Democracy Revival – Saving Grace

May 11, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Truth is the first casualty in politics and war.

Since the Presidential declaration of Osama Bin Laden allegedly killed by the American Special Forces on May 1, 2011, the controversies surrounding the event has raised legitimate doubts about Operation Geranimo and,

The bizarre developments leading to more questions for the members refuting reality.

Prior to proceeding with the specific requests for clarifications in this matter, it is important to focus on two issues relevant to the mysterious operation.

First, the CIA creation of Osama Bin Laden as Mujahidin and Al-Qaeda  – vehemently denied by the authorities despite proof via documentary and several national and international reports.

The visual content is available in the website’s featured video.

Source – TheSottReport  – Thank you.

News articles:

BBC News – 20 July, 2004 UK

“Al-Qaeda’s origins and links  – During the anti-Soviet jihad Bin Laden and his fighter received American and Saudi funding.  Some analysts believe Bin Laden himself had security training from the CIA.”

Germany – Spiegel International

“The United States also supplied Afghan freedom fighters in the 1980’s with money and arms for their struggle against occupying Soviet troops.  One of the best customers for the CIA back then was Saudi millionaire Osama Bin Laden.”

Former UK Foreign Secretary and Leader of the House of Commons – Robin Cook:

“Throughout the 80s Osama Bin Laden was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan.

Former FBI translator Sibel Edmonds – Reportedly stated –

“The U.S. was on intimate terms with Al Qaeda and Taliban and used them to further certain goals in Central Asia.”

Guardian U.K. – Anthony Sampson, Thursday 1 November 2001,

“CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July – French report claims terrorist leader stayed in Dubai hospital.

Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.”

Osama Bin Laden’s death in Dec 2001 reported and acknowledged by several leading news papers, Pakistan Presidents, U.S. government and intelligence agencies – references cited in the preceding blog post titled – ‘Democracy under Siege.’

Most importantly the Bush administration had knowledge about Osama Bin Laden’s demise for it was published by – – Wednesday December 26, 2001:

Report – “Bin Laden Already Dead”

Subsequently the Bush-Cheney administration dismissal of Osama Bin Laden video with strong affirmation that Al Qaeda leader was dead per –

The Telegraph,

By Toby Harnden in Washington, 12.01AM GMT 28 Dec, 2001

US casts doubt on Bin Laden’s latest message –

The recording was dismissed by the Bush administration yesterday –

“As sick propaganda possibly designed to mask the fact the al-Qa’eda leader was already dead.”

“Hunting for Osama Bin Laden.’

Not barring the specific instruction to the U.S. armed personnel by the then commander-in-chief and former President George W. Bush, the former Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld not to capture Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora considering their claim that Osama Bin Laden was behind the 9/11attack.

Similarly former Iraqi PSiresident Saddam Hussein was also linked to 9/11 for invasion of Iraq.

The recent revelations on Osama Bin Laden not charged by FBI for 9/11 and the former Vice President Dick Cheney in concurrence with that position during an interview in 2006 (included in the Featured Video – alqaeda doesn’t exist – documentary Part 1) stated that,

‘There has never been forthcoming evidences against Osama Bin Laden in the 9/11 attack. So we decided not to press charges.”

Simultaneously the previous administration solemnly proclaimed Osama Bin Laden as the terror mastermind behind 9/11. The inconsistencies and evasions call for in-depth independent inquiry in the 9/11 horrific homeland terrorism.

The escalation of warfare up until now in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen… on false pretexts with thousands of brave men and women in the U.S and coalition forces sacrificed,

Not to mention the millions of innocent lives lost and several millions displaced as refugees alongside economic liabilities contributing to burgeoning national debt predominantly from illegal wars deserves objective and impartial hearing in public view.

Failure to uphold the principle – “none are above the law” upon which the great nation was founded has set dangerous precedence granting unlimited executive power rendering democracy irrelevant.

When ordinary citizens commit a crime, the law enforcement agencies, media and the political voices demonstrate the individual capability to bring the perpetrators to justice.

At the same time such clamor is ominously missing against political establishment with abstinence or extreme collusion having become the trend in contemporary society.

The prevalent norm that punishes the innocent denying due process with fabricated convictions while the guilty favored permanent impunity for political or economic advantages conclusively define double standards in the apparent distinction between the privileged and the average class.

Justice department and intelligence agencies held under the executive branch have been politically convenient to remove whistle blowers and retain conciliators with public information ‘classified’ for an indefinite period.

With respect to relentless wars in Islamic nations and oil rich Middle East –

The legislative branch with the exception of lawmakers, albeit a minority holding strong reservations for disproportionate defense expenditure largely attributed to the alarming national debt invariably cast their votes to prolong foreign occupation and invasion in the so-called war on terror.

Paradoxically, the same legislators threaten to shut down the government, filibuster legislation related to improving American lives, environment or social equality.

The misplaced priorities continually result in Washington gridlock eventually benefitting the segments with influential lobbyists reining control over all three branches of the government as witnessed in the –

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief admitting the role in the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission blocking ban on corporate political spending.

The era dominant by the powerful conglomerate comprising royalty, governments, corporations, media moguls, and military institutions along with intelligence agencies as the New World Order conducting secretive meetings on global matter and discreet policies proved detrimental to the environment and humanity at large is nearing end.

The entities are directly or indirectly pledged to the undemocratic system providing immunity on crimes against humanity.

Hence, restoring democracy by rejecting secrecy is quintessential to validate republic rule.

Additionally application of law across the society and thorough investigation with appropriate findings would exemplify real democracy in the land of justice.

Breaking hierarchy set up to proliferate rather than prevent systemic abuse of power is required more than ever to safeguard freedom and sovereignty.

Perhaps the saving grace in democracy revival.

It is incumbent upon Congress, Judiciary and civil society members to probe the dealings of the earlier and current administration about Osama Bin Laden, the justification of war based on falsehood and deception bearing serious ramifications on human lives and the planet.

In the latest operation Geronimo – the White House, the State Department and Defense Secretary are obliged and not slight the plea for the release of evidences methodically eliminated with refusal to share them.

Besides ignoring the national and international disbelief in the global issue.

Why was the operation carried out during blackout?

What was the factor behind the alleged dead body of Osama Bin Laden disposed in the sea contradictory to the treatment towards Saddam Hussein and his sons targeted and killed by the U.S. mission?

The unilateral decision to strike a potential suspect arguably a CIA asset in a sovereign nation depicting extrajudicial execution followed by systematic removal of evidences at Presidential discretion is stretching the executive power as the ultimate rule of law.

There are entities in the United States and other parts of the world wanted for various crimes associated with political, tax fraud and economic activities…causing immense suffering to the population.

Should they follow suit with extradition treaty either selectively exercised or being ineffective?

United States epitomizing leadership is honorable in adherence to international law and not displaying dominance and superiority.

In light of non-cooperation and the entire operation severely lacking in credibility,

The White House and the key cabinet colleagues – the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are to be subjected to transparency and the law of the land that would otherwise be enforced on mainstream population in similar conditions.

Any favoritism or reluctance to pursue the truth conspicuously subverted in the narration and operation would represent complicity on the part of the responsible authorities and members in the society.

Democracy is increasingly threatened with the majority marginalized on national issues defying accountability.

People have the power to reverse the rapidly deteriorating moral and ethical efficacy in the political, economic and social apparatus.

Only then democracy could prevail as the government of the people, for the people and by the people.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

















Democracy under Siege

May 9, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

President Barack Obama declared the alleged killing of Osama Bin Laden during the U.S. raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan a week ago with Presidential speech, statements and CIA director interviews raising more doubts due to incongruences pronouncing the inherent contradictory presentations thus far.

In the absence of evidence prior to and after the alleged shooting of Osama Bin Laden – an established CIA asset ‘died’ December 13, 2001 acknowledged by Pakistan Presidents and United States government as well as central intelligence forces,

Notwithstanding news articles confirming on Dec 26, 2001 that Osama Bin Laden is deceased.

Pakistan Observer reporting the death at the same time.

Prominent Egyptian newspaper Al-Wafd reported Osama Bin Laden’s death and the funeral rites. – Wednesday December 26, 2001:

Report – “Bin Laden Already Dead” and

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf  – ‘He died of Kidney failure.’

Israeli Intelligence in 2002 reiterated “Osama Bin Laden dead and all new videos are faked.”

Further, Osama Bin Laden kidney ailment and dialysis treatment were published and broadcast by U.S. New Channel – CBS news (presented in the blog post Featured Video).

Then the article By Anthony Simpson – The Guardian, Thursday 1 November 2001

“Two months before September 11 Osama Bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.”

In 2001 – the French newspaper Le Figaro is reported to have claimed per intelligence sources close to Osama Bin Laden that ‘Osama Bin Laden ordered kidney dialysis machine in 2000.”

Most relevantly  – According to The Telegraph,

By Toby Harnden in Washington, 12.01AM GMT 28 Dec, 2001

US casts doubt on Bin Laden’s latest message –

The recording was dismissed by the Bush administration yesterday –

“As sick propaganda possibly designed to mask the fact the al-Qa’eda leader was already dead.”

Osama Bin Laden death in 2001 was obviously well known among the intelligence, army, political and media circle – the conglomerate in control of the world affairs.

Now the question arises about the artful manipulation of facts, truth subversion to prolong foreign occupation and warfare not to mention the resurrection of Osama Bin Laden to life through fake videos and subsequent alleged death in the recently asserted American operation.

Most importantly, the Presidential discretion along with the key cabinet colleagues viz. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates recommendation defying the request to produce evidence in public matter is a dismissal of democracy.

As for the press and media commentary – ‘Osama Bin Laden Killed in U.S. raid’ is acceptance of the purported action made complex with operation conducted in deliberate blackout eliminating every possible image and statements lacking in credibility is suggestive of the privilege granted to the powerful political establishment regardless,

While such benefit of the doubt not extended to mainstream population in a democratic society.

Ref; The Thursday, May 05, 2011

Osama Bin Laden dead: Black out during raid on Bin Laden compound

“The head of the CIA admitted yesterday that there was no live video footage of the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound as further doubts emerged about the US version of events.

Leon Panetta director of the CIA revealed that there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US Special Forces was cut off.

A photograph released by the White House appeared to show the President and his aides in the situation room watching the action as it unfolded.  In fact they had little knowledge of what was happening in the compound.

In the interview with PBS, Mr. Panetta said “Once those teams went into the compound I can tell you that there was a time period of almost 20-25 minutes where they really didn’t know just exactly what was going on. And there were some very tense moments as we were waiting for information.”

Complacency and complicity are the major threats to democracy promoting abuse of power at the helm expected to epitomize transparency rather than refuting reality especially in the purely circumstantial based operation as revealed by the CIA director Leon Panetta resulting in loss of lives.

More details in this context will be presented shortly.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

White House Decision Not to Release Photos on the Alleged Killing of Osama Bin Laden

May 5, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

The President of the United States delivered a speech on May 1, 2011 Sunday night that he authorized the U.S operation Geronimo to kill the most wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden and proclaimed the mission successful i.e.

Osama Bin Laden was killed in action and the target’s corpse swiftly disposed in the sea after performing Islamic burial ritual by the U.S Navy seal.

During the Presidential address to the nation and the international community at large, the operation details were briefed confirming that Osama Bin Laden finally eliminated from the world.

Then the statements at different intervals through national security spokesperson and the White House Press Secretary followed the White House declaration of Osama Bin Laden’s death.

Subsequent interviews with the CIA director Leon Panetta further added to the operation narration.

Since Osama Bin Laden’s alleged death was declared with Presidential speech, statements and the CIA director interview without producing any evidence whatsoever,

The White House was requested to substantiate the monumental claim on the alleged killing of the terror mastermind through pictures of Osama Bin Laden as well as the entire operation in real time visual content claimed to have been viewed by the President and the selective national security cabinet members.

A video clipping asserting the real time operation viewing by the President of the United States, the Vice President, the Secretary of State, Defense Secretary and other national security members was submitted to defend the position.

However no pictures of Osama Bin Laden either alive or dead have been produced until now.

President Barack Obama response to the legitimate requirement –  he has decided not to the release the photos per his cabinet colleagues advice and claimed the pictures too gruesome for public view.

While it is highly appreciative that certain cabinet members and the President of the United States are concerned about the possible impact on the citizens in viewing the so-called gruesome pictures of the crucial operation and the developments even though such images are regularly seen in the news from different corners of the world,

The nation including the global society deserves credible evidence considering the subject’s profile and the world wide terror endured by the victims.

Notwithstanding the contradictory versions and bizarre operational method from beginning to end ensuring no trace of proof is left behind for public scrutiny.

The initial statement asserted Osama Bin Laden to have been killed in a firefight and later affirmed as being unarmed upon the armed U.S. commandos’ air descent into the building with the commander-in-chief specific authorization to kill rather than apprehend the target and brought to public domain.

Furthermore the documentary revealing the modus operandi confirming the alleged death of Osama Bin Laden in a non-combat residential setting and the purported burial in a sea instead of land is primordial to justify the major proclamation on global security matter.

Declining to share Osama Bin Laden’s images before and after the alleged killing under weak pretext only conforms to secrecy arousing valid suspicions surrounding the event jeopardizing the integrity of the highest office on land.

The incumbent administration was sworn in to office with a commitment towards ‘Hope and Change,’ premised on transparency and accountability that has unfortunately proved to be political rhetoric due to the failure to confront the facts in public on monumental national issues such as ‘Health Care Scandal’ and now the American tax payers expended military operation for reasons evidently lacking credibility.

In a meaningful democracy it is not for the cabinet colleagues to advise the President or the Presidential discretion suggestive of political maneuver to conceal information directly involving the people – the victims in the terror attacks sponsored by Osama Bin Laden in the United States and across the globe.

As for the honorable U.S. lawmakers move to block military aid, apply pressure and condemn Pakistan for providing shelter to terror mastermind and networks is a reactionary and not remedial measure.

Besides the impetus generates a perception among the Pakistan population to scapegoat the military aid recipient by ignoring the origin and the flawed policies largely favored for protracted warfare contributing to the terror networks proliferation becoming the cause to occupy foreign land.

Given the U.S. administration and Pentagon strategy to maintain the status quo demonstrated in the President’s $9 billion pledge to Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani in October 2010,

The cycle continues with no end in sight rejecting the viable options available viz.

Military assistance replaced with humanitarian aid directly benefiting the people of Pakistan through investment in education, health care and infrastructure.

With respect to Osama Bin Laden refuge – despite U.S. and NATO presence in the region for over a decade, the intelligence lapse and procrastination in delivering the truth about Osama Bin Laden until now is a serious violation of public trust.

The systemic abuse of executive power and the consistent evasion for public disclosure not to mention the truth subversion is tolerated in a democratic system with no consequences effectively rendering the U.S. democracy weak and irrelevant.

Democratic power is undermined when the elected officials are granted impunity in light of strong ethical misconduct and politically motivated erroneous decisions with no regard for the implications on human lives and national image as witnessed in –

President Ronald Reagan administration with President George H.W.Bush as the then Vice President in Iran-Contra Scandal and the cover up beyond exposure.

Latin American coup d’état. Middle East – Iran contra enabling the theocratic leader Ayatollah Khomeini rise to power in Iran.

President George H.W.Bush and family close business relationship with Osama Bin Laden immediate family.

President Bill Clinton lying under oath on personal affair.  Administration also held responsible for the Haitian economic decline allowing U.S, Corporations to benefit at the local population plight.

Delayed intervention in Bosnia and Rwanda genocide.

The extended warfare in Burundi and Congo that facilitated massive arms supply into the continent.

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney  – Illegal invasion of Iraq under false pretext,

Vice President Dick Cheney holding vested interests in Halliburton – implicated on several corporate crimes and the executive branch disregard for human rights, environment, economy, false terror alerts…. epitomizing the gross misuse of power.

U.S and coalition forces along with many lives in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan sacrificed in the lies and deception behind the justification for war.

U.S. military command not being forthright on troops casualty viz. the brave Pat Tillman shooting incident and similar accounts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Toppling governments – Democratic Haiti destabilized and the then democratically elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide exiled until today.

Other Issues – Negligence and mismanagement of Katrina, Abu Ghraib, Torture, rendition and denial of Habeas Corpus, Guantanamo bay…are just the few among the litany of charges against the Bush-Cheney administration.

President Barack Obama – Health Care Scandal pledging 30 million mandatory subscribers to Health Insurance industry.

Presidential decision not to investigate Bush-Cheney administration crimes.

Pursuing Bush-Cheney policy on Guantanamo bay, warfare, economy and environment.

Bush tax cuts extension to the wealthy.

Appointment of tax evading GE Corporation CEO Jeffrey Immelt as the White House Consul Chair for Jobs creativity and competitiveness irrespective of public dissent emanating from GE CEO held responsible for exporting over 20,000 jobs overseas.

White House mishandling of BP oil spill in the gulf coast with permits issued in October 2010 and more drilling scheduled in July 2011 against residents and environmentalists’ concern.

Additionally reports on permits contemplated for drilling in the Arctic.

Honduran Successful coup d’état, Ecuador failed coup, Lebanon government toppled – NB.  All three governments were democratically elected.

Currently Osama Bin Laden alleged killing not backed by evidence.

The tradition in Presidential power abuse continues in the absence of checks and balances.

U.S. Congress as elected representatives in a republic abstained from safeguarding democracy and upholding the law of the land exempting none regardless of stature, political affiliations and economic or social factors not barring the constitution limiting executive power for the precise rationale.

The office of Presidency is obliged to honor the constitutional oath as the Congressional members are in protecting democratic values conspicuously missing from the political system governed by special interests.

Reluctance to do the needful would be deemed complicity in treason of the highest order.

Democracy is threatened in the refusal to meet general expectations perhaps leading to decisive actions.

Therefore releasing evidence is necessary for public review and verification.

“The Arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.” – Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

US Raid Operation and the Alleged Burial of Osama Bin Laden

May 3, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Since the declaration of Osama Bin Laden death, the real issues at stake are yet to be addressed by the White House.

It is extremely important to release the raid operation images revealing the alleged fatality of the terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden claimed to have been witnessed in real time by the United States President and privileged audience i.e. Secretary of State and Defense Secretary along with selective members.

Further, presenting the unedited real time documentary on the raid operation with the terror leader Osama Bin Laden in action and the subsequent alleged death should be a no brainer considering the target’s significance and the worldwide anticipation to view the most wanted terrorist live picture.

Additionally real time visual content on burial of Osama Bin Laden reportedly  6′ 4″ in Height purported to have taken place in a sea rather than the land in violation of ethical and environment protocol also required in order to substantiate the bizarre stated ritual supposedly performed prior to presenting the evidence to the world at large.

Meanwhile assertions on the intelligence diligence despite Pakistan’s complicity to the terror leader residency is yet another debate lacking in credibility due to the CIA operatives deployed in Pakistan under previous and current administration as paramilitary forces and,

The procrastination in tracking down the terror leader’s whereabouts suddenly unfolding in a neighborhood not far from the Capital Islamabad leading to the controversies deserves valid explanation.

Besides United States and NATO presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan over a decade notwithstanding the status as the most sophisticated intelligence as well as the formidable military force on earth –

Inabilities to either locate or apprehend the terror leader reportedly a resident of  ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (1 hour away from Islamabad) for five years is suggestive of serious intelligence failure and the reluctance to act earlier than the chosen moment in time.

Hence transparency in disclosure with the video footage of the entire activity primarily consisting Osama Bin Laden is essential for public scrutiny.

Not only the American citizens but also the international community would benefit from the candid presentation given the profile of the terror leader Osama Bin Laden and the suffering endured by millions across the globe.

Democracy thrives with accountability enforced from the top bottom in a society.

Thank you.

Psadmini Arhant

Osama Bin Laden Declared Dead

May 2, 2011

By Padmini Arhant

Better late than never that Osama Bin Laden is now declared dead.

The 9/11 victims and thousands around the world have waited patiently for the truth,

Not to mention the U.S and coalition forces’ sacrifices along with millions of Afghan lives lost in the more than a decade old war yet to be brought to conclusion.

There can be no more procrastination in troop withdrawal.  The withdrawal scheduled for 2014 obviously requires review and meaningful justification.

Perhaps it is time to bring troops home and divest the exorbitant defense expenditure to address domestic issues such as creating jobs, universal health care through single payer system, infrastructure and green technology.

Iraq war was waged on false premises.

It was vehemently claimed – the then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 attacks in addition to possessing weapons of mass destruction proved otherwise in the yet another warfare seeing no end in sight.

Furthermore the latest revelation on Iraq according to the report from the Associated Press on April 10, 2011 is suggestive of the fact to examine the truth behind every major declaration.

Pentagon’s second thoughts on Iraq withdrawal –

“The U.S. wants to keep perhaps several thousand troops in Iraq, not to engage in combat but to guard against an unraveling of a still-fragile peace.

This was made clear during Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ visit Thursday and Friday in which he and the top U.S. commander in Iraq talked up the prospect of an extended U.S. stay.

How big a military commitment might the U.S. be willing to make beyond 2011?

“It just depends on what the Iraqis want and what we’re able to provide and afford,” Gates said Thursday at a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul where U.S. soldiers advise and mentor Iraqi forces.

He said the U.S. would consider a range of possibilities, from staying an extra couple of years to remaining in Iraq as permanent partners.”

Despite eliminating the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein executed on December 30, 2006 the troop deployment perpetually extended with contemplation for permanent base as revealed in the cited report.

Afghanistan is not any different in that scenario considering the possibility of any troop withdrawal scheduled not until 2014.

With Osama Bin Laden existence laid to rest realizing the resurrection to life only possible by the divine power as known to the global society in the return of Christ, a joyous celebration on Easter Sunday,

The protracted war strategy in Afghanistan deserves public disclosure and the means to provide for the prolonged commitment especially in light of opposition towards Medicare funding and several key issues related to improving average Americans’ lives.

Notwithstanding the lingering government shut down threats from budget disagreements based on disproportionate spending alongside generous tax cuts to the wealthy and specific tax evading corporations exporting American jobs overseas,

While their CEO retained as the White House Counsel Chair on Jobs Creativity and Competitiveness in the backdrop of sluggish economy, rising inflation and higher unemployment.

Transparency and accountability in governance would serve in national interest besides enhancing the respective political decisions credibility.

Evidently truth will continue to prevail regardless of the challenges in establishing peace and justice.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant








War and Geo-Political Status 21st Century – The Ultimate Resolution

October 8, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

In the twenty first century, the war is interestingly waged in Islamic nations around the world.

Beginning with Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Palestinian Gaza, West Bank and East Jerusalem, Yemen, Chechnya, Somalia and Sudan with skirmishes in Central Asia as seen in the recent Kyrgyzstan with Uzbek Muslims largely massacred in ethnic violence –

Terrorism and insurgencies are the by-product of relentless warfare and foreign policies fostering political instability in turn exacerbating economic and social development.

The trend is prevalent to date.

Afghanistan – The former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney started the war in 2001 declaring the terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden will be captured “dead or alive.”

Even the message resonated in the 2008 Presidential campaign with Senator John McCain as the Republican Presidential candidate pledging –

“I will follow Osama Bin Laden to the gates of hell.”

The Democratic Presidential candidate, the then Senator Barack Obama essentially repeated his predecessor’s rhetoric –

“Bush had earlier vowed to catch bin Laden “Dead or Alive,” and … “My preference obviously would be to capture or kill him. …”

We are in 2010 and the war is a decade old with tremendous loss of lives on all sides.

U.S and allies economy drained with the superfluous troops and financial investment, the troops’ low morale after continuous deployment and the public war fatigue at its peak,

Afghanistan today is still in the medieval age under the U.S. and NATO appointed Karzai administration that has been unanimously criticized for massive corruption and lack of direction in governance.

Meanwhile, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan are reportedly held hostage by the Pakistani military and ISI prohibiting them from initiating negotiations with the Afghan government to demonstrate Pakistani officials’ clout in the crisis.

Superseding these issues is the Al-Qaeda ring leader; Osama Bin Laden neither captured alive nor pronounced dead, a convenient situation to prolong the unsustainable war strategy.

If Osama Bin Laden is alive as it is claimed by the authorities, it raises the following questions:

Given the formidable U.S. and NATO forces in operation and the significant troops involvement since the war began in 2001, the severely incapacitated Osama Bin Laden remains at large according to the political and military high command.

Further, the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel prior to his departure last week is quoted to have questioned the administration on this issue with a statement in sheer amazement.

“We are spending about $50 billion on intelligence and we still don’t know where Osama Bin Laden is?”

Despite CIA overt operation through para-military in Pakistan and the Pakistani intelligence provided with U.S. intelligence assistance, the mastermind Osama Bin Laden cannot be found in the all too familiar territories Afghanistan where the U.S. trained the Mujahedeen, prominently Osama Bin Laden who later created the terror network ‘Al-Qaeda,’ is;

Remarkably similar to the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq that could never be found because it did not exist.

Any re-creation or resurrection accentuates the flaws due to the unauthentic replay leading to the fact that the scenario is ‘weapons of mass deception’ in the public eye.

Besides the former President George W. Bush family’s close ties with Osama Bin Laden’s immediate family is common knowledge and such relation enabled the Bin Laden family departure from the United States when all flights were grounded soon after 9/11.

Another compelling factor being Osama Bin Laden was not apprehended in Tora Bora even though the armed personnel requested for the former President George W. Bush, the Supreme Commander- in- Chief’s order for action.

These events were legitimized by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the terror experts, the media reports and cited by Senator John McCain during his Presidential bid.

The strange predicament being Osama Bin Laden is wanted “dead or alive,” and when there were opportunities to capture the terror leader, the executive order was not delivered to the armed forces to attain the goal.

Terror warnings are being issued claiming that Osama Bin Laden is preparing to wreak havoc in Europe like he did in Mumbai that took place on November 26, 2008, even though this particular terror activity was directly linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba and acknowledged by the assassin;

“Ajmal Kasab, the only attacker who was captured alive, disclosed that the attackers were members of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant organization. He said the attackers came from Pakistan, and their controllers were in Pakistan.”

Osama Bin Laden is continually used in the possible terror attacks and claimed as the primary target in the war on terror with no news regarding his whereabouts and sources except during the terror alerts surfacing upon Osama Bin Laden reference by the peace activists.

It’s crucial to resolve this issue once and for all considering the brave young men and women in uniform are deployed to supposedly eliminate Al-Qaeda and find Osama Bin Laden in the mission that began in 2001.

Many service men and women are serving for nearly a decade with some redeployed after having been in Iraq for four to five years. Most of these courageous frontline soldiers sacrificed in the on-going war are in the age group between 19 – 21 years old and have barely experienced life.

If a 29 year old private sergeant is killed in action after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan for twelve straight years and survived by his young pregnant spouse and a toddler and the war agenda is still a mystery then it becomes necessary to find out,

What exactly are we doing in these battle grounds?

As per the latest CIA report, along the Pakistan-Afghan border – Waziristan, there are fewer than one hundred Al-Qaeda members and negligible Taliban forces compared to U.S representation around 120,000 troops with NATO alliance.

Regardless the world’s most powerful by far the sophisticated U.S. and NATO contingency with all the imaginable resources at their disposal are experiencing difficulty over nine years in seizing the fractional terror members with inferior ammunition is astonishing for it defies logic.

Therefore, if the military commanders in the best interest of the troops, the nation and the international community could unequivocally clarify on the precise mission in Afghanistan and particularly, present the facts on Osama Bin Laden it would be enormously helpful in the decisions related to ongoing wars and defense spending during legislation and election.

Above all, the Afghan population deserves the truth for they are severely dispensed with their family generations wiped out in the ceaseless conflict.

If the Al-Qaeda leader is alive, it shouldn’t be harder to locate with the intelligence dragnet across the globe perhaps within twenty four to forty eight hours and brought to justice.

Alternatively, it would be honorable to declassify the classified public information and submit the verifiable facts on the Al-Qaeda leaders’ death.

As for all issues concerning the military operation, the President of the United States being the Supreme Commander-in-Chief bears complete responsibility.

The defense and the national security team are accountable to the President – responsible for the troop level authorization, withdrawal timeline and final approval on war strategies.

In the Afghan war, the information on the ultimate authority in the decision-making process is not clear.

While it is being maintained that there is disconnect and discord between the military and the civilian exchange on operational matter and that the President is not briefed on vital military positions such as the actual troop numbers by the top security adviser and military command,

It is suggested that any dissatisfaction in the Afghan war status quo should be attributed to the military command and not the civilian authority, the President of the United States who is also incidentally, the Commander-in-Chief.

This is contradictory to the latest occurrence that involved the military’s top ranking official
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, removed by the President of the United States for ‘off-the’ record comment about the administration,revealing the authority in control.

Now in the expansive military role especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan taking horrendous toll on human lives and economic costs, the ambiguity in management as to,

“Who is calling the shots,” is rather disturbing and,

Require clarification to the armed forces and their families including the taxpayers footing the expense for the extravagant and uncertain adventure.

In that context, the exclusive secret meetings held for the selective members belonging to nexus organization apparently to discuss global economic health and the general humanitarian issues with the press and public debarred from participation is unsettling based on the discussions being related to the world population and not any private individual matter.

In fact, the nature of such gathering by the privileged members – selective heads of the state, corporate leaders and military command, a majority representing democratic societies alienating the voice of democracy – the communication media and the public is undemocratic not to mention the forum failing to meet transparency and accountability.

These meetings where the Presidential candidates as the future leader of the ‘free world’ prior to being approved by the electorate are summoned inconspicuously defying the press and denying access to the democratic process in itself is a serious credibility factor and beckons legitimate reasons on the definitive purpose.

It’s imperative to highlight the security measures taken during these sessions reflecting the twentieth century pre-world war II characteristics in the twenty first century causing frustration among the members in the society from various discipline gravely concerned about the abnormal clandestine consortium.

The public opinion upon revelation on the political, economic, corporate media and military institutional assembly behind closed doors to map out global direction is;

If it is conducted to benefit humanity then it is commendable and praiseworthy.

But then, why not hold them in public view and elaborate on the objectives to the republics’ complete satisfaction eliminating any doubts on the validity of the futuristic aspirations.

In conclusion, the fulcrum power has two immediate priorities to stabilize the deteriorating global environment predominantly due to incessant warfare and undemocratic principles adopted in the universal policies targeting humanity.

Disclosure on Osama Bin Laden and dismantling secret organizations – the deafening silence thus far proved detrimental to human progress in every frontier.

Any reluctance to conform or evasion through false propaganda and negative attacks would categorically confirm the “Who is Who” and the intrinsic aspects of –

‘The New World Order’ inevitably setting itself for a disastrous end.

Humanity thrives with consolidated contributions benefiting all and not a ‘specific society’ in the globalization concept.

Peace and perseverance to make this world a better place for all inhabitants is the natural path to prosperity.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

The Mystery behind Osama Bin Laden and MIC (Military Industrial Complex) Mission

September 11, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

Today the nation and the world remembers the victims of the earth shattering attack on American soil nine years ago.

September 11 created fears, mistrust and global anxiety followed by terrorism in other parts of the world.

Besides death and destruction in the United States and worldwide, it also became the premise to launch an illegal invasion in Iraq, prolong the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan with expansion in other Islamic countries like Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.

The persisting warfare in Islamic nations foment fundamentalism enabling recruits for the
terror networks. It’s a vicious cycle with no end in sight.

Further it deprives the impoverished population from the economic and social development due to corrupt inefficient governments placed by the powerful democracies such as the United States as seen in Afghanistan and now pursued in Iraq through ill recommendations made against the democratic will.

Where the political solutions are achievable, procrastination and undemocratic choices are
preferred leading to chaos and perpetual political turmoil facilitating smooth operation for Al-Qaeda and splinter terror networks thereby promoting continuous warfare.

As a result, the warring factions are forced to commit to enormous defense expenditure that is currently advocated by the high profile cabinet appointees in the U.S. State and Defense departments.

There are lot of questions that are being asked by the mainstream public and media only to be ignored or misled on various issues.

Where is Osama Bin Laden?

Will the U.S. and NATO ever find the terror mastermind having been groomed as a Mujahideen by the CIA against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan ?

Why did the then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld along with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney make an unconscionable decision against capturing Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora on December 14, 2001 upon the U.S. armed personnel order request?

The details confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations committee in 2009 through the media without any appetite for investigation.

While the spiritual leaders of different religions are placed in spotlight with visuals from 2001 replayed to refresh the audience memory stirring anti-racial and religious sentiments, the architects behind the massive relentless warfare claiming millions of civilian lives and thousands of young men and women in uniform until now – are granted permanent immunity with no accountability or transparency in the decade old military operation.

The increasing public interest arising from war fatigue and economic downturn deserves truthful response on the continuation of Bush-Cheney administration policy in the Afghan war,

Iraq political choice resembling Afghanistan in 2009 i.e. allowing the unpopular polarizing incumbent Prime Minister Nouri-Al-Maliki to remain in power despite existing insurgency on the ground leaning towards sectarian violence and most disturbingly the leader’s strong ties with Iran – a position that is detrimental to U.S. strong ally Israel and the economic partner Saudi Arabia.

Notwithstanding the strategic threats in the Middle East region from such proposals.

Similarly, in matter related to torture, renditions, Guantanamo Bay prisoners – the highly criticized Bush doctrine is yet to be phased out. It was reflected in the Justice department reluctance to probe the Bush-Cheney legal counsel on torture techniques or the federal prosecutors firing implicating the former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Reverting to Afghanistan war, according to the latest CIA report there are meager 100 Al-Qaeda members left in the Pakistan territory. The Afghan war was initially presented as retaliation to September 11 attacks in addition to involving Osama Bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri and the Taliban leader Mullah Omar apprehension.

It is past nine years for the Afghan war with several thousand U.S. and NATO casualties at a staggering economic cost and yet the reasons for the ongoing conflict has not changed.

Even now the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is claimed to be in progress.

In fact, Osama Bin Laden will never be found because the terror mastermind has been long dead as per the statement from the Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto during her exclusive interview with the renowned and reputable British Television Host Sir David Frost.

Pictures are worth a thousand words. The interview is presented below in the website’s featured video.

The controversy surrounding the Lower Manhattan Interfaith center demanding the funding source for the construction is contentious.

Perhaps, those individuals seeking funding details from Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf who has volunteered to share the entire information with the American public, could shed light on the visual content included in the featured video about the ex-President George W. Bush family ties with Osama Bin Laden family and the administration handing over the oval office to the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar.

All of which leads to the missed opportunity and conscientious negligence on 9/11 attack warnings.

Poignantly raising the questions about 9/11.

Business is conducted as usual. Life goes on with death toll rising in the killing fields as warfare is declared no longer a public affair.

Power is powerless when the defenseless are left to fend for themselves with truth becoming inconvenient in contemporary politics.

Democracy is meaningful when the government of the people is run by the people and for the people.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

International Events – Pakistan Independence Day

August 15, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

Happy Independence Day on August 14, 2010 to Pakistan!

Pakistan celebrated its 63rd anniversary since partition from India and the nation has been confronted with humongous challenges until now.

The recent flooding has taken a toll on the population and the victims’ frustration is directed at the authorities engaged in rescue operation.

The United States assistance and the generous contributions from people around the world are significant in saving lives.

Pakistan is also politically and economically undermined by the various terror networks wreaking havoc within and outside the country.

More than six decades into independence and Pakistan is deprived of a vibrant democracy predominantly due to the liaison maintained by the key officials in the Pakistan military along with ISI, the intelligence agency with the militants and radical groups like Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Haqqani networks, the underworld don viz. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and the likes.

Why is Pakistan so tolerant and providing refuge to these criminal elements despite their notoriety are the legitimate concerns in the international community?

One would presume that the substantial U.S. military and financial aid to Pakistan to clamp down on terrorism should have eliminated terror from the nuclear nation.

Instead, the terror organizations prominently the Al-Qaida, Taliban, the Haqqani and Lashkar-e-Taiba have transformed Pakistan into a terror haven killing more Pakistanis, their fellow Muslims in the endless explosions across the country.

Besides, them instigating violence in neighboring Kashmir and consistently plotting against the United States as well as other democracies around the world.

How can they possibly justify these actions in the name of Almighty God, the Allah and the Holy Quran that forbids any harm to the living in any shape or form?

Can these individuals be regarded Muslims considering their indiscriminate violence towards fellow human beings particularly their own Muslim brothers and sisters, whether in the United States, India, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, or for that matter the incessant bombings that are occurring in Pakistan?

It’s no secret that the certain Pakistani military and ISI members ‘aiding and abetting has emboldened the terror networks and enabled them to freely operate in the nuclear armed nation.

What is the solution to this radicalization and how can it be addressed effectively?

Arms embargo in addition to freezing bank accounts facilitating terror activities within Pakistan is paramount in ensuring global security.

The Pakistani educated youth and the middle class have a responsibility to take control of their nation.

For, it’s their future that is being squandered by the unscrupulous sources in the national defense and intelligence agency.

Pakistan has enough military power to have contained if not eradicated terror, considering the successful military coups against democratic governments since its birth.

Then, why the combined forces of Pakistan and U.S. military are having difficulty demolishing the medieval terror infrastructure in the twenty first century is mind boggling.

As a result, the Pakistani citizens and the U.S. taxpayers are forced to bear the brunt in human casualties and the economic aspect.

How long should these war games continue and at what cost?

These are the questions to be raised by the people of Pakistan and the United States.

Human lives are expended on both sides with no end in sight to the war on terror.

Throughout history, the people have demonstrated the will and courage to stand up to the forces stalling human progress.

Evidently, they have triumphed from time and time again.

Therefore, Pakistan’s public complacency to the decadent status quo from the myriad sources dominance is the problem and could be easily resolved through solidarity by identifying the ‘bad apples,’ and replacing them with those dedicated in renewing Pakistan’s image as a friendly neighbor, viable economic partner and a true ally in the global war on terror.

There is an opportunity for a new chapter in the twenty first century provided the people initiate the peaceful beginning.

‘Change,’ cannot be brought upon by mere hope, it has to be delivered through action.

Best Wishes to the people of Pakistan in achieving peace, progress and prosperity.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Mutiny in Pakistan

October 31, 2009

By Padmini Arhant

The terror networks scattered around Pakistan have joined forces with Al-Qaida and Pakistani Talibans to challenge the fragile central power in Islamabad. October has been the bloodiest month with a spate of suicide bombings and explosions in different cities including the audacious attacks against the military headquarters heightened by a hostage crisis.

Major cities like Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Islamabad have been the fair game for the militants seeking vengeance towards the Pakistani military operation against the domiciled Talibans in the South Waziristan, the lawless region controlled by the terror groups.

When the country’s military and the intelligence that is constitutionally limited to national defense expand their role in civilian affairs through military coups, aiding and abetting in the assassinations of Political candidates, orchestrating terrorist activities in foreign nations, the backlash is accordingly serious and consequential. Naturally, the monsters raised by the Pakistani ISI and the ‘esteemed’ military are now giving them the run for the money.

In a newly awakened moment, the Pakistani military is grappling to contain the pre-meditated and the impromptu domestic terrorisms originally nurtured by the institutions with the central government turning a blind eye to the flames that has evolved into an inferno at the present time.

The conspiracy base for a significant terror attacks suffered and averted around the world by most democracies are unequivocally linked to the Pakistani networks. In fact, the recent hostage situation at the Pakistani military compound reportedly (Source- Pakistani media) had three defense personnel full-fledged involvement in the hostile takeover.

Unfortunately, the innocent civilians endure the human and economic losses from the senseless violence regardless of the sources being either home-grown or external. The widespread terror activities across the nuclear nation are symbolic of the notorious organizations’ objective to undermine the government that is historically replaced by the military coups in Pakistan.

It’s rather intriguing that the Pakistani intelligence, noted as the reliable agency within the country’s political hierarchy, has sharply declined in the entrusted intelligence services to protect the nation and prevent any harm to the neighbors in Iran, Afghanistan, India or the farther away United States.

On the other hand, although the latest Pakistani aggressive military action in the Swat Valley against the local tribal forces representing the Pakistani Talibans claimed to be effective, the mass population has been displaced with a unique ‘refugee’ status in their homeland. The populace frustrations are justified with comments such as “when the American dollar trickles in, the Pakistani military stunt is displayed to charm the foreign donor.”

Any drastic measures viz. the drone attacks and continuous shelling pursued by the local and the foreign governments against the terror networks producing immense civilian casualties…alternatively, the chaos from the lack of humanitarian provisions is likely to facilitate a fertile ground for terror recruitments of the desolate victims.

Likewise, the Saudi Arabia financed ‘Madrassas,’ the schools attended by the children of the poorer segment have been highly controversial especially in Pakistan due to the dominance in the form of Deobandi, Wahhabi and Salafi Islamic elements.

Madrassas, – A generic Arabic/Urdu term for ‘schools’ in the Islamic nations around the world have maintained the reputation of a ‘regular’ school, teaching educational and vocational skills to the disadvantaged as well as the secular minorities in the society.

Nevertheless, the madrassas run by the extreme religious authorities mainly in Pakistan has become the bone of contention after September 11, 2001.

The reports indicate that since independence in 1947, the madrassas in Pakistan have risen from 200 to over an estimated 40,000, with the unofficial madrassas in the country anywhere between 10,000 and 13,000 comprising approximately 2.0 million students.

Further, in the 1980’s – the Pakistani government deployed militants in Kashmir and Afghanistan believed to have attended the madrassas inculcating fundamentalism in the curriculum. A sizeable proportion of students in these institutions were the neglected local and refugee population from the Soviet era Afghanistan and neighboring Baluchistan.

On a broader aspect, the madrassas appear to be serving the deserving population with the required basic education and religious/cultural appreciation. Appropriately, the Zardari-Gilani administration could establish uniformity in the madrassas resembling the national public/private educational system.

What is the reason behind Pakistan’s mutiny?

Two sources are predominantly responsible for the political instability in Pakistan. They are the Western intervention in Pakistan’s political system and the joint opposition to the Western intrusion by the Pakistani military and the intelligence alike. As a result, the real stakeholders, the people in the society are subject to systemic abuse of power in the inherently fractured political gamut.

The Western powers admire and search for the political candidates in awe with western ideology. Hence, they cherry pick those individuals as the preferred heads of the government in these regions, in spite of their nominees’ past failures, political scandals and most relevantly the paradoxical personal background revealing them as the Western proxies in the nation with an overwhelming majority in abject poverty, inadequate literacy and illiteracy.

Moreover, the Western selection criteria based on their candidates’ foreign affiliations viz. a U.S. or Western educated, failing that a longtime resident with Western work experience etc. for political successions in the diametrically different cultures is perceived by the locals as the dismissal or invalidation of their society.

On the flipside – the Pakistani military, the ISI and the local political factions in abhorrence to the Western choices constantly attempt to sabotage the ‘so-called’ democratic elections. If the Western appointed political candidates survive the electoral processes, then the listed oppositions ensure the limited life span of such governments not barring the restricted authority on foreign policy and nuclear site management.

The people in Pakistan clearly understand that the elections in their country are a mere charade with an inevitable political casualty resulting from the western backed candidates’ insincere declaration to reform the fundamentally corrupt political structure.

It’s important to highlight that the moral and ethical degradation are not necessarily exclusive to Kabul, Islamabad, Middle East, Africa…the contemporary world politics is plagued by corruption, cronyism and power clenching with an utter disregard for the people’s plight that is conspicuous in the policy decisions at the state, national and international level.

Politics is a game where the key players i.e. the people are used and abused for political gains. When it’s not convenient, they are considered to be a threat to the political status and financial security by some elected officials in their unconstitutional and unconscionable commitment to derail progress.

The United States health care fiasco serves as a good example in this context.

Pakistan’s current mayhem is self-inflicted precisely from the military and the intelligence reigning control over the U.S and other Western democracy backed puppet governments. When the national intelligence in cohort with the various terror networks are implicated for terror activities in foreign soil and the authorities ‘supposedly’ in power grant immunity to every imaginable terror group, criminal elements, terror masterminds, then the outcome is bound to backfire.

The matter worsened when the supreme court justices were fired by the former President Parvez Musharraf clarifying the above point that, the political figures do not hesitate to violate the constitution in order to remain in power. Under the same presidency, the world’s most wanted Osama Bin Laden was provided the medical treatment while the nuclear arsenal dealer A.Q.Khan, revered as the ‘Father of the Nuclear Pakistan,’ sheltered in a ‘Royal comfort’ to satisfy the minimal legality for a monumental criminal activity.

United States in return rewarded the Musharraf government with billions of dollars in aid and greeted the President as the strongest ‘ally’ in the newly invented ‘war on terror.’ When the ally, for most part chose to remain oblivious in the grand mission to capture the 9/11 terror chief or eradicate the terror movements around the country as they were not obligatory to account for the ten billion dollars and more in financial compensation by the American tax payers.

That raises the question against the U.S. intelligence and their ingenuity in the contentious issue of global terrorism when the American public was repeatedly alerted with the various terrifying color codes during the Bush-Cheney administration that stood by and let the dwarf develop into a giant. Meanwhile, the pleasantries and medal of honor bestowed upon each other in Washington for masquerading the facts as fiction.

Recently, the Congress approved 1.5 billion dollars each year over the next five years in financial aid to curb terrorism in Pakistan created a pandemonium in the Pakistani political circuit expressing the stipulations in the bill as an insult to Pakistani sovereignty.

Interestingly, the political forces’ objection was anchored on the meaningful requirement to alienate the military operation from the ‘democratically’ elected government role essentially strengthening the sovereignty and empowering the people in the nation governance.

The heated debates and the subsequent Pakistani dignitaries’ visit to Washington to discuss against the legitimate legislative conditions confirm the reality on the Pakistan military dominance in the government. Furthermore, the recipients’ demand to make the substantial donations with no strings attached has been a dangerous precedence in the terror related policy between the U.S and Pakistan.

Pakistan’s relations with the neighbors all around have been extremely volatile, tensions have escalated along the borders with Iran, and Afghanistan compared to the relatively calmer Kashmir front. Not surprisingly, the critics were swift in their finger pointing at the arch nemesis India and the benefactor United States, held responsible for Pakistan’s status quo when the people of both nations have been the victims of brutal terror attacks and continuous plotting against the respective national interests.

Is there hope for Pakistan to emerge from the present quagmire?

Absolutely. It’s only achievable through the active participation of the ‘moderates’ in the society that is prevalent in the economic activities…however, not visible in the political or social reform. Pakistan has tremendous intellectual talent and leadership skills at its disposal. The reason for its obscurity is the deprivation of equal opportunities to people across the diverse socio-economic spectrum, due to the western influence and military interference in the frail democratic system.

Pakistan’s salvage rests in the hands of the far sighted and reasonable minds seeking harmony and not acrimony with its neighbors and the international community. The peaceful convergence of the moderate thinkers and the youth population brimming with ideas can be an indomitable force in dealing with the humongous problems facing the nation and lead the country towards a credible democracy.

The leadership in Pakistan can ease the burden on the society by softening the rhetoric towards nations eternally viewed as ‘political rivals,’ particularly India, a strategy created by the vengeful ‘British Raj’ (British rule) as a token gift to the Indian sub-continent upon being ousted from the region.

Pakistan and India would not be independent if not for the iron will of the single entity, Mahatma Gandhi to free the region from the burgeoning colonial occupation and relentless effort to unite the sparring Hindu and Muslim factions that ultimately ended in the leader sacrificing his life for the cause.

Sadly, the terror attacks launched against civilians around the globe yielded fatalities among people of Islamic faith as well. India being the second largest Muslim nation in the world, the impact is even greater when one Muslim vows to destroy the life of another across the border.

After gaining independence on August 14, 1947, Is Pakistan really a free nation today?

A country mired with incessant violence and political turmoil needs to pause and reflect on the course of actions that has led to the regrettable carnage and devastation with no end in sight thus far.

Therefore, it’s poignant for the Pakistani society at the crossroads to disavow divisiveness and embrace solidarity within and around itself.

The only beneficiaries from Pakistan’s disintegration threatening the national and global security are the despots of the terror organizations and the profit oriented military industry complex.

Pakistan can rise and shine again with the solemn oath to pursue peace and resurrect the due progress it is entitled to in the twenty first century.

I convey my best wishes to the people of Pakistan and pray for their peaceful existence.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Global Terrorism

December 28, 2008

It is evident from recent terror attacks around the world, that democracies or other form of governments are incapacitated in dealing with security issues on national and international level.

The perennial War on Terrorism has invigorated worldwide fundamentalism aside draining the economies.

It is important for the global community to come forward and demand a legitimate explanation for their government’s impotence in establishing peace as opposed to war against human race.

Time has arrived for checks and balances in the operation of curbing terrorism that has not only frozen any advancement towards socio-economic progress in Africa, Americas, Middle East, South and Central Asia but also paralyzed the optimism for nations to come together in resolving political and economic issues as the global priority.

Given the technological power and resources available to the advanced nations,

Why violence and terror continue to dominate the world?

Why civil wars in Africa are the norm and the people of that continent deprived of normal existence?

Why is the military coup often successful in Africa, South and Central America as well as countries like Haiti in the Western hemisphere?

Why is the peace process between Israel and Palestine an eternal dismal failure?

Why does Middle East reject democratic rule over theocratic, autocratic and dynasty rule?

Last but not the least, Pakistan, presently governed by the civilian rule essentially the continuation of a political dynasty of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto deserves spotlight as the country of origin of terror.

Pakistan is the haven for the terrorist organization Al-Qaida and their well oiled various networks Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the Deccan Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad, including,

Notorious personalities like the nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, aka Father of the nuclear program, confessed to sharing nuclear technology with Iran, Libya, and North Korea as well as the Mumbai Underworld Don / Mobster, Dawood Ibrahim.

Why statesmanship prevalent among the eligible, educated and moderate electorate denied of power in the democratic process in Pakistan?

Why the people of Pakistan never granted an opportunity for active and real democracy?

Most relevantly, who controls the controversial, corrupt Pakistani Military and Intelligence services ISI, claimed to be responsible for many terrorist activities including the recent Mumbai terror attacks?

The reasons for all of the above issues lead in one direction.

Wealth controlled and amassed by few operating as a conglomerate in the global scene propagate wars as the defense industry flourishes with the ever proliferating arms race including devastating nuclear weapons.

So, the concerted effort from these organizations ensures global unrest, turmoil, chaos and exclusively the recent energy, financial, economic and environmental crises.

The earlier centuries have been the era of colonialism or imperialism in different parts of the world creating hierarchy like industrialized nations and “third world” countries after having plundered those parts of the world for economic advantage.

In the twenty first century, imperialism is in the form of undermining —

Peace process,

Bilateral or multilateral relationships among poor and developing nations,

Invasion and occupation of sovereign nations under the guise of promoting democracy,

Fermenting oppositions against democratic rule not in cohesion with imperialistic agenda particularly in the impoverished regions of the world and more…

It is noteworthy that despite transformation in world dominance between earlier and contemporary times, the strategy of divide and rule remains effective in eliminating peace and diplomacy during conflict.

Citizens of the free world must examine these facts and reflect upon the tragedies whether it is 9/11, Mumbai attacks, Iraq war, the genocides in Darfur, Congo, Rwanda, the plight of Palestinian population, the oppression of Tibetans, persecution of the Burmese and other atrocities around the world.

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

Sure is, with the global cooperation of moderate thinkers determined to seek truth and justice for humanity can conquer the elements orchestrating catastrophe as the heads of the government.

People possess the power as consumers and voters in a free market and democratic systems.

History is testimony to revolutionary changes initiated and driven by ordinary citizens.

The election of an African American candidate Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States aptly confirms that ordinary people can do extraordinary things and overcome any challenges together.

Meanwhile, please check out the following information from The Center for Research on Globalization (CRG) – Bold, uninhibited and true representation of free press reports for further understanding of the role of government and the agencies responsible for the maintenance of national and international security.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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New Revelations on 9/11

Was it an ‘intelligence failure’ to give red carpet treatment to the ‘money man’ behind the 9-11 terrorists, or was it simply ‘routine’?

On the morning of September 11, Pakistan’s Chief Spy General Mahmud Ahmad, the alleged "money-man" behind the 9-11 hijackers, was at a breakfast meeting on Capitol Hill hosted by Senator Bob Graham and Rep. Porter Goss, the chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence committees.


Political Deception: The Missing Link behind 9-11 by Michel Chossudovsky

In this timely study, Michel Chossudovsky blows away the smokescreen, put up by the mainstream media, that 9-11 was an "intelligence failure".

Through meticulous research, the author uncovers a military-intelligence ploy behind the September 11 attacks, and the coverup and complicity of key members of the Bush Administration.

Chossudovsky peels back the layers of rhetoric to reveal a huge hoax — a complex web of deceit aimed at tricking the American people and the rest of the world into accepting a military solution which threatens the future of humanity.

ON May 16th The New York Post dropped what appeared to be a bombshell: "Bush Knew . . .

" Hoping to score politically, the Democrats jumped on the bandwagon, pressuring the White House to come clean on two "top-secret documents" made available to President Bush prior to September 11, concerning "advance knowledge" of Al Qaeda attacks.

Meanwhile, the U.S. media had already coined a new set of buzzwords:

"Yes, there were warnings" and "clues" of possible terrorist attacks, but "there was no way President Bush could have known" what was going to happen.

The Democrats agreed to "keep the cat inside the bag" by saying:

"Osama is at war with the U.S." and the FBI and the CIA knew something was cooking but failed to connect the dots.

" In the words of House Minority Leader, Richard Gephardt:

"This is not blame-placing. . . . We support the President on the war against terrorism — have and will.

But we’ve got to do better in preventing terrorist attacks." 1


The foreknowledge issue is a Red Herring:

"A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue."

In standard CIA jargon, Al Qaeda is categorized as an "intelligence asset".

The CIA keeps track of its "intelligence assets". Al Qaeda is infiltrated by the CIA.

Amply documented, Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts were always known.

In other words, there were no "intelligence failures"!

In the nature of a well-led intelligence operation, the "intelligence asset" operates (wittingly or unwittingly) with some degree of autonomy, in relation to its U.S. government sponsors, but ultimately it acts consistently, in the interests of Uncle Sam.


Fear and Disinformation Campaign

The Bush Administration — through the personal initiative of Vice President Dick Cheney — chose not only to foreclose the possibility of a public inquiry, but also to trigger a fear and disinformation campaign:

"I think that the prospects of a future attack on the U.S. are almost a certainty. . . .

It could happen tomorrow, it could happen next week, it could happen next year, but they will keep trying. And we have to be prepared."

What Cheney is really telling us is that our "intelligence asset", which we created, is going to strike again.

Now, if this "CIA creature" were planning new terrorist attacks, you would expect that the CIA would be first to know about it.

In all likelihood, the CIA also controls the so-called ‘warnings’ emanating from CIA sources on "future terrorist attacks" on American soil.


Carefully Planned Intelligence Operation

The 9-11 terrorists did not act on their own volition. The suicide hijackers were instruments in a carefully planned intelligence operation.

The evidence confirms that Al Qaeda is supported by Pakistan’s military intelligence, the Inter-services Intelligence (ISI). Amply documented, the ISI owes its existence to the CIA:

"With CIA backing and the funnelling of massive amounts of U.S. military aid, the ISI developed [since the early 1980s] into a parallel structure wielding enormous power over all aspects of government….

The ISI had a staff composed of military and intelligence officers, bureaucrats, undercover agents and informers estimated at 150,000."

The ISI actively collaborates with the CIA. It continues to perform the role of a ‘go-between’ in numerous intelligence operations on behalf of the CIA.

The ISI directly supports and finances a number of terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda.


The Missing Link

The FBI confirmed in late September, in an interview with ABC News (which went virtually unnoticed) that the 9-11 ring leader, Mohammed Atta, had been financed from unnamed sources in Pakistan:

"As to September 11th, federal authorities have told ABC News they have now tracked more than $100,000 from banks in Pakistan, to two banks in Florida, to accounts held by suspected hijack ring leader, Mohammed Atta. As well . . .

"Time Magazine" is reporting that some of that money came in the days just before the attack and can be traced directly to people connected to Osama bin Laden.

It’s all part of what has been a successful FBI effort so far to close in on the hijacker’s high commander, the money men, the planners and the mastermind."9

The FBI had information on the money trail. They knew exactly who was financing the terrorists.

Less than two weeks later, the findings of the FBI were confirmed by Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Times of India, quoting an official Indian intelligence report (which had been dispatched to Washington).

According to these two reports,

The money used to finance the 9-11 attacks had allegedly been "wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan, by Ahmad Umar Sheikh, at the instance of [ISI Chief] General Mahmoud [Ahmad]."

According to the AFP (quoting the intelligence source):

"The evidence we have supplied to the U.S. is of a much wider range and depth than just one piece of paper linking a rogue general to some misplaced act of terrorism."


Pakistan’s Chief Spy Visits Washington

Now, it just so happens that General Mahmoud Ahmad, the alleged "money man" behind 9-11, was in the U.S. when the attacks occurred.

He arrived on the 4th of September, one week before 9-11, on what was described as a routine visit of consultations with his U.S. counterparts.


According to Pakistani journalist, Amir Mateen (in a prophetic article published on September 10):

"ISI Chief Lt-Gen. Mahmoud’s week-long presence in Washington has triggered speculation about the agenda of his mysterious meetings at the Pentagon and National Security Council.

Officially, he is on a routine visit in return to CIA Director George Tenet’s earlier visit to Islamabad.

Official sources confirm that he met Tenet this week.

He also held long parleys with unspecified officials at the White House and the Pentagon.

But the most important meeting was with Marc Grossman, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.

One can safely guess that the discussions must have centred around Afghanistan . . . and Osama bin Laden.

What added interest to his visit is the history of such visits.

Last time Ziauddin Butt, Mahmoud’s predecessor, was here, during Nawaz Sharif’s government, the domestic politics turned topsy-turvy within days."

Nawaz Sharif was overthrown by General Pervez Musharaf.

General Mahmoud Ahmad, who became the head of the ISI, played a key role in the military coup.


Schedule of Pakistan’s Chief of Military Intelligence Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, Washington, 4-13 September 2001

Summer 2001: ISI Chief Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad transfers $100,000 to 9-11 Ringleader Mohamed Atta.

4 September: Ahmad arrives in the US on an official visit.

4-9 September: He meets his US counterparts including CIA Head George Tenet.

9 September: Assassination of General Massood, leader of the Northern Alliance. Official statement by Northern Alliance points to involvement of the ISI-Osama-Taliban axis.

11 September: Terrorist Attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon.

At the time of the attacks, Lt General Ahmad was at a breakfast meeting at the Capitol with the chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees Sen Bob Graham and Rep Porter Goss.

Also present at the meeting were Sen. John Kyl and the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., Maleeha Lodhi.

12-13 September: Meetings between Lt. General Ahmad and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

Agreement on Pakistan’s collaboration negotiated between Ahmad and Armitage. Meeting between General Ahmad and Secretary of State Colin Powell

13 September: Ahmad meets Senator Joseph Biden, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

On the morning of Sept. 11, Goss and Graham were having breakfast with a Pakistani general named Mahmud Ahmed – the soon-to-be-sacked head of Pakistan’s intelligence service.

Ahmed ran a spy agency notoriously close to Osama bin Laden and the Taliban.

While the Washington Post acknowledges the links between ISI Chief Mahmoud Ahmad and Osama bin Laden, it fails to dwell on the more important question:

What was Mahmoud doing on Capitol Hill on the morning of September 11, together with Rep. Porter Goss and Senator Bob Graham and other members of the Senate and House intelligence committees?

Neither does it acknowledge the fact, amply documented by media reports that "the money-man" behind the hijackers had been entrusted by the Pakistani government to discuss the precise terms of Pakistan’s "collaboration" in the "war on terrorism" in meetings held at the State department on the 12th and 13th of September.

When the "Foreknowledge" issue hit the street on May 16th, "Chairman Porter Goss said an existing congressional inquiry has so far found ‘no smoking gun’ that would warrant another inquiry."

This statement points to an obvious "cover-up".


The Investigation and Public Hearings on "Intelligence Failures"

In a bitter irony, Rep. Porter Goss and Senator Bob Graham, –the men who hosted the mysterious September 11 breakfast meeting with the alleged "hijacker’s high commander" (to use the FBI’s expression), had been put in charge of the investigation and public hearings on so-called "intelligence failures".

Meanwhile, Vice President Dick Cheney had expressed anger on a so-called "leak" emanating from the intelligence committees regarding

"the disclosure of National Security Agency intercepts of messages in Arabic on the eve of the attacks.

The messages (…) were in two separate conversations on Sept. 10 and contained the phrases

‘Tomorrow is zero hour’ and ‘The match is about to begin.’ The messages were not translated until Sept. 12"

Red Carpet Treatment to the Alleged "Money Man" behind 9-11.

The Bush Administration had not only provided red carpet treatment to the alleged "money man" behind the 9-11 attacks, it also had sought his ‘cooperation’ in the "war on terrorism".

The precise terms of this ‘cooperation’ were agreed upon between General Mahmoud Ahmad, representing the Pakistani government and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, in meetings at the State Department on September 12 and 13.

In other words, the Administration decided in the immediate wake of 9-11, to seek the ‘cooperation’ of Pakistan’s ISI in "going after Osama", despite the fact (documented by the FBI) that the ISI was financing and abetting the 9-11 terrorists.

Contradictory? One might say that it’s like "asking the Devil to go after Dracula."


An article in the French daily Le Figaro confirms that Osama bin Laden underwent surgery in an American Hospital in Dubai in July.

During his stay in the hospital, he met with a CIA official.

While on the World’s "most wanted list", no attempt was made to arrest him during his two week stay in the hospital, shedding doubt on the Administration’s resolve to track down Osama bin Laden.

Barely a few days ago Defense Secretary Rumsfeld stated that it would be difficult to find him and extradite him.

Its like "searching for a needle in a stack of hay".

But the US could have ordered his arrest and extradition in Dubai last July.

But then they would not have had a pretext of waging a war.

Meanwhile, innocent civilians are being killed by B-52 Bombers as means "to go after" Osama bin Laden.

According to UN sources, the so-called "campaign against international terrorism" could lead to the death of several million people from an impending famine.

The original article in French is also posted on the CRG webpage.

Michel Chossudovsky, CRG. 2 November 2001



by Alexandra Richard

Translated courtesy of Tiphaine Dickson

Le Figaro, 11 October 2001
Posted at 2 November 2001


Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the Federation of the United Arab Emirates, North-East of Abi-Dhabi.

This city, population 350,000, was the backdrop of a secret meeting between Osama bin Laden and the local CIA agent in July.

A partner of the administration of the American Hospital in Dubai claims that public enemy number one stayed at this hospital between the 4th and 14th of July.

Having taken off from the Quetta airport in Pakistan, bin Laden was transferred to the hospital upon his arrival at Dubai airport.

He was accompanied by his personal physician and faithful lieutenant, who could be Ayma-al-Zawahari–but on this sources are not entirely certain–, four bodyguards, as well as a male Algerian nurse, and admitted to the American Hospital, a glass and marble building situated between the Al-Garhoud and Al-Maktoum bridges.

Each floor of the hospital has two "VIP" suites and fifteen rooms.

The Saudi billionnaire was admitted to the well-respected urology department run by Teerry Callaway, gallstone and infertility specialist.

Dr Callaway declined to respond to our questions despite several phone calls.

As early as March, 2000, ‘Asia Week,’ published in Hong Kong, expressed concern for bin Laden’s health, describing a serious medical problem that could put his life in danger because of "a kidney infection that is propagating itself to the liver and requires specialized treatment".

According to authorized sources, bin Laden had mobile dialysis equipment shipped to his hideout in Kandahar in the first part of 2000.

According to our sources, bin Laden’s "travels for health reasons" have taken place before.

Between 1996 and 1998, bin Laden made several trips to Dubai on business.

On September 27th, 15 days after the World Trade Center attacks, at the request of the United States,

The Central Bank of the Arab Emirates announced an order to freeze assts and investments of 26 people or organisations suspected of mainting contact with bin Laden’s organization, and in particular at the Dubai Islamic Bank.

"Relations between the Emirate and Saudi Arabia have always been very close," according to sources, "princes of reigning families, having recognized the Taliban regime, often travelled to Afghanistan.

One of the princes of a ruling family regularily went hunting on the land of bin Laden, whom he had known and visited for many years."

There are daily flights between Dubai and Quetta by both Pakistan and Emirates Airlines.

As to private planes from Saudi Arabia or from the Emirates, they regulariy fly to Quetta, where their arrival is rarely registered in airport logs.

While he was hospitalised, bin Laden received visits from many members of his family as well as prominent Saudis and Emiratis.

During the hospital stay, the local CIA agent, known to many in Dubai, was seen taking the main elevator of the hospital to go to bin Laden’s hospital room.

A few days later, the CIA man bragged to a few friends about having visited bin Laden.

Authorised sources say that on July 15th, the day after bin Laden returned to Quetta, the CIA agent was called back to headquarters.

In late July, Emirates customs agents arrested Franco-Algerian activist Djamel Beghal at the Dubai airport.

In early August, French and American authorities were advised of the arrest.

Interrogated by local authorities in Abu Dhabi, Beghal stated that he was called to Afghanistan in late 2000 by Abou Zoubeida, a military leader of bin Laden’s organization, Al Qaeda.

Beghal’s mission: bomb the US embassy on Gabriel avenue, near the Place de la Concorde, upon his return to France.

According to Arab diplomatic sources as well as French intelligence, very specific information was transmitted to the CIA with respect to terrorist attacks against American interests around the world, including on US soil.

A DST report dated 7 September enumerates all the intelligence, and specifies that the order to attack was to come from Afghanistan.

In August, at the US Embassy in Paris, an emergency meeting was called between the DGSE (French foreign intelligence service) and senior US intelligence officials.

The Americans were extremely worried, and requested very specific information from the French about Algerian activists, without advising their counterparts about the reasons for their requests.

To the question "what do you fear in the coming days?", the Americans kept a difficult-to-fathom silence.

Contacts between the CIA and bin Laden began in 1979 when, as a representative of his family’s business, bin Laden began recruiting volunteers for the Afghan resistance against the Red Army.

FBI investigators examining the embassy bombing sites in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam discovered that evidence led to military explosives from the US Army, and that these explosives had been delivered three years earlier to Afghan Arabs, the infamous international volunteer brigades involved side by side with bin Laden during the Afghan war against the Red Army.

In the pursuit of its investigations, the FBI discovered "financing agreements" that the CIA had been developing with its "arab friends" for years. The Dubai meeting is then within the logic of "a certain American policy".
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