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اتوار, اگست 29, 2010

CIA's Red Cell ‘exporter of terrorism’

Latest exposé by Wikileaks comprising a classified three-page classified paper produced in February by the CIA's Red Cell, a think tank set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by then-CIA Director George J. Tenet to provide "out-of-the-box" analyses on "a full range of analytic issues" discloses that the US has long been an exporter of terrorism. The secret CIA analysis is so explosive that it could damage relations between the US and its so called allies in the Global War against Terror. Titled "What If Foreigners See the United States as an 'Incubator and Exporter of Terrorism'?", the analysis could spoil relations with foreign allies and diminish their willingness to cooperate in "extrajudicial" activities, such as the rendition and interrogation of terrorism suspects. The report cautions that this may lead to formal inquiries concerning US citizens by foreign intelligence agencies who may "even request the rendition of US citizens." Renditions involve the transfer of suspected terrorists from one state to another where torture is used to extract information. The report warns that US failure to cooperate with these requests, "might lead some governments to consider secretly extracting US citizens suspected of foreign terrorism from US soil."In the case of Pakistan, the paper cites Pakistani American David Headley, among others, to make its case that America is a terrorism exporter. This year Headley, who was an US agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency, pleaded guilty to conducting surveillance in support of the 2008 Lashkar-i-Taiba attacks in Mumbai, which killed more than 160 people. The Wikileaks exposé reveals that the US was aware that Pakistan was not involved in the Mumbai attack, yet it supported the Indian version, although it nearly brought the two erstwhile hostile neighbours to the brink of war and has been used as a plea for India to derail the peace talks with Pakistan. The Indians got emboldened by the US instance of covering its own tracks and involvement in the carnage and the role of CIA and tried to pressurize Pakistan.An extremely explosive revelation is the existence of the US operated “Schools of Americas” in Georgia. The school offers training in counterinsurgency, interrogation, and anti terror tactics and strategies. Thousands of Latin American military personnel have trained there over the years. Graduates include some of the worst dictators in that region including those behind the deadly Operation Condor in the 1980s. Some of the worst atrocities in the region were committed by school graduates. The school's level of responsibility for the behavior of its graduate can't be quantified in precise terms. However, for some graduates, the training failed to instill a respect for humanity and taught tactics that were employed against the citizens that the military leaders were to protect. The US has held the leadership position in NATO since its inception in 1949. In 1990, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Operation Gladio and US involvement (European Parliament resolution on Gladio, Nov. 22, 1990, Clause G. 2). This involved paramilitary groups in NATO member nations and France. The groups were created by US and British intelligence after World War II. The original goal was to provide resistance in case of a takeover by the Soviet Union. Long after that was a viable concern, the groups continued by staging false-flag terror attacks against their own citizens. The incidents, which killed thousands, were committed by the Gladio groups and falsely attributed to Communists and Soviet sympathizers. These are just two examples of the unrestrained and counterproductive use of power exported by successive US administrations. It's no accident that this information is kept from the world as well as US citizens. It brings to the fore that the CIA is oblivious to loss of human lives and explains the US callousness in the drone attacks in Pakistan and elsewhere in the region. The Daily Mail opines that that the Wikileaks provide food for thought for Pakistan to rethink its level of cooperation with US in the prevailing war against terror. Since Pakistan is itself now a major victim of the terror attacks, it cannot pack up the antiterror operations, but must execute them according to its own requirement and not US diktats.

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