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Behind the Headlines by Justin Raimondo

February 8, 2008

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Spies, lies, and “conspiracy theories” – what’s behind the Middle East internet outage

I was skeptical, at first, of speculation over the cutting of two cables linking the Middle East with the Internet, which had it as part of some Vast Neocon Conspiracy to isolate the region prior to a US military assault. However, when two more cables – this time, in the Persian Gulf – were mysteriously cut, I began to wonder ….

In a piece headlined “Cable cutter nutters chase conspiracy theories,” The Register goes out of its way to laugh off the prospect that what we are witnessing is a military operation, or the prelude to one, sniffing “there’s little more than suspicions to work with” since we’ve yet to reach the damaged cables. Yet, given the sort of government we are dealing with – a regime that lied us into one war, and is not-so-subtly trying to finagle us into yet another one – why shouldn’t we be suspicious? We’d have to be crazy not to be.

The Economist follows suit, sneering at “internet conspiracy theories” and denouncing the whole brouhaha as an “online frenzy” that is “way out of line.” Yet one has to wonder: four cable cuts in the past week? I’m with Steven Bellovin, a computer science professor at Columbia University, who avers:

“As a security guy, I’m paranoid, but I don’t understand the threat model here. On the other hand, four accidental failures in a week is a bit hard to swallow, too. Let’s hope there will be close, open examination of the failed parts of the cables.”

First it was supposed to be a ship’s anchor that caused the damage, and yet the Egyptians have said there were no ships in the vicinity, which they regularly monitor: besides which, that entire area near Alexandria is off-limits to all shipping. Another reason to suspect a deliberate act: this politically-sensitive region is an Internet choke-point, as ABC News points out. “The route connecting Europe to Egypt, and from there to the Middle East” is tenuous:

“Today, just three major data cables stretch from Italy to Egypt and run down the Suez Canal, and from there to much of the Middle East. (A separate line connects Italy with Israel.) A serious cut here is immediately obvious across the region, and a double cut can be crippling.”

Yet theories that this incident prefigures a US attack on Iran don’t comport with the facts: Iran, far from being isolated by the cuts, may have enjoyed better connectivity as a result of the events. The areas hardest hit were Kuwait, Egypt, and especially Pakistan – this last being a likelier target for isolation than Iran, and certainly more current

Another, and far more plausible, theory is that the seemingly coordinated cuts resulted from efforts to tap into the cables – a spying operation. Go here for an exhaustive and very convincing case for viewing this as “special warfare.”

The Register cites Prof. Bellovin, but fails to note the real gist of his remarks. While he’s skeptical of the above-cited link, which posits a scenario whereby the USS Jimmy Carter, present whereabouts unknown, uses its specially designed facilities to tap directly into the cables, Bellovin poses an alternative scenario:

“If if wasn’t a direct attempt at eavesdropping, perhaps it was indirect. Several years ago, a colleague and I wrote about link-cutting attacks. In these, you cut some cables, to force traffic past a link you’re monitoring. Link-cutting for such purposes isn’t new; at the start of World War I, the British cut Germany’s overseas telegraph cable to force them to use easily-monitored links. One of the messages they intercepted — and cryptanalyzed — was the Zimmerman telegram, which asked Mexico to join Germany in attacking the US, in exchange for financial support and recovery of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Instead, public outrage in the US contributed to the decision to enter the war against Germany.”

“The problem with this scenario,” he adds, “is that the benefit is short-lived: the cables will be repaired in a few weeks.” Yes, but long enough to have accomplished – what? We can’t know, of course, but Prof. Bellovin certainly raises some interesting possibilities, none of which can be discounted by clueless journalists who sniff at “conspiracy theories” – as if we have no reason whatsoever to suspect covert action, by the US or whomever, in that area of the world. As Prof. Bellovin and a co-author point out in this paper on the subject: “Attacks on the routing system, with the goal of diverting traffic past an enemy-controlled point for purposes of eavesdropping or connection-hijacking, have long been known.”

Given the context in which these cable cuts are occurring – heightened tensions in the region, and not only with Iran – I think it is probable that they are deliberate, and that the diversion of internet traffic for purposes of eavesdropping is clearly the intent. After all, ask yourself this question: which is more plausible, an “accidental” cutting of four cables in one week in an area of the world which is the current focus of US military and diplomatic efforts, or the scenario outlined by Prof. Bellovin?

None of this is at all surprising. The US government currently claims the right to spy on Americans, in their own country, as well as when they’re in communication with overseas individuals. They don’t hide this, but proclaim it from the rooftops: does anyone doubt they are capable of commandeering the world’s internet cable network in order to utilize it for their own purposes? You don’t have to quaff the “conspiracy theorist” Kool-Aid to find this credible: a dose of realism will do.

 

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by Allen L Roland

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America ceased to be free when it replaced Democracy, responsibility and true freedom with security and then exported it to countries like Pakistan under the guise of Democracy thus beginning the slow descent to a plutocracy and total loss of freedom. Bhutto’s assassination is dramatic evidence of this : Allen L Roland

Make no mistake about it, Pakistan is far more valuable to the Cheney/Bush administration as a non democratic state under the dictatorship of Musharraf than a democratic state under the possible rule of the recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto.

And don’t rule out the role of the CIA in Bhutto’s death two months before her death, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto sent an e-mail to her U.S. adviser and longtime friend, saying that if she were killed, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf would bear some of the blame. http://snipurl.com/1vy7r

And Musharraf never faced a serious demand from the Bush administration to protect Bhutto. http://www.middle-east-online-com/english/?id=23712

Witness the police abandoned Security Posts Before Bhutto was assassinated and here are two dramatic photographs from a video that captured the suspected assassin of Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto as he aimed his pistol and fired ~ the most dramatic image clearly shows the hand of the assassin raised with a hand gun firing point-blank at Bhutto as she stood through the sun roof of the car leading her from a rally in Rawalpindi. Read – and see – the latest now on WND.com. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE ID=59438

Nothing will stand in the way of the implementation of the Cheney/Bush neocon global agenda and certainly not a democratic and free Pakistan for the greatest enemy of the Cheney/Bush administration is the people’s will and the truth.

Look for the Cheney/Bush administration to soon move troops into Pakistan to protect their Nukes under the guise of the War on Terror while the Musharraf government blames Bhutto’s death on Al-Qaida.

Sir Edward Gibbon sums up the consequences for a nation when they substitute security for responsibility. In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all ~ security, comfort, and freedom. When … the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.” Sir Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)

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Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on Conscious talk radio www.conscioustalk.net

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by Le Patriote

Have you noticed the parallels between the situation in Pakistan and our own situation here in the United States?

Pakistan is currently under a puppet military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, who was installed by the globalists by way of various international alphabet agencies, including our own CIA. Musharraf, like all puppet leaders is despised by the Pakistani people and is a ruthless and cruel dictator. With the hope of a democratic election in January, 2008 the Pakistanis saw a chance to elect the leader of their choice, the highly regarded and loved Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf was clearly the installed dictator who served the purposes of the globalists, while Bhutto was clearly the choice of the Pakistani people. So the globalists assassinated her on December 27, 2007. No autopsy was performed and Benazir Bhutto was buried the very next day. The assassination was immediately blamed on the terrorist group “Al Qaeda”, more appropriately called Al CIA Duh! Furthermore, it was reported that immediately prior to the assassination attack, that security guards protecting Bhutto were told to stand down, just like the secret service guards were stood down immediately prior to the assassination of JFK in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963.

The Pakistani people reacted to the assassination of Bhutto with righteous indigation and anger and the full impact is yet to be realized. The Pakistani people feel betrayed and are outraged to have had so dear and strong a leader stolen from them. It is certain that the impact of her tragic death will be felt over the coming months and years.

Today, in the United States we have an upcoming presidential election where the only choice offered are selectees who will serve the interests of the globalists and further the globalist agenda by perpetuating the bogus “war on terror” and continuing the erosion of our national sovereignty. Only one candidate stands out from the crowd of selectees and that candidate is Ron Paul. While the globalists attempt to force the American people to choose from their hand selected group of bought and paid for selectees, a huge and growing number of the American people support and love Ron Paul, who is clearly the choice of the American people (the thinking ones anyway).

Given the parallels that exist between Pakistan and America, will the globalists attempt to assassinate Ron Paul? It has already been alleged by credible sources that the globalists are considering the ramifications of a Ron Paul assassination. Here let it be known to the globalist New World Order that the people of the United States are awakening to the mass deception that is being perpetrated on them. Our eyes are open and we are watching you very closely. You may be able to assassinate Ron Paul, but you cannot kill the ideas that he, and the American people embrace.

We know that you, like your father the devil, thrive on chaos, instability, and deception, but we the people demand truth, liberty, prosperity, and peace and we will fight you to achieve these goals.

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