Friday, August 28, 2015

WAYNE MADSEN : Indochina War 40 Years Later - Reflection On U.S. War Crimes

ASEAN countries would do well to brush up on their history while they contemplate Obama's "pivot"  

By Wayne Madsen

Forty years ago, in 1975, America’s official involvement in the war in Indochina came to an end. President Richard Nixon never did achieve his much-vaunted goal of "peace with honor."

War criminal Henry Kissinger with Le Duc Tho
in Paris, 1973
At the end of America’s long war in Indochina, America’s "gift" to the people of that war-ravaged region was defoliated jungles and grasslands, dangerous unexploded bombs and mines pockmarking the countryside, birth defects from chemical spraying, countless civilian deaths, hundreds of thousands of maimed civilians, and a legacy of deceit from the highest echelons of the U.S. government. For the United States, the war delivered over 55,000 U.S. military dead and hundreds of thousands of wounded service personnel with observable physical disabilities and post-traumatic stress-induced psychological damage.

When it came to crimes against humanity and other violations of the law, the military brass and political leadership of both the Lyndon Johnson and Nixon administrations shirked any responsibility for their abuses. Instead, scapegoats like Army Lieutenant William Calley were court-martialed and imprisoned over such atrocities as the 1968 massacre of civilians at My Lai, South Vietnam. No one, from Johnson and Nixon and on down through the Joint Chiefs and top military commanders in Southeast Asia, were held accountable for their actions.

Avoiding public scrutiny from its own sordid role in Indochina was the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and its crimes were numerous. Vietnam also provided a training ground for future American war criminals, mostly civilians who wormed their way into higher positions and were involved in future American military adventures. America remembers the Vietnam catastrophe with a memorial wall in Washington, DC. Whether it is a wall to stop immigrants from Mexico to a largely American-financed wall to bisect Palestine and enable continued Israeli colonization, America’s quick answer to anything seems to be building a wall.

A CIA document dated July 11, 1972 and declassified and released in 2010 shows that the CIA was involved in covering up the Nixon administration's scapegoating of Air Force General John D. Lavelle, the commander of the 7th Air Force in South Vietnam, who was removed from his position and demoted from four-star to two-star general in 1972 after he was accused of carrying out unauthorized bombing missions of North Vietnam in 1971 and early 1972. In fact, the bombings were directly authorized by Nixon with the full knowledge of his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger.

In October 1972, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted against allowing Lavelle to retire as a three-star lieutenant general. The chairman of the committee was John Stennis (D-MS). 

CIA psycho Richard Helms
The uncovered CIA document, a memorandum from the CIA Legislative Counsel to CIA director Richard Helms, dated July 11, 1972, indicates that Stennis sent two staffers to Saigon to investigate the Lavelle affair, Jim Woolsey and Larry Garcia. 

The memo states: "Stennis has sent Jim Woolsey and Larry Garcia of the Committee staff, to Saigon to investigate the LaVelle [sic] case. The station has been alerted to show them appropriate courtesies but avoid any discussion of the LaVelle [sic] matter."

Woolsey was general counsel of the Armed Services Committee who would later serve as CIA director under President Bill Clinton. Woolsey, according to the CIA memo, limited the committee's investigation of the Lavelle affair and, considering the fact that the Senate committee voted to strip Lavelle of his third star for retirement, appeared to acquiesce in the CIA's stonewalling of the congressional investigation, as well as with Kissinger's and Nixon's scapegoating of the general.

Mass-murdering CIA fruitcake James Woolsey
Woolsey’s perpetuation of lies and myths would continue well into the 1990s when he advocated the invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein because of the non-existent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction "threat." Woolsey also acted as the chief lobbyist for Iraqi con-man Ahmad Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress, which was providing the Clinton and Bush administrations with massive amounts of bogus intelligence on Iraq.

Lavelle protested his innocence until his death in 1979. He stressed that he was acting under orders from his superiors. 

In August 2010, Lavelle was finally officially exonerated and his fourth star was posthumously restored and his official record purged of disparaging information. Nixon never revealed that it was he who gave the secret orders to Lavelle, through Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Thomas Moorer, U.S. Pacific Commander Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. (the father of Senator John McCain, one of America’s leading neo-Cold Warriors), and South Vietnam U.S. military commander General Creighton Abrams.

The July 11 CIA memo also indicates that the CIA was prepared to declassify certain CIA reports on illicit drug trafficking in Indochina. The memo states, "The whole problem has been taken up with the White House, where Walter Minick [sic], Bud Krogh’s deputy, apparently opposes declassification of any material on the illicit drug traffic." The memo also states, "[U.S. Representative Charles] Rangel seems determined to press for a showdown. On 10 July he issued a public statement charging that CIA's 'paranoid quest for secrecy' was keeping vital information about the drug traffic from the American public, and that we were 'covering up for the international merchants of death.’"

Nixon stooge Egil (Bud) Krogh was nicknamed
"Evil" Krogh by members of "Plumbers Unit"
Minnick was later elected as a Democratic congressman from Idaho. However, the CIA memo indicates that Minnick was involved in covering up the CIA’s role in drug trafficking in 1972 while he was a member of the Nixon administration. Krogh was in charge of Nixon's "Plumbers Unit," which ran the operation to burglarize the office of whistleblowing Pentagon consultant Daniel Ellberg’s psychiatrist’s office. Ellsberg revealed the contents of the classified "Pentagon Papers," the road map of the U.S. military adventure in Vietnam, to the media. Krogh was convicted for his role in the Watergate scandal and served four and a half months in federal prison.

The same CIA memo also shows some angst at Langley over information received by the offices of Senator William Proxmire (D-WI) and Representative Les Aspin (D-WI) from Professor Alfred McCoy detailing the CIA's role in opium smuggling, using the CIA proprietary airline Air America, from Laos. There is also concern about a letter sent to the office of Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D-WA) from Craig Jarrell, who was with an "outfit in Vientiane called Lao Air Development" and who complained that the CIA's Air America was overcharging U.S. agencies whereas his firm offered "comparable services at substantially lower rates." Jarrell wrote that he had contacted investigative journalist Jack Anderson about the matter. The memo does not indicate whether Jarrell was aware that the "services" provided by Air America included transporting drugs from Laos to South Vietnam and beyond.

Vietnam war CIA Air America

The memo also stated that the Nixon administration was "dismayed" to learn that an "end the war" amendment sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-MT) was being considered by "fence sitter" senators who Kissinger had lobbied to support the Vietnam War. The fence sitters named in the CIA memo were Charles Percy (R-IL) and Jim Pearson (R-KS) and that Kissinger hoped to win them over with the disarray in the Democratic Party after the convention that nominated George McGovern for president and "expected ARVN [Army of the Republic of Vietnam] military successes."

History now shows us that Kissinger was one of the vilest architects and perpetuators of the Indochina War. Yet, he has been lauded by Republican and Democrats alike, including 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Kissinger was an architect of the CIA
The CIA was also concerned over two 1972 reports in The New York Times by Seymour Hersh that described the CIA's role in weather modification in Southeast Asia that was designed to produce drenching rain storms to stymie the flow of troops and materiel via the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos into South Vietnam. 

Throughout the 1960s and early 70s, silver iodide was dropped from Air America planes based at the Udorn airbase in Thailand. The silver iodide pellets seeded the clouds over Laos, northeastern Cambodia, and both South and North Vietnam, producing drenching rain storms. The CIA’s weather modification program was known as Operation POPEYE. 

The rain that was produced was called "Olive Oil" by the CIA weather modification personnel. The actual seeding operations were code-named MOTORPOOL. The top secret project was the brainchild of scientists at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake, California and was also used to create droughts in Cuba to ruin that nation’s sugar cane crop.

Such weather modification programs are now supposedly illegal under U.S. law but the drenching rains that caused devastating floods in Pakistan in 2010 and a subsequent warning from U.S. envoy to Afghanistan / Pakistan Richard Holbrooke that the Pakistani military's first priority was to fight the "Pakistani Taliban" rather than assist in flood relief had some wondering if the CIA re-created POPEYE for use in South Asia. 

Holbrooke was involved in crafting CIA covert operations in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, which included targeted political assassinations of South Vietnamese village leaders.

The Indochina War not only was responsible for a number of American war crimes but it was the nesting ground for future U.S. political leaders who would carry out other atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other nations.

Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. 

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C.

Erdogan’s Dirty Dangerous ISIS Games

Erdogan in his blind obedience to Obama has relegated Turkey to the dustbin of history  

By F. William Engdahl

Turkey is a beautiful land, rich in resources, with many highly intelligent and warm people. It also happens to have a President who seems intent on destroying his once-proud nation. 

More and more details are coming to light revealing that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, variously known as ISIS, IS or Daesh, is being fed and kept alive by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish President and by his Turkish intelligence service, including MIT, the Turkish CIA. Turkey, as a result of Erdoğan’s pursuit of what some call a Neo-Ottoman Empire fantasies that stretch all the way to China, Syria and Iraq, threatens not only to destroy Turkey but much of the Middle East if he continues on his present path.

In October 2014 US Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard gathering that Erdoğan’s regime was backing ISIS with “hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons…”

Biden later apologized clearly for tactical reasons to get Erdoğan’s permission to use Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base for airstrikes against ISIS in Syria, but the dimensions of Erdoğan’s backing for ISIS since revealed is far, far more than Biden hinted.

Joe Biden spills the beans on the origins of ISIS (Daesh) in comments largely ignored by American "mainstream media"

ISIS militants were trained by US, Israeli and now it emerges, by Turkish special forces at secret bases in Konya Province inside the Turkish border to Syria, over the past three years. Erdoğan’s involvement in ISIS goes much deeper.

At a time when Washington, Saudi Arabia and even Qatar appear to have cut off their support for ISIS, they remaining amazingly durable. The reason appears to be the scale of the backing from Erdoğan and his fellow neo-Ottoman Sunni Islam Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Nice Family Business

The prime source of money feeding ISIS these days is sale of Iraqi oil from the Mosul region oilfields where they maintain a stronghold. The son of Erdoğan it seems is the man who makes the export sales of ISIS-controlled oil possible.

Bilal Erdoğan owns several maritime companies. He has allegedly signed contracts with European operating companies to carry Iraqi stolen oil to different Asian countries. The Turkish government buys Iraqi plundered oil which is being produced from the Iraqi seized oil wells. Bilal Erdoğan’s maritime companies own special wharfs in Beirut and Ceyhan ports that are transporting ISIS’ smuggled crude oil in Japan-bound oil tankers.

Gürsel Tekin vice-president of the Turkish Republican Peoples’ Party, CHP, declared in a recent Turkish media interview, “President Erdoğan claims that according to international transportation conventions there is no legal infraction concerning Bilal’s illicit activities and his son is doing an ordinary business with the registered Japanese companies, but in fact Bilal Erdoğan is up to his neck in complicity with terrorism, but as long as his father holds office he will be immune from any judicial prosecution.” Tekin adds that Bilal’s maritime company doing the oil trades for ISIS, BMZ Ltd, is “a family business and president Erdoğan’s close relatives hold shares in BMZ and they misused public funds and took illicit loans from Turkish banks.”

In addition to son Bilal’s illegal and lucrative oil trading for ISIS, Sümeyye Erdoğan, the daughter of the Turkish President apparently runs a secret hospital camp inside Turkey just over the Syrian border where Turkish army trucks daily being in scores of wounded ISIS Jihadists to be patched up and sent back to wage the bloody Jihad in Syria, according to the testimony of a nurse who was recruited to work there until it was discovered she was a member of the Alawite branch of Islam, the same as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who Erdoğan seems hell-bent on toppling.

Turkish citizen Ramazan Başol, captured this month by Kurdish People’s Defence Units,YPG, as he attempted to join ISIS from Konya province, told his captors that said he was sent to ISIS by the ‘İsmail Ağa Sect,’ a strict Turkish Islam sect reported to be tied to Recep Erdoğan. Başol said the sect recruits members and provides logistic support to the radical Islamist organization. He added that the Sect gives jihad training in neighborhoods of Konya and sends those trained here to join ISIS gangs in Syria.

According to French geopolitical analyst, Thierry Meyssan, Recep Erdoğan “organised the pillage of Syria, dismantled all the factories in Aleppo, the economic capital, and stole the machine-tools. Similarly, he organised the theft of archeological treasures and set up an international market in Antioch…with the help of General Benoît Puga, Chief of Staff for the Elysée, he organised a false-flag operation intended to provoke the launching of a war by the Atlantic Alliance – the chemical bombing of la Ghoutta in Damascus, in August 2013. “

Meyssan claims that the Syria strategy of Erdoğan was initially secretly developed in coordination with former French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé and Erdoğan’s then Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, in 2011, after Juppe won a hesitant Erdoğan to the idea of supporting the attack on traditional Turkish ally Syria in return for a promise of French support for Turkish membership in the EU. France later backed out, leaving Erdoğan to continue the Syrian bloodbath largely on his own using ISIS.

Gen. John R. Allen, an opponent of Obama’s Iran peace strategy, now US diplomatic envoy coordinating the coalition against the Islamic State, exceeded his authorized role after meeting with Erdoğan and “promised to create a "no-fly zone" ninety miles wide, over Syrian territory, along the whole border with Turkey, supposedly intended to help Syrian refugees fleeing from their government, but in reality to apply the "Juppé-Wright plan."

The Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, revealed US support for the project on the TV channel A Haber by launching a bombing raid against the PKK.” Meyssan adds.

There are never winners in war and Erdoğan’s war against Syria’s Assad demonstrates that in bold. Turkey and the world deserve better. Ahmet Davutoğlu’s famous “Zero Problems With Neighbors” foreign policy has been turned into massive problems with all neighbors due to the foolish ambitions of Erdoğan and his gang.

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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MERS : Saudi Outbreak Leaves 19 Dead In One Week

MERS is that brand-new "novel" corona virus supposedly spread by bats and camels; CDC soon to announce other fantasy carriers of this weaponised killer - avoid travel to the Middle East and Saudi Arabia


Deaths from the MERS coronavirus have surged in Saudi Arabia ahead of the hajj pilgrimage, with 19 fatalities recorded in a week, according to health ministry statistics.

A total of 502 people have died in the kingdom since the virus first appeared in 2012, according to updated figures posted on the ministry's website, including 19, all Saudis, since last Thursday.

The number of MERS infections has also surged to 1,171 cases, the website said.

A surge in infections forced health authorities to shut the emergency ward at a main hospital in Riyadh last week, after at least 46 people, including medical staff, contracted the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

Saudi Arabia, preparing to host more than two million Muslims from all over the world next month for the annual hajj to Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina, is the country worst hit by the coronavirus. 

MERS is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and killed hundreds of people, mostly in China.

Its symptoms can include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. There are no approved vaccines against MERS, which is believed to originate in camels.

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