Editor’s note: Investigative journalist, Wayne Madsen, of Wayne Madsen Reports, is in Libya covering the NATO invasion. WMR subscribers have been able to learn firsthand what is really happening on the ground in and around Tripoli over the last ten days. With Madsen’s permission, the T-Room is posting his reports as a “Reporter’s Diary”. You haven’t seen this side of the story anywhere in the corporate run media. Note, we are starting this “Reporter’s Diary” with Madsen’s most recent post which details the latest geopolitical economic perspective of which Libya is obviously included, to recent NATO bombing of the Libyan Anti-Corruption Agency where NATO powers believed documents detailing billions in Libyan assets would disappear if bombed, but not so fast, all files were saved and are now safely out of harms reach, to the facts on the ground about the bombing of Qaddafi’s son’s home to the refugee challenges facing border areas.
Libya: A Reporter’s War Diary
Posted June 1, 2011 – Note to members: A rather hurried trip arose for the editor to travel to Tripoli to witness first-hand the NATO bombing campaign being conducted against Libya. WMR will make every attempt to report from the besieged Libyan capital and the from the highway corridor from the Tunisian border to Tripoli and on the return trip from Tripoli to Tunisia. Internet connectivity may be spotty or be non-existent in Libya, especially if NATO steps up attacks on Libya’s critical infrastructures of power generation and distribution and telecommunications. WMR will either file reports from Libya or from Tunisia during the return trip back to the States next week.
June 20, 2011 — The blackmail used to inch Germany into the Libya campaign
For decades, the CIA has been in possession of documents proving that Libya’s chemical weapons program benefitted from the assistance of West German firms. Germany abstained on UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized “any means” necessary to prevent the death of civilians in Libya’s civil war, which the U.S. and NATO quickly adopted as a green light for regime change in Libya through the assassination of its leader Muammar Qaddafi.
To counter German resistance to UN and NATO action against Libya, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was told by President Obama that she and her country would be embarrassed if some of the details of Germany’s involvement in Libya’s nerve and mustard gas weapons program were “leaked” to the media. WMR learned in Libya that the blackmail of Germany by the U.S. and NATO worked and that Germany decided to step up its role in the Libyan war effort, although not to the extent desired by Washington, London, or Paris. In fact, the Germans want nothing reported about the continued presence in Libya of chemical weapons stocks turned over by Libya to the UN and U.S. but still await disposal. Libyan troops were placed in charge of the security for the chemical weapons stocks after Libya’s 2003 agreement with the U.S. and UN to turn over its stockpiles. However, since NATO began bombing Libyan military bases, some of which are adjacent to the chemical weapons warehouses, there is a fear that the weapons could fall into the hands of Libyan rebels, some of whom are “Al Qaeda” and “mujaheddin” veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Germany fears that its role in providing the chemical weapons technology to Libya might be revealed if the rebels gain control of the warehouses.
Libyan chemical weapons production was centered at the “Pharma 150” plant at Rabta, construction of which began in 1984. One of the primary firms involved in Rabta’s construction was Imhausen-Chemie of Lahr/Schwarzwald, Germany. Assisting Inhausen were some thirty other West German firms, in addition to Belgian, Singapore, South African, and French companies, the Schweizerischen Kreditanstalt Bank of Zurich, and Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, and Switzerland subsidiaries of Imhausen. Assisting Imhaussen at Rabta was Japanese Steel Works and Marubeni of Japan, both of which masked chemical weapons production equipment sent to Rabta as desalinization plant materials. Some 200 construction workers from Thailand were also involved in the building of the Rabta complex.
Among the other West German firms supplying Libya’s chemical weapons plant at Rabta were Abacus, Alfred Teves GmbH, Bischoff, Deutsche Bank, Drebs und Kiefer, Merck, Gesellschaft fur Automation, Heberger Bau, Hunnebeck, J. Sartorius, Kone, Krebs and Kefier, Linde, Pawling and Harnishchfeger, Preussag, Raab Karcher, Rhenus, Rose GmbH, Salzgitter Indistriebau GmbH, Siemens, Thyssen, Webac, and Zink.
Imhausen partnered with a Frankfurt-based firm, IIhsan Barbouti International (IBI), headed by Ihsan Barbouti, a native of Iraq and resident of London who was supplying chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq.
A Danish firm, DISA, supplied the foundry for Rabta’s chemical bomb making capability, which may explain why Denmark’s fanatically pro-business government has joined the NATO bombing campaign in Libya. The destruction of evidence pointing to how NATO and other European nations helped Libya develop chemical weapons may explain the involvement of a raft of NATO countries in the Libya military campaign and the reticence of European nations to discuss the present security problems with NATO’s bombing of Libyan military bases that have the added responsibility of providing security for the adjacent warehouses containing chemical weapons and pre-cursor materials.
Belgium’s Flaekt Company provided Rabta a cooling tower, while De Dietrich, a French company, provided glass lined cauldrons. Ironbridge, J.G. Trading, and Tosalex Trading of the United Kingdom were involved in shipping and contracting for Rabta.
Phillips Petroleum of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, supplied thiodiglycol, a mustard gas precursor chemical. Energoinvest of Yugoslavia supplied Rabta’s power station, East Germany’s VEB provided Rabta’s steel production capabilities, and Lampart of Hungary and Peterlee of Italy also supplied materials to Rabta.
There are Western intelligence elements in Tripoli that wish to see the roles of NATO nations at Rabta consigned to the ash heap of history. They made their intentions and interests quite clear during a conference in Tripoli at which the security dangers of Libyan rebels, many of whom are radical Islamist Salafists. These NATO-backed rebels now pose a threat to the warehoused chemicals being protected by central Libyan government military forces under the 2003 agreement with the United States and UN.
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June 17-19, 2011 — Libyan rapist troops using Viagra another Western propaganda story
In typical neo-conservative fashion, the “big lie” is being used in the NATO war on Libya as much as it was used in the western military attack on Iraq. Borrowing from Nazi playbook of Goebbels and Goering, the neocons and their Zionist allies now practice the deceptive strategy of using the big lie to advance their global agenda.
The most blatant example of the “big lie” being used in the Libya campaign is the story that Libyan troops loyal to Muammar Qaddafi were given the male sexual enhancement drug Viagra to commit hundreds of rapes in their conflict with rebel forces. Helping to advance the story of Viagra and rapes was International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Ocampo used the discredited Viagra reports to bolster his criminal cases against Qaddafi, his son Seif al Islam Qaddafi, and Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi.
A UN source told WMR that Ocampo should be aware that it is the United States that routinely prescribed Viagra for its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and that some of these personnel were accused later of raping foreign and U.S. military and civilian females.
In April, US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice bolstered the Libyan Viagra story when she stated that Libyan troops were being issued Viagra to rape women. Rice, who made the charge at a meeting of the UN Security Council, could not back up her assertions and many delegates at the meeting were skeptical of Rice’s charges. Not one delegate at the Security Council meeting backed up Rice’s hysterical claims.
Some of the Viagra-Libya propaganda can be traced to Margot Wallstrom, a Swedish Social Democratic politician who UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named as the first Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Wallstrom, who is more of an activist than an impartial investigator, was dubbed the European Union’s “Propaganda Commissioner” after becoming European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy in 2004. The Economist named Wallstrom as the worst EU commissioner in 2009.
Wallstrom has a close working relationship with Samantha Power, President Obama’s Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council and the wife of Obama’s “information czar” Cass Sunstein, the advocate for the use of propaganda on the Internet and “cognitive infiltration” campaigns. Power was instrumental is convincing Obama to intervene militarily in Libya.
Cherif Bassiouni, a UN human rights investigator, called the Viagra story in Libya “mass hysteria.” Bassiouni has hinted that Ocampo is working for those having other agendas. Ocampo, an Argentine lawyer who has worked for the World Bank, is seen by many of his critics as being part of the Soros network, the global network of non-governmental organizations funded by disaster capitalist George Soros. Ocampo has put great stock in unconfirmed news reports and wild claims by Libyans associated with the rebels.
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June 15, 2011 — Obama follows “Wag the Dog” script, even down to the rape scene
In the 1999 flick “Wag the Dog,” White House aides try to build up anger against Albania by showing a phony Albanian young woman, played by Kirsten Dunst, trying to escaping rape at the hands of Albanian troops. The “rape” was faked and filmed in a studio, complete with a blue screen. The intent of the phony rape was to divert the public’s attention away from a presidential sex scandal and build up support for military action against Albania.
Fast forward to today and we see such “made in Hollywood” tactics being played out in Libya. On March 26, Eman al-Obeidy, said to be a Libyan law student and an aspirant journalist originally from Tobruk in rebel-held eastern Libya, entered the Rixos Hotel, the headquarters for the international media and claimed she was gang raped and kidnapped by Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s military forces at a security checkpoint in Tripoli.
Al-Obeidy was bruised and scratched and said she entered the hotel by passing herself off as a member of the hotel staff. She claimed that the Libyan security forces recognized her accent from eastern Libya and then proceeded to rape her. Al-Obeidy, like the Kirsten Dunst character in “Wag the Dog,” became an instant media celebrity. For the anti-Qaddafi journalists nested at the Rixos, including those from The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Reuters, and the Associated Press, Al-Obeidy immediately became a cause celebre with her tale of rape and being held in sub0human conditions by her assailants, who had the help of black African “mercenaries.” The black “mercenary tale would soon be debunked and Al-Obeidy’s rape story also began to lose credibility.
Libyan government officials opened a criminal case against Al-Obeidy’s accused attackers and Saadi Qaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader, met with her after she was released from detention in Tripoli. Al-Obeidy was permitted to conduct interviews with the CNN’s celebrity in-breed Anderson Cooper and National Public Radio, among others. Al-Obeidy was permitted to air her grievances against the Libyan government and parrot Libyan rebel propaganda talking points from Tripoli. Eventually, Al-Obeidy ended up in Tunisia, after she said she was spirited out of Tripoli disguised as a Berber with the help of a defecting Libyan army officer. Somehow, Al-Obeidy managed to evade detection by over 50 security checkpoints on the coastal highway from Tripoli to the Tunisian border and enter Tunisia without any difficulties. This reporter, even with a Libyan visa and a Libyan diplomatic escort, was held up for at least one hour while crossing back into Tunisia from Libya. The delays were prompted by the border bureaucracies of both Libyan and Tunisian immigration and customs officials.
On May 5. Al-Obeidy was whisked into Tunis, courtesy of French diplomats who met her at the border, and by May 11, she was in Doha, Qatar, courtesy of the Libyan rebel Transitional National Council. It was apparent that Al-Obeidy’s propaganda value for the rebels and the West still had some currency because she was in the same city where Al-Jazeera has its broadcast headquarters. However, something went wrong in Qatar, an ally of the Libyan rebel movement and the NATO military offensive against Libya. Al-Obeidy was suddenly deported by Qatar. Al-Obeidy resorted to the same histrionics she employed against Qaddafi’s government: she claimed she was beaten by Qatari authorities, although she withheld rape charges in Qatar’s case. The Qatar press denied Al-Obeidy’s charges that she was beaten in Doha. The Libyan authorities claimed that Al-Obeidy had a history of mental illness and the events in Qatar lend credence to Tripoli’s contention about Al-Obeidy’s truthfulness.
WMR learned in Tripoli that Qatari officials were not satisfied with Al-Obeidy’s story or that proffered by her rebel movement handlers. The Qataris deported Al-Obeidy back to Benghazi, however, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intervened and sent a U.S. government aircraft to Europe to fly her to political asylum in the United States. The United States arranged for Al-Obeidy to travel to Malta and on to Vienna where she was picked up by State Department officials. CNN, which through its MI-6 intelligence-linked reporter Nic Robertson, followed Al-Obeidy’s case with a priority zeal, reporting that after being deported from Qatar she ended up, via Italy, in a refugee camp in Timisoara, Romania, which, of course, is getting the scene for the drama closer to Albania, the manufactured antagonist in “Wag the Dog.”
Just a few weeks after the Al-Obeidy debacle, the puff piece-entranced Western media found a new heroine in the Middle East. Amina Abdullah Araf al-Omari said she was a Syrian-American lesbian woman blogging from Syria. It was later reported that Amina had been kidnapped by Syrian security forces and was being held incommunicado. It was later revealed that “Amina” was, in reality, Tom MacMaster, a 40-year old PhD student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. “Amina” had posted “her” anti-Syrian government diatribes on the lesbian website LezGetReal run by executive Paula Brooks. “Amina’s” photograph was lifted from the Facebook page of a young Croatian woman living in London. Less than 24-hours after “Amina” was exposed as MacMaster, Brooks, who billed herself as a lesbian woman with three children living in the Washington DC area, was, in fact, Bill Graber, a 58-year old man from Ohio.
Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s “information czar,” is on the record favoring the use of Wikileaks and websites to spread disinformation and propaganda. In the case of Libya and Syria, Sunstein’s policies appear to be fully underway. It is also noteworthy to point out that General Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, who is also the commander of the U.S. Cyber-Command, which is tasked with carrying out offensive information warfare operations on the Internet, was an attendee at the recent Bilderberg meeting in St. Moritz, Switzerland. High on the agenda of the secretive and elite group was how to salvage what is becoming a quagmire in Libya. It is certain that Alexander offered up some enticing high-tech tricks to the gathering of the cabal that actually runs the world.
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June 10-12, 2011 — The results of Obama’s war on Libya
The results of Norway giving Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, oil-rich Norway contributes to NATO’s bombing of oil-rich Libya. We don’t need regime change in Libya, we need it in Oslo, from the unemployed monarch on down to the lowliest government minister.
ABOVE OUT TAKES: THE EFFECTS OF NATO’S BOMBINH OF LIBYA ON CIVILIANS, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
BELOW: NATO CLAIMS IT IS BOMBING MILITARY TARGETS, YOU BE THE JUDGE OF WHAT CONSTITUTES A “MILITARY TARGET”
LIBYAN SUPREME COURT:
WHEAT AND BARLEY STORES IN GARIF VALLEY:
WENZERK HOTEL AND RESTAURANT:
THE RESIDENTIAL HOME OF MUAMMAR QADDAFI’S WIFE, WHERE NATO KILLED QADDAFI’S SON, THREE GRANDCHILDREN, AND A FRIEND OF HIS SON. OBAMA VIOLATED THREE EXECUTIVE ORDERS BY TRYING TO KILL THE HEAD OF STATE OF LIBYA WHO WAS PRESENT AT THE RESIDENCE AT THE TIME OF THE ATTACK:
THE CIVILIAN PORT OF LIBYA, WHERE FISHING BOATS AND TRAWLERS BRING IN THEIR CATCH FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA. NATO IS NOW INTERDICTING LIBYAN FISHING BOATS, RESULTING IN A SHORTAGE OIF FRESH SEAFOOD IN TRIPOLI. THE ISRAELIS PRACTICE THE SAME FISHING BOAT INTERDICTIONS AGAINST GAZA FISHERMEN, ANOTHER INDICATION THAT NATO HAS ADOPTED ISRAELI-STYLE TALMUDIC “COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT” TACTICS AGAINST THE CIVILIANS OF WESTERN LIBYA:
THE GREEN BOOK RESEARCH CENTER IN TRIPOLI AND GENERAL POPULAR CONGRESS HQ, ALSO IN TRIPOLI(SIMILAR TO THE DE-BAATHIFICATION OPERATIONS OF THE NEOCONS IN IRAQ):
ABDEL SALAM ALARBI SCHOOL IN ALHEIRA:
SECOND BOMBING OF THE CHILD SERVICES BUILDING IN TRIPOLI:
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June 10-12, 2011 — Libya was “betrayed” by African nations that received billions in Libyan economic assistance
A senior Libyan official told this editor in Tripoli that Libya felt “betrayed” when three African members of the UN Security Council voted in favor of UN Security Council Resolution that authorized crippling sanctions on Libya, as well as military action by NATO and other nations. Libya cited the fact that when Russia, China, Brazil, India, and Germany abstained on the resolution, Libya’s erstwhile friends in Africa — South Africa, Gabon, and Nigeria — voted in favor of the resolution, which authorized “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians. The U.S. and NATO used the “all necessary measures” proviso to justify a sustained bombing campaign against Libya.
The biggest disappointment for Libya was South Africa’s vote. Muammar Qaddafi’s government was a major supporter of South African President Jacob Zuma’s African National Congress when it was locked in its struggle with South Africa’s apartheid regime. One reason why Zuma has been unsuccessful in his efforts to bring about a Libyan peace accord is that the central Libyan government no longer trusts Zuma. Privately, Libyan officials told me that Zuma sold out his principles in return for lucrative deals with South Africa’s business cartels, which maintain the same influence in post-apartheid South Africa as they enjoyed under the white minority government.
As for Gabon, which received millions of dollars in Libyan assistance, the Libyans believe that President Ali Bongo is more of a puppet of the French government than was his father, the long-time dictator Omar Bongo. In another indication that Gabon’s yes vote was bought by the Western powers that are attacking Libya, Ali Bongo was hosted at the White House on June 9. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that Gabon, a thoroughly corrupt kleptocracy like Nigeria, provided “very significant and courageous votes” on the UN Security Council on Libya, Iran, Ivory Coast and human rights issues. Ali Bongo has violently suppressed Gabon’s opposition political parties but was hypocritically praised by President Obama for his “human rights” commitment.
On June 7, Obama hosted Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at the White House and thanked him for Nigeria’s Security Council votes on Libya and Ivory Coast. In March 2010, Qaddafi suggested that Nigeria be split into two: an independent northern predominantly Islamic nation and an independent southern state dominated by Christians. Since Qaddafi had just led the African Union, the proposal was viewed with alarm in the West, which has substantial oil interests in Nigeria and will do anything to ensure the status quo in that nation. The West now sees Jonathan, a Christian, as a reliable, albeit corrupt, partner in Abuja to continue the status quo vis a vis Nigeria and the western oil companies. In fact, corruption is imbued in the three nations that voted for the Libya resolution at the UN with two of them — Nigeria and Gabon — practitioners of systemic corruption that is the hallmark of nations that are merely servants to international Big Oil.
While South Africa, Gabon, and Nigeria are among the chief African betrayers of Libya, Colonel Qaddafi can still rely on support from Sudan and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe castigated South Africa, Gabon, and Nigeria for their Security Council votes and WMR can report that Sudan remains firmly at Qaddafi’s side. After all, Sudan and Libya have much in common: the West has managed to break both countries in two, with South Sudan slated for independence next month and the West having managed to break eastern Libya away to form the so-called “Libyan Republic,” a virtual vassal regime of NATO and Israel. And Colonel Qaddafi and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir are both subject to arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC), warrants backed by the United States even though it does not recognize the authority of the ICC over U.S. citizens who commit war crimes.
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June 9, 2011 — WMR Editor on Libyan state TV in Tripoli. Arabic voice over
Broadcast on 5 June 2011.
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June 9, 2011 — What’s behind the global bankers’ austerity programs: seizure of public property for corporations
What lies in store for Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Italy, and, in short order, the United States, is the wholesale sell-off of public property to private corporations at bargain basement prices. What the schrekers who gather in their secretive lairs at Davos, Cernobbio, Bilderberg, and G8/G20 are bringing about is a world where no property is owned by the state, which by default means the people. Total corporate control over every facet of life equals extreme fascism.
What is occurring is Greece is a bellwether for what will befall other nations in Europe, as well as the United States, if the bankers get their way. And in Greece, the people know how generations of investments by the taxpayers are being turned over to vampire capitalists who have the full backing of the International Monetary Fund, European Commission, and the European Central Bank.
The European and global bankers have demanded that the Greek government sell off entirely or assume a minority stake in a number of state enterprises and utilities. For example, this year global capitalists are slated to acquire 84 percent of OTE, the Greek telecommunications provider. In addition, private bankers will assume 66 percent ownership of the Greek Postal Savings Bank; 51 percent of the National Lottery; 60 percent of the Salonika Water Authority; 68 percent of DEPA, the natural gas utility; and 25 percent ownership of the ports of Piraeus and Salonika.
Next year, the capitalist grab for public property increases in intensity with Athens International Airport coming under 79 percent private ownership. The global capitalists will also obtain 100 percent ownership of the Egniata toll motorway; 60 percent of Hellenic Post; 66 percent of OPAP, the state-run video-lotto and online sports betting firm; 73 percent of the Athens Water Authority; 83 percent of DEI, the Greek Electric Authority; and 51 percent of the Greek Regional Airports Authority.
The Greek Communist Party has vowed to fight against the acquisition of public property by the private sector. In fact, it is the Communist parties of Europe that have been the most vocal against the power grab by the bankers but their opposition to the privatization moves receives very little attention by the corporate-controlled media.
Massive sell-off lists of public property are now being drawn up by the governments of Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Ireland. In the United States, there are calls for the privatization of the US Postal Service, Social Security, and Medicare.
One Libyan government official this reporter spoke to in Tripoli during an intensive NATO bombing assault, opined that the same fate is in store for the Libyan Socialist Jamahiriyah. With the highest standard of living in Africa, Libyans could witness the U.S.- and NATO-backed rebel government begin to sell off Libyan government assets to global capitalists. The Libyan official said, “these people [global bankers] would sell the air if they could get away with it.”
June 9, 2011 — NATO attack on Libyan Anti-Corruption Office an attempt to destroy incriminating evidence on Sarkozy, others
Footage from Libyan state TV showing the results of the NATO bombing of the Libyan Anti-Corruption Agency. French President Sarkozy stood to benefit politically from the destruction of Libyan investigation files on the looting of the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund by Goldman Sachs.
The NATO attack on Libya’s Anti-Corruption Agency on May 17 was extremely convenient for some Westrern politicians who could gave faced criminal probes had the Libyan agency completed its investigation of fraud and corruption by Libyan officials, including several ministers and other Libyan government officials who defected to the rebel side.
The Anti-Corrption Agency’s files, fortunately, were backed up and are now stored in a secure location, according to Libyan officials this reporter spoke to during a recent trip to the Libyan capital.
The Anti-Corruption Agency was, among other things, investigating how Goldman Sachs “mis-invested” $1.3 billion from the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund. The loss of the Libyan money was reported officially in 2008 but the investments by Goldman Sachs took place over the previous few years/ There are strong indications that some of the Libyan money was siphoned off from Goldman Sachs into the presidential campaign coffers of then-French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who was elected president of France in 2007. Cash payments into Sarkozy’s campaign coffers was alluded to by Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Seif al Islam Qaddafi, in an interview with the press. Both Colonel Qaddafi and Seif are now subject to International Criminal Court arrest warrants.
WMR learned that the Libyan Anti-Corruption Agency was prioritized as a NATO target by France. Sarkozy and his friend, the French Zionist champion Bernard-Henri Levy, were early supporters of the Libyan rebel movement and France was the first nation to recgonize the rebels as the government of Libya. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the rebel Interim Transitional National Council is made up of a number of ex-Libyan government officials who were subject to investigations for fraud by the Anti-Corruption Agency but were also suspected of close links with the CIA. Chief among the suspects is Mahmoud Jibril, the former Libyan Planning Minister and chief of the Economic Development Board. Jibril, who received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, was under investigation by Libyan intelligence for being an agent of the CIA. Jibril now serves as the prime minister of the rebel0declared “Libyan Republic.”
Jibril successfully pressed Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to unfreeze $30 billion in frozen Libyan assets held by the US Treasury Department and transfer the funds to the Libyan rebels. However, WMR learned in Tripoli that based on the rebels squandering $US500.5 million and Libyan Dinar 900 million in cash looted from the Libyan Central Bank in Benghazi, the U.S. Treasury Department is reluctant to allow unfrozen Libyan assets to end up in the hands of the rebel leaders, who are considered by some U.S. Treasury officials to be blatant crooks.
Proof of the receipt of Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund cash by Sarkozy will re-open the Clearstream scandal, in which Sarkozy was accused of receiving cash payments through a Clearstream account in Luxembourg. The money stemmed from business bribes between France and companies and government officials in Taiwan and Pakistan. Sarkozy denied the charges and tried to turn the tables by accusing his chief rival, former French Prime Minister Dominique deVillepin, of manufacturing the Clearstream evidence. Sarkozy, therefore, has every reason to press NATO to attack the Libyan Anti-Corruption Agency in order to destroy any incriminating evidence that could be used in criminal charges against Sarkozy and his campaign. Sarkozy is running for re-election as French president in 2012 and a Libyan political payola scandal would have all but sunk Sarkozy’s chances for re-election and may have even landed him in prison.
June 8-9, 2011 — NATO operations in Libya create massive refugee problem in western Libya
Africans who were guest workers in Libya and who have lost their passports and many of their belongings are beginning to put pressure on both Libyan and Tunisian border guards and security forces from camps set up for the displaced Africans inside Tunisia to house the displaced workers and their families.
On the evening of June 6, as African refugees from the fighting in Libya tried to cross into Tunisia south of the actual Ras Ajdir border control station, Tunisian military forces responded with automatic gunfire. Witnesses in the area said the Tunisians were merely firing their weapons into the air for purposes of crowd dispersal, however, later reports from the area stated that several African refugees had been shot and killed by the Tunisians.
This reporter witnessed an armored personnel vehicle and a tank being transported to the border area a half hour after the outbreak of automatic gunfire from Tunisian troops. I was also present at the border crossing when the automatic gunfire from Tunisian troops first broke out on June 6.
Ironically, other Africans who have been living in the camps inside Tunisia have heeded the calls from the central government of Libya to return to Libya where they will be provided with housing and financial assistance. This editor witnessed a number of Africans on foot heading back into Libya from the Tunisian side of the border. The Qaddafi government has even set up a telephone number in Tunisia where refugees can obtain information on the repatriation program. Many of the African workers fled after Libyan rebels, backed by NATO and French, British, and American intelligence operatives, began killing African guest workers, along with their families, raping female African immigrants, amid accusations by the rebels that the guest workers were mercenaries for Colonel Qaddafi. The mercenary charge was merely a way for the rebels, many of whom have Berber blood and have long despised blacks, were able to commit acts of anti-black genocide. President Obama,. America’s first African-American president, and his senior advisers have not made any mention about the anti-black racism inherent in the Libyan rebel movement.
Above: With the Qaddafi government stabilizing the security situation on the ground in western Libya, many African workers refugees are heeding the Libyan government’s call to return with promises of housing and financial support. These workers are trying to hitch rides from the Libyan side of the Libyan-Tunisian border east to Tripoli.
The UN’s World Food Program, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Migration Organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, have established assistance programs for the refugees but the actual UN specialized agency and NGO officials are encamped in swank tourist hotels in Zarzis, Tunisia, south of Djerba island, and over a hundred miles from the refugee camps. These “misery industry” personnel, who swarm on human disaster sites like locusts onto fertile crop fields, pound out emails on their laptops in hotel lobbies and bars while the desperate Africans on the Tunisian-Libyan border are attacked by Tunisian troops and Tunisian bandit provocateurs, acting on behalf of the Tunisian military.
Joining the misery industry complex on the Tunisian border with Libya, is this African refugee camp set up by the United Arab Emirates, one of the country’s in Obama’s “Coalition of the Shilling” that is supplying fighter planes for NATO’s bombing campaign of Libya. Life in these camps is putrid and squalid, much different than life in the air conditioned estates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.
To call the situation on the Libyan-Tunisian frontier pandemonium would be an understatement. Add to the African refugee crisis, the crippling sanctions applied by U.S. and European Union to Libya and a virtual massive flea market has emerged in the Tunisian town of Ben Gardane, the first major town in Tunisia from the border zone. Merchants, eager to sell Libyans items in short supply in their own country, sell gasoline from plastic fuel jugs. Also sold from miles and miles of vendor stands, some makeshift, are tires, air conditioners, television sets, and food items. Road signs in the area pointing to Tataouine makes one wonder if this parched desert region, with people from Tunisia, Libya, and all over sub-Saharan and Saharan Africa, hawking goods and drinking coffee and alcohol in roadside cafes, is a real-life version of the fictional desert planet Tatooine in the Star Wars movies.
June 6-8, 2011 — TRIPOLI, LIBYA. NATO air strikes increase in Tripoli.
Sunday afternoon and evening (June 5) saw heavy NATO air strikes on Tripoli. A quiet Sunday night was punctuated by the sound of NATO jets flying over the city followed by loud explosions heard from WMR’s vantage point at a seaside hotel in central Tripoli.
Although NATO claims it is striking military targets, WMR has confirmed reports of explosions from NATO bombs in residential areas of Tripoli.
Night of June 5 saw heavy NATO airstrikes on Tripoli. Several large explosions and NATO jets flying overhead could be heard from this downtown location.
WMR has also been informed of recent top-level defections form the Libyan rebel coalition to the government of Muammar Qaddafi. A number of former Libyan opposition leaders, who were never affiliated with the armed wing of the rebel movement, say that diving Libya and seeing Libyan irregulars, NATO and U.S. bombs, and foreign mercenary forces killing Libyans was never a goal of the moderate opposition, which wanted change through dialogue and reform.
WMR has also been informed that along with 900 million Libyan dinars and $500.5 million in U.S. dollars being stolen by the Libyan rebels from the Libyan Central Bank in Benghazi, the rebels have also looted the bank accounts of private companies in eastern Libya, including from banks in Benghazi, Derna, Tobruk, and Beida.
There are also credible reports that French troops in Misrata, Libya, now occupied by rebel forces, have been overseeing the procurement of human organs from those killed in the fighting in the city. The past theft of human organs from conflict zones, such as Kosovo and the West Bank, has involved Israeli middlemen and traffickers.
June 6-8, 2011 — TRIPOLI, LIBYA. chant heard at people’s demonstration at Qaddafi compound in Tripoli
Libyan civilians, defying NATO to strike Muammar Qaddafi’s Tripoli compound, Bab al-Azizia in the air war, code-named Operation Unified Protector, nightly converge at the site of Ronald Reagan’s 1986 bombing of the compound, to chant, “Allah, Muammar, Libya wa bas!” (God, Muammar, Libya Only!)
Bab al-Azizia compound which sees nightly demonstrations supporting Muammar Qaddafi. The compound has been a target for U.S. forces since 1986, when Ronald Reagan ordered an attack on Qaddafi.
A monument at Qaddafi compound marking the 1986 U.S. attack, which killed Qaddafi’s adopted daughter. An airstrike on the Libyan First Lady’s house in Tripoli on April 30 killed Qaddafi’s son and three grandchildren. Muammar Qaddafi was present at the residence but reportedly unharmed.
The nightly pro-Qaddafi demonstration at the Libyan leader’s military and residential compound. This reporter taught several young Libyans a new chant, “Sarkozy, Obama and Cameron suck!” The word “suck” does not translate well into Arabic, however, when it was explained by one English-speaking Libyan, several Libyan demonstrators responded, “Obama is a motherfucker.” Mission Accomplished!
June 6-8, 2011 — TRIPOLI, LIBYA. Real danger of chemical weapons falling into hands of radical Islamists
Chemical weapons and chemical weapons precursor materials that were declared by Libya to the United Nations and United States but not yet destroyed are stored in warehouses at facilities adjacent to Libyan military bases now being attacked by U.S. and NATO forces. Libyan chemical and environmental engineers now warn that if NATO and the U.S. manage to force Libyan security forces to abandon their positions around the military bases and chemical weapons storage facilities, chemical weapons could end up in the hands of the radical Islamist Salafist forces that make up part of the Libyan rebel coalition force.
One Libyan chemical engineer was blunt in his warning about the chemical weapons and their current lack of security. He said, “the U.S. and U.N. took over responsibility for protecting these weapons, which include mustard gas canisters . . . now, the U.S. and U.N. are placing these weapons in potential danger of being captured by the ‘Al Qaeda’ forces, being sold on the black market, or being used against the United States after the alliance between ‘Al Qaeda’ and the United States terminates after a rebel takeover of Libya.” The engineer added, “the last time America allied itself with ‘Al Qaeda’ in Afghanistan, they attacked your country. After Libya, they will attack you again.”
Chemical and environmental engineers gathered for a conference in Tripoli dealing with the environmental damage already witnessed as a result of the NATO military attack on Libya. As NATO bombs could be heard exploding in the Tripoli region, environmentalists said that the potential for greater environmental damage looms with the NATO attack.
Libyan conference in Tripoli on actual and potential environmental damage from the NATO military attack.
One conference participant said, “In Brega, which is now under attack by NATO helicopters, a stray missile from one of those helicopters into ethylene storage tanks which are kept at minus 174 degrees Fahrenheit at a plastics factory in the city would result in an atomic bomb-like explosion that would destroy everything in a 10 kilometer radius.” The participant added that the environmental damage from such an explosion would be catastrophic. Another attendee said there has already been damage to feeding and watering areas used by migratory birds flying to Europe from Africa, including some rare species.
There will also be consequences from the use by NATO and U.S. forces of depleted uranium shells. One environmental conference participant revealed that depleted uranium has been used in the NATO attack. In fact, this reporter witnessed shrapnel wounds of patients in the intensive care unit at El Khadra Hospital in Tripoli that were consistent with the use of Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) missiles. DIME weapons are spin-offs from bunker buster technology and both rely on depleted uranium. DIMEs cause powerful localized explosions that are, ironically, intended to limit “collateral damage.” Wounds from DIME weapons, resulting from small shrapnel dispersion, are highly carcinogenic due to the use of uranium components. The discoloration of the wounds seen on the patients are consistent with DIME attacks on Libya. DIME weapons were a favorite weapon for the Israelis in their attack on Gaza.
Abdullah took a shrapnel wound in the abdomen after the NATO attack on Muammar Qaddafi’s sprawling residential and military command compound at Bab al-Aziziya in downtown Tripoli. Abdullah’s nearby house was damaged in the attack. His hospital window continues to be blown open and ceiling tiles fall on his bed from continued NATO attacks on Bab al-Aziziya, a kilometer and a half away. Abdullah, whose friend lost a hand in the NATO attack, says he is not able to sleep with the continuing NATO bombardment.
Muammar is from Zlitan, near rebel-held Misrata, east of Tripoli. His two legs were hit with DIME-like shrapnel while he and his friends were sitting in front of Muammar’s grocery store.
Another victim of the Pentagon’s “precision-guided” munitions. This 26-year old man from Tadjoura, west of Tripoli, remains unconscious after a NATO attack resulted in the roof of his house collapsing on him. The El Khadra hospital spokesman said the man is unaware that two of his family members were killed in the attack.
A personal note: War reporting should always rely on the facts and be divorced from emotion. However, I witnessed a number of seriously injured Libyans and other Africans of all colors, many darker than or having the same skin tone as Barack Obama. For America’s first African-American president to order such attacks against Africans makes one wonder just what kind of psychologically sick, self-hating, and “self-described” mongrel of a human being occupies the Oval Office of the White House. There comes a time when you run out of words to let Libyans know that most Americans do not support such barbaric behavior on the part of their military forces.
June 6-7, 2011 — TRIPOLI, LIBYA. Libyan rebels using Western arms, looting Libyan Central Bank in Benghazi
Shortly after Libya’s rebel Interim Transitional National Council (ITNC) seized control of Benghazi, the second-largest Libyan city, they discovered the two keys for the cash vaults of the Libyan Central Bank in the city. However, because of control mechanisms, the cash vault required a third key held at the Libyan Central Bank in Tripoli, the capital. The rebel movement brought in a professional safe cracker from the United Arab Emirates who successfully opened the cash vault safe. The rebels had their hands on 900 million in Libyan dinars and $500.5 million in U.S. dollars.
According to Central Bank officials in Tripoli, the rebels have now spent or siphoned to their offshore bank accounts the entire Benghazi Central Bank cash reserves. In addition, the rebel movement has squandered millions of euros provided by the Euriopean Union. The rebel’s theft of money is so great, the U.S. Treasury has refused to provide frozen Libyan central government funds to the rebel movement.
In addition to the Libyan dinars stolen from the Benghazi Central Bank, NATO countries have printed their own Libyan dinars abroad and have made the cash available to the rebels.
Under Qaddafi’s Libyan Oil Wealth program, every Libyan family received a monthly payment of 500 dinars, their share of Libya’s oil revenues. With the rebels controlling the finances of eastern Libya, families in the east are no longer receiving the oil wealth-sharing payments and the looting of the Central Bank in Benghazi has resulted in no money for civil servants and pensioners.
Prior to the NATO attack on Libya, Qaddafi was working with other African nations, including that of President Laurent Gbagbo of Cote d’Ivoire, to establish an Africa-wide currency unit under the African Monetary Authority. French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his French business friends saw Qaddafi’s move as threatening the collapsing CFA franc, a neo-colonial contrivance used by France to maintain control over their former colonies in Africa. With Gbagbo ousted largely by French troops and Qaddafi under attack by French-and Israeli-backed rebels, Sarkozy and his banker and business friends feel that the CFA franc is safe and plans for the African currency unit are aborted.
One of NATO’s first targets in Tripoli was the Office of Investigation of Corruption in Tripoli. Several of the Qaddafi ministers who defected to the rebels, including the former Justice, Interior, Planning and Economic Development, and Trade and Industry ministers, were being investigated for fraud by the Libyan government. The documents on corruption were backed up, however, and are now stored in a safe location.
The Libyan rebels, many of whom are Libyan mujaheddin Salafists from Afghanistan and Iraq, including many Libyans captured in Afghanistan and released from detention in Guantanamo, obtained brand new weapons not found in Libyan stockpiles at the outset of their rebellion. Other Salafists crossed into Libya from neghboring Darfur in Sudan.
Some of the Salafists are members of the Islamic Combatant Group while others have established the “Emirate of Derna” in the east that is under the control of a member of “Al Qaeda” named Sheikh Abdul-Hakim. The INTC has issued Hakim a false Libyan passport. The passport photo shows Hakim with a beard and the Qaddafi government prohibits passport photos showing beards.
Many of the Islamic mujaheddin groups began their campaign to topple Qaddafi on Facebook. In November 2010, a political officer for the US embassy in Tripoli was expelled for espionage. WMR has learned the diplomat was a CIA agent who was on a liaison mission with a Libyan rebel “sleeper cell” in Ifrane, about 100 miles southwest of Tripoli, when he was caught by Libyan security. Thne CIA’s early involvement with the Libyan rebels, along with early support for the rebels by French and British intelligence, indicates that the Libyan rebellion was not based on events in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, but was designed to authorize the rebels to move when a favorable situation presented itself. The overthrow of the governments of Tunisia and Egypt provided just the right situation for the CIA and its French and British counterparts.
Many of the new weapons being used by the rebels are from the Belgian-based arms manufacturer Fabrique Nationale (FN), which has a CIA-connected subsidiary called FNH-USA. One FN rifle, the Fusil Automatique Léger (FAL), is the standard weapon being used by the rebels. The FAL, called the “Right Arm of the Free World” during the Cold War, only uses NATO standard rounds. The weapon was never used by the Libyan Army, which relied on Soviet weaponry. Claims by NATO that the rebels are using Libyan weapons captured from army arsenals and caches are, therefore, false.
Libyan rebels are also using U.S.-produced machine guns chambered for NATO rounds.
There are also reports that rebels have agreed to recognize Israel and allow Israel to maintain a 30-year lease for a military base in eastern Libya that would be used to check the Egyptian military should a future breakdown in Israeli-Egyptian relations occur.
Wayne Madsen (Washington)
NATO bombs are beginning to be heard with low level thuds closer to our hotel, the Bab Africa Corinthian at the seaside in downtown Tripoli. Last night, there was a spurt of anti-aircraft fire near the El Khadra Hospital. However, life continues as close to normal as possible in the Libyan capital. At night, cars and motorcycles with green Libyan Jamahiriyah flags and occupants shouting pro-Qaddafi slogans drive through the highways and roads of the capital.
Wayne Madsen (Washington)
This email received from someone with the Libyan rebels looks a lot like what Israelis routinely send out concerning anyone who defends the Palestinians. There is a gefilte fish odor about it:
Dear Mr Madsen,
I saw you to day on a program on the Libyan TV. I did not really understand why a man like you can be convinced to show up on such a propaganda show with a criminal such as Dr Shakeer. It is one of two things: either you have no clue of what is going on in Libya or that you have a hidden agenda that we do not know.
Mr Madsen, Gaddafi has killed innocent civilians with anti tank guns just because they want some justice. Gaddafi, whom you defend has govern this country for 42 years during which no Libyan can even say that he is not perfect, let alone criticize him. He hanged university student in front of their colleagues to terrorize them. I have seen this with my own eyes.
Libya is a rich country, 70% of libyans live under poverty line while Gaddafi, his family and his loyals spend millions on parties in Europe and the US.
This only few of so much this dictator has done. I can not understand, Mr Madsen, how a person like you who has access to internet and media and can see the crimes that is being committed in Libya by this dictator and his thugs against an arm-less civilians. Children have been turned into pieces by a grenade launchers. If this is can not convince you I do not know what else can.
These freedom fighters my friend are fighting for freedom and dignity and they certainly will not turn back because of your careless and irresponsible comments on the Libyan TV.
Please think again about your position on this.
Freedom to Libya
Down with Gaddafi and his mercenaries
Wayne Madsen (Washington)
No problem re-publishing Libya datelines.
Tonight we are seeing the heaviest NATO strikes in three days of being in Tripoli. Although military targets are being hit, it is a matter of time before we see the takeout of infrastructure targets as was done in Belgrade and later, in Baghdad. Libyan state TV is still on the air (I did an interview there last night that has resulted in strangers coming up to me and thanking me for reporting the truth about what is happening in Libya). Internet still works and the lights are still on. However, AT&T, T Mobile, and Verizon have severed all cell phone links with Libya. The world must know that the real criminals in Libya are the rebel leaders who are handing over their country to the Western powers, western oil companies, and the global bankers who have been chewing on the carcasses of Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Iceland and other nations and are now baring their fangs for a big feast on Libya.
June 5-6, 2011 — TRIPOLI, LIBYA. NATO war crimes in Libya exposed
In the current NATO war on Libya, the citizens of European and North American NATO countries are being treated to the largest propaganda blitz by their governments in cahoots with corporate media outlets since the U.S.-led invasions and occupation of Iraq. The situation on the ground in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, could not more different from what is being portrayed by Western news networks and newspapers.
The NATO missile attack that killed Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Seif al Arab Qaddafi, on April 30, was an attempt to kill Muammar Qaddafi himself. This editor visited the devastated home where Seif was killed, along with his friend and three of Muammar Qaddafi’s grandchildren. The only reason why Muammar Qaddafi survived the blast was that he was away from the main residence tending to some animals, including two gazelles, kept in a small petting zoo maintained for his grandchildren. Muammar Qaddafi escaped the fate of his son and grandchildren by only about 500 feet. The residence was hit by bunker buster bombs fired from a U.S. warplane. One of the warheads did not detonate and was later removed from what remained of a bedroom in the home. Libyan authorities do not have the technical capabilities to determine if the warhead contained depleted uranium.
NATO and the Pentagon claimed the residence was a military compound, yet there is no evidence that any military assets were located in the residence that was flanked by the homes of a Libyan doctor and businessmen. The Qaddafi residence actually is owned by Qaddafi’s wife. The neighbors’ homes were also badly damaged in the U.S. air attack and are uninhabitable. Only a few hundred yards away from the Qaddafi compound sits the embassy of Cote d’Ivoire.
The presence of a foosball table and swing set in the yard of the Qaddafi compound belies the charge by the Pentagon that the home was a military target. However, considering that Qaddafi was present in the compound during the attack, it is clear that President Obama violated international law and three Executive Orders signed by three past presidents — Ford, Carter, and Reagan — in trying to assassinate the Libyan head of state. In fact, while Obama’s order to kill Qaddafi was being carried out, the President of the United States was preparing to yuck it up with Washington’s illuminati and Hollywood’s glitterati at the White House Correspndents’ Dinner in Washington.
Obama’s order to kill Qaddafi is reminiscent of George W. Bush’s order to kill Sadaam Hussein at the outset of the U.S. war against Iraq, an assassination order that was also a violation of international and U.S. law.
Above, tracing the footsteps that Muammar Qaddafi took from his wife’s residence to his grand children’s petting zoo at the rear of the backyard. Moments after Qaddafi left the residence for the mini-zoo, NATO missiles struck the residence in a residential and diplomatic quarter of Tripoli, killing his son and three grandchildren. There are still small body parts lying underneath the rubble of the residence.
The U.S.missiles struck the Qaddafi home at 8:09 pm Tripoli time. The clock was frozen at the time of the attack.
Debris from one of the US missiles that was used to try to kill Muammar Qaddafi.
The remains of a bathtub blown several hundred feet away from the Qaddafi home into the yard.
Colonel Qaddafi’s wife’s handbag and some of her clothing blown several hundred feet from the bedroom of the home.
The Pentagon insists that the Qaddafi residence was a military command center. Perhaps the Pentagon mistook the above equipment for what the Pentagon brass trains on every day.
The garment Colonel Qaddafi was wearing in the living room before he left for the backyard mini-zoo.
A piece of reinforced concrete was propelled through the living room wall from the adjacent bedroom area of the Qaddafi house.
One of the fortunate but still traumatized survivors of the children’s petting zoo.
Putting into context what occurred at Mrs. Qaddafi’s home and the aftermath, let one say that there is an unprovoked and surprise enemy missile attack on a secondary U.S. presidential residence, say Camp David. The world’s major media then claims that the attack was justified because the U.S. president was committing unsubstantiated war crimes, all reported from sketchy sources. A group of independent journalists and human rights activists drive to Camp David and are welcomed by a plainclothes member of the Secret Service’s Presidential Protective Division.
The Secret Service official then proceeds to show the delegation one of the bombed out bedrooms of the main residence and points out that one of the pulverized bedrooms is where the president’s daughter was killed in the attack. The delegation is then shown the First Lady’s singed handbag thrown several hundred feet away in the explosion. Although the President was taking a walk away from the main residence, the delegation is shown a windbreaker bearing the presidential seal lying on the couch of the destroyed living room. A room said contain military command and control systems is then found by the delegation to have a destroyed pool table and a shattered pinball machine. The attacking nation claims that the Camp David compound was a security threat. But the American people rally to support their president and his family after the attack. Now, you can begin to understand how the people of Libya feel after the U.S. attack on Mrs. Qaddafi’s house that killed her and her husband’s son and three grand children, along with a family friend.
June 5-6, 2011 — TRIPOLI, LIBYA. US, NATO supporting 2000 “Al Qaeda” irregulars in Benghazi
The Obama administration may have officially pronounced the assassination by US Special Operations forces of reputed “Al Qaeda” leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan but that has not deterred the U.S. administration from providing over two-thousand “Al Qaeda” irregulars with weapons and other support in rebel-controlled eastern Libya.
The “Al Qaeda” guerrillas, Salafists who practice the extremist Wahhabist sect of Islam promoted by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar — all three countries members of the anti-Qaddafi Arab front supporting the NATO attack on Libya — are drawn from Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, according to a group of Libyan journalists who recently reported from Benghazi and made it back to Tripoli to report on what they witnessed on the ground in rebel-held territory in eastern Libya.
This reporter was shown raw video footage of the Salafists in Benghazi cutting the throat of a Qaddafi supporter and severing his head. The footage was reminiscent of the “Al Qaeda” beheading in Pakistan of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and American Nick Berg in Iraq. The Libyan journalists asked me why such footage of rebel atrocities is not being aired by CNN, Al Jazeera, or the BBC. I replied, “corporate control by the western war industry.”
I also saw another video of the wounds sustained by a Libyan nurse in a Benghazi hospital who was horribly disfigured by Salafist guerrillas. The woman’s head was cut in several places, her throat was cut, and she had deep gashes in her arms. The Libyan journalists also witnessed other women in Benghazi whose breasts had been cut off by Libyan rebels.
The Libyan media team was in Benghazi while French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy was visiting representatives of the rebel National Transitional Council in Benghazi before traveling to Jerusalem. The Libyan journalists reported that Levy told the rebels that if they wanted to see increased support from NATO, they should establish relations with Israel. After Levy met with the rebel commanders, it was announced that if victorious over Colonel Qaddafi’s forces, they would proceed to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu confirmed Levy’s meeting with the Libyan rebels and the topic of their recognition of Israel.
Levy is also a supporter of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Levy has attacked the credibility of the Guinean chambermaid who charged that Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted her in the Sofitel Hotel in Manhattan. Levy’s friends in the Libyan rebel movement have been charged with raping and killing a number of workers, including women, from black African nations, including Guinea. The rebel racial-motivated attacks on black workers in Libya has resulted in a massive refugee crisis on Libya’s borders with Tunisia and Egypt.
It was Levy who convinced French President Nicolas Sarkozy to be the first to recognize the Libyan rebels and commit French military force to their assistance. It is now being reported from Brega, a contested city on the battlefront, that French helicopters have entered the Libyan war on behalf of the rebel forces.
Sarkozy is said to have received substantial campaign funds for his run for the presidency of France from Qaddafi financial sources. In addition, the loss in 2008 of $1.3 billion dollars of Libyan sovereign wealth funds because of “bad investments” by Goldman Sachs reportedly involved top officials of the French government and the financial sector, including those close to Sarkozy and Strauss-Kahn, many of whom are French Jews who ardently support Israel and, now, the Libyan rebels.
WMR has also learned by informed sources in Tripoli that the former head of Liubyan intelligence under Qaddafi, Musa Kusa, was long believed to have been a double agent for the CIA in Libya. Kusa defected to Britain two weeks after the NATO attacks on Libya commenced.
Like former Egyptian intelligence chief and vice president Omar Suleiman, Kusa was a regional point man for the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” and torture program that used Middle Eastern nations like Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, and Syria as CIA partners.
June 4-5, 2011 — TRIPOLI, LIBYA. WMR Exclusive. Western Libya portrait is not what is being painted by the Western media
Western media reports continue to indicate that Libyan rebels trying to oust Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi from power, backed by daily NATO air strikes, are gaining ground in western Libya. During a six-hour drive from the Tunisian border to Tripoli, the Libyan capital, this reporter saw no signs of Libyan rebel successes in western Libya. In fact, I witnessed a spontaneous pro-Qaddafi demonstration on the main Tunisia-Tripoli highway in a town about one and a half hours west of Tripoli.
The green flag of the Libyan Arab Jamahiryah not only adorn flag poles in towns from Tripoli to the Tunisian border, but a number of private residences are flying the green flag from their rooftops, on flag poles, and even from outside of top floor windows in medium size and small towns alike along the main highway.
There are some telltale signs of previous fighting in the western part of the country — bullet holes in the walls of some buildings and even some more extensive structural damage — but there are no signs that the rebels, backed by the United States, NATO, and the European Union, have any substantial support in western Libya.
The one major sign of the Libyan civil war lies not in western Libya but across the Tunisian border where several refugee tent cities have been set up to accommodate thousands of refugees, most of them black African guest workers from sub-Sahara and Sahel nations who were set upon by rebels who said the workers were “mercenaries”brought to Libya by Qaddafi to fight on his behalf. In fact, there is a strong anti-black racialist element within the Libyan rebel movement that used the mercenary meme to justify heinous war crimes by rebel units against blacks from other African nations, as well as native Libyan blacks.
While many of the refugee camps on the Tunisian side of the Libyan frontier are sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross, one is funded by the United Arab Emirates, one of the nations participating in President Obama’s “coalition of the willing” that is waging a war on behalf of the Libyan rebels. From our hotel on the Mediterranean coast, we expect to see and hear the attacks conducted against military and some civilian targets a further few miles inland in downtown Tripoli.
The EU and NATO sanctions on Libya are being severely felt by Libya’s civilians. Petrol stations are rationing gasoline and long lines of cars sit waiting for gasoline to be delivered to the pumps. The NATO, EU, and U.S. policy of “collective punishment” of western Libya’s civilian population is being compares to Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank. In fact, many Libyans believe that Obama’s crippling sanctions on western Libya were crafted by Israel’s lobby in Washington, which pressured the Obama administration into adopting them.
NATO has conducted nightly air strikes against western Libya, including downtown Tripoli, since March 19. The attacks begin around 12 midnight local time and at the time of this report we are expecting another NATO bombing of Tripoli in a little less than an hour.
Above: Mostly black African refugees, who fled Libya after U.S.- and NATO-supported rebels committed war crimes against them merely because of the color of their skin, live a sprawling refugee camps on the Tunisian side of the Libyan border. America’s first African-American president supports a rebel movement that practices genocide against black Africans, mostly guest workers who received salaries in Libya they could never earn in their native countries in sub-Sahara and Sahel Africa.
Qaddafi’s portrait still ubiquitous in western Libya. Top is at a border crossing office. Bottom is at the border frontier.
The motorcade of the U.S. peace delegation speeds towards Tripoli. The official Libyan diplomatic protocol cars were able to breeze by dozens of Libyan military roadblocks set up between the Tunisian border and Tripoli. The delegation is headed by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and will be joined by former Senator Mike Gravel and former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
Spontaneous pro-Qaddafi demonstration on the main highway from Tunisia to Tripoli.
Crippling sanctions on western Libya are resulting in long gas lines and civilian hardships. The Obama administration stands accused of waging Israeli-like “collective punishment” against the people of western Libya, where Qaddafi continues to command widespread popular support.
June 3-4, 2011 – DJERBA, TUNISIA – On Libyan-Tunisian border, its back to the future with refugees
During the last air sanctions against Libya, imposed by the United Nations in 1992 over alleged Libyan involvement in the bombings of PanAm 103 and UTA 772, many Libyans traveling to and from Tripoli were forced to fly through Tunisia, traveling overland to and from the Tunisian border to their homes in Libya. With European Union sanctions now imposed on Libya, the old travel regime is back in force.
However, there is a new dimension to the air embargo on Libya. Attracted to the Libyan-Tunisian border by refugees, most African guest workers from sub-Sahara and pan-Sahel African nations, fleeing the fighting in their country, scores of international aid workers now occupy the tourist hotels of Djerba, the once popular Tunisian resort that has fallen on hard times after tour operators canceled excursions following the Tunisian revolution earlier this year.
Today, prior to crossing into Libya, this reporter is witnessing representatives of the “misery industry,” young international aid workers with groups like the International Committee of the Red Cross, EU, and International Organization for Migration, lounging around the tourist hotels mingling with German and French pensioners eager to take advantage of the special travel packages being offered by a depressed Tunisian tourist industry.
Not only is war good for the weapons industry but refugee crises brought about by Western-implemented wars, fatten the wallets of NGOs anxious the cash in on the human misery created by Pentagon and NATO overt and covert military operations.Meanwhile, here in Djerba, near the Libyan frontier, its pool side and cold Heinekens for the NGO community here to “save” the Libyan refugees.
June 1-7, 2011 — Libya Situation Summary as of 1 June 11
After meeting with Libya’s embattled leader Muammar Qaddafi, South African President Jacob Zuma came away with a cease fire offer by the Libyan leader, along with a promise to hold negotiations with Libya’s NATO-supported rebels. However, Qaddafi rejected leaving Libya and Zuma said he fears for Qaddafi’s personal safety amid a continuation of NATO’s military campaign against Qaddafi’s government. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has received an additional three-month mandate to continue NATO’s military campaign against Libya.
The NATO campaign reportedly is expanding from aircraft and missile attacks on Qaddafi’s forces to the insertion of British and French combat helicopters in Libya, as well as placing ex-British special forces personnel, now private military contractors, with Libyan rebel forces in key contested cities, including Misrata. Qaddafi’s government claims that, to date, the NATO bombing campaign has killed 718 civilians.
In a ste-back for Qaddafi, Malta announced that it was recognizing the rebel National Transitional Council, based in Benghazi, as the only point of dialogue between Malta and Libya. The announcement falls short of full recognition by Malta, which appears to be hedging its bets since it has maintained a number of lucrative joint business ventures with Qaddafi’s government.
It is becoming apparent that the NATO campaign in Libya was largely the brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Rasmussen, the former Danish Prime Minister. There are reports that Sarkozy and Rasmussen were selected at an early stage of their political careers by Mossad to be future agents of influence for the Israeli government and its interests.
Rasmussen, known as one of George W. Bush’s major European backers for the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, became NATO Secretary General after conducting a major political operation on behalf of the alliance. As Danish prime Minister, Rasmussen successfully blocked moves toward total independence by Denmark’s North Atlantic colonies, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, thus ensuring their continued inclusion inside NATO’s North Atlantic zone of control.
Denmark calls the two colonies “self-governing” territories, although they have no control over defense or foreign affairs matters. NATO was happy to reward Rasmussen with NATO’s top job as a reward for his efforts. Rasmussen now stands as one of the most expansionistic NATO Secretaries General in the alliance’s history.
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About the author –
Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for several renowned papers and blogs. Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows. He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers …
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