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Washington's Pakistani Allies: Killers and Drug Dealers
By Rahul Bedi in New Delhi
Reprinted from Sydney Morning Herald September 27, 2001
[Posted 27 September 2001]

Pakistan's shadowy intelligence service, one of the main sources of information for the US-led alliance against the Taliban regime, is widely associated with political assassinations, narcotics and the smuggling of nuclear and missile components - and backing fundamentalist Islamic movements.

Locally referred to as Pakistan's "secret army" and the "invisible government", the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was founded soon after independence in 1948. Today it dominates the country's domestic and foreign policies. It is also responsible for manipulating the volatile religious elements, ethnic groups and political parties that are disliked by the army.

Trained by the CIA and the French SDECE, the ISI "ran" the mujahideen in their decade-long fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Brigadier Mohammed Yousaf, who headed the ISI's Afghan bureau for four years until 1987, says in his book The Bear Trap that the agency funnelled US money and weapons to the mujahideen.

In the early 1990s the ISI provided logistic and military support for the Taliban, and helped them to seize power in Kabul five years ago.

Thereafter, it maintained a formidable presence across Afghanistan, helping the Taliban to consolidate their hold. The tactics used included bribery and raids that wiped out villages of different ethnic tribes. It is the knowledge gained of the Taliban into which the US is tapping as it plans punitive raids.

Intelligence sources said that the ISI-CIA collaboration in the 1980s assisted Osama bin Laden, as well as Mir Aimal Kansi, who assassinated two CIA officers outside their office in Langley, Virginia, in 1993, and Ramzi Yousef, who was involved in the failed bomb attack on the World Trade Centre in New York five years later.

Opium cultivation and heroin production in Pakistan's northern tribal belt and adjoining Afghanistan were a vital offshoot of the ISI-CIA co-operation. It succeeded in turning some of the Soviet troops into addicts.

Heroin sales in Europe and the US, carried out through an elaborate web of deception, transport networks, couriers and pay-offs, offset the cost of the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

In the 1970s the ISI established a division to procure nuclear and missile technology for the military from abroad, especially China and North Korea. It also smuggled in crucial nuclear components and know-how from Europe.

(c) 2001 Sydney Morning Herald, Reprinted for Fair Use Only

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How can we trust the U.S. government's claim that its motivation is to fight terror when it has been the main support - no, the creator - of terrorist forces in several regions? Consider the following articles analyzing U.S. operations in the Balkans. The sources used in these articles are a) the mainstream media and b) interviews with eyewitnesses.

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The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) is a group of ruthless terrorists heavily involved in the drug trade. When NATO took over Kosovo, the KLA marched into the Province alongside the NATO occupiers.

Emperor's Clothes has published eyewitness accounts which describe in detail how NATO and the KLA have worked together.

1) See for example: 'Driven from Kosovo,' the account by the leader of the Jewish community of how he and thousands of other residents were driven from Pristina, capital of Kosovo. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/interviews/ceda.htm

2) Also see "What NATO Occupation Would Mean For Macedonians' - eyewitness accounts of the NATO/KLA takeover of the Kosovo town of Orahovac. Can be read at http://emperors-clothes.com/misc/savethe-a.htm

Having installed the KLA in power in Kosovo, NATO is now providing advisers, weapons and training for these same terrorists in their latest war, against Macedonia. This is discussed in several Emperor's Clothes articles which are supported by citations from mainstream media and reliable eyewitness accounts. For a list of these articles go to http://emperors-clothes.com/mac/list-m.htm

One of the most revealing articles is by Canadian military analyst Scott Taylor, who recently traveled to Macedonia and talked to the terrorist leaders. See "Terrorist Thug Boasts: "Thanks to Uncle Sam, Macedonians are no match for us!" at http://emperors-clothes.com/analysis/taylor.htm

3) Belarus, a former Soviet Republic in the strategic Baltic region, is a thorn in NATO's side because it insists on independence from NATO. Having apparently failed to create a successful Fifth Column within the country, the U.S. Ambassador has openly declared Washington's intention to overthrow the Belarussian government, using techniques developed in the Contra war against the Nicaraguan Sandanistas in the 1980s. Indeed, the Ambasssador, Michael Kozak, is one of the operatives involved in Iran Contra.

If the U.S. government is not motivated by the "fight against terrorism" then what is it really after? Here is an analysis from the editors of Emperor's Clothes:

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