Friday, May 13, 2005

Spooks in Russia

Antigovernment, anti American riots in Uzbekistan

This last week after the disasterous Bush and Condi visit to Russia which this blog tracked carefully, right after exiting stage right, Putin accused Bush of spying on Russia and working in spook fashion to destroy Putin's government.

This is pretty serious charges. Guess what?

Putin is most likely 100% correct!

America uses all embassies as well as NGO (non government organizations) to spy. Saddam kicked out the UN inspectors years ago because the USA members were really spies bent on penetrating his defences which was strictly forbidden by the UN resolutions for the inspections. It was a major black eye which America pretended never happened when they whined about "Saddam kicked out the inspectors". We spied on our allies at the UN, too. The NGO spies are the greatest in number. Many people are sent out of America specifically to spy while under cover. This means, no contact with the embassy or any American entity but upon return, disgorge the information and of course, make contacts.

This is why the Valarie Palme affair was so grave. She was NGO while actually a CIA spy. He husband was a diplomat but she was a spook. Revealing her true nature endangered her contacts overseas.

Russian security chief Nikolai Patrushev said on Thursday UK charity Merlin and the US Peace Corps were among NGOs used to gather information. The Saudi Red Crescent and an organisation from Kuwait were also accused of espionage.

Mr Patrushev said foreign NGOs were also plotting revolution in Belarus.

At least $5m (£2.6m) has been funnelled to opposition groups in Belarus for 2005, he said. The US has called Belarus "Europe's last dictatorship".

Our spook infrastructure particularily dotes on using charitable groups as deep cover. The more friendly the face, the more innoculous the appearance, the more likely that person can be recruited to spy or make contacts or be a feed for money or information, simply passing messages that are in code, for example.

When I began to wander this planet on my own it was astonishing how many KGB or Stasi agents were floating around, periodically they would make contact with me. Being a deranged revolutionary myself terrified them, I suppose. A bad potential contact. I was curious about them. Loved to ask questions. Usually asked them to take me out to dinner, getting food being a pressing issue when one is a rabble rousing radical student.

Everyone spies on everyone. Spy vs spy indeed. The only times one country expells spies from another is when they are mad at each other. And guess what?

According to our own propaganda machine, Bush's trip to Russia was a raging success! Pootie Poot and Bushy Wooshy drove around in an old car! They ate dinner together! So they are good friends. Er. Oops. Maybe not. This is Russia's way of telegraphing to us their displeasure. Usually, they allow spies to stay because once they are aware of them, they are easy to track.

The turmoil in Uzbekistan troubles Russia. Seems the same al Qaeda inspired fundamentalist Muslims are rioting down there. Not that Americans are noticing this. Unlike Lebanon, we turn a blind eye. We were overjoyed with the uprising in Ukraine but this leaves us indifferent at best. This lack of desire to see or understand what is happening there is puzzling.

We have troops in Uzbekistan. Here is some older news about this:

One extremist group, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is believed to be responsible for a string of attacks that left 47 people dead in Uzbekistan in April, launched incursions into Kyrgyzstan in 1999 and 2000 that the Kyrgyz military repelled only after taking heavy casualties.

"There haven't been any incursions since we got here," said Capt. Jason Decker, public affairs officer for the Manas base. "It's not why we're here, but we're happy to make it a more stable world."

Still, radical Islamic groups have condemned the Kyrgyz government for cooperating with the Americans, and in April four men were jailed for plotting to blow up the base. Two other attacks were averted over the past year, Decker said. Earlier this month, the Kyrgyz government also arrested six people, including four government employees, for allegedly spying for Islamic extremists abroad.

The presence of U.S. forces also has increased tensions between Central Asian countries and their former imperial master, Russia. Disliking American troops in its backyard, Moscow has pressured Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan --all of which now host U.S. forces --to ask them to leave.

Looks like the puppet government we support in Uzbekistan is in trouble. Our rulers want peace there so the people can be exploited for American ends. Just like Pakistan. Or Egypt, for that matter. Heck, Saudi Arabia. All places bin Laden has targetted and is very active in. But then, no Americans were punished for 9/11 failures. Evidently, everyone all over were asleep at the wheel that day.

We still are asleep at the wheel.

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