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Syrian troops move on restive town, West alarmed

Posted by Admin on June 7, 2011

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110607/wl_nm/us_syria

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis 1 hr 4 mins ago

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian troops with tanks moved on Tuesday toward a town where the government has vowed to quell a revolt after accusing gunmen of killing scores of security men.

Though accounts of days of bloodshed in Jisr al-Shughour ranged from an official version of gunmen ambushing troops to residents’ reports of an army mutiny, the risk seemed to be growing of even greater violence than that which has left over 1,100 Syrians dead since popular unrest began three months ago.

France took a lead in proposing U.N. moves against President Bashar al-Assad. But Russia, citing NATO’s inconclusive war on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, said it would veto intervention against Syria in the United Nations Security Council.

Despite enthusiasm for pro-democracy movements that have unseated dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, few Western leaders — let alone their autocratic Arab partners — have shown a will to intervene in Syria, an Iranian ally whose volatile mix of ethnic and religious groups sits astride a web of regional conflicts.

Assad’s family and supporters from the minority Alawite sect have dominated Syria since his late father seized power 41 years ago. He has responded with promises of reform, and a security crackdown on protesters in towns across the country.

The government has expelled independent journalists, making it hard to determine clearly what is happening in the country.

DIPLOMATIC MOVES

Tuesday, local residents said a column of armoured vehicles and troops, apparently heading for Jisr al-Shughour, had reached the town of Ariha, 25 km (16 miles) to the east, a day after Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud said army units would carry out their “national duty to restore security.”

Western powers have raised the alarm. British Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament: “President Assad is losing legitimacy and should reform or step aside.” He said European governments were looking at further sanctions.

For France, Britain’s ally in the air war against Gaddafi and the former colonial power in Syria, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Paris was ready to ask the U.N. Security Council to condemn Syria: “The process of reform is dead and we think that Bashar has lost his legitimacy to rule the country.

“We’ll see what the Russians will do. If they veto, they will take their responsibility. Maybe if they see that there are 11 votes in favor of the resolution, they will change their mind. So there is a risk to take and we’re ready to take it.”

The United States has also said Assad should reform or go.

But in Brussels, Russia’s envoy to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, said: “The prospect of a U.N. Security Council resolution that’s along the same lines as Resolution 1973 on Libya will not be supported by my country … The use of force, as Libya shows, does not provide answers.”

Veto-holding Russia abstained on the Libya vote, allowing NATO to begin a bombing campaign that Western powers say saved civilians in rebel-held Benghazi from an onslaught by Gaddafi’s forces, but which has failed to dislodge the Libyan leader.

Just what has happened in Jisr al-Shughour, which lies in the northeast close to the Turkish border, remains unclear.

Official accounts say gunmen roaming the town and setting fire to government buildings had inflicted an extremely high death toll of over 120 on security men, said to have been killed in an ambush and attacks on a post office and a security post.

State television aired footage of at least five dead soldiers and police who it said were victims of an “ambush by armed gangs.” Voices are heard in the video cursing the dead men and describing how they were killed.

“I stabbed them, I stabbed the three of them,” said a man who was not seen on camera.

But residents and anti-government activists disputed the government account, saying the casualties followed a mutiny among forces sent to quell civilian protests. Assad loyalists and mutineers then fought each other around the town, they said.

Other footage posted on You Tube showed bodies of at least three soldiers and voices off camera say they were killed by fellow-security force members for refusing to fire on civilians.

PAST VIOLENCE

Fears of a sharp increase in the level of violence are informed by memories of 1982, when the forces of Assad’s father, Hafez al-Assad, crushed an armed Islamist revolt in the city of Hama, killing many thousands and razing the town’s old center.

Jisr al-Shughour residents said violence began when scores of civilians were killed in a crackdown on the hill town on a road between Syria’s second city Aleppo and the port of Latakia.

They said security men had raided homes and made scores of arbitrary arrests after the largest pro-democracy protest yet held in the town, Friday. At least five people were killed.

The killings enraged the townsfolk and prompted defections from security police and troops belonging, like most people in Jisr al-Shugour, to Syria’s Sunni Muslim majority, they said. Assad and many of his army and security commanders are Alawites.

Neighboring countries, including Israel and Turkey, worry about any chaos that could set off sectarian conflict and the emergence of violent, radical Islamists, as happened in nearby Iraq after the U.S. invasion of 2003.

“Military intelligence agents and security police stormed the town Monday. Snipers began firing at people who dared go out in the streets. Bodies lay in the streets. Around 100 police and soldiers defected and stood with us,” one resident said by phone, adding that six military intelligence agents were killed.

He said pro-Assad Alawite gunmen from neighboring villages, known as ‘shabbiha’, had been seen around Jisr al-Shughour.

Many analysts with close contacts on the ground inside Syria were reluctant to be identified when interviewed. One analyst based in Damascus said violence by security forces, who are also detaining and torturing people, was creating a violent backlash.

“Growing numbers of protesters have been pushed to take up arms, which are also being smuggled into the country at an alarming pace,” said the analyst, who works for an international organization.

The Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said the 120 people killed were mostly civilians, or troops apparently shot dead by security agents who refused to join in the crackdown.

“The authorities are repeating their pattern of killings. They choose the town or city where demonstrations have been most vibrant and punish the population,” a Sawasiah spokesman said.

ARMY MUTINY?

Wissam Tarif, director of human rights organization Insan, said the fighting pitted rival army units against each other.

“An army unit or division arrived in the area in the morning. It seems then another unit arrived to contain the mutiny,” Tarif told Reuters. He said he had spoken to several people in Jisr al-Shughour who confirmed that account.

A Western diplomat in the region said he took the mutiny reports seriously, although he had no first-hand knowledge of events in Jisr al-Shughour. “It is plausible that the violent response to the protesters is causing widening cracks on sectarian lines within the army,” he said.

Rights groups say security forces, troops and gunmen loyal to Assad have killed 1,100 civilians since protests erupted in the southern city of Deraa on March 18. Unrest later spread to the Mediterranean coast and eastern Kurdish regions.

Assad has made some reformist gestures, such as issuing a general amnesty to political prisoners and launching a national dialogue, but protesters and opposition figures have dismissed such measures, saying thousands of political prisoners remain in jail and there can be no dialogue while repression continues.

Another resident, a history teacher who gave his name as Ahmed, said clashes had begun Saturday when snipers on the roof of the post office fired at a funeral for six protesters killed the day before. Mourners then set the post office ablaze.

State television said eight members of the security forces were killed when gunmen attacked the post office building.

It said at least 20 more were killed in an ambush by “armed gangs,” and 82 in an attack on a security post. It said the overall death toll for security forces topped 120.

(Additional reporting by Mariam Karouny and Yara Bayoumy in Beirut; editing by Alistair Lyon and Alastair Macdonald)

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Disclosure and Deceit: Secrecy as the Manipulation of History, not its Concealment

Posted by Admin on May 24, 2011

by Dr. T. P. Wilkinson

Global Research, May 21, 2011

The declassification of official secrets is often seen as either a challenge or a prerequisite for obtaining accurate data on the history of political and economic events. Yet at the same time high government intelligence officials have said that their policy is one of ‘plausible deniability‘. Official US government policy for example is never to acknowledge or deny the presence of nuclear weapons anywhere its forces are deployed, especially its naval forces. The British have their ‘Official Secrets’ Act. When the Wikileaks site was launched in 2007 and attained notoriety for publication of infamous actions by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, this platform was heralded and condemned for its disclosures and exposures.

Julian Assange is quoted as saying that when he receives documents classified under the UK Official Secrets Act he responds in accordance with the letter of the law – since it is forbidden to withhold or destroy, his only option is to publish. The question remains for historians, investigators, and educated citizens: what is the real value of disclosures or declassification? Given the practice of plausible deniablity, does disclosure or declassification constitute proof, and if so by what criteria? Both facts and non-facts can be concealed or disclosed.

Information is not self-defining Ultimately there remain two questions: does the secret document (now public) really constitute the ‘secret’? What is the ‘secret’ for which we use the document to actually refer? Is secrecy the difference between the known and unknown, or the known and untold?

Some benefit can be found by borrowing theological concepts. We can distinguish between a mystery revealed and a supernatural truth which, by its very nature, lies above the finite intelligence. But a secret is something unknowable either by accident or on account of accessibility. I believe that the popularised form of disclosure embodied in Wikileaks should force us to distinguish between those beliefs we have about the nature of official action and the conduct of people working within those institutions and the data produced. Wikileaks is clearly a platform for publishing data but much of the response to these documents is more based on mystery than on secrecy. That is to say that the disclosures are treated as revelation in the religious sense – and not as discovery in the sense of scientia – knowledge. Why is this so? Wikileaks is described as a continuation of the ethical and social responsibility of journalism as an instrument to educate and inform the public – based on the principle that an informed public is essential to a democracy and self-governance. By collecting, collating and disclosing documents ‘leaked’ to it, Wikileaks also attacks what Assange calls the invisible government, the people and institutions who rule by concealing their activities from the people – and brings to light their wrongdoing.

There are two traditions involved here that partially overlap. In the US the prime examples are the ‘muckraking journalism’ originating in the so-called Progressive Era, spanning from 1890s to 1920s, and more recently the publication of the Pentagon Papers through Daniel Ellsberg. While liberals treat both of these examples favourably, their histories, however, are far more ambivalent than sentimentally presented. To understand this ambivalence, itself a sort of plausible deniability, it is necessary to sketch the history of journalism in the US – the emergence of an unnamed but essential political actor – and some of the goals of US foreign policy since the end of the 19th century. This very brief sketch offers what I call the preponderance of facticity – as opposed to an unimpeachable explanation for the overt and covert actions of the US.

First of all it is necessary to acknowledge that in 1886 the US Supreme Court endowed the modern business corporation with all the properties of citizenship in the US – a ruling reiterated with more vehemence this year by another Supreme Court decision. As of 1886, business corporations in the US had more civil rights than freed slaves or women. By the end of the First World War, the business corporation had eclipsed the natural person as a political actor in the US. By 1924 US immigration law and the actions of the FBI had succeeded in damming the flow of European radicalism and suppressing domestic challenges to corporate supremacy. Thus by the time Franklin Roosevelt was elected, the US had been fully constituted as a corporatist state. US government policy was thereafter made mainly by and for business corporations and their representatives. Second, professional journalism emerged from the conflict between partisan media tied to social movements and those tied to business. The first journalism school was founded in 1908 at the University of Missouri with money from newspaper baron Joseph Pulitzer. As in all other emerging professions at that time, it was claimed that uniform training within an academic curriculum would produce writers who were neutral, objective, and dispassionate – that is to say somehow scientific in their writing.

A professional journalist would not allow his or her writing to be corrupted by bribery or political allegiances. These professional journalists would work for commercial enterprises but be trained to produce value-free texts for publication.. The US has always refused to call itself an empire or to acknowledge that its expansion from the very beginning was imperial. The dogma of manifest destiny sought to resolve this contradiction by stipulating that domestic conquest was not imperial. Control of the Western hemisphere has always been defined as national security, not of asserting US domination. Likewise, it is impossible to understand the actions of the US government in Asia since 1910 without acknowledging that the US is an empire and recognising its imperial interests in the Asia–Pacific region. It is also impossible to understand the period called the Cold War without knowing that the US invaded the Soviet Union in 1918 with 13,000 troops along with some 40,000 British troops and thousands of troops recruited by the ‘West’ to support the Tsarist armies and fascist Siberian Republic. It is essential to bear these over-arching contextual points in mind when considering the value of classified US documents and their disclosure, whether by Wikileaks or Bob Woodward. It is essential to bear these points in mind because the value or the ambivalence of ‘leaks’ or declassification depends entirely on whether the data is viewed as ‘revelation’ or as mere scientific data to be interpreted.

Revelation and heresy For the most part the disclosures by Wikileaks have been and continue to be treated as ‘revelation’ and the disclosure itself as heresy. This is particularly the case in the batches of State Department cables containing diplomatic jargon and liturgy. The ‘revelation’ comprises the emotional response to scripture generated by members of the US foreign service and the confirmation this scripture appears to give to opinions held about the US – whether justified or not. Just as reading books and even the bible was a capital offence for those without ecclesiastical license in the high Middle Ages, the response of the US government is comprehensible. It is bound to assert that Wikileaks is criminal activity and to compel punishment. Yet there is another reason why the US government reaction is so intense. As argued above, the primary political actor in the US polity is the business corporation. In Europe and North America at least it is understood: (1) that the ultimate values for state action are those which serve the interests of private property; and (2) that the business corporation is the representative form of private property.

This in turn means that information rights are in fact property rights manifest as patents, copyrights, and trade or industrial secrets. Since the state is the guardian of the corporation, it argues that the disclosure of government documents should only be allowed where the government itself has surrendered some of its privacy rights. This is quite different from the arguments for feudal diplomatic privilege, even though business corporations have superseded princely states. The argument for state secrecy now is that the democratic state constituted by business corporations is obliged to protect the rights and privileges of those citizens as embodied in their private property rights – rights deemed to be even more absolute than those historically attributed to natural persons, if for no other reason than that corporations enjoy limited liability and immortality, unlike natural persons. When the US government says it is necessary for other states to treat Assange as an outlaw and Wikileaks as a criminal activity, it is appealing on one hand to the global corporate citizenry and on the other, asserting its role – not unlike the Roman Catholic Church of the Middle Ages – as the sole arbiter of those rights and privileges subsumed by Democracy in the world. Many of those who lack a religious commitment to the American way of life have still recognised the appeal to privacy and ultimately to private property which are now deemed the highest values in the world – so that trade, the commerce in private property, takes precedence over every other human activity and supersedes even human rights, not to mention civil rights.

Ellsberg In 1971 Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times, which began their publication. This leak was treated as a landmark, although it would take several years before the US withdrew its forces from Vietnam and many more before hostilities were formally ended. What then was the significance of the ‘leak’? The documents generally point to the failures of the military, omitting the role of the CIA almost entirely. Today it is still largely unknown that Ellsberg was working with the CIA in counter-insurgency programs in Vietnam. Did the Pentagon Papers thus serve the interests of plausible deniability – a disclosure of secrets designed not to reveal truth, but to conceal a larger truth by revealing smaller ones? On the other hand, the collection of essays, Dirty Work, edited by Philip Agee and Lou Wolf, showed how the identity of CIA officers could be deciphered from their official biographies, especially as published in the Foreign Service List and other government registers. This type of disclosure allows the competent researcher to recognise ‘real’ Foreign Service officers as opposed to CIA officers operating under diplomatic cover. Agee and his colleague Lou Wolf maintained that disclosure of CIA activities was not a matter of lifting secrets but of recognising the context in which disparate information has to be viewed to allow its interpretation.

To put it trivially: in order to find something you have to know the thing for which you are searching. In order to be meaningful, disclosures of intelligence information must explain that intelligence information seeks to deceive the US public. For example, the CIA and those in the multi-agency task forces under its control produced an enormous amount of reports and documentation to show what was being done to fulfil the official US policy objectives in Vietnam. One of these programs was called Rural Development. This CIA program was run ostensibly by the USAID and the State Department to support the economic and social development of the countryside. This policy was articulated in Washington to fit with the dominant ‘development’ paradigm – to package the US policy as aid and not military occupation. And yet, as Douglas Valentine shows in his book The Phoenix Program, Rural Development was a cover for counterinsurgency from the beginning. The Phoenix Program only became known in the US after 1971, and then only superficially. The information released to the US Congress and reported in the major media outlets lacked sufficient context to allow interpretation. There was so little context that the same people who worked in the Phoenix program in Vietnam as 20-year-olds have been able to continue careers operating the same kinds of programmes in other countries with almost no scrutiny.

Two people come to mind: John Negroponte, who is alleged to have provided support to death squads in Honduras during the US war against Nicaragua and later served as ambassador to occupied Iraq, began his foreign service career in Vietnam with one of the agencies instrumental in Phoenix. The other person died recently: Richard Holbrooke began his career with USAID in Vietnam, went on to advise the Indonesian dictatorship, went to manage the ‘diplomatic’ part of the US war in Yugoslavia and finally served as a kind of pro-consul for Central Asia with responsibility for the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. As the secret weapon in US imperial policy, the counterinsurgency or rural development or ‘surge’ policies of the US government never include an examination of the professionals who managed them. It used to be said among some critics that one could follow General Vernon Walters’ travel itinerary and predict military coups. But that was not something ‘leaked’ and it did not appear in the mainstream media analysis.

The illusion of objective neutrality So if much of what we see ‘leaked’ is gossip in the service of plausible deniability, what separates the important gossip from the trivial? I suggest it is a return to consciously interested, humanistic values in historical research. We have to abandon the idea that the perfect form of knowledge is embodied in the privilege of corporate ownership of ideas, and domination of the state. We also have to abandon the illusion of objective neutrality inherited from Positivism and Progressivism, with its exclusionary professionalism. Until such time as human beings can be restored to the centre of social, political and economic history we have to recognise the full consequences of the enfranchisement of the business corporation and the subordination of the individual to role of a mere consumer. If we take the business corporation, an irresponsible and immortal entity, endowed with absolute property rights and absolved of any liability for its actions or those of its officers and agents, as the subject of history it has become, then we have to disclose more than diplomatic cables. We have to analyse its actions just as historians have tried to understand the behaviour of princes and dynasties in the past. This is too rarely done and when often only in a superficial way. I would like to provide an example, a sketch if you will, of one such historical analysis, taking the business corporation and not the natural person as the focus of action.

In 1945, George Orwell referred to the threat of nuclear war between the West and the Soviet Union as a ‘cold war’. He made no reference to the 1918 invasion of the Soviet Union by British troops. In 1947, US Secretary of State Bernard Baruch gave a speech in South Carolina saying ‘Let us not be deceived: we are today in the midst of a cold war’. The speech had been written by a rich newspaperman named Herbert Swope. In 1947, George Kennan published his containment essay, ‘The Sources of Soviet Conduct’, in Foreign Affairs under the name ‘X’. In it he describes a supposed innate expansionist tendency of the Soviet Union – also no mention of the US invasion or the devastation of WWII, which virtually destroyed the Soviet Union’s manpower and industrial base. In April 1950, NSC 68 is published – classified top secret until 1975 – outlining the necessity for the US to massively rearm to assert and maintain its role as the world’s superpower. At the end of summer 1950, war breaks out in Korea. President Truman declared an emergency and gets UN Security Council approval for a war that lasts three years, killing at least 3 million Koreans – most of whom die as a result of US Air Force saturation bombing of Korea north of the 38th parallel. Truman proclaims that US intervention will be used to prevent the expansion of the Soviet Union or as Ronald Reagan put it then – Russian aggression. After being utterly routed by the army of North Korea, the US bombs its way to the Yalu only to be thrown back to the 38th parallel by China. In 1954, the US organises the overthrow of the Arbenz regime in Guatemala and begins its aid and covert intervention in Vietnam beginning a war that only ends in 1976. Meanwhile Britain suppresses the Malaysian independence movement. Between 1960 and 1968, nationalist governments have been overthrown in Indonesia, Congo, Ghana, Brazil. Cuba is the great surprise amidst the literally hundreds of nationalist, anti-colonial movements and governments suppressed by the US.

William Blum has catalogued the enormous number of overt and covert interventions by the US in his book Killing Hope. The amazing thing about much of what Blum compiled is that it was not ‘secret’. It was simply not reported or misreported. Blum makes clear – what should be obvious – that the Soviet Union was not a party to a single war or coup from 1945 to 1989 and that the US government knew this. Much of this early action took place when John Foster Dulles was US Secretary of State and his brother was head of the CIA. The Dulles brothers were intimately connected to corporations they represented in their capacity as ‘white shoe’ lawyers in New York. In fact the founder of the OSS, the CIA’s predecessor, William Donovan, was also a corporate lawyer both before and after his service in the OSS. In other words the people who have commanded these foreign policy instruments have almost without exception been the direct representatives of major US business corporations. In each case the public pretext has been the threat of communism or Soviet expansion. Yet the only consistent quality all of these actions had was the suppression of governments that restricted the activities of US or UK corporations. Of course, communism has long been merely a term for any opposition to the unrestricted rights of business corporations.

One could say people like Donovan or Dulles were seconded to government office. However, the direct financial benefit that someone like Dulles obtained when he succeeded in deposing Arbenz in Guatemala came from his shareholding in United Fruit, the instigator and financial backer of the CIA co-ordinated coup. Perhaps the more accurate interpretation of this secret activity is that the business corporation, which previously employed law firms and Pinkertons, had shifted the burden of implementing corporate foreign policy to the taxpayer and the state. Now the interest of the US in Latin America has been well researched and documented. But the persistence of the Vietnam War and the silence about the Korean War have only been matched by the virtual absence of debate about the overthrow of Sukarno and the Philippine insurgency. The Philippines became a footnote in the controversy about US torture methods in Iraq and elsewhere as it was shown that the ‘water cure’ was applied rigorously by American troops when suppressing the Philippine independence movement at the beginning of the 20th century.

Lack of context not knowledge The study of each of these Asian countries – and one can add the so-called Golden Triangle; and I would argue Afghanistan now – has been clouded not by lack of evidence or documentation but by lack of context. If the supposed threat posed by communism, especially Soviet communism is taken at face value – as also reiterated in innumerable official documents both originally public and originally confidential – then the US actions in Asia seem like mere religious fanaticism. The government officials and military and those who work with them are so indoctrinated that they will do anything to oppose communism in whatever form. Thus even respected scholars of these wars will focus on the delusions or information deficits or ideological blinders of the actors. This leads to a confused and incoherent perception of US relations in Asia and the Pacific. The virtual absence of any coherent criticism of the Afghanistan War, let alone the so-called War on Terror, is symptomatic not of inadequate information, leaked or otherwise. It is a result of failure to establish the context necessary for evaluating the data available. It should not surprise anyone that ‘counter-terror’ practices by US Forces are ‘discovered’ in Afghanistan or Iraq, if the professional careers of the theatre and field commanders (in and out of uniform) are seriously examined.

Virtually all those responsible for fighting the war in Central Asia come from Special Operations/CIA backgrounds. That is what they have been trained to do. If we shift our attention for a moment to the economic basis of this region, it has been said that the war against drugs is also being fought there. However, this is counterfactual. Since the 1840s the region from Afghanistan to Indochina has been part of what was originally the British opium industry. China tried to suppress the opium trade twice leading to war with Britain – wars China lost. The bulk of the Hong Kong banking sector developed out of the British opium trade protected by the British army and Royal Navy. Throughout World War II and especially the Vietnam War the opium trade expanded to become an important economic sector in Southern Asia – under the protection of the secret services of the US, primarily the CIA. Respected scholars have documented this history to the present day. However it does not appear to play any role in interpreting the policies of the US government whether publicly or confidentially documented. Is it because, as a senior UN official reported last year, major parts of the global financial sector – headquartered in New York and London – were saved by billions in drug money in 2008? Does the fact that Japan exploited both Korea and Vietnam to provide cheap food for its industrial labour force have any bearing on the US decision to invade those countries when its official Asia policy was to rebuild Japan as an Asian platform for US corporations – before China became re-accessible (deemed lost to the Communists in 1948)? Did the importance of Korean tungsten for the US steel industry contribute to the willingness of people like Preston Goodfellow, a CIA officer in Korea, to introduce a right-wing Korean to rule as a dictator of the US occupied zone? Is there continuity between Admiral Dewey’s refusal to recognise the Philippine Republic after Spain’s defeat – because the 1898 treaty with Spain ceded the archipelago to the US – and the refusal of General Hodge to recognise the Korean People’s Republic in Seoul when he led the occupation of Korea in 1945? As John Pilger suggests, were the million people massacred by Suharto with US and UK support a small price to pay for controlling the richest archipelago in the Pacific? Was the Pol Pot regime not itself a creation of the US war against Vietnam – by other means?

Is it an accident that while the US was firmly anchored in Subic Bay, armed and funded Jakarta, occupied Japan and half of Korea, that the US was prepared to bomb the Vietnamese nationalists ‘into the Stone Age’? It only makes sense if the US is understood as an empire and its corporate interests are taken seriously when researching the history of the US attempts to create and hold an Asian empire. The resistance to this perception can be explained and it is not because of an impenetrable veil of secrecy. It is not because of the accidentally or inaccessibly unknown. Rather it is because US policy and practice in the world remains a ‘mystery’, a supernatural truth, one that of its very nature lies above the finite intelligence. The quasi-divine status of the universal democracy for which the USA is supposed to stand is an obstacle of faith.

Engineering consent In the twentieth century two conflicting tendencies can be identified. The first was the emergence of mass democratic movements. The second was the emergence of the international business corporation. When the Great War ended in 1918, the struggle between these two forces crystallised in the mass audience or consumer on one hand and the mass production and communication on the other. As Edward Bernays put it: ‘This is an age of mass production. In the mass production of materials a broad technique has been developed and applied to their distribution. In this age too there must be a technique for the mass distribution of ideas.’ In his book, Propaganda, he wrote ‘The conscious and intelligent manipulation of organised habits and opinions of the masses…’ was necessary in a democracy, calling that ‘invisible government’.

Like his contemporary Walter Lippmann, a journalist, he believed that democracy was a technique for ‘engineering the consent’ of the masses to those policies and practices adopted by the country’s elite – the rulers of its great business corporations. By the 1980s the state throughout the West – and after 1989 in the former Soviet bloc – was being defined only by ‘business criteria’, e.g. efficiency, profitability, cost minimisation, shareholder value, consumer satisfaction, etc. Political and social criteria such as participatory rights or income equity or equality, provision of basic needs such as education, work, housing, nutrition, healthcare on a universal basis had been transformed from citizenship to consumerism. The individual lost status in return for means tested access to the ‘market’. In order for the state to function like a business it had to adopt both the organisational and ethical forms of the business corporation – a non-democratic system, usually dictatorial, at best operating as an expert system. As an extension of the property-holding entities upon which it was to be remodelled, the state converted its power into secretive, jealous, and rigid hierarchies driven by the highest ethical value of the corporation – profit.

Journalists and ‘corporate stenographers’ While historical research should not be merely deductive, it is dependent on documents. The veracity of those documents depends among other things on authenticity, judgements as to the status, knowledge or competence of the author, the preponderance of reported data corresponding to data reported elsewhere or in other media. A public document is tested against a private or confidential document – hence the great interest in memoirs, diaries and private correspondence. There is an assumption that the private document is more sincere or even reliable than public documents. This is merely axiomatic since there is no way to determine from a document itself whether its author lied, distorted or concealed in his private correspondence, too. Discrepancies can be explained in part by accepting that every author is a limited informant or interpreter. The assumptions about the integrity of the author shape the historical evaluation. In contemporary history – especially since the emergence of industrial-scale communications – the journalist has become the model and nexus of data collection, author, analyst, and investigator. Here the journalist is most like a scholar. The journalist is also a vicarious observer.

The journalist is supposed to share precisely those attributes of the people to whom or about whom he reports. This has given us the plethora of reality TV, talk shows, embedded reporters, and the revolving door between media journalists and corporate/state press officers. In the latter the journalist straddles the chasm between salesman and consumer. This is the role that the Creel Committee and the public relations industry learned to exploit. The journalist George Creel called his memoir of the Committee on Public Information he chaired – formed by Woodrow Wilson to sell US entry into World War I – How We Advertised America. The campaign was successful in gaining mass support for a policy designed to assure that Britain and France would be able to repay the billions borrowed from J. P. Morgan & Co. to finance their war against Germany and seize the Mesopotamian oilfields from the Ottoman Empire. Industrial communications techniques were applied to sell the political product of the dominant financial and industrial corporations of the day. The professional journalist, freed from any social movement or popular ideology, had already become a mercenary for corporate mass media.

The profession eased access to secure employment and to the rich and powerful. The journalists’ job was to produce ideas for mass distribution – either for the state or for the business corporation. Supporting private enterprise was at the very least a recognition that one’s job depended on the media owner. Editorial independence meant writers and editors could write whatever they pleased as long as it sold and did not challenge the economic or political foundation of the media enterprise itself. In sum the notion of the independent, truth-finding, investigative journalist is naïve at best. We must be careful to distinguish between journalists and what John Pilger has called ‘corporate stenographers’. This does not mean that no journalists supply us with useful information or provide us access to meaningful data. It means that journalism, as institution, as praxis, is flawed – because it too is subordinated to the business corporation and its immoral imperatives. Wikileaks takes as its frame of reference the journalism as it emerged in the Positivist – Progressive Era – a profession ripe with contradictions, as I have attempted to illustrate.

Were Wikileaks to fulfil that Positivist–Progressive model, it would still risk overwhelming us with the apparently objective and unbiased data – facts deemed to stand for themselves. Without a historical framework – and I believe such a framework must also be humanist – the mass of data produced or collated by such a platform as Wikileaks may sate but not nourish us. We have to be responsible for our interpretation. We can only be responsible however when we are aware of the foundations and framework for the data we analyse. The deliberate choice of framework forces us to be conscious of our own values and commitments. This stands in contrast to a hypothetically neutral, objective, or non-partisan foundation that risks decaying into opportunism – and a flood of deceit from which no mountain of disclosure can save us.

Global Research Articles by T. P. Wilkinson

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Imperialism: Bankers, Drug Wars and Genocide Mexico’s Descent in the Inferno

Posted by Admin on May 24, 2011

by Prof. James Petras

Global Research, May 19, 2011

In May 2011, Mexican investigators uncovered another mass clandestine grave with dozens of mutilated corpses; bringing the total number of victims to 40,000 killed since 2006 when the Calderon regime announced its “war on drug traffickers”. Backed by advisers, agents and arms, the White House has been the principal promotor of a ‘war’ that has totally decimated Mexico ’s society and economy.

If Washington has been the driving force for the regime’s war, Wall Street banks have been the main instruments ensuring the profits of the drug cartels. Every major US bank has been deeply involved in laundering hundreds of billions of dollars in drug profits, for the better part of the past decade.

Mexico ’s descent into this inferno has been engineered by the leading US financial and political institutions, each supporting ‘one side or the other’ in the bloody “total war” which spares no one, no place and no moment in time. While the Pentagon arms the Mexican government and the US Drug Enforcement Agency enforces the “military solution”, the biggest US banks receive, launder and transfer hundreds of billions of dollars to the drug lords’ accounts, who then buy modern arms, pay private armies of assassins and corrupt untold numbers of political and law enforcement officials on both sides of the border.

Mexico’s Descent in the Inferno

Everyday scores, if not hundreds, of corpses – appear in streets and or are found in unmarked graves; dozens are murdered in their homes, cars, public transport, offices and even hospitals; known and unknown victims in the hundreds are kidnapped and disappear; school children, parents, teachers, doctors and businesspeople are seized in broad daylight and held for ransom or murdered in retaliation. Thousands of migrant workers are kidnapped, robbed, ransomed, murdered and evidence is emerging that some are sold into the illegal ‘organ trade’. The police are barricaded in their commissaries; the military, if and when it arrives, takes out its frustration on entire cities, shooting more civilians than cartel soldiers. Everyday life revolves around surviving the daily death toll; threats are everywhere, the armed gangs and military patrols fire and kill with virtual impunity. People live in fear and anger.

The Free Trade Agreement: The Sparks that lit the Inferno

In the late 1980’s, Mexico was in crisis, but the people chose a legal way out: they elected a President, Cuahtemoc Cardenas, on the basis of his national program to promote the economic revitalization of agriculture and industry. The Mexican elite, led by Carlos Salinas of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) chose otherwise and subverted the election: The electorate was denied its victory; the peaceful mass protests were ignored. Salinas and subsequent Mexican presidents vigorously pursued a free trade agreement (NAFTA) with the US and Canada , which rapidly drove millions of Mexican farmers, ranchers and small business people into bankruptcy. Devastation led to the flight of millions of immigrant workers. Rural movements of debtors flourished and ebbed, were co-opted or repressed. The misery of the legal economy contrasted with the burgeoning wealth of the traffickers of drugs and people, which generated a growing demand for well-paid armed auxiliaries as soldiers for the cartels. The regional drug syndicates emerged out of the local affluence.

In the new millennium, popular movements and a new electoral hope arose: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). By 2006 a vast peaceful electoral movement promised substantial social and economic reforms to ‘integrate millions of disaffected youth’. In the parallel economy, the drug cartels were expanding and benefiting from the misery of millions of workers and peasants marginalized by the Mexican elite, who had plundered the public treasury, speculated in real estate, robbed the oil industry and created enormous privatized monopolies in the communication and banking sectors.

In 2006, millions of Mexican voters were once again denied their electoral victory: The last best hope for a peaceful transformation was dashed. Backed by the US Administration, Felipe Calderon stole the election and proceeded to launch the “War on Drug Traffickers” strategy dictated by Washington .

The War Strategy Escalates the Drug War: The Banking Crises Deepens the Ties with Drug Traffickers

The massive escalation of homicides and violence in Mexico began with the declaration of a war on the drug cartels by the fraudulently elected President Calderon, a policy pushed initially by the Bush Administration and subsequently strongly backed by the Obama – Clinton regime. Over 40,000 Mexican soldiers filled the streets, towns and barrios – violently assaulting citizens – especially young people. The cartels retaliated by escalating their armed assaults on police. The war spread to all the major cities and along the major highways and rural roads; murders multiplied and Mexico descended further into a Dantesque inferno. Meanwhile, the Obama regime ‘reaffirmed’ its support for a militarist solution on both sides of the border: Over 500,000 Mexican immigrants were seized and expelled from the US ; heavily armed border patrols multiplied. Cross border gun sales grew exponentially .The US “market” for Mexican manufactured goods and agricultural products shrank, further widening the pool for cartel recruits while the supply of high powered weapons increased. White House gun and drug policies strengthened both sides in this maniacal murderous cycle: The US government armed the Calderon regime and the American gun manufacturers sold guns to the cartels through both legal and underground arms sales. Steady or increasing demand for drugs in the US – and the grotesque profits derived from trafficking and sales— remained the primary driving force behind the tidal wave of violence and societal disintegration in Mexico .

Drug profits, in the most basic sense, are secured through the ability of the cartels to launder and transfer billions of dollars through the US banking system. The scale and scope of the US banking-drug cartel alliance surpasses any other economic activity of the US private banking system. According to US Justice Department records, one bank alone, Wachovia Bank (now owned by Wells Fargo), laundered $378.3 billion dollars between May 1, 2004 and May 31, 2007 (The Guardian, May 11, 2011). Every major bank in the US has served as an active financial partner of the murderous drug cartels – including Bank of America, Citibank, and JP Morgan, as well as overseas banks operating out of New York , Miami and Los Angeles , as well as London .

While the White House pays the Mexican state and army to kill Mexicans suspected of drug trafficking, the US Justice Department belatedly slaps a relatively small fine on the major US financial accomplice to the murderous drug trade, Wachovia Bank, spares its bank officials from any jail time and allows major cases to lapse into dismissal.

The major agency of the US Treasury involved in investigating money laundering, the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, deliberately ignored the blatant collaboration of US banks with drug terrorists, concentrating almost their entire staff and resources on enforcing sanctions against Iran . For seven years, Treasury Undersecretary Stuart Levey used his power as head of the Department for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence to pursue Israel ’s phony “war on terrorism” against Iran , rather than shut down Wachovia’s money-laundering operations with the Mexican drug terrorists. In this period of time an estimated 40,000 Mexican civilian have been killed by the cartels and the army.

Without US arms and financial services supporting both the illegitimate Mexican regimes and the drug cartels – there could be no “drug war”, no mass killings and no state terror. The simple acts of stopping the flood of cheap subsidized US agriculture products into Mexico and de-criminalizing the use and purchase of cocaine in the US would dry up the pool of ‘cartel soldiers’ from the bankrupted Mexican peasantry and the cut back the profits and demand for illegal drugs in the US market.

The Drug Traffickers, the Banks and the White House

If the major US banks are the financial engines which allow the billion dollar drug empires to operate, the White House, the US Congress and the law enforcement agencies are the basic protectors of these banks. Despite the deep and pervasive involvement of the major banks in laundering hundreds of billions of dollars in illicit funds, the “court settlements” pursued by US prosecutors have led to no jail time for the bankers. One court’s settlement amounted to a fine of $50 million dollars, less than 0.5% of one of the banks (the Wachovia/Wells Fargo bank) $12.3 billion profits for 2009 (The Guardian, May 11, 2011). Despite the death of tens of thousands of Mexican civilians, US executive branch directed the DEA, the federal prosecutors and judges to impose such a laughable ‘punishment’ on Wachovia for its illegal services to the drug cartels. The most prominent economic officials of the Bush and Obama regimes, including Summers, Paulson, Geithner, Greenspan, Bernacke et al, are all long term associates, advisers and members of the leading financial houses and banks implicated in laundering the billions of drug profits.

Laundering drug money is one of the most lucrative sources of profit for Wall Street; the banks charge hefty commissions on the transfer of drug profits, which they then lend to borrowing institutions at interest rates far above what – if any – they pay to drug trafficker depositors. Awash in sanitized drug profits, these US titans of the finance world can easily buy their own elected officials to perpetuate the system.

Even more important and less obvious is the role of drug money in the recent financial meltdown, especially during its most critical first few weeks.

According to the head of United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, “In many instances, drug money (was)… currently the only liquid investment capital…. In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor…interbank loans were funded by money that originated from drug trade and other illegal activities… (there were) signs that some banks were rescued in that way.” (Reuters, January 25,2009. US edition). Capital flows from the drug billionaires were key to floating Wachovia and other leading banks. In a word: the drug billionaires saved the capitalist financial system from collapse!

Conclusion

By the end of the first decade of the 21st century, it has become clear that capital accumulation, at least in North America, is intimately linked to generalized violence and drug trafficking. Because capital accumulation is dependent on financial capital, and the latter is dependent on the industry profits from the multi-hundred-billion dollar drug trade, the entire ensemble is embedded in the ‘total war’ over drug profits. In times of deep crises the very survival of the US financial system – and through it, the world banking system – is linked to the liquidity of the drug “industry”.

At the most superficial level the destruction of Mexican and Central American societies – encompassing over 100 million people – is a result of a conflict between drug cartels and the political regimes of the region. At a deeper level there is a multiplier or “ripple effect” related to their collaboration: the cartels draw on the support of the US banks to realize their profits; they spend hundreds of millions on the US arms industry and others to secure their supplies, transport and markets; they employ tens of thousands of recruits for their vast private armies and civilian networks and they purchase the compliance of political and military officials on both sides of the borders

For its part, the Mexican government acts as a conduit for US Pentagon/Federal police, Homeland Security, drug enforcement and political apparatuses prosecuting the ‘war’, which has put Mexican lives, property and security at risk. The White House stands at the strategic center of operations – the Mexican regime serves as the front-line executioners.

On one side of the “war on drugs” are the major Wall Street banks; on the other side, the White House and its imperial military strategists and in the ‘middle’ are 90 million Mexicans and 40,000 murder victims and counting.

Relying on political fraud to impose economic deregulation in the 1990’s (neo-liberalism), the US policies led directly to the social disintegration, criminalization and militarization of the current decade. The sophisticated narco-finance economy has now become the most advanced stage of neo-liberalism. When the respectable become criminals, the criminals become respectable.

The issue of genocide in Mexico has been determined by the empire and its “knowing” bankers and cynical rulers.

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Toxic Intervention: Are NATO Forces Poisoning Libya With Depleted Uranium as They “Protect” Civilians?

Posted by Admin on March 27, 2011

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Wednesday 23 March 2011

by: Dave Lindorff  |  This Can’t Be Happening | News Analysis

Toxic Intervention: Are NATO Forces Poisoning Libya With Depleted Uranium as They "Protect" Civilians?
On a tour led by an official of the Libyan government, a girl is seen next to a house covered in shrapnel marks on the eastern outskirts of Tripoli that government officials said was targeted by western air strikes, March 25, 2011. (Photo: Moises Saman / The New York Times)

President Obama’s criminal launch of an undeclared and Congressionally unauthorized war against Libya may be compounded by the crime of spreading toxic uranium oxide in populated areas of that country.

This is latest concern of groups like the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, which monitor the military use of so-called depleted-uranium (DU) anti-tank and bunker-penetrating shells.

Images of Libyan civilians and rebels celebrating around the burning hulks of the Libyan army’s tanks and armored personnel carriers, which had been hit by US, French and British aircraft ordinance in the early hours of the US-led assault on the forces of Col. Muammar Gaddafy, could well have been unknowingly inhaling the deadly dust of the uranium weapons favored by Western military forces for anti-tank warfare.

Specifically, the British-built Harrier jets used by British naval air forces and also by US Marine pilots, are often equipped with pod-mounted cannons that fire 20 mm shells–shells that often have uranium projectiles designed to penetrate heavy armor.

So far, the US has not introduced its A-10 Thunderbolts, known also as Warthogs, into the Libyan campaign, probably because these sub-sonic, straight-wing craft, while heavily armored, are vulnerable to shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles which Libyan forces are known to possess in large numbers. Once the air-control situation is improved by continued bombardment, however, these specialized ground-attack aircraft will probably be added to the attacking forces. The A-10 has a particularly large automatic cannon which fires an unusually large 30 mm shell. These shells are often fitted with solid uranium projectiles for attacking tanks, APCs or groups of fighters holed up in concrete bunkers.

A-10s were heavily used in the Balkan conflict, and officials of Kosovo were dismayed to learn that some 11 tons of uranium weapons were fired there, leaving dangerous uranium dust fallout in their wake.

The US military is fond of DU weapons because the material, made from uranium from which the fissionable U-235 has been removed, because it is extremely heavy, and, in alloy form, also extremely hard. Because of its mass, such projectiles can penetrate even the heaviest armor. Then, in the heat caused by the collision with an object, the uranium bursts into flame at extreme heat, causing an explosive (and toxic) inferno inside a tank or other vehicle, which usually also ignites any ammunition being carried. Soldiers inside a target vehicle are incinerated. The problem is that the resulting uranium oxide produced by such explosions, besides being highly toxic chemically, is also a microscopic alpha-emitter, which if inhaled or ingested by human beings is extremely carcinogenic and mutagenic.

Cities in Iraq where DU weapons were heavily used, such as Basra, Samara, Baghdad, Mosul and probably especially Fallujah, which was virtually leveled in a November 2004 Marine assault, are showing high rates of birth defects, many of which, along with unusually high rates of leukemia, medical experts say are emblematic of fetal radiation damage.

A University of Michigan peer-reviewed study of births in Fallujahpublished in December 2010 found that of 547 births in Fallujah General Hospital in May of 2010, six years after the all-out US assault on that city of 300,000, in which DU weapons were reportedly used widely, 15% of babies had birth defects–a rate more than five times higher than the global average of 2-3%.

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It would be a tragic irony if rebels in Libya, after calling for assistance from the US and other NATO countries, succeeded in overthrowing the country’s long-time tyrant Gaddafy, only to have their country contaminated by uranium dust–the fate already suffered by the peoples of Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo.

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British MOD Intel

Posted by Admin on October 11, 2010

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British MOD Intel UFO/ET Disclosures
By Ed Komarek
2/12/10
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My blog: http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/

It”s becoming a challenge to keep track of all the underground groups emerging in support of UFO/ET disclosure. Folks that read my blog on a regular basis understand that I support a integrated approach to disclosure and ET integration, not a top down autocratic approach which I feel is dangerous to global security and to global democratic institutions.

Some of the many UFO/ET underground working groups around the world are becoming well known like the Military UFO Working Grouphttp://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2009/03/naval-officer-source.html in the U.S. which Clay and Shawn Pickering are associated with, and the Brazilian UFO Working Grouphttp://www.cohenufo.org/BrazilianUFODocumentsReleased.htm that is working closely with the military authorities in Brazil to implement disclosure.

I have been reporting on still other groupshttp://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2010/02/reality-of-et-integration-viable.html and in that vein I would like to report on a British MOD group that interfaces with an individual called (name deleted). This individual uses the screen name AF and has been posting to OMhttp://lucianarchy.proboards.com/index.cgi? for quite awhile, but has had connections to this group in British Intel years prior to his posting at OM. He became public on OM soon after the Source A disclosures began associated with the ad hoc Military UFO Working Group.

AF tells me he deleted many of his posts at OM when he and his source got on the hot seat as they began to confirm Source A disclosures. I have gone back through about 150 of AFs past posts not deleted, to gather information for this article. The OM maze of threads can be confusing so folks might just want to read the posts of people they are interested in. When folks post at OM there is a record of past posts under their screen name.

You can find AF’s posts here http://lucianarchy.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=viewprofile&user=afirestone and Clay and Shawn’s past posts herehttp://lucianarchy.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=viewprofile&user=temporal People can also write personal messages to the individuals they are interested in once they sign up.

There is a wide range of information in these posts including possible UN IAEA investigations into the atomic powered secret space fleet called Solar Warden http://exopolitics.blogspot.com/2009/05/solar-warden-articles.html that may have already resulted in one murder. There is information on the Grey’s and their hybrids, some good ideas about moving disclosure forward around the globe, and a British scolding of the Americans for dragging their feet on disclosure and for not providing good political leadership.

Here is a portion of the information relating to Solar Warden, “Could be linked to this guy – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1224377/British-nuclear-experts-17th-floor-UN-death-plunge-suicide.htmlAny confirmation AF? No confirmation on this because as you can imagine this is very explosive stuff.”

“Okay guys got some interesting news. In the back ground the battle between pro and anti disclosure has started to get very bloody. As you may know the UFO department of the UK MoD has been closed down (Dr Salla’s speculation seems to be correct http://www.examiner.com/x-2383-Honolulu-Exopolitics-Examiner~y2009m12d5-British-MOD-closes-UFO-desk–impact-on-extraterrestrial-disclosure ). Which has created a situation in the UK where by my contact (and others outside the UK) seems to be under attack by NSA and Mossad.””What is different about this is that their may be links to the deaths at the UN IAEA investigator’s who were looking into the claims that Soar Warden and the Aurora/ TR-3/Firefly were powered by nuclear energy. These are the same NSA and Mossad people that killed the Iranian scientisthttp://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jan/12/iran-scientist-assassination-allegation-west AF” (Old folks like myself remember this old case that may indicate a experiment in atomic powered propulsion gone bad. http://www.nicap.org/cashlanrep2.htm Ed )

“This is what Gary told us what was ours and made it official.
http://www.ufocasebook.com/triangles.html This is what we have worked out out. This here is a official Mexican film of the Armada of nuclear powered anti gravity US Space craft.http://www.ufocasebook.com/yt44.html Here they are doing a standard re entry into earth’s atmosphere. The fact they did this in front a Mexican Military Plane could of been a Psyops operation preparing for a False Flag attack on Earth. ”

“This is why in my eyes Gary is a hero, he blew the lid wide open on a number of things for us researchers.””1. Most Triangles are ours. 2. This is the secret Black Budget projects that have cost trillions over the years. 3. These craft are surface to space military capable air craft.
4. They are anti gravity functioning in part. 5. They are powered by nuclear energy. 6. They were going to be used in a False Flag attack on Earth.””That’s why the USA want him so badly, he destroyed a lot of their work over night and the rest of the secret Intel world know it. AF”

“I have to say that it looks like the UK and ET have joined to put more pressure on the USA. I don’t know if I have mentioned but I have been told some time ago that there are some very high ministers in the UK government that know all about Disclosure. We are still waiting it seems for the same to happen in the US Government.”

AF has this to say, in response to the Military UFO Working Group perspective, in which he refers to a ELE (Extinction Level Event) caused by human overpopulation of the planet. AF also discusses Gray hybrids and MOD ideas on disclosure.

“You are very close to the mark on a few things except population reduction. We all talk about population reduction but not by any sort of human cull. Their are programs in place that focus more on the continuation of Government over that of keeping the whole population protected from cataclysmic or economical events that would reduce the population dramatically. We talk about Global governance not by force but by economic influence.”

“Hybrids will not take over the world but they will be necessary ambassadors between worlds. We will need beings that can live on Earth and on other planets, which we can’t do. Abductions are considered a crime but genes, genetics and reproductive products are considered legitimate forms of trade between ETs.”

(I have some serious concerns that I don’t see being addressed amongst these intelligence professionals, think tanks and policy makers in regards to activities on this planet by the Greys, Tall Whites and by the Anunnaki. In earth history contact and trade between unequal technological societies often leads to colonization and even enslavement of the lesser technological power.

Contact = Trade = Conquest = Colonization is what usually happens with few exceptions. Japan managed to fend of conquest and colonization because they severely regulated European contact and trade on their soil. In the case of the Greys they are establishing a foothold not only in our society and soil but also in our genes and that is a very serious concern that does not seem to be being addressed.)

AF continues, “Okay the Greys seem to have very different understanding to life than we do hence why the Hybrid information has been given out. It is for us as a human culture to get our heads around. *Greys seem to have the ability to move their spirit from one clone like body to another if one clone body has died. This is what I have been told, and why the have developed EBEs Engineered Biological Entity’s.* ETs have worked out that God exists and that there is some sort of Quantum Physics that can take you to where God is. The Greys and other like them knows what holds the universe together and what created the big bang.”

“When ETs came to us we threw the best and the brightest but we were far from understanding the implications of what we were doing.”*Which brings us back full circle which is Amnesty for the things our scientists have done with the Greys. *So what happened? Source A has said “Don’t Don’t Shoot the Messenger” and look what happened to him and my contact. ”

“Like all debates both side have very good points. eg We need Hybrids for future Ambassadors , Space pilots, Space Explorers etc. How we made these Hybrids were done through very questionable means. The people who did this are the PTB the NSA Black Budget US/UK alliance the same people who control the listening station at Pine Gap *We can’t escape what has been done but we can avoid dealing with it until the people that did these experiments are to old or dead to prosecute. ”

“A few years back my contact and I discussed all the above, which has been implemented. We worked out that any first open contact that happens must not have Greys or Reptiods present. Due to the fact that they have been directly involved in Grey Abductions working with the US and UK Black Budget.”

“Information I have been given from British Intel. Greys don’t answer to NSA they work together. In some cases our Triangle Space craft is used in abductions. Greys agenda is the collection of Genes DNA and reproductive products of humans through abductions to create hybrids. In return US UK Alliance get high tech equipment support and info for space craft to weapons.”

“Hybrids will be used for long term communication and contact between ETs and Humans. Can you verify Temp. AF” It is the NSA that sanction abductions with the help of the Greys. Air and Space Command just take the orders which is all funded by Black Opp. AF”

“Source A mentioned that amnesty was a major problem in the process of disclosure and at this current rate of disclosure Source A has very little to worry about. Due to the seriousness of the crimes people will revisit these issues of what has happened in the past.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM0NGbxzBVI The CIA killed James Forrestal Secretary of Defense and many more people like him and we have to ask our selves how did this happen. Also did the US Navy support the killing of James Forrestal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Forrestal Sounds like Source A has to ask some very serious questions from his Navy about amnesty. AF”

“Well I found out the key companies that will have problems with their patents. http://www.ufocasebook.com/2008c/corsointerview.html They are: Du Pont http://www.dupont.com/ Hughes http://www.hughes.com/Bell-lab http://www.bell-labs.com/ Dow http://www.dow.com/

“My Contact informed me that their is a working relationship between the Reptilians and the US UK Alliance. The most he has mentioned to me is that they are helping with engineering, science and physics. So my question to Source A is why are they helping? AF”

“This is from my contact. Most abductees experience some sort of telepathy during their kidnapping by Greys. The experience of telepathy can linger for a time after the abduction.http://www.ufocasebook.com/alienabductions.html Due to the work between the Greys and US and UK Alliance have developed a method called Remote Viewing. This is where a humans mind can view places outside their own body. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_viewingThis was used during the cold war with various results.

The US and UK with the help of the Greys have developed Remote Viewing with different methods, drugs and technology. The Greys have far more Superior Remote Viewing and can see the future, which some abductees have been shown. The Alliance has developed a primitive form of Remote Viewing that can see the possible future.””The Alliance has developed this into a new weapon where by with Remote Viewing they can Kill a person or make them change their opinions or decisions.

In a Minor way we see some of this today where disabled people can control a mouse on a computer screen or a wheel chair.http://www.electric-wheelchair-on.net/main/brain-controlled-electric-wheelchair-and-mind-computer-mouse-pointer-part-3-the-conclusion/“”This has developed into the air force where they have developed a similar way to control the space craft much like the same way a disabled person can control a mouse on a computer screen. Imagine what a skilled Remote Viewer could do with such space craft as long as the humans in the space craft could handle the G-Force.http://www.ufocasebook.com/2008c/outbackskies.html These are just some of the secret strategic advantages that Alliance does not want to release. Temporal can you verify.”

AF gets into the dynamics of the political and exopolitical situation. “Due to a understanding between the factions they started working on a meeting at the UN, to test the waters. This is where Source A comes in. Currently ET has placed a outline of what it will take to for trade with ETs. Which is a World Government with the power to make nations do things, unlike the UN. AF”

“My greatest concern is that Source A has mentioned that if we can get our house in order and prevent these ELEs then we will be able to have greater openness with ETs. If you also put in the mix that we can make great changes during the Economic Crisis eg Green jobs, More Green Energy infrastructure, Green Cars, up grade public transport, the development of more forests, developing greener farming and food distribution.”

“I still see little movement from world Governments to implement or fix the above but governments can seem to find a lot money for Wall Street when they need it. So the question is can we get our heads around the ELEs before it’s to late to fix the problem, because their won’t be a second chance. AF”

“Look I couldn’t agree more my contact told me that the Economic Crisis was created for the centralization of economic power. This may work for Disclosure and terms of treaty agreements with ET, but that is still being worked out now. We are a long way off from what Source A and Temp have mentioned about Earth getting it’s own house in order for 1st contact. The battle seems to be in the detail. AF”

“Also depends on your perspective, you have to keep in mind my contact is British Intel. So we have mostly an outside perspective to what the USA is doing. Which we often do not agree with each other or the way the US does Disclosure. As far as I can tell Temp and Source A have had a few heated debates, but me and my contact have arguments. Which I love and I’m sure my contact does to, gets the blood pumping.”

“Here is a link the quote is at the bottomhttp://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/12/60minutes/main6202302.shtmlLooks like PTB are talking more openly about the subject.”

“I also think that ET has their own working group for disclosure and are as political as we are. I consider the Stephenville UFO as a flyby the Bush ranch no fly zone, which made this a very political statement.
http://www.stephenvillelights.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=1 What has just come in is this http://www.exmouthherald.co.uk/exmouthherald/news/story.aspx?brand=EXJOnline&category=news&tBrand=devon24&tCategory=newsexh&itemid=DEED12%20Feb%202010%2009%3A39%3A47%3A700

“In relation to the above article considering that the UK just closed the department that investigated UFOs which did not consider UFOs a security breach were gravely mistaken. UN protocols state that 1st contact and ET contact must be confined in restricted areas to prevent possible contamination. All we now need is ships to fly over a number of Nation States to get the politicians talking to each other openly about UFOs and ETs. ”

“With the current situation, like all of you, when I see governments Disclose files and credible organizations lead discussions like the Vatican. I start to have hope that we are moving in the right direction. The current policy on my end which has yet to be implemented is that we need in the near future politicians openly talking (Through the media) to each other from different nations states about the UFOs. Now I only see that happening when something like the Stephenville UFOs happens over lots of nations. eg 1 giant white UFO much like the one repeatedly seen over Stephenville going across a number of nations. It would be a good lead up to Ships over cities. AF”

“Yeah, what I’m seeing is the cycle of money. Military Industrial Complex (MIC) gets Government grants in the trillions, then lobby Senators with the same cash. Then the senators would allow future grants to MIC. Now would you give that up if you were benefiting from it. The PTB will come up with endless reasons why disclosure can’t happen.””I see very little difference when I hear other governments come up with reasons as to why they can’t do certain things. The Vatican is the only one that has taken this subject seriously in trying to prepare their faithful for this realization. Which also reflected Source A’s comments on the first meetings about ETs at the UN. ”

AF replys to the suicides of children after seeing the movie Avatar. “UK MoD did a study on when will society be ready for first contact. It turns out that we were ready back in the 70’s. Due to the amount our human culture have seen on the TV and at the movies on aliens and UFOs. What was also found was that their will be a “small” percentage of people who will commit suicide. These were people with a predisposition with mental health issues, religious fanatics, skeptics and scientists.””Of course the PTB that boringly continue to stop disclosure because of such concerns is ridiculous, and these facts should be aggressively shoved back into the faces of the PTB.”

AF proceeds to scold the Americians, “We have a time limit to unambiguous first contact and time and time again US is the stumbling block. Currently what Im seeing is that Source A does not have the debating skills to push for disclosure on the PTB. “The hard fact is that this is all compartmentalized and the over all system is dysfunctional due to lack of leadership on the issue of ET contact with Nasa, Black Budget and UN meetings. Which should all lead to the White House and congress but doesn’t. If MJ12 exists, the chair of that committee seems to lack leadership or the power to bring about disclosure. We seem to be stuck with a leadership that wants to keep a dangerous status quo. All roads lead to Rome, in this case all roads lead to Washington DC.”

“I think you Temp put to much weight on the old money PTB in the UK to start and direct disclosure. We did it anyway which I have had direct influence over. To also say that our level of working group’s has little or no influence over disclosure is also incorrect. I for one have seen more impact on our work on the middle to upper echelons of the PTB that you have.”

“In 2008 and 2009 the UK had a office at the MoD that looked into UFO’s and UK/Europe had more disclosure than the US ever has. Prince Charles mentioned that we have little time before we create our own ELE with climate change. Which is about the best green light for disclosure you will get from the PTB in the UK. I consider most if not all excuses from the US a red hearing, to confuse the debate and keep the focus away from the US power structure doing their job for disclosure.”

“I feel that Source A has not done a good job in defending the disclosure agenda, only because he has not the years of experience and knowledge that we have. This is why my contacts are being attacked again. “The public doesn’t give two hoots about the phenomena. Remember what the PTB said to our source”. When Source A hears this BS does he turn around and say their wrong. I seriously doubt it and this is where I think Source A is not pushing it hard enough.”

“All else you said is fair enough Temp but the NSA and Mossad are from your side and the people who killed the Iranian scientist (What are they trying to do start a war) are the same people that attacks the UN members and pro disclosure groups in the UK. It is the same old red necks in the US government that were supposed to be pushed asides by Obama and his aids, which does not seem to have happened. Where by we see NASA being told to shut up. I understand that your source are not the cause of this problem but this current situation has to be voiced.”

“You are correct Temp but your working group continues to fail time and time again and the UK disclosure working groups pay’s for it. In the UK we don’t need Nasa to tell us that ETs are visiting us, we need the US to get their Sh*t together to make Nasa tell the truth. You simply can’t have hundreds of UFO sighting over Texas and Mexico and tell the pubic nothing is happening.”

“Your PTB in US are bunch of F*** wits in comparison to the UK or Chinese PTB. You guys are the problem and when NSA start attacking my friends and people at the UN I will give you heaps of Sh**. Very good writing. It’s a good reminder that we need the PTB to unite on disclsoure and for the future of humanity.”

“Whitley Strieber is a good case in example of what happens when you go from being abducted to understanding the Greys better than anyone else. We are at a pivotal time where the PTB are starting to understand that the ball is in there court when it comes down to disclosure. They have 2 choices.”

“1/ Not prepare the population of Earth for 1st contact and force the ETs to put ships over cities. 2/ Prepare the population by having our top leaders of Earth openly discussing contact with the global population.” “With 1 this could have a massive impact on the global stock exchange/economy and create a period of uncertainty. With 2 we will have a steady flow of change and discussion which will maintain the PTB structure with less impact on the global population. Now is Source A and Steven Greer passing on this information on to the PTB? AF”

“But the debate within the PTB that are anti-disclosure is “Will we survive this change in the long term” the answer is of course yes, but currently Im not seeing any groups try to calm the nerves of this powerful group. The PTB that are anti-disclosure are rightfully concerned about their future and have to understand that they will need help, compensation and new position’s for these massive changes. Which in part was going to be the jobs of the Obamas military advisors eg General James Jones, USMC (Ret) AF”

“Ozzy a karma hit for you. I emailed the Vatican on this subject (With no reply) stating that we really need to move on with someone like Obama or Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations. Stating that ET contact has been made. Which should be lead by the world’s religious leaders to calm the global population.”

“The PTB are dead wrong when they say no one gives a Sh** about this phenomena, the problem is the person who will tell the world for the first time, that is the current point in contention. We are even getting the media to take this subject a little more seriously, which is a far cry from what it was like 3 years ago.”

“This debate has gone far beyond UN meetings and first contact because when we do start openly talking to ET. The first question will be “how do we avoid this up and coming EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT (ELE)”. Which is why the current pro-disclosure faction of the PTB and the Military are starting to take notice. As Jar Jar Binks once wisely said “We are in deep do do” if we don’t sort this out asap. AF”

“Looks like the PTB are adding pressure on the US. 1st Brazil and now this. Germany asking the US to join the new world order and other nations talking of a world currency. The Vatican -Embracing the Probability of Extraterrestrial Life?”

“This week the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding its first major conference on astrobiology, convened on private Vatican grounds in the elegant Casina Pio IV, formerly the pope’s villa. The gathering of prominent scientists and religious leaders from around the world suggests that some of the most tradition-bound faiths are seriously contemplating the possibility that life exists in many forms beyond Earth.”

“Read the full article at:http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2009/11/the-vatican-embracing-the-possibility-of-advanced-extraterrestrial-life.html “The Vatican joins the search for alien life. The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding its first ever conference on alien life, the discovery of which would have profound implications for the Catholic Church. Read the full article at:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/6536400/The-Vatican-joins-the-search-for-alien-life.html “Germany asks US to join World Orderhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/6533428/Berlin-Wall-Angela-Merkel-challenges-US-power.htmlhttp://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/soros52

“Can someone do a FOIA for this? A NASA photographic expert said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging. I logged on to NASA and was able to access this department. They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files.”

“If this is the case then a media release will need to be prepared for the worlds media so that speculation will not get out of hand. Due to the sensitive nature of the information on international corporations. A select number of TOP journalists will need to have detailed information in regards to this subject. Given by the Obama administration.”

“These select number of TOP journalists will then have to leak only the information of a Obama speech regarding the disclosure of ETs and that most, but not all, of the ET visitors are friendly. The reason for this is to stop panic and also change the tone of the media out lets from ridicule to proper investigative journalism.
http://www.ethiopianreview.com/scitech/12009

“Also keep in mind current information states that if all coral reefs are destroyed the oceans will no longer be able to absorb CO2. I am told it can not be reversed once this has happened. We are also currently in the greatest Extinction Level Event since that last great extinction of the dinosaurs. Which as Im sure you have all heard that there are now more animals becoming extinct than in any other time in human history.”

“From the little that my contact gave me the Builderburg Group meeting in 2008 was crunch time. It was either let the economic crash happen before or after Bush’s last term in office. Info wars had a spy in the Builderburg Group meeting in 2005 which he said in fine detail of a planned financial crash that would help bring in the next stage of the NWO. Sorry no link but I’m sure you will be able to find it.”

“I personally don’t see the NWO as a bad thing as I feel any thing has to better than the current system. Which to me looks more like Global Feudalism between Nation States and their corporations. All we can do is wait and see how this G20 will develop. Ok guys need a heads up and people to do some research.”

“My contact informed me that the Builderburg Group meeting in 2008 had discussed hurting the PTB that are stopping the NWO. The implementation of which was the recent economic crash that was put in plan in 2005 that was intended to hurt the oil, car industries and Bush & Co.”

“From what I can tell the Stephenville UFO’s that bypass the Bush ranch was a shot over the bow from ET to say they were very upset with the current situation. The recent economic crash has made the IMF more powerful and the French President had started to talk of a world currency.”

“We currently have a new development of a G20 which to me is starting to look like the Upper House and the UN is starting to look like the Lower House, this reflects the westminster system. For the Americans the G20 is the Senate and the UN is the House of Representatives. We are one step away from having the first President of Earth but the G20 is currently looking more like a collection of Heads of Nation States that does not have a leader of the Federation of Nation States.”

“A commentator said it was like having a Premieres Meeting in Australia without the Prime Minister of Australia to run the country. On a different note I have been sending information to a number of UN representatives that the US ET contact would have to be the worst kept secret and needs to be openly discussed in the General Assembly. Russia has openly attacked the US on the weaponization of Space which the US has replied “tough”.”

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Aliens ‘hit our nukes’: They even landed at a Suffolk base, claim airmen

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2010

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1315339/Aliens-hit-nukes-They-landed-Suffolk-base-claim-airmen.html

By DANIEL BATES
Last updated at 5:14 AM on 27th September 2010

It may sound like a Spielberg movie plot, but if senior U.S. airmen are to be believed, this scenario is not science fiction.

They claim that since 1948, aliens have been hovering over UK and U.S. nuclear missile sites and deactivating the weapons– once even landing in a British base.

Furthermore, they warn, our governments are hushing the activity up.

Captain Robert Salas, who, along with six others is to break his silence on the subject, said: ‘We’re talking about unidentified flying objects, as simple as that.

‘They’re often known as UFOs, you could call them that.

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Disruption: The group of veterans will claim on Monday that several nuclear missiles malfunctioned as UFOs hovered overhead

‘The U.S. Air Force is lying about the national security implications of unidentified aerial objects at nuclear bases and we can prove it,’ he said.

The former officer said he witnessed such an event first-hand on March 16, 1967, at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

‘I was on duty when an object came over and hovered directly over the site.

‘The missiles shut down – ten Minuteman [nuclear] missiles. And the same thing happened at another site a week later. There’s a strong interest in our missiles by these objects, wherever they come from. I personally think they’re not from planet Earth.’

Colonel Charles Halt claims to have seen a UFO at RAF Bentwaters, near Ipswich, one of the few bases in the UK to hold nuclear weapons.

The sighting is said to have taken place 30 years ago. First he saw the object firing beams of light into the base then heard on the military radio that aliens had landed inside the nuclear storage area, he said.

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Real or fake? The veterans claim the U.S. and UK governments covered up the UFOs incidents

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Controversial: At the event in Washington on Monday the men will release declassified U.S. government documents which they say back up their claims

‘I believe that the security services of both the United States and the United Kingdom have attempted – both then and now – to subvert the significance of what occurred at RAF Bentwaters by the use of well-practised methods of disinformation.’

The six former U.S. Air Force officers and one former enlisted man, are to present declassified information which they claim backs up their findings. They have witness testimony from 120 former or retired military personnel which points to alien intervention at nuclear sites in the U.S. as recently as 2003.

They will urge the authorities to confirm that alien beings have long been visiting Earth.

A press conference today in Washington will also highlight testimony from retired U.S. Air Force Captain Bruce Fenstermacher, whose security team saw a cigar-shaped UFO hovering above FE Warren nuclear base in Wyoming in 1976.

Researcher Robert Hastings, who has written on the subject, explained that so far the aliens appeared interested in ‘mere surveillance’ but warned they seemed to have gone further in some instances.

‘At long last, all of these witnesses are coming forward to say that, as unbelievable as it may seem to some, UFOs have long monitored and sometimes tampered with our nukes,’ he added.

Robert Hastings

The truth is out there: Author and veteran Robert Hastings will host the press conference tomorrow

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Record level of US airstrikes hit Afghan militants

Posted by Admin on September 15, 2010

ISLAMABAD – Drone aircraft unleashed two missile attacks in a lawless tribal region on the Afghan border Tuesday, making September the most intense period of U.S. strikes in Pakistan since they began in 2004, intelligence officials said.

The stepped-up campaign is focused on a small area of farming villages and mountainous, thickly forested terrain controlled by theHaqqani network, a ruthless American foe in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say. There is some evidence the network is being squeezed as a result, one official said.

American officials said the airstrikes were designed to degrade the Haqqanis’ operations on the Pakistani side of the border, creating a “hammer-and-anvil” effect as U.S. special operations forces carry out raids against their fighters across the frontier in Afghanistan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing classified operations.

The missiles have killed more than 50 people in 12 strikes since Sept. 2 in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan, according to an Associated Press tally based on Pakistani intelligence officials‘ reports. Many struck around Datta Khel, a town of about 40,000 people that sits on a strategically vital road to the Afghan border.

The border region has long been a refuge for Islamist extremists from around the world. Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders are believed to have fled there after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

U.S. and Pakistani intelligence officials said most of this month’s strikes have targeted the forces of Jalaluddin and Sirajuddin Haqqani, a former anti-Soviet commander and his son who are now battling American forces in eastern Afghanistan.

The raids targeting the group in Afghanistan are led mainly by the Joint Special Operations Command. Such raids across Afghanistan are now more frequent than at any previous time in the nearly nine-year war, with some 4,000 recorded between May and August as special operations numbers were boosted by troops arriving from Iraq.

The raids have focused on the Haqqanis for the last two years, officials said.

A senior American intelligence official in Afghanistan said the U.S. had reports that Haqqani commanders were under pressure from the operations.

“We’re seeing from some of the raids that some of the more senior guys are trying to move back into Pakistan,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.

The official cautioned that the Haqqanis often employ military disinformation. And so far, the official said, neither the special operations raids nor the missile strikes on the Pakistan side of the border appear to have degraded the militants’ ability to fill the ranks of the slain.

But sometimes, the U.S. official said, the replacements are far less competent than their predecessors.

The Pakistan army has launched several offensives in the tribal regions over the last 2 1/2 years, but has not moved in force into North Waziristan. The U.S. is unable to send ground forces into Pakistani territory, and must rely on the drone strikes.

A major offensive in North Waziristan became even less feasible last month after massive flooding forced tens of thousands of Pakistani soldiers to focus exclusively on rescuing stranded victims, redirecting flood waters and rebuilding damaged infrastructure.

Last month also saw a lull in U.S. airstrikes, until an attack on Sept. 2 began days of repetitive missile attacks.

U.S. officials did not discuss specific reasons for the surge of airstrikes this month. A former American military official said poor weather often hampers drone operations.

Until now, the highest number of airstrikes inside Pakistan in a single month had been the 11 launched in January 2010 after a suicide bomber killed a Jordanian intelligence officer and seven CIA employees at a base in Afghanistan.

“Usually when there’s this type of intensity in strikes, they’re going after something specific,” Bill Roggio, of the Long War Journal, which tracks the strikes, said of this month’s attacks. “They hit it, watch what moves, then hit it again. It becomes an intel feedback loop,” that fuels further strikes, he said.

U.S. officials do not publicly acknowledge the missile strikes but have said privately that they have killed several senior Taliban and al-Qaida militants and scores of foot soldiers in a region largely out of the control of the Pakistani state.

Critics say innocents are also killed, fueling support for the insurgency.

A Pakistani intelligence official told the AP that “most of the fighters killed in recent weeks are from the Haqqani network,” adding that Arab militants had also been killed. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

“We live in constant fear,” said Munawar Khan, 28, who lives in the nearby village of Darpa Khel. “We have missile strikes every day.”

U.S. forces began targeting Pakistan’s tribal regions with aerial drones in 2004 but the number of strikes soared in 2008 and has been steadily climbing since then, with nearly 70 attacks this year, according to an AP tally.

There has been little evident public or official outrage inside Pakistan in the wake of September’s airstrikes, but the Pakistani government says it has not altered its long-standing objection to such attacks, which have also targeted Pakistani Taliban militants who carry out attacks inside the country.

“The position of the army and government is the same, that it harms more than it helps,” said Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, an army spokesman.

The Haqqanis worked closely with Pakistan’s intelligence service during the anti-Soviet war and have not waged attacks inside Pakistan.

In Afghanistan, however, they often use suicide bombs in civilian areas and do not let suicide bombers back out of an attack, unlike the Afghan Taliban, the U.S. intelligence official told The Associated Press.

There’s some disagreement in U.S. intelligence ranks as to whether the Haqqanis are part of the Taliban, or simply allied with them in what an intelligence official in the U.S. called “a marriage of convenience.”

Many in the Haqqani leadership have roles as Taliban commanders. But officials say the Haqqanis seek dominion only over the areas in which they hold sway — Afghanistan’s mountainous eastern provinces of Paktika, Paktia, and Khost, stretching to the outskirts of the capital, Kabul. The Taliban, by contrast, want to take over the whole country. The two ruled those areas side by side when the Taliban governed Afghanistan — though Haqqani was subservient to Taliban ruler Mullah Omar and did not have independence.

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Dozier reported from Kabul. Associated Press writers Michael Weissenstein in Islamabad, Rasool Dawar in Mir Ali and Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan contributed to this report.

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Plane Forced to Land Carrying Nuclear Weapons

Posted by Admin on September 4, 2010

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I heard from a well placed Source today that a plane was forced to land over Qatar. This plane was described as a stealth bomber carrying nuclear warheads… Word is that it was a CIA directed flight and although fire on board is the published reason for the forced landing the real reason is far more sinister. Apparently this is just one of several attempts to start a nuclear war in the Middle East (headed for Iran). The exact day/time of this incident is unclear.

I was told that this stealth bomber was shot at and forced to land by an American fleet based in the area. The commander of this Navy vessel is said to be part of a group of commanders who are refusing to allow this war to get started. I was told there have been a total of 3 prevented attempts over the past few months. More when I hear it…

From http://www.projectcamelotproductions.com/blog-hp.html

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