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US Foreign Policy and CIA Masters

by Oui Sun Aug 19th, 2018 at 08:46:07 PM EST

US supplied bomb that killed 40 children on Yemen school bus | The Guardian |

The bomb dropped on a school bus in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition warplane was sold to Riyadh by the US, according to reports based on analysis of the debris.

The 9 August attack killed 40 boys aged from six to 11 who were being taken on a school trip. Eleven adults also died and local authorities said 79 people were wounded, 56 of them children. CNN reported that the weapon used was a 227kg laser-guided bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of many thousands sold to Saudi Arabia as part of billions of dollars of weapons exports.

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Yemeni children vent anger against Riyadh and Washington as they take part in a mass funeral for the 40 children killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition last week. (Photo: AFP/Getti Images)

The Gulf monarchy is the biggest single customer for both the US and UK arms industries. The US also supports the coalition with refueling and intelligence.

The investigative journalism site Bellingcat identified bomb fragments, on photographs and videos taken soon after the bombing, as coming from a laser-guided version of a Mk-82 bomb called a GBU-12 Paveway II. Based on marking on a fin segment of the bomb, Bellingcat traced the bomb to a shipment of a thousand of such bombs to Saudi Arabia, approved by the state department in 2015, during the Obama administration.

A spokesperson for Lockheed Martin referred questions about the bombing to the Pentagon. The defense department has said it does not make tactical targeting decision for the Saudi-led coalition but does provide support to improve targeting.

The Obama administration offered Saudi Arabia more than $115bn in weapons in the course of its two four-year terms, more than any previous US administration, according to a report in 2016.

After the bombing of a funeral hall in October 2016, which killed 155 people, Obama halted the sale of guided munition technology to Saudi Arabia, on the grounds that improved precision would not save civilian lives if the Saudi-led coalition were not taking care to avoid hitting non-military targets. The sales were reinstated by the Trump administration's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in March 2017.

h/t generic @EuroTrib

Transcript: NPR's Interview With CIA Director John Brennan - Dec. 25, 2016

The Trump administration strikes back!

Republicans pushing back on the retired deep state actors in favour of their new appointees ...

Big liar John Brennan is targeted as point man of the  anti-Russia brigade in Washington DC spreading innuendo and extreme accusations without evidence. Security clearance revoked!

<no tears>

Trump Meets Putin

Ex-CIA head John Brennan says Donald Trump colluded with Russia and is now desperate to hide the truth

Well, John Brendan has got many CIA goons on his side ...


Former CIA boss John Brennan Interview: 'I recognize I have a bullseye on my chest' | Meet The Press -  NBC News |

Meet the Press today ... transcript.

Brennan: "I admire Gina Haspel and I want her to stay as head of the CIA ..."

Record of John Brennan who served under Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. Mr. John Brennan in 2005 [cached]:

    To ensure a more comprehensive accounting of terrorist incidents, we in the NCTC significantly increased the level of effort from three part-time individuals to 10 full-time analysts, and we took a number of other steps to improve quality control and database management. This increased level of effort allowed a much deeper review of far more information and, along with Iraq, are the primary reasons for the significant growth in a number of terrorist incidents being reported.

    Now, this increase in the number of incidents being reported today does not necessarily mean that there has been a growth in actual terrorist incidents. In other words, the data you will see today represent a break from previous years, and the numbers can't be compared to previous years in any meaningful way. This point was made to congressional staffers earlier this week, but has not been accurately captured in the various press articles over the past couple of days.

    Now, second. In our scrub of last year's data, it became increasingly clear that there were methodological problems associated with statutory language and counting rules. These criteria dated to a period of focus on state-sponsored terrorism in the early 1980s and not the transnational phenomena we confront now. I will discuss some of these methodological problems and what we're doing to improve the process of accounting for global terrorist incidents. I would like to first turn to our charts. Using the statutory criteria found in Title 22, Section 2656-F of the U.S. Code, along with counting rules that were provided to the National Counterterrorism Center, we compiled data on 651 attacks that met the criteria for significant international terrorist incidents. Now, there are several points of note. As you can see on the left-hand side, there were over 9,000 victims of significant international terrorism last year, of which 1,907 were killed. On the right-hand side, you can see the regional breakdown of total attacks and the relative share of the 1,907 individuals killed.

    Now, a couple of points of note. Much has been made in the press about Kashmir and clearly there was, on average, an attack nearly every day in Kashmir. In fact, there were a total of 284 attacks in Kashmir that met the statutory criteria for significant terrorist incidents. Now, the total number of people killed in South Asia was about 500. In other words, the attacks were often conducted against one or two people. By contrast, there were very few attacks in Europe - it's represented here on the blue bar, in Europe -- but there was a very high death toll. This reflects the very deadly attacks in places like Madrid and Beslan, Russia, where many hundreds of people were killed in single incidents.

    As you can see in the lower left-hand corner, the methodology, chronology, and selected statistical charts are being posted and are already posted on www.tkb.org. This is the website for the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City, and we are most appreciative of the institute for partnering with us to make the data available to the American public.

    Now, the next chart. This second chart reflects the subset of significant international attacks conducted against U.S. interests. As you can see on the left, 64 attacks, approximately 10 percent of the total number of attacks worldwide, were conducted against U.S. interests. The vast majority of these anti-U.S. attacks took place in the Middle East, where 83 percent of those attacks occurred. As you can see on the pie charts on the right-hand side of the briefing board, a far lower percentage of U.S. citizens were actually wounded or killed. Of the roughly 9,300 individuals wounded in significant international terrorist incidents, 103 were Americans. Total U.S. victims: 103. And of the more than 1,800 people killed last year in significant international terrorist incidents, 68 were Americans.

Link from diary by Larry Johnson @Booman ...

Mayhem in Counting Terrorism (2006)

Related reading ...

Not a Fan of These Picks

    In any case, I dislike the nomination of Chuck Hagel and I don't give a damn whether he is confirmed or not. I don't oppose him; I just don't like the pick. John Brennan for CIA, I oppose. I don't think he has been held accountable for his actions during the Bush administration and I do not think the Democrats should confirm him unless and until his record gets a full vetting.

The enemy of my enemy ...

I Don't Think John Brennan is Helping

In today's world there is far more terrorism and the War on Terror is causing deaths and suffering across vast swats of land from Africa through the Middle East into the AfPak region.

Terrorist Attacks and Deaths in 2017

    In 2017, there were 10,900 terrorist attacks around the world, which killed more than 26,400 people, including 8,075 perpetrators and 18,488 victims. The patterns described here provide a very general overview. We encourage readers to explore the Global Terrorism Database and consider contextual information for a comprehensive assessment. The year 2017 marks the third consecutive year of declining numbers of terrorist attacks and deaths worldwide, since terrorist violence peaked in 2014 at nearly 17,000 attacks and more than 45,000 total deaths.

I have to say, since you brought up the topic, opposition to Trump ordering the State department to revoke Brennan's security clearance is a ridiculous affront to "democratic processes" so many claim to hold dear. The idiots should be delighted that Brennan has failed Mr Trump's real and imagined loyalty tests. One might expect Brennan to boast about this accomplishment and competence, the many ways that he saved the nation from certain destruction.

He might even cast doubt about his rivals' fitness for security clearance in any administration, although he is not a subtle speaker.

Brennan is not currently a federal employee. He is a private citizen. His chances of being hired into the federal government while Trump is in office approaches zero. What has he got to lose?

He has no, zero need-to-know claim to confidential information about federal business --foreign or domestic-- conducted by the current administration's agencies. His tenure directing the CIA has ended and he has been replaced by someone purportedly more mendacious. Inexplicably millions of citizens who are employed and who are not by the federal government and its agents rely instead on public information to ascertain federal government "policy" and activities.

For example, elected members of the odious US Congress and its "oversight" committees often have been denied security clearance required to perform their duties to audit executive agencies' activities.  

His security clearance --no one's security clearance-- is automatically renewed. Nor is it hereditary. Yet. Evidently some people who have never applied or worked for the federal government don't know this. Perhaps they do and count themselves among the faction seeking unspecified term of office and political "independence" for various, unelected agency directors.

Brennan's security clearance may be reinstated when christ is elected in 2020, if he wishes to defer "retirement" from whatever it is that he does so well that renders him indispensable in the functioning of the federal government. He is 62 and has not, so far as I know, created a gofundme account to supplement his unearned and earned income paid by the The University of Texas at Austin.

US State Department | FAQ, for example. Perhaps the FBI's background investigation of own officer and special agent candiates is less more rigorous. I wouldn't know and certainly wouldn't want to speculate as to what standard may be required come 2021.

PS. That Booman discussion is not unlike a Rorschach impression from that of the CA Cohort of Petty Landlords. I dread reading these.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 02:03:37 AM EST
I admit to chortling with a side dish of schadenfreude  at people working at the FBI and CIA losing their jobs through fiat, hearsay, innuendo, and misuse of government powers.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 07:20:45 PM EST
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De basement of intrigue dug by J. Edgar, décor by Dulles Bros. LLC, Musak® licensed by Casa di Borghia.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Aug 21st, 2018 at 03:07:06 AM EST
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Posted as a reply to Zwackus today ...

"I am kind of curious why I've been seeing this particular narrative pop up here and there ...
.. I am a lazy pseudo-intellectual poser, but curious nonetheless."

Curiosity or lack of curiosity?
Knowledge, intelligence and understanding is fed by curiosity.

The leading nation of the past half century has managed to become a pariah state due to lack of anyone or institution to hold the USA accountable. It's not just the delivery of munitions and fighter planes, most of the time the US themselves were perpetrators of war crimes as we have witnessed too often in Afghanistan and Iraq.

President Obama promised to pull US forces  out of the war theater of Iraq ... he fulfilled his campaign promise. However the US changed policy by providing increased flow of arms to the "coalition" states and gave his blessing to fight the proxy wars for the empire [?] in Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Six nations in Europe established the EEC, an economic union to promote understanding and create a bond between nations we had been at war for over a century. The path of peace through economic cooperation between nations.

After the fall of the Berlin wall and downfall of Soviet communism, the promise of a peaceful world lasted for barely a decade. The attack on America by Saudi extremists of Al Qaeda in September 2001 changed the policy and role of the US and its NATO partners.

A monster was created by the Bush administration: War on Terror.

Bombing of populated areas create more resistance and seldom leads to "victory" over a people. War creates motivation for revenge and with Islam an easy road to radicalization. Fighters from Western Europe doing jihad by traveling to all the frontline states from Chechnya to Pakistan, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Tunisia. Spreading terror by a criminal enterprise of waging wars of choice for "regime change".


by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 09:07:31 AM EST
Posted earlier on June 5th ...

The Yemenis are unkown to the Western world and the media has no interest whatsoever. Needless to say, the British are fully aware ...

BAE refuses to confirm workers loading bombs on Saudi piloted jets - Made in UK

Martin Niemöller - Lutheran pastor and social activist

The origins of this poem first have been traced to a speech given by Niemöller on January 6, 1946, to the representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt. According to research by Harold Marcuse, the original groups mentioned in the speech were Communists, the incurably sick, Jews, and people in occupied countries.

[Source: Wikipedia]

"No Spoke in the Wheel": The German Evangelical Church and the Nazi State

Unfortunately, the Zionist ideals of a socialist state has long been dealt a blow by might and power leading to a terror state of today: from Shoah victim to a occupying power with all its transgressions.

Remodeling Middle-East: Neocons, Republicans and Israel
Fighting Saudi and US Influence in Yemen
Houthi Rebellion In Yemen - US and the Shia/Sunni Divide

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Global Xenophobia and Historical Amnesia
New Fascist Pariah States America and Israel Lashing Out

by Oui on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 09:08:48 AM EST
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Brennan Fracas Could Rip Through Senate's Defense Spending Debate
Senators have only agreed so far to vote on two relatively uncontroversial amendments to the the two-bill package that includes both the $675 billion Defense bill and the $179.3 billion Labor-HHS-Education measure. Those first two votes are scheduled for Monday evening.

On the horizon, though, are potential fights over President Donald Trump's [1] termination of others' security clearances, [2] U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, [3] procurement of warships that were not part of Trump's massive Pentagon budget request, questions about winners and losers in the creation of [4] a new Army command and, not least, [5] federal funding for abortions.

eradicating checks and balances is kind of an innovation in "national security" policy formulation, if one ignores about 2,000 years of european history.

Wow. That Patriot Act really got the wheels spinning in mud though, huh?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Aug 20th, 2018 at 07:27:48 PM EST

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