United States News Digest
CIA Operative Claims Agency Retaliated Against Him
July 1 (EIRNS)The Washington Post reported today on a recent motion by the plaintiff in a long-pending lawsuit in Federal court in the District of Columbia, to make available to the public information in his legal filings which was classified by the CIA, but which has since been declassified. The Post reported that the motion by the plaintiff (his name is classified), a former CIA operative, concerns his findings on Iran, which "were contrary to agency views at the time." The plaintiff, who filed his lawsuit in December 2004, says he tried to warn the CIA about faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs, and that CIA officials also ignored evidence that Iran had suspended work on a nuclear bomb. The Agency fired him in August 2004, after subjecting him to what he calls sham counter-intelligence and internal-affairs investigations.
The plaintiff says that he was recruited to the CIA in 1982 as a contract covert operations officer, conducted numerous successful covert operations while in the Directorate of Operations, and as a result was approved for civil-service ranking, and for the CIA Special Intelligence Medal for his recruitment of a source regarding a country's weapons of mass destruction program. In 1995, he says, he was assigned to the CIA Counter Proliferation Division, and "recruited many 'hard-target' human 'assets.'"
The plaintiff says that in 2001, he met with a "highly respected human asset [REDACTED]" but was instructed to write no report about it; although he was told that former CIA Deputy Director of Operations James Pavitt and the Counter Proliferation Division Chief would personally brief the President, he says that he believes no such briefing occurred, "and therefore the President was misled by the withholding of vital intelligence." In return, the plaintiff was told that his promotion and medal-award would be withheld until he ceased handling the "asset."
According to one well-placed U.S. intelligence source, the plaintiff speaks fluent Farsi and Arabic, and had recruited informants who worked at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in Iran, and at a second site, also involved in Iranian nuclear research. The source suggested that the recent press coverage of the three-and-a-half year old case is part of the effort to prevent a U.S. or Israeli strike against Iran.
McCain Brings in Some Cheney Boys
July 3 (EIRNS)Sen. John McCain's decision to bring Steve Schmidt in as senior campaign advisor in charge of day-to-day operations, brings the Dick Cheney-Karl Rove dirty tricks apparatus into the middle of his campaign. In 2004, Schmidt was appointed as a member of the exclusive "Breakfast Club," led by White House advisor Karl Rove, to help in running President George Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, with Rove mentoring Schmidt. Vice President Cheney later appointed Schmidt as his counsellor; on occasions, Schmidt served as a Cheney spokesman. Schmidt then became the chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney White House, to usher through Congress the nominations to the Supreme Court of Federalist Society fascists John Roberts in September 2005, and Samuel Alito in January 2006.
Al Gore's 'Revolution in Military Affairs'
July 2 (EIRNS)As part of Gore's 1990s "Reinventing Government" scheme, to make the state function "more like a corporation," Gore assembled a task force to diminish the government role in the U.S. military, while putting crucial in-house functions, such as logistics and technology, increasingly into the hands of the private sector. The program was said to serve the public by cutting excess government expenditures, but it is really a move for fascist austerity, under the hypocritical guise of "saving the taxpayer money."
The Task Force on Defense Reform was set up in 1993 as part of Gore's National Performance Review (NPR), which sought to make the government "leaner and smaller" by "inject[ing] competition into everything we do" and searching "for market, not administrative solutions" to budget problems.
The Task Force on Defense Reform published its recommendations in 1997 for cutting or eliminating defense organizations and personnel, reducing military expenditures by contracting military functions to the private sector, and setting into motion the BRAC military base closures of 2005. After publication, the Task Force and its recommendations were integrated into the Defense Science Board (DSB) as a sub-task force to conduct independent assessments of "defense reform." The Defense Science Board is a highly influential advisory committee on defense strategy, advising the Secretary and Undersecretary of Defense, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Agent of Your Enemy, Soros, Runs Pelosi Policy
June 30 (EIRNS)The Democratic Party leadership is under the thumb of self-proclaimed Nazi collaborator George Soros. The chief counsel for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) since the beginning of her term in that office, Feb. 8, 2007, is Joseph Onek, a key operative for Soros's Open Society Institute. Onek was chief policy advisor for the Justice Departments' Office of Special Investigations (OSI), and its so-called "civil liberties spinoff," the Open Society Policy Center, which was created "after September 11th" to promote public policy reform.
With Onek as chief counsel, Pelosi is hard-wired into Vice President Dick Cheney's preventive war machine. The Open Society Policy Center has been one of the main bludgeons for regime change, and every kind of attack, including threats of military invasion against Myanmar. In 2004, the Soros front hired Orion Strategies, LLC to assist with "legislative and other advocacy in support of the cause of freedom in Burma, by providing strategic planning, lobbying, drafting legislation, recruiting allies for the Burmese democracy movement in Washington, D.C., and increasing the visibility and capacity of the members of the Burma government in exile and their colleagues."
Orion Strategies, LLC is owned and run by Randy Scheunemann, one of the founders of the (now defunct) Project for the New American Century, which wrote the strategy for preemptive war against Iraq in 2000, long before Bush became President. Scheunemann was also one of the founders of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which was involved in the Straussian cabal's propaganda and intelligence concoctions against Iraq.
Is this Cheney/Soros connection one of the reasons that "Mis-Leadership" Pelosi ordered the Democrats to take impeachment of Cheney "off the table"? In September 2006, not only did Onek declare that it was "most unlikely" that the Democrats would take over the Congress, at an event held at Shepherd University, but he added that, in any case, "impeachment would be a foolish case of bad judgment." He also said that it would be foolish to put the Bush Administration up on charges of war crimes, since this would encourage certain foreign nations to put out warrants on this issue. This was after he denounced the Bush White House for granting itself immunity under the rubric of "executive privilege."
Army History Blasts Paul Bremer on Iraq Occupation Policy
June 29 (EIRNS)The New York Times reported today that a U.S. Army history of the Iraq War, which is to be made public tomorrow, faults the occupation plan for Iraq. According to the article, "Paul Bremer, who replaced Jay Garner ... as the chief civilian administrator in Iraq, issued decrees to disband the Iraqi Army and ban thousands of former Ba'ath Party members from working for the government, orders that the study asserts caught American field commanders 'off guard' and in their view 'created a pool of disaffected and unemployed Sunni Arabs' that the insurgency could draw on." Bremer is a long-time enemy of Lyndon LaRouche from before the Iraq War, and LaRouche has long criticized Bremer for his mishandling of the situation in Iraq.