Pentagon Lawyer Hypes “End” of Non-Existent “Terror War,” Ignoring American Partnership with “Al-Qaeda”

[This Pentagon shill is addressing th Brits, during controversial debate over legality of the American assassination program, selling the idea that “Al Qaeda is finished,” without even addressing the fact of the terrorist group’s long-term service to American foreign policy.  This lying Pentagon lawyer is trying to prevent the British from jumping ship in the face of Pakistani lawsuits seeking damages for British complicity in the American terrorist acts.  Being a Pentagon lawyer, he knows full well the awful truth about the secret military terrorist units, which Bush and Cheney affectionately dubbed “Al Qaeda” (the toilet).  Without “Al-CIA-da,” the Bush Administration would have had no foreign policy.  Without the so-called “Islamists” which Obama and the Saudis have brought together from Libya, Chechnya, Pakistan and who knows where, Obama would have no Libyan, Syrian, Yemeni and now Magreb foreign policy at all.  To say that we have been hunting-down the group of terrorists who have served as the lynch-pin of  Pentagon “irregular warfare” since before the 9/11 attacks is more than just an evil lie, it is the worst kind of deception, intended to make Americans believe in a “good Al-Qaeda,” fighting for America against the Bad Guys.  

If all of the American resistance movement joined “Al Qaeda” right now, would we be considered to be “enemies” of the United States or just “good citizens”?  It is high time for an American “Gunpowder plot.”  The Pentagon should be demolished to remove the bloody stain upon our heritage that it has become.]

US heading for point when ‘military pursuit of al-Qaida should end’

Fight against terrorist group on course for Obama to stop using legal authority given by Congress to wage war, says lawyer

US defence department general counsel, Jeh Johnson

US defence department general counsel, Jeh Johnson, says responsibility for tackling al-Qaida should pass to the police and other law enforcement agencies when the ‘tipping point’ in pursuit of group is reached. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The US is heading for a “tipping point” beyond which it should no longer pursue al-Qaida terrorists by military means, one of the Obama administration‘s most senior lawyers has said.

Jeh Johnson suggested the group would become so degraded that a time would come when the legal authority given to the White House by Congress should no longer be used to justify waging the war that has been fought since 2001.

Johnson said that when this happened, America had to “be able to say … that our efforts should no longer be considered an armed conflict against al-Qaida and its affiliates”.

Instead, the responsibility for tackling al-Qaida should pass to the police and other law enforcement agencies.

Johnson has been general counsel at the US defence department for the past four years and has given advice on every military operation that needs the approval of the president or defence secretary.

In a speech presented tonight in the UK, Johnson was expected to set out the legal principles underpinning the conflict against al-Qaida and insisted they were rooted in domestic and international law. Congress had authorised the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” against the nations, organisations and individuals responsible for the 9/11 attacks; the US supreme court had endorsed this in 2006 by ruling “our efforts against al-Qaida may be properly viewed as armed conflict”.

But Johnson also made clear these principles were not open-ended, and that the US government would need to respond when circumstances change. And though he said he could not predict when the conflict would draw to a close, he said the US must not be afraid to change its tactics.

“I do believe that on the present course there will come a tipping point, a tipping point at which so many of the leaders and operatives of al-Qaida and its affiliates have been killed or captured, and the group is no longer able to attempt or launch a strategic attack against the United States, such that al-Qaida as we know it, the organisation that our Congress authorised the military to pursue in 2001, has been effectively destroyed.

“At that point we must be able to say to ourselves that our efforts should no longer be considered an armed conflict against al-Qaida and its associated forces, rather a counter-terrorism effort against individuals who are the scattered remains of al-Qaida … for which the law enforcement and intelligence resources of our government are principally responsible.” America’s military assets would then be available in reserve, he said.

The US could not “capture or kill every last terrorist who claims an affiliation with al-Qaida” and the enemy “did not include anyone solely in the category of activist, journalist, or propagandist”.

Washington’s pursuit of suspected al-Qaida terrorists has been controversial, such as the use of UAVs – or drones – to launch attacks in countries such as Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

The administration has been criticised by human rights groups and US academics who say the tactic enrages local populations and causes civilian deaths. It is also legally dubious, they argue.

A fortnight ago the US defence secretary, Leon Panetta, claimed America had “decimated core al-Qaida” and that the group was “widely distributed, loosely knit and geographically dispersed”.

His remarks echoed those of Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, who is Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

She has been pilloried by Republicans for suggesting the attack in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of US ambassador Christopher Stephen was spontaneous rather than planned.

Such characterisations will put Washington under greater pressure to review and justify the military campaign against al-Qaida, which has been virtually wiped out in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and now exists only in small, disorganised regional splinter groups.

Speaking at the Oxford Union, Johnson insisted the US was applying conventional law to an unconventional enemy, and justified detaining prisoners indefinitely and using “targeted lethal force” – such as drones – to kill suspects. He conceded these techniques would be questionable “viewed in the context of law enforcement or criminal justice, where no person is sentenced to death or prison without an indictment, an arraignment, and a trial before an impartial judge and jury”.

But, he added: “Viewed within the context of conventional armed conflict, as they should be, capture, detention and lethal force are traditional practices as old as armies. Capture and detention by the military are part and parcel of armed conflict. We employ weapons of war against al-Qaida but in a manner consistent with the rule of law. We employ lethal force, but in a manner consistent with the law of war principles of proportionality, necessity and distinction.”

Johnson said that when the military conflict came to an end, those still in detention would not necessarily be released immediately. He said that after the end of the second world war, the US and British governments delayed the release of some Nazi prisoners of war.

“We refuse to allow this enemy, with its contemptible tactics, to define the way in which we wage war,” he said. “Our efforts remain grounded in the rule of law.”

Georgia Being Set-Up To Take the Fall for Hillary’s Moscow Intern Army

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Russian Opposition Activists ‘Trained’ Abroad, Investigators Say

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Anti-Kremlin rally in Moscow. Archive

Anti-Kremlin rally in Moscow. Archive

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MOSCOW, November 30 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian opposition activists who were allegedly plotting to orchestrate anti-Kremlin unrest were “trained” abroad, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

Markin said the opposition activists were “specially trained outside Russia to organize and carry out mass riots aimed at overthrowing the regime as happened with ‘color revolutions’ in other countries.”

In October, Leonid Razvozzhayev, an ally of Russian Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov,confessed to organizing mass disorder together with other opposition members, and said the effort was bankrolled by Georgian politician Givi Targamadze.

The charges against Razvozzhayev, an aide to opposition lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov, stem from grainy footage aired by the pro-Kremlin television channel NTV in early October.

The channel said the footage also showed Udaltsov, one of the leaders of the anti-Putin protest movement, Razvozzhayev, and another activist from the socialist group, Konstantin Lebedev, discussing the plot with an influential Georgian politician.

All three men have been charged and deny the accusations. Lebedev has been in custody since early last month, while Udaltsov has been ordered not to leave Moscow

Markin said investigators have other evidence, besides the video, proving that the suspects had repeatedly turned to foreign nationals, including Targamadze, to organize the riots.

The materials will be unveiled after more checks are carried out, he said.

Commenting on Markin’s statement, Udaltsov said on Friday: “All these accusations of preparing mass riots – it is a 100 percent lie. Neither I nor Razvozzhayev nor Lebedev planned any actions. This is a political hatchet job. The goal is to weaken the opposition and discredit the leaders.”

Chechen Terrorists Imported Into Syria

Al Nusrah Front claims suicide attack at hospital, joint operation with Chechen fighters

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Al-Nusrah-Aleppo-hospital-suicide-attack.jpgThe Al Nusrah Front shows the suicide car bomb used to attack the French hospital in Aleppo. Images from the SITE Intelligence Group.

The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group that is fighting Bashir al Assad’s regime in Syria, has claimed credit for yet another suicide attack as well as another joint operation with Chechen fighters.

Al Nusrah claimed the attacks in a series of three statements released on jihadist websites on Nov. 21. The statements were translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

The suicide attack took place at a hospital in the contested city of Aleppo. Al Nusrah said the “French hospital” was being used as “the headquarters of the army and the tyrant’s [thugs].” The terror group did not provide a date for the attack.

The suicide attack was executed by “the knight Abu ‘Aun al Shamali,” who used a car bomb “laden with 2 tons of explosives.” The statement was accompanied by pictures of the car bomb as well as the explosion at the hospital. Al Nusrah then detonated a car bomb parked outside the hospital and launched “an armed attack by a group of mujahideen on what remained of the headquarters.”

Al Nusrah has been the most active jihadist group in Syria. It has claimed credit for 36 of the 44 reported suicide bombings in Syria that the The Long War Journal has tallied since December 2011 [see list below]. Since the end of August, Al Nusrah has claimed credit for launching 18 suicide attacks.

Joint operation with “the battalion of Chechen emigrants”

Al-Nusrah-joint-op-Chechens-airbase-602-brigade.pngLeft: An Al Nusrah Front fighter looks at a map of Air Defense Brigade 602’s base in Handarat. Right: Fghters stand next to a jihadist flag. Images from the SITE Intelligence Group.

In addition to the suicide attack in Aleppo, Al Nusrah claimed it launched, “with the participation of the battalion of Chechen emigrants,” several assaults against Air Defense Brigade 602’s base in Handarat.

“The mujahideen had made previous attempts to storm the brigade on November 6-8, and the most recent came on November 18 and 19,” the Al Nusrah Front statement said, according to SITE. Al Nusrah claimed that its snipers killed three soldiers and that its fighters entered the base and seized two machine guns.

Al Nusrah also released two photographs associated with the raid on the air defense base in Handarat. One photograph shows a map of the base; the other shows fighters standing next to an Islamist flag.

Al Nusrah has conducted at least one other joint operation with Chechen fighters in Syria over the past two months. On Oct. 11, Al Nusrah commanded a group of “Chechen emigrants” as well as a battalion from the supposedly secular Free Syrian Army when the joint force overran a Syrian air defense and Scud missile base in Aleppo.

Doku Umarov, the emir of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate in southern Russia, addressed the issue of jihad in Syria in a videotape that was released on Nov. 13, according to Kavkaz Center.

In the videotape, Umarov addressed “my brothers who are doing jihad in Syria against the regime,” and warned them not to fight to “replace the regime of Bashar al Assad with Turkish or Saudi or Egyptian or American or English money, with another pagan idol under the cover of democracy.”

So far, no other group has claimed responsibility for suicide attacks in Syria since December 2011.