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."



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