Archive for Oktober 1st, 2013

1. Oktober 2013

ReThink911 Billboard Shines in New York @ Times Square for One More Month!

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1. Oktober 2013

[Independent] French were ‚hours‘ from military strikes on Syria before phone call from Obama

Fighter jets were preparing for scheduled take off when President Hollande took ’stunning‘ call from US telling him to hold fire
Anne Penketh
Sunday, 29 September 2013
French President Francois Hollande called off military strikes against Syria on 31 August following a phone call from the US President only hours before fighter jets were set to take off, a French weekly magazine has revealed.
The report in the Nouvel Observateur shows how close the West came to launching a war on Syria over the Syrian regime’s presumed use of chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb, before Washington backed down. President Obama announced in a televised speech on 31 August, after informing a “stunned” Mr Hollande, that he would seek a Congressional vote, effectively lifting the military threat.
Rafale aircraft were readied that Saturday for take-off and official statements prepared in anticipation of the strikes, according to the Nouvel Observateur. “Everything made us think that D-Day had arrived,” a French official is quoted as saying. The magazine said that “this incredible misunderstanding lasted until the end of the afternoon,” at 6.15pm, when President Obama telephoned Mr Hollande, who was expecting to confirm the military orders just after the phone call. The strikes had been intended to start at 3am later that night, targeting missile batteries and command centres of the 4th Armoured Division in charge of chemical weapons.
But instead of confirming that the US and French military would intervene jointly, President Obama changed his mind following a conversation in the White House Rose garden with his chief of staff Denis McDonough.
The French Defence Ministry had no comment on the Nouvel Observateur report today. But it was clear that the French military establishment was stung by the US leader’s behaviour. The former head of the French military academy, General Vincent Desportes, told Le Monde on 2 September that “President Obama’s U-turn reflects a great contempt by the United States for France.”

http://www.iol.co.za/news/world/french-were-hours-away-from-attacking-syria-1.1584630

1. Oktober 2013

Testimonies Before EU Parliament Committee – NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens GAP’s Jesselyn Radack reads Edward Snowden’s statement

Testimonies Before EU Parliament Committee – NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens GAP’s Jesselyn Radack reads Edward Snowden’s statement before the
European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
September 30, 2013
http://youtu.be/G_syFFvefh0

1. Oktober 2013

Testimonies Before EU Parliament Committee – whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe

Testimonies Before EU Parliament Committee – NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens GAP client & NSA whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe testifying before the
European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
September 30, 2013
http://youtu.be/3dLTHF0mw4s

1. Oktober 2013

Testimonies Before EU Parliament Committee – NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake

Testimonies Before EU Parliament Committee – NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens GAP client & NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake testifying before the
European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
September 30, 2013
Topic: NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens http://youtu.be/02ljBDNr100

1. Oktober 2013

NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens – Jesselyn Radack

NSA Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens – Jesselyn Radack Testifies Before EU Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Jesselyn Radack is GAP’s National Security & Human Rights Director. In her role, she works primarily with national security and intelligence community whistleblowers, including those from the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, NSA and CIA – with a special focus on torture, secret surveillance, secrecy, and political discrimination.
September 30, 2013
Topic: http://youtu.be/I5SXW3rTHEw

1. Oktober 2013

Syria’s Pipelineistan war This is a war of deals, not bullets.

Syria’s Pipelineistan war
This is a war of deals, not bullets. The verdict is open on whether this complex Pipelineistan gambit qualifies as a casus belli for Turkey and NATO to go all-out after Assad; but it should be remembered that Washington’s strategy in south-west Asia since the Clinton administration has been to bypass, isolate and hurt Iran by all means necessary. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/08/201285133440424621.html

1. Oktober 2013

The Real Reason for War in Syria: Pipeli

The Real Reason for War in Syria: Pipeline Control
Almost a year ago, I said we should be afraid – and prepared – for war.
A few of my readers said that I was a fear monger; that I was using scare tactics to influence my readers.
But here we are almost a year later and war is exactly what is happening. http://www.equedia.com/the-real-reason-for-war-in-syria-pipeline-control/

1. Oktober 2013

[Guardian] Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern

Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern
Massacres of civilians are being exploited for narrow geopolitical competition to control Mideast oil, gas pipelines http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/aug/30/syria-chemical-attack-war-intervention-oil-gas-energy-pipelines

1. Oktober 2013

Wikileaks – INSIGHT – Military Intervention in Syria (Dec 2011) – from US-„global intelligence“ company Stratfor

On Monday February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered „global intelligence“ company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011.

Here leaked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor including notes from a meeting with Pentagon officials confirmed US-UK training of Syrian opposition forces since 2011 aimed at eliciting „collapse“ of Assad’s regime „from within.“ in the Wikileaks files dated December 6, 2011

INSIGHT – military intervention in Syria

Released on 2012-03-06 07:00 GMT
Email-ID     1671459
Date     2011-12-07 00:49:18
From     bhalla@stratfor.com
To     secure@stratfor.com

A few points I wanted to highlight from meetings today —

spent most of the afternoon at the Pentagon with the USAF strategic studies group – guys who spend their time trying to understand and explain to the USAF chief the big picture in areas where they’re operating in. It was just myself and four other guys at the Lieutenant Colonel level, including one French and one British representative who are liaising with
the US currently out of DC.

They wanted to grill me on the strategic picture on Syria, so after that I got to grill them on the military picture. There is still a very low level of understanding of what is actually at stake in Syria, what’s the strategic interest there, the Turkish role, the Iranian role, etc. After a couple hours of talking, they said without saying that SOF teams (presumably from US, UK, France, Jordan, Turkey) are already on the ground focused on recce missions and training opposition forces.

One Air Force intel guy (US) said very carefully that there isn’t much of a Free Syrian Army to train right now anyway, but all the operations being done now are being done out of ‚prudence.‘ The way it was put to me was, ‚look at this way – the level of information known on Syrian OrBat this month is the best it’s been since 2001.‘ They have been told to prepare contingencies and be ready to act within 2-3 months, but they still stress that this is all being done as contingency planning, not as a move toward escalation.

I kept pressing on the question of what these SOF teams would be working toward, and whether this would lead to an eventual air camapign to give a Syrian rebel group cover. They pretty quickly distanced themselves from that idea, saying that the idea ‚hypothetically‘ is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, elicit collapse from within. There wouldn’t be a need for air cover, and they wouldn’t expect these Syrian rebels to be marching in columns anyway.

They emphasized how the air campaign in Syria makes Libya look like a piece of cake. Syrian air defenses are a lot more robust and are much denser, esp around Damascus and on the borders with Israel, Turkey. THey are most worried about mobile air defenses, particularly the SA-17s that they’ve been getting recently. It’s still a doable mission, it’s just not an easy one.

The main base they would use is Cyprus, hands down. Brits and FRench would fly out of there. They kept stressing how much is stored at Cyprus and how much recce comes out of there. The group was split on whether Turkey would be involved, but said Turkey would be pretty critical to the mission to base stuff out of there. EVen if Turkey had a poltiical problem withCyprus, they said there is no way the Brits and the FRench wouldn’t use Cyprus as their main air force base. Air Force Intel guy seems pretty co nvinced that the Turks won’t participate (he seemed pretty pissed at them.)

There still seems to be a lot of confusion over what a military intervention involving an air campaign would be designed to achieve. It isn’t clear cut for them geographically like in Libya, and you can’t just create an NFZ over Homs, Hama region. This would entail a countrywide SEAD campaign lasting the duration of the war. They dont believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi. They think the US would have a high tolerance for killings as long as it doesn’t reach that very public stage. Theyre also questiioning the skills of the Syrian forces that are operating the country’s air defenses currently and how
signfiicant the Iranian presence is there. Air Force Intel guy is most obsessed with the challenge of taking out Syria’s ballistic missile capabilities and chem weapons. With Israel rgiht there and the regime facing an existential crisis, he sees that as a major complication to any military intervention.

https://wikileaks.org/gifiles/docs/1671459_insight-military-intervention-in-syria-post-withdrawal.html

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