The Torture Cover-Up

by craig on March 14, 2014 9:58 am in Uncategorized

It emerges from the USA that 9,000 documents proving direct involvement of the White House in cases of brutal torture are being withheld from the Senate Committee by the Obama administration.  This should surprise nobody, as Obama has done everything in his power to protect George W Bush and the many in the administration, diplomatic service and CIA involved in the whole secret web of torture and murder.  The entire programme was on a scale and of an order of brutality much greater than anything that has been yet understood by the public.  All of those foreign nationals rendered to Uzbekistan, for example, were killed during or following torture and buried in the desert.

It seems that Obama and the Republicans are combining to make sure that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the subject – which by all accounts will be damning enough – is never going to be made public in any way that reveals anything not already known.  The Republicans – and Fox News – have already united behind the extraordinary assertion that the CIA were entitled to spy on the Committee’s activity on its computers, because the physical computers had been provided by the CIA.

At least there is some traction for outrage in the United States.  In the UK, Downing Street dismissed the Gibson Inquiry as soon as it became clear that Gibson was not prepared to be a patsy like Lord Hutton.  I had some small part to play in that.  Gibson had instructed the Foreign Office that, in preparing my own evidence, I had to be given access to any document I had been able to see while I was Ambassador.  This caused huge alarm in the Foreign Office and security services as I knew precisely where the incriminating documents lie and how to find them in a way an outsider never could. Gibson’s insistence on my behalf put the wind up Downing Street and Cameron and Clegg decided to cancel the inquiry.  Similarly Downing Street is postponing the report of the Chilcot Inquiry until Chilcot – who is by no means as “difficult” as Gibson – produces a sufficiently anodyne report.  Even Chilcot’s ultra-Establishment panel of pro-war enthusiasts is having some difficulty with the demands on their intellectual integrity. In particular, Cameron is still refusing to let the Chilcot Committee see, let alone publish, the memos between Tony Blair and George Bush which make it absolutely clear the invasion was agreed long before has been admitted, and also cast some light on its true motives.  Cameron’s withholding of the invasion docs is a precise parallel to Obama’s withholding of the torture docs.  The complete media, political and public silence on this in the UK is terrifying in its implications.

 

 

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  1. Ba'al Zevul (O Tempora! O Mores!)

    14 Mar, 2014 - 10:08 am

    I’m getting Russian dolls here, Craig.

    The torture was secret.
    The reasons for stifling any realistic enquiry into the torture are secret.
    And the reasons for suppressing the reasons are secret….etc.

    Neat. But I’m thinking this country is badly overdue an honest administration.

  2. In George Orwell’s 1984, the media broadcast exactly that which the government wants said, the entire population are under surveillance, and anyone organising to change this is taken for torture, but not generic torture; personalised torture, based upon intimate knowledge of the individual gained from the universal surveillance.

    It seems that the first two points are already reality in the UK and US systems, and progress toward the third point is being concealed.

  3. Craig said;

    The complete media, political and public silence on this in the UK is terrifying in its implications.

    Kassandra saw it all too ;

    National security officials in the United Kingdom will be given “special access” to some key YouTube features by Google, The Irish Times reports. Apparently Google will give officials in the U.K. the ability to raise a “super flag” on videos that they deem dangerous to national security. The Irish Times says that these “super flagger” powers mean that any content that U.K. officials flag will be immediately reviewed for takedown. Additionally, national security officials will have the ability to flag content in bulk so they won’t have to flag individual videos to be reviewed on a one-at-a-time basis.

    When will this site be “super flagged”, and you along with the rest of us taken to secret courts and given very real sentence, to be imprisoned in one of the many Gitmos dotted around?

  4. This, from Oborne in the Telegraph, makes good background reading. And follows the money –

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10086837/The-whiff-of-suspicion-over-the-Chilcot-Inquiry-grows-stronger.html

    ‘Four years ago, when still in opposition, David Cameron claimed that Chilcot was part of an “establishment stitch-up”. Now he has changed his mind. He suggests instead that it wasn’t needed in the first place. “I would want to reassure people and say the lessons of Iraq have been learned,” he told the BBC last month, when asked whether intelligence concerning the use of chemical weapons in Syria could be trusted. But this is not reassuring at all: it was the job of Sir John Chilcot to learn the lessons of the Iraq fiasco, and his report is now three years overdue.

    Sir John’s failure to deliver on time is part of what is becoming a Whitehall pattern. The Gibson Inquiry into powerful allegations that Britain was involved in extraordinary rendition and torture, also supported by the prime minister in opposition, has been abandoned. We ought to have enough confidence in our magnificent values to be able to cast daylight on our national errors, crimes and misfortunes. Yet, as the experience of Gibson, Chilcot and Hillsborough suggests, the culture of secrecy seems always to prevail.’

    I am waiting for an Excrescence to identify Oborne as a compost-smoking sandalled, bearded leftie…might be a long wait.

  5. Craig, over the years on this blog, you and I have had a disagreement that you may not even have noticed. I have asserted that if a government maintains a secret service, some accountable, civilian structure needs to be interwoven into it, using cryptographic techniques, such that activities of individual agents would be monitored on a one-to-one basis, and a comprehensive civilian assessment of overall secret service activity could thereby be reconstructed for the purpose of accountability and regulation. You have counter-asserted that ensuring the personal integrity of secret service staff and chiefs would be a sufficient check upon secret service power.

    We are now seeing, in the US and the UK, the results of unchecked power among the secret services, the most obvious examples being the CIA surveillance of the US Senate Oversight Committee, and NSA spying upon friendly or allied foreign governments such as that against the German Chancellor.

    I become ever more convinced that relying upon personal integrity in intelligence is insufficient, and that a comprehensive structural approach is urgently needed.

  6. I feel Mr Murray’s anger here. Cameron is a shit, of course. Obama, alas, betrays many signs of a personality disorder, and a very serious one at that. Worryingly, I suspect his handlers know it, which means the US basically doesn’t have a president; they have a speech-maker. Works in a Heinlein novel. Doesn’t in real life.

    Sadly, I suspect Cameron himself is miles to thick to refuse\not refuse anything Chilcott might ask. Cameron is, quite clearly to anyone who is looking, dumb as a rock. He is, alas, PM. So, someone is making decisions on his behalf, which is genuinely weird. Hague is – as we know – too compromised by his, ah, weakness, so I’ve no idea who might be our de-facto PM. Probably Blair.

    But really, our rulers prefer utter secrecy.

  7. Ba’al Zevul, 11:29 am: “Follow the money”.

    Well it could be money. It could equally be blackmail. Modern communications create such vast potential for surveillance, and personality profiling and personal leverage based thereon, that no politician or any person with power can be considered safe from such coercion. Exactly where would the strings of such power lead back to? We can’t know, because that entire area is cloaked in legally enforced institutional secrecy.

  8. Democracy in late capitalism (exit phase): The right to chose the colour of our manager’s tie meant that the boardroom has had to close the curtains.

  9. “Choose” of course.

    Bastard !

  10. Afraid American concern about rendition and torture is like the Whigs concern about the new Queen;s favor in the late 1830s – they just wanted to keep their jobs, as do the current Demorats, confronted by lame duck Obama and his hated Obamacare,

  11. I’ll stick with the money, Clark. Where there’s blackmail, there’s a financial interest in the blackmailees actions…

    To paraphrase you, with apologies, – “Political office creates such vast potential for profit, and such widespread knowledge of the politician’s peccadilloes, that no politician or person with power can automatically be considered immune to coercion.”

    Whether it’s blackmail, bribery or just good friends.

  12. In both the US and UK, the spooks run politicians the way they run any other asset.

    I’m not quite sure why some here seem to think that the spooks are the junior party in this arrangement.

  13. Perhaps here is a tiny bit of good news. From swissinfo.ch regarding the Swiss Prosecutor’s Office extending a money laundering investigation to include Gulnara Karimova.

    swissinfo.ch – Swiss investigate Uzbek president’s daughter

  14. ‘I’m not quite sure why some here seem to think that the spooks are the junior party in this arrangement.’

    Possibly because they’re a subset of a much larger class. Lobbyists, essentially; which includes foreign governments, large corporations, industry associations (formal and informal), the forces (who always want new kit) and intelligence. Some bribe, some blackmail, some do both. If I’m a major aircraft company paying – let us say – Wahhabistan a gigantic illegal sweetener ultimately derived from UK taxpayers, I find it handy to have friends who can drop the OSA on any public knowledge of my transactions. Which requires the somehow extorted co-operation of the security services. I think they’re pawns. They’re not paid enough to be senior parties, bar the usual swine at the front of the trough queue. And those would be on The Network whatever they were being paid to “do”.

    The Old School Tie and The Upstart Rich Club have amalgamated now.

  15. When I say spooks I mean their organisation and mandate and so on. I’m not talking about the worker bees.

    Why would the organisation be junior to any politician. During the post war period when politicians thought they had the upper hand, there are numerous accounts of their difficulty managing even their civil servants.

    Hoover wasn’t junior to any politician. No 10 was bugged during Wilson’s time.

    Any evidence we see indicates that the spooks are in charge, and have been since oiks started becoming politicians as mass enfranchisement spread.

    I’d have said that the spooks, insofar as they work for anyone, work for banking and corporate interests, as you’ve mentioned above, but more than that I’d say they are in fact one and the same.

    I think you can see this more clearly in the US where much more info is available.

  16. Many of the documents might contain secrets of methods and sources which the U.S. doesn’t want to be disclosed, and I don’t mean techniques of waterboarding, or Cheney’s advocacy of such methods. They might, for disclose the royal secret recipe of making Prince William’s chocolate biscuit cake, and that would never do, because (a) it would undermine the mystique of the royal family, (b) undermine the sales of similar comestibles in coffee houses, and so (c) undermine the Special Relationship. And I haven’t even begun on secret intelligence methods and sources. You see? Too much at stake. :)

  17. This is quite a good article explaining the intimate connection between Wall St and the CIA:

    “According to former CIA director Richard Helms, when Allen Dulles was tasked in 1946 to “draft proposals for the shape and organization of what was to become the Central Intelligence Agency,” he recruited an advisory group of six men made up almost exclusively of Wall Street investment bankers and lawyers. Dulles himself was an attorney at the prominent Wall Street law firm, Sullivan and Cromwell. Two years later, Dulles became the chairman of a three-man committee which reviewed the young agency’s performance. The other two members of the committee were also New York lawyers.i For nearly a year, the committee met in the offices of J.H. Whitney, a Wall Street investment firm.ii

    According to Peter Dale Scott, over the next twenty years, all seven deputy directors of the agency were drawn from the Wall Street financial aristocracy; and six were listed in the New York social register.iii So we see that from the beginning the CIA was an exclusive Wall Street club. Allen Dulles himself became the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence in early 1953.

    The prevalent myth that the CIA exists to provide intelligence information to the president was the promotional vehicle used to persuade President Harry Truman to sign the 1947 National Security Act, the legislation which created the CIA.iv But the rationale about serving the president was never more than a partial and very imperfect truth.v”

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30605.htm

  18. In the light of Oborne’s (link @ 11.29, above) contention that Blair gave aid and comfort to the Tories, pre-election, and the implication that sanitising Chilcott is payment for this, this is extraordinarily interesting. Excrescences please note, the mention of Israel is purely incidental:

    http://news.sky.com/story/1225463/david-cameron-blair-were-not-friends

    *sound of cock crowing*

  19. I agree generally Herbie, but some spooks, like Peter Wright, Bill Harvey, James Angleton, Dick Helms, and also Hoover, worked for themselves, especially to promote or more generally fix the commies, domestic and foreign.

  20. I’d have said that the spooks, insofar as they work for anyone, work for banking and corporate interests, as you’ve mentioned above, but more than that I’d say they are in fact one and the same.

    I think we can converge on that. Though I’d suggest that bugging Wilson was more connected with preventing oiks becoming politicians, and the UK at any rate was under the Old School Tie regime, throughout. In which the US terror of Communism mingled with downright snobbery.

  21. Ironic that the hypocritical Zuckerberg is protesting to Obomber about excessive surveillance when his own Facebook collects a lot of the info.

    14 March 2014
    Mark Zuckerberg ‘confused and frustrated’ by US spying
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26571018

    ~~~

    BT’s hands are none too clean either.

    14 March 2014

    BT investigated over email data
    BT is being investigated by the UK’s data authority following whistleblower claims the company “exposed user credentials en masse”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26480381

    Q Could BT run the proverbial whelk stall?

  22. Ba’al Zevul and Herbie; money, influence, blackmail/coercion – we can’t sort out what’s what due to secrecy. Of course we can assume that both money and power are incentives. Eliminating the secrecy, including corporate secrecy, is a prerequisite to public accountability of all channels of influence.

    Ironically, the surveillance capabilities developed by the NSA and GCHQ (and doubtless the secret ‘security’ services of other governments) is exactly the sort of physical tool needed to curtail secrecy in general, but its control and output have to be public rather than secret. The required non-physical instruments are legal ones.

  23. Yes, Trowbridge, but you can see that this whole commie menace thing is there to preserve and enhance CIA empire building, in an institutional sense.

    It mostly interfered with the rapprochement in which senior politicians wished to engage, even including Nixon, and up to the present day.

    Again, the politicians are junior partners.

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  25. Mod. Could you please remove the bullet points above to make the petition links live. Thanks.

    [Done]

  26. Yes, Clark, but if the spooks are the senior partners why would they allow politicians to expose their secrets.

    They’ve never done so in the past, even in the best of times as during the 1970s and the Church Committee.

    This is precisely why Julian Assange devised his plan to expose what politicians could never achieve, and of course why he was such a danger to them.

  27. Right, Herbie, the institutional relationship became fixed when Nixon fired Hoover, only to see the spooks go haywire during Watergate – what led to Nixon’s end.

    No politician has been willing, knowingly, to challenge their subordination since.

    Obama has come close, but he still just manages the junction box where the various spook lines meet up.

  28. Hoover wasn’t fired by anyone. He died in office.

    They were all afraid of him as they’re afraid of those who came after him, though to be fair the front guy in these outfits today isn’t the real guy.

    It was the CIA who got rid of Nixon.

    That whole brave journalists on the Washingto Post thing is all pooh, I’m afraid.

  29. So the CIA really is just another Company, and its job is to protect American investments overseas. This includes eliminating threats to those investments, such as wayward dictators who start selling oil in euros, not dollars.

    And the President? Just a doddery old chairman who’s only interested in the share price. He turns up for monthly board meetings to be told that everything is fine, just fine…

  30. Yeah, kinda like Richard Branson, PR like chairmen.

    The only recent exception was George Bush Sr. Other than he, since Nixon, all Republican US Presidents have been subordinate to their vice presidents.

    You’ll note that George Bush Sr had an exceptionally stupid vice president.

  31. And Bush Snr was CIA director in the 70s. Their man was on point as POTUS.

  32. doug scorgie

    14 Mar, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    Clark
    14 Mar, 2014 – 12:05 pm

    “Modern communications create such vast potential for surveillance, and personality profiling and personal leverage based thereon, that no politician or any person with power can be considered safe from such coercion.”

    Yes Clark and you can be sure that every politician (of any party); senior civil servant; senior police officer and current and prospective judges have and are being spied on for the purposes of control (through blackmail) by anti-democratic deep state actors who all swear allegiance to the Crown.

  33. Nixon called Hoover on the night of May 1,1972, and told him finally that he had to retire – something he would never do, and the President would then have to fire him, but shortly thereafter the Director died mysteriously in bed, thanks apparently to some Plumber souping up his medication. It was just too close to be merely coincidental.

    As I recall, no autopsy was ever carried out on the Director’s death.

  34. “The chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, made no mention of the White House documents during a blistering floor speech Tuesday in which she charged that the CIA may have undermined the Constitution and violated the law by searching computers used by her staff to compile the study. Brennan has denied her allegations and the White House has expressed continued confidence in his leadership of the CIA.”

    Closing ranks; manning the parapet for the Humpty Dumpties in the hope that all the King’s soldiers can make them whole again.

  35. Thanks for the excellent Peter Oborne link – I have a great deal of time for Peter Oborne.

  36. Fair enough, Trowbridge.

    This is quite a comprehensive and footnoted article by Peter Dale Scott which explains all:

    “The State, the Deep State, and the Wall Street Overworld”

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-state-the-deep-state-and-the-wall-street-overworld/5372843

    If you want it in a few sentences.

    With the rise of the masses in the late 19C, elites became more concerned as to how they might manage these emergent oiks. Some states opted for fascism, others for communism and the West went for participation, liberal democracy and PR. The price of this though was that elites would maintain their interests through these secretive organisations.

  37. “You have counter-asserted that ensuring the personal integrity of secret service staff and chiefs would be a sufficient check upon secret service power.”

    Indeed, Clark. But there are good citizens in the CIA. Colonel Charles McKee and five others who died on the Lockerbie flight were good people. But no good deed goes unpunished.

  38. http://plane-truth.com/Aoude/geocities/mckee.html

    ” McKee’s thick, 37-page Army dossier contains so many blacked-out words that it’s hard to glean the danger he faced. Surviving the censor’s ink was his title, ”Team Chief.” Under ”Evaluation,” it was written that he ”performs constantly in the highest-stress environment with clear operational judgment and demeanor . . . Especially strong in accomplishing the mission with minimal guidance and supervision . . . Continues to perform one of the most hazardous and demanding jobs in the Army.”

    For Beulah McKee the mystery deepened six months after Chuck’s death, when she received a letter from another U.S. agent in Beirut. It was signed ”John Carpenter,” a name the Pentagon says it can’t further identify. Although the letter claimed that Chuck’s presence on the Pan Am plane was unrelated to the bombing, Carpenter’s message only stirred her suspicions. ”I cannot comment on Chuck’s work,” he wrote, ”because his work lives on. God willing, in time his labors will bear fruit and you will learn the true story of his heroism and courage.”

    Chuck had given no clues about his work. Back home in November for Thanksgiving three weeks before he perished, he wouldn’t even see his friends. ”I don’t want to mingle, so I don’t have to answer any questions,” he told his mother. ”Anyway, he didn’t have time,” she recalls. ”He stayed up till 3 every morning studying reports. And when he flew back to Beirut, all he said was, ‘Don’t worry, Mom. Soon I’ll be out from under all this pressure.’ ”

  39. coughanthraxcough

    14 Mar, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    Americans go to great lengths to avoid facing the facts about their ruling junta but CIA rule was instituted 65 years ago with 50 U.S.C. 403w, which made CIA determinations final and conclusive and not subject to review by any court. Of course, this provision was amended by the Convention Against Torture for actions conferring impunity for torture. But if Congress is ever so impudent as obtrude the supreme law that they enacted, all CIA has to do is go Kachoo! and their puppets will knuckle under.

  40. “Americans go to great lengths to avoid facing the facts about their ruling junta but CIA rule was instituted 65 years ago with 50 U.S.C. 403w, which made CIA determinations final and conclusive and not subject to review by any court”

    Many of us have been willfully ignorant until very recently.

    The National Security Act of 1947 was implemented by a Lib dem (Truman) and was part and parcel of the Republican Eisenhower’s warning about the Military Industrial Complex, which sits at the heart of all this pure evil.

  41. You may be interested in this too, Craig. It’s very straightforward –

    http://www.lorddavidowen.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Letter-to-Prime-Minister.gif

    Lord Owen didn’t sit on his hands after the Oborne piece.

  42. “The National Security Act of 1947 was implemented by a Lib dem (Truman) and was part and parcel of the Republican Eisenhower’s warning about the Military Industrial Complex, which sits at the heart of all this pure evil.”

    And Truman himself, in later life, came to regret what he’d done, just as Woodrow Wilson regretted setting up the Federal Reserve.

    I just wish some of them would regret these things before doing them, but then they wouldn’t be where they were.

  43. It is interesting to note that when the powers that be tried to drag Truman into the dispute about who killed JFK, he told Look magazine in 1964 that he did not intend CIA to get…”engaged in strange activities,” only have it provide …” all the available information to the president.”

  44. Today Moazzam Begg appeared by videolink to learn that his trial has been scheduled for 6 October. If this does not get rescheduled he will have spent a further 9 months in prison because he has been investigating the actions of his torturers. Moazzam Begg has been tortured by the US with complicity from UK spooks. My guess is that Chilcot may have been hoping to question him about how he was tortured and who was present. This is how the spooks are keeping him from appearing, and just for delivering a generator to an area of Syria which has no electricity. I predicted this morning they would get a bent judge to keep him banged away. These people are disgusting.

  45. He is in Belmarsh as I suggested and the judge was Sweeney. He will be tried by a High Court judge.

    http://news.uk.msn.com/begg-faces-court-on-terror-charges

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigel_Sweeney

    ‘Prosecution: Nigel Sweeney QC

    Nigel Sweeney heads the prosecution of the 21 July 2005 alleged bombers. He is a senior criminal barrister who has appeared in more than 40 terrorism-related trials, including the 1984 IRA Brighton bombing which was an attempt to assassinate then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

    One of his most recent high profile trials was the prosecution of Kamel Bourgass, convicted of killing a policeman and a plot to spread poison. Mr Sweeney also works in an advisory role and has been consulted by the Home Secretary and MI6. Mr Sweeney was called to the bar in 1976 and became a QC in 2000.’
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6321097.stm Feb 2007

  46. Thanks Mary for the links. It saves me searching. I do not trust British justice. I used to do, and I was pleased to see the barristers striking in support of keeping legal aid at the level it is, but there have been so many miscarriages of high-profile cases, including Moazzam Begg’s, I am convinced that decisions are arrived at outside of court.

  47. NSA malware industrialises spying
    14 March 2014

    Apologies for the prolonged silence. I’m back in Nazareth after my speaking engagements in Canada. Having spent the last few days sorting out my own computer malware problems, there was a certain irony to the fact that the first article I accessed on my return was this report from Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher, based on the Edward Snowden leaks.

    It reveals that the NSA – surprise, surprise – has automated its spying operations, so that malware once used to target the odd terror suspect can now be used routinely. The programme is called “Owning the net”. (Israel also gets a special shout-out in the report for its work with the NSA in developing malware.)

    So it’s no longer – and, of course, never was – only about tracking metadata from our phone calls and Google searches. This is industrialised spying, including on domestic populations, using our interactions with the net (which means most of our activities) to know what is going on in our minds.

    Much of the evidence cited in the report is from 2009, so it is difficult to know how much further the NSA has gone in implementing its plans. My guess is things are far worse than even this report suggests: five years is a long time in software development.

    /..
    http://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2014-03-14/nsa-malware-industrialises-spying/

  48. One of the great charitable Quaker trusts, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which funds much research into poverty and education and other important causes, is one of the donors to Cage, the charity for which Moazzam Begg is involved, and despite his wrongful internment in our police state, they continue to give their support, as does the Anita Roddick foundation.

    http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/moazzam-begg-charity-defends-decision-6788755

  49. BrianFujisan

    14 Mar, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    It would appear They are trying to cover up this story too… i have been trying to dig into this a wee bit…to see if there is any truth in it – and if so, will Anonymous possibly have Scuppered the Planned attacks

    A post was made on the Russian website ‘Live Journal’ on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, by a profile titled Андрей Споров (Andrey Sporaw), containing documents detailing a corrupt plan between “US Army Attache Assistant in Kiev Jason Gresh’ and ‘a high ranking official from Ukrainian General Staff Igor Protsyk’, to conduct a series of attacks on Ukrainian military bases to ‘frame up the neighbor’, or in other words, create a Ukrainian false flag event and blame it on Russia. Image credit: whiteoutpress

    An Anonymous hacker responsible for the info says-

    “We have hacked e-mail correspondence of US Army Attache Assistant in Kiev Jason Gresh and a high ranking official from Ukrainian General Staff Igor Protsyk.

    It appears that they are planning to conduct a series of attacks on Ukrainian military bases in order to destabilize the situation in Ukraine.

    Particularly, Jason Gresh writes to Igor Protsyk that it’s time to implement a plan that implies “causing problems to the transport hubs in the south-east of Ukraine in order to frame-up the neighbor. It will create favorable conditions for Pentagon to act”, says Jason Gresh.

    In his turn, Protsyk writes to some Vasil and tells him to arrange an attack on an airbase of 25 aviation brigade of Ukrainian air force stationed in Melitopol.

    This Vasil is responsible for arranging the details of the attack, gathering of the gunmen and providing them with a map of sites that are chosen to be attacked.

    We strongly recommend everyone to look through these documents. There you will find all the details. (Anon)”

    Though when one tries to click the documents, uploaded to 2 very different file sharing websites, Mediafire and Sendspace, both of them have already been ‘removed for violation’.

    The authenticity of this information needs to be verified. One would need to do something such as find out if the anonymous hacker could have known what he said, had the hacker not truly taken the info from hacked emails, or see the emails themselves, but the documents with the details of the emails have already been taken down.

    However, if the documents were fake, or non-existent, how could they have already been ‘removed for violation’, from 2 different file sharing sites?

    It has not even been 24 hours since the original posting of this information.

    It seems someone needs to connect the dots and see if the alleged contents of these hacked emails match up with reality.

    If these events actually become reality (or this being leaked prevents this from even happening), maybe we have finally entered into an age where citizen hackers can reveal the psychopathic plans of powerful people, before they execute them and ruin the lives of innocent people.

    Source @

    http://theantimedia.org/anonymous-releases-email-allegedly-detailing-western-backed-false-flag-in-ukraine/

    Beforeitsnews have the story up too, and a few other sites –

    Anonymous exposes US invasion plans in Ukraine planned for the 15th of March 2014

    By tomorrow, the 15th of March 2014, the United States, through its agents in Ukraine, will begin a series of false flag attacks on targets in Ukraine which have been designed to make it look as if they were carried out by the Special Forces of the Russian Federation.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/politics/2014/03/anonymous-exposes-us-invasion-plans-in-ukraine-planned-for-the-15th-of-march-2014-2605130.html

  50. Thanks for that Brian. Here are the emails intercepted by anonymous for the false-flag events.

    To: Igor Protsuyuk igor.protsyk@gmail.com, ivprotsyk@mil.gov.ua

    Subj: Peninsula

    Date: Sun, 9 March 2014 17:57:09 +0200

    Igor,

    Events are moving fast in the Crimea. Our friends in Washington expect more decisive action from your network.

    This comments underlines the desperation and the rush that the US has in cementing their overthrow of Ukraine. They can not risk that there will democratic elections and a legitimate government which will so no to NATO, the EU, the IMF and the US.

    I think it’s time to implement the plan we discussed lately. Your job is to cause some problems to the transport hubs in the south-east in order to frame-up the neighbor.

    The neighbor in this case means the Russian Federation. One note, for a military attaché Mr. Gresh’s English is not that good but he could be talking down to his hirelings.

    It will create favorable conditions for Pentagon and the Company to act.

    Of course the phrase “the Company” means the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Do not waste time, my friend.

    Sincerely,

    Jason P. Gresh

    Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

    Assistant Army Attaché

    U.S. Embassy, Kyiv

    Tankova 4, Kyiv, Ukraine 04112

    (380-44) 521 – 5444 | Fax: (380-44) 521 – 5636

    E-Mail 2

    From: Igor Protsuyuk igor.protsyk@gmail.com,

    To: Basil Labaichuk krivonis.te@gmail.com

    Subj: Get active in Melitopol

    Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 5:50:35 -0700

    Vasily,

    You must launch actions in Melitopole very quickly . The 25th Air Transport Brigade is located there.

    We need to mess with (pull in, provoke) our sworn friends and our good neighbors . I think you understand me .

    This phrase is interesting in the use of the term “sworn friends” which may mean their terrorist allies, the other parts of their Trident or Yatsenyuk and Klitcschko themselves.

    You must proceed carefully and cautiously.

    The 25th Air Brigade is currently on combat missions, so make sure no great harm comes to the planes .

    There are already damaged aircraft at the location, with those you can do whatever you want. I will send you there registration numbers.

    Remember, it is necessary to make everything look like it was a real attack by Russian Special Forces .

    The Brigade Commander there is an intelligent man.

    He will not know the details but in an extreme case you can turn to him. We will warn him.

    Colonel Igor Protsyk

    Chief of Staff, Bilateral Military Cooperation Division, Main Directorate for Military Cooperation and PKO

    General Staff, Armed Forces of Ukraine

    tel +38044 481-5407 cell +38067 407 97 40

    e-mail: i.v.protsyk@mil.gov.ua e-mail: protsyk@ukr.net

    E-Mail 3

    From: Basil Labaichuk krivonis.te@gmail.com

    To: Oleg Kolyarny kolyarny@gmail.com

    CC: igor.protsyk@gmail.com

    Subj: Urgent need to make some noise

    Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 9:20:46 -0700

    Oleg, there is an urgent need to make noise attributed to Muscovites (epithet) at the Melitopole air base. This must be done before March 15. You already understand why.

    First of all you need to contact Paschke (Pavel) Tarasenko . You must know him, he’s from local Svoboda Party and is in on the plan.

    10-12 guys will be arriving there from the Center.

    They are the best fighters of the Trident. Misha (Mihail) is in charge, you should know him too. He will fill you in on the details. You must meet these people and ensure that they have everything they need.

    Proceed with caution. Speak only in Russian.

    The 25th Air Brigade is currently engaged in combat missions, so do not do a lot of damage to the aircraft.

    There are plenty of scrap (damaged) aircraft there and you can do whatever you like with them. You will be told which damaged aircraft you can attack.

    It is vital that everything looks like as real attack by our neighbor’s (Russian) commandos. But without bodies.

    Give me your account details again. The money will come on time, do not worry .

    See the attached file. It is just a proposal. Decide yourself what to do.

    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_03_14/Operation-Independence-Continues-Anonymous-exposes-US-invasion-plans-in-Ukraine-7517/

  51. @John

    If the emails were genuine they would have included full headers so they could be checked. Those headers are not even cut and paste, there is no “Subj:” header on an email.

    And no, I don’t believe an American Lieutenant Colonel would be faking an East European accent. I think whoever wrote that did not have a command of the English language.

  52. Fred

    I am just passing them on. Whether they are genuine or not I do not know. Perhaps we will find out tomorrow! I hope not.

    Jason P. Gresch does exist though because his wife gave a talk last year.

    https://www.facebook.com/eyp.ukraine/posts/505139206214235

  53. Fred,

    I have the full 7 MB 7zip archive as originally posted. There are headers present in the original archive as first posted. There are a large number of emails.

    The messages appear to have been downloaded from a Ukranian government email server. It is quite possible that some of the messages have been edited though including the one – Jason Gresh’s English certainly seems a bit odd.

    There are about 40 Megabytes of emails once unzipped. Here’s the headers for the message quoted from Gresh

    Delivered-To: igor.protsyk@gmail.com
    Received: by 10.220.4.2 with SMTP id 2csp62561vcp;
    Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:57:15 -0700 (PDT)
    X-Received: by 10.224.51.74 with SMTP id c10mr35436450qag.33.1394380635325;
    Sun, 09 Mar 2014 08:57:15 -0700 (PDT)
    Return-Path:
    Received: from haig2.state.gov (haig-ee.state.gov. [169.253.194.10])
    by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id f6si8135208qap.24.2014.03.09.08.57.14
    for
    (version=TLSv1.2 cipher=ECDHE-RSA-RC4-SHA bits=128/128);
    Sun, 09 Mar 2014 08:57:15 -0700 (PDT)
    Received-SPF: pass (google.com: best guess record for domain of GreshJP@state.gov designates 169.253.194.10 as permitted sender) client-ip=169.253.194.10;
    Authentication-Results: mx.google.com;
    spf=pass (google.com: best guess record for domain of GreshJP@state.gov designates 169.253.194.10 as permitted sender) smtp.mail=GreshJP@state.gov
    Received: from EEAPPSEREDG02.appservices.state.sbu ([10.47.98.102])
    by haig2.state.gov with ESMTP id s29FgT0w013967-s29FgT0x013967;
    Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:42:29 -0400
    Received: from EEAPPSEREX06.appservices.state.sbu (10.47.98.206) by
    EEAPPSEREDG02.appservices.state.sbu (10.47.98.102) with Microsoft SMTP Server
    (TLS) id 14.3.158.1; Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:57:13 -0400
    Received: from KIEVMB01.eur.state.sbu (10.168.34.7) by
    EEAPPSEREX06.appservices.state.sbu (10.47.98.206) with Microsoft SMTP Server
    id 14.3.158.1; Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:57:13 -0400
    Content-Class: urn:content-classes:message
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: text/plain; charset=”iso-8859-1″
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
    X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft Exchange V6.5
    Subject: Peninsula
    Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2014 17:57:09 +0200
    Message-ID:
    X-MS-Has-Attach:
    X-MS-TNEF-Correlator:
    Thread-Topic: Peninsula
    Thread-Index: Ac87sDqNfxCUW94zShqj0tXF8YAqGQ==
    From: “Gresh, Jason P”
    To: ,
    X-FEAS-SYSTEM-WL: 10.47.98.102

    Ihor,

    Events are moving rapidly in Crimea. Our friends in Washington expect more decisive actions from your network.
    I think it’s time to implement the plan we discussed lately. Your job is to cause some problems to the transport hubs in the south-east in order to frame-up the neighbor.
    It will create favorable conditions for Pentagon and the Company to act.
    Do not waste time, my friend.

    Respectfully,

    JP

    Jason P. Gresh

  54. Or rather I should say some of the original messages seem to have been downloaded from Ukranian government servers – others could be from hacked gmail accounts.

    Other than quickly glance at the archive I haven’t dug into it much. I’d have to run it through Google translate as most of it is in Ukranian and/or Russian.

  55. This is Gresch’s linked in profile.

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-p-gresh/41/211/715

  56. By the way I can also confirm that the reason I downloaded the archive so quickly was because I happened to be reading a site where someone posted the link at the time. Minutes after I downloaded the link went dead with “Not Found”. Saw it with my own eyes. Also the message on the site where I got the link in the first place also disappeared although it was reposted shortly afterwards and stayed this time.

    I haven’t downloaded newer uploads of the archives to check if the contents are identical.

  57. I’ve been putting a c in Gresch that should not be there, but seems to me like it ought to be there. It is Gresh. Since his family moved from Germany they must have taken the c out to make it more English and that’s what threw me. My mistake. These bloody Nazis. Just can’t trust them!

  58. Received: from haig2.state.gov (haig-ee.state.gov. [169.253.194.10])
    by mx.google.com with ESMTPS id f6si8135208qap.24.2014.03.09.08.57.14
    for
    (version=TLSv1.2 cipher=ECDHE-RSA-RC4-SHA bits=128/128);

    The line beginning for does actually say “for in the original document.

    Also the To: line reads “To: , ” in the original. Sorry I screwed up the cut and paste myself.

  59. Wow…

    Alcanon, Great Detective Work there Thanks….i’m glad you were quick to act… And John too well done guys…

    As john say’s i hope we don’t find out for the worse tomorrow…but also Anonymous could have possibly prevented attacks by the Expose.

  60. Stupid wordpress screwing up my text is the trouble.

    Rest assured correct “for” and “to” in the original document. I can’t be bothered ampersanding to get it right.

  61. Goodnight all. Let’s hope that the revelation of these emails make them pull the plot (if plot there is). I certainly think the riots last night had more to do with the new ruling fascists than the good people. Everybody who has not seen it should watch this ten minute video to see who the good people are dealing with.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWkfpGCAAuw

  62. Gresh. What kind of imbecile uses linkedin? Linkedin is poor sad bastards on the make, getting hacked. This is why the Russians kick American ass. The crisis is over. Russia has the situation under firm control. Except for the USG’s Ukrainian pawns, of course, http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/03/06/looting-ukraine-begun/

  63. Why has it taken a week for this to be said?

    Malaysia plane systems ‘disabled’ Flight MH370 systems were deliberately disabled and the investigation is now focusing on passengers and crew, says Malaysian PM Najib Razak.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26591056

  64. Gresh’s photo here.

    http://flb.ru/info/57390.html

  65. John Goss
    14 Mar, 2014 – 6:13 pm

    “I am convinced that decisions are arrived at outside of court.”

    I think your right John; the security services; the home secretary and a hand-picked judge perhaps.

  66. With all our precious nibbling on private life with surveillance, they can’t supply 8×10 glossies of the event in question?

    Is it possible this event was designed to take our eye off the Ukrainian football?

  67. Bradley winters

    15 Mar, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.Be thankful that plane gone missing this week didn’t have British Airways plastered on it’s fuselage!! Weakness leads to big problems!! Right Mr. Putin!

  68. doug scorgie

    15 Mar, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Some news, relevant to Theresa May’s department, not reported in any UK MSM outlet that I can find.

    “London Denies Entry Visa to Cuban Anti-terrorist fighter Rene Gonzalez”
    “On March 3, and few hours before Gonzalez was scheduled to take a flight to London, the British government dropped his visa application…”

    “At least 20 witnesses and lawyers, including the US legal team, relatives of the Cuban Five, victims of terrorist actions against Cuba and international law experts are already traveling to London to participate in the event.”

    http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/cuban-5/882-london-denies-entry-visa-to-cuban-anti-terrorist-fighter-rene-gonzalez

    Why the media silence?

  69. Pookie the Lion

    15 Mar, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    The crucial revelation about “direct White House involvement” will turn out to be that White House figureheads capered on the sidelines like cheerleaders, posing for the cameras and shaking their pom-poms for fun and games they had no role in commanding or devising. The president is involved, through a blanket authorization, solely to assume legal exposure for criminal conduct of the unelected command structure.

    In the analogous case of US government murder of some random tall chap alleged to be Osama bin Laden, Panetta himself admits “a time period of almost twenty to twenty-five minutes where we really didn’t know just exactly what was going on.” No helmet cams for the CINC.

    http://whowhatwhy.com/2011/08/17/raidbinladen/4/

    As Russ Baker sums it up, “President Obama did not know exactly what was going on. He did not decide that bin Laden should be shot. And he did not decide to dump his body in the ocean. The CIA and its Special Ops allies made all the decisions… What we’re looking at, folks, is the reality of democracy in America: A permanent entrenched covert establishment that marches to its own drummer or to drummers unknown. It’s exactly the kind of thing that never gets reported.”

  70. Thanks AlcAnon

    That’s a genuine State Department header to a gmail account all right.

    However it wasn’t sent from the Embassy in Ukraine, the server google received it from is in Washington DC. The other trace information is all internal servers on the east coast and mid west judging by the time zones.

  71. I think front-rank politicians just say stuff. Craig and others like him can easily dismiss their arguments, by making intelligent rebuffs, and providing examples from their own experience, but politicians will just continue to say stuff. I work on the assumption that the ‘stuff’ they come out with has been scripted, and is judged to be part of a strategy, and this strategy has been focus-group tested, and everything has been done very ‘professionally’ (unprofessionally, really, given what their job actually is). But what they actually say is most often total baloney. This being the case, it is perfectly possible for an entirely stupid and ignorant person to come out with these soundbites and be credited, in some circles, with far more intelligence than they actually posess. Blair comes to mind, as usual.

    I’m sure the right-wing press will be lauding her comments. You know the drill. May is ‘speaking to the common man’, or the ‘aspirational class’. May is focusing – laserlike! – on an SNP weakness. May is framing the debate. May has been reading the political works of Blah and Blah. Me? I just think she is following orders from head office, saying stuff, and holding the line. And Tory Head office is full of numbskulls, of that there is no doubt.

    I find it, also, odd that the right seem to be against independence. It’s not really a left-right issue, strictly speaking. I personally am not entirely convinced by the SNP. I don’t think an independent Scotland will somehow become Cuba – or even Norway. And I’m not sure how ‘left’ a country can actually be under the auspices of the EU. But the right have lined up against the idea, which makes me suspicious. I guess some powerful people stand to lose money, this tends to be the reason for many things, I find as I get older.

  72. There has been talk of this semi=conductor connection to the 777. It’s been back and forth….4 on a pending patent, three of which were on the plane, then they weren’t on the plane, but people from the company, were on the plane.

    http://greatgameindia.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/malaysian-airlines-mh370-mystery-hidden-in-plain-sight/

    “One of the scenarios offered is that of a possible use of Electronic Warfare.

    20 passengers on-board the flight were experts in this technology.

    They belonged to a Austin, Texas-based company Freescale Semiconductors.

    The 20 Freescale employees, among 239 people on flight MH370, were mostly engineers and other experts working to make the company’s chip facilities in Tianjin, China, and Kuala Lumpur more efficient, said Mitch Haws, vice president, global communications and investor relations.

    “These were people with a lot of experience and technical background and they were very important people,” Haws said. “It’s definitely a loss for the company.”

  73. Another one from the same site. It’s new to me however looks very promising.

    MH370 Mystery – Suspicious Cargo & Death of 2 Ex-Navy Seals aboard MV Maersk Alabama
    http://greatgameindia.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/mh370-mystery-suspicious-cargo-death-of-2-ex-navy-seals-aboard-mv-maersk-alabama/

    Upon GRU “assests” confirming that this “highly suspicious” cargo was aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on 8 March, this report notes, Moscow notified China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) of their concerns and received “assurances” that “all measures” would be taken as to ascertain what was being kept so hidden when this aircraft entered into their airspace.

    However, this report says, and as yet for still unknown reasons, the MSS was preparing to divert Flight 370 from its scheduled destination of Beijing to Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK) located in Hainan Province (aka Hainan Island).

    Prior to entering the People Liberation Army (PLA) protected zones of the South China Sea known as the Spratly Islands, this report continues, Flight 370 “significantly deviated” from its flight course and was tracked by VKO satellites and radar flying into the Indian Ocean region and completing its nearly 3,447 kilometer (2,142 miles) flight to Diego Garcia.

    Critical to note about Flight 370’s flight deviation, GRU experts in this report say, was that it occurred during the same time period that all of the Spratly Island mobile phone communications operated by China Mobile were being jammed.

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