We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Our Man in Pakistan

by Stephen Lendman Friday, Mar. 04, 2011 at 1:50 AM


Our Man in Pakistan - by Stephen Lendman

Raymond A. Davis, CIA agent, is one of many working covertly with assets infesting virtually all countries worldwide, especially ones vital to America's imperial agenda.

On February 21, New York Times writers Mark Mazzetti, Ashley Parket, Jane Perlez and Eric Schmitt headlined, "American Held in Pakistan Worked with CIA."

Correction - worked for the CIA, conducting intelligence covertly, spying on Pakistan for Washington, The Times saying:

On January 27, he was arrested and detained for shooting two men at a crowded Lahore traffic stop. Washington called it a botched robbery attempt. Pakistan charged him with murder and possession of a concealed, unlicensed gun. Davis said he acted in self-defense. Pakistani authorities knew otherwise when they learned he shot the men 10 times in the back, fled the scene, and was carrying a telescope, a GPS set, bolt cutters, a survival kit, and a long-range radio.

Moreover his gun was a powerful Glock semi-automatic pistol, able to fire 17 - 33 rounds, depending on what magazine is used. It's a weapon professionals prefer, Glock World saying, it's "designed to operate without compromise in extreme conditions."

Pakistani authorities discredited his botched robbery story. Other accounts say the dead men were ISI agents monitoring Davis.

Claiming diplomatic immunity, US officials demand him released. Pakistan wants him tried for murder or exchanged for Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national bogusly incarcerated as a political prisoner.

On February 22, Times writer Charlie Savage headlined, "Pakistan Case Tests Laws on Diplomatic Immunity," asking:

"Can Pakistani officials lawfully prosecute him for murder?" Of course they can if Pakistan's law allows. Protesters, in fact, want him hanged. They're furious about CIA drone strikes, murdering Pakistanis with impunity, mostly civilians called terrorists, what's also ongoing in Afghanistan.

Without revealing his cover, Obama cited the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations saying, "If our diplomats are in another country, then they are not subject to that country's local prosecution." Davis, of course, is no diplomat. He's a spy working covertly against Pakistan, now charged with murder, a crime demanding prosecution.

At first, State Department officials called him a "consultant." Later they said he was posted to America's Islamabad Embassy, claiming he conducted surveillance of militant groups in Pakistan. False! He was covertly spying on Pakistan and much more.

All countries have laws against espionage; that is, covertly obtaining secret information without authorization, especially related to national defense or security. America's 18 U.S.C. § 793 : US Code - Section 793: Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information is relevant, accessed through the following link:


Covering a detailed list of offenses, it says anyone found guilty under this title shall be fined and/or imprisoned for up to 10 years. Legal counsel for a foreign spy claiming diplomatic immunity would be laughed out of court, his or her client convicted if serious enough security breaches warranted. In 1987, Jonathan Pollard, a former civilian intelligence analyst, got life in prison for spying for Israel. Even the powerful Israeli Lobby couldn't save him. Imagine the fate of a Pakistani spy caught doing something similar.

Initially, The Times was complicit in coverup. On January 27, writer Jane Perlez headlined, "US Official Shoots Two Pakistanis to Death," saying:

Davis "was posted to the United States Consulate in Lahore," US officials "sa(ying he) was an employee, but did not specify his position." At the time, Perlez and other Times writers knew his identity but concealed it. In her February 21 article, she said:

"The New York Times had agreed to temporarily withhold information about Mr. Davis' (CIA) ties...at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that disclosure" would endanger his life. When forced to go public, she quoted CIA spokesman George Little saying:

"Our security personnel (read spies) around the world act in a support role providing security for American officials. They do not conduct foreign intelligence collection or covert operations."

A pathetic response by an agency caught red-handed, exposed lying multiple ways. The Times also misreported, saying "the United States is not at war in Pakistan, the American military is largely restricted from operating in the country. So the (CIA) has taken on an expanded role, operating drones" to conduct attacks.

In fact, US military forces and private contractors like Xe Services (formerly Blackwater USA) operate freely in Pakistan, conducting air and ground attacks, largely in North and South Waziristan. CIA agents infest the country, operating covertly. Davis' diplomatic passport describes him as "administrative and technical staff." His visa calls him a 'regional affairs officer," a common CIA cover well known to Pakistani authorities.

On February 20, London's Guardian broke the news, writer Declan Walsh headlining, "Pakistan defiant in face of US pressure to free CIA agent," saying:

Davis called himself a "consultant" at America's Lehore Consulate. "But the Guardian revealed (he's) a CIA agent, citing interviews in the US and Pakistan. A number of US media outlets are also aware of his status but" conspired with Washington to conceal it. Moreover, he's a former US Special Forces soldier and Xe Services mercenary, a hired gun, a trained killer.

Despite pressure from Hillary Clinton, Pakistan's Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani told parliament:

"We are firmly resolved to adopt a course that accords with the dictates of justice and the rule of law....My government will not compromise on Pakistan's sovereignty and dignity."

At least not until pressure gets too great or a proposed deal more than compensates for releasing a killer.

On March 2, Pakistan's Daily Times said:

An unnamed "US television (report) has claimed that the Pakistan government has asked (the) US administration to hand over Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Raymond Davis, a private TV channel reported on Tuesday. According to the....report, the Pakistan government has asked the Obama administration that the (CIA agent) and (accused) double murder(er), Raymond Davis, could be released" if Siddiqui is freed. "But Washington has turned down Islamabad's (offer). The report quotes a US official as saying (Pakistan wants Siddiqui) to complete her remaining sentence in the country."

Pakistanis want her freed, knowing she's innocent of all charges and was spuriously convicted. She one of thousands of political prisoners, languishing unjustly in US prisons, at home and abroad.

Washington officials are so certain they can pressure Pakistan to release Davis that they won't agree to exchange Siddiqui for him. Imperial arrogance knows no bounds. America demands and expects obedience.

A Final Comment

On March 1, Dave Lindorff's article headlined, "Davis Arrest Throws US Undercover in Pakistan into Disarray," saying:

Fallout from his case "is apparently leading to a rollback of America's espionage and Special Operations activities in Pakistan." Its Interior Department "is reportedly conducting a careful review of the hundreds of private contractors" who infest the country on diplomatic passports, providing false covers.

Hundreds claiming diplomatic immunity are suspected of spying covertly. Lindorff earlier cited Pakistani and Indian news organizations saying intelligence sources explained that Davis' role included "orchestrating terrorist activity by both the Pakistani Taliban and the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi," linked to the killings of Benezir Bhutto and Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Moreover, strained US-Pakistan relations pertain to Washington operating independently on its own, including with Pakistan's Taliban, now complicated by Davis' "brazen slaughter of the two Pakistanis, who reportedly were tailing him because of concerns about the nature of his activities...."

He's now is prison awaiting trial unless pressure or a deal gets him released. So far, Washington refuses one for Siddiqui. Pakistan wants her in exchange. Both sides are firm. Whether one blinks remains to be seen.

Meanwhile Aafia languishes isolated at FMC Carswell, a federal prison some call "CarsHELL." Her nightmarish ordeal continues, following her March 30, 2003 abduction, imprisonment, torture and witch-hunt prosecution, resulting in an 86-year sentence, despite no evidence whatever of guilt. In contrast, Davis is a covert spy, caught red-handed committing two cold-blooded murders. If he's freed but not Aafia, justice is more than ever blind. It's already corrupted.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments

Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News



Paraphysique de proxémie guerrière J18 7:59AM


FARCELONA 8.17.2017 J17 3:23PM



PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt J16 9:04PM

Réseautage, fragmentation du capital J16 4:20PM

Paraphysique de manipulation mentale et sociale J15 9:51AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

Markets as a Fetish, Globalization, and Dissent Management J14 1:03PM

State Debts - The Primal German Fear J13 5:09PM

Sans liberté, sans égalité, sans fraternité J13 8:09AM

From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump - and Beyond J12 9:22PM

Copper Cures Cancer J11 1:42PM

Steven Taylor, Investor who Evicts J11 9:24AM

Du sectarisme, des sectes, des clans J11 8:10AM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen J10 6:34PM

Patrick Kilpatrick discusses and signs Dying for Living J09 11:51PM

SexActs vs Sexuality USA 2018 Invitations to Power Marriages without Affection J09 8:36PM

Changer de mentalité, changer de société J09 9:17AM

Teacher Strike? Time for Labor Studies J09 6:26AM

December 2018 Honduras Coup Update J08 10:12PM

Paraphysique de la désespérance J07 9:38AM

The Unification Church with Rev Moon is in La and Orange Counnties J07 9:07AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy