Thursday, October 27, 2005

Australia grabbing East Timor's oil

Australia will lose any good will it generated in 1999 if it cheats East Timor out of tens of billions of dollars of petroleum revenue.

Extract from WSWS article by John Roberts 30 April 2004:

At the latest border talks between East Timor and Australia held in Dili on April 19-22, Canberra reaffirmed its determination to flout international law and keep control of the lion’s share of the oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea. Ignoring growing protests in East Timor and internationally, Australian representatives made no concessions to the demands of the East Timorese leadership for a greater share of the resources.

The Howard government’s arrogant and bullying stance once again underscores the fact that its military intervention into East Timor in 1999 had nothing to do with concerns about the welfare of the local population or the violent attacks of pro-Jakarta militias. Its aim was to lay the basis for pursuing the long-held policy of securing control of the Timor Gap and its energy resources...


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Indonesia and Britain seem to be very similar when it comes to courts and judges.


Indonesia and Britain seem to be very similar when it comes to courts and judges.

Let's take Britain first and then look at the allegation that Indonesia's Chief Justice accepted a bribe.

The biggest terrorist attack in Britain was the Lockerbie bomb, which many people suspect was the work of elements of the CIA. The 1989 incident killed 270 people.

It seems that the judges in the Lockerbie bomb trial were either

1. tricked
2. or intimidated
3. or bribed.

Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

According to the newspaper 'Scotland on Sunday' , 28 August 2005, a Scottish Police chief has revealed that the Lockerbie evidence was faked. The former police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.The officer has testified that the CIA planted the fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting Al Megrahi.

The Sunday Herald 08/04/2001 : "THE United Nations has savaged the Crown Office's handling of the Lockerbie trial claiming the outcome was rigged through the unfair suppression of evidence; it was politically influenced by the USA; and the court had no grounds to return a guilty verdict. Dr Hans Kochler, who was handpicked by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to act as the international observer during the trial in Holland, hinted that the trial was rigged, claimed the guilty verdict handed down in February to Abdelbasset Ali Mohamed Al Megrahi was "arbitrary" and "irrational" and gave his tacit support for an acquittal at the planned appeal."
Thursday, October 13, 2005

The following comes from jakartass.blogspot:

Bagir has been suspended...

Bagir Manan, 64, is the country's Chief Justice.

In April 2003, ex-dictator Suharto's half brother, Probosutedjo, now 75, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for embezzlement of reforestation funds, which cost the state some Rp.100 billion in losses. Naturally, given the status of the convicted man, the case has gone to appeal.

Where this all gets interesting is that Harini R. Wiyoso, one of his lawyers, has admitted that she gave US$500,000 to Supreme Court staff to pass on to Bagir, and another $100,000 for other officials and judges...

I am indebted to Yosef Ardi, formerly managing editor of Bisnis Indonesia, who is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. He maintains a blog, Indonesia Today.)


Letter on Lockerbie by Dr Jim Swire
Forensic mix-up casts fresh Lockerbie doubt.
Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked
Lockerbie Bomb and Ecuador and New Zealand
Lockerbie bomb verdict thrown into doubt


Indonesian corruption
Suharto and bombs:
Eddy Tansil:


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Bombs; the police; protection

The following is taken from jakartass, 12 October 2005:

In Jakarta a number of building managers have complained of being forced to make a deal on the payment before the police agreed to send in the bomb squad to sweep the buildings after receiving bomb threats.

Companies now seemingly prefer to conduct their own security sweeps.

The issue surfaced last week after the police made public their displeasure with the management of French hypermarket Carrefour which failed to inform them about a bomb threat and, instead, deployed its internal security guards to sweep the store.

The Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP) stipulates that only the police have the right and expertise to investigate terror threats.

The police said that if there had been an explosion, the hypermarket could have faced criminal charges for negligence resulting in injuries.

Criminologist Adrianus Meliala from the University of Indonesia suggested that the police communicate with building managers and convince them politely that they were not going to disrupt the operations of the building.

"Furthermore, the public should stop giving money to the police so it won't become a habit," he added.

Ah, so the public is partly to blame?

City police spokesman Sr. Comr. I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said that it was clear that police's internal regulations prohibit officers from asking money for their services.

"It's bribery and abuse of power at the same time. We never tolerate that. If we ever catch an officer asking money from the public, we will punish him," he told the Jakarta Post.

So now we know that paying for police services is illegal.

That's another little earner denied to the boys in khaki (who should be on a higher salary than the meagre Rp.1 million, c.$100 a month, they currently earn).

So who could have been responsible for the bomb hoaxes in the first place?

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?


Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

Operation Gladio

Fake terror in Algeria; the US military in Algeria; oil in Algeria.

The police and the Madrid BombsPolice linked to Madrid bombs?

9 11 Revealed - The Daily Mail



12 October 2005

The bones of more "hobbits", a one metre tall species of human discovered two years ago, have been unearthed by scientists excavating the floor of a cave on Flores, Indonesia.

The discovery of the remains confirms that the hobbits were an ancient species and not pygmies or humans with diseased skulls.

The hobbits, called Homo floresiensis, used fire and hunted a dwarf species of elephant called stegadon.

Dating of the sedimentary layers that encased the latest bones suggest the H floresiensis was living in the cave as recently as 12,000 years ago, long after the demise of all other human species apart from modern man, Homo sapiens.

The scientists excavated a range of bones from the miniature people, the oldest dating to about 74,000 years ago, suggesting that the creatures had lived in and around the cave for at least 50,000 years.

The original hobbit skull was about the size of a chimpanzee's, and housed a brain not much bigger than a small grapefruit. Other scientists were amazed that a human-like creature could survive with such a small brain.


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Hofker, Lestari....

Friday, October 07, 2005

A motive for the Bali Bombs of 2005? A return of the military's territorial function?


President Suharto introduced the military's territorial function in the late 1960s as part of his efforts to control the political life of the people down to the village level.

The military controlled each village and town and city and region.

The Bali Bombs of 2005 may have been designed to allow the military to restore its territorial function.


Jakartass, 7 October 2005, writes about the Indonesian military (known as TNI), President Yudhoyono (known as SBY) and recent events:

Is SBY cunning?

...I'm referring to my posting yesterday when he 'allowed' the TNI chief Gen. Endriartono Sutarto to suggest that it would be good to restore the military territorial function.

The backlash has been quite acerbic.

Yesterday former president Abdurrahman 'Gus Dur' Wahid said, "Reviving the territorial command is the wrong medicine for the disease we are dealing with. The move is only a tool to revive militarism. We should oppose that kind of intention as early as possible."

He added, "Who can guarantee that reviving it will make the country any safer? I don't think so. What is certain is that it will bring the country back to an authoritarian state."

Other politicians agreed.

What SBY may have done is to allow Sutarto to show that he remains a committed Suhartoist.

With the country coming to grips with its newly gained democratic freedoms, SBY has cleared the way for his choice of TNI chief, a change that is now (over)due.

The key question is, of course, who.

At least SBY now has a freer hand in his selection, freer in that the country clearly wants someone who fits the profile suggested by Effendy Choirie, the Deputy chairman of House Commission I on Defense and Foreign Affairs."We don't want a TNI chief who interferes in political or business issues. We want someone who cares about the welfare and professionalism of soldiers as defenders of the country."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Indonesian military (TNI) to reactivate its territorial function?

Speaking at the 60th anniversary of the TNI yesterday, after the latest attack on Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called upon the Indonesian Military (TNI) to be active in the fight against terrorism.

Interpreting the President's order, TNI chief Gen. Endriartono Sutarto said that he would take some necessary measures to crack down terror acts in the country by reactivating the military's territorial function, which in the past had been strongly criticized for massive involvement of the military in politics and alleged human rights abuses.

Handling terrorism in the country has so far been the domain of the National Police, who have been mandated to deal with internal security affairs following the reform movement in the late 1990s.

That there was a lack of warning about last Saturday's bombings in Bali is undoubted, but it is the nature of these particular groups to remain below the intelligence radar.

One could blame the intelligence services here, now seemingly split into three, the police, the military and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN)...

A.M. Hendropriyono, the former head of BIN, who has denied any role in the death of human rights activist Munir in spite of strong suspicions, has a suggestion.What is needed is ... an intelligence law in order to enable BIN to detain suspects for limited periods...

Indonesians I've spoken to today, including 'Er Indoors, are worried about a return to the 'bad old days' of the Suharto regime which used the military to stifle dissension and, in its final phase, staged 'disappearances' of those deemed to be against the regime.

...The current chief of BIN, Sjamsir Siregar, was a former BIA chief during the heyday of the Soeharto regime....

Note the failure of the British intelligence services to protect Londoners against the bombers on July 7th. In fact, it would appear that intelligence services in every country which has experienced terrorist outrages have 'failed'. Introducing, or, in Indonesia's case, reintroducing, draconian laws cannot prevent further outrages...

According to research published this week, out of 1,137 people from 33 provinces interviewed in the survey on civilian supremacy and national defense, 55 percent to 58 percent of them disapproved of the territorial military commands at district, regional and provincial levels.

The survey revealed, unsurprisingly, that 82.2 percent of those interviewed agreed that the military's main role was to defend the state from external threats.

Meanwhile, legislator Effendy Choiry from Commission I on security, defense and foreign affairs said he believed many in the military had no intention of letting civilians take away their special political and economic powers.

"Don't heap the blame on legislators or the failure of civilians. We all are still learning, so give us a chance. The military has reigned supreme for years," he said....


General Sutarto, while in East Timor, would have been one of those responsible for organising the scorched earth policy.



Wednesday, October 05, 2005

American and Javanese empires

The following appeared at rumormillnews:

Posted by tenavision, 4 October 2005.

In 1949 against Dutch and Javanese objections the United Nations forced a weak Federation called the "United States of Indonesia" upon the people and nations from Sumatra in Asia to the Moluccas Islands in the Australian Arafura Sea.

What the people at the United Nations may not have known was that the Rockefeller companies had been exploring this region for unexploited resources for decades, that both Dutch administration and any local government of these countries would prevent the huge profits which Standard Oil, Exxon, Bechtel, Conoco Phillips, Freeport, and other corporations had been dreaming of.

Any method by which the Dutch could be removed and replaced by a more brutal colonial power would benefit these corporations; and so among the 16 Federated States was a military Republic ruled by Sukarno. Within 8 months Sukarno had invaded or otherwise absorbed all sixteen States into his Republic.

For sixty years Indonesia was home to pro-Jihad schools, to a military that believed in its racial and religious superiority, and a class of RADICAL ISLAMIC CLERICS who were forged during the Pacific war to teach contempt of the Americans and their western beliefs...

As long as Americans did not know, everyone was happy.

The Indonesians had been killing tens of thousands of Christians in the Australian Arafura Sea since 1999 and no American ever objected; they had been killing Papuans since 1966 to clear the mine sites for Freeport and no Americans ever objected. Almost no Americans, because almost no Americans knew about it.

Then on the 11th September 2001, another 3,000 people were killed...

The US 'War Against Terror' could not be allowed to destroy the mining licenses of Freeport or Exxon or Conoco Phillips or the engineering service contracts with Bechtel...

And when the US Congress majority wrote Section 1115, somehow the Bush family had to make sure the US public did not find out about it...

Americans SHOULD care about West Papua and Section 1115, about the 60 years of media control to whitewash the news from South-East Asia & Australia so that no-one in the public US government knew what American corporations were doing.


Military factions and the Presidential Election in Indonesia


Indonesian politics is often about struggles between different factions of the military.

For example: Wiranto versus Yudhoyono.

Allegedly, factions have more to do with crime and business than religion or nationalism.

When bombs go off, one might ask which faction stands to gain.

Generals from more than one faction have been linked to 'Moslem' militias.

Almost all the top military officers have been trained in the USA.

Former president Suharto claims he was toppled by the CIA. Some of his allies may have become less friendly with the Pentagon.

The 2004 Presidential Election in Indonesia

In the 2004 Presidential election, military generals played an important part.

For example:

TheDemocratic Party presidential candidate was former GENERAL Yudhoyono.
The Golkar candidate was former GENERAL Wiranto.
The PPP vice-presidential candidate was former GENERAL Gumelar.
One of the important figures who has backed Megawati of the PDI-P is former GENERAL Hendropriyono.


Susilo Bambang YUDHOYONO* and Dr. Muhammad Jusuf KALA
Democratic Party
39,838,184 votes

MEGAWATI Sukarnoputri* and KH. A. Hasyim MUZADI
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)

H. WIRANTO SH and Ir. H. Solahuddin WAHID
Federation of Functional Groups (Golkar)

Amien RAIS and Ir. H. Siswono Yudo HUSODO
National Mandate Party (PAN)

Hamzah HAZ and H. Agum GUMELAR
United Development Party (PPP)



Susilo Bambang YUDHOYONO* and Dr. Muhammad Jusuf KALA
Democratic Party

MEGAWATI Sukarnoputri* and KH. A. Hasyim MUZADI
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)



Tuesday, October 04, 2005

2004 elections in Indonesia,_2004

Elections were held in Indonesia on April 5, 2004.

There are 550 seats in parliament. There were 113 million votes.

The parties which came first and second are both secular parties.

The former ruling party of the Suharto era, Golkar, got 128 seats.

Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesia Democracy Party-Struggle (PDI-P) got 109 seats.

The 'moderate' Islamist PKS (Prosperous Justice Party) got 45 seats. They did particularly well in Jakarta. The bombs in Bali, October 2005, may hurt the fortunes of this party.

The leader of Jemaah Islamiyah, Abu Bakar Bashir, denies any links or knowledge of the bombers (and some Indonesians suspect that the military are behind the bombings).

Parties with significant support included the National Awakening Party (PKB) of former President Abdurrahman Wahid, the Development Unity Party (PPP) of former Vice-President Hamzah Haz, the newly-created Democrat Party (PD) of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), and the National Mandate Party of Amien Rais.

Table of results

Functional Groups Party (Golkar)

Indonesian Democratic Party - Struggle (PDI-P)
21,025,991 votes
109 seats

Development Unity Party (PPP)

Democrat Party (PD)

National Awakening Party (PKB)

National Mandate Party (PAN)

Prosperous Justice Party (PKS)
8,324,909 votes
45 seats


Links between 'Moslem militants' and the security services.


Allegedly, 'Extremist Moslem' groups can be used

(1) to carry out terror attacks which undermine the enemies of the Pentagon and the Indonesian military

(2) to discredit moderate Moslem parties

(2) to prop up fascist regimes.

Peter Symonds, at WSWS, 12 November 2003, wrote about links between Indonesia's 'militant Moslem' organisations and the security services, including the CIA.

The 'extremist' Moslem groups include Jemaah Islamiyah, Darul Islam and Masyumi.

Symonds points out:

1. Masyumi’s leaders took part in a CIA-backed rebel government on Sumatra in 1958-59.

2. In the 1940s, a Masyumi politician founded the Darul Islam movement.

Masyumi and Darul Islam backed the CIA-orchestrated coup in 1965-66 and took part in the massacre of an estimated 500,000 workers and villagers.

3. According to Dutch academic Martin van Bruinessen: “It is widely believed that the powerful intelligence chief Ali Murtopo... cultivated a group of Darul Islam veterans and allowed them to maintain a network..."

4. In 1962, the Saudi regime 'established the Islamic World League as a vehicle for its own brand of Islamic fundamentalism, Wahhabism, to prop up its autocratic state'. In Indonesia, the League had links to Masyumi.

Abu Bakar Bashir became a leader of a student group connected to Masyumi.

Bashir had connections to an armed group known as Komando Jihad or Jemaah Islamiyah.

According to an International Crisis Group (ICG) report, intelligence chief Murtopo conceived of an elaborate sting operation using his contacts with the Darul Islam movement.

The intelligence agency BAKIN actively encouraged the formation of Komando Jihad.

One government aim was to use Islamic militants to discredit Islamic political parties and organisations.

In mid-1979, Komando Jihad member Haji Danu Mohamad Hasan blurted out in court that he had been recruited by BAKIN.

5. From his base in Malaysia, Bashir's group provided recruits for the CIA in Afghanistan.

'Either directly, or indirectly through Pakistani and Saudi intelligence, the CIA undoubtedly retained contacts with its Afghan “assets” long after the end of the Afghan war.'


6. Sometime in 1993, Bashir founded Jemaah Islamiyah.

In the 1990s, Suharto enlisted the support of various Islamist groups as a prop for his increasingly fragile regime.

, the Indonesian Committee for Solidarity with the World of Islam, had close links to Suharto.

KISMI championed “Islamic causes” such as the oppression of Muslims in Bosnia and Chechnya.
Suharto stepped down in May 1998.

KISMI and other rightwing Islamist groups 'backed the president to the bitter end'.

7. After Suharto was ousted, they supported President Habibie, a friend of the Suharto family.

In November 1998, Habibie used a special parliamentary session to consolidate his grip on power. KISMI helped organise his defence. 'It provided most of the 100,000 “volunteers” - thugs armed with batons and knives - who, along with army troops, intimidated and attacked huge protests demanding Habibie’s resignation and genuine democratic elections'.

8. 'As the protest movement waned, the military deliberately fomented communal conflict as a means of reasserting its authority.'

The army was 'involved in the promotion of sectarian violence in the Malukus and Sulewesi in 2000'.

9. Bashir and other JI members returned to Indonesia in 1999. Bashir established the Mujaheddin Council of Indonesia (MMI).

The MMI recruited its own militia units and dispatched them, with the tacit approval of the military, to take part in communal fighting in the Malukus, which claimed an estimated 5,000 lives.

10. On Christmas Eve 2000, a coordinated series of bomb blasts took place across the country. More than 30 bombs were set to explode at the same time at Christian churches or the homes of clergy in 11 cities in six different provinces. Nineteen people were killed and around 120 were injured. Two years later, the Bali atrocity occurred.

' It is simply not plausible that Indonesia’s vast security and intelligence apparatus knew nothing about the large logistical operation involved in the Bali bombings. Yet no investigation has been carried out into precisely what information military officials had prior to the attack. Any leads casting suspicion on the TNI—including the detention of a military officer—have been quickly dropped...

'Sections of the military have several motives for staging a spectacular terrorist attack, or allowing one to take place, including creating a justification for greater US military aid and cooperation, which is currently subject to a US Congressional ban'.


Monday, October 03, 2005

Bali II: Another Elusive Terror Mastermind on the Loose

The following is taken from

Bali II: Another Elusive Terror Mastermind on the Loose

October 2nd, 2005

Azahari bin Husin, said to be the explosives “mastermind” behind the Bali bombings this past weekend, has a very interesting background. He is not your average rural madrassa religious fanatic or “al-Qaeda” goat herder of the sort captured in Afghanistan. Husin is a “former university lecturer and gifted mathematician,” according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “He returned home to obtain his degree, and at the end of the 1980s went to Reading University in England, where he impressed his tutors so much they persuaded him to stay on to complete a doctorate.” Husin’s future was promising as a lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia at Skudai in the southern state of Johor—and then he suddenly experienced a fanatical religious “epiphany” under the sway of the late Abdullah Sungkar and Abu Bakar Bashir, followers of the Darul Islam ideology and co-founders of Pondok Ngruki and eventually Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamic separatist movement supposedly dedicated to the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state in Southeast Asia.

I say “supposedly” because there are doubts (never mentioned in the western corporate media) about the legitimacy of Jemaah Islamiyah, as I noted in an earlier blog entry (subsequently posted on the Muslim Public Affairs Committee website).

According to Sayed Abdullah, who operates an intelligence services firm in Indonesia, “It is clear that the CIA and the Mossad have infiltrated such organizations [Jemaah Islamiyah, Hamas, and Hezbollah].” Abdullah told Kazi Mahmood of IslamOnline that he believes it “is obvious the CIA and the Mossad, assisted by the Australian Special Action Police (SAP) and the M15 of England, are all working towards undermining Muslim organizations in an attempt to weaken the Muslims globally.”

Abdullah believes the Bali bombing of 2002 was “an operation clearly financed and assisted by the CIA and Mossad, made use of Muslims to carry out the final act…. Those Muslims were not innocent since they took the bait handed over by the CIA and the Mossad to bomb Bali and to avenge against the U.S. war on the Muslims in Afghanistan.”

The Indonesian expert argued said that “to achieve this, the CIA used one of its operatives, Omar Al-Faruq, an Arab living in the U.S. who speaks Arabic and knows a little about Islam and who was sent to Indonesia to infiltrate the so called terrorist groups.

He said that Al-Faruq initially infiltrated the Laskar Jihad, a group of Muslim volunteers fighting for the safeguard of the Maluku’s during the conflict of the Island.

When the Laskar was winded down by its leader, Al-Faruq was sent to join the Mujahideen Council of Indonesia (MMI), created and headed by jailed Indonesian Islamic leader Abu Bakar Basyir, added Sayed Abdullah.

“After he failed to be a member of the MMI and failed to get to Basyir, he decided to work on the followers of Basyir. It is then that he came into contact with some of the Bali bombers and this is how the whole Bali operation was conducted,” according to the Indonesian intelligence expert.

He claimed that Australia, the U.S. and even Taiwan knew that Bali was to be bombed but they did nothing about it.

As noted in yesterday’s entry here, Omar Al-Faruq “was assigned to infiltrate Islamic radical groups and recruit local agents within these groups” for the CIA. “After the CIA obtained complete data on this matter, they then made Al-Faruq disappear. It’s common in intelligence world,” former Indonesian State Intelligence Coordinating Board chief A.C. Manulang told Tempo Interactive in September, 2002.

Azahari bin Husin’s British connection should be examined, especially in light of the revelations that Haroon Rashid Aswat, the so-called mastermind of the 7/7 London Bombings, worked for British Intelligence, as noted by former Justice Department prosecutor and terror expert John Loftus on, of all places, Fox News.

Steve Watson wrote for Infowars on August 2:

John Loftus went on to spell out that British Intelligence and the US dept of Justice had protected Haroon Rashid Aswat: “Back in 1999 he came to America. The Justice Department wanted to indict him in Seattle because him and his buddy were trying to set up a terrorist training school in Oregon… we’ve just learned that the headquarters of the US Justice Department ordered the Seattle prosecutors not to touch Aswat… apparently Aswat was working for British intelligence…”

This information is startling and again highlights how Al Qaeda exists as an organized body only where the intelligence services have created, funded and employed it.

Loftus points out that several weeks before the London Bombings, Aswat was again located by the South African Intel agency but again allowed to slip away, this time to London:

“He was a British intelligence plant. So all of a sudden he disappears. He’s in South Africa. We think he’s dead; we don’t know he’s down there. Last month the South African Secret Service come across the guy. He’s alive… the Brits know that the CIA wants to get a hold of Haroon. So what happens? He takes off again, goes right to London. He isn’t arrested when he lands, he isn’t arrested when he leaves… He’s on the watch list. The only reason he could get away with that was if he was working for British intelligence. He was a wanted man.”

In similar fashion, Azahari bin Husin managed to elude capture in late 2003. Indonesian security officials “say Indonesian police were close to catching him in late 2003 in a swoop on Pekanbaru, capital of Sumatra’s Riau province, and opposite Singapore,” explains the Sydney Morning Herald. “Azahari was there, but slipped through the dragnet unrecognized.” He was able to do this because he is “[l]ong-haired and lean-faced” and bears “little resemblance to the one photograph police have of him.” Obviously, Husin shares the same mercurial nature as Osama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

It would seem the Brits and the United States have greasy fingers when it comes to capturing potentially dangerous Islamic fanatics and al-Qaeda operatives. In fact, they are simply recycling trusted intel operatives (or their painstakingly engineered reputations).

Of course, considering “al-Qaeda” (appropriately earning the moniker “al-CIA-duh”) is a documented CIA-ISI-MI6 asset, the “escape” of key “terrorists” such as Azahari bin Husin is not only logical, it is mandatory if state-sponsored terrorism is to be used as a form of psychological warfare against unwitting populations in need of manipulation (since most normal people recoil from the prospect of forever war and need to be reminded of the specter of terrorism).

Since we have no evidence Bin Husin actually exists—he was last seen prior to the first Bali bombing—the corporate media, regurgitating spook generated mythologies, is now free to turn the former mathematician and university lecturer into a world-class terrorist on par with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Like Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein, Azahari bin Husin lives on as an effective bogeyman, an effective (if illusive) villain in a constellation of Islamic villains, an evasive apparition one step ahead of the law and thus forever a possible threat—or at least a threat until our rulers decide they no longer have use for him (as they apparently no longer have use for Osama bin Laden now that nine eleven is established folklore and the irrefutable foundation of the supposed war on terrorism).


Sunday, October 02, 2005

Display of body parts

Peter Dale Scott, in January 1999, wrote about military terror and psychological warfare in Indonesia.

In late 1998, the world watched with concern a sinister wave of killings against moderate Muslim clerics in East Java, Indonesia.

The killings had the marks of a psychological terror campaign, much like that waged in 1965 by the Indonesian Army.

By its use of "psywar," the Army was able to kill off its Communist political opposition and at the same time reinforce a desire for rule by a strongman regime. In that Army campaign at least 500,000 civilians were killed.

The analogies between 1965 and 1998 are many: the distribution of death lists to terrify the public, the arrival of assassins in trucks, mutilation of corpses and display of body parts in public places.

This led observers inside and outside Java to speculate that, once again, Army elements were fomenting terror to justify a military crackdown. In fact, Army members have already been arrested by local authorities for the killings, and then mysteriously released (Singapore Straits Times, 10/30/98).

...Mob violence only began after killers dressed in black, whom the public called "ninjas," had killed almost 100 NU clerics, and even thrown parts of dismembered corpses into mosques (a gesture certain not only to terrorize but to infuriate).

...In Java the term 'ninja' is applied to killers trained by the ruthless Army Special Forces - now called Kopassus--who organized the great massacre of 1965.

To quote from a warning distributed by pro-democracy activists in Jakarta last May, "'Ninja' is the term popularly used to designate the Army Special Forces (Kopassus) in disguise. Ninjas usually do the killing and destruction covertly."

The warning added that Kopassus started using ninjas when the U.S.-trained General Prabowo, until this spring a Pentagon golden boy, was Kopassus commander...

The New York Times... reported that many believe the killings are an extension of those engaged in by "the ruling political apparatus" in the Suharto era, "either to eliminate Muslim critics or else to sow chaos and the conditions for a coup."

... Reporters from AsiaWeek (10/31/98) to the London Sunday Times (10/25/98) have seen yet another covert army intervention to induce mob violence.

...For decades the Army and its U.S.-trained Kopassus Special Forces were the preferred assets of the CIA and Pentagon...



"It’s the ninjas," I explained.


"Mysterious deaths in East Java. Have you seen the Jakarta Post stories about the murders of over a hundred people? Murders by black-clad figures dressed as Ninjas. Villagers have set up vigilante patrols to protect themselves."

"I remember reading about that. Someone was killing village witch doctors. It’s what happens when there’s political turbulence. You get this kind of paranoia. Some villager imagines seeing Ninjas. Vigilante patrols are set up and they end up killing innocent people."

"It isn’t just dukuns getting killed. It’s Moslem preachers and mentally backward youths. Mental patients have been dumped in villages. Along come the village vigilantes. They think the mentally backward youths are Ninjas. The youths get their heads chopped off. The heads are paraded on poles. It’s a psychological warfare operation."

"Run by Ninjas?"

"The Kopassus regiment, the army’s special forces, have used Ninjas in East Timor. They dress their people up in black costumes. They try to terrify people in order to control them. Some of the Ninjas are said to have arrived in villages in trucks. Bodies have been chopped up and bits of bodies have been chucked into mosques. Sounds like a black-op."


KOPASSUS terror in Indonesia

John Roberts and Peter Symonds, at WSWS, 22 August 2003, wrote about:

Indonesia's special forces, known as Kopassus.

According to WSWS, 'Kopassus has a proven record of terrorism—from the torture and murder of political opponents to systematic violence against entire populations in East Timor, West Papua and Aceh.'

1. In 2003, a Kopassus lieutenant-colonel and six soldiers were convicted over the November 2001 murder of Papuan leader Theys Eluay.

In West Papua, the army has helped arm and organise militia, including Islamic extremist groups such as Laskar Jihad, to terrorise people.

2. In 2002, Kopassus reportedly organised the attack on a group of school staff from the US-operated Freeport gold mine in West Papua that left three teachers, including two American citizens, dead.

3. Kopassus reportedly has links to various Islamic extremist groups.

4. Throughout Suharto’s reign, Kopassus were involved in kidnapping, torturing and murdering political opponents, either directly or through specially-hired thugs.

5. Kopassus are the shock troops used against separatist movements in West Papua, Aceh and other regions where tens of thousands of people have “disappeared”.

5. Kopassas were actively involved in organising the militia violence on East Timor in 1999 that resulted in the murder of hundreds of pro-independence supporters.

6. Kopassus helped train the Islamic fundamentalist Laskar Jihad fighters engaged in the communal violence in Ambon that left up to 10,000 dead. And their specially-trained “anti-guerrilla” forces are currently fighting in Aceh.

7. Writing in the Age, Dr Damien Kingsbury, a specialist on the Indonesian military, described the outcome of one of Kopassus’s two hostage rescue missions:

“In 1981 a Garuda aircraft was hijacked by Islamic extremists to Bangkok airport. The rescue mission freed 50 passengers and left dead three hijackers, one Kopassus member and members of the aircraft crew. Two captured hijackers, who left Bangkok with Kopassus alive, arrived in Jakarta dead,” he stated.

Kingsbury explained: “The history of Kopassus’s other activities reads more like that of a terrorist organisation, which is not surprising given that the techniques and tactics of terror are explicitly outlined in chapter five of a confidential Kopassus training manual.” He pointed out that Kopassus had actually been responsible for setting up the Islamic organisation Komando Jihad which carried out the 1981 hijacking.


In Indonesia, US companies subcontract terror to the military.

Richard Tanter, at 'Inside Indonesia', October-December 2002, wrote about military terror in Indonesia.

Tanter explains that

1. 'Citizens of Aceh are suing ExxonMobil for financially supporting elements of the Indonesian armed forces that employed extreme and illegal violence to protect Sumatra’s Arun gas field and LNG production facilities.'

"Troops picked up one of the plaintiffs, held him at a structure at a Mobil plant, and for three months tortured him. Before they released him, the soldiers showed him a large pile of human heads. Another plaintiff claims he, too, was tortured by Indonesian soldiers at a building inside the company's compound."

2. 'In September 2001, a US district court awarded East Timorese plaintiffs damages amounting to US$66 million against TNI Lt-Gen. Johny Lumintang for his role in East Timor in 1999.'
These cases share a number of common elements:

According to Bloomberg News, ‘Exxon Mobil’s less-than-arm’s length detachment from the military must be judged a short-term gain and a long-term miscalculation.’

Tanter reminds us that:

1. Indonesia continues to depend utterly for its survival on the political, economic and financial backing of the US and Japan and the major corporations of those countries.

Indonesian patronage politics is still hugely dependent on revenues from oil and gas exports and foreign aid. Indonesia is the world’s largest liquid natural gas (LNG) exporter, supplying a third of global LNG trade – almost all of which is sent to Japan and South Korea. Aceh’s gas and oil is vital to the Indonesian state.

2. There have been serious environmental problems at Exxon’s Arun natural gas field since production began in 1978. Peaceful protests have been met with by violence.

Producing gas in Aceh at an acceptable price for the people and companies of Osaka and Seoul – and vast profits for Exxon Mobil’s mainly US shareholders - has for more than two decades depended upon military terror, as the corporation has long known.

Foreign oil and gas companies subcontract terror to the military.

3. Exxon, the most rogue-like of the big oil companies, has been particularly active in sabotaging the Kyoto protocol.

4. Henry Kissinger facilitated crimes against humanity in Indonesia and East Timor.


Saturday, October 01, 2005


A motive

President Suharto introduced the military's territorial function in the late 1960s as part of his efforts to control the political life of the people down to the village level.The military controlled each village and town and city and region.The Bali Bombs of 2005 may have been designed to allow the military to restore its territorial function.

A motive for the Bali Bombs of 2005? A return of the military's territorial function?


Kemal Taruc, at considers the possibility of a Global Imperialist Conspiracy.

He points out that Indonesia has uranium, gold, oil and gas, and fertile lands. Acts of terror can be used as part of a divide and rule strategy. The imperialists end up in control.


The Bali Bombs may also reinforce the Pentagon argument that the terror is the work of extrtemist Moslems, and not the work of elements of the security services, pursuing a fascist agenda.

Military planning?

Were the Bali bombs of October 2005 set off by cell phones or by suicide bombers?

From The Age, Australia, October 4, 2005

An Australian woman injured in the Bali blasts... said her 21-year-old daughter Aleta started running after the first Bali restaurant bomb exploded as they sat with other Newcastle families waiting for their seafood meal.

Mrs Lederwasch gave chase, ignoring her normal thoughts to stay calm, and avoided a second blast which she believed exploded underneath her table...

"When we heard the first bomb, there was a huge explosion and orange colour, and a lot of people thought it might have just been a gas explosion and tried to remain calm," Ms Lederwasch said.

"But ... I just ran and my mum chased me and that's why we were so (lucky) we just had minimal injuries.

"We were all sitting around the table, the first one went off - that's when I've run, and the second one went off under our table...,,2087-1807787,00.html

"Police later said they had found three unexploded bombs in Jimbaran. They had apparently failed to go off after the security forces hastily shut down the island’s mobile telephone network following the first blasts."

Prior knowledge.

In Bali, the 'mafia' is said to have close links to the military and police.

From The Jakarta Post:

Advertising executive Mick Colliss, who was visiting Bali for a rugby tournament, said he was told by a friend from his rugby club who now lives in Bali to avoid the crowded tourist area.

"One of the guys who is involved with the rugby club... is now living up in Bali," Colliss told an Australian radio station from Denpasar.

"He's been here about 10 or 12 years and as a local he kind of knows the people to know.

"We got up here on the Wednesday and on the Thursday he said to us they had found some detonators around the place and then he said that some of his contacts he had - he called them sort of the Bali mafia - they had warned him.

"They said 'look, with the guys coming up, if you are white, don't come into town on the Saturday night'."

Distracting public opinion

On 28 May 2005, bombs went off in the Tentena market in Sulawesi in Indonesia. 20 people were killed. Local Non Government Organisations claim that the bombs were part of a plot to distract public opinion away from embezzlement allegations involving corrupt public officials in Poso.


The background

The Indonesian president, ex-general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, is in difficulty.

At the end of September 2005, fuel prices rose by an average of 120% overnight.

Riots followed.

The military is reported to have at least two factions. One faction, including the president, is broadly pro-American and one faction is broadly suspicious of America.

Who gains from terror at this time?

According to a news story in the Sydney Morning Herald, November 2, 2002, Indonesian security services may have handled the Bali bomb of 2002.

"Some time around the 30 October 2002, senior officers in the Indonesian military HQ gave a piece of information to a military attache from a Western embassy in Indonesia -the source of explosive used in the October 12 bombing in Bali was the head of the counter-terrorism unit with the army's special forces."

The father-in-law of the officer concerned is Hendropriyono, Indonesia's former spy chief.

Hendropriyono is alleged to have been involved in the murder of human rights activist Munir in 2004. Hendropriyono is resisting attempts to cooperate with an investigation.

Hendropriyono joined the School of Army Military Command at the Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, USA, in 1981.

He is known as the Butcher of Lampung for his role in a 1989 massacre.

He reportedly helped fund the army militias which committed genocide in East Timor.

President Yudhoyono shared command responsibility for the conduct of TNI forces in East Timor in 1999.


Is Suharto behind the bombs?

Seth Asrun, at Asia Times, 23 August 2001, wrote:

Former Indonesian president Suharto has been out of power for three years now, but authorities agree with the suspicions of political analysts and activists that members of his family are still busy - wreaking havoc with bombings and bomb threats.

As analysts here see it, Suharto's family - as well as his supporters in the military - are determined to prove that the ex-strongman's political successors are weaklings who are unable maintain peace and order. This is why, they say, bombs have become part and parcel of post-Suharto Indonesia.


Long history of terror being used by the military

Gary LaMoshi, at Asia Times, 8 October 2004, pointed out the links between terrorism and the Indonesian military:

"Violence against civilians for political purposes has long been part of Indonesia's military arsenal.

"Under ... former president Suharto's New Order... sometimes soldiers themselves terrorized civilians, and sometimes they outsourced, generally to secular thugs, as in East Timor.

"But the military also has used Islamic radicals for political purposes. At the dawn of military rule in 1965, the junta tapped Muslim organizations to help kill hundreds of thousands of alleged communists...

"Before the 1977 elections, generals duped radical Muslims into reviving the militia group Darul Islam...

"Elections in June 1999 produced a reformist president, Abdurrahman Wahid, who tried to curb the armed forces' political influence. Coincidentally, there was a surge of violence around the archipelago from which the military (TNI) stood to benefit both politically - as guardian of national stability - and materially, by supplying arms to combatants and collecting protection money from affected civilians and businesses.

"Radical Islamic thugs even were recruited into graft wars between police and the military, which had been under the same command during the Suharto era.

"Groups such as the Islamic Defenders Front denounced vice then ransacked nightspots that failed to pay off their uniformed sponsors. White-robed vigilantes smashing liquor bottles garnered extensive media coverage, but no punishment, helping to establish a climate that made religious violence seem not just acceptable but attractive and even heroic.

"The International Crisis Group and other sources found military links galore in clashes between Christians and Muslims in Central Sulawesi and the Malukus that began in 1999 and killed thousands.

"Islamic militia group Laksar Jihad received military training and supplies as it recruited thousands of warriors for the Muslim side, expanding and escalating local skirmishes. Top military commanders ignored presidential orders to stop jihadis and arms from reaching conflict zones...

"Indonesia suffered repeated bombings during Wahid's term.

"Many blasts preceded Suharto's scheduled court appearances on corruption charges that were ultimately dropped because of his alleged poor health.

"A September 2000 car bomb at the Jakarta Stock Exchange killed 15. Arrests nabbed only minor figures, including two members of the military's elite Kopassus commandos..."

Links between 'Moslem militants' and the security services.


The police try to blame Islamic suicide bombers.
2 October 2005

Indonesian Major General Ansyaad Mbai said that the Bali 'bombers' went into the packed restaurants wearing explosive vests. The remains of their bodies were found at the scenes, he said.

"I have seen them. All that is left is their head and feet," he said. "By the evidence we can conclude the bombers were carrying the explosives around their waists.",,2087-1807787,00.html

Security officials are blaming Jemaah Islamiya, which is said to be linked to Al-Qaeda, which is said to be linked to western security services.

Allegedly, Jemaah Islamiya's top bombmaker is Azahari bin Husin, who completed a doctorate at Reading University in the 1990s and is known in his native Malaysia as “Demolition Man”.


Can you believe the official versions?

Bruce Lait - I don't remember anybody being where the bomb was, or any bag.

Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

9 11 Revealed - The Daily Mail


Proven military involvement.

Who bombed the Attorney General's office in Jakarta in July 2000?

The bombs went off one hour after Tommy Suharto had been interrogated by the police. The bombs were traced back to the army and a former member of Suharto's guard. There were lots of bombs at that time. A woman called Elize Tuwahatu was jailed for ten years after admitting she had placed Tommy's bombs in various places in Jakarta. Now tommy is in jail."


Who bombed Bali in 2002?

The airline manifest of Garuda airlines shows that at least two military generals from Jakarta happened to visit Bali just three days before the bombings and that they returned to Jakarta just one day before the Sari Club was blown up.

This was confirmed by armed forces chief General Sutarto, who claimed that General Djaja Suparman was on vacation, while General Ryamizard Riyacudu, chief of staff, was said to have gone to Bali for health reasons.

General Suparman is one of the generals behind the extremist Jihad groups. He set up militias composed of gangsters and religious fanatics to counter student demonstrations in 1998. One of these militias, Pram Swarkasa, became Laskar Jihad.


Press and radio reports, 1 October 2005:

Bombs have exploded almost simultaneously in tourist areas of Bali. The blasts, which took place within ten minutes of each other, started just before 2000 local time.

At least 32 people have been killed and over 100 wounded.

Most of those killed were Indonesians. The victims included at least two Americans, one Japanese citizen and a South Korean. Two Australians were also among the dead, said Monita Sujanto, a receptionist at the Bali International Medical Center.

There were blasts at Jimbaran beach and a bustling outdoor shopping center in downtown Kuta.
There were as many as eight blasts, all close together, said Jakarta-based El Shinta radio. One went off 500 meters from the Four Seasons Hotel in Jimbaran, said a receptionist there. There was one more in Jimbaran and one in Kuta, El Shinta said.

Indonesian police officials defused four bombs found after the blasts, Metro TV cited local police officials as saying.,0,7509558.story?coll=sns-ap-nationworld-headlines


Bali bomb 2005:

The victims included foreign tourists.

Putu Putra Wisada, spokesman at the Sangla Hospital in Denpasar, said 11 dead were taken to the hospital and 38 others were admitted with injuries - eight Australians, two Americans and 28 Indonesians.

A receptionist at the Graha Asih Hospital close to Jimbaran Bay said at least eight bodies were in the morgue, and doctors were treating at least 13 other people.



Murder of human rights activist by the security services? Munir and Hendropriyono; the Bali Bomb and illegal logging.

Christian gangsters, the American-trained military and terror