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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:16 PM
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Bhutto emailed Blitzer: If anything happens to me, blame Musharaf.
...and standing four-square behind Musharaf is Bushco.

From Huffington Post:

Today on "The Situation Room," Wolf Blitzer revealed an exclusive e-mail he received from Benazir Bhutto's US spokesman Mark Siegel in October. "This is a story she wanted me to tell the world on her behalf if she were killed," Blitzer said, before reading the e-mail.

In the e-mail, Bhutto wrote that, if anything were to happen to her, "I wld hold Musharaf responsible. I have been made to feel insecure by his minions, and there is no way what is happening in terms of stopping me from taking private cars or using tinted windows or giving jammers or four police mobiles to cover all sides cld happen without him."




Gee. Why would a tyrant be afraid of a popular democrat?

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thunder35 Donating Member (127 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:18 PM
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1.  Musharaf is a Bush(shrub) buddy?
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:26 PM
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From TIME, of all places:

Bush and Musharraf: Friends Again

Friday, Sep. 22, 2006

Heads of state are sometimes too candid for their own good. But rarely do two of them blurt out what they're really thinking almost simultaneously, as George Bush and Pervez Musharraf did this week and on a topic as touchy as U.S.-Pakistani cooperation against terrorism. Asked by CNN on Wednesday if he'd order U.S. military operations inside Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden if there was solid intelligence on his location, Bush said "absolutely." The next day CBS released portions of a 60 Minutes interview with Musharraf, to be aired Sunday, in which he claims that in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage threatened Pakistan's military intelligence chief that the U.S. would bomb his country "back to the Stone Age" if Musharraf didn't cooperate in the war against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Bush's cowboy-like threat certainly played well with the conservative base that the Republicans desperately need to turn out for the congressional midterm elections less than two months away. And Musharraf, promoting his memoir to be published next week, has to placate even more dangerous political enemies at home who have tried several times to assassinate him. But both men's blunt remarks sent their diplomatic minders scrambling.

How far the U.S. military would go in chasing Bin Laden or other al-Qaeda leaders inside Pakistan is a sensitive subject that American commanders would prefer not be given too much air time. Pakistan-U.S. relations are tense at the moment, particularly on the question of how deeply committed Musharraf is to rooting out al-Qaeda and Taliban extremists and capturing Bin Laden, who's believed to be hiding in Pakistan's lawless tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has complained that Pakistan's tolerance of extremists operating from its territory has helped them gain a stronger foothold in his own country, is furious that Musharraf recently signed a truce with pro-Taliban Pakistani tribal leaders in the North West Frontier Province. That truce calls for Pakistani troops to end their military campaign against militants in exchange for their ending attacks on Pakistani forces and cross-border raids into Afghanistan. Karzai doesn't trust the militants to live up to their part of the bargain.

The precise nature of Armitage's message to the Pakistanis in 2001 is open to question. A barrel-chested Vietnam vet who still lifts weights, Armitage who left the State Department last year can be intimidating in meetings. But diplomats don't as a rule threaten military action unless they've been authorized to do so, and Armitage, a seasoned envoy, insists he "never said it" because that was not his instruction from Washington. But he does admit to delivering a strong message to Musharraf's aide that Pakistan was either with the U.S. or against it in the war on terror.

Bush and Musharraf finally got back on the same talking points Friday. After a White House huddle, they emerged to tell reporters they were still joined at the hip when it comes to fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban. And, as his military commanders prefer, Bush danced around the question of whether he'd ask Musharraf's permission to send U.S. troops into Pakistan to grab bin Laden, insisting that both leaders are still "on the hunt together." Musharraf insisted the agreement he struck with the tribal leaders is not a deal with the Taliban. "This deal is against the Taliban," he claimed. And Bush said: "I believe him."


Then there's the history behind the story...
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:26 PM
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4. If BushCo are indeed friends with Musharef (sp), it would explain a great deal.
They've already played games with our electoral process, why not with other nations'? If you can stack the world political process with your own friends, who would then stop you? Troubling times ahead...
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HughMoran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:27 PM
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5. duh?
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K Gardner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:20 PM
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2. Bhutto knew what she was facing. Unfortunately, this will be propagandized by
the Neocons (of BOTH parties) to Fear us back into submission. This is the real threat. Shock and Awe, Shock and Awe.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:31 PM
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6. May it not be a harbinger of the year to come.
Agree, K Gardner. The fearmongers are in the employ of the warmongers.

Bhutto stood for democracy. May her message continue.

In the United States, we now have several candidates running for President -- including all the Democrats -- who believe in the Constitution of the United States. That is unacceptable to tyrants and their supporters.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 05:56 PM
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7. I think the military did it. But since Musharaf isn't the head of the military anymore
they can't be blamed. what a co-inky dink!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:08 PM
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8. Didn't she accuse the ISI -- Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence -- after the October attack?
These are the operators who ran Al Qaeda for Langley.

Benazir Bhutto takes on a powerful enemy

By Colin Freeman in Karachi
Last Updated: 1:07am BST 21/10/2007

Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto plans to purge her country's intelligence services of hundreds of rogue agents suspected of supporting Islamic terrorism, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt.

In a move that puts her in direct confrontation with the nation's most powerful institutions, Ms Bhutto, who returned home from exile last week, said Pakistan's security agencies had to become "professional" outfits free from political agendas.

Foremost in her sights if she returns to power will be the notorious Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the secretive "state within the state" that is blamed for orchestrating much of the terrorist violence convulsing Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan.


The source also gave the identities of three government officials said to have been named in a letter written by Ms Bhutto to Pakistan's military ruler, Gen Pervez Musharraf, in which she accused them of plotting to attack her. The Sunday Telegraph is not revealing their names for legal reasons, but they include a serving senior commander within Pakistani intelligence.

Ms Bhutto makes no secret of her disdain for the ISI, long the most powerful of Pakistan's myriad security agencies. Formed in 1948 to look after external threats, it expanded out of control in the 1980s, when it was responsible for disbursing millions of dollars of US cash to Islamic mujahedeen fighting the Soviet occupation in neighbouring Afghanistan.


So, IMO, ISI spells BFEE.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:27 PM
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19. It's all dark actors playing games. The military owns everything
and they aren't going to let anybody take it. It reminds me of what's happening in Russia with Putin. it's a hands-off-our-shit message. Bush is screwed for lying about Al Queda. This is coming to light!
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 08:46 PM
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33. I guess this is just another one of those coincidences...
But the man who took over the Army Chief post when Musharraf stepped down so he could run in the election just happened to be the former head of ISI:

The rise of Pakistan's 'quiet man'
By Syed Shoaib Hasan
BBC News, Islamabad

Soon after, he was made the head of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. In March 2007, he was part of the infamous "tribunal" of intelligence chiefs who met Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry the day before his suspension by President Musharraf.

He was later named as the only one who sat silently through the entire episode.

Gen Kayani was also the only official at the meeting who did not submit an affidavit against the chief justice.

President Musharraf's botched attempt to sack the judge triggered a political storm which led to deals with former prime ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif.
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:09 PM
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9. kick
and recommend
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:00 PM
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13. Bhutto, Musharraf make 'eye contact'
Gosh. Who would want to encourage her to travel to a place wrought with danger?

Bhutto, Musharraf make 'eye contact'

FEB 12 - Self-exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who had earlier refused to meet General Musharraf's representatives has reportedly accepted a government offer to "negotiate a comeback" after being asked to by an American friend.

Last month, the Voice Of America hosted her press conference which was followed by a question answer session. Pakistan observers attached great significance to the development specially in the backdrop of US President's visit to Pakistan in March.

Voice of America (VOA) is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government.

"As far as I'm concerned, if any court wants me in Pakistan, I'm prepared to catch the next plane and go to Pakistan, " Benazir told the press conference.

Musharraf's representatives and Benazir Bhutto have started fresh negotiations in Dubai for a possible reconciliation between her Pakistan Peoples Party and the government, reported Daily Times - Lahore based influential daily newspaper, today, quoting PPP sources.


According to one analyst, "this is the eye contact the two (Musharraf and Benazir) have been wanting to make but "the chemistry" was not there...Looks like some one both are beholden to, has nudged them to talk, settle issues and move on."


Thanks for the K&R, blogslut. Ms. Bhutto's assassination means very bad news for the future.
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mpendragon Donating Member (210 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:10 PM
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10. anybody who's anybody in Pakistan . . .
. . . has had a few assassination attempts made on them including Musharaf. He may very well be responsible but the list of possible assassins is pretty damn long.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:06 PM
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15. Pakistani Intelligence Had Links to Al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say (2001)
Agree. Everybody who's anybody makes enemies. That's part of the game.

If I were investigating the assassination, I'd put the ISI ahead of Musharraf on the list of suspects because Musharraf is so obvious an enemy. My reason is the ISI has plenty of, eh, friends in high places who make a killing off of war.

Steno Judy shines a bit of light on the situation...

Pakistani Intelligence Had Links to Al Qaeda, U.S. Officials Say

The New York Times, October 29, 2001

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 - The intelligence service of Pakistan, a crucial American ally in the war on terrorism, has had an indirect but longstanding relationship with Al Qaeda, turning a blind eye for years to the growing ties between Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, according to American officials.

The intelligence service even used Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan to train covert operatives for use in a war of terror against India, the Americans say.

The intelligence service, known as Inter-Services Intelligence, or I.S.I., also maintained direct links to guerrillas fighting in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Pakistan's border with India, the officials said.

American fears over the agency's dealings with Kashmiri militant groups and with the Taliban government of Afghanistan became so great last year that the Secret Service adamantly opposed a planned trip by President Clinton to Pakistan out of concern for his safety, former senior American officials said.

The fear was that Pakistani security forces were so badly penetrated by terrorists that extremist groups, possibly including Mr. bin Laden's network, Al Qaeda, would learn of the president's travel route from sympathizers within the I.S.I. and try to shoot down his plane.

Mr. Clinton overruled the Secret Service and went ahead with the trip, prompting his security detail to take extraordinary precautions. An empty Air Force One was flown into the country, and the president made the trip in a small unmarked plane. Later, his motorcade stopped under an overpass and Mr. Clinton changed cars, the former officials said.


In the original post, Wolf Blitzer relays how Ms. Bhutto wasn't allowed to change cars or even get a police escort.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:23 PM
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Edited on Thu Dec-27-07 06:26 PM by seemslikeadream

Spring 2000: ISI Director Said to Become Fundamentalist Muslim
Pashtun ethnic areas, shown in red, cover much of the heavily populated areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, director of the Pakistani ISI since October 1999 (see October 12, 1999), is not considered especially religious. However, around this time he begins telling his colleagues that he has become a born-again Muslim. While he doesnt make open gestures such as growing a beard, when US intelligence learns about this talk they find it foreboding and wonder what its impact on the ISIs relations with the Taliban will be. Perhaps not coincidentally, around this time he begins meeting less frequently with CIA liaisons and becomes less cooperative with the US. But if Mahmood becomes a fundamentalist Muslim, that would not be very unique in the ISI. As Slate will write shortly after 9/11, many in the ISI loathe the United States. They view America as an unreliable and duplicitous ally, being especially resentful of the 1990 sanctions, which came one year after the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan. Furthermore, the ISI is dominated by Pashtuns, the same tribe that is the Talibans base of support across the border in Afghanistan. Partly because of its family, clan, and business ties to the Taliban, the ISI, even more than Pakistani society in general, has become increasingly enamored of radical Islam in recent years.
Entity Tags: Mahmood Ahmed, Pakistan Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence
Category Tags: Pakistan and the ISI, Mahmood Ahmed

April 4, 2000: ISI Director Visits Washington and Is Told to Give Warning to Taliban ISI Director and leading Taliban supporter Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed visits Washington. He meets officials at the CIA and the White House. In a message meant for both Pakistan and the Taliban, US officials tell him that al-Qaeda has killed Americans and people who support those people will be treated as our enemies. The US threatens to support the Northern Alliance, who are still engaged in a civil war with the Taliban. A short time later, Mahmood goes to Afghanistan and delivers this message to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. However, no actual US action, military or otherwise, is taken against either the Taliban or Pakistan. Author Steve Coll later notes that these US threats were just bluffs since the Clinton administration was not seriously considering a change of policy.
Entity Tags: Mullah Omar, Al-Qaeda, Pakistan, Mahmood Ahmed, Taliban
Category Tags: Pakistan and the ISI, Mahmood Ahmed
Summer 2000: Saeed Sheikh Frequently Calls ISI Director
Lieutenant General Mahmood Ahmed in 2000. In 2002, French author Bernard-Henri Levy is presented evidence by government officials in New Delhi, India, that Saeed Sheikh makes repeated calls to ISI Director Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed during the summer of 2000. Later, Levy gets unofficial confirmation from sources in Washington regarding these calls that the information he was given in India is correct. He notes that someone in the United Arab Emirates using a variety of aliases sends Mohamed Atta slightly over $100,000 between June and September of this year (see June 29, 2000-September 18, 2000 and (July-August 2000)), and the timing of these phone calls and the money transfers may have been the source of news reports that Mahmood Ahmed ordered Saeed Sheikh to send $100,000 to Mohamed Atta (see October 7, 2001). However, he also notes that there is evidence of Sheikh sending Atta $100,000 in August 2001 (see Early August 2001), so the reports could refer to that, or both $100,000 transfers could involve Mahmood Ahmed, Saeed Sheikh, and Mohamed Atta.


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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 11:56 PM
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35. The bum Pakistani 'president' who killed her father was linked to BCCI
...and all the related sordid affairs from terror sponsorship to money laundering. Take Zia ul-Haq, please ... and narco-trafficking.

Interview with Alfred McCoy

November 9, 1991 (2nd Book was published in Dec. 1992)

Alfred W. McCoy is professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Educated at Columbia and Yale, he has spent the past twenty years writing about Southeast Asian history and politics. Dr. McCoy participated in Causes and Cures: National Teleconference on the Narcotics Epidemic Saturday, November 9 1991, at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan.


Let's take two more examples that bring it right up to the present. (First) the Afghan operation: from 1979 to the present, the CIA's largest operation anywhere in the world, was to support the Afghan resistance forces fighting the Soviet occupation in their country. The CIA worked through Pakistan military intelligence and worked with the Afghan guerilla groups who were close to Pakistan military intelligence.

In 1979 Pakistan had a small localized opium trade and produced no heroin whatsoever. Yet by 1981, according to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, Pakistan had emerged as the world's leading supplier of heroin. It became the supplier of 60% of U.S. heroin supply and it captured a comparable section of the European market. In Pakistan itself the results were even more disastrous.

In 1979 Pakistan had no heroin addicts, in 1980 Pakistan had 5,000 heroin addicts, and by 1985, according to official Pakistan government statistics, Pakistan had 1.2 million heroin addicts, the largest heroin addict population in the world.

Who were the manufacturers? They were all either military factions connected with Pakistan intelligence, CIA allies, or Afghan resistance groups connected with the CIA and Pakistan intelligence. In May of 1990, ten years after this began, the Washington Post finally ran a front page story saying high U.S. officials admit that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar , and other leaders of the Afghan resistance are leading heroin manufacturers.

This had been known for years, reported in the Pakistan press, indeed in 1980 reported in McClean's magazine. In fact in 1980 a White House narcotics advisor, Dr. David Musto of Yale University, went on the record demanding that we not ally with Afghan guerilla groups that were involved in narcotics. His advice was ignored and he went public in an op-ed in the New York Times.

Another example: Let's take the cocaine epidemic. In 1981 as cocaine began surging north into the United States, the DEA assigned an agent named Tomas Zepeda, in June 1981, to open up an office in Honduras. By 1983 Zepeda was collecting very good intelligence indicating that the Honduran military were taking bribes to let the aircraft through their country to come to the United States.

Zepeda was pulled out of Honduras and that office was closed by the DEA. They didn't open another office in Honduras until 1987 because Honduras was a frontline country in the contra war. If Zepeda's reports about involvement of the Honduran military had been acted upon, the DEA would have been forced to take action against the Honduran military officers who were working with the CIA to protect the contras.

In short, there was a conflict between the drug war and the cold war. Faced with the choice, the United States government chose the cold war over the drug war, sacrificing a key intelligence post for the DEA in Honduras.

The same thing happened in Afghanistan. During the 1980's from the time that heroin trade started, there were 17 DEA agents based in Pakistan. They neither made nor participated in any major seizures or arrests. At a time when other police forces, particularly Scandinavian forces, made some major seizures and brought down a very major syndicate connected with former president Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan.


Not very nice people, heroin dealers and warmongers.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 12:03 AM
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36. I would allow IAEA to question A Q Khan: Bhutto /

Looks like AQ Khan was being protected, too. Remember, once it was
known that Kerry would be the nominee, BushInc got Khan to act like
he was 'turned' and being forthcoming with his criminality - and then
he was kept under some luxurious restraints and allowed free the same
day Scooter Libby was commuted.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 12:29 AM
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38. No Bhutto. No Khan.
Edited on Fri Dec-28-07 12:36 AM by Octafish
No problem for the BFEE.

Gee. How much of a coincidence is THAT?

The secret empire of Dr Khan

Pakistans nuclear proliferation poses a tricky challenge

Jasjit Singh
The Indian Express

Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistans nuclear weapons programme and the man who relentlessly pursued it through clandestine means and methods for decades, has finally admitted in a written statement that he oversaw its further clandestine spread to at least three other countries. Official Pakistan, which for years insisted that its nuclear weapons programme is tightly controlled and completely secure, is now claiming that nuclear trade has been made into a private enterprise by some of its national heroes! Extensive evidence has emerged in the public domain about detailed plans for enrichment of uranium for bomb making having been transferred from Pakistan to a number of countries along with a new version of a yellow pages directory of networks from Malaysia to Europe and North America for supply of materials and components.

What is of critical importance is not only the worlds most adventurous multinational nuclear proliferation but the reason Khan has put forward for his activities. Pakistani officials are saying that, contrary to earlier assumptions, he did not do so for money, but that he was motivated enough to make other Islamic countries nuclear powers also and reduce pressure on Pakistan. This may be an effort to garner public support from Islamic parties and countries. It also harks back to Bhuttos notion of the Islamic Bomb for its Ummah. The only exception known so far is the supply of nuclear weapon making technology to North Korea for strategic reasons in exchange for long-range ballistic missiles for nuclear weapon delivery.

Islamism has been deepening in Pakistan for three decades. Its concept of strategic depth, especially to its west, led to intervention in Afghanistan to control Kabul through covert Mujahideen operations. Strategic depth made no sense in modern conventional military terms. But in the context of Islamic jihad, as an instrument of politics by other means in Clausewitzean terms, it incorporated deadly logic, especially when the Holy Quran was invoked under General Zia ul-Haq to justify terrorism. To this has been added the strategic depth of an Islamic Bomb whose wherewithal is controlled by Pakistan. One look at the map would show that Pakistans Islamic nuclear mushroom covers the whole of West Asia with what Mansoor Ijaz terms as the North Korean-made missiles armed with a Chinese-made nuclear device assembled in Islamabads nuclear labs whose fuel came from gas centrifuges sold by Pakistans rogue Islamists. Small wonder Al-Qaeda, which received extensive support from Pakistan and its most radical surrogate, the Taliban, boasted it could make a dirty nuclear bomb.

The incontrovertible truth is that Pakistans nuclear programme in every aspect has been, and remains, under the firm and total control of its army at least since 1977; even its navy and air force have little role in it. Its clandestine nature relied on building a black market largely managed by trusted senior army (and ISI) officers and senior scientists in the nuclear establishment. Such people have undoubtedly been under a strong security and intelligence cover as much for their safety as to keep an eye on them. With a flourishing $2 billion-plus annual narcotics trade, and banks like the former Dubai-based Pakistani-owned Outlaw Bank, the BCCI (Bank of Credit and Commerce International), and the Mehran Bank to manage the black market in narcotics, nuclear trade and tools for terrorism, there was obviously no dearth of unaccounted funds for the purpose. General Aslam Beg, the army chief in late 1980s who controlled the nuclear programme, later publicly acknowledged receipt of hundreds of crores of unaccounted funds which he passed on to the ISI and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

The bulk of transfer of nuclear technology and networking of components supply for a weapons programme to Libya and other countries took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Aslam Beg was in full control of the programme. He has been questioned. But it is apparent that nuclear trade continued under the Musharraf regime. In 2002 a Pakistani military aircraft carried stuff from North Korea. It is likely that A.Q. Khans special furniture reportedly transported by Pakistan Air Force to Libya in 2000 was a cover for continuing supplies, especially since Muhammad Farooq, the nuclear laboratorys head of oversees trade, accompanied the consignment.


Even counting Scooter Libby, Dr Khan's US contacts like Dick Cheney got off scot-free. The treasonous turds.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 01:52 AM
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39. Retired Brigadier supervising Benazir's security was Osama's handler, says expert

Chennai, Oct.19 (ANI): The retired brigadier who was given the responsibility of securing former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's car journey through Karachi on Thursday, used to be the handling officer of Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mulla Omar when he was attached with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Disclosing this information in an article for the rediff website, former Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, B.Raman says that Brigadier (retired) Ejaz Shah, whose resignation is being demanded by Benazir Bhutto, is a close confidante of President General Pervez Musharraf.

Raman says that after Musharraf seized power on October 12, 1999, he had Shah posted as the Home Secretary of Punjab. He also says that Omar Sheikh, who orchestrated the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, surrendered before Shah because Omar Sheikh knew him before and was confident that Ejaz Shah would see that he was not tortured.

So close are the links between Shah and Musharraf that when several allegations were filed against him, Musharraf sought to send him as Ambassador to Australia or Indonesia. Both countries reportedly refused to accept him. Musharraf then made him the Director General of the Intelligence Bureau and he saw to it that the death sentence against Omar Sheikh for his role in the Pearl case was not executed.

The courts have been repeatedly postponing hearings on the appeal filed by Omar Sheikh against the death sentence.

Shah, according to Raman, also played an active role in the campaign to discredit Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Caudhury after he started calling for the files of a large number of missing persons who were taken into custody by the police and the intelligence agencies.

Shah is also a close personal friend of many Punjabi leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League (Qaid), which is opposed to Benazir's return.

According to these sources, the suicide bomber or bombers managed to penetrate the security cordon of the police and IB officers without being frisked, but could not penetrate the inner cordon of security guards of the PPP. When stopped on Thursday night, they blew themselves up at a distance from her vehicle. At the time of the explosion, Bhutto had gone inside the vehicle to rest for a while. This seems to have contributed to her miraculous escape. Had she been standing on top she might have been injured, if not killed? (ANI)
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robertpaulsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 02:50 AM
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41. SMOKING GUN! Where was Shah yesterday?
And if Bhutto was successful in getting him removed from her security detail, who replaced him? Who else on her detail had worked for ISI? Will there be a real investigation, or will it be a Zelikow type cover-up Pakistani style with Shah the executive director of the Committee?

:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 06:56 PM
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12. For what it's worth,
I just spoke to an old friend who spent decades in that part of the world. I asked him who he thought was most likely responsible for Bhutto's death. He said that while there are several possibilities, he thinks that it is very likely Musharraf. He said that it is likely that Musharraf felt pressure to kill her, but not from any source tied to the current administration. He believes that this exposes the terrible failures of the administration's policies in the Middle East.
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Jazzgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:21 PM
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17. H2O Man, you echoed the very thing I thought when I heard
about Bhutto this morning. I have been recuperating from pneumonia and sleep with the TV on. I woke up this morning to CNN breaking the news that Bhutto had just been assasinated. The first thing I thought was Musharraf did it. He was the logical choice. I believe he was most afraid of Benazir...more so than anyone else.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:32 PM
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21. Hey H20 man, have you read this book?

I just started a thread about it. It's about the assets the military in Pakistan owns.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:41 PM
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25. I have not
read the book, but appreciate you bringing it to our attention -- it sounds very interesting. It also sounds like it has the same general theme as what I heard today. Thank you!
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:42 PM
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26. You're welcome!
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 12:15 AM
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37. Musharaf may be the Pakistani power elite's version of Smirko.
Perhaps nothing more than a sinister and very crazy monkey.

Here's what happened to the guy who killed Benazir Bhutto's dad:

Who Killed Zia?

September 1989
by Edward Jay Epstein

On August 17 1988, Pak One, an American built Hercules C-130b transport plane, took off from the military air base outside of Bahawalpur, Pakistan at 3:46 p.m, precisely on schedule. The passengers in the air-conditioned VIP capsule, which included Mohammad Zia ul-haq, the Army Chief of Staff and President of Pakistan. were returning to the capital city of Islamabad after a hot, dusty tank demonstration.

This was General Zia's first trip on Pak One since May 29. He had reluctantly gone to Bahawalpur that morning to witness a demonstration of the new American Abrams tank. Although he himself saw little point in going at a time of national crises to see a lone tank fire off its cannon, the commander of the armored Corp, who had been his former military secretary, was extraordinarily insistent in his phone calls. He argued that the entire Army command would be there that day, implying that if Zia was absent it might be taken as a slight. As it had turned out, the tank demonstration was a fiasco. After helicopters flew him from the airport to the desert site, the much vaunted American tank missed its target ten out of ten times. So much for the tank. Zia went on to the lunch at the officers' mess, eating ice cream, and joking with his top generals. Back at the air strip, he prayed to Mecca, then, before reboarding the plane, he warmly embraced those of the generals that stayed.

Seated next to him on the flight back to Islamabad was his close friend, General Akhtar Abdur Rehman, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and, after Zia, the second most powerful man in Pakistan. He had headed Inter Service intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's equivalent of the CIA, for ten years. There he had been Zia's architect for the war in Afghanistan against the Soviets. It was his ISI that had organized the Muejadeen into combat units, trained them, distributed weapons to them, provided them with intelligence and even selected their targets. And now the Mujuedeen was on the verge of winning; the first time the Soviet Union had been defeated since the second world war.

Like Zia, Rehman had not wanted to come to this tank demonstration. He indeed had another appointment in Karachi. He decided to go only when a former deputy of his at the ISI advised him that Zia was on the verge of making major changes in his the army and intelligence high command and suggested that Zia needed his counsel. Rehman had been aware that ever since a huge arms depot for Afghan weapons had blown up in the suburbs of Islamabad that April, killing at least 93 people, Zia had become increasingly uneasy about what might be done to undermine his control in the closing days of the Afghan war. Zia blamed the Soviet trained Afghan intelligence service, WAD, for the blast, but Pakistan politicians criticized him and Rehman for locating the arms depot where it endangered civilians. Zia reacted by precipitously firing his own prime minister, dissolving the parliament and local government on May 29. He had expected changed to be made in the military. So, canceling his meeting in Karachi, he joined Zia on Pak One that morning. He reboarded the plane, wearing his familiar peaked general's hat, with General Mohamed Afzal, Zia's chief of the General Staff.

The remaining two seats in the capsule were given to Zia's American guests: Ambassador Arnold L. Raphel, an old Pakistan hand who had known Zia for twelve years and General Herbert M. Wassom, the head of U.S. Military aid mission to Pakistan. They had also witnessed the dismal tank demonstration, then, Ambassador Raphel found time to pay a condolence call at a convent in Bahawalpur where an American nun had been murdered the week before. Behind them, Eight other Pakistan generals packed the two benches in the rear section of the VIP capsule.

Lt. General Aslam Beg, the Army's vice chief of staff, waved goodbye from the runway, the only top general in the chain of command not aboard Pak One that day. He would fly back in the smaller Turbo Jet, waiting to take off as soon as Pak One was airborne.


The warmongers here hold Bush's leash. The warmongers in Pakistan hold Musharraf's.

Who knows? Al Qaeda may be responsible. The thing is, they're working for somebody.

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kitty1 Donating Member (772 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:03 PM
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14. What a coincidence that the general election was coming up n/t
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 05:41 PM
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44. Did Bush Risk Bhutto To Save Musharraf?
Such a coincidence.

From Scrarecrow at Firedoglake:

Did Bush Risk Bhutto To Save Musharraf?

Posted by Scarecrow , Firedoglake on December 28, 2007 at 2:19 PM.

With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the general consensus seems to be that the Bush Administration's policies in Pakistan and central Asia are in a shambles, but that has not stopped the Administration's least credible agency from leaking stories blaming the murder on al Qaeda. Even if that's true, responsibility is a broader concept.

Dropped right in the middle of the New York Times lead story on yesterday's tragic killings is this:
    On Thursday evening, officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to local law enforcement agencies informing them about posts on some Islamic Web sites saying that Al Qaeda was claiming responsibility for the attack, and that the plot was orchestrated by Ayman al-Zawahri, the groups second-ranking official.

    One counterterrorism official in Washington said that the bulletin neither confirmed nor discredited these claims. The official said that American intelligence agencies had yet to come to any firm judgments about who was responsible for Ms. Bhuttos death.

The likelihood that extremists associated with al Qaeda could be responsible seems accepted by several sources -- see e.g., Tariq Ali, writing for the Guardian. But no official investigation has occurred and no one has explained the security breakdown despite repeated warnings. Apparently no autopsy was performed to confirm whether the gun reportedly found near the suicide bomber was the murder weapon. (CNN reporting this a.m. Bhutto was killed by shrapnel.)

In the face of suspicions about possible complicity by the Musharraf regime, and without knowing what happened, our FBI and DHS are giving unverified reports to US media in which al Qaeda takes responsibility. It may be true or false, but we have been conditioned to believe it, so it may be enough to divert attention from reports like this Times article:
    The assassination of Benazir Bhutto on Thursday left in ruins the delicate diplomatic effort the Bush administration had pursued in the past year to reconcile Pakistans deeply divided political factions. Now it is scrambling to sort through ever more limited options, as American influence on Pakistans internal affairs continues to decline. . . .

    The assassination highlighted, in spectacular fashion, the failure of two of President Bushs main objectives in the region: his quest to bring democracy to the Muslim world, and his drive to force out the Islamist militants who have hung on tenaciously in Pakistan, the nuclear-armed state considered ground zero in President Bushs fight against terrorism, despite the administrations long-running effort to root out Al Qaeda from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.


If DU can connect the dots, why can't George W Bush?
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sicksicksick_N_tired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:18 PM
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16. Well, Mush IS a freakin' terrorist, for crying out loud. The Corporacrat WAR on Democracy,...
Edited on Thu Dec-27-07 07:20 PM by sicksicksick_N_tired
, the real war happening, in Pakistan, in the U.S.A, all over the globe.


Actually, the foregoing has been a FACT for,...well,...quite some time.

It bothers me, a LOT, that, what amounts to merely a handful of fucking tyrants has been "allowed" to wreak havoc on humanity. When will the militant-backed, corporate "majesties" of this earth finally be overthrown? They have no moral chivalry to them and completely lost their sense of humanity BEFORE even arriving at the reigns of power.

No form of democracy will EVER exist if the present conditions are allowed to continue.

Forget about "the pendulum" because the apparatus holding that so-called "pendulum" has been moved if not REMOVED, entirely.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 05:57 PM
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47. robertpaulsen, H20 Man and other good DUers absolutely pegged the turds...
Smirk and Sneer serve their masters well, evidenced by what they did to Valerie Plame...


Selling the Security of America and the World for 30 Pieces of Silver

Robert Paulsen

Compiled From the Research by Posters on The Plame Indictment Threads
1st Edition

A. Introduction

This paper is intended as a supplement to The Waterman Paper and an exploration into Goal #3: Why Cheney Exposed Plame. It involves researching possible connections between businesses connected to Vice President Dick Cheney that may be associated with the sale of WMD components to countries in the Middle East and Asia.

In addition to reviewing known information regarding the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plames identity and the nature of her work, there will be an overview of A.Q. Khans network of nuclear proliferation, a listing of compromising positions involving financial ties in Cheneys past and finally an exploration into possible links connecting Cheney to nuclear proliferation markets for profit.

All evidence shall be cited in a source guide available upon request.

B. Valerie Plames Sting Operation

On July 14,2003, Robert Novak exposed Valerie Plames identity as a CIA agent in his syndicated column. He sourced his story to two senior White House officials.( ) It is important to understand that, as Plames husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson says, Compromising the officer means compromising a career, a network, and every person with who the officer might have ever worked. Slips of the tongue cost people their lives.(The Politics of Truth by Joseph Wilson, p. 13.)

What was the nature of this career, this network that was compromised? Joe Klein hints at the broad outlines of this nature. Furthermore, there is intense anger over the White Houses revealing the identity of Plame, who may have been active in a sting operation involving the trafficking of WMD components.(,8816,11010... )

According to Wayne Madsen, the cover company that Plame was connected with was a CIA firm called Brewster, Jennings & Associates. Active since 1994, Brewster-Jennings was instrumental in tracking the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and had agents or correspondents in a number of countriesSensitive CIA operations that were compromised by the leak included companies, government officials, and individuals associated with the nuclear smuggling network of Pakistans chief nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.( )
Yet in spite of, or perhaps as a result of, the compromises resulting from the leak, the CIA helped expose Khans network, according to Newsweek.. It involves a CIA investigation into a company in Malaysia called Scomi connected with an A.Q. Khan middleman named Bukhari Sayed Abu Tahir. Last August, the company's name was found stamped in bold letters on five crates of centrifuge parts seized en route to Libya. Since then Scomi has been at the center of an international detective story that has uncovered an astonishing global nuclear-weapons "black market." All of it leads back to Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who fathered the underground network. In pursuit of both profits and a kind of Islamic nuclear parity, Khan passed on equipment and know-how to Iran and Libya, and made offers to Iraq and most recently Syria, officials say. Khan also helped North Korea's covert program.( )

Is it possible that Plames sting operation directly tracked and helped expose the nuclear proliferation network of A.Q. Khan? If so, why was Plames operation exposed from the White House? Joe Klein says, Only a very high-ranking official could have had access to the knowledge that Plame was on the payroll of the CIA, an intelligence source told me.(,8816,11010... ) And Mohamed El Baradei says A.Q. Khan is just the tip of the nuclear iceberg. Dr. Khan was not working alone, International Atomic Energy Association chief Mohamed El Baradei told reporters, adding he had help from people in many countries.( )

Could Cheney have had a financial relationship with the Nuclear Walmart, which would have provided a motive for exposing Plames operation? We shall explore this in sections D and E of this paper. First it is important to understand what is currently known about A.Q. Khans network before we uncover Cheneys connection with it. The purpose of this examination is not intended as a comprehensive index of the network, but as an exploration into some of the more sinister elements of the network that led to relationships not only among state sponsors of terrorism, but to relationships with terrorist organizations themselves.

C. A.Q. Khans Nuclear Walmart

Nuclear experts are aghast at the size of the network, which extends from Switzerland to Japan to Dubai. Over 30 years, Khan put together what Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, called "a veritable Wal-Mart" for nuclear-weapons buyers, a not-so-secret netherworld where proliferation meshed with globalization. Khan even held nuclear-related symposiums. "The horse is out of the barn. At this point, we can't stop the technology from spreading," says former Clinton official Gary Samore. One senior U.S. official told NEWSWEEK that Khan's role in destabilizing the 21st century will "loom up there" with Hitler's and Stalin's impact in the 20th. Even so, most of the A.Q. Khan network's key operatives will likely escape punishment, officials concede.( )

Who were some of the people and organizations connected with A.Q. Khan?

1. B.S.A. Tahir - The recent investigations into the clandestine nuclear proliferation activities of A.Q.Khan, the so-called father of the Pakistan atom bomb, have revealed that Bukhary Seyed Abu Tahir, a Sri Lankan Tamil Muslim of Indian origin, married in Malysia and with business interests in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, was one of the external kingpins of Pakistan's clandestine nuclear procurement network. In a speech at the National Defence University of Washington DC in February last, President Bush had described this Sri Lankan Tamil-speaking Muslim as the "chief financial officer and money-launderer" of A.Q.Khan's clandestine operations.( ) As chief financial officer, B.S.A. Tahir played an important role in his connection with a Malaysian company called Scomi that will be explored in greater detail in section E of this paper.

2. Lashkar-e-Toiba - or LET is a terrorist group of Pakistan, consisting of Pakistani, Afghan and Arab cadres, headed by Pakistani office-bearers, with its headquarters at Muridke near Lahore. Its annual conventions at Muridke are attended, amongst others, by serving and retired officers of the Pakistani military and intelligence establishment, by serving and retired scientists of the Pakistani nuclear and missile establishment and by political leaders.

Amongst those, who regularly attend its annual conventions, are Lt. Gen. (retd) Hamid Gul and Lt.Gen.(retd) Javed Nasir, both former Directors-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI),Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan, the self-styled father of the Pakistani atom bomb, Dr.Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, the former scientist of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission who was recently detained by the Pakistani authorities under US pressure for being in contact with bin Laden and Mohd.Rafique Tarar, former President of Pakistan.( )

To finance its day-to-day activities, the LeT leverages its contacts in Saudi Arabia as well as launches donation campaigns with overseas Pakistanis, especially middle class and wealthy Punjabis in Britain, Australia and the Middle East. According to Jane's Terrorism & Insurgency Centre, Osama bin Laden has also financed LeT activities until recently. The LeT, under its new name JuD, uses its outreach networks including schools, social service groups and religious publications to attract and brainwash recruits for jihad in Kashmir and other places.( )

Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) has been showing increasing interest in taking jihad to the Muslims of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. The LET is very close to the ISI and it would not have taken its initial moves to explore the possibility of using Sri Lanka as a clandestine base for its activties and for creating sleeper cells there without the knowledge and prior clearance of the ISI.( ) Since there is such a close relationship between ISI and this terrorist organization whose conventions ISI officials and A.Q. Khan attended, it is important to take a closer look at ISI, as well as another cited convention attendant, Dr. S.B. Mahmood, to uncover the relationship they share with al Qaeda and expose how their actions aided them.

a. Inter Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) The ISI plays a much more significant role in the Pakistani government than do its counterparts in other countries. Time Magazine has noted, "Even by the shadowy standards of spy agencies, the ISI is notorious. It is commonly branded 'a state within the state,' or Pakistan's 'invisible government.'"

The ISI grew into its present form during the war between the Soviet Union and mujaheddin guerrillas in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The CIA thought the Afghan war could be Russia's own costly Vietnam War, and they funneled billions to the mujaheddin resistance to keep them a thorn in Russia's side. The strategy worked: Soviet soldiers withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, and the Soviet Union collapsed two years later, partly due to the costs of the war.

But the costs to keep the mujaheddin fighting were staggering, with estimates ranging between $6 billion and $40 billion. While a substantial portion of this amount came from the CIA and the Saudi Arabian government, who were both funneling the money through the ISI, much of the cost was deferred by Afghanistan's opium trade. Although the Afghan war has ended, the ISI has continued to profit from opium. In 1999, the United Nations Drug Control Programme estimated that the ISI was making around $2.5 billion annually from the sale of illegal drugs. The drug trade helped unite the ISI and Osama bin Laden, who was said to have taken a 15% cut of the Afghan drug trade money in exchange for protecting smugglers and laundering their profits. By 1994, the Taliban, a group of Muslim radicals studying in Pakistan, began conquering Afghanistan. The Taliban had been recruited by the ISI and molded into a fanatical force that conquered Afghanistan's capital by 1996. CNN reported, "The Taliban are widely alleged to be the creation of Pakistan's military intelligence . Experts say that explains the Taliban's swift military successes." The ISI didn't create the Taliban simply for strategic reasons; they shared the Taliban's extreme radical vision. As the Wall Street Journal remarked in November 2001, "Despite their clean chins and pressed uniforms, the ISI men are as deeply fundamentalist as any bearded fanatic; the ISI created the Taliban as their own instrument and still supports it."

The relationship between the US and the ISI is hard to fathom. On September 4, 2001, ISI Director Mahmood Ahmed arrived in Washington, D.C. On September 10, a Pakistani newspaper reported on the visit, saying that it had "triggered speculation about the agenda of his mysterious meetings at the Pentagon and National Security Council" as well as meetings with CIA Director George Tenet, unspecified officials at the White House and the Pentagon, and his "most important meeting" with Mark Grossman, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. In May 2001, both CIA Director George Tenet and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage had visited South Asia. It's not known if they met with Mahmood or anyone else in the ISI, but according to credible news reports, Tenet had "unusually long" consultations with President Musharraf. It is also worth noting that Armitage is known for his "large circle of friends in the Pakistani military and ISI" as well as his connections to the Iran-Contra affair. On the morning of September 11, Lt. Gen. Mahmood was at a breakfast meeting at the Capitol with the chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Senator Bob Graham (D) and Representative Porter Goss (R). The meeting was said to have lasted at least until the second plane hit the World Trade Center. Goss is a self-admitted 10-year veteran of the CIA's clandestine operations wing. Goss and Graham were later the heads of the joint House-Senate investigation into the September 11 attacks, and Goss in particular made headlines for saying there was no "smoking gun" indicating that the government had sufficient foreknowledge to prevent the September 11 attacks. ( )

1) Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed - On October 7, 2001, Pakistani President Musharraf fired Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, the head of the ISI. The next day, some newspapers, mostly in India but also in Pakistan, shockingly said he was fired for his role in the 9/11 attacks. For instance, a Pakistani newspaper stated, "Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed has been replaced after the FBI investigators established credible links between him and Umar Sheikh, one of the three militants released in exchange for passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999... Informed sources said there were enough indications with the US intelligence agencies that it was at Gen. Mahmood's instruction that Sheikh had transferred 100,000 US dollars into the account of Mohammed Atta..." In the US, surprisingly, the only mention was in a one short piece in the Wall Street Journal, mentioning that, "The US authorities ... confirm the fact that $100,000 wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan by Ahmad Umar Sheikh at the insistence of General Mahmood." ( )

2) Saeed Sheikh - He was born in Britain with the name Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. In 1993 he emerged in Pakistan as a member of a militant group fighting for the liberation of Kashmir from India. Pakistan has been fighting India for years over control of Kashmir, and it appears Saeed was put on the ISI payroll around this time, to help the Pakistani cause in Kashmir. In 1994, Saeed began training at a training camp in Afghanistan. He soon was teaching the classes. He developed close ties with al-Qaeda while training there. By the end of the year he was known as Osama bin Ladens "favored son" or "my special son." Even more curiously, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggested in March 2002, "There are many in Musharraf's government who believe that Saeed Sheikh's power comes not from the ISI, but from his connections with our own CIA. The theory is that ... Saeed Sheikh was bought and paid for." ( )

While this exploration may seem like a diversion from finding the answer to why Valerie Plame had her cover blown as a CIA agent, it is intended to illustrate that the network was so vast that many relationships overlapped, and the CIA was no stranger to the network. Now, getting back to the focus of Plames operation, WMD trafficking, here is a seemingly altruistic organization created by a Lashkar-e-Toiba convention attendant whose actions are worth noting.

b.Ummah Tameer-e-Nau (UTN) - Reconstruction of the Muslim Ummah, a non-governmental organization whose stated mission was to conduct relief work and investment in Afghanistan. It was established by two well-respected Pakistani nuclear scientists, Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood and Chaudiri Abdul Majeed. Not much is known about Majeed. But Mahmood had a long career in Pakistan's nuclear program and held a variety of senior positions. The Associated Press reported on October 24, 2001 that officials in the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) said Mahmood had been a director for the nation's nuclear program and remained in key positions until his retirement. In publications, he is credited with playing a pioneering role in establishing the uranium enrichment project in Pakistan. Subsequently, Abdul Qadeer Khan took over and is known as the father of Pakistan's uranium enrichment program. He ended his career as Director for Nuclear Power at the PAEC. For his outstanding contributions to Pakistan's nuclear program, he was awarded the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz award by the President of Pakistan in March 1999.

Mahmood is reported to have resigned from the PAEC in the spring of 1999 in protest of the government's willingness to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) after Pakistan conducted a series of underground tests in May 1998. There was also pressure put on Mahmood to resign. The New York Times reported that the United States wanted Mahmood removed after it learned that he had sympathies for Islamic militant groups, including the Taliban. Mahmood was often publicly supportive of the Taliban in Pakistan and in speeches at universities said that the Taliban was a model for Pakistan. Even after September 11th, Mahmood remained supportive of the Taliban, addressing a gathering of intellectuals in mid-October 2001 where he proposed a three-month cease-fire to resolve the situation in Afghanistan. Senior Pakistani officials reportedly were concerned because Mahmood had been vocally advocating extensive production of weapon-grade plutonium and uranium to help equip other Islamic nations with these materials.

According to the Washington Post, however, Mahmood and Majeed admitted that they had long discussions with al Qaeda officials in August 2001 about nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. Pakistani intelligence officials told the Washington Post that they believe that the scientists used UTN partially as a cover to conduct secret talks with bin Laden. During repeated UTN visits to Afghanistan, UTN directors and members met with bin Laden, al Qaeda leaders, and Mullah Omar and discussed the development of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; UTN has been linked to WAFA Humanitarian Organization and Al Rashid Trust, two other NGOs with ties to al Qaeda that have been designated as supporters of terrorism under Executive Order 13224.

During 2001, Mahmood met with Mullah Omar and bin Laden. During a follow-up meeting where bin Laden's associate indicated he had nuclear material and wanted to know how to use it to make a weapon, Mahmood provided information about the infrastructure needed for a nuclear weapon program and the effects of nuclear weapons; and after the fall of the Taliban regime, searches of UTN locations in Kabul yielded documents setting out a plan to kidnap a U.S. attach and outlining basic nuclear physics related to nuclear weapons.

In the August 2001 meeting, Mahmood and his colleagues appear to have provided al Qaeda a road map to building nuclear weapons. This information is typically very helpful in understanding the steps that must be accomplished in making a nuclear weapon, identifying the necessary equipment and technology, and locating suppliers of key equipment. In addition, Mahmood and his colleagues appear to have recruited other scientists with more direct knowledge of making nuclear weapons.

Transfer of sensitive nuclear weapons information could have happened in many ways. The scientists could have provided direct assistance to al Qaeda's nuclear weapons program, including nuclear weapons and RDD information. They may have obtained secret documents during the course of their career that they passed to the Taliban or al Qaeda. They also could have been a "funnel" through which Pakistani nuclear weapons experts provided sensitive assistance, including documents or technical advice. The transfer of sensitive information by UTN officials or their colleagues may have occurred either in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

UTN officials may have had another advantage. The success of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program depended on extensive illicit foreign procurement. Mahmood headed a large reactor project that also needed to import illicitly or secretly many items, including sensitive technology, materials, components, and manufacturing equipment. He and his colleagues must have had extensive information about procuring sensitive items for a nuclear weapons program.

Several UTN projects were aimed at reestablishing Afghanistan's manufacturing, scientific, and engineering capabilities in universities and industries. Projects focused on such reconstruction could have provided a convenient cover for importing sensitive items for WMD programs. Even if the procurement was illicit, a procurement effort is more likely to succeed if the exporting company believes it is sending items to a civil institution. Because many UTN projects were medical or humanitarian in nature, imports to these projects may have been exempt from the UN embargo on Afghanistan.

Some nuclear dual-use equipment, such as vacuum furnaces, would have been hard to procure, especially for al Qaeda. The involvement of the Pakistani scientists may significantly eased the task of obtaining such equipment.

In late January 2002, Pakistan officials said that Pakistan decided not to press criminal charges against Mahmood and Majeed, despite concluding that the scientists violated a secrecy oath during trips to Afghanistan. The main reasons reported in the media were Pakistan's concern that a trial would cause further international embarrassment and risk disclosure of nuclear secrets. ( )

3. B.C.C.I. - BCCI was the largest criminal corporate enterprise ever, the biggest Ponzi scheme, the most pervasive money-laundering operation in history, the only bank - so far as anyone knows - that ran a brisk sideline business in both conventional and nuclear weapons, gold, drugs, turnkey mercenary armies, intelligence and counterintelligence, shipping, and commodities from cement in the Middle East to Honduran coffee to Vietnamese beans.

Though it was fundamentally a financial fraud, BCCI itself was not a bank in any conventional sense. Or, more precisely, banking was only a part of the global organism, the ingeniously constructed platform from which its other lines of business were launched....

This "bank" possessed its very own diplomatic corps, intelligence network, and private army, its own shipping and commodities trading companies. And BCCI itself was so thoroughly enmeshed in the official affairs of Pakistan that it was often impossible to separate the two.

BCCI was bigger even than that: It was the unsettling next-stage evolution of the multinational corporation, the one the theorists had been predicting for years but which never seemed to be able to shed its sovereign boundaries. (General Motors and Mitsubishi are both good examples of this - huge companies with holdings and operations all over the world that nonetheless persist in being fundamentally American and Japanese entities.) In taking that step, BCCI became truly stateless and very nearly invisible to the authorities in each country where it did business.

{BCCI founder} Abedi had money to spare to underwrite the protocol department: In 1981 Ghulam Ishaq Khan granted BCCI a special tax-free status allowing Abedi to avoid tens of millions of dollars in taxes and to pour his huge Pakistan profits into one of his front companies and into Pakistan's atomic bomb project. Most of the millions that flowed through the foundation went to two uses: first, to investments - patently noncharitable - in a company called Attock Cement, owned by Abedi's associate and U.S. front man Ghaith Pharaon. The second beneficiary was something called the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology. According to its brochures, the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute trains young scientists and engineers. The reality is a little more ominous . . .

The director of the institute is Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the man most closely linked with Pakistan's efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Khan, a German-trained metallurgist, once worked as a classified enrichment plant in the Netherlands, where he gained access to key plans. So important is he to the Pakistani national interest that even his whereabouts are considered a national secret.( )

Right from its inception, the clandestine nuclear and missile projects in Pakistan were treated as a top secret intel op of the ISI to ensure deniability. All payments to the foreign suppliers were made not from the accounts of the Govt of Pakistan, but from private accounts in the BCCI, which collapsed in 1991, and other Dubai and Geneva based banks. These accounts were opened by the Gokul brothers of Geneva, one of whom was jailed for cheating in the UK after the collapse of the BCCI; Shaukat Aziz, Pakistans present Finance Minister, who was working in the Gulf for the Citibank in the 1990s; Dawood Ibrahim, the mafia leader who was designated by the US as an intl terrorist in Oct; Dubai-based Pakistani smugglers, and AQ Khan and other trusted Pakistani scientists.( ) Given that A.Q. Khan began his network from such sinister and corrupt beginnings, this next relationship should come as no surprise.

4. Osama bin Laden The following is an excerpt from an investigation by the Kashmir Herald into several of A.Q. Khans travels to Africa.

He had kept the Pakistani Foreign Office informed of his travels. The Foreign Office had instructed the Pakistani diplomatic missions in the countries visited by him to accord the due honours of protocol to him.
In all the countries, he was received by officers of the Pakistani diplomatic missions and entertained by the heads of missions.
In Sudan, he was accorded the honours of protocol generally given to a member of the Cabinet and called on the President of the country.
He was accompanied by senior serving scientists of Pakistan's nuclear establishment, who were among those responsible for Pakistan's military nuclear development. They could not have gone abroad and remained absent for days without the knowledge and clearance of the Government.
At least one Lt.Gen. belonging to the Pakistan Army's Medical Corps, who had headed it, and two Brigadiers had accompanied him. They could not have gone and remained away from the country without the knowledge and clearance of the Military Headquarters.
The uranium enriched at KRL, Kahuta, used to come from Africa, mainly Niger. This partly explains the frequent travels of A.Q.Khan to Africa. From the accounts given by the Pakistani author, two intriguing questions arise:

Why did Khan consider it necessary to visit the site of a factory in Sudan, which became the target of US Cruise missile attacks after the explosions outside the US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam by Al Qaeda in August 1998? The Americans had alleged at that time that this factory belonged to Osama bin Laden and was producing chemicals for weaponisation purposes. Denying this, the Sudanese authorities had claimed that it was producing anti-malaria drugs.
Why was he visiting frequently Timbuktu, which has apparently no importance from the nuclear point of view? Pakistani officials have alleged that he had illegally constructed a hotel there ( Hotel La Colombe?) in the name of his wife. If he was going there to supervise the construction of the hotel, he should have been accompanied by experts in building construction and the hotel industry. No such person accompanied him. He was always accompanied by scientists and Army officers associated with KRL and Tahir Mian, who was helping him in the procurement of centrifuges.

It is reliably learnt from well-placed observers that it also came out during the recent interrogation of the associates of Khan in Pakistan's nuclear establishment that after Osama bin Laden shifted from Khartoum to Afghanistan in 1996, Dr.Khan was also looking after bin Laden's extensive investments in the mining industry in many African countries and that the money invested in the Timbuktu hotel had come from these investments of bin Laden. The Pakistani authorities have reportedly suppressed this information and not shared it with the US.( )

This investigation has yielded some amazing information. In addition to widespread government cooperation with the network that has not been reported to the US, A.Q. Khan obtained uranium from Africa, mainly from Niger, where Valerie Plames husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, discovered the evidence that Iraq was trying to obtain uranium there was a forgery. Most frightening is the extent of Khans relationship with bin Laden, apparently trusted enough to look after bin Ladens investments in Africa. Only time will tell how much bin Laden profited, both in monetary terms and in expanding al Qaedas WMD potential, from the generosity of Khans nuclear Walmart.

5. Unnamed U.S. Firm - More than 20 firms - including at least one American company - have supplied rogue nations seeking nuclear arms, marking the first time a U.S. company has been linked to the black market network.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, who is heading a probe into the illicit sales, avoided specifics on the locations of the companies in an interview with The Associated Press Friday.

But a senior diplomat said at least one was in the United States - the first time in five months of investigations by the U.N. nuclear agency that an American company has been implicated in the black market network headed by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Kahn.( )

What American company would possibly have had the means and the motive to risk potentially treasonous activity by profiting off black market nuclear proliferation to terrorist organizations and their state sponsors? In the next two sections, an examination into the motives of why Dick Cheney, through his association with Halliburton, would have wanted a sting operation focused on A.Q. Khans nuclear Walmart terminated will be conducted, as well as an exploration into how the profits from such a treacherous enterprise could possibly have been laundered.

D. Compromising Positions in Cheney's Past

1. Cheney helped cover-up Pakistani nuclear proliferation in 1989 so US could sell country fighter jets. - When Pakistan's clandestine program involving its top nuclear scientist selling rogue nations, such as Iran and North Korea, blueprints for building an atomic bomb was uncovered last month, the world's leaders waited, with baited breath to see what type of punishment George W. Bush would inflict upon Pakistan's President Pervez Musharaff. Bush has, after all, spent his entire term in office talking tough about countries and dictators that conceal weapons of mass destruction and even tougher on individuals who supply rogue nations and terrorists with the means to build WMD. For all intents and purposes, Pakistan and Musharraf fit that description.

Remember, Bush accused Iraq of harboring a cache of WMD, which was the primary reason he gave for the United States launching a preemptive strike on that country a year ago, and also claimed that Iraq may have given its WMD to al-Qaeda terrorists and/or Syria, weapons that, Bush said, could be used to attack the U.S. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and top members of the administration reacted with shock when they found out that Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's top nuclear scientist, spent the past 15 years selling outlaw nations nuclear technology and equipment. So it was sort of a surprise when Bush, upon finding out about Khan's proliferation of nuclear technology, let Pakistan off with a slap on the wrist. But it was all an act. In fact, it was actually a coverup designed to shield Cheney because he knew about the proliferation for more than a decade and did nothing to stop it.(emphasis added)

Like the terrorist attacks on 9-11, the Bush administration had mountains of evidence on Pakistan's sales of nuclear technology and equipment to nations vilified by the U.S. nations that are considered much more of a threat than Iraq but turned a blind eye to the threat and allowed it to happen. In 1989, the year Khan first started selling nuclear secrets on the black-market; Richard Barlow, a young intelligence analyst working for the Pentagon prepared a shocking report for Cheney, who was then secretary of defense under the Bush I administration: Pakistan built an atomic bomb and was selling its nuclear equipment to countries the U.S. said was sponsoring terrorism. But Barlow's findings, as reported in a January 2002 story in Mother Jones magazine, were "politically inconvenient."

"A finding that Pakistan possessed a nuclear bomb would have triggered a congressionally mandated cutoff of aid to the country, a key ally in the CIA's efforts to support Afghan rebels fighting a pro-Soviet government. It also would have killed a $1.4-billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Islamabad," Mother Jones reported. Ironically, Pakistan, critics say, was let off the hook last month so the U.S. could use its borders to hunt for al-Qaeda leader and alleged 9-11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Cheney dismissed Barlow's report because he desperately wanted to sell Pakistan the F-16 fighter planes. Several months later, a Pentagon official was told by Cheney to downplay Pakistan's nuclear capabilities when he testified on the threat before Congress. Barlow complained to his bosses at the Pentagon and was fired. ( )

During the time that Barlow prepared his report on Pakistan, Bryan Siebert an Energy Department analyst, was looking into Saddam Hussein's nuclear program in Iraq. Siebert concluded that "Iraq has a major effort under way to produce nuclear weapons," and said that the National Security Council should investigate his findings. But the Bush administrationwhich had been supporting Iraq as a counterweight to the Ayatollah Khomeini's Iranignored the report, the magazine reported.

"This was not a failure of intelligence," Barlow told Mother Jones. "The intelligence was in the system."( )

Cheney went to great lengths to cover-up Pakistan's nuclear weaponry. In a New Yorker article published on March 29, 1993, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh quoted Barlow as saying that some high-ranking members inside the CIA and the Pentagon lied to Congress about Pakistan's nuclear arsenal so as not to sacrifice the sale of the F-16 fighter planes to Islamabad, which was secretly equipped to deliver nuclear weapons. Pakistan's nuclear capabilities and had become so grave by the
spring of 1990 that then CIA deputy director Richard Kerr said the Pakistani nuclear threat was worse than the Cuban Missile crisis in the 1960s.

"It was the most dangerous nuclear situation we have ever faced since I've been in the U.S. government," Kerr said in an interview with Hersh. "It may be as close as we've come to a nuclear exchange. It was far more frightening than the Cuban missile crisis."

Still, in 1989 Cheney and others in the Pentagon and the CIA continued to hide the reality of Pakistan's nuclear threat from members of Congress. Hersh explained in his lengthy New Yorker article that reasons behind the cover-up "revolves around the fact . . . that the Reagan Administration had dramatically aided Pakistan in its pursuit of the bomb."( )

In addition to these three sources that corroborate the fact that Cheney knew about A.Q. Khans network and rather than report it, chose to profit through sales to Pakistan of fighter jets that could deliver nuclear weapons, Cheney was caught on another case of nuclear proliferation.

2. Halliburton fined $1.2 million in 1995 for selling dual-use nuclear equipment to Libya. - Halliburton came under fire in the early '90s for supplying Libya and Iraq with oil drilling equipment which could be used to detonate nuclear weapons. Halliburton Logging Services, a former subsidiary, was charged with shipping six pulse neutron generators through Italy to Libya. In 1995, the company pled guilty to criminal charges that it violated the U.S. ban on exports to Libya. Halliburton was fined $1.2 million and will pay $2.61 million in civil penalties.

During his chairmanship of Halliburton, Cheney criticized U.S. sanctions against "rogue" nations such as Iran and Libya in a 1998 speech. According to a July 26, 2000, Washington Post story, Cheney complained the sanctions "are nearly always motivated by domestic political pressure, the need for Congress to appeal to some domestic constituency." ( )

3. Current criminal probe - - A grand jury issued a subpoena to oil field services company Halliburton Co. seeking information about its Cayman Islands unit's work in Iran, where it is illegal for U.S. companies to operate, Halliburton said on Monday.

The company, formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, said it understood the investigation of its subsidiary's work in Iran had been transferred to the U.S. Department of Justice from the Treasury Department, which first initiated an inquiry in 2001.( )

4. Existing Halliburton ties to Vice President Dick Cheney Rather than crack down on Halliburton, however, the Bush administrations Energy Task Force, which was headed by Cheney, presented a draft report in April 2001 saying the United States should reevaluate the sanctions against Iran, Iraq, and Libya that prohibited U.S. oil companies from some of the most important existing and prospective petroleum-producing countries in the world. Cheney asserted there was no conflict on his part because Since I left Halliburton to become George Bushs vice president, Ive severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. Cheney neglected to mention that he was still due approximately $500,000 in deferred compensation from Halliburton and could potentially profit from his 433,333 shares of unexercised Halliburton stock options.

A Congressional Research Service report requested by Senate Democrats concluded that unexercised stock options in a private corporation, as well as deferred salary received from a private corporation, were retained ties or linkages to a former employer and should be reported as financial interests.(House of Bush House of Saud by Craig Unger, p. 225.)

Since Halliburton continues to engage in business practices with state sponsors of terrorism and Cheney continues to profit from it, all that is left to do is, in the words of Deep Throat, Follow the money. The proceeding section uses circumstantial evidence to show a relationship between several individuals and companies through which the unnamed US firm in Khans nuclear Walmart, presumably Halliburton, profited from nuclear proliferation.

E. Links in the Chain Connecting Cheney with Nuclear Proliferation

1. B.S.A. Tahir Remember this man from Section C? This associate of A.Q. Khan who was identified by President Bush in a speech as the nuclear Walmarts "chief financial officer and money launderer."( ) BSA TAHIR, a SRI LANKAN businessman based in DUBAI was a trusted and close confidante of A. Q. Khan and was actively involved in supplying centrifuge components for Libya's uranium-enrichment program. BSA TAHIR, who was involved in the business of SCOMI PRECISION ENGINEERING SDN BHD (SCOPE). He used the company to produce components for the centrifuge unit for the uranium enrichment program. However, investigations have revealed that the components, on their own, cannot form a complete centrifuge unit. In this context, it has to be noted that SCOPE is a subsidiary of SCOMI GROUP BHD, i.e. a company involved in the petroleum services industry. As a subsidiary, SCOPE is also involved in precision engineering services, which involves the production of components for a variety of equipments including parts for
cars, petroleum and gas. This makes evident that SCOPE could not be labeled
as a company directly involved in nuclear proliferation.

Furthermore, the supply of components by middlemen was carried out in a
discreet manner and involved suppliers from other countries to blur the
sources of the components. Some of the suppliers were believed to be aware
that these components could be for uranium enrichment centrifuges. Generally
these suppliers mostly from Europe were those who had dealings with the
nuclear expert since the 1980s, at a time when PAKISTAN was developing its
nuclear technology. There were a number of individuals and companies which
supplied the components but were unaware of the implications because some of
the components were similar to components used in oil drilling, water
treatment and equipment for several other general use.( )

Which companies could possibly have been connected with the suppliers that helped blur the source of the components? Amazingly, a connection between Scomi and Halliburton can be established with only one other company serving as a buffer between the two: Cognis.

a. Cognis Service specialist Scomi Group Bhd, is offering multinational oil and gas companies a special fluid to make offshore drilling friendlier to the sea and its inhabitants. Scomi, together with German chemicals specialist, Cognis Gmbh, offers ester-based drilling fluid derived from palm kernel oil. The agreement is between Scomis wholly-owned Kota Minerals & Chemicals Sdn Bhd (KMC) and Cognis 50%-owned unit, Cognis Oleochemicals (M) Sdn Bhd.( )

Sounds like a perfectly benign, perhaps even altruistic enterprise. How is this company connected with Halliburton? Its through collaboration with one of Halliburtons subsidiary companies.

b. Baroid The drilling fluids containing esters based on renewable natural resources are developed by Cognis in collaboration with Baroid, the drilling fluids service company within the Halliburton Energy Services Group.( )

To reiterate the serpentine link:
A.Q. Khan's financial officer (money launderer) was B.S.A. Tahir. ( )
Tahir used Scomi to produce components for the centrifuge unit for the uranium enrichment program. ( )
Scomi, through its company KMC, worked with Cognis Oleochemicals. ( )
Cognis is connected with Baroid (part of the Halliburton Group). ( )

But the extent of Halliburton/Cheney profiting from nuclear proliferation does not stop there. And Cheney is not the only member of the Bush administration to profit from it.

2. Donald Rumsfeld - Rumsfeld was on ABB board during deal with North Korea.
The Swiss-based ABB on Friday told swissinfo that Rumsfeld was involved with the company in early 2000, when it netted a $200 million (SFr270million) contract with Pyongyang. The ABB contract was to deliver equipment and services for two nuclear power stations at Kumho, on North Koreas east coast. Rumsfeld who is one of the Bush administrations most strident hardliners on North Korea was a member of ABBs board between 1990 and February 2001, when he left to take up his current post. Wolfram Eberhardt, a spokesman for ABB, told swissinfo that Rumsfeld was at nearly all the board meetings during his decade-long involvement with the company.( )

It's a well-known fact--oft detailed in this column--that the boys in the Bush Regime swing both ways. We speak, of course, of their proclivity--their apparently uncontrollable craving--for stuffing their trousers with loot from both sides of whatever war or military crisis is going at the moment.

That's why it came as no surprise to read last week that just before he joined the Regime's crusade against evildoers everywhere (especially rogue states that pursue the development of terrorist-ready weapons of mass destruction), Pentagon warlord Donald Rumsfeld was trousering the proceeds from a $200 million deal to send the latest nuclear technology--including plenty of terrorist-ready "dirty bomb" material--to the rogue state of North Korea, Neue Zurcher Zeitung reports.

In 1998, Rumsfeld was citizen chairman of the Congressional Ballistic Missile Threat Commission, charged with reducing nuclear proliferation. Rumsfeld and the Republican-heavy commission came down hard on the deal Bill Clinton had brokered with North Korea to avert a war in 1994: Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for normalized relations with the United States, plus the construction of two non-weaponized nuclear plants to generate electricity. The plants were to be built by an international consortium of government-backed business interests called KEDO.

Whatever happened to Bush's much-trumpeted "era of responsibility?" These guys are not only chiselers, hustlers, hypocrites and war profiteers--they're a bunch of gutless wonders as well. So you'll pardon us if we are just the tiniest bit cynical about the "moral arguments for war" and other such buckets of warm spit this gang is now forcing down the world's throat.( ) Its bad enough for Rumsfeld to profit off selling nuclear equipment to North Korea. But it doesnt end there, the organizations involved in this transaction link back to Halliburton once again.

a. KEDO - ABB, which was already building eight nuclear reactors in South Korea, had an inside track on the $4 billion U.S.-sponsored North Korea project. The firm was told "our participation is essential," recalls Frank Murray, project manager for the reactors. (He plays the same role now at Westinghouse, which was acquired by Britain's BNFL in 1999, a year before it also bought ABB's nuclear power business.) The North Korean reactors are being primarily funded by South Korean and Japanese export-import banks and supervised by KEDO, a consortium based in New York. "It was not a matter of favoritism," says Desaix Anderson, who ran KEDO from 1997 to 2001. "It was just a practical matter."( )

b. KNOC - The KEDO (Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization) is the official Korean government energy corporation. By reading their 2001 energy development summary one can make out all the myriad countries that contribute to KEDO. North Korea lacks necessary production facilities to drill and test for its oil. It is reaching out to many firms and countries to help them while the government attempts to develop some oil fields with as much capital as it can muster. A Singapore firm recently announced (August 29, 2002) significant oil and gas reserves in North Korea. Additionally, Halliburton has partnered with KNOC to develop offshore drilling platforms in South Korea.( )

Yet another serpentine link through which money could be laundered into the willing hands of Halliburton.
Rumsfeld-ABB ( )
KEDO-KNOC-Halliburton ( )

But were these links completely separate, or is it possible that there were any other companies besides Halliburton involved with both links of possible proliferation profits? One company not previously mentioned has relationships with companies on both links.

3. Goldman Sachs a lucrative investment firm that is listed quite prominently as one of the main investors in Cognis on their website.( ) Also there is a link with Donald Rumsfeld to two organizations, Bilderberg and ABB through the chairman of Goldman Sachs, General Peter Sutherland from Ireland. Some of the Western world's leading financiers and foreign policy strategists attend Bilderberg. Rumsfeld is an active Bilderberger. So is General Peter Sutherland from Ireland, a former European Union commissioner and chairman of Goldman Sachs and of BP. Rumsfeld and Sutherland served together in 2000 on the board of the Swedish/Swiss energy company ABB. ( )

These links are not in and of themselves direct proof of the laundering of nuclear proliferation profits. But they are proof of a relationship between these companies sharing common goals, through which individuals involved in nuclear proliferation, and there were many in these companies, could operate their network covertly.

F. Conclusions and Recommendations To conclude, this paper asserts that Dick Cheney is directly responsible for the leaking of Valerie Plames name that resulted in sabotaging her CIA career and her cover company, Brewster, Jennings & Associates. CIA operations that were compromised by the leak were associated with A.Q. Khans network of nuclear smuggling. Khans network, vast enough to be dubbed by IAEA chief Mohamed El Baradei a nuclear Walmart, was examined here for the connections it has with terrorist organizations and state sponsors, as well as areas in which the CIA could have been following their activities.

It proves conclusively that Dick Cheney knew about A.Q. Khans nuclear Walmart as early as 1989, and chose not to expose the network but to profit from it, which gives him the strongest motive to blow Valerie Plames cover. State sponsors of terror that were proven recipients of Cheneys nuclear proliferation include Pakistan, Libya and possibly Iran. The links between Khan and Cheney involved suppliers from other countries designed to blur the source of the components, but research concludes individuals affiliated with collaborative companies such as Cognis and their investor Goldman Sachs would be the most obvious links in the chain. Such links also exist in the case of Donald Rumsfeld profiting through ABBs $200 million sale of nuclear equipment to North Korea, which would prove that Halliburton profited from this example of nuclear proliferation as well.

The main recommendation to all who read this is to spread the word. Anyone who reads this who is in a position to investigate this matter further, whether as an activist, investigative reporter or government official, should do so with care and thoroughness. The names and organizations listed in the paper should, with a proper investigation, lead to more damaging evidence that will help solve the crime and establish justice. That is perhaps the most important aspect of this case to remember, that regardless of the prestige and power connected with the parties involved, this is a criminal investigation. It is hoped that no matter what your political persuasion is, that as a law abiding citizen, you stand with us in condemnation of the exposure of Valerie Plames identity as a CIA agent as a highly criminal act, and join us in the pursuit of justice for the perpetrators.


Hey, Bush! DU's on to your treasonous gangster ass!
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:23 PM
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:rofl: How low has our media sunk.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:34 PM
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22. George Bush? I know it's a hard choice but I have to pick Blitzer.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:57 PM
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30. Yeah, but why couldn't it be Ted Koppel or somebody dignified.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 10:08 PM
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48. I have had zero respect for Wolf since his "reportage" on the Wellstone tragedy.
Reporter: There is no evidence that weather had anything to do with the crash.

Blizter: But the plane was flying into some sort of ice storm, was it not?

Reporter: There is no evidence that the weather had anything to do with the crash.

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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 10:15 PM
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49. Actually, the email was to Mark Siegel, a U.S. consultant/Lobbyist for Benazir and she asked Siegel
to forward it to Blitzer to get the word out IF she was killed. Siegel and Benazir were good friends.
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ORDagnabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:28 PM
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20. I dont trust wolf "I worked at AIPAC in propaganda" blitzer.
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Kucinich4America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:38 PM
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23. Wouldn't put it past Leslie to have tipped off Musharraf himself
Leslie's employers love to keep shit stirred up over there.

(and I don't mean AOL/Time Warner)
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 07:56 AM
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43. The email was not sent directly to
Blitzer. It was sent to an American friend of Bhutto's, who forwarded it to Blizer after her death.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:39 PM
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24. Are you saying it's a fake email?
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ORDagnabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 08:32 PM
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31. yes especially if you take the idea that the military industrial complex
runs alot of the world and feeds us propaganda via the news networks
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:45 PM
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27. Hooking my thread up to yours..........
i have to go to bed...

It's about a book called Military Inc. About Pakistan...
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 05:50 PM
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46. With Bhutto Gone, Does Bush Have a Plan B?
Professor Cole gets it, too:

With Bhutto Gone, Does Bush Have a Plan B?

Bushs failed policies in Pakistan, a nuclear power that al-Qaida still uses to plot against the West, threatens U.S. security more than Iraq ever did.

by Juan Cole
Published on Friday, December 28, 2007 by


Bhuttos assassination was a profound blow to Bush administration policy in South Asia. Washington looked the other way when Musharraf had himself elected president in a referendum in spring of 2002, wherein he had no competition. It accepted Musharrafs interference in the fall 2002 elections, which was aimed at handicapping the two major parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Muslim League. All Musharraf managed to do was to throw the key northwest frontier province and Baluchistan into the hands of the Muslim fundamentalist parties, which had never before done so well in those regions, but which were left without much competition when their rivals were hobbled by the military. These Muslim fundamentalist local governments in turn ran interference for Muslim radicals, denying that there was any such thing as al-Qaida.

The combination of political ineptitude whereby Musharraf helped put the fundamentalists in power in the Pushtun regions of Pakistan and the heavy-handedness of his military interventions in the fiercely independent tribal north, helped set the stage for the greater political violence. The governments neglect of the hardscrabble farming regions of the north also fueled discontent.

At the same time it was coddling the dictator, the United States has been attempting to do nation building in Afghanistan and to strengthen the government of Hamid Karzai, while trying to face down a resurgent Pushtun insurgency in the south of that country. In the frontier badlands of the tribal areas straddling Afghanistan and Pakistan, remnants of the Taliban and the Arab Afghans of al-Qaida have been hiding out and regrouping. There is some evidence that they continue to have contacts with, and even to train, Muslim militants based in Europe. The Pakistani military dislikes the Karzai government and sees the Northern Alliance that came to power with American help as overly friendly to India and Iran. It is suspected that some elements in the Pakistani army and its military intelligence branch, the Inter-Services Intelligence, are secretly stirring up Pushtun tribesmen against the Karzai regime in hopes that a government more friendly to Pakistan will come to power.

Paradoxically, the Pakistani military has cracked down hard on Taliban-like groups inside Pakistan itself. Troops have fought several major engagements in the rugged tribal territories of the north, and over time have captured some 700 al-Qaida operatives. But the fiercely independent tribespeople of Waziristan and its neighboring areas have fought back. Starting in September 2006 the military even attempted a truce with the tribal leaders in hopes that they would deal with the Muslim militants themselves. That truce began to break down when the military stormed the Red Mosque in the capital, Islamabad, where Pushtun and Baluch tribesmen belonging to a neo-Deobandi cult and advocating strict puritanism had established themselves and begun acting like vigilantes. Musharraf ordered his military to close the mosque, where the cultists had stored arms, resulting in a sanguinary conflict. In the aftermath, Muslim militants in Pakistans northeast carried out a record number of suicide bombings.

If he faced a rural crisis deriving from the fundamentalism of neglected northern farming communities, Musharraf faced an urban crisis as well. Pakistans good economic growth for the past six years has helped create a new middle class, numbering in the tens of millions, who are educated and connected to the world by cable television and the Internet. They depend on the rule of law to pursue their white-collar occupations, and when Musharraf attempted to fire the chief justice of the Supreme Court, the urban middle classes staged large rallies and resisted the packing of the courts. They won the first round when Musharraf, weakened by the Red Mosque fiasco, was forced to reinstate the chief justice.

Benazir Bhutto served as prime minister twice, from 1988 to 1990 and again from 1993 to 1996, and was dismissed on charges of corruption both times. She has been in political exile since 1999, the year of Musharrafs military coup. After the Red Mosque debacle and his conflict with the countrys Supreme Court, Musharraf was so weakened that he accepted a new American plan. It provided for Bhutto to return and contest elections, such that she would likely be the next prime minister, and for Musharraf to resign from the military and become a civilian president. This plan was in danger of being derailed when the Supreme Court seemed likely to decide that Musharraf was ineligible to serve as president, and the dictator reacted by dismissing the court, packing it with his own supporters, and declaring a state of emergency. Bhutto expressed outrage at those high-handed actions and clearly feared that they would taint her own legitimacy. Under severe American pressure, Musharraf lifted the state of emergency and agreed to new elections on Jan. 8.


Thank you, Joanne98! Much obliged for the link, the fact you give a damn and that you know what we are up against and are doing something about it.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:47 PM
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28. Musharraf or Cheney were my first guesses before I read this. n/t
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 07:55 PM
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29. Our Bushies lured her there, their Bushies stripped her protection so she could
easily be killed.

Classic Bush Op.

Can there possibly be anyone in this world who supports democracy who would be stupid enough to believe a fucking word the Bushie Tyrants say?

As they say in the Mafia, "It's always your 'best friends' who get you killed and they do it with a smile."
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Leo 9 Donating Member (560 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 08:44 PM
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32. Bhutto said Musharraf failed to protect her: e-mail (THE TIMES OF INDIA)
Bhutto said Musharraf failed to protect her: e-mail
28 Dec 2007, 0545 hrs IST,AFP

WASHINGTON: Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto blamed President Pervez Musharraf for failing to protect her in the volatile months preceding her assassination, an email released by US media on Thursday showed.

If harmed in Pakistan, "I would hold Musharraf responsible," Bhutto wrote in the October email, revealed on air by CNN journalist Wolf Blitzer, who received it from Bhutto's friend and US spokesman Mark Siegel.

"I have been made to feel insecure by his minions," Bhutto wrote of Musharraf, detailing security measures which she said were not granted her after her return to the volatile country.

"There is no way what is happening in terms of stopping me from taking private cars or using tinted windows or giving jammers or four police mobiles to cover all sides could happen without him."

Siegel told the channel that Bhutto had asked authorities to provide protection including a four-car police escort and jamming devices against bombs, but had not received them.

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unc70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-27-07 11:22 PM
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34. None help when you stand in the sunroof
All this focus on her email holding Musharraf responsible (by withholding various security items) avoids examining her own actions, particularly in light of the security alert that was issued the previous day (as reported by ), particularly in that region.

I do not have enough information to even speculate on responsibility/blame on this. Haven't spoken with anyone in PK yet, only read various local reports and international ones.

As I posted some time ago, many in Pakistan viewed both Bhutto and Musharraf as puppets of the US and resented the US meddling in their election.

It is interesting to look at the various spins being put forth by political factions in the US, PK, and the rest of the world. For once, I believe that Bush made an appropriate, restrained statement today.
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riverdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 02:16 AM
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40. She was tempting fate., though.
She returned to a country that's as explosive as any on earth, in the care of her enemy. She placed her torso outside of the car when departing the speech. Did we learn nothing from the Pope and his Popemobile, you don't do that. She also said that she couldn't be assassinated by a Muslim because assassinating a woman goes against the Koran. Say what?!? That is seriously naive, right there. They kill anything and everything they can knowing there's some justification in the Koran somewhere. Just like the bible, you can justify anything you were going to do anyway. Fundamentalists are the same everywhere.
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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 07:46 AM
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42. Morning kick
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 05:47 PM
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45. Bhutto emailed Blitzer: Blame Obama for blaming Hillary for killing me.

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-28-07 10:19 PM
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50. That tyrant smelled his
own demise in an honest election. Our political canidates are assassinated, too.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 11:42 AM
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debbierlus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-29-07 12:10 PM
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52. Past time limit to recommend, so here is a big kick
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