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. [Read more…]