Iran redraws energy map to defy U.S.

Iran redraws energy map to defy U.S.

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (UPI) — As Iran faces a growing Western threat of economic sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, Tehran has been quietly building up its defenses and looking eastward.

On Jan. 6 it opened a natural gas pipeline linking Iran’s northern Caspian region with Turkmenistan’s vast fields in Central Asia that will help it defy the West.

At first sight, the 115-mile pipeline is a modest enough undertaking. Initially it will carry 8 billion cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan to Iran.

But analysts see this as the precursor of major shifts in energy production and distribution involving Russia, China, Iran, Central Asia and the European Union.

“We are witnessing a new pattern of energy cooperation at the regional level that dispenses with Big Oil,” observed M. K. Bhadrakumar, a former Indian ambassador to the Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey and now a geopolitical analyst.

“Russia traditionally takes the lead. China and Iran follow the example. Russia, Iran and Turkmenistan hold respectively the world’s largest, second-largest and fourth-largest gas reserves.

“The matter is of profound consequence to the U.S. global strategy.”

That will help Iran provide gas for its northern provinces, which will be a vital service if the tough new sanctions the Americans and their European allies are supposedly drawing up are endorsed by the United Nations because of “Iran’s persistent failure to meet its international obligations.”

But later this year the volume of gas in the pipeline will rise to 12 bcm and then to as much as 18-20 bcm in 2011. This will allow cash-strapped Iran to free up its own gas production in the south for export and defy sanctions.

The new pipeline will run from the Dauletabad fields in southwestern Turkmenistan to the Khanigaran gas processing plant in Iran’s Khorasan province.

That complements another pipeline, laid in 1997, that runs from southwestern Turkmenistan to Iran. It has an annual capacity of 8 bcm of gas for the Islamic Republic.

But there is even more in this for Tehran. With growing volumes of Turkmeni gas flowing into Iran, Turkey, its northwestern neighbor, is interested in receiving more Turkmeni gas via Iran, or Iranian gas freed up by the deliveries from Turkmenistan.

Turkey, a NATO member and long considered a pro-Western ally, is currently engaged in a bold new diplomatic strategy of forging new alliances in the Middle East and into Central Asia.

Given its strategic location between Europe and Asia, it has long had its eye on becoming the key hub for transporting energy from Russia, Central Asia and Iran to Europe.

According to some reports, Tehran claims to have a deal with Ankara to transport Turkmeni gas to Turkey via a 1,300-mile pipeline that runs from Tabriz in northwestern Iran to Ankara.

Boosting the flow of Turkmeni gas via Iran and Turkey would mean that Europe would be a major beneficiary at a time when it is striving to lessen its dependence on Russian gas supplies.

U.N. sanctions would create an obstacle in that regard, but Europe’s determination to break free from Russian gas supplies would be a powerful incentive to find creative ways around U.S.-led efforts to bring Iran’s economy to its knees.

Ankara could route the new gas supplies through the Nabucco gas pipeline designed to run 2,000 miles from the Caspian Sea through Turkey to Austria.

The goal is for that pipeline to ease Europe’s reliance on Russia or facilities controlled by its energy giant Gazprom.

There is a fly in the ointment though. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki offered last summer to supply Nabucco with 15 bcm of gas a year from 2015.

If that comes off, the Americans, determined to leave a viable Iraqi state behind them, would undoubtedly throw their weight behind such a project, if only to tighten the squeeze on Iran.

Still, U.S.-based security consultancy Stratfor noted that “Iran’s geographical location makes it a very attractive alternative to Russia for energy supplies destined for Europe, and it has heavy volumes of its own natural gas … and vast untapped reserves.

“Of course, Iran’s controversial nuclear program creates massive political complications in getting Iran involved in such a deal right now, but this is not to preclude participation in the future.”

Mumbai Police Seized a 5kg. Ball of Uranium, Possibly Headed for Pakistan

[Here is a crazy set of stories related to uranium theft in India, by individuals who were allegedly connected with gangster Chota Rajan, who is allegedly running India’s terrorist program in Pakistan, from India’s embassies in Afghanistan.  There are many scary elements of this story, none of them confirmed, as is the case of all spy-related stuff, foremost of which is the description of the uranium as a 5kg. “ball.”  When I read that, I think of this– 5kg. is approximately the minimum amount of enriched uranium needed for a small nuke.   Later reports claim that the material was U-238, depleted uranium, but another by the Daily Mail claims that it was highly enriched.  Part of the mystery is that the nuclear lab which tested the material was burned by a small incendiary device before results could be obtained.   The Daily Mail article (excerpt at the end of this article) alludes to the criminal connections between Chota and the investigating Mumbai police.

Why was depleted uranium causing such a stink?  US forces are scattering it all over the region, especially in Afghanistan. The big question that hangs in the air, concerns enriched uranium–what purpose could someone in India’s underworld have for a potential bomb core, other than possibly constructing their own device?  Could this be part of a big intelligence operation connected with American worries and preparations for seizing Pakistani nukes, perhaps a staged “false flag” attack, where American Special Ops. units “capture” militants who allegedly raided Pakistan’s nuclear stash?  Consider the prevailing theory that India and Pakistan have co-opted the local criminal underworld in their operations against each other, with Pakistan’s ISI allegedly using Dawood Ibrahim and India’s RAW using Dawood’s enemy and former partner Chota Rajan.  If it was a false flag, India would have considered it repayment in kind for the Mumbai attack which is blamed on Dawood’s associates.  Stay tuned…there has to be a lot more to this story.]

Uranium may get into wrong hands

The Navi Mumbai Police crime branch is still on the hunt for the watchman who allegedly stole the five-kg Uranium-238 ball from a scrap house in Khoparkhairane.

Uranium may get into wrong hands

The Navi Mumbai Police crime branch is still on the hunt for the watchman who allegedly stole the five-kg Uranium-238 ball from a scrap house in Khoparkhairane.

According to sources, it was the watchman who allegedly pilfered the depleted Uranium from the scrap house before selling it to the three accused — Premsingh Tangayan Savitri of Panvel, Venkatcha apathi of Vashi and Tulsidas Bhanushali of Ghatkopar.

While the stolen quantity and form of Uranium is not of much concern — as it is considered to be depleted and “in scrap condition” — it is used in radiography cameras and X-ray machines.

According to former AEC chairman PK Iyengar, “In BARC, there are proper processes to ensure that uranium in any form does not reach the wrong hands.

Such Uranium-238 would come in scrap from countries like Iraq, and it is usually found in places where re-processing is done. It is as such not harmful and cannot be used in any harmful activity. But, one needs to look into the channel in which it reached these accused, as then the bigger issue would be if there has been a security breach as uranium in any form must not reach those who are not authorised to deal with it.”

According to Iyengar, some years ago, an auctioneer who purchased the remnants of a crashed Boeing had approached the nuclear agency assuming that Uranium-238, which is used in the body of the aircraft, will be useful for nuclear laboratory work. “We just told him to take the scrap back, as that is exactly what Uranium-238 is — scrap.”

Nagpur scientist held with 5kg of depleted uranium

Acting on tip-off Navi Mumbai Crime Branch arrests three men at Panvel crematorium in illegal possession of the toxic metal
By Nazia Sayed
Posted On Wednesday, December 09, 2009 at 03:11:48 AM
After the Kaiga and Tarapur incidents, here comes another one that will make you wonder about the security systems in place at the country’s nuclear facilities.

On Tuesday a scientist and two other men were arrested by the Crime Branch of the Navi Mumbai police for possessing five kg of depleted uranium. While the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board said that the seized material did not pose any radiological hazard, police said it could be used to make explosives.

[pure b.s.]

The three were arrested from a crematorium on the old Panvel highway after police raided the place, following a tip-off.

Navi Mumbai police with the arrested men on Tuesday. The three have been remanded in police custody until December 17

According to police, 40-year-old Prem Singh Savitri, who is a scientist at Nagpur’s Atomic Mineral Directorate Central Region for Exploration and Research Centre – which is headquartered in Hyderabad – moved to Panvel with his wife and two children last year. The nameplate outside Savitri’s house says he is a Special Executive Officer, while his motorcycle bears the ‘POLICE’ logo.

However, Dattatray Shinde, DCP Crime Branch, refused to comment much, saying only that the uranium sample has been sent to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for verification. “As it is a very sensitive matter concerning national security we cannot comment further,” he said.

Sources added that BARC had confirmed that the uranium sample had been obtained from the Nagpur research facility. Dr D N Sharma, head of radiation safety system division at BARC, has sent a report on this to the home ministry. DCP Shinde added that while the depleted uranium wasn’t as powerful as uranium, it could be still used to make explosives of considerable power. The director of the Nagpur facility Mrinal Roy has lodged a complaint at the Panvel Police Station.

[more b.s.]

Police sources added that the other two accused – Srinivas Venkatchal Patty Poriyyar, 35, and Tulsidas Laxmidas Bhanushali, 34, – are residents of Hyderabad and came to Mumbai last year. Police added that Poriyyar is a resident of Kerala and had been staying in Vashi for the last few months. Bhanushali, on the other hand, had been staying at Ghatkopar.

According to police sources the uranium was going to be taken to Kolkata, where it would have been handed over to someone else. Police added that the three accused were merely middlemen and more people would be arrested in this case soon. All accused have been booked under 24, (1), (A) (contravenes any order made under section 14 or any condition subject to which a license is granted under that section; or) of the Atomic Energy Act,1962, and remanded in police custody till December 17.

Scrap dealer held in uranium case

DNMUM156676 | 12/15/2009 | Author : Raina Assainar | WC :188 | Crime & Law
Sattatar Yadav, a Turbhe-based scrap dealer was arrested by Navi Mumbai Crime Branch Unit I for selling the depleted Uranium, a Crime Branch official said. According to police, Yadav had sold the depleted Uranium to Premsingh Tangayan Savitri (40), Srinivasan Vyankat Chalpati (37) and Tulsidas Bhanushali (39), arrested by the police last week. “We are interrogating Yadav and are yet to find the source from where he got the substance. As of now, he says that somebody had the substance in scrap to the shop which he found to be of a costly thing and then sold it off to the other accused. This shop also gets scrap goods from abroad so we are also investigating from that angle. There are chances that the scrap might have come from abroad but as of now nothing can be said,” the official said. Mrinal Roy, Regional Director of Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, Central Region, Nagpur, lodged complained with Panvel police about three people coming to Panvel with Uranium acting on which the crime branch officials laid a trap and arrested the trio on December 7.

Depleted uranium was with suspect for 18 months: Cops

Vijay Singh, TNN,

NAVI MUMBAI: Investigations into Tuesday’s seizure of 5 kg of depleted uranium in Panvel have revealed that one of the suspects had the radioactive substance for one-and-a-half years.

Navi Mumbai police commissioner Gulabrao Pol told TOI: “We are probing as to how the accused persons procured the depleted uranium. So far, we have found out that the substance was with one of the accused for one-and-a-half years. However, it is yet to be confirmed if he knew exactly what this substance was.”

The seized depleted uranium was most probably procured from a radiographic camera. A senior scientist of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) told TOI on Wednesday: “The black, dome-shaped structure of the seized depleted uranium clearly indicates that it was once a part of an industrial radiographic camera.

[more b.s., the depleted uranium shielding is flat]

Such cameras are specially used in construction engineering to detect hidden cracks or flaws in metal beams, pillars and pipes.” The fact that the seized depleted uranium is about 3-inches long further establishes that it was once used in a radiographic camera, the scientist added. “Radiographic cameras require the same dimensions of depleted uranium.”

[what the hell does this mean?]

The depleted uranium was reportedly seized from the bag of one of the three accused while he was walking on the road near his residence in Panvel. The three accused, Premsingh Savitri, Tulsidas Bhanushali and Srinivas Poriyar, will be in police custody till December 17.

Reiterating that none of the accused is a scientist, one of the investigators said, “A section of the media has reported about one accused being a Nagpur-based scientist. This is totally false.”

[this is where the story on the source changed, from uranium plant worker to janitor at scrapyard.]

Fire at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre lab kills 2 research students

Last updated on: December 29, 2009 22:21 IST
A fire broke out on Tuesday in a chemistry laboratory at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, located just a kilometre away from the nuclear reactors, leaving two research students dead, but scientists said there was no danger of any radioactivity.

Scientists at the suburban Trombay-based BARC said a loud bang was heard in the chemistry lab after which black smoke billowed out. It was not immediately clear if the bang was caused by an explosion or triggered by a chemical reaction.

No research involving radioactive material is conducted in the multi-storeyed Modular lab, in which the chemistry lab was housed, scientists said. It was also stated that no reactor, radioactivity or radiation was involved in the accident.

The victims, who were between the age group of 22 and 25, were identified as Umang Singh of Mumbai [ Images ] and Partha Bag of Kolkata [ Images ]. The identification was done on the basis of their ID cards on their person since their bodies were charred beyond recognition, a BARC release said.

Some scientific equipment was also damaged in the blaze, scientists said.

“The fire broke out at 12.5 pm in the chemistry lab on the third floor of the Modular lab of BARC. There was a loud bang, after which black smoke billowed out of the chemistry lab filling the corridor,” said BARC director and Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Sreekumar Banerjee.

BARC’s fire brigade officials rushed to the spot and doused the blaze within 45 minutes. The fire-fighters later made their way to the lab and located two badly charred bodies.

BARC fire: Chances of finding exact cause remote

BARC fire: Chances of finding exact cause remote

Saturday, January 9, 2010,12:40 [IST]Mumbai, Jan 9: In the latest update on the fire that broke out in Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (Barc) on Dec 29, the forensic report cited the absence of explosives or inflammable residue in the burnt lab.

“The forensic analysis did not find any explosives or inflammable residue in the burnt third-floor modular lab,” sources quoting the forensic report said.

The forensic report was submitted to the police on Jan 8.

Citing  lack of physical evidence, sources said that the chances of finding the exact cause of the incident is very remote.

They added that the burnt computers and hard disks are still being analyzed by forensic experts.

Earlier, Srikumar Banerjee, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman and BARC Director has said that possibility of vapour accumulation was being considered.

“We are also looking at the possibility of vapour accumulation. The problem is that everything was charred and not much trace of anything is left,” he said.

Two PhD students, Umang Singh and Partha Bag were killed in the fire that broke out at the chemical lab at BARC on Dec 29, 2009.

Naked Nukes of India

The actual reason behind fire at India’s top nuclear facility

Cops-Underworld nexus easily breached security of BARC

From Kapil Verma & Priyanka Joshi

Mumbai—Though the Indian officials have yet to come up with any official announcement regarding the mysterious fire that broke out at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India top nuclear research facility on 29th December, 2009, The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Mumbai’s underworld mafia Don Chhota Rajan’s goons and some infamous, serving and dismissed Mumbai Cops’ nexus was behind the BARC blaze as a detailed examination was being conducted at the chemistry lab of the centre on the material seized by cops from three persons, belonging to Chhota Rajan gang in Navi Mumbai on the 8th of last month.
The Daily Mail’s investigations indicate that Mumbai police announced on December 8th,2009 that they have arrested three persons who were possessing some suspected chemical. In the beginning, police refused to disclose the identities of the arrested persons but later identified them as Premsingh Savitri, Srinivas Poriyar and Tulsidas Bhanushali and stated that they were booked under unlawful possession of prescribed material under sections of the Atomic Energy Act. Gulabrao Pol, commissioner of police Navi Mumbai, declined to divulge information about the exact time and place from where the three were arrested. However, Police officials said, the suspicious looking material in the form of a metallic ball was sent to the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that the top police authorities handed over the further investigations of the case to Mumbai Police’s Special Branch, where the case was given to ACP Prakash Wani was responsible for the Crime Branch’s operations in Mumbai’s eastern suburbs that indicates that the trio with suspected chemical was arrested from eastern Mumbai, considered to be a stronghold of RAW’s Chhota Rajan mafia gang.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that ACP Prakash Wani is known for his deep-rooted links with underworld for years. These findings further indicate that in 1998, when he was an Inspector and posted at Chembur Police Station, Wani was alleged to be associated with the underworld. The then Mumbai Police Commissioner, Ronnie Mendonca, had tried to transfer him, along with some other tainted policemen. However, Wani got a UN deputation to the mission in Kosovo. After his return from Kosovo, Wani has been posted in different capacities in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai. Top officers are learnt to have warned him about his conduct
These findings further indicate that Inspector Nivrutt Khalatkar of Mumbai’ Crimes Branch was assisting ACP Prakash Wani in the case, though his primary responsibility was to look after the ant-extortion policing. The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that while handing over the case to Mumbai Crime Branch’s notorious officers like ACP Prakash Wani and Inspector Khalatkar, it was not taken into the consideration that both were having deep down links with underworld specially with the goons of Chhota Rajan, or perhaps it was done deliberately.
The Daily Mail’s findings indicate that soon after the case of the arrested trio was transferred to the Crimes Branch, Chhota Rajan’s lieutenant, Paulson Joseph, who is now on the rapid rise in Mumbai’s underworld, approached ACP Prakash Wani and held detailed meeting with him at o local bar in Colaba. Joseph persuaded ACP Prakash Wani to rescue him and his men in the case of suspected chemical and told Prakash Wani that the chemical was actually Uranium and was being “transported” by his three men for a subsequent shipment to Rajan Bhai (Chhota Rajan) in Afghanistan and the matter had nothing to do with India or India’s national security. Joseph insisted ACP Prakash to use his position to get the tests of the chemical changed at BARC. Upon this ACP Prakash told Joseph that since the samples had already been sent to BARC it was a bit difficult for him to influence the scientists at BARC but still promised him of his all-out help.
Sources in the Mumbai underworld, close to D.K Rao Gang, revealed to The Daily Mail that soon after the meeting, ACP Prakash summoned Inspector Khalatkar to another bar in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai and held discussions with him over the new development. Prakash deputed Inspector Khalatkar to find some way-out in the shortest possible time. These sources say that Inspector Khalatkar knew someone at the BARC and had been kind of blackmailing him for his certain extramarital affairs and this someone was none else but a Director of the BARC, A.N Prasad while Prasad was in Bangalore at that time. Inspector Khalatkar also knew someone at the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) as he had also spared this someone of DAE during raids at prostitution dens and illegal casinos. These D.K Rao Gang related sources revealed further to The Daily Mail that this someone from DAE was SK Malhotra, known for a living a colorful nightlife.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that though Malhotra was in no position to extend any solid help Khalatkar but could only inform him that a small amount of Chemical’s sample that Khalatkar was looking for had already been sent to a DAE facility in Nagpur and advised Khalatkar to focus on Prasad for any further help. Upon this Khalatkar contacted A.N Prasad who promised for him of his help but said that he could only him in the Nagpur Episode as he was unable to give any favour back at BARC.
The Daily Mail’s investigations reveal that the magic worked and the reports from Nagpur came with lesser lethality. Mrinal Roy, regional director of Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (Central Region) in Nagpur, though confirmed the material as being uranium but tempered the findings by stating that it was of a very low grade form which is normally found in X-Ray machines, cancer treatment machines as radiation shields and cannot be used for explosive purposes, while it actually was of a high grade and of serious nature and can be used for explosive purposes

Inquiry against ACP for partying with gangsters Staff Reporter

Ridiculous and baseless, says Wani

Mumbai: The Mumbai police department is in the grip of a controversy after a tabloid reported that Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Prakash Wani was partying with gangsters on Christmas eve at a club in Chembur.

Mr. Wani on Saturday denied the report and his presence at the club as shown in the photograph published in the paper.

However, Mumbai Police Commissioner D. Sivanandan has recommended Mr. Wani’s suspension and the State government has instituted an inquiry into Mr. Wani’s act as well as against other officers allegedly present at the party.

According to the report, Mr. Wani was seen dancing with D.K. Rao, an alleged member of the Chhota Rajan gang. He was recently released after 13 years in jail for crimes such as murder and extortion with up to 30 cases against him. He was the chief guest at the party organised to celebrate his release.

Other Rajan aides at the party included Farid Tanasha and Sunil Poddar. The paper claims to have two video clips of the revelry capturing the police men and the underworld gangsters.

Calling the story “ridiculous and baseless,” Mr. Wani told The Hindu over phone, “Even a child can tell it’s not me in the photograph. They [paper] could have verified if I was there. It is not the truth and the truth will come out in [the] inquiry.”

Commenting on his presence at the club, Mr. Wani said, “I am a member of the Chembur Gymkhana and I can always access the sports facilities and the restaurant. If I am invited to an event, is it wrong to attend it? I was there with my wife and daughter.”

He said he was only answerable to his department and would give his reply during the inquiry, and if need be, would consult legal advisers for further action.

OneIndia News

Muslim Resistance to the British Police State

[SEE: Banning Islam4UK is not enough.]

[I want to thank interviewer Joe Dyke for conducting the interview and for posting it on There Are No Sunglasses.  Mr. Choudary makes some very valid points about resistance to the subjugation and the tightening the screws on everyone in Britain, not just the Muslims and other immigrants.  He is also being unfair to the suppressed population of Iran, but he is correct that Khoemeini was empowered by a British/US psyop.   I can dismiss a lot of his anti-Iranian views as Sunni/Shia hostility, but in real Islam there is no dividing line.  All are oppressed.  All must be set free.  It is the same for Christian liberation theology.]

Interview with Anjem Choudary – Head of Islam4UK

Posted by Joe Dyke

This week the government announced that they were to ban the extremist Muslim group Islam4UK following the public outcry over the planned protest at Wootton Bassett. It is clear that most British people find the group’s views offensive: they espouse Sharia law in the UK, the domination of Islam across the globe and are accused of encouraging suicide bombings in the UK.

What is up for debate is whether a ban will be effective – at least twice before Anjem Choudarys party’s have been banned before and, through a variety of semantic tricks, the trained lawyer has been able to reinvent the organisation under new names.

Gaps in the Dialogue speaks to one of Britain’s most hated men about why he feels the ban will make his party stronger, his failure to condemn suicide bombings, and the Iranian revolution.

Q: Islam4UK is to be banned following the threats of a march in Wootton Bassett. Do you regret calling and then cancelling the march?

A: No, not at all. We raised awareness about the plight of the thousands of innocent men, women and children who have been slaughtered in Afghanistan by the US-led alliance and of which Britain is a part. We believe that the people in Britain are blissfully unaware of the true costs of the war. They have been lied to by the Brown regime just as Tony Blair before told them that they were in danger from weapons of mass destruction and this has proven to be a lie. Gordon Brown wants to tell the British public that their security begins in Kabul, that if British, are not in Kabul that they will be targeted here in Britain and again this is a lie. Ultimately the presence of US and British troops in Afghanistan is a cause of instability in the region and of course the cause of untold amounts of deaths and destruction. But it is also the cause of insecurity back home in Britain. I believe that the idea of the procession back home in Wootton Bassett was successful in highlighting many of these points and many people would have appreciated the fact that we highlighted those issues.

Q: But previously you had been allowed to protest and now these are going to be curtailed on the back of the idea of the march…

A: Ultimately you cannot ban every single platform and every single party and every single organisation that I am a part of. If that’s the case then I would think about joining the British government, maybe then can be banned as well. I will continue to propagate Islam, I am a committed Muslim, we don’t need to have a platform, we don’t need to have a name. I will continue to court Islam, I will continue to invite people to the Sharia, I will continue to raise my voice about the injustices the British government are committing both overseas and domestically. That work will never stop, it is a duty upon me as a Muslim just as I will continue to pray and fast, these things cannot be stopped. The amount of support we have received from the Muslim community post the ban, and even from the non-Muslim community, is something that we never even imagined. We have become so much more popular than we were before.

Q: Can you describe your conversion from being a medical student in Southampton where, according to reports, you drank and were very loose with religion, to radical Islam?

A: Firstly, there is no distinction between one type of Islam and another type of Islam, this is a division which has been invented in the media and by the government to marginalise some people. You are either a practicing Muslim or you are not a practicing Muslim, there is no such thing as a radical Muslim or an extremist Muslim or a moderate Muslim. The second thing is I do believe that God is the one who guides therefore he guided me from my situation before when I was practicing to my situation when I became practicing. You need to judge people on what they are now, not on what they were 25 years ago.

Q So you would say you were not a Muslim before?

A: I was a Muslim before but my guidance is in the hands of God and when I was not practicing, that is something which ultimately is my fault. I was guided by God and you don’t want to believe everything you read in the media.

Q: Will you condemn 9/11 and 7/7?

A: I will condemn the American and British government and their occupation of Muslim land, I will condemn the media for lying about Muslim, I will condemn those chocolate Muslims who melt in any form for the British government and I will condemn those people who are in silence, because silence ultimately is corrupt.

Q: So you won’t condemn 9/11 and 7/7?

A: I have already said to you what I will condemn. You asked me what I will condemn, and I have said.

Q: So specifically you won’t condemn them?

A: I won’t repeat my answer but you’ve got in on tape.

Q: Ok lets move on. Which is a higher priority, the end of British and American involvement in Afghanistan or the introduction of Sharia law in the UK?

A: I think they both go hand in hand. Ultimately our objective is the domination of Islam worldwide. We do believe that that will begin by the Sharia being established somewhere in the world, whether that be in Afghanistan or Iraq or Britain Allah only knows, but once its been established it will have a foreign policy or annexing other land to it until one day, as the prophet promised, the authority of the Muslims will be over the whole of the world.

Q: Do you really believe that in the Middle East Muslims would unite in the event of an American withdrawal from the region? There has been masses of inter-sectarian violence in the Middle East that has little to do with America

A: There are two types of obstacles to the unity of Muslims. One type is the physical obstacles of the regime which is in power at the moment, these need to be removed. There are also the intellectual obstacles, many people adopt the false ideas of liberalism and secularism as opposed to Islam. So I think that on the one hand we need to create an intellectual revolution on the ground but at the same time we need to tell the people that they have a responsibility to remove these forces and corrupted regimes. There is a revival taking place and we are heading towards, god willing, re-establishing Islamic domination.

Q: What, for example, is your position on the Iranian revolution?

A: I don’t believe that the Iranian revolution had anything at all to do with Islam. It had a lot to do with the shift of interests between the British and the Americans and ultimately the new Ayatollah’s regime were more American than the Shah who was more pro-British. We haven’t been in a position where the Sharia has been implemented for over 85 years.

Q: So are you saying that the Ayatollah Khomeini was an American plant?

A: Regardless of what we see directly as his actions, suddenly he is looking after the interests of the Americans in the region

Q: You claim benefits from the state. How is this justified?

A: If we were living under the Sharia everyone would have the basic right food and shelter as a matter of divine right but the mere fact that your basics are being provided by a state doesn’t mean that you cannot rise against justice and oppression.

Q: Where does Islam4UK attract support from?

A: We attract support from all sections of society. The majority of the people will be from the youth, from 15 to about 25, they are the people always on the frontline of any struggle. Most of our membership is from that kind of spectrum.

Q: In terms of funding?

A: We don’t talk about that

Q: Do you accept that you put other Muslims in the UK in danger through your actions?

A: That’s a nonsense. The British government is organising a whole raft of draconian measures which is faced by the Muslim community, in terms of stop and search, raids, demonising, vilification. The media, whipping the masses into an anti-Muslim frenzy, they are putting the Muslims in danger. Not organisations like ours who are raising awareness and forbidding the oppression of man-made law.

Q: What will you do next?

A: I can’t stop being a Muslim, I can’t stop praying, I can’t stop fasting, I can’t stop commanding good and forbidding evil, I can’t stop calling for the Sharia. I will continue to do what I need to do but how I will do it you will have to wait and see.

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Nuclear Snatch and Grab In Pakistan a High Probability

[According to Hindu press, they may already be in Pakistan.  SEE: American ‘crack unit’ in Pak to seal off nukes]

Elite US troops ready to combat Pakistani nuclear hijacks

Christina Lamb in Washington

The US army is training a crack unit to seal off and snatch back Pakistani nuclear weapons in the event that militants, possibly from inside the country’s security apparatus, get their hands on a nuclear device or materials that could make one.

The specialised unit would be charged with recovering the nuclear materials and securing them.

The move follows growing anti-Americanism in Pakistan’s military, a series of attacks on sensitive installations over the past two years, several of which housed nuclear facilities, and rising tension that has seen a series of official complaints by US authorities to Islamabad in the past fortnight.

“What you have in Pakistan is nuclear weapons mixed with the highest density of extremists in the world, so we have a right to be concerned,” said Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a former CIA officer who used to run the US energy department’s intelligence unit. “There have been attacks on army bases which stored nuclear weapons and there have been breaches and infiltrations by terrorists into military facilities.”


Professor Shaun Gregory, director of the Pakistan security research unit at Bradford University, has tracked a number of attempted security breaches since 2007. “The terrorists are at the gates,” he warned.

In a counterterrorism journal, published by America’s West Point military academy, he documented three incidents. The first was an attack in November 2007 at Sargodha in Punjab, where nuclearcapable F-16 jet aircraft are thought to be stationed. The following month a suicide bomber struck at Pakistan’s nuclear airbase at Kamra in Attock district. In August 2008 a group of suicide bombers blew up the gates to a weapons complex at the Wah cantonment in Punjab, believed to be one of Pakistan’s nuclear warhead assembly plants. The attack left 63 people dead.

A further attack followed at Kamra last October. Pakistan denies that the base still has a nuclear role, but Gregory believes it does. A six-man suicide team was arrested in Sargodha last August.

Fears that militants could penetrate a nuclear facility intensified after a brazen attack on army headquarters in Rawalpindi in October when 10 gunmen wearing army uniforms got inside and laid siege for 22 hours. Last month there was an attack on the naval command centre in Islamabad.

Pakistani police said five Americans from Washington who were arrested in Pakistan last month after trying to join the Taliban were carrying a map of Chashma Barrage, a complex in Punjab that includes a nuclear power facility.

The Al-Qaeda leadership has made no secret of its desire to get its hands on weapons for a “nuclear 9/11”.

“I have no doubt they are hell-bent on acquiring this,” said Mowatt-Larssen. “These guys are thinking of nuclear at the highest level and are approaching it in increasingly professional ways.”

Nuclear experts and US officials say the biggest fear is of an inside job amid growing anti-American feeling in Pakistan. Last year 3,021 Pakistanis were killed in terrorist attacks, more than in Afghanistan, yet polls suggest Pakistanis consider the United States to be a greater threat than the Taliban.

“You have 8,000-12,000 [people] in Pakistan with some type of role in nuclear missiles — whether as part of an assembly team or security,” said Gregory. “It’s a very large number and there is a real possibility that among those people are sympathisers of terrorist or jihadist groups who may facilitate some kind of attack.”

Pakistan is thought to possess about 80 nuclear warheads. Although the weapons are well guarded, the fear is that materials or processes to enrich uranium could fall into the wrong hands.

“All it needs is someone in Pakistan within the nuclear establishment and in a position of key access to become radicalised,” said MowattLarssen. “This is not just theoretical. It did happen — Pakistan has had inside problems before.”

Bashir Mahmood, the former head of Pakistan’s plutonium reactor, formed the Islamic charity Ummah Tameer-e-Nau in March 2000 after resigning from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. He was arrested in Islamabad on October 23, 2001, with his associate Abdul Majeed for alleged links to Osama Bin Laden.

Pakistan’s military leadership, which controls the nuclear programme, has always bristled at the suggestion that its nuclear facilities are at risk. The generals insist that storing components in different sites keeps them secure.

US officials refused to speak on the record about American safety plans, well aware of how this would be seen in Islamabad. However, one official admitted that the United States does not know where all of Pakistan’s storage sites are located. “Don’t assume the US knows everything,” he said.

Although Washington has provided $100m worth of technical assistance to Islamabad under its nuclear protection programme, US personnel have been denied access to most Pakistani nuclear sites.

In the past fortnight the US has made unprecedented formal protests to Pakistan’s national security apparatus, warning it about fanning virulent anti-American sentiment in the media.

Concerns about hostility towards America within elements of the Pakistani armed forces first surfaced in 2007. At a meeting of military commanders staged at Kurram, on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a Pakistani major drew his pistol and shot an American. The incident was hushed up as a gunfight.

The Empire Seeking the Dictator’s Return

[It should be obvious to anyone who is paying attention, just what is going on in Pakistani politics.  In the same manner in which Musharraf was replaced by the Bhutto/Zardari puppets, the way is being prepared for Musharraf to return. Mismanagement of the American terror war has demonstrated the futility of civilian rule in Pakistan, exactly how it was planned.  Steps taken before Operation Rah e-Rast, such as enabling the ANP Party to set-up its Shariah courts in Swat, forced the people to accept a new Army offensive in the tribal areas that they refused to accept in the past.  The killing of Benazir and the neutering of her husband made the people think that perhaps the dictatorship of Musharraf and the generals was not really that bad.  The Pakistani people, just like their American counterparts, have all been played for fools and will receive the fool’s reward, unless we all reject military rule.]

Musharraf summons aides to Abu Dhabi

* Aide says former president will be urged to seek PML-Q unification

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has invited his aides to Abu Dhabi for consultations on his future role in the country’s politics and to consider the schedule of his return to Pakistan.

A number of Musharraf’s associates, including Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ameer Muqam, Lala Nisar, Hamid Nasir Chattha, Barrister Saif and Nisar Memon have arrived in the United Arab Emirates, while some other PML-Q members like Sher Afgan Niazi and Raza Hayat Hiraj are on their way to the UAE.

Sources said Musharraf had also contacted PML-Q dissident leaders from Sindh, including Sheikh Maqbool, inviting them to meet him in UAE.

“Sheikh Maqbool has refused to meet Musharraf, but another PML-Q dissident leader from Sindh, Jam Karam Ali, has accepted Musharraf’s invitation,” the sources said.

Unification: The sources said some PML-Q leaders who were still associated with the Chaudhrys would ask Musharraf to use his influence to reunite the PML-Q.

“Musharraf will be advised to ask the like-minded group to bury the beef with the Chaudhrys so that a unified PML-Q could be formed again to serve Musharraf’s political ambitions,” a PML-Q leader told Daily Times. Meanwhile, the Chaudhry brothers have decided in principle to keep themselves away from the political ambitions of the former president. “Though a young woman parliamentarian of PML-Q, who is considered to be the staunchest supporter of Musharraf and gets furious when someone lambastes the former president’s performance in parliament, is trying her best to bridge the gulf between the Chaudhrys and Musharraf,” another PML-Q parliamentarian said.

Must Read, from Mike Rivero, Blast from the Past

The following article was first written in 1998. I am relinking it here not so much as to say “I told you so”, but to point out that the long term economic future of the United States was obvious, or should have been obvious, to the people who are awarded lofty degrees and paid huge salaries to comprehend such things. Instead, the economists persisted in explaining away the visible signs of gathering troubles and earned their salaries by justifying why the policies that robbed the poor to give to the rich should continue unabated.
United States Congressional Record – March 17, 1993 – Vol. #33, page H-1303 – Speaker- Rep. James Traficant, Jr. (Ohio) addressing the House:“Mr. Speaker, we are here now in chapter 11. Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest reorganization of any Bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. Government. We are setting forth hopefully, a blueprint for our future. There are some who say it is a coroner’s report that will lead to our demise.”

The United States Is In Deep Doodoo!

Michael Rivero

Imagine for a moment that someone inherits a farm. Let’s say that the farm has good topsoil, a good well, good breeding stock, good seed, and excellent farm equipment in good repair. Prior to passing into the control of the present owner the farm did a good business selling vegetables, meat, and dairy products to the local market, and it made a small profit.

But let us suppose for a moment that the present owner of the farm doesn’t understand farming, or isn’t even really interested in learning. The present owner has no objection to standing around looking good, so he stays at the farm, standing in front of it, looking good to passers by.

Of course, the bills still come in, so our farmer puts them on his credit card. When that bill comes due he uses another credit card, Then another. Pretty soon the interest payments alone are higher than his bills and the banks get nervous and call him. No problem. Our farmer sells the tractor, takes the money around to the various credit cards, the food store, the utilities, and pays off all his bills. Then he stands around in front of the farm looking good to passers-by, the lord of his domain.

Well, the bills still come in. Again the credit cards get loaded up. So, this time our farmer sells the harvester. Then later on, the cattle, then the chickens, then the seeds, then he leases the well to his neighbor and finally sells the top soil from his farm to another farm down the road whose soil is getting tired. The cash is taken around to the various creditors, the food store, the utilities, etc.

Now at this point, our farmer thinks everything is okay. The bills are paid, he has a little cash in his pocket, and everything is fine.

Of course, you know better. The farm simply does not exist any more; it’s just an empty lot with a few buildings, and soon they will be gone as well. The path from the farmer’s present condition to seizure of the property for unpaid taxes is a foregone conclusion, even if the farmer doesn’t look far enough ahead to see it.

Poor, dumb, stupid farmer.

That farmer is our government, and our business leaders.

Just as our hypothetical farm has lost its soil, livestock, seed, and farm equipment, America has lost its manufacturing ability. Short sighted business leaders, with as little interest in manufacturing as our farmer had in farming, decided their own personal bonuses would be higher if they simply sold their factories rather that ran them. After WW2, the 27 American TV companies including Zenith, Emerson, RCA, GE, etc. led the world in TV technology. Then, the owners of the patents on TV technology decided they didn’t need to dirty their hands by actually making the TV sets themselves any more, and they started selling licenses to manufacture, which the Japanese bought.

By 1987, the only remaining American TV company was Zenith. The patent holders get their money, but the American products which can be sold overseas are gone, along with the jobs to make them. (Today Zenith is owned by a Korean electronics company.)

The same happened in high-tech electronics. The integrated circuit was invented in the United States. But rather than focus on selling integrated circuits, the companies that owned that technology sold the machines to MAKE integrated circuits around the world, and now America sells very few chips anywhere. The patent holders have their money, but the cash flow from sales of manufactured goods, and the jobs that go with them, are gone. When Seymour Cray needed custom chips for his supercomputers, he had to order them from Japan.

The same thing has been happening in aviation. The airplane was invented in the United States, and through the 60s, we sold a lot of them around the world. But lately, all aircraft sales to foreign countries involve “offsets”, a portion of the core technology that gets licensed to the purchasing nation and gets manufactured there. Bit by bit, the core technology gets bled off, taking with it jobs, and cash flow from the sale of those manufactured products. Along the way, the rights to manufacture American inventions outside America leak away on a steadily increasing basis. Even the mighty F-16 is now being manufactured overseas, under license.

To cover the loss of manufacturing jobs, our government has invented the catch phrase “service economy”. This is the idiotic notion that we don’t need to actually sell manufactured products; that we can grow and prosper our nation by doing each other’s laundry for a fee. To conceal the loss of manufacturing jobs, the government has legislated into existence thousands upon thousands of useless paper-shuffling jobs, and declared their necessity by fiat. The most obvious is the income tax which has been so obfuscated by the government that half of you had to rely on an outside expert to figure out just what all those incomprehensible words really meant. By this device, the government has replaced those jobs that made products to sell with an equal number of jobs that produce nothing whatsoever of any worth, except to keep the unemployment figures down. This over-burdening of the American people with gratuitous regulations and paperwork has accomplished nothing except to obfuscate the loss of manufacturing jobs, and to transform the American character from innovators and inventors creating new products to that of minor clerks, peeking under each other’s seat cushions for lost change.

So, with most of our manufacturing now gone, just what DOES America make? Trouble, mostly. With 4% of the world’s population and 18% of the economy, we have 50% of all the lawyers, all looking to make a killing by looting those few industries that still call America home (like Microsoft). Kids don’t want to be scientists and engineers; they’ve seen how little such people are valued in our country. Based on recent history, kids see the “big bucks” are in corporate law, specifically investment banking, leveraged buyouts, greenmail, junk bonds, in short what other countries describe as “trying to make money grow by shaking it side to side”.

With America’s ability to actually produce products that can compete on the open world market in decline, it’s no wonder that the balance of trade is the problem it is. Nobody buys our export products because we just don’t make that many any more, and like or not, we have to buy our appliances from the people who make them, which are NOT Americans. (When Ampex invented the VCR, they didn’t even bother trying to find an American company to make it, they immediately sold the rights to Japan).

So, what do all these countries on the plus side of the trade imbalance do with their surplus billions? Well, they have been loaning it right back to us!

Our government engages in a practice politely called “deficit spending”. Other terms which would aptly describe the practice include “counterfeiting” and “check kiting”, but it all comes down to the same thing; spending money one does not actually have.

What would be a prison offense for a normal citizen was rendered legal for the government by the Federal Reserve Act. This was not a popular piece of legislation. In fact the Democrats had campaigned in 1912 on a platform of rejection of the creation of a private bank in charge of a fiat money system. Nevertheless, on December 23, 1913, taking advantage of the absence of congressmen opposed to the creation of a fiat monetary system during the Christmas break, the Federal Reserve Act was passed.

Years later, during the great depression, Congressman Louis T. McFadden (who served twelve years as Chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency) asked for congressional investigations of criminal conspiracy to establish the privately owned ‘Federal Reserve System’. He requested impeachment of Federal officers who had violated oaths of office both in establishing and directing the Federal Reserve — imploring Congress to investigate an incredible scope of overt criminal acts by the Federal Reserve Board and Federal Reserve Banks. McFadden even suggested that the Federal Reserve deliberately triggered the great stock market crash of 1929, in order to eventually force the passage of the Emergency Banking Act of March 9, 1933, which suspended the gold standard.

In describing the FED, McFadden remarked in the Congressional Record, House pages 1295 and 1296 on June 10, 1932:

“Mr. Chairman, we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal reserve banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a Government Board, has cheated the Government of the United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt. The depredations and the iniquities of the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal reserve banks acting together have cost this country enough money to pay the national debt several times over. This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of the United States; has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the misadministration of that law by which the Federal Reserve Board, and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it”.   (full article HERE)

Pak Army Surrenders Sovereignty in Hunt for Militants

[The Army steps back from militant hunt, gives free pass to Obama’s drone escalation, settling for role as America’s body-counter and forensic identifier of dead militants.  Pakistani people have right to expect more than this.  One day soon, they are certain to realize that they have all been played for suckers by the govt. and the Army, which is sure to accept American boots on the ground as the next step.]

At least 20 killed in drone strike in South Waziristan

15 extremists killed in NWA missile attack

WANA: At least 15 alleged extremists were killed in a missile attack in North Waziristian Agency (SWA) area of Shaktoi, Geo News reported Sunday.

According to preliminary reports, the US surveillance plane targeted a house in the NWA area of Shaktoi, where at least 15 have thus far been recovered from under the rubble.

It should be mentioned that the US shelled a hideout in the same area on January 14, fuelling the contradictory reports regarding the death of Taliban chief Hakeemullah chief.

The recent attack took place in Shaktoi area, 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Miranshah, the main town in the rugged tribal region of North Waziristan, a senior military official said.

“The target was a militant compound,” he said, adding that at least 15 militants were killed.

The toll may go up, another official said.