Saturday, March 17, 2012

Indonesia Warns of ‘mistrust’ Over U.S. Marine plan

Indonesian Government prudently wary of Marines based in large numbers close to Indonesia; also right not to trust Australia given their past

Agence France-Presse
03/16/2012

SYDNEY —

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa on Friday said the stationing of US Marines in Australia needed to be better explained to all countries in Asia to avoid "mistrust".

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Natalegawa also called on Australia to "wage aggressive peace" in the region and accept that the rise of China was natural and not threatening.

The United States announced in November a plan to station some 2,500 Marines in remote Darwin by 2016-17, which was seen by some as an acknowledgement of Washington's concern about China's growing assertiveness.

Natalegawa said he understood the deployment of Marines was not directed at Indonesia "but unless (understanding) is properly disseminated, it could create mistrust among others".

"There are so many potential triggers" for conflict, he added, after talks with his Australian counterpart Bob Carr.

"If we make the anarchical assumption, everyone will behave according to the worst-case scenario."

Natalegawa argued for policies to accommodate a rising China, saying a consequence of the rising prosperity of Asia was military modernisation.


Indonesia correct to question both Australia and U.S. plans for Marines in ASEAN

 "That's fine and normal as long as we do not attach unnecessary aggressive intent to it," he said.

"Countries rising and falling is natural. Once you accept that, it will not be seen as threatening."

The US currently has only a limited deployment in longstanding ally Australia, including the Pine Gap Joint Defence Facility spy station near Alice Springs.


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BREAKING : Up to 20 US Troops Executed Panjwai Massacre: Probe

It appears that NOW the Panjwai incident is finally beginning to emerge into daylight; still goes deeper than is being reported: "mainstream media" whores [US]Al Jazeera and other CIA owned and operated propaganda sites silent; RT runs with story

Daily Outlook Afghanistan
03/17/2012

KANDAHAR CITY -

A parliamentary probe team on Thursday said up to 20 American troops were involved in Sunday's killing of 16 civilians in southern Kandahar province.

The probing delegation includes lawmakers Hamidzai Lali, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, Shakiba Hashimi, Syed Mohammad Akhund and Bismillah Afghanmal, all representing Kandahar province at the Wolesi Jirga and Abdul Latif Padram, a lawmaker from northern Badakhshan province, Mirbat Mangal, Khost province, Muhammad Sarwar Usmani, Farah province.


 The team spent two days in the province, interviewing the bereaved families, tribal elders, survivors and collecting evidences at the site in Panjwai district.

Hamizai Lali told Pajhwok Afghan News their investigation showed there were 15 to 20 American soldiers, who executed the brutal killings.

"We closely examined the site of the incident, talked to the families who lost their beloved ones, the injured people and tribal elders," he said.

He added the attack lasted one hour involving two groups of American soldiers in the middle of the night on Sunday.


Story still leaking out
"The villages are one and a half kilometer from the American military base.

We are convinced that one soldier cannot kill so many people in two villages within one hour at the same time, and the 16 civilians, most of them children and women, have been killed by the two groups."

Lali asked the Afghan government, the United Nations and the international community to ensure the perpetrators were punished in Afghanistan.

He expressed his anger that the US soldier, the prime suspect in the shooting, had been flown out of Afghanistan to Kuwait.

He said the people they met had warned if the responsible troops were not punished, they would launch a movement against Afghans who had agreed to foreign troops' presence in Afghanistan under the first Bonn conference in 2001.


Afghan, and once again Independent Media leading pack in exposing whole story

The lawmaker said the Wolesi Jirga would not sit silent until the killers were prosecuted in Afghanistan. "If the international community does not play its role in punishing the perpetrators, the Wolesi Jirga would declare foreign troops as occupying forces, like the Russians," Lali warned.

President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked the US to pull out all its troops from Afghan villages in response to the killings. (Pajhwok).

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A Decade of America Ravaging Afghanistan

It's all over except the prosecutions, starting with Bush criminal regime to include Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Feith, Powell, Franks, Gonzales, Perino et al. and now adding Obama, Panetta, Petraeus, Clinton, Biden, Carney, along with the rest of the crew to War Crimes trials list

Global Research
By Stephen Lendman
03/16/2012

US imperial wars treat civilians like combatants. To facilitate killing, soldiers are taught to dehumanize enemies, especially darker-skinned ones and Muslims.


Training involves instilling Groupthink hate. Individuality and free thought are erased. Recruits are intimidated to go along. When America goes to war, scoundrel journalism hardens support.

So do politicians, academics, religious and other leaders. They euphemize killing to justify lawlessness. At issue is conditioning public opinion to accept imperial policy like military trainers brainwash young recruits.

Massacring 16 Afghans, including nine children, reflects state-sponsored murder.

On March 11, eleven family members were shot at home. Their bodies were then set ablaze. Away at the time, only the father and one child survived. Multiple gunmen continued rampaging.

They killed another five civilians and wounded unknown numbers of others. Media scoundrels won't say. Neither will Pentagon commanders and political Washington.


Enraged over 10 + years of war, occupation, death squad and drone killings, appalling depravation levels, and repeated Koran desecration incidents, Afghans want those responsible punished and Americans out of their country.

On March 14, thousands rallied in Jalalabad. Displaying banners denouncing imperial occupation, they chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Obama."


Afghan senators walked out of session in protest. They began chanting anti-American slogans. Senate speaker Fazel Hadi Moslemyar said:

“We do not need foreign forces in Afghanistan. All the problems which we are facing are created by them. If they leave, the neighboring countries will leave us alone, and we can settle our country’s problems on our own.”

They also demanded soldiers responsible for the latest massacre be prosecuted locally. Names of those responsible are suppressed. A BBC report mentioned an unnamed Special Forces staff sergeant.


Bush accomplished his mission alright:  Total Afghan destruction
Others with him comprised one of many US death squads deployed to kill ruthlessly. Few incidents are headlined. This one circulated widely.

Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Special Mission Units (SMUs) perform counterinsurgency death squad duties.

Special Forces include Army Delta Force, Navy Seals, and Air Force 24th Special Tactics Squadron. Training produces cutthroat assassins.

No crime's too great to commit. They specialize in war crime atrocities against anyone while they sleep. Children, the elderly, and pregnant women aren't spared. Collateral victims are murdered like targeted ones.

Siasat Daily, a popular Indian newspaper, headlined, "20 US soldiers involved in Kandahar killings," saying:

An Afghanistan fact-finding committee said up to 20 US soldiers were involved. The incident occurred in Kandahar's Panjwayi district.


NATO:  Symbol of death, tyranny
According to Seyed Ishaq Gilani head of mission, "after probing the circumstances and speaking to witnesses and locals, it was concluded that the crime could not have been committed by a single soldier."

Gilani also said local religious and tribal leaders confirmed more than one. Pentagon officials claim otherwise. They blamed a lone sergeant. Throughout US wars, they whitewash repeated war crimes. So-called investigations absolve guilty parties. Occasionally, low-level troops are held culpable so responsible higher-ups get off scot-free. It's standard US policy.

Relatives of dead villagers, other Afghans, and parliamentary members want responsible soldiers tried locally under Afghan law and punished. So far, the Pentagon only named a sole violator. Whisked out of the country to Kuwait, he's now in detention awaiting disposition of his case.

According to Lt. General Curtis Scaparrotti, (Commander, International Security Assistance Force - ISAF - Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan):


"This is really about being able to ensure that we can execute this investigation and the judicial proceedings fairly and properly."

America's vocabulary excludes these ideals at home or abroad. Real ones reflect imperial dominance, favoritism shown Wall Street, other corporate favorites, and super-rich elites, as well as suppressing vital truths so people don't know.

Visiting Kabul at the time, Defense Secretary Panetta told reporters that "(W)e we are proceeding with a full investigation here and that we will bring the individual involved to justice."

Obama duplicitously said the incident "does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan."

If America cared about Afghans, it wouldn't have bombed, invaded, occupied their country, remained for over a decade, and continued daily combat, death squad, and drone killings.

Afghans responded to the Kandahar massacre by targeting Panetta during his visit. According to Press TV and other reports, a man drove a bomb-laden vehicle onto the runway where his plane landed.

An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) statement confirmed the incident. Panetta's spokesman George Little said he crashed into a ditch before emerging from the vehicle "ablaze." He later died. One ISAF service member was injured.


Downplaying the incident, Panetta said he had "absolutely no reason to believe that this was directed at me....This is a war," he added, "and we are going to get these kinds of incidents."

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain John Kirby claimed no explosives were found in the vehicle. Panetta's visit went on as planned. Afghans want no part of him and US forces he represents.

Partners in Crime Plan Their Next One

On March 14, two unindicted war criminals met in Washington. Obama and Britain's David Cameron pledged unity on Afghan policy. In a Rose Garden news conference, Obama said "I don't anticipate at this stage that we're going to be making any sudden additional changes to the plan we currently have."

In other words, status quo occupation and tactics continue. They include daily death squad and drone killings.

Unstated was that permanent US occupation's planned like in Iraq. Troop drawdowns conceal repositioning them and Washington's intent to stay. They'll remain on small town-sized super-bases built for permanency. Leaving's not an option, though Afghans and Iraqis may have final say.

Obama and Cameron also concurred on Syria and Iran. They're committed for regime change by any means, including war. It defines the "special relationship" based on ravaging the world one country at a time or in multiples. No policy change is planned.

Asked about progress in Afghanistan, Obama duplicitously told reporters:

"If you compare where we are today with where we’ve been two, three years ago, the situation is considerably improved."

An Honest Afghanistan Assessment

In fact, the situation's much worse, according to army Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis after returning from his second Afghan tour. Assessing the war in an 84-page unclassified report, as well as another classified one, he described conditions as disastrous. Pentagon commanders suppress how bad. "How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding," he asked?

His report's damning opening lines said:

"Senior ranking U.S. military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the U.S. Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan."

His classified report is more explicit. "If the public had access to these classified reports they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is actually true behind the scenes. It would be illegal for me to discuss, use, or cite classified material in an open venue, and thus I will not do so."

Last month, Davis headlined an Armed Forces Journal article, "Truth, lies and Afghanistan," saying:

For months, he traveled over 9,000 miles, spoke with US forces in numerous areas from low-ranking ones to commanders and staff members at every echelon. He also talked at length with Afghan security officials, civilians and village elders.

What he saw "bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground." He heard accounts "of how insurgents controlled virtually every piece of land beyond eyeshot of a U.S. or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) base."


"I saw little to no evidence the local governments were able to provide for the basic needs of the people. Some of the Afghan civilians I talked with said the people didn’t want to be connected to a predatory or incapable local government. From time to time, I observed Afghan Security forces collude with the insurgency."

He hoped to find positive trends. "Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level."

One senior enlisted leader told him soldiers hope only to get out alive in one piece or at worst losing one limb. It's that bad.

"In all of the places I visited, the tactical situation was bad to abysmal. If the events I have described — and many, many more I could mention — had been in the first year of war, or even the third or fourth, one might be willing to believe that Afghanistan was just a hard fight, and we should stick it out. Yet these incidents all happened in the 10th year of war."

"As the numbers depicting casualties and enemy violence indicate the absence of progress, so too did my observations of the tactical situation all over Afghanistan."

In February 2011, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) assessed Afghan failure across the board, saying:

“Since June 2010, the unclassified reporting the U.S. does provide has steadily shrunk in content, effectively ‘spinning’ the road to victory by eliminating content that illustrates the full scale of the challenges ahead.”




“They also, however, were driven by political decisions to ignore or understate Taliban and insurgent gains from 2002 to 2009, to ignore the problems caused by weak and corrupt Afghan governance, to understate the risks posed by sanctuaries in Pakistan, and to ‘spin’ the value of tactical ISAF victories while ignoring the steady growth of Taliban influence and control.”

When waging war, changing strategy, or "clos(ing) off a campaign that cannot be won at an acceptable price, our senior leaders have an obligation to tell Congress and American people the unvarnished truth and let the people decide what course of action to choose."

"That is the very essence of civilian control of the military. The American people deserve better than what they’ve gotten from their senior uniformed leaders over the last number of years. Simply telling the truth would be a good start."

A Final Comment

Davis didn't explain that lies define all wars. They reflect duplicity, dishonesty, and suppressing truths. If people knew why Washington wages them, they'd demand ending them or vote out of office politicians who refuse.


They're not about good vs. evil, security, liberation, democracy, or self-defense. They're for dominance, colonization, exploitation, resource control, and other imperial motives important to conceal because few people would accept them.

Whoever first said it, the first casualty of war is truth, and then some as John Pilger observed saying: "Journalism is the first casualty." It's also "a weapon of war, a virulent censorship....by omission," denying the public the right to know.

Vital issues aren't explained properly. It's hard imagining one more important than war. Men and women fight for lies. Davis saw appalling Afghan horrors. He revealed what he could and condemned top officials for suppressing vital truths Americans deserve to know.

They won't as long as political hawks and Pentagon planners look for new targets to strike. America's permanent war policy demands them.

It’s one of many vital issues to change. It starts with full disclosure on them all. It's everyone's right to know and high they demand it.





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Afghan president, Taliban Deal Blow to U.S. Occupation

Karzai will wind up exactly as Soviet puppet Dr. Najibullah

LA Times
03/16/2012

Kabul --

In twin blows to American efforts to wage war and negotiate peace in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday demanded a pullback of NATO troops from rural areas as part of an accelerated overall withdrawal, while the Taliban movement declared a suspension of dialogue with the United States.


Days Numbered:  Afghan "King" Karzai, CIA/U.S. corporate bagman
In practical terms, both developments might prove largely symbolic. Karzai does not have the power to enforce specific demands as to where Western troops are deployed, and U.S. contacts with the Taliban were only in the very early stages.

Souring mood

However, taken together, the moves point to a rapidly souring mood on the part of two major players in the conflict and to a growing sense of disarray in the American-led coalition's plans to find a way out of the decade-old war.

The Afghan leader's call for coalition forces to abandon outposts in the countryside was explicitly tied to the shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a U.S. Army staff sergeant in a rural patch of Kandahar province Sunday, which left 16 civilians dead, including nine children.


Soviet puppet Dr. Najibullah:  Hanged by Afghans
Karzai's office said he told visiting Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that U.S. troops should be garrisoned only in large installations, not small bases like the one in Kandahar's Panjwayi district where the accused shooter was posted.


"Afghanistan's security forces have the capability to provide security in the villages of Afghanistan," said the statement from the presidential palace.

Taliban resurgence?

That demand, however, raises the prospect that Taliban fighters could move in the upcoming fair-weather "fighting season" to recapture strongholds in the countryside of southern Afghanistan from which they were chased in 2010 and failed to regain last year.




Panjwayi, outside Kandahar city, was a case in point: a longtime Taliban stronghold where U.S. Special Forces had been trying to reach out to villagers and train them to fend off the insurgents.


CIA trained Mujahideen to fight Soviets, some now Taliban commanders

The president also called for a significant acceleration in the handing over of security responsibilities to Afghan forces, saying NATO should wind down its combat role in 2013, a year earlier than planned.

Western commanders have said it will be a challenge to bring the Afghan police and army up to a reasonable fighting standard by the 2014 deadline.




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Rainbow Star Cluster Sparkles in Stunning Hubble Photo

Money well spent - for once

SPACE.com
By Clara Moskowitz
03/17/2012

Hundreds of thousands of glittering stars shine in a cluster at the center of our galaxy in a new photograph from the Hubble Space Telescope.

The cluster is called Messier 9, and contains hordes of stars swarming in a spherical cloud about 25,000 light-years from Earth. The object is too faint to be seen with the naked eye, and when it was discovered by French astronomer Charles Messier in 1764, the scientist could only resolve it as a faint smudge that he classified as a nebula ("cloud" in Latin).


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Now, though, the Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to make out more than 250,000 individual stars in Messier 9, in a new picture released today (March 16). The bluer points indicate hotter stars, while the redder stars are cooler.

Messier 9 is what's known as a globular cluster, containing some of the oldest stars in the galaxy in a clump that is thought to have formed together when the universe was much younger. These stars, which are about twice as old as the sun, are made of different materials than our star. They tend to lack the sun's heavier elements, such as oxygen, carbon and iron, which were only present in larger quantities when the universe was older.

Hubble's new photo is the most high-resolution image ever taken of Messier 9, and reveals the ancient cluster as never before. So many details of the stars are visible, despite the fact that the whole image spans an area no bigger than the size of the head of a pin held at arm's length.

The more than 20-year-old Hubble Space Telescope launched on April 24, 1990. Since then, it has been visited five times by space shuttle crews for repairs and upgrades, and is still in great shape, scientists say.
 
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Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Named as Suspect in Afghanistan Massacre

This is not the entire story, stand by for more revelations

Agencies
03/17/2012

Military sources late Friday identified Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales as the name of the 38-year-old suspect accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a Sunday rampage. Bales has not yet been charged in the case. He was flown to the U.S. military maximum security prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas from Kuwait Friday.


Army SSgt. Robert Bales
"I can confirm" the name of the suspect is Robert Bales, a U.S. official told Yahoo News on condition of anonymity.

The revelation of Bales' identity comes after criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the lack of U.S. cooperation in investigating the massacre. Karzai also questioned whether just one American soldier was involved.

Bales' Seattle-area celebrity lawyer, John Henry Browne, said Friday that his client is in shock.

"He is in shock, kind of like a deer in headlights at the moment," Browne said Friday morning, a local station near Joint Base Lewis-McChord King 5 News, reported. "I told him not to talk about the allegations at all, so I cannot tell you how he is responding because I told him not to talk about it."

Browne earlier told reporters at a news conference Thursday that the decorated soldier wasn't happy that he had been deployed a fourth time despite sustaining two injuries, including a traumatic head injury and the partial loss of his foot in Iraq. Browne dismissed rumors that the soldier had marital troubles, and said he had two young children.


Afghans demanding justice

"He did not want to deploy," Browne told the Seattle Times. "In fact he was told he was not going to go. Then, really almost overnight, that changed." Browne told the paper that a soldier in his unit had lost a leg in combat the day before the alleged shooting.

The New York Times quoted a "senior" American official saying the soldier had been drinking before the alleged shooting."When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues — he just snapped," the anonymous official told the paper.

A U.S. defense official told the Associated Press that investigators are looking into how much of a role drinking might have played in the killings.

The soldier was one of 4,000 soldiers in the 3rd (Stryker) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division stationed at Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The base's medical center is being investigated for allegedly down-grading post traumatic stress diagnoses to other mental illnesses that do not prevent deployment or qualify soldiers for disability payments.

This isn't the first controversy from a Stryker brigade in the 2nd Infantry Division at Lewis-McChord. Twelve soldiers from the 5th Brigade were charged with misdeeds during a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan; 11 were convicted, including four in connection with the murder of three civilians.

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CIA Chief: "We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher"

Madman "Betrayus" not satisfied with having killed thousands in Afghanistan and other locations across planet is now "CIA director," once more goes after U.S. Citizens:  It is ILLEGAL for CIA to operate in CONUS (Continental United States)

WIRED
By Spencer Ackerman
03/16/2012

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them.


This goofy bastard now runs CIA:  A good thing after all?*
Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you’re a “person of interest” to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the “smart home,” you’d be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room’s ambiance.

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.” 


Anti-war activists already spied on by CIA
Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices “change our notions of secrecy” and prompt a rethink of “our notions of identity and secrecy.” All of which is true — if convenient for a CIA director.

The CIA has a lot of legal restrictions against spying on American citizens. But collecting ambient geolocation data from devices is a grayer area, especially after the 2008 carve-outs to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Hardware manufacturers, it turns out, store a trove of geolocation data; and some legislators have grown alarmed at how easy it is for the government to track you through your phone or PlayStation.

That’s not the only data exploit intriguing Petraeus. He’s interested in creating new online identities for his undercover spies — and sweeping away the “digital footprints” of agents who suddenly need to vanish.

“Proud parents document the arrival and growth of their future CIA officer in all forms of social media that the world can access for decades to come,” Petraeus observed. “Moreover, we have to figure out how to create the digital footprint for new identities for some officers.”

It’s hard to argue with that. Online cache is not a spy’s friend. But Petraeus has an inadvertent pal in Facebook.

Why? With the arrival of Timeline, Facebook made it super-easy to backdate your online history. Barack Obama, for instance, hasn’t been on Facebook since his birth in 1961. Creating new identities for CIA non-official cover operatives has arguably never been easier. Thank Zuck, spies. Thank Zuck.

*  U.S. Marines usually leave snipers that can't hit shit in place - if killed they may be replaced by someone that actually knows what they are doing - Ed.

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Pentagon, CIA, Cowards Obama, Lackey Mrs. Leon Panetta "Cry Wolf" Again - Claim Pentagon: Afghan Security Breach More Serious than Reported

Coward Panetta has nothing to worry about from Taliban, Afghan suicide bombers - Insulted Marine Guards now on warpath after being illegally disarmed* for first time in 237 YEARS

Washington Post World
By Craig Whitlock
03/16/2012

The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that a security breach during Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s visit to Afghanistan was much more serious than officials first reported, saying that an Afghan man tried to ram a stolen truck into a group of VIPs who were waiting to greet Panetta just moments after his plane landed at a military base.


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The driver set himself on fire Wednesday and apparently tried to ignite containers of gasoline in the cab of the truck as he attempted to run over several high-ranking Marine officers and others who were waiting for Panetta’s plane to park, said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman.


Obama regime Public Enemy #1 now to Marines, can expect rock-bottom security

“He took a vehicle by force, drove it onto a ramp, at a high rate of speed, drove it at individuals who had to get out of the way to keep from getting hit by it, and then a flash of smoke and fire [appeared] in the cab,” Kirby told reporters.

The Afghan man was quickly apprehended. He suffered severe burns and died. Panetta’s plane was diverted to another ramp at Camp Bastion, a British installation adjoining the U.S. Marines’ Camp Leatherneck base in the southern province of Helmand.



 U.S. military officials withheld news of the attack for 10 hours from reporters who were traveling on the same plane with Panetta, releasing sketchy information about it only after British news media broke the story. The officials tried to play down the seriousness of the incident, saying Panetta was never in danger. They also said Wednesday that they could not confirm that the incident was an attempted attack or even that it was linked to Panetta’s visit.


Marines to Panetta:  No more Security for you, asshole
On Thursday, Panetta also tried to minimize his close brush with danger, saying he did not think the attack was aimed at him.

“I have absolutely no reason to believe that any of this was directed at me,” he told reporters before he left the country. “Whatever happened here was directed at others who were there on the field, not me or my plane or anything associated with me.”

Kirby said the Afghan man, a civilian interpreter who worked on contract for NATO officials, hijacked the truck by force at Camp Bastion 30 minutes before Panetta landed. He said no firearms or detonators were found on the individual or inside the truck but could not rule out that the man had been armed earlier. A British soldier was reported injured when the truck was stolen.

The Pentagon said it could not answer questions about whether Panetta’s security detail had been warned in advance of the security breach on the base or whether an alert had been issued about the stolen truck, saying an investigation was underway.

The Afghan interpreter had burns on more than 70 percent of his body. Kirby said investigators were unable to interview him before he died. The spokesman added that he did not know whether the man made any unsolicited comments or gave any hints about his motive after he was apprehended.

“There’s reason to believe he intended harm,” Kirby said. “We can’t interview him, so I don’t know that we’re going to get much more.”

He said military officials “don’t have any indication that he knew who was on that airplane.” But Kirby said investigators could not rule out that Panetta was the intended target.

*  This Marine NCO would have stood-down Marines and walked away with our weapons - nobody disarms us - leaving coward Panetta and crew to tender mercies of Taliban.


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