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Afghanistan War Logs Expose Global Facade Of The War On Terror

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July 26, 2010: Steve Watson / – July 26, 2010

The Wikileaks Afghanistan War Logs, publicly released today, highlight and corroborate what we already know about the “war on terror” – it is a vast and decompartmentalised intelligence operation.

The London Guardian reports: “A stream of U.S. military intelligence reports accuse Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency of arming, training and financing the Taliban insurgency since 2004, the war logs reveal, bringing fresh scrutiny on one of the war’s most contentious issues.” The reports are said to have been mostly collated by junior officers relying on informants and Afghan officials, prompting one senior U.S. intelligence officer to describe them as a mixture of “rumours, bullshit and second-hand information”.

However, it has been common knowledge for years that the ISI created the Taliban and Al Qaeda as we now know them, acting in its capacity as a direct front for U.S. intelligence. Before 9/11, Pakistan worked directly with the CIA to create the Taliban in Afghanistan. Selig Harrison from the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars stated: “The CIA made a historic mistake in encouraging Islamic groups from all over the world to come to Afghanistan. The U.S. provided $3 billion for building up these Islamic groups, and it accepted Pakistan’s demand that they should decide how this money should be spent…The old associations between the intelligence agencies continue. The CIA still has close links with the ISI (Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence)…Today that money and those weapons have helped build up the Taliban,” Harrison said. “The Taliban are not just recruits from ‘madrassas’ (Muslim theological schools) but are on the payroll of the ISI. The Taliban are now ‘making a living out of terrorism.'”

Harrison confirmed that the creation of the Taliban had been “actively encouraged by the ISI and the CIA and that Pakistan had been building up Afghan collaborators who would “sustain Pakistan”.

Al Qaeda was a joint CIA/ISI intelligence database of mujahudeen fighters they had recruited in the late 70s and 80s to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. It was later revealed via de-classified Defence Intelligence Agency documents from 2001 that the DIA was aware that the ISI was sponsoring the Taliban and Al Qaeda, but the Bush Administration chose to ignore its findings.

B. Raman, former additional secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, analysed three recently de-classified DIA documents of 2001 relating to the Taliban and Al Qaeda and said, “From these documents, it is clear that the DIA knew of the ISI’s role in sponsoring not only the Taliban, but also the Al Qaeda.”

No surprise then that in 2003, two senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard G. Lugar, Republican of Indiana, and Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware (now vice president), went on record to state that Pakistan’s ISI was sheltering Taliban fighters along the border, thus undermining the stability of Afghanistan. The Senators told the New York Times that there was evidence that ISI might be helping the Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives along the border infiltrate into Afghanistan.

Then in 2005, CIA officer Gary Schroen, who spearheaded U.S.’ search for Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan, stated that ISI officials are very well aware of the whereabouts of the leadership of Al Qaeda, including Bin Laden himself. The veteran CIA officer said that regardless of how much reward money America offers, “Bin Laden would not be captured and handed in” because the leadership of Pakistan, including Musharraf, are afraid of the internal political consequences.

Two days before 9/11, the leader of the Afghan Northern Alliance, Commander Ahmad Shah Masood, was assassinated. The Northern Alliance informed the Bush Administration that the ISI was allegedly implicated in the assassination, stating: “A ‘Pakistani ISI-Osama-Taliban axis’ [was responsible] of plotting the assassination by two Arab suicide bombers…. ‘We believe that this is a triangle between Osama bin Laden, ISI, which is the intelligence section of the Pakistani army, and the Taliban,’”

Thus the Afghans that would be fighting on the side of the U.S. in the upcoming war after 9/11 are on record with their belief that the ISI and Al Qaeda are intimately connected. Yet the Bush administration began operating with Pakistan and the ISI as an ally. Not even the corporate media could whitewash these facts and so explained it away by alleging that U.S. officials had sought cooperation from Pakistan because it was the original backer of the Taliban, the hard-line Islamic leadership of Afghanistan accused by Washington of harboring Bin Laden.

Then the so called “missing link” came when it was revealed that the head of the ISI was the principal financier of the 9/11 hijackers. In various terror attacks, alerts and foiled plots since 9/11, further links between Al Qaeda, the ISI and U.S. and British Intelligence have emerged.

As Professor Michel Chossudovsky has pointed out in his excellent expose, all these links are even corroborated by the House of Representatives International Relations Committee. A statement in 2000 by Rep. Dana Rohrbacher in the Hearing of The House International Relations Committee on “Global Terrorism And South Asia” highlighted that U.S. support funneled through the ISI to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden has been a consistent policy of the U.S. Administration since the end of the Cold War:

“…[T]he United States has been part and parcel to supporting the Taliban all along, and still is let me add… You have a military government [of President Musharraf] in Pakistan now that is arming the Taliban to the teeth….Let me note; that [U.S.] aid has always gone to Taliban areas… We have been supporting the Taliban, because all our aid goes to the Taliban areas. And when people from the outside try to put aid into areas not controlled by the Taliban, they are thwarted by our own State Department… At that same moment, Pakistan initiated a major resupply effort, which eventually saw the defeat, and caused the defeat, of almost all of the anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan.”

In July 2007, Tom Fingar from the office of the Director of National Intelligence told a Congressional hearing that he believed the Bush administration was allowing the leadership of Al Qaeda to operate freely in Pakistan and had chosen not to disrupt its activities. “It’s not that we lack the ability to go into that space, but we have chosen not to do so without the permission of the Pakistani government.” Fingar said.

Fingar’s claims were supported by the revelation that a secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan’s tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan. “The U.S. has provided $5.6 billion in coalition support funds to Pakistan over the past five years, with zero accountability,” said Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., at the hearing. “Why is Pakistan still being paid these large sums of money, even after publicly declaring that it is significantly cutting back patrols in the most important border area?” he asked.

Pakistan and the ISI is the go between of the global terror explosion. Pakistan’s military-intelligence apparatus, which literally created and sponsored the Taliban and Al Qaeda, is directly upheld and funded by the CIA. These facts are not even in dispute, neither in the media nor in government. These facts were also recently highlighted by Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who admitted that the CIA and his country’s ISI together created the Taliban and are still providing support.

The Taliban’s spread into Pakistan has also been connected to intelligence driven plots to Balkanize the Middle East. When a whistleblower, Qari Zainuddin, a tribal leader of South Waziristan who defected from the Pakistani Taliban claimed that the group was working with U.S. intelligence to destabilize the country, he was assassinated just days later.

Last November, the LA Times, citing current and former U.S. officials, reported that the CIA has paid millions of dollars to the ISI since 9/11, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency’s annual budget, and that the funding, initiated covertly under Bush, has continued under Obama. A major London School of Economics study, released last year, also highlighted the ongoing relationship between the ISI and the Taliban.

The Pakistani ISI is a CIA front and controls terror cells at the discretion of the highest levels of the U.S. military-industrial complex. There is a great need to perpetuate the mythical war on terror in order to maintain the pretext for the geopolitical genocide currently being undertaken by globalist advances into the Middle East’s “rogue” (independent) nations.

As our governments assert that they are doing everything in their power to dismantle the global terror network, the reality is the exact opposite. The criminal intelligence networks assembled it, they sponsored it and they continue to fund it using our tax dollars. As any good criminal should, they have a middleman to provide plausible deniability. That middleman is the ISI and the military dictatorship of Pakistan.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The CIA is a criminal drug dealing and assassination organization that was created by the Skull and Bones secret society at Yale University to be the American extention of the British East India Company and to ultimately overthrow the Republic of America to create a New World Order for the trans-national corporate and banking elite! – SJH 

Update: After further review and in light of the way the US government and equally complicite corporate media are unilaterally demonizing the release of these documents, I am now inclined to believe that it was a very shrewd move by WikiLeaks to release the documents to the three major media outlets (New York Times, London Guardian, Der Spiegel) first, in order to avert any black-ops retaliation. This is not about WikiLeaks allegedly compromising “National Security” or endangering US and coalition troops. That is bullshit! This is about exposing the criminal US government and corporate media conspiracy to cover-up international war crimes against humanity for political, corporate, drug cartel and banking agendasAnd we all pay for it! And might I add, that the invisible boogeyman of 9/11, Osama bin Laden, has long been dead thus perpetuating the myth and the “Wag The Dog” storyline concerning the manufactured “War on Terror”! – SJH   

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Officials Scramble To Review Afghan War Documents for ‘Damage’

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July 26, 2010: FOX News Editor’s / FOX – July 26, 2010

As if the release of more than 75,000 classified documents on the Afghanistan war weren’t enough, the whistleblower group behind the leak said Monday that another 15,000 are on the way — sending officials scrambling to screen the documents as they emerge for “potential damage” to U.S. security. 

Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters Monday that the military takes the leak “very seriously” and is in the process of reviewing the information., the website that released the records, claims the full set is more than 91,000 pages — Lapan said it could take “weeks” to review all of them as they are released. “As they are made available, we will be looking at them to try to determine the potential damage to lives of our service members and our coalition partners, whether they reveal sources and methods and any potential damage to national security,” he said. 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he released 76,000 documents and that the remaining 15,000 were being withheld pending further review. He said some would be released and others would be withheld until it is safe to release them. Earlier, the Obama administration said the document dump would not hurt the war effort, but condemned the release as “irresponsible” and said Wikileaks “made no effort” to contact the federal government before releasing them.

A U.S. official warned that much of the material covers “unvarnished, unvetted, uncorroborated reporting” from people in the region who may have “agendas.” Officials also accused Wikileaks of having an anti-Afghanistan war agenda. “Wikileaks seems to have an agenda of its own — and it goes beyond publishing classified information for the benefit of others to analyze,” the U.S. official said. “They purport to be objective at the same time they offer their own opinions of the war. That’s truly shameful. No one is denying that there are real challenges in Afghanistan, but you’d never want Wikileaks to be your meteorologist. They see nothing but dark clouds. As we all know, weather cycles are more nuanced than that.” 

The 91,000 classified U.S. records on the war, marking one of the largest unauthorized disclosures in military history, cover a time period that largely predates the Obama administration as well as the new strategy and surge announced at the end of 2009. They apparently cover a period from January 2004 to December 2009. 

The documents cover much of what the public already knows about the troubled nine-year conflict: U.S. special-ops forces have targeted militants without trial, Afghans have been killed by accident and U.S. officials have been infuriated by alleged Pakistani intelligence cooperation with the very insurgent groups bent on killing Americans. 

National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones said in a written statement that relations with the Pakistanis and other trouble spots have improved since the end of 2009. “On December 1, 2009, President Obama announced a new strategy with a substantial increase in resources for Afghanistan, and increased focus on Al Qaeda and Taliban safe-havens in Pakistan, precisely because of the grave situation that had developed over several years,” he said.

Jones lambasted for releasing the massive trove of documents. “The United States strongly condemns the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organizations which could put the lives of Americans and our partners at risk, and threaten our national security,” he said. WikiLeaks posted the documents Sunday. The New York Times, London’s Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the records. 

Assange, who held a press conference in London to address the documents, said Monday his organization has “no reason to doubt the reliability” of the records. He said the records will “shape an understanding” of the war’s first six years, though he said the documents did not include any “top secret” information. He claimed that “there does appear to be evidence of war crimes in this material,” in a reference to at least seven reported civilian casualties. 

A White House aide said many of the concerns addressed in the documents had been addressed publicly by U.S. officials. Pakistan’s Ambassador Husain Haqqani said the documents “do not reflect the current on-ground realities,” in which his country and Washington are “jointly endeavoring to defeat Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies.” 

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., though, suggested the release could lead to a change in policy. He said in a written statement that “however illegally” the documents were released, they raise “serious questions” about U.S. policy toward the region. “Those policies are at a critical stage and these documents may very well underscore the stakes and make the calibrations needed to get the policy right more urgent,” he said. The U.S. and Pakistan assigned teams of analysts to read the records online to assess whether sources or locations were at risk. 

The Guardian said the documents “fail to provide a convincing smoking gun” for complicity between the Pakistan intelligence services and the Taliban. The New York Times interpreted the papers differently, saying they reveal that only a short time ago, there was far less harmony in U.S. and Pakistani exchanges. The Times said the “raw intelligence assessments” by lower level military officers suggest that Pakistan “allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.” 

The leaked records include detailed descriptions of raids carried out by a secretive U.S. special operations unit called Task Force 373 against what U.S. officials considered high-value insurgent and terrorist targets. Some of the raids resulted in unintended killings of Afghan civilians, according to the documentation. During the targeting and killing of Libyan fighter Abu Laith al-Libi, described in the documents as a senior Al Qaeda military commander, the death tally was reported as six enemy fighters and seven noncombatants — all children. Task Force 373 selected its targets from 2,000 senior Taliban and Al Qaeda figures posted on a “kill or capture” list, known as JPEL, the Joint Prioritized Effects List, the Guardian said. 

WikiLeaks said the release Sunday “did not generally include top-secret organizations,” and that it had delayed the release of the remaining 15,000 documents as part of what it called “a harm minimization process demanded by our source,” but said it would release the documents later, possibly with material redacted. 

U.S. government agencies have been bracing for a deluge of thousands more classified documents since the leak of helicopter cockpit video of a 2007 firefight in Baghdad. That was blamed on a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Spc. Bradley Manning, 22, of Potomac, Md. He was charged with releasing classified information this month. Manning had bragged online that he downloaded 260,000 classified U.S. cables and transmitted them to 

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Is this an orchestrated intelligence industry false flag by WikiLeaks to further demonize the Internet and expand the illegal wars into Pakistan? We already know about the connections between the CIA, ISI, Taleban and Al Qaeda. This will take some time to play out and properly investigate, but something doesn’t feel right about all this… -SJH 

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