- Libyan figures interrogated by MI6 as stalemate fears grow
Defence chiefs are encouraging more senior members to defect, while pinning their hopes on the collapse of Gaddafi's regimeMI6 is heavily engaged in interrogating former senior Libyan figures and encouraging more to defect. Defence chiefs, meanwhile, are concerned about the prospect of a stalemate and a protracted military campaign.While Britain's secret intelligence service is in the thick of it, helped by its intimate knowledge of key players around Gaddafi in recent years, Britain's armed forces have played a relatively small part in the Libyan conflict.This contrasting picture is described by government officials as defence chiefs increasingly pin their hopes on a propaganda war, with the morale of Gaddafi's lieutenants crumbling, rather than chaotic rebel forces they do not want to arm. The government wants Gaddafi's regime to collapse from within rather than as a result of air strikes in a military campaign of increasingly dubious legality.MI6, with the CIA, led the negotiations, culminating in a deal thrashed out in London in late 2003, with Moussa Koussa in charge on the Libyan side, whereby Gaddafi gave up his WMD programme. MI6 maintained close ties with Koussa, who also provided intelligence about al-Qaida's presence in north Africa. Senior MI6 officers are questioning him in a safehouse believed to be west of London.While the CIA, along with MI6, is also active in and around Libya, British defence sources deny US reports that British special forces are on the ground directing air strikes, a role they have played in recent conflicts.Groups of SAS soldiers are on board naval warships in the area but have rarely ventured inland since last month's fiasco when they were captured in rebel-held territory with two MI6 officers after landing at night south of Benghaz カダフィ大佐のregimeMI6大きく元幹部リビアの数字を尋問し、欠陥の詳細を奨励することに従事しているの崩壊に期待をかけている間の防衛責任者は、欠陥より幹部を奨励しています
- Blair fear: Attacks deadlier than 9/11
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged late last night that Saddam Hussein didn't become a bigger threat after September 11, but said his perception of the risk posed by terrorists acquiring weapons of mass destruction... 元英国首相トニーブレア首相は昨年末の夜、サダムフセインは大きな脅威と9月11日後になっていないことを認めは言うが、リスクをテロリストが大量破壊兵器の獲得によってもたらされる彼の知覚...
- Christian warrior militia accused of plot to kill law officer, attack funeral procession in U.S. (2)
If convicted, the suspects could face up to life in prison, the maximum penalty on the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. The seditious conspiracy charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, as does the teaching the use of explosives charge. The possession of a firearm charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison.
According to federal authorities, the group had identified a Michigan law enforcement officer as a potential target. Their idea was to kill that office ... 有罪になれば、被疑者の刑務所での生活に直面する可能性が、大量破壊兵器の使用未遂の最大ペナルティ
- Dick Cheney lies here | Richard Adams's blog
Seven years ago today Dick Cheney assured us Saddam Hussian had WMDs and was friends with al-Qaida. WhoopsLest we forget: on 16 March 2003 Dick Cheney appeared on Meet The Press to make the Bush administration's case for the US invasion of Iraq. Hindsight is a wonderful thing of course but we now know that Cheney had no basis for claiming the things that he claimed that day, and that he himself knew there was little or no evidence for the words coming out of his mouth.Here's a couple of questions from MTP's Tim Russert, with Cheney's more interesting responses:Russert: Many Americans and many people around the world are asking one question: Why is it acceptable for the United States to lead a military attack against a nation that has not attacked the United States? What's your answer?Cheney: We know [Saddam Hussain's] used chemical weapons. We know he's reconstituted these programmes since the Gulf War. We know he's out trying once again to produce nuclear weapons and we know that he has a long-standing relationship with various terrorist groups, including the al-Qaida organization....Russert: If your analysis is not correct, and we're not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?Cheney: Well, I don't think it's likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators.Dick CheneyIraqSaddam HusseinUS politicsUnited StatesRichard Adamsguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
- S. Korea, U.S. to hold talks on nuclear deterrence
South Korea and the United States are planning to hold a meeting next month over U.S.-supplied nuclear umbrella against potential nuclear threats of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), local media reported Friday citing an unspecified source.
The allies last December established the Extended Deterrence Policy Committee tasked with strengthening Washington's extended deterrence for Seoul against possible threats posed by the DPRK's nuclear program and weapons of mass destruction, ... 韓国と米国は、韓国の民主主義人民共和国（北朝鮮）の潜在的な核の脅威に対する米供給の核の傘の上、来月の会議を開催する計画している、地元メディアは、不特定のソースを引用して報じた
- Libya gives spies a chance to shine | Richard Norton-Taylor
British intelligence officers have a firm foothold in Libya. Their subtle moves may be more explosive than the bombing campaignWhile David Cameron praises British pilots and enthusiastically announces an increase in the number of RAF Tornado aircraft deployed against Libya, British intelligence officers are operating rather more discreetly on the ground.Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6, is in the thick of it and the Libyan conflict should be right up its street. The Libyan desert may have been the birthplace of the SAS during the second world war when MI6's main playground was the deserts of Arabia further east. But in recent years their officers have got to know the deserts of north Africa, and of Libya in particular.Their role should be key now, as the coalition's military operation, which the US says it is abandoning, appears to have run its course.While Cameron is gung-ho for the fight, defence chiefs and commanders, in Washington as well as London, are increasingly concerned about a stalemate. It is time for intelligence agencies to prove their worth.CIA and MI6 officers are active in Libya, doing what they are trained to do – encouraging influential people to come over, to defect.Both agencies have a special relationship with Muammar Gaddafi's Libya. They monitored it closely when Gaddafi was funding and supplying terrorists in western Europe, including the IRA. Their senior officers, Sir Mark Allen of MI6, Stephen Kappes of the CIA, were deeply involved in talks with Tripoli over compensation for the victims of Libyan-sponsored terrorism, including Lockerbie. In 2003, they celebrated months of talks leading to Gaddafi's decision to give up weapons of mass destruction with a long lunch at the Travellers Club in Pall Mall.A year later, and イギリスの諜報機関の役員は、リビアの確固たる足場を持っています
- Letters: Blair's exaggerated rhetoric on Iraq
I am pleased to see, at last, evidence from another member of the Defence Intelligence Staff that endorses an important element of what I told the Hutton inquiry as long ago as 2003 (Iraq dossier drawn up to make case for war – intelligence officer, 13 May).Major General Laurie, one of the three top officials in the DIS, has revealed that the chief of Defence Intelligence made it clear to the senior managers that the purpose of the dossier was to make a case for war. Although the deputy chief did not pass this message down through the intelligence analysis arm of the organisation, those of us involved with WMD intelligence analysis had no doubt that justification of a likely war was its overriding purpose. This judgment was based on the experience of contributing to a dossier on al-Qaida in Afghanistan that preceded British military action the previous year, and our interpretation of the then prime minister Tony Blair's exaggerated rhetoric on Iraq's WMD capabilities and the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.Given that so many ministers and senior officials at the time have, either explicitly or implicitly, through the several related inquiries, denied this was the purpose of the dossier, I cannot help but wonder why it took General Laurie so long to speak out.Dr Brian JonesAuthor of Failing IntelligenceIraq war inquiryIraqTony Blairguardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
情報将校、13 - 私は2003（イラク書類は、戦争のためのケースを作るに描画された前に限り、ハットン調査を言ったの重要な要素を支持して防衛インテリジェンススタッフの他のメンバーから最後に、証拠を見て、満足している場合があります）
- The final reasons for going to war are being swept away | Editorial
The allegations of allied complicity in torture point to a complete moral failureThere was no single reason why Britain and the US went to war in Iraq. The motives that inspired George W Bush and Tony Blair have been variously dissected, analysed and psychoanalysed. It is too early for history to have formed a settled view on the war, but the case that it was a monumental error gets ever more compelling.Most of the official justifications for war, on grounds of security from terror and weapons of mass destruction, have been discredited. The only element of moral authority left in the decision might be that Saddam Hussein ran a murderous regime, characterised by torture and extra-judicial killing. It could indeed have been the duty of western powers to intervene against such atrocity. But the western occupiers quickly became complicit in atrocities of their own, as new leaked military documents reveal.The files, passed to WikiLeaks and reported in today's Observer, reveal how allied forces turned a blind eye to torture and murder of prisoners held by the Iraqi army. Reports of appalling treatment of detainees were verified by the US army and deemed unworthy of further investigation. Responsibility for disciplinary action was passed to the Iraqi units that had perpetrated the abuse. In a handful of cases, allied soldiers are directly implicated in abuse.The leaked files expose a cavalier attitude towards international law with regard to the treatment of enemy soldiers and disgraceful tolerance of civilian casualties.The thrust of these allegations is not new. But each extra piece of evidence builds a portrait of a military occupation deeply implicated in practices that were illegal under international law and unconscionable in the eyes of any reasonable observer.The terri 完全な道徳的failureThere]をポイントし、拷問に英国と米国がイラク戦争に行った理由は1つの理由だったの主張は共犯同盟
- Barack Obama's same old brand new security strategy
The present US administration's approach has more in common with past presidencies than it might admit, says Richard FontaineBarack Obama's national security strategy is being interpreted as a break with his predecessor's. But for all of its rhetorical distancing, there is more continuity – with Bush and other recent US presidencies – than most perceive.The transatlantic relationship is still the cornerstone of international engagement. The gravest danger to the US comes from weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists. The US still reserves the right to act unilaterally and does not rule out pre-emption, even if it does not trumpet that fact. It will maintain military superiority, promote democracy and human rights, isolate Iran and North Korea, and counter extremism. It will work against the Taliban and with the Iraqis.There are a few differences in substance and many in tone. But it would be wrong to say this is a break with the past – US interests and values are longstanding and the tools it possesses for pursuing them are stable.The realities of the international system and continuing US interests always inform its foreign policy. The differences that exist are on the margin and, while that margin can be consequential, the new strategy should be seen in the context of the country's history.Yet it is wrong to describe the new strategy as Bush redux – it is more America redux. Administrations centre their foreign policy within the broad course of tradition and then describe their approach as a dramatic shift. We can expect this administration less to tread new ground but rather to pledge to do things more effectively. Time will tell.Richard Fontaine is a senior fellow at the Centre for a New American Security, a nonpartisan national security thinktank in W 現在の米政権のアプローチは、過去の議長よりも認めるかもしれないと共通の詳細を持って、リチャードFontaineBarackオバマ氏の国家安全保障戦略は、とブレークと解釈されているという彼の前任者の
- Palace of the End – review
Arcola, LondonI am wary of monologues: they deny the possibility of discussion and debate. But this triptych of personal stories about Iraq by the Canadian Judith Thompson is exceptional – partly because it displays a remarkable empathy, and partly because it creates its own internal tension by juxtaposing the cruelty of Saddam Hussein's regime with the torture and indiscriminate killing, confirmed by the latest WikiLeaks documents, perpetrated by the occupying forces.What is shocking about the first story, based on the experiences of Lynndie England (court-martialled for her treatment of Iraqi captives in Abu Ghraib), is the character's self-certainty. Convincingly played by Jade Williams, she sees herself not as a miscreant but as a martyr to the liberal establishment, and robustly compares herself to Joan of Arc. Conversely, what is striking about the story of Dr David Kelly, the government scientist who killed himself on Harrowdown Hill in 2003, is his mixture of guilt and anger. In Robin Soans's blistering performance, I felt I learned something new: that Dr Kelly's outrage at the lies told about weapons of mass destruction was matched only by his self-loathing for his complicity in the deception.For the third story, Thompson creates a fictional character who embodies the sufferings of Saddam's subjects. A former high-school teacher, played with impeccable poise by Imogen Smith, graphically describes the torture of herself and her children by the secret police. But rather than simply celebrating resistance to evil, the piece is movingly imbued with the guilt of the parental survivor.Directed with spareness and clarity by Jessica Swale, these stories may not change anyone's mind about Iraq. What they do is jolt our sleeping consciences and use individual s アーコラは、LondonIはモノローグ警戒の午前：彼らはディスカッションやディベートの可能性を否定している
- Bob Woodward up to his old tricks in infiltrating presidencies
Veteran reporter combines journalistic talent with star appeal to gain access to White House regimes and produce bestsellersThis week's fair bet at the bookies: Bob Woodward's latest insider tale from the White House will effortlessly sail its way into the bestsellers list. After all, every one of his past 15 books have done so, a record 11 of them as number one non-fiction bestsellers.How he came to occupy that enviable position is a story of exceptional journalistic ability combined with star power. He began as the other half of the legendary Carl Bernstein-Bob Woodward double act that played a leading part in blowing open the Watergate scandal and evicting President Nixon from the White House.His gargantuan success as an author followed directly from that. The first number one bestseller, and still the best known, was All the President's Men, written with Bernstein and published in the immediate aftermath of Watergate.Woodward's genius has been to turn the celebrity he gained from Watergate – not least Robert Redford's portrayal of him in the film adaptation of the book – into unprecedented political access. Over the past 20 years he has developed his own brand of White House fly-on-the-wall.His initial effort was with the first George Bush presidency, in The Commanders (1991). Bill Clinton got the Woodward treatment in The Agenda (1994) and was said to have been mightily upset by its portrayal of his chaotic administration.The second George Bush had to endure no fewer than four Woodward books. The first two were lambasted by some for being starry-eyed towards the Bush team and for having swallowed spoon-fed material, including erroneous claims about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, from the likes of Donald Rumsfeld. Woodward, his reputation some ホワイトハウスからボブウッドワードの最新インサイダー物語は簡単ベストセラーリストにその方法を航行する：ベテラン記者がホワイトハウスの政権へのアクセスを得るために、ブックメーカーでbestsellersThis週の公。賭けを生成するスターの魅力とジャーナリスティックな才能を兼ね備えています
- Michael Tomasky: Captures my mood many days pretty well
My friend R passed along the below, which landed in his in box the other day.Subject: Letter to the Red States:Dear Red States.If you manage to steal this election too, we've decided we're leaving.We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other BlueStates with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all of the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.We get stem cell research and the best beaches. You get faith healingand swamps.We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You getAlabama.We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red statespay their fair share.Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22% lower than the ChristianCoalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of singlemoms.Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war,and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If youneed people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they'reapparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and theydon't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq and hope that the WMD's turn up, but we'renot willing to spend our resources and the lives of our loved ones inBush's Quagmire.With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of thecountry's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92%of the nation's fres 私の友人のRは、その彼のボックス他day.Subjectで：レター赤い州に上陸、以下に沿って：親愛なるレッドStates.Ifあなたも今回の選挙を盗むために管理渡されると、我々はleaving.We予定していることを決定した我々自身の国を形成するために、私たちは私たちと他のBlueStatesを取っている
- Australia gov't blocks instrument sale to Iran
Australian Defense Minister John Faulkner on Friday banned an firm from exporting goods to Iran on the grounds it could assist in the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Senator Faulkner did not name the company or say what goods it had sought to export.
In the latest case, Senator Faulkner said he had made a determination under the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention of Proliferation) Act 1995 (WMD Act) to prohibit an export of certain industrial items to an entity in Ir ... オーストラリアの国防相ジョンフォークナーは金曜日にエクスポート求めていたが、商品が禁止されて何か言う会社会社の開発に役立つ可能性が、それからの輸出品をイランに根拠破壊大量の武器（名前大量破壊兵器）
- World without nukes is still only a dream for Obama
States such as India and Israel must be persuaded to give up their nuclear weaponsHow realistic is the prospect of a nuclear-free world? The question is asked because of several events that took place last week that speak to the possibility of further moves towards disarmament and the hurdles ahead.The first event, actually a pair of events, has been the unveiling of President Barack Obama's new Nuclear Posture Review and the signing, in Prague, of a new nuclear treaty between the US and Russia, cutting strategic weapons stockpiles. Baby steps both, they progress the world a little further towards Obama's goal of a nuclear-free planet, but in the interim leave it still heavily armed.The Posture Review is probably the more significant. While disappointing those disarmament campaigners who had hoped for a US declaration of no first use, it sets out a significant new nuclear doctrine. Where once the US reserved the right to use nuclear weapons to respond to an attack against it or its allies by any weapons of mass destruction, now it has been refined to being a deterrent against nuclear attack. This has been a demand of states seeking a commitment from the US explicitly to rule out nuclear weapons use against non-nuclear states as a quid pro quo.Which brings us to last week's second significant event: not the signing of the new US-Russian treaty, but Friday's announcement by the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, that he will not attend Obama's 47-country nuclear proliferation conference in Washington this week. He fears that Israel would come under pressure over its own nuclear arsenal from Egypt and Turkey.And there is the nuclear disarmament conundrum in a nutshell. For while the handful of powers that once held a monopoly on nuclear arms retention come to real 米国はインドとイスラエルなどの核weaponsHow現実的な放棄するよう説得する必要があります核兵器のない世界の見通しですか？質問が軍縮に向けてさらに動きの可能性を話すハードルは、イベントの実際のペアを最初のイベントをahead.The先週行われたいくつかのイベントのために、バラクオバマ大統領の新しい核戦略見直し報告の発表をされています求められてと署名は、プラハでは、米国とロシアの間に新たな核兵器条約、戦略兵器の備蓄量を削減
- Christmas would-be bomber officially indicted in U.S.
A Nigerian who attempted to set off an explosive device attached to his body on a U.S. international flight on Christmas Day was officially indicted on Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
A U.S. grand jury in the state of Michigan accused the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, of six counts for his failed bombing attempt on a Delta/Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan on Dec. 25, 2009.