4/16Beyond Continuity: Global - Homeland': war, 'national security', surveillance, torture, 'cybersecurity' Pentagon 'PR'

The Black President of the American Empire
Eshu's Blues by michael hureaux perez
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/eshus-blues-first-black-pres...

The man who laughs has not yet heard the terrible news
Bertolt Brecht
President Obama has now been to Baghdad and the great white way of U.S. leftism is busy choking up over the footage of the Prez with “our troops.” For those of you out there who don’t understand what an imperialist doggie the new president is just yet, here he is in living color, boots on, Clint Eastwood bravado at the ready. If you are still “feeling” Obama, you must accept the fact that this man went into Baghdad, waded through the wreckage from a civil war our U.S. foreign policy deliberately created, and grins Kool-aid smiles when asked about the agony this “civilization” we live with has caused. According to the president, this mayhem he celebrates is “success beyond our wildest dreams.” Why, not even Meyer Lansky could have put that better.
One point two million people dead, four million displaced, the infrastructure of an autonomous people destroyed. Four thousand U.S. troops dead. Thousands more troops maimed physically and psychically. Billions and billions more dollars to be spent on an ongoing, residual occupation that has no purpose or moral base other than the sheer exercise of raw, naked power, the crime for which people were convicted at Nuremburg... We’re told there’s not enough jobs, there’s not enough money to fund the further education of people who need jobs. There’s not enough money for public health. There’s not enough resource for mental health. Housing is in short supply while undersold housing stands vacant and tent cities abound. But enough money for the corporate software military establishment, the bankers and arms manufacturers who profit off of this bloody empire...barons of international piracy. This piracy that runs the world, this piracy that wants to roar with outrage at the teeny, tiny gaggle of piracy off the coast of Somalia, wants to steal, and kill, and maim and irradiate both children and veterans with depleted uranium shell casings, and lecture the world on responsibility and morality. And we let them do it....

“House slaves like Powell, Rice, and Obama have been “skinnin’ and grinnin’ for a long time.”
...Obama’s decision to defend the CIA’s right to spy on the people of this country... Obamians feel “betrayed.” The truth is that they lied to themselves about who Obama and the “democrats” are, and many of them are lying still. They believe that if a man allowed to rise within the ranks of the imperial order is black, that the system is more just. The experience of Colin Powell’s miserable lies at the UN six years ago taught them nothing. The brutal farce led by the U.S. State Department under the tutelage of the mercenary Condoleezza Rice taught them nothing. The hard cold fact is that house slaves are allowed a larger role in the global plantation that the imperial order forces upon the so-called “underdeveloped world,” and house slaves like Powell, Rice, and Obama have been “skinnin’ and grinnin’ for a long time. Many more will be outed as the struggle against the imperial order takes larger shape.

The question of anti-imperialism is decisive in this political battle in the United States and internationally. The question of anti-imperialism is decisive, because it is the question of race and class writ large. Capital will not forego the so-called rights of the nations at the center of the world’s economy to live at the expense of those at the bottom of the world economy... Capital cannot and will not exist without imperialism....

The rest of the world knows. The imperial leadership of the United States is sowing the dragon’s teeth of global terror. It may claim otherwise, but its actions belie its words. People in Pakistan, who at this moment are evading President Obama’s Predator drone attacks; people of Iran, who have seen Barack Obama’s current “good cop, bad cop” routine come from many a U.S. president; people on the Gaza Strip, who watched family members die as the president-elect solemnly declared during the Israeli siege that “there is only one president at a time.”
It is a terrible thing when a man as intelligent as Barack Obama, and the people who support his imperial policies choose to use cunning over critical reason. It is a terrible thing when legions of people believe that words measured in political expediency are the only available form of political discourse acceptable in a country that supposedly upholds a democratic tradition of expression. It is a terror that so many have eyes but will not see. Terror is terror. If humanity survives this period, history will record that United States politics were overtaken by a layer of what used to be called “good Germans,” or people who denied the terrifying evidence provided by their own senses in the years during the holocaust directed against the Jews of Europe. The game is the same, but the name is changed. But, oh, as the poet said, the shark has pearly teeth, dear. And they’re there for all to see.
BAR columnist michael hureaux perez is a writer, musician and teacher who lives in southwest Seattle, Washington. He is a longtime contributor to small and alternative presses around the country and performs his work frequently. Email to: tricksterbirdboy@yahoo.com

Now that it's obvious to the entire world, and even the neoliberal amerikan left is complaining, the official u.s. mouthpiece NYT, must do a balancing act: apparently Baker's the point man, acknowledging bush-obama 'continuity' without denying the bogus 'new order' propaganda, thus damaging U.S./National Security Agenda Obama was hired to execute ... not to mention totaling the credibility of the NYT
On Foreign Policy, Obama Shifts, but Only a Bit
The tone is different, but the substance of President Obama’s foreign policy has much in common with that of his predecessor
By PETER BAKER
WASHINGTON — When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to Mexico last month, she caused a stir by acknowledging the obvious, that the United States bears a share of responsibility for the drug wars ravaging its southern neighbor. “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs,” she said, “fuels the drug trade.” The remarks were interpreted as a departure from the previous administration, another sign of a new day in foreign policy under Mr. Obama. Forgotten in the discussion was the fact that President George W. Bush said virtually the same thing in Mexico two years ago. “The United States has a responsibility in the fight against drugs,” he said, because “when there is demand, there is supply.”

The episode underscored an intriguing phenomenon about Mr. Obama’s approach to international affairs. For all the perception of a major course correction, Mr. Obama so far appears to be presiding over a foreign policy that may seem more different than it really is. As Mr. Obama heads to Mexico on Thursday for his second foreign trip of the month, he is bringing with him many of the same American interests as his predecessor, even if they are wrapped in a different package. That’s not to say there have been no changes. Most noticeable has been the shift in tone and the promises of engagement...

On a variety of issues like North Korea, Mr. Obama has essentially picked up the ball where Mr. Bush left it. The new president is still committed to the same six-party talks begun under Mr. Bush in 2003, intended to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Mr. Obama likewise has continued the Predator strikes against militants in Pakistan that were started by Mr. Bush. When it comes to Darfur, Mr. Obama appointed a special envoy, much as Mr. Bush did, without proposing anything more dramatic.

Mr. Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq is not as sharp a change as it once seemed during the presidential campaign. Mr. Obama deferred to military commanders in agreeing to leave the vast bulk of American forces in place until next year, when a phased pullout would begin, leaving 50,000 troops in place after August 2010. With violence already steeply reduced, Mr. Bush signed an agreement with Baghdad before leaving office to remove all American troops by the end of 2011, and former Bush advisers consider Mr. Obama’s partial pullout a logical waystation toward that goal.

Mr. Obama’s decision to send another 21,000 troops to Afghanistan arguably returns America’s focus to what he considers the central front against Al Qaeda, after years of distraction in Iraq. But it continues a more modest buildup already begun by Mr. Bush, and it has bipartisan support. His plans for benchmark goals in Afghanistan mirrors those used by Mr. Bush in Iraq.

On Russia, the Obama team vowed to “press the reset button,” but that may be more about tone than goals. Mr. Obama is less committed than Mr. Bush was to building a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, or to admitting the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine to NATO, but he has not abandoned either goal. Mr. Obama is more eager to negotiate arms control treaties than Mr. Bush was, but he also wants to revive Mr. Bush’s civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Russia, which was shelved after last year’s war in Georgia....

In some ways, the contrast the Obama team and its allies are really drawing is with Mr. Bush’s first term, when he articulated the doctrine of pre-emptive war and was at odds with old allies over Iraq, the Kyoto climate change treaty and other issues. By his second term, much to the consternation of some conservatives, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Bush had moved to a more multilateral approach on issues like North Korea and Iran, but the first term had left a bad taste in some foreign capitals that persisted through the second.Now Mr. Obama is trying to wash away that bad taste...

Administration officials and their supporters make the case that, across the board, open-door engagement by itself represents a sharp turn from the past, and they cast Mr. Obama as a decisive change from Mr. Bush on foreign policy. “You saw very concretely, in the newspaper stories and on the TV’s over the last several days, a president who has changed the direction of our foreign policy and is focused on the real issues that concern Americans,” Denis McDonough, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications (emphasis added-digest) said on MSNBC the other day.... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/us/politics/16web-baker.html?hp

The Words Change, if Not the Policies
By PETER BAKER
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D00E5D8123BF930A35757C0A...
When President Obama briefed Congressional leaders last week at the White House on his plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, Senator Harry Reid offered some advice: Whatever you do, he told the president, do not call it a ''surge.'' Not to worry. Mr. Obama did not and would not. The exchange, confirmed by people briefed on the discussion, underscored the sensitivity about language in the new administration. Mr. Obama and his team are busily scrubbing former President George W. Bush's national security lexicon, if not necessarily all of his policies. They may be sending 21,000 more troops to Afghanistan, much as Mr. Bush did to Iraq, but it is not a ''surge.'' They may still be holding people captured on the battlefield at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, but these captives are no longer ''enemy combatants.'' They may be carrying the fight to Al Qaeda as their predecessors did, but they are no longer waging a ''war on terror.''

So if not a war on terror, what then? ''Overseas contingency operations.'' And terrorist attacks themselves? ''Man-caused disasters.''

Every White House picks its words carefully, using poll-tested, focus-grouped language to frame issues and ideas to advance its goals. Mr. Bush's team did that assertively. The initial legislation expanding government power after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was called the USA Patriot Act. The eavesdropping without warrants that became so controversial was rebranded the Terrorist Surveillance Program. The enemy was, for a time, dubbed ''Islamofascism,'' until that was deemed insensitive to Muslims. Mr. Obama has come into office determined to sweep all that rhetoric away, even if he is keeping much of the policy that underlies it. Aides argue that they are not trying to spin their priorities through words, but rather trying to excise the spin applied relentlessly by the Bush administration. But they are also trying to send an unmistakable message that the old order is gone. ''You have to tell the American public and the world that there's a new sheriff in town without opening up the jail and letting all the prisoners out,'' said Matt Bennett, vice president of Third Way, a moderate Democratic advocacy group.
Indeed, for all the shifting words, Mr. Obama has left the bulk of Mr. Bush's national security architecture intact so far. He has made no move to revise the Patriot Act or the eavesdropping program. He has ordered the Guantánamo prison to be closed in a year but has not settled on an alternative way to house inmates deemed to be truly dangerous.
In cautioning against the ''surge'' label, Mr. Reid, Democrat of Nevada, clearly wanted to avoid associating the Obama strategy in Afghanistan with the Bush strategy in Iraq, which both he and the president opposed at the time. The two have never repudiated their opposition to the Iraq buildup, even though many now credit it with helping to stabilize the country. And any language suggesting parallels between the two approaches could aggravate the party's liberal base, much of which is already suspicious of committing more forces to Afghanistan. Gordon Johndroe, the last National Security Council spokesman for Mr. Bush, said he detected a great degree of overlap in actual policy between the two presidents. ''A change in rhetoric is fine as long as they don't lead people to believe the threat from violent extremists is over,'' Mr. Johndroe said...

SMILEY FACE FASCIST CONTINUITY: NYT SELLS OBAMA ADMIN. COVER-UP
Officials Say U.S. Wiretaps Exceeded Law
By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/us/16nsa.html?pagewanted=2&th&emc=th
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by Congress last year..Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter...described the...“overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. ...as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional... N.S.A. said that its “intelligence operations, including programs for collection and analysis, are in strict accordance with U.S. laws and regulations.” ... Intelligence officials say they are still examining the scope of the N.S.A. practices, and Congressional investigators say they hope to determine if any violations of Americans’ privacy occurred. It is not clear to what extent the agency may have actively listened in on conversations or read e-mail messages of Americans without proper court authority, rather than simply obtained access to them....
The legal and operational problems surrounding the N.S.A.’s surveillance activities have come under scrutiny from the Obama administration, Congressional intelligence committees and a secret national security court, said the intelligence officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because N.S.A. activities are classified.... After a contentious three-year debate that was set off by the disclosure in 2005 of the program of wiretapping without warrants that President George W. Bush approved after the Sept. 11 attacks, Congress gave the N.S.A. broad new authority to collect, without court-approved warrants, vast streams of international phone and e-mail traffic as it passed through American telecommunications gateways. The targets of the eavesdropping had to be “reasonably believed” to be outside the United States. Under the new legislation, however, the N.S.A. still needed court approval to monitor the purely domestic communications of Americans who came under suspicion... Officials would not discuss details of the overcollection problem because it involves classified intelligence-gathering techniques. But the issue appears focused in part on technical problems in the N.S.A.’s ability at times to distinguish between communications inside the United States and those overseas ... One official said that led the agency to inadvertently “target” groups of Americans and collect their domestic communications without proper court authority....

The overcollection problems appear to have been uncovered as part of a twice-annual certification that the Justice Department and the director of national intelligence are required to give to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on the protocols that the N.S.A. is using in wiretapping. That review, officials said, began in the waning days of the Bush administration and was continued by the Obama administration. It led intelligence officials to realize that the N.S.A. was improperly capturing information involving significant amounts of American traffic.

EXTENDING BUSH ADMIN. SURVEILLANCE for 'national security' of the capitalist dictatorship
Obama's Justice Department Moves to Squash NSA Spying Suits
Tom Burghardt, Antifascist...
...AT&T's "deployment of NSA-controlled surveillance capability" is not limited to the corporation's San Francisco facility "and is consistent with an overall national AT&T deployment to from 15 to 20 similar sites, possibly more. This implies that a substantial fraction, probably well over half, of AT&T's purely domestic traffic was diverted to the NSA. At the same time, the equipment in the room is well suited to the capture and analysis of large volumes of data for purposes of surveillance.".... among the Israeli firms supplying the surveillance products hardwired into America's telecommunications infrastructure is Verint Systems Inc. (formerly Comverse InfoSys). The firm was founded by former Israeli intelligence officer, Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, a corporate grifter who fled the United States for Namibia after being indicted in 2006 on thirty-two counts of fraud. Alexander hatched a backdated stock options scheme that netted him $138 million in profits looted from company shareholders...while safely ensconced in the dry but relatively safe harbor of Windhoek, Verint's security products live on, providing "actionable intelligence solutions" to repressors world wide. According to a Business Week company profile,

Verint Systems, Inc. provides analytic software-based solutions for the security and business intelligence markets. Its analytic solutions collect, retain, and analyze voice, fax, video, email, Internet, and data transmissions from voice, video and IP networks for the purpose of generating actionable intelligence for decision makers. The company primarily offers communications interception solutions, such as STAR-GATE, RELIANT, and VANTAGE; networked video solutions that include NEXTIVA; and contact center actionable intelligence solutions, which include ULTRA. Verint Systems serves government entities, global corporations, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, transportation agencies, retail stores, utilities, and communications service providers. (Verint Systems, Inc. Business Week, Information Technology Sector, accessed April 11, 2009)

Other corporate outfits providing similar intelligence "solutions" to America's telecommunications firms and agencies such as the CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency include Verint's rival Narus, another Israeli security firm Siemans and Ericsson.

Washington Technology reported March 27 that "technology companies are poised to tap into billions of dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into new federal, state and local initiatives." Many of the initiatives include new corporate welfare projects devised by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to "keep America safe."... the Obama administration's drive to preserve the NSA's ability to illegally spy on Americans ...the Obama administration cited the same perverse logic of the previous regime: that the state secrets privilege requires the court to dismiss the issue "out of hand. Douglas Letter, U.S. Terrorism Litigation Counsel for Obama's Department of Justice, argued that simply allowing the case to proceed "would cause exceptionally grave harm to national security."

Yet more pernicious--and unprecedented--arguments followed. "The DoJ," according to EFF, now claim "that the U.S. Government is completely immune from litigation for illegal spying--that the Government can never be sued for surveillance that violates federal privacy statutes."

Arguing that the state possesses "sovereign immunity," the "change" administration now claims that under provisions of the disgraceful USA PATRIOT Act--a draconian law rammed through Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks--the state is "immune from suit under the two remaining key federal surveillance laws: the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act." In practice, this means that under a new, ludicrous interpretation of the Orwellian PATRIOT Act, the government can never be held accountable for illegal surveillance under any federal statute. As Glenn Greenwald points out in Salon

In other words, beyond even the outrageously broad "state secrets" privilege invented by the Bush administration and now embraced fully by the Obama administration, the Obama DOJ has now invented a brand new claim of government immunity, one which literally asserts that the U.S. Government is free to intercept all of your communications (calls, emails and the like) and--even if what they're doing is blatantly illegal and they know it's illegal--you are barred from suing them unless they "willfully disclose" to the public what they have learned. ("New and worse secrecy and immunity claims from the Obama DOJ," Salon, April 6, 2009)

EFF attorney Kevin Bankston told Salon: "This is the first time [the DOJ] claimed sovereign immunity against Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act claims. In other words, the administration is arguing that the U.S. can never be sued for spying that violates federal surveillance statutes, whether FISA, the Wiretap Act or the SCA." In their motion to dismiss, DoJ attorneys--like their predecessors--argue on Page 13 of the Government's brief that "An assertion of the state secretes privilege "must be accorded the 'utmost deference' and the court's review of the claim of privilege is narrow." Kasza, 133 F.3d at 1166; see also Al-Haramain, 507 F3d at 1203 ('[W]e acknowledge the need to defer to the Executive on matters of foreign policy and national security and surely cannot legitimately find ourselves second guessing the Executive in this arena')." On Page 16, the state contends that, "Finally, all of the plaintiffs' claims require the disclosure of whether or not AT&T assisted the Government in alleged intelligence activities, and the DNI again has demonstrated that disclosure of whether the NSA has an intelligence relationship with a particular private company would also cause exceptional harm to national security--among other reasons by revealing to foreign adversaries which channels of communication may or may not be secure."

If U.S. District Judge Judge Vaughn Walker rules in the state's favor and dismisses Jewell, constitutional protections under the fourth amendment guaranteeing "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures," would be a meaningless charade.
There is however, a precedent for the Obama administration's blatant violation of our rights: that of their predecessors in the Bush regime's Office of Legal Counsel.
According to an October 23, 2001 Department of Justice memorandum titled Authority for Use of Military Force To Combat Terrorist Activities Within the United States, authored by torture-enabler and OLC head, John C. Yoo, the military could be deployed domestically to interrogate, detain, raid and spy on Americans, without having to comply with constitutional guarantees under the Bill of Rights. Yoo advised the Oval Office:

Fourth, we turn to the question whether the Fourth Amendment would apply to the use of the military domestically against foreign terrorists. Although the situation is novel (at least in the nation's recent experience), we think that the better view is that the Fourth Amendment would not apply in these circumstances. Thus, for example, we do not think that a military commander carrying out a raid on a terrorist cell would be required to demonstrate probable cause or to obtain a warrant. (Page 2)... First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully. ...

The current campaign against terrorism may require even broader exercises of federal power domestically. Terrorists operate within the continental United States itself, and escape detection by concealing themselves within the domestic society and economy. While, no doubt these terrorists pose a direct military threat to the national security, their methods of infiltration and their surprise attacks on civilian and governmental facilities make it difficult to identify any front line. Unfortunately, the terrorist attacks of September 11 have created a situation in which the battlefield has occurred, and may occur, at dispersed locations and intervals within the American homeland itself. As a result, efforts to fight terrorism may require not only the usual wartime regulations of domestic affairs, but also military actions that have normally occurred abroad. (Pages 24, 25)

Indeed, the Bush administration's so-called Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) transformed the United States into a limitless battlespace where anything goes. From warrantless wiretapping of telephone and internet communications, the seizure of business and medical records, as well as the illegal--and indefinite--detention of citizens and legal residents as "unlawful enemy combatants," Yoo's memorandum provided the steel and concrete that gave form to the architectural blueprints for a presidential dictatorship.... these memos were not withdrawn until 2008.... in moving to suppress Jewell, Obama's Justice Department and their private partners in the telecommunications industry in practice, are continuing the same repressive policies.

As Wired reported back in January, "NSA whistleblower Russell Tice" revealed "that the National Security Agency spied on individual U.S. journalists, entire U.S. news agencies as well as 'tens of thousands' of other Americans." Tice said on Wednesday that the NSA had vacuumed in all domestic communications of Americans, including, faxes, phone calls and network traffic.... that the spy agency also combined information from phone wiretaps with data that was mined from credit card and other financial records. He said information of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens is now in digital databases warehoused at the NSA....In most cases, the person would have no discernible link to terrorist organizations that would justify the initial data mining or their inclusion in the database. (Kim Zetter, "NSA Whistleblower: Wiretaps Were Combined with Credit Card Records of U.S. Citizens," Wired, January 23, 2009)

George Washington University Law Professor and constitutional scholar, Jonathan Turley, told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on "Countdown" April 7,

...right now, the Bush people are bringing out their mission-accomplished sign, because they've not only gotten Obama to protect Bush and Cheney and others from any criminal investigation on torture, but he's now gone even further than they did in the protection of unlawful surveillance. This is the ultimate victory for the Bush officials. They have Barack Obama adopting the same extremist arguments, and in fact exceeding the extremist arguments made by President Bush.. You cannot any longer suggest that President Obama is advancing the civil liberties and the privacy interests that he promised to advance. This is a terrible roll-back. It's a terrible decision. ("Countdown" with Keith Olbermann, MSNBC, Tuesday, April 7, 2009)

And with Congress' passage of the abominable FISA Amendments Act (FAA) last July, handing the NSA carte blanche to continue warrantless spying and driftnet surveillance of Americans, granting grifting telecom giants such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon get-out-of-jail-free-cards in the form of retroactive immunity for their collusive and wholly illegal activity with NSA and other state agencies, America's post-constitutional new order continues apace. As I reported last September, "the extent of these illegal programs have revealed, the 'enemy' is none other than the American people themselves!"

Three months into the Obama administration, the contours of a new and improved "liberal" police state reveal the same rotten, nidorous core as that of their predecessors. This time around however, the mailed fist of the capitalist state is gussied up with Smiley Face emblems...
www.uruknet.info?p=53400 antifascist-calling.blogspot.com/2009/04/obamas-justice-department-moves-to.html

CIA gets a pass on torture
AP
The Obama administration on Thursday informed CIA officials who used waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects that they will not be prosecuted, senior administration officials told The Associated Press. Even before President Barack Obama took office in January, aides signaled his administration was not likely to bring criminal charges against CIA employees for their roles in the secret, coercive terrorist interrogation program. It had been deemed legal at the time through opinions issued by the Justice Department under the Bush administration. But the statement being issued Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's chief law enforcement officer, is the first definitive assurance that those CIA officials are in the clear, as long as their actions were in line with the legal advice at the time.

as Feith 'predicted', obama is doing his job protecting u.s. capitalism...including his own admin.
Obama Protecting Bush from Spain?
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/41766
MADRID – Spanish prosecutors will recommend against opening an investigation into whether six Bush administration officials sanctioned torture against terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the country's attorney-general said Thursday Candido Conde-Pumpido said the case against the high-ranking U.S. officials — including former U.S. Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales — was without merit because the men were not present when the alleged torture took place.
Coming less than three months after the Bush administration left office, the case was the first of several international efforts to indict former administration officials ...former U.S. Attorney-General Alberto Gonzales Gonzalez, ex-Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, David Addington, Justice Department officials John Yoo and Jay S. Bybee; and Pentagon lawyer William Haynes. It alleged that the men — who have become known as "The Bush Six" — cleared the path for torture by claiming in advice and legal opinions that the president could ignore the Geneva Conventions, and by adopting an overly narrow definition of which interrogation techniques constituted torture....
"I hope and expect that the Obama administration will communicate to the Spanish government that they — that they do not view this as simply an attack against some former officials; they view it as an attack on the U.S. government — because as I said, the principle that's involved here would attack current officials as much as former officials."
Doug Feith

latest piece of the plan .... another beyond 'Bush' fascist move
Presidential / Federal Control of the Internet: Cybersecurity Act of 2009
A recently proposed little-noted Senate bill would allow the federal government to shut down the Internet in times of declared emergency, and enables unprecedented federal oversight of private network administration.... The bill's draft states that "the president may order a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic" and would give the government ongoing access to "all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure) networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access."
Authored by Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Republican Olympia Snowe of Maine, the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 seeks to create a Cybersecurity Czar to centralize power now held by the Pentagon, National Security Agency, Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security... The bill would also impose mandates for designated private networks and systems, including standardized security software, testing, licensing and certification of cyber-security professionals.
"I'd be very surprised if it doesn't include communications systems, which are certainly critical infrastructure," CDT General Counsel Greg Nojeim told eWEEK. "The president would decide not only what is critical infrastructure but also what is an emergency."... the bill contains a particularly dangerous provision that could cripple privacy and security in one fell swoop:

The Secretary of Commerce— shall have access to all relevant data concerning (critical infrastructure) networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access…

In other words, the bill would give the Commerce Department absolute, non-emergency access to “all relevant data” without any privacy safeguards like standards or judicial review. The broad scope of this provision could eviscerate statutory protections for private information, such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Privacy Protection Act, or financial privacy regulations. Even worse, it isn’t clear whether this provision would require systems to be designed to enable access, essentially a back door for the Secretary of Commerce that would also establish a primrose path for any bad guy to merrily skip down as well. If the drafters meant to create a clearinghouse for system vulnerability information along the lines of a US/CERT mailing list, that could be useful, but that’s not what the bill’s current language does.

A privacy threat still in the cocoon is the provision mandating a study of the feasibility of an identity management and authentication program with just a nod to “appropriate civil liberties and privacy protections.” There’s reason to fear that this type of study is just a precursor to proposals to limit online anonymity. But anonymity isn’t inherently a security problem. What’s “secure” depends on the goals of the system. Do you need authentication, accountability, confidentiality, data integrity? Each goal suggests a different security architecture, some totally compatible with anonymity, privacy and civil liberties. In other words, no one “identity management and authentication program” is appropriate for all internet uses.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22410.htm http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/04/cybersecurity-act
[digest note: recent relentless 'news' of cyberthreats, qaeda recruiting, etc.is part of and driven by the u.s. urgent need to control communications and connections worldwide, central to the bipartisan u.s. global agenda. Destroying the relatively 'free' internet we know and replacing it with new 'secure, trusted computing' has been underway for several years under state - - corporate - academic partnerships. For much more on this critical 'information warfare / 'war on the net' issue see http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/153

NYT's disingenuous protection racket
Pentagon Closes Office Accused of Issuing Propaganda Under Bush
By THOM SHANKER
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/us/politics/16policy.html?th&emc=th

Pentagon sets sights on public opinion
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29040299/
The Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal law. An Associated Press investigation found that over the past five years, the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 percent, to at least $4.7 billion this year, according to Department of Defense budgets and other documents. That's almost as much as it spent on body armor for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2006. This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations — almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the State Department. The biggest chunk of funds — about $1.6 billion — goes into recruitment and advertising. Another $547 million goes into public affairs, which reaches American audiences. And about $489 million more goes into what is known as psychological operations. Staffing across all these areas costs about $2.1 billion, as calculated by the number of full-time employees and the military's average cost per service member. That's double the staffing costs for 2003. Recruitment and advertising are the only two areas where Congress has authorized the military to influence the American public. Far more controversial is public affairs, because of the prohibition on propaganda to the American public.

"The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view. This lacks historical perspective. Man does not have the right to develop his own mind. This kind of liberal orientation has great appeal. We must electronically control the brain. Someday armies and generals will be controlled by electric stimulation of the brain. We need a program of psychosurgery for political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated."
Dr. Jose Flamon Delgado, Director of Neuropsychiatry Yale University Medical School Congressional Record, No. 26, Vol. 118 February 24, 1974

Former British Foreign Secretary: Al Qaeda is Not a Real Group, Just a U.S. Propaganda Campaign
georgewashington2.blogspot.com
http://globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=11487

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichsmarschall

NUCLEAR HYPOCRISY
Malcom Lagauche
North Korea has had enough. For six years, the nation has been talking to the world in an attempt to stop its nuclear program. The Koreans promised to halt its program and other nations, including the U.S., promised food, fuel and an easing of diplomatic isolation. North Korea has done what it said it would, but now faces even more hostile actions from the West... Let’s face it, the North Koreans have nothing to lose. Iraq went along with the UN resolutions against the nation and quickly made good with their end of the bargain. How was it rewarded? A further 12 years embargo and finally its destruction. In 2003, while the world turned its eyes to the Middle East and watched a buildup to a war created by the U.S. over a mythical atomic bomb, there was one country in the neighborhood that actually had hundreds of atomic weapons; "poor beleaguered Israel," as many writers (conservative and liberal alike) refer to the only atomic power in the Middle East... http://www.uruknet.de/?p=5343

digest: More evidence from the enemy, if needed, that the u.s. finance capital ruling class, its state and its agenda for global hegemony is bipartisan. As Obama executes the same old NSS, pundits right & left pretend the problem is electoral in-fighting aimed at the next electoral selection. Maintaining the electoral/partisan charade is essential to keep us inside, supporting some henchman or another of this world-planet-destroying system - not recognizing that capitalist-zionism is our enemy - and the inevitable resistance and revolution of 'we the people' worldwide its most feared enemies, all potential 'terrorists'.

NeoConned Again: Discredited under Bush, the superhawks reunite for Obama.
By Michael Brendan Dougherty
April 14, 2009 "American Conservative " -- -After successive elections unseated the Republican majority and sent John McCain to defeat, neoconservatism seemed like a spent force. Francis Fukuyama wrote wistfully about life “After Neoconservatism” in 2006. Ian Buruma described the McCain campaign as the neocons’ “last stand” and harrumphed that they “will not be missed.” One would expect neoconservatives to be friendless and circumspect, grumbling about Obama’s inevitable failure as they slump away from Washington. Instead, they are jubilant, palling around with liberals again, enjoying renewed respect. Obama is their hero.
On March 31, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Washington Post columnist Robert Kagan, and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Dan Senor launched the Foreign Policy Initiative, the latest neoconservative think tank. Its first conference, dedicated to “Planning for Success” in Afghanistan, had the spirit of a family reunion. Sounds of backslapping and gossip filled the hall at the Mayflower Hotel. The only interruption was a slight hush as Scooter Libby passed through. The man indicted for perjury while protecting Dick Cheney deserved a special kind of respect. Nearly every attendee, it seemed, was president of another grandly named neoconservative outfit. In one corner was Clifford May, head of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. In another stood John Nagl, who leads the Center for a New American Security. Near him, Randy Scheunemann, the disgraced lobbyist and—bear with me—former president of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a program of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC). Around these figures revolved a constellation of young neocon wordslingers, including blogger David Adesnik, the New Republic’s Jamie Kirchick, and the Standard’s Michael Goldfarb.[...] http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22409.htm

no news no joke: "U.S. troops ' might stay in Iraq'"
same punchline: "if the 'Iraqi govt.' wants us to stay..."

the unspeakable obscenity of u.s. imperialism & its political henchmen
[amerikan] Judge Sentences Iraqi Insurgent to 25 Years
The first Iraq war insurgent to be prosecuted in an American court was sentenced on Thursday to 25 years in prison
Before the sentencing, a series of videotapes was played before an audience that included Netherlands law enforcement officials. “Today, with God’s help, and if the Americans enter, we will hit them with timed mine by way of remote,” the defendant, one of several men wearing hoods and showing bombs by an Iraqi roadside, is heard to say in Arabic.
The videotapes, which prosecutors said were made around Falluja in the fall of 2003, were seized by the Dutch authorities in a May 2005 raid on the defendant’s home in Amersfoort. On some tapes, Mr. al-Delaema and his confederates discuss and demonstrate ways to plant roadside bombs, or improvised explosive devices, as the American military often calls them.
“We have executed several operations, and most of them were successful,” the defendant says in Arabic on one tape. “The American army wouldn’t admit to casualties. Their casualties have gone beyond our imagination. In Falluja alone, they lost hundreds.”...
The Justice Department said it was pleased with the outcome and with the cooperation between American and Dutch law enforcement. “This case represents the first use of U.S. criminal courts to prosecute an individual for terrorism offenses against Americans in Iraq," said David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security. “The sentence imposed today should serve notice that the United States will use all available tools to pursue those who would plot attacks against our men and women serving in Iraq.”...
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/us/17justice.html?hp

The Banality of Occupation: The Rand Papers
by Ron Jacobs
Recently, Wikileaks... released a Rand Corporation report on Iraq and Afghanistan counterinsurgency operations titled Intelligence Operations and Metrics in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although unclassified, the document is marked “For Official Use Only” and was distributed to various high officials in the United States and other “Coalition” governments....This 318 page report report is essentially an analyst’s blueprint for perfecting the occupation of a country with the idea that the eventual result will be domination of the locals’ minds, culture and economy, with the domination of the geography of secondary consideration or of no consideration at all.
Written in what can best be described as something akin to a technical writing assignment, the report echoes the recent statements from US generals in the Iraq/Afghan theaters and is reflected in the recent decision by Barack Obama to reduce the numbers of US troops in Iraq to 50,000 over the next 16 months and escalate the battle to subdue Afghanistan. If there is one thing that this document makes clear, it is that the Pentagon and its civilian enablers have no intention of leaving Iraq or Afghanistan on their own. Furthermore, it is their intention to take the lessons they believe they have learned in those two countries and apply them to Pakistan and wherever else their manifest destiny compels them to subdue....

The usefulness of this report is in its look into the mindset of a modern imperial machine: a machine that never questions its mission or the human misery it causes but keeps its mind trained only on how to carry out that mission as efficiently as possible. The banality of the evil of modern warfare is contained in every neutered sentence of this document and the thousands of others like them.It is repeated in the newspeak of government officials and the sycophantic media that reports their words without challenging their consequences. The circle of complicity is completed when the public accepts the arguments made by those officials and media as being the only argument that exists.
Ron Jacobs is the author of The Way The Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground. His most recent novel Short Order Frame Up is published by Mainstay Press. He can be reached at: rjacobs3625@charter.net.

u.s. dumps paid sunni collaborators, fears surge of unified sunni-shiite resistance it tried to kill so blames u.s. proxy govt. and a new made-in-usa qaeda cipher
U.S. Military Expresses Concern About Perception of an Iraqi Crackdown on Sunnis
Colonel Kulmayer said, so charges can easily be fabricated. Those doing so, he said, are “factions in the country that are trying to undermine the reconciliation.”...Shiite extremists and Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, which American intelligence has found to be a homegrown Sunni militant group with some foreign leadership. The American military initially sponsored most of the Awakening Councils but has been handing responsibility for managing and paying them to the Iraqi government with the promise that members will be hired into permanent government jobs. However, with the exception of 4,291 police officers, none of the 94,000 Awakening members have been given government positions. ...Other military officials working on Awakening issues say they have yet to be convinced that the Shiite-led government is any more likely now than in the past to produce jobs for the largely Sunni Awakening members. Even if the men are transferred to it does not guarantee their jobs after money for the Awakening program runs out later this year....http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/world/middleeast/16iraq.html?th&emc=

Iraq in Fragments
Dahr Jamail
United States... media pretend the occupation of Iraq is either not happening, or uses the yardstick of decreased U.S. military personnel deaths in Iraq as a measure of success. In the words of Major General Perkins, "If you take a look at military deaths, which is an indicator of violence and lethality out there, U.S. combat deaths are at their lowest levels since the war began six years ago." But it's a less useful metric when one looks at the broader picture inside of Iraq: the ongoing daily slaughter of Iraqis, the near total lack of functional infrastructure, the fact that one in six Iraqis remains displaced from their homes, or that at least 1.2 million Iraqis have died as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of their country.

Seventy-two months of occupation, with over $607 billion spent on the war (by conservative estimates), has resulted in 2.2 million internally displaced Iraqis, 2.7 million refugees, 2,615 professors, scientists, and doctors killed in cold blood, and 338 dead journalists. Over $13 billion was misplaced by the current Iraqi government, and another $400 billion is required to rebuild the Iraqi infrastructure. Unemployment vacillates between 25-70%, depending on the month. There are 24 car bombs per month, 10,000 cases of cholera per year, 4,261 dead U.S. soldiers, and over 70,000 physically or psychologically wounded soldiers.

There's no normal life in Baghdad. While it's accurate and technically correct to say there is less violence compared to 2006, when between 100 and 300 Iraqis were slaughtered on a daily basis, Iraq resembles a police state more than ever. U.S. patrols consisting of huge, lumbering mine-resistant vehicles rumble down streets congested with traffic. It's impossible to travel longer than five minutes without encountering an Iraqi military or police patrol — usually comprised of pickup trucks full of armed men, horns and/or sirens blaring. Begging women and children wander between cars at every intersection. U.S. military helicopters often rumble overhead, and the roar of fighter jets or transport planes is common. There's no talk of reparations for Iraqis for the death, destruction and chaos caused by the occupation.

Neighborhoods, segregated between Sunni and Shia largely as a result of the so-called "surge" strategy, provide a blatant view of the balkanization of Iraq. Neighborhoods of 300,000 people are completely surrounded by 10-foot high concrete blast walls, rendering normal life impossible. The fear of a resurgence of violence weighs heavy on Iraqis, as the current so-called lull in violence feels tenuous, unstable, and possibly fleeting. Nobody there can predict the future, and to hope for a sustained improvement in any aspect of life feels naïve, even dangerous.

The title of the film " Iraq in Fragments " by James Longley, which was nominated for Best Documentary Oscar at the 2007 Academy Awards, best describes Iraq today. The country has been destroyed by decades of U.S. policy that has plagued Iraqis. Looking back only to 1980, we see the U.S. government supporting both Iraq and Iran during their horrible eight-year war. In 1991 we see George H. W. Bush's war against Iraq, and his, Bill Clinton's, and George W. Bush's oversight of 12-and-a-half years of genocidal economic sanctions that killed half a million Iraqi children. Today, under President Barack Obama, what is left of Iraq smolders in ruins, with no real end of the occupation in sight.

All of the recent talk of withdrawal from Iraq is empty rhetoric indeed to most Iraqis, who see the giant "enduring" U.S. military bases spread across their country, or the U.S. "embassy," the size of the Vatican City, in Baghdad. The gulf between the rhetoric of withdrawal and the reality on the ground spans the distance between Iraq and the United States, while the reality is pressed in the face of the Iraqi people each day the occupation continues.

resistance heating up warm welcomes for invading liberators
150 militants attack U.S.-NATO supply line
Trailers en route to Afghanistan torched in northwestern Pakistan
AP: About 150 militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons attacked a transport terminal in northwestern Pakistan that lies along a key supply route used by U.S. and NATO troops, wounding three guards and torching eight cement trucks Sunday, police said

...simply an extension of the failed Bush admin. policy....
Obama threatens Pakistan
Roedad Khan
As I listened to President Obama's address to the nation and his wartime rhetoric, I held my breath. He didn't speak softly. His tone was harsh and threatening. He carried a big stick. That was quite obvious. The spontaneous reaction of all those present was that Obama had learned nothing from history and was not going to change course in Afghanistan or Pakistan. As they say, it was deja vu all over again. What he said was no different from what George W Bush had been saying for years. ..Obama's decision to send additional troops to Afghanistan is simply an extension of the failed policy of George W Bush. Beefing up the American occupation in Afghanistan is not the solution. It is part of the problem...
His message for Pakistan now is loud and clear: Do as I tell you, or else. This is not the way the Americans treated us or talked to us when they were wooing us. This is what happens when you have been in the harem too long. What a difference a half a century can make. Today the United States is at war in Afghanistan and our tribal area. However you title or define it, it is war, a war it cannot win. Today nationalism is among the most potent phenomena of political life in this part of the world. In the past, nationalism had succeeded in disrupting the British, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. If the United States persists in waging this totally unnecessary and unjustified war, it would suffer a similar fate. The fundamental question Obama must address is whether American combat troops will be able to prevail over the insurgent forces that drove the Red Army out of Afghanistan. The Obama administration's programme for Afghanistan and Pakistan is rash to the point of folly. I foresee a perilous voyage for the Americans.... Thomas Powers wrote recently: 'What no country can do for long is force strange people in distant places to reshape their politics and society more to our liking. The effect passes as nation-building at the outset, but in the long run counter-insurgency always comes down to the same self-defeating strategy Ð killing locals until they stop trying to make us go away.’ This is exactly what Americans are doing in Afghanistan and our tribal area.
All our major problems stem from the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. It has turned our tribal area into a protracted ulcer, a quagmire Ð a place where Pakistan is spending blood and treasure to protect American interests.... If you want to know what happens to an ill-led and ill-governed, small country, which attaches itself to a powerful country like the United States, visit Pakistan. Nuclear Pakistan has lost its independence. It is now virtually an American satellite...
The writer is a former federal secretary: roedad@comsats.net.pk,www.roedadkhan.com http://www.uruknet.de/?p=53368 www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=172212

as if Zardari could do it without u.s. support
Taliban Pledge Peace as Pakistan Approves Islamic Law
“We’re disappointed the Parliament didn’t take into account the legitimate concerns around civil and human rights,”: White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs
NYT
A pro-Taliban group pledged peace in Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley after President Asif Ali Zardari approved Islamic law in the area, an accord the U.S. says undermines the fight... against terrorism in the region. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=aZO8zlPMpRyQ&refer=c...

digest: forgetting they had recently informed the world they might try to unite with sections of the 'enemy' ?
Obama's Outreach to Adversaries Takes Unexpected Turn With Taliban Approach
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/09/talk-taliban-out...
In an interview with the New York Times over the weekend, the president pointed to the success the U.S. military had in persuading Sunni insurgents in Iraq to turn away from Al Qaeda, and he suggested that the U.S. would consider working with moderate Taliban elements in Afghanistan to do the same. "There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region," Obama said.

U.S. Troop Increase, Apparent Openness To Taliban Talks May Indicate New Afghan Strategy
December 22, 2008 Radio Free Europe
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Zalmay Khalilzad has given his endorsement to reaching out to "elements of the Taliban who are reconcilable." But to do so, he told CNN on December
21, the Afghan government and the U.S.-led coalition must be in a "much stronger position than they are." This follows a recent announcement that the United States plans to send between 20,000 and 30,000 extra troops to the country's insurgency-plagued south and southeast by mid-2009.
http://www.rferl.org/content/US_Troop_Increase_Apparent_Openness_To_Talk...

alleged distinctions between 'civilian' and others, implied 'terrorists' is impossible, false and objectively promotes u.s. imperialist pretexts
America’s Afghan War: The Real World versus Obama’s Marketed Imagery
Bush then Obama and NATO allies killing twice as many civilian women and children than civilian men in America’s Afghan war
Prof. Marc Herold
..."for all the shifting words, Mr. Obama has left the bulk of Bush’s national security infrastructure intact..." Afghans and Pashtuns in the Pakistani border areas experience continuing brutality daily as I shall document... Americans are largely oblivio Recruiting an Afghan Militia, U.S. Faces a Test us remaining enthralled in the puffery of "Yes, We Can" and "Change We Can Believe In." The phrase "civilian casualties" is non-existent in Obama’s vocabulary as a search of Google reveals. Dead Afghan and Pashtun civilians have simply been redefined as non-existent..http://www.uruknet.de/?p=53388
digest:current info: Herold's Dossier on Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Accounting http://cursor.org/stories/civilian_deaths.htm

u.s. state terrorists to all resistance: "if you aren't with us, you're with the terrorists"
In Recruiting an Afghan Militia, U.S. Faces a Test
By DEXTER FILKINS , NYT
An effort to transplant a program that succeeded in Iraq reflects the difficulties facing Americans as they try to make gains in Afghanistan
The trouble came from the Pashtun enclave of Zayawalat, one of five large villages in Jalrez. ...American officers sat on one side of a long wooden table; a group of Afghan elders on the other. The pilot program was up and running, but the area’s big enclave of Pashtuns — the ethnic group most closely identified with the Taliban — had not sent any volunteers. The Pashtuns were worried about Taliban reprisals. “We agreed to meet today and, I believe, make a decision,” Lt. Col. Kimo Gallahue told the 11 elders. “Time is running out.” “I am so proud to be in the same room with the men who defeated the Soviet Union. Please find the courage to take responsibility for your own security.” ...“This is your last chance,” General Razik told the elders. “If you don’t take it, we are just going to associate you with the Taliban.”

Insurgencies are against normative national govt., thus by definition national anti - imperialist resistance is not 'insurgency' in occupied/dominated nations
Iran offers to train Afghan police
Ben Farmer, Telegraph
"We have announced our readiness to train the Afghan police," Esmaeel Ahmadi-Moghadam, Iran's national police chief adding there had been no talks with Nato on "any direct co-operation with foreign forces in Afghanistan". Tehran's offer follows US overtures to Iran as it tries to include Afghanistan's powerful neighbour in a new White House strategy to defeat the country's insurgency...

A Rocky Beachhead: Instability in Georgia Puts US Geostrategic Plans at Risk
Eric Walberg
...Georgian "democracy" has not had a smooth path, to put it mildly. The first post-Soviet president, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, was overthrown in a violent uprising in 1992, as was his
successor Eduard Sheverdnazde in fanatically pro-American Saakashvili’s rose coup in 2003, without violence just lots of US-EU-sponsored NGOs....
It will not be easy for Obama to let go of Georgia, the US beachhead in the pursuit of its war in Afghanistan, according to analyst Rick Rozoff. The momentum for this plan began long before Obama pledged his allegiance, long before the ill-fated war against Ossetia last summer, and continues apace. It is a plan laid down by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his 1997 Foreign Affairs article, pursued enthusiastically by Bush/Cheney, and Obama is unlikely to disagree, considering Brzezinski is his close patron and adviser.

Recent evidence of the continued importance attached to Georgia includes the US-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership signed in the fading days of the Bush regime in January. In February, the Georgian Defense Ministry released Vision 2009, outlining the plan to make Georgia’s military compliant with NATO standards. In early March, Georgian Defense Minister David Sikharulidze said Georgia’s military was now being rapidly rebuilt with US aid and that "our capabilities and tactics will be designed to meet a considerably superior force . . . As NATO seeks alternative routes to Afghanistan, we understand our strategic responsibility as gateway to the East-West corridor. Georgia will provide logistical support to NATO, opening its territory, ports, airfields, roads and railroads to the alliance."

The American warship the USS Klakring docked in the Georgian Black Sea port of Batumi 30 March, as part of its tour "participating in theatre security cooperation activities which develop both nations’ abilities to operate against common threats," according to the US military. General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the festivities, and was reminded by Saakashvili of Georgia’s troop commitments to Kosovo and Iraq (there were 2000 in Iraq till last summer) and promise to send 300 to Afghanistan. He then demanded a quid pro quo: "Our struggle continues and it will end after the complete de-occupation of Georgia’s territory and expelling the last soldier of the enemy from our country." Cartwright added some nonsense words of his own: "I want to say that you have a very good army and we know what they have done." Saakashvili has even offered to turn the Sachkhere Mountain Training School into a permanent NATO Partnership for Peace Training Center, where it will host the annual NATO South Caucasus Cooperative Longbow/ Cooperative Lancer exercises on 3 May with troops from 23 nations.

Former Indian diplomat MK Bhadrakumar says the US plans to move materiel to Afghanistan via the Black Sea port of Poti in Georgia through Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. "The project, if it materializes, will be a geopolitical coup — the biggest ever that Washington would have swung in post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus. At one stroke, the US will be tying up military cooperation at the bilateral level with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan," drawing these countries closer into NATO’s partnership programs.. Attempts to sneak Georgia and Ukraine in NATO’s back door have backfired. Continuing on this path so clearly anathema to Russia will only make access to Afghanistan more and more unpredictable.... Russia decided it officially had had enough, and sent a strong warning 2 April to the US about its plans to rebuild Georgia’s military following last year’s war. The Foreign Ministry said helping arm Georgia would be "extremely dangerous" and would amount to "nothing but the encouragement of the aggressor".... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=53413&s2=15

The Rwanda Genocide Fabrications
Human Right Watch, Alison Des Forges and Disinformation on Central Africa
Keith Harmon Snow
Because most readers of this email will have seen a story about "genocide" in Rwanda somewhere, in some form, and the same story has unfolded around Darfur, Sudan. It is intertwined with the information systems and Hollywood, and most everything out there is dishonest, disinformation, meant to deceive, confuse, and disempower us. More than that, propaganda is meant to insure our participation in systems of exploitation.
Because genocide is widespread. It is happening to native Americans, Hawai'ians, indigenous people everywhere. There is a long history of mass murder, and consciousness comes in understanding our role in it. Most important, it is critical to understand the U.S. government's relationship to dictatorships, atrocities, and plunder -- in Central Africa, Columbia, Canada -- everywhere and anywhere it is happening. Innocent people are being hurt... good people, deserving of your consciousness. blessings, keith

This story is about Human Rights Watch and Alison Des Forges, the HRW researcher on Rwanda killed in the Continental Airlines plane crash in Buffalo NY.
On 12 February 2009, Alison Des Forges, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch (HRW) for more than 20 years, was killed when Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed on route to Buffalo, New York. Des Forges was widely cited as a staunch critic of the Rwandan military government controlled by Paul Kagame and the victors of the war in Rwanda, 1990-1994. In the ongoing life-and-death s truggle to reveal the truth about war crimes and genocide in Central Africa, competing factions on all sides have posthumously embraced Alison Des Forges as an activist challenging power and a purveyor of truth and justice against all odds. Meanwhile, in March, 2009, based on false accusations of genocide issued by the Kagame regime—and given the close relations between Rwanda and the Obama administration’s former Clintonite officials—the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began the process of revisiting all immigration cases of Rwandan asylum seekers and criminalizing innocent refugees...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=53385

obama restores racist amerikan pride & imperialist hunger for African continent aka 'aid' & 'development'
US Aircraft and Elite Navy SEALs Defeat Three Somalis in a Lifeboat
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
“An estimated $300 million worth of Somali sea life is pirated by foreigners every year.”
What a weekend for American foreign policy! The United States Navy, backed up by warships from 20 other nations, knocked off three Somali guys crouching with rifles in a lifeboat tied by a rope to a U.S. destroyer. To hear U.S. corporate media tell it, the Americans won a huge victory over the forces of evil. The sole surviving Somali was in custody – a 16-year-old who essentially gave himself up earlier after being hurt in a scuffle with the American cargo ship captain now celebrated as a hero of the seven seas and defender of United States national honor.... Obama’s Ambasador to the UN, a young Black woman Susan Rice, is positively rabid when it comes to beating Somalia into submission. She was more gung-ho for the U.S.-Ethiopian invasion than George Bush.... http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/us-aircraft-and-elite-navy-s... Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

beside deadly u.s. Africom political- military wasting of Somalia along with the entire continent of Africa
'Toxic waste' behind some Somali piracy
By Najad Abdullahi
April 15, 2009 "Al Jazeera" -- Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8m ransom for the return of a Ukranian ship they captured, saying the money will go towards cleaning up the waste. The ransom demand is a means of "reacting to the toxic waste that has been continually dumped on the shores of our country for nearly 20 years", Januna Ali Jama, a spokesman for the pirates, based in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, said. "The Somali coastline has been destroyed, and we believe this money is nothing compared to the devastation that we have seen on the seas." The pirates are holding the MV Faina, a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks and military hardware, off Somalia's northern coast. According to the International Maritime Bureau, 61 attacks by pirates have been reported since the start of the year. While money is the primary objective of the hijackings, claims of the continued environmental destruction off Somalia's coast have been largely ignored by the regions's maritime authorities....
Allegations of the dumping of toxic waste, as well as illegal fishing, have circulated since the early 1990s. But evidence of such practices literally appeared on the beaches of northern Somalia when the tsunami of 2004 hit the country.The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported the tsunami had washed up rusting containers of toxic waste on the shores of Puntland.
Nick Nuttall, a UNEP spokesman, told Al Jazeera that when the barrels were smashed open by the force of the waves, the containers exposed a "frightening activity" that has been going on for more than decade."Somalia has been used as a dumping ground for hazardous waste starting in the early 1990s, and continuing through the civil war there," he said. "European companies found it to be very cheap to get rid of the waste, costing as little as $2.50 a tonne, where waste disposal costs in Europe are something like $1000 a tonne.
And the waste is many different kinds. There is uranium radioactive waste. There is lead, and heavy metals like cadmium and mercury. There is also industrial waste, and there are hospital wastes, chemical wastes – you name it... Radioactive uranium waste that is potentially killing Somalis and completely destroying the ocean," he said.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22428.htm

Deadly Imperialist development "aid"
1,500 farmers commit mass suicide in India
Over 1,500 farmers in Chattisgarh an Indian agricultural state committed suicide after being driven to debt by crop failure... "The water level has gone down below 250 feet here. It used to be at 40 feet a few years ago," Shatrughan Sahu, a villager told Down To Earth magazine.... a district that recorded 206 farmer suicides last year. Police records for the district add that many deaths occur due to debt and economic distress. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/1500-farmers-commit-mass-su...

U.S. shipped 989 munitions containers to Israel week before Gaza invasion, including white phosphorous
usrael slaughtered 437 children in gaza genocide
Gaza offensive also left 1500 children orphans, thousands of them suffered psychological problems due to witnessing scenes of death and destructions.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=91096§ionid=351020202

u.s. quisling abbas signals cooperation with netanyahu
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday and offered him warm wishes on the Jewish holiday of Passover, according to reports in the Israeli media. The reports, some citing sources in the prime minister’s office, others citing a statement circulated by Netanyahu’s staff, indicated that Abbas’ call was meant to signal the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) willingness to deal with Netanyahu’s new right-wing government. The Isr aeli news agency Ynet quoted one source close to Netanyahu who said the conversation was "warm and friendly.".. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=53367

USRAEL'S, #1 GLOBAL GENOCIDAL STATE TERRORIST 'S, CHOSEN HOLOCAUST
Bengali Holocaust
Dr. Gideon Polya
In the 1943-1945 Bengal Famine 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death by the British in British-occupied India in a forgotten Bengali Holocaust that occurred at the same time as the Jewish Holocaust (5-6 million dead, 1 in 6 dying from deprivation) that was part of a wider but forgotten WW2 European Holocaust in general (30 million Slav, Jewish and Roma dead). [1 Yet a search of over 3 million pages of the Australian taxpayer-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) records reveals only 4 ABC broadcast references to the “Bengal Famine” and due to Dr Gideon Polya (2), Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen (1) and ecofeminist physicist Dr Vandana Shiva (1), respectively – whereas a search for “Holocaust” reveals 25 ABC broadcast references to the Jewish Holocaust in the first few months of 2009 alone. [2]

Indeed there are zero (0) ABC broadcast references to the following binomial terms in quotes for past, present and future atrocities in which Australia has been/is variously complicit (violent and non-violent excess deaths in millions in parentheses): Palestinian Holocaust, Palestinian Genocide (0.3 million, 1967-2009), Iraqi Holocaust, Iraqi Genocide (4.1 million, 1990-2009, 2.3 million 2003-2009), Afghan Holocaust, Afghan Genocide (3-7 million, 2001-2009), Bengali Holocaust (10 million, 1769-1770; 6-7 million, 1943-1945; 3 million, 1971), Indian Holocaust (1.8 billion, 1757-1947), Muslim Holocaust (0.4 billion, 1950-2009) and (prospective) Climate Genocide (10 billion globally, 2 billion Indians this century due to unaddressed, man-made global warming) – indeed there are only 3 ABC broadcast references to “Aboriginal Genocide” (circa 2 million, 1788 onwards; 9,000 annually) . [3]

Any holocaust denial is repugnant and is also dangerous because “history ignored yields history repeated”. The appalling Australian ABC record of dishonest, racist and unethical holocaust denial demands urgent exposure and redress – Australian holocaust denial threatens Australia, the Developing World and the Planet. [4]

Dr Gideon Polya, 29 Dwyer Street, Macleod, Melbourne, Victoria 3085, Australia (telephone day & night: 03 9459 3649).

[1]. “Bengal Famine”, BBC Radio 4 broadcast (with Dr Gideon Polya, Economics Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen and other scholars), 4 January 2008: http://www.open2.net/thingsweforgot/bengalfamine_programme.html ; Gideon Polya “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History. Colonial rapacity, holocaust denial and the crisis in biological sustainability”, G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 1998, 2008: http://janeaustenand.blogspot.com/ .

[2]. ABC Search of 3 million documents for “climate genocide”: http://search.abc.net.au/search/search.cgi?form=simple&num_ranks=20&coll... .

[3]. Gideon Polya “Australia’s secret genocide history. La Trobe, “Bundoora Eucalyptus” and black crimes of White Australia”, MWC News, 2008: http://mwcnews.net/content/view/22128/42/ ; Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” , G.M. Polya, Melbourne, 2007: http://mwcnews.net/Gideon-Polya and http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/ ); Gideon Polya, “Aboriginal Genocide. Racist White Australian child abuse and passive mass murder”, MWC News, 2007: http://mwcnews.net/content/view/15140/42/

[4]. Gideon Polya, “Climate Disruption, Climate Emergency, Climate Genocide & Penultimate Bengali Holocaust through Sea Level Rise “, Yarra Valley Climate Action Group, 2009: http://sites.google.com/site/yarravalleyclimateactiongroup/climate-disru... .

CUI BONO: ASEAN CANCELLED: revealing silence on 'convenient' u.s. supported violent protests
Protests Force Thailand to Cancel ASEAN Summit
By Ron Corben
Pattaya, Thailand
11 April 2009
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-11-voa2.cfm
The Thai Government has canceled a summit of leaders from the Association of South East Asian Nations - ASEAN - after anti-government protesters blocked the meeting venue at the seaside resort of Pattaya. The government has declared a stage of emergency over the province.
The 10-nation ASEAN summit was intended to include the leadership from China, Japan, South Korea as well as Australia, New Zealand and India. But it was abruptly canceled Saturday as protesters breached security forces, breaking through glass doors.
The summit had been scheduled to discuss the region's economic concerns, trade and food security. Regional leaders were also expected to sign an ASEAN China investment pact and meet with Japan, South Korea and China to discuss security on the Korean Peninsular.

house negro-in-chief's 'homeland' job
'disrespect': ACTUALLY repressing Black resistance and continuing historical, systemic U.S. genocide against the oppressed U.S Black nation
Avoiding World Conference on Racism Shows Obama's Deep Disrespect For Blacks
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q=content/avoiding-world-conference-ra...
“Blacks get nothing from Obama’s White House except permission to worship him as the ultimate role model.”

Barack Obama knows full well that he risks nothing by disrespecting African Americans at will. Across the Black political spectrum, so-called leadership seems incapable of shame or of taking... offense at even the most blatant insults to Black people when the source of the affront is Barack Hussein Obama....

Obama has done more damage to the Durban process than George Bush, who pulled out of Durban I after the conference had begun. Important language survived the 2001 disruption, such as:
“We acknowledge that slavery and the slave trade, including the transatlantic slave trade, were appalling tragedies in the history of humanity not only because of their abhorrent barbarism but also in terms of their magnitude, organized nature and especially their negation of the essence of the victims, and further acknowledge that slavery and the slave trade are a crime against humanity and should always have been so, especially the transatlantic slave trade and are among the major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and that Africans and people of African descent, Asians and people of Asian.”
and,
“Urges States to adopt the necessary measures, as provided by national law, to ensure the right of victims to seek just and adequate reparation and satisfaction to redress acts of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and to design effective measures to prevent the repetition of such acts”
As University of Dayton, Ohio law professor Vernellia R. Randall has pointed out, pressures from the Obama White House caused revisions in the Durban II draft that
• withdrew language related to reparations;
• removed the proposed paragraph related to the transatlantic slave trade being a crime against humanity;
• removed proposed paragraphs designed to strengthen the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent; and,
• overall weakened the efforts related to people of African Descent.
And of course, language related to Palestinian rights and Israeli racism was totally eviscerated. (Samantha Power: “..it did drop all references to Israel and all anti-Semitic language.”) But none of that was enough to satisfy Zionists...

George Bush’s walkout at Durban I provided a sour ending for the event, but allowed participants to make some important statements and carry out additional work over the next eight years. The United States and other countries were to report to Durbin II on residential segregation, criminal justice, police brutality, felony disenfranchisement and Katrina displacement. That cannot happen if the official American delegation is not in Geneva. Samantha Power told her Jewish leadership friends, who don’t want Durban II to occur, at all, not to worry. “In order for us to participate in the negotiations, to sit behind the placard, to be involved in a frontal way, much more would need to be done. And all four of our red lines will need to be met."

“Where are the ‘red lines’ that so-called Black leaders will not tolerate being breached?” ... as long as Black notables (let’s drop the “leadership” charade) turn into invertebrates at the mere thought of Barack Obama, so long will he treat the entire group as inconsequential, harmless ciphers.

amerikan nightmare
another 'glimmer of hope' for capitalism's war on the working class: 1 of very 159 houses hit by foreclosure filing
Foreclosures rise 24%
(CNNMoney.com) -- Foreclosures skyrocketed in March and the first quarter of 2008 to their highest levels on record as banks lifted moratoria on filings. Foreclosure filings - which include default papers, auction sale notices and repossessions - reached 803,489 in the first quarter, according to a report released Thursday by RealtyTrac, on online marketer of foreclosed properties. That is a 24% jump over a year earlier and a 9% increase compared to the previous quarter. Of those first-quarter filings, 341,180 happened in March - a 17% increase from February and a 46% jump from March 2008. The March and first quarter were the highest monthly and quarterly totals since RealtyTrac began reporting in January 2005. "In the month of March we saw a record level of foreclosure activity - the number of households that received a foreclosure filing was more than 12% higher than the next highest month on record," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of RealtyTrac, in a prepared statement. http://www.salon.com/5things/?source=newsletter

Obama toughening Bush' 'education' policy
“Obama’s fundamental strategy is the same as Bush’s: standardized tests, numbers-crunching; it’s the N.C.L.B. approach with lots of money attached,” Diane Ravitch, an education historian critical of the education law, said in an interview. “Obama has given Bush a third term in education policy.”... The clues emerge from the fine print of the economic stimulus law that Mr. Obama signed in February, which channels billions of dollars to public education.... The key education provisions in the stimulus take the form of four “assurances” that governors must sign to receive billions in emergency education aid. In a Jan. 7 meeting with senior Democratic lawmakers, [education secretary] Arne Duncan announced the administration’s intention to channel billions of dollars to the states in exchange for governors’ pledges to double down on education reform... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/education/15educ.html?_r=1&th&emc=th