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Brzezinski: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
The fact is that the Russians were enticed to intervene in Afghanistan because of the aforementioned aid and weaponry that the US was supplying to the feudal warlords who were seeking to overthrow the socialist government of Taraki - the one that had begun to reform and open up Afghan society. The Soviets were not necessarily interested in invading and occupying Afghanistan, but were instead responding to a threat that the US government had created by financing and arming (and therefore controlling) a large number of tribal warlords (recruited from both Pakistan and Afghanistan) right on the Soviet Empire's southern border.

But I digress. Lashkar-e-Taiba is one element of these tribal warlords that the US government indirectly created and financed and has been controlling over since by way of the Pakistani intelligence agency.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Pakistani Intelligence (ISI) has, over the years, supported a number of Islamic terrorist organizations, while maintaining close links to the CIA: "Through its Interservices Intelligence agency (ISI), Pakistan provided funding, arms, training facilities, and aid in crossing borders to Lashkar-e-Taiba."18, 19

The main accusation leveled by the Pakistanis against the five US citizens mentioned above is that they were in contact with Lashkar-e-Taiba. But Lashkar-e-Taiba is essentially a paramilitary arm of Pakistani Intelligence, commonly called 'a state within the state,' or Pakistan's 'invisible government,'20 which in turn is, as we have seen, largely controlled by the CIA.

Things get even more farcical when we realize that David Headley, a CIA agent 'gone rogue,' is accused by the US government of being involved in the Mumbai attacks last year, yet there is clear evidence that the Mumbai attacks were the work of Pakistani intelligence and, therefore, the CIA.21 The nature of this control is largely financial, both via direct US government 'aid' and through kick-backs from the CIA-controlled Afghan heroin trade. The CIA operates a classified program that pays Pakistani Intelligence for the capture or killing of wanted militants. According to current and former US officials, the payments to the ISI account for as much as one third of the CIA budget,22 which in 2003 totaled $5 billion.23 While these payments have reportedly triggered 'intense debate' among some US government officials, mainly due to the fact that it is common knowledge among many of them that the ISI is the middleman for groups like the LET and the Taleban, there is no power on Capitol Hill to do anything about it.

So how much grey matter does it take to realize that if:
the US state Department and CIA are funding the ISI which is known to support (with US tax dollars) the 'terrorists' that the US military is meant to be fighting and is also used to capture people like the Pakistan Five, which in turn provides 'evidence' for the existence of a 'homegrown terrorist threat' and the rationale for the introduction of Orwellian legislation like the McCain-Lieberman bill that will be used to crush the remnants of free speech or the rights enshrined in the US constitution;
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how many neurons must fire before people realize that all of it is one massive, tyrannical and very complicated fabrication?
Send your responses to president@whitehouse.gov. The winner will potentially receive an all-expenses-paid trip to a US military (or Haliburton) prison for a very long time.

Notes
  1. Opencongress.org
  2. Glen Greenwald, Salon.org, March 17, 2010
  3. New Zealand Herald, March 20, 2010
  4. United Press International, March 10, 2010
  5. Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2010
  6. New York Daily News, March 12, 2010
  7. The Independent, March 15, 2010
  8. Examiner.com, March 13, 2010
  9. Reuters, March 17, 2010
  10. Associated Press, March 17, 2010
  11. CNN, March 18, 2010
  12. The Times, December 17, 2009
  13. NBC, March 17, 2010
  14. New York Daily News
  15. Duluth News Tribune
  16. Democracy Now, June 26, 2006
  17. Afghanistan, Chapter 4
  18. Council on Foreign Relations, Issue 135
  19. Council on Foreign Relations, Issue 135
  20. Time, April 29, 2002
  21. New York Times, August 12, 2008
  22. LA Times, November 15, 2009
  23. Globalsecurity.org, February 5, 2002

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