Press TV has conducted an interview with Kenneth O’Keefe, a former US Marine and peace activist, from London, to discuss the situation in the Middle East.
What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Press TV: What do you make of this? On the one hand many would say that the US is at least partially behind the formation of ISIL. However, now it has declared a war on ISIL.
O’Keefe: It fits very nicely. I absolutely agree. I don’t even see how there can be any debate about whether or not the United States through its proxies, mainly Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, they have been funding these psychopaths.
We see them running around in the best American equipment: body armor, armored personnel carriers, they’ve received training. This is all very well established. In Jordan and other places in the Middle East, also in Turkey, they’ve been allowed to flood across the borders. All of the borders adjacent to Iraq and Syria, mainly Turkey and Jordan, have been opened up so that these psychopaths can run around.
All of this has been done under the auspice of getting rid of the latest Hitler in the eyes of the West, which is Bashar al-Assad.
For many years we’ve been funding these psychopaths. Really, all they are is just a rebranded form of al-Qaeda, which of course indebateably nothing more than a creation of the CIA. We go back to the Mujahideen and the fight against the Soviet invasion and so on and so forth. This is a creation, a monster, a Frankenstein created by us. It’s been funded by us, and if we wanted to stop its existence all we would have to do is stop funding it. But of course the powers that be want no part of that.
Press TV: What do you make of some analysts saying the US is now using this as a backdoor to actively do what they wanted to do more than three years ago, and that is to basically remove the Assad government? -Your take on that.
O’Keefe: I absolutely agree with that. Of course what will happen is just like the Libya campaign where NATO took the frontline role – we talk about a no-fly zone, but really what that was was a means to be able to hit the targets that were essential for the defense of Libya under Gaddafi. Of course we see Libya now, the basket-case nation that it is, the failed-state nation that it is.
We see the same pattern in Iraq. We see this pattern continuously in Afghanistan. We are the ones that supposedly fought a war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11 and ever since this insane war on terror, which is nothing more than a state-sponsored war of terror, we have seen the rise and increasing terrorists elements within the Middle East.
I don’t know why anybody thinks that this will be any different. In fact, that is the long-term goal of the powers that be, they are happy to see this kind of fanaticism because it justifies the continuation of the propping of the military industrial complex and the never ending cycle of war. Keep in mind that the banksters, the ones that run the world, they want war. War is good for them.
It is the people, the rest of us who are saying we are the ones that must stop this madness. Really, the key to that is ending the petro-dollars system that allows an unlimited amount of funds going to these psychopaths.
Press TV: Do you think the American people are okay with this? –Because they are quite war-weary after Iraq and after Afghanistan, and actually a month ago when polls were taken they were absolutely against getting involved in the situation in Syria or war in general.
However, it appears with this situation with ISIL and of course the constant images that we have of gruesome killings by this group, it has sort of started making a change with the perspective of a lot of Americans. How do you see it overall?
O’Keefe: I don’t think we can underestimate the power of propaganda. Although the power of propaganda has been diminishing over the last 10 years, in particular in the aftermath of 9/11, we would be foolish to think that the American people are so tuned in and dialed in and understanding of what’s really going on that they wouldn’t be duped into yet another war that will do nothing but destroy everyone who is a participant in it.
I don’t know if they’re going to succeed in getting any kind of level of real consent and support in the United States.
But it wouldn’t surprise me, and ultimately it returns us back to the same point, which is as long as we have this petro-dollar system with private bankers running the world through an infinite supply of money, they will channel that money to these types of psychopaths who will carry out policies which are actually advantageous to them.
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MOSCOW, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – American journalist James Foley may have been murdered by Islamic State militants a year ago, The Daily Mail reported, citing Syrian President Bashar Assad’s official spokesperson, Bouthaina Shaaban.
“James Foley was first arrested by the Free Syrian Army and he was sold to ISIS [an earlier name for the IS]. You can check with the UN…James Foley was killed a year ago, not now, they only released the pictures now, but he was killed a year ago. We have definite information, the UN has the information,” Shaaban said as cited by The Daily Mail.
Last week, the shocking video of Foley being beheaded by the jihadist group was broadcasted all around the world. The jarring footage was entitled “The Message to America.” The journalist’s executioner, who spoke with a British accent, said Foley was killed because US President Barack Obama had ordered airstrikes against IS positions in Iraq.
On August 12, Foley‘s family received a letter from IS militants that warned of the journalist’s execution. The letter was published by GlobalPost, with the Foley family’s consent, to provide transparency and tell the journalist’s story in full.
On Monday, a team of experts said the video documenting the beheading may have been staged. However, there was no doubt that the reporter was killed, with the actual murder happening off-camera.
Frames issued Ukrainian media for recording with American satellites are the screenshots of the computer game Flaming Cliffs 2.
This is not the first time that the Ukrainian side, distorting facts, gives some pictures or videos for others.
What the public were told by the US government via the corporate media, and what actually happened during the White House’s much-celebrated “Bin Laden Raid” in 2011 – are not the same.
One thing which becomes clearer by the day about the fabled Bin Laden Raid which took place in Abbotabad, Pakistan, is that the US government has intentionally deceived the public about what happened. In other words, what President Obama described when he addressed the American people following “the raid” – was a work of pure fiction.
The following interview appeared on Pakistani broadcast channel, Sama TV, and includes a translation in English from an eye witness on the scene. If the translation is accurate, then this eye witness blows the lid off of another plank in the White House’s fictional drama.
The following is an interview with Muhammad Bashir, who lives next door to the alleged ”compound” of Osama bin Laden. He claims that the first US helicopter suffered an explosion, which killed all of its US military occupants, somewhere between 10 and 20 men.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: according to this eyewitness, only one helicopter landed, that helicopter later exploded upon returning to pick up the Team. After the explosion, NO other helicopter landed to rescue anybody.]
Based on this man’s testimony, we have to ask the question: did the White House cover this up in order to protect the Dear Leader from a devastating “Jimmy Carter moment” (1979 Iran hostage rescue cock-up). That’s certainly what this looks like at first glance. Would Obama lie to protect his and his party’s political legacy? We’ll let the readers answer that question.
“It seems that although initially, the TV station was overjoyed with this interview, they changed their tune, twenty four hours later (for some unknown reason)”. You decide why…
Barak Obama entered office in 2009 on the shoulders of the masses in the aftermath of an era of war ushered in by G.W. Bush.
The slogans of ‘Yes, We Can’ carried with it not only support but hope that the world will witness a change in US foreign policy which had turned so many against it. Promises of closing the notorious torture facility of Guantanamo Bay that held prisoners as young as 13 and some as old as 98.
A facility that revealed the most despicable face of society that turned a blind eye to Bush’s torture, kidnapping and even murder of men and boys; which we now know a majority of whom to be innocent. Promises of extending a hand to the Muslim world that was ripped apart by two wars – Iraq and Afghanistan. Promises of democracy and transparency.
We were all deceived and many remain deceived. During the first year of the Obama administration, Obama personally authorised a Tomahawk Cruise Missile Strike on a tiny village in rural Yemen called al-Majalah, killing 21 children and 14 women.
Silence… the world knew nothing because that was part of the deception.
When Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye investigated the one sided attack on the civilian village, the story recounted was horrific. Village elders spoke of how they had to pick up parts of bodies because they were torn to shreds. When Shaye revealed the US strike he was imprisoned by the US backed Dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh. After tremendous outrage, Saleh pardoned Shaye, only to receive a call from Obama himself to keep the whistle-blower journalist in prison. To date, he remains imprisoned.
Yet Obama’s bloody trail doesn’t stop there. Under the Obama administration, drones have become the weapon of choice. Remote controlled planes piloted from Nevada flying in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. In Pakistan alone, 474 to 881 civilians including 176 children have been snuffed out with no reasons, no answers and no accountability. These deaths are ‘justified’ by a drone policy that classifies all males of “fighting age” killed in drone attacks as “militants.” Drones are being actively flown over Africa from bases in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Niger and Seychelles. Under Obama, the US has effectively declared the world a battlefield authorizing the use of drone strike decided during ‘terror Tuesday’ meetings in which Obama plays the prosecutor, judge and executioner.
Several electronic road construction signs around Anchorage were hacked late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Signs that normally display closure and detour information, like the one on Minnesota Drive near 100th Avenue, were changed to read “Impeach Obama.” That particular sign wasn’t fixed until sometime between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday.
It happened because DOT says it doesn’t lock the boxes on the signs that hold the message control pad.
Breaking down the latest revelations on the Obama birth controversy.
Establishment media pulls stunt in effort to diffuse ‘birther’ controversy
The establishment media hastily seized on yesterday’s explosive story about a literary publication listing Barack Obama’s birthplace as Kenya in an effort to claim that the 1991 brochure was the “origin” of the entire ‘birther’ issue. In reality, evidence that Obama was born in the African country is abundant.
A literary agent’s promotional text for a 1991 brochure released yesterday by Breitbart.com states Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
Yahoo News, along with a deluge of other mainstream news outlets, responded by reporting that the document was potentially the “source” of the birther controversy and had merely been a mistake.
The literary agent who wrote the description, Miriam Goderich, now works with Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its clients. Unsurprising therefore that Goderich hastily claimed listing Obama’s birthplace as Kenya was “nothing more than a fact checking error.”
However, evidence to indicate that Obama war born in Kenya is plentiful and it goes significantly beyond the 1991 version of the brochure.
After failing in their investigative duties and media capacities on every front– from the Iraq War, to 9/11, the “Death” of Bin Laden, Obama’s Birther Problem and so much more, the “mainstream media” are finally claiming to have figured one out.
In the wake of bombshell news that a literary publicist that had Obama as a client published an official biography listing Obama’s birthplace as Kenya, wire newsfeeds are circulating the “meme” that the bio was the editor’s “mistake” and, further, may have been the initial spark for what has become a proverbial ‘birther’ controversy firestorm. That’s right, multiple news agencies, acting in concert, are putting forward that the 1991 editor’s error that went uncorrected for 16 years may have, well, given birth to the birther movement questioning Obama’s eligibility to hold the highest office in the land.