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    Blowback in Afghanistan
    The CIA Killed Pat Tillman
    By KURT NIMMO

    Indirectly, of course.

    Tillman, an ex-NFL star who threw away his career and a $3.6 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals to fight Bush's war as an Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan this week.

    According to the Bush Ministry of Disinformation, Fox News division, Tillman was killed during a search-and-destroy operation near Khost, Afghanistan. Tillman's unit, the 75th Ranger Regiment, "was acting on intelligence about possible Taliban or Al Qaeda fighters when a firefight erupted. Tillman was the only Ranger killed in his unit, although military officials said two other U.S. soldiers were injured."

    So, how did the CIA indirectly kill Pat Tillman? It's quite simple, actually -- the CIA created and provided sustenance for both the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

    After the Soviets unwisely invaded Afghanistan, the CIA and its Pakistani client, the ISI, recruited the most vile and demented Muslim fundamentalists it could scrounge up. For instance, guys like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, "a particularly fanatical fundamentalist and woman-hater," as journalist Tim Weiner writes. "[Hekmatyar's] followers first gained attention by throwing acid in the faces of women who refused to wear the veil."

    So enamored was Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brezinski, Harold Brown, Pakistan's military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq, Ronald Reagan -- he liked to call Hekmatyar and his cutthroat associates "freedom fighters" - William Casey and the CIA with the so-called Afghan rebels, they spent a whopping $6 billion grooming them. Between 1982 and 1992, some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 43 Islamic countries in the Middle East, North and East Africa, Central Asia, and the Far East were recruited.

    Reagan was so excited about the idea of the mujahideen killing conscripted Soviet teenagers he issued National Security Decision Directive 166,29, a secret plan to significantly escalate covert action in Afghanistan. Reagan's directive came bundled with all sorts of fancy high-tech equipment and military assistance. "Beginning in 1985, the CIA supplied mujahideen rebels with extensive satellite reconnaissance data of Soviet targets on the Afghan battlefield, plans for military operations based on the satellite intelligence, intercepts of Soviet communications, secret communications networks for the rebels, delayed timing devices for tons of C-4 plastic explosives for urban sabotage, and sophisticated guerrilla attacks, long-range sniper rifles, a targeting device for mortars that was linked to a U.S. Navy satellite, wire-guided anti-tank missiles, and other equipment," writes Phil Gasper. "By 1987, the annual supply of arms had reached 65,000 tons, and a 'ceaseless stream' of CIA and Pentagon officials were visiting Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) headquarters in Rawalpindi and helping to plan mujahideen operations."

    One of these radical Muslims was Osama bin Laden.

    In 1984, bin Laden was running Maktab al-Khidamar, an ISI created organization devised to funnel money into Reagan's war against the Soviets. Although the Bush Ministry of Disinformation likes to claim Reagan and the CIA did not directly support bin Laden, defendants accused of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing in Kenya have revealed the CIA shipped high-powered sniper rifles directly to bin Laden's operation in 1989, a fact confirmed by the Tennessee-based manufacturer of the rifles. "In 1988, with U.S. knowledge, bin Laden created al-Qaeda (the Base): a conglomerate of quasi-independent Islamic terrorist cells spread across at least 26 countries," explains Indian journalist Rahul Bhedi. "Washington turned a blind eye to al-Qaeda, confident that it would not directly impinge on the U.S."

    Of course, on September 11, 2001, everything changed.

    As for the Taliban, they were nurtured by the ISI and the Pakistani army. According to Selig Harrison, the creation of the Taliban was "actively encouraged by the ISI and the CIA." Glyn Davies, State Department spokesperson, saw "nothing objectionable" in the Taliban's plans to impose strict Islamic law on the war-battered people of Afghanistan.

    Strict Islamic law, naturally, is good for business, just like it is in Saudi Arabia.

    "The Taliban will probably develop like the Saudis," a US diplomat predicted in 1997. "There will be Aramco, pipelines, an emir, no parliament and lots of Sharia law. We can live with that." As well, they could live with the Taliban executing people for listening to music and women teachers. In May 2002, after Bush invaded, Hamid Karzai, the handpicked "interim ruler" of Afghanistan, held talks with his counterparts in Pakistan and Turkmenistan to finalize details on an 850-kilometer gas pipeline.

    But it wasn't simply gas pipelines that motivated the CIA and the ISI -- it was, as well, the profits to be gained from drug production and smuggling. "The proposed pipelines were not the only motive for Pakistani support of the Taliban," writes Chris Slee in a review of Ahmed Rashid's Taliban: The Story of the Afghan Warlords. "Sections of the Pakistani ruling class were heavily involved in the smuggling of drugs and other goods between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They preferred to deal with the Taliban rather than a multitude of competing warlords, each demanding a share of the profits." In his book, Rashid documents how an "immense narcotics trade had developed under the legitimizing umbrella of the CIA-ISI covert supply line to the Afghan mujaheddin." In other words, Reagan's favored thugs were not only killing Soviets, but growing and selling opium that would eventually show up as heroin on the streets of America and Europe.

    Now that al-Qaeda and the Taliban are official enemies, after billions of dollars of investment -- and an undetermined amount of money earned by the CIA and the ISI in the Afghan drug trade -- Bush is spending billions more to hunt 'em down and smoke 'em out in true Texas cowboy fashion. It is never mentioned by the Bush Ministry of Disinformation, who will undoubtedly and disgustingly play up the "all-American hero" end of Pat Tillman's death, that the CIA created the "monster," as Selig Harrison termed it, currently killing Americans the same way it killed Soviets two decades ago.

    [b]For millions of Americans, conditioned daily by the corporate pro-war media, the Taliban and al-Qaeda came out of nowhere, a rabble of terrorists united simply by their undivided hatred of our way of life and revulsion for our so-called freedom, as Dubya the Christian Zionist Crusader would have it.[/b]

    Never mentioned is the possibility that Pat Tillman was murdered by militant Islamic warriors trained by the CIA at Camp Peary, Virginia, also known as the "Farm" (see Giles Foden, Blowback chronicles, the Guardian, September 15, 2001). Instead of attributing Tillman's death to blowback and failed policies, the Bu****es wasted little time elevating the misguided and brainwashed football star's "patriotism" to mythical proportions and, unfortunately, they have cynically exploited it as an example of selfless "sacrifice" in the "war on terrorism," in other words the neocon war against Islam in the name of Israel, oil, neoliberalism, and corporate carpetbaggerism. "Pat Tillman was an inspiration both on and off the football field," the White House declared soon after news of his death was released for public consumption. "As with all who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror, his family is in the thoughts and prayers of President and Mrs. Bush."

    According to Tim Layden, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Tillman "viewed life through a different prism than a lot of other people do." In fact, Pat Tillman viewed life precisely the same way millions of Americans do, that is to say he uncritically bought into Bush's lies and warmongering. As if to underscore the complete lack of reality Americans endure, a poll conducted by the University of Maryland this week reveals that 82 percent of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda conspired together and Saddam had WMD, even though this fantasy was completely discredited months ago, most notably by the testimony of David Kay, the administration's chief weapons inspector. Of this percentage, according to the poll, 72 percent said they would vote for Bush in November.

    Down the road, as Bush continues and intensifies the occupation of Iraq and plots invasions of Syria and Iran, to name but two on the neocon hit list, more Pat Tillmans will arrive at Dover Air Force base in Delaware, victims who stared into Bush's distorted and fractured prism one too many times.

    As for their flag-draped coffins, don't expect Fox News to show them.

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    I heard the CIA also was responsible for the disasterous changing of the Coke formula in the 80s.

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    Hey Mole, you forgot to point out how you busted a gut laughing your ass off when you heard that Tillman was killed in action, and how -- when you regained control of your convulsive giddiness -- you celebrated the occasion with a nice sherry in front of the fireplace.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by shakin318[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 01:52 AM
    [b] Hey Mole, you forgot to point out how you busted a gut laughing your ass off when you heard that Tillman was killed in action, and how -- when you regained control of your convulsive giddiness -- you celebrated the occasion with a nice sherry in front of the fireplace. [/b][/quote]
    That's because he's still celebrating it, he made it a weeklong event.

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    actuallly not a bad read - the CIA and Reagan trained OBL yet somehow its become some sort of mythic crusade - us vs them... no one thinks about the role of history in all of this

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 01:37 AM
    [b] actuallly not a bad read - the CIA and Reagan trained OBL yet somehow its become some sort of mythic crusade - us vs them... no one thinks about the role of history in all of this [/b][/quote]
    Baloney. Most people are aware of the historical tie in. It's just that people without an agenda remember that there was this other little problem called the USSR to deal with at the time.

    Not all leaders are blessed with your clarevoyance.

    The Berlin wall probably would have fallen even if we had tucked tail and hid then too...

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by bitonti[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 01:37 AM
    [b] actuallly not a bad read - the CIA and Reagan trained OBL yet somehow its become some sort of mythic crusade - us vs them... no one thinks about the role of history in all of this [/b][/quote]
    Yeah Bitonti - no one but YOU ever thinks about anything. You're so wise..... ;)

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    Isn't about time everyone stopped responding to anything posted by WCM? Obviously he is doing this for effect.

    Certainly nobody could hate America as much as he pretends to.

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    A good article by WCM.

    There are consequences when doing underhanded deeds. It was important to get in Russia's way and to stop them from getting a warm water port, as that was the only thing that kept them from being a true superpower. America is blessed because of the warm water ports that permitted year round trade and that was one of the things that Russia sought by trying to enter Afghanistan.

    Obviously the oil from the neighboring countries would have been great score for Russia as well. Hindsight is always 20/20. However, Reagan, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush Sr. knew exactly what they were doing and gave little thought to the threat of sharing CIA level training with a band of criminals. The article has it mostly right about the recruits that today make up Alquaeda. Reagan, Bush Sr., Rumsfeld, Cheney and friends cut the deal with Iran and Iraq to release their jailbirds to those CIA training camps. Too bad the jailbirds were not welcome back into their homelands after they defeated Russia.

    There are always consequences for evil and unfortunately the evils of Reagan, Bush, Cheney, and the CIA are haunting us to this day. I know some of you think that I am rooting against America, and that is unfortunate that you think that way. Say what you want to make yourselves feel patriotic but you and I know that I am not against America. Besides who do you think is actually going to pay for the huge deficit anyway. Unfortunately, the taxpayer will have to pay for this tenfold. Furthermore, when rates rise then we are really going to be screwed because much of the tax base has been eroded from corporations that are moving their operations overseas. You have a choice to either partake and do what you have to do to adjust to the employment and personal income trends or be underemployed with a reduced income. Argue all you want about Dems vs. Reps, right vs. left, Kerry vs. Bush. I don't think it will matter.

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by outsider[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 09:34 AM
    [b] A good article by WCM.

    There are consequences when doing underhanded deeds. It was important to get in Russia's way and to stop them from getting a warm water port, as that was the only thing that kept them from being a true superpower. America is blessed because of the warm water ports that permitted year round trade and that was one of the things that Russia sought by trying to enter Afghanistan.

    Obviously the oil from the neighboring countries would have been great score for Russia as well. Hindsight is always 20/20. However, Reagan, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush Sr. knew exactly what they were doing and gave little thought to the threat of sharing CIA level training with a band of criminals. The article has it mostly right about the recruits that today make up Alquaeda. Reagan, Bush Sr., Rumsfeld, Cheney and friends cut the deal with Iran and Iraq to release their jailbirds to those CIA training camps. Too bad the jailbirds were not welcome back into their homelands after they defeated Russia.

    There are always consequences for evil and unfortunately the evils of Reagan, Bush, Cheney, and the CIA are haunting us to this day. I know some of you think that I am rooting against America, and that is unfortunate that you think that way. Say what you want to make yourselves feel patriotic but you and I know that I am not against America. Besides who do you think is actually going to pay for the huge deficit anyway. Unfortunately, the taxpayer will have to pay for this tenfold. Furthermore, when rates rise then we are really going to be screwed because much of the tax base has been eroded from corporations that are moving their operations overseas. You have a choice to either partake and do what you have to do to adjust to the employment and personal income trends or be underemployed with a reduced income. Argue all you want about Dems vs. Reps, right vs. left, Kerry vs. Bush. I don't think it will matter. [/b][/quote]
    [b]Say what you want to make yourselves feel patriotic but you and I know that I am not against America. [/b]

    The problem is we dont know that. We dont know that you are not against America. Your posts have that anti-america flavor to it..."we did it to ourselves, we set this up, we have to pay for not understanding the a-rab way of life...we are responsible for 9/11"

    I think you think its good that the USA get its comeuppance....

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    Another pathetic attempt by that scumbag WCM, a wahabi-wannabe, to stretch for a story....but what do you expect. What else can he do as he watches his Islamo-facist hero's individually liquidated by the US Marines! :D

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    hahha

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    its funny how everyone ridicules him because he thinks differently...and you all supposedly love america so much, and in america, aren't you allowed to think differently...hmm...

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by yourworstmemory[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 11:32 AM
    [b] its funny how everyone ridicules him because he thinks differently...and you all supposedly love america so much, and in america, aren't you allowed to think differently...hmm... [/b][/quote]
    you're also allowed to ridicule him...

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    yeah, its just funny how you can't accept a difference of opinion...and im not saying rene could either...im just saying you can't...

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by Piper+Apr 29 2004, 11:35 AM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>[b]QUOTE[/b] (Piper @ Apr 29 2004, 11:35 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin--yourworstmemory[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 11:32 AM
    [b] its funny how everyone ridicules him because he thinks differently...and you all supposedly love america so much, and in america, aren&#39;t you allowed to think differently...hmm... [/b][/quote]
    you&#39;re also allowed to ridicule him... [/b][/quote]
    no you&#39;re not...its&#39; considered neo-conservative hate speech; only they can use their first ammendment rights to berate America and her President&#33; ;)

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by yourworstmemory[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 11:42 AM
    [b] yeah, its just funny how you can&#39;t accept a difference of opinion...and im not saying rene could either...im just saying you can&#39;t... [/b][/quote]
    Just as it is your right to have an opinion, it is his right to disagree with your opinion. After all the country is free.

    Stop being so sensitive Sally.

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    i didn&#39;t say you couldn&#39;t disagree...but people on this board talk about kicking peoples asses for what they think...that is what im talking about...yeah, those dumbasses

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    [quote][i]Originally posted by yourworstmemory[/i]@Apr 29 2004, 11:49 AM
    [b] i didn&#39;t say you couldn&#39;t disagree...but people on this board talk about kicking peoples asses for what they think...that is what im talking about...yeah, those dumbasses [/b][/quote]
    I haven&#39;t seen anyone get violent here. Outside of Outsider who threatened a few people last week that is.

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    then you should possibly read...since many people have stated that they would kick this guys ass or that guys ass...funny...learn to read...

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