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‘Blood Money’ Springs CIA Contractor From Pakistan Jail

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Posted on Mar 16, 2011
AP / Hamza Ahmed, File

Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Davis, center, to a court in Lahore, Pakistan, in January.

Lucky for him. Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor who was nabbed in January after shooting and killing two men in Pakistan (the news of which wasn’t released until February), has been freed from detainment after the payment of “blood money” to the victims’ families.  —KA

The Christian Science Monitor:

Some 18 relatives of the two slain men, Muhammad Fahim and Faizan Haider, were present in court to accept the money “and independently verified they had pardoned him [Davis],” provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah told private television channel Geo News.

Blood-money, or “diyya,” is routinely used to settle murder cases in Pakistan, in compliance with Sharia law. It was seen as the last ditch effort to free Davis by the US authorities after the Lahore High Court failed to accept US claims of diplomatic immunity on Monday.

In comments to reporters in Cairo, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied that the US made the payment Wednesday. Though the US denies paying compensation in the case, Pakistani media reports indicate that more than $2 million were given to the two families, though this could not be verified at time of writing.

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By Chris Herz, June 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe there is something good about the banning of Sharia Law.

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By Daniel White, June 25, 2011 at 4:16 am Link to this comment
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Nothing can be said about these things this shows the way the things are going in the Pakistan.
http://www.mycashtoday.co.uk/faq.html

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By drbhelthi, March 23, 2011 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

” - - the implication that all Pakistanis are money-grubbing-near-non-
humans says more about the author of the comment than anyone else “

Agreed.
It is more accurate to conclude that the CIA agents and other
mercenaries involved in such devious, U.S.A.-destructive activities,
their “handlers” and officials of the USGov who support them, are as
addicted to the desire for wealth (money) and importance, as many U.S.
politicians are addicted to cocaine, alcohol and power.

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By fearnotruth, March 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm Link to this comment

RE: ...news story here?

how he was sprung is not the ‘news’ here - this is:

something went wrong while a CIA contractor was preparing what (according to
reports around the case) appears to be a classic black-op/false flag - most likely a
Taliban sting with material to make a dirty bomb - whether they’d have actually
gotten real ‘hot’ stuff delivered to them, who knows - the WTC ‘93 bomb was a sting
that went live - classic conduit for a ‘hot’ false flag - very likely ISI was involved too -
probably why the locals were made a deal they couldn’t refuse

whether or not such a deal is based on greed or fear, who knows - earlier reports
were that survivors turned down such a deal - hard to say

the implication that all Pakistanis are money-grubbing-near-non-humans says
more about the author of the comment than anyone else

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By call me roy, March 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

Where is the news story here? Everyone knows that Pakistan will do anything for money? Anything

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By Roger Lafontaine, March 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment
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The CIA is totally out of control and has been for decades. It is committing crimes all over the world, fomenting war and hatching plots which are destructive to the whole world and will prove destructive to the US eventually. Neither Obama nor Panetta are in charge. In fact they do what they’re told or watch out for their own lives.

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By fearnotruth, March 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

RE: ** Sadly the blood money may not replace the deceased but it is some
consolation for the aggrieved.

But what about other 300 Raymond Davises reportedly roaming about and recruiting
mercenaries in Pakistan—-for suicidal bomb blasts in the markets, worship places
and in hospitals killing innocents in hundreds and unleashing havoc in the country.

hear, hear!

the real shame of the outcome - a stolen opportunity to break into the MSM what
the Global War Of Terror really is: a rolling black-op/psy-op, tasked to foment
violence, chaos, utter despair; goal: fail all self-determinant nation states; put
populations on their knees, begging for protection; make way for absolute
manipulation, domination, subjugation by the Hegemonic Anglo-American Global
Finance Oligarchy

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By A Khokar, March 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

In Pakistan peoples are now used to seeing lot of killing on daily bases. Most of these killings are blamed on the TTP hatched covert operations which happened to be the brain child of CIA.

Surprising this time in Lahore a US national Davis Raymond was caught and apprehended directly involved in killing of two persons on the streets. But from day one it was for sure that this man will be freed; even Obama himself asked for his release and finally in his release there is some upper hand being felt in Pakistan that;

* Obama who said that man must enjoy the diplomatic immunity was not granted as such and case was run in the courts. Both the provincial and Central governments are being praised for their brave face but unfortunately courts have come out with their fingers burnt.

** Man was freed of his murder charge under the cover of blood money of 2.3 million dollars (20 karors) which can be said as a good money plus reportedly (aljazeera says) 9 US visas for the family. Certainly the advocate who was switched at last moment (by the family/ISI/CIA)—-must have been paid good amount.

** Sadly the blood money may not replace the deceased but it is some consolation for the aggrieved.

But what about other 300 Raymond Davises reportedly roaming about and recruiting mercenaries in Pakistan—-for suicidal bomb blasts in the markets, worship places and in hospitals killing innocents in hundreds and unleashing havoc in the country.

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By moni, March 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
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The families were made an offer they couldn’t refuse . . . blood money and blood passports.  I don’t suppose Hillary mentioned that the relatives were offered passports to the very country of the CIA.

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By diamond, March 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

Yes, this slimy slug killed two people (for reasons we aren’t allowed to know) and he gets off Scot free. Bradley Manning kills no one and he is held in solitary confinement for (so far) nine months subjected to enforced nudity and psychological torture and is not charged and not put on trial. Anyone who still doubted that the CIA is a law unto itself and that America is now a cesspit of corruption and imperial hubris draw nigh and be amazed.

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By fearnotruth, March 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

RE: By Atlanta Roofing, March 17 at 8:30 am Link to this comment
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… and the right was all up in arms about the revelation
of Raymond Davis as a CIA operative, causing a massive
investigation and enjoying the upheaval and concern
that it caused the president.

petty politicians make however much they can out of whatever they can - mainly
unwitting distractions - shadow operatives hold the strings that jerk every
modern-day Puppet POTUS

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By felicity, March 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Can we assume that by adopting a tenet of Sharia Law,
American social engineering is not converting the
Muslim world to the American world, the Muslim world
is converting the American world into the Muslim
world? 

Can public beheadings in America be far behind?  As
practiced in some ME countries, how a person is
publically beheaded depends on how much money the
beheader collects - if the victim’s family pays more
than the victimizer’s family, the head is slowly
sawed off, if it’s the other way around, the head is
quickly chopped off.  (I lived in such a country in
the ‘70’s but declined to attend the spectacle.)

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By TDoff, March 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Your tax dollars at work. In order to prevent the publicizing of future CIA assassinations, whether they are officially sanctioned of just at the whim of agents, Leon Panetta is reportedly authorizing the use of CIA slush funds to make certain that each agent carries at least $2M in cash on his/her person whenever he/she sets foot on foreign soil, to be used to pay off families of victims and/or witnesses and/or journalists. Hopefully, this will prevent a recurrence of all the attention that agent/contractor Davis attracted when he shot those two folks.

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By drbhelthi, March 17, 2011 at 8:40 am Link to this comment

A C.I.A. operative providing nuclear material and biological weaponry
to Al Kaida, to be used against U.S. forces.  The event of usage is
to be seized upon by the USGov to provoke an all-out war against
Pakistan.

With this info, provided by Pakistani intelligence, we can discern
several ideas, among them: 
  - The C.I.A. does dirty work for the USGov., as manipulated by the
    shadow USGov;
  - American Task Force 373 (TF373) is a disruptive force against
    foreign governments;
  - The USGov affords diplomatic immunity to AmericanTaskForce 373,
    which is designed to disrupt foreign governments;
  - The USGov “Foreign Ambassador,” Mrs. Hillary Clinton, covers for
    the USGov. for whom Mr. H.B. Obama fronts, as the “u.s.
    president”;
  - Information from foreign intelligence sources is reliable;
  - Information from U.S.Gov sources is fraudulent;
  - Pakistan is not buckling-under to the will of the shadow
      USGov, thus, against which a repeat of WMD-Iraq and 9-11 has
      been planned.

As a side observation, it is saddening to me that Mrs. Hillary
Clinton has been controlled by evil-intended men all her adult life. 
Sad to say, her flexibility reflects the characteristics of a woman;
a mother.  Very sad.  She did not deserve this mistreatment by men.

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By Atlanta Roofing, March 17, 2011 at 4:30 am Link to this comment
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… and the right was all up in arms about the revelation
of Raymond Davis as a CIA operative, causing a massive
investigation and enjoying the upheaval and concern
that it caused the president.

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By fearnotruth, March 17, 2011 at 4:13 am Link to this comment

of course they always find a way - appears there’s a lot at stake:
e.g. http://tinyurl.com/4zkhtfd

[...]

The most ominous point in this SVR report is “Pakistan’s ISI stating that top-
secret CIA documents found in Davis’s possession point to his, and/or TF373,
providing to al Qaeda terrorists “nuclear fissile material” and “biological
agents”, which they claim are to be used against the United States itself in order
to ignite an all-out war in order to re-establish the West’s hegemony over a
Global economy that is warned is just months away from collapse,” the paper
added. (ANI)

[...]

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By thethirdman, March 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment

Of all the possible outcomes, and without any of us really knowing what
happened, this could actually be semi-fair.  They could have done anything they
wanted with him.  If the families thought this might be a just solution, and
pardoned him for a lot of money, it’s not the worst outcome.  Hopefully the
victim’s families will use the money to better their lives.

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By OldUncleDave, March 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment

This report says the family was made an offer they couldn’t refuse.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/03/16/veterans-today-exclusve-raymond-davis-release-the-inside-story/

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By samosamo, March 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

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By curmudgeon99, March 17 at 1:47 am

The u.s. taxpayer paid, always.

In my previous comment here, ‘could get a real job’ was
supposed to be ‘could NOT get a real job’.

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By curmudgeon99, March 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm Link to this comment

If not the US Guv, who paid? Clinton actually made that statement without her nose growing.

I guess a couple of buddies passed the hat…

I am surprised that some US media has the courage to describe him as a CIA gunman.

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By samosamo, March 16, 2011 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment

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So where will this fine example of american righteousness end
up? Here gunning down more ‘muslims’ he can’t stand or even
americans, no matter their lineage. Just another private steroid
monkey contractor type that could get a real job, other than
killing, anywhere else.

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By PatrickHenry, March 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

A contractor?

I’d like to read that contract.

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By Blackspeare, March 16, 2011 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

Nice to have Sharia Law around when you need it.  The CIA has sufficient funds in well hidden slush money to cover such contingencies——case closed.

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By Chris Herz, March 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment
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I wonder if any of our fine new laws forbidding official recognition of Sharia law apply here?

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