Sunday, December 28, 2008

Outsourcing the War on Terror

Peter Chamberlin:
Basically, the Pentagon and the CIA are working in tandem to force targeted nations like India and Pakistan to accept the decision which has been made to "outsource" the terror war to them and other patsy nations like them. Agency contract hits like the Mumbai attack and bombings in FATA are blamed on "al Qaida" by the government-controlled media in the West and in the media controlled by the "patsy" foreign governments. Biased, hate-based reporting serves to drive patriotic fervor to a frenzied state. The duplicitous leaders in those countries then carry-out America's will, to set them upon a path to war, in effect, driving their own people into a "kill trap" where unwanted war is forced upon them. This pattern prevails all over the earth, wherever the US has imperial designs. We are all being herded into a global war trap, some call it world war III.

American mini-dictator generals and crime bosses knew that their global war plans would require massive numbers of committed killers, a goal that a volunteer force could not fulfill. A conscripted army of unwilling, underpaid, over-committed soldiers, who might follow orders to commit genocide, would be unsatisfactory for the task, especially when the focus of the killing turns to their own homelands. No, the committed killers who have volunteered to be underpaid and overworked in order to gain the right to kill were too few in number, so they had to be supplemented. This is the reason that the US has created massive armies and navies of high-paying "civilian" contract killers (mercenaries).

But even the combination of federal troops and private armies is not great enough to fulfill the mission of global conquest. This is where the plan incorporates co-opted foreign armies, like those of India and Pakistan. Where NATO has failed to serve as a second American force, to command at will, these co-opted foreign armies under indirect US control are meant to fill the gap.

The CIA is using all the tricks of its dark and bloody trade to harness these foreign forces.

It continues to carry-out the trademark of its craft, the creation and arming of local warlords, criminal gangs and militias, to commit the acts of terrorism that will justify the government crackdown and drive the local population to support it. In the conflict building between India and Pakistan, American patsies on both sides are driving the two nations to serve America's violent interests in the region, that of containing both China and India, eliminating the "Islamic bombs" held by Pakistan, seizing pipeline routes and setting the stage for the next phase of the war plan, countering Russia and Iran.

American foreign aid and military assistance are twin traps for erasing national sovereignty and entrenching US interests within the aid-receiving governments. Targeted governments, like India and Pakistan are made so dependent upon the inflow of US dollars that they see the cut-off of that aid as an existential threat to their existence, equal to or surpassing the threat of war. What these leaders (who have all grown wealthy from skimming these dollars) either fail to realize or to consider at the cost of losing that wealth, is that the aid itself represents the greatest threat that their nations have ever faced. Their leaders, just like our leaders, whom they emulate, represent only themselves, as they continue to hoard the lifeblood of our nations.

American leaders and all the foreign leaders who work with them represent the greatest evil that this world has ever known. They are carrying-out and cooperating with the bloodiest, most devious plan ever devised by human minds, to grab all the wealth from all nations, regardless of the cost in human and animal life. Hitler and Stalin were mere "pikers," compared to our neocon/Zionist overlords. No previous tyrant or would-be dictator ever came as close to snuffing-out human freedom and individualism as these "Neo-American" dreamers have positioned themselves to do.

Collective human nature has never been so ready to surrender all rights for the privilege of working, eating or obtaining health care as it now stands prepared to do. Desperation remains the key to the warlords' success. The more desperation spreads, and the more desperate that people become to obtain the most basic of human needs, the more easily they will volunteer to become killers and to forsake all those insignificant things like human rights and morality that all of us resisters consider sacred.

What's at stake, besides the massive loss of life, is the massive reversal of all the gains and inroads made by human rights advocates throughout history and the complete elimination of the concepts of freedom and inalienable rights professed by America's founding fathers, for the sake of preserving the profit margins of today's robber barons.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fort Dix Plot Conviction

CAMDEN, New Jersey (Reuters) - Five men were convicted on Monday of conspiracy to kill U.S. soldiers in a planned attack on an Army base in New Jersey that prosecutors described as a bid to wage Islamist holy war against America.

The U.S. attorney said he would seek life sentences for the five foreign-born defendants, who were also found not guilty on charges of attempted murder after an eight-week trial.

Prosecutors had told the court the defendants were inspired by al Qaeda. Defense attorneys had argued that while the men talked the talk of militancy, it was all bravado and they had no real intention of carrying out the attack on Fort Dix army base, which was never executed.

Family members and defense lawyers said they believed the verdicts were influenced by suspicion of Muslims since the September 11 al Qaeda attacks.

The defendants, all born outside the United States, are ethnic Albanian brothers Shain, Dritan and Eljvir Duka who together ran a roofing business in Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Serdar Tatar, a convenience store clerk who was born in Turkey; and Mohamad Shnewer, a Jordanian-born taxi driver from Philadelphia. They are aged 23 to 30.

Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra said prosecutors will press for sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sentencing was set for April 22-23.

Dritan and Shain Duka were also found guilty of possessing weapons to be used in the planned attack.

The five defendants smiled as they entered the court but did not react visibly when the verdicts were read. Defense lawyers said they would consider an appeal after sentencing.


The men were arrested in May 2007 after a 14-month investigation in which two people working for the FBI infiltrated the group and obtained hundreds of hours of audio and video recordings of the men plotting an attack.

The probe was launched when an electronics store clerk went to the police after being asked by one of the men to copy a tape containing scenes of militants firing guns into the air.

As well as planning to attack Fort Dix, about 40 miles east of Philadelphia, prosecutors said the men discussed attacks on other military targets including Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and the U.S. Coast Guard in Philadelphia.

Serpil Tatar, sister of defendant Serdar Tatar, called the conviction "a big lie" that had undermined her faith in the United States. She denied her brother was a terrorist, saying: "My brother was crying for the people who died on September 11."

Attorney Richard Sparaco said Tatar's Muslim religion "seriously counted against him" in the trial.

Michael Riley, attorney for Shain Duka, said there was a danger people would accept the government's charges of terrorism too readily in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

"We can't accept whatever our government says at face value," Riley said.

Jurors said they did not reach their verdict lightly.

"This has been one of the most difficult things that we have ever had to do," the members of the sequestered jury said in a statement read to the court by U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler after six days of deliberations.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Conviction in British Terror Plot


British Doctor Is Convicted in Failed 2007 Car Bombings

Published: December 16, 2008

LONDON — A terrorism trial centering on the use of a bomb-laden Jeep to crash into the main doors of Glasgow’s airport terminal on a Saturday afternoon in June 2007 ended on Tuesday with the conviction of a 29-year-old British doctor with family roots in Iraq who was one of the two men who mounted the attack.

Metropolitan Police, via European Pressphoto Agency

An undated photograph released by the London Metropolitan Police showing Bilal Abdulla with a gas canister in B&Q, a British home improvement store.

Metropolitan Police, via Associated Press

Bilal Abdulla

A jury found the man, Bilal Abdulla, a passenger in the Jeep Cherokee, guilty of two charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to cause explosions in a series of three bungled car bombings in Glasgow and London over a 24-hour period. The judge in the case, Sir Colin Crichton McKay, will sentence Dr. Abdulla on Wednesday. Both charges carry potential life sentences.

The Jeep driver, Kafeel Ahmed, a 28-year-old Indian-born doctoral candidate in engineering who assembled the bombs, died a month later of severe burns received in the airport attack, which failed when gasoline canisters did not ignite propane gas cylinders in the Jeep’s trunk.

The day before, Dr. Abdulla and Mr. Ahmed drove to London’s West End theater district in two Mercedes-Benz sedans, primed with bombs similarly constructed from gasoline canisters and propane cylinders, along with 2,000 nails to serve as shrapnel. The cars were left parked outside a nightclub and beside a busy bus stop, while the two attackers waited nearby with mobile phones used as electronic detonators.

But evidence at the trial said the two vehicles failed to explode despite repeated signals from the mobile phones because of faulty assembly of the so-called fuel air bombs involved. Prosecutors said that a laptop owned by Dr. Abdulla — found in the Jeep that crashed into the air terminal — showed that the two men had studied blueprints for the bombs that they found on extremists’ Web sites.

In lengthy testimony at the trial, Dr. Abdulla said he intended only to give people in Britain “a taste of fear” and a “scare” with the bombings, not to kill people. But the chief prosecutor, Jonathan Laidlaw, said the timing of the attacks, at the height of Friday night crowds in central London, and on Glasgow airport’s busiest day of the year, showed the attackers aimed at “committing murder on an indiscriminate and wholesale scale.”

A third man, Mohammed Asha, 28, a Jordanian-born trainee neurosurgeon who, like Dr. Abdulla, was employed in Britain’s National Health Service, was acquitted of all charges. Dr. Asha had been accused of providing cash and advice to Dr. Abdulla, but his defense counsel said that he was a “pacifist” who had been duped into cooperating with the two bombers and that it was Dr. Abdulla who loaded documents suggesting terrorist sympathies onto Dr. Asha’s laptop computer.

Dr. Abdulla, who left Britain with his parents at the age of five and earned his medical degree at a university in Baghdad, is likely to receive at least a 30-year prison sentence, according to legal experts. As the guilty verdicts were read, he shook Dr. Asha’s hand in the dock. The Jordanian now faces a battle to avoid deportation, though the judge told him he hoped he would be able to remain in Britain to continue his training.

The trial, at Woolwich Crown Court in London, was one of a series of sensational terrorism trials in the past two years that have combined to foster widespread public anxiety in Britain about the risk of a major terrorist attack succeeding. Only one such attack, the quadruple suicide bombings on London’s transit system in July 2005, succeeded, killing 56 people, including the four bombers. But Britain’s intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned that the country remains at high risk of new attacks.

A notable feature of the trial was that it did not directly involve Islamic militants with a history of family ties or training in Pakistan, in the pattern of many of recent terrorist trials in Britain. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said during a weekend visit to the Indian subcontinent that three-quarters of all terrorist plots investigated by Britain’s intelligence and security agencies involved links to Pakistan, the ancestral homeland of about two-thirds of Britain’s Muslim population, which has been estimated at between 1.5 million and 2.5 million people.

The 2005 London transit bombings, as well as an alleged plot in 2006 to bomb at least seven trans-Atlantic airliners in midair with liquid bombs disguised in soft-drink bottles, involved extensive ties to Pakistan. The airliner bombing trial ended in September with a jury, also sitting at the Woolwich court, convicting three men of conspiring to commit mass murder through suicide bomb explosions, but failing to reach verdicts on charges that the men conspired to attack aircraft.

A new trial on those charges will begin early in 2009.

In the case of the Glasgow and London attacks, the plot had its origins in Iraq. Dr. Abdulla, identified by prosecutors as the plot’s mastermind, said he had deep affection for Britain, where his father, also a doctor, was working when he was born. But he said he resolved to strike out at Britain to draw attention to the suffering of Iraqis at the hands of coalition troops in Iraq, and what he described as the worldwide mistreatment of Muslims.

He said he became angry when, as a medical student, he experienced the sharp deterioration in hospital conditions in Baghdad under Western-supported economic sanctions in the 1990s, and later when he saw the suffering that allied bombing and occupying troops imposed on Iraqi civilians in the war that began in March 2003.

The prosecution said Dr. Abdulla had contacts with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq that began shortly after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and introduced as evidence entries in a diary he had kept during the period when he was planning the bombings. “The soldiers killed the young and the old,” he wrote, speaking of allied troops. “They do not discriminate between men and women, so why should we?”

Evidence at the trial showed that Britain’s intelligence services had warned the government about the risk that Sunni extremists in Iraq might seek to launch terrorist attacks in Britain. In 2004, a warning that some Iraqi militants “will come to the U.K.” to launch terror attacks was given by the Joint Intelligence Committee, a powerful coordinating body that reports to the prime minister.

At the trial, prosecutors noted that all three men implicated in the London and Glasgow bombings were middle class, with professional educations, and not from the poorer backgrounds common among many of the Islamic militants who have engaged in terrorist plots in Britain.

Jonathan Laidlaw, the chief prosecutor, told the jury that it might find it hard to believe that doctors dedicated to preventing suffering could become terrorists. “Frankly, who would have believed that doctors would involve themselves in this sort of murderous activity on the streets of this country?” he said.

Dr. Abdulla was a junior doctor at a state-run hospital in Paisley, a Glasgow suburb only a few miles from the airport at the time of the attack.

Mr. Ahmed was the son of two Indian doctors who migrated to Saudi Arabia, and was studying for a doctorate in computational fluid dynamics at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge at the time of the attacks. It was there that he met Dr. Abdulla, who had returned to Britain in 2004. Dr. Asha, found not guilty on Tuesday, was a trainee at a state-run hospital in Newcastle-under-Lyme in the British midlands.

“This case demonstrates, does it not,” Mr. Laidlaw told the jury, “that nothing can be taken for granted when you are dealing with extremists of this sort?”