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Joel Skousen – 2006-12-15


Have you ever asked yourself who is it really that’s blowing themselves up in the Middle East? Read this chilling account of patsies used by America — false flag operations — to sow civil war in Iraq. This should be seriously investigated. But since we cannot even get a straight answer to what really happened on 9/11, I suppose a truthful investigation of fabricated terrorism is out of the question.



by Joel Skousen

World Affairs Brief

December 15, 2006

As President Bush postponed any decision on Iraq for another month and called for another $100 billion to fund the “war,” the Democrats were busy denying that they had any intention of doing the one effective thing to shut down this useless intervention: force the withdrawal troops by cutting off funding. This week I heard half a dozen Democrats pandering to the “support our troops” excuse for not touching the funding issue.

Is the Democratic opposition merely there for appearances? I don’t think there will be any substantive changes to the current US Iraq policy. But each new idea brought forth, whether by the President or members of Congress, adds weeks of delay to any change as pundits and officials argue their differences. I believe these delaying tactics are purposeful and continue the deception of pretending to seek a resolution. Let’s face it. There is no fix, and there is no happy ending. None. It can only get worse by staying, and it would get worse if we ever leave.

And don’t look to the Iraq Study Group recommendations for any help. These recommendations simply delay any meaningful hope of change until 2008. President Bush continues to reject any and every call for withdrawal as he feigns an open ear to his general’s suggestions for tweaking Iraq strategies. At best, there will be some shuffling of troops just for a show of redeployment.

Meanwhile attacks between Sunnis and Shia have reached an all time high-or so it would appear. The real question is: Who is driving these attacks and are all these suicide bombers really suicide bombers. The evidence is mounting that agent provocateurs are playing a major role in creating the appearance of suicide attacks. Kurt Nimmo reports: “Could (some of) the Pentagon’s hired mercenaries be remotely detonating car bombs and assassinating Sunnis and Shias to provoke a planned civil war?” Nimmo quotes several stories, some of which I have referenced before. Here they are all together:

The BBC and others reported the strange capture of two British commando who were dressed as Iraqis and arrested after they were found shooting and killing local policemen. The Iraqis put them in jail, but the British army used military power to free them, destroying the jail with tank fire. Robert Fisk of the UK Independent also claims Americans are provoking civil war in Iraq:

“One young Iraqi man told us that he was trained by the Americans as a policeman in Baghdad and he spent 70 percent of his time learning to drive and 30 percent in weapons training. They said to him: ‘Come back in a week.’ When he went back, they gave him a mobile phone and told him to drive into a crowded area near a mosque and phone them. He waited in the car but couldn’t get the right mobile signal. So he got out of the car to where he received a better signal. Then his car blew up.

“Impossible, I think to myself. But then I remember how many times Iraqis in Baghdad have told me similar stories. There was another man, trained by the Americans for the police. He too was given a mobile and told to drive to an area where there was a crowd – maybe a protest – and to call them and tell them what was happening. Again, his new mobile was not working. So he went to a land-line phone and called the Americans and told them: ‘Here I am, in the place you sent me and I can tell you what’s happening here.’ And at that moment there was a big explosion in his car.”

Iraq scientist Imad Khadduri told Fisk of two other car bomb setups connected to American agents: “(1) A few days ago, an American-manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license … [they told him:] ‘We have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing.’ … The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him. He stopped the car and inspected it carefully. He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.

“(2) On May 13, 2005, a 64 years old Iraqi farmer, Haj Haidar Abu Sijjad, took his tomato load in his pickup truck from Hilla to Baghdad, accompanied by Ali, his 11 years old grandson. They were stopped at an American check point and were asked to dismount. … A minute later, his grandson told him that he saw one of the American soldiers putting a grey melon size object in the back among the tomato containers. ‘They intended it to explode in Baghdad and claim that it is the work of the ‘terrorists,’ or ‘insurgents,’ or those who call themselves the ‘Resistance.'”

Back in April of 2005, Fisk asked, “Is it possible ‘bizarre psy-war operations’ are under way in Iraq, especially now that Rumsfeld’s Strategic Support Branch (SSB) has been ‘operating in secret for two years-in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places’ (as the Washington Post reported in January)? Does it make sense for the Sunni-dominated resistance to kill its own base and grotesquely float dozens of their slaughtered bodies down the Tigris? No, it makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, that is unless the resistance wants to send the following message: we are brutal mass murderers who kill our own and for no reason beyond sheer mindless terror.”

Reporter Ghali Hassan wrote about which militia groups are openly supported by US aid: “These US-sponsored militia groups are: (1) The Kurdish Peshmerga whose leaders supported the U.S. invasion and Occupation; (2) The Iranian-trained Badr Brigades; (3) The armed wing of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI); (4) The INC militia of Ahmed Chalabi; and (5) the INA militia of Iyad Allawi. All these groups are involved in terrorist activities against Iraqi civilians. The latter three groups entered Iraq on the back of U.S. tanks, without valid Iraqi citizenship papers.” [Of course, that’s only the one’s we know about through public sources.]

“The Kurdish militia are the Occupation’s most loyal collaborators, receiving arms and money from their masters. Together with the occupying forces, they are responsible for wide-scale atrocities in Iraqi towns and villages. Together with the Peshmerga, [with explosives and assassination training by] Israeli Mossad agents and U.S. forces, the militia groups went on systematic killings of thousands of prominent Iraqi academics, scientists, politicians and religious leaders. They also participated in the atrocity and total destruction of Fallujah, which is depicted as ‘the storming of Fallujah’ in most mainstream media. The city was completely destroyed and still a ‘no go zone’ for Iraqis. Other Iraqi towns and cities have not escaped this deliberate destruction.”

Kurt Nimmo summarized the finding of Los Angeles Times military analyst William Arkin, indicating that clear back in 2002, “Rumsfeld set out to create a secret army, ‘a super-Intelligence Support Activity’ network that would ‘bring together CIA and military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception,’ to stir the pot of spiraling global violence.

“According to a classified document prepared for Rumsfeld by his Defense Science Board, the new organization – the ‘Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)’ – would actually carry out secret missions designed to provoke terrorist groups into committing violent acts. The P2OG, a 100-member, so-called ‘counter-terrorist’ organization with a $100-million-a-year budget, would ostensibly target ‘terrorist leaders,’ but according to P2OG documents procured by Arkin, would in fact carry out missions designed to ‘stimulate reactions’ among ‘terrorist groups’ – which, according to the Defense Secretary’s logic, would subsequently expose them to ‘counter-attack’ by the good guys. In other words, the plan is to execute secret military operations (assassinations, sabotage, deception) which would intentionally result in terrorist attacks on innocent people, including Americans – essentially, to ‘combat terrorism’ by causing it!”

The Torture Connection: It is little wonder that evidence is surfacing that Rumsfeld ordered torture. In a lawsuit against Rumsfeld, the ACLU claims, “The Secretary of Defense personally issued orders and authorized illegal interrogation techniques and caused torture. [Rumsfeld] was directly and personally involved.” The ACLU has discovered a memo, according to RAW STORY’s Brian Beutler, that is “a companion of sorts to the infamous Bybee memorandum, which broadened the range of permissible detainee questioning techniques. [This new memo] is said to outline actual interrogation procedures that have been approved by the Executive Branch. Many suspect that some of the procedures will be found to be forbidden by the Geneva Convention against Torture.”

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the incoming chairman of the Judiciary Committee is trying to get the Justice Department to release the memo to Congress but they are refusing, claiming it is classified. Naturally, everything that involves government wrongdoing is hidden behind the veil of “national security.”

Not only is the government hiding evidence of illegal activities by improper use of classified materials, but as the NY Times pointed out yesterday, “Federal prosecutors are trying to force the American Civil Liberties Union to turn over copies of a classified document it received from a source…. The novelty in the government’s approach is in its broad use of a grand jury subpoena, which is typically a way to gather evidence, rather than to confiscate all traces of it.”

“Leahy indicates that the document – acknowledged to exist in November by the Justice Department after a FOIA request by the ACLU – should have been sent to him many months ago, when he asked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to provide him with all memos concerning detainee treatment. … Should a subpoena reveal that key information has been classified, Leahy offered that he is also willing to pursue other means of obtaining the information.”

Naturally, he’ll call in the Attorney General to ask him about it, but here’s an example of how tough he said he would be: “When asked in a question and answer session whether and when he’d summon Attorney General Gonzales to testify before the Judiciary Committee, Leahy said that during a lunch with the Attorney General, he’d told him that he could ‘expect an invitation,’ and declared that he would not accept answers like ‘I can’t answer that,’ or ‘we’ll get back to you,’ because, of course, they never get back to you.” So far, Congress doesn’t have any power to do anything if they don’t get back to them. Don’t count on Leahy to push this thing too far. All of this opposition is for show.

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that there is little chance of getting the courts to force the issue either: “The Justice Department lawyers representing Rumsfeld have not responded directly to the torture charges. Instead, they are asking Chief US District Court Judge Thomas Hogan to throw the suit out because Rumsfeld is entitled to immunity from lawsuits challenging his official actions as Defense secretary. Chief Judge Hogan has scheduled two hours of argument on the dismissal request.” Isn’t that just like the Bush administration, to claim immunity from prosecution on all official wrongdoing.

In other judicial efforts, Democracy Now says that a “former federal prosecutor named Elizabeth de la Vega has drafted an indictment of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and other top officials for tricking the nation into war and for conspiracy to defraud the United States. … Elizabeth de la Vega, [is a] former federal prosecutor and author of the new book ‘United States v. George W. Bush et al.'” Sadly, it will never happen. Even if these criminals in government don’t have legal immunity, they do have effective immunity because of their collaborators in high positions within the Department of Justice and within the appellate courts themselves.

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