So called “terrorist camps” (in 1989?) and training

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So called “terrorist camps” (in 1989?) and training

The so called “terrorist camps” that Daniel Patrick Boyd attended as a teenager twenty years ago (and the indictment admits that no others were attended), were in the years 1989 and 1992 in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  As all know, this was the time when the godless “evil empire” communist Soviets, had just withdrawn the Soviet troops from Afghanistan after a brutal decade of destruction.  The USA was fighting a proxy war by way of the Afghan Mujahedeen freedom fighters with Pakistan’s help and support, against the Afghan communist puppets and Soviet trainers and Soviet air force and Soviet Scud missiles etc.

The Soviets and their Afghan communist puppets were engaged in the most horrendous brutal warfare to force the Afghan people to accept USSR domination and local puppet communist rule.  As a result more than 2 million Afghans lost their life, and many millions more were injured and maimed and became refuges in Pakistan and Iran and elsewhere.  It was the major humanitarian crisis of the decade, and the major cold war US-Soviet proxy battle (after the Soviet withdrawal in February 1989).

So this makes Mr. Daniel Patrick Boyd a patriotic freedom fighter, of the noble and courageous “Mujahedeen” (yes from that word of violent “Jihad”), earning the highest praise from President Reagan, and the USA state department, justice department, the US military, the CIA, and many others who openly supported the “training camps” and all their anti communist war efforts. It was extremely patriotic at that time to be a “freedom fighter” a Mujahed,  struggling against evil communism by word, deed and money.  Various departments of US government supported this effort with funds, materials, logistics and everything possible under the sun  The aim was to bring down the soviets system (the “evil empire”), to  give them a Vietnam like experience of defeat by proxy, and to humiliate them. This was the main policy goal in the 1980’s and 1990’s  once it appeared that mere “containment” was emasculated as a policy.


Date in indictment doesn’t jibe



Conflicting dates may cast doubt on the federal indictment that paints Daniel Boyd as a terrorist combatant, waging a war against the Soviets in the rugged Afghan countryside 20 years ago.

The indictment says Boyd, 39, a drywaller from Johnston County is an imminent danger, with links to terrorists and specialized training that could have enabled him to launch suicide missions in Israel and Pakistan in the name of Islam.

But if Boyd traveled to Afghanistan in 1989 to fight the Soviets, he was late.

The last of the Soviet foot soldiers withdrew eight months before Boyd and his family arrived in Peshawar in neighboring Pakistan. By fall 1989, visitors could buy a Russian soldier’s hat as a souvenir from a street vendor there.

The Soviets’ occupation of Afghanistan was set against the backdrop of the Cold War. Rebel forces, known as the mujahedeen, drew the support of America as it fought the Soviets and the Afghan’s communist leadership in a nine-year civil war.

Some Soviets lingered to help prop up the Afghan government, which was shaky and ultimately doomed. If Boyd had crossed into Afghanistan to attack Soviets, he would have had to target them in the crowd of Afghans they were assisting.

“The Soviets in these years would have been hidden in the background,” said Larry Goodson, an expert on Afghan history who lived in Peshawar in the 1980s. The city has long been a jumping-off point to Afghanistan and a sanctuary for those fleeing the turbulent country.

This week, Boyd and seven others, including his two sons, were arrested in what prosecutors have heralded as a victory for freedom and democracy. Federal agents watched Boyd and his comrades for three years, tapping their phones and tracking their international travel. They say Boyd stockpiled weaponry and raised money to commit violent jihad in Israel and Pakistan in the name of his Islamic faith.

Boyd’s lawyers and his wife could not be reached Friday.

Boyd’s past is not essential to proving whether he may have plotted suicide missions abroad. But, if investigators are shaky on the facts, attorneys for the defendants could poke holes in the case.

“Inaccuracies in the indictment are not fatal to the case, but it’s potentially mildly embarrassing,” said Jeff Welty, a criminal law expert at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. It would not unravel the case and could be corrected later in the process, Welty said.

A spokeswoman for the FBI in Charlotte said her agents didn’t write the indictment and couldn’t address the discrepancy. George E.B. Holding, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said he could not comment beyond the indictment.

His life in Peshawar

What drew Boyd to Pakistan and how he spent his time there are still largely unknown. Some details of his adventure did emerge in 1991 when he became the center of an international scandal after a conviction in a bank robbery earned him a sentence to have his arm and foot amputated.

Boyd wouldn’t have been out of place in Peshawar in 1989. The city drew drifters in those years, adventurers and do-gooders from around the globe. They wanted a piece of the action, Goodson said, or a slice of the international funding pouring into Peshawar. Their pasts and their identities there were curious; it was hard to take newcomers’ stories at face value, Goodson said.

“There were all sorts of doubts about who people really were here. It would be difficult at best to prove the facts in an environment like this,” Goodson said.

Daniel Boyd was barely 20, a husband and father to two boys in diapers. He’d converted to Islam as a teen, under the guidance of his mother’s second husband, an Islamic lawyer in Washington, D.C. After high school, he’d done construction work.

By fall 1989, Boyd was ready for an adventure. The call he was answering in Pakistan is not quite clear. According to an interview with The Washington Post in 1991, Boyd said he came to Peshawar to do aid work for the 3 million refugees that had fled Afghanistan.

Boyd and his young family settled into the city, overrun by homeless and hopeless Afghans. The family’s life, too, by Sabrina Boyd’s account to a Post reporter in 1991, was its own sort of trial. Baby supplies were scarce. Water had to be treated before using. But, here, in the most modest of settings, the family’s Islamic faith solidified.

At some point, Daniel Boyd and his brother become affiliated with Hezb-e-Islami, a radical group headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a Muslim militant who was largely funded by the United States government during the Afghan war. Hekmatyar’s group, like a half-dozen or so others, launched guerrilla warfare to help loosen the Soviets’ grip on Afghanistan.

A Hezb-e-Islami ID card

It is this association that has led to much speculation about Boyd’s activities; he was carrying one of Hezb-e-Islami’s ID cards when he was arrested after the bank robbery.

Clyde Hostetter, an American doing contract work for the United States in Peshawar in the fall of 1989, said Boyd’s association with Hezb-e-Islami makes sense.

“He probably went over there bright-eyed and hopeful, ready to help, and gets there and aligns himself with a group that’s getting the most money from the United States. You had to belong to get anything done,” Hostetter said.

Belonging to Hekmatyar’s group would have been risky, though, for a Westerner such as Boyd. Goodson, the Afghan scholar, said that some Westerners disappeared after setting off on adventures with the Hezb-e-Islami.

That association couldn’t keep Boyd and his brother out of trouble with Pakistan’s government in 1991.

They were accused of robbing a bank, a mix-up the brothers swore arose from an attempt to regain money swindled from Daniel Boyd’s wife, Sabrina, according to the Post story. A higher court eventually spared the Boyd brothers from amputations, and they returned to the United States.

Back home, the Boyds appeared to fall into a benign, middle-class life. Still, the years in Peshawar hang over Boyd and his future.

News researcher Denise Jones contributed to this report. or 919-829-8927
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USA prints textbooks to support Jihad in Afghanistan and Pakistan

….Which proves that the USA openly printed millions of textbooks to support the “Jihad” in Afghanistan and Pakistan against the Soviets and Afghan Communists, with Jihadi themes and inn praise of Mujahedeen

As part of the “Reagan Doctrine” his administration openly and profusely funded “freedom fighters” such as  the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.

President Reagan has been quoted in the news that he said while introducing some leaders of the Afghan Mujahideen( from the Arabic word  “Jihad” ) to the media on the White House lawns (1985): “These gentlemen are the moral equivalents of America’s founding fathers.”

Some other historians and reporters  say that this is confirmed for his saying about the Nicaragua Contras and not for the Afghani Mujahedeen: but as it has been said, he could have said it for them given his doctrine and track record and rhetoric on the subject.

And see Regan on you tube:

And President Reagan said in the State of the Union, February 1985:

“We must not break faith with those who are risking their lives on every continent from Afghanistan to Nicaragua to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth . . . Support for freedom fighters is self-defense.”

See for instance:,9171,964873,00.html

Reagan was  so proud of his involvement with the Mujahideen that he declared March 21st as “Afghanistan Day.”


To get the Hollywood version of events: watch the movie Charlie Wilson’s War (2007).

But note that, as usual, Hollywood omits crucial parts, and the then Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Fred Ikle says the film slights the role of Reagan, CIA Director William Casey and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in supporting the Afghan resistance, including our provision of the Stinger missiles that proved decisive against the vicious Soviet helicopter gunships. The film makes it appear Wilson deserves all the credit.

To get the wiki version (i.e. Wikipedia) read: “Civil war in Afghanistan (1989–1992)” at the URL

And also see, for some spice, “CIA activities in Afghanistan” at URL .



And lest we forget the recent history of the “Reagan Doctrine”

when patriotism called for personal and national sacrifice against

the “Evil Empire” of International Communism;








See it on You Tube:

President Ronald Reagan Meeting Some

Mujahideen 1985


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Signs of the War against Communism In Afghanistan

Below: training camp for the mujahedeen in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province in 1987


Then Maj. Gen. Hamid Gul, Director General of the ISI (far left), with William Webster, Director of Central Intelligence, Clair George, Deputy Director for Operations, and Milt Bearden, CIA station chief, at a training camp for the mujahedeen in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province in 1987 (

Richard J. Kerr, the Deputy Director of CIA at that time, meeting with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in Islamabad in 1988.hekmatyar_richard_kerr

William Casey (center, with glasses) touring Afghan training camps in the 1980s.

[Source: Associated Press]

October 1984: CIA Director Secretly Visits Afghan Training Camps; He Urges Spread of Violence into Soviet Union
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William Casey (center, with glasses) touring Afghan training camps in the 1980s.William Casey (center, with glasses) touring Afghan training camps in the 1980s. [Source: Associated Press]CIA Director William Casey makes a secret visit to Pakistan to plan a strategy to defeat Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Casey is flown to secret training camps near the Afghan border where he watches trainees fire weapons and make bombs. According to the Washington Post, “During the visit, Casey startled his Pakistani hosts by proposing that they take the Afghan war into enemy territory—into the Soviet Union itself. Casey wanted to ship subversive propaganda through Afghanistan to the Soviet Union’s predominantly Muslim southern republics.” The Pakistanis agree to the plan and soon the CIA begins sending subversive literature and thousands of Korans to Soviet republics such as Uzbekistan. Mohammad Yousaf, a Pakistani general who attended the meeting, will later say that Casey said, “We can do a lot of damage to the Soviet Union.” [Washington Post, 7/19/1992] This will eventually evolve into CIA and ISI sponsored Afghan attacks inside the Soviet Union (see 1984-March 1985 and 1985-1987).


US Congress Representative Charles Wilson meeting with Mujahedeen


Then-Rep. Charles Wilson, on the white horse, on a visit to Afghanistan in 1987. (Associated Press)

Article | 09/05/2009

Barack Obama As Charlie Wilson?


Congressmen Charlie Wilson firing standard Soviet heavy machine gun at a refugee camp on the Afghan/Pakistani border.afgh-400px-Charlie_wilson




Joanne Herring in Afghanistan with the Mujahideen
# A few months after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, she smuggled herself into that mountainous land to film the atrocities that the Russian forces were inflicting as they strafed villages from helicopter gunships.




US Senator Hamphery Garden

According to the FBI they all presumably are terrorists,

unless there is some hypocritical double standard at play?

<> 1984-1994: CIA Funds Militant Textbooks for Afghanistan

The US, through USAID and the University of Nebraska, spends millions of dollars developing and printing textbooks for Afghan schoolchildren. The textbooks are filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation. For instance, children are taught to count with illustrations showing tanks, missiles, and land mines. Lacking any alternative, millions of these textbooks are used long after 1994; the Taliban are still using them in 2001. In 2002, the US will start producing less violent versions of the same books, which President Bush says will have “respect for human dignity, instead of indoctrinating students with fanaticism and bigotry.” (He will fail to mention who created those earlier books). [Washington Post, 3/23/2002; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 5/6/2002] A University of Nebraska academic named Thomas Gouttierre leads the textbook program. Journalist Robert Dreyfuss will later reveal that although funding for Gouttierre’s work went through USAID, it was actually paid for by the CIA. Unocal will pay Gouttierre to work with the Taliban (see December 1997) and he will host visits of Taliban leaders to the US, including trips in 1997 and 1999 (see December 4, 1997 and July-August 1999). [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 328]


1985-1989: Precursor to Al-Qaeda Puts Down US Roots


Makhtab al-Khidamat offices in the US in the late 1980s. Some of the offices in fact were represented by single individuals. [Source: National Geographic] (click image to enlarge)Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, bin Laden’s mentor, makes repeated trips to the US and other countries, building up his Pakistan-based organization, Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK), or “Services Office” in English. It is also known as Al-Kifah, which means “struggle.” Azzam founded the Al-Kifah/MAK in 1984 (see Late 1984). Branches open in over 30 US cities, as Muslim-Americans donate millions of dollars to support the Afghan war against the Soviet Union. The most important branch, called the Al-Kifah Refugee Center, opens in Brooklyn, New York (see 1986-1993). Azzam is assassinated in a car bomb attack in late 1989 (see November 24, 1989). Bin Laden soon takes over the organization, which effectively morphs into al-Qaeda. His followers take over the US offices and they become financial conduits for al-Qaeda operations. [Lance, 2003, pp. 40-41]

Entity Tags: Osama bin Laden, Al-Kifah Refugee Center, Maktab al-Khidamat, Al-Qaeda, Abdullah Azzam

Timeline Tags: Complete 911 Timeline

1985-1989: Bin Laden’s Mentor Azzam Recruits Fighters All Over World with Apparent CIA Support


Sheikh Abdullah Azzam giving a speech in the US in February 1988. [Source: CNN]Bin Laden’s mentor Abdullah Azzam frequently travels all over the world with the apparent support of the CIA. Slate will later write, “Azzam trotted the globe during the 1980s to promote the Afghan jihad against the Soviets. By the time of his death in 1989, he had recruited between 16,000 and 20,000 mujaheddin from 20 countries to Afghanistan, visited 50 American cities to advance his cause, and dispatched acolytes to spread the gospel in 26 US states, not to mention across the Middle East and Europe.” Slate calls him “the Lenin of international jihad,” noting that he “didn’t invent his movement’s ideas, but he furthered them and put them into practice around the world.” [Slate, 4/16/2002] At the time, the US is supporting the Afghans fighting the Soviets and it will later be alleged that the CIA supported Azzam as part of this effort. Barnett Rubin, a Columbia University professor and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, will claim in 1995 that sources told him Azzam was “enlisted” by the CIA to help unite the fractious Afghan rebel groups. Rubin claims Azzam was considered a prime asset because of his “close connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi intelligence, and the Muslim World League.” But Azzam made no secret of his desire for a no compromise jihad to conquer the entire world. In 1988 in New Jersey, he says, “Blood and martyrdom are the only way to create a Muslim society” and he wants “to ignite the spark that may one day burn Western interests all over the world.” He is frequently accompanied on his US lecture tours by El-Sayyid Nosair and Clement Rodney Hampton-El, both of whom will later be convicted of al-Qaeda-linked attacks in the US. [New Yorker, 3/17/1995] CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) Executive Director Nihad Awad is a leader in the IAP (Islamic Association for Palestine) at this time. ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) affiliates, such as IAP and the MAYA (Muslim Arab Youth Association), host Azzam and arrange his visits to Islamic centers throughout the US. [New Republic, 2/27/2007]



Ghost Wars How Reagan Armed the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan

During Reagan’s 8 years in power, the CIA secretly sent billions of dollars of military aid to the mujahedeen in Afghanistan in a US-supported jihad against the Soviet Union. We take a look at America’s role in Afghanistan that led to the rise of Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. [Includes transcript]




Ideas to open of the thread for discussion and conversation.

Truth and justice will prevail.

The truthful, just and righteous shall inherit the earth.

HinduKushMountainsA view of the the Hindu-Kush mountains in Afghanistan.

Note also that:

The U.S. Funded Jihadists in Afghanistan Before the 1979 Soviet Invasion

Tuesday January 2, 2007

U.S. Gov Info Guide Robert Longley blogs today on a just released House International Relations Committee study about possible connections between Al Qaeda and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.

The study inquired into whether Timothy McVeigh or Terry Nichols, the bombers of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, “received any help from Middle Easterners.” The study concludes: Maybe.

Less uncertain: How much help the U.S. has given to jihadists. Late last week, I wrote about the December anniversary of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the American funding of the mujahideen, the Muslim warriors who eventually drove out the Soviets, and destabilized the Soviet Union so powerfully that they contributed to the USSR’s collapse.

The role the Americans played in funding the “holy warriors'” resistance to the Soviets is reasonably well known, though it isn’t so polite to talk about these days. What is far less known is that American funding of the mujahideen began before the Soviet invasion.

One of the few people who does talk about it is Chalmers Johnson, a former naval officer and a Japan and Asia scholar, in Blowback: the Costs and Consequences of American Empire. Since receiving the book as a holiday gift a few days ago, I’ve been gripped by his thesis that the United States would probably reap the results of its covert operations during the Cold War, if not in the late 1990s, when Blowback was published, then soon. Now that “soon” has become “now,” I hope the time has come to start discussing the intricacies of the recent American past in which, in order to win the Cold War at any cost, the U.S. found it worth it to plant the seeds of the next war:

The USSR’s invasion of Afghanistan was deliberately provoked. In his 1996 memoirs, former CIA director Robert Gates writes that the American intelligence services actually began to aid the mujahudeen guerrillas in Afghanistan not after the Soviet invasion of that country, but six months before it. And in a 1998 interview with the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Oberservateur,former president Carter’s National Security Adviser,”Zbigniew Brzezinski, unambiguously confirmed Gates’s assertion.

“According to the official version of history,”Brzezinski told the Nouvel Oberservateur,, “CIA aid to the mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed it was July 3, 1979, that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet intervention.”

When asked whether he regretted these actions, Brzezinski replied:
“Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trp and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, essentially: ‘We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War.”

Nouvel Observateur: “And neither do you regret having supported Islamic fundamentalism, which has given arms and advice to future terrorists?”

Brzezinski: “What is more important in world history? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some agitated Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?”

Former US Secretary of State Brzezinski said in his 1997 book, “The Grand Chessboard American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives”:

“Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some 500 years ago, Eurasia has been the centre of world power.”

“What is most important to the history of the world?” asked Brzezinski, “The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet Empire? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of central Europe …?”

Controlling this area of the world of strategically positioned Central Asia would not only ensure new sources of energy and mineral wealth, but provide a crucial “guard post” for American control of the oil resources of the Persian Gulf.

Nation states, says Brzezinski, will be incorporated in the “new order” and he articulated it all for us in these concise and choice words: “To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires,” he says, “the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.”

Here we have in these eloquent words of Brzezinski, the three crucial variables – vassals, tributaries and barbarians .

Below is the official definition of the “Reagan Doctrine” by the US State Department:

Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs > Bureau of Public Affairs > Bureau of Public Affairs: Office of the Historian > Timeline of U.S. Diplomatic History > 1981-1989

Reagan Doctrine, 1985

The “Reagan Doctrine” was used to characterize the Reagan administration’s (1981-1988) policy of supporting anti-Communist insurgents wherever they might be. In his 1985 State of the Union address, President Ronald Reagan called upon Congress and the American people to stand up to the Soviet Union, what he had previously called the “Evil Empire”:

“We must stand by all our democratic allies. And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives—on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua—to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which have been ours from birth.”

Breaking with the doctrine of “Containment,” established during the Truman administration—President Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy was based on John Foster Dulles’ “Roll-Back” strategy from the 1950s in which the United States would actively push back the influence of the Soviet Union. Reagan’s policy differed, however, in the sense that he relied primarily on the overt support of those fighting Soviet dominance. This strategy was perhaps best encapsulated in NSC National Security Decision Directive 75. This 1983 directive stated that a central priority of the U.S. in its policy toward the Soviet Union would be “to contain and over time reverse Soviet expansionism,” particularly in the developing world. As the directive noted:

“The U.S. must rebuild the credibility of its commitment to resist Soviet encroachment on U.S. interests and those of its Allies and friends, and to support effectively those Third World states that are willing to resist Soviet pressures or oppose Soviet initiatives hostile to the United States, or are special targets of Soviet policy.”

To that end, the Reagan administration focused much of its energy on supporting proxy armies to curtail Soviet influence. Among the more prominent examples of the Reagan Doctrine’s application, in Nicaragua, the United States sponsored the contra movement in an effort to force the leftist Sandinista government from power. And in Afghanistan, the United States provided material support to Afghan rebels known as the mujahadeen—helping them end Soviet occupation of their country.



Following historical video clip:

“God is on your side!”

Zbigniew Brzezinski talking to the Mujahedeen.

Also see


Brzezinski And The Mujahideen Boys

Barack Obama’s boss Zbigniew Brzezinski shows his support for the actions of the Afghan Mujahideen against the Russians. Today the same people are called terrorists by both Obama and Brzezinski.

Note: Zbigniew Brzezinski is now Obama’s foreign policy advisor


Read for instance:


The Bear Trap: The Defeat of a Superpower

Mohammed Yousaf and Mark Adkin

Editorial Reviews Product Description

How did the horrendous situation in Afghanistan, with all its implications for recent events and the present time, come to pass? What was the role of the CIA and Pakistani intelligence in the creation of what became the Taliban? What are the implications for the future and lessons from the past for American forces today?

This highly controversial book reveals one of the greatest military, political and financial secrets of recent times. It is nothing less than the true, if fantastic, account of how Pakistan and the USA covertly controlled the largest guerrilla war of the 20th Century, dealing to the Soviet Russian presence in Afghanistan a military defeat that has come to be called ‘Russia’s Vietnam’.

From 1983 to 1987 the author, Brigadier Mohammad Yousaf, was the head of the Afghan Bureau of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI-akin to the CIA), and as such was effectively the Mujahideen’s commander-in-chief; he is. in fact, as the book demonstrates, the only general since the Second World War to have directed troops in action within the Soviet Union’s own borders. He controlled the flow of thousands of tons of arms across Pakistan and into its occupied neighbor, arms bought with CIA and Saudi Arabian funds from the USA, Britain, China, Egypt and Turkey, amongst others. He organized and directed the training of the Mujahideen in secret camps within his own country, and covertly sent Pakistan Army teams inside Afghanistan to assist the guerrilla’s in their campaign of ambushes, assassinations, raids and rocket attacks, a campaign that forced the Soviets to realize that they could never win. He saw that the Mujahideen were fed, cared for, and supplied with every necessity; he organized recruiting from among the thousands of refugees; he negotiated with the leaders of various guerrilla groups (a task requiring the skills, patience, and strength of character of several saints); and he coordinated the ultra-secret Mujahideen raids deep inside what was then still the USSR.

There are many in authority in the USA and Pakistan who would still prefer that Brigadier Yousaf’s revelations were not made public, and not least his confirmation that American and Pakistani authorities deliberately blocked any serious investigation into the-murder of Pakistan’s leader, General Zia, the US Ambassador, and Yousaf’s superior, the head of ISI, in an airplane crash in August 1988. Never published in the USA, the last remaining copies of the original 1992 UK hardcover edition were snapped up by US intelligence in the last week of September.

This compelling book, put together with great skill by the military author, Mark Adkin, is essential reading for anyone interested in the truth behind the Soviets’ Vietnam, and the reasons why, to this day, the war in Afghanistan still drags on despite the victory that the Mujahideen were denied when the Soviets withdrew.

A review

This is one hell of a book. It goes into a lot more detail than most people want regarding covert operations against the Soviets during the Afghanistan war. The descriptions of the CIA’s efforts to obtain deniable armaments is tragedy mixed with comedy. Checkbook war-fighting doesn’t work very well. The most interesting thing I found in the book was the description of the failures of the SAM-7 and blowpipe missiles to bring down Soviet helicopters, followed by the success of the Stingers. In the book, Stingers are described as having IFF, which makes them incapable of shooting down American military aircraft. Perhaps this is true. If it’s not true, why would a book published 10 years ago make an offhand claim like that?

The story of how the war ended is disturbingly familiar to those who watched the end of the Gulf War. Because we preferred anarchy over a fundamentalist government, the US betrayed the mujahadeen as soon as the Soviets left the country. After five more years of civil war, the fundamentalists took over, anyway.

There are lots of other tidbits, and the overall effect is to bring things into focus. It’s not a pretty picture. You can see why the various governments involved didn’t really want this book published. After September 11, it is more relevant than ever.

A review

The most interesting aspect of this work is the real nuts and bolts of the war in Afghanistan, and the Pakistani contribution to the war effort. The logistical nightmare of providing arms to the Mujahideen are only one facet of this massive supply operation, and I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about this aspect of the war from a real insider.

I do find flaws in this work, however, and they basically arise from the real difference of opinion about the US role in that conflict. Yes, the United States was interested in supplying the rebels for the sake of Great Power Politics. A defeat of the USSR in Afghanistan surely would be a great victory for the West, and that is why the arms were supplied. Lets get real here. The author seems to take exception with the fact that after the Soviets pulled out, the US did not seem very interested in defeating the puppet government. Why would they care? The weapons were not supplied out of any desire to assist in the Jihad, nor were they provided out of a hope for a better future Afghanistan. Afghan politics was (and is) made up of rivalries, warlords and open conflict. The US had little interest in getting involved before the Soviet occupation, so why would they after? Any interperetation to the contrary is to miss the point. Standard realist politics, pure and simple.

The author also believes that the US removed support from the Mujahideen so that they could not defeat the communist government and create a fundamentalist regeime. The recent events in Afghanistan showed exactly why this was of such great concern to the US. Hindsight is certainly 20-20, and this book was written and published well before the 9/11 attacks on the US. But I feel that the author’s concern about the lack of US support for the defeat of the puppet government has been conclusivly shown to be the correct policy choice. The fundamentalist Taliban government allowed Al Qaida to flourish, and we all know how that turned out. I don’t beleive too many people who will read this book will feel sorry for the failure (at that time) of a fundamentalist take-over of Afghanistan. Too bad they eventually did so. Maybe the US should have done even more to prevent it.

Also, the author seems to find reason to blame the US for pretty much everything that went wrong with the war. Even when he had no proof, he did not hesitate to show how the US could have done the bad deed. I found very little thanks to a country that sent millions and millions of dollars to help fight the war, even if it was for reasons of self-interest. (Realist politics again.) I continually found it difficult to read where the US was selfish for only wanting to help defeat the USSR, and that the CIA should somehow have been interested in Jihad or helping the historically conflict-ridden political parties within Afghanistan. Even during this war with the USSR, the warlords (according to the author) would sell arms they were given, fight with each other, and pretty much do what they wanted. It was only by using the carrot of more arms and heavier weapons could any control be established over these groups. Why would the US want to get invloved in that???

The subject of the Stinger missiles is covered in great detail, and the introduction of these weapons really changed the whole nature of the conflict. It is claimed (correctly) that the CIA did not want to give this weapon to the Mujahideen for fear it would find it’s way to terrorists and unfriendly countries. It was pointed out many times in the book how “if we had the stinger” and this defeat was because they didn’t have it, the author himself admits that several weapons DID find their way into Iran. So the US was right all along to be concerned. All air travelers should be concerned that these weapons are still floating around somewhere. Pretty scarey, and the CIA was right to be worried. But that did not seem to be of interest to the author.

So all in all, it is a very good work for the inside scoop on the war from the Pakistani point of view, and it should be read as such. But, the attitude against the US was pretty hard to fathom, and it got to be an annoying part of this book. I’m hardly a flag waver, but give credit where credit is due. The major reason the Soviets left Afghanistan was because of the massive US aid effort. Perhaps that should have been pointed out more in this book.

A review






The Subtle Seeds of the Terror War (1986)

The Subtle Seeds of the Terror War (1986)

The Subtle Seeds of the Terror War (1986) By: Peter Chamberlin

The primary beneficiaries of the terror war are the old money and the power elite, who alone will remain standing after the final sifting-down process has concentrated all wealth into a few hands. It is inaccurate to blame it all on the Zionist bankers, or a Jewish conspiracy even though there is a preponderance of Jewish financiers and many key positions within the conspiracy are held by Jewish intellectuals. Nonetheless, the Zionists are the key to the unfolding drama. Israeli domination of the Middle East has always been the focus of the terror war, even when the focus of that thirty year old war was the Soviets. The international elite (the super-wealthy of all races) will be the final sifters of everyone’s wealth, with the CIA serving them, offering-up the Jews as a scapegoat or a distraction, to deflect blame away from the agency.

The CIA parallel government which spawned the Iran/contra drugs/arms/money/public diplomacy pipeline kept the illegal network intact after Iran/contra, to fund its creation of an “Islamic militant network” and to use them to create the war on terror. This agency is bent on serving the evil internationalist elite, instead of the American people and the Constitution they have all swore to uphold. The mysterious death of reporter Steve Kangas, who explored the deep connections between the CIA and the corporate world, and the New Right, is a warning to all who will follow that it is dangerous to explore some truth.

For those of you in search of this dangerous knowledge, follow me into the labyrinth, as I use the recently released “Lost Chapter” from the Iran/Contra commission report to throw a little light into the dark world which holds us all captive. I can confirm that some parts of the story revealed therein are true, because I was there, seeking to help my country, serving as an unwitting part of a network that was created to bring democratic freedom to an end in America and the world.

At that time (1985-1988), I was approached by many groups because I had previously switched my activist loyalties from the Democrats and the “nuclear freeze” issue to Reagan and the “peace through strength” doctrine. I saw his plan to spend the Soviets into submission as the safest way to end the cold war. As a mouthy, hard-hitting activist/writer, I was considered “ripe” for recruitment into the leadership levels of the conservative movement.

From 1985 to 1986, I wrote articles and letters, and lobbied for aid to groups that were depicted as “freedom fighters” at that time, in Central America and Afghanistan. I was a hard-core advocate for the Afghan Mujahedeen, in their fight against the Soviets. I contributed to, and was part of the Committee for a Free Afghanistan (CFA), which was either a lobbying group or a political action committee PAC. I believed that it was the right thing to do at the time (and still do), to support brave Afghan men who were fighting to expel a Communist occupation. I saw it as a reflection of our own anti-colonialist revolution. I support all anti-colonialist freedom fighters.

Because of my activist activities to end the cluster-bombing of Afghan children, I was approached to do the same thing on behalf of the anti-Sandinista “Contras” in Central America, who were allegedly fighting the same anti-Communist fight. A good friend and mentor, Jerome Distel, from my hometown, was a member of Heritage Foundation’s “President’s Club,” an exclusive group with a $1,000 membership, which promised exclusive access to the Reagan Administration. I remembered the classy invitation he had received to the event, after seeing it again in the “Lost Chapter” of the Congressional contra investigation report:

“A typical invitation to a briefing stated in pertinent part:

‘You are one of a small group of dedicated

Americans who has stood by President Reagan . . . in

support of his agenda . .. It will be a pleasure

to meet you in Washington on [date] when you attend

our special security briefing followed by a working

dinner . . . Please be reminded that your

accommodations at the Hay Adams Hotel are taken care

of and there is no expense to you.’”

Mr. Distel invited me to be his aide (pushing his wheelchair) at this Heritage Foundation conference and fund-raising dinner in Washington for the contras, in early 1986. United States Ambassador to The United Nations Jeanne Kirkpatrick would be giving a speech at the banquet. I understood that the purpose of the conference was to solicit public funds for the “pipeline” that supplied money and supplies to the contras to kill Soviet advisors and their revolutionary allies in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The plan was to start there and to sweep-out all the Soviet military forces from Central America, southward, all the way to Columbia. I was ok with that, seeing it as an extension of the anti-Communist war.

The “Democracy Project” for Central America may have failed with the prosecution of the crimes committed by key members of “the enterprise,” but the pipeline that they created to move the money, fighters, guns and equipment, is still there today, moving their biggest product, drugs, “candy” for America and the rest of the world. (See: Cocaine planes make a “Bogotá Connection”)

“CIA, Guantanamo, Torture, Cocaine”

The pipeline in Afghanistan and Pakistan is still there as well, running at full capacity all these years, moving all those nasty money-makers and life-takers through it, fomenting the “war on terrorism” that we are told to believe that it is no fault of our own. It is the men, materiel and opium which moves freely through this CIA pipeline that haunts American, NATO and Pakistani troops there today.

That Washington conference marked the beginning of my disillusionment with the contras and with the entire “conservative” movement in general. Because of the over-whelming creepy vibe given-off at that meeting of fat cats and wannabes, who were looking to hire Nicaraguan hit men to do America’s dirty work (and the simultaneously unfolding disclosure that the Contras were terrorists operating death squads and drug rings), I began to sense that the whole effort was really something of a completely opposite nature. It was not an anti-colonialist movement at all. Everything was a deception. This was the empire striking back at homegrown resistance movements.

The Heritage Foundation conference,

which was allegedly for Catholic aid groups serving Central America, is documented in the “Lost Chapter” manuscript:

“[the network, with] continuing help from Oliver North, created an inter-governmental structure the purposes and activities of which were masked from

Congress and public view… hired outside consultants and gave

encouragement, support and direction to groups of private

citizens outside the government. These groups raised money for

Contra weapons, lobbied the Congress, ran sophisticated media…

Campaigns…worked with S/LPD to influence American public opinion through manipulation of the American press… a network of private foundations and organizations. used White House briefings and private meetings with the President to raise more than $10,000,000 from private contributors, almost all for the Contra cause.

Approximately $1.7 million was ‘washed’ by Channell through Miller’s domestic and Cayman Island entities International Business Communications (IBC) and I.C., Inc. –to the Enterprise, where it was co-mingled with funds from third country contributions and the Iranian arms sale.

The Miller/Channell network was able to operate successfully until the latter part of 1986, when increased government aid to the Contras and public disclosure of

both the Iranian arms sales and the Contra resupply network made

further assistance efforts unnecessary and unwise.

Frank Gomez was to write talking point papers on Central America; prepare speaker kits; identify and refute distortions and false allegations regarding U.S. policy; draft sample speeches; prepare Op/Ed pieces and feature articles; assist Central American refugees and exiles visiting Washington; arrange media events for them; and make them available for Congressional interviews.

Roy Godson and the Heritage Foundation…raise money for the Catholic Church in Nicaragua…The format used in raising money for the Nicaraguan Refugee Fund –a White House briefing followed by a

function at the Hay Adams Hotel.

The briefing was held…in the Old Executive Office Building with North as the principal speaker…After the briefing, the potential donor group was taken across the street for a reception and dinner at the Hay Adams Hotel… These group briefings occurred on October 17, 1985; November 21, 1985; January 30, 1986; and March 27, 1986.

Edwin J. Feulner, President of the Heritage Foundation…

would be donating $100,000 to Heritage and the Catholic Church in Central America…the funds were to be transferred indirectly to the Catholic Church via a transfer from the Heritage

Foundation to INSI.

The Heritage grant to INSI would be used [for] the dissemination in Central America of

materials designed to educate the public on the

political and economic realities of United States policy objectives, and the collection of

scholarly responses to the materials…[which would be used for public diplomacy in the US, to inform the American people] on the Central American view of United States foreign and economic policy and how it relates to the political and economic future of Central American countries.

Select the scholars to participate in this program from among U.S. and Central American figures.

After Heritage transferred the $100,000 to INSI, Miller instructed INSI to transfer $80,000 of the grant to his Cayman Islands account from which funds were withdrawn as directed by North…that at least some of the money was transferred to Lake Resources.”

The Lost Report confirms what I have only suspected over the past twenty years, I was part of the Iran/Contra network and witnessed first-hand one of Oliver North’s slide presentations, pimping for the world empire. The only thing I remember from that presentation is that it was given by some guy in a uniform, who showed some satellite images of big Soviet airbases, allegedly in Nicaragua. (We were seated in the “nose bleed” upper section.)

In the next two years after the conference, I was invited to join a plethora of New Right organizations, think tanks, even a couple of PACs (political action committees): the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress, Committee for a Free Afghanistan, Young Americans for Freedom, Council for National Policy, Concerned Women for America, even the Republican National Committee. The thing that kept me from joining-up with most of them was the requests for donations.

Most of these committees and think tanks were sponsored by Heritage. I found this revealing explanation of the explosion of opportunities that had been offered to me:

“The Heritage Foundation has coordinated the meetings for a newly formed group called Third Generation. It is a group of young conservatives (born after 1952) attempting to develop an even more conservative agenda than their ‘elders.’”

Obviously, from the many political offers that had been flowing in since the Heritage event, I had been hand-picked by the political gurus associated with Heritage for that group (born in 1953).

All of these organizations contributed to and solicited money for the private network described in the Lost Chapter revelation.

“On December 14, 1986, the Lowell (Mass.) Sun ran a story under the headline ‘Money from Iranian Arms Sales Was Used to Back Conservatives During 1986 Election.’ The story stated that ‘[a]bout $5 million from the almost $30 million in excess raised from arms sales to Iran was filtered to conservative political action groups’ to ‘support candidates who backed President Reagan’s pro-Contra and Star Wars policies.’

The State Department was used to run a prohibited, domestic, covert propaganda operation…

The Administration’s redefinition of the term ‘public diplomacy’–especially its use in ‘educating’ the American public–and the longstanding statutory prohibition on the domestic dissemination by the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) of its materials to the American people. Under the terms of section 501 of the Smith-Mundt Act (the United States Information and Educational Exchange act of 1948, as amended–P.L. 80-402), USIA and its predecessor agencies have been enjoined from propagandizing the American people.”

[According to Smith-Mundt:

“The Smith-Mundt ban on domestic propaganda has been broadened over the years by subsequent legislation. The Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1972 amended the Smith-Mundt Act to include a ban on disseminating within the United States any ‘information about the United States, its people, and its policies’ prepared for dissemination abroad. The Zorinsky Amendment added a new prohibition: ‘no funds authorized to be appropriated to the United States Information Agency shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States, and no program material prepared by the United States Information Agency shall be distributed within the United States.” ]

“In March 1988, GRAND JURY indictments were brought against North, Poindexter, Richard V. Secord, and Albert Hakim. The indictments included four distinct charges: conspiring to obstruct the U.S. government; diverting public funds from arms sales to Iran to aid the Contras in Nicaragua; stealing public funds for private ends; and lying to Congress and other government officials. With the exception of the routine criminal charge of theft, the most serious points in the indictments essentially accused the defendants of conducting a private foreign policy in violation of constitutional norm.”

As revealed in Lost Chapter:

“National Security Decision Directive 77

the issuing in January 1983 of National Security Decision Document (NSDD) 77, an NSC policy paper on the management of public diplomacy “relative to national security”…is classified, an unclassified version, released in March 1983:

A Special Planning Group (SPG) responsible for overall planning, direction, coordination, and monitoring of public diplomacy activities;

The Public Affairs/Nuclear Committee, to plan and coordinate on a regular basis U.S. Government domestic public affairs activities relating to foreign policy and national security issues (including countering the U.S. nuclear freeze movement);

The International Information Committee, to plan, coordinate, and implement international information activities in support of U.S.

The International Political Committee, to plan, coordinate, and implement international activities in support of U.S. policies and interests, including the interagency effort to support the growth of democracy abroad. It provides the nexus for the policymaking and information functions and formulates broad public diplomacy strategies for key issues and interests…to direct the concerned departments and agencies to implement political action strategies in support of key policy objectives

0liver North was reportedly named head of Project Democracy’s covert arm 1n October 1983, after McFarlane was appointed National Security Adviser.

[A] Saudi Prince who proposed donating to the Contras $14 million of profits derived from the sale of Saudi oil. North referred the Prince who used a variety of pseudonyms, the most common of which was Ebrahim alMasoudi [probably Bandar]

On April 26, 1985, Miller and Gomez incorporated a Cayman Islands corporation known as I.C., Inc. [RM 1136-44]. This entity originally was intended to receive the profits from the transactions conducted with the Prince.

In May 1986, Miller changed the name of I.C.,

Inc., to “Intel Co-Operation, Inc.,”

Miller and Gomez formed another Cayman Islands corporation in early May 1986, World Affairs Counselors, Inc. (WACI), to receive the compensation approved by North.

In addition to using the participants in the network to promote the enterprise, North used the occasion to create disinformation about the network and to refute negative news stories about the work being done:

“[North] also told an anecdote about some Nicaraguan agents that were recently caught with dope and money and so forth and disguised as American agents.”

[Eugene H. Hasenfus (born January 22, 1941 in Florida) is a United States citizen who was an unemployed construction worker from Marinette, Wisconsin who secured work as a cargo handler for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)….He was aboard the Fairchild C-123 cargo plane shot down over Nicaragua on October 5, 1986, while delivering supplies to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Hasenfus’ capture and detention helped uncover and publicize the Iran-Contra Affair. A black book of phone numbers in the wreckage tied the plane to an operation run out of Ilopango airbase in El Salvador, supported by anti-Castro exile Felix Rodriguez. Press speculation focused on former general Jack Singlaub as the sponsor; this was encouraged by Oliver North to divert attention from the true head: Richard Secord.]

“The President, in his March 19, 1987 press conference said that he believed that contributors he met had donated money for political advertising for the Contras. [New York Times, 3/20/87]… He stated, ‘What about the private groups who pay for ads for the Contras?’

A ‘big ticket items’ list was prepared by North and used by him and Channell in a solicitation off Nelson Bunker Hunt.

In September 1985, Channell arranged a meeting in Dallas between North and Nelson Bunker Hunt…Hunt made two payments to NEPL, the tax-exempt National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty, of $237,500 each.”

Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt, as well as fellow billionaire and ultra right-wing zealot Joseph Coors, were the primary sponsors for many of the neo-fascist “conservative” organizations that comprise the “new right,” including the Heritage Foundation, most radical of these were the John Birch Society, the Council for National Policy and the World Anti-Communist League.

A famous name associated with the WACL is another “Contragate” figure, Major General John Singlaub was the head of the World Anti-Communist League in the late seventies:

“It has since become something far more important: an instrument for the practice of unconventional warfare — assassinations, death squads, sabotage — throughout the world.” Not only did the WACL adopt the techniques used by Nazis, but the Eastern European Nazi network as well…

there is a third type of Nazi, who is far more powerful, public, and dangerous than the other two: these are the Croatians, Slovaks, Ukrainians, Latvians who carried out the German-dictated massacres, who never faced a Nuremberg, and who joined the World Anti-Communist League… With the creations of the World Anti-Communist League, there came into existence a worldwide network of fascism…”

The first American League Chapter of the WACL was the American Council for World Freedom (ACWF)… Roger Pearson, served as the American League president for three years… …Pearson has traveled in New Right circles for many years, formerly as an editorial associate for such mainstream organizations as the Heritage Foundation and the American Security Council… On the other [hand], he is a white supremacist who warns of the dangers of whites breeding with ‘inferior’ stock… world chairman of the World Anti-Communist League in 1978…”

“Pearson’s Eugenics And Race: “Dr. Roger Pearson’s racialist theories are circulated worldwide by neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations.” (6)

Pearson was brought to the U.S. in 1965 by Willis Carto, founder of the neo-fascist Institute for Historical Review (which denies the Holocaust) and the anti-Semitic Liberty Lobby, which publishes the weekly Spotlight newspaper. Roger Pearson…(allegedly) Josef Mengele’s co-researcher at Auschwitz,

“In addition to homegrown agitators who dredged up anti-Semitic motifs that harkened back to the 1930s…(Paul Weyrich and Free Congress Foundation named)”

“In 1984, Singlaub headed a Pentagon panel called to make recommendations on conducting military activities in Central America. The panel’s report urged the U.S. to emphasize nonconventional, counterinsurgency warfare strategies….

[Singlaub] became CIA deputy chief in South Korea during the Korean War and served for two years in Vietnam during the 1960s. At that time, he was commander of the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force, known as MACSOG, a political murder unit, in that role, he was one of the commanders of Operation Phoenix…a terrorist and drug operation in Southwest Asia which would form the experiential basis for the later theatre of operation: Latin America. Oliver North and Richard Secord were officers of the MACSOG unit. Other infamous underworld types, ‘former’ military and CIA officers, were involved with this unit: Felix I. Rodriguez, Ted Shackley and Donald Gregg:

This bunch became the heart of the ‘Enterprise’’ that went into action 15 to 20 years later in Iran- Contra. Shackley funded opium-growing Meo tribesmen in murder, and used the dope proceeds in turn to fund his hit squads. He formed the Military Assistance Group-Special Operations Group (MAG-SOG)… By 1971, the Shackley group had killed about 100,000 civilians in Southeast Asia as part of the CIA’s Operation Phoenix.” [other names in this the Phoenix group are: Thomas Clines, Richard Armitage, Edwin Wilson, Jerry O. Daniels, Hynnie Aderholdt, Ed Dearborn]

According to researcher Daniel Sheehan:

“Because Theodore Shackley, Thomas Clines and Richard Armitage knew that their secret anti-communist extermination program was going to be shut down in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand in the very near future, they, in 1973, began a highly secret non-CIA authorized program. Thus, from late 1973 until April of 1975, Theodore Shackley, Thomas Clines and Richard Armitage disbursed, from the secret, Laotian-based, Vang Pao opium fund, vastly more money than was required to finance even the highly intensified Phoenix Project in Vietnam. The money in excess of that used in Vietnam was secretly smuggled out of Vietnam in large suitcases, by Richard Secord and Thomas Clines and carried into Australia, where it was deposited in a secret, personal bank account (privately accessible to Theodore Shackley, Thomas Clines and Richard Secord). During this same period of time between 1973 and 1975, Theodore Shackley and Thomas Clines caused thousands of tons of US weapons, ammunition, and explosives to be secretly taken from Vietnam and stored at a secret ‘cache’ hidden inside Thailand.

From 1975 to 1977, Armitage held this post in Thailand. However, he did not perform the duties of this office. Instead, Armitage continued to function as the ‘bursar’ for Theodore Shackley’s ‘Secret Team,’ seeing to it that secret Vang Pao opium funds were conducted from Laos, through Armitage in Thailand to both Tehran and the secret Shackley bank account in Australia at the Nugen-Hand Bank.

From 1977 until 1979, Armitage remained in Bangkok opening and operating a business named The Far East Trading Company. This company had offices only in Bangkok and in Washington, D.C. This company was, in fact, from 1977 to 1979, merely a ‘front’ for Armitage’s secret operations conducting Vang Pao opium money out of Southeast Asia to Tehran and the Nugen-Hand Bank in Australia to fund the ultra right-wing, private anti-communist ‘anti-terrorist’ assassination program and ‘unconventional warfare’ operation of Theodore Shackley’s and Thomas Cline’s ‘Secret Team.’

Between 1976 and 1979, Shackley, Clines, Secord, Hakim, Wilson, and Armitage set up several corporations and subsidiaries around the world through which to conceal the operations of the ‘Secret Team.’ Many of these corporations were set up in Switzerland. Among these was Lake Resources, Inc…Through these corporations, members of Theodore Shackley’s ‘Secret Team’ laundered hundreds of millions of dollars of secret Vang Pao opium money, pilfered Foreign Military Sales proceeds between 1976 and 1979.”

According to testimony from former Congressman Charlie Wilson (from Charlie Wilson’s War, by George Crile), Ed Wilson, of the Secret Team went with him to Nicaragua, to meet with President Somoza, seeking Soviet-style weapons to ship to the Mujahedeen. Congressman Wilson heard “retired” CIA dirty tricks officer Ed Wilson offer the General an army of one-thousand “retired” agents for $100,000 each, to take care of their Sandinista problem. The claim that these agents were rogues, acting for pure profit on their own, does not hold water when you consider that wherever their handiwork has shown-up around the world over the past thirty years it has always been while performing duties in service of American foreign policy.

From the Lost Chapter:

“Funds belonging to IBC were at various times transferred directly or through another Hiller/Gomez corporation called Intel-Cooperation to Richard Secord’s Swiss bank account 1n the name of Lake Resources, Inc.”

After Vietnam, Richard Secord and the rest of the “Secret Team” spread their network throughout Southeast Asia. After Contragate, this network multiplied in this region as well as in the Americas:

“The recent ‘color revolutions’ in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan and the widespread suspicion that U.S. groups such as the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), Freedom House [led by former CIA head James Woolsley, of Project for New American Century fame] and the Open Society Institute [created in 1993 by investor George Soros] played a key behind-the-scenes role in fomenting these upheavals have clearly helped trigger the backlash.”

“In one former Soviet Republic, Azerbaijan, Arab Afghan jihadis clearly assisted this effort of U.S. oil companies to penetrate the region. In 1991, Richard Secord, Heinie Aderholt, and Ed Dearborn, three veterans of U.S. operations in Laos, and later of Oliver North’s operations with the Contras, turned up in Baku under the cover of an oil company, MEGA Oil. This was at a time when the first Bush administration had expressed its support for an oil pipeline stretching from Azerbaijan across the Caucasus to Turkey… Secord explains in his memoir how Aderholt and himself were occasionally seconded to the CIA as CIA detailees. Secord describes his own service as a CIA detailee with Air America in first Vietnam and then Laos, in cooperation with the CIA Station Chief Theodore Shackley… Secord later worked with Oliver North to supply arms and materiel to the Contras in Honduras, and also developed a small air force for them, using many former Air America pilots… As MEGA operatives in Azerbaijan, Secord, Aderholt, Dearborn, and their men engaged in military training, passed ‘brown bags filled with cash’ to members of the government, and above all set up an airline on the model of Air America which soon was picking up hundreds of mujahedin mercenaries in Afghanistan… .) Meanwhile, Hekmatyar, who at the time was still allied with bin Laden, was “observed recruiting Afghan mercenaries [i.e. Arab Afghans] to fight in Azerbaijan against Armenia and its Russian allies.’[20] At this time, heroin flooded from Afghanistan through Baku into Chechnya, Russia, and even North America… . ‘Over the course of the next two years, [MEGA Oil] procured thousands of dollars worth of weapons and recruited at least two thousand Afghan mercenaries for Azerbaijan – the first mujahedin to fight on the territory of the former Communist Bloc’.. A fourth operative in MEGA Oil, Gary Best, was also a veteran of North’s Contra support effort… It was also a time when Congress, under pressure from Armenian voters, had banned all military aid to Azerbaijan (under Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act)…”

Washington Post article did belatedly note that a group of American men who wore “big cowboy hats and big cowboy boots” had arrived in Azerbaijan as military trainers for its army, followed in 1993 by “more than 1,000 guerrilla fighters from Afghanistan’s radical prime minister, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.” (Washington Post, 4/21/94) Richard Secord was allegedly attempting also to sell Israeli arms, with the assistance of Israeli agent David Kimche, another associate of Oliver North.” – Peter Dale Scott, Drugs, Oil, and War.

From these exploits in the Caspian Sea region, the “Secret Team” transported Hekmatyr’s troops and thousands of other Afghan veterans, as well as Iranian militias to places like Albania, Bosnia and Croatia. (See: “Bill Clinton: First Neocon President”)

“Soon after the liberation of Kabul, their man, Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

(long the main recipient of CIA weaponry) started the Afghan civil war, by firing rockets at Kabul.’

Clinton began a covert operation with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan, to send money and arms to Bosnia-Herzegovina. According to a lengthy Congressional report by the Republican Party Committee, published in 1997 (while the Republicans were pre-occupied with learning about the president’s sexual habits), the Clinton administration ‘helped turn Bosnia into a militant Islamic base,’ by recruiting and arming thousands of Mujahideen through the ‘Militant Islamic Network’ (a.k.a. ‘al Qaida’). The report then went on to claim administration ‘…complicity in the delivery of weapons from Iran to the Muslim government in Sarajevo.., involvement with the Islamic network’s arms pipeline… (and using Muslim ‘charity’ groups who were) connected with such fixtures of the Islamic terror network as Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman (the convicted mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing) and Osama Bin Laden…” [Washington Post, 9/22/96]

The result was an illegal “Iran-Contra style operation” in Albania which utilized Iranian militants and elements of Al Qaida (under the direct command of Al Qaida “number two” Ayman al-Zawahiri), to smuggle weapons and mujahedeen though Croatia into Bosnia. This secret program was later duplicated with the Kosovo Liberation Army, and again in nearby Macedonia, as well as in Chechnya.

According to author and researcher Yossef Bodansky

“In Bosnia, the Islamists staged attacks upon fellow Muslims in order to elicit international sympathy and thus intervention. The outcomes of these actions effectively converted NATO into the Islamists’ air force, the Western press into their propaganda organs, and American troops into their proxy forces.”

The Saudis provided most of the “legitimate” money for the covert program in Yugoslavia (just as they had matched all US funds to the original Mujahedeen), the Iranians supplied the arms, and the Pakistan Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) brought the “Afghan-Arab” veterans to the fight. The ISI is widely known as a surrogate of the CIA,

Today, we face the results of all of these years of the CIA’s program to train an Islamic army to wage war against America and her allies. This intelligence operation to serve the elitist plan for forcing a global dictatorship on the people of the earth is running full throttle at this time, as we are hurried along to our demise. This low intensity conflict is raging in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, and Somalia, everywhere that American boys are killing and dieing for the enterprise.

Bush has breathed new life into the American/Saudi/Pakistani Islamist network as the foundation for his covert war against Iran. (See: “Preparing the Battlefield,” Seymour Hersh) He is using Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as bases of operation, from which to train and launch trained Sunni terrorists into Iran, using both military and CIA resources. This means that the Secret Team is probably training and transporting Islamic mercenaries all over Pakistan and the Caucasus region, just as they were probably the primary contractors for the movement of jihadis into Serbian territory. This is the direction Bush’s war against Iran will likely take. This is the nature of the conflict called for in the “Iran War Resolution, H. CON. RES. 362:

“Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the threat posed to international peace, stability in the Middle East, and the vital national security interests of the United States by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and regional hegemony, and for other purposes…”

“Demands that the President initiate an international effort to…prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting the international movement of all Iranian officials not involved in negotiating the suspension of Iran’s nuclear program.”

This resolution is nothing less than a declaration of war against Iran. If we the People are to have any chance at all of stopping this final escalation of the elitist plans for world conquest, by unleashing their cherished world war, then it will be through the use of verifiable evidence like the “Lost Chapter.” The evidence that this missing piece of the puzzle brings into the picture clarifies our understanding of one of the black roots of the criminal conspiracy between the corporate elitists and the CIA and its many subsidiary foreign intelligence agencies, that is purposely destroying this Nation for the clear purpose of forcing us to submit to an immoral world government.

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A rare glimpse of the covert arms pipeline: CIA officials monitor the city of Jalalabad.

(February 1989)




Below: Panjshir Valley, Northern Afghanistan

Panjshir Valley, Northern Afghanistan-0





{Of the US support given to the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan: the stinger}


{Of the Soviet (Russian)  support given to the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan: the R.P.G.}

A Mujahideen irregular aims a U.S.-made Stinger missile near Gardez, Afghanistan, Dec. 1991.



Below: Mujahedeen and Soviet tank —>>>  Nostalgia



Below: We will not Forget History, for it is even in our rugs of commemoration:


Some beautiful Arabic Islamic Calligraphy:




2 Responses to So called “terrorist camps” (in 1989?) and training

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