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Author Douglas Valentine discusses how the Phoenix Program set the stage for the War on Terror. By: Douglas Valentine The CIA’s Phoenix program changed how America fights its wars and how the public views this new type of political and psychological warfare, in which civilian casualties are an explicit objective. The CIA created Phoenix in Saigon in 1967 to identify the civilian leaders and supporters of the National Liberation Front; and to detain, torture, and kill them using every means possible, from B-52 raids and “Cordon and Search” operations, to computerized blacklists, secret torture centers, and death squads. Originally called ICEX-SIDE (Intelligence Coordination and Exploitation – Screening, Interrogation and Detention of the Enemy), the program was renamed Phoenix for symbolic purposes. In time, the mere mention of Phoenix, the omnipotent bird of prey with a blacklist in one claw and a snake in the other, was enough to terrorize people into submission. Practically speaking, Phoenix is a highly bureaucratized system for dispensing with people who cannot be ideologically assimilated. Implemented over the objections of South Vietnamese officials, the CIA found a legal basis for the Phoenix program in “emergency decrees” and “administrative detention” laws that enabled American “advisers” to detain, torture, and kill South Vietnamese “national security offenders” without due process. Within this extra-judicial legal system, with its Stalinist tribunals, a “national security offender” was construed as anyone who didn’t support the government. To be neutral or advocate for peace was viewed as supporting terrorism. Proof wasn’t required, just the word of an anonymous informer. Legendary CIA officer Lucien Conein described Phoenix as a very good blackmail scheme for the central government: “If you don’t do what I want, you’re VC.” Modeled on the Ford Motor Company’s “command post” structure, Phoenix concentrated power in a chief executive officer and an operating committee at the top of the organizational chart. Supported by a computerized statistical reporting unit, management assigned “neutralization” quotas and other goals to participating agencies. But Phoenix was a CIA program, and deniability was one of its main objectives: Thus, stated policy (protecting the people from terrorism) was contradicted by the operational reality (terrorizing the public into submission). Mismanaged by design, only the bottom line mattered, and corruption and abuses proliferated. American military commanders resisted the unconventional Phoenix strategy of targeting civilians with Einsatzgruppen “special forces” and Gestapo-style secret police. Many resented the fact that young military officers were involuntarily assigned to the program. “People in uniform who are pledged to abide by the Geneva Conventions,” General Bruce Palmer said, “should not be put in the position of having to break those laws of warfare.” Unfortunately, the current “stab-in-the-back” generation of senior American military officers, government officials, and reporters was forged on the anvil of defeat in Vietnam. This generation, which staffs America’s top “operating committees” in the public and private sectors, carries the burden of restoring America’s reputation for invincibility. This ruling class knows that its enemies, internal and external, must be conquered ideologically and economically, as well as militarily. And, thus, it has embraced the Phoenix concept of employing implicit and explicit terror to organize and pacify societies. Phoenix was understood as the silver lining in the Vietnam debacle, and in the wake of 9-11, it became the template for policing the American empire and fighting its eternal War on Terror. So successful were Phoenix operations in overthrowing the Ba’athist Party regime in Iraq that in 2004, Lt. Col. David Kilcullen, one of the US government’s top terrorism advisors, called for a “global Phoenix program.” However, as noted above, the Phoenix program’s stated policies (consumer safety) are contradicted by its operational realities (“buyer beware”). Thus, success at politically and psychologically neutralizing foreign and domestic societies depends entirely on deniability – on secrecy and censorship. The overarching need for total control of information requires media complicity in Phoenix operations. This was the second great lessons Vietnam taught the ruling class. The highly indoctrinated managers who run the U.S. government will never again allow the public to see the carnage they inflict upon foreign civilians. American citizens never saw the Iraqi women and children killed by U.S. forces. On the contrary, CIA kidnappings, torture, and assassinations are glorified on TV and in movies. Thanks to media complicity, Phoenix has also become the template for providing internal security for America’s ruling elite. This process also began immediately after 9-11 with the repressive Patriot Act and a series of Presidential executive orders, which have legalized the administrative detention and murder of American citizens. Just as Phoenix “Intelligence Operations and Coordination Centers” were established in every province and district in South Vietnam, the Department of Homeland Security has established Fusion Centers and the Department of Justice has established Joint Terrorism Task Forces across America to coordinate representatives from every police, civic, security, and military unit in a particular area. This merging of government and corporate forces against the public is perhaps the most insidious of the Phoenix program’s effects on American society. And it is done, disingenuously, in the name of “protecting the people from terrorism,” a phrase that originated in the Phoenix program in South Vietnam. Many key phrases in the War on Terror, including “administrative detention,” “high value target,” and “targeted assassination” also derive from Phoenix. The success of Phoenix doctrine is evident in the ability of the ruling class to divert massive amounts of public money into the militarization of foreign and domestic policy. The constant barrage of propaganda about looming terrorist threats, and the human rights violations of perceived enemies, justifies heavily armed police officers patrolling in paramilitary formations, and the presence of heavily armed soldiers in airports and train stations. Implicitly, the public knows those weapons can be used against them. Now that the Phoenix structure is firmly in place, however, it is only a matter of time until we enter the final phase of explicit terror
Lincoln’s first written message to congress was about taxes. “My policy sought only to collect the Revenue (a 40 percent federal sales tax on imports to Southern States under the Morrill Tariff Act of 1861).” reads paragraph 5 of Lincoln’s First Message to the U.S. Congress, penned July 4, 1861. “I have no purpose, directly or in-directly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so,” Lincoln said it his first inaugural on March 4 of the same year. “Whereas an insurrection against the Government of the United States has broken out and the laws of the United States for the collection of the revenue cannot be effectually executed therein.” –April 1861 Lincoln Dec 25, 1860 South Carolina who was paying the majority of the taxes, seceded from the union. Two weeks later New York City threatened secession. If the south was not taxed parts of the North were going to leave and join the free trade zone too. It was odd that Lincoln decried secession illegal as in regards to the conflict between Texas and Mexico he stated on the House floor “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right—a right which, we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.” Yes Abe Lincoln supported secession, just not when it made he and his cronies lose money. We are often taught that the firing on Fort Sumter was the beginning of the Civil War. It was not. On April 8th 4 days before the famous shots fired at Fort Sumter, Lincoln sent a fleet of war ships led by USRC/USS Harriet Lane to reinforce Fort Sumter which was in Charleston harbor to collect the new tax. USS Harriet Lane was a revenue cutter that became a warship. Revenue cutters previously called Revenue-Marines were armed ships for the Treasury Department meant to enforce tax collection. They were used as military units in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and Spanish American war. Between 1790 and 1798 cutters were the only armed ships in service as the US did not maintain a standing Navy. USS Harriet Lane was 177.5 feet long, 30.5 feet wide one four-inch rifled Parrott gun to the forecastle, one nine-inch Dahlgren gun before the first mast, two eight-inch Dahlgren Columbiads and two twenty-four-pound brass howitzers. Her crew of 95 were also issued small arms. It arrived on April 11th still a full day before the famous “shots fired” when Capt. George S. James fired a single 10-inch mortar round above Ft. Sumter. The Yankee tax collection ship that had invaded Charleston Harbor fired a 32 pound shot across the bow of a civilian steam ship the Nashville. The union had sent its tax collection ships as well as other war ships to South Carolina to collect the tax and they fired first. (That would be as much a pretext for war as the Gulf of Tonkin lie, the only difference is it actually happened unlike the lie about Vietnam.) It was the following day the South fired on the import-export tax collection fort. The Yankee ship would continue to fight in many naval battles until it wrecked off of Hatteras NC trying to enter the Pamlico Sound. It was repaired and re-entered the war. However at the battle of Galvaston, after sinking a tug boat, the ship was boarded and taken over. Union Commander Edward Lea was wounded as the re-occupied confederate forts opened fire and ground troops boarded the anchored ships. Lea’s father Confederate Major Albert M. Lea, boarded the Harriet to find his son had was nearly dead. He died in his father’s arms. A young 10 year old boy, the young son of Captain Wainwright continued to fire to revolvers until both were out of ammo, from the boat cabin after his father had been killed. Why his father brought a 10 year old boy on a naval ship in the middle of a war is the epitome of arrogance and stupidity. HOwever there were scores of children fighting for the union or “going on an adventure.” The boy did survive. The Confederates captured the ship that started the war as well as a United States signal service code book that had been left in her cabin. They would use the ship as a blockaded runner and send cotton to Cuba. It was then entered into the British naval registry and named Lavinia, and not recovered by the US until after the war. The war really was brother against brother and father against son. Slavery was already being phased out and that was going to happen anyway. Wage slavery is cheaper, which is why it had already been phased out of many other nations, free-markets increase autonomy. But Lincoln needed his revenue. He personally invested in the railroad business. He could not allow the division of the union as they would lose 80% of their revenue. Apparently reversing the protective tariff instead of going to war was never an option. But when they started the war, they thought it was going to be a quick war over and done in months. It wasn’t, but the deeper they got into it the more he fell into the sunk-in-fallacy. There was no point in murdering hundreds of thousands of people. Share Cropping replaced slavery after the 13th amendment anyway and millions of whites and blacks tilled the land in slave conditions while expendable Chinamen were building the railroad from West to East and American Indians were murdered or driven away from all the land in between. After that, script pay and then off shore wage slavery was instituted which eventually morphed into off shore slavery and sweatshops. Wall Street and giant Northern industry still enjoy government subsidies and exploitation of labor from illegal immigrants and off shore penny pay factories. It was never about freedom or human rights and still isn’t. It is about money. It was then and unfortunately it still is now. The way slavery was ended, which became a tactic at the mid point of the war, resulted in hundreds of thousands of blacks starving or wasting away with disease. In the beginning of the war run away slaves were returned to the owners. To undermine southern labor and thus the war effort, run away slaves were considered “contraband” and many blacks were trapped in contraband camps where they either starved or were put back to work picking cotton (without pay) just as they had done before. The First Confiscation Act in August of 1861 stated “…any property of whatsoever kind or description, with intent to use or employ the same, or suffer the same to be used or employed, in aiding, abetting, or promoting such insurrection or resistance to the laws… is hereby declared to be lawful subject of prize and capture wherever found; and it shall be the duty of the President of the United States to cause the same to be seized, confiscated, and condemned.” Also remember all the border states, Washington DC and New Jersey all still had slaves. When DC finally did set slaves free, their masters were paid and the salves were also offered $100 to and former slave if they would leave the US. As Lincoln had said himself, he didn’t like slavery but he also thought whites were superior and that blacks and whites should not be living together at all. If you think he was just telling different people what they wanted to hear to get elected, note that he his name was not even on the ballot in southern states and Lincoln had ALREADY been elected and reelected when he continued until the day he died to discuss relocating black outside of the USA. They went to war to preserve the union, meaning to preserve to regional scapegoating where one half is taxed to benefit the other half much like giant coastal cities are doing today. Slavery did not end in the United States until Dec 6h 1865 with a passage of the 13th amendment, something several northern states refused to ratify on the first attempt. Wow, why would fight a war to end slavery then vote against or abstain from voting for the amendment to end slavery? Because the war was not about slavery. The last three states in the US to maintain black slavery were all in the North, KY, NJ, DE. Asians and Native Americans still had no voting rights, in fact the same Union generals and commanders from the Civil War are who went west to destroy the Comanche and Lakota. Of course George Custer got his comeuppance in that affair. Racial justice did not rule the day in the 1860s and 1870s. This is a preposterous spin placed on the war by modern times. The Revolutionary War was fought between slave holding location and a non slave location, yet at no point does anyone claim that is why they were fighting. That war like the Civil War was fought primarily over taxation. The Civil War was fought by the Union side top preserve the Union. The rebels fought for independence but also because the North attacked the South and their land was being invaded. The USS Harriet Lane slid into Charleston Harbor firing its guns, and it has somehow slid out of the History books as Yankee aggression starting the war doesn’t fit the childish good vs evil narrative that Hollywood and public education has created.
12 Oct, 2016 21:01 / Updated 5 years ago The US and Saudi Arabia have agreed to grant free passage to thousands of Islamic State militants before the Iraqi city of Mosul is stormed. The jihadists will be redeployed to fight against the government in Syria, a military-diplomatic source told RIA Novosti. "More than 9,000 Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) militants will be redeployed from Mosul to the eastern regions of Syria to carry out a major offensive operation, which involves capturing Deir ez-Zor and Palmyra,” the source said. According to the anonymous diplomatic source, US President Barack Obama has already sanctioned an operation to liberate Mosul, due to take place in October. During the storm of the city in northern Iraq the US-led coalition’s planes would only strike detached, vacated or uninhabited buildings, while keeping terrorists as targets, he said. In September, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter confirmed that Washington would send an additional 600 troops to Iraq to help liberate Mosul at the request of the local authorities. The source suggested that redeployment of IS militants is necessary because “Washington must somehow counter Russia’s achievements in Syria, try to diminish their importance.” "Apart from the purely political dividends, the other purpose of this operation, obviously, will be to discredit the success of Russian Airspace forces. And, of course, it’s an attempt to undermine Syrian President (Bashar) Assad,” he said. The leadership of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate will be the mediators and guarantors of the agreement on safe passage for the jihadists from Mosul, he claimed. The source added that a similar scheme had been used by the US and its allies during the liberation of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. READ MORE: Russia, US to discuss possible steps for Syria crisis settlement in Lausanne on Saturday – Moscow Damascus has accused Washington for coordinating with IS after an airstrike against the Syrian government troops near the city of Deir ez-Zor on September 17. Washington said that the bombing, in which 83 soldiers were killed and over 100 injured, was a mistake.
A volunteer of the ‘I Believe in a Miracle‘ charity foundation turned out to be a pedophile and in 4 years raped 33 children aged 5 to 15 years. Anatoly Sorokin moonlighted as a photographer and worked as a volunteer at children’s parties and where he persuaded parents to make a photo session of the child. When children came to his studio, he had sexual intercourse with them. He told older children that they had a model appearance and offered to take some photos. Anatoly Sorokin hunted for his victims, including on social networks. The investigation believes that Sorokin’s guilt has been proven; since 2017, 33 children, both boys and girls, have passed through his “studio”. Now Anatoly Sorokin faces a prison term of up to 20 years under article 134 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Sexual intercourse and other actions of a sexual nature with a person under the age of sixteen.” Anatoly’s fate cannot be envied; pedophiles are treated harshly in prison. Kaliningrad. Russia.
Not only the Taliban, ISIS is likely to get used weapons from the United States (US) during the invasion of Afghanistan. Quoting from Reuters, the US has a track record of their weapons heritage, even before they leave the battle. Reportedly, the weapons used by the US are often neglected and not properly tracked. Therefore, the Taliban, ISIS, and other militant groups are suspected of being able to obtain bulletproof vests, tanks, drones, and rifles from the US.
China has successfully adopted the Japanese Yubitsume tradition of cutting off the finger phalanxes as an apology or expression of devotion. Yubitsume is often practiced by the criminal community in Japan
News last week ISIS attack on airport in Kabul, where large number of Afghans gathered, trying to leave the country with the Taliban in power. According to various sources, the explosion left 20 to 40 people, about 60 of whom were hospitalized. There were children among the victims. Maybe a suicide bomber blew himself up in the crowd. The ISIS terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the blast. This was reported by the Taliban
A supporter of the Belarusian opposition, 32-year-old Andrei Zeltser, while searching his apartment, shot a KGB officer with a hunting rifle. In the video, Belarusian KGB employees storm Zeltser's apartment, shooting one of the operational officers. Last summer, there were massive protests in Belarus after the current president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, faked the election results, which allowed him to remain president for a new term. Mass repression of protest activists, searches and arrests soon followed. It was reported that Andrei Zeltser, who worked at the IT company EPAM Systems , was shot dead On social networks, there is an opinion that this staged video has traces of editing and was published on the telegram channel by supporters of Alexander Lukashenko, which gave him the moral right to strengthen the repression of the opposition. President Lukashenko himself has spoken of this: "This murder will not go unpunished." Belarus, Minsk. Source

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