Friday, February 17, 2012

Zioconned UK and France to announce joint Drone project ....

Zioconned UK and France to announce joint Drone project ....

A UK/French plan to build the next-generation drone will be announced tomorrow during a summit in Paris, as Britain's BAE Systems warns of a 14 per cent fall in sales due to defense spending cuts....

MOSSAD/CIA stooges and lackeys, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy are expected to announce plans to develop a next-generation of unmanned stealth aircraft, or drone, at a bilateral summit in Paris on Friday.

Headed by France's Dassault Aviation and British defence contractor BAE Systems, the project follows a cooperation accord signed by the two countries in 2010.

The first prototype of the new aircraft could appear by 2020, according to defence sources.

BAE Systems said it expected that tomorrow's summit, originally scheduled for December last year, would pave the way for a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) design and development programme, and an unmanned combat air system demonstrator programme.

In 2010, the company said it was in talks with Dassault Aviation about working together on developing UAVs, which are used for both intelligence gathering and attack missions.

The two companies are in competition to sell conventional fighter jets. Only last week, France's Dassault won a bid to sell 126 fighter jets to India, dashing BAE hopes of securing the contract.

This new anglo-french partnership comes at a difficult time for the defence industry. On Thursday, BAE - Europe's biggest defence contractor and Britain's biggest manufacturer employer - warned that budget cuts by the UK and US governments had led to a 14 per cent fall in its revenues last year, resulting in a £19.2bn fall in sales.

£45bn cost of a drone

The new drone will be built according to performance targets set by EU countries, but qualities to be considered will include the aircraft's visibility, how long it can stay in the air, and whether they will be used for surveillance or attack.

Unfortunately, getting rid of the pilot means that you have to have a data link back to your HQ, not only to control the aircraft, but also for legal and ethical issues about allowing a machine to kill someone on the ground. Edward Hunt, HIS Jayne's Consultant

The cost of developing a drone is estimated at around £45bn, with the new drones likely to exceed that amount over eight years.

Collaborations of this sort - motivated by the need to cut costs - are nothing new for the UK. But usually such partnerships have been Europe-wide, said Trevor Taylor, professorial fellow in defence industries at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

"If you can share the cost that's obviously helpful," he told Channel 4 News. "The UK for a long time has done a lot of acquisition in collaboration with other countries. But there have been criticisms about things taking longer than they should. Some people have felt that we ought to focus our cooperation with a lead partner at least."

As an ally with industrial capabilities, France is in some ways, a natural partner....

Andrew Brookes director of the Air League and former RAF pilot told Channel 4 News that 180 people are needed to 'man' an unmanned aircraft.

"The downside is that it's very very difficult to do because people need a human in the loop. If the human's on the ground, you're then relying on a lot of control mechanisms and communications. If that breaks, then the war machine just dies," he added.

Any idea that pilots might now be an endangered species was dismissed by former pilot Andrew Brookes, director of the Air League, who told Channel 4 News: "a politician still wants to have a human being to say 'that airliner has been hijacked' before he shoots it down."

US drone 'grounded in Iran'

The use of drones has increased rapidly over recent years, especially during the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. However the use of a weapon with no pilot, controlled remotely from a location thousands of miles away, has caused controversy. The UN said that America's use of drones in Pakistan is illegal.

Edward Hunt, consultant at IHS Jane's told Channel 4 News: "Unfortunately, getting rid of the pilot means that you have to have a data link back to your HQ, not only to control the aircraft, but also for legal and ethical issues about allowing a machine to kill someone on the ground.

"Those two things, particularly keeping that link without it being corrupted or invaded by another party, is a challenge."

In December, Iran claimed to have intercepted a US drone by tapping into its GPS system and 'tricking' the aircraft to land.

The RQ170 was one of the CIA's top secret stealth drones, used for reconnaissance missions, and its capture was a huge blow the US. It went missing along the Afghan-Iran border, but US officials said that the drone malfunctioned.

Joint venture with EADS?

EADS, Europe's aerospace group and military contractor which owns most of Germany's airspace, has spent years developing its own prototype, Talarion, in the hope that it could take orders from France, Germany and other EU countries.

But Mr Taylor told Channel 4 News that EADS could yet be brought into the planned project.

"The question is whether or not we did a UK/French system, or whether EDAS they would be brought into the fold as well," he said....

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Zioconned USA wants SWIFT war on Iran....

Zioconned USA wants SWIFT war on Iran....
By Pepe Escobar

"wait for March 20, when the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in other currencies apart from the US dollar, heralding the arrival of a new oil marker to be denominated in euro, yen, yuan, rupee or a basket of currencies. "

What was the parade of European poodles thinking - that Tehran would just roll over and absorb the European Union's oil embargo, scheduled to start on July 1?

No wonder Brussels was caught as a Gucci deer in the headlights when the news started to flow that Tehran would pre-empt the move and immediately slap its own embargo of crude oil exports to six European Union countries - deeply in crisis Club Med members Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain plus recession-hit France and the Netherlands.

It took virtually no time for Iran's Oil Ministry and then the Foreign Ministry to deny it; such a decision, technically, would have to be officially announced by the Supreme National Security Council, which also deals with the nuclear negotiations.

But only the deaf, dumb and blind wouldn't understand the message; blowback for the ridiculously counter-productive European sanctions/oil embargo package will only plunge vast swathes of Europe further into deep economic pain.

Iran supplies 500,000 barrels of oil a day to the EU. The mere threat of an Iranian embargo has already provoked an oil price spike.

Assuming Club Med countries would be able to get oil from other sources - and that's not a given; Saudi Arabia wants high oil prices with a vengeance - they would have to reconfigure their refineries to process it. Inevitably there would be shortages of gasoline; the average Italian, for instance, is already furious with the skyrocketing price of gas at the pump.

Perhaps those tens of thousands of useless Brussels bureaucrats carrying their multicolored files up and down should do something meaningful and send a letter to Washington officially congratulating the Americans for further impoverishing tens of millions of EU citizens.

When in doubt, slap more sanctions
Yet the vultures, jackals and hyenas of regime change/war can never be appeased in their sanction lust. The US is now forcing the EU to cut off Iran from Brussels-based SWIFT - the independent telecom mechanism/clearinghouse used by every bank in the world to exchange financial data (its official name is Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications). Iran's Central Bank itself may become a victim.

In a nutshell, SWIFT is the wheel that moves global financial transactions and trade. So if this is not an extended, remixed declaration of hardcore economic war against one country - nothing else is.

Will it work? Hardly. It will certainly represent more devastation unleashed over "the Iranian people" - the vague entity of choice against which the US has "no quarrel". More than 40 Iranian banks use SWIFT to process financial transactions, and Iranians use it like everybody else in a globalized economy.

It will drag SWIFT's carefully maintained reputation for trust and neutrality through the mud; imagine other member countries' reaction to the fact they can also be totally marginalized according to the US's whims.

Not to mention that Washington cannot tell SWIFT what to do; thus it is not so subtly applying "pressure", Mafia-style, on the Europeans. The "message" was delivered in person by David Cohen, the US Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

And all this for what? According to the relentless, suffocating barrage of spin in Western corporate media, to "perhaps" buy some time so the Obama administration can "persuade" the warmongering, nuclear-armed Likud government in Israel not to attack Iran this coming spring.

Watch that American camel
Meanwhile, according to Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, the country has developed fourth-generation centrifuges made of carbon fiber that are "speedier, produce less waste and occupy less space" as they spin at supersonic speeds to purify uranium.

And the first made-in-Iran 20% enriched fuel rods have been installed at the Tehran Research Reactor - not a bomb factory but a civilian plant designed to produce medical isotopes for cancer treatment; this should allow the Research Reactor to operate independently of any foreign interference.

To top it off, Tehran sent a letter to the EU "welcoming" the P5+1 - the UN Security Council veto members plus Germany - if they seriously want to go back to the table for meaningful negotiations about the Iranian nuclear dossier.

Let's see what this means.

It's a very sophisticated Persian miniature - to be decoded by the Europeans who bother. Tehran is saying; we sincerely want to talk to you; but we won't give up on our civilian nuclear program; and if you keep treating us like dogs, with these sanctions, embargo and now the SWIFT move, we can apply a lot of pressure on your already stricken economies.

Anyone betting on clueless European politicians and their sherpas understanding this is hardly guaranteed to hit a jackpot.

Then there's the stupid argument that the recent bombings and failed bombings in Delhi, Georgia and Bangkok represent Tehran's retaliation for the murder of five civilian nuclear scientists in Iran - conducted by the Iranian terrorist group MeK under the orders of the Israeli Mossad.

If and when Tehran decides to target Israeli interests, it may be able to do it closer to home, and it has the competent operatives to do it without a trace. The notion that Tehran would send Iranian agents to friendly Asian countries such as India and Thailand - and in the case of the Three Stooges in Bangkok openly displaying their passports and even rials - is ludicrous beyond belief. These are patsies; the question is to find out who's manipulating them.

If the Washington/Tel Aviv-promoted hysteria is already at fever pitch, wait for March 20, when the Iranian oil bourse will start trading oil in other currencies apart from the US dollar, heralding the arrival of a new oil marker to be denominated in euro, yen, yuan, rupee or a basket of currencies.

That would suit Asian clients - from BRICS members India and China to US allies Japan and South Korea, not to mention NATO member Turkey. But that would also suit European clients, to pay for oil in their own currency. Tehran - as well as many key players in the developing world - does want to sink the petrodollar. That may be the straw to break the American camel's back. ....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The "bad guys" in new film will surprise and please even the most ardent critic of Hollywood propaganda...

February 14-15, 2012 -- Art imitates life in movie "Safe House"....

The "bad guys" in new film will surprise and please even the most ardent critic of Hollywood propaganda...

Don't believe the corporate media reviews or the Wikipedia/CIA entry of "Safe House," a new movie starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Denzel Washington plays a renegade CIA agent named Tobin Frost who is a target of a group of assassins. Frost is also wanted by the CIA for being a defector who is accused of selling intelligence secrets to the world's highest bidders. One review states that Frost is a dangerous world criminal who is also a lunatic. It turns out that Frost defected from the CIA because it and two other intelligence agencies, those of Britain and Germany, have been thoroughly penetrated at the top by a fourth intelligence agency....

Reynolds, who plays the CIA's Cape Town safe house keeper Matt Weston, is tasked to ready the Cape Town CIA residence, which is under non-official cover as an insurance company, for Frost. Frost, chased by assassins in Cape Town, turns himself in at the U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town for protection. A CIA team arrives to move Frost to the CIA safe house where he undergoes waterboarding torture by the CIA interrogation team. However, the safe house is compromised by a mole inside the CIA and the assassins enter the facility to kill Frost, Weston, and the interrogation team.

What the movie reviewers do not mention is the fact that Frost's ex-MI-6 contact, Alec Wade, who is played by Irish actor Liam Cunningham, passes him a microchip containing files about the major blackmail and infiltration operation that has penetrated the upper echelons of the CIA, MI-6, and Germany's BND (Federal Intelligence Service).

After Wade is assassinated in Cape Town by a sniper, Frost examines the micro-chip files. The cover page clearly displays the menorah insignia of the Mossad. The files show wire transfers to various bank accounts. It is then revealed who the assassins are: Mossad agents determined to silence those who possess the evidence about the compromise and blackmail by Israeli intelligence of the CIA, MI-6, and BND...."an absolute certainty in the real world...."

Frost and Weston find themselves constantly on the run from the Mossad killers (merely referred to as "mercenaries" in most of the reviews). Weston realizes that he is also a target and decides to scrap plans to bring Frost in and, instead, joins forces with him. After Frost is killed by a compromised CIA officer in another CIA safe house in a remote location in the South African veldt, Weston is exfiltrated to Langley where he denies knowing anything about the microchip. Frost, however, slipped the chip to Weston before he dies from his gunshot wounds.

Weston then provides the contents of the chip to the media, which exposes the Mossad operation to the world. Senior officials of the U.S., British, and German governments are indicted....

The first reaction to this film is how did it get past the Israeli Lobby and its collaborators in Hollywood? The film is produced by Daniel Espinosa, a Swedish national. The script was written by David Guggenheim. "Safe House" was filmed in South Africa and released in North America by Universal Pictures, which is owned by NBC.

Finally, a film that depicts Mossad as the terrorists and killers they are in real life.....LOL, but in real life ALSO, especially since 1995 and the advent of the PNAC killers, MOSSAD and CIA have been running wild in the Levant, carrying out TOGETHER odious crimes of extra-judicial political assassinations through the most infamous White House Murder INC, starting with the cowardly assassination in Beirut, January 24th 2002...of Mr. Elie HOBEIKA and his party of three...

"Safe House" is one of the few films to depict the Mossad as a dangerous hostile intelligence agency out to compromise the security of the United States and its allies. While many films have depicted the Mossad as fighting against old Nazis and Arab terrorists, "Safe House" is one example where art imitates real life. Five thumbs up for a film the "usual suspects" are describing as having a "thin plot."

Laughably, some Zionists are claiming the film shows the Mossad in a positive light. I will defer to the review about the film in the Israel-friendly Wall Street Journal written by John Anderson: "He [Denzel Washington] is shown injecting something into his side, which later turns out to be a tiny capsule containing information valuable enough that every mercenary and Mossad agent in town is after him."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Is Western Democracy Real or just a Zioconned Facade...?

Is Western Democracy Real or just a Zioconned Facade...?

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

The United States government and its NATO puppets have been killing Muslim men, women and children for a decade in the name of bringing them democracy. But is the West itself a democracy?

Skeptics point out that President George W. Bush was put in office by the Supreme Court and that a number of other elections have been decided by electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail. Others note that elected officials represent the special interests that fund their campaigns and not the voters. The bailout of the banks arranged by Bush’s Treasury Secretary and former Goldman Sachs chairman, Henry Paulson, and Washington’s failure to indict any banksters for the fraud that contributed to the financial crisis, are evidence in support of the view that the US government represents money and not the voters.

Recent events in Greece and Italy have created more skepticism of the West’s claim to be democratic. Two elected European prime ministers, George Papandreou of Greece and Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, were forced to resign over the sovereign debt issue. Not even Berlusconi, a billionaire who continues to lead the largest Italian political party, could stand up to the pressure brought by private bankers and unelected European Union officials.

Papandreou lasted only 10 days after announcing on October 31, 2011, that he would let the Greek voters decide in a referendum whether or not to accept the austerity being imposed on the Greek people from the outside. Austerity is the price charged by the EU for lending the Greek government the money to pay to the banks. In other words, the question was austerity or default. However, the question was decided without the participation of the Greek people.

Consequently, Greeks have taken to the streets. The conditions accompanying the latest tranche of the bailout have again brought large numbers of Greeks into the streets of Athens and other cities. Citizens are protesting a 20% cut both in the minimum wage and in pensions larger than 12,000 euros ($15,800) annually and more cuts in public sector jobs. Greek taxes were raised 2.3 billion euros last year and are scheduled to rise another 3.4 billion euros in 2013. The austerity is being imposed despite Greece’s unemployment rate of 21% overall and 48% for those under the age of 25.

One interpretation is that the banks, which were careless in their loans to governments, are forcing the people to save the banks from the consequences of their bad decisions.

Another interpretation is that the European Union is using the sovereign debt crisis to extend its power and control over the individual member states of the EU.

Some say that the EU is using the banks for the EU’s agenda, and others say the banks are using the EU for the banks’ agenda.

Indeed, they may be using each other. Regardless, democracy is not part of the process.

Greece’s appointed–not elected–prime minister is Lucas Papademos, He is a former governor of the Bank of Greece, a member of Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission, and former vice president of the European Central Bank. In other words, he is a banker appointed to represent the banks.

On February 12 the appointed prime minister, whose job is to deliver Greece to the banks or to Brussels, failed to see the irony in his statement that “violence has no place in a democracy.” Neither did he see any irony in the fact that 40 elected representatives in the Greek parliament who rejected the bailout terms were expelled by the ruling coalition parties. Violence begets violence. Violence in the streets is a response to the economic violence being committed against the Greek people.

Italy has formed a second democratic government devoid of democracy. The appointed prime minister, Mario Monti, doesn’t have to face an election until April 2013. Moreover, according to news reports, his “technocratic cabinet” does not include a single elected politician. The banks are taking no chances: Monti is both prime minister and minister of economics and finance.

Monti’s background indicates that he represents both the EU and the banks. He is former European advisor to Goldman Sachs, European chairman of the Trilateral Commission, a member of the Bilderberg Group, a former EU Commissioner, and a founding member of the Spinelli Group, an organization launched in September 2010 to facilitate integration within the EU, that is, to advance central power over the member states.

There is little doubt that European governments, like Washington, have been financially improvident, living beyond their means and building up debt burdens on citizens. Something needed to be done. However, what is being done is extra-democratic. This is an indication that Western elites–the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg Group, the EU, transnational corporations, oversized banks, and the mega-rich–no longer believe in democracy.

Perhaps future historians will conclude that democracy once served the interests of money in order to break free of the power of kings, aristocracy, and government predations, but as money established control over governments, democracy became a liability. Historians will speak of the transition from the divine right of kings to the divine right of money....

Commentary: 'Global power gone'....

Commentary: 'Global power gone'....
by Arnaud De Borchgrave
Washington (UPI) Feb 13, 2012

From dust to dust, global power is no more. So says Zbigniew Brzezinski, the only rival to Henry Kissinger in America's contemporary geopolitical hall of fame.

For centuries, much of the global landscape and seascape was dominated by a single power -- e.g., Portugal, Spain, Great Britain, the United States -- and recent would-be masters of the universe didn't last long.

Hitler's 1,000-year German empire was built in six years -- and crushed in six years (1939-45 World War II). Stalin's bloody empire lasted a tad longer on history's clock. After the Kremlin conceded defeat and pulled out of Afghanistan in February 1989, the iron curtain fell apart and the Eastern European colonies recovered their freedom.

Talking about his 20th book "Strategic Vision -- America and the Crisis of Global Power" -- and arguably best geopolitical tome, Zbig, as he is universally known, said: "After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, we saw the emergence of a single power -- the United States. Many believed we had been chosen by God and commissioned by history to be the world's dominant power.

"Now here we are, two decades later, no longer pre-eminent," he told a luncheon at the Women's National Democratic Club. "We're not declining, as some are suggesting, but we no longer command the world's respect, and we keep reading that China will soon supersede the United States, somewhere between 2016 and 2018" -- four to six years from now.

"No single state is a hegemon," Brzezinski, a Center for Strategic and International Studies counselor, points out, "and we are still the most powerful. But our society is stagnating. We have just blown $1.5 trillion on two unnecessary and costly wars, both in blood and treasure, that were falsely justified and totally unwinnable."

"The consequences," he argues, "were a dramatic decline in America's global standing in contrast to the last decade of the 20th century, a progressive delegitimation of America's presidential and hence also national credibility and a significant reduction in the self-identification of America's allies with American security."

Meanwhile, President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser points out, "Our infrastructure is old and decrepit. In Europe and Japan high-speed trains connect major cities in comfort. Here we call Acela our fast train -- built for 150 mph speeds that it doesn't come close to because roadbeds can't take it. Window gazing does not portray a nation of the future but scenes reminiscent of a Third World country."

Other major U.S. handicaps as seen by Brzezinski:

A flawed U.S. financial system is dominated by special interests that spawn widening income inequality.

The United States has a gridlocked political system, which depends on money, which means it can be bought.

The U.S. education system is superb -- at the very top, the best in the world. Mid-level is embarrassingly bad, near the bottom of the world scale.

Why the United States no longer commands the world's respect as it did when it emerged victorious from the Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union isn't too hard to understand. But the United States is still the richest country in the world, innovative, with residual energy and patriotism, which can still be harnessed and led in the right direction.

The United States can take the lead on human rights and freedom of the press and has what it takes to revitalize the Western powers in a concerted effort.

The United States is properly scared of Islamist extremism. But the solution, says Brzezinski, lies in Turkey, a country of 80 million that is "highly Islamic but also highly modern. Turkey is in Europe, a good, steadfast democracy spiritually close to the West."

Brzezinski argues the United States should enlarge the West by incorporating Russia. U.S. leaders missed the boat at the end of the Cold War when some leading Cold War warriors said publicly it was time to invite a new Russia into NATO, which would have compelled Russia's new leaders to opt for the democratic West.

Vladimir Putin would like to create a Eurasian union, says Brzezinski, made up of the former states of the Soviet Union but most of these countries are determined not to go back in to a union dominated by the men in the Kremlin.

His take on the "populist" riots in the Arab world is that they are driven for the most part by "inequality." It wasn't an Arab Spring. The civil war in Syria, riots in Egypt, inter-tribal bloodshed in Libya, indicate much more political turbulence ahead.

Demonizing China, says Brzezinski, is simply to invite China's leaders to demonize the United States back. The United States is interdependent in many areas and weaving China's leadership into a web of mutual interests with the United States makes more geopolitical sense than confrontation.

An Israeli attack on Iran, Brzezinski says, would be an unmitigated disaster for the United States more than for Israel in the short run and a fundamental disaster for Israel in the long run.

It would trigger a collision with the United States and make our task in Afghanistan impossible. It would set the Persian Gulf ablaze; increase the price of oil three or fourfold. Americans, already paying almost $4 a gallon, would see this quickly escalate to $12 or more.

Europe would become even more dependent on Russian oil than it already is. So what would be the benefit for the United States?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

MEK international terrorist group, wholly owned and supported by the Zioconned USA and IsraHell....

Former FBI chief and U.S. Attorney General among supporters of MEK international terrorist group, wholly owned and supported by the Zioconned USA and IsraHell....

The Zioconned US defense structure is a system that rewards careerism, anti-intellectualism and the odious orders of the most infamous White House Murder INC, in the Levant and Worldwide....

I would say that the; Role and Missions of the armed forces, The Unified Command Plan and the National Security acts of 1947 and 1948 have been badly in need of revision for a long time. I have said that repeatedly. Nobody cares, least of all those whose actions are driven by personal interest.....

February , 2012 -- American terrorist supporters gather in Alexandria VA. to support Mujahidin-e-Khalq...and their decaying world all around....

American supporters of the Iranian terrorist group Mujahidin-e-Khalq (MEK) are gathering in New York on February 11 to voice their support for the de-listing by the State Department of the MEK as a foreign terrorist organization. The MEK was recently linked to an Israeli Mossad operation to assassinate Iranian scientists. The MEK support session is sponsored by the Global Initiative for Democracy (GID), which is based in Alexandria,Virginia.

The seminar is titled: "The Iranian Revolution, Three Decades On: Prospects for Change, Role of the Opposition and Camp Ashraf."

The following American supporters of terrorism are scheduled to speak at the MEK support session at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel:

Howard Dean, Fmr. Vermont Governor, DNC Chairman

Louis Freeh, Fmr. Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Rudy Giuliani, Fmr. Mayor New York City

Patrick Kennedy, Fmr. Member of Congress

Michael Mukasey, Fmr. U.S. Attorney General

Gen. Hugh Shelton, Fmr. Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff....

Our country's infrastructure is falling apart, and most states are having to cut money for public services, but 'our' government thinks it's important to spend billions of dollars on fleets of drones to monitor us all? And this despite the fact that there have been no 'real' terrorist attacks that I can remember, other than the ones perpetrated by the criminal organization which controls our government(s). The reason they are building a police-state to control us all, because they know we are on to them, and our traitors in government (inner party) don't want to be lynched in the streets. They are cowards betting on 'big brother' winning control of our planet, and they are terrified we will overcome the NWO....

Will we be able to stop them before the police-state is too powerful to overcome?

Threatening Russia: NATO Fighter Jets Can Patrol "Anything They Want"

The rabid Empire is provoking Russia nonstop. They are circling Russia with fighter jets. This is not a small matter. It will be answered by Russia eventually if they continue to provoke. If the situation escalates into a full Iran war and any of these US fighter planes 'accidentally' stray into Russian air space and Russia is good and sick of this, what will happen? A small thing like this could escalate a full war between the US and Russia. What is NATO's pointless point?

I spent exactly half my life living under American fighter jets. The half of life which I spent outside the US. I lived in West Germany which was under US military occupation - constant US fighter jets overhead in exercises, cartwheeling in the sky, breaking the sound barrier, nose-diving over small towns, being an aggressive noisy rude menacing presence in the sky at all times. And then the fighter jets came and bombed the Balkans, more American fighter jets in another country, this time delivering DU death. Enough of them. They are harassing the whole planet with this....

US high ranking officer: I knew too much the last 15 years[ especially the barbaric inside Job of 9/11] remain silent....

There can be no equivocation with the truth..., with knowledge comes responsibility…

Leaked report belies Afghan surge 'success'....
By Gareth Porter

WASHINGTON - An analysis by Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis, which the US Army has not approved for public release but has been leaked to Rolling Stone magazine, provides the most authoritative refutation thus far of the official military narrative of success in the Afghanistan War since the troop surge began in early 2010.

In the 84-page unclassified report, Davis, who returned last autumn after his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, attacks the credibility of claims by senior military leaders that the war strategy led by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has succeeded in weakening the Taliban insurgent forces and in building Afghan security forces capable of taking primary responsibility for security in the future.

The report, which Davis had submitted to the army in January for clearance to make it public, was posted on the website of Rolling Stone magazine by journalist Michael Hastings on Friday. In a blog for the magazine, Hastings reported that "officials familiar with the situation" had said the Pentagon was "refusing" to release the report, but that it had been making the rounds within the US government, including the White House.

Hastings wrote that he had obtained it from a US government official. Contacted by IPS Friday, Davis would not comment on the publication of the report or its contents.

Writing that he is "no Wikileaks guy Part II", Davis reveals no classified information in the report. But he has given a classified version of the report, which cites and quotes from dozens of classified documents, to several members of the House and Senate, including both Democrats and Republicans.

"If the public had access to the classified reports," Davis writes, "they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is true behind the scenes."

Davis is in a unique position to assess the real situation on the ground in Afghanistan. As a staff officer of the "Rapid Equipping Force", he traveled more than 14,500 kilometers to every area where US troop presence was significant and had conversations with more than 250 US soldiers, from privates to division commanders.

The report takes aim at the March 2011 Congressional testimony by General David Petraeus, then the top commander in Afghanistan, and the Defense Department's April 2011 Report to Congress as either "misleading, significantly skewed or completely inaccurate".

Davis attacks the claim in both the Petraeus testimony and the DOD report that US and NATO forces had "arrested the insurgents' momentum" and "reversed it in a number of important areas".

That claim is belied, Davis argues, by the fact that the number of insurgent attacks, the number of improvized explosive devices (IEDs) found and detonated and the number of US troops killed and wounded have all continued to mount since 2009, the last year before the addition of 30,000 US troops and 10,000 NATO troops.

Davis notes that Petraeus and other senior officials of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the US-NATO command in Afghanistan, have boasted of having killed and captured thousands of insurgent leaders and rank and file soldiers, cut insurgent supply routes and found large numbers of weapons caches as well as depriving the insurgents of their main bases of operation since spring 2010.

If these claims were accurate measures of success, Davis writes, after the Taliban had been driven out of their strongholds, "there ought to have been a reduction in violence not a continual, unbroken string of increases".

In fact, Davis writes, Taliban attacks "continued to rise at almost the same rate it had risen since 2005 all the way through the summer of 2011" and remained "well above 2009 levels in the second half of 2011" even though it leveled off or dropped slightly in some places.

Davis notes that total attacks, total number of IEDs and total US casualties in 2011 were 82%, 113% and 164% higher, respectively, than the figures for 2009, the last year before the surge of 30,000 troops. The annual number of US dead and wounded increased from 1,764 in 2009 to 4,662 in 2011.

The veteran Army officer quotes Congressional testimony by Admiral Mike Mullen on December 2, 2009, as citing a lesser increase in Taliban attacks in 2009 of 60% over the 2008 level as a rationale for a significant increase in US troop strength in Afghanistan, implying that the war was being lost.

Davis leaves no doubt about his overall assessment that the US war effort has failed. "Even a cursory observation of key classified reports and metrics," Davis concludes, "leads overwhelmingly to the conclusion that over the past two years, despite the surge of 30,000 American Soldiers, the insurgent force has gained strength..."

Davis is also scathing in his assessment of the Afghan army and police, who have been described as constantly improving and on their way to taking responsibility for fighting the insurgents.

"What I saw first-hand, in virtually every circumstance," writes Davis, "was a barely functioning organization - often cooperating with the insurgent enemy..."

Both in his longer report and in an article for Armed Forces Journal published online on February 5, Davis recounts his experience at an Afghan National Police station in Kunar province in January 2011. Arriving two hours after a Taliban attack on the station, Davis asked the police captain whether he had sent out patrols to find the insurgents.

After the question had been conveyed by the interpreter, Davis recalls, "The captain's head wheeled around, looking first at the interpreter and turning to me with an incredulous expression. Then he laughed."

"No! We don't go after them," he quotes the captain as saying. "That would be dangerous!"

According to Davis, US troops who work with Afghan policemen in that province say they "rarely leave the cover of the checkpoints", allowing the Taliban to "literally run free".

Describing the overall situation, Davis writes, "[I]n a number of high profile mission opportunities over the past 11 months the ANA [Afghan National Army] and ANP [Afghan National Police] have numerous times run from the battle, run from rumors, or made secret deals with the Taliban."

The draft posted online notes after that statement that the classified version of the paper has been "redacted", indicating that Davis provides further details about those "secret deals" in the classified version.

The Army dissenter calls on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to "conduct a bi-partisan investigation into the various charges of deception or dishonesty in this report". He urges that such a hearing include testimony not only from senior military officials but from mid- and senior-level intelligence analysts from the Defense Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies.

Both Senate and House Armed Services Committees have exhibited little or no interest in probing behind the official claims of success in Afghanistan. That passive role reflects what many political observers, including some members of congress, see as cozy relationships among most committee members,military leaders, Pentagon officials and major military contractors.

It remains to be seen whether Davis's raising of the issue of misleading claims of success in a front-page New York Times story on February 6 and in subsequent television appearances will bring pressure on those committees from other members to hold hearings on whether senior military officials are telling the truth about the situation in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the US military leadership in Afghanistan is brushing off Davis's critique as having no importance. During a briefing in which he claimed continued steady progress in Afghanistan, Army Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti, deputy commander of US Forces-Afghanistan, dismissed the Davis report as "one person's view of this".