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Friday, August 13, 2010

Militarizing the Border and Keeping Afghan Secrets

The Wikileaks secret that the US doesn't want leaked: The US pays the Taliban

By Brenda Norrell

Obama signed the $600 million border security bill into law, so now there will be more US military on the border to run drugs and terrorize border residents, including Indigenous Peoples and other people of color.

In case you missed it, the FBI had to halt the sting operation Operation Lively Green, because so many of US soldiers wanted to smuggle cocaine from Nogales to Phoenix.

Meanwhile, organizations rush to chastise Wikileaks for the release of information. However, few have the courage to blame President Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, for continuing the war in Afghanistan.

Few people are holding the US responsible for war crimes: US assassinations, torture and kidnapping, in violation of the Geneva Conventions, and the widespread killing of civilians with remote-controlled drones and the reckless, out-of-control US military.

One of the facts that the US would like to keep secret is that the US has been paying the Taliban and resistance forces. Wikileaks documents confirm that the United States is funding both sides of the war through bribes paid to the Taliban and other resistance forces.

If you're unfamiliar with how the US funds the enemy, including guerrillas, to keep wars going and destabilize governments, the US Army black ops has posted their manual online for you, "A Leader's Handbook to Unconventional Warfare:"

The US Army Special Operations handbook describes how the US develops and works with guerrillas and resistance forces (otherwise known as terrorists.) The US handbook says it uses them to carry out acts of violence, including "Acts of sabotage (in urban centers.)"

What few are discussing is the fact that the US contracts to private security contractors alone are enough incentive for the US and its corporate warmonger partners to keep the war going. This includes Blackwater (which is now XE and still receiving US contracts in Afghanistan) CACI, DynCorp and all the others.

One DynCorp International document on Wikileaks shows that DynCorp employees were hired by the US as assassins in Iraq. DynCorp mercenaries were told to shoot to kill and that warning shots are not permitted. DynCorp was told to "Use deadly force; shoot at vehicles; stop, detain and search civilians.”

Now, the media spin doctors controlling Congress and the White House are proving to be an economic boom for the private security contractors, other war profiteers and private prison contractors.

Private prison contractors like GEO and Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) are salivating at the border over new contracts to imprison migrants and people of color for dollars.

Boeing and the Israeli Apartheid border wall builder Elbit Systems have already made their fortunes on the Arizona border, building a piece here and there of a border wall, and a string of spy towers on the Arizona border that don't work. While stuffing their pockets with dollars from US contracts, Boeing violated federal law by digging up O'odham ancestors on O'odham land and violated most federal environmental laws which now endangers the jaguar and other wildlife.

In the swing of things, the Arizona state government is happy to create new laws such as SB 1070 to fill private prisons with people of color. After all, prisons are one of the top employers in southern Arizona.

The Arizona state government is also proud to have a racist sheriff for Maricopa County. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and sanctified hate groups are an image of the new racist Arizona that the state government would like to project.

But as long as CNN and the other media are marching to the orders of the spin doctors, you won't find the truth there.

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