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FBI sting operations are entrapments

Posted in united states by Blimp deflator on September 4, 2013

Some time ago, I put myself on the Stratfor think tank’s mailing list. I even read a few of their analyses of current events, which proved to be ultra-conservative. (No surprises there!) In one, I found the following statement:

“…law enforcement and intelligence officials . . . have developed very effective programs of identifying grassroots operatives and drawing them into sting operations.”

to which I replied as follows:

But can they, in all cases, be described as “grassroots operatives” at the time they are initially approached by the FBI? I suspect that, in some cases, they are confused, simple-minded, or mentally unbalanced people who succumb to the persuasive talk of the FBI agent and “buy” his plot. The “operative” accepts equipment from the agent and dutifully follows his instructions, and is then arrested. The FBI agent then poses as a savior of society. But is he? Would the “operative” have attempted to commit a terrorist act if he had not been approached, and entrapped, by the agent? That is the question that has to be asked, but which your article does not address.

Your analysis of “radicalization” is also deficient. One does not have to be radicalized by “jihadist ideology” or by higher “tiers” of some jihadist structure. All one has to do is read the news – the daily reports of thousands of innocent people being dispossessed, tortured and killed by the Americans in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and elsewhere as they pursue their bogus “war on terror”, which is actually designed to advance American interests abroad and stifle dissent at home. Actually, the Americans are hypocritical, as they are happy to support al-Qaeda elements when the objectives of those elements coincide with America’s, as in Afghanistan (in the 1980s), Libya and Syria. It is not for nothing that al-Qaeda has been called “America’s foreign legion”. As Tony Cartalucci has pointed out, al-Qaeda, to the Americans, is both ally and “perpetual casus belli”. America must have a perpetual casus belli, because it doesn’t make much, these days, apart from weapons, and it doesn’t do much, and can’t do much, except wage war. It is only with its military that it can compete with China, which is probably its ultimate enemy.


Boston bombings editorial deserves award for ignorance

Posted in new zealand, united states by Blimp deflator on April 30, 2013

Standard editorial
My reply to the paper, published on May 1, 2013, was as follows:

It wasn’t a case of George W Bush responding inappropriately to 9/11 by invading Afghanistan and Iraq (editorial, April 26). It was a case of 9/11 enabling GWB to implement a programme of aggression that was already in place. Indeed, 9/11 was eagerly anticipated by the neocons, who stated in Project for the New American Century that their hopes would be difficult to realise “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor”.

According to General Wesley Clark, former commander of Nato forces in Europe, the plan was to “take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”. Give or take one or two countries, and one or two changes in their order, that programme is still in place.

It’s too early to speculate about the aim of those behind the Boston bombings. Suffice it to say that there is no shortage of anomalies in the official narrative. Some of these become apparent in a frame-by-frame scrutiny of a film of events at one of the crime scenes, which initially shows no blood — despite what purports to be a severe injury.

Another interesting feature of the Boston bombings is that, as in the case of 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London, a terror drill “coincidentally” scheduled for the same place at the same time, and “coincidentally” constructing the same scenario, somehow managed to go live. (Letter ends here.)

Note the confidence with which Acting Editor Rob Mitchell says the “masterminds [of 9/11] lived beyond America’s borders”. He evidently hasn’t read what Nicholas Rockefeller said to Aaron Russo in 2000 — 11 months before 9/11:

There’s gonna be an event, and out of that event we’re gonna invade Afghanistan to run pipelines from the Caspian Sea. We’re going to invade Iraq to take the oilfields and establish a base in the Middle East, and to make it all part of the New World Order…”

After quoting Rockefeller, Russo says: “In my relationships with some of these people, I can tell you, that’s as evil as it really gets.” So, Mr Mitchell, who are the real “bad guys”?

Sources: At the time of writing, Russo can be heard speaking (to Alex Jones) here. See also Prison Planet.

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US Middle East policy: Cynical or simply confused?

Posted in syria, united states by Blimp deflator on January 7, 2013

Obama's quandary
Yesterday’s enemy is today’s friend, until he becomes an enemy again… I think that’s how US policy in the Middle East goes. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of December 15, 2012.

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Operation Gladio: Blueprint for 21st-century state terrorism

Posted in italy by Blimp deflator on December 12, 2012

Video testimony of Vincenzo Vinciguerra, a former member of the neo-fascist Ordine Nuovo, who served as an Operation Gladio hitman during the Cold War. The testimony, here translated from Italian, is from June 1992:

Gladio, as it is defined nowadays, forms part of what I have always referred to as “parallel structures”. That is, an invisible army that is not poised for battle against a hypothetical invader, but rather one meant to be used internally against what the military have always called “The Fifth Column” of the USSR: The Communist Party and the extreme Left.

These parallel structures used the extreme Right for the simple reason that they fought the communists.

Gladio emblem

Gladio emblem

In 1945 the Second World War ended and the Third World War started. You were supposed to attack civilians — women, children, innocent people outside the political arena — for one simple reason: To force the Italian public to turn to the State, turn to the regime and ask for greater security.

This was precisely the role of the Right in Italy. It placed itself at the service of the State, which created a strategy . . . aptly called the “Strategy of Tension”, insofar as they had to get people to accept that at any moment — over a period of 30 years, from 1960 to the mid-80s — a state of emergency could be declared, so people would willingly trade part of their freedom for the security of being able to walk the streets, go on trains or enter a bank.

This is the political logic behind all the bombings. They remain unpunished because the State cannot condemn itself.

When I talk about ideals, I mean the pursuit of truth, not ideology. I believe that Fascism was a historical experience which has simply faded. So the pursuit of truth doesn’t just refer to the past, but also to the present and the future.

These ideals prevent me from repenting my deeds. Because what I did was something I thought was right. I profoundly believed in what I was doing, and still do.

The P2 [Masonic] lodge wasn’t a centre of hidden power. It was a centre of real power, hidden from the public but not from the State. It has played a very precise role in this battle against Communism. And I consider the P2 to be one of those parallel structures, which were part of Gladio. It didn’t have a military role, but rather a role in internal subversion.

Ordine Nuovo emblem

Ordine Nuovo emblem

The massacre at Bologna [train station, in which 85 people died] came at a time [1980] of maximum concern on the part of the Italian, American and Allied secret services because of the electoral success of the Italian Communist Party. The massacre at Bologna responds, as do all the other massacres, to the logic of a State that, no longer knowing how to confront a political enemy, resorts to extreme measures of violence, attributable to extremists on the Left or the Right, in order to justify their own actions.

That is the only truth about Bologna.

Ordine Nuovo never had its own ideology. They called themselves National Socialists, but their boss, Pino Rauti, worked for the Armed Forces, was a SID [Italian Secret Services] expert, and recruited men for these parallel structures.

(End of transcript.)

NOTE: This tactic is depressingly successful. See the editorial on “porno scanners” from the Manawatu Standard at This states: “They [full-body scanners] may be viewed as overkill, or Big Brother gone too far, but who can really complain about an extra layer of security when talking about air travel?”

Should Christians burn the Qur’an? asks college lecturer

Posted in history, islam by Blimp deflator on February 23, 2012

Since my retirement on March 31, 2011, I have fallen behind in my reading of Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper, which the publisher sends to my former office at the Manawatu Standard in Palmerston North. But here are two interesting columns by Mark Keown, lecturer in New Testament at Laidlaw College, published on April 11, 2011, and May 16, 2011, respectively.

The first article is unremarkable until we reach the last paragraph, where we read: “The Qu’ran [sic] is not to be burnt by believers [Christians], despite what it leads a small minority of extremist Muslims to do” [emphasis added].

Needless to say, the claim that the Qur’an — not the American/Israeli invasion and occupation of Muslim lands, and the massacre of millions of Muslims* — prompts some Muslims to commit terrorist acts is another example of Christian/Western propaganda. Since we in the West are the “good guys”, and since everything we do in the Muslim world springs from the noblest of motives, we can’t possibly be at fault. So if a Muslim sets off a bomb somewhere, he must be acting in accordance with “instructions” in his holy book.

To me, this raises a fascinating question: As the Qur’an has been around for a rather long time, and was certainly around when I was a boy in the 1950s, why was there little or no “Islamic terrorism” before the 1980s?

There was terrorism, especially in connection with the Algerian struggle for independence, but it was never, as far as I recall, identified as “Islamic”. Indeed, that was the period of pan-Arab nationalism, when the organizations and movements of the day, with the possible exception of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, were keen to keep (potentially divisive) religion on the sidelines.

As late as the 1970s, any list of leading terrorist organizations comprised such names as the Red Army Faction (the Baader-Meinhof Gang), the United Red Army of Japan, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the IRA, the Black Panthers, the Tupamaros, ETA, al-Fatah, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. All were either secular or Marxist-Leninist.

What were committed Muslims doing in those days? Weren’t they reading the Qur’an — and those ayahs that allegedly encourage them to commit acts of terrorism?

Should Christians burn the Qur'an?

The second column (below) reveals an uncritical acceptance of the “official line” that is typical of superficial Western commentators. “Surely, if anyone’s death is justified, this man’s [Osama’s] is,” Keown writes. “After all, he masterminded Sept 11…”

But hang on a minute! Where is the evidence that Osama masterminded the attack on the World Trade Center? (See “FBI says it has ‘No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11′” at Information Clearing House.)

One also looks in vain for explicit recognition of two key facts: that an extra-judicial execution is murder, and that torture is illegal in all circumstances under the United Nations Convention Against Torture, which the United States signed. Instead, we find wishy-washy statements and questions, like “I feel sad” and “Is this [torture] ever right?”

Oh for a little Islamic rigor here!

The death of Osama

* Keown acknowledges, in the second article, that millions have died “across Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan” as a result of the so-called war on terrorism, but apparently does not see those deaths as a possible cause of Muslim outrage and further acts of terrorism.

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  • Al-Awlaki assassination another blow to the rule of law

    Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on October 10, 2011

    Al-Awlaki assassination another blow to the rule of law
    My letter to the Manawatu Standard, published on October 6, 2011. Of course, the United States Administration resorts to all sorts of devices and dodges to put a “legal” stamp on its blatantly illegal act (see New York Times article ). Even in this deeply cynical age, it’s shocking to see Obama violate the Constitution he has sworn to uphold.

    New Zealand ‘just lucky’ it has escaped a terrorist attack

    Posted in new zealand by Blimp deflator on September 17, 2011

    New Zealand 'just lucky' it has escaped a terrorist attack
    My reply, which was published in the Manawatu Standard on September 16, 2011:

    Jim Veitch (Standard, September 14) suggests our social welfare services and our MMP electoral system, which supposedly fosters a feeling of inclusion, are two of the three factors that help to prevent immigrants from turning to terrorism. The third factor, apparently, is the immigrants’ exemplary “patience” as they wait to fully enjoy the good life.

    Many readers of Dr Veitch’s reported words will assume he is referring mainly to Muslim immigrants — a tiny number of whom have, indeed, committed terrorist acts in other Western countries. But if we look at one of the worst terrorist incidents — the London bombings of July 7, 2005 — we find that the four terrorists involved were far from being impoverished misfits.

    After a year-long investigation, MI5 found little evidence that any of them were economically or socially alienated in significant ways, Robert Pape says in Islam Daily. “Mohammad Khan, the leader, was a mentor at a primary school with an exemplary employment record. Shezhad Tanweer drove his own red Mercedes to work in one of his father’s several businesses and was a trophy-winning cricket player. Another was known for going to night clubs and talking about girls and cars. None had a history of outbursts or violence, or other signs of significant opposition to British life.”

    Pape, one of the authors of Cutting the Fuse: The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It, continues: “What they did share was deep anger at Western occupation of kindred Muslim populations.”

    In his “martyr video”, Khan said: “Your … governments continuously perpetuate (sic) atrocities against my people all over the world. Until we feel security, you will be our targets.”

    I suggest that, in our analysis of the causes of terrorism, we pay less attention to academic theories and more attention to what the terrorists themselves are telling us.

    (One sentence omitted in the published version below.)

    Message of terrorism

    The evil legacy of 9/11

    Posted in uncategorized by Blimp deflator on September 17, 2011

    The evil legacy of 9/11
    Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 12, 2011.

    Bin Laden’s execution was legal under US law, says NZ lawyer

    Posted in pakistan, palestine by Blimp deflator on May 23, 2011

    Bin Laden's execution was legal under US law, says NZ lawyer
    Article from the Manawatu Standard of May 21, 2011. (Click to enlarge it.) Anyone wishing to respond to this or any other article in the Standard should write, giving their signature, name, home address and daytime telephone number, to editor (at) or to PO Box 3, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Letters should be no more than 200 words long.

    My comment on the article:

    Liam Hehir states (Manawatu Standard, May 21): “He (bin Laden) orchestrated the killing of 3000 innocent people in just one morning.”

    Where is the evidence to support this allegation?

    On June 5, 2006, Rex Tomb, chief of investigative publicity for the FBI, said “9/11 is not mentioned on Osama bin Laden’s Most Wanted page … because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11”.

    Furthermore, The 9/11 Commission Report alleges that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks”.

    I also question Hehir’s claim there were “Arab celebrations on September 11, 2001”.

    At the time, we were repeatedly shown a video clip of a small number of Palestinians celebrating in East Jerusalem – an indication, I suggest, that such celebrations were neither large nor widespread. Certainly, the obscene glee of some Palestinians cannot be generalised to the entire Arab population.

    Incidentally, Nawal Abdel Fatah, the woman seen cheering in this clip, said later that she was offered cake as a reward for celebrating on camera, and was frightened when she saw the pictures on television afterwards.

    It should also be pointed out to Hehir that the “war on terrorism” is not a war, but a subterfuge. The United States was not “drawn” into its various military adventures in the Muslim world. Using 9/11 as a casus belli, it proceeded to execute plans that were already in place.

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    Spies infiltrate New Zealand Muslim community

    Posted in islam, new zealand by Blimp deflator on December 28, 2010

    The following is a news item, dated December 26, 2010, from NewstalkZB:

    The latest Wikileaks cables to emerge featuring New Zealand reveal the United States has been keeping an eye on the Muslim community here.

    The documents show diplomats have been looking out for signs of extremist behaviour and even visited a mosque to listen to a preacher’s teaching.

    Though the mosque visits, quiet dinners with members of the Muslim society and meetings with Islamic scholars failed to reveal signs of a local al-Qaeda cell, the cables still warned the White House to beware of future extremism.

    They didn’t offer to take me out for a “quiet dinner”. I would have been happy to expound my “extremist” view that it is illegal to invade other countries and kill millions of their people.