U.S. Sponsorship of International Terrorism: President Reagan

U.S. Sponsorship of International Terrorism: An Overview Edward S. Herman

For the average citizen of the West, the idea of the United States as a sponsor of international terrorism let alone the dominant sponsor would appear utterly incomprehensible.

After all, one reads daily that the United States is leading the charge against something it calls “terrorism,” and it even regularly assails its allies for dragging their feet in responding to terrorism.

On the other hand, the U.S. government has organized a mercenary army to attack Nicaragua, and even provided it with a printed manual of recommended acts of sabotage and murder, which has been implemented by the proxy army at the cost of well over a thousand Nicaraguan civilian lives (Leonard, 1983).

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The U.S. government has also given unstinting support to the apartheid government of South Africa, which has directly invaded and organized its own mercenary armies to subvert a string of frontline states, again at the cost of many thousands of civilian lives.

The western media, however, never refer to the United States or South Africa as “terrorist states,” even though both of them have killed vastly greater numbers than Libya’s Quaddafi or Italy’s Red Brigades.

“Our mission,” the president added, “is to nourish and defend freedom and democracy, and to communicate these ideals everywhere we can. Support for freedom fighters is self-defense,” he concluded. The Reagan Doctrine underpinned covert U.S. military operations in such places as Afghanistan, Angola and Nicaragua.

“If I Don’t Like It, Call It Terrorism”

The Reagan administration in Washington has found it possible to arbitrarily designate any group or country which it opposes as “terrorist,” and this will be transmitted to the public by the mass media without serious criticism or laughter.

In his speech before the American Bar Association on July 8, 1985, President Reagan named five states as engaging in serious state terrorism: North Korea, Libya, Iran, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

The Soviet Union was presumably omitted because of the upcoming Summit meeting. The press (Weinraub, 1985: 1) reported that Syria had been spared as “a gesture of gratitude” to President Assad for his role in negotiating the release of 39 U.S. hostages in Lebanon!

The press failed to discuss the fact that South Africa and Guatemala (among others) were omitted, that Nicaragua does not murder its own citizens as South Africa and Guatemala have done on a large scale, and that Nicaragua has not invaded other countries or organized subversive forces to destabilize other countries, as South Africa has done in many places and as the United States does quite openly to Nicaragua itself.

The ludicrousness and hypocrisy of the United States calling Nicaragua a terrorist state was entirely unnoticed and without effect on the objective reporting by the U.S. press.

With a compliant mass media, especially in the United States but also among its clients, terror is what the powerful U.S. government declares to be terror.

As it is now using the concept with audacious and arbitrary abandon, it is employing the “If I don’t like it, call it terrorism” definition of terrorism.

By excluding governments, South Africa, Guatemala, and Israel are removed from the category of terrorist, while the African National Congress (ANC), rebel groups in Guatemala, and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) are automatically eligible.

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This is grotesque in terms of both numbers of victims and forms of violence employed by state and non-state intimidators, but it is extremely convenient in terms of western priorities and interests.

The governments protected by this word usage are allies, clients, and self; the groups automatically made “terrorists” oppose these clients and western defense of the status quo.

The Reagan administration’s manipulation of the Libyan threat, from the mythical “hit squads” of 1981 to the deliberately provoked encounters off the Libyan coast and recent direct attacks, have been designed to shift attention from the assault on Central America, the Palestinians and assorted other Arabs groups, and the frontline states of South Africa, and to mobilize western populations for aggressive adventures abroad. The “theater of terror” is managed from Washington to serve its perceived interests.

 In Guatemala, the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, pre-Sandinista Nicaragua, Chile, Indonesia, and Zaire (among others), the elites put in power and supported by the West have been not merely brutal terrorists, but rapacious as well.

At the time of the overthrow of the elected government of Brazil in 1964, for example, the United States was doing the following:

It had bribed hundreds of local politicians in a scandal so great that a Parliamentary Commission was forced to investigate the matter.

It had numerous journalists on its payroll, subsidized newspapers and magazines, and for 90 days before the election even rented the editorial page of Rio de Janiero’s evening newspaper.

It funded Brazilian think tanks that poured forth a flood of books and pamphlets dispensing conservative ideology and disinformation.

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A U.S. corporation, Time, Inc., illegally controlled the largest Brazilian TV station, and dispensed strong pro-coup propaganda.

The U.S. government-funded American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) worked to depoliticize and weaken the union movement, and actively supported the 1964 coup;

 U.S. officials encouraged the military establishment to oust the legal government, and the United States even had ships offshore as moral support for the leaders of the coup.

The U.S. training and buildup of client police and armed forces has been historically unique in scope and scale.

Between 1950 and 1979, U.S. military aid programs transferred a huge $107.3 billion in arms and ammunition to various U.S. clients, in addition to some $121 billion in arms sales.

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Between 1973 and 1980, the United States sold $66.8 billion in arms to Third World countries, including vast quantities of firearms, chemical munitions, helicopters, and other police gear useful in CI and repression.

Since 1950 the United States has trained over 500,000 military personnel from 85 countries in the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Panama and in several hundred other military schools and bases within the United States and abroad.

Under police training programs that began in 1954 and terminated in 1975, over 7,500 police officers received regularly training in U.S. schools, and over a million regular policeman have been given training abroad.

Large quantities of arms and equipment were also transferred to foreign police departments. A large investment was made in improving police and military communications systems in client states, oriented to CI efficiency and control of protests and other disorders. Training was provided in the design and manufacturing homemade bombs and assassination devices.*

Other scoundrels:

In 1982, Richard Nixon described Ronald Reagan as the “most pro-Israel president since Truman.” A Boston Globe editorial in 1998 described Bill Clinton as “the most pro-Israel president since Harry Truman.” In 2009, Charles Krauthammer described George W. Bush as “the most pro-Israel president since Harry Truman.” And Vice President Joseph Biden declared in 2012 that “no president since Harry Truman has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama.”

CIA ‘Dark Prince’, Soleimani Killer & Bin Laden Hunter, dead on Jet in Afghanistan

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The Taliban relentlessly pressure Afghan soldiers and police to turn and fight the Americans as invaders (and rightly so)

In the late morning, the British media Daily Mail had spread the news with a very in-depth article on the figure of Michael D’Andrea before giving space, in the following hours, to an anonymous US military source that would obviously have denied the presence of CIA agents on the crashed flight, of which the Pentagon first it denied even the very fact of the crashed plane and then the downed by the Taliban, without however providing credible versions on the reason for the disaster in the usual strategy of information manipulation.

Instead, the high counterintelligence official who would have died in the crash appears little known by Adnkronos as he briefly summarizes the immense profile despite the fact that dozens of articles on the web are available on the intelligence and anti-terrorism expert who was even the role of “The wolf” in a drama / thriller film about the history of the hunt for the worst terrorists in the world, as explained in our article on the profile of “Dark Prince”…

The Russian agency Avia.pro in the last hours has also spread the news that it could have been a missile of the Iranian Padaran of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to shoot down the plane with a missile.

But the IRGC itself has not confirmed and many sources do not consider the indiscretion true.

The hypothesis is that the paramilitaries of Tehran wanted to hit the plane precisely because they believed that the CIA mobile command and the commander Michael D’Andrea were on board who would have planned the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani of the Pasudar Quds Forces.

This would have been accomplished by sending a special unit armed with Manpada missiles for shoulder launch in that area of ​​eastern Afghanistan which is 600 km from the border with Iran.

Even if the hypothesis is not currently highly accepted, this would explain why the Taliban, Islamic fundamentalist rebels, would have first claimed and then denied the shooting down of the plane.

Brzezinski died safely in a hospital bed, unlike the millions of displaced and murdered civilians who were pawns in Brzezinski’s twisted, geopolitical chess games of blood and lunacy.

The news is so big that we have to write it running the risk of a denial, even if at the moment it is confirmed by intelligence russian sources not better identified. And a little curious riddle in his Wikipedia history…

“Ayatollah Mike” or “Dark Prince”, the famous and very dangerous Michael D’Andrea, commander of the Central Intelligence Agency of Langley (Virginia) in operations in the Middle East would have been killed in the crash of the US Air Force military plane crashed yesterday in central Afghanistan on which CIA, NSA officers were traveling ( National Security Agency).

The death of the crew was reported by the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujah, who in a statement released a few hours after the accident (and reported by Il Giornale in Italy) described the incident as follows: «A special American plane was flying for an intelligence mission in the Sadukhil area, Dehk district, Ghazni province.

The entire aircraft crew and several senior CIA officers from the United States were killed. The wreckage and bodies of the deceased are still in the area».

The news of the alleged death of D’Andrea has been previous posted by on Veterans Today inside the investigations on the disaster of the Bombardier / Northrop Grumman E-11A. An then in our website Gospa News.

Later, in the last hours, the iranian website Tasnim relaunched the topic. Then the other iranian Mizan, the mouthpiece for Tehran’s Judiciary, did, according to the British media Mirror that write an item about, in wich recalled the VT scoop. Lastly also Jerusalem Post and Daily Mail reported the news.

«There were conflicting claims over the number of dead and people on board, with the Taliban claiming it recovered six bodies, an Afghan police chief saying four were dead and two were missing, and a US official stating the jet was carrying fewer than five people.

The US has not yet commented on reports that Michael D’Andrea was on board the jet and among those killed» reports Mirror.

Michael d’Andrea, CIA operations chief for the Middle East. nicknamed Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike

«The downed plane was the mobile CIA command for Michael D’ Andrea, head of operations against Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, America’s most advanced spy platform and mobile command center with all equipment and documents now in enemy hands» read on VT (for wich I am honored to be a correspondent from Italy).

«VT Damascus: (Russian intelligence sources confirm) It has been reported that (Mike de Andrea) responsible for the assassination file of the martyr Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in the accident of the American plane that was shot down in Afghanistan. He is the most prominent figure of the CIA intelligence in the region.

The CIA top official was killed in the US bomber crash in Afghanistan».

At the moment there is no confirmation from the Pentagon even on the nature of the accident and on the victims therefore the presence of Michael d’Andrea, also nicknamed Dark Prince because coordinator of the activities of the National Clandestine Service, the dark arm of the CIA licensed to kill, remains shrouded in mystery.

«A U.S. Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. While the cause of crash is under investigation, there are no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire.

We will provide additional information as it becomes available» it is the only concise official press release issued on Twitter by the spokesman for the US Force Army Col Sonny Leggett.

Some chilling images and the flight Bombardier / Northrop Grumman E-11A crashed or shot down in Afghanistan

If the commander of all the CIA operations in the Middle East is really died on the crashed spy plane, this would represent sensational news that could create even greater instability in relations between the US and Afghanistan after the tensions with Iran for the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC or Pasdaran), who died in the attack carried out by a Ud Air Force drone near the airport of Baghdad last 3 January together with Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, deputy commander of the Iraqi Hashid paramilitary troops of the People’s Mobilization Forces.

The Iranian news website Tasnim has posted the news of the killing of D’Andrea in an article with many details in which it mentions Veterans Today and also Gospa News, as the first sources of this sensational indiscretion.

The Tasnim.com page of January 28 with machine translating by Farsi (Persian) in English

The position of the Taliban about the crash is ambiguous. Previously, in a press release in Pashtu language, they claimed the shooting down of the “American occupation” plane, as reported by the Tasnim news agency, but subsequently released a press statement that referred instead the shootings of an unknown number of helicopters and aircrafts by the Mujaheddin without explicit reference to the Bombardier / Northrop Grumman E-11A.

May be that they realized only later the importance of the downed plane’s travellers within the leaders of American intelligence on board. An harsh action that could trigger heavy bombing retaliation by the US Air Force.

«Since 2017, D’ Andrea has run the CIA’s false flag and assassination programs in the Middle East, allegedly responsible not only for the murder of General Soleimani but the killing of 300 Iraqi demonstrators as well» Veterans Today writes again referring to the recent statements by the Iraqi prime minister and the Armed Forces command spokesman, reported in the previous Gospa News reportage, regarding killer infiltration among the rioters to further inflame the protests as happened in 2014 in Piazza Madian in Kiev, during the coup in Ukraine supported by American President Barack Obama.

Ayatollah Mike’s resume is truly impressive. Therefore we report in full the Wikipedia entry which cites as many as 10 different authoritative sources to support the information. In which happened a big mystery…

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When we write first version of this post whe highlighted that the biography starting with “Michael d’Adrea was an officer” as a an implicit confirmation of his death.

Now, an hour after the posting of the item the sentence has been modified.

But no problem! We have the screenshot that demonstrate the first version. A simple mistake of writing??? Maybe but this coincidence, about a secret agent history, seems more an attempt of coverage…

«Michael D’Andrea was an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, that in 2017 was appointed to head the Agency’s Iran Mission Center.

He was a major figure in the search for Osama bin Laden, as well as the American drone striketargeted killing campaign» starts biography on Wikipedia.

D’Andrea was raised in Northern Virginia. He met his wife while working overseas with the Central Intelligence Agency, and converted to Islam in order to marry her (for this reason his nickname became Ayatollah Mike).

His wife, Faridah Currimjee D’Andrea is a daughter of a wealthy Muslim family from Mauritius with Gujarati origins.

D’Andrea joined the CIA in 1979, and he was considered an underperformer atCamp Peary. D’Andrea reportedly began his overseas career in Africa, and he is listed as a foreign service officer at the Embassy of the United States in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

D’Andrea previously served as chief of station in Cairo, Egypt and later in Baghdad, Iraq. D’Andrea was reportedly one of the CIA officials who failed to track Nawaf al-Hazmi, who would later participate in the September 11 attacks.

D’Andrea became head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center in 2006, replacingRobert Grenier. This is the exact year in which George Bush jr began to finance the Syrian rebels and terrorists to prepare for the civil war planned by the CIA since 1983 as shown by the Gospa News reports.

During his nine-year tenure, D’Andrea presided over hundreds of American drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, advocating for the program to the United States Congress. In 2015, leadership of the drone program was passed to Chris Wood, following bureaucratic reshuffling by Director John O. Brennan.

During his time at the Counterterrorism Center many reporters referred to him only by the codename “Roger”, which was considered unusual for an official not posted overseas.

During the hunt for Osama bin Laden, D’Andrea directed an analysis of competing hypotheses as to who, besides Osama bin Laden, could be in the targeted compound in Abbottabad.

D’Andrea’s operatives also oversaw the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, which a United States Senate report described as torture.

He was reportedly involved in the assassination of Hezbollah member Imad Mughniyah in Damascus, Syria. He received much blame for the Camp Chapman attack in Khost, Afghanistan, when seven CIA operatives were killed by a suicide bomber, who was allegedly backed Pakistan’s ISI.

Michael d’Andrea, CIA operations chief for the Middle East interpreted by actor Fredric Lehne as The Wolf in the movie Zero Dark Thirty – click on the pics to watch the trailer

D’Andrea was the inspiration for the character of “The Wolf” in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.

We just have to wait for the moment when there will be any official confirmation of the death of Ayatollah Mike or the possible denial by the CIA that after hours of late arriving … For now there have only been anonymous denials by US officers in front of others who speak of at least 5 people on the plane of which nothing is known.

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