Again US government statements are uncovered as lies – American missing in Iran was in fact CIA agent

A retired FBI agent missing for seven years after disappearing in Iran was on an unauthorized mission for the CIA, according to an explosive new report on Thursday that contradicted the official explanation that he was on private business.

The US government has repeatedly and publicly denied that Levinson was in Iran on behalf of any government agency. As recently as 26 November, the White House issued a statement acknowledging Levinson as one of the “longest-held Americans in history”, reiterating a commitment to bring him home, and imploring the aid of Iran.

That statement, issued by White House press secretary Jay Carney, said Levinson went missing on “a business trip”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/12/robert-levinson-fbi-cia-iran-missing?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/12/robert-levinson-iran-missing-cia-secret?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

 

Lesson for Europe: Brazil speaks up at the UN about US surveillance on UN, politicians, economy

accusing the NSA of violating international law by its indiscriminate collection of personal information of Brazilian citizens and economic espionage targeted on the country’s strategic industries.

“Personal data of citizens was intercepted indiscriminately. Corporate information – often of high economic and even strategic value – was at the centre of espionage activity.

“Also, Brazilian diplomatic missions, among them the permanent mission to the UN and the office of the president of the republic itself, had their communications intercepted,” Rousseff said

“In the absence of the right to privacy, there can be no true freedom of expression and opinion, and therefore no effective democracy. In the absence of the respect for sovereignty, there is no basis for the relationship among nations.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/24/brazil-president-un-speech-nsa-surveillance

US rejects taking responsibility for it’s own use of chemical weapons

aimed at destroying the forest and jungle cover used by enemy North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops fighting against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces in the Vietnam War. U.S. aircraft were deployed to spray powerful mixtures of herbicides around roads, rivers, canals and military bases, as well as on crops that might be used to supply enemy troops. During this process, crops and water sources used by the non-combatant peasant population of South Vietnam could also be hit. In all, Operation Ranch Hand deployed more than 19 million gallons of herbicides over 4.5 million acres of land.

The most commonly used, and most effective, mixture of herbicides used was Agent Orange

Effects on US war veterans

In 1979, a class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of 2.4 million veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during their service in Vietnam. Five years later, in an out-of-court-settlement, seven large chemical companies that manufactured the herbicide agreed to pay $180 million in compensation to the veterans or their next of kin. Various challenges to the settlement followed, including lawsuits filed by some 300 veterans, before the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed it in 1988. By that time, the settlement had risen to some $240 million including interest.

Effects on Vietnam

In addition to the massive environmental impact of the U.S. defoliation program in Vietnam, that nation has reported that some 400,000 people were killed or maimed as a result of exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange. In addition, Vietnam claims half a million children have been born with serious birth defects, while as many 2 million people are suffering from cancer or other illness caused by Agent Orange.

In 2004, a group of Vietnamese citizens filed a class-action lawsuit against more than 30 chemical companies, including the same ones that settled with the U.S. veterans in 1984. The suit, which sought billions of dollars worth of damages, claimed that Agent Orange and its poisonous effects left a legacy of health problems and that its use constituted a violation of international law. In March 2005, a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, dismissed the suit; another U.S. court rejected a final appeal in 2008. 

http://www.history.com/topics/agent-orange

No country on earth is guiltier of using chemicals as weapons of war than the United States

“In Vietnam, from 1962 to 1969, the U.S. sprayed over 100 million pounds of liquid Agent Orange and other poisons over four million acres.”

“Additionally, about 388,000 tons of our chemically gelled gasoline — napalm — was dropped on SE Asia between 1963 and 1973”

“The people responsible for the spreading of 400 tons of DU there [Southern Iraq] in 1991 were conducting a very peculiar sort of experiment — one in which the ‘guinea-pigs’ were the soldiers and civilians present … and in which the ‘experimenters’ did not want to know the results.”

“The memory of the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed or poisoned by the U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia and Yemen should give pause to today’s gung-ho warriors”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/29/bombing-for-peace/

The US do not care much about the UN (inspectors)

“http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/syria-crisis-as-us-prepares-to-reveal-intelligence-on-suspected-damascus-chemical-weapons-attack-what-do-we-know-already-8787788.html”

“Officials in the US and the UK have made it clear that any decision to proceed with military action will be based on intelligence gathered by the US, and not the findings brought back by the UN inspectors currently on the ground in Syria.”

Russian politician giving US politicians a lesson in logic

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2013/0826/As-world-prepares-to-act-on-Syria-Russia-scrambles-to-apply-brake

“To us, it looks as though [George W.] Bush, [Dick] Cheney and [Donald] Rumsfeld never left the White House,” says Alexei Pushkov, chair of the State Duma’s international affairs committee.

“It’s basically the same policy, as if US leaders had learned nothing and forgotten nothing in the past decade. They want to topple foreign leaders they regard as adversaries, without even making the most basic calculations of the consequences. An intervention in Syria will only enlarge the area of instability in the Middle East and expand the scope of terrorist activity. I am at a complete loss to understand what the US thinks it is doing,”

Who is the US arming in Syria?

“The Obamas and the Camerons…want – or wanted – to send weapons to the FSA, the secular, “heroic” resistance fighting for “democracy” against the…regime…in Damascus…the FSA are the guys we should be arming, now that the al-Qa’ida outfits have started killing the FSA leadership. If the good guys in the FSA are now fighting the bad guys of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, we should help them.

But history suggests that the good guys might turn into the bad guys and that the bad guys might win. What if the Islamists wipe out the FSA? Then our weapons really will fall into the “wrong hands” rather faster than they would have done anyway – since guns are money in civil wars and al-Nusra and the rest have the cash to buy anything we give the FSA.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/who-is-the-us-arming-in-syria-president-assad-rubs-his-hands-at-news-of-rebel-split-8706540.html

Syria – Are there any “moderate” rebels the US, UK and France want to arm at any price?

Who’s who in Syria’s battlefield
http://media.economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full-width/images/2013/05/blogs/graphic-detail/20130518_gdc631.png

““Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force…””
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/world/middleeast/islamist-rebels-gains-in-syria-create-dilemma-for-us.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp

“they noted…that the only important non-Islamist group was in the Kurdish areas…”
http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/28/how-obama-and-al-qaeda-became-syrian-bedfellows/

“The moderates are losing ground.”
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/19/us-syria-rebels-islamists-specialreport-idUSBRE95I0BC20130619

[Nusra Front] “the biggest and best armed of the rebel groups”
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-syrian-dilemma-inch-by-inch-the-west-gets-involved-in-an-internecine-civil-war-8611745.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/freedom-fighters-cannibals-the-truth-about-syrias-rebels-8662618.html

“there are many outsiders who impose their agenda by bringing jihadist fighters in, so it’s difficult for the Free Army to control them.”
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2012/08/201281711234988655.html

The Free Syrian Army Doesn’t Exist
http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/the-free-syrian-army-doesnt-exist/

Who Killed the Syrian Peace Talks?

“The peace talks are dead because the…rebels are boycotting the negotiations, ruining any hope for peace, while threatening to turn an already-tragic disaster into a Yugoslavia-style catastrophe…or worse.”

“The U.S. and its European allies want regime change in Syria, and they are prepared to allow many more people to die to make it so.”

“Many Syrians that didn’t previously support Assad now do, having concluded that Assad in power is better than their country being obliterated in an Iraq-style invasion, or being dominated by Islamic extremists, as the the majority of the Syrian rebel groups are.”

“Behind this frenzy of rebel support lies the sick logic that, in order for successful peace negotiations to take place, the rebels need to be in a stronger battlefield position. Arm the rebels to the teeth for peace!”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/13/who-killed-the-syrian-peace-talks/

US lost the war in Afghanistan

12 years after coming to Afghanistan Nato is in a state of unconceded defeat

““Gunmen in Pakistan on Monday set ablaze five trucks carrying NATO equipment out of Afghanistan”

“The war has cost American taxpayers over $1.4 trillion…Attacks by the Taliban are up 47 percent over last year, and the casualty rate for Afghan soldiers and police has increased 40 percent. The yearly desertion rate of the Afghan Army is between 27 percent and 30 percent.