CIA

Ex-C.I.A. Aide Won’t Testify on Tapes Without Immunity

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/washington/10intel.html?ref=world

Ex-C.I.A. Aide Won’t Testify on Tapes Without Immunity

By SCOTT SHANE

WASHINGTON — A lawyer for Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., the former Central Intelligence Agency official who in 2005 ordered the destruction of videotapes of harsh interrogations of prisoners at a secret site overseas, has told Congress that Mr. Rodriguez will not testify about the tapes without a grant of immunity, a person familiar with the discussions said Wednesday.

Osama and the CIA sponsored "War on Terrorism": Americans are being killed by American trained Islamists

Osama and the CIA sponsored "War on Terrorism": Americans are being killed by American trained Islamists

by Peter Chamberlin, Global Research, January 6, 2008

Apparently, Osama bin Laden and former CIA agent Michael Scheuer have a mutual respect for each other's intellect. In one of bin Laden's latest videos, he said,

"If you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing of your war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer in this regard."

Here is Scheuer's take on Osama:

"For nearly a decade now, bin Laden demonstrated patience, brilliant planning, managerial expertise, sound strategic and tactical sense, admirable character traits, eloquence, and focused, limited war aims. He has never, to my knowledge, behaved or spoken in a way that could be described as irrational in the extreme."

Here we have a "former" CIA man, claiming to be an opponent of administration war policies, speaking as a foremost expert on bin Laden, because of his position on the "bin Laden unit." He validates the latest bin Laden videos with his expertise, without ever acknowledging facts about al Qaida and their leader – the nature of the real threat vs. the created perception, the death of bin Laden, al Qaida the database, the builders and instructors of the Pakistani/Afghani insurgent training camps. In his book Imperial Hubris, written under the penname "Anonymous," Scheuer paints a shocking portrait of camps that he claims were built by bin Laden, when, in truth, he knows that these are all CIA built facilities, including the notorious Tora Bora (where bin Laden is allegedly buried), the camps in the Swat Valley in Northwest Pakistan, the scene of ongoing confrontations and under the watchful eyes of a new American super base which is under construction near there...

Continued...
http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7733

Bhutto, JFK, and Conspiracies

From Hornberger’s Blog
Saturday, December 31, 2007

Hornberger’s Blog Index

Bhutto, JFK, and Conspiracies
by Jacob G. Hornberger

It is interesting that Justin Raimondo, he of 9-11 Truth dismissal, decided to link to this article!

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2007-12-31.asp

Why is the mainstream press considering the possibility that Pakistani intelligence agencies were behind the Bhutto killing? According to the Guardian, Pakistan’s intelligence agencies “are widely believed to carry out kidnappings, unlawful detentions and extrajudicial killings. The speed with which the government accused al-Qaida did little to allay fears of state involvement, and conflicting accounts of the cause of death have convinced many of a cover-up.”

Yet, as everyone knows, U.S. intelligence agencies, especially the CIA, have long been involved in the same sort of nefarious activities — kidnappings, torture, coups, murder, and assassinations, even as far back as the Kennedy administration.

9/11 Panel Study Finds That C.I.A. Withheld Tapes

This story contains classic examples of the psy-ops/disinformation techniques of "limited hang-out," "misdirection," "delay, delay, delay," and just getting the details of the matter so bollixed up the public will become confused and go away.

Here's a pretty good definition of "limited hang-out": A limited hangout is a form of deception, misdirection, or coverup often associated with intelligence agencies involving a release or "mea culpa" type of confession of only part of a set of previously hidden sensitive information, that establishes credibility for the one releasing the information who by the very act of confession appears to be "coming clean" and acting with integrity; but in actuality by withholding key facts is protecting a deeper crime and those who could be exposed if the whole truth came out.

What's the "whole truth?" The official story of 9/11 is false. Yes, we all know that, but this is a very big nail in its coffin. This is a big story and should be followed closely. This is also a good "detail" to bring up with friends who are still lost in the woods. Alvin
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By MARK MAZZETTI
Published: December 22, 2007

WASHINGTON — A review of classified documents by former members of the Sept. 11 commission shows that the panel made repeated and detailed requests to the Central Intelligence Agency in 2003 and 2004 for documents and other information about the interrogation of operatives of Al Qaeda, and were told by a top C.I.A. official that the agency had “produced or made available for review” everything that had been requested.

LINK TO ORIGINAL

From Prisonplanet's forum

I have confirmed that the DOJ document does reveal what is claimed in this article. Specifically: the FBI informant and "asset" that lived with 2 alleged 9/11 hijackers was paid $100.000 in 2003 for unspecified reasons, even though he refused to meet with Congressional investigators and even with DOJ Inspector General investigators.

Others have described this as the FBI "hiding" him.

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Posted by jimd3100
December 18, 2007, 11:43:37 AM

FBI Informant paid $100,000 to help carry out 9/11

As most of us know two hijackers involved in 9/11, Khalid Almidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi, were living with an FBI informant in San Diego.

http://archives.cnn.com/2002/US/09/11/ar911.hijackers.landlord/

So who was this informant and what was his role in 9/11? After Dec 2002 the DOJ conducted an OIG report to give us this answer.

What Is Probably in the Missing Tapes

Naomi says it all..almost. She leaves out one crucial point, however--those "confessions" are also central to the government story on 9/11. She does hint about it, though (see boldface type below). Naomi, why the reticence on 9/11? Why keep playing that game? Don't write for Alexander Cockburn, Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, Justin Raimondo, or whomever. Just tell the truth. The official story of 9/11 is not based on evidence and this story is yet another proof of that fact. Alvin
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Naomi Wolf
December 13, 2007

To judge from firsthand documents obtained by the ACLU through a FOIA lawsuit, we can guess what is probably on the missing CIA interrogation tapes -- as well as understand why those implicated are spinning so hard to pretend the tapes do not document a series of evident crimes.

...What we are likely to see if the tapes documenting the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and Abd Al-Rahim Al-Nashiri are ever recovered is that the "confessions" of the prisoners upon which the White House has built its entire case for subverting the Constitution and suspending civil liberties in this country was obtained through methods such as electrocution, beating to the point of organ failure, hanging prisoners from the wrists from a ceiling, suffocation, and threats against family members ("I am going to find your mother and I am going to fuck her" is one direct quote from a US interrogator). On the missing tapes, we would likely see responses from the prisoners that would be obvious to us as confessions to anything at all in order to end the violence. In other words, if we could witness the drama of manufacturing by torture the many violently coerced "confessions" upon which the whole house of cards of this White House and its hyped "war on terror" rests, it would likely cause us to reopen every investigation, including the most serious ones (remember, even the 9/11 committee did not receive copies of the tapes); shut down the corrupt, Stalinesque Military Commissions System; turn over prisoners, the guilty and the innocent, into a working, accountable justice system operating in accordance with American values; and direct our legal scrutiny to the torturers themselves -- right up to the office of the Vice President and the President if that is where the investigations would lead.

LINK TO ORIGINAL

Ring Of Power

The power in the world and the origins of religion and power. Discussions regarding 911 are chronicled as well as the possible involvement of the US government and the put options on the stock market regarding the World Trade Centre.

broken into 10 parts - index available at :
http://youtube.com/results?search_query=ring+of+power+part+of+10

Here is part 1

Lee Hamilton Says the CIA Obstructed the 9/11 Commission

9/11 Commission's Lee Hamilton '52 Reacts to CIA Destruction of Torture Tapes
http://www.depauw.edu/news/index.asp?id=20521

December 8, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "Did they obstruct our inquiry? The answer is clearly yes," says Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, in the wake of reports the CIA destroyed videotapes of interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects. "Whether that amounts to a crime, others will have to judge," adds Hamilton, a 1952 graduate of DePauw University, in today's Detroit Free Press.

... Meanwhile, the International Herald Tribune reports "the former chairmen of the Sept. 11 commission, who said the CIA assured them repeatedly during their inquiry that no original material existed from its interrogations of Qaeda figures, said they were furious to learn about the tapes ... Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton said they had made clear in hours of negotiations and discussions with the CIA, as well as in written requests, that they wanted all material connected to the interrogations of Qaeda operatives in the agency's custody in order to get a complete understanding of the events leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks for their 2004 report."

CIA admits it destroyed tapes of interrogations

CIA admits it destroyed tapes of interrogations

Staff members of the Sept. 11 commission, which completed its work in 2004, expressed surprise when they were told that interrogation videotapes existed until 2005.

"The commission did formally request material of this kind from all relevant agencies, and the commission was assured that we had received all the material responsive to our request," said Philip D. Zelikow, who served as executive director of the Sept. 11 commission and later as a senior counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Were these assurances given under oath?

More:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/06/america/06cia.php

See also:

Hayden Says CIA Videotapes Destroyed

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071206/D8TC7EAG0.html

Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Prince Nayef said,"Bin Laden was a "tool" of others rather than the mastermind of 9/11"

An article from USA Today dated 2/06/2002, contains compelling statements made by Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Prince Nayef. He said, Bin Laden was a "tool" of others rather than the mastermind of the attacks against the World Trade Center, Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. He did not say who he thought was the mastermind."

Interestingly enough, I came across this article cited by a debunking website as proof all the 9/11 hi-jackers are dead. Prince Nayef alleges that Saudi leaders were shocked to learn 15 of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. "The names that we got confirmed that," Nayef said in an interview. "Their families have been notified." However, the most interesting thing about this article was apparently not noticed by our OCT clinger and instead a rather vague remark about contacting the family members of the 15 Saudi hi-jackers is cited as proof positive they are all dead.

Calling All Whistleblowers! Exposed CIA Officer Gets Talk Radio Offer

How can we encourage spooks and other potential whistleblowers to come forward?

We need more intelligence professionals on our side. To that end, we should be celebrating and publicizing (thus helping protect) past whistleblowers and intelligence professionals who have spoken out on 9/11 and similar matters. And we should be inviting potential new whistleblowers through whistleblower leafleting: http://www/911courage.org

I have been showcasing whistleblowers on my radio programs recently. Monday I interviewed former MI-5 agent Annie Machon; Tuesday my guest was John DeCamp, the former Nebraska state senator who exposed the Franklin coverup; and tomorrow, Saturday 12/1, I will be interviewing Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who helped stop the Vietnam War by leaking the Pentagon Papers: Truth Jihad Radio, http://www.republicbroadcasting.org 6-8pm CT. Next Tuesday 12/4 my first-hour guest will be Underwriters Labs whistleblower Kevin Ryan (followed by journalist Barbara Honegger, a Founding Mother of the Boston Tea Party for 9/11 Truth) : http://www.wtprn.com 9-11 pm CT.

CIA has three interrogation tapes of Zacarias Moussaoui

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA erred in twice telling a court in the case of September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui that it did not have any recordings of interrogations of "enemy combatants," when in fact it had three video or audio tapes, according to a letter released on Tuesday.

Prosecutors only recently learned of the tapes from the CIA, they said in the letter to the judge who presided over the case and to a U.S. appeals court that considered the Moussaoui case.

In court declarations on May 9, 2003 and on November 14, 2005, the CIA stated the government did not have any video or audio tapes of the interrogations. Moussaoui initially sought the testimony of several top al Qaeda witnesses as part of his defense.

When it made both declarations, the CIA in fact possessed two video tapes and an audio tape of the unidentified "enemy combatant" interrogations, the prosecutors said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN1362605320071113

Ray McGovern, Retired CIA Analyst, Discusses 9/11

Hear Ray McGovern interviewed by Dennis Bernstein on KPFA's "Flashpoints" (Sept. 28).

http://kpfa.org/archives/index.php?arch=22507