News Round-up: American Imperialism in AfPak Region

Fascist US policy in Afghanistan: 50-to-1 ratio of money to kill versus money to help Afghans

 The United Nations reports Afghanistan as the world’s most dangerous place for a child to be born. One out of four children die before their fifth birthday; 70% of the population do not have access to clean water.

US mounted secret Pakistan raids in hunt for al-Qaida

Selective Counterterrorism in Pakistan

Beyond Afghanistan: A Time to Break Silence

Afghanistan: Troops Guarding the Poppy Fields

US: Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan

The surge of 30,000 U.S. troops into Afghanistan could be accompanied by a surge of up to 56,000 contractors, vastly expanding the presence of personnel from the U.S. private sector in a war zone, according to a study by the Congressional Research Service.

Kucinich: Resolutions to End Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Roads were safer in Afghanistan under the Taliban, British general admits

As Obama Sends More Troops, Giant Shadow Army Of Contractors Set To Grow In Afghanistan

President Obama’s Secret: Only 100 Al Qaeda Now in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s bravest woman calls on US to leave

Soviet lessons from Afghanistan


How ISAF Sought to Play Down the German Air Strike

Hectic video conferences and a flurry of telephone calls marked the day that followed the German air strike in Afghanistan on Sept. 4. SPIEGEL has obtained transcripts and classifed documents that provide a glimpse into how German and NATO officials sought to limit the damage to their reputations.

Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids

CIA admits Blackwater presence in Pakistan

 Despite repeated denials, the CIA has now confirmed that US security contractor Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, has been operating in Pakistan.  CIA spokesman George Little said that agency Director Leon Panetta has terminated a contract with Xe services that allowed the company’s employees to load bombs on CIA drones at secret airfields in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Although the spokesman denied that Blackwater was currently involved in CIA operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, his comments, contradicted past US assertions that the company does not operate in Pakistan. 

Other than the US administration, the Pakistani government and Xe itself had denied that the company was operating in Pakistan.  Little did say, however, that the contractor still provides so-called security or support assistance to the US intelligence agency in the two countries. He did not elaborate further on exactly what that role involves.

Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan

The Weapons Used In Iraq – Afghanistan Have Far Reaching Effects

We have seen the terrible consequences to human life and the environment that has been caused by weapons that contain uranium components. Genetically speaking the US and UK have destroyed the DNA of the Iraqi people as well as causing catastrophic effects on the environment.

Presidents and Prime Ministers really have a lot to answer for when they started the wars in the Balkans, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza and now Pakistan. We are now seeing their continued aggression and intimidation against Iran and North Korea and one wonders that they have up their sleeve.

What we the public do not understand is that these very acts alone and the weapons being used are creating a mass genocide of millions of people around the world.


News Round-Up: American Imperialism Around the World

News Round-Up: American Imperialism in the Middle East

Hardin, Montana And American Private Police Force

APF Plan To Run Hardin Jail Terminated, Arrest Of Hilton Possible – Prison Planet 10/10/09

Early Agreement Said APPF Would Provide Hardin With Police Force For $250K – TPM Muckraker 10/9/09

Anonymous APPF ‘Investor’ Comes Forward, Claims Jail Project Still Alive – TPM Muckraker 10/8/09

APF Investor Speaks – Prison Planet 10/8/09

Anonymous APPF ‘Investor’ Comes Forward, Claims Jail Project Still Alive – TPM Muckraker 10/8/09

APF Investor Speaks – Prison Planet 10/8/09

Hardin, Montana May be Staging Area for United Nations Civilian Police – Prison Planet 10/7/09

The Tragedy Of Becky Shay: Beleaguered APPF Spox Presses On – TPM Muckraker 10/7/09

Michael Hilton Scam Victims – Prison Planet 10/7/09

The Tragedy Of Becky Shay: Beleaguered APPF Spox Presses On – TPM Muckraker 10/7/09

APF Plan To Boss Hardin Detention Facility Put On Hold – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APF frontman loses credibility in Hardin – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APPF Was Handed Keys To Hardin Jail Before Deal With Town Was Sealed – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Did Hardin Official Benefit Personally From APPF Deal? – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Hardin To Create Own Police Force — But Pledges Not To Hire APPF – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Did Hardin Official Benefit Personally From APPF Deal? – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Hilton told to be in court – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APF frontman loses credibility in Hardin – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APF Plan To Boss Hardin Detention Facility Put On Hold – Prison Planet 10/6/09

APPF Was Handed Keys To Hardin Jail Before Deal With Town Was Sealed – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

APF Changes Name, Logo & Website To “Diffuse Tension” – Prison Planet 10/5/09

APPF Lawyer Who Said Info Would ‘Gradually Be More Clear’ Quits – TPM Muckraker 10/5/09

APPF’s Dubious Story Gets Even More Dubious – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

Hardin Official: Unnamed But ‘Highly Qualified’ APPF Director Of Ops In Afghanistan Right Now – TPM Muckraker 10/6/09

APF Spokeswoman Breaks Down During Press Conference – Prison Planet 10/3/09

Investigation Could Sink American Police Force – Prison Planet 10/2/09

APF Reaction to Leader’s Criminal Past – Prison Planet 10/2/09

Martial Law Is Their Business – and Business Sure Is Swell – Prison Planet 10/2/09

Hardin, Are You Really That Hard Up? – Prison Planet 10/2/09

APF: License? We Don’t Need No Stinking License! – Prison Planet 10/2/09

American Police Force: Web Sites Offer Hints About Jail Company – Cryptogon 10/1/09

Calif. jail entrepreneur has checkered past – AP / Google 10/1/09

As for Hilton’s military expertise, including his claim to have advised forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, those interviewed knew of no such feats. Instead, Hilton was described alternately by those who know him as an arts dealer, cook, restaurant owner, land developer, loan broker and car salesman — always with a moneymaking scheme in the works.

APF Refuses To Divulge Parent Company Amidst Blackwater Accusations – Prison Planet 10/1/09

Blackwater Claims APF Illegally Using Logos, Material – Prison Planet 10/1/09

American Police Force Offers Fugitive Tracking, Covert Pregnancy Testing’ and More! – TPMuckraker 10/1/09

American Police Force Leader’s Long Criminal Record – TPMuckraker 10/1/09

Officials: “There Are No Commandos In The Streets” – Prison Planet 10/1/09

APF Leader Exposed As Career Criminal As Hardin Patrols Labeled Unconstitutional – Prison Planet 10/1/09

APF & Hardin Constitution Violations – Prison Planet 10/1/09

American Police Force Leader? A Liar – Prison Planet 10/1/09

Hardin Official On APF Deal: “What Have We Got To Lose?” – TPMuckraker 10/1/09

American Police Force taking over towns – YouTube 9/30/09

American Police Force Logo Represents “Empire, Dominance and Power” – Prison Planet 9/30/09

APF Reveals Little Information – Prison Planet 9/30/09

Paramilitary Force To Boss Internment Camp In Montana – Prison Planet 9/29/09

Montana Town Occupied By Private Paramilitary Security Force – Prison Planet 9/29/09

Police State America: Important News You Should Read and Share

Seymour Hersh: ‘Executive Assassination Ring’ Reported Directly to Cheney Office – Alternet 3/11/09

VIDEO: Police State – The Militarization of the Police Force in the USA – Global Research 7/5/09

Police State USA? – Hermes Press 4/21/09

A police state unquestionably exists when:

1. Federal executive and legislative powers make domestic spying on US citizens legal

2. Federal and state political and police mechanisms:

* Steal elections

* Shut down media coverage after they steal an election

* Serve the central government instead of serving the citizens

* Enforce the policies of the central government instead of responding primarily to criminal misdeeds

* Spy on and intimidate citizens

All these conditions now exist in the United States!

Democracy, Consensus and Mass Awareness — It’s Not What You Think – Survival Acres 5/11/09

A useful rant.

RED ALERT: The Total Takeover Of America Enters Its Final Phase  – PrisonPlanet 6/29/09

Top 10 Ways to Know You’re Living in a Medical Police State – Natural News 5/27/09 

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 – Project Censored 2/19/09  

Obama: The Emperor’s Seven Signing Statements – Global Research 7/3/09

Obama Issues Signing Statement On War Spending Bill –  Huffington Post 6/27/09

On Friday, President Obama signed a new war spending bill into law, but “not without taking a page from his predecessor and ignoring a few elements in the legislation,” the Hill reports.

The Obama administration announced in the statement it would disregard provisions of the legislation that, among other things, would compel the Obama administration to pressure the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards and require the Treasury department to report to Congress on the activities of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

U.S.- Canada Border Security and Military Integration  – Global Research 6/22/09

Air Force tests missile in launch from Calif coast – AP/Mercury News 6/29/09

Pentagon Deploys Experimental Missile Shield to Hawaii – Wired 6/20/09

First came the attempted launch in April. Then, last month, Pyongyang detonated a test nuclear device, which may or may not have worked as planned. Now the Norks are threatening to launch another Taepodong-2 missile, with a 4,000-mile range, towards Hawaii — and Gates is pulling out all the stops, to prepare for an intercept.

That means sending Army Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense missile systems, still in development, to the islands, and deploying the SBX radar. Joint Chiefs vice chairman General James Cartwright said he was “90-plus percent” sure the U.S. could intercept a Nork missile, in the unlikely event it overflew U.S. territory.

Pentagon Rebrands Protest as “Low-Level Terrorism” – AntiFascist Calling 6/18/09

DNA databases prelude to return of eugenics? – Global Research 6/8/09

Obama’s “Open Government” Project Censors Popular Proposal to “End Imperial Presidency” – Alternet 6/4/09

Obama promises to suspend Habeas Corpus – Boing Boing 5/22/09

Obama Administration Targets Environmental and Animal Rights Activists as Eco-Terrorists  – Global Research 6/5/09

Police State Study Ranks US As 6th Worst In The World  – PrisonPlanet 5/12/09

Obama’s Plan for Dictatorship, Americans’ Nightmare  – Global Research 5/23/09

Obama Demands Right to Recruit Minors for Military – Atheo News 4/27/09

Humboldt County, California voters passed measures F and J last November prohibiting military recruiters from initiating contact with minors. Now the Obama administration is demanding that the law be overturned. A court hearing is scheduled for June 9 in Oakland, California. The measures which passed by a large margin allow recruitment to occur if the minor initiates contact. Federal government lawyers claim “irreparable harm” if the laws stand.

Almost half of Georgia Republicans back secession – Raw Story 5/1/09

Crisis as a Means to Building a Global Totalitarian State – Global Research 4/23/09

Obama’s New World Order  – Global Research 4/10/09

Pentagon preps for economic warfare – Politico 4/9/09

The Pentagon sponsors a war game that examines how hostile nations might seek to cripple the U.S. economy.

The Costs of Empire: Can We Really Afford 1,000 Overseas Bases? – Alternet 3/10/09

US Justice Department memos: the specter of military dictatorship – Global Research 3/4/09

Cost of locking up Americans too high – Pew study – Reuters, UK 3/2/09

One in every 31 U.S. adults is in the corrections system, which includes jail, prison, probation and supervision, more than double the rate of a quarter century ago, according to a report released on Monday by the Pew Center on the States.

The study, which said the current rate compares to one in 77 in 1982, concluded that with declining resources, more emphasis should be put on community supervision, not jail or prison.

FBI use of Patriot Act authority spiked in ’08 – Raw Story 5/20/09

NYC rehearses for next terror attack; WTC ‘swarmed’ – Raw Story 5/17/09

Night chopper flights over L.A. are tied to military training – LA Times 6/26/09

Second 9/11 Envisaged by Homeland Security: Emergency Procedures in the Chicago Area – Global Research 4/13/09

Senate Rubber Stamps National Enslavement Bill – PrisonPlanet 3/24/09

Obama Defends Expansion Of Fed Powers  – CBS 6/23/09

President Obama defended his recent decision to give the Federal Reserve expanded oversight powers over the nation’s biggest financial institutions, during an exclusive interview with CBS’ The Early Show.  While his critics argue the Fed was partly responsible for letting reckless practices on Wall Street get out of control, the president disagreed.  “It wasn’t the Fed,” Mr. Obama said.

DOJ: AIPAC case witness was asked to ‘fake…suicide’ – Politico 6/23/09

Two people asked a Pentagon official cooperating with prosecutors in an investigation into the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to fake his own death to avoid testifying against two pro-Israel lobbyists charged in the case, according to the Justice Department.

Nafta Superhighway Returns From The Dead  – Global Research 7/4/09

House Passes the 1,200-page Climate Bill that Congress was Not Allowed to Read  – InfoWars 6/27/09

Objecting to the fact that 300 pages were added to the bill at 3 a.m., Minority leader John Boehner attempted a brief filibuster, giving time for colleagues and aides to scan the unread extra passages and present certain excerpts on the floor. Politico blasts his effort, reporting:

That wasn’t good enough for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who delayed the roll call vote by reading page-by-page through a 300-page managers’ amendment Democrats added at around 3 a.m. Friday. Boehner seemed to relish the hour-long stunt, picking out the bill’s most obscure language and then pontificating about what it might – or might not – mean.

Whose Country is it anyway? A political-economic oligarchy has taken over the United States of America – Global Research 7/3/09

George Carlin – “Who Really Controls America” – viaYouTube

Obama’s Czars “R” US! – Global Research 6/30/09

Real ID: A Real Warning on the Danger of Government – Campaign for Liberty

There was no reason to pass Real ID, and there is no reason to enact a replacement after state legislatures shot REAL ID to pieces. Nothing has happened since 2005 to make the government more trustworthy or to make liberty less valuable. It is vital that we never permit our rulers to treat all Americans like criminal suspects all the time. The government’s incompetence at protecting Americans must not be converted into a political entitlement to destroy all privacy.

US: Citizen or Consumer?  – Unobserver 7/3/09

A corporation is not a person. It is an abstraction: an organizational structure that feels no remorse and has no morality, no life, no soul. Yet the modern corporation – still just an arbitrary legal entity – enjoys the same rights as you or I. It has the right to free speech, to own property, to lobby government officials and protect against self-incrimination.

Michael Hudson’s Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of Imperial America – Dissident Voice 7/4/09

Harold Pinter to Obama. The US has supported every right wing military dictatorship in the World since World War II – Global Research 4/27/09

“The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.

Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn’t know it.”

“The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now – Global Research 6/1/09

Bilderberg 2009 Intel Already Proving Accurate  – PrisonPlanet 6/24/09

2009 is not even half over, but it seems the forecasts made by both Estulin and Tucker based on their 2009 Bilderberg sources are already proving to be accurate. In a phone interview conducted as this year’s conference was getting underway in Greece, Daniel Estulin warned The Corbett Report that the powers that be were preparing to run up the stock market one final time in order to draw the masses back into investing before crashing the market. Now, a worrying new report suggests that this is precisely the case as corporate executives start ditching their stocks at a rate not seen in years.

FLASHBACK – Bush Seeks Immunity for Violating War Crimes Act – Common Dreams 9/23/06

Thirty-two years ago, President Gerald Ford created a political firestorm by pardoning former President Richard Nixon of all crimes he may have committed in Watergate — and lost his election as a result. Now, President Bush, to avoid a similar public outcry, is quietly trying to pardon himself of any crimes connected with the torture and mistreatment of U.S. detainees.


Exclusive: Inside The Pentagon’s Idea Factory – TPMuckraker 3/10/09

Rahm Emanuel’s Think Tankers Enforce ‘Message Discipline’ Among ‘Liberals’ – Common Dreams 4/10/09

Over the past several weeks, independent journalists and anti-war activists have tried to shine a spotlight on how groups like the Center for American Progress and MoveOn, which portrayed themselves as anti-war during the Bush-era, are now supporting the escalation and continuation of wars because their guy is now commander-in-chief. CAP has been actively pounding the pavement in support of the escalation in Afghanistan, the rebranding of the Iraq occupation and, more recently, Obama’s bloated military budget, which the group said was “on target.” MoveOn has been silent on the escalation in Afghanistan and has devoted substantial resources to promoting a federal budget that includes a $21 billion increase in military spending from the Bush-era.

27,000 Work in Pentagon PR and Recruiting – Wired 2/13/09

“This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations — almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the State Department.”

Tale of the secret Army tape – Salon 4/9/09

After a soldier taped a psychologist saying he’d been pressured not to diagnose PTSD, the Army launched an investigation. Read the details of how the Army declared itself innocent.

The panopticon economy – San Antonio Current 6/24/09

America’s top spy agency has taken over the former Sony microchip plant and is transforming it into a new data-mining headquarters — oddly positioned directly across the street from a 24-hour Walmart — where billions of electronic communications will be sifted in the agency’s mission to identify terrorist threats.



Fascism Watch: Martial Law, Checkpoints, Internment Camps – 7/11/09

Fascism Watch: Mercenaries, Violation of Posse Comitatus, and Police Corruption – 7/11/09

Fascism Watch: Second Amendment Threats, Mandatory Service Brigades – 7/11/09

Fascism Watch: Torture and other Atrocities, Rendition and Indefinite Detention – 7/10/09

Fascism Watch: Spying & Wiretapping News – 7/9/09

Police State America: What Are They Planning Next? – 3/10/09

American Fascism: Advances of the Police State – 3/10/09

FEMA & Martial Law – 3/11/09

Cops Gone Wild! – 3/10/09

Fighting Back Against Fascism: Are these tactics effective? – 3/10/09

The Technology of Fascism – 3/10/09