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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 10:16 PM
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Early CIA Involvement in Darfur Has Gone Unreported
Early CIA Involvement in Darfur Has Gone Unreported
Jay Janson - 10/1/2007

There has been a glaring omission in the U.S. media presentation of the Darfur tragedy. The compassion demonstrated, mostly in words, until recently, has not been accompanied by a recognition of U.S. complicity, or at least involvement, in the war which has led to the enormous suffering and loss of life that has been taking place in Darfur for many years. In 1978 oil was discovered in Southern Sudan. Rebellious war began five years later and was led by John Garang, who had taken military training at infamous Fort Benning, Georgia. "The US government decided, in 1996, to send nearly $20 million of military equipment through the 'front-line' states of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Uganda to help the Sudanese opposition overthrow the Khartoum regime."

Between 1983 and the peace agreement signed in January 2005, Sudan's civil war took nearly two million lives and left millions more displaced. Garang became a First Vice President of Sudan as part of the peace agreement in 2005. From 1983, "war and famine-related effects resulted in more than 4 million people displaced and, according to rebel estimates, more than 2 million deaths over a period of two decades."

The BBC obituary of John Garang, who died in a plane crash shortly afterward, describes him as having "varied from Marxism to drawing support from Christian fundamentalists in the US." "There was always confusion on central issues such as whether the Sudan People's Liberation Army was fighting for independence for southern Sudan or merely more autonomy. Friends and foes alike found the SPLA's human rights record in southern Sudan and Mr Garang's style of governance disturbing." Gill Lusk - deputy editor of Africa Confidential and a Sudan specialist who interviewed the ex-guerrilla leader several times over the years was quoted by BBC, "John Garang did not tolerate dissent and anyone who disagreed with him was either imprisoned or killed."

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Oil and business interests remain paramount and although Sudan is on the U.S. Government's state sponsors of terrorism list, the United States alternately praises its cooperation in tracking suspect individuals or scolds about the Janjaweed in Darfur. National Public Radio on May 2, 2005 had Los Angeles Times writer Ken Silverstein talk about his article "highlighting strong ties between the U.S. and Sudanese intelligence services, despite the Bush administration's criticism of human-rights violation in the Sudan." Title was "Sudan, CIA Forge Close Ties, Despite Rights Abuses." Nicholas Kristof, of The New York Times, won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for "his having alerted this nation and the world to these massive crimes against humanity. He made six dangerous trips to Darfur to report names and faces of victims of the genocide for which President Bush had long before indicted the government of Sudan to the world's indifference." But last November saw the opening of a new U.S. consulate in Juba the capital of the Southern region. (Maybe consider this an example of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" especially where oil is involved.)

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http://www.globalpolitician.com/articledes.asp?ID=3532&...
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 11:16 PM
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1. kick for the humanitarian interventionists
and R
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dailykoff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-30-07 02:27 AM
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2. If Junior is concerned about the victims of genocide
you can bet the CIA is behind it.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-30-07 02:50 AM
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3. I often wish it were as simply as that...
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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-30-07 09:11 AM
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4. PEACE IS WAR IS PEACEKEEPING
Darfurism, Uganda and the U.S. War in Africa
The Spectre of Continental Genocide
by Keith Harmon Snow / November 24th, 2007

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PEACE IS WAR IS PEACEKEEPING

On October 24, 2007, the United Nations awarded Lockheed-Martin subsidiary Pacific Architects and Engineers a $250 million no-bid contract to provide infrastructure for the United Nations peacekeeping missions now unfolding in Sudan (Darfur), Somalia, and Chad/Central Africa Republic. The newly announced contract is to build five new camps in Sudans Darfur and Kordofan regions for 4,100 U.N. and African Union personnel. Lockheed Martin is the worlds largest and most secretive aerospace and defense corporation.

This is not Pacific Architects and Engineers first contract in Darfur, or in Africas peacekeeping missions. PAE won the contract for staffing the deeply compromised Civilian Protection Monitoring Team (CPMT) in Sudan under a U.S. State Department contract. In 2004, the CPMT office was being run by Brigadier General Frank Toney (retired), who was previously the commander of Special Forces for the United States Army; General Toney organized covert operations into Iraq and Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

Pratap Chaterjee reported in 2004 how Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Bittrick, the deputy director of regional and security affairs for Africa at the State Department, flew to Ethiopia to hammer out an agreement to support African Union troops by committing to provide housing, office equipment, transport, and communications gear. This will be provided via an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity joint contract awarded to Dyncorp Corporation, and Pacific Architects & Engineers (PAE) worth $20.6 million.7 PAE also set up MONUC operations in Congo, and continues to operate there; the total PAE involvement includes numerous intermediary contracts. In 2002, PAE/Daher won a $34 million air-services follow-on contract amidst complaints of a lack of transparency and irregularities in the procurement systemconfirmed by the bidding of the air-service contract with PAE/Daher.8 Daher International is a French aerospace and defense corporation.9

Meanwhile, the Save Darfur advocates pressing military intervention in Darfur as a humanitarian gesture have escalated pressure in the face of mounting failures, including allegations that millions of Save Darfur dollars fundraised on a sympathy for victims platform have been misappropriated.

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http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2007/11/darfurism-uganda-...
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-30-07 11:49 AM
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5. kick again
"Save Darfur" unfortunately is exploiting the victims of that conflict to provide a fashionable alternative for clean-cut U.S. college students who might otherwise focus on opposing American wars and the indisputable genocide by the Pentagon and Bush regime in Iraq. The U.S. government has no standing for pretending to be a positive force in the region.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-01-07 02:31 AM
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