'War on Terror' Continues to Create Terrorists
The CIA’s recent botched attempt to kill al Qaeda’s number two man, Ayman Zawahiri, in Pakistan illustrates why the Bush administration’s overly aggressive “war on terror” actually motivates terrorists to attack the United States. Certainly, capturing or killing the brains behind al Qaeda is an important goal. Unfortunately, in the U.S. method of warfare—which unduly emphasizes attrition, heavy firepower and sophisticated weaponry, even against guerrillas and terrorists—the technology of killing has outstripped the quality of human intelligence needed to hit the correct targets. The CIA’s unmanned Predator drone fired missiles that killed many Pakistani civilians, including women and children, but apparently not Zawahiri.
Making things even worse, the killing of women and children continues to spark public outrage all across Pakistan, leading to mass protests in all of Pakistan’s major cities and the trashing and burning of a U.S.-supported aid organization. Such public ire will make it even less likely that the United States will receive accurate future intelligence about where Zawahiri and his boss, Osama bin Laden, are hiding, even though the prices on their heads are substantial.
And to shore up the popularity of his war on terror at home, which has been dragged down by an incongruous, unnecessary, now unpopular war in Iraq, President Bush has combined these reckless military actions with cowboy rhetoric, which only further stoke the flames of anti-U.S. hatred among radical Islamists. Bringing back the “clash of civilizations” rhetoric used during the Cold War against the “godless Communists,” the administration is now implying that those with “too much god of an alien kind” are trying to build a worldwide empire that could again threaten the United States. The president has cast the war on Islamic terrorism as a contest between the men in white hats who advocate freedom and those with black headgear who want to create “a totalitarian Islamic empire reaching from Spain to Indonesia.”
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Americans seem completely numb to the deaths of innocents in this so called war on terror. Perhaps if the USAF were to launch an unmanned missile attack on a village in upstate Maine and kill 18 innocent people while trying to take out a terrorist, then perhaps they may call it murder.
The worse thing is rather than apologise and say it was a mistake, Rice and Co have said that they have to do this sort of thing to win the war, and are willing to do it again. Just who is the bad guy?
Looking at this I can almost see why terrorists carry out their attacks, their innocents are being killed, why not ours?
we are not all blood thirsty. some of us are fighting back. it looks bad but i am sure the neo-cons are on their way out.
this is pretty freaking messed up. history will not be kind to the neo-cons.
Killing is never pretty. Killing civilians in a war is always regrettable, but it must happen. It has always happened. Some of my civilian forebears (obviously not it a direct line) were killed by Sherman's army in South Carolina. Were U.S. soldiers justified in killing civilians in Dresden to end the Nazi regime?
It's time for people to grow up and realize that civilians die in all wars, not just this one. Now that you have thought about it, what would you do differently?
I agree with anonmous .If the usa would spend the amount of money it spends on illegal wars on aid to to those counties rather than killing peace would come .Americans have a sanitised version of war.They do not feel the pain.Pilots who lived in Japan during the Korean war would kiss their family goodbye in Japan go and drop bombs on civilians then go home and kiss their kids goodnight.How sick is that.
Joe , since when has the US been at war with Pakistan ? or the innocent civilians in iraq for that matter ?
you can not be serious
This site has hundreds of articles on what we would do differently just take a look for yourself
I doubt very much you felt this was all normal and fine on the day of Sept 11th ...
so why would you try to justify and illegal terrorist attack on the sovereign nation of Pakistan ?
Murdering women and children in cold blood has no respectable explanation , please don't waste your time trying to find justification . There is none
Terrorism is Terrorism , it does not become civilized just because you thought there may be a bad guy in the area
that is just sick
if you want to do take such twisted and warped actions then declare war on Pakistan first
Friends dont kill the children of Friends
Awesome site. I would love to trade links with you. Lemmie know
I hate fanatics of any sort
you said it right, anonymous &
_h_. putting the shoe on the other foot is a tall order cos it just never feels too good to even think about.
so many aspects of that attack were so foul. the "all's fair in war" policy the US admin. has been espousing is leading us into disaster.
You people are sheep! Waiting to be told that it is your turn to go to the slaughter house. If the media tells you that Mars doesn't really exist and that those evil conservatives made it up, you fools would start protesting and demand that the "evil" Bush admin. and Halloburton stop tortureing people for $$$. Seeking the the truth and waiting for the truth to surface never occurs to you because it doesn't fit your world view. Fools. Your enslavement draws near.
What enemies of America won't tell you:
01/17/2006 : New Liberian President Thanks U.S. Sailors for Support
MONROVIA, Liberia, Jan. 17, 2006 – The newly elected president of Liberia visited USS Mount Whitney sailors and civilian mariners today while the ship was off the coast of Liberia's capital city, Monrovia.
01/17/2006 : Suicide Bomber Kills Five, Wounds 18 in Iraq
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2006 – A suicide car bomber killed four Iraqi police officers and one child and wounded 16 civilians and two Iraqi police officers yesterday at an Iraqi police checkpoint near Muqdadiyah, Iraq, officials reported.
01/17/2006 : America Supports You: Fox News Spotlights Teen's Letter-writing Campaign
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2006 – The 16-year-old founder of "A Million Thanks," a nationwide program encouraging students to write thank-you letters to servicemembers, appeared on "Fox and Friends" this morning to speak about her new campaign to send 2.6 million cards and letters to the troops in 2006.
01/17/2006 : Group Collects Valentines for Troops
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2006 – Keystone Soldiers, a nonprofit organization, based in Fleetwood, Pa., has partnered with Boscov's department stores in a drive to collect valentines for deployed servicemembers.
01/16/2006 : Apache Crash Kills Two; Operations Net Suspects, Weapons
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2006 – Two Task Force Ironhorse soldiers were killed today when their AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed, and various operations in Iraq netted terrorism suspects and weapons, military officials in Baghdad reported today.
01/16/2006 : Iraqi Soldiers, U.S. Marines Find 11 Arms Caches in Iraq
RAMADI, Iraq, Jan. 16, 2006 – Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, discovered 11 weapons caches Jan. 14 near Barwanah, Iraq, military officials at Camp Blue Diamond here reported today.
01/16/2006 : U.S. Medics Treat Bomb Victims in Afghanistan
BAGRAM, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2006 – Eleven people wounded during a Jan. 14 bombing attacks in Khowst, Afghanistan, were treated by U.S. medical personnel at Forward Operating Base Salerno, military officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul reported today.
01/15/2006 : Bombs and Weapons Found in Iraq
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2006 – Multiple bombs and weapons caches were discovered in Iraq over the last few days, U.S. military officials reported.
01/14/2006 : America Supports You: Actor Sinise Discusses Support for Troops
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2006 – Gary Sinise, star of the hit television show "CSI: NY," appeared on the Fox News Channel program Hannity and Colmes yesterday to discuss his continued support for American troops and his charity Operation Iraqi Children.
01/14/2006 : Marine Killed, Police Thwart Ambush, Raids Nab Terrorists
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2006 – A U.S. Marine was killed in Iraq yesterday, Iraqi police recently thwarted a roadside bomb ambush on coalition forces, and raids yesterday in northern Iraq led to the capture of five terrorist suspects, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported today.
01/13/2006 : America Supports You: Partnership Rebuilds Paralyzed Vet's House
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2006 – Since his last mission, during Operation Just Cause in Panama, the tiny hallways and rooms in Tom Caldwell's North Carolina house have made simple tasks, like going to the bathroom, a multiperson affair.
01/13/2006 : Troops Give Work Animals Free Medical Care in Yemen
AMRAN, Yemen, Jan. 13, 2006 – More than 780 animals received free medical care recently during a veterinary civil action plan event here. Local veterinarians teamed up with civil affairs team members from Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa to treat herds in the villages of Bani Mamoon, Thula and Hababa. Animals were given vitamins and anti-parasitic medication and were checked for any other problems.
01/13/2006 : Bush, German Chancellor Discuss Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2006 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Bush pushed for U.N. sanctions against Iran in a news conference today at the White House.
01/13/2006 : Rice, Cheney Warn of Iranian Nuclear Threat, Urge U.N. Action
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2006 – Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have denounced the Iranian government's resumption of uranium enrichment research and urged that the matter be referred to the U. N. Security Council for more intense and effective diplomatic actions.
01/13/2006 : Al Qaeda in Iraq 'in Disarray,' U.S. General Says
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2006 – Al Qaeda's influence in Iraq is unraveling, a senior U.S. general based in Baghdad told reporters today during a satellite news conference with reporters at the Pentagon.
01/13/2006 : Soldiers Detain Suspected Terrorists, Secure Enemy Weapons Caches
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2006 – Coalition forces in Iraq yesterday found and destroyed weapons caches, detained terrorist suspects, and recovered the remains of a terrorist bomber who inadvertently killed himself, U.S. military officials there reported.
01/13/2006 : Added Guantanamo Hearing Deals With Pre-trial Publicity
NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Jan. 13, 2006 – An extra hearing yesterday in the case of a Canadian teen accused of murdering a U.S. Army medic in Afghanistan dealt with acceptable levels of pre-trial publicity.
01/12/2006 : Improved Armored Vests Reflect Changing Enemy Tactics
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2006 – U.S. military members serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous locales will soon receive revamped armored vests that provide more side protection, senior officials said here today.
01/12/2006 : Building Capabilities Key to Defense of Future, Rumsfeld Says
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2006 – Building military capabilities is the heart of countering threats, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon news conference today.
01/12/2006 : America Supports You: LAPD Stands Behind Mobilized Employees
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2006 – When Sgt. Brandon Valdez, a Marine Corps Reservist, was wounded by a roadside bomb during convoy duty in Ramadi, Iraq, in November 2004, his civilian employer, the Los Angeles Police Department, supported him to the fullest.
01/12/2006 : Cheney Reiterates Iraq Terror Connection
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2006 – Saddam Hussein's sponsorship of terrorists and terrorism is a matter of open public record, Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday.
seen it.. anyone who believes the lies coming out of Cheney's mouth, needs to have their head examined..
History of Right-wing Conservative Dirty Tricks
1789 - "As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality." -- George Washington
1800 - Supporters of right-wing conservative presidential incumbent John Adams accuse liberal candidate Thomas Jefferson of favouring the teaching of "murder, robbery, rape, adultery and incest". Jefferson won anyway, ushering the eventual demise of the conservative Federalist Party. More Info: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3493277.stm
1828 - Supporters of conservative presidential candidate John Quincy Adams distributed a pamphlet which claimed: Democratic candidate Andrew Jackson's mother "was a common prostitute brought to this country by British solders! She afterwards married a mulatto man with whom she had several children of which number General Jackson is one!!" Jackson won anyway and goes on to pay off the U.S. debt for the first time in history and leaves office in 1836 with a $400,000 surplus.
“Let the people rule” – Andrew Jackson.
US campaign begins to get dirty - A long tradition
1844 – Right-wing conservative Whig boss Thurlow Weed put out a false newspaper story alleging that slaves were found branded with the initials of Democratic candidate James Polk. The article falsely implied that Polk had sold slaves to finance his candidacy. The Whigs also tried to demoralize the Democratic Party by forging and circulating a letter that indicated the campaign was going badly. And the old standby, Whigs printed phony ballots that mixed up the names of the candidates with their party. Democrat James Polk wins anyway and expands the United States by more than a million square miles, across Texas , New Mexico , California and Oregon , more than any other President. From “sea to shining sea” Polk established the border with Canada and successfully waged war with Mexico to make the US a complete nation. Polk also started the Naval Academy , the Washington Monument and issued the first postage stamp.
Dirty Tricks in American Politics?
1860 – As the conservative Whig Party disintegrated, right-wing wealthy industrialists co-opted the Republican Party and used the abolitionists to sell the idea that the reason the pay and working conditions in northern factories was so bad was because they were competing with free slave labor in the South. In fact, the wealthy industrialists were making a fortune off the cheap raw materials that came from slave labor in the South and were turned into profitable products by the cheap factory labor in the North. When the South seceded the northern industrialists lost access to the cheap raw materials (cotton) and required a war to restore the flow of profit.
1870s - In the West, agents, working for right-wing, conservative bankers and railroad industrialists promote gold rushes and land grants to flood settlers into unsettled land and then sell whiskey and guns to Indians to incite trouble with settlers and gold miners so US troops can be sent in to remove the Indians. Line agents also gave smallpox infected blankets to Indians to kill the women and children.
1888 – Democrat, Grover Cleveland was ousted by a single Republican Dirty Trick. Posing as Charles Murchison, a naturalized Englishman, living in California , Republican operative George Osgoodby forged a letter to British ambassador to the United States , Sir Lionel West asking which candidate would be best for Great Britain . The ambassadors reply letter was published, indicating his endorsement of Cleveland . The large Irish immigrant community hated Great Britain and Cleveland lost the critical Irish vote in New York and the election.
Dirty Tricks in American Politics?
1920s - The Roaring Twenties were an era dominated by Republican presidents: Warren Harding (1920-1923), Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) and Herbert Hoover (1929-1933). Under their conservative economic philosophy of laissez-faire ("leave it alone" or “Free Trade”), markets were allowed to operate without government interference. Taxes and regulation were slashed dramatically, monopolies were allowed to form, and inequality of wealth and income reached record levels. No need for dirty tricks, arrogance, greed and selfishness were in power. Right up until the Great Depression.
1933 - Attempted Coup against FDR - Few Americans know that during the Great Depression, some of America 's wealthiest families including the Morgans and DuPonts fearful of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal policies conspired to overthrow the government of the United States and install a fascist dictatorship.
The Attempted Coup Against FDR
In 1933 Major General Smedley Darlington Butler reported to Congress a coup d'etat plot against President Franklin Roosevelt, sponsored by corporate interests. Alarmed by Roosevelt's Democratic "New Deal" which would redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor, Irenee Du Pont, Grayson Murphy, William Doyle, John Davis and other representatives of J.P. Morgan banks, Du Pont, Goodyear and Bethlehem Steel sought to overthrow the U.S. government with a military coup and replace it with a fascist state, based on the recent success of Mussolini and Hitler in Italy and Germany.
General Butler was immensely popular with veterans and active troops. As a war hero, twice awarded the Medal of Honor, General Butler was known as "The Fighting Quaker" and a man of unimpeachable honesty and integrity. The conspirators tried to recruit Butler , by promising him an army of 500,000, unlimited financial backing and generous media spin control. The plot was foiled when Butler reported it to Congress.
To prevent a panic, Congress whitewashed the public version of its final report, deleting the names of the powerful businessmen whose reputations they sought to protect. The corporate owned media managed to spin the story as rumors and hearsay and the plot was generally covered up for many years. In 1967, journalist John Spivak uncovered the Committee's internal, secret report which clearly confirmed Butler 's story.
The Plot Against FDR
1940s - J Edgar Hoover blackmailed Democratic President Harry Truman by using Truman aides to direct the Bureau in the surveillance and investigation of a number of prominent people in the government as possible communist spies. The bait was taken and Truman, without his knowledge, was compromised by the requests of his subordinates.
1948 - Hoover worked with young Republican Congressman Richard Nixon to embarrass Democrat Harry Truman and elect Republican Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. Truman won anyway.
1950 – Tricky Dick - The Korean War began, the Communists completed their takeover of China , and the Soviet Union , tested its first atomic bomb. Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Hollywood blacklist were making headlines across the country. Richard Nixon and former actress Helen Douglas were both members of congress campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate. In a climate of Red hysteria, Nixon's chief election strategy was smearing Douglas as a Communist sympathizer. She was, he said, "pink right down to her underwear." Murray Chotiner, Nixon's campaign manager, ran the dirtiest campaign in US history.
Tricky Dick & the Pink Lady : Richard Nixon vs. Helen Douglas
1950s - McCarthyism - Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy accused the entire administration of President Harry Truman of harboring communists.
When President Truman was told to give ‘em (Republicans) hell, he said: “I tell the truth and they think it's hell” – Harry Truman
While J Edgar Hoover had a great deal of damaging evidence on Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy's heavy drinking, fabricated military record, illegal campaign financing, compulsive gambling and several credible allegations of child molestation, including two documented incidents with girls under the age of ten, Hoover allowed McCarthy free reign to ruin the lives of many innocent people.
1952 – J Edgar Hoover spreads untrue rumors that Democratic Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson is gay.
"I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson
1956 - COINTELPRO - When Soviet leader Khrushchev revealed the crimes of Joseph Stalin, crushed dissent in Poland and Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary, support for the Communist Party in the United States collapsed. But that didn't stop J Edgar Hoover who made a fortune by having government employees ghost write (on government time) "Masters of Deceit" which was a highly successful mass market rationale for continuing the anti-Communist crusade and continued to fan the flames of red baiting and secured Hoovers role in protecting America and continued dirty tricks.
Hoover initiated Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) to infiltrate and disrupt the Communist Party in the U.S. using "dirty tricks," undercutting leadership with false rumors, and manipulating party policies by infiltration and surveillance. Hoover would later extend this program to include peace activist groups, veterans against the war and Martin Luther King.
1962 - Operation Northwoods - Republican appointed U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, under Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities as a pretext for a war against Cuba . "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba ," and, "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." Then Democratic President John Kennedy, stopped the operation, further irritating the right-wing conservative hawks.
Based on reports U.S. military leaders had encouraged subordinates to vote conservative (Republican) during the 1960 election the Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigated and published a report on right-wing extremism in the military, warning a "considerable danger" in the "education and propaganda activities of military personnel" had been uncovered.
"The Bay of Pigs has taught me a number of things. One is not to trust Generals or the CIA, and the second is that if the American people do not want to use American troops to remove a Communist regime ninety miles away from our coast, how can I ask them to use troops to remove a Communist regime 9,000 miles away [in Vietnam]?"
-- John F. Kennedy
1964 - J Edgar Hoover issues a memo requesting agents to gather "information concerning [Martin Luther] King's personal proclivities... in order that we may consider using this information at an opportune time in a counterintelligence move to discredit him."
1968 – China Lobby - In order to win the presidential campaign of 1968 Republican operatives undermined a serious initiative to end the Vietnam War. Republican Richard Nixon wins the election the war continues for seven more years and more than 20,000 American soldiers and millions of Southeast Asians died as a result. More Info: http://www.geocities.com/vastright2/martyjezer.htm
1970 - CREEP - The Committee to Re-Elect the President or CREEP employed wiretaps, burglary, forgery, character assassination, and IRS audits to influence Democratic candidates and control which Democrat Nixon would run against in 1972. Creep operatives destroy political credibility of viable Democratic candidates with methodical “black bag" operations to plant, leak, and hype manufactured dirt.
Donald Segretti as the head of the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) called it “RAT F#CKING” as in screwing a “DemocRAT.” It included false press releases, forging letters, spying on rival campaigns, black mail, stuffing ballot boxes and conducting deceptive or offensive "push polling."
1971 - Enemies List - On September 9, 1971 President Nixon ordered Charles Colson to compile an "Enemies List" which was sent in memorandum form to John Dean on September 9, 1971 . The list was part of a campaign officially known as "Political Enemies Project." The official purpose, as described by the White House Counsel's Office, was to "screw" Nixon's political enemies, by means of tax audits from the IRS, and by manipulating "grant availability, federal contracts, litigation, prosecution, etc." The list included current Rep. John Conyers, Paul Newman, Bill Cosby, Jane Fonda, Steve McQueen, Barbra Streisand, The New York Times, and the Washington Post.
Nixon's Enemies List
Warren Report - On a White House tape recording, President Nixon is heard telling aides that the [Warren Report] "was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated." The results of the Warren Report rested largely on the famous “Single Bullet” theory dreamed up by then staff attorney Arlen Specter now current Republican Senator from Pennsylvania.
The Pentagon Papers - When Nixon suspected psychiatrist Daniel Ellsberg of leaking the Pentagon Papers, special operatives were assembled The 'Plumbers' to fix the leaks by breaking into Ellsberg's office to find dirt to discredit him.
The Plumbers - The Plumbers operations expanded to spy on and neutralize Democrats before the 1972 election. The Plumbers planted electronic listening devices in the Watergate headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, but the operation went awry on June 17, 1972 , when the White House burglars went back in to replace malfunctioning bugs and were arrested.
CIA officer Miles Copeland, in his 1978 book, The Real Spy World p. 299, wrote: “On one occasion, Jojo's [a pseudonym for a high-level CIA officer] office was asked for an LSD-type drug that could be slipped into the lemonade of Democratic orators, thus causing them to say sillier things than they would say anyhow
1972 - Watergate - October 10, 1972 FBI agents establish that the Watergate break-in stems from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of the Nixon reelection effort, The Post reports. http://www.watergate.info/chronology/brief.shtml
"I am not a crook" -- Richard Nixon, 1973
"If the President does it, it can't be illegal." -- Richard Nixon, 1977
Nixon immediately launched a cover-up, drawing White House officials into a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice. Only the release of Nixon's White House tapes, under order of the U.S. Supreme Court, made clear that Nixon was lying and on Aug. 9, 1974 , Nixon resigned the Presidency.
Watergate Tapes Online
Watergate Washington Post Archive
Despite overwhelming evidence of Nixon's guilt, conservatives blamed the so-called "liberal" media for Nixon's downfall. Republicans doubled their efforts to build a network of think tanks, media outlets and attack groups.
Excellent BBC Site on Watergate
The "Canucks" letter - February 24, 1972 The "Canucks" letter is forged by Republican operative and Nixon deputy director of White House communications Ken W. Clawson. The letter alleges Democrat favorite Edmund Muskie condoned a racial slur on Americans of French-Canadian descent as "Canucks." The letter led to Muskies
Muskie Sex Letter - February 2, 1972 A Tampa Republican accountant named George A. Hearing plead guilty to publishing and distributing the "Muskie sex letter" on stationery from “Citizens for Muskie” The letter accused the Democratic favorite with depraved sex acts. The letter was also prepared with the help of Robert Benz, a Young Republicans leader from Tampa.
1980 - Bill Casey's Theft and Reagan's Debate Performance - In a 1983 book, Gambling with History, Time correspondent Laurence Barrett revealed that Reagan campaign aides "filched" (stole) President Carter's briefing papers to help prepare Reagan for the 1980 debate. Chief of Staff James Baker would later say that Reagan's campaign manager William Casey was the thief. Ronald Reagan defended it the theft saying: "It probably wasn't too much different than the press rushing into print with the Pentagon Papers." Reagan appointed William Casey to head the CIA where he become the chief architect of the Iran-contra operation.
Under Casey the CIA focused on destabilizing and bankrupting the Soviet Union and stopping the spread of communism by working with corrupt dictators to unleash death-squads throughout Central America and Africa, conducting massive drug smuggling with Nicaraguan contras and the Afghan mujahadeen and plundered the world's banking system, most notably through the corrupt BCCI bank, which also had paid off a key Iranian in the October Surprise. The CIA armed Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons and intelligence to fight Iran and trained and supplied the Afghan mujahadeen which included Osama bin Laden and his army which later became Al queda.
Conservative media highlighted favorable stories about Reagan while joining with the administration and conservative attack groups in trying to discredit mainstream journalists who reported information that put Reagan's policies in a negative light.
1980 - The October surprise - Republican operatives encourage Iran not to release the hostages prior to the presidential election with the promise of unfreezing Iranian assets under Ronald Reagan.
"The CIA Old Boys were reeling. In the 1970s, exposure of their dirty games and dirty tricks made the Cold Warriors look sinister--and silly. Then, President Carter ordered a housecleaning that left scores of CIA men out in the cold. In 1980, the CIA men wanted back in and their champion was former CIA director George Bush. With Bush and Ronald Reagan in power, the old spies could resume their work with a vengeance. The temptation was to do to Jimmy Carter what the CIA had done to countless other world leaders--overthrow him." --Robert Parry, Bush and a CIA Power Play, February 29, 1996
Oct. 18, 1980 , Chicago Tribune reporter John Maclean told a U.S. foreign service officer, David Henderson, that a Republican source had supplied a fascinating tip -- that George Bush was flying to Paris to discuss the hostages with Iranians.
"The Iranian parliament was meeting and we had every information from Bani-Sadr and others that they were going to vote overwhelmingly to let the hostages go. And at the last minute on Sunday [two days before the election] for some reason they had adjourned without voting.... The votes were there, but the Ayatollah or somebody commanded them to adjourn." --President Jimmy Carter
The phrase 'October Surprise' kept cropping up and was soon campaign rhetoric. The more I listened, the more I realized that they were actually dreading the thought that the hostages might be released--if it happened at a time they thought would be inconvenient for their election plans." … "[I] think the hostages' release...had to do with a deal, struck before the deal-maker was in office." --Patti Davis (formerly Patricia Ann Reagan), The Way I See It
1980s - Iran-Contra Affair - Revealed a Republican cabal to illegally sell weapons to U.S. enemy Iran to finance the training and support of a Nicaragua Contra drug cartel which used CIA trained death squads to terrorize and maintain control over the people to grow and harvest cocaine. Nov. 18, 1987 A Congressional report states US President Ronald Reagan bore "ultimate responsibility" for wrongdoing by his aides in the Iran-Contra Affair.
The reporter who linked the CIA to the sale of Nicaraguan crack in Los Angeles in the 1980s was found with two bullet holes in the back of his head, which of course was ruled as an apparent suicide.
Reporter Who Linked CIA to Crack Sales Found Dead
Key people implicated in the Iran-Contra scandal reappeared at high-level posts in later Republican administrations, most notably in George W. Bush's administration.
Iran Contra Success Stories
BCCI Affair - Pakistan-based Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) catered to the most notorious tyrants and thugs of the late 20th century, including Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the heads of the Medellin cocaine cartel, Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, Manuel Noriega, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a web of Washington lobbyists with close ties to President George H.W. Bush. BCCI was a massive criminal enterprise, engaged in fraud and money laundering for drug dealers, terrorists and arms traffickers all around the world.
A French intelligence report obtained by The Washington Post in 2002 described the financial network operated by bin Laden today "is similar to the network put in place in the 1980s by BCCI." As one senior U.S. investigator said in 2002, "BCCI was the mother and father of terrorist financing operations." Democratic Senator John Kerry presided over the Senate probe that exposed the fraud, abuse and terrorist financing.
1988 - Willie Horton Ads - The 1988 Bush-Quayle “Willie Horton” commercial played to overt racism and fear mongering. Whisper campaign questions Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis' mental state and that Kitty Dukakis once burned an American flag.
1992 - Ross Perot accuses Republicans of "dirty tricks" against his presidential campaign including a wiretap in his Dallas office and threats to publish phony nude photos of his daughter and sabotage her wedding. In July, Perot drops out until after his daughters wedding and then re-enters the race, splits the conservative ticket with George Bush and Clinton wins the presidency.
1996 - April, 21 : Billionaire, Ross Perot on "Meet the Press" said Republican Party operatives had asked him in 1992 for $1 million to finance a political dirty tricks campaign before he entered the race as an independent candidate. Perot, implicated Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour.
Perot says GOP backed dirty tricks
2000 - Bush debate material is sent to Gore's campaign in an effort to make it appear as if Gore is spying on Bush. Bush's cousin calls race for Bush on Faux, leading other networks to follow suit, prematurely. Thousands of Florida voters are wiped from the voting rolls by Bush's brother's administration.
In May of 2001 the preliminary findings of the United States Commission on Civil Rights regarding the stolen election of 2,000 were published, concluding that Florida Gov. Bush, and the Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, turned a blind eye on election day which caused “a pattern of injustice, ineptitude and inefficiency.”
The Arkansas Project - Barry Seal came forward to refute the Republican Arkansas Project financed by Richard Mellon Scaife which was trying to link Clinton with Pablo Escobar. When in fact the drug ring in question was actually being run as a CIA sting operation and had nothing to do with Clinton. After wasting more than $25 million of taxpayer money to trump up charges against Bill Clinton on Whitewater, Troopergate, Travelgate and Filegate the right-wingnuts had to settle for trapping Clinton in a lie about an affair with an intern.
Republicans launched over 125 official congressional investigations against President Clinton including one investigation on the Clinton family cat "Socks" and12 hours of testimony on the use of the White House Christmas card list. Not one official congressional investigation has been started on George W. Bush.
2004 - Bush cronies run ads smearing the military record of Kerry. A group financially bankrolled by Bush money men run ads smearing the military record of Kerry. An apparently inauthentic version of Bush's national guard documents is used to sandbag CBS in an effort to both distract attention from the substance of the story and make it appear as if the Kerry campaign is engaged in dirty tricks.
Smear campaign against Richard Clarke and his insider book Against All Enemies.
Smear campaign with fake photo of John Kerry and Jane Fonda.
2005 - Phony Robo Calls - The Republican Party makes illegal phony robo calls pretending to be Democrat in 2005 VA Gov race.
Dec 15, 2005 - Bush's New England campaign chairman in 2004 and top Republican Party official was convicted on telephone harassment charges Thursday for his part in a plot to jam election day 2002 phones used to give rides to the polls. James Tobin could get up to seven years in prison and $500,000 in fines when he is sentenced in March.
GOP Official Convicted in Phone-Jamming
Joe, way to prove the first post. Again, if Cuba or Venezuela were to bomb the U.S. in an effort to take out convicted terrorist Luis Posada Carriles (whom the U.S. is currently habouring), you would no doubt scream bloodly murder. There is a word for people who hold themselves to a looser standard than themselves: h-something. Give me a minute, I'll think of it...
For the third anonymous poster, Mars what? What the hell are you blathering on about? If you have some relevant comment with factual information, them by al means. Otherwise, why not respect yourself enough not to make an asinine comment?
And..... a non sequitur for a non sequiturv(rather than waste my time going through them point by irrelevant point). A few of the many things gop-christian will never tell you:
The U.S. is currently supporting a terrorist leader who is infamous for boiling his opponents to death - namely Islam Karimov.
On the origin of alll those bad guys in the Middle East:
Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [From the Shadows] that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahidin in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period, you were the national security advisor to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that corect?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahidin began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec. 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was 3 July 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
[Asked if he regreted this action] Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski in1998 interview with Le Nouvel Observateur
Probably the most subversive effect of the privatized jihad was on the madrassahs, many of which were turned into politico-military training schools. The point was to integrate guerrilla training with the teachings of Islam and thus create "Islamic guerrillas." The London-based Indian journalist Dilip Hiro commented in the curriculum of the madrassahs: "Predominant themes were that Islam was a complete sociopolitical ideology, that holy Islam was being violated by atheistic Soviet troops, and that the Islamic people of Afghanistan should reassert their independence by overthrowing the leftist Afghan regime propped up by Moscow." The madrassahs not only opened their doors to Islamic radicals from around the world but also taught that the Islamic revolution in Afghanistan would be but a precursor to revolution in other Muslim-majority countries, particularly those in Soviet Central Asia.
'The skills passed on by trainers to fighters included "the use of sophisticated fuses, timers and explosives; automatic weapons with armor-piercing ammunition, remote-control devices for triggering mines and bombs (used later in the volunteers' home countries, and against the Israelis in occupied Arab territory such as southern Lebanon). [Mamdani quoting John Cooley in Unholy Wars]"
[A] team of Los Angeles Times reporters who carried out an investigation [in 1996] into the aftermath of the Afghan War "over four continents" found that the key leaders of every major terrorist attack, from New York to France to Saudi Arabia, inevitably turned out to have been veterans of the Afghan War.
- Mamood Mamdani in Good Muslim Bad Muslim: America, The Cold War, And The Roots of Terror, p.136 - 139
Some others harboured by the U.S.:
[General Jose Guillermo Garcia.] was the Minister of Defense of El Salvador from 1979 to 1983. He is a 1962 graduate of the School of the Americas. He moved to Florida in 1989 and, in 1990, applied for and was granted political asylum. The 1993 U.N. Truth Commission Report on El Salvador states that General Garcia "made no serious effort to conduct a thorough investigation of responsibility for the [abduction, rape, and] murders" of the four [American] churchwomen [in El Salvador on December 2, 1980].
Between 1979 and 1983, [Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova] was the director of the National Guard, the branch of the Salvadoran military to which the 5 convicted men [who killed the churchwomen] belonged. He moved to the United States in 1989 and is currently a Legal Permanent Resident. The U.N. Truth Commission Report on El Salvador found that Vides Casanova "knew that members of the National Guard had committed the murders and, through [his] actions, facilitated the cover-up of the facts which obstructed the corresponding judicial investigation." [Source]
Then there is "Haitian army Lt. Col. Paul Samuel Jeremie, convicted in 1986 of torturing Duvalier opponents and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He escaped in 1988 and moved quietly to Miami, Haitian sources said.
Then there is General Prosper Avril whose reign included "[a]rrests and beatings of members of popular organizations that were critical of military rule". He was flown to the U.S. by the U.S. government in 1990.
And as an added bonus... the statement that "Saddam Hussein's sponsorship of terrorists and terrorism is a matter of open public record, Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday," is correct. Saddam's regime openly supported the Mujadehin e Khalq Organisation. Who are the MKO? They made the State Department's 1997 list of terrorist organisations. Why didn't Cheney (or Bush) ever mention them? The U.S. supports them - the MKO's political wing, the National Resistance Council of Iran even has an office in Washington DC.
Wham! _H_, great non sequitur retaliation for the gop-christian's non sequiturs.
You said it dawg: HUMINT is lacking. Technology ain't all. We can do better. CIA NSA FBI et al, they can do better. They have the power. But do they have the brains? They don't even communicate with each other very well!! But they can do it, I have faith they will learn to talk to each other, DAMMIT!!!
Hype and Djeb
fantastic stuff now all we have to do is teach them to read.
oh and btw GOP christian . we Often post on the tragic deaths of US servicemen , I am sure it suits your argument to believe we are 'enemies of America' but it simply is not true
I am a self declared enemy of your extreme right wing neocon administration.
That does not translate into being an enemy of the people of the United states
50 % of your country did not vote for President Bush , are they enemies of America too ?
typical right wing rhetoric , claim anyone who criticises the US government as an enemy of the state
Do you not even know your own history .
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
nice quote H.
It's great to find someone telling it as it is. A lot of us here wetr trying to tell bloody Blair that this was just the sort of thing that would be happening - like all politicians he doesn't listen!
_H_, not all of the eligible voters voted in the 2004 elections. Then there are the ineligible one - children, etc. As such, less than 50% of Americans voted for Bush. Looking at less than eligible voters who are phone owners (and thus able to be reached by pollsters), less than 40% support the man. So, to add to your question, does that mean that over 60% of Americans are "enemies of America"?
Thanks for the clarity Djeb . I was not sure on the numbers so i played safe .
It seems almost all Americans are 'enemies of the state' to these people :-)
Perhaps a little carpet-bombing is in order?
Saddam judge 'resigns from trial'
The chief judge in the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has tendered his resignation, reports say.Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin has been accused by Iraqi and US politicians of being too lenient on Saddam Hussein during hearings at his murder trial.
The source said his resignation has not yet been accepted and colleagues are trying to persuade him to reconsider.
Judge Rizgar is overseeing the trial of Saddam Hussein and seven former members of his regime over the killing of 148 people in Dujail in 1982.
Sources within the tribunal have told the that Judge Rizgar is not resigning over pressure from the Iraqi government, but because of his disappointment at the public's reaction. The source said that the judge had simply been trying to ensure that the trial is fair and that everyone involved gets their say.
resignation will be a terrible blow to the whole project of bringing Saddam Hussein to justice.
His resignation must be approved by both the prime minister's counsel and the president and vice-presidents. The trial is due to resume on 24 January.
Source : here
your mom is a terrorist.
I see you have the intellectuals in tonight H :-)
Iraq will be the least of the middle easts problems when Iran goes nuclear.
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We should just nuke Iraq to solve that whole problem.
I meant Iran!
I took a look at your site and i certainly admire the way you are trying to encourage more Americans to get out there and vote . On linking to you , I have had a number of such requests and I plan in the near future to set up a dedicated links page broken down by subjects etc , when I finally get round to that i would be happy to include you
Ed (Melbourne Correspondent)
Send me an email (from my profile) and I will send you the code to include in your site
Jeannie , oh Jeannie
I can see we are going to have fun with you , I have just read your other comments on this site and it does not surprise me that you would confuse Iraq and Iran
I would ask you a brief question ,have you ever left the country or are all your highly developed opinions based on watching copious amounts of Fox News ?.
I see you work in 'government' but i can safely assume that you do not work in any department that deals with foreign government's for your obvious xenophobia would very quickly put you back in the job seeking market
You see many people suffer from a mind-numbing ignorance of world affairs . They want America to invade every country under the sun but asking them to locate those countries on a map proves a little difficult, but they'll still give you their opinion on it.Enjoy Here (Windows media file) which of these highly developed minds would be you ?
Just nuke em?
I perused Jeannie's profile and feel I should mention her hero.
The ooze from crackpots like Rush attracts flies because we live in a culture that increasingly values hyperbole over rationality and opinons over facts. The Enlightenment is becoming a dim memory. Careful everyone. The idiots are on the march.
What more could I say about Jeannie? Let's have a stab. Ok Jeannie, just what is "that whole problem"?
PS dearie, the more you people speak, the more "liberals" you create.
So the judge resigns because he can not live up to the expectations of the conformers. Not tough enough, hmm. Well, so be it. The US wasn't there to topple Saddam in the first place, so why should they care. Or is this the last straw (Saddam) to make an illegal war seem legitimate?
Interesting though is that the story spinns on and on. Merkel (the new German cancelor) and Bush just met. Merkel slapped Bush about the Guantanamo prisoners, left Bush unmoved - but then concluded with him in unison that Iran should never be able to enrich uranium. Why?
Is it a given privilege of those who have the technology to keep it from others?
So as a result we have "replay time".
Iraq was accused to have WMD's, now it's Irans turn.
My question is: Is the US government suicidal?
Sad though it is . It seems the answer to your question must be yes !
I hope I am wrong ....
What a chicken.
Chicken? Your comment makes absolutely no sense. I guess you didn't read the story:
"There are four other judges involved in the tribunal, but Judge Rizgar has been very much the public face of the court.
"Amid security fears, highlighted by the killing of two defence lawyers, only one other trial judge has appeared on camera and many witnesses have kept their identities secret.
"[T]he source within the tribunal told the BBC's Alistair Leithead in Baghdad that Judge Rizgar is not resigning over pressure from the Iraqi government, but because of his disappointment at the public's reaction.
"The source said that the judge had simply been trying to ensure that the trial is fair and that everyone involved gets their say.
Jeannie, looks like you're the favourite to win Monster of the Month hand down...