Ex-CIA Official May Refuse To Testify About Videotapes

Not just any former CIA official but the head of clandestine operations such as rendition, waterboarding, torture, kidnapping and murder, all in the name of “the war on terror”.

A former CIA official at the center of the controversy over destroyed interrogation videotapes has been blocked by Justice Department officials from gaining access to government records about the incident, according to sources familiar with the case.

Federal Judge Won’t Review Destruction Of CIA Videotapes
Thursday, Jan. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET: National Security and Intelligence
The former official, Jose Rodriguez Jr., has also told the House intelligence committee through a letter from his attorney that he will refuse to testify next week about the tapes unless he is granted immunity from prosecution for his statements, the sources said.

The panel has issued a subpoena for Rodriguez, the former chief of clandestine operations who issued the order to destroy the videotapes in 2005. He and other former CIA officials are also being blocked from gaining access to documents about the incident, sources said.

9/11 and the incompetence excuse: Could a bunch of sociopathic screw-ups really pull off the crime of the century?

By Warren Pease
Online Journal Contributing Writer


Jan 9, 2008, 00:18

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Many who deny government complicity in 9/11/01 maintain that some of the best evidence against official involvement in the crime of the century lies in the Bush administration’s unbroken record of sheer incompetence, an argument bolstered by the perception that key members of the administration, notably The Commander Guy, spent that entire day running around like headless chickens.

On the contrary, they did no such thing. Rather, the administration was highly competent and enormously successful that day — they just had different criteria for success than would sane people. And they’ve been highly competent ever since. You just have to adjust your standards for evaluating success, then view the past six years through the PNAC/neocon lens. Let’s review some of their primary accomplishments — on 9/11 and in the six eternal years since:

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Vengeance, Blackwater Style: US Military and Western Mainstream Media trying to conceal War Crimes committed in Fallujah


Every time I read a story published in Western mainstream media about what transpired in Fallujah in 2004 during two US assaults on the city I feel sick.

The evidence proving that the United States committed war crimes, slaughtering innocent men, women and children is irrefutable. The US military’s use of chemical weapons is irrefutable. The destruction of a city amounting to collective punishment is irrefutable. All of this occurred because four Blackwater mercenaries were killed by Iraqis who were trying to protect their city form what we now know as “America’s Private Army”.

I have tried to understand why Western mainstream media has remained complicit in its coverage and reporting of this event, and I believe I have found the answer.

Yesterday, The Washington Times reported that “a secret intelligence assessment of the first battle of Fallujah shows that the U.S. military thinks that it lost control over information about what was happening in the town, leading to ‘political pressure’ that ended its April 2004 offensive with control being handed to Sunni insurgents.” This propaganda piece continues to state that “the decision to order an immediate assault on Fallujah, in response to the televised killing of four contractors from the private military firm Blackwater, effectively prevented the Marine Expeditionary Force charged with retaking the town from carrying out ‘shaping operations,’ such as clearing civilians from the area, which would have improved their chances of success.”

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A soldiers perspective on the war in Iraq

Sharp End International. Spy alert.

While it is save to assume that, if you run a blog critical of the official 9/11 conspiracy theory, you will be on a watch list and the site will be monitored, and it would be dangerously naive to assume you can write about or investigate Blackwater or other creepy private military organisations without them finding out, it is not common to find out who does the monitoring. And while we thought we were relatively safe, doing all this from a country that seemingly has all it’s civil rights firmly secured, it seems that the monitoring is done by a group that brings the threat these private contractors pose for all of us much closer to home that we find comfortable.

This morning as we checked the usage of the site, as we do every morning, we found something strange.
Wordpress lets you see which sites referred people onto your site, and lets you go back through those sites by clicking on the hyperlink.
In other words, someone puts a link to your site much as we link people trough to the sites of the articles we choose to publish.
Nothing strange in that. We sometimes click on those links to see what site has linked onto our one. If it’s an interesting site we make it part of the blog roll or read what people have to say. The links are generally made by people who agree with what they find here and want to share it on forums with their mates.

So it was somewhat surprising to find that one of the referrals was made from a private military contractor site called; Sharp End International.
What made it down right unnerving was the fact that there was no link on the page we connected too.

In other words the referrer wasn’t actually referring since there was no link.

A quick Google led me to a wikipedia entry about the company which apparently trains government and corporate entities. And this is were it gets down right scary. The company uses mostly Australian and New Zealand ex-special forces instructors and it is New Zealand were this site comes from.

Additionally; one of the photos used to promote the sites clearly shows Bremer III the “viceroy” of Iraq responsible for it’s destruction in the early days of the occupation. Paul Bremer the III was guarded not by Sharp End International but by Erik Princes Blackwater USA.
In fact it shows one of the Blackwater guys right behind Bremer.
And this is were we come close to drawing the line as this site is dedicated to 9/11 truth and the possible connection of Erik Prince with the traitors who are really responsible for the horrors of that day.

The same Wiki entry claims that the main customers of SEI are petroleum companies, mining facilities, financial institutions, corporate identities or celebrities.
While we are so not interested in celebrities all the other clients are very much on our watch list.
In fact the two other blogs we run are http://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com and http://kasm.wordpress.com. The first one is about international finance and its connection to John Key the rich banker turned politician and the leader of the opposition party of New Zealand and the second one is about Kiwis against seabed mining.

We will investigate further and in the mean time please be carefull, and above all; be warned.

Blackwater critics to Pentagon: Don’t say we didn’t warn you

Defense and legal experts issued two years worth of warnings to the Pentagon about its heavy reliance on Blackwater Worldwide and other private security firms in Iraq — and watched as the Defense Department continued to expand its use of the contractors, according to a new report.In a series of memos, letters and in-person meetings with high-level officials in the US and Iraq, critics had warned of a “lack of control” over the private guards, writes the the Washington Post‘s Steve Fainaru. But despite a growing number of incidents in which Blackwater employees allegedly shot and killed Iraqi civilians, the US government was slow to act.

“We set this thing up for failure from the beginning,” a retired Marine colonel who advised Iraqi military forces in 2004 told the Post. “We’re just sorting it out now…I still think, from a pure counterinsurgency standpoint, armed contractors are an inherently bad idea, because you cannot control the quality, you cannot control the action on the ground, but you’re held responsible for everything they do.”

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Ok one more; Disputed in Iraq, Blackwater Now Splits California Town

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A sign addresses the recall on members of the planning board in Potrero, Calif.

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Published: December 11, 2007

POTRERO, Calif. — The scandal in Iraq involving
the private security firm, is a world away from this tiny town near the Mexican border. But five members of the community’s planning group are expected to lose their posts on Tuesday for approving a Blackwater training camp on an old chicken farm here.

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