Monday, 11 August 2014

The Excavator: Pawns of The Planet of The Apes: Return of The Last Caliph

The Excavator: Pawns of The Planet of The Apes: Return of The Last Caliph

Pawns of The Planet of The Apes: Return of The Last Caliph

Pictured: ISIS Jihadists rampaging across Iraq.

In the last two months northern Iraq has seen the mass exodus of ancient
communities of Christians, Yezidis, and other religious minorities as
the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has swept across territory, facing
little resistance.

A disastrous turn of events in the last week and a half around the
Sinjar mountains in northwestern Iraq has caused an urgent humanitarian
disaster and forced the Obama administration to act.

Critics say it is too little too late. The White House has not done
anything to contain this fire, and instead has done everything to help
spread it by providing weapons, funds, and training to ISIS Jihadists in

Regional governments that are allies of the US such as Turkey, Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq, Israel, Kuwait,
and Jordan are more or less the godmothers of ISIS. They stood by as
ISIS wreaked havoc in Syria for over three years, offering shelter,
weapons, and money to the Islamic State. Turkey and the KRG shared an
interest in driving the Kurdish YPG, an affiliate of the PKK, out of
towns and cities in northeastern Syria, but their efforts were

The Syrian Army, Hezbollah, and the YPG have heroically held back Wahabi
and Salafi barbarian apes who make up the core of ISIS from flooding
into Lebanon.

But the storm is gathering. No country can be sheltered from the madness
that has been unleashed, not even America's biggest regional ally,
Turkey. Saudi Arabia is busy hiring mercenaries to defend its territory.
But they won't stand a chance. Ideological fanatics must be met with
their equally die-hard counterparts, whether they be Shiite militiamen,
Kurdish guerrillas, or Jewish nationalists. 

II. Pawns of The Planet of The Apes: Return of The Last Caliph

Below is a brief recap of the rise of ISIS in Iraq.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Land Destroyer: Implausible Deniability - West's ISIS Terror Hordes in Iraq

Land Destroyer: Implausible Deniability - West's ISIS Terror Hordes in Iraq

by Tony Cartalucci | Land Destroyer |
August 8, 2014

Implausible Deniability - West's ISIS Terror Hordes in Iraq

August 8, 2014 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The US has pledged
assistance for victims of and even possible "airstrikes" against
terrorists who have surrounded and threaten to eradicate thousands of
religious minorities in Iraq. However, the terrorists themselves are a
product of US foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa, and
instrumental in achieving Western objectives across the region. Punitive
strikes and aid to the victims of what is essentially a Western
mercenary army is part of maintaining plausible deniability.

The terror hordes originated from NATO territory and
have inundated Syria, Iraq, and now Lebanon. The goal of this well
funded, heavily armed, professionally organized mercenary force is
clearly to supplant pro-Iranian political and military fronts across
Tehran's arc of influence - from Baghdad to Damascus, to Lebanon and
Hezbollah along the Mediterranean. In the process, the heavily
indoctrinated rank and file have committed horrific atrocities ranging
from rape and torture to mass executions and sectarian genocide. While
such war crimes have been taking place in Syria since 2011, it is
becoming increasingly difficult to cover up similar crimes beyond
Syria's borders under narratives of "civil war" linked to the so-called
"Arab Spring."

ISIS began its invasion into Iraqi territory from NATO-member Turkey,
through Syria and riding in Toyota Hilux trucks - identical to those provided to "moderates" by the US State Department
as part of multi-million dollar "non-lethal" aid packages. ISIS did not
take these trucks from "moderates," the moderates never existed to
begin with. From the beginning, it was the West's plan to raise a
mercenary army of sectarian extremists operating under the banner of Al
Instead, various stories have been used by the West to explain the
appearance of ISIS in Iraq, the unprecedented scale of its operations,
its convoys of matching vehicles and now military trucks, artillery, and
even tanks. While the world is meant to believe ISIS spontaneously rose
from the desert and "stole" billions in cash, weapons, and gear, a much
simpler and documented explanation exists - Western state sponsorship -
and state sponsorship that continues even as the West denounces the monsters of their own creation.

ISIS Origins

Beginning in 2011 - and actually even as early as 2007 - the United
States has been arming, funding, and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood
and a myriad of armed terrorist organizations to overthrow the
government of Syria, fight Hezbollah in Lebanon, and undermine the power
and influence of Iran, which of course includes any other government or
group in the MENA region friendly toward Tehran.

Image: ISIS corridors begin in Turkey and end in Baghdad.  
Billions in cash have been funneled into the hands of terrorist groups
including Al Nusra, Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and what is now being called
"Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" or ISIS. One can see clearly by any
map of ISIS held territory that it butts up directly against Turkey's
borders with defined corridors ISIS uses to invade southward - this is
because it is precisely from NATO territory this terrorist scourge

ISIS was harbored on NATO territory, armed and funded by US CIA agents
with cash and weapons brought in from the Saudis, Qataris, and NATO
members themselves. The "non-lethal aid" the US and British sent including the vehicles we now see ISIS driving around in.

They didn't "take" this gear from "moderates." There were never any
moderates to begin with. The deadly sectarian genocide we now see
unfolding was long ago predicted by those in the Pentagon - current and
former officials - interviewed in 2007 by Pulitzer Prize-winning veteran
journalist Seymour Hersh.

Hersh's 9-page 2007 report, "The Redirection" states explicitly:

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush
Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in
the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coƶperated with
Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations
that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is
backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations
aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has
been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant
vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
"Extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam" and are
"sympathetic to Al Qaeda" - is a verbatim definition of what ISIS is
today. Clearly the words of Hersh were as prophetic as they were
factually informed, grounded in the reality of a regional conflict
already engineered and taking shape as early as 2007. Hersh's report
would also forewarn the sectarian nature of the coming conflict, and in
particular mention the region's Christians who were admittedly being
protected by Hezbollah.

West's Feigned Concern Vs. Genuine Drive to Divide and Destroy 

Now, as the US feigns concern for religious minorities being slaughtered
in front of the eyes of the world, it should be remembered that this
conflict was engineered, set in motion, and perpetuated intentionally by
the West for at least the last 7 years. The West knew the sectarian
genocide now unfolding in Syria, Iraq, and soon in Lebanon was the
inevitable result of their efforts to raise this regional mercenary

Western concern for religious minorities and the minimal provisions being made to "assist" them, is to maintain an increasingly tenuous plausible deniability.
The feigned dithering of the West in the face of their growing
mercenary force is to allow it to overrun the Iraqi government if
possible, create more havoc within Syria, and spread the chaos to

ISIS is a standing army that requires state sponsorship - billions in
cash, gear, weapons, and logistical, intelligence, and political
support. While the West claims it has been handing over hundreds of
millions to "moderates" in Syria, it has offered no plausible
explanation as to who is providing ISIS and other Al Qaeda affiliates
with even more resources enabling the extremists to displace these
"moderates." There is no other explanation besides the fact that there
were never any moderates to begin with and that the US, UK, France,
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and even Israel, have from the beginning,
intentionally created a mercenary army composed of Al Qaeda extremists
of unprecedented dimensions and capabilities.

The direct war with Iran the West has for so long attempted to sell the
world is now clearly being replaced with an immense proxy war. It will
feign ignorance to the genesis of ISIS and the fact that no other
explanation beyond state-sponsorship exists to explain its continued
success on the battlefield. Token airdrops and even "airstrikes" against
ISIS positions will admittedly do nothing to disrupt ISIS' ongoing
campaigns across the region.
Depending on ISIS' ability to achieve the West's goals by proxy will
determine the level of direct intervention the West seeks across the
region. "Buffer zones" and "humanitarian interventions" to "relieve"
areas plagued by ISIS will conveniently leave terrorist safe havens
extending far beyond their current boundaries in NATO-member Turkey,
Jordan, and northwest Iraq. 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack - The Intercept

Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack - The Intercept

 Article by Glenn Greenwald (with additional reporting from Andrew Fishman): The intercept

...President Obama, in his press conference on Friday,
said ”it is heartbreaking to see what’s happening there,” referring to
the weeks of civilian deaths in Gaza – “as if he’s just a bystander,
watching it all unfold,” observed Brooklyn College Professor Corey Robin. Robin added: ”Obama talks about Gaza as if it were a natural disaster, an uncontrollable biological event.” ...

The U.S. government has long lavished overwhelming aid on Israel,
providing cash, weapons and surveillance technology that play a crucial
role in Israel’s attacks on its neighbors. But top secret documents
provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shed substantial new light
on how the U.S. and its partners directly enable Israel’s military
assaults – such as the one on Gaza.

Over the last decade, the NSA has significantly increased the
surveillance assistance it provides to its Israeli counterpart, the
Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU; also known as Unit 8200), including
data used to monitor and target Palestinians. In many cases, the NSA and
ISNU work cooperatively with the British and Canadian spy agencies, the

The relationship has, on at least one occasion, entailed the covert
payment of a large amount of cash to Israeli operatives. Beyond their
own surveillance programs, the American and British surveillance
agencies rely on U.S.-supported Arab regimes, including the Jordanian
monarchy and even the Palestinian Authority Security Forces, to provide
vital spying services regarding Palestinian targets.

The new documents underscore the indispensable, direct involvement of
the U.S. government and its key allies in Israeli aggression against
its neighbors. That covert support is squarely at odds with the posture
of helpless detachment typically adopted by Obama officials and their

President Obama, in his press conference on Friday,
said ”it is heartbreaking to see what’s happening there,” referring to
the weeks of civilian deaths in Gaza – “as if he’s just a bystander,
watching it all unfold,” observed Brooklyn College Professor Corey Robin. Robin added: ”Obama talks about Gaza as if it were a natural disaster, an uncontrollable biological event.”

Each time Israel attacks Gaza and massacres its trapped civilian population – at the end of 2008, in the fall of 2012,
and now again this past month – the same process repeats itself in both
U.S. media and government circles: the U.S. government feeds Israel the weapons it uses and steadfastly defends its aggression both publicly and at the U.N.; the U.S. Congress unanimously enacts one resolution after the next to support and enable Israel;
and then American media figures pretend that the Israeli attack has
nothing to do with their country, that it’s just some sort of
unfortunately intractable, distant conflict between two equally
intransigent foreign parties in response to which all decent Americans
helplessly throw up their hands as though they bear no responsibility.

“The United States has been trying to broker peace in the Middle East for the past 20 years,” wrote the liberal commentator Kevin Drum in Mother Jones, last Tuesday. The following day, CNN reported that
the Obama administration ”agreed to Israel’s request to resupply it
with several types of ammunition … Among the items being bought are
120mm mortar rounds and 40mm ammunition for grenade launchers.”

The new Snowden documents illustrate a crucial fact: Israeli aggression would be impossible without the constant, lavish support and protection of the U.S. government,
which is anything but a neutral, peace-brokering party in these
attacks. And the relationship between the NSA and its partners on the
one hand, and the Israeli spying agency on the other, is at the center
of that enabling.

Tally of UN Vote on July 22, 2014 to investigate violations of international law in West Bank and Gaza (Credit: Ken Roth, Human Rights Watch)
of UN Vote on July 22, 2014 to investigate violations of international
law in West Bank and Gaza (Credit: Ken Roth, Human Rights Watch)
Last September, the Guardian revealed
that the NSA “routinely shares raw intelligence data with
Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US
citizens.” The paper published the
full top secret Memoranadum of Understanding between the two agencies governing that sharing. But the NSA/ISNU relationship extends far beyond that.

One newly disclosed top secret NSA document, dated April 13, 2013 and published today by the Intercept,
recounts that the “NSA maintains a far-reaching technical and analytic
relationship with the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU) sharing
information on access, intercept, targeting, language, analysis and

Specifically, “this SIGINT relationship has increasingly been the
catalyst for a broader intelligence relationship between the United
States and Israel.” Moreover, “NSA’s cyber partnerships expanded beyond
ISNU to include Israeli Defense Intelligence’s [Special Operation
Division] SOD and Mossad.”

Under this expanded cooperation, the Americans and Israelis work
together to gain access to “geographic targets [that] include the
countries of North Africa, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, South
Asia, and the Islamic republics of the former Soviet Union.” It also
includes “a dedicated communications line between NSA and ISNU [that]
supports the exchange of raw material, as well as daily analytic and
technical correspondence.”

The relationship has provided Israel with ample support for both
intelligence and surveillance: “The Israeli side enjoys the benefits of
expanded geographic access to world-class NSA cryptanalytic and SIGINT
engineering expertise, and also gains controlled access to advanced U.S.
technology and equipment via accommodation buys and foreign military
sales.” Among Israel’s priorities for the cooperation are what the NSA
calls “Palestinian terrorism.”

The cooperation between the NSA and ISNU began decades ago. A top secret agreement between the two agencies
from July 1999 recounts that the first formal intelligence-sharing
agreement was entered into in 1968 between U.S. President Lyndon Johnson
and Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, and informally began in the
1950s. But the relationship has grown rapidly in the last decade.

In 2003 and 2004, the Israelis were pressuring the NSA to agree to a
massively expanded intelligence-sharing relationship called “Gladiator.”
As part of that process, Israel wanted the Americans to pay hundreds of
millions of dollars to fund Israeli activities. The specific proposed
“Gladiator” agreement appears never to have been consummated, derailed
by Israeli demands that the U.S. bear the full cost, but documents in
the Snowden archive pertaining to those negotiations contain what appear
to be two receipts for one or more payments of $500,000 in cash to
Israeli officials for unspecified purposes:

The surveillance-sharing relationship with Israel has expanded to include the NSA’s
British and Canadian counterparts, GCHQ and CSEC, both of which
actively participate in feeding the Israelis selected communications
data they have collected. Several documents from early 2009, at the
height of the Israeli attack on Gaza called “Cast Lead” that left more
than 1,000 people dead, detail some of this cooperation.

One top secret 2009 GCHQ project named “YESTERNIGHT” involved
“Ruffle,” the British agency’s code name for ISNU. According to the
document, the project involved a “trilateral (GCHQ, NSA and Third Party
RUFFLE) targeting exchange agreement covering respective COMSAT
accesses.” One of the “specific intelligence topics” shared between the
parties was “Palestinians”, although the GCHQ document states that “due
to the sensitivities” of Israeli involvement, that particular program
does not include direct targeting of Palestinians and Israelis
themselves. Another GCHQ document from February, 2009, describes “a
quadrilateral meeting for RUFFLE, NSA, CSEC and GCHQ.”

The British agency noted in early 2009 that it had been spying on
emails and telephone numbers specifically requested by ISNU, “and they
have thanked us many times over.”

The NSA and GCHQ receive intelligence about the Palestinians from
many sources. The agencies have even succeeded in inducing the
U.S.-supported Palestinian Authority Security Forces (PASF) to provide
them with surveillance and intelligence about other Arab groups in the
region. One July 2008 GCHQ document states:

Jordan also feeds surveillance data about the Palestinians to the
NSA. One classified NSA document from 2013 describes how “NSA’s
partnership with EWD [the Jordanian Electronic Warfare Directorate] is a
well established, long-standing and trusted relationship dating back to
the early 1980’s.” Specifically, the two agencies “cooperate on
high-priority SIGINT targets of mutual interest” that includes the
Palestinian Security Forces.

The document continues: “EWD provides high-interest, unique
collection on targets of mutual interest, such as the Palestinian
Security Forces; EWD is the sole contributor to a large body of NSA’s
reporting on this target.”


But even as the NSA and its partners are directed by political
branches to feed the Israelis surveillance data and technology, they
constantly characterize Israel as a threat – both to their own national
security and more generally to regional peace. In stark contrast to the
public statements about Israel made by American and British officials,
the Snowden archive is replete with discussions of the Israelis as a
menace rather than an ally.

NSA documents previously published by the Guardian
stated that “one of NSA’s biggest threats is actually from friendly
intelligence services, like Israel.” Another notes that the National
Intelligence Estimate ranked Israel as “the third most aggressive
intelligence service against the U.S.”

British officials have a similar view of the Israelis, describing
them as a “very real threat to regional stability.” One top secret GCHQ
planning document from 2008 notes that “policy makers remain deeply
concerned over the potential threat that Israel poses to a peaceful
resolution of the Iran problem, and to some of Israel’s less desirable
activities in the region.” Moreover, “Israel’s thinking on the long-term
threat offered by Iran to its fundamental foreign policy strategy of
armed deterrence may create very real threats to regional stability in


The NSA’s 2007 Strategic Mission List, identifying priorities for
surveillance targeting, repeatedly identifies Israel as one of the
leading threats in a diverse range of areas, including: “Combating the
threat of development of weapons of mass destruction” and “delivery
methods (particularly ballistic and nuclear-capable cruise missiles).”
The “focus area” for that concern is “WMD and missile proliferation
activities,” and one of the leading threats is listed as “Israel (cruise

The NSA internal discussion from that document regarding “Mastering
Cyberspace and Preventing an Attack on U.S. Critical Information
Systems” includes a subheading on “FIS [financial/banking system]
threats.” The nations identified as the leading FIS threats include
India, North Korea, Cuba and Israel. Similarly, Israel appears on the
list of countries believed by the NSA to be “Enabling EW

Another section of the threat assessment document is entitled
“Foreign Intelligence, Conterintelligence; Denial & Deception
Activities: Countering Foreign Intelligence Threats.” It is defined as
“Espionage/intelligence collection operations and manipulation/influence
operations conducted by foreign intelligence services directed against
U.S. government, military, science & technology and Intelligence
Community.” The countries posing the greatest threat: “China, Russia,
Cuba, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, France, Venezuela, and South

Asked about its cooperative relationship with Israel, an NSA spokesperson told the Intercept:
“We are not going to comment on specific intelligence activities and
relationships.  The fact that intelligence services sometimes cooperate
in a lawful and appropriate manner mutually strengthens the security of
both nations.  Whenever NSA shares intelligence information or
technology, we comply with all applicable laws and rules.” A GCHQ
official refused to comment on the record beyond the agency’s standard
boilerplate claiming its activities are legal and subject to “rigorous

Legal or not, the NSA’s extensive, multi-level cooperation with
Israeli military and intelligence agencies is part of a broader American
policy that actively supports and enables Israeli aggression and
militarism. Every Israeli action in Gaza has U.S. fingerprints all over it.
Many Americans may wish that the Israeli attack on Gaza were a matter
of no special relevance or concern to them, but it is their own
government that centrally enables this violence.