Sunday, November 28, 2010

Contra War II to be predicated by bogus intelligence on "terrorists" in Nicaragua

November , 2010 -- Contra War II to be predicated by bogus intelligence on "terrorists" in Nicaragua...

GOP majority in House gear up to support Obama's covert war against Nicaragua....

Forces poised to launch guerrilla attacks within Nicaragua in the months leading up to next year's presidential election scheduled for November are now setting up support bases in northwestern Costa Rica and southern Honduras, according to multiple WMR sources in Latin America, New York, and Washington.

The pretext for launching a renewed Contra War against the Sandinista government of President Daniel Ortega is the alleged presence of Hezbollah and Hamas "terrorists" in the country. It was the same pretext used by Israel and wealthy Central American Jewish business families to justify the 2009 coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras: the alleged presence of Hezbollah and Hamas in Honduras. Of course, there is no evidence of Hezbollah or Hamas in either Nicaragua or Honduras, but the ploy was intended to marshal support for the coup against Zelaya, an ally of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and, now, Ortega, who has taken a pro-Palestinian stand vis-a-vis Israel.

WMR has learned that incoming chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), recently sponsored a meeting attended by right-wing Republicans, American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) functionaries, and right-wing extremist operatives from Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Nicaragua who discussed launching covert operations against countries of the Alianza Bolivariana de los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA) -- Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America, the group of Latin American nations opposed to U.S. economic, political, and military policies in Latin America.

Although Ros-Lehtinen did not personally attend the right-wing conclave, incoming chair of the House Latin America Affairs subcommittee, Rep. Connie Mack IV, did attend, along with such 1980s Nicaraguan contra war veterans as Otto Reich and Roger Noriega, who also served in the George W. Bush administration. The meeting was held at the US Capitol and participants discussed ALBA's "threat" to the United States and to "inter-American security."

Joining the meeting were former Ecuadorian President Lucio Gutiérrez, who was behind the recent CIA- and Israeli-backed coup attempt against Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Also present was Guillermo Zuloaga, the head of Venezuela's Globovision television network and who has been charged with treason by Venezuelan President Chavez.

After successfully overthrowing Honduran President Zelaya and almost toppling Ecuadorian President Correa, the axis of Israel, the CIA, and right-wing Latin Americans now have their sights firmly trained on Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua.

WMR has learned that Costa Rica, particularly the small coastal tourist villages on the nation's northwestern coast are crawling with ex-U.S Special Forces personnel who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as former Israel Defense Force Sayeret Matkal commandos specializing in deep-insertion tactics in hostile environments. As the Nicaraguan elections approach, these mercenary forces, along with their CIA and Mossad handlers, will step up anti-Sandinista operations inside Nicaragua, including terrorist attacks and massive smuggling of narcotics, including cocaine.

The propaganda blitz against Nicaragua will be turned up and right-wing media outlets will charge that an Iranian "mega-embassy" is training Hezbollah and Hamas operatives in Nicaragua in "terrorist" tactics. However, the "mega-embassy" claim is bogus and has been pushed by Mack, the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation (which recently met with incoming congressional GOP freshman and gave them their foreign policy marching orders), and the pro-Zionist Center for Security Policy. The Iranian "mega-embassy" story, carried by The Washington Post last year, is as false as Niger yellow cake uranium-to-Iraq, Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, and other bogus disinformation spewed forth by the neocon and Zionist media entities in Washington, Miami, and New York. The Iranian embassy in Managua is very small with the Iranian ambassador and his wife living in a rented apartment in Managua.

Israeli covert agents have been working against Nicaragua in Costa Rica and Honduras since Nicaragua's severance of relations with Israel this past summer over the Israeli attack on the Turkish aid flotilla for Gaza. With Israel's embassy and its Mossad station closed in Managua, Israeli agents operate openly in Honduras and Costa Rica, with the consent of the two host governments, both under the heavy influence of local Jewish corporate interests and the Israeli government. Ros-Lehtinen's maternal grandparents were Turkish Sephardic Jews active in Cuba's Jewish business community. Ros-Lehtinen, as House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, will continue to protect, as did her predecessor, Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), AIPAC's and Israel's choke-hold over the House of Representatives and its foreign policy objectives. Ros-Lehtinen has publicly called for the assassination of ex-Cuban President Fidel Castro....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Why the U.S. really wants Viktor Bout in prison for life....

November , 2010 -- Why the U.S. really wants Viktor Bout in prison for life....

WMR's sources in Asia, who have been in contact with senior Afghan Taliban officials, report that there is a major reason why the United States is seeking to incarcerate accused Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout for the rest of his life in an American prison and it has nothing to do with attempting to sell weapons to Colombian leftist rebels -- who were actually U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents -- or being linked to Russian intelligence.

The Taliban sources report that it was Bout who secretly flew Osama Bin Laden and his family out of Afghanistan prior to the massive U.S. bombing of Tora Bora in late 2001. Bout, a Bukharan Jew who was born in Tajikistan when it was a Soviet Socialist Republic, had been involved with the Bin Laden family in logistics for their construction activities, as well as with the Bin Ladens' West African diamond business.

Bout regularly flew personnel, equipment, and "security tools," i.e., weapons into West Africa on behalf of Osama Bin Laden and his Saudi interlocutors as part of a joint Israeli-Saudi plan to break the Lebanese Shi'a-Hezbollah monopoly on the West African diamond trade. The plan involved the recruitment by Mossad agents of Bin Laden loyalists to displace Shi'a from the diamond trade in countries like Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The Mossad used Bout to convince his old partner Osama Bin Laden to help in supplanting Shi'a influence over the West African diamond trade.

The Bout story is directly linked to relationships between former Soviet Jews and the Sephardic Jews in Israel, who, working with Arab "business partners" from Yemen and Saudi Arabia, decided to back the Asif Ali Zadari-Benazir Bhutto campaign to finance and establish the Taliban as reliable protectors of the vital "Afghan Highway project," which was the key link for a "Mumbai-to-Moscow" (M2M) economic development strategy. Benzir Bhutto was well aware of this strategy and supported it, hence, on December 27, 2007, she was eliminated in an assassination engineered by pro-CIA forces within the army and iintelligence services under then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Not only was the crime scene hosed down and, along with it, important clues, but her husband, Zardari, refused a request for a post-mortem on Bhutto's body.

The Afghan warlords not allied to the Taliban had to be defeated for the cotton trucks to move from Turkmenistan to the Sind region and then for textiles to be shipped out of Karachi, Bhutto's political base, and from India's Gujarat state.
In arresting Bout, the United States was successful in disrupting the M2M strategy after the prized UNOCAL Central Asian gas (CentGas) pipeline deal with the Taliban broke down prior to the 9/11 attack. The pipeline deal was described in the following article from January 2002:

Afghanistan, the Taliban and the Bush Oil Team

by Wayne Madsen

23 January 2002

According to Afghan, Iranian, and Turkish government sources, Hamid Karzai, the interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan, was a top adviser to the El Segundo, California-based UNOCAL Corporation which was negotiating with the Taliban to construct a Central Asia Gas (CentGas) pipeline from Turkmenistan through western Afghanistan to Pakistan.

Karzai, the leader of the southern Afghan Pashtun Durrani tribe, was a member of the mujaheddin that fought the Soviets during the 1980s. He was a top contact for the CIA and maintained close relations with CIA Director William Casey, Vice President George Bush, and their Pakistani Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) Service interlocutors. Later, Karzai and a number of his brothers moved to the United States under the auspices of the CIA. Karzai continued to serve the agency's interests, as well as those of the Bush Family and their oil friends in negotiating the CentGas deal, according to Middle East and South Asian sources.

When one peers beyond all of the rhetoric of the White House and Pentagon concerning the Taliban, a clear pattern emerges showing that construction of the trans-Afghan pipeline was a top priority of the Bush administration from the outset. Although UNOCAL claims it abandoned the pipeline project in December 1998, the series of meetings held between U.S., Pakistani, and Taliban officials after 1998, indicates the project was never off the table.

Quite to the contrary, recent meetings between U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Wendy Chamberlain and that country's oil minister Usman Aminuddin indicate the pipeline project is international Project Number One for the Bush administration. Chamberlain, who maintains close ties to the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan (a one-time chief money conduit for the Taliban), has been pushing Pakistan to begin work on its Arabian Sea oil terminus for the pipeline.

Meanwhile, President Bush says that U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan for the long haul. Far from being engaged in Afghan peacekeeping -- the Europeans are doing much of that -- our troops will effectively be guarding pipeline construction personnel that will soon be flooding into the country.

Karzai's ties with UNOCAL and the Bush administration are the main reason why the CIA pushed him for Afghan leader over rival Abdul Haq, the assassinated former mujaheddin leader from Jalalabad, and the leadership of the Northern Alliance, seen by Langley as being too close to the Russians and Iranians. Haq had no apparent close ties to the U.S. oil industry and, as both a Pushtun and a northern Afghani, was popular with a wide cross-section of the Afghan people, including the Northern Alliance. Those credentials likely sealed his fate.

When Haq entered Afghanistan from Pakistan last October, his position was immediately known to Taliban forces, which subsequently pinned him and his small party down, captured, and executed them. Former Reagan National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, who worked with Haq, vainly attempted to get the CIA to help rescue Haq. The agency claimed it sent a remotely-piloted armed drone to attack the Taliban but its actions were too little and too late. Some observers in Pakistan claim the CIA tipped off the ISI about Haq's journey and the Pakistanis, in turn, informed the Taliban. McFarlane, who runs a K Street oil consulting firm, did not comment on further questions about the circumstances leading to the death of Haq.

While Haq was not part of the Bush administration's GOP (Grand Oil Plan) for South Asia, Karzai was a key player on the Bush Oil team. During the late 1990s, Karzai worked with an Afghani-American, Zalmay Khalilzad, on the CentGas project. Khalilzad is President Bush's Special National Security Assistant and recently named presidential Special Envoy for Afghanistan. Interestingly, in the White House press release naming Khalilzad special envoy, no mention was made of his past work for UNOCAL. Khalilzad has worked on Afghan issues under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, a former member of the board of Chevron, itself no innocent bystander in the future CentGas deal. Rice made an impression on her old colleagues at Chevron. The company has named one of their supertankers the SS Condoleezza Rice.

Khalilzad, a fellow Pashtun and the son of a former government official under King Mohammed Zahir Shah, was, in addition to being a consultant to the RAND Corporation, a special liaison between UNOCAL and the Taliban government. Khalilzad also worked on various risk analyses for the project.

Khalilzad's efforts complemented those of the Enron Corporation, a major political contributor to the Bush campaign. Enron, which recently filed for bankruptcy in the single biggest corporate collapse in the nation's history, conducted the feasibility study for the CentGas deal. Vice President Cheney held several secret meetings with top Enron officials, including its Chairman Kenneth Lay, earlier in 2001. These meetings were presumably part of Cheney's non-public Energy Task Force sessions. A number of Enron stockholders, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, became officials in the Bush administration. In addition, Thomas White, a former Vice Chairman of Enron and a multimillionaire in Enron stock, currently serves as the Secretary of the Army.

A chief benefactor in the CentGas deal would have been Halliburton, the huge oil pipeline construction firm that also had its eye on the Central Asian oil reserves. At the time, Halliburton was headed by Dick Cheney. After Cheney's selection as Bush's Vice Presidential candidate, Halliburton also pumped a huge amount of cash into the Bush-Cheney campaign coffers. And like oil cash cow Enron, there were Wall Street rumors in late December that Halliburton, which suffered a forty per cent drop in share value, might follow Enron into bankruptcy court.

Assisting with the CentGas negotiations with the Taliban was Laili Helms, the niece-in-law of former CIA Director Richard Helms. Laili Helms, also a relative of King Zahir Shah, was the Taliban's unofficial envoy to the United States and arranged for various Taliban officials to visit the United States. Laili Helms' base of operations was in her home in Jersey City on the Hudson River. Ironically, most of her work on behalf of the Taliban was practically conducted in the shadows of the World Trade Center, just across the river.

Laili Helms' liaison work for the Taliban paid off for Big Oil. In December 1997, the Taliban visited UNOCAL's Houston refinery operations. Interestingly, the chief Taliban leader based in Kandahar, Mullah Mohammed Omar, now on America's international Most Wanted List, was firmly in the UNOCAL camp. His rival Taliban leader in Kabul, Mullah Mohammed Rabbani (not to be confused with the head of the Northern Alliance Burhanuddin Rabbani), favored Bridas, an Argentine oil company, for the pipeline project. But Mullah Omar knew UNOCAL had pumped large sums of money to the Taliban hierarchy in Kandahar and its expatriate Afghan supporters in the United States. Some of those supporters were also close to the Bush campaign and administration. And Kandahar was the city near which the CentGas pipeline was to pass, a lucrative deal for the otherwise desert outpost.

While Clinton's State Department omitted Afghanistan from the top foreign policy priority list, the Bush administration, beholden to the oil interests that pumped millions of dollars into the 2000 campaign, restored Afghanistan to the top of the list, but for all the wrong reasons. After Bush's accession to the presidency, various Taliban envoys were received at the State Department, CIA, and National Security Council. The CIA, which appears, more than ever, to be a virtual extended family of the Bush oil interests, facilitated a renewed approach to the Taliban. The CIA agent who helped set up the Afghan mujaheddin, Milt Bearden, continued to defend the interests of the Taliban. He bemoaned the fact that the United States never really bothered to understand the Taliban when he told the Washington Post last October, "We never heard what they were trying to say... We had no common language. Ours was, 'Give up bin Laden.' They were saying, 'Do something to help us give him up.' "

There were even reports that the CIA met with their old mujaheddin operative bin Laden in the months before September 11 attacks. The French newspaper Le Figaro quoted an Arab specialist named Antoine Sfeir who postulated that the CIA met with bin Laden in July in a failed attempt to bring him back under its fold. Sfeir said the CIA maintained links with bin Laden before the U.S. attacked his terrorist training camps in Afghanistan in 1998 and, more astonishingly, kept them going even after the attacks. Sfeir told the paper, "Until the last minute, CIA agents hoped bin Laden would return to U.S. command, as was the case before 1998." Bin Laden actually officially broke with the US in 1991 when US troops began arriving in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Bin Laden felt this was a violation of the Saudi regime’s responsibility to protect the Islamic Holy Shrines of Mecca and Medina from the infidels. Bin Laden’s anti-American and anti-House of Saud rhetoric soon reached a fever pitch.

The Clinton administration made numerous attempts to kill Bin Laden. In August 1998, Al Qaeda operatives blew up several U.S. embassies in Africa. In response, Bill Clinton ordered cruise missiles to be launched from US ships in the Persian Gulf into Afghanistan, which missed Bin Laden by a few hours. The Clinton administration also devised a plan with Pakistan's ISI to send a team of assassins into Afghanistan to kill Bin Laden. But Pakistan's government was overthrown by General Musharraf, who was viewed as particularly close to the Taliban. The CIA cancelled its plans, fearing Musharraf's ISI would tip off the Taliban and Bin Laden. . The CIA's connections to the ISI in the months before September 11 and the weeks after are also worthy of a full-blown investigation. The CIA continues to maintain an unhealthy alliance with the ISI, the organization that groomed bin Laden and the Taliban. Last September, the head of the ISI, General Mahmud Ahmed, was fired by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for his pro-Taliban leanings and reportedly after the U.S. government presented Musharraf with disturbing intelligence linking the general to the terrorist hijackers.

General Ahmed was in Washington, DC on the morning of September 11 meeting with CIA and State Department officials as the hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Later, both the Northern Alliance spokesman in Washington, Haron Amin, and Indian intelligence, in an apparent leak to The Times of India, confirmed that General Ahmed ordered a Pakistani-born British citizen and known terrorist named Ahmed Umar Sheik to wire $100,000 from Pakistan to the U.S. bank account of Mohammed Atta, the lead hijacker.

When the FBI traced calls made between General Ahmed and Sheik's cellular phone - the number having been supplied by Indian intelligence to the FBI - a pattern linking the general with Sheik clearly emerged. According to The Times of India, the revelation that General Ahmed was involved in the Sheik-Atta money transfer was more than enough for a nervous and embarrassed Bush administration. It pressed Musharraf to dump General Ahmed. Musharraf mealy-mouthed the announcement of his general's dismissal by stating Ahmed "requested" early retirement.

Sheik was well known to the Indian police. He was arrested in New Delhi in 1994 for plotting to kidnap four foreigners, including an American citizen. Sheik was released by the Indians in 1999 in a swap for passengers on board New Delhi-bound Indian Airlines flight 814, hijacked by Islamic militants from Kathmandu, Nepal to Kandahar, Afghanistan. India continues to believe the ISI played a part in the hijacking since the hijackers were affiliated with the pro-bin Laden Kashmiri terrorist group, Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin, a group only recently and quite belatedly placed on the State Department's terrorist list. The ISI and bin Laden's Al Qaeda reportedly assists the group in its operations against Indian government targets in Kashmir.

The FBI, which assisted its Indian counterpart in the investigation of the Indian Airlines hijacking, says it wants information leading to the arrest of those involved in the terrorist attacks. Yet, no move has been made to question General Ahmed or those U.S. government officials, including Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, who met with him in September. Clearly, General Ahmed was a major player in terrorist activities across South Asia, yet still had very close ties to the U.S. government. General Ahmed's terrorist-supporting activities - and the U.S. government officials who tolerated those activities - need to be investigated.

The Taliban visits to Washington continued up to a few months prior to the September 11 attacks. The State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research's South Asian Division maintained constant satellite telephone contact with the Taliban in Kandahar and Kabul. Washington permitted the Taliban to maintain a diplomatic office in Queens, New York headed by Taliban diplomat Abdul Hakim Mojahed. In addition, U.S. officials, including Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca, who is also a former CIA officer, visited Taliban diplomatic officials in Islamabad. In the meantime, the Bush administration took a hostile attitude towards the Islamic State of Afghanistan, otherwise known as the Northern Alliance. Even though the United Nations recognized the alliance as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, the Bush administration, with oil at the forefront of its goals, decided to follow the lead of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and curry favor with the Taliban mullahs of Afghanistan. The visits of Islamist radicals did not end with the Taliban. In July 2001, the head of Pakistan's pro-bin Laden Jamiaat-i-Islami Party, Qazi Hussein Ahmed, also reportedly was received at the George Bush Center for Intelligence (aka, CIA headquarters) in Langley, Virginia.

According to the Washington Post, the Special Envoy of Mullah Omar, Rahmatullah Hashami, even came to Washington bearing a gift carpet for President Bush from the one-eyed Taliban leader. The Village Voice reported that Hashami, on behalf of the Taliban, offered the Bush administration to hold on to bin Laden long enough for the United States to capture or kill him but, inexplicably, the administration refused. Meanwhile, Spozhmai Maiwandi, the director of the Voice of America's Pashtun service, jokingly nicknamed "Kandahar Rose" by her colleagues, aired favorable reports on the Taliban, including a controversial interview with Mullah Omar.

The Bush administration's dalliances with the Taliban may have even continued after the start of the bombing campaign against their country. According to European intelligence sources, a number of European governments were concerned that the CIA and Big Oil were pressuring the Bush administration not to engage in an initial serious ground war on behalf of the Northern Alliance in order to placate Pakistan and its Taliban compatriots. The early-on decision to stick with an incessant air bombardment, they reasoned, was causing too many civilian deaths and increasing the shakiness of the international coalition.

The obvious, and woefully underreported, interfaces between the Bush administration, UNOCAL, the CIA, the Taliban, Enron, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, the groundwork for which was laid when the Bush Oil team was on the sidelines during the Clinton administration, is making the Republicans worried. Vanquished vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman is in the ironic position of being the senator who will chair the Senate Government Affairs Committee hearings on the collapse of Enron. The roads from Enron also lead to Afghanistan and murky Bush oil politics.

UNOCAL was also clearly concerned about its past ties to the Taliban. On September 14, just three days after terrorists of the Afghan-base al Qaeda movement crashed their planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, UNOCAL issued the following statement: "The company is not supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan in any way whatsoever. Nor do we have any project or involvement in Afghanistan. Beginning in late 1997, Unocal was a member of a multinational consortium that was evaluating construction of a Central Asia Gas pipeline between Turkmenistan and Pakistan [via western Afghanistan]. Our company has had no further role in developing or funding that project or any other project that might involve the Taliban."

The Bush Oil Team, which can now rely on the support of the interim Prime Minister of Afghanistan, may think that war and oil profits mix. But there is simply too much evidence that the War in Afghanistan was primarily about building UNOCAL's pipeline, not about fighting terrorism. The Democrats, who control the Senate and its investigation agenda, should investigate the secretive deals between Big Oil, Bush, and the Taliban.

Bin Laden's involvement with the West African diamond trade, activities connected to Bout, and Jewish diamond middlemen is well-documented and cited in this editor's book, "Jaded Tasks: Brass Plates, Black Ops & Big Oil":

"While links between Saudi Arabian businesses and charities and Al Qaeda have been highlighted by law enforcement and the media, very little attention has been paid to the long-term association of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda with the Russian-Israeli mafia. A 23-year veteran of the CIA's counterterrorism division told me in July 2004 that one of the most overlooked aspects of the 911 attacks was the role of Russian-Israeli organized crime in facilitating the attack. He added that Pakistan's role was also a major driving force behind 9/11.

Sixty-seven year old Yehuda H. Abraham, an Orthodox Jewish resident of Forest Hills in Queens, New York City, was a most unlikely individual to serve as a money launderer for shady arms dealers tied to Al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiya.

Born in Afghanistan, fluent in Urdu (a major language of Pakistan and India), a merchant with a store called New York Jewels in the lobby of the posh Sheraton Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and a self-described provider of gems to the Saudi royal family, Abraham would normally be identified as a 'person of interest' in any number of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement databases. Considering the fact that Abraham's gem trading company, Ambuy International Corporation, sits right in the middle of Manhattan's 47th Street 'Diamond District' and had locations in Antwerp, Milan, Bangkok, and Jeddah, he was not included on any 'watch list' profiles created by the FBI or CIA. However, according to Israeli intelligence sources, Afghan-born Jews are highly prized by the Mossad, which had reportedly used them to infiltrate the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Abraham, along with a 68-year-old Indian-born and Hindu British arms smuggler named Hemant Lakhani (some spellings had his first name as Hekmat [possibly his Muslim alias] and Hemad) and an Indian resident of Malaysia named Moinuddeen Ahmed Hameed, were arrested by federal agents and local police in the New York metropolitan area on August 12 [2003]. The arrests capped a lengthy investigation into how terrorist groups like Al Qaeda obtain weapons and fund their purchases on the international black market. Lakhani was attempting to procure a number of IGLA man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and C-4 explosives from Russian sources reportedly connected to the organized crime.

Sometime between Lakhani's trip to St. Petersburg around December 2001 and January 2002, the FBI was able to place an informant inside the arms smuggling network. This is where the official story gets somewhat murky. The FBI maintained that an informant, code named 'CW,' or 'confidential witness,' met Lakhani in New Jersey. CW's cover story was that he was representing the Ogaden Liberation Movement in Ethiopia and Somalia. It was later reported that CW was Mohammed Habib Rehman, also known as 'Haji' and said by detractors of the government's case against Lakhani and Abraham to be a 'small time swindler.' However, Rehman was recruited by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) [the same agency that 'stung' Bout in Bangkok] in Pakistan around 1993. Rehman was highly prized by the DEA and he helped crack a major Pakistani heroin smuggling ring, an act that caused the DEA to relocate him and his family to the United States for their personal safety. Later, Rehman acted as an informant for the FBI in terrorist investigations in Minneapolis, the city where Zacarias Moussaoui allegedly planned his part of the 9/11 attacks. Rehman was in high demand by the FBI after 9/11.

Lakhani and Rehman had their first meeting in Dubai in October 2001. The Dubai meeting provided yet another link between international arms traffickers, Israeli money launderers, and Al Qaeda. The Dubai meeting was arranged by Abdul Qayyum, an Indian terrorist leader with reported links to Al Qaeda who carried out a series of deadly terrorist bombings in Mumbai, India in 1993. Qayyum told Lakhani that 'Haji' (Rehman) had good ties to rich Saudis. Qayyum was also a well-known figure in Dubai, a major financial hub for Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

On October 8, 2002, Lakhani demanded in a fax a down payment for the first IGLA. He told Rehman that his agent must be paid $30,000 after confirming his identity with the serial number F836160631J on a U.S. one dollar bill that would be shown to Rehman. Lakhani said the total price for the missile was $85,000. Rehman discussed payment arrangements with a Lakhani associate in Britain who was referred to in court papers as 'the Individual.' The "Individual," later identified as Manthena or 'Vijay' Raja, informed Rehman that he would be dealing directly with a contact in New York City and he gave him the phone number of the agent. Yehuda Abraham turned out to be the agent in question and the two Urdu speakers met on October 16 at Abraham's New York City diamond trading office where $30,000 in $100 bills was paid by Rehman to Abraham after the dollar bill serial number code was confirmed by the FBI informant. After counting every bill, Abraham gave Rehman his business card, which stated he was Yehuda H. A. Abraham, President of Ambuy Gem Corp., 580 Fifth Avenue, New York. Abraham later charged Lakhani a $1500 fee for the transaction.

Federal prosecutors said Abraham wired the $30,000 to a bank account in Europe as a show of 'good faith' to the Russian arms dealers. In court papers filed by prosecutors, Abraham's financial transfer network was described as an Islamic hawalah cash transfer system.

On August 13, FBI special agent William Evanina, said, 'Lakhani saw it [the IGLA] in Moscow, and he saw it again in the hotel room yesterday.' At the Wyndham Hotel, which was already crawling with FBI, FSB, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secret Service, and British MI-5 agents, agents with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force placed Lakhani under arrest. Other Federal agents and New York City police entered Abraham's office in suite 1206 at his office building at 1 47th Street and 580 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. There, Abraham and Hameed, who were awaiting the delivery of the $500,000 missile payment, were arrested and Abraham's computers and files were seized. The one-dollar bill with the serial number used in previous transactions was found in the possession of Hameed in Abraham's office. Hameed told Rehman the bill had been kept in Abraham's office.

U.S. law enforcement officials reported that Abraham brought Hameed to the United States from Malaysia to facilitate the laundering of the $500,000 for the additional 50 IGLAs. The government also had evidence that Lakhani and Abraham worked together in the past. Court papers indicate that Rehman conversed with Hameed, Lakhani, and Abraham in Urdu. Lakhani is reported to have told Rehman that Abraham was 'very trustworthy.'

Abraham reportedly spent enough time in Bangkok [where Bout was ultimately arrested and jailed on behalf of the United States] to help start a synagogue and open a kosher kitchen. Abraham's attorney argued for bail based on the fact that his client had high blood pressure and suffered from stomach cancer. He also said Abraham was a respected member of his Forest Hills community and the founder of his local Bukharian synagogue, where he donated a Torah five years earlier. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Purpura was having nothing of that argument when he stated, 'Yes, this elderly gentleman in poor health significantly helped broker the sale of a surface to air missile.'

It is clear that the FBI had bigger fish to fry in the sting operation and that someone in a position of authority successfully interfered with the investigation of an arms ring that had ties to both Russian-Israeli mafia figures and Al Qaeda. Abraham's 'highly discerning clientele' in Saudi Arabia and his operations in Jeddah and Bangkok would have been of immense interest to law enforcement. The BBC reported that about the same time the sting was being launched against Abraham and Lakhani in the United States and Jemaah Islamiya leader Hambali was being arrested in Thailand, Saudi police seized a truckload of SAMs on a desert road near Jeddah. The truck was apparently en route from the Yemeni border to the Saudi port city.

Lakhani had shown up on the FBI and FSB radar screens before. Like Abraham, he also maintained close connections to Arabian Peninsula ruling elites, in his case, the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates. Shortly before 911, Lakhani, who lives in Hendon, in north London, a primarily Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish community, served as a weapons sales agent for the Ukrainian state-owned trading company, UKRSPETSEXPORT and reportedly for ROSOBORONEXPORT, Russia's state-owned weapons export agency. Both companies remained silent on any past relationships with Lakhani. Law enforcement considers Ukraine to be a primary base of operations for the Russian-Ukrainian-Israeli mafia.

Lakhani, a self-described "textile merchant" who hailed from Mumbai's prosperous cloth-trading Kutchi Lohana community and whose Multitrade, Ltd. "import" business had previously gone bankrupt in 1999, was busy filling orders for Sri Lanka's army, which, at the time, was waging a ferocious guerrilla war against Tamil separatists on the island nation. According to India Today, Lakhani supplied the Sri Lankans with MIG-27 warplanes, cannons, shells, and rocket launchers from Ukrainian military warehouses and factories.

It was Lakhani's numerous trips to Kenya that first raised the eyebrows of Kenyan law enforcement authorities. It was there he met a significant international arms dealer, Sanjivan Ruprah, an ethnic Indian and Kenyan citizen.Ruprah, in turn, was associated with the notorious Viktor Bout, a Tajikistan-born arms dealer who has been associated with the reputed Israeli-Georgian mafia boss Grigori Loutchansky, and Leonid Minin, a Ukrainian-Israeli citizen and leader of the "Odessa mafia" who was also supplying arms to Liberia's Charles Taylor via Burkina Faso. Italian police arrested Minin in a hotel room in Monza, outside of Milan, in August 2000. In his room, police found $500,000 of uncut diamonds, files on illegal weapons shipments to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast, and a banking document showing a $10,263.02 payment to international financier and reputed Russian-Israeli-American mafia don Marc Rich, pardoned in January 2001 by President Clinton in the eleventh hour of his administration.

Abraham's home is a few blocks from the 11821 Queens Boulevard building that housed the office of the major joint money laundering operation involving the Bank of New York's East European Division, Marc Rich's Glencore, Loutchansky's Benex International, and three other firms involved in money laundering for the Israeli mafia, Becs, Torfinex, and Lowland, Inc. (the last based in Jersey City, New Jersey).

Ironically, Queens was also the location of the office of the Taliban prior to 9/11.

Another linkage between the Israeli-Russian mafia and Islamic terrorists emerged after an Al Qaeda-linked Kurdish group, Ansar al Islam, began regrouping in Europe after it had been quashed by U.S. forces in northern Iraq. The Los Angeles Times reported that Ansar 'sheiks' began meeting in Poland, Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries under the auspices of bribed and corrupt officials with organized crime connections.Macedonian intelligence has reported definite links between the Israeli-Russian mafia in Albanian-controlled areas of the Balkans and Al Qaeda groups as well as money laundering activities conducted by the Israeli-Russian mafia using bank accounts in Germany and Switzerland on behalf of Islamist terrorists. Insight magazine, a neo-conservative periodical in Washington, reported that CIA and NSC officials were unfazed when Macedonian intelligence gave them a classified report on these activities. In fact, Osama bin Laden has reportedly used false Bosnian and Albanian passports. Perhaps the Israeli mafia-Al Qaeda linkage was why Baghdad Meziane, an Al Qaeda finance operative and weapons smuggler arrested in Britain in April 2003, chose to travel on a false passport under the unlikely name of "Cyril Jacob."

On the evening of May 20, 2004, Eduard Nektalov, one of the jewelers linked to the money laundering operation, was shot execution style as he walked near the Diamond District. Like Abraham, Nektalov was a leader of the Bukharian Jewish community in Queens.

It was in Sierra Leone that Ruprah and Bout discovered the convenience and secrecy of swapping arms for diamonds. Not only could diamonds be sold easily on the international black market but the financial trails of the transactions would be virtually non-existent and out of undetectable by law enforcement.

India Today also reported that, in addition to Abraham's hawalah, Lakhani had close links to another noted hawalah in Karachi headed by a criminal syndicate boss named Dawood Ibrahim. Through Ibrahim's front activities in Dubai, Europe, and the United States, Lakhani was able to mask his business activities. Lakhani was reportedly using his financial network to supply arms to the rebel and murderous Revolutionary United Front (RUF) guerrillas in Sierra Leone. [Ibrahim is also linked to the Mumbai terrorist attack of November 26, 2008].

The world of international diamond trading operations is masked in secrecy. Jewish diamond dealers, known as 'yahalom manin,' strike deals based on a handshake and as with the Islamic hawalahs, payments for diamonds are wired around the world through a variety of pass-through companies and middlemen. A major center for diamond smuggling and money laundering is in Hatton Garden, a heavily Hasidic and Orthodox community reachable by the London "Tube" from Lakhani's neighborhood of Hendon. Perhaps the diamond smuggling network was what Osama bin Laden referred to when, in an interview with the Pakistani newspaper Ummat, he said Al Qaeda uses 'three alternate financial systems' that are 'separate and independent,' adding any attempt to remove them 'won't succeed.' Bin Laden obviously had a point when it is considered that one of his money launderers traveled under the name Cyril Jacob and was involved with Hasidic diamond dealers in London

A former chief of Mossad confirmed to me in a meeting in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, that terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah launder money through diamonds in places like West Africa in order to buy weapons without detection by international financial surveillance authorities.

According to a 2002 private British risk analysis report on Liberia, that nation has served as an important nexus between diamond smuggling and terrorist financing. The report stated, 'Some evidence has emerged that where organized crime and its adherents leads--Al Quaeda [sic] exists and operates. Verification from several sources partially indicate the purchase on a large scale of Sierra Leone diamonds through Liberia (and particular Liberian corporations) and using local addresses in Liberia... Some of the characters involved in this trade have been identified and notified to the press and the United Nations. Others, though not known, appear to have a ‘charmed' and ‘untouched' existence.'

Individuals involved in the diamond trade in West Africa have revealed that the actual reason U.S. Marines and Special Operations forces went ashore in Liberia in July 2003, was to secure Liberian government documents proving the links between Charles Taylor, the Russian-Israeli Mafia, and Al Qaeda. As part of Operation Shining Express, U.S. and Israeli intelligence agents reportedly took possession of or destroyed a number of incriminating documents, especially those maintained at Liberian government offices at 80 Broad Street in Monrovia. After the Liberian document seizure was completed, U.S. Marines were quickly pulled out of Monrovia on August 24, 2003. In their place came a private military company named Pacific Architects and Engineers to provide logistical support for Nigerian peacekeepers. Another U.S. private military company, Intercon Security, protected the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. The onset of the Monrovia operation followed by only two days the arrest of Abraham and Lakhani. Lakhani's partner Ruprah, was a diamond smuggling agent of Charles Taylor who traveled on a Liberian diplomatic passport under the name of Samir M. Nasr. Ruprah also served as an agent of the LISCR.

The history of U.S. investigations of top arms smugglers connected to the Russian-Israeli mafia has often met with stonewalling by senior officials of the Bush administration. According to a number of Clinton administration officials, anytime a law enforcement or intelligence investigation leads to anything or anyone connected to the mafia, such as Viktor Bout and his network, the Bush administration shuts down the operation.

According to the [Peter] Landesman article in the New York Times Magazine, during the final months of the Clinton administration, U.S. intelligence began tracking Bout's activities and his network (which included Ruprah and Lakhani). From his base in Sharjah in the Gulf, Bout was servicing Ariana Afghan Airline flights to Kandahar, Afghanistan. These flights were believed to be ferrying weapons and Al Qaeda and Taliban volunteers to Afghanistan and the Clinton National Security Council believed Bout was aiding terrorism. Belgium had an international arrest warrant out for Bout for money laundering and diamond smuggling. Clinton White House counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke wanted an arrest warrant issued for Bout, but the U.S. had no legal jurisdiction abroad. Gayle Smith, Clinton's National Security Council Africa bureau chief, along with CIA and British MI-6 agents, kept a wary eye on Bout's activities in Africa's conflicts. But when the Bush administration took over, Landesman reports that National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told U.S. intelligence to 'look but don't touch.'

Bout would get yet another free pass from the Bush administration and its allies at Number 10 Downing Street. In May 2004, the French government complained that Washington and London were not supporting a move by the UN to freeze Bout's assets for his role in supporting Liberia's dictator Charles Taylor. Paris also alleged that the U.S. and Britain were permitting Bout's firms to operate freely in occupied Iraq, including his air cargo companies being involved in supplying coalition forces. When Britain appeared ready to agree to put the squeeze on Bout's operations, the Bush administration pressured London to relent.

When Sharjah police sent a special police unit to capture Bout and give him to U.S. authorities, the White House declined. After 9/11, Rice inexplicably called off all operations aimed at Bout. Law enforcement and intelligence agents considered such a move amazing, considering Bout's direct links to smuggling arms to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, as well as to other areas rife with Islamist terrorist groups. E.J. Hogendoorn, a former UN weapons inspector, told Landesman that Bout was 'being protected by highly influential people.' Lee Wolosky, the director of transnational threats in the Clinton and Bush II National Security Council, told India Today, 'Lakhani is a very insignificant fish in the overall market. Also, it is a sting operation and hence entirely staged. Contrast this with Bout who lives openly in Moscow. There seems to be a clear disconnect.'

According to Der Spiegel, Bout also reportedly helped arrange the sale of up to 200 Russian T-55 and T-62 tanks to the Taliban. The deal was reportedly supported by Vadim Rabinovich, an Israeli-Ukrainian, and a former director of the Ukrainian secret service. The Russian SVR intelligence agency discovered that Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) agency was in on the arms smuggling deal, a violation of UN sanctions against the Taliban. Bout was reported by the UN to be using Flying Dolphin Airlines, which operated scheduled flights between Dubai and Kandahar between October 2000 and January 2001, to ship arms to the Taliban. Flying Dolphin was owned by Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Saqr al Nahayan, a former UAE ambassador to the U.S. and a relative of the President of the UAE, who is also the ruler of Abu Dhabi. Flying Dolphin was registered in Bout's favorite home base of Liberia although its main office was in Dubai.

On April 26, 2005, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) froze the assets of Bout's companies, although some on and off the freeze list were continuing to provide logistical services to U.S. and allied military forces and private contractors in Iraq. Some services to and from Baghdad International Airport were provided by a Bout-controlled firm called British Gulf. Although British Gulf was not on the Treasury Department freeze list, Transavia was. However, between March 6 and 9, 2005, Transavia transported British armored vehicles and troops to Iraq from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Another airline connected to Bout, Jet Line International, based in Chisinau, Moldova, was reported to have made flights on behalf of the British Ministry of Defense to Kosovo from Brize Norton and RAF Lyneham. Jet Line's Moldova address is the same as another Bout firm, Aerocom, which was accused by the UN of smuggling arms to Liberian rebels. In fact, Jet Line and Aerocom used the same planes. Bout's Texas-based Air Bas had rights to refuel at U.S. bases in Iraq. One of Bout's airfreight companies, Airbus, was subcontracted through another firm called Falcon Express of Dubai, by Kellogg, Brown and Root, the subsidiary of Halliburton. Air Bas also had links to Falcon Express. Vega Airlines, a Bulgarian-based airline connected to Bout, had one of its Antonov AN-12 transports seized by Indian police at Ahmedabad airport in Gujarat. On board police found military equipment destined for Nepal's government, which was battling leftist guerrillas. The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and the State Department admitted that the equipment was for the Nepal police "to develop anti-terrorist capability and the plane was carrying the equipment to support this training [and] simulated ammunition for the training exercises and arms intended for training and equipping the Nepalese anti-terrorist police unit." After the United States was caught red handed smuggling weapons into Nepal, U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu spokesperson Constance Codling Jones, proceeded to lie about the military shipment, "The U.S. has already provided $22 million in assistance to Nepal in the last three years to fight terrorism, but as far as today's delivery is concerned, it is not military assistance."

Neither Aerocom nor Airbus were included on Treasury's freeze list, an indication that Bout continued to have protectors in Bush administration....

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There is a reason why Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, carrying out the wishes of the CIA and Israel as their most-prized "house Negroes," want to put Bout on ice.If Viktor Bout were free to speak and write from Moscow, he would be in a position to blow the lid off the crime of the century, 9/11, and those who planned and executed it, namely, the Saudis and their man Osama Bin Laden, Israel, and the highest echelons of the Bush administration (and, because of its aiding and abetting in the crime of 9/11, the Obama administration, as well). And that is reason enough to damage U.S.-Russian relations in staging a neo-con "wet dream" show trial in New York, not far from the "Diamond District," where the bearded Hasidic diamond dealers will be closely listening to what Bout says during his "kangaroo court" trial....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Just another day in the utterly collapsing American Empire....

Just another day in the utterly collapsing American Empire....

As the "War on Terror" morphs into a multiyear, multitrillion dollar blood-soaked adventure to secure advantage over imperialism's geopolitical rivals (and steal other people's resources in the process), hitting the corporate "sweet spot," now as during the golden days of the Cold War, is as American as a preemptive war and the "pack of lies" that launch them.

Always inventive when it comes to ginning-up a profitable panic, U.S. defense and security grifters have rolled-out a product line guaranteed to scare the bejesus out of everyone: a "cyber epidemic"!

This one has it all: hordes of crazed "communist" Chinese hackers poised to bring down the power grid; swarthy armies of al-CIAda fanatics who "hate us for our freedom;" "trusted insiders" who do us harm by leaking "sensitive information," i.e. bringing evidence of war crimes and corporate malfeasance to light by spilling the beans to secrecy-shredding web sites like
WikiLeaks, Public Intelligence and Cryptome.

And to combat this latest threat to public order, the Pentagon's geek squad, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (
DARPA) have launched several new initiatives.

Armed with catchy acronyms like
SMITE, for "Suspected Malicious Insider Threat Elimination," and a related program, CINDER, for "Cyber Insider Threat," the agency's masters hope to "greatly increase the accuracy, rate and speed with which insider threats are detected and impede the ability of adversaries to operate undetected within government and military interest networks."

Just another day in our collapsing American Empire!

During an Executive Leadership Conference last week in Williamsburg, Virginia, deep in the heart of the Military-Industrial-Security corridor, Bob Dix, vice president for U.S. government and critical infrastructure protection for Juniper Networks cautioned that the United States is facing a "cyber epidemic."

According to Government Computer News, Dix told the contract-hungry hordes gathered at the American Council for Technology/Industry Advisory Council's (
ACT-IAC) conclave that "overall cyber defense isn't strong enough."

All the more reason then for the secret state to weaken encryption standards that might help protect individual users and critical infrastructure from malicious hacks and network intrusions, as the Obama administration will soon propose.

As I
reported earlier this month, along with watering-down those standards, the administration is seeking authority from Congress that would force telecommunication companies to redesign their networks to more easily facilitate internet spying.

Add to the mix the recent "
Memorandum of Agreement" between the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security that will usher in a "synchronization of current operational cybersecurity efforts," and it's a sure bet as I averred, that the Pentagon has come out on top in the intramural tussle within the security apparat.

During the ACT-IAC
conference, greedily or lovingly sponsored (you make the call!) by "Platinum" angels AT&T, CACI, HP, Harris Corp. and Lockheed Martin, Sherri Ramsay, the director of NSA's Threat Operations Center, told the crowd: "Right now, we're a soft target, we're very easy."

Dix chimed in: "Nothing we're talking about today is new. What's new is the threat is more severe."

Music to the ears of all concerned I'm sure, considering the "cumulative market valued at $55 billion" over the next five years and the 6.2% annual growth rate in the "U.S. Federal Cybersecurity Market" that Market Research Media told us about.

Never mind that the number of "incidents of malicious cyber activity" targeting the Defense Department has actually decreased in 2010, as security journalist Noah Shachtman reported in Wired.

If we were inclined to believe Pentagon claims or those of "former intelligence officials" (we're not) that the United States faces an "unprecedented threat" from imperial rivals, hackers and terrorists, then perhaps (just for the sake of argument, mind you) their overwrought assertions and fulsome pronouncements might have some merit.

After all, didn't NSA and U.S. Cyber Command director, General Keith Alexander tell the U.S. Senate during confirmation hearings in April that he was "alarmed by the increase, especially this year" in the number of breaches of military networks?

And didn't former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, currently a top executive with the spooky Booz Allen Hamilton CIA firm......, whose cyber portfolio is well-watered with taxpayer dollars, pen an alarmist screed in The Washington Post claiming that "the United States is fighting a cyber-war today, and we are losing"?

Not to be outdone in the panic department, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn warned in a recent piece in the Council On Foreign Relations flagship publication, Foreign Affairs, that "the frequency and sophistication of intrusions into U.S. military networks have increased exponentially," and that "a rogue program operating silently, [is] poised to deliver operational plans into the hands of an unknown adversary."

Oh my!

However, as Shachtman points out, "according to statistics compiled by the
U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission ... the commission notes in a draft report on China and the internet, '2010 could be the first year in a decade in which the quantity of logged events declines'."

Better hush that up quick or else those government contractors "specializing in the most attractive niche segments of the market" as Washington Technology averred earlier this month, might see the all-important price per share drop, a real national crisis!

Panic sells however, and once the terms of the debate have been set by interested parties out to feather their nests well, it's off to the races!

After all as Defense Systems reported, "as cyberspace gains momentum the military must adjust its approach in order to take on an increasingly high-tech adversary."

Indeed, Major General Ed Bolton, the Air Force point man heading up cyber and space operations thundered during a recent
meet-and-greet organized by the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association at the Sheraton Premier in McClean, Virginia that "we are a nation at war, and cyberspace is a warfighting domain."

Along these lines the Air Force and CYBERCOM are working out "the policy, doctrine and strategies" that will enable our high-tech warriors to integrate cyber "in combat, operation plans and exercises," Bolton explained.

And according to Brigadier General Ian Dickinson, Space Command's CIO, industry will "help the military take on an evolving war strategy--and [close] a gap between traditional and cyber-era defense," Defense Systems informed us.

"That's something we worry about," Space Command's Col. Kim Crider told AFCEA, perhaps over squab and a lobster tail or two, "integrating our non-kinetic capabilities with space operations."

"We think it's a good opportunity to partner with industry to develop and integrate these capabilities," Crider said, contemplating perhaps his employment opportunities after retiring from national service.

And why not, considering that AFCEA's board of directors are chock-a-block with executives from cyberfightin' firms like Booz Allen, SAIC, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Boeing and General Dynamics.

Perhaps too, the generals and full bird colonels on the Sheraton dais need reminding that "integrating our non-kinetic capabilities with space operations," has already been a matter of considerable import to U.S. Strategic Command's Gen. Kevin Chilton.

In 2009, the STRATCOM commander informed us that "the White House retains the option to respond with physical force--potentially even using nuclear weapons--if a foreign entity conducts a disabling cyber attack against U.S. computer networks."

That would certainly up the ante a notch or two!

Chilton said, "I think you don't take any response options off the table from an attack on the United States of America," Global Security Newswire reported. "Why would we constrain ourselves on how we respond?"

Judging by the way the U.S. imperial war machine conducts itself in Iraq and Afghanistan, there's no reason that the general's bellicose rhetoric shouldn't be taken seriously.

"I think that's been our policy on any attack on the United States of America," Chilton said. "And I don't see any reason to treat cyber any differently. I mean, why would we tie the president's hands? I can't. It's up to the president to decide."

Even short of nuclear war a full-on cyber attack on an adversary's infrastructure could have unintended consequences that would boomerang on anyone foolish enough to unleash military-grade computer worms and viruses.

All the more reason then to classify everything and move towards transforming the internet and electronic communications in general into a "warfighting domain" lorded-over by the Pentagon and America's alphabet-soup intelligence agencies.

As The Washington Post reported Friday, the secret state announced that "it had spent $80.1 billion on intelligence activities over the past 12 months."

According to the Post, the "National Intelligence Program, run by the CIA and other agencies that report to the Director of National Intelligence, cost $53.1 billion in fiscal 2010, which ended Sept. 30, while the Military Intelligence Program cost an additional $27 billion."

By comparison, the total spent by America's shadow warriors exceeds Russia's entire military budget.

Despite releasing the budget figures, the Office of Director and National Intelligence and Defense Department officials refused to disclose any program details.

What percentage goes towards National Security Agency "black" programs, including those illegally targeting the communications of the American people are, like torture and assassination operations, closely guarded state secrets.

And with calls for more cash to "inoculate" the American body politic against a looming "cyber epidemic," the right to privacy, civil liberties and dissent, are soon destined to be little more than quaint relics of our former republic.

As security expert Bruce Schneier
points out "we surely need to improve cybersecurity." However, "words have meaning, and metaphors matter."

"If we frame the debate in terms of war" Schneier writes, "we reinforce the notion that we're helpless--what person or organization can defend itself in a war?--and others need to protect us. We invite the military to take over security, and to ignore the limits on power that often get jettisoned during wartime."

As well, using catchy disease metaphors like "epidemic" to describe challenges posed by high-tech espionage and cyber crime evoke disturbing parallels to totalitarian states of the past.

Such formulas are all the more dangerous when the "antibodies" proposed by powerful military and corporate centers of power will be deployed with little in the way of democratic oversight and control and are concealed from the public behind veils of "national security" and "proprietary business information."

Within the intelligence realm.....Nature in its wild state is a necessary humility to learn, and earn, as deep as it gets.... In this long endeavor....., I have been through immense wilderness, unassisted, on three or four continents (and a few islands), precisely because there is no better place to learn humility and responsibility.... Make a serious mistake, in the absolute wilderness, it is easy to make one, and you may die.... One is far from the comfort of cocoon cities.... One is far from the routine of conventional thinking living robots need, and they call themselves civilized, because they know nothing else....following like Sheeple the MSM lies and trepidations of STL/CIA/MOSSAD....


The mentally challenged G.W. Bush is going around, selling his book. Spewing lies, absurdities and stupidities, as much as he could, same as he always did. This is not just the past: immense forces, the same as those who were behind Bush, are still active....

They still "want" to attack Iran.... and Hezbollah....

The irony with G. W. Bush, aka "Shrub", is that his Christian God told him to attack Iraq, but his attack and devastation of Iraq is leading to the extermination of the Iraqi Christian community there. In that sense, Bush is worse than the Mongols....

The Mongols killed most Muslims in Baghdad, but not the Christians; the Frank-Mongol alliance conquered Syria, but the racist, sectarian pope saved the Muslims by excommunicating the Franks.... So working against one’s own camp is nothing new....

A massacre in a Christian church in Baghdad, by a bunch of foreign CIA/MOSSAD/Arab mercenaries: 56 dead.... France organized the treatment in France of 100 wounded.... Oh, where is the great indignation some primitives had when the bearded one was drawn, just drawn, just imagined, with a bomb in his turban? To the criminally superstitious, the myth has become sacred, and the most dreadful reality, nothing worth mentioning.....?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

All U.S. embassies and consulates around the world spying on host nation citizens....

November , 2010 -- All U.S. and Israeli embassies and consulates around the world spying on host nation citizens....

"The Eye of SIMAS" is global -- from Chile to Cape Town and Barbados to Beirut....

With revelations that U.S. embassies in Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm have carried out spying operations against the host citizens of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden from the respective embassies, comes news to WMR that the system carrying out the secret surveillance -- the Security Incident Management Analysis System or SIMAS -- not only also spies on citizens of the two Nordic partners of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, namely Iceland and Finland, from U.S. embassies in Reykjavik and Helsinki, respectively, but spies on individuals from all U.S. embassies and consulates around the world -- from Santiago, Chile and Canberra, Australia to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Maputo, Mozambique to Lebanon....

The Finnish paper, Helsingin Sanomat, is reporting that the Finnish Security Police (SUPO) has asked U.S. authorities about the activities of SIMAS in Helsinki... One nation that has adopted a sanguine reaction to the U.S. embassy spy program is Denmark, described by one intelligence insider as a "zone of control" for U.S. surveillance activities in Scandinavia... The cooperation between the U.S. and Denmark in surveillance operations began under Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and it was one of the reasons he was rewarded by Washington with the job as Secretary General of NATO.

The Norwegian and Swedish governments have demanded answers to questions from U.S. authorities about SIMAS spying but State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley, a retired Air Force colonel who has historically been assigned by the CIA to oversee the Clintons, whether at the White House or, now, at the State Department, claimed that the government of Norway had been informed by the United States of SIMAS surveillance from a Surveillance Detection Unit (SDU) located in a building near the U.S. embassy in Oslo.

On November 4, Crowley was asked at a State Department press conference about his earlier statement that Norway had been informed about SIMAS. The question and answer session:

"Q. . . on Monday when I asked you, you said that the Norwegian Government was aware of these activities. They say they are not. So who's lying here?"

A. "I'm, we, the security of our Embassy involves cooperation between our security officials and Norwegian security officials. Ill just stand by those words."

Q. "But why have you hired a building outside your Embassy in Norway, in Oslo, and filled it with Norwegian police officers and also Norwegian military officers?"

A. "That's a better question to ask our Embassy. I haven't been there in a while, so I can't provide you any insight."

Q. "But just to follow up. But both the State Department in Norway and also the Justice Department in Norway said they're not aware that you have some activities outside your Embassy building. Why haven't you informed the Norwegian Government?"

A. "Well, look, embassy diplomatic posts all over the world are ripe targets for a terrorist attack, whether they're U.S. embassies, whether they are the embassies of other governments. It is right and proper that we would take appropriate steps to protect our diplomatic posts anywhere around the world, and we would expect any government to do the same, whether its somewhere over out overseas or here in the United States. So we have a program where we look carefully to make to evaluate if we believe our Embassy is under observation and potentially under threat. We share that information across the United States Government. But as appropriate, we share that information with our host government partners. The essence of addressing this challenge which confronts the United States and other countries in the West is the very kind of intelligence cooperation and law enforcement cooperation that has been a hallmark of our alliances for a number of years. So how much the host nation government knows about specific activities, I can't say. But everything that we do is fully consistent with our security arrangements that we have with any host nation government anywhere in the world, including Norway."

Q. "Can I just follow up? Is there written agreements about this --"

A. "I can't say. At this point, I would just defer further questions back to our Embassy in Norway."

Media reports that U.S. embassy spying on civilians has been going on for the past ten years, since 2000. A State Department Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) submitted on January 5, 2010, states "The Security Incident Management and Analysis System (SIMAS) is a worldwide Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) web-based application, which serves as a repository for all suspicious activity and crime reporting from U.S. Diplomatic Missions abroad (all U.S. embassies and consulates). Department of State personnel, including Diplomatic Security personnel, regional security officers, and cleared foreign nationals, enter Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) into SIMAS as a central repository for all physical security incidents overseas. SIMAS Reports typically contain a detailed narrative description of the suspicious activity prompting the report, available suspicious person(s) and vehicle descriptors, and other identification data as may be available (e.g. photographs). Reports also indicate date, time and location of suspicious activity, and may include amplifying comments from relevant Bureau offices."

In other words, SIMAS is global and, in some cases, cleared nationals of foreign nations have access to the SIMAS system. The State Department was recruiting local foreign nationals to work with SIMAS in Accra, Ghana; Bujumbura, Burundi; Beirut and Sydney, Australia. Even U.S. citizens abroad are subjected to spying by SIMAS. The PIA also states: "SIMAS collects and maintains the following types of PII [personally-identifiable information] on members of the public, foreign nationals, U.S. government employees, and contractors who are identified as being directly or indirectly involved in or associated with suspicious activities and/or criminal allegations near USG property. All types of information may not be collected on each specific group of individuals. However, it may be possible for all forms of PII to be collected on any individual."

Translating the government gobbledy-gook language, while SIMAS is not authorized to collect certain types of data on groups of individuals, when it comes to each individual, anything is fair game.

At the very least, SIMAS contains data on: gender, race, height, weight, eye color, skin tone, hair color, hair style, images, age or estimated age, body type (build), scars, marks, tattoos, name, address, date of birth, telephone number, father’s name, and mother’s name, citizenship status and Information.

SIMAS data is also shared with the Central Intelligence Agency, MOSSAD, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, SHABAK, AMAN, Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture, Department of Treasury, Department of Defense (including the National Security Agency), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Health and Human Services , the S Capitol Police, and all other US embassies and consulates around the world...

Although the PIA states that SIMAS data is retained by the Diplomatic Security Bureau according to a set retention schedule and is not shared for purposes other than crime and terrorism prevention, the same cannot be said for the other agencies that access and retain SIMAS data, including the CIA, FBI, and NSA.

The State Department PIA concludes that "SIMAS has been designed to minimize risk to privacy data." That is hard to believe considering the global access permitted to the system, as well as the fact that not only do a dozen or more U.S. agencies have access to the data but so also do foreign intelligence agencies and foreign nationals.

So, if you are in Winnipeg or Warsaw, BEIRUT or Lusaka or Lisbon, or Malabo or Paramaribo, and you stroll past the U.S. embassy or consulate, "smile, you're on clandestine camera and now in the SIMAS database...."

The people and companies behind the U.S. embassy spying in Scandinavia.

State Department SIMAS Big Brother network and its politically-connected contractor....

A lone resume posted on the web opens a door into one of the prime contractor firms that was responsible for the operation of the SIMAS -- Security Incident and Management Analysis System -- network, which now stands accused of conducting surveillance from U.S. embassies in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Beirut and Helsinki of people deemed as threats to the United States ....

Searching for references to SIMAS yield little, but when one searches its overall program at the State Department, the Surveillance Detection Program (SDP), a clearer picture emerges of who and what are behind the "Big Brother"-like SIMAS network, which operates in all U.S. embassies, consulates, and interest sections around the world and collects personal data on individuals in the host nations, making the data available to all U.S. diplomatic posts, as well as to the CIA, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, FBI, MOSSAD, AMAN, SHABAK and even the US Capitol Police.

There is reason to believe that the Department of Agriculture, which has access to SIMAS, is using the embassy surveillance and detection system to report to it cases of disease outbreak in foreign nations, including avian flu, mad cow, SARS, and swine flu.

The SDP operates through Surveillance Detection Units (SDUs) at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. In Oslo, however, the SDU operated from a building close to the embassy, where a number of former Norwegian police and security personnel helped keep tabs on Norwegians and others by providing input to SIMAS.

A May 10, 2010 job vacancy announcement at the U.S. embassy in Accra, Ghana, called for the hiring of an individual, U.S. or foreign citizen, who had "knowledge of host country law enforcement organizations, responsibilities, and capabilities" who would also be responsible for briefing the "RSO [Regional Security Officer] on SD [surveillance detection] operations and incident/sightings." The requirements also specify that the candidate: "Ensures that all SD sighting reports are fully documented and properly entered into the SD database and the Security Incident Management and Analysis System (SIMAS) by the SD program data technician. Overseas SD team administration and logistical support requirements. Ensures SD team properly utilizes issued communications, photographic and video, and other surveillance detection equipment in performance of assigned duties and tasks, in accordance with U.S. Government regulations and Post/RSO policies and guidelines."

A similar job announcement was posted for the U.S. embassy in Bujumbura, Burundi on August 23, 2010, and another similar position was announced for the U.S. embassy in Canberra. One of the largest SDP activities is at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. Another large SDP operation is at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and Beirut Lebanon....

The SDP, along with its SDUs, operate at every U.S. diplomatic post abroad. On May 17, 2000, David Carpenter, the assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, told the House International Relations Committee, "The newest addition to our programs and of major significance has been the establishment, in less than one year, of surveillance detection programs at almost all of our overseas posts . . . Since going operational in January 1999, surveillance detection teams, most of which work with host government's security services, have observed over 700 suspected incidents of surveillance against our personnel and facilities. It has, in a sense, expanded our security perimeter and zone of control beyond our previous limitations. The surveillance detection program is clearly a 'work in progress,' but we feel that it is destined to become a major aspect of our overseas security defenses." The SDP was authorized by then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright...

In a March 11, 1999, hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one senator told Carpenter he would get his money for the full SDP and the rest of the overall security system, including the SDUs and SIMAS, saying, "But I guess that what I'm saying to you is that State will get more money. We will have more money." That senator was Joe Biden from Delaware, now the vice president....

On February 4, 1999, Bonnie Cohen, the Under Secretary of State for Management, told the House Appropriations Committee that the SDP was "global," with 90 posts already having "an up-and-running surveillance detection program."

The General Accounting Office (GAO) in 2000 discovered that the added costs for Surveillance Detection Units at new U.S. embassies in Croatia, Uganda, Beirut and Qatar, significantly increased the costs of those facilities, to the tune of $85 million. These costs included the hiring of additional special agents and other security staff for the SDUs. Overall, U.S. embassy security upgrades were reported by GAO to have run some $800 million more than original estimates...

A May 9, 2005, GAO report reveals how SDP and SIMAS surveillance slowly expanded beyond the areas surrounding the U.S. embassies. First, Regional Security Officers (RSOs) authorized the expansion of the surveillance to detection at school bus stops and outside schools attended by dependents of U.S. personnel, including international and American schools. Later, some RSOs argued that the SDP guidelines were too restrictive and that State had to permit flexibility in using surveillance detection for areas outside the embassy deemed appropriate by the RSO. Soon, the surveillance was expanded to private and public transportation, residences, additional schools, and "other community-based facilities."

A GAO report issued on November 12, 2009, stated that during a two-month period the RSO in Abuja, Nigeria had only four staff members assigned and was unable to carry out SDP functions. Local contractors had simply stopped carrying out their duties.

The resume for a former executive of Triumph Technologies, Inc. of Falls Church, Virginia, yields the fact that he, as Program Director for the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Office of Overseas Protective Operations, was responsible for the SDP, of which SIMAS is a part. The contractor's responsibilities also included contractor oversight management for the Worldwide Personnel Protection Services Program (WPPS), the State Department overseas security program that involved three primary private security company contractors -- Dyncorp, Triple Canopy, and the controversial Blackwater, now known as Xe Services. From 2000 to 2007, the contractor was a top executive for Triumph Technologies, Inc. of Falls Church, Virginia, a woman-owned business that garnered millions in dollars of post-9/11 federal contracts. Curiously, the company's web site,, is now inoperative.

The contractor's role with SDP and WPPS are spelled out in his resume: "provide operational oversight and management of the Office of Overseas Protective Operations contractor personnel. Supervise contractor personnel providing program management services compatible with the various office programs and initiatives with an annual budget of over $500,000,000. Conduct on site reviews to assess the quality and effectiveness of services provided by office contractor personnel. Analyzed program procedures for the purpose of improving the efficiency, accuracy and effectiveness of technical, fiscal and administrative operations. Provided contractor management oversight for the Local Guard Program, Residential Security Program, Surveillance Detection Program, Financial Management Initiative, Contract Management Initiative, Information Management Initiative, and Worldwide Personnel Protection Services Program. GS-14 grade level equivalency."

Triumph Technologies is politically-connected. In May 2006, then-New Mexico Senator Peter Domenici's office announced that Triumph had been selected by the Department of Energy to "provide program management, security and information technology services at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)." The contract value was $5.8 million.

Triumph Technologies' vice president for business development was Tom Bolvin, who also happened to represent northern Virginia's Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates as a Republican.

In 2005, Triumph Technologies was listed on the General Services Administration (GSA) as a large woman-owned business. It has millions in dollars of contracts with the State Department under "security technical services," "support services," "other professional services" and "personal services" vehicles. It is also contracted to the US Agency for International Development (USAID/CIA....), Department of Health and Human Services, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Archives and Records Administration, Census Bureau, National Science Foundation, Defense Information Systems Agency, U.S. Customs Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, and Minerals Management Service of the Interior Department, Department of Transportation, and Peace Corps/CIA....

Triumph Technologies, which lists an address and corporate officers living in Woburn, Massachusetts, was apparently acquired by Interliant, Inc. of Purchase, New York, in November 1999. The merger press release stated that Triumph Technologies, founded in 1988, was "one of the premier providers of IT services and secure enterprise networking expertise in New England." One of Triumph Technologies industry partners listed in the merger announcement was CheckPoint Software/MOSSAD, headquartered in Tel Aviv....

A November 28, 2005, Washington Post article stated that Triumph Technologies' chief executive officer, Gloria Redman, had "more than 20 years managing a business." Redman is listed in corporate releases as a retired Army Colonel. In 2003, Triumph Technologies was among a group of government contractor firms that banded together under the aegis of the Retired Military Officers' Association to hire Focus Enterprises, Inc. of Washington, DC, an investment firm, to be their investment bank. Focus is involved with a joint venture with New Vantage Group of Vienna, Virginia, and Seraphim Capital of London.

Focus helped engineer the sale of Lanex, a video security firm, to Loronix Information Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Comverse Technology/MOSSAD,founded in Israel and now headquartered in Woodbury, New York. Comverse now owns Verint/MOSSAD, which provides security services to governments and corporations, including the U.S. government. Comverse, formerly known as Comverse Infosys, was founded by Israeli national Jacob (Kobi) Alexander, wanted by the FBI for securities fraud and now on the lam from U.S. justice in Namibia. Comverse Infosys provided wiretapping equipment to the U.S. Justice Department in the months before 9/11 and it was later reported that the firm was working with Mossad to eavesdrop on U.S. government and other U.S. communications prior to and after the inside job of 9/11 attacks....

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Suckers of the US/Israeli military industrial mafia...

The Suckers of the US/Israeli military industrial mafia...

US intelligence, US media, US military industrial complex, and US courts.... Three true bastions of Zionist propaganda....

This comes about when an artificial country is manufactured to give sovereign protections to international bank thievery. It even comes with its own religion, The First Church of Usury...

The US policy of backing Israel is a 60-year failure, uncounted Zillions invested in an artificial state inserted into the precise place in a region that saw the European Crusaders conquer and then fail. Hard to imagine a more precisely defined pre-ordained fiasco..... Of course the Israeli's arrogance, ruthlessness and "blood and soil" dogma have made things as bad as they can possibly be...

This artificial state is the creation of America's military/industrial complex, which has succeeded in tamping down the American Jewish community's traditional anti-war characteristics while using the co-opted fanatics among them to try to wipe every critic with the brush of "anti-Semitism."

The Jews who support this doomed state are probably the largest, most coherent and spectacularly naive group of suckers in the world.... Characters like Abe Foxman, who obviously read The Protocols of Zion and believed (and that he's in charge of the global Jewish government -- are sadly deluded in their belief that they are anything more than pawns of the military empire builders and "defense" industrialists....

When Israel is devastated in the inevitable regional war, the real agenda-shapers will not mourn the human cost, they will count their money and be assured that they have once again successfully duped practically everyone....

I just pray that some element of humility and "morals" might creep into American foreign policy of its own accord and doesn't have to be beaten into it, as was the European experience....

.....Kevin MacDonald: Joe Sobran was Right on Jewish Media Power

Jewish control of the major media in the "media age" makes the enforced silence both paradoxical and paralyzing. Survival in public life requires that you know all about it, but never refer to it. A hypocritical etiquette forces us to pretend that the Jews are powerless victims; and if you don’t respect their victim-hood, they’ll destroy you....

....."It's utterly impossible to be an American patriot or an advocate for Western civilization, or a Christian of any upstanding denomination (which excludes these snake-like Judeo-"Christian" Zionist factions}, and have any respect, sympathy, or even tolerance for the Judeo-fascists and their insatiably greedy, back-stabbing, and murderously coercive ways...."


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