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Swiss official urges charging three with nuke smuggling

An investigating magistrate has recommended three Swiss engineers face trial for allegedly supplying a Pakistan-based network with nuclear weapons technology. Andreas Müller said on Thursday his recommendation that charges be brought for violating Swiss non-proliferation laws is based on an exhaustive probe into an alleged nuclear smuggling ring. Müller’s 174-page report “is now being studied in detail” by the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, which “will inform the public in due course” on whether charges will be filed against the Tinners, spokeswoman Jeannette Balmer said. The six-year probe was slowed down after the Swiss government repeatedly ordered evidence to be destroyed, claiming it contained material sensitive to national security. Presenting his report, Müller sharply criticised the Swiss government, which had “massively interfered in the wheels of justice by destroying almost all the evidence”. Furthermore, he said the government had ordered the federal criminal police not t

CIA secrets may tumble out in Swiss nuke case

New York, Dec 24, PTI: http://www.deccanherald.com/ content/123515/cia-secrets- may-tumble-swiss.html# topsecrets may tumble out in Swiss nuke case A seven-year effort by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to hide its links with a Swiss family, whose members once acted as moles inside the world’s most successful atomic black market run by disgraced Pakistani scientist A Q Khan, threatens to expose some of the US spy agency’s deepest secrets, a media report said on Friday. The case hit a turning point on Thursday when a Swiss magistrate recommended charging the men from the family with trafficking in technology and information for making nuclear arms. The prospect of a prosecution, and a public trial, threatens to expose some of the CIA’s deepest secrets if defence lawyers try to protect their clients by revealing how they operated on the agency’s behalf, the New York Times reported. Bush administration It could also tarnish what the Bush administration once hailed as a reso

Botched calculations

K. Subrahmanyam Posted online: Sat Dec 25 2010, 02:30 hrs http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/729197/ I read the recently declassified account of former US Ambassador Robert F. Goheen’s interview with Morarji Desai on June 7, 1979, as a person then involved with the Indian side of decision-making (‘US ’79 memo: Let’s sell Pakistan F-16s and prevent n-proliferation,’ IE, December 24). I wonder whether this was an input sought by the US national security establishment before the issue of the infamous national security presidential directive of July 3, 1979, authorising joint US-Pakistan operations in Afghanistan, which, in due course, triggered the Soviet intervention in December 1979. In retrospect, it would appear that the presidential directive instigated by national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski led to the biggest-ever setback to American national security. First, it led to the rise of jihadism, as a result of the combined strategy adopted by the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Pa

Terror to be India’s focus at UNSC

Anirudh Bhattacharyya , Hindustan Times New York, December 24, 2010 First Published: 22:44 IST(24/12/2010) Last Updated: 22:47 IST(24/12/2010) http://www.hindustantimes.com/ Terror-to-be-India-s-focus-at- UNSC/H1-Article1-642487.aspx Even as India re-enters the United Nations Security Council or UNSC in January 2011, it will use its seat on the apex body to focus attention and apply pressure on terrorist groups that have targeted the country in the past. Indian officials have described this as a “high priority” area for the country as it commences its two-year term as an elected non-permanent member of the Council from the Asia region. In an interview, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Hardeep Puri said, “We propose to use our tenure on the Security Council to provide a major thrust towards making the Council’s counter-terrorism machinery more robust and effective.” India will “vigorously pursue” addition to the sanctions list of entities, individuals and outfi

Pentagon, Military Actively War Gaming ‘Large Scale Economic Breakdown’ and ‘Civil Unrest’

http://dailyteaparty.com/2010/11/22/pentagon-military-actively-war-gaming-%E2%80%98large-scale-economic-breakdown%E2%80%99-and-%E2%80%98civil-unrest%E2%80%99/ shtfplan.com The majority of Americans believe that recent government intervention into financial markets, the economy and corporate insolvency has reversed the economic downturn which was described by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson as being “on the brink” in 2008. The stimulus, bailouts and unrelenting quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve have thus far been perceived as having averted the further erosion of the U.S. real estate and equities markets. And though the Federal Reserve and economic analysts have recently readjusted their economic growth forecasts downward for the next six months, Americans no longer have to worry about, as Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said on the house floor in October of 2008 , the sky falling, multi-thousand point drops in stock markets and martial law in America. The recovery – if our g

Pakistan’s Counterterrorism Strategy: Separating Friends from Enemies

Ayesha Siddiqa is the first Pakistan scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the author of Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy (Pluto Press, 2007). http://www.twq.com/11winter/index.cfm?id=426 On October 1, 2010, the government of Pakistan shut down the supply route for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) after an incursion into Pakistan’s territory by NATO forces, killing 16 Pakistanis in collateral damage. Two days later, militants torched 28 NATO supply trucks near Shikarpur in the southern province of Sindh. These events reflect the inherent tension both in Pakistan’s counterterrorism strategy and in its relationship with the United States and its allies in fighting the war in Afghanistan. The future of U.S. military operations in South Asia depends on the convergence of policies between the United States and Pakistan, but since the war began in 2001, interpreting Islamabad’s counterterrorism policy has been difficult. Paki

Strategic stability, tactical aggression

December 25, 2010 3:31:05 PM Gurmeet Kanwal http://www.dailypioneer.com/306064/Strategic-stability-tactical-aggression.html The Wen Jiabao visit proved to be a watershed in Sino-Indian relations because both sides have struck a mutually assured development paradigm despite retaining the option for conflict. As for the border dispute, it’s left for the generations It will take a long time, perhaps many years, for the full impact of the WikiLeaks’ disclosure of thousands of US diplomatic cables to become known. Make no mistake: this is an event of historic importance — for all governments, and not only the US. It had been widely anticipated in India that Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s visit would not result in the satisfactory resolution of India’s major concerns. The joint statement issued at the end of the visit on December 16, 2010, bears out the apprehensions of Indian analysts. Agreements for bilateral trade amounting to $16 billion were signed and the two sides agree

American Empire on the Verge of Collapse?

December 22nd, 2010 | Written by Mahendra Joshi http://www.indiacause.com/ blog/2010/12/22/american- empire-on-verge-of-collapse/ It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that we are living in the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world and that at some point the world financial system is going to crash (Yes, this not a typo, I mean the world). But how many people know that the Economic and Military Superpower of USA is completely broke already? Have you ever heard of Slums in USA? How many know that USA’s future liabilities are about $200 Trillions – which is three times the world’s GDP? Do you know on Jan 14th, 2010 bankrupt State of Arizona had to sell its Capitol building, governor’s office, state hospital and the prison buildings to raise money? Read on… The US jobless rate hit 9.8% recently. Two years back when situation was better, Ohio school had received 700 applications for one janitorial position ….Few weeks back, the Delta Airlines received 100,000 applications f

The USA, Af-Pak and China

By Bhaskar Roy http://www.southasiaanalysis. org/papers43/paper4246.html The Afghanistan issue is poised to take a new turn, with the USA and NATO in a withdrawal mood, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai caught in crossfire, and China declaring its intention to involve itself with Pakistan in Afghanistan. In his statement (Dec. 16) on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review, US President Barack Obama conveyed a sense that the original American intention to eradicate militancy and terrorism in Afghanistan and establish a secular and democratic government in the country has failed. The aim now was to concentrate attention on the Al Qaida bases in Pakistan, dismantle them and eradicate them from the Pak-Afghan border on the Pakistani side where they enjoy safe haven, thanks to Pakistan’s army and its powerful intelligence arm, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). From 2007, the USA from its highest level had given hard evidence to the Pakistani leaders from the very top ISI’s collabor

The USA, Af-Pak and China

By Bhaskar Roy http://www.southasiaanalysis. org/papers43/paper4246.html The Afghanistan issue is poised to take a new turn, with the USA and NATO in a withdrawal mood, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai caught in crossfire, and China declaring its intention to involve itself with Pakistan in Afghanistan. In his statement (Dec. 16) on the Afghanistan-Pakistan Annual Review, US President Barack Obama conveyed a sense that the original American intention to eradicate militancy and terrorism in Afghanistan and establish a secular and democratic government in the country has failed. The aim now was to concentrate attention on the Al Qaida bases in Pakistan, dismantle them and eradicate them from the Pak-Afghan border on the Pakistani side where they enjoy safe haven, thanks to Pakistan’s army and its powerful intelligence arm, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). From 2007, the USA from its highest level had given hard evidence to the Pakistani leaders from the very top ISI’s collabor