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“America’s Pacific Zone of War” by Wayne Madsen – US installs puppets in degenerate democracies of Australia, New Zealand [Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Australia, CIA, Encirclement of China, Israel, National Security Agency / NSA, New Zealand, NSA, Nukes, Rudd-Gillard coup, Singapore, USA, Wayne Madsen Report on November 3, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

23.10.2012

The United States has successfully installed two America-compliant leaders as the heads of government of Australia and New Zealand, Washington’s two most important Asia-Pacific regional allies. Both leaders, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, rose rapidly within their respective parties, a sure sign that they had outside support, likely from the Central Intelligence Agency, which has historically meddled in the domestic affairs of Australia and New Zealand…

Australia and New Zealand have seen the CIA interfere in their domestic politics before. In 1975, the CIA, working with Australian intelligence and pro-U.S. politicians, engineered a constitutional coup against Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The independent-minded Whitlam demanded a fuller explanation about the nature of U.S. intelligence bases at Pine Gap and Woomera, Australia. The Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, alarmed by Whitlam’s demand for an accounting about the activities of the bases, used an old U.S. intelligence asset, Australian Governor General Sir John Kerr, to fire Whitlam’s government and install a pro-U.S. regime. Similarly, after New Zealand Labor Prime Minister David Lange began probing into the activities of the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping bases in New Zealand and banning visits by U.S. nuclear-armed or powered warships to New Zealand ports, he was unceremoniously ousted in a parliamentary backbenchers’ coup in 1989.

What happened to Whitlam would repeat itself in 2010 in Australia when Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who was generally supportive of the United States, was deposed in a backbenchers’ coup by the even more pro-American deputy prime minister Julia Gillard. Since coming to power, Gillard, who was born in Wales, has supported the United States and Israel in all matters, including inviting the United States to establish new naval, air, and troop bases in Australia.

A few of the leaked U.S. State Department cables [i.e. Wikileaks] identify the role that the U.S. embassy in Canberra played in ousting Rudd and replacing him with the more pro-American Gillard. Rudd’s Employment Participation Minister, Libyan-Australian Mark Arbib, was a frequent guest of the embassy where he passed along confidential information about the Cabinet in-fighting between the right-wing forces allied with Gillard and Rudd loyalists.

Senator Don Farrell, another right-wing Labor supporter of Gillard, met with a U.S. embassy official in June 2009, a year before the coup against Rudd, and informed the American about the plot to oust the Prime Minister. President Barack Obama apparently did nothing to warn Rudd of the plot against him and there is every indication that the Obama administration, particularly Mrs. Clinton, was in Gillard’s court. Farrell told the newspaper The Australian that he had more than one conversation with the U.S. embassy but said he couldn’t recall the exact details of the conversations.

An embassy cable dated June 23, 2008, indicates that Gillard was being groomed during the Bush administration even though she had a political past in which she described herself as a “socialist” and a “feminist”:

GILLARD THE PRO-AMERICAN

…GILLARD has gone out of her way to assist the Embassy. She attended a breakfast hosted by the Ambassador for U/S [Undersecretary] Nick Burns who visited Canberra just days after the election. At our request, she agreed to meet a visiting member of the National Labor Relations Board, after prior entreaties by the board member’s Australian hosts had been rebuffed. GILLARD is now a regular attendee at the American Australian Leadership Dialogues (AALD), and will be the principal government representative to the AALD meeting in Washington at the end of June».

Gillard was «talent-spotted» by the CIA from the ranks of the left [sic]. Before becoming a staunch pro-American, Gillard served as Secretary of the Socialist Forum in Melbourne and she co-founded the Australian chapter of the women’s rights organization EMILY’s LIST.

In a speech to the AALD in 2008 in Washington, Gillard avidly supported the strengthening of the ANZUS military alliance between Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Gillard, in a message to Labor Party leader Mark Latham, described the AALD as a “CIA re-education camp.” Latham also revealed that Gillard told him that he should stand by for “e-mails explaining George Bush is a great statesman, torture is justified in many circumstances and those Iraqi insurgents should just get over it.” Gillard has also called the United States «a civilizing global influence».

New Zealand Prime Minster John Key rose rapidly through the ranks of the National Party to become Prime Minister. Key was formerly an executive with the CIA-linked Bankers Trust. Key was also part of George Soros’s operation to attack several Asian-Pacific currencies, including the Thai baht and Malaysian ringgit, as well as the British pound and Russian ruble, in the late 80s and early 90s, to enable currency speculators like Soros to make billions in profits. In 1988, Key even bet against the New Zealand dollar. In 1995, Key was the head of foreign exchange operations for Merrill Lynch in Singapore. Key’s ruthless sacking of hundreds of his subordinates and co-workers at Merrill Lynch earned him the onerous nickname of the «smiling assassin». In 1999, Key became a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and three years later he was sitting in the New Zealand Parliament. After only six years as an MP, Key became Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Key became Leader of the Opposition in 2006 after he succeeded Don Brash, who resigned after details of an extramarital affair and internal National Party documents became public.

There is a belief by some in New Zealand that Key’s work for Soros and the CIA – the two are not mutually exclusive – earned him the post of Prime Minister. Key has done much to undo Lange’s policies and New Zealand naval ships are, once again, welcome in U.S. ports after a ban that was imposed during Lange’s term. Key, whose mother, Ruth Lazar Key, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant, has also steered New Zealand’s foreign policy firmly into the pro-Israeli camp.

Key’s predecessor, Labor Prime Minister Helen Clark, incurred Israel’s and its Wellington Lobby’s wrath after she criticized Israeli intelligence’s ploy to forge New Zealand passports. Like Clark, Rudd, also infuriated Israel and its Canberra Lobby after criticizing Israel’s forging of Australian passports and deploring Israel’s interception and arrest of Gaza aid flotilla participants. Rudd had long been considered a staunch ally of Israel and was thought by the Israeli Lobby in Australia to be a «Christian Zionist». Gillard, who is a self-declared atheist, began plotting with Labor right-wingers and, very likely, the CIA Canberra station, weeks prior to her challenge to Rudd, even though she claims to have only decided to seek the prime minister position on the eve of the Labor Party parliamentary caucus in June 2010. Gillard’s staff began writing her victory speech two weeks prior to the caucus…

…The installation of Key and Gillard in their posts has ensured that the United States has a firm military anchor in the Asia-Pacific region from which to challenge China and other nations for control of the Pacific as a «zone of war».

Full article link: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/10/23/america-pacific-zone-of-war.html

“The Ghost of Goebbels: Historical Revisionism and World War II” by Wayne Madsen [Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Belarus, Capitalism crisis early 21st century, Czech Republic / Czechoslovakia, Fascism, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Nazism, Poland, Russia, Stalin, U.K., Ukraine, US imperialism, USA, USSR, Wall Street, Wayne Madsen Report, World War II, Yugoslavia - former FRY on August 11, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

26.01.2011

An expected outgrowth of the world’s steady descent into total and extreme capitalist control is the increasing tendency by some historians and their accomplices in the media to re-invent certain aspects of history.

Although the history of the Middle East and colonialism have been favorite playgrounds for the historical revisionists, it is World War II and the role played by the Soviet Union in the war that has attracted the attention of most of the alterers of history, both professional and amateur. As we recall the Nazi attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the 70th anniversary of which we now remember, it is important to note that the “revisionism” of the events of that day began with chief Nazi German propagandist Joseph Goebbels and the disappearance of historical facts “down the memory hole,” as George Orwell put it in 1984, is carried on to this day by Goebbels’s ideological heirs who are mainly funded by the barons of Wall Street through various tax-free right-wing “think tanks” and research institutes in the West.

Although the revisionists claim that the 1939 Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and its secret protocol to divide eastern Europe into respective German and Soviet spheres of influence somehow made Soviet leader Joseph Stalin a “partner” of Hitler, little attention is paid to secret German-British talks in 1939 that would have divided the world into German and British spheres of influence while making common cause against the Soviet Union.

Goebbels’s ideological heirs would have everyone believe that Stalin and German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler were on the same ideological plane and were conniving to jointly conquer the world. This revisionist account is meant to mask the goals of the Western industrialists at the time. Many of the world’s wealthiest capitalists, including the German-descent British royal family, wanted Hitler to stamp out Soviet Communism and had no problem with the Nazis’ “long march East.”

The pandering of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain to Hitler at the 1939 Munich Conference, which saw the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia, was seen in the eyes of many British and American industrial barons as the remnants of Czechoslovakia being safe from Soviet Russia. That same mind-set would exist as Nazi troops invaded Poland, the Baltic states, Yugoslavia, and then, the USSR, itself. Not until December 7, 1941, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, would the western industrial barons decide it was time to support the war effort against the Axix Powers, albeit reluctantly.

Certainly, Britain was not alone in its secret campaign to align with the Nazis against the Soviet Union. U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, who enraged many capitalists and Republicans by establishing diplomatic relations with the USSR after he took office in 1933, found himself almost ousted in a coup d’etat in 1933 arranged by Wall Street robber barons intent on declaring a state of national emergency and placing Roosevelt under virtual house arrest. The plot was discovered by retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler and communicated to the U.S. Congress where details of the plot remained secret until 1970. Among the chief coup plotters was Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather, respectively, of two later U.S. presidents. Prescott Bush was a chief Wall Street banker for German Nazi-owned businesses in the years leading up to and following the outbreak of World War II.

In 1936, U.S. ambassador to Berlin, William Dodd, wrote to Roosevelt to warn him that the threat posed to him in 1934 by the Wall Street-Nazi alliance remained as such two years later. Dodd wrote:

“A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime . . . A prominent executive of one of the largest corporations, told me point blank that he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt continued his progressive policies. Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there. Propagandists for fascist groups try to dismiss the fascist scare.”

The words of Dodd: “propagandists for fascist groups try to dismiss the fascist scare” ring true today. Wall Street of the 1930s and 1940s owned the major media outlets, including the large publishing houses, that gave notoriety to the revisionist commentators and historians of their day. The situation remains much the same today.

There is the distinct danger that soon, the historical revionists will not be content in putting Stalin and Hitler on the same level. With global media in the hands of a select few capitalists, it is forseeable that Stalin will be re-assessed as the reason Hitler had to conquer most of Europe and Hitler will be painted favorably. There are already signs that this historical revisionism is taking place among the right-wing political parties of Europe that are adopting many of the planks of the neo-Nazi movement, including the meme that Hitler had no choice to invade eastern Europe and the Soviet Union to protect the world against Bolshevism. That argument of the capitalists is nothing new but it is one, 70 years after the invasion of the USSR by the Nazis, that should have long ago been discarded into the ash bin of fascist propaganda.

Final Statement

Adopted by the International History Conference Commemorating 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War (Sevastopol, June 15-17, 2011)

We, the assembled representatives of historical research communities and civil societies of Belarus, Latvia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine participating in the Sevastopol International History Conference commemorating 70th Anniversary of the outbreak of 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, regard the War and our Victory as one of the most tragic and at the same time heroic pages in the common history of our nations.

We are increasingly alarmed with the current rise of revisionism of the history of World War II in the West and in several post-Soviet republics where incendiary political considerations outweigh commitment to historical accuracy.

We consider it absolutely unacceptable to draw the Great Patriotic War against fascism as a ‘fight of two totalitarian regimes’, to deny the justified and liberating nature of that war for our nations, to depict the Red Army’s liberation mission in 11 European countries as ‘Soviet occupation’.

We state that the concept ascribing ‘mutual responsibility’ for unleashing the war to ‘the Nazi and Soviet regimes’ lacks any historical and moral foundations. As historians, we are aware that the responsibility for that devastating war rests fully with the Western powers. Until now the diplomatic archives in London keep guarding the secrets of the British-German talks held in June 1939 on the division of the world into Great Britain’s and Germany’s spheres of influence, aimed to deter Soviet Union from taking part in shaping the future of Europe.

While Hitler’s military machine was destined to exterminate [the] Soviet Union as a ‘hotbed of Bolshevism’, today…Nazism is sometimes being portrayed as a ‘natural response to the red threat’. This is an [utter] lie contradicting recognized historical facts.

We claim that all civilized nations should officially outlaw any endeavors to justify fascism, Nazi criminals or collaborationists. Any revisions of the Nuremberg Tribunal[‘s] outright statements condemning fascism are totally inadmissible.

The present round of revisionism is supposed to provide an ideological backing for “anti-totalitarian” appeals like the notorious OSCE Parliamentary Assembly resolution adopted on July 3, 2009 calling for a trial over the Soviet Union’s allegedly ‘criminal past’. Such campaigns, provoking territorial claims against Russia and compensation demands for ‘damages caused during Soviet occupation’ trigger imminent and far-reaching dangerous consequences for the European security, still not adequately assessed by the short-sighted instigators of these campaigns and their blind contractors.

A distorted view on the meaning and the results of World War II and Russia’s Great Patriotic War would pave the way for a new division of Europe and the world with catastrophic consequences. This is why we are calling upon the academic community for a fair and unbiased research of the period of 1941-1945 in the name of historical truth and our common future. The sacrifices of millions of Russians in the defeat of Fascism and the devastation wrought in the war must not be perverted for current political narratives. Such actions only serve to cause division within Europe, and prevent the advancement of peace and unity amongst peoples.

Edited by Zuo Shou

Article link: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/06/21/the-ghost-of-goebbels-historical-revisionism-and-world-war-ii.html

“Is another European empire collapsing before our eyes?” by Wayne Madsen [Strategic Culture Organization]

Posted in Capitalism crisis early 21st century, Currency wars, Denmark, EU, European Union, France, Germany, Ireland, Nazism, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, U.K., USA, Wayne Madsen Report on June 8, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

May 15, 2011

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The history of Europe is one of successive collapsed empires. Some, such as the Roman, Holy Roman, Ottoman, and Austro-Hungarian empires, simply overextended themselves and collapsed due to nationalist uprisings coupled with domestic political and economic inertia. Others, like the German Nazi, Soviet [sic], Italian fascist, Napoleonic French, Spanish, and Portuguese empires collapsed as a result of their military aggression and incessant subterfuge from external forces.

The European Union appears to be suffering from the same symptoms as those experienced by the first category of failed European empires: over-extension, a stagnant and bloated bureaucracy, and economic collapse. As Europe strives to become a more unified and federal union, there has been a backlash from across its member states, with a North-South divide and economic turmoil now threatening to bring down the whole house of cards.

The rise of nationalist political parties in some of the EU’s heretofore staunchest pro-EU member nations and the collapse of some EU national economies due to predatory banking policies and America’s flooding of the global financial system with cheap dollars – a central bankers’ contrivance known as “quantitative easing” — has created fault lines in Europe that not only threaten to bring down the euro and drive the European Central Bank into extinction but prompt some members to leave the EU altogether.

Although there have always been degrees of Euro-skepticism throughout Europe since the coming into force of the Treaty of Maastricht in 1993, which transformed the European Economic Community into the European Union and created the euro, anti-EU feelings now run the full gamut from right to left. Anti-EU fervor has not only increased in the traditionally Euro-skeptic nations of Denmark, the United Kingdom, and France but has gained a strong foothold in the earliest supporters of European integration, including Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Greece, and most importantly, Germany…

Full article here: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2011/05/15/is-another-european-empire-collapsing-before-our-eyes.html

Gaddaffi’s African “Mercenary” Story is a Disinformation Ploy by the CIA [Strategic Culture Foundation / Wayne Madsen Report]

Posted in Africa, Black propaganda, CIA, Corporate Media Critique, Israel, Libya, Media smear campaign, Obama, US imperialism, USA, Wall Street, Wayne Madsen Report, Zimbabwe on April 4, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

This article says dark-skinned guest workers were assaulted en masse because the so-called “rebels” believed they were actually mercenaries.  I know that Asian workers in Libya such as Chinese, as well as the facilities they worked at, were also attacked by the Contra-esque “rebels”, so it begs the question about that central proposition –  did the “rebels” think that all foreigners were mercenaries?  Or are they violent ultra-xenophobes, or bigots? -  Zuo Shou 左手

April 4, 2011

Experts on Africa who have traveled extensively in Libya contend that the stories emanating from the Western media that portray Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, as engaging the services of black mercenaries from Sahara and sub-Sahara Africa is a disinformation ploy by the CIA to stoke racist fervor among Libyans rebelling against Gaddafi.

After Western news sources “reported” that Gaddafi had hired black African mercenaries to fight against Libyan rebels, thousand of black African workers in Libya were set upon by angry mobs who believed the Western propaganda that the black workers were fighting for Gaddafi.

The role of President Obama in stoking a CIA-engineered racist response by Libyan rebels has not been lost on a number of African-Americans…

Western news organization reported that Libyan rebels were “hunting down” black African mercenaries but many of these were merely workers who came to Libya from their economically-depressed nations to seek employment in mainly the Libyan oil services, agricultural, and construction sectors.  Ironically, a number of the Africans targeted by angry mobs spurred on by CIA and other Western intelligence planted news stories are from Kenya, the land that Obama claims as his paternal ancestral home.

Other Africans, stranded in Libya and subjected to the racial onslaught of Libyan Arabs, hailed from South Sudan, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Nigeria.  A million and a half black African guest workers were in Libya at the outbreak of the fighting between Gaddafi and rebel forces. Only a few of the Africans were evacuated with many being forced to hide in their homes and flee without the support of their governments to squalid refugee camps in Egypt, Tunisia, and Sudan. Even dark-skinned non-African workers from Bangladesh could not escape the wrath of the Libyan rebels.

Other Africans, notably those from Niger, Mali, Gabon, and Chad, recalled how Gaddafi funded development projects in their nations and they responded by travelling to Libya as volunteers to support Gaddafi.  However, these volunteers were branded as mercenaries by the Western media and their intelligence agency overseers.  Algeria rejected charges that its nationals were being sent to Libya to fight as mercenaries for Gaddafi.

London’s Sunday Mirror ran a dubious story on March 27 that Gaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, had fled to Zimbabwe where he was trying to enlist an African army to assist his father’s forces. The report stated that Zimbabwe’s aging dictator [sic], Robert Mugabe, was prepared to send Zimbabwean army troops to Libya to fight alongside Gaddafi’s army.

The CIA’s propaganda war against black Africans in Libya was not limited to the editorial offices and television news bureaus of Washington, London, Paris, and New York.  A Liberian presidential candidate, T. Q. Harris, blamed Gaddafi for the forced conscription of young men and boys into his army. The statement was picked up by Liberia’s longtime CIA-influenced newspapers.

On March 16, The Guardian of the UK printed a clarification of a previous report that intimated that Gaddafi had recruited mercenaries from the Zaghawa tribe living in Darfur and Chad.  The Guardian wrote that there was “no evidence that members of the Zaghawa are involved in the present conflict.”

Not only were workers from Chad, Ethiopia, and Somalia hunted down by Libyan rebels and hanged from lamp posts and hacked to death with axes and machetes, but black Libyans, mostly from the southern province of Fezzan, received the same treatment.  The neo-conservatives in the Washington and New York media centers ignored the plight of the black workers and continued to echo the charge that any blacks in Libya were Gaddafi mercenaries.  The fact that many of the black Africans massacred by the Libyan rebels had Libyan worker documentation was lost on the Western media.

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Wayne MADSEN (USA): Foggy Bottom’s Unprecedented “All Envoys Meeting” [Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Afghanistan, CIA, Diplomat, Economic crisis & decline, Egypt, FBI, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Netherlands, Pakistan, State Department, Sweden, Tunisia, U.K., US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, Wayne Madsen Report, Wikileaks, Yemen on February 16, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

13.02.11

Wayne Madsen

In an unprecedented move, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called together America’s ambassadors, consuls general, and special envoys to the State Department’s “Foggy Bottom” headquarters in Washington for what was billed as a chance for Clinton to discuss personally with the diplomats America’s “foreign policy priorities” for 2011.  As we are already into the second month of 2011, the “cover story” immediately called into question the true nature of the reason for the meeting.

After the last U.S. diplomats trickled into Washington from distant foreign diplomatic posts – from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Koror, Palau to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Paramaribo, Suriname – Clinton met with the career foreign service and politically-appointed  envoys and told them some sobering news:  the reason for the face-to-face meeting was primarily the result of a major compromise of secure U.S. diplomatic communications channels initiated by both outsiders and insiders who have decided to engage in a bit of “creative revolution,” mirroring to a lesser degree but with potentially as great an impact, the recent mass popular events on the streets of Tunis and Cairo.

The United States, the first nation in the world to develop and field operational cyber- and information-warfare systems, is now being hoisted on its own petard.  The recent disclosures via WikiLeaks of over 250,000 classified State Department cables, with the highest classification being “Secret,” has sent shock waves through the diplomatic community.  And Mrs. Clinton warned the gathered U.S. diplomats that even with secure and encrypted links from their posts to “main State,” they could no longer be assured that sensitive communications could remain secure.

Other means of communicating sensitive information from overseas posts to Washington were apparently discussed in closed-door sessions from February 7 to 9.  According to U.S. government insiders, it was not the WikiLeaks revelations that prompted Clinton to sound a general alarm, but the possibility that there could be future leaks directly to the Internet of higher classification State Department cables, Top Secret and higher Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) traffic, including details of CIA operations at U.S. embassies and consulates.

There is a belief by some within the State Department and Pentagon that the previous leaks of the Secret classification and below cables from the Defense Department’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) is only the beginning of a trend of unauthorized disclosures by individuals within the U.S. government to activist groups.  The FBI has launched a major criminal investigation of not only WikiLeaks and U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, jailed in Quantico, Virginia without charges, but another “hacktivist” group known merely as “Anonymous.”

In fact, it is the threat of future leaks and not past leaks of U.S. classified information that has the U.S. intelligence, military, and law enforcement communities most concerned.  Working with police agencies in the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, the FBI has already started to target suspected Anonymous members in California and Nevada.  But there is much more to the FBI’s assault on Anonymous and others linked to WikiLeaks.   The FBI and the Justice Department clearly want to stem the future unauthorized release of classified information from America’s defense, intelligence, and foreign affairs networks.  Thus, unnamed State Department officials have already been quoted in the media as stating that while the past WikiLeaks revelations constituted “bad public relations,” they have had little impact on U.S. foreign policy or American diplomacy. The future, however, is another story.

So desperate to fight back against the loose-knit network of computer hackers, the FBI engaged the services of three private firms, HB Gary Federal, Palantir and Berico, to conduct an offensive information warfare campaign against WikiLeaks and its supporters, certain journalists, and Anonymous.  The official reason for the operation was to stymie and bring to justice Anonymous for its distributed denial of service attacks on financial services companies that cut-off online donation services for WikiLeaks.  The firms targeted include PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, and Swiss bank Post-Finance, as well as the Bank of America, from which WikiLeaks claimed to have obtained sensitive documents.  It was later revealed that the US Chamber of Commerce had a relationship with the same three companies in targeting anti-Chamber groups.

It is the penetration of the State Department’s communications networks by Anonymous – the group that allegedly first made the cables available to WikiLeaks — that prompted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call together all of America’s envoys for the diplomatic "all hands" meeting.  In addition, the future potential fallout from larger and more damaging leaks of classified cables coupled with leaked and hacked off-shore banking data and e-mails was also discussed with the envoys.  The fallout includes the spread of Tunisia- and Egypt-style popular revolts around the world and the need by the diplomats to be prepared for a surge in anti-American attitudes globally.

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US State Department arch-villian Richard Holbrooke is dead. The tributes stop here. UPDATED [Sweet & Sour Socialism Special Report]

Posted in Afghan quagmire, Afghanistan, Bill Clinton, Diplomat, Glenn Greenwald @ Salon, NATO invasion, Obama, Pakistan, State Department, Sweet & Sour Socialism Special Report, US "War on Terror", US drone strikes, US foreign occupation, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, Vietnam, Wayne Madsen Report on December 14, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

UPDATE Dec. 14, later that evening… “Richard Holbrooke’s Last Words” — Glenn Greenwald at Salon shares from the WaPo’s long obituary of Holbrooke: ‘…his “last words” were according to his family members, which he uttered as he was being sedated for surgery: “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.”‘

Greenwald’s Salon article link here.  Not quite redemption, but makes a good tombstone epitaph.

AND Wayne Madsen Report refers to deceased Holbrooke as “Henry Kissinger’s evil apprentice”. – Zuo Shou 左手

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December 14, 2010

by Zuo Shou / 左手

Ok, enough with the “glowing accolades” of this singularly evil man from the Empire’s executives and their media claque.

From Vietnam’s “Pentagon Papers”, to East Timor genocide, to engendering NATO’s sinister mutation into aggressor against Yugoslavia (and its Chinese embassy), to spreading the US war-infection between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and many more spots on the globe that others more learned than I can document — this prototypical neo-con left a bloody slime trail from nation to nation in the guise of USA power, committing serial outrages against global peace and humanity that no whitewashing can efface.

It’s amazing he didn’t win the blasted Nobel Peace Prize.

He left this earth in the middle of helping orchestrate the brutal and failing occupation of Afghanistan, perhaps ironically the very graveyard of the Empire he never ceased plotting on behalf of.

For some hell is too good a finale.

For reference:

“How Holbrooke Lied His Way Into a War” by Sam Husseini Dec. 2008 [Counterpunch]

…[During Bill Clinton’s administration] shortly before the bombing of Yugoslavia began in late March 1999, Holbrooke met with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. By his own account, Holbrooke delivered the final ultimatum to Milosevic — that if Yugoslavia didn’t agree to the Rambouillet text, NATO would begin bombing.

The Rambouillet text called for a defacto occupation of Yugoslavia. On major U.S. media, after the bombing of Yugoslavia began, Holbrooke claimed that what was called for in the Rambouillet text, despite Serbian protests, “isn’t an occupation”. Several weeks later, when confronted by a journalist familiar with the Rambouillet text, Holbrooke claimed: “I never said that”. This was a lie, it was also a tacit admission that the Rambouillet text did call for an occupation (why else would Holbrooke deny saying it when he had?) So the U.S. demanded that Yugoslavia submit to occupation or be bombed — and Holbrooke lied about this crucial fact when questioned about the cause of the war.

Here are the specifics: The Rambouillet text of Feb. 23, 1999, a month before NATO began bombing, contained provisions that provided for NATO to basically occupy the entire Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), not just Kosovo. Excerpts from Appendix (B) (I attempted to draw attention to this at the time when I became aware of it.):

7. NATO personnel shall be immune from any form of arrest, investigation, or detention by the authorities in the FRY.
8. NATO personnel shall enjoy… free and unrestricted passage and unimpeded access throughout the FRY including associated airspace and territorial waters.
11. NATO is granted the use of airports, roads, rails and ports without payment…etc…
Full article link: http://www.counterpunch.org/husseini12092008.html
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“Obama’s Neocon” [on Holbrooke’s central role in the Indonesian occupation and massacres of East Timor] Jan. 2009 [Counterpunch]

In wee morning hours on Friday, January 23, a U.S. spy plane killed at least 15 in Pakistan near the Afghanistan border. It was Barack Obama’s first blood and the U.S.A.’s first violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty under the new administration.  The attack was an early sign that the newly minted president may not be overhauling the War on Terror this week, or even next.

As the U.S. government fired upon alleged terrorists in the rugged outback of Pakistan, Obama was back in Washington appointing Richard Holbrooke as a special U.S. representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, like the remote control bombing that claimed human life, Obama’s vision for the region, in the embodiment of Holbrooke, may not be a drastic departure from the failed Bush doctrine. Or a departure at all.

“[Holbrooke] is one of the most talented diplomats of his generation,” Obama said during a January 22 press conference at the State Department. In his speech Obama declared that both Afghanistan and Pakistan will be the “central front” in the War on Terror. “There, as in the Middle East, we must understand that we cannot deal with our problems in isolation,” he said.

Despite Obama’s insistence that Holbrooke is qualified to leave the U.S.A’s new efforts in the War on Terror, history seems to disagree.

In 1975, during Gerald Ford’s administration, Indonesia invaded East Timor and slaughtered 200,000 indigenous Timorese. The Indonesian invasion of East Timor set the stage for a long and bloody occupation that recently ended after an international peacekeeping force was introduced in 1999.

Transcripts of meetings among Indonesian dictator Mohamed Suharto, Gerald Ford, and his Secretary of State Henry Kissinger have shown conclusively that Kissinger and Ford authorized and encouraged Suhatro’s murderous actions. “We will understand and will not press you on the issue [of East Timor],” said President Ford in a meeting with Suharto and Kissinger in early December 1975, days before Suharto’s bloodbath. “We understand the problem and the intentions you have,” he added.

Henry Kissinger also stressed at the meeting that “the use of US-made arms could create problems,” but then added, “It depends on how we construe it; whether it is in self-defense or is a foreign operation.” Thus, Kissinger’s concern was not about whether US arms would be used offensively, but whether the act could be interpreted as illegal. Kissinger went on: “It is important that whatever you do succeeds quickly.”

After Gerald Ford’s loss and Jimmy Carter’s ascendance into the White House in 1976, Indonesia requested additional arms to continue its brutal occupation, even though there was a supposed ban on arms trades to Suharto’s government. It was Carter’s appointee to the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Richard Holbrooke, who authorized additional arms shipments to Indonesia during this supposed blockade. Many scholars have noted that this was the period when the Indonesian suppression of the Timorese reached genocidal levels…

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The Seoul G20 Aftermath [Wayne Madsen Report / Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Brazil, Cameron, Currency wars, Early 21st Century global capitalist financial crisis' US origins, Economic crisis & decline, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Obama, Protectionist Trade War with China, Protest action, Russia, Sarkozy, Seoul, South Africa, south Korea, Spain, Turkey, U.K., USA, Wall Street, Wayne Madsen Report, World War II on November 22, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

November 15, 2010

After permitting Wall Street to enrich itself at the expense of the American taxpayers, the Obama administration is poised to pass on the product of its ersatz economy to the rest of the world. We can all look to post-World War I Europe to understand what happens when a nation floods its economy with worthless currency. Germany printed marks and hyper-inflation resulted. Soon, the German people looked for a savior to bring them out of their economic depression and deliver them from the evils of unchecked capitalistic greed. Adolf Hitler’s National Socialists promised German people something better. They and the rest of the world were plunged into World War II.

At the G-20 summit in Seoul, the leaders of the world’s largest economic powers failed to come to an agreement on the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank’s program to dump newly-printed $600 billion into the international economy. China stated that it is adamantly opposed to a move that is a de facto devaluation of the U.S. dollar.

Weakening the strength of the U.S. dollar, while making American exports a better bargain, will also cause investors like China to avoid investing in the ersatz U.S. economy. The specter of trade wars resulted in a statement in Seoul by British Prime Minister David Cameron in which he likened the present global economic situation to inter-bellum Europe in the 1930s. Cameron said currency wars, trade barriers, and economic nationalism could result in a replay of the 1930s.

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor on November 13, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich emphasized that Seoul was big on generalities but lacking in specifics. Reich wrote, “The three-page [G-20] communiqué that also emerged from the session brims with bromides about the importance of ‘rebalancing’ the global economy, ‘coordinating’ policies, and refraining from ‘competitive devaluations.'” Reich adds a dire warning about the failure of the Obama administration and the Chinese government to reach an agreement, “. . . not a single word of agreement from China about revaluating the Yuan, or from the United States about refraining from further moves by the Fed to flood the U.S. economy with money (thereby reducing interest rates, causing global investors to look elsewhere for higher returns, and lowering the value of the dollar).”

In other words, Reich says both the United States and China are on a collision course: both nations are intent on boosting exports to boost the purchasing power of their respective consumerist middle classes. An economic collision between Washington and Beijing has ramifications for the rest of the world.

Germany, a nation that knows all-too-well about the dangers of currency devaluation, joined China in criticizing the United States’ dollar devaluation. Emergent economic power Brazil joined China and Germany in criticizing the Americans over the Federal Reserve’s dollar dumping plans.

President Obama did not help his cause in Seoul when he said that the Federal Reserve’s plan to flood the economy with $600 billion in newly-printed dollars was not aimed at devaluing the U.S. dollar. China, Brazil, and Germany knew Obama was being disingenuous, especially when former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, himself responsible for the collapse of the U.S. housing market by advancing the scheme of sub-prime mortgages, wrote in the Financial Times, that the Fed’s quantitative easing, the fancy name for printing ersatz dollars thus devaluing the dollar, was aimed at “currency weakening.”

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, considered a lap dog of Washington, was one of the few leaders in Seoul who came to Obama’s defense and supported quantitative easing of the dollar. However, Canada is so interlinked to the downfall of the U.S. economy through the fakery known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); it has no other choice but to stick with floundering American economic policies and its dying neighbor.

It is with a degree of schadenfreude that emerging market economies (EMEs) like China, India, Russia, Brazil, and Turkey are witnessing the meltdown of the economies of nations like the United States, Britain, and France, nations that once ruled the nations of Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa through the club of economic and financial dominance.

The Obama, Cameron, and Sarkozy governments are instituting austerity plans that will pass on the costs of the chicanery and greed brought about by Wall Street and the global bankers to pensioners, the poor, and those dependent on government-subsidized health care and education. The emergent economic powers want no part of plans to “internationalize” the financial excesses of the Western governments and their banking friends.

President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is already stating that the impending retirement of America’s “baby boomer” population will stress Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beyond the breaking point, a fact stressed for years by former Comptroller General David Walker before he resigned in disgust. But the Obama administration and the newly-invigorated Republican opposition, intent on continued spending on defense, which more aptly should be called “war,” and continued bailing out of Wall Street criminals, will expect the inevitable cuts in social safety net programs to come at the expense of the poor and middle class.

The U.S. Treasury Department now plans to pass on the $259 billion losses to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, caused by foreclosures on risky mortgages they ultimately guaranteed, to the American taxpayers. This outrage comes after the American taxpayers were forced to bail out the U.S. auto industry and Wall Street financial firms.

Riots, general strikes, and mass street protests in Greece, Italy, Britain, and Spain over the passing on of the greed of the global bankers mean that business as usual for those who periodically gather at Bilderberg, Davos, Trilateral Commission, G8, G20, and other closed-door conclaves is over. No longer will workers, unemployed, students, and pensioners sit idly by while the wealthy elites engage in their secretive alchemy of quantitative easing, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, hedge fund intrigue, and other vulture capitalist contrivances while the middle class disappears and the poor grow more desperate.

South African President Jacob Zuma expressed the feelings of many of the world’s developing nations when he stressed the need for transparency in the development of any new international economic system. Zuma said there must be “transparent ways to implement “well thought-out rules” for the global economy.

G20 protesters in Seoul were tightly restricted by South Korea’s military-police regime and their messages of opposition to the G20 were strictly censored by the international and domestic South Korean media. South Korea’s “special law” permitted police to swoop in on and arrest protesters who managed to get close to the summit site in south Seoul. Those who claim that the future of the world is determined by an…elite of smug and self-effacing individuals have a point. When it comes to the global conclaves that determine the future of workers, currencies, industries, and nation-states, secrecy is the rule and transparency in virtually non-existent.

Billions, not millions, of people around the world will soon vent their anger at those who plunged the world into financial collapse: the vipers, vampires, and vultures of modern capitalism.

Article link: http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2010/11/15/the-seoul-aftermath.html

ALSO SEE: “G20 summit fails to resolve global trade, currency conflicts” [World Socialist Web Site] http://wsws.org/articles/2010/nov2010/econ-n13.shtml