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Secret History of the Libyan Uprising

Posted on Apr 4, 2011
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane

What you’re probably going to read someday: U.N. Resolution 1973 authorized action to create a no-fly zone in Libya. It did not authorize the use of foreign troops on the ground. President Barack Obama seemed to accept that limitation when he made his famous “no U.S. boots on the ground” declaration—a statement that has been repeated by every U.S. spokesman since. Since Obama’s declaration however, it has been learned that, in fact, for several weeks CIA operatives have been active in Libya. They are there supposedly to find targets for the missile and rocket attacks of the U.S. and its allies, as well as to get some idea of who the opposition is that Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy et al. have chosen to support.

The joke was those CIA types are not wearing boots, but sneakers.

Recently we learned, via Al-Jazeera English, that there is a secret training site in eastern Libya where U.S. and Egyptian special forces are giving basic weapons training to selected rebels. Those rebels are also now receiving more sophisticated weapons. You can be sure those U.S. advisers are wearing boots.

That report was long expected. For when the secret history of this current struggle is written (there are already several books in the works), we will almost certainly learn that, despite Obama’s public protestations, he was advised before launching his Libyan adventure that U.S. “advisers” would more than likely also be needed.

Revelations will probably also make it clear that President Obama was told that those U.S. advisers could not just be limited to instructing the rebels how to fire their weapons, but would also have to train them and give them basic military skills. And it probably won’t stop there.

Those advisers are probably also—behind the scenes—already filling key command roles: advising the rebels when and how to advance, either directly or in liaison with special forces from other countries with boots on the ground in Libya, everyone doing his best to maintain the fiction that those “advisers” aren’t there. And that the rebels are calling their own shots.

For those American spooks and troops are not alone.

According to other reports, special “Smash Squads” from Britain’s famed SAS have also been on the ground in Libya for several weeks now pursuing similar missions.

Perhaps they’re the same SAS teams that Britain supposedly dispatched to train Moammar Gadhafi’s special forces a year or so back—part of the warming of relations between the two countries.

And considering the determination of Sarkozy to push for the original attacks, reports that elite French troops are also on the ground in Libya are almost certainly true as well.

The above would mesh with an unconfirmed report from a Pakistani newspaper claiming: “According to an exclusive report confirmed by a Libyan diplomat in the region, the three Western states have landed their special forces troops in Cyrinacia and are now setting up their bases and training centres to reinforce the rebel forces who are resisting pro-Gadhafi forces in several adjoining areas.

“A Libyan official who requested not to be identified said that the U.S. and British military gurus were sent on Feb. 23 and 24 through American and French warships and small naval boats off Libyan ports of Benghazi and Tobruk.”

Which brings us to the declaration of an American military official briefing the press. When he was asked whether the coalition forces communicate with the rebels in Libya, he said no. “Regarding coordination with rebel forces, nothing. Our mission is to protect civilians,” said the official. “It’s not about the rebels, this is about protection of civilians,” he added.

—Posted by Barry Lando.

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By fearnotruth, April 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

RE: By drbhelthi, April 5 at 10:40 am
Former CIA administrator, John Stockwell

worthy of serious consideration:

The CIA Secret Third World War - John Stockwell

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By Deep Cover, April 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment
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National Security Briefing Room:

President of the United States :  “O.K.,  I’m in, but make sure these guys aren’t wearing boots, I’m going to need some plausible deniability here.”

(Advisor looks down at conference table in contemplation)

Advisor (Reluctantly): “O.K.…, but ‘Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner ‘is gonna’ be pissed, he’s got a fetish for the ‘snake skins’.”

President of the United States (Taking notes): “Gimme those code names again.”

Advisor – “We’re goin’ with, ‘Mr. Roger’s Rangers.’”… “The Brits will be ‘Ahhhoooooooh! Weir Wolves of London’.” …”The French, “Lafayette, we are queer.”…” The Italians are going with, “Volare, oh oh Cantare, oh oh oh oh Let’s fly way up to the clouds Away from the maddening crowds…”

President of the United States: “O.K., and the Arab League”?

Advisor: “Whatever…”

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By gerard, April 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

History may record, ultimately and sadly, that in the case of Libya, violence actually got in the way—in spite of whatever good intentions there may have been.  Protesters there apparently didn’t know about Gene Sharp’s handbook on nonviolence entitled “From Dictatorship to Democracy,” available on line free at Albert Einstein website and elsewhere.
  The U.S. particularly, and NATO and the “halls of power” in general have no other idea than to use massive force—even to swat a fly, metaphorically speaking.  They have the weapons of mass destruction and are “forced” to use them, due to lack of imaginaton plus the pressure to sell merchandise from leading producers (think Raytheon, Lockheed, Boeing etc. and subsidiary industries like Blackwater,now Z or X or whatever, and the heavy-weight surveillance outfit, BooZ-Allen, and the good old boys in the “think” tanks who manage never to think enough.)
  But there’s hope!  When Prince Hassan of Jordan mentions “Eugene Sharp” in a TV interview for AlJazeera, things are definitely looking up.  It’s too soon to quit.

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By A Khokar, April 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

Tomahawk Cruise guided missile, the Tornado and F-16 aircrafts and the Apaches helicopters are very good lethal weapons on the inventory of Western forces which may engage with precision on pin point targets for a sure kill but why only the western nations on north coast of Mediterranean have all this and are running production industries—-whereas on the southern coast of Northern Africa held by defenceless destitute and deprived Muslim nations being ruled by their tyrant wealthy dictators; they don’t have all this?

Is it the case that North African or Middle Eastern nations do not have capital to run the industries? The required capital; they do have rather in abundance of it. They have oil money; a God gifted capital that they keep on getting it without moving their single limb. But here Oil money is a dilemma that most of the Muslim nations of the region, they are suffering from.

Time keeps on fleeting and Muslim nations who were once enslaved by the west are taking too long to realise it. Most of the Muslim nations have developed a culture of consumers and they do not produce anything and neither have they felt necessary in building their national institutions. Education or research in technology and sciences which form the bases of industrial nations bringing harmony, peace and plenty are alien to them.

That is why the entire Arab lands in the Middle East as well as all along the coastal stretch of North Africa; there are literally defenceless lands offering a minimal resistance and are openly inviting a cake like walks for the invaders to come and grab.

In this ongoing war on Libya we have witnessed that Muammer Ghadafi, he did have got some military arsenals and a limited air force and some naval ships but it took just one single night for the superior NATO forces to take all the military ware out of use…. and leave him bare vulnerable—-just one single night.

And that is why; we see that once again the western powers are finding a ripe opportunity for them to sprawl their wings of deceits and revisit the old colonies and bring them in their fold.

[Qatil kahan badaltay hain;Faqat cheray badaltay hain
Ajab hey apna saffar; Keh Faslay bhee Saath chaltay hain—- Habib Jalib]

My killers they may never go away; they only change their faces and Flags to come back.
What a journey I trek; even my milestones also travel with me)

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By Bandolero, April 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment

I fear, you missed the point. The article is mainly on how the war against Libya got prepared by racist lynch mobs, murderous false flag propaganda and deliberate lies.

All you have to say to the exposed lies to make war is to ask whether I’m in the pay of the Gaddafi family?

As I promised, the linked article shows the point of view from the other side of this conflict.

So while I believe you that you don’t like the article, if you have nothing more than ad hominem arguments against me I guess the artice is doing a quite good job exposing the lies which led to war against Libya.

But I wouldn’t say, I completely disagree with you in everything. When you say that young people were able to learn how real democracies worked, you are right, especially black African people just learn a very important lesson on real democracy.

According to this lesson “real democracy” is, when the US president says who shall be their leader and who shouldn’t. The leaders of a racist mob massacring black people in the streets seem just to fit America for leading a souveran African nation.

And if the people of an African nation doesn’t fulfill the American, British and French orders regarding their leadership, NATO drops scores 2000 pound bombs and launches hundreds of Tomahawk missiles to make the order of the American president come true.

By the way, who planted the murderous “black mercenaries” hoax? Wayne Madsen has got an idea where it might come from:

Gaddaffi’s African “Mercenary” Story is a Disinformation Ploy by the CIA

“We must be clear that the attack on Libya is an attack on Africa.” (Molefi Kete Asante)

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By Lafayette, April 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment


From Bandolero’s link: What is done to Libya is a giant crime containing: waging a war of aggression to rob out a nation, a campaign of horrific murders and psychological warfare to deceive the Libyan people and the people of the world. Let’s have a closer look what did the propaganda tell the world and what really happened in Libya. Here is part I of a timeline containing some relevant events in relation to the war against Libya, showing that the actions against Libya are based on nothing else than lies.

Are you in the pay of the Gaddafi Family for posting this link?

From the above statement, the article goes on to argue (vainly) how the State Department manipulated the minds of millions upon millions of young Arab minds across Northern Africa and now onto Yemen and Syria.

Mention is made of the fact that these national uprisings were sparked by one man who immolated himself in small town in Tunisia (Sidi Bouzid) in December, 2010, because his market cart was confiscated by the authorities since he did not have a permit to sell goods. Mohamed Bouazizi was the sole support for his family and has become a national hero.

But the article credits Facebook and Twitter for fomenting the uprising:

To avoid the protests look like being driven by western propaganda, the media work for the protests almost completely over US-based social network sites like Twitter and Facebook

Which is false since the messages emanated from Tunisia and Tunisian expats in Europe and not Langley CIA HQ. I have Tunisian friends here in France who participated in the on-line texting throughout January and February when the Tunisian Ben Ali regime was finally overthrown.

It was only a matter of time before the infection would cross the Tunisian border to Libya, where 20,000 Tunisians work. The Tunisians did not participate in the Libyan rebellion since most have returned home. Neither did the Egyptians who worked there as well.


Yes, Internet did have a key role in fomenting the revolution but only because young Arabs were able to learn how real democracies worked (to elect their own leaders). They began to hunger for the same kind of liberty as did their Tunisian and Egyptian brethren before them. (Libya is bracketed on the west and east by Tunisia and Egypt.)

The uprising wildfire that has spread across the Middle-east needed only one spark.


Yes, I do believe that America has promoted its own interests in order to obtain a precious commodity called oil. But what the Looney Left hapless do not understand is that we are obliged to do so.

That Americans waste this precious asset with wild abandon whilst polluting the planet more (per capita) than any other developed nations is indeed a “fact”. Another fact: Without oil and certain precious metals, our industry will start the layoffs with wild abandon.

This does not mean that corporate ends justify their means. As far as I know, all the oil we consume is bought on a market price-controlled by an organization called OPEC.

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By Bandolero, April 5, 2011 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

To get a rough timeline leading to NATO’s bombing of Libya and an impression of the great propaganda lies used to justify it, have a look here:

Hidden behind propaganda a giant crime against Libya is fact (part I)

For those, who don’t follow Libyan news, be promised, you will be surprised, how this war looks like from the perspective of the other side.

Though the timeline is not finished yet, it pretty looks like the world was duped once again into war by false information. Behind the propaganda we find lies similar grave as Nurse Nariyahs “Kuwaitian babies thrown out of incubators” and Saddams weapons of mass destruction”.

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By Lafayette, April 5, 2011 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

fnt: I cite it because it’s compellingly worthy of study.

Yeah, right ... like Alice in Wonderland. Where the Queen of Hearts is Gaddafi in drag and Libya is a Croquet Ground.

What next in this nonsensical blogosphere?

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 5, 2011 at 10:50 am Link to this comment

Isn’t the response of the Amerikan Empire and their cohorts simply to get the people of the region BACK TO WORK!  Back to being ‘productive?’

Isn’t it simply the capital interests who are losing / not making their cash-flow quotas; are they not the ones crying for something to be done?

Oil is one big part, but so is everything else going on down there…. the buying and selling, the marketplace ( Babylon )... etc.

How else do you get the rebels subdued and stifled once again other than to USE BIG GUNS…. fear, intimidation, murders… etc.

Class warfare is what I see.

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By A Khokar, April 5, 2011 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

Every Libyan Killed by NATO forces is called pro-Ghadafi and not a civilian; previously anyone killed by US lead NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan or in Pakistan was called: Terrorists.

UN resolution 1973 for Libya has limitations too..! 

To protect civilians only

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By California Ray, April 5, 2011 at 10:41 am Link to this comment

And now, live from the Pentagon and NATO headquarters, it’s “The People’s Revolution,” starring The Local Population and the Domestic Legitimacy Dancers.

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By Lafayette, April 5, 2011 at 10:30 am Link to this comment


BL: ince Obama’s declaration however, it has been learned that, in fact, for several weeks CIA operatives have been active in Libya.

So, the CIA wear’s boots?

They wear sneakers!


So what, if the CIA is on the ground?

Descend from your Journalistic Cloud and answer the question. Why get legalistic over deposing a Murderous Tyrant?

Right, you’re a wannabe lawyer ...

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 5, 2011 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

Was it not McCain who said “not ten years, but 100 years” referring to U.S. of Amerikan involvement in the middle east ( specifically Iraq )?

No solid mention of La Quesedilla ( Al Qaeda ) enforce in Libya just yet, but soon folks… soon we’ll hear about how we “must do something, and do something now.”

Then, the boys and girls of the U.S.S.A. will once again be sacrificed for profits, will be offered up to the golden calf.

Just a matter of time for these shysters / hired hands claim and justify their agenda further.. just wait and see.

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By Fred LaMotte, April 5, 2011 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

What’s with all the whining and hand wringing? We all know that boots on the ground means a force of invading combat troops, not special ops teams and CIA agents, who are on the ground in every Middle Eastern hot spot, including Iran. Despite the Left’s attempt to portray Libya as another Afghanistan, it isn’t, and it won’t be, because Obama is simply more intelligent than Bush.

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By drbhelthi, April 5, 2011 at 5:40 am Link to this comment

Former CIA administrator, John Stockwell provides a great deal of
detailed information about US GOV use of the CIA to destroy foreign

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By DieDaily, April 5, 2011 at 5:28 am Link to this comment

@fearnotruth: watch out, there are some no-brains
around this site that will attempt to tell you that
Tarpley equals Larouche!!!! Too funny. Buddy, you are
now in for a world of “you are a Laroucher”, lol.
Don’t worry, though, that assertion is not the
slightest bit more credible than that the assertion
that the “rebels” are not in fact the notorious
AlQueda/Mujahidin/CIA/MI6 Arab Foreign Legion we’ve
got going are somehow on our side instead of the
other side in this instance. Orwell’s 1984 samples of
double-think are really extremely tame by comparison.
That the same group of radicals (down to the same
individuals) can, in one country be our sworn enemy
yet in the next country they are the subjects of our
concerned humanitarian benedictions (i.e. bombs, guns
and free training) is totally f-ing f-d!!!!! I mean
like, holy f-!!! How dumb-ass can “we” get???

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By Normajean, April 5, 2011 at 2:04 am Link to this comment
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Qaddafi, the “mad dog” of the Reagan era, was “guilty” of shutting down the US military base, of nationalizing the nation’s oil, and of ending the monarchy, by “revolutionizing” the poor and backward nation, so that it acquired a vastly better social safety net and a better economy than the rest of Africa and even most of Europe. In Libya, food, fuel, medical treatment, housing and education were SUBSIDIZED by the state (free). But after giving up his nuclear weapon program in 2003 and opening up to western globalized trade, Qaddafi and Libya re-entered the “fold”, and the neo-cons welcomed him.  Just recently he decided to re-nationalize the oil and to deal with the Russians for a modern railway…what a despot!  The media spin machine went after him full throttle, basically to demonize him, and make false, incredible and outlandish accusations (Reuters offered a 1996 prison-massacre protest photo as evidence of an uprising, etc.)  The CIA and its foreign legion, Al Qaeda, then staged a fake “pro-democracy” uprising, and the euro-camoflage outfit (NATO), and the sock-puppet UN joined in helping to eradicate Libya and to plant a military base there permanently.  Being treated like a mad-dog “bites”! We are all the victims of empire and oil, and the motion is backward and downward into destruction and ignorance.

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By fearnotruth, April 5, 2011 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

OK - before I take a hit for this; to be clear, it’s not my analysis,
not my words - I cite it because it’s compellingly worthy of study.

Al Qaeda: Pawns of CIA Insurrection from Libya to Yemen

Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
April 3, 2011

After two weeks of imperialist attack, Libya is being mangled by al Qaeda
terrorists, civil war, NATO air raids, cruise missiles, Predator drones, and C-130
gunships – all made possible by the CIA-backed al Qaeda rebels of Cyrenaica.
US, British, French, and Dutch commandos have taken leadership of the rebel
forces, and are arming them with modern weapons in flagrant violation of the
arms embargo specified in UN Security Council resolution 1973. Al Qaeda is
also stealing heavy weapons on its own, as the president of Chad has reported.
The singing tomorrows of the fatuous US-UK color revolution rhetoric have
dissolved, exposing the hideous reality of a brutal, cynical, imperialist drive to
destroy the modern nation-state itself.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

What is more, is that the sad reality of our world is being revealed once again.  For history hasn’t changed much, and man’s heart hasn’t either.

Only the names, dates and places have changed, but the same crimes by those who consider themselves ‘noble’ or of some heredity on the very populous which grants them their opulence ( or the semblance of that ).

A reading of the wiki entry for Octavian truly shines a light onto TODAY’S historical scene…. it is similar to the moves being made by our hired hands of minion managers.

Where is Today’s Napoleon?

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By NABNYC, April 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm Link to this comment

I’m not interested in what the U.N. has authorized.  The people of the U.S. have not authorized the president to take this country into war.  It really doesn’t matter if the UN says it’s okay, or if somebody else says it’s okay.  Obama has no authority to put this country into war.  And he knows it, too.  He does, and all the people around him do.  The constitution authorizes only Congress to send us into war.  By ignoring that, Obama has embraced the bush-cheney militaristic coup which some call the Imperial Presidency, the theory that the president is a king or a dictator, that he has all power, is above the law, and can do what he wants when it comes to anything relating to foreign affairs.  It’s shocking and disgraceful that he has done this, and even moreso that the politicians in Congress once again show themselves to be spineless little whores unwilling to do anything to stand up for the constitution or the people of this country.

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By nanda, April 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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I hope none of the commentators above ever find themselves in a position of being gunned down by tanks and no one to help. The “smart” but really stupid comments are so inane.

Btw,I read that Libyan army defectors are training the rebels.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

Gerard, there is no credibility for tyranny, nor empire, nor hierarchical rule.

What is obvious is profits, either through debt from war or the resources on the table.

Do folks really think we live in a democracy or something resembling free elections and our hired hands obeying ‘the people?’  Those suckers only obey if you can write fat checks and have a lobby of industrialists who also write fat checks… otherwise, you are simply the chattel who must work for a paycheck.

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By gerard, April 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

It is fairly clear that the rebellion in Libya is quite different from the massive protests that unseated Mubarek in Egypt.  Libya appears to be militarily “exploitable” because the “rebels” are fewer in number and more eager to take up arms.  The masses who are not out on the streets of the capitaal are the focus of the “humanitarian” venture from the UN/NATO/US military intervention. As a lot more fire-power is being used than in Egypt’s revolt, and outsiders are more involved, it is anybody’s guess how “humanitarian” the venture will remain. 
  Some see it as a “learning experience” for further
Western (US?) incursions in that part of the world—a morphing of the (tiresome)“war on terror” into something different but nonetheless incursive. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the US is looking to “make some points” in that area, considering the dismal results as exhibited in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  My instincts tell me that we should “butt out” and
concentrate on regaining some moral “cred” both overseas and at home.

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By TDoff, April 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

US CIA agents wouldn’t be caught dead in boots. They wear Prada slippers. So this is a rare example of ‘Truth in government, by Obama’.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, April 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

Patrick Henry is correct!

What is more:

The U.S. military dictatorship has usurped Constitutional power to declare war since after WWII… bringing the majority of power into the executive branch and relegating congress to mere managers of the chattel and chattel affairs… the true pyramid of power, no more three branches checking power.

Don’t believe me?

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By PatrickHenry, April 4, 2011 at 6:03 pm Link to this comment

The truth is that we didn’t have anything better to do that day and things are kinda slow in Afghanistan….so….

We’ve got armament quotas to fill damnit, minimum order surcharges apply. 

We need to field our showcase weapons that we’ve spent billions on. 

Keep Americans working.

Yeah, I can think of alot of reasons for a war in Libya.

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