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The New York Times Focused on Pakistan Connections in its Reporting of the WikiLeaks Documents.


By War Criminals Watch - Posted on 26 July 2010

By Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt and Andrew W. Lehren

From The New York Times

Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports made public Sunday.

The documents, made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.

Taken together, the reports indicate that American soldiers on the ground are inundated with accounts of a network of Pakistani assets and collaborators that runs from the Pakistani tribal belt along the Afghan border, through southern Afghanistan, and all the way to the capital, Kabul.

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The CIA basically created the ISI from what I've read. The CIA used the ISI to fund, train, arm, ... the Afghan mujahideen after or when the US deliberately provoked the former USSR to invade Afghanistan under Brzezinski-Carter, as Brzezinski has clearly stated and written about. Like Sibel Edmonds testified under oath in Ohio, the Taliban and Al Qaeda were in close relationships with the US govt right up to 9/11. And the Pakistani ISI was always a part of all of this because of the US.

If the ISI has been funding or aiding the Afghan resistance during the criminal war that the US has been leading there, then the US has surely been aware of this all along, or for the most part anyway.

"War is a Racket" -- USMC Major General Smedley Butler (and how many times do people need to be reminded!).

Probably most Taliban would not be aware of any ISI or CIA or US involvement on the Taliban side. Maybe a few leaders of the Taliban would know and no others would.

And maybe we're not talking about the same Taliban. Many people have referred to Afghan resistance as Taliban, but many Afghan resistance fighters have not been and are not Taliban. Some reports have said that there are either three or two resistance groups and I'm pretty sure it's three. And some of these articles have also said that these groups don't all have the same demands as the Taliban do; one or both of the others being easier going with respect to talks with the leaders of foreign forces or powers, while real Taliban demand nothing less than full withdrawal of foreign forces.

War is a very, very dirty "game". Trust is almost impossible to place; if not definitely impossible, which is likely.

I would not promote stories or reports about the Pakistani ISI supporting the Taliban. To do that is to incidentally feed support for continuing US-lead war of aggression in that region of the world. The ISI is not going to do anything really significant without the US knowing about it. Anything the US doesn't know about is not significant. The CIA and other US "intelligence" agencies have their tentacles all over this world; enough anyway.

If the ISI has been supporting the Taliban against the US and the US unusually hasn't been aware of this, then so be it. The US has been criminally warring there from day 1 and the war needs to stop. The Taliban have been a resistance force; not a force of aggression.

Stop supporting hype et cetera that fuels support for war of the US on Asia and our world.

I respect Wikileaks based on the little I know of it, but pay [careful] attention to what Sibel Edmonds said during her few hours (or so) of testimony under oath last August or else August 2008. I'm pretty sure it's last August and Brad Blog has five video clips for this testimony posted August 25th.

Among a lot of the important things she has said is that she has actual proof that the Taliban and Al Qaeda were in [close] relationship with the US elites up to 9/11.

And, again, the US is basically behind the formation of the ISI and used the ISI to fund, arm, train, ... the mujahideen and there-from Taliban.

But, and also again, it does not matter if the ISI has been helping real Taliban against the US in Afghanistan without the US knowing about this, which would be very unusual, but I guess not impossible. The war has been totally criminal all along and must be stopped. We can't blame anyone who helps resistance forces!

It's been stated for a month or so that Wikileaks was going to produce video footage of one or more US aerial attacks in Afghanistan killing many more civilians than the US claimed and I still haven't seen any word of these videos being available, yet.

Meanwhile we get Wikileaks demonization of the ISI that the demon CIA created, funded, and so on, but no mention of the latter part of the story.

Leaks of important information the public should and needs to know about can be good, but this also can easily provide distorted understanding of reality due to being too little of the whole truth.

Many Americans pretend the ISI created the Taliban and it's a half-truth. The CIA used the ISI in creating the mujahideen and, later, Taliban; and the Taliban and Al Qaeda, both existing because of the US and its covert ops, were in close relationship with the US up to 9/11; but not only up to 9/11. After the war on Afghanistan was launched, the US ruling elites, war makers made sure that top Al Qaeda and Taliban commanders or people were able to flee from Afghanistan to Pakistan, with free air travel and some bonus money, according to some "leakers".

If recalling correctly, then the latter hidden history is something that had Pat Tillman considerably irked, say. In the 9/11 documentary, "Press for Truth", by 9/11 Family leaders, we hear from a man who says he was CIA station or field chief during the ground assault of movement on Tora Bora where Osama Bin Ladin and other Al Qaeda leaders and some Taliban leaders were supposedly located. This guy describes the US elites having made it impossible for the ground force to succeed. What he says and what the video provides for graphic imagery of what occurred illustrates the top US command having made sure Osama bin Ladin et al could and would escape.

I don't know if that story is true, but it's in "Press for Truth", which does present many important questions that remain deliberately unanswered while being answerable.

But that Pat Tillman had become aware that the war was not for the reasons the public was given is fact and it's fact that he shared his view. His brother Kevin has written articles in which he stated that they both came to realize that these wars are not for the reasons the public was given.

They were and will always be right about that and when we have a war based on LIES, then this is not going to change. These wars will never become based on truth.

Forget about the ISI. The damn war must be stopped.

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