Afghanistan

More note on impending Syria Fail! Dempsey vs R2P interventionist hawks; Al-Nusra rebels caught with 2kg Sarin in May 2013, possible links to Libya Chemical Weapons stash, the Britam leaks & McCain Playing Portable Poker

Ugh, the Syria scenario is really dispiriting but I think much of the western political leadership may finally be backing down from another round of interventionism - let's hope! Here are a bunch of new notes - take em all with a grain of salt, and may they hopefully shed a bit of light on matters.

No matter how it turns out, it will be really hard to get the Middle East moving into a politically independent foundation, respectful of human rights and devoid of massacres and social 'sloshing' as mistrust escalates on all sides, with various specialists in destruction jumping in to make matters worse at every turn.

See also: Press Release mirrored here: Whistleblower ex-US Mil Intel agent Frank Ford flags VX WMD distribution in Iraq & Syria, smoking gun @ Carlyle Group chemical weapons network as new Obama target

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MCCAIN GAME: The terrible Sen John McCain should not even be quoted in papers let alone allowed in the government. Dan McCall at LibertyManiacs.com made this great McCain meme, along with many other fun political art pieces like NSA spoofs that - believe it or not - the NSA branding police have been trying to crush. Yes the NSA patrols against McCall's parodies as explained in interview on Corbett Report. (fb) See also Cryptome notes on this.

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Satire: Raytheon: Delay on Syria Strike is a Threat to Freedom & Democracy Everywhere - Newslo

The Britam Defense Leak involving a Syria chemical weapons plan is denied, but perhaps one of those things like a Project Northwoods about the Syrian Chemical Weapons scenario: (Northwoods was an infamous JFK-era doc from the Joint Chiefs suggesting a fake attack involving Cubans and hijacked planes.)

Britam Defence, David Goulding and Philip Doughty | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/article-2311199/Britam-Defence-David-Goulding-Philip-Doughty.html PUBLISHED: 12:59 EST, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:59 EST, 18 April 2013

An article on 29 January reported allegations on the internet that the US Government had backed a plot to launch a chemicals weapons attack in Syria and blame it on the Assad regime.

The reports made reference to an email said to have been from David Goulding, the Business Development Director of Britam Defence, to company founder, Philip Doughty. The email had been published on the internet after Britam’s computer system was illegally hacked in Singapore. It referred to a proposal that Britam would deliver chemical weapons to Syria for enormous financial reward and suggested that the directors were willing to consider the illegal proposal.

We now accept that email was fabricated and acknowledge there is no truth in any suggestion that Britam or its directors were willing to consider taking part in such a plot, which may have led to an atrocity.

We apologise to each of them and have agreed to pay substantial damages.

A Look into the Britam Defence Data Leak Files && britam defence hacked, confidential documents leaked, site offline - cyberwarnews.info

A British defence company has been breached and as a result a heap of documents have been published online and now the site has gone offline.

The attack is on britam defence (http://www.britamdefence.com/) and has been claimed by a hacker using the handle JAsIrX who uploaded the leaked information to various file sharing websites and released it via a single pastebin post with the a message about the release (see bottom).

The documents come in 6 parts and total over 423MB compress zip files and inside the compress files appears to be a common layout of three main folders named !!Syria, Iran and Iraq.

Inside these appear to be documents like passports, incident reports about drunk employees which are labelled private and confidential as well.

A quick look into the files shows shocking plans for chemical warfare attacks where they have planned to lure victims to kill zones. The file can be found in the Iran folder under OPLAN (Ruhayyat) 1433H-1.doc.

Also on Britam: U.S. Was Offering `Enourmous` Sums of Money for Chemical Weapon Attack

More possible chemical weapons false flags from previous months: video "Chemical Weapons False Flag against Syria Update http://youtu.be/DbMdll58lis posted on August 3rd 2012.

Also worth noting this! Iraq uncovers al-Qaeda 'chemical weapons plot' BBC News June, 1 2013, and this RT report on the Turkish authorities discovery of Sarin in a Jabhat al Nusra safehouse http://youtu.be/vet0PV-XPlw in May 2013.

Reported by RT in May and firmly in the memory hole right now: 2 kilograms of sarin captured with rebels in Turkey?! WTF

Published on May 31, 2013 RussiaToday: Suspected Syrian militants have reportedly been detained in Turkey with a cylinder of highly poisonous sarin gas found in their possession. Those arrested are believed to be members of the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front. Earlier this month, UN investigators voiced suspicion the nerve agent was being used by opposition fighters. RT's Middle East correspondent Paula Slier reports.

Obviously RT has a Russian perspective here but indeed as we will see this is not the only clue floating around about Al-Nusra & chemical weapons.

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Chomsky misquoted? LOCAL - Chomsky accuses Turkish daily of fabricating parts of interview

Not sure deal here - eh: High Probability Of A Major Attack On The Financial System | InvestmentWatch - anyone heard of x22report?

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DC alternative journalist Wayne Madsen is not always correct but this particular narrative just smells really damn likely right now. R2P is "responsibility to protect" interventionist faction of Beltway, the newest iteration of "cruise missile liberals" more-or-less. Go get em Wayne:

SOURCE: http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20130901

September 1-2, 2013 -- Special Weekend Report. Washington, DC (WMR) Obama caved under last-minute pressure from Dempsey

WMR's White House sources report that on the evening of Friday, August 29, President Obama was on track to launch a sustained 72-hour cruise missile and drone attack on pre-selected air defense and other strategic military targets in Syria.

Obama had been convinced by his national security adviser Susan Rice, UN ambassador Samantha Power, and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, all "Responsibility to Protect" advocates, that he could trump congressional approval for his attack by claiming that humanitarian operations do not require approval under the War Powers Resolution or Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution.

Many of Washington's insiders went to bed Friday night firmly convinced that Obama would give the final order to attack Syria sometime during the early Saturday morning hours of August 30. However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, made a hurried trip to the White House during the early morning hours of Saturday to make one last final plea to hold off on any attack.

WMR has learned from White House sources that Dempsey told Obama that the president's plan would not work. "If you do this, the plan will fail and you'll get in deeper. And without congressional approval, you'll be screwed," Dempsey told Obama.

Dempsey's warning about Congress had merit. Already, 210 House members signed a letter to Obama warning him not to attack Syria without congressional authorization. In addition, a head count showed that some Democrats would join Republicans in voting for impeachment if a bill were introduced.

Dempsey's argument prevailed and Obama decided to hold off on any attack until Congress reconvenes after Labor Day. Obama decided he would seek a congressional vote to authorize a military strike on Syria. However, in overriding Rice, Power, Rhodes, and Secretary of State John Kerry, who all favored a military strike, Dempsey incurred the wrath of the R2P faction that dominates the National Security Council. State Department sources began spreading the word that Obama would still attack Syria without congressional approval. The Pentagon, on the other hand, pointed out that none of the National Security Council "heavies," Rice, Power, or Rhodes had any military experience and that Kerry was channeling the wishes of his good friend Senator John McCain, who has consistently supported Al Qaeda-led rebels in Syria and Libya.

Obama is faced with another grim reality. Some within the Pentagon ranks are so displeased with Obama's policies on Syria, they have let certain members of Congress of both parties know that "smoking gun" proof exists that Obama and CIA director John O. Brennan personally authorized the transfer of arms and personnel from Al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al Sharia Islamist rebels in Libya to Syria's Jabhat al Nusra rebels, who are also linked to Al Qaeda, in what amounts to an illegal "Iran-contra"-like scandal. The proof is said to be highly "impeachable."

The developing scandal involves Turkish, Qatari, Lebanese, and Croatian firms and front operations; Qatar Airways Cargo; ousted officials of the Mohamed Morsi government of Egypt; small Turkish and Jordanian air service companies contracted by the CIA; Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud; the September 11, 2012 attack on the CIA annex in Benghazi; and "black" carve-out contracts with the U.S. Air Force.

[pic http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/obama_narrowweb__300x512,4.jpg ] Barack Obama, right, dressed as a Somali Elder during his visit to Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia. Obama plays the role of Al Qaeda arms provider.

Obama's, Brennan's, and then-CIA director David Petraeus's knowledge of the operation was so intimate, Petraeus visited GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in October of last year to plead with him not to bring up the covert operation in the third presidential debate. Romney acceded to Petraeus's request.

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Fluoride for the Win: Frankly at this point in the demented charade, the possible Sodium Fluoride - aka fluoridated water precious bodily fluids casus belli - angle is now my favorite. Naturalnews is not always dead on either, but it's too damn appropriate I say.

See: NaturalNews: Bombshell: Syria's 'chemical weapons' turn out to be sodium fluoride used in the U.S. water supply and sold at Wal-Mart. Breaking in UK Independent: Revealed: UK Government let British company export nerve gas chemicals to Syria - UK Politics - UK - The Independent Sept 2 2013.

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Max Blumenthal has good points Sept 2 posted: OpEdNews - Article: Dubious Intelligence and Iran Blackmail: How Israel is driving the US to war in Syria

GlobalResearch: Dangerous Crossroads. A War on Syria, Prelude to a World War III Scenario? | Washington's Blog

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I am borrowing another excerpt from Madsen which includes a possible connection between major CIA pointman on the Caucasus and indeed Islamic fundamentalist network logistical support over the years (interesting in the pre-2001 interval eh) . Graham Fuller keeps popping up as a major figure in all of this, perhaps he will turn out to be something like the Oliver North of 9-11 itself - not to mention the sponsor of the Boston bombers' uncle Ruslan. Once the angles with Fuller surfaced, did anyone notice how fast mainstream press attention drained away from their backgrounds??!!!

SOURCE: http://waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20130830 - August 30-September 1, 2013 -- Partner of Boston bombers' "Uncle Ruslan" right hand man to 3 CIA directors

The murky world of the CIA's past and current support for radical Islamist groups on three continents has emerged in newly-released documents from the CIA that show that Graham Fuller, the agency's one-time top interlocutor with the Saudis, Afghan mujaheddin, and Muslim Brotherhood, was a right-hand man to three CIA directors.

Fuller, a business partner of Ruslan Tsarni (Tsarnaev), the uncle of the accused Boston Marathon bombers, served as a close adviser to CIA directors William Casey, William Webster, and Robert Gates, according to recently declassified internal CIA memoranda. Since retiring from the CIA, Fuller has been engaged in supporting the Chechen Islamist guerrilla groups fighting Russia as well as the Republic of Georgia, which has become a base for anti-Russian and anti-Syrian military activities, which includes, the transport of chemical weapons to Syrian rebels from the Pentagon-operated Richard G. Lugar Center for Public Health Research in Tbilisi, which, although a biological weapons research laboratory, also warehouses chemical agents, according to U.S. intelligence sources familiar with the facility. The Tbilisi facility was the major source of chemical agents used by Syrian rebels to attack civilians outside of Damascus in a "false flag" terrorist operation coordinated by the CIA and Mossad.

Throughout the 1980s, Fuller was front and center at many of the acts of violence in the Middle East and South Asia, from Lebanon and Syria to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Yemen. One CIA memo describes how Fuller was also heavily involved in the early part of the CIA's stirring political activities in the Balkans during the collapse of Communism in eastern Europe. A May 22, 1985, memo from George Kolt, the CIA's National Intelligence Officer for Europe, invited Fuller to a June 11, 1985, dinner at CIA Headquarters at which the former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria, Robert Barry, discussed at the Confidential level "The Strategic Importance of the Balkans for the United States." [......]

I'm leaving the rest of the story off for now out of respect for an indie journo making a run at this ... and moments after plugging this in, Wayne's site is having Varnish caching issues. It's all got to be cross checked - someone could be feeding him knowingly bad info for their own purposes certainly - I think we have a substantial amount of paydirt on our hands here.

Also Outrage is not a strategy: http://www.michaelyon-online.com/syria-outrage-is-not-a-strategy.htm

Anyway hope people can find this useful, or at least less useless than the mainstream spams...

A few more elements on the semi-suspended MN Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) program

Previously on hongpong.com: MK Occupy Minnesota: The Drug Recognition Evaluator BCA Investigation files (Nov 12 2012) -- MK Occupy Minnesota (May 3 2012)

The training section of Minnesota's Drug Recognition Evaluator program continues to be suspended, after a 513-page Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation raised more questions and stonewalling from officials. Whether or not anyone will 'get real' about intrinsically corrupt war on drugs and protected misconduct is another question. Whether or not anyone will admit the war on drugs funnels profits into Wall Street is yet another.

Fox 9 reporter Tom Lyden covered the DRE story (VIDEO), talking to one of the test subjects as well as my friend, attorney Nathan Hansen, who is planning to file a lawsuit. (I have done a little design work for Hansen in years past)

The role of the Minneapolis Police Department in DRE remains untouched by local officials. 3 months ago I interviewed the chair of the city public safety committee, council member Don Samuels (VIDEO) about the shutdown of civilian oversight in the city, and he said that there was no expected report from MPD about the DRE.

Other typical recent misconduct: MPD Officer Blayne Lehner named in misconduct lawsuit; Mpls settles for $85k - City Pages Blotter

CityPages has covered DRE from the beginning and has posted a series on it: DRE 'victims' to file civil lawsuit against alleged pot-distributing officers [SECOND IN SERIES] - Minneapolis - News - The Blotter

Here are a few more new DRE documents a research colleague found from elsewhere on the interwebs:

http://www.decp.org/documents/pdfs/WhatNew/Labor%20Day%20Period%20Totals%2020102.pdf - typical touting of arrests. Crossposted to Scribd: DRE Labor Day Period Totals 20102

Via Washington state, the 2010 version of the official DRE manual (it has the same distinct typeface as the DRE IACP certification form in the BCA document) : http://www.wsp.wa.gov/breathtest/docs/webdms/DRE_Forms/Manuals/dre7/Student%20Manual%20-%20January%202010%20-%20Part%201.pdf - rejected by Scribd because of password protection. Mirrored at http://hongpong.com/files/dre/DREStudentManual-January2010-Part1.pdf  - 4MB - 212 pgs. Again it is important to note this material emerges from a committee of the decidedly sketchy International Association of Chiefs of Police, not a scientific body with open peer review. Good stuff about licking toads on page 187 etc etc.

Minnesota - the 1997 DRE plan: http://archive.leg.state.mn.us/docs/pre2003/mandated/970234.pdf - crossposted to Scribd: DRE-MN-POST-1997-970234

Another DRE document from Littleton CO indicates state & federal funding: http://townoflittleton.org/images/TOLimgs/files/septpdactivities2012.pdf -

A password-protected Powerpoint. Anyone care to take a look? http://hongpong.com/files/dre/DRE_STL06.ppt . via http://entrapped.com/Media/DRE_STL06.ppt .

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Out in the wider world the drumbeat of drug war corruption continues. A popular cartoon from Politico / M.Wuerker:

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In both Mexico and Afghanistan, absurd formations are emerging. (via here) Pentagon Wants to Keep Running Its Afghan Drug War From Blackwater's HQ | Danger Room | Wired.com, related to 2009 - cryptogon.com » Blackwater Worldwide Changes Its Name to Xe; Same Mercenaries, but Now with More “Aviation Support”. Also the latest from NarcoNews: Mexico’s New President Set to Empower a “Devil’s Cartel” | the narcosphere.

Also via DaveyD, thorough documentation of this racist project: US Marshal Told By Supervisors Not to Bring the ‘War on Drugs’ to White Communities | Davey D's Hip Hop Corner

We'll leave it there for now...

Democrats' hypocrisy in our sick & violent decade -- Harpers: Eye of the Drone

Latest: Drone blitz on Pakistan enters third straight day | World news | guardian.co.uk - up to 27 people dead in strikes that began on Saturday. The US has jeopardized its Afghanistan campaign by refusing to apologize for the November 2011 cross-border 'friendly fire' incident which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. (Also: Drone wars and state secrecy – how Barack Obama became a hardliner | World news | The Observer)

We are sleepwalking into the Drone Age, unaware of the consequences:

Then, three days later, the CIA announced that it had eliminated "four militants". In truth there were only two victims: Tariq had been driving his 12-year-old cousin to their aunt's house when the Hellfire missile killed them both. This came just 24 hours after the CIA boasted of eliminating six other "militants" – actually, four chromite workers driving home from work. In both cases a local informant apparently tagged the car with a GPS monitor and lied to earn his fee.

Sounds familiar...

Yemen sets sail for fail: U.S. drone targets in Yemen raise questions - The Washington Post -- killing people that have not even a trace of evidence of any plot against the United States. But perhaps in the aftermath their relatives will...

The appalling news of the Obama Kill List -- reminiscent of LBJ's riffling through aerial photographs to select bombing targets in Vietnam, the archetypal example of losing any control over strategy for the addiction to powerful, violent tactics -- has disturbed many but also illustrated the sick hypocrisy of the mainstream 'left' in our country. If Cheney and the gang were up to this, they would be up in arms, but now you don't get a peep. Shocked I tell you.

I sent all kinds of tweets last weekend to press and attendees at the 2012 DFL State Convention to see if I could get any responses about the drone kill list, and none of these jokers had the gumption to even answer me. No one's touching kill lists this year with a ten foot pole. However I did net a few mainstream liberal twitter followers, silent and cowardly on the important issues they may be.

See also a bunch of shilling, summarized: The Media on Obama’s ‘Kill List’ | The Dissenter

As usual, the tactic itself is of course destined to backfire and create generational-scale hatred of our country. This is one of those "doomed to repeat it" things the military-industrial complex is so goddamned good at -- it's almost like their business model depends on perpetual violence. Clever heads are recognizing this: It may seem painless, but drone war in Afghanistan is destroying the West's reputation - Telegraph (UK)

Supporters of drones – and they make up practically the entire respectable political establishment in Britain and the US – argue that they are indispensable in the fight against al-Qaeda. But plenty of very experienced voices have expressed profound qualms. The former army officer David Kilcullen, one of the architects of the 2007 Iraqi surge, has warned that drone attacks create more extremists than they eliminate. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Britain’s former special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is equally adamant that drone attacks are horribly counter-productive because of the hatred they have started to generate: according to a recent poll, more than two thirds of Pakistanis regard the United States as an enemy. Britain used to be popular and respected in this part of the world for our wisdom and decency. Now, thanks to our refusal to challenge American military doctrine, we are hated, too.

Anyway I wanted to share the full text of Eye of the drone (Harper's Magazine) because it's one of those pieces which ought to reach through the shells of indifference to state violence we all build up - it cuts right to the sick nature of the decade we live in.

Thanks to Harper's for getting this piece out there -- for those that died and were deemed terrorists for their proximity to targets, "up to no good" because they gathered in their own communities to work on their problems.

From statements made in February by the families of victims and survivors of a March 17, 2011, drone attack in the village of Datta Khel in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan. The statements were collected by the British human rights group Reprieve and were included in their lawsuit challenging the legal right of the British government to aid the United States in its drone campaign. More than half of all deaths from U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have occurred in North Waziristan. Translated from the Pashto.

I am approximately forty-six years old, though I do not know the exact date of my birth. I am a malice of my tribe, meaning that I am a man of responsibility among my people. One of my brother’s sons, Din Mohammed, whom I was very fond of, was killed by a drone missile on March 17, 2011. He was one of about forty people who died in this strike. Din Mohammed was twenty-five years old when he died. These men were gathered together for a jirga, a gathering of tribal elders to solve disputes. This particular jirga was to solve a disagreement over chromite, a mineral mined in Waziristan. My nephew was attending the jirga because he was involved in the transport and sale of this mineral. My brother, Din Mohammed’s father, arrived at the scene of the strike shortly following the attack. He saw death all around him, and then he found his own son. My brother had to bring his son back home in pieces. That was all that remained of Din Mohammed.

I saw my father about three hours before the drone strike killed him. News of the strike didn’t reach me until later, and I arrived at the location in the evening. When I got off the bus near the bazaar, I immediately saw flames in and around the station. The fires burned for two days straight. I went to where the jirga had been held. There were still people lying around injured. The tribal elders who had been killed could not be identified because there were body parts strewn about. The smell was awful. I just collected the pieces of flesh that I believed belonged to my father and placed them in a small coffin.

The sudden loss of so many elders and leaders in my community has had a tremendous impact. Everyone is now afraid to gather together to hold jirgas and solve our problems. Even if we want to come together to protest the illegal drone strikes, we fear that meeting to discuss how to peacefully protest will put us at risk of being killed by drones.

The first time I saw a drone in the sky was about eight years ago, when I was thirteen. I have counted six or seven drone strikes in my village since the beginning of 2012. There were sixty or seventy primary schools in and around my village, but only a few remain today. Few children attend school because they fear for their lives walking to and from their homes. I am mostly illiterate. I stopped going to school because we were all very afraid that we would be killed. I am twenty-one years old. My time has passed. I cannot learn how to read or write so that I can better my life. But I very much wish my children to grow up without these killer drones hovering above, so that they may get the education and life I was denied.

The men who died in this strike were our leaders; the ones we turned to for all forms of support. We always knew that drone strikes were wrong, that they encroached on Pakistan’s sovereign territory. We knew that innocent civilians had been killed. However, we did not realize how callous and cruel it could be. The community is now plagued with fear. The tribal elders are afraid to gather together in jirgas, as had been our custom for more than a century. The mothers and wives plead with the men not to congregate together. They do not want to lose any more of their husbands, sons, brothers, and nephews. People in the same family now sleep apart because they do not want their togetherness to be viewed suspiciously through the eye of the drone. They do not want to become the next target.

Bonus points: Steve Clemons: What Happens When They Get Drones?

9-11 FBI Foreknowledge Nibbles with Ali Soufan; Who is Rich Blee? and other recent new elements; Balkans, Cacuasus, CIA-Al Qaeda Islamist joint ops in Central Asia, consistent policy of support for Islamic radicals

Ah so it's been a decade eh comrades? The skrewing over of emergency personnel has gone almost unnoticed. FDNY member on 9/11 Truth “I support you guys” | We Are Change -- some new stuff has been trickling out -- pretty solid stuff, at that. The glorious official narrative got its booster shot, but noticeably absent from the necro-political media spectacle were all those sickly and/or dead 9-11 first responders. Over time we find more elements that are obviously pretty credible against the official narrative, but it's still difficult to get a larger picture. Let's nosh on some new goodies -- what better time than now?

Ali Soufan describes the situation behind the scenes with the FBI and 9-11 foreknowledge as well as the torture nightmare going on.... obviously Soufan was able to get better intel from captured militants by persuasion than cruel & unusual coercion, but what else is new?

CIA Threats of Federal Prosecution Delay 9/11 Documentary | 911 Truth News - this newly unearthed Rich Blee figure is one of the latest twists on the 9-11 CIA front. This is the project which the Richard Clarke speculation about hoping to flip al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar to the CIA was the reason their identities were buried... however that also doesn't track entirely because they were already in touch with another government operative or 2 (an FBI informant and a likely Saudi government operative)

I'm posting the whole bit as it's one of the more substantial elements in the scheme to surface lately.

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September 14, 2011

Author: Kyle Hence

Source: secrecykills.com

On Thursday, the CIA threatened the journalists behind Who Is Rich Blee? with possible federal prosecution if their investigative podcast reveals the names of two CIA analysts at the center of a pattern of obstruction and mishandling of intelligence that many feel would have stopped the 9/11 attacks.

Like FBI agent Ali Soufan and Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer before them, the podcast team, including John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski, are being subjected to intimidation and censorship by government officials over blowing the whistle on the true story surrounding two alleged 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar.

The podcast originally scheduled for September 11th release presents a narrative of how three CIA analysts working under Richard Blee, the long unknown former head of CIA’s Bin Laden Station, deliberately misled their colleagues and withheld key intelligence from FBI and the White House regarding the presence of two known Al-Qaeda operatives in the U.S.

Four government investigations into CIA handling of pre-911 intelligence included personal details of the two CIA analysts and their actions. Nowosielski and Duffy deduced the identities of the two as yet unnamed CIA employees from internet research based on details provided from these and other open sources. When the producers used their full names in interviews, interviewees offered no correction. The CIA response provided the final confirmation.

In project updates posted at SecrecyKills.com the producers announced the delay of the podcast and posted background of a complicated case that involves dozens of violations of protocol, intimidation, and incidents of obstruction by the CIA, with the two yet named CIA analysts at the center of many of them.

Author and expert on the subject, Kevin Fenton, documents 35 such incidents between January 2000 and September 11th in his book, Disconnecting the Dots: How 9/11 Was Allowed to Happen.

Pulitzer-prize winner Lawrence Wright, interviewed for the podcast, told producers the actions of one of the unnamed CIA analysts still employed at CIA amounts to obstruction of justice in the FBI’s criminal investigation of the deaths of 17 seaman aboard the USS Cole.

The producers are not the first subject to government censorship over this case. Last month The New York Times reported on CIA efforts to censor an autobiography by Ali Soufan, a front-line FBI counter-terrorism special agent. Prior to 9/11, Soufan was interested in Mihdhar and Hazmi because of links to the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen. The CIA censored references to a passport photo of Mihdhar the CIA had withheld from Soufan, despite three written requests.

Scott Shane of the New York Times reports today that, “Mr. Soufan accuses C.I.A. officials of deliberately withholding crucial documents and photographs of Qaeda operatives from the F.B.I. before Sept. 11, 2001, despite three written requests, and then later lying about it to the 9/11 Commission.”

Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer, interviewed for the podcast, was himself intimidated, demoted and smeared by the Pentagon after he came forward to the 9/11 Commission with details of how, on three occasions, unnamed DoD officials prevented his Able Danger operation from meeting with the FBI prior the attacks.

In 2000 the Able Danger data-mining program placed Mohammed Atta in a Brooklyn terrorist cell but had also placed Hazmi and Mihdhar in a San Diego cell, the epicenter of intrigue around Alec Station’s Rich Blee, Tom Wilshere and the two as yet unnamed subordinates who themselves repeatedly withheld intelligence from the FBI. Though Shaffer was interviewed by 9/11 Commission’s Director Philip Zelikow and staffer Dieter Snell, the Commission left any mention of Able Danger from its final report.

In the planned podcast, 9/11 Commission Chair Tom Kean is asked about a scant footnote to Chapter 6 of the 9/11 Report referring to an intelligence cable, seen by 50 at the CIA, but prevented from reaching the FBI. For Kean the incident was not a case of bungling or intel ‘stovepiping’: “Oh, it wasn’t careless oversight. It was purposeful. No question about that in mind. It was purposeful.”

Whereas Kean explains it as a penchant for secrecy, Richard Clarke, the former head of counter-terrorism at the Bush White House, goes farther suggesting malfeasance and the possibility of illegal CIA-led domestic spying activity. Comments by Clarke released in a video in August led to a formal statement from George Tenet, Cofer Black and Richard Blee, and a response from the producers.

“This was perhaps the closest U.S. intelligence got to foiling the 9/11 plot,” explains Nowosielski, “but instead of stopping the attack, the CIA stopped intel on two high-value targets from getting to the right people, repeatedly. And still the CIA protects the individuals responsible by intimidating those who simply want to know the truth behind a shocking and possibly criminal pattern of obstruction”

In an email Thursday the CIA warned Nowosielski he could be subject to prosecution under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, a law intended to apply to government employees who violate their security clearance and never used to convict journalists.

The producer’s online response: “The Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics states that ‘journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know’ and should ‘be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.’ The day that journalists’ exposés of wrongdoing within government agencies require the approval of those government agencies before release, that is the day that transparency and accountability are lost.”

John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski, both graduates of Chicago’s Columbia College Film School, produced the critically acclaimed 2006 documentary “9/11: Press for Truth.”

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More developments on this line noted by Sibel Edmonds today. Finally, here is part three of the interview with Paul Thompson featuring hard-core covered-up goodies of Al Qaeda, covert geopolitics, Central Asia and protected operatives! Too Legit to Quit!!

This is Part 3 of our three-part one-of-a-kind interview series with author and researcher Paul Thompson. For additional background information please visit the complete 9/11 Timeline Investigative Project at HistoryCommons.Org.

Paul Thompson joins us to discuss one of the most blacked-out and censored aspects of Al-Qaeda-CIA connections: The partnership and alliance between the CIA and Al Qaeda and their joint operations in Central Asia, Balkans and Caucasus throughout the 1990’s. Mr. Thompson talks about Al-Qaeda’s Balkans operations, running training camps, money-laundering, and drug running networks in the region, Ayman Al-Zawahiri and his residence in Bulgaria in order to help manage the Al Qaeda effort in nearby Bosnia, the Al Qaeda cells in Chechnya and Azerbaijan, BCCI and more!

Big ups to James Corbett for the Boiling Frogs Post video about 9-11, the CIA & the Art of the Hangout - including the ready-preloaded "blame the Saudis" narrative.

Also commentary posted on the fun YT channel IranContraScumDid911: 9/11 Richard Clarke: The CIA Tried To Recruit The 'Hijackers' As Al-Qaeda Agents Before 9/11 - YouTube - pointing out there is some mix of CIA disinfo in this mix, to basically downplay the patsy dimension of it all. (i.e. Richard Clarke is not going to be candid about the actual level of patsy madness)

Frankly I think at this point it should be noted that George Tenet is just one of many intelligence establishment figures who are members of the Knights of Malta - a key authoritarian little nest of establishment weasels, probably more relevant to geopolitical happenings than, say, the Freemasons :)

2004: 9 11 Prior Knowledge Richard Clarke Testimony 3 28 2004 NBC - YouTube

Meanwhile other pins are poppin in the middle east: AFP: US risks being 'toxic' over Palestinian veto: Saudi prince - also Corbett on the mideast happenings.

Americans Need The Truth About 9/11 :   Information Clearing House News

Even Sen Graham sez WTF: Re-investigate 9/11? - Fox Business Video - Fox Business.....

Anyway that's all for now!

More Fun Notes: LinkDump for May 9 2011, Big Bad Pharma, Loose Ends of 9/11 Revisited,

The Public Relations Drones have arrived: PR Industry Fills Vacuum Left by Shrinking Newsrooms including the BP spill flack coverup engine. And of course they get paid a ton more than respectable & decent seasoned career reporters.

Campaign2012 Raising Cain! First off, the GOP debate. In this impressive video good old Frank Luntz has a crew of GOP sheeple agreeing that friend of the Federal Reserve Hermann Cain won the debate.

You can cut to the primaries now. This is how the establishment is going to corral all these Tea Party people and keep them away from Ron Paul (and to a lesser extent Gary Johnson, who is getting blacked out pretty well and has low Name ID generally). Paul caught a great poll Obama head-to-head poll recently, and clearly they are giving him more airtime than 2008.

It's too bad that the evildoers want to block Ron Paul using Mr Cain. A Paul/Obama general election could actually hash through a lot of the problems at the root of our problems - serving a more useful purpose than the usual wasteful stream of hot air and pointless diversion operations.

Here's why they have to block Johnson and Paul of course, the glorious corrupt War on Drugs:

Crackdown in Bahrain: martial law in Bahrain on Al Jazeera: YouTube - Crackdown reins in Bahrain activists

Ruppert Re-Ups: Michael Ruppert returns to 9/11 on panel with German & Swiss investigator academic types: YouTube - Ganser Ruppert. It's a long one and gets into plenty of geopolitics, not just conspiracylols.

Bin Laden Information Operations Trainwreck! Bin Laden is eating all the info bandwidth and setting things sideways right now.What a mess. Worth looking at from Ruppert: GHOSTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH | COLLAPSENET / lolz DoD Buzz | The bin Laden information drought. The official take of conspiracy world.

HW Bush's cousin John Mercer Walker Jr. was on the federal appeals court panel which kicked out a lawsuit against Rumsfeld, Cheney and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Richard Myers. This was probably the last thing to happen in 9/11 conspiracy world before the Beltane Bin Laden Sacrifice. Totes conflict of interest, no surprise there.

Let one happen, stop the rest: The 9/11 buzz all week meant taking a look back at the Old Trails. It began around here: FTW Interview: Delmart "Mike" Vreeland. And expanded further, From The Wilderness on Michael Delmart Vreeland. Is he still in a jail in Colorado or what? Sander Hicks wrote the solid account Widcard: Down the Rabbit Hole with the man who predicted 9/11. He's reminiscent of the JFK Assassination's Man Who Knew Too Much, Richard Case Nagell, another strange field operative with a weird personality and heavy density of lies. The blowback was harsh: 9/11 truther Michael Ruppert exposed as victim of con man Delmart Vreeland. And An Open Letter From "Mike" Vreeland to David Corn.

A bizarre fax about shadow payment structures (PDF) - this looks sketchy - and a 2009 thread hashing over more recent developments. Ruppert specifically told me we don't have time to think about Leo Wanta and old stuff like that anymore because we're running out of time as industrial society collapses. But it's so damn old school. Marc Rich, that bizarre Tom Heneghan, really all stuff from another era.

More old 9/11 related periphery notes: Whistleblower, Prior Knowledge of 9-11.

Susan Lindauer notes, a relatively new development: Susan Lindauer’s 5-year Patriot Act Nightmare - great podcast interview. And wow: Lindauer_PanAm103_Deposition. And in 2000: Lockerbie: CIA witness gagged by US government. Here was a hit piece to discredit her: Florida Cracker: Useful Idiot: The Susan Lindauer Story

Please ignore criminal financial operatives: William Black: "The de facto policy right now is elite frauds go free if they're in banking because the whole sector is too fragile; That is significantly insane"

OKC grandmother takes no guff, demands truth! RDR: Many questions still unanswered regarding OKC bombing, says woman who lost grandchildren

Get glowing with it: Washington's Blog - no a little radiation is not good for you. Would you like some mindblowing evidence? Video: The Horrific Legacy Of Chernobyl. Keep an eye on those EPA readings, or lack thereof.

The Biosphere burns away as the USDA fiddles: Why Is Damning New Evidence About Monsanto's Most Widely Used Herbicide Being Silenced? | Food | AlterNet. The Iowa scientist Huber:

"we are experiencing a large number of problems in production agriculture in the U.S. that appear to be intensified and sometimes directly related to genetically engineered (GMO) crops, and/or the products they were engineered to tolerate -- especially those related to glyphosate (the active chemical in Roundup® herbicide and generic versions of this herbicide)."

He continues, saying, "We have witnessed a deterioration in the plant health of corn, soybean, wheat and other crops recently with unexplained epidemics of sudden death syndrome of soybean (SDS), Goss' wilt of corn, and take-all of small grain crops the last two years. At the same time, there has been an increasing frequency of previously unexplained animal (cattle, pig, horse, poultry) infertility and [miscarriages]. These situations are threatening the economic viability of both crop and animal producers."

This is the scientist who found those sick micro-fungus associated with Roundup Ready freak corn and soy. More death in the biosphere.

The SITE INSTITUTE: Always available to advance establishment narratives. It's hard to conclude it's anything but a Mossad front for information warfare. The cool thing is it actually is between the Department of Homeland Security and the Israel embassy. The spatial layout is equivalent to the intended function! Nice. Anything sourced to the Site Institute should first be considered as a chunk of information operations along these lines -- it will never release material which is harmful to the interests of the hawks. MEMRI is the other big one, but there are some others playing a wonkier role like the Center for Security Policy.

Cancer, cellular atavism and Hemp Oil helps save a small child despite the killer bureaucracy's efforts: Interesting idea that cancer may reflect ancient cellular behaviors erroneously reactivated, forming tumors similar to cell masses in primordial eras. Cancer: The beat of an ancient drum? Hence the importance of not adding tons of chemical (or electromagnetic!) garbage signals into our bodies!

Cancer is so odd, you can even render the cellular activity into sound and it sounds horrible and dissonant while healthy cells sound harmonious. And animals can be trained to sniff out very subtle low levels of cancer in patients.

Big ups to Cash & Michael! Michael Hyde saved Cash's life with secretly adding THC-rich hemp oil to kill off the cancer cells. Perhaps THC is the trigger for that mysterious receptor which tells cells "Hey, it's not 4 billion years ago! Let's chill out!" The medical industry coverup smells funky in this one. The federal crackdown is of course expanding as federal credibility declines. (also DailyMail writeup)

Still need to watch this: Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging (Full Movie). I hope it is not a scientology flick :P

Norman Finkelstein holdin it down: Revolutionary Politics::Revolutionary Politics : Jewish girl tries to criticise Dr. Norman Finkelstein. He's a solid guy.

Another batch of weird links for Conspiratoria Flashbacks: WRH is a pretty definitive 9/11/shady news type site, and has posted a lot of old things this week. Including: THE FBI SHUT DOWN OF ARAB MUSLIM WEB SITES IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO 9/11. The Dancing Israelis. FBI says, it has “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”

The good old hard drives of the WTC wreckage with the trading data. Army embeds PSYOPS soldiers at local TV stations. the old Rawalpindi Hospital Bin Laden 9/10 story. She was murdered, probably by ISI/Elliot Abrams type arrangements, after saying In 2007 Benazir Bhutto: "Bin Laden was Murdered". Oh and the torture pimping: YouTube - Torture Whistleblower CUT OFF Midsentence! And a classic: Good Morning America learns that Bin Laden is CIA. Old Skewl site.

You gotta dig the crackdown on Conspiracy Theorists this week: Activist Post: Gagged By Huffington Post For Questioning Official Bin Laden Assassination Story. Here's a weird narrative: Arrogance Of The Secret Team. Hard to buy it. Might be an 'eat the Irish' satire of Secret Team writing.

Talk about bad Photoshop work, those fingers are all wrong in this item:

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WTF? This was at a DailyMail URL....

Terrible legislation, fork it all over to the Pentagon! Bills would transfer oversight of terror cases.

ABC News: ATF Agents Stood By Watching As Thousands Of U.S. Weapons Hit The Streets In Mexico. This is being covered up.

North American Union currency: Another weird Amero story. I think this is a spoof or prank. Stephen Harper seeks majority to dissolve Canada in favor of North American Union. Bubbling up. Some weird deal was cut on February 4, 2011 without any fanfare whatsoever.

Panopticon percolates: Pa. suit: Furniture rental co. spies on PC users. Like cameras in the PC!

Deutsche Bank a criminal operation, and at least it was Sued by U.S. Over Mortgage Practices.

Vaccine criticisms blocked, Mandate nightmare: Vaccine makers move to block Times Square ad warning of dangers

Small Town Residents Afraid To Talk On Camera About Police For Fear Of Retaliation. No surprise... Community Oriented Policing and intimidation seem closely related theories of social control?

TSA VIPR spreads: TSA, law enforcement to conduct thousands of VIPR missions across U.S. - 12160. Love the G20 site art there :) Also FBI raids wrong home, searching for WoW gold.

DNC2012 militarization ramps up: New FBI director as Charlotte division prepares for convention - News14.com

Hawaii takes on banks! New law signed, Awesome! SB651 CD1.DOC. Also: South Carolina Supreme Court stops foreclosure enforcement.

What a Champ: HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR HEDY EPSTEIN: AIPAC DOES NOT SPEAK FOR ME

That horrible bio-research lab project in Tornado Alley: spill one beaker and goodbye cropland! Sebelius-backed biotechnology firm reorganizing under criminal probe.

More fun links could be added but I gotta cut it off here! :-)

9/11 FBI warning from key informant of "Kamikaze Pilot" plot disregarded & covered up -- what else is new? The lost/suppressed testimony of FBI translator Behrooz Sarshar

Caught an interesting item on Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs Post about a team of FBI agents who had key clues into the 9/11 conspiracy, serious and specific prior warnings from an Iranian informant and ex-SAVAK officer who was himself a major handler with a deep network of informants around the Pakistan/Afghan and other non-Persian areas of the region. This guy caught specific warnings from two separate deep sources that airplane-related attacks from the Bin Laden crew were on their way. The informant begs the FBI agents, and their Farsi translator Behrooz Sarshar, to put the matter to the highest urgency of counterterror officials. "302 form" records associated to the title "Kamikaze Pilot" were opened in the FBI recordkeeping system.

Sarshar tried to push this stuff to the 9/11 Commission and naturally it was all suppressed and buried till now. Sibel Edmonds also worked with FBI translation operations after 9/11 which led her into the rat's nest of foreign intelligence operatives, many of whom enjoyed "protection" from assorted espionage & terrorism-related crimes due to operations of the neoconservative influence network in key posts.

My overall conclusion on 9/11, supported by a fragmented but voluminous trail of evidence leading many directions, is that the attacks were staged and helped along by a malicious network of international intelligence operatives affiliated with foreign intelligence agencies, including Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel as well as various domestic "usual suspects." All of these people share a general interest in escalating international tensions, war profits and marketing the expansion of scenes of insanity around the world. The Turkish "Ergenekon" or "post-Gladio" rightwing intelligence network, with major neoconservative allies, had its piece of the action -- mainly illustrated by the Sibel Edmonds angle. The Saudis and Pakistan, as pro-western authoritarian governments, have a great deal of influence over the operations of "Salafist" militants across the Mideast and Central Asia, and the ISI's support for Mohammed Atta is well-known. For years there has been enough documentary evidence to support the notion that Israeli intelligence operatives with Mossad guidance were at a minimum shadowing the hijacker cells in Florida and New Jersey. DC journalist Wayne Madsen, who has posted more than a few conspiratorially-minded pieces, recently put up a large special report concluding that several of the 9/11 hijackers were actually Mossad operatives, with Ziad Jarrah the most likely witting operative because 2 more of the Lebanese Jarrah family have more recently been caught operating other Mossad schemes in Israel -- they were Lebanese collaborators during the prior Israeli occupation.

All of these nations have worked jointly -- Saudi, Pakistan and Israel have been pretty tight, and of course Turkey and Israel had a tight strategic alliance that's only recently collapsed. The "Safari Club" which included the US and Saudi Arabia, was another good example of regional intelligence agencies working together in concert after 1976.

I certainly don't conclude that 9/11 actually benefited the peoples of Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan in the long run. 9/11 only benefitted the networks of ruthless subversive militarists and intelligence goons that dominate these countries (not to mention the United States). It's crazy to conclude that "the Jews" or "the Muslims" committed 9/11, as its crazy to say the "militia movement" caused the Oklahoma City bombing. These are networks of weasels and government operatives, cruel people. It's not cultural or religious... Anyway I am including Madsen's 9/11 report after the "Kamikaze Pilots" case. And we're missing a bit of the old Florida-drugs angle (see Hopsicker's Mad Cow for the deets) wherein the pilot network is kind of a spillover from the shadowy long-running CIA-friendly drug pilot operations around Venice Florida, Huffman Aviation, Jack Abramoff's boat casino etc... Like I said it all leads a lot of places.

Is yobbing on about 9/11 productive to social movements? Is all this "conspiracism" (as the Chip Berlet/SPLC "nothing to see here" people call it) dangerous? My basic answer is a bit derived from Peter Dale Scott, that the same sorts of patterns you see in "deep events" surface over and over, either the same players or the same tricks. Thus, if you have a handle on 9/11, you can decode other parallel & smaller schemes a bit more easily -- and you're more prepared when similar tricks happen (like the staged Portland faux bombing to cite a recent one). Allocate your time for these things appropriately, but don't think Weirdness can't strike your town.

Below the fold: First the Behrooz case, then the Madsen Mossad cutout report. Take em for what you will... (Madsen's stated he doesn't mind too much when his stories are reposted, if they are held for @ least 24 hrs)...

Statecraft Horrorshow! Wikileaks State Department Leakin Loose Top Sekrits PKK US sponsoring of terrorism to moaning about the French, what's next?

Ahk a quick link dump here. Wikileaks is expected to drop the big diplomatic cables starting with Der Spiegel . There's a new Wikileaks blog out there - Assange talked to some Arab reporters over videochat so apparently the fuzz hasn't gotten him yet. 2010-11-28: ARIJ Conference | WL Central . Livebloggin from teh france too ..

Maybe all launches here around 2200 GermanyTime? International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten

Wikileaks: The gathering storm - leaks leave US with few friends - Scotsman.com News

WikiLeaks And Its Brave New World - Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty © 2010 - from the CIA

IB Times to publish papers on global corruption - nice framing :)

McClatchy - Diplomats bracing!

j|turn » Next Up: The “War on Journalism”? - crackdown time, you know they are seizing domains these days! RawStory - Homeland Security

For more info see RapGodfather.com! Watch out all yr DNS belong to Homeland Security New IPR Rap Forum Fusion Center! I gotta throw this in:

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It looks like PKK Turkish /Kurdish militants going to get spilled out. The long running Ergenekon Deep State Network and the likes of corrupt ex-State operative Marc Grossman exposed in all their perfidy? We could hope... But how many hilarious new drug conspiracies?

Australian - http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/wikileaks-breaking-us-laws-over-documents-state-department-tells-julian-assange/story-e6frg6so-1225962292953?from=public_rss

BBC cautious nibbles

The UK D-Notice is a show all its own! Statecraft Horrorshow! Guido Fawkes blog with DNotice Email is Hilarious!

Sunday Telegraph UK Floats this Theory:

The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that the first tranche of documents, to be published in full tomorrow after an initial release tonight, are expected to feature "lively commentaries" by US diplomats on world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, and Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.

Coalition sources say Tuesday's haul will deal with North and South Korea, as well as Guantánamo Bay, while Wednesday's tranche will include comments on Pakistan and counter-piracy operations in Djibouti.

Thursday will see attention focus on the Canadians and their "inferiority complex" while corruption allegations in Afghanistan will be under the spotlight on Friday. Saturday will cover Yemen while next Sunday will see the focus shift to China.

Video: Alex Jones vs. Wikileaks. Why does Alex Jones attack Wikileaks? : conspiracy

MORE FUN STUFF for the moment....


Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: To Ireland With Love

Many countries researching Killer Robots.

Federal False Flag Somali Bombing "attempt" in Portland: Another great moment in synthetic terrorism NY Times official narrative.   / Feds: Sting snares man planning to bomb tree-lighting ceremony | KATU.com / YouTube - "F.B.I. Cultivated Him For 18 Months" //

PAREvolution.com has the goods from the Pennsylvania Security bulletin data. file = here // Ruffalo on terror watch list | Celebrities | Entertainment | Toronto Sun

lol pitchfork media

why not buy a mac?

Silence Jesse FeMACamp episode? Jesse Ventura’s “Police State” Episode featuring Alex Jones and “We Are Change” Edited out of existence at truTV | We Are Change / forum

Revolutionary Politics::Revolutionary Politics : BP oil spill incident commander dies in small plane crash in FL - More children from Gulf with health problems — “Big, gaping wounds all over feet and inside of elbows” (VIDEO) | Florida Oil Spill Law

A Double POMO Fed Quantitative Ceremonial Magic is scheduled too!

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As for this messy post, sorry - Data Dumps: The Bane of E-Discovery — Slaw :-D .... Let the Cables Begin!

Foreign Policy Wisdom of the Late Great Chalmers Johnson - Sorrows of Empire, Nemesis, Blowback

One of my favorite analyst/writer type people has been Chalmers Johnson. He passed away on Nov 20th. His books Sorrows of Empire and Nemesis were just fantastic, and it's pretty much due to him that the idea of Blowback got out there - the idea that imperial schemes cause messes that come right back at ya.

Also he was the only person to ever quit the Council on Foreign Relations, which is so damn awesome I can hardly express it.

A really nice retrospective from his friend Steve Clemons - The Impact Today and Tomorrow of Chalmers Johnson.

The Lessons of Blowback

Even carefully planned actions can have unintended consequences. Let's not do something that ultimately benefits terrorists.

by Chalmers Johnson

From our archives... Common Dreams originally published this Chalmers Johnson article on September 30, 2001, just 3 weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Chalmers died last night at age 79. His voice will be missed.

One of the objectives of terrorism is to provoke the ruling elites of a target regime into disastrous overreaction. When it works, as it has in Israel over the past year, the results can be devastating for all sides. Who does this ultimately benefit? The terrorists.

Carlos Marighella, the Brazilian guerrilla leader whose writings influenced political terrorists in the 1960s and 1970s, explained why. If the government can be provoked into a military response to terrorism, he wrote, this will alienate the masses, causing them to "revolt against the army and the police and blame them for this state of things."

The overreaction doesn't necessarily have to alienate only domestic "masses." If we inflict great misery on innocent people in the Middle East, there will almost certainly be what the CIA refers to as "blowback"--unintended negative consequences of our actions. Vacillating supporters of the terrorists might be drawn into committing terrorist acts. Moderate governments throughout the Islamic world, especially in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, would almost certainly face growing internal dissent and could even be overthrown. Perhaps the prime example of terrorism succeeding is the Philippeville massacre of Aug. 20, 1955, in which Algerian revolutionaries killed 123 French colonials. A conscious act of terrorism carried out by revolutionaries who until then had enjoyed only slight popular backing, the Philippeville massacre led to a massive and bloody retaliation by the French. It also converted a leading French reformer (Jacques Soustelle, then governor-general of Algeria) into an advocate of suppression. The French crackdown eliminated most of the moderates on the Muslim side and caused influential French citizens back home to turn against their country's policies. This chain of events ultimately provoked a French army mutiny, brought Gen. Charles de Gaulle back to power as the savior of the nation and caused a French withdrawal from Algeria. Franco-Algerian relations are still strained today.

No political cause can justify the killing on Sept. 11 of thousands of innocent people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. But neither would our killing innocent people in retaliation be justifiable. Terrorists attack the vulnerable because their intended targets (the military might of a rich country) are inaccessible. By attacking the innocent, terrorists intend to draw attention to the sins of the invulnerable. Like the anarchism of the 19th century, terrorism is propaganda by deed.

The perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks are all dead. Now we must identify, apprehend and convict their accomplices. If it is discovered that a state harbored or backed them, then a declaration of war against that state would be appropriate. So far, the available evidence pointing to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization is circumstantial: Bin Laden has issued edicts calling on Muslims to kill Americans; one of the hijackers had ties to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, whose leader is a known associate of Bin Laden's; and U.S. and German intelligence officers have intercepted telephone conversations in which Al Qaeda groups were told of the attacks. But there has been no evidence linking the attackers to Afghanistan. Of the 19 hijackers, 11 have been identified by the FBI as probably Saudi Arabians, three others as, respectively, an Egyptian, a Lebanese and a citizen of the United Arab Emirates. The countries of origin of the others are unknown.

So far, the United States has reacted to the terrorist attacks with an almost classic repetition of the French blunders following Philippeville. From his first remarks to the nation on the evening of Sept. 11, President Bush has been pointlessly, even comically, belligerent (the U.S. wants Bin Laden "dead or alive," we must "smoke them out of their caves and get them running"). By initially calling his retaliation plan "Operation Infinite Justice," he gave it a needlessly religious and messianic coloration. He seems to lack insight or candor about what we actually face and the seriousness of the problem (we were attacked because we are a "beacon of freedom" and our attackers are without motives, merely "evil doers, those barbaric people"). The president has rebuffed calls from countries such as China and Iran that the U.S. obtain United Nations sanction for its retaliatory actions. Instead, his hyperbole has led thoughtful listeners to question what sort of actions he intends to pursue. "Our war on terror," Bush said to Congress and the nation on Sept. 20, "begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated." Presumably, the words "global reach" were inserted to reassure listeners that he did not intend to bomb supporters of Irish terrorists in Boston or anti-Castro terrorists in Miami.

The gaffes of the United States and its leaders are not just verbal. On Sept. 15, Congress passed a joint resolution that gave President Bush more sweeping authority than has ever been given to a president. "The president is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001." The appropriate comparisons here are with Abraham Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War, which led to violent protests and court challenges, and to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution of Aug. 7, 1964, which escalated the Vietnam War.

The resolution of Sept. 15 passed the Senate by a vote of 98-0 and the House by 420-1. Whereas two senators voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, this time only one member of Congress, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), voted no. Now, nearly three weeks after the attacks, consequences of the congressional action have begun to emerge. President Bush has formed the largest air armada since World War II and brought it into position to bomb Afghanistan. He has assembled at least 630 U.S. military aircraft, three times as many as were deployed in the Gulf War against Saddam Hussein. An additional 280 aircraft are on board four U.S. aircraft carriers moving into position, as well as about 120 special forces.

If this armada is used against the hopeless and impoverished people of Afghanistan, there is no doubt that it will produce a general crisis throughout the Islamic world, probably affecting even moderate nations such as Indonesia and Malaysia. The end result will not be "victory" in a "war on terrorism" but a further cycle of terrorist attacks, American casualties and escalation.

What should we do instead? The answers seem obvious. We must recognize that the terrorism of Sept. 11 was not directed against America but against American foreign policy. We should listen to the grievances of the Islamic peoples, stop propping up repressive regimes in the area, protect Israel's security but denounce its apartheid practices in Palestinian areas and reform our "globalization" policies so that they no longer mean that the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. If the United States' only response to terrorism is more terrorism, it will have discredited itself and can expect to be treated as the rogue state it will have become.

© 2001 Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson is the author of Blowback (2000), The Sorrows of Empire (2004), and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic (2006), among other works. His newest book is Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope (Metropolitan Books). Chalmers Johnson died on November 20, 2010 at age 79.

Bad time for Asian plots! Iran busts Jundullah ringleader Rigi; Turkish Ergenekon arrested; Greek bonds; Judge: Welcome to the Fishbowl & MOAR

Quick hits for the fans of stuff & things. Welcome to the Fishbowl says a sad federal judge upon the abandonment of the 4th Amendment. Alex Kozinski in the 9th Circuit has some integrity... via Reason:

This is an extraordinary case: Our court approves, without blinking, a police sweep of a person’s home without a warrant, without probable cause, without reasonable suspicion and without exigency—in other words, with nothing at all to support the entry except the curiosity police always have about what they might find if they go rummaging around a suspect’s home. Once inside, the police managed to turn up a gun “in plain view”—stuck between two cushions of the living room couch—and we reward them by upholding the search.

Did I mention that this was an entry into somebody’s home, the place where the protections of the Fourth Amendment are supposedly at their zenith?…

The opinion misapplies Supreme Court precedent, conflicts with our own case law and is contrary to the great weight of authority in the other circuits. It is also the only case I know of, in any jurisdiction covered by the Fourth Amendment, where invasion of the home has been approved based on no showing whatsoever. Nada. Gar nichts. Rien du tout. Bupkes.

Whatever may have been left of the Fourth Amendment after [United States v. Black] is now gone. The evisceration of this crucial constitutional protector of the sanctity and privacy of what Americans consider their castles is pretty much complete. Welcome to the fish bowl.

Meahwhile.... The dumb ban on short selling should increase fake puffing up of the market nicely.

First off Iran and Pakistan cooperated to grab Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of the shady terrorist/militant ring Jundullah, which seems to have been an American (and possibly Indian &/or Israeli) supported Baluchi militant ring, the cats-paw for Chalabi-like gooning around. Wayne Madsen (waynemadsenreport.com) claimed Rigi was around on shady American bases and got snagged in a clever ISI-Iran op, forcing his plane to land in Dubai. Nice!

REUTERS: ANALYSIS - Rigi arrest may show easing Afghan regional tensions

On the flip side is Ergenekon, which is a humorous Turkish establishment conspiracy of secular ultranationalists perpetually plotting against the Islamists in that unique post-Byzantine way. A ton of people just got arrested and it's all really quite awesome.

NEWBORN DNA SCHEMEZ: I am glad to see the Newborn DNA scheme is getting more attention. AP story. NewScientist. Popsci.

MTV exec says Jersey Shore is civic minded for GenY.

Joe Stack and likely coming attractions. People need to stay peaceful and chill out in these dire times. However as usual with 'lone wolves' like poor Mr Stack, strange links to the military-industrial complex were close at hand. Stack shared a hangar with some guy all up in the L3 shady ops biz. What else is new?

Financial Chaos Beckons (dunnn dunnn dunnnn, sez my roommate) : California edging closer to BondFail. Europe hit by waves of strikes and tumult. A summer of discontent in the works eh? ZeroHedge is just great, read it! Everyday Greece insurrection. Eurostat debt adjustment. Downgrades. Moar downgrades.

FDIC reports NEGATIVE balance. The FDIC is reporting bad things to come and is opening a satellite office in Illinois. Moar on FDIC. Speaking of Illinois they had an interesting secret meeting of their legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures,  and we can only fear the collapse/martial law style content, or whatever doomladen scenario you care to assume. {they said it was just so people felt comfortable to talk, however it did sound exciting in a way :-P }

GOP wants statutory limit to include GSEs, a risky bizniss. GSE whacks the dollar. Ron Paul and the amusing Watergate/Saddam Hussein/Federal Reserve nexus. SPY bumps from key algo. Record US debt vs Keynesianism from Bloomberg. Gold Market irregularities? Nifty story of Yamashita's epic lost gold. Maestro sez its tha worst evar. Gunning the mkt in afterhours bumps!

RBS is on the hook for all this Greekness and the UK govt is on the hook for RBS! Tobin Tax in EU??

HUD REO sales seems to be some kind of racket via this page including in Minnesota. BestAssets of Sugarland TX.

BOMBSTATE: Garry Wills and the Bomb State, national security coldwar bloat & more. The nukes really launched the secret state.

TERRORSTATE: Glenn Greenwald blew my mind with this bizarre Newsweek editorial roundtable about how the writers & editors define terrorism. w0w!

SAVVY PRESS: An intriguing philosophy of the Kool Kats in the press.

Quick tour of South America narconews stuff. Uribe has messe dup recelection in some unexpected petition mess.

Coca Cola is going into Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico and corruption and taking the community water are the usual items on the neo-capitalist entree.

For Haiti travesties see mediahacker.org.

Natural Health crackdown is coming for your vitamins and McCains trying to make it happen. So that we can be all forcefed cornsyrup or something. Aloe Vera FDA Crackdown:: let's learn!

There are over 300 aloe vera species on earth. But the Aloe Barbadensis Miller species has been the favorite for study in scientific literature today. The main focus in ongoing research is a group of polysaccharides that contain the healing agents known as aloe polymannans. They all have different healing potentials.

The polymannan sizes range from small to medium to large and very large. Each one has a level of healing that corresponds in magnitude with its size. It's the very large molecular weight and long chain polymannans that Dr. Danhof extracted for use on cancer patients. Injecting the large molecule extract was necessary because it is very difficult to absorb through the digestive system.

Another aspect of these polymannans, especially the larger ones, is their capacity for organizing the immune system. These polymannans provide a detection capacity for cells to determine exactly what is needed for various pathogenic invaders. Without them, the cells are shooting wildly in the dark, and that can lead to damaging cytotoxic autoimmune responses.

From researcher Dr. Ivan Danhof: "The very large molecules are immune modulating, which have a powerful healing effect on AIDS, cancer and many different immune system disorders. It is also this large molecule that causes the body to produce a natural chemical, tumor necrosis factors, which functions to shut off the blood supply to tumors."

Anywhooo... Chronic health problems in children soar! Start with Bisphenol-A.

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UN crime chief Costa says it again: banks bailed out by now "laundered" drug money

There was a quip about this a while ago, now it is more established. Posted in full cause it's a big deal.... via Agonist .

These people are criminals!

Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor

Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in criminal proceeds was effectively laundered by financial institutions

Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer.

Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.

This will raise questions about crime's influence on the economic system at times of crisis. It will also prompt further examination of the banking sector as world leaders, including Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, call for new International Monetary Fund regulations. Speaking from his office in Vienna, Costa said evidence that illegal money was being absorbed into the financial system was first drawn to his attention by intelligence agencies and prosecutors around 18 months ago. "In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid investment capital. In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system's main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor," he said.

Some of the evidence put before his office indicated that gang money was used to save some banks from collapse when lending seized up, he said.

"Inter-bank loans were funded by money that originated from the drugs trade and other illegal activities... There were signs that some banks were rescued that way." Costa declined to identify countries or banks that may have received any drugs money, saying that would be inappropriate because his office is supposed to address the problem, not apportion blame. But he said the money is now a part of the official system and had been effectively laundered.

"That was the moment [last year] when the system was basically paralysed because of the unwillingness of banks to lend money to one another. The progressive liquidisation to the system and the progressive improvement by some banks of their share values [has meant that] the problem [of illegal money] has become much less serious than it was," he said.

The IMF estimated that large US and European banks lost more than $1tn on toxic assets and from bad loans from January 2007 to September 2009 and more than 200 mortgage lenders went bankrupt. Many major institutions either failed, were acquired under duress, or were subject to government takeover.

Gangs are now believed to make most of their profits from the drugs trade and are estimated to be worth £352bn, the UN says. They have traditionally kept proceeds in cash or moved it offshore to hide it from the authorities. It is understood that evidence that drug money has flowed into banks came from officials in Britain, Switzerland, Italy and the US.

British bankers would want to see any evidence that Costa has to back his claims. A British Bankers' Association spokesman said: "We have not been party to any regulatory dialogue that would support a theory of this kind. There was clearly a lack of liquidity in the system and to a large degree this was filled by the intervention of central banks."

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Thanks Costa!!

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