Wednesday, March 24, 2010
covert mercenary networks in "Afpak"), and Iraq to murder tribal militants. former senior Pentagon official Mike Furlong, International Media Ventures (IMV), to provide the US military with "cultural information" about Afghanistan’s Pashtun tribes.
Codename: Operation Capstone. "the Cultural Engineering Group" of Florida, and "Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program" of Virginia funded Furlong with $24.6 million.
Furlong hired former special forces to assassinate Pashtun leaders and target tribal compounds for strikes by US Predator drones. free enterprise known as "Murder Inc."
Dewey Clarridge from the 1980’s Afghan war, were involved. IMV’s CEO came from major defense contractor L-3
huge ruckus. Pentagon has cut Furlong adrift. Shades of CIA agent Ed Wilson set up as a deniable "independent" arms and explosives to Libya and Angola. this intrigue blew, Wilson was buried alive in federal prison
This latest recalls 1980’s guerilla war in El Salvador government death squads and
1968–1972 Operation Phoenix in South Vietnam, killed from 26,000 to 44,000 suspected Communists
growing criticism of 275,000 mercenaries (AKA "private contractors") in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, operate without any accountability, legal structure, or oversight
US mercenaries are likely behind bombings of civilian targets in Peshawar. Indian intelligence spreading mayhem to destabilize Pakistan
Xe (formerly Blackwater) and DynCorp have raked in fortunes running private armies for the US. They are major donors to the far right of the Republican Party
private armies are goose-steps away from Nazi Brownshirts of late 1920’s Germany
US Special Forces in Afpak not until this month under control of McChrystal. They reported to Petraeus in Tampa. McChrystal rose leading US Joint Special Operations Command who were on campaigns of liquidation and intimidation in Iraq, and
To the Pentagon’s fury, CIA runs its own. paramilitary drone assassination ops. 90%
are civilians. "wet affairs" undermine the agency. CIA’s paramilitaries report to Langley. Pakistan is not informed
How many of the 15 other US intelligence agencies are running private armies. special forces from NATO whose operations are deep secret
Australia criticism for attacks on civilians by SAS units
Britain’s renowned SAS and SBS commandos are very active
US brands all as "illegal combatants, denying them due process and Geneva Convention