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Old 25th February 2011, 07:08   #1 (permalink)
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The Case Against Raymond Davis

The CIA's Killing Spree in Lahore

By MIKE WHITNEY

When CIA-agent Raymond Davis gunned down two Pakistani civilians in broad daylight on a crowded street in Lahore, he probably never imagined that the entire Washington establishment would spring to his defense. But that's precisely what happened. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mike Mullen, John Kerry, Leon Panetta and a number of other US bigwigs have all made appeals on Davis's behalf. None of these stalwart defenders of "the rule of law" have shown a speck of interest in justice for the victims or of even allowing the investigation to go forward so they could know what really happened. Oh, no. What Clinton and the rest want, is to see their man Davis packed onto the next plane to Langley so he can play shoot-'em-up someplace else in the world.

Does Clinton know that after Davis shot his victims 5 times in the back, he calmly strode back to his car, grabbed his camera, and photographed the dead bodies? Does she know that the two so-called "diplomats" who came to his rescue in a Land Rover (which killed a passerby) have been secretly spirited out of the country so they won't have to appear in court? Does she know that the families of the victims are now being threatened and attacked to keep them from testifying against Davis? Here's a clip from Thursday's edition of The Nation":

"Three armed men forcibly gave poisonous pills to Muhammad Sarwar, the uncle of Shumaila Kanwal, the widow of Fahim shot dead by Raymond Davis, after barging into his house in Rasool Nagar, Chak Jhumra.

Sarwar was rushed to Allied Hospital in critical condition where doctors were trying to save his life till early Thursday morning. The brother of Muhammad Sarwar told The Nation that three armed men forced their entry into the house after breaking the windowpane of one of the rooms. When they broke the glass, Muhammad Sarwar came out. The outlaws started beating him up.

The other family members, including women and children, coming out for his rescue, were taken hostage and beaten up. The three outlaws then took everyone hostage at gunpoint and forced poisonous pills down Sarwar's throat." ("Shumaila's uncle forced to take poisonous pills", The Nation)

Good show, Hillary. We're all about the rule of law in the good old USA.

But why all the intrigue and arm-twisting? Why has the State Department invoked the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to make its case that Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity? If Davis is innocent, then he has nothing to worry about, right? Why not let the trial go forward and stop reinforcing the widely-held belief that Davis is a vital cog in the US's clandestine operations in Pakistan?

The truth is that Davis had been photographing sensitive installations and madrassas for some time, the kind of intelligence gathering that spies do when scouting-out prospective targets. Also, he'd been in close contact with members of terrorist organizations, which suggests a link between the CIA and terrorist incidents in Pakistan. Here's an excerpt from Wednesday's The Express Tribune:

"His cell phone has revealed contacts with two ancillaries of al Qaeda in Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban of Pakistan (TTP) and sectarian Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has led to the public conclusion that he was behind terrorism committed against Pakistan's security personnel and its people ....This will strike people as America in cahoots with the Taliban and al Qaeda against the state of Pakistan targeting, as one official opined, Pakistan's nuclear installations." ("Raymond Davis: The plot thickens, The Express Tribune)

"Al Qaeda"? The CIA is working with "ancillaries of al Qaeda in Pakistan"? No wonder the US media has been keeping a wrap on this story for so long.

Naturally, most Pakistanis now believe that the US is colluding with terrorists to spread instability, weaken the state, and increase its power in the region. But isn't that America's M.O. everywhere?

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Old 25th February 2011, 08:09   #2 (permalink)
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Re: USA's war on Terror a fraud?

Good morning:

Mushtaq: But why all the intrigue and arm-twisting? Why has the State Department invoked the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to make its case that Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity? If Davis is innocent, then he has nothing to worry about, right? Why not let the trial go forward and stop reinforcing the widely-held belief that Davis is a vital cog in the US's clandestine operations in Pakistan?

I don't know about you but I sure would not to face the court in Pakistan on any charge as I don't think past history has created any assurance that I would get a fair trial. This is the country where a security guard was praised for killing a senior politician.

I don't support the US and all their alleged meddling but wouldn't want to be in this man's shoes.

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Re: USA's war on Terror a fraud?

"American Exceptionalism—that the United States alone has the right, whether by divine sanction or moral obligation, to bring civilisation, or democracy, or liberty to the rest of the world, by violence if necessary"

They still believe it.
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Old 25th February 2011, 08:57   #4 (permalink)
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Re: USA's war on Terror a fraud?

If I'm reading this correctly, the author is suggesting that America has created fake Al Qaeda cells in Pakistan to destabilise the country? And that this is probably the real reason behind the guy being protected by so many influential people?

Why am I not suprised if this turns out to be the case?

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Re: USA's war on Terror a fraud?

Lets reverse the scenario, an islamic " contractor" shoots and brutally murders two USA citizens on a new york street. Diplomatic immunity do you think?
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Question: Do the Americans do more good for the world than bad? I think more good, I do not agree with some things that they do BUT..... in all walks of life someone has to have the "big stick".
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Question: Do the Americans do more good for the world than bad? I think more good, I do not agree with some things that they do BUT..... in all walks of life someone has to have the "big stick".
Cant agree, i believe the reverse is true, love to hear of the good they have done for the people of Iraq, the Usa is responsible for far more Iraqui civilian deaths tha Saddam ever was, ah but then theres the oil!
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Re: USA's war on Terror a fraud?

I hear the American government has done great things for Sudan.....oh, no wait a minute...

Arab Media Question U.S. Motives in Darfur - NAM

Charlotte

p.s. Let's not confuse American civilians with the administration. Lack of decent options imho.
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Re: USA's war on Terror a fraud?

Maybe if Pakistan didn't allow itself to be a big player and part of the axis of evil,albeit on the face of it unwanted by the government and a major hiding place for Al Qaeda this wouldn't have happened.
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Re: USA's war on Terror a fraud?

The original post by Mushtaq raises the question whether the shooter should be made to stand trial in Pakistan.
In a similar situation when the SAS justifiably shot dead three IRA terrorists in Gibralter,no one was charged for that as the Terrorists were in the process of planning a bombing outrage on Gibralter and had a car with a boot full of explosives.
If the case in Pakistan is of a similar nature and those shot were terrorist sympathisors or in the process of planning an attack, possibly there was justification as the alternative would have meant an atrocity being carried out.

Without knowing the full history of the incident it is probably best not forming opinions.
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