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The NYT’s journalistic obedience – US paper of record lies, collaborates in Obama administration cover-up over charged killer CIA agent in Pakistan [Glenn Greenwald @ Salon]

Posted in Black propaganda, Blackwater / Xe Services mercenaries, Corporate Media Critique, Glenn Greenwald @ Salon, New York Times lie, Obama, Pakistan, US Government Cover-up on February 22, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 21, 2011

by Glenn Greenwald

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[Mr. Greenwald introduces how the New York Times finally divulged that Raymond Davis, charged with murder in Pakistan, is not only a CIA agent but formerly worked for the infamous mercenary outfit Blackwater/Xe, after deceitfully sitting on this information at the Obama administration’s behest.  The NYT only published the apparent truth after The Guardian did an expose on Davis.  With the cat out of the bag, the NYT stated some hidden facts about Davis – after an OK from the federal government. – Zuo Shou 左手]

“…It’s one thing for a newspaper to withhold information because they believe its disclosure would endanger lives.  But here, the U.S. Government has spent weeks making public statements that were misleading in the extreme — Obama’s calling Davis "our diplomat in Pakistan" — while the NYT deliberately concealed facts undermining those government claims because government officials told them to do so.  That’s called being an active enabler of government propaganda…”

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American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy [Guardian]

Posted in Afghanistan, Blackwater / Xe Services mercenaries, CIA, Diplomat, Egypt, Obama, Pakistan, US drone strikes, US Government Cover-up, USA on February 21, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

• Raymond Davis employed by CIA ‘beyond shadow of doubt’
• Former soldier charged with murder over deaths of two men
• Davis accused of shooting one man twice in the back as he fled

Declan Walsh in Lahore and Ewen MacAskill in Washington

Feburary 20, 2011

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The American who shot dead two men on a Lahore street, triggering a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and the United States, is a CIA agent who was on assignment at the time of the incident…

…Based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the Guardian can confirm that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA…

…The Pakistani government is aware of Davis’s CIA status yet has kept quiet in the face of immense American pressure to free him under the Vienna convention…

…Many Pakistanis are outraged at the idea of an armed American rampaging through their second largest city; some analysts have warned of Egyptian-style protests if Davis is released.  The government, fearful of a furious public backlash, says it needs until 14 March to decide whether Davis enjoys immunity.

Outrage has been heightened by the death of a third man who was crushed by an American vehicle as it rushed to Davis’s aid.  Pakistani officials believe the vehicle’s occupants were also CIA because they came from the same suburban house where Davis lived and were heavily armed.

The US refused Pakistani demands to interrogate the two men and on Sunday a senior Pakistani intelligence official said they had left the country. "They have flown the coop, they are already in America," he said.

ABC News reported that the men had the same diplomatic visa as Davis.  It is not unusual for US intelligence officers, like their counterparts round the world, to carry diplomatic passports….

…But Washington’s case [for Davis’ “diplomatic immunity”] is hobbled by its resounding silence on Davis’s background and role.  Davis served in the US special forces for 10 years before leaving in 2003 to become a private security contractor.  A senior Pakistani official said he believed Davis worked with Xe, the controversial firm formerly known as Blackwater, before joining the CIA.

Pakistani suspicions about Davis’s role were stoked by the equipment police confiscated from his car after the shooting: an unlicensed pistol, a long-range radio, a GPS device, an infrared torch and a camera with pictures of buildings around Lahore.

"This is not the work of a diplomat.  He was doing espionage and surveillance activities," said the Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah, adding that he had "confirmation" that Davis was a CIA employee.

A number of US media outlets later learned about Davis’s CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration, which fears that disclosure could inflame opinion in Pakistan and possibly put Davis at risk.

A Colorado television station, 9NEWS, initially made a connection after speaking to Davis’s wife, who lives outside Denver.  She referred its inquiries to a number in Washington which turned out to be the CIA. The station subsequently removed the CIA reference from its website at the request of the US government.  Nicole Vap, an executive producer, said: "Because of the safety concerns, we decided to amend the story. But it remains accurate…"

…Although the [Pakistan’s ISI intelligence and CIA] co-operate in the CIA’s drone campaign along the Afghan border, there has not been a drone strike since 23 January – the longest lull since June 2009. Experts are unsure whether both events are linked…

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US bullying Pakistan to release “diplomat” who killed two in Lahore market [World Socialist Web Site]

Posted in Afghanistan, Blackwater / Xe Services mercenaries, CIA, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Pakistan, Pentagon, Saudi Arabia, State Department, Torture, US drone strikes, US imperialism, USA on February 11, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手
By Ali Ismail
10 February 2011

Pakistan’s government is facing escalating US pressure to release Raymond Davis, the American national responsible for gunning down two Pakistani youths in a Lahore market on January 26.

Obama administration officials and US Congressional leaders have suggested that US aid to Pakistan could be curtailed, a March visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to Washington canceled, and US-Pakistan relations downgraded, if Davis is not immediately allowed to leave Pakistan and all charges against him dropped.

Last weekend, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to meet with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, at the Munich security conference.  In a definite signal as to the US’s priorities and a calculated affront to Pakistan’s embattled civilian government, she did meet, however, with General Ashfaq Kayani.  The head of the Pakistani Army, Kayani is a Pentagon favourite.

On Monday, the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, met with President Zardari to reiterate Washington’s demand that Davis be released on the grounds of “diplomatic immunity.”  The next day, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denied a press report that Washington has suspended all “high-level contacts” with Islamabad, saying “We continue to talk to the Pakistan government to stress the importance of resolving this issue.”

The Davis affair has created yet another crisis for the deeply unpopular Pakistan Peoples’ Party-led coalition government, which in addition to a raft of economic problems faces mounting popular opposition because of its collusion in the crimes of US imperialism in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Davis was arrested in Lahore on January 27, the day after he had gunned down two Pakistani youths, while driving through a busy market area in a Honda Civic.  When the motorbike bearing Mohammad Faheem and Faizan Haider, pulled up beside his car, Davis opened fire on the young men, with a Beretta pistol, killing both of them on the spot.  According to Davis, and the US Embassy in Islamabad, one of the men was carrying a gun, and Davis, fearing that he was about to get robbed, shot the youths in “self-defense.”

A third man, Ibadur Rahman, was killed when US officials ran him over while rushing to the scene of the shooting, so they could prevent Davis’ arrest.  The vehicle that struck Rahman was speeding in the wrong direction on a one-way street.  The US officials fled the scene without bothering to assist him.

A murder case was registered against Davis after he was arrested the following day.  The driver of the vehicle that killed the bystander Rahman has also been charged with murder, but has yet to be apprehended, and is believed to have fled the country.

A post-mortem report has revealed that both of Davis’ victims were shot from behind.

While insisting on Davis’ immediate and unconditional release, US authorities in Pakistan and Washington have refused to answer any questions about the shooting incident, including why Davis was driving alone and armed in Lahore, and his role in Pakistan.  All they have said is that he works for the US mission in Pakistan as part of its “technical and administrative staff.”

Davis himself has refused to state where he was headed and who he was going to meet when the shooting took place.

Washington’s conduct and the lengths it is going to secure Davis’ speedy return to the US indicate that he is a highly-trained US security operative.

The official US version of events lacks consistency and strains credulity.

According to a report by ABC News, Davis runs a shadowy Florida-based security firm Hyperion Protective Consultants, heightening suspicions that he is an operative for, or otherwise, linked to the CIA. Some reports have suggested that he may have been working on behalf of the notorious private security firm Blackwater.

The manner in which Davis gunned down the two youths suggests the modus operandi of an elite agent with advanced firearms training.  The men were shot with sniper-like precision, after which Davis immediately called for a back-up vehicle.

US officials and Pakistani authorities initially attempted to paint the victims as criminals.

Some suggested that both men were armed and that they had robbed another person in the area just before the shooting incident occurred. However, no conclusive evidence has been presented to show that the youth were involved in criminal activities and the allegations are vehemently denied by the victims’ families.

According to Geo TV, police investigators in their initial report stated that Davis’s act was “excessive and disproportionate.”  The police report concluded that the shooting could not in anyway be labeled an act of self-defense.  Investigators said that they were unconvinced by Davis’s story.  They also added that he was not a diplomat and that no security agency was aware of his presence in the area where the killings took place.

The police report and anonymous sources cited by Geo TV have complained that the US Consulate in Lahore has refused to provide any information about the driver and the vehicle that killed Ibadur Rahman.

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Thousands protest against killing of 3 Pakistanis by US consulate employees [Xinhua]

Posted in Afghanistan, Blackwater / Xe Services mercenaries, Diplomat, Mercenaries / "contractors", Pakistan, State Department, US "War on Terror", US drone strikes, US imperialism, USA on January 29, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Jamil Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — Thousands of people Friday protested against the killing of three Pakistanis by two employees of U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Lahore.

Police, on high security alert, on Friday afternoon presented the U.S. national Raymond Davis, earlier known as Steve David, before the court in Lahore.  Judicial magistrate Zafar Iqbal on the request of police handed Davis, the alleged killer, over to police for six days on physical remand.

When police [were] presenting him before court, thousands of raged Pakistanis were protesting against the incident, during which five others were also injured.  Elsewhere, hundreds of workers of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf of Imran Khan got together in [the] capital Islamabad and marched towards the U.S. embassy to vent their anger but police did not allow them to enter into the red zone area.  They chanted slogans and delivered speeches against America [sic].

Earlier, police requested District and Session Judge [sic] to send a magistrate to [the] police station for Davis because of security threats as the thousands of [en]raged people were waiting for the Davis appearance before the court.  But the judge refused it and ordered to bring him before [the] court at any cost.

Pakistani people and media have been describing Davis as a spy working for [the] U.S. army or Blackwater private security company.  They said different clues proved that he was spy and was on some secret mission.

Davis opened fire at two young civilians, Faizan Haider, 20, and newly married Faheem, 22, apparently harmless to him, and killed them on spot on Thursday afternoon at Qartaba Chowk, a busiest [sic] area of Lahore.

After the killing he made [a] video of them, called his other companions and tried to run away from the site.  But police commandos chased and arrested him a few kilometers away from the crime scene.

The driver of the vehicle, [who] came to aid him, drove rashly, violated traffic rules, hit many motorcycles and a rickshaw and injured six people including school children.  Later one of the injured, Ubaidur Rehman, who was scheduled to marry next month, succumbed to injuries.

Three cases, including one for a double murder, have been registered against the U.S. diplomats involved in the dramatic shooting and hit-and-run incidents.  Davis has been charged for two cases, killing two men on a motorbike allegedly in self-defense, and keeping an illegal gun without any license or permit.  [H]is unknown companion, also an American riding a Land cruiser, was charged for planned murder case [sic] for crushing a bike rider to death.

Davis told police that those two guys tried to rob him and in his defense he shot them.  But [the] autopsy report, released on Friday, revealed that all the seven bullets hit the deceased guys at their back sides which hinted that the victims were not doing any wrong thing with him.

Two handguns were found close to the victims’ bodies but Muhammad Aslam Tarin, Chief City Police Officer (CCPO), confirmed that all three deceased had no previous criminal records and none of them tried to rob or fired at Davis.

Tareen further said that the American diplomat had shot at them first and not a single bullet was fired from deceased pistols.

According to Haider’s family, he had left the house for the court to pursue a case against the killers of his brother who gunned him down a month ago.  The family said that Haider carried a licensed pistol but only for self-defense.

An eyewitness from Lahore said that Davis stopped his car at traffic signal and then after him two motorcyclists also stopped and then suddenly bullets fired from inside the car at [sic] the back of those two boys.

“Why did he fire at them [sic] is not understandable, the victims were only waiting for green signal with their backs to him and he killed them,” the eyewitness said, asking for anonymity.

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani on Friday condemned the incident and said justice will be done according to law.

Rehman Malik, federal interior minister, showed his suspicions; why Davis was having [sic] the gun and what he was [sic] doing in the busiest area of the city.

“We have asked U.S. consulate to handover the other American driver and the car till [sic] Friday evening that crushed a civilian,” Rana Sana Ullah, Punjab law minister, told media.

“We fear that the U.S. national was on some secret mission in that area that is why he was so over active [sic] and frightened,” the law minister added.

U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley confirmed Friday that the killer was a U.S. national and an employee at the U.S. consulate in Lahore.

But Crowley refused to give any further details on the shooting that occurred in a country where anti-American sentiments are at peak over civilian casualties inflicted by U.S. pilot-less planes operations in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

“We want to make sure that a tragedy like this does not affect the strategic partnership that we’re building with Pakistan,” the spokesman told reporters in Washington.

[Edited by Zuo Shou 左手]

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Why America Cannot Win in Afghanistan, by retired Pakistani General Hamid Gul [Globalresearch.ca]

Posted in 9/11, Afghan quagmire, Afghanistan, Black propaganda, Blackwater / Xe Services mercenaries, CIA, Connection to drugs and narcotics, Corporate Media Critique, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Karzai puppet regime corruption, Mercenaries / "contractors", National Security Agency / NSA, NATO invasion, NSA, Obama, Pakistan, Pensacola, Pentagon, Philippines, US "War on Terror", US foreign occupation, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War, USSR, Vietnam, Wikileaks, Winston Churchill, Yemen on October 5, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Realize that this guy is a former Pakistani Intel head who was arming the Mujahedin-cum-Taliban in a Pakistan proxy war against the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan even before the US got its proxy war going against the USSR; so as a reactionary prop and collaborator with imperialism, he’s up to his neck in setting the stage for the unmitigated and ongoing disaster that engulfs his part of the world.  Still it’s an amazing overview of the current Afghanistan quagmire. – Zuo Shou / 左手

September 24, 2010

Guns and Butter, KPFA-FM, Wednesday, September 8, 2010 1:00-2:00pm

 Transcript:

 I’m Bonnie Faulkner.  Today on Guns and Butter, General Hamid Gul.

Today’s show: “Why America Cannot Win in Afghanistan.”

 General Gul had a…36-year military career in the Pakistan Army.  At the height of his military career it was expected that he would be promoted to the position of Chief of the Army Staff.  But due to political pressures from abroad, he was not selected, and as a result he resigned from the Army and is now retired.  The highest attainment of his long …career was his command of Inter-Services Intelligence, ISI, from 1987 to 1989, during the fateful period of Afghan jihad against the Soviets…  General Gul faced down riot police when they tried to arrest him at a rally outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad protesting attempts to dismiss Chief Justice Chaudry. He has written hundreds of columns, mostly for Pakistan Urdu Press, but also for the English readership within Pakistan and abroad.

 General Hamid Gul, welcome again.

 Gul:  Thank you, Bonnie.

 Faulkner:  The US appears to be sinking into a quagmire in Afghanistan.  The number of US troops on the ground keeps rising, and the number of troops killed and wounded keeps rising as well.  The much-trumpeted operation in the Helmand River valley around Marja didn’t succeed in permanently removing resistance fighters.  Since that was its sole purpose, it was a failure.  The planned attack on Kandahar has been delayed, and many outlying operating bases have been abandoned by US forces as too costly to hold, such as in Nuristan and Kunar, in the northeast.  Isn’t the United States losing the war on the ground in Afghanistan?

 Gul:  Bonnie, right from the beginning, this war was a lost war.  There was no way that it could be won.   And I think we need to review this.   I want to do this one favor to the American people because I like them, they are so innocent that they are taken up for a ride quite easily, because of the disinformation, because of the propaganda hype by those people who control the sinews of power in America.  So I think this is an opportunity that you are providing me to educate them, that this war was a lost war from the very beginning, from its very inception.   And I want to pass a professional judgment on it, and I would want any American soldier worth his salt, soldier, general, corporal, or whatever it is, to tell me that I am wrong.   I would wish that they tell me that I am wrong.  You know, because wars are fought within a certain environment.   That environment is both political, logistical, and it is the combat environment in which wars are fought and won, or lost for that matter.

 Now, from the beginning, the premise on which the American case stands against Afghanistan was totally wrong, because not a single Afghan was ever involved in any act of terrorism outside the boundaries of Afghanistan.   And inside, it is a freedom struggle.  They are a proud, rather I would describe them as a ferociously proud race, and Americans, who love their freedom, why should they want to curb the freedom of this proud and free nation?  Now that premise was basically an illusion created that we will be able to beat the daylight out of everybody, you know, that revenge motivation, that we will take our revenge.  But this wasn’t it.  I think the latent objectives were very different.  On our last program we discussed this, that the latent objectives were not to serve the American people, but to serve corporate America, to some extent, but more than that, to satisfy the whims and the ambition of the Cold War warriors like Dick Cheney and company.   And incidentally I know them personally, Dick Cheney, and Richard Armitage, Rumsfeld, etc..   I have been dealing with them when I was heading the ISI, in the days of the, the heady days of the Afghan jihad in Afghanistan.   So I know what is their mindset.  And I think it was to satisfy the whims of this coterie of people, who wanted to conquer the world, if you like, or establish a Pax Americana, that means an American century, the 21st century will be an American century.  So these were hyper goals, and they have brought tremendous damage.

 So first, the premise has to be correct for going to war.   That wasn’t correct at all.   And I think it was based on lies.   9/11 is, in my opinion, still a huge, big fraud which has been perpetrated on the world, but more than that, on the American people themselves.   And because they could not win a vote to support a war of this kind, so they had to create an excuse so that there would be world sympathy, which there was after 9/11, and the American people would be so angry, annoyed and alarmed that they would not question their government about their credentials and the veracity of what happened on 9/11. 

 That apart, now we come to the situation and judge it militarily.  So, for going to war, apart from the political support that you need to have, and that is declining as you understand, now it’s more than sixty percent of Americans have turned against the war.   But, after a lot of damage.   As Churchill once said, Americans eventually do the right thing after they have exhausted all the wrong options.  So I think unfortunately that this is a condition that is applicable here. 

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