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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:21 AM
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The Saudi Prince's Secret: Bush, Sr. Sold-Out CIA to Build Pakistan A-Bomb
Edited on Mon Jul-09-07 10:56 AM by leveymg
Lost in all the hullabaloo over Dubya's commutation of the jail sentence handed former White House aide I. Lewis Scooter Libby was this little gem of a news item from Pakistan:

Pakistan eases curbs on atomic scientist
By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer <i>Mon Jul 2, 1:49 PM ET
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A.Q. Khan, the scientist who became a national hero for developing Pakistan's atomic bomb and went on to sell nuclear secrets abroad, can leave house arrest to meet with friends and relatives, officials said Monday.


Strange coincidence? Perhaps. But, not unrelated. For its a small, small world in spookdom.

A strange coincidence, indeed.

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A large part of Valerie Plames job at CIA was to track the illicit trade in nuclear technologies peddled by Dr. Khans network. Khans Nuclear Walmart made it very easy for customers to buy what they needed to start home bomb-making. Khans one-stop shop for WMDs made it just as easy for the CIA to keep track of nuclear programs in at least half-dozen unfriendly countries, and a variety of criminal organizations in a dozen more that supplied money and know-how. When Khans operation was publicized on June 1, 2001 by a Bush Administration official, that long-standing CIA counter-proliferation program was also effectively ended. That official was Richard Armitage, who is also said to be the first to out Plame, a key manager at CIA Counter-Proliferation.

There was never any chance that AQ Khan or Libby would do hard time - they were both "made men" who know too much.

A.Q. Khan



Khan was a founding member of the CIA and ISI partnership, going back to the mid-1970s, when he first started stealing U-235 enrichment technologies from the nuclear lab where he worked in the Netherlands. According to a BBC interview with the former Dutch PM, Ruud Lubbers, the Dutch police wanted to arrest A.Q. as early as 1975, but the CIA interceded to prevent Khan's arrest and enforcement of an INTERPOL warrant after he fled back the following year to Pakistan. During the six year period the warrant was on the books, Khan travelled freely to dozens of countries pursuing his global nuclear proliferation mission. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4135998.stm ; http://www.hindu.com/2005/08/10/stories/200508100071160...

The CIA's involvement and protection of Khan goes back years before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, so the Cold War rationale offered for the Agency's quarter-century long involvement with the Pakistan's nuclear program begins to break down under scrutiny. It wasn't just simply a matter of doing a favor in exchange for the secret war in Afghanistan against Soviet invaders. Somebody wanted Pakistan to build atomic bombs, and the CIA was instrumental in allowing that to happen, as it was in the later spread of nuclear technologies to other countries.

The question is, why?



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Intelligence historian Joe Trento writes in Prelude to Terror that the Reagan and Bush Administration entered into a quid pro quo with Pakistan and its Saudi and Gulf financial backers in exchange for their assistance in driving the Soviets out of Afghanistan. The financial, logistical, political and commercial networks that were cemented in place endured after the Russians retreated and the Soviet Union collapsed. To hear Trento tell it, the very same network of rogue spooks, corrupt bankers, and mercenary weapons designers was the seed from which BCCI, Iran-Contra, and 9-11 sprang.

This is the strange tale of the alliance of Middle East jihadists and their business partners, entrepreneurial elements of the CIA Old Guard led by George Herbert Walker Bush. Together, they developed a global network that peddled nuclear weapons, cultivated global terrorist groups, subverted the U.S. government, and tried to impose their own global dynasty under cover of a manufactured Forever War of religious genocide.

The Safari Club



The Khan network was the product of more than an alliance against the Soviet Union. It sprang out of a post-Watergate era partnership between disgraced former covert operators who had been thrown out of American intelligence, the Saudi Royal family, and third-country partners who provided manpower and technical assistance. It was called, The Safari Club. In early 1976, under its outgoing Director George H.W. Bush, elements within the Agency turned to the Saudi royal family for help. Those were difficult times for CIA Old Guard. As ground involvement in Vietnam ended in 1973, the Agency ramped up the covert operations and secret wars that spread into Laos and Cambodia. The Phoenix Program targeted tens of thousands of South Vietnamese officials and suspected Vietcong sympathizers for assassination, a program in which James Mann tells us in Rise of the Vulcans a naval officer, named Richard Armitage, participated. http://www.warandpiece.com/blogdirs/000571.html

Two years later, despite the extraordinary exertions of some within the Agency, and a fellowship of committed Cold warriors, Saigon fell. Within that group was the perception that the Cause had been betrayed by liberals, Democrats, and bean counters, and that would never again be allowed to happen.

1974 had seen the unraveling of the Watergate scandal, in which the hand of the CIA Old Guard in domestic politics was revealed. Finally, by 1976, it had become widely perceived as the rogue Agency. In the Year of Intelligence, the Church and Pike Committees publicly exposed decades of shocking crimes carried out and covered up by the intelligence community. This forced newly-elected President Carter and Congress to finally exert real oversight and limit intelligence operations around the world.

In August 1977, CIA Director Stansfield Turner ordered 823 positions within the covert Directorate of Operations eliminated, firing most of the Agency's hard men such as Ted Blonde Ghost Shackley, Thomas Clines, and Edwin Wilson. Their response was to take their deadly talents and wares into the private sector. That same year, Armitage left his DIA post in Iran, where he worked with Richard Secord and the Shahs Secret Police, SAVAK, and was reassigned to State Department cover in Thailand.

In a bid to reestablish their independence, Right-wing Agency operators turned to new sources of cash and foreign patronage, particularly the Saudis, for the resources needed to shake off strictures imposed by President Carter and the Democratic Congress.

Through the Safari Club, Trento writes, the Saudi royal family had taken over intelligence financing for the United States at 102. The shared cause of anticommunism justified the privatization and merger of U.S. and Saudi intelligence, but it also opened avenues for personal and political enrichment for those who would create and run a run a shadow oligarchy. It created a set of alliances and mutual obligations. It was also highly illegal under U.S. law for American intelligence officers and officials to accept private foreign cash -- whether or not this was the original intention, this ended up allowing the Saudis, Pakistanis, and other foreign members in the Safari Club blackmail and veto power over those U.S. officials involved. George H.W. Bush and those around him who had accepted the deal also had to live with it.

Another key figure in this saga is Prince Turki al-Faisal, until his sudden resignation on September 4, 2001, the 24-year veteran head of Saudi foreign intelligence, the General Intelligence Directorate - GID, and according to the Financial Times, Osama bin-Ladens former case officer.



Turki gave a detailed description of the Safari Club in a 2002 speech to the Georgetown University alumni. Joseph Trento relates this oration:

And now I will go back to the secret that I promised to tell you. In 1976, after the Watergate matters took place here, your intelligence community was literally tied up by Congress. It could not do anything. It could not send spies, it could not write reports, and it could not pay money. In order to compensate for that, a group of countries got together in the hope of fighting Communism and established what was called the Safari Club. The Safari Club included France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iran.

The principal aim of this club was that we would share information with each other in countering Soviet influence worldwide, and especially in Africa. In the 1970s, there were still some countries in Africa that were coming out of colonialism, among them Mozambique, Angola, and I think Djibouti. The main concern of everybody was that the spread of Communism was taking place while the main country that would oppose Communism was tied up. Congress had literally paralyzed the work not only of the U.S. intelligence community but of its foreign service as well.

And so the Kingdom, with these countries, helped in some way, I believe, to keep the world safe at the time when the United States was not able to do that. That, I think, is a secret that many of you dont know. I am not saying it because I look to tell secrets, but because the time has gone and many of the actors are gone as well. Quoted in Trento 102


CIA Goes Mercenary for the Saudis

What did all that Saudi money that started flowing into pockets at the CIA at the end of the Nixon Administration go to? Perhaps the best answer available without a security clearance is found in David Corn's 1994 book, Blonde Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusades. The main outlines of how the CIA's original mission of intelligence collection and analysis was subverted into one of intelligence falsified to support Presidential policy, assassination, torture, terrrism, overthrow of elected government, privatization of covert operations, and political warfare against Democratic Presidents and Congress follows the career of men such as Shackley, Wilson, Secord and, at the head of things, Bush, Sr. That set the pattern for the similar criminal abuses of intelligence carried out by Bush's son and those around him, many of whom started their careers during the Vietnam War. The chronology of events decades ago are summarized in this review of Corn's book: http://www.bearcave.com/bookrev/blond_ghost.htm

In Vietnam the CIA moved away from intelligence gathering and toward covert action aimed at helping the Saigon government and defeating the North Vietnamese. Although some intelligence was gathered, any analysis that contradicted the view that the United States would prevail was ignored. During the early 1960's William Colby, who later became director of the CIA, was the Saigon station chief. Under Colby the CIA became involved in "pacification" programs, that attempted to track down the Viet Cong and their sympathizers in South Vietnam. In 1968, when Shackley became station chief, Colby was on leave from the CIA to head "Operation Phoenix", which became infamous as an assassination program responsible for killing those suspected of aiding the Viet Cong. The CIA also established Provincial Reconnaissance Units PRU and Provincial Interrogation Centers PIC, all staffed by South Vietnamese, who became known for their brutality.


Shackley's story continues:



Under Shackley, the Saigon station churned out intelligence reports. These were all reviewed by Shackley, who rejected any report without the proper positive "can do" tone. Although the United States had been involved in Vietnam since the mid-1950s, few agents had been developed and little real intelligence was reported. Much of the information that was forwarded to Langley came from interrogations from the PRUs. Most of this information was useless and the CIA failed to report the major build-up of North Vietnamese forces in preparation for the Tet offensive in 1968.

SNIP


The fight against communism was used to justify terrible atrocities and the United States government and the CIA lost its moral compass in Vietnam. The CIA in Vietnam naturally selected for people who would pursue the cold war fight without question. It is not surprising that the same people went on to do terrible things in South America during the 1970s and during the "Contra war" in the 1980s.

SNIP

When Shackley was recalled to Langley, in February of 1972, he was put in charge of the CIA's Western Hemisphere Division.

SNIP


Shackley also inherited an operation that was funneling money to right wing opponents of Salvador Allende, in Chile. Eventually Allende was overthrown. This was followed by the first act of international terrorism on American soil, the September,1976 car bombing in Washington's Embassy Row that took the lives of former Chilean Ambassador, Orlando Letelier, and a passenger, Ronni Moffitt, sister of a liberal U.S. Congressman from Connecticut. The assassination was later shown to have been organized by a Chilean military officer on the CIA payroll and carried out by an American-born extreme Rightist who was let into the U.S. despite being on the State Department Watch List. See, George H.W. Bush, the CIA & a Case of State Terrorism by Robert Parry, http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Terrorism/GBush_CIA_S...

David Corn recounts the events in the Chilean coup that overthrew what was then the second-oldest democracy in the world:


9/11/73

Salvador Allende died during the coup. When the smoke cleared, General Augusto Pinochet, the head of a military junta, was in dictatorial control. Political parties, including Langley's favored Christian Democrats, were banned. The Chilean Congress was closed. Elections were suspended. The press was censored. Allende supporters and opponents of the junta were jailed. Torture centers were established. Executions replaced soccer matches in Santiago's stadiums. Bodies floated down the Mapocho river. Due in part to the hard work of Shackley and dozens of other Agency bureaucrats and operatives, Chile was free of the socialists.


The reviewer recounts how Shackley Helped Wilson and other privatized CIA operators sell terrorist weapons and techniques to clients:

After serving as director of the Western Hemisphere Division, Shackley was promoted to the position of Associate Deputy Director for Operations, the number three position at the CIA. This was to be his last promotion. Shackley was a friend of Edwin Wilson, an ex-CIA contractor, who became an arms dealer. Wilson was jailed for shipping C4 plastic explosive and detonators to Libya. Admiral Stansfield Turner, who was head of the CIA during the Carter administration, never forgave Shackley for his association with Wilson. He transferred Shackley to the bureaucratic equivalent of Siberia and Shackley left the Agency in 1979.

After leaving the CIA Shackley worked briefly for Thomas Clines, who had worked for Shackley in Laos and Vietnam. Clines had left the CIA before Shackley, in 1978. Using money loaded to him by Edwin Wilson, Clines incorporated International Research and Trade, which became involved in shipping arms purchased in the United States to Egypt. The cost of shipping the arms was billed to the Defense Department, which later claimed that Clines and his associates had illegally inflated their billings. Shackley later left Clines' firm and formed his own company, Research Associates International, which specialized in providing intelligence to business. The loose fraternity of ex-CIA employees kept in touch with each other and with the United States government. During the Reagan administration, both Shackley and Clines became involved in the Iran-Contra affair, along with an associate from their days in Laos, Richard Secord. Clines was later convicted of under reporting income from his Iran-Contra dealings by at least $260,000 and served several months in a prison as a result. Shackley's involvement in the Iran-Contra affair is more difficult to discern.


Why did Khan and Pakistan get into the proliferation game, and why did it take twenty years to get him out?

The other major project of the alliance between Bush Sr. rump CIA and the Saudis was to finance and organize the construction in Pakistan of the Islamic Atom Bomb. This illegal program continued in direct defiance of U.S. commitments to UN anti-proliferation treaties as well as in contravention of the official policy of the United States during the Carter and Clinton Administrations opposing further proliferation on the sub-Continent.

The first part of that question is easily enough answered by a combination of greed, patriotism, and ideological zeal on the part of all those involved. However, the more interesting question is why did the U.S. allow it to go on for the better part of a quarter century? Author Gordon Corera, Shopping for Bombs: Nuclear Proliferation, Global Insecurity and the Rise and Fall of the A.Q. Khan Network provides part of the answer to both sides of the Khan and CIA enigma. The Economist offers a good, but incomplete, answer:

www.economist.com/books/PrinterFriendly.cfm?story_id=72...

Why did he do it? The Khan network began in support of Pakistan's determination to eat grass or leaves if need be to get its hands on a bomb to match India's. Quite when this Pakistan-centred import procurement network turned into the core of a global export-led proliferation network, run increasingly for private profit, isn't clear.

By all accounts, Pakistan bought North Korean nuclear-capable missiles in the early 1990s for cash. When money later got tight, it bartered nuclear expertise instead. Dealings with Iran and Libya over the years seem to have been driven increasingly by personal greed rather than by state policy or by Mr Khan's avowed nuclear patriotism.

He got away with it for so long, first, because Western governments in the 1980s saw fighting communism as more important than fighting proliferationa false choice, argues Mr Corera and, later on, because Pakistan's own nuclear buying provided a cover for its selling through the same intermediaries. The picture was hard to piece together. Eventually Western intelligence agencies, relying on traditional derring-do, penetrated the heart of the Khan operation.



As Trento and Corera tell us, development of a nuclear program was not a stand-alone operation for the Pakistanis. They could not afford to do it on their own, and the Saudis demanded service for their money. The same deal applied to the CIA -- those who took money, had to deliver something of value. To keep their patrons happy, Pakistani and rogue U.S. intelligence operators formed an alliance. The CIA operated as ISI's enabler, shielding Pakistan from investigation and retaliation, just as elements of the Agency had the Saudi money men. In exchange, Pakistan provided services in the areas such as recruiting, harboring, and training terrorists. Thus, by 1985 every side had what it needed. Pakistan had the prestige of being treated as a de facto nuclear power, Right-wing elements within the CIA and the Reagan-Bush Administration had the money they needed to carry out covert domestic and international operations -- ie, Iran-Contra -- and the Saudis had veto and blackmail power over the key figures in American politics, intelligence, law enforcement and the private sector to sheild the international financial crimes carried out by more enterprising helpers -- BCCI and the S&L scandal.

The Reagan-Bush Administration was the first American Presidency that was truly controlled by spooks and foreign interests. The political crimes carried out under Nixon and Ford had been more insular, domestic affairs. From that time onward, the Pakistani military was free to spin-off a nuclear weapons retail business involving a global free trade in atomic bomb parts, dirty money, and terrorist provocateurs. As the Kerry Commission Report makes clear, BCCI, the S&L rip-off, and Iran-Contra were international crimes involving Saudis and Pakistanis facilitated by corrupt American political and intelligence officials. Elements of U.S. intelligence, federal law enforcement, the State Department, and the Pentagon were, of course, well aware of this. Those U.S. officials who tried to put a stop to it encountered the CIA Old Boys, and were pushed aside or silenced.

One such casualty was a CIA officer named Richard M. Barlow, a specialist on Pakistans nuclear program, who the NYT reports was fired two decades ago after he blew the whistle on his superiors at DoD Cheney, Wolfowitz, Libby, and Hadley -- for lying to Congress about the state of that countrys nuclear program. The destruction and intimidation of honest U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement was another aspect of the ongoing Bush Saudi ISI criminal enterprise: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/org...

NATIONAL DESK
Criticism of C.I.A. Analyst's Dismissal Bolsters a Fight for Whistle-Blower Protections
By JEFF GERTH
General Accounting Office questions Pentagon's dismissal of intelligence analyst eight years ago after he complained to his agency superiors that Federal officials were misleading Congress about Pakistan's nuclear abilities; criticizes earlier internal investigation by Defense Dept for concluding that whistle-blower protections already in place did not affect case of analyst, Richard M Barlow, who worked for Central Intelligence Agency; Barlow never disclosed his concerns outside CIA, and his cr...July 20, 1997 U.S. News


More recently that story was picked up by BBC, and reported here by Lukery, who has extensively covered the subject of FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, who encountered the same network before 9/11 and was also silenced when she attempted to draw attention to it: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/4/30/683/93932

CIA Barlow was the CIA's key expert on Pakistan's nuclear program - he engineered sting operations and arrests of key AQ Khan personnel. For his efforts, Barlow was retaliated against - he says that Cheney, Libby, Wolfowitz and Hadley "viciously tried to destroy my life, personally and professionally... in truly extraordinary ways that no one had ever seen before or since at least not until the Wilsons (Joe, Valerie) were victims of the same people years later."

Barlow was recently featured in a BBC documentary about AQ Khan called "The Nuclear Walmart" which highlights that the US government was fully aware of the development of Pakistan's nuclear program, as well as Pakistan's proliferation to countries like North Korea and Iran - and sat by quietly and did nothing.


As we see it, there are several reasons why Khan's network continued as long as it did, and ended when it did. To recap: the Khan network started as part of a larger deal with the Saudis to revive the activist Right-wing of the CIA; was allowed to metasticize because it had US officials over a barrel; later, during the Clinton years, the A.Q. Khan operation was to some extent captured (turned ) by (more or less) legitimate elements within CIA as a means to monitor and sabotage the nuclear program of several target countries, including North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Libya. The effectiveness of that Clinton-era program, I argue, was demonstrated last October when North Koreas nuclear test shot was a dud. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/11/122932/53

Now, it becomes clearer how Khan came to act with near impunity for two decades, protected on several sides by the Pakistani government, his customers, monied Saudi backers, and several western intelligence agencies, including the Bush Sr. Old Spook crowd.

Then there's the final irony to this story. After Clinton-Gore were elected, proliferation continued, but his Agency minders were different. Khan was watched with care by career CIA officers and other U.S. officials as he spread his wares around the world. Those involved in this phase of the Agency operation were told by the Bush-era operatives that Khan had been "turned", which to some degree was quite plausible. The equipment that Khan sold to North Korea, Libya, and Iran was very expensive but very poor quality, prone to breakdown, constantly in need of spare parts, the flow of which was used to monitor the pace of production of fissionable material, which turned out to be far less than what any of these countries needed to make an enriched uranium bomb. By using Khan as a supplier, these countries actually set themselves back relative to what they might have achieved if they had made a real effort to obtain more modern, efficient designs available -- with much greater effort -- elsewhere on the international black market. See, http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... ; http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Two of those who monitored Khan were Valerie Plame and her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who followed Khan to Niger after A.Q. had visited that uranium-producing country in February, 1999. See, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39834-20... ; http://www.slate.com/id/2148995

Wilsons uneventful follow-up trip to Niger in 2002 was to become a grand distraction in LAffaire Plame. With so many people paying such close attention to him for so long, Khan must have felt as if he were truly untouchable.



But, after the 2000 election, the rules were changed about how the U.S conducted covert operations. With the Bush-Cheney Administration, quiet surveillance and penetration of Saudi-financed WMD and terrorist networks were out, and the very fact that target countries were running nuclear programs -- with the help of the CIA -- became a casus belli for military attack of Axis of Evil countries.

* One can easily accept that the Bushites, now back in power, were desperate enough to advance their war-making agenda that they were willing to sacrifice the CIAs most effective nuclear counter-proliferation program.

* An alternative explanation is that one faction of the Agency that had split in the 1970s was out to destroy its rival, which had managed the counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism divisions with a light touch during the Clinton years.

* Or, it has been suggested, that certain third countries had also piggy-backed onto the A.Q. Khan network, and outed the Pakistanis in an attempt to spark a regional war as a way manipulate the U.S. into, once-and-for-all, disposing of their regional rivals.

* Finally, there is evidence that the Bush team did some quick housekeeping once back in the White House, and simply did away with the source of so much incriminating evidence, the A.Q. Khan network had outlived its original purpose, and had to be shut down because it continued to use many of the same financial and logistical networks linked to the Saudis and Pakistanis, and that had already compromised too much.

Perhaps, some combination of these motives, along with a simple-minded executive decision to take out Khan explains it. The fact of the outing is indisputable, however. Within months of taking power, the Administration closed down much of the counter-proliferation and counter-terrorism programs they inherited. In May 2001, CIA Director George Tenet and Undersecretary of State Richard Armitage, an old Bush Asia hand, met with Pakistani President Musharaff. Two weeks later, Khan was outed with the publication on June 1 of a story in Rupert Murdoch's Financial Times quoting Armitage as saying that a certain ranking "retired figure" within the Pakistani nuclear establishment had been trading weapons technology with North Korea. See, http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/pakistan/khan.h... ; http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/2/1/183411/6866

Bush-Cheney Closed Down U.S. Counterterrorism Along with the CIA's Khan "Sting" Operation, Leading to 9-11



At the same time, major U.S. counter-terrorism operations with a nexus in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan were closed down, as they used much of the same financial and logistical network as Khan, But, for some reason, terrorist operatives scattered around the world -- a number of them inside the U.S.-- were not rolled-up or otherwise neutralized. In early 2001, the FBI terminated Operation Monarch Crossing, which linked Saudi-controlled financing in the U.S. with Pakistani nuclear proliferation. http://www.storiesthatmatter.org/index.php?option=com_c... The Bureau was also forced to shutter Operation Catchers Mitt , http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/9/11/105117/571 at the same time NSA and DIA were ordered to erase much of the data it had compiled in Able-Danger , another Clinton-era secret program mapping the al-Qaeda network inside the U.S.



There has been little attention paid to the Bush-Cheney Administration's orders to shut down these counter-terrorism programs. Given the larger context, it should come as no surprise that these people are willing to sacrifice just about anything to cover their tracks.

END OF PART 1
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2007. Mark G. Levey
Also available in orange: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/7/8/14653/71820



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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:28 AM
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1. .
Kick
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:31 AM
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2. Nice piece of work that
Well done. :toast:
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:45 AM
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3. Excellent post Mark! Do you think that Valerie and Joe Wilson were attacked
not only for the article Joe Wilson wrote, but also to take the heat off by eliminating Brewster Jennings investigations? Why do you think there is a change in Khan's house arrest now?

I for one, am hoping for Democratic leadership in '08, but will only support those who want to expose the full corruption behind BFEE so we can eliminate this cancer which has been infesting our nation for generations. It's time for full public exposure held for the world to see. No more business as usual behind the scenes. To the Hague with these treasonous bastards!
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:49 AM
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4. Plame's role within CIA-CPD (why she was attacked) is explained in Part 2
Coming soon.

Thanks!
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:54 AM
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6. Thank you. I'll be looking for it.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 04:14 PM
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63. When? kick
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bvar22 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 12:41 PM
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17. Agree!!!
"...but will only support those who want to expose the full corruption behind BFEE...

It is obvious that the Democrats are going to let bush* run ot the clock.
I want to see Democratic Candidates PLEDGE to pursue investigations and prosecutionsof these criminals AFTER 2008.
I fear we will see a repeat of 2004 where the Democratic leadership closed ranks with the Republican leadership in a spirit of bipartisanship to heal the nation (AND protect the $Money Machine$).

ALL the rich white Iran/Contra crooks got away scott free.
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peacetalksforall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 06:05 AM
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51. These people chose not ot conduct an overnight coup against the
Edited on Tue Jul-10-07 06:11 AM by higher class
citizens of the U.S. = instead they quietly took their time and orchestrated one. Along the way, they planned Pearl Harbor 2,vote theft, usury, organizing loss (unions-protests), media takeover. They are not going to let it all go to be prosecuted or even lose elections for Republicans for decades. An overt coup is probably coming in 2008 For all we know, Democratic leaders standing up and fighting against them may all be an allowed illusion. It's all up to us. They can't stay in power with their secrets revealed unless by force. And we are paying for them to develop their private mercenaries.

They are quite established and CNN, NBC, FOX tells us just how honorable they are - Baker, Kissinger, Sr., from the dead Armand Hammer to the rising stars - say Lindsey Graham. WORLD TAKEOVER TV.
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HooptieWagon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 02:15 AM
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47. I never bought into the meme
That Plame was outed to get revenge on Wilson. Never made sense - legally, outing Plame was a bigger crime than the lying about Saddam/WMDs. But, outing Plame to shut down Brewster-Jennings, if they were onto BushCo ties into WMD proliferation, makes perfect sense.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:50 AM
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5. Someday we'll look back and see the trail big enough for an elephant to make.
Let's see, Nixon opened talks with China, Reagan built on that legacy and so did George Bush I. The Chinese went from 0 to 60 with their nuclear testing during Bush I's term, suggesting that the Chinese lab workers who were here with this government's approval during his term, gave the Chinese some of our secrets during Bush I's term.

And then there's Carlyle trying to do private business with the Chinese at the beginning of Bush II's term. And of course, there was deregulation, and as no surprise, we see the degradation of products being sold to Americans.
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 11:11 AM
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7. What an eye-opener.
I have never understood the background as well as I do after reading that posting. Wow! Now, I can put a lot of things together and see just WHO is involved in the coverup and WHY. Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a comprehensive explanation.

And when will part 2 be ready? I can't wait.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 11:12 AM
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8. This is incredible and timely reporting Mark.
The best investigative reporting is happening on the internet and your contribution is significant. We are never going to start healing, as a country, until we deal with this malignant tumor that's been metastasizing over the past 50 years. Your analysis ought to be read by every member of Congress. We really need to establish a Truth Commission just to get the facts into the historical record.

It amazes me that anyone can take this administration's "GWOT" seriously....these bastards created the terror landscape and we won't effectively deal with it until we get our country back.

K/R
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 11:54 AM
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11. Hey, Old, one way that we can put pressure on congress is to send them,
en masse, copies of this research. As soon as they know that WE KNOW...thousands of us know... and if we spread this type of research far & wide, it will be too hard to put the toothpaste back in the tube for them. Will THIS congress act on it? Not a chance. But when the public starts to reach critical mass with knowledge of the wrongdoings of our government, they're either going to have to lock us all up and cause a revolution, or they're going to have to start to become REAL Americans, and get us out of this mess.

It's already started making some of them nervous. And the fact that we're all onto the news media is a start.

The point I'm trying to make is, we need to keep the pressure on at every turn. As the tension builds, eventually someone is going to have to blink.

:kick: :kick: :kick:
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 12:13 PM
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13. I hear you loud and clear, Sue!
I've already sent this thread to a dozen or so people that will find this of interest....I'd love to see this get printed in our regional paper, the Bangor Daily News...but I'm not sure they'd bother....too complicated a story...now, if it was about a sex act with a consenting adult, we'd have a winner!

IMHO, the Huffington Post would be a good broadcast platform to pick up this type of article, or KO could cover it, but even for Keith, this is a story that can't be told in 2 minutes.

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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 01:31 PM
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19. How about Anderson Cooper?
He can be kind of naive, but he sticks his neck out quite often and brings out some embarrassing points. Worth a try.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 12:16 PM
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14. I plan to approach a congressional member soon
Edited on Mon Jul-09-07 12:16 PM by mmonk
on related matters. I have sent this member information and have received no response (related to Sibel). So I have to do it in person.
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 11:15 AM
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9. Greg Palast's article Khan Job shows another pre-9/11 tidbit...NSA's policy shift
Khan Job
http://www.gregpalast.com/khan-job-bush-spiked-probe-of... /

" A top-level CIA operative who spoke with us on condition of strictest anonymity said that, after Bush took office, There was a major policy shift at the National Security Agency. Investigators were ordered to back off from any inquiries into Saudi Arabian financing of terror networks, especially if they touched on Saudi royals and their retainers. That put the Bin Ladens, a family worth a reported $12 billion and a virtual arm of the Saudi royal household, off limits for investigation. Osama was the exception; he remained a wanted man, but agents could not look too closely at how he filled his piggy bank. The key rule of any investigation, follow the money, was now violated, and investigations-at least before September 11-began to die."



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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 12:40 PM
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16. Scary stuff in that Palast post.
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OregonBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 11:25 AM
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10. That's some read. Thank you!!
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 11:56 AM
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12. BLM & I posted it
It wasn't lost on all of us. Khan was let go the exact same day Libby got pardoned.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 12:29 PM
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15. Amazing! This is socomprehensive. Barlow is the key.

I've wondered if we're in the midst of a factional dispute within 'management', e.g., PTB. This
makes sense out of that notion.

Thank you so much!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 01:11 PM
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18. Another Excellent connection of dots from you Mark...
Edited on Mon Jul-09-07 01:12 PM by KoKo01
Awaiting Part II! :thumbsup:

One surprise was the the David Corn book "Blonde Ghost," written in '94 so early in his career. He doesn't seem to focus much on CIA activities anymore. Wonder why...
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loudsue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 01:37 PM
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20. I've wondered that, too, KoKo. Corn has either been bought-off or
threatened pretty badly. He's in lock-step with the DLCers these days.

:kick:
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 06:20 PM
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32. Well...Loud Sue...he did do his book with Issikoff about "Hubris" but
one knows they don't want to be "offed" in a bathtub with wrists slit or found under a tree with same and have "authorities" declare it a "suicide." :-(
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 06:18 PM
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31. I'll keep this kicked for folks who want to "Print Out" and "Read Later." It's worth it! n/t
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lala_rawraw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 03:11 PM
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21. excellent work... i tip my hat to you sir
only one outstanding question... answer it and you will have the game :)
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 05:38 PM
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29. You mean, I didn't answer, why?
along with who, what, when, and where?

Can you give me a hint, LaLa, or is this a game I have to play alone? ;)
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lala_rawraw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 09:31 PM
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43. check inbox:)
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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 03:31 PM
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22. K&R and bookmarked, the Shadow Government is being unveiled...

'Fighting them over there so that we do not fight them over here' means that Iraq was a nice neutral location to setup bases and secure oil resources. As people in the US and around the world begin to call for peace, two of the biggest controlling interests in the shadow government, Saudi Arabia and Israel, want to keep pressure on the US by threatening to bring it over here. Proliferation of WMDs makes that possible, and watch for Iran becoming the scapegoat.
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Dancing_Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 04:07 PM
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23. So much effort to frame some patsies for 9/11
Edited on Mon Jul-09-07 04:08 PM by Dancing_Dave
Setting up some patsies is one part of a false-flag terror covert operation such as 9/11. Actually carrying it out and covering up the true crime are more difficult. 9/11 was not within the capabilities of Mohammed Atta and his supposed motley crew even if they could count on sums like $100,000 being wired at their convenience. Make no mistake about it, 9/11 was a multi-billion dollar operation and Cheney was involved directly in stage managing it.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 06:26 PM
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34. One could read Mark's post and understand how it ALL got Outta Control, though
and how they are now fighting to cover it all up as fast as they can. :shrug: That's why this is such a good read...connecting dots...
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 04:42 PM
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24. k&r'd...
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Libby2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 05:00 PM
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25. Nice work and thank you!
k&r
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 05:02 PM
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26. Please delcare you are not suicidal...
Stay out of small planes, etc.

Can't wait for part 2.

-Hoot
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 05:33 PM
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28. So declared: definitely NOT suicidal.
I try to avoid sitting down in motel bathtubs, anyway.

As for small planes, etc., I'll have to take my chances.

Part 2 in the next week or so, depending upon other obligations.

Thanks.

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 06:27 PM
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35. He lives in "undisclosed location" and only comes out once in awhile on Kos and DU
He's covered! :D as much as can be in these times..
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 06:53 PM
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36. If he ever needs a place he can run to...
He should PM me.

-Hoot
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 07:10 PM
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55. Kick for a Bookmark and a READ when you want to know what things are all about!
Slow read......good stuff.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 05:33 PM
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27. WOW
this is awesome
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 05:38 PM
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30. republicon traitors to America. Bush Family Evil Empire
Ugh - what hideous souls are the Skull & Boner corrupt Bush Family.

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Knightly_Knews Donating Member (153 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 06:23 PM
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33. It all really makes sense....
Sadly, I have a very bad feeling we will see a nuke attack in the USA before BushCo leaves the White House. Once that happens the asshole will try to claim dictatorship, as outlined in the John Warner Defense Authorization Act. Perhaps after millions of Americans die, they will listens to us?

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roxnev Donating Member (194 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 07:18 PM
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37. Just more prove all Bush's are killers, thief's an traitors
And all Republicans love them. I wonder how you could get the patriot :patriot: to have a stars and bars just to show what the Real Republican patriotism is.
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 07:21 PM
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38. K&R! n/t
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 07:40 PM
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39. read earlier reports on this...This is the real deal-follow the $$
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 07:44 PM
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40. Recommended & bookmarked for future reading and reference.
As usual, this looks like top notch work!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 09:02 PM
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41. The AQ Khan Network: Crime... and Punishment?
Thank you for another outstanding post, leveymg!

Here's a bit o' background on Dr. Khan:



SPECIAL REPORT:

THE A.Q. KHAN NETWORK: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT?


March 2006 Issue

This article is based on research conducted by Sammy Salama and Nilsu Goren at the Monterey Institute Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

In the two years since the operations of the nuclear smuggling network led by Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan were publicly revealed, law enforcement agencies around the globe have pursued investigations and prosecutions against more than thirty individuals involved in the illicit trafficking effort. Results have varied widely, with a seven-year prison term meted out by a German court being the most severe punishment imposed to date. Most alleged participants in the enterprise, however, have suffered limited penalties, if any, for their efforts to provide assistance to nuclear weapon programs in Pakistan, Iran, Libya, and North Korea.

Secret Imports, Then Exports

The network was built upon a set of contacts and clandestine smuggling operations that Khan had developed since 1976, after he returned to Pakistan from the Netherlands. With him, he brought plans for uranium centrifuges used at a Dutch enrichment facility at Almelo and lists of component suppliers for that installation. Pakistans nuclear weapons production capability is based on this Dutch centrifuge technology. <1>

By 1987, Khan, relying on equipment and materials provided by his incoming nuclear smuggling network, had succeeded in producing highly enriched uranium for the Pakistani nuclear weapon program and began to exploit the same channels to establish an outgoing network to support nuclear weapon programs elsewhere. Equipment provided by the network, apparently beginning with shipments to Iran in 1987, included designs for uranium enrichment centrifuges; obsolete equipment from Pakistans own enrichment program; components for the manufacture of large numbers of centrifuges; and the design of a nuclear weapon (purportedly provided to Pakistan by China), along with detailed notations on how to machine and assemble its parts. <2> Uranium enrichment centrifuges can be used to produce low-enriched uranium for nuclear power plant fuel, but can also be used to produce highly enriched uranium suitable for use in nuclear weapons.

Although many details remain unclear, Khan appears to have gradually modified the range of matriel provided in order to suit the needs of his customers. According to published sources, Khan sold Iran a basic package of centrifuge blueprints and sample pieces of obsolete equipment from the Pakistani program, along with the nuclear weapon design. He then provided at least comparable assistance to North Korea, probably beginning sometime in the mid- to late-1990s. In 2000 or shortly thereafter, he also offered Libya a nearly complete uranium enrichment plant, fabricated abroad, together with the weapon design. (The scale of the assistance to Libya was exposed with the September 2003 detaining in Italy of the BCC China, en route to Libya, which carried much of this equipment.) Meanwhile, Khan continued to utilize the incoming operations of his smuggling effort to maintain and expand Pakistans own enrichment capabilities.

CONTINUED...

http://www.wmdinsights.com/I3/G1_SR_AQK_Network.htm



You've pegged these evil rats to the wall, again. Thank you very much, leveymg!
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micraphone Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 09:28 PM
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42. These people are so ruthless...
... more than we could ever give them credit for.

Been there before on DU...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-14-07 04:21 PM
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61. .
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 09:35 PM
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44. K and R
Thanks for the work you put into this
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Rene Donating Member (758 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:11 PM
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45. I read Manhunt by Peter Maas, years ago, about Edwin Wilson's role and 41's cia's involvement
in arms sales and that Washington DC bombing. I've hung on to all the facts in that book....wondering where all that would lead.....and this article lays it all out.....brings ALL the creeps out into the open more or less. Edwin Wilson just got out of jail a few years ago...shortly after 43 squatted in Gore's White House.
Who was that 'suicided' author that was telling friends he was writing about the 'Octopus'?....which I believe is the Carlysle Group.....all those lawyers that were financed by getting their hands on Howard Hughes fortune....i.e. James Baker, 41 etc. The Carlysle group is the key ingredient/manipulators.
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micraphone Donating Member (284 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-09-07 10:46 PM
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46. Rene - That would be Joseph Daniel Casolaro
see http://backissues.cjrarchives.org/year/91/6/octopus.asp
(the link in 2005 post is now out of date)

Suicide.

<snip>
Somehow, authorities had failed to notify family members until almost two days after the death. In the meantime, a preliminary ruling of suicide had been issued, clearing the way for a thorough cleanup of the scene and the embalming of the body, which would make a later autopsy more difficult.
</snip>

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jaybeat Donating Member (729 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 03:04 AM
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48. So not to over simplify, but...
We have:

-Prescott Bush finances Hitler until shut down by Roosevelt.

-JFK resists sending above-board combat troops to Vietnam; is assassinated w/GHW Bush and others unable to account for themselves. (Plus, connections of Bush spooks to Warren commission whitewash, if I'm remembering correctly.)

-Bush CIA spooks run amok in Vietnam, etc.

-Ex-Vietnam Bush spooks redeployed to Southern and Central America.

-Iranian hostage crisis sinks Carter administration; hostages released after Reagan victory.

-Reagan/Bush administrations fuel Saudi/Paki/Iranian WMD and terrorist activities. Iran/Contra yields slaps on wrists, followed by promotions. Saddam Hussein covertly supported by US against Iran. Bush later turns on Saddam for ruffling Saudi's, but let's him stay in power by slaughtering Shiites and Kurds.

-PNAC during Clinton Admin reveals neo-con aspirations for world domination, perpetual war and victory for the military/industrial/fascist complex, involving a Pearl Harbor-like event in the US and military action against a diffuse post-Cold War enemy in the Middle East. WTC and US embassies bombed. Jihadists from Afghan proxy war (funded/trained by Bush spooks) run amok w/Saudi funding.

-GW Bush installed President by Nixon/Ford/Reagan/Bush appointed Supreme Court. GW Bush removes all covert and overt pressure on Saudi terrorist funding, Paki WMDs, and disables counter-terrorism generally. Richard Clarke told to STFU. Bush strikes deal w/Taliban to leave them alone and give them money if they make a show of curtailing opium production, despite open support for OBL and well-documented crimes against humanity.

-FBI agents hot on trail of 9/11 hijackers have investigations stalled by higher-ups.

-Plans for imperial executive, civil liberties suspension, torture camps, etc., prepared by GWBush admin prior to 9/11.

-After 9/11, buildings not struck at WTC, containing spook-related offices, collapse anyway.

-Bin Laden family escorted out of US, financed by FBI or OBL.

-Anthrax attacks against opposition (Democratic) members of Congress and Press. Highly-refined and weaponized bio-munition can only come from US DOD labs, but investigation goes nowhere. Congress passes USA Patriot Act, advancing admin's pre-9/11 plans for executive power and rights suspension, by near unanimous vote.

-NSA warrantless spying, data mining, torture, extraordinary rendition,

-Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, despite being the Taliban's only open international patrons, turn against them at bidding of US.

-Afghanistan invaded; somehow, OBL and Taliban leadership "escape."

-GWBush admin makes the case for war against Iraq as part of GWOT; outs Valerie Plame to bolster false WMD claim and destroys last vestige of efforts to monitor/contain AQ Khan.

-Musharaf shuts down Khan, careful to cover US tracks, avoiding any criminal proceedings. Meanwhile, Al-Qaieda operate with impunity out of NW Pakistan.

-Despite growing opposition to Iraq war and Bush policies, GWBush re-elected.

-Bush testifies before 9/11 commission w/out oath and w/Cheney present. 9/11 commission whitewashes most damning evidence of administration collusion w/terrorist attacks.

-Iraq quagmire deepens; admin shows same focus on "good news only" that helped make such a mess of Vietnam.

-Cheney aid Libby convicted of lying to cover up Plame outing; kept out of jail by Bush, who dangles pardon possibility to buy Libby's silence.

-After 2006 Democratic landslide, Congress slowly investigates some Bush crimes, with 1 1/2 hands tied behind its back. MSM talks endlessly about Democrats fighting each other. Clock runs out on impeachment as 2008 election nears.

-America is at greater risk of a catastrophic terrorist attack than at any time in history. Powerful incentives exist for administration facilitating or allowing an attack that would enable eradication of the last vestiges of democracy and establishment of permanent Republican/military/industrial/fascist hegemony.

:nuke:

Have we already reached the tipping point, or do opportunities to save our country and our world still remain?

Let's see the 2008 Presidential candidates answer THAT one!

:rofl:
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 04:55 PM
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65. The Dems need to put the brakes on Bush-Cheney
for their own safety.

They should really think about what might have happened if United 93 had reached its target and where the anthrax came from. They're in the firing line just like everyone else. Pure self-preservation should convince them to do the right thing.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 03:32 AM
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49. K&R
Excellent work, Sir.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 05:46 AM
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50. morning kick
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Broadslidin Donating Member (949 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 08:34 AM
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52. Prior to Pakistan, the US Empire Providing Nuclear Weapons to our client state:
Israel.

A person can wonder at times,
when pillaging crude oil becomes no longer financially feasible,
and the US Empire military occupations wither and evaporate,

will the US/CIA atomic bomb gifts to Israel
be tactically sufficient in
achieving the Palestine Concentration Camp Final Solution?
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HeraldSquare212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 09:15 AM
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53. wow
I feel like I have to go do three months' worth of reading to catch up on all this - thanks!
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paulthompson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 06:43 PM
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54. A. Q. Khan Connects to 9/11 Attacks
Great work, Mark. Check this out, though, from Dateline NBC:

In the summer of 1999, a group of illegal weapons dealers were meeting at a warehouse in Florida, their conversations recorded by federal investigators. One of the men, from Pakistan, was seeking technology for nuclear weapons. Who did he say he was working for?

Dick Stoltz: “Dr. Abdul Khan.”

Chris Hansen: “A.Q. Khan.”

Dick Stoltz: “A.Q. Khan.”

Former federal undercover agent Dick Stoltz was posing as a black market arms dealer.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6827441 /


This is a reference to the sting operation known as Operation Diamondback. I have a series of timeline entries about it.

http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline.jsp?timelin...

These same figures working for Khan appear at least aware of the 9/11 attack plans. One even tells an US informant in 1999 that the World Trade Center towers are coming down. Most of them also are working for the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence agency, which is deeply involved in the 9/11 plot. Yet there's been a marked lack of interest on the part of the US government to catch any of these people. The US has indicted one ISI agent involved in all of this, R. G. Abbas, but claim they can't find him. Dateline NBC has no problem calling him up and talking him on the phone, though!
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 07:45 PM
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56. k
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-10-07 10:37 PM
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57. Richard Armitage was on board directors Choice Point Database Tech.
I mention this, because this is the company that Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush hired in Florida 2000 to come up with the phony "felons" list which was actually a list of African-american voters whose names were to be deliberately, knowingly scrubbed from voters rolls prior to the general election. Since the election was going to be close, costing Gore tens of thousands of Democratic African-american votes could--and did--turn the tide of the election.

And Richard Armitage was on the board of directors of the company that did the work and knew that the work was illegal and told Katherine Harris what the list would do---disenfranchise voters who were eligible to vote---but did the work anyway as requested.

As far as I am concerned, that means that Richard Armitage was part of the conspiracy to help George W, Bush steal the election, meaning that the NeoCons were plotting with Brother Jeb all the way back in 2000 to start their wars.
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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-11-07 10:37 PM
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58. kick
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-11-07 10:54 PM
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59. An Excellent Job Of Work, Mr. Levy
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-14-07 12:39 PM
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60. Kick and a few more dots to add for researchers worldwide based on previous findings
Frank N. Hawkins Jr. is the self-described former "covert" operative that heads an "investment relations" firm, Hawk Associates, Inc/HAI.

When you and I and several others were looking into the Walter Reed outpatient scandal initially regarding the involvement of International American Products/IAP, HAI and many of its clients caught my attention.

"Historically the dark side of investment relations includes black budget relationships" (posted 3-13-2007)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

One of the clients of HAI is Manhattan Scientifics, Inc., and the choice of Manhattan refers to the fact that its tech center is located at Los Alamos-i.e. the Manhattan Project. The scientific advisory board has included former Manhattan Project scientist George A. Cowan.
http://www.mhtx.com/ourpeople/cowan.htm

Another of Manhattan's scientific board advisors, Donald J. Sandstrom, did a lot of "work" regarding the "clean-up" of the Rocky Flats facility.
http://www.mhtx.com/ourpeople/sandstrom.htm

Heck, even the "father of the celluar phone", Martin Cooper, was on the scientific advisory board at Manhattan.
http://www.mhtx.com/ourpeople/cooper.htm

Take a look at who runs Manhattan's international relations and its communications-Frank N. Hawkins Jr.

Now Manhattan has ties to a lot of promising tech, especially fuel cells, but there are the intelligence and WMD connections, and the "funding" to consider. Moreover, the issue of foreign and domestic patents and transfers is present with HAI's involvement, and the direct connection to nuclear arms reduction verification (cited in the first hyperlink)-which has now basically been trashed.

Another of Manhattan's Directors, Ralph Anderson, resigned late last year.
http://biz.yahoo.com/e/061113/mhtx.ob8-k.html

Leaving Manhattan and HAI, as noted upthread, there is good old Brent Wilkes and Dusty to seriously focus on.
Source Watch profile: Wilkes Corporation
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Wilkes_Corpo...

Brent and Dusty and a lot of other folks like former Generals and Admirals form the talent and have the skill sets for outsourced no-bid intelligence contracts parceled out to front groups like L-3.

"Intelligence in Iraq: L-3 Supplies Spy Support" by Corp Watch's Pratap Chatterjee 8-9-2006 (check out all the great sidebars and links in this article-especially with recent developments in everything from Libby to Palfrey to Miers, etc)
http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=13993

Good luck to all that are hunting for the truth about these traitors-kick.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 11:04 AM
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73. .
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:53 AM
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62. another kick
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 04:39 PM
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64. Kicked, too late to recommend.
Excellent work, thanks for the thread leveymg.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 08:36 PM
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66. .
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 12:22 AM
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67. I'm not a gambler, but I assume that Michael Ledeen, William Luti,
Harold Rhode, Larry Franklin, Douglas Feith, Mel Sembler, Duane Clarridge, Ahmad Chalabi, David Wurmser, Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld and a lot of other folks that lurk here are interested in this! Well maybe Larry Franklin has some problems getting online these days.

Kick.
;)
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bananarepublican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:23 AM
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68. Kick. n/t
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:27 AM
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69. some good background stuff here
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 08:37 AM
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70. Terrorism is an integral part of US foreign policy.
That's why the war on terror name is so ironic. Now we have massive coverup even sacrificing those in service of our country. They are the lowest of the low.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 04:51 PM
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71. HEY, JUDGE JOHN D. BATES! READ THIS!
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 11:17 AM
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74. You got it!
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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 04:57 PM
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72. The same thinking probably goes into keeping OBL safe and sound n/t
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 11:25 AM
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75. That's great, but Libby, Cheney, Feith and others are FAR MORE OF A THREAT to the U.S. than Pakistan
or its "Islamic Nuclear Bomb."

Libby and Cheney have hijacked a nation with THOUSANDS of nuclear bombs and have fucked the greatest superpower known in history into illegal wars based on lies, and seek to continue fucking the nation into war after war.

THAT IS WHY LIBBY AND CHENEY MUST BE STOPPED.

THAT IS WHY THEY ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FOCUS.
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 11:30 AM
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76. Kick ....
:kick:
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 11:32 AM
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77. come to think of it it does seem to me like the relationship between sr. and jr has improved
a considerable amount of late.
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Tinksrival Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 11:45 AM
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78. OMG
:yoiks:
Can the contiued actions of this group end when these fuckers finally start dying off.
Why does the rest of the world put up with this crap..........or have they turned......

end of the cold war, indeed...... :scared:
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 12:02 PM
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79. kick
If I had seen this earlier I most certainly would have recommended.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 12:08 PM
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80. it's poppy's world- we just have the misfortune of living in it...
:shrug:
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