Nigeria : Nigerian Bomber - Manchurian Candidate?

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The discription given of the Nigerian captured with a burning device on a plane sounds like a person who has been hynotized.

    After Malcolm's assasination cameras were present outside of the Audobon Ballroom and as the shooters had tried to escape one particular sellout can be seen with an expressionless stare on his face as brothers and siters wewre stomping the meat out of this guy.
    All testimonies of those present said he gave no outcry, nor bore any facial expression whatsoever as unnumbered fists and feet were thrust into him

    According to Rosie Greer Sirhan Sirhan had the same blank expression when he tackled him after the Robert Kennedy assasination.
    Was Robert Kennedy killed by a real 'Manchurian candidate'-style assassin?

    Look at the description of the Nigerian on the plane;
    Diving over four intervening passengers, he said his suspicions grew when he found the suspect doing nothing despite having a smoking blanket on his lap and flames "coming from beneath his legs".

    Mr Schuringa said he said he frisked the suspect and discovered his trousers were open and that he had a flaming object resembling a small, white shampoo bottle strapped to his left leg near his crotch.

    "I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away," he told CNN.

    Mr Schuringa said he patted out the fire with his hands and shouted for water.

    As cabin crew arrived with fire extinguishers, the Dutchman hauled the suspect out of his seat and, restraining him in a choke lock, took him to the first class compartment.

    All the while, Mr Abdulmatallab seemed dazed, he said. "He was staring into nothing." When he got him into first class, Mr Schuringa pulled off his remaining clothes to check for further explosives and helped a crew member to handcuff him.

    Other passengers, who had initially not realised what was going on, applauded him when he returned to his seat, he said.

    Mr Schuringa said his hands were "pretty burned" and he was shaken, but was just "happy to be alive".

    Hero tackled alleged Northwest plane bomber as flames came from him on flight to Detroit

    A Dutch passenger who tackled the man accused of trying to bring down a US plane said that his courageous response "came completely natural" after he saw flames coming from the man.

    After the public information regarding Operation Northwoods

    and the numerous expose's regarding 9/11 , one could see a connection with this incident and a Black Flag Operation to encourage public support for AFRICOM
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    Tarpley On RT: Foiled Underwear Bomber is Intelligence Patsy
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    December 29, 2009

    The recent failed attack on a US passenger jet traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit was a set-up provocation controlled by US intelligence, author and journalist Webster Tarpley stated to RT.

    “[The terrorist’s] father, a rich Nigerian banker, went to the US embassy in Nigeria on November 19 and said ‘my son is in Yemen in a terrorist camp, do something about this.’ Nevertheless, the son is allowed to buy a ticket in Ghana, paying cash, $2,800, for a one-way ticket,” Tarpley said.

    After that, a mentally deficient young man who doubtfully could make it from one gate to another managed to illegally enter Nigeria and get on a plane to Amsterdam.

    “There was a well-dressed Indian man who brought him to the gate and said, ‘my friend does not have a passport, get him on, he is Sudanese, we do this all the time – that is impossible!” said Tarpley.
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    BOMBSHELL: Evidence Clearly Indicates Staged Attack on Detroit Flight

    Posted By aaron On December 29, 2009 @ 4:04 am In Featured Stories | 158 Comments

    CNN Airs Eyewitness Testimony that ‘Well-Dressed’ Indian accomplice helped Abdulmutallab board without passport and that man on plane filmed entire flight and bombing attempt

    Aaron Dykes
    December 29, 2009

    Evidence is emerging that clearly indicates Abdulmutallab was more than just a Nigerian extremist carrying out his anger through an ill-conceived plot to ignite a powdery explosive substance on-board a flight to the United States. Eyewitness testimony pointing to a man helping the accused terrorist board without a passport, along with an unusual cameraman documenting the attempted attack on board the plane raise more than red flags– they point towards an intelligence operation, run as a drill, meant to conjure up public support for a number of fronts in the continuing ‘War on Terror.’

    CNN interviewed key flight witnesses during their Dec. 28 program who raised these very points, making clear that the full story is still emerging and that wider-connections to intelligence handlers is evident.


    Kurt Haskell and his wife, who were witnesses on board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 saw Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab receiving assistance from a well-dressed, wealthy-looking Indian man at the boarding gate in Amsterdam. Haskell told CNN that the accused bomber appeared strikingly ‘poor’ next to the well-dressed man. According to Haskell, that man did the talking for him, explaining to the flight personnel at the gate that Abdulmutallab needed to board without a passport, claiming that he was a Sudanese refugee. Haskell told CNN:

    “Laurie and I were sitting near the boarding gate, sitting on the floor, there weren’t any seats to sit in. And I saw two men. They caught my eye because they seemed to be an odd pair. One was what I would describe as a poor-looking black teenager around 16 or 17, and the other man, age 50-ish, wealthy looking Indian man. And I was just wondering why they were together– kinda strange. And I watched them approach what I would call the ticket agent, the final person that checks your boarding pass before you get on the plane. And I could hear the entire conversation. The only person that spoke was the Indian man, and what he said was: ‘This man needs to board the plane, but he doesn’t have a passport.’ And the ticket agent responded, ‘Well, if he doesn’t have a passport, he can’t get on the plane.’ To which the Indian man responded back, ‘He’s from Sudan. We do this all the time.’ And the ticket agent said, ‘Well, then you’ll have to go and talk to my manager.’ And she directed them down a hallway. And that was the last time I saw the Indian man, and the black man I didn’t see again until he tried to blow up our plane hours later.”

    The gate attendee referred the odd-couple to the manager. Haskell said that was the last he saw of the wealthy man, but later recognized Abdulmutallab after the incident occurred on the plane. That’s when he says he put two and two together about the unusual connection.

    His wife, Laurie, said she found it ‘odd’ that authorities have not yet followed up on their witness account, as they were the only ones known to have witnessed Abdulmutallab with the ‘Indian’ man prior to boarding the flight.


    If he had help getting on the flight with no passport after having been reported to U.S. authorities by his own father, what is the true explanation for the man seen filming the entire flight? Another witness on board the flight, Richelle Keepman, said she noticed the mysterious cameraman at the beginning of the flight, believing the man might have been simply excited about a first flight, or etc. Later when the ‘bombing’ incident took place, she says the cameraman was the only one standing up, and intently filming the entire incident.


    Put this together with new focus on Yemen ‘in the fight against Al Qaeda’, including calls from Sen. Lieberman to pre-emptively attack, the media’s immediate hype of the event, and the ready-made Body Scanners and other ‘enhanced’ Airport security, it is clear that this is a contrived incident intentionally unleashed to goad renewed support for ever-expanding terrorism-related warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and now Yemen.

    A d v e r t i s e m e n t

    Just like after 9/11, airport travelers are again prepared to accept greater violations of their liberties and privacy for supposed security. Yet patsies and watchlist-subjects alike have repeatedly been allowed to bypass security clearance and been proven to have ties to the intelligence community.

    The latest accused ‘terrorist’ Abdulmutallab was very likely the fall-guy in a pattern-drill– handled by wealthy, mismatched associates, allowed to board without required credentials, and videotaped by a cameraman with an unknown connection. Was Abdulmutallab involved with these figures through a drill which ended with an intentionally-failed bombing meant to incite great fear of terrorism?


    This would fit closely with other elements of CIA-concocted “terrorism.” Many of the 9/11 hijackers and other known extremists were revealed to have participated in ‘dry run’ drills, shared addresses with intelligence handlers or lived on military bases, were allowed to pass through the border despite being on one or more watchlists, and were given VISAS/Passports through execptions and/or special clearance.

    Similarly, David Headly, named in the Mumbai attack, has been exposed as a CIA-double agent.

    FBI/CIA provocateurs and exaggerated accounts of extremists groups have continued to emerge from the phony stories given to the public in the cases of many would-be plots, such as in Toronto, the ‘plot’ to bomb the Sears Tower, the Transatlantic liquid bomb plot, alleged plans to ‘blow up a Jewish temple and shoot down military planes’ in New York and more.

    We see a similar pattern here, the emerging evidence strongly suggests. How long will we allow deliberately-provoked terror incidents to frighten us to death, invade our privacy, erode our liberties, restrict our travel and perpetuate an ever-expanding string of wars?


    Benjamin Franklin long ago warned us that “If we restrict liberty to attain security, we will lose both.” And that those willing to make that bargain deserve neither their liberty nor security.

    On the most basic level, government is established only for the common security of its people. Thus, it is no surprise that government tends to test the line between the government and the governed on grounds of “security.” It is no coincidence that Franklin and fellow compatriots like Thomas Paine laid down principled reasons for an individuals’ rights in respect to government.

    Today’s advances in technology do not diminish the principled reasons for keeping government’s power in check with the people’s essential, as per Franklin– freedom. The ‘War on Terror’ is a shining example of Franklin’s principle gone awry. You cannot fight against an existential, shadowy “enemy”, on a fishing expedition for evidence, avoiding certainties, and employing such unprincipled tactics as torture, rendition, widespread wire-tapping– going against the very spirit of the law established by the Constitution, while hoping to maintain that opposing spirit in the nation.

    The people, for reasons of “security” are stripped and searched– preemptively, without warrant, probable cause or specific things being searched for– in ever-expanding screenings– losing privacy, dignity and basic freedom of travel. But even this is not the point.

    All the while, the rare, real perpetrator, identified as a terrorist, never goes through the database checks, security screening or passenger tracking schemes set-up by Homeland Security. The people do. Mothers with breastmilk. Business men with laptops. Shoes, belts, nail clippers, tooth paste, underwear, but not terrorists.

    They evidently are whisked through by contacts who may or may not work directly for the FBI, CIA or etc. Databases make exceptions for its most-important targets while people with commonly-confused names are kept from flying or subject to secondary screening. Any ordinary person without proper documentation is subject, at the least, to alternate verification and likely quite a few intense questions. For this would-be bomber, however, it is apparently the matter of a handshake with the manager, and a high-level contact to vouch as sponsor.

    It’s a bait and switch. It’s not security, Constitutionally-sound or not. It’s a scheme to tightly-control the travel of ordinary Americans while co-opting that fear through staged-attacks to generate support for various overseas operations. It is textbook problem-reaction-solution.

    Though the Body Scanners have already been phased in throughout the U.S., they along with newly hailed restrictions, such as banning blankets, electronics and on-board bathroom use during the final 60 minutes of flight, are heavy-handed measures set up by Homeland Security that have been waiting for the right excuse to introduce them to the public.

    But it’s a misapplication of security by an inept arm of government stumbling in the dark. The TSA offers neither security nor freedom– it’s Franklin’s monster.
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    the Detroit Nigerian "Terrorist" Another Patsy?

    By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    What does the hapless Nigerian mope yanked off a plane in Detroit Christmas Day for setting his lap on fire have in common with color-coded terror alerts, with the shoeless, homeless Miami Haitians convicted of trying to bring down the Sears Tower, or with the 2004 pre-election videos allegedly dropped by Osama Bin Laden? Easy. All have been useful in whipping up public fear of Muslim-inspired “terrorism” and each and every one plugs neatly and sweetly into the meta-narratives that justify increasing the power of US police and intelligence establishments and the further militarization of foreign policy.

    The guy is said to be an engineering student from Nigeria who received terrorist training in Yemen. Engineers are the practical souls whose profession is making things that actually work. Fortunately for the people on the plane, he seems to have been a very bad student who would have made a wretched engineer. He didn't know the difference between an explosive device, which might have done great harm to the plane and its passengers, and a small incendiary one which could do no more than set his own lap on fire, and maybe singe the hair of the passenger immediately next to him.

    His Nigerian nationality is extremely useful, as it lets “terror experts” and talking heads on TV and radio to draw simplistic and misleading pictures for American audiences of Nigeria as a place besieged by Muslim fundamentalists linked with Al Qaeda and in need of more US military assistance. In the real world Nigeria is a major US oil supplier, and West Africa furnishes about a fifth of US oil imports, a portion expected to grow over the next decade. Nigeria has pumped trillions of dollars worth of oil for the West over the last fifty years without managing to give people in the oil-rich areas schools or electricity or hospitals. It has allowed foreign oil companies to make the region one of the most polluted in the world, where the rain eats metal roofs, health problems are endemic, and fishing and farming are nearly impossible.

    After decades of violent suppression by successive military and civilian governments, Nigerians in the oil-rich regions have organized resistance movements which have sometimes posed direct threats to the operations of Western oil companies. For US military planners, inserting themselves into Nigeria to bolster the regime is a major priority. That's what AFRICOM is for.

    The Nigerian reportedly received his “terror training” in Yemen. Yemen is located at the southern end of the Arabian Penninsula directly opposite AFRICOM's Djibouti base and close to Somalia, where the US has waged a 14 year series of interventions and proxy wars to secure Somalia's oil and gas resources for the West, an project that has killed a million Somalis, and currently has made another million homeless.

    Yemen, as veteran journalist Patrick Cockburn assures us in an indispensable December 29 Counterpunch article, is next in the US crosshairs.

    “It is the poorest Arab country, its government is weak, its people are armed, it already faces a serious rebellion, it is strongly tribal and its mountain ranges are a natural refuge for groups like al-Qa'ida...

    “Yemen has been becoming increasingly unstable over the past two decades, ever since Saudi Arabia expelled a million Yemeni workers because Yemen refused to support the US-led war to expel Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait in 1990.”

    There is, Cockburn explains in the article which is well worth reading in its entirety, a civil war going on in Yemen, and the US needs excuses to beef up its intervention. Conveniently then, most terror suspects apprehended in the US will be found to have ties to the Yemeni insurgents.

    Although the bumbling Nigerian had a multiple-entry US visa, he reportedly managed to board the Detroit-bound plane without showing it or his passport. Someone better dressed and better spoken intervened and got him on, according to published reports. Who? How? Why? He paid for his one-way ticket in Ghana in cash, and packed no more than a knapsack. People are profiled and searched for doing this all the time, all over the world, but he was not. And of course there's the matter of the incendiary device itself, which should have been easily detectable. It's not like they don't screen passengers at European airports boarding international flights. Why was he exempt from the normal search that passengers undergo, and if he was searched why did the normal procedures fail?

    One possible answer to all these questions is that the guy is a patsy, a fool manipulated by people smarter and more resourceful than him for the purpose of creating the useful “terrorist” incident. That's what happened to the Haitians in Miami. They were disaffected and homeless, living in a Liberty City warehouse. They were contacted by a federal agent who said he could get weapons and explosives, shoes for the shoeless, rental cars (none of them had a bank account, let alone a credit card) and put them in touch with Al Qaeda. The federal agent helped them send fan mail to Osama Bin Laden and led them in taking a made-up jihadi oath, and delivered them fake weapons so they could be arrested. Journalist Webster Tarpley, in an early December Guns and Butter Radio interview (audio below – click the flash player or go to )

    with Bonnie Faulkner lays out a series of similar incidents in which apparent patsies have been used to create incidents like this. Although the interview was three weeks before the Christmas day incident, the similarities between the Liberty City case, the so-called Fort Dix 6, and other cases are numerous and startling.

    Journalist I.F. Stone told us half a century ago that “Governments lie. All governments lie.” It would not be the first time our government lied to get us into or to keep us involved in an unjust war, or to create an atmosphere of crisis to support some otherwise unsupportable policy. It wouldn't even be the fifty-first time. If Stone were alive today he'd assure us that the Obama government will readily lie to us too, in the service of its policy objectives, and probably in better English than Bush ever could. Is the incompetent Nigerian “terrorist” a patsy, intended to generate hysterical headlines and reinforce the administration's policies at home and abroad? Time will tell. Maybe.

    Bruce Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, based in Atlanta. He can be reached at bruce.dixon(at)

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    Everybody click on the links
    by Cynical Negro - 12/31/2009 - 06:30
    Alex Jones Interviews Kurt Haskell, Flight 253 Survivor - Part 1 :

    Alex Jones Interviews Kurt Haskell, Flight 253 Survivor - Part 2 :

    Alex Jones Interviews Kurt Haskell, Flight 253 Survivor - Part 3 :

    Kurt Haskell Flight 253 Survivor interview [Fox News] :

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    CIA Reality T.V. and Amerikka's "Wild, Wild West"
    by Enlightened Cynic - 12/31/2009 - 11:30
    Thanks for the links C.N. Convinces me even more of this poorly executed "false flag operation."

    If only the CIA had spent more time with Hollywood Producers, or perhaps the "hero" of the flight, video producer from Amsterdam, Jasper Schuringa. I'm sure old Jasper could have spiced up the "script" a bit.

    Perhaps they could have done a Will Smith, "Enemy of the State" surveillance on the poor Nigerian kid, now that would have provided some compelling pics in real time and technicolor no less. (Maybe we could have caught "handlers" feeding the kid narcotics or downers, he seemed kinda passive and dazed for a "terrorists?") Or perhaps we should just settle for surveillance tape from the airport check-in?

    The only upside, if any, to the Rethugs making political hay out of this is that the Obama Administration will be compelled to lay out the evidence, of course as little as possible (heaven forbid we ignore "states secrets"), but nevertheless pressured to explain the "narrative." On the flip side, I wouldn't be shocked at all if this was an "off the books" job by some of Dick Cheney's "Left Behind." The parallel spy agencies created for decades from illicit activities, culminating with Cheney. As Sibel Edmonds has documented, anything goes, it's all fair game in the kleptocratic, morally adrift, Wild Wild West empire formerly known as the U.S. of A.

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    When will we see Ms. Edmonds on the tee vee? Or Mr. Haskell? Certainly the "Today Show," could squeeze her in between White guys and tough talking Congressman battling for child custody against the evil Brazilians, Rethugs using the false flag op to score political points, more "good news" on the economy, mayhem, murder, and mystery regarding White women, and Tiger's "redemption."

    I wonder if the top Banking CEO in your community called the cops or local sheriff to warm them that their troubled teen was coming to school with pipe bombs or a loaded gun, would that be considered "actionable intelligence?"

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    by Cynical Negro - 12/31/2009 - 06:53
    Umaru Yar'Adua's government reportedly proposes to transfer 10 percent of it's oil and gas wealth to the residents of the Niger Delta, in an attempt to get the brothers to put the guns down and unite. All of a sudden Umaru Yar'Adua comes up sick and is subsequently shipped over to the US backed Saudi Arabian dictatorship for "advanced treatment." The local media quotes the Saudi Hospital as saying that the president would have to stay in the hospital for the next three months. This is the opposite of a Nigerian press release days earlier saying that President Yar'Adua was responding well to treatment and was watching football games.

    Now the Saudi's are talking about he's in a coma and needs to be transferred to Germany or the US for MORE "advanced treatment."

    The president's opposition party is currently trying to illegally take Yar'Adua's place, and deny the vice presidents succession. And now the MEND brothers are talking about hitting pipelines again.

    Where are you CBC ??? Is anybody going to check on the Nigerian president ??? This looks like a another Aristide moment, and Obama has repeatedly told us in every sideways comment he could think of, that we can't depend on him.

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    Are U.S Government officials and leaders "paties?"
    by Enlightened Cynic - 12/31/2009 - 00:06
    What is there to think of a society, a government, a so-called republic that in decades time has outspent the entire world hundreds of times over over hundreds of years span, and yet have this "security breach?" Didn't we just budget $300B for next fiscal year's wars? How many billions more to "contracting," "data mining," spy satellites, to the alphabet agencies like the DoD, CIA, NSA, and the myriad others under Homeland Security? How many billiions spent "off the books" in black ops, from drug smuggling, human trafficking, prostitution, assassination for hire, black mail and other "clandestine activities?" And yet the sorry M.Frs. couldn't preempt the "terror attempt" by a confused 23 yr old Nigerian, dimed on by his prominent father, to no less than the CIA, months before his attempt!! A bright, engineering student who somehow couldn't trigger a detonator.

    Here's the official government organ on the subject, the NY Times:

    Spy Agencies Failed to Collate Clues on Terror

    The National Security Agency intercepted discussions of a plot by leaders of Al Qaeda in Yemen, but spy agencies did not combine the intercepts with other information.

    The father, a wealthy Nigerian businessman named Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, had urgently sought help from American and Nigerian security officials when cellphone text messages from his son revealed that he was in Yemen and had become a fervent radical.

    A family cousin quoted the father as warning officials from the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency in Nigeria: “Look at the texts he’s sending. He’s a security threat.” (Maybe we should consider hiring the kid's dad as our CIA Chief?)

    The cousin said: “They promised to look into it. They didn’t take him seriously.”

    The new details help fill in the portrait of an intelligence breakdown in the months before Mr. Abdulmutallab boarded a plane in Amsterdam with the intent of blowing it up before landing in Detroit.

    In some ways, the portrait bears a striking resemblance to the failures before the Sept. 11 attacks, despite the billions of dollars spent over the last eight years to improve the intelligence flow and secret communications across the United States’ national security apparatus."

    My oh my... if this **** ain't a false flag operation, a poorly thought out one at that, than I don't know what is.

    What is even more appalling, a sign of the US's failed nation status, is that the politicians, our "leaders," aided and abetted by our 4th Estate and our "intellectual establishment" has now deemed "terrorism" a political football to score points with. Fu**k our security, there are elections out there to win.

    Why is the media channeling Dick Cheney, of all people? Here's what the esteemed one had to say about Obama, who has mightily "out-Bushed" GWB in less than 1 yr. in office, not only keeping Bush's "tool chest" in place (torture, rendition, no habeus, targeted assasinations, covert ops) but has escalated conflicts Bush started and migrated conflicts into other nations:

    Cheney, White House spar over terrorism -

    The White House responded forcefully Wednesday to former Vice President Dick Cheney's criticism of President Obama's response to the botched terror attack on Christmas Day.

    Cheney also said Obama outwardly "pretends we aren't [at war]," and the former vice president repeated his months-long criticism that the new president has made America "less safe."

    Let's get this straight, "Obama pretends we aren't at war." You could have **** sure fooled me on that one. Isn't Obama's war footprint larger than GWB's and Cheney's by all measurable accounts? Troops, $$, number of conflicts, drone attacks, covert ops? Where the f***k have I been this past year, or perhaps I've been in a f****n dungeon like Dick Cheney? I don't know anymore. Maybe the dungeon is in Cheney's mind and soul, like millions of other Americans?

    And the rotten media and intelligentsia in this country will carry on this debate ad nauseum. The Rethugs could give a **** about national security as long as there are elections to win and poll numbers that could use a bump. These politicians are playing games with our lives, and watch the sheeple fall in line. "We were safer under Bush/Cheney, the Dems are "weak," blah blah blah. What a nation of morons, idiots, cowards, and degenerates. The Rethugs no longer hide their glee and thirst for torturing, rendition, secret prisons, targeted killings, and inhumanity towards Muslims. These, the same ****holes who bellow on and on about "spreading democracy." The hubris is beyond laughable, it is cancerous and psychotic, the clear sign of a deranged population.

    Is the United States, like Israel, a failed state? Does our government actually function better than the Yemeni's? That's a question that bears consideration.

    Perhaps I should rephrase the question. "Are US citizens "patsies?" It should be absolutely clear by now that your elected officials and leaders are. Don't be shocked if a dirty bomb goes off next or an attempt at one, might be all the Empire needs to push you, "us" over the brink. Better to be prepared than surprised, for all we know the Nigerian student could have stuck a vial of uranium up his ***. Should have tuned the satellite on has *** like they did Will Smith, ya think? "Actionable Intelligence" what an oxymoron. Welcome to Bizarro World, the age of the apocalypse, not aquarius.

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    Terrorists...please already
    by raymundo - 12/30/2009 - 23:03
    Color coded alerts, WMDs, underpants weapons. Enough. Are Americans this stupid? Really, because I don't want my intelligence judged by this crowd.

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    "I've got Yemen on my mind"
    by Enlightened Cynic - 12/30/2009 - 18:04

    The long planned war on Yemen
    I notice the recent news contains much shouting that Yemen is the "new front" for the war on terror. All thanks to the latest alleged AlQuaeda recruited underwear bomber!

    Sigh, First the shoe bomber, now the undie bomber, perhaps next the hat bomber?

    Anyway.... getting back to the alleged 'new front' in the war on terror?
    This claim is about as realistic as the lies many parents told their children this past week about Santa coming to the house. Ho, Ho, Ho it just ain't so!

    Yemen has been a new front for war for this entire past year. All covertly. Up until about two weeks back. But even that didn't appear to brightly on the radar.

    The timely underwear bomber made it all possible to speak aloud, that which the US and it's allies have been doing for nearly a year.
    Therefore- looking at all the facts. The intent has always been to attack Yemen. The underwear bomber was the propaganda coup needed to justify, to the public, the reason for the already planned attack
    Penny for your thoughts: The long planned war on Yemen

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    More spoon-fed Hype
    by Cool Breeze - 12/30/2009 - 17:32
    I think that anyone who is up to date with real and accurate reporting with regards to US Foreign policy, including its history and this itellectually insulting nonesense of War On Terror it is quite clear as to what the answer to your concluding question is Mr. Dixon; if not for the simple fact that times have told and the few examples you supply reveal as much.

    Nicely written and I really enjoy the Irony of this recent stuntman being an Engineering student who happens to be clueless as to what device he has in his lap. I've even read reports in European papers that his Father contacted the CIA and US embassy in London to share his concerns with them over his suspicion that his son was running with the wrong crowd as it were. My first question was that; unless his father new what the exact target of Jr's possible fatal intent was, what reason would he have to inform the US embassy?
    The young man lives in London.
    I'm convinced that he's just another spoon used to stir the pot with.

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    "Patsy" or "Proxy"??
    by Enlightened Cynic - 12/30/2009 - 14:00
    The War On Terror is premised on "divide and conquer," toadies, proxies, straw men for straw arguments, perpetual war produced by perpectual non-ending conflicts, unchecked arm sales, and profiteering, of which the US and Israel lead the way. The "humanitarian-interventionists's" "failed-states," concept is yet another pretext for military conflict and hegemony.

    If the COO or CFO of Bank of American or Goldman Sachs, or the Assistant Sec. of the Treasury contacted M-15 and Scotland Yard to dime on his kid, how does he get on a plane? If the CIA knew 2 weeks that this kid was a loose cannon, how did he get on the plane?

    In a world of predator drones, operated from comfy suburbs, spy satellites that outstrip anything we see tracking down Will Smith,-- if billions of dollars on data bases, body "prints," and "covert operations," can't stop this kid, then (1) explain why, and (2) what are we spending/fighting for? What are we getting for our $$? I want even mention what we're giving up in terms of freedoms.

    Obama and the latest string of domestic terrorists arrests is starting to appear like GWB's "color-coded" alert system and his own arrests of ner do wells, has-beens, wannabees, and the unstable, AIDED AND ABETTED, TOO OFTEN ENTRAPPED by our "security officials." As Chris Floyd has written, these "incidents" all too often come at opportune times, opportunity that is, if you are a bloodthirsty warmonger.

    Instant Karma: New US War Target Gets Its Own Terror Icon

    Written by Chris Floyd

    Sunday, 27 December 2009 01:29

    Raimondo breaks down what's happening in Yemen, yet another civil war where American comes to the rescue to save the population from themselves by killing and bombing them. Obama is as or more reckless than Bush! Does anyone one to debate that?

    Next Stop: Yemen
    The panty-bomber and US foreign policy
    by Justin Raimondo, December 30, 2009

    Senator Joe Lieberman is calling for "preemptive" military action, averring:

    "Somebody in our government said to me in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, ‘Iraq was yesterday’s war, Afghanistan is today’s war. If we don’t act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow’s war.’ That’s the danger we face."

    Lieberman never met an Islamic nation that he didn’t want to invade and subjugate, but in the case of Yemen, the misdirection such "preemption" would represent for US policy in the region couldn’t be more deceptive. For the real source of irritation to the US, and its Saudi Arabian ally, isn’t al-Qaeda, but Iran.

    Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war since the mid-1990s, one that has little to do with al-Qaeda and everything to do with the historical and religious currents that have swept over this poverty-stricken nation of some 20 million since the end of World War I. The Ottoman empire once claimed suzerainty over the region, but never succeeded in subduing the northern tribes who maintained their independence through all the days of British domination of the south, and then the imposition of Marxist one-party rule in the name of the southern-dominated "Democratic Republic of Yemen," which was a Soviet ally during the cold war era.

    The ferociously independent northerners are religiously and ethnically distinct from their fellow countrymen, adhering to a version of Shi’ite Islam, unlike the Sunni majority in the more settled southern provinces. For years the northerners have waged a battle against the central government, under the general rubric of the "Houthi," named after their former leader, Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, killed by the regime in 2004. For its part, the central government has been dominated by a central figure, Field Marshal Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled since 1978, when the President of the Yemeni Arab Republic (YAR) was assassinated (some say at the instigation of Saleh). Since that time, Saleh has systematically jailed, killed, or otherwise eliminated any who would oppose him.

    The Yemeni central government has been none too subtle in its tactics, launching what they themselves called "Operation Scorched Earth" in an effort to defeat the northern rebels. This campaign provoked a refugee exodus from the battlefield in which tens of thousands of displaced persons fled to the south, where they were housed in sprawling camps. Meanwhile, the Saudis were drawn into the conflict, using their air force to bomb and strafe rebel villages, and sending their troops into direct skirmishes with the Houthi. Fearful that the spreading influence of the Houthi Shi’ites would infect their own minority Shi’ite population, particularly in al-Hasa and other oil-producing provinces of the Kingdom, the Saudis are determined to crush the Yemeni insurgency, and have doubtless encouraged their American patrons to get more directly involved.

    The Saudis and the Yemeni central government have portrayed the Houthis as Iranian pawns, and the conflict has been defined as a proxy war between Tehran and Riyadh – yet the real roots of the civil war are buried in Yemen’s storied past, where the religious and political divisions that currently bedevil the regime in Sana’a, the capital city, have their origin.

    In addition to the Houthi rebellion in the north, the central government faces a secessionist movement in the south, which has, up until now, largely confined its activities to peaceful protests and demonstrations. Yet the government has treated them in the same way it has confronted the Houthis: with violent repression. Recent demonstrations held by the separatists were met with brute force: eight newspapers were closed by the government for daring to report on the secessionists’ activities.

    Naturally, the Yemeni government has every interest in portraying the southern secessionists as a conspiracy hatched by al-Qaeda, and the northern rebels as proxies for Iran – and the US is buying into it, big time, with $70 million in US military and "development" aid this year alone, and much more in the pipeline. Now that President Obama has pledged to "use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the U.S. homeland," the road is opened to a deepening US presence in that war-torn country, up to and including the large-scale presence of American troops.

    Change? Far from reversing the policies of the Bush era, President Obama – swept into office by war-weary voters who mistook his opposition to the Iraq war as a general tendency towards non-interventionism – is not only continuing but expanding the American offensive, which is now engulfing Pakistan and spilling over into the Arabian peninsula. As for "al-Qaeda on the Arabian peninsula," this fits right into their plans for a general conflagration in the region, which will set Sunni against Shia, Saudis against Yemenis, and everyone against the United States.

    Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia – nothing is beyond the scope of American ambitions to dominate the region, and apparently nothing short of a voter rebellion at home will deter Obama from this suicidal course. The war begun by Bush, and continued by Obama, is widening. As the showdown over Iran’s nonexistent nuclear weapons program proceeds – from draconian sanctions and American sponsorship of terrorist groups in Iranian Balochistan, to a proxy war in Yemen – the stage is being set for a new world war. Al Qaeda is the pretext – but Iran is the target."
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  5. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    As has already been alluded to via past posters on these forums?

    Some places and spaces in modern day africa aren't for the timid to even be traveling down those 'mean streets' either...

    I. e., make that young person even the rich son of some affluent african family, hence the clash between the old and new ways of his people may well lead to some obvious culture shock, etc.

    Though if the same levels of alienation etc. reflect here and there:

    Then what is at fault is maybe kinda sorta other folks corruption--some folks decadence...

    Also the Final Call's best reporters etc. have been kinda sorta consistent revealing the negative impact of our nation's alleged or real black icons etc. on the rest of the disapora as well?

    No more of a reality check/wake up call should be needed at this late date for others as well to clean up their acts here and everywhere else nowadays...