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The Unholy CIA – ISI connection to jeopardize Humanity. The ISI is directly connected with Islamists everywhere. CIA is Patron of them.

November 20, 2009

CIA says it gets its money’s worth from Pakistani spy agency ISI

By Greg Miller||November 15, 2009||Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Washington – The CIA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan’s intelligence service since the Sept. 11 attacks, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency’s annual budget, current and former U.S. officials say.

The Inter-Services Intelligence agency also has collected tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA program that pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants, a clandestine counterpart to the rewards publicly offered by the State Department, officials said.

The payments have triggered intense debate within the U.S. government, officials said, because of long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help Taliban extremists who undermine U.S. efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to Al Qaeda members in Pakistan.

But U.S. officials have continued the funding because the ISI’s assistance is considered crucial: Almost every major terrorist plot this decade has originated in Pakistan’s tribal belt, where ISI informant networks are a primary source of intelligence.

The White House National Security Council has “this debate every year,” said a former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official involved in the discussions. Like others, the official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. Despite deep misgivings about the ISI, the official said, “there was no other game in town.”

The payments to Pakistan are authorized under a covert program initially approved by then-President Bush and continued under President Obama. The CIA declined to comment on the agency’s financial ties to the ISI.

EXCERPT: “The CIA has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to Pakistan’s intelligence service since the Sept. 11 attacks, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency’s annual budget, current and former U.S. officials say. The Inter-Services Intelligence agency also has collected tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA program that pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants, a clandestine counterpart to the rewards publicly offered by the State Department, officials said. The payments have triggered intense debate within the U.S. government, officials said, because of long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help Taliban extremists who undermine US efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to Al Qaeda members in Pakistan.”

It has given hundreds of millions to the ISI, for operations as well as rewards for the capture or death of terrorist suspects. Despite fears of corruption, it is money well-spent, ex-officials say. Read Details Here….

Editorial of Daily Times : The CIA-ISI (Unholy) connection

A report in The Los Angeles Times says the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan since 9/11, accounting for as much as one-third of the latter’s annual budget. In addition, the ISI collected tens of millions of dollars through a classified CIA programme that pays for the capture or killing of wanted militants. This stream of payments is a clandestine counterpart to the rewards publicly offered by the US State Department.

These payments have triggered an intense debate within the US government because of long-standing suspicions that the ISI continues to help the Taliban who undermine US efforts in Afghanistan and provide sanctuary to al Qaeda in Pakistan. It seems the White House National Security Council goes through this debate every year. Despite deep misgivings about the ISI, the funding continues because the ISI’s assistance is considered crucial. The ISI informant networks in Pakistan’s tribal belt remain a primary source of intelligence. As a US intelligence official put it colourfully to the Times, “there was no other game in town”.

The covert payments programme was initially approved by former US President George Bush and continues under President Barack Obama. The CIA payments are a hidden stream in the much broader financial flow of some $ 15 billion over the last eight years in military and civilian aid to Pakistan. While controversy dogs the broader financial assistance because of concerns in the US Congress and Administration about where the money may have been spent, concerns that are reflected in the wording of the Kerry-Lugar bill for example, the covert CIA money has been more tightly monitored. While these covert payments have been used by the ISI for a variety of purposes, including the construction of the new ISI headquarters in Islamabad, US officials seem relaxed about where the money has gone.

Despite being plagued by distrust (arguably on both sides), the covert funds have fuelled an espionage alliance that has to its credit damage inflicted on al Qaeda. CIA officials contrast the returns from their relatively small payments when compared with the enormous overt military and civilian aid to Pakistan as “a bargain”. Some 600-700 militants, mostly belonging to al Qaeda, were killed or captured and handed over to the US. Some, if not all those handed over ended up in the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison. While the CIA considers the cost-benefit of the covert funding programme positive in big savings for the American taxpayer, we are by now familiar with at least the payments-for-captured-militants deal, courtesy ex-President Pervez Musharraf’s book, In the Line of Fire. Knowledgeable US intelligence officials concede that Pakistan had made “decisive contributions to counter-terrorism” and made enormous sacrifices reflected in the fact that Pakistanis are dying almost every day in this life-and-death struggle for the soul of Pakistan. The mutual suspicions and distrust notwithstanding, the American intelligence community recognizes that although Pakistani and American interests do not always coincide, “things would be one hell of a lot worse if the government there (Pakistan) was hostile to us.” Perhaps the even more controversial assertion in the paper’s report says the CIA depends on Pakistan’s cooperation to carry out drone attacks that have killed dozens of suspected extremists in the border areas, but also caused collateral civilian casualties that have become an extremely emotive issue in Pakistan.

The report seems to have enough truth in it to make the entire edifice of the story credible. The ISI is routinely blamed for supporting the Taliban, even after 9/11, but things appear somewhat different now. The security agencies are under attack by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, a comparatively recently emerged group that takes its inspiration from the Afghan Taliban. However, while the latter have of late begun to distance themselves from the indiscriminate suicide and other bombings that are targeting ordinary citizens and the security agencies all over Pakistan, the ISI too has not escaped unscathed. The new conjuncture therefore suggests that at least as far as the Pakistani militants are concerned, the ISI is in the forefront of the struggle against terrorism. Whether, for strategic reasons stretching back to the abandonment of Afghanistan in 1989 by the US and the West, the ISI nevertheless continues to support the Afghan Taliban remains a moot point. *

The unholy CIA – ISI connection  is crystal clear now to jeopardize Humanity. The ISI is directly connected with Islamists everywhere. In India, Bangladesh, Europe, Africa and even in America ISI is more active than anybody to revamp the  Islamic fundamentalism to gain the Islamic hold in favaour of Pakistan.  CIA is simply patron of them.

Fulcrum of Evil – ISI, CIA, Al Qaeda Nexus

written by M K Dhar

Book Review : ISBN No.: 8170492785 By: MK Dhar Hardback Fulcrum of Evil is the first detailed research based book on the Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan. The ISI and the CIA are known as rogue intelligence agencies which were born around the same time in global history after the Second World War for churning out intelligence about external enemies. For USA, the main enemy was the communist Russian Block countries. For Pakistan India has been the perennial enemy survival elixir. However, both the agencies earned notoriety for extra legal and constitutional operations at home and abroad in utter disregard of international laws and diplomatic protocols. The CIA and the ISI collaborated even before they were conjuncted in the killing field of Afghanistan. Pakistan’s evolutions as a jihad exporting country all over the world, especially to India have been chronicled by the contemporary historians. Fulcrum of Evil is a solid data based account of the jihad breeding intelligence agency of Pakistan. A state within the state the ISI continues to the nemesis of Pakistan which is lurching under military rule and jihadi violence.

Price : INR 750

Kashmir in the Court of Saudi & US :: Callousness of Pakistan & Indian Authorities.

October 14, 2009

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Push India, Pak to fix Kashmir: Saudi prince to Obama

Pranab Dhal Samanta

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009 at 0834 hrs/Indian Express, New Delhi:

India_pakistan-746554In what is being seen here as a disturbing indication of Indian diplomacy falling short of expectations in the Middle-East, one of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful and influential royal family members Turki al-Faisal has openly urged US President Barack Obama to push India and Pakistan to “fix” the Kashmir issue for his AfPak policy to make any progress. Saudi Arabia, he says, can play a supporting role.
Turki al-Faisal, head of Saudi intelligence for 24 years from 1977 to 2001 and who has served as Ambassador to US and UK, proposed a seven-point action plan for Obama to achieve progress in Afghanistan. This was spelled out in an article he wrote in the International Herald Tribune last Saturday.
The fifth point of this action plan is to “push India and Pakistan to fix Kashmir.”
“That is doable,” he wrote, “once both countries see a determined effort by the United States in that direction. Both countries are beholden to the United States: Pakistan for the military and financial support it receives and India for the atomic energy agreement it has signed with the United States. Saudi Arabia can play a supporting role.”

 The writer is the son of the powerful former King Faisal ibn Abdul Aziz Al Saud who was credited with modernizing the Saudi Arabian economy.

 Prince Turki’s stint as head of Saudi intelligence saw him preside over the massive operation to mobilize the mujahideen against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

 He was considered to have played a significant role in building the mujahideen-ISI-Saudi-CIA nexus, wherein, the Mujahideen fought, ISI provided training, CIA and other US agencies helped with equipment while Saudi Arabia arranged the finances.

 He is considered among the most influential members of the royal family and so his comments do have an official weight. His remarks come at a time when India’s efforts to reach out to Saudi Arabia have not delivered results in the recent past.

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was keen to visit the country as his first destination after assuming power in the second term but the trip could not work out. Both sides exchanged at least four to five sets of dates but the visit had to be called off on most occasions because of a last-minute change of mind in Riyadh.

 The visit was first scheduled in the UPA’s first term but that was the only time India asked for postponement because the PM had to undergo a bypass surgery.

 In Prince Turki al-Faisal’s scheme of things,Kashmir has to be integrated with the AfPak strategy to serve the larger purpose of helping Pakistan and Afghanistan settle their borders.

 “When Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari see resolution in Obama’s demands for benchmarks and for settling the border dispute between their countries, they will adhere. When India and Pakistan feel the strength of the American push on Kashmir, they will come along,” he wrote.

 His other suggestions include an effort to “fix the Durand Line” between Pakistan and Afghanistan; change the “media theme from attacking Taliban and calling them terrorists to concentrate on Al Qaeda and foreign terrorists”.

 And convene a meeting of intelligence agencies of “Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia, China and Saudi Arabia to devise ways of eliminating Al Qaeda’s leadership,” and, of course, to strengthen Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

 For India, this echoes what US Special Envoy on AfPak Richard Holbrooke had sought to embark upon soon after he took charge.

 But this had to take the backseat because of strong Indian opposition, particularly in light of 26/11 and Pakistan’s support to the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

 However, Saudia Arabia has always been a key player because of its extremely close links with the Pak leadership besides the huge financial assistance Riyadh provides Islamabad.

 It is also an active member of the Friends of Pakistan group and among its prime financial contributors.