What did BCCI do? "It engaged in pandemic bribery of officials in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas," says journalist Christopher Bryon, who first exposed the operation. "It laundered money on a global scale, intimidated witnesses and law officers, engaged in extortion and blackmail. It supplied the financing for illegal arms trafficking and global terrorism. It financed and facilitated income tax evasion, smuggling and prostitution." Sort of an early version of the Bush Regime, then.
The Italian bank BNL was one of BCCI's main tentacles. BNL's Atlanta branch was the primary funnel used to send millions of secret dollars to Saddam for arms purchases,
including deadly chemicals and other WMD materials supplied by the Chilean arms dealer Cardoen
and various politically-connected operators in the United States like, weapons merchant Matrix Churchill.
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I tentatively suggest that the intelligence apparatus at the Interior Ministry is contriving
attacks on Sunnis and that British and US special forces in conjunction with the intelligence apparatus at the Iraqi Defence Ministry are fabricating
insurgent bombings of Shias. Overseeing the entire operation is the ‘cream’ of CMAD under the direction of top-level US intelligence asset Mowaffak Rubaie,
a man already experienced at participating in bombing campaigns, undoubtedly working hand in glove with the CIA and the National Security Council in the US.
from aliveinbaghdad FUL506A
For Iraq, "The Salvador Option" Becomes Reality by Max Fuller 2Jun2005
... New York Times Magazine, in September 2004 Counsellor to the US Ambassador for Iraqi Security Forces James Steele
was assigned to work with a new elite Iraqi counter-insurgency unit known as the Special Police Commandos
, formed under the operational control of Iraq’s Interior Ministry (‘The Way of the Commandos’, Peter Maass, Commandos
From 1984 to 1986 then Col. Steele had led the US Military Advisory Group in El Salvador,
where he was responsible for developing special operating forces .. composed of the most brutal
soldiers available, replicated the kind of small-unit operations with which Steele was familiar from his service in Vietnam. Rather than focusing on seizing terrain, their role was to attack ‘insurgent’ leadership, their supporters, sources of supply and base camps. In the case of the 4th Brigade, such tactics ensured that a 20-man force was able to account for 60% of the total casualties inflicted by the unit ..
...The Police Commandos are in large part the brainchild of another US counter-insurgency veteran, Steven Casteel
, a former top DEA man who has been acting as the senior advisor in the Ministry of the Interior. Casteel was involved in the hunt for .. Pablo Escobar, during which the DEA collaborated with a paramilitary organization known as Los Pepes, which later transformed itself into the AUC, an umbrella organization covering all of Colombia’s paramilitary death squads
...the economic assault on Iraq is well underway. Visible unemployment stands at around the catastrophic level of 28%, large parts of the state sector have already been sold off and wages have fallen (often to less than half of their pre-war levels), thanks in part to the introduction of thousands of cheap workers from Pakistan, India and the Philippines. These workers are often tricked into coming and stripped of their passports, effectively working as slaves .. Reconstruction projects are given almost exclusively to foreign (mainly US) companies, who pay a flat rate of 15% tax with no limits to repatriation of profits, while Iraq’s state-owned companies are excluded antiwar
. In the countryside, Iraqi farmers are now obliged to buy a licence to grow genetically modified seed
and are prohibited from resowing the seed developed by their ancestors in the cradle of civilisation globalresearch
... as successive imperialist powers have shown, the bottom line in combating the hopes and dreams of ordinary people is to resort to spreading terror through the application of extreme violence.
In Iraq, the Salvador Option
may mean returning home to find your entire family seated at table with their own severed heads served to them and a bowl of blood for relish.
BAGHDAD, March 7 (Reuters) ..the commander of all Iraqi troops in Baghdad died from a bullet to the head while in a patrol convoy on Monday...
"The outsiders have hands on the inside," one general said.
.. ..the killing of Major General Mubdar Hatim al-Dulaimi
, a Sunni Muslim who commanded the 10,000-strong 6th Division
..Dulaimi, a divisional commander under Saddam Hussein
..only one bullet was fired, apparently by a sniper in a high building.
Bodies still being found after Katrina
Tuesday 07 March 2006
Six months after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, bodies are still being pulled from wrecked and rotting homes.
..The official door-to-door search of New Orleans ended
on 3 October with a toll of 972.
..Since then, 131 more bodies have been found..
Firefighters continued to search homes for a few more months, but had to stop in December when funding ran out
KABUL, March 6 (Reuters) - An Afghan working for the United Nations was shot dead in western Afghanistan over the weekend, a provincial governor said on Monday.
The killing took place in the Zairkoa
area on the border between Farah
province and neighboring Herat
on Sunday, said Farah Gov. Ezatullah Wasfi. The victim, identified by the United Nations as Mohammad Hashim, worked for the U.N. human settlements agency HABITAT, he said.
Hashim, who worked for a program helping rehabilitate and rebuild villages in the Bala Buluk District, was visiting project sites when six armed men stopped his car, dragged him from the vehicle and shot him, said Tom Koenigs, the U.N. special envoy for Afghanistan.
Kyrgyzstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Alikbek Ceksenkulov said the United States can not use Gansi Military Base for a possible attack on Iran.
It would be a violation of the mutual covenant between the two countries if the US decides to use the Gansi Air Base, close to Manas Airport in Bishkek, against Iran. The base was built to suppress terror in Afghanistan, Ceksenkulov told BBC Monday, adding that the base should not pose a threat to any Asian countries, including Iran.
Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev also told Russian "Komersant" last week that America could only use Gansi for Afghanistan, not for Iran.
The President reminded the US access period would only be extended depending on the stability of Afghanistan.crosswalk
Rumsfeld secured approval from Kyrgyzstan to continue using the Manas airbase there, and from Tajikistan to maintain overflight and refueling rights for U.S. aircraft.