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America/NATO: Failure at every turn
by major mitchell Sunday, Jun 15 2008, 12:03am
international / peace/war / commentary

The extremely successful attack on a Kandahar prison by the Taliban this week (see link) highlights a fact that America and its few allies would rather not face – and that is the world’s ‘greatest military alliance’ is a fucking joke! Open your eyes to the REALITY not the spin! What has occurred since Bush and his allies embarked on their demented PNAC strategies to conquer the world, they have FAILED MISERABLY? America/capitalism is plunging into an economic and political vortex from which it cannot recover, as has become excruciatingly evident to even the most demented fantacist in Washington today!

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Recall the period just prior to the illegal invasion of Iraq. Remember all the demonstrations/spin of American ‘super weapons’ on CNN and other compliant American media? These weapons/war toys were meant to demonstrate American invincibility; techno-toys against which no enemy could prevail – CAN YOU HEAR THE RESISTANCE LAUGHING?

Someone forgot the FIRST LESSON of guerilla warfare – ‘IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO DEFEAT AN INVISIBLE FORCE ON ITS OWN SOIL, AS IT ALWAYS POSSESSES THE PREROGATIVE TO ATTACK ON WHATEVER TERMS IT CHOOSES!’ Please refer to every text ever written on guerilla warfare! Texts of course the PENTAGON high command FAILED to read!

YOU HAVE FAILED THE NATION AND YOUR CODE gentlemen, primarily because you failed to honour YOUR DUTY to protect the nation from its enemies, INTERNAL – Bush/Cheney -- and external!

The Founding Fathers were acutely aware that commercial interests could one day hijack government; they provided for a response in the Constitution – the document Bush regards as a “piece of paper!”

Redemption comes in the form of arresting Bush and his neocons for war crimes and other crimes against the American people. Take comfort in the knowledge that the entire world knows Bush and his neocons are war criminals – the case is easily proven.

Self-deception, delusion and sheer criminality culminated in the “mission accomplished” mentality that imagined a war had been won when in fact it hadn’t even started! Nevertheless, commercial interests didn’t miss a beat in appropriating hundreds of billions in now untraceable funds. The final cost to the nation will be crippling; the economic fallout has only just begun. Perhaps regulators may choose to investigate and pursue Halliburton and all its subsidiaries; their brazen profiteering in Iraq and other war zones is scandalous. Lost records are not an excuse they’re damning evidence!

Skill and innate intelligence wins wars, gentlemen; there are no mysteries in this universe only ignorance, incompetence and dereliction of DUTY!

When government and other regulatory social institutions fail the people, responsibility falls on the shoulders of the military, gentlemen; you have shamed a proud and honourable tradition by allowing the nation to be hijacked by criminal interests!

Attached is a basic manual on guerrilla warfare for those in need of a read!

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attachment Guerrilla Warfare -- Ernesto 'Che' Guevara

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Bush Makes Belated Bid to Capture Bin Laden
by Jon Ponder via rialator - alternet Tuesday, Jun 17 2008, 8:37am

It has been 81 months since Osama bin Laden attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, but only now — with just seven months left in his term, George Bush has become desperate to capture the terror overlord.

If you factor in the fact that Pres. Bill Clinton tried to kill bin Laden in August 1998, a case could be made that Bush should have started the search for bin Laden on his first day in office, which adds another nine months to the total. That’s 90 months — seven and a half years — during which bin Laden has been at large in the mountains of Pakistan.

With his polling down to a 24 percent approval rating and his legacy in a shambles, Bush is making one last “hail Mary” bid to to capture the 9/11 mastermind before he leaves office.

Traveling in Europe, Bush has now enlisted the aid of British special forces in the hunt, according to the conservative Times of London:

Defense and intelligence sources in Washington and London confirmed that a renewed hunt was on for the leader of the September 11 attacks. “If he [Bush] can say he has killed Saddam Hussein and captured Bin Laden, he can claim to have left the world a safer place,” said a US intelligence source…

The Special Boat Service (SBS) and the Special Reconnaissance Regiment have been taking part in the US-led operations to capture Bin Laden in the wild frontier region of northern Pakistan. It is the first time they have operated across the Afghan border on a regular basis.

The hunt was “completely sanctioned” by the Pakistani government, according to a UK special forces source. It involves the use of Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles fitted with Hellfire missiles that can be used to take out specific terrorist targets.

One US intelligence source compared the “growing number of clandestine reconnaissance missions” inside Pakistan with those conducted in Laos and Cambodia at the height of the Vietnam war…

Intelligence on the whereabouts of Bin Laden is sketchy, but some analysts believe he is in the Bajaur tribal zone in northwest Pakistan. He has evaded capture for nearly seven years. “Bush is swinging for the fences in the hope of scoring a home run,” said an intelligence source, using a baseball metaphor.

A Pentagon source said US forces were rolling up Al-Qaeda’s network in Pakistan in the hope of pushing Bin Laden towards the Afghan border, where the US military and bombers with guided missiles were lying in wait. “They are prepping for a major battle,” he said.

The main operations in Pakistan are being undertaken by Delta, the US army special operations unit, and the British SBS.

Special forces are being sent to capture or kill Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters based on intelligence provided by the Special Reconnaissance Regiment and its US counterpart, the Security Coordination Detachment.
Yesterday, over 1,100 prisoners, including dozens of Talibanis, escaped from a prison in Kandahar, the former Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. Bin Laden was living in Afghanistan under the protection of the Taliban when he planned the 9/11 attacks. The prison was attacked by 30 insurgents on motorbikes and two suicide bombers.

It’s just speculation but there would appear to be a strong likelihood the breach of the prison was timed to release the Taliban fighters so they could join the battle with U.S. and British forces on the Pakistani border.

As was noted in these pages last month, conditions are ripe for Bush to capture bin Laden in time to influence the presidential campaigns this fall. There can’t be any doubt that the White House has focus grouped the capture and found it would boost Bush’s polling, which would help his party in November.

Bin Laden is especially vulnerable now because polls in Pakistan give him just a 24 percent approval rating, making him as unpopular there as Bush is in the United States. Being unpopular in his host country leaves him open to betrayal, especially since there is a $50 million reward for his arrest


© 2008 Independent Media Institute

Senate probes Pentagon-Guantanamo contacts
by Kim Landers via rialator - ABC Tuesday, Jun 17 2008, 8:42pm

It is no secret that American military personnel at Guantanamo Bay and other US-run prisons have stripped detainees naked, used dogs to scare them, hooded them, and deprived them of sleep.

But an 18-month-long US Senate investigation has been trying to get to the bottom of who thought of these techniques, and who authorised them.

Documents have been uncovered showing that senior Pentagon officials played a more active role than previously thought in developing some of the methods.

A senior staffer for Vice-President Dick Cheney also went to Guantanamo Bay to discuss how interrogations were conducted.

But the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Democrat Carl Levin, says it is not simply a case of a few bad apples acting on their own.

"The truth is that senior officials in the US Government sought information on aggressive techniques, twisted the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorised their use against detainees," Senator Levin said.

The Senate investigation shows that military officials, including psychologists, who had the job of training US troops to resist enemy interrogations, were asked to give Pentagon lawyers a list of tactics that could be used in prisons like Guantanamo Bay.

Previously secret memos also show that in July 2002 the Pentagon's former top civilian lawyer directed his staff to start researching the use of practices like stress positions and sensory deprivation.

William Haynes then went to Guantanamo a few months later, with the vice-president's senior counsel, to talk about the techniques.

A month later, the top US military lawyer at the prison wrote a memo recommending the use of interrogation methods like removing clothing, forcing shaving of facial hair, and the use of a wet towel and dripping water to induce fear of suffocation.

Now retired, Colonel Diane Beaver says she was "shocked" that no one questioned her recommendation and that many of her suggestions were approved in late 2002 by the then-defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

"I never received a phone call; I never received an email; I never received anything. Asking me anything, like are you a lunatic? What were you thinking? Or great opinion," Colonel Beaver said.

Senator Levin was scathing in his appraisal of what the new techniques led to.

"When Secretary Rumsfeld approved the use of abusive techniques against detainees he unleashed a virus which ultimately infected interrogation operations conducted by the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq," Senator Levin said.

While it has been known for some time that military lawyers voiced strong objections to the harsh interrogation techniques in early 2003, for the first time the new memos show that those concerns were being raised in November 2002 before Mr Rumsfeld officially approved them.

The White House says the abuse of detainees has never been the policy of the Bush administration and that all detainees have been treated humanely, and in accordance with the law.

© 2008 ABC


 
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