Roi Tov – roitov.com Feb 25, 2013
I took this picture while visiting the USA in 2006. One weekend, I was invited to participate in a peace rally at the city’s central park. While sitting there with a few friends, I looked around. It looked like a huge picnic. People sitting in small groups, far enough from each other to allow privacy. Suddenly, I heard a helicopter. It was a noise foreign to the place. Instinctively, I stood up and moved next to the nearest tree; from the improvised stronghold I looked around. The noise was everywhere and seemed to originate nowhere. Looking upwards, I readied my camera. Suddenly a black chopper approached us. At its lower front side was a surveillance pod. It travelled above the people filming them; it looked like a scene taken from George Orwell’s 1984 . I kept walking around the tree so that the iron-beast won’t have a direct sightline with me. “Cover your face,” I told my friends who were sitting in the open. Instead of obeying the urgent order, they questioned me why. Disappointed, I kept pointing my tiny camera at the violator hoping to get a good picture.
Not far from the scene of that crime, I found the sticker reproduced here. It was placed next to the library; one of the librarians was busy trying to destroy it. As I approached with the camera, she returned to the library. The sign is quite specific; all the actions it correctly attributes to the government are serious violations of local laws, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The American Government considers itself above the law, free to violate its own citizens and guests
God Bless Associated Press!
Associated Press is one of the world’s largest news agencies. Centered in New York, it provides material to almost 2,000 newspapers around the world. One doesn’t expect from such an organization to be respectful of human rights; simply it is strongly related to the establishment. Yet, on February 21, 2013, it published an astonishing document titled The Al-Qaida Papers – Drones. The title is linked to their site; I strongly recommend downloading the document. Before the astonishing text, the agency placed a notice: “This document is one of several found by The Associated Press in buildings recently occupied by al-Qaida fighters in Timbuktu, Mali. Below are the original in Arabic and a translation in English.” There is no proof of that, but it doesn’t matter. The document is a self-defense guide against American killer drones
The document begins with an almost academic review of the war, claiming, “Americans fully realize that they are in the 10th year of war and that they were economically exhausted and suffered human losses, and they were confronted with public pressure backed by the Congress in a way that it made the honorable and responsible withdrawal from the war as a prime goal of the White House.” The Drone War is presented as an alternative military strategy enabling the USA to continue its war without being economically depleted or suffer human losses and avoid the American public opinion pressure. Following a riveting analysis of costs, the document describes 22 techniques used for protection against this illegitimate assassination machines. The text was written in Yemen, a main target of killer drone attacks, but was allegedly found in Mali, were local victims have adapted the techniques to the different ground conditions and available materials.
Most of the techniques would be immediately recognized by those with even a basic military training. Don’t create routines, keep quiet, avoid obvious patterns, scatter away, use decoys, and use topography in your favor. Basic jamming is described; more advanced techniques are referred to. The first recommendation is: “It is possible to know the intention and the mission of the drone by using the Russian made ‘sky grabber’ device to infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The device is available in the market for $2,595 and the one who operates it should be a computer know-how.” Where can one find a discount? Unluckily, they didn’t share that valuable detail.
No less interesting due to its disclosure of Western terror techniques is the following comment: “The drones used in the attacks in Swat Valley depend on electronic chips or radioactive dyes placed at the target by the spy or the agent then the guided missiles come directly toward these targets.” Sadly, this probably discloses the attack technique used against the American citizens assassinated by the USA in Yemen; probably they were carrying such devices. We are living in tough times; governments ignore the basic laws awarding them legitimacy. Help against their violence is scarce; yet, sometimes it arrives from the empire’s heart. God Bless Associated Press!
Why should the Heart of Darkness allow such a publishing? Is the document real? Most probably this is an attempt by the American security services to stain all its citizens so that they should be treated as lepers, suspected of unwillingly cooperating with evil. Childish; after all, this can be thwarted. AP, do you mind publishing also that part?