When the going gets tough, count on the Ministry of Truth to get going.
The end of Ramadan was imminent. The jihadi chattering classes of that fuzzy entity, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), went on overdrive. It was jailbreak galore from Libya to Pakistan via Iraq. And all this in perfect synch with two successive fatwas issued by that perennial bogeyman, former Osama bin Laden sidekick Ayman "Doctor Evil" al-Zawahiri.
Imagine a rushed crisis meeting at the highest levels of the Orwellian/Panopticon complex: "Gentlemen, we have a golden opportunity here. We are under siege by defector spy Edward Snowden - liberated by the Soviets - and that terrorist hack Greenwald. Snowden may be winning: even among US public opinion, there's a growing perception we may be more of a threat than al-Qaeda.
So we must show we are vigilantly protecting our freedoms. Yes; we're gonna scream Terra, Terra, Terra!"
ZINTAN, Libya (Reuters) - To his captors, the fate of Libya's most prominent prisoner, the son of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, can be sealed only in one place - in the small straggling mountain town...
John McCain's statements are making “less and less common sense,” Vladimir Putin's press-secretary Dmitry Peskov has said, commenting on the US senator's remarks that the Russian PM may be “nervous” after Gaddafi's death.
So what is the "extremely disappointed" Obama administration, the Orwellian/Panopticon complex and the discredited US Congress to do? Send a Navy Seal Team 6 to snatch him or to target assassinate him - turning Moscow into Abbottabad 2.0? Drone him? Poison his borscht? Shower his new house with depleted uranium? Install a no-fly zone over Russia?
Edward Snowden, under his new legal status in Russia, simply cannot be handed over to Bradley Manning's lynch mob. Legally, Washington is now as powerless as a tribal Pashtun girl facing an incoming Hellfire missile. A President of the United States (POTUS) so proud of his constitutional law pedigree - recent serial trampling of the US constitution notwithstanding, not to mention
international law - seems not to have understood the message.
Barack Obama virtually screamed his lungs out telling Russian President Vladimir Putin he had to hand him Snowden "under international law". Putin repeatedly said this was not going to happen.
Obama even phoned Putin. Nothing. Washington even forced European poodles to down Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane. Worse. Moscow kept following the letter of Russian law and eventually granted temporary asylum to Snowden.
Saudi Gazette Control violence, Libyan lawyers body tells govt Saudi Gazette People look at a damaged car belonging to Al-Mabrok Mohamed Al-Obeidi, a former colonel in the Libyan army, after a car bombing in Benghazi this week.
Source: Amnesty Country: Libya Hundreds of former soldiers and supporters of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi are at increased risk of the death penalty, said Amnesty International, following the sentencing of a former minister in al-Gaddafi's...
Dozens of CIA operatives were reportedly near the scene where US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed last September 11, and the agency has gone to great lengths to keep the operatives’ actions a secret.
Five Benghazi fugitives caught at Tripoli airport Libya Herald Five men who managed to escape from Benghazi's main Kuwayfiyah prison in the mass jail break there on 27 July are reported to have been arrested at Tripoli International Airport...
Aljazeera.com Senior Libyan policeman wounded by car bomb Fox News BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) – A senior police officer was gravely wounded in an overnight bombing in Libya's restive second city of Benghazi, a security official told AFP on Saturday.
Gunmen attack prisoners convoy in Libya Fox News TRIPOLI (AFP) – Eighteen prisoners have escaped during an attack on a Libyan police vehicle taking them back to prison from a courthouse in the capital, a police spokesman said on Friday.
gulfnews.com Why paranoia is the key to Libyan politics gulfnews.com (In cities like Misrata or Zintan, it's a bit hard to determine where the militias end and local administrations begin.) Disentangling the two is likely to prove a formidable task...
Hundreds of former soldiers and supporters of Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi are at increased risk of the death penalty, said Amnesty International, following the sentencing of a former minister in al-Gaddafi’s government to death.Ahmad Ibrahim, a former...