Democrats' hypocrisy in our sick & violent decade -- Harpers: Eye of the Drone

Latest: Drone blitz on Pakistan enters third straight day | World news | - up to 27 people dead in strikes that began on Saturday. The US has jeopardized its Afghanistan campaign by refusing to apologize for the November 2011 cross-border 'friendly fire' incident which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. (Also: Drone wars and state secrecy – how Barack Obama became a hardliner | World news | The Observer)

We are sleepwalking into the Drone Age, unaware of the consequences:

Then, three days later, the CIA announced that it had eliminated "four militants". In truth there were only two victims: Tariq had been driving his 12-year-old cousin to their aunt's house when the Hellfire missile killed them both. This came just 24 hours after the CIA boasted of eliminating six other "militants" – actually, four chromite workers driving home from work. In both cases a local informant apparently tagged the car with a GPS monitor and lied to earn his fee.

Sounds familiar...

Yemen sets sail for fail: U.S. drone targets in Yemen raise questions - The Washington Post -- killing people that have not even a trace of evidence of any plot against the United States. But perhaps in the aftermath their relatives will...

The appalling news of the Obama Kill List -- reminiscent of LBJ's riffling through aerial photographs to select bombing targets in Vietnam, the archetypal example of losing any control over strategy for the addiction to powerful, violent tactics -- has disturbed many but also illustrated the sick hypocrisy of the mainstream 'left' in our country. If Cheney and the gang were up to this, they would be up in arms, but now you don't get a peep. Shocked I tell you.

I sent all kinds of tweets last weekend to press and attendees at the 2012 DFL State Convention to see if I could get any responses about the drone kill list, and none of these jokers had the gumption to even answer me. No one's touching kill lists this year with a ten foot pole. However I did net a few mainstream liberal twitter followers, silent and cowardly on the important issues they may be.

See also a bunch of shilling, summarized: The Media on Obama’s ‘Kill List’ | The Dissenter

As usual, the tactic itself is of course destined to backfire and create generational-scale hatred of our country. This is one of those "doomed to repeat it" things the military-industrial complex is so goddamned good at -- it's almost like their business model depends on perpetual violence. Clever heads are recognizing this: It may seem painless, but drone war in Afghanistan is destroying the West's reputation - Telegraph (UK)

Supporters of drones – and they make up practically the entire respectable political establishment in Britain and the US – argue that they are indispensable in the fight against al-Qaeda. But plenty of very experienced voices have expressed profound qualms. The former army officer David Kilcullen, one of the architects of the 2007 Iraqi surge, has warned that drone attacks create more extremists than they eliminate. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Britain’s former special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is equally adamant that drone attacks are horribly counter-productive because of the hatred they have started to generate: according to a recent poll, more than two thirds of Pakistanis regard the United States as an enemy. Britain used to be popular and respected in this part of the world for our wisdom and decency. Now, thanks to our refusal to challenge American military doctrine, we are hated, too.

Anyway I wanted to share the full text of Eye of the drone (Harper's Magazine) because it's one of those pieces which ought to reach through the shells of indifference to state violence we all build up - it cuts right to the sick nature of the decade we live in.

Thanks to Harper's for getting this piece out there -- for those that died and were deemed terrorists for their proximity to targets, "up to no good" because they gathered in their own communities to work on their problems.

From statements made in February by the families of victims and survivors of a March 17, 2011, drone attack in the village of Datta Khel in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan. The statements were collected by the British human rights group Reprieve and were included in their lawsuit challenging the legal right of the British government to aid the United States in its drone campaign. More than half of all deaths from U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have occurred in North Waziristan. Translated from the Pashto.

I am approximately forty-six years old, though I do not know the exact date of my birth. I am a malice of my tribe, meaning that I am a man of responsibility among my people. One of my brother’s sons, Din Mohammed, whom I was very fond of, was killed by a drone missile on March 17, 2011. He was one of about forty people who died in this strike. Din Mohammed was twenty-five years old when he died. These men were gathered together for a jirga, a gathering of tribal elders to solve disputes. This particular jirga was to solve a disagreement over chromite, a mineral mined in Waziristan. My nephew was attending the jirga because he was involved in the transport and sale of this mineral. My brother, Din Mohammed’s father, arrived at the scene of the strike shortly following the attack. He saw death all around him, and then he found his own son. My brother had to bring his son back home in pieces. That was all that remained of Din Mohammed.

I saw my father about three hours before the drone strike killed him. News of the strike didn’t reach me until later, and I arrived at the location in the evening. When I got off the bus near the bazaar, I immediately saw flames in and around the station. The fires burned for two days straight. I went to where the jirga had been held. There were still people lying around injured. The tribal elders who had been killed could not be identified because there were body parts strewn about. The smell was awful. I just collected the pieces of flesh that I believed belonged to my father and placed them in a small coffin.

The sudden loss of so many elders and leaders in my community has had a tremendous impact. Everyone is now afraid to gather together to hold jirgas and solve our problems. Even if we want to come together to protest the illegal drone strikes, we fear that meeting to discuss how to peacefully protest will put us at risk of being killed by drones.

The first time I saw a drone in the sky was about eight years ago, when I was thirteen. I have counted six or seven drone strikes in my village since the beginning of 2012. There were sixty or seventy primary schools in and around my village, but only a few remain today. Few children attend school because they fear for their lives walking to and from their homes. I am mostly illiterate. I stopped going to school because we were all very afraid that we would be killed. I am twenty-one years old. My time has passed. I cannot learn how to read or write so that I can better my life. But I very much wish my children to grow up without these killer drones hovering above, so that they may get the education and life I was denied.

The men who died in this strike were our leaders; the ones we turned to for all forms of support. We always knew that drone strikes were wrong, that they encroached on Pakistan’s sovereign territory. We knew that innocent civilians had been killed. However, we did not realize how callous and cruel it could be. The community is now plagued with fear. The tribal elders are afraid to gather together in jirgas, as had been our custom for more than a century. The mothers and wives plead with the men not to congregate together. They do not want to lose any more of their husbands, sons, brothers, and nephews. People in the same family now sleep apart because they do not want their togetherness to be viewed suspiciously through the eye of the drone. They do not want to become the next target.

Bonus points: Steve Clemons: What Happens When They Get Drones?

More Fun Notes: LinkDump for May 9 2011, Big Bad Pharma, Loose Ends of 9/11 Revisited,

The Public Relations Drones have arrived: PR Industry Fills Vacuum Left by Shrinking Newsrooms including the BP spill flack coverup engine. And of course they get paid a ton more than respectable & decent seasoned career reporters.

Campaign2012 Raising Cain! First off, the GOP debate. In this impressive video good old Frank Luntz has a crew of GOP sheeple agreeing that friend of the Federal Reserve Hermann Cain won the debate.

You can cut to the primaries now. This is how the establishment is going to corral all these Tea Party people and keep them away from Ron Paul (and to a lesser extent Gary Johnson, who is getting blacked out pretty well and has low Name ID generally). Paul caught a great poll Obama head-to-head poll recently, and clearly they are giving him more airtime than 2008.

It's too bad that the evildoers want to block Ron Paul using Mr Cain. A Paul/Obama general election could actually hash through a lot of the problems at the root of our problems - serving a more useful purpose than the usual wasteful stream of hot air and pointless diversion operations.

Here's why they have to block Johnson and Paul of course, the glorious corrupt War on Drugs:

Crackdown in Bahrain: martial law in Bahrain on Al Jazeera: YouTube - Crackdown reins in Bahrain activists

Ruppert Re-Ups: Michael Ruppert returns to 9/11 on panel with German & Swiss investigator academic types: YouTube - Ganser Ruppert. It's a long one and gets into plenty of geopolitics, not just conspiracylols.

Bin Laden Information Operations Trainwreck! Bin Laden is eating all the info bandwidth and setting things sideways right now.What a mess. Worth looking at from Ruppert: GHOSTS OF SEPTEMBER 11TH | COLLAPSENET / lolz DoD Buzz | The bin Laden information drought. The official take of conspiracy world.

HW Bush's cousin John Mercer Walker Jr. was on the federal appeals court panel which kicked out a lawsuit against Rumsfeld, Cheney and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Richard Myers. This was probably the last thing to happen in 9/11 conspiracy world before the Beltane Bin Laden Sacrifice. Totes conflict of interest, no surprise there.

Let one happen, stop the rest: The 9/11 buzz all week meant taking a look back at the Old Trails. It began around here: FTW Interview: Delmart "Mike" Vreeland. And expanded further, From The Wilderness on Michael Delmart Vreeland. Is he still in a jail in Colorado or what? Sander Hicks wrote the solid account Widcard: Down the Rabbit Hole with the man who predicted 9/11. He's reminiscent of the JFK Assassination's Man Who Knew Too Much, Richard Case Nagell, another strange field operative with a weird personality and heavy density of lies. The blowback was harsh: 9/11 truther Michael Ruppert exposed as victim of con man Delmart Vreeland. And An Open Letter From "Mike" Vreeland to David Corn.

A bizarre fax about shadow payment structures (PDF) - this looks sketchy - and a 2009 thread hashing over more recent developments. Ruppert specifically told me we don't have time to think about Leo Wanta and old stuff like that anymore because we're running out of time as industrial society collapses. But it's so damn old school. Marc Rich, that bizarre Tom Heneghan, really all stuff from another era.

More old 9/11 related periphery notes: Whistleblower, Prior Knowledge of 9-11.

Susan Lindauer notes, a relatively new development: Susan Lindauer’s 5-year Patriot Act Nightmare - great podcast interview. And wow: Lindauer_PanAm103_Deposition. And in 2000: Lockerbie: CIA witness gagged by US government. Here was a hit piece to discredit her: Florida Cracker: Useful Idiot: The Susan Lindauer Story

Please ignore criminal financial operatives: William Black: "The de facto policy right now is elite frauds go free if they're in banking because the whole sector is too fragile; That is significantly insane"

OKC grandmother takes no guff, demands truth! RDR: Many questions still unanswered regarding OKC bombing, says woman who lost grandchildren

Get glowing with it: Washington's Blog - no a little radiation is not good for you. Would you like some mindblowing evidence? Video: The Horrific Legacy Of Chernobyl. Keep an eye on those EPA readings, or lack thereof.

The Biosphere burns away as the USDA fiddles: Why Is Damning New Evidence About Monsanto's Most Widely Used Herbicide Being Silenced? | Food | AlterNet. The Iowa scientist Huber:

"we are experiencing a large number of problems in production agriculture in the U.S. that appear to be intensified and sometimes directly related to genetically engineered (GMO) crops, and/or the products they were engineered to tolerate -- especially those related to glyphosate (the active chemical in Roundup® herbicide and generic versions of this herbicide)."

He continues, saying, "We have witnessed a deterioration in the plant health of corn, soybean, wheat and other crops recently with unexplained epidemics of sudden death syndrome of soybean (SDS), Goss' wilt of corn, and take-all of small grain crops the last two years. At the same time, there has been an increasing frequency of previously unexplained animal (cattle, pig, horse, poultry) infertility and [miscarriages]. These situations are threatening the economic viability of both crop and animal producers."

This is the scientist who found those sick micro-fungus associated with Roundup Ready freak corn and soy. More death in the biosphere.

The SITE INSTITUTE: Always available to advance establishment narratives. It's hard to conclude it's anything but a Mossad front for information warfare. The cool thing is it actually is between the Department of Homeland Security and the Israel embassy. The spatial layout is equivalent to the intended function! Nice. Anything sourced to the Site Institute should first be considered as a chunk of information operations along these lines -- it will never release material which is harmful to the interests of the hawks. MEMRI is the other big one, but there are some others playing a wonkier role like the Center for Security Policy.

Cancer, cellular atavism and Hemp Oil helps save a small child despite the killer bureaucracy's efforts: Interesting idea that cancer may reflect ancient cellular behaviors erroneously reactivated, forming tumors similar to cell masses in primordial eras. Cancer: The beat of an ancient drum? Hence the importance of not adding tons of chemical (or electromagnetic!) garbage signals into our bodies!

Cancer is so odd, you can even render the cellular activity into sound and it sounds horrible and dissonant while healthy cells sound harmonious. And animals can be trained to sniff out very subtle low levels of cancer in patients.

Big ups to Cash & Michael! Michael Hyde saved Cash's life with secretly adding THC-rich hemp oil to kill off the cancer cells. Perhaps THC is the trigger for that mysterious receptor which tells cells "Hey, it's not 4 billion years ago! Let's chill out!" The medical industry coverup smells funky in this one. The federal crackdown is of course expanding as federal credibility declines. (also DailyMail writeup)

Still need to watch this: Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging (Full Movie). I hope it is not a scientology flick :P

Norman Finkelstein holdin it down: Revolutionary Politics::Revolutionary Politics : Jewish girl tries to criticise Dr. Norman Finkelstein. He's a solid guy.

Another batch of weird links for Conspiratoria Flashbacks: WRH is a pretty definitive 9/11/shady news type site, and has posted a lot of old things this week. Including: THE FBI SHUT DOWN OF ARAB MUSLIM WEB SITES IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO 9/11. The Dancing Israelis. FBI says, it has “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”

The good old hard drives of the WTC wreckage with the trading data. Army embeds PSYOPS soldiers at local TV stations. the old Rawalpindi Hospital Bin Laden 9/10 story. She was murdered, probably by ISI/Elliot Abrams type arrangements, after saying In 2007 Benazir Bhutto: "Bin Laden was Murdered". Oh and the torture pimping: YouTube - Torture Whistleblower CUT OFF Midsentence! And a classic: Good Morning America learns that Bin Laden is CIA. Old Skewl site.

You gotta dig the crackdown on Conspiracy Theorists this week: Activist Post: Gagged By Huffington Post For Questioning Official Bin Laden Assassination Story. Here's a weird narrative: Arrogance Of The Secret Team. Hard to buy it. Might be an 'eat the Irish' satire of Secret Team writing.

Talk about bad Photoshop work, those fingers are all wrong in this item:


WTF? This was at a DailyMail URL....

Terrible legislation, fork it all over to the Pentagon! Bills would transfer oversight of terror cases.

ABC News: ATF Agents Stood By Watching As Thousands Of U.S. Weapons Hit The Streets In Mexico. This is being covered up.

North American Union currency: Another weird Amero story. I think this is a spoof or prank. Stephen Harper seeks majority to dissolve Canada in favor of North American Union. Bubbling up. Some weird deal was cut on February 4, 2011 without any fanfare whatsoever.

Panopticon percolates: Pa. suit: Furniture rental co. spies on PC users. Like cameras in the PC!

Deutsche Bank a criminal operation, and at least it was Sued by U.S. Over Mortgage Practices.

Vaccine criticisms blocked, Mandate nightmare: Vaccine makers move to block Times Square ad warning of dangers

Small Town Residents Afraid To Talk On Camera About Police For Fear Of Retaliation. No surprise... Community Oriented Policing and intimidation seem closely related theories of social control?

TSA VIPR spreads: TSA, law enforcement to conduct thousands of VIPR missions across U.S. - 12160. Love the G20 site art there :) Also FBI raids wrong home, searching for WoW gold.

DNC2012 militarization ramps up: New FBI director as Charlotte division prepares for convention -

Hawaii takes on banks! New law signed, Awesome! SB651 CD1.DOC. Also: South Carolina Supreme Court stops foreclosure enforcement.


That horrible bio-research lab project in Tornado Alley: spill one beaker and goodbye cropland! Sebelius-backed biotechnology firm reorganizing under criminal probe.

More fun links could be added but I gotta cut it off here! :-)

Bin Laden Stage Left, End Of An Era - Birthers Deathers Truthers and things no longer to be questioned. Assange: Facebook built-in interface to intelligence agencies

Pay no attention, drink ya beer: As Food Stamp Recipients Hit New Record, 400 Americans Account For 10% Of Capital Gains. // "Death By Water", Or The Start Of A Fresh Flood Of bin Laden Conspiracy Theories? Yet even the most grounded can not help by ask: why not at least present his body briefly to the "free world" and then shoot him into outer space if necessary (for all those who buy the "no shrine" theory). Although at the end of the day, the mission is more than successful: the population has a brand new and truly enveloping distraction to keep its preoccupied with largely irrelevant, although very emotionally charged, issues for a long time.
Well put, ZeroHedge. Let's roll.
Lead off with lolcats from Taiwan, no reason not to:

Amusing Al Jazeera video clip from Abbottabad, this guy sez it's not true, a guy who wandered back n forth at the compound sez no way:

Everyone's favorite old Pakistani general Hamid Gul says it's all fake suckaz:

Good times with big fans of Events at the White House, with who else but Luke Rudkowski:

Cryptome has the ol roundup: Al Qaeda Files. Also: USA v. Usama bin Laden Trial Transcripts. NO TIME FOR TEH CONSPIRACYLOLS demands VANITYFAIR, home of Yellowcake and other dubious trial balloons. “Truthers,” “Birthers,” Osama’s Death, and the Tin-Foil-Hat Brigade. Someone who had the misfortune of actually being involved with this mess, Sibel Edmonds, laughs.
Here's one of those paper trail nibbles you need to forget about: Foreign intelligence operatives? Forget about it!suter-fbi.jpg

Seems like a good time to take a few steps back and look at the last few decades of shady nonsense. Time for a video anthology... Most of these videos are from thefilmarchive's Channel. Really nice!
CIA MK ULTRA documentary 1979 touches on the major bases: (Part 1 of same vid)

The Invisible Sword: Psychological Operations in the US Military: (1995)

Psychological Operations in Support of Internal Defense Programs (1968)


This old Soviet KGB mind control guru, Yuri Bezmenov, tells us a bit how they subvert ideology over decades, and laughs at how strategic Communist subversion has destroyed America!

This one's a gem, Sekrit film declassified CIA Corona Program - the beginning 1970s complete w. classification warning, spy satellites, horn rimmed clean room scientists at General Electric and funky music!

CIA Archives Counter-Intelligence Special Operations - Raids and Searches (1969)

Oliver North At Iran Contra Hearings Parts 1-4 (1987)

More on the hearings: YouTube - Kerry Sanders WTVT-Iran Contra Hearings 1987 Sen. Warren Rudman-R NH

Laos and the not-so-secret war among Thailand, Vietnam etc (2 parts)

Warren Rudman tees up this coverup thang known as Iran Contra (3 parts)

SOUND WEAPONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS: Our nation is swinging evar more towards a police state, wherein counter-terrorism resources are dedicated to crushing drunken college students in Illinois. I saw goons from this structure at the G20. 4mins: "They're bringing the weapons they use in Afghanistan to the American people as we speak". Correct sir. More info on RTR.

Just funny: YouTube - The Chicken of Tomorrow: Scientific Agriculture and Poultry Farming (1948)

Mr Veitch has an earned rant from AirStrip One:

More fun notes from the ever-popular establishment viewpoint: The Paranoid Style in American Politics is at it again. Even if Wikileaks Founder: Facebook is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented. Built in interfaces for US intelligence, bingo.

Fun 1950s gender role flick: The Bright Young Newcomer (1958):

McFarlane Part 1-3:

BLAME THE HIPPIES! Destroying America From Within: Brink of Disaster - 1960s Activism (1/2) (1972)

...Anyway this collection is hard to beat! Take that you Iran-Contra mind control weasels. :-P Make new legend, audience requires a Emanuel Goldstein re-up!

9/11 FBI warning from key informant of "Kamikaze Pilot" plot disregarded & covered up -- what else is new? The lost/suppressed testimony of FBI translator Behrooz Sarshar

Caught an interesting item on Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs Post about a team of FBI agents who had key clues into the 9/11 conspiracy, serious and specific prior warnings from an Iranian informant and ex-SAVAK officer who was himself a major handler with a deep network of informants around the Pakistan/Afghan and other non-Persian areas of the region. This guy caught specific warnings from two separate deep sources that airplane-related attacks from the Bin Laden crew were on their way. The informant begs the FBI agents, and their Farsi translator Behrooz Sarshar, to put the matter to the highest urgency of counterterror officials. "302 form" records associated to the title "Kamikaze Pilot" were opened in the FBI recordkeeping system.

Sarshar tried to push this stuff to the 9/11 Commission and naturally it was all suppressed and buried till now. Sibel Edmonds also worked with FBI translation operations after 9/11 which led her into the rat's nest of foreign intelligence operatives, many of whom enjoyed "protection" from assorted espionage & terrorism-related crimes due to operations of the neoconservative influence network in key posts.

My overall conclusion on 9/11, supported by a fragmented but voluminous trail of evidence leading many directions, is that the attacks were staged and helped along by a malicious network of international intelligence operatives affiliated with foreign intelligence agencies, including Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel as well as various domestic "usual suspects." All of these people share a general interest in escalating international tensions, war profits and marketing the expansion of scenes of insanity around the world. The Turkish "Ergenekon" or "post-Gladio" rightwing intelligence network, with major neoconservative allies, had its piece of the action -- mainly illustrated by the Sibel Edmonds angle. The Saudis and Pakistan, as pro-western authoritarian governments, have a great deal of influence over the operations of "Salafist" militants across the Mideast and Central Asia, and the ISI's support for Mohammed Atta is well-known. For years there has been enough documentary evidence to support the notion that Israeli intelligence operatives with Mossad guidance were at a minimum shadowing the hijacker cells in Florida and New Jersey. DC journalist Wayne Madsen, who has posted more than a few conspiratorially-minded pieces, recently put up a large special report concluding that several of the 9/11 hijackers were actually Mossad operatives, with Ziad Jarrah the most likely witting operative because 2 more of the Lebanese Jarrah family have more recently been caught operating other Mossad schemes in Israel -- they were Lebanese collaborators during the prior Israeli occupation.

All of these nations have worked jointly -- Saudi, Pakistan and Israel have been pretty tight, and of course Turkey and Israel had a tight strategic alliance that's only recently collapsed. The "Safari Club" which included the US and Saudi Arabia, was another good example of regional intelligence agencies working together in concert after 1976.

I certainly don't conclude that 9/11 actually benefited the peoples of Turkey, Israel, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan in the long run. 9/11 only benefitted the networks of ruthless subversive militarists and intelligence goons that dominate these countries (not to mention the United States). It's crazy to conclude that "the Jews" or "the Muslims" committed 9/11, as its crazy to say the "militia movement" caused the Oklahoma City bombing. These are networks of weasels and government operatives, cruel people. It's not cultural or religious... Anyway I am including Madsen's 9/11 report after the "Kamikaze Pilots" case. And we're missing a bit of the old Florida-drugs angle (see Hopsicker's Mad Cow for the deets) wherein the pilot network is kind of a spillover from the shadowy long-running CIA-friendly drug pilot operations around Venice Florida, Huffman Aviation, Jack Abramoff's boat casino etc... Like I said it all leads a lot of places.

Is yobbing on about 9/11 productive to social movements? Is all this "conspiracism" (as the Chip Berlet/SPLC "nothing to see here" people call it) dangerous? My basic answer is a bit derived from Peter Dale Scott, that the same sorts of patterns you see in "deep events" surface over and over, either the same players or the same tricks. Thus, if you have a handle on 9/11, you can decode other parallel & smaller schemes a bit more easily -- and you're more prepared when similar tricks happen (like the staged Portland faux bombing to cite a recent one). Allocate your time for these things appropriately, but don't think Weirdness can't strike your town.

Below the fold: First the Behrooz case, then the Madsen Mossad cutout report. Take em for what you will... (Madsen's stated he doesn't mind too much when his stories are reposted, if they are held for @ least 24 hrs)...

Bad time for Asian plots! Iran busts Jundullah ringleader Rigi; Turkish Ergenekon arrested; Greek bonds; Judge: Welcome to the Fishbowl & MOAR

Quick hits for the fans of stuff & things. Welcome to the Fishbowl says a sad federal judge upon the abandonment of the 4th Amendment. Alex Kozinski in the 9th Circuit has some integrity... via Reason:

This is an extraordinary case: Our court approves, without blinking, a police sweep of a person’s home without a warrant, without probable cause, without reasonable suspicion and without exigency—in other words, with nothing at all to support the entry except the curiosity police always have about what they might find if they go rummaging around a suspect’s home. Once inside, the police managed to turn up a gun “in plain view”—stuck between two cushions of the living room couch—and we reward them by upholding the search.

Did I mention that this was an entry into somebody’s home, the place where the protections of the Fourth Amendment are supposedly at their zenith?…

The opinion misapplies Supreme Court precedent, conflicts with our own case law and is contrary to the great weight of authority in the other circuits. It is also the only case I know of, in any jurisdiction covered by the Fourth Amendment, where invasion of the home has been approved based on no showing whatsoever. Nada. Gar nichts. Rien du tout. Bupkes.

Whatever may have been left of the Fourth Amendment after [United States v. Black] is now gone. The evisceration of this crucial constitutional protector of the sanctity and privacy of what Americans consider their castles is pretty much complete. Welcome to the fish bowl.

Meahwhile.... The dumb ban on short selling should increase fake puffing up of the market nicely.

First off Iran and Pakistan cooperated to grab Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of the shady terrorist/militant ring Jundullah, which seems to have been an American (and possibly Indian &/or Israeli) supported Baluchi militant ring, the cats-paw for Chalabi-like gooning around. Wayne Madsen ( claimed Rigi was around on shady American bases and got snagged in a clever ISI-Iran op, forcing his plane to land in Dubai. Nice!

REUTERS: ANALYSIS - Rigi arrest may show easing Afghan regional tensions

On the flip side is Ergenekon, which is a humorous Turkish establishment conspiracy of secular ultranationalists perpetually plotting against the Islamists in that unique post-Byzantine way. A ton of people just got arrested and it's all really quite awesome.

NEWBORN DNA SCHEMEZ: I am glad to see the Newborn DNA scheme is getting more attention. AP story. NewScientist. Popsci.

MTV exec says Jersey Shore is civic minded for GenY.

Joe Stack and likely coming attractions. People need to stay peaceful and chill out in these dire times. However as usual with 'lone wolves' like poor Mr Stack, strange links to the military-industrial complex were close at hand. Stack shared a hangar with some guy all up in the L3 shady ops biz. What else is new?

Financial Chaos Beckons (dunnn dunnn dunnnn, sez my roommate) : California edging closer to BondFail. Europe hit by waves of strikes and tumult. A summer of discontent in the works eh? ZeroHedge is just great, read it! Everyday Greece insurrection. Eurostat debt adjustment. Downgrades. Moar downgrades.

FDIC reports NEGATIVE balance. The FDIC is reporting bad things to come and is opening a satellite office in Illinois. Moar on FDIC. Speaking of Illinois they had an interesting secret meeting of their legislators and the National Conference of State Legislatures,  and we can only fear the collapse/martial law style content, or whatever doomladen scenario you care to assume. {they said it was just so people felt comfortable to talk, however it did sound exciting in a way :-P }

GOP wants statutory limit to include GSEs, a risky bizniss. GSE whacks the dollar. Ron Paul and the amusing Watergate/Saddam Hussein/Federal Reserve nexus. SPY bumps from key algo. Record US debt vs Keynesianism from Bloomberg. Gold Market irregularities? Nifty story of Yamashita's epic lost gold. Maestro sez its tha worst evar. Gunning the mkt in afterhours bumps!

RBS is on the hook for all this Greekness and the UK govt is on the hook for RBS! Tobin Tax in EU??

HUD REO sales seems to be some kind of racket via this page including in Minnesota. BestAssets of Sugarland TX.

BOMBSTATE: Garry Wills and the Bomb State, national security coldwar bloat & more. The nukes really launched the secret state.

TERRORSTATE: Glenn Greenwald blew my mind with this bizarre Newsweek editorial roundtable about how the writers & editors define terrorism. w0w!

SAVVY PRESS: An intriguing philosophy of the Kool Kats in the press.

Quick tour of South America narconews stuff. Uribe has messe dup recelection in some unexpected petition mess.

Coca Cola is going into Mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico and corruption and taking the community water are the usual items on the neo-capitalist entree.

For Haiti travesties see

Natural Health crackdown is coming for your vitamins and McCains trying to make it happen. So that we can be all forcefed cornsyrup or something. Aloe Vera FDA Crackdown:: let's learn!

There are over 300 aloe vera species on earth. But the Aloe Barbadensis Miller species has been the favorite for study in scientific literature today. The main focus in ongoing research is a group of polysaccharides that contain the healing agents known as aloe polymannans. They all have different healing potentials.

The polymannan sizes range from small to medium to large and very large. Each one has a level of healing that corresponds in magnitude with its size. It's the very large molecular weight and long chain polymannans that Dr. Danhof extracted for use on cancer patients. Injecting the large molecule extract was necessary because it is very difficult to absorb through the digestive system.

Another aspect of these polymannans, especially the larger ones, is their capacity for organizing the immune system. These polymannans provide a detection capacity for cells to determine exactly what is needed for various pathogenic invaders. Without them, the cells are shooting wildly in the dark, and that can lead to damaging cytotoxic autoimmune responses.

From researcher Dr. Ivan Danhof: "The very large molecules are immune modulating, which have a powerful healing effect on AIDS, cancer and many different immune system disorders. It is also this large molecule that causes the body to produce a natural chemical, tumor necrosis factors, which functions to shut off the blood supply to tumors."

Anywhooo... Chronic health problems in children soar! Start with Bisphenol-A.

Lawyer goons peddling authoritarian concepts of 'intellectual property' come out against Open Source via the RIAA/MPAA Intellectual Property Alliance.

Tech tip for Final Cut Pro captioning, try Caption In Yourself or Jubler. Also the OSX Fluid App makes embeddable apps.

Reviews of Collapse movie with Michael Ruppert. Great review from Roger Ebert (4/4) HipHop Republican, Metro students, WhatWouldtowatch, some jackass, Enviralment, good review @ dangerousintersection, Montreal Gazette. I will have a kewl Ruppert Q&A video up pretty soon here.

The new Boiling Frogs Post/Sibel Edmonds site; John Cole on the whole 9/11, Marc Grossman espionage complex etc.

Sibel Edmonds & co have set up a new website called Boiling Frogs Post and they're going to be looking at a lot of shady stuff. The podcasts that have been going for a while have been really good & detailed material from whistleblowers and journalists about what's going on.

[BTW here is a good recent roundup on the Sibel Edmonds case via]


The newest podcast, Boiling Frogs #8, in particular is really worth hearing -- it puts a lot of things in better context. John Cole worked in FBI Counter-Intelligence for quite a while, and in this podcast talks about the corruption and espionage riddling the FBI and other government departments. Cole had called for a special counsel investigation in the case.

Melek Can Dickerson, Douglas Dickerson & Marc Grossman are all getting exposed as agents of foreign powers, part of the big nasty foreign espionage complex -- I guess a shorthand way to a variety of actors that are basically protected from the FBI.

From the recent interview in American Conservative:

GIRALDI: What kind of information was Grossman giving to foreign countries? Did he give assistance to foreign individuals penetrating U.S. government labs and defense installations as has been reported? It’s also been reported that he was the conduit to a group of congressmen who become, in a sense, the targets to be recruited as “agents of influence.”

EDMONDS: Yes, that’s correct. Grossman assisted his Turkish and Israeli contacts directly, and he also facilitated access to members of Congress who might be inclined to help for reasons of their own or could be bribed into cooperation. The top person obtaining classified information was Congressman Tom Lantos. A Lantos associate, Alan Makovsky worked very closely with Dr. Sabri Sayari in Georgetown University, who is widely believed to be a Turkish spy. Lantos would give Makovsky highly classified policy-related documents obtained during defense briefings for passage to Israel because Makovsky was also working for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

GIRALDI: Makovsky is now working for the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy, a pro-Israeli think tank.

EDMONDS: Yes. Lantos was at the time probably the most outspoken supporter of Israel in Congress. AIPAC would take out the information from Lantos that was relevant to Israel, and they would give the rest of it to their Turkish associates. The Turks would go through the leftovers, take what they wanted, and then try to sell the rest. If there were something relevant to Pakistan, they would contact the ISI officer at the embassy and say, “We’ve got this and this, let’s sit down and talk.” And then they would sell it to the Pakistanis.

........GIRALDI: So the network starts with a person like Grossman in the State Department providing information that enables Turkish and Israeli intelligence officers to have access to people in Congress, who then provide classified information that winds up in the foreign embassies?

EDMONDS: Absolutely. And we also had Pentagon officials doing the same thing. We were looking at Richard Perle and Douglas Feith. They had a list of individuals in the Pentagon broken down by access to certain types of information. Some of them would be policy related, some of them would be weapons-technology related, some of them would be nuclear-related. Perle and Feith would provide the names of those Americans, officials in the Pentagon, to Grossman, together with highly sensitive personal information: this person is a closet gay; this person has a chronic gambling issue; this person is an alcoholic. The files on the American targets would contain things like the size of their mortgages or whether they were going through divorces. One Air Force major I remember was going through a really nasty divorce and a child custody fight. They detailed all different kinds of vulnerabilities.

GIRALDI: So they had access to their personnel files and also their security files and were illegally accessing this kind of information to give to foreign agents who exploited the vulnerabilities of these people to recruit them as sources of information?

EDMONDS: Yes. Some of those individuals on the list were also working for the RAND Corporation. RAND ended up becoming one of the prime targets for these foreign agents.

GIRALDI: RAND does highly classified research for the U.S. government. So they were setting up these people for recruitment as agents or as agents of influence?

EDMONDS: Yes, and the RAND sources would be paid peanuts compared to what the information was worth when it was sold if it was not immediately useful for Turkey or Israel. They also had sources who were working in some midwestern Air Force bases. The sources would provide the information on CD’s and DVD’s. In one case, for example, a Turkish military attaché got the disc and discovered that it was something really important, so he offered it to the Pakistani ISI person at the embassy, but the price was too high. Then a Turkish contact in Chicago said he knew two Saudi businessmen in Detroit who would be very interested in this information, and they would pay the price. So the Turkish military attaché flew to Detroit with his assistant to make the sale.

Central FBI management has turned up time and again to block local FBI actions against foreign intelligence agents.

It seems like the coverup basically encompasses a lot of visible neoconservatives, some scientists, some blackmailed civl servants, a few noxious former congresscritters, and shady military-industrial executives. These people have a lot of power, and it seems clear that it's not 'one agenda' so much as a ton of nasty rats in a sack, all of them pretty devious and many essentially above the law.

From Episode 3, Phil Giraldi (paraphrasing) -- "The fundamental problem: you have groups that are representing foreign governments, they are not required to register as agents of foreign powers ... which means you don't know where there money comes from, and you don't know where the money is going."

Giraldi adds a ton about AIPAC, the incident with Jane Harman and that AIPAC intelligence committee / wiretap situation -- which I called pretty early and accurately as the Scandalplex.


This bit is fascinating, it's one of those crazy secrets of how DC works. Grossman's duty at the State Department, during the time he was almost certainly trafficking in all his secret goodies, he also got notified whenever the FBI was busting down on foreign agents!! In essence, Grossman was getting told when the FBI started scrutinizing possible foreign agents/ agents of influence, in case the investigation triggered an international incident, Grossman would be prepared to mitigate the 'diplomatic consequences' for the State Department. But if he's a douche spy-hack type, 'National Security' is dead before it starts!!

In reality Marc Grossman was evidently a key officer in a criminal parallel power/espionage network, involving the marquee neo-cons and a lot of fixers for foreign governments and weapons corporations. Scooter Libby & Marc Rich aren't too many nodes away...

The terrible thing is that, Cole says Douglas Feith and Richard Perle were under a lot of heat for what they'd done over the years.

Now Sibel Edmonds contends that Feith and Perle were working on extracting the 'control files' that the government compiles on people -- i.e. the flagged points of weakness over which they could be blackmailed or otherwise controlled. The blackmail intelligence on these good civil servants gets trafficked & sold, a form of privatizing the passing of sensitive information, in a 'shadow' way. (We see this happening, such as in California, with breakaway rings of devious law enforcmement fusion center workers, caught trying to sell the data.)

So according to Edmonds, the blackmail documents were offered first to the Israelis, then the Turks, then on down the line to the cheap seats of international influence peddling. Foreign agents or units could take the blackmail material, use it to get control of these loyal American workers at nuclear research sites & wherever else, ("hook" them) Whenever the FBI flagged these criminals' operations, they would have to notify Grossman!!! (This of course let Grossman tip off the criminal foreign operatives and ruin the FBI's work against them.)


Interestingly, this was pretty much the same pattern with the Minneapolis FBI on 9/11, which whistleblower Coleen Rowley reiterated on a nifty segment with (which isn't too bad a new source it appears, with a lot of thoughtful videos).

In August 2001, the Minneapolis FBI was ready to roll in everything on this, they were even getting intel back from France on Zacharias Moussaoui, then the FBI headquarters management blocked the hell out of it. September 11, 2001 hits -- with the Minneapolis FBI narrowly held back from setting off against the 9-11 attack operation network (and almost certainly its handlers from the foreign intelligence agencies).


In case people haven't noticed yet, a lot of foreign intelligence connections came up all over 9-11, in particular Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but also Turkey and Israel.

Looking for links in that quadrilateral of shadiness nets a lot of data points, but it also dramatically underscores what happens every day except 9-11: These foreign governments hire operatives, lobbyists and agents to further the interests of the hawkish controlling cliques of these countries. The FBI is supposed to be the antibody to this nasty foreign flu bug, but it gets blocked time and again.

GIRALDI: So we have a pattern of corruption starting with government officials providing information to foreigners and helping them make contact with other Americans who had valuable information. Some of these officials, like Marc Grossman, were receiving money directly. Others were receiving business favors: Pentagon associates like Doug Feith and Richard Perle had interests in Israel and Turkey. The stolen information was being sold, and the money that was being generated was used to corrupt certain congressmen to influence policy and provide still more information—in many cases information related to nuclear technology.

EDMONDS: As well as weapons technology, conventional weapons technology, and Pentagon policy-related information.

GIRALDI: You also have information on al-Qaeda, specifically al-Qaeda in Central Asia and Bosnia. You were privy to conversations that suggested the CIA was supporting al-Qaeda in central Asia and the Balkans, training people to get money, get weapons, and this contact continued until 9/11…

EDMONDS: I don’t know if it was CIA. There were certain forces in the U.S. government who worked with the Turkish paramilitary groups, including Abdullah Çatli’s group, Fethullah Gülen.

GIRALDI: Well, that could be either Joint Special Operations Command or CIA.

And on it goes....

Quick Iran angles all around

Were these UK hostages looking too happy in Iran? They're getting bitched at, but their cool demeanors contributed to avoiding a war, so who should complain?

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More on the botched American raid that led to the hostage crisis. Rightwing toadies denounce ABC exposing CIA aid to the Baluchi radical militants. Brits admit their team was collecting intel on Iran when captured.

Here's's blob of Iran info: Covert wars inside Iran sponsored by the U.S.

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More on American training exercises in the Gulf and other hawkish moves, see also this one.

Jundullah: Baluchi ally of the United States... And Al Qaeda... in covert Iran war

A farfetched scenario: American geopolitical wizards pour millions in arms and organizational infrastructure into a band of nomadic raiders in the Central Asian highlands, who firmly promise to fight America's enemies and uphold truth justice and etceteras. It turns out that the militant band are a bunch of retrograde fanatics who use their newfound power to build armed networks all over the region, offering mercenary services to the highest bidder and undermining America's local allied leaders.

Obviously nothing like that has ever happened, (besides the entire 1980s) and it appears today that it won't happen again. Today Washington denies arming and training Jundullah, a band of fundamentalist mercenary lunatics supported by heroin traffickers and shady elements of who-knows-what, all in the service of bombing Iranian military personnel and stirring up trouble. A fourth-generation warfare (4GW) scenario all around.

At times like this, only the sage wisdom of the CIA's top 1980s coordinator, Milt Bearden, really makes sound sense. A 2004 note from him about the region below....

In the big overview of the Iran CIA-sponsored tribal rebellion I posted last week, I'm glad to have inserted a small reference in about Jundullah, a Baluchi-centered Sunni fundamentalist group that apparently desires an independent Sharia-dominated Baluchistan across Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. Wikipedia lays it out:

Jundullah (Army of God) is a militant Islamic organization that is based in Waziristan, Pakistan and affiliated with Al-Qaeda. It is a part of the Baloch insurgency in Pakistan and in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan Province. The goal of the group is to form an independent and united Baluchistan under a hardline Sunni Islamist government similar to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Though Baloch-dominated, the group claims to represent all Sunnis in Iran, regardless of ethnicity. Iran and Pakistan have designated it a terrorist organization and banned it. The militant Sunni group operates inside Iran's southeastern border. The group poses a threat to the country's Shi'ite clerical regime, which already faces a crisis with the West over its nuclear ambitions. The Iranian government has accused the United States of supporting the Sunni group as a destabilizing element against Ahmadinejad's regime. The Jundallah deny any link with the United States.

Evidently the CIA has been giving them a ton of money to blow up shit in Iran and start the next world war, as ABC News reported just about the same time I made that post:

The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran.

It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.

U.S. officials say the U.S. relationship with Jundullah is arranged so that the U.S. provides no funding to the group, which would require an official presidential order or "finding" as well as congressional oversight.

Tribal sources tell ABC News that money for Jundullah is funneled to its youthful leader, Abd el Malik Regi, through Iranian exiles who have connections with European and Gulf states.

Reuters and other news agencies are following the case. Other stuff about the case on PrisonPlanet with reasonably backed-up sources. Basically the CIA payoff to Baluchis is historically consistent with typical British and western schemes to meddle in the region: If you offer gold, nomads will go a-raiding for you until you stop paying. These operations probably started when the US Special Forces arrived in Afghani Baluchistan shortly after the 2001 invasion.

Of course, the Congress has approved no such ethnic proxy war schemes, but since these are brown people, their fate is left to the discretion of our wise executive branch.

Really complicated geopolitics there, but Alexander the Great had it all figured out. Here is the scenario of the Pashtuns, the Baluchis' northeastern neighbor who make up the core of the Taliban. While Baluchis and Pashtuns are different in important ways, the tone here from Milt Bearden is pretty accurate: Bearden was the CIA guy who handed out a billion dollars in the 1980s, and he knows what the fuck he's talking about:

The Pashtuns of Afghanistan : Alexander the Great also got in trouble here

....In the 4th century B.C., Alexander the Great fell afoul of Pashtun tribesmen in today's Malakand Agency, where he took an arrow in the leg and almost lost his life. Two millennia later the founder of the Mogul empire, Babur, described the tribesmen of the area now known as Waziristan as unmanageable; his main complaint seemed to center on his inability to get them to pay their taxes by handing over their sheep, let alone stop to attacking his armies. A couple of hundred years later, in the middle of the 19th century, the British experienced disaster after disaster as they tried to bring the same Pashtun tribes to heel, particularly in the agencies of North and South Waziristan. In 1893, after half a century of jockeying for position with Imperial Russia in the "Great Game," the British administrator of the northwest of Queen Victoria's Indian Empire, Sir Mortimer Durand, demarcated the border between India — now Pakistan — and Afghanistan. The Durand line, as it is still known to foreigners — the Pashtuns call it "zero line" and completely ignore it — separated the tribes on both sides of the line into 26 agencies, each with its own laws and tribal councils. It was this area that became the buffer between the British and Russian Empires, an agreed-upon "middle of the lake." The tribes were then left mostly to themselves for about 80 years.

The Soviet adventure in Afghanistan began on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1979, and took a decade to cycle through, ending in exactly the same fashion as all the other foreign enterprises in that land — with failure. It was in the territories to the west of zero line, in the lands of the Wazirs, the Mahsuds, and the Ahmadzais, that the Soviets repeatedly failed in their attempts to establish their authority. They took some of their heaviest casualties not many kilometers to the west of South Waziristan and Wana Fort where the current drama now seems to be winding down after two confused weeks.

.......As the CIA officer overseeing the final years of the war against the Soviet occupiers of Afghanistan, I served as a 20th century American version of the British East India Company political agent and quartermaster to these same Waziri Ahmadzai tribesmen as they stymied all Soviet efforts to "exert a little authority." Their leader then was Jalaluddin Haqqani, a man of uncommon personal courage, and a deeply nuanced understanding of guerilla tactics. Though his current whereabouts are unknown — some say he died of wounds from a U.S. air attack — Haqqani has transitioned from America's best friend during the anti-Soviet war to its worst enemy in the current undertaking in Afghanistan. He is at the top of the list of America's most wanted, and it is his spirit and the Pashtun code of honor that continue to drive the Ahmadzai tribesmen against whom both the Pakistani Army and American forces are lined up.

It will be a tough and unrewarding slog. Like most of the great confrontations launched by outsiders in Waziristan over the last 2,000 years, this one will probably end in ambiguity. There have already been claims of "mission accomplished" by the Pakistani army and the Frontier Corps — after all, they lost up to 60 dead — but there will likely be nothing concrete to point to, aside from claims of having destroyed a militant sanctuary. The much ballyhooed "high value targets" we and our Pakistani allies expected to kill or capture will probably remain unknown and unresolved, and the American Operation "Mountain Storm" across zero line in Afghanistan will probably wind down with an equal lack of clarity. Already there seems to be a sense of relief that everyone will quietly go back to fishing on their sides of the lake.

That's the way it's always been in those rugged hills.

Milt Bearden was CIA chief in Pakistan from 1986 until the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989. He is the co-author with James Risen of "The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB."

It is all quite simple really. "Al Qaeda" in the non-conspiratorial sense is an international network of well-armed and well-connected Salafi fundamentalists. Jundullah and Al-Qaeda as we generally know it share major cornerstones of ideology. The United States wants to exploit autonomous Islamic militant groups to attack today's opponents, so they are providing better arms and connections to this Al-Qaeda adjunct. I can't believe anyone would seriously disagree with this.

It's just Afghanistan replayed - and they're keeping it covert so the American voters won't understand where all that blowback is coming from. Another fine long-term strategy from the Beltway Hellhole.

New GeoMap; Kremlin warns of "Operation Bite" American attack on Iran April 6? More rumors etc.

General Ivashov pointed to a partition of Iran along the same lines as Iraq, and a subsequent carving up of the Near and Middle East into smaller regions. "This concept worked well for them in the Balkans and will now be applied to the greater Middle East," he commented.

There's certainly a theory behind General Ivashov's view, that America can just slice and dice ethnic groups and trumpet freedom all the way down ("re-Ottomanization"). Problem is that this can't be done all "tidy" like in Yugoslavia. There, the "Kosovo Liberation Army" was an inspired creation of MPRI and DynCorp, linked with Saudi Wahhabi adventuring fundamentalists, Al Qaeda and financed by the Turkish opium smuggling establishment. Yugoslavia was kinda sweet in that way. Everyone had a piece of the action but it was close enough to responsible Europeans to get tamped down eventually.

Iran, on the other hand, is bracketed by the Persian Gulf, disintegrating Iraq and increasingly destabilized Afghanistan. The border-straddling Pashtuns and Baluchis are both in a troublesome position now, and this spells trouble in nuclear-armed Pakistan. The Baluchis and the U.S. Special Forces have been up to something since 2001. The smaller Central Asian states are at the mercy of bigger forces.


Classic blunders: At least they have the class to stage war provocations in a Gulf, just like the old days. Before we got SUCKED INTO A LAND WAR IN ASIA. God damn...

Russia is not happy. An American attack would unleash dozens of individual proxy forces (like the MEK, Baluchi mercenaries, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, etc) available to the highest bidder: Chalabi will really be the model here, I'd bet. Get the cash upfront, as it's always been, since Alexander the Great brought gold and opium. That doesn't serve Russia's interests, it seems to me.

I bet you there won't be an American attack on Iran April 6. However, with tensions mounting right alongside oil prices, Big Words ought to be coming from Russia, and apparently the Kremlin's General Staff itself is trying to ward off America's impending Iran war.

Just imagine it. They were prepared to push the button all through the Cold War. Now they're finally sitting back and getting rich a bit, and the United States, already occupying the adjacent two countries to Iran, is now actively stirring up trouble in Khuzestan and Balochistan. I think it's time for a chart!


I drew this little guy when I was having a migraine. I'll put up the rest later.

I think it has most of your basic factors of the situation. If I were the damn Joint Chiefs I sure as hell wouldn't park the carriers in the Persian Gulf. Look at it. The little triangles and X's I drew represent hundreds of clandestine docks full of suicide speedboats and probably very sweet missiles. Really. The US carriers are floating around in that without any room to maneuver. Which is why the Brits have been fucking around on their speedboats over the line in the narrow coastal estuary, the Shatt al-Arab, that Iran and Iraq have been bitching about forever. The local fishermen know exactly where the damn line is, and the British Navy engages in this idiocy?

What the hell, it's my website and I'll repost the material in full. However I'll also try to put half of it on the Read More fold, which should work nice and fast now. [original source in Russian]

Webster Tarpley is one of those conspiracy guys. Etc. I found this posted on the decidedly tinfoil But hey when there's obviously a conspiracy to start a war with Iran, why not see what the hatters have? This is really just a framing of a Russian article, which itself appears a bit of a desperate message from the once-fearsome Kremlin.

Anyhow here's the Tarpley story. Again my view is that everyone is blustering right now but the Russians are pretty fucking serious. For bonus points note that the Russians viewed the removal of Democratic law requiring Bush to visit Congress before an Iran attack as an absolute indicator war is ON. And for triple bonus points the Russians note that AIPAC representing the "Israeli extreme right" was crucial in getting Pelosi to pull that language.

Operation Bite - April 6 Sneak Attack By US Forces On Iran Planned - Russian Military Sources Warn

General Ivashov Calls For Emergency Session Of UN Security Council To Ward Off Looming US Aggression

By Webster G. Tarpley 3-25-7

WASHINGTON DC -- The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 AM on April 6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the well-known Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly "Argumenty Nedeli." Uglanov cites Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.

The attack is slated to last for twelve hours, according to Uglanov, lasting from 4 AM until 4 PM local time. Friday is a holiday in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers, and laboratories.

The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and the for the most important headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.

The attacks will be mounted from a number of bases, including the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Diego Garcia is currently home to B-52 bombers equipped with standoff missiles. Also participating in the air strikes will be US naval aviation from aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, as well as from those of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Additional cruise missiles will be fired from submarines in the Indian Ocean and off the coast of the Arabian peninsula. The goal is allegedly to set back Iran's nuclear program by several years, writes Uglanov, whose article was re-issued by RIA-Novosti in various languages, but apparently not English, several days ago. The story is the top item on numerous Italian and German blogs, but so far appears to have been ignored by US websites.

Observers comment that this dispatch represents a high-level orchestrated leak from the Kremlin, in effect a war warning, which draws on the formidable resources of the Russian intelligence services, and which deserves to be taken with the utmost seriousness by pro-peace forces around the world.

Asked by RIA-Novosti to comment on the Uglanov report, retired Colonel General Leonid Ivashov confirmed its essential features in a March 21 interview: "I have no doubt that there will be an operation, or more precisely a violent action against Iran." Ivashov, who has reportedly served at various times as an informal advisor to Putin, is currently the Vice President of the Moscow Academy for Geopolitical Sciences.

Ivashov attributed decisive importance to the decision of the Democratic leadership of the US House of Representatives to remove language from the just-passed Iraq supplemental military appropriations bill which would have demanded that Bush come to Congress before launching an attack on Iran. Ivashov pointed out that the language was eliminated under pressure from AIPAC, the lobbing group representing the Israeli extreme right, and of Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni.

"We have drawn the unmistakable conclusion that this operation will take place," said Ivashov. In his opinion, the US planning does not include a land operation: " Most probably there will be no ground attack, but rather massive air attacks with the goal of annihilating Iran's capacity for military resistance, the centers of administration, the key economic assets, and quite possibly the Iranian political leadership, or at least part of it," he continued.....

The bell tolls for Musharraf & Pakistan: Disintegration, Democracy or Doom?

Pakistan is pretty much screwed right now. There is an ongoing covert effort by the U.S. to stir up the Baluchis to attack Iran, the Taliban is operating firmly out of the Pakistani city of Quetta (once the British 'garrison town' at the fringe of Colonial India), and the major interest groups underpinning Musharraf's rule are basically running for the door.

The latest crisis was when Musharraf fired the chief justice of the Supreme Court for failing to extend and further rationalize his military dictatorship. This crisis appears to have alienated Islamic fundamentalists, intelligence service heavies, and other major parts of the political scene from Musharraf. Meanwhile, Waziristan tribal areas and the Pashtun sector beyond Quetta trend towards a basically Taliban-oriented autonomous structure.

If we want to get buzzwordy, could say that "fourth generation warfare entities like religious foundations and tribal segments are focusing primary loyalties to themselves and acting independently, moving away from the central government's military dictatorship, as the factionalized army and ISI act accordingly and autonomously." Or something like that.

(note: the Baluchis, like the Pashtuns and Afghanistan's other major ethnic groups, were placed across national frontiers by meddlesome Europeans in the 19th century. The Baluchis, a historically nomadic people, are trisected between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. They have recently suffered repression from the Pak government)

So you'll want to read this analysis by Ahmed Rashid. No one really knows the cogs of Central Asia better than this journalist.

Musharraf at the Exit
By Ahmed Rashid
Thursday, March 22, 2007; Page A21

LAHORE, Pakistan -- In the rapidly unfolding crisis in Pakistan, no matter what happens to President Pervez Musharraf -- whether he survives politically or not -- he is a lame duck. He is unable to rein in Talibanization in Pakistan or guide the country toward a more democratic future.

Since March 9, when Musharraf suspended the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, public protests have escalated every day -- as has a violent crackdown by the police and intelligence agencies on the media and the nation's legal fraternity.

The legal convolutions about Chaudhry's dismissal boil down to one simple fact: He was not considered sufficiently reliable to deliver pleasing legal judgments in a year when Musharraf is seeking to extend his presidency by five more years, remain as army chief and hold what would undoubtedly be rigged general elections.

Musharraf's desire to replace Chaudhry with a more pliable judge has badly backfired. After just 10 days of protests, lawyers around the country have made it clear to the senior judiciary that they will not tolerate further legal validations for continued military rule or tolerate Musharraf remaining as president. At least seven judges and a deputy attorney general have resigned in protest.

Across the country, in law offices, in the media, among the opposition parties and other organized sections of civil society, the feeling is growing that Musharraf will have to quit sooner rather than later. After eight years of military rule it appears people have had enough.

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