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How Governments and their Intelligence Agencies are Working with Drug Dealers and Terrorists for Mutual Benefit and Profit
By Daniel Estulin
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That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain ... William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1 Scene V
Into the Wilderness of Mirrors
By chance the final touches to this book were made during the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989. It didn't actually fall, rather the East German authorities announced on November 9 that access to West Berlin was open, and jubilant Berliners simply disassembled most of it over the next days and weeks. Since then it has become emblematic of the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the "post-history," "unipolar" world touted by American neoconservatives. The benefits from removing the expense of the arms race and from the spread of Western capitalism and finance – the "peace dividend" – would lead inevitably to a new golden age, a New American Century. It wasn't meant to be.
Beyond the significant specifics, the fundamental message of this book is that on the world stage, things are rarely as they seem. Leaders meet at G-20 meetings, national legislation is enacted, UN resolutions are passed, NATO forces are dispatched, and only rarely do the real reasons for these actions even approximate their justifying rhetoric. Such is the reach of the Shadow Masters.
At the time I watched the party in Berlin – for that is surely what went on – with as much pleasure as anyone who had experienced Communist rule firsthand. But my meeting with Vladimir was years ahead, and I took the events at face value: as a vindication for Ronaid Reagan's carrot-and-stick approach to better relations with the USSR. It would not be long before the USSR was no more, and Muscovites would be partying like the Berliners, albeit on a tighter budget. It seemed as if the wildly popular Boris Yeltsin would be leading a no-longer-belligerent Russia into a new age of free enterprise and progress. It wasn't meant to be.
Instead, Yeltsin presided over years of decline and economic disaster, all the while himself clearly declining into a world of alcohol and illness. When he abruptly left office, naming the ex-KGB officer Vladimir Putin as his successor, Yeltsin was the most hated man in Russia. Yeltsin, who had sold off state assets at bargain prices to oligarchs and foreign interests, was seen clearly as the West's stooge, and US-Russian relations have cooled considerably since.
The answer to "what went wrong?" depends on who is asked. The Shadow Masters' answer is another question: "What's not to like?" Their world of deception thrives on conflict, both real and imagined. They consistently play both ends against the middle, and vice versa.
They relish a war in Afghanistan precisely because it can be sold to the publics among the "coalition of the willing" as the defense of Western civilization against the forces of Islamo-Fascism, whatever that may be. In fact it appears to be an occupation to protect and control the most lucrative drug trade in the world while stationing powerful military forces on the high ground between America's potential rivals Russia and China. It has the added "benefit" of further destabilizing the Indian subcontinent while appearing to threaten Iran. As I said, what's not to like?
Few Americans took much notice of the June 2001 formation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a mutual security concord including Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, and Tajikistan. The Shadow Masters noticed. The invasion of Afghanistan took place in less than six months. A glance at any globe will show the immense swath of Eurasia that these six states comprise. In an effort to gain greater influence, the SCO has granted observer status to Mongolia, India, Pakistan, and Iran, which applied for full membership in March 2008. These ten nations together comprise over 25 percent of the world's land-mass and over 45 percent of its population. Among other activities, which have included military exercises, the SCO has stated its intent to curtail the drug trade. Western dominance of Afghanistan is viewed as essential in limiting the power of the SCO.
However, the current global financial crisis, though largely engineered, does provide an opportunity for more and more people to see through the veil of deception. This is particularly true outside the US, a phenomenon discussed by F. William Engdahl by way of an ancient Chinese concept:
The problem for the US power elites around Wall Street and in Washington is the fact that they are now in the deepest financial crisis in their history. That crisis is clear to the entire world and the world is acting on a basis of self-survival. The US elites have lost what in Chinese imperial history is known as the Mandate of Heaven. That mandate is given a ruler or ruling elite provided they rule their people justly and fairly. When they rule tyrannically and as despots, oppressing and abusing their people, they lose that Mandate of Heaven.
If the powerful private wealthy elites that have controlled essential US financial and foreign policy for most of the past century or more ever had a "mandate of Heaven" they clearly have lost it. The domestic developments towards creation of an abusive police state with deprivation of Constitutional rights to its citizens, the arbitrary exercise of power by non elected officials such as Treasury Secretaries Henry Paulson and now Tim Geithner, stealing trillion dollar sums from taxpayers without their consent in order to bailout the bankrupt biggest Wall Street banks, banks deemed "Too Big To Fail," this all demonstrates to the world they have lost the mandate.
In this situation, the US power elites are increasingly desperate to maintain their control of a global parasitical empire, called deceptively by their media machine, "globalization." To hold that dominance it is essential that they be able to break up any emerging cooperation in the economic, energy or military realm between the two major powers of Eurasia that conceivably could pose a challenge to future US sole Superpower control – China in combination with Russia.
The world has discovered that risk has been globalized far more than either democracy or prosperity. The US bubbles in housing, banking and insurance have led to economic ruin even among America's traditional friends like Ireland and Iceland. Their publics have been awakened by another type of "shock-therapy," applied by the same culprits who used that as a justification for the "reforms" necessary to devastate the Russian economy.
But again, none of this seemed likely, or even possible, when the Berlin Wall was crumbling. It had been not yet thirty months since President Reagan had issued his famous injunction during a speech in Berlin: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall!" The irony was lost on me at the time, but if I had known in the wake of the Cold War's end what I do now about spycraft, I would have noticed a significant portent. November 9 marks the anniversary of a number of other important watersheds in German history, to the extent that it is called Schicksalstag, "Fate's Day": The 1848 Vienna arrest and execution of German liberal parliamentary leader Robert Blum, seen as symbolic of the failure of the Revolutions of that year in the German states. The 1919 abdication of the Kaisar and the declaration of both the Weimar Republic and a "Free Socialist Republic" in Berlin. The 1923 Munich Beer Hall Putsch, which failed but marked the beginning of the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazis. The 1937 Krystallnacht rampage against the Jews, leaving well over one thousand dead and marking the onset of the full-blown Holocaust, which (ironically) helped lead to the creation of the modern state of Israel.
I also noted recently the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. The ongoing "hostage crisis" did more than anything to discredit the Democratic Carter administration and usher in the Reagan era, with its attendant Rea-ganomics, Iran-Contra, etc. Nearing the presidential election of 1980, rumors began to swirl of an "October Surprise." The Carter administration was negotiating for the release of the hostages before the election, with the very reasonable expectation that this would ensure the president's reelection. It wasn't meant to be, and Reagan was elected in a landslide on November 4, 1980, the first anniversary of the onset of the crisis. The hostages were released six minutes after Ronald Reagan was sworn in.
The timing naturally raised a lot of eyebrows, and rumors now began to swirl of secret meetings with Iranian officials prior to the election by Reagan operatives, most notably spymaster William Casey, Reagan's campaign chief and his future Director of Central Intelligence, and an ex-head of the CIA, then-VP candidate George H.W. Bush. Charges and denials flared at various times via books and articles during the decade of the '80s and beyond. In the wake of persistent Iran-Contra revelations that had for years been vigorously denied by administration officials, a US House task force had been established to investigate the October Surprise story. By late 1992, with a new Democratic administration on the horizon, it was evidently time for the outgoing leadership to be exonerated, and the task force's report was released on January 13, 1993, one week prior to Bill Clinton's inauguration.
Republicans then lauded it as complete vindication, especially after the task force's Democratic co-chairman, Lee Hamilton (yes, the same Lee Hamilton of 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group fame), provided the New York Times with an op-ed piece titled "Case Closed," in which he recited the various "solid alibis" of the alleged evildoers. The powers-that-be were eager to apply the whitewash, lest the Reagan/Bush victory in 1980 be seen more as a coup d'etat than an electoral triumph. It is now apparent that Hamilton knew better, and that the report wasn't worth the paper it was written on. But the disinformation campaign nonetheless succeeded, and subsequent revelations have never pierced the veil of the mainstream media.
It turns out that Hamilton was withholding key information from the public. In the course of its investigation, the task force had in October requested the Russian government to supply any information it might have on the affair. The thaw in US/Soviet relations now produced some inconvenient results. The Soviet reply was received on January 11, just two days before the reports already at the printer's were scheduled for dissemination.
Based upon its extensive intelligence gathering, the Soviet report declared unequivocally that both William Casey and G.H.W. Bush had met secretly with representatives of Ayatollah Khomeini before the presidential election to urge delaying the release of the hostages. It named specific individuals and provided the specific locations in Paris and Madrid and dates. Also present, according to the Soviet report, was Robert M. Gates. (Yes, that Robert Gates, who would become Director of Central Intelligence under George H.W. Bush and Secretary of Defense under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.) None of this information was made public, and the report was quietly buried among the task force documents. To this day, the Russian report remains "classified," and its contents have never been officially released.
It was discovered in 1994 among the stored raw documents of the task force by a Washington journalist, Robert Parry, who had broken a number of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His 2004 book Secrecy and Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq discusses the matter in detail. A succinct account, including a discussion of the flimsy alibis, missing passports, etc. that provided the "rock solid" evidence of the principals' innocence for the task force, is given by Parry in a recent Internet article, "The Crazy October Surprise Debunking," for ConsortiumNews.
I am not suggesting that the Soviet report should be taken at face value; that would be naïve in the extreme. The point is that the information should have been investigated, not suppressed. And the fact that it was suppressed, and for the most part exists "below the radar" of public awareness, illustrates the very important fact that warfare in today's world is primarily information warfare. Control of the very terms in which discussions are framed, and more so, even the "facts" which underpin the discussions, yields control of the outcomes of those discussions. The ritual drama of democratic process proceeds, while John and Jane Q. Public haven't a clue.
This phenomenon is discussed in depth in another highly-recommended recent Internet article, "Beliefs: The Power Behind Unending War" by Jeff Gates for Veterans Today. Consider the following excerpts:
In unconventional warfare, manipulated beliefs are used to displace inconvenient facts. When waging war by way of deception, false beliefs are an oft-deployed weapon. Recall Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Iraqi ties to al-Qaeda? Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories?
Iraqi meetings in Prague with al-Qaeda? Iraqi purchases of yellowcake uranium from Niger? All these claims were reported as true. All were later proven false or, worse, fabricated. Yet all were widely believed. Only the yellowcake uranium was conceded as bogus before the invasion of Iraq. As the US crafted its response to the provocation of a mass murder on US soil, those widely shared beliefs shaped a consensus to wage war on a nation that had no hand in it....
First and foremost are the consensus shapers and thought manipulators who target perceptions and opinions until a critical mass of agreement is reached. Then comes war. Those skilled at such duplicity induced coalition troops to war in Iraq. Knowledge was their target. Manipulate thought and all else was downstream.
Unconventional warfare is waged "upstream" with the assistance of those with the means, motive and opportunity to massage consensus opinion. Where are modern-day battles fought? Not on the ground nor in the air nor on the seas.
The mindset is the primary theater of operations. The first battlefield is the public's shared field of consciousness. The death and destruction come later.
Deceit is not new to warfare. What's new is the reach of the technologies–including modern media technologies–that now enable deception on a global scale
Jeff Gates outlines how American neoconservatives manipulated public opinion toward war through such organs as the Council on Foreign Relations' journal Foreign Affairs, where "The Clash of Civilizations" theme first appeared in an article in 1993. By the time it appeared in book form in 1996, Gates maintains, over one hundred non-government organizations (NGOs) were on board to promote it.
But again, Gates' more general point is the one to keep in mind.
When waging [information] field-based warfare, timing is everything. That's particularly the case when, as here, a belief-manipulating adversary is faced with the greatest danger of its six-decade life: facts that conflict with the narrative required to sustain The Clash storyline....
With consensus beliefs the upstream target, democracy becomes the downstream casualty. When manipulated beliefs displace facts, the rule of law degenerates into a faith-based parody of self-governance. To protect the informed consent essential to freedom requires that those waging war on the public's shared mindset become transparent so that those complicit can be made apparent.
As I said, in the world of geopolitics, things are rarely as they seem. This will become more apparent as the narrative proceeds.
Who Killed Litvinenko?
On November 1, 2006, London became the site of the world's first nuclear terrorist poisoning. The former KGB agent, Alexander Litvinenko, a major conspiracy theorist, was poisoned with radioactive polonium. He had launched a barrage of damning accusations at the KGB's successor, the Russian Federal Security Bureau: It had masterminded 9-11 ... was an accomplice in the Danish cartoons mocking Muhammad ... was directly implicated in a series of Moscow apartment block bombings in 1999 that killed more than 300 people ... and the 7/7 London train bombings of 2005 ... and the 1999 shooting in the Armenian parliament ... and so on and so forth. The former-Soviet/Russian intelligence service, by Litvinenko's account, was the guiding force behind most world troublemakers, especially Carlos the Jackal, Yassar Arafat, and Ayman al-Zawahiri. On his deathbed, Litvinenko pointed his accusatory finger squarely at Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian intelligence network.
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