COMMENTARY: Capitalism's inherent need to expand or die underlies the current U.S. global war to secure its political-economic world dominance. It demands the political, economic and military surveillance, control, suppression or defeat of resistance. This is called "the war on terror".
By definition, "terrorists" are NOT white so to save its white ass, america must patriotically support transparent racist terror in the guise of "national security" ... and in almost unbelivable lies it is for the "security" and "liberation" of those whose lands and lives it destroys to achieve its white supremacist imperialist 'manifest destiny'.
The criminal terror war depends on the historically embedded, and feverishly whipped up racism post 911 in the "homeland". This is the ideological engine supporting and driving the fascist juggernaut ... as it has the entire history of north american capitalism, a grotesque history of national oppression, genocide and slavery called the peak of "civilization", the racist fruits of which seep through every pore of this country 24/7, distilled from ''think-tanks', scientific & military research centers, from media, churches, schools & 'entertainment' -- relentless psywarfare and social engineering of oppression and racist ignorance, fear, hatred and violence that keeps our enemy securely in power.
The tale of the slaughter at Wounded Knee in South Dakota is [an] example too well known to require detailed repeating here, but what is less well known about that massacre is that, a week and a half before it happened, the editor of the South Dakota's Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer -- a gentle soul named L. Frank Baum, who later became famous as the author of The Wizard of Oz -- urged the wholesale extermination of all America's native peoples: "The nobility of the Redskin is extinguished, and what few are left are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them. The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they should die than live the miserable wretches that they are."
David E. Stannard
"Christopher Columbus not only opened the door to a New World, but also set an example for us all by showing what monumental feats can be accomplished through perseverance and faith."
--George H.W. Bush, 1989 speech
Conquered states that have been accustomed to liberty and the government of their own laws can be held by the conqueror in three different ways. The first is to ruin them; the second, for the conqueror to go and reside there in person; and the third is to allow them to continue to live under their own laws, subject to a regular tribute, and to create in them a government of a few, who will keep the country friendly to the conqueror
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
"...depopulation should be the highest priority of U.S. foreign policy towards the Third World."
Henry Kissinger, National Security Memo 200, dated April 24, 1974
North Americans have come to regard themselves as the "chosen people" -- in practice, a synonym for the Nazi term, Herrenvolk. This is the threat which we are facing today. And this is why American imperialism will be even more brutal than its predecessors, most of whom never claimed to have been invested with a divine mission.
RACISM: THE IDEOLOGICAL LYNCHPIN:
U.S. HISTORY & ITS CURRENT WORLD WAR OF STATE TERROR PROVES WHITE SUPREMACIST RACISM IS A DEADLY POLITICAL-ECONOMIC-CULTURAL CONSTRUCT WITH NO SCIENTIFIC MATERIAL BASIS. IT IS AN IDEOLOGICAL WMD TO "JUSTIFY" NATIONAL OPPRESSION & WARS OF AGGRESSION CALLED "COUNTER-TERROR" & LIBERATION TO DIVIDE THE WORKING CLASS & OPPRESSED PEOPLES & NATIONS AND CONQUER THE ONLY THREAT TO IMPERIALIST DESTRUCTION, REVOLUTIONARY STRUGGLE.
The End of Race?
By Salim Muwakkil,
July 1, 2003
...a three-part PBS series, "Race: The Power of an Illusion." produced by California Newsreel ...covers a wide range of race-related issues. But the program's title is its major point: Racial differences are illusory.... science is revealing that those observable, "natural" differences are social constructions rather than biological facts.
"The Difference Between Us," the first episode of "Race," explains that humanity emerged in Africa about 150,000 to 200,000 years ago and began migrating out about 70,000 years ago. As humans spread across the planet, populations intermingled, creating a variety of genetic interrelationships. These are not always what one might expect: Some Europeans have more genes in common with Nigerians than do Nigerians with Ethiopians, and so on. Most variation is within, not between, "races."
The first segment also notes that many of our "phenotypic" characteristics, like skin color, evolved recently, after we left Africa. But traits like intelligence, musical ability, and physical aptitude are of a more ancient genetic vintage and thus are common to all populations.
... a recent archeological find provided corroborating fossil evidence for this... The June 12 issue of Nature revealed that scientists working in northeast Ethiopia found the 160,000-year-old remains of two adults and a child that are said to be the earliest human remains ever discovered. According to Tim White, the University of California paleoanthropologist who led the team, "this discovery means our roots are African."... the theory of an African genesis of humanity had gained wide support in the last two decades thanks to the research findings of the growing science of molecular genetics.... based on evolutionary changes in mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from mother to daughter, have concluded that humanity had a common ancestor in Africa -- the so-called "African Eve."
... the reigning doctrines of white supremacy discouraged any consideration of an African genesis of humanity. And despite increasing archaeological evidence, many anthropologists resisted tracing humanity's origins to the so-called Dark Continent. The more radical white supremacists postulated that there was a "multiregional evolution," in which Europeans evolved from another branch of hominids altogether -- the hearty Neanderthals. However, genetic studies have revealed no Neanderthal DNA in modern humans. A preponderance of genetic evidence reveals the ironic fact that the same Europeans who created the idea of race and white supremacy are genetic progeny of the Africans they devalued. With this view of history, it's clear that the concept of race is an insidious fiction created primarily to justify exploitation, slavery, and imperial conquest.
"Race"'s second episode, "The Story We Tell," explores this sordid history, tracing the origins of the racial idea to the European conquest of the New World and to the American slave system. We see how the logic of racial hierarchy, which placed Africans on the lowest rung of humanity, allowed self-professed Christians to justify the institution of racial slavery. New York University historian Robin D. G. Kelley points out that the Enlightenment idea of freedom led to the ideology of white supremacy: "The problem that they had to figure out is how can we promote liberty, freedom, democracy on the one hand, and a system of slavery and exploitation of people who are non-white on the other?" They did it by dehumanizing enslaved Africans. The episode notes that by the mid-19th century, the idea of racial hierarchy and its corollary, white supremacy, had become conventional wisdom. "The idea found fruition in racial science, Manifest Destiny, and our imperial adventures abroad,"....
The final episode, "The House We Live In," focuses on the ways U.S. institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others. It outlines the historical trajectory of racial disadvantage and shows how it remains easily discernable in the wealth gap and disparities in other social indices. The segment also examines the "unmarked" race of white people. Here the documentary slides in some of the insights developed by the nascent "Whiteness" movement, which defines the very idea of white identity as an ideology of racial domination.[...]
ZIONISM: IMPERIALIST SPAWN AND PROXY
Iran's President Did Not Say "Israel must be wiped off the map"
By Arash Norouzi
Ahmadinejad declares that Zionism is the West's apparatus of political oppression... the "Zionist regime" was imposed on the Islamic world as a strategic bridgehead to ensure domination of the region and its assets. Palestine, he insists, is the frontline of the Islamic world's struggle with American hegemony, and its fate will have repercussions for the entire Middle East. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16218.htm
There isn’t a war on terror. It’s impossible for the world’s greatest terrorist organisation - the United States - to conduct a war on terror... Since 1946, they’ve overthrown some 50 governments, many of them by terrorist means - that’s terrorism.
from an interview with John Pilger:
911 MADE-IN-USA PRETEXT FOR WORLD WAR OF TERROR
Nine-Eleven, Manna from Heaven
by Anwaar Hussain
This 9/11, as the swirling ashes of the twin towers continue to fall far and wide, it will be full five years since the start of American Inquisition. 9/11.. has turned out to be Manna from Heaven for the flag bearers of American Inquisition.
This cabal is not a group of ragtag carpetbaggers. They are the inheritors of a tradition from their ilk of bygone years. In the hunt for new lands for their Imperial masters, their ideological forefathers practiced their art and craft for centuries. Waiting just beyond the circle of light, they appear at the scent of new opportunities like hyenas do at the stench of rotting carcasses at the dead of the night.
As far back as 1492, Christopher Columbus the points man for the Spanish Inquisition export into foreign lands, that most barbarous periods in all of human history, was funded by private investors because the royal monarchs were broke from their Granada campaign against the Muslims of Spain. The investors promised, but never fulfilled, 10 percent of all the revenues from the new lands in perpetuity to Columbus.
Likewise, the Jewel of the British Empire, India, was conquered for the queen by the British East India Company. Based in London, this company was nothing more than a commercial trading venture having a trade monopoly over all East Indies for 21 years. Instead of trading for Her Imperial Majesty, it presided over the creation of a far more profitable entity--the British Raj. Starting from the decisive victory by Sir Robert Clive at the Battle of Plassey in 1757 that established the British East India Company as a military as well as a commercial power, until its dissolution in 1858, the company virtually ruled India.
Five years back to date, airline jets appeared in the cobalt blue New York Skies as if sent by the gods above. Within minutes they had bumped through tall wonders of human achievements reducing them and their occupants to a tangled mass of steel, concrete and human flesh. While the world stood aghast and numb from the pain of the victims and the sheer scale of the crime, somewhere in some dark unlit corners of America, a small cabal of malicious, hateful and warmongering few soaked themselves in this Manna from Heaven.
Not very much later these humanoids had firmly catapulted America on a ceaseless warpath not of self defense, but of fear, insecurity, suspicion, hatred, anger, reprisal and a blind, jingoistic patriotism that continues to take its toll on humanity. No one has put it better than Manuel Valenzuela who, in his profound essay ‘Gods of War, Gods of Greed and Profiteers of Misery’, says;
“It was on that day that the misery of millions became the fortune of a few thousand. It was on that day that the MIC and the Corporate Leviathan wrestled ultimate control from the people of the world, usurping global power and forever altering the future of humanity. Our 9/11 became their Pearl Harbor, a moment in time needed to unleash already predetermined plans to expand power and control on a now easily manipulated and mobilized citizenry. The greatest profiteers in the history of the United States were now free to release their hounds of war, conquest, greed and violence upon the rest of civilization.” ...
9/11 and the "War on Terrorism"
Selected articles and essays
by Michel Chossudovsky
The Big Lie
This evolving bipartisan consensus is based on a lie. Confirmed by congressional transcripts, intelligence and news reports, this illusive outside enemy is a creation of the US intelligence apparatus.
The enemy of America is "Made in America".
"Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of September 11.
When people across the US and around the World find out that Al Qaeda is not an outside enemy but a creation of US foreign policy and the CIA, the legitimacy of the bipartisan war agenda will tumble like a deck of cards." (Michel Chossudovsky, War and Globalization, The Truth behind September 11, 2002)
"MASCAL: NORAD SIMULATION OF 911
...Only in a clumsily faked video put out by the Pentagon did "Bin Laden" even claim to have a few days' advance knowledge of the attacks -- the Pentagon, CIA, Justice Department, FBI and White House knew months in advance, while preparations for the attacks had been in the works for years... see "NORAD exercise had jet crashing into building", Barbara Starr CNN Washington Bureau, April 19, 2004
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sometime between 1991 and 2001, a regional sector of the North American Aerospace Defense Command simulated a foreign hijacked airliner crashing into a building in the United States as part of training exercise scenario, a NORAD spokesman said.
Contingency planning Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing for emergencies
The following is mirrored from its source at: http://www.mdw.army.mil/news/news_photos/Contingency_Planning_Photos.htm...
A plane crash is simulated inside the cardboard courtyard of a surprisingly realistic-looking model Pentagon. This "tabletop" exercise was designed to help emergency relief personnel better prepare for disasters when they occur.
Police and fire department personnel contemplate responses during the MASCAL drill.
http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/linkscopy/ContPlanP.html back to MASCAL exercise sim | CAH | ratville times| tree
911 Jersey Girls’ online petition: "Public's Right To Know - Declassification and Release of 911 Documents":
MANUFACTURING "TERRORIST PROVOCATIONS" FOR "COUNTER-TERRORIST" OPS
Into the Dark: The Pentagon P20G Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks
by Chris Floyd
November 1, 2002
... in last Sunday's Los Angeles Times. There--in an article by military analyst William Arkin, detailing the vast expansion of the secret armies being amassed...came the revelation of Rumsfeld's plan to create "a super-Intelligence Support Activity" that will "bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception."
According to a classified document prepared for Rumsfeld by his Defense Science Board, the new organization--the "Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)"--will carry out secret missions designed to "stimulate reactions" among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to "counterattack" by U.S. forces.
...the classified Pentagon program puts it this way: "Their sovereignty will be at risk."...
Darkness Visible: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism Now in Operation (2005)
From the Moscow Times, Jan. 25, 2005. This is the follow-up to "Into the Dark."
...Now the United States stands openly – even proudly – for terrorism, torture and... aggressive war...
More than two years ago, we wrote here of a secret Pentagon plan to foment terrorism: sending covert agents to infiltrate terrorist groups and goad them into action – i.e., committing acts of murder and destruction. The purpose was two-fold: first, to bring the terrorist groups into the open, where they could be counterattacked; and second, to justify U.S. military attacks on the countries where the terrorists were operating – attacks which, in the Pentagon's words, would put those nations' "sovereignty at risk." It was a plan that countenanced – indeed, encouraged – the deliberate murder of innocent people and the imposition of U.S. military rule anywhere in the world that American leaders desired. This plan is now activated. In fact, it's being expanded, as the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh revealed last week. Not only will U.S.-directed agents infiltrate existing terrorist groups and provoke them into action; the Pentagon itself will create its own terrorist groups and "death squads." After establishing their "terrorist credentials" through various atrocities and crimes, these American-run groups will then be able to ally with – and ultimately undermine – existing "terrorist" groups...
The activation of the Pentagon terrorist operation is part of Bush's second-term expansion of the "war on terror." Despite some obfuscating rhetoric about "diplomacy," the Bush regime is pressing ahead with a hard-line strategy aimed at opening new military fronts in the "global free-fire zone." Any dissenting voices within the government are being ruthlessly purged. The Pentagon's secret forces are set for operations in at least 10 countries, and Bush insiders "repeatedly" told Hersh that "Iran is the next strategic target."
Iran has long been a focus of the small clique of "global dominationists" ...who engineered the invasion of Iraq....Their first objective – openly stated years ago, before Bush took office – was the overthrow of Saddam's regime and the planting of a U.S. "military footprint" in Iraq... The fact that it has plunged the Iraqi people into a hell of violence, chaos, terror and extremism is of no real concern ... lofty rhetoric about "freedom" and "liberation" is meaningless sham, shuck and jive for the rubes.... they seek strategic control over the world's energy resources in order to preserve and expand American geopolitical and economic hegemony in the new century.
P20G 'BLACK OPS' CREATION OF FAKE "TERRORISTS"
from THE HISTORY COMMONS PROJECT
1986: CIA Officially Backs ISI Program Promoting Militant Islam Worldwide
During a secret visit to Pakistan CIA Director William Casey commits the CIA to support the ISI program of recruiting radical Muslims for the Afghan war from other Muslim countries around the world. In addition to the Gulf States, these include Turkey, the Philippines, and China. The ISI started their recruitment of radicals from other countries in 1982 (see 1982). This CIA cooperation is part of a joint CIA-ISI plan begun the year before to expand the “Jihad” beyond Afghanistan (see March 1985). [Rashid, 2001, pp. 128-129]
Timeline Tags: Western Support for Islamic Militancy
Category Tags: Soviet-Afghan War, Pakistani ISI, Philippine Militant Collusion
Late 1980s: Bin Laden, CIA, and ISI Train Core of Future Philippines Militant Group
The core of the future Philippine militant group Abu Sayyaf fights with bin Laden in Afghanistan and its training there is paid for by the CIA and Pakistani ISI. In 1986, the CIA agreed to support an ISI program of recruiting radical Muslims from other countries, including the Philippines, to fight in the Afghan war (see 1986). By one estimate, initially between 300 and 500 radical Muslims from the southern Philippines go to Afghanistan to fight. [Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College, 9/1/2005 ] In 1987 or 1988, bin Laden dispatches his brother-in-law Mohammed Jamal Khalifa to the Philippines to find more recruits willing to go to Afghanistan. It is estimated he finds about 1,000 recruits. One of them is Abdurajak Janjalani, who emerges as the leader of these recruits in Afghanistan. When the Afghan war ends in 1989 most of them will return to the Philippines and form the Abu Sayyaf group, still led by Janjalani (see Early 1991). [Contemporary Southeast Asia, 12/2002; Manila Times, 2/1/2007] Journalist John Cooley will write in a 1999 book that Abu Sayyaf will become “the most violent and radical Islamist group in the Far East, using its CIA and ISI training to harass, attack, and murder Christian priests, wealthy non-Muslim plantation-owners, and merchants and local government in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.” [Cooley, 1999, pp. 63] After having read Cooley’s book and gathering information from other sources, Senator Aquilino Pimentel, President of the Philippine Senate, will say in a 2000 speech that the “CIA has sired a monster” because it helped train this core of the Abu Sayyaf. [Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel website, 7/31/2000]
Entity Tags: Pakistan Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, Osama bin Laden, Abu Sayyaf, Central Intelligence Agency, Aquilino Pimentel, Mohammed Jamal Khalifa, Abdurajak Janjalani Category Tags: Philippine Militant Collusion, Pakistani ISI
Early 1991: Islamist Group Abu Sayyaf Formed [see this critical history in detail to March 2006]
PSYOPS AS U.S. "NEWS": CASE STUDIES
Targeting the “US Home Audience”
by Sunil K. Sharma
...The Bush Administration has desperately tried to portray the Iraqi resistance as being to a significant extent a tool of “foreign” jihadists like Zarqawi, rather than the inevitable and legitimate, overwhelmingly homegrown resistance to US occupation and brutality that it in fact is. As one US intelligence agent commented: “We were basically paying up to $US10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq.” “Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one.”
Indeed, as the Washington Post reported on April 11, 2006, based on military documents it obtained, the US military had conducted a “propaganda campaign to magnify the role” of Zarqawi in Iraq. “The documents explicitly list the ‘U.S. Home Audience’ as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign.” The Post went on to report that, “The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.” One military briefing from 2004 cited by the Post states: “Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response.” The document listed three methods to be employed in this campaign: “Media operations,” “Special Ops (626)” (referring to Task Force 626, an elite US military unit assigned primarily to hunt down senior officials in Saddam Hussein's government) and “PSYOP”, the military term for propaganda work. Another briefing states that the “The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date,” in the view of Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, now a senior planner on the Central Command staff directing operations in Iraq and the Middle East.[...]
Pentagon PSYOP: "Terror Mastermind" Abu Musab Al Zarqawi is "Incompetent"
By Michel Chossudovsky
Modern psychological operations, or PSYOP,... is not unlike the public advertising that we are all exposed to wherever we go, every day, through all kinds of mass media. US Airborne, Psychological Operations/Warfare ..
Osama, Death Squads and the Biggest Lie Ever Told
... "Osama", "al-Qaeda", "al-Qaeda in Iraq", "al-Zarqawi" "al-Zawahiri" are, or were, all part of a US government psychological operation that pitched them as the likely suspects to take the blame for the US and Israeli government Middle Eastern predations, not to mention the imposition of a police state in the US and Britain...
...It has already been exposed that the killings and bombings are the work of "death squads" working out of the Iraqi interior ministry, which itself is entirely controlled by the CIA. Let me reiterate that in every war waged by the US government against a foreign nation, a counter-insurgency operation has immediately been implemented. Counter-insurgency operations are required in such circumstances because when a country is invaded, ! an insurgency of some form invariable arises to defend the country. Such insurgents are very difficult for an invading army to defeat given the extensive support and collaboration they enjoy from the general population. Essentially, an invading army finds itself at war with the population of the country they are invading rather than a separate and independent insurgency. Strategies developed over the years to deal with such situations has come to be known as "counter-insurgency", and include attempts to identify divisions within the society, usually religious, political or ethnic, however insignificant, and to then attempt to provoke these divisions...
In-depth examination of prototype psyops phenomena
Reasonable Doubts about the Guilt and Death of the Deceptive "Mr. Zarqawi"
Dr. Richard Marsden http://www.uruknet.info/?s1=1&p=24073&s2=20
"What one man can invent, another can discover."
CIA disbands "Bin laden" unit
The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,,1812598,00.html
Nearly five years after George Bush vowed to bring Osama bin Laden to justice "dead or alive", it's the end of the line for the CIA's Alec Station, the unit dedicated to the hunt for the al-Qaida leader.
CIA officials insisted today that the hunt for al-Qaida's founder continued. "Tracking and gathering intelligence about Bin Laden, Zawahiri ... remains a high priority for the CIA and the intelligence community," one official said...
"The reorganisation just reflects the understanding that the Islamic jihadist movement continues to diversify," an intelligence official said.
Zarqawi -- Bush's man for all seasons
by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Oct. 15, 2004http://www.unknownnews.org/0606110607Zarqawi.html
Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans
By Dahr Jamail
With the plan to secure Baghdad, "Operation Forward Together," now three weeks old, and the so-called terror leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed, the security situation has only continued to deteriorate. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13840.htm
Hubub in Hibhib: The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi
Written by Chris Floyd
Abu Musab Saddam Osama al-Zarqawi, the extremely elusive if not entirely mythical terrorist mastermind responsible for every single insurgent action in Iraq except for the ones caused by the red-tailed devils in Iran or the stripey-tailed devils in Syria, has reportedly been killed in an airstrike in Hibhib, an area north of Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki announced today.
Fort Dix informants' actions examined
He railed against the United States, helped scout out military installations for attack, offered to introduce his comrades to an arms dealer, and gave them a list of weapons he could procure, including machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. These were not the actions of a terrorist, but of a paid FBI informant who helped bring down an alleged plot by six Muslim men to massacre U.S. soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix.
Those actions have raised questions of whether the government crossed the line and pushed the six men down a path they would not otherwise have followed.
Entrapment is an argument that has been made in other terrorism cases, and one that has failed miserably in the post-Sept. 11 era....
Prosecutors portrayed the six men — Serdar Tatar, 23; Agron Abdullahu, 24; Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 22; Dritan "Anthony" or "Tony" Duka, 28; Shain Duka, 26; and Eljvir "Elvis" Duka, 23 — as driven by hatred of the United States, a description disputed by relatives and acquaintances.
Entrapment occurs when law-enforcement officials entice others into committing a crime they otherwise would not have committed. Under the law, people cannot be convicted if they were entrapped. But there is no entrapment if a person is willing to break the law and law officers offer to help.
"In the post-9/11 era, the entrapment defense is basically useless" Klingeman said. [...]
U.S., Germans Fear Terror Attack
May 11, 2007
U.S. air marshals have been diverted to provide expanded protection of flights between Germany and the United States.
"The information behind the threat is very real," a senior U.S. official told ABC News.
"The danger level is high. We are part of the global threat by Islamist terrorism."
Of particular concern, according to U.S. and German law enforcement officials, is Patch Barracks, the headquarters for U.S. European Command, near Stuttgartt... following reports that suspected terrorists had conducted surveillance of the Patch Barracks facility.
"The attack would be designed to create high numbers of casualties among both Germans and the U.S. military," said ABC News consultant Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterror official.
A spokesperson at Patch Barracks said they were not aware of any specific surveillance on the location, and they are not under any more specific surveillance than other U.S. facilities in Germany.
When asked today about ABC News' report of a terror threat in Germany, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said... they didn't have a specific, credible threat, but they were quite concerned."
Another day, another ferry bomb threat
P-I STAFF (notice no byline)
Ferry service between Seattle and Bremerton was delayed for more than two hours Tuesday after a bomb threat [SIC] forced a shutdown of the service. It was the second bomb threat [SIC] against the ferry system this week. As in Monday's incident, no bomb was found... http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/transportation/314882_tl109.html
IMPERIALIST DEMOCRACY AT WORK:
CIA Torture Manual
This manual cannot teach anyone how to be, or become, a good interrogator. At best it can help readers to avoid the characteristic mistakes of poor interrogators. Its purpose is to provide guidelines for KUBARK interrogation, and particularly the counterintelligence interrogation of resistant sources. Designed as an aid for interrogators and others immediately concerned, it is based largely upon the published results of extensive research, including scientific inquiries conducted by specialists in closely related subjects...
Torture at Abu Ghraib followed CIA's Manual
THE PHOTOS from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison are snapshots not of simple brutality or a breakdown in discipline but of CIA torture techniques that have metastasized over the past 50 years like an undetected cancer inside the US intelligence community. From 1950 to 1962, the CIA led secret research into coercion and consciousness that reached a billion dollars at peak.l
NOT ONLY A FOREIGN AFFAIR: ONGOING RACIST OPPRESSION & GENOCIDE IN THE "HOMELAND"
American Torture Chambers: A Report on Today’s Prisons and Jails -- Part 1 of 2
“Abu Ghraib ... was simply the export of the worst practices that take place in the domestic prison system all the time.”...
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons; Video report:
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals, Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were committed in Iraq?...
Imperial Torture Doctors Without Borders
A leading bioethicist charges in a prestigious British medical journal that U.S. military medical personnel are complicit in abuse of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and suggests an inquiry into their behavior in places such as Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, is in order...
The "Contract Interrogator"
Writing in the Washington Post (9th February 2007) Eric Fairm writes of:
... "an interrogator's nightmare". "A man with no face stares at me from the corner of a room. He pleads for help, but I am afraid to move. He begins to cry. It is a pitiful sound and it sickens me. He screams, but as I awaken, I realize the screams are mine."
Fairm is plagued by nightmares. He was a "contract interrogator", for the 82nd Airborne Division, in Falluja during part of 2004, one "... of two civilian interrogators, assigned to the division interrogation facility".
The man who returns to torment his dreams was "... a suspected associate" of a Ba'ath Party leader in Anbar province... who had been captured two months earlier". In other words, he was a possible pan-Arab nationalist, living in his own country. "Nationalist" becomes a pejorative word when used by Western politicians...
The haunted Mr Fairm has "long since forgotten" the name of his nocturnal visitor - something one would have thought might also haunt - but not his instructions:
"I was to deprive the detainee of sleep .. forcing him to stand in a corner and stripping him of his clothes." There will be many that will applaud honesty in admitting Abu Ghraib-like torment, "mistakes" and failing to "uphold the standards of human decency". Instead: "I intimidated, degraded a man who could not defend himself", writes Fairm.
He also watched naked prisoners, forced to stand through the night, shivering; saw degradation, deprivation, punching, kicking "used daily". "Appalled", he admits lacking the courage to stand up and challenge "friends and colleagues". With "friends" like these ...
One thing is clear, the man does need help. There is no hope of success in Iraq....with $2,500 a head (seemingly the current going rate) for blowing families to bits in their beds and blasting their homes over them, or blowing in the door of the family home, to invade in boots, then say "sorry", or visit the family of the illegally snatched detainee (you are illegal invaders, please remember) is not going to win hearts and minds in millennia. The "damage" done to the people of Iraq, described, hardly addresses the enormity. "Damage" is car dent, a cracked window, an accidental act, not pre-meditated torment, physical damage, physical assault and humiliation...
Notably, missing from Eric Fairm's heart-pourings is any real remorse. An outpour which must, of course, be taken at face value and can only be hoped is not another psyops effort, to pave the way for those who will surely be soon being helicoptered off the Green Zone and Embassy roof... and show a now cynical America that deviant behavior is really "post traumatic stress disorder".
"I am desperate to get on with my life and erase my memories of my experiences in Iraq. But those memories and experiences do not belong to me. They belong to history", concludes Fairm. Try being an Iraqi.
One way to assuage the conscience, might be to board a 'plane for the International Criminal Court at the Hague, give yourself up, with a list of the names of your "friends and colleagues" with you.
Remember too, those who hanged as a result of the Nuremberg Tribunals were: "only following orders". Just contract killers and "contract interrogators
CIA Supported Death Squads
by Ralph McGehee
Posted on RemarQ, 9 October 1999
Click on the links below to find partial record of CIA's death squads and destruction of human life across the world.
The information below is from CIABASE files on Death Squads supported by the CIA. Also given below are details on Watch Lists prepared by the CIA to facilitate the actions of Death Squads.
Death Squads: Miscellaneous
CIA set up Ansesal and other networks of terror in El Salvador, Guatemala (Ansegat) and pre-Sandinista Nicaragua (Ansenic). The CIA created, structured and trained secret police in South Korea, Iran, Chile and Uruguay, and elsewhere — organizations responsible for untold thousands of tortures, disappearances, and deaths. Spark, 4/1985, pp. 2-4
1953-94 Sponsorship by CIA of death squad activity covered in summary form. Notes that in Haiti CIA admitted Lt. General Raoul Cedras and other high-ranking officials "were on its payroll and are helping organize violent repression in Haiti. Luis Moreno, an employee of State Department, has bragged he helped Colombian army create a database of subversives, terrorists and drug dealers." His superior in overseeing INS for Southeastern U.S., is Gunther Wagner, former Nazi soldier and a key member of now-defunct Office of Public Safety (OPS), an AID project which helped train counterinsurgents and terrorism in dozens of countries. Wagner worked in Vietnam as part of Operation Phoenix and in Nicaragua where he helped train National Guard. Article also details massacres in Indonesia. Haiti Information, 4/23/1994, pp. 3,4
CIA personnel requested transfers 1960-7 in protest of CIA officer Nestor Sanchez's working so closely with death squads. Marshall, J., Scott P.D., and Hunter, J. (1987). The Iran-Contra Connection, p. 294
CIA. 1994. Mary McGrory op-ed, "Clinton's CIA Chance." Excoriates CIA over Aldrich Ames, support for right-wing killers in El Salvador, Nicaraguan Contras and Haiti's FRAPH and Cedras. Washington Post, 10/16/1994, C1,2
How US /CIA infiltrates "civil society" to overthrow governments
BY PHILIP AGEE, former CIA agent
....The administration of US President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s decided that more than terrorist operations were needed to impose regime change in Cuba. Terrorism hadn't worked, nor had the Bay of Pigs invasion, nor had Cuba's diplomatic isolation, nor had the economic embargo. Now Cuba would be included in a new world-wide program to finance and develop non-governmental and voluntary organisations, what was to become known as “civil society”, within the context of US global neoliberal policies.
The CIA and the Agency for International Development (AID) would have key roles in this program as well as a new organisation christened in 1983 — the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Actually, the new program was not really new. Since its founding in 1947, the CIA had been deeply involved in secretly funding and manipulating foreign non-governmental voluntary organisations.
These vast operations circled the globe and targeted political parties, trade unions and business associations, youth and student organisations, women's groups, civic organisations, religious communities, professional, intellectual and cultural societies, and the public information media. The network functioned at local, national, regional and global levels.
Over the years, the CIA exerted phenomenal influence behind the scenes in country after country, using these powerful elements of civil society to penetrate, divide, weaken and destroy organisations on the left, and indeed to impose regime change by toppling governments.
Such was the case, among many others, in Guyana, where in 1964, culminating 10 years of efforts, the Cheddi Jagan government was overthrown through strikes, terrorism, violence and arson perpetrated by CIA agents in the trade unions.
About the same time, while I was a CIA agent assigned to Ecuador, our agents in civil society, through mass demonstrations and civil unrest, provoked two military coups in three years against elected, civilian governments.
Anyone who has watched the opposition to President Hugo Chavez's government in Venezuela develop can be certain that the CIA, AID and the NED are coordinating the destabilisation and were behind the failed coup in April 2002 as well as the failed ”civic strike” of last December-January.
The Cuban American National Foundation was, predictably, one of the first beneficiaries of NED funding. From 1983 to 1988, CANF received US$390,000 for anti-Castro activities.
The NED is supposedly a private, non-government, non-profit foundation, but it receives a yearly appropriation from the US Congress. The money is channelled through four “core foundations”. These are the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (linked to the Democratic Party); the International Republican Institute (Republican Party); the American Center for International Labor Solidarity; and the Center for International Private Enterprise (US Chamber of Commerce).
According to its web site, the NED also gives money directly to “groups abroad who are working for human rights, independent media, the rule of law, and a wide range of civil society initiatives.”
The NED's NGO status provides the fiction that recipients of NED money are getting “private” rather than US government money. This is important because so many countries, including both the US and Cuba, have laws relating to their citizens being paid to carry out activities for foreign governments.
The US requires an individual or organisation “subject to foreign control” to register with the attorney general and to file detailed activities reports, including finances, every six months.
Cuba has its own laws criminalising actions intended to jeopardise its sovereignty or territorial integrity as well as actions supporting the goals of the anti-Cuba US Helms-Burton Act of 1996, such as collecting information to support the US embargo or to subvert the government, or for disseminating US government information to undermine the Cuban government.
Efforts to develop an opposition civil society in Cuba had already begun in 1985 with the early NED grants to CANF. These efforts received a significant boost with passage in 1992 of the Cuban Democracy Act, better known as the Torricelli Act, which promoted support, through US NGOs, of individuals and organisations committed to “non-violent democratic change in Cuba”.
A still greater intensification came with passage in 1996 of the Cuban Liberty and Solidarity Act, better known as the Helms-Burton Act.
As a result of these laws, the NED, AID and the CIA (the latter not mentioned publicly but undoubtedly included) intensified their coordinated programs targeted at Cuban civil society.
CIA & NGOs
One may wonder why the CIA would be needed in these programs. There were several reasons. One reason from the beginning was the CIA's long experience and huge stable of agents and contacts in the civil societies of countries around the world. By joining with the CIA, the NED and AID would come on board on-going operations whose funding they could take over while leaving the secret day-to-day direction on the ground to CIA officers.
In addition, someone had to monitor and report the effectiveness of the local recipients' activities. NED would not have people in the field to do this, nor would their core foundations in normal conditions. And since NED money was ostensibly private, only the CIA had the people and techniques to carry out discreet control in order to avoid compromising the civil society recipients, especially if they were in opposition to their governments.
Finally, the CIA had ample funds of its own to pass quietly when conditions required. In Cuba, participation by CIA officers under cover in the US Interests Section would be particularly useful, since NED and AID funding would go to US NGOs that would have to find covert ways, if possible, to get equipment and cash to recipients inside Cuba. The CIA could help with this quite well.
Evidence of the amount of money these agencies have been spending on their Cuban projects is fragmentary. Nothing is publicly available about the CIA's spending, but what is easily found about the other two is interesting. The AID web site cites $12 million spent for Cuba programs during 1996-2001, but for 2002 the budget jumped to $5 million plus unobligated funds of $3 million from 2001. AID's 2003 budget for Cuba is $6 million showing a tripling of annual funds since the George Bush junta seized power. No surprise given the number of Miami Cubans Bush has appointed to high office in his administration.
From 1996 to 2001, AID disbursed the $12 million to 22 NGOs, all apparently based in the US, mostly in Miami. By 2002, the number of front-line NGOs had shrunk to 12 — the University of Miami, Center for a Free Cuba, Pan-American Development Foundation, Florida International University, Freedom House, Grupo de Apoyo a la Disidencia, Cuba On-Line, CubaNet, National Policy Association, Accion Democratica Cubana and Carta de Cuba.
In addition, the International Republican Institute received AID money for a sub-grantee, the Directorio Revolucionario Democr tico Cubano, also based in Miami.
These NGOs have a double purpose, one directed to their counterpart groups in Cuba and one directed to the world, mainly through web sites. Whereas, on the one hand, they channel funds and equipment into Cuba, on the other they disseminate to the world the activities of the groups in Cuba. Cubanet in Miami, for example, publishes the writings of the “independent journalists” of the Independent Press Association of Cuba, based in Havana, and channels money to the writers.
Interestingly, AID claims on its web site that its “grantees are not authorised to use grant funds to provide cash assistance to any person or organisation in Cuba”. It's hard to believe that claim, but if it's true, all those millions are only going to support the US-based NGO infrastructure, a subsidised anti-Castro cottage industry of a sort, except for what can be delivered in Cuba in kind — computers, faxes, copy machines, cell phones, radios, TVS and VCRs, books, magazines and the like.
On its web site, AID lists purposes for the money: solidarity with human rights activists; dissemination of the work of independent journalists; development of independent NGOs; promoting workers' rights; outreach to the Cuban people; planning for future assistance to a transition government; and evaluation of the program. Anyone who wants to see which NGOs are getting how much can visit .
AID's claim that its grantees can't provide cash to Cubans in Cuba, makes one wonder about the more than $100,000 in cash that Cuban investigators found in the hands of the 75 mostly unemployed “dissidents” who went on trial. A clue may be found in the AID statement that “US policy encourages US NGOs and individuals to undertake humanitarian, informational and civil society-building activities in Cuba with private funds”. Could such “private funds” be money from the NED?
Recall the fiction that the NED is a “private” foundation, an NGO. It has no restrictions on its funds going for cash payments abroad, and it just happens to fund some of the same NGOs as AID. Be assured that this is not the result of rivalry or lack of coordination in Washington. The reason probably is that NED funds can go for salaries and other personal compensation to people on the ground in Cuba.
The Cuban organisations below the US NGOs in the command and money chain number nearly 100 and have names [translated from Spanish] like Independent Libraries of Cuba, All United, Society of Journalists Marquez Sterling, Independent Press Association of Cuba, Assembly to Promote Civil Society and the Human Rights Party of Cuba.
NED's web site is conveniently out of date, showing only its Cuba program for 2001. But it is instructive. Its funds for Cuban activities in 2001 totalled only $765,000 — if one is to believe what they say. The money they gave to eight NGOs in 2001 averaged about $52,000, while a 9th NGO, the International Republican Institute received $350,000 for the Directorio Revolucionario Democratico Cubano for “strengthening civil society and human rights” in Cuba. In contrast, this NGO is to receive $2,174,462 in 2003 from AID through the same IRI.
Why would the NED be granting the lower amounts and AID such huge amounts, both channelled through IRI? The answer, apart from IRI's skim-off, probably is that the NED money is destined for the pockets of people in Cuba while the AID money supports the US NGO infrastructures.
Whatever the amount of money reaching Cuba may have been, everyone in Cuba working in the various dissident projects knows of US government's sponsorship, funding and of its purpose — regime change.
Far from being “independent” journalists, “idealistic” human rights activists, “legitimate” advocates for change or “Marian librarians from River City”, every one of the 75 “dissidents” arrested and convicted was knowingly a participant in US government operations to overthrow the government and install a US-favoured political, economic and social order. They knew what they were doing was illegal, they got caught and they are paying the price.
Anyone who thinks these people are prisoners of conscience, persecuted for their ideas or speech, or victims of repression, simply fails to see them properly as instruments of a US government that has declared revolutionary Cuba its enemy.
They were not convicted for ideas but for their paid actions on behalf of a foreign power that has waged a 44-year war of varying degrees of intensity against this poor country.
To think that the “dissidents” were creating an independent, free civil society is absurd, for they were funded and controlled by a hostile foreign power and to that degree, which was total, they were not free or independent in the least.
The civil society they wished to create was not just your normal, garden variety civil society of Harley freaks and Boxer breeders, but a political opposition movement fomented openly by the US government....
[Abridged from Granma Internacional. Philip Agee was a CIA covert operations officer from 1959 to 1969 and is the author of Inside the Company: A CIA Diary. He lives in Havana, where he runs a travel web site, .]
U.S. TERRORISTS NOT "TERRORISTS"
LUIS POSADA CARRILES
CIA and FBI Documents Detail Career in International Terrorism; Connection to U.S.
May 10, 2005
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 153
Washington D.C. May 10, 2005 - Declassified CIA and FBI records posted today on the Web by the National Security Archive at George Washington University identify Cuban exile Luis Posada Carriles, who is apparently in Florida seeking asylum, as a former CIA agent and as one of the "engineer[s]" of the 1976 terrorist bombing of Cubana Airlines flight 455 that killed 73 passengers.
The documents include a November 1976 FBI report on the bombing cited in yesterday's New York Times article "Case of Cuban Exile Could Test the U.S. Definition of Terrorist," CIA trace reports covering the Agency's recruitment of Posada in the 1960s, as well as the FBI intelligence reporting on the downing of the plane. The Archive also posted a second FBI report, dated one day after the bombing, in which a confidential source "all but admitted that Posada and [Orlando] Bosch had engineered the bombing of the airline." In addition, the posting includes several documents relating to Bosch and his suspected role in the downing of the jetliner on October 6, 1976.
Using a false passport, Posada apparently snuck into the United States in late March and remains in hiding. His lawyer announced that Posada is asking the Bush administration for asylum because of the work he had done for the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1960s. The documents posted today include CIA records confirming that Posada was an agent in the 1960s and early 1970s, and remained an informant in regular contact with CIA officials at least until June 1976.
In 1985, Posada escaped from prison in Venezuela where he had been incarcerated after the plane bombing and remains a fugitive from justice. He went directly to El Salvador, where he worked, using the alias "Ramon Medina," on the illegal contra resupply program being run by Lt. Col. Oliver North in the Reagan National Security Council. In 1998 he was interviewed by Ann Louise Bardach for the New York Times at a secret location in Aruba, and claimed responsibility for a string of hotel bombings in Havana during which eleven people were injured and one Italian businessman was killed. Most recently he was imprisoned in Panama for trying to assassinate Fidel Castro in December 2000 with 33 pounds of C-4 explosives. In September 2004, he and three co-conspirators were suddenly pardoned, and Posada went to Honduras. Venezuela is now preparing to submit an official extradition request to the United States for his return....
Document 1: CIA, October 13, 1976, Report, "Traces on Persons Involved in 6 Oct 1976 Cubana Crash."
Document 2: FBI, October 16, 1976, Retransmission of CIA Trace Report
Document 3: CIA, June 1966, File search on Luis "Pozada"
Document 4: FBI, July 18, 1966, "Cuba
Document 5: CIA, April 17, 1972, Personal Record Questionnaire on Posada
Document 6: FBI, July 7, 1965, "Luis Posada Carriles"
Document 7: FBI, July 13, 1965, "Cuban Representation in Exile (RECE)"
Document 8: FBI, May 17, 1965, "Roberto Alejos Arzu; Luis Sierra Lopez, Neutrality Matters, Internal Security-Guatemala"
Document 9-12, FBI, October 7, 1976, Secret Intelligence Report, "Suspected Bombing of Cubana Airlines DC-8 Near Barbados"
Document 13: FBI, August 16, 1978, Secret Report, "Coordinacion de Organizaciones Revolucionarias Unidas (Coordination of United Revolutionary Organizations) (CORU), Neutrality Matters - Cuba - (Anti-Castro)"
Document 14: September 2, 1986, Contra re-supply document, [Distribution of Warehoused Contra Weapons and Equipment - in Spanish with English translation]
Document 15: May 27, 1987, Testimony of Felix I. Rodriguez Before the Joint Hearings on the Iran-Contra Investigation [Excerpt]
Document 16: May 1987, Iran-Contra Hearings, Testimony of Robert C. Dutton, Exhibit 14, "Reorganization Plan"
NO CONTINENT LEFT UNTURNED
ETHIOPIA: U.S. PROXY & PRETEXT FOR 'INTERVENTION'
We need to keep spotlight on Africa
Saturday, May 5, Anthony Mitchell died in the crash of Kenyan Airways Flight 507. Based in Nairobi, he was an Associated Press reporter who had recently broken a story on secret prisons in Ethiopia and the U.S. involvement in the detention and interrogation of prisoners there...Mitchell's exposé detailed the fate of some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees. They were fleeing war, but to the United States they were possible al-Qaida operatives who had found a safe haven in Somalia. According to Mitchell, dozens of refugees were "transferred secretly and illegally in recent months from Kenya and Somalia to Ethiopia, where they are kept without charge or access to lawyers and families." In his groundbreaking report, Mitchell wrote, "CIA and FBI agents... in the Horn of Africa have been interrogating terrorism suspects from 19 countries held at secret prisons in Ethiopia, which is notorious for torture and abuse."
The U.S. State Department documented Ethiopia's use of torture, and the FBI admitted to Mitchell that it was interrogating prisoners there....
Make no mistake about it, the Horn of Africa is in the cross hairs of the United States. There is oil in Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. The New York Times reported that after the U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, the U.S. allowed Ethiopia to buy arms from North Korea even though the U.S. had just won tough U.N. sanctions against North Korea.The Pentagon recently announced the formation of AFRICOM, the "new unified, combatant command" for Africa. [...]
U.S. PROXIES: LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
Ethiopia expels foreign reporter
A British journalist working for the Associated Press news agency has arrived in Kenya after his expulsion from Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian government has accused Anthony Mitchell of being hostile.
AP say they hope Mr Mitchell will be allowed back to Ethiopia so that he can be with his family and return to work.
Dozens of journalists and political activists are in prison after months of political unrest and violence following last year's disputed elections.
Last week the UK suspended direct aid to Ethiopia over concerns about its commitment to human rights...
Independent journalists and editors were among more than 100 people arrested in November and December and charged with treason, genocide and other offences. http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/africa/4638956.stm 2006/01/23 13
FREEDOM FOR PRO-U.S. PROPAGANDA ONLY
Detained journalists still in U.S. custody
Media group discusses arrests of photographers
WASHINGTON -- Representatives of two journalists detained by the U.S. military said Tuesday that the government should charge them or set them free.
The U.S. has been holding Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein in Iraq for a year. Sami al-Hajj, a cameraman for the Mideast news network Al-Jazeera, has been detained since late 2001 and is at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
While U.S. officials allege that Hussein took photographs synchronized with explosions, indicating he was at a location ahead of time, Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP, said he was "simply the unlucky fellow who happened to be the photographer for the world's largest newsgathering organization in a difficult province."Carroll said the AP had examined 900 of Hussein's photographs and there was no indication he was on the scene before attacks occurred.
Paul Gardephe, the lawyer handling the case for the AP, said the military recently acknowledged to him that it has no evidence to support earlier allegations that Hussein was involved in a plot to kidnap two other journalists.
Carroll said, "The sort of rolling set of allegations that arise and then disappear without the benefit of a trial ... or any kind of an official court proceeding is what is distressing to all of us here." She spoke during a panel discussion in connection with World Press Freedom Day.
Officials have what they believe to be information that links Hussein to insurgent activity, but most of the evidence is classified and cannot be released publicly, said Col. Gary Keck, a Pentagon spokesman.... Al-Hajj's attorney, Zachary Katznelson, said U.S. officials have offered varying allegations against his client but have never filed charges or presented evidence against him. Al-Hajj was stopped at the Afghanistan border by Pakistani authorities in December 2001 and turned over to U.S. authorities six months later.[...]
comment: NO MATTER HOW MANY TRILLIONS ARE SPENT ON TECHNOLOGY & TERROR TO SLAUGHTER MILLIONS, TO DESTROY SOVEREIGN NATIONS & PEOPLES, THE U.S. WILL ULTIMATELY BE DEFEATED BY THE REVOLUTIONARY RESISTANCE OF THE PEOPLE -- AS THE IRAQIS PROVE ONCE AGAIN...
DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS AGENCY [DARPA]
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense (DoD). It manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.
FEBRUARY 2007 Last Updated: May 1, 2007
Current Strategic Thrusts
3.3. Urban Area Operations
Each year the world’s urban areas increase in population and area. By 2025 nearly 60 percent of
the world’s population will live in urban areas. Given this, it is prudent to assume U.S. forces
will continue to be deployed to urban areas for combat and post-conflict stabilization. Unstable
and lawless urban areas give terrorists sanctuary to recruit, train, and develop asymmetric
capabilities, including the possibility of chemical, biological, and radiological weapons of mass
Urban area operations can be the most dangerous, costly, and chaotic forms of combat. Cities
are filled with buildings, alleys, and interlocking tunnels, which provide practically limitless
places to hide, store weapons, and maneuver. They are hubs of transportation, information, and
commerce, and they are homes for a nation’s financial, political, and cultural institutions. Cities
are densely packed with people and their property, creating an environment in which our
adversaries can mix in and use civilians as shields to limit our military options. And insurgents
don’t just mix in, they blend in. Under these circumstances, warfighting technology that works
so superbly in the open, and even in the rugged natural terrain of the traditional battlefield, is less
effective in the urban environment.
Adversaries seek to fight in urban areas as a way to counter U.S. forces’ superior detection and
strike capabilities that work so well against fixed and mobile targets in open and semi-concealed
terrain. By moving into cities, our adversaries hope to limit our advantages, draw more of our
troops into combat, and inflict greater U.S. casualties, and cause mistakes that harm civilians and
The Urban Area Operations thrust is aimed at creating technology to help make U.S. operations
in cities as effective as operations in non-urban areas by seeking new urban warfare concepts and
technologies that would make a smaller U.S. force conducting operations in an urban area more
effective, suffer fewer casualties, and inflict less collateral damage.
If successful, these new urban warfare concepts and technologies would enable U.S forces
fighting in or stabilizing an urban area to achieve the same or greater overall effect as a larger
force using today’s technology.
DARPA’s Urban Area Operations thrust includes research in:
• Improved urban intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to vastly improve U.S.
capabilities to understand what is going on throughout a complex urban environment,
including the ability to detect adversaries hiding in buildings and other structures, and to find
hidden explosives or WMD.
• Tagging, tracking and locating capabilities to persistently monitor targets or equipment of
interest; tag, track and locate enemy activities; track and detect weapons fabrication and
movement; and precisely discriminate threat from non-threat entities against severe
• Weapons for urban operations to develop ultra-precise, beyond-line-of-sight infantry
weapons for use in congested urban areas.
• Asymmetric warfare countermeasures to develop technology to detect, prevent, or
mitigate asymmetric attacks, such as suicide bomber attacks, improvised explosive device
attacks, and WMD attacks – including radiological dispersal devices.
• Pre- and post-conflict capabilities to model and understand social indicators that precede
the onset of hostility and conflict, coupled with tools to develop strategies to stabilize an
urban area and assist U.S. civil affairs units.
• Command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) for urban warfighting to
develop new approaches to all-echelon C2 and new intelligence analysis tools specifically
suited for urban operations that allow warfighters to see and understand what is happening
throughout the urban battlespace in real time.
A typical urban mission may require a U.S. team to pursue adversaries inside a multi-story
building. Currently, the defenders have a major advantage by knowing the interior layout. But
by using DARPA’s Radar Scope (weighing less than 1.5 pounds and running on AA batteries),
U.S. troops will be able to sense through over 12 inches of concrete to determine if someone is
hiding inside a building or behind a wall.
The Advanced Soldier Sensor Information System and Technology (ASSIST) program will
enhance the intelligence gathering capabilities of our ground troops by developing special
sensors, networks, and databases that allow a patrol leader to directly add to, and tap into the
collective experience of previous patrols, including the details of what has been encountered in specific
neighborhoods. ASSIST will help intelligence analysts and front-line patrol leaders build and share
knowledge of what’s going on in various city neighborhoods....
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USJFCOM begins Integrated Battle Command Experiment Series
U.S. Joint Forces Command recently teamed with the Defense Advanced Research Products Agency for an Integrated Battle Command Limited Objective Experiment to test a whole-of-government approach to conducting stability operations in a disadvantaged country.
The IBC program conducted a limited objective experimen, Jan. 19, 2007 at USJFCOM’s Joint Systems Integration Command here. The program began in July 2004 as the result of a memorandum of agreement for IBC development between USJFCOM and DARPA.
The experiment exceeded expectations, according to Navy Cmdr. Glenn Brown, the Joint Innovation and Experimentation Directorate’s (J9) lead for the experiment. He said the IBC LOE validated the whole-of-government approach to operations.
the memory hole recovers 'lost'/deleted/ govt. docs.
Reports From the Future of Iraq Project
exclusive: Over 1,200 pages of previously unavailable reports from State Dept planning for post-Saddam Iraq. Warnings and recommendations by experts and Iraqi exiles ignored by administration
Freedom of Information Act case logs for the CIA, DARPA, and NRO have been added here:
DOCUMENTING U.S. GLOBAL AGENDA FOR WORLD DOMINATION
CONTEXT: GEOSTRATEGIC PLANNING FOR U.S. HEGEMONY & ISRAEL'S ROLE
Excerpts From Pentagon's Plan: 'Prevent the Re-Emergence of a New Rival'
NYT March 8, 1992
Following are excerpts from the Pentagon's Feb. 18 draft of the Defense Planning Guidance for the Fiscal Years 1994-1999: This Defense Planning guidance addresses the fundamentally new situation which has been created by the collapse of the Soviet Union, the disintegration of the internal as well as the external empire, and the discrediting of Communism as an ideology with global pretensions and influence. The new international environment has also been shaped by the victory of the United States and its coalition allies over Iraqi aggression -- the first post-cold-war conflict and a defining event in U.S. global leadership. In addition to these two victories, there has been a less visible one, the integration of Germany and Japan into a U.S.-led system of collective security and the creation of a democratic "zone of peace."
U.S. blueprint for proxy Israel's role in conquering a 'new world order' agenda for incoming Benjamin Netanyahu regime, compatible with fascist 'eretz israel' agenda:
1996 A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm
Following is a policy blueprint prepared by The U.S. Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies’ "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000." The main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser participated. The report, entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm," is the framework for a series of follow-up reports on strategy.
1997 A Geostrategy For Eurasia, by Zbigniew Brzezinski [major democrat strategist]
Foreign Affairs,76:5, September/October 1997 Council on Foreign Relations Inc.
1997 THE GRAND CHESSBOARD: American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives
1997 US Army War College: "WE HAVE ENTERED AN AGE OF CONSTANT CONFLICT...WE WILL WIN'
[Peters now 'reports' for USA Today among other things]
2000 Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century: A Report of The Project for the New American Century September 2000
The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) is a neo-conservative think tank with strong ties to the American Enterprise Institute "established in the spring of 1997" as "a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership."
2000 “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century” September 2000 by the Project for the New American Century Policy Doc. (PNAC)
http://www.newamericancentury.org/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf, advocates for total U.S. global domination, basically became the NSS of USA [below]
2002 United States Government, National Security Strategy of the United States (NSS of USA)
IRAQ: CRITICAL TO "M.E." CONTROL, ESSENTIAL STEP TOWARD FASCIST GLOBAL FANTASY
1] U.S. Considers Dividing Iraq Into Three Separate States After Saddam Is Gone
FORECASTS & TRENDS, Oct 1, 2002 http://www.profutures.comarticle.php/91/%20
Stratfor.com http://www.stratfor.com/reports that one of the leading long-term strategies being considered by US war planners is to divide Iraq into three separate regions. Under this plan Iraq would cease to exist. [emphasis added]
Stratfor says that such a plan reportedly was discussed at an unusual meeting between Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan and pro-US Iraqi Sunni opposition members in London in July. Further, they say that in September, the Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, stated that the US goal in Iraq was to create a United Hashemite Kingdom that would encompass Jordan and Iraq's Sunni areas. Also, Israeli terrorism expert Ehud Sprinzak recently echoed this sentiment on Russian television on September 24.
So whose idea is this? According to Stratfor, Sprinzak stated that the authors of the "Hashemite" plan are Vice President Dick Cheney and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, both considered the most hawkish of Bush administration officials.[...]
2] 2004 Rand study “U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11”
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali, exec. editor American Muslim Perspective
Rand study titled “U.S. Strategy in the Muslim WorldAfter 9/11” suggests exploiting Sunni, Shiite and Arab, non-Arab divides to promote the US policy objectives inthe Muslim world. [...]
3] U.S.IRAQ EXIT STRATEGY: CIVIL WAR
By Pepe Escobar
The plan [to break up Iraq] was allegedly conceived by David Philip, a former White House adviser working for the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC).[...]
4] Dismembering the body politic in Iraq By Ahmed Janabi
Thursday 22 June 2006, 8:31 Makka Time, 5:31 GMT
Iraqi nationalists fear the break-up of their country [...]
5] Iraq's Partition
The discussion within the U.S. foreign policy establishment on the future of Iraq has come to a conclusion. The U.S. will, now officially, work to dissolve the Iraqi nation and state into three independend statelets under a powerless sham national government and, of course, total U.S. control (...) As Col. Lang emphasizes, the seeds for partioning were laid when Cheney and the neocon figures around him ordered the Iraqi army to be disbanded and the de-Baathification of the Iraqi g! overnment, i.e. its total annulment. The idea of partitioning Iraq may even have been the very reason for the war. The New Middle East expression goes back to the "Clean Break" document (pdf) prepared 1996 by U.S. neocons as a strategy for Israel's Netanyahu government. The first modern partition Iraq argument was made by Zionist strategist Oded Yinon in 1982. In A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties he recommends: In Iraq, a division into provinces along ethnic/religious lines as in Syria during Ottoman times is possible. So, three (or more) states will exist around the three major cities: Basra, Baghdad and Mosul, and Shi'ite areas in the south will separate from the Sunni and Kurdish north. The now imminent, new policy of partitioning Iraq is indeed only the announcement of the result of a process that has been the plan and the policy all along. This is a real "Mission Accomplished" moment...
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