Sunday, July 27, 2014

NSA Partners With Saudis in Classic Deal With the Devil


In another astounding piece of evidence of the insane levels of corruption that have metastasized throughout the US government a new story reveals that the NSA Stasi has entered into a partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the debauched land of the brutal monarchy from which fifteen of the nineteen September 11, 2001 hijackers hailed from. In the latest story by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald based on documents that were obtained by former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has entered into a cooperative relationship with the savage Saudi Ministry of the Interior, the brutal intelligence and torture arm of the vile House of Saud. The piece, published at the new online magazine The Intercept cites a 2013 top secret memo that depicts exactly how low the bar on morality has been set in this once great country.

Greenwald's piece is entitled "The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police" from which I excerpt the following:

The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that “Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse,” specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly “poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat” of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI’s use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents.

But as the State Department publicly catalogued those very abuses, the NSA worked to provide increased surveillance assistance to the ministry that perpetrated them. The move is part of the Obama Administration’s increasingly close ties with the Saudi regime; beyond the new cooperation with the MOI, the memo describes “a period of rejuvenation” for the NSA’s relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Defense.

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The Saudi Ministry of Defense also relies on the NSA for help with “signals analysis equipment upgrades, decryption capabilities and advanced training on a wide range of topics.” The document states that while the NSA “is able to respond to many of those requests, some must be denied due to the fact that they place sensitive SIGINT equities at risk.”

Over the past year, the Saudi government has escalated its crackdown on activists, dissidents, and critics of the government. Earlier this month, Saudi human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu al-Khair was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a so-called “terrorist court” on charges of undermining the state and insulting the judiciary. In May, a liberal blogger, Raif Badawi, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes; in June, human rights activist Mukhlif Shammari was sentenced to five years in prison for writing about the mistreatment of Saudi women.

The partnering with the Saudis is vintage hypocrisy by a political class that wallows in it. It also shows just how phony all horseshit is that is being pumped out by the Democratic National Committee about the Republican war on women. Obama’s regime can rail against the mean-spirited tactics of some of the radical elements of the GOP party base and their politicizing of abortion as a mobilizing tactic but when you throw in with a primitive, misogynistic royal family (outside of the whores that they regularly boink during sex orgies on their fleets of yachts) you have zero credibility. Note the picture of Barry sitting next to that obscenely rich, robed, multi-chinned toad with that big shit eating grin of his. Granted that the bar for moral decency has been set very low in the White House ever since Bubba Clinton was getting his crooked knob polished by that chubby little trollop Monica Lewinsky but where is the limit to just how low a US President will go?

Given the Saudi Ministry of the Interior's abysmal human rights abuses, especially when it comes to dealing with political dissidents the NSA is a perfect partner and much of the cruelty inflicted upon those "terrorist" suspects who are rounded up has the seal of approval from good old Uncle Scam. Given the NSA's Constitution destroying rampage that is ongoing in America with the conducting mass warrantless surveillance, data-mining and storage of mega amounts of data in secret facilities like the one in Bluffdale, Utah the assistance of such slimy and repressive foreign regimes is pretty much just beta testing until the conditions are right and the system goes live here. You need to look no further than the state's targeting of political groups including those of the so-called Tea Party by the IRS and the Occupy Movement by the coordinated efforts of federal and local authorities to understand where this is all going.

What Americans fail to understand is that in the eyes of the rogue government - everybody is a "terrorist" now - the police state has been constructed, armed and the rights that once set America aside as what Ronald Reagan once referred to as that "shining city on the hill" has been twisted into some bastardized and dirty thing referred to as The Homeland. Obama has been critical in the expansion of the surveillance state and the erosion of civil liberties, his touted experience as a Constitutional law professor increasingly looks as though given his expertise he has known exactly were to undermine that great and enduring document created by our Founding Fathers.

But the hypocrisy in throwing in with the torture state in Riyadh is only one aspect of the moral rot of this deal with the devil. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after all had some involvement in the 9/11 attacks - at least some elements of it did and after all, three quarters of the men who hijacked those four jetliners hailed from that country. There has always been a stench about Saudi involvement in "the day that changed everything" and whatever was in that 2002 report of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry of 9/11 that to this day - 28 redacted pages of it - is still being covered up by the US government. The cover-up transcends two presidential administrations, one Republican and one Democrat and is ongoing. While there has been some increased attention to this report with a couple of members of the US House of Representatives pushing for the release of the information it still remains one of those matters of "national security" the bipartisan catch-all invocation that is used to cover up the rampant corruption of the US government.

Sharing intelligence with a country that is a known - and active - sponsor of extremist jihadist groups such as those who ended up in ISIS is a recipe for disaster and potentially that next terrorist attack that will be even worse than 9/11 that the greatest war criminal in United States history Dick Cheney has been talking about.

When you lie down with wolves do not surprised if you wake up one day with your throat ripped out.