Pakistan: US-CIA Intelligence and Special Ops in “medical-humanitarian” disguise

[Once again, the results of a deceptive “humanitarian” cover for a military operation.  After finding the wolf in sheep’s clothing, all sheep become suspect, and are avoided. — Frontlines ed.]

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CIA’s vaccine ruse in Pakistan carries fallout

The phony campaign was aimed at helping find and kill Osama bin Laden, but the doctor involved now faces treason charges, and real immunization workers say Pakistanis don’t trust them.

October 07, 2011|By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan — A phony vaccination campaign orchestrated by the CIA to help find and kill Osama bin Laden is undercutting Western-backed immunization drives against polio and other diseases, and now has the Pakistani doctor involved in the program possibly facing treason charges.

A Pakistani government commission investigating the U.S. raid that killed Bin Laden in May recommended late Thursday that treason charges be filed against Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped carry out the fake vaccination effort designed to obtain DNA evidence from the Al Qaeda leader’s sprawling compound in Abbottabad.

If Afridi is charged and convicted, he could face the death penalty. U.S. officials have been seeking the doctor’s release since his arrest in May by Pakistani intelligence agents and have defended the ruse, arguing that extraordinary measures were needed to track down the world’s most wanted terrorist. Continue reading

Blair agreed to train Gaddafi’s special forces in ‘deal in the desert’

[The extensive collaboration between imperialist powers and Muammar Gaddafi–especially in the last decade–has been ever more deeply exposed in recent reports.  The extensive oil contracting, and the joint US-UK-EU-Libyan “war on terror” measures developed since early in the Bush-Blair period, have been coming to light.  This article traces a military, and internal Libyan, component of this relationship. — Frontlines ed.]

By Rosa Prince, The Daily Telegraph
February 28, 2011

Tony Blair used his final foreign trip as prime minister to sign a confidential deal with Moammar Gadhafi to train Libyan special forces and supply him with Nato secrets.

A copy of the accord obtained by The Daily Telegraph shows that the two leaders agreed to co-operate on defence matters in a range of areas, including exchanging information about defence structures and technology.

It was signed during the former Labour prime minister’s “Blair-well” tour of Africa in May 2007, in Gaddafi’s tent in the Libyan desert.

Included in the document was an agreement on “co-operation in the training of specialised military units, special forces and border security units”. Continue reading