Wednesday, December 07, 2011

UPDATE : 55 now dead in Kabul "sectarian" bombings;" did CIA do it

Bombings bear imprint, M/O of CIA
The Hindu Times

A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shia worshippers at a mosque in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 55 people in the deadliest of two attacks on a Shia holy day the first major sectarian assaults since the fall of the Taliban a decade ago.

     Four other Shia Muslims were killed in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif when a bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded as a convoy of Afghan Shiites was driving down the road, shouting slogans for the festival known as Ashoura. Health Ministry spokesman Sakhi Kargar gave the death toll and said 21 people also were wounded in that attack.

Casualty numbers will likely rise
The Kabul bomber blew himself up in the midst of a crowd of men, women and children gathered outside the Abul Fazl shrine to commemorate the seventh century death of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein. Some men were beating themselves in mourning and food was being distributed.

    The shrine, which is near the Presidential palace, was packed with worshippers and dozens more were crammed into the courtyard. One witness said the bomber was at the end of a line and detonated his explosives near one of the gates to the shrine.

     Sayed Kabir Amiri, who is in charge of Kabul hospitals said 54 were killed and more than 160 wounded in the blast. He said casualties were taken to several hospitals and the toll could rise.

    Religiously motivated attacks on Shia Muslims are rare in Afghanistan although they are common in neighbouring Pakistan. No group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s blasts, reminiscent of the wave of sectarian attacks that shook Iraq during the height of the war there.

     The Taliban strongly condemned the two attacks and said in a statement to news organisations that they deeply regretted that innocent Afghans were killed and wounded. 
Sectarian violence rare in Kabul; is this a setup? *
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, speaking at a news conference after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, said the attack was unprecedented in scope.

    He said it was “the first time that on such an important religious day in Afghanistan terrorism of that horrible nature is taking place.”

     Mohammad Bakir Shaikzada, the top Shia cleric in Kabul, said he could not remember a similar attack having taken place on such a scale.

    “This is a crime against Muslims during the holy day of Ashoura. We Muslims will never forget these attacks. It is the enemy of the Muslims who are carrying them out,” he said, declining to place blame.

      Shia Muslims make up about 20 per cent of Afghanistan’s 30 million people, most of them ethnic Hazaras. Although thousands of Hazaras were massacred by the Taliban during fighting in the 1990s, Afghan insurgents nearly all of them Sunnis in recent years have focused their attacks primarily on U.S.-led NATO troops and Afghan security forces.

     It was unclear whether Tuesday’s attacks mark a change in Afghan Taliban strategy or were carried out by al-Qaeda or another group based in Pakistan, where Sunni attacks on Shias are common. Hard-line Sunnis consider Shias non-believers because their customs and traditions differ from the majority sect.

     The last incident of violence between Shias and Sunnis following the U.S. invasion 10 years ago occurred in early 2006, during Ashoura commemorations in the western city of Herat. During those riots, blamed on Islamic extremists, five people were killed and more than 50 injured.

Blast opened old wounds, stoked suspicions
Mahood Khan, who is in charge of the Abul Fazl shrine, said the explosion occurred just outside a courtyard where dozens of worshippers were lined up as they filed in and out of the packed building.

    A few minutes after the blast, bodies could be seen loaded into the trunks of cars while wounded were led away by friends and relatives. Survivors wept in the streets.

     “It was a very powerful blast,” Mr. Khan said. “The food was everywhere. It was out of control. Everyone was crying, shouting. It is a disaster.”

     Mustafa, a shopkeeper, said he and his mother were delivering food to the worshippers when the blast occurred. Two groups of 150 to 200 people from Kabul had just prayed at the shrine and left.

No wonder Bush was in such a good mood all the time
Another group of more than 100 from Logar province was entering when the explosion occurred. He said the suicide bomber was at the end of the line of worshippers from Logar when he blew himself up near one of the gates to the shrine.

“It was very loud. My ears went deaf and I was blown 3 meters,” said Mr. Mustafa, who uses only one name. “There was smoke and red blood on the floor of the shrine. There were people lying everywhere.”

     The shrine is close to the palace where Mr. Karzai lives and who is in Europe to attend an international conference on Afghanistan. It is named after Abul Fazl, who was an adviser to a 14th century Mogul emperor. The shrine and its blue minaret is one of Kabul’s better known shrines. It is located in Murad Khane area near the Kabul river, a district that has been listed by the World Monuments Fund as one of its 100 most endangered sites of cultural heritage.

*  This is CIA's modus operandi:  When all else fails, bomb Christian churches, Mosques.  They tried this during the Bali bombings of 2002 - the first rescue team in and last out was comprised of heroes:  An all Muslim rescue team - Ed.

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Syrian deserters battle army as tensions soar

Syrian deserters battle army as tensions soar: Any military that steps into this will sustain massive casualties

Khaleej Times


Syrian army deserters took on regular soldiers trying to assault Dael in the southern flashpoint province of Daraa on Tuesday, activists said, as the Arab League mulled a regime offer to allow in observers.
    “There are fierce battles in Daraa between groups of deserters and the regular security forces trying to break into Dael and raid the town to make arrests,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement. 
Syrian Deserters:  Who pays them?  CIA?
 It said the security forces were making arrests around Dael, and “carrying out acts of vandalism, burning motorcycles and shops and wildly firing live ammunition and sound grenades to terrify residents.”
The Observatory said landlines and cellphone telecommunications in the area were also cut off from early morning.
     On Monday, the watchdog had said mutinous soldiers killed four members of the security forces, including an officer, in Dael.
    The violence comes as the Arab League examined conditions set by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for observers to enter Syria, where the UN says a crackdown on dissent since March has killed 4,000 people.
    The Cairo-based League, which has threatened to impose new sanctions on Damascus if it fails to comply with a plan for monitors, said it was considering a conditional Syrian offer to allow them into the country.
    Syria had initially refused to sign an Arab proposal to send in observers to monitor its forces accused of rights violations by the United Nations.
    But in a letter sent to the Arab League late on Sunday as a League deadline was set to expire, Assad’s regime said it would accept monitors if its conditions were met. 
Deserters enjoy public support - for now
“The Syrian government responded positively to the signing of the protocol” on observers “based on the Syrian understanding of this cooperation,” foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi told reporters.
    While confirming the receipt of a letter from Damascus outlining the about-face, Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi said it contained “new demands.”
   “We’ve contacted Arab foreign ministers and they have been apprised of the Syrian letter,” Arabi said, adding that consultations were under way.
    Adding to the tensions, and with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set to meet Syrian dissidents in Switzerland on Tuesday, state news agency SANA reported that military manoeuvres on Sunday night.
    It said they were “part of a 2011 training programme... to deter any enemy attack.”
    An opposition figure said this was an act of defiance to signal that “the regime is ready to up the stakes if serious pressure continues to be exerted on it.” 
Syrian Army buries it's dead
Makdisi denied to reporters that the exercises were meant as a message “to anyone,” but acknowledged “Syria finds itself in a complicated situation.”

    In Israel, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Syrian long-range missile tests detected by the Jewish state show that the Assad regime was doomed.
    “Just a few days ago, just a few hundred kilometres (miles) northeast of this spot, we saw the firing of all sorts of rockets,” Barak’s office quoted him as saying during a tour of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.
    “The Assad family is losing its grip and Bashar al-Assad is doomed to fall,” Barak added. “I don’t know if it will take weeks or months but there is no redemption for that family which today is slaughtering its own people.”
   The Britain-based Observatory on Monday reported that militiamen loyal to the regime killed 34 civilians and dumped their bodies in a city square in the restive central city of Homs.
      It said one activist reported seeing “the bodies of 34 civilians, in a square in the pro-regime neighbourhood of Al-Zahra, who had been abducted by the shabiha (militiamen) on Monday.” 
Syrian SCUD's
The civilians, it said, had been seized from several “anti-regime neighbourhoods” in the city.
In addition to its suspension from the Arab League and sanctions by the 22-member pan-Arab body, Syria has also been hit by a raft of EU and US sanctions.
    The UN Human Rights Council has also passed a resolution “strongly condemning the continued widespread, systematic and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities.”
    Damascus blames “armed terrorist groups” for the unrest and rejected the resolution as “unjust,” saying it was “prepared in advance by parties hostile to Syria.”
    Clinton is due to meet seven political opponents of Assad in Geneva on Tuesday, as Washington sees Damascus increasingly isolated over its crushing of pro-democracy protests.
  She first met members of Syria’s disparate opposition in Washington on August 2. 

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OPINION : Is war on terror complete hoax? Paul Craig Roberts reveals how social engineers infected America with mass paranoia

American is stretched tighter than a banjo string and Americans ready to revolt

Natural News
By Mike Adams


What if there weren't any real terrorists threatening America and the whole thing was just made up to justify a military agenda? A rational person might say that if we're all going to give up our rights, and our Fourth Amendment, and have U.S. troops in the streets running checkpoints, then logically there should at least be some evidence that America has been infiltrated with terrorists, right? Or, more specifically, evidence from a reliable source that has not already been caught lying about terrorism, which would exclude the federal government, of course.

    Look around you today: Do you see any terrorists? Any "towel heads" aiming guns at your family? Anybody walking around with a vest full of explosives? Nope.

Deadly mini-Jihadi
Have you ever seen the TSA catch a terrorist at the airport? Ever read a news report of the TSA catching a terrorist? Ever heard of an Air Marshall stopping a terrorist in-flight? Nope.

Have you ever heard of the FBI halting a terrorist plot that they didn't fabricate, plan and carry out themselves? (All the terror plots "stopped" by the FBI are, on the record, planned and carried out by the FBI itself.) (

   Seriously. Clear the cobwebs out of your head for a moment and think logically: Where are all these "terrorists" that we're supposed to be afraid of and give up our rights for? Where are they?

    Now, of course, the government can and will, from time to time, stage some sort of terrorist event to remind everyone to be afraid. That's a given. In classic Orwellian protocol, any war that grants a government unlimited power will be indefinitely sustained.

    This is why the "War on Terror" was declared against a tactic, not a nation or a person. That way, the so-called "war" can be carried out indefinitely. A war with no end. Perpetual tyranny. At first, if you remember, we were told we needed TSA agents at the airports because of Osama Bin Laden, remember? He was the "mastermind" who was going to cause airplanes to fall out of the sky. So what happened after he was killed and removed from the picture? The U.S. government announced the terror threat was now "even higher" because Bin Laden's loyal supporters would now seek revenge.

Do you see how, under this brand of sick logic, the war on terror will go on indefinitely? They can always claim someone else is dangerous... there's always a new boogeyman when it serves the interests of the state. That's why it's now obvious that this war has been entirely fabricated to achieve specific political and social agendas.

The war on terror is a hoax

    The best article yet written on this subject was penned by none other than Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal.

    As Roberts explains: (

"The US government creates whatever new bogeymen and incidents are necessary to further the neoconservative agenda of world hegemony and higher profits for the armaments industry."

     He goes on to provide details:

"If we look around for the terror that the police state and a decade of war has allegedly protected us from, the terror is hard to find. Except for 9/11 itself, assuming we accept the government’s improbable conspiracy theory explanation, there have been no terror attacks on the US. Indeed, as RT pointed out on August 23, 2011, an investigative program at the University of California discovered that the domestic “terror plots” hyped in the media were plotted by FBI agents."

"As there apparently are no real terror plots for this huge workforce to uncover, the FBI justifies its budget, terror alerts, and invasive searches of American citizens by thinking up “terror plots” and finding some deranged individuals to ensnare. For example, the Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York city subway plot, the plot to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago were all FBI brainchilds organized and managed by FBI agents."

     Robert goes on to explain the real motivation behind the war on terror. It's not to fight terrorism, as has been publicly claimed, but rather to scare Americans into a state of blind obedience to a police state government:

"When I observe the gullibility of my fellow citizens at the absurd “terror plots” that the US government manufactures, it causes me to realize that fear is the most powerful weapon any government has for advancing an undeclared agenda. Apparently, Americans, or most of them, are so ruled by fear that they suffer no remorse from “their” government’s murder and dislocation of millions of innocent people. In the American mind, one billion “towel-heads” have been reduced to terrorists who deserve to be exterminated."

     And commenting on the TSA's total thuggishness and criminality, Roberts writes:

"One of America’s finest moments is the case, documented on YouTube, of a dying woman in a wheelchair, who requires special food, having her food thrown away by the Gestapo TSA despite the written approval from the Transportation Safety Administration, her daughter arrested for protesting, and the dying woman in the wheelchair left alone in the airport."

A nation of gullible, paranoia-stricken slaves

    What's really amazing in all this is how easily the American people are sucked into believing all the imaginary fairytale terrorists. These stilted beliefs are driving national decisions about security, defense spending, Presidential elections and even the Bill of Rights.

     What America needs to do right now is wake from its dreamy slumber and realize The Emperor Has No Clothes! The war on terror is a fabrication. The whole "if you see something, say something" campaign is a hypnosis script for mass paranoia. The airport security checkpoints are not designed to make flying safer but to make the American people more terrified.

CIA creation:  Osama Bin Laden
Every element of the so-called "war on terror" is a complete fabrication, just as the original war on Iraq was a total fabrication with its WMDs and fabricated yellowcake uranium claims which turned out to be utter falsehoods.

Of course, if the American people actually got close to waking up and realizing the whole war on terror was a complete fabrication, you can rest assured an event would be staged to instill fear in the minds of the people once again. All the FBI would have to do, for example, is allow one of their many engineered terror plots to continue all the way. The FBI, as you probably know, already provides the terror plots, the weapons, the money, the grenades, ammunition, and anything else necessary for its chosen terror suspects to carry out these acts of violence. It then takes credit for halting these attacks, pretending to be protecting us from the very plots it engineered in the first place ( (

    It obviously wouldn't take much for the FBI to simply allow a mass shooting in a mall or a sports stadium, for example -- even as such acts were carried out with hardware supplied by the FBI itself! Here, crazy kid, take some antidepressant drugs, an AR-15 and some FBI ammunition, and go shoot up the local mall, they might say. And there are crazy enough youngsters in America who would carry it out, sadly.

    Such an act would immediately be heralded by the corrupt mainstream media as yet more evidence that we're "losing" the war on terror and therefore we need police checkpoints at every street corner; we need military personnel strip-searching everyone in U.S. cities; and we need to eliminate cash from society so that we can track everybody's purchases via electronic instruments. Heck, we need to just end the entire Bill of Rights! Who needs "rights" when all these police are everywhere to protect us, right?

    So you can expect such acts of violence to be engineered and unleashed upon America in the very near future by the very institutions that claim to be protecting us from terror. In reality, they are the real terrorists in the classic sense of the word. "Terrorism" means, by definition, the use of fear tactics to achieve a political or social goal. There is no better example that fits the definition perfectly than the Department of Homeland Security itself, which is far more interested in figuring out how to INFECT people with fear rather than to PROTECT them from real terrorism.

America's government owes the Arab-American community a huge apology

    What is especially insidious in all this is how these government elements who fabricate all these terror plots specifically work to entrap Arab Americans and others who "look" like terrorists because they are of Middle Eastern descent.

    Through these actions, the U.S. government has unleashed a generation of hatred against Arab-Americans, Iranian-Americans and other groups of completely innocent people who are now subjected to social shunning, ridicule and suspicion by the rest of American society. People of Middle Eastern descent are looked at in America today with the kind of condescending disdain that blacks once suffered under just a few generations ago (and in some areas, even today). Some of the demeaning vocabulary has even been grafted onto the new victims, who are viciously called "sand ni...ers" as if that somehow justifies marginalizing their very existence.

    On this historical point, by the way, at least when African Americans were held as slaves, they knew they were enslaved! But all the delusional white people running around America today dialing 911 because they saw some guy using CASH -- OMG! -- still don't realize that they are far more enslaved than the plantation workers ever were. All these CNN-watching, clock-punching, government-worshipping morons are slaving away 60 hours a week to feed their money into a system that has already plotted to destroy them (and steal their wealth, too). They are the "mindlessly enslaved masses" of our modern world, and they have no clue they are enslaved at all.

Government is guilty of hate crimes

    Getting back to the condemnation of Arab-Americans and others of Middle Eastern descent, that the government has specifically targeted these people to be entrapped in terror plot crimes is one of the most outrageous examples of a hate crime against an entire society. It is shameful beyond belief that a government which wants to make it illegal for citizens to engage in "hate crimes" against other citizens has effectively unleashed the greatest hate crime in history by demonizing huge swaths of American citizens whose parents happened to be Persian, or Kuwaiti, or Iraqi, or Saudi.

    You know who is carrying out the real terror in America today? It's not the "towel heads" to borrow a vulgar a highly inappropriate phrase from those who push this agenda. No, it's the beer-bellied, white-faced, ego-driven, child-molesting TSA agents who terrorize tens of thousands of innocent air passengers every single day by stripping them down in those secret little rooms behind the security checkpoint naked body scanners -- which are themselves another form of electronic strip searches that violate fundamental human rights.

    And all the people out there who acquiesce to the tyranny, the in-your-pants searches by the TSA, the restrictions of free speech protests, and the coming "secret detainment" provisions just passed by the U.S. Senate (, you are all fools and suckers who have been brainwashed into a state of irrational paranoia.

Those who foolishly believe the fabricated war on terror are the ultimate pessimists

    You who have bought into all this fabricated terror nonsense are the worst "doom-and-gloomers" of our time, living your lives in a constant state of fear and despair, fretting about invisible imaginary terrorists who you think are going to magically leap out of your luggage and blow up an airplane. You've been indoctrinated by the "if you see something, say something" paranoia, and you've been hoodwinked by a bunch of social engineers who know how to manipulate fear to achieve their desired political (and military) agendas.

    It's pathetic. And it's the oldest trick in the government book, of course: Use the fear of terror to manipulate the public into supporting a police state agenda which concentrates power in the hands of the executive branch, which quickly becomes a military dictatorship. Read your history, folks, or you will stupidly repeat it.

    It might also be worth your time to read George Orwell's 1984 novel, as it's very nearly a blueprint for the Department of Homeland Security's "perpetual war" fraud.

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George W. Bush cancels visit to Swiss charity gala over fears he could be arrested on torture charges

The United States cannot be a Republic again until Bush, Blair, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, Petraeus and the rest are tried for - among other things - War Crimes

Daily Mail

Global Research Editor's Note:
The decision of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal on November 22, 2011 has a bearing on other jurisdictions where Bush and Blair may be arrested on war crimes charges.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland over fears he could have been arrested on torture charges.

    Mr Bush was due to be the keynote speaker at a Jewish charity gala in Geneva on February 12.

    But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the country.

    Criminal complaints against Mr Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials said.

    Human rights groups said they had intended to submit a 2,500-page case against him in the Swiss city tomorrow for alleged mistreatment of suspected militants at Guantanamo Bay.
Left-wing groups have also called for a protest on the day of his visit, leading organisers at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner to cancel Mr Bush's participation on security grounds.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) said the cancellation was linked to growing moves told him accountable for the use of torture, including waterboarding.

    He had admitted in his memoirs and TV interviews to ordering the use of the interrogation technique which simulates drowning.

   Reed Brody, a lawyer for Human Rights Watch, said: 'He's avoiding the handcuffs.'

Protest: Mr Bush was due to be keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod's annual charity dinner, but organisers pulled out over security concerns

   The action in Switzerland showed Mr Bush had reason to fear legal complaints against him if he travelled to countries that have ratified an international treaty banning torture, he said.

    Mr Brody is a U.S.-trained lawyer who specialises in pursuing war crimes, including Chile's late dictator Augusto Pinochet and Chad's ousted president Hissene Habre.

 Admission: Mr Bush defended the use of waterboarding in his memoir 'Decision Points' as key at avoiding a repeat of the September 11 attacks

    Habre has been charged by Belgium with crimes against humanity and torture and is currently exiled in Senegal.

International Criminal Court:  Next stop for Bush
He said: 'President Bush has admitted ordering waterboarding which everyone considers to be a form of torture under international law.

'Under the Convention on Torture, authorities would have been obliged to open an investigation and either prosecute or extradite George Bush.'

Swiss judicial officials have said that the former president would still enjoy a certain diplomatic immunity as a former head of state.

    Dominique Baettig, a member of the Swiss parliament from the People's Party, wrote to the Swiss federal government last week calling for his arrest if he came to the neutral country.

    In his 'Decision Points' memoirs, Mr Bush strongly defended the use of waterboarding as key to preventing a repeat of the September 11 attacks on the U.S.

    Most human rights experts consider the practice a form of torture, banned by the Convention on Torture.

    Switzerland and the U.S. are among 147 countries that have ratified the 1987 treaty.

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UPDATE : Shia shrines targeted in deadly Afghan blasts

At least 20 people killed in suicide blast at Kabul shrine as hundreds mark Ashoura, while four dead in northern city; American military casualties go unreported in "mainstream" media unless it is government lies

Al Jazeera

Two bomb blasts apparently targeting Shia Muslim shrines as hundreds of people gathered to mark the day of Ashoura have killed at least 24 people and injured scores more, according to Afghan police and media reports.

    At least 20 people were killed by a suicide bomber who detonated explosives at the gate of the Abu-Ul Fazil shrine in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, a security official told the AFP news agency.

Casualties likely to rise
Al Jazeera's Jennifer Glasse, reporting from the blast site in Kabul, said police had confirmed the death toll. The ministry of health said that 67 people had also been injured.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to take the wounded to hospital while some berated police for allowing the attack to occur on a major religious holiday, but the scene was soon calm, our correspondent said.

    Four people were also killed and four injured in a separate blast, caused by a bomb carried on a bicycle, near a mosque in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif, a district police chief said.

   Kabul has been targeted by a series of bold attacks in recent months, include assaults on the US embassy, a major hotel and the offices of the British Council.

   The blasts occurred as Shias gathered to carry out religious rituals to mark one of the most significant days in their calendar.

  Ashoura, a public holiday in Afghanistan, is the Shia day of mourning commemorating the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

   Shias were banned from marking Ashoura in public under the Taliban. This year, there are more Ashoura monuments around the city than usual including black shrines and flags.

CIA tactics:  Rash of sectarian violence timing raises questions
And a bomb placed in a motorcycle exploded in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday afternoon, injuring three civilians, a spokesman for the provincial governor said.

The blast came shortly after those in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif city killed at least 4. The site of the Kandahar blast was not near any mosque or shrine.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the blasts from the Taliban or other armed groups operating in Afghanistan.

    The attacks came shortly after a major conference on Afghanistan's future, held in the German city of Bonn, 10 years after talks there which put in place an interim government after US-led troops toppled the Taliban.

    However, Pakistan and the Taliban - both seen as pivotal to any end to the bloody strife in Afghanistan - decided to stay away from the talks, undermining already modest hopes for real progress.

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BioWar : Elite develop Genetically engineered weapons to eliminate ethnic and racial groups

Sick humans that believe they are Gods, want to cull human "herd" of "useless eaters" (Henry Kissinger), undesirables, "breeders"

The 5th Estate

This is a furtherance of evil experimentation taking place with stolen U.S. taxpayer money.

DNA helix
America and Japan are two of the many countries participating in efforts by rogue virologists and their associates to weaponize H5N1 - indeed, they have already created a "novel" virus capable of jumping species and are working diligently and with all speed to finally get it airborne, which has been their goal all along.  If they have not already, they will succeed eventually, and sooner rather than later.

The CDC has had the virus for thirteen years now, plenty of time to get it right. 

    One of the trial runs was SARS.

    Then Obama played host for the plague that never was.  What happened to that plague, and why is there a media blackout on it?  

    Looks like Obama knew something the public didn't.


STRATFOR : A Deadly U.S. Attack on Pakistani Soil

Obama, CIA, Clinton responsible for deaths, breakdown in relations

By Nate Hughes

In the early hours of Nov. 26 on the Afghan-Pakistani border, what was almost certainly a flight of U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and an AC-130 gunship killed some two dozen Pakistani servicemen at two border outposts inside Pakistan. Details remain scarce, conflicting and disputed, but the incident was known to have taken place near the border of the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar and the Mohmand agency of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The death toll inflicted by the United States against Pakistani servicemen is unprecedented, and while U.S. commanders and NATO leaders have expressed regret over the incident, the reaction from Pakistan has been severe.

Claims and Interests

    The initial Pakistani narrative of the incident describes an unprovoked and aggressive attack on well-established outposts more than a mile inside Pakistani territory — outposts known to the Americans and ones that representatives of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had visited in the past. The attack supposedly lasted for some two hours despite distressed communications from the outpost to the Pakistani military’s general headquarters in Rawalpindi.

At least 48 people were killed
The United States was quick to acknowledge that Pakistani troops were probably killed by attack aircraft providing close air support to a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol near the Kunar border, and while U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis, the head of U.S. Central Command, promised a high-level investigation, the United States and NATO seemed to be more interested in smoothing relations with Islamabad than endorsing or correcting initial reports about the specifics of the attack.

  What has ensued has been a classic media storm of accusations, counteraccusations, theories and specifics provided by unnamed sources that all serve to obscure the truth as much as they clarify it. Meanwhile, no matter what actually happened, aggressive spin campaigns have been launched to shape perceptions of the incident for myriad interests. 

    Given the longstanding tensions between Washington and Islamabad as well as a record of cross-border incidents, stakeholders will believe exactly what they want to believe about the Nov. 26 incident, and even an official investigation will have little bearing on their entrenched views.

The Framework

    While statements and accusations have often referenced NATO and the ISAF, it is U.S. forces that operate in this part of the country, and this close to the border the unit involved was likely operating under the aegis of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (the U.S. command in Afghanistan) rather than under the multinational ISAF. Indeed, many American allies have also expressed frustration over the incident, convinced that it undermines ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

Area map where incident occurred
Reports indicate that a U.S. special operations team (likely a platoon-sized element, but at least a 12-man detachment) accompanied by Afghan commandos (generally a seven-man squad accompanies a U.S. platoon, but 25- to 30-man platoons sometimes accompany 12-man U.S. teams) were involved in an engagement and called for close air support. It now seems clear that both sides opened fire at some point. At least one unidentified senior Pakistani defense official told The Washington Post that it had been the Pakistanis who fired first, opening up with mortars and machine guns after sending up an illumination round. However, most Pakistani sources continue to deny this.

    Given that Washington has been trying to smooth over already tense relations with Islamabad, such an aggressive attack taking place without provocation seems unlikely. In any event, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated by the CIA essentially have free rein in Pakistani airspace over the border area and are often used for targeted assassinations, meaning that the involvement of attack helicopters rather than UAVs does lend credence to the close air support claim. (The principle of hot pursuit, which is understood and often exercised by U.S. patrols along the border, might also have been applied.) 

The Border

    The “border” between Afghanistan and Pakistan in this area is part of the Durand Line agreed upon between the Afghan monarch and the colonial authority of British India in 1893. Not only is the border poorly marked, it also divides extraordinarily rugged terrain and essentially bisects the Pashtun population. And from the British perspective, the agreement was intended to establish a broad buffer between British and Russian interests in Central Asia by establishing a line along the distant, outer frontier of British India. British priorities had little to do with the day-to-day realities of a fixed linear boundary, and to this day the specific border exists primarily on paper.

    The border is characterized by a string of outposts — often little more than prepared fighting positions and some crude shelters that are difficult to distinguish between military, government or civilian structures — manned by the paramilitary Frontier Corps on the Pakistani side. These positions presumably are selected for their tactical value in monitoring and dominating the border, and the troops occupying those positions invariably know the general location of the border before them. Similarly, U.S. special operations teams are well trained and practiced in land navigation at night, regularly conduct operations in the area and are there to patrol that very border. Both sides know full well their general positions relative to the border.

Pakistani outpost involved in the Nov. 26 cross-border incident
The point is that, whatever the specifics of the Nov. 26 incident, it appears largely consistent with and governed by the underlying tactical realities of the border. A small Pakistani outpost that perceives a threatening, armed entity will take advantage of its position and heavier weaponry in engaging the force rather than let it slip any closer — and this will be more true the smaller and more isolated the garrison. Under fire, a U.S. interdiction patrol (as distinct from a reconnaissance patrol, for which breaking contact is prescribed if feasible) will move quickly to advantageous terrain dictated by the direction of fire and the immediate geography around it, regardless of the border. If the situation dictates, the patrol may engage in hot pursuit across the border after being attacked.

    The border is a highway for insurgents (both those who use Pakistan as a sanctuary for their fight in Afghanistan and those who are doing the reverse), other militants and supplies. That’s why the border outposts are manned and U.S.-Afghan teams conduct patrols — to interdict both types of insurgents. But it also means that there are plenty of armed formations moving around at night, and from the perspective of both a Pakistani outpost and a U.S. patrol, none of them is friendly.

Close Air Support

    Pakistani forces have regularly shelled targets on the Afghan side of the border, and on a number of occasions U.S. forces have killed Pakistani troops — in firefights, with artillery, with UAVs and with attack helicopters. Indeed, standard U.S. operating procedures allow Pakistani troops and militants alike to know the probable American response in a given tactical scenario — including what it takes to get close air support called in.

CIA Predator drone
Any dismounted American foot patrol that takes fire from both mortars and heavy machine guns is going to call for whatever fire support it can get. And given the frequency of incidents and the rugged terrain near the border, special operations teams operating near the border are likely to have a flight of Apaches close by ready to provide that support.

    The forward-looking infrared sensor mounted on the nose of the AH-64 Apache is capable of remarkable resolution — sufficient to make out not only adult individuals but the shapes of weapons they may be carrying. But the history of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is also rife with incidents where aircrews, acting on the information available to them (and with the context of being called in to support friendly forces under fire), engaged targets only later to find that the activity or weaponry had not been as it appeared — a reporter with a long, telephoto lens on a camera rather than a rocket launcher or children picking up pinecones instead of insurgents emplacing an improvised explosive device.

    Particularly on the border, the pilot and gunner are making the same distinction Pakistani outposts and American patrols are likely to make in the area: Armed individuals and groups not known to be friendly are probably hostile. The position of friendly forces will be communicated by the air controller in contact with the aircrew and also generally by infrared strobes or other means. Though the air controller will indicate the immediate threat, any non-friendly position could quickly be judged hostile. Any unit firing or maneuvering with what appears to be weaponry may quickly be deemed hostile in the exigency of the moment and the uncertainty of the environment based on limited information. And while ISAF has tightened its rules of engagement and added additional oversight for close air support in Afghanistan in response to domestic outrage over collateral damage, there is still going to be an enormous difference between the restraint exercised in, say, Marjah, where a population-centered counterinsurgency campaign is actively under way, and an isolated special operations patrol near the Pakistani border in an area known to be frequented by militants.

The Big Picture

    In a way, the Afghan-Pakistani border is a microcosm of the U.S.-Pakistani relationship. The U.S. patrols and the Pakistani outposts are there for entirely different and in some cases directly opposing reasons. The Pakistanis are spread thin in the FATA and are focusing their efforts on the Pakistani Taliban, which have their sights set on Islamabad. Not only are they less interested in confronting the Afghan Taliban as a matter of priority, but Pakistani national interest dictates maintaining a functional relationship with the Afghan Taliban as leverage in dealing with the United States and as a way to control Afghanistan as the United States and its allies begin to withdraw.

    Hence, elements of the Pakistani military and the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate are actively engaged in supporting the Afghan Taliban and have in some cases come to see common cause with them — not only in supporting the Afghan Taliban but also in actively undermining U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and disrupting Pakistani cooperation with the United States. Indeed, the timing and magnitude of the Nov. 26 incident — which was entirely plausible under a number of scenarios — calls into question whether it may have been staged or intended to provoke the response it did. Some reports have indicated that the Taliban may have staged an initial attack intended to draw the Pakistani positions and the American patrol into a firefight with each other.

    Whatever the case, factions that benefit from a greater division between Pakistan and the United States will be aided by the incident and subsequent public outcry — as will the Pakistani state, which is now holding its own cooperation hostage for better terms in its relationship with Washington.

    Ultimately, however, there is a reason for the long, established history of cross-border incidents and skirmishes. The United States and Pakistan are playing very different games for very different ends on both sides of the border and in Afghanistan. They have different adversaries and are playing on different timetables. The alliance is one of necessity but hobbled by incompatibility, and near-term American imperatives in Afghanistan — lines of supply, political progress, counterterrorism efforts — clash directly with the long-term American interest in a strong Pakistani state able to manage its territory and keep its nuclear arsenal secure. The near-term demands Washington has made on Islamabad weaken the state and divide the country. Obviously, the Pakistani government intends to retain its strength and keep the country as unified as possible.

    The reality is that as long as the political objectives that dictate U.S. and Pakistani military strategies and tactics are generally at odds, there will be tension and conflict. And as long as Pakistani and American forces are both patrolling a border that exists primarily on paper, they will be at odds. Tactically, this means armed groups with many divergent loyalties will be circling one another.

The Fallout

    What actually happened early on Nov. 26 is increasingly irrelevant; it is merely a symptom of larger issues that remain unresolved, and the fallout has already taken shape. Pakistan is leveraging the incident for everything it can and is already demonstrating its displeasure (both for political leverage and to satisfy an enraged domestic populace) by doing the following:

  • Closing the crucial border crossings at Torkham near the Khyber Pass and Chaman to the south
  • Giving the CIA 15 days to vacate the Shamsi air base in Balochistan from which it conducts UAV operations (though Pakistani airspace reportedly remains open to such flights)
  • Reviewing its intelligence and military cooperation with the United States and NATO
  • Boycotting the upcoming Dec. 5 Bonn conference on Afghanistan, though there are some hints already that it may reconsider; it is difficult to imagine what a conference on Afghanistan without Pakistan might achieve, but Islamabad would face other risks in not attending such a conference.
    The larger question is whether the calculus for an alliance of necessity between the United States and Pakistan still holds. As the American and allied withdrawal from Afghanistan accelerates, without a political understanding between Washington, Islamabad, Kabul and the Afghan Taliban, there is little prospect of American and Pakistani interests coming into any closer alignment. The United States and its allies are moving for the exits while the Pakistanis try to ensure optimal circumstances surrounding the withdrawal and at the same time ensure maximum leverage to manage whatever ends up being left behind. The two countries still have numerous incentives to continue cooperation, but all the ingredients for cross-border incidents and skirmishes — as well as the opportunity to stage, provoke and exploit those incidents and skirmishes — remain firmly in place.

This STRATFOR Intelligence Update is reprinted with permission and thanks from The 5th Estate.

Kronologi Letusan Gunung Gamalama


Jakarta -

Satu jam sebelum meletus pada Minggu malam lalu, status Gunung Gamalama dinaikan dari waspada ke siaga. Status waspada telah diberlakukan terhadap gunung berapi di Ternate, Maluku Utara, itu sejak 2008.

Berikut ini kronologi letusan Gunung Gamalama yang dipaparkan Kepala Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG), Surono. Paparan dari Mbah Rono itu dirilis oleh Staf Khusus Presiden bidang Bencana Alama, Andi Arief, Senin (5/12/2012).

8 Mei 2008
Dikenakan status wasapada waspada terhadap Gunung Gamalama di Pulau Ternate, Maluku Utara.

1 Desember 2011
Biasanya puncak Gunung Gamalama tertutup kabut. Tapi hari ini sesekali tampak asap putih tebal dengan ketinggian mencapai 150 meter dari puncak.

4 Desember 2011
Pukul 10:54 dan 11:29 WIT, terekam 2 kali gempa vulkanik dangkal.
Pukul 14:08 WIT, terekam satu kali gempa vulkanik dangkal.
Pukul 16:50-23:00 WIT, terjadi gempa bumi vulkanik dangkal mencapai 60 kejadian.
Pukul 18:31 dan 19:39 WIT terekam gempa tektonik terasa.
Pukul 22:58 WIT terekam getaran menerus/tremor vulkanik.
Pukul 23:00 WIT status Gunung Gamalama dinaikkan dari waspada menjadi siaga.

"Sebelumnya memberitahukan kepada Kepala BNPB, Kepala Badan Geologi, Kepala BPBD Kota Ternate dan Kepala BPBD Prov Malut," ujar Mbah Rono.

Pukul 00:008 WIT, tercatat kejadian letusan.

"Pemantauan visual ke arah puncak terhalang kabut dan hujan lebat, listrik padam, namun suara gemuruh terdengar hingga jarak 4 km dari puncak, abu letusan tersebar ke arah Selatan-Timur," papar Mbah Rono.


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Israel and Syria brace for regional war between mid-Dec. 2011 and mid-Jan 2012

Israeli, American public being led down path to total war in the Middle East, WWIII by Obama, Netanyahu


The actions and words of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Syrian ruler Bashar Assad in the last 72 hours indicate they are poised for a regional war, including an attack on Iran, for some time between December 2011 and January 2012.

     In their different ways, both have posted road signs to the fast-approaching conflict as debkafile's Middle East sources disclose:

1. Saturday, Dec. 3, Syria staged a large-scale military exercise in the eastern town of Palmyra, which was interpreted by Western and Israeli pundits as notice to its neighbors, primarily Turkey and Israel, that the uprising against the Assad regime had not fractured its sophisticated missile capabilities.

Syrian SAM (Surface to Air Missile)
Debkafile's military sources advise attaching more credibility to the official Damascus statement of Sunday, Dec. 4: "The Syrian army has staged a live-fire drill in the eastern part of the country under war-like circumstances with the aim of testing its missile weaponry in confronting any attack."

Videotapes of the exercise, briefly carried on the Internet early Monday before they were removed by an unseen hand, support this statement. They showed a four-stage exercise, in which missile fire was a minor feature. Its focus was on the massive firing of self-propelled 120mm cannon, brigade-strength practice of 600mm and 300mm multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), offensive movements of Syrian armored brigades backed by ground-to-ground missiles with short 150-200 kilometer ranges. They drilled tactics for repelling enemy reinforcements rushed to combat arenas.

All this added up to is an impressive Syrian demonstration of its ability to ward off an attack on Syrian soil by turning a defensive array into an offensive push for taking the battle over into the aggressor's territory, whether the Turkish or Israeli armies or a combined Arab League force backed by NATO.

2. Israel made its rejoinder to the Syrian war message 24 hours later.

Addressing a ceremony honoring the memory of for Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion, Netanyahu recalled how 63 years ago, Ben-Gurion declared the foundation of the State of Israel in defiance of pressures from most of Western leaders and a majority of his own party. They warned him that he would trigger a combined Arab attack to destroy the fledgling state just three years after the end of World War II.

Delusional, has death wish for self, Israel:  Netanyahu
But fortunately for us, said the prime minister, Ben-Gurion stood up to the pressure and went through with his decision, otherwise Israel would not be here today.

"There are times," said Netanyahu, "when a decision may carry a heavy price, but the price for not deciding would be heavier."

"I want to believe," he said, "we will always have the courage and resolve for the right decisions to safeguard our future and security."

Although he did not mention Iran, it was not hard to infer that the prime minister was referring to a decision to exercise Israel's military option against Iran's nuclear program in the face of crushing pressure from Washington and insistent advice of certain Israeli security veterans.

Defense minister Ehud Barak, who was standing behind the prime minister's shoulder, was as tense as a coiled spring.

3. Six hours later, Netanyahu dropped a bombshell on the domestic political scene: He announced his Likud party would hold elections, including primaries, before January 31, 2012 - two years before schedule and a year before Israel's next general election. As head of one of the most stable and long-lived coalition governments ever to have ruled Israel, he is under no pressing domestic need of a demonstration of leadership at this time.

4. In the last two weeks, the Netanyahu government has been subjected to acerbic criticism on the part of one Obama administration official after another. They have presented Israel as having fallen into the hands of right-wing extremists who are engaged in a mad race to suppress the judiciary and diminish the civil rights of women and children – not to mention Palestinians.

Clinton:  Insane, power mad old hag
Secretary of State of Hillary Clinton went to unimaginable lengths when she likened Israel to Iran because fringe ultraorthodox group's in a couple of suburbs in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak were fighting for gender segregation on public transport against the government and the courts.

She was clearly aiming to undermine the Netanyahu government's democratic credentials - and therefore his moral legitimacy - for going to war to halt Iran's attainment of a nuclear weapon.

4. The unusually powerful US and Russian naval buildups in the waters around Syria and Iran.
Washington sought in late November to give the impression that the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group was anchored off Marseilles, when it was spotted in the eastern Mediterranean opposite Syria.

Moscowthen rushed to Syria's defense by airlifting 72 anti-ship Yakhont missiles (Western-coded SSN-26) to Damascus. These water-skimming weapons can hit naval targets at a distance of 300 kilometers.

After that the Bush, whose freedom to approach Syrian or Lebanese shores, had been curtailed by the new weapon reaching Syria, departed to an unknown destination, while the USS Carl Vinson strike group took up position opposite Iran.

Admiral Kuznetsov
Moscow is also playing hide and seek with its only air carrier Admiral Kuznetsov.

It was announced that the vessel would set sail for the Mediterranean on Dec. 6. But on Nov. 25, it was sighted passing Malta and chugging past Cyprus four days later on its way to join the flotilla of three Russian guided missile destroyers already anchored off Syria.

Neither the United States nor Russia would have concentrated two powerful fleets in the proximity of Syria and Iran unless they were certain a military conflagration was imminent. While any of the prime movers, Washington, Moscow, Tehran, Israel or Bashar Assad, may at the last moment step back from the brink of a regional war, at the moment, there is no sign of this happening.

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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.

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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.