Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Veterans Today: Romney Tobacco Deal
With Russian Mob and GOP



http://www.veteranstoday.com/?p=227055


Romney Tobacco Deal With Russian Mob and GOP

Begun as Smuggling Operation Through GOP and KGB, Later Became Russian Mob Partnership
Veterans Today
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Stories hitting the press today about Bain Capital and the Russian cigarette market tell only a small part of the story.  Stories say that Romney sent representatives to Russia to aid them in selling cigarettes but this is quite misleading.  The real deal was between the GOP and Russian Mafia with Bain only acting as “consultant.”

The GOP organized cigarette smuggling into Russia through Poland in late 1990 and early 1991, paying of KGB operatives in Russia.  Cigarette sales in Russia were a method then of supplying income for disabled veterans, as cigarette kiosks were a “perk” of military service and a method of survival for many.

Initially, cigarettes came from vending companies in the US, were shipped in 20 foot containers into Gdansk, Poland, and trucked into Russia where the profits were split with the KGB.

The first few shipments were all Marlboro and traded for vodka which was offloaded in Chicago.  Where it went from there, who knows.

The KGB, in turn, arranged for Soviet bankers to tour the US, with Republican Party hosts and CIA security.  Arrangements were made to set up a worldwide money laundering operation, I think we know who runs that.

New Stanford/NYU Study Documents
the Civilian Terror From Obama's Drones

Glenn Greenwald: "A one-day attack on US soil eleven years ago unleashed 
a never-ending campaign of violence around the world from  the target and its allies."
 Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty



http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/25/study-obama-drone-deaths

New Stanford/NYU study documents the civilian terror from Obama's drones
New research shows the terrorizing impact of drones in Pakistan, false statements from US officials, and how it increases the terror threat

Glenn Greenwald - guardian.co.uk,

Tuesday 25 September 2012 08.18 EDT

A vitally important and thoroughly documented new report on the impact of Obama's drone campaign has just been released by researchers at NYU School of Law and Stanford University Law School. Entitled "Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan", the report details the terrorizing effects of Obama's drone assaults as well as the numerous, highly misleading public statements from administration officials about that campaign. The study's purpose was to conduct an "independent investigations into whether, and to what extent, drone strikes in Pakistan conformed to international law and caused harm and/or injury to civilians".

The report is "based on over 130 detailed interviews with victims and witnesses of drone activity, their family members, current and former Pakistani government officials, representatives from five major Pakistani political parties, subject matter experts, lawyers, medical professionals, development and humanitarian workers, members of civil society, academics, and journalists." Witnesses "provided first-hand accounts of drone strikes, and provided testimony about a range of issues, including the missile strikes themselves, the strike sites, the victims' bodies, or a family member or members killed or injured in the strike".

Here is the powerful first three paragraphs of the report, summarizing its main findings:
In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is aof a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the US safer by enabling "targeted killing" of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts.

This narrative is false.

Following nine months of intensive reasearch-including two investigations in Pakistan, more than 130 interviews with victims, witnesses, and experts, and review thousands of pages of documentation and media reporting-this report presents evidence of the damaging and counter productive effects of current US drone strike policies. Based on extensive interviews with Pakistanis living in the regions directly affected, as well as humanitarian and medical workers, this report provides new and firsthand testimony about the negative impacts US policies aare having on civilians living under drones.
While noting that it is difficult to obtain precise information on the number of civilian deaths "because of US efforts to shield the drone program from democratic accountability", the report nonetheless concludes: "while civilian casualties are rarely acknowledged by the US government, there is significant evidence that US drone strikes have injured and killed civilians."

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