1984 U.S. Military Academy Study Identified Founders of Israel as “Terrorists”

The United States Government never tires of declaring to the world that it will “never negotiate with terrorists”.   In fact, the USG has not only negotiated with terrorists, it has organized and led bands of terrorists repeatedly throughout its history.  From the CIA’s work with anti-Castro exiles who invaded Cuba and shot down a Cuban jetliner to the CIA’s training of Osama Bin Laden and his mujaheddin in Afghaanistan in the late 70s holy war against the USSR, the US has laways supported pro-capitalist terrorism.

In this 1984 textbook from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, the history department created a very succinct and interesting military history of the founding of the State of Israel, in which they forthrightly characterize several of the organizations that were the nucleus of today’s Israel Defense Forces as “terrorist”.

We believe that our readers will enjoy this excellent military history of the creation of the modern Zionist war machine which has always based its military strategy on terrorizing the Arab population into abandoning their ancestral lands to the Zionist “settlers” in the same way that the American aboriginal population was “encouraged” to move west to provide “lebensraum” for European settlers of the continent of North America.

We call upon the workers of Palestine and Israel to overthrow their common enemies: the capitalist/Zionist madmen running Israel AND the would-be exploiters of the Palestinians: the PLO and Hamas pro-capitalist misleaders who aspire to be the primary exploiters of the Palestinian masses,  Not Arab vs, Jew but Class against Class! For a Socialist Federation of the Middle East!  Workers of the World, Unite!

USMA_Selected_Readings_Warfare_Since_1945_Ch_1_Arab-Israeli_Wars

IWPCHI

 

Get your copy of the infamous US Government “Drone Memo”!

Today, June 23 2014, the ACLU announced that it has won the release of a heavily-censored version of the infamous 2010 U.S. Department of Justice “Drone Memo” – the “legal justification” for the assassination of U.S. citizen and Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Al-Awlaki.

We have not yet had the opportunity to read this as we ourselves just acquired it; download your copy by clicking on the link below:

2010 US Dept of Justice “Drone Memo” (aka the “Barron Memo”)  [Source: American Civil Liberties Union website https://www.aclu.org ]

The US government, by promulgating this unconstitutional “legal justification” for the assassination of US citizens on the orders of a U.S. President is a flaming arrow in the sky proving how completely despotic the U.S. Government has become.  It is a clarion call to all workers in the US and around the world to organize revolutionary socialist workers political parties to overthrow the most savage and deadly threat to the future of human civilization: the capitalist class of the United States and its wholly-owned subsidiary, the US Government!

“Workers of the World, UNITE!”

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

239th Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord – the Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Photograph of Lexington Battle Green Monument, erected 1799 on the green in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. Date March 2007 Source 	Own work Author 	Daderot This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Photograph of Lexington Battle Green Monument, erected 1799 on the green in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.  Photo taken March 2007 by Daderot.  Licensed under  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Detail of Battle Monument (1799), Lexington Green, Lexington, MA.  Photo taken March 2007 by Daderot.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

Text of monument:

Sacred to Liberty & the Rights of Mankind!!!

The Freedom & Independence of America,

Sealed & defended with the blood of her sons.

 

This Monument is erected

By the inhabitants of Lexington,

Under the patronage. & at the expense, of

the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

To the memory of their Fellow Citizens,

Ensign Robert Munroe, Messrs. Jonas Parker, Samuel Hadley, Jonathan Harrington Junr, Isaac Muzzy, Caleb Harrington and John Brown

of Lexington, & Asahel Porter of Woburn,

Who fell on this field, the first Victims to the

Sword of British Tyranny & Oppression,

On the morning of the ever memorable

Nineteenth of April, An. Dom. 1775.

The Die Was Cast!!!

The Blood of these Martyrs,

In the Cause of God & their Country,

Was the Cement of the Union of these States, then

Colonies:  & gave the spring to the spirit, Firmness

And resolution of their Fellow Citizens.

They rose as one man, to revenge their brethren’s

Blood and at the point of the sword, to assert &

Defend their native Rights.

They nobly dar’d to be free!!

The contest was long, bloody & affecting:

Righteous Heaven approved the solemn appeal;

Victory crowned their arms; and

The Peace, Liberty & Independence of the United

States of America, was their glorious Reward.

Built in the Year 1799

 

[Transcription by IWPCHI]

 

 

 

 

WikiLeaks US State Department Cables Reveal US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Extensive Governmental Destabilization Efforts

We have read with interest the Guardian’s interview with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro published this past week.  It is clear how extensive the impact of the WikiLeaks and Snowden revelations has been: people who have been paying attention to what has been revealed about the US Government’s global police-state operations are seeing right through the lies coming out of Washington in an endless stream.

No longer are people wondering ‘if” the United States is involved in destabilization efforts aimed at those governments the US does not like; everyone KNOWS that if any government is facing opposition from the right, the United States Embassy in that country is probably at the center of the unrest.  From the Ukraine to Venezuela, wherever the global investments of the US capitalist class are threatened, the US Government of that capitalist class is swinging into action with every weapon in their arsenal, from the seemingly innocuous (to the unaware) Agency for International Development to the CIA, NSA and the US Military.

Maduro credits WikiLeaks with having revealed documentary proof that the US Government is behind the right-wing provocateurs organizing street violence against the Maduro government.  Maduro told the Guardian that Venezuela has been on the receiving end of a type of ” ‘unconventional war that the US has perfected over the last decades’, citing a string of US-backed coups or attempted coups from 1960s Brazil to Honduras in 2009.”

“Speaking in the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, the former bus driver and trade union leader said Venezuela’s opposition had ‘the aim of paralysing the main cities of the country, copying badly what happened in Kiev, where the main roads in the cities were blocked off, until they made governability impossible, which led to the overthrow of the elected government of Ukraine.’ The Venezuelan opposition had, he said, a ‘similar plan'”:

“They try to increase economic problems through an economic war to cut the supplies of basic goods and boost an artificial inflation”, Maduro said. “To create social discontent and violence, to portray a country in flames, which could lead them to justify international isolation and even foreign intervention.”

“Pointing to the large increases in social provision and reduction in inequality over the past decade and a half, Maduro said: ‘When I was a union leader there wasn’t a single programme to protect the education, health, housing and salaries of the workers. It was the reign of savage capitalism. Today in Venezuela, the working class is in power: it’s the country where the rich protest and the poor celebrate their social wellbeing.’ “

[Source: The Guardian (UK): "Venezuela protests are sign that US wants our oil, says Nicolás Maduro", by Seumas Milne and Jonathan Watts, 8 April 2014]

These statements show that if Maduro’s bourgeois reformist government hasn’t taken the proper steps to lead the Venezuelan working class in a revolutionary struggle to overthrow capitalism in Venezuela, it’s not because they are unaware of the magnitude of the financial and political attacks coming from Washington, D.C.  In fact, the Guardian article makes it clear that Maduro is bedazzled by the kid gloves of the US’ mailed fist: NGOs peddling “peaceful, democratic reforms” in Venezuela, and is prepared to allow that Trojan Horse of counterrevolution – the Vatican  – to work its “magic” in a “peace process” that will negotiate a “settlement” between the vicious, greedy Venezuelan capitalist class and the Venezuelan workers.  No compromise is possible between the working class and the exploiting capitalist class!  Venezuelan workers: arm yourselves and prepare to overthrow capitalism in Venezuela! And if the Maduristas continue to bar the path to workers socialist revolution, they will have to be pushed aside as well!  Those who seek compromise with the capitalists are the enemies of the working class!

Last week, the Associated Press revealed that the supposedly benign United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – a US government agency that publicly pretends to be a “no strings attached” organization that provides food assistance and other forms of non-political aid – was actually behind a secret program to create social unrest in Cuba with the ultimate aim of overthrowing that Stalinist degenerated workers state.

As usual, the Democratic Party rushed to the assistance of USAID, which they cherish as one of their most effective propaganda operations and weapons in the US capitalist class never-ending efforts to crush militant workers movements wherever they arise.  Obscenely, the Cuban government’s propaganda mouthpiece, Granma, favorably quoted anticommunist US Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy’s and lapped up the crocodile tears he shed over the revelations:

“Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy from Vermont, chairman of the Senate sub-committee overseeing State Department and Foreign Operations, said that the revelations were troubling.

” ‘There is the risk to young, unsuspecting Cuban cellphone users who had no idea this was a U.S. government-funded activity,’ he pointed out.”  As if this craven servant of the US capitalist class gives a shit about the rights of Cuban workers – or any workers anywhere in the world!”

[Source: Granma: "Revelations about U.S. Operations in Cuba corroborate President Raúl Castro’s assertions", 4 April, 2014]

Leahy and the rest of the Democrats want you to believe that USAID’s running a secret destabilization program against Cuba is some kind of anomalous activity for this organization: it is no such thing!  USAID has been running covert operations against workers all over the world since its inception; they were an integral component of the US Government’s war crimes in Vietnam, having participated in the infamous counterinsurgency and “pacification” programs in Vietnam.  USAID has been repeatedly embroiled in military assistance and “drug control” programs that the US Government has used to make an “end run” around those rare US Congressional bans on direct US military aid to death-squad governments.

DOCUMENTS:

1:  REPORT TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: SURVEY OF INTERNAL  AUDITS AND INSPECTIONS RELATING TO UNITED STATES ACTlVlTIES IN VIET NAM (1966)

2:  REPORT TO THE CONGRESS: Suggestions For Changes In U.S. Funding And Management Of Pacification And Development Programs In Vietnam (1972)

 President Maduro was not imagining things when he said that WikiLeaks had proof of US organization of antigovernment programs in Venezuela:  the Guardian’s Seumas Milne, in an article his paper published on 9 April,  provided a link to one such document from the US State Department Cables provided to WikiLeaks by working class hero Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning:

USAID/OTI PROGRAMMATIC SUPPORT FOR COUNTRY TEAM 5 POINT STRATEGY

Here we read about the US Agency for International Development’s “Office of Transition Initiatives” – a.k.a. “Office of Overthrowing Governments the US Capitalist Class Doesn’t Like”.

What is this supposedly “non-partisan” US Governmental agency doing in Venezuela?  Money is no object for USAID: in 2009, according to the WikiLeaks State Department cables,  it asked for a budget of $10,000,000.00 (up from $7 million the previous year) to spend on “transition initiatives” in Venezuela.  Let’s read the opening paragraphs of the USAID/OTI document we posted above:

“1. (S) During his 8 years in power, President Chavez has
systematically dismantled the institutions of democracy and
governance. The USAID/OTI program objectives in Venezuela
focus on strengthening democratic institutions and spaces
through non-partisan cooperation with many sectors of
Venezuelan society.
“2. (S) In August of 2004, Ambassador outlined the country
team’s 5 point strategy to guide embassy activities in
Venezuela for the period 2004 ) 2006 (specifically, from the
referendum to the 2006 presidential elections). The
strategy’s focus is: 1) Strengthening Democratic
Institutions, 2) Penetrating Chavez’ Political Base, 3)
Dividing Chavismo, 4) Protecting Vital US business, and 5)
Isolating Chavez internationally.
“3. (S) A brief description of USAID/OTI activities during
the aforementioned time period in support of the strategy
follows:

[...]

“5. (S) OTI has supported over 300 Venezuelan civil society
organizations with technical assistance, capacity building,
connecting them with each other and international movements,
and with financial support upwards of $15 million. Of these,
39 organizations focused on advocacy have been formed since
the arrival of OTI; many of these organizations as a direct
result of OTI programs and funding.

“6. (S) Human Rights: OTI supports the Freedom House (FH)
“Right to Defend Human Rights” program with $1.1 million.
Simultaneously through Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI),
OTI has also provided 22 grants to human rights
organizations, totaling $726,000. FH provides training and
technical assistance to 15 different smaller and regional
human rights organizations on how to research, document, and
present cases in situations of judicial impunity through a
specialized software and proven techniques [...]

“7. (S) Citizen Participation in Governance: Venezuelan
NGOs lack a long history of social activism. In response,
OTI partners are training NGOs to be activists and become
more involved in advocacy [...]

“8. (S) Civic Education: One effective Chavista mechanism
of control applies democratic vocabulary to support
revolutionary Bolivarian ideology. OTI has been working to
counter this through a civic education program called
“Democracy Among Us”. This interactive education program
works through NGOs in low income communities to deliver five
modules: 1) Separation of Powers, 2) Rule of Law, 3) The
Role and Responsibility of Citizens, 4) Political Tolerance,
and 5) The Role of Civil Society. Separate civic education
programs in political tolerance, participation, and human
rights have reached over 600,000 people [...]

 ————–
Penetrate Base/Divide Chavismo
————–
9. (S) Another key Chavez strategy is his attempt to divide
and polarize Venezuelan society using rhetoric of hate and
violence. OTI supports local NGOs who work in Chavista
strongholds and with Chavista leaders, using those spaces to
counter this rhetoric and promote alliances through working
together on issues of importance to the entire community.
OTI has directly reached approximately 238,000 adults through
over 3000 forums, workshops and training sessions delivering
alternative values and providing opportunities for opposition
activists to interact with hard-core Chavistas, with the
desired effect of pulling them slowly away from Chavismo. We
have supported this initiative with 50 grants totaling over
$1.1 million. There are several key examples of this:
10. (S) Visor Participativo: This is a group of 34 OTI
CARACAS 00003356 003.2 OF 004
funded and technically assisted NGOs working together on
municipal strengthening. They work in 48 municipalities
(Venezuela has 337), with 31 MVR, 2 PPT and 15 opposition
mayors. As Chavez attempts to re-centralize the country, OTI
through Visor is supporting decentralization. Much of this
is done through the municipal councils (CLPPs). The National
Assembly recently passed a law that creates groups parallel
to the mayor’s offices and municipal councils (and that
report directly to the president’s office). These groups are
receiving the lions share of new monies Chavez is pumping
into the regions, leaving the municipalities under-funded.
As Chavez attempts to re-centralize all power to the
Executive in the capital, local Chavista leadership are
becoming the opposition as their individual oxen are gored.
Visor has been providing these leaders with tools and skills
for leadership to counter the threat represented by the new
legislation [...]“

We ask our readers to imagine the reaction of the US Government if ANY foreign government attempted to spend as much money causing political unrest inside the US!

Having been pointed in the direction of the WikiLeaks cables by Maduro and the Guardian, we thought we’d do a little searching for other USAID/OTI-tagged State Department Cables.  We went to the WikiLeaks PlusD website and typed “USAID/OTI” into the “Keywords” search box and… presto! 195 State Department cables popped up!

There is some tantalizing information on USAID/OTI’s ops in Sri Lanka, where a savage campaign of mass murder was instituted by the Sri Lankan government against the Tamil Tigers revolutionary party; there are a lot of documents relating to African countries, particularly Chad and Sudan.  There is plenty of evidence to show that USAID is up to its ears in US Government efforts to manipulate and channel political events in countries all over the world on to pathways that will fill the pockets of the US capitalist class with profits squeezed from the blood of the workers.

DOCUMENTS:

30May2003_SRI LANKA_ STATUS OF USAID-OFFICE OF TRANSITION INITIATIVES

 

In Venezuela, we see USAID/OTI throwing unlimited amounts of cash into purchasing politicians and manipulating elections.

DOCUMENT:

2006_USAID-OTI VENEZUELA ELECTION RELATED ACTIVITIES

A major national scandal was triggered when it was discovered that the US-sponsored “Sumate” organization, which pretends to be “a vote-monitoring group” had accepted a $300,000.00 donation from the United States Government.  The Chavistas accused the Sumate group’s leaders with treason and conspiracy; Sumate returned the money, saying that it was a grant from the US’ “National Endowment for Democracy”.  The WikiLeaks Cables tell a different story: the Sumate money came from the US State Department’s “DRL”: their  bogus “Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor”.  Although their Wikipedia article claims that they get “94 %” of their support from “private Venezuelan interests”, when the Chavistas leveled treason charges at them, it was the US Embassy in Caracas that they ran to for support.

Comic relief department: one of the principal leaders of the “Sumate” group, one  Maria Corina Machado  states on her Wikipedia biography (next to her smiling photo op with GW Bush in the Oval Office) that her father was a “steel entrepreneur”.   (And no, that does not mean that he repaired old pots and pans from a handcart on the streets of Caracas).

DOCUMENTS:

14AUG2006:_SUMATE ASKS FOR ASSISTANCE

9FEB2004_HUMAN RIGHTS STRATEGY FOR VENEZUELA

27MAR2009_REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO HELP STRENGTHEN LOCAL GOVTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS

Here’s a bonus for those of you intrepid enough to have read all the way to the end of this article: a 27 August 2009 cable from Caracas alerting the State Department that a company called “Development Alternatives, Incorporated” (DAI), a front for the US Government through which the USAID/OTI office funneled millions of dollars to DAI, which ran agents for the US Government that were involved in organizing street protests against the Chavez government.  On August 26, the Chavez government initiated an investigation into DAI, which was run by two US citizens, Eduardo Fernandez and Erin Upton.  At issue were “unusually large cash transfers in 2007 and 2008″ that were run through DAI by USAID.  “[T]his coincides with the December 2007 Constitutional Referendum and national state and local elections in 2008. The focus of the investigation will be the origin of these funds; DAI objectives in Venezuela; DAI fiscal status; and the destination of project funds.”

Having had the crap scared out of him by the Venezuelan government agents, even though, as the cable says, the officers “behaved in a polite and professional manner”, Fernandez immediately ran to the US Embassy for advice.  “DAI runs a 20-person office consisting of two Amcits Fernandez and financial officer Erin Upton, and 18 Venezuelans as program development officers and clerical staff. [...] As part of its grant agreements, DAI commits to protect the identity of all grant beneficiaries. DAI files are structured so that financial information could be released without compromising identities. That said, DAI has 50 boxes of files on its premises that contain sensitive information and are vulnerable to seizure.

“Fernandez said that ‘the streets are hot,’ referring to growing protests against Chavez’s efforts to consolidate power, and ‘all these people (organizing the protests) are our grantees.’ Fernandez has been leading non-partisan training and grant programs since 2004 for DAI in Venezuela.

[...]

“Action Request ————– 7. (S) Post requests urgent guidance on the following issues: (1) whether Fernandez enjoys any immunity based on his official passport and visa, or whether he should appear before CICPC or any other Venezuelan authorities; (2 whether Mr. Fernandez should disclose any information and if so, what; (3) what DAI should do about its 50 boxes of files, some of which contain the names of persons directing DAI grantees; and (4) if Mr. Fernandez is considered to be working on behalf of the USG, should he remain in-country or to try to depart Venezuela before the September 1 police interview. “

28AUG2009_GBRV POLICE TARGET USAID-OTI-FUNDED DEMOCRACY PROGRAMS

For Workers Socialist Revolution in Venezuela!  Workers of the World, Unite!

IWPCHI

 

 

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: Florida States Attorney’s Report on FBI Murder of Ibragim Todashev Exposed as Tissue of Lies by Its Own Internal Evidence

After a review of both the 161 and over 600-page versions of Florida States Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report on the FBI murder of Ibragim Todashev, as well as a vitally important Boston magazine article on the Todashev murder, we have concluded that the Ashton Report is part of a massive cover-up and falsification of the events and circumstances which took place before, during and after the FBI interrogation and murder of Todashev.

Our primary concern is with the physical  impossibility of Todashev having been shot seven times at point-blank range by the sole FBI agent on the scene after Todashev allegedly attacked the FBI agent with a flimsy broom handle.  There are two problems with this story that leap out at anyone who has taken the time to review the just-released documents which we published yesterday, March 28th: first of all, THERE WAS ANOTHER FBI AGENT PRESENT AT THE MURDER SCENE – and this second agent’s presence at the scene has been completely “redacted” by all the law enforcement officers present at the time of the shooting as well as States Attorney Ashton’s report!  It is also impossible for us to believe that the FBI agent who was involved in the interrogation of Todashev, and who, according to the Ashton report, was the only officer to fire his weapon during the incident, could have been the only shooter, because Todashev was shot in the back several times – and it would have been physically impossible for those shots to have been fired by the FBI agent from the position he and the others present claim he took up during the shooting.  The Ashton Report concocts a fanciful account of how the FBI agent in the room, who faced Todashev during the shooting, managed to shoot Todashev in the back.  This tall tale of Ashton’s is wholly reminiscent of the “single gunman” and “magic bullet” theories propounded by the Warren Commission in their investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.

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Excerpts from the 161-page version of the Ashton Report (censored): an autopsy report written by the (Florida) District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office’s Dr. Gary Utz (page 19):

The deceased suffered at [sic] total of seven gunshot wounds.  One projectile entered the top of the head, passed through the brain and the base of the skull. It was recovered.  Three projectiles entered the back; one exited and two were recovered in the body.  Two projectiles passed through the left upper arm and re-entered the left chest.  An additional projectile also entered the left chest. All three projectiles were recovered.  There is no evidence of close range firing in any of the gunshot wounds.   The manner of death is homicide.” [emphasis and italics in original - IWPCHI]

 

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The Ashton report claims that there were six people present at the interrogation scene on the night of Todashev’s murder:  Todashev; the two Massachusetts State Police officers; a tactical officer from an unidentified Florida police department, one FBI agent – and a friend of Todashev, a man named Khusen Taramov.  It is singularly suspicious that the FBI agent’s report as well as the other law enforcement officers reports of the incidents the night of the shooting claim that they did not know the last name of Todashev’s friend Taramov: the Florida Tactical Officer and the Ashton Report calls Taramov “Khusen LNU” – “LNU” standing for “last name unknown” – as if they had never met him before.  According to Taramov, he and other friends of Todashev had been repeatedly interviewed by FBI agent “Chris” and other FBI agents based in Florida.  According to an article by Susan Zalkind of Boston magazine, Taramov stated that he spent nearly four hours on the night of the murder talking to the Orlando tactical police officer and a second FBI agent named “Chris” outside Todashev’s apartment, while the other FBI agent and the two Mass. State troopers interrogated and kept their eyes on Todashev.   This second FBI agent named “Chris” was completely erased from the scene in all the sworn statements by all the police and the FBI agent present!

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Excerpts from Boston magazine article  “The Murders Before the Marathon” by Susan Zalkind (pages 5-6):

“On May 21, the last night of his life, Ibragim was hanging out with friends when the FBI called him again. It was an agent Ibragim’s friends were by now familiar with, but knew only by his first name: Chris” [emphasis added - IWPCHI]

“When Khusen and Ibragim got to the apartment, Chris was with three other officers—an FBI agent from Boston, and two Massachusetts state troopers. Orlando police were on the scene as well [emphasis added - IWPCHI]

“The officers took Ibragim into the apartment and Chris said he needed to interview Khusen outside” [emphasis added - IWPCHI]  It was 7:30 p.m. [...]

“Agent Chris asked Khusen a few questions [...] Khusen waited outside the house for four hours. Then at 11:30 p.m., he was told to leave”.

 

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The presence of the second FBI agent is important, because if, as the FBI agent who shot Todashev claims, he shot Todashev as Todashev ran towards him with a cheap wooden or metal kitchen broom handle, it would have been impossible for that FBI agent to have shot Todashev in the back several times.  Therefore, another person had to have shot Todashev in the back – another shooter with the same type of Glock handgun used by FBI agents, because all seven bullets that entered Todashev’s body were identified by FBI ballistics specialists as having come from a Glock 23, as were all the shell casings found at the murder scene  (the FBI agent who allegedly was the “sole shooter” carried a Glock 23 that night).

It appears to us that the most logical explanation for the bullet entry wounds in Todashev’s back is that they would have been fired by someone standing in the hallway behind Todashev as he allegedly moved (with the broom handle held in both his hands in front of him and raised in a menacing attack position) towards the FBI agent inside the apartment.  The fact that all six bullets recovered from the body of Todashev (and one mysterious bullet found later on the carpet in the murder room) were from Glock 23s – which are carried by FBI agents – indicates that the second shooter – presumably the “redacted” FBI agent “Chris” – also fired his weapon, hitting Todashev from behind.  The most straightforward explanation we can surmise is that the second Glock-23-carrying shooter would have been FBI agent “Chris”, who had been chatting outside the apartment with the Florida Tactical officer and Khusen Tamarov while the other three law enforcement officers interrogated Todashev inside the apartment – and who, presumably, rushed to his partner’s assistance when he heard his partner yelling after he was struck in the head by a coffee table that had been supposedly thrown at him by Todashev.

Corroboration of the existence of a second FBI agent having been present at the scene and having also fired his weapon was given by District Nine Medical Examiner Lora Zedick in her written reports and in statements to the Ashton inquiry.  She claimed that when she first arrived at the scene on the night of the murder, she was repeatedly told by officers securing the scene that there had been two FBI agents present and that both of them had fired their weapons.  Investigators from the Ashton inquiry repeatedly attempted to get M.E. Zedick to change her story by repeatedly questioning her about her memory of the involvement of “two” FBI agents.  She stuck to her version of the events at the scene for a long time, but eventually started to modify her earlier statements after probably having finally “got the message” the investigators were sending her about her troublesome insistence that not one but two FBI agents had been present at and had fired their weapons at murder victim Todashev.

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Excerpts of written statements made by District Nine Medical Examiner Lora Zedick, taken from 161-page version of Ashton Report (pages 101 and 102):

Case Summary

Positively identified 27 y/o male shot multiple times by FBI agents during a case related interview.  [...]

FBI agents responded to the decedent’s apartment style residence for an arranged case interview.  At some point during the interview the FBI agents were physically threatened by the decedent.  FBI agents opened fire: decedent sustained multiple gunshot wounds.  

[...]

The FBI agents fired approximately seven times from their glock 23.”

[all emphasis and italics in original - IWPCHI]

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These are the most glaring flaws in the “official story” being trumpeted by States Attorney Ashton, the FBI and the US Department of Justice – but they are not the only ones.  Why was the Medical Examiner’s office denied access to the crime scene for hours while the FBI and perhaps other agencies pored over the evidence?  How is it that Todashev, who had allegedly been gripping that broom handle with both hands in a menacing manner left NO FINGER OR PALM PRINTS on it, according to the FBI crime lab?  How is it that the ornamental sword, which was hurriedly taken off the wall where it was displayed and placed behind a shoe rack in the entryway of the apartment by one of the Mass. State Police troopers, DID NOT HAVE FINGER OR PALM PRINTS OF THAT OFFICER ON IT when it was examined by the FBI crime lab?  These are some of the most glaring inconsistencies in the Ashton Report.

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Excerpts from 161-page version of Ashton Report (page 81):

FBI Laboratory Report of Examination, dated October 24, 2013 …

“Date Specimens received:  August 8, 2013

” The specimens listed below were examined in the Latent Print Operations Unit:

“Q24     Sword [next word or several words censored in original IWPCHI]

Q25     Broomstick [next word or several words censored in original - IWPCHI]

This report documents the friction ridge print examinations.

Results of Examinations:

One latent fingerprint of value was detected on Q24.  No latent prints of value were detected on the remaining specimen [Q25]

The latent fingerprint is not a fingerprint of IBRAGIM TODASHEV, … [Trooper Two] [Trooper One] or … [FBI Agent]. …”

[all emphasis and italics in original - IWPCHI]

 

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While it is true that what we propose is our own mere speculation (though it is based on the evidence as presented by the Ashton Report) it is extremely difficult either to believe the government’s “explanation” or to come up with a rational alternative explanation as to how all the bullet wounds to Todashev could have been inflicted by a shooter who was standing inside the apartment face-to-face with Todashev, as the alleged solo FBI shooter claims in his own statements.  We are asked to believe that a volley of bullets striking Todashev in the front of his chest spun him all the way around so that all of the shots that hit him in the back could be explained as coming from the same shooter – and then, those shots in the back somehow caused him to spin around again to face the FBI shooter and to fall face down on the rug in front of the FBI agent.  This simply does not make sense to us at all.

The Ashton Report will go down in history as one of the most deeply suspicious government investigations of a high-profile murder since the Warren Report.  We invite our readers to review the documentary evidence we published yesterday, as well as the Boston magazine article we refer to today and see if you can make sense of the “official story”.  We invite our readers to send in their comments and links to any other evidence you may have in your possession for us to review and publish here.

 

– IWPCHI

 

Complete (but heavily censored) 600+ Page Ashton Report on FBI Murder of Ibragim Todashev

[UPDATED: corrected error in first paragraph that misidentified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a suspect in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, MA.  The person suspected of involvement in that murder was his brother, Tamerlan.  We apologise for the error. - IWPCHI]

The Independent Workers Party of Chicago presents here Florida States Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report on the FBI murder of Ibragim Todashev – wanted for questioning in a triple homicide that took place in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 11, 2011 as well as for his ill-starred friendship with fellow mixed-martial-arts enthusiast and alleged triple murder co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev of Boston Marathon bombing infamy.   These documents, which are heavily censored, include autopsy reports, crime scene photos, FBI ballistics test results, sworn statements by the Massachusetts State Police Officers and the FBI agent present in the home of Todashev at the time of his murder and much more.  To date, this archive represents the most comprehensive documentary record of the strange series of events leading up to the murder of Todashev.

The documents – over 600 pages in all – leave many questions unanswered in the case.  Why did the FBI agree to interrogate Todashev at his own home rather than wait for an arrest warrant from Massachusetts, which would have allowed them to take him into custody for questioning in a controlled and thoroughly documented manner?  Why were the audio and video recordings of Todashev’s 4- 1/2-hour alleged “confession” to involvement in the triple homicide in Waltham so haphazardly recorded?  How can the state explain the bullet entry wounds in Todashev’s back, supposedly fired at him as he allegedly attempted a frontal attack on an FBI agent and a Massachusetts State Police officer with a flimsy household mop handle?  How is it that even though Todashev was brandishing the mop handle at the two law enforcement officers when he was killed with a volley of seven bullets, his fingerprints were not found on the mop handle?  Why was Medical Examiner Lora Zedick repeatedly told at the scene of Todashev’s murder that not one but TWO FBI agents were involved in the shooting?  Why are the names of so many government police agencies censored from the Ashton Report?  Why did the FBI insist on censoring all of Todashev’s statements to the cops who were interrogating him?  These are just a few of the most glaring questions that will occur to anyone even making a casual review of the 161-page summary of the Ashton Report.

These documents were released by the office of Florida States Attorney Ashton via their website.  We had a pretty tough time locating these docs, as they were squirreled away deep in the bowels of the website of the States Attorney’s Office, rather than openly presented by the Office of the Florida Attorney General on their website.   Hopefully, publishing them here will allow more people to find these documents with far less hunting around the Internets.

IWPCHI

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SA Investigation into death of Ibragim Todashev 

SA Ashton Letter to FBI Director Comey (03-25-14)

Todashev Final Report 03-17-14 (OCR) (censored)

Todashev Supplemental Report (03-24-14)

 

Attachments to Investigative Report:

Attachment 93 (Transcripts 1-3) (OCR) (censored)

Attachment 93 (Transcripts 4-15) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 1-28 (pgs. 1-100) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 29-49 (pgs. 101-199) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 50-71 (pgs. 200-301) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 72-92 (pgs. 302-400) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 94-115 (pgs. 401-498) (OCR) (censored)

Attachments 116-121 (pgs. 499-529) (OCR) (censored)

 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:

US_DoJ_civil-rights-division-todashev-report

 

 

Document Collection: NSA Infiltrates Online Games To Learn How to Discern and Exploit Human Behavior in the Real World

We present here a collection of documents filched from the archives at the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) by Edward Snowden relating to the NSA’s spy ops in the world of online games like World of Warcraft and Second Life.

When this story first broke, many commentators ridiculed the notion that the NSA would waste taxpayers’ money by trolling these virtual-reality games.  The spin doctors from the US Government and the capitalist news media tried successfully to make it seem as though the NSA was just on a wild goose chase for terrorists who were using virtual worlds as a cover for global organization of terrorist networks – pretty far-fetched stuff.

In fact, the NSA and other US Government spy agencies studying these websites are engaged in very intensive studies of human behavioral patterns in order to be better able to manipulate people in the real world.  The NSA’s activities in places like Second Life – like their massive global data collection and mining activities – have very little to do with terrorism and a LOT to do with maintaining capitalist class rule all over the world by profiling and targeting political activists who organize  opposition to the machinations of the capitalist class.  The primary purpose of NSA spy ops is to develop techniques for quickly stripping away the layers of anonymity any prudent citizen of the world would attempt cloak themselves with online who is an active opponent of the United States capitalist class.  The idea is to enable the US intelligence community to quickly identify key activists in times of national crisis in order to neutralize them as the nuclei of successful revolutionary opposition to the US capitalist class.  Having stripped away a target’s online and telephonic anonymity, the NSA can turn over the identity and location of anyone deemed to be a threat to the maintenance of the capitalist status quo to the appropriate police or military authorities.  That this methodology is useful in targeting terrorists is tangential to the real goal, which is to prevent the rise of organized political opposition to the capitalist system anywhere in the world.  That is why the NSA’s spy operations are not tailored to target only terrorists: in the eyes of the numerically tiny US capitalist class, any citizen of the world can become a “terrorist” threat to their continued and increasingly difficult-to-maintain control of the world’s political and economic systems.

These documents reveal that the NSA is seeking the collaboration of behavioral psychologists studying human behavior in virtual worlds and how that behavior relates to and reveals how these same people behave in the real world.  The people they are specifically targeting in Second Life and World of Warcraft are citizens who are either political opponents of the US Government or employees of key institutions, corporations and foreign governments whom the US Government seeks to influence, manipulate or destroy.  By observing the behavior of the targeted persons in the virtual world, the US Government can seek to find out what “makes these people tick” so they can be more successfully manipulated in the real world.

Several of the documents reveal the vast amount of insight into a human being’s psyche that is obtainable by observing how a person behaves using an avatar in a virtual world setting.  The same attributes that attract a targeted person in the virtual world, it has been discovered, will also attract them in the real world.  By studying them in the virtual world, where their inhibitions are dropped to a significant degree, the spy agencies can see deep into the “soul” of a target, and can utilize those insights to craft any number of psychological warfare operations to recruit or derange and destroy that person in the real world.  Major US defense contractors like Lockheed have ongoing research projects studying human behavior in the popular online virtual worlds.  This is not the least bit frivolous on the part of the US Government: it is teaching the spies how to utilize modern scientific methods of behavior modeling and modification to effect desirable (to the capitalist class) changes in the real world.  This is the kind of Big Brother mind control operation that the US Government has always sought, since the days of the CIA’s  MKULTRA program.

The longer the workers of the world allow the capitalist classes of the world to stay in power, the more ominous these spy operations will become.  The working people of the world have to organize to overthrow the capitalist class and its greed-based economic system and replace it with an egalitarian socialist economic system where this kind of mind-control bullshit will not be tolerated.  The longer we wait to do something about this, the harder it will be to reverse the massive inroads that the capitalists have made into clamping a lid on political opposition to their increasingly despotic class rule.

Workers of the Woeld, Unite!

IWPCHI

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Screenshot of IARPA website's "Organization" page.

Screenshot of IARPA website’s “Organization” page.

IARPA website: description of "REYNARD" program.

IARPA website: description of “REYNARD” program.

This document is a much more detailed exposition on the REYNARD program.  Interestingly, the document asserts that the REYNARD program’s intensive studies of human behavior carried out surreptitiously in online games like “World of Warcraft” and “Second Life” “was conducted under the oversight of human subjects protection Institutional Review Boards. The Government received only data analysis and summary reports that excluded any personally identifiable information.”  But of course, it has long been the case that in cases of studies of human subjects where it is even possible that physical or mental harm can be caused by the study, the only ethical way to “protect” human experimental subjects is first of all to obtain their fully informed CONSENT to participate in the study.  This was not even attempted by these researchers.
“Facts about the program, which ended in 2012, include:
• The program studied approximately 15,000 players from 9 countries in 12 MMOGs and  VWs
• The research found objective behavioral indicators for over a dozen RW characteristics,  such as gender and age
• RW characteristics could be predicted from VW behavior with a high degree of accuracy (>75%)
The Reynard program concluded that individuals’ online behaviors are highly consistent with who they are offline. This contradicts the view of other experts, who claim that individuals explore alternative ways of behaving when interacting online.”

November 2013 summary of IARPA’s “REYNARD” program

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This document outlines US defense contractor Lockheed-Martin’s successful proposal for participation in the REYNARD program.  Lockheed asserts that its program will develop such capabilities as “sentiment and tone of discourse analysis” and will “identify salient clues of behaviors indicative of: gender; approximate age; economic status; ideology;  degree of influence and culture.”

Lockheed-Martin’s proposal for REYNARD program

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NSA GAMES PAPER: “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments”
This document is the NSA’s raison d’etre for targeting virtual reality games, which thay call “Games and Virtual Environments (GVEs): “GVEs are an opportunity! We can use games for: CNE exploits, social network analysis, HUMINT [HUMan INTelligence - IWPCHI] targeting, ID tracking (photos, doc IDs), shaping activities, geo-location of target, and collection of comms. It has been well documented that terrorists are OPSEC [OPerations SECurity - IWPCHI] and tech saavy and are only getting more so over time. These applications and their servers however, are
trusted by their users and makes an connection to another computer on the Internet, which can then be exploited. Through target buddylists and interaction found in the gaming and on gaming web sites, social networks can be diagramed and previously unknown SIGINT [SIGnals INTelligence; covers all types of electronic communications - IWPCHI]  leads and
connections and terrorists cells discovered. GVEs can contain on-line presence indicators, geolocation, and ID tracking can be gleaned and used in apprehension operations.”

We believe that it is more useful to look at all the references to “terrorists” and “terrorism” in NSA and similar agencies’ propaganda and documentation as the cover story which is intended to obscure the identities of their actual  target populations, which are, as we stated above, far more diverse, numerous and threatening to the capitalist class than  the relatively small numbers of “professional terrorists” in the “real world”: the working class and its political leadership.

NSA white paper: “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments”

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Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International: “When DoomJezter Met AngelBlossom: Virtual World Language Use and Real World
Identity”

SRI International is the cutout organization that the US Department of Defense uses to funnel money to the Tor Project.  This doesn’t provide much of a cover for Tor’s DoD sugar daddies: SRI has always derived the majority of its funding from the Pentagon.  In fact, in the 1970’s, anti-Vietnam War activists at Stanford drove SRI off campus because of its nefarious activities on behalf of US imperialism’s brutal war against the Vietnamese workers and peasants.  According to Wikipedia, in 2010, 67% of SRI’s funding came from the Pentagon.

Here, SRI is conducting research for the US Air Force Research Laboratory  in a project called VERUS (Virtual Environment Real User Study) in which “SRI is exploring online gaming systems and virtual environments to better understand links between online gamers and their real-world activities, and to understand their avatars’ group dynamics within virtual worlds. The research goals go well beyond enhancing the entertainment value of online games. The work will also help enhance virtual environments for teaching and learning, professional training, and collaboration.”

VERUS project webpage at SRI Intl

VERUS project webpage at SRI Intl

SRI Int’l, VERUS: “When DoomJezter Met AngelBlossom: Virtual World Language Use and Real World Identity”

IWPCHI