9/4/8 Haiti: US "Constructive Dis-Engagement "Evacuation" Mission Accomplished Behind Human Rights Watch

Gustav pounds Jamaica, as death toll rises
Aug. 28, 2008
t least 51 people had died from floods, mudslides and falling trees, including 25 around the city of Jacmel, where Gustav first struck land Tuesday. Eight more people were buried when a cliff gave way in the Dominican Republic...

Chaos, desperation from Hanna's floods in Haiti
Some 250,000 people are affected in the Gonaives region, including 70,000 in 150 shelters across the city, according to an international official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.The official death toll rose to 61 Thursday as Hanna finally moved north with near-hurricane winds on a path toward the southeastern U.S. coast. But there was no way of knowing how many people might be dead in the chaos, or how many had been driven from their homes.
And forecasters warned that Hurricane Ike could hit the Western hemisphere's poorest country next week.Gonaives lies in a flat river plain between the ocean and deforested mountains that run with mud even in light rains. Hanna swirled over Haiti for four days, dumping vast amounts of water, blowing down fruit trees and ruining stores of food as it swamped tin-roofed houses.
Many of the thousands of people who fled to rooftops, balconies and higher ground have gone without food for days, and safe drinking water was in short supply as the fetid carcasses of drowned farm animals bobbed in soupy floodwaters.People in water up to their knees shouted to peacekeepers to give them drinking water, and women on balconies waved empty pots and spoons. Argentine soldiers have plucked residents from rooftops that were the only visible parts of their houses, but had little capacity to deliver food and water. "It is a great movement of panic in the city," Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told the AP from a U.N. speedboat. The Gonaives area accounted for most of the 2,000 victims of Tropical Storm Jeanne in 2004. Some residents said the current flooding was at least as bad.
"This is worse than Jeanne," said Carol Jerome, who fled from Gonaives on Tuesday.
Haiti's government has few resources to help. Rescue convoys have been blocked by huge lakes that formed over every road into town. Associated Press journalists rode in with the first group of U.N. troops to reach the city aboard Zodiac boats. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince declared a disaster situation, freeing US$100,000 in emergency aid, spokeswoman Mari Tolliver said. She said hygiene kits, plastic sheeting and water jugs for up to 5,000 families were expected to arrive from Miami on Thursday

“…There are only two possible ways in which a world of 10 billion people can be averted. Either the current birth rates must come down more quickly. Or the current death rates must go up. There is no other way. There are, of course, many ways in which the death rates can go up. In a thermonuclear age, war can accomplish it very quickly and decisively. Famine and disease are nature’s ancient checks on population growth, and neither one has disappeared from the scene … To put it simply: Excessive population growth is the greatest single obstacle to the economic and social advancement of most of the societies in the developing world.”
Speech to the Club of Rome by Robert McNamara, Oct. 2, 1979

"...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

Haiti: Poverty’s Abstract
A Brief Contextual History in the Age of Disinformation
By Jason Chesworth
On February 29th 2004, The United States sponsored its third coup d’etat in as many years. With the approval of the international community, democratically elected Haitian president Jean Bertrand-Aristide was removed from office on the premise of restoring democracy and putting an end to government corruption.
Adding to the internal woes of the Haitian people, the country wa devastated by Tropical Storm Jeanne in late September leaving an estimated 1,500 dead and another 1,250+ missing and presumed dead. Compare that number to the 6 fatalities in Florida from the very same storm, and you are left with some very difficult questions that do not lead to any hard or fast answers. To be sure, the environmental disaster visited upon a third world country by a single storm cannot be attributed to the policies imposed by foreign nations alone, but the two realities are not mutually exclusive.

Killing Hope
Jean-Bertrand Aristide told the Associated Press yesterday that he was forced to leave Haiti by US military forces. Asked if he left on his own, Aristide answered: “No. I was forced to leave. Agents were telling me that if I don’t leave they would start shooting and killing in a matter of time.” (Eliott C. McLaughlin, Associated Press, March 1, 2004)
“Haiti, again, is ablaze”, Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics at Columbia University, writes: “Almost nobody, however, understands that today’s chaos was made in Washington - deliberately, cynically, and steadfastly. History will bear this out.” (Sachs, ‘Fanning the flames of political chaos in Haiti’, The Nation, February 28, 2004)

'Haiti as a 'Failed State' and the US programme of 'destructive engagement'
US Goal: Declare Haiti a "Failed State"
Stan Goff

New Orleans residents returning home after Gustav
September 4, 2008 10:59 a.m. PT
President Bush praised the government response to Gustav as "excellent"
... before Gustav arrived, nearly 2 million people were evacuated...Nearly 80,000 people remain in shelters in Louisiana and surrounding states....Nagin said Wednesday night he hoped the process of returning the city's evacuated residents would begin Friday...

Gustav's Landfall: The initial response suggests government has learned from Katrina.
HURRICANE GUSTAV wasn't as big a test as it could have been. The first major storm to roar across the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 had everyone scrambling. No one was taking any chances this go-round. And government authorities and the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast appear to have passed.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection use Military Predator Spy Drone on Gustav Recovery Duty
By Noah Shachtman September 03, 2008
Its not the first time the unmanned plane, built for military duty, has been enlisted to help in humanitarian efforts...In 2005, the military "requested unmanned aircraft system support to provide video for search and rescue purposes in the wake of Katrina," according to the Air Force. But the Federal Aviation Administration nixed the request, because drones weren't allowed to fly in civilian airspace. That changed in 2006, when the FAA issued a certificate of authorization, allows Predators to fly in support relief operations.
Launched from Corpus Christi, Texas, the Predator "B" model "surveyed levee conditions to detect damage and identify post-event trouble spots and supported search and rescue personnel by providing live streaming video to federal, state and local officials," according to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statement. The service is also using Cheyenne PA-42's and Orion P-3s reconnaissance aircraft to monitor the situation from above.

After the storm: Did officials over-react?
By Guy Adams in New Orleans
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Officials were forced to defend the decision to evacuate more than two million people from New Orleans
The men who predicted New Orleans would be destroyed by "the mother of all storms" faced charges of over-reacting today
“People have been asking: ‘was this a false alarm?’ But nothing could be further from the truth,” said Michael Chertoff, the US Homeland Security Secretary who helped oversee the biggest peace time evacuation in American history....Weary evacuees holed-up in motels and rescue centres across the southern states of the USA... learned that their homecoming could be delayed... as officials attempt to organise a “tiered return” Emergency services say highways into Louisiana will remain closed to returning residents until further notice, with police lines in place to turn away any of the two million people now hoping to get back...Meanwhile, hundreds of miles away, millions prepared to spend another night far away from home.... many feel the apocalyptic manner in which they were told to flee was irresponsible....
Police said there had so far been just two arrests for looting, thanks to the 4,000 National Guard troops drafted into Louisiana to keep order. An additional 400 federal law-enforcement agents arrived in the New Orleans metropolitan area today. Hurricane Katrina killed 1,800 people in 2005...
[and dispersed hundreds of thousands of primarily poor Blacks permanently, many whom, still without proof of identity cannot access assistance because their personal records and docs. were destroyed]

“The whole length of the wall was stuffed with newspaper.”
April 24, 2008
Lee Zurik / WWL-TV News Anchor
Video: Watch the Story
“The whole length of the wall was stuffed with newspaper.”...the [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] contractor blamed Washington for the substandard work. “... when Congress sent down the money, it would be repaired the proper way.” But...two years later, it was apparent that didn't happen. Much of the newspaper had deteriorated or been eaten by bugs, but some still remained. In fact WWL cameras captured the date May 21, 2006, on a page of the Parade magazine from the Times-Picayune.
Eyewitness News asked local engineer Subhash Kulkarni... a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers... to investigate the findings at the floodwall. The ASCE named him outstanding civil engineer in Louisiana back in 2003. “I cannot even comprehend that somebody would stuff some newspaper in there.” Engineers tell Eyewitness News an expansion joint has three lines of defense. The first is an elastic strip that helps keep water out. In the middle is the most important part, a waterstop, which is in fact included in the St. Bernard floodwall. However what is missing is a rubber joint that goes in between and helps keep foreign objects out...“It could be very serious,” Kulkarni said. “It doesn't take a lot of stress to cause the failure of these floodwalls....This is the first line of defense.”... the Army Corps of Engineers says it is confident the floodwall will sufficiently defend residents of St. Bernard and the Ninth Ward. “If you look at the repairs we made to the joints, there's not really a safety issue with the joints at all,” said Kevin Wagner with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps also says it’s satisfied with the quality of work done by its contractor. When asked by WWL if there was any shoddy work involved, Wagner said, “I don't think so at all.”...The contract calls for Ercon Corporation, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, to do the almost $2 million of work to raise and repair the floodwall under the Paris Road bridge. In the contract, WWL found at least four mentions of field molded sealants. Kulkarni says that is the sponge rubber material to fill the cavity in the expansion joint. And he says the contract shows the rubber material was contractually required to be installed. “I would say they have not met their obligation to install the joint correctly. They haven't installed it at all,” Kulkarni said....the president of Ercon Corporation...didn't respond to our repeated requests for a comment on this... Further, our investigation revealed Ercon Corporation is not even licensed by the state's board for contractors. The Corps of Engineers says as long as the federal government pays for the work, it does not prevent them from hiring an unlicensed Louisiana company....

Nazi Germany redux
Downgraded Hurricane Passes West of New Orleans
.... Louisiana sent about 18,000 of its poorest residents by bus and train from New Orleans to cities upstate and to Memphis. They were among 1.9 million who left the Louisiana coast.... For the most part, the evacuation appeared to go smoothly, particularly the official efforts [the Defense Department oversaw airlift of 1,000 patients from regional hospitals and nursing homes] to get the poor, elderly and infirm out of New Orleans, Port Arthur, Tex., and other cities that could be in the storm’s path....three critical-care patients died during the evacuation of hospitals throughout New Orleans. Mr. Jindal said one of the patients had a do-not-resuscitate order. Their deaths occurred during the transfer of patients from more than 8,000 nursing homes and at least 27 hospitals to medical facilities in other cities, including Oklahoma City, which accepted 150 patients from southwestern Louisiana... seven states have taken in more than 29,000 residents at 107 shelters...In one area partly resisting the mayor’s order — the Uptown neighborhood... diehards were hunkering down...They had stockpiled gasoline, water and, in some cases, guns...a scooter mechanic, was wearing a pistol on his belt. “You just have to get over the hype,”....We’ll know by Tuesday if it was worth it.” Others in the neighborhood said they, too, had guns at the ready. ..

Who gave the order to block water and food from entering New Orleans? Who ordered the drinking water inside the city to be turned off? ...
Attempts to starve civilians into leaving an area is a war crime [and genocide: see http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/116 ] under the Geneva Conventions...
Thursday of that first week, volunteers who had rescued over 1,000 people in boats were ordered to stop, under the pretext that it was too dangerous. The volunteers... said there was little risk...The military "convinced" the volunteer rescuers at gunpoint to "cease and desist."... Who gave the order to block the volunteer rescue teams in New Orleans? ...officials repeated the lies about people shooting at helicopters over and over, as justification for shutting down voluntary rescue operations and sending in thousands of fully armed military troops, along with private Blackwater mercenaries fresh from Iraq under orders to "shoot to kill."... For more than two weeks, hundreds of volunteer doctors and fire personnel -- including a squad from New York City -- were denied entry to New Orleans...dispatched instead, to provide backdrop for Bush's photo-ops in other areas... as people were dying....Two U.S. military helicopters spent a few days plucking 110 people from the roofs of their flooded houses. We saw them on T.V. and cheered. When they returned to base... as reported in the NY Times, their commanding officers reprimanded them and removed them from helicopter duty for "violating orders."No repairs were allowed on the levees until long after the poor areas of New Orleans were totally flooded. Who gave the order not to allow National Guard helicopters to drop sandbags to plug the levees soon after the breech?...Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez and Cuba's President Fidel Castro offered millions of dollars and hundreds of doctors to help save lives in New Orleans. They were turned down.Who gave the order to divert tens of millions of dollars in contributions sent to help the people of New Orleans by outraged American citizens, to Pat Robertson front group "Operation Blessing," for rightwing Christian zealots? ...
Mitchel Cohen is co-editor of NY state greens "G" newspaper - contact him at mitchelcohen@mindspring.com.

People of Color Face Historic Wealth Loss
From the open publishing newswire: The subprime lending debacle should cause massive rethinking among those who have long proclaimed that the route to Black equality is through wealth accumulation. In a report titled, "Foreclosed: State of the Dream 2008," United for a Fair Economy details the catastrophic losses inflicted on Blacks and Latinos in the U.S. at the hands of predatory lenders - "the greatest loss of wealth to people of color in modern U.S. history." With more than half of Blacks in many cities caught in the subprime trap - and with even these usurious financing schemes disappearing in the wake of the bubble-burst - the prospects for Blacks to amass wealth have grown bleaker than at any time in living memory. At the current rate, it will take 5,423 years for Blacks to achieve homeowner parity with whites.
The money-lenders have already sucked the value out of whole communities, urban and suburban. The wealth loss is staggering: People of color have collectively lost between "$164 billion to $213 billion over the past eight years," with Latinos losing slightly more than African Americans. For the average American, wealth is passed on through the value of homes. That dream, as the report concludes, has been largely foreclosed. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/topic/katrina/

At least '500 civilians killed, injured in 5 days in one district in Afghanistan'
01 Sep 2008 At least 500 civilians were killed or wounded during the five-day US-led troops' ground and air operation in the Sangin district of Helmand province...

NASDAQ reports on good U.S. puppet: first PR complaint then ass-kissing apologetics
Afghan President: Bush 'Regrets' Civilian Casualties In US Strike
KABUL (AFP)--U.S. President George W. Bush expressed regret over civilian casualties from a U.S.-led airstrike in western Afghanistan, the office of his Afghan counterpart said Wednesday...during a regular video conference involving Bush and Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai.The two presidents have a video conference every two weeks, a press statement from Karzai's office said. "Expressing regrets about the Shindand incident, the president (Bush) said, 'I share your pain and sorrow, and that of the people of Afghanistan,'" according to the Kabul presidential statement. ... Click here to go to Dow Jones NewsPlus, a web front page of today's most important business and market news, analysis and commentary http:// www.djnewsplus.com/al?rnd=AvSeyy9xnxfM2x48pEC5Ew%3D%3D on the day this article is published and the following day.

u.s. consistent regarding 'allies' sovereignty
U.S. Troops Kill 20 in Pakistan Attack
03/09/08 --- -WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) - "Suspected" U.S. commandos from Afghanistan killed 20 people, including women and children, in a pre-dawn raid inside Pakistan, officials said, an attack branded as an assault on the nation's sovereignty. The attack is likely to spark uproar in Pakistan, where it will be seen as undermining sovereignty at a time when a new civilian government is struggling to assert authority in the turbulent nuclear-armed state. "It is outrageous," Owais Ahmed Ghani, governor of North West Frontier province, said in a statement. "This is a direct assault on the sovereignty of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan expect that the armed forces ... would rise to defend the sovereignty of the country and give a befitting reply," he said...
Since the emergence of a civilian-led government following elections in Pakistan in February, there has been mounting concern that U.S. military operations were becoming more aggressive in the tribal lands bordering Afghanistan. The number of missile attacks launched by pilotless drone aircraft have multiplied, and there have been fears U.S. forces would use helicopter gunships or put troops on the ground for "hot pursuit" or commando-style raids ...
"Troops came in helicopters and carried out action in three houses," said Angor Adda village shopkeeper Gul Nawaz. Other residents said the foreign troops detained some people and took them away....
U.S.-operated drone aircraft have launched attacks in Pakistani border regions several times this year, killing dozens of militants, but U.S. ground troops had not been known to cross into Pakistan to fight militants. Pakistan is a staunch U.S. ally, even though the campaign against militancy is deeply unpopular with many people, but it rules out any encroachment by foreign soldiers onto its soil. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20679.htm

Pakistan PM escapes gunfire on car
Zahid Bashir, press secretary to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, said two bullets struck the politician's vehicle today on the driver's side near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

don't forget...
11/20/07WASHINGTON: Pakistan's nuclear weapons are already under American control In a stunning disclosure...the journal Stratfor reported that the "United States delivered a very clear ultimatum to Musharraf in the wake of 9/11: Unless Pakistan allowed US forces to take control of Pakistani nuclear facilities, the United States would be left with no choice but to destroy those facilities, possibly with India's help." ...

"Russia invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people ...Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century."
GWB 8/11/8

Troops from Atlanta will train in Republic of Georgia
14 Jul 2008
A large contingent of Georgia Army National Guard soldiers flew to the Republic of Georgia for joint military exercises at a time when tension is brewing in the region. The soldiers... will be part of "Immediate Response 2008," which will amount to the largest U.S. footprint on the crossroads of Asia and Europe since the Cold War began.

"Russian Aggression Must Not Go Unanswered"
VP Dick Cheney

in case you missed this truthful, courageous report unlike anything in U.S.
A tale of US expansion not Russian aggression
Seumas Milne, The Guardian,
The outcome of six grim days of bloodshed in the Caucasus has triggered an outpouring of the most nauseating hypocrisy from western politicians and their captive media. As talking heads thundered against Russian imperialism and brutal disproportionality, US vice-president Dick Cheney, faithfully echoed by Gordon Brown and David Miliband, declared that "Russian aggression must not go unanswered". George Bush denounced Russia for having "invad ed a sovereign neighbouring state" and threatening "a democratic government". Such an action, he insisted, "is unacceptable in the 21st century". Could these by any chance be the leaders of the same governments that in 2003 invaded and occupied - along with Georgia, as luck would have it - the sovereign state of Iraq on a false pretext at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives?...
You'd be hard put to recall after all the fury over Russian aggression that it was actually Georgia that began the war last Thursday with an all-out attack on South Ossetia to "restore constitutional order" - in other words, rule over an area it has never controlled since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nor, amid the outrage at Russian bombardments, have there been much more than the briefest references to the atrocities committed by Georgian forces against citizens it claims as its own in South Ossetia's capital Tskhinvali. ... Mikheil Saakashvili, and his predecessor came to power in western-backed coups, the most recent prettified as a "Rose revolution". Saakashvili was then initially rubber-stamped into office with 96% of the vote before establishing...an "increasingly authoritarian" government, violently cracking down on opposition dissent and independent media last November. "Democratic" simply seems to mean "pro-western" ... add in the tireless US promotion of Georgia as a pro-western, anti-Russian forward base in the region, its efforts to bring Georgia into NATO, the routing of a key Caspian oil pipeline through its territory aimed at weakening Russia's control of energy supplies, and the US-sponsored recognition of the independence of Kosovo - whose status Russia had explicitly linked to that of South Ossetia and Abkhazia - and conflict was only a matter of time.
The CIA has in fact been closely involved in Georgia since the Soviet collapse...under the Bush administration, Georgia has become a fully fledged US satellite.... underlying the conflict of the past week has also been the ...determination to enforce US global hegemony and prevent any regional challenge, particularly from a resurgent Russia. That aim was first spelled out when Cheney was defence secretary under Bush's father, but its full impact has only been felt as Russia has begun to recover from the disintegration of the 1990s. Over the past decade, Nato's relentless eastward expansion has brought the western military alliance hard up against Russia's borders and deep into former Soviet territory. American military bases have spread across eastern Europe and central Asia, as the US has helped install one anti-Russian client government after another through a series of colour-coded revolutions. Now the Bush administration is preparing to site a missile defence system in eastern Europe transparently targeted at Russia.

By any sensible reckoning, this is not a story of Russian aggression, but of US imperial expansion and ever tighter encirclement of Russia by a potentially hostile power. That a stronger Russia has now used the South Ossetian imbroglio to put a check on that expansion should hardly come as a surprise. What is harder to work out is why Saakashvili launched last week's attack and whether he was given any encouragement by his friends in Washington. If so, it has spectacularly backfired, at savage human cost. And despite Bush's attempts to talk tough, the war has also exposed the limits of US power in the region. As long as Georgia proper's independence is respected - best protected by opting for neutrality - that should be no bad thing. Unipolar domination of the world has squeezed the space for genuine self-determination and the return of some counterweight has to be welcome. But the process of adjustment also brings huge dangers. If Georgia had been a member of Nato, this week's conflict would have risked a far sharper escalation. That would be even more obvious in the case of Ukraine - which yesterday gave a warning of the potential for future confrontation when its pro-western president threatened to restrict the movement of Russian ships in and out of their Crimean base in Sevastopol. As great power conflict returns, South Ossetia is likely to be only a taste of things to come. s.milne@guardian.co.uk

1,255,026 Iraqis Slaughtered Since U.S. 3/19/03 Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

U.S. Unveils $1 Billion Georgia Aid Package
BAKU, Azerbaijan — President Bush proposed $1 billion in humanitarian and economic assistance on Wednesday to help rebuild Georgia after its short, disastrous war with Russia last month, but he stopped short of committing the United States to reequipping the country’s battered military.Mr. Bush announced the infusion of aid as Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in the region, in what the president described as a demonstration that the United States had “a deep and abiding interest” in keeping Georgia and other neighboring states free from a new era of Russian domination... Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice...said that as much as $570 million would be made available by the end of 2008. “We are also confident that the United States will keep a commitment that has strong bipartisan support, for a second phase of support — an additional $430 million,” Ms. Rice said....
The aid package would dwarf the $63 million that the United States gave Georgia last year, roughly one-third of it for training soldiers, police officers and border guards. It would also make Georgia one of the largest recipients of American aid. In all, the United States has given Georgia about $1.8 billion in aid since the country gained independence from the collapsing Soviet Union in 1991.... Mr. Bush said that the United States had already contributed $30 million in emergency aid to Georgia... a separate agreement by the International Monetary Fund to provide Georgia with $750 million in financing... Russian president, Dmitri A. Medvedev, and prime minister, Vladimir V. Putin, have complained that humanitarian supplies delivered to Georgia by the American Navy and Air Force ...were a cover for new weapons deliveries, an accusation that administration officials have dismissed as baseless.... Mr. Bush said that the United States had already contributed $30 million in emergency aid to Georgia...Mr. Cheney told the president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev. “President Bush has sent me here with a clear and simple message to the people of Azerbaijan and the entire region: The United States has deep and abiding interests in your well-being and security.”...
Azerbaijan, like Georgia, is a former Soviet republic that has sought closer ties to the West and the United States, and it is considered a vital crossroads for oil and gas from the Caspian Sea. Underscoring the point, Mr. Cheney’s first meetings here in Baku were with representatives of two international oil companies: William Schrader of BP Azerbaijan and Robert Satmalchi of Chevron, according to a spokeswoman, Megan M. Mitchell. Those meetings came a day after Mr. Putin announced plans for a new natural gas pipeline from Central Asia to Russia, a route that would increase Russia’s role in providing natural gas to Europe.

Georgia's Military Leaders Eager to Rebuild Army...as if another war with Russia is almost inevitable.
Officials at the Pentagon, State Department and White House confirmed the Bush administration was examining what would be required to rebuild Georgia’s military...The choices each pose difficult foreign policy questions.... administration policy makers and military officers who discussed these efforts did so only after demanding anonymity.
So far the Bush administration has chosen to trumpet its humanitarian efforts in Georgia...Russian officials last week repeatedly expressed concern...that ... “The Americans will enter Georgia,” said Dmitri O. Rogozin, Russia’s representative to NATO. “I believe that soon there will be an American military base in Georgia, officially.... not only advisers. There will be a flag, tanks, artillery, aviation, even marines.”...Republicans and Democrats alike have signaled strong support for Georgia. Mr. Saakashvili has cultivated close ties to both the McCain and Obama campaigns.... http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/03/world/europe/03georgia.html?th&emc=th

Biden calls for $1 billion in emergency aid to Georgia
August 18, 2008

"... I consulted with the dedicated US Air Force personnel who are bringing urgently needed humanitarian assistance to the region. I spent many hours in talks with Georgia's President, Prime Minister, Parliamentary Speaker, and other national leaders discussing how Georgia and the West should respond to this crisis. And I conferred extensively with U.S. Ambassador to Georgia John Tefft and, via phone, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about how the United States should meet this challenge...I left the country convinced that Russia’s invasion of Georgia may be the one of the most significant event to occur in Europe since the end of communism. The claims of Georgian atrocities that provided the pretext for Russia’s invasion are rapidly being disproved by international observers, and the continuing presence of Russian forces in the country has severe implications for the broader region. The war that began in Georgia is no longer about that country alone. It has become a question of whether and how the West will stand up for the rights of free people throughout the region. The outcome there will determine whether we realize the grand ambition of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.... When Congress reconvenes, I intend to work with the Administration to seek Congressional approval for $1 billion in emergency assistance for Georgia...I have long sought to help Russia realize its extraordinary potential as a force for progress in the international community, and have supported legislative efforts intended to forge a more constructive relationship with the Kremlin. But Russia’s actions in Georgia will have consequences...."

US to strengthen Georgian Army
21 Aug.'08
President Saakashvili said on August 21... a group of [U.S.] senators visited Georgia yesterday. They are ready to allocate great funds for strengthening the defense systems of Georgia. We, together with the U.S. command and NATO, are now working over identifying in which direction this strengthening should take place...”...Senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham visited Tbilisi on August 20 and held talks with the Georgian leadership.“[We] would like to see the United States provide assistance to the Georgian military — self-defense equipment that will help them defend and deter against Russian aggression in the future...We asked them [the Georgian authorities] what security needs they had, and they were quite specific and quite defined,” he added. The Georgian officials say anti-aircraft and anti-tank systems were top priority... Saakashvili was speaking after meeting with the commander of the U.S. European Command, Gen. John Craddock, who is also NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe and Henrietta Holsman Fore, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “We will have to help them rebuild because they are a partner in the war on terror,” Gen. Craddock said

Putin vows 'an answer' to NATO ships
Russia has repeatedly complained of Black Sea build-up after Georgia war
MOSCOW - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia will respond calmly to an increase in NATO ships in the Black Sea in the aftermath of the short war with Georgia, but promised that "there will be an answer." ..."We don't understand what American ships are doing on the Georgian shores.. "The second question is why humanitarian aid is being delivered on naval vessels armed with the newest rocket systems."...http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26508298/

U.S. warship leaves Sevastopol after protests:
The ship's arrival was met by thousands of anti-NATO protesters chanting "Yankees go home!" and waving banners with the slogan "NATO Stop!" Police cordoned off the area around the ship. http://en.rian.ru/world/20080902/116477984.html

important VIDEO
US tries to create an 'iron curtain' around Russia
US in decline as Russia asserts its rising power
F. William Engdahl:
The US provoked Russia to respond militarily and the US as the dominant power is beginning to stumble and "to look desperately for ways to hold on to that power."

source of global pro-U.S. democracy movements --- and the "news" you get:
HRW Continues False Cluster Bomb Accusations
On August 15 Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Russian Federation of having used cluster bombs in the conflict with Georgia. These accusations were widely repeated in the 'western' media. The Russian Federation consistently denied any use of cluster ammunition. As it now turns out the repeated HRW accusations were wrong....

Human Rights Watch's Marc Garlasco Bio
October 2, 2005
Marc Garlasco is the senior military analyst at Human Rights Watch (HRW) and is HRW’s resident expert on battle damage assessment, military operations, and interrogations...also leads HRW’s work on Abu Ghurayb, civilian military contractors, and non-lethal weapons... has been featured in articles in such papers as the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as other leading dailies. He has also been a regular on National Public Radio, and has been featured on television news, including CNN, ABC, BBC, and others.
Before coming to HRW... spent seven years in the Pentagon as a senior intelligence analyst covering Iraq. His last position there was chief of high-value targeting during the Iraq War in 2003... was on the Operation Desert Fox (Iraq) Battle Damage Assessment team in 1998, led a Pentagon Battle Damage Assessment team to Kosovo in 1999, and recommended thousands of aimpoints on hundreds of targets during operations in Iraq and Serbia. He also participated in over 50 interrogations as a subject matter expert...has a B.A. in Government from St. John’s University and a M.A. in International Relations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.

A Georgian soldier of the Velvet Revolution
Every few months, Nini Gogiberidze is deployed abroad to teach democracy activists how to agitate for change against their autocratic governments, going everywhere from Eastern Europe to train Belarusians to Turkey to coach Iranians. Gogiberidze is among Georgia's "velvet" revolutionaries, a group of Western and local activists who make up a robust pro-democracy corps in this Caucasus country -- so much of it funded by American philanthropist George Soros that one analyst calls the nation Sorosistan....
Velvet revolutions require the same type of discipline as military revolutions but without the guns," the 28-year-old Georgian lawyer says. "People, if they stay united and disciplined, can change a lot of things."
Georgia's status as a kind of laboratory for such groups is a little-explored dimension of the recent battle between Moscow and Tbilisi. It is a conflict between imperial ambitions rooted in the 19th century and the soft power of 21st century electronic media and global culture...The velvet revolutionaries... have racked up numerous successes, including Georgia's Rose Revolution, which brought Soros protege Mikheil Saakashvili to the presidency in 2004; the Orange Revolution later that year that toppled the Kremlin-backed government in Ukraine; and the Cedar Revolution of 2005 in Lebanon that led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops.

The Kremlin openly despises Soros....it views the so-called color revolutions as U.S.-sponsored plots using local dupes to overthrow governments unfriendly to Washington and install American vassals. Moscow regards Saakashvili and his crowd with the same disdain as it views the English-speaking, laptop-toting liberals who it believes brought post-communist Russia to financial ruin in the 1990s... Some governments have grown increasingly wary about groups such as Canvas and others associated with Soros, and have clamped down. Authorities shut down Soros' Moscow offices in 2003, seizing computers and documents...

Billionaire financier Soros launched his Open Society Institute after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in an attempt to encourage Western-style democracy in the former Soviet bloc, and eventually other autocratic states. In Georgia, the Soros-funded activists occupy a three-story office building called the Open Society Institute of Georgia here in Tbilisi, the capital. An alphabet soup of international and local groups also makes its home there. Locals call it the "Soros Fund" building. Like Saakashvili, who studied law at Columbia University, many of the velvet revolutionaries spent time abroad. Gogiberidze studied for two years at the London School of Economics.... the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, or Canvas. The group is funded in part by the International Republican Institute and [Soros'] Washington-based Freedom House, which receives most of its funding from the U.S. government....Saakashvili was the poster child of the velvet revolutionaries, and when he came to power in 2004, he brought with him many of the leaders of Georgia's "civil society" movement. Soros helped finance the broke government after he took over....

USDA website 'help wanted' notice: US to fund Georgia scientists to research, clone deadly viruses for 'outbreak response'
Posed 01 Jun 2008, updated 15 Aug 2008 African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) has been identified by USDA and DHS as an emerging agricultural pathogen due to the 2007, outbreaks in Eurasia and is now a high priority for biological countermeasure research. Objectives: Identify and recruit a qualified scientist from the Republic of Georgia to come to ARS
http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/main.htm, PIADC http://www.orau.gov/piadc/

Stoking Tensions, Risking Confrontation: A High Stakes US Gamble with Russia
By Stephen Lendman
02 Sep 2008
Prior to entering WW II, US strategists had a clear aim in mind at its conclusion - to hold unchallengeable power in a new post-war global system: military, economic and political in a "Grand Area" encompassing the West and Far East. Essentially most parts outside the communist bloc and exploiting it under disarming rhetoric like being "selfless advocates of freedom for colonial peoples (and an) enemy of imperialism." Championing "world peace (also) through multinational control."
Today, the facade is gone, and no pretense remains about much "grander" plans - over an "Area" comprising planet earth with "full spectrum dominance" over all land, surface and sub-surface sea, air, space, electromagnetic spectrum and information systems with enough overwhelming power to fight and win global wars against any potential challengers with all weapons in our arsenal, including nuclear and others of mass destruction.
One nation above others is an obstacle - Russia. It's powerful and can't be intimidated like most others. It's also dominant where Washington wants control - the Eurasian vastness with its huge oil, gas and other resources. For years, American sought dominance over it. Saw an opening when the Soviet Union dissolved. And one way or other seeks to get it. Russia has other plans, so therein lies the root of the current conflict using Georgia as a US proxy to instigate it.[...]

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
Bush's address Sept. 20, 2001 to a joint session of Congress.

why u.s. can't convince its 'allies'....
This is a moment for clarity in thinking about Russia, which is forcibly occupying sizable chunks of a neighboring country and claiming it has every right to do so. Some in the West are tempted to agree. After all, the United States and its allies invaded Iraq and attacked Serbia; why can't Russia do the same to Georgia? Why can't it have a NAFTA of its own?

Here's why. The United States, Britain and other nations deposed the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein because he repeatedly violated his promises to the United Nations, after his earlier invasion of Kuwait, to rid himself of weapons of mass destruction and prove that he had done so. They invaded Serbia to protect the people of Kosovo from mass ethnic cleansing and destruction. In both cases, reasonable people can argue that it was wrong to act without U.N. authorization; they can make a case that the campaigns were unwise on many other grounds. What they can't argue is that the allies were motivated by a desire for conquest or occupation...(emphasis added)
...the deaths of Anna Politkovskaya and so many other journalists and liberal politicians... like the death of the free press and open debate -- is at the heart of the story. Mr. Putin is turning Russia into something very like a fascist state, and its natural inclination will be to replicate itself abroad. "The Cold War was clearly about ideologies," Russia's ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, noted yesterday, and then claimed: "We are living in a different world today. There is no ground for talk about a second Cold War."
Judging by the E.U.'s feckless response yesterday to Russia's aggression, many European leaders still want to believe Mr. Chizhov. But what is happening in Georgia is very much about ideology, and the longer the Europeans pretend otherwise, the greater the damage they will have to contain.[...]

golly gee, where do those Russians get such crazy ideas...
CIA Agent or English Instructor? Russia and U.S. at Odds Over Incident in Georgia
September 3, 2008
The man whom Russia has accused of being a CIA agent assigned to stir up trouble in Georgia turns out to be an English instructor at a Chinese business school, The Wall Street Journal reported this morning. Michael Lee White, a U.S. Army veteran and itinerant teacher, says he lost his passport on a 2005 flight from Moscow to New York. Somehow it made its way into the hands of the Russian government, which presented it at a news conference last week. A Russian military spokesman... said Mr. White’s passport had been found in an outpost used by Georgian forces during August battles with pro-Russian separatists, the Journal reported....[ On Thursday in Moscow, military spokesman Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn brandished a blowup of the passport at a news conference and declared that Mr. White's presence on the battlefield "together with Georgian commandos is a fact."
The Central Intelligence Agency, which normally neither confirms not denies the identities of its employees, has said that Mr. White is not one of its agents. And the State Department confirmed that Mr. White reported his passport lost in 2005.
His current passport shows that he was out of the country for most of August, but he says he was in Texas caring for his ailing father....Mr. White served in the Army as a petroleum-supply specialist. After leaving the service, in 1997, he finished his undergraduate degree and then began teaching English in Asia. He is also working on a book with his father, Philip L. White, an emeritus professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, called Nationality in World History, the Journal reported. One of the younger Mr. White’s contributions is a chapter called “The Evolution of the Russian National Identity.” http://tinyurl.com/6xouq8

from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2008, Issue No. 86
September 4, 2006
Secrecy News Blog: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

"U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues,"
updated August 5, 2008: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/RL33640.pdf

"Russia-Georgia Conflict in South Ossetia: Context and Implications for
U.S. Interests," updated August 29, 2008: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL34618.pdf

"Defense: FY2009 Authorization and Appropriations," updated August 1,
2008: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL34473.pdf

science is in the hands of state terrorists...
Pentagon Explores Quantum Biology
By Noah Shachtman September 03, 2008 | DarpaWatch, Science
For years, military researchers have been exploring how the seemingly-improbable realm of quantum mechanics could impact information technology -- leading to faster, more powerful computers, next-gen radars and radios, and encryption that's all-but-impossible to break. Now, the Pentagon's blue-sky research arm is starting to look at how quantum mechanics might impact biology, as well. Darpa's Defense Sciences Office has announced a workshop to discuss "innovative research that will investigate the way nature may be exploiting quantum mechanical effects in biological systems." ... get ready for "QuBE," short for "Quantum Effects in Biological Environments."

Police in riot gear shut down a permitted free concert at the State Capitol where thousands of people had gathered to listen to Rage Against the Machine. The police surrounded the band’s trailer and informed them that they were being shut down on the grounds that their concert would “incite a riot.”... Rage Against the Machine defied the order and played a short acoustic set...
police fired large amounts of teargas, “anti-crowd” explosives and pepper spray at thousands of protesters who gathered outside the Xcel Center at the end of the big anti-poverty march. The Xcel Center is surrounded by eight foot fencing and heavily guarded at all times.
Sept. 2, another 10 people were arrested. The broad assault on the protesters has been coordinated at the federal and local level and carried out by the FBI, ICE, the National Guard, state police, local police and the coast guard... local police have announced that they are planning to hold protesters until the end of the convention. Bragging openly about the police plan of repression, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said, "We know we have 200 of the biggest trouble makers in jail from Monday and they're not getting out for some time, so that's a big help."
At the time of this report the majority of the nearly 300 protesters who have been arrested during the RNC continue to be illegally jailed. Minnesota law requires arrestees to be released or officially charged within 36 hours after being arrested. Attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild and other law collective support teams are working to free all those detained during the protest

Should You Be On A Government Watch List?
Jack Williams
... in 2008, under the Federal Government's "Secure Flight Program" the Government will begin not allowing U.S. Citizens on domestic flights until the government has prescreened a passenger's information against "government Watch Lists."... The Government states, "Watch Lists" will be used to identify individuals who "may pose" a known or suspected threat to aviation or national security. But what does that mean? "May pose a suspected threat—to national security? U.S. Government officials have called protesters potential terrorists and a threat to national security. The words "May pose a suspected threat... " are so vague one can't help wonder if that could" apply to an individual wanting to fly to an anti-war or environmental protest. Government "Watch Lists" in the "Secure Flight Program" at: http://www.tsa.gov/what_we_do/layers/secureflight/index.shtm
Note the Federal Government never defines what "may pose" actually means when they state, "may pose a suspected threat" to national security. Have Americans reached a point where Citizens need to ask their representatives to clearly explain what lawful conduct or activities "may pose" a threat to National Security. Especially because S.1959 the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act"... defines "homegrown terrorism" as "any planned act" that might use force to promote or accomplish a "political or social objective." ...Government need only allege that an individual or organization thought about using force. Under S.1959 anyone attending a planned anti-war rally or gun rights meeting could be alleged to be trying to coerce a government or its people. S.1959 creates a "new government commission" that will determine and report to the U.S. Government which Americans are idealistically based toward Violence, or might or do support "Violent Radicalization; or Homegrown Terrorism. This "government commission" could report that most everyone joining a lawful protest was ideologically based toward violence...Americans need to know... what the Federal Government means when they state in their "Secure Flight Program" individuals that "may pose" a threat to national security? http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/01/370617.shtml

"They hate us for our values..." GWB
“We weren’t trying to make a political statement..."
Vogue’s Fashion Photos Spark Debate in India
Vogue India’s August issue presented a 16-page vision of supple handbags, bejeweled clutches and status-symbol umbrellas, modeled not by runway stars or the wealthiest fraction of Indian society who can actually afford these accessories, but by average Indian people... An old woman missing her upper front teeth holds a child in rumpled clothes — wearing a Fendi bib (retail price, about $100). A family of three squeezes onto a motorbike for their daily commute, the mother riding without a helmet and sidesaddle in the traditional Indian way — except she has a Hermès Birkin bag (usually more than $10,000, if you can find one) prominently displayed on her wrist....a toothless barefoot man holds a Burberry umbrella (about $200). Kanika Gahlaut, a columnist for the daily newspaper Mail Today based here denounced it as an “example of vulgarity.” There’s nothing “fun or funny” about putting a poor person in a mud hut in clothing designed by Alexander McQueen...“There are farmer suicides here, for God’s sake” she said, referring to thousands of Indian farmers who have killed themselves in the last decade because of debt. “The magazine does not even bother to identify the subjects” of the photos, said Ms. Gahlaut, the columnist. Instead, Vogue names the brands of the accessories in the captions, and says they are worn by a lady or a man.
Vogue India editor Priya Tanna’s message to critics of the August shoot: “Lighten up,” she said in a telephone interview. Vogue is about realizing the “power of fashion” she said, and the shoot was saying that “fashion is no longer a rich man’s privilege. Anyone can carry it off and make it look beautiful,” she said.
Nearly half of India’s population — about 456 million people — live on less than $1.25 a day, according to World Bank figures released last week....
The juxtaposition between poverty and growing wealth presents an unsavory dilemma for luxury goods makers jumping into India: How does one sell something like a $1,000 handbag in a country where most people will never amass that sum of money in their lives, and many are starving? [...]

all-amerikan gang free market entrpreneurs
U.S. undertakers admit selling corpses
Sep 2, 2008
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Two former Philadelphia funeral directors on Tuesday admitted to selling cadavers to a ring that cut them up and sold the body parts to hospitals for implants.Gerald Garzone and his brother Louis Garzone pleaded guilty to charges that they conspired with others to take bones, skin and organs from 244 bodies in their funeral homes between February 2004 and September 2005. They were part of a scheme that plundered 1,077 bodies in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania without the permission of relatives in an operation that netted the conspirators $3.8 million (2.1 million pounds)....Michael Mastromarino, 44, a New Jersey dentist, was sentenced in June to a minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 54 years in prison after admitting to leading the scheme. Some of the bodies were infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases, and used in transplants by at least five Philadelphia-area hospitals, prompting hundreds of lawsuits by the families of transplant recipients.The bodies were dismembered by a team of "cutters" in unsanitary conditions in a scheme a grand jury report last October called "ghoulish, greedy, dangerous and criminal."