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




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