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posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:17 PM
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Originally posted by wcitizen
CONFIRMED. Libya War is CIA op 30 Years in the Making.

www.blacklistednews.com...


At least it was in the making already weeks before the uprising on Feb 17:

Eyewitnesses speak out: Has U.S. staged the Libyan coup?

But late January or early February, six or eight Danish F-16 plus 150 men ground personnel showed up – for the first time in a dozen or so years of the witness’ memory. And that was not for show. The Danish squadron had an awe-inspiring exercise program, starting their engines early in the morning and coming back in late.

www.tlaxcala-int.org...




posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:29 PM
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All I know is that we didn't land troops on the ground. We let them do it. So I really don't care who planned it. They planned it right.



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:39 PM
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Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by wcitizen
 


All I know is that we didn't land troops on the ground. We let them do it. So I really don't care who planned it. They planned it right.


If you have to make such remarks, which I frankly find sickening, please don't address them to me personally. Thank you.

There is nothing, nothing at all which is right about this mass murder.



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:42 PM
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In April, this fact finding mission reported the lack of honest reporting on Libya.


Interim report of fact-finding mission to western Libya (by British Citizens for Peace in Libya)

globalciviliansforpeace.com...





Purpose of fact finding mission.

-To ascertain whether reports of civilian casualties caused by NATO bombing were true or not.

-To Ascertain whether reports of civilian casualties caused by Government forces in western Libya were true or not

-To evidence the sequence of events giving rise to the conflict.

-To ascertain whether government led peace initiatives were substantive

-To gather evidence of the impact of the conflict on civilians and communities.

DIAIRY OF EVENT ACTIVITIES and MEETINGS

Saturday 9th April

Depart from London in the early evening.

Sunday 10th April

Before we crossed the border in the early evening from Tunis, we witnessed at first hand tens of thousands of refugees, encamped on the Tunisian side of the border.

We travelled through Sabratha and Zawia and witnessed the scenes of heavy fighting. We saw numerous munitions and fire damaged buildings and passed through numerous checkpoints.

MONDAY 11th April

We met all day to plan, negotiate and discuss the framework of the mission.

TUESDAY 12TH APRIL .

We visited Green Square where we saw gatherings of people in support of the government. We visited Tajora, Fashloon , Souk al-Jomaa, cited in UN resolution 1973.

In the evening we visited Sobayha Hospital where we met interviewed, filmed and took testimonies from the hospital director, doctors, nurses, patients and relatives. The leader of the delegation took the opportunity to appear on a late night political programme to promote our mission.

WEDNESDAY 13TH APRIL

We travelled to Mezda town and hospital and Gharyan hospital. We interviewed, filmed and took testimonies from the hospital director, nurses, patients, relatives and neighbours of casualties which occurred at the same time as NATO bombing. We filmed bomb damage to the hospital and a number of residential homes. We interviewed and filmed residents of Mezda town. We met with a Libyan-based fact finding commission. We visited Colonel Gaddafi’s Compound and witnessed the site of the 1986 bombing where we also met and witnessed a permanent rally made up of people young and old in support of the government.

THURSDAY 14th APRIL

We travelled to Zawia, We were shown the extensive damage to a variety of government buildings including the Internal Security Building, the police station, the criminal records bureau at the registry office. We recorded a testimony from a professor of law and several local residents.

We spent nearly three hours in the central square of Zawia , where we filmed extensive munitions and fire damage to all of the buildings that surround the large central square.

We recorded testimonies from a considerable number of local residents, and others who had been displaced to Zawia. We witnessed a demonstration in favour the government on which we witnessed a public petition in favour of the government. We also interviewed and filmed migrant workers.

We met with a professor of constitutional law, who outlined the proposed constitution changes to take place in Libya

We met with and interviewed Mousa Ibrahim, the Libyan government spokesperson.

FRIDAY. 15th

Following reports of bombing casualties we travelled to Azizya . We arrived at a clinic to be told that the casualties had been transferred to other hospitals. Whilst we were there NATO planes were circling above us. Local people appeared in numbers in the street and told us of a bomb site in the locality from a bombing raid several hours earlier which was close to residential property . We travelled with local people to the site to be shown a bomb crater, approx 150m from several residential properties. We were shown structural damage to several of the buildings and filmed and collected bomb shrapnel fragments from across the whole area. We were shown light structural damage to the buildings. We recorded testimonies from local residents.

SATURDAY 16TH APRIL

We travelled to Bin Walid .We visited the college of electronics where we were given a briefing about the tribal composition of the area and local history .We travelled to the central square we were met by a large demonstration of people in support of the government. We filmed and took testimonies from a number of people. We met and interviewed the relatives of the Abd Raoof Khalfafla Anngart. (25 years) who was killed by rebel forces whilst on the national march for peace.

We visited a sports complex which had been turned into an ad hoc reception camp for refugees from the east. We interviewed filmed and took testimonies from refugee families. We were given a tour of the emergency aid stores.

We met with over 30 Tribal elders and carried out interviews.

SUNDAY 17TH APRIL

We visited 3 schools in Tripoli: a girls and boys secondary school and a primary school. We filmed and interviewed pupils. We witnessed lively pro-government celebrations at all three sites. We filmed some slight structural damage due to local bombing. We met with and held discussions with The Tripoli based fact finding commission NGO into events in Libya.

We met with the association of lawyers from Zawia and Tripoli. We received reports and testimonies, and filmed the meeting. We received a delegation of seven tribal elders who reported that 63 fatalities occurred in the Trajoora, Suk Jooma and Fashloun areas and that civilian properties had been attacked from the air.

They requested us to investigate their story.

MONDAY 18TH APRIL.

We travelled to the three areas cited in UN resolution 1973. We recorded testimonies from residents whose property had been damaged, we were shown the remains of bombs, witnessed structural damage to the building and munitions damage to a terrace wall and garden.

We visited two families whose two sons had been killed on the 26th March in the canteen of the military college reportedly from a NATO attack. We saw the death certificates, then went to the hospital were we recorded a testimony from a doctor that there had been many casualties including 7 fatalities, 5 of which were civilians .We visited another family who relayed to us how their son was killed on the way to the mosque from shrapnel from a NATO attack.

We recorded testimonies from a number of individuals on the streets of Suk Jooma, Trajoora and Fashloun who confirmed that there had been no fighting in the area between government forces and the people and that they were angry that lies had been told in the media about their communities. The also said that the only casualties had been due to NATO bombing.

We met with the deputy foreign minister who outlined the events leading to the crisis in Benghazi and held a general discussion of the peace initiatives being proposed by the government

INTERIM CONCLUSIONS

We have received numerous reports of civilian fatalities and can corroborate civilian casualties and fatalities due to NATO bombing.

Despite detailed investigation we could not find any evidence that the three regions of Tripoli cited in UN resolution 1973 had been subjected to government forces bombardment nor that their had been fighting between government troops and the people , we received many testimonies to the contrary .

In western Libya we have witnessed substantial support for the government by broad sections of society.

There has been a substantial displacement of migrant workers to the Tunisian border and a consequent refugee crisis.

There is displacement of a considerable number of people from towns most effected by the conflict .

We are fairly confident that Libyan Government peace proposal are substantive and sincerely held and we would urge all involved in that process to further the proposals.

By and large life is proceeding normally. Apart from the obvious security restrictions There are no state of emergency powers or curfews in place.

From our initial findings we are concerned that western media outlets are failing in their duty to report on the conflict truthfully


We conclude that there is a need for an independent international fact finding intervention by a professional, credible and acceptable organisation.

We welcome the peace proposals outlined by the African Union, Turkey, BRIC and Latin American countries.

BRITISH CIVILIANS FOR PEACE

DELEGATION

TRIPOLI

10TH -18TH APRIL 2011




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posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:46 PM
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Idiots
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posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:54 PM
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Sure there is. A crazy man is no longer in power.

War isn't for judging whose right or wrong. If you're fighting a war, you're wrong. War is for the annihilation of those whom would build tanks rather than cities.

If you find this fact sickening, congratulations, you're a mentally healthy human.
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posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 06:55 PM
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reply to post by Domo1
 



And what's wrong with that?
For all you know, he is CIA. That fact alone is not sufficient to judge him good or bad.
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posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 07:01 PM
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When I look around at the attention whores we have become as a society these days and that old built in human nature to need to share I really have a hard time swallowing stuff like this. I have no problem believing the motives and desires are there in the places of power but I just find it really unfathomable that this many people are this good at helping out and keeping it secret.



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 07:08 PM
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Wrong Forum :/
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posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 07:10 PM
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The independent journalist in the video I posted earlier, who feared for his life, has been reported missing.



There are also serious concerns for Lizze Phelam, also in a video posted earlier. Her facebook a/c, twitter a/c and website have been shut down.
edit on 27-8-2011 by wcitizen because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 07:36 PM
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Thanks for posting this, i have never believed what Gov't do or say
they're for the most part, Liars, they lie about everything because
that's all they've ever done. I believe what this man is saying is
the truth, and that like dozens of mysteriously missing Scientists
over the past few yrs to people telling it like it is, the People are
sick of being lied to and are recognizing this on a large scale.


Originally posted by wcitizen
The independent journalist in the video I posted earlier, who feared for his life, has been reported missing.



There are also serious concerns for Lizze Phelam, also in a video posted earlier. Her facebook a/c, twitter a/c and website have been shut down.
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posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:01 PM
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Originally posted by wcitizen
CONFIRMED. Libya War is CIA op 30 Years in the Making.

www.blacklistednews.com...


I try to use original articles whenever I can because crud always seems to build up whenever a story is retold. This is the source of your 'Confirmed CIA op' article. David Icke, the Grand Master of disinformation.


… THE ROTHSCHILDS OWN YOU NOW

The David Icke Newsletter Goes Out On Sunday

Gaddafi was being demonised by the Reagan-Father Bush administration (the Rothschilds) in the 1980s when the CIA and Mossad led a campaign to destabilise Libya that mirrors what has happened in 2011. Newsweek reported on August 3rd, 1981:

‘The details of the plan were sketchy, but it seemed to be a classic CIA destabilization campaign. One element was a “disinformation” program designed to embarrass Kaddafi and his government. Another was the creation of a “counter government” to challenge his claim to national leadership. A third — potentially the most risky — was an escalating paramilitary campaign, probably by disaffected Libyan nationals, to blow up bridges, conduct small-scale guerrilla operations and demonstrate that Kaddafi was opposed by an indigenous political force.’

Sound familiar? That was 30 years ago.

But so many just buy the lie no matter what the era or generation. As Adolf Hitler said: ‘Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.’ And his propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, said: ‘The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Hitler also said, with equal relevance: ‘What luck for the rulers that men do not think.’

NATO planes pepper-bombed Tripoli in support of the ‘rebels’ on the ground. Thousands of the very civilians that the UN resolution said should be protected were killed in the process. But we hear nothing of this in the mainstream media and precious little of the murder and executions of Gaddafi supporters by the ‘rebels’ throughout the conflict and after they entered Tripoli.

The emphasis is always on alleged executions and killings of rebel supporters by Gaddafi’s forces. No doubt some of these claims are true, but where is the balance? There is none, and Syria is now being demonised to go through the same process of demonise, invade, conquer, control. Richard Haas, president of the Illuminati Council on Foreign Relations which directs US foreign policy, has admitted that the NATO bombing of Libya was not about protecting civilians, but removing Gaddafi. He also called for an ‘international force’ to occupy the country and ‘maintain order’.

It is the same rhetoric, the same blueprint, which we have seen in every other country ‘liberated’ by the architects of tyranny. It really is goodbye Libya: rest in peace. The United States and its conscripted NATO allies are not going to walk away and leave Libya to the Libyans. It is an occupation force to pillage the oil resources and the banking system, and it was always going to be. Source


Not much of an article is it? The entire thing is built around a quote from an old Newsweek article. What was the article about? What was the context of the quote? Sadly David Icke doesn't provide us with the original article, he trusts his fans to be good little followers and believe his words. He plants ideas, that's what he does and articles like the one you posted is what he wants.




edit on 27-8-2011 by cripmeister because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:21 PM
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Originally posted by cripmeister

Originally posted by wcitizen
CONFIRMED. Libya War is CIA op 30 Years in the Making.

www.blacklistednews.com...


I try to use original articles whenever I can because crud always seems to build up whenever a story is retold. This is the source of your 'Confirmed CIA op' article. David Icke, the Grand Master of disinformation.


… THE ROTHSCHILDS OWN YOU NOW

The David Icke Newsletter Goes Out On Sunday

Gaddafi was being demonised by the Reagan-Father Bush administration (the Rothschilds) in the 1980s when the CIA and Mossad led a campaign to destabilise Libya that mirrors what has happened in 2011. Newsweek reported on August 3rd, 1981:

‘The details of the plan were sketchy, but it seemed to be a classic CIA destabilization campaign. One element was a “disinformation” program designed to embarrass Kaddafi and his government. Another was the creation of a “counter government” to challenge his claim to national leadership. A third — potentially the most risky — was an escalating paramilitary campaign, probably by disaffected Libyan nationals, to blow up bridges, conduct small-scale guerrilla operations and demonstrate that Kaddafi was opposed by an indigenous political force.’

Sound familiar? That was 30 years ago.

But so many just buy the lie no matter what the era or generation. As Adolf Hitler said: ‘Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.’ And his propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, said: ‘The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Hitler also said, with equal relevance: ‘What luck for the rulers that men do not think.’

NATO planes pepper-bombed Tripoli in support of the ‘rebels’ on the ground. Thousands of the very civilians that the UN resolution said should be protected were killed in the process. But we hear nothing of this in the mainstream media and precious little of the murder and executions of Gaddafi supporters by the ‘rebels’ throughout the conflict and after they entered Tripoli.

The emphasis is always on alleged executions and killings of rebel supporters by Gaddafi’s forces. No doubt some of these claims are true, but where is the balance? There is none, and Syria is now being demonised to go through the same process of demonise, invade, conquer, control. Richard Haas, president of the Illuminati Council on Foreign Relations which directs US foreign policy, has admitted that the NATO bombing of Libya was not about protecting civilians, but removing Gaddafi. He also called for an ‘international force’ to occupy the country and ‘maintain order’.

It is the same rhetoric, the same blueprint, which we have seen in every other country ‘liberated’ by the architects of tyranny. It really is goodbye Libya: rest in peace. The United States and its conscripted NATO allies are not going to walk away and leave Libya to the Libyans. It is an occupation force to pillage the oil resources and the banking system, and it was always going to be. Source


Not much of an article is it? The entire thing is built around a quote from an old Newsweek article. What was the article about? What was the context of the quote? Sadly David Icke doesn't provide us with the original article, he trusts his fans to be good little followers and believe his words. He plants ideas, that's what he does and articles like the one you posted is what he wants.




edit on 27-8-2011 by cripmeister because: (no reason given)


I was well aware of David Icke's article, and read it before posting what I posted. The reason I chose to post the other article was because I found it of interest also and it CONTAINED the link to the David Icke article, so just one click was needed to see that article as well.



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:21 PM
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Here's another quote for you to fuel the paranoid fires
It's from a speech by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates in 2010. I have provided a link to the original source of course.


When I was deputy DCI in the 1980s, I was briefed on a plan to launch balloons into Libya dropping leaflets telling the people to overthrow the government. I told them to make sure the leaflets specifically said that it was Qaddafi who should be overthrown. I could imagine strong westerly winds carrying balloons with a generic “overthrow your government” right across Libya and into Egypt. I thought President Mubarak would not be pleased. Source


edit on 27-8-2011 by cripmeister because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:22 PM
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Yeah, Crip,
All purveyors of propaganda want good little followers, but actually so do purveyors of truth. Those that speak the truth want educated followers, while those that push propaganda don't really care for truth.
You might agree with that?
So, the question is, what is the truth? Is our foreign policy built around exploiting the weaker nations and peoples of the world to benefit huge corporations?
Of course it is. You know that, don't you?
So, why are you here?



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:24 PM
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Here's a report from Human Rights Investigations on the ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people being carried out by the rebels.

humanrightsinvestigations.org...




Libyan rebel ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people Posted on July 7, 2011 by HRI Mark
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Further specific evidence has emerged that there is a strong racist element within the rebel forces, including at command level, and it is the stated intention of these forces to ethnically cleanse areas they capture of their dark-skinned inhabitants.

Racism amongst the rebels including at command level

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, journalist Sam Dagher pointed out the obvious fact that the Libyan war is aggravating ethnic tensions in that country. The article talks about the fate of Tawergha, a small town 25 miles to the south of Misrata, inhabited mostly by black Libyans, a legacy of its 19th-century origins as a transit town in the slave trade:

Ibrahim al-Halbous, a rebel commander leading the fight near Tawergha, says all remaining residents should leave once if his fighters capture the town. “They should pack up,” Mr. Halbous said. “Tawergha no longer exists, only Misrata.”

Other rebel leaders are reported as:

“calling for drastic measures like banning Tawergha natives from ever working, living or sending their children to schools in Misrata.”

In addition, according to the article, as a result of the battle for Misrata:

nearly four-fifths of residents of Misrata’s Ghoushi neighborhood were Tawergha natives. Now they are gone or in hiding, fearing revenge attacks by Misratans, amid reports of bounties for their capture.

Amid allegations of black mercenaries and stories of mass rape by the inhabitants of Tawergha, Sam Dagher reports on further evidence of the racism amongst the rebel forces:

Some of the hatred of Tawergha has racist overtones that were mostly latent before the current conflict. On the road between Misrata and Tawergha, rebel slogans like “the brigade for purging slaves, black skin” have supplanted pro-Gadhafi scrawl.

The racial tensions have been fueled by the regime’s alleged use of African mercenaries to violently suppress demonstrators at the start of the Libyan uprising in February, and the sense that the south of the country, which is predominantly black, mainly backs Col. Gadhafi.

This information has already been publicised, in the WSJ and also in the Black Star News. Bryan Chan of the Los Angeles Times reports visiting a prison in Benghazi, where terrified black men were paraded for the cameras (with Human Rights Watch silently taking notes). One man bravely protested he was just a guest worker and the guards presented a Gambian passport as proof he was a Gaddafi operative. Chan’s Libyan interpreter asked:

“So what do you think? Should we just go ahead and kill them?”

There is a lot of horrific video footage clearly showing public lynchings in Benghazi (link to graphic description of some of the footage). including at the rebel HQ, beheadings of blindfolded prisoners and interrogation of prisoners, including in hospitals.

The myth of black mercenaries leads to lynchings

Other evidence of the massacres of black people, which include the lynchings and murder of black soldiers of the Libyan army, guest workers from other African countries and dark-skinned Libyan civilians include a report from the BBC on 25 February which cited a Turkish construction worker as saying:

“We had 70-80 people from Chad working for our company. They were cut dead with pruning shears and axes, attackers saying: ‘You are providing troops for Gaddafi.’ The Sudanese were also massacred. We saw it for ourselves.”

On 27th February Nick Meo of The Telegraph reported from Al-Bayda that he had been shown mobile phone footage of a ‘captured mercenary‘ (presumably he means black person with a uniform) lynched from a street lamp as well as a ‘black African hanging on a meat hook.’

Amnesty International crisis researcher, Donatella Rovera spent the period from 27 February to 29th May in Misrata, Benghasi, Ajabiya and Ras Lanouf. Yesterday she was interviewed by Austria’s ‘The Standard’ and had this to say on the subject:

“We examined this issue in depth and found no evidence. The rebels spread these rumours everywhere, which had terrible consequences for African guest workers: there was a systematic hunt for migrants, some were lynched and many arrested. Since then, even the rebels have admitted there were no mercenaries, almost all have been released and have returned to their countries of origin, as the investigations into them revealed nothing.”

Who spread the myth and why?

So what accounts for the widespread popularity of this myth? It is, to be frank, an example of highly successful propaganda, appealing to the basest of racial stereotypes. The myth was highly important in gaining consent for the operation in Libya, in order to cover up and justify the massacres of black people taking place.

In account after account, the mercenary myth is used to justify the imprisoning and killing of black people and this process continues today. Given the background of racial tension in Libya, including the October 2000 race riots which led to the killings of 200 people with 1000s forced to flee, the consequences of the spreading of this propaganda were entirely predictable and constitute incitement to commit atrocities.

The myth of black mercenaries was spread by certain political leaders including members of the National Transitional Council in Benghazi, British Defence Minister Liam Fox and NATO spokesperson Oana Longescu .


According to Amnesty, allegations of “African mercenaries” have led to the lynchings
The viagra myth

On the viagra myth beloved of the ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, Donatella Rovera had this to say:

“No one really took that seriously did they? On the 21 March, after the first air strikes on Gadaffi’s troops outside Benghazi, a young man who worked in the media centre presented us with many boxes of the potency drug. He claimed to have found them in the destroyed tanks. The vehicles had been completely burnt out, but the packaging looked brand new. I can not believe that anyone took him seriously.”

NATO enabling human rights abuses

So is NATO actually “protecting civilians” – or is it rather supporting rebels, some of whom who intend to harm dark-skinned Libyans and ethnically cleanse areas over which they take control?

The information contained in this post, is widely known and has been reported in the Independent and other newspapers, so NATO can not claim ignorance of the facts.

As this is being written, the”brigade for purging slaves and black skin,” is advancing on Tawurgha, supported by NATO strikes from the air and on the ground by Special Forces. A rebel commander has declared the intention is to wipe the town off the map and we have already seen the lynchings of black people and the driving out of black people from Ghoushi.

By continuing to escalate the conflict in Libya, allowing the arming and supporting the rebel side, providing bombing support to enable them to advance and refusing to implement a cease-fire as demanded by the United Nations and African Union, NATO is enabling serious abuses of human rights and NATO officials will certainly be held to account.



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:46 PM
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Originally posted by SirClem
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Yeah, Crip,
All purveyors of propaganda want good little followers, but actually so do purveyors of truth. Those that speak the truth want educated followers, while those that push propaganda don't really care for truth.
You might agree with that?


Actually no. I have never come across a 'purveyor of truth' that didn't have a hidden agenda. In my opinion you will never find the truth by following someone else. You have to do it yourself.


So, the question is, what is the truth? Is our foreign policy built around exploiting the weaker nations and peoples of the world to benefit huge corporations?
Of course it is. You know that, don't you?


No I don't know that but it's an interesting and important idea.


So, why are you here?


I am here to discuss the, in my opinion, outrageous claims in the OP.



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:52 PM
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Why are the claims "outrageous"?
Do you know how the government works? In practice I mean, not theory. Not NPR news. Or CNN, or basically any television news reports on how government works.
How the money flows and why we invade countries. Do you have a clue Crip?
Why are the claims outrageous?



posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:54 PM
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Here's a report from a human rights organisation on the ethnic cleansing and lynching being carried out by the rebels.

Here's an article from a Human Rights organisation on the ethnic cleansing being carried out by the rebels and how NATO is enabling human rights abuses.

humanrightsinvestigations.org...



Libyan rebel ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people Posted on July 7, 2011 by HRI Mark
27


i26 Votes

Further specific evidence has emerged that there is a strong racist element within the rebel forces, including at command level, and it is the stated intention of these forces to ethnically cleanse areas they capture of their dark-skinned inhabitants.

Racism amongst the rebels including at command level

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, journalist Sam Dagher pointed out the obvious fact that the Libyan war is aggravating ethnic tensions in that country. The article talks about the fate of Tawergha, a small town 25 miles to the south of Misrata, inhabited mostly by black Libyans, a legacy of its 19th-century origins as a transit town in the slave trade:

Ibrahim al-Halbous, a rebel commander leading the fight near Tawergha, says all remaining residents should leave once if his fighters capture the town. “They should pack up,” Mr. Halbous said. “Tawergha no longer exists, only Misrata.”

Other rebel leaders are reported as:

“calling for drastic measures like banning Tawergha natives from ever working, living or sending their children to schools in Misrata.”

In addition, according to the article, as a result of the battle for Misrata:

nearly four-fifths of residents of Misrata’s Ghoushi neighborhood were Tawergha natives. Now they are gone or in hiding, fearing revenge attacks by Misratans, amid reports of bounties for their capture.

Amid allegations of black mercenaries and stories of mass rape by the inhabitants of Tawergha, Sam Dagher reports on further evidence of the racism amongst the rebel forces:

Some of the hatred of Tawergha has racist overtones that were mostly latent before the current conflict. On the road between Misrata and Tawergha, rebel slogans like “the brigade for purging slaves, black skin” have supplanted pro-Gadhafi scrawl.

The racial tensions have been fueled by the regime’s alleged use of African mercenaries to violently suppress demonstrators at the start of the Libyan uprising in February, and the sense that the south of the country, which is predominantly black, mainly backs Col. Gadhafi.

This information has already been publicised, in the WSJ and also in the Black Star News. Bryan Chan of the Los Angeles Times reports visiting a prison in Benghazi, where terrified black men were paraded for the cameras (with Human Rights Watch silently taking notes). One man bravely protested he was just a guest worker and the guards presented a Gambian passport as proof he was a Gaddafi operative. Chan’s Libyan interpreter asked:

“So what do you think? Should we just go ahead and kill them?”

There is a lot of horrific video footage clearly showing public lynchings in Benghazi (link to graphic description of some of the footage). including at the rebel HQ, beheadings of blindfolded prisoners and interrogation of prisoners, including in hospitals.

The myth of black mercenaries leads to lynchings

Other evidence of the massacres of black people, which include the lynchings and murder of black soldiers of the Libyan army, guest workers from other African countries and dark-skinned Libyan civilians include a report from the BBC on 25 February which cited a Turkish construction worker as saying:

“We had 70-80 people from Chad working for our company. They were cut dead with pruning shears and axes, attackers saying: ‘You are providing troops for Gaddafi.’ The Sudanese were also massacred. We saw it for ourselves.”

On 27th February Nick Meo of The Telegraph reported from Al-Bayda that he had been shown mobile phone footage of a ‘captured mercenary‘ (presumably he means black person with a uniform) lynched from a street lamp as well as a ‘black African hanging on a meat hook.’

Amnesty International crisis researcher, Donatella Rovera spent the period from 27 February to 29th May in Misrata, Benghasi, Ajabiya and Ras Lanouf. Yesterday she was interviewed by Austria’s ‘The Standard’ and had this to say on the subject:

“We examined this issue in depth and found no evidence. The rebels spread these rumours everywhere, which had terrible consequences for African guest workers: there was a systematic hunt for migrants, some were lynched and many arrested. Since then, even the rebels have admitted there were no mercenaries, almost all have been released and have returned to their countries of origin, as the investigations into them revealed nothing.”

Who spread the myth and why?

So what accounts for the widespread popularity of this myth? It is, to be frank, an example of highly successful propaganda, appealing to the basest of racial stereotypes. The myth was highly important in gaining consent for the operation in Libya, in order to cover up and justify the massacres of black people taking place.

In account after account, the mercenary myth is used to justify the imprisoning and killing of black people and this process continues today. Given the background of racial tension in Libya, including the October 2000 race riots which led to the killings of 200 people with 1000s forced to flee, the consequences of the spreading of this propaganda were entirely predictable and constitute incitement to commit atrocities.

The myth of black mercenaries was spread by certain political leaders including members of the National Transitional Council in Benghazi, British Defence Minister Liam Fox and NATO spokesperson Oana Longescu .


According to Amnesty, allegations of “African mercenaries” have led to the lynchings
The viagra myth

On the viagra myth beloved of the ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, Donatella Rovera had this to say:

“No one really took that seriously did they? On the 21 March, after the first air strikes on Gadaffi’s troops outside Benghazi, a young man who worked in the media centre presented us with many boxes of the potency drug. He claimed to have found them in the destroyed tanks. The vehicles had been completely burnt out, but the packaging looked brand new. I can not believe that anyone took him seriously.”

NATO enabling human rights abuses

So is NATO actually “protecting civilians” – or is it rather supporting rebels, some of whom who intend to harm dark-skinned Libyans and ethnically cleanse areas over which they take control?

The information contained in this post, is widely known and has been reported in the Independent and other newspapers, so NATO can not claim ignorance of the facts.

As this is being written, the”brigade for purging slaves and black skin,” is advancing on Tawurgha, supported by NATO strikes from the air and on the ground by Special Forces. A rebel commander has declared the intention is to wipe the town off the map and we have already seen the lynchings of black people and the driving out of black people from Ghoushi.

By continuing to escalate the conflict in Libya, allowing the arming and supporting the rebel side, providing bombing support to enable them to advance and refusing to implement a cease-fire as demanded by the United Nations and African Union, NATO is enabling serious abuses of human rights and NATO officials will certainly be held to account.




posted on Aug, 27 2011 @ 08:57 PM
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