9/24 AfPak:BullShift: "Wrapping defeat in euphemism"; U.S.Manufactures Higher Stage of Terror; Obama: Blogs Threaten Democracy

Support the peoples' just national anti-imperialist-zionist resistance...everywhere!

... an ominous warning & threat from friendly face...
Obama calls for 'new era of engagement' in world
At UN general assembly, Obama urges international support for US wars
By Tom Eley
September 24, 2009 - The speech, like the Obama presidency itself, sought to present a changed [U.S.] image to the world. Barack Obama used his first address to the United Nations General Assembly to defend US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and reiterate the American right to act unilaterally. At the same time, Obama implicitly appealed to foreign capitals to subordinate themselves to US geostrategic objectives... Later in the speech, Obama declared that the US would "permit no safe-haven for al Qaeda to launch attack s from Afghanistan or any other nation," reasserting the US right to violate the sovereignty of any state in pursuit of whomever Washington declares to be terrorists... In the opening moments of his speech, Obama blamed the rest of the world for the "anti-Americanism" that emerged in the Bush years, and implied that world leaders had manipulated this sentiment to avoid doing US bidding...Obama threatened Iran, and declared Israel to be a "Jewish state."... "I took office at a time when many around the world had come to view America with skepticism and distrust," Obama said. "Part of this was due to misperceptions and misinformation about my country. Part of this was due to opposition to specific policies, and a belief that on certain critical issues, America has acted unilaterally, without regard for the interests of others. This has fed an almost reflexive anti-Americanism, which too often has served as an excuse for our collective inaction."Obama quickly added that he would, like Bush, continue to "act in the interest of my nation and my people, and I will never apologize for defending those interests." By "defending those interests," Obama is not referring to "my nation and my people," but the predatory aims of the financial oligarchy primarily responsible for his election, and in whose interests the preemptive wars on Afghanistan and Iraq were launched...
Obama’s appeal for assistance... is another manifestation of the relative decline of the US on the world stage....
Obama's hypocrisy was boundless. The president declared himself an advocate of world peace. Realizing peace, Obama said, "must begin with an unshakeable determination that the murder of innocent men, women and children will never be tolerated." ... "Democracy cannot be imposed on any nation from the outside. Each society must search for its own path, and no path is perfect. Each country will pursue a path rooted in the culture of its people, and—in the past—America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy...That does not weaken our commitment, it only reinforces it ...…[T]he United States of America will never waiver in our efforts to stand up for the right of people everywhere to determine their own destiny."http://www.uruknet.de/?p=58242

'Engagement' Needed in friendly - faced fascist 'homeland' -- note subtle promotion for U.S. 'war on the net'
US enlists citizens in anti-terrorism strategy
by Philip Dru, 7/30/09
NEW YORK — A top US domestic security chief announced Wednesday a strategy to make ordinary citizens the first line of defense against an increasingly multi-faceted terrorist threat.
Even as US troops become increasingly focused on fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, more attention is being paid to violent plots hatched within US borders — often led by US citizens or residents..."For too long, we’ve treated the public as a liability to be protected rather than an asset in our nation’s collective security," Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a speech in New York. Napolitano even called on children to join an effort previously shouldered by police and other security services. "There’s actually an important role we can play in educating even our very young about watching for, and knowing what to do..."The tools for creating violence and chaos are as easy to find as the tools to buy music online or restocking inventory," she said. "If 9/11 happened in a web 1.0 world, terrorists are certainly in a web 2.0 world now."Napolitano urged a "much broader society response" in which the public helps curb a growing phenomenon of so-called home-grown terrorism.

US attacks within Pakistan are allowable by GWB confidential order in July 2008
"Bush Said To Give Orders Allowing Raids In Pakistan"
New York Times, 11 September 2008

Pakistan: Threat from America
Roedad Khan
September 21, 2009
If you want to know what happens to an ill-led and ill-governed, small country which, under the leadership of its corrupt rulers who owe everything to Washington, attaches itself to a powerful country like the United States, visit Pakistan. With the full knowledge and approval of our government, American predators and ground forces strike wherever they like and kill innocent men, women and children in our tribal territory. With the targets now spreading, an expanding US role inside Pakistan may be more than anyone can stomach. The anger level in the country is reaching a dangerous level.

"The single greatest threat to (Pakistan)", Obama said recently, "comes from Al Qaeda and their extremists allies". This is not true. All our major problems, including terrorism, stem from the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. It has turned our tribal area into a protracted ulcer, a quagmire – a place where Pakistan is spending blood and treasure to protect American interests.

"The single greatest threat to (Pakistan)", Obama said recently, "comes from Al Qaeda and their extremists allies". This is not true. All our major problems, including terrorism, stem from the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. It has turned our tribal area into a protracted ulcer, a quagmire – a place where Pakistan is spending blood and treasure to protect American interests.
"The United States", Obama said, "has great respect for the Pakistani people". Bombing our villages and killing innocent men, women and children, Mr. President, is no way of expressing friendship or earning the respect of our people. Who says we are friends? There can be no friendship between the strong and the weak. There can be no friendship between unequals, neither in private life nor in public life. "The strong do what they can", the Athenians told the intractable Melians, "and the weak must suffer what they must." This is where Pakistan stands today. With the help of power-hungry generals, like Musharraf, and corrupt civilians now in power, Americans have turned independent, sovereign, proud Pakistan into a "pseudo - Republic" and a "rentier state" and allowed venal dictatorship to take root. Angry. So very, very angry....

This is the bleakest era in the history of Pakistan since 1971. The independence of Pakistan is a myth. Pakistan is no longer a free country. It is no longer a democratic country. Today Pakistan is splattered with American fortresses, seriously compromising our internal and external sovereignty. People don’t feel safe in their own country because any citizen can be picked up by FBI agents in collusion with our government and smuggled out of the country, making a mockery of our independence and sovereignty. To apply the adjective sovereign to the people in today’s Pakistan is a tragic farce. American military personnel cross and re-cross our border without let or hindrance. They violate our air space with impunity and kill innocent men, women and children. Everyday I ask myself the same question: How can this be happening in Pakistan? American marines are pouring into Pakistan, unchecked and unchallenged, in pursuance of their neo-colonial designs, America has set up bases and fortresses scattered across our country.... Today Pakistan is virtually under American occupation.

Why is there no public outrage? Why is the opposition keeping so quiet? Why this conspiracy of silence? One thing is clear. Today the true guardians of Pakistan are the people of Pakistan. People power alone can save Pakistan. Time and again – in 1789, 1848, 1871, and 1968, to name only the most historic years – mass protests have kicked out foreign intruders and their agents. Our rulers and their masters in Washington know that the street is all they have to fear. Confronting them has now become a patriotic duty.... The writer is a former federal secretary. Email: roedad@comsats.net.pk and www.roedadkhan.com

Can Pakistan resist Pax Pox Americana?
Atif F Qureshi, PKKH Editorial Team | Edited by Talha Mujaddidi
When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the Earth," they say: "Why, we only want to make peace!" Holy Qur’an (2-11)

Wherever the Americans go, their policies spread poison. Under the pretext of 'freedom and democracy’ US policy-makers trample over weaker nations, placing and replacing puppet rulers on a whim and propagandising against all aspirations for true independence. (Stephen Kinzer’s Overthrown is a must book to read in this context).
With total control of global media, and their weapons of mass distraction, they are able to crush resistance at the very root ...as Noam Chomsky said, "If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged".

Yet in spite of the 'fasad-fil-ardh’ that America has unleashed around the world, we still see an unseemly obsession with all things American. Suffering from a mass psychosis akin to Stockholm-syndrome, even nations traumatised and brutalised by America see only America as possible salvation. Clearly, American propagandists have done their work well.
Not in Pakistan. In what can only be described as a clear and hopeful sign that this nation is awakening, recent polls have revealed that the Pakistani public categorically denounces American policies. A recently conducted poll by PakistanKaKhudaHafiz.com revealed that 89% of over 1,000 participants were of the opinion that the United States should be declared as a hostile state.
This reinforces another scientifically conducted poll conducted by the Al-Jazeera network that found that over 70% of Pakistanis held America to be the greatest threat to the sovereignty and independence of Pakistan – even greater than arch-rival and eternal enemy India.

So great is this a problem for the Americans that when their Generals in the region are quizzed by journalists, they are more likely to be asked about the 'battle for hearts and minds’ rather than actual battles. But in spite of the feigned concern in Washington, the widespread anti-Americanism is not too great a concern for US policymakers. After all, as far as the US is concerned, only Pakistan’s puppet leaders need be pro-US – the rest of Pakistan can go to hell. But in this lies the problem for the US. As the farcical reality of Pakistan’s democracy is becoming increasingly clear to the public at large, they are turning their ire not just on their puppet leaders, but on their foreign puppet-masters. And this does not bode well for US’s future plans for the region....

This anti-US mood in Pakistan is nothing new.... More recently, America has committed a litany of errors that can only lead an objective person to conclude that not only does the US not have Pakistan’s interest to heart, but they are only interested in marginalising and destabilising Pakistan through any means possible. The Pakistani people are not blind. They see the chicanery clearly:
The ’surge’ in American troops in Afghanistan accompanied a ’surge’ in terrorism in Pakistan. While the Afghan Taliban never threatened Pakistani sovereignty, since 2001 thousands of innocents have been killed in a wave of suicide bombings in Pakistan that 'coincidently’, only began after the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001.
The deliberate spread of the Afghan occupation into Pakistan and the treatment of both nations as a single theatre or 'battlefield’ called AfPak. The notion that both nations are to be treated the same even though one is war-torn and primitive while the other has a sophisticated civic society is laughable, but the idea that American forces can strike into Pakistan with impunity is enough to make the average Pakistani’s blood boil.
Wave after wave of callous and imprecise drone attacks. These achieve practically nothing while only murdering innocent civilians and riling up the Pakistani public who despair at their feckless government for being complicit in continual violations of the nations sovereignty and dignity.
Since 2001 the US has turned a blind eye towards Indian Intelligence operations from inside Afghanistan designed to destabilize Pakistan. According to a report published in September 2008 by Brig (R) Asif Haroon Raja , India has 14 consulates in Afghanistan from which RAW is operating. In Wakhan, Badakshan province, RAW is operating a madarssah, where clerics from India are brainwashing local Afghans, Uzbeks and Tajiks. Their students are then infiltrated into Pakistan where they readily carry out suicide missions and other operations.This blatant infiltration into Afghanistan by the Indian intelligence apparatus has provided safe haven from which Indian agents attack and destabilize Pakistan’s tribal areas and NWFP.In another recent report from Foreign Affairs magazine , by Christine Fair of RAND Corporation gives us the inside: "Having visited the Indian mission in Zahedan, Iran, I can assure you they are not issuing visas as the main activity! Moreover, India has run operations from its mission in Mazar, Afghanistan (through which it supported the Northern Alliance) and is likely doing so from the other consulates it has reopened in Jalalabad and Qandahar along the border. Indian officials have told me privately that they are pumping money into Baluchistan. Kabul has encouraged India to engage in provocative activities such as using the Border Roads Organization to build sensitive parts of the Ring Road and use the Indo-Tibetan police force for security. It is also building schools on a sensitive part of the border in Kunar–across from Bajaur (Pakistan’s Tribal Area where Pakistan Army had to carry out a major operation to eliminate TTP militants).
The continual barking by American officials for Pakistan to "DO MORE!" in spite of the fact that no nation has done or sacrificed more to combat terrorism in its own self-interest. The number of soldiers martyred, treasure spent and tears of widows and orphans shed is testimony to the truth that those who claim that Pakistan is half-hearted in this effort are liars.
The CIA-sponsored democratic farce whereby American engineered its puppets to sieze the reigns in Pakistan’s recent elections. For those who still deny that the Pakistani elections were engineered, think for a moment how is it possible that the most corrupt and despised man in Pakistan’s entire history, Asif Zardari would become the president of Pakistan if the elections were truly and fairly democratic?
Even though our 'popularly elected’ politicians are in the pocket of the Americans, they remain frustrated that certain institutions in Pakistan remain out of their reach. The black propaganda targeting Pakistan’s patriotic armed forces, intelligence services and nuclear weapons arsenal reveals their obvious intent. Well-aware that these are the only institutions that truly have Pakistan’s interests to heart, the public do not appreciate the Am-Brit campaign to malign them.
The so-called Indo-US civilian nuclear deal that makes a blatant mockery of the non-proliferation accords, rewarding Indian intransigence and arrogance at the expense of Pakistan’s national security.
The exposure of blatant double-standards is evident as America turns on the weapons tap for India, whom it wishes to turn into its 21st century ’slave soldier’ in order to counter China, while Pakistani officials are left dangling and must debase and humiliate themselves in order to ensure the delivery of a trifling number of F-16’s and helicopters to fight the same enemies that America is sponsoring.
The shielding, protection and nurturing of anti-Pakistan insurgent groups on Pakistani soil by the CIA. The so-called 'Baluchistan Liberation Army’ (Read: Finding Clarity in the Baluchistan Conundrum, by Talha Mujaddidi ) and 'Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’ are only a few of many. All these groups base their insidious operations from inside Afghanistan – which is occupied by the US.
In spite of their indirect control over our media, America will never win the 'battle of hearts and minds’ in Pakistan. Even though the rise of the so-called 'free media’ in Pakistan has brought to the fore a variety rentashills and rentagobs, self proclaimed pseudo-intellectuals who solemnly insist that Pakistan cannot resist Pax Americana (Pox Americana would be more appropriate), the people are not so gullible as to believe it. They see the example of Iran and Venezuala, which although not ideal states by any means, at least demonstrate that those who resist American hegemony can still survive and even prosper.

Where there are pockets of resistance, this demonstrates the existence of an honourable people who are not prepared to compromise on their dignity. The recent polling is cause for great hope. It proves what was never in doubt – the Pakistani population will not stand for these US violations of Pakistan’s sovereignty and national interest for much longer.... Atif F Qureshi is part of the PKKH Editorial Team and also writes for PakDestiny.net

relentless state-sponsored 'news' to 'win hearts & minds' aka 'pacification'
Pakistan 'reluctant' to target extremists in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 19 — Despite growing U.S. military losses in Afghanistan, Pakistan still refuses to target the extremist groups on its soil that are the biggest threat to the U.S.-led mission there, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan said. Eight years after the United States and Pakistan agreed to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida, Pakistani officials have "different priorities" from the U.S., Anne Patterson said in a recent interview. Pakistan is "certainly reluctant to take action" against the leadership of the Afghan insurgency. As the war in Afghanistan becomes more brutal and as its political and popular support wanes in the U.S., Pakistan's refusal to act in support of U.S. goals is undermining the U.S. effort to deny al-Qaida and other extremist groups a sanctuary in Afghanistan...
Pakistani officials, however, say their country's priority should be to tackle Islamic militants who threaten Pakistan. They charge that the U.S. is blind to Pakistan's concerns over traditional foe India as it presses Pakistan to redeploy forces from its eastern border with India to the western border with Afghanistan....Mullen said that Pakistan's recent anti-terrorism actions "had a big impact" although "it hasn't been perfect." While Pakistan and the U.S. agree on targeting al-Qaida and, more recently, the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, they strongly disagree over action against Afghan insurgents operating from Pakistani territory. "Where we differ, of course, is the treatment of the groups who are attacking our troops in Afghanistan," " Patterson said. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009896978_pakistan19....

deadly humor: destroy to rebuild with U.S. soft power to its political-economic specifications
U.S. Fears Increased Aid to Pakistan Will Feed Graft
The United States is preparing to triple its aid package to Pakistan, but is debating how much of the assistance should go directly to the government
Obama administration economic experts have visited Islamabad, the capital, in recent weeks to try to ensure both that the money will not be wasted by the government and that it will be more effective in winning the good will of a public increasingly hostile to the United States... The overhaul of American assistance, led by the State Department, comes amid increased urgency about an economic crisis intensifying social unrest in Pakistan, and about the willingness of the government there to sustain its fight against a raging insurgency in the northwest. It follows an assessment within the Obama administration that the amount of nonmilitary aid to the country in the past few years was inadequate and favored American contractors...American officials say the main goals of the new assistance will be to shore up the crumbling Pakistani state by building infrastructure like roads and power plants, and to improve the standing of the United States with the Pakistani people. In return, the Obama administration expects Pakistan to keep up the fight against Islamic militants, though there are worries that the effort will turn out to be a short-term spurt overtaken by Pakistan’s preoccupation with its archrival, India....
The administration’s special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard L. Holbrooke, has appointed Robin L. Raphel, an experienced American diplomat, to oversee the planning of the new aid programs. Mr. Holbrooke also sent David Lipton, a senior member of the National Economic Council, to Islamabad twice to look at ways to fix the Pakistani economy.
One key factor in trying to find more effective ways to deliver aid to Pakistan is a recognition that big projects are likely to win more Pakistani friends because they are more visible...
“It was not only an assistance issue but a public image issue, too,” the senior American official said. “People talk about the Chinese nuclear reactors and the Japanese.” The United States was searching for a “signature contract,” the official said.
One road project under consideration in the troubled North-West Frontier Province would help in both improving security and gaining friends, a senior Pakistani official said. The $25 million project is designed to repair and expand the ring road around Peshawar, the capital of the province... The road cratered because of heavy use by trucks hauling supplies for the NATO forces in Afghanistan from the port of Karachi through Peshawar and over the border to Afghanistan. The repairs would ease the transit of those goods, and possibly make them less vulnerable to attack by Taliban militants. At the same time, it is hoped that the people of Peshawar who drive trucks, pedicabs, even donkey carts on the road would appreciate the American effort.... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/21/world/asia/21aid.html?th=&emc=th&pagew...

BullShift: War on Afghanistan expanded to "Af-Pak" war long ago
U.S. state terror, branded CT 'counterterror' (primary focus killing national resistance), COIN 'counterinsurgency' (primary focus 'securing the population')
Obama administration is considering whether to bolster counterterrorism efforts in Pakistan instead of launching a large scale counterinsurgency effort in Afghanistan.

U.S. to shift from Afghanistan to Pakistan? - Afghanistan
Obama: Dismantling al-Qaida a ‘core goal’
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32952295/ns/world_n... 9/23/09
The White House is considering expanding counterterror operations in Pakistan to refocus on eliminating al-Qaida [SIC] instead of mounting a major military escalation in Afghanistan...
Most U.S. military officials have preferred a classic counterinsurgency mission to keep al-Qaida out of Afghanistan by defeating the Taliban and securing the local population...
The two senior administration officials said Monday that one option would be to step up the use of missile-armed unmanned spy drones over Pakistan that...could contain al-Qaida in a smaller, if more remote area, and keep its leaders from retreating back into Afghanistan.... There have been more than 50 missile strikes against Pakistan targets since August 2008, according to an Associated Press count...A draft study by Notre Dame Law School professor Mary Ellen O'Connell found that drone attacks by the U.S. in Pakistan began in 2004, jumped dramatically in 2008 and continue to climb so far this year.... O'Connell said... "The only reason people think drones are successful is because they're doing a body count," O'Connell said. "They're not looking at the bigger picture of Pakistani animosity"....
Pakistan will not allow the US to deploy a large-scale military troop buildup on its soil. However, its military and intelligence services are believed to have assisted the U.S. with airstrikes, even while the government has publicly condemned them...Such a move would amount to an admission that using a traditional military strategy to take on the Taliban with thousands more troops is doomed to failure, echoing Russia's disastrous Afghanistan invasion in the late 1980s and other ill-fated conquerors in the more distant past....

"Wrapping defeat in euphemism"
Bury 'Al-Qaeda' Ghost
By Iftekhar A. Khan
April 09, 2009
Those prophesying that Barack Obama in many ways would be similar to his predecessor were right on the spot... He has incessantly talked about 9/11 and Al-Qaeda as indeed did his predecessor... Obama's proposed surge in troops to bolster demoralised NATO forces in Afghanistan shows his determination to eliminate Al-Qaeda and Taliban resistance. Bush invented Al-Qaeda in the aftermath of 9/11 and Obama has decided to stick to it... Al-Qaeda is in fact nebulous; it is a philosophy to resist. Had it been an organised body, the US killing machine would have snuffed it out long ago.Those resisting the presence of foreign forces on their soil...are sure no such thing as Al-Qaeda exists or ever existed. They are sure that the Al-Qaeda ghost had no role in 9/11 and destruction of Twin Towers because it was an inside job... Wrapping defeat in euphemism, Bush in his last year in office had said: "We are not winning war in Afghanistan." Obama has inherited Bush's losing war. Instead of reappraising the past strategy to determine the causes of failure, he has decided to inject more troops. Quite erroneously, he thinks troop surge will help NATO forces to gain control, without realising that it will in fact cause an upsurge in resistance. More exposure of troops will result in more killing on both sides. Troops can never control popular uprising of the people...Therefore, army action in Fata and Swat has not been able to put down the resistance because it was against... resistance, which Americans prefer to call Al-Qaeda.... Information Clearing House

Crunch Time in AFPAK
Dave Kilcullen
(edited version of my statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Afghanistan, chaired by Senator John F. Kerry, 5th February 2009)
Senator Joseph Lieberman made a timely and well-argued call, during his recent speech at the Brookings Institution, for a comprehensive political-military campaign in the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) region. Seven years into a long war, we need to be honest with ourselves about the harsh strategic choices we face. And we need to recognize that before we can expect long-term strategic progress, we first have to deal with an immediate, acute crisis that could derail the entire effort this year.[...] http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/staff-college/49964-crunch-time-afpak.h...
Dr David Kilcullen, a partner at the Crumpton Group and author of The Accidental Guerrilla, is the former Special Advisor for Counterinsurgency to the Secretary of State and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategy in 2005-6 and 2008. In 2007 he was the senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus, in Baghdad.

US attacks within Pakistan are allowable by GWB confidential order in July 2008
"Bush Said To Give Orders Allowing Raids In Pakistan"
New York Times, 11 September 2008

Obama’s phone call to Zardari Feb 11 came as US special envoy Richard Holbrooke ended a visit to Pakistan to explore ways in which Washington and Islamabad could improve coordination in the anti-Taliban offensive.

Mullen: U.S. Does Not Invade Sovereign Countries
July 24, 2009
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen on Thursday said he believed the top leadership of Al Qaeda, including Osama Bin Laden, was in Pakistan.
Talking to Al Jazeera TV, Mullen said Al Qaeda was on top of the US list of priorities and threats around the world. When asked why the United States was not in FATA despite having the knowledge that Al Qaeda was present there, he said, "Because FATA is in Pakistan and Pakistan is a sovereign country and we don’t go into sovereign countries."
Daily Monitor http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009\07\24\story_24-7-2009_pg1_4

US to launch media war in AFPAK
August 22nd, 2009
According to the New York Times, President Barack Obama’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard C. Holbrooke, will direct the effort within the State Department, which will focus on the use of cell phones, FM radio and video...According to Holbrooke, the United States is losing the information war in Afghanistan and Pakistan as far as the Taliban is concerned... establishing a new unit for countering militant propaganda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in an effort to win the war of ideas against Islamist extremists.
Local journalists are to be trained at State Department expense (with a proposed budget of 150 million dollars) to attack and denigrate militants and their messages.

"The specter of al-Qaida terrorists being harbored by insurgents in lawless areas of Afghanistan serves as a reminder to America and its allies of why the increasingly unpopular war started."
General McChrystal: No Sign of al-Qaeda Presence in Afghanistan ...
Sep 11, 2009
Gen. Stanley McChrystal spoke on the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States by al-Qaida that prompted the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.
The invasion quickly toppled the Taliban regime that had sheltered al-Qaida leaders who plotted the 9/11 attacks, but has since bogged down amid a deadly insurgency... But he warned that Osama bin Laden's network still maintains contact with insurgents and seeks to use areas of Afghanistan they control as bases."I do believe that al-Qaida intends to retain those relationships because they believe it is symbiotic ... where the Taliban has success, that provides a sanctuary from which al-Qaida can operate transnationally," he added.
The specter of al-Qaida terrorists being harbored by insurgents in lawless areas of Afghanistan serves as a reminder to America and its allies of why the increasingly unpopular war started.

Extended AfPak War under Obama: Slouching towards Balkanization
by Pepe Escobar
Happy Days are here again. It’s as if the George W Bush years in Afghanistan had never left...A surge is coming to town – just like the one General David Petraeus engineered in Iraq. A Bush proconsul Zalmay Khalilzad wants to run the show – again. A hardliner General Stanley McChrystal is getting ready to terrorize any Pashtun in sight. A new mega-base is sprouting in the “desert of death” in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. And as in Bush time, no one’s talking pipeline, or the (invisible) greatest regional prize: Pakistani Balochistan.
Bush’s “global war on terror” (GWOT) may have been rebranded, under new management, “overseas contingency operation” (OCO). But history in Afghanistan continues to repeat itself as farce – or as an opium bad trip.

Nation-building socioeconomic aspects of counterinsurgency to 'win hearts and minds' for U.S., e.g. pacify and secure population to weaken national resistance , are Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) specialty, based on U.S. experience in another war it lost, the Vietnam War.

Winning the Battle of Perceptions: A Quick Look at the McChrystal Recommendations
by Ron Jacobs / September 23rd, 2009
...McChrystal and his co-authors write that the reason the Afghan population has not flocked to the side of Washington and its forces is because they see the ISAF [NATO army] as occupiers, not as “guests.” Given this, one of the goals of the new strategy outlined by the paper is to change this perception. Unsaid, of course, is that guests do not come barging onto one’s house with guns blazing, bombs dropping...arresting or killing the residents who do not want the guests there.... the strategy outlined in the McChrystal paper is another remake of standard counterinsurgency strategies. Despite its newspeak regarding the need to change strategies and dire tone in terms of the threat to Washington’s success in the country, its true conclusion is for Washington to win its war is by increasing troops, stepping up covert and 'black' ops, changing the perception of the war on the homefront while trying to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. [ed: aka 'securing' or 'pacifying' the population]

always cooperative....
Al Qaeda Releases Another Video

Taliban Widen Afghan Attacks From Base in Pakistan
Senior Taliban leaders, showing a surprising level of sophistication and organization, are using their sanctuary in Pakistan to stoke a widening campaign of violence in northern and western Afghanistan senior American military and intelligence officials say. The Taliban’s expansion into parts of Afghanistan that it once had little influence over comes as the Obama administration is struggling to settle on a new military strategy and as the White House renews its efforts to get Pakistan’s government to be more aggressive about killing or capturing Taliban leaders inside Pakistan....
American officials grudgingly acknowledge the Taliban’s skill at using guerrilla-style attacks to manipulate public impressions of the insurgency. “We assess that the primary focus of attacks in northern provinces such as Kunduz is to create a perception that the insurgency is spreading like wildfire,” the American official in Afghanistan said. “But I think it’s more of an ‘information operations’ success than a substantive one of holding any territory.”...

The Strategic Debate Over Afghanistan
May 11, 2009 By George Friedman, Stratfor
...Ultimately, Petraeus is charging that Obama and Gates are missing the chance to repeat what was done in Iraq, while Obama and Gates are afraid Petraeus is confusing success in Iraq with a universal counterinsurgency model. To put it differently, they feel that while Petraeus benefited from fortuitous circumstances in Iraq, he quickly could find himself hopelessly bogged down in Afghanistan. The Pentagon on May 11 announced that U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. David McKiernan would be replaced, less than a year after he took over, with Lt. Gen. Stan McChrystal. McKiernan’s removal could pave the way for a broader reshuffling of Afghan strategy by the Obama administration.

The most important issues concern the extent to which Obama wants to stake his presidency on Petraeus’ vision in Afghanistan, and how important Afghanistan is to U.S. grand strategy. Petraeus has conceded that al Qaeda is in Pakistan. Getting the group out of Pakistan requires surgical strikes. Occupation and regime change in Pakistan are way beyond American abilities. The question of what the United States expects to win in Afghanistan — assuming it can win anything there — remains.
In the end, there is never a debate between U.S. presidents and generals. Even MacArthur discovered that. It is becoming clear that Obama is not going to bet all in Afghanistan, and that he sees Afghanistan as not worth the fight. Petraeus is a soldier in a fight, and he wants to win. But in the end, as Clausewitz said, war is an extension of politics by other means.

Pentagon sets sights on public opinion

Obama: We Need To Bail Out Newspapers Or Blogs Will Run The World and that would be a threat to democracy
He said he would be happy to look a bills that could give newspapers tax-breaks if they were to restructure as 50 (c) (3) educational corporations."I am concerned that if the direction of the news is blogosphere, all opinions, no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,"... http://www.businessinsider.com/john-carney-obama-we-need-to-bailout-news...

6% in U.S. get 'news' from TV, the state already has that education covered. Plans are underway to scrap the internet as it is for a 'secure internet 2' - see http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/153

The Chilling Toll of Anti-Terrorism "National Security" on Freedom of Expression

PSYOPS: "The Mighty Wurlitzer" Message Machine
Summary of a Study of Strategic Influence, Perception Management, Strategic Information Warfare and Strategic Psychological Operations in Gulf II,
by Sam Gardiner, Colonel, USAF (Retired)

Obama’s Afghan War, the US Media, and the UN: the New Metric of Civilian Casualties
By Prof. Marc W. Herold
RAWA News, June 12, 2009
During 2009, seven out of ten civilians killed by the Obama and NATO military machines have been women and children. Clearly, the Obama regime has failed on the metric of civilian casualties.
A debate centers upon to what degree the Obama approach is one of counter-terrorism (CT) or counter-insurgency (COIN). Central to the latter is the metric of civilian casualties and this is where the U.S media by commission and the UNAMA by omission enter the evolving Afghan tragedy. Much of the U.S left by having earlier proclaimed that the Afghanistan was the “good war” and being inebriated by the nation-building of humanitarian imperialism is now suffering from a bi-polar disorder, rendering it irrelevant.

COIN, rather than CT, focusing forcefully upon taking the fight to the Taliban and their associates (military-centric).... if successful by providing better actionable intelligence enables better carrying out the military fight against “insurgents.” ...The “new” U.S strategy which it turns out is not new at all, involves building up the Afghan military-police apparatus, pressuring NATO to take a greater role, employing “precision strikes” to avoid civilian casualties, etc. All this was tried under Bush and failed. Why should we expect anything different under Obama?...
the McChrystal metric of winning – the number of Afghans shielded from violence – is nonsense. How many shielded Afghans will equate to victory? Who is going to shield them? General McChrystal who was head of secretive Joint Special Operations Command, involved in widespread murder and carnage across Afghanistan?...

Things look very differently as regards how Obama’s Afghan war gets reported outside Afghanistan. Given the new metric of civilian casualties, the U.S government is going to greater lengths to manage the news coming out of Afghanistan. As is widely acknowledged, the U.S corporate (non right wing) media is having a “love affair” with the Obama administration. (15) ( #note ) This is obvious as regards matters of foreign policy, the Pentagon and all the more so for Central Asia.

It is no secret that Obama has taken over the U.S peace movement. (16) ( #note ) For example, John Podesta’s ‘liberal think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) strongly supports Obama’s escalation or surge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. MoveOn.org today serves as a full-time cheerleader of Obama’s policy agenda and is at best silent on Obama’s Afghan surge. More importantly, the established corporate media is largely silent about the continuing devastation perpetrated upon Afghan civilians by the Obama Afghan war. Only when a thoroughly egregious attack takes place as in Farah in early May 2009 when 97-147 civilians perished under U.S. “precision” bombs, is mention made. A British newspaper (not the Washington Post or equivalents) published a photo of what happens on the ground when a 2,000 pound bomb explodes (see below). (17) ( #note ) A B-1B bomber dropped two such bombs on a string of villages in Farah province on May 5th with devastating results. (18) ( #note ) This is precision? The effective casualty radius for such a bomb (meaning 50% of exposed persons within this range will die) is at least 400 meters from impact point.

A Dossier on Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan:
A Comprehensive Accounting

Bad Medicine: The Terror War's "Public Option"
by Chris Floyd   
Monday, 21 September 2009
September 21, 2009 - As Barack Obama continues his noble struggle to reform the wreck of America's health care system by forcing millions of people to pay billions of dollars to the very insurance companies who wrecked America's health care system – continuing his winning policy of reforming the wreck of America's financial system by giving trillions of dollars to the scamsters who wrecked America's financial system -- his soldiers in the good and necessary war of good necessity in Afghanistan have been implenting their own reforms to health care practices in their "host" country. Dahr Jamail reports on the underreported story of an American assault on an Afghan hospital earlier this month, during which armed soldiers "stormed" through the wards, looking for Taliban fighters – and then insisted on vetting all incoming patients to decide if they are worthy of treatment or not...

Dahr Jamail reports on the underreported story of an American assault on an Afghan hospital earlier this month, during which armed soldiers "stormed" through the wards, looking for Taliban fighters – and then insisted on vetting all incoming patients to decide if they are worthy of treatment or not.
On September 7, American troops invaded a hospital run by a Swedish aid agency: [Agency director Anders] Fange said that US troops broke down doors and tied up visitors and hospital staff. As Jamail notes, the blatantly illegal raid is all of a piece of American health care approaches in lands occupied in the Terror War. He details once more the American attacks on medical centers during the destruction of Fallujah in late 2004, which I noted in the Moscow Times while the attack... was still going on:

One of the first moves in this magnificent feat was the destruction and capture of medical centers. Twenty doctors – and their patients, including women and children – were killed in an airstrike on one major clinic, the UN Information Service reports, while the city's main hospital was seized in the early hours of the ground assault. Why? Because these places of healing could be used as "propaganda centers," the Pentagon's "information warfare" specialists told the NY Times. Unlike the first attack on Fallujah last spring, there was to be no unseemly footage of gutted children bleeding to death on hospital beds. This time – except for NBC's brief, heavily-edited, quickly-buried clip of the usual lone "bad apple" shooting a wounded Iraqi prisoner – the visuals were rigorously scrubbed....

So while Americans saw stories of rugged "Marlboro Men" winning the day against Satan, they were spared shots of engineers cutting off water and electricity to the city – a flagrant war crime under the Geneva Conventions, as CounterPunch notes, but standard practice throughout the occupation. Nor did pictures of attack helicopters gunning down civilians trying to escape across the Euphrates River – including a family of five – make the TV news, despite the eyewitness account of an AP journalist. Nor were tender American sensibilities subjected to the sight of phosphorous shells bathing enemy fighters – and nearby civilians – with unquenchable chemical fire, literally melting their skin, as the Washington Post reports. Nor did they see the fetus being blown out of the body of Artica Salim when her home was bombed during the "softening-up attacks" that raged relentlessly – and unnoticed – in the closing days of George W. Bush's presidential campaign, the Scotland Sunday Herald reports.
This is what has happened, is happening, and will go on happening on the ground in the Terror War... It is inherent in the premise and practice of military aggression [...]

War College warns military must prepare "in extremis" for "civil violence inside U.S." IMF warns of economic riots

White House Seeks Renewal of Surveillance Laws
September 16, 2009
The Obama administration has for the first time set out its views on the controversial USA Patriot Act, telling lawmakers this week that legal approval of government surveillance methods scheduled to expire in December should be renewed... Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich also told Democrats that the administration is "willing to consider" additional privacy safeguards advocated by lawmakers, so long as the provisions do not "undermine the effectiveness of these important authorities."
The three provisions set to expire Dec. 31 allow investigators to monitor through roving wiretaps suspects who may be trying to escape detection by switching cellphone numbers, obtain business records of national security targets, and track "lone wolves" who may be acting alone on behalf of foreign powers or terrorist groups. The government has not employed the lone wolf provision, but department officials want to ensure they can do so in the future.
Obama's approach to electronic surveillance has been closely watched since he shifted positions during the presidential campaign last year, casting a vote to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act over the objections of liberals in his party. That law granted telecommunication companies immunity from lawsuits by Americans who argued that their privacy had been violated in an electronic data collection program...

the 'battle' being how best convey any opposition
Battle Looms Over the Patriot Act:
Both the House and the Senate are set to hold their first committee hearings this week on whether to reauthorize three sections of the Patriot Act that expire at the end of this year. The provisions expanded the power of the F.B.I. to seize records and to eavesdrop on phone calls in the course of a counterterrorism investigation.

New National Intelligence Strategy:“This whole distinction between military- non-military intelligence is no longer relevant"
DNI's Strategic Plan Outlines New Missions
Counterintelligence, Cybersecurity Stressed
September 16, 2009
The top U.S. intelligence official said counterintelligence and cybersecurity would be given new emphasis under a four-year strategic plan he unveiled Tuesday...
WASHINGTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Intelligence activities across the U.S. government and military cost a total of $75 billion a year, the nation's top intelligence official said on Tuesday, disclosing an overall number long shrouded in secrecy. Dennis Blair, the U.S. director of national intelligence, cited the figure as part of a four-year strategic blueprint for the sprawling, 200,000-person intelligence community.In an unclassified version of the blueprint released by Blair's office, intelligence agencies singled out as threats Iran's nuclear program, North Korea's "erratic behavior," and insurgencies fueled by militant groups, though Blair cited gains against al Qaeda. Blair also cited challenges from China's military modernization and natural resource-driven diplomacy, as well as from efforts by Russia to reassert its power."I think for the first time we have a good understanding of the world that we're in," Blair said...."China is very aggressive in the cyber world," Blair said in answer to a question. "So, too, is Russia and others."...
The objectives outlined in the new National Intelligence Strategy, he said, "can only be carried out by an intelligence community that is agile, adaptive and united."

Blair described the strategy, the first to be drawn up under the Obama administration, as "a muscular intelligence response to meet the nation's responsibilities so that we can provide good advice to the policymakers and in the field."
In the past, counterintelligence was directed primarily at exposing foreign spies. Raising it to a main mission, the document says that now, the targets are not only foreign governments but also "non-state actors, violent extremist groups, cyber intruders and criminal organizations" that are increasingly undermining U.S. interests in myriad ways.
It cites as examples attempts to "manipulate U.S. policy and diplomatic efforts, disrupt or mitigate the effectiveness of our military plans and weapons systems, and erode our economic and technological advantage."
The new strategy envisions more collaborative counterintelligence efforts across government agencies to "identify, deceive, exploit, disrupt and protect against these threats." The task is described as not only penetrating enemy intelligence agencies but also employing "counterintelligence across the cyber domain to protect critical infrastructure."
In calling for enhanced cybersecurity as another major mission, the strategy paper declares that the nation's computerized infrastructure "is neither secure nor resilient."

“This whole distinction between military and non-military intelligence is no longer relevant”
Blair said the U.S. is spending $75 billion a year on “intelligence activities”, Adam Entous reports at Reuters (h/t: Jason Ditz), adding that: the amount spent by the 16 intelligence agencies — $47.5 billion in 2008 alone — did not incorporate the military’s intelligence activities, officials said. Blair, in a conference call with reporters, explained that his four-year strategy was not set up on the “traditional fault line … “This whole distinction between military and non-military intelligence is no longer relevant,” Blair said.

Obama Said to Consider Preventive Detention Plan
President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said.

internationalizing nationalizing capitalist police state
"Intel Fusion Centers'
From Guantanamo to your doorstep: A confidential 1525 page file of correspondence released by WikiLeaks provides insights into the privatization of intelligence and policing operations in the United States. Such intelligence "fusion" centers, which combine military, intelligence, FBI, state police, and others, have been internally promoted to avoid restrictions preventing the military from spying on domestic population....
Restricted Interrogation Technique: Separation as specified by FM 2-22.3 Appendix M. FM 2-22.3 is the US Army's Human Intelligence Collector Operations manual, a "fit for public consumption" guide introduced in September, 2006 and still formal US military doctrine. Appendix M, "separation", contains instructions on how to isolate and interrogate detainees 20 hours a day. Four hours a day sleep is permitted. "Suggested Approach Combinations" it says, are, "Futility. Incentive. Fear Up."
[wikileaks diverts focus from political to 'the revolving cash door'] http://wikileaks.org/wiki/The_spy_who_billed_me_twice

US Army Concept of Operations for Police Intelligence Operations
4 Mar 2009
The document presents a 60 page For Official Use Only intelligence manual from the US Army's Military Police School. Among other matters, the document reveals that the US Army is using structuring tricks to work around intelligence oversight rules that would normally prevent domestic spying and hoarding of data on anti-war protesters...

A CONUS [Continental United States] based PIO [military Police Intelligence Operations] network that is integrated with local, county, regional, state and federal, law enforcement entities will ensure a federated approach to enable a unified effort for defense support to civil authorities...[including] data exchange...[and the] production of [travel] blacklists... An [intelligence] fusion cell located within the garrison staff provides a unique service that can address the complexities of the threat to a military community and installation and be an asset to the garrison and local civilian community. It has the ability to work closely with multiple local, federal, and DoD agencies. It does not have constraints that are emplaced on MI [Military Intelligence] activities within the US, because it operates under the auspice and oversight of the police discipline and standards. At the garrison level, the fusion cell is static (non‐deploying) which provides a level of continuity that allows for in‐depth institutional knowledge of threat, physical and social environs, as well as long‐term relationships with local and federal law enforcement agencies. A garrison fusion cell can also be a flexible analytical cell that can grow to form focused, ad hoc, threat‐specific cells to address, prevent or react to a specific hazard....
Corps headquarters integrated the fusion cell into other operations where the G2 [military intelligence] is constrained by intelligence oversight rules, or there is a need for police information / intelligence assessments and analysis. A fusion cell is valuable when separate data streams, information sources, or other disparate information from multiple organizations must be combined and analyzed in a coherent process to present a common operational picture for a decision maker.

Zazia has been subjected to public shame, humiliation, racist criminalization and '3 days of intense questioning' as the media dutifully disseminates state propaganda and stays silent about u.s. 'questioning' methods as it publicly convicts Zazia and other targets for the state.
This is well-planned geostrategic witchhunt - led by what will become a national model for big-cities - NYC's internationally-operative, 'counter-terrorist' force partnered with US military and intelligence. (see Intel Fusion Centers above)
This hideous witchhunt serves the u.s. international and domestic agenda: (1) reigniting public support for expanding 'AfPak war' and other 'overseas contingency operations' in Africa, Asia and Latin America especially (2) providing pretext for further fascist expansion of domestic police state 'security' measures' against 'global and domestic terrorism' - actually preparations for feared mass uprisings.

Terror Plot Reminds Us The "Other" War Still Rages
...Zazi and cohorts were discovered so close to the anniversary of 9/11 also raised numerous flags. But that's not the only timing that is rather interesting.
Aside from health-care reform, what is the other big controversial issue facing the Obama administration? The war in Afghanistan. In just the last few days, General Stanley McChrystal's report on the war was leaked to the Washington Post. McChrystal is requesting as many as hundreds of thousands of more troops. Yet, there is growing resistance on Obama's left to an expansion of the war. Conservatives like George Will are openly balking. So, coincidentally or not, up pops a homegrown terror plot -- that has links back to both Afghanistan and Pakistan. If this were the Bush administration, suspicious liberals -- and some in the media -- might think, "Hmmmm...." .... it becomes one more data point to help support Obama's main contention that the central front of the war on terror is the Afghanistan-Pakistan nexus ("AfPak"). Coincidence or not, expect the Zazi arrest -- and whatever details are forthcoming -- to be prominently mentioned as the administration pushes to expand the U.S. presence in Afghanistan ... New York writer Robert A. George blogs at Ragged Thots. Follow him on Twitter

Video: Colorado man claims innocence in FBI terror probe
WRAL Raleigh

In a telephone interview with the Denver Post newspaper on Saturday morning, Zazi said that contrary to media reports he had not admitted any link to al Qaeda or participating in training with the group in Pakistan. "It's not true, I have nothing to hide. It's all media publications reporting whatever they want. They have been reporting all this nonsense."
FBI Director Robert Mueller reassured lawmakers in Washington there is no imminent security threat related to the investigation surrounding Zazi, but declined to elaborate publicly...

standard state terrorist operating procedure ... but 'interrogation' torture is never mentioned
Informer’s Role in Bombing Plot
The role of informants has been a constant in the terror cases made by federal and local authorities since 9/11
Everyone called the stranger with all the money “Maqsood.” He would sit in his Mercedes, waiting in the parking lot of the mosque in Newburgh, N.Y., until the Friday prayer was over. Then, according to members of the mosque, the Masjid al-Ikhlas, he approached the young men....The man, a Pakistani, occasionally approached the assistant imam of the mosque, proposing meetings, or overpaying for a sandwich he would buy at a mosque fund-raiser. In time, many of the mosque’s older members had made the man for a government informant, according to mosque leaders. They said that he seemed to focus most of his attention on younger black members and visitors.
The members of the mosque now believe that Maqsood was the government informant at the center of the case involving four men from Newburgh arrested and charged this week with having plotted to explode bombs at Jewish centers in New York City.... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/23/nyregion/23informant.html?_r=1

NYC Subway Bomb Plotter Says He Was Set Up By Paid NYPD Informant
On Monday, 24 year-old Pakistani immigrant Shahawar Matin Siraj was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb the Herald Square subway station in New York City. Attorneys for Siraj said he was set up by a police informant and that the informant was the one who pushed the bombing. Siraj had no explosives, no timetable for an attack and little understanding about explosives....The police department hailed the 30-year sentence, which is the maximum allowed under federal sentencing guidelines. Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the decision “says that those who conspire against New York will pay a severe price.” http://www.democracynow.org/2007/1/10/police_entrapment_in_terror_case_n...

Denver bus driver with al-Qaida ties?
The New York Times
...Government officials said the interviews with Zazi, 24, were providing federal agents with new information, though no charges have been filed in the case....Zazi's lawyers, asserting that their client is not involved in terrorism, have repeatedly asked why no arrests have been made.Media reports surfaced Friday that Zazi's lawyers were negotiating a plea deal for him to admit having had military training, presumably meaning that he had attended terrorist training camps. Wendy Aiello, a spokeswoman for Zazi's lawyer, Arthur Folsom, called them "unfounded."...So far, neither New York nor federal officials have publicly explained their interest in the younger Zazi. Among the unanswered questions is what information persuaded the authorities that Zazi might represent a threat and led them to open inquiries in Colorado and New York....government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there were several factors, including his trips to Pakistan, which he and his lawyers have said were made to visit his wife and other relatives in Peshawar....
New York Times reporters William K. Rashbaum, Eric Schmitt and Karen Zraick contributed reporting.Material from The Associated Press is included in this report.

Feds Take Denver Man and Father into Custody in Alleged al Qaeda Plot
Najibullah Zazi Charged for Lying to the FBI
A statement from the Justice Department is expected later tonight. The charges are likely to be for making false statements to FBI agents. Federal prosecutors are expected to bring criminal charges against at least three men in an alleged al Qaeda plot to attack New York, including 24-year old Najibullah Zazi.... A computer belonging to Zazi showed he had researched [sic] baseball and football stadiums and sites used in the recent Fashion Week event in New York City, law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com.... While officials say they do not know the targets of the alleged plot, the contents of Zazi's computer are considered a valuable insight into what he might have been planning... officials said text messages sent by Zazi suggest the plot was nearing the attack phase. One message said the "wedding cake is ready," which authorities say may have been code to indicate the attack was ready. Al Qaeda operatives have frequently used references to weddings to disguise planned terror attacks... FBI agents in New York Denver and other U.S. locations are "working around the clock" on the investigation, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. http://www.abcnews.go.com/print?id=8618732

media aids & abets state's political frame-up with no 'terrorism' evidence
Terror Suspect Had Bomb Guide, Authorities Say
The court papers, released after the arrests in Colorado of Najibullah Zazi and his father, as well as that of an imam [ed: a long-time state informant] in Queens, showed that during a search in New York of the younger Mr. Zazi’s rental car on Sept. 11, agents found a laptop computer containing an image of the notes.... “contain formulations and instructions regarding the manufacture and handling of initiating explosives, main explosives charges, explosives detonators and components of a fusing system.”
“It is important to note that we have no specific information regarding the timing, location or target of any planned attack,” David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security, said early Sunday. Veteran counterterrorism officials said they were convinced the plot was potentially serious, based largely on their emerging suspicions about Mr. Zazi, his training in explosives, his travel to Pakistan [ed. homeland where his wife lives] tribal areas where Al Qaeda is influential and the apparent ease of his movements within the United States. But these officials, in Washington, New York and Denver, acknowledge they could be overstating Mr. Zazi’s significance because they know little about his precise intentions and may never know completely what he might have been planning. But as the investigation has progressed there appear to be few doubters within the government.... What has troubled [SIC] federal prosecutors and the F.B.I. is the belief that Mr. Zazi embodies what concerns them most: a Westernized militant, trained by Al Qaeda in Pakistan, whose experience and legal resident status in the United States give him the freedom to operate freely, yet attract little attention.... Mr. Zazi and his confederates were apparently deterred before any plot had a chance to take shape and before investigators were able to clearly understand what the men were planning. That left prosecutors to charge the three men with proxy offenses of making false statements rather than crimes directly involving terrorism. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/21/us/21terror.html?_r=1&hp


FBI says imam Ahmad Afzali worked both sides and tipped off suspects:
Ahmad Afzali 37, insisted he's been loyally helping the government root out extremists since 9/11.... Afzali has a wife, three kids, and a taste for luxury cars - always in white, neighbors said. In interviews last week, he told The News he was always happy to help the FBI. "They come for information, and I always help," he said. "I have helped them many times."
His lawyer, Ron Kuby calls him a fall guy.

  US's 'Arc of Instability' Just Gets Bigger
By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
The New Great Game is not only focused on the face-off between the United States and strategic competitors Russia and China - with Pipelineistan as a defining element. The full spectrum dominance doctrine requires the control of the Pentagon-coined "arc of instability" from the Horn of Africa to western China. The cover story is the former "global war on terror", now "overseas contingency operations" [editor: now revised back to GWOT?] under the management of President Barack Obama's administration.

Most of all, the underlying logic remains divide and rule. As for the divide, Beijing would call it, without a trace of irony, "splittist". Split up Iraq - blocking China's access to Iraqi oil. Split up Pakistan - with an independent Balochistan preventing China from accessing the strategic port of Gwadar there. Split up Afghanistan - with an independent Pashtunistan allowing the building of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline bypassing Russia. Split up Iran - by financing subversion in Khuzestan and Sistan-Balochistan. And why not split up Bolivia (as was attempted last year) to the benefit of US energy giants. Call it the (splitting) Kosovo model. Kosovo, incidentally, is known as the Colombia of the Balkans. What Washington calls the "Western hemisphere" is a sub-section of the New Great Game. The linkage between the recent military coup in Honduras, the return of the living dead - that is, the resurrection of the US Navy's Fourth Fleet in July 2008 - and now the turbo-charging of seven US military bases in Colombia is not to be blamed merely on continuity from president George W Bush to Obama. Not really. This is all about the internal logic of Full Spectrum Dominance.

Touching bases
Twelve South American nations, under the Union of South American Nations umbrella, got together in Bariloche, Argentina, last week and after a heated seven-hour discussion only managed to stress, somewhat meekly, that "foreign troops cannot be a threat to the region" - in reference to the US military presence in Colombia. At least President Lula da Silva of Brazil will be asking Obama to get together with South American presidents and reveal what this new military pact with Colombia is really all about. Spin, of course, prevailed. Influential Brazilian conservative newspaper O Globo, which for all practical purposes looks like it's been redacted in Washington, practically blamed Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez for everything.

It's instructive to examine how some of the sharpest South American minds view it. Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano (whose book, Open Veins of Latin America was offered to Obama by Chavez at the recent Organization of American States summit) in an interview to an Ecuadorian paper, stressed how the US had spent a century fabricating military dictatorships in Latin America... As for the military bases in Colombia, Galeano said they "offend not only Latin America's collective dignity but one's intelligence". The US has already set up three military bases in Colombia, plus a dozen radar stations. Now this will be upgraded by the Colombian government to seven bases, one of them - Palanquero - with air access to the whole hemisphere. Seven bases in Colombia is a natural Pentagon response to the US losing the Manta base in Ecuador, and losing its grip on now leftist Paraguay. Washington already trains the Colombian armed forces, special forces and the national police.
The infamous Fort Benning-based School of the Americas, the flagship US training ground for ultra-repressive military dictatorships, that is, the "School of Assassins", re-baptized in 2001 the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation, trained not only over 10,000 Colombians, but the coup leaders in Honduras as well.

Argentine political scientist Atilio Boron goes for the jugular; for him, "To think that those troops and weapons systems are based in Latin America for some reason other than to insure the territorial and political control of a region that experts consider the richest one on the planet in terms of its natural resources - water, energy, biodiversity, minerals agriculture, etc - would be unforgivably stupid."...

American political activist and author, Noam Chomsky, in an interview to Venezuelan-American lawyer Eva Golinger during his recent visit to Venezuela, explained how the "rose wave" of South American leftism is scaring Washington so much that it's forcing it to collaborate with every government that would have been summarily deposed a few decades ago. Chomsky refers to the Joao Goulart government in Brazil, which was toppled in 1964, giving way, under US supervision, to "the first national security state neo-Nazi-style". Lula's policies today are not that different from Goulart's.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization all over
Colombia has received over US$5 billion from the Pentagon since Plan Colombia was launched by president Bill Clinton way back in ... the year 2000. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe rules over a captivating land infested with paramilitaries and extra-judicial killings - scores of peasants and trade unionists killed in cold blood. But he's praised in Washington as a human-rights hero. Isn't that swell? In a 1991 unclassified Pentagon intelligence report, then-senator Alvaro Uribe Velez is described as "dedicated to collaboration with the Medellin cartel at high government levels". The report stresses Uribe "has worked for the Medellin cartel and is a close personal friend of Pablo Escobar Gaviria", the archetypal, now dead, Colombian drug lord. No wonder Uribe has always fiercely fought any possible form of extradition treaty. Boron describes Uribe as "the empire's Trojan Horse". It's this Trojan Horse that allows what is in fact a counter-insurgency operation to be packaged as a "war on drugs". Colombia remains the number one supplier of cocaine to the US - Plan Colombia or not.The counter-insurgency is also in large part directed against Venezuela's Chavez...Way beyond Venezuela, this is all about the militarization of the Andes and beyond. Colombia is, yes, the Trojan Horse in charge of policing virtually all of South America, not to mention Central America, now that US political, economic and military hegemony is shrinking by the hour.

The beauty of Plan Colombia is its one-size-fits-all status - from AfPak to Mexico. Few people know that in April 2007, the former US ambassador to Colombia, William Wood, was sent to Afghanistan to implement ... a Plan Colombia, that is, counter-insurgency disguised as a war on drugs. Colombia is a mirror of Afghanistan - and vice-versa. It goes without saying that counter-insurgency-heavy Afghanistan - now under the supreme boot of former death-squad operator to General Davis Petraeus in Iraq, General Stanley McChrystal - still produces over 90% of the world's opium.
And inevitably that's where NATO comes in. The only part of the world where NATO is still not active is ... South America. Few people also know that a few months ago, the head of the Pentagon's Southern Command, Admiral James Stavridis, became NATO supreme commander. Three of the past five NATO top military commanders - Stavridis, Bantz Craddock and Wesley Clark - moved to NATO glory from ... the Southern Command, certainly adding another meaning to the gloomy expression "School of the Americas".

No wonder Bolivian President Evo Morales said in Cuba, in mid-July, "I have first-hand information that the empire, through the US Southern Command, made the coup d'etat in Honduras." And all this while not only Mexico and Argentina - but also Brazil and Ecuador - are on their way to decriminalizing drugs.
War on drugs? So much for the cover story. More like the Pentagon stuck in the business, to quote Galeano, of insulting Latin America's intelligence for a long time to come.
Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). He may be reached at pepeasia @ yahoo.com.

AFGHANISTAN WAR BACKGROUND: war is continuation of politics by other means
"brainstorming on Afghanistan" 'negotiations since 2000
Threat of US strikes [was] passed to Taliban weeks before NY attack
The Berlin conference was the third convened since November last year ... The warning to the Taliban originated at a four-day meeting of senior Americans, Russians, Iranians and Pakistanis at a hotel in Berlin in mid-July. The conference, the third in a series dubbed "brainstorming on Afghanistan", was part of a classic diplomatic device known as "track two". It was designed to offer a free and open-ended forum for governments to pass messages and sound out each other's thinking. Participants were experts with long diplomatic experience of the region who were no longer government officials but had close links with their governments.... In the room at the time were not only the Americans, Russians and Pakistanis but also a team from Iran headed by Saeed Rajai Khorassani, a former Iranian envoy to the UN. Three Pakistani generals, one still on active service, attended the conference. Giving further evidence of the fact that the Berlin meeting was designed to influence governments, the UN invited official representatives of both the Taliban government in Kabul and the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance. Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the Northern Alliance's foreign minister, attended. The Taliban declined to send a representative...
"The Americans indicated to us that in case the Taliban does not behave and in case Pakistan also doesn't help us to influence the Taliban, then the United States would be left with no option but to take an overt action against Afghanistan," said Niaz Naik, a former foreign minister of Pakistan, who was at the meeting. "I told the Pakistani government, who informed the Taliban via our foreign office and the Taliban ambassador here." Osama bin Laden and the Taliban received threats of possible American military strikes against them two months before the terrorist assaults on New York and Washington, which were allegedly masterminded by the Saudi-born fundamentalist, a Guardian investigation has established.The threats of war unless the Taliban surrendered Osama bin Laden were passed to the regime in Afghanistan by the Pakistani government, senior diplomatic sources revealed yesterday.
Russia's president Vladimir Putin said in an interview released yesterday that he had warned the Clinton administration about the dangers posed by Bin Laden. "Washington's reaction at the time really amazed me. They shrugged their shoulders and said matter-of-factly: 'We can't do anything because the Taliban does not want to turn him over'."...
The warning to the Taliban originated at a four-day meeting of senior Americans, Russians, Iranians and Pakistanis at a hotel in Berlin in mid-July. The conference, the third in a series dubbed "brainstorming on Afghanistan", was part of a classic diplomatic device known as "track two". It was designed to offer a free and open-ended forum for governments to pass messages and sound out each other's thinking. Participants were experts with long diplomatic experience of the region who were no longer government officials but had close links with their governments.... n the room at the time were not only the Americans, Russians and Pakistanis but also a team from Iran headed by Saeed Rajai Khorassani, a former Iranian envoy to the UN. Three Pakistani generals, one still on active service, attended the conference. Giving further evidence of the fact that the Berlin meeting was designed to influence governments, the UN invited official representatives of both the Taliban government in Kabul and the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance. Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the Northern Alliance's foreign minister, attended. The Taliban declined to send a representative...
"The Americans indicated to us that in case the Taliban does not behave and in case Pakistan also doesn't help us to influence the Taliban, then the United States would be left with no option but to take an overt action against Afghanistan," said Niaz Naik, a former foreign minister of Pakistan, who was at the meeting. "I told the Pakistani government, who informed the Taliban via our foreign office and the Taliban ambassador here."
The three Americans at the Berlin meeting were Tom Simons, a former US ambassador to Pakistan, Karl "Rick" Inderfurth, a former assistant secretary of state for south Asian affairs, and Lee Coldren, who headed the office of Pakistan, Afghan and Bangladesh affairs in the state department until 1997.
According to Mr Naik, the Americans raised the issue of an attack on Afghanistan at one of the full sessions of the conference, convened by Francesc Vendrell, a Spanish diplomat who serves as the UN secretary general's special representative on Afghanistan. In the break afterwards, Mr Naik told the Guardian yesterday, he asked Mr Simons why the attack should be more successful than Bill Clinton's missile strikes on Afghanistan in 1998, which caused 20 deaths but missed Bin Laden. "He said this time they were very sure. They had all the intelligence and would not miss him this time. It would be aerial action, maybe helicopter gunships, and not only overt, but from very close proximity to Afghanistan. The Russians were listening to the conversation but not participating."

as does u.s. commander - because of the broad, growing national resistance U.S. calls all Taliban
Afghanistan leader Omar says foreign troops face defeat
Weeks before the eighth anniversary of the US-led invasion that toppled the Taliban regime, Mullah Omar painted Afghanistan as a graveyard for "colonial" troops. In a statement issued to mark the Muslim festival of Eid, he referred to "huge casualties and sagging morale" among the more than 100,000 NATO and US-led troops in Afghanistan fighting Taliban-linked insurgents. "The more the enemy resorts to increasing forces, the more they will face an unequivocal defeat in Afghanistan"...Omar, a founder of the Taliban, is often referred to as its "supreme commander." He is believed to be in Pakistan. In his statement, he said that by maintaining their troops in Afghanistan the international community "will only prolong the current crisis but will never solve it." "The invaders should study the history of Afghanistan from the time of the aggression of Alexander, to the Ganges of the yore and to this very day and should receive lesson from it"..."The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the public of the West not to be deceived by the assertions of (President Barack) Obama, who says the war in Afghanistan is a war of necessity. The West does not have to wage this war," he said that assertions that the war in Afghanistan will keep the West safe from terrorism were "baseless utterances."...
Calling Karzai's government "a corrupt and stooge administration" Omar said the election was "fraught with fraud and lies" and was "categorically rejected by the people," "The rampant corruption in the surrogate Kabul administration, the embezzlement, drug trafficking, the existence of mafia networks, the tyranny and high-handedness of the warlords... are part of the colonial... plans," ...
"Our goal is to gain independence... and establish a just Islamic system...We can consider any option that could lead to the achievement of this goal...However, this will only be feasible when the country is free from the trampling steps of the invading forces and has gained independence."...
While public opinion in the US and Britain turns against deployment in Afghanistan... leaders remain committed to eradicating Taliban, and the US is expected to boost troop numbers in coming months.... http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090919/wl_sthasia_afp/afghanistanunresttal...

'news' propaganda selling public what's already decided and implemented for more liberating destruction
Commander Warns of Failure in Afghanistan Without More U.S. Troops and 'robust counter-insurgency strategy'
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military commander in Afghanistan, warns in a 66-page classified assessment submitted to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Aug. 30, now under review by President Obama and his top national security advisers....“Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near term (next 12 months) — while Afghan security capacity matures — risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible,”... In his report, General McChrystal issues a withering critique of both his NATO command and the Afghan government.... describes an increasingly savvy insurgency that uses propaganda effectively His NATO command, he says, is “poorly configured” for counterinsurgency and is “inexperienced in local languages and culture.”...In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Obama said his top priority was to protect the United States against attacks from Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. http://www.nytimes.com?emc=na

CIA expanding presence in Afghanistan
By Greg Miller
The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge" that will make its station there among the largest in the agency's history, U.S. officials say. When complete, the CIA's presence in the country is expected to rival the size of its massive stations in Iraq and Vietnam at the height of those wars. Precise numbers are classified, but one U.S. official said the agency already has nearly 700 employees in Afghanistan.. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=58141

September 11, 2009 Obama Vows to Never Stop Pursuing al-Qaeda

September 11, 2009 US Commander McChrystal: No Sign of al-Qaeda Presence in Afghanistan

CIA Adding Bases in Afghanistan as Taliban Gains, Panetta Says
Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- The growing strength of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan prompted the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to establish more bases there, the agency’s director said. The extra CIA operatives are supporting the 17,000 additional troops President Barack Obama authorized soon after taking office this year, as well as the civilian government employees helping to rebuild the country after years of war, CIA Director Leon Panetta said in an interview. “We are increasing our presence” because the Taliban’s “capabilities have improved a great deal” in Afghanistan, he said....
Admiral Michael Mullen chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said the security situation in Afghanistan is “serious” and “deteriorating.” He told lawmakers on Sept. 15 that it’s likely more troops will be needed to defeat the Taliban. The CIA buildup, which Panetta said is “going on as we speak,” reflects how fast the insurgency is gaining ground.
Panetta said he thought the U.S. can be successful by relying on the experience of U.S. and NATO troops in the region and the counterinsurgency tactics championed by Army General Stanley McChrystal commander of U.S. and NATO forces in the country. While the Taliban “are clearly increasing their threat, we at the same time are learning a lot more about how we deal with them,” he said. “That gives me at least some hope that we can direct this in the right way.”
McChrystal has submitted his assessment of the security situation in Afghanistan and will also offer an analysis of how many additional U.S. forces may be needed. As American public opinion becomes more wary of the war, administration officials are under pressure to limit requests for more troops.
Al-Qaeda, which was based in Afghanistan before the U.S. invasion to topple the Taliban following the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., is seeking other havens. They and the Taliban set up bases in neighboring Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, drawing missile attacks from CIA-directed Predator drones. “Our operations in Pakistan, directed at al-Qaeda, have been very successful in disrupting al-Qaeda as far as their operations and their planning,” Panetta said.

In the interview yesterday at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, Panetta touched upon a range of security issues facing the agency:

u.s. makes its m.o. clear again: provoke, destabilize, send 'peacekeepers', CIA and other state terror forces to take over
He has asked senior CIA officials to develop a plan in case countries with weak or non-existent governments such as Yemen and Somalia descend into anarchy and become havens for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.

Yemen, at the southern tip of the oil-rich Arabian Peninsula, is fighting Shiite Muslim insurgents in the north on the Saudi border, a separatist movement in the south and a resurgent al-Qaeda. A militant tried to assassinate the top anti-terrorist official in Saudi Arabia in an attack on Aug. 27 for which al-Qaeda’s Yemeni-based organization took credit. If Yemen or other vulnerable nations become failed states, the CIA must be ready to “interdict” al-Qaeda agents before they can set up cells there, Panetta said.
“There is an al-Qaeda presence in most of these areas now,” he said. “But our concern is that it could develop into a base of operations,” he said.

Somalia is in its 18th year of civil war and hasn’t had a functioning central administration since the ouster of Mohamed Siad Barrethe former dictator, in 1991.
Islamist groups including al-Shabaab and the Hisb-ul-Islam movement have gained control of most of southern and central Somalia in their bid to oust President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last month during a visit to Kenya that Sharif’s government represents the “best hope” for a return to stability in the country.

North Korea
Panetta also said the U.S. may get the opportunity to negotiate with North Korea to scale back its nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. is ready to engage directly with North Korea in an effort to bring the nuclear-armed regime back to multinational talks on disarmament, Philip J. Crowleythe top State Department spokesman, said in an interview Sept. 11. The U.S. and North Korea “are discussing the ability to try to talk with one another,” Panetta said. “We’re in a honeymoon situation right now.” He credited former President Bill Clinton’s visit to the Stalinist state last month with opening up dialogue. North Korea in May detonated a nuclear device, prompting United Nations sanctions and escalating military tension on the peninsula. Relations began to thaw after Clinton traveled to Pyongyang and returned with two detained U.S. journalists Aug. 5.
Warming Trends
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s release of the Americans was followed by his regime freeing a detained Hyundai Group worker and four South Korean fishermen. A delegation from the North traveled to the South to pay respects after the death of former South Korean president Kim Dae Jung and the two Koreas this month settled a wage dispute at a jointly run industrial complex. Kim said yesterday that he’s prepared to return to bilateral and multilateral talks on dismantling his nuclear program, China’s Xinhua News Agency reported, citing envoy Dai Bingguo. Last Updated: September 19, 2009 00:01 EDT

America Has Been Here Before
 By Eric Margolis
The Toronto Sun -- "We should hang a huge neon sign over Afghanistan: "CAUTION: DEJA VU." Afghanistan's much ballyhooed recent election staged by its foreign occupiers turned out to be a fraud wrapped up in a farce...as phony and meaningless as U.S.-run elections in Vietnam in the 1970s.Canada played a shameful role in facilitating this...
Meanwhile, American and NATO generals running the Afghan war amazingly warn they risk being beaten by Taliban tribesmen in spite of their 107,000 soldiers, 74,000 CIA "contractors", B-1 heavy bombers, F-15s, F-16s, F-18s, Apache and AC-130 gunships, heavy artillery, tanks, radars, killer drones, cluster bombs, white phosphorus, rockets, and space surveillance....
Any student of Imperialism 101 knows that after invading a resource-rich or strategic nation you immediately put a local stooge in power, use disaffected minorities to run the government (divide and conquer), and build a native mercenary army. Such troops, commanded by white officers, were called "sepoys" in the British Indian Army and "askaris" in British East Africa. America's attempts to build an Afghan sepoy army of 250,000 failed miserably. The 80,000 men raised to date are 95% illiterate and only on the job for money to feed their families. They have no loyalty to the corrupt western-installed government in Kabul.... Many of the U.S.-raised Afghan army troops are minority Tajiks, Uzbeks, and Hazara who used to collaborate with the Soviets. They are scorned by the majority Pashtun tribes as enemies and foreign stooges. These U.S.-paid troops also know they will face death when the U.S. and its western allies eventually quit Afghanistan.... http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23548.htm

Meet the Afghan Army
Is It a Figment of Washington's Imagination?
By Ann Jones
When I visited bases and training grounds in July, I heard some American trainers describe their Afghan trainees in the same racist terms once applied to African slaves in the U.S.: lazy, irresponsible, stupid, childish, and so on. That's how Afghan resistance, avoidance, and sabotage look to American eyes. The Taliban fight for something they believe -- that their country should be freed from foreign occupation. "Our" Afghans try to get by.... "our" Afghans are never going to fight for an American cause, with or without American troops... They're never going to fight with the energy of the Taliban for a national government that we installed against Afghan wishes, then more recently set up to steal another election, and now seem about to ratify in office... Why should they? ... Afghans want peace, but the kharaji (foreign) troops bring death and destruction wherever they go. http://snipurl.com/s0ymn

"This project is intended to contribute to the following NEA strategic goals..."
State Department Grant for News Website Targeting Iran
Jeremy Hammond
Wikileaks has obtained a Department of State document laying out the terms of a grant in part for the purpose of helping to import new media technology into Iran for the creation of a website to “promote democracy”.
This file provides budgetary information regarding a specific covert new media initiative funded by the US State Department that targets Iran. This document was leaked because the man in charge of the initiative has strong ties to Israeli Intelligence and subcontracts portions of the work to Israeli intel fronts such as MEMRI [Middle East Media Research Institute] using US tax dollars. It is currently not known if this project is still being funded by the US State Department.

The document states, “Action Award Number S-NEAP1-07-CA-217 supports the work of ICG, LLC. (herein referred to as Recipient) entitled, “Peyman Online: News in Motion” as described in the attached Statement of Work.”
Most of the document, dated April 25, 2007, details the terms of the grant. But under a section entitled “AUTHORIZATION”, the document states:

Most financial and other transactions in or involving Iran by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited unless licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), NEA [State Department Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs] and its awardees (together with NEA, the “Licensees”) are authorized under OFAC License No. IA-7421-a issued to NEA to engage in all transactions necessary to advance democracy and human rights as defined in and authorized in this and other similar NEA grant or cooperative agreements, including the exportation or re-exportation by the awardees to Iran of goods, technology or software that are neither listed on the Commerce Control List under the Export Administration Regulations, 15 C.F.R. parts 730 et seg. (”CCL items”), nor listed on the United States Munitions List established under section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778) (”USML items”)...

MEPI is providing funding to ICG to implement a project entitled Peyman Online: News in Motion. The Statement of Work below represents the complete description of the work to be undertaken and associated requirements of the award.

1. Project context
This project is intended to contribute to the following NEA strategic goals:

* Support an expanded public space where democratic voices can be heard in the political process
The “Intended Outcome” is “Sustainable independent online media source informs and connects citizens to global communities”, and the “Objective” is “To develop independent and credible multi-media news with interactive sources”. The document then gives more details showing that the intention is to create a news website, listing the money budgeted for various expenses associated with it, such as payments to freelance writers, including from inside Iran, and TV production.

The grants officer was Anna Mary Portz at the NEA Partnership Initiative (NEA/PI) and the project officer was David Denehy (listed with phone contact at (202) 647-2519 and email denemyDM@state.gov).
Denehy headed up the Office of Iranian Affairs (OIA), the State Department’s “regime change” office under the Bush administration, and was a specialist at the International Republican Institute (IRI). The OIA was responsible for dishing out cash to various groups to “promote democracy” in Iran. The IRI has been a recipient of National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funds, including for activities in Venezuela at the time of the attempted coup against President Hugo Chavez in 2002.

Clinton: US Supported Iran Protesters ‘Behind the Scenes’
Sun. August 9, 2009
In an interview August 10, 2009, on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0908/09/fzgps.01.html] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that while the US didn’t want to come out too publicly in favor of the protesters in the wake of Iran’s disputed June elections, the State Department was “doing a lot” behind the scenes to support the opposition. Secretary Clinton said it was a difficult situation because there was concern that US backing might lead Iran’s leaders “to use us to unify the country against the protesters.” Still, she insists the State Department “were doing a lot to really empower the protesters”... “Now, behind the scenes, we were doing a lot,” said Clinton, noting that the State Department had urged the social networking service, Twitter, to postpone a planned maintenance shutdown, so that it remained available for use by Iranians....
The exact extent to which the US has funded, and continues to fund, Iran’s opposition will likely never be known, but in the midst of the June rallies the Obama Administration did move to provide millions of dollars in grants to dissident factions, suggesting Clinton’s concern to keep the action “behind the scenes” was far from universal....
Clinton added the US doubted Iran was going to enter into talks about its nuclear program, and suggested the US was going to “take stock” of the offer in September, insisting the US isn’t going to continue waiting for a reply....
In Tehran, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hassan Qashqavi, today voiced “regret” over America’s support for “rioters and terrorist groups”, reports the official IRNA news agency.
Revealing: 'superb' propaganda from pro-U.S. shah exile now working for Obama state dept.
Into the Eye of a Storm
Roger Cohen book review
Bloodied youths have supplanted aged fanatics in the American national consciousness. Iran’s revived democratic movement ... an authoritative and accessible overview of this pivotal Middle Eastern power is now available in the form of Ray Takeyh’s superb “Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs.” Mr. Takeyh, an Iranian-American whose family fled Iran in 1979...
No greater diplomatic challenge presents itself to the Obama administration than Iran, where the threat of an Israeli military strike on the country’s nuclear facilities imposes a tight timetable on the president’s attempts to normalize America’s single most traumatic international relationship. Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, followed quickly by the 444-day seizure of United States hostages in Tehran, Iran has occupied a dark place in the American psyche....
Can Iran do what China did in 1972: normalize relations with the United States, despite ideological differences, while maintaining its system? [digest: in fact China's 'capitalist roaders', just as Mao warned would happen if the revolution wasn't deepened and grown, overthrew the socialist revolution and restored capitalism...with U.S. 'help']
Mr. Takeyh, a State Department adviser to the Obama administration, provides an invaluable guide to the forces on either side of that vexed question.
Mr. Takeyh writes, “A combination of righteousness and victimization constitutes a core part of Iranians’ national identity, and they are acutely sensitive to perceived slights.” Among such “slights,” of course, none loom larger than America’s... C.I.A.-backed 1953 coup that overthrew Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh and the mistaken 1988 shooting-down of Iran Air Flight 655, in which 290 people perished... weekly vilification of the United States at Friday prayers — has been a pillar of the revolution since the shah was overthrown.... today an election widely viewed as a sham has again pitted Mr. Rafsanjani and Mr. Khatami, now joined by former Prime Minister Mir Hussein Moussavi, against Mr. Ahmadinejad and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mr. Takeyh is particularly persuasive, if disheartening, on Ayatollah Khamenei, who has been in power 20 years, and for whom Iran is not simply an Islamist state but also one that could be in the vanguard of the developing world’s struggle against American domination...

Iran’s Right to Exist
by editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley, Freedom Rider

Where Bush would be vilified, Obama will be lionized for committing the same acts of aggression.
Citizens of the Islamic Republic of Iran have the right to live without fear of sanctions, military attack, and destruction at the hands of the United States. The Iranian government has the right to enrich uranium, launch satellites, build missiles or even to develop nuclear weapons. It has these rights of self-determination freely exercised by other nations, regardless of American, European or Israeli opinion.
The United States does not have the right to wage or even to threaten war against Iran, or to tell bald-faced lies about nonexistent threats. These lies are particularly egregious given the United States’ long history of invading, destabilizing or occupying many foreign countries, including Iran, all over the world....
The premise of an Iranian threat is made up out of whole cloth.
“As I said during the campaign, President Bush was right that Iran's ballistic missile program poses a significant threat. And that's why I'm committed to deploying strong missile defense systems which are adaptable to the threats of the 21st century.”The premise of an Iranian threat is made up out of whole cloth. The whole point of this diplomatic sleight of hand is to mollify Russia and make it easier for Iran’s putative ally to march in lock step and support United Nations sanctions or even military action against Iran should America demand it....
A smooth, intelligent president can be more dangerous than a blustering, boorish one. Obama knows how to make his arguments and pick his fights. Where Bush would be vilified, Obama will be lionized for committing the same acts of aggression....
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.com.

IAEA Denies Report it is Sure Iran is Seeking Bomb
 The UN atomic watchdog said Thursday it has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapons programme in Iran.

media plays 'poor Obama's peaceplan blocked' as US supports its zionist proxy & state terror partner politically, economically & militarily

In Mideast Peace Bid, Obama Pivots in His Demands setting aside demand for full freeze on settlements in the West Bank
“The administration recognizes that Israel has made major concessions in the absence of any substantive concessions on the part of the Arabs,” said Michael B. Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

Obama: Israel, Palestinians must do more
...Obama said everyone has "worked tirelessly" but still not done enough. To Palestinians, he said they must build on progress on halting terrorism and "do more to stop incitement."
As for Israelis, he praised their moves to increase Palestinians' freedom of movement and their discussions about restraining Jewish settlement-building in Palestinian territories...But "Israeli officials "need to turn these discussions into real action." ... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32963631/ns/politics-white_house/

 Report: IDF, U.S. military to simulate Iran missile strike on Israel:
 The Israel Defense Forces and the U.S. military will soon hold a training exercise in which they will simulate missile attacks on Israel from Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Sunday. http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1115703.html

Obama seeking 'upgrade' for Netanyahu-Abbas summit
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who left for Washington on Sunday, met U.S. National Security Adviser General James Jones and presidential adviser Dennis Ross. They discussed various formulas that would make the summit more than a mere "photo-op." Barak met Netanyahu before dawn Monday.
One idea to "upgrade" the summit was that Obama would announce at the end of the meeting that Israel has agreed to suspend construction in the settlements temporarily. This would be seen as an achievement and would jump-start the talks, a Jerusalem source said.
Another idea was to have Obama announce the United States was interested in resuming the talks in mid-October, after further talks with the two parties.
Obama could also announce that the sides are close to resuming the peace talks and call for an international peace conference in the next few months, at which the negotiations would be launched, the source said. Barak told Jones and Ross "Israel is interested in the peace process led by Obama, based on an agreement with the Palestinians." ... any settlement would have to preserve Israel's security interests and include an agreement to end the conflict and end the mutual demands.

Report: Israel to freeze settlements in exchange for Arab ties
Israel agreed to partially freeze settlement activity for 6 to 9 months, but insisted it be able to continue construction of some 2,500 housing units already in the works. In exchange, some Gulf Arab and North African states have privately assured U.S. special Mideast envoy George Mitchell that they would take steps toward normalizing ties with Israel, a U.S. official told the Washington Times. http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1116156.html

Tripartite summit or PR for Obama?
Senior PA officials (like top negotiator Yasser Abed Rabbo, who spoke to Haaretz last week) said that going to the summit without a freeze in East Jerusalem was crossing a red line, a surrender to Israel likely to provoke "a third intifada, this time against the PA."... State Department envoys assured the Palestinians that Washington was on their side this time, and was not going to yield to the Israelis....the White House was, in fact, very understanding of the Israeli demand not to freeze construction in the settlements altogether, and to leave Jerusalem out of the debate. ... http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1115749.html

"Arc of instability includes space in U.S. geostrategic "full spectrum dominance" agenda
Militarising Space
by Eric Walberg
In April, Air Force Space Command activated a new Cyberwar unit --  the 24th Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas -- to keep pace with "the rapid changes in information technology and allow space and cyberspace capabilities to be more accessible to military ground commanders", according to the Space Command’s top military officer General Robert Kehler. Kehler called the activation "the beginning of what will be a deliberate and focused effort to develop and evolve cyberspace forces and capabilities."
In August, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) commenced its 12th annual Space and Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville, Alabama, at the shiny new Von Braun Centre, named after the father of Nazi Germany’s missile project and one of the creators of the US ICBM programme, who along with several German colleagues was sent to Huntsville in 1950 (Operation Paperclip) to work on the first live nuclear ballistic missile tests conducted by the Pentagon. Von Braun - Kehler - told the Space and Missile Defense Conference that global deterrence is necessary to encourage restraint, deny benefits and impose costs to those nations and non-nation states that threaten the Reich - sorry, the US and its allies. The 2,000 participants heard lots more sabre-rattling from the likes of the head of NASA, Charles Bolden, retired Marine Corps general. Bloomberg news agency predicted correctly in January that "President-elect Barack Obama will probably tear down long-standing barriers between civilian and military space programmes to speed up a mission to the moon amid the prospect of a new space race with China." ...

Lieutenant General Larry James, commander of the 14th Air Force space forces in California ... said a major problem commanders face is "space situational awareness" -- knowing what’s in orbit, whom it belongs to and what it’s supposed to be doing. Among the suggested solutions is greater use of commercial partners....

The MDA told Von Braun’s disciples it is accelerating the pace of full spectrum air, sea, land, cyber and space missile shield developments in addition to laser weapons, having just completed a successful sea-based missile interception from Hawaii. A disabled spy satellite was shot down in February 2008 by the USS Lake Erie, an Aegis-class Guided Missile Cruiser, which, as the Pentagon insisted at the time, had no military implications whatsoever. In July, the Pentagon announced plans to integrate its latest generation drone, the Reaper, into the global missile shield system. At the same time, Israel tested its Arrow II interceptor missile, jointly developed with the US, off the coast of California. The US and Israeli Defense Forces will hold a joint missile defense exercise in October, Juniper Cobra, testing the advanced X-Band radar, a farewell gift to the land of Shalom from the Bush administration. The radar is capable of tracking small targets thousands of kilometres away. Thousands of kilometres away means surveillance of not only Syria and Iran but a large swathe of southern Russia....

The US empire is on the march and learned the perils of the draft from the massive public protests during the Vietnam war. It already operates on a global electronic battlefield where the fighting is increasingly done by robot drones guided by surveillance systems to minimise US casualties.... there is a lack of drafted cannon fodder, so in addition to robots, foreign nationals are offered immediate US citizenship if they sign up, and mercenaries (aka private contractors), US and foreign, are employed to help fight on the ground... The new old logic on the ground is: conquer hearts-and-minds by terrorising and killing those who resist, preferably with robots and mercenaries.

The logic in the heavens is an extension of this: Star Wars is unashamedly a first strike global missile shield system. "The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy" in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Foreign Affairs (March 2006) states: "It will probably soon be possible for the United States to destroy the long-range nuclear arsenals of Russia or China with a first strike. The US Air Force has enhanced the avionics on its B-2 stealth bombers to permit them to fly at extremely low altitudes in order to avoid even the most sophisticated radar." Deploying short-, medium- and long-range interceptor missile batteries, mobile missile radar stations, long-range super-stealth nuclear bombers, Aegis-class destroyers equipped to sail the world’s seas to hunt down conventional and nuclear missiles, and surveillance satellites and weapons in space is not designed to target non-existent intercontinental ballistic missile threats from Iran or Syria, or even from North Korea, concludes analyst Rick Rozoff, but to blackmail Russia and China and prepare the groundwork to "win" in a first strike nuclear war.

On August 11, just a few days before the Von Baunites gathered in Alabama, Russian Air Force commander Alexander Zelin warned, "By 2030 foreign countries, particularly the US, will be able to deliver coordinated high-precision strikes from air and space against any target on the whole territory of Russia. That is why the main goal of the development of the Russian Air Force until 2020 is to provide a reliable deterrent during peacetime, and repel any military aggression with the use of conventional and nuclear arsenals in a time of war." The following day Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, "Outer space is now facing the looming danger of weaponisation. Credible and effective multilateral measures must be taken to forestall the weaponisation and arms race in outer space." [...] http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=57770&s2=09 Eric Walberg writes for Al-Ahram Weekly http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/

Compliance by Design: The Continuing Allure of “Non-Lethal” Weapons
by Tom Burghardt / September 19th, 2009
Although so-called non-lethal weapons (NLWs) have been around for decades and range from CS gas to pepper spray and from the low-tech water cannon to the Taser, their use by military and police agencies world-wide are designed to ensure compliance from hostile “natives.” ... with ever-more devilish torture tools being dreamed up by the likes of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA ) and the Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program (JNLWP ), it’s a safe bet that migration from the military to civilian law enforcement agencies will continue at its current break-neck pace.

liberal dem. imperialists forget to mention Obama admin. recently rewarded their dependable partners with a big new contract
Blackwater to Train 'Faith Based Organizations'
Jeremy Scahill
In its ever-evolving re-branding campaign, Blackwater has created a new alter-ego for part of the company’s business. Meet the "Personal Security Awareness " program... an off-shoot of Erik Prince’s Greystone, Ltd classic mercenary operation registered offshore in Barbados. On its website, which was registered on February 20, 2009 and went live recently, the "program" is described as "a multi-phase course which is designed to assist Non-Government Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and Commercial Businesses by providing individual personal awareness and driver training for their personnel when deployed to unfamiliar environments." "Greystone recognizes the importance of "preparation by doing" and looks forward to you joining us for this exciting training!"...
One of the courses offered is described as teaching "persons traveling to foreign environments how to remain safe during their travels in a vehicle." This truly is surreal. What would seem more appropriate would be a company offering courses on how to  "remain safe" in a vehicle when going anywhere near Blackwater forces. Remember how those unarmed Iraqi civilians were blown up in their car by Blackwater operatives at Nisour Square? Or the Afghan civilians allegedly killed in their car by Blackwater operatives in Afghanistan in May? ... Blackwater—headed by a man described in a sworn statement by a former employee as "view[ing] himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe"...In Session I there is a course that purportedly "Describes the criminal mindset." ...something Blackwater knows a lot about.

The Darfur Deception
In Errol Morris’s 2004 film The Fog of War, former US Defense Secretary Robert McNamara recalls General Curtis LeMay, the architect of the fire-bombings of Japan during WWII, saying that “if we’d lost the war, we’d all have been prosecuted as war criminals.” LeMay was merely articulating an unacknowledged truism of international relations: power bestows, among other things, the right to label. So it is that mass slaughter perpetrated by the big powers, from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is normalized through labels such as “counterinsurgency,” “pacification” and “war on terror,” while similar acts carried out by states out of favor result in the severest of charges. It is this politics of naming that is the subject of Mahmood Mamdani’s explosive new book, Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on Terror. ...media coverage...in the case of Africa...is on the dramatic or the grotesque. When the subject is not war, it is usually famine, disease or poverty — sometimes all together, always free of context. The wars are between “tribes” led by “warlords,” that take place in “failed states” ruled by “corrupt dictators.” Driven by primal motives, they rarely involve discernible issues. The gallery of rogues gives way to a tableau of victims, inevitably in need of White saviors [...] http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/06/the-darfur-deception/

Iraqis Slaughtered in U.S. invasion, destruction and occupation Iraq: over 1,300,000

u.s. murders 'shoe-thrower'
why u.s. crimes are not crimes: u.s. rules the world, determines 'justice' and legality, so anything goes for 'national security' and 'self-defense'
Shoe thrower shot by US troops dies
The Common Ills
Saturday, September 19, 2009 - ...On Wednesday Ahmed Abdul Latif was shot by US forces in Falluja after he threw a shoe at the US military. Nawaf Jabbar and Ned Parker (Los Angeles Times) reported that Latif fell to the ground after being shot according to eye witness Ahmed Mukhlif who says that then "the four U.S. Humvees stopped and a man stepped out, his rifle pointing toward the wounded Iraqi, and a policeman intervened and prevented the American from firing again." Today an Iraqi correspondent for McClatchy reports that Ahmed Abdul Latif died in the hospital Thursay and quotes his brother stating, "Maybe now he is at peace."...http://www.uruknet.de/?p=58117

C.I.A. Chiefs Ask Obama to Stop Abuse Inquiry
Seven former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency asked President Obama on Friday to shut down the new Justice Department inquiry into past abuses during interrogations of terrorism suspects, arguing it "will seriously damage" the nation's ability to protect itself. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/19/world/19intel.html?_r=2&hp

Wall Street Journal calls for criminal investigations of ACORN
Christopher Dowd
The Wall Street Journal, which opposed criminal investigations or even congressional inquiries into things like...oh...torturing people to death, illegal wiretapping, and massive corruption among military contractors is calling  for a criminal investigation of ACORN - a [Black community run] non profit group that has received 53 million dollars over 15 years in federal tax payer money.
Trillions of tax payer money have been given to the largest most powerful banks and financial institutions in this country, which they simply refuse to tell us what they are doing with or who received what amounts.  Goldman Sachs all but runs the Federal Reserve and is actually going to come out of this crisis even more powerful and richer because of tax payer money.  In fact- the playing field of big banks and financial houses is now much smaller, in fewer hands than it was a year ago, the stink of corporate/ government incest and cronyism is all over this financial crisis . . .  but Fox News is running down Senators who voted to keep funding a non profit that has received a minuscule amount of federal dollars and the Wall Street Journal- which has called any attempt to investigate blatant acts of illegal torture intolerable "criminalization of policy differences"- is calling for the Justice Department to investigate a ghetto poverty group. http://www.examiner.com/x-3665-Boston-Libertarian-Examiner~y2009m9d17-Wa...

Campaign for Kenneth Mosley
Kenneth Mosley's trial attorneys failed to tell his story. Mitigating evidence was everything, much was available, but none was presented at his trial. The prosecutor portrayed Kenneth as a one-dimensional criminal. His trial attorneys did nothing to dispel this illusion or convey to the jury the complex circumstances that had led to the case or to show that there was indeed reasonable doubt of intent to cause the death of Officer Michael Moore.
Kenneth was afforded none of the protection due a child. Kenneth’s life was broken by an abusive childhood, racial trauma in school, untreated mental illness brought on by exposure to chemical pesticides; by a church that abandoned him because of his drug use, and by his inability to beat drug addiction.

A massive letter-writing campaign and legal support has been underway save the life of Kenneth Mosley condemned to death on Texas' Death Row. Initial reports indicated his execution was delayed due to "unresolved issues before the U.S. Supreme Court." However, it appears his execution was delayed because Texas governor Rick Perry and his Lt. Governor planned to be out of state on July 14, Ken's first date for the Texas death chamber. He is now scheduled to be executed September 24, 2009.

capitalist justice for middle class white: Dad just 'failed to protect her'
Starved Girl: Dad Came 'to Believe I was Satan'
She weeps in court as Dad gets prison
By Steve Miletich
The tiny, teenage girl stepped to the front of the courtroom Friday, holding a letter she wanted to read to the judge about her father, about to be sentenced for failing to stop the girl's stepmother from systematically starving her.... the 15-year-old hesitated as she stood a few feet from her father, broke into tears (no wonder) and walked from the podium. The judge, William Downing of King County Superior Court, assured her he had read the letter, which had been submitted to him in advance. The girl, back in her seat, then watched as Downing sentenced her father, Jon Pomeroy, 43, to three years and five months in prison. Hours later, the girl and her foster father released the two-page letter to The Seattle Times. In it, she told Downing she was deprived of a normal childhood because her father allowed himself to be manipulated by her stepmother, Rebecca Long.
"My whole point here is the fact I felt Rebecca was manipulating dad to believe I was Satan and that he wanted to believe it," the girl wrote. "That he would believe such a thing was the heartbreaking part to me."...(sound like a nearly tortured to death child to you?)
Downing cited the length and severity of the girl's mistreatment in handing down a sentence at the top end of the sentencing range of 31 to 41 months. The judge noted that although Pomeroy had not physically abused his daughter, he failed in his duty as her father to protect her.... Prosecutors and police said Pomeroy and Long isolated and starved the girl, who was 4 feet 7 and weighed just 48 pounds when authorities found her in August 2008 ...The teen suffered dehydration so severe that her teeth were rotting, according to court documents.... http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009897327_starvation19m...

U.S. Authorities Probing $100 Billion of Bonds Seized in Italy
The U.S. Secret Service is examining more than $100 billion of U.S. government bonds confiscated in Italy in August, two months after $134 billion of allegedly fake securities were seized in a nearby town.

U.S. ally Italy supplies 3 forensic experts' to help u.s. rescue rich white amerikan princess, further incriminating already jailed Black 'friend' Knox blames
Expert: bloody footprint not Italy defendant's
A bloody footprint found at the house where a British student was killed in Italy was wrongly attributed to one of the defendants in the case, forensic expert Francesco Vinci for the defense testified at the murder trial Friday. The footprint was found on a bathroom rug in the house in Perugia, central Italy, where Meredith Kercher was killed in November 2007. Prosecutors and police scientists have attributed the print to Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian who is on trial on murder charges with American student Amanda Knox, his girlfriend at the time.... According to Vinci, the footprint was "compatible" with the foot of a third defendant, Rudy Hermann Guede, who was convicted in a separate trial last year and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Guede, of the Ivory Coast, denies wrongdoing and has appealed his conviction...
Vinci said he also examined a blood trace left on Kercher's mattress sheet, which he said came from a knife with a 3 1/2-inch-long (9-centimeter-long) blade that was placed on the bed. His contention contrasts with prosecutors' allegations that a 6 1/2-inch (16.5 centimeters) knife found at Sollecito's house matched the victim's wounds and might be the murder weapon. Prosecutors say the knife had Kercher's DNA on the blade and Knox's on the handle, but defense lawyers have argued that traces of the victim's DNA are too low to be attributed with certainty.... http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009890689_apeuitalyst...

Knife shown at Amanda Knox trial
Expert: Footprint not of Knox's ex-boyfriend
A knife that prosecutors say could have been used to kill a British woman in Italy was shown in court Saturday at the murder trial of her American roommate and an Italian co-defendant...was shown to the eight-member jury in Perugia, in central Italy, during the trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.... The knife, handled by a court official wearing gloves and a face mask, was shown as three forensic experts were called by Sollecito's defense to discuss the alleged murder weapon and other evidence they had studied....
Prosecutors allege the knife with a 6 1/2-inch (16.5-centimeter) blade found at Sollecito's house... had Kercher's DNA on the blade and Knox's on the handle - a claim defense lawyers reject, saying the knife is too big to match Kercher's wounds and the amount of what prosecutors say is Kercher's DNA is too low to be attributed with certainty.
In Saturday's session, forensic expert Mariano Cingolani cast some doubt on the knife's "compatibility" with a wound to Kercher's neck..."Many other knives in general are more compatible with that kind of wound," said Cingolani, who was appointed by a Perugia judge before indictments for Knox and Sollecito were handed down.

Did you miss this fascist update a year ago, after biotech corps. had 'predicted swine flu' which soon became a 'pandemic' with enormous political-economic promise:
Boston launches flu shot tracking
November 21, 2008
Using technology originally developed for mass disasters, Boston disease trackers are embarking on a novel experiment - one of the first in the country - aimed at eventually creating a citywide registry of everyone who has had a flu vaccination. The resulting vaccination map would allow swift intervention in neighborhoods left vulnerable to the fast-moving respiratory illness. The trial starts this afternoon, when several hundred people are expected to queue up for immunizations at the headquarters of the Boston Public Health Commission. Each of them will get a bracelet printed with a unique identifier code. Information about the vaccine's recipients, and the shot, will be entered into handheld devices similar to those used by delivery truck drivers. Infectious disease specialists in Boston and elsewhere predicted that the registry approach could prove even more useful if something more sinister strikes: a bioterrorism attack or the long-feared arrival of a global flu epidemic. In such crises, the registry could be used to track who received a special vaccine or antidote to a deadly germ. "Anything you can do to better pinpoint who's vaccinated and who's not, that's absolutely vital," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy at the University of Minnesota. "I wish more cities were doing this kind of thing." When people arrive for their shots, they will get an ID bracelet with a barcode. Next, basic information - name, age, gender, address - will be entered into the patient tracking database. There will be electronic records, too, of who gave the vaccine and whether it was injected into the right arm or the left, and time-stamped for that day.

Biotechnology Company, Replikins Ltd., Provided Advance Warning in April 2008 of Mexican H1N1 'Swine Flu' Virus Outbreak

Roche switched quickly flu threat
Roche Exec Warns of Flu Pandemic
April 21, 2008
George Abercrombie, head of Roche’s North American operations, says an avian flu pandemic threatens the world, and discusses access to Roche’s drug Tamiflu, the main flu antidote

Note: for in-depth info. on 'healthcare reform' see part 1 http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/228
more on 'swine flu', part 2, http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/229



“Black is Back” Nov. 7: D.C. Rally and March on White House
The Black is Back Coalition understands where the vital center of gravity for progressive politics in the United States is located: among African Americans, who have always stood for social and economic justice, and against U.S. military adventures abroad. That Black voice is coming back, beginning on November 7th in Washington, DC, when we will confront the forces of war, of neo-colonialism, of the rule of bankers and the crime of mass Black incarceration.
When Black is Back, all of progressive politics is energized, educated and strengthened for the common struggle to save humanity. Since the ascent of Barack Obama, African Americans have invested more energy in circling the wagons around one man, than in defending the interests of Black people and humanity at-large. This period of passivity in Black politics ends on November 7
in Washington, DC.
Write to me for more information on the Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. I'll put you in touch with spokespersons Chioma Oruh, Rosa Clemente, and Jared Ball. When Black is Back, the movement gets rollin'.
For Black Agenda Radio, I'm Glen Ford. On the web, go to www.BlackAgendaReport.com .