Archive | May 1st, 2011

Concerns in Pakistan that USAID Officials Are CIA Spies

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by crescentandcross


In the Wake of Raymond Davis, Suspicion Abounds

by Jason Ditz

Raymond Davis was presented to the Pakistani government as a technical support worker for the US Consulate in Lahore, so it came as quite a surprise when, in the wake of his arrest on double-murder charges, he turned out to be the de facto CIA head for Pakistan.

He wasn’t alone. The Davis fallout led Pakistani spy agencies to determine that the US indeed had hundreds of active CIA operatives working in the nation above and beyond the officially reported ones working with the government.

Now, Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau has turned its eyes toward USAID, the official US government aid agency. There is concern, according to reports, that the various USAID “corruption” scandals surrounding inefficient projects are evidence that the agency is being used as cover for CIA activities.

The US has denied the allegations, and surely a US government agency needs no ulterior motive to be monstrously inefficient. Still, it brings more unwelcome attention to the agency at a time when it is arguing that its programs are “vital” to the war effort in various nations, and a time when its funding is under growing scrutiny.

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‘RFK hit man was Manchurian candidate’

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by crescentandcross

 

67-year-old Sirhan Bishara Sirhan

Lawyers for convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan claim that he was manipulated in a mind control plot to kill Senator Robert F. Kennedy and that Kennedy was not shot by bullets from Sirhan’s gun.

Sirhan’s attorney, William F. Pepper, alleges that his client was under hypnosis and subjected to mind control and was actually “handled” at the murder scene by an unidentified mysterious woman in a polka-dot dress, who helped stage the assassination and gave the cue that triggered a “brainwashed” Sirhan to fire a gun in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel, the Daily Mail reported on Friday.

Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, now 67, who allegedly shot Robert Kennedy dead in a crowded hotel kitchen in Los Angeles shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, made the claims this week in federal court documents that also detail extensive interviews with Sirhan during the past three years, some done while he was under hypnosis.

Daniel Brown, a Harvard University professor and expert in trauma memory and hypnosis, interviewed Sirhan for 60 hours with and without hypnosis, according to the legal brief.

Describing the events before the shooting, Sirhan said he went into “range mode” and believed he was at a firing range.

“I thought that I was at the range more than I was actually shooting at any person, let alone Bobby Kennedy,” he added.

He also suggested that he fired a gun in the pantry as a diversion and that someone else killed Kennedy.

Through the years, Sirhan has claimed to have no memory of shooting Kennedy and said in recent interviews that his presence at the hotel was an accident, not a planned destination.

A large portion of the new documents seek to prove the bullets that hit Kennedy came from a different direction than the spot where Sirhan was standing. The papers do not name any other possible shooter.

According to some reports, several senior CIA officers were present on the night of the assassination, including David Morales, who was the chief of operations of JMWAVE, the CIA’s main anti-Castro station based in Miami, and Chief of Psychological Warfare Operations George Joannides.

Many experts say Sirhan’s description of the events indicates he may have been a victim of the CIA’s MK ULTRA mind control program.

Sirhan was denied parole in March by a panel that said he had not shown sufficient remorse for the killing.

Kennedy’s body lay in repose at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York for two days before a funeral mass was held on June 8. His body was interred near his brother John at Arlington National Cemetery.

Robert Kennedy’s murder changed the course of US history and world history. Kennedy was on course to win the Democratic nomination and may well have beaten Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election.

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NATO dismisses Gaddafi’s truce offer

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by crescentandcross

 

A wounded man from Niger walks with a stick as he waits to be evacuated with some 500 refugees near the port of the besieged Libyan city of Misratah on April 30, 2011

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) operating in Libya has dismissed the country’s ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s proposal of a ceasefire.

Earlier, Gaddafi asked the NATO member states involved in Libya operations to start negotiations to stop the air attacks, saying he was ready to make oil contracts with Western countries if it was the real motive behind the strikes.

Despite Gaddafi’s offer of a truce, his forces continued shelling the besieged city of Misratah, aggravating the humanitarian situation for the residents of the city.

Libyan revolutionaries say Gaddafi tanks took positions on the airport road Thursday night and shelled homes in Misratah, trying to get into the city but were kept back.

Gaddafi regime has threatened to attack any ships trying to get aid to people. Libyan government has said the only possible humanitarian route is by road and under the supervision of the army.

British Brigadier Rob Weighill, director of NATO operations in Libya, says they intercepted several Libyan boats putting anti-shipping mines outside the harbor of Misratah to cut aid route to the city. NATO said they deposed three mines early Friday.

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‘US, IsraHell trying to blackmail Syria’

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by crescentandcross

 

 

Iran’s Ambassador to Syria Seyyed Ahmad Mousavi

Iran’s envoy to Syria says the United States has launched a psychological war against Syria in order to force its demands on the government in Damascus.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA on Friday, Seyyed Ahmad Mousavi noted that the Israeli regime and the US are not after a change in Syria’s political system due to the popular support for President Bashar al-Assad.

Mousavi acknowledged that poverty and the corruption of some politicians have sparked protests against the Syrian government and that Damascus must take major steps toward reform. However, he dismissed allegations that Assad is facing a popularity crisis.
“The enemies are well aware that Assad enjoys widespread popularity with the Syrians and he cannot be easily toppled,” said Mousavi, who also serves as Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s advisor on Palestine affairs.

“He is very different from Mubarak and Ben Ali in this regard,” he noted, referring to the deposed Egyptian and Tunisian dictators after decades of autocratic rule in the North African countries.

The Iranian official said the presence of armed thugs, who Damascus blames for the killing of protesters in the country, is due to the failure of the enemies to incite Syrians against the Assad administration.

“The US and Israel as Syria’s main opponents and other enemies, no matter how hard they have tried, have not managed to push more than 10 percent of the country’s population onto the scene and thus have entered the military stage [of their plan],” he stated.

Mousavi added that Syria’s opponents are now seeking to incite people into joining anti-government protests by provoking clashes and bloodshed in the country.

But this ploy has failed largely thanks to the awareness of Syrians, he pointed out.

The Iranian diplomat said all the pressure from Assad’s enemies is focused on winning concessions from him and imposing their will on the Syrian government with regards to regional issues.

He said that unlike Tunisia and Egypt, army forces in Syria have come under attack by armed thugs who seem to be funded and masterminded by sources outside the country. This he said is due to the unpredictable political status that could follow Assad’s fall.

Mousavi called the mounting strategic and political failures in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine the reason for the mounting pressure on Syria, where enemies are trying to take advantage of the people’s legitimate demands.

“If we add the defeat of the Zionist regime [of Israel] in the Gaza War and the 33-day war in Lebanon, their attempts for creating a greater Middle East, the Annapolis conference and their failure in distancing Iran and Syria…one can see the depth of US and Israeli failure… and the reason for their turning to mount pressure on Syria,” he said.

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Israhell FM says Palestinian deal crosses ‘red line’

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Ed note–do not be fooled by IsraHell’s latest theatrics concerning this ‘reconciliation’ between Hamas and Fatah. She could not be happier, because now she can claim that Hamas controls the PA, which means that all talks of ‘peace’ are off the table. Then, when something goes “BOOM” in some enclave of  illegal Aliens settler nutcases and is blamed on Hamas, IsraHell will have the excuse she needs for a full-scale invasion of the West Bank in further “cleansing” the area of non-Jews.

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Palestinian unity deal agreed in Cairo crossed “a red line,” Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday, warning that an array of measures could be taken against the Palestinian Authority.

“With this accord, a red line has been crossed,” the ultra-nationalist foreign minister told Israel’s military radio a day after the Palestinian parties announced a surprise reconciliation agreement.

“We have at our disposal a vast arsenal of measures including the lifting of VIP status for Abu Mazen and Salam Fayyad, which will not allow them to move freely,” he said referring to president Mahmud Abbas and his prime minister.

“We could also freeze the transfer of taxes collected by Israel for the Palestinian Authority,” added Lieberman, who leads the Israel Beitenu party in the coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

After 18 months of largely fruitless reconciliation talks, delegations from Hamas and Fatah meeting in Cairo on Wednesday announced a deal to form an interim unity government with a view to holding presidential and legislative elections within a year.

The deal raises the prospect of an end to the devastating political divide that has seen the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority govern the West Bank while the Islamist Hamas movement controls the Gaza Strip.

But the agreement was criticised by Israel, with Netanyahu warning on Wednesday, shortly after the deal was announced, that Abbas must “choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas.”

Lieberman said the reconciliation deal would mean the “freeing of hundreds of Hamas terrorists detained by the Palestinian Authority in Judaea and Samaria” — the biblical name for the West Bank.

He said the elections envisaged under the agreement would allow Hamas “to take control of Judaea and Samaria.”

Lieberman said he wanted to see the international community insist that any unity government comply with conditions announced by the Middle East peacemaking Quartet, which includes the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia.

“We hope that the whole international community will maintain the conditions imposed by the Quartet on the Palestinians, which means an end to violence, recognition of Israel and past agreements, and Hamas does not accept any of these conditions,” he said.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said “the latest events do nothing but reinforce the necessity of relying only on ourselves.

“The army and the security services will use an iron fist to deal with any threat and challenge,” he warned.

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IsraHell threatens ‘arsenal of measures’ in wake of Fatah Hamas pact

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Israel threatens 'arsenal of measures' in wake of Fatah Hamas pact

IsraHell has threatened to use an “arsenal of measures” against the Palestinian territories, including withholding £480 million of taxes and subjecting leaders to humiliating border checks in retaliation for the Fatah Hamas pact.

The Telegraph

Mahmoud Abbas, the pro-western president of the Palestinian Authority, was accused of siding with terrorists after his secular Fatah party agreed on Wednesday to end a long-running schism with its arch-rival Hamas, the Islamist overlords of the Gaza Strip.

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, said the deal made it “inevitable” that Hamas would take over the West Bank leaving the Jewish state to confront an enemy bent on its destruction on two fronts.

Under the terms of the unexpected deal, reached after weeks of secret talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo, Hamas and Fatah, which fought a brief civil war in 2007, will form a provisional government that will oversee the preparation of presidential and parliamentary elections within a year.

While the deal has been hailed in the Arab world and among ordinary Palestinians, Israel has said it will have nothing to do with a government that comprises a significant terrorist element.

Mr Lieberman gave warning that Israel would show its displeasure by directly punishing Mr Abbas and his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who enjoys strong western support.

“With this accord, a red line has been crossed,” Mr Lieberman said. “We have always made clear that we will not negotiate with a terror organisation. We have to make clear that our words were not empty threats.

“We have at our disposal a vast arsenal of measures including the lifting of VIP status for Abu Mazen [Mr Abbas] and Salam Fayyad, which will not allow them to move freely.”

If Mr Lieberman were to make good his threat, the ability of both men to travel outside the Palestinian Territories would be heavily circumscribed and they would be subject to the frequently humiliating security checks that ordinary Palestinians face on a regular basis.

Even more damagingly, Mr Lieberman threatened to withhold Palestinian customs levies, which are collected by Israel as the occupying power, a step that could deprive the Palestinian Authority of up to a third of its revenues. Israel took the same measure after Hamas won a parliamentary majority following legislative elections in 2006.

Accusations of betrayal were also levelled against Mr Abbas by Ehud Barak, defence minister, who spoke in menacing terms of Israel’s future relationship with the new Palestinian government.

Mr Abbas insisted that the inclusion of Hamas made no difference to the Palestinian Authority’s determination to seek a peace deal with Israel, saying the transitional government’s remit was restricted to preparations for elections and did not extend to negotiations.

He also expressed optimism that Hamas would now meet international demands by recognising Israel’s right to exist and disavowing violence.

In private, some Israeli officials have been cautiously welcoming of the deal, saying it removed a major obstacle to any Arab-Israeli peace deal.

Until now, Israel has frequently argued that Mr Abbas did not have a mandate to reach a peace deal with Israel or to seek international recognition for Palestinian statehood because he did not represent the people of Gaza.

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Susan Rice’s Viagra Hoax: The New Incubator Babies

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On Thursday, US ambassador Susan Rice announced that Libyan government troops were being issued Viagra and told to rape as a terror weapon. She made the comment as part of a debate with another envoy to highlight that “the coalition is confronting an adversary doing reprehensible things.” Several diplomats said Rice provided no evidence for the Viagra allegation, which they said was made in an attempt to persuade doubters the conflict in Libya was not just a standard civil war but a much nastier fight in which Gadhafi is not afraid to order his troops to commit heinous acts.

However, today, MSNBC was told by US military and intelligence officials that there is no basis for Rice’s claims. While rape has been a weapon of choice in many other African conflicts, the US officials say they’ve seen no such reports out of Libya.

This sort of tactic is nothing new. It is reminiscent of the incubator babies story. In the run-up to the first gulf war in 1990, a tearful Kuwaiti girl testified before a congressional committee that she had witnessed Iraqi troops removing premature babies from incubators and stealing the incubators, levaing the babies to die. The story was used to promote the attack on Iraq, and continues to be cited as a reason for going to war in 1991.

However, the story has been widely debunked. The girl who made the allegations turned out to the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador the US, a resident of Washington, DC. Investigations by human rights groups and others found no evidence that the event ever occurred, or that the ambassdor’s daughter was even in Kuwait at the time.

My guess is that the Viagra story will still be repeated years from now as a reason we attacked Libya.

Truth is the first casualty of war.

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April deadliest month for US in Iraq since 2009

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by crescentandcross

 

April deadliest month for US in Iraq since 2009

 

BAGHDAD (AFP) – The killing on Friday of an American soldier made April the deadliest month for US forces in Iraq since 2009, according to figures compiled by AFP.

The soldier “was killed April 29 while conducting operations in southern Iraq,” a US military statement released on Saturday said, without giving further details.

The death brought to 11 the number of US troops to die in Iraq in April, according to an AFP tally based on data compiled by independent website www.icasualties.org.

That is the highest monthly toll since November 2009, when 11 soldiers also died, starkly highlighting the risks American soldiers still face even after combat operations were officially declared over last summer.

Of the remainder of April’s 11 killed, six died in “non-hostile” incidents, two were killed by a roadside bomb in Numaniyah, Wasit province, and two died in separate mortar attacks in Baghdad and Babil provinces.

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Also on Saturday, the US army’s Contingency Operating Site Echo in the southern province of Diwaniyah was hit by a rocket attack, while an American military convoy near the Shiite holy city of Najaf was targetted, Sergeant Elvis Umanzor said.

No further details were available regarding either incident.

Around 45,000 US soldiers still remain stationed in Iraq. While they are primarily charged with training and equipping their local counterparts, they can return fire in self-defence and still take part in joint counter-terror operations with Iraqi forces.

Friday’s death also brings to 4,452 the number of American troops to have died in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein, according to the AFP tally.

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US to use Afghanistan as base for drone attacks in Pakistan

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Drone

 

US is shifting its terror-killer drones from Pakistan to Afghanistan after Islamabad asked it to shut down UAV bases on its territory, but America has vowed to continue hitting militants based in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

Pakistan has asked CIA to remove its personnel from the Shamsi airbase, about 350 kms southwest of Baluchistan’s capital Quetta, where some of the drones are based, ‘New York Times’ reported quoting senior American officials.

“The withdrawal has not occurred but is expected soon,” the official said adding that the drone attacks would then be flown out of Afghanistan where some of them are already based.

But even after shifting, the Predators and Reapers, top US military commander, Admiral Mike Mullen, in a private meeting in Islamabad last week told Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani that CIA would not reduce the drone strikes until Pakistan launched a military operation against the Haqqani network in North Waziristan.

As tensions mount between the two nations, ‘The Times’ said the appointment of General David H Petraeus as America’s top spy chief could further inflame relations as Pakistan military does not regard him as a “friend”.

The usually secretive Kayani, has made little secret of his distaste for Petraeus, calling him a political general.

Petraeus has privately expressed outrage at what American officials say is the Pakistani main spy agency’s most blatant support yet for fighters based in Pakistan who are carrying out attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.

Repairing the frayed ties between the CIA and Pakistan’s military-run agency, ISI, will be difficult, American officials say.

 

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Netanyahu: Hamas-Fatah unity deal should worry all those who care about peace

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Speaking at a weekly cabinet meeting, the prime minister says anyone in the world who wishes for peace should be concerned about a Palestinian government containing Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that a recent unity agreement between long-warring Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah should be a cause for concern for “all those in the world who aspire to see peace between us and our Palestinian neighbors.”

A future peace between Israel and the Palestinians will be created “only with those who want to be on our side, and not those who want our annihilation,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu - Emil Salman Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a weekly cabinet meeting
Photo by: Emil Salman

His comments came days after the Palestinians announced a new unity deal between the Western-backed Palestinian Authority and the Iran-backed Hamas, which rejects any accommodation with Israel.

Israel has said it will not negotiate with Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union.

“Israel extends its hand in peace to all peoples of the region, to all of our neighbors that aspire to live alongside us in peace,” Netanyahu said, “and will stand steadfast against whoever tries to attack us and endanger our existence.”

The prime minister recently hinted to a visiting delegation of U.S. Congress members that the United States should consider stopping economic aid to the Palestinian Authority if a Hamas-Fatah unity government did not recognize Israel and renounce terror.

Speaking to the American legislators, Netanyahu quoted remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in April 2009, that Israel would not hold talks with or economically support a Palestinian government, including Hamas, until Hamas recognized Israel and abandoned violence.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told Army Radio earlier Sunday that Israel is freezing an $89 million cash transfer to the Palestinians due to the unity deal. Palestinian official Saeb Erekat branded the move a declaration of war by Israel.

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