That the FBI is engaged in a campaign of defamation and intimidation aimed at this website is not at all surprising, and yet I still can’t accept it emotionally. We have done nothing wrong: indeed, it is the FBI which is clearly in the wrong. Their activities in regard to Antiwar.com are of dubious legality, and are an infringement of our rights to free speech and to organize on behalf of our ideas.

Justin Raimondo discovers that the FBI targeted Antiwar.com, compiled a dossier on Raimondo, and deems the website and its activists a threat to “national security.” (via aheram)

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.”

(via statehate)

(via rykemasters)

US Libya Intervention Is Aggression

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.

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"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’…”

(emphasis mine)

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…

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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.

Nah.

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.

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anti-propaganda:

George Galloway on Wests Libya intervention (19Mar11) (by liarpoliticians)

‘Ex-MP George Galloway talks about why the UK and other countries are interested in Libya so much…. it’s about oil, which other African despot countries don’t have.

Recorded from Sky News, 19 March 2011.’

Did Sky News let George Galloway lose again? They don’t learn, do they?!?

Once again George Galloway speaks the Truth! I would ask, why isn’t the well armed (by the West) Egyptian army attacking Mad Dog Gadhafi? Very simple answer: the Egyptian army was propped up by the US, not to fight Libya or (god forbid) Israel, but to pacify and control their own population. The same goes to the Tunisian army, I would assume.

Personally I defend a partition of Libya, but I guess BP wouldn’t like that. So we spend more than a million quid per tomahawk missile…Serious, a million quid that’s what some defense expert said on bbc radio 4.

(via noleadersplease)

A Líbia, a esquerda europeia e o retorno do imperialismo humanitário

libyan rebel with RPG

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.

Continue a ler artigo de Jean Bricmont  aqui.

To continue reading article of Jean Bricmont in French, click here.

baxtavius:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

baxtavius:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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libya balaclava

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son has claimed Libya helped finance Nicolas Sarkozy's successful re-election campaign in 2007 and wants the French president to give the money back.

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.

 via Guardian.co.uk

Prof. Ali Ahmida on Libya and US Response;  PBC Joins Labor to Ask:  Where’s Obama?   Durst on ‘Madness in Madtown’

Peter B. Collins Podcast
Source: http://peterbcollins.com/2011/03/10/prof-ali-ahmida-on-libya-and-us-response-pbc-joins-labor-to-ask-wheres-obama-durst-on-madness-in-madtown/

Prof. Ali Ahmida on Libya and US Response; PBC Joins Labor to Ask: Where’s Obama? Durst on ‘Madness in Madtown’

Peter B. Collins Podcast

Source: http://peterbcollins.com/2011/03/10/prof-ali-ahmida-on-libya-and-us-response-pbc-joins-labor-to-ask-wheres-obama-durst-on-madness-in-madtown/


Perhaps when occupying the multimillion-pound London mansion of a  tyrant’s son, food is some way down the list of priorities. More  pressing tasks, for the small group of protesters who have moved into  Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s redbrick Hampstead home, were affixing banners  to the roof reading “Revolution” and “Out of Libya,  out of London”, and summoning the press, to whom they declared their  actions had been taken “in solidarity with the people of Libya, the  people of Cairo, the people of Saudi Arabia”.


source:http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/09/libya-muammar-gaddafi

Perhaps when occupying the multimillion-pound London mansion of a tyrant’s son, food is some way down the list of priorities. More pressing tasks, for the small group of protesters who have moved into Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s redbrick Hampstead home, were affixing banners to the roof reading “Revolution” and “Out of Libya, out of London”, and summoning the press, to whom they declared their actions had been taken “in solidarity with the people of Libya, the people of Cairo, the people of Saudi Arabia”.

source:http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/09/libya-muammar-gaddafi

Dedicated to the squatters occupying Colonel Gaddafi’s house in London


‘There is a basic weakness in governments, however massive their armies,  however vast their wealth, however they control images and information,  because their power rests on the obedience of citizens, of soldiers, of  civil servants, of journalists and writers and teachers and artists.  When the citizens begin to suspect they have been deceived and withdraw  their support, government loses its legitimacy and its power.’


Howard Zinn - August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010

Dedicated to the squatters occupying Colonel Gaddafi’s house in London

‘There is a basic weakness in governments, however massive their armies, however vast their wealth, however they control images and information, because their power rests on the obedience of citizens, of soldiers, of civil servants, of journalists and writers and teachers and artists. When the citizens begin to suspect they have been deceived and withdraw their support, government loses its legitimacy and its power.’

Howard Zinn - August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010

Political unrest and violence in the Mideast are unsettling to American  interests in the region in the short term. Credit: Kevin Frayer/The  Associated Press
Analysis: U.S. Interests at Risk in the Mideast Nations
by Barbara Slavin
http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2972/

Political unrest and violence in the Mideast are unsettling to American interests in the region in the short term. Credit: Kevin Frayer/The Associated Press

Analysis: U.S. Interests at Risk in the Mideast Nations

by Barbara Slavin

http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/2972/