Sunday, January 31, 2010

FROM LUXURY HOTELS TO DRUGS AND WEAPONS


Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia (Jan. 3, 2005) – Lt. Mark Banks, of Savannah, Ga., tends to a patient who was medically evacuated by U.S. Navy helicopter to a temporary triage site in Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

Who runs your country?

The USA has a military-industrial complex which accounts for about 50% of the world's total arms expenditure.

The generals in the USA are very important.


Military expenditure 2007 (forums.narutofan.com/showthread.php?t=568251)

According to F. William Engdahl, "The US military is in Afghanistan for two reasons.

"First to restore and control the world’s largest supply of opium for the world heroin markets and to use the drugs as a geopolitical weapon against opponents, especially Russia.

"That control of the Afghan drug market is essential for the liquidity of the bankrupt and corrupt Wall Street financial mafia." (The geopolitics behind the phoney US war in Afghanistan [Voltaire])

PADANG, Indonesia (Oct. 11, 2009) Rear Adm. Richard Landolt, commander, Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, shows his Blackberry to children from Hula Banda village while delivering ShelterBoxes to earthquake victims in remote villages.

The generals are important elsewhere.

In Indonesia, it is the American trained generals who pull the strings.

The Indonesian generals run lots of businesses, including golf courses, luxury hotels, building firms and fish sellers.

And, allegedly, they run businesses involving extortion, drugs and weapons.

On 12 January 2010, Human Rights Watch had an article entitled "Indonesia: Military Business Reforms ‘Totally Inadequate’"

According to Human Rights Watch, the Indonesian government's new regulations on military businesses 'fail to dismantle the armed forces' damaging and dangerous business empire.'

These businesses 'have long been implicated in human rights abuses, crime and corruption.'

Human Rights Watch reports that the Indonesian government's plans for reform, isssued in October 2009, do not satisfy the requirement in a 2004 law that the government fully divest the armed forces of its business interests.

According to Lisa Misol, senior business and human rights researcher at Human Rights Watch, "The law says the government needs to get the military out of these businesses, but instead they will be allowed to remain in military hands. Promising to monitor them more closely simply isn't good enough."

Human Rights Watch, in a 2006 report, sated that "the military's businesses ventures have been a platform for extortion, violence, property seizures, and other crimes against civilians."

Official data from 2007 show that the military businesses had gross assets of Rp3.2 trillion (US$350 million) and earned a profit of Rp268 billion ($28.5 million) that year.

Study says Indonesian military complicit in illegal logging

Indonesia's army 'retains business empire'

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

JAKARTA, BANGKOK AND BOYCE

The US has a presence in Thailand.


On 1 September 2009, Wayne Madsen wrote about child abuse involving people linked to the US government.

(http://arthurzbygniew.blogspot.com/2009/09/thailand-pedophilia-us-diplomats.html)

According to Wayne Madsen:

1. Robert Finnegan was editor of the Jakarta Post at the time of the first Bali Bomb.

(Finnegan clashed with Ralph Boyce, the then U.S. ambassador to Indonesia, and got sacked. Reportedly, Finnegan had produced evidence linking the Bali Bombing to the security services. aangirfan: The Bali Bomb, Ralph Boyce and Robert Finnegan)

Ralph Boyce became ambassador to Thailand.

"Finnegan said that while he was with the Jakarta Post, he became aware that Boyce, while ambassador in Jakarta, used the services of two known local procurers of child prostitutes and sex slaves.

"They were both Indonesian nationals, one was a CIA asset operating as a businessman and the other was a journalist."

2. "The U.S. embassy in Bangkok is at the center of the State Department’s pedophile activities in Asia.

"According to journalistic sources posted to the region, the pedophilia activity has centered around Ambassador Ralph Boyce...

"In 1995, while Boyce served as the number two man at the Bangkok embassy, a scandal engulfed the U.S. mission.

"The Consular Services section of the embassy conspired with Thai police and pedophiles in Belgium, Thailand, and the United States to allow a Thai boy to be sent from Thailand to Belgium, a noted haven for pedophiles...

"The boy’s Lao mother, a barmaid, was part of a ring of pedophiles in Pattaya Beach and Antwerp, Belgium...

"Boyce and his key staffers, including Consul General Thomas P. Furey and American Citizens Services chief Christopher Richard, later blocked a Thai police investigation of the matter."

3. Reportedly, Boyce took early retirement in 2007.

4. Reportedly, "Thai children who are preyed upon for sex are killed and their bodies are disposed of after they are abused.

"The bodies are dumped in clusters of five to ten at a time.

"While Boyce was U.S. ambassador to Jakarta, there were reports of similar murders of children used as prostitutes with their skeletal remains later being discovered in caves in Bali and Java."

5. There are reports that Blackwater had a camp in Baghdad where Iraqi children were used as prostitutes.

6. Reportedly people linked to private security companies search for kids in Thailand's bars and alleyways.

7. Reportedly the US embassy in Bangkok would arrange meetings between child prostitutes and visiting American VIPs.

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Bali Bombing Investigator Robert S. Finnegan Ends Silence ...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

FACEBOOK AGAINST INJUSTICE


America is not always at the forefront of events.

1. Imagine a city, well known to President Obama, where the rich elite are able to break the law and use 'green areas', such as parkland or farm land, to build their luxury houses, golf courses, shopping malls and office blocks.

Imagine this city's green area being reduced from 35% of the land area to only 9%.

Imagine that this city, as more trees get cut down and more land gets concreted over, develops major problems with flooding.

Imagine 70% of the city flooded and hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes.

Imagine the governor of the city declaring that it would not be realistic to take back and restore the former green areas grabbed by the rich.

Imagine the governor forcing the poorest people off their land, so that new green areas can be created.

Jakarta, once home to Obama.

This city, where the poor get turfed off their land, is the largest city in the southern hemisphere.

It is Jakarta - A city without social justice

What happens in Indonesia often happens later in California, or Florida, or Louisiana.

The poor in these places had better look out.

General Suharto (news.bbc.co.uk/2/low/in_pictures/4528925.stm)

2. Many Indonesian intellectuals in the 1930s 'saw fascism as a trendy idea'. (Gerindra and 'Greater Indonesia')

In the mid 1960s, the USA put the 'fascists' into power in Indonesia. (THE USA IN INDONESIA )

The American trained generals still pull the strings.

The forerunner of al Qaeda, which was founded around 1988, could be said to be Indonesia's Komando Jihad, which was founded around 1968.

Komando Jihad was set up by the American-trained military.


In The Age, (We must not get back in bed with Kopassus - theage.com.au), Dr Damien Kingsbury wrote about Moslem militants in Indonesia and their links to the American-trained military.

1. Komando Jihad, which became Jemaah Islamiah, was set up by (American trained) Indonesian generals.

Dr Kingsbury wrote: "Kopassus (Indonesian special forces)... has engaged in... hostage rescue missions.

"The first was in 1981, when a Garuda aircraft was hijacked....

"Kopassus... set up the Islamic organisation Komando Jihad that hijacked the plane in 1981 and which has since emerged as Jemaah Islamiah."

2. Laskar Jihad was set up by (American trained) generals.

Jakarta human-rights activist Bonar Naipospos told Asia Times Online: "General Suparman is one of the generals who was 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 the embryo of Laskar Jihad." (Asia Times We must not get back in bed with Kopassus - theage.com.au)

Paul Wolfowitz was US ambassador to Indonesia from 1986 to 1989 [23]


3. There is good news from Indonesia, and Americans and Europeans should take note.

The good news is about the power of the internet.

In Indonesia, leaked phone calls suggested that bad guys within the police and attorney-general's office conspired to bring down the anti-corruption commission by framing two of its officials.

Indonesians then started using Facebook, and various blogs, to demand the resignation of the allegedly corrupt national police chief and the allegedly corrupt attorney-general. (Financial Times, 12 January 2010: Indonesians take protests off the streets)

Enda Nasution, the father of Indonesia's blogging community, says: "It is about time people start protesting in (these) much more efficient, modern, intelligent ways."

After the two anti-corruption officials were 'framed' and arrested by police, more than one million people signed up for a page on Facebook supporting the anti-corruption men.

The media has given publicity to the bloggers and Facebook protestors.

President Yudhoyono was forced to appoint a special fact-finding team.

This team concluded that the case against the anti-corruption officials was fabricated.

In 2009, more than 60,000 Indonesian Facebook users joined a support page for a housewife jailed after complaining in an e-mail to friends about the medical treatment she received at a hospital near Jakarta.

The police were persuaded to release the housewife on bail. She was later acquitted by a court, but the attorney-general's office may decide to appeal.

Indonesia is expected soon to have 74 million internet users, and they are not as brainwashed as your average American.



4. Americans and Europeans can expect to suffer the same problems as Indonesia.

Americans, Europeans and Indonesians should use the power of the internet to counter injustice.

And the Facebook and Blog entries should not just be about issues which affect the middle classes.

It's time to fight for the poorest people in society, whether they are in Jakarta or New Orleans or Gaza.