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Wikileaks CIA Release - Say What?


By Michael Collins - Posted on 27 August 2010

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Wikileaks offered its first release since the controversial distribution of documents related to the United States effort in Afghanistan.

The current leak was posted to their web site on August 25. It is titled CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States "exporting terrorism", 2 Feb 2010.

The leak describes Red Cell as a CIA unit created by the Director to develop "out-of-the-box" analysis offering "alternative viewpoints" on key intelligence issues.

This document doesn't disappoint in being out-of-the-box.

CIA Perception Management - How the World Sees the United States

CIA Red Cell starts out by stating, "This report examines the implications of what it would mean for the US to be seen increasingly as an incubator and exporter of terrorism." Don't hold your breath. There's nothing there about the School of the Americas, the shock and awe invasion of Iraq and the carnage that entailed, or 300 dead Panamanians and United States soldiers as a result of the 1981 manhunt for General Manuel Noriega, a former US asset.

This document lists four examples of terrorism exported by citizens of the United States. Five Muslim Americans traveled to Pakistan, tried to join the Taliban, and were arrested. Red Cell notes that, "In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an American Jewish doctor from New York, emigrated to Israel, joined the extremist group Kach, and killed 29 Palestinians during their prayers." Also singled out are those Irish Americans who provided cash to the Irish Republican Army used to fund terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.

Of most interest, convicted terrorist David Headley is cited as an example. A Pakistani American from Chicago, Headley recently plead guilty to providing "advanced surveillance" for the 2008 mega-terror attack on the Indian financial capitol, Mumbai.

The London Sunday Times pointed out that Headley had been "working for" the US Drug Enforcement Administration as part of a plea deal in 1997. The Times of India quoted unnamed Indian officials investigating the attacks as speculating that Headley "could have been a double agent for American agencies and Pakistan-based outfits." US government officials deny any connection with Headley after a brief association with DEA.

The analysis concludes "that Americans can be great assets in terrorist operations overseas."

The perception that the US is an "incubator and exporter of terrorism" may create push back by other governments in the War on Terror. The report cautions that this may lead to formal inquiries concerning US citizens by foreign intelligence agencies who may "even request the rendition of US citizens." Renditions involve the transfer of suspected terrorists from one state to another where torture is used to extract information.

The report warns that US failure to cooperate with these requests, "might lead some governments to consider secretly extracting US citizens suspected of foreign terrorism from US soil."

All this might limit cooperation by US allies in anti-terror efforts.

The Red Cell Memorandum Makes No Sense

We are told that the perception of the US exporting terror would limit the cooperation of other nations in anti terror efforts. If that's true, then we would expect that the US would be less than cooperative with other nations that export terrorism, defined as citizens leaving their country and committing terrorist acts elsewhere.

Didn't President George W. Bush kiss the Saudi King and hold his hand in a garden walk in 2005? Was that indiscreetly affectionate behavior deterred by the perception that the Saudis are an "exporter of terrorism" in the form of bin Laden and the Saudi citizens named as pulling off 9/11? Didn't the current Justice Department support Saudi Arabia's attempt to block a suit by 9/11 victims? Didn't the US have up to 10,000 troops in Saudi Arabia from 1991 through 2003 at the very time that Saudi nationals were sponsoring schools throughout the Middle East that taught hatred of what is now called the homeland?

Other nations allow the US to violate their sovereignty to kidnap and torture their citizens as a result of asymmetrical power. The US can crush these nations militarily and financially. The US also offers financial inducements to the leaders of some nations involved. Therefore, they cooperate.

The report assumes that there's some sort of rule book that allows other nations to behave toward the US as the US does toward them, if somehow US citizens leave the country and commit terrorist acts. In reality, there's no referee or rule book, just a one-sided power equation in favor of US action. It's all about power and dominance.

This leak doesn't amount to much more than a peek at what is viewed as a "thought provoking alternative" view within the CIA. It misses the main point regarding the perception of the US throughout the world.

The Real Export of Terror - Reality Trumps Perception

The United States operates what is commonly known as the School of Americas in Georgia. The school offers training in counterinsurgency, interrogation, and anti terror tactics and strategies. Thousands of Latin American military personnel have trained there over the years. Graduates include some of the worst dictators in that region including those behind the deadly Operation Condor in the 1980s. Some of the worst atrocities in the region were committed by school graduates. The school's level of responsibility for the behavior of it's graduate can't be quantified in precise terms. However, for some graduates, the training failed to instill a respect for humanity and taught tactics that were employed against the citizens that the military leaders were to protect.

The US has held the leadership position in NATO since its inception in 1949. In 1990, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Operation Gladio and US involvement (European Parliament resolution on Gladio, Nov. 22, 1990, Clause G. 2). This involved paramilitary groups in NATO member nations and France. The groups were created by US and British intelligence after World War II. The original goal was to provide resistance in case of a takeover by the Soviet Union. Long after that was a viable concern, the groups continued by staging false-flag terror attacks against their own citizens. The incidents, which killed thousands, were committed by the Gladio groups and falsely attributed to Communists and Soviet sympathizers.

These are just two examples of the unrestrained and counter productive use of power exported by successive US administrations. It's no accident that this information is kept from US citizens. Sufficiently informed, the vast majority would find these programs offensive and counterproductive. But it's no secret to the rest of the world. The concerns expressed in the Red Cell Memorandum are moot. It's too late. The word is out.
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These are about his terrorism activities in India and Pakistan. It's certainly interesting. He definitely seems like he was likely acting as a double agent involved or highly involved in terrorism activities, and wherein we learn about him having invited the two guys in India that he "befriended" to travel with him to Pakistan, I had the impression he was very likely trying to set them up in some nasty, say, way. It certainly wasn't for reasons of good will anyway.

The following has two video clips (5:02 and 15:46).

"The double life of David Headley"

by Nevine Mabro, Jan. 21, 2010

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/world/asia_pacific/exclusive+the+d...

His story is the stuff of Hollywood - or perhaps Bollywood.

He's an American citizen who the FBI says helped Pakistani militants plan the 2008 attack on Mumbai which left over 170 people dead.

The following article also has two video clips (10:19 and 15:46). The 15:46 video is the same as in the above article, if recalling correctly.

"Exclusive: Mumbai terror suspect warned of attacks"

by Jonathan Miller, Jan. 21, 2010

Jonathan Miller exclusively reveals how David Coleman Headley - the American charged with plotting the Mumbai attacks - warned of possible strikes just weeks before, and talks to the friends who were publicly vilified.

The following article has one video clip (15:43) and I don't recall if it's the same as the 15:46 video in the above articles with only a few seconds less, or not.

"Exclusive: 'I had a hunch he was an agent'"

by Jonathan Miller, Jan. 21, 2010

David Headley's arrest was the first his Indian bodybuilding friends knew about his involvement in the Mumbai attacks. They speak to Jonathan Miller about how he implicated them.

"Profile: who is David Coleman Headley?

A timeline of events behind "double agent" David Headley ..."

Jan. 21, 2010

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/world/asia_pacific/profile+who+is+...

That's an excellent elaboration. Headley is truly a strange and significant character. One wonders if his arrest was planned all along as a "sting" for the Pakistani extremist group and the new democracy in Pakistan. In this strange milieu, you never know what's up.

We are told that the perception of the US exporting terror would limit the cooperation of other nations in anti terror efforts. If that's true, then we would expect that the US would be less than cooperative with other nations that export terrorism, defined as citizens leaving their country and committing terrorist acts elsewhere.

Didn't President George W. Bush kiss the Saudi King and hold his hand in a garden walk in 2005? Was that indiscreetly affectionate behavior deterred by the perception that the Saudis are an "exporter of terrorism" in the form of bin Laden and the Saudi citizens named as pulling off 9/11? ...

...

... It's all about power and dominance.

This leak doesn't amount to much more than a peek at what is viewed as a "thought provoking alternative" view within the CIA. It misses the main point regarding the perception of the US throughout the world.

The Real Export of Terror - Reality Trumps Perception

The United States operates what is commonly known as the School of Americas in Georgia. The school offers training in counterinsurgency, interrogation, and anti terror tactics and strategies. Thousands of Latin American military personnel have trained there over the years. ...

...

These are just two examples of the unrestrained and counter productive use of power exported by successive US administrations. It's no accident that this information is kept from US citizens. ... The concerns expressed in the Red Cell Memorandum are moot. It's too late. The word is out.
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Indeed, with respect to the above set of main points, but I wish it was really the 'END', of this hellish imperialism. Unfortunately, we're going to have a lot more of this and for too long to come.

Re. Operation Gladio:

It is only one example in which the U.S. secretly orchestrated false flag attacks, but it certainly is a very serious example and, if recalling correctly, it was conducted in a few or more European countries and always lead to extremely fascist reactions from governments of countries where these operations were conducted or committed.

The U.S. has committed plenty of Operations by different names, all for hellish purposes with hellish outcomes, and another not so recent one is Operation Phoenix, while a more recent historical one, named slightly differently though, is Salvador Option.

Many articles have been written about or included a considerable amount of information about these Operations, and people can refer to videos with John Stockwell, Phil Agee and Ralph McGehee, f.e., about CIA ops.

We also have covert orchestration by the CIA, or the NED anyway, of "regime changes" through what's "popularly" called color or colored revolutions. These didn't necessarily involve false flag or terrorist attacks, but I think it's still fitting to mention these ops when mentioning the above bloody, violent kind. Some of these did result in violence, but didn't necessarily involve false flag or terrorism attacks first being covertly committed.

And it's always "about power and dominance".

Re. Osama bin Laden and 9/11:

He was indeed "named" by the Bush Jr administration as responsible for the 9/11 attacks, but there are some problems with this.

It's an unsupported claim. Believing Bush is not enough. He's not judge and jury!

OBL denied responsibility for the 9/11 attacks. The Taliban offered, on either three or four occasions, three by the morning of October 7th, 2001, according to what I've read; well, they offered to hand him over, on one condition. They said they'd hand him over if the U.S. provided sufficient preliminary proof that he was guilty. It was a totally legitimate condition, but the Bush Jr-Cheney administration criminally, roguely, imperialistically rejected this. And the war on Afghanistan was planned as a definite course of action well before 9/11.

Furthermore, he was only and superficially named, not proven guilty. The U.S. still has no charge against him for 9/11. A journalist asked an FBI official about this, why OBL was not on the Top Ten Most Wanted list for 9/11. The FBI official replied that it's because the Justice Dept is the dept that determines whether or not to place charges for criminal offenses, and the DoJ hadn't done this and the U.S. did not have sufficient proof of him being guilty.

Innocent until [proven], not just named, guilty! Allegations are not proof.

We really don't have proof that he was guilty.

However, that doesn't eliminate the orchestrated, deliberate, and criminal "perception management" in all of this 9/11 event story, because this part definitely remains. This is rather obvious.

I don't know if any news media in the U.S. ever published or reported about this lack of official charges against OBL for 9/11, but if any did, then this was definitely not front-page news and extremely few would've reported this at all.

Why? Well, the government never told the public that OBL was not being officially charged for 9/11; and the corporate media are very much like an extension of the government, as some people correctly put it. And Corporate and Big Finance America very much rules or controls both the government and the media.

Voila! Bush Jr named OBL as responsible for 9/11 and this was supposedly the justification for the war on Afghanistan. This provided a perception that fooled MANY Americans who were not paying close attention to what was going on, bunch of sleepy heads. And they ignored, surely thanks to absent news media reporting, as usual, the fact that the UNSC refused to authorize recourse to war on Afghanistan.

So that set a strong perception into the minds of many Americans.

And neither the government nor the media reported about OBL not being officially charged for 9/11, thereby working to maintain the initial false perception that Americans were gullible enough to accept as truth; proven truth, they surely thought, without thinking in alert and critically objective ways.

Criminal perception management for the purpose of deceiving the public was used regardless of whether or not OBL is really innocent in the 9/11 attacks.

A little more on OBL and terrorism:

He denied responsibility and it was reported, though of course not in corporate news media, that some counter-terrorism experts said they were very, very surprised about this. The reason to be surprised is that he was alleged to be guilty and if he had been, then his purpose would've been of the kind that's not so much for revenge, but, instead, to have grievances that are due to injustices or certainly perceived injustices justly addressed and, therefore, corrected; like stopped. Such reasons require declaring one's responsibility for terrorist attacks, for if this isn't done, then it won't be possible to draw attention to the grievances that need to be justly addressed.

States also commit terrorism and it's never due to injustices. Instead, they're always acts of injustice, criminal, and are always committed covertly; from what we can see when it's our government that's guilty, anyway. So states that commit such acts, like the U.S., U.K., and others do, don't declare that they're responsible for these crimes. The state leaders know that these are crimes, punishable under law(s) and that there are no statutes of limiations that eventually prevent recourse to legal actions against the perpetrators. They remain permanently, forever prosecutable.

The U.S. is and has long been involved in covert acts of terrorism, and harbors known terrorists the U.S. leadership constantly refuses to extradite for trials. I don't know who they all are, but there definitely are the Cuban ones who President Hugo Chavez has demanded the extradition of several times, while the U.S. elites silently tell Hugo Chavez to f*ck off, or buzz off, take a hike, et cetera. These Cuban terrorists are [known], very proven to be guilty, but U.S. leadership, with its U.S. military, is the dominant world power and refuses to comply with law.

The 9/11 hijackers entry into the U.S.:

The alleged hijackers, some of them anyway, on 9/11 were brought into the U.S. with U.S. government knowledge and the government facilitated more than only their entry into the U.S. To learn about this, people can just refer to videos at Youtube by searching for "Anthony Shaffer", who is a Lt. Col. and was a member of Able Danger.

And also refer to videos with Michael Springman or Springmann.

Those alleged 9/11 hijackers were aided by the CIA and/or FBI, and the State Dept knew about it; all while these Saudis were categorized as terrorists by the State Dept. Michael Springman's videos or videos with him giving his first-hand accounts of the U.S. more than facilitating the entry of State Dept-declared terrorists into the U.S. is strongly telling. He did all he could to try to prevent these U.S. government shenannigans, but was obstructed by the State Dept, I believe the DoJ, and by Congress, all of which told him that he was too junior to be able to know what he was talking about; and he doesn't strike this former IT professional as junior, that's for sure.

Instead of honestly telling Americans about this, the government keeps the above and many other crimes of the government, as well as crimes of U.S. corporations, international crimes anyway, secret. And either most or all corporate media play their big role in this perception management.

Perception management examples:

*) Lies by omission

*) Blatant lies

*) Obama having campaigned as candidate for "change"

Et cetera.

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