Posts filed under “War/Defense”

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Category: Digital Media, Technology, War/Defense, Weekend

Preface: U.S. President James Madison said:

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

Everyone knows that “truth is the first casualty of war“. And one of the most highly decorated American soldiers of all time said that “war is a racket”.

FBI agents and CIA intelligence officials, constitutional law expert professor Jonathan Turley, Time Magazine, Keith Olbermann and the Washington Post have all said that U.S. government officials “were trying to create an atmosphere of fear in which the American people would give them more power”. Indeed, the former Secretary of Homeland Security – Tom Ridge – admits that he was pressured to raise terror alerts to help Bush win reelection.

A former National Security Adviser told the Senate that the war on terror is “a mythical historical narrative”. In terms of a possible “why”, remember that psychologists and sociologists have demonstrated that fear of terrorism makes people stupid and easy to manipulate and control.

As I noted last year:

War is always sold to it’s people by artificially demonizing the enemy:

Countries need to lie about their enemies in order to demonize them sufficiently so that the people will support the war.

That is why intelligence “failures” – such as the following – are so common:

  • It is also now well-accepted that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident which led to the Vietnam war was a fiction (confirmed here).

Indeed, in a newly-released documentary, U.S. soldiers admit that if they accidentally kill innocent Iraqis and Afghanis, they then “drop” automatic weapons near their body so they can pretend they were militants:

As I noted last year:

On Monday, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton told told Jon Stewart that a Clinton cabinet member proposed letting Saddam kill an American pilot as a pretext for war in Iraq:

(And see this; and this excerpt from General Shelton’s book).

This might seem, at first glance, like just an odd, one-off suggestion.

However, as reported by the New York Times and other newspapers, George W. Bush also suggested to Tony Blair that a U.S. plane be painted in United Nations colors so that – if Saddam shot it down – it would create a casus belli. As the Times wrote in 2006:

The memo [confirmed by two senior British officials as being authentic] also shows that the president and the prime minister acknowledged that no unconventional weapons had been found inside Iraq. Faced with the possibility of not finding any before the planned invasion, Mr. Bush talked about several ways to provoke a confrontation, including a proposal to paint a United States surveillance plane in the colors of the United Nations in hopes of drawing fire ….

Indeed, the former director of the National Security Agency said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

(audio here).

Former FBI station chief Ted Gundersen also says most terror attacks are committed by our CIA and FBI:

Specific Historical Examples

The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950′s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister.

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Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Weapons of War

via John Sherffius

Category: Humor, War/Defense

Hunting for Afghan Gold

Fascinating story in Fortune about a JV in Afghanistan by J.P. Morgan (JPM) and the Pentagon seeking to tap the country’s vast mineral riches: “Investing in conflict zones is often thrilling, but the great commodities rush that J.P. Morgan and the Pentagon are trying to spark in Afghanistan creates a risk/reward equation of a different…Read More

Category: Gold & Precious Metals, War/Defense

Virtually all of the top interrogation experts – both conservatives and liberals (except for those trying to escape war crimes prosecution) – say that torture doesn’t work: • Army Field Manual 34-52 Chapter 1 says: “Experience indicates that the use of force is not necessary to gain the cooperation of sources for interrogation. Therefore, the…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

For those of you who want to learn a little about the US Army’s position on torture, check out items #56 and #80. Military law via Military Legal Resources Instructions Gov Armies Hat tip Invictus

Category: War/Defense, Weekend

Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and John Yoo were all instrumental in implementing the U.S. torture program. So it is no surprise that they are now pretending that torture helped get Bin Laden. See this, this and this. They’re trying to avoid war crimes prosecution. As I noted in 2009: Cheney was the main architect of…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Attacks Attributed to al-Qaeda: 1992-2008

The timeline below, via The Economist, shows deadly attacks: > click for larger graphic

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense

Today’s quote of the day is my attempt to thwart a wrongheaded meme. It is terror variant of the CRA argument. Did torture help find OBL? From the CIA: “Torture [at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp] didn’t provide useful, meaningful, trustworthy information. Everyone [at the CIA] was deeply concerned and most felt it was un-American…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

Fun with Google Maps: Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound

Punch “Osama Bin Laden’s Hideout Compound” into Google maps. Hilarity ensues. There are over 1100 comments — they keep changing constantly — but my favorite has to be “No Street View? Lame!” > click graphic for larger version; click here for an updated version (unless Sergey and Larry lose their sense of humor): Hat tip…Read More

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense, Web/Tech