Friday, October 29, 2010
Osama has (not) left the building....
By Pepe Escobar
For the dubious privilege of financing the 16-agency, alphabet soup, United States intelligence establishment not to find Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda's number two Ayman al-Zawahiri, US taxpayers have been plundered to the staggering tune of US$500 billion - and counting. Still, the obvious questions resonate from Seattle to Selma and from Sweden to Swaziland. Where's Osama? Where's al-Zawahiri? Where's escaped-on-the-back-of-a-motorcycle Taliban supremo Mullah Omar?
For starters, why don't US intelligence agencies ask the French Foreign Ministry? They swear on their Dior ties Osama is indeed alive - and it is his jihadi master's voice showcased in an audiotape broadcast by al-Jazeera this past Wednesday. In the tape, Osama in so many words warns France that the Eiffel Tower may experience a different kind of wobble one of these days (it has been evacuated twice lately).
Osama - or the ghost passing for Osama - said: "If you want to tyrannize and think that it is your right to ban the free women from wearing the burqa, isn't it our right to expel your occupying forces, your men from our lands by striking them by the neck?" A jittery Paris has taken the analogy extremely seriously.
A room with a view
So now that it's established that Osama seems to be alive and well, having made a successful transition from TDK cassettes to MP3 (unless very circumspect French diplomats are lying; and unless we suppress roars of laughter at the assertion by row after row of US "intelligence analysts" that fake Osama tapes have never been broadcast), comes the question of his humble abode.
So why not turn to the formidable North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its arrays of the most sophisticated military hardware in the world - after all they are spectacularly losing a war in Afghanistan itself as we speak? (The legendary Mikhail Gorbachev - who knows a thing or two about losing a war in the Hindu Kush - has just made it plain and simple: "Victory is impossible in Afghanistan. Obama is right to pull the troops out. No matter how difficult it will be.")
Anyway, NATO officials recently leaked to global corporate media that Osama is hiding "somewhere in northeastern Pakistan". Oh really? Would that be Miram Shah, across from Paktika? Would that be Parachinar, across from Nangarhar (where Osama and al-Zawahiri escaped to from Tora Bora in December 2001)? Would that be Chitral, across from Kunar? Would that be on the Karakoram Highway near the Chinese border?
Radio silence. The NATO boys simply don't know - as they don't seem to be very familiar with the intricate mountain geography and tribal rivalries south of the Hindu Kush. Seems like the NATO boys are taking a cue from those rows of so-called US "intelligence analysts" swearing over their air-con think-tank offices that Osama still oversees the "strategic direction" of al-Qaeda from a base “somewhere in Pakistan". Pakistan happens to be twice as big as California. Try finding a stray wacko in the Mojave Desert.
NATO boys also swear that Mullah Omar is commuting between Quetta, Balochistan's capital, and Karachi. Well, he could be taking a night desert bus or a donkey caravan - and still he can't be found. Has anyone searched the VIP rooms at the Serena Hotel in Quetta, perhaps?
Maybe the Pakistani intelligence apparatus knows something. "Not us!" - screams the Pakistani ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, "The reason why this statement is not made officially and publicly by NATO is because they do not have any basis to make that statement."
Well, then certainly Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence knows - or some key operatives inside the ISI. And in this case, the Central Intelligence Agency would know. Ambassador Haqqani: "If anybody thinks that Pakistan has any interest in protecting bin Laden they are smoking something they shouldn't be smoking.” Well, apparently no one is smoking Hindu Kush's finest - because Haqqani still swears Washington and NATO have shared "no intelligence" with Pakistan about Osama for a few years now. Would it be because - as in the famous Hollywood dictum - no one knows anything?
The invisible man
In real life, the fact is that a selected few inside the ISI know - as they have followed Osama's every move since the early 1980s in Peshawar. And they are not talking - never will. But for the CIA and the 16-agency alphabet-soup intel community not to know, this speaks volumes about an "intelligence" establishment where 1 million Americans hold top-secret clearances. Those 1 million are absolutely worthless when it comes to gathering on-the-ground intelligence south of the Hindu Kush.
So maybe they should ask the Pakistani Army. General Ashfaq Parvez Kiani - a Pentagon darling - has been to Washington for the third round of what is called a "strategic dialogue" with the Pentagon. It's easy to picture Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asking Kiani, "If North Waziristan is the epicenter of terrorism, where al-Qaeda is holed up, why don't you go there with all guns blazing and snatch them for us?"
In principle, Kiani will do it - that's what he has promised the Pentagon. But will he? Not really. Kiani will scare away - just for show - the Haqqanis, led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, eldest son of legendary mujahid Jalaluddin Haqqani, while ISI operatives duly tell them to run the other way.
Chapman Base in Khost, Afghanistan, on the other side of North Waziristan, is operated by the CIA. But don't expect Chapman to come out swinging exhibiting "dead or alive" al-Qaeda scalpels. There are indeed some Arab al-Qaeda jihadis sheltered by the Haqqanis - a few dozen at max, but they will have plenty of time to get out of Dodge, thanks again to the services of those ISI agents.
Moreover, Kiani is not suicidal. He knows the Haqqanis and the myriad groups they protect are intimately linked to the Punjabi Taliban. If Kiani launches a major offensive, blowback - in the form of an epidemic of urban suicide bombings rocking Pakistan - is an absolute certainty.
Blowback is on the way anyway - because in this "no one knows anything, and no one's talking" scenario, the only real weapon available for Washington is to drone North Waziristan to death.
Granted, the Barack Obama administration is also desperately trying to find a way out in AfPak. Saudi Arabia is key. Not only Mullah Omar, but also other viscerally anti-occupation Afghan leaders such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Abdul Rasul Sayyaf maintain very close ties with Saudi Arabia. Washington now depends on Saudi Arabia to convince them to sit down and talk.
That's not a given (they all say they're not talking). And even if they did it might - or might not - lead to an endgame (the Pentagon certainly doesn't want one). As for the Pakistani army and intelligence establishment, what they do want is an Afghan satellite government, still part of the "strategic depth" doctrine, and to keep receiving military aid from Washington till perpetuity. Thus playing a double game is key - and that applies most of all to Osama and al-Zawahiri, the golden rationale behind the everlasting "war on terror" - another name for the Pentagon's "long war".
Now you see them - now you don't. So expect a lot of Osama digital audio from now on. He should consider his own podcast on iTunes. There's no real prospect in sight that Osama will honor former US vice president Dick Cheney's correctional facilities anytime soon. He has not left the building, and is now merrily singing Suspicious Minds in a double bill with Elvis.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
“All you have to do to be hated is to do hateful things....”
The controlled WIKILEAKS Charade continues by DOD/DIA/CIA/FDDC creeps....
As to the Wikileak issue, ..... Politics is all about timing. The Wikileak story in the first line by the New Times: Iran, Iran, Iran big surprise. Have we learned anything new from these leaks? Does what we have learned have any value concerning how we deal with the present crisis? If we turn the pages back to the last significant leak in US history, there are valuable lessons to be learned I believe.
The release of the Pentagon Papers ultimately led to Nixon's downfall because it was this leak that lead Nixon to assemble the plumbers that were eventually caught breaking into the DNC office's of Larry O'Brien. The plumbers were assembled under the encouragement of Henry Kissinger who stated that leaks were totally compromising his attempts at diplomacy.
On the day of the leaks, Halderman makes one comment about Kissinger, Nixon did not trust him. A rather fantastic statement when you consider the role Kissinger was playing in the Nixon White House. Kissinger, a War criminal recently praised by Hillary Clinton at the State Department, was a long time CIA/Mossad asset who started as a translator for James Angleton another Mossad asset at the CIA. In retrospect Kissinger benefited most from the release of the Pentagon Papers, eventually getting the Nobel Peace Prize for ending the war in Vietnam. Nixon also wondered whether Kissinger through the Brookings Institute played a role in the leaks. http://cryptome.org/0002/wikileaks-feed.htm
Like the Kennedy's before him, Nixon's stance on the Middle East has been over looked as far as Watergate history goes. Nixon was insisting that Israel withdraw from land that was stolen from the Palestinians during the 6 day War, and that Israel abide by all United Nations resolutions concerning this dispute.
Larry O'Brien states in his oral history that the burglars were trying to find information related to ITT and the situation in Chile. We know this information clearly shows that Henry Kissinger should have been in prison a long time ago, and that the information the burglars were after was for the benefit of Kissinger personally.
The final nail in Nixon's coffin however probably came with the death of J. Edgar Hoover whose office black mail files were taken by James Angleton himself and most likely shared with Mossad...
I do not see much difference in our current political situation today as the Wikileaks simply put more pressure on crippled US Foreign Policy so that the necessary leadership in Washington has its hands tied as Israel continues with its War Crimes against the Palestinian people. And let us not forget the crime of the inside Job of 9/11 that history will show is covered with Zionist Blood.....and USA's Deep State barbarians.....
Happy false paradigm day to you, too... Assange is a known CIA operative. Did he get dinner or another visit at the WH this time before the "revelations" again? His revelations that we killed 100,000+ in Iraq and tortured prisoners - puhleez.
Years ago, we surpassed the million-dead-Iraqui mark as estimated by many sources - we are several million into it if we count both gulf wars, decades of sanctions and suffocating them without medical supplies and other means and DU ongoing slow-kill. And Assange jsut discovered we killed over 100,000 and tortured some prisoners? Well give him the Peace Nobel for that if Barry can share his prize. Him "blowing the whistle" now upping the official death toll by a little spare change from the first ridiculously low lie of death toll to a slightly higher number and still a lie while pretending that this is a real leak and is nothing more than a controlled release of info to prevent a bigger leak. And they offer it to us in cute Julian format so we get happy about the info he "leaked" and we got away with knowing without the Pentagon's approval. Ha! Julian and us the great unwasheds got away with something! Pretty translucent strategy here, isn't it?
And do we really believe that a man who is oh-so-dangerous to the Pentagon who can really access their files and leak them all over the place and hemorrhage any touchy classified info he wants to tap into is walking around all over Europe, giving press conferences in London - and they can't "get" him and get rid of him? Or that there is a server anywhere in the world he can post this from and The Empire is powerless and annot blast him and his server to Kindgom Cometh?
The Easter Bunny is leaking info all over the place, too. Assange is very useful - he can control leaks and dam them in by containing the amount of info they want to leak, he can announce false flags in the future as "leaks", he can leak out really "dangerous" amounts of info they can use to shut down the web to prevent more leaks in a Problem-Reaction-Solution model...a useful operative - their new version of Osama Al-CIAda in cute feisty blond angel geek format....
Just don't take Assange nor the Easter Bunny too seriously. It's all in a day's work in Hegelian paradigm-land, that's all....
IMPERIALISM then FASCISM....
Ever wondered why our country always seems to be at war with the world. Ever wondered why our government and mass media promote the view that the world outside our borders is a corrupt, chaotic, frightening place....when in reality our Government/Wall Street and all..... and Society are utterly corrupt to the core and without any hope of redemption ever.... Ever shocked to realize that many people in our society think the best thing that can happen to a foreign country is for the U.S. to invade. Can you even think of a time when our country was truly at peace with the world?
Imperialism is capitalism at its most virulent stage, astride the world; exploitation on a global scale. It is the creation of a grotesquely unequal world. The constant wars and its astonishing waste of resources and human lives ultimately weakens imperialism. Workers of the world are driven to rebel against it and replace it with socialism, the last stage of capitalism before its revolutionary transformation. Imperialism is the result of capitalism’s inexorable tendency towards globalization.
Capitalism exists to maximize profit, and capitalists do this by stealing as much surplus value as possible from the working class. Eventually, national capitalism develops to a point where production is concentrated in giant monopolies that are controlled by the huge banks that finance them. The finance capitalists who control these banks take state power as well, and they use their economic, political, and military power to take capitalist exploitation to a whole new level. The dominance of finance capital is the key component of imperialism because finance capital begins to look abroad for even greater returns on investment.
Like any other criminal enterprise, capitalism starts out small. The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie [the capitalists—D.P.] over the whole surface of the globe. The cheap prices of its commodities are the heavy artillery with which it batters down all Chinese walls.
Marx and Engels are talking about an earlier stage of capitalism that emphasized the production and export of physical commodities, whereas imperialism focuses on the export of finance capital. Under imperialism, investment capital itself is used to “batter down all Chinese walls” and when this doesn’t work it uses naked political and military aggression to open up a country to capital investment. They want a world in which finance capital based in the powerful developed countries is totally free to move around the globe and make investments that subject workers in the weaker developing countries to forms of super-exploitation even more brutal than “national capitalism. Capitalism is fundamentally a criminal enterprise; it will stop at nothing to extend their global dominance. Resistance against imperialism by the global working class has been a major factor shaping world history since at least the latter part of the nineteenth century. The Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cuban and Nicaraguan revolutions were all victories in the struggle against.
At the end of the Second World War, the United States took on the role. Some major defeats have been Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba. A tremendous victory was the break-up of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe but the dividends of that victory were squandered on financial scandals and military adventurism.
The U.S has been weakened by the growing economies of China, Brazil and India, the economic depression of 2008 and the huge costs of and poor performance by the U.S. military in the two imperialist wars in Iraq and Afghanistan....and the utter corruption and sheer brutality....
When imperialists fight for survival they always resort to fascism. Fascism has been defined as “the open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, most chauvinistic and most imperialist elements of finance capital.” The movement toward fascism is a sign that imperialism is on its death bed, which in turn opens up opportunities for socialist revolution. This brings us to the subjects of working-class unity and internationalism, the united front against fascism, and the fight for international socialism, all of which will be discussed later.....
Reportedly, Julian, together with his mother Claire and his half-brother, spent his childhood fleeing the father of Julian's half-brother.
That father was a member of a cult, called The Family, run by a Anne-Hamilton Byrne.
"Byrne dyed the stolen children’s hair blonde and fed them LSD." (Julian Assange of WikiLeaks: “Destroyer of Worlds)
"The Santiniketan Park Association of Anne Hamilton-Byrne conditioned children with drugs, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, torture and ritual sexual abuse in order to produce subjects who bent to the will of the group’s leader." (Wiki of the Damned)
"Assange claims that Australian intelligence has advised him, and there is an apparent link between Australian intelligence and the cult." (Wiki of the Damned)
Australian intelligence works closely with the CIA, MI6, DIA, AMAN and Mossad...
"Among those on the receiving end of the cult’s services was Lord Casey, former Governor-General of Australia and the minister in charge of overseeing the Australian intelligence service, with which Assange claims to be connected." (Wiki of the Damned)
"Another indication of serious institutional support for the cult concerns the participation in their activities of Ronald Conway. One of Australia’s most prominent Catholic intellectuals, Conway appears to have engaged in molestation of children placed in his care." (Wiki of the Damned)
Anne Hamilton-Byrne acquired fourteen infants and young children between about 1968 and 1975.
Assange was born in 1971. ("Village of the Damned," meet Julian Assange)
Sarah Moore, a 'daughter' of Hamilton-Byrne, was a victim of the cult.
Sarah Moore alleges that Sandoz, part of the old I.G. Farben complex, provided the cult with free LSD.
Sandoz bought the family business of 'Swiss Nazi financier' Carl Lundstrom.
One of Lundstrom's endeavors is Pirate Bay which hosts WIKILEAKS, in Sweden.
Israel would like the world to know that it is not just the Israeli military that sometimes murders kids.
Brits and Iraqis do it too, according to Wikileaks.
And the CIA and Mossad want us to believe some rubbish in Wikileaks about the Iranians.
Only Israel "has the penetration of the Department of Defense that would allow this kind of spying." (LAMEST WIKILEAK SO FAR … IS ISRAEL BEHIND IT?)
"The fact that the supposedly damaging leaks are in fact bolstering American accusations against Iran while minimizing American complicity in Iraqi deaths leads some to believe that the leaks are in fact engineered by the Pentagon to either discredit Wikileaks, or are in conjunction with Wikileaks which is a U.S. government outfit." (Wikileaks under doubt as “classified” documents substantiate bogus U.S. claims)
Excellent background on the questionable Julian CIA Assange....
I'm glad to see that not everyone is duped by the patent psyop that is Wikileaks/CIA/DOD/MOSSAD/DIA...
I find the ongoing Punch and Judy show hugely hilarious. Apparently Julian is now fighting with CNN and being framed and hunted by the CIA. A brave man of derring-do who fears nothing for his own life.....LOL
Wikileaks always seems to leak information that's strangely supportive of the DoD's latest objectives, be it destabilizing Pakistan, discrediting insufficiently pro-American Iraqi politicians or implicating Iran in crimes committed by NATO.
You might also mention that a large portion of initial funding was from George Soros's Open Society Institute. Yes, OSI, which was one of the subversive forces behind the Color Revolutions in the post-Soviet republics. Along with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the ever-present Central Intelligence Agency.
Their objective as always is to bring "democracy". Translation: privatization, cartelization, and foreign direct investment (theft) by outside billionaires like, surprise surprise, Monsieur Soros.
Of course, the real objective, as detailed by criminal Zbigniew Brzezinski, was and is the weakening of Russia as a military and economic competitor.
Wikileaks has two other suspicious characters on its advisory board:
1) Wang Dan: winner of the 1998 NED Democracy Award.
2) Xiao Qiang: recipient of MacArthur Fellowship 2001, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch in China, board of advisors for the International Campaign for Tibet.
That is, these gentlemen are involved in the subversion and destabilization of China.
All this spells out a very clear picture.
Wikileaks, despite its hero of the people image, carefully nurtured by the likes of Time magazine, CNN and so on, is very simply a manufactured opposition.
An elaborate limited hangout. And honeytrap for those silly enough to trust it with their whistleblowing.
Bear in mind also that Mr Assange has publicly and vociferously stated that he agrees with the offical 9/11 conspiracy theory, as carefully fabricated by the panel of the 911 Commission, including Thomas Kean.
911 is the keystone of the edifice of lies. And must be protected at all costs.
Yes, the good Julian believes that impressively-bearded men in Afghan caves carried out the attack on Manhattan.
It was not conceived in the RAND, nor the Hudson Institute. Nor did the Project for a New American Century have anything to do with it. Neither was there any funding from the Scaife foundations for these thinktanks. Nor was the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs involved. It of course has nothing to do with control of Middle Eastern and Central Asian oil routes and chokepoints to hamstring China and Russia.
The National Reconnaissance Office and NSA SIGINT/ELINT were not stood down...., as well as NORAD, SAC, and AMALGAM Virgo..., etc.. Nor was US STRATCOM. And the remote avionics of Northrop Grumman were not deployed in exacting maneuvers. Nor was there any precision demolition of the inexplicably well-insured World Trade Center buildings. Nor did Building Seven magically fall into its own footprint.
And of course the US/EU plutocracy had nothing to do with it.
No-one on the boards of the Peterson Institute for International Economics or Partnership for New York City. Certainly no generous donors to Carnegie Hall or the NYC Museum of Modern Art. And definitely the clientele of Kissinger Associates were as innocent as the driven snow.
So why are they doing this?
Simple. They are about to pull the plug on the American Republic and own what remains of it; while still holding the leash of the most vicious war machine by a huge margin ever in human history.
The terrorists who attacked New York will pay for this crime. And much worse besides.
They are liars, thieves and murderers....
Their time is up.
And make no mistake:
They will be burnt alive.....
Cyberspace is a new world and a new domain for combat. The Defense Department is working to understand the threats and opportunities that this new domain poses.
Robert J. Butler, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, is one of the officials charged with developing defense capabilities in this crucial domain. And there has been progress.
“For the past 14 months, we have been trying to continue to grow [U.S.] Cyber Command and its capabilities, at the same time looking at strategy and policy,” Butler told reporters at the Defense Writers’ Group here today. “We need to find ways to operate more effectively in cyberspace.”
DOD needs new operating concepts for the new domain. The department has done a lot of work in systems, education and training, “and beyond that, things like active defense and new ways of looking at resiliency and new ways to operate in different environments,” he said.
It comes back to the warfighter, he said. The DOD cyber world needs to focus on ensuring warriors can deploy, get the information they need when they deploy, track supplies and personnel and ensure logistics, he explained. They also must remain in contact with neighboring units and the home front, along with a variety of other tasks, he added.
Defense Department officials have reached out to Great Britain, Australia, Canada and NATO to defend against cyber threats that include nations, rogue states, terrorist groups, criminal gangs and just plain hackers, Butler said.
“The focus within the strategy is to go ahead and build partnerships with like-minded nations in the areas of shared awareness, shared warning and collective response,” he said. “As we move forward, we are trying to build capacity at one level, and at another level – interdependence – you are actually laying a foundation for deterring bad behavior in cyberspace.”
Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq – and the trust those operations have built among the coalition – have helped to speed this international cooperation, Butler said.
The threat constantly changes, and the department has to keep on top of this aspect of cybersecurity, Butler told the group. “Every day, people think of new ways to use the Internet,” he said. “As I look at the advent of social networking sites and what that has done, people have learned to use the Internet to not only communicate in traditional ways, but to build new networks that create both opportunities as well as threats.”
The cyber domain is new, and policy has not caught up to reality. Government and private officials are grappling with basics such as what constitutes a cyber attack and who has responsibility to defend against threats. The White House is leading the effort, Butler said, but it is clear that the Department of Homeland Security has the lead inside the United States. The Defense Department has responsibility to defend military networks, and can assist Homeland Security and other civilian agencies when required and ordered.
Who does what and when they do it is under discussion with other government agencies.
“We have our viewpoints laid out, and we’re trying to determine the best way to move forward,” Butler said. “One of the key things is to agree on the taxonomy. We hear a lot of discussion about cyber war and cyber attacks, and there’s legal terminology with hostile intent, hostile acts. Making sure everyone understands the taxonomy is really important.”
Butler credited the Homeland Security exercise Cyber Storm 3 with helping officials think through responses. The national cyber incident response framework exercise, conducted at the end of August, looked at the way the U.S. government and private industry faced a cyber threat.
“We were able to work out what the threat was, what the appropriate response was, who takes action, how do you determine conditions and postures,” he said.
The exercise included federal and state entities, the private sector and international partners. “It was a huge learning experience for the department,” he said.
But no one can stand still, Butler said.
“We recognize as we face this evolving threat that more will be required,” he said. “The question is what kind of hybrid models, what kind of rules, what kind of things do we need to counter a threat that continues to advance? We’ve got congressional support. We got a blueprint, and we’re working on it. -- ###
Feeling warm and fuzzy about our nation's cyber security? :/ - c
March 17, 2010 - Preparations for the establishment of U.S. Cyber Command are underway.