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Google’s Deep CIA Connections PDF Print E-mail
Written by Eric Sommer   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:08

Link to source: http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/googles-deep-cia-connections/

google cia inqtelThe western media is currently full of articles on Google’s ‘threat to quit China’ over internet censorship issues, and the company’s ‘suspicion’ that the Chinese government was behind attempts to ‘break-in’ to several Google email accounts used by ‘Chinese dissidents’.

However, the media has almost completely failed to report that Google’s surface concern over ‘human rights’ in China is belied by its deep involvement with some of the worst human rights abuses on the planet:

Google is, in fact, a key participant in U.S. military and CIA intelligence operations involving torture; subversion of foreign governments; illegal wars of aggression; and military occupations of countries which have never attacked the U.S. and which have cost hundreds of thousands of lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and elsewhere.

To begin with, as reported in the Washington Post and elsewhere, Google is the supplier of the customized core search technology for ‘Intellipedia, a highly-secured online system where 37,000 U.S. spies and related personnel share information and collaborate on their devious errands.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:47
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America's recruitment of Nazis, and its disastrous effect on our domestic and foreign policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christopher Simpson   
Monday, 12 September 2011 18:00

Link to source: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/Guerrillas_B_CS.html

"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo." - Harry S. Truman

Excerpted from the book Blowback, by Christopher Simpson, Collier / Macmillan, 1988

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JFK DullesThe Vlasov Army and Waffen SS veterans from Eastern Europe worked hard to integrate themselves into the evolving U.S. nuclear weapons strategy during the cold war years. Colonel Philp and General Gehlen, it will be recalled, began as early as the winter of 1945-1946 to use German officers and refugees from the East to gather information about military construction behind Soviet lines. Each time the location of a new Soviet military site was confirmed, word of its location was passed to a special U.S. Air Force office at the Pentagon whose job was the selection of targets slated for atomic annihilation.

As U.S. atomic planning grew more sophisticated, the role of émigrés in America's nuclear war-fighting strategy expanded quickly. By late 1948 paramilitary expert General Robert McClure had won the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff to approval of a full-scale program of guerrilla warfare that was to follow any U.S. nuclear strike on the USSR. From then until at least 1956, when this strategy was at the height of its popularity in U.S. command circles, preparations for post-World War III guerrilla insurgencies employed thousands of émigrés from the USSR. Pentagon documents show that Vlasov veterans and Waffen SS men played a major role in these underground armies. Considering the wartime record of these forces, there is reason to suspect that a number of these enlistees may have been war criminals.

These émigrés did not, of course, create U.S. nuclear strategy. The advent of atomic weapons and their impact on international affairs would have taken place with or without the use of former Nazis and collaborators in U.S. war planning. The exile soldiers simply rode the coattails of the movement toward reliance on nuclear weapons during the late 1940s and early 1950s. In many cases they themselves were not aware of what the Pentagon had in mind for them. The integration of these groups into even the most humble levels of U.S. nuclear planning, however, gave the military and intelligence agencies a powerful reason to conceal the Nazi pasts of their unusual troops.

The process of integrating ex-Nazi emigre groups into U.S. nuclear operations may be traced at least to early 1947, when General Hoyt Vandenberg became the first chief of staff of the newly independent U.S. Air Force. Vandenberg had commanded the Ninth Air Force in Europe during World War II, then been tapped to head the Central Intelligence Group, the immediate predecessor to the CIA, in 1946. Among the general's responsibilities at the air force was the development of written plans describing strategies and tactics for the use of America's new nuclear weapons in the event of war.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:43
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Where was Osama bin Laden on September 11, 2001? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michel Chossudovsky   
Monday, 12 September 2011 12:23

Link to source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=CHO20110911&articleId=26473

"Going after bin Laden" has served, over the last five years, to sustain the legend of the "world's most wanted terrorist", who  "haunts Americans and millions of others around the world."

Global Research, September 9, 2006 - The following article was published five years ago on the 9th of September 2006. In January 2002 a CBS report confirmed that on September 10, 2001, Osama bin Laden had been admitted to a Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi, courtesy of America's ally, Pakistan.  Assuming that the CBS report by Dan Rather is accurate, Osama's whereabouts on the morning of September 11, 2001 would have been known to US officials.  He could have been arrested at short notice which would have "saved us a lot of trouble", but then we would not have had an Osama Legend, which has provided the pretext and the justification to wage America's "Global War on Terrorism". Included in annex is the transcript of the 2002 CBS Report.

Bin LadenDonald Rumsfeld has repeatedly claimed that the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden remain unknown:  "It is like looking for a needle in a stack of hay". 

In November 2001, US B-52 bombers carpet bombed a network of caves in the Tora Bora mountains of eastern Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden and his followers were allegedly hiding. These caves were described as "Osama's last stronghold".

CIA "intelligence analysts" subsequently concluded that Osama had escaped from his Tora Bora cave in the first week of December 2001. And in January 2002, the Pentagon launched a Worldwide search for Osama and his top lieutenants, beyond the borders of Afghanistan. This operation, referred to by Secretary of State Colin Powell as a "hot pursuit", was carried out with the support of the "international community" and America's European allies. US intelligence authorities confirmed, in this regard, that

"while al Qaeda has been significantly shattered, ... the most wanted man - bin Laden himself remains one step ahead of the United States, with the core of his worldwide terror network still in place. (Global News Wire - Asia Africa Intelligence Wire, InfoProd, January 20, 2002)

For the last five years, the US military and intelligence apparatus (at considerable expense to US taxpayers) has been "searching for Osama".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:37
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CIA's Push for Drone War Driven by Internal Needs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gareth Porter   
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:39

Link to source: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/09/06-0

 

WASHINGTON - When David Petraeus walks into the Central Intelligence Agency Tuesday, he will be taking over an organization whose mission has changed in recent years from gathering and analyzing intelligence to waging military campaigns through drone strikes in Pakistan, as well as in Yemen and Somalia.

Leon Panetta Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta. Panetta has long been firmly committed to the drone war. While serving as Director of the CIA he pushed the program to the public as a strategy to destroy Al-Qaeda, even though he knew the CIA was striking mainly Afghan Taliban and their allies, not Al-Qaeda. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency) But the transformation of the CIA did not simply follow the expansion of the drone war in Pakistan to its present level. CIA Director Michael Hayden lobbied hard for that expansion at a time when drone strikes seemed like a failed experiment.

The reason Hayden pushed for a much bigger drone war, it now appears, is that it had already created a whole bureaucracy in the anticipation of such a war.

During 2010, the CIA "drone war" in Pakistan killed as many as 1,000 people a year, compared with the roughly 2,000 a year officially estimated to have been killed by the SOF "night raids" in Afghanistan, according to a report in the Sept. 1 Washington Post.

A CIA official was quoted by the Post as saying that the CIA had become "one hell of a killing machine", before quickly revising the phrase to "one hell of an operational tool".

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:40
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Hundreds to march 50 miles in battle to save W.Va.’s historic Blair Mountain from strip mining PDF Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:21

Link to source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/hundreds-to-march-50-miles

BLAIR, W.Va. — On this steep-sided mountain in West Virginia’s southern coalfields, hundreds will retrace the steps of miners who waged the nation’s largest armed uprising since the Civil War, hoping 90 years later to protect the site of that bloody battle.

The protesters will retell the story of the 7,500 to 10,000 unionizing coal miners who fought for principles that helped shape today’s U.S. labor laws — and, they hope, keep Blair Mountain from becoming just another barren, flat-topped strip mine.

Much of the coal-rich mountain is owned by two energy companies fighting efforts to put it on the National Register of Historic Places. Such a designation wouldn’t automatically stop mining, but it could complicate and slow down the review process.

Some proposed operations on Blair Mountain already have permits and one mine is active, but the coal companies haven’t disclosed immediate plans to start blasting on the battlefield.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:54
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How corruption, cuts and despair drove Spain's protesters on to the streets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Giles Tremlett   
Saturday, 21 May 2011 17:53

Link to source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/21/spain-reveals-pain-cuts-unemployment

Young protesters in Madrid and beyond have many different demands, but they are united in opposing the government

Spain Corruption Protests
Protesters in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, where around 25,000 defied a ban on demonstrations before elections on 21 May. Photograph: Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty

The arrival of the table, a battered piece of Formica bashed on top of four rough, oversized legs, raised a cry of joy. Never mind that anyone on a normal chair would barely be able to see over the top – here was another small triumph of the new Spanish revolution, the gathering of angry Spaniards of all colours, ages and persuasions that is sweeping across the country and beyond its borders.

The table that arrived in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square was part of the swirl of creative chaos, naive enthusiasm and pent-up frustration that has transformed it into a makeshift camp for thousand of protesters who call themselves los indignados, the indignant ones.

Tents and mattresses, armchairs and sofas, a canteen, portable toilets and solar panels have sprung up in a remarkable display of organisational prowess. And the mass of people jostling around, each pursuing their own dream or demand, or just watching others doing the same, seemed more like something transported from the Arab spring in north Africa than from Europe.

As the protests continued to swell on Friday, with 60,000 people defying authorities to obey the campaign's "Take over the square!" slogan in dozens of Spanish cities, and with copycat demonstrations across Europe, the question was whether this was the new May 1968 – a youth-led popular revolt against an establishment deemed to have failed an entire generation.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 13:01
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Who Is Osama Bin Laden? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michel Chossudovsky   
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 00:48

Link to source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=3198

September 12, 2001

A few hours after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, the Bush administration concluded without supporting evidence, that "Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation were prime suspects". CIA Director George Tenet stated that bin Laden has the capacity to plan ``multiple attacks with little or no warning.'' Secretary of State Colin Powell called the attacks "an act of war" and President Bush confirmed in an evening televised address to the Nation that he would "make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them". Former CIA Director James Woolsey pointed his finger at "state sponsorship," implying the complicity of one or more foreign governments. In the words of former National Security Adviser, Lawrence Eagleburger, "I think we will show when we get attacked like this, we are terrible in our strength and in our retribution."

Meanwhile, parroting official statements, the Western media mantra has approved the launching of "punitive actions" directed against civilian targets in the Middle East. In the words of William Saffire writing in the New York Times: "When we reasonably determine our attackers' bases and camps, we must pulverize them -- minimizing but accepting the risk of collateral damage" -- and act overtly or covertly to destabilize terror's national hosts".

The following text outlines the history of Osama Bin Laden and the links of the Islamic "Jihad" to the formulation of US foreign policy during the Cold War and its aftermath.

Prime suspect in the New York and Washington terrorists attacks, branded by the FBI as an "international terrorist" for his role in the African US embassy bombings, Saudi born Osama bin Laden was recruited during the Soviet-Afghan war "ironically under the auspices of the CIA, to fight Soviet invaders". 1

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 01:04
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