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posted by Bodwyn Wook

[The following two-part interview by Andy Worthington, of the Future of Freedom Foundation, is re-printed in its entirety as a matter of on-line inforamtion redundancy; all rights redound to original holders — BW]

An Interview with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

by Andy Worthington, September 8, 2009

part two of 2   

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson served in the U.S. military for 31 years and was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from August 2002 until January 2005, two months after Powell’s resignation, when he left the State Department. He is now the chairman of the New America Foundation’s U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative.

In the first part of this interview, Col. Wilkerson discussed fears within the State Department that war crimes were taking place in Afghanistan, how he suspected that the British Overseas Territory of Diego Garcia (leased to the U.S.) was used to hold prisoners in the “war on terror,” and, perhaps most significantly, how he had recently become convinced that the administration’s fear of another terrorist attack (which was, essentially, used to justify the implementation of “extraordinary rendition” and torture) subsided more rapidly than has been previously acknowledged, as the drive for war in Iraq took over.

The second part of the interview begins with further discussion of the significance of Col. Wilkerson’s statement that no more than a couple of dozen of the prisoners at Guantánamo had any serious intelligence value, and also includes reflections on how former Vice President Dick Cheney is “crazy,” how the Democrats have no spine and the mainstream media has no principles, and how the U.S. had no Arabic experts at the time of the 9/11 attacks except a handful in the FBI who were promptly sidelined.  [emphasis added — BW]

Col. Wilkerson also spoke about (more…)

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posted by Bodwyn Wook

[The following two-part interview by Andy Worthington, of the Future of Freedom Foundation, is re-printed in its entirety as a matter of on-line information redundancy; all rights redound to original holders — BW]

An Interview with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

by Andy Worthington, August 24, 2009

part one of 2

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson served in the U.S. military for 31 years and was chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from August 2002 until January 2005, two months after Powell’s resignation, when he left the State Department. He is now the chairman of the New America Foundation’s US-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative. In March, in a guest column for the Washington Note, he wrote an article criticizing some crucial aspects of the Bush administration’s detention policies in the “war on terror,” which, as I noted at the time, “are not as widely known as they should be, and which echo some of the important issues that I’ve tried to raise in my book The Guantánamo Files and my subsequent writing.”

Specifically, Col. Wilkerson wrote about “the utter incompetence of the battlefield vetting in Afghanistan during the early stages of the U.S. operations there” and how “several in the U.S. leadership became aware of this lack of proper vetting very early on and, thus, of the reality that many of the detainees were innocent of any substantial wrongdoing, had little intelligence value, and should be immediately released.” He also poured scorn on “the ad hoc intelligence philosophy that was developed to justify keeping many of these people, called the mosaic philosophy,” whose shortcomings were recognized, in May, by a District Court judge, Gladys Kessler, when she granted the habeas corpus petition of a Yemeni prisoner, Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed.

I recently approached Col. Wilkerson to ask if he would discuss some of these (more…)

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His Old September Song

That Virgoan & Irksome, Oh-So-Wookean, Superior Insight

by Bodwyn Wook

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Dr Davis to-day poses this question, as a thought experiment:

http://libertarianalliance.wordpress.com/2009/09/03/does-libya-need-secret-agents/#comments

As this is, indeed, an excellent opportunity for an instance & virtuoso exposition of The Teaching, gently I tell you the following, and artlessly enough I hope do I put it, that the answer of course to the question as mooted is:041508 Bodwyn Wook avatar

No.

It is because as a convert to Islam & Student of Sufism, I note that among many others ‘ibn Khaldun (pbuh) many centuries ago pointed out what is in essence an historical principle:

‘Allah’ (the future, in other words), objectively (NB) always (NB) is on the side of (more…)

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by A Dervish

Often as not in esoteric history the great workers have been to all appearances petty personalities, to say the least.  

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     On a continuum, some like the late Idries Shah (pbuh) seem only to hint at much and otherwise comport themselves as (more…)

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introduced by Emmett R Smith

[With a tip of the Wook lid to Practical Pig! — ed]

The Grossman Project is the intricate family story of at least three hundred people, as traced by Max Elijah Grossman, beginning (more…)

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by Grampa Outhousespider

051709 picture in fog by Doug Ohman

Seems to me that all this misunderstanding about national healthcare and getting our behinders OUT of Afghanistan and impeaching ALL of the bullshipping Republicans and Democrats in DC that we can catch, it is all just typicaller than hell of the farming life too.  It reminds me of the old Greater Iowa story about Trouble On The Farm….

An Algona farmer got in his pickup, drove to the neighbor’s and pulled up by the porch.  After a bit a boy about 9 opened the door.

“Is yer pa to home?” the farmer asked.

“No Sir, he ain’t,” the boy replied.  “He went to town to (more…)

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Death of a Fox

Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel, 15 November 1891 — 14 October 1944

by Bodwyn Wook

When I was an adolescent and young man, the story of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, WW II German Army Afrika Korps commander and later opponent of Hitler, was no-end fascinating.  I first encountered the Rommel story in a late-night viewing on television in November, 1966, of the early 1950s film, The Desert Fox, starring Mr James Mason.  This movie was based on British Army Desert War officer-veteran Desmond Young’s admittedly adulatory biography. 

101409 Generalfeldmarshall Rommel Traeger des Eichenlaubs mit Schwerten und Brillanten zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

     I was surprised — and very pleased! — to learn that this altogether admirable German soldier (his story went far to relieve my congested feelings about my German ancestry after the Eichmann trial) was involved in (more…)

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