“OUR DIPLOMAT” March 3, 2011Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, US Politics.
Raymond Davis will prove one of the most extraordinary diplomats of all time. He seems to be a person bereft of diplomacy, and yet his president has called for the Geneva Conventions to apply to him.
Roger Anderson writing in CounterPunch describes his experience engaged in similar activities as he suspects Raymond Davies was involved. Operation Phoenix was gruesome:
In Laos the program I was attached to carried out a systematic assassination of people who were identified as not loyal to U.S. goals. It was called the Phoenix program and eliminated an estimated 60,000 people across Indochina. We did an amazing amount of damage to the civilian infrastructure of the country, and still lost the war. I saw one team of mercenaries I was training show us a bag of ears of dead civilians they had killed. This was how they verified their kills for us. The Green Berets that day were telling them to just take photos of the dead, leave the ears.
Mel Gibson made a movie about all this, called Air America. It included in the background the illegal drug operation the CIA ran to pay for their operations. Congress had not authorized funds for what we were doing. I saw the drug operation first hand too. This was all detailed in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred McCoy. I did not connect all this until the Iran-Contra hearings when Oliver North was testifying about it. Oliver North was a leader of the Laos operation I was assigned to work with.
Our country has a long history of these type programs going back to World War Two. We copied this from of warfare from the Nazis in WWII it seems. We justified it as necessary for the Cold War. One of the first operations was T.P. Ajax run by Kermit Roosevelt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953to take over their oil fields.
In that coup the CIA and the State Department under the Dulles Brothers first perfected these covert, illegal and immoral actions. Historians have suggested that Operation T.P. Ajax was the single event that set in motion the political force of Islamic fundamentalism we are still dealing with today.
Chalmers Johnson also a former CIA employee wrote a series of books too on these blowbacks that happen when the truth is held from the American public.
In February of 2010, based on the flimsiest of physical evidence and rampant anti-Muslim bias, a Pakistani woman, Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, was convicted in US Federal Court in Manhattan for ATTEMPTED “murder of an American” and sentenced to 86 years plus life in prison. The terms “kangaroo court” and “railroaded” spring easily to mind when I think about the case of Dr. Siddiqui. I wrote extensively about the case in an article called: Injustice in the Age of Obama.
The final chapter has not been written in the tale of Dr. Siddiqui and just recently a bold Senator from Pakistan has offered to come to the States to meet with everyone concerned with the Siddiqui case, as Senator John Kerry recently did in Pakistan in reference to the case of Raymond Davis.
Raymond Davis is a confirmed CIA asset who apparently was given diplomatic credentials who shot and killed two Pakistani (one in the back as he was fleeing) men in Lahore in January, claiming he was worried he was about to be robbed. A third Pakistani was struck and killed by a second CIA asset who rushed to Davis’s aid, even though, ironically, it wasn’t Davis who needed the aid—it is the people of Pakistan who needed protection from the CIA.
Not only was a “Diplomat” carrying a Berretta which killed the two Pakistanis, his car contained a loaded Glock, GPS equipment, several full magazines and a telescope. Weird cargo for a rental car—the car Davis was driving wasn’t even a consular car, which further undermines the contention that he was under some kind of Diplomatic immunity.
. . . The people of Pakistan have been up in arms against their government for years now, viewing it as a collaborator in connection to the CIA controlled drone bombings in Northern Pakistan which are responsible for killing hundreds, if not thousands of civilians, along with the sprinkling of suspected “al Qaeda.” The government of Pakistan routinely “denounces” such US attacks, but allows some of the drones to be launched from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan. Speculation has been rampant that Davis was deeply involved in this program especially since there were no drone strikes from the day of his arrest on January 27 until February 21 (after the year began with about one drone strike every five days). Mere coincidence? Weather? Hm?
. . . So, our suspicions that Davis worked for the CIA were not only true, but they were mega-true. If he has been “acting head” of the CIA in Pakistan–in 2010, 118 drone attacks were made that killed about 1000 people. The January 27th incident—that was fishy from the beginning—has the stench of black ops all over it. There is also speculation that Davis worked to recruit native-born CIA assets to stir up trouble to justify the drone bombing program and the continuing US War on Terror—there must be Terror to keep the War going, after all.
The people of Pakistan are also rightly inflamed about the brutal treatment of Dr. Siddiqui and the profound dearth of justice that followed from her arrest for “attempted murder of Americans” (not one person was even scratched in the room that Dr. Siddiqui supposedly sprayed with M-16 gunfire) to the foregone verdict of guilty at her “trial.”
Davis apparently has some connection with the drone attacks. It is hard to believe that the Pakistanis, or at least the ISI do not know who they have in custody, even if he is not a registered diplomat. The matter could have been settled quietly, except it seems the police in Lahore are local police and therefore hold people who appear to be involved in murders. And Wikileaks had nothing to do with the revelations.
Ahmed Quraishi writes in International:
The Pakistani and American military leaderships met at a resort in Oman last week, which is a couple of hours by plane from Karachi. Credible sources in Islamabad confirm that US military commanders who met General Kayani tried to push him to come down hard on ISI and portray the Davis terror scandal as an ISI attempt to harm Pak-US ties. Some of the American commanders tried to portray the public outrage in Pakistan over Davis and other CIA assets in the country as ISI-engineered. Others are trying to allege that this outrage is limited to religious parties. All of this indicates a dangerous American disregard for Pakistani opinion.
It is also hilarious. If the American assessment is correct, the Pakistani popular outrage is all ISI’s fault. CIA’s advocates have the audacity to accuse ISI of exploiting the media. Someone should draw our American friends’ attention to five years of intense anti-Pakistan campaign in the US media, meant to destabilise Pakistan in every possible way.
A second mischaracterisation the Americans are peddling now is that Mr Davis was simply monitoring dangerous groups. The initial debriefings of the American prove he was not just a spy but a military intelligence operative whose assignment included mounting operations and not just collecting information. His contacts with anti-Pakistan terrorists strengthen earlier information about CIA elements helping terrorists targeting Chinese engineers and Pakistani interests in Balochistan. Information and piles of circumstantial evidence also show CIA elements abetting a range of anti-Pakistan insurgencies across western Pakistan, all of which emerged after our American friends firmly landed in Afghanistan in 2002.
CIA needs to be held accountable for all this. It must explain why its hired gun was in contact with the same terrorists who recently killed two retired ISI officers and who have mounted spectacular attacks in Lahore and Peshawar killing a maximum number of ordinary Pakistanis.
A third issue is the role of President Zardari, his interior minister and his Washington envoy in facilitating the entry of hundreds of US operatives into Pakistan over the past months. It is clear that the US government and CIA rely on proxies to further its agenda in Pakistan. This must come to an end. The personal interests of individuals in the Pakistani government must never trump national interest. The Oman meeting indicates the goal now is to sweep all these urgent issues under the carpet in the name of saving Pak-US relationship.
And The Daily Times reports:
A US television has claimed that the Pakistan government has asked US administration to hand over Dr Aafia Siddiqui in exchange for Raymond Davis, a private TV channel reported on Tuesday. According to the television’s report, the Pakistan government has asked the Obama administration that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor and double murder accused, Raymond Davis, could be released if Pakistani scientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui, detained in the US, is set free. But Washington has turned down Islamabad’s demand, the report adds. “The report quotes a US official as saying that the Pakistan government has, in its demand, asserted that it wanted Dr Siddiqui to complete her remaining sentence in the country,” the channel added. daily times monitor
And so Raymond Davis remains in prison. What happens if he is offered a plea bargain, and says more than he should on the basis that he has been abandoned? Of course, for those other than the people of Pakistan, this is just another news sensation that will pass as the new events arrive tomorrow.
Dave Lindorff at Common Dreams fills in the story and notes there are other involved.As for the suggestion what would the reaction be if such events happened in the Homeland, that is simply inconceivable.
Lawlessness reigns, except when it come to the occasion to kill, rather than torture, Bradley Manning. Torture has it legal definition, as does the enemy, so that the Christian (and Muslim) injunction takes on specific meaning.