575,000 gallons of fuel every day. Were this supply from the Pakistani refineries halted by the government, the only alternative source would be a precarious supply route through rugged Central Asia thus effectively crippling the US military and preventing their killing and bombing. The US campaign could run out of fuel within a few weeks given the difficulty of establishing a new supply route, the limited storage facilities in Afghanistan and the impracticality of flying in fuel.

    The current Pakistani government, far from being upset about the American attacks, is in collusion with the US in its undeclared war on Pakistan.

    In a letter to Pakistan’s Ambassador in London, Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain wrote: “This civilian government, that regularly contrasts its democratic credentials with Musharraf’s military dictatorship is imitating the old regime, flagrantly working against the interests of its own people by aiding a belligerent aggressor that is responsible for a conflict that has displaced 700,000 innocent civilians and has made thousands shaheed.”

    “Not only this, but the government is being deceitful in its depiction of a weak Pakistan, unable to check the American attacks.”

    “Will we now see the government act on the information that we have provided or else step aside to allow Hizb ut-Tahrir to establish a new sincere leadership to guide the country at this crucial time?”

    Below is the letter delivered to Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UK

    Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan
    High Commission of Pakistan
    34-36 Lowndes Square
    London, SW1X 9JN

    26th November 2008

    Re: Why is the Pakistani Government providing 80% of the fuel the American War Machine uses to Attack Pakistan?

    Dear Mr Ambassador, assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    I am writing to you once again regarding the current crisis facing Pakistan in the border regions. The US has regularly been sending Predator drones into Pakistani airspace, attacking targets on Pakistani soil in the FATA and NWFP, leading to the deaths of many innocent people and the displacement of thousands. It is an utter violation of the sovereignty of the country.

    When we visited you two weeks ago we presented clear actions that the Pakistani government could take to stop these attacks. Instead, the government has made vague and weak protests at a diplomatic level and not taken substantive measures to stop these murderous attacks. At the same time it has tried to give the people an impression that Pakistan is not capable of standing up to the United States.

    Bearing all of this in mind, we ask a simple question: are you personally aware that the Pakistani Government’s current policy is to supply essential fuel to the American war machine? Do you know it is fuel from Pakistani refineries that is facilitating the death and destruction from the United States terrorist attacks in Pakistan?

    According to expert data almost 80% of fuel used by the American war machine in Afghanistan is currently being supplied from Pakistani refineries.

    The US is using almost 575,000 gallons of fuel every day. Without the 80% being provided by the Pakistani government there remains only one other precarious logistical supply route through rugged Central Asia.

    Shutting down the flow of oil from Pakistani refineries would cripple the US military and curb the killing and destruction. The difficulty in establishing a new supply, the lack of storage facilities in Afghanistan and the impracticality of flying in fuel would mean the US campaign could be operating on fumes within two weeks.

    This civilian government, that regularly contrasts its democratic credentials with Musharraf’s military is imitating the old regime, flagrantly working against the interests of its own people by aiding a belligerent aggressor that is responsible for a conflict that has displaced 700,000 innocent civilians and has made thousands shaheed. Not only this, but the government is being deceitful in its depiction of a weak Pakistan, unable to check the American attacks.

    Will we now see the government act on the information that we have provided or else step aside to allow Hizb ut-Tahrir to establish a new sincere leadership to guide the country at this crucial time?

    Wa salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    Dr Abdul Wahid
    Executive Committee
    Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain

    The Royal Family Refuses to Let Bush Pick Thier Pockets One Last Time


    Riyadh rejects idea of Gulf bailing out West

    By Agence France Presse (AFP)

    MUSCAT: Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf on Tuesday ruled out an “exceptional” bailout by oil-rich Gulf states of Western countries caught up in the turmoil of the global financial crisis. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, grouping Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are being urged by the West to contribute “exceptional” sums to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as the two institutions come to the rescue of ailing world economies.

    But Assaf, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a GCC meeting in Muscat, said the Gulf states should not be the only ones turning out their pockets.

    “If there is a need for an increase in financing these institutions, then Saudi Arabia, and I expect the same of the other GCC members, will contribute as much as the member countries [of these institutions], not more,” he said. Saudi Arabia, the minister added, “has for many years been playing an important role … and has in the past contributed exceptional funds to the IMF and the World Bank.”

    British Prime Minister Gordon Brown had said in early November that he believed Gulf states would announce extra money for an IMF bailout fund at the G20 summit in Washington. However, a six-point plan was announced at the November 15 summit which did not include a bailout by Gulf states.

    Kuwaiti newspaper As-Siyassah reported last week that the United States has asked four oil-rich Gulf states for close to $300 billion to help it curb the global financial meltdown.

    Quoting “highly informed” sources, the daily said Washington has asked Saudi Arabia for $120 billion, the UAE for $70 billion, Qatar for $60 billion and was seeking $40 billion from Kuwait. The report has not been confirmed. – AFP

    The International Backers of the Mumbai Attacks

    The International Backers of the Mumbai Attacks

    By Les Blough, Editor. Axis of Logic
    Nov 26, 2008, 18:18

    November 26, 2008, Axis of Logic Reuters states that at least 80 people have been killed and that, “An organisation calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen claimed it was behind attacks”. CNN television is already stating as fact that the Mumbai attacks were funded and supported by foreign sources, implicating Pakistan where President-elect Obama promised to take the so-called “war on terrorism” when he assumes office in January. The attacks which are on-going at this moment set the stage for redeployment of U.S. troops from Iraq to Pakistan as Obama promised. George W. Bush has been quick to condemn the attacks and CNN is giving round-the-clock coverage, reminiscent of corporate media coverage of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
    Linking Pakistan, Al-Queda, Muslims and Terrorism
    CNN, Reuters and other corporate media immediately called these attacks with bombs, automatic weapons and hand grenades “terrorist attacks” emanating from Pakistan with roots in “Al Queda” and “Islamist Terrorists“. CNN TV also states that these attacks target “western business people and well-heeled western tourists”, staying at Mumbai’s luxury hotels. The Deccan Herald states that the Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility via a convenient e-mail message received by the Deccan Herald (DC). DC states,
    “The term itself (Deccan Mujahideen) is not very specific, and according to CNN may just be a generic term for radicals in the region. ‘Deccan’ is an area of India and ‘Mujahideen’ is the plural form of a term referring to a Muslim participating in a jihad.”
    Associated Press described the attackers,
    “Teams of heavily armed gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India’s financial capital Wednesday night, killing at least 78 people and taking Westerners hostage, police said. A group of suspected Muslim militants claimed responsibility.”
    Reuters describes them, “The previously unknown or little known group sent an email to news organisations claiming responsibility.” This is a familiar attribution to “terrorist attacks” which, because the organisation is “unknown”, noone can prove otherwise. CNN TV states emphatically, “This is definitely an international attack using domestic terrorists”. We have no doubt that the latter statement is true but the question is, “Who are those international backers of these attacks?”
    International backing and support
    Modern criminal investigation still rests on the Aristotile’s 3 equally important causal factors: Means, Method and Motivation.
    Factor analysis – Means, Method and Motivation: Powerful western media organisations reinforce their opinions with repetition, linking assaults like these with former “Islamist attacks” and another “terrorist attack”. Their logic and factor analysis use (1) the weapons used, (2) the similarity of past attacks by “Al Queda” and (3) motivation. But of course they never consider the possibility, based on this same factor analysis, that the architects may be the CIA and/or Mossad.
    Means: That the most powerful military machine in the world has the means to arm groups like the one who is carrying out the Mumbai attacks requires no apology or defense.
    Method: History is replete with examples of U.S./Israeli use of a surrogate to attack their enemies. William John Fox pointed this out in his exemplary analysis, Deliver Us From Chaos: Ten Political Commandments. In 1953 they used domestic terrorism to overthrow Mohammad Mosaddeq, former Prime Minister of Iran. They used the Afghan Mujahideen to attack Russia in the same year of their resistance. The CIA and the U.S. ambassador secretly engineered the “Rose Revolution” in Georgia in 2003 and “the U.S. encouraged the Israeli-trained Georgian army to invade the disputed enclave of South Ossetia five years later”.
    Motivation: The only difference between the factors used by the capitalist media and ours is motivation. Regarding motivation, CNN states “they (Deccan Mujahideen) want to create as much damage and attention to themselves as possible”. CIA/Mossad are masters at destruction, but the last thing they want is bringing attention to themselves. Motivation for the U.S. to take it’s war to Pakistan fits perfectly with these attacks. As a matter of fact, Barack Obama and Joe Biden already declared their intention to take the war to Pakistan and stated with certainty that Obama’s “mettle would be tested” by a major international “incident” in the near future. If the perpetrators want to draw attention to themselves, their method (i.e. killing civilians), simply does not make sense unless one buys the Bush regime’s religion-based simplism that they are simply “evil”. Militant’s fighting for causes such as independence or national sovereignty want least of all, international negative attention or popular hatred. The only thing missing from the corporate media explanation is George W. Bush’s idiotic claim that “the terrorists are jealous of our freedoms”. Using this the corporate media’s methodology, it is entirely reasonable and just as easy to implicate the CIA and Mossad.
    We must also remember where the very term, “terrorism” was born in 1947 and who carried it out? – Israel. The term has been internationalised and popularised since then by the corporate media, rarely if ever pointing to its origins. Today, “terrorism” has become a household term, associated solely with Muslims throughout the world and it was developed into a basis for a war without end. The military assault on Mumbai is another a mini-9/11 in the sense that it provides a platform for juicing and expanding the “anti-terror” war under a new Obama administration which will no doubt be backed by other western governments.
    Criminal Investigation
    CNN tells us that the FBI has offered to help investigate the crime. The question is whether their interest is real investigation or damage control. If the FBI uses this time worn formula it could very easily end up evidence pointing to their own government. Were the FBI to “discover” CIA or Mossad involvement can any sane person expect they would reveal their findings to the public? Using “means, method and motivation” analysis, our “criminal investigation” leads to the CIA and Mossad as perpetrators of this event.
    – Les Blough, Editor
    Axis of Logic
    © Copyright 2008 by




    Famed Israeli Raid on Entebbe Airport Culminated Shin Bet-Staged Hijacking Plot

    By Mark Glenn

    Documents recently made public by the British government reveal that Israel played a direct role in the notorious hijacking of an Air France plane to Idi Amin�s Entebbe in 1976 and cooperated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in staging the event remembered today as �the Entebbe Incident.�

    In documents recently released and now sitting in the National Archives in London, D.H. Colvin�a British diplomat working in Paris�wrote that, according to sources he knew, �the hijacking was the work of the PFLP, with help from the Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Bet.�

    �The operation was designed to torpedo the PLO�s standing in France� and to prevent a �growing rapprochement between the Palestine Liberation
    Organization (PLO) and the Americans,� he said. �My contact said the PFLP had attracted all sorts of wild elements, some of whom had been planted by the Israelis. .. . Their [the Israelis�] nightmare is that after the November elections, one will witness the imposition in the Middle East of a Pax Americana, which will be to the advantage of the PLO, who will gain international respectability and perhaps the right to establish a state on evacuated territories and to the disadvantage of Israel, who will be forced to evacuate occupied territory.�

    The hijacking, or the �Entebbe Incident� as it is popularly known, gripped the attention of the world for nearly a week at that time. Hijackers seized an Air France plane bound for Paris via Athens shortly after it took off. The plane was diverted first to Benghazi, Libya, where it was refueled before going on to Entebbe, Uganda. In Entebbe, the hijackers released most of the hostages but kept 98 people, most of them Israeli citizens, and threatened to kill them unless Israel met their demands of releasing some 50
    Palestinian prisoners held in Israel and in other places around the world.

    In a dramatic rescue that has been the subject of several books and at least 4 films, Israeli commandos flew to the airport where shortly thereafter a 36-minute battle was fought with the hijackers and Ugandan soldiers.

    In the end, six of the hijackers, 45 Ugandan soldiers, three hostages, and Col. Jonathan Netanyahu (commanding officer of the Israeli commandos and elder brother of Benjamin Netanyahu) were killed.


    In the recently released document, the British diplomat went further in his analysis of the event, saying that Israel wanted to poison French opinion with regard to the Palestinian cause, for which the French had traditionally held a certain amount of sympathy. According to his analysis of the situation, Israel wished to make the threat�implicit but nevertheless clear�that terrorism is something that can happen in Europe just as easily as it happens in the Middle East.

    The PFLP said to be responsible for this incident was founded by a Lebanese-educated Palestinian Christian named Dr. George Habash. Unlike the larger, centrist and more nationalistic Fatah movement of the PLO, the PFLP is a far left, Marxist-Leninist movement designated by several governments including that of the United States as a terrorist organization. Since the late 1960s it has been credited with dozens of high-profile events, including hijackings and bombings.

    Along with the United States and Britain, Israel has a long and well-established history of assisting individuals and groups said to be responsible for acts of terrorism since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948.

    Individuals such as the famed Abu Nidal and groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Hamas in the Occupied Territories and now, Fateh-al-Islam operating in Northern Lebanon all have at some point been creatures of Mossad, CIA and MI5 intrigue.

    IRAQI KILLING FIELDS : the largest humanitarian crisis on the planet

    * IRAQI KILLING FIELDS : the largest humanitarian crisis on the planet ©opyright U$A

    * Partial list of 399 Iraqi academics murdered under US occupation (updated 22 Nov 2008)

    [See this List as PDF file]

    * Partial list of 303 Iraqi and 30 non-Iraqi media professionals who died under US occupation (updated 25 Nov 2008) Background articles

    [See this List as PDF File]

    * 2,000 Iraqi physicians have been murdered under US occupation (11 April 2006)

    * Hundreds of legal workers have left the country. At least 210 lawyers and judges killed since the US-led invasion in 2003, in addition to dozens injured in attacks against them. (30 April 2007)

    * Based on studies done by local NGOs, at least 15,000 Iraqis have disappeared in the past four years of US occupation (18 April 2007)

    * Iraq’s child mortality rate has increased by a staggering 150 percent since 1990. Some 122,000 Iraqi children died in 2005 before reaching their fifth birthday. More than half of these deaths were among newborn babies in the first month of life (08 May 2007)

    * only 50 percent of primary school-age children are attending class, down from 80 percent in 2005. Approximately 1,500 children are known to be held in detention facilities. (Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. special representative of the secretary-general for children and armed conflict, 25 April 2008)

    * 50,000 Iraqi refugees forced into prostitution (24 June 2007)

    * Years of war, current insecurity take toll on environment (07 June 2007) Insecurity and lack of funds prevent cleansing of polluted sites (19 April 2007)

    * 8.000.000 Iraqis require immediate emergency aid, with nearly half of the population living in absolute poverty.

    * 4.000.000 people are lacking food and in dire need of different types of humanitarian assistance.

    * Only 60% of the 4.000.000 people who depend on food assistance have access to rations from the public distribution system, down from 96% in 2004.

    * The number of Iraqis without access to adequate water supplies has risen from 50% to 70% since 2003.

    * 80% of people in Iraq do not have safe access to effective sanitation.

    * Child malnutrition rates have risen from 19% before the US-led invasion in 2003 to 28% currently.

    (Oxfam report 29 July 2007)

    * The war is costing $720 million a day or $500,000 a minute. The money spent on one day of the Iraq war could buy homes for almost 6,500 families or health care for 423,529 children, or could outfit 1.27 million homes with renewable electricity. (AFSC 21 Sep 2007)

    * More than 3.000.000 Iraqi refugees and 2.778.305 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq. In Jordan: 700.000-750.000 – In Syria: 1.500.000-2.000.000 – In Egypt: 150.000 – In Iran: 100.000 persons – In Lebanon: 40.000 – In the Gulf States: 200.000 – In Turkey: 10.000 – In the rest of the world: no estimates available. (IRCO 01 July 2007)

    * Look at Iraq today: democracy and human rights American style (06 June 2007)

    * Iraqi Red Crescent Organization: Report On IDP’s In Iraq – Update 31 May 2007 [PDF] 26 pages – June 2007

    * Statistics on Refugees (Updated September 2007)

    * Comments on the Lancet Survey and other mortality studies (Updated 02 June 2008)

    * The effects of the American use of prohibited weapons on the health condition in Fallujah (10 Dec 2007)

    * Christians in Iraq face liquidation (Sept – Oct 2008)


    [ARE WE SEEING THE RESULTS OF ISRAEL AND INDIA’S “SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP” IN THE TERROR ATTACKS SWEEPING INDIA INTO A NEW AMERICAN-BACKED WAR ON PAKISTAN?] “The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs.
    “This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan.
    “Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work therefrom against Pakistan.
    “It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans. ____David Ben Gurion, Jewish Chronicle, 9 August 1967

    Mossad And India Spy Agency Team Up,

    Target Pakistan

    By Tariq Saeedi



    “It is essential that we…strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans.” — David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister.

    Janes information group, the world’s foremost source on intelligence information, reported in July 2001 that “The Indian spy agency RAW and the Israeli spy agency Mossad have created four new agencies to infiltrate Pakistan to target important religious and military personalities, journalists, judges, lawyers and bureaucrats. In addition, bombs would be exploded in trains, railway stations, bridges, bus stations, cinemas, hotels and mosques of rival Islamic sects to incite sectarianism.”

    Pakistani intelligence agencies also said that RAW had constituted a plan to lure Pakistani men between 20 and 30 years of age to visit India so that they could be entrapped “in cases of fake currency and subversion and then be coerced to spy for India.”

    This was the high point of cementing an unholy alliance which began much earlier and which continues to tighten its noose around the neck of Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

    It appears that RAW and Mossad — either singly or jointly, either covertly or overtly — have been making efforts to penetrate sensitive circles of top echelon in Pakistan.

    It cannot be said with certainty but there are some reasons to assume that Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, wittingly or unwittingly, played in the hands of RAW-Mossad masterminds. She appointed Rehman Malik as chief of the Federal Investigation Agency which then launched a secret war against the Islamists; amounting to a direct attack on the ISI.

    War against religious extremists could have been a laudable goal but it seemed to target only those elements which could have brought a semblance of moderation to the religious swatch cutting across Pakistan society.

    Thus, leaving the field wide open for extremists.

    It seems that the Pakistani military was equally dismayed by reports of FIA contacts with the Israeli secret service, the MOSSAD, to investigate Islamist terrorists.

    One of the first acts of President Leghari after dismissing Benazir Bhutto on November 5, 1996 was to imprison the Ghulam Asghar, head of FIA, suspended on non-specified corruption charges. Rehman Malik, Addl. Director General FIA, was also arrested.

    Whether these actions were triggered as a consequence of plotting by RAW-Mossad planners or whether it was an entirely internal matter, it is difficult to say.

    Bhutto s visit to India last year at a time when Pakistan was going through one of the worst crises in its history, and her statements there which aimed to undermine the whole foundation of Pakistan, generate more than a flicker of doubt in analytic minds.

    The basic question arises: Who is Benazir Bhutto?

    Leaving BB to her own fate, let’s return to RAW-Mossad connection.

    What is clear right now is that Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad are collaborating extensively to curb the freedom movement of Kashmir and destabilize Pakistan.

    The Indian newspaper The Pioneer wrote on March 3, 2001: Fencing of the Indo-Pak border is not enough. To check Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism, top security experts of Israel have suggested that hi-tech gadgets ranging from an electronic barrier system of radars to thermal imaging devices should be immediately installed on India’s sensitive international border in J[ammu] & K[ashmir] and Punjab sectors.

    The team of experts, including officials of the Mossad, the Israeli Army and the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), also found shocking loopholes in the security arrangements relating to the much-talked about Samjhauta Express. They advised that instead of Lahore, the train should terminate on the Attari border. Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Israeli experts surveyed the 198 km international border in Jammu and Punjab and reviewed the route of the Samjhauta Express with top officials of the Border Security Force.

    Subsequently, former DG of the Border Security Force, E.N. Ram Mohan was appointed as the consultant on border management. Mr. Ram Mohan has recommended that besides radars, aerostate balloons and FLIR equipment be used.

    India is keen to purchase surveillance aircraft (UAVs) from Israel to gain intelligence teeth. The UAVs could also help the state police in keeping an eye in naxalite-affected areas of Andhra Pradesh.

    For several years, Mossad and Israel’s internal intelligence agency, Shinbhet, have utilised unmanned air vehicles to patrol the hypersensitive Gaza border.

    Qutbuddin Aziz, former minister in Pakistan embassy in London, wrote an excellent article, titled ‘Dangerous Nexus between Israel & India.’ It was published by a prominent Pakistani newspaper on April 1, 2001.

    Aziz writes: “Top secret details of Indian Home Minister LK Advani’s visit to Israel in June 2000, show that the deals he has struck with the Israelis would make India and Israel partners in threatening the Muslim world with diabolic conspiracies to fragment and cripple it as a political force in the world. The details of his meetings with Israel’s rulers, particularly the heads of the Israeli Home Ministry and its intelligence agencies, Mossad and Sabak, reveal that the arrangements he has made for joint Indo-Israel espionage operations in key areas of the Muslim world would make the Indian embassies in these Muslim countries the eyes and ears of the worldwide cloak-and-dagger Israeli spy network.

    “Under the euphemism of ‘counter-terrorism,’ India is allowing Israel to establish a huge spy establishment in India which will, inter alia, unearth and monitor ‘Islamic fundamentalist’ individuals and groups for elimination by extra judicial process or by cold-blooded murder and kidnapping.

    “The most important meeting Indian Home Minister Advani had during his three-day Israeli tour on June 13-16 was with the top brass of Israel’s intelligence agencies in Tel Aviv. Heading the Israeli team was the powerful chief of Israeli police, Yehuda Wilk, with the heads of the Israeli intelligence agencies, Mossad and Sabak, and military officials dealing with Israel’s punitive and espionage operations against Arabs in Israel, Palestine and neighbouring states such as Lebanon and Syria. Senior officials from the Israeli Foreign Office and the defence and home ministries attended this meeting. Israeli experts in bomb detection were also present.

    “Mr. Advani’s large team included India’s highest-level spymasters such as the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Mr. Shayamal Dutta, the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mr. R. K. Raghvan, the head of the Indian Border Security Force, Mr. E. M. Ram Mohan, Indian Home Ministry’s powerful Secretary K. Pande who oversees the work of the infamous Indian spy agency, RAW, and liaises with the Indian Foreign Office in respect of undercover RAW agents working in Indian embassies abroad, and a senior officer of India’s military intelligence agency (equivalent of Pakistan’s ISI).

    “In this top-level meeting in Tel Aviv on June 14, Advani reportedly thanked the Israeli government for its immense help to India in security matters and spoke of the dangers India and Israel face from their common enemies, i.e., Muslim neighbours.

    “Advani, it is reported, highly praised the help provided by Mossad and army commando personnel to the Indian army in the war on ‘Muslim militants’ in Kashmir and against ‘Muslim terrorists’ such as the ‘Memon brothers’ of Mumbai in Dubai. Advani said he had, throughout his political career, advocated India’s recognition and friendship with Israel and that his party had played a key role in forcing Congress government to have full diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992.

    “He lauded the Indo-Israeli cooperation in the military, economic and other fields. Advani recalled that India had voted in favour of a US-sponsored motion in the UN for rescinding a UN resolution that equated Zionism with racism. Mr. Advani explained at length India’s security problems in which the danger from Pakistan and Indian Muslims getting Arab money loomed large. Advani gave a long list of the special services in spying and the anti-insurgency devices and spy equipment India urgently needs from Israel to combat ‘Muslim terrorism.’

    “In the June 14 Tel Aviv meeting, the Israeli Police Chief, Yehuda Wilk, profusely praised India for its friendship with Israel and pledged help to the Indian government in combating ‘Muslim terrorism’ that poses new threats to Israel and India. The heads of India’s intelligence agencies then briefed the Israeli side in the meeting on the ground situation in India in respect of ‘Muslim terrorists,’ especially in Jammu and Kashmir, and the new dangers coming up for India and Israel because of the Pakistani bomb and the fear that Pakistan may give its nuclear weapons to the anti-Israel Arabs.

    “The Indian side showed a keen interest in learning from Israeli security experts how they had run the slice of Lebanon which Israel ruled for 18 years and gave up recently. Some information about the Israeli torture and investigation methods was gathered by the Indian side from the Israelis with regard to dealing with Arab dissidents within Israel and in the Palestinian Authority region.

    “The Indians gave the Israelis a long shopping list of spying, torture and surveillance equipment such as electronic fencing of sensitive sites, laser systems, short-range rockets, eagle-eyed long distance snipers, observation blimps, giant shields, night vision device, unmanned aircraft of the MALAT wing of the Israeli Aircraft Industries Limited, special protective dress and gear for security personnel, cross border snopping devices and gadgets, training and deployment of spies and the special gear for them, use of computers and Internet for espionage and disinformation, code-breaking, tailing of enemy agents and their elimination, nuclear espionage, purloining state secrets of hostile countries and pooling them for the good of India and Israel and their mutual friends.

    “The Israelis were interested in having access to the secret reports of Indian undercover RAW diplomats from certain Muslim countries of special interest to Israel (especially Pakistan, Libya and Iran). India is apparently willing to grant access to Israeli agents to the Indian Home Ministry’s Central Intelligence Processing Unit (CIPU) in New Delhi. This was recently set up under Advani’s direction with Israeli and US help. A handpicked RAW officer, trusted by Advani, heads this unit. Israel wants full access to its information data. The Indian government has already allowed access to it by American intelligence agencies now working with the Indian government on so-called anti-terrorist assignments.

    Federation of American Scientists website comments on RAW in these words: “RAW has engaged in disinformation campaigns, espionage and sabotage against Pakistan and other neighboring countries. RAW has enjoyed the backing of successive Indian governments in these efforts. Working directly under the Prime Minister, the structure, rank, pay and perks of the Research & Analysis Wing are kept secret from Parliament.”

    Tarek Fatah, a Turkish scholar settled in Canada, wrote: “Britain’s authoritative and respected defense publication, Jane’s Terrorism & Security Monitor, reports that Israel and India have formed a military relationship and that Israeli intelligence is active in Occupied Kashmir.

    “It says: Israeli intelligence agencies have been intensifying their relations with India’s security apparatus and are now understood to be heavily involved in helping New Delhi combat Islamic militants in the disputed province of Kashmir…

    Ed Blanche writes in Janes’ Security on 14 August 2001: “Israeli intelligence agencies have been intensifying their relations with India’s security apparatus and are now understood to be heavily involved in helping New Delhi combat Islamic militants in the disputed province of Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state which lies at the core of the conflict with neighbouring Pakistan.

    “Israel has several teams now in Kashmir training Indian counter-insurgency forces to fight the dozen separatist guerrilla groups operating in the Indian-controlled sector of the disputed state.

    “The exact extent of the involvement in Kashmir by Israel s intelligence agencies is far from clear, but it fits into Israel’s increasing focus on events in Central Asia, and as far afield as Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim state, to counteract Islamic fundamentalism, which it perceives as a major threat.

    “Shimon Peres, currently Israel’s foreign minister, said during a visit to New Delhi in January 2001 (shortly before he took his current post in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s coalition government) that Israel was prepared to co-operate with India to fight terrorism. Weeks earlier, an Israeli counterterrorism team, including military intelligence specialists and senior police commanders, paid a visit to Indian-administered Kashmir and other regions of the country that are grappling with anti-government militants to assess India’s security needs.

    If there is still any doubt as to the real intentions of Israel, then please see this statement issued by David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister. His words, as printed in the Jewish Chronicle, 9 August 1967, leave nothing to imagination:

    “The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs.

    “This lover of the Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan.

    “Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore, India is the most important base for us to work therefrom against Pakistan.

    “It is essential that we exploit this base and strike and crush Pakistanis, enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans. ____

    We are grateful to Tariq Saeedi for permission to reprint excerpts from his special report that appeared first in The Balochistan Post, .