Posts Tagged ‘Pepe Escobar’

Malalai Joya posts on the US attack in Helmand; Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Tenet, Gonzales charged at the Hague for their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition.”

February 13, 2010

Malalai Joya condemns US attack in Helmand, calling it a “ridiculous” military strategy. Read her remarks at her website, click here.

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Professor Francis A. Boyle filed a Complaint on January 19, 2010 with the Hague against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Tenet, Gonzales charged at the Hague for their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition.”

About Professor Francis A. Boyle (visit his website, click here).Professor Boyle lectures on international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. A scholar in the areas of international law and human rights, Professor Boyle received a J.D. degree magna cum laude and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Law, he was a teaching fellow at Harvard and an associate at its Center for International Affairs.

Professor Francis Boyle, Esq.

The Complaint: Read the Transmission letter in full, click here.
This policy is still in use by the Obama Administration and Professor Boyle points this out in the body of this transmission letter and should be stopped immediately. Here’s the opening paragraph:

    The Honorable Luis Moreno-Ocampo
    Office of the Prosecutor
    International Criminal Court
    Post Office Box 19519
    2500 CM, The Hague
    The Netherlands
    Fax No.: 31-70-515-8555
    Email: OTP.InformationDesk@icc-cpi.int

    January 19, 2010

    Dear Sir:

    Please accept my personal compliments. I have the honor hereby to file with you and the International Criminal Court this Complaint against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice , and Alberto Gonzales (hereinafter referred to as the “Accused”) for their criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition.” This term is really a euphemism for the enforced disappearances of persons, their torture, severe deprivation of their liberty, their violent sexual abuse, and other inhumane acts perpetrated upon these Victims. The Accused have inflicted this criminal policy and practice of “extraordinary rendition” upon about one hundred (100) human beings, almost all of whom are Muslims/Arabs/Asians and People of Color. I doubt very seriously that the Accused would have inflicted these criminal practices upon 100 White Judeo-Christian men.

The following is taken from Afterdowningstreet.org (click here to visit their site and read more) Bush To The Hague! The Hague acknowledges Francis Boyle on his filing against Bush et al for the war-crime “Extraordinary Rendition”

    Dear Accountability Advocates and previous impeachment advocates,

    The day of accountability is at hand. The International Criminal Court at the Hague has acknowledged receipt of Prof. Francis A. Boyle’s complaint (attachment below).

    We need your help:

    Contact the Hague to insist they proceed an investigation of war-crimes committed by the accused (Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Tenet and Gonzales) in the acts called “Extraordinary Rendition” as quickly as possible. Send me a reply (neimpeach@gmail.com) if you would like your group listed as endorsing Prof. Boyle’s filing.

    Send this message to all your groups – this is the accountability we’ve all been working on for the past several years.

    Contact Eric Holder 202-353-1555 AskDOJ@usdoj.gov to tell him the International Community will prosecute even if he does not. Facebook page & website coming soon!
    …Prof. Boyle…is looking for endorsements. Please respond if you’d like your group named as endorsing the arrest of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Tenet and Gonzales for the international war-crimes.


From an Interview with Professor Boyle (click here for the full interview):

    Smile Politely: I can see that connection. You mentioned that the Obama Administration is continuing the policy of extraordinary rendition. I was wondering if you knew of any examples of this policy being acted upon under the new administration, or whether the rhetoric is just the same?

    Francis Boyle: They have officially stated that they are continuing the policy; however, so far I do not have any evidence as to precisely what they have done, because it’s all surreptitious to begin with. For that reason, I have not included the Obama Administration in my complaint. I’m an attorney, and I have an obligation to investigate the facts and the law before I take legal action against someone, and right now I do not have the legal evidence that that’s what Obama is doing, so I had to limit this complaint to what Bush was up to, because that has been very well-documented by the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe, or the so-called Marty Report [found here in pdf form], the official investigation by the Council of Europe, they had access to all the governments, solidly based. I could not really start drafting this complaint, couldn’t really contemplate it, until that report came out, and then it became clear that they had violated the ICC statute, and there was enough credible evidence produced by a report, and not just relying on news media sources. So, that came out last year, and it took a while to put that together, a 50-page, single-spaced complaint. And then referenced back to the Marty Report, which is even more substantial. So, my guess is, it’s going to take the prosecutor a while to work his way through all these documents.

Please pass this story around to all your friends. It is important that some justice is being sought for the actions of the Bush Administration participants during the Bush Administration war years. Thank you Professor Boyle.

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Pepe Escobar writes “The Roving Eye”, America’s Plan of Action; End the Cycle of Genocide, Recognition of the Armenian Genocide coming up for Committee Vote, please sign the Petition and call your legislators

February 10, 2010

In today’s Asia Times, Pepe Escobar paints the al-Qaeda myth and how President Obama has furthered the George W. Bush plans to control the oil and gas resources and pipelines throughout the areas of the world that produce these resources. It is Time to Stop the War(s). Join the March 20 March on Washington to End the War(s). Personally endorse the March 20 March on Washington, click here.

WAR COUNCIL Emir Faisal, leading the Saudi Wahhabi armies in 1926, prepares an advance BETTMANN ARCHIVE.CORBIS

THE ROVING EYE :Yemen, the new Waziristan By Pepe Escobar

    Like an ever-profitable horror B-movie franchise, the al-Qaeda myth simply refuses to die. United States intelligence has now focused its lasers on the alleged 300 al-Qaeda jihadis concealed in Yemen’s craggy, rural Maarib province – as much as the Pentagon has deployed infinite might to find those maximum 100 prowling the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan.

    But wait. Didn’t top US intelligence officials recently swear on their government paychecks that it’s all but “certain” that this sinister, multifaceted hydra with sleeper cells all over the planet – “al-Qaeda” – will attack inside the US within the next six months? What is more likely is that these neo-jihadis will never come from Yemen or the Waziristan tribal areas in Pakistan or the whole AfPak tribal belt for that matter. And they will not be native, pious Sunnis from Saudi Arabia or Egypt either. They will have at best a vague connection to some Middle Eastern dictatorship/petro-monarchy. They will certainly be young, ultra-globalized and passionately, perversely addicted to a fantasy – the virtual ummah (Muslim community).

    Their life journey will certainly have evolved as in a triangulation. Many will have moved from their home country to live in a Western country – or even have been born there; and that’s where they will have honed their yearning to join jihad in a third country.

    Like characters in a novel
    Neo-jihadis may eventually – but not necessarily – go to Yemen or the Waziristans only after they have made the conceptual leap from idealizing the ummah on the Internet to actually feeling the irresistible urge to act on the ground.

    Whenever this happens, they have already broken communication with their families. This is the pattern followed by virtually every neo-jihadi – from Dhiren Barot (who planned to bomb the New York Stock Exchange) to the shy underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. They are all living exercises in deterritorialization. It’s all virtual – especially their idea or vision of Islam itself. It’s all very individualistic – no orchestration by a sinister “al-Qaeda” network. And it’s all done in English – the lingua franca of global communication – not Arabic. Welcome to the age of the virtual jihadi nomad. In earlier times, these would have been characters in a Fyodor Dostoevsky or Albert Camus novel.

    As for the motivations of “al-Qaeda”, Olivier Roy, professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and a top global scholar of terrorism, argues that al-Qaeda “does not have a political strategy of establishing an Islamic state”. But he insists al-Qaeda’s global enemy is the West – not local regimes. That’s not true; al-Qaeda, the historic leadership, treats local regimes as US lackeys, thus they should be toppled. It’s not their priority; a hefty case can be made that “al-Qaeda” is nothing but a dissidence (or a “rogue” arm) of Saudi intelligence, considering the very close relationship between Osama bin Laden and wily Prince Turki bin Faisal, the former director general of Saudi intelligence.

    Unlike Roy’s assessment, al-Qaeda’s fight has nothing to do with Che Guevara’s in the 1960s. Al-Qaeda is certainly not about ideology – but about an idea/flame that seduces, as Roy puts it, “the lonely avenger, the hero, who can redeem a life he is not happy with by achieving fame while escaping a world where he finds no room”. But that could also be a portrait of John Lennon’s murderer.

    American intelligence is unlikely to consider these subtleties. The multi-billionaire machine is still hostage to the outdated notion of “territory”. So it’s automatic to have the Pentagon dispatch its might to fight “al-Qaeda” in Yemen and in the Waziristans. They will find nothing but ghosts.

    Iraq, AfPak and now Yemen have been granted by Washington the same holy trinity of building “development” and “governance”, and counter-terrorism, which in practice means governance hijacked by Beltway-conceptualized counter-terrorism. No wonder this recipe was a failure in Afghanistan and will be a failure in Yemen.

    The Yemeni theater will feature yet another deadly mix of counter-insurgency as applied by the Israelis in Gaza and West Bank and the Americans in AfPak. What happened in the AfPak tribal belt is enlightening. The power of hardcore locals – the Pakistani Taliban – was greatly enhanced; and “al-Qaeda” jihadis quietly left the building, spawning a mini-global migration. The same will happen in Yemen.

    All this is tragically farcical. Obama has done a George W Bush in Afghanistan, branding the al-Qaeda ghost to justify Washington’s “soft” invasion of Yemen. The government of US-aligned President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sana’a accuses the Huthis of being linked to both al-Qaeda (Wahhabi radicals who consider Shi’ites as worse than the plague) and Iran (Shi’ites who abhor al-Qaeda). It doesn’t matter whether this is utter nonsense. Sooner or later, Washington will inevitably brand the Huthis as “terrorists” – just like every resistance in Iraq was “terrorist”, whether they were Sunni or Sadrists.

    And the Pentagon runs amok
    Tens of thousands of foreign troops are bogged down in Afghanistan because the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invoked its Article 5 collective defense provision in 2001 to fight “al-Qaeda”. Sooner rather than later, NATO will also hit Yemen.

    As much as oil is power, the good ol’ “war on terror” – rebranded or not by the US – is alive and kicking. Iraq, Afghanistan (then AfPak), Yemen, Somalia, these are all cogs in the relentless full spectrum dominance machine, the real deal behind the “war on terror” cover story, intimately linked to Washington’s scramble to control and/or monitor as many global sources of oil and gas as possible.

    And for a Pentagon already running amok, it is getting deeper and deeper into this key stretch of the “arc of instability”, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf, and at the same time instilling the flames of a new Cold War between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Blessed are those “al-Qaeda” virtual jihadi nomads.

    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).

Pepe Escobar may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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Pakistan, a failed Puppet State?; Pipelines through Balochistan; Pepe Escobar’s take on President Obama’s speech and ramifications

December 6, 2009

Many Pakistani citizens have been criticizing their government for fighting for the United States and causing the bombing of civilians in the larger cities as the “Taliban” respond by suicide bombers exploding their bombs, themselves, and all those around them. The Pakistani citizen feel less safe since the Pakistan Military started its artillery shelling, air plane bombings and helicopter attacks of the Swat Valley (2.5 Million citizens displaced) and South Waziristan (300,000 citizens displaced). The U.S. Assassination Drone attacks add to their belief that the U.S. forced the Pakistan Government to attack, and even paid them to do it through the Kerry-Luger 7.5 Billion USD over five years. President Zardari’s popularity is at an all-time low.

Senator Kerry and Senator Lugar co-authors of the $7.5 Billion USD Giveaway to Pakistan

Prime Minister Gilani responds: “This is our own war”

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan is fighting the war against terror in its own interest and strongly rejected the notion that it was being carried out on any other country’s behest.‘We are not mercenaries or service providers either, and nobody has to judge our performance,’ the Prime Minister said in an interview with BBC in London before concluding his four-day official visit to the United Kingdom and Germany.‘One thing I tell you, this is our own war and we are fighting it for the interest of our own country,’ said PM Gilani. On US President Barack Obama’s new Afghanistan war strategy, the Prime Minister said he wanted ‘more clarity’ from Americans in this regard before his country could take action on it. Gilani appreciated Obama’s intentions about the security and prosperity of Pakistan, however said his government was studying the US plan to send 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan and also examining its implications on Pakistan.

    ‘We would likely to see what precisely would be [the policy’s] impact on Pakistan,’ he said. The Prime Minister said he had apprehensions that the surge of 30,000 troops in Afghanistan’s Helmand province would result in the influx of militants into Balochistan province. ‘But as far as Afghanistan is concerned, yes there has to be an exit strategy,’ the Prime Minister said, while appreciating the building of institutions in Afghanistan as a ‘positive thing’. ‘One thing is clear, we cannot afford losing, because it is our own war and a stable Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan,’ he stressed.

The Caspian Sea Pipelines have to go through Afghanistan and Balochistan (Pakistan) See our story “Political Borders does not a Country Make…”

Oil and Gas Pipelines come down Afghanistan and cut across Balochistan to India and down to the the Gulf of Oman, by Bremmer at http://www.viewzone.com

For a great analysis of President Obama’s speech and its ramifications, read Pepe Escobar’s piece “Vietnam Lite revealed”, in the Asia Times Online here. A taste below:

    …For all his lofty rhetoric, Obama is still pulling a Bush, not making any distinction between al-Qaeda – an Arab jihadi outfit whose objective is a global caliphate – and the Taliban – indigenous Afghans who want an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan but would have no qualms in doing business with the US, as they did during the Bill Clinton years when the US badly wanted to build a trans-Afghan gas pipeline. On top of it, Obama cannot admit that the “Pak” neo-Taliban now exist because of the US occupation of “Af”…The myth of al-Qaeda has to be exposed. How could al-Qaeda pull off 9/11 but be incapable of mounting a single significant attack inside Saudi Arabia? That’s because al-Qaeda is essentially a thinly disguised brigade of Saudi intelligence. The US wants to win “the war on terror”? Why not send special forces to Saudi Arabia instead of Afghanistan and knock the Wahhabis – the root of it all – out of power? Obama could at least have noticed what notorious Afghan mujahid, former Saudi protege, former Central Intelligence Agency darling and current American public enemy, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, told al-Jazeera. He stressed, “The Taliban government came to an end in Afghanistan due to the wrong strategy of al-Qaeda.”

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