Wednesday, April 18, 2012

‘United States Seeks an Excuse to Stay Forever in Afghanistan' - Video

Obama (and Bush/Cheney) regime war criminals cannot afford to "lose war" in Afghanistan as War Crimes trials loom on horizon

PRESS TV
04/17/2012

The US seeks to continue the Afghan war into a “perpetual state of low intensity guerilla conflict”, preventing the country to rebuild its infrastructure, says a prominent political analyst.


Webster Griffin Tarpley
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called for an investigation into what is described as the biggest coordinated Taliban attacks this year.


Karzai says intelligence failures on the part of US-led forces allowed the militants to sneak into the most secure neighborhoods. The weekend assault in the capital Kabul and elsewhere left over 50 people--including four civilians and 11 Afghan soldiers --dead.

Washington has dismissed Karzai's claim, saying the attacks were likely carried out by the Pakistan-based Haqqani network. This comes weeks ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago, where Karzai is expected to ink a strategic pact with the US.

Meanwhile, the US is reportedly gearing up for a major offensive in the war-torn nation. Reports say the US-led spring offensive will be in the regions that control the main access routes into Kabul.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Webster Griffin Tarpley, an author and historian in Washington, to further talk over the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: How much of an impetus would Sunday's events provide the US-led forces for their own spring offensive which is being described as a major one in Afghanistan?

Tarpley: This is kind of a mini-Ted; something like the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in the early months of 1968 but on a much smaller scale and it shares with Tet the idea that the main results here are political rather than military.

Militarily, these 7 attacks, 3 in the capital [Kabul], Jalalabad and Gardez, a few other places, these have not militarily been very successful; politically, they have been extremely successful and it raises once again here in the war weary American people what is the point of all this. 



How many U.S. military deaths comprise "forever"
 
The standard answer is that it is to prevent al-Qaeda from gaining a base but, of course, the US and the British have been helping al-Qaeda to take over large parts of Libya as a base or Somalia, if they want that. So really does not amount to anything.

I also think Karzai may have a point on this. We have had a series of events. The attack on the US embassy last September; we had the insult to the dead bodies of the Afghan guerillas in January; the Qur’an burning in February and then the murder of almost 20 civilians by one or more US forces. All of these seem to be somehow too easy. What they seem to add up to is a desire to accelerate the departure and I think also the following.

What circulates here in Washington is called the divine plan. Divine was a CIA official and the divine plan says forget about counterinsurgency. Focus on counterterrorism only that means drones, aircrafts and at most some Special Forces flying around in helicopters and then leave the rest to the Afghan forces. And I think we can just take that one step further.

If it is Karzai on the ground, that is fine but maybe from the US point of view, it is better if it is the Taliban because Karzai, as soon as he is on his own, is going to bring in the Chinese whereas the feature of the Taliban that the US has always liked is that they keep everybody out; they cannot get along with anybody, at least the old Taliban.

If the current Taliban are anything like the ones in the 1990s, they cannot get along with anybody, not Russia, not China, not Iran, just nobody. So in many ways, that would be the goal for the US.

Press TV: Dr. Tarpley, the events unfolding in the country at the moment are being used as a basis for pushing through the strategic security pact between the Afghans and the Americans. The American Ambassador to Afghanistan, Crocker, just recently said that the events of Sunday prove the US cannot leave the country, at least not as far as the deadline that has been set by Obama goes. What do you say to that?

Tarpley: Well, I think that’s a losing of minority position. Again, what I outlined just a minute ago was a strategy for an open-ended, endless US presence. It doesn’t end in 2014; it just goes to a different mode.

It keeps Afghanistan in a perpetual state of low intensity guerilla conflict where no oil pipelines can be built, no natural gas pipelines can be built, and no railroads from India to Europe can be built from the Cairo pass.

It remains a kind of a dead-zone of economic development. If you can keep the Chinese out of the mineral deposits that have been found in the last couple of years, so much the better.

The sad thing is that we have no peace movement left here in the United States. Under normal circumstances, a peace movement would be able to say, ‘alright, this is enough; now get out - get out’. Since the foundations here control the peace movement, and the foundations are supporting Obama’s timetable and his benchmarks, so to speak, there’s very little popular resistance.

It may well be that in NATO countries that are participating in this adventure, there may be a backlash. Maybe France might be one, who knows what could happen there - or some other NATO countries.

If they begin to leave, that could also accelerate the departure. Anything that’s signed by Obama and Biden I think are not worth the paper that it’s written on, especially if it’s a pledge to Karzai whom the US has barely tolerated all these years.

Press TV: The Afghan president wants to launch an investigation into Sunday's attacks. What would you say has prompted this considering serious intelligence failures have taken place before in the course of the US occupation?

Tarpley: Again I think he may be on to something. I think he is probably right that there are intelligence factions on the US side that wanted one or more of these things to happen for reasons that are maybe hard to reconstruct from afar or from the outside.

But I think there is every reason to investigate this and the statements of course from the State Department go right into the circular file. This is simply the big lie, as practiced at Foggy Bottom.

MSK/GMA/JR








 
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Girl, 6, Handcuffed by Pigs for Throwing Tantrum at School

Coward cops should be out arresting Bush/Obama regime criminals, instead pick soft targets now exclusively; should be arrested themselves for child molestation, child abuse along with Creekside principle, staff

Canberra Times
04/18/2012

Police in the US handcuffed a kindergartner with her arms behind her back after the girl threw a tantrum and the police chief defended the action as a safety measure.

The girl's family demanded that their central Georgia city change policy so that other children aren't treated the same way. They say the child was shaken up by the ordeal.


Dangerous criminal:  Salecia Johnson, 6
While it's unusual to see a young child handcuffed in school, it's not unheard of. School officials around the nation have wrestled with the issue of when it's appropriate to call police on a student.

Salecia Johnson, 6, was accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing books and toys in an outburst Friday at Creekside Elementary School in Milledgeville, according to a police report.

Police said a small shelf thrown by the child struck the principal in the leg during the fracas. The child also jumped on a paper shredder and tried to break a glass frame, the police report states.

The school called police. When an officer tried to calm the child in the principal's office, she resisted, police say. She "was restrained by placing her hands behind her back and handcuffed," a police report states.

A juvenile complaint was filed, accusing the girl of simple battery and damage to property.

The police department's policy is to handcuff people when they are taken to the police station, regardless of their age, interim Police Chief Dray Swicord said. He said the child was restrained with steel cuffs, the only kind the department uses.


Police report on how courageous officers subdued Salecia Johnson, 6, preventing her from committing even more heinous crimes on top of throwing possible lethal tantrum where they feared for their lives, considered deploying swat against 6 year old

"The reason we handcuff detainees is for the safety of themselves as well as the officer," he said on Tuesday.

The girl's aunt, Candace Ruff, went with the child's mother to pick her up from the police station. She said Salecia had been in a holding cell and complained about the handcuffs.


Arresting cops deem the six year-old so dangerous to society she will probably wind up in this federal SUPERMAX prison in Florence, Colorado, or if they had their way, Guantanimo

"She said they were really tight. She said they really hurt her wrists," Ruff said. "She was so shaken up when we went there to pick her up."

The police chief said the girl was taken to the police department's squad room, not a holding cell, and officers there tried to calm her and gave her a Coke.


Creekside Elementary's new Student Detention Center will be modeled on this; parents will be charged for any gas or pepper spray used on their kids; waterboarding still being considered by Creekside Elementary staff

Officials at Creekside Elementary did not immediately return calls.

The girl was suspended and can't return to school until August, her mother, Constance Ruff, told WMAZ-TV, which first reported the story.

"We would not like to see this happen to another child, because it's horrifying. It's devastating," her aunt told The Associated Press.

Elsewhere in the US, incidents involving students, police and handcuffs have raised difficult questions for educators, parents and policymakers.

In Florida, the use of police in schools came up several years ago when officers arrested a kindergartner who threw a tantrum during a jelly bean-counting contest. Since then, the overall number of student arrests in Florida has declined, but those for minor offenses have increased on a percentage basis. A bill was proposed this year to restrict police from arresting kids for misdemeanors or other acts that do not pose serious safety threats.

Annette Montano, a mother in Albuquerque said her 13-year-old son was arrested last year after burping in gym class. After more problems, she said, she pulled him from the school in November. It took her three months to get him placed elsewhere.

AP

 
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Secret Service Agents Busted Because they Refused to Pay Hooker : Source

"Agents" all need to be fired, period

New York Daily News
By Alison Gendar and Johnathan Lemire
04/16/2012

Most of the Secret Service agents embroiled in a prostitution scandal brought women back to their Colombia hotel rooms before President Obama arrived in town for an international summit, Rep. Pete King said Saturday.


Reports now indicate possible underage girls involved
King said the raunchy rendezvous involved 11 agents and went sour when an agent refused to pay one of the women, who were presumed to be hookers.

“The agent said, ‘I don't owe you anything,’ but gave the woman some money,” said King (R-L.I.),the head of the House Homeland Security Committee, who was briefed on the matter. “I don't know how much, and it was settled right there.”

IN COLOMBIA, THE SEX BUSINESS IS SO BIG THAT SOME CALL IT THE 'THAILAND OF LATIN AMERICA'

As it turned out, the agents’ troubles were just beginning. Local cops were called to the hotel in Cartagena and, because the matter involved foreigners, a report was written up and sent to the U.S. Embassy, King said.


No, no.... not THAT whore
Embassy officials in turn notified the Secret Service, which immediately launched an investigation.

At least one supervisor was among the agents involved, King said. He was not certain exactly how many women were involved.

The scandal — a black eye for the United States’ reputation abroad — was revealed Friday just hours before President Obama arrived in Cartagena.

The 11 agents were part of an advance team assigned to secure a local hotel before the summit began, yet their attention apparently turned to taking advantage of Colombia’s policy of legal prostitution.

Five American service members were also accused of misconduct stemming from the scandalous incident at the hotel, according to the U.S. military.

“They had arranged to have a bunch of prostitutes come by and one of the agents refused to pay a prostitute,” said author Ronald Kessler, one of the leading experts on the Secret Service. “Yes, doubly good judgment there.”

Kessler, who was briefed on the investigation by his sources within the agency, told the Daily News Saturday that the spurned hooker told police about the lack of payment.


It stretches credulity to imagine Obama was completely unaware of the whoring peccadilloes of his Secret Service and also that they don't have dirt to dish on him, perhaps giving Obama second thoughts on prosecuting them

The 11 agents were immediately recalled to Washington.

“Their careers are over,” said Kessler.


Agents didn't even have enough class to pay without an argument

“Number one, it is against basic ethics to go to a prostitute,” he continued. “Number two, it is incredibly embarrassing to the White House.”

“And number three,” he continued. “It could leave them open to blackmail and a possible assassination attempt.”

Obama still has “full confidence” in the Secret Service, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney, who declared late Saturday that the incident “has been more of a distraction for the press” than the President.


Will justice prove to be blind in this case

Kessler said two of the agents were supervisors who attempted to cover up the mortifying incident.

The agents were staying at the beachfront Hotel Caribe, which is also hosting the White House staff and the traveling press team.

Guests at the swanky hotel told reporters that several of the agents had been spotted drinking heavily during their weeklong stay.

Details of the incident remain murky, but U.S. officials believe one agent took a woman back to his room Wednesday night and threw her out in a dispute over money.

The woman caused a commotion in the hallway, getting the attention of local cops and other Secret Service agents, a senior official told The New York Times.

Though it was not known if all 11 members of the Secret Service team are suspected of wrongdoing, they were all recalled as part of the investigation. Several of the agents are married, according to reports.

Prostitution is legal in Colombia, as long as it is conducted in so-called “tolerance zones.”

Though the exact boundaries of the zones frequently change and are rarely enforced by police, the coastal city of Cartagena is a popular destination for prostitution and sex tourism.

Hookers can easily be procured online or in bars or hotels in much of the city. It was not clear how the agents met the women involved in the incident.

The scandal threatened to overshadow President Obama’s visit to the important summit. He landed in Cartagena Friday night and attended a formal dinner with the other world leaders at Castillo San Felipe de Barajasajas, an historic Spanish fortress.

The President, who had a full day of summit events Saturday, has not addressed the Secret Service scandal. He is not staying at the Hotel Caribe.

The Secret Service did not elaborate on the allegations Saturday. The night before, the agency — which is charged with protecting the President — simply confirmed that the officers were pulled back to Washington.

All of the agents are based in Washington, D.C., according to Kessler, author of “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.”

The matter was turned over to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles the Secret Services’ internal affairs.
 
With Mark Morales



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Possible Security Breach : Secret Service Agents had Obama's Schedule in Rooms

"Possible:"  If that is not a security breach, then what is; "mainstream media" attempts to divert attention from taxpayer money stolen to pay for whores

MSNBC
By Osolde Rafferty
04/17/2012

The Secret Service agents who brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Colombia last week had copies of the president’s schedule in their rooms, which raises the issue of a potential security breach, a law enforcement official tells NBC News.


Obama has to wonder if Secret Service will squeal on HIM
 Secret Service personnel were in Cartagena in advance of President Barack Obama’s arrival at the Summit of the Americas, a trade conference, over the weekend. At least 11 were placed on administrative leave and flown back to the United States on Saturday when it came to light that they had hired prostitutes. Their security clearances have since been pulled, NBC News has learned.


The story might have been kept a secret had it not been for a disgruntled woman who claimed she had not been paid by one of the agents. She argued with two Secret Service agents and then went to Colombian police. Local police reported the matter to the U.S. Embassy.

It has also been revealed that among the Secret Service personnel involved were full-fledged agents, which further ratchets up the seriousness of the incident, officials told NBC News national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff.

The heavily armed agents play a key role in protecting the president, and their job is to neutralize attacks, according to the agency’s website.


Secret Service primadonnas need to be re-vetted, re-trained, paid a lot less and be forced to pay back taxpayers money spent on whores, partying

It was initially reported that five military service members were also involved, but that they may have only broken curfew. Now officials say that more were involved and that they did more than just return to their hotel rooms too late –- several also paid for prostitutes.

The military service members involved were explosives experts and dog handlers from the Navy, Army and Marine Corps. The military advance team also included linguists and drivers, but they have not been implicated in the Wednesday night incident.

Members of elite unit among those suspended

At a press conference Sunday, Obama said he would be angry if the allegations turned out to be true.

“When we travel, we have to observe the highest standards,” he said. “We’re not just representing ourselves. We’re here on behalf of our people.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Secret Service, is weighing whether to launch an investigation into the prostitution allegations.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said they were embarrassed by the allegations.

“What we do know is that several of our members distracted the issue from what was a very important regional engagement for our president,” Dempsey said. “We let the boss down because nobody is talking about what went on in Colombia other than this incident, so to that extent we let him down.”

But Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., defended agents in the service, calling them outstanding. He received Secret Service protection in 2008 when he was running for president.

“I am confident that the overwhelming majority of Secret Service people did not engage in this kind of behavior,” McCain said.



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