Everyone should take a few minutes to read this article. “Disturbing” doesn’t even begin to describe what is going on in the surveillance state that many of us have the misfortune of calling “home.”
Mounting evidence of CIA ties to Libyan rebels
By Patrick Martin
4 April 2011
Numerous press reports over the weekend add to the evidence that the Libyan rebels fighting the regime of Muammar Gaddafi are under the direction of American intelligence agencies. Despite the repeated claims by Obama administration officials that the rebels are a largely unknown quantity, it is becoming increasingly clear that key military leaders of the anti-Gaddafi campaign are well known to the US government and have longstanding relations with the CIA.
For better than two weeks there had been a virtual ban in the US media on reporting the name of Khalifa Haftar, the long-time CIA collaborator who was appointed chief rebel commander March 17, on the eve of the US-NATO bombing campaign against Libya. Only the regional McClatchy Newspapers chain reported Haftar’s appointment, and ABC News ran a brief interview with him on March 27. Otherwise, silence prevailed.
This de facto censorship abruptly ended April 1, when a right-wing US think tank, the Jamestown Foundation, published a lengthy study of Haftar’s background and record, which was cited extensively by Reuters news service, and then more widely in the US and British media.
The Jamestown Foundation report declared: “Today as Colonel Haftar finally returns to the battlefields of North Africa with the objective of toppling Gaddafi, his former co-conspirator from Libya’s 1969 coup, he may stand as the best liaison for the United States and allied NATO forces in dealing with Libya’s unruly rebels.”
The Jamestown study noted Haftar’s role in organizing the Libyan National Army (LNA), which he founded “on June 21, 1988 with strong backing from the Central Intelligence Agency,” and cites a 1991 interview with him “conducted in an LNA camp in rural Virginia.” Not only did the CIA sponsor and fund the LNA, it engineered the entry of LNA officers and men into the United States where they established a training camp.
Reuters added, using a variant spelling of the name, that it has “repeatedly asked for an interview with Hefta but he could not immediately be contacted.” The news service added, “The CIA declined to comment” on its relationship to the former Libyan military leader.
"Mahmoud Jibril - foreign affairs"
Before the uprising, Mr Jibril was involved in a project called “Libyan Vision” with other intellectuals, which sought to establish a democratic state. He is also head of the rebel council’s crisis committee, which aims to streamline decision making.
Born in 1952, Mr Jibril has both a master’s degree in political science and a PhD in strategic planning and decision-making from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
After completing his doctorate in 1984, he taught strategic planning and decision-making at the university for several years. He also wrote several books and ran leadership training programmes in several Arab states.
He later became the head of the Libyan National Planning Council. Then in 2009, he was appointed chairman of the National Economic Development Board (NEDB), reporting directly to the prime minister.
A leaked US diplomatic cable from November 2009 written by the US ambassador to Libya, Gene Cretz, described Mr Jibril as “a serious interlocutor who ‘gets’ the US perspective”.
"He is also not shy about sharing his views of US foreign policy, for example, opining that the US spoiled a golden opportunity to capitalise on its ‘soft power’ (McDonald’s, etc) after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 by putting ‘boots on the ground’ in the Middle East,” Mr Cretz wrote.
An earlier US diplomatic cable described Mr Jibril as ‘reform-minded’…”
Translation: Jibril is a US educated technocrat whom the Office of Economic Development would love to get into place in order enforce a strict neoliberal structural adjustment line, in Libya.
Well, he’s probably going to get his chance. Good looking out, pro-intervention lefties. Good looking out. You weren’t useful idiots or anything…
Freedom Has a Leader
Libya has a voice for freedom:
That’s the free youth of Libya on display right there, ain’t it? I feel all inspired to change my position now. I mean, he doesn’t remotely resemble the sort of aging suited bureaucrat or torture technician that Western governments just love to promote to chief stooge of a client state.
He’s a man of the “Libyan people,” this right chap. There’s nothing dodgy about him.
This is the guy picked by the rebels to lead their “interim government.” There couldn’t possibly be anything to recommend against him, right?
Mahmoud Jibril is a voice for liberty, revolution and justice. People of conscience everywhere can now rest easily, knowing that American, British and French bombs did the work of peace and freedom, buying space for the “Libyan People” to choose a guy who was, until very recently…
…Qadaffi’s hand appointed Minister of National Planning.
A Líbia, a esquerda europeia e o retorno do imperialismo humanitário
Se “um outro mundo é possível”, como proclama sem cessar a esquerda europeia, então um outro Ocidente também deveria ser possível e a esquerda europeia deveria começar a construí-lo. O encontro recente da Aliança Bolivariana poderia servir de exemplo: a esquerda da América Latina quer a paz e quer impedir a intervenção dos Estados Unidos pois sabe que está na sua linha de mira e que o seu processo de transformação social exige primeiro e antes de mais nada a paz e a soberania nacional. Portanto, ela sugeriu enviar uma delegação internacional dirigida eventualmente por Jimmy Carter ou Lula (que não se pode acusar de serem marionetes de Kadafi) para começar um processo de negociação entre o governo e os rebeldes. A Espanha diz-se interessada nesta ideia, que naturalmente é rejeitada por Sarkozy. Esta proposta pode parecer utópica, mas se a ONU nela pusesse todo o seu peso, talvez não fosse o caso. E seria um modo para a ONU de cumprir sua missão, o que actualmente é tornado impossível pela influência dos Estados Unidos e do Ocidente. Contudo, não é impensável que agora, ou aquando de uma próxima crise, uma coligação de países não intervencionistas, por exemplo, a Rússia, a China ou a América Latina e talvez outros possam trabalhar em conjunto para construir alternativas críveis ao intervencionismo ocidental.
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In an interview with the Euronews TV channel, Saif al-Islam said the Libyan regime had details of bank transfers and was ready to make them public in a move designed to punish Sarkozy for throwing his weight behind the opposition forces in Libya.