Hersh Interview “FEST is the group”; Malalai Joya’s new book “A Woman Among Warlords”, buy one; Report: Pakistan President Zardari net worth $1.8 Billion, accused of receipt of 10% Kickback scheme

Seymour Hersh says that the U.S. is ready to fly into Pakistan on 4 hours notice to “protect” the nuclear weapons held by Pakistan if there is a terrorist disturbance and attack on the weapons locations.
The U.S. attack group is called FEST for “Foreign Emergency Support Team” . Read more here.

Malalai Joya’s story will be on our Blog every day for the next month. Please buy her book and visit her site.. Read her San Jose Mercury Opinion: “U.S. is doing no good in Afghanistan” here.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, Malalai Joya was at a gathering at San Jose State University in California to promote her book “A Woman Among Warlords” and to gather support for her people in Afghanistan. Malalai is a very brave woman to take on her own government and also the U.S. government, the occupiers of her country.

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Malalai Joya signing her new book, A Woman Among Warlords, a JB photo

Our story on Malalai Joya can be seen here. Buy a copy of her book, “A Woman Among Warlords” here, or at your favorite bookstore. A great Holiday gift idea. The subtitle is “The Extraordinary Story of an Afghan Who Dared to Raise Her Voice”. Visit Malalai’s website here for more information on how you can help.

Pakistan President Zardari accused of getting a kickback of 10% of the price of three submarines bought by the Pakistan Military from the French Government.

  • From Dawn.com: The Liberation report quoted a former executive of the French naval company DCN as saying that French authorities had chosen Al-Assir to act as intermediary in the deal and he allegedly deposited a total of $1.3 million in Mr Zardari’s bank accounts between Aug 15 and Aug 30, 1994, one month before the submarine contract was signed, and then $1.2 million and $1.8 million one year later. According to DCN employees who testified in the terror attack investigation, the kickbacks to Pakistan in the deal totalled 10 per cent of the purchase amount, with 6 per cent, or $49.5 million, going to the military and 4 per cent, or 33 million euros, being funnelled to political circles.

    In 2001, Pakistani Navy’s former chief of staff Mansour-ul-Haq was arrested for his part in the deal and forced to repay $7 million, the daily says. Legal proceedings against Mr Zardari were dropped in April 2008, several months before he was elected president. He was imprisoned from 1997 to 2004 on corruption charges unrelated to this affair. The president, according to the report, is one of his country’s richest men, with a net worth estimated at $1.8 billion. Read the rest here.

  • [Ed. Note: This is the corrupt cesspool of Central Asia politics. Those that rule rip off the funds generated by the government. It is impossible to change this by changing the rulers. It runs the countries. It is a way of life. The U.S. military can protect the leaders because they feel the alternative leaders are worse, that is, won’t follow U.S. policy. The U.S. is there to protect the oil fields, and the oil pipeline and future pipeline routes.]

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