[R-G] Fw: CIA Roundup at NVUSA--10/21/2001--Part 1
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> Part I
> CIA Roundup at NVUSA--10/21/2001
> Items 1-15
> With Sunday's news that the "gloves are off" in the CIAs latest effort to
> get Osama bin Laden, here is a collection of clips and links related to
> CIA at Nonviolence USA. This is part one of a two-part email.
> The following materials (items 1-15) help support the claim that Deputy
> Secretary of State Richard Armitage, conceptual guru of Bush's "New War"
> theory and "Homeland Defense", has extensive CIA background in Asian
> matters, and was perhaps instrumental in the transfer of opium tactics
> Indo-China to Afghanistan very early on.
> For those who consider oil motives relevant, it will be interesting to
> that Armitage joined past and future National Security advisors to the
> presidents in a July 2000 recommendation favoring a more aggressive US
> policy for Central Asian Oil. Current National Security Advisor
> Condoleezza Rice had a ChevronTexaco tanker named in her honor while
> serving on the board of Chevron, a company with sizable interest in
> Sea oil. (See more oil refs on Page C.) One report mentions in passing
> that former National Security advisor Anthony Lake's appointment to head
> the CIA in the mid-90s was held up when it was disclosed that he had
> to divest his energy interests.
> There is emerging literature surrounding the hypothesis that many of the
> responses to Afghanistan have been planned for some time. Here we find an
> April 2001 report, alleging CIA involvement, in which the US reportedly
> pledged $350 million dollars to an effort to return Afghanistan's Shah to
> In August, according to the NY Times, Minneapolis investigators were twice
> rebuffed by higher officials when they sought permission to further
> investigate the "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui.
> The CIA is admitting that it has been working covertly with the Northern
> Alliance since the late 90s. And one report, citing Pakistani sources,
> says an old relationship between the CIA, Taliban, and Pakistani
> fundamentalists had been refreshed in the early months of the recent Bush
> For more clips and links on the CIA, please see message two that follows.
> NOTE: Page assignments may change as new material is added.
> >From Page A:
> (1) And, finally, you can expect us to act with honor - to be aggressive,
> but always in keeping with American laws and values.
> --CIA Director George Tenet, Pearl Harbor Day Address, Town Hall Los
> Angeles (Vital Speeches 12/7/2000).
> (2) "The gloves are off," one senior official said. "The president has
> given the agency the green light to do whatever is necessary. Lethal
> operations that were unthinkable pre-September 11 are now underway."
> --Bob Woodward (Washington Post 10/21/2001).
> (3) In past times of tragedy and fear, our government has harassed,
> investigated and arrested people solely because of their race, their
> religion, their national origin, their speech or their political beliefs.
> In the 1950's, when fears of the Soviet threat were used to convert
> into disloyalty, people were spied upon and punished on the basis of
> political beliefs and associations instead of criminal evidence. Normal
> standards of criminal evidence were abandoned; instead, race and political
> beliefs became a cause for suspicion and recrimination.
> Intelligence-gathering activities were directed at Americans who dared to
> disagree with the government. We must not allow this to happen again.
> --ACLU Action Alert (10/9/2001).
> >From Page B:
> (4) Quoting unnamed sources, Mr. Asadollah Kuhzad, an Afghan journalist
> Peshavar who covers the Afghan conflict for the Persian service of Radio
> France Internationale said America also supports the formation of a
> provisional government by Zahir Shah and plans to give aid of 350m dollars
> to this cause.
> Former Afghan Prime minister Golbodin Hekmatyar [see RAWA commentary
> below], the leader of the Hezb Eslami, stating that the Afghan crisis
> not be solved by outsiders and must be dealt among all warring parties,
> rejected both the meeting and the plan.
> He said CIA was behind the project of forming an Afghan provisory
> government in exile.
> Meanwhile, representatives from 42 different Afghan refugees organisations
> in Europe ended Monday their first gathering that was held in Holland to
> work out better co-ordination of their activities.
> --Iranian Press Service (4/3/2001).
> >From Page C:
> (5) Richard L. Armitage is president of Armitage Associates L.C. and a
> former Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Office of International
> Security Affairs. Mr. Armitage, with the personal rank of ambassador,
> directed the formulation and implementation of U.S. assistance activities
> for the Newly Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union. Mr.
> Armitage has extensive regional security experience in the former Soviet
> Union, East Asia and the Middle East. Since his departure from public
> service, Mr. Armitage has remained engaged in national security issues and
> is a member of the Defense Policy Board. Mr. Armitage is a graduate of the
> US Naval Academy.
> --Bio of the man credited with inventing the term "Homeland Security" in
> his work on the National Defense Panel (Final Report 11/30/1997).
> (6) It is generally believed that Mr.Armitage actually served in the
> Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) till 1978 and from 1976, after a cover
> resignation from the CIA, worked for some private companies of the CIA,
> which were being used by it for covert actions in Indo-China. His critics
> had alleged in the past that he was the author of the idea of using heroin
> to weaken the fighting capability of the communists in Indo-China and then
> in Afghanistan though the late Le Comte de Marenches, the head of the
> French External Intelligence Agency under Presidents George Pompidou and
> Giscard d'Estaing, had claimed that it was he who had given this idea to
> the Americans with specific reference to Afghanistan.
> --B. Raman (South Asia Analysis Group 1.3.2001).
> (7) A prudent US response to this danger would give greater emphasis to
> energy efficiency and to research on alternative technologies for
> energy requirements. Nonetheless, for the foreseeable future, oil will
> remain an essential commodity. Greater attention must therefore be given
> increasing supplies of oil in ways that diversify supplies from areas
> than the Persian Gulf. The most promising new source of world supplies is
> the Caspian region, which appears to contain the largest petroleum
> discovered since the North Sea. This geopolitical crossroad, which
> Iran, Russia, and a number of newly-independent states struggling with
> post-Soviet modernization and dangers of Islamic extremism, demands more
> attention by American policymakers.
> --Armitage, etal. (Commission on America's National Interests July, 2000
> (8) The Commission was jointly chaired by Mr.Robert Ellsworth of the
> Hamilton Technology Ventures, L.P., Mr.Andrew Goodpaster of the Eisenhower
> World Affairs Institute and Ms.Rita Hauser of the Hauser Foundation and
> included, amongst its members, Mr.Armitage, Ms.Condoleezza Rice, Mr.Bush's
> National Security Adviser, and Mr.Brent Scowcroft, National Security
> Adviser under Mr.George Bush (Sr), whom Ms.Rice once described as amongst
> her mentors. Though this Commission was not set up by the Republican
> considering the active role played in it by these three prominent
> personalities as well as many others close to the Republican Party, its
> report needs close study by our policy-makers and analysts.
> --B. Raman (South Asia Analysis Group 1.3.2001).
> (9) Chevron christened the Condoleezza Rice, a 136,000 deadweight-ton,
> double-hulled ship, early on in Rice’s decade-long stint on the oil giant’
> board of directors. Rice, a member of Chevron’s board of directors since
> 1991, explained on television’s Fox News Sunday in August that Chevron had
> a policy of naming tankers after its directors. "There’s also a George
> Shultz and a David Packard," she remarked.
> By advising the president to take military, political or economic action,
> the national security adviser can influence decisions that can disrupt or
> facilitate the operations of global multinationals like Chevron. Under the
> Clinton administration, the White House counsel’s office advised members
> the NSC to divest themselves of energy-related stocks. When then National
> Security Adviser Anthony Lake was tapped to become the CIA director in the
> mid-1990s, his failure to divest $300,000 in energy stocks became the
> subject of a Justice Department investigation.
> --The Public I (Center for Public Integrity: March 7, 2001).
> Page E:
> (10) On Friday, the House of Representatives backed away from an
> inquiry into what went wrong. Instead the House legislation calls for a
> commission that will be more forward-looking, identifying reforms needed
> help prevent future attacks....
> At about the same time that the C.I.A.'s August report was being prepared
> and delivered, the F.B.I. arrested a French citizen, Zacarias Moussaoui,
> immigration charges. Officials at a flight school in Minnesota had called
> authorities after they became troubled that Mr. Moussaoui was trying to
> learn how to fly large jet aircraft, but had said he did not need to know
> how to take off or land....
> [Senior officials at F.B.I. headquarters rejected requests from agents in
> Minneapolis for a wider investigation on two occasions, even after a
> intelligence agency warned the bureau in a classified two-page cable on
> Aug. 27 that Mr. Moussaoui had "Islamic extremist beliefs."...]*
> Another example came in late August, just as the F.B.I. was debating
> whether to investigate Mr. Moussaoui. The C.I.A. told the Immigration and
> Naturalization Service that it should place two men, Khalid Almihdhar and
> Nawaf Alhazmi, on its watch list to bar entry into the United States. The
> C.I.A. had earlier determined that Mr. Almihdhar had attended a meeting in
> Malaysia in January 2000 with people later implicated in the bombing of
> Cole. Mr. Alhazmi had later traveled with Mr. Almihdhar to the United
> States, and so the C.I.A. wanted him added to the watch list too....
> --(NYTimes 10/6/2001 including a special report by David Johnston and
> Philip Shenon).
> (11) Specifically, the compromise bill -- the "Provide Appropriate Tools
> Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (PATRIOT)" (H.R. 2975)--
> contains troubling provisions that would permit indefinite detention of a
> non-citizen ordered deported to a country that would not accept him or
> minimize judicial supervision of electronic surveillance by law
> authorities and allow intelligence agencies to spy on U.S. citizens by
> providing them enhanced access to sensitive information about them.
> --ACLU (10/3/2001)
> Page F:
> (12) A seasoned Republican military strategist said: "Afghanistan is
> obviously the initial target, but it isn't easy to decide exactly what to
> do. There is always the danger of going off half-cocked. It's crucial that
> we make the first attack an effective one, and I suspect that we don't
> enough reliable intelligence yet to make key decisions."
> --(NYTimes 9/27/2001).
> Page G:
> (13) It was the Americans, after all, who poured resources into the 1980s
> war against the Soviet-backed regime in Kabul, at a time when girls could
> go to school and women to work. Bin Laden and his mojahedin were armed and
> trained by the CIA and MI6, as Afghanistan was turned into a wasteland and
> its communist leader Najibullah left hanging from a Kabul lamp post with
> his genitals stuffed in his mouth.
> -- Seumas Milne (Guardian 9/13/2001)
> Page H:
> (14) The covert effort, which has not been previously disclosed, was
> on an attempt to work with Ahmed Shah Massoud, who was then the military
> leader of the largest anti- Taliban group in the northern mountains of
> Afghanistan, and to have his forces go after Mr. bin Laden. Mr. Massoud
> himself killed, C.I.A. officials say, only two days before the terrorist
> attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, and the C.I.A.
> he was assassinated by members of Mr. bin Laden's organization.
> --(NYTimes 9/29/2001).
> (15) Those who have followed the warming of relations between the Bush
> administration and Kabul are asking why the Bush administration wasn't
> alerted to an impending attack through Taliban back-channels. According to
> sources close to the Taliban and Pakistan's Jamiaat-i-Islami Party--the
> Pakistani fundamentalist movement that nurtured and trained the Taliban--a
> senior Jamiaat official, Qazi Husein Ahmad, recently traveled to both
> London and Washington. While in Washington, he reportedly re-established
> ties with the Taliban's old CIA contacts from the Reagan and first Bush
> -- Wayne Madsen (In These Times 10/15/2001).
> Clips and Links for Peace at Nonviolence USA,
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