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China Voice: Spy charges expose U.S. cyber hegemony mentality [Xinhua]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Black propaganda, Brazil, China, China-bashing, China-US relations, Internet Global Hegemony, Iran, National Security Agency / NSA, NSA, Obama, Pensacola, Pentagon, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on May 22, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) — The United States has indulged in its cyber hegemony mentality again as it filed ungrounded commercial cyber espionage charges against five Chinese military officers.

It is really amazing to see that the biggest cyber bully, which has virtually no credibility left in the cyber world, could still stand at the moral high ground to accuse others.

The U.S. has repeatedly and arbitrarily made baseless accusations about China’s cyber espionage in recent years, reflecting its hypocrisy and hegemony.

U.S. cyber hegemony is aggressive and dangerous in nature.

Even as overall U.S. defense spending witnessed cuts, the Pentagon is still beefing up its cyberspace force at the U.S. Cyber Command, doubling its budget to 447 million U.S. dollars this year, the Washington Post reported earlier this year.

The cyberspace force is also expected to be expanded from about 1,800 people today to more than 6,000 by the end of 2016, according to the plan.

The U.S. president has the power to order preemptive cyber strikes, the New York Times reported last year. And The Times reported that Obama ordered an escalating series of cyber attacks against Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities.

While the U.S. has touted threats to cyber security from abroad, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been one of the most active attackers of computer systems around the world.

China is in fact a major victim of persistent and large-scale cyber attacks from the U.S. targeting China’s government institutions, schools, universities, companies and even individuals.

China has always requested that the U.S. give a clear and thorough clarification on why it targeted Chinese institutions and people, but the country has still not received it.

The unfounded charge against Chinese officers amounts to the same hypocrisy as a bandit calling for justice.

The Europeans were alerted to risks by a European Parliament report more than a decade ago that the U.S. uses sophisticated electronic spying techniques to gather economic intelligence.

The report put forward extensive claims that the U.S. NSA routinely tracks telephone, fax, and email transmissions from around the world and passes on useful corporate intelligence to American companies.

Among the allegations, the NSA fed information to Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, now part of Boeing, enabling the companies to beat out European Airbus for a multi-billion dollar contract.

U.S. intelligence, by virtue of data provided by nine Internet companies, including Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Yahoo, and other major telecom providers, tracked citizens’ private contacts and social activities recklessly, according to the Washington Post.

Allegations of rampant U.S. electronic espionage have unfolded on a global scale in the wake of damaging revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

After it was exposed that Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras was also targeted by U.S. surveillance, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the U.S. spying was out of economic and strategic interests instead of concerns about terrorism as Washington had claimed.

Instead of offering a sincere “sorry,” Washington has found that mudslinging at other countries is a way to remedy its image, which has been tarred by its global spy program.

Unless the U.S. casts away the cyber hegemony mentality of turning the Internet into a tool to monitor the whole world and consolidate its own status, it will be impossible to build a just international order or avoid high-risk behavior online.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-05/21/c_133351011.htm

Obama, Like Ike, ‘Avoided Military Adventures’? Not Quite [FAIR]

Posted in Afghanistan, CIA, Corporate Media Critique, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Korean War, Libya, New York Times lie, Obama, Pakistan, Pensacola, south Korea, Syria, US drone strikes, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, War crimes, Yemen on August 11, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

by Peter Hart
July 16, 2013

New York Times reporter Peter Baker has a piece today (7/16/13) about Barack Obama and Dwight Eisenhower that presents a somewhat confusing picture of both.

The article is about how Obama wields power–or, in the eyes of some critics, fails to take advantage of the “bully pulpit.”

The real point of the piece is to draw a parallel to Dwight Eisenhower’s “hidden hand” approach. According to an author of an Eisenhower book, Baker writes, ” Mr. Obama was like the former president in avoiding major international conflict, relying more on covert action and letting Congress take the lead in legislation.”

Baker explains:

Just as Eisenhower, the 34th president, pulled troops out of Korea and avoided other military adventures, Mr. Obama has pulled out of Iraq, is leaving Afghanistan, has limited intervention in Libya largely to airstrikes and has resisted being drawn directly into the civil war in Syria.

Let’s try a rewrite–especially on the Obama years.

Obama withdrew troops from Iraq on the schedule inherited from Bush. His administration wanted to keep some troops there, but the Iraqi government would not allow it.

To say that Obama “is leaving Afghanistan” ignores the fact that he massively escalated the Afghan War, sending tens of thousands of additional troops to the country – essentially tripling the size of the U.S. military in the first 2 years of his term.

To say that Obama “limited intervention in Libya largely to airstrikes” is an odd way to describe what was a rather extensive bombing campaign in violation of the War Powers Act.

Baker does note that the White House has decided to formally begin arming the Syrian rebels – it is somewhat unclear how and/or when that will happen – and the CIA has reportedly been coordinating arms shipments into the country.

And, of course, one has to factor in ongoing drone wars in countries like Yemen, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It is possible that these do not count as ” military adventures, ” but I think you’d have [a] hard time explaining that to anyone in those countries.

As for Eisenhower, when the Times refers vaguely to “covert operations” during his term, one might want to spell out that the CIA was instrumental in the overthrew of governments in Iran, Guatemala and Congo, and that the CIA was deeply involved in supporting anti-government rebels in Indonesia fighting the Sukarno government – including dropping supplies to the rebels. His hands may have been “hidden,” but there’s no reason to not let the record speak for itself 50 years later.

Article link: http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/07/16/obama-like-ike-avoided-military-adventures-not-quite/

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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Oil soaks miles of Pensacola Beach [CNN]

Posted in BP oil spill, Florida, Pensacola on June 26, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

I’ve got family here, and I’ve swam on this beach.  Thanks so bloody much, BP/Bush/Cheney/Obama.  Who needs foreign “enemies” like Iraq, Iran, DPR Korea etc. who haven’t done anything to U.S. citizens approaching anywhere near this level of calamity, when we’ve got criminal corporations and their sociopathic politicians to drag the nation into ever deeper levels of hell.  So nice how BP isn’t answering the State of Florida’s calls.  They also can’t even be bothered to get a quote in on the article where the catastrophe is mainly their fault.

Anger-free reporting from CNN; thank you CNN for not even providing a single voice of non-governmental Pensacola citizen.  And can you believe they filed this awful news in the TRAVEL section of the website?!?  – 左手

By Rich Phillips, CNN
June 23, 2010

Pensacola, Florida (CNN) — When you’re on vacation or live in a coastal community, it’s a symbol you simply don’t want to see:  a no-swimming sign, along with a beach health advisory.

More than two months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Pensacola awoke Wednesday to the largest onslaught of black crude on Florida’s coast, as more than nine miles of white shoreline and beaches were soaked with syrupy oil

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