Newsbud Community Exclusive-“The Pentagon’s New Rules for Killing Africans”

On this Newsbud Community Members Exclusive Edition Kurt Nimmo looks at the rush to move into Africa and exploit its abundance of natural resources. President Trump has opened a new front on the continent and has authorized without congressional approval additional military operations in Somalia against al-Shabaab. Prior to this, AFRICOM, the United States African Command, US Special Forces readied for deployment to fight the terror group Boko Haram. The US wants to reduce the activity of its main competitor in Africa, China, in particular its undermining of the globalist loan sharking operations run by the World Bank and the IMF. Donald Trump will allow AFRICOM to continue its attacks and raids in Somalia and elsewhere in Africa resulting in death and misery for the people of Africa.

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Show Notes

Trump authorizes more aggressive airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia

Pentagon seeks to expand fight against extremists in Somalia

US AFRICOM Commander Calls for “Huge” Military Campaign in West Africa

The president who loved generals: Trump’s foreign policy will be led by the military, not diplomats

Trump transition team reviewing military rules of engagement

Trump gives military more authority to launch Somalia strikes

Trump Eases Combat Rules in Somalia Intended to Protect Civilians

AFRICOM’s Secret Empire: US Military Turns Africa Into ‘Laboratory’ Of Modern Warfare

US military Africa Command – AFRICOM

Mali and AFRICOM’s Africa Agenda: Target China

Yemen: Reported US Covert Actions 2016

Trump’s head-spinning and secret plans for foreign policy

AFRICOM and the USA’s Hidden Battle for Africa

The Militarization of the African Continent: AFRICOM Expands Operations in Cooperation With Europe

African Natural Resources Center

Mayan Jaguar: US-Sponsored Drug-Plane Operation Had Global Reach

Aircraft Linked to “Mayan Jaguar” Flew Tons of Cocaine into Africa — Gateway to the European Market

US government intelligence agencies, in particular, the CIA, often have been accused of complicity in the drug trade, but public officials and the mainstream media just as quickly dismiss the allegations as whacky conspiracy theories — often with just cause.

Still, some cases defy explanations that rely on putting the blame on a few “bad apples.” In those cases, if it is not official US government complicity in the drug trade at work, then there seems to be at least some very deep-seated corruption and agency dysfunction in play.

The ongoing investigation into the Gulfstream II jet that crashed in Mexico in the fall of 2007 with a cargo of 3.7 tons of cocaine onboard appears to be an example of a case that points to a deeper corruption problem within the US bureaucracy.

That jet was part of a long-running US covert operation, called Mayan Jaguar, that involved the sale of dozens of aircraft to Latin American narco-trafficking organizations, court records recently revealed.

It now appears, based on a Narco News investigation, that a number of the jets sold through Mayan Jaguar or related parties may have been used to move tons of cocaine into the European market, via Africa, despite the fact that some of these aircraft were supposedly being monitored and tracked by the US law enforcers and/or intelligence agents overseeing Mayan Jaguar.

Media reports as well European investigators have connected the Gulfstream II jet, via its tail number, N987SA, to past use by the CIA, including alleged flights from 2001 to 2005 between the United States, Europe and Guantanamo Bay, home to the infamous prison camp for targets of the so-called War on Terror.

The Gulfstream II jet was sold twice between Aug. 31, 2007, and Sept. 24, 2007 — the date of its crash landing in Mexico’ s Yucatan Peninsula with a payload of cocaine.

Two Florida companies involved in those sales have been called out in federal court pleadings that allege the Gulfstream jet was part of a bizarre Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) undercover operation carried out in Latin America (Mayan Jaguar) — which netted no arrests or indictments in the US over the four years or so that it was reportedly officially in motion. The plug was pulled on the operation, US prosecutors now claim, with the crash of the Gulfstream II in Mexico.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General allegedly is investigating two ICE agents who were part of Mayan Jaguar, federal court pleadings filed in Florida indicate. The investigation is focused on suspected unlawful activity related to the Mayan Jaguar operation.

However, multiple law-enforcement sources who spoke with Narco News say an operation like Mayan Jaguar would have required a number of high-level approvals and ongoing oversight, not only from ICE and Department of Homeland Security officials, but also from officials at the Department of Justice and the State Department — including the US ambassadors in the affected nations.

Mayan Jaguar’s lack of law-enforcement success over four years, despite all of that oversight, led those same law enforcers to conclude that the true purpose of Mayan Jaguar was not to gather evidence to make arrests or pursue indictments. Instead, they suggest that ICE’s Mayan Jaguar could well have been a CIA cover operation utilizing multiple front companies to penetrate narco-trafficking organizations with the goal of gathering intelligence and recruiting assets — all aimed at advancing US interests deemed vital to the intelligence community.

That’s a serious charge, but not one that is out of the realm of possibility, stresses one long-time federal drug agent, who spoke with Narco News on background:

Remember, it's all about the intel. Morality, legality and even good sense are suspended in favor of gathering intel.

American's intel agencies want to know where the drugs go, to whom and then where they are distributed. The result is a great trafficking-pattern wall chart. They use the intel to generate more intel upon which they likewise do not act.

The intel agencies sometimes approach those who are profiting [from the drug trade], remind them that they (the intel agencies) set up the opportunity for them to make the big money and then ask them for a payback in the form of more intel.

Breaking It Down

The strategy employed in Mayan Jaguar, according to the court pleadings revealing its existence, was to place transponders on aircraft sold to Latin American drug smuggling organizations via an ICE front company — also identified in the court filings as Donna Blue Aircraft Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla.

Along with Donna Blue, two other Florida companies have popped up in federal court filings accused of brokering aircraft sales for individuals in Latin America that US prosecutors now allege are connected to narco-trafficking groups. And these three companies, all based in Florida, are connected to each other through various business and personal threads that are exposed in court filings and other public records.

Let’s break it down: A company called World Jet Inc. of Fort Lauderdale brokered the sale of the Gulfstream II jet in late August 2007 to the ICE front company Donna Blue, owned by an ICE informant named Joao Malago, who is a longtime business associate of Larry Peters, owner of Skyway Aircraft Inc. of St. Petersburg.

“Mr. Malago and Mr. Peters were both involved together in a transaction that resulted in their — Mr. Malago being stopped by ICE in 2004. He was carrying an excessive amount of money that could not be explained or justified at the time. It didn’t have — it ended up being seized and Mr. Malago became a CI [confidential informant] for ICE back in 2004,” states federal prosecutor Andrea Hoffman in a criminal case now pending in US District Court in Florida.

Donna Blue, a few weeks after acquiring the Gulfstream II via a World Jet-brokered sale, turned around and sold it to a Florida duo that included a pilot named Gregory Smith, whom, court records reveal, also works for World Jet as a contract pilot and who has done past work for US government agencies (possibly even the CIA) as a contract pilot.

In fact, in the late 1990s, Smith’s Fort Lauderdale-based company at the time, Aero Group Jets Inc., leased a Hawker jet to a longtime CIA asset named Baruch Vega. That jet was used for a joint DEA/FBI/CIA operation targeting Colombian narco-trafficking groups [link here, see pages 3 and 16]. That same Hawker jet, FAA records show, was later purchased by Clyde O’Connor — Smith’s partner in the 2007 Gulfstream II purchase.

Within days of Smith and his partner, O’Connor, acquiring the Gulfstream II from the ICE front company Donna Blue as part of Mayan Jaguar, it crash lands (on Sept. 24, 2007) in Mexico with nearly four tons of cocaine onboard.

Mayan Jaguar, over a four-year period, facilitated dozens of aircraft sales similar to the Gulfstream II deal, with the planes being sold to suspected Latin American drug smugglers, yet no arrests or indictments were made in the US, prosecutors claim, and the planes sold to alleged narco-traffickers as part of the operation are, for the most part, still unaccounted for — other than those which, like the Gulfstream II, happened to crash or were otherwise apprehended in countries outside the US.

And many of these so-called “cocaine planes” that were sold via Mayan Jaguar, according to court pleadings, were being tracked through transponders placed on the aircraft, which means US officials involved with Mayan Jaguar presumably knew where the aircraft were at any given time after they were sold to the narco-trafficking organizations.

Catching the Jaguar

The key to unraveling the true purpose of Mayan Jaguar, then, involves finding out where the planes sold through the operation ultimately landed. The available information from court pleadings involving Skyway Aircraft, Donna Blue and World Jet — all three arguably touched by Mayan Jaguar — helps to paint a bit of that picture.

Federal court pleadings filed in separate cases in Colorado and Florida allege that the owners of World Jet as well as Malago, owner of Donna Blue, engaged in a narco-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracy by selling planes to suspected drug smugglers. World Jet officials and the now-former ICE informant Malago contend those charges have no merit — with Malago asserting that he was either acting within the law or with the approval of the US government as an ICE informant.

Peters, Skyway Aircraft’s owner, has not been charged or accused of a crime in relation to the aircraft sales, but court records indicate that he has “cooperated extensively with the United States government.”

The court pleadings and Federal Aviation Administration records show that most of the jets sold by the three Florida aviation companies went to buyers in Latin America — a high number of them to purchasers in Venezuela. From there, several of the aircraft have surfaced elsewhere in Latin America.

First, there is the Gulfstream II cocaine jet that crashed in Mexico in 2007 — sold to World Jet/US government contract pilot Smith by the ICE front company Donna Blue. Although it doesn’t have a known Venezuelan connection, as mentioned previously, its tail number, N987SA, is linked to past CIA use.

Yet another cocaine plane, this one sold by Larry Peters’ Skyway Aircraft to a Venezuelan buyer, was apprehended in Nicaragua in 2004. It too has a CIA connection…

Read the complete report here @ NarcoNews by Bill Conroy: Click Here

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 56

America's Militarization of Africa

EPPLast week it was announced that the US was establishing a drone base in Niger, while France continues its war in neighboring Mali. What is the West doing in Africa? To answer that, it would help to look at the role of the West in the past few decades across the continent, with France alone engaging in over 50 military interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa since the end of World War II, the United States participating or tacitly supporting some of the world's worst conflicts, specifically the Congo War, which has killed over 6 million people since 1997. The establishment of AFRICOM in 2008 has marked Africa as the world's battlefield for domination in the coming decades. The new drone base in Niger, is a symbol of the warfare on its way to the world's richest continent, where only the people are poor.

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Podcast Show #104: Falling Dominos in the Horn of Africa

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Pepe Escobar

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Pepe Escobar, one of our favorite globe-trotting journalists and offshore voices, joins us for this fascinating analysis of the French war in Mali, the bloody hostage scene in Algeria, and blowback from the “liberation” of Libya. In this wide-ranging discussion, we start with the American sideshow on Benghazi, while no one talks about the blowback from the ouster of Qaddaffi and the mercenaries and rebels who got rearmed and cashed up in the Libyan adventure.

Mr. Escobar breaks down the various armed factions and some of the leaders in Mali, details the hostage showdown at the gas facility in Algeria, and tells us that the arms and money for the rebels are coming from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Escobar has travelled in this region, and offers colorful descriptions of the people and places. We talk about America’s new Africom command post, and the role of 3,500 US troops who were sent to Africa recently. He gives us a sense of France’s interest in the uranium of Niger and the gold in Mali, which are likely to conflict with US intentions. Escobar also touches on China’s expanding, but non-military, presence in Africa.

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Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for The Real News Network. He is an investigative journalist with three decades of experience in covering politics and conflicts around the globe. He’s been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok. Since the late 1990s, he has specialized in covering stories and cases from the Middle East to Central Asia, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination. Mr. Escobar has made frequent visits to Iran and is the author of three must-read books: Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War, Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge, and Obama Does Globalistan.

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Mali and AFRICOM’s Africa Agenda: Target China

Out of the blue in the last days Mali has suddenly become the focus of world attention. France has been asked to militarily intervene by Mali’s government to drive Jihadist terrorists out of the large parts of the country they claim. What the conflict in Mali really is about is hardly what we read in the mainstream media. It is about vast untapped mineral and energy resources and a de facto re-colonization of French Africa under the banner of human rights. The real background reads like a John LeCarre thriller.

Part I: Africa’s New Thirty Years’ War?

Mali at first glance seems a most unlikely place for the NATO powers, led by a neo-colonialist French government of Socialist President Francois Hollande (and quietly backed to the hilt by the Obama Administration), to launch what is being called by some a new Thirty Years’ War Against Terrorism.

Mali, with a population of some 12 million, and a landmass three and a half times the size of Germany, is a land-locked largely Saharan Desert country in the center of western Africa, bordered by Algeria to its north, Mauritania to its west, Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger to its southern part. People I know who have spent time there before the recent US-led efforts at destabilization called it one of the most peaceful and beautiful places on earth, the home of Timbuktu. Its people are some ninety percent Muslim of varying persuasions. It has a rural subsistence agriculture and adult illiteracy of nearly 50%. Yet this country is suddenly the center of a new global “war on terror.”

On January 20 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron announced his country’s curious resolve to dedicate itself to deal with “the terrorism threat” in Mali and north Africa. Cameron declared, “It will require a response that is about years, even decades, rather than months, and it requires a response that…has an absolutely iron resolve…”[1] Britain in its colonial heyday never had a stake in Mali. Until it won independence in 1960, Mali was a French colony. [Read more...]

Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 50

The Great Global land Grab

EPPSince the 2007-08 world food crises, driven by financial speculation and the production of biofuels, there has been a major rush by governments, tycoons, hedge funds, banks, corporations, universities and foundations to grab as much land as possible. With 2.5 billion small scale farmers in the world, the great global land grab - 70% of which is taking place in Sub-Saharan Africa - is displacing entire populations, farming communities and indigenous peoples, pushing them into poverty, and often urban slums, increasing food insecurity and hunger. The land which has been 'grabbed' in the past several years in Africa alone amounts to more than half the size of Western Europe, and is creating what may be the greatest humanitarian, ecological, and social crisis ever seen.

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The Reality Principle -Episode 8

“Africa: The Scramble Continues" with Abayomi Azikiwe

RPLogoThis week, Eric examines the geopolitical situation in Africa. He analyzes the continued genocide and plunder of the Congo, assessing the situation there and dispelling some of the more insidious myths surrounding the issue. In addition, Eric looks at the deteriorating political climate in Mali, dissecting the various players involved and the possibility of military intervention on behalf of the imperialist powers. Finally, Eric's analysis takes us to North Africa where Libya continues to be exploited by "investors" and the opposition rallies in the streets of Cairo against the burgeoning dictatorship of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Eric is joined this week by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The two discuss a wide range of issues including what is happening with regard to the uprising by miners and other laborers in South Africa in the wake of the Marakana massacre. Also, they examine the political situation in Zimbabwe with elections due to take place in the near future. Abayomi also gives his incredible insights on conflicts in West Africa, the plunder of Libya and much much more.

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Stop Imperialism Podcast – African discourse in the Western world

Eric Draitser Presents Abayomi Azikiwe

aziEric sits down with Abayomi Azikiwe to discuss a variety of topics related to Africa. Eric and Abayomi examine African discourse in the Western world and how it is shaped to benefit the ruling class. Additionally, they analyze the conflicts in Nigeria, Sudan, Libya, Democratic Republic of Congo, and elsewhere, with an eye to the role of the US and Western powers. Eric and Abayomi also interpret the political realities of Egypt and its place in the African narrative.

Abayomi Azikiwe is the Editor of the Pan African Newswire which can be found at panafricannews.blogspot.com. He is a longtime activist and radical based in Detroit.

Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City. He is the editor and host of StopImperialism.com and the Stop Imperialism podcast. He has provided analysis for Russia Today, Dr. Webster Tarpley's World Crisis Radio and other programs. His articles have appeared on GlobalResearch.ca, Infowars.com, and a variety of other news sites.

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