Former US Intel Asset Who Covered Libya At The UN 1995-2003
Who are we kidding? The United States, Britain and NATO don't care about bombing civilians to contain rebellion. Their militaries bomb civilians every day without mercy. They have destroyed most of the community infrastructure of Iraq and Afghanistan before turning their sights on Libya. So what's really going on here?
According to the CIA, the following never happened
Last October, US oil giants- Chevron and Occidental Petroleum- made a surprising decision to pull out of Libya, while China, Germany and Italy stayed on, signing major contracts with Gadhaffi's government. As the U.S. Asset who started negotiations for the Lockerbie Trial with Libyan diplomats, I had close ties to Libya's U.N. Mission from 1995 to 2003. Given my long involvement in the Lockerbie saga, I have continued to enjoy special access to high level intelligence gossip on Libya.
Last summer that gossip got juicy!
About July, I started hearing that Gadhaffi was exerting heavy pressure on U.S. and British oil companies to cough up special fees and kick backs to cover the costs of Libya's reimbursement to the families of Pan Am 103. Payment of damages for the Lockerbie bombing had been one of the chief conditions for ending U.N. sanctions on Libya that ran from 1992 until 2003. And of course the United Nations forced Gadhaffi to hand over two Libyan men for a special trial at The Hague, though everybody credible was fully conscious of Libya's innocence in the Lockerbie affair. (Only ignorant politicians trying to score publicity points say otherwise.)
Knowing Gadhaffi as well as I do, I was convinced that he'd done it. He'd bided his time until he could extort compensation from U.S. oil companies. He's a crafty bastard, extremely intelligent and canny. That's exactly how he operates. And now he was taking his revenge. As expected, the U.S. was hopping mad about it. Gadhaffi wasn't playing the game the way the Oil Bloodsuckers wanted. The Vampire of our age-the Oil Industry-roams the earth, sucking the life out of every nation to feed its thirst for profits. Only when they got to Libya, Gadhaffi took on the role of a modern-day Robin Hood, who insisted on replenishing his people for the costs they'd suffered under U.N. sanctions.
Backing up a year earlier, in August 2009 the lone Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, Abdelbasset Megrahi, won a compassionate release from Scottish prison. Ostensibly, the British government and Scottish Courts granted Megrahi's request to die at home with dignity from advance stage cancer-in exchange for dropping a legal appeal packed with embarrassments for the European Courts. The decision to free Megrahi followed shocking revelations of corruption at the special Court of The Hague that handled the Lockerbie Trial. Prosecution witnesses confessed to receiving payments of $4 million each from the United States, in exchange for testimony against Megrahi, a mind-blowing allegation of judicial corruption.
The Lockerbie conviction was full of holes to begin with. Anybody who knows anything about terrorism in the 1980s knows the CIA got mixed up in heroin trafficking out of the Bekaa Valley during the hostage crisis in Lebanon. The Lockerbie conspiracy had been a false flag operation to kill off a joint CIA and Defense Intelligence investigation into kick backs from Islamic Jihad, in exchange for protecting the heroin transit network.
According to my own CIA handler, Dr. Richard Fuisz, who'd been stationed in Lebanon and Syria at the time, the CIA had established a protected drug route from Lebanon to Europe and on to the United States. His statements support other sources that "Operation Corea" allowed Syrian drug dealers led by Monzer al-Kassar (also linked to Oliver North in the Iran-Contra scandal) to ship heroin to the U.S. ON Pan Am flights, in exchange for intelligence on the hostages' whereabouts in Lebanon. The CIA allegedly made sure that suitcases carrying heroin were not searched at customs. Nicknamed the "Godfather of Terror," Al Kassar is now serving a prison sentence for conspiring with Colombian drug cartels to assassinate U.S. nationals.
Building up to Lockerbie, the Defense Intelligence team in Beirut, led by Maj. Charles Dennis McKee and Matthew Gannon, suspected that CIA infiltration of the heroin network might be prolonging the hostage crisis. If so, the consequence was severe. AP Reporter Terry Anderson got chained in a basement for 7 years, while 96 other high profile western hostages suffered beatings, mock executions and overall trauma. McKee's team raised the alarms in Washington that a CIA double agent profiting from the narco-dollars might be warning the hostage takers whenever their dragnet closed in. Washington sent a fact-finding team to Lebanon to gather evidence.
On the day it was blown out of the sky, Pan Am 103 was carrying that team of CIA and FBI investigators, the CIA's Deputy Chief assigned to Beirut, and three Defense Intelligence officers, including McKee and Gannon, on their way to Washington to deliver a report on the CIA's role in heroin trafficking, and the impact on terrorist financing and the hostage crisis. In short, everyone with direct knowledge of CIA kickbacks from heroin trafficking died on Pan Am 103. A suitcase packed with $500,000 worth of heroin was found in the wreckage. It belonged to investigators, as proof of the corruption.
The punch line was that the U.S. State Department issued an internal travel advisory, warning that government officials should get off that specific flight on that specific day, because Pan Am 103 was expected to get bombed. That's right, folks! The U.S. had prior knowledge of the attack.
Unforgivably, nobody told Charles McKee or Matthew Gannon. But other military officials and diplomats got pulled off the flight-making room for a group of students from Syracuse University traveling stand by for the Christmas holidays.
It was a monstrous act! But condemning Megrahi to cover up the CIA's role in heroin trafficking has struck many Lockerbie afficiandos as grossly unjust. Add the corruption of purchased testimony-- $4 million a pop- and Megrahi's life sentence struck a nerve of obscenity.
It struck Gadhaffi as grievously offensive, as well-The United Nations had forced Libya to fork over $2.7 billion in damages to the Lockerbie families, a rate of $10 million for every death. Once it became clear the U.S. paid two key witnesses $4 million each to commit perjury, spook gossip throughout the summer was rife that Gadhaffi had taken bold action to demand compensation from U.S. (and probably British) oil corporations operating in Libya. More than likely, Libya's demands for kick backs and compensation extended to other European oil conglomerates as well-particularly France and Italy-who are now spearheading attacks on Libya.
I knew last summer there would be trouble. Payback would be a b-tch on both sides. You don't lock an innocent man in prison for 10 years on bogus charges of terrorism, and expect forgiveness. The United States and Britain had behaved with remarkable selfishness. You've got to admit that Gadhaffi's attempt to balance the scales of justice demonstrated a flair of righteous nationalism.
Alas, Gadhaffi was playing with fire, no matter how justified his complaint. You don't strike a tyrant without expecting a tyrant to strike back.
And that's exactly what's happening today.
Don't kid yourself. This is an oil war, and it smacks of imperialist double standards. Two articles by Prof. Chossudovsky at the Global Research Centre are must reading: "Operation Libya and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa" and "Insurrection and Military Intervention: The US-NATO Attempted Coup d'Etat in Libya?"
There is simply no justification for U.S. or NATO action against Libya. The U.N. charter acknowledges the rights of sovereign nations to put down rebellions against their own governments. Moreover, many observers have commented that plans for military intervention appear to have been much more advanced than U.S. and European leaders want to admit.
For myself, I know in my gut that war planning started months before the democratization movement kicked off throughout the Arab world-a lucky cover for U.S. and European oil policy. Perhaps too lucky.
As Chossudovsky writes, "Hundreds of US, British and French military advisers arrived in Cyrenaica, Libya's eastern breakaway province" on February 23 and 24- seven (7) days after the start of Gadhaffi's domestic rebellion. "The advisers, including intelligence officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns of Benghazi and Tobruk." (DEBKAfile, US military advisers in Cyrenaica, Feb. 25, 2011) Special forces on the ground in Eastern Libya provided covert support to the rebels." Eight British Special Forces commandos were arrested in the Benghazi region, while acting as military advisers to opposition forces, according to the Times of London.
We're supposed to believe the United States, Britain and Europe planned, coordinated and executed a full military intervention in 7 short days- from the start of the Libyan rebellion in mid-February until military advisers appeared on the ground in Libya on February 23-24!
That's strategically impossible.
Nothing can persuade me that Gadhaffi's fate wasn't decided months ago, when Chevron and Occidental Petroleum took their whining to Capitol Hill, complaining that Gadhaffi's nationalism interfered with their oil profiteering. From that moment, military intervention was on the drawing board as surely as the Patriot Act got stuck in a drawer waiting for 9/11.
The message is simple: Challenge the oil corporations and your government and your people will pay the ultimate price: Give us your oil as cheaply as possible. Or die.
Don't kid yourself. Nobody gives a damn about suffering in Libya or Iraq. You don't bomb a village to save it. The U.S., Britain and NATO are the bullies of the neighborhood. The enforcers for Big Oil.
Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan have something in common. They have vast and extraordinary oil and mineral riches. As such, they are all victims of what I call the Vampire Wars. The Arab Princes get paid off, while the bloodsuckers pull the life blood out of the people. They're scarcely able to survive in their own wealthy societies. The people and the domestic economy are kept alive to uphold the social order, but they are depleted of the nourishment of their own national wealth.
The democratization movements are sending a warning that I don't think Big Oil, or their protectors in the U.S. and British governments understand or have figured out how to control. The Arab people are finished with this cycle of victimization. They've got their stakes out, and they're starting to figure out how to strike into the heart of these Vampires, sucking the life blood out of their nations.
And woe to the wicked when they do!
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Former U.S. Intelligence Asset, Susan Lindauer covered Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Syria/Hezbollah from 1993 to 2003. She is the author of Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq
Russia expects the London conference on Libya to answer questions Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov asked during his news briefing in Moscow on Tuesday. The Western coalition is violating the respective UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution, Lavrov said, warning NATO against a repeat of the Afghan or Iraqi scenario in Libya.
An international conference on Libya kicks off in London later on Tuesday in an event that will be attended by representatives of more than 40 countries. Lavrov said that the gathering’s main focus will be on the implementation of the UNSC’s mandate on the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya. The top Russian diplomat added that the Western coalition is meddling in Libya’s domestic affairs, which he claimed runs counter to the UNSC resolution.
"The London conference should also elaborate on when the UN will start a probe into alleged civilian casualties caused by NATO bombings in Libya," Lavrov said.
"We are concerned about information that is yet to be verified, Lavrov says, referring to a string of unconfirmed reports about mass civilian deaths in Libya. We want the UN, he adds, to look into all this, all the more so that the UN chief recently told his special envoy to Libya to concentrate on humanitarian issues pertaining to this North African country."
The implementation of sanctions against Libya, including an arms embargo, remains high on the UNSC’ radar as diplomats try to arrive at a political accommodation on the matter. For its part, Moscow urges the UN to use another mechanism that may well help stop the bloodshed in Libya. "The African Union plans to send a team of five African presidents to Libya to try and stop the fighting," Lavrov said.
"We do hope that this mission will be accomplished and that the bloodbath in Libya will finally end, Lavov says. Both the Libyan people and the global community are interested in stable peace in Libya, he adds, urging the conflicting parties to start peace talks as soon as possible. These negotiations should be first of all centered on reforms that Libya, like some other North African states, should have jumpstarted a long time ago."
In a joint video link on Monday, the leaders of the US, France, Britain and Germany confirmed Libya’s right to self-determination. During his recent address to the nation, President Barack Obama, for his part, reiterated his pledge to restrict the US’ role in military action in Libya by notably abstaining from sending US ground forces there.
Meanwhile, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has signaled the alliance’s desire to stick to the UNSC’s no-fly-zone-over-Libya resolution. The statement came amid reports of more NATO bombardments of Libya, where rebels are successfully heading for the capital, Tripoli. On Monday night, ten powerful blasts were heard in Tripoli, which was reportedly the work of the Western coalition whose double standards on Libya continue to raise many eyebrows…
BEIJING- China on Tuesday called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, saying diplomacy should be used instead to solve the crisis in the country.
"China does not agree with the use of force in international affairs and holds that disputes should be solved through dialogue and in peaceful ways," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu at a regular news briefing.
China hopes the international community can make joint efforts to achieve a ceasefire as soon as possible so as to avoid a more severe humanitarian crisis caused by an escalation of the armed conflict, said Jiang.
Jiang also said the international community should help solve the crisis in Libya through political and diplomatic efforts.
Turkish Deputy PM Urges Alliance with Iran to Strengthen Global Peace
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc called on Tehran and Ankara to forge a stronger alliance in a bid to help further reinvigorate peace and security in the world.
Arinc said Monday that Turkey and Iran had to form alliance and support each other in order to preserve global peace and to solve regional problems, reported.
He told Anadolu Agency in Tehran, where he arrived to attend the "Second International Nowrouz Celebrations", that he met Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad twice in Tehran, adding that Ahmadinejad and he discussed regional matters and how Turkish-Iranian relations could be strengthened further.
We have historic and cultural relations with Iran. Turkey and Iran are countries where great civilizations were established in the past, Arinc noted.
We believe that we have to form an alliance in order to preserve global peace and to solve regional problems. We wish to promote our relations in all fields and make them as strong as the relations between our parliaments and governments. I think that commercial, economic, tourism related, educational and cultural relations between Turkey and Iran will be at a much better level in the upcoming years, Arinc said.
The annual trade volume between Turkey and Iran is around 10 billion USD. This figure will go up to $20bln the next few years, Arinc stressed.
Around two million Iranians visit Turkey annually. Iranians are the fourth largest group of foreign tourists visiting Turkey, Arinc said.
We hope that more Turks would visit Iran. Iran has historic sites in all corners of the country, Arinc said.
More and more Turkish businessmen are visible in Iran. Aside from investments, Turkish businessmen have reached important status in Iran in the construction sector, Arinc added.
Wow That Was Fast! Libyan Rebels Have Already Established A New Central Bank Of Libya
The rebels in Libya are in the middle of a life or death civil war and Moammar Gadhafi is still in power and yet somehow the Libyan rebels have had enough time to establish a new Central Bank of Libya and form a new national oil company. Perhaps when this conflict is over those rebels can become time management consultants.
They sure do get a lot done. What a skilled bunch of rebels - they can fight a war during the day and draw up a new central bank and a new national oil company at night without any outside help whatsoever. If only the rest of us were so versatile! But isn't forming a central bank something that could be done after the civil war is over?
According to Bloomberg, the Transitional National Council has "designated the Central Bank of Benghazi as a monetary authority competent in monetary policies in Libya and the appointment of a governor to the Central Bank of Libya, with a temporary headquarters in Benghazi." Apparently someone felt that it was very important to get pesky matters such as control of the banks and control of the money supply out of the way even before a new government is formed.
Below rant and video was sent to me and I know it won't be very popular with some of my readers because of the new hate of the day and that being Muslimphobea. The truth is the truth no matter who you are or what religion you follow and this rant and video I have to sadly say I concur. I'm not out to win any popularity contest. Yeah, where is the Christian leadership in this battle against the evil surrounding the world today? Does 501c3 mean anything to you?)...
Anyone hear a sermon today on our warmongering, banker, zionist controlled government? I didn't think so ... Most preachers don't play that ...
It's a monumental failure in our 'Christian' nation for the vast majority of churches not to speak out against the lies and war crimes of our government and its controllers. Fear of offending, scared of getting into issues that are potentially divisive but are affecting their flock, still stuck on that misinterpreted 'render unto Caesar' thing, very silent on the fraud of war and killing for profit but never afraid to pass the plate.
No matter what you may think of Louis Farrakhan, there is no denying he speaks his mind. A little slow in coming to terms with what Obama really is but he's getting there. Christians should take a page from this 'Muslim' and move it in their own direction.
TOKYO (Reuters) – France and the United States are to help Japan in its battle to contain radiation from a crippled nuclear complex where plutonium finds have raised public alarm over the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.
The high-stakes operation at the Fukushima plant has added to Japan's unprecedented humanitarian disaster with 27,500 people dead or missing from a March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who chairs the G20 and G8 blocs of nations, plans to visit Tokyo on Thursday. He will be the first foreign leader in Japan since the disaster.
In further support, France flew in two experts from its state-owned nuclear reactor maker Areva and its CEA nuclear research body to assist Japan's heavily criticized plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO).
A global leader in the industry, France produces about 75 percent of its power from reactors so it has a strong interest in helping Japan get through the Fukushima disaster.
The United States is also weighing in to send some radiation-detecting robots to Japan to help explore the reactor cores and spent fuel pools, the Energy Department said.
Update: 3/30/2011- Latest news on Fukushima meltdown... doesn't look good!!!
New Aerial Video of Fukushima w/ Analysis 3/28/11
TEPCO Retracts "Radiation 10 Million Times High" at Fukushima Japan
Full meltdown in full swing? Japan maximum nuclear alert Russia Today 3/30/2011(People should watch out!)
In Japan, radiation levels in the seawater near the Fukushima plant continue to rise. They're now more than 3.5 thousand times higher than normal. Radioactive material has also been detected in soil at the facility. Japan's government described the situation as serious and unpredictable. Workers have been unsuccessfully trying to restore the plant's cooling system, in what is now the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. There's been some debate over whether there are any similarities between the two events. RT talks to Professor Christopher Busby, of the European Committee on Radiation Risks.
'Fukushima plutonium leak comparable to Chernobyl disaster' 3/30/2011
'3 Raging Nuclear Meltdowns In Progress' Dr. Michio Kaku - 25 March 2011 Japan
Today 3/30/2011 from Democracy Now interview"Prescription for Survival": A Debate on the Future of Nuclear Energy Between Anti-Coal Advocate George Monbiot and Anti-Nuclear Activist Dr. Helen Caldicott-
AMY GOODMAN: Helen Caldicott, your reaction? Talk about where Japan is right now with its nuclear reactors, what partial meltdown means, and what you think this means for the future for nuclear power in the world.
HELEN CALDICOTT: Well, Amy, The Guardian yesterday reported that Unit No. 2 had actually melted down. The fuel had melted through the reactor vessel onto the concrete floor below. That is a problem because the zirconium in the fuel reacts with the concrete, and it could form a huge hydrogen bubble like happened at Three Mile Island. There could be a huge hydrogen explosion, which would rupture the containment vessel, and out of Unit 2 would come huge plumes of radiation, which, if the wind is blowing towards the south, could devastate much of Japan forever, or it could be blown across the Pacific towards the American—North American continent and around the globe, indeed, and pollute the whole of the northern hemisphere.
And this—and, of course, if there is such an explosion, it means that the workers who are trying to stabilize the cooling pools, one of which has been burning—or several have been burning—and the others reactors, which are in a very precarious state, they’ll have to evacuate the plant. I mean, they can’t work there anymore. And then God knows what will happen. This is the most extreme situation in nuclear power. I could never have imagined this, Amy, although I have thought a lot about meltdowns, and Chernobyl, in particular.