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American Nabbed in Pakistan Has CIA Ties

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Posted on Feb 21, 2011
AP / K.M. Chaudary

Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamat-e-Islami attend a Feb. 15 rally against Raymond Davis, a U.S. consulate employee suspected in a fatal shooting in Lahore.

Last month’s arrest in Pakistan of one Raymond Davis, an American working security for other U.S. operatives in Lahore—and an American with clear employment ties to the CIA and previously to Blackwater Worldwide—has made for additional diplomatic strain between the two nations.  —KA

The New York Times:

Without describing Mr. Davis’s mission or intelligence affiliation, President Obama last week made a public plea for his release. Meanwhile, there have been a flurry of private phone calls to Pakistan from Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, all intended to persuade the Pakistanis to release the secret operative. Mr. Davis has worked for years as a C.I.A. contractor, including time at Blackwater Worldwide, the controversial private security firm (now called Xe) that Pakistanis have long viewed as symbolizing a culture of American gun slinging overseas.

The New York Times had agreed to temporarily withhold information about Mr. Davis’s ties to the agency at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that disclosure of his specific job would put his life at risk. Several foreign news organizations have disclosed some aspects of Mr. Davis’s work with the C.I.A.

On Monday, American officials lifted their request to withhold publication. George Little, a C.I.A. spokesman, declined to comment specifically on the Davis matter, but said in a statement: “Our security personnel around the world act in a support role providing security for American officials. They do not conduct foreign intelligence collection or covert operations.”

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By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, February 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe this incident will also force the Obama administration to tell the truth about the real (strategic) reasons for the US war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are told nothing about Pentagon and CIA support for the Baloch separatist movement - nor the longstanding Pentagon/CIA desire to see energy and mineral rich Balochistan secede from Pakistan to become a US client state - just like energy and mineral rich Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the other former Soviet republics. Or about the CIA is training young Baloch separatists in bomb making and other terrorist activities - with the goal of disrupting operations at the Chinese-built Gwadar Port (and the energy transit route for Iranian oil and natural gas destined for China).

I blog about this at http://stuartbramhall.aegauthorblogs.com/2010/12/30/the-us-as-a-semi-failed-state/
With a recent map of Free Balochistan (from their website).

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By ad, February 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe the Pakistanis will waterboard him; after all,
it’s not torture.

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By SarcastiCanuck, February 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
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Obviously,Mr.Davis was looking for truth,justice and the American way.Better send Superman in to rescue him from those evil,ugly and badly dressed Pakistanis.They may apply Sharia law and make him watch endless reruns of Friends.AAahhhhhhhh!!!

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By Big B, February 22, 2011 at 8:43 am Link to this comment

fearnotruth

Don’t go confusing rico with facts. You must be a typical liberal scumbag (like me)throwing facts around willynilly, as if they are as important as uneducated opinion.

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By fearnotruth, February 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm Link to this comment

rico, good to have you back, keeping the coffee warm - hope you had a smooth
landing

re: So what’s the point??

try this: http://www.thenation.com/article/secret-us-war-pakistan

The Secret US War in Pakistan
Jeremy Scahill
November 23, 2009   |  This article appeared in the December 7, 2009 edition
of The Nation.

[...]
Blackwater, which recently changed its name to Xe Services and US Training
Center, denies the company is operating in Pakistan. “Xe Services has only one
employee in Pakistan performing construction oversight for the U.S.
Government,” Blackwater spokesperson Mark Corallo said in a statement to The
Nation, adding that the company has “no other operations of any kind in
Pakistan.”

A former senior executive at Blackwater confirmed the military intelligence
source’s claim that the company is working in Pakistan for the CIA and JSOC,
the premier counterterrorism and covert operations force within the military. He
said that Blackwater is also working for the Pakistani government on a
subcontract with an Islamabad-based security firm that puts US Blackwater
operatives on the ground with Pakistani forces in counter-terrorism operations,
including house raids and border interdictions, in the North-West Frontier
Province and elsewhere in Pakistan. This arrangement, the former executive
said, allows the Pakistani government to utilize former US Special Operations
forces who now work for Blackwater while denying an official US military
presence in the country. He also confirmed that Blackwater has a facility in
Karachi and has personnel deployed elsewhere in Pakistan. The former
executive spoke on condition of anonymity.

[...]

and this: http://tinyurl.com/4fv6sxg

Blackwater/XE behind terrorist bombings in Asia and Africa?

Wayne Madsen
Online Journal
Monday, January 18th, 2010


WMR’s intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA
contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out “false
flag” terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China,
Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and
Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel.

Fingers are being pointed at Blackwater/XE and Mossad operatives for the
motorbike bomb in Tehran that killed Tehran University nuclear physicist Dr.
Moussad Ali-Mohammadi.

On January 12, a bomb attached to a motorbike outside of Ali-Mohammadi’s
house went off while the professor was leaving for work. The bomb, which
instantly killed pro-reform Ali-Mohammadi, was remotely triggered by a team
that was later linked to a U.S.-base group called the Iran Monarchy Association,
which favors restoring the son of the late Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi II, to
Iran’s “Peacock Throne.” The Iran Monarchy Association is believed to be a CIA
front organization.

There are also reports that Blackwater/XE personnel are in Somalia and have
carried out terrorist bombings in Mogadishu that have been blamed by the
United States and the puppet transitional government of Somalia on the Al-
Shabab Islamic irregular forces as a pretext for a wider Blackwater role in the
country.

[...]

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By rico, suave, February 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm Link to this comment

fearno:

“an unlicensed pistol, a long-range radio, a GPS device, an infrared torch and a camera with pictures of buildings around Lahore…a camera filled with photos of schools…”

Shit man! Any tourist on a boat could have those things!! So what’s the point??

Well. I guess all your examples retroactively justify 9/11, and make it a mere set of building fires.

And what does Blackwater (which no longer exists) have to do with any of this?

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By fearnotruth, February 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

RE: ...this guy Davis shot ONE guy!

rico, old chap, “who cares about a few pissed off arabs,” to quote Zbigniew Brzezinski - and Davis actually shot 2 guys (multiple times, while they lay expiring in the street, then photographed them) - this before his back up crew, who showed up too late to extract him without gunning down a load of cops, ran over and killed a civilian on a motor-bike… but, hell, who’s counting… survivors be damned; the meat of the story is here (no pun intended):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/20/us-raymond-davis-lahore-cia?CMP=twt_gu

from the Guardian: “Pakistani suspicions about Davis’s role were stoked by the equipment police confiscated from his car: an unlicensed pistol, a long-range radio, a GPS device, an infrared torch and a camera with pictures of buildings around Lahore.”

from an analysis, in more detail:
http://www.truth-out.org/uk-guardian-reports-raymond-davis-working-cia67951

”...a camera filled with photos of schools (common targets for bombings in Lahore and other Pakistani cities)—sound dirtier than the typical CIA fare.”

What to say to that? ... still digging:

http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2010/02/07/grave-concerns-over-presence-blackwater-pakistan

“Gordon Duff, a senior editor of Veterans Today has disclosed that the CIA has outsourced its most secret projects to Blackwater, a mercenary group with worst reputation of any firm the US has ever done business with.

It plans and executes terrorist acts against civilian targets, military installations, intelligence agencies and resorts to target killings. It maintains contacts with terrorist leaders and organizes revolutionary groups.

Disregarding US laws, CIA has expanded the role of private contractors including Blackwater like raids,  operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Somalia and now in Yemen. This was disclosed by four former US military and intelligence officers to ABL News.”

and why stop there - not new but pertinent
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIFC2Ty2J5k

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By the worm, February 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

The only consistency in American Middle East policy is lies.

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By the worm, February 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

The only consistency in American Middle East policy is lies.

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By rico, suave, February 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

What would be the reaction of the run-of-the-mill truthdigger, if after 9/11 there ways a massive parade led by people carrying a sign which read-

“Do Justice to the Innocent Americans”
“Hang the Muslim Terrorists”

And this guy Davis shot ONE guy!

Media Circus indeed.

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By gerard, February 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

What’s with selling the Chinese girls’ kissing dates in the right-hand ad while the left hand pretends to present valid information?  Swallow hard, and don’t think too much!

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By fearnotruth, February 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

accuracy of the report cited below is questionable, but so is the NY Times, et al
- the mere fact that a story like this is out there points to the incident as
potentially explosive - many reports not so different from this are circulating -
question is this: real fire at the source of this smoke?

:. Inside Story-CIA Agent Raymond A. Davis
http://tinyurl.com/4glmsqf
Kashmir Watch, Feb 21
By Lt Col Zaheerul Hassan (R)

The investigating Agency (Punjab Police) failed to completely open the
trained CIA agent Davis. However, the police recovered from him private pistol,
few bullets, camera, cell phones, highly sophisticated wireless set and dollars.
The screening of camera revealed that Davis has carried out the photography of
Pakistani bunkers situated on Eastern border, fort located at Waris Road (ex
location of an Army Unit), sensitive buildings and locations. The calls records of
his mobile phones indicate that Davis was in connection with different Taliban
groups (working in the interest of India and US). According to “The European
Union Times Report” Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) revealed that  
top secret CIA documents found in Davis’s possession point his connection
with al-Qaeda terrorists and use to provide them “nuclear fissile material” and
“biological agents” which could be used against the United States itself in order
to ignite an all-out war in order to reestablish the West’s hegemony over a
Global economy that is warned is just months away from collapse.

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