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Phillip's Note: Jeremy Scahill is a brilliant investigative journalist, and author of; "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army;" (which I've read.) This story will chill to the bone anyone who is old enough to have witnessed the secret war within the larger Vietnam War. If there is anything that should cause Americans to contact, (and hopefully protest,) the actions of our military in Afghanistan and Pakistan - this is it.


The following story on The Nation web site was featured this morning on the program; "Democracy Now" on KPFA 94.1FM:


Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan:



Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan:


By Jeremy Scahill


November 23, 2009


At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, "snatch and grabs" of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.


The source, who has worked on covert US military programs for years, including in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has direct knowledge of Blackwater's involvement. He spoke to The Nation on condition of anonymity because the program is classified. The source said that the program is so "compartmentalized" that senior figures within the Obama administration and the US military chain of command may not be aware of its existence.


The White House did not return calls or email messages seeking comment for this story. Capt. John Kirby, the spokesperson for Adm. Michael Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told The Nation, "We do not discuss current operations one way or the other, regardless of their nature." A defense official, on background, specifically denied that Blackwater performs work on drone strikes or intelligence for JSOC in Pakistan. "We don't have any contracts to do that work for us. We don't contract that kind of work out, period," the official said. "There has not been, and is not now, contracts between JSOC and that organization for these types of services."


The previously unreported program, the military intelligence source said, is distinct from the CIA assassination program that the agency's director, Leon Panetta, announced he had canceled in June 2009. "This is a parallel operation to the CIA," said the source. "They are two separate beasts." The program puts Blackwater at the epicenter of a US military operation within the borders of a nation against which the United States has not declared war--knowledge that could further strain the already tense relations between the United States and Pakistan. In 2006, the United States and Pakistan struck a deal that authorized JSOC to enter Pakistan to hunt Osama bin Laden with the understanding that Pakistan would deny it had given permission. Officially, the United States is not supposed to have any active military operations in the country.


Blackwater, which recently changed its name to Xe Services and US Training Center, denies the company is operating in Pakistan. "Xe Services has only one employee in Pakistan performing construction oversight for the U.S. Government," Blackwater spokesperson Mark Corallo said in a statement to The Nation, adding that the company has "no other operations of any kind in Pakistan..."


News Article Continues at The Nation Web Site.

...here is good advice for whenever you are busted in a bad situation by a cop:

Hello and Welcome to the Group!

First Post!

So lets get right to it with my fucked up cop story...

This happened last year around August. I was standing outside of my house waiting for my Mom. I normally walk my Mom to the buss station on the way to her work. It helps her get by the grueling day.

So she comes out after a few minutes, we cross the street...

BAM!



Four. Count 'em. FOUR SQUAD CARS APPEAR OUT OF FUCKING NO WHERE!

They jump out with their hands on the holsters of their guns and they come to ask me questions.

Apparently someone called in saying I was a suspicious individual and possible terrorist threat.

....

WHAT THE FUCK!?!

I have been living in my town for 8 years now! Everyone knows me, the POLICE have my records. WHAT. THE. FUUUUUCCCCKK!?!

So the fucks are asking for my info (not like they could not bring it up on the computer) so nobody calls in the report again. I am fucking around with them since they apparently came out at me like I was Jeffry fucking Dalmer.

Here is the best argument that came out of this:


Fucker Cop 1: What is your name Sir.

Me: I am not saying until my Mom is done talking to that cop.

Fucker Cop 1: How old are you kid?

Me: 19

Fucker Cop 1: Well you do not need permission from your Momma anymore you are an adult now.

Me: Yea. That is why...as an adult...I am making the choice to not speak to you about that until my Mom is done talking to that cop.

Fucker Cops: ....


Apparently a simple thing like that confuses Pig Logic.

So after much talking and paper work, thing were done. The cops promised they will not bust me for no reason again, my Mom missed her buss and I am pissed off 'till the cows come home.

Joy.

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