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“Bungler Central” – America’s Secret Spy Base


By Gordon Duff


Today, the Washington Post reported that 400 American drones simple “fell out of the sky,” at a cost of billions. These weren’t tiny hand launched model planes but, in most cases, Predators, Raptors or Global Hawks. Some were as large as airliners with highly classified payloads costing millions in surveillance gear.

Others we are told by sources at the upper levels of Pentagon command, crashed because they were overloaded with drugs from Afghanistan.

Those piloting these vehicles were all trained in the same place, Ft. Huachuca, where “moral flexibility” is the only guideline, whether it is drone pilots or the “military intelligence” commands whose highly classified activities go far beyond any of the spying Edward Snowden “outed” the NSA for.

It’s raining drones today”

At one time it was believed that the only errors drone pilots made were the dozens of “mistaken” attacks on schools, hospitals, weddings and funerals or hundreds of yet unreported “friendly fire” incidents potentially responsible for hundreds of American deaths and thousands of wounded.

The names seem impressive, Raptor, Predator or Global Hawk. There are stealth drones like the formerly “super-secret” RQ70, now not only on display in Tehran but being manufactured there as well. You can probably buy one on EBay.

Global Hawks, though capable of flying around the world, periodically land at deserted strips north of Gwadar in Baluchistan, Pakistan, directly south, by road, of the heroin processing facilities near Kandahar in Afghanistan.

There, the drones are “serviced” by former Navy SEALS employed by a defense firm secretly controlled by an American billionaire, owner of a soap manufacturing company and key political leader/financier of the Republican Party. That’s the party of John McCain and Lindsey Graham, senators who regularly visit Afghanistan, perhaps checking on their investments.

Drones can also transport things like Sarin gas or bioweapons. They can deploy these as well. We have no evidence this has been done but we do know that this capability is one “considered” when allocating billions to replace the hundreds of multi-million dollar drones that have mysteriously plummeted into the ground.

Fort Huachuca – Beyond the NSA

However, the drone issue is only one part of a problem endemic to all American intelligence functions, a generalized failure of ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) that President Obama seems dangerously unaware of.

When Special Forces units were deployed in Jordan to train “resistance fighters” involved in Syria and ended up “accidentally” training the Al Qaeda/ISIS force now taking over Iraq, where were these geniuses trained? Who could be that stupid? Where do idiots like these, the fools who fly drones upside down and “climb” multi-million dollar drones with even more expensive radar/camera/sensor packages into the ground?

Even more ironic, perhaps almost funny, many of the same “intelligence handlers” that trained ISIS jihadists in Jordan are now heading to Iraq to aid that government in defending itself from ISIS Jihadists.

As American humorist Jim W. Dean so often says: “You just can make things like this up.”

Fort Huachuca, Arizona


What is perhaps most curious is that these failures, so many of them, can be traced to a single very secret American base in a state represented by Senator John McCain, long reputed to have ties to organized crime.

Nestled in the Arizona hills, just north of the Mexican border is Fort Huachuca. Here, America trains its drone pilots, its “cyber-spies” and “agent handlers.” Nearly every imaginable abuse of both international and US law is taught and practiced here.

It also trains “cyber warfare specialists.” There, young soldiers work at computers learning to defend the United States from threats to national security, or so Congressand the American people are told.

Not one world of this is true, however. The “Intelligence School” at Fort Huachuca is a “front” for domestic spying, political “dirty tricks,” internet smear campaigns and, perhaps most heinous of all, blocking websites that promote freedom of speech and generating “technical difficulties” for media outlets that this US Army command is told don’t agree withwell, we aren’t exactly sure “who or what.”

More importantly, not only are such activities illegal, patently unconstitutional, violations of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States that members of the military swear an oath to “protect and defend,” these activities are also criminal fraud and violate numerous state and federal laws protecting communications from sabotage.

This is what is done at Fort Huachuca, they hack computers, they sabotage networks, the shutdown radio broadcast on federally licensed networks and they block access to websites, not only violating civil and constitutional rights but doing significant commercial harm as well.

These things are done as “training exercises” in what is called “psychological warfare.” It isn’t training; it is real war, a war against the American people, a war against freedom of speech and, most of all, a war against the truth.

Lying to Congress

When Congress funded the programs at Ft. Huachuca, they knew they were training drone pilots whose “missions” are seen, around the world, as acts of criminality and by top experts in international law as violations of not only the sovereignty of those nations attacked but outright murder as well. As war crimes by powerful “freedom loving nations” are typically overlooked, congress was more than happy to continue funding these programs which make us all safe unless you happen to be killed by a drone operated by a Ft. Huachuca “graduate” that doesn’t know up from down or a hospital from a terrorist training camp.

When Veterans Today columnist Stew Webb assisted by fellow columnist Gene “Chip” Tatum, former CIA “Psyop” specialist began checking Veterans Today and affiliated websites for hackers, the trail quickly led to Ft. Huachuca. Computers at that base were not only used to overload the sites, possibly hundreds, even thousands, causing “denial of service,” but were systematically blocking internet search engines as well, reprogramming them away from “unpleasant facts” and directing the public to “sock puppet” websites filled with libel, smears and bizarre conspiracy theories, websites funded unknowingly by the American people themselves with their tax dollars.

You see, keeping America safe means, as we learned, lying to congress about running psychological warfare programs against the American people and, as in this case, against not only one of the largest groups of American war veterans but an official news outlet for the Department of Veterans Affairs, an agency of that same government.

Veterans Today Targeted

Targeting Veterans Today and its staffers, blocking access, running smear websites that attack editors and columnists, many decorated combat veterans, some with not only “honored standing” and having top security clearances, but full access to military facilities like Ft. Huachuca…is more than illegal, it is bad manners. It could also be treason if such activities are going run for a foreign government via rogue element handlers at Ft. Huachuca.

What is almost funny is that the base commander at Huachuca is a close associate of a “VT” editor and former top intelligence officer of NATO’s largest command. Other VT editors sat on the National Security Council; one was chief intelligence advisor to President Reagan. Now they are targeted for standing up to government fraud or speaking out against years of disastrous military adventures and the abuse of America’s military veterans.

It gets even better. That same Army, along with all other major Intel organizations, uses open source intelligence analysis from Veterans Today citing it as both “flawless” and “impeccably researched.” They use it but don’t want others to have it. What good is a “democracy” when the public actually can, if it wishes, find out what is really going on regarding its national security?

Toward that end, the Army seems to have expanded its role from protector to “police state enforcer.”

Shut the Gates

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the “convicted terrorist mastermind” the US recently released and returned to Pakistan was a guest on an American base for 5 years. She was held at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, tortured, raped repeatedly, while under the legal authority of an American military officer now clearly guilty of a war crime.

If asked, he will claim he knew nothing. The screaming, the bloody trash bags buried in the parched earth, this is typical of the “moral flexibility” the American military has been infected with.

Here at home, young soldiers, our children and grandchildren are being indoctrinated with that same “moral flexibility.” For years we watched them kill around the world. Now they have turned on us. Some of us expected it.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board

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Are You Complicit in Heinous Crimes?



by J. Speer-Williams

Unless American citizens become aware of the US immoralities against humanity and oppose those crimes in some fashion, they will indeed continue to be complicit in monstrous criminality.

A powerful Luciferian cabal has long authored our laws, influenced our courts, controlled our presidents, and committed unilateral wars of aggression on innocent men, women, and children in the Balkans and the Middle East.

Truth-seekers often hear naysayers say, “That has always been the case,” as if a villain’s longevity in the commission of loathsome crimes gives him carte blanche to continue doing the unspeakable, all without end.

What is obviously not recognized by these inane is the fact that such a base dismissal of serious crimes begs for those atrocities to become more horrific, more constant, and committed at greater rapidity.

It is only by a mass public understanding of and disagreement with those crimes that these dark monsters will be kept at bay.

No public demonstrations, no revolutions, and no civil disobedience are called for or even desired. Those who control what used to be our government have directed most of their federal agencies (including the Post Office) to buy millions of rounds of hollow-point bullets, which the federal authorities claim is for target practice.

Do not be misled. One hollow-point bullet will tear a target to shreds, which makes them worthless for target practice. They bought hollow-point bullets to tears the bodies of American patriots to shreds.

There is something that the Dark Forces cannot prepare for: the US Homebound Revolution.

In the safety and comfort of your home do two things: from the Internet, completely educate yourself, and then disagree with the deceptions and horrors you discover.

It all begins with education, which results in enlightenment.

That is a wonderful truth you will seldom hear from most New Age gurus. They usually espouse never even thinking of anything negative and most certainly not talking about those who create the bulk of the world’s darkness.

Have you ever wondered why the US mainstream publishing houses will rarely publish a so-called conspiracy book, but will fall all over themselves printing scads of New Age books?

The simple truth is the Dark Forces have used and are still using the burgeoning New Age development as their personal Trojan Horse to subvert well-intended souls into becoming blind non-observers concerning their crimes against humanity.

Most people, however, find the subject of international crimes to be so unpleasant they avoid the issue as much as possible in some vacuous hope they will escape unscathed.

If avoidance of reality really protected  people, it might be wise for everyone to turn blind eyes toward injustices. The sad truth of the matter, however, is such an approach creates more crime and makes the non-observers complicit in serious offenses against humanity.

Still, do not attempt to impose your hard-won enlightenment upon those who resist it. Everyone is on a spiritual path, so let be those who are not yet up to the point of confronting evil. They will eventually come to learn the hard truths, albeit the hard way.

And trying to enforce your reality on others would be more counter-productive on you than on them.


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NEO – How to be a Success at moving weapons without really trying


From Iraq to Syria: How to transport men and weapons without really trying

… by  Henry Kamens,       … with  New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

[ Editor’s note:  We have another superlative investigative journalism piece that only someone like Henry Kamens can do in this area.

It requires not only being located in the region and having extensive sources, but a deep background on the history of the people and the complex Geo-political aspects that have so many in the West have just tuned out. It’s just too hard to follow.

This is why Veterans Today looks for people of this caliber, because they are capable of a constant flow of top quality material. They never succumb to making stuff up when “business is slow”, because it never is for them. They are in the thick of it all the time.

Hence we feel an obligation to get their work distributed, not only to give him the recognition like Henry deserves, but to also poke a sharpened fire-stick in the eye of corporate media, ie: “We we can do this caliber of work at VT, so why can’t you?”

Today he covers the Frankenstein business that has become a key part of US foreign policy, destabilization and regime change wherever it deems desirable. This clearly involves hands on terrorism work in which it has simply given itself immunity to engage, just like all the other state sponsors of terrorism.

After all, if little Israel can do it all these years without any problems, it would not be fair to prohibit the big ones from doing it, right? Thus goes the justification logic.

Of course, that any of this is being done with the consent of the government is just a bad joke. That makes the current state of our democracy a bad joke, including telling young school children they even have one. It was stolen by the gangsters the rule over us, as they don’t rule by consent.

So I pose to you…as you will read below that there is a obvious long term plan to keep a never ending supply of trained and ready terrorist brigades, including officers, at the ready to serve the cause of freedom and democracy.

So my big $64 million dollar question today is, “Do you think they will have any moral compunction, the puppeteers who run these operations, to using them against us when and if they so desire, and someone will pay them?”… Jim W. Dean ].

How to move troops easily

The much touted fall of Mosul and the alleged capture of US military equipment have been in the making for a long time.

It is therefore important to have some institutional knowledge of where these events began, and how a ragtag corporal in the Georgian army, sick and disillusioned, has suddenly become the poster boy for America’s war on terrorism in Iraq.

The corporal concerned is al-Shishani, AKA, Umar Gorgashvili, whose birth name is TARKHAN BATIRASHVILI. He is leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) insurgents who have been seen, very conveniently, transporting US-supplied Humvees across the border into war-torn Syria after the capture of Mosul.

Often reported as killed, al-Shishani nevertheless always turns up at the right time and right place for a photo opportunity, all part of the subterfuge. Umar Gorgashvili goes by many different names, but most of these are known only to those that have trained and have worked with him.

There are (actually “were”, as some of them have been murdered) four Chechens operating in the region, thus named “al shishani”: Omar al-Shishani, Saifullah al-Shishani, Amir Muslim and Salahudeen al-Shishani.

The supposedly captured US Humvees his troops have taken to Syria are purported to be the inanimate equivalents of the US hostages held for so long in Iran in the late seventies.

However, the track record of al-Shishani himself, and the various players in the region, indicates that something else is going on. The US-backed rebels are losing ground in Syria. ISIS, though presented as the enemy in northern Iraq, has been installed there to finish the job the original rebels have proved unable to.

The capture of the equipment is in fact a strategic handover. It serves two purposes: to equip the anti-Assad forces and to provide cover for equipment being brought out of Afghanistan and handed over to ISIS.

It will be said, if anyone notices, that this equipment must have been stolen from northern Iraq, because we have seen this happen on TV, and CNN says so!


Moths and butterflies


It has been interesting to watch al-Shishani/Batirashvili/ Gorgashvili, being transformed from an invalid soldier, officially too sick for duty, into the fiercest jihadist in the world.

Maybe there is no choice but to present him as such, when 5,000 of his jihadists have overrun four divisions of the Iraqi army, which the US has spent $25 billion training.

Francesco Crispi, Italian Prime Minister in 1898 who had gained his position by presenting himself as a strongman, was forced to resign by a stone-throwing mob when his army was routed at the Battle of Adwa by an Ethiopian force armed largely with spears.

No one wants to bow out of history in the same way over Iraq, despite all their talk about how much their actions are driven by care for the Iraqi people.

But of course that is not going to happen for another reason. The new poster boy learned everything he knows not from his fellow jihadists, but from the people who trained him: the US army, the training provider for the Georgian Armed Forces under the 64 Million Dollar US Train and Equip Programme, and Turkish intelligence, also trained by its US equivalent, through whom he took on his new role.

This man is another jihadist who is actually working for the other side, doing, as ever, things that side won’t dare do openly because the public who pay their wages would never support them. There is a list of them, and they too have different names and for different purposes, all their travel and foreign passports funded by US taxpayers.


The US Motivation

Battle of Adwa

The captured Humvees are becoming quite the celebrities. Al-Shishani has been shown driving them around unhindered, in scenes designed to outrage the supporters of the US action, and then inspecting them in Syria, thus demonstrating the international nature of the jihad and underscoring the importance of the global war on terrorism, providing justification for any action the US chooses to take against it—or inaction.

The US can even symbolically send some troops back to Iraq, of course, only to protect American citizens.

All these televised images look rather similar, purely in technical detail, to a number of similar ones connected with terrorism – the faked Boston Bombing footage shot by the Boston Globe, the faked gas attack purportedly committed by Assad’s troops reported by CNN, the internationally distributed photos of Carlos “The Jackal” which do not match eyewitness accounts of the man.

Details of the background do not match, images purportedly from the same day and time have different light levels and appear to be from different places, there are unexplained smudges and gaps and nothing to identify exactly when and where certain scenes were shot.


By the US DoD Disinformation Book

This consistency is not accidental. The US Department of Defense has written a manual on capturing scenes like these to marshal international opinion against an aggressor. Follow this link for the full original report: 1998 Report on Disinformation Warfare Manual – Chapter 7. The fact that such a manual exists does not mean that the images from Mosul and Syria are part of such a disinformation program.

Brian Nichiporuk, author of Chapter 7, DoD Report on Disinformation Warfare Manual

However, we need to take into account two factors. First, al-Shishani was trained by the US whilst in Georgia. Everything he knows the US also knows, and everything he does the US knows he will do, because it taught him how and when to do it.

Second, the US has practically withdrawn from Iraq but is still trying to pursue its aims in Syria. Hillary Clinton, Obama’s former Secretary of State, is warning that further military intervention in Iraq would be a “delicate and difficult task for our government because we certainly don’t want to fight their fight.” This is the same Hillary Clinton who wrote in a recent memoir that the Syrian conflict has spilled over into Iraq.

The civil conflicts in Iraq and Syria are all part of the same thing, according to her, and therefore according to her boss, as she would not be allowed to make such statements off the top of her head when security is at risk.

So to continue the war in Iraq when you have withdrawn your troops, to justify the original conflict and lost lives, what do you do…increase the engagement in Syria, which is now, we are told, where Iraq’s new troubles are coming from? Strangely enough, this is where the Humvees taken by al-Shishani’s men are now.

Where the threat goes, funding will follow – funding which is desperately needed, with the rebels being penned back day by day. Maybe the US genuinely fought against al-Shishani’s ISIS forces in Iraq. If it did, it suffered a humiliating defeat which puts the whole war on terror in doubt and with it the funding and public support for continuing it. But if this is the same war being fought against Syria, that changes everything.

This minor local setback can be reversed by defeating the instigators in Syria. But where exactly are these instigators? ISIS is not fighting on the side of Assad in Syria. It is fighting against him, like the crumbling Free Syrian Army and US-backed rebel forces, and indeed largely replacing these groups, as they have failed to secure Assad’s removal.

So al-Shishani is fighting both against and for the US, simultaneously, in the same war. Taliban militants in Afghanistan are complaining that they did not join it to fight FOR the US, as they are now effectively doing as a result of the latest turns of the peace process.

One wonders how such a thing could happen in Iraq and Syria, unless it was always intended to be this way.


Turkey’s involvement

According to the BBC, Omar al-Shishani entered Syria from Turkey to get involved with the conflict there. This is a well travelled route and this has been confirmed by Chechens who lived in Georgia as well. In Syria, Turkey has tried to play its own game; the US has not agreed to share tactics and strategy with Turkey and, incredibly, Northern Iraq

We are sure that Tarkhan entered Syria by Turkey, based on good sources about it and who trained him. After all, he travelled a lot, and not only in this direction but participated in executing some ethnic Ossetians inside of Georgia proper back in 2008, prior to the start of the 2008 Russian Georgian war.

Turkish collaboration with the Chechens is nothing new. It dates back to the eighteenth century, when both Chechnya and the Ottoman Empire were under threat from Christian Russia.

Then the Turks offered the Chechens help to “defend the caliphate”, now the mantra is “jihad against the Russians in the Levant paves the way for the return of the caliphate, and taking the jihad back to the Russian heartland.”

Chechens wishing to continue this jihad invariably do so through Turkey due to this longstanding tie. From there they enter both Syria and Iraq. Mosul is the largest Christian city in Iraq, therefore an obvious target for jihadists. Its capture from the dysfunctional Iraqi government reassures Turks that “genuine Moslems” now control not only the surrounding region but its oil reserves.

The country extracting the largest quantity of oil from those fields is Turkey. But Turkey is also a US ally and member of NATO. It will continue to support US causes, such as prolonging the conflict in Syria, to further its own geopolitical ambitions, which have recently begun to bear fruit.

Turkey is increasingly following the path of China: it has become a regional powerhouse, expected to intervene in conflicts and act as an honest broker between smaller nations, without giving up any of the anti-democratic conduct which previously saw it ostracised on the world stage.

Political violence, ethnic conflict and arbitrary justice are not things of the past in Turkey. Politicians still pander to martial sentiment by being as adversarial as possible, the military still plays a major role in government behind the scenes and a mainstream variety of radical Islam continues to undermine the secular state as much as Kurdish and other minority communities’ terrorist groups.

But it has the economic clout to dominate the region regardless, so these previous bogies no longer come into view, regardless of the consequences. By continuing to provide a pathway for Chechens to get involved in jihad Turkey keeps part of its “strongly” Moslem population happy and enhances its own claims to be both a Western and Moslem nation.

It also helps the US by ensuring the fall of Iraq, making it appear a hopeless case not worth defending any further, but blaming that on Syria, enabling it to increase its involvement there.

The international nature of al-Shishani himself, an ethnic Chechen/Kist actually from Georgia fighting in Iraq and Syria, brings home the international nature of the war on terror and the fact that even Moslem countries are threatened by it. This again serves both US and Turkish objectives, as governments fund each other, and keep each other in power, to conduct this war.

The only trouble is that al-Shishani gets the raw end of the deal. He now has to defend his conquests with arms, all the while looking over his shoulder for the day when he is no longer useful, and is executed by his friends as a terrorist, like so many before him.

Chechens themselves also get an even worse name than their association with terror has given them now, making their engagement in civilized conflict resolution impossible as no one will, officially, negotiate with a terrorist.


What next?

Minority groups, particularly dispossessed ones, always have a cause. They are willing to get into bed with anyone to further that cause. A number of monarchist Russians who went into exile in 1917 sided with Hitler throughout the Nazi era, not because they were Nazi, but because he was an aggressive antithesis of the hated Communists, a situation he exploited to his advantage.

The Moslem Chechens do not have a state of their own, and live surrounded by Christian peoples. Anyone who offers them a way to pursue the fight against those Christians, even if they are infidels themselves, is potentially a friend, but a friend much bigger and stronger than them, whose will they will eventually have no choice but to follow, whatever blandishments are initially offered.

Chechens such as Omar al-Shishani can be used for any purpose, and Georgia has seen it all before. The US has been inserting groups of Chechen fighters and Arab terrorists into Pankisi Gorge in Georgia to destabilise Russia for a number of years, and the snipers who shot at people indiscriminately in Maidan Square were subsequently evacuated through Georgia.

Whatever cause al-Shishani may once have had, he has merely become an adjunct of US foreign policy, and must be well aware of this. Does Omar still have tuberculosis? No one seems to know for sure. But what is clear is that this new international monster has now become a sicker and more helpless man than he ever was.

He will be discarded in due course, and his alleged conduct has made it all the harder for the Chechen cause to be seen as anything other than an excuse for violence. He may not have set out to bring this on himself and his people, but that is what he is doing, with thousands of innocent civilians as collateral damage he will be blamed for causing.

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Target China by F. William Engdahl


Target China by F. William Engdahl

…by  Cara  St. Louis



“Step-by-step, just as with the boiling of frogs, Washington has been turning the heat up on China since about 2005. Today it is dangerously close to a boil.

It is not too late for China but its people and leaders must have absolutely no illusions about the ruthlessness and determination of their adversary, the elite policy circles of the Anglo-American axis.

The book you are about to read details how US policy circles increasingly plan to mortally wound and eventually kill China’s economic wonder.” (Engdahl, Target China).

F. William Engdahl, Geopolitical Analyst, Lecturer, AuthorF. William Engdahl, Geopolitical Analyst, Lecturer, Author

So says F. William Engdahl, one of today’s pre-eminent geopolitical analysts, who has spent years studying China and the west’s vendetta upon that country.

Target China is about to make its debut in English. Engdahl accounts for the whole strategy: everything from currency and debt manipulation to the all-out attack by Monsanto, which ultimately isn’t what we think it is. It’s much worse than that.

In other words, the brutally effective full spectrum dominance attack that has been honed to a fine ‘art’ and is now turned as a deadly accurate cultural and social water cannon upon any population in the path of what the ravenous powers desire. The good news? Engdahl is a master at taking the overwhelmingly complex and making it understandable to Everyman.

It is profoundly important to understand this mechanism as it is as often used on the United States population itself as on any other country. One can easily, after reading this book, turn around and face the nation and be horrified by the absolute similarities. It is, after all, The Weapon. Why would anyone be immune?

The US, in what might be considered both a move of desperation and of inestimable greed, backed China into a corner, forcing them to buy dollars — buy the debt. The US used this leverage to fund the invasions of the Middle East. “A perverse, unholy alliance was developing between the sole hegemonic superpower United States and the world’s fastest growing economy, China. Washington never intended for China to massively revalue. It was a bluff, a pressure point.”

Also, China became an importer of oil as of 1994, a turn of events which has never situated a country well. Thus they demonstrated a weak spot, a point of leverage and blackmail. Couple this with the enormous demand for cars in China and a insatiable hunger is born; a hunger which we imagine must be fed. It is a shame China walked into the same trap so many others did in just the last few decades.

However, China had the means to go looking for oil, which it found in Africa. Not only has China established good relations with many African nations but they have offered an alternative to the slavery imposed by the IMF and the World Bank. This has not gone down well with the Oilmen and the Banks. One of the richest strikes was found in Dafur, which would be funneled toward the Sudan via a pipeline and, as Engdahl put it, “it was time to draw the noose around the neck of Sudan.” Much of the turmoil and confusion in Africa has had to do with strangling China’s attempts to do business there.

“In November 2006, Beijing hosted an extraordinary summit of 40 African heads of state. They literally rolled out the red carpet for the heads of among others Algeria, Nigeria, Mali, Angola, Central African Republic, Zambia, South Africa and Sudan.

China signed an oil deal, linking the Peoples’ Republic of China with the continent’s two largest nations – Nigeria and South Africa. China’s CNOC would lift the oil in Nigeria, via a consortium that included South African Petroleum Co. giving China access to what could be 175,000 barrels a day by 2008. The $2.27 billion deal gave state-controlled CNOC a 45% stake in a large off-shore Nigeria oil field. Previously, Nigeria had been considered in Washington to be an asset of the Anglo-American oil majors, ExxonMobil, Shell and Chevron.

The US Senate adopted a resolution in February 2006 that requested NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization troops in Darfur, as well as a stronger UN “peacekeeping” force with a robust mandate. A month later, President Bush also called for additional NATO forces in Darfur. The aim was to gain NATO control on China’s huge new oil potential.”

Well, you get the idea. This story is one of the primary scenarios of the 20th century.

Hands off our rice?Hands off our rice?

” Over the past thirty or more years the most dramatic change in the food consumption in the history of China has taken place. The change has occurred slowly such that most Chinese consumers greeted new products from mostly American food outlets as a tasty modern alternative to traditional Chinese food. Today this subtle destruction of the nutritional content of the Chinese diet has manifested in a crisis of explosive dimension.”

As with any other infiltration of a nation by Pirate Corporate America, one saw the rise of ambassadors such as KFC, McDonalds’s and Subway. However, these were just the first wave of troops off the landing craft at D-Day. The real tanks and assault weapons arrive flying the flag of Monsanto. It is on this front that utter control of feeding a population is wrested away from the country itself.

Since our bodies never recognized any of the above as ‘food,’ but rather as foreign invaders…well, any time Monsanto shows up it’s disastrous news for agriculture and health. This is becoming very well-documented thanks to these sorts of observations. Monsanto has actually introduced a form of rice which may eliminate the Chinese single-handedly.

Engdahl examines the effects of this destabilization and physiological assault strategy on China in detail, even referring to this as the new Opium War. Since this is a standard war tactic now, it behooves us to walk through this by the numbers with him.

“The deadly or crippling Anglo-American Pharmaceutical drug system has been developed over decades to use medical drugs to literally weaken whole populations, referred to by them as “herds.” The entire vaccine and drug industry almost without exception in the US, UK and Switzerland and Japan has been developed since World War II as a vital part of the eugenics agenda of the Rockefeller family circles of the Anglo-American establishment. Responsible persons concerned with the future health of the Chinese people would do well to examine this highly strategic form of warfare.” 

Yes, Engdahl did say that the pharmaceutical industry refers to us as ‘herds.’ Could that be all we need to know? Maybe, except that the rest of his analysis here is as deep and unexpected as the rest of this material. This is not the stuff one reads every day. His research has taken him down amazing paths.

‘Aldous Huxley stated already back in 1961:

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of

Aldous Huxley striking the famous one-eye pose we see so often in these circles.Aldous Huxley striking the famous one-eye pose we see so often in these circles.

making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”


Today the West is fully in that “next generation or so.” It must be understood that Huxley was not merely a writer.

He was part of a tight-knit group working secretly with CIA director Allen Dulles and President Eisenhower’s Special Advisor for Cold War Strategy, Nelson Rockefeller, under sponsorship of the private Ford Foundation, on a top secret “mind-control” project called MK-Ultra, which created the 1960’s LSD, drug “hippie revolution” in the US as a project of ultimate social control experimentation.

Dr. Humphrey Osmond, Timothy Leary, author Ken Kesey and others were involved in the secret CIA experiments together with leading pharmaceutical companies.’

CIA techniques introduced into the human population presently targeted for control — the grand experiment results from the USA, now an electro-magnetic concentration camp — packaged in the most effective missile to the next target. Engdahl is explicit in detailing the deep ways this is done here and abroad and to what aim.

Production and distribution of these pharmaceuticals, under their various names and disguises, in China? You do the math.

“China today, because of its dynamic economic growth and its determination to pursue sovereign Chinese national interests, merely because China exists, is becoming the Pentagon new “enemy image,” now replacing the false “enemy image” of Islam used after September 2001 by the Bush-Cheney Administration to justify the Pentagon’s global power pursuit. The new US military posture against China has nothing to do with any aggressive threat from the side of China. The Pentagon has decided to escalate its aggressive military posture to China merely because China has become a strong vibrant independent pole in world economics and geopolitics.”

Andrew Marshall, mentor of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld...what a claim to fame. Andrew Marshall, mentor of Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld…what a claim to fame.

China spends about 10% of what the US does on the military. “The new US military posture against China has nothing to do with any aggressive threat from the side of China. The Pentagon has decided to escalate its aggressive military posture to China merely because China has become a strong vibrant independent pole in world economics and geopolitics.”

The Pentagon is after China. End of story. The plan is referred to as String of Pearls.

“The architect of the Pentagon anti-China strategy of Air-Sea battle is Andrew Marshall, the man who has shaped Pentagon advanced warfare strategy for more than 40 years and among whose pupils were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Since the 1980s Marshall has been a promoter of an idea first posited in 1982 by Marshal Nikolai Ogarkov, then chief of the Soviet general staff, called RMA, or ‘Revolution in Military Affairs.’ The best definition of RMA was the one provided by Marshall himself:

“A Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) is a major change in the nature of warfare brought about by the innovative application of new technologies which, combined with dramatic changes in military doctrine and operational and organizational concepts, fundamentally alters the character and conduct of military operations.” 

To interrupt China’s strategic ties with its geographical partners in an effort dubbed ‘The String of Pearls,’ by the Pentagon is Job One. Corporations approaching some of these countries are “hand-picked by Washington to do the most harm.” Failing that, sanctions of all kinds are being imposed on friends of China. The fact that they are geographically joined with China matters not in the least. The Navy is deploying its mightiest ‘recon# and surveillance along this so-called string of pearls. This is one hell of an all-out effort under way simply to stop one nation from succeeding economically. The details, so carefully and engagingly laid out in Target China, are staggering…and important.

Not left out, of course, is that well-oiled social engineering monolith, Hollywood, and its nefarious cousin, the so-called media. This weapon is being used, as always, to full effect.

“Since President Woodrow Wilson openly enlisted the cooperation of Hollywood film makers to create propaganda to stir war fever among Americans, Hollywood and US media have been intimately linked with shaping consensus for US national strategy. By 2012 that combinationwas being turned to slowly make the Peoples’ Republic of China into what in perhaps a few short years would be portrayed as the new “Hitler Germany” adversary. The US Pentagon and the military industrial complex, together with the elites at the New York Council on Foreign Relations and other select organizations of power brokers, developed a form of culture and media warfare which China was very susceptible to.”

Coincidentally, two major newspaper publishers in London did the very same thing at the behest of The Tavistock Institute in order to bring a British population had no quarrel at all with Germany into WWI. Hmmmm….. Well, on with our tale.

The following discussion is deeply interesting: which revolutions do Google executives brag about being at the helm of? Where have they and their arms and outlets played a significant and strategic role in bringing down leaders and governments? They never try to hide these things but we are trained to attend to the mainstream media and one will not find the truth there. Does China, in fact, have a reason to be suspicious of Google and Facebook and Twitter and youtube and….

The reality is that China faces a situation today that it has never faced. On top of a three-decade long hurtle into wealth and prominence on the world stage, China now faces the wrath of the established territory holders. Arguably there may only be one but it uses all the nations as arms to get what it wants, which is everything.

Fair enough. The discussion around China is an opportunity that cannot be missed for it will be in seeing and understanding this example that the world can be shaken awake and save itself from the Ravenous Beast. Additionally, the idea of a ‘counter-pole’ to totalitarian power rocking the world today is an intriguing one.

Engdahl concludes Target China by asking an important question: “What then shall we do?” as Tolstoy expressed it. He then pursues some thinking on the matter, including a look at what brought down the first Roman Empire. He highlights the Achilles Heels of China, the EU and the US, for after all, the west does have an Achilles Heel, and Engdahl knows what it is. Get this book!

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European Royals Killing Naked Children for Fun at Human Hunting Parties



Teens were drugged, stripped naked, raped, hunted down in the woods and killed by European royals according to this week’s latest eyewitness to testify before theInternational Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels. The woman was the fourth eyewitness to give accounts about these human hunting parties of the global elite Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult network. A former member of the Netherlands criminal drug syndicate known as Octopus testified that victims were obtained for these human hunting parties from juvenile detention centers in Belgium and Holland.

Photo:Angelfire“In 2004 I was an involuntary witness to torture, rape and murder sessions of drugged children performed for a group of high ranked people of the Netherlands” stated a woman. “I was taken to a hunting party in Belgium close to Brussels where I saw two boys and a girl ages 14 to 16, hunted and killed by global elites. The human hunting party was heavily guarded by the Netherlands Royal Guards. I was told that King Albert of Belgium was present.”Four eyewitnesses confirmed that as children and youths they were forced to attend human hunting parties where they and other children were raped, with some killed, and deceased boy’s penises were cut off. Allegedly there was a Dutch countryside palace where boys’ penises were displayed like trophies on a wall. Some hunting parties were hosted on the grounds of Belgium Queen Beatrix’s Palace.Dutch therapist Toos Nijenhuis claimed that as a four year-old she was forced to witness murders of children that involved former Pope Ratzinger, a Dutch Catholic Cardinal, plus the father of Netherlands Belgium Queen Beatrix and Bilderberger Founder, Dutch Crown Prince Alfrink Bernhard. “I saw the former Pope Joseph Ratzinger murder a little girl″ another witness confirmed. “It was at a French chateau in the fall of 1987. It was ugly, horrible and didn’t happen just once. Ratzinger and Bernhard were some of the more prominent men who took part.”

In Ireland, Spain and Canada 34 child mass grave sites were discovered and appeared linked to Ninth Circle activities. The largest was the Mohawk Indian Residential School in Brantford Ontario where child remains were identified in 2008 before the Catholic Church, Canadian government and English Crown shut down the dig by professional archeologists. The 2013 ICLCJ Court had found Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip guilty for the Oct. 10 1964 disappearance of ten native children from the Catholic residential school in Kamloops British Columbia. In the first two weeks of the 2014 court witnesses identified Dutch and Belgian royal participants in the rape and killing of Mohawk children and newborns. Named were Bernhard and King Hendrick, consort to Queen Wilhelmina of Holland.


Alleged to be present during the human hunting parties were the late Prince Johan Friso and his wife Mabel Wisse Smit, former ministers, the top man of the Dutch army, the under secretary of the Raad Van State in the Netherlands, the Vice-Roy next to Queen Beatrix and other global business and political leaders including some from the US. “Surely the present King Willem Alexander and King Filip and their wives know about this abuse and murder of children” said one eyewitness.”They do nothing about it and likely are the ones to stop investigations and prosecutions.”

In January 2014 the brother of the king of Holland Prince Johan Friso passed away in a coma after these three Dutch-language websites shown here reached the internet. The websites revealed that Friso was at the human hunting and killing parties.”The story came on the internet after years of trying to move the policy and justice department in the Netherlands to act against the criminals,” an eyewitness said. “Nobody did anything to stop these criminals, probably because Queen Beatrix and King Albert likely interfered with the investigations.”

Human hunting parties were said to take place on the grounds of Belgium Queen Beatrix’s Palace in the Netherlands. Two witnesses have named former Pope Joseph Ratzinger and Queen Beatrix’s father the deceased Prince Alfrink Bernhard, as being present at child sacrifices. Both were said to be Nazi sympathizers.

The ICLCJ Court received a collection of Jesuit archival records about a child sacrificial cult known as the Knights of Darkness. In 1933 the Knights were established by the Catholic Jesuits and Nazi Waffen S.S. Division. The records showed Ratzinger was identified as a member of the Knights while working as an S.S. Chaplain’s assistant at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in Germany. The records also stated that Ratzinger participated in child sacrificial rites using kidnapped children from the camps or political prisoners.

Another court document called the Magisterial Privilege indicated child sacrifice was a regular occurrence at the Vatican. At the tender age of 12 “Svali” of San Diego County California claimed she was brought to catacombs beneath the Vatican to witness the sacrifice of a three year-old drugged boy. In this video her interviewer said that 24 years prior a “Maria” told him she witnessed another satanic child sacrifice rite in the same Vatican Catacombs.

Last week an Irish police investigator reported to the ICLCJ Court that the close to 800 babies buried in a Catholic Nun’s septic tank were dismembered, decapitated and in bits and pieces – signs that they could have been murdered in Satanic child sacrifice rites. In the last two months the ICLCJ Court has heard these heart-wrenching testimonies about the rape, torture and murder of children as recently as 2010 by Catholic leaders, European royal family members and other global elites. Murder sites of the Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult were said to be in the catacombs of Catholic Cathedrals including the Vatican and on private estates, military establishments and groves in Belgium, Holland, Spain, Australia, France, England and the US.

The ICLCJ Court has been overwhelmed with newly discovered evidence and a number of new witnesses coming forward to testify about Ninth Circle Satanic Child Sacrifice Cult activities. They have uncovered Ninth Circle Satanic Cult member possible involvement in international child sacrifice, kidnapping, exploitation and drug rings. The five international judges and 27 jury members were expected to remain in session for at least a year due to the complexity of the cases.

Amnesty has been offered to citizens or employees of the Vatican, Crown of England, churches or governments willing to give sworn testimony or evidence that leads to the prosecution of these global elites suspected of committing crimes. Rewards up to 10,000 euros or around 13,660 dollars was available through the ICLCJ court.


This article was originally published in Top info Post and can be accessed here.

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Syrian ‘moderates’ aren’t so moderate in Iraq


Who are the ‘moderate’ rebels President Obama wants to train and arm?

Well, God bless Barack Obama – he’s found some “moderate” rebels in Syria. Enough to supply them with weapons and training worth $500m. Congress wants to arm these brave freedom fighters, you see. And Obama, having sent his 300 elite Spartan lads to Iraq to help Nouri al-Maliki fight the rebels there, needs to send help to the rebels in Syria – even though most of them are on the side of the rebels in Iraq whom Obama wants Maliki to defeat.

Confusing? You bet. So first steps first. Who are the “moderate” rebels whom Obama wants to train and arm? He doesn’t name them – and he can’t, because the original “moderates” whom America swore to arm (with the help of the CIA, the Brits, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey) were the so-called “Free Syrian Army”, mostly composed of deserters from Assad’s government forces. But the FSA – briefly beloved of John McCain until he discovered a pro-al-Qa’ida fighter sharing a photo-op with him in northern Syria – has decomposed.

Its men have gone home, switched to the bearded Islamists of the Nusrah or Isis – or Isil if we heed the latest acronym – or re-deserted to the government army and taken up arms for Assad again. Some freedom fighters! They weren’t given enough weapons, we are told. Now they’ll get more. And no doubt sell them – as they did the last lot. For it is a sad fact of war that whenever a gun crosses a border, it represents not loyalty but cash.

Give an FSA man – if you can find one – an anti-aircraft missile and it will be sold to the highest bidder. In all the civil wars I’ve covered, I’ve never seen a weapon in the hands of a militia which hasn’t bought it from someone else. In a humiliating interview on Channel 4, our own Defence Secretary admitted that weapons given to Syrian rebels had fallen into the hands of the bad guys. How do you monitor all the guys whom you give a gun to? Send them off with a personal drone to make sure they don’t sell it?

Besides, how do you actually find a “moderate” these days in Syria’s war? The Islamist rebels fight to the death. No “moderates” they. And – accursed facts now intervene – these are the very same Islamist rebels now threatening the Iraqi state. And just to make things even more confusing, Maliki has just been thanking Assad’s boys for air-raiding his own rebel enemies on the Iraqi-Syrian border on the grounds that Syria and Iraq are “friends”.

So now to our own real friend, the Department of Home Truths. What’s left of the FSA has been fighting the Islamist Isis-Isil forces. So have the Kurdish militias in northern Syria. So have a few village militias. And the Syrians have a suspicion that this is Obama’s half-baked plan: to arm the anti-Islamist Syrian rebels to fight the pro-al-Qa’ida rebels and thus – indirectly – keep both the Assad and Maliki regimes in power.

The problem is that Obama must do this without revealing that the Syrian-Iraqi battle against Sunni Wahabis is one and the same war, that Assad’s Syrian army – using Russian jets – is struggling against exactly the same enemy as Maliki’s Iraqi army, also soon to be augmented (if we are to believe Maliki’s blather to the BBC Arabic Service) with Russian jets. In other words, Assad not only has the public support of Moscow; he has the private support of Washington (and therefore, of course, of Israel).

Why else would the White House say that the money for Syrian “moderates” would help “counter terrorist threats” – “terrorist” being Assad’s description of his enemies. But of course, Obama must keep calling Assad a “brutal dictator”. Difficult to explain all this on Fox News, of course. So just keep repeating the word “moderate”. Over and over again.

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Robert Fisk: How on earth can I$raHell tolerate this filth from B’nai Brith Canada?


Four million Canadians carrying the anti-Semitic ‘disease’? We’ve heard this kind of despicable propaganda before.

Not long ago, I was handed the most outrageous, vile, dishonest and slanderous calumny uttered against the people of Canada. It was contained in a full-page advertisement in the National Post (founder, Conrad Black), a newspaper handed out – free, I’m happy to say – on my Air France flight out of Toronto. Here is the headline: “Almost 4 million Canadians are afflicted by this disease.”

Beneath this title is a half-page, very blurred and uncaptioned colour photo of a large crowd – they could be football supporters, rush-hour commuters in Vancouver, you name it; they are mostly white males but include women and with at least one dark-skinned man close to the camera. Beneath the picture, this incredible ad continues: “Left unchecked, it [the disease] can result in violence tendencies. Many times, those infected haven’t been diagnosed and may pass it on to their children, grandchildren, colleagues or friends. Please help stop the spread of this disease before it contaminates your community.”

This is frightening stuff, of course. Could this refer to some of the six million Canadians who may be living with HIV/Aids? Or the 4.5 million Canadians affected by arthritis? Or the 2.5 million Canadians believed to have diabetes? Or even some of the estimated 7.8 million Canadians treated for depression each year? Nope. This is far more serious. For the “disease” afflicting “almost 4 million Canadians” is “anti-Semitism” and this disgusting advertisement – published without comment by one of Canada’s leading right-wing newspapers – was produced by B’nai Brith Canada and the “Jewish Christian Alliance”. “At the first sign of anti-Semitism,” this appalling ad concludes, “call the B’nai Brith Canada Anti-Hate Hotline…” In other words, this pro-Israeli Jewish group – whose exaggerations and hateful propaganda have been rightly condemned by Jewish Canadians – claims that four million of their fellow-countrymen and women are sick, racist neo-Nazis. What other conclusion are we supposed to draw if almost 9 per cent of the Canadian population is “diseased”, “infected” and “contaminated”.

Now let’s forget that B’nai Brith regards any criticism of the state of Israel – however justified, however mild, made by Jews and non-Jews alike – as anti-Semitic. Let’s forget previous protests by Jewish Americans against the organisation’s grotesque exaggerations. Let’s even ignore its equation of Palestinians with Nazis, a comparison that led it to publish a bowdlerised version of the infamous photograph of the wartime Grand Mufti of Jerusalem meeting with Hitler – the Nazi dictator was “moved” in the B’nai Brith version of the snapshot about three feet closer to the Palestinian so that Hitler appears to be almost sitting on his visitor’s lap.

And let’s not ask why the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, did not immediately leap to the defence of his own Canadian people when confronted by this disgusting statement of “disease”. For alas, Harper told the Israeli Knesset last January – while archly claiming “criticism of Israeli policy is not in and of itself necessarily (sic) anti-Semitic” – that condemnation of Israeli policies amounted to anti-Semitism. This included those who supported the boycott campaign against Israel or referred to it as an apartheid state. “On some campuses,” said Harper, “intellectualised (sic) arguments against Israeli policies thinly mask the underlying realities, such as the shunning of Israeli academics and the harassment of Jewish students.”

“Sickening,” Harper called this. Yes, the Canadian Prime Minister himself was using the “disease” metaphor employed by B’nai Brith. And why not? Because there’s another reason Canadians can expect no protection from their own Prime Minister, who in his speech might have been a member of the Knesset rather than a guest of its members: Stephen Harper was awarded the “International Presidential Gold Medal” for “his commitment to the Jewish people and the State of Israel” in 2008 – by B’nai Brith.

But what, we have to ask, possesses Israel’s “friends” to publish this pernicious material about 4 million “diseased” Canadians? Does B’nai Brith Canada not realise that these very same despicable lies were used by the Nazis in their hate propaganda against the Jews of Europe? In Hitler’s Germany, Jews were described as microbes. Jews, according to Julius Streicher, were “the carriers of disease and vermin among men”. In August 1941, Goebbels called Jews “the carriers of infectious diseases” and two weeks later referred to Jews as “parasites”. By November, he was calling them “lice”.

But now, 4 million Canadians carry “disease”. Undiagnosed “infections” will be passed on to children and grandchildren. The “community” is in danger of being “contaminated”. If this stuff was not so revolting, it could be laughed off. It’s not just a question of how Stephen Harper can tolerate this garbage. How can Canadians? And – here I draw only on my own experience of visiting Israel itself dozens of times – how on earth can Israel tolerate this filth from B’nai Brith Canada? Disgrace is the word that comes to mind. And it prompts two grim thoughts. If this dangerous material is really supposed to defend Israel, then Israel must be in much greater danger than it believes. And with a Canadian outfit such as B’nai Brith and the National Post as its “friends”, Israel doesn’t need Arab enemies.

So, that’s what Isis has been up to

While the Iraqi army supposedly fights back against Isis, it’s worth remembering that the cities at either end of the Islamists’ new self-proclaimed caliphate – Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq – have historic links which precede the post-First World War Anglo-French Mandates that divided them with a Syrian-Iraqi frontier. I’m indebted to a short but enlightening monograph by John McHugo (chair of the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine) which points out that “in 1919-20… the separation of Iraq from Greater Syria was still only a division between occupation zones. Aleppo had stronger links and greater fellow feeling with Mosul than with Damascus.”

Both, says McHugo, were cosmopolitan, merchant cities “which had been trading partners for hundreds of years, if not for millennia, along the Silk Road, and there was no natural frontier between them.”

It gets better. According to McHugo – a lawyer by trade, as well as an Arabist – Aleppo, “still at the time probably Syria’s largest city and certainly the country’s commercial hub, had retained its links with Mosul and Baghdad throughout the Mandate years. Many politicians from the city favoured Syria joining Iraq in a federation, or even a full union…” So there you have it. The Silk Road reconnected. Now we know why the Isis lads have been bulldozing the border ramparts between Iraq and Syria.

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Forcible Feeding Constitutes Torture Crime


PCHR Warns of Zio-Nazi Efforts to Legitimize Forcible Feeding against Palestinian Detainees and Calls upon the International Community to Immediately Intervene


The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) warns of the serious implications of Israeli efforts to pass a law granting powers to the Israeli prison authorities to forcibly feed Palestinian detainees.  The bill will be presented to the Israeli Knesset on Monday, 30 June 2014, to be passed in the second reading. PCHR stresses that this bill constitutes a flagrant violation of the Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and is intended to deny international and human rights demands to stop the policy of administrative detention adopted by Israel as a form of punishment against Palestinians.  These demands have notably increased following the declaration of a hunger strike by Palestinian administrative detainees, and in this context, the UN Secretary General demanded Israel to release Palestinian administrative detainees.

Israeli authorities initiated efforts to enact such law after Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons declared an open hunger strike in April, in protest against detaining them without charges or trials. This bill was proposed by the Israeli Ministry of Internal Security, and it was passed in the first reading in the Israeli Knesset on 09 June 2014.

PCHR believes that forcible feeding or threatening to use it is a form of cruel and degrading treatment that is prohibited by the Convention against Torture and criminalized under the International Criminal Law.  It constitutes an unjustified violation of a detainee’s personal freedom, physical safety and right to protest and declare strikes.  Having reached the same conclusion, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Health and the ICRC demanded Israel not pass the bill of forcible feeding.

Forcible feeding constitutes a threat to the lives of detainees on hunger strike, as it is carried out by forcibly inserting a tube in the nose or the mouth to push food through it into the stomach directly.  It causes severe pains, and is often accompanied by using severe violence against the victim to cripple his/her resistance.  It is worth noting that 3 Palestinian detainees died because of forcible feeding in 1980 and 1983: Rassem Halawa; Ali al-Ja’fari; and Ishaq Marawgha.

Moreover, forcible feeding seriously violates the minimum standards of the ethics of the medical profession, and the right to abstain from receiving treatment. In this context, the World Health Assembly, Union of Israeli Hospitals and Israel Medical Association sent separate letters to the Israeli Prime Minister stressing their rejection of any law compelling physicians to forcibly feed the detainees, and indicating that forcible feeding involves violence, coercion and pains that may amount to torture.  The ICRC also warned Israeli physicians that they could be prosecuted before international mechanism if they participate in forcible feeding.  It should be noted that the Declaration of Malta on Hunger Strikers adopted by the World Medical Association in November 1991 stresses that medical intervention for the interest of a hunger striker must be based on his/her explicit or implicit consent and without a third party’s intervention.  The Declaration states also:

“Forcible feeding is never ethically acceptable. Even if intended to benefit, feeding accompanied by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints is a form of inhuman and degrading treatment. Equally unacceptable is the forced feeding of some detainees in order to intimidate or coerce other hunger strikers to stop fasting.”  “It is ethical to allow a determined hunger striker to die in dignity rather than submit that person to repeated interventions against his or her will.”

It is noted that Israeli physicians operating in Israeli prison do not report to the Israel Medical Association, as they report only to the Israeli Ministry of Health, which is one of the major supporters of the bill of forcible feeding.  So, the Israel Medical Association’s declaration does not represent the position of physician working in Israeli prisons, and PCHR’s follow-ups of detention conditions of Palestinians in Israeli prisons strongly indicate that physicians of prisons might be involved in many crimes and violations.  PCHR warns of possible use of this law by physicians of Israeli prisons to cover their perpetration of more crimes and violations against Palestinian detainees.

The Israeli Knesset decided on 23 June 2014 to adjourn the voting on the bill in the second and third readings to Monday, 30 June 2014, in order for the Israeli leadership to create an appropriate political atmosphere to ensure passing the law, as there is international opposition to the bill. Drafters of the bill made some amendments to the bill in an attempt to ensure passing it.  PCHR emphasizes that such proposed amendments or other one will never change the reality that forcible feeding constitutes a form of torture and an assault on the personal freedom.  PCHR calls upon the international community and concerned international and local organizations to declare their explicit rejection of any law for forcible feeding, and not to be misled by flimsy guarantees added by Israel to the bill in an attempt to pass it in the Israeli Knesset.

On 24 April 2014, 130 out of 191 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israeli prisons declared an open hunger strike, joining Ayman Tbaish, who started a hunger strike on 28 February 2014, in protest against being detained without charges or trials, and to urge the international community to pressurize Israel to abolish the administrative detention policy. The detainees suspended their strike on 25 June 2014; that is, following 62 days of complete abstention form having food, depending on water and salt only.  At least 90 detainees were evacuated to hospitals.  Reasons for suspending the hunger strike have not been revealed.

It is worth noting that about 2,000 Palestinian prisoners declared a hunger strike on 17 April 2012, which continued for 28 days, demanding stopping the administrative detention policy used without any restraints to punish Palestinian activists.  At the time, more than 300 Palestinian had been placed under administrative detention, some of whom had been detained for years without charges or trials.  The prisoners suspended the strike as Israeli prison and security authorities promised to release some administrative detainees and review the cases of others.  The number of administrative detainees decreased as it dropped to 124 in July 2013, but the number has recently increased to 331 administrative detainees, 140 of whom were arrested in the past two weeks.

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Pakistan: Entire Nation at War


By Sajjad Shaukat

Unlike the past wars, the arena of war has changed. In the ongoing era, lethal weapons and

subversive tactics used by the terrorists including foreign support to internal entities and

propaganda can be more harmful in damaging the interest of a target country. The new warfare

has made it difficult for the military to serve alone as the automatic dominant sphere in every

war, covering all domains. This sort of war requires the cooperation of the entire nation.

In these terms, Pakistan has become the target of the different war, while country’s armed forces

and other intelligence and law-enforcing agencies have intermittently been coping with the

enemy which employs subversive activities of various kinds such as suicide attacks, targeted

killings, assaults on the Army and security agencies, kidnappings, sectarian and ethnic violence.

In this regard, having connection with each other, militant outfits, especially Tehreek-e-Taliban

Pakistan (TTP) and Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Balochistan Republican Army

(BRA) including other banned organizations have claimed responsibility for a number of terror-
attacks. Karachi, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochistan have become vulnerable to their acts

of sabotage. On June 8, 2014, the most tragic attack on Zaireen at Taftan Balochistan is quite

alarming where two suicide bombers armed with SMGs attacked and exploded themselves, after

conducting indiscriminate firing on Shias. Resultantly, 24 individuals were killed and 14 injured.

Spokesman of the extremist group Jash-e-ul-Islam accepted responsibility. The brutal attack

seeks immediate attention of Provincial Government and law-enforcing agencies.

Foreign backed subversive activities by the Baloch Sub-Nationalities (BSNs) go on, as

miscreants carried out rocket attacks, target-killings, exploding gas pipelines and firing on

security forces particularly in Awaran, Kech, Dera Bugti, Khuzdar and Pangur areas.

In fact, India has set up secret training centers in Afghanistan where its military personnel in

connivance with Israeli RAW and CIA have been imparting training of guerilla warfare to

the youngsters, having links with TTP, BLA, BRA and other similar insurgent outfits. These

anti-Pakistan agencies send heavily-armed militants who not only target the outposts of Pak

Army, but also commit various sorts of terror-activities in order to destabilize Pakistan. These

insurgents are fighting proxy war with Pakistan. In this context, question arises that the terrorist

Fazalullah is hiding in Kunar, Afghanistan, as to why US did not kill him through CIA-drone

attack, as it did to Hakimullah in North Waziristan.

It is notable that when idea of initiating ‘Aman-Ki-Asha’ (Desire for peace) was presented, the

exponents of this initiative argued that it will provide a platform to Pakistan to make peace with

India and to facilitate resolution of core issues like Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, and Water

through a dialogue process with New Delhi. But, Aman-Ki-Asha, promoted by the Geo and Jang

Media Group in lines of Indian shrewd diplomacy provided India with pretext not only to keep

all the issues with Islamabad unsettled, but also to distort the image of Pakistan, its ideology,

Two Nation Theory, its Army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

The collaboration between Geo network and India has been exposed, as leaders of various

political and religious parties including all the segments of society have been condemning the

Geo and Jang Group by showing solidarity with Pakistan’s armed forces and ISI, in the aftermath

of Hamid Mir episode which was manipulated by this media group. In this respect, , on April 28,

2014, voicing his support for the Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha

called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif through a letter to stop ISI from suspending Geo TV

GEO network is trying to garner international support for pressurizing Pakistani government

in its favour. Recently, a meeting between the owner of the Geo Media Group, Mir Shakeel-
ur-Rehman and US Congressmen of Indian lobby was arranged in USA by Pakistan’s former

ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani who escaped to America to avoid judicial inquiry,

as he proved disloyal to Pakistan due to his assistance to external enemies. However, such

confluence indicates converging interests of anti-Pakistan forces at national and international

level, manifested through GEO network.

Question is that who are supporting GEO? It is the Indian hawkish leadership alongside global

establishment which are self-proclaimed proponents of free media like Committee to Protect

Journalists, Reporters without Borders, EU Trade Commission and International and Federation

of Journalists including various so-called human rights organizations and NGOs. They do not

have any interest to see a strong and stable Pakistan.

No doubt, GEO is acting as a compliant tool of foreign forces, working to weaken the

government and state institutions of Pakistan. In a shameless attempt to gain public sympathies,

GEO network is orchestrating plans to attack its own employees, while projecting that it was

done by ISI and Pak Army. Pakistani nation cannot be befooled by such a dramatization of self-
infliction. We know who you really are…then why are you inflicting sufferings onto your poor

employees? GEO has lost its popularity in the whole Pakistan. Patriotic Pakistanis have rejected

foreign sponsored ‘JEW TV,’ if it is not true, then why has GEO removed its logo from its vans?

It is mentionable that Hindu politics and culture, dominated by the fundamentalist parties such

as BJP, RSS, VHP, Shiv Sena and other similar groups which have been propagating Hindutva

(Hindu nationalism) are feeling pleasure because BJP hardliner Prime Minister Narendra Modi

speaks of Hindu deep seated animosity against Pakistan. Instead of resolving the issues with

Islamabad, especially Kashmir dispute, Modi Govt in India, wants to revoke the article 370 of

the Indian constitution which grants special status to the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Thus, Modi

has ignored the Kashmiri liberation movement, and UNO resolutions about the independence

of Kashmir. Without any progress on core issues like Indian-held Kashmir, Water, Siachen, Sir

Creek and Indian proxies in Balochistan and FATA, there can be no peace with New Delhi. So,

measures like granting the status of Most Favourite Nation to India will prove fruitless.

Meanwhile, since June 15, this year, Pakistan’s armed forces started a full scale operation

“Zarb-e-Azb” against terrorists in North Wazirastan Agency. In this regard, DG, ISPR, Gen.

Asim Saleem Bajwa said: “On the directions of the Government, Armed forces of Pakistan

have launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists…these terrorists

had been waging a war against the state of Pakistan by disrupting our national life in all its

dimensions, stunting our economic growth and causing enormous loss of life and property…with

the support of the entire nation, these enemies will be denied space across the country.” Chief of

Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif also expressed similar views on June 16, saying that military

operation was aimed to eliminate all terrorists to get rid of the menace of terrorism.

Since then, jets of Pakistan Air Force have bombed militants’ hideouts in North Waziristan, and

killed more than 300 insurgents including foreign militants, while Pak Army has also started

ground offensive which has successfully been achieving its goals. Recently, several militants of

the TTP have been killed and more than 10 surrendered before the Army.

It is a good sign that taking it as a war of the entire nation against the external and internal

enemies, Pakistan’s media, politicians, leaders of religious parties and general masses are

showing solidarity with the armed forces. It could be judged from the countrywide protests

and rallies in support of the North Waziristan operation, assistance to the Internally Displaced

Persons (IDPs), and against the Geo Media Group—its foreign funding, particularly from India.

Nevertheless, TTP militants have been using suicide bombing as their main weapon against

their own country by calling suicide bombers-the followers of Islam. In this context, Imam-e-
Kaaba, Sheikh Abdul Rahman during his visit to Pakistan and during his Khateeb-e-Hajj had

clearly stated that suicide attacks are illegal (Haram). He explained, “Such acts fall under the

category of crime and suicide bombers or attackers are destined to go to Hell…they represent

enemy of Muslims and they commit crimes against humanity, while misguiding other Muslims.”

Denouncing terrorism as un-Islamic, he pointed out that terrorists’ activities are part of a

conspiracy to defame Islam and destroy Muslims.

Still, there is a need to highlight TTP’s “TAKFIRI” (Unbelievers) ideology and declaring

them as “KHAWARJI” (Out of Islam) by prominent religious scholars and intelligentsia. TTP

terrorists must not be addressed as “Maulana or “Maulvi.” While indicating their names, our

print and electronic media must mention them as “terrorists” or “rebels of the state.”

Combating terrorism is a case in point. For the purpose, PTV and other electronic TV channels

must be forbidden to air even a single minute interview or statements of terrorists. No nation

allows anti-state elements to present their distorted ideology as effectively as it happened in

Pakistan. This must be ended immediately.

Unfortunately, Budget 2014-15 shows that hardly any resources are earmarked for improving

capability of own law-enforcing and intelligence agencies. Instead, billions of rupees are

allocated for mega projects like METRO bus.

Nonetheless, today our nation stands at the crossroads of its destiny, facing multiple challenges

to the country. So, it is not the war of the armed forces and security agencies alone, because the

entire nation is at war which demands cooperation of every citizen and politician with the latter.

It is the right hour to stand united against all the foreign funded and foreign sponsored anti-
Pakistan forces like terrorism, Geo network, propaganda campaign of Aman Ki Asha, Hindutva

and Modi’s fundamentalist approach against Pakistan.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Bankers Could Go To Jail


Photo: brads651/cc/flickrMorning Edition had a strange piece discussing how regulators can punish banks for breaking the law. The piece focused on the various fines and regulatory measures that can be imposed as penalties when banks are found to have broken the law. Remarkably it never considered the underlying logic of the punishment and the likely deterrent effect on criminal activity.

While banks are legal institutions, ultimately it is individuals that break the law. The question that any regulator should be asking is the extent to which the penalties being imposed will discourage future law breaking. As a practical matter, the immediate victims of the measures mentioned in the piece are banks’ current shareholders. Since there is often a substantial period of time between when a crime is committed and when regulators discover it and succeed in imposing a penalty, the shareholders facing the sanction will be a different group from the shareholders who benefited from the original crime. This makes little sense either from the standpoint of justice or from the standpoint of deterring criminal activity by bankers.

The imposition of large fines may cause current shareholders to demand the executives who broke the law be fired, but in many cases they will have already moved on to other jobs or retired. In the case of the fraudulent loans that were passed on in mortgage backed securities (MBS) in the housing bubble years, most of the top executives had already left their banks by the time actions were brought by the Justice Department.

In this case, they made enormous amounts of money by breaking the law. The financial crisis may have caused them to retire or leave their banks somewhat sooner than they would have preferred, but almost all of them come out as net gainers from their actions.

The one sanction that would clearly be effective in deterring bankers from breaking the law would be putting them in jail for breaking the law. It is likely that the prospect of spending several years in prison, along with fines taking away most of their monetary gains, would provide a serious disincentive to bankers who might otherwise break the law. The Justice Department could have pressed cases by showing that top officials in banks had good reason to believe that many of the mortgages they were passing along in MBS were fraudulent.

It is likely that top executives at major investment banks had some knowledge that many of the loans they were securitizing were fraudulent, since there were numerous accounts in the business press about bad loans. There were also widely circulated jokes about the quality of these loans. (It was common to talk about “NINJA” loans, referring to loans where the borrower had no income, no job, and no assets.) It is likely that the top officials at these banks had at least as much knowledge of the loans their banks were securitizing as the people writing about them in the business press. (Deliberately passing along fraudulent loans is fraud.)

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