Monday, May 21, 2012

AMERICA : Desperate Times Demand Revolutionary Measures Towards Sociopolitical-Environmental Collapse

The opportunity to "change" America appears to have been squandered, lost by American sheep

Global Research
By Professor Peter Phillips
05/14/2012

“Don't waste any more time or energy on the presidential election than it takes to get to your polling station and pull a lever for a third-party candidate-—just enough to register your obstruction and defiance—and then get back out onto the street. That is where the question of real power is being decided.” Chris Hedges, May 2012

Runway capitalism is moving unrelentingly towards sociopolitical-environmental collapse—cheered on by a two-headed single party machine known as the US Congress. Activists, who see the coming disasters as catastrophic, are seeking revolutionary change through non-cooperation, and occupy disruptions. Yet, many are the still delusional hopefuls desperately fumbling with traditional responses; including "Kum ba yah" marches, and the futile support for progressive left-leaning candidates seeking positions of influence inside the Washington beltway.


Obama regime does not understand "nice"
Do we understand that habeas corpus is no longer a legal protection in the US or that the US president can torture and kill American citizens, let along anyone in the world?

How can we ignore the inconvenient truths of warrentless wire taps and electronic monitoring for everyone?

Why do we tolerate that US-NATO forces killing people in over one hundred countries in the world using special service operatives, private assassins and drones—a million civilians deaths in Iraq alone?

How can we be so blind as not to see our corporate media is a propaganda fog machine for the one percent? These questions, reflecting the reality of America today, are so far from the values of our traditions that accepting any aspect of authority from Washington DC is a sacrilege to our honor. We are in desperate times.

In Congress, wealth begets membership, and wealth is the reward for correct action. The members in the House and Senate have a collective net worth of $2.04 billion, up from $1.65 billion, in 2008. While at the same time, Americans' household net worth has continued to declined and the number of people living in poverty has risen for the fifth year in a row.

The American Congress is in reality an artificial organization serving as cheerleader to the transnational corporate class of the world. Congress offers its members little more than a transitional path into the good life of corporate affluence as long as the members remain loyal to party discipline.


Being nice, being funny does not cut it anymore, and is a lightening rod for ridicule as the Occupy movement is now experiencing

Our legitimate electoral process has been completely usurped by the Supreme Court ruling that a corporation’s free speech rights allow unlimited campaign spending, and congressional lobbying knows no bounds. Any candidate willing to serve in the Democrat or Republican parties in the US congress today, even as a gadfly of resistance, is stepping beyond the pale of constitutional government.

Even if a Progressive Democrat of America—Moves On into the congressional circle, the magnitude of compromise demanded makes effective action impossible other than occasional symbolic votes of resistance. Those stepping out of party lines will invariably result in orchestrated opposition during the next selection cycle—Just ask Cynthia McKinney.

Reform is not an option. The only action possible is a complete and total return to the social justice values of our US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

We cannot allow extrajudicial killings, privacy invasions into our homes, and police state interceptions in the commons. We cannot allow global capitalism to continue to kill and impoverish billions of people and destroy the planet

Protecting and even rewriting our Constitution and our Bill of Rights will require revolutionary acts. We must retool our elections and eliminate/ignore the dark clouds of corporate media. A mass movement at this level requires grass roots action by a core of at least ten percent of our population. Getting one out of ten people actively involved is not at all impossible; this is where our traditional values meet human rights. We are a people of hope that only need to overcome our fears and find the voice of our values by using radical democracy for human betterment for all.

The right to vote is a long held value. We are often asked, “Why waste your vote on an independent third party candidate, who will never has a chance to win.” Can voting for a candidate who reflects your own political values and beliefs be a wasted vote? It seems that voting for your true beliefs is a self-actualizing act, and compromising one’s values to pick the lesser of two evils is self-alienating. Therefore, we urge all to continue to vote, but find candidates outside of the two party oligopoly. Maybe someday, self-actualized voting will be fashionable.

Peter Phillips is a professor of political sociology and social movements at Sonoma State University. He is the president of Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored, and co-host with Mickey Huff of the weekly Project Censored Show on KPFA. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).

Peter Phillips is a frequent contributor to Global Research.



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THE FRAMEWORK FOR SUPPRESSING INFORMATION: Public Opinion in America's 21st Century Police State

America lost the media war - and any semblance of democracy - with the complete destruction of The 4th Estate

Global Research
By Professor James F. Tracy
05/20/2012

The police state’s framework for suppressing information and opinion arguably threatens all forms of independent thought and appears poised to intensify as the “war on terror” continues. As the recent emergence of US plans for indoctrination in reeducation camps reveals, Western governments’ actual enemy is the capacity for a people to exercise critical thought en route to intervening in and altering political-economic processes.


"Mainstream Media" now bought and sold by Obama, CIA
Public opinion—defined by 19th century English political thinker William MacKinnon as “that sentiment on any given subject which is entertained by the best informed, most intelligent, and most moral persons in the community”—is fundamentally at odds with police state prerogatives also exemplified in recent US Department of Homeland Security documents.

The technocratic mindset of agencies such as the DHS and Federal Bureau of Investigation that oversee federal, state, and local policing procedures seeks to short-circuit and quell dissent by identifying transgressive thought that deviates from an assumed normalcy, then interlinking it with perceived threats or violent actions against the state. In a grand governmental exercise of Freudian-style projection, the DHS’s usage of inflammatory terms such as “terrorist” and “extremist” are routinely utilized to emphasize the nature and degree of various activist groups’ alleged deviant ideologies. This practice proceeds in light of the fact that most every “terrorist” act within the US since 9/11 has been carefully guided by the FBI or, as was the case with the initial “underwear bomber, Western intelligence agencies likely working in concert.


Bush accomplished mission of destroying 4th Estate
A November 2011 DHS document, “Domestic Terrorism and Homegrown Violent Extremism Lexicon”, is the agency’s recent codification of terms intended to instruct and aid government officials in recognizing “threats of terrorism against the United States by facilitating a common understanding of the terms and conditions that describe terrorist threats to the United States [sic].”

Then, in a fashion that will be familiar to those who understand the tactics of groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, an untenable array of activist pursuits spanning the political spectrum—“Anarchist Extremists”, “Animal Rights Extremists”, “Anti-Abortion Extremists”, “Environmental Rights Extremists”—are libelously lobbed together and defined alongside designations including “Racist Skinhead Extremists”, “Homegrown Violent Extremist”, “Radicalization”, and “Terrorism”.

As with the phalanx of totalitarian-like legislation such as the PATRIOT Acts that potentially pit the militarized security state against the US population, through intentional ambiguity Homeland Security’s definitions of “terrorism” and “radicalization” come perilously close to classifying critical thought and expression of almost any sort as terrorism.


Al Jazeera most recent CIA acquisition; real journalists bailing
“Terrorism” is defined as “any act that is dangerous to human life, critical infrastructure, or key resources … and appears to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion [sic]” (author’s emphasis). Under such a definition social protest—speech protected under the First Amendment—is impermissible. After all, any effective protest seeks through various ways to effectively petition authorities for a redress of grievances.

The curious term “radicalization” will be of special interest to academics and journalists capable of engaging with and examining controversial issues and concerns that their students or readers may become passionate enough to weigh in on in some consequential way. According to DHS, a person is “radicalized” through indoctrination “from a non-violent belief system to a belief system that includes the willingness to actively advocate, facilitate, or use violence as a method to effect societal or political change.”

Alongside DHS’s vague definition of terrorism and the broader prerogatives of police state ideology and practice, “violence” may be conceived in a number of ways, such as a person with of a certain racial demarcation peacefully sitting in the front of a segregated bus, or a concerned citizen occupying the lobby of a zombie bank.

In reality the actual target of such policing metrics is the small percentage of the population that have somehow escaped the enforced process of “de-radicalization”—those who, in other words, still possess the capacity to think and act critically on meaningful political matters.

Indeed, it is not beyond reason to point out that America is one serious terrorist attack or mass civil disturbance away from the implementation of policies to seriously limit or curtail the traffic of ideas, made all the more easy for authorities through the internet’s centralized configuration. Society will then be left with the corporate media and their custom inability (or refusal) to honestly examine and publicize the corrupt nature and practices of the national security state.

With alternative media outlets providing a broad spectrum of analyses and perspectives the tiny demarcation between critical thinking and terrorism outlined in the government’s missives is understandable. Minds not fully regulated and that risk awakening (radicalization) through an intellectual epiphany triggered by a professor, journalist, or author prone to encouraging thought crimes may become "radicalized" and carry out “terrorist” activities. They may, for example, recognize and critique the “war on terror” as an extravagant and monstrous deception.

Moreover, individuals capable of possessing, articulating, and acting upon meaningful ideas and information—of exercising an informed and self-determined opinion in furtherance of their shared security and welfare—have no need for a police state to "protect" them, which in all likelihood is why critical thought and public opinion are the New World Order’s greatest enemies.

James F. Tracy is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University.

 
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Hypocrite Barack Obama Warns Eurozone to Focus on Jobs and Growth : Video

As if Obama and his criminal regime have any room talk, presiding over TWO loser illegal "wars" and trying for a third, record unemployment that is being covered-up, the destruction of the U.S. economy for criminal bankers and Wall Street investors, the starvation of the poor, the eviction of Americans from their homes and paying corporations to send workers jobs overseas

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05/21/2012

U.S. President Barack Obama, wrapping up the G8 summit hosted at Camp David, says the euro zone crisis is threatening the world economy, but welcomes Europe's new focus on jobs and growth as a potential remedy

Mr. Obama, whose re-election chances in November depend heavily on the US economy continuing to shake off recession, said there was now "an emerging consensus" that Europe ought to invest in job-creating infrastructure and other programmes at the same time as it tackles its deficits and debt.


Obama responsible for American demise
"As all the leaders here today agreed, growth and jobs must be our top priority. A stable, growing European economy is in everybody's best interests, including America's," he said.

"Put simply, if a company is forced to cut back in Paris and Madrid, that might mean less business for manufacturers in Pittsburgh or Milwaukee," Mr Obama added.

The US president said his fellow G8 leaders from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Canada recognised the painful sacrifices that people in Greece were enduring as a result of that country's economic pressures.

  
Oh yeah, things are just "great" in Obama's America, where people live in tents and eat dog food just to survive

While acknowledging there was still "a lot of work to do," he said the United States remained confident that Europe has the capacity to meet its economic challenges. " The direction the debate has taken recently should give us confidence," Obama said.

David Cameron reiterated Mr Obama's message adding, "contingency plans need to be put in place and the strengthening of banks, governance, firewalls - all of those things need to take place very fast."







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Does Greece Have the Energy for a Fight : Videos

Greeks do not have any choice after being robbed by EU, domestic dictators; even EU propagandists at BBC see the handwriting on wall; time for EU, criminal bankers, politicians to exercise their own bogus "austerity"

BBC
By Mark Lowen
05/19/2012

If Greece were a man, he would have aged decades in the past two weeks.


Greeks now know they were ripped-off, taking no more "austerity"
The grey hairs would be sprouting, the wrinkles showing. It has been an extraordinarily tumultuous time here.

This country has overcome so much in its long and rich history. But even Greeks are bewildered by what has happened in the last fortnight.

Roll back to 6 May: election day beneath a beautiful early summer sun. As predicted, an austerity-weary nation seized the chance to punish the much-reviled political establishment.

The two main parties that had together previously garnered about 80% of votes, now reduced to barely 30%; a virulently anti-immigrant, neo-Nazi party grabbing 21 seats in parliament for the first time; huge support for parties wanting to tear up Greece's international bailout.

The election was inconclusive and Greece was left without a government during the worst financial crisis in its modern history. Days of political wrangling began.


Even Greek dogs know they have been stolen from
Three party leaders were successively given the mandate to form a coalition. Three failed. The politicians seemed unable to agree on whether to adhere to - or reject - the bailout and further austerity.

And so Greece's president had one final try, summoning party leaders to call for an emergency government. A man who had fought the Nazis in the Greek resistance during the Second World War was forced to receive the head of the neo-Nazi party in his presidential office as part of the consultations.

But then, the inevitable: the negotiations collapsed amidst a barrage of acrimony. Fresh elections were announced for 17 June. Greek tragedy

The country has been left in a perilous power vacuum, a limp caretaker government providing a thin veneer of leadership.

University professors and businessmen are among those in the unconventional cabinet. The foreign ministry has been given to an 83-year-old former diplomat.

The 300 MPs elected on 6 May had just 24 hours to enjoy the trappings of office: sworn in last Thursday, the parliament was dissolved a day later to prepare for the second election. For the new faces in the chamber, it might just be the shortest political career in history.


Greek cops need to get on right side of history, as do their coward American counterparts - before it is too late

It could all read like a script from an Aeschylus tragedy - but the drama is real and the consequences potentially severe. For this country's membership of the euro is at stake.

European leaders maintain that Greece cannot hope to secure its place in the Eurozone unless it sticks to the bailout and cost-cutting.


The Greek people will not give any more ground, and Greek, EU dictators, criminal bankers, elitists had best recognize this fact
 
Any deviation, say Brussels and Berlin, would lead Greece's loan to be withheld. That would force the country to default on its debt and probably leave the euro.

On the face of it, the carrot should work. Polls show the vast majority of Greeks want to keep the euro. But it is more complex than that. For most here are also deeply opposed to the austerity measures that have pushed a third of Greeks below the poverty line and led unemployment to record highs of 21% - or 54% among the youth.

And if it came down to a choice between years more punishing austerity or an exit from the euro and a leap into the unknown, it's still unclear how many would jump.

The leftwing party Syriza came second in the election, pledging to revoke the bailout and reject further spending cuts, despite the threat from Brussels that it could mean Greece kisses the euro goodbye.

Now polls show the party could come first next time: a scenario that sends the fear of God into European leaders. Hopes fading

Ultimately, both sides will count on brinkmanship. Germany knows that most Greeks like the Euro. Greeks know Germany fears that one country leaving could lead the whole European project to unravel. Which side will blink first?

Not Mrs Merkel, it seems, who - according to the Greek government spokesman - suggested that Greece even hold a referendum on the euro, though her office denies the claim.

It would be an astonishing suggestion if true - and a high-stakes gamble that she could come to regret.

Amidst it all, any hope remaining that Greece might pull itself out of the quagmire has crumbled. News that hundreds of millions of euros were withdrawn from Greek accounts with the present uncertainty sparked rumours of a bank run.

It is not happening, but if it were to come about, it could send this country under. A Twitter message that Greek banks had limited individual withdrawals to fifty euros prompted yet more panic. Again it was untrue. But financial recovery and market stability are based on confidence. And there is none of that here for now.

And so Greece limps on towards its second election in six weeks.

It will inevitably be framed here as a referendum on euro membership: the message from the pro-bailout parties and Europe's leaders being that Greece must vote for cost-cutting to keep the currency.

But this is a nation that feels pushed around by Berlin and beaten by austerity. It has battled to stay in the Euro throughout this recession. Maybe it is just too exhausted to keep on fighting.








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G8 Expresses Concerns Over North Korea, Iran : Videos

Phony "G8" only worried about their own skins when extent of their looting becomes public

NEWSTRACK INDIA
05/20/2012

Washington -

The leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) major industrialised nations have expressed "deep" and "grave" concern over the actions of North Korea and Iran, and urged both countries to come out clean on all outstanding issues related to their controversial nuclear programmes.


North Korea missile launch all of a sudden a "concern"
"We continue to have deep concerns about provocative actions of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) that threaten regional stability," Xinhua quoted the group as saying in a joint statement after the G8 summit concluded at Camp David in America's Maryland state Saturday.

The group urged Pyongyang to comply with its international obligations and abandon all nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in a "complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner".

Calling on all UN member states to join the G8 in fully implementing the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, the group affirmed its will to call for UN action, in response to additional actions by North Korea, including ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests.

North Korea announced in March its plan to launch an "earth observation" satellite, using a long-range rocket, to mark the 100th birthday of late leader Kim Il-Sung. But the launch failed.

The US later announced it would not go forward with the food aid deal with North Korea, accusing Pyongyang of using the satellite launch as a cover for its long-range ballistic missile test.


Interesting how Al Jazeera has images of North Korean nuke sites, but somehow cannot seem to get satellite images of Fukushima fallout patterns

The G8 also said it remains united in its "grave concern" over Iran's disputed nuclear programme, and urged Tehran to address such concern without delay.

"We remain united in our grave concern over Iran's nuclear programme. We call on Iran to comply with all of its obligations under relevant UNSC resolutions and requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors," the G8 leaders said in a declaration.


The leaders urged Iran "to continuously comply with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including its safeguards obligations".

They demanded Iran "address without delay" all outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme, such as questions concerning possible military dimensions.

The group, however, expressed the desire for "a peaceful and negotiated solution to concerns over Iran's nuclear programme".








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Taliban : NATO Nations Should Leave War Like France : Video

Parallel with Vietnam war unmistakable

Associated Press
By Deb Riechmann
05/20/2012

KABUL, Afghanistan —

The Taliban on Sunday urged all NATO nations in Afghanistan to follow France's lead and pull their forces from the war.


Taliban have won... again
The call came in a three-page statement released just as heads of state opened the NATO summit in Chicago to talk about the future of Afghanistan.

The Taliban also on Sunday took responsibility for a suicide bombing in southern Afghanistan.

The newly elected president of France has said he will withdraw all French combat troops from Afghanistan by year's end — a full two years before the timeline agreed to by nations in U.S.-led NATO coalition.

"The declaration of the new president of France, Francois Hollande, that all its troops will be removed from Afghanistan at the end of this year is a decision based on realities and a reflection of the opinion of its nation," the Taliban said in an English version of the statement posted on its Web site.

The Taliban often issues long statements addressed to world opinion during international conferences dealing with Afghanistan.

"We call upon all the other NATO member countries to avoid working for the political interests of American officials and answer the call of your own people by immediately removing all your troops from Afghanistan," the insurgent group said.


Taliban now brazenly hit daytime targets in Kabul, attacked U.S. embassy

It cited a recent New York Times/CBS News poll that found that 69 percent of Americans thought the U.S. should not be at war in Afghanistan.

"So the NATO member countries who claim to be the elected representatives of its people and consider their government the people's government — by the people, for the people — how will they answer the call of their people in this summit?" the Taliban asked.


U.S. "diplomats" at Kabul embassy had to be told to cut back on the booze by superiors

The Taliban also reiterated U.S. estimates that few al-Qaida fighters remain in Afghanistan.

Routing al-Qaida from Afghanistan has been a key basis for U.S. involvement in the decade-long war.

"The American intelligence networks, including the CIA, state that members of al-Qaida have all left Afghanistan and that there are not more than 50 left, therefore the military presence of America is not for its own security, but a long-term strategy for turning our country and the region into its colony." American officials have given an estimate of less than 100 al-Qaida members.


Predator drone strikes continue in Afghanistan despite civilian casualties, deaths

The United States has denied being an occupying force and has said that it has no interest in establishing long-term military bases in Afghanistan. However, a U.S.-Afghan strategic partnership document signed this month gives the U.S. the option of keeping forces in Afghanistan after nearly all international combat troops withdraw by 2014. Any such force would serve two specific purposes: training of Afghan forces and operations against al-Qaida.

Officials have previously said as many as 20,000 U.S. special operations forces and other troops could remain after the combat mission ends, but that still must still be negotiated.


Who will be the last person out, the last to die
"They are conjuring artificial excuses to prolong the occupation of Afghanistan, are wavering in their stance and do not seem to have a clear strategy for a political solution," the Taliban said.

"The Islamic Emirate (which is what the Taliban call themselves) considers the claims of the invaders of finding a political solution as meaningless until they come out of their fluctuating unstable state."

Violence in Afghanistan continued on Sunday across the country.

NATO reported two of its service members killed in an insurgent attack, while Afghan officials reported that a suicide bomber struck a police checkpoint in Uruzgan province in the country's south.

NATO did not provide any further details on the attack that killed the service members, its location or their nationalities. It was not clear if the two attacks were related.

The deaths bring to 24 the number of foreign troops killed this month in Afghanistan and 156 this year.


While world "leaders" pretend to consider the fate of Afghanistan at the phoney "G8" summit" the Taliban consolidate power, and children continue to die

Fareeb Ayal, a spokesman for the police chief of Uruzgan province, said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint near a marketplace in Tarin Kot, the provincial capital. Ayal said a NATO convoy was at the checkpoint at the time of the explosion. He said six children were wounded, two of them critically. He said there were some NATO casualties too, but he didn't have details.

Taliban spokesman Qari Youssef Ahmadi said the Taliban were behind the attack.

In other violence, police in western Farah province said that 20 Taliban militants were killed and another 15 were wounded during an operation that began Friday.




Mohammad Ghaws Milyar, the deputy police chief of Farah, said the Taliban were killed during an ongoing operation by the Afghan security forces in the Bala Buluk district. He added that the operation will continue until the end of the week and its goal was to clear the area of Taliban insurgents.

Milyar said two Afghan Army soldiers and a member of the Afghan intelligence services were also killed during a gun battle with insurgents in Bala Buluk on the first day of the operation.

Five insurgents were also killed in a gun battle on Sunday with Afghan police forces in eastern Nuristan province, the provincial governor's office said. The battle started after Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Nuristan's Kamdesh district. A police office was killed and another was wounded in the attack, a statement said.

Also, a roadside bomb in the northern province of Kunduz late Saturday killed a young student and two police officers, said Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.
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Associated Press Writer Mirwais Khan contributed to this report from Kandahar.







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NATO Secretary Anders Whores for Obama on Afghanistan in Failed Attempt to Prop-Up American Occupation

Since when did NATO become relevant again?

Associated Press
By Anne Gearan and Ben Feller
05/21/2012

CHICAGO (AP) —

The United States and NATO leaders insist the Afghanistan fighting coalition will remain whole despite France's plans to yank combat troops out early, but leaders wary of plummeting public support for the war are using an alliance summit Sunday to show they want to move quickly away from the front lines.


Hypnotized by snake-charmer Obama:  NATO poodle General Anders
With a global economic crisis and waning public support for the war in the backdrop, world leaders were opening the NATO summit to tackle Afghanistan's post-conflict future — from funding for security forces to upcoming elections.

President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai were meeting Sunday on the sidelines of the summit. Their hour-long discussion was expected to focus on planning for Afghanistan's 2014 elections, as well as the prospect of a political settlement with the Taliban, a senior Obama administration official said.

Public opinion in Europe and the United States is solidly against the war, with a majority of Americans now saying it is unwinnable or not worth continuing.

Newly elected French President Francois Hollande has said he will withdraw all French combat troops from Afghanistan by year's end — a full two years before the timeline agreed to by nations in the U.S.-led NATO coalition.


Let "General" Anders attempt to justify this.....

"There will be no rush for the exits," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. "Our goal, our strategy, our timetable remain unchanged."

Rasmussen said that new position does not indicate fresh cracks in the alliance. He suggested a deal will emerge for France to move into a noncombat role but continue to support the international mission.


...or perhaps this
Karzai has said repeatedly he will step down from power when his term ends in 2014, paving the way for new elections. NATO's scheduled end of the war was built around those plans, with foreign forces staying until the 2014 election but exiting the country by 2015.

Obama and Karzai will discuss ways to ensure that political rivals can compete fairly in the run-up to the election, as well as ways to reduce fraud and support the winner who emerges, the official said.

Past Afghan elections were riddled with irregularities, and the U.S. applied heavy pressure to Karzai to schedule a second round of voting during the last presidential contest in 2009. The runoff was never held because Karzai's challenger pulled out in protest of what he claimed was an impossible level of corruption.

The election chapter opened a rift between the U.S. and Karzai, who suspected that the Obama administration wanted to replace him.

The Obama administration has mostly repaired its relationship with Karzai, but mistrust remains on both sides.


And surely the good General can explain this

The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomacy, said Obama and Karzai also plan a lengthy discussion of prospects for a political settlement or peace pact between Karzai's government and the Taliban-led insurgency. The Taliban pulled out of U.S.-led talks in March, but separate talks among Afghan and other contacts continue, the U.S. official said.

The official said Obama would press his view that political reconciliation is essential to the country's future security.




The Taliban is urging nations fighting in Afghanistan to follow France's lead and pull their international forces from the war this year.

"We call upon all the other NATO member countries to avoid working for the political interests of American officials and answer the call of your own people by immediately removing all your troops from Afghanistan," the group said in a statement emailed to reporters ahead of the summit opening.


And this massacre, supposedly committed by a single U.S. Army soldier, perhaps the General can explain that one to the international public and Afghan survivors and why he has allowed it to be covered up, and more important:  Why he allows it to continue

The insurgent group noted declining public support for the war in the West and said political leaders should listen to their constituents and get out of Afghanistan.

The national security-focused NATO summit caps an extraordinary weekend of international summitry. Obama and the leaders of the world's leading industrial nations convened at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, for two days of talks focused in large part on Europe's economic crisis.




Both the G-8 and NATO summits were originally scheduled to be held in Chicago, but the White House abruptly announced this spring that the G-8 would be moved to Camp David. Officials said the move was aimed at facilitating a more intimate discussion among the leaders at the smaller summit.

Joining Obama and many of the G-8 leaders in Chicago are the heads of NATO alliance nations and other countries with a stake in the Afghan war.


And perhaps Anders can also explain why he was paying these people off, and now "negotiating" with them for their eventual takeover of power again

Prominent among those nations is Pakistan. Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have been running high following several incidents, including the U.S. raid in Pakistan that led to the death of Osama bin Laden and a U.S. airstrike that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

Both countries have been seeking to restore normal relations. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari's acceptance of an invitation to attend the NATO summit was seen as an indication that his country would reopen key roads used to supply NATO fighting forces in Afghanistan, a key U.S. demand.

White House officials said that while they believe an agreement on reopening the supply routes will be reached, they do not expect that to happen during the NATO meetings. The two nations are haggling over how much Pakistan will be paid to allow the heavy transport truck to pass through. A senior U.S. official said the two sides are far apart. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomacy.

Officials have indicated that Obama and Zardari will not hold a separate bilateral meeting until the matter is resolved. Although miffed, Zardari is expected to see Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other U.S. officials in Chicago.

"I do hope that we will see a reopening of the transit routes in the very near future," Rasmussen said. "These negotiations will continue, but I am hopeful that they will be concluded in a positive manner."
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AP writer Desmond Butler contributed to this report.


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Haiti Government Charges 2 Jailed Americans with Conspiracy

CIA becoming more and more brazen as it circles the drain

Associated Press
05/20/2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti —

Two Americans jailed in Haiti were charged with conspiracy for participating in a street march that pressed for the return of the country’s disbanded army, a Haitian government official said Sunday.


Petrie and Shaw:  Busted
Reginald Delva, Haiti’s Secretary of State for Public Security, said Jason William Petrie and Steven Parker Shaw were charged Saturday night because of their involvement in last week’s march. Petrie, 39, is from Barberton, Ohio; and Shaw, 57, is from Dighton, Massachusetts.

“They were providing logistical support,” Delva said by telephone.

Authorities say Petrie and Shaw were drivers for a group of ex-soldiers and their young followers who marched in Haiti’s capital Friday for the army’s return. The demonstration drew hundreds of supporters who donned mismatching military uniforms, including Petrie who wore an army T-shirt and Shaw who wore camouflaged pants.


Hillary Clinton was not pleased
Petrie, a sometime interpreter for foreigners because of his two-decade involvement in Haiti, told The Associated Press while he was in jail that he knew the leaders of the band of the wannabe soldiers and described them as friends. He was merely lending a hand, he said. Shaw said he was helping Petrie.

“There wasn’t some American plotting against the government or causing instability. I think he got in a little over his head,” the brother of Petrie, Ben, said by telephone from his home in Ohio. “I don’t know what he was thinking but I can say unequivocally that there was no conspiracy.”

Ben Petrie, 37, said his brother had only the best intentions for a country he fell in love with.

“Some would say he has no business getting involved in Haiti’s business, and I would agree with that,” Ben Petrie said. “But he’s tired of the situation in Haiti and wants to see Haiti stand up on its own two feet.”

The pro-army march on Friday began peacefully but turned violent in the afternoon when people began throwing rocks at United Nations peacekeepers and shots were later fired outside an old military base.

Police locked up 48 other people on a range of charges that included possession of illegal weapons and not having paperwork for driving motorcycles. One of the leaders, a former sergeant named Aubin Larose, was charged with assault on a police officer.


Despite Haiti being one of the world's poorest countries, CIA can't manage to leave it alone

Two other Americans and a Canadian were held for questioning for 24 hours in a police station lobby because they tried to bring medicine to Petrie for his diabetes. They were released late Saturday.

The detentions were part of a broader effort by the Haitian government to crack down on the groups of ex-soldiers and their young followers who were pressing President Michel Martelly to honor his campaign pledge of reinstating the armed forces, which was dissolved in 1995 because of its involvement in coups and other abuses.


Twilight of a criminal agency:  CIA hated worldwide, agents being busted at ever-increasing rate

Haitian authorities repeatedly ordered the armed men and a few women to clear out of 10 bases they had taken over since February but they refused. The leaders, most of them dismissed sergeants, said they wouldn’t leave until Martelly appointed them to an interim military force.

But Haitian police closed two military bases Saturday and a third Sunday morning in the northern city of Cap-Haitien when 100 people inside fled, Delva said.




Delva said authorities learned that the leaders of the group had tricked the younger recruits into thinking that they would be part of the military.

“It was a big scheme, making them think that they were part of an army,” Delva said, noting that the leaders charged recruits up to $125.

Police also found bottles to be used as Molotov cocktails and an expensive generator that raised questions about their source of funding. Some of the weapons they carried, including an M-60, turned out to be broken or fake, Delva said.

There was speculation that the would-be soldiers received funding from the Martelly administration in part because they were able to take over the old military bases and other public facilities without opposition. The leaders of the group denied they received government support, and Delva on Sunday denied it as well.

The men in the military uniforms had come to embarrass the U.N. peacekeeping mission and the Haitian government, which has focused on trying to lure foreign investors and tourists. The paramilitary-like presence of the hopeful troops worried many; they readily recalled a time when previous administrations used private militias to stay in power.


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