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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #40 on: August 20, 2009, 11:33:41 PM »
AFRICOM: Problems and "Possibilities"
http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2009/0103/comm/marks_africom.html

The establishment of the U.S. Africa Command raises some questions regarding the role of the military in U.S. Africa policy, as it will be performing many tasks generally thought of as the responsibility of State and other civilian agencies; and because its resources are much superior, it risks displacing embassies as the primary de facto American interlocutor with African governments. This essay discusses these issues and offers specific suggestions on how AFRICOM can address them and work effectively with State, AID, and other government agencies. – Ed.

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The establishment of the new geographic unified command – U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM – appears to be an attempt to deal with three perceived problems:
American policy towards Africa;
American policy for dealing with terrorism in Africa;
Department of Defense desire to fill an organizational lacuna.

Let me comment on these questions in reverse order, beginning with the one that may be the least important or significant.

Since World War II the U.S. military have developed an organizational structure to manage their enormous, complicated, and very resource-dominated world and to fulfill their mission of defending the United States. The core of this concern is the primary military mission of war fighting. Millions of people and vast amounts of materiel have to be managed in a manner which must be centralized and decentralized at the same time. Defining this process is an organizational and war fighting doctrine which divides their world view into three levels: strategic, operational, and tactical. Reflecting this perspective, the military side of the Department of Defense is organized hierarchically into a chain of command headed by the President and the Secretary of Defense, then a collection of unified commands, each responsible for a geographic area (e.g., the Pacific region, as in the U.S. Pacific Command, PACOM) or a mission (e.g., the Special Operations Command, SOCOM).  This system began somewhat serendipitously in WWII with CINCPAC, the Commander-in-Chief Pacific, and was over the years expanded until only Africa remained an identifiable geographic region without a designated U.S. military command.  U.S. military concerns in Africa were run out of the three adjoining geographic commands: EUCOM, CENTCOM, and PACOM. 

In a sense, then, one block on the Power Point slide remained unfilled, and several years ago DoD decided to fill it by creating a military geographic command for Africa, hence AFRICOM. 

Therefore, from a purely bureaucratic point of view, assuming that DoD continues to utilize this “COCOM” system, the creation of AFRICOM makes sense. If Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific all have a military command devoted to them, why not Africa?   As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates put it to the Senate Armed Services Committee: Creating AFRICOM “will enable us to have a more effective and integrated approach than the current arrangement of dividing Africa between [different regional commands].”

AFRICOM Raises Questions
However, the introduction of AFRICOM has raised a number of questions arising from the definition of is mission, description of its organization and resources, and certain other “administrative” characteristics such as the venue of its headquarters.1
The COCOMs’ original mission of war fighting has been expanded over recent years to increasingly include humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction, although these are not uniquely DoD missions but those in which the military are involved – at least in theory – as only one player on the U.S government team.  Unfortunately, in recent years they have too often been the only player called upon by the “coach.”
Even counter-terrorism, while clearly a sub-set of the traditional military mission, is not a unique DoD mission and not primarily the responsibility of the geographic commands such as AFRICOM. Recent Pentagon policy directives have stated that “irregular warfare” (which includes military counter-terrorism) is “likely to be conducted by Special Operations forces…”
Plans for actually locating AFRICOM’s headquarters on the African continent raise significant political and practical questions. 
There are questions about the need for such a large and prominent military organization given the comparatively limited policy and operational objectives the United States has in Africa.  Unified commands are expensive bureaucratic organizations headed by very senior officers. AFRICOM will have approximately 1,300 personnel but no component military forces. Do current and projected American security programs in Africa really need this much overhead?
Various aspects of the AFRICOM plan have raised serious inter-governmental and public diplomacy concerns.

Nevertheless, given the DoD commitment to the unified command model, the desire to complete a global set of such organizations is understandable.  Let us accept therefore, that AFRICOM exists and will play a role in American policy in Africa. The question therefore is to determine the scale and scope of that role.

“Whole of Government” Policy
U.S. policy towards Africa must, obviously, be a “whole of government” policy – involving political, economic, social, and security concerns. The priority given each of these elements is a major aspect of policy judgment, and will vary from country to country.   Opinions vary, but few knowledgeable observers or commentators would place military considerations at the top of the list.  Even with respect to the terrorist challenge, “The war we are fighting is not only a military problem. It's not even primarily a military problem. ...military action alone is insufficient – it must be subordinate to diplomatic, political, and economic action,” to quote LTG James M. Dubik following his tour in Iraq.

As eloquently explained is a recent report by Refugees International:

There is broad agreement that combating today’s global threats requires a balanced, integrated approach with coordinated defense, diplomacy and development efforts. In practice, the Pentagon is largely dictating America’s approach to foreign policy. The nation’s foreign aid budget is too low; its civilian capacity to construct and carry out effective, long-term policies to rebuild states is too weak; interventions abroad are often unilateral when multilateral solutions could be more effective; and the military, which is well trained to invade countries, not to build them up, is playing an increasingly active and well-funded role in promoting development and democracy. Even Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted that U.S. soldiers conducting development and assistance activities in countries where they frequently don’t speak the language is “no replacement for the real thing – civilian involvement and expertise.”

The rising military role in shaping U.S. global engagement is a challenge to the next president. Foreign assistance represents less than one percent of the federal budget, while defense spending is 20%. … Although several high-level task forces and commissions have emphasized the urgent need to modernize our aid infrastructure and increase sustainable development activities, such assistance is increasingly being overseen by military institutions whose policies are driven by the Global War on Terror, not by the war against poverty. Between 1998 and 2005, the percentage of Official Development Assistance the Pentagon controlled exploded from 3.5% to nearly 22%, while the percentage controlled by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) shrunk from 65% to 40%.

This civil-military imbalance has particular ramifications for Africa, where Global War on Terror imperatives do not address the continent’s biggest needs for security assistance. The U.S. is only helping four African countries transform their armies and security agencies into professional organizations that protect citizens rather than abuse them. Resources are allocated in a manner that does not reflect the continent’s most pressing priorities. For example, the U.S. has allocated $49.65 million for reforming a 2,000-strong Liberian army to defend the four million people of that country. In contrast, it only plans to spend $5.5 million in 2009 to help reform a 164,000-strong army in the DR Congo, a country with 65 million people where Africa’s “first world war” claimed the lives of over five million people.

In other words, the primary contemporary requirements in Africa are governance and economic development, but the U.S. government is not organized or resourced with those priorities in mind.  Even with respect to terrorism it has been noted that “in general, terrorist networks have instead found safety in weak, corrupted, quasi-states – Pakistan, Yemen, Kenya, the Philippines, Guinea, Indonesia. Terrorist networks, like mafias, appear to flourish where states are badly governed rather than not at all.”2  Too many African governments fall into this category.

Whatever U.S. African policy is or should be, it must focus on these politico-economic questions and should be well integrated and comprehensive.  U.S. interests in Africa will be best served by assisting African governments to implement effective governance and to pursue economic development. Security concerns are of course part of this mix, both for the countries of the region and for the United States, but the security problems of Africa are not essentially military. They stem from the failure of governments to govern effectively. 

Security Subordinate to Policy
Of course effective governance requires competent and responsible security forces – military and police.  Therefore U.S. security assistance is desirable. But it is a subordinate area, subordinate to U.S. policy towards Africa. There are no significant traditional military threats in or to Africa, and therefore little need for large-scale traditional military training or equipment assistance. While security is a basic requirement for effective governance and economic development, it is a mistake to think that security is created by security forces. Power comes out of the barrel of a gun; security is created by competent governments. In fact, the basic theme of U.S. military engagement to date has reflected this essentially modest approach.  This experience is reflected in one comment on AFRICOM'S mission, given in a DoD report: “In that context the command would help build the capacity of African countries to reduce conflict, improve security, deny terrorists sanctuary and support crisis response.”

All well and good as far as it goes. The problem is that most explanations and descriptions of AFRICOM far exceed this essentially modest and security assistance oriented mission, combined with counterterrorism. However, as pointed out above, counter-terrorism is the responsibility of Special Operations Command.  Therefore AFRICOM is to focus on training local militaries and so-called “soft power” programs.  AFRICOM's web site touts the many humanitarian and other assistance missions that U.S. military personnel will perform – from donating school supplies, to providing medical care, to preventing malaria, to supporting socioeconomic and confidence building programs. In fact, this non-security focused mission is the primary justification for the creation of AFRICOM. In an awesomely ambitious statement, Admiral Robert T. Moeller, the executive director of the AFRICOM Transition Team, stated that the command's primary mission will be preventing “problems from becoming crises, and crises from becoming conflicts.”3 In pursuit of that objective, AFRICOM will focus, repeat focus, on providing humanitarian assistance, encouraging civic action, and dealing with natural disasters in addition to the more traditional military assistance programs.

Yet these tasks are the traditional responsibilities of other departments and agencies. Moreover, Congress recently created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization in the Department of State for the express purpose of acting as the lead agency within the U.S. government for crisis management and post-conflict reconstruction.

To accomplish this stated mission, AFRICOM will not be organized like the traditional combat command with its Napoleonic style war fighting directorates but is to be organized more like an inter-agency entity or joint task force.  However, the trumpeted inclusion of other agency personnel now appears to consist of approximately 13 such officials. Much is made of the appointment of a senior State Department officer as one of the Deputy Commanders, but when queried as to whether this official would have any actual command authority, answers are extremely vague. In fact, it would appear that the civilian Deputy Commander will be little more than the traditional Foreign Policy Advisor (or POLAD), that is, a senior advisor rather than an active participant in the chain of command.

Military Performs Civilian Tasks
In other words, AFRICOM will be a military organization performing tasks generally conceived as being the responsibility of other departments and agencies, notably the Department of State, USAID, the old and much mourned USIA, FBI, Department of Justice, and DEA among others.

As noted by the Refugees International report, one of the most significant trends in U.S. development policy since September 11, 2001, is the growing involvement of the Department of Defense in providing U.S. foreign aid. The Pentagon now handles more than 20 percent of U.S. official development assistance (ODA), up from 6 percent only five years ago, according to the Center for Global Development. Much of this increase in ODA is concentrated in Iraq and Afghanistan and is likely to disappear when the U.S. involvement in both wars ends. However beyond these two conflicts, DoD is expanding its operations in the developing world to include activities that may be more appropriately undertaken by U.S. civilian actors, such as the Agency for International Development or the Department of State. These programs highlight a growing DoD aid role outside of Iraq and Afghanistan, reflecting a short-term security agenda which will exacerbate the longstanding and glaring imbalance between the military and civilian components of the U.S. approach to state-building in the developing world, and may undermine long-term U.S. foreign policy and development objectives to advance security, good governance, and growth.

“Though the arrival of USAFRICOM represents the next logical step in proactive peacetime engagement implementation, the new command underscores the appearance of policy militarization and ultimate weakens the link between the two threads” of policy.4   By moving so actively, despite the repeated protestations of allegiance to the “whole of government” approach, AFRICOM is taking the lead, and it is at best an open question as to whether the military can and should take that lead.  “The critical question is why the military is leading a new organization whose stated mission is, by definition, largely the responsibility of State.”5

A specific danger in the creation of AFRICOM is the installation of a military command as the primary de facto American interlocutor with African governments.  Its current mission statement will authorize, indeed encourage, AFRICOM to engage African governments on almost every question of politics and economics as well as military affairs.  With its bureaucratic muscle and prominence AFRICOM will almost certainly outshine the civilian agencies that are in fact the responsible agents for the broad range of intergovernmental relations and economic development. General Anthony Zinni, former Commander of USCENTCOM, has dramatically described the impression created by COCOM commanders with their private airplanes, large staffs, and extensive budgets as compared to American ambassadors and other diplomats operating on shoestring budgets. With the best will in the world, and with every intention of playing as part of the “whole of government” team, COCOM commanders and their staffs almost inevitably emphasize relations with their military counterparts, further exacerbating the worrisome trend of militarizing American foreign policy.  It is important to remember that “Any military intervention is extremely significant in politics. The political fallout is the same whether you send in a platoon or an army into another country – you have placed troops on foreign territory.”6   Uniforms do make a difference.

A potentially significant long-term danger is that putting in place AFRICOM with this expansive mission and extensive resources for non-military programs may preclude decisions to move ahead and provide the appropriate departments and agencies with the necessary authority and, more important, resources to do these tasks. If AFRICOM is already “in the field” pursing these tasks will Congress and the Administration provide additional and possibly competitive resources? The desired objective of a “whole of government” approach to American policy in Africa may be stillborn even though there is serious interest, both outside and inside the U.S. government, to re-balance the three-legged stool of U.S. national security, so that the wobbly diplomatic and development legs can keep up with the defense leg. In an important lecture at Kansas State University in November 2007, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates supported this view with a call for greater federal investment in U.S. civilian agencies, to help make a difference in fragile and war-torn states.

Specific Suggestions
However, now that AFRICOM is out of the box, so to speak, the question is how to utilize its capabilities in its area of expertise and how to fit that into the broader activities of the U.S. government.  The following suggestions may serve to that end:
AFRICOM's headquarters should be moved from Europe (a totally inappropriate venue for a U.S. organization dealing with Africa) back to the continental United States.  Alternatives could be in Florida or in the Washington area, but the objective would be to place it in closer proximity to the State Department (the lead department for African affairs), USAID (the lead agency for most of AFRICOM’s assistance activities), and the Special Operations Command (the lead military organization for counter terrorism action).
AFRICOM's mission statement should be redrafted to modify its currently over-ambitious “soft power” mission.
Implementation of AFRICOM’s “MOOTWA” (Military Operations Other Than War) type capability and activities should be coordinated and phased in, in accordance with related programs of the relevant lead civilian agencies, especially State and USAID.
AFRICOM's staffing pattern and organization should continue to reflect significant other agency personnel contributions. This program should be one element of an extensive two-way personnel exchange program between the departments and organizations involved, including at senior levels.
Innovative, direct, and robust organizational arrangements between AFRICOM, State's Bureau of African Affairs, the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, and USAID should be created to enable AFRICOM to play an active supporting role in the “whole of government” approach and to ensure that AFRICOM plans and programs are integrated at the policy/strategic level. (Extensive exchange programs should probably be initiated between all geographic commands and their State Department regional bureau counterparts, but current staffing levels in the Department of State are likely to preclude that for the present.)
The relationship between AFRICOM and Chiefs of Mission should be formally defined to ensure that AFRICOM personnel deployed in connection with security assistance, “soft power,” and other assistance programs are deployed as elements of the relevant Country Team under the overall authority of the Chief of Mission, and that these activities are fully integrated into the relevant Mission Performance Plans at the planning stage. This may require amendment of the current Chief of Mission authority.7

And finally, it would not hurt if the name of this new organization were changed to something less provocative than “United States Africa Command.”
NOTES
1. “US to Raise Irregular War Capabilities,” Washington Post, December 4, 2008

2.  Ken Menkhaus, “The Journal of Conflict Studies”

3. Quotation taken from Stephanie Hanson, “The Pentagon's New Africa Command”, Council of Foreign Relations, May 3, 2007.

4. Dennis R.J. Penn, “USAFRICOM: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy”, Joint Forces Quarterly, Issue 51, 2008

5. ibid

6. General Makhmut Gareev, “Future War”, Foreign Military Studies Office, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, February 2007

7.  “As Chief of Mission, you have full responsibility for the direction, coordination, and supervision of all United States Government Executive Branch employees in [country] (except for elements and personnel under the command of a U.S. area military commander ...).”
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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #41 on: August 20, 2009, 11:39:41 PM »
America, Somalia and AFRICOM
Dr. Muhammad Shamsaddin Megalommatis

[First time I have heard of him, but the guy has some interesting points that should be looked into IMO]
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/68905
July 18, 2008


I always believed that America´s vilification by unsophisticated people allover the world, particularly if matched with oblivion of the nefarious and evil role played allover the world by the colonial powers, England and France, serves only one purpose: the perpetuation of the existing colonial structures which are the only responsible for the underdevelopment, the poverty, the starvation, the tyrannies, the lack of democracy, the genocides, the tortures, and the overall stagnation of all the indigenous peoples.

Anti-Americanism is the top stage of colonialism.

This is an absolute reality that the various sheikhs of Somalia and other countries in Africa and Asia must consistently recall in their minds. The real enemy of all the underdeveloped nations is the Anglo-French colonialism, and the secrecy hidden behind the colonial establishments, the Apostate Freemasonic Lodge that rules them, and through them most of today´s world.

The aforementioned position does not embellish America; neither does it offer Washington indulgentia a culpa e a poena; on the contrary! It only helps understand the realities of our world better. Certainly, America has been responsible for wars, terrorism, exploitation of other countries´ resources, disregard for democracy, freedom, and Human Rights. Many times America pursued policies in Africa, Asia and Latin America that are in striking opposition to the ideals and the principles of the Founding Fathers, and to the spirit and the letter of the American Constitution. Many noticed and denounced repeatedly that what America offers its own citizens Washington denies to others allover the world.

A more careful analysis of the American political establishment would help realize that it is only the pro-British part of the American establishment that has ceaselessly pursued similar policies, acting as subservient to the secret rulers of England and France, and as an instrument for their targets.

However, there is another part of America; a part of the American establishment and a sizeable part of the American people who share the concept that what is offered to Americans should be offered to Somalis, to Oromos, to Persians and others: Freedom, Prosperity, Democracy, National Identity, Human Dignity.

This part of America, a moral, humane and humanist face of today´s America, deplores the colonial policies carried out by the country that was born to be anti-colonial, and therefore anti-British and anti-French, namely America.

This is the part of America that rejects the blasphemous and anti-human pseudo-theory of Evolutionism; this is the part of America that sided with Argentina against England in the so-called Falklands War; this is the part of America that denounced Roosevelt´s decision to make of America a tool in the hands of England. To this – Catholic, Black and Latin (mainly but not exclusively) – part of America, Somalis, Oromos, Aramaeans, Berbers of Kabylia, Furis of Darfur, Baluchis and many others must stretch their hand to reach out and join forces.

An excellent paper has just been published by a leading Humanitarian NGO, Refugees International, which is based in Washington; entitled ´U.S. Civil Military Imbalance for Global Engagement´; this paper denounces the militaristic purpose of AFRICOM, and suggests a more balanced military and humanitarian budget for America´s African engagement.

I republish here the Executive Summary of the pertinent paper, suggesting to all African Muslims, and particularly the sheikhs whose minds are unfortunately fixed on colonial agendas (without them understanding it), a more nuanced position towards America. It will help greatly all those targeted and suffering in the Horn of Africa region and elsewhere.

U.S. Civil Military Imbalance for Global Engagement: Executive Summary

http://www.refugeesinternational.org/content/article/detail/10763


In his introduction to the 2002 National Security Strategy, President Bush said: "America is now threatened less by conquering states than we are by failing ones". Failing states with weak state institutions struggle to deliver services to their population or to control corruption and are at risk of ongoing conflict. When these countries descend into civil war, massive flows of refugees and large-scale human displacement lead to further regional and global instability. Nowhere is this more of a challenge than in Africa.

There is broad agreement that combating today´s global threats requires a balanced, integrated approach with coordinated defense, diplomacy and development efforts. In practice, the Pentagon is largely dictating America´s approach to foreign policy. The nation´s foreign aid budget is too low; its civilian capacity to construct and carry out effective, long-term policies to rebuild states is too weak; interventions abroad are often unilateral when multilateral solutions could be more effective; and the military, which is well trained to invade countries, not to build them up, is playing an increasingly active and well-funded role in promoting development and democracy. Even Defense Secretary Robert Gates noted that U.S. soldiers conducting development and assistance activities in countries where they frequently don´t speak the language is "no replacement for the real thing – civilian involvement and expertise".

The rising military role in shaping U.S. global engagement is a challenge to the next president. Foreign assistance represents less than one percent of the federal budget, while defense spending is 20%. The U.S. military has over 1.5 million uniformed active duty employees and over 10,100 civilian employees, while the Department of State has some 6,500 permanent employees. Although several high-level task forces and commissions have emphasized the urgent need to modernize our aid infrastructure and increase sustainable development activities, such assistance is increasingly being overseen by military institutions whose policies are driven by the Global War on Terror, not by the war against poverty. Between 1998 and 2005, the percentage of Official Development Assistance the Pentagon controlled exploded from 3.5% to nearly 22%, while the percentage controlled by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) shrunk from 65% to 40%.

This civil-military imbalance has particular ramifications for Africa, where Global War on Terror imperatives do not address the continent´s biggest needs for security assistance. The U.S. is only helping four African countries transform their armies and security agencies into professional organizations that protect citizens rather than abuse them. Resources are allocated in a manner that does not reflect the continent´s most pressing priorities. For example, the U.S. has allocated $49.65 million for reforming a 2,000-strong Liberian army to defend the four million people of that country. In contrast, it only plans to spend $5.5 million in 2009 to help reform a 164,000-strong army in the DR Congo, a country with 65 million people where Africa´s "first world war" claimed the lives of over five million people.

Two case studies emphasize the problems inherent in the U.S. approach. Military dominance over reform programs in Liberia has resulted in a policy focused solely on restructuring Liberia´s army by expensive private contractors, DynCorp and Pacific Architects and Engineers. Meanwhile, intelligence, judiciary, and prison agencies are sadly neglected. In the DR Congo, the State Department has played a very active role in facilitating dialogue among belligerents and is concerned about the humanitarian situation in the east, but the Defense Department is virtually ignoring the nation´s desperate need of military reform. As a result, an inadequately resourced security sector reform program has contributed to the Congolese army becoming a major source of
insecurity for civilian communities.


The U.S. military´s new Africa Command (AFRICOM) is poised to become the dominant influence over U.S. policy on the continent. Originally, AFRICOM was promoted as integrating military and civilian agencies for "humanitarian assistance, civic action… and response to natural disasters". After much criticism from African nations and the international humanitarian community, the new AFRICOM Commander is now emphasizing the value the Command can add to the many U.S. military programs already operating in Africa.

AFRICOM should focus on two unashamedly military/political roles that will strengthen peace and security in Africa: a) assisting African countries with defense sector reform; and b) supporting Africa´s regional organizations in building conflict management and standby force capacity. The Command´s legitimacy will ultimately be determined by its ability to work with the African Union and UN operations to address Africa´s principal security challenge – mobilizing sufficient resources to provide a secure, stable and well-governed environment in which human rights are protected and promoted and where business can thrive. Assisting with the coordination of security sector and peacekeeping assistance should be strongly emphasized in its mandate to help national governments absorb the plethora of uncoordinated initiatives from various coalitions of donor countries.

Another priority for AFRICOM should be to enhance peacekeeping capacity-building programs. As a matter of urgency, AFRICOM should establish a core of civil-military expertise specifically related to UN peace operations in Africa. With the demand for African peacekeepers far outstripping the supply of adequately trained and equipped forces, AFRICOM has the potential to increase the number of trained soldiers for UN or AU peace operations.

AFRICOM could also enhance international cooperation for delivering more sustainable support to African efforts to establish peace and security. Instead of having three commanders that deal with Africa as a third or fourth priority, an informed, consistent and coherent engagement with Africa could be established. However, AFRICOM´s current meager budget for bilateral security cooperation falls far short of what is needed to have true credibility and impact. Currently, no funds are allocated for security sector and governance capacity-building for African nations. Instead, funding is being requested for Global War on Terror priorities.

While AFRICOM can improve engagement with African nations, more effective non-military support is needed to provide the basic foundations of stability that would encourage refugees to return home and would meet Africa´s enormous development challenges. Although the current administration is promoting a range of initiatives to redress the imbalance in U.S. instruments for global engagement, these are aimed at a "quick fix" for long-broken machinery.

The next president must strengthen civilian professional capacity to carry out diplomatic and development operations. More funding is needed to address the current 17 to 1 spending imbalance in staffing and resources between defense and diplomatic/development operations, and to reduce the use of contractors in foreign assistance programs. A thorough assessment of both civilian and military capacities to achieve developmental goals must also be conducted.

Doing a few things well in Africa, and doing the right thing in Africa, can have a positive impact on 53 UN member states, help uplift 80% of the world´s poorest people, and win friends and influence in the most under-governed continent in the world. If the establishment of AFRICOM, the strengthening of the State Department´s Africa Bureau and USAID programs in Africa can be seen to produce positive results, the effort could serve as a model for U.S. global engagement.

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #42 on: August 20, 2009, 11:56:57 PM »
If the fake democrats want to know what true racism is...this is it!

If the Southern Poverty Law Center was a legitimate organization, this is what they would be reporting about!
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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #43 on: August 21, 2009, 12:42:41 AM »
NWO Controlled puppet Newt Gingerich warns of Iranian Nuclear weapons, and that it will take losing a city to get a reaction:

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #44 on: August 21, 2009, 07:48:25 AM »
ok, how exactly does the mortal kombat dragon come into play?

Ive always seen it as fighting the the powers, the movie is one of my favorites and has Fear Factory,Type O Negative, and even Ministry on the soundtrack im pretty sure

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #45 on: August 21, 2009, 09:25:53 AM »
August 21, 2009
Russia Questions Crew and Hijacking Suspects in Ship Disappearance
By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/world/europe/21ship.html?ref=global-home&pagewanted=print

MOSCOW — Most of the crew from a cargo ship that vanished three weeks ago were brought to Moscow on Thursday for further questioning by Russian investigators, as were the eight men suspected of hijacking it, Russian officials said.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that 11 of the 15 crew members from the ship, Arctic Sea, would continue to be questioned over the still murky details of its disappearance. The other four, including the captain, would remain on board the Arctic Sea in the Atlantic Ocean until it was given permission to return to its Finnish owner.

Meanwhile, Russian television showed images of the suspected hijackers being rushed by uniformed soldiers from the back ramp of a Russian Il-76 transport plane at the Chkalovsky airfield near Moscow.

The men — four Estonians, two Latvians and two Russians — were captured Monday when a Russian anti-submarine ship intercepted the Arctic Sea 300 miles off Cape Verde in the Atlantic, according to the official Russian account.

Other than their nationalities, little is known about the suspects, and it is still unclear how they supposedly commandeered the ship on July 24 not far from the Swedish coast, piloting it some 2,000 miles through closely monitored European waters out into the open Atlantic.

An unidentified member of the Arctic Sea’s crew, shown on Russia’s Vesti television, said that the ship was able to send a distress call via text message as the hijackers boarded, but that the captain was forced to retract it.

“With a gun pointed at him, what was the captain supposed to say?” the crew member said. “He said that we were joking.”

The ship’s captain had radioed the authorities that day, saying that the intruders left after 12 hours and that he would continue on to Algeria. The alarm was raised after the Arctic Sea failed to arrive on Aug. 4.

Russian officials have still not explained why the men had sought to commandeer the Arctic Sea, with its relatively cheap cargo of lumber. The director of the Russian firm that insured the ship told NTV television on Thursday that his company had received a ransom demand of $1.5 million in early August. The Finnish police have confirmed the report, but they could not say who made the demand.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian prosecutor general’s office said Thursday that crew members had confirmed details about the hijacking that were reported earlier.

“During interrogations, members of the crew explained that eight men in black clothing with ‘policia’ written on their backs, had approached the Arctic Sea in an inflatable speedboat,” Vladimir I. Markin, a spokesman for the committee, told reporters. “The men came aboard and, threatening the crew with weapons, demanded that they follow all orders unquestioningly.”

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That is some really alarming news. It sounds like the plot to a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.

...or the Call of Duty 4 video game.... I'm just sayin'
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...or the Call of Duty 4 video game.... I'm just sayin'

except for the fact that that ship sunk...but if some kook named "al'asad" comes out of the woodwork with a nuke, that could be a bit creepy...
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Strange story, great thread.
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Not many people have heard of Al-ciada's Navy of about 20 merchant ships.

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Moonlight Dance with Russian Subs Last Night?
Deep Atlantic Threat off East Coast under Cover of Hurricane Bill.



August 21, 2009
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Early this am 8/21/09 the Q-Files klaxon horn sounded general quarters in several locales. Reports from radio experts began to flood in regarding an extremely long 200+ characters Emergency Action Message likely sent from a Spaceborne Command vehicle via Offut Air base to space, air, and naval vessels in the Atlantic region. Apparently, an interdiction operation involving high probable multiples of Russian submarines operating in the deep Atlantic ocean was ongoing which probably involved a TR3-B spacecraft, multiple P-3 Orion subchasers, and other Naval assets most likely including U.S. Navy submarines.

The area of coverage based upon multiple check-ins from the P-3 Orions to Lajes island in the Azores due to poor propagation indicated that a wide area search from probably the Cape Verde Islands north to the Canary Islands (home of the Cumbre Vieja Shelf) and further northwest to the Azores on one side of the Atlantic to include the ocean also bound on the East Coast CONUS side from Florida to Newfoundland Canada. The TR3-B space craft with its incredible speed was likely using its powerful sensors from space to cover this area and also the Straits of Gibraltar and Med Sea areas in conjunction with the P-3 's, and no doubt multiple U.S. submarines below the water. Major note here is that this was not some some drill or a simple assistance of weather center Hurricane Bill tracking. This was an interdiction operation most likely to find Russian subs that were getting aggressive in their maneuvering, had turned on missile systems, or which had disappeared under the massive interference of Hurricane Bill, the third Tropical storm most likely generated by Russian Weather War electromagnetic assets, just off the coast of Africa and not far from where the Russian Mystery Ship was found off the Cape Verde Islands and some of the Russian subs and surface vessels have been operating. The powerful Hurricane Bill would provide excellent cover for Russian subs to move closer into the East Coast of the U.S. or even to the Canary Islands where the Cumbre Vieja shelf lies.
The exact actions taken at this time, beyond the ongoing search for the interdiction operation, is not known. However, with the current threat situations ongoing in the Mideast with Israel, Iran, Syria, and the Russians and tangential military jousting in Georgia, its breakaway Republic of Abkhasia, as well as the Russian held Ossetia looming as large potential flash points for World War III, these activities of " Dancin With the Bear Under the Deep Blue Sea" are not some trivial cat and mouse games that TV propaganda channels would have you believe, but are in fact an escalation of a longer series of events which have ratcheted up between the U.S. and the Russians that portend WW III more than some normal neo cold war ho hum.

MYSTERY CARGO ON TIMBER SHIPS, GEORGIA(S) TIT FOR TATS, SCYTHIAN CENTAUR, & PERSIAN TAKE-OUT, MAY MEAN GOG MAGOG DREAMS, SNAP SHOT CRUISERS AND TIDAL WAVE SCREAMS.

We all have followed the very vague and highly unusual news coverage of the Russian cargo ship filled allegedly with Finnish timber which had disappeared and that was finally found somewhere off Cape Verde by the Russian Navy. Mysterious pirates or hijackers who took over the ship and the odd subsequent "cover story" arrests and then now veiled hints of mysterious cargo such as nuclear devices or nuclear cruise missiles actually being on board and perhaps taken off by the hijacking gang, which in this writer's analysis sounded more like U.S. ultra black counter terror operators, Navy Seals, or perhaps even British Special Boat Squad shooters. After all, the initial boarding via ruse and subsequent hijacking of the ship took place somewhere near the English Channel on or about July 28th 2009. Interestingly enough that time frame also featured wild fires burning on La Palma, the main Island of the Canary Islands, which would provide marvelous cover for infil of Russian frogmen to take delivery of and place a series of nuclear devices calculated to blow the Cumbre Vieja shelf, which under current Swiss modeling would create a giant 1200 feet tall tidal wave, that from the U.S. perspective would strike the U.S. east coast from Florida to Maine within hours and rush inland perhaps as far as 100 miles into the area of the most dense population centers of America....the Megalopolis from Boston down to D.C. and on further south to Miami. That this could be an actual Strategic Plan of Russian asymmetrical warfare tied perhaps to a retaliation for any Israeli or joint U.S. attack upon their Defense Treaty allies of Iran and Syria is not only realistic, but doable, and would carry quite a bit of the good old Weather/Tectonic "acts of God" plausible deniability as well. Under the cover of a "natural" wild fire insertion of nukes that would create a "natural" earthquake blow of the Cumbre Vieja shelf which would kill most of the population of East Coast U.S., Canada, England, and Coastal Europe with tidal wave destruction and flooding, is it any wonder that Putin's brighter planners also tying this to his version of the New World Order would love such a plan? Several years ago another alert given to you described a "thunderball-like" underwater fight between U.S. Seals vs. Russian and perhaps proxy frogmen over this very Cumbre prize.

Now, however let us look at the Georgian conflict of the near past where the U.S. and Israeli proxy Georgia were deep in a one sided conflict with the Russians that had Grave Worldwide implications. Well that conflict has really just been smoldering and when not long ago U.S. ships were in the Black Sea for drills and the Russians deployed considerable naval assets to do counter drills the fire got turned up........and even now with Israelis perhaps still training troops in Georgia and the Georgians seizing 2 cargo vessels trading with their breakaway Republic of Abkhasia the fire is getting hotter and hotter as the main event of Israel vs. Iran, Syria, and Lebanese Hezbollah and the Russian Defenders ported in Tartus and Latakia all are warming up in their respective dressing rooms.

Well with the Mystery Cargo Timber hauler missing and Georgian tensions increasing we were granted the visage of what one could call the "Scythian Centaur" icon.......Vladimir Putin bare-chested and yet seemingly part of the 'Red Horse" was sending a message for all to see that he was very serious and ready to go to war with the U.S. He has done this before with his vacation to Sambo Training Camp picture where he posed in BDU's in a Sambo or Judo stance and was flexing his bare chest, and again with his famous picture with the Tiger and how he wasn't afraid and could control the metaphorical now "paper tiger" of the U.S. Putin has sent his message loud and clear.

About that time Russian Akula class subs appeared of the coast of the U.S state of Georgia and off New York in another strong message of a trading tit for tat of the Georgias via nuclear missile launches. Akula class attack subs usually protect larger ICBM boomers, but they also can carry a quite destructive punch with nuclear tipped cruise missiles that on the U.S. coast might only have a 5 minute or less flight time before warheads were dropped on major U.S. coastal cities and Military bases. This is a serious threat and although the U.S. anti missile defense technologies could handle quite a few inbound missiles, they cannot handle them all regardless what fluff you might believe from Pentagram propaganda wags.

So, getting back to the story here, an analysis that some Timing cues in the big luciferian inspired, Illuminati ordered, and State actor executed Grand Plan for World War III aka. The Gog Magog War may have been interrupted by some seaborne commandos would be not far from the truth. Consequently though Putin ordered all available Russian naval vessels to search for the Mystery Ship.......well now it is sans cargo of the nukes and the game was blown and the Scythian Centaur is ready to take some heads and so his subs have been maneuvering aggressively not only off Tartus in the med very close to Israel but now also with many subs of various classes including the Boomers the U.S. lucies will deny are also in the mix right off the east coast of CONUS, off Canada, and not far from Britain, France, and Spain. However, the "Pirate Gambit" I believe bought some time or slowed the clock just a little on the impending Mideast war which will involve the use of nuclear weapons on all sides and will necessitate God himself to save Israel fro Gog Magog and all his Arab and Muslim allies in that region.

The Eagle is perhaps destined to be embroiled in Martial Law over Banking Collapses, Currency devaluations, and horribly deadly Killer Viral Pandemics...with viruses even more deadly as their mutagenic tendencies will no doubt get enhanced from the already ongoing electromagnetic effects of Weather War that perhaps dropped a neat little micro burst onto NYC and environs.......and then as Henry Gruver, Dimitrou Duduman, and others great men of God have predicted a sneak attack by Russian nuclear missiles comes and lays waste to much of the U.S.. Probably as retaliation, the very minute Israeli fighter bombers, missiles carrying payloads of nuclear bunker busters fly toward Iran, Syria, and Lebanon.

Well now perhaps the "Cumbre Vieja Wave" won't be part of this American Football Season but, I would not wager against snap shots from Russian subs of death from above supersonic cruise missiles that could get past at least in part to sufficiently decapitate D.C., Oceana, New York City (perhaps the 100 trees is prophetic?) and other targets inside CONUS. MAAD is no longer the U.S. doctrine...and also when one hears rumors of KGB groomed usurpers and the Illuminati deals they make under Golden Capstones with the Eye of Lucifer engraved in them, one wonders who would order retaliation anyway........perhaps the backdoor and front door have been left open......something only real Mighty Men of Valor who love Lord Jesus could shut.

So, I thought I should warn you as I have done before of what happened early this AM and of what might becoming very soon.

Please Repent America and seek the Lord.

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #50 on: August 21, 2009, 09:57:13 PM »
"MAAD is no longer the U.S. doctrine...and also when one hears rumors of KGB groomed usurpers and the Illuminati deals they make under Golden Capstones with the Eye of Lucifer engraved in them, one wonders who would order retaliation anyway........perhaps the backdoor and front door have been left open."

Does anyone know if this is true?  Has the US dropped the MAD doctrine?  If so, that's insane, as we'd open ourselves up to a massive first strike by a enemy, since they wouldn't have to fear our retaliation.
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« Reply #51 on: August 21, 2009, 09:59:18 PM »
This story has been bizarre from the beginning.
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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #52 on: August 21, 2009, 10:20:03 PM »
MUST WATCH ASAP!

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Arsenal of Hypocrisy
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The Space Program and the Military Industrial Complex
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Dude that is a scary and awesome vid...
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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #53 on: August 21, 2009, 10:33:03 PM »
Dude that is a scary and awesome vid...

I look at it when Sane was post it, awesome!
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"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Dude that is a scary and awesome vid...

Bump for this movie it is an eye opener to what the bigger picture is all about

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« Reply #56 on: August 22, 2009, 12:24:47 AM »
For all of you who wish to understand more about how deadly the space weaponry projects are, PP Forum member Brendan has generously given much of his time and knowledge to this forum. He has a room dedicated to space based weaponry systems and there is a sub room dedicated to the recent war test where the military shot a descending satellite which came in at meteor speed out of the sky.

Here is the room to gain a much deeper understanding of where the $23.7 Trillion dollars actually goes:

http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?board=293.0

The American people have absolutely no rights whatsoever to these systems and there are hundreds more that we do not even know about.

When we ask where the money is and they have no answer...I would ask to see the audited books for the systems described in the link above (besides all of the castles for the elite pigs).
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The Obama administration is depicting Somalia as an African Afghanistan, and setting up the homegrown Islamist Shabab as a Taliban. Secretary of State Clinton deployed language identical to George Bush's to justify U.S. military intervention in Somalia, and made bellicose threats against neighboring Eritrea.

Clinton Threatens War in Horn of Africa

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Hillary Clinton has confirmed that the Obama administration is bent on pursuing the same “war on terror” and regime-change strategy in the Horn of Africa as its predecessor. Having made George Bush’s wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan his own, President Obama dispatched his Secretary of State to draw battle lines in Somalia and to threaten the neighboring nation of Eritrea.

Clinton depicted Somalia as the Afghanistan of Africa, and Al Shabab, the Islamist enemies of America’s pitiful little puppet regime in Somalia, as the Taliban. Clinton’s words could have been written by any of George Bush’s speechwriters. “If Al Shabab were to obtain a haven in Somalia which could then attract Al Qaeda and other terrorist actors,” she said, “it would be a threat to the United States.”

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian police said Tuesday they have thwarted a terrorist plot in which extremists with ties to an al-Qaida-linked Somali Islamist group planned to invade a military base and open fire with automatic weapons until they were shot dead themselves.

Some 400 officers from state and national security services took part in 19 raids on properties in Melbourne, Australia's second largest city, before dawn Tuesday, arresting four men and detaining several others for questioning, police said.

Australian Federal Police Acting Commissioner Tony Negus said the raids followed a seven-month surveillance operation of a group of people with alleged ties to al-Shabaab, an Islamist organization based in that country's south that has been fighting to overthrow Somalia's transitional government.

"Police will allege that the men were planning to carry out a suicide terrorist attack on a defense establishment within Australia involving an armed assault with automatic weapons," Negus told reporters. "Details of the planning indicated the alleged offenders were prepared to inflict a sustained attack on military personnel until they themselves were killed."

Holsworthy Barracks on the outskirts of Sydney was one of the group's potential targets, and surveillance had been carried out at other bases, he said, declining to identify them.

"This operation has disrupted an alleged terrorist attack that could have claimed many lives," he said.

Negus said the investigation had also found that some of the group had traveled to Somalia "to participate in hostilities" there.

All four arrested are Australian citizens of Somali or Lebanese descent and aged between 22 and 26, police said.

One of the suspects, Nayes El Sayad, was formally charged in Melbourne Magistrate's Court with conspiring to plan a terrorist attack, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Another suspect, Saney Aweys, also appeared in court, where police sought and were granted permission to detain him longer without charge for questioning.

Neither man formally entered any plea, though Aweys told the magistrate he had no connection to the other suspects.

Federal police agent David Kinton told the court that police evidence included intercepted phone calls and text messages between the suspects. The Age newspaper reported on its Web site that one of the messages referred to the Holsworthy base, saying: "I stalked around. It is easy to enter."

Negus said authorities involved in the massive surveillance operation decided to move against the group after carefully weighing up how advanced the attack plan was.

He said the group was actively seeking a fatwa, or Islamic religious ruling, approving their plans for the Australian attack. Negus did not say whose approval was being sought.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the plot underscored that Australia is still under threat from extremist groups enraged that the country sent troops to join the U.S.-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"As the Australian government has said consistently, there is an enduring threat from terrorism at home here in Australia as well as overseas," Rudd told reporters in the northern city of Cairns. "This is a sober reminder that the threat of terrorism to Australia continues."

Rudd said the government did raise Australia's terrorist alert level as a result of the plot because authorities had advised him that was not necessary.

Police sealed off several houses in Melbourne after the raids and were conducting intensive searches. Forensic officers in protective suits collected samples and searched at least one car parked in a driveway, while uniformed officers interviewed neighbors.

Terrorist violence is extremely rare in Australia — a 1978 bombing near the Hilton Hotel that killed two is the best-known incident — and no attacks have been carried out on Australian soil since the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S. raised security threat levels worldwide.

But dozens of Australians have died in terrorist attacks overseas, mostly in Indonesia including the 2002 bombings in Bali that targeted nightclubs frequented by Australians and other foreigners.

The Somali-linked plot Tuesday is the second major coordinated attack plan exposed in Australia in recent years. Seven men were imprisoned in the past year for involvement in a nascent plot to target thousands of spectators in an attack major sporting events in Australia.

Negus said the Somali-linked plot, if it had been carried out, could have been the most serious terrorist attack on Australian soil.

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Australia introduced tough new counterterrorism laws that grant police and security agencies strong surveillance and detention powers, and stiffened prison sentences for convicted terrorists. Australia does not have the death penalty.

Al-Shabaab, which conducts frequent attacks in Somalia, is seeking to overthrow the Horn of Africa nation's Western-backed government and establish an Islamic state. The group has claimed responsibility for several high-profile bombings and shootings in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, targeting Ethiopian troops and Somali government officials. It has also killed journalists and international aid workers.

The U.S. State Department says al-Shabaab has provided a safe haven to al-Qaida "elements" wanted for the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The two groups have long been suspected of working together, but they have not announced a formal alliance. Al-Qaida has operations in North Africa, Yemen and Iraq.

Associated Press writers Kristen Gelineau and Rohan Sullivan in Sydney contributed to this report.

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... "Police will allege that the men were planning to carry out a suicide terrorist attack on a defense establishment within Australia involving an armed assault with automatic weapons," Negus told reporters. "Details of the planning indicated the alleged offenders were prepared to inflict a sustained attack on military personnel until they themselves were killed." ...


This appears to be the Mumbai strategy - they're still using it/going to use it. Random shootings over a sustained period of time. Recently in Boston they've mentioned the new weaponry given to local police was in case of a "Mumbai-type" event.
Blame some islamic group... ratchet up the fear.
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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #59 on: August 22, 2009, 12:04:24 PM »
No, blackjack was MI6/Tavistock.  This situation of a nuke ship completely missing for a few days is full out NWO. The NRO would have over 5,000 hours of video from over 100 satellites, airforce recon, and all sorts of other "stuf". The asertion that it was completely missing is as absurd as 2+2=5.

So this ship goes missing without the NRO being involved?

NRO to launch rocket - classified/TS payload (spy satellite imo ) 01/09

Older relevant article from 2007:

http://xmb.stuffucanuse.com/xmb/viewthread.php?tid=4065

Top secret NOSS anti terrorism sea tracking satellites launched

This is a big job, tracking all sea traffic.

Two top secret National Reconnaissance Office/Navy ocean surveillance spacecraft to track terrorist movements at sea are being readied for launch from Cape Canaveral June 14.


The government will discuss the launch and satellite mission only generally, but details gleaned from intelligence sources were reported April 30 in Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Liftoff from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 41 is planned between 11:18 a.m. and noon EDT on board a nearly 200-ft.-tall U.S. Air Force Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle.

The rocket was scheduled be rolled to the launch pad late June 13. The loading of tons of kerosene and liquid oxygen and hydrogen propellants will begin early June 14.

There is a 70% chance weather for the launch will be favorable, according to the Air Forces 45th Space Wing, which is managing the launch in connection with Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance.

One unusual aspect of this secret U.S. military flight is that the Atlas V is powered by Russian RD-180 engines designed during the Cold War.

The importance of NRO's ocean surveillance role, which it coordinates with the Navy and Coast Guard, has been elevated since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And it is likely that Air Force fighters will fly patrols near the launch site to guard against any airborne terrorist attacks on the mission itself. Air Force F-22s were used for the first time for protection of the space shuttle prior to its launch June 8.

The need to track thousands of civilian ships worldwide has intensified given the potential for seemingly harmless shipping to be involved in nuclear, chemical or biological terrorist operations.[/size] Also, potential adversaries like China and Iran are demonstrating new sea-based tactics and capabilities that must be monitored.

The National Ocean Surveillance System (NOSS) flight, designated NRO L-30 will track such terrorist operations at sea as well as provide data on Chinese and Iranian ship tactics. Although classified top secret, the mission insignia is painted several feet tall on the Atlas V nose shroud. It shows a 19th century clipper ship under full sail viewed from above, as a satellite would see it.

The two satellites on the Atlas V mission have a combined mass of about 6.5 tons and will use primarily electronic intelligence (elint) techniques combined with interferometery. The technique involves comparing the differences in the elint data from each spacecraft to derive accurate position and direction of travel data.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., plays a key role in the mission. The spacecraft and launcher combined have a total cost of $600-800 million.

The satellites will fly in formation in an elliptical orbit that is precisely controlled to obtain data at different times as they overfly specific ships, so that the vessels movements can be detected and tracked.

Those data will then be combined with information from about 18 other NRO ocean surveillance satellites spaced in six or seven formations orbiting the globe.


After liftoff, the Atlas V will fly a trajectory northward along the U.S. East Coast. Viewers as far north as the Virginia coast should be able to see the Atlas V rocket plumes if weather conditions are favorable in their areas.

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #60 on: August 22, 2009, 12:26:49 PM »
AFRICOM jobs =i forwarded a lot of these africom job postings to rob d when i first got em.Long story short africom is front and center and ARMORGROUP looks like one of the big contractors (same as XE Dyncorp etc.) I have about 5 different job postings from human resources to intelligence gathering.Its gonna be bigtime in Africa real soon


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To that end we are seeking qualified personnel who can advise and mentor
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Please submit your resume to AGNAresumes@wsidc.com

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #61 on: August 22, 2009, 01:10:46 PM »
That line in the film says it all...  " He who controls space controls the ground below "
"You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control."
— John Lennon (1969)
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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #62 on: August 22, 2009, 02:02:22 PM »
MUST WATCH ASAP!

You want to know the purpose of NASA?

Arsenal of Hypocrisy
59 min - Apr 23, 2006 -   
The Space Program and the Military Industrial Complex
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4835966027154828456

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #63 on: August 22, 2009, 05:13:07 PM »
Chechen rebels say they blew up Russian dam
Some Chechen guerrillas are funded by anti-Putin forces in London and Tel Aviv.

http://www.reuters.com/article/europeCrisis/idUSLL352641

MOSCOW, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Chechen fighters said in a letter posted on a rebel website that they had used an anti-tank grenade to cause a disaster at a massive dam in Siberia this week presumed to have killed over 70 people.

"Glory to Allah, on August 17 through our efforts, a subversive operation was carried out in Khakasia at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric dam," said the letter from a group calling itself the Martyrs' Battalion.

"In the machine hall we managed to plant an anti-tank grenade with a timer, the blast of which caused much stronger damage than we could have hoped for," said the letter, which was published on the www.kavkazcenter.com website.
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and
how few by deceit"

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #64 on: August 22, 2009, 05:36:25 PM »
Chechen rebels say they blew up Russian dam
Some Chechen guerrillas are funded by anti-Putin forces in London and Tel Aviv.

http://www.reuters.com/article/europeCrisis/idUSLL352641

MOSCOW, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Chechen fighters said in a letter posted on a rebel website that they had used an anti-tank grenade to cause a disaster at a massive dam in Siberia this week presumed to have killed over 70 people.

"Glory to Allah, on August 17 through our efforts, a subversive operation was carried out in Khakasia at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric dam," said the letter from a group calling itself the Martyrs' Battalion.

"In the machine hall we managed to plant an anti-tank grenade with a timer, the blast of which caused much stronger damage than we could have hoped for," said the letter, which was published on the www.kavkazcenter.com website.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLt76eoelxM

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #65 on: August 22, 2009, 05:45:48 PM »
Russian mujahideen group accepted responsibility for sabotage operation against the largest Russian power plant
Publication time: 20 August 2009, 17:06

On August 20, a Russian mujahideen group "Muwahhidun ar-Rusi" sent a letter to Kavkaz Center accepting responsibility for distrupting the operation of the  Russia's largest Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant in southern Siberia on Monday. The group pledged allegiance to  Dokka Abu Usman, Emir of Mujahideen of Caucasus.

  

The group consisting of Rissian Muslims said it had sent a Mujahid named Ibrahim to work at the power plant. After working there for some months, Ibrahim detected some weak points in the technical safety system in  the power plant's turbine room and caused the fooding of the room. Ibrahim martyred in the operation.
  

Three of the plant's 10 turbines were reportedly destroyed and three others damaged.

No explosives were used for the sabotage, the group said. All gear and equipment for the operation was brought to the turbine room under pretext of conducting repair works. The group would not disclose technical details so that this procedure could be used in the future for damaging and destroying other Russian power plants.

  

It would cost Russia at least $ 1.2 billion to rebuild the turbine room.  Repairs are estimated to take from two to five years. In the meantime the plant would produce no electric power for Russian industry.
  

The Muwahhidun ar-Rusi said they would continue their sabotage operations against ithe Russian industrial targets.
http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2009/08/20/10904.shtml

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #66 on: August 22, 2009, 05:50:24 PM »
Russian General Calls Submarine Patrols Near U.S. East Coast Routine
Publication time: 18 August 2009, 08:04

A senior Russian general on Wednesday brushed off American concerns about two Russian submarines spotted off the East Coast of the United States, saying the patrols were routine and suggesting that the U.S. Navy carries out similar missions near Russia. "I don't know if there is any news in this news for anyone," said Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of the Russian armed forces. "The fleet shouldn't sit on its hands and be idle."

Moscow often deployed its submarines off the U.S. coast during the Cold War, but the collapse of the Soviet Union left the Russian military in shambles. Now the Russian navy rarely takes on missions far from its home ports.

The presence of the two nuclear-powered attack submarines in international waters near the U.S. coast, first reported by the New York Times, suggests a more assertive Russian military posture and follows Moscow's decision two years ago to resume Cold War-style flights of nuclear-capable bombers across the Atlantic.

Asked at a news conference about the submarines, Nogovitsyn drew a comparison to the resumption of the long-range bomber missions. "This is our right. We got tired of flying circles on our routes and started strategic flights," he said.

"And you remember how much clamor this caused at the time? Just because we started going out on combat patrols," he continued. "But I must tell you that the battle potential of our strategic aviation is serious, and has only risen since then."

"Long voyages of Russian submarines, this is a normal process," he added, saying U.S. officials who are expressing concerns "understand this very well."

Lt. Desmond James, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, issued a written statement confirming that the Pentagon has been watching Russian submarines operating in international waters off the coast.

"We have been monitoring them during transit and recognize the right of all nations to exercise freedom of navigation in international waters according to international law," he said.

The New York Times quoted unidentified Defense Department officials expressing concern about the unusual patrols but also saying that the submarines have not taken any provocative actions.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Wednesday: "Did we have an indication that they were coming this way? Sure. . . . The larger question is, is it of concern to us. And the answer to that is -- no."

In August 2007, when then-President Vladimir Putin ordered a resumption of the strategic bomber flights, some U.S. officials suggested that the decision presented little military threat and carried primarily symbolic weight. Russia had halted the flights in 1992 in part because it could no longer afford the fuel.

Putin, who is now prime minister, said the missions would continue regularly on a "permanent basis" because similar flights by other countries were causing "certain problems for ensuring the security of the Russian Federation."

Analysts said it was not clear whether the submarine patrol was an isolated episode or would become a regular occurrence.http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2009/08/18/10898.shtml

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Re: *Russian Hijacked ship had nukes! Obama preparing African invasion?
« Reply #67 on: August 25, 2009, 01:45:11 PM »
U.S. intensifies its military involvement in Africa through Africa Command (AFRICOM)
http://usa.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/65740
by Rick Rozoff
(Tuesday, August 25, 2009)

"The size and location of the continent along with its human and natural resources - oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds, uranium, cobalt, chromium, platinum, timber, cotton, food products - make it an increasingly important part of a world that is daily becoming more integrated and interdependent."


The 2009 World Population Data Sheet published by the Washington, DC-based Population Reference Bureau states that the population of the African continent has surpassed one billion. Africans now account for over a seventh of the human race.

Africa's 53 nations are 28% of the 192 countries in the world.

The size and location of the continent along with its human and natural resources - oil, natural gas, gold, diamonds, uranium, cobalt, chromium, platinum, timber, cotton, food products - make it an increasingly important part of a world that is daily becoming more integrated and interdependent.

Africa is also the last continent to free itself from colonial domination. South America broke free of Spanish and Portuguese control in the beginning of the 1800s (leaving only the three Guianas - British, Dutch and French - still colonized) and the post-World War II decolonization of Asia that started with former British East India in 1947 was almost complete by the late 1950s.

Sub-Saharan Africa was not to liberate most of its territory from Belgian, British, French, Spanish and Portuguese colonial masters until the 1960s and 1970s. And the former owners were reluctant to cede newly created African nations any more than nominal independence and the ability to choose their own internal socio-economic orientation and foreign policy alignment.

In the two decades of the African independence struggle the continent was marred by Western-backed coups d'etat and assassinations of liberation leaders which included those against Patrice Lumumba in the former Belgian Congo in 1961, Ben Barka in Morocco in 1965, Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana in 1966, Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique in 1969, Amilcar Cabral in Guinea-Bissau in 1973 and Marien Ngouabi in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) in 1977.

In his latest Anti-Empire Report veteran political analyst William Blum wrote, "the next time you hear that Africa can't produce good leaders, people who are committed to the welfare of the masses of their people, think of Nkrumah and his fate. And think of Patrice Lumumba, overthrown in the Congo 1960-61 with the help of the United States; Agostinho Neto of Angola, against whom Washington waged war in the 1970s, making it impossible for him to institute progressive changes; Samora Machel of Mozambique against whom the CIA supported a counter-revolution in the 1970s-80s period; and Nelson Mandela of South Africa (now married to Machel's widow), who spent 28 years in prison thanks to the CIA." [1]

Some of Blum's references are to a series of proxy wars supported by the United States and its NATO allies and in some instances apartheid South Africa and the Mobutu Sese Seko regime in Zaire in the mid-1970s and the 1980s, such as arming and training the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the unspeakably brutal Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO), and Eritrean and Tigrayan armed separatists in Ethiopia as well as backing the Somali invasion of the Ogaden Desert in that country in 1977.

Over the past five years French troops and bombers have waged deadly attacks inside Cote d'Ivoire, Chad and the Central African Republic either in support of or against rebels, always in furtherance of France's own geopolitical objectives. In the second application of the so-called Blair Doctrine, in 2000 Britain sent troops to its former colony of Sierra Leone and has de facto recolonized the nation, taking control of its military and internal security forces.

But in the post-World War II period there has only been one direct American military action in Africa, the deadly 1986 air strikes against Libya in April of 1986, Operation El Dorado Canyon.

While conducting wars, bombings, military interventions and invasions in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, the Middle East and recently Southeastern Europe over the past half century, the Pentagon has left the African continent comparatively unscathed. That is going to change after the establishment of the United States Africa Command on October 1 of 2007 and its activation a year later.

The U.S. has intensified military involvement in Africa over the past seven years with such projects as the Pan Sahel Initiative (PSI), launched by the State Department but which deployed US Army Special Forces with the Special Operations Command Europe to Mali and Mauritania among other locations. U.S. military personnel are still engaged in the counterinsurgency wars in Mali and Niger against Tuareg rebels.

The Pan Sahel Initiative was succeeded by the Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative (TSCTI) in late 2004 which has American military personnel assigned to eleven African nations: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

The Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative was formally launched in June of 2005 with the deployment of 1,000 American troops, among them Green Berets, in Operation Flintlock 05 in North and West Africa to engage with counterparts from seven nations: Algeria, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia.

Until their transfer to the Africa Command (AFRICOM) all 53 nations on the continent except for those in the Horn of Africa (assigned to Central Command) and the island nations of Madagascar and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean (handled by Pacific Command) were within the area of responsibilty of the European Command (EUCOM), whose top commander is simultaneously the Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

As such the past two EUCOM and NATO commanders, Marine General James Jones (2003-2006) and Army General Bantz John Craddock (2006-June, 2009), were the most instrumental in setting up AFRICOM.

Jones is now U.S. National Security Adviser and at this February's Munich Security Conference opened his speech with "As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. [Henry]Kissinger." [2]

In 2008, while serving as State Department special envoy for Middle East security and chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Jones said, "[A]s commander of NATO, I worried early in the mornings about how to protect energy facilities and supply chain routes as far away as Africa, the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea." [3]

Shortly before stepping down from his military posts with NATO and the Pentagon "NATO's top commander of operations, U.S. General James Jones, has said he sees a potential role for the alliance in protecting key shipping lanes such as those around the Black Sea and oil supply routes from Africa to Europe." [4]

Three years ago a Pentagon web site documented that "Officials at U.S. European Command spend between 65 to 70 percent of their time on African issues, [James] Jones said....Establishing such a group [military task force in West Africa] could also send a message to U.S. companies 'that investing in many parts of Africa is a good idea,' the general said." [5]

During the final months of his dual tenure as NATO's and EUCOM's top military commander, Jones transitioned Africa from EUCOM's to AFRICOM's control while also expanding the role of NATO on the continent.

In June of 2006 the Alliance launched its global Rapid Response Force with its first large-scale military exercises off the coast of the former Portuguese possession of Cape Verde, in the Atlantic Ocean west of Senegal.

U.S press reports of the time offered these details:

"Hundreds of elite North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) troops backed by fighter planes and warships will storm a tiny volcanic island off Africa's Atlantic coast this week in what the Western alliance hopes will prove a potent demonstration of its ability to project power around the world." [6]

"Seven thousand NATO troops conducted war games on the Atlantic Ocean island of Cape Verde on Thursday in the latest sign of the alliance's growing interest in playing a role in Africa.

"The land, air and sea exercises were NATO's first major deployment in Africa and designed to show the former Cold War giant can launch far-flung military operations at short notice.

"'You are seeing the new NATO, the one that has the ability to project stability,' said NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told a news conference after NATO troops stormed a beach on one of the islands on the archipelago in a mock assault on a fictitious terrorist camp.

"NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Jones, the alliance soldier in charge of NATO operations, said he hoped the two-week Cape Verde exercises would help break down negative images about NATO in Africa and elsewhere." [7]

NATO's first operation in Africa had occurred a year earlier in May of 2005 when the bloc transported African Union troops to the Darfur region of Sudan, at the crossroads of a war-riven region comprised of the Central African Republic, Chad and Sudan.

The Alliance has since deployed warships to the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden, last year with Operation Allied Protector, and this August 17 NATO announced that it was dispatching British, Greek, Italian, Turkish and U.S. warships to the area for a new mission, Operation Ocean Shield. These operations don't consist of mere surveillance and escort roles but include regular forced boardings, sniper attacks and other uses of armed and often lethal force.

On August 22 a Netherlands contingent of the complementary European Union naval force off Somalia used an attack helicopter against a vessel in the area which subsequently was taken over by troops from a Norwegian warship.

Over three years before, now U.S. National Security Adviser and then NATO chief military commander James Jones addressing what was his major "national security" concern at the time, "raised the prospect of NATO taking a role to counter piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, especially when it threatens energy supply routes to Western nations." [8]

A month later both he and NATO's then top civilian leader, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, reiterated the above commitment.

"NATOs' [commanders] are ready to use warships to ensure the security of offshore oil and gas transportation routes from Western Africa, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO's Secretary General, reportedly said speaking at a session of the foreign committee of PACE [Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe].

"On April 30 General James Jones, commander-in-chief of NATO in Europe, reportedly said NATO was going to draw up a plan for ensuring the security of oil and gas industry facilities.

"In this respect the bloc is willing to ensure security in unstable regions where oil and gas are produced and transported." [9]

Two months earlier a U.S. Defense Department news source reported this from Jones:

"U.S. Naval Forces Europe, (the command's) lead component in this initiative, has developed a robust maritime security strategy and regional 10-year campaign plan for the Gulf of Guinea region.

"Africa's vast potential makes African stability a near-term global strategic imperative." [10]

Jones "raised the prospect of NATO taking a role to counter piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Guinea, especially when it threatens energy supply routes to Western nations" in April of 2006 and the Pentagon and NATO have followed through on his pledge and exactly in those two opposite ends of Africa.

At article a few days ago by Daniel Volman, director of the African Security Research Project in Washington, DC, called "Africa: U.S. Military Holds War Games on Nigeria, Somalia" provided details on how far plans by James Jones and the Pentagon have progressed over the past three years.

Working with what sketchy information that had been made public about Unified Quest 2008, last year's rendition of what the U.S. Army web site described in an article of this year under the title of and as "Army war games for future conflicts" [11], conducted by the United States Army War College, Volman's article included this information:

"In addition to U.S. military officers and intelligence officers, Unified Quest 2008 brought together participants from the State Department and other U.S. government agencies, academics, journalists, and foreign military officers (including military representatives from several NATO countries, Australia, and Israel), along with the private military contractors who helped run the war games: the Rand Corporation and Booz-Allen.

"The list of options for the Nigeria scenario ranged from diplomatic pressure to military action, with or without the aid of European and African nations. One participant, U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stanovich, drew up a plan that called for the deployment of thousands of U.S. troops within 60 days....

"Among scenarios examined during the game were the possibility of direct American military intervention involving some 20,000 U.S. troops in order to 'secure the oil,' and the question of how to handle possible splits between factions within the Nigerian government. The game ended without military intervention because one of the rival factions executed a successful coup and formed a new government that sought stability.

"[W]hen General Ward [AFRICOM commander] appeared before the House Armed Services Committee on March 13, 2008, he cited America's growing dependence on African oil as a priority issue for Africom and went on to proclaim that combating terrorism would be 'Africom's number one theater-wide goal.' He barely mentioned development, humanitarian aid, peacekeeping or conflict resolution. [12]

In addition to nations already shelled, targeted and threatened like Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Eritrea, even long-time and staunch U.S. military allies like Nigeria are not beyond the reach of hostile Pentagon action. Nigeria is the main power in the fifteen-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which over the past nine years has deployed troops to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire on the request of the West, but that loyalty will not protect it when its own moment arrives.

The U.S. has employed other countries as regional military proxies - Ethiopia and Djibouti in Northeast Africa, Rwanda in Central Africa, Kenya in both - and has designs on South Africa, Senegal and Liberia for similar purposes.

Since its establishment in October of 2007 AFRICOM has lost little time in marking out the Pentagon's new continent.

Even prior to its formal activation the Pentagon conducted the Africa Endeavor 2008, 23-nation military exercise with forces from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Uganda, the U.S. and Zambia as well as representatives from ECOWAS and the African Union. [13]

The operation was held under the auspices of the U.S. European Command at the time as AFRICOM wasn't activated until October of that year but it included the participation of the then fledgling AFRICOM and U.S. Marine Forces Europe (MARFOREUR), U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the Marine Headquarters, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa [14], but "Next year's exercise will be sponsored by U.S. Africa Command." [15]

This January the U.S. Department of Defense announced that "The U.S. Army Southern European Task Force [SETAF] officially has assumed its new role as the Army component for U.S. Africa Command."

The Pentagon web site from which the above quote is taken also provided this background information and portents of the future:

"Since the 1990s, SETAF has worked with African nations to conduct military training and provide humanitarian relief in countries such as Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo and the former Zaire. [Congo is the former Zaire, as Zaire was the former Belgian Congo]

"In the coming years, SETAF, operating as U.S. Army Africa, will continue to grow and build capacity to meet the requirements needed to coordinate all U.S. Army activities in Africa.

“[U.S. Army Africa] is not an episodic, flash in the pan, noncombative evacuation operation.” [16]

In the same month, demonstrating another new AFRICOM component and the continent-wide reach of the American military and its recently acquired client states, it was reported that "Air Force C-17s will soon begin airlifting special equipment for Rwandan Peacekeepers in the Darfur region of Sudan, marking the kickoff of the first major operation engineered by U.S. Africa Command's air component, Seventeenth Air Force, also known as U.S. Air Forces Africa." [17]

This May the newspaper of the American Armed Forces, Stars and Stripes, carried a feature on joint U.S.-British training of the Rwandan army, one which bears a large part of the blame for the deaths of over five million Congolese since 1998: The biggest loss of life in a nation related to armed conflict since tens of millions of Chinese and Soviets were killed during World War II.

Rwandan and Ugandan troops invaded Congo in 1998 and triggered ongoing cross-border fighting which persists to this day. Rwanda and Uganda are both U.S. and British military client states.

The Stars and Stripes feature detailed that American instructors "are currently working with a team from the British army to train instructors with the Rwandan army. Those instructors will then train their own troops — many of whom will serve as peacekeepers in places such as Sudan." [18]

It quoted a British officer, Maj. Charles Malet, who "leads a contingent of British forces based in Kenya," as saying "We’ve been producing short-term training in this part of the world for a long, long time. [U.S. Africa Command] has stood [up]. It’s great to link up and provide a sort of introduction." [19]

The training of the Rwandan armed forces by the United States and its NATO allies has less to do with Darfur than it does with devastated Congo.

In November of 2008 the United Nations reported that "Rwandan forces fired tank shells and other heavy artillery across the border at Congolese troops during fighting" [20] which began when former Congolese general Laurent Nkunda staged an armed rebellion in the east of the country which led to the displacement of 200,000 civilians.

The BBC revealed at the time that "journalists report that some of Laurent Nkunda's rebel fighters are in the pay of the Rwandan army.

"This has renewed fears that the fighting will see a re-run of the five-year Congolese war, which involved nine nations, before it ended in 2003." [21]

The British Financial Times conducted interviews with "former rebels and observers on the ground" who said that "the uprising – led by Laurent Nkunda, the renegade former Congolese general – relies heavily on recruitment in Rwanda and former or even active Rwandan soldiers."

Referring to Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the report added, "Mr Nkunda and Rwanda’s government, military and business elite share a history....Mr Nkunda, a Congolese Tutsi, was an intelligence officer in the guerrilla army that Mr Kagame, a Rwandan Tutsi, used to...seize power.

"Mr Kagame launched invasions of Congo in 1996 and 1998 and supported uprisings...." [22]

The following month a U.S. congressional delegation "traveled to Rwanda and Ethiopia to meet with U.S. ambassadors, AFRICOM officials and various ministers of each country, including Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Rwanda Foreign Minister Charles Murigande." [23]

Ethiopia invaded Somalia on America's behest three years ago and Rwanda's repeated incursions into Congo could not have occurred without a green light from Washington.

As an Ugandan commentary at the time of the latest attack on Congo from Rwanda stated, "London, New York and Paris are among the top consumers of minerals from Congo. They lecture humanity on the need to uphold human rights and the sanctity of property rights whilst their thirst for strategic minerals unleashes terror on innocent women and children in Eastern Congo." [24]

Last week an AFRICOM spokesman announced that "The United States military will be sending experts to the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo this week." The initial deployment will be small, he added, but "more may follow...." [25] AFRICOM would be better advised to monitor the activities of the Rwandan military it trains and arms.

Also last week the Pentagon stated it was deploying "unmanned reconnaissance aircraft in the skies above the Seychelles archipelago" in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar and AFRICOM commander General William Ward said, "We have the recent arrival of our P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft that will aid in conducting the surveillance of Seychelles territorial waters and as we look into the future, (we will) bring unmanned surveillance vehicles." [26]

Two days later Ward said "that the rise of radical Islamist militant group al-Shabab in Somalia makes East Africa a central focus of the U.S. military on the continent."

Voice of America added:

"General William Ward has pledged continued support to Somalia's transitional federal government....He made his remarks during a visit to Nairobi, Kenya, which is a key U.S. ally in region." [27]

Until last October, Africa was the only continent other than Australia and Antarctica without a U.S. military command. The fact that one has now been established indicates that Africa has achieved heightened importance for the Pentagon and its Western military allies.

An analysis of why Africa is a major focus of attention and why now rather than earlier was provided by U.S.-based writer Paul I. Adujie in the New Liberian on August 21:

"America's Africa Command, in conceptual terms and actual implementation, is not intended to serve Africa's best interests. It just happens that Africa has grown in geopolitical and geo-economic importance to America and her allies. Africa has been there all along.

"There were, for instance, reports of how the American military, acting supposedly in partnership or cooperation with the Nigerian military, literally took over Nigerian Defense Headquarters....

"It is probably important to mention that the United States already operates at least three other commands, namely, the European Command (EUCOM), Central Command (CENTCOM) and Pacific Command (PACOM), therefore the Africa Command or (AFRICOM) will be the fourth leg of US military global spread.

"America's Africa Command is...machinery for Western governments to pursue their vaunted economic, political and hegemonic hemispheric influence at the expense of Africans as well as a backdoor through which Westerners can outmaneuver rivals such as China and perhaps Russia in addition." [28]

Notes:

[1]. The Anti-Empire Report, August 4th, 2009 http://killinghope.org/bblum6/aer72.html
[2]. Real Clear Politics, February 8, 2009
[3]. Agence France-Presse, November 30, 2008
[4]. Reuters, November 27, 2006
[5]. U.S. Department of Defense, August 18, 2006
[6]. Associated Press, June 21, 2006
[7]. Reuters, June 22, 2006
[8]. Associated Press, April 24, 2006
[9]. Trend News Agency, May 3, 2006
[10]. U.S. Department of Defense, March 8, 2006
[11]. www.army.mil, May 6, 2009
[12]. AllAfrica.com, August 14, 2009
[13]. United States European Command, July 29, 2008
[14]. United States European Command, July 16, 2008
[15]. United States European Command, July 29, 2008
[16]. U.S. Department of Defense, American Forces Press Service, January 28, 2009
[17]. U.S. Air Forces in Europe, January 9, 2009
[18]. Stars And Stripes, May 24, 2009
[19]. Ibid
[20]. Associated Press, November 3, 2008
[21]. BBC News, November 13, 2008
[22]. Financial Times, November 11, 2008
[23]. Times-Journal, December 8, 2008
[24]. Sunday Monitor (Uganda), November 9, 2008
[25]. Daily Nation (Kenya), August 18, 2009
[26]. Reuters, August 19, 2009
[27]. Voice of America News, August 21, 2009
[28]. New Liberian, August 21, 2009
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« Reply #68 on: August 27, 2009, 07:04:19 PM »
Russia to seek help probing Arctic Sea mystery



In this video image broadcast by Russia TV Channel on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 a man identified as the suspected hijacker is led handcuffed by Russian marines to a bus on the Cape Verde island of Sal. (AP Photo/Russian TV Channel)


Steve Gutterman
Associated Press
Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:47 UTC
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jmhUK8rFcPA-tTuocioMNe3EISFAD9AAPLQ00?index=0


Russian authorities said Wednesday they will run the investigation into the alleged Arctic Sea hijacking but will ask other nations to help solve the mystery of the cargo ship's bizarre voyage.

The Maltese-flagged freighter seemed to vanish after sailing from Finland on July 21 with a Russian crew and a load of timber. A Russian warship intercepted the vessel last week in the Atlantic, and eight suspected hijackers are jailed in Moscow, facing charges of kidnapping and piracy.

Sparse information has led to speculation the ship could have been carrying sensitive cargo.

The Foreign Ministry said an initial search conducted shortly after the ship was intercepted revealed no suspicious cargo.

But in an interview published Wednesday in the government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta, federal Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin said "we do not rule out the possibility that they were carrying not only timber."

A more thorough search will be conducted after the freighter arrives in the Russian port of Novorossiisk in early September, state-run RIA-Novosti news agency quoted the chief of the Russian military general staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, as saying Wednesday. Officials have said the ship is being brought to Russia with a navy escort.

According to Russian media, hijacking suspects say their case should be heard not in Russia but in Malta, or Sweden - in whose Baltic Sea waters the alleged hijacking occurred. But Bastrykin stressed that Russia now has jurisdiction over the ship and the suspects.

"We have the full legal right to conduct investigative activities with both the ship and its crew," he was quoted as saying.

In a statement on its Web site, the Investigative Committee said a Russian court had formally impounded the Arctic Sea and Russia plans to ask authorities in Sweden, Finland, Malta and other nations to "conduct investigative actions" in the case.

The agency also defended the treatment of 11 Arctic Sea crew members, calling them victims but demanding they remain in Moscow for further questioning.

"The rights of the victims are not being violated in any way," the agency said, adding they have been allowed to contact relatives.
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Journalist flees Russia after Arctic Sea piracy story


The Guardian
Thu, 03 Sep 2009 02:31 UTC
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/03/journalist-fled-russia-arctic-sea

 Mikhail Voitenko, editor of online maritime bulletin Sovfracht, said he left after menacing late-night phone call

A journalist who broke the story of a Russian cargo ship apparently hijacked by pirates announced he had fled Russia, fearing for his life.

Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the online maritime bulletin Sovfracht, said he had left the country after receiving a menacing late-night phone call. Voitenko said an unidentified man called him on the night of 1 September and warned him he was "stepping on the heels of some serious people".

Speaking from Istanbul, where he is now in hiding, Voitenko said he was bluntly informed that these "guys are out for revenge. I was told: 'They are very unhappy with you. But they don't want unpleasantness'." Voitenko said the man urged him to leave Russia as rapidly as possible.

Speaking by phone to the Guardian, he said he was intending to stay out of the country until "things calmed down".

Voitenko was the first person to report on the disappearance of the Arctic Sea, which mysteriously vanished after passing through the Channel on 28 July, carrying a £1.1m cargo of Finnish timber.

Russia says hijackers seized the ship four days earlier in international waters near Sweden. It says its navy recovered the boat on 17 August in the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa.

Russia has charged eight people, mostly Estonians, with kidnapping and piracy. The story has dominated the Russian press, which has identified most of the kidnappers as ethnic Russians, and has even called in experts to identify the men from their criminal tattoos.

Voitenko, however, has repeatedly cast doubt on the official version of events. The main source of information on the hijacking in the early days of the crisis, he has hinted that the ship may have been carrying a secret shipment of weapons, or, he suggested, "something much more expensive and dangerous".

Sounding distinctly frightened, Voitenko today said he did not know the identity of his mystery caller. But he hinted that the man who spoke with a "chilling voice" may have represented the FSB, Russia's powerful and secretive post-KGB spy agency. He also said that Russia was "deliberately covering up this mystery". Asked what was really hidden on board the Arctic Sea, he replied cryptically: "Half of those involved in this were private individuals. But half were linked with the state."

All 15 Russian sailors involved in the drama were released unharmed. So far, however, they have failed to give a convincing account of what happened, with even Russia's investigative committee head, Alexander Bastrykin, admitting last week that the ship "might have been carrying not only timber".

Adding further intrigue, Russian chief of general staff, Nikolai Makarov, said the vessel would be searched for a possible secret cargo when it returns to Russia later this month.

Last night Voitenko said the fact the Arctic Sea's disappearance has grown into an international scandal was hardly surprising. "This isn't a usual situation. You don't normally get attacks on ships on the Baltic coast," he said.

Comment: Whoever 'they' are, 'they' could clearly have their revenge on the journalist wherever he goes. Scaring him out of Russia appears intended to make the Russian government 'the bad guy'.
Resist. Rebel. Cry out to all peoples and nations from the sky as the lightening flashes from the east to the west and judge the living and the dead.Or choose submission and slavery.

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