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They Call it Asymmetrical Warfare

by Paul Richmond Friday, Aug. 18, 2000 at 2:51 PM
wtolegal@yahoo.com PO 95242, Seattle, WA, 98145

The heavy handed tactics witnessed in Los Angeles are part of an escalating trend of militarizing police, and using more force against domestic populations. Links to an indepth report on same.

THEY CALL IT ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE

On April 14, the Los Angeles Police turned off the power at a major rock concert. Within minutes, police were opening fire on the crowd with weapons of war. Rubber bullets and foam batons struck people in the face. The first hit were the photographers. One was driven from a ladder then shot when he fell to the ground.

Outside the Shadow Convention and Broadcast Center for Freespeech TV, the L.A. Police announced there was a bomb. The convention was halted and a nationwide broadcast was prevented.

On April 15, the police utilized a strategy of preemptive arrests. They swept down on a midday march when some of the participants rattled some metal grating. The first person arrested was a legal observer. Forty four other felony arrests followed. After cordoning off the media and removing the arrestees, the commander shows a can of lighter fluid to justify the forty-five arrests.

Later that day a bicycle ride is misdirected and another few dozen arrested. In the greatest act of property destruction committed this week, dozens of bicycles are piled on top of each other and forced onto the bed of a single truck.

On April 16th the LAPD arrests some alleged jaywalkers in front of the activists organizing space. When activists come out to observe at least eighty police in full riot gear materialize.

What is happening in Los Angeles is part an escalating and ominous trend of over the top paramilitary actions against domestic populations, in this case protesters.

Clark L. Staten of Emergency Response Institute and military theorist Martin Van Creveld refer to this use of paramilitary police forces against urban populations as "asymmetrical warfare." It's something we're going to see a lot more of. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the military industrial complex, the back bone of the U.S. Economy, is actively retooling to wage all out war on civilian populations, both foreign and domestic.

Consider these few facts:

Police are being trained by elite military teams including the Navy Seals and Delta Force.

90% of the U.S. towns with populations of 50,000 have their own SWAT teams

As the military budget is "shrinking" these same funds are being rerouted to National Guard Units. These units are not only becoming better equipped than their military counterparts, they can be used against the U.S. Population.

Weapons manufacturers including Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore Labs are researching and designing new generations of "less lethal weaponry."

These trends are examined in depth in the draft report on the World Trade Organization Ministerial put out by the National Lawyers Guild. The report is available online at

www.infosubway.org/infosubway/wto-report

or

www.nlg.org click under "protests"

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uhmm, that would be August

by . Friday, Aug. 18, 2000 at 3:23 PM

August, not April

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Assymetric Threat

by Hugh Stegman Friday, Aug. 18, 2000 at 3:25 PM

Assymetric Threat is a buzzword in the military, where they have to somehow adapt Armageddon to Armageddon Lite to fight the third world instead of Russia. It's really a nice word for Quiet Out There Sarge, Yeah, Too Quiet. While everyone sits in missile silos and waits to nuke half the known world, someone, you don't even know who, takes out New York from the back of a rented truck. They're scared shitless. There's no defense, and they know it, so it shifts to things like turning city police into storm troopers.

The drug war is another example. Nobody, not a soul, in or out of the government, thinks it's doing the least good except as PR. It's basically a chance to practice anti-terrorist and anti-submarine warfare on real adversaries. The government wants a new class of coast guard cutters that can do 60 knots. They won't get it unless there's someone to chase.



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Same old Shit

by Trot Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000 at 6:31 PM

The militarization of our police forces may be a bit of a new trend, but there is nothing new about the State targetting its own people, when the People stand up for justice and democracy. The State is far from a neutral observer in all of this; they enforce the rule of the rich and powerful. When people challenge that rule, they will be targetted by the State. This is not theory, this is history. If you doubt it, look into such incidents as the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, the first and second Red Scares, the Jackson and Kent State Massacres, the COINTELPRO activities of the sixties and seventies, the contingency plans for peace activists if Raygun decided to invade Nicaragua in the 80s, the case of Leonard Peltier, etc. The militarization of the domestic police forces may be escalating nowadays, but the role of the State remains unchanged.

Viva la resistance!

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WARNING

by irrelevant Friday, Aug. 25, 2000 at 9:46 PM

THE nazis ARE GONE

THE cccp COLLAPSED

USA NEEDS AN NEW ENEMY

WHY NOT US CIVILIANS?

PATRIOTS BEWARE..YOURE FIRST ON THE LIST..



DAMN THOSE WHO SUBMIT TO BE GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF

RICH MEN WHO HAVE MADE THEM FOR THEIR OWN SECURITY.

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true patriotism

by ace Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000 at 6:11 PM

if in fact your "list" includes

men who die for the liberation

of thier people or perhaps ideals

souh as the late THOMAS PANE

promoted,are these patriots needing

"protection?"or are your deliniations

of patriotism purely a negativity

without a real inclination to ideal

at all.........your "list"sounds

similar to anti abortionists hit lists....

so cool your jets daddy -o.........

ace

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Canada Sucks!

by Wil Monday, Sep. 04, 2000 at 9:05 PM
flap_jacket@hotmail.com 5419269613

Ok, so what's next? Martial law? Are we gonna be forced into our homes at a "decent hour"? No doubt it will be for our own protection. The Man has kept on our knees for too long! It is time to rise up against the opression and fight for what is right! "What is right?" you may ask. Freedom. Real freedom. Not the lies they feed us and tell us is freedom, but true freedom from their tyrrannical grip on our throats. We must rise up as a new generation and fight for freedom that we may have true peace. Not just a temporary cease fire. Oh yeah, and we need to stop worrying about the wars on forign soil and start worrying about the wars on our campuses. The hatred in our youth. Not just racism or sexism, but other types of deep underlying hatred. Like the boy who shoots up his school because he just can't handle the football team pissing in his locker anymore. Or the girl that kills herself because she's not pretty enough. It's almost like a reverse hatred that feeds on the "weird" kids.

The so called "cool" kids drive into our minds that if we aren't like them, we shouldn't be alive. It's the Houlocaust all over again. Only this time it's a slower battle of the mind. DON'T LET THEM WIN!!! You can over come! Have faith in yourself and (if it helps, and I know it will) put your faith in God, Jesus, Jahweh, or whatever. We can overcome. Shalom.

-Wil-

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"Cool Kids Are the Devil"????

by Sarah Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000 at 2:42 PM

Intra-campus cliques are the next Holocaust? Somehow I get

the idea that "Wil" wasn't exactly a winner in school. Know

what? Neither am I, and I (so far--better keep crossing my fingers) have not been made to feel that the "cool" kids don't want me alive because I'm different. While I acknowledge that such hate crimes are serious and tragic (I am not saying that his comments have no basis), I don't see how frat hazing or condescension from "cooler" groups is paralleled with the murders of 6,000,000 people of a race and the suffering of many more. Jocks pissing in your locker should not damage you for a lifetime--and if it does, maybe you should have been stronger in the first place. In any case, move the hell on with your life.

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Number of cyclists arrested

by ACyclist Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001 at 2:32 PM

True, it was August. Also there were in fact 71 cyclists arrested in two groups. This report singles out the property damage to the bicycles as being the worst feature ot the police riot. I disagree with this analysis - the worst feature was the arbitrary arrest, detention and strip-searching of the cyclists. Note that the strip-searching was targetted specifically to the women cyclists. The cyclists were held for two nights in Men's Central County Jail and Twin Towers. Female prisoners were denied epilepsy medication, strip-searched, sleep-deprived and kidnapped by the government for over two days. Welcome to democracy. The sad thing is that there are millions in prison that get this treatment and worse.

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U.S has wrong war plans

by jack kybird Monday, Sep. 17, 2001 at 9:39 AM
jackkybird@netscapeonline.co.uk 131 longfield house, CV6 7GU england

U.S plan to win war where they live and lose it where you live .

America is unwittingly preparing to lose the war ,by not taking account of the revolution in military affairs and the principals of asymmetrical warfare

the solutions proposed by the U.S defence science board (DoD responses to transnational threats , vol 1 final report, Washington Dc government printing office, oct 1997 p1.) violate all three basic principals. the weaknesses stem principally from the over reliance on technical solutions, not preparing for the urban battleground of the future and a failure to fully appreciate the human dimension to the problem.

The defence science board concludes that the pentagon is not prepared to meet unconventional (asymmetric) means of warfare likely to be used by terrorist groups.(Defence daily, vol 197 oct 8,1997, pp1-3)

an asymmetric response includes resorting to means such as terrorism or weapons of mass destruction such as chemical, biological or nuclear weaponry.

for example the group aurn shinrikyo released the chemical nerve agent sarin into the Tokyo subway system in 1995. this group had at the time of the attack 30,000 members (10,000 in Russia) and had 1.2 billion dollars in assets.

according to an article in the Toronto sun around 100 suitcase sized nuclear weapons have gone missing from the former soviet union and could have been purchased by terrorists (the Toronto sun , editorial nov 1 1998. Russia's lost luggage could be deadly)

The principal of the human elements of asymmetrical warfare plays a mayor role in any solution to the problem of asymmetric warfare.

for example one of the reasons the war in Vietnam was lost was the lack of effort in winning the harts and minds of the population that enabled the guerrillas to operate.

the non western world already feels alienated both economically and culturally from the U.S and European nations. a similar schism is occurring with the Islamic population within the U.S and other western countries and the rest of the population.

Currently the general western population is considered to be in denial of there responsibility for the misery of a significant proportion of the worlds population and pay only lip service concern for the good of our common environment.

if anything wins the war it will be bread, education and freedom not bombs ,as it is it seems that warfare has reached up into our towers and right down to our sewers and subways.

i leave you to draw your own conclutions of what the future holds

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Noble eagle

by jack kybird Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2001 at 5:29 PM
jackkybird@netscapeonline.co.uk 131 longfield house, CV6 7GU england

Operation noble Eagle could be the be the next form of guerrilla warfare.

They attack with terrorism. The West retaliates with conventional military might, killing a lot of innocent people.

This makes the West look very bad in the eyes of the very people they need on their side.



It is a nice trap. The West should not fall for it. They should refrain from military action and instead treat these individuals like criminals. If they fall into this trap of attacking whole peoples or countries they will be beaten before they start. A polarisation will occur and the terrorists will have plenty of new accomplices. It will become a battle between the Infidel and Islam.with every terorist group in the world supporting and fighting for islam. Very bad news for the average citizens on both sides.



The Western Military Industrial Complex is eager to profit from this, however. It could turn into a long, protracted war with the innocent civilian populations (the poor) of both sides taking all the hits. Meanwhile, the defence contractors make lots of money and the governments get absolute power. But haven't we seen this before?



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pandoras box

by jack kybird Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2001 at 8:50 PM
jackkybird@netscapeonline.co.uk 131 longfield house, CV6 7GU england

if ever a war was declared on terrorism it should never have been announced but i guess its going to be very hard to close pandoras box

all over the world America is flexing and showing off its military muscle ,that does them no good at all because there is no army to fight but there might soon will be depending noble eagle ,as civil wars break out like measels.

there canot be a terrorist group in the world that must not be in fear right now which could provoke a fight or flight respons from terrorist all over the world. problem is of course its difficult to tell whos side people are on when in the west we call some terrorist freedom fighters .

another problem is that american people sponsor terorism themselfs. for example the terorist group called the IRA receive massive funding from donations made by american people to bomb british people in england.

its ironic that the US government have fianancialy supported the very people that they have made as there first declared target to kick off the war.

it could well turn out that the war footage you see will be western civilians being sloughtered in the streets, as well as all hell that will be springing up all over the world.

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china and the taliban

by jack kybird Monday, Sep. 24, 2001 at 8:06 AM
jackkybird@netscapeonline.co.uk

Reports by U.S. News Media Do Not Square with Facts (09/15/01)

Remarks by Chinese Embassy Spokesman Zhang Yuanyuan



September 15, 2001

Recently, some newspapers in the United States published reports on the so-called ties between China and Afghanistan's Taliban, an allegation that the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman denied in a statement today.

Ever since the outbreak of civil war in Afghanistan, China has closed down its embassy in Kabul and stationed no permanent diplomatic personnel in that country. Neither the allegation that we periodically send diplomats to Kabul, nor that we help build a phone network and advise on construction of a dam in Afghanistan, nor that we have signed an agreement on economic and technical assistance with the Taliban, has any truth in it.

As a neighbor of Afghanistan, China naturally follows the developments in that country with concern. Having no selfish interest and always ready to provide good offices, all we want is a peaceful settlement at an early date. We do not interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. We have not established any form of official relations with the Taliban. The Afghan embassy of the anti-Taliban coalition is still operating normally in Beijing. China supports the United Nations in its central role of seeking a peaceful solution of the Afghan problem. China also supports all efforts that are conducive to a peaceful settlement of the problem.







Tel: (202) 328-2500 Fax: (202) 588-0032

Email: chinaembassy_us@fmprc.gov.cn



http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/index.html

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ground zero + 1 month on

by jack kybird Friday, Oct. 12, 2001 at 3:07 PM
jkybird@tinyonline.co.uk 02476667552 131 longfield house bell green road coventry cv67gu

Before ground zero I heard a sick joke about someone falling from a tower building who was heard to say as s/he passed each floor “so far so good so far so good.

The joke kind of sticks in my throat now. I don’t know if the person had a religion or not but you cant help but love someone with that kind of optimism to the bitter end.

The WTC has not screwed up all my jokes.

Heard the one about the wounded marine under fire who calls out for medic . to the reply of sorry i don’t make house calls.

Please don’t post me to tell me I’m sick. I know. Anyway breadbombs said it not me.

Poor old Osama my heart goes out to him things, can’t be going at all well . I mean droping leaflets and radios ! ok that’s propaganda but feeding the population is well out of order. Muslims have got to see pictures of starvation on tv or how is his muslim upraising going to get off the ground.

I think there is one motivation of a soldier who is there because s?he is told to be there and another of a soldier that has been ordered to be there and has a personal axe to grind because the enemy has murdered his kin (friends family ect). I think its fair to say there will be that kind of motivation on both sides.

As an armchair general of breadbomer command I am hearing that the military are having a very hard time spinning out bombing days. You can only destroy a target once. I think most independent military annalists would agree that if the military had wanted to they could have taken all the targets in under twenty hours. no worries.

It seems to me that we have a very painful boil that is going to burst whatever we do. so I suppose the critical variable is time and pressure which is under the control of President Bush. Bye the way did anybody notice the bruise above his left eyebrow.

Pure speculation on my part but my guess is that we are trying to spin out the bombing and see if there are any terrorist backlash attacks.

At the same time as vailed threats that any backlash will result in an attack on iraq ; whilst leaving open the question that we might want to do that anyway.

One of my best friends is harry he is only two and a half. He is a bright clever cheerful cheeky boy with what should be a good future in front of him. That’s why Personally I will not be happy until the power of any non nation to mount ground zero type of attacks on me and you is taken away. I don’t like saying it but for me that encludes sadam. Because sooner or later he is going to give us the plague. I don’t want to be a war monger or a breadbomb man.

But like I say it’s an unacceptable boil. by hook or by crook its just got to go.

I think there is a great opportunity that can come out of this because we Russia china and the muslim world face the same enemy of terrorism. So to my mind it gives everyone like chetchya , tamil tigers , congo , ira , palistain, tebet. The opportunity to restore some kind of peaceful balance and stability in there countries.

I think in the end analysis terrorism in the world will probably never be defeated until there is a greater equity for all human beings on this planet otherwise I say human nature will always want to fight over perceived injustices and injuries.

Wow I said a lot nearly 600 words ( my bombs) sorry if they ain’t all on target but im doing my best so far so, good so far so good.





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i politics nothing understand

by jack kybird Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001 at 8:46 AM
jkybird@tinyonline.co.uk

called i politics nothing understand which is a russian intercept email transcript of woman and man talking about the war and love . the english is not so good but understandable.

i politics nothing understand

dear john.

I nothing understend at a politic.

Why you so much think about a politic? because this plotic is about the danger to my life and my familly and friends.



I want to think about my happy. I want to be a loving and I want to love myself. I'm pity a simple peoples USA and Afganistan.

i pity too

but have more pity for me, familly and friends.

But I think only about myself, my children,my mama.

you need to start opening your eyes .you sound like person who burry there head in sand. but when trouble comes they say i knew nothing not even enough to protect familly.

for uneducated people that is forgivable for the educated there is no excuse.

i will not give up life like a lamb to the sloughter

i think for myself and i make preperation for myself .

as educated women i think you have big responsibility to talk about all this with people in your social circles . proffesionals and ordinary people.

do not say you nothing understand about politics. that is to say you nothing understand about the world you live in.

what will you say when people in ekaterinburgh die of chetchya terrorist plague. or from western nuclear bomb because west get no oil from arabs and russia will not sell.

what you say when chinese get back taiwan and korea and have a over population needing nice open countryside in russia.



in england everyday news of people losing jobs. noone wants to travel by air and everyone looking over shoulder in city when you not know if whoever you look at is terrorist.

in my city already fights between poor ignorent white english people and just as ignorant muslim people.

i do not know how many muslims in russia and neither do you

becouse you understand nothing of politics

not that you not clever enough to understand because it is impossible foryou to say you are not. your university degree and artistic tallents proove that to me.

so why you no nothing of politics?

give me explenation or do you hide like child. have courage women, open your eyes and take responsibility.

you are my lanoshka from laposhka

i know you

you get easaly upset and take offence as a matter of habit .

maybe you are self centred person . i think i am too.

maybe you are difficult character . i have

but there is one big difference between me and you and that is

you nothing of politics understand.

if you cry i hope so

if you angry i hope so

i kick your kiss for your indifference because i take personally.

you nothing of politics understand.

no when violence start

noone of politics nothing understand

but i understand

i dont want to understand but i have to do my best to try and understand. i have to do first for me and my protection health happyness and safty. my safty is importent to me. next is safty of family. me first because how i look after family if i nothing of politics understand.



right now i talk to you

you who politics nothing understand

instead i should be back spending time fighting war

so why do i talk to lena of politics nothing understand.

because lena my lanoshka from laposhka my friend and i have loyalty to friends.



our friendship not change

but soon maybe we no talk anymore and not because we no want to.

a few weeks ago i talk watercyling swans and amsterdam but that is years ago now.

the world is now on its head.

america has a week and feeble leader being proped up by the people around him.

being asked to make lots of decissions that have nothing to do with his experience in the old world.

you know how experts argue among themselves. you know how you argu. well bush like man with lots of arguing women who say they know a lot about politics but perhaps they should be honest like you and say

i know nothing of politics :)

god i love you

you lena

i know nothing about politics person.

in the end analysis what motivates me is not the inspiring speeches of presedent bush (god help us)

but for all you i know nothing about politics people

but if you should know and able to know then i think when i come back i will make you cry a little.

and if i have a very bad time i may be angry enough to kick your kiss man or women.



now i know you will be reading this letter in bits and pieces because you got angry and maybe did stupid childish thing like deleting message. or have steam comming from your ears like bull with stamping feet.

i think very funny when you do that.:)



OK i have said some hard words to you and i am sorry

its just that i am a little tired.

and i care.

i do not know why i care and i dont care why.

sorry again my i know nothing about politics lena

you are like noughty little girl with chocolate round mouth who when asked who eat the chocalate, replies :

it was not me.



love hugkiss from john

kiss

lena

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latest war news

by jack kybird Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 5:21 PM
jkybird@tinyonline.co.uk

the Latest war news 15 October

Cambridge professor declares Iraq has not developed technique of turning anthrax into powdered form.

No comment about who has. Who has it or who is sending powdered letters.

U.K T.V warning of Sahara dust landing on cars in the U.K. no comment about biological agents and wind drift.

India Pakistan break ceasefire in Talaban Kashmir flaspoint. Nuclear detonations possible.

Blair declares Palestinian state as his objective.

Northern alliance (N.A) will not fight Talaban and will unite against foreign occupiers.

Say N.A commanders and soldiers. . Possible attack on USA in due course

The Afghan embassy of the anti-Taliban coalition is still operating normally in Beijing say China .

BBC news media reporters do not support bush claims of errant bomb.

Elderly and children maimed and killed had no part in military operations

Bombs fell on village with real victims.

I know of no law enforcement agencies who are allowed to kill the neighbours of a man they want to bring to justice.

Bin Laden allias sparticus still at large.

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unreported facts

by jack kybird Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001 at 9:57 PM
jkybird@tinyonline.co.uk

. The United States stands as the only state on record which has both been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism and has vetoed a Security Council resolution calling on states to observe international law.

Who is John Negroponte., he was the local supervisor for the terrorist war based in Honduras, for which his government was condemned by the world court and then the Security Council in a vetoed resolution. And he was just appointed as the UN Ambassador to lead the war against terror.

United States coalition incorporates the leading terrorist states in the world.

You don't kill innocent civilians. Like if somebody robs my house and I think the guy who did it is probably in the neighborhood across the street, I don't go out with an assault rifle and kill everyone in that neighborhood. That's not the way you deal with crime

enduring freedom. To endure means to suffer. And a there are plenty of people around the world who have endured what the United states call freedom

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bush road to hell

by breadbombs Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001 at 10:37 PM
jkybird@tinyonline.co.uk

Led through the gates of hell on earth 29/10/01 by breadbombs

Remember what led to ground zero?

U.S.A had been kicked off the human rights commission of the United Nations

Vetoed a Security Council resolution calling all states to observe international law.

U.S.A voted no on the UN's resolution regarding terrorism

U.S.A indicted by the world court for crimes committed in Nicaragua http://www.icj-cij.org/

U.S.A said they no longer accept the validity of the jurisdiction of the international court of justice.

U.S.A considered by millions to be arrogant and self absorbed in their response to the fact that they are so intensely hated by the people of so many nations around the world.

In my opinion ground zero was a terrorist response to global environmental, economic, military and political terrorism of the U.S.A. and bin laden (if responsible and the evidence is apparently very strong or why would Mr Blair join what looks to me to be a lynch mob shooting innocent townfolk in the process of getting there man) represents just one organisation that did it because they had the power to do it and many others would do it if they could.

Remember what led to ground zero was American terrorism and disregard for international law and human rights.

The response to ground zero was more of the same disregard for international law and human rights.

How many ground zeroes before Americans recognise its is the criminal actions of their government that motivate ground zeroes. That is not to say that other governments do not commit terrorism as well as people and organisations.

Since then

. President Bush by his actions alone has created a possible world confrontation that could lead us into nuclear war and whose every action seems to be designed to increase and rally support for bin laden. And has considerably undermined the credibility of A war aim to win the hearts and minds of a billion Muslim people by Bombing red cross food warehouses and creating the conditions for millions of refugees to starve and serve to further increase support for bin laden.

Ground zero was the catalyst for a new world order that can be seen taking shape with a un resolution 1373 which in effect gives all states licence to fight terrorism for example in Chechnya, Palestine, Kashmir and western china.

In effect it’s an order not for freedom or justice but for power to take precedence over the law and justice. It signs the death warrant to all the peoples in the world that want democracy and freedom in china, Russia, anywhere and everywhere. Ultimately power rest in armies.

The new world order looks like it will be characterised by a shift of oil money from the Middle East to Russia

As yet any Chinese oil interest is not apparent to me.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/russia/story.jsp?story=100470

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My guess is that at some point in the relatively near future. Middle east oil will be sold to china instead of the USA.

Possible indications that the UK anticipates an economic depression and rising unemployment are the reclassification of cannabis and estacy because authorities know it keeps people quite.

Other plans announced today are secluded holiday camp accommodation for refugee asylum seekers presumably because they anticipate an increase in refugees from what I call hot countries like Afghanistan and security concerns about terrorist among asylum seekers already in the UK.







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hidden agenda behind war on terror

by anti terrorist Friday, Nov. 02, 2001 at 6:54 PM
jkybird@tinyonline.co.uk

HIDDEN AGENDA BEHIND WAR ON TERROR The war against terrorism is a fraud. After three weeks' bombing, not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on America has been caught or killed in Afghanistan. Instead, one of the poorest, most stricken nations has been terrorised by the most powerful - to the point where American pilots have run out of dubious "military" targets and are now destroying mud houses, a hospital, Red Cross warehouses, lorries carrying refugees. Unlike the relentless pictures from New York, we are seeing almost nothing of this. Tony Blair has yet to tell us what the violent death of children - seven in one family - has to do with Osama bin Laden. And why are cluster bombs being used? The British public should know about these bombs, which the RAF also uses. They spray hundreds of bomblets that have only one purpose; to kill and maim people. Those that do not explode lie on the ground like landmines, waiting for people to step on them. If ever a weapon was designed specifically for acts of terrorism, this is it. I have seen the victims of American cluster weapons in other countries, such as the Laotian toddler who picked one up and had her right leg and face blown off. Be assured this is now happening in Afghanistan, in your name. None of those directly involved in the September 11 atrocity was Afghani. Most were Saudis, who apparently did their planning and training in Germany and the United States. The camps which the Taliban allowed bin Laden to use were emptied weeks ago. Moreover, the Taliban itself is a creation of the Americans and the British. In the 1980s, the tribal army that produced them was funded by the CIA and trained by the SAS to fight the Russians. The hypocrisy does not stop there. When the Taliban took Kabul in 1996, Washington said nothing. Why? Because Taliban leaders were soon on their way to Houston, Texas, to be entertained by executives of the oil company, Unocal. With secret US government approval, the company offered them a generous cut of the profits of the oil and gas pumped through a pipeline that the Americans wanted to build from Soviet central Asia through Afghanistan. A US diplomat said: "The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis did." He explained that Afghanistan would become an American oil colony, there would be huge profits for the West, no democracy and the legal persecution of women. "We can live with that," he said. Although the deal fell through, it remains an urgent priority of the administration of George W. Bush, which is steeped in the oil industry. Bush's concealed agenda is to exploit the oil and gas reserves in the Caspian basin, the greatest source of untapped fossil fuel on earth and enough, according to one estimate, to meet America's voracious energy needs for a generation. Only if the pipeline runs through Afghanistan can the Americans hope to control it. So, not surprisingly, US Secretary of State Colin Powell is now referring to "moderate" Taliban, who will join an American-sponsored "loose federation" to run Afghanistan. The "war on terrorism" is a cover for this: a means of achieving American strategic aims that lie behind the flag-waving facade of great power. The Royal Marines, who will do the real dirty work, will be little more than mercenaries for Washington's imperial ambitions, not to mention the extraordinary pretensions of Blair himself. Having made Britain a target for terrorism with his bellicose "shoulder to shoulder" with Bush nonsense, he is now prepared to send troops to a battlefield where the goals are so uncertain that even the Chief of the Defence Staff says the conflict "could last 50 years". The irresponsibility of this is breathtaking; the pressure on Pakistan alone could ignite an unprecedented crisis across the Indian sub-continent. Having reported many wars, I am always struck by the absurdity of effete politicians eager to wave farewell to young soldiers, but who themselves would not say boo to a Taliban goose. In the days of gunboats, our imperial leaders covered their violence in the "morality" of their actions. Blair is no different. Like them, his selective moralising omits the most basic truth. Nothing justified the killing of innocent people in America on September 11, and nothing justifies the killing of innocent people anywhere else. By killing innocents in Afghanistan, Blair and Bush stoop to the level of the criminal outrage in New York. Once you cluster bomb, "mistakes" and "blunders" are a pretence. Murder is murder, regardless of whether you crash a plane into a building or order and collude with it from the Oval Office and Downing Street. If Blair was really opposed to all forms of terrorism, he would get Britain out of the arms trade. On the day of the twin towers attack, an "arms fair", selling weapons of terror (like cluster bombs and missiles) to assorted tyrants and human rights abusers, opened in London's Docklands with the full backing of the Blair government. Britain's biggest arms customer is the medieval Saudi regime, which beheads heretics and spawned the religious fanaticism of the Taliban. If he really wanted to demonstrate "the moral fibre of Britain", Blair would do everything in his power to lift the threat of violence in those parts of the world where there is great and justifiable grievance and anger. He would do more than make gestures; he would demand that Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestine and withdraw to its borders prior to the 1967 war, as ordered by the Security Council, of which Britain is a permanent member. He would call for an end to the genocidal blockade which the UN - in reality, America and Britain - has imposed on the suffering people of Iraq for more than a decade, causing the deaths of half a million children under the age of five. That's more deaths of infants every month than the number killed in the World Trade Center. There are signs that Washington is about to extend its current "war" to Iraq; yet unknown to most of us, almost every day RAF and American aircraft already bomb Iraq. There are no headlines. There is nothing on the TV news. This terror is the longest-running Anglo-American bombing campaign since World War Two. The Wall Street Journal reported that the US and Britain faced a "dilemma" in Iraq, because "few targets remain". "We're down to the last outhouse," said a US official. That was two years ago, and they're still bombing. The cost to the British taxpayer? £800 million so far. According to an internal UN report, covering a five-month period, 41 per cent of the casualties are civilians. In northern Iraq, I met a woman whose husband and four children were among the deaths listed in the report. He was a shepherd, who was tending his sheep with his elderly father and his children when two planes attacked them, each making a sweep. It was an open valley; there were no military targets nearby. "I want to see the pilot who did this," said the widow at the graveside of her entire family. For them, there was no service in St Paul's Cathedral with the Queen in attendance; no rock concert with Paul McCartney. The tragedy of the Iraqis, and the Palestinians, and the Afghanis is a truth that is the very opposite of their caricatures in much of the Western media. Far from being the terrorists of the world, the overwhelming majority of the Islamic peoples of the Middle East and south Asia have been its victims - victims largely of the West's exploitation of precious natural resources in or near their countries. There is no war on terrorism. If there was, the Royal Marines and the SAS would be storming the beaches of Florida, where more CIA-funded terrorists, ex-Latin American dictators and torturers, are given refuge than anywhere on earth. There is, however, a continuing war of the powerful against the powerless, with new excuses, new hidden agendas, new lies. Before another child dies violently, or quietly from starvation, before new fanatics are created in both the east and the west, it is time for the people of Britain to make their voices heard and to stop this fraudulent war - and to demand the kind of bold, imaginative non-violent initiatives that require real political courage. The other day, the parents of Greg Rodriguez, a young man who died in the World Trade Center, said this: "We read enough of the news to sense that our government is heading in the direction of violent revenge, with the prospect of sons, daughters, parents, friends in distant lands dying, suffering, and nursing further grievances against us. "It is not the way to go...not in our son's name."

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bowling for columbine

by jack kybird Monday, Dec. 08, 2003 at 3:48 PM
jack@kybird.fsnet.co.uk

Documentary called bowling for columbine by michaet moore.

It not tell me anything i not already know and have said myself for many years.

for example documentary mention list of democratically elected governments overthrown by america.

it mention the 3 billion dollars america give to bin laden for terrorist training and equipment against

russia.

it mention the millions of civilian people america kill in vietnam.

for me all this not surprise but it is surprise for most people to find out the truth about america.



As you see from 9/11 america train bin laden very very well.

america say they belief in democracy, but it is not what america exports to rest of world.

they say they belief in equal opportunity but the experience of black and native people (indians) in america very different.



On news they say that putin is expected win election but i think he is same as bush and blair who think war on terrorism can be won by force. but instead they make terrorist forces stronger and by what they do they increase hatred against them.

if i was muslim i would be terrorist as well.

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post9/11state of the global world

by jack kybird Sunday, Sep. 12, 2004 at 7:18 PM

a subjective review of the state of the global world using a plant growth analogy. If you like it please post it on.

it seems to me life are like plants growing. 10% of them receive most of the light and water (money and oil) while The rest get very little drip down effect even in rain storms and sunny days.

To my mind its a garden doomed to fail because with so many sick, impoverished and dying plants its just a matter of time before the top 10% die of diseases transmitted by holiday globe trotters.

i figure the main plants competing for the same resources are The E.U, China, India , the USA and Russia.it seems that there is a bit of a blockage in the water!oil) supply to western countries with main pipeline problems in the Georgia/chetnia region as well as with the Arab controlled pipelines.

some people view the earth as an organism of itself with us as just inessential plants able to adapt to its conditions. perhaps the earth has environmental feedback mechanisms that can get rid of any plants (some say like us) that threatens to choke the whole system.

some years ago i did an environmental study course and one section dealt with energy consumption and resources with very scary implications.

the bottom line was the earth does not have energy resources able to meet the demand of billions more people consuming energy at western population rates. Apparently president Bush wants a mainstream alternative to oil within the next ten years !

meanwhile we have the bin laden pest as well and he seems to have got a lot bigger since 9/11

for example he now has Iraq as a training and combat area to add to Afghanistan (apparently back in full scale drug production now that the tallaban have sort of disappeared. Somehow he has managed to globalise the war very well although i think there have been a lot of home goals scored (its English football analogy where team member kicks the ball into his own team goal :( no smiley)

At my local level their was a political revolution in Coventry city in the June elections with the labour council getting kicked out after donkeys years in power. All three councillors in my part of the city have been replaced by the liberal party and at a national level the labour party is now the smallest local government partly.

none talks very much about it but you get the feeling that Mr Blair (UK prime minister) is a dead man walking till the next general election.

my main 3 biggest UK gripes are as follows

Mr Straw and Blunket (top Government Ministers) talking(and doing) about taking our rights away to the right to trail by jury, secured for us by the rebellion that led to king john being forced to sign the magna Carter centuries ago. (in the name of the fight against terrorism )

sending UK/EU citizens to the USA on request and without evidence against them.(in the name of the fight against terrorism )

the latest law Mr Blair and ministers say they want to pass is a law giving the government the right to lock you up if they think you are a danger to yourself or the public.(in the name of the fight against terrorism ). In practice its a neat way of shutting outspoken people up who want to say it as they see it. or because they are eccentric /bohemian or living unusual lifestyles within a peticular cultural community. (normal in one culture is abnormal in another.

it seems to me that bin laden himself could not have orchestrated such responses to the enemy that is serving him so well because from my perspective he has succeeding in turning the mindset of people like bush/ Blair into terrorising us in the process of eliminating him.

the standard of morality has dropped a lot. bush seems to have made it acceptable to kill people if they are unlucky enough to come into contact with terrorist.

we see it everyday when Americans bomb residential areas in terrorist controlled areas like falluja .

if Americans think they have dodgy characters elected to government spare a thought for us in England.

a Guy called Mandelson has been sent by Blair to a top job in The European parliament. He is popularly known as the prince of darkness who has had to resign from ministerial jobs several times for dodgy money dealings with another labour member of parliament arrested by police who subsequently found heroin in the police van that he was kept in .Mr Robinson The MP involved said the police planted it there !

The Terrorists cover a lot of confusing ground these days one day your a liberator and freedom fighter trained and supported by the USA like Bin laden and the next a terrorist that biting the hand of the USA who natured and nurtured it against the Russians in Afghanistan.

i noted Putins announcement to take the bush example as they have adopted a first pre-emptive strike policy since the school massacre and no doubt that will add to the home goal scores.

hopefully by know Mr bush is starting to realise that getting as barbaric as bin laden and company is to bin ladens advantage especially with the current practice of shooting up the natives along with those defined as terrorists.

My U Turn Proposal to at least maintain our old standard of respect for life wherever it is. (perhaps respect for life and law was just establishment propaganda and spin to camouflage the way things really are for the majority of the worlds population )

that means Iraq type action in places like Rwanda where in 1994 800,000 yes nearly one million people were butchered using machetes and the like in 100 days. i was born in buckavu a small town across lake kivu which borders rowanda in the surrounding forrest mountains are or used to be the gorillas (animals) but from what i hear the area was desimated by refugees and survivors getting firewood. the Kivu lake itself was polluted by the sheer numbers of human bodies in it.

The people who worked in the world trade centre probably do not realise they are part of an African killing process. donkeys years ago i invited a commodity speculator to a west African country to see the effects of how they make their money on peoples everyday life. photographs don't convey the feeling of an African fisherman having to go further and further out to sea because western factory fishing boats suck up the fish like a vacuum cleaner

or the father seeing his family go hungry because commodity speculators (having stockpiled) then reduce the crop price to a level that the farmer cant feed his family on.

when you meet these money people they smile and seem very nice decent people who you would think would;d be horrified at what they are doing if only they could experience how it feels. sadly human nature does not think like that. yes a 9/11 calamity produces the same emotions of grief but that does not enlighten people to think they would not wish it on my worst enemy.

russian people are not thinking wow now we know what its like to have your children killed and it feels the same no matter what your skin pigmentation is or what part of the world your body is adapted to.

sad to say seeing the twin towers come crashing down lifted my African spirit, as i very much saw it as poetic justice in a long overdue payback time. Its the feeling people who have been brutalised get. take for example Chechnya's black widows. they are called black widows because there sons ,fathers have already been killed along with 30,000 children. to me it shows how bad things must be in a population reduced to women as the only combatants left to fight. That surly says something about how desperate their situation is (Muslim or not).

Concluding lament

it does not seem like long ago when Mr Blair used to respect and act in accordance with international law and the united nations. these days we cannot take the rights fought for by our forefathers and mothers for granted.

personally i have already started to batten down my anti calamity self sufficiency hatches (nautical analogy)

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