Friday, October 29, 2010

Osama has (not) left the building

Osama has (not) left the building....
By Pepe Escobar
For the dubious privilege of financing the 16-agency, alphabet soup, United States intelligence establishment not to find Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda's number two Ayman al-Zawahiri, US taxpayers have been plundered to the staggering tune of US$500 billion - and counting. Still, the obvious questions resonate from Seattle to Selma and from Sweden to Swaziland. Where's Osama? Where's al-Zawahiri? Where's escaped-on-the-back-of-a-motorcycle Taliban supremo Mullah Omar?

For starters, why don't US intelligence agencies ask the French Foreign Ministry? They swear on their Dior ties Osama is indeed alive - and it is his jihadi master's voice showcased in an audiotape broadcast by al-Jazeera this past Wednesday. In the tape, Osama in so many words warns France that the Eiffel Tower may experience a different kind of wobble one of these days (it has been evacuated twice lately).

Osama - or the ghost passing for Osama - said: "If you want to tyrannize and think that it is your right to ban the free women from wearing the burqa, isn't it our right to expel your occupying forces, your men from our lands by striking them by the neck?" A jittery
Paris has taken the analogy extremely seriously.

A room with a view
So now that it's established that Osama seems to be alive and well, having made a successful transition from TDK cassettes to
MP3 (unless very circumspect French diplomats are lying; and unless we suppress roars of laughter at the assertion by row after row of US "intelligence analysts" that fake Osama tapes have never been broadcast), comes the question of his humble abode.

So why not turn to the formidable North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its arrays of the most sophisticated military hardware in the world - after all they are spectacularly losing a war in Afghanistan itself as we speak? (The legendary Mikhail Gorbachev - who knows a thing or two about losing a war in the Hindu Kush - has just made it plain and simple: "Victory is impossible in Afghanistan. Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how difficult it will be.")

Anyway, NATO officials recently leaked to global corporate media that Osama is hiding "somewhere in northeastern Pakistan". Oh really? Would that be Miram Shah, across from Paktika? Would that be Parachinar, across from Nangarhar (where Osama and al-Zawahiri escaped to from Tora Bora in December 2001)? Would that be Chitral, across from Kunar? Would that be on the Karakoram Highway near the Chinese border?

Radio silence. The NATO boys simply don't know - as they don't seem to be very familiar with the intricate mountain geography and tribal rivalries south of the Hindu Kush. Seems like the NATO boys are taking a cue from those rows of so-called US "intelligence analysts" swearing over their air-con think-tank offices that Osama still oversees the "strategic direction" of al-Qaeda from a base “somewhere in Pakistan". Pakistan happens to be twice as big as California. Try finding a stray wacko in the Mojave Desert.

NATO boys also swear that Mullah Omar is commuting between Quetta, Balochistan's capital, and Karachi. Well, he could be taking a night desert bus or a donkey caravan - and still he can't be found. Has anyone searched the VIP rooms at the Serena Hotel in Quetta, perhaps?

Maybe the Pakistani intelligence apparatus knows something. "Not us!" - screams the Pakistani ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, "The reason why this statement is not made officially and publicly by NATO is because they do not have any basis to make that statement."

Well, then certainly Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence knows - or some key operatives inside the ISI. And in this case, the Central Intelligence Agency would know. Ambassador Haqqani: "If anybody thinks that Pakistan has any interest in protecting bin Laden they are smoking something they shouldn't be smoking.” Well, apparently no one is smoking Hindu Kush's finest - because Haqqani still swears Washington and NATO have shared "no intelligence" with Pakistan about Osama for a few years now. Would it be because - as in the famous Hollywood dictum - no one knows anything?

The invisible man
In real life, the fact is that a selected few inside the ISI know - as they have followed Osama's every move since the early 1980s in Peshawar. And they are not talking - never will. But for the CIA and the 16-agency alphabet-soup intel community not to know, this speaks volumes about an "intelligence" establishment where 1 million Americans hold top-secret clearances. Those 1 million are absolutely worthless when it comes to gathering on-the-ground intelligence south of the Hindu Kush.

So maybe they should ask the Pakistani Army. General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani - a Pentagon darling - has been to Washington for the third round of what is called a "strategic dialogue" with the Pentagon. It's easy to picture Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asking Kiani, "If North Waziristan is the epicenter of terrorism, where al-Qaeda is holed up, why don't you go there with all guns blazing and snatch them for us?"

In principle, Kiani will do it - that's what he has promised the Pentagon. But will he? Not really. Kiani will scare away - just for show - the Haqqanis, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, eldest son of legendary mujahid Jalaluddin Haqqani, while ISI operatives duly tell them to run the other way.

Chapman Base in Khost, Afghanistan, on the other side of North Waziristan, is operated by the CIA. But don't expect Chapman to come out swinging exhibiting "
dead or alive" al-Qaeda scalpels. There are indeed some Arab al-Qaeda jihadis sheltered by the Haqqanis - a few dozen at max, but they will have plenty of time to get out of Dodge, thanks again to the services of those ISI agents.

Moreover, Kiani is not suicidal. He knows the Haqqanis and the myriad groups they protect are intimately linked to the Punjabi Taliban. If Kiani launches a major offensive, blowback - in the form of an epidemic of urban suicide bombings rocking Pakistan - is an absolute certainty.

Blowback is on the way anyway - because in this "no one knows anything, and no one's talking" scenario, the only real weapon available for Washington is to drone North Waziristan to death.

Granted, the Barack Obama administration is also desperately trying to find a way out in AfPak. Saudi Arabia is key. Not only Mullah Omar, but also other viscerally anti-occupation Afghan leaders such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Abdul Rasul Sayyaf maintain very close ties with Saudi Arabia. Washington now depends on Saudi Arabia to convince them to sit down and talk.

That's not a given (they all say they're not talking). And even if they did it might - or might not - lead to an endgame (the Pentagon certainly doesn't want one). As for the Pakistani army and intelligence establishment, what they do want is an Afghan
satellite government, still part of the "strategic depth" doctrine, and to keep receiving military aid from Washington till perpetuity. Thus playing a double game is key - and that applies most of all to Osama and al-Zawahiri, the golden rationale behind the everlasting "war on terror" - another name for the Pentagon's "long war".

Now you see them - now you don't. So expect a lot of Osama digital
audio from now on. He should consider his own podcast on iTunes
. There's no real prospect in sight that Osama will honor former US vice president Dick Cheney's correctional facilities anytime soon. He has not left the building, and is now merrily singing Suspicious Minds in a double bill with Elvis.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The controlled WIKILEAKS Charade continues by DOD/DIA/CIA/FDDC creeps...

“All you have to do to be hated is to do hateful things....”

The controlled WIKILEAKS Charade continues by DOD/DIA/CIA/FDDC creeps....

As to the Wikileak issue, ..... Politics is all about timing. The Wikileak story in the first line by the New Times: Iran, Iran, Iran big surprise. Have we learned anything new from these leaks? Does what we have learned have any value concerning how we deal with the present crisis? If we turn the pages back to the last significant leak in US history, there are valuable lessons to be learned I believe.
The release of the Pentagon Papers ultimately led to Nixon's downfall because it was this leak that lead Nixon to assemble the plumbers that were eventually caught breaking into the DNC office's of Larry O'Brien. The plumbers were assembled under the encouragement of Henry Kissinger who stated that leaks were totally compromising his attempts at diplomacy.
On the day of the leaks, Halderman makes one comment about Kissinger, Nixon did not trust him. A rather fantastic statement when you consider the role Kissinger was playing in the Nixon White House. Kissinger, a War criminal recently praised by Hillary Clinton at the State Department, was a long time CIA/Mossad asset who started as a translator for James Angleton another Mossad asset at the CIA. In retrospect Kissinger benefited most from the release of the Pentagon Papers, eventually getting the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war in Vietnam. Nixon also wondered whether Kissinger through the Brookings Institute played a role in the leaks.

Like the Kennedy's before him, Nixon's stance on the Middle East has been over looked as far as Watergate history goes. Nixon was insisting that Israel withdraw from land that was stolen from the Palestinians during the 6 day War, and that Israel abide by all United Nations resolutions concerning this dispute.
Larry O'Brien states in his oral history that the burglars were trying to find information related to ITT and the situation in Chile. We know this information clearly shows that Henry Kissinger should have been in prison a long time ago, and that the information the burglars were after was for the benefit of Kissinger personally.
The final nail in Nixon's coffin however probably came with the death of J. Edgar Hoover whose office black mail files were taken by James Angleton himself and most likely shared with Mossad...
I do not see much difference in our current political situation today as the Wikileaks simply put more pressure on crippled US Foreign Policy so that the necessary leadership in Washington has its hands tied as Israel continues with its War Crimes against the Palestinian people. And let us not forget the crime of the inside Job of 9/11 that history will show is covered with Zionist Blood.....and USA's Deep State barbarians.....

Happy false paradigm day to you, too... Assange is a known CIA operative. Did he get dinner or another visit at the WH this time before the "revelations" again? His revelations that we killed 100,000+ in Iraq and tortured prisoners - puhleez.

Years ago, we surpassed the million-dead-Iraqui mark as estimated by many sources - we are several million into it if we count both gulf wars, decades of sanctions and suffocating them without medical supplies and other means and DU ongoing slow-kill. And Assange jsut discovered we killed over 100,000 and tortured some prisoners? Well give him the Peace Nobel for that if Barry can share his prize. Him "blowing the whistle" now upping the official death toll by a little spare change from the first ridiculously low lie of death toll to a slightly higher number and still a lie while pretending that this is a real leak and is nothing more than a controlled release of info to prevent a bigger leak. And they offer it to us in cute Julian format so we get happy about the info he "leaked" and we got away with knowing without the Pentagon's approval. Ha! Julian and us the great unwasheds got away with something! Pretty translucent strategy here, isn't it?

And do we really believe that a man who is oh-so-dangerous to the Pentagon who can really access their files and leak them all over the place and hemorrhage any touchy classified info he wants to tap into is walking around all over Europe, giving press conferences in London - and they can't "get" him and get rid of him? Or that there is a server anywhere in the world he can post this from and The Empire is powerless and annot blast him and his server to Kindgom Cometh?

The Easter Bunny is leaking info all over the place, too. Assange is very useful - he can control leaks and dam them in by containing the amount of info they want to leak, he can announce false flags in the future as "leaks", he can leak out really "dangerous" amounts of info they can use to shut down the web to prevent more leaks in a Problem-Reaction-Solution model...a useful operative - their new version of Osama Al-CIAda in cute feisty blond angel geek format....

Just don't take Assange nor the Easter Bunny too seriously. It's all in a day's work in Hegelian paradigm-land, that's all....


Ever wondered why our country always seems to be at war with the world. Ever wondered why our government and mass media promote the view that the world outside our borders is a corrupt, chaotic, frightening place....when in reality our Government/Wall Street and all..... and Society are utterly corrupt to the core and without any hope of redemption ever.... Ever shocked to realize that many people in our society think the best thing that can happen to a foreign country is for the U.S. to invade. Can you even think of a time when our country was truly at peace with the world?


Imperialism is capitalism at its most virulent stage, astride the world; exploitation on a global scale. It is the creation of a grotesquely unequal world. The constant wars and its astonishing waste of resources and human lives ultimately weakens imperialism. Workers of the world are driven to rebel against it and replace it with socialism, the last stage of capitalism before its revolutionary transformation. Imperialism is the result of capitalism’s inexorable tendency towards globalization.

Capitalism exists to maximize profit, and capitalists do this by stealing as much surplus value as possible from the working class. Eventually, national capitalism develops to a point where production is concentrated in giant monopolies that are controlled by the huge banks that finance them. The finance capitalists who control these banks take state power as well, and they use their economic, political, and military power to take capitalist exploitation to a whole new level. The dominance of finance capital is the key component of imperialism because finance capital begins to look abroad for even greater returns on investment.

Like any other criminal enterprise, capitalism starts out small. The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie [the capitalists—D.P.] over the whole surface of the globe. The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls.

Marx and Engels are talking about an earlier stage of capitalism that emphasized the production and export of physical commodities, whereas imperialism focuses on the export of finance capital. Under imperialism, investment capital itself is used to “batter down all Chinese walls” and when this doesn’t work it uses naked political and military aggression to open up a country to capital investment. They want a world in which finance capital based in the powerful developed countries is totally free to move around the globe and make investments that subject workers in the weaker developing countries to forms of super-exploitation even more brutal than “national capitalism. Capitalism is fundamentally a criminal enterprise; it will stop at nothing to extend their global dominance. Resistance against imperialism by the global working class has been a major factor shaping world history since at least the latter part of the nineteenth century. The Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions were all victories in the struggle against.

At the end of the Second World War, the United States took on the role. Some major defeats have been Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba. A tremendous victory was the break-up of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe but the dividends of that victory were squandered on financial scandals and military adventurism.

The U.S has been weakened by the growing economies of China, Brazil and India, the economic depression of 2008 and the huge costs of and poor performance by the U.S. military in the two imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan....and the utter corruption and sheer brutality....

When imperialists fight for survival they always resort to fascism. Fascism has been defined as “the open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, most chauvinistic and most imperialist elements of finance capital.” The movement toward fascism is a sign that imperialism is on its death bed, which in turn opens up opportunities for socialist revolution. This brings us to the subjects of working-class unity and internationalism, the united front against fascism, and the fight for international socialism, all of which will be discussed later.....

Julian Assange was born in 1971 in Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Reportedly, Julian, together with his mother Claire and his half-brother, spent his childhood fleeing the father of Julian's half-brother.

That father was a member of a cult, called The Family, run by a
Anne-Hamilton Byrne.

Anne-Hamilton Byrne ran her 'child-kidnapping cult' on the outskirts of Melbourne.

"Byrne dyed the stolen children’s hair blonde and fed them LSD." (
Julian Assange of WikiLeaks: “Destroyer of Worlds)

San­ti­nike­tan Park Asso­ci­a­tion of Anne Hamilton-Byrne con­di­tioned chil­dren with drugs, sen­sory depri­va­tion, sleep depri­va­tion, tor­ture and rit­ual sex­ual abuse in order to pro­duce sub­jects who bent to the will of the group’s leader." (Wiki of the Damned)

"Assange claims that Aus­tralian intel­li­gence has advised him, and there is an appar­ent link between Aus­tralian intel­li­gence and the cult." (
Wiki of the Damned)

Australian intelligence works closely with the CIA, MI6, DIA, AMAN and Mossad...


"Among those on the receiv­ing end of the cult’s ser­vices was Lord Casey, for­mer Governor-General of Aus­tralia and the min­is­ter in charge of over­see­ing the Aus­tralian intel­li­gence ser­vice, with which Assange claims to be connected." (
Wiki of the Damned)

"Another indi­ca­tion of seri­ous insti­tu­tional sup­port for the cult con­cerns the par­tic­i­pa­tion in their activ­i­ties of Ronald Con­way. One of Australia’s most promi­nent Catholic intel­lec­tu­als, Con­way appears to have engaged in molesta­tion of chil­dren placed in his care." (
Wiki of the Damned)

Anne Hamilton-Byrne acquired fourteen infants and young children between about 1968 and 1975.

Assange was born in 1971. (
"Village of the Damned," meet Julian Assange)

Sarah Moore, a 'daughter' of Hamilton-Byrne, was a victim of the cult.

"Unseen, Unheard, Unknown" is the book by Sarah Moore (Hamilton-Byrne).

Sarah Moore alleges that Sandoz, part of the old I.G. Far­ben complex, pro­vid­ed the cult with free LSD.

San­doz bought the fam­ily busi­ness of 'Swiss Nazi financier' Carl Lund­strom.

One of Lundstrom's endeav­ors is Pirate Bay which hosts WIKILEAKS, in Sweden.

Wikileaks would appear to be partly the work of the CIA and its Mossad friends?

Israel would like the world to know that it is not just the Israeli military that sometimes murders kids.

Brits and Iraqis do it too, according to Wikileaks.

And the CIA and Mossad want us to believe some rubbish in Wikileaks about the Iranians.

Only Israel "has the penetration of the Department of Defense that would allow this kind of spying."

"The fact that the supposedly damaging leaks are in fact bolstering American accusations against Iran while minimizing American complicity in Iraqi deaths leads some to believe that the leaks are in fact engineered by the Pentagon to either discredit Wikileaks, or are in conjunction with Wikileaks which is a U.S. government outfit." (
Wikileaks under doubt as “classified” documents substantiate bogus U.S. claims

Excellent background on the questionable Julian CIA Assange....

I'm glad to see that not everyone is duped by the patent psyop that is Wikileaks/CIA/DOD/MOSSAD/DIA...

I find the ongoing Punch and Judy show hugely hilarious. Apparently Julian is now fighting with CNN and being framed and hunted by the CIA. A brave man of derring-do who fears nothing for his own life.....LOL

Wikileaks always seems to leak information that's strangely supportive of the DoD's latest objectives, be it destabilizing Pakistan, discrediting insufficiently pro-American Iraqi politicians or implicating Iran in crimes committed by NATO.

You might also mention that a large portion of initial funding was from George Soros's Open Society Institute. Yes, OSI, which was one of the subversive forces behind the Color Revolutions in the post-Soviet republics. Along with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the ever-present Central Intelligence Agency.

Their objective as always is to bring "democracy". Translation: privatization, cartelization, and foreign direct investment (theft) by outside billionaires like, surprise surprise, Monsieur Soros.
Of course, the real objective, as detailed by criminal Zbigniew Brzezinski, was and is the weakening of Russia as a military and economic competitor.

Wikileaks has two other suspicious characters on its advisory board:

1) Wang Dan: winner of the 1998 NED Democracy Award.

2) Xiao Qiang: recipient of MacArthur Fellowship 2001, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch in China, board of advisors for the International Campaign for Tibet.

That is, these gentlemen are involved in the subversion and destabilization of China.

All this spells out a very clear picture.

Wikileaks, despite its hero of the people image, carefully nurtured by the likes of Time magazine, CNN and so on, is very simply a manufactured opposition.
An elaborate limited hangout. And honeytrap for those silly enough to trust it with their whistleblowing.

Bear in mind also that Mr Assange has publicly and vociferously stated that he agrees with the offical 9/11 conspiracy theory, as carefully fabricated by the panel of the 911 Commission, including Thomas Kean.

911 is the keystone of the edifice of lies. And must be protected at all costs.

Yes, the good Julian believes that impressively-bearded men in Afghan caves carried out the attack on Manhattan.

It was not conceived in the RAND, nor the Hudson Institute. Nor did the Project for a New American Century have anything to do with it. Neither was there any funding from the Scaife foundations for these thinktanks. Nor was the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs involved. It of course has nothing to do with control of Middle Eastern and Central Asian oil routes and chokepoints to hamstring China and Russia.

The National Reconnaissance Office and NSA SIGINT/ELINT were not stood down...., as well as NORAD, SAC, and AMALGAM Virgo..., etc.. Nor was US STRATCOM. And the remote avionics of Northrop Grumman were not deployed in exacting maneuvers. Nor was there any precision demolition of the inexplicably well-insured World Trade Center buildings. Nor did Building Seven magically fall into its own footprint.

And of course the US/EU plutocracy had nothing to do with it.

No-one on the boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics or Partnership for New York City. Certainly no generous donors to Carnegie Hall or the NYC Museum of Modern Art. And definitely the clientele of Kissinger Associates were as innocent as the driven snow.

So why are they doing this?
Simple. They are about to pull the plug on the American Republic and own what remains of it; while still holding the leash of the most vicious war machine by a huge margin ever in human history.

The terrorists who attacked New York will pay for this crime. And much worse besides.

They are liars, thieves and murderers....

Their time is up.

And make no mistake:

They will be burnt alive.....

Did you know that Obama proclaimed October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

By Jim Garamone, American Forces Press Service for DOD

Cyberspace is a new world and a new domain for combat. The Defense Department is working to understand the threats and opportunities that this new domain poses.

Robert J. Butler, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, is one of the officials charged with developing defense capabilities in this crucial domain. And there has been progress.

“For the past 14 months, we have been trying to continue to grow [U.S.] Cyber Command and its capabilities, at the same time looking at strategy and policy,” Butler told reporters at the Defense Writers’ Group here today. “We need to find ways to operate more effectively in cyberspace.”

DOD needs new operating concepts for the new domain. The department has done a lot of work in systems, education and training, “and beyond that, things like active defense and new ways of looking at resiliency and new ways to operate in different environments,” he said.

It comes back to the warfighter, he said. The DOD cyber world needs to focus on ensuring warriors can deploy, get the information they need when they deploy, track supplies and personnel and ensure logistics, he explained. They also must remain in contact with neighboring units and the home front, along with a variety of other tasks, he added.

Defense Department officials have reached out to Great Britain, Australia, Canada and NATO to defend against cyber threats that include nations, rogue states, terrorist groups, criminal gangs and just plain hackers, Butler said.

“The focus within the strategy is to go ahead and build partnerships with like-minded nations in the areas of shared awareness, shared warning and collective response,” he said. “As we move forward, we are trying to build capacity at one level, and at another level – interdependence – you are actually laying a foundation for deterring bad behavior in cyberspace.”

Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq – and the trust those operations have built among the coalition – have helped to speed this international cooperation, Butler said.

The threat constantly changes, and the department has to keep on top of this aspect of cybersecurity, Butler told the group. “Every day, people think of new ways to use the Internet,” he said. “As I look at the advent of social networking sites and what that has done, people have learned to use the Internet to not only communicate in traditional ways, but to build new networks that create both opportunities as well as threats.”

The cyber domain is new, and policy has not caught up to reality. Government and private officials are grappling with basics such as what constitutes a cyber attack and who has responsibility to defend against threats. The White House is leading the effort, Butler said, but it is clear that the Department of Homeland Security has the lead inside the United States. The Defense Department has responsibility to defend military networks, and can assist Homeland Security and other civilian agencies when required and ordered.

Who does what and when they do it is under discussion with other government agencies.

“We have our viewpoints laid out, and we’re trying to determine the best way to move forward,” Butler said. “One of the key things is to agree on the taxonomy. We hear a lot of discussion about cyber war and cyber attacks, and there’s legal terminology with hostile intent, hostile acts. Making sure everyone understands the taxonomy is really important.”

Butler credited the Homeland Security exercise Cyber Storm 3 with helping officials think through responses. The national cyber incident response framework exercise, conducted at the end of August, looked at the way the U.S. government and private industry faced a cyber threat.

“We were able to work out what the threat was, what the appropriate response was, who takes action, how do you determine conditions and postures,” he said.

The exercise included federal and state entities, the private sector and international partners. “It was a huge learning experience for the department,” he said.

But no one can stand still, Butler said.

“We recognize as we face this evolving threat that more will be required,” he said. “The question is what kind of hybrid models, what kind of rules, what kind of things do we need to counter a threat that continues to advance? We’ve got congressional support. We got a blueprint, and we’re working on it. -- ###

Feeling warm and fuzzy about our nation's cyber security? :/ - c


March 17, 2010 - Preparations for the establishment of U.S. Cyber Command are underway.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CIA slipping its leash with drone strikes

Our sources are accurate regarding CIA's participation in Sadat's assassinations, then we now have established a nefarious connection between William Casey, George H. W. Bush, the CIA/MOSSAD and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, who later united with Osama bin Laden, becoming his right hand man and head of operations for Al-CIAda....

CIA slipping its leash with drone strikes....
By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON - New information on the Central Intelligence Agency's campaign of drone strikes in northwest Pakistan directly contradicts the image the Barack Obama administration and the CIA have sought to establish in the news media of a program based on highly accurate targeting that is effective in disrupting al-CIAda's terrorist plots against the United States.

A new report on civilian casualties in the war in Pakistan has revealed direct evidence that a house was targeted for a drone attack merely because it had been visited by a group of Taliban soldiers.

The report came shortly after publication of the results of a survey of opinion within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan showing overwhelming popular opposition to the drone strikes and majority support for suicide attacks on US forces under some circumstances.

Meanwhile, data on targeting of the drone strikes in Pakistan indicate that they have now become primarily an adjunct of the US war in Afghanistan, targeting almost entirely militant groups involved in the Afghan insurgency rather than al-CIAda officials involved in plotting global terrorism.

The new report published by the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) last week offers the first glimpse of the drone strikes based on actual interviews with civilian victims of the strikes.

In an interview with a researcher for CIVIC, a civilian victim of a drone strike in North Waziristan carried out under the Obama administration recounted how his home had been visited by Taliban troops asking for lunch. He said he had agreed out of fear of refusing them.

The very next day, he recalled, the house was destroyed by a missile from a drone, killing his only son.

The CIVIC researcher, Christopher Rogers, investigated nine of the 139 drone strikes carried out since the beginning of 2009 and found that a total of 30 civilians had been killed in those strikes, including 14 women and children.

If that average rate of 3.33 civilian casualties for each drone bombing is typical of all the strikes since the rules for the strikes were loosened in early 2008, it would suggest that roughly 460 civilians have been killed in the drone campaign during that period.
The total number of deaths from the drone war in Pakistan since early 2008 is unknown, but has been estimated by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann of the New America Foundation at between 1,109 and 1,734.

Only 66 leading officials in al-Qaeda or other anti-US groups have been killed in the bombings. Reports on the bombings have listed the vast majority of the victims as "militants," without further explanation.

The victim's account of a drone attack based on the flimsiest rationale is consistent with the revelation in New York Times reporter David Sanger's book The Inheritance that the CIA was given much greater freedom in early 2008 to hit targets that might well involve killing innocent civilians.

The original rationale of the drone campaign was to "decapitate" al-Qaeda by targeting a list of high-ranking al-Qaeda officials. The rules of engagement required firm evidence that there were no civilians at the location who would be killed by the strike.

But in January 2008 the CIA persuaded then president George W Bush to approve a set of "permissions" proposed by the CIA that same month which allowed the agency to target locations rather than identified al-Qaeda leaders if those locations were linked to a "signature" - a pattern of behavior on the part of al-CIAda officials that had been observed over time.

That meant the CIA could now bomb a motorcade or a house if it was believed to be linked to al-CIAda , without identifying any particular individual target.

A high-ranking Bush administration national-security official told Sanger that Bush later authorized even further widening of the power of the CIA's operations directorate to make life or death decisions based on inferences rather than hard evidence. The official acknowledged that giving the CIA so much latitude was "risky", because "you can make more mistakes - you can hit the wrong house, or misidentify the motorcade".

The extraordinary power ceded to the CIA operations directorate under the program provoked serious concerns in the intelligence community, according to one former intelligence official. It allowed that directorate to collect the intelligence on potential targets in the FATA, interpret its own intelligence and then make lethal decisions based on that interpretation - all without any outside check on the judgments it was making, even from CIA's own directorate of intelligence.

Officials from other intelligence agencies have sought repeatedly to learn more about how the operations directorate was making targeting decisions but were rebuffed, according to the source.

Some national security officials, including mid-level officials involved in the drone program itself, have warned in the past that the drone strikes have increased anti-Americanism and boosted recruitment for the Pakistani Taliban and al-CIAda . New support for that conclusion has now come from the results of a survey of opinion on the strikes in the FATA published by the New American Foundation and Terror Free Tomorrow.

The survey shows that 76% of the 1,000 FATA residents surveyed opposed drone strikes and that nearly half of those surveyed believed they killed mostly civilians.

Sixty percent of those surveyed believed that suicide bombings against the US military are "often or sometimes justified".

Meanwhile, data on the targeting of drone strikes make it clear that the program, which the Obama administration and the CIA have justified as effective in disrupting al-Qaeda terrorism, is now focused on areas where Afghan and Pakistani militants are engaged in the war in Afghanistan.

Most al-CIAda leaders and the Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who has been closely allied with al-CIAda against the Pakistani government, have operated in South Waziristan.

North Waziristan is where the Haqqani network provides safe havens to Pashtun insurgents fighting US-NATO troops in Afghanistan. It is also where Hafiz Gul Bahadur, leader of a Pakistani Taliban faction who has called for supporting the Afghan insurgency rather than jihad against the Pakistani government, operates.

Last year, just over half the drone strikes were still carried out in South Waziristan. But in 2010, 90% of the 86 drone strikes carried out thus far have been in North Waziristan, according to data collected by Bill Roggio and Alexander Mayer and published on the web site of the Long War Journal, which supports the drone campaign.

The dramatic shift in targeting came after al-CIAda officials were reported to have fled from South Waziristan to Karachi and other major cities.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration was privately acknowledging that the war would be a failure unless the Pakistani military changed its policy of giving the Haqqani network a safe haven in North Waziristan.

When asked whether the drone campaign was now primarily about the war in Afghanistan rather than al-Qaeda terrorism, Peter Bergin of the New America Foundation's Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative told Inter Press Service: "I think that's a reasonable conclusion."

Bergin has defended the drone campaign in the past as "the only game in town" in combating terrorism by al-Qaeda.

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist specializing in US national security policy.

Helen Thomas receives loud and warm applause at National Press Club award dinner.

October , 2010 -- Helen Thomas receives loud and warm applause at National Press Club award dinner.

Former White House Press Corps senior member Helen Thomas, forced to resign from her Hearst News Service job after she was ambushed by rabbi David Nesenoff and his hidden camera outside of the White House last June, received the loudest round of applause, after that bestowed on this year's honoree, when she was recognized as a past recipient of the Fourth Estate Award for journalistic excellence. This year's winner was CBS newsman Bob Schieffer. When the names of other past recipients of the award who were present at the October 15 event were announced, Thomas's applause was greater than that for Washington Post columnists William Raspberry and David Broder.

Thomas told the video spying rabbi that Israelis now living in the West Bank should get out of Israel and return to their own nations. Thomas's comment drew the ire of the Israel Lobby and she was forced out of her long-held front row seat in the White House Press Briefing Room.

Thomas's White House coverage, which went unbroken since covering the Eisenhower administration, ceased under Obama during a time when the White House is in meltdown and top-level resignations are now a weekly event. And Thomas's dismissal was all the result of some arrogant rabbi with a hidden camera....

Quietly, many Washington journalists were livid over the treatment of Thomas by the White House and Israel's "Amen Choir" in Washington. However, they understand what Thomas told a radio station last week, "You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive," adding, "it's the third rail."

Many Washington journalists prefer to stay on the subway platform and be nowhere near the third rail. In fact, most never even enter the subway station.

At the National Press Club Fourth Estate Award dinner honoring CBS's Bob Schieffer, former White House correspondent Helen Thomas received the loudest applause when past recipients were recognized in the audience. The Israel Lobby's cash and influence may influence news rooms and publishers, but it does not extend to cuffing the hands of journalists to prevent them applauding....WOW, how courageous of you guys....!!!

Real Fascism at work.....

Tracking People Online: The "Cyberwar" Against The American People is Over. The National Security Agency Has Won:

A "Memorandum of Agreement" struck last week between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) promises to increase Pentagon control over America's telecommunications and electronic infrastructure....

ZIONIST Islamophobia propagates unabated by MOSSAD worldwide....

Here is Beck with John Hagee in a way that promises to produce the truth by means of completely distorting it. It is fascinating to watch them set out to prove that The Mahdi is the anti-Christ. It’s in seven parts and it gives you all the time you need to scrutinize these men in an intimate circumstance.

Then I’d like you to watch a little Sheikh Hosein. It’s worth it simply for the question where he asks his audience for the name of a famous English Sheikh. I laughed out loud. If you want more from this brilliant thinker there is plenty to watch and you can pick and choose your subjects. Listening to him can be very rewarding, if you have the patience to let him express himself in his own way. I put these two items up for comparison. Listen to your gut as Hagee and Beck converse and while Sheikh Hosein discourses. Sheikh Hosein has a lecture on Riba (money loaned for interest) that is very interesting.

The truth has a certain elegance and restraint to it. Sometimes it can be a little rough because the truth doesn’t spend as much time in makeup as the lies do. Lies require cosmetics and strategic lighting. Truth possesses its own beauty (if you can see it), without the need for artifice and produces its own light....We know that the Zionist plague, that insidious virus, has taken over the banking world and is instrumental in many of the powerful governments of the world but the most telling impact and the least obvious is in the Jewdiciary. It is in the courts where the important things take place and one should make a calculated search to see just how much of a percentage of Zio-influence pervades in this arena. Consider the judges who were instrumental in critical court issues concerning the Barbaric inside Job of 9/11......and its dire consequences on the American people and the non Zionist World.....

Spiro Agnew Knew About The Zionist Danger

Col Donn de Grande Pre in one of the books from the Barbarians Inside the Gates series suggested that Agnew was pushed out b/c he spoke out about Zionist media control...(maybe TPBT already knew they were going to get rid of Nixon and wanted someone under control in the number 2 position??).

Detroit - Wayne State University will no longer offer an award named in honor of one of its most famous alumni, former White House Press Corps member Helen Thomas, officials announced today. The Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity award will no longer be handed out because of controversial statements Thomas, an Arab American, made during a conference in Dearborn on Thursday that resurrected a controversy from earlier this year.

What did Helen say to get her alma mater and the puppet media to turn their back on her?
"I stand by it. I told the truth," Thomas said. "I paid a price but it's worth it to speak the truth."
Asked by The Detroit Free Press how she'd respond to people who say she's anti-Semitic, Thomas responded: "I'd say I'm a Semite. What are you talking about?"
"I can call a president of the United States anything in the book, but I can't touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank," Thomas said. "No American would tolerate that -- white-only roads."
"Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question, in my opinion," she said. "They put their money where their mouth is. ... We're being pushed into a wrong direction in every way."
In the interview, she said the Iraq war was "built on lies. ... No weapons of mass destruction. No ties to al-Qaida. What is this? Why are we killing those people? And why are we there?"
Thomas talked about the problems that Palestinians face. "Arabs are not terrorists," she said.
Rather, she pointed to former Israeli leader Menachem Begin's activities during Israel's campaign for statehood. "They bragged, in his first book, about creating the modus operandi for terrorists," she said.
Thomas also said she's proud of her Arab roots, but stressed that she's fully American.
"I never felt I was an Arab American. I felt I was an American," she said.

Meanwhile, Obama takes a trip to Afghanistan to rally the pawns, the temporarily smiling dupes of his war ... some of whom will die in vain or be maimed physically or psychologically for the treachery of politicians and profiteers.

The 'commander in chief' repeats the same lies as he has so many times before.
9/11 al Qaeda ... 9/11 al Qaeda ... 9/11 al Qaeda ...
"I ordered additional troops to serve in this country that was the staging ground for the 9/11 attacks.
And we will never let this country serve as a safe haven for terrorists who would attack the United States of America again.
This part of the world is the center of a global effort where we are going to disrupt and dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies. And that's why you're here. That's why your mission matters so much. That's why you must succeed -- because this effort is about the safety of our communities back home and the dignity of the Afghan people who don't want to live in tyranny."

A damn liar. The president of the United States is a traitorous liar and murdering war whore.

But Helen Thomas speaks her mind and what does that get her?
Heartfelt respect from all those who treasure truth.
And maybe that's the greatest award of all....

Saturday, October 16, 2010

How CNN was taken over by FDDC and the neocons....

October , 2010 -- How CNN was taken over by FDDC and the neocons....

Independent news networks are the enemies of the global elites -- and their targets....

The demise of CNN and its hostile takeover by DOD's FDDC and neo-conservatives who turned CNN News into an echo chamber for Israel supporters and neocons and Headline News into a tabloidish concoction of crap news was brought about by a concerted effort by Time Warner executives to embarrass CNN founder Ted Turner and force him out of the corporate leadership, according to informed sources in Atlanta who spoke to WMR.

Ted Turner made his professionally-fatal mistake of merging CNN with Time Warner in 1996. Turner resigned as vice chairman of the merged AOL Time Warner in 2003. Turner lost some $7 billion in stock after the merger in 1996 but his financial losses would soon grow larger.

In 1998, Time Warner, according to our Atlanta sources, convinced CNN to run a story about Operation Tailwind, a covert U.S. military and South Vietnamese Montagnard incursion into Laos from September 11 to 13, 1970, that was designed to put pressure on North Vietnamese troops during a Laotian Army offensive. CNN ran a "Newsstand CNN & Time" story called "Valley of Death." The piece was narrated by CNN correspondent Peter Arnett with lead CNN producer being April Oliver. The investigation was conducted in cooperation with Time magazine. CNN reported that US forces used sarin gas in Laos between 9/11 and 9/13, 1970. CNN also reported that 100 Laotian villagers were killed by a US sarin gas attack.

WMR has learned that in an operation similar to the setting up of CBS News's Dan Rather in the George W. Bush Texas Air National Guard AWOL story, bogus elements were introduced into an otherwise legitimate story on Operation Tailwind. Moreover, according to our sources in Atlanta, the false elements were known to certain executives of CNN and Time Warner with the intention of weakening CNN to the point where its executive management could be fired and replaced with those who would steer the pre-eminent news network to the right in all respects, including strong support for Israel in its Middle East coverage. It was CNN-US President Rick Kaplan who pushed the Tailwind story over the objections of several CNN news veterans. Kaplan is now the executive producer of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in the anchor chair once occupied by Rather.

As with the CBS 60 Minutes story on Bush's AWOL status that was reported by Rather, CNN named an investigation panel to examine the facts of the story after the Pentagon stated that no sarin gas was ever used and the story was false. Ultimately, CNN agreed that there were several factual errors in the story and issued a retraction. Some military experts suggested that while CS tear gas may have been used in Tailwind, sarin was somehow substituted in the story, resulting in the controversy and retraction. Former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Thomas Moorer claimed he was erroneously quoted about sarin being used in Laos.

Producers Oliver and Jack Smith were fired after the retraction and Arnett left the network after being formally reprimanded. Arnett briefly joined HDNet, the same network that hired Rather after his departure from CBS News. CNN President Tom Johnson left CNN a few years later.

CNN was faced with law suits from Tailwind veterans. Turner, who lost several billions in stock after the merger with Time Warner in 1996, saw the company's stock take a further hit as a result of the Tailwind debacle. The stock value loss weakened Turner's financial interest in the firm, making it more vulnerable for a buyout. Turner would see Time Warner and its chairman Gerald Levin, a heavy donor to Jewish causes, exercise more control over the editorial direction of CNN. After the disastrous Time Warner merger with AOL in 2000, CNN, as it was originally envisaged by Turner when he founded the world's first global cable news network, was a thing of the past. CNN's editorial direction saw correspondent Wolf Blitzer, formerly a public affairs spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), assume dominant anchor responsibilities for CNN's influential Washington bureau after first becoming a CNN anchor in 1999 and moving up the ranks to hosting the three-hour Situation Room in 2005....

The recent firings of CNN Middle East editor Octavia Nasr and news anchor Rick Sanchez capped off the slow drift of CNN to becoming a propaganda outlet for DOD/FDDC, Israel and the Israel Lobby in the United States. CNN announced that in its move to help rehabilitate former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, forced from office over a prostitution scandal, he would co-host a program in Sanchez's time slot.... CNN Washington is now essentially a Blitzer and Spitzer operation.

The lesson of the demise of CNN is a textbook case of how special interests have and will continue to dictate news content and reporting in the United States. After the recent verbal attack by Broadcasting Board of Governors chairman Walter Isaacson, the managing editor of Time during the Tailwind episode and, from 2001 to 2003, the chairman and CEO of CNN, on the expanding independent global news networks of RT [Russia Today], Telesur of Venezuela, Iran's Press TV, and a planned Chinese network as "enemies" of America, these and other embryonic networks like Turkey's TRT English network, should take note of the downfall of CNN and the players who engineered it.... Forewarned is forearmed....Notice here how Al-Jazeera is not part of Isaacson's criticism..., because Al-Jazeera has been totally co-opted by the criminal elites long ago....

The Isaacson attack on RT, Telesur, PressTV, and China's new CNC Xinhua World was no slip of the tongue.... Sunstein and "Company" are moving in on these independent news networks pronto.... I fear RT may be the first to come under "control." Telesur has a small presence in Washington and will be easy to deal with, especially since they share office space with AP TV. PressTV of Iran is in the strongest position to withstand the assault but because of US sanctions on Iran they have to work through a Danish company -- and Denmark has its former PM as NATO Secy General, and it is a MOSSAD outpost par excellence.... Without a third-party pass-through, PressTV would have no chance of renting satellite time in DC. Xinhua News is too new and does not have any convenient commercial broadcast outlets yet in DC or NYC....

Wikileaks/DOD/CIA/DIA... is nothing but cointelpro

Wikileaks/DOD/CIA/DIA... is nothing but cointelpro to justify the upcoming Wars for Israel, it all started nearly a decade ago under a false flag attack....9/11, the US Deep State and Israel, here:
Plus, a good distraction from all those nasty stories coming out about how Wall Street banks have been literally, stealing people's homes and ALL 50 state Attorney Generals are now investigating....
Another timely distraction to let the thieves get away, catch their breath and make some more sinister plans....
As soon as he threw Iran into the mix it was a done deal....
It's genius if you think about it. The full twofer: not only can you push your own utter disinformation, but should another Daniel Ellsberg turn up, wikileaks will be his first port of call....LOL. Remember back in 2003 in the run up to Iraq and people were saying the US had learnt nothing from Vietnam? Bullshit! Clearly they didn't miss a trick....

CIA Snitches Are Pakistan Drone-Spotters

How the CIA managed to expand its drone war so far and so fast has been a bit of a mystery. Now we have part of the answer: a network of Pashtun snitches, operating out of eastern Afghanistan, that infiltrate militant networks across the border. The information they collect helps direct the drones. Sometimes the targets are U.S. citizens.

Those Afghans aren’t the same as the ones who comprise its paramilitary Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams, the fighting units that Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book Obama’s Wars first disclosed. “These are really two separate efforts,” a U.S. official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongoing intelligence operations, tells Danger Room. “If information from one helps feed the other, all the better. But one is primarily focused on security and stability in Afghanistan while the other is directed at terrorists across the border.”

Since 2001, the CIA has cultivated and managed a large web of Afghan proxy forces, Pakistan-focused informants and allies of convenience, as a richly-detailed Washington Post piece reports today. Some of the CIA’s Afghans are more brutal and incompetent than the agency portrays, according to people with direct experience with them. And some are the missing piece behind America’s unacknowledged war in Pakistan, a CIA-driven effort that the agency considers one its proudest achievements.

While the end result of the drone strikes is visible for anyone to see — the New America Foundation keeps a running tally of the missile attacks — their origins are far more opaque. The only possible explanation for how the drones have so far launched 71 strikes in 2010 compared to 34 in 2008 is that the intelligence network supporting them in the Pakistani tribal areas has grown more robust. After all, someone needs to provide usable intelligence about militant activity for the drones to target. But while CIA Director Leon Panetta has bragged that the drone program is “the most aggressive operation that CIA has been involved in in our history,” he and other agency officials have (understandably) said practically nothing about the informant network upon which the drones depend.

That’s led al-Qaeda and its allies to take lethal countermeasures against anyone and anything they suspect to be tied to the drones. They kill local Pakistanis in the tribal areas suspected of being informants. They claim online that the CIA’s moles plant infrared homing beacons in militant areas to flash signals to the drones. And in December, they managed to sneak a Jordanian double agent, Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, onto a base called Chapman in eastern Afghanistan. Brought to Chapman on the promise that he could learn the whereabouts of top al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan, Balawi blew himself up, killing seven CIA operatives and Blackwater contractors.

According to the Post piece, which draws heavily on the recent WikiLeaks archive of 77,000 frontline military reports from Afghanistan, Chapman, in Khost Province, is only one of a network of CIA bases, mostly in eastern Afghanistan, for training both its Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams and its Pashtun spy network. Firebases Lilly and Orgun-E in Paktika Province — facilities that the CIA shares with Special Operations Forces — are two more launching pads for the Afghan teams. The CIA backstops them with some serious firepower: a 2008-era WikiLeaked report that the Post unearths describes the CIA dropping 500-pound bombs on extremists who launched rockets at Lilly. (So apparently the CIA has air support as well.)

While U.S. officials describe the CIA’s Afghans as “one of the best Afghan fighting forces,” others aren’t so convinced. Author and Afghanistan traveler Robert Young Pelton crossed paths with them. “I did some advising on local militias (called Arbakai) and the Agency big footed us with their version, which is essentially to hire the least trustworthy, least liked and most brutal groups,” Pelton says in an email. “I think CIA paramilitary Billy Waugh described them to me as ‘No good cheating shitheads’ in my book.”

Indeed, some of the Afghans on the CIA payroll include the private militia of Kandahar jefe Ahmed Wali Karzai, the president’s brother, who’s long been tied to the Afghan opium trade. The Post provides another example. In 2007, during a home invasion conducted by a CIA-trained Afghan team, a team member severed the fingers of a 30-year old Afghan, who received medical treatment from American troops.

But these Afghans are better paid than their countrymen who join the U.S.-sponsored Afghan military, according to the Post — which means the CIA and the Taliban both offer better wages than the Afghan National Army. That raises the prospect that the CIA is essentially competing with the U.S. military for qualified recruits to the U.S.’s exit strategy. (Without the bothersome first-grade-level reading requirement.)

That cash apparently pays for the seeds of the drone attacks — which, in at least one case that Woodward discovers, killed people holding U.S. passports in a militant training camp. What it buys in Afghanistan is questionable. The CIA’s Afghans were “known more for the their sunglasses and low budget rambo outfits than actually doing anything,” Pelton says. “I am sure they have a lot more gear now and better sunglasses.”

Still wondering if Facebook is a ripoff of ConnectU? That’s nothing. Software firms that developed the targeting systems of the CIA’s terrorist-killing Predator drones are locked in their own intellectual property battle. Their court case has at least an outside chance of halting a program the agency, the White House, and the Pentagon considers vital. And it suggests that the unmanned planes’ weapons aren’t as accurate as the agency claims.

According to emails acquired by Fast Company from the CEO of one of those firms, the agency set too tight a deadline for coders to finish a next-gen Predator targeting program. The code was “far from production ready,” wrote Rich Zimmerman, CEO of Intelligent Integration Systems, known as IISi. In September 2009, Zimmerman noted “problems with some very intricate floating point calculations that are causing me to fail a lot of my regression tests.” Court records aren’t the same thing as proof, but IISi says the targeting system is inaccurate by as much as 40 feet.

To boil down a complex drama, the Predators allegedly find their prey through a version of targeting protocols called Geospatial Toolkit and Extended SQL Toolkit. Those toolkits were developed by IISi back when it used to partner with another Massachusetts software company called Netezza. The partnership’s contract with the CIA became a matter of court record after IISi and Netezza started suing each other — lawsuits that erupted after IISi walked off the contract, citing the allegedly unrealistic deadlines. CIA isn’t a party to the lawsuit.

IISi claims that Netezza wanted to keep the contract, so it created a Geospatial knockoff to hand in. The month after Zimmerman’s email, Netezza president Jim Baum said in an email that an unnamed customer, presumably from the spy agency, “is prepared to deal with early release software. He has a previous generation system so he is able to compare results himself. It is obviously in our mutual best interest to meet this client’s needs quickly.”

Now, that doesn’t indicate that the CIA knew the targeting software was faulty, though a British report charges exactly that. But it does suggest that the agency was willing to take some risk to get it into production. And in total fairness, if it didn’t and there was another terrorist attack, we’d all probably be reading stories about how the “risk-averse” CIA’s fear of mistargeting cost Americans their lives. After all, these emails were sent months after Director Leon Panetta called the drones the “only game in town” for attacking al-Qaeda’s leadership.

A CIA representative told me that the agency declined comment, since it’s not a party to the lawsuit.

If IISi is correct, the drones could be off by as much as 40 feet, meaning they could miss houses and compounds containing terrorists. Now consider that there have been at least 87 drone strikes since the targeting problem was known, and that’s on a conservative estimation. That’s sure to reduce the proportion of Pakistanis living in the areas targeted by the drones who believe they largely target the bad guys. And only 16 percent believe that right now.

It could get worse for the agency. IISi is seeking a court-ordered injunction from Netezza’s use of the software. If that happens, writes Fast Company, “this would either force the CIA to ground Predator drones or to break the law in their use… It is unknown if the CIA has a third option in case of a ban on the use of IISI’s toolkit.” Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Margaret Hinkle is expected to settle the case by December 7 (ironically, the Pearl Harbor anniversary). The magazine expects that there’ll be some face-saving compromise by then. If not, the CIA needs to find a new game to play against terrorists.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Crash in Afghanistan shows US double-standard in dealing with weapons smugglers

October , 2010 -- Crash in Afghanistan shows US double-standard in dealing with weapons smugglers....

An airline with CIA links crashes near Kabul....

The crash of a Transafrik International Hercules L-100 (C-130 military designation) cargo plane, tail number 5X-TUC, while flying from the U.S. airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan to Kabul, killing all 8 crew aboard, points to the double standard of the United States in contracting military air services to companies linked to arms smuggling.

The crew of the Transafrik aircraft consisted of six Philippines nationals and one crewman each from Kenya and India. The plane was flying cargo for National Air Cargo of Orchard Park, New York. Transafrik is a South African company registered in Angola. One of the dead was an employee of National Air Cargo. The cargo of the plane was described as "general repair parts."

Currently, the United States is trying to extradite Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout from Thailand to the United States to face charges that he tried to sell weapons to Colombian FARC rebels who were actually undercover U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. In the past, Bout's various airlines had provided services for parties ranging from the U.S., Taliban, and Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, to the UN in Africa, and Britain in Iraq.

Bout smuggled weapons for various rebel groups in Africa but an examination of Transafrik shows that it, also, engaged in arms trafficking in Africa, as well as diamond smuggling and providing the CIA with corporate cover on the island of Sao Tome...

Transafrik and its owner were described in the editor's book. "Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999": ". . . increased satellite traffic beamed to and from Africa was one reason behind American interest in establishing a communications monitoring presence on Sao Tome. The VOA station, itself, comprised various antennae (including four 100 kilowatt short wave and one 600 kilowatt medium wave transmitters), a two-story operations building, a huge satellite dish, and an independent power plant. The VOA personnel were housed in an armed-guarded compound operated by Christian Hellinger, a shadowy West German-South African businessman whose company, Transafrik, was known for everything from diamond mining to arms trafficking. Hellinger also reportedly provided various support 'services' to the American oil company Chevron, which maintains significant operations in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda. These services apparently included providing Angola with mercenaries to combat secessionist forces that operate in the small but resource-rich enclave . . .

On December 26, 1998, a U.N. C-130 Hercules carrying members of the U.N. military observer mission crashed in an area near the UNITA’s former capital of Huambo. The area was the scene of heavy fighting between Angola’s army and Savimbi’s forces. The C 130 had been chartered by the U.N. from none other than Christian Hellinger’s Sao Tome based Transafrik. Interestingly, TransAfrik acquired five C-130 Hercules in mid-1998 from Southern Air Transport, the former proprietary airline of the CIA.... On January 2, 1999, UNITA brought down another Transafrik U.N. chartered C 130 after it took off from Huambo. At the same time, the UNITA pressure on Angolan troops was significant enough to prompt Luanda to withdraw one mechanized battalion from the Congo front."

According to the May 17, 1986 Guardian, Hellinger operated a Luanda-based office for the diamond company Intraco during Angola's bloody civil war. Intraco was actually a subsidiary of Caterpillar. Hellinger also represented International Trading and Mining (ITM), based in Luxembourg, Hellinger brought cheap Filipino laborers into Angola and actually served as the Philippines's honorary consul in Luanda. In 1986, Hellinger sent a letter to President Ronald Reagan asking him to cease U.S. support for the UNITA "freedom fighter" rebels battling Angola's Marxist government.

UNITA was also backed by South Africa, however, its largely Jewish-owned diamond businesses, such as DeBeers, and their colleagues in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, and Antwerp also wanted access to Angola's diamond mines that were under control of the central government in Luanda. One of the chief lobbyists for UNITA in Washington was Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist who also worked for the South African government's propaganda apparatus in the United States.

Hellinger managed to cut a deal with his partner, the Cypriot-Zambian, Andrew Sardanis, and Angola's state-owned Endiama diamond company that saw Angolan diamonds sold directly to Jewish-owned diamond houses in Antwerp, thus by-passing DeBeers's virtual diamond monopoly in Africa.

More recently, Transafrik has been flying "humanitarian"/CIA... missions for the UN in Congo, with its planes seen on runways in Bunia, Kinshasa, and at other Congolese airports. Some of Transafrik's "humanitarian"/CIA work was formerly performed by Viktor Bout's airlines.... However, in the world of U.S. intelligence, Russian contractors are vetoed in order to eliminate the competition, while former CIA South African or Israeli apartheid-era intelligence friends are welcomed with open arms, even in combat zones as far away as Afghanistan....

Pilots for Transafrik, the major hub for which is Luanda, Angola, have trained alongside pilots for Ariana Afghan Airlines in Brussels. Transafrik has also worked with the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) in operations in Africa, particularly in Kenya and Sudan....

The continued U.S. alliance with ex-apartheid military and intelligence elements, as well as Israeli war criminals, baffles black Africans who expected a change in U.S. policy with the election of the first African-American president, Barack CIA Obama....

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