8/8/8 'Human Rights" & Other Olympian Games: a Brief Inventory

Digest note:

First in this digest issue, some samples of the relentless, vicious China-bashing, followed by relevant U.S. geostrategic docs. putting these psyops in geostrategic perspective, then China's analysis of U.S. Human Rights [HR] based on 2007 U.S. Mayors Conference, and finally, the digest hosts let's play-HR -game: what would U.S. headlines be for selected news articles if they were about China?

Revolutionary socialist China was u.s. #1 enemy. Since China's overthrow of socialism and its grossly successful restoration of capitalism, with u.s. assistance, it is again the major rival/threat to U.S. global hegemony, thus enemy #1 because it violates the world dictator's doctrine * 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival', NYT March 8, 1992,
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE1D7173AF93BA35750C0A...

The digest's political position and purpose:
China's capitalist success, like all capitalist wealth, is wrung from those it exploits and oppresses, but still in its relative infancy compared to world dominant U.S.: the digest supports genuine Chinese anti-capitalist struggle, but not U.S. sponsored 'democracy dissidents'. Because the world's, and our own main enemy ihere n the "homeland", is u.s. imperialist-zionism, the digest main job is exposing and promoting resistance to the profoundly racist state terror, hypocrisy and propaganda of amerikan "globalized capitalism". 'Hard' and 'soft' power U.S.-israel intervention anywhere in the world is deadly, and for one purpose: to increase its finance capitalist global dictatorship.

It is a disingenuous old liberal trick to pretend that opposing U.S. intervention promoted in the name of 'democracy', "Aid", 'peacekeeping', etc. equals supporting other brutal capitalist states by abandoning their people to brutality. 'Democracy activist' bleeding hearts for China, Tibet, Darfur, Russia and worldwide bleed very selectively: never for U.S. terror and genocide, only where imperialist 'activist' agents and dupes are serving u.s. 'interests'. A big clue is the mainstream media promotion and freedom to protest afforded them vs. the incriminating, slanderous 'news' reports, surveillance, beatings, torture and imprisonment genuine anti-imperialist, AKA "terrorists" activists get.

To really support our allies' struggles against their rulers means opposing our common enemy the u.s. bipartisan capitalism that backs them as long as they cooperate with the u.s. domination agenda. Our common goal as revolutionary internationalists is building a powerful anti-imperialist-zionist movement.

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"The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media."
former CIA Director William Colby, 1977 Oct. Rolling Stone interview with Carl Bernstein

China’s Genocide Olympics
Nicholas D. Kristof
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/opinion/24kristof.html
The Beijing Olympics this summer were supposed to be China’s coming-out party, celebrating the end of nearly two centuries of weakness, poverty and humiliation. Instead, China’s leaders are tarnishing their own Olympiad by abetting genocide in Darfur and in effect undermining the U.N. military deployment there. The result is a growing international campaign to brand these “The Genocide Olympics.”... There’s a growing recognition that perhaps the best way of averting hundreds of thousands more deaths in Sudan is to use the leverage of the Olympics to shame China into more responsible behavior.The central problem is that in exchange for access to Sudanese oil, Beijing is financing, diplomatically protecting and supplying the arms for the first genocide of the 21st century[...]

Imperialist "olive branches": Neoliberal "journalist" Kristof -- U.S. proxy Dalai Lama deal put huge chunk of China under U.S. control compared to US/Nixon "olive branch" to reestablish "relationship" with capitalism in socialist China & Sadat's treacherous deal with another u.s. proxy, 'Israel':
An Olive Branch From the Dalai Lama
Nicholas D. Kristof:
The Dalai Lama... is signaling a willingness to deal — comparable to the way President Richard Nixon sent signals to Beijing that he was ready to rethink the China-U.S. relationship before his visit to China in 1972.... For the first time, the Dalai Lama is willing to state that he can accept the socialist system in Tibet under Communist Party rule...... Much more sensitive is the Dalai Lama’s call for all Tibetan areas to be placed under one administration. That is usually interpreted to mean a huge expansion of the political boundaries of the Tibet Autonomous Region to encompass about one-fourth of China, taking in parts of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces... we discussed Sadat’s visit to Israel as one such move. So the Dalai Lama is reaching out. That is one reason he agreed that I could report his acceptance of Communist Party rule. The senior Chinese leadership should respond by expressing serious interest in talks at the presidential or prime ministerial level. In ancient days, the Olympics were a time to suspend conflict. In that spirit, the two sides should get to work to prepare for a visit by the Dalai Lama in November, followed by top-level negotiations aimed at a historic resolution of the Tibet question. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/07/opinion/07kristof.html?th&emc=th

China: The 2008 Olympics as a Major Activist Inroad
http://www.stratfor.com/china_2008_olympics_major_activist_inroad
May 17, 2007
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Fidelity Investments has sold off more than 90 percent of its holdings in Chinese state-owned oil giant PetroChina, Fidelity announced May 16. Although the company declined to explain the sale, it almost certainly is related to pressure from human rights and religious activists. Activists argue that, as the primary oil field operator in Sudan, PetroChina is propping up the Khartoum regime responsible for the genocide in Darfur, so putting pressure on PetroChina is viewed as a way to pressure the Sudanese government indirectly. Fidelity’s move marks an important strategic turning point in the battle between human rights groups and China over the Darfur region, and sets the stage for a far more powerful strategic thrust that will emerge during the summer — one in which Darfur activists move from a financial divestment campaign to one focused on the 2008 Olympic Games....

What Beijing cannot control, however, are the decisions of the games’ sponsors and the pressures placed upon these companies in the West.... The first Western movement to begin to capitalize on this vulnerability is the Save Darfur Coalition, which turned Sudan into a pariah state with which no Western company will do business only to have its efforts undermined by Chinese state-owned enterprises. Many other issues could have taken this mantle, but it appears that Darfur-focused activists have taken the lead on exploiting Olympics-related vulnerabilities — and will manage the most effective Western campaign to change China’s policies....

In the years since 2001, when the 2008 games were awarded to Beijing, the games have carried an added political dimension for sponsors. Beijing recruited sponsors not just as sources of money, but as partners, and for large multinational corporations trying to learn how to operate in China the opportunity to work with Beijing was tempting. Those who signed on as sponsors see the success of these games not only as an opportunity to build their market share in the West, but also as a way to increase their presence in China.... Activists who succeed in portraying corporate sponsors of Beijing’s Olympics as supporters of China’s behavior would undermine not only the companies’ marketing efforts, but also Beijing’s plan to use the games as a coming-out party..

Darfur
The human rights controversy surrounding the civil war in Darfur has been growing since 1998. Khartoum’s operations in Darfur mostly target Christians, and the issue surfaced from the concerns of evangelical Christian organizations active in Africa. By 1999, Darfur had emerged as a mainstream human rights concern, and organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch joined religious groups in calling for the United States and other Western governments to impose sanctions on the regime in Sudan.

Sudan essentially was a pariah state by the late 1990s, so it was obvious even at the beginning of the movement that diplomatic pressure on Sudan would be of limited value. Instead, recognizing the country’s dependence on its southern oil production — and on the companies that turn the resource into revenues for the regime — activists focused on the corporations. With the flight of most Western companies in the first half of this decade, Khartoum, rather than lose its oil revenue, turned to China. Thus, through PetroChina the Asian giant has managed Sudan’s oil operations and kept the money flowing into Khartoum....

Western companies in particular are sensitive to allegations that they are complicit in human rights violations. State-owned enterprises abroad, on the other hand, are insulated from these pressures, and have begun to thrive in those places that Western companies dare not operate.In human rights discussions, this is termed the “parastatal problem.” It is the chief unsolvable barrier to successful efforts by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to use corporations as instruments of change in developing countries.

‘Genocide Olympics’
Bumping up against the parastatal problem, the Save Darfur Coalition has begun to build toward using Olympic sponsors as leverage against Beijing. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed article published in late March, actor and activist Mia Farrow and her husband called for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics. The threat will fall on deaf ears, as the vogue of boycotting Olympics — started by U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1980 and re-tried in 1984 by the Soviets — had no diplomatic effect and only made the boycotters’ citizens angry.
The Farrow op-ed, however, contained a more serious threat: As long as China’s state-owned enterprises remain in Sudan, the coalition aims to attack Olympic sponsors directly and rebrand the 2008 games as the “Genocide Olympics” (a term first used by Amnesty International to describe China’s internal human rights record and the human rights implications of its foreign policy). More sensationally, the coalition threatened to name Stephen Spielberg the “Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing games,” a reference to the German filmmaker whose documentary of the 1936 Berlin games glorified the Nazi regime in the broader context of the Olympics. Spielberg now publicly calls for China to change its policy toward Sudan...

The threat to boycott is idle talk, but the threat to change the perception of the games is not. The Save Darfur Coalition includes many of the most talented corporate campaign groups in the world...
China has few options. It could agree to try to convince Sudan to allow more U.N. and Africa Union peacekeepers into Darfur, but that would end the campaign only if the Save Darfur Coalition agreed that such a deal was sufficient. In focusing the “Genocide Olympics” campaign squarely on Darfur, however, human rights groups are using a one-time opportunity to achieve a relatively modest goal — and are passing up a unique moment to effect major change in China.

Falun Gong is another group that appears to recognize the unique opportunity the Olympics offer. This summer, Falun Gong is planning a wave of protests and actions that will bring world attention directly to China’s human rights record. Other organizations — labor, environmental, religious — also could try to swoop in and use the Olympic moment.
China might be able to manage activist campaigns effectively and relatively peacefully. However, should pressure on internal fronts — from Falun Gong or other human rights, democracy or free-expression activists — get too high for Beijing to handle temperately, it could consider using Darfur as a public relations safety valve. Giving in and basically agreeing to work with NGOs on Darfur would satisfy critics by addressing what is for Beijing a third-tier issue....

criminal 'protest' for amerika and god
American protester paints Beijing hotel rooms
8/8/8
BEIJING -- An American pastor checked into upscale hotels in the Olympics host city this week, filmed himself painting two of his rooms with activist slogans like "Beijing 2008 Our world Our nightmare" and then disappeared. Without paying. Eddie Romero's unusual protest, now making the rounds on YouTube, shows foreigners can still sneak through the tight security measures China imposed to keep potential troublemakers away from the games, which start Friday."One down," Romero whispers, looking into the video camera... He talks about religious freedom for groups that remain highly sensitive with the Chinese government - Tibetan Buddhists, Uighur Muslims, the Falun Gong spiritual movement. "Freedom's a scary thing for them, and by them I mean the Chinese communists," he says.Before starting work on the second hotel room, he prays.... Romero, who is a part-time philosophy professor at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif., taped the door keys to the rooms' "Do Not Disturb" tags, hung them outside and had supporters tell journalists by e-mail where to find them....Lanny Liu, communications manager at Traders...said damage cost nearly $1,500 to clean up. "We just want to find the person and ask him to pay the bill." The protest is heartfelt, said Bob Fu, leader of the Texas-based China Aid Association who is among a group of Romero supporters monitoring the protest from California.[Pastor Tony] Thomas said Romero hatched the protest plan - which he eventually named "The Gadfly Project" - after consulting with a few close friends at his Hacienda Christian Fellowship church and talking with American activists who campaign for Chinese rights. "It's gone quite amazingly well," Thomas said. "From the outset, it was considered an almost impossible thing to happen unless God was in it."
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1104ap_oly_painted_protest.html

Cultural domination has been an underappreciated facet of American global power.... As the imitation of American ways gradually pervades the world, it creates a more congenial setting for the exercise of the indirect and seemingly consensual American hegemony. And as in the case of the domestic American system, that hegemony involves a complex structure of interlocking institutions and procedures, designed to generate consensus and obscure asymmetries in power and influence.
Zbigniew Brzezinski

"you're either with us US or you're with the terrorists"
GWB

By U.S. definition: u.s. state terrorism is 'counterterrorism' 'freedom spreading' 'nation building', 'democratization', AID, and 'peacekeeping', "terrorists", are "non-state actors" disrupting or resisting u.s. imperialist domination by any other name, therefore only u.s. partners & proxies are subject to terrorist attacks conducive to the u.s. geostrategic domination agenda . All who resist u.s. state terror are by definition "terrorists"

"They're hypersensitive to a potential terrorist attack"
GWB Aug.4, aboard Air Force One to China

The Chinese say the group is trying to disrupt the Olympic Games, which begin Friday, through terrorism.
Many Uighurs here resent rule by the ethnic Han Chinese....Xinjiang scholars raised doubts that the attack was terrorism, saying the Chinese were waving the banner of their own “war on terror” to tighten their hold on the area, an independent-minded ethnic minority region that is rich in oil and natural gas....“Is China winning the hearts and minds of Uighur people?” asked Dru C. Gladney, a leading Western scholar of Chinese Muslims at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. “This kind of incident suggests not.” Mr. Gladney and other experts said closer scrutiny of the narrative of the assault promoted by Chinese officials and of the history of Xinjiang suggested that the attack was probably made by disgruntled individuals and was not an act of terrorism...
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/world/asia/06kashgar.html?em

U.S. 'SOFT POWER' PIMPS PROMOTED
Bush to Urge China to Improve Human Rights
“The United States believes the people of China deserve the fundamental liberty that is the natural right of all human beings ...So America stands in firm opposition to Chinas detention of political dissidents, human rights advocates, and religious activists.”
8/6/8 draft GWB speech on Asia to be delivered in Bangkok 8/7/8
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/sports/olympics/07prexy.html?ref=world

U.S. national security state's NGOs escalates China psywar campaign
Ambush in China Raises Concerns as Olympics Near
Officials labeled the attack terrorism and suggested the culprits were from a group seeking independence for China's Uighur minority....In recent years, China has waged an increasingly muscular battle against those it describes as radical Muslims. The East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a group listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and China, is blamed for much of the violence in Xinjiang. The attacks, as recounted by the Chinese government, often involve bombings of police stations, buses, factories and oil pipelines. Human rights advocates say the official accounts are often exaggerated to justify crackdowns...
It is unclear whether the attack on Monday was related to a larger plot that included several smaller bombings in parts of China, including bus explosions in the cities of Kunming and Shanghai...Chinese security strategists have cited groups like the East Turkestan Islamic Movement as the greatest threat to the Olympics. At a news conference last week, officials said a crackdown on Uighur separatists this year had led to the arrest of 82 people who the officials said were plotting to disrupt the Games through acts of terrorism.Last month, the authorities executed two men and meted out heavy sentences to 15 others who the government said were members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement. The men were seized during a raid on what officials said was as a terrorist training camp. Also last month, the police raided an apartment in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, and shot dead five men who they said were planning a “holy war” against the region’s ethnic Han population.The official media have publicized other acts in recent months, including what the authorities said was a thwarted attack by three airline passengers who were planning to crash a Beijing-bound plane. Another self-described Uighur Muslim separatist group, Turkestan Islamic Party, released a video dated July 23 that featured a statement by a Commander Seyfullah claiming responsibility for the two bus explosions and making broader threats against the Olympics.
As in previous cases, the authorities presented little evidence to back up their claims. Yitzhak Shichor, a professor of East Asian studies at the University of Haifa in Israel who specializes in the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, voiced doubt that the attack in Kashgar had been an act of terrorism....
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/world/asia/05china.html?th&emc=th

LOOK WHO'S TALKING: U.S. 'EXPLAINS' THREATS ON CHINA
Chinese Islamic group issues new Olympic threat
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1104ap_oly_china_olympics_threat....
URUMQI, China -- A Chinese Islamic group that has threatened to attack the Beijing Olympics released a new video warning Muslims to avoid being on planes, trains and buses with Chinese at the games, a U.S. group that monitors militant organizations said. The video was purportedly made by the Turkistan Islamic Party, which seeks independence for China's western Xinjiang region, the SITE Intelligence Group said. The militants are believed to be based in Pakistan, where security experts say core members have received training from al-Qaida....

Ben Venzke, of Washington-based IntelCenter, another agency that monitors militant groups, identified the speaker as Abdullah Mansour from the group's religious education department. Venzke said his group believes that based on the militant group's demonstrated ability to conduct bombings "and the apparent opportunity TIP believes the Olympic Games presents in terms of targeting and striking a blow to China, that the threat is credible and should be taken seriously." ...
"I think the actual Olympics themselves, the venues, the guests, the athletes, are going to be safe," said Drew Thompson, director of China studies at the Nixon Center in Washington..."There's obviously significant numbers of Uighurs ... with some sort of cause who have a grudge against ... Chinese authority and are prepared to use violence to seek whatever objectives they're seeking." ...

GUESS WHO PROVIDED 'MYSTERY' VIDEO?
The mystery video was made available to the Western and Chinese media by IntelCenter, a private Washington based Intel company on contract to US intelligence and the Pentagon. How, from whom and when it was obtained has not been revealed. The video contains a carefully crafted narrative. It sends a clear-cut message with evocative images. Keep away from the Olympic games. It starts with the Beijing’s Olympic logo going up in flames as a rocket hits an Olympic venue. (See Toronto Star, August 1, 2008)
How reliable is the videotape? What is the credibility of IntelCenter? Neither the Western nor the Chinese media have investigated the matter. IntelCenter, the private Intel company on contract to US intelligence happens to be the same Washington outfit which released, also in a timely fashion, several mysterious Al Qaeda related videotapes including the 11 September 2007 video of Osama bin Laden as well as an April 2006 video featuring Al Qaeda's Number Two Man Ayman al-Zawahiri. IntelCenter describes "the collection, exploitation, analysis and dissemination of terrorist and rebel group video materials" as one of its "core competencies". InteCenter' "primary client base is comprised of military, law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the US and other allied countries around the world." How IntelCenter actually obtained these various videotapes including the latest pre-Olympic Seyfullah Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) video, remains to be established.
(http://www.intelcenter.com/aboutus.html)

Who is behind the Turkestan Islamic Party?
At an August 1st press briefing, Sen. Colonel Tian Yixiang of the Olympics security command told reporters that the biggest threat to security comes from "the East Turkestan terrorist organization" meaning the ETIM based in the Xinjiang-Uygur autonomous region. What the Chinese official failed to mention is that there is evidence that these terrorist organizations have over the years been covertly supported by Pakistani intelligence, operating on behalf of Washington....
According to Stratfor, a US intelligence think tank, the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) which claimed responsibility for the pre-Olympic terror attacks belongs to the broader East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), based in the Xinjiang-Uygur autonomous region. The ETIM is known to be covertly supported by Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), acting in close coordination with the CIA. The role of Pakistan's ISI in supporting the Islamist Uygur insurgencies goes back to the mid-1990s.... The historical relationship between Pakistan's military intelligence (ISI) and the CIA is amply documented. In the course of the 1980s, the Covert Action Division of the ISI was used by the CIA to recruit and train the Mujahideen, who were sent to Afghanistan to fight Soviet troops. In the post Cold war era, this CIA-ISI relationship remained largely intact. The ISI continued to be used by Washington to channel covert support to various Islamic fundamentalist movements, including Al Qaeda, involved in false flag terror attacks. (Michel Chossudovsky, America's War on Terrorism, Global Research, Montreal, 2005). The ISI as an intelligence body has played a key covert role in America's "war on terrorism", by sustaining and abetting these terrorist organizations and by sustaining the illusion of an outside enemy.

In China, covert support to the Uygur insurgency largely served the purpose of creating political instability. In Xinjiang-Uigur, Pakistani intelligence (ISI), acting in liaison with the CIA, supports several Islamist organizations including the Islamic Reformist Party, the East Turkestan National Unity Alliance, the Uigur Liberation Organization and the Central Asian Uigur Jihad Party. Several of these Islamic organizations have received support and training from Al Qaeda, which is a US sponsored intelligence asset.... secessionism on China’s Western frontier is consistent with U.S. strategic interests in Central Asia. By tacitly promoting the secession of the Xinjiang-Uigur region (using Pakistan’s ISI as a "go-between"), Washington is attempting to trigger a broader process of political destabilization and fracturing of the People’s Republic of China.

China Orders Highest Alert for Olympics
Monday morning, Xinhua, the state news agency, reported what appeared to be the deadliest attack against Chinese security forces in recent memory: 16 policemen were killed and 16 others injured when attackers threw two grenades into a police station in the desert oasis town of Kashgar, in the far west, after driving a truck into the station at 8 a.m. Two men were arrested.... even before that raid, Chinese officials had transformed Beijing into a giant fortress. Surface-to-air missiles take aim at the sky above the Olympic stadiums here. Surveillance cameras mounted on light poles scan sidewalks. Police officers search thousands of cars and trucks entering the city.Even civilians have been called on to strengthen the motherland: Tens of thousands of middle-age and elderly residents wearing red armbands, reminiscent of the zealous Red Guard youth from decades ago, now patrol neighborhoods looking for even a slightly suspicious act or person...
But human rights advocates accuse the Chinese government of using the pretext of terrorism to silence dissent and clamp down on ethnic minority groups that chafe at rule by ethnic Han Chinese, who dominate the Communist Party leadership. Some security experts say many of the surveillance measures will probably stay in place after the Games, to bolster the reach of the authorities....“Whereas the legacy of previous Olympics was sports stadiums, the legacy of the Beijing Olympics will be a high-tech police state.”.... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/04/sports/olympics/04china.html?th=&emc=t...

China's Olympic ambitions falter with protests
The Olympic letdown stands in contrast to the ambitious buildup. From the outset, Chinese leaders saw the games as a chance to boost China's image, to redefine it as a worthy, humane global partner - and not a menacing behemoth.... events intervened. Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg withdrew as an adviser to the opening ceremony to draw attention to China's support for the Sudan government, which is waging a civil war in Darfur. The uprising by Tibetans brought a tide of critical reporting by the foreign media and turned the torch relay into a melee of protests...Suddenly, the talk overseas, especially in the West, was of boycotts and Beijing's suitability to host the games. the mood has shifted sharply from the friendly internationalism Chinese leaders hoped to display. Many Chinese are casting a critical eye on Western governments and media ....http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1104ap_china_battered_hopes.html

1984 Olympic games held in a smog-filled Los Angeles.
The air pollution in Beijing is an unfortunate reminder of the 1984 Olympic games held in a smog-filled Los Angeles. Back then, the smog and carbon dioxide almost seemed to be a cute distraction — a constant reminder of how robust and dynamic the U.S. economy was. But it was much more than a distraction for the Olympic middle-distance runner Steve Ovett. At the 1984 Games, the world record holder collapsed during the 1,500-meter race in the final lap because of exercise-induced asthma, at least partially attributed to the area’s polluted air. As he explained two decades later, “There was a significant number of sufferers, but not much was reported.”
http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/CT_chinaeco4_08-04-08_...

Despite Flaws, Rights in China Have Expanded
... Amnesty International, [see previous digests for extensive info. re: HRW and countless more NGOs, AI is a major player in US/Soros Open Society 'soft power' empire] the human rights group, reported this week that the rights situation had deteriorated significantly in the months before the Olympics despite China’s pledges to improve its record as a condition for hosting the games... China’s human rights improvements have been so gradual as to be almost impossible to discern in any month-to-month sense. And in the tense environment before the Olympics, which China fears could invite uncontrollable protests or blemish its international image, the climate has become noticeably more restrictive...“Human rights has become more than just a theory for the public,” said Jiang Qisheng, a student leader during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and former political prisoner. “In the past they petitioned and complained about injustice, but that wasn’t about defending their rights. They let the higher authorities to decide their rights. “What they are asking for now is a change in the system, and this reflects a widespread change in attitude” ...
But a survey conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project this spring and issued last month found that an astounding 86 percent of Chinese said they were content with their country’s direction, double the percentage who said the same thing in 2002. Only 23 percent of Americans polled in the survey said they were satisfied with their country’s direction....
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/world/asia/02china.html?th&emc=th

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL'S SELF-EXPOSURE
"China is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and they are an economic powerhouse. There are only a couple of ways we can exert pressure," said T. Kumar, Asia advocacy director for Amnesty International USA. "The person who can make a difference at this moment is President Bush. Kumar noted that, as of Sunday, the White House had issued statements but the U.S. president had not spoken publicly about the bloodshed in Tibet. He said Washington should "take the lead" and call for an outside fact-finding mission to Tibet to assess the problem... doing nothing now could impose a high cost on Tibetans or others later...."If the Chinese feel comfortable using this brutal force only five months before the Olympics, you can imagine how its going to happen later," he said.
http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnN16495882.html

Booming China Suddenly Worries a Slowdown Is Taking Hold
Growth in China is expected to slip a couple of percentage points below the double digit threshold over the coming year, relieving inflationary pressure but undermining global growth.
“China has slowed down a lot already, but it’s going to slow down more,” said Hong Liang, the senior China economist at Goldman Sachs. Economists expect growth to slip from its recent pace of 11 percent or more annually to as low as 9 or 9.5 percent over the coming year. Most nations would envy that rate....How Chinese authorities manage a slower economy, and its effect on China’s 1.3 billion people, will be a test for the regime. It seems to be responding quickly.A Politburo meeting on July 25 replaced the previous national economic goals, preventing overheating of the economy and controlling inflation, with new targets.... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/business/worldbusiness/05yuan.html?th&...

OLYMPIAN CARROT & STICK GAMES: another NYT "report" for popular consumption reveals how calculated and crucial the Bejing Olympics deal was to U.S. imperialist agenda, as well as to capitalist China's, and how the U.S.' bashing project has backfired thanks to the peoples here, there and beyond
China’s Leaders Are Resilient in Face of Change
By Jim Yardley

China’s selection in July 2001 as host of the 2008 Olympics was a political and historic coup: a gift they could deliver to a thrilled citizenry and a new focal point, seven years in the distant future, that could be used to rally national pride.Inside the party, leaders were intently focused on the viability of their system. The party faced no organized opposition; none is allowed. But the leadership, fretting about historical trends, had commissioned exhaustive autopsies of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European governments. By June 2001, a month before the Olympic announcement, the Communist Party’s Central Committee organization department, which oversees party promotions and training, had published a blunt report that revealed deep public anger and recommended “system reforms” to address problems of official corruption and incompetence. China’s economy was soaring, and the country was preparing for entrance into the World Trade Organization. But if free trade could boost China’s exports, the party report also warned that deeper integration into the world economy “may bring growing dangers and pressures, and it can be predicted that in the ensuing period the number” of public protests “may jump, severely harming social stability.”But if the Olympics have presented unmistakable challenges and crises, the Communist Party has proved resilient. Public appetite for reform has not waned, but the short-term byproduct of the Olympics has been a surge in Chinese patriotism that bolstered the party against international criticism after its crackdown on Tibetan protesters in March and the controversy over the international Olympic torch relay.
Economic and social change is so rapid in China that the Communist Party is sometimes depicted as an overwhelmed caretaker. But in the seven years since Beijing was awarded the Games, the party has adapted and navigated its way forward, loosening its grip on elements of society even as it crushes or co-opts threats to its hold on political power.... Many analysts say that the lack of democratic reform is inhibiting China’s economic efficiency and that reforms are needed to confront issues like stark inequality and environmental degradation. Thousands of protests erupt every year over illegal land seizures and official corruption. The Tibet crisis revealed Chinese nationalism as a major political force, even as it exposed unresolved domestic issues about freedom of religion and minority rights. To some analysts, the harsh official response to Tibet revealed an insecure, defensive leadership.
The party has absorbed entrepreneurs, urban professionals and university students into an elite class that is invested in the political status quo, if not necessarily enthralled with it. Private capitalists may be symbols of a changing China. But the party has also clung tenaciously to the most profitable pillar industries and the financial system, and it is not always easy to distinguish the biggest private companies from their state-run counterparts in China’s hybrid economy.
An upsurge in Chinese patriotism around the Olympics has bolstered the party against international criticism.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/07/sports/olympics/07nationalism.html?th&...

AS MAIN OBSTACLE TO U.S. GLOBAL DOMINATION, 'HARD' & SOFT' POWER ARE PART OF U.S. STRATEGY: CAPITALIST RIVALRY & COLLUSION
Bush Demonizes China, China Says Shut Up, Bush dedicates new massive US embassy in Beijing, following China's Embassy in D.C.
BEIJING -- President Bush dedicated a massive new $434 million U.S. embassy in Beijing on Friday, calling it a symbol of deepening ties between the two trading partners and sometimes political rivals... He called current ties between Washington and Beijing "constructive and cooperative and candid." Bush hailed the two countries' work to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons, battle diseases, respond to natural disasters and increase trade. Then he criticized - again - the communist nation's repression of its people....
"We strongly believe societies which allow the free expression of ideas tend to be the most prosperous and the most peaceful," he said... Bush...earlier in his Asia trip...bluntly criticized China's human rights record. China warned the U.S. president to stop meddling in its business. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang admonished Bush, saying, "We firmly oppose any words or acts that interfere in other countries internal affairs, using human rights and religion and other issues." He said the Chinese government is dedicated to promoting basic rights, and that "Chinese citizens have freedom of religion. These are indisputable facts."...
The new American embassy in Beijing is the second largest in the world, after the heavily fortified compound in Baghdad. The 500,000-square-foot structure, situated on 10 acres in a new diplomatic zone, is wrapped in freestanding transparent and opaque glass. The dedication follows China's unveiling of its own imposing new embassy in Washington last week. The 250,000-square-foot glass and limestone compound is the largest foreign embassy in the U.S. capital.

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Full Text of Human Rights Record of United States in 2007
Results of the 2007 Hunger and Homelessness Survey released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors
www.chinaview.cn 2008-03-13
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/13/content_7779839.htm
http://www.gov.cn/misc/2008-03/13/content_918785_4.htm
BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- GOV.cn Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Information Office of the State Council published a report titled "The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007" here on Thursday. Below is the full text:

The State Department of the United States released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2007 on March 11, 2008. As in previous years, the reports are full of accusations of the human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions including China but mention nothing of the widespread human rights abuses on its own territory. The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007 is prepared to help people around the world understand the real situation of human rights in the United States and as a reminder for the United States to reflect upon its own issues.
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2007/index.htm
Full Text | Remarks by Secretary Rice Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs > Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor > Releases > Human Rights > 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices > Preface, Overview and Acknowledgements, and Introduction

I. On Life, Property and Personal Security
II. On Human Rights Violations by Law Enforcement and Judicial Departments
III. On Civil and Political Rights
IV. On Economic, Social and Cultural rights
V. On Racial Discrimination
VI. On the Rights of Women and Children
VII. On the Violation of Human Rights in Other Countries...

No country in the world should view itself as the incarnation of human rights, and use human rights as a tool to interfere in affairs of and exert pressure on other countries and realize its own strategic interests. The United States reigns over other countries and releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year. Its arrogant critique on the human rights of other countries are always accompanied by a deliberate ignoring of serious human rights problems on its own territory. This was not only inconsistent with universally recognized norms of international relations, but also exposed the double standards and downright hypocrisy of the United States on the human rights issue, and inevitably impaired its international image.

We hereby advise the U.S. government to face its own human rights problems and give up the unwise practices of applying double standards on human rights issues.

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U.S. GEOSTRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
"Prevent the Reemergence of a New Rival"
The Making of the Cheney Regional Defense Strategy, 1991-1992
Declassified Studies from Cheney Pentagon Show Push for U.S. Military Predominance and a Strategy to "Prevent the Reemergence of a New Rival"
Originally pub. New York Times March 8, 1992.
For more information contact:
William Burr - 202/994-7032 wburr@gwu.edu

Washington, D.C., February 26, 2008 - The United States should use its power to "prevent the reemergence of a new rival" either on former Soviet territory or elsewhere, declared a controversial draft of the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG) prepared by then Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney's Pentagon and leaked to The New York Times in March 1992. Published in declassified form for the first time on the National Security Archive Web site, this draft, along with related working papers, shows how defense officials during the administration of George H. W. Bush, under the direction of Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Resources I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby tried to develop a strategy for maintaining U.S. preponderance in the new post-Cold War, post-Soviet era.

Remarkably, these new releases censor a half dozen large sections of text that The New York Times printed on March 8, 1992, as well as a number of phrases that were officially published by the Pentagon in January 1993. "On close inspection none of those deleted passages actually meet the standards for classification because embarrassment is not a legal basis for secrecy," remarked Tom Blanton, director of the Archive." The language that the Times publicized can be seen side-by-side with the relevant portions of the February 18, 1992 draft (see document 3 below) that was the subject of the leak.

The following is an excerpt from the recent Department of Defense release of the February 18, 1992 draft Defense Planning Guidance that was leaked to The New York Times. Readers can see the excerpts that the Times published on March 8, 1992 overlaid on the excised portions of the Pentagon release.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE1D7173AF93BA35750C0A...

1997 A Geostrategy For Eurasia
by Zbigniew Brzezinski
Foreign Affairs,76:5, September/October 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Inc.
http://www.comw.org/pda/fulltext/9709brzezinski.html

1997 THE GRAND CHESSBOARD: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives
Zbigniew Brzezinski, NYC, New York: HarperCollins Publishers
"...To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of
ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to
prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to
keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from
coming together." (p.40)
"Henceforth, the United States may have to determine how to cope with
regional coalitions that seek to push America out of Eurasia, thereby
threatening America's status as a global power."
http://www.amazon.com/Grand-Chessboard-American-Geostrategic-Imperatives...

Risky Geopolitical Game: Washington Plays ‘Tibet Roulette’ with China
By F. William Engdahl
Global Research, April 10, 2008
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=8625
Washington obviously decided on an ultra-high risk geopolitical game with Beijing’s by fanning the flames of violence in Tibet just at this sensitive time in their relations and on the run-up to the Beijing Olympics. It’s part of an escalating strategy of destabilization of China which has been initiated by the Bush Administration over the past months. It also includes the attempt to ignite an anti-China Saffron Revolution in the neighboring Myanmar region, bringing US-led NATO troops into Darfur where China’s oil companies are developing potentially huge oil reserves. It includes counter moves across mineral-rich Africa. And it includes strenuous efforts to turn India into a major new US forward base on the Asian sub-continent to be deployed against China, though evidence to date suggests the Indian government is being very cautious not to upset Chinese relations.
The current Tibet operation apparently got the green light in October last year when George Bush agreed to meet the Dalai Lama for the first time publicly in Washington. The President of the United States is not unaware of the high stakes of such an insult to Beijing. Bush deepened the affront to America’s largest trading partner, China, by agreeing to attend as the US Congress awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal...

The background actors in the Tibet “Crimson revolution” actions confirm that Washington has been working overtime in recent months to prepare another of its infamous Color Revolutions, these fanning public protests designed to inflict maximum embarrassment on Beijing. The actors on the ground in and outside Tibet are the usual suspects, tied to the US State Department, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the CIA’s Freedom House through its chairman, Bette Bao Lord and her role in the International Committee for Tibet, as well as the Trace Foundation financed by the wealth of George Soros through his daughter, Andrea Soros Colombel...

As in the other recent Color Revolutions, the US Government is fanning the flames of destabilization against China by funding opposition protest organizations inside and outside Tibet through its arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The NED was founded by the Reagan Administration in the early 1980’s, on the recommendation of Bill Casey, Reagan’s Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), following a series of high-publicity exposures of CIA assassinations and destabilizations of unfriendly regimes. The NED was designed to pose as an independent NGO, one step removed from the CIA and Government agencies so as to be less conspicuous, presumably. The first acting President of the NED, Allen Weinstein, commented to the Washington Post that, “A lot of what we [the NED] do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA.” 6...

The most prominent pro-Dalai Lama Tibet independence organization today is the International Campaign for Tibet, founded in Washington in 1988. Since at least 1994 the ICT has been receiving funds from the NED. The ICT awarded their annual Light of Truth award in 2005 to Carl Gershman, founder of the NED. Other ICT award winners have included the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Czech leader, Vaclav Havel. The ICT Board of Directors is peopled with former US State Department officials including Gare Smith and Julia Taft. 8

Another especially active anti-Beijing organization is the US-based Students for a Free Tibet, founded in 1994 in New York City as a project of US Tibet Committee and the NED-financed International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). The SFT is most known for unfurling a 450 foot banner atop the Great Wall in China; calling for a free Tibet, and accusing Beijing of wholly unsubstantiated claims of genocide against Tibet. Apparently it makes good drama to rally naïve students.

The SFT was among five organizations which this past January that proclaimed start of a "Tibetan people's uprising" on Jan 4 this year and co-founded a temporary office in charge of coordination and financing.

Harry Wu is another prominent Dalai Lama supporter against Beijing. He became notorious for claiming falsely in a 1996 Playboy interview that he had “videotaped a prisoner whose kidneys were surgically removed while he was alive, and then the prisoner was taken out and shot. The tape was broadcast by BBC." The BBC film showed nothing of the sort, but the damage was done. How many people check old BBC archives? Wu, a retired Berkeley professor who left China after imprisonment as a dissident, is head of the Laogai Research Foundation, a tax-exempt organization whose main funding is from the NED.9

Among related projects, the US Government-financed NED also supports the Tibet Times newspaper, run out of the Dalai Lama’s exile base at Dharamsala, India. The NED also funds the Tibet Multimedia Center for “information dissemination that addresses the struggle for human rights and democracy in Tibet,” also based in Dharamsala. And NED finances the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy. In short, US State Department and US intelligence community finger prints are all over the upsurge around the Free Tibet movement and the anti-Han Chinese attacks of March. The question to be asked is why, and especially why now?

Tibet’s raw minerals treasure
Tibet is of strategic import to China not only for its geographical location astride the border with India, Washington’s newest anti-China ally in Asia. Tibet is also a treasure of minerals and also oil. Tibet contains some of the world's largest uranium and borax deposits, one half of the world's lithium, the largest copper deposits in Asia, enormous iron deposits, and over 80,000 gold mines. Tibet's forests are the largest timber reserve at China's disposal; as of 1980, an estimated $54 billion worth of trees had been felled and taken by China. Tibet also contains some of the largest oil reserves in the region.10

On the Tibet Autonomous Region’s border along the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is also a vast oil and mineral region in the Qaidam Basin, known as a "treasure basin." The Basin has 57 different types of mineral resources with proven reserves including petroleum, natural gas, coal, crude salt, potassium, magnesium, lead, zinc and gold. These mineral resources have a potential economic value of 15 trillion yuan or US$1.8 trillion. Proven reserves of potassium, lithium and crude salt in the basin are the biggest in China. And situated as it is, on the “roof of the world,” Tibet is perhaps the world’s most valuable water source. Tibet is the source of seven of Asia's greatest rivers which provide water for 2 billion people.” He who controls Tibet’s water has a mighty powerful geopolitical lever over all Asia.

But the prime interest of Tibet for Washington today is its potential to act as a lever to destabilize and blackmail the Beijing Government.

Washington’s ‘nonviolence as a form of warfare’
The events in Tibet since March 10 have been played in Western media with little regard to accuracy or independent cross-checking. Most of the pictures blown up in European and US newspapers and TV have not even been of Chinese military oppression of Tibetan lamas or monks. They have been shown to be in most cases either Reuters or AFP pictures of Han Chinese being beaten by Tibetan monks in paramilitary organizations. In some instances German TV stations ran video pictures of beatings that were not even from Tibet but rather by Nepalese police in Kathmandu. 11

The western media complicity simply further underlies that the actions around Tibet are part of a well-orchestrated destabilization effort on the part of Washington. What few people realize is that the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was also instrumental, along with Gene Sharp’s misnamed Albert Einstein Institution through Colonel Robert Helvey, in encouraging the student protests at Tiananmen Square in June 1989. The Albert Einstein Institution, as it describes itself, specializes in "nonviolence as a form of warfare." 12

Colonel Helvey was formerly with the Defense Intelligence Agency stationed in Myanmar. Helvey trained in Hong Kong the student leaders from Beijing in mass demonstration techniques which they were to use in the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989. He is now believed acting as an adviser to the Falun Gong in similar civil disobedience techniques. Helvey nominally retired from the army in 1991, but had been working with the Albert Einstein Institution and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation long before then. In its annual report for 2004 Helvey’s Albert Einstein Institution admitted to advising people in Tibet. 13

With the emergence of the Internet and mobile telephone use, the US Pentagon has refined an entirely new form of regime change and political destabilization. As one researcher of the phenomenon behind the wave of color revolutions, Jonathan Mowat, describes it,

“…What we are seeing is civilian application of Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's "Revolution in Military Affairs" doctrine, which depends on highly mobile small group deployments "enabled" by "real time" intelligence and communications. Squads of soldiers taking over city blocks with the aid of "intelligence helmet" video screens that give them an instantaneous overview of their environment, constitute the military side. Bands of youth converging on targeted intersections in constant dialogue on cell phones constitute the doctrine's civilian application.

“This parallel should not be surprising since the US military and National Security Agency subsidized the development of the Internet, cellular phones, and software platforms. From their inception, these technologies were studied and experimented with in order to find the optimal use in a new kind of warfare. The "revolution" in warfare that such new instruments permit has been pushed to the extreme by several specialists in psychological warfare. Although these military utopians have been working in high places, (for example the RAND Corporation), for a very long time, to a large extent they only took over some of the most important command structures of the US military apparatus with the victory of the neoconservatives in the Pentagon of Donald Rumsfeld.14

Goal to control China
Washington policy has used and refined these techniques of “revolutionary nonviolence,” and NED operations embodied a series of ‘democratic’ or soft coup projects as part of a larger strategy which would seek to cut China off from access to its vital external oil and gas reserves. The 1970’s quote attributed to then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a proponent of British geopolitics in an American context comes to mind: “If you control the oil you control entire nations…”
The destabilization attempt by Washington using Tibet, no doubt with quiet “help” from its friends in British and other US-friendly intelligence services, is part of a clear pattern.
It includes Washington’s “Saffron revolution” attempts to destabilize Myanmar. It includes the ongoing effort to get NATO troops into Darfur to block China’s access to strategically vital oil resources there and elsewhere in Africa. It includes attempts to foment problems in Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan and to disrupt China’s vital new energy pipeline projects to Kazakhstan. The earlier Asian Great Silk Road trade routes went through Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan for geographically obvious reasons, in a region surrounded by major mountain ranges. Geopolitical control of Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan would enable control of any potential pipeline routes between China and Central Asia just as the encirclement of Russia controls pipeline and other ties between it and western Europe, China, India and the Middle East, where China depends on uninterrupted oil flows from Iran, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries.

Behind the strategy to encircle China
In this context, a revealing New York Council on Foreign Relations analysis in their Foreign Affairs magazine from Zbigniew Brzezinski from September/October 1997 is worth quoting. Brzezinski, a protégé of David Rockefeller and a follower of the founder of British geopolitics, Sir Halford Mackinder, is today the foreign policy adviser to Presidential candidate, Barack Obama. In 1997 he revealingly wrote:

‘Eurasia is home to most of the world's politically assertive and dynamic states. All the historical pretenders to global power originated in Eurasia. The world's most populous aspirants to regional hegemony, China and India, are in Eurasia, as are all the potential political or economic challengers to American primacy. After the United States, the next six largest economies and military spenders are there, as are all but one of the world's overt nuclear powers, and all but one of the covert ones. Eurasia accounts for 75 percent of the world's population; 60 percent of its GNP, and 75 percent of its energy resources. Collectively, Eurasia's potential power overshadows even America's.

‘Eurasia is the world's axial super-continent. A power that dominated Eurasia would exercise decisive influence over two of the world's three most economically productive regions, Western Europe and East Asia. A glance at the map also suggests that a country dominant in Eurasia would almost automatically control the Middle East and Africa. With Eurasia now serving as the decisive geopolitical chessboard, it no longer suffices to fashion one policy for Europe and another for Asia. What happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of decisive importance to America's global primacy….’15 (emphasis mine LB.).

This statement, written well before the US-led bombing of former Yugoslavia and the US military occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, or its support of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline, puts Washington pronouncements about ‘ridding the world of tyranny’ and about spreading democracy, into a somewhat different context from the one usually mentioned by George W. Bush of others. It’s about global hegemony, not democracy. It should be no surprise when powers such as China are not convinced that giving Washington such overwhelming power is in China’s national interest, any more than Russia thinks that it would be a step towards peace to let NATO gobble up Ukraine and Georgia and put US missiles on Russia’s doorstep “to defend against threat of Iranian nuclear attack on the United States.”

The US-led destabilization in Tibet is part of a strategic shift of great significance. It comes at a time when the US economy and the US dollar, still the world’s reserve currency, are in the worst crisis since the 1930’s. It is significant that the US Administration sends Wall Street banker, former Goldman Sachs chairman, Henry Paulson to Beijing in the midst of its efforts to embarrass Beijing in Tibet. Washington is literally playing with fire. China long ago surpassed Japan as the world’s largest holder of foreign currency reserves, now in the range of $1.5 trillions, most of which are invested in US Treasury debt instruments. Paulson knows well that were Beijing to decide it could bring the dollar to its knees by selling only a small portion of its US debt on the market.
Endnotes:[...]

Tibet, the 'great game' and the CIA
By Richard M Bennett, Richard M Bennett, intelligence and security consultant, AFI Research.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/JC26Ad02.html
Given the historical context of the unrest in Tibet, there is reason to believe Beijing was caught on the hop with the recent demonstrations for the simple reason that their planning took place outside of Tibet and that the direction of the protesters is similarly in the hands of anti-Chinese organizers safely out of reach in Nepal and northern India.[...]

Declassified documents shed new light on American support to Dalai Lama
Arthur J Pais in New York
http://www.rediff.com/news/1998/sep/16us.htm

many more 'smoking guns' revealing u.s. in Tibet, Myanmar, etc. are documented in previous issues of the digest
Roadmap for the Tibet Movement for the Coming Years
http://www.politicsforumpoliticalworld.com/asia/12685-roadmap-tibet-move...
www.german-foreign-policy.com
LHASA/BERLIN - Conference reports and the research of a Canadian journalist reveal that a German Foreign Ministry front organization is playing a decisive role in the preparations of the anti-Chinese Tibet campaign. According to this information, the campaign is being orchestrated from a Washington based headquarters.

P20G: Into the Dark: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism
Darkness Visible: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism is Now in Operation (2005)
From the Moscow Times, Jan. 25, 2005. This is the follow-up to "Into the Dark."
http://collectioncf72.blogspot.com/2005/04/darkness-visible-pentagon-pla...

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Let's play HR game: write U.S. headlines if these were about "communist" China?

“There won’t be a visible military presence,” said Maj. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, director of operations for the military’s Northern Command, which is in charge of the military’s response to threats on American soil
Denver Braces for Convention
Federal and local authorities are girding for huge protests, mammoth traffic tie-ups and civil disturbances at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this month, fearing that the convention will become a magnet for militant protest groups.... Officials say that what makes Denver different than past conventions is the historic nature of Senator Barack Obama’s nomination, a megawattage event whose global spotlight could draw tens of thousands of demonstrators, including self-described anarchists who the police fear will infiltrate peaceful protest groups to disrupt the weeklong event. officials acknowledge that they have little concrete intelligence indicating that such large or unruly demonstrations are being planned. But, officials said they had based their assessments on groups like Recreate 68, Tent State and other activist coalitions. Organizers insist the groups are nonviolent, but to the authorities their names alone raise the specter of violent confrontations like those at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago....
... the Secret Service, the Pentagon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and scores of police departments are moving thousands of agents, analysts, officers and employees to Denver for the Aug. 25-28 convention. They will operate through a complex hierarchy of command centers, steering committees and protocols to respond to disruptions. National political conventions are a chance for federal agencies to test their latest and most sophisticated technology, and this year is no different. There was a brief flare-up recently between the F.B.I. and the Secret Service, when each wanted to patrol the skies over the convention with their surveillance aircraft, packed with infrared cameras and other electronics. The issue was resolved in favor of the Secret Service, according to people briefed on the matter....a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to ease security provisions at the convention. The A.C.L.U. has suggested that the Secret Service and the Denver police have exaggerated risks as part of a crackdown on dissent. The case centers on whether the security zone around the Pepsi Center is so large, and the designated parade route through the city for marches and rallies so far away, as to unnecessarily stifle free speech. New worries about protests and anarchy could bolster the government’s case that the plans are justified.
The National Guard in Minnesota and Colorado will each have hundreds of troops on call to their governors to help civilian medical personnel or bomb squads, for instance, if needed. National Guard specialists trained to deal with biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological weapons will also be available.
“There won’t be a visible military presence,” said Maj. Gen. Guy C. Swan III, director of operations for the military’s Northern Command, which is in charge of the military’s response to threats on American soil....http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/05/us/politics/05security.html?th&emc=th

FISA ‘compromise’ completes bipartisan consensus: the transformation of US into full police state
By Larry Chin
Jul 11, 2008
the US Congress overwhelmingly passed legislation permitting government spying, including giving immunity to telecommunications companies involved in secret domestic surveillance programs. The extent of the spying program, and its larger implications, have been revealed by Mark Klein, who blew the whistle on secret domestic spying program of National Security Agency (NSA) and AT&T: AT&T whistleblower: spy bill creates infrastructure for police state. The update of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, called the “FISA compromise,” or more appropriately, the “spy bill,” largely completes the triumph of the Bush/Cheney administration and a bipartisan criminal consensus.... FISA ‘compromise’ completes transformation of US into full police state
National Security Agency (NSA)
http://www.onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_699.shtml
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/06/att-whistleblow.html

HR 1955, “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act”
S. 1959: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism...Introduced
The bill now goes on to be voted on in the Senate. Keep in mind that debate may be taking place on a companion bill in the Senate, rather than on this particular bill. [Last Updated: Jul 4, 2008]
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1955
H.R. 1955 would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a university-based Center of Excellence for the Study of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States. The bill also would establish a commission to investigate the causes of terrorist acts committed by persons raised or living in the United States and would require DHS to prepare reports...
To cite this information, we recommend the following:
GovTrack.us. H.R. 1955--110th Congress (2007): Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, GovTrack.us (database of federal legislation) (accessed Aug 5, 2008)

KILLING DOMESTIC CRITICS, OPPOSITION & RESISTANCE: SEE WHO'S BEHIND THE SCENES...
In October of 2007, several special interest groups and non-governmental bodies addressed Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) and the House Committee Homeland Security in a briefing entitled "Use of the Internet by Terrorists." The round table discussion was to gain congressional support for S. 1959: The Violent Radicalisation and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.... a quick look at the cast and characters [see link below] as well as the bill itself, reveal thinly veiled "other purposes"...
Jane Harmon (D-Calif.) introduced HR. 1955/S.1955 along with Subcommittee Ranking Member Dave Reichert (R-WA). Harmon holds deep ties not only with AIPAC, but with the RAND Corporation as well.The The Violent Radicalisation and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act can only mean one thing: restricting Americans First Amendment rights selectively, or at the very least, creating a climate of fear when it comes to criticizing Israel and the government's support of the Zionist regime.
undertheradarmedia.blogspot.com/ 2008/02/violent-radicalisation-and-homegrown.html

HR1955/S1959 criminalizes dissenting speech as essentially seditious and supportive of "terror".... creating a commission with sweeping investigative power and a mandate to propose laws prohibiting whatever the commission labels “homegrown terrorism.”
Ms. Harman’s proposal includes an attack on the Internet...for providing Americans with “access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda,” and legalizes an insidious infiltration of targeted organizations ... it defines “homegrown terrorism” as “planned” or “threatened” use of force to coerce the government or the people in the promotion of “political or social objectives.” That means that no force need actually have occurred as long as the government charges that the individual or group thought about doing it.
Any social or economic reform is fair game. Have a march of 100 or 100,000 people to demand a reform - amnesty for illegal immigrants or overturning Roe v. Wade - and someone can perceive that to be a use of force to intimidate the people, courts or government.
The bill defines “violent radicalization” as promoting an “extremist belief system.” But American governments, state and national, have a long history of interpreting radical “belief systems” as inevitably leading to violence to facilitate change....

Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib
For more than six years now, Jameel Jaffer has been challenging the president's penchant for operating above the law in the name of fighting terrorism.
the abuse of prisoners, from Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay to Afghanistan; of "extraordinary renditions" and the CIA's...secret prisons on foreign soil and some of the Orwellian manifestations of the Patriot Act...Jaffer, 36, has been in the thick of these battles waged by the American Civil Liberties Union, the world's largest civil liberties organization (about 600,000 members). These disturbing autopsy reports, interrogation orders, official emails and memos have since been compiled in a book, Administration of Torture: A Documentary Record from Washington to Abu Ghraib and Beyond (Columbia University Press, 2007)

Dead men can't talk...
FBI Told To Blame Anthrax On Al Qaeda By White House
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/08/02/2008-08-02_fbi_was_t...
jmeek@nydailynews.com
"They really wanted to blame somebody in the Middle East," the retired senior FBI official told The News.
In the immediate aftermath of the 2001 anthrax attacks, White House officials repeatedly pressed FBI Director Robert Mueller to prove it was a second-wave assault by Al Qaeda, but investigators ruled that out, the Daily News has learned. After the Oct. 5, 2001, death from anthrax exposure of Sun photo editor Robert Stevens, Mueller was "beaten up" during President Bush's morning intelligence briefings for not producing proof the killer spores were the handiwork of terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden, according to a former aide. "They really wanted to blame somebody in the Middle East," the retired senior FBI official told The News. On October 15, 2001, President Bush said, "There may be some possible link" to Bin Laden, adding, "I wouldn't put it past him." Vice President Cheney also said Bin Laden's henchmen were trained "how to deploy and use these kinds of substances, so you start to piece it all together."But by then the FBI already knew anthrax spilling out of letters addressed to media outlets and to a U.S. senator was a military strain of the bioweapon. "Very quickly [Fort Detrick, Md., experts] told us this was not something some guy in a cave could come up with," the ex-FBI official said. "They couldn't go from box cutters one week to weapons-grade anthrax the next."
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20419.htm

"From the beginning, there was a clear intent on the part of the anthrax attacker to create a link between the anthrax attacks and both Islamic radicals and the 9/11 attacks"
Vital unresolved anthrax questions and ABC News
Glenn Greenwald
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/01/anthrax/index.html

Anthrax deaths turned attention toward Iraq
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/08/05/anthrax_deaths_tur...
The significance of the anthrax attacks in shaping US policy in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has largely been forgotten... When the anthrax attacks occurred, Iraq was immediately fingered by some experts and many neoconservative hawks as a possible source; ABC News quoted three unnamed government sources as saying the powder in the letters matched the type produced in Iraq.... If an enemy of the United States could start killing people by sending powder through the mail, there might indeed be a justification for more precipitous action... of course, there was no anthrax found in Iraq - and no weapons of mass destruction of any sort....

Journalists, their lying sources, and the anthrax investigation (and updates)
Glenn Greenwald
GGreenwald@salon.com
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/03/journalism/index.html
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/04/anthrax/index.html
...So much of the public reporting about Ivins has been devoted to depicting him as a highly unstable psychotic who had been issuing extremely violent threats and who had a violent past....based almost exclusively on the uncorroborated claims of Jean Carol Duley, a social worker (not a psychiatrist or psychologist)... Duley's scrawled handwritten complaint against Ivins, seeking a Protective Order, has served as the basis for much of the reporting regarding Ivins' mental state, yet it is hardly the model of a competent or authoritative professional. Quite the opposite. Duley herself has a history that, at the very least, raises questions about her credibility. She has a rather lengthy involvement with the courts in Frederick, including two very recent convictions for driving under the influence -- one from 2007 and one from 2006 -- as well as a complaint filed against her for battery by her ex-husband. Here is Duley's record from the Maryland Judicial data base: ....

Doubts arise on FBI anthrax suspect:
Scientist Bruce Ivins became depressed under the strain of FBI scrutiny
...former colleagues and scientists with backgrounds in biological weapons defense, disagreed that Ivins could have created the anthrax powder, even if he were motivated to do so.
"USAMRIID doesn't deal with powdered anthrax," said Richard O. Spertzel, a former biodefense scientist who worked with Ivins at the Army lab. "I don't think there's anyone there who would have the foggiest idea how to do it. You would need to have the opportunity, the capability and the motivation, and he didn't possess any of those."...
Scientists, co-workers and people who for years have researched the anthrax investigation, only to encounter frustration, misinformation and false leads, say law enforcement authorities should lay out their case as soon as possible. They want authorities to explain how Ivins, who led a seemingly normal life as a family man, churchgoer and volunteer, could have been responsible for one of the nation's most notorious unsolved crimes.
Authorities cast doubt yesterday on reports that Ivins had acted for financial gain based on patents and scientific advances he had made. Experiments by Ivins, working with several other Fort Detrick colleagues, led to two patented inventions considered crucial in the development of a genetically modified anthrax vaccine made by VaxGen, a California company that secured large government contracts after the 2001 anthrax attacks. But sources familiar with details of the Army's patent process said it was unlikely that Ivins or the other scientists would reap a big financial windfall from VaxGen's vaccine production. They say the government restricts income from inventions produced in its laboratories to no more than $150,000 per year, but the amount is often considerably less. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/08/03/1217701855445.html

"White House ordered faked letter to tie Saddam and 9/11"
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gTa_k8qX2uiu4SR8kDGdlZybS12Q
05 Aug 2008
A new book by author Ron Suskind alleges that the White House ordered the CIA to fabricate a letter purportedly showing links between deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the September 11, 2001 attacks. The book, "The Way of the World," was immediately attacked by the White House, the CIA and former CIA director George Tenet who is alleged to have passed the White House order to senior CIA operators.... in his book, 'The Way of the World,' Iraq Intelligence Director Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti collected $5 million from the CIA for forging a backdated letter... through the US 'Rewards for Justice' program, up to a million bucks.
http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/english/index.cfm?page=Tahir

1, 251, 944 Iraqis Slaughtered by U.S. 'Liberation of sovereign' Iraq
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html

Killing via remote control no easier on pilots
The Air National Guardsmen who operate Predator drones over Iraq via remote control, launching deadly missile attacks from the safety of Southern California 7,000 miles away, are suffering some of the same psychological stresses as their comrades on the battlefield.

Time for Iraq to Pay the Bill
The oil market has produced a bonanza for Iraq. Now it is time for the country to spend its own money for reconstruction.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/08/opinion/08fri1.html?th&emc=th

The Pentagon is mounting a 2.2 billion dollar effort to dramatically expand manned and unmanned spy plane surveillance of occupied Iraq and Afghanistan
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080807/pl_afp/usmilitaryintelligenceiraqaf...