4/6 Way Before 'Rebels': 'Southern Mistral' Prelude to 'Odyssey Dawn'; FBI's Libyan Witchhunt; Unprecedented Gangsterism

How much longer will you silently allow - be complicit in - worldwide terror wars to make the world safe for U.S. domination?
April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, "The world must be made safe for democracy."

04 Mars 2011 http://www.southern-mistral.cdaoa.fr/GB/index.php
On November 02 2010, France and Great Britain signed an unprecedented agreement on defence and security. The Franco-British exercise Southern Mistral falls within the scope of this treaty. It is scheduled to take place 21 to 25 March 2011 on several French air bases... the French and British forces will perform Composite Air Operations and a specific air raid (Southern Storm), delivering very long range conventional strike. Scenario http://www.southern-mistral.cdaoa.fr/GB/index.php

"...NATO, which has now taken over enforcement of the no-fly zone, has morphed from an organization which pledged mutual support to defend North Atlantic states from aggression in military operations reaching from Libya to the Chinese border in Afghanistan. We need to now ask what role the French Air Force General Abrial and current Supreme Allied Commander of NATO for Transformation may have played in the development of Operation Southern Storm and in discussions with the U.S. in the expansion of the UN Mandate into a NATO operation. What has been the role of the US African Command and Central Command in discussions leading up to this conflict? What did we know and when did we know it?
Were opposition forces in Libya informed by the US, the UK or France about the existence of Southern Mistral/Southern Storm, which may have encouraged them to actions leading to greater repression and a humanitarian crisis? ..." Dennis Kucinich in 3/31 address to Congress, http://www.disappearednews.com/2011/04/southern-mistral-planned-in-advan...

From an Interview with Giulietto Chiesa, former member of the European Parliament and Italian journalist covering international relations.
France and Great Britain organized, signed a pact November 2010, which means several months before the beginning of that war, signed a pact to defend themselves – more or less an official formulation ...possible to see on the Internet ...a military exercise, named Southern Mistral 2011, and in this document it is written that the military action from the part of France and Great Britain should be done between March 21st and 25th. It means that we have in this military exercise the full description of the aggression against Libya; it means all the argumentation according to which the intervention is done for humanitarian reasons is completely false, and it was a pretext....
Officially immediately after the 9/11 2001 the government of the United States said they had the proof of the participation of Osama Ben-Laden in the operation against the United States, but this proof has never been shown. There was a meeting at the beginning of October at the NATO headquarters and in that meeting no proof was shown, there was a declaration saying that the United States had a proof, but no proof had been shown, that means that the United Nations gave the legitimation for intervention in Afghanistan having been given false information. That means that we are now in front of – it is clear but nobody wants to clearly speak about it publicly – that all that happened in the last 10 years so called international war against terrorism has been based on falsification We have lived these years in a full, complete international illegality....If we analyze what the United Nations has been doing as well as the International Monetary Fund, as well as the World Bank, it seems quite clear those bodies are acting in the best interests of their major shareholder which is the United States...We have the situation where political power of the United States does not correspond anymore to the real situation of the international community, and we are for that reason in a big danger because the United States are the most powerful and armed nation in the world, that would have to accept the idea to divide its own power with other protagonists, but they do not do that, they continue to push in the old situation, that is the origin, I believe, of the turmoil we are going in now.

FBI Questioning Libyans
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun questioning Libyans living in the U.S., part of an effort to identify any Libyan-backed spies or terrorists, and collect any information that might help allied military operations. U.S. counterterrorism officials...on both sides of the Atlantic are searching for signs of nascent terror plots directed or encouraged from Tripoli... FBI agents hope to gain enough information from the interviews to understand how much of a threat Libya poses. The FBI effort has other objectives as well. The agency wants to find anyone trying to gather intelligence in the U.S. on behalf of Mr. Gadhafi.... also to gather information about Libya that might be of value to U.S. and allied military personnel engaged in Libya.
The intelligence work is another example of U.S. government resources being used to support the mission in Libya. Central Intelligence Agency personnel are in Libya gathering intelligence about the Gadhafi regime's forces and about opposition parties.
People familiar with the effort said it was similar in its goals and methods to Operation Darkening Clouds, launched by the FBI at the outset of the invasion of Iraq. That effort led to the compilation of information on more than 130,000 people, prompting the lawsuit from the New York Civil Liberties organization, which criticized what it called the "data mining" effort by the government and the subsequent interviews. The existence and details of Operation Darkening Clouds stayed secret for years. A 2008 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the group [ACLU] forced the bureau to turn over internal documents about the operation.

"The Importance of an Anti-Imperialist Perspective"
Libya and the CIA Role in Africa
US/UK covert operations expose regime-change strategy against North African state
By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire
4/5/11 http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/2011/04/libya-and-cia-role-in-africa....
The fact that the rebel forces are receiving arms and training from the U.S., UK and Egypt... illustrates the hypocrisy of the naval blockade imposed on Libya under the guise of an arms embargo. In reality the arms embargo is... against the Libyan government while the imperialist states and their allies in the region are providing air and sea support for the rebels...
The Importance of an Anti-Imperialist Perspective
For those who have studied the history of U.S. imperialism over the last century it is not surprising that the CIA would be involved in efforts to destabilize and overthrow governments in developing states. In addition to the role of the agency in fostering instability and chaos in various countries where the U.S. government felt compelled to intervene to protect its strategic interests, the organization has a long track record of fomenting disinformation and psychological warfare.... It is the duty of the anti-war and peace movements in the U.S. and throughout the Western industrialized countries to expose the role of the CIA and other intelligence services and uphold the right of oppressed, post-colonial and revolutionary governments to self-determination and sovereignty. Any other approach that strengthens the imperialists and their intelligence and military apparatuses will only delay the struggle for international solidarity of the workers and oppressed inside the United States and around the world.

Libya is one critical part of the massive US managed hard & soft power offensive to 'restructure' the African continent and Arab world under its control
any lingering dreams or doubts?
Obama and Peres link peace process to Arab revolution
President Barack Obama and Israeli President Shimon Peres discussed how the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fits into the wave of democratization sweeping through the Arab world during a working lunch and then a 40 minute one-on-one meeting on Tuesday...At the working lunch, Obama was joined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, NSC Chief of Staff Brooke Anderson, NSC Senior Director Dennis Ross, incoming U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, and NSC Senior Director Puneet Talwar....Obama and Peres also [SIC] addressed the issue of Iran. Peres noted that dealing with Iran is also a moral issue, because the Islamic Republic heads the anti-democratic camp in the region. The two presidents also agreed on continuing cooperation on missile defense against the Iranian threat and the necessity of maintaining economic sanctions on Tehran....Peres told Obama Israel is increasingly concerned about the flow of Russian strategic weaponry into the region and said Israel wants to purchase an additional 20 F-35 fighter jets.

'new' Egyptian military state rule - this is not new 'news'
Report: US, Egypt providing military training to Libya rebels
Apr 3, 2011 Deutsche Presse-Agentur

US-Saudi Libya Deal
By Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
Two UN diplomatic sources independently confirmed Washington gave go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain in exchange for "yes" vote by Arab League for no-fly zone over Libya...
Humanitarian imperialists will spin this as a "conspiracy", as they have been spinning the bombing of Libya prevented a hypothetical massacre in Benghazi....defending the House of Saud - saying it acted to squash Iranian subversion in the Gulf; obviously R2P - "responsibility to protect" does not apply to people in Bahrain. They will be heavily promoting post-Gaddafi Libya as a new - oily - human rights Mecca, complete with US intelligence assets, black ops, special forces and dodgy contractors....
Odyssey Dawn is over. Enter Unified Protector - led by Canadian Charles Bouchard. Translation: the Pentagon (as in Africom) transfers the "kinetic military action " to itself (as in NATO, which is nothing but the Pentagon ruling over Europe). Africom and NATO are now one. The NATO show will include air and cruise missile strikes; a naval blockade of Libya; and shady, unspecified ground operations to help the "rebels". Hardcore helicopter gunship raids a la AfPak - with attached "collateral damage" - should be expected.A curious development is already visible. NATO is deliberately allowing Gaddafi forces to advance along the Mediterranean coast and repel the "rebels". There have been no surgical air strikes for quite a while. The objective is possibly to extract political and economic concessions from the defector and Libyan exile-infested Interim National Council (INC) - including former Justice minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil, US-educated former secretary of planning Mahmoud Jibril, and former Virginia resident, new "military commander" and CIA asset Khalifa Hifter....
This is NATO's first African war, as Afghanistan is NATO's first Central/South Asian war. Now firmly configured as the UN's weaponized arm, Globocop NATO is on a roll implementing its "strategic concept" approved at the Lisbon summit last November (see Welcome to NATOstan, Asia Times Online, November 20, 2010).
Gaddafi's Libya must be taken out so the Mediterranean - the mare nostrum of ancient Rome - becomes a NATO lake. Libya is the only nation in northern Africa not subordinated to Africom or Centcom or any one of the myriad NATO "partnerships". The other non-NATO-related African nations are Eritrea, Sawahiri Arab Democratic Republic, Sudan and Zimbabwe... two members of NATO's "Istanbul Cooperation Initiative" - Qatar and the United Arab Emirates - are now fighting alongside Africom/NATO for the fist time. Translation: NATO and Persian Gulf partners are fighting a war in Africa. [ed: FOR control of African continent]

like U.S. managed Egypt 'revolution' now under 'new' martial law
Breaking News Alert April 03, 2011 -- 8:18 PM ET
U.S. Shifts to Seek Removal of Yemen's Leader, an Ally
The Obama administration maintained its support of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in private and refrained from directly criticizing him in public, even as his supporters fired [e.g. slaughtered] on peaceful demonstrators, because he was considered a critical ally in fighting the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda. This position has fueled criticism of the United States in some quarters for hypocrisy for rushing to oust a repressive autocrat in Libya but not in strategic allies like Yemen and Bahrain....The United States has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office...While American officials have not publicly pressed President Ali Abdullah Saleh to go, they have told allies and some reporters that they now view his hold on office as untenable, and they believe he should leave.

"I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger "
National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones

Former Obama National Security adviser says coalition can’t leave Libya until Gadhafi’s out
Former National Security adviser, retired general and former NATO supreme allied commander said the US needs to better understand the opposition forces on the ground and “make sure” the Arab League and African Union “play their role.”

"What makes Libya so important?... location, location, location... Libya is too important in the world system to have Western strategic priorities in Libya unfulfilled and U.S. businesses shut out."

Libya Is Too Big to Fail
International intervention is the right move -- not just for humanitarian reasons.
Jason Pack, http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/18/libya_is_too_big_to_fai...
Jason Pack is a researcher of Libya at Oxford University's St. Antony's College. He has worked in both Tripoli and Washington, D.C., on strengthening U.S.-Libya relations.
...Libya is not peripheral to the world system. It is at its very core. Libya possesses 1,800 kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. The country produces 2 percent of the world's oil, with 85 percent of exports going to Europe Since the beginning of the Great Recession and the slump in global demand in 2008, Libya has allocated $200 billion toward new infrastructure spending. And yet Richard
Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, curiously described U.S. interests in Libya as "less than vital" in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week.
A brief review of Libya's history demonstrates that Britain, France, Italy, Russia, the United Nations, and the United States have long had a great deal at stake in Libya, even before oil was discovered in 1959. Today, it is a paramount American interest that Libya not return to being a rogue state or descend into civil war. If Libyan leader Muammar al-Gadhafi reasserts control over the east or even if he fails and the country is cleaved in two, U.S. interests in the region would suffer a major setback.

What makes Libya so important? Any real estate agent could tell you: location, location, location. Control of the country has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into Egypt, the Mediterranean, and beyond. Similarly, denying a hostile power (be it the Soviet Union, Muammar al-Gadhafi, or terrorists) the ability to destabilize surrounding countries from Libyan territory has been a consistent thread in U.S. policy since the end of World War II.

Seventy years ago, the Axis powers used Libya to launch daring tank offensives aimed at the Suez Canal. With the British victory at El Alamein in late 1942 and the ensuing conquest of northern Libya, British strategic planners decided that Cyrenaica (eastern Libya) was the only part of conquered Italian colonial territory that was essential for Britain's strategic position in the Middle East. In 1945, the Soviet Union's foreign minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, pushed for a Soviet trusteeship over Tripolitania (northwest Libya). The Soviet bid backfired. It forced American statesmen to put aside their distaste for extending the British Empire as they realized that denying the Soviets a naval base on the Mediterranean was a core U.S. interest. France and Italy, as pretenders to world-power status and interested parties in North Africa, also wanted to have their spheres of influence in Libya. Because the "Libya question" was so rancorously contested by all parties, it was deemed unsolvable by traditional great-power diplomacy. In 1948, it was passed onto the nascent United Nations.
By the late 1940s, U.S. President Harry Truman and British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin concluded that Libyan airfields were essential for Cold War defense. After Libyan independence in 1951, U.S. and British payments for basing rights formed the single-largest element of Libyan GDP until oil exports began in 1961. Even with the decline in importance of the fighter-bomber as a nuclear delivery vehicle, and thus the need for the bases, Libya's strategic importance did not wane. Accordingly, U.S. and British diplomats attempted to court Colonel Gadhafi's favor when he came to power in 1969. They acquiesced to his demand to abandon their air bases, supposing that eager compliance would encourage Libya's new leadership from drifting into the anti-Western camp. They were wrong.
As Libya intensified its support for militant revolutionary causes — ranging from the Irish Republican Army to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin to various unsavory terrorist groups — throughout the 1970s, Western policymakers avoided reprisals against Libyan interests. Amazingly, from 1972 to 1977, U.S. imports of Libyan oil increased tenfold, and U.S. exports to Libya trebled. Gadhafi gratefully used the influx of dollars to undermine American interests in Africa and the Middle East.
The 1970s U.S. policy of bartering with a sworn enemy was abandoned under President Ronald Reagan. Convinced that Libya's anti-Western orientation and geostrategic position made regime change a core U.S. interest, Reagan famously declared Gadhafi to be the "mad dog of the Middle East." However, unilateral U.S. sanctions in 1982 and then airstrikes in 1986 — as a response to the Berlin disco bombing — failed to produce the desired results. By the 1990s, it was clear that the United States could not unseat Gadhafi by itself. Libya's threat to a stable post-Cold War world order was deemed significant enough that U.S. policymakers devised a way to enlist Europe in shutting Libya out of the international system. On flimsy evidence, Libya was found guilty of the devastating 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Europe was finally on board for comprehensive U.N. sanctions of Libya, which endured from 1992 to 1999.
In 1999, feeling the pinch caused by his decaying oil infrastructure and declining revenues, Gadhafi turned over two suspected Lockerbie bombers for trial in the Netherlands. This action caused U.N. sanctions to be suspended. As more countries began trading with Libya, the U.S. policy dating back to Reagan of actively containing Gadhafi and hoping for his ouster was no longer feasible. In the new millennium, U.S. and British negotiators intensified their covert dealings with Libyan diplomats, and in 2003, Gadhafi made his first payment of compensation to the Lockerbie victims' families. At the same time, the colonel voluntarily gave up his weapons of mass destruction program. The rogue was seemingly rehabilitated and multilateral action vindicated. Libya was tentatively permitted to rejoin the world community. From 2004 to 2010, U.S. diplomats and businessman embarked on the long hard road of normalization. Erratic Libyan behavior and electorally motivated grandstanding by U.S. congressmen — generally on third-tier issues like Gadhafi's desire to pitch a tent in Central Park or Megrahi's release from a Scottish prison for health reasons — frequently derailed progress.

In 2008, I changed my career as an academic of Syria to become a professional engaged in the American and European efforts to bring Gadhafi in from the cold and forward the agenda of pro-market economic reform and Western investment in Libya. My logic then was the same as it is now: Libya is too important in the world system to have Western strategic priorities in Libya unfulfilled and U.S. businesses shut out. This logic is grounded in history and is also best for the aspirations of the Libyan people. Over the last six decades, successive U.S. and British administrations have consistently concluded that the "Libya question" merited great economic and diplomatic sacrifices. It still does.
Today we face a familiar dilemma. Libya sits atop the strategic intersection of the Mediterranean, African, and Arab worlds, and its ability and track record in destabilizing those three areas is well documented. It is laudable that the international community has combined humanitarian and geostrategic rationales to unite under a banner of multilateral airborne intervention. This intervention must balance two equally important aims: to unseat Gadhafi and to ensure that the Libyan people have agency over their lives and political system. Hopefully, the West will play a supportive, yet decisive role in the ongoing conflict. Were Gadhafi to remain in power returning to his rogue-state glory days, it is unlikely that renewed U.N. sanctions could ever weaken his grip on power. The world needs Libya, but Gadhafi has become an expert at thumbing his nose at world opinion.

West Will Reap The Whirlwind Over Its Proxy War In Libya
...Fact can often be a far crueler mistress than fiction. Loyalists and rebels, with their polar allegiances to Gaddafi and to the West, have stabbed at each other. When seeing the rebels losing ground, the West took the field, encouraging the rebels to topple the regime... The West is waging a war by proxy, uncaring about the loss of civilian lives. Libya has fallen under the influence of political conflict, marching in lockstep to the beat of Western drums. Western media spare no effort to paint Gaddafi as a consummate villain. Treacherous reports, including some barely more than rumors, are spread rapidly...The Allies have sacrificed the interests of local people to secure their share of the loot, both politically and economically....Robert Kaplan, a senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week that, from the US' standpoint, the spread of democracy in the Middle East was second to the power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran....The West will find out soon: such a policy can only result in sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/message/49958

U.S. al-qaeda proxies in U.S. war to carve up and control Africa, the region and the world
London conference plots imperialist carve-up of Libya
By Barry Grey 3/30/11 http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=76377&s2=31
The conference on Libya held Tuesday at London's Lancaster House was a repulsive exercise in hypocrisy and cynicism. In the name of liberating the Libyan people, the United States and Britain brought together [US dominated imperialist individuals & organizations] foreign ministers from 40 countries and dignitaries from international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO and the Arab League to sanction an escalation of the air war against the former colony and set the stage for the installation of a stooge regime....
Clinton ostentatiously held a meeting with Jarbil, allowing the two of them to be photographed together in order to underscore American support for the council. US officials announced that Washington was sending a special envoy to deepen its relations with the opposition leadership.The pro-imperialist character of the council is embodied in the delegates who represented it in London. Jabril taught for many years in the US after obtaining a PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. From 2007, he headed Gaddafi's National Economic Development Board, which spearheaded the introduction of capitalist market relations and the opening of Libya to foreign investment.
The two senior opposition figures who gave the press conference were Guma El-Gamaty, the council’s coordinator in Britain, and Mahmoud Shammam, the council’s head of media, who is based in Washington.Shammam is managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine and has previously served as editor of Arab Newsweek. He is also a member of the advisory board on the Middle East at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. At the press conference, he appealed for the US and its allies to begin arming the opposition forces. El-Gamaty is a Libyan writer and political commentator. He has been living in the UK for more than 30 years and was active with the Libyan opposition movement abroad in the 1980s. For the past few years, he has worked a researcher at the University of Westminster. All of these figures have close ties with American and European corporate, political and, it can be safely presumed, intelligence organizations.

Clinton’s press conference following the meeting exposed the fraud of America’s supposed struggle against Al Qaeda and the "war on terror" as a whole. The US Secretary of State made clear that Washington had not ruled out arming the so-called "rebels" and asserted that such action would be permitted under UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized the military intervention in Libya. A Reuters reporter questioned Clinton on possible US arms for the opposition, citing the remarks that day of US Adm. James Stavridis, who told a Senate committee that there were "flickers" of US intelligence on links between the Interim Transitional National Council and Al Qaeda and Hezbollah. "How great a concern is that?" the reporter asked. "And is that part of the US debate over any potential arms transfers to the transitional council?"
Clinton brushed aside the danger of funneling US arms to Al Qaeda via the Libyan opposition, saying, "We do not have any specific information about specific individuals from any organization who are part of this, but, of course, we’re still getting to know those who are leading the Transitional National Council."
Just two days before, Clinton appeared with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on several Sunday interview programs, during which they insisted the US had to continue to support Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, despite his deadly attacks on demonstrators, because of the threat represented by the presence of Al Qaeda in Yemen.
The dismissal by the Obama administration—as well as the media—of links between the Libyan opposition and Al Qaeda makes fairly clear the relationship between the United States and Al Qaeda is complex and intimate. After all, the top figures in the terrorist network, including Osama bin Laden, got their start as assets of the CIA in the US-backed mujahedin guerilla war of the 1980s against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

'let me be very clear about America's values: war is peace, dividing and destroying nations is humanitarian liberation...and if you are not with US, you are with the terrorists'
3/14/11 Clinton sets up 'rebel' arrangements...'to prevent wholesale slaughter...'
PARIS...Monday the Obama administration held its first high-level talks with the Libyan opposition and introduced a liaison to deal full time with their ranksClinton's closed-door meeting with opposition figure member Mahmoud Jibril in a luxury Paris hotel was shrouded in secrecy until it happened, with neither the time nor the identity of her interlocutors announced beforehand. Neither Jibril, an official in the newly formed Interim Governing Council based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, nor Clinton appeared or made any comments about their talks. Jibril met with Sarkozy in Paris last week before photographers and journalists. Jibril was introduced to Clinton by the administration's new point man for the Libyan opposition, Chris Stevens, until recently the deputy chief of mission at the now-shuttered U.S. Embassy in Tripoli. Also at the meeting was Gene Cretz, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, who left his post for consultations in early January and has not returned. "They had a private and candid conversation about ways in which the United States can assist the Libyan people in their efforts against the Gadhafi regime," Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines said after the talks....Monday, one of Hillary Clinton's closest confidantes, Anne Marie Slaughter, who until last month was State Department director of policy planning, wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times "Fiddling While Libya Burns" imploring the administration to act. Now a professor at Princeton, Slaughter argued the U.S. has an obligation to intervene to prevent wholesale slaughter and embrace the potential emergence of democracy in Libya.

"A stalemate could mean an open-ended mission for the U.S. and coalition... increasing both the financial and political costs for the participants. But analysts are increasingly confident Gaddafi can be largely contained within a divided Libya..."

4/1 Stalemate in Libya increasingly viewed as likely outcome
U.S. officials are increasingly resigned to the possibility of a protracted stalemate in Libya, with rebels retaining control of the eastern half of the divided country but lacking the muscle to drive Moammar Gaddafi from power. Such a deadlock — perhaps backed by a formal cease-fire agreement — could help ensure the safety of Libyan civilians caught in the crossfire between the warring sides. But it could also dramatically expand the financial and military commitments by the United States and allied countries that have intervened in the six-week-old conflict, according to U.S. officials familiar with planning for the Libyan operation...
New evidence of a possible impasse emerged Friday as an opposition spokesman called publicly for a cease-fire that would halt the fighting and essentially freeze the battle lines. The Libyan government rejected the proposal, saying it would not “withdraw from our own cities.” At the same time, British officials disclosed a visit to London by a senior aide to one of Gaddafi’s sons, prompting new speculation that those close to the Libyan leader were exploring ways to end the fighting...
A stalemate could mean an open-ended mission...increasing both the financial and political costs for the participants. But analysts are increasingly confident that Gaddafi can be largely contained within a divided Libya, unable to significantly threaten his neighbors and gradually weakening over time. “He remains a danger . . . but over time he could be squeezed,” said a second U.S. official familiar with intelligence assessments. While it is possible that Gaddafi could be assassinated or overthrown, he maintains an elaborate, multilayered personal security system that has protected him for decades. “By all accounts he is very paranoid, and he will fend for his own survival,” the official said...intelligence assessments suggest the rebels, with continuing NATO air support, are capable now of maintaining control of strongholds such as Benghazi as well as key oil fields in eastern Libya, according to two U.S. officials privy to classified reports from the region who agreed to discuss them only on the condition of anonymity...
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates did not mention such an outcome when he was asked in congressional testimony Thursday about likely results. One scenario, Gates said, was “that somebody from his military takes him out and then cuts a deal with the opposition.” ...”...our preferred option would be that they — opposition forces and the tribes — come together and begin to create something that resembles a more democratic state..."he said.
At a separate hearing last week, Gen. Carter F. Ham, head of U.S. Africa Command, acknowledged the possibility of a deadlock in which Gaddafi would continue to control part of the country.“I do see a situation where that could be the case,” he said. “I could see accomplishing the military mission, which has been assigned to me, and the current leader would remain the current leader.”....

9/5/08 Gadaffi hosts Condoleezza Rice in Tripoli.
"It's a historic stop. This is the first time since 1953 that a US Secretary of State has visited Libya...Today Libya feels it has made the right choice."We were very wise, now we are a safe country… we are trading now with our ex-enemies, we just have friends, no enemies anymore, no embargo, no sanctions, no threat," said Saif al Islam. But Tripoli may be disappointed in its long term relationship with Washington. "Libya is still not a strategic consideration for the United States, although reversing its hostile relationship with the United States was the most strategic decision taken by Libya," said Jon Alterman, Middle East director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Muammar Gaddafi, ever the shrewd politician, may already have picked up on that when he said this week that his country did not want to be friends with the US, it just wanted to be left alone.

"...tangible results flow from the historic decisions taken by Libya's leadership in 2003 to renounce terrorism and to abandon its weapons of mass destruction programs....Libya is an important model as nations around the world press for changes in behavior by the Iranian and North Korean regimes."
GWB Secty. of State Condoleeza Rice, May 2006 after US took Libya off 'terrorist" list, restored official diplomatic relations

Capitalist media's hot & heavy 'news' as psyops, makes it impossible to discern disinfo. from fact, reveals central role of US soft power 'public relations'
More revealing faces of the enemy's agenda are revealed by its thinktank geostrategic analyses. Excerpts below help distinguish between often deceptive faces of 'friends' and overt enemies - soft power's job - and shed more light on media-hype tactical 'confusion', stakes and geopolitical imperialist objectives.
3/30/11 CIA operatives in Libya to gather intelligence on rebel fighters
The Obama administration has sent teams of CIA operatives into Libya in a rush to gather intelligence on the identity, goals and progress of rebel forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, according to U.S. officials. Such information has become more crucial as the administration and coalition move closer to providing direct military aid or guidance to the disorganized and beleaguered rebel army. Officials said, though no decision has been made, President Obama, in a covert finding, has authorized preparations to launch such an effort.

3/31/11 C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels
...While President Obama has insisted that no American military ground troops participate in the Libyan campaign, small groups of C.I.A. operatives have been working in Libya for several weeks as part of a shadow force of Westerners that the Obama administration hopes can help bleed Colonel Qaddafi’s military, the officials said.
In addition to the C.I.A. presence, composed of an unknown number of Americans who had worked at the spy agency’s station in Tripoli and others who arrived more recently, current and former British officials said that dozens of British special forces and MI6 intelligence officers are working inside Libya. The British operatives have been directing airstrikes from British jets and gathering intelligence about the whereabouts of Libyan government tank columns, artillery pieces and missile installations, officials said...
In addition, the American spies are meeting with rebels to try to fill in gaps in understanding who their leaders are and the allegiances of the groups opposed to Colonel Qaddafi, said United States government officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the classified nature of the activities. American officials cautioned, though, that the Western operatives were not directing the actions of rebel forces. A C.I.A. spokesman declined to comment...
Several weeks ago, President Obama signed a 'secret finding' authorizing the C.I.A. to provide arms and other support to Libyan rebels, American officials said Wednesday. But weapons have not yet been shipped into Libya, as Obama administration officials debate the effects of giving them to the rebel groups. The presidential finding was first reported by Reuters [2 days ago]

CIA in Libya before Obama covert aid 'presidential signing'
US intelligence operatives were on the battlefields in Libya before President Barack Obama signed an order allowing covert assistance to the opposition forces, officials say.
With the battles in Libya taking on the theme of a shadow intelligence war, two US officials stated that American Special Forces and CIA operational teams were dispatched to the conflict-torn Libya to make contacts with anti-regime forces and to organize and train them, Reuters reported on Thursday. “They’re trying to sort out who could be turned into a military unit and who couldn’t,” said Bob Baer, a former CIA operative in the Middle East, adding that the operatives may have entered Libya through neighboring Egypt and are lightly equipped. Another US government source stated the Obama administration is mulling over plans under which US Special Forces with experience in the Afghan war would collaborate with CIA officers in efforts to provide training to Libyan opposition fighters. While such plans have not yet been put into effect, they are fairly advanced, noted the source...

Libyan government rejects rebel ceasefire:
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the opposition's interim governing council based in Benghazi said the regime must withdraw its forces and lift all sieges. He stressed the ultimate goal was still to oust Gaddafi. "Our aim is to liberate and have sovereignty over all of Libya with its capital in Tripoli," he said.the rebels' condition for a ceasefire is "that the Gaddafi brigades and forces withdraw from inside and outside Libyan cities..." ..."They are asking us to withdraw from our own cities. .... If this is not mad then I don't know what this is..." said Mussa Ibrahim, the government spokesman...Ali Tarhouni, finance minister of Libyan opposition's National Transitional Council [Business teacher from University of Washington, Seattle] said rebels would be able to buy more arms thanks to an oil deal they reached with the Arab nation Qatar to market oil currently in storage in rebel-controlled areas of southeastern Libya.Tarhouni said one sticking point is how to truck the oil out of the country.

4/3/11 ... diplomatic overtures
Numerous Libyan officials are said to be in contact with Western officials, although it remains unclear who among them are seeking to leave the government and who are representing it. Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa defected last week to Britain, and a close aide to Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, met with British officials with a reported proposal from the Libyan leader to cede power to his sons....U.S. officials have become increasingly resigned to the possibility of a military standoff on the ground, with opposition forces, under the protection of coalition airstrikes and a no-fly zone, holding the eastern part of the country while Gaddafi’s forces remain in control of the west

Moussa Koussa Double Agent?
Libyan defector Moussa Koussa ‘was an MI6 double agent’ remains unconfirmed, but British intelligence author Gordon Thomas claims the former head of Libya’s intelligence agency, who recently defected to London, “has been acting as a double agent for MI6 and the CIA for a decade”....
Suspicion mounts as US unlocks Moussa Koussa’s foreign assets
...US lifted freeze of foreign assets belonging to Libya’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Moussa Koussa, former intelligence chief who headed the country’s intelligence agency from 1994 to 2009...defected to London last week from Tunisia on a Swiss-registered private plane....currently reported to be in an MI6 safe house in England, allegedly being interrogated about his inside knowledge of the Gaddafi regime... Koussa is also thought to be the mastermind behind the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland....
"When Uprisings Began, Khamis Was on Wall Street"
Libyan State TV Claims Khamis Gadhafi Alive, Despite Death Rumors
3/29/11 http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/khamis-gadhafi-rumored-dead-apparently-sho...
By mid-February Khamis was scheduled to visit Washington and high-powered meetings with defence contractors including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin, among others. Both U.S. military and civilian officials were at the meetings with Northrop....
The U.S. State Department did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the video but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News last week "I can't confirm it, but I've heard it...We hear it from many different sources...."...In several wikileaked U.S. State Department cables, U.S. officials say Khamis Gadhafi and his elite military unit, "widely known as the most well-trained and well-equipped force in the Libyan military...a regime protection unit." One cable from December 2009 notes that the continuation of the regime's power in the event of Moammar Gadhafi's death or resignation rested in part with Khamis. "It seems only natural that anyone intent on assuming power would try to align himself with Khamis."...
Despite his role as protector of the regime, when the popular uprising exploded in Libya in mid-February, Khamis was not there. Instead, he was waltzing down Wall Street, just one stop on a whirlwind, cross-country tour of the U.S. organized by American engineering giant AECOM, with U.S. State Department approval...but the day he visited the floor of the stock exchange... protests against his father's regime rang out in Benghazi, Libya...A spokesperson for Columbia told ABC News the university canceled the visit in light of the protests and an AECOM spokesperson said that instead of heading uptown to Columbia, Khamis hopped a plane and flew back to his home country that night....
Less than a month later, Khamis was rumored to have been killed in an attack by a Libyan kamikaze pilot. The reports have not been confirmed.
"Khamis' death from severe burns suffered in the kamikaze plane attack on Libya's central military command compound was widely reported in opposition media."

Libyan TV: Gadhafi Son Alive
State TV shows purportedly live footage of Khamis Gadhafi, rumored dead
03/29/2011 http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/video/libyan-tv-gadhafi-son-alive-13247070

Qaddafi Envoy Visits London as Tensions Mount in Libya
TRIPOLI, Libya — A senior aide to one of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s sons has held secret talks in London with British authorities, a friend of the aide said on Friday, adding to the confusion and anxiety swirling around the Tripoli regime after the defection of a high-ranking minister and the departure of another senior figure to Cairo.Mohammed Ismail, a senior aide to Seif al-Islam, one of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons, traveled to London for talks with British officials in recent days, the friend said in London on Friday, speaking in return for anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters. The nature and exact timing of the contact was not clear. In Benghazi on Friday the rebel leadership issued a set of demands for a cease-fire in its battle with the Qaddafi government. Mustapha Abdul Jalil, the head of the rebel National Council...
The hard line in London has been conditioned, in part, by Prime Minister Cameron’s resolve Britain not repeat the pattern set under the previous Labour government, when the Libyan intelligence agent convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people, mostly Americans, was freed on medical grounds and allowed to return to Libya 109 months ago ...hastened by the British government’s eagerness to complete a multi-billion oil exploration deal between BP and the Qaddafi government, and led to severe strains between London and Washington... Mr. Cameron has since described the deal that freed him as “utterly wrong,” and has apologized repeatedly...

Libya: US threatens to put Gaddafi in dock over Lockerbie bombing
02 March 2011, http://news.scotsman.com/lockerbie/Libya-US-threatens-to-put.6726933.jp
The United States prosecute Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for the Lockerbie bombing, after claims from former Libyan officials that he personally ordered the attack...Secretary of state Hillary Clinton yesterday told the US Congress she would ask the FBI and US justice department to look into the case...The US had, until now, considered the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 a closed case, following the conviction for murder of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi...

3/2/11 UK lapdog helps US set up Gaddafi: Clinton said US 'will continue Lockerbie investigation
WASHINGTON, March 2 — The Obama administration will look into allegations that embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may have ordered the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers yesterday. Clinton yesterday was given a letter to President Barack Obama signed by two family members of Lockerbie victims asking the United States to continue investigating the matter.“We will follow up on that,” Clinton told US lawmakers.“I will certainly contact, after this hearing, FBI Director (Robert) Mueller and Attorney General (Eric) Holder and others to see how we can move on that,” she said.“Because there have been statements made ... by what are now former members of the Libyan government fingering Gaddafi, making it clear that the order came from the very top, I think we do need to move expeditiously.” Former Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud al Jeleil, who has broken with Gaddafi and declared himself head of a caretaker opposition government, was quoted on February 23 as saying Gaddafi himself ordered the Lockerbie bombing.Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a Libyan, was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for his part in blowing up Pan Am 103 but was released by the Scottish government in 2009 when he was judged by doctors to be terminally ill.
A US federal law enforcement official told Reuters that US charges against Megrahi and a second Libyan for the Lockerbie attack remain active and “the investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 remains open.” — Reuters http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/us-to-probe-claims-gadd...

Libyan War Blurs Humanitarian Focus
An operation billed as a humanitarian intervention in Libya by President Obama was described in starkly more military terms Thursday by the administration’s top two defense officials. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told lawmakers that continuing coalition attacks on Libyan government troops — even when they were not directly threatening civilians — would encourage senior government and military officials to break with Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and inspire more civilians to join opposition forces. “His military, at a certain point, is going to have to face the question of whether they are prepared over time to be destroyed by these air attacks or whether they decide it’s time for him to go,” Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee....
“What is happening in Libya is not a no-fly zone,” a senior European diplomat told reporters, speaking on the customary condition of anonymity. “The no-fly zone was a diplomatic thing, to get the Arabs on board. What we have in Libya is more than that.”
Although Gates said unseating Gaddafi was not the stated goal of the military mission, he made clear the United States and its allies intended to use military force to aid the Libyan opposition and compel Gaddafi and his inner circle to surrender. “I mean we’re blowing up [Gaddafi’s] ammunition supplies,” Gates said in separate testimony before the House. “He can’t resupply from abroad . . . over time, that should work to the advantage of those in the opposition.”..."seems to me, and I think everybody else, that we are clearly involved in regime change,” said Sen. James Webb (D-Va.).Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) said the administration’s efforts to label the Libya mission a humanitarian intervention were dishonest. “... the most muddled definition of an operation probably in U.S. military history... Of course, it is about regime change.”... Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee... advocated expanding the U.S. objectives to include Gaddafi’s ouster.

'on standby if rebels' situation becomes dire enough': why the other article disappeared
4/1 US Ending Its Air Combat Role In Libya
Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer
Posted: 12:54 am EDT April 1, 2011Updated: 1:17 pm EDT April 1, 2011
The announcement Thursday by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that American combat missions will end Saturday drew incredulous reactions from some in Congress why the Obama administration would bow out of a key element of the strategy for protecting Libyan civilians and crippling Moammar Gadhafi's army...Gates said no one should be surprised by the U.S. combat air pullback, but called the timing "unfortunate" in light of Gadhafi's battlefield gains. He noted that the air attacks are a central feature of the overall military strategy; over time they could degrade Gadhafi's firepower to a point that he would be unable to put down a renewed uprising by opposition forces, he said.
The other major source of U.S. firepower during the two weeks of combat in Libya has been the Navy's Tomahawk cruise missile, launched from ships and submarines in the Mediterranean. None was fired overnight Thursday, U.S. defense officials said Friday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss such details. It was not clear whether the U.S. would continue attacks with Tomahawks beyond Saturday. Mullen and Gates stressed that even though powerful combat aircraft like the side-firing AC-130 gunship and the A-10 Thunderbolt, used for close air support of friendly ground forces, will stop flying after Saturday, they will be on standby. Mullen said this means that if the rebels' situation become "dire enough," NATO's top commander could request help from the U.S. aircraft. The U.S. also has used Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jets as well as Air Force F-15 fighters and B-2 and B-1 long-range bombers....

Libyan gov't accuses Western forces of bombing civilians, "crimes against humanity"
02.04.2011 http://en.trend.az/regions/met/arabicr/1854556.html

'news' management: this 'combat pullout' article was replaced by the next, without comment
4/3 US pulling Tomahawk missiles out of Libya combat
"Gates said U.S. combat pullback was planned all along, but he called the timing "unfortunate" in light of in light of ...."
New 'News': US approves US-'led' decision blaming weather
4/3 US extends airstrike role in Libya through Monday
After Saturday, no U.S. combat aircraft were to fly strike missions over Libya unless NATO asked in extreme emegencies and Washington gave approval.

NATO Air Strikes Kill At Least 30 Libyan Rebels

4/4 Over 200 NATO Warplanes Pounding Libya, More To Come
Coalition air power in Libya to grow. The western-led coalition forces have flown 545 sorties striking 218 targets since NATO assumed command of Operation Unified Protector on March 31, NATO military command said in a statement Sunday. There are more than 200 warplanes taking part in the operation and their number will grow in the coming few days.

US 'rebels' apologize for US/NATO 'collateral damage' error
Libyan rebels struggle to explain rift
Libya’s rebel military struggled Saturday to explain an apparent rift within its highest ranks while acknowledging its soldiers’ role in a mistaken NATO bombing of rebel columns the night before. The strike, which killed 13 rebels and injured seven, illustrated the hazards of conducting an aerial bombing campaign against a fluid and fast moving front line. Several cars and an ambulance were also incinerated, and opposition leaders said rebels may have been responsible for the bombing because they had fired their guns into the air in celebration. “It was a terrible mistake, and we apologize, and we will not let it happen again,” said Abdul Hafidh Ghoga, vice president and spokesman of the opposition’s Transitional National Council...rebel soldiers buried the dead from the previous night’s airstrikes. Mustafa Gheriani, an opposition spokesman, said such incidents need to be accepted as part of war. “In such a brutal campaign that Mr. Gaddafi is waging against his own people, mistakes may happen, collateral damage may happen. We regret what happened, but we understand that when you consider the big picture, sometimes you have to give up some lives to save the nation.” The opposition said its soldiers have started to receive better training and clearer leadership. But a day after the strike, the interim government sought to distance itself from a popular army commander it had earlier embraced. [CIA] Khalifa Haftar, a former army colonel who recently returned to Libya after living for many years in Falls Church, was initially hailed by the Transitional National Council as a leader who could help discipline the new army and train its largely volunteer ranks. Saturday, Ghoga said Haftar had no leadership role in the army... a source within the military close to Haftar said Haftar is still commanding the army, and Ghoga’s announcement had upset the public....

anti -- american 'self-sufficiency' in this 'backward tribal society':
Libya Warns Of Catastrophe If NATO Bombs Great Man-Made River
Agence France-Presse April 3, 2011
TRIPOLI: Libya warned Sunday that air strikes could cause a "human and environmental disaster" if they damaged the country's massive Great Man-Made River (GMMR) project. Built at a cost of 33 billion dollars, the GMMR extracts water from deep beneath the Sahara desert at a depth of between 500 and 800 metres (1,600 to 2,500 feet), purifies it and transports it to the coastal cities of the north where most of the population is concentrated. Engineer and project manager Abdelmajid Gahoud told foreign journalists in the ultra-modern control centre on the outskirts of Tripoli, that a "human and environmental disaster" was on the cards if the GMMR was hit. He said three pipelines, one for gas, one for oil and another for water, run underground parallel to the 400-kilometre-long (248 miles) road from the eastern city of Benghazi to Moamer Kadhafi's home town of Sirte, through the area between Ajdabiya and Sirte where there have been many coalition air raids.
"If one of the pipelines is hit, the others are affected as well...If part of the infrastructure is damaged, the whole is affected, the massive escape of water cause a catastrophe, leaving 4.5 million Libyans deprived of drinking water...Conceived in the 1960s and launched in the 1980s by Kadhafi as part of a plan to make Libya self-sufficient in food, the GMMR provides 70 percent of the population with water for drinking and irrigation. A total of 4,000 kilometres of pipeline were laid at a depth of two to three metres, he said, crossing the country from south to north making the GMMR the largest and most expensive irrigation project in history. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/stopnato/message/49960