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Head of Syrian Zionist National Council meets leader of NATO sponsored “Free Syrian Army”

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The head of Syrian Zionist National Council has secretly met the leader of the so-called Free Syrian Army in Hatay to promise support in the fight against Damascus

A delegation headed by the president of the Syrian Zionist National Council (SZNC) conducted a secret meeting with the highest ranking Syrian army defector and leader of the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army on Nov. 28 in Turkey, according to reports.

During the meeting in the southern province of Hatay on the Syrian border, SZNC leader Burhan Galioun promised Free Syrian Army head Col. Riad al-Asaad that his council would support the fighting force, an organization formed by army defectors in Syria, a SZNC member told the Hürriyet Daily News on condition of anonymity.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said they knew about the meeting but did not have any details on what was said at the meeting.

Other high-ranking members of the SZNC, including Ahmed Ramadan and Sweden-based Abdulbaset Seida, also attended the meeting, according to reports. The organization, with a membership of over 260, was formed in Istanbul in September to work for the removal of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Ghalioun, who is based in France, has led the organization since.

Al-Asaad has been staying at a refugee camp in Hatay after escaping from his post in the Syrian Air Force in July.

Speaking to the Daily News on Oct. 9, Free Syrian Army Head Coronel Riad Al-Asaad called on the international community and the United Nations to provide armed help to Syria’s opposition movement so that it can finally remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.

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UAE: Prison Sentence for Activists an Attack on Free Expression

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Prosecute Attack on Defendant’s Relative Outside Cour

  • Human rights activist and a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East advisory committee Ahmed Mansoor speaks during a press conference in Dubai on January 26, 2011. On his left is Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division.

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Today the Emirati government has shown that its rulers can tolerate no criticism. Luxury high-rises and international museums or universities can’t whitewash a government that jails citizens who call for peaceful reform.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch

Update: On the evening of November 28, UAE authorities released all five activists .

(Abu Dhabi) – A guilty verdict against five activists by the United Arab Emirates’ Federal Supreme Court on November 27, 2011, is an attack on freedom of expression and the result of an unfair trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The panel of four foreign judges delivered the verdict in a ten-minute oral statement in court, sentencing Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent UAE reformer, to three years imprisonment and the rest to two years each for publicly insulting UAE authorities. The detainees have no right of appeal in the case.

Outside the court house, a pro-government supporter physically assaulted a family member of one detainee, said Human Rights Watch, which witnessed the assault along with a representative from Alkarama (Dignity), also in Abu Dhabi to monitor the trial.

“Today the Emirati government has shown that its rulers can tolerate no criticism,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Luxury high-rises and international museums or universities can’t whitewash a government that jails citizens who call for peaceful reform.”

The activists, known among their supporters as the “UAE 5,” were arrested in April 2011 and later charged with “publicly insulting” top UAE officials. The five activists, whose trial opened on June 14 in Abu Dhabi, are: Ahmed Mansoor, an engineer and blogger, and a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Advisory Committee; Nasser bin Ghaith, an economist and university lecturer at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi; and online activists Fahad Salim Dalk, Ahmed Abdul-Khaleq, and Hassan Ali al-Khamis.

The five were charged under article 176 of the penal code, which makes it a crime to publicly insult top officials, and for using the banned online political forum UAE Hewar. Because the case was prosecuted under state security procedures, there is no right of appeal. Human Rights Watch reviewed the messages allegedly posted by the accused, none of which do more than criticize government policy or political leaders. There is no evidence that the men used or incited violence in the course of their political activities.

An international coalition of rights groups, which includes Alkarama, Amnesty International, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Front Line Defenders, the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), Human Rights Watch, and Index on Censorship, has said that the prosecution of the five men violates guarantees of free speech under the UAE’s constitution as well as international human rights law.

Since November 13, the men have been on a hunger strike to protest violations of their basic rights by the judiciary, prosecution, and prison officials, including what they say was their prolonged detention on politically motivated charges and a patently unfair trial. They are reported to be in poor health, a defense lawyer told Human Rights Watch.

After the verdict announcement, a pro-government supporter prevented a relative of one of the five detainees from speaking to the media outside the courtroom and then physically attacked him, despite the heavy security presence. During the attack, the assailant shouted profanities and threatened vigilantism, saying, “Even if the [detainees] are released from jail, we will put them on trial ourselves.” The assailant then struck the family member about three times in the face, causing bruising.

Police in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi, said they are investigating the November 27 incident. The attack is the most recent in a campaign of death threats, slander, and intimidation against the activists, their families, and their lawyers that authorities have failed to prosecute. An independent reportonNovember 25 written on behalf of the GCHR with research assistance from Human Rights Watch documented the threats by government sympathizers and the atmosphere of impunity in which they have been made.

“The campaign against these activists and their families has escalated from threats and intimidation to acts of physical violence,” said Whitson. “The UAE authorities invest resources into prosecuting peaceful reformers, but do nothing to investigate and jail those who use violence and intimidation.”

Background

According to the coalition of rights groups, the court violated the activists’ fair trial rights. The court did not allow the defendants to review the evidence and charges against them until six months into the trial. The court did not allow defense lawyers to cross-examine one prosecution witness and did not provide sufficient time to cross-examine others. Without explanation, the authorities closed the first four hearings to the public, journalists, international observers, and the families of the accused. On multiple occasions, the court denied or failed to rule on motions to release the defendants on bail, even though none of the defendants were charged with a violent offense, and authorities did not suggest that they pose a flight risk. All four judges on the panel reviewing the case are foreigners. Two are Egyptian, one is Syrian, and one is Sudanese. As foreign judges, they do not have tenure positions on the Court, as do Emirati judges.

The UAE penal code makes the peaceful expression of critical views of the authorities a criminal offense, subject to a prison sentence, in contravention of international human rights guarantees for free speech. Article 176 of the penal code permits a sentence of up to five years in prison for “whoever publicly insults the State President, its flag or national emblem.” Article 8 widens the application of the provision to include the vice president, members of the Supreme Council of the Federation, and others.

Mansoor faced additional charges of inciting others to break the law, calling for an election boycott, and calling for demonstrations. In March, shortly before his arrest, he publicly supported a petition signed by more than 130 people advocating universal, direct elections for the Federal National Council (FNC), a government advisory board, and legislative powers for the council. Before his arrest he gave numerous television and other media interviews on the issue.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) holds that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression… to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds.” While the UAE is not a party to the ICCPR, it reflects authoritative international standards, which allow content-based restrictions only in extremely narrow circumstances, such as cases of slander or libel against private individuals or speech that threatens national security.

Article 32 of the Arab Charter on Human Rights, which the UAE has ratified, guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and to impart news to others by any means. The only restrictions the charter allows on the practice of this right are those imposed for “respect for the rights of others, their reputation, or the protection of national security, public order, public health, or public morals.” Article 13(2) of the charter also requires judicial hearings to be “public other than [except] in exceptional cases where the interests of justice so require in a democratic society which respects freedom and human rights.”

The United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders provides that countries should “take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of everyone against any violence, threats, retaliation, adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action” as a result of their participation in human rights activity.

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Tell London Olympics to drop chemical disaster partner

Dear All,

In 1984, an industrial plant in Bhopal, Central India, leaked 27 tons of deadly gas. Thousands in the local area were killed and over half a million were exposed, making it one of the world’s worst industrial catastrophes.

On the eve of the 27th anniversary, the situation remains a humanitarian and environmental tragedy affecting thousands, but the company now in charge of the site has been accused of neglecting their duties to clean up the area, continuing to place thousands of lives at risk. That company is Dow Chemical — a major partner of the London 2012 Olympics.

Lorraine Close is a nurse from London who lived and worked with those affected by the disaster in the Bhopal community. After hearing that Dow Chemical were sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics she was so appalled that she set up a petition on Change.org calling on Lord Coe and the London Olympics Committee to drop Dow as partners for the games. Click here to add your name to her petition.

The people in Bhopal have lost their family members, watched their children be born with horrendous congenital birth defects and have endured years of suffering, injustice and lack of recognition from the company responsible for their suffering. Instead of addressing this, Dow Chemical are pouring their money into Olympics sponsorship.

Not only have they partnered with the London Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG) but they’ve been given exclusive advertising rights in return for providing a wrap around the London Olympic Stadium.

The organisers of the Olympic Games claim that they are committed to organising a sustainable and environmentally friendly event, that’s why Lorraine thinks it’s unacceptable for Dow Chemical to be partners of the London 2012 Olympic Games. And she’s not alone. A broad group of politicians and athletes from the UK and India are coming together to cry foul at Dow’s sponsorship.

Lorraine is a firm believer in the power of small groups to create big change — exactly what we see on Change.org every day as thousands of people start campaigns for social change. As Lorraine says: “Living amongst the people in Bhopal taught me that the power of the human voice can be heard. I watched them rally, and fight and refuse to accept what they have been dealt by those who hold power. That’s why I started this petition on Change.org, because we should all use our voices to fight for what’s right.”

Join Lorraine and stand up for the people of Bhopal by telling Lord Coe to drop Dow as London 2012 sponsors:

http://www.change.org/petitions/locog-should-drop-dow-chemical-as-partners-of-london-2012-olympic-games-and-providers-of-the-olympic-stadium-wrap

Thanks for being part of this,
— Brie and the Change.org team

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Demons Unleashed in Libya: NATO’s Islamists Continue Program of Ethnic and Ideological Cleansing

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Photo: Muammar Qaddafi and Abu Bakr Yunis Jaber praying in the desert near Sirte in 1973.

By Gerald A. Perreira

This is the dark time, my love,
All round the land brown beetles crawl about
The shining sun is hidden in the sky
Red flowers bend their heads in awful sorrow
This is the dark time, my love,
It is the season of oppression, dark metal, and tears.
It is the festival of guns, the carnival of misery
Everywhere, the faces of men are strained and anxious
Who comes walking in the dark night time?
Whose boot of steel tramps down the slender grass
It is the man of death, my love, the stranger invader
Watching you sleep and aiming at your dream.
Martin Carter

All of the good that Muammar Qaddafi did for his people, and the immeasurable contribution he made to the oppressed peoples of the world is catalogued everywhere for those who have eyes to see. NATO’s war crimes are also catalogued – they went viral, so even in the absence of a court where NATO and their mercenaries can be tried, millions of people worldwide watched, at their computers and TV screens, the horrific war crimes that unfolded in Sirte and elsewhere in Libya. The verdicts are in. The question is what can be done about it.

The world was quite literally watching and still can watch, anytime they care to google the litany of obscene crimes committed, when a coalition of the most powerful nations on this earth, backed up by the vast majority of Arab and African misleaders, deployed the most sophisticated arsenal of weaponry in the history of the world against a small bastion of African resistance. In the now famous cities of Sirte and Bani Walid, Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qaddafi led his people in a courageous battle which lasted for months. The battles of Sirte and Bani Walid have surely earned their place in the annals of African history.

At his side were his son, Mutassim Qaddafi and Libya’s Minister of Defense, and one of the leaders of the 1969 Al Fateh revolution, Major General Abu-Bakr Yunis Jaber. Decades ago, he and the young Muammar were in the same class at the Military Academy in Benghazi and were co- founders of the Free Officers’ Movement which overthrew King Idris.

Both men, spiritual heirs of Omar Al Mukhtar’s armed resistance against the Italian invaders in 1911, were in their 70s. Having to witness such a savage attack on them and not being able to do anything to defend them against NATO’s jackals, was traumatizing.

The core group of revolutionaries, who led the Al Fateh revolution in 1969 in their twenties, all now in their late 60s and 70s, chose to stay at their posts and fight alongside the people, despite having received many offers for safe passage out of Libya.

Sirte following NATO’s bombardment.

A Picture Tells a 1000 Words

This picture of Sirte, after NATO’s bombardment, is worth more than a thousand words when it comes to understanding what actually took place in this once beautiful and prosperous African city. And all in the name of ‘protecting civilians’ – clearly with the exception of civilians loyal to Muammar Qaddafi and the Al Fateh revolution. We salute all of those who fought to defend Al Fateh and the Pan African project in Sirte, Bani Walid and throughout Libya. They are the real Jihadists – the true Pan-African Army.

Julius Malema, ANC Youth Leader, in reference to the North Atlantic Tribes, asked the question – why are these people so bloodthirsty? He pointed out that they did not seem to understand anything other than war.

It is no surprise that Julius Malema has been banned by Jacob Zuma’s ANC. Zuma is one of those African misleaders who signed Qaddafi’s death warrant, when South Africa, along with Nigeria and French controlled Gabon, all temporary members of the so-called Security Council at the time, agreed to the implementation of a ‘No Fly Zone’, which unleashed the demons of war.

Let us not imagine that they did not know what would ensue – the entire world has just witnessed the destruction of Iraq and Afghanistan. It was a painful blow to many Africans in Africa and throughout the world. We remembered Nelson Mandela’s now famous speech, when on the world stage he called Muammar Qaddafi ‘one of the great freedom fighters of the 20th century’ and he publicly thanked the Brother Leader and the people of Libya for the material and moral support provided to the ANC when, as Mandela put it – their ‘backs were up against the wall’. The half hearted attempts by the AU to take the necessary action to defend Libya was shameful and demoralizing.

There was a time…
Some of it in my lifetime, when we had visionary, principled and courageous African leaders – Shaka Zulu, Queen Nzingha, Cetshwayo, Dedan Kimathi, Julius Nyerere, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Kwame Nkrumah, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Marien Ngouabi, Ahmed Ben Bella, Samora Machel, Thomas Sankara, Murtala Muhammad, Laurent Kabila to name but a few. Had leaders such as these been in power today, NATO could not have gotten away with invading Libya. The fact is, with few exceptions, the current bunch of African leaders, many of them put in place by the forces of white supremacy, were just not up to the job.

Those who are misleading Africa today – ‘who the cap fit let them wear it’ – have paid a dear price. What is coming our way will be punishment for such a colossal betrayal. And sadly, we will all suffer for their sins.

The murder of Muammar Qaddafi plunged us into despair. We mourned his death as sons mourn their father – he called us his sons and we responded as such because we understood his sincerity.

Those who worked with Qaddafi can testify that the Brother Leader’s efforts were motivated by a strong and uncompromising faith in God, his deep love for humanity and a sincere desire to assist all those engaged in the struggle to end injustice and oppression. If anyone epitomized Che Guevara’s famous quote, it was our brother: ‘Revolutionaries are first human beings, and at the risk of sounding utterly ridiculous, revolution is based upon supreme feelings of love’.

Those among the leadership of Al Fateh who were not murdered were captured. Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim, one of the foremost exponents of the Third Universal Theory, an intellectual warrior and committed Pan-Africanist, was captured while defending Sirte. The uncle of Moussa Ibrahim, who over the past months became known as the spokesperson for the legitimate government of Libya, he is currently being held in Misurata, and his son, Yurub Ibrahim, has also been arrested. The well known Islamic scholar Sheik Khaled Tantoush, has been abducted from his home in Sirte and is also being held in Misurata. These elderly men are being subjected to constant taunting, beatings and torture and their condition is deteriorating rapidly. Global campaigns have been launched to demand the protection under international law and conventions, regarding prisoners of war, for high-profile prisoners Saif-al-Islam Qaddafi, Abdullah Senussi, Ahmed Ibrahim, Khaled Tantoush and the thousands of prisoners held by the NTC. (see websites Libya SOS, Libya 360 and Mathaba.net for ways you can assist the campaign and video footage of how these elderly prisoners are being treated).

Dr Ahmed Ibrahim tormented by his captors.

In addition to loyalty to the Leader, and defense of their country against foreign invaders, having black skin and asserting one’s Africanity has become a crime in the new Libya. Ethnic cleansing is continuing unabated. Every day Black Africans from Libya and other parts of Africa are hunted down. Thousands have been brutally tortured and executed. Rape of Black women is a favored weapon of NATO’s Islamists. Many of the female bodies found show signs of rape, beatings and torture. Large numbers of Black Africans make up the ranks of the Green Resistance.

NATO’s Living Hell

One Tripoli resident, who cannot be named, told me:

‘Everyone is terrified of the NTC and their armed gangs. We have seen with our own eyes what they are capable of – they are animals. All around us people are being rounded up and imprisoned. We have no way of knowing how many have been murdered. Anyone who is associated with Qaddafi or suspected of loyalty to him is at risk. Even people who have worked for people who are known supporters of the leader have been rounded up and tortured. I personally know of many persons who were just working for people associated with the leader who have been taken away and never seen again. If you are black you are an immediate suspect – these rebels call black Libyans ‘abd’ means slave and they are rounding them up just because they are black – it is making me sick and ashamed.

What these rebels have done to their own people is disgusting – some of the acts of torture I can’t even speak about. There has been a lot of rape. I wept when I learned of what these animals did to the leader’s female body guards – they are not human and that is why there is so much fear. Any known Qaddafi loyalists who have not been able to get out of Libya have to stay underground. Libyans are afraid to talk to other Libyans – anyone could be an informer. It feels like the last days are upon us – Libya has been turned into a living hell.’

There is now a complete whiteout by the corporate media regarding all news from Libya. And of course, although a genocide is unfolding right before our eyes, there will be no outcry from the UN, Amnesty International or that euphemistic chorus known as ‘the international community’, that bleats on ad nauseum about ‘democracy, human rights and the rule of law’. No time or motive for outcry – having shared the spoils, they have already moved on to their next victims – Syria and Iran.

Demons Unleashed
To do their dirty work, NATO employed the most barbaric marauders they could find. These Islamist mercenaries are programmed, sadistic fighters – they have been on the battlefields in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya. They have been hired many times over by NATO, who characteristically plays all sides, and that is why they need to sprinkle stimulant powders on their food – to keep them in killing mode.

Shouting Allahu Akhbar, like robots, they go from town to town, city to city, ransacking, beating, torturing, raping and murdering, and then, in their crazed state, with inflated feelings of omnipotence, they actually take footage of themselves committing heinous war crimes and post them on YouTube.

As the people bury their dead, they defiantly whisper, ‘Allah, Muammar, Libya and nothing else’. Amidst the screams that can be heard deep into the night, a shell-shocked population tries to understand what happened to them, and struggles to come to terms with the obscene end inflicted on a man they loved. Now they must try to find a way to confront the ‘brave new world’ that has been imposed upon them by this foreign invasion. In an instant, they have been transported back in time to when Europeans last occupied their country.

Green Resistance – It is only a matter of time…
The war in Libya is far from over. The corporate media continues the lie that Libya has been ‘liberated’ and that life there has ‘returned to normal’. In truth, chaos reigns. Rumours about NATO’s plans to carve up the country are rife and Libya remains engulfed in warfare.

People are being systematically hunted down. Truck loads of bodies are being carted away, as the now feuding armed gangs, each with their own command structure, and none adhering to anything the NTC says, introduces the only policy they ever had – exterminate Qaddafi and all those loyal to him. That numbers in the millions and they are stopping at nothing to track them down.

The Green resistance referred to as the Libyan Liberation Army (LLA) or the Libyan Liberation Front (LLF) is regrouping and growing stronger by the day. Street battles are commonplace, explosions can be heard all over Tripoli and in other regions, and NATO’s mercenaries are facing fierce resistance.

Libya’s powerful Warfalla Tribe, comprising more than a million Libyans, have stated that ‘they are thirsting for revenge’, many of them having fought in the battle of Bani Walid.

One Green resistance fighter summed up the feeling of all:

‘It does not matter how long it takes, we will rise again as sure as the sun rises. It is only a matter of time. It may not be today – we are a patient people. Right now, many of us have to lay low while the leaders regroup and put certain things in place so that we can take our resistance to the next level, but we know our time will come and we are only waiting for the word to take up our arms.

We have to be organized and this takes time, especially under the present conditions of occupation. Our people are being tortured and raped and murdered for supporting the leader and defending their revolution. We have had to leave our homes and watch these dogs destroy them and steal everything from us. But our day will come – we can never forget the crimes committed against us by NATO and these murdering thieves who call themselves revolutionaries and Muslims.

What I have seen with my own two eyes is unbelievable – people committing the cruelest acts – crimes against humanity while they cry out Allahu Akhbar. They are like drugged people. We have uncovered mass graves of Qaddafi loyalists – with their hands tied behind their backs – all executed. I want to tell them that every person they tortured, every person murdered, every woman they raped, every home they destroyed and looted and everything they did to our dear leader and his family will be avenged.

This is not the first time this has happened to us Libyans – this is exactly what happened to us when the Italians occupied our land – thanks to the leader we are a very educated people now – we know our history and our heroes. The NTC has already taken the picture of Omar Al Mukhtar off the Libyan dinar but it does not matter – they can destroy every picture of Omar Al Mukhtar and the leader, because the story of his bravery and the bravery of his son Muammar Qaddafi is in our hearts – these men can never die – and this gives us the belief and certainty that we will overcome these thieves again – believe me, it is only a matter of time.’

A Frenzied Phase
The invasion of Libya and the murder of Muammar Qaddafi ushered in what can be described as the empire’s ‘frenzied phase’. Capitalism and imperialism are taking their last hideous gasps, and in this phase we will see their evil laid bare. NATO will continue to become ever more brazen with its ‘shock and horror’ tactics, believing that they are unstoppable and invincible, as once did Rome. In other words, with the imperialists in panic mode, we can expect their behavior to become all the more barbaric, savage and uncivilized, as has been prophesied.

The Twilight Zone – Vampires of Empire
The additional dimension in this new phase is that capitalism, White supremacy’s socio-economic system, has entered a period of unprecedented crisis – it is on its last legs and the system is turning in on itself. The vampires of empire do indeed ‘suck the blood of the sufferer’. They are desperate now and quite literally don’t care if they are seen to be dripping in our blood. Their global economic arrangement is crumbling faster than they can hold their next summit, and we cannot be caught off guard.

We have watched Europe and the US forestall their collapse for a number of years, to the point where they are frantic and fast running out of ideas. As fast as they share the spoils of one war – they need another to quench their insatiable appetite for plunder. Our trouble is, that many of us are too slow to follow the visionary leadership in their midst. Had African leaders shared the vision, united and worked together toward a United States of Africa as Qaddafi pleaded, the world would have been a very different place today. Muammar Qaddafi and the Libyan revolution were on the verge of bringing about a total shift in the global balance of power, and giving Africa its rightful place in the world. We have never been so close to reasserting African power. He was truly a Lion of Africa.

A Ruthless Enemy – Know Them
The North Atlantic Tribes are an extremely ruthless enemy. It is necessary to study and understand their mentality in order to build an effective resistance. Indisputably, there is good and bad in every race. However, also indisputably, the historical and cultural continuum known as Europe has specificities that no other group on the face of this earth has demonstrated. Their will to dominate, consume and destroy is unparalleled.

Marimba Ani, in her seminal work, Yurugu, An Afrikan-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, offers an incisive analysis of the European mindset. In her words:

‘All modes of European behavior and dominant styles of action act to increase and ensure material control…The power ideology that defines the total culture keeps it off- balance. The culture itself – always ‘progressing’, never ‘progressed’ – is unidirectional, one dimensional, fanatical, and atrophied; a culture that must consume others. But ultimately this ideology is incoherent; it literally lacks human meaning. It is the compulsiveness, the drive, the insatiable appetite of the culture that are its distinguishing features…it is as well-constructed as a power machine can be…For success it has sacrificed ‘soul’. What is left is profane. Aesthetically, and in terms of self-image, it identifies as white. Europe is the cultural home of a people who identify as one race; i.e., banding together for survival and destruction of others. They would destroy each other if there were not others to destroy. They fear and hate blackness, which they associate with spiritual power – a power which they can neither possess, create nor control.’

In White Racism: A Psychohistory, Joel Kovel describes this drive to conquer and destroy as a ‘cosmic yearning’, ‘a bottomless longing’.

Samuel Huntington, author of the Clash of Civilizations reminds us of something that we should never forget: ‘The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion, but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.’

That is the reason why the enemy gets so agitated when we organize armed resistance, because they know how powerful organized violence can be.

The invasion of Libya and the murder of Qaddafi is what happened to a nation and its leader when they gave up their program to develop ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and opted for a path of peaceful coexistence. In an interview at the beginning of the war, Saif Qaddafi admitted that Libya had been caught ‘unprepared for war’, having not even upgraded their conventional weaponry. No nation will ever make that fatal mistake again. The North Atlantic Tribes can never be trusted. Deterrents of any kind are better than no deterrents at all.

The North Atlantic Tribes have mastered the art of war and perfected weaponry like no other peoples in history. They are the quintessential warlords.

In order to carry out this regrab, in their desperate and frenzied attempt to hasten their plunder of Africa and the global south’s wealth, it is imperative for the imperialists to get rid of all revolutionary nationalist regimes that might stand in their way, and ensure that compliant regimes are firmly in place. We must prepare ourselves for what is to come. In his last message, the Brother Leader warned us to ‘hold down our corners’ because if they get past Libya they are coming for all of us. The challenge in this phase is to find ways to cope with the Empire’s collapse and to strengthen our resistance in order to confront the frantic and barbaric behavior which will inevitably characterize their demise.

Their House is Burning – Not Ours
At a global economic summit in 2009, former President of Brazil, Lula Da Silva, when commenting on the global economic crisis, stated, ‘This was a crisis that was fostered and boosted by the irrational behavior of people who were white and blue-eyed, who before the crisis looked like they knew everything about economics, but now have demonstrated they know nothing about economics’ He added, ‘The part of humanity that is responsible should be the part that pays for the crisis.’

Too many of us are still, as Malcolm X put it, ‘house negroes’. The house negro lived in the master’s house and when the master’s house was burning, he said ‘we house burning’. If the master was sick, the house negro said ‘we sick’. And then there was the field negro. When he saw the master’s house burning he said ‘Let it burn’.

In Africa, South America, the Caribbean and throughout the global south, we have been in crisis for centuries as a result of the imperialists’ endless thirst for domination, plunder and war. It is the master’s house that is burning this time. And we say – ‘let it burn’. The demise of this empire is a welcome thing. We don’t need to concern ourselves with bringing Babylon down, for it is surely crumbling – politically, economically, ideologically and morally, due to its own internal contradictions. In the meantime, as Muammar Qaddafi urged, ‘we must build the new as the old crumbles around us’. Only then can we be ready. It is not the end of the world – it is the end of their world.

The content of this article does not necessarily reflect the views of Mathaba regarding the physical status of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

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WE ARE ALL PALESTINIANS

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 GILAD ATZMON

 

Most solidarity activists in this country would agree that the PSC (Palestine Solidarity Campaign)  is potentially an invaluable institution. Yet, the National Office, under its current leadership, has made some serious mistakes

The PSC’s task is not easy. We all operate in a Zionised environment and we’re subject to constant pressure and abuse. Moreover, it’s not always clear what we should do for Palestine. It is obvious that Palestinian resistance is more than just single political perception or a vision of conflict resolution. Palestine is basically a dynamic discourse of negation with Palestinians themselves divided on different issues to do with their struggle and their fate. Consequently, Palestinian solidarity is also far from being a rigid or monolithic discourse. Furthermore, the enemy also is far from being any obviously singular identity or monolithic political discourse. The Jewish national project is a varied discourse, driven by many conflicting thoughts such as Zionism, Israeli patriotism, Israeli escapism, Jewishness, Jewish messianic militancy, pseudo-peaceful propaganda, pre-traumatic stress and so on. So it makes sense that Palestinian solidarity must encompass many voices reflecting the immense complexity of the conflict and its possible resolution.

Initially, the PSC was an attempt provide an umbrella for diverse intellectual and political thoughts, ideas and tactics. However, because of internal political struggles and a relentless internal Jewish campaign, its national office has become a policing operation, engaged mainly in restricting the discourse and stifling freedom of speech, thought and expression. The organisation that was founded to fight for the rights of the expelled Palestinians, has itself, started to expel and abuse its most notable and dedicated activists and thinkers.

I believe that the PSC should never attempt to dominate the discourse. Anyway, it lacks both the political power and the intellectual capacity to do so.  It should instead facilitate a wide debate that would transform this solidarity movement into a mass movement.

Instead of suggesting what is ‘right’ and who is ‘kosher’, the PSC should come up with a single, short, incisive but inclusive statement.

“WE ARE ALL PALESTINIANS”

Dominated by a Zionist power structure and ideology, with 80% of our leading party’s MPs being Conservative Friends of Israel  (CFOI), our media editorials being controlled by BICOM, and our country having been involved in criminal wars to serve Israeli interests – we are indeed, all Palestinians. So, like Palestinians, we also need to be liberated.

Our solidarity with Palestine should start, right here at home. We could begin by exposing our local MP who is more than likely to be a CFOI, LFI or Lib Dem Friends of Israel member.  It’s about time the British public grasped that we have far too many ‘Friends of Israel’ in our government but nowhere nearly enough friends of Britain.

We live in unique times. Yesterday’s ideologies and political institutions are crumbling. We are living in a post-ideological and post-political age. Thanks to the internet and the social networks, each one of us is an independent broadcasting outlet. Each one of us is capable of disseminating information at the speed of light – wider and faster than any institutional media corporation. People are now free to choose who they follow and what they believe. In sum, this technology offers us a unique opportunity to democratise the realm of thoughts, ideas and action. It’s a window of opportunity and we’d better make the most of it.

To some extent the PSC – just like the JC, the Guardian, the Trade Unions the parties – belongs to the old world, the world of stagnation and political power games. Perhaps this explains why the PSC leadership is so desperate for the approval of the JC, the Guardian and Parliament.

Instead, the PSC should communicate with the masses and proclaim far and wide that same, vital, humanist message:

WE ARE ALL PALESTINIANS

But, as ever, there’s some good news. The old Red Commissar is dead and so  are the ‘liberal’ newspapers, radio and  TV.  Politics, as we knew it has become a meaningless activity. McCarthyism, witch-hunting and other Talmudic forms of excommunication and general abuse, they also belong to the past. Change is in the air and the PSC National Office had better get used to it – and fast. If it doesn’t, it will, quite simply and unfortunately, disappear.

 

The Wandering Who-A Study of Zionist’s and AZZ’s tactics – available on  Amazon.com  orAmazon.co.uk

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Solidarity, Renewal, and Struggle: Revolution Until Liberation

NOVANEWS

Dear friends and supporters of the Palestinian people in the U.S. and around the globe,

On this International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the US Palestinian Community Network marks 64 years since the partition of Palestine – 64 years of ongoing resistance, steadfastness and continuing commitment to free our land and our people. Today, we are in a time of revolution, and increasing global solidarity with our cause.  We are nearing the end of what has been a momentous year for the Palestinian people and the Arab nation. 2011 is almost over, but revolution continues throughout the Arab world. From Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain and Yemen, the Arab revolutions are evolving in their own ways, demonstrating that the Arab people’s resolve against political despotism remains strong.

The Arab people recognize that the strategic enemies of justice and peace include puppet Arab regimes alongside Israel and its continued colonization and occupation of Palestine. The treachery of the puppet Arab regimes that are all too willing to suppress their own people while at times feigning support for Palestine is glaringly obvious. It is equally clear that the United States cares nothing for the freedom and self-determination of Arabs, as is apparent in its massive military, economic and political support for Israel, threats of war and assassination throughout Arab countries, and its complete disregard for the movements of the Bahraini, Yemeni and Saudi people against their dictatorial regimes. U.S. intervention, threats, and military and political maneuvers are a threat to Arab freedom and liberation – not a support. Despite attempts to co-opt the Arab revolutions and protect the status quo, however, there is no doubt that the Arab peoples will continue to demand freedom, equality, and unfettered self-determination until the last dictator is deposed and the Arab people can stand united against occupation, Zionism and all forms of globalization and exploitation.

Among all people in the region, Palestinians understand this historical moment to indicate that the Arab street rejects the status quo and seeks to create a future that is filled with hope and opportunity rather than despair and repression. Having in many ways inspired the 99% Movement in the United States, the proverbial Arab Spring is an unequivocal rejection of the puppet Arab regimes that are physical manifestations of the power abused by the world’s imperial powers. The 99% Movement must recognize its ongoing connection to and draw inspiration from the continuing Arab revolutions. The same corporate greed against which the 99% has mobilized has worked to sustain Arab dictators that prioritize money over their people’s dignity and freedom.

Furthermore, Palestine is part of the 99% of the world, and the 99% Movement should also stand together with Palestinians to confront unfettered empire,settler colonialism, military and war profiteering. On the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity, we encourage all cities and “occupations” in the 99% Movement to hold rallies, teach-ins, film screenings, and discussions about Palestine – and how to build our mutual solidarity as part of a global resistance to corporate power and imperial domination. We salute our comrades in the 99% Movement who have held Kuffiyeh Days, built Intifada Tents, and occupied the occupiers of Birthright Israel and the Boston Israeli Consulate – such examples hold brilliant promise for future solidarity as the same US-made tear gas rains down on us in the streets of Oakland, Cairo and Bil`in.

As Egypt continues its revolution in the face of increased repression, we are reminded that the revolution is not comprised of a single action or a series of protests. Rather, revolution is a mindset, an ongoing quest to disturb the status quo and promote freedom, equality, and self-determination through fair and representative self-government. Throughout this year, the Arab masses have demonstrated that they are the only genuine force that can bring justice, peace, and stability. We stand with the people of Egypt in their struggle to continue the revolution, confront military rule, and build a liberated Egypt that can reclaim its rightful role as a true leader of the Arab people.

At this critical juncture, we must also be wary about those forces that wish to divide us and use Arab or Palestinian institutions or official bodies to undermine and co-opt the Arab revolutions. However, we have strong faith in the Arab masses who are fully aware of their capacity to affect change without foreign intervention or interference. We also recognize and renounce attempts by the United States to treat Palestine as if it is a separate issue, totally disconnected from the popular uprisings that have gripped the Arab world. On the contrary, the Palestinian revolution is now – as it has always been – central to the Arab revolution and the achievement of true liberation. On this day of solidarity, USPCN reiterates that we will realize Palestine’s liberation through mass mobilization, revolution, political unity, and institution building, not through “peace processes” that prioritize colonial expansion over indigenous people’s rights.

As the forces in solidarity with the Palestinians continue to increase in size and strength, we remember those – Palestinian and others – who have given their lives for Palestine’s sake, and hold close to our hearts those that remain imprisoned behind the bars of settler-colonialism and apartheid. In this time of revolution, we call on all Palestinians, Arabs, and solidarity activists alike to renew their spirit and continue to struggle for Palestine’s liberation.

US Palestinian Community Network

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Mondoweiss Online Newsletter

NOVANEWS

Israeli station airs footage of soldiers attacking handcuffed, blindfolded Palestinian

Dec 01, 2011

Seham

Via Sama News

Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid / Restriction of movement / Refugees

A wave of demolitions as Israel targets the Jordan Valley
This morning at 7am the Israeli army entered the village of El Beida in the northern Jordan Valley with  10 military jeeps and one bulldozer. Israeli military proceeded towards Abu Tarek Fracka’s land where he houses a honey farm on the land where his father’s house once stood. The bee farm was shared by 50 families. Previous harvest has been known to produce 900 kilos of honey with recent prices of honey, yielding 60-100 NIS per kilo. Abu Tarek is in possession of paper work permitting him to build on this land and also forbidding demolishment. Time was not granted to him to produce this paperwork, nor was a demolition notice given to him prior, as the military rushed to unjustly destroy Abu Tarek’s property, the first time he and his family experienced a demolition.
link to palsolidarity.org

Demolition Order in Surif – 12 dunums land will be taken

Today Israeli soldiers appeared in Jamal and Ibrahim Mohammad Abed Al Khadi`s land to inform them that 12 dunums of their land will be confiscated within two weeks. There is a well on this land. The farmers were told that the well will be demolished along with the fence, and that the land with young olive trees will be bulldozed. The Israeli government want the land for their own use. The land is 4-5 kilometers from the Green line, which means the occupant is annexing a lot more land from the Palestinians. When the apartheid fence is completed, the land will be outside the wall and lost for the Palestinians. Another case about land grab was published by PSP earlier this afternoon in the Beit Ommar area. Report here.
link to palestinesolidarityproject.org

In Silwan, Two Families Live under Threat of Home Evacuation
After one family from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was evacuated to ensure full Israeli control of the corridor between Silwan and the Moroccan Gate, another family will soon be asked, or forced, to do the same.
link to english.pnn.ps

Israeli Forces Demolish Commercial Buildings in Husan, West of Bethlehem
On Thursday morning, Israeli bulldozers demolished five commercial buildings and arrested three people in the village of Husan, west of Bethlehem. Locals told Palestinian government news wire Wafa that an “enormous force” of Israeli troops accompanied by bulldozers raided the western area of the village nearby the settlement of Beitar Illit, which stands on Palestinian lands belonging to Husan, Nahhalin and Wadi Fukin. During the operation, Israeli forces demolished an irrigation pond and support wall belonging to Hasan Mohammed Hamamreh, as well as a plant nursery and a store belonging to Sabri Ahmed Shawasheh. A nearby restaurant was also demolished, as well as a car wash owned by Firas Sabri Shawasheh and a grocery belonging to his brother.
link to english.pnn.ps

Al-Aqsa foundation warns of Jewish plan to build synagogues under Magariba Gate
Al-Aqsa foundation for endowment and heritage said Zionist religious parties renewed a plan to build synagogues under Al-Magariba Gate in the area adjacent to the Aqsa Mosque.
link to www.palestine-info.co.uk

Minority Rights Group International, Israel’s denial of the Bedouin, November 2011
link to www.unhcr.org

“We will continue to build 100 times”
The new short documentary film Sumoud provides an in-depth look at the struggle for al-Araqib, a Bedouin village that has been demolished over 30 times since July 2010.
link to www.alternativenews.org

The Palestinan right of return–guaranteed by UN resolution 194 and considered sacred by most Palestinians–is markedly absent from the international discourse regarding Israel and Palestine.

link to www.alternativenews.org

Lebanon’s Palestinians Continue Their Descent, Franklin Lamb – Embassy of Palestine, Tripoli, Libya
Every year on November 29, approximately a quarter million Palestinian refugees who were forced into Lebanon, along with those in more than 130 countries where they have sought refuge following their ethnic cleansing from their land, commemorate the infamous United Nations Resolution 181. Between Nov. 29, 1947, and Jan. 1, 1949, Zionist terrorists depopulated and destroyed more than 530 Palestinian villages and towns, killing more than 13,000 Palestinians and expelling 750,000,  approximately half the population.

Gaza 

Israeli navy shoots Palestinian fisherman who sued Israel, kidnaps at least nine others in Gazan waters

The Israeli navy violently seized two Palestinian trawlers in Gazan waters yesterday, shooting one fisherman in the arm, and ultimately forcing at least ten men to Ashod, Israel, where they were interrogated for several hours. Israel released all of the fishermen at 2 a.m. this morning.

link to palsolidarity.org

Gaza crossing opens for limited exports
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities decided to partially open the Kerem Shalom crossing Thursday to allow an export of strawberries and limited imports of food and fuel, a crossings official said. Raed Fattouh told Ma’an that Israeli authorities opened the crossing to allow the entry of 230 trucks loaded with aid for the trade and the agricultural sectors, in addition to food. Fattouh said that among the vehicles allowed in on Thursday, there were 14 cement trucks and metal for various UNRWA construction projects. Cooking gas will be pumped in limited amounts, he added. On Wednesday, an environmental researcher warned that a waste crisis is worsening in the Gaza Strip, as imports of trucks are being prevented as part of Israel’s siege.
link to www.maannews.net

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, unveiled Wednesday a groundbreaking pilot initiative to build as many as 20 Kuwaiti-financed “environmental zero impact” schools in the Gaza Strip. “This project is a first for UNRWA, which we hope will lead to the creation of environmentally friendly schools in the five areas where we work,” UNRWA Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi said in a press statement. The schools will be built with grants from the Kuwait’s Islamic Development Bank. “UNRWA is grateful to the Kuwait Fund, which is funding the pilot school through the Islamic Development Bank. We hope that all donors will come forward as this exciting initiative moves ahead.” The blueprint will be showcased by UNRWA at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. UNRWA is partnering with world-renowned, award-winning architect Mario Cucinella, who has blazed a trail in developing green architectural design and technology. “With its huge outreach in the Middle East, UNRWA is an ideal partner for this project,” said Cucinella, “which is about improving living conditions for Palestine refugees with better access to water and energy, and with as little impact as possible on the Gaza environment, which has been so badly degraded by decades of conflict and blockade”.
Israeli Violence / Aggression

Death Threats Continue Against Peace Now In Israel
The Israeli Peace Now Organisation reported that one of its activists recently received a death threat via text message as she was picking up her children from school. The incident is part of several attacks targeting Peace Now activists, homes and offices.

Son of Shin Bet & Israeli Police officers fires death threats to ‘Peace Now’ activists!
“… What’s even more astonishing is that he sent these emails in his own name using his personal e mail address, which allowed every recipient to identify him.  This despite the fact that his father, who works for the Shin Bet, managed to get a gag order restricting publication of his name.  More on Mom and Dad below…”


Detention / Courts / Other Prisoner News
40 Disabled Palestinians Are Imprisoned By Israel
Palestinian researcher, former detainee specialized in detainees affairs, Abdul-Nasser Farwana, stated that the Israeli occupation is still holding captive more than 40 disabled Palestinians.

link to www.imemc.org

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israel has detained 40 fishermen, injured five others and seized nine boats since the start of the year, according to findings released Wednesday by a local human rights group. The Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said the statistics showed an increase in Israeli violations against fishermen, highlighted by an incident Tuesday in which eight fishermen were taken into custody.

link to www.maannews.net

Arrest Wave Targets 23 Palestinians in West Bank
The Israeli army conducted a widespread arrest campaign on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, resulting in the arrests of 23 Palestinians aged between 15 to 67. vNine of the arrested Palesetinians were from Jenin. Secure sources told Palestinian government news wire Wafa that the soldiers arrested Ahmed Saleh Abu Mashhour, 67, Nasser Abdulafo Abu Aziz, 55, Abdullah Afif Zakarna, 44, Silah Abdullah Zoghaibi, 50, Samah Abdullah Zoghaibi, 45, Zaher Nafes Abu Sakha, 48, Zuhair Ra’oof Zoghaibi, 61, Fada’ Ra’oof Zoghaibi, 48, Alem Sami Masad, 44, and Mohammed Abu Sharar Abu al-Haija’, 36.
link to english.pnn.ps

Israeli army targets PFLP in dawn raids village near Jenin
JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli troops detained 22 people in dawn raids across the West Bank on Thursday, including nine leaders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. An Israeli military spokeswoman said 22 people were taken for questioning, including 10 in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. PFLP officials said a large force of 20 army jeeps raided Jenin and detained nine PFLP leaders. Among them are student union chief Nasser Abu Aziz, 57, local councilor Alam Sami Masad, 45, popular committee member Fada Zgheebe, 46, and his 61-year-old brother Salah Abdullah Zgheebe, a lawyer, as well as Mohammad Abu al-Haija, 35.
link to www.maannews.net

Released Palestinians build houses, marry, study
(AP)  RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian prisoners released in a swap for an Israeli soldier last month are racing to make up for lost time: Many of the 477 former inmates are already getting married, building homes or enrolling in college, even as Israel keeps a close eye on them in fear they could return to violence. Most had spent long years behind bars, and even expected to die in prison for their roles in bloody attacks that killed hundreds of Israelis.

Activism / Solidarity / Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

Activist profile: battling for identity
Khulood Badawi is a Palestinian activist who was born and raised in Nazareth’s Safafra neighborhood, which she describes as “one big refugee camp.” Like most of Safafra’s residents, Badawi’s family are refugees from Saffuriya, a nearby Palestinian village that was bombed by Israeli forces in 1948.
link to www.alternativenews.org

In 1976, in commemoration of what is now 63 years of Palestinian dispossession and exile, the United Nations declared November 29 to be the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. This year, Peter Miller, president of Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights and co-chair of the US Campaign’s Steering Committee, addressed the U.N. General Assembly. Peter’s speech, which took place this morning at the U.N, can be viewed and read here (the speech begins at one hour and 17 minutes into the recording).
BEIRUT: The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was celebrated Tuesday in a variety of events throughout the country. Speaking on the occasion, President Michel Sleiman said “it was time for the Palestinian people to enjoy security, stability and peace in an independent and sovereign state that has full membership in the United Nations.” Sleiman added that Arab solidarity on the Palestinian issue will strengthen the Arab position toward Israel.

“Stumbling onto the scene” with a demand for legendary punk rocker and social justice activist Jello Biafra and his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine, to cancel a performance in Tel Aviv last June — which Biafra eventually did — activists with theboycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) group Punks Against Apartheid (PAA) have announced their official launch as a website and activism network.

Boycott Israel campaign grows among UK unions, despite Zionist backlash
So many UK trade unions have now passed motions in support of the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that even the often conservative Trades Union Congress has been compelled to change policy.

Today Nadine Darwish, a sophomore at Lincoln-Way High School in the Chicago suburbs, tweeted the news that her school will no longer serve Sabra brand hummus. Chicago’s DePaul University recently decided to provide an alternative to Sabra hummus after a campaign by the Students for Justice in Palestine. Darwish had been working on an article for her school paper urging other students to call for the boycott of Sabra at their school. But she reported on Twitter that a brief conversation with the cafeteria’s lunch lady achieved the desired outcome — the school cafeteria will no longer sell Sabra hummus.
“Since the great majority of Palestinian civil society issued its call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel in July 2005 to compel it to fulfil its obligations under international law, there has never been a period with as many BDS achievements as that following the Israeli massacre in Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009 and the bloodbath on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in May 2010. People of conscience around the world seem to have crossed a threshold in challenging Israel’s impunity through effective pressure, not appeasement or “constructive engagement.” This has been most pronounced in the cultural field, where support for the 2004 call by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)2 has witnessed spectacular growth.”

The Jewish state cheered as its swim team received an invitation from the UAE Swim Federation to participate in an international competition for mixed-age groups next February. But organizations focusing on boycotting Israel widely condemned the invite, as did Palestinian civil society and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

link to english.al-akhbar.comTime for outrage against academic support for Israel
Persistent campaigning by the Palestine solidarity movement has turned Veolia into something of a toxic brand. From Manchester to Melbourne, local authorities have been quizzed about their dealings with the French corporate giant because of its role in constructing a light rail system for illegal Israeli settlements in Jerusalem. The controversy has affected Veolia’s bottom line, resulting in the loss of contracts worth €10 billion (£8.6 billion) over the past six years. So it recently turned to the Brussels bureaucracy for moral – or, perhaps more accurately, immoral – support.

Political / Diplomatic News
NEW YORK — President Barack Obama is reassuring Jewish supporters that his administration is committed to the security of Israel. He says: “We don’t compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.” Obama was speaking to a group of campaign contributors at the Upper East Side home of Jack Rosen, a prominent businessman and chairman of the American Jewish Congress. Obama commented after Rosen mentioned “concerns” within the Jewish community about the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
link to online.wsj.comPalestinians to wean themselves off foreign aid (AP)
AP – The Palestinian prime minister says he wants to drastically reduce his government’s reliance on foreign aid next year, and hopes to be able to pay for day-to-day operations with local revenues by 2013.

link to us.rd.yahoo.comPA presents map with 1.9% land swap
Palestinians submit Mideast Quartet with document detailing security, border arrangements for future state; agree to minimal land swap in West Bank.
link to www.ynetnews.com

Premier refuses to submit counterproposal, submitted by the PA in context of a Quartet timeline determined on sidelines of UN General Assembly in September.
‘We’ve reached the 11th hour,’ Opposition Leader tells Haaretz after meeting with Abbas in Amman, adding that Israel had a partner for peace in the Palestinians.
FM votes against the decision by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s top cabinet ministers to transfer $100 million to PA, says handover made as a result of international pressure.
Other NewsCPI: Israel more corrupt than ever
Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011 ranks Israel in 36th place compared with last’s year’s 30th spot, scoring lowest ranking ever. Index also shows corruption in Arab countries on the rise in wake of popular uprisings.
link to www.ynetnews.com

Israeli Racism / Discrimination
The spate of anti-democratic bills recently introduced by the Israeli government has forced the issue onto the public agenda in Israel. This is so not because anti-democratic bills are new, but mainly because for the first time some of the proposed bills threaten democracy for Jewish citizens themselves.  For example, proposals to limit foreign funding to local non-governmental organizations, changes in nomination procedures for Supreme Court justices, and the recent proposed amendment to the libel law (which the left views as anti-free speech legislation) have placed the anti-democratic trends at the forefront of the public’s consciousness.

Israeli gov’t warns Israelis in U.S. not to marry Americans but come home, Philip Weiss

Wow this is great reporting at the Jewish Channel. They focus on the ad campaign sponsored by the Israeli gov’t (which we mentioned last week) which is aimed at getting back all the Israelis who have moved to the United States–as many as 2 million!
http://mondoweiss.net/2011/11/report-israeli-govt-warns-israelis-in-u-s-not-to-marry-american-jews-but-come-home.html

A single mother with two or more children will have to work 20 percent more than full time to escape poverty.
Egypt
Egyptian elections stir disquiet in Israel
The Arab Spring could open the door for Islamists – as seen in Egypt elections – and threaten Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned.
CAIRO: The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on Egyptian protesters. The shipment has been moved by the ministry of interior to its Cairo storage facility, amidst strict and secretive security measures. Local reports say the staff, initially under investigation, have been spared investigation after having a discussion  over the matter with their superiors.
Far from the ballot boxes, the revolutionaries in Tahrir Square are holding on to their demands for civilian rule. For them, these demands are yet to be met by the ruling military council.

Egypt Holds Historic Election As Military Council Resists Calls To Transfer Power To Civilians
Egypt is in the second day of its first elections since the ouster of longtime president Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. On Monday, Egyptians waited in long lines across the country to choose their first ever democratically elected parliament. The elections are being held in the wake of fierce clashes between protesters and police last week that left at least 42 people dead and more than 3,100 wounded. We play a video report filed by Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous in Cairo about the election held in the aftermath of a deadly crackdown. “We’re right here saying we want our rights… a civilian presidential council that is formed from people that represent us and that are agreed upon but they must have full authority not just someone like before, like Essam Sharaf’s government, just a secretary that carries out what the military council wants,” says protester Rania Mohamed Fawzi. “No, we’ve been silent for a long time. This time, we are not silent. And we will get all our rights. And this won’t be like the first time. They said Mubarak left and we all went home. No. This time we won’t go home until we get all our rights.”

Egypt Electoral Body Chief Admits to Vote Irregularities
Missing ballot papers and judges and violence at three polling stations cast a cloud over first day of parliamentary elections. Abdel Moez Ibrahim, head of the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC), used a press conference at the close of the day’s voting in the first round of parliamentary elections to list incidents of irregularities. He started off, and set the tone for the event, by stating that he is not responsible for the delay some polling stations experienced before receiving ballot papers.

link to www.jadaliyya.comThe Bombings of the Pipelines: Aftereffects, Max Ajl
This past week, within a 48-hour span, Egyptian irregulars in the Sinai bombed the gas pipeline that ships discounted gas to Israel twice – the 8th and 9th times this has occurred. This you probably have heard. The Egyptians are hungry, and don’t like this set-up of sending discounted stuff to their wealthy northern neighbor. What you haven’t heard is that as a result of these recurrent bombings, Ampal, an Israeli conglomerate which owns 12.5 percent of the Egyptian gas supplier Eastern Mediterranean Gas, has seen its bond yields drop 50 percent since the beginning of November, and they are now trading with yields to maturity between 37 and 82 percent. If they keep bombing the pipeline they will run this operation into the ground, an example of what is to come as Israel’s safety in the region is increasingly endangered by its inability to make peace with its neighbors. This is when Messrs. Walt and Mearsheimer (if their fingers are not otherwise occupied clattering out blurbs for Gilad Atzmon) would chime in and point out that Israeli policy seems to be bad for Israel itself. Yes indeed, just like the settlement project. The damndest thing! Who are they good for, then? The same people who sell four tanks to the Arab states for every one they gift to Israel. Those folks do not wear yarmulkes.
link to www.maxajl.com

Other Mideast News

Lebanon’s foreign ministry barely acknowledged a sixth UN General Assembly resolution calling on Israel to pay compensation for the oil spill it caused during the 2006 war.

WINEP: “The US should assist the Syrian defectors with arms, advice, training, & money through clandestine channels!”
“… Because the FSA is an increasingly important player that will likely influence the outcome of events in Syria, the United States and its partners should make contact with its members and learn as much as possible about the group. Questions concerning its nature, its potential as an armed force, and the role of Islamists can be resolved through such contact as well as intelligence work. If the results are positive, then the FSA should be assisted wherever outside aid would be both possible and effective. Arms, advice, training, and money could be provided through clandestine channels, if nothing else….”
“Arab League and U.S. Not Fit to Intervene in Syria”: Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Bassam Haddad
As regional and international pressure mounts on Syria, the domestic scene seems to be heading towards civil war. No sooner than the Arab League sanctions on Syria were announced recently, did the camps that support or oppose the status quo there entrench themselves further in their position, leaving little room for constructive dialogue, cooperation, or exit from the current impasse. The brutality of the regime’s squashing of the uprising continues as regional and international pressure heads in directions that do not bode well for Syria–despite the pretense of intervening on behalf of the Syrian people.

Clashes, protests erupt across Yemen
A day of clashes throughout Yemen claimed the lives of three people and left nearly 30 people injured, deepening the nation’s crisis. In the north of the country, continued fighting between Salafi Islamists and Houthi rebels wounded at least 26 people on Wednesday. The clashes, which started on Saturday, came as the new prime minister worked to form a new government under a Gulf-sponsored plan that removes President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power. Sunni Salafi militants said Shia Houthi rebels attacked early on Wednesday in Damaj, 150 km north of the capital Sanaa.

Bomb, gunmen kill 18 as Iraq marks U.S. withdrawal (Reuters)
Reuters – A car bomb killed 10 people and gunmen executed eight more in Iraq’s restive Diyala province Thursday as the government hosted Vice President Joe Biden at a ceremony in Baghdad to mark the departure of American troops.
link to us.rd.yahoo.com

As Biden Visits Iraq Ahead of U.S. Withdrawal, Critics See Last Ditch-Effort to Preserve Occupation
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq for an unannounced visit to mark the withdrawal of U.S. troops by the end of the year. Shi’ites supporting Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr held an anti-U.S. protest in Basra to oppose Biden’s visit. Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports that numerous investment bankers are arriving in Iraq to secure potentially lucrative reconstruction and oil deals even though security remains a concern. We’re joined by Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi-American blogger and political analyst who just returned from Iraq two weeks ago. “Biden’s visit is widely seen in Iraq as the last attempt by the U.S. government to keep U.S. troops beyond the deadline and rename them as military trainers,” Jarrar says. “Most Iraqis are worried [that] the Pentagon has not let go of its plan to leave behind 3,000-4,000 troops under the title of ‘trainers’, and that there will be one last showdown in the Iraqi parliament within the next few days.”

State Dept. Veteran Peter Van Buren Defies U.S. Censors to Recount Failed Reconstruction in Iraq
In “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People,” State Department official Peter Van Buren provides a first-hand account of the faltering and often misguided attempts at reconstruction in Iraq undertaken by the U.S. government. Van Buren published the book after rebuffing heavy State Department pressure to redact a number of passages. Van Buren joins us to discuss the failed efforts he witnessed in Iraq and his struggle to tell his story to the world. “The State department is very much like the Mafia,” Van Buren says.

link to www.democracynow.orgBahrainis Protest AL Double Standards
Bahraini demonstrators took to streets on Wednesday, protesting Arab League double standards towards the popular uprisings in the Arab world. Protester staged the rally in the port city of Sitra. They also blasted the regime of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and his Saudi-backed security forces over their brutal crackdown on peaceful protest rallies across the country.

link to www.almanar.com.lbBahrain, US Navies Continue Joint Maneuvers
Bahrain and the US navies continue their joint military maneuvers in the Gulf, diverting international attention from suppression of Bahraini protesters at the hands of the Al Khalifa regime. The maneuvers, dubbed “rapid reaction,” started on November 14 and will continue until November 23, Mehr News Agency reported. Handling explosions, defusing marine mines, preparation and planning for marine combat and taking defensive positions are among the exercises during the war games.
link to www.almanar.com.lb

Saudi Arabia: Protesters and reformists targeted in name of security
The last nine months has seen a new wave of repression in Saudi Arabia as authorities have cracked down on protesters and reformists on security grounds, Amnesty International said today.  In Saudi Arabia: Repression in the Name of Security, the organization says hundreds of people have been arrested for demonstrating, while the government has drafted an anti-terror law that would effectively criminalize dissent as a “terrorist crime” and further strip away rights from those accused of such offences.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/saudi-arabia-protesters-and-reformists-targeted-name-security-2011-12-01

Saudis accused of new repression
Amnesty International accuses Saudi Arabia of reacting to the Arab Spring by launching a new wave of repression, with thousands of people arrested.

LIBYA: Uncertain future for returnees in Qaddafi’s hometown
SIRTE 29 November 2011 (IRIN) – Sirte, the final battleground between rebels and fighters loyal to former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, is a broken city.

Iran
General Martin Dempsey says he acknowledges differences in perspective between the United States and Israel over the best way to handle Iran and its nuclear program.
link to www.haaretz.comIsraeli warmongering: Israeli defense chief: Iran strike may be needed 
AP – Israel does not want to take military action against Iran over its nuclear program, but at some point may have no other option, Israel’s defense minister said Thursday.

U.S. senator says new Iran sanctions won’t disrupt oil
Saudi Arabia has expressed “great willingness” to boost oil production to ensure potential new US sanctions on Iran don’t disrupt global petroleum markets, a key U.S. senator said Tuesday.

link to www.alarabiya.netEU approves new sanctions on Iran
European foreign ministers increase economic pressure as Tehran frees some of the UK embassy attackers.

Britain to expel all Iranian diplomats
Foreign minister announces move after attack on UK’s embassy in Tehran by a crowd of Iranian protesters.

The banking ban behind the attack on the British embassy in Iran
George Osborne’s decision to force UK banks to cease trading with Tehran has inflamed diplomatic tensions. Militants have stormed the British embassy in Tehran, burning the British flag and replacing it with the flag of the Islamic Republic. Fars News Agency, which describes the attack as “spontaneous”, says more than 1,000 students were involved. There are reports also of documents being seized from the British embassy. In their statement, the students call for the breaking of all relations with the UK.

Mahan Abedin, “Iran Delivers Major Blow to the CIA”
Iran’s claim last week to have arrested 12 spies working for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is potentially a major blow to American intelligence-gathering efforts in Iran and to American intelligence generally. The arrests come on the heels of the arrest of 30 alleged CIA spies in late May and are indicative of steadily improving counter-intelligence capabilities. The recent success is reinforced by the unraveling of a CIA spy ring in Lebanon operating within the Hezbollah organization. These reports have been grudgingly confirmed by current and former US intelligence officials, which is suggestive of a major American intelligence defeat, if not a full-blown disaster. . . . But despite clear improvements in counter-espionage capabilities and protective security measures, Iran is still some way away from making it prohibitively costly for Western agencies to operate inside the country. Indeed, all the major West European, North American and Israeli intelligence services are either active inside Iran or work closely with some elements of the Iranian diaspora. Nevertheless, there are clear signs that in the pure intelligence war (as opposed to sabotage) Iran is beginning to turn the tide.

Mahan Abedin, “Saboteurs Flying under Iran Radar”
As Western nations impose yet more sanctions on Iran in the wake of the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report, the psychological warfare between the two sides continues to escalate. This psychological warfare has two dimensions; one visible and rhetorical and conducted through official and unofficial media and the other secret and centered on sabotage. In so far as the former is concerned Iran has risen to the challenge by superseding tough American and Israeli rhetoric with even tougher rhetoric. However, it is on the sabotage front – where Iran appears to be under attack from several directions – that the Islamic Republic is raising eyebrows even amongst its hardcore supporters by displaying remarkable tolerance in the face of intolerable provocations.

No, Really, Iran Isn’t Developing Nuclear Weapons
It’s just as easy for a nuclear disarmament advocate as a hawk to believe that a state such as Iran that has not only established a nuclear energy program but also experimented with nuclear weapons until 2003 is still developing them. Nevertheless, however much Tehran may experience lust in its heart for nuclear weapons, the […]

Analysis / Op-ed / Human InterestCapitalism vs Nationalism in Palestine, Max Ajl
According to an important recent study by Issa Smeirat, an MA student in economics at Al-Quds University, private Palestinian investment in Israel amounted to 2.5 billion dollars in 2010, according to the most conservative estimates. Less conservative estimates put the number at more like 5.8 billion dollars. Private Palestinian investment in the West Bank is just 1.5 billion dollars. The study has all kinds of important implications: on the way Palestinian collaboration is being built into the structure of the Palestinian elite, as it has since Oslo, presaging what the sort of two-state settlements envisaged at Geneva or in the Saudi Peace Plan would look like – emasculated states with no economic sovereignty (the question of political sovereignty can barely arise, especially when bamboozled leftists are too often cheering for NATO to save brown people from their brown leaders).
link to www.maxajl.com

America’s Aid for Israel’s Political ‘Continuum’, Clive Hambidge
‘… We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours … When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do will be to scurry round like drugged roaches in a bottle.’ (Rafeal Eitan)

Jay Moore, “Deconstructing the Foundational Myths of Israel”
By this time already, after 60-plus years of heatedly arguing the topic back and forth, is there anything new and insightful to be said that might have a bearing on the Israel-Palestine conflict and help to bring some political and intellectual closure at long last — at least for those who have an open mind? Yes, in fact there actually is! And the left-wing Israeli-born historian Shlomo Sand, the son of Holocaust survivors, has said it in his book, The Invention of the Jewish People, a book that first came out in Hebrew in 2008 and which has now been translated and published in English by Verso Press. Shlomo Sand goes right to the heart of the matter. He attacks and dismantles the foundational myths of the State of Israel that have provided the Zionists with rationalizations for taking over and occupying the homeland of the Palestinians, driving a stake right through them. The terms of the discussion should never be the same again, once people have read and digested Prof. Sand’s book.

Palestinian Paradigm Shift, Stuart Reigeluth
Despite the eruption of turmoil in the centre of Cairo, the Palestinian factions met in the Egyptian capital on November 24, to advance an agreement of national reconciliation. This accord is long overdue for the Palestinian people but it comes now more out of necessity for Hamas and Fatah — both of which seem to be drifting now towards a new paradigm.

This is the dominant story now – Islamists are winning all over the Arab world. It is not being mentioned that there are many factors working in their favor. They have been organized for decades while some leftists and liberals have just started. It is not mentioned that Islamists have been benefiting from Gulf money and have utilized that external funding effectively.
No other Arab regime has been as loyal to Zionism and imperialism as the illegitimate regime of Jordan.  In this special guest submission Sumaya Al-Shawish takes a look at how the Hashemite King is spending his time pursuing his families’ traditional role as a puppet regime in the service of Western imperialism and a pliant tool of Zionism.   Jordan’s King Abdullah II has been a busy man of late.  Last week, he paid a visit to the West Bank for the first time in ten years to meet with Palestinian President and fellow House Arab Mahmoud Abbas. Then he played host to Israeli President Shimon Peres during a brief visit to the Hashemite Kingdom. Next week he is reportedly heading to Washington.

The Cult of Mona Eltahawy
Mona Eltahawy’s broken arms have now become a part of Egypt’s revolution, or so she says. In each media appearance wherein she dons two casts, now full of signatures, well wishes and smiley faces, Mona Eltahawy draws attention to her alleged abuse while in the clutches of Egyptian officers. All the while she sits in green-room studio’s around the United States she makes passerby acknowledgment of abuse other Arab women have faced.
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When the ethnic cleansing of millions of Palestinians throughout the years of occupation imposed by the only democracy in the Middle East, “Israel”, and the inhumane actions of mass killings and rape of land is enough to make your blood boil, one more thing can be added to multiply the amount of steam coming out of your ears: the cleansing of Palestinian culture. In Palestinian tradition, el koffiyeh has been used as headdress by men. The cotton material and texture was mainly used to keep out the heavy dust and sand, and for farmers to keep their heads cool as they plowed in their fields. The checkered pattern was said to refer to many things: a fishing net, a honeycomb, the joining of hands, or the marks of dirt and sweat wiped off a worker’s brow.

http://mondoweiss.net/2011/11/the-last-koffiyeh-factory-in-palestine.html

Palestinian cooks know that pizazz doesn’t always mean better food
At an annual Palestinian cooking competition, the most successful competitors know that more spices and fancier ingredients don’t always translate to more success.

www.TheHeadlines.Org

 

The Iran plot thickens

Dec 01, 2011

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Iranian riot police stand guard as protesters gather outside the British embassy in Tehran

Iranian riot police stand guard as protesters gather outside the British embassy in Tehran Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Regardless of the fact the IAEA report was a complete flop the PTB are trudging forward with exactly the same agenda because they will not be stopped. The internet is aflutter:  EU to slap new sanctions on Iran’s officials and firms. Nothing shocking here.

Here’s the NYT today, announcing Britain Closes Embassies, Iran’s Isolation Could Complicate Nuclear Issue.

We’re a little behind on covering the storming of the UK embassy in Tehran so let’s do some catching up. Big event. On Tuesday Iran protesters attack UK embassy in Tehran . Here is a brief summary from the Guardian.

• Dozens of Iranian protesters forced their way into the British embassy in Tehran, tearing down the Union flag and throwing documents from the windows. They also pulled down a picture of the Queen and burnt an embassy vehicle, as well as US, Israeli and UK flags. The protesters said they wanted to shut down the embassy. Protesters also targeted Gholhak Gardens, a British diplomatic compound in north Tehran that has been a source of contention between Iranian and UK officials over its ownership. Both of the protests have now ended.• The UK foreign secretary, William Hague, said he held the Iranian government responsible for failing to protect the embassy, despite Tehran’s expressions of regret for today’s events. The foreign office advised British nationals in Iran to stay indoors and keep a low profile after the attacks. The Iranian foreign ministry said it regretted the events and was committed to the safety of diplomats on its soil but Hague said it “remains a very serious failure by the Iranian government”.• The semi-official Fars news agency said six UK embassy staff were rescued by police after being held hostage by the protesters who it described as “self-motivated university students”. The UK foreign office would not comment directly but Hague said that all staff had been accounted for.• Clashes between police and protesters were reported at the UK embassy. One protester was in a critical condition, according to Fars. It said several protesters and police officers were injured. Police used teargas to try to disperse protesters. Some were reportedly arrested at Gholhak Gardens.6.10pm GMT / 1.10pm EST: The UK’s foreign secretary, William Hague , has issued a strong statement on Iran. He said all embassy staff are accounted for but his anger has clearly not been mollified by Iran’s expression of regret for today’s events…

So, that explains why the UK kicked out the Iranian embassy staff today.

And now the fun begins, hot off the press: UK embassy attack orchestrated by Iranian authorities: sources. Huh? what sources?

The storming of the British embassy in Tehran was not staged by a group of students expressing their indignation at UK policies, but was rather orchestrated by the Iranian authorities, sources said on Wednesday.According to the sources, the attack was planned under the auspices of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and supervised by Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of the Basij paramilitary forces.Photographs that depicted the attack on the embassy showed that a special force affiliated with the Basij, in addition to the other regular Basij troops, took part.Other photos showed that revealed that members of al-Quds brigade also took part in the attack.The sources added that two official channels broadcast the storming of the embassy live. The channels were Press T.V. and al-Alam News Network, both directly controlled by Khamenei.

Of course, why didn’t I think of that? It makes perfect sense that because the storming was captured live on networks controlled by Khamenei they ordered the storming of the embassy, or not.

Iran’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, described the attack on the British embassy as an “unwise step,” while the statement issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry labeled it “unacceptable.”Meanwhile, the authorities arrested youths involved in the attack and sent 22 of them to court.

As a wrap, following up on his earlier article , Craig Murray reported “Gould-Werritty Plot Finally Mainstream” on Sunday. From the Independent Liam Fox, Adam Werritty, and the curious case of Our Man in Tel Aviv.

 “Our Man in Tel Aviv” would be UK’s Matthew Gould, ambassador to Israel and the UK’s ex ambassador to Tehran. Craig Murray today:

“The importance of the Fox-Gould-Werritty scandal is that it lifts the lid on the fact that the move to war with Iran is not a reaction to any street attack or any nuclear agency report. It is a long nurtured plan, designed to keep feeding the huge military industrial war machine that has become a huge part of the UK and US economies, and whose sucking up of trillions of dollars has contributed massively to the financial crisis, and which forms a keystone in the whole South Sea Bubble corporate finance system for servicing the ultra-rich. They need constant, regenerative war. They feed on the shattered bodies of small children.”Gould, Fox and Werritty were plotting with Israel to further war with Iran over years. The Werritty scandal was hushed up by Gus O’Donnell’s risibly meagre “investigation” – a blatant cover-up – and Fox resigned precisely to put a cap on any further digging into what they had been doing. I discovered – with a lot of determination and a modicum of effort – that Fox, Werritty and British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould had met many times, not the twice that Gus O’Donnell claimed, and had been in direct contact with Mossad over plans to attack Iran. Eventually the Independent published it, a fortnight after it went viral on the blogosphere.

Speaking of spies, I recommend Robert Fisk for an excellent history lesson: Sanctions are only a small part of the history that makes Iranians hate the UK

Anyway, the Iranians trashed us yesterday and made off, we are told, with a clutch of UK embassy documents. I cannot wait to read their contents. For be sure, they will soon be revealed.

Last but not least, a little comedy via Michele Bachmann:

Did Michele Bachmann have her “oops” moment?:In light of the British Foreign Ministry pulling all U.K. nationals out of the British embassy in Tehran after students stormed the building in protest, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told a crowd in Waverly, Iowa, today that she would close the U.S. embassy in Iran.One small, tiny note: The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Tehran since 1980.

Even I knew that, Michele.

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Herman Cain And The Rise Of Newt Gingrich

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(Photo: REUTERS/Jim Bourg) Herman Cain’s (L) campaign has been destroyed by the candidate’s various sex scandals. But why is Newt Gingrich, a man infamous for divorce and adultery, the one benefiting from Cain’s downfall?

A Club of Liars, Demagogues, and Fools

by Scott Horton

The German newsweekly Spiegeltakes the latest disclosures concerning Herman Cain and the rise of Newt Gingrich as an opportunity to offer a foreign bird’s-eye view of the current Republican Party and the American media froth around it.

My translation:

“Africa is a country. The Taliban rule in Libya. Muslims are terrorists. Immigrants are mostly criminals, Occupy Wall Street protesters are always dirty. And women who claim to have been sexually molested should kindly keep quiet.”

Welcome to the wonderful world of the Republican Party. Or rather: to the distorted world of its presidential campaign. For months it has coiled through the country like a traveling circus, from debate to debate, from scandal to scandal, contesting the mightiest office in the world — and nothing is ever too unfathomable for them… These eight presidential wannabes are happy enough not only to demolish their own reputations but also that of their party, the once worthy party of Abraham Lincoln. They are also ruining the reputation of the United States.

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They lie, deceive, scuffle and speak every manner of idiocy. And they expose a political, economic, geographic and historical ignorance compared to which George W. Bush sounds like a scholar. Even the party’s boosters are horrified by the spectacle…

Platitudes in lieu of programs: in serious times that demand the smartest, these clowns offer blather that is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans. But as with all freak shows, it would be impossible without a stage, the U.S. media, which has been neutered by the demands of political correctness, and a welcoming audience, a party base that seems to have been lobotomized overnight. Notwithstanding the subterranean depths of the primary process, the press and broadcasters proclaim one clown after the next to be the new frontrunner, in predictable news cycles of forty-five days.

Spiegel ties the disintegration of the Republican Party to the Tea Party, “a ‘popular movement’ that was sponsored by Fox News and never showed any interest in the business of government — neither in information nor intellect, which are its requisites, but rather in a self-marketing exercise driven by commissions and millions.”

The most important observation Spiegel offers is this: At a time of mounting crisis, when much of the world is looking to the United States for leadership and initiative, the celebration of sleaze and ignorance that has marked the Republican primary is damaging the reputation of the nation as a whole. Even those who despise the G.O.P. should be concerned about the depths to which the party has sunk.

Source: Harpers’s Magazinewww.spiegel.de

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In Washington, The Pakistan-Bashers Having a Field Day Avoiding U.S. Responsibility

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Protesters hold up a burning mock drone aircraft during a rally against drone attacks in Pakistan. (Credit: Reuters/K. Pervez)

 America: The “Ally From Hell” screams the cover of this month’s Atlantic

But the reality could not be further from the self-righteous claims persistently emanating from Washington’s complainers

By Jordan Michael Smith

If there is one thing Republican presidential candidates agree on, it’s the treachery of Pakistan.

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman

Rep. Michele Bachmann leads the pack. At last week’s GOP debate, she called Pakistan “violent” and “more than an existential threat” to the United States, because it is “a nation that lies, that does everything possible that you could imagine wrong.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Pakistan has “shown us time after time that they can’t be trusted.”

He called for a cutoff of aid, a line that drew applause from the audience. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said on Sunday that America might have to look for a new partner in the region and also suggested a cutoff in aid might be in order.

It is not only GOP leaders who are obsessed with Pakistan. “The Ally From Hell,” screams the cover of this month’s Atlantic.

New York’s Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman called Pakistan “perfidious” recently, saying the country was not an ally, a friend, a partner or a teammate. “Pakistan is on its own side, period,” Ackerman said at a House Subcommittee Hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghans say commando unit was attacked before airstrike was called on Pakistan

One would think from all this talk that America’s behavior vis-à-vis Pakistan has been pure and good. But the reality could not be further from the self-righteous claims persistently emanating from Washington’s complainers.

America has acted no better than Pakistan in the relationship, and may even have been the worse partner. Understanding the fury over NATO’s recent killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers requires a deeper look at the relationship.

Let’s begin near the beginning. Within days of the 9/11 attacks, then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was deputized to meet with a Pakistani official. According to Pakistan’s then-President Pervez Musharraf, Armitage said that Pakistan, if it did not cooperate unconditionally with the United States, needed to be prepared to be “bombed backed to the stone age.”

Armitage was only reinforcing Secretary of State Colin Powell’s message to Musharraf, which included a list of demands, among them full use of Pakistani airspace, closure of its borders with Afghanistan, and use of its territory as a staging base. In return, Pakistan was granted loads of cash — and the pleasant experience of not being bombed back to the stone age.

The threat was alleged to have come from Richard Armitage

“If the signals America gave Pakistan had been subtle, they would have been ignored,” says Anthony Cordesman, who frequently advises the U.S. government on the South Asia/Middle East region. Maybe so, but the ultimatum delivered to Pakistan established unrealistic expectations on what could be delivered. No understanding was made of Pakistan’s own interests. No attempt was made to consider Pakistani public opinion. Pakistan was not treated as an ally. It was treated as a vassal.

Had those endeavors been undertaken, Pakistan’s subsequent actions and double-talk might have been foreseen. For, while America might demand subservience and unqualified support for its campaign against al-Qaida and the Taliban, Pakistan has its own concerns.

These include staying strong in a mortal struggle with India; reckoning with climate change (and the possibly related massive flooding); managing the uneasy tension between scores of different ethnic groups; and maintaining the difficult relationship between the powerful military and the civilian government.

Any arguments about Pakistan’s behavior that do not take these needs into consideration are incomplete at best. “To judge an ally by how it serves another nation’s interest at the expense of its own” is simply foolish, says Cordesman, a strategist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

And yet that is what consistently happens in the U.S. chattering classes. Pakistan is spoken about as if it is simply an empty land devoid of independent needs. Remarkably, Huntsman’s comments about Pakistan — he called it “merely a transactional relationship” — came the day after news of the NATO airstrikes. Something is deeply wrong with the foreign-policy conversation in Washington when Pakistan is reprimanded as a poor ally after 24 of its soldiers are killed by an American-led coalition.

Not that the deaths were unprecedented. The New America Foundation reports that 283 drone strikes in Northwest Pakistan from 2004 have killed somewhere between 1,717 and 2,680 individuals. It estimates a civilian fatality rate of 17 percent, even relying on the dubious press accounts that often describe almost anyone as a “militant.” While these deaths usually get short shrift in the American media, that is not the case in Pakistan.

“American foreign policy has created a fragile situation in Pakistan,” reads a recent blog post by a contributor to Dawn, a Pakistani daily. “Pakistan’s participation in this so called ‘War on Terror’ has shaken its foundations to the core.” On the website of the News International, the largest English paper in Pakistan, all five of the most-commented articles deal with NATO’s attack on the Pakistan soldiers.

Pakistan Premier Gilani warns ‘no more business as usual’ with US

Most commenters support the words of Pakistan’s prime minister, who warned after the attack that it would be “no more business as usual” in Pakistan’s dealings with the United States. NATO’s most recent mistake has magnified the problem, but America’s territorial incursions into Pakistan resulting in civilian deaths routinely dominate the media. In Pakistan, America is the ally from hell.

Now it should make more sense why members of the Pakistani military might not have informed Americans of Osama bin Laden’s presence: They did not want U.S. incursions on their territory.

Violating Pakistan’s sovereignty is only part of the problem. Pakistan is so deeply divided that forcing it to kowtow to American wishes naturally stirs up nationalist resentments that undermine the country’s stability. In his new book, Pakistan: A Hard Country,” the journalist Anatol Lieven writes that U.S. pressure is one of the few things that can actually jeopardize Pakistan’s stability. Pakistan is not the failed state media commentators make it out to be, Lieven writes, but U.S. pressure threatens to make it so.

“No conceivable short-term gains in the Western campaign in Afghanistan or the ‘war on terror’ could compensate for the vastly increased threats to the region and the world that would stem from Pakistan’s collapse,” Leiven writes. And yet short-term gains are the focus of almost all of American commentary on Pakistan, and much of American policy.

Much, but not all. There is reason to believe that a good chunk of U.S. official fulminations against Pakistan’s perfidy are for show. “In my experience, they are all too well aware” of Pakistan’s limited ability to act as we want it to, “even if they are not going to state it publicly,” says Cordesman, who has worked for the Departments of Defense and State, and on NATO’s international staff.

Hillary Clinton: Pakistan ‘A Good Partner’ To The U.S.

A December 2009 cable from WikiLeaks supports Cordesman’s view. Sent by then-Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson to the State Department in 2009, the cable argues that drones are effective in killing al-Qaida henchmen, but will not succeed in entirely eliminating the terrorist group’s leadership. In the meantime, “Increased unilateral operations in these areas risk destabilizing the Pakistan state, alienating both the civilian government and military leadership, and provoking a broader governance crisis within Pakistan without finally achieving the goal [of eliminating the al-Qaida and Taliban leadership].”

Destabilizing Pakistan is the worst option of all. It is a large nation with nuclear weapons, situated between Afghanistan, China, India and Iran, with a sizable contingent of anti-American sentiment. Few things should be more disturbing to American minds than the prospect of Pakistani disintegration.

And yet that is exactly what the hawks who so loudly denounced Pakistan’s perfidy risk achieving. Remember that the next time you hear about the country’s halfhearted support for American operations in the region. Better to be halfhearted than half-brained.

Source: Salon

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The Shadow Government

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Lt. Col. Oliver North

by Robert O’Dowd


Narcotrafficing and a ‘shadow government’ in the Iran/Contra Affair are linked to the murders, categorized as ‘suicides’ by the government.

(SALEM, OR) – You don’t have to believe in conspiracies to understand the threat to freedom of a small but powerful group of people in and outside of government subverting the Constitution, effectively executing a coup d’état. Not in the United States, this is a free country, you must be paranoid, we’re the good guys, you say.

It is not hyperbole to say that thousands of Americans have fought and died for the right to remain free. Just walk through Arlington Cemetery or for that matter any cemetery on Veterans Day and notice the American flags placed beside graves. Life was too often short for those who served and died to preserve our freedom to ignore the threats of a ‘shadow government.’

Senator Daniel Inouye referred to the covert and illegal activities of a shadow government involved in the Iran-Contra Affair of the 1980s. The sale of arms to Iran and the transfer of weapons to the Contras were activities not approved by Congress and in violation of Federal laws.

A few of the key players of Iran-Contra Affair include William Casey, Lt.Col. Oliver North, Admiral John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, Elliott Abrams, Duane Clarridge, Alan Fiers, Clair George, and Caspar Weinberger.

If this were a play, top billing would go to Lt. Oliver North, who with his Marine Corps dress greens and boyish charms, claimed the attention of millions of Americans in 1987 during the Iran-Contra hearings.

Vice President George H. Bush claimed that he was “out of the loop,” but his diaries not released to investigators until after the 1988 Presidential election revealed that he was aware of many if not all of the details.

Even though it was a violation of law to sell arms to the Iranians, few Americans at the time objected to the excessive mark-up of sales of TOWs and Hawk missiles to Iran. After the taking of hostages from the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, very few Americans held fond memories of this strategic Middle Eastern country and the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini.

The diversion of funds from the sales of weapons to support the Contra War in Nicaragua and the prospect of the U.S. entanglement in a war in Central America were illegal and, even if it were not, had no chance of approval by Congress and the American public.

The Reagan administration painted the picture of Contras as “freedom fighters,” good guys riding into town with their white hats taking on the gang of Communists that had forcefully taking over Nicaragua and were a threat to the hemisphere.

After the Boland Amendments prohibited the use of appropriated funds to support the Contras, this pitch was an effective tool used by Lt.Col. North in briefings to right wing millionaires willing to write checks to fund the ‘cause.’

Had they known about the sale of illegal drugs to fund the Contras and the use of CIA proprietary airlines to transport the weapons from the U.S. to Central America and the drugs into the U.S., the source of funds from private donors would have dried up quickly.

Those in the administration who knowingly turned the other eye to the illegal drugs would have faced serious jail terms and not just ‘slaps on the wrists’ handed out by the judicial system.

The revelation that U.S. military bases and personnel were used to support the Contras’ supply of weapons and drugs is not widely known and disputed by those who served in the Reagan administration.

Using FOIA, the National Security Archive obtained copies of Lt.Col. North’s diaries that show knowledge of drug trafficking. “In a July 12, 1985 entry, North noted a call from retired Air Force general Richard Secord in which the two discussed a Honduran arms warehouse from which the contras planned to purchase weapons. (The contras did eventually buy the arms, using money the Reagan administration secretly raised from Saudi Arabia.) According to the notebook, Secord told North that “14 M to finance [the arms in the warehouse] came from drugs.” [1] This was not just an isolated incident.

JOHN HULL RANCH

The investigations and subsequent report of Senator John Kerry’s Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Relations described the operations of a series of airstrips constructed by John Hull, an American who purchased thousands of acres in Costa Rica in the mid-1970s, who was a key refueling hub for aircraft in the Contra supply network.

 John Hull was a central figure in Contra operations on the Southern Front when they were managed by Oliver North, from 1984 through late 1986. Before that, according to former Costa Rican CIA station chief Thomas Castillo’s public testimony, Hull had helped the CIA with military supply and other operations on behalf of the Contras. In addition, during the same period, Hull received $10,000 a month from Adolfo Calero of the FDN–at North’s direction.

Hull is an Indiana farmer who lives in northern Costa Rica. He came to Costa Rica in mid-1970′s and persuaded a number of North Americans to invest in ranch land in the northern part of the country. Using their money and adding some of his own, he purchased thousands of acres of Costa Rican farm land. Properties under his ownership, management or control ultimately included at least six airstrips. To the many pilots and revolutionaries who passed through the region, this collection of properties and airstrips became known as John Hull’s ranch.

On March 23, 1984, seven men aboard a U.S. government owned DC-3 were killed when the cargo plane crashed near Hull’s ranch, revealing publicly that Hull was allowing his property to be used for airdrops of supplies to the Contras. But even before this public revelation of Hull’s role in supporting the Contras, officials in a variety of Latin American countries were aware of Hull’s activities as a liaison between the Contras and the United States government. Jose Blandon testified, for example, that former Costa Rican Vice President Daniel Oduber suggested he (Blandon) meet with Hull in 1983, to discuss the formation of a unified southern Contra command under Eden Pastora.

Five witnesses testified that Hull was involved in cocaine trafficking: Floyd Carlton, Werner Lotz, Jose Blandon, George Morales, and Gary Betzner. Betzner was the only witness who testified that he was actually present to witness cocaine being loaded onto planes headed for the United States in Hull’s presence.

Lotz said that drugs were flown into Hull’s ranch, but that he did not personally witness the flights. He said he heard about the drug flights from the Colombian and Panamanian pilots who allegedly flew drugs to Hull’s airstrips. Lotz described the strips as “a stop for refuel basically. The aircraft would land, there would be fuel waiting for them, and then would depart. They would come in with weapons and drugs.” Lotz said that Hull was paid for allowing his airstrips to be used as a refueling stop.

Two witnesses, Blandon and Carlton recounted an incident involving the disappearance of a shipment of 538 kilos of cocaine owned by the Pereira or Cali cocaine cartel. Teofilo Watson, a member of Carlton’s smuggling operation, was flying the plane to Costa Rica for the Cartel. The plane crashed and Watson was killed. The witnesses believed that the crash occurred at Hull’s ranch and that Hull took the shipment and bulldozed the plane, a Cessna 310, into the river. Carlton testified that the Colombians were furious when they discovered the cocaine missing. He said they sent gunmen after Hull and in fact kidnapped a member of Hull’s family to force the return of the cocaine. When that failed they became convinced that Carlton himself stole the cocaine and they sent gunmen after him. The gunmen dug up Carlton’s property in Panama with a backhoe looking for the lost cocaine, and Carlton fled for his life to Miami.

Gary Betzner started flying for Morales’ drug smuggling network in 1981. Betzner testified that his first delivery of arms to the Contras was in 1983, when he flew a DC-3 carrying grenades and mines to Ilopango Air Force Base in El Salvador. His co-pilot on the trip was Richard Healey, who had flown drugs for Morales.

Betzner said the weapons were unloaded at Ilopango by Salvadoran military personnel and an American whom he assumed worked for the U.S. Department of Defense. Betzner testified that he and Healey flew the plane on to Colombia where they picked up a load of marijuana and returned to their base at Great Harbor Cay in the Bahamas…

Hull became the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in the spring of 1985. In late March 1985, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Feldman and two FBI agents went to Costa Rica to investigate Neutrality Act violations by participants in the Contra resupply network that were also under investigation at the time by Senator Kerry. Both the Feldman and Kerry inquiries had been prompted in part by statements made to reporters by soldiers of fortune imprisoned in Costa Rica who alleged John Hull was providing support for the Contras with the help of the National Security Council.

Feldman and the FBI agents met with U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, Lewis Tambs, and the CIA Chief of Station, Thomas Castillo, who told him John Hull knew Rob Owen and Oliver North and gave the impression that Hull had been working for U.S. interests prior to March of 1984. In addition, one of the embassy security officers, Jim Nagel, told one of the FBI agents accompanying Feldman, that regarding Feldman’s inquiries, “… these were agencies with other operational requirements and we shouldn’t interfere with the work of these agencies.” When Feldman attempted to interview Hull, Feldman learned that Hull was told by the embassy staff not to talk to him without an attorney present.

Feldman concluded that U.S. Embassy officials in Costa Rica were taking active measures to protect Hull. After Feldman interviewed two of the mercenaries, Peter Glibbery and Steven Carr, regarding their allegations of Hull’s involvement in criminal activity, Feldman learned that Kirk Kotula, Consul in San Jose, was “trying to get Carr and the rest of these people to recant their statements regarding Hull’s involvement with the CIA and with any other American agency. Feldman added “… it was apparent we were stirring up some problem with our inquiries concerning John Hull.” Feldman concluded that because Hull was receiving protection from some US officials, that it would not be possible to interview him. Feldman therefore took no further steps to do so.

In an effort to stop the investigation against him and to cause the Justice Department to instead investigate those urging an investigation of Hull, Hull prepared falsified affidavits from jailed mercenaries in Costa Rica to U.S. Attorney Kellner. In the affidavits the mercenaries accused Congressional staff of paying witnesses to invent stories about illegal activities associated with the clandestine Contras supply network. The Justice Department ultimately concluded that the affidavits had been forged. Kellner testified that he “had concerns about them and … didn’t believe them.

To this day, the Justice Department has taken no action against John Hull for obstruction of justice or any related charge in connection with his filing false affidavits with the U.S. Justice Department regarding the Congressional investigations..In mid-January 1989, Hull was arrested by Costa Rican law enforcement authorities and charged with drug trafficking and violating Costa Rica’s neutrality. [2]

Drug trafficking for whatever reason is illegal period. MCAS El Toro, California, was one of the bases used by the shadow government to supply weapons to the Contras and bring cocaine into the country.

GUNS SOUTH, DRUGS NORTH

As one of the civilian pilots who ran guns for the U.S. government in the 1980s, Tosh Plumlee explains that he made numerous operationally approved trips to Latin America; trips that were described as “sanctioned drug interdiction operations.”

A little less than a month before Gary Hart’s letter to Senator Kerry, Marine Colonel James Sabow was found dead by his wife in his backyard at MCAS El Toro. Although there’s no connection to his death, the letter does describe in some detail the illegal arms and narcotic shipments made to fund the Contra war.

Gary Hart served as a Democratic Senator representing Colorado (1975–1987), and ran in the U.S. presidential elections in 1984 and again in 1988. An extramarital affair reported by the media ended his bid for the Democratic nomination for President in 1988.

In his letter to Senator John Kerry, Hart noted that Robert “Tosh” Plumlee met with his Denver Senate staff during the period 1983 through 1985.

Plumlee provided Hart’s staff with maps and names of covert landing strips in Mexico, Costa Rica, Louisiana, Arizona, Florida, and California.

Plumlee said he was involved in covert military activities in Central and South American starting in February 1978. He “had personally flown U.S. sponsored covert missions into Nicaragua… that Nicaragua was receiving assistance from Cuba with nearly 6,000 Cuban military advisors and large quantities of military supplies were being stockpiled at various staging areas inside Nicaragua and the Costa Rica border.”

In contacting Senator Hart in 1983, Plumlee’s purpose was to initiate a congressional investigation on illegal arms and narcotic shipments “which were not being acted upon by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.”

According to Plumlee, these operations were not under the control of the CIA but were directed by the White House, Pentagon, and NSC.

Gary Hart in 1991 noted that Plumlee’s allegations were brought “to the attention of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time [1983], but no action was initiated by either committee.”

El Toro Marines not involved in the shipment of cocaine into the U.S. and the offloading of drugs, but were caught in the web surrounding this illegal activity. Colonel James E. Sabow was murdered to keep him from talking about what he knew or what others thought he might know about the ‘guns for drugs’ operations. Instead of accepting non-judicial punishment from the El Toro’s Commanding General for alleged personal misuse of government aircraft, Colonel Sabow requested a court martial. Other who met untimely and suspected deaths linked to the use of the base in narcotrafficing include Marine Colonel Jerry Agenbroad, Marine GySgt Tom Wade, and Kevin Garneau, a Native American and Army veteran who was found hanged in his father’s barn on a Sioux reservation. According to Dr. Sabow, Garneau’s death was a tragic case of mistaken identity. Suicide is the official cause of death for all except for GySgt Tom Wade whose murder remains a cold case today. If you’re skeptical about the suicides, there are good reasons to think that all were murdered to keep them from talking about what they knew or others thought they knew about the use of El Toro to support the Contra War weapons/drug logistical supply train.

A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

Dr. Sabow told me the story of Marine Kevin Smith, a Native American, who watched the Connie Chung show, “Eye to Eye” with another Sioux friend, a civilian engineer, on July l7, l993. This was Connie Chung’s premier show and included the segment on the death of Colonel Sabow and the information about C-l30s ferrying drugs onto military bases.

Kevin’s civilian friends couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Kevin told them that what they saw was factual. He had been taken to Northern Mexico with several other Marines to load cocaine onto planes. The Marine were told the drugs were part of sting operations to be used as evidence. All were forbidden to discuss this with anyone.

Dr. Sabow said that, “information was passed on to me by the couple who were with Kevin viewing the program. I tried unsuccessfully to interview him before he left the Corps. I was finally able to track him down, but again he resisted my efforts to meet with him. He was literally worried for his life.”

While being interviewed in 1994 by Larry Swails, a DOD IG special investigator, at his home in Rapid City, South Dakota, Dr. Sabow passed some of this information to Swails and offered to accompanied him to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, the land-base for the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. He didn’t have Kevin’s last name but was confident that he could get help from other Native Americans on the reservation, a number whom he had served in his medical practice. The idea was to locate Kevin and Swails would have further proof of the narcotrafficing using El Toro Marines, even innocent ones that were fed lies about the use of cocaine in sting operations.

“I had that telephone conversation with Swails on May l8, l994,” said Sabow. “I then contacted my sources to find out where Kevin worked and if we could obtain his unlisted phone number.”

On May 23rd, Dr. Sabow’s source informed him that he had obtained the information, but that Kevin was dead. He was found hanging from a rafter in his parent’s barn, in a manner similar to Colonel Agenbroad, on Sunday morning, May 22nd.

Dr. Sabow told me that during his 20 year investigation, he learned that hanging was one of the favorite techniques used in covert operations. This can’t be a pleasant way of dying.

Colonel Jerry Agenbroad was found hanged in his BOQ at El Toro. Colonel Agenbroad was in charge of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWF) activities at El Toro. The MWR was in charge of El Toro Air Museum, which had supplied a C-130 and P3-A to Aero Union, a CIA proprietary airline in Chico, CA.

Later Dr. Sabow called Kevin’s father, offered his condolence and asked if there any sign leading to his son’s suicide. Other than breaking-up with girlfriend, his father had no answers to this question. During this conversation, Dr. Sabow mentioned that Kevin, who had retired from the service, had been stationed at the MCAS El Toro, the same base that his brother.

Kevin’s father said that his son had retired from the Army, not the Marines. Dr. Sabow thought, Oh, my God, they’ve killed the wrong Kevin. And, I may be responsible for this man’s tragic death.

During the two day interview at Dr. Sabow’s home, Larry Swalis and another agent were focused on Dr. Sabow’s sources of covert information. There was no interest in the evidence collected by Dr. Sabow on the murder of his brother. Time and time again, Dr. Sabow attempted to redirect the interview to his brother’s death. Finally, in frustration, he gave us and asked Swalis and the other investigator to lead. As agreed to, the interview had been taped by the DOD investigators. To be sure that an accurate records was kept, Dr. Sabow had taped the interview himself (without the knowledge of the DOD investigators). A transcript of the interview was then made and kept by Dr. Sabow.

Because he provided medical services to Native Americans, Dr. Sabow had developed close relationships with several tribe members. One of these confirmed the name of the retired Marine who was involved in the loading of cocaine in Northern Mexico. It was Kevin Smith. Kevin Smith knew of Dr. Sabow’s interest in interviewing him. He was definitely not interested and Dr. Sabow said his contact told him that the tribe knew of what happened; his life and any others trying to make contact with Kevin Smith would be at risk.

Our government is imperfect but our system of checks and balances with no one branch of the government exercising absolute control has worked well to preserve the freedoms all Americans cherished. The Iran Contra Hearings showed what can happen when one branch of the government decides it can operate out of the rule of law.

Senator Daniel Inouye at the Iran Contra Hearings in 1987 commenting on the operations of the National Security Council with Lt.Col Oliver North at point, the CIA and other federal government agencies operating outside the rule of law during the Reagan administration said, “There exists a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself.”

OLLIE NORTH AND THE CONTRAS

Lt.Col. North was charged with 16 felonies, convicted on 3 felonies all overturned on appeal. As a staff member of President Reagan’s NSC, he was point for Iran-contra, involved in negotiations with the Iranians, shipments of TOWs and Hawk missiles to Iran used in the trade of arms-for-hostages and diversion of funds from the sale of arms (marked up over costs) to the Contras, keeping the Contras supplied with weapons in violation of the Boland Amendments.

His testimony to Congress was riveting, drawing millions of views away from the “Soaps” on TV. Some Marines were angry because he wore his Marine Corps greens when as an aide on the NSC staff, he was on assignment from the Corps and not taking orders from them. Was he the ‘fall guy’? North’s fingerprints were all over the Iran-contra cover-up. He didn’t have the authority to pull this off on his own. If he was the “fall guy,” it didn’t hurt him financially; he didn’t go to jail; he’s drawing his Marine Corps retirement pay; making bucks from book sales and TV appearances and life has been good to him.

Not bad for an LtCol who could have spent much of his life in Federal prison. You can argue whether supporting the Contras was good or bad for the U.S. However, no one would disagree that the shipment of drugs (cocaine, the drug of choice) into the U.S. on the same aircraft that delivered weapons to the Contras was anything but destructive. The influx of cocaine during the 80s lead to the crack epidemic and unknown numbers of deaths, including those of innocent babies born to addicted mothers.

North had to know about the illegal drugs transported on CIA proprietary airlines but looked the other way. No one in the administration involved in Iran-contra was charged with drug violations. North’s total concentration was supporting the Contras; the means to that end didn’t matter.

The National Security Archive notes “entries in the North Notebooks which discernably concern narcotics or terrorism” are:

  • May 12, 1984…contract indicates that Gustavo is involved w/ drugs. (Q0266)

  • June 26, 1984. DEA- (followed by two blocks of text deleted by North) (Q0349)

  • June 27, 1984. Drug Case – DEA program on controlling cocaine- Ether cutoff- Colombians readjusting- possible negotiations to move on refining effort to Nicaragua- Pablo Escobar-Colombian drug czar- Informant (Pilot) is indicted criminal- Carlos Ledher- Freddy Vaughn (Q0354)

  • July 9, 1984[NOTE: Portions transcribed in Kerry Report but deleted from declassified version] Call from Clarridge- Call Michel re Narco Issue- RIG at 1000 Tomorrow (Q0384)- DEA Miami- Pilot went talked to Vaughn- wanted A/C to go to Bolivia to p/u paste- want A/C to p/u 1500 kilos- Bud to meet w/ Group (Q0385)

  • July 12, 1984[NOTE: Portions transcribed in Kerry Report but deleted from declassified version] Gen. Gorman-*Include Drug Case (Q0400) Call from Johnstone- (White House deletion) leak on Drug (0402)

  • July 17, 1984. Call to Frank M- Bud Mullins Re- leak on DEA piece- Carlton Turner (Q0418) Call from Johnstone- McManus, LA Times-says/NSC source claims W.H. has pictures of Borge loading cocaine in Nic. (Q0416)

  • July 20, 1984. Call from Clarridge:-Alfredo Cesar Re Drugs-Borge/Owen leave Hull alone (Deletions)/Los Brasiles Air Field-Owen off Hull (Q0426)

  • July 27, 1984. Clarridge:-(Block of White House deleted text follows)-Arturo Cruz, Jr.-Get Alfredo Cesar on Drugs (Q0450)

  • July 31, 1984. -Finance: Libya- Cuba/Bloc Countries-Drugs. . . Pablo Escobar/Federic Vaughn (Q0460)

  • July 31, 1984. [NOTE: Portions transcribed in the Kerry Report but deleted from declassified version] Staff queries re (White House deletion) role in DEA operations in Nicaragua (Q0461)

  • December 21, 1984. Call from Clarridge: Ferch (White House deletion)- Tambs- Costa Rica- Felix Rodriguez close to (White House deletion)- not assoc. W/Villoldo- Bay of Pigs- No drugs (Q0922)

  • January 14, 1985. $14 million to finance came from drugs (Q1039)

  • July 12, 1985. $14 million to finance came from drugs

  • August 10, 1985. Mtg w/ A.C.- name of DEA person in New Orleans re Bust on Mario/ DC-6 (Q1140)

  • February 27, 1986. Mtg w/ Lew Tambs- DEA Auction A/C seized as drug runners.- $250-260K fee (Q2027).”[3]

COLONEL SABOW’S MURDER

The Contra War ended officially in 1990. The New York Times on June 29, 1990, reported “30,000 Nicaraguans were killed, many more wounded, the economy shattered and Washington ensnared in horrors like assassination manuals, the clandestine mining of Nicaraguan harbors and the still-reverberating Iran-contra scandal.” A little more than six months later in January 1991, Marine Colonel James E. Sabow’s life ended violently.
“The unexpected blow to the right side of the head was violent, resulting in unconsciousness. The blow caused a massive depressed occipital skull fracture along with one or more fractures extending through the base of his skull (basilar skull fractures). Occipital skull fragments penetrated into the back of Col. Sabow’s brain. He was near death due to the massive brainstem trauma in which agonal hyperventilation characteristic of this type of injury occurs. Sabow was aspirating blood from a wound in his pharynx that resulted from a basilar skull fracture. In fact, the tracheae, bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli were filled with blood, doubling the weight of the right lung. There was swelling behind the right ear covering the back of the skull.” [4]

A twenty year investigation conducted by Dr. David Sabow, a court-certified neurologist and younger brother of Colonel James Sabow, provides convincing support that a government cover-up of Colonel Sabow’s murder continues today, the guilty remain unpunished, a government operation committed this heinous crime, and those who attempt to expose them are in danger of lost of liberty and life.

The government conveniently labeled his death a suicide. The MISHAP message from the Commanding General to the Commandant of the Marine Corps sent on the day of his death stated that, “PMO and medical responded immediately and confirmed the report that Col Sabow apparently committed suicide by shotgun.”

QUESTIONABLE COMMUNIQUÉ

The message from BG Adams, Commanding General, MCAS El Toro, to General Al Grey, Commandant of the Marine Corps reporting the death of Colonel Sabow was dated 220745Z Jan 91 or 11:45 P.M. PST. The date/time group assigned on every military communication is automatically set by the autodin-saralite system, according to Dr. Sabow. The time on these communications is always ZULU time. The military, as well as civil aviation uses the letter “Z” (phonetically “Zulu”) to refer to the time at the prime meridian, which is zero degrees longitude and runs through the Royal Greenwich Observatory, in Greenwich, England. The problem is that this particular message reports Colonel Sabow’s death over eight hours before he died. Correction to PST requires an eight hour subtraction from the ZULU designation, placing BG Adams in his office at 2345 or 11:45 PM on Monday night of the Martin Luther King Holiday, over eight hours before Colonel Sabow’s death.

The scenario proposed by Dr. Sabow is that BG Adams initiated the communiqué from his office at 2345 or 11:45 P.M. January 21, 1991, the night before Colonel Sabow was killed. The message couldn’t be completed until the death occurred. Why draft a message to CMC that connects you to a conspiracy to commit murder? Dr. Sabow believes that BG Adams didn’t kill his brother but he’s convinced that he was given a heads-up the night before the murder and in a panic rushed across the street to his Headquarters’ building and composed a draft message on the autodin-saralite system.

I interviewed a Marine veteran who worked in Communications during 1990s.

The integrity of this anonymous source was vouched by Bob Romaine, a retired Marine SgtMaj and criminal investigator for the Orange County Sheriff, who contacted the COM expert and let him use his home phone to tell me what he knew about the Marine Corps COM environment in the 1990s. I agreed to talk with the veteran on a non-attribution basis.

The Marine veteran told me that the Marine Corps didn’t have the capability to compose draft messages on a PC and save the drafts until much later in time. He seriously doubted that a general grade officer had the necessary skill sets to type a message in a communication format without the software and help. Having worked for senior officers in DLA, this seemed reasonable to me. However, I suggested could he have made a note on a yellow pad as a reminder to send a MISHAP report to CMC, dated the note and told someone on staff to type the MILSTAP report after confirmation of the death of Colonel Sabow? The person (civilian or Marine) who typed the message to CMC could have converted the local time on the ‘yellow pad note’ to ZULU time without realizing the significance of the early date.

The Marine veteran said that in his opinion a better explanation for the questionable date on the message was a simple typing error by the person who typed it. That is, instead of typing 230745Z Jan 91, the clerk typed 220745Z Jan 91. The “2” is next to the “3” on the keyboard so at first this explanation sounded reasonable. This would mean that the message to CMC was not sent until 11:45 P.M. on January 22nd, over 12 hours after the report of death was called to BG Adams.

I pointed out that a courtesy copy of the message showed a date of 022/21:18Z printed in the same font as the message, below the body followed by the words “COURTESY COPY.” I interpreted this as 222118Z or 1:18 P.M. PST, January 22, 1991, the date the message was sent to CMC. The Marine veteran disagreed that this was a ‘correct’ configuration of a ZULU date. I thanked him for his help and we left it at that. You can make your own call on the questionable early date. The one thing for certain is that no DOD investigator will ever follow-up to investigate this matter as long as the official DOD position is that Colonel Sabow’s death was a suicide.

EXPERTS DISPUTE SUICIDE CALL

Bob Romaine told me that all violent deaths have to be investigated for homicide before any ruling of suicide can be made. That’s not how it worked in Orange County in January 1991. The autopsy was conducted by the Orange County Medical Examiner. The death certificate stated suicide. According to Romaine, the crime scene was not secured and the NIS investigation did not meet acceptable performance standards. In 2010 another forensic expert agreed with this conclusion.

Dr. Werner Spitz, an internationally recognized pathologist, in September 2010 reviewed the autopsy report and other evidence as part of an NCIS cold case review, reporting in a sworn affidavit that Colonel Sabow’s death was a homicide and the crime scene was tampered with. Several days later, Dr. Spitz orally withdrew his affidavit, citing new X-rays to Dr. Sabow as his rationale. No mention was made of the crime scene tampering.

Dr. Sabow, the younger brother of Col. Sabow and a court-certified forensic neurologist, said there are no new X-rays. He believes that Dr. Spitz was pressured by the government to withdrawal from the case. NCIS dropped the cold case investigation. Navy regulations required that the autopsy be performed or observed by military personnel. Independent reviews by medical experts, forensic specialists, several FBI agents, Michael A. Jacobs, attorney and retired supervisor of the Orange County District Attorney’s Homicide Trials Division, Orange County District Attorney, and many others support homicide as the cause of death. There’s no evidence that the CIA was involved in Colonel Sabow’s, but Dr. Sabow said the killers were government assassins.

According to Dr. Sabow, the motive for murder was to prevent Colonel Sabow from telling all he knew about the use of former military aircraft to transport guns to Central and South America and bring cocaine into the U.S. These aircraft were ‘cut-outs’ transferred on paper to the Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Service but used by private airlines with links to the CIA. The active cooperation of the government was required to allow unmarked C-130s flowed by non-military personnel to transit the borders without interference from U.S. Customs.

GUNS SOUTH, DRUGS NORTH

Drug trafficking for whatever reason is illegal period. MCAS El Toro, California, was one of the bases used by the shadow government to supply weapons to the Contras and bring cocaine into the country.

As one of the civilian pilots who ran guns for the U.S. government in the 1980s, Tosh Plumlee explains that he made numerous operationally approved trips to Latin America; trips that were described as “sanctioned drug interdiction operations.”

“These trips were approved by military intelligence personnel attached to the Pentagon, with CIA logistical support. They were made in total secrecy to the extent that other government agencies were not aware of the existence of these flights, or of the operation. The pilots were given a specific coded transponder number to squawk so their aircraft would not be challenged by U.S. Customs aircraft when patrolling the U.S. border.”

He says it began in the 1980s, when the U.S. Army’s 82nd and 101st Airborne were sent to Costa Rica for maneuvers. A large number of weapons were sent with them.

“However, some of the weapons did not return to the United States and were later taken off the books by the military, marked as either lost or destroyed and reported to the Government Accounting Office as such”.

Plumlee and other pilots have testified to Congress that they were working for a secret U.S. military intelligence operation that clandestinely sent them from the United States to bring back the so-called damaged and disappeared weapons for retrofitting and repair.

“When the weapons were repaired and tested at China Lake and Twentynine Palms, in California, they were staged and once again flown back from El Toro Marine Air Base to Latin America, via Mexico, to be supplied to the Contras, the American-financed rebel group seeking to overthrow the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua”.

Plumlee says the aircraft used by this group were designated as “cutouts” and certified as belonging to the U.S. Forest Service’s aircraft fleet. They were, however, controlled by U.S. military intelligence, and contracted by civilian operators for whom Plumlee and other pilots worked. These pilots used secret air bases in Costa Rica, as well as on the notorious John Hall Ranch, Plumlee says, as unloading and staging areas for the illegal weapons. They also used hidden runways in Costa Rica and El Salvador, controlled by the drug cartel, which then allowed them to bring drugs into the United States on the return trips.

“These flyways and airstrips were secretly recorded by undercover flight crews and reported to various government interdiction agencies in the United States. In 1986, an early operation known by the code name, ‘Penetrate,’ was shut down because of the politically explosive Iran-Contra matter.”

Plumlee goes on to say that in 1990, there was still a covert weapons operation continuing to fly weapons to Latin America, mostly to Bogota, Colombia, which allowed the group to bring back illegal drugs into the United States via Mexico.

“These flyways and staging areas in Mexico were duly noted by undercover pilots and passed on to CIA and DEA personnel.”

According to Plumlee, an American DEA agent from Guadalajara, Mexico, by the name of Kiki Camarena, was killed because of his knowledge concerning the “CIA-Mexico” thing, as it was widely known among the covert civilian pilots.

Tosh Plumlee emailed a copy of a February 1991 letter from former Senator Gary Hart to Senator John Kerry, Chairman, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Communications and a redacted summary transcript of his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from August 1991. The Senate report shows that Plumlee was a “former deep-cover military and CIA asset from 1956 to 1987 with a long history of CIA activities in Central America, Cuba, and Mexico.”

A little less than a month before Gary Hart’s letter to Senator Kerry, Marine Colonel James Sabow was found dead by his wife in his backyard at MCAS El Toro. Although there’s no connection to his death, the letter does describe in some detail the illegal arms and narcotic shipments made to fund the Contra war.

Gary Hart served as a Democratic Senator representing Colorado (1975–1987), and ran in the U.S. presidential elections in 1984 and again in 1988. An extramarital affair reported by the media ended his bid for the Democratic nomination for President in 1988.

In his letter to Senator John Kerry, Hart noted that Robert “Tosh” Plumlee met with his Denver Senate staff during the period 1983 through 1985.

Plumlee provided Hart’s staff with maps and names of covert landing strips in Mexico, Costa Rica, Louisiana, Arizona, Florida, and California.

Plumlee said he was involved in covert military activities in Central and South American starting in February 1978. He “had personally flown U.S. sponsored covert missions into Nicaragua… that Nicaragua was receiving assistance from Cuba with nearly 6,000 Cuban military advisors and large quantities of military supplies were being stockpiled at various staging areas inside Nicaragua and the Costa Rica border.”

In contacting Senator Hart in 1983, Plumlee’s purpose was to initiate a congressional investigation on illegal arms and narcotic shipments “which were not being acted upon by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies.”

According to Plumlee, these operations were not under the control of the CIA but were directed by the White House, Pentagon, and NSC.

Gary Hart in 1991 noted that Plumlee’s allegations were brought “to the attention of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time [1983], but no action was initiated by either committee.”

The refueling of these aircraft at El Toro and other military bases was done by military personnel but the loading of weapons and offloading of illegal drugs in the early morning hours at the base was done by civilians with long hair who were definitely not Marines but who would have never been able to access El Toro without the active cooperation of military authorities. For those who say, this is not a new story, you’re absolutely correct.

Gary Webb (1955-2004) won a Pulitzer Prize in the 1990s for writing about the Contras and the crack epidemic in Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras and The Crack Cocaine Explosion. Webb never made the connection to Colonel Sabow’s death and use of El Toro or unmarked C-130s flying drugs into the U.S. to fund the Contra War when Congress cut off appropriated funds to the Contras. Webb’s Dark Alliance provided evidence that the Reagan administration shielded Contra narco-traffickers (drug dealers and drug lords) from prosecution to fund the Contra War. The Sacramento Bee reported on December 15, 2004, that Webb committed suicide from two gunshots to the head, according to the Sacramento County Coroner.

What has not been written about in any depth is the story of Dr. David Sabow’s twenty year fight with our government to bring those responsible for the murder of his brother to justice to bring into full view the ‘shadow government’ that authorized his and other murders and continues to operate with impunity today.

Who were the killers? Members of the military? Kay Griggs, former wife of Marine Colonel George Raymond Griggs, first went public in 1998 with stories of military assassin squads, drug running, illegal weapon deals and sexual perversion deep within the highest levels of U.S. military and government.

After his brother’s death, Dr. Sabow told me that he learned that a Marine helicopter from Camp Pendleton landed in the field behind Colonel Sabow’s quarters and off-loaded 4 men. We don’t know their identities, but Dr. Sabow had confirmation from a former Naval Investigative Service (NIS) agent who observed their activities in cleaning-up the crime scene. Couldn’t happen in this country, you say. How soon we forget.

During the Vietnam War, the CIA ran the Phoenix Program, responsible for killing thousands of civilians suspected of belonging or aiding the National Liberation Front (NLF). Special operations forces participated in the Phoenix Program, despite the prohibition of the Geneva Conventions, which forbid waging war on civilians.

INSIDER’S KNOWLEDGE OF A SHADOW GOVERNMENT

One person with inside knowledge of the intelligence community and the ‘shadow government’ is Gene Wheaton, born in Oklahoma in 1936, and former military criminal investigator and Iran-Contra whistle-blower. Gene Wheaton served tours with the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and the Army, as criminal investigator and counter-intelligence agent, retiring from the Army in 1975 as a Warrant Officer.

After military service, Wheaton was “executive assistant to one of the vice presidents of the Rockwell Corporation, and director of security for the billion-dollar IBEX airborne electronic intelligence program. This program was being funded by the Iranian government and the Central Intelligence Agency. It was during this period Wheaton became very friendly with Carl Jenkins, a former senior CIA officer.”[5]

 In a radio interview with Matt Ehling, Declassified Radio/Indymedia, in 2002, Wheaton said he was “inWashington trying to drum up business for this little cargo airline, and Carl [Jenkins] agreed to be my Washington representative, uh, for marketing purposes to open doors for me in Washington, D.C. … to see if I could get some cargo contracts. It was in that vein that Carl told me it was time … that the guys in the national Security Council wanted to bring me into the inner circle. And that’s where I sort of got at the very national level of this. I had previously attended some black-tie functions with Bill Casey and the veterans of the OSS; had been invited to a party where the guest of honor was Vice President Bush. My wife and I were invited. We were running with a fairly high-level crowd. In December of, uh, ’85 was the scheduled time for me to actually meet with Ollie North, so they had a black-tie dinner at the Palm Restaurant in Washington D. C. on the 4th of December. It was the day that Bud McFarland resigned as national security advisor.

At that black tie party at the Palm Restaurant on the 4th of December in 1985, I was specifically invited by Neil Livingston and to come in and meet Ollie North, and it was a party to promote Neil Livingston’s book, called “Fighting Back”, and the subtitle was “The War on Terrorism”. He and a State Department/CIA spook by the name of Terry Arnold wrote that book together and this was the coming-out party for the book, and all the covert operations community, the real snake eaters, was going to be there with black ties. Ollie North was there and Bud McFarland and I don’t know, 75 or 100 people in black ties, having drinks and dinner and hobnobbing and they felt like … the atmosphere at that party was one of ‘We are the shadow government running the United States.’ It was almost like a diplomatic party or a State Department coming out party for a regime. These guys were in charge, and that was how they presented it.

At the end of the Matt Ehling radio interview, Gene Wheaton, to his credit, summed up the way to respond to the threat of the shadow government, “I have sat on the banks of the Potomac in restaurants with 75 and 80-year-old retired CIA people and retired generals, West Point graduates, honorable people … these old men have sat with tears in their eyes and told me that, ‘Gene, what you’re into, you understand it more than we did, and it’s absolutely true, but it’s just so big you can’t do anything about it.’ I guess if I believed that, I’d go off to some South Sea island and drink a few Cuba Libres laying in the sand or something, but somebody has to keep charging in there, you know. The biggest chink in their armor – and it would take somebody smarter than me to figure out how to exploit it — is their insecurity. They are afraid of a peasant with a pitchfork. And the reason they react so strongly and violently against anybody who opposes them, is because they’re afraid someone will grab a thread and unravel it, and their whole uniform will come unraveled.

UNMARKED C-130s INTO EL TORO

In an interview with the DOD IG in 1996 who were investigating the death of Colonel Sabow, Gene Wheaton provided information on the use El Toro for covert operations including the smuggling of money and narcotics into the country:


Mr. Wheaton alleged that MCAS El Toro [m emphasis] was being used in support of a legal covert activity that had been undertaken by a U.S. intelligence agency under the cover of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program named “Screw Worm,” allegedly a program to eradicate the screw worm in Mexico. Mr. Wheaton also alleged that the covert operation was actually legitimately providing weapons, ammunition and other material to the Government of Peru in their struggle against guerrilla forces known as the “Shining Path.” Mr. Wheaton further alleged that a number of individuals involved in this covert operation were concurrently conducting an illegal covert operation whereby they were smuggling additional weapons, ammunition and material to Peru. The individuals were allegedly selling the weapons, ammunition and material to the Shining Path as well as to the Government of Peru, for money and narcotics. The money and narcotics were then allegedly smuggled back into the United States and air dropped at remote locations on military installations in the western part of the United States. Mr. Wheaton claimed that he had identified and interviewed two pilots15 who had been engaged in this operation. Mr. Wheaton further alleged that this operation continued until approximately the time of Col Sabow’s death. At about that time the operation was then moved to the country of Libya as a training mission in support of Muammar Gaddafi, leader of that country, in return for oil from Libya. Mr. Wheaton alleged that his investigation had disclosed that the covert operation at MCAS El Toro was under the control of Col Underwood.

Mr. Wheaton alleged that his investigation had developed witnesses who stated that during the period of time from 1989 to about the time of Col Sabow’s death, C-130 aircraft landed at MCAS El Toro in the middle of the night, unannounced and unknown to anyone on the installation other than Col Underwood. Mr. Wheaton told us that, according to his witnesses, the aircraft were unmarked or marked with logos of civilian companies, and were flown by nonmilitary type crews, i.e., long hair and bluejeans. The C-130s would go to a remote part of the airfield, described as “Spook Corner,” where unidentified material andequipment was loaded or unloaded as part of the illegal covert operation or for some sort of servicing of the aircraft. The aircraft would then depart El Toro. Mr. Wheaton stated that he had MP witnesses who had provided testimony to this effect. Mr. Wheaton identified one such witness as Mr. Robinson, but he refused to identify any other member of the military who possessed knowledge of these alleged covert operations. Mr. Wheaton alleged that Mr. Robinson had informed him that Col Underwood had directed the Provost Marshal, Capt Betsy Harries, to keep all military policemen away from the unidentified aircraft while they were on the airfield. [6]

RENDEZVOUS IN THE DESERT

Nick Schou, writing for the Orange County Weekly in September 2006, described an encounter in the desert in 1996 with a mysterious source who claimed to have top secret documentation showing the use of U.S. military base to fly drugs in the country in the 1980s. Gene Wheaton accompanied Schou to the rendezvous, “the man pulled a folder from his pocket and handed it to me. Inside was a piece of paper stamped with the logo of the U.S. Department of Defense. It looked like an uncensored version of what had been faxed to my office a week or so earlier: instructions from the Pentagon to El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and March Air Force Base not to record landings or takeoffs by two civilian airlines.

This time, the names of the airlines weren’t blacked out: Southern Air Transport and Evergreen International Airlines. The man with the walkie-talkie didn’t demand anything—except that I take the paper from his hands. But the document wasn’t stamped “declassified.” It could be stolen, Wheaton warned, and if I accepted it, I could go to federal prison for violating national security laws.” [8]

To his regret, Schou decided not to accept the document, asked the source to mail it to him, but never heard from him again.

CONCLUSIONS

DOD disagrees that any unmarked C-130s ever flew into El Toro to ferry weapons to Central and South American and return north with illegal drugs, that Marines were ever assigned to working parties to load/offload weapons and drugs in Mexico, that the deaths of Colonels Sabow and Agenbroad were suicides while the murder of GySgt Wade remains an unsolved cold case unrelated to any military activity; the suicide of Kevin Garneau was a tragedy for his family but had nothing to do with a case of mistaken identity and former Marine Kevin Smith never was assigned to any working party dealing with narcotrafficing. As far as the communiqué from BG Tom Adams to CMC reporting the death of Colonel Sabow, the ZULU date is a case of human error in typing the message and besides the evidence supports suicide and there’s no justification for a conspiracy to murder a senior Marine Corps officer. And, of course, we all know that our government never lies.


[1] National Security Archives, “The Oliver North File: His Diaries, E-Mail, and Memos on the Kerry Report, Contras and Drugs, National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 113, February 26, 2004,http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB113/index.htm#1

[2] U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations, “Drug, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy Report,” December 1988, pg. 53-55.

[3] Blow to the right side of Colonel Sabow’s head: “Semper Fidelis: An American Tragedy, Part I,” J. D. Sabow, MD, Forensic Neurologist, http://www.meixatech.com/SemperFidelis.pdf.

[4] Gene Wheaton’s biography was obtained from “Spartacus Educational,http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKwheaton.htm.

[5]DOD Inspector General, “Review of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Investigation into the Death of Colonel James E. Sabow, United States Marine Corps, June 5, 1996, pg. 24.

[6]Nich Schou,” Cocaine Airways”, Orange County Weekly, September 14, 2006,http://www.ocweekly.com/2006-09-14/news/cocaine-airways/

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