But the United States also sent secret messages through Swiss intermediaries urging Iran not to respond so forcefully that Mr. Trump would feel compelled to go even further. After it did respond, firing 16 missiles at bases housing American troops without hurting anyone as a relatively harmless show of force, a message came back through the Swiss saying that would be the end of its reprisal for now. The message, forwarded to Washington within five minutes after it was received, persuaded the president to stand down.
….proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!
Donald Trump hat einen Militärschlag gegen Iran nach eigenen Angaben kurzfristig abgesagt. Die Zahl der Todesopfer wäre im Vergleich zum Drohnen-Abschuss „unverhältnismäßig“ gewesen, sagte der US-Präsident.
The White House invited House and Senate leaders and Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate intelligence and Armed Services committees to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday.
„It is almost impossible to imagine that after the horror of the war in Iraq when we were lied to by the Bush administration and one of the leading architects was this very same, John Bolton,“ Sanders said.
The Israeli delegation, led by national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat, met with Bolton and other unnamed officials in the White House, according to Ravid, to discuss possible Iranian plans. Bolton himself tweeted on April 15 about his meeting with Shabbat:
Great meeting with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat today. The close United States-Israel strategic partnership reflects the tremendous strength of the ties between our governments and the citizens of our two allied countries.
The general’s comments are likely to heighten concerns that fabricated or exaggerated intelligence may be being used by administration hawks led by the national security adviser, John Bolton, to further the case for war against Iran, in a manner reminiscent of the buildup to the Iraq invasion.
Die verbleibenden Vertragspartner des internationalen Atomabkommens J.C.P.O.A. außer dem Iran, also die Regierungen von Russland, China, Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien, sowie die „Europäische Union“, heucheln weiter bis zum Erbrechen und versuchen Zeit zu schinden, bis die internationale Kriegslobby – der sich selbst angehören – den diesbezüglich einzig relevanten Entscheider, den „Führer der Freien Welt“, die Spitze der real existierenden Hierarchie auf dem Planeten, in den nächsten Massenmord bzw Angriffskrieg gequatscht hat: U.S.-Präsident Donald Trump.
Der hat, wie immer, keine Ahnung von gar nichts. Das hat er mit der Menschheit gemein. Ändert sich das, macht es *puff* und auch der nächste Anlauf des seit Jahrzehnten ablaufenden Programms zur Zerstörung und Eroberung des Iran löst sich wieder einmal in Luft auf.
Bereit, wenn Ihr es seid.
As recently as late April, an American intelligence analysis indicated that Iran had no short-term desire to provoke a conflict. But new intelligence reports, including intercepts, imagery and other information, have since indicated that Iran was building up its proxy forces’ readiness to fight and was preparing them to attack American forces in the region.
Details: The plan was reportedly presented during a meeting about the Trump administration’s broader Iran policy, attended — among others — by Bolton, CIA director Gina Haspel, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. It’s unclear if President Trump has been briefed on the details of the plan, which did not call for a land invasion of Iran, but requested a similar number of troops involved the U.S.‘ 2003 invasion of Iraq, per the Times.
Five former CIA operations officers and military officials said that in the past, such meetings have been held at CIA headquarters to brief top officials on highly sensitive covert actions, either the results of existing operations or options for new ones.
Suh sprach offenbar mit CIA-Chefin Gina Haspel und tauschte Informationen über die Bewegungen in Nordkorea aus, um die Verhandlungen über die Denuklearisierung zwischen Nordkorea und den USA voranzubringen.
To be clear: Senators voted for Haspel to lead the CIA even after reading about her horrific role in the use of torture.
Wie wurde eine Person, die sowohl in den USA als auch vor dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof wegen der Führung eines Foltergefängnisses auf der Anklagebank sitzen sollte, zur Direktorin der US Central Intelligence Agency bestimmt? Was ist das ganze Washingtoner Gerede über die Verteidigung der Menschenrechte, wenn eine Folterin mit geheimen Operationen beauftragt wird?
Please, let us not hear again about America liberating other nations and defending human rights, or having a moral conscience, or being a light unto the world.
(8.5.2018) Some of what they did to me in that prison was so awful I can’t talk about it. They hit me in the abdomen just where the baby was. To move me, they bound me to a stretcher from head to toe, like a mummy. I was sure I would shortly be killed.
For the rendition flight to Libya, I was taped to a stretcher again. The tape caught the corner of my eye. It stayed that way, my eye taped open, tears streaming down my face, for more than 14 hours.
After I spent several weeks in a Libyan prison, Colonel Qaddafi’s spies dragged a crib into my cell. I was gravely ill. If I lived through this, I thought, I would be forced to give birth, alone, in this filthy cell.
The Senate Intelligence Committee moved Wednesday to recommend Gina Haspel for CIA director, setting up a floor vote that her opponents say will signal to the world whether the United States condemns or condones torture.
In preparation for her hearing, the CIA declassified a 2011 internal disciplinary review, written by then-deputy CIA director Michael Morell, that Haspel and her allies have said exonerated her.
“I have found no fault with the performance of Ms. Haspel,” Morell wrote. He essentially said she was a “good soldier” who followed orders, including an order to draft the cable to destroy the tapes.
2nd UPDATE: After refusing to directly answer questions about her history as an alleged torturer, Ray McGovern decided to ask Gina Haspel a question or two of his own and he wound up in jail for it, reports Joe Lauria.
The hearing was characterized by gushing tributes from both Democrats and Republicans to the work of an agency long ago dubbed “Murder, Inc.” for its crimes around the world, including the organization of political assassinations, the creation of terrorist armies and the orchestration of fascist-military coups.
But it was probably an unwelcome development for the embattled CIA director nominee that Cheney chose to combine warm words for her with a call for a return to the “enhanced interrogation” techniques that have marred her record and which she is promising to eschew.
(7.5.2018) National security officials and some Republicans are preparing contingency plans in case President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel, falters amid questions about her past role in the George W. Bush-era extreme interrogation program and destruction of videotapes of waterboarding, five sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
But by selecting Haspel, who had been with the CIA for more than three decades, Pompeo endeared himself to the rank-and-file early. Her position signaled that Pompeo would be willing to defend the CIA’s counterterrorism work, including the enhanced interrogation program that endangers her nomination today, against a growing push from Capitol Hill and elsewhere against it.
Gina Haspel is best known for running a “black site” torture prison in Thailand during the George W. Bush administration. The prison she ran was the first to test some of the CIA’s most brutal and criminal tactics – including waterboarding, beatings, starvation, and locking men for hours in coffin-like confinement boxes. Press reports place Haspel in charge of the prison when a man was waterboarded multiple times. These torture methods became a template for a program applied to scores of detainees held in a network of secret CIA prisons.
As Haspel rose through the ranks, she asked to be posted to the agency’s counterterrorism center. Her first day on that job: Sept. 11, 2001.