CIA Misconduct in Peruvian Killing Underlines Inconsistencies--and Problems--in U.S. Policies

Talk about exquisite timing.

Two days ago, the New York Times reported on the just-released publication of a 2008 report on the CIA's negligence, deceit, disregard for its own rules and stonewalling in connection with investigation of its practice of shooting down airplanes in Peru in 2001. Back then, it was deadly mistakes made in the war on drugs.

A day later, the Wall Street Journal published a report about ramping up the CIA's targeted killing program in the war against terrorism (or against Al Qaida, as the Administration now calls it).

The Peru example underscores why the United States should not be using the CIA to conduct targeted killings. The CIA operates, understandably, in secret. When and if its conduct is investigated, the reports of its violations usually remain secret as well. The power to impose death should not be delegated to an entity, and to individuals, so shielded from standard measures of accountability.

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CIA Misconduct in Peruvian Killing Underlines Inconsistencies--and Problems--in U.S. Policies

Talk about exquisite timing.

Two days ago, the New York Times reported on the just-released publication of a 2008 report on the CIA's negligence, deceit, disregard for its own rules and stonewalling in connection with investigation of its practice of shooting down airplanes in Peru in 2001. Back then, it was deadly mistakes made in the war on drugs.

A day later, the Wall Street Journal published a report about ramping up the CIA's targeted killing program in the war against terrorism (or against Al Qaida, as the Administration now calls it).

The Peru example underscores why the United States should not be using the CIA to conduct targeted killings. The CIA operates, understandably, in secret. When and if its conduct is investigated, the reports of its violations usually remain secret as well. The power to impose death should not be delegated to an entity, and to individuals, so shielded from standard measures of accountability.

There's more...

Ghailani Trial Showcases NYC is Safe for Terrorist Trials

Most people don't even realize it, but an alleged al Qaeda terrorist - deemed among the most dangerous terrorists in US custody by US counterterrorism officials - has been quietly appearing in a U.S. federal court in downtown Manhattan for pretrial hearings for weeks now.  His trial is scheduled to start there next week.  And as the Wall Street Journal notes today, the NYPD - who are the national experts on counterterrorism security - don't see any need for extra funds to buttress their normal security procedures.

That's a far cry from the $200 million the police department said last year it would need to secure the trial of some other alleged al Qaeda operatives:  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators in the 9/11 attack.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani is being tried for his role in an earlier al Qaeda terrorist attack on U.S. interests: the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. He was considered so important to al Qaeda that after he was captured in Pakistan in 2004, he was subjected to so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" in CIA "black sites" while interrogators pumped him for information. He was only transferred from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to a New York prison for civilian trial last year.

Critics of the Obama administration's decision to use civilian trials for alleged terrorists claim, among other things, that trial and imprisonment in the United States pose a major security threat. But according to Devlin Barrett and Sean Gardiner in today's Journal:

The New York Police Department plans some behind-the-scenes security adjustments for Mr. Ghailani's trial, but there will be no street closures or extra officers assigned to security outside the courthouse.

For anyone who actually lives in New York and knows what the downtown courthouse area is like, that makes perfect sense. Ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the NYPD has stepped up its patrols and security in the area. There are now concrete barriers around all federal buildings that make it impossible for someone to drive a bomb up anywhere near them. Security entering the courthouse has always been tight, which makes sense, given that the Manhattan courthouse has long been the primary location for terrorist trials.

The problem with the plan to try KSM and his alleged associated there wasn't that New York City lacked sufficient security; it was that political opponents of the Obama Administration turned the trial into a political tool they could use to undermine the administration. And once opponents like Liz Cheney whipped some locals up into a frenzy about the need to close streets and add security, downtown businesses got scared about how that all might affect their bottom line.

The truth is, as the Ghailani trial demonstrates, that the NYPD and federal prison guards are fully capable of securing the massive stone courthouse and adjacent high-security prison that's long housed suspected terrorists safely.  We neither need to shut down the city nor spend another $200 million to accomplish that.

 

 

Part 2: From Golden Lily to the War on Terror

In part one, it was revealed how $3 trillion in treasure plundered from Asia by Japan in the WW2 operation 'Golden Lily' was confiscated by the United States and funneled into a covert fund used by the CIA to fight communism.

This ‘Black Eagle Trust’ would bankroll numerous secret actions taken by the U.S. throughout the second half of the twentieth century.

One of the hidden accounts, called the ‘M-Fund’, was used to purchase political influence in Japan. It allowed the country to illegally rebuild their army while the U.S. moved troops to Korea. Richard Nixon repeatedly dipped into the fund as vice president to buy influence in the region. As president in 1971, he sent $35 billion to Japanese Prime Minister Kishi, an indicted war criminal.

In addition to foreign activity, the black accounts were used to fund operations within the United States. Nixon’s Japanese fascist friends, elements of what would become the World Anti-Communist League (WACL), are believed to have participated in the Kennedy assassination. This event was part of the larger war on the American Left known as COINTELPRO. The WACL went on to back Latin American death squads under President Reagan.

However, the greatest achievement of the ‘Black Eagle Trust’ would come under his successor, President George H.W. Bush. He would reach the ultimate goal, destruction of the U.S.S.R.

In 1989 President George H. W. Bush began the multi-billion dollar Project Hammer program using an investment strategy to bring about the economic destruction of the Soviet Union including the theft of the Soviet treasury, the destabilization of the ruble, funding a KGB coup against Gorbachev in August 1991 and the seizure of major energy and munitions industries in the Soviet Union. Those resources would subsequently be turned over to international bankers and corporations…

Project Hammer was staffed with CIA operatives and others associated with the National Security apparatus. Covert channels were already in place as a result of other illegal Bush activities. Thus, it was a given that the project would use secret, illegal funds for unapproved covert operations, and that the American public and Congress would not be informed about the illegal actions perpetrated in foreign countries. The first objective was allegedly to crush Communism, a growing political philosophy and social movement that was initially funded by the usual group of international bankers who now supported their demise. To this end, the "Vulcans" under George H. W. Bush, waged war against the Soviet Union…

During the process of accomplishing the main objective of destroying the Soviet Union, the operatives made massive profits. In September 1991, George H. W. Bush and Alan Greenspan, both Pilgrims Society members, financed $240 billion in illegal bonds to economically decimate the Soviet Union and bring Soviet oil and gas resources under the control of Western investors, backed by the Black Eagle Trust...

Herein lays the rub. With the removal of the world’s greatest purveyor of communism, the mission of the ‘Black Eagle Trust’ was complete. Nevertheless, it would be necessary to cover up its existence. Records of the Brady bonds, borrowed against illicit holdings, remained in the offices of Cantor Fitzgerald in New York City.

From early 2000 to June 2001, several workshops were held between the Naval War College and Cantor Fitzgerald at the top of the North Tower to discuss “globalization’s future and the threats that could derail it” One day before the 10 year bonds reached maturity, the attack on the trade centers struck directly below Cantor, killing all of its employees and destroying all documents.

The final step to bury evidence of the great stolen treasure was to target outsiders who had touched the Black Eagle Trust. The CIA had used money laundering schemes through dictators such as Saddam Hussein and dirty banks like the B.C.C.I. With the advent of the War on Terror, every rogue agent affiliated with the trust could be targeted...

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Golden Lily: How the CIA Funded a Covert Empire

One of the darkest episodes of the second world war was the brutal slaughter of 30 million people in East Asia by the Japanese. The death rate of Allied POWs in this region was a staggering 30% (more than 7x higher than the death rate in Nazi camps). Yet, there is little discussion today of these war crimes. In fact, every member of the imperial family was exonerated. Why were Japanese royalty let go, while Germans were prosecuted? The grotesque answer lies with riches that were looted from the Chinese, Koreans, and Burmese during the conflict.

When Allied forces blockaded the Japanese, much of their stolen treasure was buried in the Philippines. Upon their surrender, General Yamashita was taken into custody along with his surrogates. His driver, Major Kojima Kashii, was tortured to reveal the booty’s location.

Since Yamashita had arrived from Manchuria in October 1944 to take over the defense of the Philippines, Kojima had driven him everywhere. In charge of Kojima’s torture was a Filipino-American intelligence officer Severino Garcia Diaz Santa Romana, a man of many names and personalities, whose friends called him ‘Santy’. He wanted Major Kojima to reveal each place to which he had taken Yamashita, where bullion and other treasure were hidden.

Supervising Santy, we learned, was Captain Edward G. Lansdale, later one of America’s best-known Cold Warriors. In September 1945, Lansdale was 37 years old and utterly insignificant, only an advertising agency copywriter who had spent the war in San Francisco writing propaganda for the OSS. In September 1945, chance entered Lansdale’s life in a big way when President Truman ordered the OSS to close down. To preserve America’s intelligence assets, and his own personal network, OSS chief General William Donovan moved personnel to other government or military posts. Captain Lansdale was one of fifty office staff given a chance to transfer to U.S. Army G-2 in the Philippines. There, Lansdale heard about Santy torturing General Yamashita’s driver and joined the torture sessions as an observer and participant.

Early that October, Major Kojima broke down and led Lansdale and Santy to more than a dozen Golden Lily treasure vaults in the mountains north of Manila, including two that were easily opened.

$100 billion in wealth (in 1945 prices) was estimated to be buried in the Philippine hills, including tens of thousands of tonnes of gold. Adjusted for inflation, its worth is valued at about $3 trillion. After being briefed of the situation, the Truman administration decided to keep the treasure a state secret. The loot would be funneled into a covert political action fund to fight communism. It was called the Black Eagle Trust.

According to [CIA Deputy Director] Ray Cline and others, between 1945 and 1947 the gold bullion recovered by Santy and Lansdale was discreetly moved by ship to 176 accounts at banks in 42 countries. Secrecy was vital. If the recovery of a huge mass of stolen gold became known, thousands of people would come forward to claim it, many of them fraudulently, and governments would be bogged down resolving ownership. Truman also was told that the very existence of so much black gold, if it became public knowledge, would cause the fixed price of $35 and cause the fixed price of $35 an ounce to collapse...

Documents do show that between 1945 and 1947 very large quantities of gold and platinum were deposited in the world’s biggest banks, including Union Banque Suisse and other Swiss banks, which became major repositories of the Black Eagle Trust.

 

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