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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2011, 11:06:14 am »
If it was just an innocent gangland dustup involving a mercenary employee why desperately connive diplomatically, why pull out the accomplices and co defendants, why not charge the vehicular manslaughter driver, why admit he was involved in spying, and why send a US Senator to desperately try to get them to spring him? Obviously the cover is blown forever so it must involve the evidence.

I know maybe my stance is too simple, maybe not viable.. perhaps.

But i fail to understand why we even bother with these 'police actions' all over. Wouldn't it just be better to keep a STRONG defense here on the homefront? And i don't mean 'homeland security' tyranny..
And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!

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« Reply #41 on: February 24, 2011, 12:05:01 pm »
Well the "nuclear" thing may be disinfo but nonetheless, a mysterious "Red Line" is mentioned in the oldest article I can find on the topic:


http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/south-asia/pakistani-duo-killed-by-us-diplomat-were-spies-assigned-to-tail-him-claims-official_100499948.html

Excerpt:

Pakistani duo killed by US diplomat were ’spies assigned to tail him’, claims official

February 8, 2011 5:33:43 AM GMT-05:00 by ANI

 
Islamabad, Feb 8(ANI): The two Pakistani men shot to death by US diplomat Raymond Davis were not armed robbers, as he said, but intelligence agents assigned to tail him, a Pakistani intelligence official has claimed, further complicating the matter.

The duo intended to frighten Davis because he crossed a “red line,” The Washington Post quoted the official, as saying, without defining the line he mentioned.

Both Pakistan military’s Inter-Services Intelligence Service (ISI) and the Interior Ministry’s Intelligence Bureau regularly use motorcycle tails to track the movement of US officials, another Pakistani official was quoted, as saying.

The report said the Pakistani media has also suggested that Davis is being held hostage to a death case brought in New York by family members of four Americans killed in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.

US and Indian officials have blamed the attack on Pakistani organization Lashkar-i-Taiba that has long-standing ties to the ISI, said the report, noting that four senior ISI officials- including the organization’s director Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha- have been called as witnesses in the case.

However, during a press briefing at the US Department of State, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley insisted that the killed men were robbers.

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The distinct odor of a few rats trapped in a STING is up....

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #42 on: February 24, 2011, 01:01:11 pm »
Yeah, I'm thinking along those lines too. This is looking like somebody messed up, somebody gets dead, and now finding it difficult to explaim themselves without revealing other things they don't want revealed. I'm thinking for whatever reason, Pakistan has caught themselves a real live spook. I don't know about a red line, but this is looking like red-handed.
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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2011, 07:49:28 am »
Pakistani and Indian Newspaper Say US CIA Contractor Raymond Davis is a Terrorist

by Dave Lindorff


This Can't Be Happening , February 24, 2011



Pakistani and Indian newspapers are reporting that Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor in jail in Lahore facing murder charges for the execution-slayings of two young men believed to by Pakistani intelligence operatives, was actually involved in organizing terrorist activities in Pakistan.

As the Express Tribune, an English-language daily that is linked to the International Herald Tribune, reported on Feb. 22:

"The Lahore killings were a blessing in disguise for our security agencies who suspected that Davis was masterminding terrorist activities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab," a senior official in the Punjab Police claimed.

"His close ties with the TTP [the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan] were revealed during the investigations," he added. "Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency." Call records of the cellphones recovered from Davis have established his links with 33 Pakistanis, including 27 militants from the TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi sectarian outfit, sources said.

The article goes on to explain a motive for why the US, which on the one hand has been openly pressing Pakistan to move militarily against Taliban forces in the border regions abutting Afghanistan, would have a contract agent actively encouraging terrorist acts within Pakistan, saying:

Davis was also said to be working on a plan to give credence to the American notion that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are not safe. For this purpose, he was setting up a group of the Taliban which would do his bidding.

According to a report in the Economic Times of India, a review by police investigators of calls placed by Davis on some of the cell phones found on his person and in his rented Honda Civic after the shooting showed calls to 33 Pakistanis, including 27 militants from the banned Pakistani Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an group identified as terrorist organization by both the US and Pakistan, which has been blamed for the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and to the brutal slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Meanwhile, while the US continues to claim that Davis was "defending himself" against two armed robbers, the Associated Press is reporting that its sources in Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), are telling them that Davis "knew both men he killed."

The AP report, which was run in Thursday’s Washington Post, claims the ISI says it "had no idea who Davis was or what he was doing when he was arrested," that he had contacts in Pakistan’s tribal regions, and that his visa applications contained "bogus references and phone numbers."

The article quotes a "senior Pakistani intelligence official" as saying the ISI "fears there are hundreds of CIA contractors presently operating in Pakistan without the knowledge of the Pakistan government or the intelligence agency."

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2011, 08:05:45 am »
The Case Against Raymond Davis


The CIA's Killing Spree in Lahore


By MIKE WHITNEY



CounterPunch, February 24, 2011

When CIA-agent Raymond Davis gunned down two Pakistani civilians in broad daylight on a crowded street in Lahore, he probably never imagined that the entire Washington establishment would spring to his defense. But that's precisely what happened. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Mullen, John Kerry, Leon Panetta and a number of other US bigwigs have all made appeals on Davis's behalf. None of these stalwart defenders of "the rule of law" have shown a speck of interest in justice for the victims or of even allowing the investigation to go forward so they could know what really happened. Oh, no. What Clinton and the rest want, is to see their man Davis packed onto the next plane to Langley so he can play shoot-'em-up someplace else in the world.

Does Clinton know that after Davis shot his victims 5 times in the back, he calmly strode back to his car, grabbed his camera, and photographed the dead bodies? Does she know that the two so-called "diplomats" who came to his rescue in a Land Rover (which killed a passerby) have been secretly spirited out of the country so they won't have to appear in court? Does she know that the families of the victims are now being threatened and attacked to keep them from testifying against Davis? Here's a clip from Thursday's edition of The Nation":

"Three armed men forcibly gave poisonous pills to Muhammad Sarwar, the uncle of Shumaila Kanwal, the widow of Fahim shot dead by Raymond Davis, after barging into his house in Rasool Nagar, Chak Jhumra.

Sarwar was rushed to Allied Hospital in critical condition where doctors were trying to save his life till early Thursday morning. The brother of Muhammad Sarwar told The Nation that three armed men forced their entry into the house after breaking the windowpane of one of the rooms. When they broke the glass, Muhammad Sarwar came out. The outlaws started beating him up.

The other family members, including women and children, coming out for his rescue, were taken hostage and beaten up. The three outlaws then took everyone hostage at gunpoint and forced poisonous pills down Sarwar's throat." ("Shumaila's uncle forced to take poisonous pills", The Nation)

Good show, Hillary. We're all about the rule of law in the good old USA.

But why all the intrigue and arm-twisting? Why has the State Department invoked the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to make its case that Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity? If Davis is innocent, then he has nothing to worry about, right? Why not let the trial go forward and stop reinforcing the widely-held belief that Davis is a vital cog in the US's clandestine operations in Pakistan?

The truth is that Davis had been photographing sensitive installations and madrassas for some time, the kind of intelligence gathering that spies do when scouting-out prospective targets. Also, he'd been in close contact with members of terrorist organizations, which suggests a link between the CIA and terrorist incidents in Pakistan. Here's an excerpt from Wednesday's The Express Tribune:

"His cell phone has revealed contacts with two ancillaries of al Qaeda in Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban of Pakistan (TTP) and sectarian Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has led to the public conclusion that he was behind terrorism committed against Pakistan's security personnel and its people ....This will strike people as America in cahoots with the Taliban and al Qaeda against the state of Pakistan targeting, as one official opined, Pakistan's nuclear installations." ("Raymond Davis: The plot thickens, The Express Tribune)

"Al Qaeda"? The CIA is working with "ancillaries of al Qaeda in Pakistan"? No wonder the US media has been keeping a wrap on this story for so long.

Naturally, most Pakistanis now believe that the US is colluding with terrorists to spread instability, weaken the state, and increase its power in the region. But isn't that America's M.O. everywhere?

Also, many people noticed that US drone attacks suddenly stopped as soon as Davis was arrested. Was that a coincidence? Not likely. Davis was probably getting coordinates from his new buddies in the tribal hinterland and then passing them along to the Pentagon. The drone bombings are extremely unpopular in Pakistan. More then 1400 people have been killed since August 2008, and most of them have been civilians.

And, there's more. This is from (Pakistan's) The Nation:

"A local lawyer has moved a petition in the court of Additional District and Sessions ... contending that the accused (Davis)... was preparing a map of sensitive places in Pakistan through the GPS system installed in his car. He added that mobile phone sims, lethal weapons, and videos camera were recovered from the murder accused on January 27, 2011." ("Davis mapped Pakistan targets court told", The Nation)

So, Davis's GPS chip was being used to identify targets for drone attacks in the tribal region. Most likely, he was being assisted on the other end by recruits or members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban.

A lot of extravagant claims have been made about what Davis was up to, much of which is probably just speculation. One report which appeared on ANI news service is particularly dire, but produces little evidence to support its claims. Here's an excerpt:

"Double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis has been found in possession of top-secret CIA documents, which point to him or the feared American Task Force 373 (TF373) operating in the region, providing Al-Qaeda terrorists with "nuclear fissile material" and "biological agents," according to a report.

Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is warning that the situation on the sub-continent has turned "grave" as it appears that open warfare is about to break out between Pakistan and the United States, The European Union Times reports.....The most ominous point in this SVR report is "Pakistan's ISI stating that top-secret CIA documents found in Davis's possession point to his, and/or TF373, providing to al Qaeda terrorists "nuclear fissile material" and "biological agents", which they claim are to be used against the United States itself in order to ignite an all-out war in order to re-establish the West's hegemony over a Global economy that is warned is just months away from collapse," the paper added. ("CIA Spy Davis was giving nuclear bomb material to Al Qaeda, says report", ANI)

Although there's no way to prove that this is false, it seems like a bit of a stretch. But that doesn't mean that what Davis was up to shouldn't be taken seriously. Quite the contrary. If Davis was working with Tehreek-e-Taliban, (as alleged in many reports) then we can assume that the war on terror is basically a ruse to advance a broader imperial agenda. According to Sify News, the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, believes this to be the case. Here's an excerpt:

"Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US envoy to Afghanistan, once brushed off Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's claim, that the US was "arranging" the (suicide) attacks by Pakistani Taliban inside his country, as 'madness', and was of the view that both Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who believed in this US conspiracy theory, were "dysfunctional" leaders.

The account of Zardari's claim about the US' hand in the attacks has been elaborately reproduced by US journalist Bob Woodward, on Page 116 of his famous book 'Obama's Wars,' The News reported.

Woodward's account goes like this: "One evening during the trilateral summit (in Washington, between Obama, Karzai and Zardari) Zardari had dinner with Zalmay Khalilzad, the 58-year-old former US ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the UN, during the Bush presidency.

"Zardari dropped his diplomatic guard. He suggested that one of the two countries was arranging the attacks by the Pakistani Taliban inside his country: India or the US. Zardari didn't think India could be that clever, but the US could. Karzai had told him the US was behind the attacks, confirming the claims made by the Pakistani ISI."

"Mr President," Khalilzad said, "what would we gain from doing this? You explain the logic to me."

"This was a plot to destabilize Pakistan, Zardari hypothesized, so that the US could invade and seize its nuclear weapons. He could not explain the rapid expansion in violence otherwise. And the CIA had not pursued the leaders of the Pakistani Taliban, a group known as Tehreek-e-Taliban or TTP that had attacked the government. TTP was also blamed for the assassination of Zardari's wife, Benazir Bhutto." ("Pakistan President says CIA Involved in Plot to Destabilize Country and Seize Nukes", Sify News)

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #45 on: February 26, 2011, 07:56:46 am »
Pakistani court puts CIA agent on trial

Fri Feb 25, 2011 6:24PM


Thousands of Pakistanis have demanded the execution of a CIA contractor.


A court in Pakistan has adjourned the trial of a CIA contractor charged with killing two Pakistani men, dismissing Washington demands for his release.


The next hearing has been scheduled for March 3.


The US initially claimed that Raymond Davis -- a former US Special Forces officer -- was a diplomat. Washington insisted that Islamabad must repatriate Davis as he has diplomatic immunity.

However, it was later revealed that Davis is a CIA contractor.

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« Reply #46 on: February 26, 2011, 08:40:05 am »
The Case Against Raymond Davis

The CIA's Killing Spree in Lahore

By MIKE WHITNEY

CounterPunch, February 24, 2011

When CIA-agent Raymond Davis gunned down two Pakistani civilians in broad daylight on a crowded street in Lahore, he probably never imagined that the entire Washington establishment would spring to his defense. But that's precisely what happened. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Mullen, John Kerry, Leon Panetta and a number of other US bigwigs have all made appeals on Davis's behalf. None of these stalwart defenders of "the rule of law" have shown a speck of interest in justice for the victims or of even allowing the investigation to go forward so they could know what really happened. Oh, no. What Clinton and the rest want, is to see their man Davis packed onto the next plane to Langley so he can play shoot-'em-up someplace else in the world.

Yeah, I'm thinking along those lines too. This is looking like somebody messed up, somebody gets dead, and now finding it difficult to explaim themselves without revealing other things they don't want revealed. I'm thinking for whatever reason, Pakistan has caught themselves a real live spook. I don't know about a red line, but this is looking like red-handed.

I think the Pakistanis and their government have finally had enough of this bulls hit. The tampering with witnesses also appears to be evidence of inside jobsters caught in and now "hoist on their own petards". Hopefully they will get to the bottom of it, since the evil-twin DeMOBlican/RepublicRAT American Regimes now have no "justice" system of any sort whatsoever anymore.

Good catch Ron

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #47 on: February 26, 2011, 09:01:19 am »
Pakistan’s ISI Demands Full List of CIA Spies in Country

Revelations on Raymond Davis Spark Concerns of Secret Spies

by Jason Ditz, February 25, 2011

The two spy agencies have long worked side by side in the region, and the CIA even funds a major portion of their counterpart’s budget, but Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has signaled a further split today in the wake of the Raymond Davis detention.

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http://news.antiwar.com/2011/02/25/pakistans-isi-demands-full-list-of-cia-spies-in-country/


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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #48 on: February 26, 2011, 09:03:14 am »
Report: CIA Considers Targeting Pakistani Diplomats

Revenge Targetings Aimed at Spiting Govt for Davis Detention

by Jason Ditz, February 25, 2011

The CIA is reportedly extremely annoyed at the continued detention of top CIA operative Raymond Davis over the murder of two Pakistanis on the streets of Lahore, insisting that Davis deserves “diplomatic immunity” for the killings.

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #49 on: February 26, 2011, 09:09:40 am »
Raymond Davis refuses to sign charge sheet

* US national appears in court, insists he has diplomatic immunity

* Court adjourns trial until March 3


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\26\story_26-2-2011_pg1_5

LAHORE: Raymond Davis, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor charged with double murder after shooting dead two men in Pakistan, refused to sign a charge sheet in a court on Friday and insisted he had diplomatic immunity, lawyers said.

The hearing in the murder case against Davis took place amid high security in Kot Lakphat Jail, where he is being held, and was adjourned until March 3.

“Davis refused to sign the copy insisting that he be released and claiming that he enjoys immunity,” public prosecutor Abdul Samad told AFP.

Samad said that Davis, who claimed he acted in self-defence when he shot the men in a busy Lahore street last month, was handcuffed during the hearing which was guarded by more than 300 armed police officers in and around the prison.

A separate legal process to determine the diplomatic immunity issues returns to the Lahore High Court (LHC) on March 14.

Samad said that the immunity case before the LHC would not affect the murder charge hearings, unless the higher court barred them from proceeding.

US Consul General Carmella Conroy and other American officials were present at Friday’s hearing.

Asad Manzoor Butt, lawyer for the families of the men who were shot dead, rejected the American’s immunity claim.

“We have also received copies of the charge sheet. We will pursue this case as we want Davis to be punished for his act. We believe he does not enjoy immunity,” he said.

Washington is pushing hard for Pakistan to free Davis, arguing that he has immunity and backing his claim that he acted in self-defence.

The US postponed a round of high-level talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan following failed attempts to get Davis out, and US lawmakers threatened to cut payments to Pakistan unless he is freed. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\02\26\story_26-2-2011_pg1_5


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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #50 on: February 26, 2011, 09:13:54 am »
American citizen reportedly detained in Pakistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
February 26, 2011 -- Updated 0241 GMT (1041 HKT)




Activists of the Pakistani fundamentalist Islamic party Jamaat-i-Islami protesting against arrested US national Raymond Davis.


STORY HIGHLIGHTS

-U.S. citizen Aaron Mark DeHaven has reportedly been detained by Pakistani authorities

-U.S. government representatives are attempting to meet with DeHaven

-Pakistani officials previously detained Raymond Davis, who was revealed to be a CIA contractor

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Another U.S. citizen has reportedly been detained by Pakistani authorities, according to a statement released Friday by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

"We have seen press reports that an American citizen named Aaron Mark DeHaven has been detained by police in Peshawar," the statement noted. "We are arranging consular access through the Government of Pakistan."

No additional details can be confirmed until a U.S. government representative meets with DeHaven, the statement said.

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #51 on: February 27, 2011, 06:18:40 am »
Pakistan arrests US security contractor as rift with CIA deepens

ISI tells American agency to unmask all its covert operatives
after arrest of Aaron DeHaven in Peshawar, over visa expiry

 

BY Declan Walsh in Islamabad guardian.co.uk,
Friday 25 February 2011 17.24 GMT 


Supporters of the religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally against CIA employee Raymond Davis, accused of murdering two Pakistanis. Photograph: K.M.Chaudary/AP


Pakistani authorities have arrested a US government security contractor amid a worsening spy agency row between the countries, with Pakistani intelligence calling on the Americans to "come clean" about its network of covert operatives in the country.

The arrest came at the start of the murder trial of another American held in Pakistan, the CIA agent Raymond Davis.

Peshawar police arrested Aaron DeHaven, a contractor who recently worked for the US embassy in Islamabad, saying that his visa had expired.

Little was known about DeHaven except that his firm, which also has offices in Afghanistan and Dubai, is staffed by retired US military and defence personnel who boast of direct experience in the "global war on terror".

It was unclear whether his arrest was linked to escalating tensions between the Inter-Services Intelligence and the CIA, triggered by the trial of Davis, who appeared in handcuffs at a brief court hearing in a Lahore jail

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #52 on: February 27, 2011, 06:22:15 am »
CIA Spy Sparks Conspiracy-Palooza

By Adam Rawnsley 
February 24, 2011  |  9:43 am 

Pictures taken from the camera of Raymond Davis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2-B8hfCjCY&feature=player_embedded

Al-Qaeda’s nuclear arms dealer? The top recruiter for the Pakistani Taliban? A terrorist “mastermind?” These are just some of the explanations that have been picked up by the Pakistani press ever since Raymond Davis, an employee of the U.S. embassy in Pakistan, shot two Pakistani men he claimed were menacing him on the streets of Lahore.

The nature of Davis’ work — now acknowledged to be on contract for the CIA — and the prolonged vacuum of information regarding it has invited in a host of outlandish theories to fill the void.

Early on in the Davis affair, The European Union Times, an online news site printed a transparently silly story about Davis running weapons of mass destruction for al-Qaeda.  You see, a Russian intelligence report indicated that Davis had documents detailing U.S. shipments of”nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents” to al-Qaeda for the purpose of starting a world war that would restore the American economy to global dominance. Absurd as it is, the story has since been picked up by Pakistan’s The Nation, as well as by Pakistani journalists on press listservs and Twitter.

The narrative of the U.S. colluding with terrorists to attack Pakistan was later taken up by the Express Tribune , which ran a story claiming that Davis had gone rogue on the U.S. and started working for the Pakistani Taliban. “Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency,” according to an anonymous senior police official from Punjab quoted in the story. The source called Davis’ arrest a “blessing in disguise” because he was suspected of “masterminding terrorist activities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab.”

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #53 on: February 27, 2011, 08:55:59 am »
'Pakistanis on verge of rage over Davis'

Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:4AM


Interview with former CIA Analyst, David MacMichael from Washington

Pakistani diplomatic sources say the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is mulling over targeting Pakistani diplomats in retaliation for the arrest of the agency's contractor Raymond Davis.


The US government insists that Davis deserves diplomatic immunity over the killing of two Pakistanis in Lahore.

Washington has demanded his release, while Islamabad says its courts will decide his fate.

Reports say the CIA is mulling over targeting Pakistani diplomats and intelligence agents across the world in an effort to pressure Islamabad to release Davis.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people have staged an anti-American rally outside the US Consulate in Lahore. The protesters demanded that Davis be executed.

The following is a transcript of an interview with former CIA analyst, David MacMichael, from Washington

VIDEO, ARTICLE & TRANSCRIPT HERE

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2011, 02:12:09 pm »
February 28, 2011
http://www.counterpunch.org/anderson02282011.html

I Had Ray Davis's Job, in Laos 30 Years Ago

Same Cover, Same Lies



By ROBERT ANDERSON

The story of Raymond Allen Davis is one familiar to me and I wish our government would quit doing these things - they cost us credibility. 

Davis is the American being held as a spy working under diplomatic cover out of our embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. You can understand why foreign countries no longer trust us and people are rising up across the Middle East against the Great Satan.

In the Vietnam War the country of Laos held a geo-strategic position, as does Pakistan does to Afghanistan today.  As in Pakistan, in Laos our country conducted covert military operations against a sovereign people, using the CIA. 

I was a demolitions technician with the Air Force who was reassigned to work with the CIA’s Air America operation in Laos. We turned in our military IDs cards and uniforms and were issued a State Department ID card and dressed in blue jeans.  We were told if captured we were to ask for diplomatic immunity, if alive.  We carried out military missions on a daily basis all across the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

We also knew that if killed or captured that we would probably not be searched for and our families back home in the U.S. would be told we had been killed in an auto accident of some kind back in Thailand and our bodies not recovered. 

Our team knew when the UN inspectors and international media were scheduled to arrive - we controlled the airfields. We would disappear to our safe houses so we could not be asked questions.  It was all a very well planned operation, 60 years ago, involving the military and diplomats out of the US Embassy.   It had been going on a long time when I was there during the 1968 Tet Offensive. This continued for a long time, until we were routed and had to abandon the whole war as a failure.

In Laos the program I was attached to carried out a systematic assassination of people who were identified as not loyal to U.S. goals.  It was called the Phoenix program and eliminated an estimated 60,000 people across Indochina.  We did an amazing amount of damage to the civilian infrastructure of the country, and still lost the war.  I saw one team of mercenaries I was training show us a bag of ears of dead civilians they had killed.   This was how they verified their kills for us.  The Green Berets that day were telling them to just take photos of the dead, leave the ears.

Mel Gibson made a movie about all this, called Air America.  It included in the background the illegal drug operation the CIA ran to pay for their operations. Congress had not authorized funds for what we were doing.  I saw the drug operation first hand too.  This was all detailed in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred McCoy.  I did not connect all this until the Iran-Contra hearings when Oliver North was testifying about it.  Oliver North was a leader of the Laos operation I was assigned to work with.

Our country has a long history of these type programs going back to World War Two.   We copied this from of warfare from the Nazis in WWII it seems. We justified it as necessary for the Cold War.  One of the first operations was T.P. Ajax run by Kermit Roosevelt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953to take over their oil fields.

In that coup the CIA and the State Department under the Dulles Brothers first perfected these covert, illegal and immoral actions. Historians have suggested that Operation T.P. Ajax  was the single event that set in motion the political force of Islamic fundamentalism we are still dealing with today.

Chalmers Johnson also a former CIA employee wrote a series of books too on these blowbacks that happen when the truth is held from the American public. 

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2011, 10:21:40 am »


This CIA agent is no diplomat

by Craig Murray




Pakistani police escort arrested US national Raymond Davis (C) to a court in Lahore. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


The US says Raymond Davis should have immunity in Pakistan. Just another attempt to flout the rule of law outside its borders

February 28, 2011

I tread with some caution in discussing the case of Raymond Davis, the CIA agent facing charges of double murder in Pakistan and the threat of the death penalty. I add my plea to the voices urging the Pakistani government to ensure Davis does not hang.

But one thing I can state for certain: Davis (as we will call him for now) is not a diplomat and does not possess diplomatic immunity. There is some doubt as to who he really is, with the charges against him in Pakistan including one that he obtained documents using a false identity.

Watching Barack Obama's presidency has been a stream of bitter disappointments. His endorsement of Davis as "our diplomat" and invocation of the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations was, in its sheer dishonesty, as sad an Obama moment as any.

As a general rule, international treaties are written in very plain language and are very accessible. That is certainly true of the Vienna convention. Unfortunately I can see scant evidence that any journalists have bothered to read it.

Leaving aside staff of international organisations recognised by the host country as having diplomatic status (and there has been no claim yet that Davis was actually working for Unicef), in bilateral diplomatic relations the provision for diplomatic immunity is tightly limited to a very small number of people. That makes sense when you consider that if Davis did have diplomatic immunity, he would indeed be able to avoid detention and trial on a murder charge. The world community is not going to make that impunity readily available.

Full diplomatic immunity is enjoyed only by "diplomatic agents". Those are defined at article 1 (e) of the Vienna convention as "the head of the mission or a member of the diplomatic staff of the mission". Helpfully the diplomatic staff are further defined in the preceding article as "having diplomatic rank". Those ranks are an ascending series of concrete titles from third secretary through to ambassador or high commissioner. Davis did not have a diplomatic rank.

But there is a second category of "administrative and technical staff" of a mission. They enjoy a limited diplomatic immunity which, however, specifically excludes "acts performed outside the course of their duties". (Vienna convention article 37/2.) Frantic off-the-record briefing by the state department reflected widely in the media indicates that the US case is that Davis was a member of technical staff covered by this provision.

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #56 on: March 02, 2011, 11:50:29 am »
March 2, 2011
http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff03022011.html

US Undercover Campaign in Pakistan Thrown Into Disarray

Blowback From the Arrest of the CIA's Raymond Davis


By DAVE LINDORFF

The ongoing case of Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor facing murder charges in Lahore for the execution-style slaying of two apparent agents of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, is apparently leading to a roll-back of America's espionage and Special Operations activities in Pakistan.

A few days ago, Pakistan's Interior Department, which is reportedly conducting a careful review of the hundreds of private contractors who flooded into Pakistan over the last two years, many with "diplomatic passports," and many others, like Davis, linked to shady "security" firms, arrested an American security contractor named Aaron DeHaven, a Virginia native who claims to work for a company called Catalyst Services LLC.

The Catalyst Services LLC website describes the company, with offices in Afghanistan, Dubai, the US and Pakistan, as having experience in "logistics, operations, security and finance," and as having a staff led by "individuals who have been involved in some of the most significant events of the last 20 years," including "the break-up of the Soviet Union, the US effort in Somalia, and the Global War on Terror."

DeHaven is being held on a 14-day remand, charged with overstaying his visa and with living in an unauthorized area.

Meanwhile, the English-language Express Tribune in Pakistan reports that according to ISI sources, 30 "suspected US operatives" in Pakistan have "suspended" their operations in the country, while 12 have fled the country.

The paper quotes the Pakistan Foreign Office as saying that 851 Americans claiming diplomatic immunity are currently in Pakistan, 297 of whom are "not working in any diplomatic capacity." The paper says that the country's Interior Department claims that 414 of the total are "non-diplomats." The majority of these American operatives, the paper says, are located in Islamabad (where the US is building a huge fortress-like embassy reminiscent of the one in Baghdad), with the others in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. Most are suspected of being involved in covert missions that report to the US Joint Special Operations Command, with many suspected of being active-duty Special Forces personnel from the Army's Delta Force. (The website of the JSOC says its responsibility is "synchronizing Department of Defense plans against global terrorist networks and, as directed, conducting global operations.")

As I reported earlier, both Pakistani and Indian news organizations are claiming, based upon intelligence sources, that Davis was involved in not just intelligence work, but in orchestrating terrorist activity by both the Pakistani Taliban and the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has been linked to both the assassination of Benezir Bhutto and the capture and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Multiple calls to members of both groups were found by police on some of the cell phones found on Davis and in his car when he was arrested in Lahore.

It is unclear how far the blow-up in Pakistan over the exposure of America's role in stirring up unrest in that country will go. Clearly, the ISI and the Pakistani military have long had their own complicated relationship with the Pakistani Taliban, and much of the current anger in both the ISI and the military has to do with the US being found to be working behind their backs, including in its contact with those groups.

But things have been complicated too by mounting public outrage over Davis's brazen slaughter of the two Pakistanis, who reportedly were tailing him because of concerns about the nature of his activities, and who reportedly were both shot in the back. This public outrage has been further stoked by both a subsequent suicide by the 18-year-old bride of one of the victims, and by the death of an innocent bystander mowed down by a second vehicle carrying several more US contractors which sped to Davis in response to his call for assistance following the shooting. That vehicle, after running down the bystander, raced to sanctuary at the US Consulate. The men in the car, never identified by the consulate, were spirited out of the country by the US so they could avoid arrest.

Further complicating matters for the US, the province of Punjab, of which Lahore is the capital, is run by the opposition party, headed by former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Sharif, who still has presidential aspirations, has no incentive at all to make things easy for the country's ruling party by letting Davis go. Indeed, with public opinion running almost 100% in favor of trying Davis for murder, Sharif can only gain by insisting that the court system have the final say.

Pakistan's central government, led by President Asif Ali Zardari, clearly wants to put the Davis incident behind it by having him declared to have diplomatic immunity. Foreign Officials allege that Zardari pressured the Foreign Office in early February to backdate a letter identifying Davis as being a "member of staff" of the US Embassy in Islamabad, which would have afforded him such immunity from prosecution. But the country's foreign minister at that time, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, reportedly refused, saying, "On the basis of the official record and the advice given to me by the technocrats and experts of the Foreign Office, I could not certify him (Raymond Davis) as a diplomat. The kind of by blanket immunity Washington is pressing for Davis, is not endorsed by the official record of the Foreign Ministry."

He has subsequently been ousted and replaced by Zardari.

The reality is that the US, which as required, on Jan. 25 submitted to the Foreign Office its annual list of those employees of the US Embassy whom it classified as "diplomats" warranting diplomatic immunity. The list had 48 names on it, and did not include Davis. Only after Davis's Jan. 27 shooting of the two Pakistani motorcyclists, on Jan. 28, did the US submit a "revised" list, to which Davis's name had been appended.

The US initially said Davis was an employee of the Lahore Consulate, and Davis himself told arresting police officers that he was a contractor working out of the Lahore Consulate, a role that would not afford him any diplomatic immunity, as consular workers, under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations only receive immunity for their "official duties," and in any case lose even that limited immunity in the case of "grave crimes."

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #57 on: March 04, 2011, 07:05:47 am »
American Murder in Pakistan

by Margaret Kimberley



"The lies began at the very top, with the president’s own words." The President of the United States went before the American people – and the world – lied about a U.S. spy held for killing two Pakistanis, and blatantly misrepresented the laws governing diplomatic immunity. U.S. corporate media knew the "diplomat" was really a spy, but misled their readers. If respect starts with the truth, then the U.S. and its corporate media have no respect for the community of nations or its own citizens.


BAR, March 3, 2011

http://www.blackagendareport.com/content/freedom-rider-american-murder-pakistan


"Davis is a CIA agent and probably an employee of Xe, once known as Blackwater."

The inherent wrongdoing and corruption created around the world by the American empire is sometimes exemplified by a single event. Such is the case of Raymond Davis, an American who killed two Pakistanis.

On January 27th Davis was driving in Lahore when two Pakistanis on a motorbike pulled along side his car. Davis claims that one of the men was armed, and fearing a kidnapping, he shot them both in selfdefense. A mysterious group of Americans in another vehicle went to rescue Davis from a gathering crowd, and in so doing ran over and killed a third Pakistani.

These facts are not in dispute, but all else is. The United States government first refused to confirm Davis’ identity and then immediately claimed that he was a diplomat and as such had immunity from foreign prosecution. President Obama referred to him as "our diplomat in Pakistan" which was a complete and bald-faced lie.

After nearly one month of claiming that a man driving a private rented car with GPS, guns, maps and telescopes was a diplomat, the United States finally confessed to what anyone with common sense had already figured out. Davis is a CIA agent and probably an employee of Xe, once known as Blackwater. Xe is the private security firm which contracts with the United States government to send mercenaries all over the world to do America’s bidding.

The confession came about only because the foreign media, such as the British newspaper The Guardian, reported on Davis’ true status. The American media then began reporting what their overseas colleagues had already said.

"The American corporate media dutifully did what their government told them to do and they have now admitted as much."

But the corporate media in this country were not merely following the lead of the Guardian and others. They were well aware that Davis was a CIA agent because their own government confirmed the fact to them and asked them to keep repeating the same lies. The Associated Press, the New York Times and others very dutifully did what their government told them to do and they have now admitted as much.

"The New York Times had agreed to temporarily withhold information about Mr. Davis’s ties to the agency at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that disclosure of his specific job would put his life at risk."

That assertion too was a lie. Pakistani officials explained that Davis’ CIA role was well known in their country. He was safely in their custody and the open secret of his identity made the claims of danger entirely false.

Not only did the American government lie about Davis and his CIA ties and bully the media into spreading those lies, but they also mislead the public on what diplomatic immunity does and does not entail. The lies began at the very top, with the president’s own words.

"With respect to Mr. Davis, our diplomat in Pakistan, we've got a very simple principle here that every country in the world that is party to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations has upheld in the past and should uphold in the future. And that is if -- if our diplomats are in another country, then they are not subject to that country's local prosecution."

The relevant portion of the Vienna Convention states clearly that Pakistan is within its rights in holding Davis. "Consular officers shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime and pursuant to a decision by the competent judicial authority."

So the facts should not be in dispute. Davis is not entitled to immunity because he isn’t a consular official or diplomat of any sort. He was never in danger, and the media should have known that as well.

"Davis is not entitled to immunity because he isn’t a consular official or diplomat of any sort."

Instead, for nearly one month the American people have been fed a steady stream of lies from their government, who then intimidate the press into repeating those falsehoods. Once again we see that our ability to independently gather information important to us as citizens is extremely compromised.

Pakistanis, like millions of people around the globe, live under the rule of governments who live under the rule of the United States. Their sovereignty is an illusion and their people know it. Military aid flows to those at the top, as it did in Egypt, creating a corrupt plutocracy beholden to their American masters instead of to their own people.

Pakistan has to contend with killer drones and killer Americans. We will probably never know the circumstances of the Davis killings but we do know that Pakistan will be pressured into releasing him without trial, and the Pakistani people will be angry and hate all Americans more than they do already.

So it goes with all empires. Their imperatives create many Raymond Davises and cause death and hatred all over the globe. It doesn’t change because the president is a Democrat instead of a Republican and it ends only when subject peoples demand that it does. Hopefully the Egyptian model can work for Pakistan as well.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.com.


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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #58 on: March 09, 2011, 08:53:06 am »
Still haven't seen one word of this on any mainstream news outlet.  How fitting.

This guy is scum and I hope he gets what he deserves.  How much longer must we all tolerate the CIA besmirching America's good name?  Ugh stupid elites...
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Strange how the CIA Mafia's Mighty Wurlitzer keeps this damning Bush, Cheney & Co  9/11 Truth story completely blacked out of the western propaganda streams, isn't it?

Seems like even Al Jazeera is now "fair and balanced"

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« Reply #60 on: March 09, 2011, 09:23:38 am »
ABS - you are so right!  I'd take something off of Al Jazeera more serious than any of our western outlets, that's for sure.  I honestly believe that there is not one fact reported in the News these days, it's all fabricated for swaying public opinion in some direction or another...

Real journalists are rolling over in their graves at the blatant yellow journalism that passes for news these days.  I mean Mika B admitted herself on air that she gets direct talking points from the white house, and I see them texting her stuff to say all the time.  It's so ridiculous...
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ABS - you are so right!  I'd take something off of Al Jazeera more serious than any of our western outlets, that's for sure.  I honestly believe that there is not one fact reported in the News these days, it's all fabricated for swaying public opinion in some direction or another...

Real journalists are rolling over in their graves at the blatant yellow journalism that passes for news these days.  I mean Mika B admitted herself on air that she gets direct talking points from the white house, and I see them texting her stuff to say all the time.  It's so ridiculous...

Along with all the new money that obviously flooded into Al Jazeera came it's new "owned and operated" silence.

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #62 on: March 09, 2011, 01:39:03 pm »
All eyes on Saudi role in resolving Davis row


by  Mariana Baabar
Wednesday, March 09, 2011

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=4491&Cat=13&dt=3/9/2011
 
 ISLAMABAD: Will Saudi Arabia once again come to the rescue of two of its staunchest allies, the United States and Pakistan, with a face saving formula for all parties that cannot be challenged, as it is based on Islamic injunctions? By delivering, Jeddah will be doing what it has done several times in the past - bailing the US and Pakistan out of difficult situations.

The question pertains to Raymond Davis, President Obama’s “our diplomat” the likes of which Pakistan hopes to deny ‘diplomatic passports’ in future. Taking advantage of his visit to Jeddah on March 3, the special US representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman raised the issue of Raymond Davis during his presentation at the International Contact Group (ICG) meeting, which was also attended by Minister of State Ms Hina Rabbani Khar. The meeting was essentially to focus on Afghanistan.

Later, diplomatic sources confide Grossman raised the issue of Qisas and Diyat with the Saudi authorities on the sidelines of the ICG meeting. Spokesman at the US embassy not totally denying this says, “We are working with Pakistan to find a solution and resolve this matter but I could not tell you about (Grossman-Saudi meeting on Davis) and it would be inappropriate for me to comment”. Before this, at the end of February, President Asif Ali Zardari had met with Saudi Prince Naif on the sidelines of the Kuwati celebrations and the Davis issue came up for discussion, confide diplomatic sources.

Prime Minister Yusuf Reza Gilani has also said that the “Saudi” option remains open. Diplomatic sources from Washington told The News, “Initially Washington was in touch with the UAE authorities to prevail upon Zardari as they enjoy close relations. Apparently this did not work so the next stop was Riyadh”.

The diplomat stresses that the Saudi monarchy can prevail upon the Pakistani military, the clergy and the government and the only way out at present is the Qisas and Diyat approach. The courts would also abide by the Islamic injunctions.

“The military is miffed with the CIA for taking them for a ride but they also realise the gravity of the situation if the standoff between Islamabad and Washington continues. It is the clergy which has the street power, but once the Saudi clergy prevails upon the mullahs here, a lot of give and take can take place”, says the diplomat.

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Re: Media Blackout: Media blackout over: Davis is Covert CIA Operative
« Reply #63 on: March 10, 2011, 04:41:39 am »
So what, noble imperial corporate Saudi-fascist Mullahs will say Mohammed told them that it's ok for Xe false flag leaders and organizers of al CIAduh to murder muslim security forces investigating CIA false flag terrorists in the streets? (and that their criminal private mercenary rescuers can kill brown people on bicycles trying to help the killers make getaways?)

Great established religion. Does "Mohammed" have an (anti ten commandment) opinion about foreign corporatists blaming muslims for hijacking airplanes and starting wars? (that he only shares with Saudi Mullahs when Christianists demand it?)