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Georgia and Foreign Agents or Spy Law

by Oui Thu Mar 9th, 2023 at 12:35:21 PM EST

GD Political Council, People's Power and Parliamentary Majority's Issue a Joint Statement on Withdrawal of the Draft Law on Agents | 9 March 2023 |

Georgian Dream's Political Council, People's Power and the Parliamentary majority issued a joint statement saying that as a result of the internal consultations a decision has been taken to withdraw the draft foreign agents' laws from the Parliament.

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"We can see that the adopted bill has caused differences of opinion in society. The machine of lies managed to present the bill in a negative light and to mislead a certain part of the public. The false label of "Russian law" was attached to the bill, and its adoption in the first reading was presented in the eyes of a part of the public as a departure from the European course."- reads the statement.

The statement reads that "the radical forces were able to involve some of the youth in illegal activities." It thanks "the heroic law enforcement officers who responded to the violence with patience and the highest standards."

After visiting a "peaceful" Baghdad ...

McCain, who is a likely presidential candidate for the Republican Party in 2008, reiterated U.S. support for Georgia, which he said has made impressive progress since the 2003 Rose Revolution | Aug. 29, 2006 |

Statement by John McCain on the Crisis in Georgia | August 11, 2008 |

As the Soviet Union crumbled at the end of the Cold War, Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but its early years were marked by instability, corruption, and economic crises.

"Following fraudulent parliamentary elections in 2003, a peaceful, democratic revolution took place, led by the U.S.-educated lawyer Mikheil Saakashvili. The Rose Revolution changed things dramatically and, following his election, President Saakashvili embarked on a series of wide-ranging and successful reforms.

McCain's Ties with Lobbyist Scheunemann | Aug 15, 2008 |

State Department: We Hold Tools at Our Purview to Hold Anyone Accountable

Q: What is your feeling about the law on foreign agents?

Ned Price: You asked about the feeling here. The feeling here is one of deep concern. You have heard us express that sentiment consistently in recent days. It is a feeling of deep concern because of the potential implications of this draft law. This draft law would strike at some of the very rights that are central to the aspirations of the people of Georgia for a consolidated democracy, for Euro Atlantic integration and for a brighter future.

It would stigmatise, silence, independent voices and citizens is Georgia who wish to do nothing more than work together to build a brighter future, a future that is integrated with Europe, future that is democratic and free, where Georgia is an independent and sovereign country. We're so deeply concerned, troubled in fact, for what this could mean for the people of Georgia, but also because the United States has been a partner to Georgia over the course of recent decades.

Ever since Georgia declared its independence in the United States have been right there with it, supporting the aspirations of the Georgian people. And in the earliest days of independence those aspirations were notions. They were nothing more than an idea, in some cases. Over the course of ensuing decades, the people of Georgia have worked to realise those aspirations. They have made tremendous progress in becoming the democracy that they sought from the earliest days in integrating Georgia into the Euro Atlantic community and ensuring that Georgia stays on that path.

Now, however, we see a draft piece of legislation that would be a tremendous setback. This would be a setback to the aspirations of the people of Georgia. It would be a set back to the ability of the United States to continue to be a partner for the people of Georgia.

I made this point yesterday, I think it was, that anyone who is voting for this draft legislation would be responsible in part, for jeopardising those very Euro-Atlantic aspirations of the Georgian people.

We don't wish to see that happen - beyond the United States it is [also] the EU, UN of course, and most importantly the Georgian people, Georgian civil society groups, all of have issued strong statements of concern about this draft  legislation.

No, no ... Georgia IS outside the European Union but not really in the jungle of barbarians. Contrary to Russians, Georgians can be pulled into fortress Europe ... just a little nudge needed from USAID Head Samantha Power [from an Irish author], her R2P experience removing Gaddafi and Assad is well documented.


Not every US aided Revolution goes over roses ....

Saakashvili Applies for Family Reunification in The Netherlands after escaping from Odessa, Ukraine | Jan. 2018 |

European Parliament urges Georgia to pardon and release ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili | 15 Feb. 2023 |

Similar laws have been adopted by many nations under threat from subversive activities from foreign states meddling in internal affairs. Preserving freedom under UN Charter, borders and sovereignty.

Colour revolutions to return sovereignty to Atlantic alliance ...

Carl Bildt: Neocon lobbyist? | by NordicStorm on Feb 21st, 2007 |

In January 2003, Bildt wrote an op-ed for the International Herald Tribune, No going back : Regime change in Iraq isn't optional, where Bildt argues for the removal of Saddam as the only possible option, on humanitarian grounds. He also gave a far more reasonable estimate for the war, at best "four to six weeks of difficult regime removal followed by four to six years of even more difficult regime reconstruction," than some people.

Bildt presents a reasonable and well thought-out argument to be sure, although Bildt concludes his op-ed with the remarkably not prescient "The next few weeks should be the beginning of the end of decades of war for the peoples of Iraq and for the region." But Bildt, identified in the article as "a former prime minister of Sweden" and as someone who "is a member of the board of the Center for European Reform in London as well as of the board of the Rand Corp.in the United States," failed to acknowledge his ties to CLI.

NATO's Eastern Agenda in a New Strategic Era | May 2003 |

As NATO expands to the East, it faces an evolving security environ- ment and potential security dilemmas. This study focuses on four critical areas: Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic region, Ukraine, and Russia. Taken together, these regions represent the core of NATO's "Eastern agenda." The security dilemmas and challenges are examined within the context of the changing environment since September 11, 2001, and NATO's broader transformation.

The study is part of a larger project on the changing strategic environment in and around Europe and its implications for the United States and NATO. The project, sponsored by the Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters, United States Air Force, was conducted in the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND's Project AIR FORCE. This report should be of interest to policymakers and specialists concerned with NATO policy and European security.

Research was completed in May 2003.

The war in Iraq is a personal matter for foreign minister Carl Bildt

The likelihood of support for the war was definitely small. The war hawks in the US wouldn't hesitate to run over the UN again, but the image of the champions of freedom chasing terrorists and WMDs twixt the Tigris and Euphrates would be difficult to maintain without support from a 'world organisation'.

So here's where a former Swedish PM, a coming Swedish FM, would prove useful.
Randy Scheunemann1., director of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and former adviser to Donald Rumsfeld, asked Carl Bildt if he'd help with the war campaign. Carl Bildt was keen to help. In January 2003, the committee was established in Europe with an international panel of consultants.

Amongst them could be found two former presidents and three former foreign ministers from the Baltic states and central Europe, a former head of the German war machine, the English journalists Christopher Hitchens and Misha Glenny, a palestinian businessman living in New York, along with further assorted politicians and writers. Bildt shared the chairmanship with former Polish dissident Adam Michnik.

Note 1. Scheunemann drafted the "Iraq Liberation Act" that authorized $98 million for the Iraq National Congress. Randy was at the time John McCain's top foreign policy adviser.

By-passing the United Nations in the vision of Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton, Paul Wolfowitz ...

Feminist foreign policy as envisioned by Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Annalena Baerbock ... #WeAreNato

Hillary Clinton Entertained Lanny Davis Back-Channel to Honduras Coup Plotters | The Intercept |

The Hillary Clinton emails released last week include some telling exchanges about the June 2009 military coup that toppled democratically elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, a leftist who was seen as a threat by the Honduran establishment and U.S. business interests.

At a time when the State Department strategized over how best to keep Zelaya out of power while not explicitly endorsing the coup, Clinton suggested using longtime Clinton confidant Lanny Davis as a back-channel to Roberto Micheletti, the interim president installed after the coup.

During that period, Davis was working as a consultant to a group of Honduran businessmen who had supported the coup.

US Policy Failure on Honduras, Zelaya Returns! | May 28, 2011 |

Zelaya was ousted from the presidency when he was kidnapped at gunpoint by the military on 28 June 2009. Although no hard evidence has yet emerged that the US government was directly involved in his overthrow, the Obama administration did everything it could to help the coup government to survive and then legitimate itself through elections that most of the rest of the hemisphere, and the world, rejected as neither free nor fair.

Facts on IRI's Work in Egypt and the Crackdown on NGOs - 2011

The International Republican Institute's (IRI) offices in Alexandria, Cairo and Luxor were raided on December 29, 2011, by Egyptian authorities. The raids were conducted as part of an investigation opened by the Ministry of Justice at the urging of the Ministry of International Cooperation. The raids were an aggressive action that ironically was never taken against IRI under the former regime of Hosni Mubarak.

IRI and other organizations believe that Egypt's repressive law number 84 on nongovernmental organizations seeks to control and repress civil society. The Egyptian government continues to instill fear among Egyptian civic groups that carry out activities or take funding not specifically authorized by the government.

In the U.S., registered nongovernmental organizations do not have to seek approval for funding or activities from the federal government if they remain within their mandated mission, and they can accept foreign funding, including funding from foreign governments.

The investigations carried out by the Ministry of Justice mirror politically-motivated detentions and/or charges brought against Egyptian activists who have criticized the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in recent months. This suggests that there is a well-coordinated plan to limit the space for political and civic activism in Egypt.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 9th, 2023 at 04:49:30 PM EST
Forty-three people, including 19 Americans, face prosecution in an Egyptian criminal court on charges of illegal foreign funding as part of an ongoing crackdown on nongovernmental organizations, a prosecution spokesman said.

Those referred to court also include five Serbs, two Germans and three Arabs, said Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor. The remaining people are Egyptian, he said.

The defendants include Sam LaHood, International Republican Institute country director and the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Saeed said.

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The bill would have NGO representatives wear a tag similar to those worn by lobbyists -- or face a fine of some NIS 29,000 ($7,500).

Almost all of the groups that would be affected by the bill are identified with the political left.

"The blatant interference of foreign governments in internal matters of the State of Israel with money is an unprecedented, widespread phenomenon that violates of all rules and norms in relations between democratic countries.

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'general-purpose' stigma, national security, and Antony Blinken's NED mouthpiece

wired | Iraq Diary: Fallujah's Biometric Gates, 2007
"(And, for today, let's not even get into the privacy and human-rights implications.)"

DHS | Testimony of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Kathleen Kraninger, Screening Coordination, and Director Robert A. Mocny, US-VISIT before the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, "Biometric Identification", 2009
"Access to our nation is critical for a terrorist to plan and carry out attacks on our homeland."

army.mil | Biometric assignment in Iraq results in dramatic job focus for major

...After several years of compiling vast biometric databases that now contain identification information on more than 2.5 million Iraqis, the U.S. military is committed to the technology....
Scientific American | How Biometrics Helped to Identify the Master Terrorist, 2011
"soldiers took tissue samples for use in DNA analysis that later confirmed [Osama bin Laden]'s identity with nearly 100 percent accuracy."

privacyinternational | Biometirics and Counter-terrorism Case study of Iraq
and Afghanistan
, 2021

Biometrics has become closely linked to counter-terrorism. Indeed, in 2017 the UN Security Council Resolution 2396 placed a binding obligation on member states to "develop and implement systems to collect biometric data ... in order to responsibly and properly identify terrorists, including foreign terrorist fighters."...After testing biometric prototypes in Afghanistan in 2002 and in Iraqi detention centers in 2003, the Department eventually mandated that fingerprints, facial photographs, and DNA must be collected from all of its detainees worldwide.
NPR | The U.S. releases the oldest prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, 2022
"In 2003, Paracha a former [Pakistani] businessman and TV producer, was arrested by U.S. authorities on suspicion of affiliation with al-Qaida."

yahoo! FOX | Pakistani brothers released from Guantánamo Bay after 20 years in custody without charges, 2023
"As of Thursday, the DoD said 32 detainees remain at Guantánamo Bay - 18 of whom are eligible for transfer if there are any stable third-party counties [sic] that will take them."

China accuses US of attacking companies after ["]export curbs["], 3 Mar APsplainin sanctions

China accused Washington on Friday of improperly attacking Chinese companies after genetics analysis giant BGI Group and 17 others were hit with ["]curbs["] on access to U.S. [biometric] technology on security or human rights [coffee] grounds.

The Commerce Department said it saw a danger that two BGI units might contribute to the government's surveillance apparatus, which human rights groups say is trying to create a database of genetic samples that Muslims and other minorities [possibly women] were compelled to provide....

archivedAre you a Jew?, I decide who is a jew, US "community corrections"
by Cat on Thu Mar 9th, 2023 at 07:38:58 PM EST

Extending Russia -- Competing from Advantageous Ground | Rand Corp 2019 |

Ultimately, this report concludes that the most attractive U.S. policy options to extend Russia -- with the greatest benefits, highest likelihood of success, and least risk -- are in the economic domain, featuring a combination of boosting U.S. energy production and sanctions, providing the latter are multilateral. In contrast, geopolitical measures to bait Russia into overextending itself and ideological measures to undermine the regime's stability carry significant risks. Finally, many military options -- including force posture changes and development of new capabilities -- could enhance U.S. deterrence and reassure U.S. allies, but only a few are likely to extend Russia, as Moscow is not seeking parity with the United States in most domains.

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