Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

(UPDATE, WASH POST REPORTS) Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America’s Military Strategy in the Muslim World

September 17, 2010

UPDATE: U.S. covert paramilitary presence in Afghanistan much larger than thought Written by By Craig Whitlock and Greg Miller,Washington Post Staff Writers,Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Our story below outlines the further extent of the use of paramilitary forces to assassinate “terrorists, insurgents, and others that are against U.S. policies”. This is not new news, but it is new to our Media. Where’s the reporting? It’s time to stop printing government press releases and begin “reporting” again. Read on:

The following interview of Ex-CIA Operative, Duane Clarridge “Defends the Empire”, Oct. 16, 2008. If it is in our National Security Interest, we can eliminate the threat anytime we wish, do you belive that? This video was taken from the article below the video. View this:

Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America’s Military Strategy in the Muslim World
By Fred Branfman, AlterNet
Posted on August 24, 2010, Printed on September 15, 2010
Read the full story here, click this link.
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“[General McChrystal says that] for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies.” — “The Runaway General,” Rolling Stone, 6/22/10

The truth that many Americans find hard to take is that that mass U.S. assassination on a scale unequaled in world history lies at the heart of America’s military strategy in the Muslim world, a policy both illegal and never seriously debated by Congress or the American people. Conducting assassination operations throughout the 1.3 billon-strong Muslim world will inevitably increase the murder of civilians and thus create exponentially more “enemies,” as Gen. McChrystal suggests — posing a major long-term threat to U.S. national security. This mass assassination program, sold as defending Americans, is actually endangering us all. Those responsible for it, primarily General Petraeus, are recklessly seeking short-term tactical advantage while making an enormous long-term strategic error that could lead to countless American deaths in the years and decades to come. General Petraeus must be replaced, and the U.S. military’s policy of direct and mass assassination of Muslims ended.

The U.S. has conducted assassination programs in the Third World for decades, but the actual killing — though directed and financed by the C.I.A. — has been largely left to local paramilitary and police forces. This has now has changed dramatically.

What is unprecedented today is the vast number of Americans directly assassinating Muslims — through greatly expanded U.S. military Special Operations teams, U.S. drone strikes and private espionage networks run by former CIA assassins and torturers. Most significant is the expanding geographic scope of their killing. While CENTCOM Commander from October 2008 until July 2010, General Petraeus received secret and unprecedented permission to unilaterally engage in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, former Russian Republics, Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, the Horn of Africa, and wherever else he deems necessary.

Never before has a nation unleashed so many assassins in so many foreign nations around the world (9,000 Special Operations soldiers are based in Iraq and Afghanistan alone) as well as implemented a policy that can be best described as unprecedented, remote-control, large-scale “mechanized assassination.” As the N.Y. Times noted in December 2009: “For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out a military mission, selecting people for killing in a country where the United States is not officially at war.”

This combination of human and technological murder amounts to a worldwide “Assassination Inc.” that is unique in human affairs.

The increasing shift to direct U.S. assassination began on Petraeus’s watch in Iraq,where targeted assassination was considered by many within the military to be more important than the “surge.” The killing of Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was considered a major triumph that significantly reduced the level of violence. As Bob Woodward reported in The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008:

“Beginning in about May 2006, the U.S. military and the U.S. intelligence agencies launched a series of top secret operations that enabled them to locate, target and kill key individuals in extremist groups. A number of authoritative sources say these covert activities had a far-reaching effect on the violence and were very possibly the biggest factor in reducing it. Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) responsible for hunting al Qaeda in Iraq, (conducted) lightning-quick and sometimes concurrent operations When I later asked the president (Bush) about this, he offered a simple answer: ‘JSOC is awesome.’” [Emphasis added.]

Woodward’s finding that many “authoritative sources” believed assassination more important than the surge is buttressed by Petraeus’ appointment of McChrystal to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s major qualification for the post was clearly his perceived expertise in assassination while heading JSOC from 2003-’08 (where he also conducted extensive torture at “Camp Nama” at Baghdad International Airport, successfully excluding even the Red Cross).

Another key reason for the increased reliance on assassination is that Petraeus’ announced counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan obviously cannot work. It is absurd to believe that the corrupt warlords and cronies who make up the “Afghan government” can be transformed into the viable entity upon which his strategy publicly claims to depend — particularly within the next year which President Obama has set as a deadline before beginning to withdraw U.S. troops. Petraeus is instead largely relying on mass assassination to try and eliminate the Taliban, both within Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The centrality of assassination to U.S. war plans is revealed by the fact that it was at the heart of the Obama review of Afghan policy last fall. The dovish Biden position called for relying primarily on assassination, while the hawkish McChrystal stance embraced both assassination and more troops. No other options were seriously considered.

A third factor behind the shift to mass assassination is that Petraeus and the U.S. military are also determined to attack jihadi forces in nations where the U.S. is not at war, and which are not prepared to openly invite in U.S. forces. As the N.Y. Times reported on May 24, “General Petraeus (has argued) that troops need to operate beyond Iraq and Afghanistan to better fight militant groups.”

The most significant aspect of this new and expanded assassination policy is President Obama’s authorizing clandestine U.S. military personnel to conduct it. The N.Y. Times has also reported:

In roughly a dozen countries — from the deserts of North Africa, to the mountains of Pakistan, to former Soviet republics crippled by ethnic and religious strife — the United States has significantly increased military and intelligence operations, pursuing the enemy using robotic drones and commando teams, paying contractors to spy and training local operatives to chase terrorists (Military) Special Operations troops under secret “Execute Orders” have conducted spying missions that were once the preserve of civilian intelligence agencies.

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Fred Branfman, the editor of “Voices From the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War” (Harper & Row, 1972), exposed the U.S. secret air war while living in Laos from 1967 to 1971.

© 2010 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.
View this story online at: http://www.alternet.org/story/147944/

Lahore court rules against drone strikes; Assassination Drones are spreading throughout the world, coming to a city near you soon. End the Wars NOW.

July 1, 2010

Lahore court rules against drone strikes

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 30 (UPI) — Federal authorities should take measures to stop drone attacks in Pakistan if they are carried out without formal approval, a Lahore court said Wednesday.

A Lahore court Wednesday called on the government to take appropriate measures to halt strikes by unmanned drones in Pakistan if they aren’t approved by Islamabad, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reports. The court was responding to a petition that said drone strikes were a violation of national sovereignty.

Over 40 Nations have Assassination Drones or are working on developing their own Assassination Drones.

The United States has been leading the way in killing targeted “terrorists” through the use of Assassination Drones. Friends, the Genie is out of the lamp. View the video below. Who is the leading nation selling Assassination Drones world-wide? The State of Israel. Read this article in dawn.com, entitled “Spy in the sky rakes in millions for Israel”, click here.

For more information after viewing the video, visit their website, click here.

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The Holocaust Denial and the “Can’t win the Afghan War” Denial; the McChrystal’s COMISAF Initial Assessment Report

September 21, 2009
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Many stories today in all the papers and other media about “THE REPORT”, our new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. There will be some links and a brief intro to their stories below.

But first, we must talk about GENOCIDE. In the 1890′s and again in 1915 and beyond, the Turkish Government began murdering all Armenians. It is estimated that over 1.5 Million Armenians died during the Genocide. Still, to this date, the Turkish Government says that there were only killings because of war, not a Genocide. President Obama told the Armenian community that if he were elected President, he would tell the Turkish Government that they had committed Genocide against the Armenians. He had the opportunity in Turkey, but he backed down. The Turkish Government offers more to U.S. interests than that of Armenia.

Now Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust denial sparks outrage From the article: “The US, Britain, France and Germany have condemned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s latest comments denying the Holocaust. Iran’s president earlier said the Nazi genocide of Jews was a “mythical claim” and a pretext to establish the State of Israel.” This can not be tolerated by any government, any country on Planet Earth. We must stand up to this rewriting of history by any leader of any country. The Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and other ethnic tribes that were and are being eliminated because of their nationality or their religion must be recognized so the world will stand up to those who perpetrate the most dastardly crimes against humanity. No wonder Iranians are in the streets protesting the election. Many will suffer in Iran because of this leadership. Make your voice heard. Write a brief letter to your editor of your local newspaper today.

McChrystal’s Afghanistan Report released on the United Nations International Peace Day. How SAD.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal warned in a confidential assessment that he needed additional troops by next year or the conflict “will likely result in failure.” New York Times Here you can get the full 66 page report in PDF form.

The McChrystal Review: Yawn by Joshua Foust Joshua points out all the leaks over the past months, so there is nothing new in the report. We’ve heard it all before. Worth a read.

US commander warns of Afghan ‘failure’ REUTERS The top US commander in Afghanistan says in a confidential assessment of the war that without additional forces the mission “will likely result in failure,” the Washington Post reported on Monday. [From The Times of India]

US general warns of Afghan failure General Stanley McChrystal (R) said the overall effort in Afghanistan is ‘deteriorating’ [AFP] The most senior US and Nato commander in Afghanistan has said the war against the Taliban “will likely result in failure” if more troops are not sent and a new strategy developed. [From Al Jazeera.net]

…By coincidence, McChrystal’s report was revealed on the UN’s International Peace Day, when Kabul’s defense ministry said foreign and Afghan troops will pause offensive operations. Qari Yusuf Ahmadi, purportedly a Taliban spokesman, was quoted on the ReliefWeb website as suggesting the insurgency may do the same, saying: ‘Our forces will remain in defensive position, as usual.’ Foreign forces in Afghanistan, experiencing their deadliest year since the war began eight years ago with more than 350 deaths so far in 2009, are skeptical the rebels will keep their word. –AFP [From Dawn.com, using Washington Post feed]
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