Sunday, August 31, 2014

Top NSA Whistleblower: We Need a New 9/11 Investigation Into the Destruction of the World Trade Center

Bill Binney is the NSA’s former senior technical director -- a 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency -- and one of the world’s top crypto-mathematicians, who managed thousands of employees at the agency.

Binney was the original NSA whistleblower, and one of two NSA veterans whose example inspired Edward Snowden.

Binney recently signed Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth’s petition, stating:
"There is clearly evidence that needs to be considered in a review of what happened in 9/11. We the public deserve an honest complete review of the facts with scientific interpretation and implications as to what really happened."
Two days ago, Binney said in an interview that speaking with physicists and controlled demolition experts convinced him that the investigations to date have – at best - been incompetent, and failed to address the observable facts:
Binney said:
"They felt they had to have something drastic happen so they could get a lot more money and build up an empire and do the things they wanted to do."
Washington’s Blog asked Binney what he meant by that statement, and he explained:
"I had several reasons for saying that. First, Gen Minihan when he was Dirnsa [Director of the National Intelligence Agency] was internally in NSA quoted to say that we will have to have a drastic event occur before we could change the way we were doing things. Then Hayden took over as Dirnsa.
And, on 27 February 2001 he or someone from NSA approached the CEO of Quest requesting Quests’ subscriber data – meaning billing data. This is in court records. [Background here, here and here.]
This all smacked of waiting for something to happen so they could leverage it to do what they really wanted to do – which was evidenced by the request to Quest.
Also, I would add that the 9/11 Commission left out data that Tom Drake passed to them showing vital data prior to 11 Sep giving warning of an attack. This should also not be acceptable." [Background.]
Binney joins many high-level officials – including military leaders, intelligence officials and 9/11 commissioners – who are dissatisfied with the 9/11 investigations to date.

For background on Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, watch this C-Span interview and this documentary.

Postscript: Government officials agree that 9/11 was state-sponsored terrorism … they just disagree on which state was responsible.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Iraq War Phase II: The Rise of ISIS

11 months ago, I wrote an article -- 11 Car Bombs for Baghdad -- discussing the ramifications of the escape of top Al-Qaeda guys from Abu Ghraib prison. Hundreds of top-level fighters managed to escape the prison last July, after a coordinated series of attacks that signaled to the Iraqi government and the world just how vulnerable of a nation America had left behind. Worse, the attack was an inside job, highlighting the extent to which the Iraqi government had been infiltrated by radical Sunni separatists.

At the time, I wrote: "250 Al-Qaeda guys is more than many other Arab countries have, and their escape signals the beginning of the next phase in the American-led offensive to topple President Assad in Syria... unless Iraq breaks up into separate Sunni and Shia states, Western powers will not be able to topple him [Assad.] The only way to bring down Assad is by breaking up Iraq, creating a Sunni state near his borders with a population sympathetic to the Free Syrian Army. At this point, there is no stopping the break up of Iraq; it was written in the pages of destiny the minute Bush and Rumsfeld decided to disband the largely-Sunni Iraqi army, and empower the Shia majority. The prison break at Abu Ghraib will only serve to speed up the inevitable.
The coming insurgency in Iraq will be far-worse than the previous."

11 months later, it appears as if American foreign policy has seen proof of its failure, but the reality is that our government's objectives have been fully met. Though the attacks of September the 11th gave us impetus for toppling our enemies in the Middle East, the US military could not directly and simultaneously engage in a war against enemies stretching from the Mediterranean to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan; just engaging against the Iraqi and Pashtun insurgents was extremely taxing for the Pentagon. To destabilize our enemies, we needed to create an arc of instability dab-smack in the middle of our enemies' territory.

As General Wesley Clark famously revealed, elements within the upper echelons of the American politico-military establishment drafted a "Seven-countries memo," where the framework was developed to take down seven regimes considered hostile to the US: "starting with Iraq and then Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off Iran."

To indirectly accomplish the goal of taking out multiple governments, the US government agitated relations between Sunnis and Shias, creating a climate that would succeed in plunging the Syrians and Iranians into a protracted war of attrition against Sunni forces. Just hours ago, London's The Guardian published an article -- US and Iran to join fight against Sunni Jihadis of Isis in Iraq. 

The Iranians, for the time being, have no choice but to fight against an enemy created thanks to America's intervention, and with America's indirect help. ISIS has looted the Iraqi army's Pentagon-hand-me-downs, so it is with American weapons that Iraqi Shiites, Syrian Alawites, and Iranians will battle against their enemy. No one will question how Sunni rebels have accrued such an arsenal of US weapons; stolen from bases in Nineveh province, the Pentagon will argue.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Monkey Black Laid to Rest Amidst Drunken Mob, Shootout, Promises of Retaliation

Eighteen days after being brutally stabbed in a bar in Catalunya, the famous Dominican rapper Monkey Black was laid to rest in his native Dominican Republic yesterday Sunday. The body of Leonardo Flores, as he was legally known in life, was held in Spain until just this past weekend pending a still-ongoing investigation into his murder, but two individuals of Gitano/Roma origin were fingered as the culprits.

During the time that it took for Monkey Black's body to be examined by the forensic police, and before it was cleared for transport pending no further studies, a 60 year-old Gitano man in Baladona, Spain was ruthlessly stabbed by a young Dominican male. Gangs often need little catalyst before they unleash a wave of violence, so it is quite worrying that a Tupac-like status has been placed over the deceased rapper.

The public imagination tends to make idols of artists who die brutally at a young age, and it appears that Monkey Black has managed to cement his legacy more through his exit from the global stage than through his performance on it. If anyone doubted the authenticity of the streets in Monkey Black's mambo, his death erased all of it. When his body arrived in the Caribbean island of under ten million citizens, his father made a plea that no alcohol, drugs, or weapons be brought to Monkey Black's funeral.
The pleas by Mr. Flores that his son be laid to rest in a traditional service went completely unheeded. Members of the Dominican police tried to keep the peace, but it was impossible given the magnitude and nature of the crowd. An overwhelming number of motorcycles tried, despite protests from the police, to enter the cemetery in Los Minas -- a neighborhood of the Dominican capital, where Monkey Black was born.
Before the issue of who could enter the cemetery to view the body was settled, shots had been fired. The police used tear gas to subdue the crowd, and miraculously no one was shot. Nonetheless, the cemetery was overwhelmed by fans of the deceased rapper. One individual was taken to the hospital for stitches after receiving a blow to the head with a rum bottle.

Dominican rap -- locally called "merengue urbano" -- is a genre know for espousing the "alofoke" philosophy. From the English "fuck it," alofoke is a philosophy which promotes the hedonistic side of life, the way of the bottle, the gun, and the short life. It is a philosophy which promotes the idea of a global stage, one where an individual must perform even in death.

Though merely an artist to many, Monkey Black is really a fallen idol to a new culture. Whether the culture of hedonism and death prevails remains to be seen, but it appears that the genre speaks to some core elements of Dominican culture, in the same way that rock and rap speak to certain elements of American culture.