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Violent sex crimes by U.S. Army soldiers rise -report

Posted by Admin on January 21, 2012

http://in.news.yahoo.com/violent-sex-crimes-u-army-soldiers-rise-report-011449493.html

By Mary Slosson | Reuters – Fri, Jan 20, 2012

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Note by the Admin of this Blog – To all the readers of this article, most of whom are sadly anglo saxon caucasians not even indigenous in terms of evolution to this world, this article is just one of the many reasons why the rest of the world and coloured people hate you so much, including me!

Remember we shall never forgive you for all the atrocities your forefathers and you, their offspring have committed upon our sacred lands of culture, value and tradition through the conquests of colonialism and imperialism.

2012 or not do not even for a moment think rapture or a second coming of your anointed one of your false bible who never died on a cross upon calvary and who fled to India for the second time to raise his offspring with his wife Mary Magdalene and whose tomb to this day stands in a public building at a busy intersection in a well known city in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India can do anything about it for he himself was nothing more than a descended disciple of the teachings of the Gautama Buddha.

This also includes your NESARA/GESARA prosperity funds to redeem each of you financially to live your capitalistic and materialistic sickening and virus minded lives to continuously plague the beautiful and bountiful lands of Dear Mother Earth whom so many of us hold so dear and upon whom your masters have wrecked destruction callously. So do the ETs have a part in all this for they were the progenitors of your race from the Pleaides/Plejaran constellations and other systems of Aldebaran and Antares. They only wish to serve yet another agenda of enslavement and deceit in the coming of a golden age with help and manipulation from the skies.

The real true good ETs would never mean something they say and try doing another for then what good would choice and free will be?

Remember a golden age does not come into being just by forgetting the past and moving on. That is utter bullshit you all have conditioned the rest of the world to believe in knowing fully well your unspeakable acts and atrocities can never be redeemed any way whatsoever.

It will be fought for in a quiet and just way and I will be one to do so anyway, for though we may hide in obscurity, never for a moment consider that your acts and thoughts have gone unnoticed and you can yet again pull over all of us a veil of delusion stating it is you who will be the forerunners to bring about civility to this world just as you did so when the first of your maritime vessels reached our shores a few centuries ago.

Hypocrisy abounds and so will the cataclysmic downfall of all intellect based civilizations that rot in the vermin of their own filth. May it be for in no other way can a just and sincere utopia be accepted for otherwise it would be not.

Remember these words and remember that no date and alignment can help you if you cannot help yourself get rid of your own inner dirt for what good is an object made to shine on the outside that carries shit inside it.

Also I must appreciate all those souls who migrated to take birth upon your continents to effect the true Renaissance and also to those ever so few genuine members of your race who have always remained steadfast and noble in the brilliance and light of the Most radiant Ones that we always are. Thank you for keeping the balance.

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What this article actually hides is the true horror of such acts committed by white boys to Iraqi girls and women. Curse all of you for continuing this…

(Reuters) – Violent sex crimes committed by active U.S. Army soldiers have almost doubled over the past five years, due in part to the trauma of war, according to an Army report released on Thursday.

Reported violent sex crimes increased by 90 percent over the five-year period from 2006 to 2011. There were 2,811 violent felonies in 2011, nearly half of which were violent felony sex crimes. Most were committed in the United States.

One violent sex crime was committed by a soldier every six hours and 40 minutes in 2011, the Army said, serving as the main driver for an overall increase in violent felony crimes.

Higher rates of violent sex crimes are “likely outcomes” of intentional misconduct, lax discipline, post-combat adrenaline, high levels of stress and behavioral health issues, the report said.

“While we have made tremendous strides over the past decade, there is still much work to be done,” Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli said in a statement.

“Many of our biggest challenges lie ahead after our soldiers return home and begin the process of reintegrating back into their units, families and communities,” Chiarelli said.

Violent sex crimes committed by U.S. Army troops increased at a rate that consistently outpaced the national trend, a gap that is expected to continue to grow, the Army said.

The top five violent felony offenses committed by soldiers in 2011 were aggravated assault, rape, aggravated sexual assault, forcible sodomy and child pornography.

Soldiers suffering from issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and depression have been shown to have higher incidences of partner abuse, according to the report.

Soldiers with PTSD are up to three times more likely to be aggressive with their female partners than those without such trauma, the report said.

The report also said that family abuse cases are typically underreported.

As the largest branch of the U.S. armed forces, the Army has done the bulk of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, including years of extended duty and repeated deployments. The rate of suicides among Army soldiers was steady in 2011 after years of rising, the report said.

(Editing by Greg McCune and Cynthia Osterman)

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Exopolitics Book Chapter 4 (Draft) by Ed Komarek

Posted by Admin on November 22, 2011

http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-four-draft.html

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2011

Exopolitics Book: Introduction
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-exopolitics-book-introduction.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter One
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-1-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter Two
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-2-draft.html

Exopolitics Book: Chapter 3
http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2011/10/exopolitics-book-chapter-3-draft.html

Exopolitics Book Chapter Four (Draft)
THE TALL WHITE EXTRATERRESTRIALS

I guess the best place to start as to an introduction to the extraterrestrial neighborhood, so to speak, would be with the Tall White extraterrestrials. I am willing to go out on a limb in support of this case because we have not only Charles Hall’s detailed testimony in his four books and public interviews, but additional TW witnesses that confirm parts of Charles Hall’s testimony. Here is a key Open Seti article on Charles Hall and the Tall Whites. http://openseti.org/Hall.html .

If you look to the right margin of this article there is a list of links to other Tall White Interviews and material. This material at Viewzone is also especially good and I have lifted some quotes from it for this chapter. http://www.viewzone.com/event33.html

I feel comfortable with the awareness that the TW most likely exist as described by Charles Hall and other witnesses. I found this case so compelling that I traveled to Indian Springs and Nellis where I found an additional two witnesses, and while there Leslie Mitts found the Cherry Hinkle case in Las Vegas for me through the Internet. The only problem I have with the Charles Hall case at this point is that there was one heroic event in the four book series first published as fiction, that I personally could not confirm as true so far.

When I went to the only Ski Lodge in the Spring Mountains south of Nellis AFB , I could not see how the event happened as described that involved the TW deep space craft in Charles’s books. There is a good view of to a large part of Nellis from the upper parking lot and turnaround where Charles could have seen a large TW craft hovering and TW people exiting the craft to the ground.

I just can’t see how he could have seen them entering the ski lodge, because the lodge and the first parking lot are at an end of a narrow canyon where the line of sight is obstructed by trees. I also talked to the past owner of the lodge who lives in Indian Springs whose family owned the lodge in the 1960s. He said to his knowledge there never was an evacuation of the lodge and a friend of his who worked at the lodge at the time agreed.

This event makes me wonder if three heroic episodes in the books were added in the editing process to add suspense and drama to the books when they were to be published as fiction. I sent this chapter to Charles for fact checking and he had this to say, and as you see, he stands by all events as factual in the books.

“Hi Ed, Two corrections: As Charles states in book IV, everything is true, & happened to him. Regarding the ski lodge incident. Charles was able to drive anywhere he wanted. Viewing angles were more numerous than those you may have investigated. Charles had his theodolite. Also: It wasn’t yet ski season; the number of people to be evacuated was very small; therefore, the closing would not have been a particularly memorable incident, even to the owner of the ski lodge. Regarding Charles’ account of the TW in D.C.: You have the woman walking up the steps to the capitol. She was descending, an entirely different matter.
Regards, Marie Therese & Charles”

Even though there is much information in the links I provide in this chapter I suggest that the serious student of the TW purchase all four books. Especially the first three books, because even though the forth book does have some good extra material in it, a lot of the fourth book repeats material in prior books. Much of the detailed information on the TW is spread out through these four books in dramatic fashion in order to keep the reader hooked, interested and involved. I thought Charles did a good job in writing this alleged experience in fictional format.

What is important about taking the time to read the books, are that the books involve and convey to the reader very well, what it was like for Charles and others at a very exciting and frightening time in their early lives. A time when they were cast unknowingly by the military brass into the lion’s den of mutual distrust and fear, felt by both the earth humans and the TW humans in the early stages of early 1960s extraterrestrial contact. Charles and the other airmen found themselves right smack in the middle two clashing very feudal autocratic regimes that seem to have had little regard for the common individual.

The American military generals seem to have little regard for the rights and liberties of these ordinary enlisted men, who could be used in times of war as necessary disposable pawns, for what the generals perceived to be the greater good of society. The Tall White feudal caste society and their generals also seems to see little value in these enlisted men and treated them with distain and fear, almost as wild animals, which they were, under such extreme conditions.

The Tall Whites guards as described by Charles and others, appear to me much like the Samurai society of old feudalistic Japan where the surf was expected to honor and respect the elite Samurai, else the simplest infraction could lead to the loss of his or her head in several seconds. On the other hand the TW doctor and the teacher were very compassionate, loving and understanding, so we should not draw conclusions about individuals and society in such a small sample of the TW population. Some of the security people at Nellis are just as hard and tough as the TW security people, so should we as a society be judged by our security people, I think not.

As I read the books I can to understand why Charles became special to both sides in this conflict. Charles is a very religious Christian person and he took the abuse on both sides and just tried to do his job and maintain his sanity to the best of his ability as a range weatherman on Nellis AFB. The contact was so foreign and frightening that Charles was plunged into denial and came to accept for a long time that the TW were hallucinations of his own mind and treated them as such, much to the amusement of the TW and their children and even the American generals.

Clifford Stone who is a lot like Charles also is very religious and humble, but Clifford had the advantage of contact from an early age, claiming to me that this was one of the reasons he thinks he was picked by the military to be involved in crash retrievals. This even though he was a low ranking enlisted man as was Charles. In his early years Clifford was observed by and communicated with a military individual familiar with contact, and I assume it was this individual who steered Clifford into the contact programs because he was already acclimated to contact.

Clifford told me that some others who were not acclimated had freaked out and there even were suicides because of contact, as these individuals were thrown suddenly and without preparation into contact. So it makes perfect sense to me why Clifford a low ranking enlisted man was moved into the program even though he has been criticized by those unfamiliar with how this system works as was described by Bill Uhouse. It seems to have been the same with Charles who just happened to be able to adapt and stick it out, when others could not, gaining the respect and even love of the TW and maybe a few American generals as well.

Other enlisted men had been severely injured even killed by the TW, one who threw a stone into the sagebrush at what he thought was a coyote and was chased by a very angry TW mother threating his life if he was to ever show up their again. The stone broke the arm of her son, a very serious injury, because the TW are not as strong and study as we are and that child had to be taken back to their world for treatment. Charles himself was almost accidently killed by a very frightened young TW woman being acclimated by the adult TW to Charles in preparation of future work with earth humans.

Here is a quote from page 129 of Millennia Hospitality III.
“My right leg had just come forward, my foot had just touched the ground in front of me when, once again, Pamela panicked. Their nervous system, running two and a half times faster than ours, allowed her to point her white pencil at me and activate it before I could do much more than tighten my throat muscles and blink my eyes. Screaming at her father, she blurted out in a panicky manner, “He is out of control! See I told you, father! He has broken out of the controls! See, I have to readjust them!” “Then the teacher grabbed the pencil from Pamela’s hand and forcefully exclaimed, “He meant no harm. He just could not hear your father! There was no reason to kill him!”

What happened was that Pamela was so panicked that she had inadvertently set the weapon on kill and Charles was soon lying on the ground bleeding to death. He survived by pressing his knuckles on his throat and was left to die for several hours while the TW and the military watched, but over time the bleeding stopped. Nobody could help him because even the TW were surprised when he did not die immediately, but once they realized he might not die, they would not allow him to be disturbed else the bleeding start up again. Charles managed to survive, but the TW got a real dressing down by the Generals and the TW accepted it, and later Pamela met Charles in the desert alone and defenseless, just as he had been before them.

George LoBuono sent me this Charles Hall quote that further illustrates the intense distrust and disrespect by the TW ruling class as to ordinary folks. “Worse yet was the behavior of a Tall White she had gone to meet with a select(4) members of Congress, & was leaving, coming down the West steps of the Capitol.” Hall said a CIA guard tried to help a Tall White female up the stairs at the Congressional building, but the guard accidentally hurt the Tall White female, who threatened the CIA guard and he had to beg her to spare his life. Apparently, the female threatened to kill him with a pencil-like device, right there, on the stairs.

Charles also says in his books that when he was at Nellis the TW considered ordinary humans with contempt, one of the reasons for this was the way we treated our children. The TW are very loving and protective of their children and they spend much of their time teaching and playing with their children out in the desert and the mountains. It would appear thanks to other good people like Charles Hall that these perceptions have begun to change maybe a notch or two.
Over time Charles claims to have earned the love and respect of both the generals and the TW and to this day Charles is protected by treaty that no harm will come to him for speaking out as from this quote from a Hall interview by Karma One: Charles said, “ Remember, as I describe in “Millennia Hospitality” in the chapter entitled “The Happy Charade” the decision to send me, and no one else, out to the ranges, was made by a committee of individuals that included the Tall Whites as well as high ranking USAF Generals and other high ranking members of the U.S. Government. “

“The Tall Whites are very meticulous about keeping their agreements and expect the U.S. Government to be equally meticulous about keep its agreements as well. If I were victimized or threatened by anyone, The Tall Whites would interpret that to mean that the U.S. Government could not be trusted to keep its agreements. The consequences would be enormous. Remember also that I was a weather observer. I was an enlisted man. I was never shown any classified documents. I was never given any classified briefings. I was never a part of any classified program such as building secret aircraft. I never took any photographs. I did not bring any government property, anything material, any diary, or log book with me when I came off the ranges.” Charles has said. “It is my personal observation that their society has an organization very similar to our own American society or to the societies in Western Europe.”

What really intrigues me is just how human the TW are as portrayed by Charles, even though their bodies are thin and frail by our standards with the females only able to lift 30 pounds. Their movements are much quicker and they can run much faster than we. They also become very uncomfortable less than 80 degrees and this is why they only venture out mostly in the Nevada summer in the desert and the very beautiful Spring Mountains; where they spend a lot of time both families and children. They have glowing suits in which they can travel many miles that also levitate them up into trees where they play with their children.

I found confirmation of these glowing suits and levitation into the trees as described by Charles, from an individual that lives at Indian Springs. He was doing a garbage run late in the Spring Mountains south of Nellis and when coming back he noticed what he thought were military flares in the trees on the ground far down below. Thinking that he would visit friends in the military he drove down and investigated to find only darkness and silence, he became very frightened and turned around and began praying to himself to get out of there all in one piece. I figure the TW had simply turned off their suits when they saw him coming and were still there just watching him with their usual curiosity as described by Charles throughout his books.

One can see from the material in Charles’s books that the TW are very intelligent, emotional and curious feeling both love and anger much more intensely than we do. In spite of their fierce nature when angry or fearful, Charles does an excellent job of portraying them in a very human light as fellow humans who have all the individual character characteristics same as us, ranging from sadistic to very loving. Through his books I came to find myself appreciating even loving the TW as I love our own people. I think it really helps me that I grew up in the natural world and raised frightened and dangerous animals from a pet wild turkey and many types of birds, to dangerous rattlesnakes. Each animal has its own individual nature, as well as its collective characteristics to the species it belongs.

I have been impressed by some of the very human nature of the Tall Whites as reported by Charles in his books. In one case Charles claims he watched as a TW female on repeated occasions floating a little human girl out of her bedroom window to play with her little TW girl of about the same age. I was able to document while in Indian Springs that Charles could have viewed the TW ship settle down at Wheeler Pass where there really are charcoal ovens from the 1800s, float in their suits up and over the hills or small mountains just south of Indian Springs.

I heard this from the past owner of the Ski Lodge that these ovens really exist at Wheeler Pass in the Spring Mountains. Charles in his book claimed to watch from a vantage point that is now about where the Casino is in Indian Springs. I was told that one can really see Wheeler Pass from this point and the TW could have been seen floating in their glowing suits to the town from this point. Tom Fox reports a very similar experience.

Interestingly, it is possible that the past owner of the ski lodge is living in the very same house or one close by where Charles claims the little earth human girl was being floated out through the window. Unfortunately the family there at the time had moved and nobody knew where they are. I would assume the little girl at that time would well remember such an experience and if she could be found that would be powerful confirmation of this part of Charles’s story.

In the book there is also a claim by Charles that a little TW girl got lost in the desert and that he helped to rescue her, further endearing himself to the TW and especially that little TW girl’s mother and father. Interesting this is not the only case to be found where ET children have been alleged to stray from their parents to get themselves in real or potential trouble as is illustrated by this case from South America. It’s this kind of detail in Charles’s material that is so unusual and compelling as to the detailed insight it gives us to the humanity of other type of human ET. The following ET incident was written up by Jorge Martin and is in his book Vieques, Caribbean UFO Cover-Up of the Third Kind.

Mr. Anibal Perez from Vieques encountered a strange “child” when he was 14 years old. This was in 1982 while he was enjoying a trip to Media Luna Beach, east of Sun Bay beach, on Vieques. He was with his nephew, who was 13 years old, and his nephew’s grandmother. The grandmother was the adult in charge of them. He still wonders about what happened that day.

Perez and his nephew were swimming in the sea and playing on the beach. It was a clear, sunny day. Suddenly, something emerged from the sea, approaching them from a distance. It was a child who was about their own age, 12 to 14 years. They all were in the water and the “kid” approached them in a friendly demeanor, “trying to befriend them,” and would not leave their side. Perez’s nephew asked, “What is he doing following us all the time? Do you know him?”

Perez answered that he did not know the “kid” and asked the boy who he was and what it was he wanted. “But he would not talk,” he said, “…he kept emitting weird sounds similar to the ones dolphins make.” That is when the boy swam away to deeper water and submerged, disappearing from sight. He emerged a few minutes later and came near the two boys again. The boys couldn’t understand how the “kid” was able to stay under water as long as he did without drowning.

“In the palm of his hand,” Perez explained, “the boy had something that looked like sand granules, which he began picking at with his other hand and eating from it… and at the same time making gestures, offering some of the stuff to us. He wanted us to eat some of it.” They refused to eat the material, but were amazed to see the strange boy eating the sand-like substance he had apparently brought up from the bottom.

The two boys were growing tired of the intruder’s presence, and kept playing in the water close to the shore. The “kid” kept following them everywhere they went. Annoyed, Perez’s nephew threw water at him and the “kid” did the same to him, imitating everything they did. The “kid” swam back to the deep water and submerged once again. Moments later, he again emerged and approached them. This time he had seaweed in his hand, and was eating some of it. He made gestures for them to eat the seaweed, too, but once again was refused.

“We were amazed,” stated XXX. ‘He was eating seaweed from the deep, and something that looked like sand. Who was he? He would not talk. He only made some weird screeching sounds. An hour had already gone by since the “kid” first appeared. There was no one else there. Only my nephew’s grandmother and she was at a distance, up on the beach. We later told her about the kid, or whatever he was.”

“Why do you say ‘Whatever he was?'” we asked? “Well, my nephew kept asking him who he was and what he wanted but he wouldn’t answer. He kept making those weird noises. We came out of the water for a while, and returned later. He clapped his hands, joyful that we returned.

“We kept asking him questions, and he would only stare at us, making gestures… it looked as if he was concentrating, trying to understand what we were saying. After a while, he began to repeat the things we were saying in Spanish, but his voice had a screechy tone. My nephew was angry because he thought that the “kid” was making fun of us. He spoke some foul words to him, and the “kid” kept on repeating them.

“He looked normal, like any kid. He was white, Caucasian, and about 4 feet 3 inches tall. He was slender and had dark brown eyes and hair. His hair was curled, but not much, and fell down to his neck. He had normal hands with five fingers. “He had a normal nose and a mouth with fine lips and teeth which we could see whenever he would repeat what we said or laugh when we laughed. His ears looked normal, too. He was only wearing pair of tight fitting, short, white pants. The pants material seemed normal, like textile.”

The only two things that were odd about the “kid” were his ability to stay under water for long periods of time, and the way he talked, making screeching sounds at first, and then speaking in broken Spanish with the same screechy voice. Anibal added, “My nephew pushed him, asking him who he was and what country he came from. He just stared at us for a moment as if thinking of what he was going to say, and then he said ‘Sea…Bottom…Country.’ He then pointed down to the deep with his finger.

“He then moved away from us, looked at us and said, ‘Goodbye…humans.’ He made a gesture to us with his right hand and submerged again into the sea. We waited there for a while, expecting to see him come out again, but he did not resurface. That is when we were really shocked because, even though we were very young at the time, we were surprised by what he said. We understood what he meant by those words.

“Even with his strange behavior, I believed that he was a normal kid, until he said those words, ‘sea…bottom…country.’ To me, he was telling us that he came from the sea. And when he said ‘goodbye…humans,’ we realized he was not normal at all. “Look, if there’s life and intelligent beings on our planet, there could very well be life on other planets, too. Perhaps, everything we are seeing here around Vieques has to do with the fact that we are not alone in this universe… that other beings are visiting us. “There are also some legends about underwater cities. Was this child from one of them? To me, this incident remains a mystery.” (End)

While at Indian Springs I also met a woman from a ranch family that settled to the north of what is now Nellis back in the wagon train days. She claimed to be a TW abductee hybrid, and if true, this tends to confirm that the TW not only watched the wagon trains come to their land but became involved with some of the first families to the area. She suggested I go and spend some time at her parent’s ranch and that I would have a good chance to see evidence of the TW there.

In his book Charles said that he believed that the TW had been in the area since at least the time of when Madison was president because the TW know as the teacher had mentioned Madison. She also said that she had sat on a ledge and watched the Wagon Trains roll into the area. Having such a long lifespan of 800 years it really must have been something to watch earth humanity evolving from horse and buggy to space travel in such a short period of time.

Charles Hall also talks about that at the time he was at Nellis and Indian Springs, the TW were getting interested in Vegas and on R&R visits come into Vegas. The women grew tired of the bland nurse’s uniforms that the military was furnishing them and wanted modern clothes so they came to department stores in disguise with their guards to shop. Charles has stated that the laws of economics apply across the universe just as do the laws of physics.

The TW decided to exchange shuttle craft technology, but not deep space craft technology with the American military, in return for support for their base and to even have the military even make shuttle craft for them. Charles claims to have been inside these craft and he noticed corporate off the shelf stamps on the inside furnishings.

Charles claims the more important TW also liked to gamble in Vegas and came in surrounded by their TW guards. This part of the story has been confirmed by people like Tom Fox and Cherry Hinkle and an Internet investigator who believes he saw a TW in Laughlin NV. Tom has seen the TW out in the desert and in Vegas while Cherry apparently met one, thinking at the time that it was some kind of albino human. Here are their accounts.

Tom Fox has written. “It actually started back in the 60’s I did a homework assignment were I clipped out a time magazine article entitled- Who were they? It showed a picture of the Talls all dressed-up having crashed an embassy ball! Yet, these ambassadors from N Spain were not invited, were trying to fit in. Hall tells me the issues of the magazine were recalled.”

“In the ’80s, at a used book store, I came across the lost book of the Talls, written by a NJ housewife who befriended military people, photos of Talls were used in the book. I tried emailing many ufo-book-sources, to no avail. Charles Hall once owned the book yet it vanished. Anyone who has or knows of this book please contact me. It’s about 150 pages, dark front cover, black n white photos.”

“It must have been confiscated. Then in ’90 I came out of the bathroom of the Tropicana Casino late one night and noticed 4 Talls, one was climbing the stairs in a most peculiar manner. I later found it was due to not being used to earth gravity, thus a new arrival. I was dumbfounded. I felt guilty for staring as they turned to watch me.”

“Charles Hall informed me who they were. It was 15 years later that I heard the Charles Hall interview. He informed me that they play poker at nearby casinos. I went back and confirmed that those stairs led to the poker room! (The casino was remodeled but workers shared what it was like then. In 2005 I camped near their Indian Springs Base – scout craft came out one night, signaled my light, it went in reverse and hid in a cloud.”

“A few nights later one levitated nearby. A Tall guard descended down from the ridge. A few nights later one appeared behind where I was camped. It was levitating and dancing about. I tried signaling; it would stop and would change its luminosity, then go back to various movements. I walked towards it, yet it was miles to the back and before long I couldn’t see it anymore. One thing I didn’t mention was that another light which looked like a being illuminated descended from the Wheeler Ridge area. This I believed to be a TW-guard.” Tom Fox further to say and this was also confirmed to me directly by Charles Hall in person and opens a window to insights as to the conflicts and interactions between different ET races.

“Airman Charles Hall suggests that Air Force generals thought the Tall Whites were near-enemies of the grays. Hall: “I am quite certain that the Tall Whites and the Short Greys hate each other. I am quite certain that the Tall Whites would never permit the Short Greys to come anywhere near their base areas or near to their housing areas or anywhere that their children might be playing, etc.” But what is Hall’s basis for that assumption? I asked him, and he replied, “I was with the Tall Whites for over two years. Various remarks were made, and in particular, the Teacher (a Tall White) made the point quite clear to me.” (Charles Hall, personal email to the author 3-13-09).” (End)

From these accounts by other witnesses to the TW one can see the similarities of TW behavior and activities described in much more detail in Charles’s books. Cherry Hinkle also has an apparent TW encounter in Vegas as described and passed on to me by Leslie Mitts when I was still out west. I have a mobile laptop now with mobile access and could access the Internet even while in Indian Springs.

Cherry Hinkle said: “Yes, there have been a few rumors. The fact is that most all the casinos have underground tunnels, a few on the strip are supposed to be connected and end up in Nellis. I used to work in the Aladdin, and Desert Inn, and I know the tunnels under that casino ends up at Caesars Casino a huge underground area, hidden rooms, secret high roller rooms etc. I walked from Aladdin to Caesars underground, where I spotted a group of Airmen from Nellis, and an “albino” in an electric golf cart type car. “

“I was escorted out of the underground facility and warned not to be caught there again. I worked at Aladdin for a few years, and met either that same albino or one that looked like the first one, he enjoyed Keno games. His hair was so white it almost looked transparent, with very pale blue eyes, except his pupils looked pink not black like everybody else. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover he was a Tall White.”

“I chatted with him same as with the others playing Keno, I recall he spoke English clearly, but with a tight lipped accent, similar to someone from a Scandinavian country. He drank something from his own beverage holder, like an opaque plastic container, with a straw. He didn’t order from the cocktail waitress. We made eye contact when we spoke. His voice was soft and pleasant.”

“Yes, he stayed with Airmen, they didn’t gamble, he did. They weren’t friendly. I remember wondering if he was a scientist or a visiting dignitary, and the Airmen were guarding him. That was back in the middle 1970s, and I thought he was “just” an albino. It was a few years before I heard about the Tall Whites.” “I can’t even guess why he liked to gamble, but I remember that he liked ‘way tickets’ – very complex style of gambling. It is hard to win, but when you win – you win big. I like Keno too, I once placed a one dollar bet – 7 numbers, and two minutes later I watched as all seven numbers came up – I collected $14,000.00. Nice.”

“I’m sure I never touched the TW, or never photographed him. The only reason I remember is because I saw him in the tunnels, and was escorted out, only to later see him again gambling. I don’t mean to be rude, but haven’t seen too many albinos in my life, and I know meeting him and being inches away from him is something that I doubt too many other people would forget either.” (End)

What I found interesting in Cherry’s account is that by the 1970s the TW were confortable enough to allow themselves to be guarded by Nellis employees. The encounters that Charles said he had in Vegas involved a dignitary surround by TW guards rather than Nellis guards. This is evidence of a developing relationship of trust between the TW and our military. Charles says that the TW can live to be about 800 years old so this is no small matter to trust our military with their lives. I think I would be a lot more careful about my security if I knew I might live that long if I were especially careful.

We found that George Flier had a 1970s satellite photo of a TW ship on his Fliers Files. http://brumac.8k.com/DMSP/DMSP.html The photo fit the description of the bus like ship described in detail in Charles second book. The picture was sent to Charles and was confirmed by him. This craft is described also in this Kevin Smith interview with Charles.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xArb2ldO9FA&feature=related George Flier is a very well respected regional MUFON director who himself claims to be a contactee who met and entered a human ET ship to be sent on a mission to help the people of earth.

Radio talk show host, ‘Sweeps’ Fox another TW witness in Ireland, used to hold a Top Secret security clearance while working in Saudi Arabia. He told me and in interviews that not only has he seen the TW going through his garbage twice on the street, but he and his family have seen the TW shuttle craft. Sweeps got very interested and involved in the TW material and broadcast it to the world, apparently getting the attention of the TW.

Charles Hall through his books and interviews has found additional witnesses to the TW so to me this proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the TW exist, completely separate from Charles Hall’s testimony. Because there is such a solid foundation backed up by my own personal investigations, I feel I can use this case to not only peer into the lives of the TW, but get a better perspective on other ET races as well.

I found the following quote by Charles especially useful as to the nature of extraterrestrial life on other worlds. Charles asked, “Are there many planets like the Earth out in space? I asked.” “Yes,” she (The Teacher) responded. “There are quite a few. However, humans are the only people that we have seen who live so closely with their animals. For example, you feel comfortable milking cows, riding horses, and playing with dogs. Every one of those animals could kill you, but you naturally use your intelligence to determine how each of those animals is thinking. Then you naturally take control of them. Only humans do that. On most planets, once people become intelligent, they don’t want to have anything to do with the animals that are much less intelligent than they are, so the kill them off. Also humans will eat almost anything. On all of the other planets the intelligent people will only eat plants. We, for example, only eat plants.”

George LoBuono sent me another important case he attributes to Richard Boylan that may involve more information about the TW if this is a TW case, but it could be an Annunaki case, or whatever. George LoBuono said: I connected the dots on this one : “Col Major Wilson had begun his duties at the Papoose Lake installation, still not knowing what existed 30 stories farther down. He had been well indoctrinated in Top Secret work and knew all the consequences of keeping the nation’s most guarded secrets. The past six years had been slow and boring, he recalls, and other than what he saw at Wright-Patterson AFB, he felt that he was in a vacuum going nowhere.

He was sitting in his office at S-4 mulling this over one morning, when a Lieutenant Colonel Bennet came in. He asked Wilson if he was busy, (“Like he gave a damn,” Wilson recalls), and said “Let’s go.” Wilson followed the Lieutenant Colonel, and they eventually wound up two stories down at the super-secret “S-4” UFO technology area. As they came out on a landing there, Wilson saw eight different kinds of UFOs!

There were intellectual-looking people all over the area, whom he guessed were scientists. He glanced at Bennett, who cut off his implied question with a curt “Forget it.” The Colonel and the Major went into a cubicle where there were about twenty officers and civilians sitting around. Wilson was startled, when a woman came in who was at least eight feet tall. There was not an ounce of excess fat on her body, he recalls. She wore a strange-looking jump suit, which had a * HI * pattern on the right side above the breast line. To this day Wilson recollects the details of this striking encounter.

“The woman had finely-chiseled features. Her blonde hair cascaded neatly past her shoulders. Her eyes were the bluest blue I’d ever seen. Somehow she was different. Little did I know then, how different! She sat a large crystal on the table, and without warning, her fingers began to glow as she ran them over this crystal. A 3-D hologram began to form above it! I looked around the room and everyone’s mouth was hanging open, and suddenly I noticed mine was, too. Little did I realize that at that moment my life would forever be changed? My past teachings slipped from me as I stared. My whole concept of life did a 180-degree turn, as I watched the Hologram, complete with sound, unfold the mysteries of the past and the present, and of other worlds.”

Colonel Wilson related that among the scenes, which the female extraterrestrial’s crystal hologram displayed for the assembled group, was the history of the Earth and of extraterrestrial involvement with it. That involvement included fashioning the consciousness of Jesus and sending him to live among Earthlings to point to a better way to understand life and to live. The extraterrestrial woman also showed the officers and scientists scenes from inhabited planets of other star systems. Wilson was transformed by this experience. When it was over, I knew that, whatever part I was to play in all of this, my life as I knew it had ended forever.” (End))

I have run across yet another case that could be Tall White encounter on the Internet that did not turn out well for the Russians. This Russian case in which divers were killed in a severe defensive reaction sounds a lot like the Tall Whites. http://www.alieneight.com/alien-encounters-the-russian-navy-and-aquatic-ufos.htm

“Russia’s Lake Baikal is the oldest and deepest lake on the planet at 25-30 million years old, and the second largest following the Caspian Sea. It has had its own share of water based UFO encounters. In 1982 Russian military divers were on a training mission in the Lake when they were confronted with a group of other beings. The alien divers were described as being humanoid but about nine feet (3 meters) tall, encased in tight silvery body suits with no apparent diving equipment other than spherical helmets. This was at the depth of 50 meters (over 160 feet). The Russian divers attempted to pursue the strange beings but ultimately gave up the attempt after three of their numbers were killed and the other four injured.”

This following case from Collin Andrews’s website would seem to be very likely a TW case, especially indicated by how fast these people can run. I think Charles Hall said up to thirty mph. This case thus backs up another part of Charles’s story.http://colinandrews.net/UnexplainedPhenomenaAlert.html

“I received a call from a contact within Wiltshire Police constabulary. I have built-up a few friendly contacts due to my continual use of the Freedom of Information Act to extract information of UFOs, and this police sergeant is one of them. The contact, who doesn’t want to be named, was driving past Silbury Hill early Monday morning (6th July 2009) when he saw three figures in the formation there. At first he thought they were forensic officers as they were dressed in white coveralls. He stopped his car and approached the field.”

“The figures were all over 6ft and had blond hair. They seemed to be inspecting the crop. When he got to the edge of the field he heard what he believed to be a sound not dissimilar to static electricity. This crackling noise seemed to be running through the field and the crop was moving gently close to where the noise was moving. He felt the hair on his arms and back of his neck raise up. He shouted to the figures who at first ignored him, not glancing at him. When he tried to enter the field they looked up and began running.”

“He said “They ran faster than any man I have ever seen. I’m no slouch but they were moving so fast. I looked away for a second and when I looked back they were gone. I then got scared. The noise was still around, but I got an uneasy feeling and headed for the car. For the rest of the day I had a pounding headache I couldn’t shift”.
Hopefully I have given the reader enough information here that they will investigate the Tall Whites in more depth.

The reason I started with the TW chapter in this book is that the TW interactions are relatively straightforward and the intrusions on earth human freedoms and liberties nothing like that of some other races of ETs especially the Greys that I will get into in the next chapter. Another reason the TW case is simpler is that the TW space travel technology is not that advanced with the TW craft simply exceeding the speed of light to the point that it takes two or three weeks to reach earth. This requires forward operating bases as the TW ships travel between other worlds of interest to them. For them we seem to be simply a way station pit stop.

Charles believes that the total TW at the Nellis base are only about 300 and the base is simply a stopover for maintenance and repair of their deep space craft traveling elsewhere in the galaxy. They are not warping space-time as the Greys and some other species are doing. Charles vigorously disputes this, but the evidence is overwhelming that this is so. I seem to remember that Clifford Stone said that an ET he has known since childhood told him it took about 3 of our hours to reach his home planet.

The treaties the TW have with the US military seem to revolve around TTPs (Technology Transfer Programs) where in return for sharing shuttle technologies their base is supplied by us. It’s a simple matter of economics for them as the cost of shipping material to this base from elsewhere is high. The TW also get the benefit of not being harassed by our military as their base is protected within the boundaries of Nellis AFB.

So how is this relationship with the TW possibly developing? Perhaps a partial answer came from an offhand comment Charles made to me in the spring of 2011 when I interviewed him at his home in New Mexico. He said that the TW have several planets around other stars that are too chilly for them, but fine for us and told the generals that we could establish colonies there in return for supplying their bases on these planets around other stars.

Also in this regard Charles has said that the TW use Titanium or a Titanium alloy in the hulls of their deep space craft. It strikes me that this might be a very valuable commodity, not just for our Secret Space Fleet, but for trade with the Greys, TW and other ET races who might be helping us access this resource. While writing this chapter I remembered two important articles, that together with some other testimony from whistleblowers about blotted out NASA imagery, that suggest a Top Secret classified Titanium mining operation and colony has been in operation since the 1960s on the moon. It is widely assumed that black operations are 50 years advanced over public knowledge so go figure! Did we ever stop making manned missions to the moon or like with electrogravitic technologies, it just went black and into the hands of the Globalist Feudalistic Elite’s breakaway civilization?

There has been Internet speculation and testimony that this moon base is a joint Grey-Human operation, but I have yet to find much confirming testimony on this, but I am working on it and hope to present more material in another chapter. I suspect that the TW might be somehow involved as well as the Greys in such an operation, as their exotic shuttle technology could be used to transport heavy mining equipment, facilities and other supplies to a secret moon base and mining operation. Same from technology gained from the Greys as suggested by Bob Lazar and others.

Is NASA trying to tell us something in releasing the following information into the public domain now and how long have they been sitting on this information? This article and other articles say that the Moon is loaded with titanium ore with concentrations up to 18%http://news.discovery.com/space/moon-titanium-111012.html

Discovery News says, “Lava flows that turned into rocks on the moon are enriched with titanium in concentrations far higher than what is found on Earth. The precious material could be used to construct equipment for lunar and other spacecraft.” “Detailed maps from a robotic NASA science satellite circling the moon show deposits as rich as about 18 percent, planetary geologist Jeffrey Gillis-Davis, with the University of Hawaii, told Discovery News.”

Another article is titled, Titanium On The Moon: Resources To Spark New Space Race? http://www.huliq.com/12092/titanium-moon-resources-spark-new-space-race states: “Titanium has been discovered on the moon in abundance. Since it is a rare element on Earth, lighter and more durable than steel, could the demand for it possibly spark a renewed interest in getting to and even establishing bases on the moon?” Wow says I, just imagine that!!!!

A further article by, Discovery News shows that Robert Bigelow understands how important the moon’s resources are, but does not seem to realize that the US has already staked out a claim to the moon and can defend this claim against excursions by China.http://news.discovery.com/space/china-moon-resources-bigelow-111020.html

It makes sense to me that maybe titanium is a very important trade item amongst space faring civilizations because it is an important material for exotic space craft construction, part of the same metal alloy, smart metal alleged to have been from the Roswell and other ET crashes. Today it’s manufactured and is known as Nitinol.

The following two excerpts are from the extremely detailed study and analysis that links the development of Nitinol with ET spacecraft crashes.http://ufocon.blogspot.com/2010/08/roswell-battelle-memory-metal-new.html

* In the months immediately following the Roswell crash, the Air Force contracted Battelle Memorial Institute to perform first-ever work on novel Titanium alloys. This included work on development of Titanium and Nickel alloy- the basis for “memory metal” today, and similar to some of the debris reported at Roswell.”

“*Four Wright-Patterson sponsored technical studies on “memory metal” in later decades cited a 1949 Battelle report on Nickel and Titanium (NiTi) alloy. Nickel and Titanium are used to create “Nitinol” – the premiere “memory metal” on the planet.”

Perhaps the reader can see that with all the information surfacing on the Secret Space Fleet that treaties may have been signed and secret colonies and bases established, not only in our solar system but on other star systems 50 years in advance of public understanding and government acknowledgement. I hope to get more into this in later Chapters, but for now it’s something to think very seriously about.

 

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Pirates kill four U.S. hostages near Somalia

Posted by Admin on February 23, 2011

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Somali Islamists, pirates dispute ransom cuts
Armed Somali Pirate watches on…
By Phil Stewart Phil Stewart 13 mins ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pirates shot dead four U.S. hostages on a private yacht on Tuesday, the deadliest incident involving Americans kidnapped for ransom in the increasingly dangerous waters off Somalia.

The U.S. military said the pirates shot the hostages before American special forces boarded the vessel.

U.S. troops killed two pirates as they took control of the boat, and took 15 pirates into custody. Another two pirates were found dead when U.S. special forces arrived but they were not killed by U.S. forces, the military said.

“We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest,” said Gen James N. Mattis, the head of the U.S. military’s Central Command.

Pirate gangs preying on shipping lanes through the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean typically target large merchant ships, with oil tankers the prize catch, but the snatching of foreigners can also yield high ransoms. There were around 750 pirate hostages at the end of January.

The Americans killed on Tuesday were Jean and Scott Adam, from California, as well as Phyllis Macay, Bob Riggle, from Seattle, Washington.

U.S. forces learned of the hijacking on Friday.

The U.S. military said negotiations with the pirates had been under way when on Tuesday morning, without warning, a pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett.

Then gunfire broke out inside the pirated vessel.

“The intent always had been that this would be a negotiated process and not ever go into a point where we actually had gunfire,” said Vice Admiral Mark Fox, the head of U.S. naval forces in the turbulent region.

President Barack Obama had authorized the use of force in the case of an imminent threat to the hostages, White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

Obama was notified of the deaths at 4:42 a.m. EST

REVENGE

Two Somali pirates who spoke with Reuters by telephone said the hostages were ordered killed since the pirates themselves were under attack by U.S. forces.

“Our colleagues called us this morning, that they were being attacked by a U.S. warship,” Mohamud, a Somali pirate, told Reuters. “We ordered our comrades to kill the four Americans before they got killed.”

Pirate leader Farah, speaking from Bayla, a pirate haven in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, vowed to avenge the deaths and capture of his comrades.

“I lost the money I invested and my comrades. No forgiveness for the Americans. Revenge. Our business will go on,” he said, adding he had spent $110,000 so far in the hijacking, including on weapons and food and salaries.

Vice Admiral Fox said the incident was yet another sign of how pirates are using larger “mother ships” to move further out to sea, and cautioned vessels to heed warnings about pirate activity in the region.

“The pirates have been able to go for long distances out to sea, up to 1,300, 1,400 nautical miles away from Somalia,” Fox said, saying pirate activity went all the way to off the coast of India and down to Madagascar.

In April 2009, U.S. Navy special forces freed the captain of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama by killing three Somali pirates who held him hostage in a lifeboat. Obama had authorized the use of force in that incident as well.

(Additional reporting by Alister Bull in Washington and Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Sheikh in Mogadishu; Editing by Vicki Allen and Frances Kerry)

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The Horror of Bush and the Problem for the Rest of Us

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2010

 

Bush Laden

Bush Laden

Friday 26 November 2010

by: Richard Lichtman, t r u t h o u t | Op-ed

I have long been an avid reader of the writings of William Rivers Pitt, whose strong moral voice and incisive intellect have never been more necessary than in this time of horrendous political and cultural corruption. And I have no doubt that his assessment of Bush and his reign of destruction will resonate strongly with many readers of his account. Everything Pitt notes seems to me to be true: Bush’s class-derived economic policy and its ensuing national chaos; the instigation of a completely contrived war that has already led to the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and the displacement of millions more; the Alfred E. Newmanesque vapidity that marked his original disavowal of national danger and the consequent politicization of fear as an instrument of social policy – the modern, centralized, secular version of the Puritan Jememiad; the overt dishonesty that thrived in the petri dish of contaminating theories of expediently constructed truths; a complete disavowal of the notion of constitutional democracy; the willful, racist abandonment of New Orleans‘ Black population during and after Katrina; the totalitarian inflation of the role of president – and so on into the dark night of disintegration and despair.

What then is there to write about when it has all been said? But something is missing from Mr. Pitt’s essay that is as significant as the consequence of the Bush administration‘s policy. It is the very fact that he became president, that he was voted into office in a purported “democracy,” that so many millions chose to support his candidacy. I do not deny that the election of 2000 was pilfered and that it involved the allied corruption of the Supreme Court, or that significant acts of manipulation occurred in 2004. Hitler also came to power with the aid of terror and overt violence, but it cannot be denied that a plurality of Germans supported him. The actual total of voters who supported Bush in his two elections may never be exactly known, and, in 2000, certainly did not constitute a plurality. The terrible fact remains that he received the enormous support he did not once, but, even more incredibly, twice, and in the context of the devastating war he waged without justification.

The question that has not been asked seriously enough is how this catastrophe could have occurred. After the condemnation of Bush has been certified and recorded, one would have expected an attempt at explanation. What is the nature of the populace that permitted this “small fraction of a man” to prevail? What is the social-psychological disposition of the American people that has furthered the nightmare of willfully chosen subordination? What is the history of America as it stretches back into the recesses of early Puritanism? Consider this passage from Sacvan Bercovitch‘s The American Jeremiad:

Only in the United States has nationalism carried with it the Christian meaning of the sacred. Only America, of all national designations, has assumed the combined force of eschatology and chauvinism. Many societies have defended the status quo by reference to religious values … But only the American Way, of all modern ideologies, has managed to circumvent the paradoxes inherent in these approaches. Of all symbols of identity, only America has united nationality and universality, civic and spiritual selfhood, secular and redemptive history, the country’s past and paradise to be, in a single synthetic ideal. [1]

 

Is there not something of this Puritan view in contemporary American culture and politics, particularly on the right wing of the political spectrum? And have there not, over the generations since that time, been other sediments that have encrusted the nature of the American self and sunk deeper and deeper into its identity? Is it not the case, therefore, that to understand ourselves as a people in our unity and across the complexity of views that mark us as a nation, across all our diversity and contradiction, we need to excavate the layers of political personhood that have led us to the point at which we now find ourselves?

Of course this is a formidable task, but it is made even more difficult by two factors:

First, the social systems that have followed each other in time are sufficiently different from each other so as to act as transformations of the selfhood that has been bequeathed them. In other words, the early Puritan tendency cannot be traced straight through without recognizing the manner in which succeeding epochs of American social and industrial history altered its nature, saving something of its punitive grandiosity, but acquiring new aspects of corporate subordination, fierce individual competitiveness and unmoored anxiety. I am not proposing that old and misleading cliche that to know ourselves we must know what our past has been; rather, I propose that the past is continually present, continually growing within what we recognize as our current identities.

Second, there is the paradoxical fact that we know more about how to approach this history as we have acquired perspectives and comprehensions that previous generations lacked. We know more about political economy, particularly the contribution made available by Marxist theory as it attunes our awareness to the facts of class structure, accumulation, domination of the media and the structures of the political system that are themselves heavily influenced by the underlying systems of corporate power. On the side of “subjectivity,” we have learned a great deal regarding the nature of mental development and its pathologies, so that we can no longer merely read the surface of our society while discarding everything we have learned from psychoanalytic theory and its variations. We have abandoned theological explanations, although there remain sizable constituencies who continue to cling to these remnants of the ancient codes that view society in terms of the hierarchical power of wealth, ethnic identity and gender emanating from transcendent spiritual forces and whose political identity represents much less a “party” – since they lack any entry into the contemporary world – than a terrified embrace of each other and a disdainful rejection of the major tenets of the Enlightenment.

The paradox that I alluded to derives from the fact that, as we know more, we also have more work to do if we are to make full use of our knowledge. If we wish to understand why those on the right abhor science, are terrified by the growing equality of women and ethnic minorities, genuflect to power and cruelty, worship tradition, detest distinction and diversity and glorify “the people” while acting to destroy the protection of individual rights, we will have to bring together these theoretical systems of political economy and psychology. This is not to say that efforts of this sort have been completely lacking, only that they are relatively scarce in proportion to the danger that threatens us. It also seems that very few works even purport to possess the same power as the writings of the Frankfurt School that brought together in one opus the considerations of economics, politics, culture, media, history and psychology that are all so relevant to our current situation. This has become an age of specialization in which most intellectuals know one subject well to the detriment of their understanding of – or even interest in – cognate concerns.

How did this happen? The easy answer is that we know so much more now and, consequently, cannot expect any individual to master the entire relevant corpus needed to reach a comprehensive truth. But this answer is shortsighted and inverted. It is not that the part is easier to understand than the whole; it is difficult or impossible to understand individual subjects when they are isolated from their larger contexts. How would we attempt to understand the rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930s by concentrating solely on economics, for example? Even if it were the case that the chaos of capitalism in the post- World War I period was enough to explain the ensuing breakdown of traditional order, how would this consideration explain the rise of Hitler? Without knowing a good deal of previous German history, culture, religion, family structure, psychological tendencies, and their reciprocal influences, we would remain at a considerable loss. The idea that the part is easier to understand than the whole is a misconception of our age, a symptom of a tendency toward atomization that has infected modern understanding.

The imperative need to understand the range of relevant disciplines is as true in attempting to understand the current situation in the United States as it was in relation to Nazi Germany. At this moment, current movements to the “right” are explained on the basis of economic chaos – the loss of jobs and homes and the ensuing anxiety they produce. There is no denying that the particular assault on the lives of so many during the current recession is some important part of the explanation for the current passivity and idiocy of our political reality. However, this occasion itself needs to be explained, and we are consequently forced back to prior historical occurrences that have led to massive public apathy: such circumstances as the wrenching decline of the labor movement, the rise of manipulative mass media, the increasing tendency toward fragmented labor, the autonomy of technology, the disintegration of the traditional family and the buying and selling of current political mythology by capitalist elites and their oxymoronically labeled “think tanks.”

It is also true that devoid of any coherent “left” movement, individuals who regard themselves as socialists, progressives, Marxists or other dissenters from the main currents of American life tend to speak from the purview of their own individual life experiences. We lack any coherent, multifaceted, institutionalized organizations in which individuals of different skills and sensibilities can come together to share views, debate the various issues of our time and publish works of value to the larger community. Lacking such an organized stream of reflection fed by many diverse and complementary orders of intelligence, it is no wonder that simple explanations have come to suffice.

The economic explanation of inaction and despair by an appeal to the immediate effects of the current economic crisis seems relevant, until one asks why it is still not enough to produce resistance. Certainly, some part of the answer must be that in a capitalist society with limited experience in organized opposition and even less capacity to remember the resistance that has occurred, we tend to be thrown back upon the circuits of capitalism itself, whereby individuals move in and out of compliance and resentment depending on their experience of the business cycle. Certainly no persistent opposition to capitalism can be founded on the basis of its own determinations. For this reason alone, economic factors cannot provide the motivational foundation of a living, critical perspective, and we must turn to larger currents of social existence to explain our own responses – or lack of them – to what we know to be an ongoing catastrophe.

Understanding ourselves is a complex project, and as we are made up of such aspects of our existence as our history, culture, psychology, economic activity and social life, we are obligated to learn of their nature and influence if we wish to be their agents rather than the mere recipients of their influence. It is certainly necessary and proper to condemn Bush, but it is far from sufficient. Why have we tolerated, accepted and even chosen this egregious monstrosity with so few manifestations of overt opposition? Relevant answers to this question throw light not only on the meaning of Bush’s presidency but also on the relation of the “left” to Obama and his failures, in which, once again, we are so deeply implicated.

How many politically thoughtful friends do you know who were deceived by the promises made by the president during his political campaign – by the empty rhetoric, by the financial support of banking and insurance interests? How many progressives succumbed to the thrill of an apparently progressive candidate ready-made – one they could support, but did not have to labor to know and accept at a level more trenchant than a promise of hope and change. And how many took the opportunity to permit Obama to stand in the realm of their fantasy of American history as the reconciliation of Black and White interests and the resolution of racist antagonisms, the promise of effortless transcendence and the consequent proof of American virtue, and, of course, by implication, of their own – our own. And yet, at this moment, Black impoverishment remains at least twice that of Whites and is not on a course of improvement, for race cannot be separated from the economy and from the long, sordid history of American social injustice and projected fantasies of evil, those parts of ourselves we cannot tolerate and prefer to locate in the lives of others. It is time to pursue these larger truths, for we are constituted out of them and cannot transcend their dehumanizing limits without this most serious struggle.

I hope it is clear that I do not possess the answers to the questions that lie behind my reflections. What I know is that these questions regarding compliance with corruption are difficult and will require the collective efforts of many of us acting in concert. The exercise of this effort will in turn require the capacity to endure in the face of such rot as Bush embodied.

One of Weber’s most trenchant essays ends this way:

It would be nice if matters turned out in such a way that Shakespeare’s Sonnet should hold true:

Our love was new, and then but in the spring,
When I was wont to greet it with my lays;
As Philomel in summer’s font doth sing,
And stops her pipe in growth of riper days.

But such is not the case … Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards. It takes both passion and perspective… Only he has the calling
for politics who is sure that he shall not crumble when the world from his point of view is too stupid or too base for what he wants to offer … . [2]

 

We have never known this “new spring,” and yet we shall assuredly meet with what will seem to us endless stupidity and inhumanity. In the embrace of a collective life, we may approach some sense of the ripeness we have not known politically. Our task is to persist in the “boring of hard boards” until they give way to a more hospitable home for our “passion and perspective.”

 

1. Sacvan Bercovitch;   The American Jeremiad;  The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison Wisconsin, 1978, p. 176.

2. H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills, editors, From Max Weber;  A Galaxy Book, New York, 1958, p. 128.

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Richard Lichtman is a philosopher who specializes in the relationship between the social and psychological dimensions of human life. His approach is broadly interdisciplinary: he has taught in departments of philosophy (University of California, Berkeley), humanities (San Francisco State University), sociology (University of California, Santa Cruz) and psychology (The Wright Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, etc.) and has been a faculty member of the Council on Educational Development (CED) program at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books also indicate the range of his interests: Essays in Critical Social Theory covers a broad range of topics in economic, social, and political theory, while The Production of Desire is a detailed analysis of the works of Marx and Freud.

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    Another False Ending: Contracting Out the Iraq Occupation

    Posted by Admin on September 4, 2010

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    by: Bill Quigley and Laura Raymond, t r u t h o u t | News Analysis

    Another false ending to the Iraq war is being declared. Nearly seven years after George Bush‘s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, President Obama has just given a major address to mark the withdrawal of all but 50,000 combat troops from Iraq. But while thousands of US troops are marching out, thousands of additional private military contractors (PMCs) are marching in. The number of armed security contractors in Iraq will more than double in the coming months.

    While the mainstream media is debating whether Iraq can be declared a victory or not, there is virtually no discussion regarding this surge in contractors. Meanwhile, serious questions about the accountability of private military contractors remain.

    In the past decade, the United States has dramatically shifted the way in which it wages war – fewer soldiers and more contractors.

    Last month, the Congressional Research Service reported that the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce has 19 percent more contractors (207,600) than uniformed personnel (175,000) in Iraq and Afghanistan, making the wars in these two countries the most outsourced and privatized in US history.

    According to a recent State Department briefing to Congress’ Commission on Wartime Contracting, from now on, instead of soldiers, private military contractors will be disposing of improvised explosive devices, recovering killed and wounded personnel, downed aircraft and damaged vehicles, policing Baghdad’s International Zone, providing convoy security and clearing travel routes, among other security-related duties.

    Worse, the oversight of contractors will rest with other contractors. As has been the case in Afghanistan, contractors will be sought to provide “operations-center monitoring of private security contractors (PSCs)” as well as “PSC inspection and accountability services.”

    The Commission on Wartime Contracting, a body established by Congress to study the trends in war contracting, raised fundamental questions in a July 12, 2010, “special report” about the troop drawdown and the increased use of contractors:

    “An additional concern is presented by the nature of the functions that contractors might be supplying in place of US military personnel. What if an aircraft-recovery team or a supply convoy comes under fire? Who determines whether contract guards engage the assailants and whether a quick-reaction force is sent to assist them? What if the assailants are firing from an inhabited village or a hospital? Who weighs the risks of innocent casualties, directs the action and applies the rules for the use of force?

    “Apart from raising questions about inherently governmental functions, such scenarios could require decisions related to the risk of innocent casualties, frayed relations with the Iraqi government and populace and broad undermining of US objectives.”

    We’d like to pose an additional question to the ones listed above: when human rights abuses by private military contractors occur in the next phase of the occupation of Iraq, which certainly will happen, what is the plan for justice and accountability?

    This massive buildup of contractors in Iraq takes place at a time when the question of contractor immunity – or impunity – is at a critical point.

    In one example, since 2004 our organization, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), has been demanding – in US courts and through advocacy – that private military contractors who commit grave human rights abuses be held accountable. Contractors have responded by claiming something known as the “government contractor defense,” arguing that because they were contracted by the US government to perform a duty, they shouldn’t be able to be held liable for any alleged violations that occurred while purportedly performing those duties – even when the alleged violations are war crimes. Contractors also argue that the cases CCR has brought raise “political questions” that are inappropriate for the courts to consider. These technical legal arguments have been the focus of human rights lawsuits for years – and, so far, the question of the contractors’ actual actions have not been reviewed by the federal courts.

    One case that should be watched closely this fall is Saleh v. Titan, a case brought by CCR and private attorneys against CACI and L-3 Services (formerly Titan), two private military contractors, which military investigations implicated as having played a part in the torture at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers throughout Iraq.

    Saleh v. Titan was filed six years ago on behalf of Iraqis, who were tortured and otherwise seriously abused while detained, and currently includes hundreds of plaintiffs, including many individuals who were detained at the notorious “hard site” at Abu Ghraib. The plaintiffs in Saleh v. Titan, many of whom still suffer from physical and psychological harm, are simply seeking their day in court, to tell an American jury what happened to them.

    The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dismissed the case last September, and the Supreme Court will be deciding whether or not to take the case this fall. This and a handful of other cases will signal how civil lawsuits on behalf of those injured or killed by contractors will be handled in US courts – and decide whether victims of egregious human rights violations will obtain some form of redress, and whether contractors who violate the law will be held accountable or be granted impunity.

    And how will human rights abuse by contractors be handled by criminal prosecutors in the coming years? Given its track record, it is safe to say that Iraqi civilians cannot count on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prosecute many contractor abuse cases. The DOJ was given an “F” by Human Rights First in their 2008 report “Ending Private Contractor Impunity: Report Cards on the US Government Response since Nisoor Square.” The DOJ has never pursued criminal prosecutions for contractor involvement in the crimes of Abu Ghraib, something CCR still demands today.

    Iraq’s Parliament signed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) in 2008, which gave it the power to prosecute some US contractors who commit crimes against Iraqi civilians. We can all hope Iraq’s justice system will be able to overcome the political challenges involved in prosecuting US companies or US contractors and other foreigners in Iraq’s courts. But even that will not stop the common practice of contractor companies simply pulling their employees out of the country when a crime happens.

    With these fundamental questions left unanswered and legal loopholes left open, thousands more armed contractors will soon be filing into Iraq, onto the streets where Iraqis work, study and go about their everyday lives.

    As a senator, Obama called for less dependence on private military contractors and for accountability when they committed human rights abuses. He told Defense News in 2008 that he was “troubled by the use of private contractors when it comes to potential armed engagements.” Senator Clinton co-sponsored legislation to phase out the use of security contractors in war zones.

    As president, Obama pretends the occupation of Iraq is ending with the withdrawal of combat troops while he and Secretary of State Clinton quietly hire a shadow Army to replace them.

    For more information about Saleh v. Titan, please click here.

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    US moves into final military phase in Iraq

    Posted by Admin on September 1, 2010

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    BAGHDAD – The U.S. on Wednesday moved into the final phase of its military involvement in Iraq, with administration officials saying the war was ending even as the new commander of the remaining 50,000 troops warned of the ongoing threat from “hostile elements.”

    The transfer of authority came a day after President Barack Obama announced the shift from combat operations to preparing Iraqi forces to assume responsibility for their own security. Obama made clear in Tuesday’s speech that this was no victory celebration.

    A six-month stalemate over forming a new Iraqi government has raised concerns about the country’s stability and questions over whether the leadership can cope with a diminished but still dangerous insurgency.

    Newly promoted Army Gen. Lloyd Austin also maintained a somber tone as he took the reins of the some 50,000 American troops who remain in Iraq, with a deadline for a full withdrawal by the end of next year.

    He noted “hostile enemies” continue to threaten Iraq and pledged that “our national commitment to Iraq will not change.”

    “Although challenges remain, we will face these challenges together,” Austin said during the ceremony at the opulent al-Faw palace of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.

    Austin, who most recently served in Iraq as commander of troop operations from 2008-09, replaces Gen. Ray Odierno, who is heading to Virginia to take over the Joint Forces Command after about five years in Iraq.

    “This period in Iraq’s history will probably be remembered for sacrifice, resilience and change,” Odierno said. “However, I remember it as a time in which the Iraqi people stood up against tyranny, terrorism and extremism, and decided to determine their own destiny as a people and as a democratic state.”

    Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen presided over the ceremony, which was held at the main U.S. military headquarters on the southwestern outskirts of Baghdad.

    Gates, visiting American troops in the Iraqi city of Ramadi Wednesday, said history will judge whether the fight was worth it for the United States.

    “The problem with this war, I think, for many Americans, is that the premise on which we justified going to war turned out not to be valid,” he said. “Even if the outcome is a good one from the standpoint of the United States, it’ll always be clouded by how it began.”

    Claiming that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, then-President George W. Bush ordered the invasion with approval of a Congress still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. Bush’s claims were based on faulty intelligence, and the weapons were never found.

    Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said his country is grateful for what the Americans have done, but it is now time for Iraqis to secure their own future.

    “We appreciate the sacrifices the U.S. military and the American people made while standing with us in these very, very difficult times,” Zebari told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “The war for Iraq’s future is ongoing and it should be fought and won by the Iraqi people and their leaders,” Zebari said.

    Obama acknowledged the ambiguous nature of the war in which American forces quickly ousted Saddam but were never able to fully control the Sunni Muslim insurgency against the Shiite-dominated establishment that even now threatens to re-ignite.

    Still, he said the time had come to close this divisive chapter in U.S. history.

    “We have met our responsibility,” Obama said. “Now it is time to turn the page.”

    Avoiding any hint of claiming victory in a war he once called a major mistake, the president recognized the sacrifices of America’s military. More than 4,400 American troops and an estimated 100,000 Iraqis were killed at a cost of billions of dollars.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, said Tuesday the end of U.S. combat operations was a return to sovereignty for the battered country and he reassured his people that their own security forces could defend them.

    Iraqi forces on Wednesday appeared to be on heightened alert, spread out at checkpoints across the city intended to reassure the populace and ward off insurgent attacks.

    Just under 50,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq — down from a peak of about 170,000 at the height in 2007. Those forces will not be able to go on combat missions unless requested and accompanied by Iraqi forces.

    But drawing a line between what is and is not combat may not be easy. All American forces carry weapons and they still come under attack from insurgents near daily. Earlier this month, for example, Sgt. Brandon E. Maggart, 24, of Kirksville, Mo. was killed near the southern city of Basra on Aug. 22 — a few days after the last combat brigade rolled across the border into Kuwait.

    Iraq is also far from the stable democracy once depicted by the Bush administration and hoped for by Obama when he laid out his timeline for withdrawing American troops shortly after he took office in 2009.

    Half a year has passed since Iraq’s March 7 elections and the country’s political leaders have so far failed to form a new government.

    While Iraqis are generally happy to see the U.S. military pulling back, they are also apprehensive the withdrawal may be premature as militants hammer local security forces. Iraqis also say they fear their country may still revert to a dictatorship or split along religious and ethnic fault lines.

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    AP National Security Correspondent Anne Gearan in Ramadi and AP Writer Barbara Surk in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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    So, Who Won the War in Iraq? Iran.

    Posted by Admin on August 31, 2010

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    Beirut, Lebanon – In February 2003, as he marshaled the United States for war, President George W. Bush declared: “A new regime in Iraq would serve as a dramatic and inspiring example of freedom for other nations in the region.”

    Now, as the U.S. military concludes its combat role — which President Barack Obama will formally announce from the Oval Office on Tuesday — Iraq is indeed a dramatic example for the Middle East, but not in the ways that Bush and his administration envisioned. Iraq did not become a beacon of democracy, nor did it create a domino effect that toppled other dictatorial regimes in the Arab world. Instead, the Iraq war has unleashed a new wave of sectarian hatred and upset the Persian Gulf’s strategic balance, helping Iran consolidate its role as the dominant regional power.

    The Bush administration argued that its goal was to protect U.S. interests and security in the long run. But the region is far more unstable and combustible than it was when U.S. forces began their march to Baghdad seven years ago. Throughout the Middle East, relations between Sunnis and Shiites are badly strained by the sectarian bloodletting in Iraq. Sunnis are worried about the regional ascendance of the Shiite-led regime in Iran; its nuclear program; its growing influence on the Iraqi leadership; and its meddling in other countries with large Shiite communities, especially Lebanon.

    Iran is the biggest beneficiary of the American misadventure in Iraq. The U.S. ousted Tehran’s sworn enemy, Saddam Hussein, from power. Then Washington helped install a Shiite government for the first time in Iraq’s modern history. As U.S. troops became mired in fighting an insurgency and containing a civil war, Iran extended its influence over all of Iraq’s Shiite factions.

    Today’s Middle East has been shaped by several proxy wars. In Iraq, neighboring Sunni regimes backed Sunni militants, while Iran supported Shiite militias. In Lebanon, an alliance between Washington and authoritarian Sunni Arab regimes — Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries — backed a Sunni-led government against Hezbollah, a Shiite militia funded by Iran. And in the Palestinian territories, Iran and Syria supported the militant Hamas, while the U.S. and its Arab allies backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement.

    In 2007, at the height of the insurgency and sectarian conflict in Iraq, I went to see Marwan Kabalan, a political scientist at Damascus University. He explained the regional dynamics better than anyone else. “Everyone is fighting battles through local proxies. It’s like the Cold War,” he told me. “All regimes in the Middle East recognize that America has lost the war in Iraq. They’re all maneuvering to protect their interests and to gain something out of the American defeat.”

    With U.S. influence waning and Iran ascendant, Iraq’s other neighbors are still jockeying to gain a foothold with the new government in Baghdad. For example, Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al-Saud dynasty views itself as the rightful leader of the Muslim world, but Iran is challenging that leadership right now. Although Saudi Arabia has a Sunni majority, its rulers fear Iran’s potential influence over a sizable and sometimes-restive Shiite population concentrated in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province. In Bahrain (another American ally in the Persian Gulf), the Shiite majority is chafing under Sunni rulers who also fear Iran’s reach.

    Even worse, the brutal war between Iraq’s Shiite majority and Sunni minority unleashed sectarian hatreds that are difficult to contain. This blowback has been most keenly felt in Lebanon, a small country with a history of religious strife. During Lebanon’s 15-year civil war, which ended in 1990, the sectarian divide was between Muslims and Christians. This time, the conflict is mainly between Sunnis and Shiites — and it is fueled, in part, by the bloodbath in Iraq.

    After Saddam was executed in December 2006, Sunnis saw the U.S. and the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government as killing off the last vestiges of Arab nationalism. Although Saddam was once a dependable ally of the West, by the 1990s he was among the few Arab leaders who defied the United States and European powers. In the Sunni view, America and its allies eradicated the idea of a glorious Arab past without offering any replacement for it — other than sectarianism.

    In 2007 and 2008, Lebanese Sunnis felt besieged as they watched news from Iraq of Shiite death squads executing Sunnis and driving them out of Baghdad neighborhoods. At the same time, Hezbollah was trying to topple the Sunni-led Lebanese government by staging street protests and a massive sit-in that paralyzed downtown Beirut. In January 2007, as they confronted Hezbollah supporters during a nationwide strike, groups of Sunnis waved posters of Saddam and chanted his name in front of TV cameras.

    It was a rich contradiction: American-allied Sunnis in Lebanon carrying posters of Saddam, a dictator the U.S. had spent billions of dollars and lost thousands of lives to depose. But it was also a declaration of war. Saddam, after all, killed hundreds of thousands of Shiites in Iraq. Many Lebanese Shiites have relatives in Iraq, and the two communities have had close ties for centuries. Lebanon’s political factions eventually compromised on a new government, but the underlying sectarian tensions are still in place, with everyone keeping a wary eye on Iraq.

    As Iraq’s Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds argue over sharing power and the country’s oil wealth, violence is on the rise yet again. The latest elections produced a deadlocked parliament in Baghdad that has not been able to agree on a new government. Far from becoming a model of freedom and religious coexistence, Iraq remains a powder keg that could ignite sectarian conflict across the Middle East.

    Mohamad Bazzi is a journalism professor at New York University and an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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    West faces a losing battle for Afghan “human terrain”

    Posted by Admin on August 31, 2010

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    By Sayed Salahuddin and Paul Tait

    KABUL, Aug 30 (Reuters) – As the conflict in Afghanistan deepens, with more foreign troops fighting and casualty tolls rising against a bolder Taliban-led enemy, a parallel battle is being fought to win the hearts and minds of Afghans.

    Despite vast, sophisticated resources at their disposal, it is a battle some analysts fear NATO and U.S. forces can’t win.

    “In my opinion NATO is making a monumental mistake,” said Kabul-based political analyst Haroun Mir.

    “No matter what policy NATO might adopt, they are losing the trust and respect of the Afghan population because Afghans consider the Taliban the winners of this war,” he told Reuters.

    That view was supported by a July poll by the Kabul-based International Council on Security and Development that showed the NATO force was failing to win hearts and minds and that most Afghans in Taliban heartlands viewed foreign troops negatively.

    Since taking command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan in June, General David Petraeus, the master of counter-insurgency tactics honed in Iraq, has stressed that the key battleground in Afghanistan will be what he calls “the human terrain”.

    Many U.S. military officials feel the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) must do better at heading off Taliban propaganda by speaking directly to Afghans, seeing such “strategic communications” as part of the larger war effort.

    It is no coincidence that, since Petraeus took over, media outlets have been flooded with media releases every day, many more than ever before, detailing the successes of Afghan and foreign forces and the perfidy of the Taliban-led insurgents.

    KILLING CIVILIANS “NOT GOOD POLICY”

    ISAF sent more than 20 media releases on Sunday from their 24-hour-a-day media unit.

    One release, about two Afghans wounded by a roadside bomb in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar, quoted U.S. Army Colonel Rafel Torres as saying: “The insurgents are as indiscriminate as their choice of weapons. Killing innocent civilians isn’t good policy in Afghanistan, or anywhere else for that matter.”

    No doubt these are fairly straightforward counter-insurgency tactics but, analysts say, what is interesting is that the Taliban have been doing the same for much longer.

    On Sunday, the Taliban went so far as to suggest holding a news conference to counter Petraeus’ assertion last week that his forces were making progress, an unprecedented move since the Islamists were ousted by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001.

    It was their second media release in four days, somewhat unusual for a group which banned television and computers during their rule from 1996-2001.

    The Taliban’s tactics have not gone unnoticed by ISAF.

    “One way of tackling this issue is to undermine the Taliban’s influence in society,” said Kamran Bokhari, regional director for global intelligence firm STRATFOR.

    “The key to this is to try and drive a wedge between the Afghan jihadist movement and their social support network.”

    Earlier this month, ISAF issued an extraordinary media release in which an unidentified “senior ISAF intelligence official” denounced the Taliban’s “attempt to manipulate the media in order to misrepresent the truth”.

    The official said the Taliban used a “formalised network”, overseen by Taliban leader Mullah Omar himself, and which included spokesmen who usually give names like Yousuf Ahmadi and Zabihullah Mujahid.

    Those spokesmen, he said, worked directly with “external malign media support, which is largely comprised of sympathetic media outlets”.

    The Taliban usually communicate by telephone, their spokesmen calling reporters from undisclosed locations.

    They are quick to claim credit for attacks on foreign forces, whether they were involved or not, and usually inflate casualty figures. They are equally quick in their attempts to discredit foreign troops when civilian casualties are involved.

    Regardless of how untrue that information might be, analysts say there is little Western forces can do to counter it.

    “There is only so much that they can do to improve their standing among the public because of certain structural problems, the key to which is the perception that Western forces won’t be in the country for long,” Bokhari said.

    (Editing by Sanjeev Miglani) (For more Reuters coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, see: here) (paul.tait@reuters.com; Kabul Newsroom, +93 706 011 526) (If you have a query or comment on this story, send an email to news.feedback.asia@thomsonreuters.com)

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