Monday, October 17, 2011

"Foiled" assassination plot of Saudi Ambassador to U.S.

Obama and CIA terrorize Saudis into compliance, setting stage for WWIII; draft on horizon


The U.S. Department of Justice announced Oct. 11 that two individuals were charged in New York for allegedly taking part in a plot directed by Iranian government elements to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, on U.S. soil.
    Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri face numerous charges, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives), conspiracy to commit an act of international terrorism transcending national borders and conspiracy to murder a foreign official. Arbabsiar is a U.S. citizen with both Iranian and U.S. passports, and Shakuri allegedly is a member of Iran’s Quds Force, a special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) believed to promote terrorist activities abroad. The announcement of the alleged plot and Arbabsiar’s arrest will please the Saudis and further complicate U.S.-Iranian relations. 

Adel al-Jubeir
Arbabsiar allegedly traveled to Mexico several times between May and July. In Mexico, he met with a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) confidential source posing as an associate of a violent Mexican cartel in order to hire the source and his purported accomplices to kill the ambassador. Arbabsiar allegedly wired two separate payments totaling $100,000 in August into a bank account in the United States, with Shakuri’s approval, as a down payment to the DEA source for the killing of the ambassador (the agreed-upon total price was $1.5 million).

    Arbabsiar was denied entry by Mexican authorities on his most recent trip Sept. 28, and he was apprehended Sept. 29 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (The U.S. government has arranged such flights in the past in order to apprehend fugitives on U.S. soil.) Shakuri, meanwhile, is believed to be in Iran. While the news conference highlighted the possibility of follow-on attacks after this assassination attempt, officials said related plots would involve Arbabsiar, which means any future threat connected to this plot is contained.

    The Department of Justice has indicated that the IRGC’s Quds Force was behind the plot. If this is the case, it is likely that a U.S. agency intercepted traffic or had human intelligence about the development of the plot and set up an undercover operation to disrupt it. The United States would not blame the IRGC without substantial evidence. However, this plot seems far-fetched considering the Iranian intelligence services’ usual methods of operation and the fact that its ramifications would involve substantial political risk.

    Iran has been known to carry out preoperational surveillance in the United States, but it has not yet used this intelligence to carry out a high-profile attack. It seems unusual that the Iranians would approach a Mexican cartel to carry out the assassination when the Iranians probably have the capability themselves. However, it could be that Arbabsiar and Shakuri were acting on their own, or that something unusual is going on within the Iranian government. Regardless, because Arbabsiar’s contact in Mexico was a DEA undercover source posing as a member of a Mexican cartel, at this point the cartels have not been directly linked to the plot.

    It is unclear what the Iranians would have to gain by killing the Saudi ambassador to the United States, and the implications of the plot’s being linked back to Iran are huge. That makes the links back to Iran, which so far are only based on Arbabsiar’s alleged confession, seem exaggerated.

This STRATFOR article is republished with permission and thanks from The 5th Estate.

STRATFOR: Growing Concern Over NYPD Counterterrorism Methods

NYPD being trained by U.S. military, intelligence agencies

By Scott Stewart

In response to the 9/11 attacks, the New York Police Department (NYPD) established its own Counter-Terrorism Bureau and revamped its Intelligence Division. Since that time, its methods have gone largely unchallenged and have been generally popular with New Yorkers, who expect the department to take measures to prevent future attacks.

    Preventing terrorist attacks requires a very different operational model than arresting individuals responsible for such attacks, and the NYPD has served as a leader in developing new, proactive approaches to police counterterrorism. However, it has been more than 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, and the NYPD is now facing growing concern over its counterterrorism activities. There is always an uneasy equilibrium between security and civil rights, and while the balance tilted toward security in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, it now appears to be shifting back. 

NYPD CounterIntel:  Illegal and Unconstitutional
This shift provides an opportunity to examine the NYPD’s activities, the pressure being brought against the department and the type of official oversight that might be imposed.


Under Pressure 


    Reports that the NYPD’s Intelligence Division and Counter-Terrorism Bureau engage in aggressive, proactive operations are nothing new. STRATFOR has written about them since 2004, and several books have been published on the topic. Indeed, police agencies from all over the world travel to New York to study the NYPD’s approach, which seems to have been quite effective.

   Criticism of the department’s activities is nothing new, either. Civil liberties groups have expressed concern over security methods instituted after 9/11, and Leonard Levitt, who writes a column on New York police activities for the website NYPD Confidential, has long been critical of the NYPD and its commissioner, Ray Kelly. Associated Press reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo have written a series of investigative reports that began on Aug. 24 detailing “covert” NYPD activities, such as mapping the Muslim areas of New York. This was followed by the Aug. 31 publication of what appears to be a leaked NYPD PowerPoint presentation detailing the activities of the Intelligence Division’s Demographics Unit.

    In the wake of these reports, criticism of the NYPD’s program has reached a new level. Members of the New York City Council expressed concern that their constituents were being unjustly monitored. Six New York state senators asked the state attorney general to investigate the possibility of “unlawful covert surveillance operations of the Muslim community.” A group of civil rights lawyers also asked a U.S. district judge in Manhattan to force the NYPD to publicize any records of such a program and to issue a court order to prevent their destruction. In response to the AP investigation, two members of Congress, Reps. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., and Rush Holt, D-N.J., asked the Justice Department to investigate. The heat is on.

   After an Oct. 7 hearing regarding NYPD intelligence and counterterrorism operations, New York City Council Public Safety Committee Chairman Peter Vallone said, “That portion of the police department’s work should probably be looked at by a federal monitor.” 

Counter-Terrorism Bureau blackshirts guard Holocaust museum
Following Vallone’s statement, media reports cited Congressional and Obama administration officials saying they have no authority to monitor the NYPD. While Vallone claims the City Council does not have the expertise to oversee the department’s operations, and the federal government says that it lacks the jurisdiction, it is almost certain that the NYPD will eventually face some sort of new oversight mechanisms and judicial review of its counterterrorism activities.


New York City and the Terrorist Threat


    While 9/11 had a profound effect on the world and on U.S. foreign policy, it had an overwhelming effect on New York City itself. New Yorkers were willing to do whatever it took to make sure such an attack did not happen again, and when Kelly was appointed police commissioner in 2002, he proclaimed this as his primary duty (his critics attributed the focus to ego and hubris). This meant revamping counterterrorism and moving to an intelligence-based model of prevention rather than one based on prosecution.

    The NYPD’s Intelligence Division, which existed prior to 9/11, was known mainly for driving VIPs around New York, one of the most popular destinations for foreign dignitaries and one that becomes very busy during the U.N. General Assembly. Before 9/11, the NYPD also faced certain restrictions contained in a 1985 court order known as the Handschu guidelines, which required the department to submit “specific information” on criminal activity to a panel for approval to monitor any kind of political activity. The Intelligence Division had a very limited mandate. When David Cohen, a former CIA analyst, was brought in to run the division, he went to U.S. District Court in Manhattan to get the guidelines modified. Judge Charles Haight modified them twice in 2002 and 2003, and he could very well review them again. His previous modifications allowed the NYPD Intelligence Division to proactively monitor public activity and look for indications of terrorist or criminal activity without waiting for approval from a review panel.

   The Counter-Terrorism Bureau was founded in 2002 with analytical and collection responsibilities similar to those of the Intelligence Division but involving the training, coordination and response of police units. Differences between the two units are mainly bureaucratic and they work closely together.

    As the capabilities of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division and Counter-Terrorism Bureau developed, both faced the challenges of any new or revamped intelligence organization. Their officers learned the trade by taking on new monitoring responsibilities, investigating plots and analyzing intelligence from plots in other parts of the United States and abroad. One of their biggest challenges was the lack of access to information from the federal government and other police departments around the United States. The NYPD also believed that the federal government could not protect New York. The most high-profile city in the world for finance, tourism and now terrorism, among other things, decided that it had to protect itself. 

The NYPD set about trying to detect plots within New York as they developed, getting information on terrorist tactics and understanding and even deterring plots developing outside the city. In addition to the challenges it also had some key advantages, including a wealth of ethnic backgrounds and language skills to draw on, the budget and drive to develop liaison channels and the agility that comes with being relatively small, which allowed it to adapt to changing threat environments. The department was creating new organizational structures with specific missions and targeted at specific threats. Unlike federal agencies, it had no local competitors, and its large municipal budget was augmented by federal funding that has yet to face cyclical security budget challenges.


Looking for Plots


   STRATFOR first wrote about the NYPD’s new proactive approach to counterterrorism in 2004. The NYPD’s focus moved from waiting for an attack to happen and then allowing police and prosecutors to “make the big case” to preventing and disrupting plots long before an attack could occur. This approach often means that operatives plotting attacks are charged with much lower charges than terrorism or homicide, such as document fraud or conspiracy to acquire explosives.

    The process of looking for signs of a terrorist plot is not difficult to explain conceptually, but actually preventing an attack is extremely difficult, especially when the investigative agency is trying to balance security and civil liberties. It helps when plotters expose themselves prior to their attack and ordinary citizens are mindful of suspicious behavior. Grassroots defenders, as we call them, can look for signs of pre-operational surveillance, weapons purchasing and bombmaking, and even the expressed intent to conduct an attack. Such activities are seemingly innocuous and often legal — taking photos at a tourist site, purchasing nail-polish remover, exercising the right of free speech — but sometimes these activities are carried out with the purpose of doing harm. The NYPD must figure out how to separate the innocent act from the threatening act, and this requires actionable intelligence.

    It is for this reason that the NYPD’s Demographics Unit, which is now apparently called the Zone Assessment Unit, has been carrying out open observation in neighborhoods throughout New York. Understanding local dynamics, down to the block-by-block level, provides the context for any threat reporting and intelligence that the NYPD receives. Also shaping perceptions are the thousands of calls to 911 and 1-888-NYC-SAFE that come in every day, partly due to the city’s “If you see something, say something” campaign. This input, along with observations by so-called rakers (undercover police officers) allows NYPD analysts to “connect the dots” and detect plots before an attack occurs. According to the AP reports, these rakers, who go to different neighborhoods, observe and interact with residents and look for signs of criminal or terrorist activity, have been primarily targeting Muslim neighborhoods. 

Mechanized freedom suppression arrives while U.S. sheep sleep
These undercover officers make the same observations that any citizen can make in places where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy. Indeed, law enforcement officers from the local to the federal level across the country have been doing this for a long time, looking for indicators of criminal activity in business, religious and public settings without presuming guilt.

    Long before the NYPD began looking for jihadists, local police have used the same methods to look for mafia activity in Italian neighborhoods, neo-Nazis at gun shows and music concerts, Crips in black neighborhoods and MS-13 members in Latino neighborhoods. Law enforcement infiltration into white hate groups has disrupted much of this movement in the United States. Location is a factor in any counterterrorism effort because certain targeted groups tend to congregate in certain places, but placing too much emphasis on classifications of people can lead to dangerous generalizations, which is why STRATFOR often writes about looking for the “how” rather than the “who.


Understanding New Threats and Tactics


    As the NYPD saw it, the department needed tactical information as soon as possible so it could change the threat posture. The department’s greatest fear was that a coordinated attack would occur on cities throughout the world and police in New York would not be ramped up in time to prevent or mitigate it. For example, an attack on transit networks in Europe at rush hour could be followed by an attack a few hours later in New York, when New Yorkers were on their way to work. This fear was almost realized with the 2004 train attacks in Madrid. Within hours of the attacks, NYPD officers were in Madrid reporting back to New York, but the NYPD claims the report they received from the FBI came 18 months later. There was likely some intelligence sharing prior to this report, but the perceived lack of federal responsiveness explains why the NYPD has embarked on its independent, proactive mission.

    NYPD officers reportedly are located in 11 cities around the world, and in addition to facilitating a more rapid exchange of intelligence and insight, these overseas operatives are also charged with developing liaison relationships with other police forces. And instead of being based in the U.S. Embassy like the FBI’s legal attache, they work on the ground and in the offices of the local police. The NYPD believes this helps the department better protect New York City, and it is willing to risk the ire of and turf wars with other U.S. agencies such as the FBI, which has a broader mandate to operate abroad.


Managing Oversight and Other Challenges


    The New York City Council does not have the same authority to conduct classified hearings that the U.S. Congress does when it oversees national intelligence activity. And the federal government has limited legal authority at the local level. What Public Safety Committee Chairman Vallone and federal government sources are implying is that they are not willing to take on oversight responsibilities in New York. In other words, while there are concerns about the NYPD’s activities, they are happy with the way the department is working and want to let it continue, albeit with more accountability. As oversight exists now, Kelly briefs Vallone on various NYPD operations, and even with more scrutiny from the City Council, any operations are likely be approved.

    The NYPD still has to keep civil rights concerns in mind, not only because of a legal or moral responsibility but also to function successfully. As soon as the NYPD is seen as a dangerous presence in a neighborhood rather than a protective asset, it will lose access to the intelligence that is so important in preventing terrorist attacks. The department has plenty of incentive to keep its officers in line.


Threats and Dimwits


    One worry is that the NYPD is overly focused on jihadists, rather than other potential threats like white supremacists, anarchists, foreign government agents or less predictable “lone wolves.” 

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The attack by Anders Breivik in Oslo, Norway, reminded police departments and security services worldwide that tunnel vision focused on jihadists is dangerous. If the NYPD is indeed focusing only on Muslim neighborhoods (which it probably is not), the biggest problem is that it will fail in its security mission, not that it will face prosecution for racial profiling. The department has ample incentive to think about what the next threat could be and look for new and less familiar signs of a pending attack. Simple racial profiling will not achieve that goal.

    The modern history of terrorism in New York City goes back to a 1916 attack by German saboteurs on a New Jersey arms depot that damaged buildings in Manhattan. However unlikely, these are the kinds of threats that the NYPD will also need to think about as it tries to keep its citizens safe. The alleged Iranian plot to carry out an assassination in the Washington area underscores the possibility of state-organized sabotage or terrorism.

   That there have been no successful terrorist attacks in New York City since 9/11 cannot simply be attributed to the NYPD. In the Faisal Shahzad case, the fact that his improvised explosive device did not work was just as important as the quick response of police officers in Times Square. Shahzad’s failure was not a result of preventive intelligence and counterterrorism work. U.S. operations in Afghanistan and other countries that have largely disrupted the al Qaeda network have also severely limited its ability to attack New York again.

    The NYPD’s counterterrorism and intelligence efforts are still new and developing. As such, they are unconstrained compared to those of the larger legacy organizations at the federal level. At the same time, the department’s activities are unprecedented at the local level. As its efforts mature, the pendulum of domestic security and civil liberties will remain in motion, and the NYPD will face new scrutiny in the coming year, including judicial oversight, which is an important standard in American law enforcement. The challenge for New York is finding the correct balance between guarding the lives and protecting the rights of its people.

This STRATFOR Report:  Growing Concern Over the NYPD's Counterterrorism Methods is republished with permission and thanks from The 5th Estate.

Feinstein: U.S. on ‘collision course’ with Iran

Diane "The Mummy" Feinstein climbs on to "desensitize" American sheep to eventual Iran invasion, WWIII

Agence France-Presse


A leading Democrat warned Sunday that United States and Iran are on a “collision course” as Tehran steps up its nuclear program and escalates hostilities with its alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington.

    But Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said this was not the time for war with Iran, but for stronger international sanctions to change its behavior.

Feinstein thinks she will be safe in her bunker
“Iran is escalating, I believe, its nuclear development. Iran is increasingly hostile,” she said in an interview with Fox News Sunday. “It’s a very dangerous situation.”

“If you project out a number of years, we are on a collision course. If we want to avoid it, we have to take action to avoid it,” she said.

    Feinstein said that, like others, she was initially skeptical of the alleged plot by Iran’s Quds Force to hire members of a Mexican drug cartel to kill Saudi Ambassador to Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, with a bomb in a restaurant.

    But after being briefed on the evidence, she concluded it was a “dead bang” case, with compelling signals intelligence and a confession by the Iranian-American used car dealer who was arrested in the plot September 29.

Combat ready:  Qud Forces take fatal casualties in training
 She said there was evidence that Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force, knew about the plot. Soleimani is believed to report to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but Feinstein said there was no evidence Khamenei knew about the plot.

    The Quds Force is the special operations arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and has been accused of using proxies for attacks on US forces in Iraq and as far afield as Argentina, where a truck bombing devastated a Jewish community center in 1994, killing 85.

   “Iran reaches out around Iran, but to cross to the other side of the world and try and attack in this country is an escalation, and that’s what concerns us and I think that’s what concerns the Saudis as well,” said Feinstein.

    Feinstein said there “could well be” ongoing plots in other countries.

No rotation for Quds Forces, just gas and lead
 “I don’t think this is just an isolated thing that suddenly came up when they have never done these kinds of things before,” she said. “They have done these kinds of things before and this is certainly a continuum, but an extension and an escalation.”

But when asked whether the United States should go on the offensive against the Quds Force, she cautioned: “It probably would escalate into a war, and the question is: do we want to go to war with Iran at this time? My judgment is no.

“We have our hands full with Iraq, with Afghanistan, with the deteriorating relationship with Pakistan,” she said.

    “Our country should not be looking to go to war. I think we should be looking to stop bad behavior, short of war,” she said.

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Wayne Madsen: U.S. engaged in military operations against Pakistani forces

Obama and his GOP/corporate masters targeting Pakistan nukes; U.S. military near mutiny

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen

The editor's recent article, "Next Stop is Pakistan," regarding plans for a U.S. military strike on that country, has elicited responses from both the U.S. and Pakistani military sides. Writing in Pakistan's The Nation, Khalid Iqbal, retired Air Commodore and former assistant chief of air staff of the Pakistan Air Force, cites the following: "An American writer, Wayne Madsen, recently claimed: 'Pakistan is next on the target list of nations that will soon be feeling the military muscle of the US.......unlike other Muslim nations that have been subjected to its military intervention, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. Pakistan’s ultimate prize for the West is its nuclear weapons arsenal . . . The plans have been coordinated between the CIA, RAW and Mossad.'"

Nuclear Pakistan will not roll over like Afghanistan and Iraq
Iqbal adds, "the US always wanted to get to Pakistan’s nukes."

After reading "Next Stop is Pakistan," a senior U.S. military source in Kandahar, Afghanistan revealed the following:

"The saber rattling has led Pakistan to rotate its normal border patrol agents with Army regulars in recent weeks and Afghan security forces are in a state of high alert. While it does not get much press, there is already considerable cross-border conflict in the form of raids, shelling and regular movement of people and material at night, usually through groups that are proxies for other entities.  And there have been cross border protests and counter protests -- that may be a healthy political expression for this part of the world - but which have further exacerbated the tensions."

     With the Obama administration currently ratcheting up tensions with Iran as a result of claiming a "Made in Hollywood" plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, and actual hostilities breaking out between mostly U.S. and Pakistani proxies on the Afghan-Pakistani border, the question whether Obama is mentally fit for office becomes more than politically rhetorical.

Calling for Iranian blood: Obama, GOP will never give up

War Criminals Obama and GOP will not stop until stopped; Once more Iran used to deflect economy crash, protect criminal bankers

Greanville Post Bulletin
By Dwight Carlson

NEWSMAX, a site notorious for its strident, often scurrilous rightwing content, and amply funded and supported from inception by some of the most prominent rightwingers and cryptofascists in America is already hysterically banging the drums for an attack on Iran (see below), on the usual pretexts used by the empire and its international accomplices to stampede the American public into rubber-stamping yet another military adventure.

UN "Ambassador" Susan "Butch" Rice is anything but
The evidence so far—riddled with contradictions—suggests an extremely inept conspiracy or provocation, and in any case this is an issue to be treated and resolved judicially as a police matter, not a casus belli. No attack of any kind was being planned on the American homeland, per se, nor on US citizens.  Incidentally, many on the lamestream media are already calling this putative murder attempt on the Saudi Ambassador “the only case of its kind on American soil” (CBS Early Show, 12.12.11).  

    Grotesque ignorance, selective amnesia, and bad faith underscore much of the corporate media output, especially on nincompoop television, but for these so-called journalists to forget that the Chilean DINA under Augusto Pinochet, and with the connivance of US intelligence services, blew up prominent Pinochet critic Orlando Letelier in 1976 literally on “Embassy Row”, also killing his assistant Ronni Moffet, an American citizen, is the height of—what should we call it—professional malpractice? But we digress. The issue here is that about THAT sordid event the self-righteous but unfailingly hypocritical rightwing media was curiously restrained; no loud voices were heard asking for any sort of military retaliation against Chile.  Of course, the butchering Pinochet was one of their own, and a creature made possible by a web of intrigue run from Washington itself, or, more precisely, by the boys at McLean, Virginia. 

    Poor little Chile was no Iran. We know that. And, what’s more, whatever importance Chile had for the US government in the 1970s (the perennially feared spread of socialism?), Iran in 2011 remains a much bigger thorn (and prize) on the American and Israeli hegemonic radar for the region. So pretexts to “handle it the proper way” must be found, and demonization is again the order of the day.

War Criminal Henry Kissinger ordered the killing of Allende
For such shady enterprises the rightwing media machine, true to its nature, has little need of prodding. Constantly peddling imbecilities and lies to push national policy to the right, in these cases it provides the “heat” to spark accusations that the government is “being soft” on the enemy du jour.  Since most American politicians are distinguished for their opportunism and cowardice in the face of taunts from the right, it’s not entirely out of the question that the Obama White House will cave in once again, and consent to some sort of stupid military action to show it’s not “soft on Iran.” After all, with sagging approval numbers, Obama may be tempted to try another little war to rally the people round the flag while boosting his home ratings. It usually works, doesn’t it? Let’s hope that cooler heads will prevail, including inside the Pentagon, where we should expect to find someone in a position of authority who knows firsthand the true price of war.

    Meantime, for the folks at Newsmax and their brethren in the conservative media circuit,  it’s clear this jerrybuilt attempt at murder amply justifies the maximum response (we quote at length to remind the audience what kind of mentality we’re dealing with here. Note the redundancies and non sequiturs):

“Kessler: Bomb Iran Now for Washington Terror Plot”

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011
By Martin Gould

The Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador and blow up the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington is a clear act of war says former Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Newsmax chief Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler — with Kessler adding the plot should be answered with a U.S attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. 

The plot will “heighten the tensions throughout the Middle East… These are acts of war, and they need to be viewed and treated as such,” said Hoekstra, the former ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.

Ignoring the magnitude of the plot by treating it as a criminal conspiracy — rather than an act of aggression by a rogue nation — would be appeasement on a par with America’s acts at the beginning of World War II, said Kessler, an intelligence expert and best-selling author of books on the CIA and FBI.

“This plot shows how foolhardy it is to continue to allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon without taking it out,” said Kessler. “The U.S. should bomb their nuclear facilities before Iran gets a nuclear weapon which could be in the next year or two.”

Kessler described the plot to attack sites in our nation’s capital as “an act of war,” adding, “It’s the first overt sign of what everyone has feared, that Iran is a totally out-of-control government, an enemy and a threat. 

“To just ignore it and be in denial, as the U.S. government has been, is risking our lives.” 
Hoekstra also blasted the Obama administration’s attempts at appeasing Iran. But he stopped short of calling for an attack.

    And bla bla bla, etc.  You get the idea.

    Frequently adulterating history, the rightwing media have succeeded in polluting the minds of countless Americans (and Britons, too) for generations, so the above is in keeping with their long-established tradition and self-assigned mission. Apparently these armchair warriors and chickenhawks have no compunction about stoking a much wider war in the Middle East & Central Asia, as if the US had not already done enough lethal meddling in that martyred region. 
    Dwight Carlson currently resides in the U.K., where he hopes to finish his first novel.



The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of



The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.



Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.



By Robert S. Finnegan

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.