Saturday, January 09, 2010

USA´s Assasination Rings in Germany —Why is German News so Silent?

USA´s Assasination Rings in Germany —Why is German News so Silent?

By Kevin Stoda, Wiesbaden

While the USA is well aware of a major BLACKWATERGATE scandal worldwide in January 2010, in which Blackwater and it’s newly named shadow firm has been involved in crises and crimes in Germany , Iraq , and Afghanistan in recent years, the overall silence of German popular media to a USA sponsored assassination ring operating within its borders is astounding.

For example, on March 13, earlier this past year (2009), it was reported in the USA that: “Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that the military was running an executive assassination ring” throughout the Bush years which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney.´”

While most viewers and readers in Germany and the USA are not surprised with the reports on Cheney and Bush era international crimes and operations in Germany , the recent news on Democracy Now and in the USA media is that:

“Blackwater is all over the news(this week). In the last seventy-two hours, a series of breaking developments involving the notorious private military firm have come to light, ranging from their involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq , and even Germany , as well as legal cases here at home. We speak with investigative journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a leading member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, who is launching an investigation into why two Blackwater contractors were among the dead in the December 30 suicide bombing at the CIA station at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan.”

Here is how the story is covered in the USA as of yesterday (January 8, 2009) on Democracy Now.

REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: Look, I’m introducing legislation called Stop Outsourcing Our Security, and the idea of that is that when we have mission-sensitive activities, inherently governmental functions in battle zones around the world, that we should have only people that bear the stamp of the United States government. And that means that that would include no private military contractors at all in those operations.

Now, look, when we have a situation where you can question whether or not these contractors can get away with murder—after all, this case against those shooters at Nisoor Square has been dismissed—hopefully that there will be another effort by the Justice Department to go after these people, because it was dismissed for prosecutorial misconduct, which is true. I think there were many mistakes made. But right now, these contractors are in a legal limbo. And so, if these individuals can get away with murder, imagine—you don’t have to imagine, you know what it does to our relations with the Iraqi government and with governments around the world. And now you’ve got a situation where Germany is asking, what were Blackwater people doing in Germany ?

JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, I’d like to ask you about that, in particular, Congresswoman. Here you have a situation not just of being involved in murder, but apparently of being involved in government-sanctioned assassination attempts. And that is being, to some degree, contracted out. Forget about whether the government should be involved in such a kind of assassination attempts, but to contract out that activity? That is really astounding.

REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: This really is part of an ongoing investigation that I can’t talk about, but even the fact that there is that allegation, I think, gives one a picture of the degree to which Blackwater has been completely enmeshed in these secret operations. And, you know, at least the allegation that they are, I think is disturbing enough. And there is an investigation going on around activities, you know, like that.

In contrast, I look at the major German newspapers on Saturday (today), January 9, 2009 and there is next to hardly any serious news on Blackwater and Germany at all.

JEREMY SCAHILL: So, what Representative Schakowsky is talking about here, or, Juan, you were asking about, is that one of these operations allegedly took place in Hamburg, Germany, where a Blackwater-led team inserted inside of Germany to hunt down this man who was a Syrian-born naturalized citizen of Germany that had been alleged to have had connections with three of the 9/11 plotters. And they were doing what’s called—they were trying to find him, fix his location, and finish him off, is what they call it. And my understanding is that someone actually in government, not a Blackwater person, called off that operation, so the trigger was never pulled.

Another operation took place, we understand, inside of Dubai . And Erik Prince talks about working on covert operations inside of Syria , as well, where he was helping the Joint Special Operations Command, JSOC, the Special Forces, identify targets inside of Syria .

So all of this needs to be very deeply probed, because you have not only a situation where these hit teams are being contracted out, but the German politicians are now saying, What if the German intelligence outsourced to a private company assassination operations in New Orleans, in the United States? How would your government respond to this? So this could be a substantial diplomatic problem for the Obama administration, because the Merkel government is now starting to ask questions. Not just Green Party politicians, but today one of Angela Merkel’s biggest allies in Germany said that they’re probing it, and they want answers from Washington .

I have just done a websearch on Blackwater in German newspapers. DIE BERLINER ZEITUNG had no news recently on Blackwater at all. Meanwhile, DIE ZEIT online´s (newspaper) most recent story on Blackwater in Germany was last August 2009, when it was reported that young Germans were contracting to work with Blackwater in Afghanistan.

Some other papers, like DIE WELT, are pooh-poohing the idea that the assassination ring in Germany ever existed.

The silence in the German press this weekend is disappointing to say the least.

My question is “What does Germany have to be afraid of in calling both the CIA and America as a whole to task for the run-amok firm Blackwater (and its successor firms in Iraq , Afghanistan , and elsewhere) and subcontractors working for the CIA?”

Moreover, what happen to strong German balanced freedom of the Press?

As the Germans say, “Self-Censorship is the Censorship of the worst kind—as one fails to note that such Censorship is present at all because ´we´ have built it ourselves!”



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