Government ‘Net Grab Is Not The Path To Better Security

Government ‘Net Grab Is Not The Path To Better Security

From My Cold, Dead Hands

By Michael Tanji | August 29, 2009

It was recently reported that in the Senate there is a bill, that if signed into law, would give the government control over Internet service providers and commercial computer systems during national emergencies. While I’m sure everyone’s heart is in the right place, this is one idea I hope gets sent to the bit bucket.

Normally in such power grabs there is at least some semblance of high ground upon which the claimant stands, so let’s looks at the government’s foundation:

  • The government has national and service-level cyber commands, a national cyber security center, a JTF-GNO, and a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative . . . but it can’t get a passing grade in security.
  • To oversee governmental efforts in the cyber security arena a “czar” position has been created, but the job has been open and gone begging for months. The usual suspects for such a job have all demurred because it’s a job with a lot of responsibility but no authority. Just the sort of situation one should NOT be in if a cyber security emergency were declared.
  • The government doesn’t run things that don’t lend themselves to the bureaucratic approach well. I won’t pick on any specific agency or governmental function, but writ large, when is the last time you had a fast, efficient, effective time with any government agency? The Internet is pretty much the exact opposite of a government bureaucracy, but they would presume to assume even temporary control without adverse results.

On a more basic level however, we don’t have any idea of what constitutes a threat sufficient to trigger an emergency declaration. If, as a wide range of officials have noted, Internet-connected systems are being attacked thousands of times a day (or hour, depending on who you listen to), shouldn’t an emergency have been declared years ago? If, in a color-coded threat-matrix sort of fashion, ‘Red/Severe’ is the new ‘Yellow/Elevated,’ when does the state of emergency end?

The Internet isn’t a right, but it is major part of our lives from a personal, commercial, and national security perspective. The government is right to want to keep us safe (and its powers during crisis make this bill look positively tame), but government-as-cyber-security-Shogun doesn’t improve security or our collective response to threats. Commercial networks are attacked constantly and major security breaches hit the news every few months. These entities know how to mitigate the effects of such attacks and recover to full operational capability because not doing so means going out of business. The government doesn’t have a problem causing a self-inflicted denial-of-service on itself because the bureaucracy drives on with or without the Internet. That’s not the sort of mindset you want when the digital balloon goes up.

If the government is truly serious about improving cyber security (and get off the ten-year cycle of caring/not-caring), then it needs to:

  • Set standards for cyber security. NIST is already doing a fine job in that area and they could probably stand additional resources to keep up the good work.
  • Pass laws that require that online entities of national import follow the aforementioned standards. It should rigorously enforce those laws and prosecute those who intentionally endanger systems of national import, just as they would anyone who compromised national security in a physical manner (something that isn’t done with anywhere near the intensity as it should).
  • Enable the ability of commercial network owners to share security information with each other and the government without fear of penalty or backlash from an economic perspective. No one shares because no one wants to deal with negative publicity or a lawsuit. There is a way to share meaningful information w/o worrying about privacy, but after a decade+ even I get tired of talking to brick walls.
  • Encourage the development and promulgation of network services at low-levels. Just as communities and even individuals can generate their own electrical power and sell the excess back to the grid, so too should smaller entities be able to provide their own network connectivity and support network traffic other than their own during a crisis. Such a move adds complexity to the system (making it harder for an adversary to understand and thus fully nullify) and increases resilience regardless of the nature of a crisis.

The way to deal with a cyber security emergency on a national level is not consolidation, but distribution. That’s kind of the reason the ‘Net was invented in the first place: to make sure if one node in a network was taken out, information could flow to its intended destination regardless. Centralized management provides the illusion of control, but it doesn’t make things more secure; it just makes things more brittle. When such systems do break – and they will – the damage will be more severe and it will take longer to recover.

I don’t think anyone, regardless of their party, wants that.

Cheney defends torture policy and CIA torturers

Cheney defends torture policy and CIA torturers

By Patrick Martin

31 August 2009

In an interview broadcast Sunday, former vice president Dick Cheney defended the brutal interrogations carried out at CIA secret prisons under the direction of the Bush administration and denounced the proposed investigation of a handful of CIA agents for some of the most flagrant acts of torture.

The interview itself was a demonstration of journalistic sycophancy, as Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace avoided using the word “torture” at any point in his questioning of Cheney. The 25-minute discussion focused largely on last week’s release of a heavily censored report by the CIA inspector general, drafted in 2004, which detailed acts that clearly violate the International Convention Against Torture, ratified by the US government a quarter-century ago.

Besides waterboarding, which was illegal under US law even before the international ban, the documented acts of torture include threats of death and mutilation, reinforced by firearms and an electric drill, mock executions, threats to kill or sexually assault female relatives and children, and numerous forms of physical abuse—beating, slapping, trussing prisoners in agonizing positions, and prolonged exposure to the cold. Many of the worst methods employed against prisoners, leading to an undisclosed number of deaths, were blacked out in the documents released last week.

Cheney defended all these methods, which he invariably described, without any challenge from Wallace, as “enhanced interrogation techniques,” or EIT. He repeatedly praised the value of EIT, declaring it essential to the national security policies of the US government.

Under other circumstances, the interview on Fox News would be Exhibit A in a war crimes trial against the former vice president, as Cheney admitted sharing responsibility for the torture regime established in the CIA prisons. He declared he was “proud of” the torture of such prisoners as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged organizer of the 9/11 attacks, who was waterboarded 183 times. “I knew about the waterboarding,” he said. “Not specifically in any one particular case, but as a general policy that we had approved.”

Cheney even declared, in one particularly chilling remark, that he fully supported those torturers who went beyond their instructions and engaged in interrogation methods that even the Bush White House had refused to pronounce legal. The exchange went as follows, as Cheney summed up his attitude to the CIA interrogations:

CHENEY: It was good policy. It was properly carried out. It worked very, very well.

WALLACE: So even these cases where they went beyond the specific legal authorization, you’re OK with it?

CHENEY: I am.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday the appointment of a special counsel for the Department of Justice to probe only those cases where the CIA agents went beyond the Bush administration torture guidelines. His action dovetails with the declaration made by President Obama in April that intelligence agents who conducted interrogations within the guidelines should not face investigation or prosecution.

This probe is a whitewash on at least two levels. Agents who conducted waterboarding and other torture methods approved by Bush and Cheney will go scot free. More importantly, the top policymakers who ordered the torture, as well as the Justice Department lawyers who drafted the guidelines, will not face any criminal sanctions.

Even the extremely limited probe initiated by Holder has touched off ferocious opposition within the military-intelligence apparatus as well as from most Republican and many Democratic politicians. Cheney is only the most open and most vociferous defender of the torturers.

He repeated at least five times in the course of the Fox interview that President Obama had promised that no agents would be prosecuted and that Holder’s decision amounted to Obama reneging on that promise.

Obama’s initial declaration was the product of a ferocious campaign by the intelligence apparatus and former Bush administration officials who portrayed any prosecution of torturers as an invitation for further terrorist attacks on the American people. Cheney took the extraordinary step of making a public speech before a Washington think tank, denouncing the new administration’s policies on Guantanamo and interrogation, barely three months after Obama took office.

While Holder’s investigation is only a token gesture, Cheney & Co. are clearly concerned that once begun, the special counsel’s probe could go beyond the narrow limits set by the attorney general.

Wallace acknowledged this concern in the interview, asking Cheney, “Do you think it will become an investigation into the Bush lawyers who authorized the activity, into the top policymakers who were involved in the… enhanced interrogation program?”

Cheney replied, “I just think it’s an outrageous political act that will do great damage long-term to our capacity to be able to have people take on difficult jobs, make difficult decisions, without having to worry about what the next administration is going to say.”

Both Democratic and Republican senators discussed the torture issue on the Sunday television talk shows, with most criticizing Holder for authorizing a preliminary investigation of certain CIA torturers. Democrat Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, voiced opposition to Holder’s decision. “I think the timing of this is not very good. The intelligence committee has under way now a total look at the interrogation and detention techniques used for all of the high-value detainees,” she said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” She added, “I wish the attorney general had waited.”

Republican Senator John McCain claimed to oppose waterboarding and other torture methods, but said that he opposed even Holder’s restricted investigation as a threat to the “morale and effectiveness” of the CIA. The main problem with CIA torture, as far as official Washington is concerned, is that it has become public and “harmed our image in the world,” as McCain put it in his remarks Sunday.

Most congressional Republicans have adopted a posture of intransigent defense of the torturers, echoing Cheney. Typical was Senator Christopher Bond of Missouri, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who called the appointment of a special prosecutor a “witch-hunt targeting the terror fighters who have kept us safe since 9/11.”

The former vice president spent much of his Fox News interview reiterating this claim—that the use of torture against CIA prisoners was critical in defending the American people from further terrorist attacks after 9/11.

“Those interrogations were involved in the arrest of nearly all the Al Qaeda members that we were able to bring to justice,” Cheney claimed, “I think they were directly responsible for the fact that for eight years, we had no further mass casualty attacks against the United States.”

He repeated later, “I think the evidence is overwhelming that the EITs were crucial in getting them to cooperate, and that the information they provided did in fact save thousands of lives and let us defeat all further attacks against the United States. The thing I keep coming back to time and time again, Chris, is the fact that we’ve gone for eight years without another attack. Now, how do you explain that?”

Wallace had no response, but there is an obvious one: No balance sheet of the “anti-terror” methods can be drawn up without investigating the role of the US government in the 9/11 attacks themselves. Despite the cover-up by the official 9/11 Commission, the available evidence indicates that US intelligence agencies had many of the airplane hijackers, including operational leader Mohammed Atta, under surveillance in 2001.

There is every reason to believe that the suicide hijackings were permitted to go forward in order to provide the pretext required to justify a massive US military intervention into Central Asia and the Persian Gulf, two of the world’s largest sources of oil and gas.

Under that interpretation, the lack of any follow-up terrorist attacks after 9/11 is not due to any special security measures undertaken by the Bush administration, as Cheney claims, but rather to the fact that after 9/11, the US government had no further need of terrorist attacks at home to provide a suitable pretext for war.

Pakistani Press Afraid to Criticize Saudi Arabia or United States

[The obedient dog never questions its masters.

Why would Pakistan’s leaders tease the citizens of Pakistan with false hopes, like a pipeline deal with the Zionists’ mortal enemy, Iran, or an offensive to eliminate the militants from Waziristan for good, when they already know that they have no real intention of doing what they say?  The IP pipeline, like the dream of a truly “democratic” Pakistan, are mere pipe dreams, the new opiate of the masses.]

Pakistan, Iran hold talks on gas pipeline project today

By Khalid Mustafa

ISLAMABAD: Amid stiff opposition to the IP project from the most influential world capitals — one in the West and other in the Middle East, Pakistan and Iran will today (Monday) embark upon the most crucial technical level talks on conditions precedent (CPs), which are prerequisites before making the gas sales purchase agreement effective.

Russia Eliminates Terror Organizer of International Militant Network–a.k.a.”al Qaida”

Russia says kills al Qaeda agent in North Caucasus

MOSCOW: Russian security forces said on Monday they had killed an al Qaeda agent and a second rebel fighter in its troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan.

Russian officials say cash from foreign-based radical organisations is funding the recent surge of violence in Dagestan and the other two North Caucasus regions of Chechnya and Ingushetia in which dozens of people have died.

“A representative of an international terrorist organization in the North Caucasus tasked to oversee terrorist acts in Dagestan was neutralized during a combat operation,” a security officer told local television news channel.

“He is an Algerian national widely known in undergroundgangs as ‘Doctor Muhammed”,” said the official.

Muhammed and a second rebel fighter were killed when police stormed a house in Dagestan’s Khasavyurt district bordering Chechnya on Sunday night, Russian news agencies reported.

Sen. Feingold Calls for Timetable for Afghanistan Withdrawal

The Road Home From Afghanistan

Why a flexible timetable to withdraw U.S. troops will best advance our national security interests.

By RUSS FEINGOLD

After nearly eight long years, we seem to be no closer to the end of the war in Afghanistan. In fact, given the current buildup of U.S. troops and the possibility that even more may be deploying soon, many Americans, and many Afghans, wonder what we hope to achieve—and when our service members will start to come home.

We went into Afghanistan with a clear mission: to destroy those who helped to perpetrate the horrific 9/11 attacks. I voted to authorize sending our forces there because it was vital to our national security, and I strongly criticized the previous administration for shortchanging that mission in favor of a misguided war in Iraq.

President Barack Obama is rightly focusing on this critical part of the world. But I cannot support an open-ended commitment to an escalating war in Afghanistan when the al Qaeda operatives we sought have largely been captured or killed or crossed the border to Pakistan.

Ending al Qaeda’s safe haven in Pakistan is a top national security priority. Yet our operations in Afghanistan will not do so, and they could actually contribute to further destabilization of Pakistan. Meanwhile, we’ve become embroiled in a nation-building experiment that may distract us from combating al Qaeda and its affiliates, not just in Pakistan, but in Yemen, the Horn of Africa and other terrorist sanctuaries.

We need to start discussing a flexible timetable to bring our brave troops out of Afghanistan. Proposing a timetable doesn’t mean giving up our ability to go after al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Far from it: We should continue a more focused military mission that includes targeted strikes on Taliban and al Qaeda leaders, and we should step up our long-term civilian efforts to deal with the corruption in the Afghan government that has helped the Taliban to thrive. But we must recognize that our troop presence contributes to resentment in some quarters and hinders our ability to achieve our broader national security goals.

Some may argue that if we leave now, the Taliban will expand its control over parts of Afghanistan and provide a wider safe haven for al Qaeda. But dedicating a disproportionate amount of our resources to the military occupation of one country is not the most effective way to combat the terrorist threat we face. Even if we invest billions more dollars annually for the next 10 years and sacrifice hundreds more American lives, we are unlikely to get a credible government capable of governing all Afghan territory.

Instead, we should seek to deny al Qaeda a safe haven in Afghanistan in the long term with a civilian-led strategy discouraging any support for the Taliban by Pakistani security forces, and offer assistance to improve Afghanistan’s economy while fighting corruption in its government. This should be coupled with targeted military operations and a diplomatic strategy that incorporates all the countries in the region. We will never relent in our pursuit of al Qaeda, nor will we “walk away” from Afghanistan. But our massive military presence there is driving our enemies together and may well be counterproductive.

There is a very real possibility that our military presence in Afghanistan will drive militant extremists south and east into Pakistan, al Qaeda’s primary sanctuary. Pakistan is a nuclear power beset by poverty, sectarian conflict, ineffectual government, instability and an inconsistent record of fighting militancy. It is a witch’s brew of threats to our national security that we cannot afford to further destabilize. Yet we may unwittingly do just that. Especially before Pakistan’s government has demonstrated a firm commitment to denying sanctuary to Taliban leadership it has long harbored, further destabilization could undermine our own security.

I’m not alone in being troubled by the prospect of destabilizing Pakistan. During hearings in May at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I asked the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, and Special Representative Richard Holbrooke, whether our troop increases might worsen instability in Pakistan. Adm. Mullen candidly said he shared that concern.

Mr. Holbrooke went even further. “You’re absolutely correct,” he said, “that an additional amount of American troops, and particularly if they’re successful in Helmand and Kandahar, could end up creating a pressure in Pakistan which would add to the instability.”

There were even more candid answers to questions about the length of the mission in Afghanistan and the metrics we should use to measure its success. Mr. Holbrooke was asked at the Center for American Progress on Aug. 13 how we will know we have succeeded in Afghanistan. “We’ll know it when we see it,” he replied. On the same day, Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave a similar answer at a Pentagon briefing when asked how long U.S. forces would be fighting in Afghanistan, likening it to a mystery with too many variables to predict. But we must have much more concrete measures, and a much clearer strategy, when we are committing so many American lives and dollars to this cause.

We also ignore the lessons of history by pursuing a drawn-out military mission in Afghanistan. The experiences of the Soviets and the British make it painfully clear just how elusive a military victory in Afghanistan can be. That alone should give us reason to rethink an open-ended military presence in Afghanistan.

In light of their country’s history with great powers, it should come as no surprise that Afghans are increasingly skeptical of our military presence. A 2007 poll (conducted by ABC News, the BBC and ARD German TV) showed most Afghans in the Southwest no longer support the presence of foreign troops, and a poll this year (conducted ABC News and the BBC) found that nationwide a plurality of Afghans want troop levels reduced, not increased.

Announcing a flexible timetable for when our massive military presence will end would be one of the best things we could do to advance our national security interests in Afghanistan. By doing so, we would undercut the misperception of the U.S. as an occupying force that has propped up a weak, corrupt and unpopular government, while at the same time removing a tremendous strain on our troops and our economy.

While we have many important goals in Afghanistan, we must be realistic about our limited ability to quickly change the fundamental political realities on the ground. The recent presidential election shows there will be no easy solution to the sectarianism, corruption and warlordism that plague that country. We should seriously question putting so many American lives at risk to expand, through military force, the reach of a government that has failed to win the support of its own people.

Instead of increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, we should start talking about a flexible timetable to begin drawing those levels down. It is time to ask the hard questions—and accept the candid answers—about how our military presence in Afghanistan may be undermining our national security.

Mr. Feingold is a Democratic senator from Wisconsin.

Kidnapped Victims of Organized Mind Control Networks

JAYCEE AND DUTROUX

Michaela Garecht

In 1978, in the USA, Phillip Garrido began a 50-year sentence for kidnap and rape.

Garrido was out of jail within 11 years.

There is a suspicion that Garrido has friends in high places.

In 1989, in Belgium, Marc Dutroux was sentenced to 13 years in jail for kidnapping and raping young girls.

He was out within 3 years.

Reportedly, Dutroux was working for a group which included top judges, top police, top members of the military, top diplomats, top politicians and royalty. (Child Abuse, Iran-Contra, BCCI, Bush, Dutroux, Franklin )

In 1988, 9-year-old Michaela Garecht was kidnapped about an hour’s drive from Garrido’s house.

In 1991, Garrido kidnapped 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard, from a bus stop.

In 1998, the body of 15-year-old Lisa Norrell was found a few miles from Garrido’s house.

Lisa’s body was found in an industrial park, close to where Garrido used to work and close to where the bodies of several other women were found.

In 2006, a neighbour told the police of Garrido’s suspiciopus behaviour. The police did not investigate Garrido’s house.


In 1996, police re-arrested Marc Dutroux for kidnapping, child pornography, murder, and child prostitution.

Dutroux was convicted in 2004 of raping and murdering a string of young girls.

Belgian police were told of the whereabouts of one of the victims of alleged child murderer and pedophile Marc Dutroux one year before she was found dead, a court in Belgium heard.

“Throughout the Dutroux investigation and trial there have been allegations and rumours of police incompetence at best, collusion at worst.” – Police told where Dutroux victim was long before she was found dead: witness

Marc Dutroux, the Belgian paedophile, claimed … that police officers helped him to abduct two young women whose bodies were later discovered buried in his garden.

“Testifying for the first time at his trial, Dutroux said that he abducted An Marchal, 17, and Eefje Lambrecks, 19, with the help of a heroin-addicted friend, who is also on trial, and two other men. ‘I later found out they were members of the police force,’ he told the court, without identifying them.” – Dutroux claims police helped in teens’ kidnap – Times Online

Marc Dutroux’s lawyer, Xavier Magnee, said Dutroux, was part of a criminal network supplying the sex trade.

Magnee said Dutroux was a “small fish” working for a network with links to the police.

Magnee pointed out the failure of the police to process all the forensic samples discovered in a basement cellar in which Dutroux kept four of his captives.

Magnee said that some 6,000 hair samples found in the basement cellar where some of the victims were held had led to the discovery of 25 “unknown” DNA profiles.

“There were people in that cellar that are not now accused,” said Magnee. Dutroux says he abducted girls with police help – Europe, News …

Marc Dutroux insisted that he was not a “lone predator” but part of a wider paedophile ring.

Dutroux described himself as a victim, a “puppet in a show trial” who had to be put away to “hide the truth” and serve the interests of “organised corruption”.

Dutroux said only 10% of the case had been examined.

He asked why independent-minded policemen had been removed from the investigating team. – Dutroux insists he was part of paedophile ring World news The …

Bonacci in front of the ranch where, reportedly, Johnny Gosch, and other boys were held captive.

It has been widely reported that the US military tortures American children as part of mind-control experiments.

1. Paul A. Bonacci said that, as a child, he was kidnapped, tortured and subjected to sex abuse and mind control.

In 1999, in a court in Omaha, he won $1,000,000 in damages. (Mind Control Victim Awarded $1 Million)

Bonacci in his testimony referred to the involvement of top members of the US military and top politicians in child abuse.

The Washington Times reported that Paul Bonacci had access to the White House living quarters.

Johnny Gosch is reportedly one of those tortured by the US military. www.cremationofcare.com/the_nwo_teaoc.htm / Mind Control Victim Awarded $1 Million

Bonacci testified on videotape (5-14-1990) for Nebraska State Police investigator Gary Caradori:

“Bonacci said that while on a trip to Sacramento, he was forced at gun-point to commit homosexual acts on another boy before he watched other men do the same – after which the boy was shot in the head.” (Child sex rings linked to top Americans? Part 2)

Lt Col Aquino

Col. Michael Aquino is one of those frequently mentioned in cases relating to child abuse and mind-control. (Michael Aquino, child sex abuse and the United States.)

Kurt Lewin

2. In 1921, in London, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations was set up to study the ‘breaking point’ of humans. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

In 1932, Kurt Lewin, a German-Jewish psychologist, became the director of the Tavistock Institute.

He studied the use of terror to achieve mind control. (Cached )

In Germany, similar research was being carried out by the Germans.

There were many links between the fascists in Germany and the fascists in Britain. For example, the Order of the Golden Dawn, a masonic-style secret society which had Aleister Crowley as a member, included German Nazis and British aristocrats. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

Mengele who reportedly worked for the CIA and helped to brainwash Oswald (aangirfan: Mengele, Oswald, the CIA )

3. Dr. Josef Mengele studied mind-control at Auschwitz. Children were tortured and sometimes died. (MENGELE, MOSSAD AND THE CIA).

One of Mengele’s reluctant assistants was Berthold Epstein, who was Jewish.

How the Nazis treated children

4. During World War II, at Colgate University in the USA, Dr. George Estabrooks of Colgate University was working on mind-control. (George Estabrooks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

5. After World War II, the U.S. military brought a large number of the top German Nazi scientists to the United States. The code name for this operation was Project Paperclip. (aangirfan: MENGELE, MOSSAD AND THE CIA )

6. The CIA’s Project Bluebird, approved by director Allen Dulles in 1950, had the aim investigating the possibility of controlling a person by using certain interrogation techniques.

In 1953, the CIA set up Project MKULTRA to study mind-control. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

Reportedly, the Nazis brought to America, after World war II, helped with this project.

The methods used to produce mind-control included ‘electroshock’.

Operation Spellbinder was set up to create ‘sleeper’ assassins or ‘Manchurian candidates’.


MKULTRA child www.atasbawah.com/page/4/

In the early 1960s, the US military began Project Monarch. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

With Monarch, torture is used to produce mind-control.

The people whose minds have been controlled are reportedly used by the military as sex slaves. They can be used to blackmail politicians. They can be used to infiltrate organisations. They can be used to carry out assassinations or suicide bombings.

Reportedly, when the military are looking for people whose minds they can control, they look for people connected to orphanages, foster care homes, families linked to military intelligence, families with adopted children, families interested in Satanism andfamilies involved in child abuse.

Reportedly, many of the mind-control victims come from families linked to certain forms of Catholicism, Mormonism, or charismatic Christianity.

Reportedly, victims are often found to have scars or marks suggesting multiple electrical prods and mutilation by knives, branding irons, or needles. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

MKULTRA victim Blanche Chavoustie www.raven1.net/bcanomal.htm

7. Names linked to US mind-control experiments include Dr Ewen Cameron, Lt Col Michael Aquino, a Jewish doctor named Dr. Gruenbaum and Dr. Josef Mengele. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

Survivors of abuse under the Nazis remember Mengele torturing and killing a small child in front of a child he was programming.

Dr. D. Ewen Cameron was the former head of the Canadian, American and World Psychiatric Associations.

He carried out torture experiments on children at several locations in Montreal, including McGill University, St Mary’s Hospital and Allan Memorial Institute.

Cameron

Cameron used the technique called ‘psychic driving,’ where children were kept in a drug induced coma for several weeks and given electroshocks, while electronic helmets were strapped to their heads and repetitive auditory messages were transmitted at variable speeds.

(Gordon Thomas, Journey into Madness: The True Story of Secret CIA Mind Control and Medical Abuse, Bantam Books, 1989)

Many of the victims were abused children from Roman Catholic orphanages.

Project MKULTRA was publicly exposed in 1970, through lawsuits filed by Canadian survivors and their families. The CIA and Canadian government settled out of court.

(BBC documentary on Cameron Click here to watch. )

Lt. Col. Michael Aquino, Aquino was connected with the Presidio Army Base day care scandal, in which he was accused child molestation.

Dr. Sydney Gottleib and Lt. Col John Alexander are also said to be linked to MKULTRA.

Fort Detrick, where the anthrax came from.

8. The Monarch mind-control experiments reportedly took place at the following locations:

Cornell, Duke, Princeton, UCLA, University of Rochester, MIT, Georgetown University Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Washington D.C.), Bell Laboratories, Stanford Research Institute, Westinghouse Friendship Laboratories, General Electric, ARCO and Manking Research Unlimited.

China Lake Naval Weapons Center, The Presidio, Ft. Dietrick, Ft. Campbell, Ft. Lewis, Ft. Hood, Redstone Arsenal, Offutt AFB, Patrick AFB, McClellan AFB, MacGill AFB, Kirkland AFB, Nellis AFB, Homestead AFB, Grissom AFB, Maxwell AFB and Tinker AFB

Langley Research Center, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Tavistock Institute and areas in or by Mt. Shasta, CA, Lampe, MO and Las Vegas, NV. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

Bush at Offutt on 9 11

9. One well known victim of CIA mind-control is Cathy O’Brien, who refers to abuse by her father, forced prostitution involving top people, and working as a drugs mule. (Trance-Formation.com – Cathy O’Brien’s website /Google Videos of Cathy O’Brien)

10. Paul Bonaci has testified about sexually-abused boys from Boy’s Town in Nebraska being taken to nearby Offutt Air Force Base, where he says they were subjected to mind-control programming.

Bonnaci remembers being flown, with other boys, from the Air Force base to California and Bohemian Grove. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

Some victims were apparently murdered.

Offutt air force base

It is supected that Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan-Sirhan, Charlie Manson, John Hinckley Jr., Mark Chapman, David Koresh, Tim McVeigh and John Salvi may have been mind-control victims. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton )

11. In 1992, Dr. Corydon Hammond, a Psychologist from the University of Utah, delivered a lecture entitled “Hypnosis in MPD: Ritual Abuse” at the Fourth Annual Eastern Regional Conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality, in Alexandria, Virginia. (Project Monarch: Nazi Mind Control by Ron Patton)

Hammond referred to the Nazi connection and military and CIA mind control research.

He is one of many people who have spoken out.

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aangirfan: THE ZANDVOORT NETWORK, JERSEY, DUTROUX, PORTUGAL…

America’s Foreign Legions

America’s Foreign Legions

RISE OF MERCENARY ARMIES MENACE WORLD,
HELP WHITE HOUSE THWART PEACE MOVEMENT
by Sherwood Ross
The growing use of private armies not only subjects target populations to savage warfare but makes it easier for the White House to subvert domestic public opinion and wage wars.

Americans are less inclined to oppose a war that is being fought by hired foreign mercenaries, even when their own tax dollars are being squandered to fund it.

“The increasing use of contractors, private forces, or, as some would say, ‘mercenaries’ makes wars easier to begin and to fight—it just takes money and not the citizenry,” said  Michael Ratner, of New York’s Center for Constitutional Rights. “To the extent a population is called upon to go to war, there is resistance, a necessary resistance to prevent wars of self-aggrandizement, foolish wars, and, in the case of the United States, hegemonic imperialist wars.”

Indeed, the Pentagon learned the perils of the draft from the massive public protests it provoked during the Viet Nam war. Today, it would prefer, and is working toward, an electronic battlefield where the fighting is done by robots guided by sophisticated surveillance systems that will minimize U.S. casualties. Meanwhile, it tolerates the use of private contractors to help fight its battles.

Iraq offers a heart-breaking example of a war in which contract fighters so inflamed the public they were sent to “liberate” that when fighting broke out in Fallujah the bodies of privateer Blackwater’s four slain mercenaries were desecrated by enraged mobs. This horrific scene was televised globally and prompted the U.S. to make a punishing, retaliatory military assault upon Fallujah, causing widespread death and destruction.

Just as the American colonists despised the mercenary Hessians in the Revolutionary War, Iraqis came to hate Blackwater and its kindred contractors worse than U.S. soldiers, who often showed them kindness, according to a journalist with experience in the war zone.

“It wasn’t uncommon for an American soldier, or even an entire company, to develop a very friendly relationship with an Iraqi community. It didn’t happen every day, but it wasn’t unheard of,” writes Ahmed Mansour, an Egyptian reporter and talk show host for Qatar-based al-Jazeera, the Middle East TV network.

“It was also definitely not uncommon to see American troops high-fiving Iraqi teenagers, holding the arm of an elderly woman to help her cross a street, or helping someone out of a difficult situation…This was not the case with mercenaries. They knew they were viewed as evil thugs, and they wanted to keep it that way.”

In his book “Inside Fallujah”(Olive Branch Press), Mansour says, “Mercenaries were viewed as monsters, primarily because they

behaved monstrously. They never spoke to anyone using words—they only used the language of fire, bullets, and absolute lethal force. It was fairly common to see a mercenary crush a small civilian Iraqi car with passengers inside just because the mercenaries happened to be stuck in a traffic jam.”

Mansour, best known as host of the talk show “Without Limits,” says his viewing audience was “outraged by the mere idea that a political superpower like the United States would hire mercenaries to do their unpleasant work instead of employing soldiers who believe in their  country and its mission. Viewers were also obviously outraged over the horrendous war crimes committed by the mercenaries.”

Blackwater was finally censured after its forces mowed down 17 civilians on Sept. 16, 2007, in what Iraqi officials said was an unprovoked assault in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, after which they refused to renew its operating license. The Moyock, N.C.-based security outfit changed its name to Xe Services and, according to The Nation  magazine, was still allowed to ink a $20 million renewal pact good through Sept. 3rd, to guard State Department officials. Part of its work, though, has been assumed by Triple Canopy, of Herndon, Va., a firm also with a blemished history.

Triple Canopy employs “private security guards (who) have allegedly targeted Iraqi civilians for sport, attempting to kill them, while doing work for Halliburton/KBR,” claims Pratap Chatterjee in his book, “Halliburton’s Army”(Nation Books). Speaking of mercenaries as a group, Brig. General Karl Hors, an advisor to the U.S. Joint Force Command, once observed, “These guys run loose in this country and do stupid stuff. There is no authority over them, so you can’t come down on them when they escalate in force. They shoot people and someone else has to deal with the aftermath. It happens all over the place.”

On June 27, 2004, the day before L. Paul Bremer III, the administrator of the Coalition Provisional authority, left Baghdad, he issued Order 17 that barred the Iraqi government from prosecuting contractor crimes in domestic courts. Result: When the Iraq government probed Nisour Square, it reported “the murder of citizens in cold blood in the Nisour area by Blackwater is considered a terrorist action against civilians just like any other terrorist operation.” As the Associated Press reported last April 1, “The company does not face any charges. But the Baghdad incident exacerbated the feelings of many Iraqis that private American security contractors have operated since 2003 with little regard for Iraqi law or life.” Baghdad also charged Blackwater was involved in at least six deadly incidents in the year leading up to Nisour Square, including the death of Iraqi journalist Hana al-Ameedi.

By Spring, 2008, there were 180,000 mercenaries operating in Iraq. How many of them have been killed is not known. Their deaths do not appear on Pentagon casualty lists. Since many perform non-combat duties, it is not likely they have suffered as many deaths and wounds as GI’s. By some estimates, perhaps 1,000 perished in Iraq, about one mercenary for every four GI’s killed.

According to Mansour, an Iraqi group, Supporters of Truth, claims that low-flying U.S. helicopters dropped the bodies of slain mercenaries into the Diyala River near the Iranian border. Another group, the Islamic Army of Iraq, “uncovered mass graves for mercenaries who worked for the U.S. forces….He said uncovering mass graves of mercenaries had become common in Iraq…” Whether these were local mercenaries or imported fighters was not clear.

Many soldiers of fortune on private payrolls previously served dictators in South Africa, Chile, and elsewhere. “In Iraq, the private security firms that are the second-large component of the ‘coalition of the willing’ are dipping into experienced pools of trained fighters, almost 70 percent from El Salvador, it is estimated, Noam Chomsky writes in “Failed States”(Metropolitan/Owl). “The trained killers from the Reagan-run state terrorist apparatus can earn better pay pursuing their craft in Iraq than in what remains of their societies at home.”

Other mercenaries have been recruited from the Iraqi population itself. Sociologist James Petras, in his “Rulers and Ruled in the U.S. Empire,”(Clarity Press) writes,  “The use of local mercenaries creates the illusion that Washington is gradually handing over power to the local puppet regime. It gives the impression that the puppet regime is capable of ruling, and propagandizes the myth that a stable and reliable locally-based army exists. The presence of these local mercenaries creates the myth that the internal conflict is a civil war instead of a national liberation struggle against a colonial power.”

Petras also writes, “the failure of the US policy of using Iraqi mercenaries to defeat the resistance is evident in the escalation of US combat military forces in Iraq in the spring of 2007, after five years of colonial warfare—from 140,000 to 170,000 troops, not counting the presence of some 100,000 mercenaries from American firms such as Blackwater.” He said the Iraqi mercenary force is plagued by high levels of desertion.

In “The Sorrows of Empire”(Metropolitan/Owl), Chalmers Johnson wrote, “The use of private contractors is assumed to be more cost-effective, but even that is open to question when contracts go only to a few well-connected companies and the bidding is not particularly competitive.” Blackwater Security got a $27 million no-bid contract to guard L. Paul Bremer III, the administrator of the Coalition Provisional authority in 2003. According to Joseph Stiglitz in “The Three Trillion Dollar War” (W.W. Norton), that was expanded to $100 million a year later and by 2007, Blackwater held a $1.2 billion contract for Iraq, where it employed 845 private security contractors.

Stiglitz notes that in 2007 private security guards working for firms like Blackwater and Dyncorp were earning up to $1,222 a day or $445,000 a year. By contrast, an Army sergeant earned $140 to $190 a day in pay and benefits, a total of $51,100 to $69,350 a year.  Since U.S. taxpayers are underwriting private soldiers’ paychecks, where’s the savings? It is money from taxpayer’s pockets that has made these shadow armies great.

In his bestseller “Blackwater: The Rise of The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army(Nation Books) reporter Jeremy Scahill writes:

“Its seven-thousand-acre facility in Moyock, N.C., has now become the most sophisticated private military center on the planet, while the company possesses one of the world’s larget privately held stockpiles of heavy-duty weaponry. It is a major training center for federal and local security and military forces in the United States, as well as foreign forces and private individuals….It is developing surveillance blimps and private airstrips for its fleet of aircraft, which include helicopter gunships.” Company officials say they have been training about 35,000 “law enforcement” and military personnel a year.

The idea of the Pentagon outsourcing much of its work, from kitchen police to war zone truck drivers, came largely from then Defense Secretary Dick Cheney in the early 1990s, when he was tasked by Congress to reduce Pentagon spending after the Cold War thawed. And after leaving his Defense post to become CEO of Halliburton, Cheney also oversaw the use of contractors to support the military then engaged in the former Yugoslavia. As Pratap Chatterjee reminds in “Halliburton’s Army” (Nation Books), “Approximately one in one hundred people on the Iraqi battlefield in the 2001 Operation Desert Storm were contractors, compared to today in Operation Enduring Freedom, where the number of contractors are roughly equal to those of military personnel.”

And since mercenaries can work in civvies, they are useful to the Pentagon when it seeks to build a military presence in a country without attracting undue attention. As Scahill writes, “Instead of sending in battalions of active U.S. military to Azerbaijan, the Pentagon deployed ‘civilian contractors’ from Blackwater and other firms to set up an operation that would serve a dual purpose: protecting the West’s new profitable oil and gas exploitation in a region historically dominated by Russia and Iran, and possibly laying the groundwork for an important forward operating base for an attack against Iran.”

Scahill says “Domestic opposition to wars of aggression results in fewer people volunteering to serve in the armed forces, which historically deflates the war drive or forces a military draft. At the same time, international opposition has made it harder for Washington to persuade other governments to support its wars and occupations. But with private mercenary companies, these dynamics change dramatically, as the pool of potential soldiers available to an aggressive administration is limited only by the number of men across the globe willing to kill for money. With the aid of mercenaries, you don’t need a draft or even the support of your own public to wage wars of aggression, nor do you need a coalition of ‘willing” nations to aid you. If Washington cannot staff an occupation or invasion with its national forces, the mercenary firms offer a privatized alternative—including Blackwater’s 21,000-man contractor database….If foreign governments are not on board, foreign soldiers can still be bought.”

In Jan., 2008, the UN working group on mercenaries found an emerging trend in Latin America of “situations of private security companies protecting transnational extractive corporations whose employees are often involved in suppressing the legitimate social protest of communities and human rights and environmental organizations of the areas where these corporations operate.” And South Africa’s Defense Minister Mosiuoa Lekota, termed mercenaries “the scourge of poor areas of the world, especially Africa. These are killers for hire. They rent out their skills to the highest bidder. Anybody that has money can hire these human beings and turn them into killing machines or cannon fodder.”

Mincing no words, Ratner warns, “These kinds of military groups bring to mind Nazi Party brownshirts, functioning as an extrajudicial enforcement mechanism that can and does operate outside the law.”

Of course, contract warrior firm officials see themselves in a nobler light. Blackwater’s Vice-Chairman Cofer Black in one speech compared his company to King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table, asserting they “Focus on morals and ethics and integrity. This is important. We are not fly-by-night. We are not tricksters. We believe in these things.” For all such claims, the final judgment on the performance of contract military firms must come from the people these noble knights purport to serve. And if Blackwater is any example, they are hated.

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Sherwood Ross has worked for major dailies and wire services and served in an executive capacity in the U.S. civil rights movement. He currently is active in the anti-war movement and operates a public relations firm for good causes. Reach him at sherwoodr1@yahoo.com.

ACLU’s 130,000 pages of secrets

ACLU’s 130,000 pages of secrets

By Scott Shane – New York Times News Service

WASHINGTON — In spring 2003, long before Abu Ghraib or secret prisons became part of the American vocabulary, two lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union noticed a handful of press reports about allegations of abuse of prisoners in American custody.

The lawyers, Jameel Jaffer and Amrit Singh, wondered: Was there a broader pattern of abuse, and could a Freedom of Information Act request uncover it? Some of their colleagues were skeptical. One made a tongue-in-cheek offer of $1 for every page they turned up.

Six years later, their document request is among the most successful in the history of public disclosure, with 130,000 pages of previously secret documents released to date.

The case has produced revelation after revelation: battles between the FBI and the military over treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay; autopsy reports on prisoners who died in custody in Afghanistan and Iraq; Justice Department memorandums justifying harsh interrogation methods; and descriptions of what happened inside the CIA’s overseas prisons.

“This is certainly a landmark case in every respect, including in the history of the Freedom of Information Act,” said Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.

The ACLU’s initial 2003 request produced only an innocuous set of State Department “talking points” before the organization, joined by four other advocacy groups, sued in June 2004.

Documents began to flow only after September 2004, when U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein criticized the “glacial pace” of the government’s response.

But the recent disclosures caused deep unease inside the agency. Former CIA director Michael V. Hayden said releasing documents designated as top secret could undermine cooperation from foreign intelligence services. “Our foreign partners may say there is no value to our promise in the future that ‘Don’t worry, we can keep this secret,'” he said.

BB, Gen Zia-ul-Haq martyred under same conspiracy: General Aslam Baig

BB, Gen Zia-ul-Haq martyred under same conspiracy: General Aslam Baig

ISLAMABAD: Former Chief of Army Staff General Mirza Aslam Baig has disclosed that Former President General Zia-ul-Haq and former prime Minister Benazir Bhutto were being killed under the same conspiracies.

Talking in a media program here Sunday, he stated that both Benazir Bhutto and General Zia-ul-Haq were killed under some international conspiracy and to probe these incidents the Government might have to carried out criminal investigations to disclose these conspiracies.

He further elucidated that the bilateral controversies between Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif damaged democratic process in the country for more than Ten-Years and in sacking the regime of Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, all the Corps Commander were united.

Former DG, ISI was not accomplice in the conspiracies against Benazir Bhutto, but Benazir Bhutto did not trust him and Army has urged on General Zia-ul-Haq to sideline from the dictatorship, but he stated that, if he abandons civil rule, he has to face to gallows, said General Mirza Aslam Baig.

General Aslam further disclose that, if he intended to overthrow the political regime, then there was no one to restrict him, but he did not do so and played a vital role in restoring the confidence of the masses on the armed forces of the country after the defeat in 1971 war.

He also disclose that in the operation of ‘Pakka Qila’ firing was carried out on women and children and all the stakeholders were united to make Asif Nawaz as armed Forces Chief and “Both Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were not pleased with me”, said General Aslam Baig.

Former Army Chief further stated that Benazir Bhutto was a sharp politician, but she was not as prudent as her father and Mian Nawaz Sharif after living in exile has emerged as veteran politician.

Responding to a query regarding killing of Benazir Bhutto, General Mirza Aslam Baig stated that, she was being killed under an international conspiracy, as she has realized that under the deal to which she has arrived back in the country will mar her political career, and later at her denial to the deal, she was sidelined under the same conspiracy through which General Zia-ul-Haq was removed.

Pakistan will emerge victorious from the prevailing challenges, “I have trust on my nation and not on the politicians, as Pakistani nation have the potential to face any challenges”, he vowed.

Benazir wanted retaliatory PAF strikes on Indian nuclear sites in 1990: ex-Pak COAS

Benazir wanted retaliatory PAF strikes on Indian nuclear sites in 1990: ex-Pak COAS

August 31st, 2009 – 12:34 pm ICT by ANIBenazir Bhutto

Lahore, Aug.31 (ANI): Slain Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had asked the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to be ready for attacking India’s nuclear facilities, when reports surfaced in 1990 that US, Israel and India were planning to strike Pakistan’s nuclear establishments.

In an interview with a private television channel, former Chief of Army Staff Mirza Aslam Beg revealed that Bhutto had directed the PAF to prepare itself for attacking India.

Beg said Bhutto remained ‘rock solid’ amid reports that US, Israel and India were planning to attack Pakistan’s nuclear sites.

“Benazir remained “rock solid” in 1990 amid reports of conspiracy against Pakistan,” The Daily Times quoted Beg, as saying.

Beg also disclosed that the Saudis had given loads of money to Mahmood Haroon to ask politicians to join the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), which was formed to destabilize Bhutto’s government and ensure that she never returns to power.

Earlier, former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director Malik Mumtaz had disclosed that Al-Qaeda gave millions of rupees to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to destabilise the Benazir Bhutto’s government in 1988.

Mumtaz claimed that ISI had hatched a massive conspiracy involving former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former ISI chief General (retired) Asad Durrani, Brigadier (retired) Imtiaz and Major (retired) Amir to overthrow the Bhutto government.

He said Osama bin Laden was behind the conspiracy and had paid millions of dollars to the ISI.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Pervaiz Rashid has rejected Beg’s allegations that ISI had distributed money among several politicians to destabilize the Bhutto government.

“Beg has given a very fake statement on the distribution of money by the ISI among politicians,” Rashid said. (ANI)

RUSAL dam disaster may cut 500,000 tonnes of aluminium

RUSAL dam disaster may cut 500,000 tonnes of aluminium

Friday, 21 Aug 2009

Reuters reported that UC RUSAL could potentially lose at least 500,000 tonnes of aluminium production, equivalent to 11% of 2008 output after an accident at Russia’s largest hydroelectric power plant.

As per report, the world’s biggest aluminium producer is running the 2 Siberian smelters closest to the dam without interruption after securing emergency power supplies but main owner Mr Oleg Deripaska has held talks with government officials about potential cuts.

Mr Artyom Volynets United Company RUSAL’s director of strategy and corporate development said that “We consider that no less than 500,000 tonnes of aluminium production or maybe even more could be under threat.”

Mr Volynets said that “We are currently relying on reserve capacities of energy, although this is only a temporary solution to the problem. He said that “The problem of securing long term power supplies to the 2 smelters will not be resolved in the near future and there will be a serious threat of a reduction in production volumes.”

He estimated that it could take two to three years for the Sayano Shushenskaya power station to return to normal.

12 people were killed and 64 are missing, presumed dead after a turbine room at the Sayano Shushenskaya power station was flooded on August 16th 2009 causing billions of roubles of damage and cutting off power from the plant.

Sayyed: Saad Hariri ‘You Are Your Father’s Killer until You Punish the Forgers’

Sayyed: Saad Hariri ‘You Are Your Father’s Killer until You Punish the Forgers’

General Jamil al-Sayyed accused Saad Hariri Sunday of agreeing to four years of falsification in the international tribunal, in one of his strongest-worded attacks yet against the premier-designate and his political and security team.

He was speaking at a press conference on the fourth anniversary of his arrest in connection with the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.

“Saad Hariri lost right in the international tribunal when he agreed to falsification and the country’s ruin during a period of four years,” Sayyed said.

He said former premier Rafik Hariri was murdered three times. “The first was on February 14 (2005). The assassins remain at large thanks to some officers and politicians surrounding (Saad) Hariri,” he said.

“The second time Rafik Hariri was killed was when the four generals were arrested after false witnesses were told what to say by politicians, officers and journalists,” he added.

“The third time that Hariri was killed was when the four generals were released,” he added.


Sayyed was among four top generals who were released in April after four years in custody in connection with Hariri’s assassination, no one has ever been formally charged.


The other three are the former head of the presidential guard, Mustafa Hamdan, 53, domestic security chief Ali Hajj, 52, and military intelligence chief Raymond Azar, 56.

Sayyed said the “criminal state keeps among its ranks people like (public prosecutor) Saeed Mirza.” He called on Hariri to hold accountable those who committed forgery such as “Wissam al-Hassan, Saeed Mirza and Samir Shahadeh.”

Addressing Hariri, Sayyed said: “You are your father’s killer until you hold them accountable.”

“If you are brave enough you will place a picture of Mohammed Zuhair al-Siddiq next to your father’s when welcoming your guests,” he said in reference to the main suspect in the investigation into Hariri’s assassination.

Addressing President Michel Suleiman, Sayyed said: “It is a shame that you have been made prisoner. And yes to the amendment of Taef.”

He asked MP Walid Jumblat “where was your political voice in the international tribunal’s file.” He said those who take Jumblat as an ally were committing a mistake.

Sayyed also thanked Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir for promoting the cause of the four generals when they were still in custody.

He then criticized Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani and asked for an apology to his daughter Sara al-Sayyed for the accusations against her father.

BRIG IMTIAZ OF ISI AND HIS BARRAGE OF TRUTHS

BRIG IMTIAZ OF ISI AND HIS BARRAGE OF TRUTHS

Dr. Khurrum Shaukat Yusafzai.

The Recent, Revelation about Parliamentarian of Punjab Mustapha Khar from the mouth of Ex-ISI and IB officer Brigadier Imtiaz retired, and it is very interesting. A Controversy has been generated that who is telling the Truth and who is not . Brig Imtiaz Ex –ISI officer or the Parliamentarian of Punjab Mr. Mustapha Khar.

Brig Imtiaz mentions that Khar had Planned to Blow GHQ with all the top officers in conspiring with some officers of Pakistan Army, who were court Martialled and thrown out of the Army.

Mustapha Khar who according to Brig Imtiaz had links with RAW, the Indian counterpart of ISI.  According to Brig Imtiaz had supplied the weapons and Bombs to these officers after his visits to India .

In My Opinion Brig Imtiaz is telling the Truth as a Mustapha Khar who does not care about his Kith and kin and is responsible for Kicking out a Serving chief like the Honest Pashtun, Gen Gul Hassan.  Who never could own a house, as he could not afford one, as he was such an honest person and he never had a personnel car in his possession.  He kicked him out of Service because he was Pashtuns and fed this into ear of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto by spewing hatred against Pashtuns.

He actually died Broke and without Money in an Armored Corps mess in Rawalpindi in 2004.  Just a Few Yards from Gen Aslam Begs ( Army Chief and Head ) Castle , the Army Chief who took after Gen Zia After Being involved Red handed in His C-130 Crash as you I may call it, the same man who ordered an Operation Midnight Jackal .

Midnight Jackal operation was done with the Help of Brig Imtiaz to topple , Benezir Bhutto the Legitimate Elected  Peoples Leader of Pakistan.  She was an elected and brilliant representative of the People of Pakistan.

Khar had also shown A Revolver Gun to Chief of Pakistan Army, Gen Gul Hassan and abducted him on Gun Point in his Car , to force him to resign as Gul Hassan Himself mentioned it in his own Book about his Life History.

Bhutto In Fact had made Himself, weak by himself uprooting democratically Elected Pashtun ANP Led governments In NWFP and Balauchistan. That Mistake cost him his Life and government. As Jammat Islami walked into the Power Vacuum created in NWFP and Balauchistan.

Latter a Potent Smear Campaign was launched against Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto by these same pro-Establishment Jammat Islami , Religious political parties whom were on Pay role of the ISI as Brig Imtiaz claimed it to eliminate PPP for Ever.

So he was the one who the paved way for Gen Zia ul Haq. A man who destroyed Pakistan with Drugs, Weapons, and Religious Hate and Sectarianism. In Fact a CIA / Mossad Agent, who wanted to Destabilize Pakistan after going out of the way to serve American and Israeli Interests ?

When today one, Muslim is cutting another Muslims throat when they are both Muslims. Gen Zia promoted Religious hate Parties like Sipah Sahaba, who now have broken down to Lashker Taiba and Lashker Jhangvi, The banned terrorist parties  and are part of Tehrik Taliban Pakistan too nowadays and received the money from ISI and IB to Form the IJI.

In fact in the list given by Gen Asad Durrani ISI Chief at that time with an Affidavit submitted in Supreme court of Pakistan, Rs 50 Lakhs were given to small Religious parties, who are Sipah Sahaba etc formed on Behest of CIA and Mossad and Raw.

These Small parties are same Sipah Sahaba and likes of such Hate Mongering by these same religious parties. The Same Religious Parties who formed IJI with Nawaz Shareef and even today one of  the Sipah Sahaba leader Allama Sajid Mir is a sitting senator with PML-N.

Even Jammat Islami who Trumpets as Moral Religious Force of Pakistan took 50 lakhs for being part of IJI, all these, Anti PPP parties who were formed as an IJI Alliance to grab control of Punjab from PPP .  The Present Nawaz Shareef Alliance PML-N is out come of that IJI.

JUI has the same old story that, s Getting of Free Plots from GHQ, Shaheed officers Quota is very famous too for corruption.  These parties had formed the 17th Amendment that gave powers to make laws without the parliament input . Musharaff was in power because of these Same Religious Parties.

All this to make PPP Government fail, but what nobody mentions is another Fact? . That is it because PPP is the true voice of People of Pakistan and it had great leaders Like Zulfiqar Bhutto and Benezir Bhutto who understood pulse of people of Pakistan .

All this was done to further the rule of Gen Zia, who had reportedly massacred the Poor Muslim Palestinians in Jordon in the Famous Black September 1968 operation. When he massacred thousands, of Palestinians, to please, the Zionists and Israelis and be Blue eyed Boy of CIA and Mossad and confirm himself as their Agent in Establishment

In Fact Zia was in partnership with Mossad Israeli Agency when he, Used the Israeli weapons to Fight the Afghan Jihad with Russia . As George Crile , mentions in His Book the Operation cyclone” of CIA .  The Star of David was conveniently erased on weapons Crates, so that Pakistani people would not know it.

It means Mustapha Khar had nod of these Mossad and Indian Raw and CIA too when he removed a Pretty honest general like Gul Hassan and Installed a CIA Mossad agent like Gen Zia. Ul Haq and Agent of CIA ,  and Mossad.

IN Fact he is the one who spread hate against the Pashtuns and has been very active in Hate Mongering and promoting hate against Pashtuns who are loyal subjects of Pakistan and saved many time Pakistan from Disasters in n1948 , 1965 and Afghan Jihad etc.

He was very vocal for Kalabagh Dam and did not care for even feelings of three provinces apart from Punjab .  He being Politicians did not care even for the Ordinances passed in three out of four Provincial Assemblies of Pakistan against Kalabagh Dam .

He was instrumental in Hampering Progress of Pakistan development. His Niece Hina Rabbani Khar is another person who wanted to destroy Inter-provincial harmony. She was wisely removed from NFC award recently.

He was saved from conviction when ISI had proven him as a Traitor because of Being a Punjabi and friend of Gen Gul Hameed and the GHQ who failed to raise any case in Judiciary against him even he was Branded a Traitor.  As in Pakistan a Punjabi, either in Uniform or without uniform are rarely punished for Treason. Or Being a Traitor  This Tradition is set for Non Punjabis only Like Balauchs, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Mohajir,s  only.

If Pakistan had left the Affairs of Afghanistan like that Before as Wali Khan had proposed and Gen Zia had not occurred, we would not have been in trouble like we are now. When our so-called friends USA for whom we sacrificed 1.5 million people, in Afghan Jihad, and defeated Russian are calling us Al-Qaeda and terrorism supporters while we are not.

When our Peaceful and Innocent citizen s Like the Students belonging to NWFP languishing in Max –security jail in UK with Murders and terrorists when they are innocent and no Charges are brought against them. Same is the case with Dr. Afia Siddique a PHD Doctor Languishing is US jails without a Fair Trial.

These people have turned ordinary and Innocent Pakistanis into Terrorists and Pakistanis are suffering with Dishonorable Naked strip-searches when one reaches UK Airports and US as if we are criminals.  The same people who defeated the enemy of USA are treated like Dirt by it.

Our whole country is now been Surrendered to Zionists, the CIA and the American Establishment by likes of these people are enjoying Service Like 5 Air Bases in Pakistan for Drones and Deaths of Our Soldiers For free .  While we are killing, our own Pashtun citizens to protect the American and its Economic interests of Great Game wars , which it cannot sustain without our help. While we are not even given money to salvage, our economy as America dishes to Egypt and Israel .

Where America and NATO has miserably failed in front of Taliban , Pakistan is successful here. America Should Leave us or behave like a friend.  As this America with intervention in our politics has proved American is Pro Dictator Country Rather then Freedom loving Pro-Democratic Country. It feed lies to its own US people when it says that it Favors Democracy.
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Mother Jones: The Secret History of Hurricane Katrina

Mother Jones: The Secret History of Hurricane Katrina

Mother Jones

| James Ridgeway

http://qwstnevrythg.com/2009/08/mother-jones-the-secret-history-of-hurricane-katrina/


There was nothing natural about the disaster that befell New Orleans in Katrina’s aftermath.

Confronted with images of corpses floating in the blackened floodwaters or baking in the sun on abandoned highways, there aren’t too many people left who see what happened following Hurricane Katrina as a purely “natural” disaster. The dominant narratives that have emerged, in the four years since the storm, are of a gross human tragedy, compounded by social inequities and government ineptitude—a crisis subsequently exploited in every way possible

for political and financial gain.

But there’s an even harsher truth, one some New Orleans residents learned in the very first days but which is only beginning to become clear to the rest of us: What took place in this devastated American city was no less than a war, in which victims whose only crimes were poverty and blackness were treated as enemies of the state.

It started immediately after the storm and flood hit, when civilian aid was scarce—but private security forces already had boots on the ground. Some, like Blackwater (which has since redubbed itself Xe), were under federal contract, while a host of others answered to wealthy residents and businessmen who had departed well before Katrina and needed help protecting their property from the suffering masses left behind. According Jeremy Scahill’s reporting

in The Nation, Blackwater set up an HQ in downtown New Orleans. Armed as they would be in Iraq, with automatic rifles, guns strapped to legs, and pockets overflowing with ammo, Blackwater contractors drove around in SUVs and unmarked cars with no license plates.

“When asked what authority they were operating under,” Scahill reported, “one guy said, ‘We’re on contract with the Department of Homeland Security.’ Then, pointing to one of his comrades, he said, ‘He was even deputized by the governor of the state of Louisiana. We can make arrests and use lethal force if we deem it necessary.’ The man then held up the gold Louisiana law enforcement badge he wore around his neck.”

The Blackwater operators described their mission in New Orleans as “securing neighborhoods,” as if they were talking about Sadr City. When National Guard troops descended on the city, the Army Times described their role as fighting “the insurgency in the city.” Brigadier Gen. Gary Jones, who commanded the Louisiana National Guard’s Joint Task Force, told the paper, “This place is going to look like Little Somalia. We’re going to go out and take this city back. This will be a combat operation to get this city under control.”

Ten days after the storm, the New York Times reported

that although the city was calm with no signs of looting (though it acknowledged this had taken place previously), “New Orleans has turned into an armed camp, patrolled by thousands of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, as well as National Guard troops and active-duty soldiers.” The local police superintendent ordered all weapons, including legally registered firearms, confiscated from civilians. But as the Times noted, that order didn’t “apply to hundreds of security guards hired by businesses and some wealthy individuals to protect property…[who] openly carry M-16’s and other assault rifles.” Scahill spoke to Michael Montgomery, the chief of security for one wealthy businessman who said his men came under fire from “black gangbangers” near the Ninth Ward. Armed with AR-15s and Glocks, Montgomery and his men “unleashed a barrage of bullets in the general direction of the alleged shooters on the overpass. ‘After that, all I heard was moaning and screaming, and the shooting stopped. That was it. Enough said.’”

Malik Rahim, a Vietnam veteran and longtime community activist, was one of the organizers of the Common Ground Collective, which quickly began dispensing basic aid and medical care in the first days after the hurricane. But far from aiding the relief workers, Rahim told me this week, the police and troops who began patrolling the streets treated them as criminals or “insurgents.” African American men caught outside also ran the risk of crossing paths with roving vigilante patrols who shot at will, he says. In this dangerous environment, Common Ground began to rely on white volunteers to move through a city that had simply become too perilous for blacks.

In July, the local television station WDSU released a home video

, taken shortly after the storm hit, of a local man, Paul Gleason, who bragged to two police officers about shooting looters in the Algiers section of New Orleans.

“Did you have any problems with looters,” [sic] asked an officer.

“Not anymore,” said Gleason.

“Not anymore?”

“They’re all dead,” said Gleason.

The officer asked, “What happened?”

“We shot them,” said Gleason.

“How many did you shoot?

“Thirty-eight.”

“Thirty-eight people? What did you do with the bodies?”

“We gave them to the Coast Guard,” said Gleason.

Gleason told his story with a cup of red wine in one hand and riding a tractor from Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World.

Although the government’s aid efforts were in chaos, those involved in the self-generated community rescue and relief efforts were often seen as a threat. Even so, Common Ground, founded in the days after Katrina hit, eventually managed to serve more than half a million people, operating feeding stations, opening free health and legal clinics, and later rebuilding homes and planting trees. But they “never got a dime” from the federal government, says Rahim. The feds did, however, recruit one of Common Ground’s founders, Brandon Darby, as an informant, later using him to infiltrate groups

planning actions at the 2008 Republican National Convention.

And while the government couldn’t seem to keep people from dying on rooftops or abandoned highways, it wasted no time building a temporary jail in New Orleans.
Burl Cain, the warden of the notorious Angola Prison, a former slave plantation that’s now home to 5,000 inmates, was rushed down to the city to oversee “Camp Greyhound” in the city’s bus terminal. According

to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the jail “was constructed by inmates from Angola and Dixon state prisons and was outfitted with everything a stranded law enforcer could want, including top-of-the-line recreational vehicles to live in and electrical power, courtesy of a yellow Amtrak locomotive. There are computers to check suspects’ backgrounds and a mug shot station—complete with heights marked in black on the wall that serves as the backdrop.”

In the virtual martial law imposed in New Orleans after Katrina, the war on the poor sometimes even spilled over into the war on terror. In his latest book Zeitoun, published in July, Dave Eggers tells the story of a local Syrian immigrant who stayed in New Orleans to protect his properties and ended up organizing makeshift relief efforts and rescuing people in a canoe. He continued right up until he was arrested by a group of unidentified, heavily armed men in uniform, thrown into Camp Greyhound, and questioned as a suspected terrorist. In an interview with Salon

, Eggers said:

Zeitoun was among thousands of people who were doing “Katrina time” after the storm. There was a complete suspension of all legal processes and there were no hearings, no courts for months and months and not enough folks in the judicial system really seemed all that concerned about it. Some human-rights activists and some attorneys, but otherwise it seemed to be the cost of doing business. It really could have only happened at that time; 2005 was just the exact meeting place of the Bush-era philosophy towards law enforcement and incarceration, their philosophy toward habeas corpus and their neglect and indifference to the plight of New Orleanians.

Through all the time that the federal and local governments, in concert with wealthy New Orleanians, were pitching their battle, there was virtually no one fighting on the other side. Reviewing the “available evidence” a month after Katrina, the New York Times concluded that “the most alarming stories that coursed through the city appear to be little more than figments of frightened imaginations.” The reports of residents firing at National Guard helicopters, of tourists being robbed and raped on Bourbon Street, and of murderous rampages in the Superdome—all turned out to be false.

Since then it has become increasingly clear that the truth of what happened in New Orleans—vigilantism and racially tinged violence, a military response that supplanted a humanitarian one—is equally sinister.

James Ridgeway is a senior correspondent at Mother Jones. For more of his stories, click here

Salon exclusive: The Abu Ghraib files

Salon exclusive: The Abu Ghraib files

Never-published photos, and an internal Army report, show more Iraqi prisoner abuse — evidence the government is fighting to hide.
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It is with tremendous agony and deepest outrage that
World Prout Assembly posts a few of the newly exposed photos of Abu Ghraib. Along wtih the photos is a typed statement saying such and such prisoner was found innocent. It became unbearable to post more of the photos. The people involved are criminals. The men at the top, Mr. Cheney and Mr. Rumsfeld, are the supreme criminals. The fact that sadistic criminals are running America and controlling the world must be comprehended by the American people. The fact that the American people have all but forgotten the original set of crimes at Abu Ghraib is the worst reflection on this country. According to the Red Cross, these crimes were committed all across Iraq, and they continue to be committed!!! The extreme selfishness and self-centeredness that abounds in this culture, that causes Americans to forget the images, that causes them to flippantly disregard the brutal, barbaric crimes of their government – is the worst statement about this country. Daily we hear American commentators talking about the future of Iraq. In Fallujah white phosphorus was used, which melts bodies into charcoal. Combined with Abu Ghraib, the American government, the American journalists and broadcasters, and the American people have lost all moral right to talk about the future of Iraq. Only one thing the American journalists, broadcasters and people should do is to get on their knees and beg forgiveness from the people of Iraq.
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By Mark Benjamin

Feb. 16, 2006 | Salon has obtained files and other electronic documents from an internal Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal. The material, which includes more than 1,000 photographs, videos and supporting documents from the Army’s probe, may represent all of the photographic and video evidence that pertains to that investigation.

The files, from the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID), include hundreds of images that have never been publicly released. Along with the unpublished material, the material obtained by Salon also appears to include all of the famous photographs published after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in April 2004, as well as the photographs and videos published Wednesday by the Australian television news show “Dateline.”
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Saddam Hussein did not personally kill or torture others. He, however, is being rightfully blamed for the acts of his subordinates. Why aren’t Bush and Rumsfled being held to the same standard?!

The source who gave the CID material to Salon is someone who spent time at Abu Ghraib as a uniformed member of the military and is familiar with the CID investigation.

The DVD containing the material includes a June 6, 2004, CID investigation report written by Special Agent James E. Seigmund. That report includes the following summary of the material included: “A review of all the computer media submitted to this office revealed a total of 1,325 images of suspected detainee abuse, 93 video files of suspected detainee abuse, 660 images of adult pornography, 546 images of suspected dead Iraqi detainees, 29 images of soldiers in simulated sexual acts, 20 images of a soldier with a Swastika drawn between his eyes, 37 images of Military Working dogs being used in abuse of detainees and 125 images of questionable acts.”
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The photographs we are showing in the accompanying gallery represent a small fraction of these visual materials. None, as far as we know, have been published elsewhere. They include: a naked, handcuffed prisoner in a contorted position; a dead prisoner who had been severely beaten; a prisoner apparently sodomizing himself with an object; and a naked, hooded prisoner standing next to an American officer who is blandly writing a report against a wall. Other photographs depict a bloody cell.

The DVD also includes photographs of guards threatening Iraqi prisoners with dogs, homemade videotapes depicting hooded prisoners being forced to masturbate, and a video showing a mentally disturbed prisoner smashing his head against a door. Oddly, the material also includes numerous photographs of slaughtered animals and mundane images of soldiers traveling around Iraq.

Accompanying texts from the CID investigation provide fairly detailed explanations for many of the photographs, including dates and times and the identities of both Iraqis and Americans. Based on time signatures of the digital cameras used, all the photographs and videos were taken between Oct. 18, 2003, and Dec. 30, 2003.
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It is noteworthy that some of the CID documents refer to CIA personnel as interrogators of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. But no CIA officers have been prosecuted for any crimes that occurred within the prison, despite the death of at least one Iraqi during a CIA interrogation there.

Human-rights and civil-liberties groups have been locked in a legal battle with the Department of Defense since mid-2004, demanding that it release the remaining visual documents from Abu Ghraib in its possession. It is not clear whether the material obtained by Salon is identical to that sought by these groups, although it seems highly likely that it is.

Barbara Olshansky, deputy legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said, “We brought the lawsuit because we wanted to make sure the public knew what the government was doing, particularly at these detention facilities,” and, “It is the public’s right to know.”

Based on a verbal description of the files and images, Olshansky said she believes that the material obtained by Salon represents all of the Abu Ghraib images and video the Pentagon has been fighting to keep confidential. “I’m guessing that what you have is a pretty rare and complete set,” she said.

The Pentagon initially argued in federal court that release of more Abu Ghraib images would violate the privacy rights of the Iraqi prisoners. Later, government lawyers argued that public release of the records might “endanger” soldiers in Iraq because publication of the pictures could incite further violence.
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The government’s argument was rejected by a federal district court last September. Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in his ruling, “Terrorists do not need pretexts for their barbarism.” Release of the photographs in the suit has been delayed as the government appeals Hellerstein’s decision.

Meanwhile, military trials of the soldiers who served at Abu Ghraib continue. Next month, two more enlisted men, both dog handlers, will face a military court at Fort Meade in Maryland. No high-ranking officer or official has yet been charged in the abuse scandal that blackened America’s reputation across the world.
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Additional reporting by Mark Follman, Page Rockwell and Michael Scherer.

Hey NY Times, How About the “Palestinian Hanging” Torture?

Hey NY Times, How About the “Palestinian Hanging” Torture?

Ralph Lopez

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August 28, 2009 – Daily Kos

It’s pretty clear the media strategy in this torture thing is to limit the coverage to the more milquetoast-ee tortures like pouring cold water on guys and making it look like they were trying to be careful about it.  This is why newspapers are losing circulation and going under: there’s no news.  The Internet has emerged the supreme source of information.  Why pay for a paper when I can find out a lot more at work surfing DKos every now and then (Ha!  Caught you guys!  Get back to work!)

Hey New York Times, what about the Palestinian Hanging?  You need look no further than Major General Anthony Taguba’s definitive report to find out about it.  You are hung with your arms behind you often causing dislocation of the arms from the sockets.  A tweaked version was to put your feet on an electrified drum through which to deliver shocks.  Since Obama will not release the torture photos, this is what it looks like:

This is the position in which al-Jamadi died, the prisoner in the famous Abu Ghraib photo of his body packed in ice.  The torture causes pulmonary damage.  As the guards released the shackles and lowered al-Jamadi, a witness said, blood gushed from his mouth “as if a faucet had been turned on.”

Then you’ve got the plain bloody murder, but we won’t talk about that, will we?  The media has ignored the large number of interrogation subjects who were “interrogated” until lights out.  At least 51 of these have died since Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld was informed of the abuses at Abu Ghraib on January 16, 2004.

Oh yes, then you have the child rape.  Sy Hersh said:

” Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said at the time:

“The American public needs to understand, we’re talking about rape and murder here. We’re not just talking about giving people a humiliating experience. We’re talking about rape and murder and some very serious charges.”

A compilation in November2008 of other evidence of alleged incidents involving children at the time recounts:

— Iraqi lawyer Sahar Yasiri, representing the Federation of Prisoners and Political Prisoners, said in a published interview there are more than 400,000 detainees in Iraq being held in 36 prisons and camps and that 95 percent of the 10,000 women among them have been raped. Children, he said, “suffer from torture, rape, (and) starvation” and do not know why they have been arrested. He added the children have been victims of “random” arrests “not based on any legal text.”

— Iraqi TV reporter, Suhaib Badr-Addin al-Baz, arrested while making a documentary and thrown into Abu Ghraib for 74 days, told Mackay he saw “hundreds” of children there. Al-Baz said he heard one 12-year-old girl crying, “They have undressed me. They have poured water over me.” He said he heard her whimpering daily.

— German TV reporter Thomas Reutter of “Report Mainz” quoted U.S. Army Sgt. Samuel Provance that interrogation specialists “poured water” over one 16-year-old Iraqi boy, drove him throughout a cold night, “smeared him with mud” and then showed him to his father, who was also in custody. Apparently, one tactic employed by the Bush regime is to elicit confessions from adults by dragging their abused children in front of them.

— Jonathan Steele, wrote in the British “The Guardian” that “Hundreds of children, some as young as nine, are being held in appalling conditions in Baghdad’s prisons…Sixteen-year-old Omar Ali told the “Guardian” he spent more than three years at Karkh juvenile prison sleeping with 75 boys to a cell that is just five by 10 meters, some of them on the floor. Omar told the paper guards often take boys to a separate room in the prison and rape them.

— Raad Jamal, age 17, was taken from his Doura home by U.S. troops and turned over to the Iraqi Army’s Second regiment where Jamal said he was hung from the ceiling by ropes and beaten with electric cables.

Keep it up, NY Times! Bloggers want the advertising rev you are losing every time your circulation goes down!


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The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan

The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan

By Talha Mujaddidi.

Axis of Logic

We are watching it happen in the streets. The recurring nightmare has become a grim, new reality for the people of Pakistan. After watching the horrors of the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and neighboring Afhanistan for 8 years, the “war on terror” has finally arrived in The Land of the Pure. Obama is fulfilling his campaign promise to Pakistan. The sudden arrival of U.S. marines, U.S. military Hummers, the hired killers of Blackwater, houses barricaded for U.S. personnel in Islamabad and the construction of the world’s largest U.S. “Embassy” are terrorizing this nation of 180 million people. The U.S. slaughter and destruction in Iraq and neighboring Afghanistan for the last 8 years warn them of what may lie in store for them, their families, their land.

The U.S. Marines

On 9/21/08 a bomb ripped through the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killing scores of people and injuring hundreds. Prior to the bombing, U.S. marines off-loaded steel boxes from a truck, by-passed security and took them to the 4th floor of the building. US officials refused to cooperate with the government’s attempts to investigate their activities. One year later, U.S. Marines are leading the occupation of Pakistan.

Until this landing of U.S. forces, the nation’s spokesman for Foreign Affairs had been denying that 1000 U.S. marines were on their way to Islamabad. The thousand marines are now in the capital city of Islamabad. Some of them may be quietly slipping into Balochistan where the presence of JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) have been reported by foreign journalists. But most are here to defend what will be the largest U.S. embassy/fortress in the world, now under construction and to spearhead the invasion and occupation.

Costs to the U.S. Taxpayer

US Ambassador in Pakistan Anne W. Patterson

The total cost for housing and and general support for the marines alone will be US$112.5 million. US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson said the money is allocated as follows: “$5 million was for Marine quarters, $53.5 for housing infrastructure, $18 million for improvement of general services office area, and $36 million for temporary duty quarters and community support facilities.”

In Patterson’s explanation of the massive expansion of the U.S. Embassy she talked about 4 Billion (that’s with a “B”) dollars:

“The embassy expansion, she said, was a reflection of the long-term commitment that the US intended to have with Pakistan. Moreover, she said, quadrupling of the social, economic and military assistance that would touch $4 billion a year over the next 18 months, necessitated staff increase.”

Ambassador Patterson did not clarify whether the $4 Billion covers the construction which will make this embassy the largest in the world. When this construction is seen in context and coordination with the new level of U.S. occupation of Pakistan, it looks more like a permanent military base than an embassy for running military and covert operations not only in Pakistan but also in the region.

Weapons and Hummers

Eye witnesses and informed journalists have been reporting sightings of U.S. personnel in Islamabad for the past week or so, but now they are seen moving freely throughout the capital. The law (Section 144) provides that Pakistanis who own guns are not permitted to carry them in Islamabad. But U.S. personnel are showing Pakistanis that they are above the law as they openly brandish their weapons. It has also been confirmed that 3,000 U.S. military Hummers, locked and loaded are awaiting dispatch in Karachi’s Port Qasim. For millions of Pakistanis news of these Hummers conjures up images of U.S. troops charging through the streets of Iraqi cities, armed to the teeth, terrifying and often killing unarmed civilians.

On Feb. 23, 2009 the Pentagon revealed that over 70 U.S. military advisers had been secretly working in Pakistan.

Blackwater and the CIA

Pakistanis have known about the 300 U.S. military “advisers” lodged in Tarbela. But news of the arrival of the notorious Blackwater mercenaries in addition to the thousand U.S. marines are riveting their attention. In Pakistan, Blackwater is trading its tainted name for a telling name “Xe Worldwide”, – the name behind which these paid killers are now hiding.

Also, last week, Creative Associates International Inc (CAII), a CIA front, has been operating in Peshawar. They have now sealed off a road and set up shop near the houses of senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad, directly across from a school.

Dr. Shireen Mazari

Dr. Shireen M. Mazari is a scholar and commentator on Strategic Studies and Political Science from Pakistan. She has a Ph.D. from Colombia University and was Director General of Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan and former Chairperson of Department of Defense and Strategic Studies at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. She is critical of the relationship the Pakistan government has with the United States and India. Speaking for an opposition political party (Tehreek-e-Insaaf), Dr. Shireen Mazari speaks about the new arrival of U.S. forces in Pakistan:

“Will some of these go to the Pentagon’s assassination squads, who may take up residence in some of the barricaded Islamabad houses and with whom the present US commander in Afghanistan was directly associated? Ordinary officials at Pakistani airports have also been muttering their concerns over chartered flights flying in Americans whose entry is not recorded – even the flight crews are not checked for visas and so there is now no record-keeping of exactly how many Americans are coming into or going out of Pakistan. Incidentally the CAII’s (CIA/Blackwater) Craig Davis who was deported has now returned to Peshawar! And let us not be fooled by the cry that numbers reflect friendship since we know what numbers meant to Soviet satellites.”

The Pearl Continental, a luxury hotel in Peshawar was bombed on June 9, 2009. The U.S. routinely blames these attacks on Muslim terrorists. The U.S. has also routinely sabotaged peace agreements between the Pakistan government and various resistance groups in Pakistan. Attacks like this are used to justify the current invasion and occupation by the United States.

Given little attention in the corporate media, Peshawar’s Pearl Continental Hotel was bombed on June 9, 2009. At the time of the bombing, Pakistani media reported officially that it was housing U.S. personnel at the time but did not mention Blackwater. However, Blackwater’s name began to surface in rumours and unofficial reports after the Peshawar bombing.

Ahmed Quraishi

On August 5, 2009, Ahmed Quraishi, political analyst, columnist and independent owner of a news website reported on the insertion of U.S. Marines, Blackwater, the CIA and military hardware into Pakistan:

“Pakistanis ask, ‘Who rules our streets, the Pakistani government or the Americans? And who let them in?’

“Three weeks ago a group of concerned Pakistani citizens in Peshawar wrote to the federal interior ministry to complain about the suspicious activities of a group of shadowy Americans in a rented house in their neighborhood, the upscale University Town area of Peshawar. A NGO calling itself Creative Associates International, Inc. leased the house”. According to its Website, CAII describes itself as ‘a privately-owned non-governmental organization that addresses urgent challenges facing societies today … Creative views change as an opportunity to improve, transform and renew …’ The description makes no sense. It is more or less a perfect cover for the American NGO’s real work: espionage…

“In Peshawar, CAII, opened an office to work on projects in the nearby tribal agencies of Pakistan. All of these projects, interestingly, are linked to the US government. CAII’s other projects outside Pakistan are also linked to the US government. In short, this NGO is not an NGO. It is closely linked to the US government.

Meanwhile, when asked about the expansion of the embassy, U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson was “visibly shaken” and replied, “I’m speechless. To spy on Pakistan we don’t need a big US embassy.” Quickly recovering, she added, “And we don’t need to spy either.” Patterson went on to say that Pakistan could turn into a “family station” – whatever that means to a U.S. colonial bureaucrat.

Ahmed further explains the CIA’s cover for the Blackwater mercenaries:

“In Peshawar, CAII told Pakistani authorities it needed to hire security guards for protection. The security guards, it turns out, were none other than Blackwater’s military-trained hired guns. They were used the CAII cover to conduct a range of covert activities in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. The infamous Blackwater private security firm operates as an extension of the US military and CIA, taking care of dirty jobs that the US government cannot associate itself with in faraway strategic places. Blackwater is anything but a security firm. It is a mercenary army of several thousand hired soldiers.

“Pakistani security officials apparently became alarmed by reports that Blackwater was operating from the office of CAII on Chinar Road, University Town in Peshawar. The man in charge of the office, allegedly an American by the name of Craig Davis according to a report in Jang, Pakistan’s largest Urdu language daily, was arrested and accused of establishing contacts with ‘the enemies of Pakistan’ in areas adjoining Afghanistan. His visa has been cancelled, the office sealed, and Mr. Davis reportedly expelled back to the United States.

“It is not clear when Mr. Davis was deported and whether there are other members of the staff expelled along with him. When I contacted the US Embassy over the weekend, spokesman Richard Snelsire’s first reaction was, ‘No embassy official has been deported’.”

Keep in mind that Dr. Shireen Mazari who is in a position to know, stated flatly, “CAII’s Craig Davis who was deported has now returned to Peshawar!”

But Ahmed Quraishi explains the denial by the U.S. embassy:

“This defensive answer is similar to the guilt-induced reactions of US embassy staffers in Baghdad and Kabul at the presence of mercenaries working for US military and CIA. I said to Mr. Snelsire that I did not ask about an embassy official being expelled. He said he heard these reports and ‘checked around’ with the embassy officials but no one knew about this. ‘It’s baseless’ [he said]. So I asked him, “Is Blackwater operating in Pakistan, in Peshawar?” ‘Not to my knowledge’. [he answered].

“Fair enough. The US embassies in Baghdad and Kabul never acknowledged Blackwater’s operations in Iraq and Afghanistan either. This is part of low-level frictions between the diplomats at the US Department of State and those in Pentagon and CIA. The people at State have reportedly made it clear they will not acknowledge or accept responsibility for the activities of special operations agents operating in friendly countries without the knowledge of those countries and in violation of their sovereignty. Reports have suggested that sometimes even the US ambassador is unaware of what his government’s mercenaries do in a target country.”

Finally, Ahmed discusses a U.S. diplomat met secretly with an Indian diplomat inside Pakistan, knowing full well that India is considered to be an enemy state of Pakistan:

“In May, a US woman diplomat was caught arranging a quiet [read ‘secret’] meeting between a low-level Indian diplomat and several senior Pakistani government officials. An address in Islamabad – 152 Margalla Road – was identified as a venue where the secret meeting took place. The American diplomat in question knew there was no chance the Indian would get to meet the Pakistanis in normal circumstances. Nor was it possible to do this during a high visibility event. After the incident, Pakistan Foreign Office issued a terse statement warning all government officials to refrain from such direct contact with foreign diplomats in unofficial settings without prior intimation to their departments”.

NGOs that are not NGOs

In addition, many U.S. sponsored NGO’s are working to create news reports in mainstream media which are pro-U.S. For this purpose, many Pakistani analysts, retired generals, businessmen, journalists, and academics are being recruited. As Ahmed Quraishi said, “this NGO is not an NGO”, i.e. some Non Governmental Organizations operate under the control and direction of governments who use them for covert operations in foreign countries and fund them surreptitiously.

Conclusion

It’s clear that the current government has given full privileges to the US. They neither know how, nor want to draw a line against U.S. interference in Pakistani affairs. To put it bluntly, they are surrendering the sovereignty of Pakistan to a foreign power. Dr. Shireen Mazari says, “Whatever the US embassy gives out … the terrified Pakistani leadership echoes.” The objectives of the U.S. are clear: Deeper U.S. penetration will result in the destabilisation of Pakistan, leading to destabilization of the entire region. These U.S. military installations also strengthening their encirclement of Iran. The Pakistani political opposition parties are lip stuck at all these developments. The main reason for their silence is that they are as corrupt as the ruling PPP. No political party in Pakistan is in the mood to resist US hegemony. The Pakistan Army no longer shows any interest in directly interfering with political decisions. After the disastrous eight years under the military dictatorship of Musharraf, the people are also not ready for the Pakistan military to intervene in the political life of the country. The TTP terrorists have just been brought under control – barely. Now millions of Pakistanis are terrified by their new, unwelcome guests from the west – the U.S. terrorists. We will now have to learn to tolerate and survive under this growing and increasingly dangerous U.S. colonization of Pakistan.

(edited by Axis of Logic)

Iraq Ministry Bombers were Recently Freed by US: Ministry Official

Iraq Ministry Bombers were Recently Freed by US: Ministry Official

Readers Number : 18

30/08/2009 Two truck bombers who killed 95 people in devastating attacks on the Iraqi finance and foreign ministries were recently released from US custody, a senior interior ministry official said on Sunday. “The suicide bomber who blew himself up at the ministry of foreign affairs was released three months ago from Camp Bucca,” the official said on condition of anonymity, referring to the US jail near Basra.

“The suicide bomber who blew himself up outside the ministry of finance was also released a few months ago from the same jail.” The August 19 attacks in Baghdad also wounded 600 people in the worst day of violence to hit the country for 18 months. “We have no proof that a former detainee was involved in the bombings,” a US army spokesman said on Sunday. “The government of Iraq is still investigating the attacks, and it would be inappropriate for us to speculate as to who may have been involved while the investigation is ongoing.”

Taliban growth in northern Afghanistan threatens to expand war

Taliban growth in northern Afghanistan threatens to expand war

By Jonathan S. Landay, Mcclatchy Newspapers Fri Aug 28, 2:26 pm ET
BAGHLAN-I-JADID, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents have taken over parts of two northern provinces from which they were driven in 2001, threatening to disrupt NATO’s new supply route from Central Asia and expand a war that’s largely been confined to Afghanistan’s southern half, U.S. and Afghan officials said.

Insurgents operating out of Baghlan district along the highway from Tajikistan launched coordinated attacks during the Aug. 20 presidential elections, killing the district police chief and a civilian, while losing a dozen of their own men, local officials said. It was the worst bloodshed reported in the country that day.

The violence has been on the rise in recent months, however, as the Taliban and al Qaida -linked foreign fighters have staged hit-and-run attacks, bombings and rocket strikes on German, Belgian and Hungarian forces in Baghlan and neighboring Kunduz provinces.

The insurgents now control three Pashtun-dominated districts in Kunduz and Baghlan-i-Jadid, a foothold in a region that was long considered safe. With a force estimated at 300 to 600 hard-core fighters, they operate checkpoints at night on the highway to the north, now a major supply route, local officials said, and are extorting money, food and lodging from villagers.

“The Taliban want to show the world that not only can they make chaos in southern Afghanistan , but in every part of Afghanistan ,” Baghlan Governor Mohammad Akbar Barekzai said. “This is a big problem. We don’t have sufficient forces here.”

For U.S. commanders, whose stretched forces have been unable to pacify the south and are taking record casualties, it’s another looming problem.

“What can we do to mitigate the risk? It’s a question of means,” said a senior U.S. defense official, who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. “Clearly, the main effort is in the south. But we can’t allow other areas of the country to be destabilized.”

The official said he’s begun discouraging Western aid workers from visiting projects in those areas.

The growing Taliban presence also threatens to aggravate long-standing tensions into violence between the region’s Pashtuns — the ethnic group that dominates the Taliban — and Tajiks.

Many Pashtuns, descendents of settlers from southern Afghanistan awarded lands in the north in the early 20th century, supported the Taliban’s rule of the 1990s, while many Tajiks fought against the religious militia.

Another potential danger is that al Qaida -linked foreign extremists could use Taliban sanctuaries in the north to stir up trouble in the adjacent former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan , whose authoritarian rulers have brutalized their Muslim populations.

” Al Qaida wants to have a base there,” said retired Afghan Gen. Hillaluddin Hillal, a parliamentarian from Baghlan. ” Al Qaida’s support is behind them (the Taliban ). Al Qaida has an interest in Central Asia .”

A senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed that Arabs, Chechens, Uzbeks and Pakistanis affiliated with al Qaida have been making their way into Baghlan and Kunduz from Pakistan’s tribal areas.

The new NATO supply link, established after Pakistani insurgents began attacking the main logistics route from the Pakistani port of Karachi , consists of two roads, one from Uzbekistan and one from Tajikistan . After merging in Baghan Province outside the city of Pul-i-Khumri, the highway runs south through the towering Hindu Kush mountains to the main U.S. base at Bagram and to Kabul .

“The concern is if we don’t stunt the ( Taliban ) growth, it could cause problems with our northern distribution network,” said the senior intelligence official, who asked not to be further identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. “A couple of years ago, ( Taliban leader) Mullah Omar said ‘We need to open up new fronts in the north and cause a dissipation of (U.S.) resources.’ To a degree, it’s working.”

Northern Afghanistan’s nine provinces, dominated by ethnic minorities who opposed the Taliban , have mostly been peaceful since local forces aided by U.S. support ousted the militia in late 2001. About 5,700 German-led international troops have been overseeing major aid and reconstruction efforts from their headquarters in Kunduz.

The Taliban infiltration into Kunduz and Baghlan began 18 months ago with the return from Pakistan of insurgent leaders who ran the provinces during the Taliban rule of Afghanistan , U.S. and Afghan officials said. The establishment of the new NATO supply route may be a factor that drew Taliban from the south.

The Taliban are blamed for the killings of local officials and for one recent unsuccessful attack on former President Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kunduz, and another on a minor presidential candidate, Abdul Salam , a former Taliban commander known as “Mullah Rocketi,” in Baghlan-i-Jadid.

The Taliban “have become stronger in the last five to six months,” said Gul Agha, who heads Baghlan-i-Jadid’s criminal investigation department. “Before, they moved in very small groups. Now they are moving in groups of 30 to 40 and they have a leader of each group. They have a (shadow) governor, district leaders and recruiters.”

The senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed that the Taliban have set up “shadow governments,” a tactic they’ve used to exercise control elsewhere in Afghanistan by punishing crimes and settling feuds that usually linger in corrupt, incompetent government institutions and courts.

Agha said that the insurgents “have influence” in all of Baghlan-i-Jadid’s 268 villages, nestled amidst lush groves and rice paddies fed by the Southern Salang River , and that the local administration’s authority doesn’t extend beyond the district center of the same name.

The district shares its northern border with Chahar Dara, which Afghan officials identified as one of the three Kunduz Province districts controlled by the insurgents.

“There is only one mountain between us,” said Amir Gul Baghlani , the Baghlan-i-Jadid district chief. “When they are under pressure over there, they come to this side. When they are under pressure here, they cross to the other side. We don’t have enough security.”

The district has only 90 police officers and has been recruiting and arming tribal militias in an effort to fill the gap, local officials said.

However, several residents charged that the militias, known as arbakai, have become part of the problem.

“These arbakai take food from villagers by force and taxes by force. My relatives went several times to complain to the authorities. When the arbakai found out, they beat my relatives. So they joined the Taliban to keep their prestige and honor,” said Mohammad Ghulam , deputy director of the district’s agricultural high school. “Now they are fighting the government.”

Several U.S. military officials said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal , the recently installed U.S. commander in Afghanistan , hopes to stem the problem by deploying additional Afghan troops accompanied by U.S. military trainers, an idea that appealed to local officials who fear an influx of American soldiers would fuel violence and bloodshed.

Barekzai, the Baghlan governor, said that he only has about 1,400 police officers and 500 Afghan troops to call on. About 200 Hungarian forces deployed to secure aid projects in are barred from conducting offensive operations.

It isn’t too late, however, to neutralize the Taliban presence, but time is running out, he continued.

“Give me resources and more police. The Taliban are like microbes. We need to use a strong antibiotic,” he said. “If we don’t do it now, then later on, say in six months, it will require more forces, more resources and more weapons and we will probably have more casualties.”

( McClatchy special correspondent Hashim Shukoor contributed to this article.)

Karzai Using Rift With U.S. to Gain Favor With Afghans

Karzai Using Rift With U.S. to Gain Favor With Afghans

By HELENE COOPER The New York Times August 29, 2009
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — A little over 24 hours after the polls closed, President Obama stepped out on the White House South Lawn last week to pronounce the Afghanistan presidential elections something of a success.

“This was an important step forward in the Afghan people’s effort to take control of their future, even as violent extremists are trying to stand in their way,” Mr. Obama said. “I want to congratulate the Afghanistan people on carrying out this historic election.”

But now, as reports mount of widespread fraud in the balloting, including allegations that supporters of the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, illegally stuffed ballot boxes in the south and ripped up ballots cast for his opponents, Mr. Obama’s early praise may soon come back to haunt him.

Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission said Friday that it had received more than 2,000 complaints of fraud or abuse in last week’s election. Mr. Karzai’s biggest rival, Abdullah Abdullah, showed reporters video of a local election chief in one polling station stuffing ballot boxes himself.

The vote count has progressed very slowly in Afghanistan — as of Friday, preliminary results with 17 percent of the vote in gave Mr. Karzai 44 percent and Mr. Abdullah 35 percent. If no candidate wins 50 percent of the vote, a runoff must be held between the top two candidates.

For Mr. Obama, who is on vacation here in Martha’s Vineyard, and his administration, it is the worst of all possible outcomes. Administration officials have made no secret of their growing disenchantment with Mr. Karzai, who is viewed by the West as having so compromised himself to try to get elected — including striking deals with accused drug dealers and warlords for political gain — that he will be a hindrance to international efforts to get the country on track after the election.

But Mr. Karzai, in a feat of political shrewdness that has surprised some in the Obama administration, has managed to turn that disenchantment to an advantage, portraying himself at home as the only political candidate willing to stand up to the dictates of the United States, according to Western officials.

Case in point: a meeting the day after the elections last week between Mr. Karzai and Richard C. Holbrooke, Mr. Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, at Mr. Karzai’s presidential palace in Kabul.

A person familiar with the meeting, which also included Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry, the American ambassador to Afghanistan, and the deputy ambassador, Francis J. Ricciardone Jr., said that the three Americans went in to see Mr. Karzai and discussed two things: how Mr. Karzai would govern if he were re-elected, and how the elections had gone.

The three Americans told Mr. Karzai, the person said, that the United States was maintaining a neutral position in the elections, and that it would leave decisions about whether a runoff was needed to the Afghan elections commission and the electoral complaints commission.

Mr. Karzai told the Americans, according to this account, that he believed that he had won. Mr. Holbrooke, administration officials said, did not demand a runoff during the meeting, but did express concern about the complaints about fraud and ballot-box stuffing. The Americans left the meeting and described it as routine.

A few days after, reports surfaced in international and Afghan news outlets that Mr. Holbrooke had demanded a runoff election in what one report characterized as the “explosive” meeting with Mr. Karzai, a charge which the Americans deny vociferously.

The administration officials accused Mr. Karzai’s agents of leaking to the news media select portions of the exchange between the two men, in order to make it look as if Obama administration were trying to force the rightful winner of the Afghan presidential elections — Mr. Karzai — into holding a runoff to satisfy American demands.

Mr. Karzai, a senior administration official said, “has a longstanding pattern of creating a straw man of America’s positions, and rallying people around that. But contrary to those reports, no one shouted, no one walked out” of the meeting, he said.

Whatever the case, the atmosphere may now have become so poisoned between the United States and Mr. Karzai that the Obama administration will be hampered no matter what course it takes. Administration officials said initial characterizations of the success of the elections referred solely to the fact that they took place at all, despite threats by the Taliban and more than 200 rocket attacks in southern Afghanistan on election day.

“Those comments about the relative success of the elections were coming at a time when there was the fear that the Taliban would disrupt the process,” another senior administration official said. The Taliban, the official said, “launched hundreds of rocket attacks, and Afghans still voted.”

Publicly, the administration line remains that Mr. Obama is waiting for the Afghan complaints commission to rule on the validity of the vote tallies and on less numerous fraud allegations lodged against Mr. Abdullah. The process may take weeks.

Asked if Mr. Obama regretted his initial assessment that the elections appeared to have been successful, a White House spokesman, Bill Burton, said, “The president’s view is we’re all waiting for the results to trickle in just like everybody else.”

Mr. Burton added: “We think that, with the mechanisms in place to address any allegations of fraud, that they will work.”

That may not be enough for Afghans. “The allegations of fraud are very serious, throughout the country, and the international community has an obligation to ensure that the complaints commission investigates all of these complaints,” said Saad Mohseni, head of the Moby media group of radio and television stations based in Kabul.

“We had rockets raining on some towns, suicide bombers in the cities, gunfire, and yet people turned out to vote,” Mr. Mohseni said. “People took their lives in their hands, and therefore they deserve better.”

Britain’s u-turn on Lockerbie bomber ‘for oil’

Britain’s u-turn on Lockerbie bomber ‘for oil’

Posted: 30 August 2009 1650 hrs

LONDON : The British government decided two years ago it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make the Lockerbie bomber eligible for return to Libya, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

Leaked letters show Justice Secretary Jack Straw informing his Scottish counterpart, Kenny MacAskill, of the decision to include Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi in a prisoner transfer agreement, the report said.

Five months earlier Straw had said he favoured excluding Megrahi from the agreement.

The Sunday Times said Straw changed his position after discussions between Libya and BP over a massive oil exploration deal had become bogged down, but they were resolved soon afterwards.

Megrahi was not eventually released under the prisoner transfer agreement. MacAskill freed him from a Scottish prison this month on compassionate grounds because he has terminal cancer.

However, the disclosure of the letters will raise questions about Britain’s stance on the release of Megrahi, the only person convicted for killing 270 people when a Pan Am jet was blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988.

The British government has insisted the decision was made solely by the Scottish authorities and has refuted allegations that Megrahi was granted freedom as part of a deal to help facilitate contracts with oil-rich Libya.

In a letter dated July 26, 2007, Straw said he favoured an option to omit Megrahi from the prison transfer agreement by stipulating that any prisoners convicted before a specified date would be ineligible for transfer.

On December 19, 2007, Straw changed his decision as Libya used its deal with BP as a bargaining chip to insist the Lockerbie bomber was included, The Sunday Times said.

BP denied that political factors played a role in the deal’s ratification.

In a statement responding to the report, Straw said the proposed exclusion of Megrahi from the prisoner transfer scheme had been dropped because “it went beyond the standard form”.

“It was always made clear to the Libyans that, as with all other such agreements, the sentencing jurisdiction — in this case Scotland — had a right to veto any individual application including that of any application from Mr Megrahi,” Straw said.

He added that the Scottish authorities “wanted a specific carve out from the PTA (Prisoner Transfer Agreement) treaty in respect of Mr Megrahi.

“I gave instructions to British negotiators to try to secure this.

“However, such an exclusion went beyond the standard form of PTA treaties and in the event an agreement for a PTA in the standard form — including the rights of veto of any application — was agreed.

“All this, however, is academic as Mr Megrahi was not released under the PTA treaty but quite separately by the Scottish Executive on compassionate grounds.”

Megrahi, who insists he is innocent, told another British newspaper on Saturday that he supported calls by relatives of the Lockerbie victims for a public inquiry into the atrocity.

THE FEDERAL RESERVE MUST DIE

THE FEDERAL RESERVE MUST DIE


The Federal Reserve in collaboration with the giant banks has created the greatest financial crisis the world has ever seen. The foolish notion that unlimited amounts of money and credit created out of thin air can provide sustainable economic growth has delivered this crisis to us. Instead of economic growth and stable prices, (The Fed) has given us a system of government and finance that now threatens the world financial and political institutions. Pursuing the same policy of excessive spending, debt expansion and monetary inflation can only compound the problems that prevent the required corrections. Doubling the money supply didn’t work, quadrupling it won’t work either. Buying up the bad debt of privileged institutions and dumping worthless assets on the American people is morally wrong and economically futile.


by Jim Quinn
(libertarian)

“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value —- zero.” Voltaire

“The Federal Reserve in collaboration with the giant banks has created the greatest financial crisis the world has ever seen. The foolish notion that unlimited amounts of money and credit created out of thin air can provide sustainable economic growth has delivered this crisis to us. Instead of economic growth and stable prices, (The Fed) has given us a system of government and finance that now threatens the world financial and political institutions. Pursuing the same policy of excessive spending, debt expansion and monetary inflation can only compound the problems that prevent the required corrections. Doubling the money supply didn’t work, quadrupling it won’t work either. Buying up the bad debt of privileged institutions and dumping worthless assets on the American people is morally wrong and economically futile.” – Representative from Texas Ron Paul questioning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

I’ve read and witnessed various pundits during the Presidential campaign describe Ron Paul as crazy. The corrupt tax and spenders in Congress know their days would be numbered if they followed his vision of government. After reading his tremendously sane rebuke of Ben Bernanke and the policies of his Federal Reserve, I’m reminded of a classic scene from Seinfeld.

Jerry: “Ah, you’re crazy.”
Kramer: “Am I? Or am I so sane that you just blew your mind?!”
Jerry: “It’s impossible!”
Kramer: “Is it? Or is it so possible that your head is spinning like a top?!”
Jerry: “It can’t be.”
Kramer: “Can it? Or is your entire world just crashing down all around you?”
Jerry: “Alright, that’s enough.”
Kramer: “Yaaaaaaahhh!!!”

Ron Paul’s scathing assessment of the Federal Reserve’s primary role in creating the financial crisis and his raking of Chairman Bernanke over the coals is so accurate, truthful and sane that it should blow your mind. Mr. Bernanke must have felt like his head was spinning like a top while Ron Paul gave him a tutorial in basic economics. Mr. Paul’s noble efforts to Audit the Fed (HR 1207) and eventually to rid the country of its insidious control over our lives will bring the pillars of the Federal Reserve building crashing down upon Mr. Bernanke in his mahogany paneled, gold plated boardroom with ornate chandeliers.

The worldwide financial system experienced a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in September 2008. The very foundations of our economy were shaken to their core. The fear exhibited by government officials, politicians, and the public was palpable and real. For a few weeks there was the distinct possibility that the system would come crashing down. A massive printing of dollars by the Federal Reserve, the clandestine buying up of toxic assets by the Federal Reserve, behind the scenes deals with the biggest banks, covert currency swap deals with foreign Central Banks, and forcing the FASB to change accounting rules to allow banks to fraudulently value bad loans, temporarily staved off the final chapter in the 96 year old diabolical experiment in currency manipulation.

The moment when the system stopped functioning was our “Minsky Moment”. Hyman Minsky was an American economist and professor of economics at Washington University. Dr. Minsky put forward theories linking financial market vulnerability, in the normal life cycle of an economy, with speculative investment bubbles produced by financial markets. Minsky declared that in good times, when corporate cash flow rises beyond what is needed to pay off debt, a speculative bubble develops, and soon thereafter debts exceed what borrowers can pay off from their incoming revenues, which in turn produces a financial emergency. As a result of such dangerous debt bubbles, banks tighten credit availability, even to companies with good credit, and the economy enters recession.

This movement of the financial system from stability to crisis is the “Minsky Moment”. At this point, a major selloff begins due to the fact that no counterparty can be found to bid at the asking prices previously quoted, leading to a swift and steep collapse in markets and a dramatic drop in market liquidity. What Dr. Minsky failed to address was that the Federal Reserve has been responsible for every financial crisis in the United States since 1913.

A History of Crisis & Political Influence

Creation

The history of the Federal Reserve is shrouded in mystery, with bankers and corrupt politicians calling the shots from the very outset. On the evening of November 22, 1910 , Senator Aldrich and A.P. Andrews (Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department), Paul Warburg (a naturalized German representing Baron Alfred Rothschild’s Kuhn, Loeb & Co.), Frank Vanderlip (president of the National City Bank of New York), Henry P. Davison (senior partner of J.P. Morgan Company), Charles D. Norton (president of the Morgan-dominated First National Bank of New York), and Benjamin Strong (representing J. P. Morgan), left Hoboken, New Jersey on a train with a mission to gain complete control over the currency of the United States.

Forbes magazine founder Bertie Charles Forbes described the meeting on Jekyll Island, South Carolina that brought about the Federal Reserve:

“Picture a party of the nation’s greatest bankers stealing out of New York on a private railroad car under cover of darkness, stealthily riding a hundred of miles South, embarking on a mysterious launch, sneaking onto an island deserted by all but a few servants, living there a full week under such rigid secrecy that the names of not one of them was once mentioned, lest the servants learn the identity and disclose to the world this strangest, most secret expedition in the history of American finance. I am not romancing; I am giving to the world, for the first time, the real story of how the famous Aldrich currency report, the foundation of our new currency system, was written… The utmost secrecy was enjoined upon all. The public must not glean a hint of what was to be done. Senator Aldrich notified each one to go quietly into a private car of which the railroad had received orders to draw up on an unfrequented platform. Off the party set. New York’s ubiquitous reporters had been foiled… Nelson (Aldrich) had confided to Henry, Frank, Paul and Piatt that he was to keep them locked up at Jekyll Island, out of the rest of the world, until they had evolved and compiled a scientific currency system for the United States, the real birth of the present Federal Reserve System, the plan done on Jekyll Island in the conference with Paul, Frank and Henry… Warburg is the link that binds the Aldrich system and the present system together. He, more than any one man, has made the system possible as a working reality.”

On December 19, 1913 Congress had two versions of a Federal Reserve bill with forty major differences. Many Senators left town for the Christmas break and President Wilson didn’t anticipate a final bill until January. In a matter of hours, the forty differences were reconciled and the bill was voted on with 22 of the 88 Senators not in town. It passed and was on Wilson’s desk for signature by December 22. He refused to sign it, until convinced by Bernard Baruch, a major contributor to his campaign and Wall Street millionaire. The passage of the Federal Reserve Act became known as “the Christmas massacre”

During the legislative process Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. wisely pointed out the bleak future we would endure by giving bankers control over our destiny.

“The powers vested in the Federal Reserve Board seem to me highly dangerous especially when there is political control of the Board. I should be sorry to hold stock in a bank subject to such dominations. The [Federal Reserve] bill as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency. I do not like to think that any law can be passed that will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency.”

Congressman Charles A.Lindbergh Sr. had this to say after the passage of the bill:

“This [Federal Reserve Act] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized….the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill. The financial system has been turned over to the Federal Reserve Board. That Board administers the finance system by authority of a purely profiteering group. The system is Private,

conducted for the sole purpose of obtaining the greatest possible profits from the use of other people’s money. From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.”

Mandate(s)

The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 created the Federal Reserve Bank with the following mandate:

An Act To provide for the establishment of Federal reserve banks, to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes.

The original mandate was clearly limited. The idea was that a Central Bank would be able to keep the periodic panics like the Panic of 1907 from ever happening again. It appears that four innocuous words opened up Pandora’s Box and unleashed evils upon all mankind – “and for other purposes”. The bankers who control the Federal Reserve along with their politician protectors have dramatically expanded the scope, authority and influence of the Federal Reserve with each scientifically created crisis that has occurred in the last 96 years. They are attempting to grab more power as we speak.
Since 1913 the Federal Reserve has amassed more and more authority and now has vast responsibility and control over our lives. The Federal Reserve website lists the following functions:

  • conducting the nation’s monetary policy by influencing the monetary and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates
  • supervising and regulating banking institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of the nation’s banking and financial system and to protect the credit rights of consumers
  • maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets
  • providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions, including playing a major role in operating the nation’s payments system

By any reasonable measure, the Federal Reserve has failed miserably in all their responsibilities. When organizations fail in a capitalist system, they are supposed to be replaced, not given more responsibility. They are now an immense entity with its insidious tentacles throughout the worldwide financial system.   (more here)

Israel threatens Lebanon and Obama

Israel threatens Lebanon and Obama

Obama is sending shockwaves through the pro-Israel lobby community, if not for his actions then his reluctance to tow the traditional Zionist line, writes Franklin Lamb from South Lebanon.

Suddenly they were all over the place, arriving not as singles but in battalions. Many, like Maryland’s 5th District Rep Steny Hoyer had been to Israel nearly a dozen times; career stalwarts once more showing fealty to Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine while lamely telling their constituents that they were on a legitimate “fact finding mission”. For many, their real purpose was to signal their president that there must be no change in the US policy of coddling Israel’s increasingly apartheid regime.

Among the nearly four-dozen members of Congress were some of the most Islamophobic and anti- Arab ever to be elected by American voters.

House majority leader Hoyer, leading a delegation of 29 Democratic congressmen, appeared to read from a cue card as he explained in Jerusalem that he had misgivings about Obama’s insistence on stopping colonial expansions (euphemistically called by the Israel lobby “settlements”). Hoyer downplayed Obama’s demand to stop the expansions and informed the White

House that the issue “should be a subject of negotiations”. Hoyer refused comment on Kadima leader Tzipi Livni’s “leak” of part of last year’s CIA study that Hoyer helped the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) bury on Capitol Hill. Appearing to quote from the now withdrawn “study”, Livni declared in a former Palestinian village now renamed Tirat Hacarmel: “I see the despair and desperation of many Israelis. Hundreds of thousands see what is happening and arrange for a foreign passport, send their children to study abroad, and even buy a house overseas.”

Livni got it right. Israeli officials see the writing on the wall, and there is not deep affection for Israel on Capitol Hill. Most feel the US will sooner or later “cut Israel loose”, but still they don’t want its domestic lobby on their case. Many outside of Washington don’t understand this, and Americans in the Middle East are sometimes queried “Why do you Americans love Israel so much when you claim you oppose colonialism elsewhere?”

Hoyer remained focussed on undermining Obama: “I don’t think settlements are nearly the big issue that confronts the Palestinians and the Israelis in reaching an agreement. President Obama has called for a stop to any additional settlements. But that is a thorny, tough issue,” he said, adding: “It’s an issue that has to be solved at the bargaining table, even if it takes a while.” Hoyer’s comment presumably warmed the hearts of his hosts and handlers even as it reportedly infuriated some in the now divided White House.

Remarkably, Hoyer, now in his 14th term in Congress (on 3 June 2008 Steny set the all-time record for the longest serving member from Maryland) has yet to find a single aspect of Israel’s occupation, numerous wars against Lebanon, assassinations, slaughter of innocents and massive violations of international humanitarian law and violations of US laws (Arms Export Control Act of 1976, the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, and rack of other laws) “a big issue”.

But God forbid some misguided Palestinian preteen lobs a piece of gravel at one of Israel’s 400+ US funded (now $6 million each!) 130,000 pound, 1,200 horsepower, 30 foot long, 13 foot wide, Merkava IV, triple impenetrable (except to Hizbullah rockets we recently learned) tanks and Hoyer is on the House floor crying “Palestinian terrorism!” and ready to support another AIPAC congressional resolution demonising Arabs and Islam.

GET OVER THERE AND DO SOME GOOD! Earlier this month, AIPAC dispatched two congressional delegations to Israel. Their primary purpose, as they nearly stumbled over one another, was to warn President Obama to “back off Israel”.

Both delegations accomplished their mission as they interviewed victims of last year’s rocket attacks at Siderot for the umpteenth time while avoiding swine flu Gaza and its victims of 60 years of Israeli occupation and terrorism.

One delegation was led by minority whip Eric Cantor from Virginia, the only Jewish Republican in Congress. The delegation of 25 Republicans said the week-long mission to Israel was designed to promote Mideast peace and that the delegation remained “troubled” by Obama’s “policy on Israel”.   (more here)

Going for the Gas–Pakistan to Defy Saudi, American and ISI Advice

Where there is gas, there will be fumes

By Khalid Mustafa

ISLAMABAD: In clear defiance of two immensely powerful foreign capitals which are fuming over Pakistan’s pertinence, Islamabad is going ahead with the multi-billion dollar Iran-Pakistan gas line project and has initiated the process of arranging finances to the tune of $1.245 billion (Rs106 billion) required for laying the 800 km long pipeline from Pak-Iran border to Nawab Shah. This was revealed by the minutes of the last meeting of Steering Committee of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) on IP gas line project held in Karachi on August 22.

According to the minutes of the meeting, Pakistan will also be importing 1.05 billion cubic feet of gas per day (bcfd) from Iran, at 78 per cent of crude oil parity price. It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan and Iran have already signed Gas Sales Purchase Agreement (GSPA) for importing 750 million cubic feet gas per day (mmcfd), which will be used to generate 4,500 MW of electricity and would be a cheaper alternative to the present exorbitantly expensive and imported furnace oil being used in the existing thermal power houses.

The Economic Coordination Committee has already approved the import of 750 mmcfd gas, but in the wake of demand of Balochistan for 250 mmcfd gas from Iran for its industry in Gwadar, the government has now decided to import just over one bcfd gas from Iran.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources will now reportedly move the summary in this regard seeking permission to import 250 mmcfd more gas for Balochistan at the same rates (i.e. at 78 per cent of crude oil parity price).

In the wake of increase in gas volume from 750 mmcfd to 1.05 bcfd to be imported through IP gas line, the diameter of the planned 800 KM pipeline too has been increased to 48 inches from the previous 42 inches.

Considering the magnitude and strategic nature of the project, the government has adopted a public-private partnership approach for financing the project to lay 800 KM pipeline with debt equity ratio of 70:30 under which the government of Pakistan will be providing 51 per cent equity. This equity would be injected upfront through selected Public Sector Entities (PSE) that include OGDCL (Oil and Gas Development Company Limited), PPL (Pakistan Petroleum Limited),GHPL (Government Holding Private Limited), EOBI (Employees Old Age Benefits Institution) and SLIC (State Life Insurance Corporation).

The debt will be sourced from the market backed by the government guarantees for transportation tariff. Reportedly, in the above cited ECC meeting, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin mentioning the debt portion agreed that in case of any gap in raising the required debt from market, the funds will be ensured from PSDP allocations.

Mr Tarin in the same meeting on the issue of Return to Investors advised that instead of a fixed 18 per cent return on equity over the life of the project, the investors should be offered “sovereign bond yield plus risk premium of 6 per cent dollar dominated, net of taxes.”

The committee agreed to this overall approach to fund the project and advised that a summary to this effect must be moved to ECC for approval. Since the volume of the finances required for the project is considerably high and ensuring the funding available on time is an uphill task under the prevalent depressed international investment climate, the government has also decided to appoint a top notch financial adviser for the project, who would be responsible for arranging private equity and debt financing.

The selection of financial adviser will be made through international bidding and will be given a firm time line for achieving the financial close.

CIA head in furious torture row

CIA head in furious torture row

The head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, erupted in an expletive-filled tirade and threatened to resign over the appointment this week of a special prosecutor into the torture of detainees by the CIA.

By Leonard Doyle in Washington
Published: 8:47PM BST 29 Aug 2009

In a heated argument with a senior White House staff member, Mr. Panetta argued that the inquiry would cause long-term damage to the agency and that the few rogue elements who engaged in torture had already been disciplined, according to a report in the New York Times.

He lost the argument and the prosecutor John Durham will begin investigating whether criminal charges should be filed against those who exceeded orders.

Mr Durham is already examining possible criminal charges against the CIA officers who destroyed ninety-two videotapes showing Abu Zubaydah and other detainees being water-boarded and otherwise abused over 200 times.

The CIA Director once had direct access to the president and was seen as America’s leading intelligence officer, but no more. Admiral Dennis Blair is the current Director of National Intelligence, heading all sixteen of America’s intelligence agencies.

He has also infuriated Mr Panetta by insisting on the right to appoint officers from other intelligence agencies to the most senior foreign postings. This has traditionally been a prerogative of the CIA.

The agency has also been stripped of interrogation and detention responsibilities for “high value detainees.” That will now be handled by several agencies led by the FBI.

Even General Petraeus, the head of Central Command is setting up his own intelligence service to look at Afghanistan and Pakistan. The CIA will continue to fly the drones that are killing Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan, however.

A spokesman for the CIA refuted suggestions that Mr Panetta threatened to quit. There seems little doubt that there was a “profanity-laced screaming match” at a White House as Mr Panetta vented his spleen. He was particularly angry to have learned of Mr Dunham’s appointment from reading an article in Newsweek magazine.

Sometimes torture has been treated as a capital crime in the US and the prospect of a lengthy investigation into CIA torture has thrown the agency into turmoil.

The Convention Against Torture, which the US ratified in 1994, requires a government to prosecute all acts of torture. America’s failure to do so would itself be considered a breach of international law.

Harrowing details emerged this week in Justice Department documents about CIA agents threatening a captive with a power drill and gun during an interrogation.

They described a prisoner being choked almost to the point of death, and of threats being made to rape one detainee’s wife and kill another’s children.

Three prisoners are known to have died in CIA hands.

Mr Panetta has already said the legal fees paid of agents will be paid for, in an attempt to maintain morale at the agency,

A confidential Red Cross report as well as declassified government documents, shows that scores of terror suspects were subjected to long session of physical and psychological cruelty in secret prisons and in Guantanamo Bay. The prisoners were shackled in contorted positions for weeks; left naked and chained from the ceiling; and hurled head first against walls.

Mr Panetta’s appointment by Barack Obama caused considerable unease at the agency which does not like outsiders. At 70 years of age, Mr Panetta is also the oldest CIA Director in the agency’s history.

The son of Italian immigrants, who once washed dishes in his parents’ restaurant, Mr Panetta is known for his passionate temper. A former Democratic Congressman and Clinton chief of staff, he had little experience with intelligence matters before Mr Obama asked him to take the job.

John O Brennan was Mr Obama’s first choice for the job, but he was forced to withdraw his name for his alleged role in drawing up the harsh interrogation programme after September 11.

Mr Obama wanted someone at the CIA who would be straight with him. The CIA now finds itself a scapegoat for political and military efforts, as has happened many times since the agency was created in 1947.

Before taking over the CIA, Mr Panetta was one of its harshest critics.

He wrote a powerful essay against torture in which he said: “Those who support torture may believe that we can abuse captives in certain select circumstances and still be true to our values, but that is a false compromise.”

He also wrote: “We cannot and we must not use torture under any circumstances. We are better than that.” Now Mr Panetta must work closely with agents who designed the torture sessions.

These CIA officers and the 12 who carried out the harsh interrogations at various “black site” prisons may soon be testifying under oath.

Fractal psychology and the Grand Delusion

Fractal psychology

John Kaminski

fractal psychology

Time dislocation technique reveals a morality we have lost

Keep them striving for something they can’t achieve; that way, they’ll never see who they are. — Anu, commander of the first offworld mission to Earth 350,000 years ago, quoted by a blonde Pleiadean channeler on the island of Moorea, 1994

There is no valid distinction between religion and magic. — Ernest Becker, Escape from Evil, 1974

Time dislocation is a concept recently popularized by sci-fi giants Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter in their two-part book, separately titled Time’s Eye and Sunstorm (2006).

In Time’s Eye they jumble historical characters from different centuries in an archetypal battle for Babylon, and in Sunstorm, one of these characters returns to 2037 to witness the Sun exploding across the Earth.

(BTW, NASA has budgeted for a study of an orbiting sulfur shield much like the one described in this book.)

The melding of characters when Alexander the Great meets Genghis Khan opens the door to considering the relative behaviors of humans from different eras.

The thing I forgot to mention in my recent story (“The Cause”) about economics professor Michael Hudson and his epiphany that interest-bearing debt has caused all the wars in history was this — the attitude of ancient humans living in citystates ruled by philosopher priest kings that he depicted possessed an attitude very different from our own.

In Hudson’s snapshot we learned from the records left by people 5000 years ago that these humans would no more consider making a profit at the expense of their neighbor than they would slitting their own throats, because the profit making impulse was secondary to their connection to their neighbors, their king, and their deity. Their lives were permitted by the god whose emissary was the king. The meaning of their lives was principally driven by this connection.

Not like it is now, in which everyone seeks to make the big score in order to escape or transcend the society that controls them, because it is so oppressive and banal. This is the freedom we have won after three thousand years.

Rather than participate and build the society in which we live, now, through the glitter of white noise media, we pursue escapist and disintegrative pastimes; thus, rather than enrich our lives, we trivialize and diminish them. And, in the process, have just about destroyed our human society through the basic hypocrisy that sabotages the meaning of everything.

This change in human attitude did not happen by accident. The actual moral power of the king was systematically stolen by the priests and their imaginary god.

Our religious leaders have totally failed us over time, ever since the time of the Romans, because in the end, they are always bought off by power. It certainly has not been a help to us true believers that the Rothschilds have run Vatican finances for centuries, and absolutely impossible to tell where one leaves off and the other begins.

When the priest was separated from the king, the king lost his conscience, and the priest his honesty (rabbis never had honesty; the Talmud forbids it), and the bankers, who were also the rabbis, got to control both. In 1993, the Dalai Lama got more than a hundred grand from the CIA. It was his yearly salary.

Did you know there’s now a rabbi every Sunday on the altar of the Catholic mass (ecumenism, they call it) and that Catholics now call Israelites Israelis? It makes many actual believers in God tremble with creepiness.

The creation of the Christian bible is actually the principal template for deception that has been followed ever since its clumsy conception in 325 AD by a group later called “a synod of fools and madmen.” Uttered as it was by the Empress Irene, a Khazarian Jew serving as de facto Pope in 787 AD, one can only wonder what from the original Bible was lost as she changed the lineage of Jesus from Galilean to Jewish.

The basic formula of any religion has always been this: If you believe this whopper, unlikely as it seems, we’ll give you a free pass to social acceptance and throw in eternal life. As Ernest Becker once said, “Societies are standardized systems of death denial.”

This profound coercion, based as it is on emotional blackmail, has led to widespread belief in many things that are demonstrably false to anyone with a functioning brain.

Some examples are:

• 9/11 being pulled off by Muslim malcontents living in caves in Afghanistan.

• World War II being caused by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

• The Civil War was all about slavery.

• America defeated Britain in its Revolutionary War.

Despite fervent belief by the vast majority of the world’s populations, these statement are all provably false, and all are excellent examples of how media spin, following the believe-it-or-else template first established by Constantine’s Christian church, has twisted our perceptions of reality into something truly dark and dangerous — and erroneous.

In World War I, the media in control of the world tried to turn farmers into warriors and didn’t have much luck.

In World War II, officials found that peaceloving American infantrymen would deliberately miss when firing at the enemy, because the farmboys from Iowa didn’t want to kill anyone.

Today, how many American soldiers have been charged with raping, torturing, and murdering innocent Iraqi men, women, and children? How did this happen?

Jewish media control is how.

Where did they learn this, to rape and kill innocents? From the Old Testament and the Talmud is where.

What has happened to America since the time when at least many people believe that America was the hope of the world?

Jewish bankers have bought everything, and control everyone, in some manner.

9/11. For many previously unconscious Americans, that false flag terror event opened a window on hidden American history. World Wars. The Spanish flu. The Great Depression. All the wars, all the big diseases, all the financial catastrophes that have beset America and the world throughout the 20th century have been caused by the Jewish bankers, from Samuel Untermeyer and Bernard Baruch through David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger and now on to Rahm Emanuel, Mossad agent in the White House, and the Bronfmans or the Schiffs or whomever is driving the multinational Rothschild-Rockefeller train these days.

How many trillions in hard money did all those failed stock brokerages remove to Israel when they crashed the economy this time?

The Bible says he who believes in me shall not perish. Isn’t that what the generals tell the troops? And don’t the troops always get forgotten in the end? Or worse.

The Christian version of Jesus Christ as a real person has been blown so far out of the water by even cursory scholarship that the possibility of his being real in the corporeal sense is an incontrovertible impossibility.

Get this straight. The letter J had yet to be invented in 325 AD. Hesus was a Druidic divinity, the Emperor Constantine was a Brit, Krishna was the oldest god on the planet. This is where the name comes from. Any stories about JC flying around and doing anything are fiction. Occasionally, good fiction.

Ah, you correctly say, but the Jesus in people’s hearts is real, and I would totally agree. People who believe in God are the nicest people, they believe in honesty, and have done more good in the world than any other single group.

It simply would not occur to them that what they believe in is well-fabricated fiction, because their hearts are simply too good to contemplate the possibility.

It is that desperate hope that we have always clung to, that at the last we realize is the only hope we ever have had. The way out is of course through gratitude, and the knowledge that nothing this beautiful could ever be bad.

Then — and this is the important step — realizing it actually is very bad for some, and doing something about it.

But the world is no reflection of the beautiful gift we have been given. Instead, it has been manipulated into landfill status by those who fail to see the beauty of normal life.

Those who believe in nothing have taken control of the world, and it’s going very badly for the rest of us.

In order to maintain the mindlock, the church has to insist that everything it says is right, notwithstanding apologies to Galileo 400 years late. When the Pope called the Jews “our elder brothers” he betrayed the image of Christ beyond repair. Christ threw the Jewish bankers from the temple, but now Pastor Hagee says the people of Israel are more important than Christ. Now that’s what I call Jewish media spin with serious traction.

We have to band together to fight a common enemy who has made us believe he is one of us, but isn’t.

How serious is the the threat? According to Eustace Mullins, every American president since Abraham Lincoln has been in the employ of the Jewish paymasters who control reality.

This idea that we gained something when Christianity was established is ultimately false, because, even as it pacified and standardized churlish populations, it limited the possibilities of expanding our consciousness to pre-approved role models.

This created an unprecedented level of control in the world, a control which has now led through lie piled upon falsehood to a point where the destruction of American society is now an imminent certainty, and the fate of the rest of the world is all tied to those soulless men who control everything and listen to what the murderous rabbis of the Sanhedrin tell them to do.

We get confirmation about the possibility that there is something profound to be learned from better understanding how the ancients lived their lives from none other than the founder of psychology himself, Sigmund Freud (Moses and Monotheism, p. 170):

“We must conclude that the mental residue of those primeval times has become a heritage which, with each new generation, needs only to be awakened, not to be reacquired.”

And this, from page 167:

“The psychoanalyses of individuals have taught us that their earliest impressions, received at a time when they were hardly able to talk, manifest themselves later in an obsessive fashion, although those impressions themselves are not consciously remembered. We feel that the same must hold good for the earliest experiences of mankind. One result of this is the emergence of the conception of one great God. It must be recognized as a memory — a distorted one, it is true, but nevertheless a memory. It has an obsessive quality; it simply must be believed. As far as its distortion goes, it may be called a delusion; in so far as it brings something out from the past, it must be called truth. The psychiatric delusion also contains a particle of truth; the patient’s conviction issues from this and extends to the whole delusional fabrication surrounding it.”

There you have all of human history laid out in a single paragraph.

This, my friends, is the mystery we’re trying to ferret out using fractal psychology. Our lives depend on it.

John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida whose sordid history includes semi-serious forays into both Freudian psychology and the New Age. Of course, that was all before he read the Protocols of Zion and the Leuchter Report. http://johnkaminski.info/

Killer Drones to Get Sound System

Killer Drones to Get Sound System

  • By David Hambling Email Author

speaker1Your Predator drone has all the latest gear, including communications, laser target designator, day and night cameras and, of course, Hellfire missiles. But, according to Special Operations Command, it still needs that essential finishing touch: the latest sound system. The command is setting out to correct this, providing speakers not just for drones but also for plenty of other applications, in a new high-tech loudspeaker program.

Loudspeakers are already used for psychological warfare operations (pysops) in Iraq and elsewhere, but the current Family of Loudspeakers is looking a bit old, having been designed in the ’90s. So SOCOM is looking for a Next Generation Loudspeaker System (NGLS) “which will consist of seven variants: manpack; ground vehicle/watercraft; unmanned air vehicle; unmanned ground vehicle; scatterable media long duration; scatterable media short duration; and sonic projection (focused sound).”

The manpack and vehicle speakers will be a direct replacement for existing systems, but the unmanned and scatterable versions will be a new capability, especially as they are intended to be “interconnected using secure wireless technology to form sets of loudspeakers that provide high-quality recorded audio, live dissemination, and acoustic-deception capability.”

A set of scattered, networked speakers could certainly create some confusing sound effects. It could create the impression of a patrol or a vehicle moving around, surrounding the enemy with phantoms while masking the presence of real forces.

Special Forces have already had good results using focused sound in the form of the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). The unofficial PsyWarrior site reports that LRAD could be clearly heard at 1,400 meters, and it proved a handy way of communicating with the locals. “Iraqis were seen writing down the counter-terrorism tip-line number at over 600 meters range.”

It also has its uses in operations, not only for clearing civilians from streets and rooftops during operations and issuing instructions, but also for “drawing out enemy snipers who are subsequently destroyed by our own snipers.”

This takes us back to putting speakers on aircraft, a tactic which was honed to perfection in Vietnam. Many different broadcasts were tried, including the celebrated “Wandering Soul,” also known as the “Howling Ghost” or “Ghost Tape Number 10″  (”Number 10″ or “So Moui” was Vietnam slang for  “very bad”). This played on the Vietnamese belief that unless a person is buried properly, his or her suffering soul will wander the earth.

The Wandering Soul tape has an echoing voice, supposedly of a dead Viet Cong, warning his comrades that his soul is doomed to wander forever and telling them to go back to their homes. The Viet Cong soon realized that the voice was not really a ghost, but it certainly had a very disturbing effect on them, and in many cases provoked them to open fire on the helicopter carrying the speakers.

One Navy team got so fed up with taking fire every time they played the tape that they used it with a team of helicopters armed with rockets and 7.62mm miniguns capable of spraying 4,000 rounds per minute: “Killing was our business, and the PSYOP tapes helped make business damn good.”

Elsewhere when the Wandering Ghost was used, C-47 gunships flew alongside the PSYOP helicopters, ready to open fire on any ground positions that fired at it.

There4 was a similar effort called Project Quick Speak carried out by the 5th Air Commando Squadron in 1965. This used a transport aircraft fitted with speakers to provoke hidden Viet Cong by praising the Vietnamese government, and warning of severe consequences if they fired on the aircraft. If there was any ground fire, it was met by a barrage from a C-47 armed with three miniguns flying below and behind the speaker plane, which would then deliver the taunting message:  ”See, I told you so!”

One could imagine a lot of uses for speakers or an LRAD-style hailer on a Predator or other drone. It could warn a vehicle to stop, or tell the occupants to leave a building or face the consequences. It could fly Howling Ghost or Quick Speak missions or use other sounds to provoke a reaction or spread alarm. Predators are already feared, and sound effects could add considerably.

Or you could just play “Ride of the Valkyries.”

Photo: Nathan Hodge

US frustrated as Pakistan abandons military offensive in S Waziristan

[The honeymoon is over, Kayani has revealed his hand.  What will Obama’s reaction be?  Pakistan is in for some even tougher times in the next few weeks.  Do the generals really believe that all those Special Forces amassed along the border will just sit-by idly playing games, watching the dollars invested in this offensive continue to pour down the drain?  If they think that their current relationship, which enables CIA drones to target Pakistan’s bad guys, is sustainable, they are dead wrong.  A public admission that there will be no S. Waziristan offensive (foreseen by many old Pakistan-watchers) is an open invitation to the US Air Force.

Like I have been saying all along, there were never any plans for a war in Waziristan.  All the bluster, the displacement of citizens, harassment of the Mehsuds, and the economic blockade were merely for show, to placate the Americans and all your countrymen who were screaming for action against Mehsud.  When the Pakistani people realize how they have been had by your leaders, how much additional suffering they have endured, just to put on a show for the Americans, what will they do?]

US frustrated as Pakistan abandons military offensive in S Waziristan

LAHORE: Despite strenuous entreaties by top US officials, the government has abandoned plans to mount a military offensive against the group responsible for a two-year campaign of suicide bombings across the country, TIME magazine reported. Although the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been in disarray since a missile strike from a CIA-operated drone killed the group’s former chief Baitullah Mehsud on August 5, the military has concluded that a ground attack on its strongholds in South Waziristan would be too difficult. The military has choked off the main roads leading out of South Waziristan, and the country’s fighter jets have been pounding targets from the air (an operation Islamabad insists it will continue). But that falls short of the military campaign the US desires. Instead, the government is hoping to exploit divisions within the TTP to prize away some factions, while counting on the CIA’s drones to take out Baitullah’s successors. US counter-terrorism officials worry that a failure to capitalise on the post-Baitullah confusion within the TTP will allow its new leader, Hakeemullah Mehsud, to consolidate his position and reorganise the organisation. Officials in Washington say special envoy Richard Holbrooke and NATO commander Gen Stanley McChrystal have both pressed Islamabad to strike while the iron is hot. But after initial promises to launch a ground offensive in South Waziristan, the government has backed off. A top general, Nadeem Ahmed, recently said preparation for such an operation could take up to two months. Now, there will be no ground assault at all, according to a senior politician known to have strong military ties; instead, the politician says the military will try and buy off some TTP factions through peace deals. This alarms US officials, who point out that Taliban leaders have previously used peace deals to expand their influence. “Such deals have been abject failures that, at the end of the day, have made the security situation in parts of Pakistan worse. Why the Pakistani government keeps returning to this strategy is a mystery,” says a US counter-terrorism official. daily times monitor

Poland Without Missile Defence

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Poland Without Missile Defence

Marcin Bosacki, Waszyngton
2009-08-27, ostatnia aktualizacja 2009-08-27 07:31

The US plans for building elements of the missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic are virtually certain to be abandoned, say Gazeta’s sources in Washington.

‘The signals that the generals in the Pentagon are sending are absolutely clear: as far as missile defence is concerned, the current US administration is searching for other solutions than the previously bases in Poland ad the Czech Republic,’ Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance, a Washington-based lobby group.

Mr Ellison took part last week in an industry conference on missile defence where the Pentagon talked about its plans to defence industry executives. Gazeta reported that Boeing had proposed there – instead of a base in Poland – mobile interceptor missile (anti-missile) launchers.

During the conference, Mr Ellison stresses, the ‘generals never mentioned the original plan concerning Poland and the Czech Republic.’ Instead of a plan, negotiated by the George W. Bush administration and the Polish and Czech governments, of locating anti-missile installations in those two countries, the Barack Obama administration prefers installing interceptor missiles on ships, as well as on bases in Israel, Turkey, and perhaps somewhere in the Balkans.

Shortly after Mr Obama took over, the White House started a strategic review of the missile defence project. In theory, the review hasn’t yet been completed but Mr Ellison believes that in fact the decision has already been made. A credible source in the Congress says the same: ‘The administration has been sounding out for a couple of weeks now how the Congress will react when the plans for building the missile defence in Poland and the Czech Republic are dumped.’

‘The debate within the Obama administration is nearing an end,’ adds a well-known Washington expert on defence matters and an adviser to the current administration.

The outcome of this debate, it has been increasingly clear, will see the Polish and Czech option abandoned. Riki Ellison at the MDAA believes that the main reason for this change of strategy is that the ‘new administration pays more attention to Russia’s arguments.’ Other sources that Gazeta has talked to, although they agree this is an important factor, say that the key issue is that of the project’s price tag and Mr Obama’s key aides’ doubts about whether the system would really work.

‘Obama’s people believe that many global problems will be more easily solved together with Moscow,’ says Mr Ellison. ‘It’s about priorities. For many Democrats, disarmament is a priority and to reach a new strategic weapons reduction agreement with Russia, they are prepared to sacrifice a lot. Which doesn’t mean that they are soft and naive,’ explains the lobbyist.

‘The Obama administration will negotiate firmly with the Russians, trying to bargain as much as possible in return for its concessions,’ says Mr Ellison.

But a new approach to both Russia and missile defence is a fact.

Gen Kevin Chilton, head of the US Strategic Command, had a lengthy speech at the conference about how difficult to swallow for Moscow a missile defence base in Poland would be. It is clear that Russia’s feelings are being taken into account in Washington.

According to Gazeta’s sources, the US government will announce the conclusions of the strategic review only when it has prepared Warsaw and Prague for the change of plans and secured maximum possible concessions from Moscow.

Gazeta asked the State Department for permission to interview one of the high-ranking diplomats about Polish-US relations but was refused – until the strategic review of the missile defence project is completed.

Negotiations with the George W. Bush administration were started by the PiS administration and completed, after many perturbations, by the incumbent one. The missile defence was to protect Nato allies against missiles from countries like North Korea or Iran.

Marcin Wawrzyńczak

Źródło: Gazeta Wyborcza

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U.S. to Abandon European Missile Shield Proposal, Report Says

U.S. to Abandon European Missile Shield Proposal, Report Says

The Obama administration intends to abandon its predecessor’s proposal to field missile interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic, the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported today, citing Washington lobbyists and an unnamed U.S. congressional source (see GSN, Aug. 26).

(Aug. 27) – A U.S. ground-based interceptor is lowered into a silo at Ft. Greely, Alaska, in 2004. The Obama administration plans to drop a Bush administration proposal to field interceptors in Poland and a radar site in the Czech Republic, a Polish newspaper reported today (U.S. Missile Defense Agency photo).

Washington is considering alternate deployment sites for the defenses, including warships stationed in the region as well as bases in Israel, Turkey and the Balkans, Agence France-Presse quoted the report as saying. The purpose of the shield would ostensibly be to counter a long-range missile threat from Iran, but Russia has loudly characterized the Bush administration plan as a threat to its strategic nuclear deterrent.

Since taking over the White House in January, the Obama administration has sought to strengthen ties with Moscow. Administration officials have been “testing the water” among U.S. legislators over several weeks on abandoning the planned Polish and Czech bases, the congressional source said.

U.S. military officials “never once” mentioned the sites at a missile defense conference last week, said Riki Ellison, head of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (Agence France-Presse/Defense News, Aug. 27).

Czech and Polish leaders had signed off on the missile shield sites, which were to be operational by 2013. That no longer appears likely to occur, Ellison said.

“The signals that the generals in the Pentagon are sending are absolutely clear: as far as missile defense is concerned, the current U.S. administration is searching for other solutions than the previously bases in Poland and the Czech Republic,” he told the Polish newspaper (United Press International, Aug. 27).

India nuclear test ‘did not work’

By Sanjoy Majumder
BBC News, Delhi

In a file photo from 1974, a crater is shown in the Thar desert area southwest of New Delhi where India conducted an underground nuclear test. India successfully tested three devices in the same area on Monday May 11,1998. (AP Photo/HO)

India’s nuclear tests shocked the world

A retired atomic scientist who was closely associated with India’s 1998 nuclear tests has said they were not as successful as was claimed.

K Santhanam said one of the tests – on a hydrogen bomb – had not worked, and that India would have to carry out more tests for a credible nuclear deterrent.

His statement has been dismissed by the government and his former colleagues.

The Indian tests led to similar tests by Pakistan, raising fears of a nuclear conflict between the two countries.

Cover-up?

K Santhanam is a respected Indian atomic scientist who was project director of the 1998 nuclear tests.

He now says that one of the five tests that were carried out, in which a thermonuclear device or hydrogen bomb was detonated, did not perform as well as expected.

He also said that everyone associated with the tests immediately recognised that something had gone wrong.

If his statement is accurate it points to a massive cover-up by India and also confirms what many in the West suspected at the time – that the nuclear devices India tested were not as powerful as had been thought.

India’s government has dismissed Mr Santhanam’s claim, which has also been disputed by senior officials of the BJP-led government which carried out the tests.

The scientist says that India is coming under pressure to sign up to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, a move he says would be disastrous since he contends that the country does not yet have a credible nuclear deterrent.

http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/india/nuke/

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Tensions with BSF increase in Sevastopol

Tensions with BSF increase in Sevastopol

Journal Staff Report

KIEV, Aug. 26 – Russia’s Black Sea Fleet forces on Wednesday detained Ukrainian court officers in Sevastopol after the officers tried to enforce a court ruling that had ordered return of some navigation equipment to Ukraine.

The officers were later released to police in Sevastopol, but the incident could have “tragic consequences” for the people involved, the BSF press service said, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

The development dangerously escalates tensions between Ukraine and Russia whose relations are already at the lowest point since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991.

“The court officers intentionally broke international agreements by penetrating illegally to the facility that is under security protection, putting not only themselves, but also witnesses, in danger,” the BSF said in a statement. “The responsibility for the possible tragic consequences of such incidents fully lies with organizers of such provocations.”

This is the first time that Ukrainian citizens have been detained by the armed foreign forces on the territory of Ukraine, which sets a dangerous precedent that may have serious consequences.

A legislation recently suggested by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev would allow Russian troops based in other countries to open fire for self-protection.

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, which appears to be seriously concerned with the legislation, has been seeking to get more details over how the legislation would affect Ukraine, home to Russia’s naval Black Sea Fleet.

The escalation comes after Ukraine on Tuesday vigorously denied Russia’s allegations that Ukrainian troops had been helping Georgia to fight off Russian army during their five-day war a year ago.

Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, the head of the SBU security service, said the allegations represent “a lying statement,” while Kostiantyn Hryshchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to Russia, said the allegations point to either “unprofessional” investigation or an outright “order” to discredit Ukraine.

Vladimir Markin, Russia’s special representative of the chief investigation committee under the Prosecutor General Office, said Monday the committee had uncovered “evidence” of Ukrainian troop involvement in the Russia-Georgia war. He said undisclosed number of the Ukrainian troops and about 200 volunteers have been helping Georgia to fight off Russia during the war in August 2008.

No evidence, however, has been presented to the Ukrainian ambassador at a high-level meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry, Hryshchenko said.

The escalation comes a week after Medvedev has accused his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko of “anti-Russian” policy.

This underscores Moscow’s increasingly assertive foreign policy and fuels fears in Ukraine that Russia may be preparing for some sort of a clash with Ukraine, perhaps in Crimea, an autonomous region that is populated mostly by ethnic Russians.

In August 2008, Russia sent tens of thousands of troops and tanks into Georgia, a small pro-Western ally of Ukraine.

The five-day incursion ended with a de-facto annexation of Georgia’s two breakaway territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, a move that had been condemned by most countries in the world. (tl/ez)

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Black Sea lighthouse stirs Russia-Ukraine tension

Black Sea lighthouse stirs Russia-Ukraine tension

By Dmitry Solovyov

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused Kiev of attempting to seize property belonging to its Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine on Thursday, in a sign of escalating tension between the two ex-Soviet neighbors.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet said it had barred Ukrainian court bailiffs as they tried to seize navigation equipment at a lighthouse in Khersones, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian Crimean port city of Sevastopol — home to the Russian fleet for more than two centuries.

Russian television showed fleet servicemen in full combat gear with submachine guns at the ready forming a chain to guard the territory of the lighthouse. Bailiffs were shown being handed over to Ukraine’s police by the Russians.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s Black Sea fleet found itself based on territory belonging to independent Ukraine. Kiev has told Moscow it must abandon the base at Sevastopol when a 20-year lease expires in 2017, but Russia wants to extend the arrangement.

Thursday’s incident highlighted the emotional nature of the Sevastopol dispute, part of broader tensions between the two countries that have led to interruption of gas supplies to Europe and harsh exchanges between their leaders.

“The command of the Black Sea Fleet warns that the responsibility for possible tragic consequences of such incidents will rest entirely with those organizing such provocations,” the fleet said in a statement posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s Web site http://www.mil.ru.

It said only Russian laws were valid on the territory of Russian Black Sea Fleet facilities, despite it being in Ukraine.

Ukraine accused its neighbor of “twisting the facts,” Interfax news agency reported, citing a source in Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.

BROTHERLY LOVE

“The incident…(reflects a wish) to blame the Ukrainian side for the escalation of conflict,” the agency quoted him as saying. It gave no details of Ukraine’s version of events.

Ukrainian officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Officials in Kiev had said earlier that despite the fact some facilities like lighthouses are under Russia’s jurisdiction, Ukraine may claim its rights to them because they are deployed on lands that do not belong to Russia’s military.

The issue of Sevastopol and Russia’s Black Sea Fleet deployed there is a painful irritant in the icy relations between former imperial master Moscow and Kiev which has been seeking closer ties with the West and NATO membership.

In 1954 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave Russia’s Crimean peninsula to Ukraine in a gesture of “brotherly love.” The act had little beyond symbolic importance at the time as Russia and Ukraine formed part of the Soviet Union under Kremlin control.

Ukrainian refusal to accept any extension has angered Moscow and pro-Russian locals who see Sevastopol as the natural home of the Russian fleet.

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

Bill would give president emergency control of Internet

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

“I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. “It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.”

Representatives of other large Internet and telecommunications companies expressed concerns about the bill in a teleconference with Rockefeller’s aides this week, but were not immediately available for interviews on Thursday.

A spokesman for Rockefeller also declined to comment on the record Thursday, saying that many people were unavailable because of the summer recess. A Senate source familiar with the bill compared the president’s power to take control of portions of the Internet to what President Bush did when grounding all aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001. The source said that one primary concern was the electrical grid, and what would happen if it were attacked from a broadband connection.

When Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Commerce committee, and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) introduced the original bill in April, they claimed it was vital to protect national cybersecurity. “We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs–from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records,” Rockefeller said.

The Rockefeller proposal plays out against a broader concern in Washington, D.C., about the government’s role in cybersecurity. In May, President Obama acknowledged that the government is “not as prepared” as it should be to respond to disruptions and announced that a new cybersecurity coordinator position would be created inside the White House staff. Three months later, that post remains empty, one top cybersecurity aide has quit, and some wags have begun to wonder why a government that receives failing marks on cybersecurity should be trusted to instruct the private sector what to do.

Rockefeller’s revised legislation seeks to reshuffle the way the federal government addresses the topic. It requires a “cybersecurity workforce plan” from every federal agency, a “dashboard” pilot project, measurements of hiring effectiveness, and the implementation of a “comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy” in six months–even though its mandatory legal review will take a year to complete.

The privacy implications of sweeping changes implemented before the legal review is finished worry Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. “As soon as you’re saying that the federal government is going to be exercising this kind of power over private networks, it’s going to be a really big issue,” he says.

Probably the most controversial language begins in Section 201, which permits the president to “direct the national response to the cyber threat” if necessary for “the national defense and security.” The White House is supposed to engage in “periodic mapping” of private networks deemed to be critical, and those companies “shall share” requested information with the federal government. (“Cyber” is defined as anything having to do with the Internet, telecommunications, computers, or computer networks.)

“The language has changed but it doesn’t contain any real additional limits,” EFF’s Tien says. “It simply switches the more direct and obvious language they had originally to the more ambiguous (version)…The designation of what is a critical infrastructure system or network as far as I can tell has no specific process. There’s no provision for any administrative process or review. That’s where the problems seem to start. And then you have the amorphous powers that go along with it.”

Translation: If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.

The Internet Security Alliance’s Clinton adds that his group is “supportive of increased federal involvement to enhance cyber security, but we believe that the wrong approach, as embodied in this bill as introduced, will be counterproductive both from an national economic and national secuity perspective.”

Declan McCullagh is a contributor to CNET News and a correspondent for CBSNews.com who has covered the intersection of politics and technology for over a decade. Declan writes a regular feature called Taking Liberties, focused on individual and economic rights; you can bookmark his CBS News Taking Liberties site, or subscribe to the RSS feed. You can e-mail Declan at declan@cbsnews.com.

Ex-CIA official John Helgerson says agents lost control after torture go-ahead

Ex-CIA official John Helgerson says agents lost control after torture go-ahead

Tim Reid in Washington

The author of a scathing report on CIA interrogations during the Bush era has claimed that certain operatives lost control once they had been authorised to use “enhanced” interrogation techniques such as waterboarding.

John Helgerson, the former inspector-general of the CIA, also told The Times that the Obama Administration had cut key passages of his report out of the released version, a decision he found “puzzling”.

Mr Helgerson told The Times that the CIA had given assurances to the Justice Department that although the techniques would be used more than once, repetition would “not be substantial”.

In fact, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks, was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 — the month he was captured — while Abu Zubaydah, another top al-Qaeda official, was waterboarded 83 times.

“The very large number of applications to which some detainees were subjected [to the waterboard] led to the inescapable conclusion that the agency was abusing this technique,” Mr Helgerson said.

In the report, which was suppressed for five years until it was released under a judge’s order on Monday, Mr Helgerson says that in 2002 the Justice Department authorised a dozen harsh interrogation techniques for terror suspects and advised the CIA that they did not constitute torture.

Yet, he said, the Justice Department did not consider in 2002 whether such methods —

now banned — were in contravention of Article 16 of the UN Torture Convention, which prohibits cruel or degrading treatment and to which the US is a signatory.

“In fact,” Mr Helgerson said, “it appeared that certain of the techniques were designed solely because they were degrading.”

His report detailed a litany of excesses in secret CIA “black site” prisons between 2002 and 2004, described as “unauthorised, improvised, inhumane and undocumented”. Interrogators staged mock executions, repeatedly choked a detainee, lifted another off the floor by his arms while they were bound behind his back with a belt, threatened sexually to assault a prisoner’s mother and kill another’s children, scrubbed one inmate with a stiff brush until his legs were raw and beat one man with a heavy torch.

The revelations in the report convinced Mr Obama’s Attorney-General, Eric Holder, to announce on Monday a criminal investigation of detainee abuse by the CIA.

Mr Helgerson was particularly critical of the Justice Department for poor oversight. He said that even the CIA operatives who exceeded its guidelines were acting in good faith, because they believed that they would gain valuable intelligence.

To Mr Helgerson’s dismay, his final recommendations — which centred on the training and oversight of CIA interrogators, and the legal boundaries in which they should operate — were blacked out by the Obama Administration when it released his report on Monday.

His report has only fuelled the emotive debate over whether torture works. Mr Helgerson concedes that the interrogation sessions elicited an enormous amount of valuable intelligence — an observation pounced upon by Dick Cheney, the former Vice-President. Yet Mr Helgerson cannot say if it was the harshness of the tactics that produced the information or other factors.

“It was not self-evident that the information that was most useful followed a session where somebody was waterboarded. Perhaps it was only because he had been in detention for a long time or had been questioned by someone using traditional techniques,” Mr Helgerson said.

Truth Jihad Radio Discusses Psychiatric Abuse–Saturday,5-7 pm Central

Truth Jihad Radio Discusses Psychiatric Abuse–Saturday

Dr. Kevin Barrett of Truth Jihad focuses on medical professionals’ collaboration with CIA mind-control manipulators in torture/interrogation tactics used at Guantanamo,  Abu Gharib and elsewhere.  “Weaponizing Psychology” to be included.
This Saturday on Truth Jihad Radio, Dr. William Woodward, professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire, will deliver his professional opinion concerning the respective sanity of Clare Swinney and the psychiatrists who institutionalized her for believing that 9/11 was an inside job. Then Clare Swinney herself will join us to tell her amazing, outrageous story. For details, see:

Clare is a journalist from New Zealand who began reporting on the holes in the official story of 9/11 and was subsequently threatened and finally incarcerated in the summer of 2006. During that same summer, Sean Hannity was calling me “a nut” and Bill O’Reilly was suggesting I should be killed in a mafia hit because I thought 9/11 was an inside job…while William Woodward, another 9/11-truth-seeking college teacher, was also being targeted by the forces of treason.

Psychology professor William Woodward tells me he will be consulting with a clinical psychologist in studying the horrendous ordeal of Clare Swinney and delivering his professional opinion. 

We will also be discussing the larger subject of psychiatric abuse (see Weaponizing Psychology).


Somebody’s crazy here…but who? Find out this Saturday, August 27th, on Truth Jihad Radio, 5-7 pm Central, http://www.americanfreedomradio.com (to be archived at http://www.americanfreedomradio.com/Barrett_09.html).

Kevin Barrett
Author, Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters: http://www.questioningthewaronterror.com

Weaponizing Psychology

Treating People Like Dogs

CIA Releases Its Instructions For Breaking a Detainee’s Will

CIA Releases Its Instructions For Breaking a Detainee’s Will

Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

As the session begins, the detainee stands naked, except for a hood covering his head. Guards shackle his arms and legs, then slip a small collar around his neck. The collar will be used later; according to CIA guidelines for interrogations, it will serve as a handle for slamming the detainee’s head against a wall.

After removing the hood, the interrogator opens with a slap across the face — to get the detainee’s attention — followed by other slaps, the guidelines state. Next comes the head-slamming, or “walling,” which can be tried once “to make a point,” or repeated again and again.

“Twenty or thirty times consecutively” is permissible, the guidelines say, “if the interrogator requires a more significant response to a question.” And if that fails, there are far harsher techniques to be tried.

Five years after the CIA’s secret detention program came to light, much is known about the spy agency’s decision to use harsh techniques, including waterboarding, to pry information from alleged al-Qaeda leaders. Now, with the release late Monday of guidelines for interrogating high-value detainees, the agency has provided — in its own words — the first detailed description of the step-by-step procedures used to systematically crush a detainee’s will to resist by eliciting stress, exhaustion and fear.

The guidelines, along with thousands of pages from other newly released documents, also show how the CIA gradually imposed limits on the program and eliminated some of the most controversial practices after the agency’s medical advisers protested.

Still, by Dec. 30, 2004, the date of the CIA memo that outlines the guidelines to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, agency interrogators had grown adept at using sleep deprivation, stress positions and sometimes multiple methods to create a “state of learned helplessness and dependence.”

“Certain interrogation techniques place the detainee in more physical and psychological stress and, therefore, are considered more effective tools,” according to the memo, released under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Amnesty International USA and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The CIA on Tuesday declined to comment on the memo, which was written by an agency lawyer whose name was redacted from the document. But agency spokesman George Little noted that the interrogation program operated under guidelines approved by top legal officials of the Bush administration’s Justice Department.

“This program, which always constituted a fraction of the CIA’s counterterrorism efforts, is over,” Little said. “The agency is, as always, focused on protecting the nation today and into the future.”

CIA officials also have noted that harsh techniques were reserved for a small group of top-level terrorism suspects believed to be knowledgeable about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Agency officials believe the methods prevented future attacks.

Medical Concerns

As outlined in the memo, the agency’s psychological assault on a detainee would begin immediately after his arrest. With blindfolds and earmuffs, he would be “deprived of sight and sound” during the flight to the CIA’s secret prison. He would have no human interaction, except during a medical checkup.

In the initial days of detention, an assessment interview would determine whether the captive would cooperate willingly by providing “information on actionable threats.” If no such leads were volunteered, a coercive phase would begin.

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dependence.””Certain interrogation techniques place the detainee in more physical and psychological stress and, therefore, are considered more effective tools,” according to the memo, released under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Amnesty International USA and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The CIA on Tuesday declined to comment on the memo, which was written by an agency lawyer whose name was redacted from the document. But agency spokesman George Little noted that the interrogation program operated under guidelines approved by top legal officials of the Bush administration’s Justice Department.

“This program, which always constituted a fraction of the CIA’s counterterrorism efforts, is over,” Little said. “The agency is, as always, focused on protecting the nation today and into the future.”

CIA officials also have noted that harsh techniques were reserved for a small group of top-level terrorism suspects believed to be knowledgeable about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Agency officials believe the methods prevented future attacks.

Medical Concerns

As outlined in the memo, the agency’s psychological assault on a detainee would begin immediately after his arrest. With blindfolds and earmuffs, he would be “deprived of sight and sound” during the flight to the CIA’s secret prison. He would have no human interaction, except during a medical checkup.

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Doomsday — pros and cons

Doomsday — pros and cons

America may be forced to retrench — militarily and fiscally

By Arnaud de Borchgrave

Originally published 04:45 a.m., August 10, 2009, updated 10:24 a.m., August 10, 2009

Two major entrepreneurial tycoons, in the multibillion-dollar league, with worldwide interests, speaking not for attribution, agree that the worst is yet to come. America has to reinvent itself for the 21st century, but this won’t happen before another big credit-rattling shock. Millions of jobs are not coming back, they said.

They were speaking about the current global financial and economic crisis. Another humongous credit crunch is on the way, they believe, and the current optimism is simply a pause before another major downward slide. Unemployment, they forecast, will climb from the low to the high teens. A pledge to limit tax increases to those making more than $250,000 a year is a pipe dream. Someone has to pay the health piper. Major social dislocations are on their horizon for 2010.

One of the interlocutors has shunned all manner of stocks in favor of discounted corporate bonds that yield 7 1/2 percent, and gold. The other has already moved all his financial holdings into a cocktail of Asian currencies based at a new entity he created in Singapore.

“We are roughly where Britain was in 1968,” said one. That year Prime Minister Harold Wilson decided to abandon all of Great Britain’s obligations east of Suez. That included the entire Persian Gulf, from Oman to Kuwait, the Strait of Hormuz, British special agents in all the emirates and sheikhdoms, local constabularies with British officers, the fabled Trucial Oman Scouts (TOS) — all for the bargain basement cost of $40 million a year.

As the British and other colonial empires faded into history, America’s global empire grew topsy-turvy and since the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1989, its power grew unchallenged. The two tycoons, who did not wish to be quoted, agreed with a rapidly growing segment of the U.S. population that says America can no longer afford the astronomic costs of empire.

With more than 2.5 million U.S. military personnel serving across the planet and 737 military bases spread across each continent, and 3,800 installations in the United States, a reassessment of roles and missions is long overdue. The estimated $1 trillion in overdue infrastructure repairs and modernization strikes many as an overdue priority.

The 2010 defense budget is a shade shy of $700 billion, more than two-thirds of a trillion dollars, which now tops the rest of the world — including major players Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, India — put together. Add all the defense expenditures neatly tucked into the budgets for Energy, State, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, and 16 intelligence agencies, and the numbers top $1 trillion.

With only 5 percent of the world’s population, it is still remarkable that the United States can maintain global military superiority on less than 5 percent of gross domestic product. But from the world’s biggest creditor, the United States has become the world’s largest debtor, coupled with a rapid decline of a manufacturing sector once hailed as the arsenal of democracy and an annual per capita trade deficit of $2,000 per citizen.

U.S. share of global output continues to decline from year to year. Like General Motors Corp. and Ford, the United States has yielded share of the global market from one-third at the turn of the new century to one-quarter today. Was the rise of the rest the decline of the West?

Have U.S. commitments and responsibilities outstripped resources? The two anonymous billionaire voices were among the many now saying so in public opinion polls. They feel a paradigm shift is inevitable. We are yet to wean ourselves from the old paradigm: the $3 billion we borrow each and every day — principally from China — to maintain the world’s highest standard of living, based on conspicuous consumption, at a time of growing world shortages. And when we are finally weaned, it will become glaringly obvious that we were living way beyond our means and that major belt-tightening is long overdue.

In his projections through 2025, Thomas Fingar, the former chief analyst for the 100,000-strong U.S. intelligence network, which includes 16 agencies with a budget of $50 billion, predicted the international system would be transformed over the next 15 years as dramatically as it was after World War II. As China rises to global prominence, the United States would be declining. “In terms of size, speed and directional flow,” wrote Mr. Fingar, “the transfer of global wealth and economic power now under way — from West to East — is without precedent in modern history.”

Following Mr. Fingar’s analysis, former deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Altman wrote in Foreign Affairs, the official organ of the Council on Foreign Relations, that the current financial crisis is “a major geopolitical setback for the U.S. and Europe” that could only accelerate trends that are moving the global center of gravity to China. And this is something that a staggering $1 trillion for defense (in a budget with a projected $2 trillion federal deficit) would be powerless to reverse.

The pessimistic outlook should, of course, be tempered by the fact that IBM spins off more technology patents in a typical year than all of China. Three-quarters of the world’s top universities are in America. So any loss of influence is at this stage attributable to reckless profligacy at every level of American society, beginning with the federal government and the mind-numbing bonuses that Wall Street’s “Masters of the Universe,” as Tom Wolfe called them in his 1987 best-seller “Bonfire of the Vanities,” have lavished on themselves Roman Empire-style.

Both global entrepreneurs mentioned at the beginning of this column believe Israel will resolve its existential crisis by bombing Iran’s key nuclear facilities later this year. One thought Gulf Arabs would be secretly delighted and that Iran’s much vaunted asymmetrical retaliatory capabilities would fizzle as the theocracy imploded. The other could see mayhem up and down the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz closed, and oil at $300 per barrel.

Arnaud de Borchgrave is editor at large of The Washington Times and of United Press International.

CIA sets up another drone base in Afghanistan

CIA sets up another drone base in Afghanistan

Published by: Noor Khan

Lalit K Jha

Washington, Aug 21 (PTI) Apparently buoyed by the success of its armed Unmanned Aeriel Vehicles in targeting elusive Al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists in Pakistan, CIA has set-up another drone base in Jalalabad in Eastern Afghanistan to step up the hunt for likes of Osama Bin Laden.

“Officials said the CIA now conducted most of its Predator missile and bomb strikes on targets in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region from the Jalalabad base, with drones landing or taking off almost hourly,” The New York Times reported.

“The base in Pakistan is still in use. But officials said that the United States decided to open the Afghanistan operation in part because of the possibility that the Pakistani government, facing growing anti-American sentiment at home, might force the CIA to close the one in Pakistan,” it said.

So far, CIA has been using the Shamsi base in Baluchistan for tracking and hunting down high-value targets amongst Al-Qaeda and Taliban hiding in lawless Waziristan province in Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan.

Siting the new-drone base in Jalalabad will give US forces leverage to hit Afghan-Taliban bases, specially the hideouts of militant leader Jalaluddin Haqqani and his sons in their strongholds of Khost, Pakhtia and Paktita, which lie east of the Jalalabad town. .

Iraq violence threatens oil deals

BAGHDAD, Aug. 27 (UPI) — Recent events in Iraq have cast a pall over the government’s plans to have a November auction for potentially lucrative oil contracts that are vital for the country’s reconstruction.

The surge in violence of the last few weeks, political uncertainty caused by this week’s breakup of the ruling Shiite coalition and Iraqis’ refusal to give Big Oil the terms it wants are likely to drive off the international companies that see the country’s untapped reserves as the big prize.

Iraq’s oil reserves total an estimated 115 billion barrels, ranked third after Saudi Arabia and Iran. But it is believed that there may be as much again in untapped reserves, which would give Iraq the largest reserves in the world.

With the rest of the Middle East closed to foreign ownership and the world’s energy reserves shrinking, no other new fields of any significance are likely to emerge. So Iraq could be the last frontier.

Iraq had its first oil field contract auction in June in Baghdad. It was a flop for all concerned. The oil companies that participated wanted more for every barrel they produced than Iraq was prepared to offer.

Result: The oil majors snubbed all but one of the eight contracts on the table, and Iraq did not secure the deals it needed to acquire billions of dollars in investment to upgrade its long-neglected oil industry.

BP and the China National Petroleum Corp. won the contract for the Rumailah field in southern Iraq, but only by agreeing to cut their fees after development costs to $2 a barrel instead of the $3.99 they demanded.

All the other majors — Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron Corp. among them — refused to lower their demands. The government too refused to budge.

The June auction involved only established fields, where the Iraqis want to crank up production as soon as possible. The upcoming round will be radically different.

It will focus primarily on six partly developed fields and four undeveloped “green field” zones. These reportedly include Majnoon, Iraq’s largest undeveloped field.

Iraqi officials unveiled the next round for some 45 prequalified companies in Istanbul Tuesday. The Iraqis say they have lowered their fees and that contracts can be signed before the country has parliamentary elections scheduled for January.

“We expect a better match between our expectations and what the companies will bid in the second round,” Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said in Istanbul.

The companies allowed to bid include BP, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ENI SpA of Italy, Gazprom of Russia, Total SA of France and Turkey’s state energy company Turkiye Petrolleri AO.

But recent developments in Iraq have produced a situation that is more fraught with danger and uncertainty than existed in June, and analysts say this could have an impact on the bidding.

U.S. forces have withdrawn from Baghdad and other urban areas, leaving Iraq’s nascent post-Saddam Hussein armed forces responsible for security.

The results have been calamitous. Hundreds of people have been slaughtered in a wave of suicide bombings with which the Iraqi forces have been unable to cope. A new scourge of sectarian bloodletting is threatened.

The oil and gas industry, Iraq’s economic mainstay, is a clear target: Destroying pipelines and other facilities, particularly if in foreign hands, would shut down much of the economy.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is increasingly beleaguered as the U.S. withdrawal proceeds. Shiite political factions that were key members of his coalition have abandoned him and formed a new alliance to run against him in the January elections.

The most notable are the Iranian-backed Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council and the bloc headed by firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr.

This has raised the prospect of a sharp increase in Iranian influence in Baghdad just as U.S. forces are withdrawing and could possibly point to a new oil policy.

An Iranian hand on Iraq’s oil wealth would give Tehran control of a fearsome amount of the world’s oil supply, surpassing even Saudi Arabia’s reserves.

That could scare off potential Western investors already chastened by U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic and heighten tension with Washington.

The defections leave Maliki, who rose to power in 2006, increasingly isolated and undermine his efforts to portray himself as the nation’s security bulwark at a time when it is clear his forces aren’t yet capable to protecting the country.

If the new alliance wins in January, it would be the most pro-Iranian government that has emerged since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003 and seriously reduce U.S. influence.

None of this is likely to convince Big Oil that it has a future in the new Iraq.

Holbrooke Has a “Hissy Fit” Over Afghan Elections

By Ian Pannell
BBC News, Kabul

Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Mr Karzai was elected president of Afghanistan in 2004

The US special envoy to Afghanistan has held an “explosive” meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the country’s election, the BBC has learnt.

Richard Holbrooke raised concerns about ballot-stuffing and fraud, by a number of candidates’ teams, sources say.

The US envoy also said a second-round run-off could make the election process more credible, the sources said.

Concerns have already been raised about Afghanistan’s election, although final results are not due until September.

A number of senior sources have confirmed the details of a meeting between Mr Holbrooke and Mr Karzai held on 21 August, one day after the election.

The meeting was described as “explosive” and “a dramatic bust-up”.

Mr Holbrooke is said to have twice raised the idea of holding a second round run-off because of concerns about the voting process.

Graph showing election results
Other leading candidates:
Ramazan Bashardost
108,000 (10.8%)
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai
28,000 (2.8%)
Winning candidate needs more than 50% of votes to avoid a run-off

He is believed to have complained about the use of fraud and ballot stuffing by some members of the president’s campaign team, as well as other candidates.

Mr Karzai reacted very angrily and the meeting ended shortly afterwards, the sources said.

However, a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Kabul denied there had been any shouting or that Mr Holbrooke had stormed out.

She refused to discuss the details of the meeting.

A spokesman for the presidential palace denied the account of the conversation.

There have been many doubts raised about the Afghan presidential election, about the turnout and irregularities.

But this is the first time that a leading Western official has apparently expressed it quite so openly.

It will raise more questions about the credibility of the whole process and could well make the plan to establish a meaningful government in a stable country all the harder to achieve.

ISI says it distributed millions among Pak politicians

ISI says it distributed millions among Pak politicians

PTI

In a startling disclosure, Pakistan’s ISI has admitted in court that it had distributed huge amount of money to political parties and leaders including former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Zafarullah Jamali and Mohammad Khan Junejo.

The distribution of money was not confined to former prime ministers, but transcended political affiliations to include the likes of Pir Pagaro, Abida Hussain, Lt Gen Rafaqat and tribal leaders Humayun Marri, Nadir Mengal and Hasil Bizenjo.

The revelation was made by Pakistan’s former chief justice Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui, who said this case was still pending with the country’s Supreme Court since 1999.Nawaz Sharif, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Zafarullah Jamali and Mohammad Khan Junejo.

The distribution of money was not confined to former prime ministers, but transcended political affiliations to include the likes of Pir Pagaro, Abida Hussain, Lt Gen Rafaqat and tribal leaders Humayun Marri, Nadir Mengal and Hasil Bizenjo.

The revelation was made by Pakistan’s former chief justice Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui, who said this case was still pending with the country’s Supreme Court since 1999.

He said the sensational disclosures were made in an affidavit filed in the court by former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd.) Asad Durrani.

The Daily Times quoted Siddiqui telling a private TV channel that millions of rupees were distributed during former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan’s regime and ostensibly to convince political leaders to join the then Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI).

The IJI, headed by Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, was formed in September 1988 to oppose the Pakistan People’s Party in elections. The alliance comprised nine parties, of which the major components were the Pakistan Muslim League, National Peoples Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam.

Open Letter to Congressmen Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, and to Sen. Jim Webb On Inhuman CIA Torture/Interrogation

[A copy of this letter is being sent to the Congressmen named. Readers who want to support this effort should consider contacting ANY Congressional or other government representatives, including these men, to encourage them to make the “right” choices in response to this urgent issue.]

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Open Letter to Congressmen Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, and to Sen. Jim Webb

On Inhuman CIA Torture/Interrogation

The Honorable Ron Paul,

Congressman Paul, we are writing you concerning the investigation into the abusive inhuman torture tactics used for interrogation by the US Army, under the direction of the CIA.   Widespread public outrage over the official “unofficial” hypocrisy of fighting a “war on terror,” driven on torture-based intelligence, demands that these investigations are both legitimate and transparent, and not just another cover-up or whitewash, like the 911 “investigation.”

The ensuing investigations of the agency’s tactics, which are derived from the “learned helplessness” theories of Prof. Martin Seligman, must explore his theories, which served as the central core of the entire counter-insurgency strategy being followed by US and NATO forces in Asia, as well as torture guidelines.  (“Weaponizing Psychology”).

This “helplessness” strategy is terror-based psychological warfare focused on the entire population of both Afghanistan and Iraq (this includes Pakistan), as well.  The intent of this psywar is to shock, bomb and deprive these people of their basic humanity, until they respond like Pavlov’s dogs and just lay-down (as if to die) on command.  (Seligman’s Puppies). To wage war upon an entire population, not just the “enemy combatants,” even if it’s just “limited warfare,” is a war crime.  (The ten points of the Nuremberg Code)

The Army is using its own Gerry-rigged adaptations of Seligman’s theories for “resilience” training to treat ptsd in returning troops and those who cannot stand battlefield stress.  The program is advertised as a means to remove the stigma within the military of seeking psychological counseling for stress-related problems, but it is no more than a cosmetic approach to a very serious problem of GI suicides and crime, intended only to improve the military’s image.

In actuality, the Army’s reverse Seligman program is but their latest attempt to “butch-up” troops who don’t measure up to their macho standards, or otherwise don’t have the ability on their own to just “suck it up,” when they really want to lie down and die.  This is just another attempt to indoctrinate soldiers into allowing the military to replace their own thoughts with new ones that the Army implants within them.

In the past the military has used all known brainwashing techniques (including electroshock therapy) to recondition the minds of stressed-out and “inadequate soldiers,” especially since World War II.  The fact that now electroshock is mostly only used for actual torture and not for therapy is a small improvement.

Please do your utmost from your good office to investigate and correct the conditions and policies which have stained the image of the United States in such a despicable manner throughout the world.

Most Respectfully,

Peter Chamberlin, Internet Writer/Researcher

Dr. Dan E. Dunlap, Clinical Psychologist, retired

Fallout over Kazakhstan: 60 years of suffering

Fallout over Kazakhstan: 60 years of suffering

( Kazakhstan , August 27, 2009-issue 579)

By Jack Losh
TCA correspondent

ASTANA (TCA) — This Saturday sees the 60th anniversary of the former USSR’s first nuclear bomb test at Semipalatinsk, north-east Kazakhstan. Carried out deep in the vast, desolate steppes of Soviet Central Asia, as it then was, the detonation at 7am, August 29th 1949 ushered in a new and terrifying era.

The figures are incredible. Over the next forty years, the 18,000 sq km site would be home to practically 75% of all Soviet nuclear tests: 456 in total, both below and above ground, unleashing energy equivalent to 2,500 Hiroshima bombs.

Thanks to the powerful, grassroots anti-nuclear movement, ‘Nevada-Semipalatinsk’, nuclear explosions here are a thing of the past, but although the testing of nuclear weapons may have ceased, the fallout’s devastating legacy endures. Tests inside the ‘Polygon’, as the site was known, have affected peripheral land over 16 times its size (approximately 304,000 sq km) and account for an unprecedented amount of health problems in the region.

“The UN and I encouraged the Government of Kazakhstan to take its case to the UN General Assembly,” said Herbert Behrstock, who served as Resident Coordinator of the UN in Kazakhstan from 1996-1999. “Three successive years in the late 1990s, the UN/GA adopted resolutions unanimously acknowledging Kazakhstan’s virtually unique position in the world, the suffering and the tests’ serious consequences.”

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev himself has described it as “the drama of the Kazakh land”. For years, the Soviets endeavoured to keep their experiment’s after-effects under wraps. Even today, the Russian government is still withholding information, thwarting attempts at making the conclusive link between population’s high levels of cancer and radiation exposure.

“Officially, national and regional authorities acknowledged that much of the information about nuclear tests, contamination, et cetera was retained in Soviet military archives and was not likely to become available to the Government of Kazakhstan,” Mr. Behrstock added. “It is significant to note that none of the three resolutions introduced by the Kazakh Government specifically mentioned the USSR or Russia – seeking neither an apology nor special consideration for assistance.”

The population of and around Semipalatinsk (or Semey, as it is now known) is prone to abnormal levels of illness. Cancers run at five times the national average, birth defects three times. Psychological disorders are widespread, especially amongst young men, and the suicide rate noticeably exceeds that outside the Polygon. Increased rates of heart and thyroid disease, digestive system complaints and fertility problems plague the area.

“I don’t think there is any doubt that there were individuals who suffered from the testing program, especially in the early years and the atmospheric tests,” said Professor Weinberg of the Baylor College of Medicine, who helped establish a healthcare partnership in the medical services in the region during the 1990s. “The problem is that the exposure data and medical data from that time period are not easy to evaluate.”

The region’s struggling local economy, inadequate diet and poor sanitation does not help matters: “During the early visits my impression was of the general harshness of life due to both the climate and the decline of the Soviet structure,” said Randall Wright, who was responsible for introducing healthcare management principles to the region in the late 1990s, a time when newly-independent Kazakhstan was struggling to find its feet. “The healthcare system was a paradox.  There was a generally well-educated team of medical professionals but a significant scarcity of basic resources.”

For Dr Larry Laufman (who from 1995-2000 conducted master classes at the Semipalatinsk Medical School on new methods of teaching and student evaluation), the local doctors he worked with were extraordinarily committed professionals: “In those days, we were told that physicians were earning about $100 a month and many had not been paid for 3 months, yet they continued to go to work.

“Here, even during the Soviet era, the standard operating procedure was to sterilize and re-use needles and other items that would simply be disposables in the West.”

The Polygon was selected in 1947 by Lavrentiy Beria, political head of the Soviet atomic bomb project and chief of Stalin’s notorious NKVD (secret police). With 3,000 people spread across the territory in remote villages, 150,000 in the city of Semipalatinsk itself (150km from the Polygon) and 20,000 in Kurchatov (just a few km away), assurances that the region was uninhabited were bogus.

The authorities’ total indifference to the wellbeing of the local Kazakh population was complemented by their morbid fascination in the side-effects of the explosions’ residual radioactivity. A battalion of scientists was stationed at the Polygon to record the after-effects that the nuclear blasts would wreak upon the people, animals and surrounding land. Tests would even be determined by weather conditions, the days with wind blowing in the direction of residential areas being the most favored. It was not until 1953 that locals were given (an hour’s) prior warning of the next explosion.

Evacuation procedures were eventually introduced. Residents would be moved to safe zones during tests, returning to their farms nine days later. However, with radiation levels as high as 250 roentgens per hour after detonation in this nuclear no-man’s-land (a dose of about 500 R in 5 hours is lethal for humans), this was hardly a humanitarian gesture.

“Certainly some would probably like an apology,” said Professor Weinberg who was also instrumental, along with his colleague Sara Rozin, in coordinating large shipments of medical supplies to the region. “However, most people that we worked with would probably benefit more from […] transparency and education. This would help them manage any remaining health consequences from the testing program and build a quality healthcare system for the future.”

In a bitter twist, the rural populace remains inexorably bound to the testing range, using the poisoned land for pasture and cultivation: “Governmental officials indicated they could not prevent local populations from straying into potentially contaminated areas, even if warning signs were posted,” said Mr. Behrstock, the former UN representative. “Livestock were known to graze in some of the areas near ‘ground zero’ and drink from surface water, including one infamous water source that was protected by barbed wire.”

An army of volunteers, recruited from both national and international groups, has been involved in a mass clean-up of the Semipalatinsk test site. The first phase of the clean-up was completed at the end of 2000 in a joint Kazakh-Russian operation, although experts estimate that total decontamination of the site would require a minimum of $43 million.  The Institute for Radiation Safety and Ecology at Kazakhstan’s National Nuclear Center claims that up to 80% of the land is salvageable, and a 1998 report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded that “there is now little or no residual radioactivity over most of the test site”.

However, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the UN, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, has criticized the U.N.’s efforts as inadequate, calling on the donor community to provide financial and technical assistance for the region’s long-term regeneration and development: “The rehabilitation of disaster areas, especially those affected by radioactive contamination, should continue to be a top priority for the international community.”

And yet this abominable cloud has had a silver lining, for Kazakhstan has emerged today as one of the world’s strongest advocates against nuclear weapons. As the old USSR collapsed around it, this Central Asian State was left with a substantial nuclear inheritance – nuclear weapons facilities, components for a strategic anti-missile defence system, and 1,410 strategic nuclear warheads, not to mention one of the world’s largest nuclear testing sites at Semipalatinsk.

Yet the country used its new-found independence to close the Polygon and relinquish its nuclear arsenal, fourth largest in the world. It joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear state in 1993, and in September 2006 (the 15th anniversary of the test site’s closing), Semipalatinsk hosted the signing of an agreement among Central Asian states to set up a nuclear-free zone.

“President Nazarbayev deserves admiration and respect for his leadership, wisdom and perseverance – at least beginning in the 1980s when Kazakhstan was part of the USSR – to advocate the cessation of nuclear testing,” said Mr. Behrstock.

“In my personal view, Semipalatinsk is symbolic of the worst and the best of the history of nuclear weapons,” he added.  “If the worst is the initial nuclear explosion 60 years ago and the development and testing of some of the most destructive weapons in the history of humankind, the best is how the Government and leadership of Kazakhstan opened an enlightened, admirable chapter that should be widely applauded.”

Zionists Win Again

US Drops Demand for Israel Building Freeze in Occupied E. J’lem

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27/08/2009 The Obama administration has agreed to Israel’s request to remove occupied East Jerusalem from negotiations on the impending settlement freeze. According to both Israeli officials and Western diplomats, U.S. envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell has recognized the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot announce a settlement freeze in occupied East Jerusalem. The officials said the U.S. will not endorse new construction there, but would not demand Tel Aviv publicly announce a freeze.

Netanyahu presented a proposal on Wednesday for resolving the ongoing Israeli-American dispute over construction in the settlements. In a meeting with Mitchell, Netanyahu suggested a temporary freeze, reportedly for nine months, on construction in the West Bank, a government source said.

Netanyahu also said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ reported willingness to meet with him was “a positive first step.”

The Americans are slated to respond to Netanyahu’s proposal at a meeting in Washington next week between Mitchell and two Israeli officials: Netanyahu’s envoy, attorney Yitzhak Molcho, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Mike Herzog.

Mitchell himself will return to Tel Aviv in the second week of September with the goal of finalizing an agreement.

The new Israeli proposal will exclude some 2,500 housing units on which construction has already started.

Additionally, in special cases where it is necessary to keep “normal life,” Netanyahu wants to be able to erect public buildings in the settlements – mainly kindergartens and schools.

Finally, Israel wants the freeze to have a clear “exit plan.” In Israel’s view, the freeze is a confidence-building measure that must be matched by reciprocal steps from the PA and Arab states. If these fail to materialize, Israel wants an American guarantee that it will not oppose renewed building.

Following their meeting, Mitchell and Netanyahu issued a brief joint statement saying that “good progress” had been made, and the talks would continue.

However, the statement also included that the two “agreed on the importance of restarting meaningful negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and working toward a comprehensive peace, and that all sides need to take concrete steps toward peace.”

At his press conference, Netanyahu reiterated that good progress had been made at the meeting, but said some issues remained unresolved. The goal, he said, is “to strike a balance” that would meet the settlers’ basic needs while also enabling peace talks to resume.

Responding to Palestinian reports that Abbas had expressed willingness to meet with him at next month’s UN General Assembly session in New York, Netanyahu said that if Abbas “is behind this declaration, that would be progress. This is a positive thing, a positive first step.”

Until now, Abbas has refused to meet with him unless he first imposes a total freeze on settlement construction.

Netanyahu said he is willing to discuss all the well-known final-status issues, such as occupied Jerusalem, borders and the refugees, but also intends to raise issues of his own – primarily the demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state and that any agreement explicitly declare the conflict over and bar any further claims. “We also have core issues, and the issue of recognition is core, in my view,” he said. “If we insist on the recognition, there will be a peace agreement.”

LIKUD MK HOLDS ANTI-NETANYAHU CONFERENCE
Meanwhile, Knesset Member Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) held a conference in the Knesset Wednesday for the heads of Judea and Samaria settlers, in order to create a united front against Netanyahu’s plan to freeze construction in settlements.

Officials said the freeze may create problems for the Israeli prime minister with rightists in the coalition. However a refusal to halt construction may harm relations with the Labor Party.

The gathering was attended by 20 leaders of settlements in the occupied West Bank. They agreed that over the next month more pressure should be placed on Netanyahu to renege on the decision to freeze.

Noam Arnon, of the leaders of the Israeli settlement in al-Khalil, said the settlers must limit Netanyahu as his government could not legitimately halt construction. “We can’t have a government that behaves worse than that of Olmert,” one speaker said. “We won’t allow a construction freeze; we won’t allow him to break left.”

Some said the Israeli prime minister was deviating from the policy that had won him his position. “People need to be faithful to what they promised during the elections,” the speaker said.

The anti-Netanyahu sentiment demonstrates a departure from the settlers’ policy of attacking Defense Minister Ehud Barak for their grievances. “Barak is no longer the only address. We need to put pressure on the prime minister,” the Yesha Council stated.

Overcome Fascist Thinking With Technological Progress

[Mrs. LaRouche has some good points, but colonizing the moon and Mars might be getting ahead of ourselves a bit, at least until the ravages of the never-ending war are repaired and ways are found to end hunger and extend basic human rights to every person.  LaRouche is trying to ride the wave of American discontent to power (as always), to implant his new super-capitalism, if he (or she) ever succeeds.  My impression of the man has always been that he is just another tool, one to hype the fear and claim credit for every arousal of American righteous indignation.]

Overcome Fascist Thinking With Technological Progress

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Aug. 24—In her Aug. 21 webcast, German Chancellor candidate Helga Zepp-LaRouche exposed the fascist thinking behind the health-care policy of the Obama Administration, and contrasted it with the perspective of development through technological progress. In this, her second webcast of the Chancellor campaign, which concludes with national elections on Sept. 27, Zepp-LaRouche provided an inspiring point of optimism, especially with her concluding call for the urgent adoption of a Moon-Mars Project, as a mission for international cooperation to bring mankind into a new era of prosperity.

Since she is a long-time political figure in German politics, as well as a spokesperson for her husband Lyndon LaRouche’s political movement internationally through the Schiller Institute, Zepp-LaRouche’s policy intervention can be expected to have strong reverberations, throughout Europe and Eurasia. As the economic breakdown crisis picks up speed, the impact of her electoral campaign, which is supported by candidacies of members of her Civil Rights Solidarity Movement (BüSo) in seven Federal states, will be one of the poles of sanity for all of Europe.

Zepp-LaRouche organized her presentation, which was entitled “Will the Threat of Ungovernability in the U.S. Spread to Germany?”, around two major themes. The first was the nature of the civilizational breakdown crisis, in which the financial oligarchy, once again, is threatening to impose fascist mass murder on the world, and against which the United States population has risen up in a mass strike revolt against the Obama Administration. The second was the alternative, presented with many colorful graphics, and a film clip on the Moon-Mars project, of the program for worldwide reconstruction that must be adopted immediately.

The Crisis We Face

After being introduced by Karsten Werner, head of the Saxony branch of the BüSo, Zepp-LaRouche began with Lyndon LaRouche’s forecast of the meltdown of the world financial system, which will occur, at the latest, in mid-October, barring changes in policy. There are a few people who take pleasure in the impending collapse of the United States, she said, but we should be clear: “A collapse of the United States would not leave any country unscathed; worldwide chaos would result.”

Nor should anyone take the fall in prices as a positive sign, she added. This reflects the collapse of the real economy, and is proceeding simultaneously with the threat of a hyperinflationary explosion. The cause of this explosion is, not least, the gargantuan rescue packages for the U.S. banks’ toxic waste. “The U.S.A. has a budget deficit of $13 trillion, but altogether, an indebtedness of $56 trillion.”

Even the Bundesbank president, Axel Weber, has warned about a “second round” of the financial crisis, she said.

The Revolt of the U.S. Population

But there’s been a dramatic change in the strategic situation, Zepp-LaRouche said, with the revolt in the United States. And this revolt is totally different than what you hear about in the media. The U.S. population has realized that what President Obama says, and what he means to do to the citizens, are two entirely different things. Obama says he wants to provide health insurance for 50 million uninsured Americans. “But what does that mean, when at the same time, health-care costs are supposed to be cut by 30%?”

Americans have begun to realize that such a “reform” is a threat to their very existence, and they are confronting their Congressmen and Senators with rage, at one town meeting after another, during the August recess.

There is a fundamental difference between this American unrest, and what we have seen over the past months in Europe—for example, in Greece or the Baltics. “The difference lies in the fact that the United States had a successful revolution, in which the population won a Constitution which guarantees the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And this idea, which is expressed in the Declaration of the Independence, as well as in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution, is effectively the thread running through American history.” The fate of Germany and Europe depend upon the outcome of this confrontation in the United States.

Zepp-LaRouche then elaborated on the actual nature of the Obama Administration’s health program. The Obama “reform” is a copy of the rationing system in Great Britian, she said, where a board of experts decides who get treated, and who does not. And “that is exactly the same thing which was agreed on, in Hitler’s Tiergarten-4 policy of the National Socialists in 1939, namely that there was ‘life unworthy of life,’ and which established that the denial of medical care for the old and handicapped would be legitimate.”

To dramatize this point, Zepp-LaRouche showed a video of a father in Romulus, Mich., who pushed his son, who has cerebral palsy, in his wheelchair, up to the podium, in the town meeting being held by Rep. John Dingell (D), demanding to know what would happen to his son under Obama’s cost-cutting health “reform.”

In Europe, there’s a campaign of lies about the nature of the mass revolt against the Obama’s health program, she said. They say it is being organized by the Republican Party and by the right wing, and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry. “The truth is that all parts of the population have broken with the Administration, but especially pensioners and seniors.”

Ezekiel Emanuel, the Face of Fascism

Zepp-LaRouche then focussed on the person of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health-care advisor to the Office of Management and Budget in the United States, as providing the key to understanding the Obama Administration’s health-care policy. She reviewed a number of his articles, beginning with that in the Huffington Post of October 2008, where he wrote that economic depression and bank bailouts might now make it possible to panic Americans into permitting his Nazi-style in health-care “reform.”

“The dean of health-care economists [and co-author, with Emanuel—ed.] Victor Fuchs of Stanford, has long maintained that we will get health-care reform only when there is a war, a depression or some other major civil unrest,” Emanuel wrote. “It’s beginning to look like we might just have all three.” “The huge increase in the federal debt that these bailouts will entail intensifies the pressure to rein in health-care costs,” he added.

Zepp-LaRouche reviewed a number of articles which Emanuel, a so-called bio-ethicist, has co-authored, on the explicit subject of saving money through limiting health care for the old, including through euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.

From this, she continued, it’s easy to see the parallel to the euthanasia program of the Nazis. At first, the American public was shocked when LaRouche in April asserted the Nazi model for the Obama health program, but now, increasing numbers of people see that the comparison was absolutely correct. She then recalled for her audience the warnings of Dr. Leo Alexander, a U.S. medical advisor at the Nuremberg Doctors’ trials after World War II, who pointed to the utilitarianism of Hegel and Jeremy Bentham as the source of the corruption which led to sections of the population being treated like cattle, because they were consuming “too many resources,” or were, for other reasons, unwanted.

This is exactly the reasoning which is being used in the United States today.

Nor is Germany exempt, Zepp-LaRouche went on. Over the last 16 years, the German health-care system has been gradually destroyed, with 100,000 health-care jobs eliminated, and more and more dominance of a policy of triage. Zepp-LaRouche said:

The reason I’ve dealt with this so extensively, is that this man, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, is the idea-man for this health-care reform. And one would think that in Germany, where this same policy occasioned such a huge catastrophe, this theme would be taken up. But in no single article or report up until now [in Germany], has the name Ezekiel Emanuel even been mentioned, although in America it is a matter of the hottest debate, which is occurring at the town meetings, that he is the author of the reform. If I’ve ever seen an example of media control—and I have seen many—this is really it.

The Alternative: Worldwide Reconstruction

Zepp-LaRouche then picked up her second major theme, the program for overcoming the crisis. The basis for ideas such as those of Ezekiel Emanuel is false, she argued. People have accepted the idea of an entropic world view, which says there are “limited resources,” “limited space [Lebensraum],” “overpopulation,” and the need for rationing of health care. “All of this is the essence of fascist ideology,” she said. “The real laws of the universe are anti-entropic.”

We are holding an election amidst the greatest economic breakdown in the history of mankind, she said, and with a revolt in the United States of which my husband, Lyndon LaRouche, is the intellectual leader. Europeans must realize that there are two diametrically opposed traditions in America: one of the Anglo-American special relationship, as expressed by the cooperation between Britain’s Tony Blair and George W. Bush on the Iraq War; and the other, the revolutionary tradition against the British Empire. It is this second tradition which is coming to the fore, and which gives us a chance to get out of this crisis, she said.

Zepp-LaRouche then outlined LaRouche’s proposals for a four-power agreement among the United States, Russia, China, and India, to put together a new world credit system, on the American constitutional model. She used many graphics to illustrate the great infrastructure projects which such a new system would fund—including the Eurasian Land-Bridge, maglev train technologies, a worldwide transportation network, and more. Such a program could bring 10 million new productive jobs to Germany in the short term.

She devoted special attention to the situation in Africa, which she characterized as the test of morality for Europe. If we can’t overturn the injustice of 100 years of the slave trade and colonialism, to develop Africa, then our moral indifference means we can do nothing.

The ‘Extraterrestrial Imperative’

The radical change in thinking required today, Zepp-LaRouche continued, is expressed in the vision of the great German scientist Krafft Ehricke (1917-1984), who developed what he called the “extraterrestrial imperative.” For Ehricke, she said, the “extraterrestrial imperative” was a natural expansion of the evolutionary process of the Biosphere itself, in which existing physical limits are overcome, and also the so-called limited resources, and scarcities.

If we want to bring mankind out of his linear and monetarist thinking, there is no better way than manned space flight, because it inspires the spirit and the imagination. This program would have gone forward if President Kennedy had not been assassinated, and the world today would have been a totally different place, if we were advancing on this program. We would have long ago solved all the problems of this Earth, because the spinoffs of this fundamental research would be enormous. Thus it was that for every penny invested in the U.S. space program, 14 cents was gained in the civilian economy. It was therefore not the case that it was an extravagance, but, to the contrary, through the stimulation of these new revolutionary technologies, productivity in all sectors would increase enormously.

Zepp-LaRouche then presented Ehricke’s plan for the construction of a city on the Moon, which would become a launching pad and resource base for the exploration of Mars and beyond. To accomplish this, however, we have to develop nuclear-powered transport, so that the journey to Mars takes not 200 days, as it would with present technologies, but only four or five. This means developing nuclear fusion, and the isotope economy—which naturally goes against the idea of limited resources and scarcity that are traded on the financial markets.

“This extraterrestrial imperative is the essential next step in the coming-of-age of mankind,” she said. “Of that I am absolutely convinced. And as Krafft Ehricke told me, shortly before his death: ‘The problem is not the technology. The problem is, that man has not adequately developed.’ ” Ehricke himself had outlined three fundamental laws of aeronautics, which apply to man’s nature as a whole:

1. Nobody and nothing under the natural laws of this universe imposes any limitations on man, except man himself.

2. Not only the Earth, but the entire Solar System, and as much of the universe as he can reach under the laws of nature, are man’s rightful domain of activity.

3. By expanding throughout the universe, man fulfills his destiny as an element of life, endowed with the power of reason and the wisdom of the moral law within himself.

Zepp-LaRouche concluded her presentation thus:

Therefore, in this, the greatest crisis in the history of mankind, I think that we cannot come out of the crisis with some kind of pragmatic short-term solutions, but that we must—and that is in the tradition of Nicolas of Cusa, Kepler, Leibniz, and other great humanists of European intellectual history: We must bestir ourselves with the highest ideals. And only thus can we gain the strength, to be ready to deal with the current situation, and to usher in a positive era in history.

The Next Step

Zepp-LaRouche’s presentation was followed by almost two hours of discussion, much of it about the economic crisis and her proposed solutions.

She will give her final webcast for the election season on Sept. 22, five days before the election.

The archive video recording of the Aug. 21 webcast, in German and in English simultaneous translation, can be found here, and on the BüSo website, http://.bueso.de.

Six degrees of separation from torture

Six degrees of separation from torture

Gordon Giesbrecht, an expert on cold-water survival, says his experiments show that many people can withstand the excruciating discomfort of 12-degree water for hours, and yet, a drop of just a few degrees beyond that can kill a healthy human. Dan Winters for The Globe and Mail Gordon Giesbrecht, an expert on cold-water survival, says his experiments show that many people can withstand the excruciating discomfort of 12-degree water for hours, and yet, a drop of just a few degrees beyond that can kill a healthy human.

Cold was a weapon in the wider war on terrorism. And Canadian expertise was consulted.

Documents reveal that U.S. operatives cast their eyes north after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as spies struggled to develop “water-dousing” interrogation techniques.

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency wanted to use cold water to soften up al-Qaeda suspects, so it read tracts by Canadian experts.

The research – with titles like Immersion into Cold Water and Survival in Cold Waters – was written with the intent of improving the odds for sailors and fishermen lost at sea. The CIA accessed it to determine how far its agents could go with “high-value detainees” in secret prisons.

“Oh dear. I’ve helped the CIA, have I?” Chris Brooks of Kanata, Ont., said when told that an 85-page document he wrote years ago for Transport Canada was footnoted in the CIA’s so-called “torture memos.”

“I’m absolutely flabbergasted,” he said.

Read Dr. Chris Brooks’ full Transport Canada study on Cold Water Survival:

Download this file (.pdf)

The University of Manitoba’s Gordon Giesbrecht was also taken aback that the CIA cited his research. The leading expert on cold-water survival researches the precise points at which frigid waters become lethal.

“I’ve made hundreds of people hypothermic over the last 20 years or so,” he said, adding that he has subjected himself to his own water-immersion experiments.

Stressing that his research was always ethically conducted, he added that “we’ve often jokingly referred to this as ‘torture’ – it was just brutal.”

Although given unprecedented latitude by the Bush administration, the CIA still needed to reassure queasy bureaucrats and lawyers that it knew what it was doing as it pioneered interrogation practices on alleged terrorists.

Newly disclosed materials on water dousing and other techniques can be found within a sheaf of previously top secret CIA memos released by court order to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Read a once ‘Top Secret’ CIA memo on the medical rationale behind its interrogation tactics (which includes a reference to a Transport Canada study):

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These disclosures led the Obama administration this week to appoint a special investigator to probe past counterterrorism practices.

“Water dousing” is not to be confused with the more notorious “waterboarding,” an interrogation technique that amounts to controlled drowning. But the Red Cross has documented several CIA detainees complaining that they were drenched daily with buckets or hoses while held in the cold rooms in secret prisons.

Read a Red Cross study on al-Qaeda suspects’ first hand accounts of CIA interrogation practises:

Download this file (.pdf)

Some even complained they were put in an “immersion bath.” Guards made them lie on plastic sheeting with the edges raised and poured in bucket after bucket of cold water for up to a half hour at a time.

“Water dousing is intended to weaken the detainee’s overall resistance posture and persuade him to co-operate with interrogators,” reads one of the CIA memos justifying the practice. It adds that detainees were to be restrained, possibly naked, and could withstand dousing for up to an hour in the right conditions.

This technique is held as the 15th most “intense” on the CIA’s internal list, starting with “shaving” (No. 1) and ending with “waterboarding” (No. 20). Dousing was seen as a step harsher than sleep deprivation, but a notch less punishing than being forced into “stress positions.”

A 2005 fax sent from the CIA to the U.S. Department of Justice includes an appendix called Medical Rationales for Limitations on Physical Pressures.

“Death can result from prolonged (i.e. 6 hour) exposure to 15 C water, 2 hrs at 10 C, 1 hour at 5 C,” the table reads. “Hypothermia can be induced in 30 minutes with 5 C … Immersion at temperatures below 25 C/ 77 F will eventually be fatal over time.”

The CIA urged agents to have doctors handy and cease dousing “upon evidence of hypothermia.” The table refers readers to Transport Canada’s Survival in Cold Waters – written by Dr. Brooks – or a chapter in a book called Wilderness Medicine titled Immersion into Cold Water.

“That was my chapter,” Dr. Giesbrecht said yesterday.

Although he denounced dousing interrogations as unethical, he said the CIA’s guidance actually errs on the side of caution.

“These estimates are really overestimating how quickly one would die,” he said.

PROFESSOR POPSICLE: EXPLORING THE SCIENCE OF WARM BODIES IN COLD WATER

The man they call “Professor Popsicle” is no stranger to frigid waters, but says he has had enough. “I don’t suspect I’ll get in cold water any more,” he said yesterday.

Gordon Giesbrecht, a Manitoba scientist in his 50s, explained that he has rendered himself hypothermic more than 40 times in the course of his career.

“And I tell you,” he said, “if you had to do that every day, you wouldn’t be happy.”

Dr. Giesbrecht’s experiments have piqued the curiosity of many. David Letterman invited him on his show in 2004. The operators of CIA secret prisons referred to his research as they doused top al-Qaeda suspects.

Scientists are still struggling to figure out how the human body responds to the shocking, numbing and drowning effects of cold water. Dr. Giesbrecht said his experiments show many people can easily withstand the “excruciating” discomfort of 12-degree water for hours, and yet a drop of just a few degrees beyond that can kill a healthy human.

Every person has a breaking point, he said, adding that the longest he’s been submerged in cold water is for about five hours. He recalled extreme pain, numbness, and uncontrollable shivering of most major muscle groups.

Although the experience bordered on “torture,” he said, the conditions were such that he and other research subjects could have endured the water much longer without lasting damage.

“We had a limit, essentially, based on compassion,” he said. Colin Freeze

NAZI ATROCITIES

The world is aghast today at reports of CIA interrogation tactics, but Nazi experiments remain the nadir of unethical research.

During the Second World War, the Third Reich was losing thousands of soldiers to frigid North Sea waters. That led German scientists to study hypothermia by reaching into the Dachau concentration camp for detainees.

Once plunged into tanks of icy water, the prisoners’ vital signs were monitored, whether they died or survived. Some were even reimmersed into boiling water.

The Nazi regime crumbled but the data survived – prompting debates to this day about whether scientists should mine atrocities for information. Colin Freeze

Nato attack on Afghanistan clinic

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US and Afghan forces attacked a clinic in eastern Afghanistan where a Taliban leader was being treated for injuries he sustained last week, Nato has said.

They were fired upon when they neared the clinic in the Sar Hawza district of Paktika province, and responded by ordering helicopter strikes.

The troops first made sure there were no civilians inside, Nato added.

Nato said one soldier was killed and seven gunmen were arrested, but local officials said 12 militants had died.

Hamidullah Zhwak, a spokesman for Paktika’s governor, said the Taliban commander had been wounded in clashes last Thursday, when Afghans voted in presidential and provincial elections.

He and three other wounded Taliban had been brought to the clinic at noon on Wednesday, shortly after which the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) was tipped off, he said.

Mr Zhwak said militants in a tower near the clinic had opened fired as the troops approached and that the gun battle had lasted five hours.

“After ensuring the clinic was cleared of civilians, an AH64 Apache helicopter fired rounds at the building, ending the direct threat and injuring the targeted insurgent in the building,” Nato said on Thursday, adding that there were no civilian casualties.

A blast in Kandahar on Wednesday night which set a wood shop on fire caused no casualties, the AP news agency reported.

The explosion came one day after a massive explosion in Kandahar killed 43 people in Afghanistan’s deadliest bombing for a year.

Aftermath of Kandahar blast – 26 Aug 09

AlJazeeraEnglishAugust 26, 2009No-one has yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, which is a stronghold of the Taliban. The Taliban has comdemned the bombing and denied involvem…No-one has yet claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, which is a stronghold of the Taliban.The Taliban has comdemned the bombing and denied involvement in the attack that left at least 43 people dead.The blast, which wounded at least 65 other people, took place outside a wedding hall in the southern city shortly after people were breaking their Ramadan fast.The Afghan government now says it is sending the army in to take control of security in the city.Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr reports.

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Doctors Helped Find Sick Ways to Fine-Tune the Torture

“The interrogators’ objective,” the background paper says, “is to transition the HVD to a point where he is participating in a predictable, reliable and sustainable manner.” The policy was to use the “least coercive measure” to achieve the goal. The harsh treatment began with the “attention slap,” and for three prisoners of the nearly 100 who passed through the program, the endpoint was waterboarding.

Waterboarding might be an excruciating procedure with deep roots in the history of torture, but for the C.I.A.’s Office of Medical Services, recordkeeping for each session of near-drowning was critical. “In order to best inform future medical judgments and recommendations, it is important that every application of the waterboard be thoroughly documented,” said medical guidelines prepared for the interrogators in December 2004.

The required records, the medical supervisors said, included “how long each application (and the entire procedure) lasted, how much water was used in the process (realizing that much splashes off), how exactly the water was applied, if a seal was achieved, if the naso- or oropharynx was filled, what sort of volume was expelled, how long was the break between applications, and how the subject looked between each treatment.”

When the doctors gauged what a drenching in a cold cell might do to a prisoner, they did their research, consulting a textbook entitled “Wilderness Medicine,” in particular Chapter 6 on “accidental hypothermia,” as well as a Canadian government pamphlet, “Survival in Cold Waters,” according to footnotes.

Lawyers at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, likewise, were immersed in the details of investigations.

A week before he completed the first major legal opinion that authorized the use of physical pressure, John C. Yoo, the national security specialist in the counsel’s office, was faxed a six-page C.I.A. “psychological assessment” of the first man the brutal methods would be used on, Abu Zubaydah. “Subject is a highly self-directed individual who prizes his independence,” the assessment said.

In 2004, when Daniel B. Levin, then the acting assistant attorney general in the counsel’s office, sent a letter to the C.I.A. reauthorizing waterboarding, he dictated the terms: no more than two sessions of two hours each, per day, with both a doctor and a psychologist in attendance. In 2007, Steven G. Bradbury, then in charge of the office, wrote a two-page letter simply to extend the authorization for use of a particular technique — its name is redacted — for an extra day, until “1700 E.S.T., November 8, 2007.”

Report Shows Tight C.I.A. Control on Interrogations

Published: August 25, 2009

WASHINGTON — Two 17-watt fluorescent-tube bulbs — no more, no less — illuminated each cell, 24 hours a day. White noise played constantly but was never to exceed 79 decibels. A prisoner could be doused with 41-degree water but for only 20 minutes at a stretch.

The Central Intelligence Agency’s secret interrogation program operated under strict rules, and the rules were dictated from Washington with the painstaking, eye-glazing detail beloved by any bureaucracy.

The first news reports this week about hundreds of pages of newly released documents on the C.I.A. program focused on aberrations in the field: threats of execution by handgun or assault by power drill; a prisoner lifted off the ground by his arms, which were tied behind his back; another detainee repeatedly knocked out with pressure applied to the carotid artery.

But the strong impression that emerges from the documents, many with long passages blacked out for secrecy, is by no means one of gung-ho operatives running wild. It is a portrait of overwhelming control exercised from C.I.A. headquarters and the Department of Justice — control Bush administration officials say was intended to ensure that the program was safe and legal.

Managers, doctors and lawyers not only set the program’s parameters but dictated every facet of a detainee’s daily routine, monitoring interrogations on an hour-by-hour basis. From their Washington offices, they obsessed over the smallest details: the number of calories a prisoner consumed daily (1,500); the number of hours he could be kept in a box (eight hours for the large box, two hours for the small one); the proper time when his enforced nudity should be ended and his clothes returned.

The detainee “finds himself in the complete control of Americans; the procedures he is subjected to are precise, quiet and almost clinical, ” noted one document.

The records suggest one quandary prosecutors face as they begin a review of the C.I.A. program, part of the larger inquiry into abuse cases ordered Monday by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Any prosecution that focuses narrowly on low-level interrogators who on a few occasions broke the rules may appear unfair, since most of the brutal treatment was authorized from the White House on down.

“The documents underscore how closely supervised the program was by officials in Washington,” said Jameel Jaffer of the American Civil Liberties Union, whose Freedom of Information Act lawsuit forced disclosure of the records. “Any investigation that began and ended with the so-called rogue interrogators would be completely inadequate.”

A 2004 background paper the C.I.A. sent to the Justice Department gives the fullest account to date of the oversight of every step that followed the capture of a man suspected of being a top member of Al Qaeda — an HVD, in agency parlance, for high-value detainee.

Brought to the “black site” in diapers, the paper says, the prisoner’s head and face were shaved, he was stripped and photographed and sleep deprivation and a diet limited to Ensure Plus, a dietary drink, began.

“The interrogators’ objective,” the background paper says, “is to transition the HVD to a point where he is participating in a predictable, reliable and sustainable manner.” The policy was to use the “least coercive measure” to achieve the goal. The harsh treatment began with the “attention slap,” and for three prisoners of the nearly 100 who passed through the program, the endpoint was waterboarding.

Waterboarding might be an excruciating procedure with deep roots in the history of torture, but for the C.I.A.’s Office of Medical Services, recordkeeping for each session of near-drowning was critical. “In order to best inform future medical judgments and recommendations, it is important that every application of the waterboard be thoroughly documented,” said medical guidelines prepared for the interrogators in December 2004.

The required records, the medical supervisors said, included “how long each application (and the entire procedure) lasted, how much water was used in the process (realizing that much splashes off), how exactly the water was applied, if a seal was achieved, if the naso- or oropharynx was filled, what sort of volume was expelled, how long was the break between applications, and how the subject looked between each treatment.”

When the doctors gauged what a drenching in a cold cell might do to a prisoner, they did their research, consulting a textbook entitled “Wilderness Medicine,” in particular Chapter 6 on “accidental hypothermia,” as well as a Canadian government pamphlet, “Survival in Cold Waters,” according to footnotes.

Lawyers at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, likewise, were immersed in the details of investigations.

A week before he completed the first major legal opinion that authorized the use of physical pressure, John C. Yoo, the national security specialist in the counsel’s office, was faxed a six-page C.I.A. “psychological assessment” of the first man the brutal methods would be used on, Abu Zubaydah. “Subject is a highly self-directed individual who prizes his independence,” the assessment said.

In 2004, when Daniel B. Levin, then the acting assistant attorney general in the counsel’s office, sent a letter to the C.I.A. reauthorizing waterboarding, he dictated the terms: no more than two sessions of two hours each, per day, with both a doctor and a psychologist in attendance. In 2007, Steven G. Bradbury, then in charge of the office, wrote a two-page letter simply to extend the authorization for use of a particular technique — its name is redacted — for an extra day, until “1700 E.S.T., November 8, 2007.”

Tom Parker, policy director for counterterrorism and human rights at Amnesty International USA, said the documents were “chilling.”

“They show how deeply rooted this new culture of mistreatment became,” he said.

But defenders of the program say the tight rules show the government’s attempt to keep the program within the law. “Elaborate care went into figuring out the precise gradations of coercion,” said David B. Rivkin Jr., a lawyer who served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. “Yes, it’s jarring. But it shows how both the lawyers and the nonlawyers tried to do the right thing.”

As leaks about the program led to public accusations of torture, court rulings and Congressional action, the paperwork flowing between nervous C.I.A. and Justice officials steadily grew.

In June 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that prisoners who were members of Al Qaeda were entitled to the Geneva Conventions’ protections against humiliating and degrading treatment, and “outrages on personal dignity.” John A. Rizzo, the C.I.A.’s top lawyer, asked the Justice Department whether treatment at the agency’s secret prisons passed that test.

Mr. Bradbury of the Office of Legal Counsel wrote a 14-page response, assuring the agency that none of the conditions — the blindfolding and shackling, the involuntary shaving and the white noise — violated the Geneva Conventions’ standards.

“These are not conditions that humans strive for,” Mr. Bradbury wrote. “But they do reflect the realities of detention, realities that the Geneva Conventions accommodate, where persons will have to sacrifice some measure of privacy and liberty while under detention.”

Soon the assurances were no longer necessary. Worries about the legality of the C.I.A. program had reached the highest levels of the Bush administration. Two weeks after Mr. Bradbury sent his letter, President George W. Bush emptied the prisons, ordering the C.I.A.’s remaining 14 prisoners transferred to the American military’s detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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Seligman’s Puppies

Seligman’s Puppies

Here are the gory details of Seligman’s so-called “learned helplessness” experiments, in his own words.  These were not “experiments” at all, but torture of helpless little puppies in the name of “science,” unless your idea of legitimate experiments included the methods used by Nazi scientists.  Seligman applied 500 v.a.c., at 4.5-6 milliamps, for as much as 30 seconds at a time, to the tender pads of the dogs’ feet, until the torturers convinced them that they were dead, or nearly so.  It is little wonder that the designers of the torture/interrogation used at Abu Gharib and elsewhere fell in love with Seligman’s sick methodology.  The idea that soldiers might simply reverse the torture process in their so-called “resilience training,” to undo the damage done to soldiers and thereby improve the Army’s image is ludicrous.

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… FAILURE TO ESCAPE TRAUMATIC SHOCK 1 MARTIN E: P. SELIGMAN 2 AND STEVEN F. MAIER« University of Pennsylvania

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British/Zionist Press Mentions “Greater Israel”

[It’s remarkable that the Zionist press would ever use this term, which get’s the rest of us called “anti-Semites” every time we mention it.  Of course the article never clarified what was meant by the expression “Greater Israel,” or more correctly, “Eretz Yisrael.]

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The quest for a greater Israel

Settler ideology has made the sanctity of the land a central tenet and effectively turned the Palestinians into aliens on their own soil

Jewish Settlers Continue To Occupy Unauthorized West Bank OutpostsRamat Migron, West Bank: A Jewish settler rebuilds his outpost after Israeli policemen demolished it. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

It was Israel‘s stunning military victory over its Arab enemies in 1967 that opened up Judea and Samaria – the Hebrew names for the West Bank and the heart of the biblical land of Israel (“the cradle of the nation”) for settlement by Jews.

In the background, Naomi Shemer, Israel’s Vera Lynn, sang her haunting anthem “Jerusalem of Gold” – in a euphoric and for some almost messianic atmosphere in which peace with the newly occupied Palestinians was barely considered.

The idea of “Greater Israel” (more accurately the “whole land of Israel”) appealed to both religious and secular rightwing nationalists who sought to fulfill divine commandments about the “beginning of redemption”, as well as create “facts on the ground” to enhance Israel’s security.

Settler ideology made the sanctity of the land a central tenet and effectively turned the Palestinians into aliens on their own soil.

Weeks after the war the first settlers came to Kfar Etzion near Bethlehem, where Jews had lived before 1948; at Passover 1968 others moved “temporarily” to Hebron, where members of the Orthodox Jewish community were massacred during the British mandate period.

Under the Labour governments that ruled Israel for the first decade of the occupation 30 settlements housing 5,000 people were established for “security reasons” .

When Menachem Begin’s rightwing Likud, allied with religious nationalist parties, came to power in 1977 the effort moved far deeper into the West Bank. The settlements “were intended to prevent the partition of the country based on the principle of two states for two peoples,” says Israel’s Peace Now Movement.

CIA collusion with “Al Qaeda” financiers and attack planners

CIA collusion with “Al Qaeda” financiers and attack planners

By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Aug 26, 2009, 00:19

(WMR) — WMR has learned from an intelligence source from a NATO country that elements of the CIA have coordinated their activities with top Gulf state officials who have been connected to “Al Qaeda” networks that have planned and financed various terrorist attacks.

A number of the “Al Qaeda”-associated officials are veterans of the CIA’s war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, including a top prince of the Al Thani royal family of Qatar who also serves as a government minister. The prince, who was shot twice in the back while fighting with the Afghan mujaheddin against the Soviets in Afghanistan, maintains close relations with the Taliban in Afghanistan and serves as a conduit between the CIA and both the Taliban and “Al Qaeda.”

The prince maintains contact with “Al Qaeda’s” financial network through contacts in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The regional security officer for the British embassy in Dubai, believed to be an MI-6 official cover, maintains contact with the Qatari prince and his “Jihadist” financial and logistics network in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This network, allowed to operate with CIA and MI-6 knowledge and soft support, also, according to our source, involves a top official in the government of Abu Dhabi who is close to the Abu Dhabi royal family.

In 2006, Qatar’s interior minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Al-Thani, rejected a civil judgment against him by a New York federal judge stating that he harbored Al Qaeda’s number three man Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and tipped off Mohammed before a CIA attempt to arrest him in 1996. In fact, WMR has learned that the CIA station at the U.S. embassy in Doha, Qatar, has been a key link between the agency and the “Al Qaeda” support network in recent years, even in late 2001 when Al-Thani was accused of harboring both Mohammed and another Al Qaeda operative, Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, who was later allegedly killed by U.S. forces in Iraq.

Another individual with whom the CIA in the UAE maintains close contact is Osama Bin Laden’s former financial adviser, a British-Mozambican UK citizen, who once lived in Bin Laden’s home in Saudi Arabia where the “Al Qaeda” leader received various diplomats from countries that included Britain and the United States. A cousin of Bin Laden’s financial adviser served at the British Consulate General in Chicago, from which financial support was given to “Al Qaeda” operatives in the United States.

Chicago FBI agents Robert Wright and John Vincent began investigating the Al Qaeda money trail links between Chicago area terrorist cells and Bin Laden after the East Africa U.S. embassy bombings in 1998. However, their investigation was spiked by FBI headquarters in Washington.

Another FBI agent who was getting close to the connections between “Al Qaeda,” the Saudi government, and the CIA and MI-6 was John P. O’Neill, the top FBI agent assigned to investigate Al Qaeda. O’Neill discovered the Western intelligence and Saudi/Gulf connections to Al Qaeda but was subjected to a pre-retirement theft of his briefcase that contained classified documents on his investigation. After his stormy retirement from the FBI, O’Neill was hired by Kroll Associates as the head of security for the World Trade Center and after only a day or two on the job, died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.

According to a French DGSE highly classified intelligence document received by WMR, Bin Laden remained under the operational control of the CIA and Britain’s MI-6 until 1995. In July 2001, just weeks before the 9/11 attacks, French media reported that Bin Laden was visited at the American Hospital in Dubai by Larry Mitchell, the CIA’s station chief in Dubai. Bin Laden maintained accounts at Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), associated with various CIA operations in the years of the mujaheddin war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. With the knowledge and approval of the CIA, those accounts shifted to other banks after the collapse of BCCI in 1991. Mossad and Middle East banking sources have told WMR that those banks include Citigroup, the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, and HSBC.

One place where “Al Qaeda” operatives, mostly Saudis but a few nationals of other Middle East countries like Lebanon, often rub shoulders with CIA and MI-6 “liaisons” in Thailand, particularly Bangkok and Pattaya. Ironically, Bangkok was the site of one of the CIA’s secret rendition prisons where “Al Qaeda” suspects were tortured.

Southeast Asia is a preferred place for weapons transfers from Western intelligence agents to the “Al Qaeda” and “Jemaah Islamiya” operatives. Last week, the Philippine Coast Guard intercepted the M/V Captain Ufuk as it entered Manila Bay carrying a cargo of Israeli Galil assault rifles. The Captain Ufuk has a Georgian crew, South African captain, Panamanian registry, and had began its trip in Turkey with an intermediate stop in Indonesia. The Philippines is reported by the CIA to be a center for “Al Qaeda”-affiliated “Abu Sayyaf” terrorist activity. It appears that the CIA and their Israeli friends know much more about the Abu Sayyaf activity as they did about the 2002 nightclub bombing in Bali.

Writing in the Atlantic Free Press on January 15, 2009, Tim Gatto reported: “The main attempt of the administration was to invent a huge group of militant Muslims operating in 87 countries that was led by Osama Bin Laden. The name of this Washington invention was called al Qaeda. This in Arabic means The Base. It was originally a database.

“This is what Wayne Madsen wrote about al Qaeda: ‘Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons [and wrote in The Guardian] that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.’

“Al Qaeda” has apparently extorted large sums of money from the governments of the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait as ‘protection insurance’ against ‘Al Qaeda’ terrorist attacks within their nations. One such scheme involved a threat to bomb the foundations of several new high-rise skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The CIA/MI-6 network in the Gulf is also reported to sanctions the Sh’ia Mahdi Army operations in Iraq that have been responsible for a number of deadly terrorist attacks against U.S. and allied troops and Iraqi military and civilian targets.

“An important liaison between the CIA and Bin Laden was Bin Laden’s assistant, Ali Mohammed, an Egyptian Army veteran who was officially reported to have been rebuffed by the CIA when he tried to become an agent but was gladly hired by the Special Warfare Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina as an instructor. Ali Mohammed trained some of those who would later serve with the CIA’s Special Activities Division and Blackwater. Ali Mohammed was yet another link between the CIA and ‘Al Qaeda.’”

WMR’s intelligence source has attempted to inform U.S. military authorities about the connections of the CIA to the Qatar/Abu Dhabi/Dubai “Al Qaeda” jihadist network but was told by a U.S. Army captain at Tallil airbase in Iraq that his safety could not be ensured by the U.S. military.

WMR has learned from our intelligence source that the CIA’s assassination team predates the George W. Bush administration and that it was used for special assassination “wet affairs” jobs during both the Clinton and George H. W. Bush administrations.

The CIA used a wealthy intermediary in Switzerland who manipulated the market in high-dollar art sales to provide money for special CIA accounts maintained at Bank Hofmann in Zurich, acquired by Clariden Leu AG in 2007. Bank Hofmann, a private bank that also maintained branches in Geneva and London.

Another private bank used to launder CIA hit squad operations was Trufinco of Zurich. Money laundered by the CIA from stolen artwork was reportedly handled by a CIA entity called the Boecking Trust which used various free ports around the world to hide stolen artwork. Some of the paintings stolen and sold by the CIA were to rich Saudis at Marbella in Spain and included four paintings held by the late Princess Diana at Bank Leu, one Van Dyck, two Rubens, and one Rembrandt. Bank Leu, also known as Clariden Leu, is also reportedly a front for secret CIA banking. Ironically, the bank was used by two U.S. spies for Russia, CIA agent Harold Nicholson and FBI agent Robert Hanssen, to maintain secret bank accounts to hide their payments from Russian intelligence.

The CIA assassination covert operational infrastructure also had direct links to CIA fronts in Panama, Japan, France, Italy, Monaco, and Texas. Some of the CIA wet affairs officials also had close relations to former President George H. W. Bush in Texas. There were also links between the CIA death squads and top officials of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, the party of former Pakistan dictator General Pervez Musharraf, as well as large Japanese yakuza organized crime families linked to the Liberal Democratic Party. The CIA hit teams also received funding from narcotics smuggling through the agency’s joint operations with the yakuza, Golden Triangle warlords in Burma, and Colombian paramilitary narco-terrorists tied to the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Former CIA Executive Director Alvin “Buzzy” Krongard is reported to have helped cement the relationship with Blackwater USA to conduct post-9/11 assassinations for the CIA. Krongard was chairman of Alex, Brown Brothers and vice chairman of Banker’s Trust after its acquisition of the Baltimore-based securities investment firm. After he left the CIA, Krongard became a member of Blackwater’s advisory board. His brother, Howard “Cookie” Krongard, served as Inspector General for the State Department, and, according to four State Department IG officials, Ron Militana, Brian Rubendall, and John DeDona, ordered them to immediately cease their investigations of Blackwater’s State Department contracts.

Two ex-Blackwater employees have submitted affidavits in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria that connects Blackwater to criminal activities, including weapons smuggling, money laundering, murders of whistleblowers, and prostitution, charges that dovetail with WMR’s latest information that CIA assassination teams were involved with hiding and funding their activities through deals with criminal syndicates in Japan, Europe, Southeast Asia, Colombia, and the Middle East.

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

Copyright © 2009 WayneMadenReport.com

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

Taliban denies Kandahar bombing, Blames CIA, ISI

Taliban denies Kandahar bombing

The blast destroyed a number of buildings in a residential area of central Kandahar [EPA]

The Taliban has denied carrying out a bombing in the Afghan city of Kandahar that left at least 43 people dead.

At least 65 people were also injured in the attack outside a wedding hall in the southern city shortly after people were breaking their Ramadan fast.

“We are denying responsibility, and condemn this attack in which innocent civilians were killed,” Qari Yusef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said in a message sent to The Associated Press news agency on Wednesday.

The blast on Tuesday was caused by a remote-controlled explosive device planted in a lorry, the Afghan interior ministry said.

Rescue workers have continued to pull injured people out of the rubble of building levelled in the blast.

“There are some people still trapped in the buildings and we are trying to get them out,” said Mohammad Darwish, one of the rescue workers.

‘Shock and anger’

Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from the scene of the blast, said: “It was on a main road and all you can see is destruction – homes and shops destroyed.

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“The people gathered outside where the police set up their cordon … said they do not think the Taliban was behind this attack. They are pointing their fingers at the Americans and the Pakistanis.

“The people here are angry and shocked, they are used to bombings but not on this scale.”

The bomb went off near a guest house, the Kandahar provincial intelligence headquarters and just 800m from the local UN offices.

“The staff is good, everybody is safe,” said Samad Khaydarov, the head of the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan.

“Our office, our guesthouses, are safe. … Unfortunately, security is not so good in Kandahar.”

Investigation ordered

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has ordered a thorough investigation of the incident and called on security officials to “arrest those responsible as soon as possible,” his office said.

Kandahar is the biggest city in southern Afghanistan, an area where Taliban fighters battling the Western-backed government continue to have strongholds.

The city was the powerbase of the former Taliban government, which was ousted from power in Afghanistan by US-led troops in 2001 and replaced with Karzai’s Western-backed administration.

The Taliban have struck repeatedly in recent weeks in a bloody countdown to nationwide elections last week, only the second time that war-weary Afghans have voted for a president in their history.

Also in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Qari Jihangir, the head of the Kunduz provincial justice department, was killed by an explosion, said Abdul Razaq Yaqoubi, a regional police chief said.

“The bomb was placed in his car. We’re investigating the incident right now.”

Other roadside bomb attacks in Khost and Logar provinces left five people dead, including two Afghan soldiers.

ISLAM/ Pakistan must confront Wahhabism

stability and peace in the country cannot be created by military force alone. Like the “surge” strategy in Iraq which reduced suicide bombings by driving a wedge between indigenous Sunnis and foreign jihadists, the US and its European allies will try to separate the Taliban from al-Qaida fighters who infiltrate Afghanistan from across the border in Pakistan. By combining “surgical” strikes against terrorists in the Afghan-Pakistani border region with a political strategy aimed at “moderate” Taliban, President Obama hopes to save the US mission from disaster.

The problem is that those Taliban who would be prepared to talk have little leverage and those who have influence feel that they have little incentive to compromise, as they have gained the upper hand. Unlike many Sunnis in Iraq, most Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan have embraced the puritanical and fundamentalist Islam of the Wahhabi mullahs from Saudi Arabia who wage a ruthless war not just against western “infidels” but also against fellow Muslims they consider to be apostates, in particular the Sufis.

Sufi Islam is not limited to the southern Pakistani province of Sindh on the border with India. It also exists elsewhere in Pakistan and has been present in Afghanistan for centuries, as exemplified by the 18th-century poet and mystic Rahman Baba whose shrine at the foot of the Khyber Pass (linking Afghanistan and Pakistan) still attracts many Sufi faithful from both sides of the border.

All this changed in the 1980s when during the Afghan resistance against the Soviet invasion, elements in Saudi Arabia poured in money, arms and extremist ideology. Through a network of madrasas, Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi Islam indoctrinated young Muslims with fundamentalist Puritanism, denouncing Sufi music and poetry as decadent and immoral. At Attock, not far from Rahman Baba’s shrine on the Khyber Pass, stands the Haqqania madrassa, one of the most radical schools where the Taliban leader Mullah Omar was trained. Across the Pakistani border, the tolerant Sufi-minded Barelvi form of indigenous Islam has also been supplanted by the hardline Wahhabi creed.

This madrassa-inspired and Saudi-financed Wahhabi Islam is destroying indigenous Islam in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Crucially, it is imposing a radical creed that represents a distortion and perversion of true Islam. Wahhabi followers beheaded a Polish geologist in February (as revenge for Polish troops in Afghanistan) and blew up a century-old shrine dedicated to Rahman Baba in the Pakistani town of Peshawar in March.

The actions of the west and its Afghan and Pakistani allies are making matters worse. By causing civilian deaths through aerial bombings, the US is driving ordinary Afghans and Pakistani into the arms of the jihadi terrorists. By declaring sharia law in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat region to appease the local Taliban and by using Islamism in the ongoing conflict with India over Kashmir, Pakistan’s government is emboldening the extremists and undermining Sufi Islam.

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Despite the recent offensive by the Pakistani army in the Swat Valley and by Nato in Helmand province, the “Talibanisation” of both Afghanistan and Pakistan proceeds apace. Vast parts of the Afghan south and a large region in western Pakistan are still under de facto control of Taliban militants who enforce a violent form of sharia law.

Western responses oscillate between calls for a secular alternative to the religious fundamentalism of the Taliban and attempts to engage the moderate elements among them. Neither will solve the underlying religious clash between indigenous Sufi Islam and the Saudi-sponsored Wahhabi extremism. The UK and US must change strategy and adopt a policy that supports the peaceful indigenous Muslim tradition of Sufism while thwarting Saudi Arabia’s promotion of the dangerous Wahhabi creed that fuels violence and sectarian tension.

As Afghanistan goes to the polls, western political and military leaders now recognise that stability and peace in the country cannot be

What is required, first of all, is to prevent Saudi Arabia from playing a duplicitous game whereby the authorities in Riyadh help the Afghan President Karzai in his attempts to woo moderate Taliban while promoting the violent creed of Wahhabism across this volatile region. The west should call Saudi Arabia’s bluff and not surrender to Riyadh’s threats of ending security co-operation and information exchange on international terrorism which thrives on Saudi-exported Wahhabi ideology.

The west and Muslim countries such as Jordan should also put pressure on the Pakistani authorities to confront Wahhabism by expelling Saudi hate preachers, closing the Wahhabi madrassas and establishing schools that teach the peaceful Islam of Sufism.

By itself this strategy will of course not be sufficient to eradicate violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But without an alternative policy based on religion, this religious conflict will further escalate.

First published in The Guardian

Report on Ritual Abuse of Children Conference

Resistance to the Empire must take many forms, probably the most important of which is in the form of alternative education.  The fight that I am trying to lead, or at least hope to inspire, to confront the plans of the Empire is focused upon the monstrous, inhuman nature of the elitists behind this conspiracy and the unspeakable, unimaginable crimes against humanity that flow constantly from their sick minds.  None of their evil actions is more reprehensible than their murder, kidnapping and ritual abuse of children.  Ritual abuse is also the most difficult aspect of their criminality to investigate, because the only witnesses to these often ongoing atrocities are usually so damaged psychically that their testimony is given in a bizarre, rambling, monologue that frequently recites mind-blowing claims in a matter-of-fact way.

Whatever the truth, there has recently been an alarming recent flurry of these type of reports coming-in all over the world.  The following snapshot is from ritualabuse.us,

reporting from their 2007 conference.  The report from the 2009 conference is being prepared. Report from the SMART Ritual Abuse/MindControl Conference 2009

FireShot Pro capture #092 - 'Torture-based Mind Control as a Global Phenomenon _ S_M_A_R_T_’s Ritual Abuse Pages' - ritualabuse_us_mindcontrol_eas-studies_torture-based-mind-control

The God That Failed: The 30-Year Lie of the Market Cult

The God That Failed: The 30-Year Lie of the Market Cult

Who then can believe that these governments could not have found the money for good schools, health care, and all the rest, that they could not have enhanced the well-being and livelihood of millions of ordinary citizens, and helped create a more just and equitable and stable world — if they had wanted to? This is one of the main facts that ordinary citizens around the world should take away from this crisis: the money to maintain, secure and improve the lives of their families and communities was always there — but their governments, and their political parties, made a deliberate, unforced choice not to use it for the common good. Instead, they subjugated the well-being of the world to the dictates of an extremist cult. A cult of greed and privilege, that preached iron discipline to the poor and the middle-class, but released the rich and powerful from all restrictions, and all responsibility for their actions. – Chris Floyd


Chris Floyd
October 11, 2008

Perhaps the most striking fact revealed by the global financial crash — or rather, by the reaction to it — is the staggering, astonishing, gargantuan amount of money that the governments of the world have at their command.

In just a matter of days, we have seen literally trillions of dollars offered to the financial services sector by national treasuries and central banks across the globe. Britain alone has put $1 trillion at the disposal of the bankers, traders, lenders and speculators; and this has been surpassed by the total package of public money that Washington is shoveling into the financial furnaces of Wall Street and the banks. These radical efforts are being replicated on a slightly smaller scale in France, Germany, Italy, Russia and many other countries.

The effectiveness of this unprecedented transfer of wealth from ordinary citizens to the top tiers of the business world remains to be seen. It will certainly insulate the very rich from the consequences of their own greed and folly and fraud; but it is not at all clear how much these measures will shield the vast majority of people from the catastrophe that has been visited upon them by the elite.

But putting aside for a moment the actual intent, details and results of the global bailout offers, it is their very extent that shocks, and shows — in a stark, harsh, all-revealing light — the brutal disdain with which the national governments of the world’s “leading democracies” have treated their own citizens for decades.

Beginning with Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979, government after government — and party after party — fell to the onslaught of an extremist faith: the narrow, blinkered fundamentalism of the “Chicago School.” Epitomized by its patron saint, Milton Friedman, the rigid doctrine held that an unregulated market would always “correct” itself, because its workings are based on entirely rational and quantifiable principles. This was of course an absurdly reductive and savagely ignorant view of history, money and human nature; but because it flattered the rich and powerful, offering an “intellectual” justification for rapacious greed and ever-widening economic and social inequality, it was adopted as holy writ by the elite and promulgated as public policy.

This radical cult — a kind of Bolshevism from above — took its strongest hold in the United States and Britain, and was then imposed on many weaker nations through the IMF-led “Washington Consensus” (more aptly named by Naomi Klein as the “Shock Doctrine”), with devastating and deadly results. (As in Yeltsin’s Russia, for example, where life expectancy dropped precipitously and millions of people died premature deaths from poverty, illness, and despair.)

According to the cult, not only were markets to be freed from the constraints placed on them after the world-shattering effects of the Great Depression, but all public spending was to be slashed ruthlessly to the bone. (Although exceptions were always made for the Pentagon war machine.) After all, every dollar spent by a public entity on public services and amenities was a dollar taken away from the private wheeler-dealers who could more usefully employ it in increasing the wealth of the elite — who would then allow some of their vast profits to “trickle down” to the lower orders.

This was the cult that captured the governments of the United States and Britain (among others), as well as the Republican and Democratic parties, and the Conservative and Labour parties as well. And for almost thirty years, its ruthless doctrines have been put into practice. Regulation and oversight of financial markets were systematically stripped away or rendered toothless. Essential public services were sold off, for chump change, to corporate interests. Public spending on anything other than making war, threatening war and profiting from war was pared back or eliminated. Such public spending that did remain was forever under threat and derided, like the remnants of some pagan faith surviving in isolated backwaters.

Year after year, the ordinary citizens were told by their governments: we have no money to spend on your needs, on your communities, on your infrastructure, on your health, on your children, on your environment, on your quality of life. We can’t do those kinds of things any more.

Of course, when talking amongst themselves, or with the believers in the think tanks, boardrooms — and editorial offices — the cultists would speak more plainly: we don’t do those things anymore because we shouldn’t do them, we don’t want to do them, they are wrong, they are evil, they are outside the faith. But for the hoi polloi, the line was usually something like this: Budgets are tight, we must balance them (for a “balanced budget” is a core doctrine of the cult), we just can’t afford all these luxuries, sorry about that.

But now, as the emptiness and falsity of the Chicago cargo cult stands nakedly revealed, even to some of its most faithful and fanatical adherents, we can see that this 30-year mantra by our governments has been a deliberate and outright lie. The money was there — billions and billions and billions of dollars of it, trillions of dollars of it. We can see it before our very eyes today — being whisked away from our public treasuries and showered upon the banks and the brokerages.

Let’s say it again: The money was there all along.
Money to build and generously equip thousands and thousands of new schools, with well-paid, exquisitely trained teachers, small teacher-pupil ratios, a full range of enriching and inspiring programs.

Money to revitalize the nation’s crumbling inner cities, making them safe and vibrant places for businesses and families and communities to grow.

Money to provide decent, affordable and accessible health care to every citizen, to provide dignity and comfort to the elderly, and protection and humane treatment for the mentally ill.

Money to provide affordable higher education to everyone who wanted it and could qualify for it. Money to help establish and sustain local businesses and family farms, centered in and on the local community, driven by the needs and knowledge of the people in the area, and not by the dictates of distant corporations.

Money to strengthen crumbling infrastructure, to repair bridges, shore up levies, maintain roads and electric grids and sewage systems.

Money for affordable, workable public transport systems, for the pursuit of alternative sources of energy, for sustainable, sensible development, for environmental restoration.

Money to support free inquiry in science, technology, health and other areas — research unfettered from the war machine and the drive for corporate profit, and instead devoted to the betterment of human life.

Money to support culture, learning, continuing education, libraries, theater, music and the endless manifestations of the human quest to gain more meaning, more understanding, more enlightenment, a deeper, spiritually richer life.
The money for all of this — and much, much more — was there, all along. When they said we couldn’t have these things, they were lying — or else allowing themselves to be profitably duped by the high priests of the market cult. When they wanted a trillion dollars — or three trillion dollars — to wage a war of aggression in Iraq, they found it. Now, when they want trillions of dollars to save the speculators, fraudsters and profiteers of greed in the global market, they suddenly have it.

Who then can believe that these governments could not have found the money for good schools, health care, and all the rest, that they could not have enhanced the well-being and livelihood of millions of ordinary citizens, and helped create a more just and equitable and stable world — if they had wanted to?

This is one of the main facts that ordinary citizens around the world should take away from this crisis: the money to maintain, secure and improve the lives of their families and communities was always there — but their governments, and their political parties, made a deliberate, unforced choice not to use it for the common good. Instead, they subjugated the well-being of the world to the dictates of an extremist cult. A cult of greed and privilege, that preached iron discipline to the poor and the middle-class, but released the rich and powerful from all restrictions, and all responsibility for their actions.

This should be a constant — and galvanizing — thought in the minds of the public in the months and years to come. Remember what you could have had, and how it was denied you by the lies and delusions of a powerful elite and their bought-off factotums in government. Remember the trillions of dollars that suddenly appeared when the wheeler-dealers needed money to cover their own greed and stupidity.

Let these thoughts guide you as you weigh the promises and actions of politicians and candidates, and as you assess the “expert analysis” on economic and domestic policy offered by the corporate media and the corporate-bankrolled think tanks and academics.

And above all, let these thoughts be foremost in your mind when you hear — as you certainly will hear, when (and if) the markets are finally stabilized (at whatever gigantic cost in human suffering) — the adherents of the market cult emerge once more and call for “deregulation” and “untying the hands of business” and all the other ritual incantations of their false and savage fundamentalist faith.

For although the market cult has suffered a cataclysmic defeat in the last few weeks, it is by no means dead. It has 30 years of entrenchment in power to fall back on. And the leader of every major political party in the West has spent their entire political career within the cult’s confines. It has been the atmosphere they breathed, it has been the sole ladder by which they have climbed to prominence. They will be loath to abandon it, once the immediate crisis is past; most will not be able to.

So remember well the lessons of this new October crash: The money to make a better life, to serve the common good, has always been there. But it has been kept from you by deceit, by dogma, by greed, and by the ambition of those who have sold their souls, and betrayed their brothers and sisters, their fellow human creatures, for the sake of privilege and power.