Netanyahu Wants to Postpone Core Issues in Mideast Talks

Netanyahu Wants to Postpone Core Issues in

Mideast Talks

Netanyahu Wants to Postpone Core Issues in Mideast Talks

AFP is reporting today that Israel’s right-wing Likud party chairman Benjamin Netanyahu thinks that Middle East peace talks should focus on improving Palestinian daily life and not on core issues.[1] Like any mainstream news agency catering to Jewish controlled news media, AFP can’t tell us the real reason why Netanyahu wants to wait with any meaningful negotiations. AFP only quotes Netanyahu’s spokeswoman as saying that discussing core issues were irrelevant because they would lead nowhere and the goal wasn’t clear.

To understand Zionist statements like the one above you must take into account both the rabbinic tradition of doublespeak and the supremacist – if not genocidal – attitude of the Talmudists towards Arabs.

Doublespeak is by no means an invention of Orson Wells, but a form of lieing championed by the Jewish holy book of the Talmud. While offering lip-services to Moses’ commandment of not lieing, the Phariseen oral tradition as codified by ‘wise’ rabbis after the destruction of the Jerusalem temple, makes numerous exemptions. Not only does it provide as many as five categories in which a Jew can shamelessly lie, but those categories are widened by countless subcategories, effectively permitting lieing in any situation where it benefits a Jew.[2] The Talmud is particular fond of speaking with what Native Americans used to call “forked tongues”, i.e. choosing your words so that the real meaning is not understood by listeners not accustomed to that kind of shameless word twisting.[3]

When Netanyahu says the negotiations with Palestinian leaders should focus on improving the daily life of Palestinians, what he really means is creating a perception of addressing the most urgent international concerns regarding the genocidal treatment of Gazans and the ethnic cleansing of the indigenous population of the West Bank. When he says that the peace talks were leading nowhere and that the goals were unclear, what he really means is that Israel will not agree to any peace deal that the Palestinians could possibly accept.

Netanyahu is right. There can’t be any agreement on the “core issues” of the future status of Jerusalem, the right of return of the Palestinian refugees, the future of the Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories and the final borders, simply because what the Zionists and orthodox Jewry really want is a Palestine without Palestinians. If they had their way, they would kick out or kill all remaining Arabs in East Jerusalem, Gaza and West Bank. In fact, if they could, they would enslave or murder all non-Jews, regardless where they live. “Even the best Gentile must be killed.”[4]

When hardcore Zionists like Livni and Olmert make public statements seemingly abandoning the century old Zionist dream of a “Greater Israel”, that is a Jews-only state from the Euphrates to the Nile, all they are really saying is that to publicly pursue that goal was counterproductive.They want their fellow Jews to tone down their supremacist and genocidal rants against Arabs. They want their orthodox rabbis to stop publicly demanding a “shoah” for the Palestinians. It causes too much bad publicity, not so much in the firmly controlled mass media but on the increasingly important Internet.

Both the Zionist plans and the Talmudist rabbis call for the expulsion – if not murder – of all Arabs in “Eretz Yisroel”. They just cannot realise those plans as yet, at least not as quickly as they would like. When Israel’s chief terrorist Benjamin Netanyahu suggests “postponing” negotiations with the Arabs on the “core issues” what he really means is not negotiating at all. He just wants to wait until the time is right for the final solution of the Palestinian question.


[2] Michael Hoffman, Judaism Discovered, 2008

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

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General Hamid Gul on The Alex Jones Show

General Hamid Gul on The Alex Jones Show


Alex Jones: Well, ladies & gentlemen, out of the gates, we have Gen. Hamid Gul, and of course he was the head of Pakistani intelligence ISI back in the 1980’s, he went on CNN on Sunday night on one of their international programs and talked about the fact that he believed 9/11 was an inside job, and that the Mumbai attacks, formerly Bombay, were also an inside job.

As you know, we have detailed that that was a False Flag attack, carried out by western intelligence, clearly, in India, as a pretext to start World War III between the two nations.  There were also calls, the Pakistani government said were officially made, confirmed with the phone records, from the Indian Foreign Ministry, saying “we are going to attack you”, attempting to trick the Pakistanis into launching some type of attack, and that almost happened.

So, for the next thirty minutes I’m very honored to be joined by Gen. Hamid Gul, and General, joining us from Pakistan, thank you so much for coming on with us today.

Hamid Gul: You are welcome.

Alex Jones: Uh, just out of the gates, I was told by your son that you were not happy with the CNN interview, that they edited you.  So, you’ve got the floor, sir.  We’re not going to edit you.  You are live, so tell the world what is really going on.

Hamid Gul: Well, at the moment, we have to look at this human — great human tragedy that took place in Bombay.  I sympathize with India; they’ve been rocked very badly.  And their response was a bit nervous.  They want to go to war with Pakistan if Pakistan does not behave or does not hand over whoever they want from us.  They have given a list of people.

But I think that there has been a long record of the Indians accusing Pakistan whenever something like this happens, and in the past they have turned out to be every time wrong.  Of course Pakistan is willing to cooperate.  And I think that is a very good position that President Zardari has taken, that “you provide the evidence and we will try them out; we will arrest them we will put them to trial, and you can come and watch, see, and let the international cameras come and see.  And there shall be a transparent, open trial, and if that does not satisfy you, then what else will?”

So, this is the situation where we stand today: there is an ominous tack from India, and America seems to be partly patting them on the back, and asking Pakistan to do whatever India is demanding.  Now this is an unfair position, because India is not like America.  America demanded from Pakistan back in — after 9/11 to cooperate and hand over anybody that Pakistan could lay their hands on.  Seven hundred or so people were caught in Pakistan, they were sent to Guantanamo Bay, to Baghram and to Kandahar jail.  And nothing came out — Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was the only one who was tried in that case: all others have been let off.

So, to get innocent people like that, just because you accuse them, and you don’t even provide the evidence, you pick them up and shove them in jails, this is not on [misses ]. I think that this belittles the values that particularly democracies uphold, and they talk so much about.  And so I think that my son-in-law putted it good enough, and today Pakistan backed down on some of the defunct organizations — in fact these were banned in the year 2002, immediately after 9/11, but there could be some maverick elements among them who would still — I won’t rule out, could carry out uhhh [bumper music begins in background]— in — uh, on their own or in conjunction with some other forces [“partic”??] that kind of atrocities.  But we have to wait and see, how it goes.

Alex Jones: OK, Mr. — uh, Mr. Gul, General Hamid Gul, please stay with us.  We’re gonna break and come back in a long segment, uh, plenty of time for you to break down what’s going on, the serious tensions, uh being, un being risen due to what happened a few weeks ago in India.  Please stay with us.


Alex Jones: Reading from Wikipedia, “General Hamid Gul, served as director general of Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence, ISI, during ‘87-‘89, mainly in the time when Benazir Bhutto was Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was instrumental in the anti-Soviet support of the mujahideen in the Afghan War, ’79 to ‘89, a pivotal time during the Cold War, and the estab — “ and it goes on.  And we have him on line with us.  We of course yesterday played the CNN, uh, TV interview that he did.  This is live, and is not edited.  Going back to him in Pakistan we’ve tried three different lines, this is the best one we have, we apologize our audio is not very loud to him, not very audible, and his back to us is very, very broken up.  But we nevertheless have him joining us, we’re very thankful.

Uh, sir, continuing, on the CNN program, at least what they edited you to say, you talked about 9/11, the evidence being that nine eleven was an inside job, and the attacks in Bombay, now Mumbai, of a few weeks ago, that the evidence was, it was an inside job.  Can you go over the evidence that you believe that these were
False Flag events, sir, and why these False Flag events are being staged.

Hamid Gul: Are you talking about 9/11?

Alex Jones: Yes, sir.

Hamid Gul: Well, I have my own reasons, you know, Rod Nordland was the CNN reporter here, I think he was based in Islamabad at that time, and he came to me immediately after 9/11, and his version that, uh, that I put out, it was given to the Newsweek, and unfortunately it was blocked, but it appeared on the internet, on the website of the Newsweek. And you can see it, I think it is dated 16th or 17th of September, 2001. [Note: the article is Prejudice In Pakistan: Why Is Islamabad Reluctant To Pressure Neighboring Afghanistan Into Turning Over Osama Bin Laden?, by Rod Nordland, dated 9/14/2001].

And in that I had said the same thing, and I still maintain that that’s my position.  I have [“seven”??] reasons for it:

a. that 9/11 took place on the American soil, not a single person has been caught inside America, even though for doing such a job I think a huge amount of logistic support is required in the area where such operation is carried out.

b. Secondly, the air traffic control, when they saw the four aircraft were changing direction — going from east coast to west coast where they were headed, they started traveling in different directions.  And it is quite amazing that for a very long period of time the air traffic control did not report this, nor did the US Air Force act in time.  If, er, one were to calculate from the first flight, when it took off from Logan, till the first aircraft, and the solitary aircraft that took off was an F16 that took off from Langley, which is CIA headquarters, instead of one of the operational bases.  So many of them are available in that area.  And then a single aircraft never takes off, because we have been told that whenever the aircraft scramble they scramble in twos.  And the time that it took was enormous. It took a hundred and twelve minutes!  A hundred twelve minutes is a very long time in which to react.  Was the US Air Force sleeping?  And if it was sleeping, which heads will roll?

c. Second [NB: his third point] it was a huge intelligence failure, and no heads have been rolled, nobody has been taken to task, not a single person has resigned for this.

d. Thirdly, the air traffic control should have been rehashed, they should have been turned inside out, but nothing of the sort happened.

e. And finally, how come this is a coincidence that all transponders did not work, and it is not possible — and the direction is changed and it is not noticed?

f. Secondly, the US Air Force has the ability, because in the past whenever a plane has been hijacked, the record is that within seven minutes the US aircraft has been on the wing of the hijacked aircraft.  In this case it  — uh, it did not happen.  The US alert system is so high, and it is so sophisticated, that if a missile were to take off from Moscow, and were to head toward New York, it takes about eighty minutes.  And the US Air Force, and the missile systems, is supposed to intercept it within nine minutes — that means only Atlantic: around the Pacific it must stop that missile from coming in.

The system is in place, but it didn’t work, and nobody tried to question this.

g. Lastly, no inquiry has so far been held formally into the incident, and the whole world has been turned upside down, so many people have been killed, the American economy is going into a meltdown, and everything is gone wrong with the world, and yet no formal inquiry has been ordered by the US government.  So I really don’t know.  There are so many questions which hang in the balance.

h. And then to top it all, they say that [Obama Hamodu??(Hani Hanjour)] took the training by light aircraft in the army for six months, he could have maneuvered a jumbo 745 — uh, 757 from a height where it was traveling — that height was 9,000, and it came within seconds to a height of 1000, and then went straight into its target.  Now this is not possible for a person who has been trained on a light aircraft to be able to do this.

Alex Jones: Yes, sir.

Hamid Gul: And there is no mention of the second aircraft, and so there are a number of things which remain unanswered.

Alex Jones: Yes, sir.

Hamid Gul: Whenever the journalists come, and visit me here, and I ask them these questions, that “why haven’t you taken the answers about this?”, and they say that “Patriotic Act comes in the way”, and we are not supposed to ask that question”.

Alex Jones: General — we are talking to General Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistani ISI, during the key period of fighting the Russians, he was also, before he was the head of ISI, one of the chiefs according to our media, running operations against the Russians.  And of course working with the United States closely, as well as the Saudi Arabians, and the British.  Y’know, if that’s incorrect, correct me.

Uh, General Gul, what are the motives?  We have the PNAC, with Dick Cheney saying we need a Pearl Harbor event, we have 44,000 US troops massing in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the days before 9/11, we have Bush on September 10, Newsweek reported ordering the launch of attacks the next week, we have, of course, the buildings being blown up with explosives, and all of the witnesses to that, now the government admits that Building 7 did fall in freefall, was not hit by a plane — specifically, sir, motives.  Why would the Military Industrial Complex controlling the United States, why would they stage a 9/11 attack?

Hamid Gul: Well, I think there’s also the Cold War,  when the — Reaganomics it was known as, the inflation was very high, and, domestic issues had to be addressed, but, uh, Bill Clinton, [two and hammose??] they really amassed a lot of money, American economy went booming, and he left a lot of money, and the — hard boys, Cold Warriors, when they came in they — they found that the situation was ready, they had money and they had resources, and they looked upon the conquest of the world, for which there was an opportunity window.

The Muslim world was lying prostrate, Russia was not still picking up from the — it’s foreign position, China was not ready yet, and therefore they looked upon it as an opportunity to go and do the [forming??].  And in this, I am a soldier, and I know that there has to be a single aim, but they mixed up the aims and they have botched up everything.  First they said that they would go into such specific areas where there was no US presence before, as — such as the western Asia and South Asia — South Asia, where there was no American [???] present, and they wanted it there.

They had to keep the Chinese off from getting into the Middle East, they had to lay their hands on the energy tap of the world, which presently lies in the Middle East, but in future it will be in Central Asia, and so Afghanistan is the gateway to Central Asia, and finally to suppress any resistance, particularly which could threaten the state of Israel.

Now that is where they, instead of pursuing the American objectives, they started pursuing the Israeli objectives, and that is where they went wrong.  You have to pick out a single aim, that is the first principle of war, and I don’t know why the generals and the politicians of America, they could be so naïve and so ignorant, that they started mixing aims, and they went into this war, without a buildup, without particular preparation, and without the American support behind them.

Because if they had gone to war, and asked for the support of the American people, they would never given them their support.  So they had to create a pretext, and this was the pretext that they created.

Alex Jones: General, we’re gonna break in a second, and come back for the final segment.  I’m hoping I can get you to stay a little longer, because I want you to speak unedited to the American people and the people of the world.  I want to shift gears into Mumbai, what happened in India.  Clearly the evidence of even the Indian intelligence chief, as you know, was saying that the Indian government was staging terror attacks on the train, an army captain was caught doing that and arrested, the chief of anti-terror was threatened, he was killed that day when it started in Mumbai, now they have caught an anti-terror police officer giving cell phones to the supposed terrorist that they’re saying came from Pakistan, we know the West is deeply in bed with some of the blocks of the former mujahideen, uh, can you speak to that?


Hamid Gul: Can you hear me — I can’t hear you properly, can you hear me all right?

Alex Jones: Yes, sir, I can hear you.  When we come back, we will s­ — we will speak to what happened in India.  Did you hear that?

Hamid Gul: Yes, yes, yes, yes.

Alex Jones: Good.  Why they are staging terror attacks there, the evidence of False Flag/Inside Job in India.   So when we return after this quick break [music begins] with the former head of Pakistani intelligence, uh, General Hamid Gul, joining us from Pakistan.  I am coming to you from Austin, Texas, hence the phone troubles.  We will work on those, sir, during the break.  My websites of course are and

Stay with us, we’ll be right back with this exclusive interview.


[bumper music: Leonard Cohen —
Everybody knows the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows — the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
. . . .]

Alex Jones: We are back live.  It is Dec. 9th, 2008.  Gen. Hamid Gul, one of the most famous members of the  — and commanders of Pakistani intelligence, who worked in — with the United States in the whole operation against the Russians — was the commander of those operations — is our guest, with us graciously until forty after.

Uh, General, uh, not wasting any more time, I listed earlier the fact that Indian intelligence captains in the army have been caught in India staging bombings.  That’s Indian news.  Uh, that Indian intelligence and police have been caught giving cell phones to the supposed shooters.  The police stood down, and only the anti-terror commanders that had said that India was staging terror, they were killed in the initiation of the attacks in Mumbai.  That’s some of the evidence of Mumbai being an inside job.  Namely, why do you believe Mumbai is a staged event two weeks ago, (A), and (B), what is the motive?

Hamid Gul: Well, the motive is very simple, that, uh, Americans want India to come on board with them in their War Against Terror, especially when they run out of troops in Afghanistan.  The NATO allies are pulling out, they are dragging their feet, they are not prepared to fight there, but they want to make it an Indian cause, and they want nearly 150,000 troops in Afghanistan.

That is one reason where there is an American motive.  There is an Israeli motive, which is similar, that the Americans should not pull out of Afghanistan just because they are short of troops, so they must have more troops there.  Because if they go away without denuclearizing Pakistan, the state of Israel will remain under perpetual danger.  So they have an innate fear that Americans will lose heart and pull out of this region, they’re already going out of Iraq. And if they were to go out of Afghanistan, Israel — this will be an unfinished agenda, and Israel will be at the losing end.

So, the NeoCons and the Zionists, they together want to hatch a conspiracy so that Obama gets trapped into a situation where for next four years he keep on sorting out this embroglio.

As far as the ability is concerned, which is the other element, can you imagine that people traveling from Karachi in two rickety boats, they can travel all the way to Bombay and then go into action immediately and fight a battle for seventy-two hours, and there are just ten of them, and in each group there were two?  This is impossible.  They were carrying so much of munitions with them, and that, uh, that munition lasted till fighting withstood the — crack troops of India for so long.

And you know that in Nariman House, the five Jewish hostages, they were killed by the Indian commandos.  They were not killed by these people.  So why would the Indian commandos kill them?  And Israelis suppressed this information.  It initially came out in one of the Indian dail — eh, Israeli dailies, but then it was suppressed.

So if you go by the record of the Indian accusations against Pakistan, in the past ten years, uh, 2001 on December 13, there was an attack on the Indian Lok Sabha [lower house of Parliament], and they blamed Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba for it, but it turned out that these were Indian Kashmiris themselves, and because India is causing so much atrocities in Kashmir, therefore there’s a good reason for them that they would — carry out something like that.

Then the — again in 2006, there was the Samjhota Express case, in which 68 passengers, mostly Pakistanis were killed, and this train was stopped at an obscure railway station in Haryana, and then doors were locked and the train was set on fire, and again this was proclaimed that it was Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba, and they had done it because they wanted to derail the peace process.  But, uh, Marshal Purohit, Shrikant Purohit has been caught in it, and there are other Indian officers who are, uh, or were his accomplices, and he has a big net worth — they — took the RDX from the Deolali depot, which is a military depot —

Alex Jones: the explosives —

Hamid Gul: so one can say there is a deep penetration of the militant Hindus in military and intelligence organizations in India.

So in this case, why would they not do that, because they want to again derail this process, and when Obama says that he will mediate on Kashmir, and there is a Kashmiri [music begins] political movement picking up momentum, and in this situation he says that he would, uh, send, uh, Bill Clinton as the mediator.  Obviously the militants in India do not want this to happen and they had to preempt it.

So, Pakistan doesn’t gain, Pakistani ISI doesn’t gain anything from it.  The next beneficiary is either the militant Hindu —

Alex Jones: Stay there, sir, we have to break.

Hamid Gul: who have their eye on the next election —

Alex Jones: we have to break —


Alex Jones: Well, ladies and gentlemen, a rare interview, extremely enlightening.  We’re talking to the former head of Pakistani intelligence, the ISI.  I want to thank Paul Watson, who will be on the line.  He’s gonna pop in with a question or two.  I want to thank, uh, Simon over in the UK for getting us this number.  Thank Aaron for staying up late last night to get the producing job done to get this interview right here on the GCN Radio Network.  Uh, General, continuing with motive, I have the headline here, “Pakistan Asserts ‘Hoax’ War Call Was Real — Press Minister fingers Indian High Commission as source of reports that threatening call was fake”.

As you know this was in most of the Pakistani papers.  The government has the caller ID and the phone records, that the threatening call, saying that India was going to attack within minutes of the terrorist attacks beginning in Mumbai a few weeks ago, this provocative call within minutes saying India was going to attack Pakistan, attempting to get Pakistan to move troops to the border and have a conflict, and the media saying possible war between the two thermonuclear powers was narrowly averted.  Can you speak to that?

Hamid Gul: Yes, indeed.  I think the Americans and the Indians both have been very responsible about it, because Condoleezza Rice’s statement in America and in India when she went and visited Delhi.  They were very threatening towards Pakistan, and it was sort of a dictation that “you have to satisfy India”.  Now this is amazing, that Pakistan has to satisfy India.  On what score?  Indians have still to come out with the evidence.  And as far as this one man whom they have caught, who knows that this is not a bogey, and that this man was loitering around somewhere.  There’re plenty of Pakistanis who crossed the border illegally or legally, and he could have been picked up, and he’s become the front man for singing on those stories.

So one doesn’t really know.  It’s too early to start threatening war against Pakistan because Pakistan is a nuclear country, and if they brandish their power, conventional power, then I can assure you that as a soldier I will say that conventional war, limited war, within the nuclear environment is not possible in the subcontinent.

And if it comes to an exchange of nuclear weapons, then this becomes a Third World War. China cannot stay out.  Russia will not stay out.  Russia is already showing its belligerence towards the —  America and Europe.  And China of course is a very major economic power.  They are a nuclear power, and if this thing happens in their back yard they will not accept it.

So this is a very dangerous situation.  I think it is playing with the fire.  So the whole thing is getting — could get out of hand.  It is again, as I told you that the part of the unfinished agenda that the NeoCons had in their mind.  And they think back now, “well, we carry it out, even though the Americans wanted a change.”

But let’s look at what change means.  I mean Obama has not too very clearly enunciated what change would be.  But one can assume that change means focusing on the domestic issues.  There is an economic meltdown, the car industry is going sick, and many other things are happening inside America, the social welfare and the Medicare extra trust.

So as in all these things, there is a need for the new administration to focus entirely on the domestic issues —

Alex Jones: well, General —

Hamid Gul: and for that it will have to disengage externally.

Alex Jones: General — as you know, in the last three months, before Obama was even elected, he said Pakistan and Afghanistan would be his main focus.  The strikes inside Pakistan — it’s clear that his change means what Zbigniew Brzezinski wants, shifting — uh, what the RAND Corporation has said they want, shifting the war out of the Middle East into Central Asia.

So I believe the change is gonna be these provocations.  Look at the NeoCons, with Israeli and NATO-backed forces launching the sneak attack on the Russian held South Ossetia on 8/8/8.  So it appears they are trying to launch a major — uh, larger than a theater war, as the RAND Corporation said a month ago, they want a major new war.

Hamid Gul: Yes, indeed you’re right, because this is an old theory, [weet ul josaperry??] theory, first put out by MacKinder and then by Mahan, who was an admiral in the US Navy, that this is the rimland, you’ve got to first control the rimland in Asia before you can strike in the heartland of Asia.  So this heartland/rimland thing, I think it tricked into the story —

Alex Jones: geopolitical

Hamid Gul: it tricked into the picture that, if they have a conflict in the rimland, and they can control it, then it becomes so much easier to go into the heartland.

This is really asking too much when America is really not in a very healthy economic condition.  So I think that this is brinkmanship of the highest order, and if they enlarge the area of conflict in this war against terrorism, and if they prolong the period of conflict, then America will definitely lose.

Alex Jones: General —

Hamid Gul: Because I know that when you are fighting the [illevel of??] fighters, and then the area of conflict is enlarged, let’s say you extend it into the tribal areas of Pakistan, or it is pushed into Kashmir as well, so the [canna??] can be monitored and watched quite easily, then the area will become larger and the US simply does not have the troops.  And there is not a moral cause strong enough for the American people to be mobilized behind it.

Alex Jones: So that’s why they staged

Hamid Gul: So I don’t know — this is pure madness to be thinking of such things at this time.

Alex Jones: So that’s why they need proxies like India to destabilize the region for the encirclement of Russia, and of course China, blocking those pipelines.

Now, sir, in the time we’ve got left, you worked with the United States and Saudi Arabia, with Israel, or at least Pakistan did, fighting the Russian invasion.  Uh, of course, if these reports are incorrect, correct me, but you were one of the main commanders helping the mujahideen.  You were the head of Pakistani intelligence right at the time you had the victory against the Russians.

It is reported here that al-Qaeda was founded by the new Secretary of Defense Gates and Zbigniew Brzezinski, uh, or, or that they were the Wahabist fighting corps, and that they are now being used to try to bring down the Pakistani government and to try to stage attacks inside India.  So can you speak with your particular expertise to that, and then, also the fact that they are now trying to list you as a terrorist, and then thirdly, did you ever meet Osama bin Laden?  Is Osama bin Laden dead many years ago of kidney failure, as Benazir Bhutto said?

Hamid Gul: Well, uh, I was actually in charge of operations against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, and the Americans were providing the logistic support, and the Saudis were sharing one half of the budget for this war.  And it was a cheap war because in all — there was uh ten years that we were fighting the Russians, we spent not more than five billion dollars out of the American exchequers.  So it was a very cheap war for the Americans to have defeated the Russians and rid the whole of the West of this Red Menace that they used to call.

So, at that time, Osama bin Laden and his, uh colleagues, they were admired and romanticised by the CIA operators.  I had never met him then. I had nothing to do with him, because I was only busy training the Afghans.  We had to win a war, we had a task on our hands, it was a very big task, and we were so occupied with the training only the Afghans.  No other nation was trained by the ISI.  I can vouch on that.  Not a single person, not even a Pakistani was trained by them.

Osama bin Laden was — you know, I — had never met him, but to the — these people used to come and talk glowingly about him.  I met Osama bin Laden after my retirement from the army, in 1993 December in Khartoum, and then again in year, uh, 1994 November when I was went — I was there invited by a Hassan bin-Turabi to an international conference, and during that conference, Osama invited us to a banquet.  And it was all in an open place, and, uh, where there were many other people present.  I, uh, he struck me as a pretty normal human being, not the bloodthirsty animal that he is being presented by the CIA now.

At that time no conversation between him and me took place.  I don’t know whether he’s living or dead.  But so far Ayman — Ayman al-Zawahiri has been given — eh, representing him in various interviews of Osama that have been put out.

So one doesn’t really know.  But the last interview, which was a voice interview, in that the CIA and the other US intelligence agencies authenticated that it was Osama’s voice.  So one doesn’t really know whether he is living or dead.

Alex Jones: Well, sir —

Hamid Gul:  But even if he is not living, he is a symbol.  Al-Qaeda is a franchise.  Whoever created that, and for whatever reason they created, I think it wasn’t there until 1996 when he was lodged in Khartoum.  Later on he was —

Alex Jones: General —

Hamid Gul: — invited by [later Afghan President] Burhanuddin Rabbani, who is now part of the Northern Alliance in Kabul, and he came over and he set up his headquarters in a place called Tora Bora near Jalalabad.   But, uhhh, that’s where one started hearing of al-Qaeda and the activities

Alex Jones: Yes.

Hamid Gul: of Osama bin-Laden.

Alex Jones: General —

Hamid Gul: And also the fact that his commander was responsible for bringing the “Blackhawk down” in the fierce operation in Mogadishu where an American aircraft was brought down by a Stinger, which had probably been supplied in Afghanistan to Afghan mujahideen.

Alex Jones: OK, General —

Hamid Gul: Yes —

Alex Jones: General, I need to — in the time left here because we’ve only got a few minutes left with you here — uh, maybe five minutes and then we’re going to break and I don’t want to keep you any longer — we can perhaps have you back in the future.

Specifically, though, we know his CIA control name was Tim Osman, we know he was the bagman for a lot of the Saudi money and the Israeli money going in, I know that was compartmentalized and separate from Pakistani intelligence, from what I’ve read from different perspectives and US intelligence.

So — so I believe you.  My whole point here is — is that al-Qaeda — al-CIAda didn’t carry out the attacks of 9/11 as you yourself have said.  His first interview said that he didn’t do it.  Then they produced these computer-morphed videos and fake audios that have been checked.  And the Intel Center, headed up by Rumsfeld’s former lieutenant, the private group was caught putting the same video layer in with the original video.  So it’s been proven that they’re creating these fake videos.

Hamid Gul: There is no doubt about it, that this video which was put out in November by George Bush and — and said this was Osama bin-Laden and was high cheekboned like the mongoloid features, he wasn’t as tall as Osama bin-Laden was.  And one could clearly make out that this was doctored, and had been created on purpose to justify the attack on Afghanistan.

I think there are many things which are going wrong are being done on the behest of the government by the CIA which are not correct.  The CIA used to be good when they were working with us.  But I don’t know what happened thereafter.  I think it was overarching ambition.

Alex Jones: Well, sir —

Hamid Gul: — or it is the fear that America will lose it’s clout.  Whatever is the reason.  Or perhaps it is the Israeli fear that they are surrounded by a sea of hostile enemies, who could, if the Americans don’t, uh, now at this point in time, the don’t deliver a fatal blow to all their enemies, then Israel will have a short shelf life, otherwise also because it is an artificial state, that they would, uh, probably not exist, or they would —

Alex Jones: General —

Hamid Gul: — have — fi —

Alex Jones: General: as you know, in the time we have left, they have over four hundred nukes, they have total dominance, no one could attack them with nukes, they have the anti-missile defense systems.  I believe it’s a red herring that they want to start World War III, uh, for their “safety”.  It’s World War III that will destroy Israel.

Hamid Gul: Yes, indeed, and I think this 2006 September experience, I think, if it is any indicator for them, when they —

Alex Jones: Hezbollah —

Hamid Gul: — went into southern Lebanon and they got such a buffeting at the hands of — of Hezbollah, I think they’ll not do something like that, because it would mean annihilation of Israel.  And in any case Palestinian question is a very thorny question, and I do not know why the US administration is not addressing it differently —

Alex Jones: OK

Hamid Gul: — instead of these two different states there should be one Abrahamic state of Palestine.

Alex Jones: General!

Hamid Gul: Because all of the three religions which claim that they are divine religions they have been origined in Palestine, and I think that something new has been — has to be thought about.

Alex Jones: All right —

Hamid Gul: But unfortunately Bush administration in its very [?????????]  it said that they would sort out this Palestinian issue by creating two states.  After eight years we have gotten nowhere at all!

Alex Jones: All right General, we’re almost out of time, two final questions, and I’m gonna let you go, and you can — any websites, any books, any materials you’d like to point people at to see your side of the story, we’d love to see it.  Two questions, let me give ‘em both to you and then answer them, please:

#1 — why are they trying to, now, list you as a terrorist, (A), when they admittedly worked with you (B) why do they always betray people like Saddam who they worked with and set up.

So (A) why are they trying to set you up, and (B) do you see the West staging more terror?

Hamid Gul: Yes, of — I think they are simply afraid of me because I worked with them, I understand them, I can measure them up and I talk loudly about it, I mak — mince no words, I pil — pull no punches, and they are afraid that I preempt whatever scheming they do.  And I am — loud-voiced, there is no doubt about it.  And I speak the truth, they are trying to frame me, there is no truth in it.  If they had anything about me when I applied for a renewal of my VISA to America why did they not give it to me?  Because if they have something, they are looking around for terrorists, while this terrorist wants to come over and visit America, nab me, interrogate me, take me to bar, take me to court, do whatever you like.  It only shows that they have a mala fide.

As far as Saddam is concerned, it is a habit, it is a very bad habit.  They cultivate friends who become, like Pervez Musharraf, dictators, and then they make use of them, and then they turn upon them and then infect [?] the nation because of their policies.

And, what was the last part of your question?

Alex Jones: All right, I’m gonna do a s —

Hamid Gul: was it in India/Pakistan relations?

Alex Jones: Sir, hold on one moment, General. John —

Hamid Gul: Ju —

Alex Jones: Ge — hold on, General — uh, General,  hold on one moment because we’ve only got a few minutes left.  John, skip this network break.  For stations:  I’m skipping, ‘cause I’me gonna let him go in three minutes.  I don’t want to hold him any longer, but I’m skipping this break, because this is too newsworthy.

Yes sir, I’d like you to answer that question, uh, about what do you think, knowing them, working with the globalists, the New World Order, in the past, when it was still America, before we were totally dominated, what do you think their next moves are probably — uh, most probable, (A).

And then, finally, the attacks against the government in Pakistan, uh, using Muslim fronts.  Does that appear to be the West trying to destabilize your government?  They keep trying to kill the government, they killed Bhutto, they keep bombing government buildings, they keep bombing hotels, it appears the West is using false mujahideen to try to overthrow Pakistan.

Hamid Gul: No, Benazir was not killed by any of the terrorists.  She was removed by the Americans, because she had violated her agreement, because they wanted to keep Pervez Musharraf there, and he slapped another [mustel???] on Pakistan.  So she had become rebellious, and such a person, who is a popular leader of a third world country, the head of the largest political party, a woman whom they could not attack as fundamentalist because she was so westernized, therefore it was very important for them to remove her, because they have a mischievous plan which they want to put through.

So, they have installed instead Mr. Zardari, whom they can blackmail very easily, but they have allowed him to keep the powers of a dictator.  And in fact he’s the one who’s calling all the shots in Pakistan, so as Pakistan is already completely destabilized politically.

Our po — um, uh be — judicial institution simply does not exist, because the judicial crisis recently dethroned Chief Justice of Pakistan —

Alex Jones: Yes — who is staging the terror attacks, because they’re clearly aimed at the government, or is that the government staging them as a pretext to crack down —

Hamid Gul: No, no, no — this is because it — [Lombostit???] was attacked, and I think that George Bush addressed his nation on radio immediately after that, said “this was part of our plan in War Against Terrorism”, because Pakistan army and Inter Services Intelligence were not fully cooperating, and because they did not consider it was their war, therefore they created this situation, where the terrorists out of sheer revenge — this is called Pakhtunwali.  This is a tradition which has nothing to do with Islam.  It is the Afghans holding to this tradition long before they became Muslim, and they are still carrying it on.  When you take action against an Afghan, kill his daughter or his wife or his sister, he will take revenge no doubt what happens.  He does not behave like a Muslim, or any other entity.

So this was a thing which was created.  And of course Pakistan is now in a very difficult position.  We only have a military which can control the institutions.  And we have an ISI, but the Americans are almost every day attacking the ISI and attacking the military, saying this is not under the control of the political parties.

Alex Jones: Sir —

Hamid Gul: political powers.

Alex Jones: Sir — General —

Hamid Gul: But what is political power, when Parliament is sinecure?  It does not work, it has no authority at all.

Alex Jones: General, going back to 9/11, Pakistani papers, BBC reported, New York Times reported, $100,000 was reportedly wired by Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, the head of Pakistani intelligence to the lead hijacker, who we know was a US government decoy, trained at US bases, that’s Newsweek, AP, Reuters.  General Mahmood Ahmed, do you believe he was really controlled by the CIA, did he wire $100,000 to Mohammed Atta?

Hamid Gul: Not at all.  Mahmood is a friend of mine.  I met him very recently in Lahore, and he categorically denies this.  I think this is all disinformation, which has been adopted as a very sophisticated intelligence art.

Alex Jones: So, just to be clear, we’re gonna let you go, we’re very thankful and respectful of your time, uh, you believe that the bombings and shootings and terror attacks that we’ve seen in the last few months in Pakistan are because the Predator drones and helicopters are killing weddings — you always notice it’s a wedding — that’s meant to stir up the people there, because it kills whole families, it’s a huge insult, and then of course they blow up NATO cars, of course they then attack the government.  Is that what you’re saying?

Hamid Gul: It is retaliatory, and they will retaliate.  I can tell you that Afghanistan nation is a fact that over 5,000 years, nobody has won against them, and I think that Americans cannot win, unless American intention is to stir up a Third World War at this point I think there’s no point in staying in Afghanistan.  You should negotiate with the opposition.  This is a national resistance now.  It is no longer Taleban.  Specific, it is the Afghan nation.

I approve of their position.  They are resisting ferociously.

Alex Jones: General, how long can the Mayor of Kabul stay in power, and isn’t this really just about the West controlling the opium?

Hamid Gul: Well, he’s the puppet of Kabul, and he will not stay very long.  I can assure you that, eh, he’s already started showing signs of nervousness.  He wants to reach out to the Taleban, but Taleban won’t — eh, even throw a crumb at him.  I can assure you the Taleban, or, any other resistance fighters, they will have nothing to do with —

Alex Jones: Well, Reuters is reporting, as you know, every major city is now encircled, and only a few cities are controlled by the US force.

Hamid Gul: I — I have no idea, but I think the Right is started coming out, like Robert Kagan’s article in the Washington Post on December 2nd, it, eh, echoes what is the [CFR] World At Risk Report.  Uh, it is similar.  They are focusing on Pakistan, because Pakistan’s nuclear capability is undigestible by State of Israel, and by India, therefore there is —

Alex Jones: All right —

Hamid Gul: every possibility that Pakistan becomes a target.

Alex Jones: In closing — in closing, and this is it, and we appreciate all your time —  this hour’s over, two minutes, sir, I know you can’t predict the future, but do you see them staging a nuke attack?  Do you see them staging more terror attacks?  Do you see India sneak attacking?  Uh, do you  see a more radical government coming in after the staged events?  What do you see happening, bad case scenario?

Hamid Gul: No, Indians are not so stupid.  I think they are seeing thru the game, and these far Leftist parties, that is the Left Front, they are called, the Communist party of India, are very strong.  India is slowly turning t’the world of its own problems.  The Shine India, Shining India, Feel-good India, this is all make believe.  I can tell you that this is a propaganda hype.  I can tell you that India is in a miserable state.  Their economy is dwindling.  And four hundred millions are living on less that one dollar a day.

And this is beginning to have an effect because last year alone 108,000 farmers in India committed suicide.  And this will not go on.  Out of 608 districts in India, 231 are already in turmoil, and mostly under the control of Maoists and the Bhakti-lite.

Alex Jones: So they are collapsing?

Hamid Gul: Yes.  So India itself has lots of problems of their own.

Alex Jones: You’re right.  The GMO cotton made ‘em commit suicide, cause it destroyed their lives.

Well, General, General Hamid Gul, thank you so much for joining us.  Any websites, any books, any materials you think people should read to learn more?

Hamid Gul: Thank you.

Alex Jones: Uh, any websites, any books, any materials you think people should read to learn more?

Hamid Gul: Oh, I don’t have a website, unfortunately, but I think you have a website.  You can read all my talk.

Alex Jones: Absolutely.  We’ll post the audio and a transcript at  Let me say bye to you, as this hour ends, as we go to break, sir.  Ladies and gentlemen, we’ll be back with the second hour.  Again I want to thank Gen. Hamid Gul.  Uh, an amazing exclusive, folks, unedited live.

Truckers stop Nato supplies

Truckers stop Nato supplies

Javed Aziz Khan

Monday, December 15, 2008

PESHAWAR: Truckers have stopped supplies to the Nato forces in Afghanistan in reaction to damage to their vehicles in frequent attacks by suspected militants and the US drone attacks in the tribal areas, a source told The News.

The decision was taken by the Khyber Transport Association (KTA) during an important meeting on Sunday. Owners of over 3,000 trailers, trucks and tankers belong to the Khyber Agency, located on the border with Afghanistan, who can move across the border without producing passports or other travelling documents.

“We feel that our drivers and vehicles are not safe anymore. Also, as tribesmen, we are concerned over frequent attacks by the US drones in our tribal areas, and that is why we want to stop the supply of goods to the US-led allied forces in Afghanistan,” Shakir Afridi, president of the KTA, told The News after the meeting.

The KTA president said 3,000 to 4,000 trucks, trailers and tankers, which made the major share of vehicles transporting the Nato supplies, were owned by the tribesmen of the Khyber Agency alone.

Some vehicle owners are not members of the KTA and may continue with their job. However, they alone cannot manage to meet the needs of the Isaf forces. “Some truckers are from areas outside the Khyber Agency but I am sure they will also stop the supplies in the wake of losses to lives and vehicles in the recent attacks on Nato logistics on the Ring Road,” Afridi said.

An office-bearer of the KTA told this scribe that they had lost 70 tribesmen and around 400 vehicles in attacks on Nato logistics during the past six years. “What will we do if our people are killed?” a KTA official said when asked whether the decision would not affect their business. He added: “Why should we continue supply to those who are attacking our own brothers in South and North Waziristan.” A source said that most of the military trucks and goods that were torched by the militants in different terminals on the Ring Road were meant for Afghan Army and not for the allied forces.

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN: Taliban Raids on NATO Convoys Crippling – Analysts

PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN: Taliban Raids on NATO Convoys Crippling – Analysts

Yusufzai observed that the Taliban were adopting the age-old strategy of cutting off supply lines from the south. “It also signifies that the capacity and numbers of the militants have grown despite the army’s claim of annihilating entire villages in the tribal areas.” “This war on terror has unleashed more horrors than one can imagine. The Pakistan army, by its own act has steered civilians towards militancy. In a bid to capture one Talib, entire villages have turned into Talibans,” said Yusufzai. – Zofeen Ebrahim

By Zofeen Ebrahim

KARACHI, Dec 14 (IPS) – While NATO and United States forces have downplayed raids in Peshawar by pro-Taliban militants, destroying hundreds of their military vehicles and supply containers destined for Afghanistan, analysts here believe that the damage is significant.

On Saturday the militants destroyed 11 trucks and 13 containers in the latest of a series of attacks over the past week designed to disrupt supply lines to NATO and U.S. troops fighting the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan

Saturday’s raid defied increased security for some 13 supply terminals around Peshawar, ordered after a major raid last weekend in which hundreds of trucks and containers were torched.

After that raid, the U.S. military in Afghanistan had played down the damage in a statement that said it would have only “minimal effect on our operations”. U.S. military spokeswoman in Kabul Lt. Col. Rumi Nielsen-Green was quoted saying: “It’s militarily insignificant.”

But analysts here think otherwise and say that if the attacks continue they will impact plans to double the strength of NATO troops in Afghanistan from the present 67,000 — nearly half of them from the U.S.

“More troops mean more supplies,” said Ikram Sehgal, a noted defence analyst.

Sehgal does not buy the U.S. dismissal of the attacks as insignificant. “If I’m hurt bad, I’m not going to own up. It is a significant loss whether they (U.S.) admit it or not. It will create horrendous problems.”

If troop deployment is increased as planned then an estimated 70,000 containers of supplies will have to be shipped to Afghanistan annually.

“If the supply lines are cut off, it will have a choking effect on the troops,” said Brig. Mehmood Shah, former home secretary of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) that borders Afghanistan.

Already NATO has begun looking for alternative supply routes to Afghanistan, even through Belarus and the Ukraine.

Contractors engaged in moving the containers are jittery at the possible loss in business.

Kifayatullah Jan, manager at the Port World Logistics, a contractor that has been ferrying NATO supplies, said last week’s attack on their terminal, in which 106 containers were torched, “must have cost the U.S. millions”.

“And if the loss to the U.S. is insignificant, for us it may mean we close shop,” said Jan, talking to IPS from Peshawar over telephone. “We can’t do business if the government cannot provide us protection,” he said. According to Jan, the company and its drivers receive regular threats from militants to “stop transporting supplies to the Americans or face the consequences.”

In March, insurgents torched 40-50 NATO oil tankers near Torkham. In April, a military helicopter valued at 13 million US dollars was hijacked. And in July, there were sporadic attacks on the convoys. Last month, some 60 Taliban fighters hijacked a convoy of trucks in broad daylight as it was travelling through the Khyber pass.

Talk of alternative supply routes have been going on since September. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. defence department was seeking safer but longer routes through Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia due to “strikes”, “border delays”, “accidents and pilferage” in Pakistan.

“The Iran route is out. And they simply cannot airlift the supplies because it would be far too costly. But the supplies can come from the north,” suggested Sehgal.

“The supplies can pass through the northern route by rail through Russia and the Central Asian nations to northern Afghanistan,” agreed Mehmood Shah, but added: ” It’s a poor alternative and will take very long to reach southern Afghanistan.”

About 75 percent of supplies, including food, fuel, equipment and vehicles meant for the allied forces in Afghanistan pass through Pakistan’s Khyber Pass, after being offloaded from ships at the southern port city of Karachi. A second overland route connects Pakistan’s Quetta city with Kandahar in Afghanistan.

Pakistan represents the shortest land route to Afghan cities like Kandahar and Kabul.

In last week’s attack on the Port World terminal, the security guards on duty watched helplessly as around 300 militants blasted their way into two transport terminals and torched vehicles.

“These included APC jeeps, trucks, lifters and fire brigades,” said Jan. “They came through the main gate which they destroyed using a rocket-propelled grenade and set fire to 106 vehicles including 80-90 Humvees. They also shot dead one of the guards.”

“I was in my village near Charsadda, less than a hour from Peshawar, when the guards telephoned me around 3:15 am. There was no way the dozen or so of our guards could confront the militants who were armed with sophisticated weapons,” Jan said.

According to Shah, the attackers were criminal elements and not necessarily the Taliban as they latter have still not entered the settled area. “However, they all work hand-in-glove. And for all we know, they may have carried out the attack at the behest of the Taliban.”

However, Rahimullah Yusufzai, resident editor of English daily, The News thinks otherwise. An expert on the Taliban he said: “These recent attacks show that militants are slowly moving into the settled area; that they have gained strength, and are not afraid,” he said. “It also shows how weak the government is and that it cannot protect anyone.”

Yusufzai told IPS that the earlier hijackings of convoys on the highways were only possible if the drivers, and perhaps even the contractors, were in collusion with the Taliban.

Terming these depots as “soft” targets, Sehgal said it is easier to attack such passive locations than intercept convoys that are protected by Pakistan’s Frontier Constabulary (FC) militia.

While past attacks have been limited to pilfering and sale of the loot in the local markets, the latest attacks were intended to disrupt supplies. “This means they want to sever the supply lines to make it unsustainable for the deployed forces,” said Sehgal.

Yusufzai observed that the Taliban were adopting the age-old strategy of cutting off supply lines from the south. “It also signifies that the capacity and numbers of the militants have grown despite the army’s claim of annihilating entire villages in the tribal areas.”

“This war on terror has unleashed more horrors than one can imagine. The Pakistan army, by its own act has steered civilians towards militancy. In a bid to capture one Talib, entire villages have turned into Talibans,” said Yusufzai.

Marines Establish Military Presence in San Bernardino County, California


Marines Establish Military Presence in San Bernardino County, California

Kurt Nimmo

Branson Hunter, writing for the Big Bear Observation Post blog, reports that the Marine Corps Air and Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) and the local California Highway Patrol will be working together over the holiday “in a joint effort to reduce accidents and drinking and driving” in San Bernardino County.

Hunter contacted Corporal Knuesn of the MCAGCC Provost Marshal office and MCAGCC Public Affairs Chief, Gunny Sgt. Chris Cox. Both confirmed the USMC will be present on public roads in order to setup a military presence during routine DUI check stops. “They will be working closely over the month to cut down of traffic accidents,” said Cox, “the Military Police will observe DUI check points and watch for their own guys. The intent is to have military presence out there.”                                                                                                                              

Infowars attempted to contact the MCAGCC Provost Marshal office and MCAGCC Public Affairs to confirm the story but we were unable to reach them.

Dispatching Marines on California highways is an obvious violation of the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 16, 1878. The Act prohibits members of the federal uniformed services, including military police, from working with state and local police and law enforcement.

However, since September 11, 2001, the federal government has increasingly ignored Posse Comitatus. On October 1, 2008, the U.S. Army announced its 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will be under the day-to-day control of the Northern Command, ostensibly “on call” to respond to emergencies and disasters.

“They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack,” the Army Times reported on September 30. “Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Stewart and includes specialty tasks such as knowing how to use the ‘jaws of life’ to extract a person from a mangled vehicle; extra medical training for a CBRNE incident; and working with U.S. Forestry Service experts on how to go in with chainsaws and cut and clear trees to clear a road or area.”

It is not explained how assisting in traffic accidents falls within the purview of Homeland Security and the military. It appears that the Marines are using this very pretense in San Bernardino County to “cut down of traffic accidents,” a task normally reserved for local law enforcement.                                                        

Last month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates added yet another dimension to this incremental domestic militarization when he ordered the Pentagon “to conduct a broad review to determine whether the military, National Guard and Reserve can adequately deal with domestic disasters and whether they have the training and equipment to defend the homeland,” according to CBS News. According to a report issued by the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, the Pentagon “must use the nation’s citizen soldiers to create an operational force that would be fully trained, equipped and ready to defend the nation, respond to crises and supplement the active duty troops in combat.”

On December 1, the Washington Post reported that the “U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed [rapid reaction] troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials.” The Pentagon admitted that this move represented a “long-planned shift in the Defense Department’s role in homeland security,” never mind the obvious violation of the Posse Comitatus Act. “But the Bush administration and some in Congress have pushed for a heightened homeland military role since the middle of this decade, saying the greatest domestic threat is terrorists exploiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.”

Gunny Sgt. Chris Cox explained more than he probably intended when he told Branson Hunter that the “intent is to have military presence” on California’s roads. As Alex Jones documented in his film The Road to Tyranny, the military has trained for more than a decade in domestic military operations and specifically “training for urban warfare against the American people,” as Marty Proctor, owner of the Main Street Deli in Swansboro, North Carolina told WorldNetDaily in April, 2000, when the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune invaded her town. “Members of the elite unit have been in Swansboro all week training with the local police at checkpoints and neighborhood patrols,” David M. Bresnahan wrote at the time.                                                                                                                                                       

In addition to the incremental dispatching of soldiers to assist local law enforcement in operating checkpoints and other duties, the federal government has largely taken over the financing, training, and direction of local police. “Under the 1981 ‘Military Cooperation with Law-Enforcement Officials Act,’ the US Department of Defense is supplying the local police with paramilitary training and equipment, especially for SWAT teams, for use against civilians. According to Peter Kraska in his article ‘Militarizing the Police’ in Social Problems (issue #1, 1997), many SWAT teams are being trained by former military special operations officers,” Fred E. Foldvary wrote for the Progress Report in 1999. It should be noted that this was well before the events of September 11, 2001, and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Militarized police at the Boston DNC, 2004.

The purpose of this “heightened homeland military role” and the militarization of local law enforcement has little to do with a potential terrorist attack or natural disasters. It is part of a long-standing plan to implement martial law in America and control the populace through a military dictatorship. The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive,” otherwise known as PDD 51, was signed into law through executive order by George Bush on May 9, 2007. It allows Bush — and soon enough, Barack Obama — to “take total control over the government and the country, bypassing all other levels of government at the state, federal, local, territorial and tribal levels, and thus ensuring total unprecedented dictatorial power,” as Paul Joseph Watson has noted.

In order to effectively establish a dictatorship and martial law, the government will need troops stationed in the country and that is precisely what the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team and the Pentagon’s 20,000 rapid reaction troops are all about. It has nothing to do with al-Qaeda, the CIA contrivance, or Fox News hyped homegrown terrorism. In addition, numerous TOPOFF (Top Officials) national-level domestic and international exercises staged around the country are desgined to get the populace ready for the possiblity of a false flag terrorist attack and the presence of troops on the streets.

Marines supposedly assisting the California Highway Patrol is part of this effort as well and is designed by the Pentagon and Homeland Security to get citizens accustomed to a “military presence out there.” It dovetails with FEMA’s so-called Clergy Response Teams trained by the federal government to “quell dissent” and pacify citizens to obey the government after a declaration of martial law (see Feds Train Clergy To “Quell Dissent”

During Martial Law). Hurricane Katrina played a part in this emerging long-standing plan when police and National Guard patrols forced home owners to hand over their legally owned firearms at gunpoint.

As Branson Hunter notes, the citizens of California and San Bernardino County should immediately voice their concern over the violation of Posse Comitatus and the Constitution. “The bottom line: I urge anyone and everyone who believes in the Constitution, United States Codes, and Posse Comitatus — to do something! What can you do? To begin with, I suggest you contact the local Joshua Tree CHP Public Affairs Officer, Officer McLoud, at: 760. 366.3707 and voice your concern. Further, you can contact the MCAGCC Public Affairs Chief on the base at: 760.830.5476 or 760. 830.6213. Moreover, contact the Provost Marshal office at: 760.830.4215.”

Microsoft wants to get under your skin


Microsoft wants to get under your skin

HealthVault links up with VeriMed RFID chips

By Bill Ray

Microsoft’s HealthVault, the medical records database, is to be integrated with VeriMed’s human-embedded RFID tags, allowing doctors to access the medical records of unconscious patients with a quick scan of the arm.

VeriMed consists of an RFID tag that is embedded in the arm of a hopefully willing participant, and responds with a 16-digital identity code when queried at 134KHz. This code can then be used to identify the person through VeriChip’s website, and will soon be able to link to their medical records as stored on Microsoft’s HealthVault system.

“VeriMed adds an exciting RFID-based option for HealthVault users trying to keep themselves and their families safe,” says Sean Nolan, the chief architect for HealthVault, quoted in RFID Journal. If you’re excited about the idea of being electronically indexed then this is probably the technology for you.

Not that the future of VeriMed is in any way certain, despite the Microsoft link. The company’s parent, VeriChip, has already tried to sell off the human-implanting part of the business as punters prove remarkably reluctant to be serial-numbered. Should the business fail entirely, a connection to HealthVault could be the best hope for the poor souls who’ve already succumbed to having chips embedded in their arms. ®

Why Isn’t Burg’s Book a National Bestseller?

Why Isn’t Burg’s Book a National Bestseller?


By John Mearsheimer

Patricia DeGennaro says in her most recent posting that the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians is “unsustainable.” I believe she is correct, which prompts the obvious question: where is this conflict headed?

Avraham Burg clearly believes that Israel is headed for serious trouble. Ditto Ehud Olmert, who has said that if there is no two-state solution, Israel will “face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights, and as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished.” In other words, Israel will end up as an apartheid state if the Palestinians do not get a viable state of their own.

There is not going to be a two-state solution anytime soon, and maybe never. The New York Times reports today that Benjamin Netanyahu, who is deeply opposed to allowing the Palestinians to have a viable state, is likely to win the upcoming Israeli election, and that his Likud party’s list of candidates is well to his right. Indeed, it includes Moshe Feiglin, who “says that there is no Palestinian people and that there will never be a Palestinian state, and that Israel will hold onto everything it now has.” But even if Tzipi Livni and her Kadima party win the election, there still would be no agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. As Burg makes clear in his book, today’s Israelis are a hard-nosed lot who have contempt for the Palestinians and do not trust them enough to give them a state of their own. And he sees this situation getting worse, not better, over time.

So, if there is no two-state solution and Israel continues building a Greater Israel by expanding the settlements and road networks in the West Bank and keeping the Palestinians in Gaza locked up in a giant cage, where does Israel end up? What is the happy ending to this story?

It seems to me that there is no happy ending. Greater Israel will either have to engage in massive ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians to remain a democratic and Jewish state, or it will become an apartheid state, as Olmert predicted. I don’t think there are any other options, save for a democratic bi-national state. But that would mean the end of the Zionist dream, since the Palestinians will soon outnumber the Jews in Greater Israel. In short, it appears that Israel is pursuing a disastrous set of policies in the Occupied Territories, and there is likely to be big trouble ahead. Of course, this is what Burg is saying. The Zionist dream is in serious danger of turning into a nightmare.

What I don’t understand is why Israel’s supporters in the Diaspora aren’t speaking up about this situation. Why isn’t Burg’s book a national best seller? Why isn’t it generating a huge amount of discussion here in the United States, where the Holocaust is: taught in schools across the country; popularized in movies and books; and frequently discussed in the media? Why haven’t Olmert’s remarkable comments about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli foreign policy more generally led to a serious public debate about Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories? After all, these two men are not goys like Jimmy Carter or Steve Walt or me, who many Jews see (incorrectly) as wolves in sheep’s clothing; they are Israelis with impeccable pedigrees and their roots are on the political right no less. They are sounding the alarm bells and hardly anybody seems to be listening, or if they are listening, they don’t seem to care much about what Burg and Olmert have to say. I don’t get it.

I can understand why the Christian Zionists – at least most of them – are silent. They favor a Greater Israel and don’t give a hoot whether Israel expels the Palestinians or becomes an apartheid state. They want Israel to control every square millimeter of Palestine, because they believe that it will facilitate the “Second Coming,” not because they think it is good for Israel, which it is not.

But American Jews who feel a deep attachment to Israel are a different matter. Why don’t they see that Israel is in serious trouble and that the situation is likely to get worse, not better? Why don’t they understand that time is short and that it is imperative to act sooner rather than later? Why don’t they understand that it would make eminently good sense to encourage the incoming Obama administration to put significant pressure on both Israel and the Palestinians to reach a settlement, and that if that does not happen and Israel is left to its own devices, the Jewish state will face a grim future. Why don’t they understand that it is going to be increasingly difficult for them to defend Israel in the years ahead, mainly because the internet, and globalization more generally, make it impossible to hide what Israel has done to the Palestinians in the past and what it continues to do in the absence of a two-state solution? In short, why don’t they see that it is in Israel’s interest and their own interest to champion a two-state solution?

Maybe I am missing something here. Maybe the current situation is sustainable over the long term and Burg, Olmert, Carter, Walt, and others are misguided alarmists who don’t understand that there is a magic formula after all. If so, it would be helpful – at least to me – if the defenders of Greater Israel would explain the happy ending to this story, and also explain why there is little reason to engage with Burg’s important book.

Maoists attack BSNL, R-Com facilities in Chhattisgarh

Maoists attack BSNL, R-Com facilities in


Raipur, Dec 15 (IANS) In an overnight attack, about a 100 Maoist insurgents destroyed communication towers of telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Reliance Communications (R-Com) in separate attacks in Chhattisgarh, police said Monday.

‘Armed insurgents attacked BSNL communications at Kapsi in Kanker district on Sunday night and in another attack in the same locality, they set on fire a Reliance (Communications) facility,’ officials based here at police headquarters told IANS.

They added that extra police forces were rushed to the Kapsi area, some 300 km south from here, to launch an offensive against insurgents.

Kanker is one of the five districts of the state’s vast southern Bastar region where the banned rebels outfit, the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), runs a de facto administration in the forested interiors since the 1980s.

Maoists have killed over 1,100 persons in the Bastar region since 2004 including 726 civilians.

7m tribesmen to resist Indian aggression, says MNA

7m tribesmen to resist Indian aggression, says MNA

Staff Report

MIRANSHAH: Muhammad Kamran Khan, member of the National Assembly (MNA) from North Waziristan, has warned India that seven million tribesmen would fight alongside the armed forces if India went to aggression and did not stop issuing threats and baseless allegations against Pakistan. Kamran expressed these views while speaking as a chief guest at Parents Day function at Al Hamid Public School, Shiwah. He said tribesmen would follow their ancestors and give India a crushing defeat. He appealed to the government to stop military operations against tribesmen. Kamran said the ‘infidel forces’ had united against Islam and it was necessary to acquire knowledge of science and technology for Muslims to defeat them. He said tribal people would have to educate their children instead of giving them guns. Kamran said the US drone attacks were dangerous for integrity and solidarity of the country. He said development work in tribal areas should be done on merit. He called upon Education Department officials to play their role in improving education system in tribal areas.

A socialist policy for auto workers

A socialist policy for auto workers

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party
15 December 2008

The following statement is available in PDF format to download and distribute.

Against the backdrop of threatened bankruptcy of the US auto companies and a deepening recession, Congress and the White House are preparing an historic attack on the working class. The American ruling elite sees the economic crisis as an opportunity to carry out a fundamental restructuring of class relations in America, destroying whatever remains of the gains made in struggle by previous generations of workers.

Whatever the differences between the various factions in Washington, all insist that workers’ living standards must be slashed if the auto industry is to remain “viable.” What they really mean is that work force exploitation must be intensified. Workers must be forced to accept their own impoverishment to make a downsized auto industry a profitable source of investment for the financial elite.

The auto loan bill backed by the Democrats, the Bush administration and the United Auto Workers union, which failed in the Senate last week, would have given General Motors and Chrysler $14 billion in loans in return for the shuttering of factories, the destruction of tens of thousands of jobs, the elimination of health care and pension benefits, and the lowering of wages under the direction of a “car czar.” The Bush administration is now suggesting it may release funds from the US Treasury, contingent on such sweeping concessions from the workers, while a faction of the Republican Party is threatening to force the companies into bankruptcy. It would then be left to a judge to terminate existing contracts and impose concessions, or oversee the liquidation of the Big Three auto companies.

The media and politicians speak of making workers’ wages “competitive.” What does this mean? New-hires at GM, Chrysler and Ford now make $14 an hour. This will be made a benchmark for all auto workers.

In 1967, the average Ford worker made $178 a week, or about $4.45 an hour. This is the equivalent of about $27.70 in today’s dollars, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics-roughly the hourly wage of a current senior auto worker. But as a result of the bailouts being proposed by the Bush administration, the Democrats and the UAW, auto workers will be earning a wage equivalent to about half of what their fathers and grandfathers were making 40 years ago.

The attack on auto workers will become the starting point for a wave of wage-cutting in every sector of the economy, just as the Chrysler bailout and the defeat of the PATCO air traffic controllers strike nearly three decades ago ushered in a wave of wage-cutting across the country. Wage cuts will only be the beginning. The floodgates will be opened for new attacks on pensions, health care, Medicare and Social Security—on all programs that detract from the profits of corporations.

What is happening to auto workers is part of a larger crisis that is devastating all sections of the working class. Unemployment levels are rising rapidly, millions are losing their homes, and cities and states are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. Essential social services, including schools for the youth, are being starved of funds.

These events expose the utter failure of the policy of the United Auto Workers and the American trade union bureaucracy as a whole. In 1979, as part of the Chrysler bailout, the UAW accepted mass layoffs and concessions in exchange for a seat on the company’s board of directors. Since then, the union has ever more closely integrated itself into the corporate structure, abandoning any conception that the working class has independent interests that must be fought for in opposition to management.

On Friday, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger spoke of the concessions the union has already agreed to and the new concessions it is prepared to accept: the elimination of the jobs bank, the gutting of the retiree health care fund, further wage and benefit cuts, including the ending of supplemental unemployment pay. Based on the public statements of Gettelfinger himself, the only difference between the UAW and the most anti-labor sections of the political establishment is not whether UAW workers’ compensation should be reduced to the level of workers at non-union plants, but how quickly this is to be achieved.

Workers must reject the entire framework of the so-called “bailout” proposed by the two big business parties and the union. They cannot let economic decisions affecting the lives of millions remain in the hands of the corporations and the political establishment. The only way to avert a disaster is for the workers to take matters into their own hands and assert their own class interests.

A radically new strategy is needed that involves a change in the activity, politics and philosophy of the labor movement. The Socialist Equality Party proposes:

1. Revival of direct struggle based upon the independent interests of the working class. Workers should organize demonstrations, strikes and factory occupations—the militant traditions of an earlier period that have been suppressed by the trade union bureaucracy. The occupation of Republic Windows and Doors by workers in Chicago has given a lead to workers everywhere, raising the need to revive the methods of struggle, including the great sit-down strikes in the auto industry that were employed in the 1930s.

The SEP calls on workers to form independent rank-and-file factory, workplace and neighborhood committees to organize opposition to the plans of the banks and corporations. Workers should prepare to occupy the auto plants and engage in mass strikes to oppose wage-cutting and prevent further shutdowns and layoffs. Such a strategy requires a break with the UAW and the entire trade union bureaucracy and the creation of new, genuinely democratic forms of working class organization.

2. A break with the Democratic Party and the politics of class collaboration. Industrial action must be linked to a new political strategy. For decades, the unions have promoted the myth that the interests of workers can be advanced through the Democratic Party. The Democrats, no less than the Republicans, represent the corporations and banks. Workers should place no reliance on the incoming Obama administration, which fully supports the assault on the auto workers. Workers need a new political party based upon their independent interests.

3. Rejection of the capitalist market and revival of an international socialist movement of the working class. Workers within the United States and throughout the world are facing the consequences of an economic system whose central principle is the pursuit of private profit—regardless of its consequences for society as a whole. In response to the unfolding crisis of world capitalism, the SEP fights for the socialist reorganization of the economy. This includes the nationalization of the auto companies and the major banks, placing them under public ownership and the democratic control of the working population, and their operation on the basis of social need, not private profit.

A revived political movement of the working class must have as its aim the fight for a workers’ government—a government of, by and for the working class. The population of the world is being taught an object lesson in the class nature of the state under capitalism. Trillions of dollars have been handed out with no conditions to the giant banks and financial institutions. However, any loans to the auto industry are conditioned on massive concessions from the workers. In both instances, the state is directly functioning as an instrument of the most powerful sections of the financial elite.

In every country workers face a similar future: rising unemployment, declining wages, economic depression. Workers should reject all forms of nationalism and chauvinism promoted by the trade unions. The crisis of capitalism is a global crisis and the response of the working class to this crisis must be a global response.

Auto workers and workers throughout the world: It is time to take up a fight! Strong, independent action now will win mass public support in every country. Don’t let the corporations and banks seize the initiative! Begin to organize today to defend your independent interests!

The Socialist Equality Party urges workers who agree its perspective to join the SEP and take up the fight for socialism.

AP IMPACT: Pakistan offensive shows slow success

aleqm5jpkbkt93_zwt_afthkmd0f2egzigPakistani soldiers are seen outside an abandoned cave used by militants at the Sabagai village in the Bajur tribal region in Pakistan, on the border with Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008. The Pakistani army operation to rout militants from the Bajur tribal region and the evidence uncovered during the three month assault would indicate a frightening amount of coordination among militant groups, some of whom have been accused by India of carrying out the vicious weekend rampage in Mumbai that killed more than 171 people and wounded hundreds more. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

AP IMPACT: Pakistan offensive shows slow


SABAGAI, Pakistan (AP) — From atop a craggy hillock, the silver-haired Lt. Col. Javed Baloch gestures toward a small black opening in a sandstone outcropping. It’s the mouth of a cave.

Two minutes later a powerful explosion rattles the hillock, and a massive plume of grayish-white smoke rushes skyward.

Cave by cave, the Pakistani army is trying to blow up the underground labyrinth running from tribal areas toward the border with Afghanistan to keep militants away.

This is the front line of Pakistan’s battle against militants on its own soil. The three-month-old offensive is the country’s most aggressive effort to date, countering U.S. and Afghan charges that it is not doing enough to root out Taliban and al-Qaida fighters who crisscross the border. It is also the Pakistani military’s first foray into the Bajur region, where militants are dug in and have in places set up a parallel administration.

An Associated Press team traveled with the Pakistani military deep into a tribal area late last month, almost to the Afghan border. The operation shows the army can put pressure on militants and even wrest some territory back from them, but it may never be able to drive them out from a rugged area of nooks and crannies. More militants are already sneaking in from Afghanistan as reinforcements, and U.S. troops in Afghanistan have installed 68 motion sensors along the border to try to detect them.

The battle is for Bajur, a key base and transit route for Arab and other foreign militants headed for Afghanistan. Here a CIA drone once targeted al-Qaida’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, without success.

Any progress, however, is now in danger from an unexpected front. The recent terrorist attack in Mumbai has raised the prospect that Pakistan might shift troops from its tribal regions to the border with India. Both sides want to avoid a confrontation, but emotions are running high.

In the meantime, the Pakistani army has used helicopter gunships and fighter jets to blast entire villages in Bajur to rubble, driving 250,000 tribesmen out of their homes and burying 82 of their own soldiers. Pakistan has battled militants in tribal areas before, but never with such intensity.

“I feel hurt. There is so much destruction. That is why always we are trying to prevent war, but we were left with no choice,” Baloch says.

He bristles at any U.S. questioning of the will of Pakistani soldiers to fight the militants.

“Listen, I have picked up the bodies of my dead soldiers and carried them out. I haven’t left a body behind. Do you think this is something we do without pain in our heart?” he asked. “I tell everyone who is saying we aren’t doing enough, ‘Send your brothers, your fathers, your uncles and I will take them into battle with me. I will show them.'”


The convoy of Pakistani soldiers rumbles out of Khar on a crisp morning, a slight mist hanging in the air.

It was from here, the capital of Bajur, that the army had launched its offensive on Sept. 8. Previously, only the ill-equipped Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force, was deployed in Bajur.

“Since it was ignored, not easily accessible, it was an ideal breeding ground,” says Gen. Tariq Khan, the commander of the Frontier Corps.

In August, the Frontier Corps fought militants in one village in Bajur but was driven out with several dead and many more wounded. That’s when the army was called in.

The army has since wrested control of the key road link from Khar, clearing the road of insurgents. As of late last week, troops were taking their offensive into the Mohmand tribal belt that borders Afghanistan.

The signs of battle litter the roadside: flattened markets, bomb craters and mud homes scarred by mortar fire.

At Nazirabad, six miles (10 kilometers) from Khar, troops faced a two-day battle against nearly 100 militants. Insurgents popped up from fields of shoulder-high corn stalks to launch rockets or fire bursts with Kalashnikov rifles, then seemingly disappeared, says Maj. Kamal, who gave only his first name. Two soldiers were killed and 22 wounded.

“We couldn’t see where they were firing from,” Kamal says. “We discovered later that they would fire at us and then run into caves hidden by the corn.”

The army found an extensive network of caves and tunnels reminiscent of those dug in the 1980s by Western-backed anti-communist rebels in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. In one compound of nine mud homes surrounded by a high wall, the army found six underground rooms and a maze of tunnels.

Kamal climbs a precarious steel ladder that leads to a lookout. Peering over sandbags lined up against the mud wall, he points toward a dark speck in a series of eroded sandstone hills.

“That’s another cave. The tunnel runs from here, 100 meters to there.”

More caves lie at the end of a 20-foot-deep (6.1-meter-deep), narrow mud staircase barely wide enough for a thin person. Inside the small underground rooms, the army finds bedding and weapons, from anti-tank guns modified to fire 22 mm mortars to homemade bombs planted by roads and detonated from afar as military vehicles pass.

The Nazirabad compound was one of several hubs established by militants in Bajur, Kamal says.

“We were expecting a lot of resistance, but these tactics — the tunnels. I never expected this,” he says. “One room could hold five or six men.”

Every day, Kamal’s men search the caves to make sure the militants don’t return.

The Bajur operation is an example of cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan, with U.S. forces on the Afghan side of the border providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to Pakistani forces.

“The Pakistani army’s drive to retake this Taliban hotbed demonstrates to the world that they are serious about tackling the threat of terrorism,” says Brian Glyn Williams, associate professor of Islamic history at the University of Massachusetts.

However, Bajur is just one part — the northernmost of seven major jurisdictions — of the vast tribal belt that borders Afghanistan. The scorched-earth tactics in Bajur contrast with the softer approach taken farther south in another tribal area, Waziristan, where most of Pakistan’s 70,000 soldiers are based. U.S. officials have questioned whether Pakistan is accommodating the insurgents in Waziristan rather than rooting them out.

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, visiting Pakistan last week, praised the Bajur offensive but also encouraged the military to step up efforts elsewhere.


Roughly nine miles farther, the convoy stops at Loi Sam, set in the middle of undulating corn fields.

This town has been flattened. The market that dominated the town square was pummeled to ruins. Electricity poles list to one side. The only gas station is half collapsed; giant holes mark where the pumps once stood.

It was early October when the army backed by fighter jets and helicopter gunships drove the militants out of Loi Sam. But less than a week later, the militants were back, firing at soldiers from the buildings that remained standing. Only after a fierce air assault did the army take full control.

From Loi Sam, it’s a short drive past seared fields and ruined villages to Sabagai, barely two miles from Afghanistan.

A white banner hanging inside a militant’s former home in Sabagai is signed by “relatives of the martyrs of Kashmir.” The banner is worrisome evidence of coordination among militant groups in the tribal area and those battling India in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Two secret meetings revealed earlier this year by the AP also suggested militants are pooling their resources. Several militant groups — including Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed by India in the Mumbai attacks, and Jaish-e-Mohammed, another group with links to Kashmir — met to settle differences and forge common goals, according to a militant and a Pakistan military official.

The militants also called for a recruitment drive among the relatives of fighters killed in Kashmir. The banner in Sabagai suggests the drive has met with some success.

The persistence of the militants is sobering. Baloch gazes toward the towering peaks that embrace Bajur and straddle both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“They are still out there,” Baloch says. “They are everywhere around us. … The best we can do is make it difficult for them to move and to have free run of the area.”

Anti-Defamation League joins YouTube to throttle free speech

Anti-Defamation League joins YouTube to fight online hate

The widely popular video sharing website YouTube has reached out to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for its expertise in dealing with hate on the Internet.

As a result of this partnership, the League is now a contributor to YouTube’s newly launched Abuse & Safety Center, where users are empowered to identify and confront hate, and to report abuses.

The YouTube Abuse & Safety Center features information and links to resources developed by ADL to help Internet users respond to and report offensive material and extremist content that violates YouTube?s Community Guidelines on hate speech.

“YouTube is an incredible tool for sharing videos and giving individuals an opportunity to broadcast themselves, but like other social networking sites it can be abused or used for sinister and dangerous purposes,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “There are those who may try to exploit the technology to spread racism, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate.”

“We commend YouTube for their efforts to provide users with access to important information from those with expertise, such as ADL and others, on how to effectively respond to hate on the Internet and to report abuses,” Foxman said.

“Obviously, the industry has a vested interest in providing a safe online experience for the community of users, but they cannot go it alone. Maintaining a prejudice-free zone on the Internet means constant vigilance on the part of everyone. Parents, educators, industry, government and nonprofit watchdogs must work together. The bigots can only be sidelined if people of good will are actively reporting abuses, so that the Internet service providers can take action,” the ADL chief added.

Since the launch of the Internet, ADL has played a leading role in working to combat hate on the World Wide Web through education and advocacy. The League monitors extremism and hate on the Internet and works with major service providers, including Google, to identify and respond to offensive content.

Last year, the League launched a major initiative to counteract cyberbullying by providing access to educational resources and information to parents, teachers, students and caregivers.



Pact targets Pakistan terror link

Gordon Brown says it is time for “action, not words”

Three-quarters of the most serious terror plots being investigated by UK authorities have links to Pakistan, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.

He was unveiling a £6m ($8.9m) deal with Pakistan he called “the most comprehensive anti-terrorist programme” between the UK and another country.

He is in Pakistan meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, following talks with India’s premier Manmohan Singh.

UK police want to quiz a Pakistani suspect in the Mumbai attacks.

They want to interview Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab – the sole gunman taken alive – about terror groups operating from Pakistan.

Mr Brown’s series of meetings in the region came as Pakistan accused India of violating its airspace.

India has denied this but has announced a security overhaul. It blames Pakistan-based militants for the Mumbai attacks, which killed at least 170 people, including one Briton.

Mr Brown said he had wanted to express his condolence for the Mumbai attacks at first hand.

‘Work together’

He said the “terrible terror outrages” had shocked the whole world and the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, thought to be responsible, had “a great deal to answer for”.

He added: “No country should have to go through what India has had to go through as a result of the Mumbai outrages.

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab

British police want to interview Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab

“I’ve said to Prime Minister Singh we will give every help that we can. We will work together in tackling terrorism. And we will work together on issue of security. We also know that there have been arrests in Pakistan.

“We also know that the group responsible is LeT and that they have a great deal to answer for.”

India has urged Pakistan to take action over the recent attacks.

Pakistan denies any involvement, but has promised to co-operate with the Indian investigation.

Mr Zardari has pledged to take “strong action” against terrorists, but has also called on India to share more information about the attacks.

Partnership plan

During a news conference in Islamabad with Mr Zardari, Mr Brown proposed the start of a new partnership with Pakistan to fight terrorism.

The “pact against terror” funding will go towards anti-car bomb equipment and material to educate people out of becoming extremists, he said.

“The time has come for action and not words, and I want to help Pakistan and other countries root out terrorism.

Gordon Brown meets his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in Delhi

“In return for this action we will continue to expand our counter-terrorist assistance programme with Pakistan, and it will be more than ever, the most comprehensive anti-terrorist programme Britain has signed with any country.”

Speaking during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday, Mr Brown said wherever there was terrorism, it had to be fought.

He described Pakistan’s border region with the country, where he met troops fighting the Taleban, as one end of a “chain of terror” that could stretch to Britain if more was not done to tackle the threat of al-Qaeda.

The prime minister’s visit to Afghanistan came a day after four Royal Marines were killed in two separate bomb attacks.

Mr Brown spoke of his “disgust and horror” at the willingness of the Taleban to use a 13-year-old child to deliver a bomb in a wheelbarrow to a Marine patrol, killing three men and the boy.

The PM is expected to update MPs on the security situation in Afghanistan in an oral statement to the House of Commons on Monday.