Saturday, October 30, 2010

A load of Qap

AQAP (A load of Qap), officially read: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, apparently concerned with the printing requirements of Synagogues in Chicago, accordingly (reportedly), have attempted to FedEx urgent ink supplies from Yemen via the UK.

But the US alleges this gesture of good will was a "credible terrorist threat."

Authorities say “a suspicious parcel, a potentially sinister object thought to be an ink cartridge,” was found on a plane at East Midlands airport (UK), en route to Chicago.

President Obama is quoted saying:

"Our intelligence and law enforcement professionals working with our friends and allies identified two suspicious packages bound for the United States, Specifically, two places of Jewish worship in Chicago."

Reportedly Obama expressed suspicions that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is behind the incident.

To support the idea of a "credible terrorist threat", US officials made the non-event seem very, very scary indeed, something every American should be greatly concerned with, by pretending there was a “parcel” of Yemen origins onboard a plane from Dubai to New York’s JFK, which was subsequently escorted on approach by US fighter jets, (the escort made it much less likely the plane would explode).

The EAU (United Arab Emirates) civil aviation body said that the flight had been given the all clear and that it did not contain any packages from Yemen.

I wonder what the master plan was for detonating those “potentially sinister” ink cartridges at the intended destination. Presumably the detonators would not have been wired with a timer, you never know with FedEx if your post will arrive tomorrow or next month.

No doubt the usual story about a mobile (cell) phone SIM card, planted in the ink will be offered.

I also ponder; if I was a Rabbi in Chicago, and I received post from an Arabic friend in Yemen, would I not be slightly apprehensive.

It would appear AQAP still have room for improvement when constructing dastardly plots.

To be fair though, the plan to ink Synagogues was better thought out than the “underpants bomber” mission.

Allegedly, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, attempted to detonate a bomb on Christmas day while landing in Detroit onboard Delta Northwest Flight 253, despite not being equipped with the type of detonator required for the type of explosives he had packed in his undies.

US officials claim Abdulmutallab was trained for the attack in Yemen by AQAP. They also maintain he had contact in Yemen with “radical cleric” Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen.

President Obama, clairvoyantly foreseeing this unfortunate misadventure, responded by ordering cruise missile attacks against targets in Yemen, one week prior. US agents failed on Christmas Eve however, in an attempt to assassinate Anwar al-Awlaki, but he remains on the official list of people for the CIA to kill.

Reportedly, the missile attacks killed 120 innocent civilians, and depending on who you believe (Yemen eyewitnesses or US authorities), killed between 0 and 34 Al-Qaeda insurgents.

The American ABC reported that one of the missile targets was:
"A location where officials said ‘an imminent attack against a U.S. asset was being planned"

It was not mentioned which “US asset” in Yemen, but some of note are the natural resources licensed to Kuwait Energy, who were given a $50 million loan by the World Bank (read: owned by World Bank).

In recent years the World Bank has also assisted the nation of Yemen with around $200 million (read: owned by World Bank). Coincidentally, 4 major oil and gas exploration blocks in Yemen, were designated to Kuwait Energy (World Bank owned), under conditions set out by the World Bank and the IMF in exchange for that aid (the $200m).

Surely these minor details have little to do with bombing the crap out of Yemen though, it’s all about the “war on terror” right?

In August of this year, a CIA assessment implicated AQAP as a “more urgent threat” than al-Qaeda itself. Consequently, it was reported that, the Obama Administration was considering the deployment of CIA Predator drones to Yemen for launching strikes against AQAP.

These aptly named indiscriminately killing, flying robots, may incidentally themselves be terminated pending a lawsuit, after it was revealed the company supplying their software to the CIA, had pirated it from another source. It wasn’t even stolen properly, the plaintiffs claim it’s a hacked version with incomplete targeting functionality, and as a result Predator drones could be missing their targets by as much as 40 feet.

If you don’t really believe in imaginary characters (AQAP), starring in a global fairytale (war on terror), and are wondering why Yemen is the recipient of so much favouritism lately, apart from aforementioned limited oil and gas reserves, it is a location of significant geopolitical importance.

Yemen is home to a world class deep sea shipping port. Besides neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Yemen is the only country from which most of the Middle East’s oil can potentially reach the open seas without passing through either the Strait of Hormuz or the Suez Canal.

But instabilities which can threaten this supply route do sometimes flare from opposing tribal factions fighting a civil war in Yemen. A situation the US takes quite a dim view of, even though, as usual, they had more than an influence in bring this to pass.

The obvious solution to this dilemma, hindering the US in controlling access to most of the world’s energy supplies; brand one side of those warring combatants with the Al-Qaeda trademark and blast them to hell.

Ali Jawad of writes:
“Should Yemen fall within the orbit of direct US influence, it will ominously reduce the geo-strategic importance of the Strait of Hormuz in formulating calculations surrounding any future ‘shock and awe’-type strikes on Iran.”

Perhaps a note worthy observation. At present there are massive expansions in US and allied military naval and air power underway in the Arabian Sea. It has also been disclosed that Washington plans to sell $123 billion worth of weapons to allied countries that encircle Iran - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hockey doesn't care

The following ABC headline caught my imagination today:
“Hockey doesn't care if bank chiefs 'shoot' him”

Neither do I, you have my blessing banker’s, just this once.

The shadow Treasurer and ANZ chief have been bitch slapp’n each other since the company posted a record profit a few days ago.

In response to the latest lashing from ANZ, Hockey reportedly said:
“I don't mind because we are standing up for consumers”

"I welcome profits but I love competition, and in this situation Australians want to know that they have a more competitive banking environment as a result of government action."

Don’t get me wrong, bankers are little more than organised criminals who have us all bound in abject slavery repaying never ending debt.

But when Mr Hockey says “more competitive”, it’s in the way the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) has made the Australian manufacturing, agricultural, film & television industries more competitive, by decimating them.

I’m ever so grateful that Mr Howard stood up for me, the consumer, several years past signing the FTA with the Bush Administration.

After our farming community was turned to dust, with the exception of corporate entities, my groceries have become infinitely cheaper.

Well, they would have in theory, had two supermarket chains aspiring to be competitive, not anti competitively acquired every other retailer in the country and then colluded in inflated price fixing.

When a politician promises more competition, brace yourselves, your about to get screwed all over again.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire

From December (bushfire season), the Federal Government plans to move up to 400 asylum seekers into a detention centre at Inverbrackie in SA (bushfire zone).

The facility will be created basically by banging up a fence around 83 vacant former defence force houses next to the Woodside army base.

The Immigration Department says the Country Fire Service (CFS) in SA will try to teach non English speaking detainees about bushfire safety, including the 'stay or go' policy and how to evacuate the area in the event of catastrophic bushfire.

They’re what now, instructing prisoners about ‘stay or go’?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Respect My Authoritah!

Australian Minister of Enlightenment and Propaganda, Comrade Conroy says he will wield federal law as a weapon to force people on to the national broadband network (NBN) if the states and territories don't make connections mandatory. Sydney Morning Herald

At present, laws prevent strangers from entering private properties without permission, with some exemptions for utility employees to read gas and electricity meters. To make the new fibre connections mandatory, state governments will have to change trespass or property laws.

WTF now?

To get around restrictions, NBN Co has been collecting consent forms from households in first release sites to allow contractors onto their property. However, this 'opt in' model has left nearly half the households in Tasmania's three test sites unconnected.

You zill haz ze fibre connected!

Telstra who maintains the existing copper telephone network has signed a deal with Government worth $11 billion to “decommission” the copper network as fibre is rolled out, leaving no alternative but to use the new government fibre connection if a consumer desires fixed line services.

I'm actually quite excited about the prospect of being connected with fibre, and the great possibilities and opportunities this infrastructure will present for the nation, but Mr Conroy does have a way of making everything suck.

With the only hard wired communications network in town owned by the government, I wonder how long it will be before they legislate what constitutes legal signal transmissions. I can see everything ending up here.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hail Kevin Bracken

Kevin Bracken, Victorian Trades Hall Council President and Victorian MUA branch Secretary, is under fire in a rhetorical lynching from opposing sides of politics after his comments on Melbourne ABC talk back radio (Wed Oct 20th 2010).

Callers to the radio programme were invited to discuss Australia’s support and involvement in the Afghanistan war.

Presenter Jon Faine was apparently some what stunned by Mr Bracken’s contribution as he seemed to suggest that he didn’t believe the official lies (cover story) detailing how the events of 9/11 had transpired.
KB: "Well, I believe that the official story is a conspiracy theory that doesn't stand up to scientific scrutiny."

JF: "Are you serious? Is this a hoax or are you serious?"

KB: "No and I'd love to debate you publicly Jon if you think it's ridiculous."

JF: "There's nothing to debate."

KB: "Well, the fact is that aviation fuel doesn't get hot enough to melt steel."

JF: "I think it reflects very poorly on your members, Kevin, that you have views that are so ridiculous, so extreme and so unacceptable.”

Prime Minister Ju La Guillotine says the comments were “stupid and wrong”, the opposition says they were offensive.

Victoria's shadow-attorney general, Robert Clark, said "These remarks give comfort and support to those who seek to condone terrorism."

I’m offended, very, very f*ck’n offended! Not by Mr Bracken’s comments. I can not begin to express how outrageously offensive it is, to be labelled as someone who “condones terrorism”, because I agree with Bracken.

And Australian politicians spewing this rhetoric are merely an echo of a chorus line that I have noticed frequently emanating of late from their US master counterparts.

Suddenly everyone is being charged as “offensive”, everyone who cares to remark that they don’t quite see how on that particular day, jet fuel burnt at much higher temperatures than is normally within the laws of physics, hot enough to melt steel and iron, and that this melting iron some how caused three WTC towers (one of which wasn’t damaged by any impacts), to perfectly implode into their own foot prints, at free fall speeds which again, is outside the realm of physical reality, as apposed to the real world, where a building collapsing from top down encounters resistance from every floor below, thus slowing the decent incrementally until it abates completely.

I can accept that for the last 9 years, the officially disseminated propaganda has been swallowed hook, line and sinker, in blind faith, rendering many ordinarily intelligent people incapable of independent thought on the matter, I can deal with that.

But these political slurs against anyone with half a thinking brain, that express people should not give thought to this matter, because to do so is deeply offensive to the memory of the victims, is just sickening.

What is offensive is that thousands of innocent people were slaughtered that day. How is it offensive to analyze and question exactly who the murderous party might be?

From all accounts, it would seem highly remarkable, that a few inept rookie, wanna be pilots armed only with box cutters, could evade America’s military defences to orchestrate such a cataclysmic disaster.

By request from Australian Greens Party leader Bob Brown, parliament has just spent a couple of days pretending to debate the nation’s involvement in the Afghanistan war. Kudos to Andrew Wilkie, Adam Bandt and Rob Oakshott for condemning Australia’s conspiratory alliance in the imaginary “war on terror”.

However both major opposing political parties agreed unanimously that Australia should continue this murderous charade for at least another 10 years, maybe more. The government and opposition, saying we can not withdraw now because, in short, that would leave an unmonitored space for breeding terrorists.

In one respect they are correct. With the allegiance of invaders generating so much animosity against their presence from local Afghans, they can ill afford to leave now before asserting adversaries are 100% subservient to their interests.

Let us forget not though, how a small faction of guerrilla fighters came to be known as “Al-Qaeda”, and were then imaginarily inflated in importance to the rankings of “global terror network”, and then named as the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, and subsequently delivered as the justification for bombing Iraq and Afghanistan back to the stone age.

One of President Barack Obama’s most notable supporters and influential foreign policy advisers is a character by name of Zbigy (Zbigniew) Brzezinski. Zbigy is quite comfortable and proud with the fact that he created Al-Qaeda.

In the late 1970’s in Afghanistan, a tyrannical and fanatical government was toppled and replaced with one that was democratically elected, albeit with socialist ideological tendencies that enjoyed support from the USSR.

The USA determined this development to be detrimental to its geopolitical objectives. Enter Zbigy Brzezinski, then National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

Advocated by Zbigy, President Carter signed a directive in July 1979 to start covert operations in Afghanistan. Those operations involved the CIA funding, training, nurturing extremist Islamic ideology and supply of weaponry to a group of guerrillas called the Mujahideen, so that they might disintegrate the newly formed government. The US administration referred to them as “freedom fighters”.

The Mujahideen went on to form both the Taliban and al Qaeda. Al Qaeda which translates to “the Base”, often reported as some sort of inspiration for Islamic fundamentalists, i.e. – “the strong base”, was also reportedly nothing more than a CIA data “base” containing the names of Mujahideen forces.

Asked if he had any regrets in retrospect (like finding the US now a victim of these terrorists that he himself created), Brzezinski in a 1998 interview is on record saying:
“Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter. We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the break up of the Soviet empire.”

“What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”
Further pressed, he was asked “But it has been said and repeated Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today.”

“Nonsense! It is said that the West had a global policy in regard to Islam. That is stupid. There isn't a global Islam. Look at Islam in a rational manner and without demagoguery or emotion. It is the leading religion of the world with 1.5 billion followers. But what is there in common among Saudi Arabian fundamentalism, moderate Morocco, Pakistan militarism, Egyptian pro-Western or Central Asian secularism? Nothing more than what unites the Christian countries.”

The treachery continues to this day. A recent BBC article reported that:
"Pakistani intelligence gives funding, training and sanctuary to the Afghan Taliban on a scale much larger than previously thought."
"Pakistani ISI intelligence agents even attend Taliban supreme council meetings,"
the BBC went on to write, and:
Support for the Afghan Taliban was "official ISI policy"
Guess who supports the ISI with funding, training and materials? If you're musing, the CIA? You would be correct, correct and correct again.

Zbigy Brzezinski and Tim Osmond, a.k.a. Osama Bin Laden in 1979.

Note: Tim Osmond lived in Los Angeles for a short time in the early 1980’s as a guest of the CIA.

“Freedom Fighters” (Mujahideen) and President Ronald Reagan.

Who Killed John O'Neill?

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