Raymond Davis affair & Task Force 373

Raymond Davis affair

News and Views on Raymond Davis affair

Where will the facts lead us,,,,

Where to start… where will it all go … and end…

a true BOMBSHELL for relations … explosive

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I Had Ray Davis’s Job, in Laos 30 Years Ago

Same Cover, Same Lies

By ROBERT ANDERSON

The story of Raymond Allen Davis is one familiar to me and I wish our government would quit doing these things – they cost us credibility.

Davis is the American being held as a spy working under diplomatic cover out of our embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. You can understand why foreign countries no longer trust us and people are rising up across the Middle East against the Great Satan.

In the Vietnam War the country of Laos held a geo-strategic position, as does Pakistan does to Afghanistan today.  As in Pakistan, in Laos our country conducted covert military operations against a sovereign people, using the CIA.

I was a demolitions technician with the Air Force who was reassigned to work with the CIA’s Air America operation in Laos. We turned in our military IDs cards and uniforms and were issued a State Department ID card and dressed in blue jeans.  We were told if captured we were to ask for diplomatic immunity, if alive.  We carried out military missions on a daily basis all across the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

We also knew that if killed or captured that we would probably not be searched for and our families back home in the U.S. would be told we had been killed in an auto accident of some kind back in Thailand and our bodies not recovered.

Our team knew when the UN inspectors and international media were scheduled to arrive – we controlled the airfields. We would disappear to our safe houses so we could not be asked questions.  It was all a very well planned operation, 60 years ago, involving the military and diplomats out of the US Embassy.   It had been going on a long time when I was there during the 1968 Tet Offensive. This continued for a long time, until we were routed and had to abandon the whole war as a failure.

In Laos the program I was attached to carried out a systematic assassination of people who were identified as not loyal to U.S. goals.  It was called the Phoenix program and eliminated an estimated 60,000 people across Indochina.  We did an amazing amount of damage to the civilian infrastructure of the country, and still lost the war.  I saw one team of mercenaries I was training show us a bag of ears of dead civilians they had killed.   This was how they verified their kills for us.  The Green Berets that day were telling them to just take photos of the dead, leave the ears.

Mel Gibson made a movie about all this, called Air America.  It included in the background the illegal drug operation the CIA ran to pay for their operations. Congress had not authorized funds for what we were doing.  I saw the drug operation first hand too.  This was all detailed in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred McCoy.  I did not connect all this until the Iran-Contra hearings when Oliver North was testifying about it.  Oliver North was a leader of the Laos operation I was assigned to work with.

Our country has a long history of these type programs going back to World War Two.   We copied this from of warfare from the Nazis in WWII it seems. We justified it as necessary for the Cold War.  One of the first operations was T.P. Ajax run by Kermit Roosevelt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953to take over their oil fields.

In that coup the CIA and the State Department under the Dulles Brothers first perfected these covert, illegal and immoral actions. Historians have suggested that Operation T.P. Ajax  was the single event that set in motion the political force of Islamic fundamentalism we are still dealing with today.

Chalmers Johnson also a former CIA employee wrote a series of books too on these blowbacks that happen when the truth is held from the American public.

If we had taken a different approach to our problems in those days an approach that did not rely on lying to our own and the people of other countries and killing them indiscriminately our country would not be in the disaster it is abroad today..

I was young and foolish in those days of the Vietnam War, coveting my Top Secret security clearance, a big thing for an uneducated hillbilly from Appalachia.  We saw ourselves much like James Bond characters, but now I am much wiser. These kinds of actions have immense and long reaching consequences and should be shut down.

But I see from the Ray Davis fiasco in Pakistan that our government is still up to its old way of denying to the people of the world what everyone knows is true.

When will this official hypocrisy end, when will our political
class speak out about this and quit going along with the lies and tricks?  How many more of our people and others will die in these foolish programs?

Davis is in a bad situation now because most of the people of the world, as we see across the Middle East, are now aware of the lies and not going to turn their head anymore.

I say “most” everyone knows, because our own public, the ones suppose to be in control of the military and CIA,  is constantly lied to.  It is so sad to see President Obama repeating the big lie.

Robert Anderson lives in Albuquerque, N.M. He can be reached at citizen@comcast.net

http://www.counterpunch.org/anderson02282011.html

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Captured CIA Agent Connected To False Flags Within Pakistan?

NotForSale2NWO
February 21st, 2011

This is not only being reported by Press TV, it is being reported by multiple other news outlets that are not connected to the Iranian government. Was Raymond David a false flag operative?

‘CIA agent Davis linked to Taliban’
http://presstv.com/detail/166139.html

U.S. official: Accused American in Pakistan a CIA contractor
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asi…

Inside Story-CIA Agent Raymond A. Davis
http://www.kashmirwatch.com/showexclu…

Davis is a CIA agent, no doubt: Pak intel official
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/wo…

Davis mapped Pak targets, court told
http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-ne…

Raymond Davis incident: What sort of diplomat carries a loaded gun?
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world…

American Raymond Davis’ police interview after shooting two Pakistanis dead
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world…

A CIA spy, a hail of bullets, three killed and a US-Pakistan diplomatic row
http://www.u.tv/News/A-CIA-spy-a-hail…

Was Raymond Davis Spying on Pakistan’s Babur Missile?
http://my.firedoglake.com/jimwhite/20…

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Arrest of CIA’s Davis in Pak Confirms Illuminati Behind Terror

March 2, 2011

davis1.jpgThis story is being downplayed because it rips the mask from the US government’s face. Our “defenders” are also the terrorists. Davis was working with the same terror groups Western forces are supposed to be fighting

by David Richards
(for henrymakow.com)

The ‘war on terror’ is a con and in reality the Illuminati play the role of both terrorists and defenders in a dialectic to advance their NWO agenda. The CIA and most intelligence agencies serve the Illuminati bankers, not the countries that fund them.

The recent arrest of CIA agent Raymond Davis in Pakistan reveals that Davis was working with with terrorist groups.

COLD BLOODED MURDERER

Last month, Davis was driving through the busy streets of Lahore when two young Pakistani men on motorbikes drove past him. He opened fire on the men, shooting them in the back through his windscreen. He then got out of his vehicle, walked over to the injured cyclists and pumped five bullets into each man.

Knowing he was in trouble, Davis phoned for reinforcements but by the time they arrived, outraged local Pakistanis blocked his escape and secured his arrest.

At the police station, Davis claimed he was being robbed and had acted in self-defense. However, Pakistani police searched his car and found a make-up kit, long-range radio, a GPRS system and a cell phones containing photographs of sensitive target locations. He’s a CIA agent.

Obama has claimed that Davis is an American diplomat entitled to diplomatic immunity. However, the US blundered their story from the beginning, first claiming he was an ’employee of the US Consulate General Lahore’ and then later a member of the ‘administrative and technical staff of the US Embassy Islamabad’.

Then Davis claimed he worked for a security firm called Hyperion LLC, under a contract with the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan. But the BBC reported that Hyperion exists only as a website, and its offices in Orlando have been vacant for several years. The numbers on its website are unlisted. i.e. it is a CIA front.

The men he killed were revealed to be ISI agents who were trying to arrest Davis. Davis gunned them down rather than surrender.

Pakistan is in a furor. The incident is viewed as the intentional and cold-blooded murders of innocent men. Davis personifies the immunity the American military has to murder Pakistani citizens at will. Outside his jail huge crowds have gathered demanding justice. They have burned effigies of him.

To further inflame public sentiment, a widow of one of the dead men committed suicide by eating rat poison. Before dying she told reporters, “I do not expect any justice from this government. That is why I want to kill myself.” Her last recorded words were “I want blood for blood.”

The public demand for justice is so strong that many fear the already weak Pakistani government will be torn to pieces by it’s own people if they hand Davis back to the Americans.

DAVIS’ MISSION

We are told we must intervene in Afghanistan and Pakistan to combat terrorists. This high profile story has the potential to smash that paradigm. Davis was working with the same terror groups Western forces are supposed to be fighting.

The Daily Telegraph reported that Davis is the ‘acting head of the CIA in Pakistan’. He ‘claimed one of his main tasks was to keep the CIA network intact in the tribal areas where al-Qaeda militants operate, and that he was familiar with their local languages.’

‘Telephone records suggest he was in contact with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the Pakistan Taliban in South Waziristan.’

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi have committed a long list of horrendous crimes. In 2002, two members of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi bombed the International Protestant Church in Islamabad during a church service, killing five people and wounding 40.

The Pakistani government have claimed that the murder of iconic Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto in 2007, along with the murder of 20 others in Rawalpindi was orchestrated by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Pakistan is an Islamic nation with nuclear weapons so it is targeted for destruction and disarmament by the global power elite. Organizations like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi are designed to create chaos in Pakistan, to fracture the country into smaller, more easily manageable pieces to ease Pakistani’s integration into the NWO.

It is also likely that Davis was researching targets for drone attacks. Since 2004, the US military have sent unmanned aircraft to bomb strategic locations in Pakistan. The drones increasingly are controlled by computer game whiz-kids recruited into the army.

Drones attack opponents of military operations in Afghanistan. They also attack conservative regions in Pakistan which are resistance to change.

If you search the drone target lists, one area that crops up repeatedly is South Waziristan. Wikipedia describes the social life of this region:

‘The tribes are divided into sub-tribes governed by male village elders who meet in a tribal jirga. Socially and religiously, Waziristan is an extremely conservative area. Women are carefully guarded, and every household must be headed by a male figure. Tribal cohesiveness is strong through so-called Collective Responsibility Acts in the Frontier Crimes Regulation.’

The Illuminati Satanists are waging a war on Islam. The local men of South Waziristan are warriors and refuse to allow the destruction of their culture. Their leaders are assassinated and referred to in our media as ‘Al-Qaeda leaders.’

CONCLUSION

Raymond Davis faces an uncertain future. The Pakistani government will not want to anger the US by trying and executing him,  because Pakistan receives a $3 billion aid package annually from the US, which no doubt lines the pockets of government leaders.

However, an outraged public may make it politically unfeasible to hand Davis back to the US. The Pakistani government also has pressure from it’s own secret services, the ISI, to prosecute him.

The ISI’s motivation stems from recent rifts with the CIA. A recent example being the ISI’s fury at the CIA implicating them in the Mumbai bombings. The Washington Post recently reported that the ISI is ready to split with the CIA.

Possibly the case will be drawn out over many months until public anger dies down and Davis can be safely escorted home.

This story is huge in Pakistan but it has been under-reported in the West because it is dangerous.

Look at photographs of Raymond Davis and you will see why. He is an all-American looking man. Understanding this story rips the mask from the US government’s face. Our defenders are also funding and organizing the terrorists.

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Makow comment: In the Western context, false flag terror is used as a pretext by the Illuminati bankers to wage war against the general populace. They must translate their monopoly over government credit into a monopoly over everything. In other words, “terror” is an excuse to enslave us.

Mankind has been colonized by a satanic cult, the Illuminati, empowered by the central banking and associated cartels.Our “leaders” are traitors and collaborators.  Selling your soul to the devil, wittingly or unwittingly, is a prerequisite for success.

 

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The Case Mounts Against the CIA’s Raymond Davis PDF Print E-mail
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Pakistani and Indian Papers Say US Contractor is a “Terrorist”

By Dave Lindorff

Pakistani and Indian newspapers are reporting that Raymond Davis, the CIA contractor in jail in Lahore facing murder charges for the execution-slayings of two young men believed to by Pakistani intelligence operatives, was actually involved in organizing terrorist activities in Pakistan.

As the Express Tribune, an English-language daily that is linked to the International Herald Tribune,reported on Feb. 22:

“The Lahore killings were a blessing in disguise for our security agencies who suspected that Davis was masterminding terrorist activities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab,” a senior official in the Punjab Police claimed.

“His close ties with the TTP [the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan] were revealed during the investigations,” he added. “Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency.” Call records of the cellphones recovered from Davis have established his links with 33 Pakistanis, including 27 militants from the TTP and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi sectarian outfit, sources said.

The article goes on to explain a motive for why the US, which on the one hand has been openly pressing Pakistan to move militarily against Taliban forces in the border regions abutting Afghanistan, would have a contract agent actively encouraging terrorist acts within Pakistan, saying:

Davis was also said to be working on a plan to give credence to the American notion that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are not safe. For this purpose, he was setting up a group of the Taliban which would do his bidding.

According to a report in the Economic Times of India, a review by police investigators of calls placed by Davis on some of the cell phones found on his person and in his rented Honda Civic after the shooting showed calls to 33 Pakistanis, including 27 militants from the banned Pakistani Taliban, and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an group identified as terrorist organization by both the US and Pakistan, which has been blamed for the assassination of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and to the brutal slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Meanwhile, while the US continues to claim that Davis was “defending himself” against two armed robbers, the Associated Press is reporting that its sources in Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), are telling them that Davis “knew both men he killed.”

The AP report, which was run in Thursday’s Washington Post, claims the ISI says it “had no idea who Davis was or what he was doing when he was arrested,” that he had contacts in Pakistan’s tribal regions, and that his visa applications contained “bogus references and phone numbers.”

The article quotes a “senior Pakistani intelligence official” as saying the ISI “fears there are hundreds of CIA contractors presently operating in Pakistan without the knowledge of the Pakistan government or the intelligence agency.”

In an indication that Pakistan is hardening its stance against caving to US pressure to spring Davis from jail, the Express Tribune quotes sources in the Pakistani Foreign Office as saying that the US has been pressing them to forge backdated documents that would allow the US to claim that Davis worked for the US Embassy. President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top US officials have been trying to claim Davis was an Embassy employee, and not, as they originally stated, and as he himself told arresting police officers, just a contractor working out of the Lahore Consulate. The difference is critical, since most Embassy employees get blanket immunity for their activities, while consular employees, under the Vienna Conventions, only are given immunity for things done during and in the course of their official duties.

The US had submitted a list of its Embassy workers to the Foreign Office on Jan. 20, a week before the shooting. That list had 48 names on it, and Davis was not one of them. A day after the shooting, the Embassy submitted a “revised” list, claiming rather improbably that it had “overlooked” Davis. At the time of his arrest, Davis was carrying a regular passport, not a diplomatic one, though the Consulate in Lahore rushed over the following day and tried to get police to let them swap his well-worn regular passport for a shiny new diplomatic one (they were rebuffed). Davis was also carrying a Department of Defense contractor ID when he was arrested, further complicating the picture of who his real employer might be.

DAVE LINDORFF is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, the new independent, collectively-owned, journalist-run, reader-backed online alternative newspaper. This originally appeared on Counterpunch on February 25, 2011.

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The New York Times and CIA killer Raymond Davis

By Barry Grey
1 March 2011

The New York Times on Sunday published a column by its public editor, Arthur S. Brisbane, defending the newspaper’s decision to withhold, at the request of the Obama administration, the fact that CIA killer Raymond Davis is an employee of the US spy agency.

Whatever Brisbane’s intentions, the column is a self-indictment, exposing the liberal newspaper of record’s lack of any sense of democratic responsibility or fidelity to basic journalistic principles and its role as a quasi-state propaganda organ.

On January 27 Davis, a former US Special Forces solider and Xe Services (previously called Blackwater) mercenary, shot and killed two Pakistani youth in broad daylight while driving through a crowded market in Lahore. Other CIA operatives who raced to the scene in their vehicle to prevent Pakistani officials from arresting Davis struck a third man and fled, leaving their victim to die in the street.

The following day, Pakistani authorities arrested Davis and charged him with murder and carrying an unlicensed gun. The US government demanded, and continues to demand, Davis’ release to American officials on the grounds that he is an official with the US embassy in Islamabad and enjoys diplomatic immunity. The Obama administration denied charges by Pakistani officials that Davis is a CIA operative.

The killings and the US response have outraged Pakistani public opinion, sparking ongoing protests in Lahore and elsewhere around the country.

Although the Times was aware of Davis’ CIA connections, it not only concealed them in its coverage, it acceded to a State Department request that it not report Pakistani charges that Davis was linked to the CIA. Only after the British Guardian on February 20 published a report on Davis’ ties to the CIA did the Times, the following day, acknowledge the fact.

In the Times’ February 21 story, which explained that Davis’ activities were part of an expanding CIA-led spy operation in Pakistan, the newspaper reported that it had withheld information on Davis’ CIA connections at the behest of the US government.

Brisbane’s February 27 column begins with excerpts from the letters of three readers denouncing the Times for colluding with the government to conceal the truth. “Yet again,” reads one of the letters, “the NYT has shown itself to be a willing pawn of the government’s propaganda ministry.”

The public editor makes clear that he is writing in response to an outpouring of anger over the newspaper’s self-censorship, noting that it has “kicked up a powerful response, some of it as bitterly critical as these readers’ comments.”

In fact, the Times has no credibility among those who follow international developments. Informed readers can only assume that what is published has been cleared with the State Department, the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies.

Brisbane recounts that on February 8, State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley contacted the Times. He quotes Executive Editor Bill Keller as saying, “He was asking us not to speculate or recycle charges in the Pakistani press. His concern was that the letters C-I-A in an article in the NYT, even as speculation, would be taken as authoritative and would be a red flag in Pakistan.”

Keller is unabashed in acknowledging that he works on behalf of the government to manage and filter the flow of information to the public.

“Mr. Crowley told me the United States was concerned about Mr. Davis’ safety while in Pakistani custody,” Brisbane writes. This ostensible concern for the safety of intelligence operatives and sources has become a catchall rationale for suppressing information the government wants to conceal from the public. In its name, the New York Times along with most of the US media has demonized WikiLeaks and its cofounder Julian Assange.

It is a convenient and all-embracing pretext for concealing the activities of US intelligence and military operatives, since, by the very nature of what they do, such people place their lives at risk. By accepting responsibility for their security, the Times becomes their accomplice—providing the equivalent of a journalistic getaway car.

After noting that other major media organizations, including the Associated Press and the Washington Post, also acceded to the government’s request to hide Davis’ CIA ties, Brisbane admits that even after the Guardian exposé, the Times complied with a State Department appeal for it to delay for a day its own article.

Having outlined this sordid history, Brisbane writes: “As profoundly unpalatable as it is, I think the Times did the only thing it could do.”

There follows a sophistic and semi-coherent exposition on the supposed tension between revealing government secrets and “saving lives.” Behind his uncritical parroting of the government line on jeopardizing Davis’ safety is the unstated support of Brisbane and the Times for US intelligence operations around the world—which are uniformly directed at advancing the interests of the American corporate-financial elite and supporting repressive client regimes.

The depth of indifference toward the plight of the masses who suffer as a result of the predations of US-backed despots or directly at the hands of the American military—as in Pakistan—is stark. In his concern for the safety of a professional killer, Brisbane seems to place little or no value on the lives of ordinary Pakistanis—or Iraqis, Afghanis, Yemenis, etc.

It never occurs to him to ponder how many Pakistani lives will be lost if CIA murderers like Davis are allowed to kill with impunity.

Brisbane approvingly quotes author and Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, who, while noting that the Davis affair is “just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of intensive secret warfare the United States is waging in the region, “ concludes that “you just don’t want to get someone killed,” and declares, “humanitarian considerations first, journalism second.”

As though the US government campaign to free Davis—whose trial could provide explosive testimony about US conspiracies and provocations in Pakistan and elsewhere—is a humanitarian effort!

Brisbane then admits that the Times’ suppression of Davis’ CIA connections necessarily led to inaccurate and misleading reporting. He writes: “For nearly two weeks, the Times tried to report on the Davis affair while sealing off the CIA connection. In practice, this meant its stories contained material that, in the cold light of retrospect, seems very misleading.”

Brisbane even quotes the chairman of the journalism department at Emerson College, Ted Gup, who explains that the suppression of Davis’ CIA connections involves a basic falsification because that issue is at the heart of the legal and political issues surrounding the case. “In this instance,” Gup says, “his affiliation might help explain what transpired. In other words, you may not be able to tell this story without identifying him as agency or agency support.”

Thus, even from the standpoint of sheer journalistic ethics, leaving aside political or moral considerations, the Times admits that it violated any fidelity to objectivity and engaged in public misinformation at the request of the state. There could be no clearer definition of a controlled press, except that in the US there is no need for state compulsion. The establishment media sees itself as an instrument of the government and willingly censors itself.

“How can a news outlet stay credible when readers learn later that it has concealed what it knows?” Brisbane asks. How indeed?!

Brisbane passes seamlessly from this dilemma to a reassertion of the correctness of the Times’ suppression of the facts. He quotes the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, Dean Baquet, as saying: “I would argue that, given the restriction [only a mere restriction!], we tried our best not to be misleading… I don’t regret the judgment not to identify further. These are hard calls.”

They may be hard calls, but the Times has plenty of practice making them, inasmuch as it routinely vets its reporting with the government and suppresses stories ranging from domestic spying to US war crimes around the world.

Brisbane concludes that “to have handled [the Davis story] otherwise would have been simply reckless. I’d call this a no-win situation, one that reflects the limits of responsible journalism in the theater of secret war.”

Responsible to whom? Certainly not to the people of the United States or the world. With this cynical attempt at self-justification, the Times only clarifies that it, along with the rest of the establishment press, is responsible to the American capitalist class and its state.

The author also recommends:

The New York Times’ Bill Keller on WikiLeaks: A collapse of democratic sensibility
[3 February 2011]

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Pakistan arrests US security contractor as rift with CIA deepens

ISI tells American agency to unmask all its covert operatives after arrest of Aaron DeHaven in Peshawar, over visa expiry

  • Declan Walsh in Islamabad
  • guardian.co.uk, Friday 25 February 2011 17.24 GMT
  • Article history
  • Supporters of the religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally against CIA employee Raymond Davis Supporters of the religious party Jamaat-e-Islami rally against CIA employee Raymond Davis, accused of murdering two Pakistanis. Photograph: K.M.Chaudary/AP 

    Pakistani authorities have arrested a US government security contractor amid a worsening spy agency row between the countries, with Pakistani intelligence calling on the Americans to “come clean” about its network of covert operatives in the country.

    The arrest came at the start of the murder trial of another American held in Pakistan, the CIA agent Raymond Davis.

    Peshawar police arrested Aaron DeHaven, a contractor who recently worked for the US embassy in Islamabad, saying that his visa had expired.

    Little was known about DeHaven except that his firm, which also has offices in Afghanistan and Dubai, is staffed by retired US military and defence personnel who boast of direct experience in the “global war on terror”.

    It was unclear whether his arrest was linked to escalating tensions between the Inter-Services Intelligence and the CIA, triggered by the trial of Davis, who appeared in handcuffs at a brief court hearing in a Lahore jail.

    The 36-year-old former special forces soldier, whose status as a spy was revealed by the Guardian, refused to sign a chargesheet presented to him by the prosecution, which says he murdered two men at a traffic junction on January 27.

    Davis instead repeated his claim of diplomatic immunity – a claim supported by President Barack Obama, who called him “our diplomat”.

    The press and public were excluded from the hearing in Kot Lakhpat jail, where Pakistani officials have taken unusual measures to ensure Davis’s security amid a public clamour for his execution.

    The furore has also triggered the most serious crisis between the ISI and the CIA since the 9/11 attacks. A senior ISI official told the Guardian that the CIA must “ensure there are no more Raymond Davises or his ilk” if it is to repair the tattered relationship of trust.

    “They need to come clean, tell us who they are and what they are doing. They need to stop doing things behind our back,” he said. There are “two or three score” covert US operatives roaming Pakistan, “if not more”, he said.

    CIA spokesman George Little said that agency ties to the ISI “have been strong over the years, and when there are issues to sort out, we work through them. That’s the sign of a healthy partnership”.

    Pakistani civilian officials warned that the ISI was amplifying fallout from the Davis crisis through selective media leaks to win concessions from the US.

    “They’re playing the media; in private they’re much more deferential to the Americans,” said a senior government official, who added that the two agencies had weathered previous disagreements in private.

    The crisis has sucked in the military top brass from both countries. On Tuesday, a Pakistani delegation led by General Ashfaq Kayani met US generals, led by Admiral Mike Mullen, at a luxury resort in Oman to hammer out the issues.

    The US stressed that it “did not want the US-Pakistan relationship to go into a freefall under media and domestic pressures”, according to an account of the meeting obtained by Foreign Policy magazine.

    The ISI official agreed that future co-operation was vital. “They need us; we need them,” he said. “But we need to move forward in the right direction, based on equality and respect.”

    The media furore over Davis has fuelled scrutiny of other American security officials in Pakistan and their visa arrangements, and may have led police to Aaron DeHaven in Peshawar on Friday.

    DeHaven runs a company named Catalyst Services which, according to its website, is staffed by retired military and defence department personnel who have “played some role in major world events” including the collapse of the Soviet Union, the military mission to Somalia and the “global war on terror”. Services offered include “full-service secure residences”, protective surveillance and armed security.

    One prospective customer who met DeHaven last year described him as a small, slightly-built man, who wore glasses and had broad knowledge of Pakistani politics. DeHaven said he had lived in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for one year, had married a Pakistani woman along the border with Afghanistan, and spoke Pashto fluently.

    He said he moved his base from Peshawar to Islamabad last year over suspicions that he worked for Blackwater, the controversial US military contracting firm.

    His business partner is listed on company documents as Hunter Obrikat with an address in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Guardian was unable to contact either men at listed numbers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, the US and Dubai.

    US embassy spokeswoman Courtney Beale said DeHaven was “not a direct employee of the US government” but added that details could not be confirmed until a consular officer had met him. The arrest is another sign of brittle relations between the two countries.

    US officials in Washington argue that Davis is a registered diplomat who should be immediately released under the provisions of the Vienna convention. But that plea has fallen on deaf ears in Pakistan, where the papers have been filled with lurid accounts of the spy’s alleged activities, including unlikely accounts of him working with the Taliban and al-Qaida.

    The US has also struck some blows in the covert public relations war. After a lull of three weeks, the CIA restarted its drone campaign in the tribal belt last Monday, with near-daily attacks on militant targets since then. “It’s their way of showing who’s in charge,” said a senior Pakistani official.

    And at the Oman meeting, Mullen warned Kayani he would apply “other levers” to the Pakistanis if a solution to the case was not found, the official added.

    Since Davis’s CIA status was revealed, US officials have told Pakistani officials that their best hope is in offering compensation to the families of the two men Davis shot in Lahore. Religious parties, however, have pressured relatives not to accept money.

    Meanwhile, the Zardari government says it will settle the issue of Davis’s diplomatic status at a court hearing scheduled for 14 March.

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Raymond Davis saga: US warns of moving International Court

Published: February 24, 2011

Western newspapers reveal they knew that Davis was employed by the American spy agency, the CIA.

ISLAMABAD: US officials have indirectly warned that their country could approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ), if the spat over their ‘consular employee’ Raymond Davis, is not resolved in accordance with the Vienna Convention.

In a related development, Western newspapers have revealed that they knew that Davis, who is facing double murder charges, was employed by the American spy agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, but the information had been withheld on the request of the US administration. However, US diplomatic officials on Wednesday continued to insist that Davis was a member of the ‘technical and administrative staff’ of their mission in Pakistan and hence immune from criminal prosecution.

Davis, who is currently on judicial remand in Kot Lakhpat Jail, was arrested after he allegedly shot dead two Pakistanis at a busy bus stop in Lahore on January 27. US officials claim that the killings resulted from a ‘botched robbery’ attempt.

US diplomatic officials told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity that if Pakistan did not honour the Vienna conventions, the US could move the ICJ. They added that the ICJ rulings are mandatory for all signatories to the Vienna Convention.

The US officials said that the Pakistan government could declare any diplomat persona non grata and ask him to ‘pack up and go’, but it could not try any diplomat in any case.

They ruled out the criminal prosecution of Davis who, according to them, enjoys ‘blanket immunity.’ They hinted that Davis’s CIA links had no bearing on his diplomatic immunity because, according to them, anybody could be appointed as a diplomat by a country.

The US officials also claimed that it was not necessary for a diplomat to acquire his/her diplomatic card from the host country.

However, a top foreign ministry official contradicted the claim and termed it bizarre. “It’s mandatory for diplomats to get their diplomatic cards and other necessary documents from the foreign ministry after landing in a host country,” the official told The Express Tribune.

US officials claimed that the US Embassy in Islamabad had declared Davis’s diplomatic status on January 20. But senior officials in the Foreign Office say that they had not received any intimation from the US mission in this regard before the Lahore shooting.

The US Embassy has allegedly been pressuring the Foreign Office to forge the records and backdate Davis’ diplomatic status.

Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had also corroborated these allegations on the floor of the National Assembly on Tuesday. He told lawmakers that he had refused the foreign ministry because he feared the government would force him to forge documents to prove Davis’s diplomatic status.

On Wednesday, the US official renewed the demand for the ‘unconditional and early’ release of Davis. US Senator John Kerry, on a recent trip to Pakistan, had promised a thorough investigation by the US Justice Department if Davis was released by Pakistani authorities.

Qureshi advised the US not to publicly demand diplomatic immunity for Davis.  Qureshi recalled that he had refused diplomatic immunity to Davis despite US pressure and had instead made it clear to the Americans that the matter was ‘sensitive’ which could have far-reaching repercussions.

“If asked, I will appear before the Lahore High Court to share my views on the issue which is that Davis does not have blanket immunity,” Qureshi told a gathering at the Rawalpindi district bar on Wednesday. (With additional reporting by OBAID ABABSI in Rawalpindi)

Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2011.

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Davis Case Has Thrown Overboard America’s Rules On Terrorism

Asif Haroon Raja
Thu 24 Feb 2011

As per Paul Craig Robert, hypocrisy in America is now so commonplace it is no longer noticed. While it enjoys torturing other peoples for American sins, it objects to human rights abuses of countries it despises such as Burma, Pakistan, Iran, Syria. In USA if a person tortures a dog he is sent to jail, but a government functionary indulging in torture against fellow beings is ignored.

The US has destroyed two Muslim countries and acutely lacerated the third Muslim country under the plea of curbing terrorism and making the world peaceful but its own track record shows that it is the leading terrorist state. It not only indulges in state terrorism but also foments terrorism through clandestine black operations in other countries. While the US has put the entire Muslim world on the chopping block, it considers its own executioners above law.

Hypocrisy and double standards of the US came in full spotlight when one of leading CIA’s agent Raymond Allen Davis, a former green beret working for State Department, was arrested by Lahore police after he shot dead two motorcyclists Faheem and Faizan with his 9mm semi-automatic Glock pistol in broad daylight on 27 January. 47 eye-witnesses recorded their statements saying that they saw Davis continuing to shoot at the two after they had turned to flee. Both were repeatedly hit in the back; hence question of self-defence didn’t arise. Davis stated that he shot them not because they had menaced him with guns but because he believed that they were armed.

The speeding back up SUV of US Consulate in Lahore which he summoned for his rescue trampled to death another motorcyclist Ibadur Rehman. Instead of attending to him, the driver who was driving recklessly on the wrong side of the road chose to slip away. Davis has been charge sheeted and his case is in the court while the driver and other occupants of second vehicle have reportedly secretly flown back to USA. Punjab government had written five letters to Consul General Ms Carmella Conroy while Lahore Police had tried hard to gain access to the accused but were denied.

Davis case has locked up USA and Pakistan in a diplomatic row. The incident has thrown overboard all rules framed by USA on terrorism and abetment to terrorism after 9/11. The whole Muslim world as well as Muslims residing in USA and eastern countries were hounded, humiliated, persecuted and killed on the plea of terrorism for over nine years. Hearts of American rulers have not softened even after massacring over two million Muslims, inflicting inhuman torture to the detainees in prisons, destroying their homes, hearths and their means of livelihood. Spree of death and destruction is still continuing unabated since the fire of revenge over faked 9/11 is still burning intensely. Ironically rules on terrorism applied on the Muslims are not applicable to USA, western world, Israel and India.

State terrorism by USA, Israel and India and their uncanny fondness for secret wars are not covered under punishable acts of terrorism. Drone attacks enjoy immunity and so does Raymond Davis like killers who are behind most terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Reportedly Davis was the chief coordinator and intelligence provider for drone attacks. This is evident from the fact that after the last drone attack in North Waziristan on 23 January, the next one took place on 21 February. Davis arrest had disturbed the whole network and it took CIA one month to reassemble the network under another Davis.

America has provided licenses to kill to its soldiers and secret agents and desires Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, the three most affected countries to grant full immunity to all US nationals. Musharraf regime as well as current regime had given their consent on the quiet but now that the ruling regime is in dire straits; and the Army and ISI have adopted principled stand on national security matters, the US is finding it difficult to have its own way and is off colors. Sacked foreign minister Qureshi is another disappointment for the US as well as for Zardari since he defied American and PPP leadership pressure. He stood his ground asserting that he would not give a certificate about Davis immunity since according to foreign office record he was not entitled to it. He fell from the US and Zardari’s grace and lost his seat but enhanced his stature among he people.

Davis is a confirmed CIA agent and is on a special mission to harm Pakistan. He had served in Special Forces for ten years after which he opened a security company at Las Vegas Nevada with fake addresses. He was sent to Pakistan as a security contractor under the aegis of Blackwater in 2007 and was attached with US Consulate in Peshawar. During his two years stay he developed contacts in North and South Waziristan and made frequent trips. It was in Waziristan that he got addicted to Naswar (intoxicant) which he still loves to have. He was also in regular contact with Xe Services compound at Chinar road University Town which housed several black colored armored Chevys. Davis was declared persona non-grata twice because of his suspicious activities. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was rocked with maximum terrorist attacks during his stay. After he moved to Lahore Consulate in 2009, Lahore became turbulent.

While Davis has confessed his crime, the driver and occupants of back up SUV are runaway proclaimed offenders. Carmella comes under the felony of harboring the accused, refusing to hand them over to police and then facilitating their escape. She is also responsible for the conduct of Davis since he was employed under her. The framers of terrorism laws have themselves got caught up in the jumble of their own laws. Instead of feeling ashamed, Obama downwards are all breathing over the neck of already harassed rulers of Pakistan to immediately free Davis or face the consequences.

They are brandishing both stick and carrot and also trying to buy over the family members of the deceased. Senator Kerry was here to mesmerize our leaders by his sweet talk and take along Davis or as a minimum force Pakistan leadership to bend its rules, over look court jurisdiction and raised emotions of the people and hurt sentiments of the aggrieved family members of three victims and grant Davis diplomatic immunity. His abortive mission has made US leaders glum faced. Resignedly they say that the US popularity in Pakistan which had shown some improvement in the aftermath of floods has again slumped. It is intriguing that top US leadership is exerting so much pressure on Pakistan for a low-ranking security contractor and fails to understand that even diplomatic immunity doesn’t become a safety valve for those involved in serious crimes.

Had Davis committed this crime in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Balochistan, he would have been killed by the people on the spot. At the same time I may add that had this crime been committed in Islamabad or in any of the smaller provinces and survived the wrath of the on spot crowd, Davis would have flown out by now. The US leaders must be direly missing Gen Musharraf and PCO judges and cursing Shabaz Sharif. Had Musharraf been in command, Davis would have been freed on 28th January.

Detained Davis has become a ticking bomb for Pakistan. His safety till completion of his trial which will take a considerable length of time has become an utmost concern for law enforcement agencies in Lahore. There are possibilities he could be swooped away by the US Special Forces already secretly positioned in Pakistan through a sting operation. RAW could play a dirty role in harming him to put Pakistan in another tight corner. Fearful of Davis divulging CIA’s clandestine operations in Pakistan, the CIA could get him bumped off. Anti-American militant groups based in Pakistan may attempt to kill him in case they feel that he is being freed without a trial.

Davis himself is becoming nervy and has reportedly refused to have his meals since he desires Mexican food and removal of camera which enables the police to keep a watch on him. Once he finds that the US government has been unable to rescue him he may attempt to harm himself. In each case the blame would come on Pakistan government. The US has categorically stated that it will hold Pakistan fully responsible for his safety. If he is released under pressure of USA, it could trigger serious law and order situation and possibly Tunis, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen like uprising.

Heavens have not fallen after the postponement of tripartite meeting in Washington. Pakistan will not collapse if Zardari’s visit to Washington is postponed, or the US blocks aid or Obama cancels his visit to Pakistan. Pakistan has gone through much worst testing times and is even now suffering despite American aid. What is important to understand by our leaders is that under the changed geo political environment in Afghanistan; the US needs Pakistan as much as Pakistan needs American financial support. The US has assured that Davis affair irrespective of its strong reservations will not strain Pak-US relations. Unfinished war on terror has compulsively made the US glued to Pakistan irrespective of its strong disliking. Hence, we should not make any compromises and let the law run its full course. At the same time, Pakistan should get rid of about 1100 Davis like noxious CIA agents roaming freely at the earliest.

February 22, 2011, Asian Tribune

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Inside Story-CIA Agent Raymond A. Davis
Kashmir Watch, Feb 21

By Lt Col Zaheerul Hassan (R)

On January 29, I along with my family while going   to my house   passed through the Jail Road and viewed the seen of the unpleasant event. In that incident on January 27, 2011 an American undercover secret agent Raymond A Davis killed two young boys just in front of famous “Bhatti Tikka Shop”. The site was marked with the nylon rope and the bloodshed of killed citizens over road was visible from a distance as well. Out of these murdered persons, two were killed by Raymond who allegedly shot eight times with pinpoint accuracy through his car windshield and third one totally innocent young boy was crushed by another American vehicle which came for the rescue of the killer.  Davis and others Americans fled the vehicles away from the seen of the crime but thanks to Almighty Allah Who created a defect in a private car of the unknown lady just in front of Davis’ car, and forced him to stop. At that moment chasing police party successful captured Raymond Davis before he would has entered into the consulate. But the vehicle which crushed Obaidur Rehman escaped itself and went to US consulate. Despite repeated requests of Punjab government, US consulate has not produced the driver along with the vehicle to the police. Reportedly, the driver and occupants of this vehicle have been secretly transported to Afghanistan by road and later on from there were flown to US.

The investigating Agency (Punjab Police) failed to completely open the trained CIA agent Davis. However, the police recovered from him private pistol, few bullets, camera, cell phones, highly sophisticated wireless set and dollars. The screening of camera revealed that Davis has carried out the photography of Pakistani bunkers situated on Eastern border, fort located at Waris Road (ex location of an Army Unit), sensitive buildings and locations. The calls records of his mobile phones indicate that Davis was in connection with different Taliban groups (working in the interest of India and US). According to “The European Union Times Report” Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) revealed that    top secret CIA documents found in Davis’s possession point his connection with al-Qaeda terrorists and use to provide them “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents” which could be used against the United States itself in order to ignite an all-out war in order to reestablish the West’s hegemony over a Global economy that is warned is just months away from collapse.

The report further disclosed the information about Davis while quoting the report of   “Times of India” that includes: “According to records from the Pentagon, Davis is a former Special Forces soldier who left the army in August 2003 after 10 years of service. A Virginia native, he served with infantry divisions prior to joining the 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1994, he was part of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Macedonia. The American Spy is in the habit of drug taking {“Charse filled cigarette & Niswar” (both these drugs are extensively being used by the male inhabitants of Afghanistan and tribal area of Pakistan)}

According to the officers of investigating agencies, neither US consulate nor Mr. Davis has cooperated n interrogation of the case. It is also mentionable here that Investigating Agency has openly negated Davis stance over killing of the two citizens in self-defense.

Washington’s foreign office and US ambassador instead assisting local police for fair investigation started crying for immunity of a spy under the Vienna acts. The actual situation of the case of immunity is, Mr. Davis’ name has not been included in that list which was provided by the US consulate to Interior Ministry for getting diplomatic facilities on January 23, 2011. His name has been included in that list which was dispatched to Interior Ministry of Pakistan on January 28, 2011 (after the murder of Pakistani Citizens). Thus, Davis name was listed maliciously to prove him as diplomat. Mr. Obama, Hilleary Clinton & John Kerry also tried to  built up pressure on government of Pakistan to release Mr. Davis on the plea that his status comes under the Vienna act which gives immunity to diplomats. Pakistan’s former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had pressurized him to verify the diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis arrested for gunning down two men in Lahore. “Hillary Clinton called me and wanted me to publicly confirm diplomatic immunity of Davis. However, I refused to do so because it was against the factual position in the case,” Qureshi was quoted as saying by Dunya News Saturday night.  In this regard government of Pakistan straight away refused to provide him the immunity and stated that matter would be decided by the court.

Anyhow, the above revealed facts forced Pakistani authorities to dig out the truth since now it’s not the matter of two simple murders in self defence. In fact it is matter of Pakistan’s national security, integrity, respect, survival and sovereignty.  To reach the conclusion, the investigating agencies have to find out the answers of significant questions which are frustrating everyone’s mind. The questions could be, (one) why Mr. Davis was roaming in Lahore with a loaded pistol and carried out photography of important sensitive places, (two) is murder of the two  young citizens  result of  some secret operation  “agent burning  of”, (three) was Davis on some  covert mission and thought that he had been compromised due to continuous chase by some local intelligence people, thus decided to get rid of them  ,(four) was he working as a  duel  agent of RAW & Mossad apart from his parent organization CIA, (five) has he been given the mission of sabotaging already scheduled US-Pakistan-Afghanistan Dialogues,(six) was he really helping Al-Qaida in getting small yield  nuclear weapons (seven) was he having some connection or clue  in killing  and abduction of Col (Retired ) Imam, (eight) why US consulate is reluctant in handing over the  car along with driver  for investigating which crushed a passing bye motor cyclist ,(nine) Do the  operators of Mr. Davis’s desire to sabotage Obama’s plan of leaving Afghanistan soon,(ten) is he on the mission to sabotage forth coming Indo-Pak talks,(eleven) Has CIA decided to get rid of Mr. Davis?,

The analysis of the evidence available and questions raised in this article   are giving indication that CIA spy Mr. Davis was on some secret mission and killed innocent Pakistani citizens considering them chaser of local intelligence organization or on “agent burning mission’.

On under discussion issue of Davis top military and political leadership has unanimous view i.e. dealing the case with dignity, fairly and without taking the pressure of US.  In this connection on February 18, 2011, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency. “Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani was also present during the meeting. In this sitting issues relating to the war against militancy was discusses. However, an official privy to meeting revealed that the issue of terrorism was deliberated upon during the talks, but the focus was on the Pakistan-US diplomatic row over the fate of the detained American citizen. Pakistani judicial system is matured and independent. Davis case is in the court so American top brass should respect the local courts which will definitely deal the case the on merit. It is mentionable here that Pakistani government would never like to commit political suicide without taking the nation in confidence by unconditionally releasing CIA Spy. Moreover the government will never like to sign on her death warrant just because of Davis stupidity or to win American sympathies. Pakistani government should instruct foreign embassies to curtail their employees’ activities. US top brass if believe in long term strategic relations with Pakistan then she has to respect the emotions of the people and local laws. America should also realize that she cannot fight the war on terror without Pakistan support.  In overall scenario the point to be pondering here that “Pakistani masses have started thinking whether America is their strategic friend or strategic enemy”. Thus, US authorities must control “Black Water” which has become the black spot for US.

Posted on 21 Feb 2011 by Webmaster

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Arrested US official is actually CIA contractor

AP

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2011 file photo, Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Allen Davis, a U.S., center, to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan AP – FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2011 file photo, Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Allen Davis, a U.S., …
By ADAM GOLDMAN and KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press Adam Goldman And Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press Mon Feb 21, 12:28 pm ET

WASHINGTON – An American jailed in Pakistan for the fatal shooting of two armed men was secretly working for the CIA when he was arrested, a disclosure likely to further frustrate U.S. government efforts to free the man and strain relations between two countries partnered in a fragile alliance in the war on terror.

Raymond Allen Davis, 36, had been working as a CIA security contractor for the U.S. consulate in Lahore, according to former and current U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly about the incident.

Davis, a former Special Forces soldier who left the military in 2003, shot the men in what he described as an attempted armed robbery in the eastern city of Lahore as they approached him on a motorcycle. A third Pakistani, a bystander, died when a car rushing to help Davis struck him. Davis was reportedly carrying a Glock handgun, a pocket telescope and papers with different identifications.

The revelation that Davis was an employee of the CIA comes amid a tumultuous dispute over whether he is immune from criminal prosecution under international rules enacted to protect diplomats overseas. New protests in Pakistan erupted after The Guardian newspaper in London decided to publish details about Davis’ relationship with the CIA.

The U.S. had repeatedly asserted that Davis had diplomatic immunity and should have been released immediately. The State Department had claimed Davis was “entitled to full criminal immunity in accordance with the Vienna Convention” and was a member of the “technical and administrative staff” at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

The Associated Press learned about Davis working for the CIA last month, immediately after the shootings, but withheld publication of the information because it could endanger his life while he was jailed overseas, with at least some protesters there calling for his execution as a spy.

The AP had intended to report Davis’ CIA employment after he was out of harm’s way, but the story was broken Sunday by The Guardian. The CIA asked The AP and several other U.S. media outlets to hold their stories as the U.S. tried to improve Davis’ security situation.

A U.S. official says Davis is being held at a jail on the outskirts of Lahore where there are serious doubts about whether the Pakistanis can truly protect him. The official says the Pakistanis have expressed similar concerns to the U.S.

The State Department said the Pakistani government was informed that Davis was a diplomat and entitled to immunity when he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. “We notified the Pakistani government when he arrived in Islamabad,” department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.

Davis identified himself as a diplomat to police when he was arrested and “has repeatedly requested immunity” to no avail, Crowley said. The U.S. Embassy said he has a diplomatic passport and a visa valid through June 2012. It also said in a recent statement the U.S. had notified the Pakistani government of Davis’ assignment more than a year ago. However, a senior Pakistani intelligence official says that Davis’ visa application contained bogus U.S. contact information.

Since Pakistani authorities took the ex-Special Forces soldier into custody Jan. 27, U.S. officials said, the situation has slowly escalated into a crisis, threatening the CIA’s ability to wage a dangerous war against al-Qaida and militants. Some members of Congress have threatened to cut off the billions in funding to Pakistan if Davis isn’t released.

Davis was attached to the CIA’s Global Response Staff, which provides security overseas to agency bases and stations, former and current U.S. officials told the AP. In that role, he was assigned to protect CIA personnel. On the day he was captured, he was familiarizing himself with the area.

“Davis is a protective officer, someone who provides security to U.S. officials in Pakistan,” the U.S official said. “Rumors to the contrary are simply wrong.”

In a YouTube video of local police interrogating him, Davis says he’s a consultant and he’s with the “RAO,” a reference to the American Regional Affairs Office. Davis also said at one point he was attached to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

Working for the agency’s GRS comes with risks — sometimes fatal ones. The head of security at the CIA’s base in Khost, Afghanistan, was killed with six others in December 2009 after a suicide bomber detonated a powerful explosive under his belt.

The CIA has a major presence in Pakistan, where it runs the drone program in Islamabad and offensive operations against militants, al-Qaida and Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence.

Former and current U.S. officials say the Pakistanis might have been stalling to release Davis so he could be extensively questioned, hoping he could provide more information about CIA activities in the troubled country or possibly even identify other agency officers.

The senior Pakistani intelligence official told the AP the two men in the response vehicle that went to aid Davis, killing the bystander, have left the country. The official said the Pakistani government’s decision to let them leave was a concession to the U.S.

The U.S.-Pakistani partnership had begun to fray in recent months. In late 2010, a pair of civil lawsuits filed in the U.S. accused Pakistan’s spy chief of nurturing terrorists involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Shortly after the lawsuits were filed, the name of the CIA’s top spy in Pakistan was publicly disclosed and his life threatened. He was eventually pulled out of the country in December, a month before the scheduled end of his tour.

A former CIA officer said militants have also threatened the children of ISI officers. And the CIA in recent years has become increasingly concerned about the safety of its officers in outlying areas like Lahore and Peshawar, a former senior U.S. intelligence source said. But the danger was more pronounced in Lahore, where the CIA learned there might be government elements willing to harm agency officers.

Former CIA officials said the agency officers could have been killed in 2009 when terrorists attacked an ISI compound in Lahore. CIA officers regularly met their counterparts at the compound but didn’t have a meeting scheduled the day of the attack.

Further inflaming tensions, the wife of one of the men Davis shot committed suicide. She had said she feared her husband’s killer would be freed without trial.

Military records show Davis, a Virginia native, served a decade in the Army, including five years with the 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, N.C., home to the Green Berets.

Davis also worked for Xe Services, the security contractor formerly known as Blackwater.

Davis and his wife run a Las Vegas-registered company called Hyperion Protective Services. The address for its headquarters is a mailbox at a UPS store in a strip mall. The truth about Davis’ true employer briefly slipped out after a local television reporter in Colorado called his wife.

In a story posted on the website of Denver’s 9News, the wife provided the name and number of a “CIA spokesperson” in Washington, D.C. But the story was quickly taken down, edited and then reposted with new language eliminating any reference to the CIA.

The incident in Pakistan also raises serious questions about how an armed CIA employee could become involved in a fatal shooting with street bandits and allow himself to be captured. Former CIA officers say they were taught to make their way back to the safety of the embassy or consulate in potentially dangerous situations, but the circumstances could have made that impossible in Davis’ case.

Former CIA officials say this is not the first time an agency employee was detained in a foreign country. In the 1980s, a CIA officer with diplomatic immunity was abducted in Ethiopia after he was suspected of spying. The case was quietly resolved and the officer was eventually released.

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Associated Press writers Oskar Garcia in Las Vegas and Anne Gearan and Matt Apuzzo in Washington and Kathy Gannon in Islamabad contributed to this report.

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Pakistan defiant in face of US pressure to free CIA agent

Raymond Davis’s immunity to be decided next month as PM asserts Pakistani sovereignty and dignity over murder case

  • Declan Walsh in Islamabad
  • guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 February 2011 17.45 GMT
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  • Lahore protest Raymond Davis protests in Lahore. US claims for diplomatic immunity have inflamed anti-American sentiment among Pakistanis. Photograph: Mohsin Raza/ReutersPakistan‘s prime minister has vowed to safeguard his country’s sovereignty and dignity following revelations that Raymond Davis, the US official facing a double murder charge, is a CIA agent. 

    “We are firmly resolved to adopt a course that accords with the dictates of justice and the rule of law … My government will not compromise on Pakistan’s sovereignty and dignity,” Yousaf Raza Gilani told parliament after receiving a phone appeal from the US secretary of state, Hilary Clinton.

    The Obama administration is exerting pressure on Pakistan to release Davis, a 36-year-old former special forces soldier who shot dead two men during a murky confrontation in Lahore’s rush-hour traffic on 27 January. US officials say Davis is a “technical and administrative official” who enjoys immunity under the Vienna convention. Barack Obama called him “our diplomat in Pakistan”.

    But President Asif Ali Zardari‘s government, faced with a wave of public outrage, has prevaricated on the issue, and says it cannot decide on the immunity question until 14 March. For many Pakistanis the Davis case has come to represent their country’s difficult relationship with the US, in which multibillion dollar aid packages are mingled with covert activities targeting Islamist extremists.

    In a leaked interrogation video aired on Pakistani television, the American identified himself as a “consultant” at the Lahore consulate. But the Guardian revealed on Sunday that he is a CIA agent, citing interviews in the US and Pakistan.

    A number of US media outlets are also aware of his status but have kept quiet following representations from the American government.

    Davis is on Pakistan’s “exit control list”, meaning he cannot leave the country without permission. However, two men who came to his rescue in a jeep that knocked over and killed a motorcyclist have already fled the country.

    Davis claimed to be acting in self-defence, firing on a pair of suspected robbers. But eyebrows were raised when it emerged that he shot the men 10 times, including once as he fled the scene, and was carrying a telescope, a GPS set, bolt cutters, a survival kit, and a long-range radio at the time of his arrest.

    Pakistani prosecutors said Davis used excessive force and charged him with two counts of murder and one of illegal possession of a Glock 9mm pistol. There have been claims that the dead men were working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, with orders to follow the American.

    The ISI co-operates closely with the CIA in the American agency’s tribal belt drone programme, but resents US intelligence collection elsewhere in the country.

    US efforts to have Davis released have focused on the issue of immunity, which has become tangled in a political and legal web. Noting the “legal complexities of the case”, Gilani stressed that Pakistan’s government would follow its international obligations but did not say whether it would offer immunity.

    Meanwhile, authorities stressed the stringent measures they have put in place to protect Davis in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail, following angry rallies in which his effigy was burned and threats from extremist clerics.

    Surveillance cameras are trained on his cell in an isolation wing, his guards have been disarmed and a ring of paramilitary Punjab rangers are posted outside. About 25 jihadi prisoners have been transferred to other facilities.

    The furore over Davis has not stopped the controversial drone strike programme. On Sunday news emerged of a fresh attack on a militant target in south Waziristan, the first in nearly a month. Pakistani intelligence officials told the Associated Press that foreigners were among the dead, including three people from Turkmenistan and two Arabs.

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Even NYT admits  CIA blackop

February 21, 2011

American Held in Pakistan Shootings Worked With the C.I.A.

By MARK MAZZETTI, ASHLEY PARKER, JANE PERLEZ and ERIC SCHMITT

This article was written by Mark Mazzetti, Ashley Parker, Jane Perlez and Eric Schmitt.

WASHINGTON — The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, C.I.A.-led team of operatives conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.

Working from a safe house in the eastern city of Lahore, the detained American contractor, Raymond A. Davis, a retired Special Forces soldier, carried out scouting and other reconnaissance missions for a Central Intelligence Agency task force of case officers and technical surveillance experts, the officials said.

Mr. Davis’s arrest and detention, which came after what American officials have described as a botched robbery attempt, has inadvertently pulled back the curtain on a web of covert American operations inside Pakistan, part of a secret war run by the C.I.A. It has exacerbated already frayed relations between the American intelligence agency and its Pakistani counterpart, created a political dilemma for the weak, pro-American Pakistani government, and further threatened the stability of the country, which has the world’s fastest growing nuclear arsenal.

Without describing Mr. Davis’s mission or intelligence affiliation, President Obama last week made a public plea for his release. Meanwhile, there have been a flurry of private phone calls to Pakistan from Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, all intended to persuade the Pakistanis to release the secret operative. Mr. Davis has worked for years as a C.I.A. contractor, including time at Blackwater Worldwide, the controversial private security firm (now called Xe) that Pakistanis have long viewed as symbolizing a culture of American gun slinging overseas.

George Little, a C.I.A. spokesman, declined to comment.

The New York Times had agreed to temporarily withhold information about Mr. Davis’s ties to the agency at the request of the Obama administration, which argued that disclosure of his specific job would put his life at risk. Several foreign news organizations have disclosed some aspects of Mr. Davis’s work with the C.I.A., and on Monday, American officials lifted their request to withhold publication.

Since the United States is not at war in Pakistan, the American military is largely restricted from operating in the country. So the Central Intelligence Agency has taken on an expanded role, operating armed drones that kill militants inside the country and running covert operations, sometimes without the knowledge of the Pakistanis.

Several American and Pakistani officials said that the C.I.A. team in Lahore with which Mr. Davis worked was tasked with tracking the movements of various Pakistani militant groups, including Lashkar-e-Taiba, a particularly violent group that Pakistan uses as a proxy force against India but that the United States considers a threat to allied troops in Afghanistan. For the Pakistanis, such spying inside their country is an extremely delicate issue, particularly since Lashkar has longstanding ties to Pakistan’s intelligence service, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI.

Still, American and Pakistani officials use Lahore as a base of operations to investigate the militant groups and their madrasas in the surrounding area.

The officials gave various accounts of the makeup of the covert task force and of Mr. Davis, who at the time of his arrest was carrying a Glock pistol, a long-range wireless set, a small telescope and a headlamp. An American and a Pakistani official said in interviews that operatives from the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command had been assigned to the group to help with the surveillance missions. Other American officials, however, said that no military personnel were involved with the task force.

Special operations troops routinely work with the C.I.A. in Pakistan. Among other things, they helped the agency pinpoint the location of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy Taliban commander who was arrested in January 2010 in Karachi.

Even before his arrest, Mr. Davis’s C.I.A. affiliation was known to Pakistani authorities, who keep close tabs on the movements of Americans. His visa, presented to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in late 2009, describes his job as a “regional affairs officer,” a common job description for officials working with the agency.

According to that application, Mr. Davis carried an American diplomatic passport and was listed as “administrative and technical staff,” a category that typically grants diplomatic immunity to its holder.

American officials said that with Pakistan’s government trying to clamp down on the increasing flow of Central Intelligence Agency officers and contractors trying to gain entry to Pakistan, more of these operatives have been granted “cover” as embassy employees and given diplomatic passports.

As Mr. Davis languishes in a jail cell in Lahore — the subject of an international dispute at the highest levels — new details are emerging of what happened in a dramatic daytime scene on the streets of central Lahore, a sprawling city, on Jan. 27.

By the American account, Mr. Davis was driving alone in an impoverished area rarely visited by foreigners, and stopped his car at a crowded intersection. Two Pakistani men brandishing weapons hopped off motorcycles and approached. Mr. Davis killed them with the Glock, an act American officials insisted was in self-defense against armed robbers.

But on Sunday, the text of the Lahore Police Department’s crime report was published in English by a prominent daily newspaper, The Daily Times, and it offered a somewhat different account.

It is based in part on the version of events Mr. Davis told Pakistani authorities, and it seems to raise doubts about his claim that the shootings were in self-defense.

According to that report, Mr. Davis told the police that after shooting the two men, he stepped out of the car to take photographs of one of them, then called the United States Consulate in Lahore for help.

But the report also said that the victims were shot several times in the back, a detail that some Pakistani officials say proves the killings were murder. By this account, after firing at the men through his windshield, Mr. Davis stepped out of the car and continued firing. The report said that Mr. Davis then got back in his car and “managed to escape,” but that the police gave chase and “overpowered” him at a traffic circle a short distance away.

In a bizarre twist that has further infuriated the Pakistanis, a third man was killed when an unmarked Toyota Land Cruiser racing to Mr. Davis’s rescue, drove the wrong way down a one-way street and ran over a motorcyclist, killing him. As the Land Cruiser drove “recklessly” back to the consulate, the report said, items fell out of the vehicle, including 100 bullets, a black mask and a piece of cloth with the American flag.

Pakistani officials have demanded that the Americans in the S.U.V. be turned over to local authorities, but American officials say they have already left the country.

Mr. Davis and the other Americans were heavily armed and carried sophisticated equipment, the report said.

The Pakistani Foreign Office, generally considered to work under the guidance of the ISI, has declined to grant Mr. Davis what it calls the “blanket immunity” from prosecution that diplomats enjoy. In a setback for Washington, the Lahore High Court last week gave the Pakistani government until March 14 to decide on the issue of Mr. Davis’s immunity.

The pro-American government led by President Asif Ali Zardari, fearful for its survival in the face of a surge of anti-American sentiment, has resisted strenuous pressure from the Obama administration to release Mr. Davis to the United States. Some militant and religious groups have demanded that Mr. Davis be tried in the Pakistani courts and hanged.

Relations between the two spy agencies were tense even before the episode on the streets of Lahore. In December, the C.I.A.’s top clandestine officer in Pakistan hurriedly left the country after his identity was revealed. Some inside the agency believe that ISI operatives were behind the disclosure — retribution for the head of the ISI, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, being named in a New York City lawsuit filed in connection with the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, in which members of his agency are believed to have played a role. General Pasha denied that was the case.

One senior Pakistani official close to the ISI said Pakistani spies are particularly infuriated over the Davis episode because it was such a public spectacle. Besides the three Pakistanis who died at the scene, the widow of one of the victims committed suicide by swallowing rat poison.

Moreover, the official said, the case was embarrassing for the ISI for its flagrancy, revealing how much freedom American spies have to roam around the country.

“We all know the spy-versus-spy games, we all know it works in the shadows,” the official said, “but you don’t get caught, and you don’t get caught committing murders.”

Mr. Davis, bearded and burly at 36, appears to have arrived in Pakistan in late 2009 or early 2010. American officials said he operated as part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Global Response Service in various parts of the country, including Lahore and Peshawar.

Documents released by Pakistan’s foreign office show that Mr. Davis was paid $200,000 a year, including travel expenses and insurance.

He is a native of rural, southwest Virginia, described by those who know him as an unlikely figure to be at the center of international intrigue.

He grew up in Big Stone Gap, a small town named after the gap in the mountains where the Powell River emerges.

The youngest of three children, Mr. Davis enlisted in the military after graduating from Powell Valley High School in 1993.

“I guess about any man’s dream is to serve his country,” said his sister Michelle Wade.

Shrugging off the portrait of him as an international spy comfortable with a Glock, Ms. Wade said: “He would always walk away from a fight. That’s just who he is.”

His high school friends remember him as good-natured, athletic, respectful. He was also a protector, they said, the type who stood up for the underdog.

“Friends with everyone, just a salt of the earth person,” said Jennifer Boring, who graduated from high school with Mr. Davis.

Mr. Davis served in the infantry in Europe — including a short tour as a peacekeeper in Macedonia — before joining the Third Special Forces Group in 1998, where he remained until he left the Army in 2003. The Army Special Forces —known as the Green Berets — are an elite group trained in foreign languages and cultures and weapons.

It is unclear when Mr. Davis began working for the C.I.A., but American officials said that in recent years he worked for the spy agency as a Blackwater contractor and later founded his own small company, Hyperion Protective Services.

Mr. Davis and his wife have moved frequently, living in Las Vegas, Arizona and Colorado.

One neighbor in Colorado, Gary Sollee, said that Mr. Davis described himself as “former military,” adding that “he’d have to leave the country for work pretty often, and when he’s gone, he’s gone for an extended period of time.”

Mr. Davis’s sister, Ms. Wade, said she has been praying for her brother’s safe return.

“The only thing I’m going to say is I love my brother,” she said. “I love my brother, God knows, I love him. I’m just praying for him.”

Eric Schmitt and Mark Mazzetti reported from Washington, Jane Perlez from Pakistan and Ashley Parker from Big Stone Gap, Va. Ismail Khan contributed reporting from Peshawar, Pakistan, and Waqar Gillani from Lahore, Pakistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/world/asia/22pakistan.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

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American who sparked diplomatic crisis over Lahore shooting was CIA spy

• Raymond Davis employed by CIA ‘beyond shadow of doubt’
• Former soldier charged with murder over deaths of two men
• Davis accused of shooting one man twice in the back as he fled

• Special report: A CIA spy and a diplomatic whirlwind

  • Declan Walsh in Lahore and Ewen MacAskill in Washington
  • guardian.co.uk, Sunday 20 February 2011 19.38 GMT
  • Article history
  • Raymond Davis, American man charged over Lahore shootings Pakistani authorities charged Raymond Davis with murder, but the Obama administration has insisted he is an ‘administrative and technical official’ attached to the US consulate in Lahore and is entitled to diplomatic immunity. Photograph: Hamza Ahmed/APThe American who shot dead two men in Lahore, triggering a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and the US, is a CIA agent who was on assignment at the time. 

    Raymond Davis has been the subject of widespread speculation since he opened fire with a semi-automatic Glock pistol on the two men who had pulled up in front of his car at a red light on 25 January.

    Pakistani authorities charged him with murder, but the Obama administration has insisted he is an “administrative and technical official” attached to its Lahore consulate and has diplomatic immunity.

    Based on interviews in the US and Pakistan, the Guardian can confirm that the 36-year-old former special forces soldier is employed by the CIA. “It’s beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said a senior Pakistani intelligence official. The revelation may complicate American efforts to free Davis, who insists he was acting in self-defence against a pair of suspected robbers, who were both carrying guns.

    Pakistani prosecutors accuse the spy of excessive force, saying he fired 10 shots and got out of his car to shoot one man twice in the back as he fled. The man’s body was found 30 feet from his motorbike.

    “It went way beyond what we define as self-defence. It was not commensurate with the threat,” a senior police official involved in the case told the Guardian.

    The Pakistani government is aware of Davis’s CIA status yet has kept quiet in the face of immense American pressure to free him under the Vienna convention. Last week President Barack Obama described Davis as “our diplomat” and dispatched his chief diplomatic troubleshooter, Senator John Kerry, to Islamabad. Kerry returned home empty-handed.

    Many Pakistanis are outraged at the idea of an armed American rampaging through their second-largest city. Analysts have warned of Egyptian-style protests if Davis is released. The government, fearful of a backlash, says it needs until 14 March to decide whether Davis enjoys immunity.

    A third man was crushed by an American vehicle as it rushed to Davis’s aid. Pakistani officials believe its occupants were CIA because they came from the house where Davis lived and were armed.

    The US refused Pakistani demands to interrogate the two men and on Sunday a senior Pakistani intelligence official said they had left the country. “They have flown the coop, they are already in America,” he said.

    ABC News reported that the men had the same diplomatic visas as Davis. It is not unusual for US intelligence officers, like their counterparts round the world, to carry diplomatic passports.

    The US has accused Pakistan of illegally detaining him and riding roughshod over international treaties. Angry politicians have proposed slashing Islamabad’s $1.5bn (£900m) annual aid.

    But Washington’s case is hobbled by its resounding silence on Davis’s role. He served in the US special forces for 10 years before leaving in 2003 to become a security contractor. A senior Pakistani official said he believed Davis had worked with Xe, the firm formerly known as Blackwater.

    Pakistani suspicions about Davis’s role were stoked by the equipment police confiscated from his car: an unlicensed pistol, a long-range radio, a GPS device, an infrared torch and a camera with pictures of buildings around Lahore.

    “This is not the work of a diplomat. He was doing espionage and surveillance activities,” said the Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah, adding he had “confirmation” that Davis was a CIA employee.

    A number of US media outlets learned about Davis’s CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration. A Colorado television station, 9NEWS, made a connection after speaking to Davis’s wife. She referred its inquiries to a number in Washington which turned out to be the CIA. The station removed the CIA reference from its website at the request of the US government.

    Some reports, quoting Pakistani intelligence officials, have suggested that the men Davis killed, Faizan Haider, 21, and Muhammad Faheem, 19, were agents of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency (ISI) and had orders to shadow Davis because he crossed a “red line”.

    A senior police official confirmed US claims that the men were petty thieves – investigators found stolen mobiles, foreign currency and weapons on them – but did not rule out an intelligence link.

    A senior ISI official denied the dead men worked for the spy agency but admitted the CIA relationship had been damaged. “We are a sovereign country and if they want to work with us, they need to develop a trusting relationship on the basis of equality. Being arrogant and demanding is not the way to do it,” he said.

    Tensions between the spy agencies have been growing. The CIA Islamabad station chief was forced to leave in December after being named in a civil lawsuit. The ISI was angered when its chief, General Shuja Pasha, was named in a New York lawsuit related to the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

    Although the two spy services co-operate in the CIA’s drone campaign along the Afghan border, there has not been a drone strike since 23 January – the longest lull since June 2009. Experts are unsure whether both events are linked.

    Davis awaits his fate in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore. Pakistani officials say they have taken exceptional measures to ensure his safety, including ringing the prison with paramilitary Punjab Rangers. The law minister, Sanaullah, said Davis was in a “high security zone” and was receiving food from visitors from the US consulate.

    Sanaullah said 140 foreigners were in the facility, many on drug charges. Press reports have speculated that the authorities worry the US could try to spring Davis in a “Hollywood-style sting”. “All measures for his security have been taken,” said the ISI official. “He’s as safe as can be.”

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Why Pakistan Cannot Release the Man Who Calls Himself Raymond Davis

Sat, 02/19/2011 – 10:18 — Anonymous
by:
Shaukat Qadir

(Exclusive to ThisCantBeHappening!)

Islamabad–By now journalists everywhere (except in the US) have come to the conclusion that there is far, far more to Raymond Davis than is being revealed by the US or by Pakistani officials. That he was engaged in anti-state activities in Pakistan and that the two young men he killed were intelligence agents tailing him is virtually an accepted fact.

The US, never famous for its diplomacy (The Ugly American, which made that point more than half a century ago, became a best seller and a very successful movie, starring Marlon Brando), seems to have discovered fresh depths to its strong-arm, coercive diplomacy. The mere fact that no less a personage than the US President has asked that this low-ranked person be granted absolute immunity, is indicative of the US desperation to get him him out of Pakistan and its court system.

One Western journalist has referred to this incident as the “biggest intelligence fiasco since the downing of a U-2 by the erstwhile USSR in 1962.” Obviously, the apprehension is that were he to be tried and convicted in Pakistan and handed a lengthy prison, or even a death sentence, Davis might “spill the beans” and that, were he to do so, those Wikileaks cables could pale into insignificance!

That, in itself, is more than sufficient reason for Pakistan to refuse to hand him over; but there is far more to Pakistan’s problems regarding this issue than just that. However, before we get to those, some comically farcical blunders committed by the US Embassy in Pakistan merit narration, since I am fairly certain these are not being reported by the US media. They illustrate clearly the extent of the desperation American officials are feeling!

On January 25th 2011, just two days before Davis shot and killed the two young Pakistanis, the US Embassy submitted a list of its diplomatic and non-diplomatic staff in Pakistan to the Pakistani Foreign Office (FO), as all foreign nations are required to do annually. The list included 48 names. Raymond Davis was not on the list. The day after Davis shot and killed the two Pakistanis, the US Embassy suddenly submitted a “revised” list to the Foreign Office which added Davis’ name!

When Pakistani police took Davis into custody on January 27th, he had on his person an ordinary American passport with a valid ordinary Pakistan visa, issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington. On January 28th, a member of the US Consulate wanted the Pakistani police to exchange that passport in Davis’ possession with another one. The fresh passport being offered was a diplomatic passport with a valid diplomatic visa dated sometime in 2009. This visa was stamped in Islamabad by the FO!

It gets ridiculously funnier. The prosecutor representing the Punjab government has presented two letters from the US Embassy as evidence before the Lahore High Court, forwarded to the Punjab government through the FO. The first letter, dated January 27, reads: “Davis is an employee of the US Consulate General Lahore and holder of a diplomatic passport.” The second, dated February 3rd, states that Davis is a member of the “administrative and technical staff of the US Embassy Islamabad!” Just how gullible do the Americans take Pakistanis to be!
Pakistan could explode if Raymond Davis doesn't go to trialPakistan could explode if Raymond Davis doesn’t go to trial

Before moving on to the political implications for Pakistan, were Davis to be granted immunity, it is important to review some domestic impediments, without which, he would never have been taken into custody.

Asif Ali Zardari might be a politically empowered president domestically, but if the US asked him to jump, he would ask “how high?” If they asked him to bend over, he would ask, “how low?” Had Davis committed the murders in Islamabad, under federal jurisdiction, he would have been flown out of the country within hours of his crime before any furor could have time to develop. But he slaughtered his victims in Lahore, in the jurisdiction of the Punjab state government, manned by the PML(N), which is Zardari’s party’s main opposition.

Despite repeated and numerous requests from the US Embassy and the Federal government, the Punjab government has stood firm and has even denied Davis the comforts normally afforded a political prisoner. Instead, Davis has the same facilities that any common Pakistani criminal has, in the rather notorious Kot Lakpat jail in Lahore (though he is being separated from the general prison population for his own safety).

Then there is the superior judiciary; the Supreme Court (SC), which awaits Davis with sleeves rolled up, more than ready to ensure justice in defiance of Zardari’s wishes. Meanwhile, Davis has already been indicted before the Lahore High Court (LHC), which has extended his judicial remand in police custody to allow time for more interrogation. Therefore, even if the LHC could be intimidated, an appeal before the SC is inevitable.

Finally there is the Pakistani Pentagon, the General Headquarters, commonly known as GHQ. Now that it is a fairly accepted fact in Pakistan that Davis is guilty of anti-Pakistan activities and has killed two members of an intelligence agency, probably the well-known Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), GHQ will have a say in his disposal. Consequently, despite Zardari’s desire to please the US, he may find himself hamstrung.

Under Pakistani law, there is provision for “Blood Money,” i.e. that the next of kin can accept monetary remuneration and then pardon the killer before the court. Despite pressure brought to bear on the families of Zeeshan and Faheem, the ill-fated pair that was murdered, both families have unanimously refused to accept Blood Money. In fact, tempers are running so high that local wealthy businessmen have publicly urged them to refuse, with the promise that they would match any sum offered to them by the US!

When rumors were floating that the US might cut a deal, offering Aafiya Siddique–the Pakistani scientist convicted in the US of attempting to murder two US interrogators and now serving a controversial 86-year sentence– in exchange for Davis, Siddique’s own family refused to accept her back on these terms and spoke to local dailies urging the Punjab government not to release Davis for any reason.

Based on all of the above, I personally doubt that Davis’ immunity plea will be accepted. However, if despite everything, his claim were accepted, what would be the political repercussions?

That’s the million-dollar question!

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), known in the US media as the Pakistan Taliban, has issued a warning to the government of dire consequences if Davis is released. That would mean suicide attacks, murder and mayhem would immediately follow his release. Targets might well include any judges involved in the decision.

The youth of Pakistan–who rose to a pedestal in my eyes during last year’s floods, when young boys and girls defied our social taboos (sometimes even parental edicts) in the hundreds of thousands, spending many nights away from home so as to assist those affected by the floods and demonstrating courage, determination, warmth, and patriotism of a level I had not expected–have again joined hands over this case.

They can be found in droves on the web; exhorting the Pakistan government to refuse US aid, promising to raise donations from their resources and the public if the US cuts it off, and urging the government to withstand US pressure and refuse Davis immunity. They are also vowing that if immunity is granted, a youth movement of unprecedented proportions will start and, that like the historic Long March for the restoration of the judiciary in March 2009, which could have toppled the PPP government, this youth movement will succeed in toppling the government, where the Long March let it off the hook when its demands were met.

It’s not just the youth either. Every shopkeeper, cab driver, vendor and ordinary laborer that I have spoken with is unanimous in expressing the view that they will rise to demonstrate and overthrow this government, if Davis is granted immunity.

When the Egyptian People Power revolution started, I explained to a number of friends, local and foreign, why it was unlikely to spread to Pakistan. If Davis is granted immunity, though, I am more than likely to be proven wrong. Here too, as in Egypt, it is more than likely that GHQ will refuse to turn their guns on the demonstrators. But the fall of the PPP government might be the least of our concerns.

Despite the numerical increase in what used to be an infinitesimally small number of Islamic extremists, I have argued forcefully that there is, for the immediate future, no fear of Islamic forces becoming dominant in Pakistan. I have frequently cited the unanimous support for the military in the use of force against TTP–support which persists to date, despite suicide attacks. In fact, each suicide attack increases the determination of the people to fight terrorists.

Davis, however, could change that. Granting him immunity, in my opinion, could be the sole act that could provide an excuse for militant Islam to become dominant in Pakistan.

So, tread carefully, Mr Obama. You have already made one blunder by stoking unrest in Pakistan, using Raymond Davis, or whatever his name is, and his ilk, and have been caught with both hands in the cookie jar. But in trying to avoid the repercussions of this blunder, you could commit another of even more disastrous proportions–one that would reverberate around the world. You could create the realization of your own worst nightmare: a nuclear Pakistan dominated by religious extremist forces.

It might still not happen this way, but the path you are treading certainly is one that leads in the direction of converting that nightmare into reality.
SHAUKAT QADIR retired as a Brigadier from the Pakistan infantry in 1999. He was the founder, vice president and, briefly, president of a think tank. He now divides is time between teaching, studying many subjects, including journalism, and baby-sitting his grandchildren. He was a regular writer for the late Far East Economic Review, and is an occasional contributor to The National in UAE and to Pakistan’s Express Tribune.

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Spy Feud Hampers Antiterror Efforts

By ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES and TOM WRIGHT

ReutersTensions between U.S. and Pakistani spy agencies have risen to new highs recently over Pakistan’s arrest of Raymond Davies, a U.S. government contractor. Pictured, a rally against Mr.Davis which took place in Lahore, Pakistan, on Thursday.

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Ties between U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies have deteriorated sharply in recent months, compromising cooperation on a range of critical counter-terrorism efforts, including U.S. drone strikes targeting top militant leaders, current and former officials say.

Some U.S. officials describe relations between the two spy agencies as the worst since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. One senior official said the tensions have cost the U.S. the chance to strike at some senior terrorists in the region.

The state of relations, while never perfect, is now alarming counter-terrorism and military officials, who say close cooperation between the Central Intelligence Agency and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence is essential to the campaign against al Qaeda and the war against the Taliban and its allies in Afghanistan.

Behind the falling out is a series of controversial incidents starting late last year, which prompted tit-for-tat accusations that burst into the open with the December outing of the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad.

More recently, tensions have risen to new heights over Pakistan’s detention of former Special Forces soldier Raymond Davis, a U.S. government contractor in the city of Lahore, for killing two Pakistanis in disputed circumstances. A Pakistani court Thursday ruled to delay by three weeks a hearing on whether Mr. Davis is covered by diplomatic immunity.

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama urged Pakistan to honor a 1961 treaty on diplomatic immunity to which both Pakistan and the U.S are signatories. Pakistan’s central government faces public pressure from Islamist and student groups not to release Mr. Davis, who shot dead the two men on Jan. 27 in the center of Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city. Mr. Davis has said the men were trying to rob him at gunpoint.

Faced with pointed questions from lawmakers about strained ties with Pakistan, CIA Director Leon Panetta this week acknowledged relations between the intelligence agencies were among “the most complicated” he’s ever seen. While the ISI continues to help the U.S. target al Qaeda leaders in the tribal areas, Mr. Panetta said its policies in other areas are in direct conflict with the U.S., stoking frequent tensions.

One U.S. official briefed on the matter, defending the agency’s handling of the ties, acknowledged that relations were in a “trough at the moment,” but rejected suggestions they were at their worst since 9/11. He said the disagreements stem not from a lack of cooperation “but because the Pakistanis are pulling stunts that just don’t make any sense.”

The CIA has long used intelligence from the ISI to help identify targets for drone strikes in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. Officials on both sides say the CIA now operates largely autonomously, especially since the U.S. has been concentrating its fire on the Haqqani militant network in the North Waziristan region.

U.S. officials say the ISI no longer provides the CIA with targeting information in most cases. A senior Pakistani official said of the CIA: “They don’t ask us before they fire their missiles.”

The ISI has long nurtured ties with the Haqqanis, which it sees as a strategic asset that can help Islamabad fend off Indian influences in neighboring Afghanistan, especially as U.S. forces begin pulling out in July. Washington, in contrast, sees the Haqqanis, who have been responsible for spectacular attacks in Kabul, as the biggest single threat to Western and Afghan forces, particularly in eastern Afghanistan. The group has emerged as one of the main targets of the drone strikes over the past year.

“The [ISI has] no intention of helping the United States degrade the Haqqani network,” a U.S. official said.

The CIA hasn’t conducted any drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan since Jan. 23, one of the longest known periods without a strike since the beginning of the Obama administration. Drone strikes peaked in September with a record 22 attacks. They’ve been falling since then to a low of nine in January.

U.S. intelligence officials attribute the recent drop off in the number of strikes to bad winter weather. Other officials and experts say weather may well be a factor, but that the sharp drop in strikes also suggests that the CIA may be having trouble pinpointing new Haqqani targets, either because militants have gone deeper into hiding or have moved to new areas, possibly with the help of ISI.

Two tribesmen in North Waziristan say the weather has been mixed, cloudy some days or sunny on others, since Jan. 24. They said aircraft they believe to be drones can be seen flying overhead on clearer days but there have been no strikes.

The Haqqani network has long used Miranshah in North Waziristan as its main base of operations in Pakistan. But U.S. officials and outside experts say there are signs the group may be moving to a neighboring tribal area known as Kurram, possibly with the help of ISI agents, making it harder for the CIA to find targets to strike in North Waziristan.

Jeff Dressler, an expert on the Haqqani network with the Institute for the Study of War who frequently briefs U.S. military leaders, said the movement into Kurram would more than double the size of the group’s safe haven in Pakistan and provide its fighters, which are aligned with al Qaeda and the Taliban, with easier access to the greater Kabul area, approximately 60 miles away, to carry out attacks.

U.S. officials suspect the ISI has at a minimum tracked the militants’ movements, but the Pakistani government hasn’t shared that intelligence with the CIA. “No one can move out of Miranshah without someone in the Pakistani government knowing about it, especially the bigger fish,” a U.S. official said.

The problems between the CIA and ISI stem from a number of factors, including Pakistani anger over public comments by U.S. officials that Pakistan isn’t doing enough to combat militancy, and Pakistani concerns that the CIA is building up its own spy network as an end run around the ISI. U.S. officials, in turn, blamed ISI for leaking the identity of the CIA’s station chief.

Meetings between ISI and CIA officials, formerly held every 10 days or so, have become less frequent, a senior ISI official said. A U.S. official said contacts continued but offered few details.

Pakistan last year also quietly shut down at least two so-called fusion centers that brought together U.S. and Pakistani military intelligence officials.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said she now sees the CIA-ISI relationship as “something less than wholehearted partnership” because the ISI is “walking both sides of the street.”

Write to Tom Wright at tom.wright@wsj.com

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Does Raymond Davis Recruit Intelligence Agents in US?

By: Jim White Thursday February 17, 2011 7:42 am

The tense saga of Raymond Davis, who shot and killed two Pakistanis in Lahore on January 27, continues. His trial in Lahore has been delayed again, with the next  hearing date addressing the question of diplomatic immunity now set for either March 3 or March 14, depending on which report you believe. On Wednesday, Senator John Kerry visited Pakistan to deliver yet another threat of Congress cutting off funding for Pakistan if Davis is not released.  In the meantime, analysis of records for the “businesses” with which Davis is associated in the US raises the interesting question of whether he recruits potential spies among students taking courses in international security.

The New York Times describes the hearing Thursday in Lahore:

A provincial court gave the Pakistani government three weeks on Thursday to decide whether the American official in custody for killing two Pakistanis has diplomatic immunity, a decision that amounts to a slap to the United States, the nation’s biggest donor and an ally in the fight against terror.

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The judge in Lahore, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, ordered the Foreign Ministry to present its findings on Mr. Davis’s immunity in three weeks, a delay that is likely to intensify the standoff.

This hearing came the day after Senator John Kerry visited with Pakistani officials, including President Zardari, to argue for Davis’ release and presumably to threaten that Congress could withhold billions of dollars worth of funding to Pakistan if he is not released:

Senator Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the sponsor of a $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan, left Pakistan Wednesday night after meeting with top leaders, including President Zardari. He was confident, he said, that the Davis case would be resolved in the “next few days.”

It would appear that Reuters, and perhaps the people of Pakistan who are opposed to release of Davis, understand how the US Department of Justice operates when it comes to cases involving the war on terror or state secrets.  From a Reuters article on the standoff:

While U.S. officials have said the Justice Department will conduct a criminal investigation of its own, it is unclear whether such a probe would lead to a trial.

The likelihood that, if he is freed, Davis will not face charges for his actions in Pakistan appears to be driving at least a portion of the outrage being exhibited on the streets.

Because the Davis case has all the hallmarks of Davis being an intelligence operative of some sort, there has been much public speculation about his US business activities.  Not all of the information that is circulating appears to be correct.  For example, many stories state that the Florida version of his business has never been registered with the state.  Here is a partial screenshot from Florida public records indicating that Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC filed registration paperwork in February, 2007 but was then dissolved by the state in September, 2008 for lack of an annual report:

The registered agent for the business in this filing is Gerald L. Richardson, Jr, who also is listed with the state as registered agent for a clothing business, Grynd Wear, LLC but doing business as Grynd Wear, Unlimited at this website.  Grynd Wear and Hyperion listed the same Orlando address for their retail locations, but multiple reports indicate that the storefront is now empty.

An online resume for Richardson notes his association with Hyperion and indicates that before joining Hyperion, he worked as Prevention/Security Manager for a large firm in Orlando.

Although the Florida business has been dissolved by the state, an entity with a very closely related name is registered and still active in Nevada.  There, it is incorporated as Hyperion Protective Services, LLC and lists Raymond Davis and his wife as Managing Members, unlike the Florida filing,where there is no mention of Davis. The address listed for the business appears to be a post office box in a UPS Store.

I have not yet found any definitive information on the Nevada registered agent, who is listed as Rachel Bender.

A very poorly written web description of the Nevada business links to the website of the Florida business, and so there is a direct connection between these similalry named businesses.

Although Davis has had multiple residences in the US, a Denver television station reported that he was living in the Denver area at the time of his arrest and even interviewed his wife.

The Nevada company is registered to operate in Colorado:

The registered agent for the Colorado filing is listed as Shadd Pease.  A person with the same name comes up as working toward a Master’s degree in International Security at the University of Denver.  From an online profile of Pease, we see that his resume is very similar to that of Davis, who also served in Special Forces:

The International Security program at the University of Denver held a “Global Security Career Fair” last October, where the CIA joined a number of other security agencies in recruiting among the students:

In conjunction with the career fair, the CIA also held an information session on Wednesday to explain what they have to offer and the characteristics they look for in employees, whether that be in the analytical field or the clandestine service.

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Also in attendance at the Global Security Career Fair were the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Army JAG, Army Recruiting, U.S. Marine Corps JAG, Boren Fellowship, and the State of Colorado Division of Emergency Management. Both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) plan to reschedule their campus visits after having to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.

The massive growth in the number of government and contractor intelligence personnel, coupled with Davis’ company appearing to have integrated a student in the Denver program in international security into the firm, led me to wonder whether Davis might play a role in recruiting personnel into intelligence.  Remarkably, when we list the various places Davis has lived, we find academic programs in international security that appear to be very similar to the Denver program near each location.

For the home office in LasVegas, we find the UNLV Institute for Security Studies.   For the Orlando operation, there is the Global Peace and Security Studies Program at the University of Central Florida.  There also is a business address and residence reported for Davis in Vail, Arizona, which is not too far from Tucson, where the University of Arizona is implementing a program to offer an International Securities Studies Certificate.  At least one report also mentioned Davis having spent time in Lexington, Kentucky, where we find that a student can also concentrate on International Security.  With five out of five of Davis’ known locations for living or conducting business being “target rich” environments for people being trained for intelligence careers, it is very hard not to come to the conclusion that Davis’ business function in the US may well be in recruiting for an intelligence agency or contractor.

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Does Raymond Davis Recruit Intelligence Agents in US?

By: Jim White Thursday February 17, 2011 7:42 am

The tense saga of Raymond Davis, who shot and killed two Pakistanis in Lahore on January 27, continues. His trial in Lahore has been delayed again, with the next  hearing date addressing the question of diplomatic immunity now set for either March 3 or March 14, depending on which report you believe. On Wednesday, Senator John Kerry visited Pakistan to deliver yet another threat of Congress cutting off funding for Pakistan if Davis is not released.  In the meantime, analysis of records for the “businesses” with which Davis is associated in the US raises the interesting question of whether he recruits potential spies among students taking courses in international security.

The New York Times describes the hearing Thursday in Lahore:

A provincial court gave the Pakistani government three weeks on Thursday to decide whether the American official in custody for killing two Pakistanis has diplomatic immunity, a decision that amounts to a slap to the United States, the nation’s biggest donor and an ally in the fight against terror.

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The judge in Lahore, Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, ordered the Foreign Ministry to present its findings on Mr. Davis’s immunity in three weeks, a delay that is likely to intensify the standoff.

This hearing came the day after Senator John Kerry visited with Pakistani officials, including President Zardari, to argue for Davis’ release and presumably to threaten that Congress could withhold billions of dollars worth of funding to Pakistan if he is not released:

Senator Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the sponsor of a $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan, left Pakistan Wednesday night after meeting with top leaders, including President Zardari. He was confident, he said, that the Davis case would be resolved in the “next few days.”

It would appear that Reuters, and perhaps the people of Pakistan who are opposed to release of Davis, understand how the US Department of Justice operates when it comes to cases involving the war on terror or state secrets.  From a Reuters article on the standoff:

While U.S. officials have said the Justice Department will conduct a criminal investigation of its own, it is unclear whether such a probe would lead to a trial.

The likelihood that, if he is freed, Davis will not face charges for his actions in Pakistan appears to be driving at least a portion of the outrage being exhibited on the streets.

Because the Davis case has all the hallmarks of Davis being an intelligence operative of some sort, there has been much public speculation about his US business activities.  Not all of the information that is circulating appears to be correct.  For example, many stories state that the Florida version of his business has never been registered with the state.  Here is a partial screenshot from Florida public records indicating that Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC filed registration paperwork in February, 2007 but was then dissolved by the state in September, 2008 for lack of an annual report:

The registered agent for the business in this filing is Gerald L. Richardson, Jr, who also is listed with the state as registered agent for a clothing business, Grynd Wear, LLC but doing business as Grynd Wear, Unlimited at this website.  Grynd Wear and Hyperion listed the same Orlando address for their retail locations, but multiple reports indicate that the storefront is now empty.

An online resume for Richardson notes his association with Hyperion and indicates that before joining Hyperion, he worked as Prevention/Security Manager for a large firm in Orlando.

Although the Florida business has been dissolved by the state, an entity with a very closely related name is registered and still active in Nevada.  There, it is incorporated as Hyperion Protective Services, LLC and lists Raymond Davis and his wife as Managing Members, unlike the Florida filing,where there is no mention of Davis. The address listed for the business appears to be a post office box in a UPS Store.

I have not yet found any definitive information on the Nevada registered agent, who is listed as Rachel Bender.

A very poorly written web description of the Nevada business links to the website of the Florida business, and so there is a direct connection between these similalry named businesses.

Although Davis has had multiple residences in the US, a Denver television station reported that he was living in the Denver area at the time of his arrest and even interviewed his wife.

The Nevada company is registered to operate in Colorado:

The registered agent for the Colorado filing is listed as Shadd Pease.  A person with the same name comes up as working toward a Master’s degree in International Security at the University of Denver.  From an online profile of Pease, we see that his resume is very similar to that of Davis, who also served in Special Forces:

The International Security program at the University of Denver held a “Global Security Career Fair” last October, where the CIA joined a number of other security agencies in recruiting among the students:

In conjunction with the career fair, the CIA also held an information session on Wednesday to explain what they have to offer and the characteristics they look for in employees, whether that be in the analytical field or the clandestine service.

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Also in attendance at the Global Security Career Fair were the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, U.S. Army JAG, Army Recruiting, U.S. Marine Corps JAG, Boren Fellowship, and the State of Colorado Division of Emergency Management. Both the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) plan to reschedule their campus visits after having to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.

The massive growth in the number of government and contractor intelligence personnel, coupled with Davis’ company appearing to have integrated a student in the Denver program in international security into the firm, led me to wonder whether Davis might play a role in recruiting personnel into intelligence.  Remarkably, when we list the various places Davis has lived, we find academic programs in international security that appear to be very similar to the Denver program near each location.

For the home office in LasVegas, we find the UNLV Institute for Security Studies.   For the Orlando operation, there is the Global Peace and Security Studies Program at the University of Central Florida.  There also is a business address and residence reported for Davis in Vail, Arizona, which is not too far from Tucson, where the University of Arizona is implementing a program to offer an International Securities Studies Certificate.  At least one report also mentioned Davis having spent time in Lexington, Kentucky, where we find that a student can also concentrate on International Security.  With five out of five of Davis’ known locations for living or conducting business being “target rich” environments for people being trained for intelligence careers, it is very hard not to come to the conclusion that Davis’ business function in the US may well be in recruiting for an intelligence agency or contractor.

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17 February 2011 Last updated at 07:01 ET 

Raymond Davis case: Pakistan court delays decision

Pakistani police escort US national Raymond Davis (centre) to a court in Lahore on 28 January 2011 Raymond Davis says the men were trying to hijack his vehicle at gunpoint

A Pakistani court has delayed until 14 March a decision on whether a US official arrested for killing two men in Lahore has diplomatic immunity.

Pakistani officials argued for more time to prepare their case on the status of Raymond Davis.

The decision came after US envoy John Kerry vowed Mr Davis would be subject to a criminal inquiry at home if freed.

The case has soured relations between the US and Pakistan, a crucial ally in the fight against militants.

On Tuesday US President Barack Obama weighed in saying that Mr Davis should have diplomatic immunity. The president said it would be untenable if diplomats were prosecuted.

Mr Davis was arrested for last month’s shooting in Lahore and remains in jail. He has said that he shot the two men in self-defence as they were trying to rob him.

A third man was run over by a US vehicle that came to the American’s aid. Mr Davis is charged with two counts – murder and possession of illegal weapons.

‘Under pressure’Mr Davis’s case has become a highly emotive issue in Pakistan. Correspondents say the government is under tremendous domestic pressure to put him on trial.

Hundreds of Pakistanis have taken part in street demonstrations and public anger intensified after the widow of one of the dead men killed herself, having said she had no hope of justice.

“As the deputy attorney general has requested three weeks to submit a reply on the status of Raymond Davis, the case is adjourned until 14 March,” news agency AFP quoted Lahore high court chief justice Ijaz Mohammad Chaudhry as saying.

US officials had been expected to present evidence that Mr Davis had diplomatic immunity to the court.

On Wednesday Senator John Kerry, who has now left Pakistan, met President Asif Ali Zardari in a bid to defuse tensions over the issue.

Although Mr Kerry expressed regret over the killings and promised a US criminal investigation if Mr Davis were released, correspondents say such promises may not be enough to appease many Pakistanis.

CompensationThey say matters are further complicated because there appears to be a divide between the government of Punjab province – where the killings took place – and the central government as to who is responsible for ascertaining the diplomatic status of Mr Davis.

The provincial government says it is waiting for information from the federal government, which in turn says the issue is a provincial matter.

There has been a suggestion from Pakistani Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, that it could help if compensation was paid to the families of those Mr Davis killed.

But the BBC’s Aleem Maqbool in Islamabad says that is unlikely to appease many Pakistanis, and it looks increasingly like a formula to keep all sides happy simply does not exist.

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More On Raymond Davis
Posted by Michael Cohen

So there is a rather interesting article on the Raymond Davis controversy that quotes a number of Congressmen and Senators saying it would be a terrible idea to use US aid to Pakistan as a tool for winning Davis’s release.

And generally I agree with this sentiment – but to be sure it’s not as if aid is providing much of any leverage with the Pakistani government otherwise. Still, this quote from Lindsay Graham was sort of priceless:

Senator Lindsey Graham, the top Republican on Leahy’s subcommittee, strongly warned against any roll back to assistance to Pakistan, citing the need for help in the war in Afghanistan and the hunt for suspected terrorists.

“Our relationship’s got to be bigger than this,” Graham said.

“This is a friction point, this is a troubling matter, it doesn’t play well in Afghanistan. We can’t throw this agent over, I don’t know all the details, but we cannot define the relationship based on one incident because it is too important at a time when we’re making progress in Afghanistan,” he said.

This is sort of a prefect encapsulation of the dysfunction at the heart of the US-Pakistan relationship – and the failure of US policymakers to recognize it as such. First of all, we’re not really making progress in Afghanistan, but that notwithstanding if we were making progress it wouldn’t be because of Pakistan . . it would be despite it. Perhaps Senator Graham has some unique insight into US-Pakistan relations, but it sure does seem as though Pakistan is actively supporting and giving sanctuary to the Afghan Taliban insurgents that are killing US soldiers and have repeatedly rejected US demands/inducements to turn against their nominal allies.

And a good part of the reason for this dysfunction is that we are not only trying to convince the Pakistan to do something they don’t want to do but we are overestimating our own leverage and influence with Islamabad (hint: it’s marginal at best).

As I wrote a few weeks ago in World Politics Review, there might actually be a better way:

It is small wonder that, despite years of American cajoling and demands that Pakistan break ties with the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistanis refuse to do so. Why should they? There is no incentive for them to take the steps that the U.S. wants them to, especially since they can be fairly confident that the United States will not cut off aid to Pakistan anytime soon. After all, considering how many NATO supply trucks wind their way across the Pakistani border to Afghanistan, the U.S. needs Pakistan just as much as Pakistan needs the U.S. And since the Pakistanis are no doubt aware that at some point in the near future the United States and NATO will leave Afghanistan, they have even less reason to be compliant with U.S. demands.

So what would be a better approach? It begins with recognizing that, to be effective, U.S. policy in Afghanistan must work in concert with and not in opposition to Pakistan’s interests. Instead of seeking to marginalize or even eliminate the Taliban in Afghanistan, the United States and NATO should adopt a political strategy that ensures that the Taliban — and in turn Pakistan — have a political voice in Afghanistan’s future. This is not necessarily an ideal solution, but it’s certainly a more realistic one. Adopting such an approach, might also pay dividends for the U.S. in getting Islamabad to devote resources to taking on jihadist groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Haqqani network and, of course, remnants of al-Qaida. Continuing the current strategy will only ensure that U.S. and Pakistani policymakers will remain at loggerheads, and that progress in Afghanistan will remain uncertain.

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In Pakistan, rumbles of a revolution over Raymond Davis

If the U.S. Embassy employee accused of murder in the deaths of two Pakistani men is granted diplomatic immunity, Pakistan may explode like Egypt and Tunisia, men on the street say.

By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times February 16, 2011 

Reporting from Lahore, Pakistan —

Inspired by the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Pakistani college student Gulraiz Iqbal is itching for a reason to take his disdain for President Asif Ali Zardari‘s government to the streets.

If Pakistani authorities grant diplomatic immunity and release Raymond Davis, the U.S. Embassy employee accused of murder in the deaths of two Pakistani men in Lahore, Iqbal will have the cause he craves.


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“We would organize students in Lahore and across the country, and create a movement that would turn into a revolution,” said Iqbal, 22, a small, wiry man who is a leader of the Lahore student wing of an opposition party, Movement for Justice. “We’re inspired by the examples of Tunisia and Egypt because their leaders were agents for the U.S. We have the same situation here.”

Iqbal’s fist-shaking can’t be brushed aside, if only because his outrage over the Davis case is shared by much of the rest of the country. In a nation fractured along ethnic, sectarian and political fault lines, the case has congealed Pakistani society into a single, cohesive front against what many perceive to be an ideal illustration of American recklessness.

On Jan. 27, Davis, 36, fatally shot two men who he said were trying to rob him at gunpoint. Davis was arrested and told officials he acted in self-defense. But few in Pakistan believe his version of events and many want him tried on murder charges, or worse.

Photos of protesters hoisting banners that read “Hang Raymond Davis!” appear every few days in Pakistani newspapers. Islamist parties capable of mobilizing thousands of demonstrators have vowed to rally against the government if Davis is freed.

The tumult sweeping through the Middle East could give demonstrators in Pakistan momentum that Zardari and his government would struggle to withstand, analysts say.

Zardari’s government has reeled from one crisis to the next since the ouster of military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2008. The Supreme Court has repeatedly sought Zardari’s prosecution on corruption charges leveled in Switzerland. Many Pakistanis harshly criticized his administration for failing to provide relief quickly enough to millions left homeless by last summer’s epic floods. The country’s economy continues to teeter on the brink of collapse.

If Davis is released without a trial, experts say, it could be the last straw. The U.S. is expected to argue its case for Davis’ immunity and release at a hearing Thursday at the Lahore High Court.

“The problem is that the government is so weak,” says Talat Masood, a security analyst and retired Pakistani general. “The government thinks that because of what’s happening in Egypt, the people need only an excuse, and this might be the one.”

As a result, the government has been reluctant to make a decision regarding diplomatic immunity for Davis.

Washington wants Islamabad to declare that Davis is shielded from prosecution by immunity granted by the Vienna Convention to all diplomats and embassy “technical and administrative staff.” U.S. officials have described Davis, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier, as an official with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, but they have declined to state what his job is.

Washington remains mindful of Pakistan’s important role in an eventual resolution of the war in Afghanistan and in maintaining pressure on Al Qaeda and Taliban strongholds in the country’s volatile northwest. Pakistan desperately needs the steady stream of financial aid that the U.S. provides, but it cannot afford to allow the Davis affair to become a trigger for national unrest.

“The question is, when both countries have so much to lose, which one will stand down?” said Zafar Hilaly, a former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S.

During a news conference Tuesday in Washington, President Obama called for Pakistan to respect diplomatic immunity for Davis. Arriving in Lahore late Tuesday, Sen. John F. Kerry said the U.S. deeply regretted the deaths of the two Pakistani men and promised a Justice Department investigation of Davis’ actions.

“We cannot allow one incident to break apart a much stronger bond that deals with millions of people in Pakistan, for whom we want to try to help build energy projects, new jobs, decent homes, education and healthcare,” Kerry told reporters in Lahore.

Punjab provincial police officials have called the shooting a “clear-cut case of murder.” According to the police, Davis says he had stopped his car at a red light when two men pulled up on a motorcycle. When one of the men pulled out a pistol and aimed it at the American, he fired at them through the windshield in self-defense, Davis told police.

Witnesses say Davis then got out of his car and snapped photos of the men before driving away. He was pulled over by police minutes later and arrested.

Police continue to seek the driver of an SUV from the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, who rushed to the scene of the shooting after Davis called him. Police say that driver drove the wrong way down a Lahore street and struck and killed another person on a motorcycle. Pakistani police say the Lahore consulate has refused to turn over the driver to authorities.

The men on the motorcycle, Faizan Haider and Faheem Shamshad, were carrying stolen cellphones and handguns, police said. But Lahore Police Chief Aslam Tareen says Davis’ claim of self-defense doesn’t hold up because Haider was shot in the back as he tried to flee. Tareen also said that though police found ammunition in the magazine of one man’s gun, they found no cartridge in its chamber.

At least one of the witnesses, a traffic police officer, has told investigators he saw one of the Pakistani men pull out a pistol moments before Davis began firing, according to Punjab police sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. Also, both men were known to police as members of a robbery gang, the sources said.

Fauzia Wahab, a lawmaker and spokeswoman for the country’s ruling party, the Pakistan People’s Party, said Monday that she agreed that Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity, though she emphasized that she was not speaking for the government.

Former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, ousted from his post last week as a result of a Cabinet reshuffle, told the Pakistani journalists that Davis was not protected by diplomatic immunity because he had not been certified as a diplomat by the Foreign Ministry.

Along the businesses lining the intersection where the shooting occurred, Pakistanis are bracing for Davis’ release and for the eruption of anger expected to spill out into the streets afterward.

“I believe Davis will be released, because it’s impossible for Pakistan to withstand pressure from the U.S.,” said Irfan Hayat, whose rental car office is just yards from the site of the shooting. “But when that happens, the reaction will be huge. Every Pakistani will come into the streets.”

In the working class Lahore neighborhood where Faizan Haider lived, banners draped over dangling power lines proclaim, “Hang the American murderer!” and “Is Pakistani blood so cheap?” In Haider’s house, relatives say they are preparing to mount a protest that Islamabad cannot ignore.

“The nation is with us in this cause,” said Mukhtar Ahmed, 50, Haider’s cousin. “People are saying it will be like Egypt, but it will be beyond that. Even if the government isn’t with us, the people are.”

alex.rodriguez@latimes.com

Copyright © 2011, Los Angeles Times

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DBA passes resolution against Raymond Davis

Our correspondent
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Rawalpindi: The District Bar Association (DBA), Rawalpindi, has passed a resolution against US national Raymond Davis for killing three Pakistanis in Lahore.

Advocate Nasir Shahzad presented the resolution against Raymond Davis, which was passed by the District Bar Association (DBA) on Tuesday.

Advocate Nasir Shahzad, in his resolution, condemned the assassination of three Pakistanis urging the government not to provide immunity to Raymond Davis and register a case according to the Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act against him.

Speaking on the occasion, District Bar Association (DBA) President Malik Khalid Jawad and other senior lawyers said that Raymond Davis killed innocent citizens. He was working as an American intelligence agent. Police recovered weapons and photographs of sensitive places from his possession, which proves that Raymond Davis is an intelligence agent, they added.

The District Bar Association warned that the legal fraternity would come on roads against Raymond Davis, if the government succumbed to the US pressure

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Taking one for the nation?

by Shyema on 02 16th, 2011 | Comments (155)
Taking one for the nation? 

I have never written anything regarding the government or any specific leader without negativity nor without sarcasm – but today that changes, to a certain extent at least. Today, former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi changed a lot of things – especially the perception that all our leaders will buckle down under pressure and go miles for a bit of extra weight in their pockets.

With so much speculation regarding the Raymond Davis case, where everyone from US leaders to our very own embarrassing Fauzia Wahab have given contradictory statements, Qureshi stands firm on his stance – Davis does not enjoy blanket immunity. Said out loud in plain and simple terms.

I am perhaps a part of that generation that often sinks into apathy and then jumps to extreme patriotism and vice versa. The generation that has spent most of its youth being embarrassed by the representatives of Pakistan. But today that changed slightly. Here is a man who was, as he said so himself ‘the face of Pakistan’ in the international arena, stripped of his portfolio and was offered the Ministry of Water and Power instead. And what does he do? In a dignified way, rejects the offer and in an even more graceful way, does not bash the party that disappointed him, but instead further committed himself to the PPP, going as far as to say that he is a part of the PPP family and his commitment to it was unconditional. How many of you have heard that one before? Even if we assume for a minute, that those were clever words simply written down for the cameras, fact remains that they were dignified words.

We have leaders talking about each other’s hair transplants and bedroom escapades. We have leaders hurling abuses at each other on talk shows and giving demeaning statements against the other in press conferences. But today, there was no blame game, no name throwing, no finger pointing and no dramatic statements – refreshing change.

No doubt, Qureshi was always an eloquent speaker, but today he was much more than that. He was the kind of leader many would feel proud of. Now let’s look at what his fault was – defending Pakistan’s integrity and saving it from a yard sale yet again? If so then be it and let others follow his faults as well, for these ‘faults’ are the very traits that establish the difference between a leader and a puppet.

In his speech today, Qureshi showed his strength of character by constantly referring to facts and records instead of mere speculations and angry emotions. He did not speak as if the word of the United States of America is the be all and end all and in fact pointed out that if Pakistan needs America, then America also needs Pakistan. This may be a strong conclusion to come to, but I don’t believe Qureshi’s aim here is to sell Pakistan’s sovereignty. In fact, if he continues to show the strength he did today, then he will probably only end up continuing to pay the price of telling the truth.

Instead of stripping him off his authority and position, PPP should have held on to him tighter because its only leaders like him who may be able to restore respect in the eyes of the nation that has been failed profusely by its government.

Shyema Sajjad is the Deputy Editor at Dawn.com

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Debate Over Raymond Davis Release Touches Off Suicide, Protests in Pakistan

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Under intensive US pressure to release of the American national Raymond Davis who admits killing two Pakistanis in self-defense , US client government in Pakistan has called an all-party conference to discuss the issue . Earlier reports suggested that the government has agreed to give diplomatic status to Davis and Foreign Office has written a letter to the Law Ministry that Raymond Davis was designated in Pakistan at US consulate in Lahore as a diplomat and enjoys diplomatic immunity according to Vienna Convention.

However, under apparent popular pressure, the foreign office denied that it has written such a letter. On Thursday the Lahore High Court was told that the Foreign Office needs three weeks to decide the diplomatic status of Raymond Davis.

President Obama said at a Washington press conference that Davis should be treated as a diplomat. In his first public remarks on a case that has strained US relations with Pakistan, President Obama noted that the Vienna Convention for diplomatic immunity granted Davis some right.

US Senator John Kerry flew into Lahore Monday to pressurize the Pakistan government over the Davis case. Addressing a press conference after his arrival, Kerry said that Raymond Davis case has nothing to do with the Pakistani courts as Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity under Vienna convention.

Senator Kerry said that Raymond Davis would be tried in American courts, assuring that all the facts would be sort out with regard to this case. He expressed deep sorrow on behalf of Americans over the killing of Pakistani citizens. He said the relationship between the two countries would not be allowed to derail over one issue.

As row continues over the diplomatic status of David Raymond, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a press conference Wednesday that “Davis isn’t a diplomat according to the Foreign Office record”. His refusal to recognize Davis as a diplomat or accord him immunity ultimately cost him his job. According to Lahore’s prominent newspaper The Nation, Qureshi’s principled stand earned him the disapproval of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who wanted his head on a plate — and got it. Qureshi was dropped in last week’s cabinet reshuffle.

The US media reported that Pakistani officials would present documents to the Lahore High Court to support Davis’ claim for immunity. However, on Thursday, the deputy attorney general requested three weeks to submit a reply on the status of Raymond Davis. The case was adjourned until March 14.

In another related development, on Wednesday Lahore Police presented a complete 25-page charge sheet of Raymond Davis to the Lahore district and sessions judge, stating that, according to their investigation, the American did not kill the two Pakistanis, Faheem and Faizan, in self-defense.

Washington had threatened to cut financial aid to its client government in Islamabad. Three members of the House of Representatives drove home the point on a visit to Pakistan, telling Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani starkly that the US Congress was working on its budget and looking for areas to cut.

Congress in 2009 approved a five-year, $7.5-billion aid package meant to build schools, infrastructure and democratic institutions as Pakistan ended a decade of military rule. In October, the Obama administration proposed another $2 billion in assistance for Pakistan’s military, often seen as the key power center in the country.

Raymond Davis shot two men on January 27 in Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan. A third Pakistani was run over and killed by a US consulate vehicle that had come to assist Davis. US Consulate in Lahore has so far declined to hand over the driver of the car to the police despite repeated requests from the Punjab provincial government.

In a continuing pressure on Pakistan, the US State Department on Saturday postponed a round of high-level talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan, scheduled for 23-24 February.

The Raymond Davis drama took a new twist on February 6   when Shumaila Faheem, the 4-month pregnant widow of one of the two men who was gunned down, committed suicide by taking poison pills. I n her dying statement she said she feared the American who killed her husband Mohammad Faheem would be released without trial. She told reporters before her condition deteriorated that she took the extreme step because she “does not expect any justice from this government,” which she suspects to be trying to bail out Raymond Davis.

The suicide of Shumaila has set off protests in Pakistan, where anti-US sentiment already runs high. There is intensive street pressure on the government not to hand over Davis to America and he should be tried for murder under Pakistan laws.

Leader of Pakistan’s leading religious party, Syed Munawar Hasan, while condemning the government’s intentions to allow diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis, said that such a decision was expected “from the puppets of the US.” In a press statement, he appealed to the masses to rise against the US and its agents in Pakistan. He said: “The JI will launch a massive campaign against any such a decision.”

Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties don’t win many votes in elections but are capable of organizing large protests often seize on sensitive issues concerning the United States.

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Debate Over Raymond Davis Release Touches Off Suicide, Protests in Pakistan

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Under intensive US pressure to release of the American national Raymond Davis who admits killing two Pakistanis in self-defense , US client government in Pakistan has called an all-party conference to discuss the issue . Earlier reports suggested that the government has agreed to give diplomatic status to Davis and Foreign Office has written a letter to the Law Ministry that Raymond Davis was designated in Pakistan at US consulate in Lahore as a diplomat and enjoys diplomatic immunity according to Vienna Convention.

However, under apparent popular pressure, the foreign office denied that it has written such a letter. On Thursday the Lahore High Court was told that the Foreign Office needs three weeks to decide the diplomatic status of Raymond Davis.

President Obama said at a Washington press conference that Davis should be treated as a diplomat. In his first public remarks on a case that has strained US relations with Pakistan, President Obama noted that the Vienna Convention for diplomatic immunity granted Davis some right.

US Senator John Kerry flew into Lahore Monday to pressurize the Pakistan government over the Davis case. Addressing a press conference after his arrival, Kerry said that Raymond Davis case has nothing to do with the Pakistani courts as Davis enjoyed diplomatic immunity under Vienna convention.

Senator Kerry said that Raymond Davis would be tried in American courts, assuring that all the facts would be sort out with regard to this case. He expressed deep sorrow on behalf of Americans over the killing of Pakistani citizens. He said the relationship between the two countries would not be allowed to derail over one issue.

As row continues over the diplomatic status of David Raymond, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a press conference Wednesday that “Davis isn’t a diplomat according to the Foreign Office record”. His refusal to recognize Davis as a diplomat or accord him immunity ultimately cost him his job. According to Lahore’s prominent newspaper The Nation, Qureshi’s principled stand earned him the disapproval of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton who wanted his head on a plate — and got it. Qureshi was dropped in last week’s cabinet reshuffle.

The US media reported that Pakistani officials would present documents to the Lahore High Court to support Davis’ claim for immunity. However, on Thursday, the deputy attorney general requested three weeks to submit a reply on the status of Raymond Davis. The case was adjourned until March 14.

In another related development, on Wednesday Lahore Police presented a complete 25-page charge sheet of Raymond Davis to the Lahore district and sessions judge, stating that, according to their investigation, the American did not kill the two Pakistanis, Faheem and Faizan, in self-defense.

Washington had threatened to cut financial aid to its client government in Islamabad. Three members of the House of Representatives drove home the point on a visit to Pakistan, telling Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani starkly that the US Congress was working on its budget and looking for areas to cut.

Congress in 2009 approved a five-year, $7.5-billion aid package meant to build schools, infrastructure and democratic institutions as Pakistan ended a decade of military rule. In October, the Obama administration proposed another $2 billion in assistance for Pakistan’s military, often seen as the key power center in the country.

Raymond Davis shot two men on January 27 in Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan. A third Pakistani was run over and killed by a US consulate vehicle that had come to assist Davis. US Consulate in Lahore has so far declined to hand over the driver of the car to the police despite repeated requests from the Punjab provincial government.

In a continuing pressure on Pakistan, the US State Department on Saturday postponed a round of high-level talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan, scheduled for 23-24 February.

The Raymond Davis drama took a new twist on February 6   when Shumaila Faheem, the 4-month pregnant widow of one of the two men who was gunned down, committed suicide by taking poison pills. I n her dying statement she said she feared the American who killed her husband Mohammad Faheem would be released without trial. She told reporters before her condition deteriorated that she took the extreme step because she “does not expect any justice from this government,” which she suspects to be trying to bail out Raymond Davis.

The suicide of Shumaila has set off protests in Pakistan, where anti-US sentiment already runs high. There is intensive street pressure on the government not to hand over Davis to America and he should be tried for murder under Pakistan laws.

Leader of Pakistan’s leading religious party, Syed Munawar Hasan, while condemning the government’s intentions to allow diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis, said that such a decision was expected “from the puppets of the US.” In a press statement, he appealed to the masses to rise against the US and its agents in Pakistan. He said: “The JI will launch a massive campaign against any such a decision.”

Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties don’t win many votes in elections but are capable of organizing large protests often seize on sensitive issues concerning the United States.

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The Raymond Davis incident shows that we’re often ignorant because we rely on the US news media. There is a solution.

18 February 2011
by Fabius Maximus

Summary:   Here we have another case study in disinformation.  The story of Raymond Davis (US covert operative in Pakistan) illustrates how our mainstream media and experts collude to help the government shape our view of the world.  It’s important that the sheep of America receive distorted news, as the truth might upset us.  Fortunately few Americans read the alternative news websites or foreign news sources.

What results from a people fed on paranoia, hubris, and lies?  Thousands of people singing variations on this about the affair Davis:

Raymond Davis is covered by immunity and shot two men who were pointing guns at him , as verified by the police.  Davis should have been released long time back, but due to wild anti-Americanism in Pakistan, Davis is being held and will be illegally tried …

Here we sort through the reports to get the outlines of what happened.  We might never learn the truth.  However we can try to see through the legends the US government passes to us through their lackeys in the US news media.  And we can at least hear the Pakistani side of the story.

Contents

  1. Accounts of the story in the mainstream media
  2. Real journalism — in the alternative media
  3. Better information – from the foreign news media
  4. Does Davis have diplomatic immunity?
  5. Conclusions, and a guess why we do these things.
  6. For more information

(1)  Accounts of the story in the mainstream media

Clay Shirkey has esoteric theories (see here) explaining the decline of the mainstream media.  But perhaps their subscribers just tired of reading regurgitated government lies along with a confusing fog of the facts.

  • American Charged in Pakistan Killing“, New York Times, 28 January 2011
  • A Dilemma in U.S.-Pakistani Relations“, Stratfor, 16 February 2011 — A touching account of the US government’s story, with no hint that much of it has looks false.  Best line:  “Davis shot and killed two armed Pakistani nationals on Jan. 27 because he thought they were going to rob him.”

But there are nuggets of good coverage, if one digs to find them.  These contrain details that contradict the US government’s story about the Davis incident, and so seldom mentioned in the US press (and by mainstream geopolitical sources like Stratfor):

(a)  “In Pakistan, rumbles of a revolution over Raymond Davis“, Los Angeles Times, 16 February 2011 — Excerpt:

Witnesses say Davis then got out of his car and snapped photos of the men before driving away. He was pulled over by police minutes later and arrested.

Police continue to seek the driver of an SUV from the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, who rushed to the scene of the shooting after Davis called him. Police say that driver drove the wrong way down a Lahore street and struck and killed another person on a motorcycle. Pakistani police say the Lahore consulate has refused to turn over the driver to authorities.

The men on the motorcycle, Faizan Haider and Faheem Shamshad, were carrying stolen cellphones and handguns, police said. But Lahore Police Chief Aslam Tareen says Davis’ claim of self-defense doesn’t hold up because Haider was shot in the back as he tried to flee. Tareen also said that though police found ammunition in the magazine of one man’s gun, they found no cartridge in its chamber.

(b)  “Pakistani police report deems American official ‘guilty’ in shootings“, Washington Post, 13 February 2011 — Excerpt (red emphasis added):

A Pakistani police report says a U.S. Embassy official jailed in the killing of two Pakistani men is “guilty” of murder, citing investigators’ findings that the official shot each victim five times, including in their backs, and lied to police about how he arrived at the scene.

… In Pakistan on Saturday, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who was foreign minister until a cabinet reshuffle last week, broke his silence on the incident, asserting at a banquet and to a newspaper that he had lost his job because he did not think Davis was qualified for diplomatic immunity.

… U.S. officials in Pakistan have maintained that the two men, who were on a motorcycle, had criminal backgrounds and held up Davis while he was in his car at an intersection in Lahore. After the shootings, the men were found in possession of cash and a cellphone they had stolen that day, the U.S. officials say. U.S. and Pakistani officials told The Post last week that a police report corroborated that account.

But the police’s five-page investigative report, which was written in Urdu and submitted to a municipal court in Lahore, does not reflect that. … The report, citing witness statements, says Davis first shot at the men from inside his sedan, then got out and shot twice more at one of the men, Faizan Haider, as he ran. Davis then took photos and called the U.S. Consulate before fleeing in his car and being apprehended by two traffic wardens, it says. A consular vehicle that came to Davis’s rescue fatally struck an uninvolved motorcyclist on the way to the scene, police say.

According to the report, Davis told police that he arrived at the scene from the consulate, but a Global Positioning System tracker in his car indicated that he had driven from his residence. Police had previously said that Davis told them he was returning from a bank.

The two men on the motorcycle were found to be carrying five cellphones, two pistols and currency from Pakistan, Japan, Oman and the Philippines, according to the report.  Quoting autopsy results, the report says that each man was shot twice in the back and that one was struck in the head. The report later contradicts itself, saying each man was shot thrice in the back.

The shots to the back are cited in a list of reasons investigators rejected Davis’s self-defense assertion. The list notes a lack of witness testimony attesting to a robbery and two empty bullet casings found outside Davis’s car, indicating that he shot offensively. It also notes that there were no bullets in the chambers of the victims’ pistols.

(2)  Real journalism — in the alternative media

The Deepening Mystery of Raymond Davis and Two Slain Pakistani Motorcyclists“, Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch, 8 February 2011 — Journalism lives, just not at our major news media.  Excerpt:

Davis (whose identity was first denied and later confirmed by the US Embassy in Islamabad), and the embassy have claimed that he was hired as an employee of a US security company called Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, which was said to be located at 5100 North Lane in Orlando, Florida. Business cards for Hyperion were found on Davis by arresting officers.

However CounterPunch has investigated and discovered the following information:

First, there is not and never has been any such company located at the 5100 North Lane address. It is only an empty storefront, with empty shelves along one wall and an empty counter on the opposite wall, with just a lone used Coke cup sitting on it. A leasing agency sign is on the window. A receptionist at the IB Green & Associates rental agency located in Leesburg, Florida, said that her agency, which handles the property, part of a desolate-looking strip mall of mostly empty storefronts, has never leased to a Hyperion Protective Consultants. She added, “In fact, until recently, we had for several years occupied that address ourselves.”

The Florida Secretary of State’s office, meanwhile, which requires all Florida companies, including LLSs (limited liability partnerships), to register, has no record, current or lapsed, of a Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, and there is only one company with the name Hyperion registered at all in the state. It is Hyperion Communications, a company based in W. Palm Beach, that has no connection with Davis or with security-related activities.

The non-existent Hyperion Protective Consultants does have a website (www.hyperion-protective.com), but one of the phone numbers listed doesn’t work, an 800 number produces a recorded answer offering information about how to deal with or fend off bank foreclosures, and a third number with an Orlando exchange goes to a recording giving Hyperion’s corporate name and asking the caller to leave a message. Efforts to contact anyone on that line were unsuccessful. The local phone company says there is no public listing for Hyperion Protective Consultants — a rather unusual situation for a legitimate business operation.

(3)  Better information — from the foreign news media

(a) Raymond Davis case: Men killed in Lahore were intelligence operatives, says official“, The Express Tribune (Pakistan) and International Herald Tribune, 5 February 2011

(b) Video reveals US diplomat’s Pakistan police encounter“, Guardian, 10 February 2011 — Excerpt:

Mobile phone clip of Raymond Davis, who shot dead two men in Lahore, deepens mystery about his US embassy role. … Davis says at one point in the video that he’s with the US Embassy, which is in Islamabad, and says later that he’s doing consulting work for the consular general, who is based at the US consulate in Lahore. He also says he’s with the RAO, an apparent reference to the US Regional Affairs Office.

… According to records from the Pentagon, the 36-year-old Davis is a former special forces soldier who left the army in August 2003 after 10 years of service. A Virginia native, he served with infantry divisions prior to joining the 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

(c) From Dawn (Pakistani newspaper), 6 February 2011 — This material is the key to the extent of Davis’ diplomatic immunity, if any (see below).  Excerpt (red emphasis added):

Davis, who was first claimed by the US embassy as a Lahore consulate staffer and was later declared as assigned to Islamabad embassy, at the time of his arrest, according to his interrogators, carried an ID showing that he worked for the US consulate general in Peshawar, a copy of which has been obtained by Dawn.  It looks to be an interesting case of an embassy staffer concurrently working at three different stations.

Some of the other information shared with by the investigators confirmed the previously known information that he had a military background and was posted with US Regional Affairs Office {RAO}, which is linked by many analysts to CIA.

A US Department of Veteran Affairs card and Department of Defence contractor card were also in possession of Davis, which only adds to the confusion over his identity. The contract documents in Davis` possession revealed that he was on an annual contract with a fee of $200,000.

The US embassy, in a list of cases of its employees pending for registration, given to the FO {Foreign Office} on Jan 25 (two days before the incident), intriguingly did not mention Davis. However, a revised list submitted a day after the incident on Jan 28 carried his name.

(4)  Does Davis have diplomatic immunity?

US sources misrepresent the situation.

In brief, staff of foreign governments have varying degrees of diplomatic immunity, ranging from total to none. For accurate explanation we must turn to the Pakistan news media, such as these two articles in The Express Tribune (Pakistan) and International Herald Tribune by Najmuddin A Shaikh.  He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Iran (1992-94) and the US (1990-91), then as Pakistan’s foreign secretary from 1994-97.

The two governing treaties are:

  • Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 (see Wikipedia)
  • Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 (see Wikipedia) — Weaker protections for consular staff than in the 1961 treaty.

Davis may have one of three roles, if he is in fact an employee of the US embassy or consulate staffs, as the US State Department explains in their publication Diplomatic and Consular Immunity: Guidance for Law Enforcement and Judicial Authorities:

Members of Administrative and Technical Staff {of the Embassy}:  Members of the administrative and technical staff of a diplomatic mission perform tasks critical to the inner workings of the embassy. Accordingly, they enjoy privileges and immunities identical to those of diplomatic agents in respect of personal inviolability, immunity from criminal jurisdiction, and immunity from the obligation to provide evidence as witnesses.  {page 4}

Members of {Embassy] Service Staff:  Members of the service staff of diplomatic missions perform less critical support tasks for the missions and are accorded much less in the way of privileges and immunities than are those in the other categories. Service staff members have official acts immunity only (see further explanation below) and they enjoy no personal inviolability, no inviolability of property, and no immunity from the obligation to provide evidence as witnesses.  {page 4}

Consular Service Staff:  Consular service staff do not enjoy personal inviolability or jurisdictional immunity of any kind, but they do have immunity from the obligation to provide evidence as witnesses in respect of official acts. Their family members enjoy no personal inviolability or jurisdictional immunity of any kind.  {page 6}

(5)  Conclusion, and a guess why we do these things

Now we see the reason for the apparently frantic attempts by the US government to after the fact upgrade Davis’ employment status, attempting to give him full diplomatic protection.

None of this matters, since the US government will apply pressure until Pakistan’s government releases Davis.  This insult to their sovereignty will enrage many in Pakistan.  More accurately, further enrage them — following the attacks by US drones and over-the-border crossings by US forces.  But we know that no minor nation deserves national pride, but must bow before us.

Our government does not worry about the likely consequences of these policies.  Perhaps because our leaders have target fixation:

… the brain is focused so intently on an observed object that awareness of other obstacles or hazards can diminish. … This is a common issue for motorcyclists and mountain bikers. … The term “target fixation” may have been borrowed from World War II fighter pilots, who spoke of a tendency to want to fly into targets during a strafing run.  {from Wikipedia}

Despite a decade of killing – by the CIA’s mercs, special ops foreces, drones – we are not winning.  The reason is obvious to the people running the war.

At an early intergovernmental meeting on the importance of psychological warfare, one of {General} Harkins’ key staffmen, Brigadier General Gerald Kelleher, quickly dismissed that theory. His job, he said, was to kill Vietcong.  But the French, responded a political officer named Donald Pike, had killed a lot of Vietcong and they had not won. “Didn’t kill enough Vietcong,” answered Kelleher.
— From The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam (1972)

(6) For more information

For more information about the feeding of sheep see the FM reference page Information & disinformation, the new media & the old.

  1. News from the Front: America’s military has mastered 4GW!, 2 September 2009
  2. 4GW at work in a community near you , 19 October 2007 — Propaganda warming us up for war with Iran.
  3. Successful info ops, but who are the targets?, 1 May 2008
  4. Psywar, a core skill of the US Military (used most often on us), 26 November 2008
  5. How the Soviet Menace was over-hyped – and what we can learn from this, 13 October 2009
  6. Another example of war advocates working their rice bowls, 24 December 2009
  7. Think-tanks bribe journalists to promote our wars, 24 December 2009
  8. Successful propaganda as a characteristic of 21st century America, 1 February 2010
  9. Another sad little bit of agitprop, this time from John Nagl, 28 February 2010
  10. A note about practical propaganda, 22 March 2010
  11. Programs to reshape the American mind, run by the left and right, 2 August 2010
  12. The US government successfully smears Wikileaks, while America sleeps, 22 October 2010
  13. Every day brings new advocacy for war. That’s our America., 1 November 2010

Davis is a US govt employee, reveal documents

The document shows that Davis gets $ 0.2 million per annum as salary.- DawnNews 

KARACHI: Documents obtained by DawnNews on Wednesday revealed that Raymond Davis, the US gunman accused of killing two Pakistanis in Lahore, is a permanent employee of the US Overseas Protective Security Services.

The document shows that Davis gets $ 0.2 million per annum as salary.

Meanwhile, government authorities have decided to shift the US official to Adiala Jail where his visiting hours will be limited to three hours.
—DawnNews

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Obama Urges Pakistan to Let Shooter Go, as Kerry Visits

By TOM WRIGHT

European Pressphoto AgencyAn Islamist party in Lahore on Tuesday rallied for Raymond Davis’s execution.

PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN

LAHORE, Pakistan—U.S. President Barack Obama called for Pakistan to release a government employee who killed two men last month, as Sen. John Kerry arrived here for talks aimed at ending the diplomatic standoff.

The man, Raymond Davis, has been in custody in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, since the incident on Jan. 27. The U.S. says he is covered by diplomatic immunity and should be released.

Mr. Obama weighed in on the row Tuesday, saying Pakistan must release Mr. Davis under its commitments as a signatory to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, a pact from the 1960s that guarantees diplomats immunity from prosecution. “If it starts being fair game on our ambassadors around the world, including in dangerous places…it means they can’t do their job,” Mr. Obama told a news conference.

The comments escalated a diplomatic dispute over Mr. Davis’s detention. Public anger over the shooting and demands for Mr. Davis’s prosecution make it difficult for Pakistan’s central government—an ally of the U.S.—to order his release.

A court in Lahore is expected to begin hearing a case Thursday on whether Mr. Davis has immunity from prosecution.

Mr. Kerry, at a news conference in Lahore, promised the U.S. Justice Department would conduct its own “thorough criminal investigation” if Pakistan were to release Mr. Davis.

“It is a strong belief of our government that this case does not belong in the court,” Mr. Kerry said Tuesday. “And it does not belong in the court because this man has diplomatic immunity.”

Mr. Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has made four trips to Pakistan in the past two years and was instrumental in co-writing in 2009 a five-year, $7.5 billion civilian aid package, part of a strategy to help counter Islamic radicalism in the country. Despite closer ties, many here remain wary of the U.S., which is viewed as building strategic alliances with Pakistan’s traditional rivals, notably India.

Washington, too, has been disappointed with Pakistan for failing to clamp down on Taliban havens on its soil.

The incident involving Mr. Davis has added a further level of mistrust to the relationship.

The U.S. last week canceled a meeting scheduled for late February in Washington, involving Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan, in protest against Mr. Davis’s detention. Washington has also scaled back other routine bilateral contacts.

According to the U.S. version of events, Mr. Davis, 36 years old, opened fire on two armed men in self-defense after they attempted to stop his white Honda Civic car at a busy intersection in broad daylight. U.S. officials say the two men, who were on a motorbike, had earlier in the day robbed other people in the area.

The U.S. has said Mr. Davis is a “technical and administrative” staff of the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, but hasn’t said what his role was or whether he was authorized to carry a weapon. The U.S. confirmed Mr. Davis’s identity Friday, two weeks after Pakistani authorities released his name.

Lahore police officers say they recovered a number of effects from Mr. Davis’s car after the incident, including two Glock pistols and more than 70 rounds of ammunition. Officials say they also found a metal detector, a latex face mask with a beard and headpiece, and a make-up kit.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad declined to comment on Mr. Davis’s effects.

Pakistani officials appear to be angered by what they say was Mr. Davis’s covert role in Pakistan. A senior official with Inter-Services Intelligence, the military’s spy agency, said the organization was unaware of Mr. Davis. “Apparently he was working behind our backs,” the official said.

The U.S. Embassy denied this and said it notified Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry of Mr. Davis’s arrival in the country in January 2010, which, the U.S. says, means he is covered by diplomatic immunity.

Senior Pakistani officials have made contradictory statements in recent weeks over whether, in their view, Mr. Davis is covered by immunity from prosecution.

Pakistani police investigating the incident have yet to formally charge Mr. Davis, but say they are treating the case as murder. If the high court finds Mr. Davis isn’t covered by immunity, state prosecutors must bring his case to court by Feb. 25.

In Lahore’s British-era town center, placards put up by an Islamist group show a photo of Mr. Davis’s head with a hangman’s noose superimposed around it.

Two Lahore police officers involved in the case say the two men who confronted Mr. Davis were likely armed due to a dispute with another family. One of the men’s elder brothers had been killed in December in a row over a girl. They denied the men, who resided in Lahore, had earlier robbed others in the area.

Witnesses say the men were circling around Mr. Davis’s car, which he was driving himself, according to the police officers.

What happened next is unclear. Mr. Davis fired nine bullets from inside the car, seven of which hit the men in various parts of their bodies. He got out of the car to photograph the dead men on his cellphone and then fled an angry crowd that was forming, the officers said. Police arrested him in his car a few miles from the scene.

Another vehicle from the consulate, which came to rescue Mr. Davis, ran over and killed a bystander. The driver of that car wasn’t taken into custody and hasn’t been identified.

Authorities had previously detained Mr. Davis for a few hours two years ago, the two police officers said.

In that incident, police stopped the car in which Mr. Davis was traveling in Lahore during a routine check in a posh part of town and found a number of weapons in the car, the officers said. But they let Mr. Davis go after orders from the central government, they added.

The U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said reports about this detention were “unsubstantiated.”

—Shahnawaz Khan contributed to this article.

Write to Tom Wright at tom.wright@wsj.com

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Pakistani officials differ over detained American

(AP) – 3 hours ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s former foreign minister said Wednesday that legal advisers told him an American detained for fatally shooting two Pakistanis did not qualify for blanket diplomatic immunity as Washington maintains.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who stepped down earlier this month during a Cabinet shake-up but retains influence, reiterated this stance after a meeting with U.S. Sen. John Kerry — an indication that the American politician may have a rocky time convincing Pakistan to free 36-year-old Raymond Davis.

It also signaled there have been internal divisions within the Pakistani government over how to handle a case that has severely strained relations with the U.S. The partnership is considered key to ending the war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. says Davis is an embassy staffer who shot two Pakistanis in self-defense as they tried to rob him Jan. 27, and that his detention is illegal under international agreements covering diplomats. Pakistani leaders — fearful of stoking more outrage in a public already rife with anti-U.S. sentiment — have said the matter is up to the courts to decide.

A Pakistani federal official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the government would tell a court later this week that most of its legal experts had decided that Davis is immune from prosecution. Qureshi, however, told a news conference that if he is summoned, he will testify that his advisers informed him Davis may not have full immunity.

“God willing, I will side with the truth,” he said. “I will never disappoint the nation.”

It was not immediately clear if saying that Davis doesn’t qualify for “blanket” immunity means he doesn’t qualify at all for protection from prosecution in this particular case. The U.S. Embassy insists that because Davis was part of its “administrative and technical staff” he has blanket immunity.

Qureshi was the most prominent member of the Pakistani Cabinet to not be reappointed to his old post after the quick dissolution and re-creation of the prime minister’s circle of advisers last week. He said he kept quiet on the Davis case earlier upon instructions from the leader of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, but implied that his stance on the matter had cost him his job. A new foreign minister has not yet been appointed.

Upon arriving in Pakistan late Tuesday, Kerry, a Democrat from Massachusetts, reached out to the government and the people, promising a U.S. criminal investigation into the shooting if Davis is released. He expressed regret over the loss of lives and acknowledged that the deaths need to be examined.

“It is customary in an incident like this for our government to conduct a criminal investigation. That is our law. And I can give you the full assurance of our government today that that will take place,” Kerry told reporters in the eastern city of Lahore, where the shootings occurred.

Kerry met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after seeing Qureshi on Wednesday. He was to see President Asif Ali Zardari and army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as well. His meeting with Qureshi indicated he believed the former foreign minister, a major figure in the ruling party, still has influence.

President Barack Obama also insisted in talks with reporters Tuesday that Davis be freed, saying the principle of diplomatic immunity must be upheld.

“If it starts being fair game on our ambassadors around the world, including in dangerous places where we may have differences with those governments … that’s untenable,” Obama said at a news conference, his first public remarks on the case. “It means they can’t do their job. And that’s why we respect these conventions and every country should as well.”

Part of the confusion over Davis’ status lies in his background.

The administration insists that Davis was part of the embassy’s “administrative and technical staff,” which means he might have been involved with security, but Pakistani media have focused on him being a former Special Forces soldier who runs an American “protective services” company with his wife.

Although the U.S. says he’s an embassy staffer, he apparently had been attached for a while to the consulate in Lahore, further adding to the confusion about his status since consulate employees do not always get the same level of diplomatic protection as embassy staffers.

The AP also obtained a photocopy of an ID and a salary document that Davis apparently gave Pakistani authorities, showing that he was scheduled to be paid $200,000 from Sept. 21, 2010, until Sept. 20, 2011, for “overseas protective sec. svcs.,” training, administration work and insurance and travel expenses.

Davis is identified as a Defense Department contractor on the ID card.

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US breaks off high-level contact with Pakistan over shooting case

The US has broken off high-level contacts with Pakistan as it increases pressure on Islamabad to free an American official who shot dead two Pakistanis, according to sources from both countries.

The US has broken off high-level contacts with Pakistan as it increases pressure on Islamabad to free an American official who shot dead two Pakistanis, according to sources from both countries.  

Demonstrators call for the death penalty for Raymond Davis Photo: AP
Rob Crilly

By Rob Crilly, Islamabad 4:48PM GMT 08 Feb 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already cancelled one meeting and the diplomatic row threatens talks due later this month on the war in Afghanistan.

The freeze comes as a damning US watchdog report reveals that aid money lavished on Pakistan – almost $4bn since 2009 – as part of a strategy to foster closer ties has failed to show any change.

The case of Raymond Davis has convulsed Pakistan, opening a fresh seam of anti-American anger and unleashing a wave of speculation about what an American diplomat was doing driving alone in a Honda Civic through the streets of Lahore with a Glock handgun.

Pakistan has so far refused to release Davis despite US insistence that he is entitled to diplomatic immunity.

The US has warned Pakistan that it would consider cutting aid unless Davis is freed.

Buck McKeon, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, said he mentioned to Pakistani leaders that Congress was working on the budget.

Asked if aid could be at risk, Mr McKeon said: “It very well could be.”

A senior Pakistani official said the government had to balance its international commitments with the risk of provoking a backlash if it was seen to bow to Washington’s pressure.

“We understand that diplomatic immunity is absolute. It’s not that we don’t get it,” he said. “Pakistanis have been killed and there is a lot of emotion on the ground so all the Pakistani government is seeking is American understanding.”

He confirmed that ministerial-level talks had been frozen.

Last week, Mrs Clinton cancelled a meeting with Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, at an international security conference in Munich. The two are due to meet again in Washington on February 24, along with their Afghan counterparts.

The freeze is the latest setback in relations between two countries that have maintained an awkward alliance against al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters along the Pakistani border with Afghanistan.

Davis has been held for 12 days since shooting two men whom he claimed were trying to rob him. A third man died after being run over by a vehicle sent to rescue the American.

A massive five-year civilian aid package was meant to help stabilise the nuclear-armed country, quell rampant anti-American feeling and prove to Pakistanis that the US was not simply using the country to do its dirty work against the militant threat.

However, the inspectors general’s report found that USAID had failed to come up with a set of indicators to monitor progress.

It also revealed that one fifth of posts – or 68 jobs – remained unfilled in USAID’s office in Islamabad.

A key priority was to promote economic development in Pakistan’s tribal areas as a way of reducing the influence of extremist groups but that has also struggled to make an impact.

“The audits found the programmes had made little progress in achieving the goal largely because of the hostile environment – the chief of party for one implementing partner was assassinated – but also because of a lack of baseline date and inadequate oversight, which resulted in questioned costs of $767,841,” the report said.

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Kerry apologises over Raymond Davis killings

Published: February 16, 2011

US Senator arrived in Lahore on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP

US senator John Kerry said Tuesday his country was “deeply sorry” over the killing of two Pakistanis by a US official, after arriving in Pakistan to resolve a diplomatic row over the man.

“We are deeply, deeply sorry for that tragic incident,” Kerry told a press conference soon after arriving in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore.

“I want to come here to express our deepest regret for those tragic events and to express the sorrow of American people for the loss of life that has taken place,” he said.

Kerry, who arrived in Lahore late Tuesday, is the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who helped spearhead a record $7.5 billion aid package for Pakistan, is well respected in the country.

He will also meet government officials to reassure them of long-term US commitment to Pakistan, said a spokeswoman for the US embassy in Islamabad.

“He’s coming tonight to speak with government officials about the relationship and reaffirm support for the strategic relationship,” said spokeswoman Courtney Beale.

Kerry’s visit aims to look for a resolution to the issue and to tone down the pressure on Pakistan’s coalition government, one US official said on condition of anonymity.

US says it will certify Davis has diplomatic immunity

The US government on Monday announced that it will certify before a Pakistani court that Raymond Davis, the US consular employee accused of shooting dead two men in Lahore, has diplomatic immunity, according to a BBC report.

US state department spokesman PJ Crowley said, “On Thursday, we will present a petition to the court to certify that he has diplomatic immunity and that he should be released.”

He said Pakistan had an “international obligation” to release Davis because he “has diplomatic immunity”.

“We respect our international obligations, and we expect other countries, including Pakistan, to do the same,” he added.

Petition to summon Qureshi, Wahab in Davis case

Meanwhile, a writ petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday demanding that statements of former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab be included in the Raymond Davis case.

The petition was filed by the judicial activism panel and refers to a public statement issued by Qureshi in which he said that Washington pressured him for the release of Raymond Davis but he had refused to comply on the basis that Davis is not a diplomat.

The petition also requests for the inclusion of Fauzia Wahab’s statement at a press conference in which she claimed that Davis is a diplomat and is eligible for diplomatic immunity.

The petition has called on the court to summon both Qureshi and Wahab to record their statements.

It has also appealed to the court to hold Davis responsible for the death of Shumaila, the wife of one of the men shot dead by him.

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Davis is killer, Lahore police tell judge

US national Raymond Davis. -Reuters File Photo

LAHORE: The investigation wing of the Lytton Road police and prosecution officials submitted on Tuesday a double-murder challan (preliminary police report) against US national Raymond Davis to the court of Lahore District and Sessions Judge (DSJ) Abdul Waheed Khan.

After consulting some additional district and sessions judges, the DSJ marked the case to the court of ADSJ Mohammad Youssuf Aujla.

An official said police had formally charged Davis under Section 302, declaring him as killer of Faizan and Faheem at Qartaba Chowk in Mozang on Jan 27.

He said the home department had issued a notification to conduct the trial in jail because of security concerns.

According to the police report, Lytton Road SHO Atif Meraj recovered a belt, a pistol pouch, a handbag, two purses, five cellphones, Pakistani and foreign currency and two National Identity Cards from the murdered youths.

Davis, according to witnesses, first opened fire on Faizan and Fahim from his car and then shot them from the back while they were fleeing.

“The police, however, captured Davis while he was trying to flee in his car and recovered a 9mm pistol with five magazines, 75 bullets, a passport, a long-range wireless set, a global positioning system (GPS) with charger, two cellphones, a telescope, infrared headlight, camera, torch, survival kit, memory cards, packed ‘niswar’, local and US currency, ATM cards, a PIA ticket, blank cheques etc.”

Davis claimed during investigation that the men wanted to rob him and he had killed them in self-defence. After killing Faizan and Fahim, Davis also photographed them and called the US consulate to send someone to help him.

Responding to the phone call, a vehicle (Land Cruiser) carrying some persons reached the spot and crushed to death another man, Ibadur Rehman.

According to the challan, Davis’s claim of having acted in self-defence couldn’t be proved because he had killed the men while they were running away and they had no bullet loaded in their pistol.

“Not a single eyewitness saw the murdered youths trying to loot the accused at gunpoint,” it said, adding that the accused didn’t cooperate with the investigators and refused to give any statement on the instructions of the US consulate in Lahore.

“Davis has been proved to be guilty and be tried under the murder charges,” the investigators said.

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By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has conveyed its final position with regard to the status of the US national Raymond Davis to the Law Ministry for formulating a legal position that would be taken before the Lahore High Court tomorrow (Thursday).

The communication that was sent to the Law Ministry on Tuesday by the Foreign Office also attaches documents, including the notification of the US mission declaring the killer as ‘administrative and technical staff’ of the US facility. The letter of the US Embassy in Islamabad bears the date of January 20th.

The Foreign Office that has been burning its midnight oil for more than a fortnight for finalising its position in the complex matter, has now given detailed guidelines to the Law Ministry for taking up in the court. The copies of international laws and conventions have also been given to the Law Ministry.

President Obama’s public assertion on the question on Tuesday has flabbergasted the government and Foreign Office here since no one was expecting that pressure would come from that exalted echelon. It is contrary to what the two capitals were discussing through the established channels i.e. Washington would remain quiet on the subject for quite some time so that the sentiments about it calmed down to some extent.

The statement of the US president has created a qualitative impact in the matter knowing that emotions in Pakistan are extremely high. “The documents submitted by the Foreign Office facilitate somewhat immunity on the basis of the previous communication between the officials concerned. By no means, it could be blanket immunity. However, the ultimate decision would be with the court. The document so prepared would greatly help the court to reach a decision close to the interest of justice.”

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman John Kerry has arrived in Islamabad with a brief from US President Obama and he would be meeting the president, prime minister, Army chief and other important people before returning home the same evening with a reply.

There are hopes that the matter would be resolved by the end of the next week and the maximum by 25/26th of this month.

Diplomatic observers have pointed out that US President’s statement and now John Kerry’s news conference in Lahore immediately after the media interaction by his president in Washington is contrary to what the understanding the two capitals had already arrived at. The US leadership knows that such assertions would harden the stances. “It could lead to a situation where the two countries could reach a position where a clash becomes inevitable. The government would become helpless.”

The sources said that Pakistan would have to face difficulty in the face of the US stance in the case because US didn’t believe that the case in question was a fit subject to be taken up in the court, which was the stand that the government here had been following. Washington has serious reservations about the police action and referring the matter to the court. It is arguing that the case must be dealt at an administrative level and the action of the accused was not cognizable by the police or court.

Despite the US position in the matter, the US mission has opted to contest the case in the court tomorrow. The Law Ministry will put up the position of the federal government through Advocate General and the communication of the Law Ministry pertaining to the matter would be conveyed to the pleaders in Lahore within 24 hours, the sources said.

Abdul Basit Khan, Foreign Office spokesman, confirmed late Tuesday evening that communication to the Law Ministry had been dispatched but declined to divulge the content of it. To a question by this scribe, he has hinted that some way for immunity could be opened through the process.

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Top Story

By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has conveyed its final position with regard to the status of the US national Raymond Davis to the Law Ministry for formulating a legal position that would be taken before the Lahore High Court tomorrow (Thursday).

The communication that was sent to the Law Ministry on Tuesday by the Foreign Office also attaches documents, including the notification of the US mission declaring the killer as ‘administrative and technical staff’ of the US facility. The letter of the US Embassy in Islamabad bears the date of January 20th.

The Foreign Office that has been burning its midnight oil for more than a fortnight for finalising its position in the complex matter, has now given detailed guidelines to the Law Ministry for taking up in the court. The copies of international laws and conventions have also been given to the Law Ministry.

President Obama’s public assertion on the question on Tuesday has flabbergasted the government and Foreign Office here since no one was expecting that pressure would come from that exalted echelon. It is contrary to what the two capitals were discussing through the established channels i.e. Washington would remain quiet on the subject for quite some time so that the sentiments about it calmed down to some extent.

The statement of the US president has created a qualitative impact in the matter knowing that emotions in Pakistan are extremely high. “The documents submitted by the Foreign Office facilitate somewhat immunity on the basis of the previous communication between the officials concerned. By no means, it could be blanket immunity. However, the ultimate decision would be with the court. The document so prepared would greatly help the court to reach a decision close to the interest of justice.”

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee (FRC) Chairman John Kerry has arrived in Islamabad with a brief from US President Obama and he would be meeting the president, prime minister, Army chief and other important people before returning home the same evening with a reply.

There are hopes that the matter would be resolved by the end of the next week and the maximum by 25/26th of this month.

Diplomatic observers have pointed out that US President’s statement and now John Kerry’s news conference in Lahore immediately after the media interaction by his president in Washington is contrary to what the understanding the two capitals had already arrived at. The US leadership knows that such assertions would harden the stances. “It could lead to a situation where the two countries could reach a position where a clash becomes inevitable. The government would become helpless.”

The sources said that Pakistan would have to face difficulty in the face of the US stance in the case because US didn’t believe that the case in question was a fit subject to be taken up in the court, which was the stand that the government here had been following. Washington has serious reservations about the police action and referring the matter to the court. It is arguing that the case must be dealt at an administrative level and the action of the accused was not cognizable by the police or court.

Despite the US position in the matter, the US mission has opted to contest the case in the court tomorrow. The Law Ministry will put up the position of the federal government through Advocate General and the communication of the Law Ministry pertaining to the matter would be conveyed to the pleaders in Lahore within 24 hours, the sources said.

Abdul Basit Khan, Foreign Office spokesman, confirmed late Tuesday evening that communication to the Law Ministry had been dispatched but declined to divulge the content of it. To a question by this scribe, he has hinted that some way for immunity could be opened through the process.

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Judge to hear case inside prison

Published: February 16, 2011

LAHORE – Lytton Road police on Tuesday submitted challan of accused of a double murder case, US national Raymond Davis before the District and Sessions Court Lahore for his trial in the case.
The charge-sheet submitted before the court further stated that guns recovered from the deceased persons were not loaded and they had not pointed any gun at the accused.
‘Fingerprints had been found on triggers of the pistols and on the bodies of the deceased while tests showed that the bullets remained in the magazine of their gun, and not the chamber’, it said. Police had also recovered a GPS tracker, wireless set, a survival kit, mobile phones and photographs from Raymond’s car while the accused did not cooperate with the police during the investigation in this regard, challan further said.
The court sources revealed that Davis plea of killing the two bike-riders in self defence was not correct as he killed them both intentionally and so he is facing case of killing Faizan and Faheem.
According to statements of 47 eyewitnesses in the challan, Davis had not killed the persons in self-defence, and ,therefore, it rejects this plea of the accused.
Eyewitnesses further said that Davis had shot at the two boys and continued shooting them even when one of them was running away. Police concerned requested the court to take action against the double murder accused under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
Court sources further said that soon within two days a meeting of judges would be held to ponder over the trial of Raymond Davis case whether the proceedings of case should be open or be held in-camera keeping in view the security risk.
But some other sources also said that case of Raymond Davis will be referred to the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Mehar Muhammad Yousuf after the meeting.
Currently Raymond is being told in premises of Kot Lakhpat Jail.
Meanwhile, the court will hear the case of Raymond Davis inside the Kot Lakhpat Jail, where he has been detained on double murder charges due to security reasons, official sources said.
The hearing will take place here on Thursday (tomorrow) in maximum security portion where Raymond Davis is residing.

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Pakistan hints at prisoner swap for US Official

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Pakistan’s law minister has hinted that an American embassy official arrested for killing two people could be swapped for neuroscientist imprisoned for trying to kill U.S. interrogators, according to a report.

Asked how to resolve the case of Raymond Davis — who has been held for two weeks in Pakistan after admitting killing men he says were trying to rob him — law minister Babar Awan told reporters that the U.S. had “a repatriation call and we have a call,” the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

The Telegraph said Awan was referring to Aafia Siddiqui, 38, who is serving an 86-year sentence in the U.S.  However, he didn’t explicitly call for a prisoner exchange.

Afghan police captured her in Afghanistan in 2008 and prosecutors told her trial that the day after her arrest, she grabbed an M4 rifle and started shooting at U.S. interrogators, yelling “death to America.”

Siddiqui, who holds a doctorate from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, did not hit anyone, but was shot and wounded, according to prosecutors.

‘Daughter of the nation’


Her case has become a major issue in Pakistan, where many believe she is innocent. In September 2010, Pakistan’s prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani described her as the “daughter of the nation” and pledged to campaign for her release.

The U.S. says Davis shot two robbers in self-defense and that his detention is illegal under international agreements covering diplomats.

That position appeared to win support with a Pakistan government official saying most legal experts in the country’s law and foreign offices believed he did have diplomatic immunity from prosecution.

The official said the government would provide a court with documents that reflect that majority consensus later this week. The Pakistani official requested anonymity because of the subject’s sensitivity.

The U.S. Embassy said it was looking into the matter Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry was due to arrive in Pakistan Tuesday night to meet with senior Pakistani government officials, NBC News reported.

On Tuesday, an influential Pakistani Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, warned it would hold protests if Davis was released.

The party accused the U.S. of exerting “unprincipled and unlawful” pressure on Pakistan.

“Why is America hell bent on trampling on Pakistani law and its judicial system? We will forcefully protest if he is released without a court order,” Jamaat-e-Islami deputy chief Liaquat Baluch told Reuters.

Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious parties don’t win many votes in elections, but the government can’t afford to ignore them.

Some members of the Pakistani media, which has in the past accused U.S. aid workers of being spies, have also called for Davis to be put on trial in Pakistan.

Supporters of the men Davis shot dead in the city of Lahore on January 27 have already held protests and burned U.S. flags. Lahore’s police chief called the killings “clear-cut murder”.

In addition to the two men shot and killed by Davis, a third man was killed when a vehicle from the U.S. consulate, apparently en route to rescue Davis, struck and killed a passer-by.

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US-Pakistan Relations Get Worse

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will give a major speech Friday on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy at the Asia Society in New York.  She is expected to announce the appointment of retired diplomat Marc Grossman to replace the recently deceased Richard Holbrooke as the State Department’s special envoy to the “AfPak” region.The appointment of Mr. Grossman comes at a particularly difficult moment in US-Pakistan relations, which have deteriorated dramatically in recent weeks. The case of Raymond Davis, a former Special Forces operator and current US “contractor” who stands accused of murdering two Pakistanis in Lahore, has created a huge rift between the US and Pakistan governments.  The US maintains that Mr. Davis acted in self-defense (almost certainly true) and that he is therefore entitled to full diplomatic immunity.  Pakistan is under heavy pressure to prosecute Mr. Davis.

Finding a way out of this impasse is a matter of considerable urgency.  There is acute concern at the highest levels of the US government that the Davis case, in combination with all the other ills of Pakistan society, could incite a popular uprising similar to the one in Egypt that brought down Hosni Mubarak.

A destabilized Pakistan would come at a particularly inopportune time for US policy-makers, who are trying to transition US leadership in Afghanistan while simultaneously keeping US-Pakistan relations from going off the rails.  Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post notes:

…virtually the entire U.S. civilian and military leadership in Afghanistan is expected to leave in the coming months, including Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and the embassy’s other four most senior officials, Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the U.S.-led international coalition, and Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, who runs day-to-day military operations there.

One of Grossman’s first tasks will be advising Clinton on new senior diplomats to replace Eikenberry and others in the Kabul embassy. Both State and Defense suffer from a thin bench of officials with Afghanistan experience.

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Diplomat’s Murder Charge Could Worsen U.S. Relations With Pakistan

By Doug McKelway

Published February 15, 2011

| FoxNews.com

The arrest of a U.S. diplomat in Pakistan on murder charges threatens to worsen a difficult relationship with Pakistan, a strategic ally in the war on terror.

Raymond Davis, a U.S. consular staffer in the Lahore region of Pakistan, was arrested on Jan. 27 after he allegedly shot and killed two armed men on motor bikes whom, Davis claims, were trying to rob him. A third man, a bystander, apparently died when he was run-over by a U.S. Embassy van that was en route to rescue Davis.

Davis says he was forced to open fire in self-defense. But Pakistani authorities have rejected that claim. “He gave no chance to them to survive. It was cold-blooded murder,” says Lahore police chief Aslam Tareen.

The incident is now threatening to ignite a full-blown international crisis.

“There is intense frustration, if not bitterness on both sides of this relationship,” said Bruce Riedel of the Brookings Institution. “On the American side there’s a sense that Pakistan must do more. On the Pakistani side, there is a sense we’re doing it already, we’re doing more than you are.”

President Obama may have fed some fuel to the diplomatic fire at his Tuesday press conference when he indicated Davis is a diplomat, protected by diplomatic immunity.

“We’ve got a very simple principle here that every country in the world that is party to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations has upheld in the past and should uphold in the future,” The president said. “And that is if — if our diplomats are in another country, then they are not subject to that country’s local prosecution.”.

The incident occurs at a time of diplomatic re-aligning in both countries, against a back-drop of regime-shaking upheaval in the Middle East. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce this Friday the appointment of Marc Grossman to the position of special envoy for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, a job that was held by Richard Holbrooke until his unexpected death late last year.

And in Afghanistan, President Asif Ali Zardari is facing pressures from many interests – pressures that are often in direct opposition to US demands. The Taliban, for example, has promised to punish with death, anyone who helps to affect the release of Raymond Davis.

In addition, Zardari faces, as did his predecessor, Pervez Musharref, continued anti-U.S. sentiment among the Pakistani people for his willingness, reluctant or not, to allow U.S. drone attacks against Taliban hideouts.

Zardari is also attempting to fend off other political opponents. Former President Musharref, now in exile in London, has expressed an interest in running for President again in 2013. But Zardari has erected a blockade to those aspirations – in the form of an arrest warrant. Zardari believes that Musharref was complicit in the assassination of the former Prime Minister, Benezhir Bhutto- who also happened to be Zardari’s wife.

It is in this context, into this maelstrom, that U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee flew on Tuesday. He arrived in Pakistan seeking the release of Raymond Davis and offering these calming words, “My hope is that we can find a way forward together without politics, without getting into ideologies or other things.”

Whether those words are heard in the hurricane of war and upheaval rattling the region remains to be seen.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/02/15/diplomats-murder-charge-worsen-relations-pakistan/#ixzz1E58SarfL

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Evidence Out:

Raymond Allen Davis Is A Fake US Diplomat

How Can Someone Who Runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC Be A Diplomat?

Raymond Davis worked in Pakistan as a special operations, intelligence and security contractor of CIA. His wife has told American journalists her husband told her to contact a CIA official if he fell in trouble. The case exposes CIA’s secret espionage network in Pakistan.

A demonstration in Karachi

SYED ADEEB | Tuesday | 8 February 2011 | AdeebMedia.comWWW.PAKNATIONALISTS.COM 

WASHINGTON, DC—Adeeb Media, the publisher of this exclusive report, hopes that all other Pakistani independent journalists of integrity will also highlight and discuss the following 10 major points of the AdeebMedia.com investigative report in their next television programs and newspaper columns to inform, educate and enlighten the Pakistani people about the whole truth and real facts of the RAD case:

Facts

1.      Raymond Allen Davis (code-name: RAD), an ‘official’ of the US Embassy Islamabad or the US Consulate Lahore, whose record shows experience in the U.S. Military Special Forces, is not a real diplomat of the United States of America. Indeed, RAD is a fake American diplomat. In reality, he is a Managing Member of the Hyperion Protective Services (HPS), LLC, a private security business of only two persons (Mr. RAD & Mrs. RAD) based in Las Vegas, Nevada (head office); and Highlands Ranch, Colorado (branch office). Many news media reports have linked Mr. Davis to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He was reportedly working in Pakistan as a special operations, intelligence and security contractor of CIA before the Pakistani Punjab Police arrested him on 27 January 2011, in Lahore, Pakistan, for double murder of two Pakistani men. CIA has declined to comment on the [RAD] case.

2.      “American held in Pakistan has home in Colorado. Davis is currently renting a home with his wife in Highlands Ranch [Douglas County, (near Denver), Colorado] and Davis’ wife gave 9News, a local TV station, a name and number she says she was instructed to give to reporters. The name is that of a CIA spokesperson and the number is in Washington, DC. Calls to that number were not returned Wednesday.” – The Denver Post (2 February 2011 – Denver, Colorado, USA).

3.      “US-Pakistan relations strained as ‘CIA agent’ held by court over shootings. The court is attempting to establish Davis’s role at the [US Islamabad] embassy, with unconfirmed reports in US and Pakistani media describing him as an agent with a private security firm or CIA. The [American] embassy has not said why he was carrying a gun and has refused to specify his job at the [US] embassy, describing him only as part of the “technical or administrative staff”. Pakistan does not allow diplomats to carry guns.” – The Guardian (1 February 2011 – London, UK).

4.      “U.S.-Pakistan relations strained further with case of jailed ‘diplomat’. Further complicating the situation, a Pakistani intelligence official said that the two men Davis killed were not, as he has said, armed robbers intent on stealing money, his telephone and perhaps his car, but [Pakistani] intelligence agents assigned to tail him. This official said the two intended to frighten Davis because he crossed a “red line” that the official did not further define. Both the [Pakistani] military’s Inter-Services Intelligence service (ISI) and the Interior Ministry’s Intelligence Bureau [IB] regularly use motorcycle tails to track the movement of U.S. officials, another Pakistani official said.” – The Washington Post (7 February 2011 – Washington DC, USA). [NOTE: officials from the IB have denied the two murdered Pakistanis were intelligence operatives and said they might sue the Pakistani newspaper that published this story.]

5. According to his 2009 [Pakistan] visa application, [Raymond Allen] Davis was born in Wise, Virginia. He gave an address in Las Vegas, where he is listed in Nevada state registration records as the co-owner of a firm called Hyperion Protective Services.” – The Washington Post (7 February 2011).

Business Name: HYPERION PROTECTIVE SERVICES, LLC
Business Officer: 1st. Male Managing Member – Mr. RAYMOND A. DAVIS
Business Address: 9811 W. Charleston Ste 2-420, Las Vegas, Nevada,
89117, USA
Business Officer: 2nd. Female Managing Member – Mrs. XXXXXXX X.
DAVIS
Business Address: 9811 W. Charleston Blvd. #420, Las Vegas, Nevada,
89117, USA
Business Managed By: Two Managing Members
Business Type: Domestic Limited-Liability Company (LLC) – Status:
Active
Business Registration File Date: 30 May 2006
Business License Expires on: 31 May 2011
Business Entity Number: E0415802006-7 – NV Business ID:
NV20061046806
[AdeebMedia.com Information Source: Office of the Nevada Secretary of State Mr. Ross Miller.]

 

6. “Although the Obama-Biden administration has been unequivocal in its insistence that Davis has diplomatic status, the administration has been less than clear on the nature of his job in Pakistan over the last two years. An early US Islamabad embassy statement said it was “security” related, while officials in Washington have said that he vetted questionable visa applicants. The CIA has declined to comment on the RAD case.” – The Washington Post (7 February 2011). 

7.      America’s Denver Post daily newspaper reported on 2 February:

“American held in Pakistan has home in Colorado

The American [Raymond Allen Davis] accused of killing two Pakistani civilians [on 27-1-2011 in Lahore, Pakistan] has a home in Highlands Ranch [Douglas County, (near Denver), Colorado, USA], 9News has confirmed. The U.S. State Department is trying to get the man released, saying he has diplomatic immunity.

Wednesday afternoon, multiple sources confirmed that Raymond Allen Davis has a home in Highlands Ranch. Davis’ security firm has filed paperwork to do business in Colorado.

[Hyperion Protective Services, LLC. True Name and mailing address of the individual (female) causing this business document to be delivered for filing: Mrs. XXXXXXX X. DAVIS. Principal business head office address: 9811 W. Charleston Blvd., MB# 420, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89117, USA. Branch office business mailing address: XXXX Wedgewood Drive, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, 80126, USA. Date of conducting business activities in Colorado: 1 August 2010. Date of business formation in Colorado: 22 September 2010. Business ID Number: 20101521438. AdeebMedia.com Information [Source: Office of the Colorado Secretary of State Mr. Scott Gessler.]]

Pakistani authorities are currently holding Davis on suspicion of murdering two Pakistani civilians [or 2 Pakistani “intelligence operatives”] last Thursday in Lahore, Pakistan. The U.S. State Department has spent the last few days trying to secure Davis’ release on a belief he has diplomatic immunity and that he was acting in self-defense.

Davis is currently renting a home with his wife in Highlands Ranch and Davis’ wife gave 9News a name and number she says she was instructed to give to reporters. The name is that of a [US] CIA spokesperson and the number is in Washington, DC. Calls to that number were not returned Wednesday.

Public records checked by The Denver Post indicate Davis, 36, and his wife have lived in the 9700 block of Wedgewood Drive [Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA] since August, and he has previously lived in Las Vegas, [Nevada]; Lexington, Kentucky; Vail, Arizona; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and other previous locations.

He is listed as the managing director of Hyperion Security Services LLC since April 2008, and the business address was the same as Davis’ home in Arizona [USA].

Its online business profile says Hyperion is engaged in “detective, guard and armored car services” and employs two people.

Pakistani media is covering the case extensively and multiple, sizeable rallies have been held inside Pakistan calling on the Pakistani [PPP federal and PML-N Punjab] government not to release Davis to the American government. One Pakistani newspaper, The Nation, has repeatedly called Davis “an American Rambo.”

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department refused to confirm the man’s identity, but said the U.S. government is currently trying to bring the man home.”

8. U.S. Demands Highlands Ranch Man’s Release In Pakistan

“7NEWS has confirmed Davis is from Highlands Ranch. We tried talking with his wife, but so far, she is not commenting. Neighbors tell 7NEWS she fears her own life might be in jeopardy. 7NEWS also confirmed Davis owns a security company called Hyperion Protective Consultants, which is contracted to do work for the U.S. government.

The Pakistani brother of one of the shooting victims said Davis should be hanged or he will take matters into his own hands.

“We are surprised that he has been given an open license to kill Pakistani people. And the American government – they are declaring him as a diplomat. Even a diplomat is not allowed to make such killings”, said one Pakistani man. – [3 February 2011 – ABC 7NEWS]

9. American Official Involved in Pakistan Shooting Identified

“Sources Identify ‘Technical Adviser’ With Special Forces Experience Involved in Apparent Self-Defense Killing

(ABC NEWS – 28 January 2011 – USA) – Though the U.S. State Department and Pakistani officials are at odds over the identity of a U.S. consular employee accused of killing two Pakistani men, private security officer Raymond [Allen] Davis was involved in the incident, sources told ABC News today [28 January 2011].

Davis, a “technical adviser” to the U.S. government, whose record shows experience in the U.S. [Military] Special Forces, is accused of shooting two men who were apparently attempting to rob [or monitor] him Thursday in Lahore [Pakistan]. A third Pakistani man was killed when a [US Lahore Consulate] vehicle struck him while reportedly racing to the American’s aid.

Pakistani officials named Davis as the accused American to ABC News, in reports and in court documents Thursday, but [US] State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the name had been misreported. A source close to Davis told ABC News today he was involved in the incident.

Court documents filed in Lahore list Davis as charged with murder. A trial will determine whether the killing was intentional, accidental, or in self-defense.

After denying the man’s name is Raymond [Allen] Davis, State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley would not say who the accused government employee is, in what capacity he worked for the [US] Embassy [in Islamabad, Pakistan], or why he was apparently carrying a [prohibited/unlawful] firearm.

“I can confirm that an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore was involved in an incident today,” Crowley said Thursday. “It is under investigation. We have not released the identity of our employee at this point.”

Davis runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides “loss and risk management professionals.”

Since it is not known in what capacity Davis was working for the [US] government, it is not clear whether he is entitled to diplomatic immunity.

[News/Info Source: Adeeb Media – AdeebMedia.com – Virginia, USA – (8 February 2011).]

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

CIA spy Raymond Davis was giving nuclear fissile material to terrorists

Added Jan 6, 2010, Under: CIA , intelligence , ISI , pakistan , Raymond Davis , russia

By Sorcha Faal [WhatDoesItMean.com]

While all eyes in the West are currently trained on the ongoing revolution taking place in Egypt, Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) is warning that the situation on the sub-continent“grave” as it appears open warfare is about to break out between Pakistan and the United States has turned .

Fueling this crisis, that the SVR warns in their report has the potential to ignite a total Global War, was the apprehension by Pakistan of a 36-year-old American named Raymond Allen Davis whom the US claims is one of their diplomats, but Pakistani Intelligence Services (ISI) claim is a spy for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Davis was captured by Pakistani police after he shot and killed two men in the eastern city of Lahore on January 27th that the US claims were trying to rob him.

Pakistan, however, says that the two men Davis killed were ISI agents sent to follow him after it was discovered he had been making contact with al Qaeda after his cell phone was tracked to the Waziristan tribal area bordering Afghanistan where the Pakistani Taliban and a dozen other militant groups have forged a safe haven and former CIA agent Tim Osman (also known as Osama bin Laden) is believed to be in hiding.

Of the actual gunfight itself we can read as reported by the Time News Service which, in part, says:

“The scene could have been scripted in a Hollywood action thriller: For two hours at the end of last month in Lahore, U.S. diplomat Raymond Davis was closely pursued by two visibly armed men on a motorbike. He noticed them tailing him from a restaurant to an ATM, and through the crowded streets of Pakistan’s second [largest] city. They were close by when, in a crowded intersection, Davis produced his own handgun and fired seven shots.

The diplomat was apparently a crack shot, and all seven bullets found their mark, killing his two pursuers. Davis then called for back-up, and a four-wheel-drive vehicle raced onto the scene, striking a Pakistani bystander who was killed by the impact. But the people in the vehicle, whose identities remain unknown, escaped from the scene having failed to retrieve Davis, who was later arrested nearby.”

The combat skills exhibited by Davis, along with documentation taken from him after his arrest, prove, according to this report, his being a member of the feared American Task Force 373 (TF373) black operations unit currently operating in the Afghan War Theater and Pakistani tribal areas comprised of US Military Special Forces Soldiers, CIA spies and freelance mercenaries.

Further information about Davis discovered by the Times of India includes:

“According to records from the Pentagon, Davis is a former Special Forces soldier who left the army in August 2003 after 10 years of service. A Virginia native, he served with infantry divisions prior to joining the 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  In 1994, he was part of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Macedonia. His record includes several awards and medals, including for good conduct.

Public records also show Davis runs a company with his wife registered in Las Vegas called Hyperion Protective Services, though it was not immediately clear whether the company has had many contracts with the U.S. government.”

Since Davis’s capture the US has exerted extraordinary pressure upon Pakistan to release him, including the American Ambassador warning President Asif Ali Zardari to release him “or else” and the cancellation of all talks between these two nuclear powered Nations.

Today, according to this SVR report, this most critical of situations became even worse when a Pakistani judge refused to bow to American pressure and ordered a further 14-day detention of Davis, and which sparked an immediate threat from US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, who told Pakistani envoy Hussain Haqqani that the Obama administration will “kick him out of the US”, close American consulates in Pakistan and cancel President Zardari’s upcoming visit to Washington if their CIA spy wasn’t released immediately.

Fearing that the conflict over Davis may lead to open warfare, the Pakistanis were quick to let the Americans know they would not come out any conflict unscathed with their firing yesterday of their new Hatf-VII nuclear cruise missile (also called Babur after the 16th-century Muslim ruler who founded the Mughal Empire) that Major General Athar Abbas said “…can carry strategic and conventional warheads, has stealth capabilities, is a low-flying, terrain-hugging missile with high manoeuvrability, pinpoint accuracy and radar avoidance features.”

The United States Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) further reported yesterday that Pakistan appears to be building a fourth military nuclear reactor, signaling its determination to produce more plutonium for atomic weapons.

Most ominous in this SVR report, though, is Pakistan’s ISI stating that top-secret CIA documents found in Davis’s possession point to his, and/or TF373, providing to al Qaeda terrorists “nuclear fissile material” and “biological agents” they claim are to be used against the United States itself in order to ignite an all-out war in order to reestablish the West’s hegemony over a Global economy that is warned is just months away from collapse.

Not known to the masses of the American people is that the $20 Trillion they have spent on their longest wars in history has bankrupted their Nation to such an extent that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called yesterday for replacement of the US Dollar as the World’s reserve currency.

More crucially that the American people are ignoring is the fact that their own government has unleashed against them a 21st Century update to the dreaded US Military “Operation Northwoods” campaign of terror designed to enrage them to accepting war as their main way of life.

Operation Northwoods was a series of false-flag operation proposals that originated within the United States government in 1962. The proposals called for the CIA, or other operatives, to commit acts of terrorism in US cities and elsewhere. These acts of terrorism were to be blamed on Cuba in order to create public support for a war against that nation, which had recently become communist under Fidel Castro. One part of Operation Northwoods was to “develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington.”

Operation Northwoods proposals included hijackings and bombings followed by the introduction of phony evidence that would implicate the Cuban government. It stated:

“The desired resultant from the execution of this plan would be to place the United States in the apparent position of suffering defensible grievances from a rash and irresponsible government of Cuba and to develop an international image of a Cuban threat to peace in the Western Hemisphere.”

Several other proposals were included within Operation Northwoods, including real or simulated actions against various US military and civilian targets. The plan was drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed by Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer and sent to the Secretary of Defense. Although part of the US government’s Cuban Project anti-communist initiative, Operation Northwoods was never officially accepted and the proposals included in the plan were never executed.

James Bamford summarizes Northwoods as follows:

“Operation Northwoods, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war.”

Though Operation Northwoods had the “approval” of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it did not have the approval of their boss, President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), but who barely one year after his outright rejection of this monstrous plan to kill thousands of innocent Americans was gunned down as an example to any future US leader what would happen to them if they dared go against the wishes of the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC).

Today, as the US Department of Homeland Security has just issued a grim warning that the threat of terror strike on America is at a higher level than it has been since September 11, 2001, and the WikiLeaks release of secret US government cables reveals that al Qaeda is on the brink of using a nuclear bomb, a new President stands between his people and the CIA warmongers with the only question being will he protect them like Kennedy did?

The answer to that question, sadly, appears to be “no” as new information recently obtained by US journalists show that not only has Obama failed to discipline those CIA officers who have led the United States to near total collapse, he has promoted them in numbers never before seen in history.

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‘Davis’ caught red handed with terror links to TTP

Obama Taliban‘Davis’ is the missing link to US support for ‘TTP’ terror in Pakistan

Undoubtedly this is the biggest scandal in US Foreign relations since the US was shot down by the Soviets in the sixties. Then, as now, both sides played out the drama in an iterative manner–neither side letting the other know how much they know.

There are clear indications that there is much more to the “Raymond Davis” affair than the Pakistanis are letting on. THis isn’t about murder and diplomatic immunity. This is mush bigger. Something is very wrong with this picture, and Islamabad is tight lipped because it now has concrete evidence that Mr “Raymond Davis” is linked with the Tehrik e Taliban e Pakistan (TTP) and some of the terror activities that have been happening in Pakistan. The Pakistanis are not stupid. Americans stick out like sore thumbs in Pakistan. When they go running around in their black SUVs laced with Satellite equipment they are tracked, traced and followed. In a cat and mouse game, the contractors can sometimes shake their “tails”. On other occasions they cannot. In fact the ISI gives them enough rope to hang themselves with. In this case, it seems Mr. Davis fell into a trap and his situation is now fully compromised. In panic Mr. “Davis” used the Nuclear option and killed the two Pakistanis who were trailing him–knowing full well that killing Pakistani spies or those who knew his identity would blow up in this face. He doesn’t have to say much–the equipment he carried tells a long and bloody story. All this is irrefutable evidence in a Pakistani court of law. The Pakistanis have already released the pictures of the equipment and the evidence that they have gathered. Of course they are still holding on to the juiciest details.

The US has postponed the Afghan-Pakistan-US Trilateral meeting, dropped hints about postponing the date of Mr. Zardari’s visit to the US, and floated all sorts of other threats. Normally Islamabad would have been cognizant of the the problems of spoiling its relationship with the sole Superpower. However the smirking Pakistanis are so confident in the validity of their cause, that they are letting the US escalate the issue.

Pakistan has ignored some of the US pressure and has not buckled under intense US pressure. Both General Kayani and Former Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi were not very impressed by US posturing. In fact right after their threatening phone calls and messages Islamabad formally charged Davis with pre-meditated murder in the Lahore High Court. The Court promptly remanded Mr. “Davis” to prison for another 14 days of interrogation. There were stories that if Mr. “Davis” does not cooperate, the interrogation would have been upgraded to level 3 (a euphemism for torture). There are reports that despite admonitions from the US Embassy, Mr. Davis is singing like a bird, and has already given enough information to the Pakistanis to get him convicted in any court of law.

The Former Foreign Minister Qureshi publicly confirmed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressured him to “publicly confirm diplomatic immunity of Davis. However, I refused to do so because it was against the factual position in the case.” FM Qureshi’s confirmation that Mr “Davis” is not a diplomat was repeatedly discussed on all 80 TV channels with copies of his passports and visas prominently displayed for the audience. Mr. Quresh said that
“The kind of blanket immunity Washington is pressing for Davis is not endorsed by the official record of the Foreign Ministry,” adding that Washington even “threatened that Hillary Clinton would not meet me at the Munich conference on February 6 if the request was not granted.”

The situation is so polarized that even traditional US allies in Pakistan have condemned the intrusive murders. Mr. Pervez Hoodbhoy who almost never criticizes the US has condemned the “Davis” affair. The PMLN is of course threatened the PPP with a vote of no-confidence.

It is clear that Mr. “Davis” shot the Pakistani operatives knowing full well who they were. The Pakistani authorities have informed the the media that they are very well aware that Mr. Davis was in touch with the “Pakistani Taliban” (TTP). There is conjecture that Mr. “Davis” walked into a trap laid out by the ISI. In fact his contacts were actually ISI agents. All that he said and did is in the hands of the Pakistanis. Mr. “Davis” thought that by shooting the two operatives, he would eliminate the evidence against him. In fact, it made matters worse. Other operatives who were in the vicinity had already taken the necessary precautions. The ISI has leaked information to the media that Mr. “Davis” had crossed a “red line”.

Clearly, the Americans have panicked because the know that the Pakistani side knows much more than it is prepared to admit in public. This is typical behavior when spies are caught with their thumbs up their noses. There are clear indications that Mr. “Davis” has broken down after sustained interrogation in police custody, and has spilled his guts–making the Pakistanis aware of explosive stuff. Its not that this stuff has surprised the Pakistanis. When you have 3000 of these guys running around the country–something gives. The ISI is one of the world’s most powerful spy organizations in the world. It has deep roots in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nothing that crawls or walks in Pakistan is hidden from the ISI and other agencies. On top of this there is a million man Pakistani army. 180 million Pakistanis are also watching the Americans and reporting on them. The panicked Americans have continually given highly contradictory versions about Mr. “Davis’s” identity and the nature of his assignment in Pakistan.

It is very clear that Mr. “Davis’s” discovery and detention has sent alarm bells ringing all the way to President Obama’s White House. In a way the Pakistanis are amused. They know they have the Americans where they want them–right up against the wall. The Americans are fully aware that the “Davis” case is shaking the very foundations of the transactional relationship with Pakistan. While the CIA, the State Department and the White House think that this is a new discovery–the Pakistanis point to a long trail of evidence that directly points to the US consultants and their hirelings in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The ISI and the Army believe that at the right time, the details of what the Pakistanis know will be revealed to President Obama and the world.

Pakistan and Pakistanis have known for a long time who is behind the TTP (Tehrik e Taliban e Pakistani). Its not that hard to guess. What surprised the Pakistanis was their ability to inflict bloody attacks on the Pakistani military in order to destabilize Pakistani. Mr. Davis is not an isolated incident–there is a history behind much of what is happening in Pakistan–most of which can be correlated to the rise of the US “consultants” and “contractors” in Pakistan. It is pedagogical to note that last year when the ISI put in requests for deep security checks on those coming into Pakistan–the US put up a hissy fit and forced about 500 of these “Davis types” through without any background checks. Is is noted that the ISI became very suspicious of the insistence of the US in getting these guys into Pakistan at short notice. These guys got very special attention–and that has paid off in the arrest and detention of Mr. Davis. This points to the fact that this incident was not just an accident–it was an incident waiting to happen. The ISI was ready to pounce on the situation once it happened.

Pakistan has been very suspicious of these “contractors” especially when Pakistani state institutions were attacked. The attacks on the the Army HQ, and the ISI sent alarm bells among the rank and file of the Pakistani government. The vibrant Pakistani press has also been on the trail and has repeatedly pointed out the facts about the former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh (who was eventually fired by Mr. Karzai). However the US security establishment was in cahoots with him.

The Pakistani military and its highly efficient intelligence set-up had concluded a very long time ago that the TTP was being aided by the very sort of free-wheeling “contractors” that Mr. Davis represents. It was just a matter of time when things came to a boil. It is amazing that the Americans are surprised they have finally be caught red-handed. This has happened in the past, but during the reign of President Musharraf, the Americans got away with it and escaped. This time Mr. “Davis” was caught with his hands in the cookie jar.

Over 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan facing the new Taliban “Spring Offensive” are totally dependent on supplies running through Pakistan. The last time Pakistan shut off the spigot, the Americans ran out of toilet paper and had to cut down on food rations. It must have been hard eating food with dirty hands! If the tiff between the US and Pakistan is not resolved the US may face the consequences in Afghanistan. Failure in the Hindu Kush will certainly impact the presidential elections in 2012.

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Qureshi fired from ministry to change record of Davis: Saeed

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LAHORE, (SANA): Amir Jamaatud Dawa Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has said that former foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi was fired from his ministry because he had refused to change the record of Raymond Davis, killer of two Pakistani nationals.
This he said in a statement issued here on Tuesday, adding that after the statement of Shah Mehmood Qureshi that “Davis was not a diplomat” it has been clear that there is no importance of PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab statements regarding the case of Davis.
Hafiz Saeed said that the statement of Fauzia Wahab saying that Raymond enjoys diplomatic immunity is like rubbing slat over the wounds of Pakistanis.
He asked the political and religious parties to launch a joint movement like Tehreek-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (PBUH) against the possible release of Davis.
He said that if the government dared to release Raymond Davis millions of Pakistanis would come out on the roads, adding that it would not be possible for government to control the protesting Pakistanis.
He said that it has been proved that Raymond was not a diplomat; instead of this he is a agent of “Black Water”, adding that instead of the fact the rulers for pleasing their foreign masters are putting the dignity of the nation at stake.
He urged the political and religious parties to put pressure on government for punishing the killer of two Pakistanis according to the law of the land.
He said that the rulers should sought the blessings of Allah Almighty; instead of pleasing American rulers.
He said that the government should fulfill its duty for provision of justice to the heirs of the deceased Pakistanis, adding that the nation demands that Davis should be hanged>>>





Raymond Davis Case : Archive

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Detained US official in telephone contact with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi terrorists

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Added Jan 6, 2010, Under: CIA , intelligence , Raymond Allen Davis , terrorism , US

By Rob Crilly (The Telegraph)

Sources close to the investigation said Raymond Davis, 36, had made a series of telephone calls to South Waziristan, a tribal area along the border with Afghanistan synonymous with militant activity.

The mystery surrounding Davis has deepened since he was arrested in Lahore two weeks ago. He has told police officers he shot dead two men in self defence.

The US insists he is a diplomat based at the embassy in Islamabad and should be granted immunity.

However, security sources have leaked a series of details suggesting that he may have had a clandestine role.

“His phone records clearly show he was in contact with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, for what reason we can only speculate,” said a police officer, referring to a terrorist group with close links to the Pakistani Taliban.

Hamid Gul, a former head of Pakistan’s spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, said the phone calls suggested he was a secret agent.
“This is a classic intelligence technique – to get inside the head of the enemy,” he said.

Davis, who is due to appear in court on Friday, is a former special forces soldier who left the US army in 2003 after 10 years of service, according to Pentagon records.

Mobile phone footage obtained by the Dunya TV channel shows him pleading for the return of his passport shortly after his arrest.

“I need to tell the embassy where I am at,” he said, during a confused interrogation as police officers interrupt and laugh in the background.

He went on to tell them that he was working at the US consulate in Lahore “I just work as a consultant there, with the [Regional Affairs Office],” he said.

His arrest is deeply embarrassing to the governments of both Pakistan and the US, which has suspended some high-level talks in order to increase pressure on Islamabad.
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Raymond Allen Davis diplomatic incident

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Raymond Allen Davis
Born October 2, 1974 (1974-10-02) (age 36)
Wise, Virginia
Residence Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Nationality United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Powell Valley High School
Occupation disputed
Employer US Consulate in Lahore
Home town Wise, Virginia
Criminal charge homicide
Criminal status on trial
Spouse Rebecca Davis

Raymond Allen Davis diplomatic incident occurred on January 27, 2011 when Raymond Davis, a U.S. citizen and a consultant for the U.S. Consulate in Lahore killed two armed men in the Pakistani city of Lahore allegedly in self-defense.[1][2][3] He is now facing two separate criminal charges, one for double murder and the second for illegal possession of a firearm. The incident led to a diplomatic furor and deterioration in the ties between Pakistan and USA which hit a new low. The US government stated that Davis is protected by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions and demanded that he be released from custody immediately.[4] Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that according to official records and experts in the Foreign Office, Davis is “not a diplomat and cannot be given blanket diplomatic immunity.” [5] The incident also led to widespread protests in Pakistan demanding action against Davis.[6]

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[edit] Incident

Davis stated that after withdrawing cash from a bank cash machine, he was driving alone in his white Honda Civic and had stopped at a traffic light near Qurtaba Chowk in the Mozang Chungi area of Lahore when two men pulled alongside him on a motorbike.[1][7] After one of the young men allegedly brandished a pistol at him, Davis opened fire and killed both of them with his own 9mm Glock pistol.[1]

Davis claimed to the police his actions were in self-defense. Davis’ weapon was not licensed.[8] The two men on the motorcycle were parked at the light in front of Davis’ car.[9] Davis shot them through his windshield. After the shooting, Davis is alleged to have exited his car to take pictures and videos of his victims with his cell phone.[10] Faizan Haider was still alive at the time. He later died in hospital. Another version of events is that Davis shot five rounds through his windshield, got out of his vehicle and shot four more rounds into the two men as they lay on the pavement.[11][7]

Davis then radioed for backup whereupon a vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with four occupants, arrived at the scene.[1] The Prado jumped the median on Jail Road, traveling against the oncoming traffic, ran over and killed a motorcyclist, later identified as Ebadur Rehman, and fled the scene in order to reach Davis.[1]

Davis himself left the scene but was apprehended by two traffic wardens at Old Anarkali Food Street in Anarkali Bazaar, where he was handed over to police.[1][9][12][13] [10] People gathered at the scene blocked the roads and burnt tires in protest of the incident. Later, the demonstrations moved to the police station where Davis’ car had been impounded.[14] According to some news sources, items recovered from Davis’ car included a portable telescope, a wallet, US and Pakistani currency, a digital camera, computer memory cards, a passport, a cellphone, first aid kit items, a box cutter and a flashlight.[15]

[edit] Victims

Police confirmed that the two men that were shot by Davis, identified as Faizan Haider,22 and Faheem Shamshad,26 were carrying unlicensed sidearms but that no shots were fired from these weapons. A senior police officer confirmed that Haider had a criminal record and was previously involved in dacoity.[1][16] The two victims were found to be carrying two cellphones they had allegedly stolen earlier in the day, three other cellphones, a Rolex-style watch, and four different types of currency. Pakistani media have also reported, that Davis also carried multiple ATM and military ID cards and what was described as a facial disguise or makeup. The Pakistani official said Davis also carried identification cards from the U.S. consulates in Lahore and Peshawar but not from the embassy in Islamabad.[15] The police officer in charge of the investigation, Zulfiqar Hameed, said that both had criminal records and eyewitness testimony suggested that they were trying to rob Davis.[17]

After the incident multiple Pakistani officials told ABC News that both the victims were working for Inter-Services Intelligence and were following Davis because he was spying. This was denied by US officials.[18] The The Express Tribune also reported that the two dead motorcyclists were intelligence operatives quoting a Pakistani security official who requested not to be identified since he was not authorized to speak to the media.[19] Pakistani officials alleged that Davis had traveled to Waziristan and met with some people without the approval of ISI and therefore was being followed in an attempt to intimidate him.[20] Davis alleged that the victims were trying to rob him but the police delayed registering cases against the Haider and Shamshad.[21] On February 6th Shumaila Kanwal wife of Shamshad, one of the men shot dead by Davis, committed suicide after taking poisonous pills, fearing that Davis would be released without trial, police and doctors said [22][16]

[edit] Diplomatic status

Davis claims to have diplomatic immunity. The Punjab authorities (the state in which Davis was arrested) claim that Davis was not on a diplomatic visa but on an official business visa.[23] The Government of the United States of America claims that Raymond Davis is a diplomat and should not have been arrested or be prosecuted under Pakistani law for he is covered by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The United States of America and Pakistani governments do not agree on what the legal status of Raymond Davis is in Pakistan.[24] Davis, who was first claimed by the US embassy as a Lahore consulate staffer[25] and was later declared as assigned to the Islamabad embassy,[26] was, at the time of his arrest and according to his interrogators, also carrying an ID showing that he worked for the US consulate general in Peshawar. In the video of his interrogation, Davis is heard and seen showing several ID badges around his neck, and states that one is from Islamabad, and one is from Lahore. He then adds, “I work as a consultant there”.[27]

According to US officials even though senior Pakistani officials believe in private that Davis is protected under Vienna convention the government appears to be unwilling or unable to enforce the protocol.[28]

In two articles [29][30] appearing in a Pakistani newspaper called The Express Tribune, the precise status of Davis’s and the American Government’s claim of immunity has been examined by Najmuddin Shaikha former Pakistani diplomat. He wrote that the question of diplomatic immunity depends on whether Davis was on the staff of the ‘consulate’ or the ‘embassy’ as the privileges and immunities of each are very different. Shaik has raised the question of whether Davis was in Mozang Chowrangi in the ‘course of his duties’ and who should decide that.[31]

Pakistani investigators have determined that Davis did not shoot the two men acting in self-defence and the police are recommending he face a charge of double murder.[32]

Davis in the mobile phone video of his interrogation did not claim that he had a diplomatic rank, but rather that he was “doing consulting work for the consular general, who is based at the US consulate in Lahore.”[33] According to USA Today “U.S. officials in Islamabad will say only that he was an American Embassy employee who was considered part of the ‘administrative and technical staff’.”[34]

[edit] Davis’ background

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On February 9, an article on the website of WCYB in Bristol, Virginia stated that he graduated from Powell Valley High School in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in 1993.[35] The alumni page of the high school includes a Raymond Davis who graduated in that year.[36] Davis reportedly has previous US Special Forces experience, having spent 10 years in the military, beginning with basic training at Fort Benning, GA, in 1993, a six month period of service with the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Macedonia, then time with the Third Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, and leaving the military in 2003.[4] With his wife, Rebecca, Davis[4] runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC based in Orlando, Florida, a company that specializes in providing “loss and risk management professionals”.[37] Counterpunch reports that it has found that the claimed Orlando address of Hyperion Protective Services has never been leased out to a company of that name and that no such company is licensed in Florida.[38] A Las Vegas address given in a siasat.pk post[39][unreliable source?] for Hyperion Protective Services turns up in other sources, but it is a UPS store.[40] The box at the UPS store was used as an address for “Dale Evars” in a 2007 chain letter experiment.[41][unreliable source?] According to at least one article, Hyperion is based in Nevada.[4]

[edit] Aftermath

The Government of Pakistan is under extreme pressure from the United States to release Raymond Davis.[42] [43] [44] [45]News reports indicate that the Pakistani Embassy in Washington was cut off from all communications with the United States Department of State over this issue. Diplomatic notes were sent by the US Government to Pakistan’s Foreign Office urging it to grant diplomatic Immunity to Mr Davis. A delegation of the United States House Committee on Armed Services conveyed a veiled threat that Pakistan-US defense cooperation could be under cloud if the standoff persisted on the issue of immunity for Raymond Davis.[27][46][47] In another incident, an ABC News report alleged the Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani of receiving threats from the US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon of being removed if action was not taken on the Raymond Davis case. Haqqani however categorically denied the allegation. According to the same report, Donilon also warned of US consulates closing down in Pakistan and an upcoming visit by President Zardari to Washington being rejected.[48] On February 12 Philip J. Crowley the US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs announced that trilateral meetings between US, Afghan and Pakistani officials to be held on February 23 and 24 were postponed due to political changes in Pakistan.[49]

According to news, blood money is being considered an option to get Davis a pardon.[50]

On February 1, 2011, a petition brought by Pakistani lawyer Saeed Zafar[51] was ruled upon by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry where an order was issued to put Davis’ name on Pakistan’s Exit Control List in order to restrain him from being handed over to US authorities.[52]

On February, 2, 2011, about a week after the shooting, an article appeared in the Denver Post [53] saying that Raymond Davis lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and had previously lived in Las Vegas, Lexington, Kentucky, Vail, Arizona, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. This contradicts Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, who in two Department of State briefings to the press, indicated that Raymond Allen Davis was not his real name.[54][55]

“Let me say three things: first, I can confirm that an employee at the US consulate in Lahore was involved in an incident today. It is under investigation. We have not released the identity of our employee at this point, and reports of a particular identity that are circulating through the media are incorrect. The name is wrong. The name that’s out there is wrong. Including that one, yes. Not correct.”
– Jan. 27, 2011 U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing by Assistant Secretary Philip J. Crowley at the State Department.[56]

On February 8, Barrister Iqbal Jafree filed a petition to the Lahore High Court claiming Raymond Davis is not the real name of the accused, and that the accused should be tried for forgery. The petition also asserts that a forged passport cannot be the basis for immunity from prosecution.[57]

On February 14, it was reported that a Pakistani federal minister close to President Asif Ali Zardari told a journalist “We are not in a position to oblige the US because this matter is now sub judice and the Lahore High Court has included the name of Raymond Davis in the Exit Control List. If we do anything in violation of the court orders, then the court will summon us for contempt and we are sure that the people of Pakistan will come out on the roads against us and our fate will be worse than Hosni Mubarak.”[58]

It is alleged that following his arrest, the police recovered photographs of sensitive areas and defense installations from Davis’ camera, among which included snapshots of the Bala Hisar Fort, the headquarters of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Peshawar and of Pakistan Army’s bunkers on the Eastern border with India. The Government of Punjab considers Davis a security risk after the recovery of the photos.[59] Prosecutors have also suggested that Davis be charged with espionage.[59]

The News reports that top Pakistani Foreign Office officials allege that Pakistan’s President, Asif Ali Zardari asked the Foreign Office in categorical terms that Raymond Davis should be given diplomatic immunity and for this purpose, the Foreign Office should immediately issue a backdated letter notifying Raymond as ‘member of staff member of the US embassy, in Islamabad.[60] On February 12, Pakistan’ Government made Cabinet changes during which the Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was sacked, over his refusal to comply. He claims that he lost his job because of his stand on Raymond Davis.[61] Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said in categorical terms that as per the official record and advice given to him by experts in the Foreign Office, Raymond Davis is not a diplomat and cannot be given blanket diplomatic immunity.

“On the basis of the official record and the advice given to me by the technocrats and experts of the Foreign Office, I could not certify him (Raymond Davis) as a diplomat”.

The sacked Foreign Office Minister also told The News:

“The kind of by blanket immunity Washington is pressing for Davis, is not endorsed by the official record of the Foreign Ministry,”

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Chaudhry, Asif (28 January 2012). “US official guns down two motorcyclists in Lahore”. Dawn (newspaper). http://www.dawn.com/2011/01/28/us-official-guns-down-two-motorcyclists-in-lahore.html. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  2. ^ “US official Raymond Davis on Lahore murder charges”. BBC News. 28 January 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12305049. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  3. ^ Perlez, Jane (29 January 2012). “U.S. Seeks Release of Official in Pakistan”. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/30/world/asia/30pakistan.html. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
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It’s not a rumour, Americans did get Qureshi’s scalp

By Mohammad Malick
Saturday, February 12, 2011
ISLAMABAD: When powerful men meet to discuss explosive issues, things can change in a big way. And that is precisely what happened after a highly secretive and immensely important meeting at the Presidency a few days back. The subject, not unexpectedly, being the fate of American killer Raymond Davis and that of Pakistan-US relations. Little did anyone know at the time that the huddle would instead end up deciding the fate of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.The meeting, convened by the president was attended by Prime Minister Gilani, Babar Awan, Rehman Malik, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the DG ISI Gen Shuja Pasha. The president was given an exhaustive overview of the entire situation but quite early in the meeting it became evident that two of the men were standing on the wrong side of the prevalent dominant wisdom and desire of somehow finding a way to retrospectively cough up diplomatic immunity for Davis and to just wish away all the four deaths and the lingering crisis. But since one of the ‘erring’ two dared not be arbitrarily fired, poor Qureshi’s fate stood sealed. 

Extreme pressure was exerted in the meeting on the former foreign minister to renege from his earlier stance and simply tell the court that the Foreign Office was in consonance with the American interpretation of Davis being a genuine diplomat and enjoying full immunity under Vienna Convention 1961. Facts be damned. According to highly reliable sources, interior ministry’s immense resources were also offered to cause any necessary change of documentation or any exceptional service warranted under these exceptional circumstances.

An adamant Qureshi, who had strongly argued the case that Raymond did not enjoy unlimited diplomatic immunity under law, flatly refused and even said that if need be, he’d rather resign than become an accessory to multiple murder. The meeting ended on a rather unsavoury and unexpected note. It was a surprising outcome for all the others because Qureshi had always been perceived, and even pilloried by the media, as being an American lackey and was not expected to dig in his heels over an issue so vital for the US administration.

But Qureshi’s latest run in with the Americans did not begin or end inside the Presidency. It had actually begun much earlier on January 28, a day after the deadly Raymond Davis incident in Lahore. He was in Karachi when he first received a call from US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter and then had a conversation with US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Munter requested him for immediate councillor access to Davis and his immediate handover to US Consulate authorities. Qureshi asked Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir to talk to Munter and while authorising immediate councillor access to Davis made it clear to the foreign secretary that the matter of release would only be decided by the court as the legal process had already been kicked into motion in Punjab. Then came Hillary’s call.

An understandably perturbed Hillary wanted the immediate handover of Davis and insisted that Pakistan was violating the Vienna Convention by the illegal incarceration of a “US diplomat”. Confirming the contents of that conversation to The News, Shah Mehmood said that he had patiently explained to Hillary that while he understood her anxiety she too had to understand the highly emotive and sensitive nature of the incident. And also that since the judicial process had been kick-started in Lahore, the Foreign Office and the US had little option but to submit to the due process of law. Anyway, the two decided to discuss the matter on the sidelines of the then forthcoming Munich Security Conference, and the line went silent.

Since then, Ambassador Munter and other senior embassy officials remained busy with engaging Pakistani authorities and the Foreign Office, blowing hot or cold, depending upon the level of their own frustration and the pressure coming their way from Washington. A few days prior to the Munich Conference, Qureshi received a call from Ambassador Munter who said that he had been directed to convey the message that unless Qureshi signed the diplomatic immunity paper prior to the conference, the scheduled meeting between him and Hillary would stand cancelled. The message was starkly clear a la George Bush: You are either with us or against us. So be it, Qureshi is reported to have told the ambassador and even cancelled his trip altogether. The chief of the army staff went instead to Munich and that is an appointment that even the US secretary of state cannot cancel, Davis or no Davis.

Once Qureshi ignored the latest Hillary communique, the Americans stopped talking to him altogether because it had now become evident that Qureshi was not going to budge on his stance of Davis not being eligible for full diplomatic immunity. Qureshi was no longer a welcome dinner guest and neither could he be allowed to remain in office. The last thing Washington can afford is his having a Pakistani foreign minister with a reawakened conscience.

According to highly reliable sources, the next claimed scalp may be that of the equally intransigent (from American perspective), Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir who is now the only remaining top level hurdle in the apprehended shameless handover of Davis by a compromised political leadership. The foreign secretary is also of the considered firm view that Davis does not qualify for full immunity. And there are legitimate causes for this argument, which were further exposed by glaring inconsistencies in the forever changing US stance on the issue.

Owing to the paucity of space, irrefutable arguments proving Davis’ ineligibility are not being reproduced here and also because a lot has already been written on the legal aspects of the subject, including the highlighted fact that in the initial reaction by US authorities, Raymond Davis was identified as merely an “employee” of the US Consulate in Lahore, but never as a diplomat. He was referred to as an employee and not a consulate general official. “It was a simple clerical error” was the incredulous justification offered by two senior members of the Islamabad embassy in an off-the-record conversation with the scribe. But it gets even better.

A lot is being made by the Americans and their interlocutors of the January 20, 2010 communication of the Islamabad embassy wherein the FO had been asked for the issuance of a non-diplomatic identity card for Davis. It is being argued that this communication clearly identifies Raymond Davis as being administrative and technical staff of Islamabad embassy and therefore automatically eligible for diplomatic immunity. But this is only half the story.

Certain discrepancies in 2010 had already caused the Foreign Office to seek clarifications. In Sept 2009, the US State Department had originally identified him as technical advisor (contractor) going on “official business” while applying for his visa. Later he was attached to US Consulate Lahore as an employee. So when his name popped up again in January 2010, identifying him as being attached with the US Embassy Islamabad, the FO wanted answers to some very pertinent questions. The relevant FO officials repeatedly asked the US embassy to provide the details of Davis’ new responsibilities along with those of his past postings. When weeks had passed with the embassy avoiding a categorical clarification on this count, the FO finally sent a formal Note Verbale to the US embassy on July 8, 2010. It bore ref no: P(1-A)/2009-ID(USA). This note pertained to a total of ten Americans about whom similar details were being sought from the embassy but no response had been forthcoming from the US end. Davis was listed as Note No:252/HR. When FO authorities were asked about the presence of 2009 in the reference number of the note verbale otherwise sent on July 8, 2010, they clarified that it was perfectly in accordance with their internal filing sequence and did not reflect any anomaly.

Unable to cover this critical gap in their argument to secure Davis’ release on the afterthought alibi of diplomatic immunity, the US embassy has adopted the rather incredulous argument of denying outright the existence of this critical correspondence. The FO has been told at the highest level that the US embassy never received this Note Verbale. The two senior functionaries stuck to the denial mantra when asked by The News about the embassy’s refusal to divulge the real assignments and other details of Davis and nine others. They insisted that all the embassy records had been thoroughly checked but there was no evidence of the cited note verbale ever being received. When they were told that the July 8 note was present in FO records and its existence and its having been sent to US embassy was recorded in more than one place and constituted a process that could not be tampered with within hours of an event taking place, the duo took the reference number of the ‘missing note’ to ostensibly try locating it from their records. This raises an interesting question: if they still needed the reference number at this stage, then how did they even check their records earlier?

Can you name a single other incidence where prior to this particular note verbale or since, any note verbale sent by FO to the US embassy has ever gone missing? the two functionaries were asked. Not surprisingly, the duo could not cite a single such incidence.

Interesting coincidence one must say, where the entire US administration makes critical clerical errors which only expose Davis as being a non-diplomat. Another interesting coincidence again, when only one specific official communication out of hundreds of similar exchanges goes missing, and which once again stood to expose Raymond Davis for being anything but a legitimate diplomat on a legitimate diplomatic assignment.

Reader Comments
I’ll only say that God is great to expose American government as number one liar in RD case. I salute shah mahmood qureshi for the genuine stand he took as a foreign minister of Pakistan.anwar hashim
Pakistan
Finally, someone came out with a positive stand, really appreciate Qureshi’s courage.SAIF Ali Mirza
United Kingdom
Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi was the brilliant and key Foreign minister of Pakistan. His removal from the post of Foreign minister would damage the status of country. one of the main reasons about his removal is that he told the media, Davis is not a diplomat according to our own records and he does not have any immunity.Adnan Qureshi
Mexico
Kate: Very true, Pakistan is a beggar state, but sometimes beggars have pride too.Naseem A Khan
USA
A clean and a courageous man has been removed from the very deserved post, a loss to Pakistan but then who cares??? NOT ZARDARI or GILLANI !!!Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
Pakistan
Is Musharraf Warrant a message to the Army to keep away from Davis” caseShehzad
Pakistan
Thanx Allah Some pakistani has courage.Fayyaz
Pakistan
If this is true that the FM stood up to the truth then I respect him!Agha Asad Raza
Pakistan
like to salute qureshi sahib, iam not fond of PPP, but i hope our primeminister be SHAH MAHMOOD QURESHI, who have courage to stand for those 4 lives lostfaisal
Canada
looters of the world are exposed every now and then and petty thieves of our country are party to them.Lets see mr.Shahs stead fastness if he is restored to his minstryadil zaka
Pakistan
Absolutely right, Fifi. Well said. The situation is easily solvable. If everyone pays taxes, we wouldn”t need American “aid” or intervention.RD
Pakistan
Mr 10% (Zardari) is concerned about RD”s release. Wake up wake up….Do you remember Dr. Afia Sadiqui. Shame shame shame.Porter
United Kingdom
It is a fact that Ray Davis was coming back from a reccee mission to Muridhke, the HQ of LeT, which made the intelligence bosses terribly upset, and they wanted to bump off Davis. Agency wanted to do another Daniel Pearl with Davis, but davis too no chance – he himself got rid-off the attackers.Lilo
Bangladesh
Pakistan is letting US take its logistics through its territory ”free” of cost. Only if it charges transit fee it would not need what Americans tell the whole world of the so called ”aid” and its begger-financier syndrome. America is morally bankrupt and so will it be financially, the days are numbered.Asif
Pakistan
Great PPP men living under “Aasaib” of Rahman Malik.Anwer Kamal
Pakistan

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‘Raymond Davis’ Is Linked To Terrorism In Pakistan

Submitted by Masroor on February 8, 2011 – 8:49 am8 Comments

  • ‘Victims shot in the back repeatedly’
  • Many Pakistanis long for a return to military government
  • Interior Ministry has become hub for foreign agents, foreign contractors, India, and Israel
  • Interior Ministry at odds with the Pakistani military
  • ‘Davis’ used a submachine gun to kill his two victims
  • A 4-man armed security team was dispatched to rescue ‘Davis’
  • US secret contractors were on a ‘mission’ in old part of Lahore

The Americans, mis-identified by the US Embassy as “diplomats” are believed involved in covert or “black ops” operations inside Pakistan, reportedly against the government of Pakistan, America’s primary ally in the region
GORDON DUFF And RAJA MUJTABA | Monday | 7 February 2011 | Veterans Today

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Protests throughout the city of Lahore, university students, various political parties, demanded stiff punishment for a group of Americans, one identified initially as “Raymond Allen Davis,” now “identity unknown,” held on a variety of charges including 2 counts of murder along with four American security contractors currently being sought after fleeing the scene of a vehicular homicide in a related incident.

“Davis” is accused of two counts of murder and terrorism related charges.  The other four, named to police but withheld from the media, are being sought for questioning in relation to a vehicular homicide while moving in traffic to assist “Davis.”  The four, though described by Davis and the American press to be “diplomats” are believed to be security contractors who entered Pakistan illegally under assumed identities.

The four not yet in custody, believed to be Americans, fled the scene after killing Ibadur Rehman, a local merchant, during a bizarre incident. The Americans, mis-identified by the US Embassy as “diplomats” are believed involved in covert or “black ops” operations inside Pakistan, reportedly against the government of Pakistan, America’s primary ally in the region.

The victim of the vehicle homicide, Rehman, a bicyclist traveling on Jail Road in Lahore, was struck and killed by a four wheel drive vehicle that was part of what “Davis” describes as a “mission” in his statement to police.

According to the statement, the two vehicles, the Honda rental with “cloned” plates driven by “Davis”  and the “chase vehicle,”  a 4 wheel drive vehicle not registered to the American consulate, containing a 4-man armed security team, were heading toward the Mozang Chungi district.

Mozang Chungi is a densely populated area of small shops and street vendors typically only used by local residents.  Security sources in Pakistan state:

“No American tourist or diplomat would ever go there, certainly not two car loads of heavily armed private contractors equipped for a mission of some kind.  The only possible reason to be there would be terrorism.  The area has been attacked before by terrorists, taking advantage of the crowds and confusion.  We suspect we may have stumbled on the source of previous terror attacks and, in fact, broken up what may have become another ‘Mumbai.’

“This is a classic terrorist cover, false identity, phony license plates, car filled with weapons, radios and surveillance gear.”

INTERNAL POLITICAL ISSUES

Pakistan is, itself, governed by contradictions and what most believe to be an ineffective and corrupt civil government led by President Zardari, tied to money laundering in Switzerland, and an Interior Ministry seen as at odds with the powerful military.  Pakistan is a nation of huge economic disparity with extreme wealth held by a few and extreme poverty for the majority, especially tribal minorities that make up a significant portion of Pakistan’s population.

Many Pakistanis long for a return to military government, citing failures by the current President, husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007.

Accusations tying Pakistan’s Interior Ministry to “foreign elements,” US, India and Israel, intelligence agencies and private contractors, accusations alleging complicity in terrorism and money laundering tied to the massive drug trade in neighboring Afghanistan are commonplace.

REAL EVENTS UNCLEAR

“Davis,” in his statement to police, stated he fired in self defense. Weapons were said to be found alongside the bodies of the slain although counter-claims of weapons being “planted” fill the airwaves.

Autopsy results, as reported, indicate that both were shot in the back with special fragmenting anti-personnel ammunition, one receiving four hits to the back and the other three.

Witnesses report that two young Pakistanis were fired on by the American from inside his vehicle with a fully automatic submachinegun, firing through the glass.
Damage to the vehicle, a white Honda Civic, show shots to have been fired through both the passenger window and rear windscreen.

Media in Pakistan has given extensive coverage to the families of the slain, interviewing them and neighbors who indicate the slain had no criminal or “extremist” history and were respected in the community.  In statements to the media, family members have demanded a “public hanging” for those involved, no “blood money” will be accepted.  Islamic or “Sharia” law allows for cash settlements or “blood money” to be paid to family members of homicide victims in lieu of capital punishment or imprisonment.

DIPLOMATIC STATUS DENIED BY PAKISTAN

The man, held by Pakistan in the killing of two young men during a traffic altercation, is not “Raymond Allen Davis.”  In fact, nobody seems to know who he is, including the US embassy in Islamabad.

Davis, and his four companions who have yet to be apprehended, according to police sources, entered Pakistan illegally, using assumed identities.

However, stories in the press in Pakistan and general belief by the “man in the street” say that the man being held is believed to be an American security contractor active in coordinating terror attacks inside Pakistan, working with Indian intelligence, the “RAW.”

The area of the city “Davis” and his four companions were driving to has been the repeated scene of terror attacks in this city of 7 million nestled on the Indian border, hundreds of miles from Taliban strongholds.  Sources in Pakistan state that it simply isn’t credible that an American would be in the densely populated and poorest region of Lahore, especially an American with a false identity and rental car with license plates “cloned” from another vehicle 300 miles away.

“DAVIS” UNDER “SEMI-HOUSE ARREST” WITHDRAWN

Authorities in Lahore, Pakistan were allowing “Davis” to spend his nights at the American consulate and his days at a local police station.  But now due to mounting pressures this arrangement has been cancelled. The United States government continues to demand the release of “Davis” though it has also refused to identify him or his associates or state their actual mission in Pakistan.

“Davis” is believed to be a native of Las Vegas, 36 years old with a military background in Special Forces.  An internet search shows him to operate under a “one man” Florida based security company but there is, of yet, no known relationship between this entity and any State Department overseas mission.

A check of passport records show that “Davis” has traveled between Pakistan and Afghanistan 9 times during the past 18 months.

Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today. Raja Mujtaba is a retired Major in the Pakistan Army and editor of Opinion Maker and O.M.

Center for Policy Studies.

http://www.pakistankakhudahafiz.com/2011/02/08/%E2%80%98raymond-davis%E2%80%99-is-linked-to-terrorism-in-pakistan/

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Proof that ‘Raymond Davis’ was on ‘Business Visa’ and does not have diplomatic immunity

Posted on 13 February 2011

Republican Palace, American Embassy Annex, US ...Blackwater operatives in action

Th entire the spectrum of the Pakistani media is discussing the case of “Raymond Davis”.  Even usually Pro-American TV stations like Dawn News are discussing the issue from the Pakistani point of view and has showed documentation which is invalidates the  the US perspective. There have been colossal demonstrations all over Pakistan. Various political parties in including the PMLN have promised that if “Ramond Davis” is released, the government of PM Gilani will fall.

Here are the key points made in the various videos and talk-shows which show the actual pictures of his “Business Visa”. According to the Vienna Convention he cannot claim diplomatic immunity if on a false passport with a false identity. If “consultant” has failed to declare his whereabouts, he has not followed the law of the land, and then he is violating all procedures of immunity. The 2nd vehicle killed a third Pakistani. Information on that vehicle or the driver has not been handed over to Pakistan.

  • The US State Department divulges that “Raymond Davis” is an alias.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to have aliases and divulge their true identity. Using false names to get a visa from Pakistan is a violation of the Immigration Laws of Pakistan.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to carry weapons. He was carrying unlicensed arms. No one has “diplomatic immunity” when he is or she is not involved in diplomatic activities.
  • When Blackwater was banned, several agencies like “Hyperion Protective Consulting” were floated. Mr. “Davis” is listed as a co-owner of this mercenary service.
  • Mr. “Ramond Davis” was not on the list of US diplomats kept in the Pakistan Foreign Office.
  • The US state department called Mr. Davis an “employee”, while Mr. Davis admitted to be a “Consultant”.
  • US had forced about 500 Visas without a proper investigation. “Mr. Davis” was one of the visas. This was a colossal issue during the passage of the Kerry Lugar Bill.
  • Pakistan has never accepted the Diplomatic Immunity of Mr. “Raymond Davis”.
  • Even diplomats are not immune from crimes like murder.
  • The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa had informed Mr. “Davis”  to leave Peshawar.
  • Mr. “Davis” was a well trained marksman and shot the two people in the back. The bullets are illegal.
  • The number plate of the car following him were false.

The videos show the actual passport of Mr. “Raymond Davis” and display the fact that he had a “Business Visa”.

Shireen Mazari on “Raymond Davis”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MtBmyMgKOo&NR=1

Dr. Alvi on “Raymond Davis”

Funeral of murder victim Fiazan Haider:

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Case Of Jailed Diplomat In Pakistan Fuels Anger

A small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted "Hang Davis!" while the U.S. Embassy cried foul.  It called his detention "illegal" and said the  hearing itself violated his right to due process. 

Enlarge Sajid MemoodA small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted “Hang Davis!” while the U.S. Embassy cried foul. It called his detention “illegal” and said the hearing itself violated his right to due process.
A small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted "Hang Davis!" while the U.S. Embassy cried foul.  It called his detention "illegal" and said the  hearing itself violated his right to due process.
Sajid MemoodA small but vocal crowd gathered as a Magistrate Court in Lahore decreed that Pakistani authorities may continue to hold the U.S. diplomat identified as Raymond Davis, alleged to have shot dead two Pakistani men. Protesters shouted “Hang Davis!” while the U.S. Embassy cried foul. It called his detention “illegal” and said the hearing itself violated his right to due process.
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February 3, 2011

In Pakistan, a judge in the city of Lahore ordered an American at the center of a delicate diplomatic dispute to be held in police custody another eight days. The jailed American allegedly shot two Pakistani men after he said they threatened his life.

The United States insists he is a diplomat entitled to immunity, but the case has deepened distrust of the Americans and made granting immunity a tall order.

The American, identified as Raymond Davis, was brought to the Magistrate Court in Caant, a posh area of Lahore, in an armored vehicle. Amid tight security, the court opened an hour early, an extraordinary measure to ensure his safety and avoid the glare of the media.

A Show Of Anti-Americanism

The case of Davis has gripped Pakistan’s headlines and spilled into the streets in a show of anti-Americanism.

“Oppressor, give us an answer!” the demonstrators cried. “Account for the blood you shed.”

It’s probably unwise to have every Tom, Dick and Harry with a diplomatic passport. There probably are too many people walking around with diplomatic immunity.

– Donald McHenry, former U.N. ambassador

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the spot where Davis allegedly shot dead two Pakistanis, who he said were armed robbers. The small gathering, which included many students, took up an ominous chant aimed at Davis, whose drama one newspaper called “an avatar of the Ugly American.”

“Hang Davis! Hang him!” the demonstrators shouted.

Davis has been depicted in banners across town as a bloodthirsty “terrorist.”

There is talk of “revenge” for the fatal shooting of the two men and the death of a third man who was struck by an SUV reportedly coming to Davis’ rescue.

Yasmin Raashid is the secretary general of the Punjab chapter of the party of former cricketer Imran Khan. Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.

“There is a lot of resentment that Blackwater, or whatever security people they are around here in Pakistan … are trying to undermine our sovereignty,” says Raashid. She says it appears that someone like Davis “takes the law into his own hand and shoots to kill.”

Yasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe. 

Enlarge Sajid MemoodYasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.
Yasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.
Sajid MemoodYasim Raashid says many Pakistanis do not believe Davis is a diplomat as the Americans say, but more likely a security operative along the lines of the much-loathed Blackwater, now called Xe.

Rashed Rahman, editor of the Daily Times, says the hostility erupting over the case of the jailed American is an extension of the furor over the blasphemy debate. Rahman’s paper was owned by Salman Taseer, the late Punjab governor who was killed by his bodyguard because he sought to reform the country’s strict blasphemy laws. Rahman says in defense of Islam, the country’s radical right has whipped up an anti-Western fervor.

“And they’ve got momentum. They are trying to dominate the national agenda. An issue like this is just going to add more ammunition to that anti-American sentiment; and Mr. Davis has provided a most wonderful opportunity to raise the bar even higher and I think the mood on the street is something that needs to be watched,” Rahman says. “I’m not saying it’s Egypt or Tunisia, but I’m just saying the street, at least the religious right, could explode.”

The U.S. Embassy Thursday night reiterated that Davis is a member of its administrative and technical staff and is entitled to diplomatic immunity.

Former U.N. Ambassador Donald McHenry, currently at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, notes that the aid pouring into Pakistan requires an expanded embassy staff, which he says creates problems of its own.

“It’s probably unwise to have every Tom, Dick and Harry with a diplomatic passport. There probably are too many people walking around with diplomatic immunity,” McHenry says.

Unanswered Questions Raise Suspicion

Many unanswered questions about this case are fueling suspicion. Questions like: What exactly is the job of the jailed American? Why is a U.S. diplomat armed to begin with? And who came to the American’s rescue?

The U.S. Embassy declines to comment on these matters.

What the embassy said Thursday night is that the continued detention of the “American diplomat is a gross violation of international law.” And that he “was remanded in court without notice to the U.S. government, without his lawyer present, and without translation.” In short, he was denied due process.

The diplomatic standoff shows no sign of being resolved soon.

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/03/133473780/case-of-jailed-diplomat-in-pakistan-fuels-anger

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Shooting that has Lahore taking aim at America

US embassy official’s killing of two locals has whipped up diplomatic tensions – and put Pakistan in no mood for leniency

By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent

Police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore yesterday, where he was ordered to be held in custody before going on trial for murder Getty ImagesPolice escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore yesterday, where he was ordered to be held in custody before going on trial for murder 

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The US has demanded the immediate release of an American diplomat arrested over the shooting deaths of two Pakistani men, saying he has immunity from prosecution and was illegally detained.

Raymond Davis, a so-called technical adviser to the US consulate in Lahore, shot dead two men he said were trying to rob him while he was waiting at a traffic signal.

Amid a fresh wave of anti-American rhetoric, Davis was brought before a court yesterday and ordered to be kept in custody for six days. Officials insisted the American would not receive special treatment. “He has killed two men. A case is registered against him on murder charges,” Rana Bakhtiar, deputy prosecutor general for Punjab province, told reporters after the hearing.

Mr Davis told police he fired at the two men in self-defence when they pulled up close to him on a motorbike while his car was waiting near a busy junction; at least one of them took out a weapon and pointed it at him, he said. Witnesses said Mr Davis then sped off and a second US vehicle, which came to the scene to help him, crossed onto the wrong side of the road and hit several people, fatally injuring one of them.

The families of the two motorcyclists claimed they were not robbers and had only been carrying pistols for their own protection. Police statements regarding the two men’s intentions have varied. The Associated Press said Mr Davis had told investigators that shortly before the incident he had withdrawn cash from an ATM and the two men may have seen him doing so.

“Action will be taken against the US national according to Pakistani laws. The Punjab government will ensure that the foreigner will be prosecuted according to the law of the land and no pressure will be accepted in this regard,” said Rana Sanaullah, Punjab’s law minister.

He said although the two men who were killed were carrying weapons, investigators had yet to determine whether Mr Davis’s life was at risk. He claimed inquiries would be completed within two weeks. A separate charge has been registered against the as-yet unidentified driver of the second American vehicle which killed a pedestrian. The funerals of the three people who died were due to be held last night.

Whatever the outcome of the inquiry, it is already clear that Thursday’s incident has sparked fresh controversy in a country where most people do not view the US in a positive light and where many will consider the shootings nothing less than an act of murder.

A number of media organisations and news channels seized on the incident, suggesting that Mr Davis was in the wrong and questioning whether he would be charged. One right-wing English language newspaper, The Nation, carried a headline that roared: “American Rambo goes berserk in Lahore”.

“The media is trying to create an atmosphere. It is media populism where they are just saying what the audience wants to hear rather than what is socially responsible or professionally correct,” said Rasul Bakhsh Rais, an analyst based in Lahore. “They are more interested in provoking public passions.”

Pakistani politicians have been quick to condemn the incident and ensure they are not seen as giving special treatment to the American. The Prime Minister, Yousaf Gilani, said the government was awaiting the outcome of the investigation, while the interior minister, Rehman Malik, said under pressure in parliament from opposition politicians that no foreigners were permitted to carry weapons in Pakistan.

The US Embassy in Islamabad issued a brief statement saying it was working with the Pakistani authorities to determine what happened.

In Washington, meanwhile, the US state department spokesman Philip Crowley said: “We want to make sure that a tragedy like this does not affect the strategic partnership that we’re building with Pakistan. And we’ll work as hard as we can to explain that to the Pakistani people.”

Independent staff contributed updates to this report.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/shooting-that-has-lahore-taking-aim-at-america-2197785.html

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Who Is Raymond Davis? & Why Did He Kill Two People?

Published on 16 days ago

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, Raymond Davis, an American employed at the U.S. consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, appeared in a Pakistani court on murder charges. As of now, the story of how Davis came to be in court is hotly disputed, but according to Pakistani police reports, Davis was driving through Lahore on Thursday when two men rode up on a motorcycle and attempted to rob him. Davis shot and killed both men. At some point, Davis called the U.S. consulate for help, and when a Land Cruiser from the consulate arrived on the scene to assist him, it hit and killed a third man.

Right now, there are more questions than answers in this case, so here’s a look at what we know and don’t know:

  • Who Is Raymond Davis? Raymond Davis is Secret agent of CIA and He is in Pakistan For Secret operation . But accourding to different Media ,Davis is employed at the American consulate in Lahore, though it’s not clear what he does there. The New York Times reports that in police statements, he’s variously described as a “security official” or “technical adviser.” The BBC reports that Davis “did not have diplomatic immunity and was not one of the foreign security personnel allowed to carry firearms, according to the Pakistani authorities.”
  • Why Did He Kill Two People? According to the BBC, Davis had “withdrawn money from a cash machine” shortly before the men on the motorcycle confronted him. “According to the official police report released Friday, the police found weapons on the dead men,” the Times reports. The Times also notes that “roadside robberies by armed men on motorcycles seeking mobile phones and other valuables from drivers, particularly those alone, are relatively common” in Lahore.
  • Who Were the Men Who Were Killed? One of the two men on the motorcycle has not been named in the press. The other was Faizan Haider, a man in his early 20s. Haider’s older brother told reporters that Faizan “was innocent, he was not a criminal. We need justice.” The identity of the man killed by the Land Cruiser has not been made public.
  • What Will Happen to Davis Now? He’ll stand trial in Pakistan, and officials are adamant about not showing him any preferential treatment just because he happens to be employed by the U.S. consulate. “Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters in Lahore that authorities would not bow to any pressure from the U.S. in handling the case,” reports the Los Angeles Times. The brother of one of the men on the motorcycle told reporters that he and his family would try to have Davis hanged.
  • What Will the Larger Fallout Be? Almost every news outlet reporting on this case has mentioned that it’s “likely to inflame anti-American sentiments in the nuclear-armed state,” as the Los Angeles Times puts it. Many Pakistanis are, at best, warily tolerant of the presence of Americans in their cities, and the issue of U.S. diplomats and state officials carrying weapons has been a pungent one in Pakistan for a number of years. Following the deaths of the three men on Thursday, some 300 protesters staged demonstrations in Lahore and Karachi, blocking the roads and burning tires and the U.S. flag.
  • Could Spies Have Been Involved Somehow? That’s what Jeff Stein at The Washington Post wonders. Stein talks to Fred Burton, a former deputy chief with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, who says that the incident in Lahore “looks like an informant meet gone bad more than a car-jacking attempt.” Burton says that Davis displayed “a high degree of firearms discipline and training” and “outstanding situational awareness to recognize the attack unfolding and shoot the other men … Either the consulate employee’s route was compromised by terrorist or criminal surveillance, or it’s feasible he was set up in some sort of double-agent operation, if this wasn’t a criminal motive.”

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By Our Correspondent
Sunday, January 30, 2011

LAHORE

Jamaat e Islami ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has warned the rulers against protecting the US citizen involved in shooting down three youth, saying they would take out a protest demonstration on The Mall if four other culprits hiding in the US Consulate and the vehicle involved in the death of a youth, Ibadur Rahman, were not taken in custody within four days.

He was talking to the media on Saturday after visiting the houses of three youths killed by the US national. A number of other JI leaders were also present.

Munawar said that, even after three days the incident, the US embassy was not disclosing the killer’s rank which indicated that he was not a Consulate employee and was only an agent of the CIA or the Black Water. He condemned the US Embassy for demanding the release of Raymond Davis and terming the arrest unlawful. He said this was an insult to the 180 million Pakistanis. He accused Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik of defending the Black Water agents, instead of protecting his own countrymen. He said the JI, Punjab, had set up a committee comprising senior lawyers to provide legal assistance to the bereaved families.

The JI ameer also urged the judiciary to take notice of the incident and the government efforts to protect the killers. He said the JI would stage a big peaceful demonstration on The Mall with the members of the bereaved families, asked the Punjab Chief Minister not to join the federal government efforts to get the killer released.

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Posted at 3:10 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Lahore shootout: Spy rendezvous gone bad?

By Jeff Stein

A senior former U.S. diplomatic security agent suggested Thursday that the American involved in a fatal shootout in Lahore, Pakistan, was the victim of a spy meeting gone awry, not the target of a robbery or car-jacking attempt.

“It looks like an informant meet gone bad more than a car-jacking attempt,” said Fred Burton, a former deputy chief of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service’s counter-terrorism division.

Early reports were sketchy. Many said the American, identified in the Pakistani press variously as Raymond David, or just “Davis,” had shot two armed men on a motorcycle “in self defense” as they approached his car in a robbery attempt. As the American sped away, another Pakistani on a motorcycle was killed, according to the reports.

[SATURDAY UDATE: Embassy officials have identified the man as Raymond A. Davis. A senior U.S. official quoted by The Post said Davis was a “permanent diplomat” who was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad as a security officer, a role the official described as “a guy who is in the protection of people.”]

A Lahore police official earlier told The Post that “another U.S. vehicle was traveling with the sedan and that the American then fled the scene in that car. As it sped away, it hit a motorcyclist, killing him.”

Pakistan’s GEO TV broadcast a photo of a broad-faced, 40-something man in a plaid shirt sitting in the back of a police car, who it identified as the American involved in the shootout.

According to Burton, who worked on several major terrorism cases in the 1980s and 1990s, the incident showed that David “had outstanding situational awareness to recognize the attack unfolding and shoot the other men.”

“It shows a high degree of firearms discipline and training,” Burton added. “Either the consulate employee’s route was compromised by terrorist or criminal surveillance, or it’s feasible he was set up in some sort of double-agent operation, if this wasn’t a criminal motive.”

David was quickly apprehended and surrendered a Beretta pistol and three cell phones, according to local reports quoting police. He remains in custody.

No immediate explanation was given for David’s presence in Lahore’s Qartaba Chowk area, a mixed commercial and residential where two major roads meet.

“Even if U.S. officials are cleared of wrongdoing,” The Post correspondents reported, “the incident could be explosive in a nation where anti-American sentiment is strong. Some Pakistani news channels covering the episode raised the possibility that the Americans involved were employees of Blackwater, an American security contractor, now known as Xe Services, that is widely viewed in Pakistan as a sort of mercenary agency.”

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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk/2011/01/lahore_shootout_spy_rendezvous.html

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Pakistan is ‘mercenary free’ zone: All XE soldiers of furtune should leave

Posted on 08 February 2011. Tags: 2008 Mumbai attacks, Asif Ali Zardari, Cameron Munter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan, United States

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What started out as a tiff is turning into a schism between Washington and Islamabad. The US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter called on President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad on Monday to follow up on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s phone call to him last week to resolve the matter. The issue has dragged on despite reports in the pro-American section of the Pakistani media which claims that Pakistan has agreed to release the American mercenary. The US is pulling all the stops in its support for the mercenary who was caught in the murder of two Pakistani motorcycle riders–both of whom were shot in the back. A third was brutally run over by an American who has allegedly been whisked out of Pakistan. Islamabad on Monday put three more Americans, accused of mowing down a by-stander in a hit-and-run felony, on an exit control list. The US mission has declined to hand over the three other Americans accused in the hit-and-run case.

There are reports that Mr. Raymond Davis, Davis, a private security contractor was in Pakistan in a Business Visa–the issuance of his visa was part of the wholesale dispatch of Business visas, which was demanded by the US because it was ostensibly hindering the implementation of the Kerry Lugar Bill. The Pakistani media has displayed the non-diplomatic passport of Mr. Davis–who is not using his real name.

The fact that Mr. Raymond Davis was armed and had maps and pictures of several Pakistani cities makes him a prime suspect as a spy and a mercenary. The US Embassy has disseminated several conflicting stories about Mr “Raymond Davis”. Af first it said, that Mr. “Raymond Davis” was a diplomat. Then it was announced that he was a contractor working in the Islamabad Embassy. Another statement said that he was working for the Consulate in Lahore. Yet another statement claimed that Mr. “Davis” was working for the consulate in Peshawar. The US has been unable to release the so called diplomatic passport of “Mr. Davis”–or prove his diplomatic immunity.

The manner in which the driver of the SUV was whisked away from Pakistan make many wonder about the facts in this case.

The US has now allegedly suspended all high-level contacts with Pakistan. The so called “Strategic Dialogue” is on hold, Mr. Zardari’s trip to Washington is in the doldrums and all contact between Pakistan and the US is in cold storage. The relations have dramatically deteriorated over the Raymond Davis affair.

With the suicide of the victims’ wife, the situation in Pakistan appears to have slipped out of government’s control inflaming public opinion, which is already anti-American. The dead wife of the victim demanded “blood for blood.” before she breathed her last. Several Prominent Pakistani politicians have demanded that Davis and other Americans be tried for her death too.

There could be some deeper issues in this matter. The Express Tribune (the local version of the New York Times) the entire issue was also a “reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate…the ISI in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks…”

There is now a demand in some quarters in Washington to turn off the aid spigot to Pakistan and there is pressure on the PPP government to hold to account the United States–and halt the supply chain to Afghanistan which runs through Pakistan. Each country can hold the other hostage.

All this now makes it even more difficult for Pakistan’s PPP government to release Mr. Davis.

Bob Woodward has reported that there is a 3000 strong “CIA Army” working in Pakistan. Mr. Davis seems to be representative of the Blackwater type of mercenaries that are running amok in Pakistan. Irregardless of what happens to Mr. Davis, the fact remains that the US has been put on notice–that its mercenaries are no longer wanted in Pakistan and they are not welcome. Pakistani youth are tracking and tracing their whereabouts.

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Raymond Davis Case Is Sub Judice, Not Sub Media

Raymond Davis surrounded by media cameras

There is nothing positive about a tragedy such as occurred last week when an American Consulate employee shot two men and a third died in a vehicular accident involving another American Consulate employee. Unfortunately, some in the media have taken the opportunity of this tragedy to promote confusion, conspiracy theories, and political agendas instead of presenting the facts. In some instances, there are even suggestions that the media is covering up some facts that are deemed inconvenient to a specific political agenda.

Kamran Shafi succinctly describes the various and contradictory ways the Raymond Davis case has been presented in the media:

He is alleged to be, variously, a spy, a Blackwater operative, a security guard and a US diplomat. There are as many stories about the man in our press as there are reporters in the newspapers, not one of them leading the reader to any conclusion.

In just one day we are regaled by differing accounts in different newspapers: one saying David had overstayed his visa by two years, another telling us his visa was valid until 2012; one saying he was not a diplomat, yet another telling us that he was an ‘official’, and so on and so forth. I have been following this case since the day of the shooting, have read every word written about it, and have to say that I am most confused. Nothing makes sense at all — a lot of which has to do with the conspiracy theorists and the and their spin quacks putting a spin on any aspect they can get their hands on.

In what is already a case filled with questions, media coverage is actually adding to the confusion rather than cutting through it. What is worst, Kamran notes that one eye witness account from the scene has disappeared from reporting.

What I myself saw on the very day of the shooting, about two hours after the event, was the interview of a young man off the street, conducted by a loud and vociferous channel. When asked what he had seen the man said: “pistol” (“The two motorcyclists drew their pistols to rob the foreigner [using the near-pejorative term , or Whitey] who shot them dead”). This was repeated twice in a period of 30 or so minutes and then taken off air. This is what I saw and heard myself. It is pertinent to note that that young man has not been seen, nor heard from, again. Neither has any newspaper quoted what he said on record.

Could it be that media is self-censoring this eye witness account because it is inconvenient to a specific political agenda?

Thankfully, one journalist is standing out in the crowd – Najam Sethi. As Cafe Pyala notes, Sethi “began his new programme Aapas Ki Baat with the warning that he wanted to put emotionalism aside and analyse the incident only in terms of the facts“. This was indeed a breath of fresh air.

Najam Sethi on Aapas Ki BaatNot only did Sethi cite the actual clauses of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunity (which Pakistan has ratified) that have been furiously talked about but never actually specifically referenced, but also put into context the whole issue in light of contemporary history and geopolitical realities. Now, others may question his interpretations of the Vienna Convention or the heretofore unknown ‘facts’ he presented as definite realities (we have no way of determining their veracity but he did stake his reputation on their authenticity), but I hope such challenges, if they do come, will be based on proof rather than vague emotionalism.

Cafe Pyala provides as comparison the way the issue was handled by Kamran Khan and his guest Shireen Mazari who trots out the old conspiracy theory that Ambassador Husain Haqqani is issuing visas to ‘suspicious foreigners’ in effort to somehow connect him to the Raymond Davis case. But as Dawn reports today, Raymond Davis’s visa was not issued by the Washington Embassy.

Diplomatic sources in Islamabad said that Raymond Davis had first received a three-month diplomatic visa on a diplomatic passport on request of the US State Department in September 2009. That is the only visa issued to him by the Pakistan embassy in Washington.

On that occasion, the State Department had said Davis would be visiting Pakistan for a short term as a technical adviser. Subsequently, Davis received extensions to his visa in Islamabad or elsewhere.

His presence in Pakistan after the expiry of his first visa in December 2009 was neither known to nor authorised by the Pakistan embassy in Washington or the Foreign Office.

Why Shireen Mazari brings up Husain Haqqani in a discussion of the Raymond Davis case is a question that should be asked. It is already established that the Embassy in Washington did not issue the visas, so why is it entering the debate? Kamran Khan and Shireen MazariIt appears that this is another example of media personalities using tragic events to promote a particular political agenda rather than simply providing and commenting on the facts.

Stories like the Raymond Davis case are delicate diplomatic matters between states, and it is imperative that the people have the facts straight so that they understand why government officials take whatever actions they deem necessary. It is also important that the facts are presented objectively so that the officials responsible for making decisions at such a highly diplomatic level are not confused or misled in their own right.

The Raymond Davis case is more than simply a diplomatic mess, though – it is a question of specific facts and laws. In other words, it is a legal case. There has been much complaining in the media about US officials trying to influence the government one way or the other. These journalists should take their own advice. Presently the matter is sub judice and not sub media.

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Raymond Davis: A secret Agent?

February 2nd, 2011 by Rabia Sheikh
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The shoot out incident which took place in busy streets of Lahore on Thursday 27 January has taken a lot of twists and turns. Raymond Alan Davis a US national killed two Pakistani citizens at crowded Mazang chowk in Lahore.

Raymond Davis claims that the two men were robbers and he killed them in self defence. Davis claims that he is a US consulate employee and has a diplomatic visa. However none of the claims have been proven true.

The two men Faizan, 20 and Faheem, 22 who died on the spot were not robbers as no criminal record has been found about them. After the autopsy reports it was confirmed that the two men were shot from the back. Witnesses on the spot also confirm that there was no exchange of fire and Davis also took pictures at the scene after killing the two men. The weapon recovered from Davis has no legal permit and the bullets used are also banned in many countries.

First of all a diplomat cannot roam around unescorted with illegal weapons and a forged car number plate. Secondly government has not found Raymond Davis on its registered list of the diplomats and officials.

US is demanding release of Raymond Davis and insisting that he is a employee of the US embassy and thus under the Vienna convention (on diplomatic relations) request immunity for him. Raymond Davis in under police custody and government has refused to hand him over to the US until the investigation is complete.

Many speculations are coming out about Raymond Davis’s identity. According to reports Davis is a permanent employee at a company Hyperion Protective Consultants based in Orlando, Florida. Many analysts in Pakistan speculate that Davis is a CIA operative; others say he is working for blackwater as a secret agent.

The Lahore high court has ordered government not to release Raymond Davis and place his name in the exit control list for preventing him to leave the country.

LHC stands by the decision that Raymond Davis is accused of double murder charge and will not be moved from Pakistan until the prosecution is complete.

Lahore chief justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry stated that: I am restraining him. Whether has has or does not have immunity will be decided by the court.

Whether Davis was a diplomat or not he should be prosecuted under the law as everyone is equal in the eyes of law and should not be given any kind of leniency.

Analysts also suggest that this incident will further stimulate the anti US sentiment in Pakistan.

Speculations and concerns are coming out over increased number of visa given to US nationals and presence of secret operatives of black water in Pakistan.

Many people have been protesting in many cities across Pakistan against the killing of two Pakistani men by a US national and demand that he should not be handed over to the US officials and should be prosecuted under the law of the state and punished for the murder.
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US Terror Campaign in Pakistan? What was Raymond Davis Shooting for in Lahore?

By Dave Lindorff

February 09, 2011 “This Can’t Be Happening” — The mystery surrounding Raymond A. Davis, the American former Special Forces operative jailed in Lahore, Pakistan for the murder of two young motorcyclists, and his funky “security” company, Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, in the US continues to grow.

When Davis was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the double slaying in a busy business section of Lahore, after he had fatally shot two men in the back, claiming that he feared they might be threatening to rob him, police found business cards on him for a security company called Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, which listed as its address 5100 North Lane, Orlando, Florida.

A website for the company gave the same address, and listed the manager as a Gerald Richardson.

An investigation into the company done for Counterpunch Magazine that was published on Tuesday, disclosed that the address was actually for a vacant storefront in a run-down and almost completely empty strip mall in Orlando called North Lane Plaza. The 5100 shop was completely empty and barren, save for an empty Coke glass on a vacant counter.

Now Tom Johnson, executive of a property company called IB Green, owner of the strip mall property, says that the 5100 address was rented by a man named Gerald Richardson, who used it to sell clothing. “We made him move out in December 2009 for nonpayment of rent,” he says. Johnson recalls that at one point when Richardson was leasing the space for his clothing store, he told him, “Oh, I have another company called Hyperion which might get mail there.”

Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, as reported in the Counterpunch article, is not registered with the Florida Secretary of State’s office, although it still lists the vacant 5100 North Lane, Orlando address as its headquarters on the company website, which also provides an email address for Richardson, who is described as the company’s “manager and chief researcher.” (Efforts to reach Richardson via his email and by leaving a message on the one functioning number listed on the website have gone unanswered.)

But there are other mysteries here, too, regarding Davis (whose name does not appear on the Hyperion-Protective website), and regarding Hyperion.

Just a security guy? Guns, shells, clips, multiple cell phones and batteries all found in Davis’s possession by police

As reported today in the New York Times in an article by Jane Perlez, there is also a company in Las Vegas Nevada called Hyperion Protective Services. That firm’s 2006 registration information lists as its owners Raymond A Davis and his wife Rebecca J. Davis of 9811 W. Charleston St., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89117. It lists the company’s address as 9345 Boulder Opal Ave., Las Vegas. A registration in Nevada of that name says that Gerald Richardson “founded the firm” in 1999.

This company, which Perlez says claims it at least hoped to win government contracts, advertises its services (basically providing due diligence for companies making property purchases, and running background checks on employees), on a website called LasVegasComplete.com. On that site, it lists its website, which is the same original site for Hyperion-Protective Consultants, LLC, the apparently virtual company that was run out of Gerald Richardson’s clothing shop at 5100 North Lane, Orlando until he couldn’t pay the rent and got evicted, and that doesn’t have a listed number, or a person to answer the phone.

Meanwhile, the phone number listed for the Nevada incarnation of Hyperion-Protective is a cell phone with a Tucson, Arizona area code, which is registered to Raymond A. Davis. A call to that phone reached a recording of a male voice, with no mention of Hyperion-Protective, and no name offered, asking for call-back information. The call was not returned.

Perlez in her article, datelined Lahore, Pakistan, at least for the first time mentions the forensic evidence that both of Davis’s victims were shot in the back, and quotes police as saying that Davis had told them he shot the men not because they had menaced him with guns, as has earlier been asserted in the US media, based on statements from the State Department, but because “he believed that the men were armed.”

If that was the accepted standard for shooting someone in Texas or Arizona, half the residents of the state would be shooting the other half. It’s also a pretty lame justification for shooting two people in the back!

Perlez also confirms another point–the suspicious array of items that police found in Davis’s rented Honda Civic when they arrested him–though she diminishes their significance by offering the snide comment that the local Pakistani press has been “dwelling” on the items, as well as on his various, and mutually exclusive array of business cards, which included one listing him as working out of the Peshawar Consulate, on the edge of the Pashtun Tribal area, one listing him as a Defense Department contractor, and one listing him as an employee of the seemingly non-existent Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC in Orlando.

The items that the Pakistani press are “dwelling” on though, as listed by Perlez, include a Glock handgun, a flashlight that attaches to a headband, and a pocket telescope. Unmentioned by Perlez, but also found by police in Davis’s car, were a large number of cellphones, including at least one satellite phone, a collection of batteries, bucketloads of bullets, both for the Glock and a Beretta allegedly used by Davis to kill the two motorcyclists in his pinpoint shots through his front windshield, and a load of M-16 shells. Police report that the bullets were high-powered killer projectiles not allowed in many countries. There were military-grade knives, wires, and a surprising array of high-capacity magazines for the handguns, too (like the one used to such devastating effect in the recent Tucson massacre that killed several people and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a serious brain injury).

There was also something else police found that is profoundly puzzling and disturbing: a camera loaded with pictures of dozens of madrassas (religious schools) and other buildings around Lahore.

This was not the run-of-the-mill armament for an embassy security guard (one of the various titles (covers?) that the State Department has claimed for Davis at the Lahore Consulate).

The US, which seems to really want this guy out of Pakistani hands, is reportedly threatening to cut off financial assistance to Pakistan and to cancel a planned visit by President Obama if Davis is not released–pretty heavy pressure for a low-ranking consular contractor–especially one who has admitted he shot two locals to death while apparently not working in any official capacity.

Perlez also uncritically parrots the US government’s line that Davis is “protected by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions and that he must be released from custody.”

The problem, as I reported in my earlier Counterpunch article, is that Vienna Convention that Perez and the US government are relying on to demand his release states very clearly that any immunity for diplomats or consular staff does not apply to “serious crimes,” and it would be hard to imagine a more serious crime than a double murder, which is what Davis is currently being charged with.

What seems clear at this point is that Davis, 36, is not what the US government is now claiming he is: a “technical advisor” to the consulate.

His record –10 years in US Special Forces, supposedly ending in 2003–and his shell “security” company in the US, with its faked addresses, suggest strongly that he is working for the US, either in some intelligence branch, or more likely as an employee of some mercenary-for-hire company like Xe (Blackwater).

What he was actually doing on his ill-fated drive into the commercial heart of Lahore is up for grabs.

There have been several reports in the Pakistani press, unmentioned by Perlez, that the two men he killed were not, as initially reported by the US, petty thieves, but were actually agents working for Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI. Today, ABC’s Nick Schifrin, who has been the best reporter on this story in the US corporate media, reports that while the State Department “adamantly denies” the claim (big surprise, that!), four Pakistani officials, off the record, have told ABC that the two men Davis killed were ISI agents assigned to tail Davis because he was a spy who had “crossed a red line.”

What “red line?” Again there is speculation in Pakistan’s media that Davis may have been involved in some kind of covert US program to actually finance or orchestrate some of the bombings that have been rocking, and destabilizing Pakistan. (Certainly that could explanation for all of those cell phones recovered from Davis’s car, which could serve nicely as bomb detonators–a popular method adopted by terrorists everywhere. That theory might also explain his stop at an ATM to withdraw a bundle of cash.)

The suicide by rat poison of the 18-year-old bride of one of the two slain men would seem to point to the victim’s being more than just a petty street thief, too. The young woman, from her hospital bed, before dying, said that she was killing herself because she despaired of seeing justice done for the murder of her husband.

Copyright © 2011 This Can’t Be Happening.

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Why are the Drones Asleep since the Raymond Davis incident in Pakistan?

Karāchi : Pakistan | Feb 13, 2011
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Since Raymond Davis was taken into custody for killing two Pakistanis there have been no drone attacks. Previously in the first few weeks of Jan. there were 11 attacks.

Ever since Raymond Davis an American working in Pakistan killed two men whom he claims were about to rob him there have been no drone attacks on the Pakistan tribal areas. That was back on January 27th.

Actually the last drone attack recorded was on January 23rd. The attacks obviously had a lull of four days before the Davis incident.

There were 11 drone attacks recorded in January killing a reported 49 people. Since there were none since the 23rd of January, that was over 3 attacks a week but there have been none now in over two weeks.

When asked about why there have been no attacks a U.S. embassy spokesperson said the embassy does not speak on security issues. Of course there is not even any official admission that these are U.S. attacks so the no comment comment is not surprising.

Perhaps the U.S. is using the drone pause as an incentive to send back Davis to the U.S. Perhaps Pakistan is angry at the U.S. pressure to repatriate Davis and is refusing to give tacit approval to the attacks. Perhaps it is just a coincidence.

Obama has made the drone attacks a key part of his program to weaken Islamic extremists groups in Pakistan that cause problems for the mission in Afghanistan. It simply seems strange that there should be such a long gap between attacks.

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Drones in slumber after Davis incident

Updated at 0830 PST Sunday, February 13, 2011

By Usman Manzoor
ISLAMABAD: Whether it is a deliberate US policy or a mere pleasant coincidence but not a single drone attack has hit the country since January 27, when the American killer Raymond Davis was arrested in Lahore after he killed two young men.

The last attack was carried out on January 23 and so far over 2,000 people have been killed in such attacks since 2004.

The American Embassy spokesperson, Courtney Beale when contacted said that the embassy does not speak on security issues therefore she did not have any comment on the drone attacks’ stoppage after the Davis issue.

The Conflict Monitoring Centre, an independent research centre which monitors the drone attacks, confirmed that there have been no drone attacks since Raymond Davis was arrested. According to the CMC report there were 11 drone attacks reported during January 2011, killing 49 people.

At least 10 people were also wounded in these attacks. All the drone attacks were carried out in North Waziristan Agency of the Fata. No significant militant casualty was reported during the month.

January had otherwise been a busy month for the drones as five attacks were carried out.

The New Years day was the deadliest as the dawn of 2011 brought death for 19 people while ten people sustained injuries. The attack targeted a house while the second struck the rescue workers on the spot. Two other drone attacks separately hit two vehicles in the area.

January 23 was the second deadliest day of the month when 13 people were killed in three different drone attacks. In the first and second strike, a drone hit a vehicle and a motorcycle, respectively. In another strike, an alleged militant compound and a vehicle were targeted.

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How the Raymond Davis affair is connected to the so-called new “Great Game” in Eurasia and how Pakistan should handle the situation.

Author’s note: The reason why I have put some words in quotation marks is because it is referred to as such though some including I see it as a matter of survival for governments and countries. This post may be updated to fill in missing details or make corrections.I want to start this geopolitical post by covering the incident in Lahore and my personal theories on what exactly happened based on all the sources that I have come across.
Though I could be wrong, I believe the entire incident was triggered by a misunderstanding.I first thought of Raymond Davis in pictures of his court appearance to be a poor chap caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, but further evidence reported by various news sources make me believe the opposite, that he was on a spy mission. Consider the following points: 

-Unconfirmed but various sources claim he could converse in Urdu the national language of Pakistan. Now certain sources claim he lived in Pakhtunkhwa and spoke fluent Pashto as well.

-He carried an unregistered weapon more particularly a 9mm Glock pistol. As uncertain as I am, my understanding is that these type of weapons are not popular in Pakistan. Even though local manufacturers can easily replicate them, local choices are mostly AK-47s and T-T pistols. Even amongst military divisions, this widely American-used gun is unpopular in Pakistan.

-The autopsies reveal that both men were shot in the back, ruling out the possibility that they were advancing towards him.

-Various sources claim Davis to have military training background and a history of working for the FBI.

-The equipment recovered from his car included GPS navigation, wireless phone tracking devices, binoculars as well as maps of sensitive bases/installations in Multan, Lahore and others.

-Sources also claim him to have been in Iraq and Afghanistan.

If one is to put these points together, Davis-or whatever his actual name may be-fits the perfect description of an undercover agent.

As many claim, I do believe that Faizan Haider and his brother Fahim were innocent since no criminal records were found on them and the weapon found on them was registered. Faizan and Fahim did indeed go to court with Faizan armed to protect himself from being a targeted witness in a family dispute that killed his brother about a month earlier.

Anyone familiar with Pakistan would know how complicated and dangerous family and tribal feuds can be. Those also familiar with the country would know how life threatening being a witness in a court can be as there have been cases of assignations on court witnesses even right after stepping out of the courtroom.
Various sources claimed that Faizan for this reason had registered his gun for the purpose of self-protection.

I believe when Fahim and Faizan exited the courtroom, Faizen loaded his handgun to protect himself from any possible attack. As they left the court he kept his gun loaded in handy in case an attack was waiting to happen.
As they continued their way on the motorbike to the hospital to attend to a relative, their path unfortunately coincided with Raymond Davis, giving him the impression that they were following him.

At the signal light Faizan felt it would be safe enough to unload his handgun now that he was far away from the court and that having a loaded gun may not be safe. And what better time to unload it than at a red light?

When Faizan reached out to unload his gun, it caused Davis, who was behind them, to panic giving him the impression that his suspicion on them following him were correct and that he was about to face a surprise attack.

Upon this Davis opened fired out of the impression that he was defending himself from this surprise attack- and that’s when his cover was blown.
From there Davis called for help and the SUV as we all know that came to aid him killed a third person as a result of reckless driving in a bid to save him. Since the vehicle turned back, Davis attempted to flee the scene which according to sources is standard operating procedure for American embassy and consulate employees in case of problems.

This is my perception of what happened in Lahore. But then there are many important questions to follow regarding Raymond Davis and the nature of the incidents in Lahore.

Most importantly where did Davis get the gun he shot the two men with? It was not registered according to local authorities and nor is it a popular weapon in Pakistan to my knowledge. So how exactly did he bring it into the country? Surely not through the airport where he’d be caught by security officials.

Thinking of this question brought to my mind a specific incident in these reports of armed foreigners; particularly westerners carrying weapons which are also not popular choices in Pakistan as per their models.

One of those reports describes an incident in which Americans carrying M-4 machine guns and 9 MM Glock pistols- very similar to the type used by Davis. Again these weapons are not manufactured nor used commonly in Pakistan perhaps due to copyright issues under international law or them being expensive weapons not affordable to most customers in a poor third world country.

That incident is just like the one we saw in Lahore of Americans mysteriously bringing weapons through the borders of Pakistan going undetected.
But the most notable incident amongst those reports is of Americans caught by police carrying M-4 rifles which also makes a brief mention of an Afghan national accompanying them without a visa.

To me this makes the answer quite clear. That the Americans are secretly transporting their weapons across the border from their bases in Afghanistan into Pakistan with the help of Afghans.
Smuggling is a well known activity which takes place across the Afghan-Pakistani border by Afghans. Illegal items from drugs to others are constantly smuggled out of Afghanistan going undetected. This practice has been going on for many decades perhaps even before the Afghan wars began.

Now American weapons for Americans in Pakistan are also being smuggled with the help of Afghans since Pakistan does not issue rights or licenses to foreigners to carry weapons except in extremely rare and special cases.

Why Afghans would help Americans is something Pakistanis have failed to and still fail to understand. Afghanistan has always had an enmity towards Pakistan right from the time of it’s independence in 1947. Till present day nothing has changed. It’s this enmity that is the root of turmoil in Central Eurasia (I say Eurasia because it involves all of Europe and most of Asia) though I also think Western governments have been trying to take advantage of the situation in order to gain access to Central Asia’s rich energy resources.

Pakistanis have failed to understand Afghan hostility towards their country and even fail to even acknowledge it’s existence because they are blinded by the curtain of Pan-Islamism and the false belief that Muslims can never hate Muslims.

To understand this enmity and the whole geopolitical turmoil our region today faces, we have to take a look backwards in time.
Afghanistan is a country where tribalism and ethnic ultra-nationalism have always thrived. Most of the violence in the country is much owed to this ethnic and tribal nationalism. Since it’s founding in 1747 AD, Afghanistan was ruled by ethnic Pakhtuns who have had a bad history with the other ethnic groups in the country.

Afghanistan’s history of ethnic and tribal nationalism seeks violence as a means of solving disputes.
Throughout much of it’s history, Afghanistan’s majority Pakhtuns have managed to keep the non-Pakhtun populations intact mostly through the use of brutal force.

And though there is tension amongst the non-Pakhtun ethnic groups of the country they have stood united against what they see as a common enemy. At the same time, the ruling Pakhtun elites sought to “reunite” with their fellow ethnic Pakhtuns across the border.

Since Afghanistan has mostly always been under Pakhtun rule, these nationalist Pakhtun leaders tried to use the same force on the Pakistani government as a means of seizing Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan from Pakistan with their claim of the Durand Line Treaty being invalid as it divides Pakhtuns and Baloch through artificial borders.

These claims are nothing but false and are discussed in detail in this and this article.

Various Afghan regimes weather the royal family or the pro-Soviet communist regimes have sought to take these regions away from Pakistan through force.
However, being militarily inferior, they failed. This only further incited their hatred for Pakistan and their inability to take what they saw as “their lands.”

Under the communist regimes, Afghanistan enjoyed military and political ties to the Soviet Union which stood by Afghanistan’s claims over Pakistani territory.
At many times Soviet built planes were used by the Afghan air force to breach into Pakistan’s airspace and military confrontations were frequent.

To rid Soviet support to Afghanistan, the Pakistani government sought to topple the communist regime in Kabul via radical Islamist proxies who were already leading uprisings against the communist regime.
The USA saw this as a positive move as it too sought the downfall of pro-Soviet regimes around the world. With the anti-communist uprisings in Afghanistan slowly falling out of control, the communist Afghan regime sought the Soviet Union’s military intervention to secure their control over the country.

Reluctantly, the Soviets planned a temporary occupation of Afghanistan with two main objectives:

1) Dispose of Hafizullah Amin the then prime minister who had been enforcing communist practices in the country through the use of brutal force which only gave popularity to anti-government uprisings.
After Amin was disposed of, they planned on installing a new dictator who would be more flexible and keep the country communist through social reforms instead of unpopular, forceful methods.

2) Getting rid of American/Arab/Pakistani backed Islamist rebels who threatened the rule of their communist allies in the country.

In December 1979, the Soviet Union sent it’s forces into Afghanistan- and that’s where the whole mess leading to today’s political climax began.
The first objective was easily met and Amin was killed, but the second objective was costly and could not be achieved due to the strong support the Afghan Mujahideen received from the West, from Pakistan and the rest of the Muslim world.

Following the Soviet departure in 1989 and even after it’s downfall, the situation in Afghanistan intensified. The United States seeing it’s objectives in Afghanistan had been met pulled out of the politics of the region.

But the instability gave advantages to the other ethnic groups of the country who sought to free themselves of Pakhtun domination. In doing so they forged an alliance best known as the Northern Alliance.
The Northern Alliance composed of ethnic Uzbeks, Tajiks and some Hazaras, received backing from Turkey, Iran, the Russian Federation and India. Fearing that the Northern Alliance was relying on it’s arch-rivals for support and slowly turning Afghanistan as their (India, Russian Federation, Iran) proxy state, the Pakistani government sought to support the Pakhtun Taliban who it felt would neutralize the proxies of it’s enemies.

The Taliban controlled much of Afghanistan until 2001. Under the Taliban much of the drug production was diminished. Also during this time many militant groups most notably Al-Queda set up bases in Afghanistan. Al-Queda had a history of hitting American installations throughout the world but the Taliban refused to handover their leaders.

Then the 911 attacks occurred. America claims it to be the work of Al-Queda, though I personally feel it was the work of secret elements in the American government and the invasion of Afghanistan was a means of creating a new route to Central Asia’s rich oil reserves and getting rid of Al-Queda once and for all.

After the fall of the Soviet Union many oil rich republics in Central Asia sought to export their energy and enhance their economies.
The West also was keen on this and wanted to buy their energy resources, however Central Asia is a landlocked region and all paths leading out of it were blocked by countries hostile to the West. The Russian Federation in the northwest, the Islamic Iranian regime in the south and Taliban controlled Afghanistan also in the south.
If I’m not mistaken, Pakistan was keen on becoming a transit zone for Central Asian goods and resources to the world since it would be profitable to it’s economy.

The West thought of it as a long process and should start soon which is why I feel they are in Afghanistan today.
But their presence has only made things worse for themselves and others. The worst part is they have empowered tribalist, ultra-nationalistic Pakhtuns who don’t want to share their power with other ethnic groups.

And if things cannot get anymore worse, NATO has tried to forge a government between arch-rival Tajiks and Pakhtuns who do not want to work together and are fighting each other for dominance. Across Afghanistan ethnic violence between Pakhtuns and non-Pakhtuns is still occurring, only adding more to the instability of the country and the region.

The current NATO occupation has only put most things back on square one and that is semi-literate, tribalist Pakhtuns are back in power and only have the same objective: Take Balochistan and Pakhtunkhwa away from Pakistan.

This is not to suggest that Tajiks are anymore favorable to Pakistan than much of the Pakhtun population. The Tajiks despise Pakistan and the Pakhtuns whom they see as Pakistan’s puppets. Additionally the Tajiks maintain good cultural, linguistic and political ties with the Shia regime in Iran which too is hostile towards Sunni majority Pakistan. The Pakhtuns despise the Tajiks as they see them as “foreigners” in Afghanistan and they despise Pakistan for holding on to what they see as “their lands.”

Weather the royal family or the communists up till the present Afghan regimes, each one has had the prime objective of controlling Pakhtunkhwa (then known as NWFP) and Balochistan.

So how does this all connect to Raymond Davis and the incident in Lahore? Going back through my post, I mentioned Afghans helping Americans smuggle their weapons into Pakistan and help them in their possible covert spy missions because they are hostile towards Pakistan and see it as an enemy illegally occupying “their lands.”

Americans are sending their citizens for both security and covert operations. Various reports claim American “diplomats” in sensitive areas of Pakistan. The West fears that the rising instability in the region makes Pakistan’s nuclear weapons a threat to international security.
In this post, I covered the false media hysteria behind Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of extremists. I also stressed in this post that Pakistan should not sign any disarmament treaties that would make it a hostage to foreign aggression.

The prime objective must be to gain maximum knowledge on the country’s nuclear arsenal and the Afghans would be more than happy to help. Creating problems for Pakistan has been the main objective for every Afghan government.

What Pakistan can do to deal with the situation:
-In regards to armed foreigners in the country, Pakistan needs to step up it’s case to NATO that it will not tolerate foreigners carrying illegal weapons on it’s soil.
Right after the Lahore incident, the government should have summoned the ambassador in Islamabad and lodged a public protest as it did in 2008 when NATO troops illegally crossed into Pakistan.

Additionally, Pakistan needs to impose a ban on foreigners moving in between cities on the ground. The movement of foreign nationals through sparsely populated provincial areas will make their activities and movements difficult to monitor.
All domestic movement in between cities by foreign nationals should be by local airlines.

By imposing such a restriction, the Pakistani government and military should issue strict warnings of legal consequences for those who fail to comply.

The Vienna conventions do not permit foreigners, diplomats or others, to violate the laws of the host country therefore it’s important to stress that foreigners be barred from breaking traffic laws and carrying illegal weapons.

Should diplomats and other embassy employees fail to comply with Pakistan’s weapons restrictions, the rangers should be made to create blockades around diplomatic enclaves and ensure anyone exiting is not armed or carrying any suspicious items.

Any foreigner exiting the enclave should be made to identify themselves and the purpose of their movements.
Such restrictions should not be difficult for the Western governments to comply with.

Also the Pakistani people need to pledge their support to the government on this stance if they believe in preventing such incidents from happening again. Simply hounding and blaming the government doesn’t work and showing some support at this stage for prosecuting Davis would be useful.

-Regarding Afghanistan and it’s constant meddling in Pakistan, the Pakistani government needs to ensure the Durand Line treaty is not violated or any false claims be made on it. The Pakistani government needs to clarify this issue and must do so at the next UN submit in order to silence these false claims coming out of Kabul.

Once it’s clarified, any further falsified claims on Pakistani territory should be brought forward to NATO and the UN as a complaint and those in the Afghan government making these claims should be held accountable for trying to break international law and violate internationally recognized borders.

To ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, NATO needs to put in a maulti-ethnic government in Afghanistan which I explained in this post and Pakistan needs to support such a move to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a proxy war theater.

Furthermore; Pakistan needs to take a tougher stance against Afghanistan for trying to create problems weather through helping Western agencies or fueling the rebellion in Balochistan.

This has been going on ever since 1947 and temporarily stopped during the Afghan civil war.
As a start Pakistan needs to send back all Afghan refugees and seal the border to prevent a further wave of refugees from coming. Even those Afghans residing in other parts of Pakistan need to be sent back. Pakistan should also seal Afghanistan’s access to the outside world should it’s citizens continue creating problems as they are by helping foreign agencies and further inciting the insurgency in Balochistan.

Any military incursion by tribalists or the Afghan military should be dealt with a harsh response.

I explained in this post, the presence of armed foreigners; especially private security agencies outside of embassy grounds is somewhat exaggerated. Of course it doesn’t mean that I rule it out completely as Raymond Davis is proof of illegal activities by foreigners in Pakistan. There are also many reports of armed diplomats interrogating locals at gunpoint in the links; hence it’s important to enforce our policy of banning firearms to foreigners.

In the end Raymond Davis, innocent or not should be given a fair trial. Everyone even murders must be given a chance to be judged.

Most importantly is that the government should ask the people weather they are willing to release Davis in exchange for aid or are willing to sacrifice aid in return for justice. Because currently the people as usual are blaming the government of submitting to American pressure instead of accepting reality that the Americans are cutting off aid due to Davis’s detention; hence the people have to choose between one or the other.

The Pakistani government has no control over America’s decision to cut aid so the choice must be with the people to keep and punish Davis, release him in exchange for continuing aid, or to come up with an alternate solution weather cutting support to NATO in Afghanistan or some other.

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Zencali said…

Thank you for your highly informative article which anyone could say is a good thesis on problems in the areas you mention. I am sure about 98 percent of Americans would have no clue what you are talking about. Probably in the same way Pakistanis would not understand the problems betwen hillbillies from Kentucky and right wing city folk who want their land for coal mines.I am an analyst who studies these issues for personal interest reasons. I feel there is little most of us can do to change the situation over there as we also know our own government’s activities are out of our control. I am just one of the people who has actually known “players” on the scale that try to make these kinds of long term manipulative deals to work towards huge sums of money and power to be made in projects. Projects such as you mention: pipelines; electricity installations; military basis: the list goes on and on.Popular movies make your area sound like the “wild west” was in America when gold was discovered and Euro Whites decimated the Native American populations. I also study that. I see great similarities as to how this continent was obtained by clever Euro speculators/governing types. Yes business and government go hand and hand in America. I just witnessed a real dose of that in a small town in Oregon. Business people from California moved into a sleepy backwater town and just took over the government very easily and then proceeded on their “development plans”. 

I am glad there is at least one person; namely “you” who have a grip on what is going on. And yet we still don’t know what really happened with this Raymond Davis affair. Sounds like another 5-minutes of fame movie or something. Wonder what the truth is? If you find out do not hesitate to inform me: juliasmmns@yahoo.com

February 8, 2011 6:38 PM

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‘They want Davis, we want Aafia’

By: Muhammad Babar And Mubashir Hassan | Published: February 14, 2011

GUJRANWALA/LAHORE– Stopping a little short of directly linking the release of Raymond Davis with Dr Aafia Siddiqui, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Babar Awan said on Sunday that the United States has “a repatriation call (for Davis) and we have a call (for Aafia)”. Awan’s statement, the first of its kind by a state functionary, came during his talk with journalists as he visited Gujranwala to offer condolences for PPP City President Lala Muhammad Idrees’s demise. He made another similar statement on his arrival in Lahore later in the day.
A US court has sentenced Dr Aafia to prolonged imprisonment on charges of abetting militants in Afghanistan, a charge Dr Aafia and his family vehemently deny. There had been calls from political and religious parties of Pakistan to free Dr Aafia in view of her deteriorating health, but the US never paid heed to such calls, saying it was a matter of their internal security.
The law minister said General Pervez Musharraf’s arrest warrant had been issued by court and now the former president would have to face the proceedings. He said the PPP was the only party enjoying public support, while “the rest are plutocrats”.
He said that Altaf Hussain and Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman were supporting the coalition government despite their isolation from the federal cabinet. The PPP government, he said, was pursuing the politics of reconciliation.
He said the PPP government had distributed Rs 400 billion among the provinces. The Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Baluchistan Programme for the restoration of political and democratic process in the province was also this government’s achievement, he added.
Addressing lawyers at the Punjab Bar Council in Lahore and talking to the media at the shrine of Hazrat Mian Mir, Babar Awan said the government would present its official stance on the issue of Raymond Davis in court as the matter was sub-judice. Babar Awan, however, added that the US is demanding the release of Raymond Davis while the Pakistani government has been demanding the release of Dr Aafia for a long time now.
He reiterated the government would ensure implementation of court orders on former president Pervez Musharraf. He said nobody could pressurise the government on such issues. He said the judiciary is independent and issuance of an arrest warrant for the former dictator in BB’s murder case was a clear manifestation of it. Awan said politicking over Musharraf’s arrest warrant was not justified as the government was just following court orders.

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Did Ray Davis Shoot Two Pakistani Agents?

Pakistani Officials Claim American Killed Men Working for ISI

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By NICK SCHIFRIN

Feb. 9, 2011

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The public narrative from the United States is simple: one of its diplomats in one of the most dangerous countries in the world was threatened by two men with guns, and the diplomat shot and killed them in self-defense. He sits in jail, “illegally detained,” because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

Pakistani police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore, Jan. 28, 2011.

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But the version of events told by multiple Pakistani officials — and adamantly denied by the U.S. State Department — is utterly different.

The four Pakistani officials who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity say that the two men who Raymond Davis killed in Lahore last month were working for Pakistan’s premiere intelligence service, and they were following Davis because he was spying.

If true, their story dramatically changes the nature of an incident that is already severely straining the two countries’ already tumultuous relationship. Davis’s detention is fraying the U.S. alliance with Pakistan, one of the most delicate and important in the world. U.S. and Pakistani officials both admit the fate of Raymond Davis could threaten an alliance that is critical to the war in Afghanistan and the fight against al Qaeda.

According to the Pakistani officials, the two men had been sent to track Raymond Davis by the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, which believed that Davis had crossed “a red line” and needed to be followed.

In late January, those officials say, Davis was asked to leave an area of Lahore restricted by the military. His cell phone was tracked, said one government official, and some of his calls were made to the Waziristan tribal areas, where the Pakistani Taliban and a dozen other militant groups have a safe haven. Pakistani intelligence officials saw him as a threat who was “encroaching on their turf,” the official said.

U.S. officials dispute the story. Davis came to Pakistan on a diplomatic passport and is a “member of the technical and administrative staff” of the embassy in Islamabad. He therefore enjoys diplomatic immunity, which means he may not be tried for a crime in Pakistan. In public and in private, U.S. officials say they do not believe reports that the two men Davis shot and killed were working for the ISI. They say the men had robbed another person before they approached Davis’ car.

“We don’t find [the reports] credible,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department’s spokesman, said at his daily press briefing on Monday.

The U.S. says his detention is “illegal” and has put extreme pressure on Pakistan to release him.

According to two officials close to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, the White House has threatened to shut the U.S.’s three consulates in Pakistan and postpone the official bilateral, strategic dialogue, as well as Zardari’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

A senior U.S. official declined comment on the consulates, but acknowledged that any meeting between the Pakistani and U.S. governments would be dominated by the Davis case right now — making most bilateral meetings useless.

Last weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a mee

Did Ray Davis Shoot Two Pakistani Agents?

Pakistani Officials Claim American Killed Men Working for ISI

By NICK SCHIFRIN

Feb. 9, 2011 —

The public narrative from the United States is simple: one of its diplomats in one of the most dangerous countries in the world was threatened by two men with guns, and the diplomat shot and killed them in self-defense. He sits in jail, “illegally detained,” because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

But the version of events told by multiple Pakistani officials — and adamantly denied by the U.S. State Department — is utterly different.

The four Pakistani officials who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity say that the two men who Raymond Davis killed in Lahore last month were working for Pakistan’s premiere intelligence service, and they were following Davis because he was spying.

If true, their story dramatically changes the nature of an incident that is already severely straining the two countries’ already tumultuous relationship. Davis’s detention is fraying the U.S. alliance with Pakistan, one of the most delicate and important in the world. U.S. and Pakistani officials both admit the fate of Raymond Davis could threaten an alliance that is critical to the war in Afghanistan and the fight against al Qaeda.

According to the Pakistani officials, the two men had been sent to track Raymond Davis by the Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, which believed that Davis had crossed “a red line” and needed to be followed.

In late January, those officials say, Davis was asked to leave an area of Lahore restricted by the military. His cell phone was tracked, said one government official, and some of his calls were made to the Waziristan tribal areas, where the Pakistani Taliban and a dozen other militant groups have a safe haven. Pakistani intelligence officials saw him as a threat who was “encroaching on their turf,” the official said.

U.S. officials dispute the story. Davis came to Pakistan on a diplomatic passport and is a “member of the technical and administrative staff” of the embassy in Islamabad. He therefore enjoys diplomatic immunity, which means he may not be tried for a crime in Pakistan. In public and in private, U.S. officials say they do not believe reports that the two men Davis shot and killed were working for the ISI. They say the men had robbed another person before they approached Davis’ car.

“We don’t find [the reports] credible,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department’s spokesman, said at his daily press briefing on Monday.

The U.S. says his detention is “illegal” and has put extreme pressure on Pakistan to release him.

According to two officials close to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, the White House has threatened to shut the U.S.’s three consulates in Pakistan and postpone the official bilateral, strategic dialogue, as well as Zardari’s upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

A senior U.S. official declined comment on the consulates, but acknowledged that any meeting between the Pakistani and U.S. governments would be dominated by the Davis case right now — making most bilateral meetings useless.

Last weekend Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, according to two U.S. officials.

Men Followed Davis For Two Hours, Says Official

Davis was traveling through a lower middle class part of Lahore on Thursday, Jan. 27, when the incident took place. The men he shot had been following him for at least two hours, one of the Pakistani officials claimed, and recorded some of his movements on their cell phone cameras. Davis has a U.S. Special Forces background and runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides “loss and risk management professionals.”

The U.S. embassy in Islamabad refused to respond to questions about why Davis was armed, who he had been calling, or whether he was found in a sensitive part of the Lahore cantonment.

That the ISI sent the equivalent of two hired guns to trail Davis is a sign that the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies is at a low point, according to all four officials quoted in this article. In October, the ISI helped reveal the name of the CIA station chief — inadvertently, according to a separate, senior Pakistani official — forcing the station chief to leave the country.

The two men’s alleged connection to the intelligence services was first reported by a Pakistani newspaper, the Express Tribune.

The U.S. has also threatened Pakistan’s military with cutting off some of its aid if Davis is not released. Last week, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Buck McKeon, R.-California, traveled to Pakistan and met with Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, the Pakistan Army chief of staff, as well as Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.

McKeon and the congressional delegation pointed out that U.S. anger could extend to the floor of the House if Davis is not released  and that could threaten the Pakistani military’s more than $2 billion in aid per year.

McKeon said that he “could foresee a member of Congress coming to the floor and offering an amendment to strike military funding for Pakistan,” an aide to the House Armed Services Committee told ABC News.

U.S.: Pakistan Fears Unrest If Ray Davis Released

The U.S. officials who deny that the men Davis shot were intelligence officials believe Davis is being held despite his diplomatic immunity because of fears that releasing him might cause domestic unrest. He is being held in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, where Zardari’s chief political opposition controls the provincial assembly. Some of the government’s political opponents — as well as some parts of the Pakistani media — benefit from stories that suggest U.S. contractors or spies operate throughout the country.

The Pakistani officials agreed with that, acknowledging that Davis’ release could at least temporarily weaken the federal government and spark protests in Lahore and perhaps across the country.

Adding to the pressure on Pakistan not to release Davis, the wife of one of the men he killed committed suicide Sunday by taking a tablet usually used to keep grain in a silo from going bad in the winter. When she first arrived at the hospital she was still able to speak, and her doctors allowed television reporters to interview her. She released a diatribe of hate to describe why she swallowed the tablet.

“I do not expect any justice from this government,” Shumaila Kanwal said. “That is why I want to kill myself.

“I want blood for blood,” she said. “The way my husband was shot, his killer should be shot in the same fashion.”

Last Thursday, Davis appeared in court without a translator and without prior notification to the U.S., the Islamabad embassy said in a statement. U.S. officials say those events convinced them Davis could not receive a fair trial in Pakistan. The judge extended his detention for another eight days. He is next scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Feb. 9.

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Timeline: The Raymond Davis Case

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US consulate employee Raymond Davis is escorted by police and officials out of court after facing a judge in Lahore, in this January 28, 2011 file photo. The American who is suspected of killing two Pakistani men last week will be held for eight more days to allow for more investigation, a prosecutor said on Thursday, despite US insistence the man has diplomatic immunity. The case has become the latest test of ties between the two countries with anti-US groups demanding the Pakistani government resists US calls to free him. – Reuters Photo

Here is a brief outline on the recent major events that have taken place during the mysterious case of Raymond Davis:

Jan 26: Raymond Davis, an American official, allegedly shot two robbers in self-defence in a market area in Lahore. Davis called for help and the second vehicle got into a fatal accident with a pedestrian and fled the scene. Onlookers gathered around Davis and took his footage and the bullet-ridden vehicle. Police came to the scene and took Davis into custody for a statement.

Jan 27: Raymond Davis is held by police authorities for the shootings. Different sources claim that Davis is not a diplomat and cannot carry any type of weapons. The US embassy confirms his employment as a technical adviser. However, police authorities did say that Davis was held-up at gunpoint and reacted in self-defence.

Jan 29: US officials claim that Raymond Davis has diplomatic status in Pakistan, referring to Vienna Convention. But sources said that Davis did not have diplomatic status per se. Davis is remanded still under custody with Pakistani police authorities.

Jan 30: Prime Minister Yousef Gilani does not comment on the Davis arrest until officials confirm his identity and status in Pakistan as a foreigner. Many media personnel allege that the vague circumstances surrounding Davis could possibly mean that Davis might be a CIA agent.

Jan 31: ABC News in the US and the Huffington Post report that Davis was part of a security firm in Florida, which had a vague background leading to more reports of a possible CIA connection. The government has not decided to hand in Raymond David to US officials. Local lawyers call for a trial.

Feb 1: President Zardari announces that Pakistan will decide the fate of Raymond Davis while the US demands the diplomat Raymond Davis returned. Lahore High Court blocks any moves made by international parties to remove Raymond Davis from Pakistan’s custody. Interior Minister Rehman Malik reiterates that Pakistan will make the decision on Davis. Prime Minister Gilani says that US pressure is not part of the decision making process for the Davis case.

Feb 2: Interior Minister Rehman Malik states that Raymond Davis holds a diplomatic passport. The LHC extends Davis’s remand in Pakistani custody.

Feb 3: US embassy states that Davis has diplomatic immunity.

Feb 4: Pakistani government sources claim that Raymond Davis’s diplomatic immunity seems “dubious.”

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US denies threatening Haqqani with expulsion from Washington over Davis affair

Pakistan News.Net
Saturday 12th February, 2011 (ANI)

The United States has denied reports that President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Tom Donilon delivered a presidential threat to Pakistan that it must release double-murder accused US diplomat Raymond Davis by Friday or face the consequences.

According to a ABC News report, two Pakistani officials involved in negotiations about Davis said that Donilon summoned Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, to the White House on Monday evening, and told him that the US will kick Haqqani out of the country, close US consulates in Pakistan and cancel Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s upcoming visit to Washington if the detained US embassy employee is not released from custody by Friday.

In a press release titled “Correction for the record”, the US Embassy in Islamabad said that ABC News carried a story regarding a conversation in Washington between senior US and Pakistani officials.

“Although we are unable to discuss the substance of a private diplomatic meeting, U.S. Embassy Islamabad can state categorically that the description of the conversation in this report is simply inaccurate,” the US Embassy added.

Haqqani also denied the report, saying: “While the US side has let its position be known to us, at no stage has any threat been made to me by any US official at any level and our dialogue continues.”

“The US and Pakistan remain partners and we look forward to resolving the Raymond Davis case in accordance with international and Pakistani law and in the spirit of our countries’ friendship,” Haqqani was quoted, as telling a news agency.

According to the ABC report, US officials believe that Davis’ life is in danger the longer he spends time in a Lahore jail cell, the target of anti-American resentment from Pakistani citizens, some of whom have called for the US national to be executed.

“Our first fear is that the sentiment of the street in Pakistan is, ‘Let’s take him and hang him,’” said a current senior US official, according to whom administration officials fear that the Pakistan government lacks control over the Lahore municipal police, who have Davis in custody. (ANI)

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Lahore shooting: Three more Americans barred from fleeing Pakistan

Published: February 7, 2011

Policemen stand next to a car, which police said a U.S consulate employee was travelling in when he was engaged in a shoot-out, after it was brought to a police station in Lahore. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The government has barred three more Americans from travelling outside Pakistan on allegations that they were in the vehicle that crushed a man to death in Lahore immediately after Raymond Davis, a detained US citizen, was involved in a shootout that killed two other men.

The Punjab government has asked the federal government’s assistance in securing the custody of the three American men who are accused of trampling a motorcyclist to death while they drove to try and rescue Raymond Davis, who is accused of killing two men in Lahore.

“The interior ministry has placed the name of the three Americans, including the driver of the US consulate in Lahore, on the exit control list,” said one federal interior ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Putting a name on the exit control list (ECL) legally empowers the government to prevent that person from leaving the country. Raymond Davis is currently in the custody of the Punjab police in Lahore and awaiting trial for murder.

“We have sought access to get custody of these accused because they are wanted by the Punjab police in connection to the Raymond Davis case,” said Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab Senator Pervez Rashid. He added that the preliminary investigation report has been sent to the federal government.

The federal interior ministry, through the Foreign Office, has also written to the US consulate asking for the three accused Americans to be handed over to the Punjab police, said the interior ministry official. He declined to name the three individuals, however, saying that it might compromise the investigation.

Meanwhile, the US embassy in Pakistan said that they were not aware of these developments.

“We have not received any such information on the issue as yet,” said Courtney Beale, acting spokesperson of the US embassy in Islamabad.

Both the United States and Pakistan governments are handling the situation with some caution, given the popular reaction against Raymond Davis. While the US government claims that Davis has diplomatic immunity, the court in Lahore has yet to adjudicate on the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2011.

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Shafqat Mahmood
Friday, February 11, 2011

The American Embassy in Islamabad and the Pakistan Foreign Office have declared that relations between the two countries are strong. This is a sure sign that they are not. Diplomacy and doublespeak often go together.

The ‘Raymond Davis’ affair – the name in inverted commas because who knows what his real identity is – has blindsided both governments. It is literally a bolt from the blue and most unwelcome for all concerned. There were enough issues to sort out already. This imbroglio has made it more difficult.

Both parties have good reasons to take a stand although no one is particularly happy about it. Events are just forcing them in a direction they cannot avoid. The Americans have to stand by their undercover operative to avoid a negative impact on others assigned similar missions. The Pakistanis have to worry about a political fallout that could be severely damaging.

Whether ‘Raymond Davis’ has diplomatic immunity would now be determined by the Lahore High Court but there is little doubt that he was on an undercover assignment. This by itself is not unusual; most countries have similar operatives. His exposure and involvement in the killings has exposed a schism that has been brewing for some time between the two countries.

The Americans are deeply suspicious about the cooperation that the Pakistani intelligence agencies have been extending in the campaign against Al Qaeda and other extremist organisations. They often accuse them of duplicity through leaked stories in the American media that suggest shadowy links between for example, the ISI and radical groups.

The Pakistanis deny this vehemently and ask for proof that the Americans have been unable to provide. They are also deeply offended by the cases initiated against the DG ISI in American courts. This development and the unending stream of allegations against the ISI are seen as a pressure tactic employed to put the organisation on the defensive.

This uneasy relationship between the intelligence agencies of the two countries prompted the Americans to seek an increase in their undercover personnel in Pakistan. It was resisted and for a long time visa applications put up by the American government were not approved.

This led to a standoff with the Americans claiming that they cannot provide aid unless they have people in place to monitor it. The message was clear; allow our people to come in or money will not flow. The Pakistani government finally caved in and since then there has been a surge in American footprint on the ground.

The ‘Raymond Davis’ episode was waiting to happen. With a sizeable number of American undercover operatives moving freely in the country, problems were bound to occur. It started at security checkpoints where they would refuse to identify themselves or get their vehicles searched. There were a number of standoffs.

People like Raymond Davis, operating alone, were particularly vulnerable to a serious incident. One, an unaccompanied white person would attract attention, not only of curious passersby, but also of petty criminals wanting an easy score. This could have been the reason Mr Davis was accosted in Lahore.

Secondly, someone on an undercover assignment and all by himself has greater propensity to feel paranoid. Trained to react instinctively to real or perceived danger, he or she is more likely to reach for a gun under pressure, as compared to an ordinary tourist. The surprise is not that the Davis incident happened; more that other such incidents have not occurred.

How far will this go and how would it affect Pak-US relations? After the Lahore High Court has taken cognizance of the matter, there is no way that the provincial or the federal government can just release Mr Davis. American pressure for his instant release demonstrates a degree of contempt for Pakistani institutions. Maybe, the political wing in the embassy, which should have better reading of the situation, can advise everyone that the government cannot dictate to the judiciary.

It seems to me that the federal government is veering toward granting him diplomatic immunity. But, the problem is that if the court considers the reasoning unsatisfactory, there is not much that the government will be able to do.

If such an eventuality does occur, it would be, for PPP government, the worst of both worlds; getting negative political fallout without actually securing Davis’ release. It needs to have a solid immunity case before it even considers going to court. Since national security is involved, it would be wise to seek a preliminary hearing in camera to test the waters

The Punjab government is sitting pretty because it has basically gone by the book. Since the federal government dithered about the immunity question, there was little choice for it but to register a case and keep Mr Davis in custody. It has provided consular access but has continued with the investigation. On a political plane, the PML N and Mr Shahbaz Sharif have nothing to lose. The Americans may not think too much of them, but a strong and principled stand plays well on the Pakistani street.

Will this episode affect Pak-US relations? It is obvious that the American government is very keen on Mr Davis’ speedy release. With every passing day, more details of his activities are emerging that do not reflect well on the US in the public eye. But, a quick release seems unlikely. Whatever determination is made by the foreign office will have to be adjudicated in court. This could take time.

There is also the unresolved matter of the unfortunate bystander crushed by the consulate vehicle. This may also fall within the ambit of diplomatic immunity but so far no information has been provided by the American government. It remains a sticking point until it is resolved.

Assuming that there is no quick solution, where would Pak-US relations stand? The simple fact is that both countries need each other pretty desperately. Pared down to the bare minimum, US needs the transit facilities to its troops in Afghanistan that cannot be easily replicated. It also needs Pakistan’s cooperation to make progress in the war in Afghanistan. Lastly, it worries about militancy in Pakistan and would like to remain engaged.

The Pakistani government is desperately short of money and needs every bit it can get from the US, from its European allies, from the IMF and other multilateral institutions. The key to all this assistance lies in the hands of the United States. Someone correctly remarked that sovereignty is not only of territory but of being able to pay one’s bills. The Pakistani government is in the sad state of not being able to do so.

Thus, in case of a serious standoff both countries will have a lot to lose. But then, the US is a superpower and has more options. Pakistan’s desperate economic straits make it more vulnerable. Even so, in the event of such a standoff, neither side will emerge a winner. It would be best for the US to understand the imperatives of the Davis case and wait patiently for a resolution.

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Raymond Davis is an American Terrorist

by Guest Post on January 29, 2011

America should be feel ashamed that they are sending Terrorist to Pakistan, Raymond David is an American terrorist who shot at 2 persons at Qartaba Chowk, Lahore and one of American consulate driver hit another bike rider while driving rashly on one way road. The motorcyclist Ubaidur Rehman was killed on the spot while other two injured — Faizan Haider and an unidentified person — succumbed to their injuries in the Services Hospital.

My Questions are:

According to Pakistani Law No diplomat is allowed to travel while carrying gun or any other explosive material in Pakistan, where as  Raymond Davis was travelling while having 9MM Gun with him in Lahore. WHY?

When he was arrested he said that he has US diplomat visa but this time he came on personal visit visa. But today American Consulate said that he was on Diplomat visa. HOW?

Another truth is that he was trying to escape but Police apprehended Davis from Purani Anarkali and confiscated a pistol with bullets and three mobile phones from his possession. Police have taken Raymond’s car into custody and started investigation of the incident. WHY HE WAS TRYING TO ESCAPE?

Now the last point where is the driver who killed innocent motorcyclist Ubaidur Rehman? Still US consulate didnot handover the driver as well as person to Pakistani Government.

Now the update is United States on Saturday called for the immediate release of a US citizen Raymond Davis, allegedly involved in killing of two local citizens in Lahore, it said was unlawfully detained by authorities, US embassy in Islamabad said.

Tell me putting Dr. Aafia (who is innocent)  into prison is unlawful or Raymond Davis an American Terrorist who is responsible for the death of 3 innocent people is unlawful?

This is not first time Raymond Davis was already arrested when he was trying to enter in Cantt Area of Lahore few months before.

I must say America shame on you; you know remember human right when any US citizen is in trouble. US Citizens are criminals, they killed people like Raymond Davis do. But on the other hand Dr. Aafia did not killed any one but still she is in prison.

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28 January 2011 Last updated at 13:32 ET 

US official Raymond Davis on Lahore murder charges

Pakistani police escort US national Raymond Davis (centre) to a court in Lahore on 28 January 2011 Raymond Davis says the men had been trying to hijack his vehicle at gunpoint

A US consular employee has appeared in court charged with the murder of two motorcyclists who were shot dead in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Raymond Davis told the court he had fired his gun in self-defence.

Another person was run over and killed by a vehicle carrying Mr Davis’s colleagues as they came to his aid, police and witnesses have said.

The US embassy has not named the man involved in the shooting or given his role in the Lahore consulate.

It said in a statement that a staff member had been involved in an “incident yesterday that regrettably resulted in the loss of life”.

“The US embassy is working with Pakistani authorities to determine the facts,” the statement added.

The BBC’s Syed Shoaib Hasan, in Pakistan, says a last-minute change of plan for security reasons meant that Mr Davis appeared in court in a neighbourhood within Lahore’s military garrison.

He had earlier been due to appear in a court in central Lahore.

‘Robbers’Mr Davis told the court he still feared for his life and asked it to provide necessary security. He was remanded in custody for six days.

Lahore’s police chief, Aslam Tareen, told the BBC Mr Davis was employed on “security duties” in the consulate.

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image of Syed Shoaib Hasan Syed Shoaib Hasan BBC News, Karachi 


Mr Davis has been charged with murder under section 302 of Pakistan’s law. This means that if the charges against him are proved, he faces life imprisonment and a possible death sentence.

However, if Mr Davis is a bonafide US government employee with diplomatic status, under the Vienna convention of 1961, he cannot be prosecuted. The US would need to waive his diplomatic status, for which there is thought to be no precedent.

However, there will be great pressure on the US authorities who have promised to co-operate with Pakistan in the investigation.

He did not have diplomatic immunity and was not one of the foreign security personnel allowed to carry firearms, according to the Pakistani authorities.

Mr Tareen said a Glock pistol had been recovered from Mr Davis and that pistols had also been found on the two men shot dead.

Mr Davis is said to have told police that the motorcycle rider and his pillion passenger had been trying to hijack his vehicle at gunpoint.

Police said he told officers that he had withdrawn money from a cash machine shortly before the incident.

Pakistani investigators have said the two men were probably robbers, although relatives dispute this.

The funerals of the three people killed in the incident were expected to take place on Friday.

More than 100 protesters blocked the road in the aftermath of Thursday’s incident, setting tyres ablaze.

‘Rambo goes berserk’Demonstrators later gathered outside the police station where the foreigner’s car – a white Honda Civic with a Lahore registration plate – was impounded.

Details of the shooting are still unclear, but a salesman, Mohammad Ramzan, told Dawn newspaper that he had seen a foreigner rushing from a car holding a gun.

Onlookers surrounding the motorbike after the shooting Onlookers surrounded the motorbike after the shooting

“Within seconds he trained his gun at two motorcyclists standing at the Qurtaba Chowk traffic signal and opened fire,” Mr Ramzan said.

Police said that the foreigner had used a radio to call colleagues for help immediately after the shooting – and that a second consular car turned up to rescue him.

It is believed the third person killed was run over by the vehicle as it sped to his aid.

The foreigner had tried to flee the scene, but two traffic wardens chased and detained him nearby before handing him over to police, chief traffic officer Ahmad Mobeen told Dawn.

One of the shot motorcyclists has been identified in the Pakistani media as Faizan Haider, who was thought to be in his early 20s.

His older brother reportedly said the dead man had only ever carried a pistol for personal protection, and that the firearm was licensed.

“My brother was innocent, he was not a criminal. We need justice,” he was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

A headline in The Nation, a right-wing newspaper that often publishes anti-American commentary, said, “‘American Rambo’ goes berserk in Lahore”. It described Mr David as an undercover US spy.

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Our correspondent says the incident could inflame anti-American sentiment in the country.

Many Pakistanis resent the US because of regular air strikes carried out by its drone aircraft in north-west Pakistan, and because of America’s role in neighbouring Afghanistan.

State department spokesman Philip Crowley told journalists in Washington: “We want to make sure that a tragedy like this does not affect the strategic partnership that we’re building with Pakistan.”

“And we’ll work as hard as we can to explain that to the Pakistani people.”

But Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the US would not be allowed to sway Pakistani authorities’ handling of the incident.

“We have also asked the US consulate to hand over the other vehicle and driver who crushed to death a motorcyclist passing by,” he told the BBC Urdu service.

“We intend to deal with the culprits under Pakistani law, and no external or internal pressure will be tolerated.” He added that the pistol recovered from Mr Davis was illegal, carrying separate charges.

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Was Raymond Davis Spying on Pakistan’s Babur Missile?

By: Jim White Thursday February 10, 2011 6:16 am

As the diplomatic tussle between the United States and Pakistan over US demands for the release of Raymond Davis continues, it is interesting to note that their are varying reports of what Davis had in his possession (photos here) at the time he was arrested after shooting dead two Pakistanis on the streets of Lahore on January 27. Varying reports mention a GPS tracker, a GPS navigation system or a phone tracker, along with a telescope and digital cameras said to have photos of “sensitive” locations. In a very interesting development, we learn from multiple sources that on Thursday Pakistan successfully test-fired its Hatf VII cruise missile, which it also calls “Babur”. When the Express Tribune first reported that Davis’ victims were from the intelligence community (which ISI has since denied and threatened the paper with legal action), the Washington Post followed up by mentioning that Davis was trailed and confronted because he had “crossed a red line“. Was gathering information on the impending test firing of the Babur missile that red line?

Pakistan has a history of developing missiles intended to be used with their nuclear weapons. This report (caution, it is old and dates from 1999 and quotes material from the Rumsfeld Commision) is interesting for where it states that M-11 missiles from China were seen:

The Rumsfeld Commission confirmed that complete M-11 missiles were sent to Pakistan from China. Pakistan has reportedly received more than 30 M-11s, which have been observed in boxes at Pakistan’s Sargodha Air Force Base west of Lahore. Intelligence officials believe Chinese M11s have probably been in Pakistan since November 1992, when China was “reconsidering” its stance on missile exports after the sale of U.S. F-16 aircraft to Taiwan. Since then, Pakistan has been constructing maintenance facilities, launchers and storage sheds for the missiles, all with Chinese help. China and Pakistan deny these reports.

Pakistan calls the M-11 the Hatf-III. The missile has a range of more than 300 km and a payload of 500 kg. It is a two-stage, solid-propelled missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The missile was reportedly test-fired in July 1997.

Of importance is the fact that the missiles were said to be at an air base west of Lahore. Now for the description of the sensitive photos Davis took:

“During the course of investigation, police retrieved photographs of some sensitive areas and defence installations from Davis’ camera,” a source told The Express Tribune requesting anonymity. “Photos of the strategic Balahisar Fort, the headquarters of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Peshawar and of Pakistan Army’s bunkers on the Eastern border with India were found in the camera,” the source added.

So, just a few weeks after Davis may have provoked Pakistan intelligence into a confrontation with him, perhaps over sensitive photos he may have been observed taking in the Lahore area, Pakistan test-fires a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead:

Pakistan Thursday successfully tested a nuclear-capable cruise missile with a range of up to 600 km, a military official said.

The Hatf-VII missile, also called Babur after the 16th-century Muslim ruler who founded the Mughal Empire, was fired from an undisclosed location, said Major General Athar Abbas, a military spokesman.

This story goes on to mention that the nuclear-capable Hatf V, with a range of 1300 km was tested in December. And the story points out that most of Pakistan’s missiles “are deployed toward India”, which means that the Lahore area, on the Indian border, is a likely site.

It will be very interesting to see if the US comments on the test-firing.

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Strangely, the more we get to know about the case of Raymond Davis, the less we seem to know. Even more strangely, the fact that the entire incident happened in broad daylight and in front of dozens of witnesses seems is itself confusing the facts rather than adding clarity. Moreover, it seems that no one seems to want to get much clarity either; although different parties may want different parts of the story to ‘disappear.’ The incident was rather eerie and disturbing to begin with; and it continues to become more so.

Here is what one does know. Raymond Davis, a staff member of the US Consulate in Lahore shot two Pakistani men dead on Thursday in a crowded part of Lahore (Mozang Chowk), according to him in self-defense. A US Consulate vehicle that rushed in to ‘rescue’ Mr. David then ran over a third person, who also died. A murder case was then registered against Raymond Davis, who was handed into police custody. A case has also been registered against the driver of the US Consulate vehicle that ran over a third person, but the driver has not yet been apprehended. After a fair deal of scrambling by both US and Pakistani officials on what to do or say, the positions of both have now started becoming clear and they have taken the stance that is usually taken in such cases: the US is asking that Raymond Davis, as a diplomatic functionary, should be handed back to them; Pakistan seems to be responding that the matter is sub judice and should take its course.

Beyond that, there are more questions than answers. For most part, these questions fall into three categories: (1) Questions about who is Raymond Davis? (2) Questions about exactly what happened at Mozang, Lahore? (3) Questions about what should happen now ?

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S Iftikhar Murshed
Monday, February 14, 2011

There has been stern criticism as well as exaggerated approbation on my article of February 7 in this newspaper on the Raymond Davis incident. The criticism was more instructive than the appreciation in as much as it demonstrated that unbridled emotion, no matter how sincere and spontaneous, impedes rational discourse. The reality is that the situation has rapidly deteriorated into a full blown diplomatic crisis which is becoming more serious by the day.

This is evident from reports in the American print media, aired as breaking news by almost all Pakistani television channels, that if Davis is not released by February 11, Washington would close its consulates in Pakistan, ask Ambassador Haqqani to leave the US, and cancel President Zardari’s visit to Washington. Though this was denied by the US Embassy in Islamabad, it highlights the escalating tension between the two countries.

Under dispute is whether or not Raymond Davis is entitled to diplomatic immunity after shooting dead two allegedly armed men, Muhammad Faheem and Faizan Haider, in Lahore, on the presumption that they were about to do him harm. A third fatality was that of a man crushed by a US Consulate vehicle speeding helter-skelter down the wrong end of a one-way road in a desperate attempt to reach Davis.

The Shakespearian soliloquy “when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions,” proved depressingly true with yet another related death. In desperation, Faheem’s grief-stricken 18-year-old widow, Shumaila Kanwal, committed suicide on February 6. As she breathed her last, she lamented that she did not “expect any justice from this government” and pleaded: “I want blood for blood. The way my husband was shot, the killer should be shot in the same fashion”. This heart rending tragedy has further inflamed public anger and is fraught with serious consequences.

It is possible that Shumaila might not have taken her own life had the federal government, and more specifically, the foreign office, come forth with the facts. She did not “expect any justice from this government” because she was unaware of the whole truth which was drowned by her overpowering grief and the din of the popular outcry against the killings. No person in authority dared to state publicly that: (i) Raymond Davis had no apparent motive to kill her husband and his companion other than the claim that he perceived a threat to his life from them and had acted in self-defence; (ii) the right of self-defence is conceded by the Pakistan Penal Code; (iii) the argument advanced by some commentators that the response to a perceived life threat should be proportionate is nebulous, vague, and cannot be quantified, and; (iv) if Davis is a member of the technical staff of the US Embassy as claimed by the Americans, he has diplomatic immunity under article 37 (2) of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Silence on the part of the government fuelled sensational media reports as a result of which emotions soared sky high. The tragedy has been exploited with abandon by politicians, retired bureaucrats and military officials, commentators and intellectuals alike mostly for no higher motive than self-projection. The refrain that has been reiterated time and again in television talk shows is that Pakistan is a sovereign country, it must therefore stand up to US pressure and enforce its laws. This is as it should be, but the ground realities are somewhat different. The state has surrendered territorial sovereignty to terrorist groups in parts of the tribal areas, ideological and perhaps even political sovereignty to the religious right, and economic sovereignty to external donors.

Excessive caution and prevarication have generated a diplomatic crisis which could have been avoided had the government come out openly on whether or not Davis has diplomatic immunity. Its Hamlet-like indecision has placed it in a situation where it has to navigate through treacherous waters and the options available are not only limited but also difficult. If Davis is released under American pressure, the government may not be able to withstand the tidal wave of protests particularly after the Shumaila Kanwal suicide. The beneficiaries would be the extremist elements who would unleash a reign of nationwide terror. There would be more violence, more suicide bombings, more target killings and the ongoing military operations against terrorist outfits would receive a severe setback.

Should the government stand firm and proceed with Davis’ trial, the consequences would be equally disastrous. The bitter truth is that Pakistan, which spends a trillion rupees more than it earns and has one of the lowest tax to GDP ratios in the world, is dependent for its survival on external assistance by far the biggest portion of which comes either directly from the United States or through American-controlled international financial institutions. According to Christine Fair of the Georgetown University, it is a pity that Pakistan, which has sufficient resources of its own, “must grovel at the table of the International Monetary Fund and other multilateral and bilateral donors.” If Washington were to terminate, or even curtail, economic and military aid, not only would the government collapse but the country would hurtle towards chaos and anarchy. In such an eventuality, the only winners would again be the terrorist groups.

There is however a possible face-saving way out of this situation. The Gordian Knot can still be cut but it entails initial compromise by Pakistan which can always be followed by decisive action to assert its sovereignty. The compromise lies in conceding diplomatic immunity to Raymond Davis as per article 37 (2) of the Vienna Convention. Islamabad would have fulfilled its obligations under international law because of the official notification by the US government that Davis is a member of the technical staff at its embassy in Islamabad.

The firm course of action would involve promptly declaring Raymond Davis persona non grata. Under article 9 of the Convention: “The receiving State may at any time and without having to explain its decision notify the sending State that the head of mission or any member of the diplomatic staff is persona non grata or that any other member of the staff of the mission is not acceptable.” If the sending state does not comply with this demand, the receiving state is not obliged to recognise the person as a member of the mission and may therefore initiate legal proceedings against him.

For such an outcome, Washington would also have to make concessions. Since it has claimed that Davis is a member of the technical staff at the US Embassy in Islamabad, it should apologise for the deaths its officials have caused. Second, it should give a public assurance that Davis and the persons in the speeding vehicle, if they are American nationals, will face trial in the US. If they are locally recruited, then they should be handed over to the Pakistani government so they can be brought to justice.

These measures have to be taken quickly. The longer the delay, the more intense the popular outrage is likely to become. Procrastination is not only the thief of time, but it also eliminates opportunities which usually exist only for a brief moment.

The writer publishes Criterion quarterly. Email: iftimurshed@ gmail.com

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Raymond Davis jailed on 14-day judicial remand

A heavy police deployment guarded the court premises as Raymond Davis was presented in court. –Photo by AP

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday sent US official, Raymond Davis to jail on a 14-day judicial remand, after police wrapped up a double murder investigation into the shootings of two men, the prosecution said.

“He has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. The next hearing will be on February 25,” Punjab government prosecutor Abdul Samad told reporters.

“He is being sent to central jail Kot Lakhpat,” said police official Suhail Sukhera in reference to the high-security prison in the eastern city of Lahore, where the US official confessed to shooting two men in self-defence last month.

Punjab Prosecutor Abdus Samad says the judge also has ordered that the Pakistani government clarify whether or not the man enjoys diplomatic immunity, as the US says he does, AFP reports.

The US says the American, identified by Pakistanis as Raymond Davis, shot two Pakistanis dead in late January in self-defense because they were trying to rob him.

Washington insists his detention is illegal under international agreements covering diplomatic immunity.

The case has inflamed the fractious relationship between Islamabad and Washington, which are allies in the war against extremist insurgents in Afghanistan.

On January 27, Raymond Davis, a staffer at the US consulate-general in Lahore, shot dead two Pakistani men who he said were trying to rob him in broad daylight on the streets of the city.

A third Pakistani was run over and killed by a US consular vehicle coming to aid Davis, who was instead taken into Pakistani police custody.

But in what has become a political time-bomb, the government in Islamabad is under enormous domestic pressure to see Davis go on trial and local lawyers argue that diplomatic immunity can be waived for grave crimes.

The deaths sparked protests in Pakistan, where the alliance with Washington is hugely unpopular and anti-American sentiment runs high, fuelled by US missile attacks on extremists in the northwest.

The wife of Mohammed Faheem, one of the two men shot dead by Davis, committed suicide on Sunday by taking poison. Doctors said that before she died, Shumaila Faheem told them she feared Davis would be released without trial.

“We want blood for blood,” she had told Pakistani television.

Davis has previously been held on an eight-day police remand. The previous remand period expired today

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Raymond Davis incident: What sort of diplomat carries a loaded gun?

The shooting of two Pakistani men in Lahore by a mysterious American citizen risks undermining US Afghan strategy, writes Rob Crilly.

What sort of 'diplomat' carries a loaded gun?; Pakistani police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore; EPA 

Pakistani police escort Raymond Davis to a court in Lahore Photo: EPA
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By Rob Crilly 11:32AM GMT 01 Feb 2011

It’s difficult to know which country is in more of a tizz, Pakistan or the US, following the arrest of an American “diplomat” for shooting dead two Pakistanis in Lahore last week. It is desperately embarrassing for both and could not come at a worse time – just as the US needs all the help in get from Islamabad if it wants to start bringing home its troops from Afghanistan later this year. But now the diplomatic spat caused by Raymond Davis threatens to further undermine an already awkward alliance.

As usual in Pakistan, much of the detail is murky, shrouded in layers of intrigue and conspiracy theory. But here’s what we know…

Davis was arrested last Thursday. He was driving a Honda Civic alone through Lahore when two men pulled alongside him on a motorbike at traffic lights. According to the US embassy in Islamabad, he saw that one of them had a gun. Apparently fearing that he was about to be robbed, he opened fire, killing both. When US officials arrived to rescue him from a growing mob, they ran over a bystander, resulting in a third death. (I think we can assume that the driver of the second vehicle is no longer in Pakistan.)

Davis remains in custody, while Pakistan is refusing requests to release him on the ground of diplomatic immunity.

This is desperately bad news for the leadership of both countries. This week President Asif Ali Zardari said it was a matter for the courts. However, he knows his regime is propped up by American financial aid and his military risks being overrun by the militant threat with US backing. Snubbing Washington in this way is a disaster. But Zardari is a weak man and an even weaker leader. He dare not alienate the religious right and the rabid talkshow hosts who would seize on the release of Davis as an example of how Pakistan is run by Western puppet masters.

And for America, the case risks revealing many awkward truths. Who exactly is Raymond Davis, described by the US as a member of “technical and administrative staff”? What sort of “diplomat” carries a weapon? What was he doing driving alone through Lahore? Was he actually working for a private military contractor, Hyperion? Was he meeting an informer? Such is the panic, that last week the State Department spokesman denied his name was even “Raymond Davis”. Then this week, a spokeswoman for the embassy in Islamabad said Crowley had not denied the name was “Raymond Davis”.

The result is a diplomatic mess that goes beyond mere embarrassment. It could even threaten this year’s Afghan strategy. If it is to consolidate early gains from the military surge, the Pentagon needs Pakistan to move against militant havens on its side of the border. It needs Pakistan to provide an anvil to American troops’ hammer in Afghanistan. But being seen to do the bidding of Washington is always awkward for Pakistan’s political leaders, which have to operate against a backdrop of widespread hostility towards the West and the constant threat of Taliban terrorist attacks.

Releasing Davis on the grounds of diplomatic immunity risks unleashing Pakistan’s darkest forces, further undermining one of the world’s most important alliances. But in Pakistan the truth will remain hidden, leaving the conspiracy theorists to fill in the blanks.

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Discussion of ‘Raymond Davis’: Pictures and talk-show clips

Republican Palace, American Embassy Annex, US ...Blackwater operatives in action

Th entire the spectrum of the Pakistani media is discussing the case of “Raymond Davis”.  Even usually Pro-American TV stations like Dawn News are discussing the issue from the Pakistani point of view and has showed documentation which is invalidates the  the US perspective. There have been colossal demonstrations all over Pakistan. Various political parties in including the PMLN have promised that if “Ramond Davis” is released, the government of PM Gilani will fall.

Here are the key points made in the various videos and talk-shows which show the actual pictures of his “Business Visa”. According to the Vienna Convention he cannot claim diplomatic immunity if on a false passport with a false identity. If “consultant” has failed to declare his whereabouts, he has not followed the law of the land, and then he is violating all procedures of immunity. The 2nd vehicle killed a third Pakistani. Information on that vehicle or the driver has not been handed over to Pakistan.

  • The US State Department divulges that “Raymond Davis” is an alias.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to have aliases and divulge their true identity. Using false names to get a visa from Pakistan is a violation of the Immigration Laws of Pakistan.
  • Diplomats are not allowed to carry weapons. He was carrying unlicensed arms. No one has “diplomatic immunity” when he is or she is not involved in diplomatic activities.
  • When Blackwater was banned, several agencies like “Hyperion Protective Consulting” were floated. Mr. “Davis” is listed as a co-owner of this mercenary service.
  • Mr. “Ramond Davis” was not on the list of US diplomats kept in the Pakistan Foreign Office.
  • The US state department called Mr. Davis an “employee”, while Mr. Davis admitted to be a “Consultant”.
  • US had forced about 500 Visas without a proper investigation. “Mr. Davis” was one of the visas. This was a colossal issue during the passage of the Kerry Lugar Bill.
  • Pakistan has never accepted the Diplomatic Immunity of Mr. “Raymond Davis”.
  • Even diplomats are not immune from crimes like murder.
  • The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa had informed Mr. “Davis”  to leave Peshawar.
  • Mr. “Davis” was a well trained marksman and shot the two people in the back. The bullets are illegal.
  • The number plate of the car following him were false.

The videos show the actual passport of Mr. “Raymond Davis” and display the fact that he had a “Business Visa”.

Shireen Mazari on “Raymond Davis”:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MtBmyMgKOo&NR=1

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Who is Raymond Davis?

Strangely, the more we get to know about the case of Raymond Davis, the less we seem to know. Even more strangely, the fact that the entire incident happened in broad daylight and in front of dozens of witnesses seems is itself confusing the facts rather than adding clarity. Moreover, it seems that no one seems to want to get much clarity either; although different parties may want different parts of the story to ‘disappear.’ The incident was rather eerie and disturbing to begin with; and it continues to become more so.Here is what one does know. Raymond Davis, a staff member of the US Consulate in Lahore shot two Pakistani men dead on Thursday in a crowded part of Lahore (Mozang Chowk), according to him in self-defense. A US Consulate vehicle that rushed in to ‘rescue’ Mr. David then ran over a third person, who also died. A murder case was then registered against Raymond Davis, who was handed into police custody. A case has also been registered against the driver of the US Consulate vehicle that ran over a third person, but the driver has not yet been apprehended. After a fair deal of scrambling by both US and Pakistani officials on what to do or say, the positions of both have now started becoming clear and they have taken the stance that is usually taken in such cases: the US is asking that Raymond Davis, as a diplomatic functionary, should be handed back to them; Pakistan seems to be responding that the matter is sub judice and should take its course.Beyond that, there are more questions than answers. For most part, these questions fall into three categories: (1) Questions about who is Raymond Davis? (2) Questions about exactly what happened at Mozang, Lahore? (3) Questions about what should happen now ? 

On the first question, earliest reports suggested that Raymond Davis was a “technical adviser” and a “consular” official. More recently, US Embassy officials have described him as a “functionary” of the Embassy assigned to the US Consulate in Lahore and carrying a US Diplomatic passport. Reportedly he was hired at the US Consulate in Lahore as a security contractor from a Florida-based firm Hyperion Protective Consultants. All of this has material relevance to whether he would enjoy diplomatic immunity or not, but even more because of the apprehensions of many Pakistanis that he could be linked to the CIA or to the infamous firm Blackwater (later renamed XE Services).

And that leads squarely to the second question: what exactly was happening at Mozang? Very much in line with the immediate knee-jerk reaction of many Pakistanis, an early commentary by Jeff Stein in The Washington Post seemed to suggest rather fancifully that the shootout could have been a “Spy rendezvous gone bad?” That would be a conspiracy theory, but not an entirely implausible one. Mozang is not a part of town that you would expect too many foreigners, let alone a US official, visiting; and certainly not in what was reportedly a rented private vehicle. And while Pakistan today is clearly an unsafe place, the question of just why an Embassy official was carrying a firearm be wished away. On the other hand, however, Mr. Davis claims that he shot in self defense as the two men on the motorcycle were trying to rob him at gun point. Anyone who knows Pakistan knows all too well that this, too, is entirely possible. TV footage and reports coming immediately after the incident showed one of the young men lying dead with a revolver and wearing an ammunition belt. And certainly, the question of why at least one of the two young men on the motorcycle was carrying a loaded firearm cannot be wished away just because he had “dushmani.” Indeed, serious questions need to be asked about just who the two young men on the motorcycle were, just as they need to be asked about who Raymond Davis is. There just seem to be too many unnecessary weapons in too much proximity in this story. All of the many explanations that are floating around are very disturbing, but also very plausible. Which is exactly why this story is even more dangerous if left unresolved.

Finally, the third question – which is now getting the most attention – about what should happen now. Much is being made – maybe too much – about the Vienna Convention and its implications for diplomatic immunity. Familiar diplomatic games about the minutia of vocabulary are being played and will in most likelihood result in all too familiar results. That is exactly what one would expect in any such situation anywhere. But this is not ‘any‘ situation’; and this is not ‘anywhere‘. This is about US-Pakistan relations: there is just about nothing that the US can say or do which Pakistanis are likely to believe, and there is just about nothing that Pakistan can say or do which Americans are likely to trust. Which is why getting stuck in the intricacies of the Vienna Convention of 1963 is the exact wrong place to get stuck. This is a time for public diplomacy: certainly from the US and maybe even from Pakistan. It is not in America’s interest to be seen to be standing in the way of justice and due process. And it is not in Pakistan’s interest to be seen to conducting a flawed process of justice. There are too many people on the extreme in both countries who will not and cannot to change their opinion and apprehensions about the other. But there are even more people in both countries who could all too easily be swayed to the extremes on distrust if this delicate case is not handled with clarity and transparency by both countries. Doing so will probably bring with it more than just a little diplomatic embarrassment. Not doing so can only bring worse in the tinderbox that is US-Pakistan relations.

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Raymond Davis: Facts and Fiction by Najam Sethi

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The case of Raymond Davis has outraged the imagination and sentiment of Pakistanis mainly because of a distortion of key facts by powerful sections of the Pakistani media. It has also become a vicious ping pong game between the PPP and PMLN governments, with both trying to score nationalist points regardless of the consequences for political stability and national security. Ominously, though, it has soured a troubled relationship between Pakistan and the US who claim to be “strategic partners” in the region. Let’s sift fact from fiction.

Fiction: Mr Davis “murdered” two Pakistanis. He shot them in the back, suggesting he was not threatened by them. They were not robbers. Their handguns were licensed.

Fact: Two men on a motorbike, armed with unlicensed pistols, held up Mr Davis’ car. He expertly shot them through the windscreen, stepped out and took pictures of the gunmen with weapons as evidence of self-defense. Later, an autopsy report showed that four out of seven bullets had hit the gunmen in the front, confirming the threat to him. The criminals had earlier robbed two passersby of their cell phones and money.

Fiction: Mr Davis is not a diplomat because he doesn’t have a diplomatic visa or status registered with the Foreign Office. Hence he cannot claim diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions.

Fact: Mr Davis has a Diplomatic Passport. His visa application by the US State Department to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC of 11 September 2009 lists him as a Diplomat who is on “Official Business”. The US government has claimed diplomatic immunity for him. This is the norm. For example, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Spain in 1975, Haroon ur Rashid Abbasi, was granted immunity following discovery of heroin from his suitcase. Col Mohammad Hamid Pakistan’s military attaché in London in 2000, was caught having sex with a prostitute in his car in a public place. He invoked diplomatic immunity and avoided arrest. Mohammad Arshad Cheema, Pakistan’s First Secretary in Nepal, also invoked diplomatic immunity after 16kg of high inte4nsity RDX explosives were recovered from his house and he was suspected of being involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC-814. And so on.

Fiction: Mr Davis was not in any imminent danger of grievous injury, let alone kidnapping or death, from the two young men. So he committed a murder and cannot plead self-defense.

Fact: A murder necessitates a motive. What motive could Mr Davis have in killing two unknown people in broad daylight if they didn’t threaten him in any way? More to the point, Westerners, especially Americans, risk all manner of threats while in Pakistan because of extreme anti-Americanism in the country for various reasons. At least 10 Americans have been killed by terrorists in Pakistan in the last thirty years, and US consulates in Karachi and Peshawar and the embassy in Islamabad have been attacked twice each. The US Principal Officer in Peshawar was attacked in 2008 and the Marriot Hotel was bombed. In addition, Iranian diplomats, Chinese engineers and UN workers have been killed or kidnapped by terrorists since 1990; the Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked in 2009, and 17 French Naval technicians were killed in Karachi in 2003. And so on. Under the circumstances, Mr Davis had every right to fear he might be kidnapped or killed by the two gunmen. The law relating to self defense is also clear, notwithstanding calibrations and qualifications in case law. If there is even a perceived threat of grievous bodily harm, let alone death, a person may be justified in countering it in any manner in self-defense.

So where do we go from here?

The Punjab government has played a particularly dubious, nay devious, role from the outset. It pressurized the local police to arrest Mr Davis instead of verifying his diplomatic immunity and letting him go. It exploited anti-Americanism to embarrass the PPP government in Islamabad by putting the onus of responsibility for claiming diplomatic immunity on it. It nominated a public prosecutor who deliberately falsified information to enrage popular passions. The federal government, meanwhile, has been craven, inefficient and defensive to the point of opportunism. The end result is that US-Pak relations have soured significantly at a time when neither side can afford to be distracted from the main issues at hand.

In the end, however, the matter will have to be settled according to the facts of the situation in light of international and domestic law rather than passion and outrage. If the Federal Government should officially tell the court that Mr Davis has diplomatic immunity or the public prosecutor argue self-defense in his behalf, he should be a free man.

The sooner this is done, the better. A state’s national interest is not served by passion or prejudice in the face of strategic interests. This must not be sacrificed at the altar of party politics. Equally, the US must stop pressurizing Pakistan to accept trigger happy cowboys on intelligence operations as unaccountable diplomats. If this “Ugly American” syndrome persists, and if CIA or Blackwater killers and Special Ops men run amuck in Pakistan, as they did in Iraq, there will be more rage and violence on the street, and both Pakistan and the US will be net losers.

http://www.thefridaytimes.com/04022011/page1.shtml

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Raymond Davis Case: Justice Beyond Rhetoric

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An edited version of this piece first appeared on the Dawn Blog

While flipping through the channels the other night , I stopped at an image of a woman lying on a hospital bed, tubes stuck to her nose as she tried hard to stay conscious and speak into the camera. At first I had thought she was yet another rape victim, owing to the increased incidence of rape these days. But it did not take long to figure out that she was in fact, the widow of Faheem Ahmed, one of the two men shot dead in Lahore by Raymond Davis. Worth remembering the adage in this instance: adding fuel to the fire.

Davis, an employee (contractor) of the US government, is still under detention. The US claims that Davis’s detention is illegal according to the Vienna Convention and that he should be freed immediately. Such claims have caused much uproar in Pakistan.

In the past week following the killings, countless scenarios have been speculated from copies of Davis’s passport to cries of comparison between Aafia and Davis – much has been discussed and analysed, but of course without reaching a substantial conclusion.

While public support and mobilisation can strengthen a struggle, politicising an issue can lead to complexities rather than a concrete solution. This seems to be a common problem with us. The incident in Lahore is still being investigated while US pressure builds up. The Lahore High Court (LHC) passed clear statements that Davis will not be handed over to the US, and that a full investigation as per Pakistani laws will be carried out. Well done, I say. No one should have the right to surpass the courts’ decision. No one should be allowed to take law into their hands.

But despite reassurance from the LHC, Shumaila Kanwal committed suicide and was pronounced dead at a hospital in Faisalabad. In her last interview, Kanwal spoke of her doubts in the judicial system and the fear that her husband’s killer may never be punished. She succumbed to her doubts and ended up taking her own life. As I write this, threads have already been started on public forums, comparing her to the Tunisian fruit seller whose self-immolation sparked a revolution.

While her death should and will trigger a response from the public, it should be a response that is devoid of political agendas and hate-mongering. It should be a call for the rule of law to be upheld and justice to be served. After all, it is the hate-mongering, the conspiracy theories, the knee-jerk anti Americanism that made Kanwal believe that justice would never be served in her case.

Kanwal was not looking for justice from the US instead she was expecting her own government and the judicial system to rise to the occasion, to which they did. Regardless, her hopes were shattered by constant reminders that ‘the country has been sold to America’ and that the ‘Government is planning a safe passage for their ally’. References that Davis might be a part of a mercenary force, Blackwater or XE Services only fed her doubt.

On the part of the US, it would be exemplary if they let the Pakistani courts decide whether Davis is guilty or not. In case his guilt is proven in the courts, it would be most apt for the US to lift diplomatic immunity on ethical and moral grounds. Not only will this go well with the US-Pak relations but will be an opportunity for the US to show that they respect the law of the land.

However, these references will be repeated again, now much louder than before. Rallies will be arranged, flags and effigies will be burnt for the umpteenth time. It is evident, for those convinced that the country is being run by foreign powers, that this case is a prime example.

Incidents such as these make a very clear statement; there is a lot of bottled-up anger, concerns and insecurity amongst the masses – concerns which are cashed by religious and political parties to garner support. But what about justice? What about the real issue amid all the political rhetoric and anti-American sentiments?

If we allow ourselves to look past the fury, we may be able to make demands that will resolve issues rather than create complexities. By not allowing this case to be politicized for personal agendas, we can push for  a campaign that focuses more on getting justice- minus rhetorics. Rather than fuming at American policies let’s focus on demanding our Government to uphold the rule of law.

Somewhere in Lahore another widow is slowly losing hope for justice. Her name is Aamna Taseer.  Her case too, has fallen prey to political maneuvering. Shifting focus from the crime to political hogwash and growing extremism.

The sole reason for the comparison is to reflect how politicising certain incidents not only changes our perspective but also diverts attention from the core issue – the crime itself. In recent days, I have been asked whether I would speak up against the killings in Lahore just as vocally as I did against Salman Taseer’s assassination.

My answer is a resounding yes. May it be Qadri or Davis, justice should be served. The state and its institution should refuse to bend laws in the face of international or political pressure. This is the ultimate test.

Our job then is to ensure that the state and the judiciary refuse to kowtow to any (international or religious) pressure and pass a judgment upholding the rule of law. For I believe that no one should be allowed to take law into their hands, and I know that you do too.

About Sana Saleem

The author is Feature Editor (South Asia) at BEE magazine. BEE is a quarterly journal published in Britain, focusing on Asian Women. Blogger at The Guardian, Global Voices, Dawn.com & Asian Correspondent.

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February 2, 2011

Who is Raymond Davis?

Strangely, the more we get to know about the case of Raymond Davis, the less we seem to know. Even more strangely, the fact that the entire incident happened in broad daylight and in front of dozens of witnesses seems to confuse the facts further. The reason for this maybe because no one seems to want to get much clarity; although different parties may want different parts of the story to ‘disappear’, everyone seems keen that the story goes away. However, we may all live to regret it, if it actually does.Here is what one does know about Raymond Davis. He is a staff member of the US consulate in Lahore, shot dead two Pakistani men last Thursday in a crowded part of Lahore (Mozang Chowk); according to him in self-defence. A vehicle of the US consulate rushed to Mr Davis’ ‘rescue’ ran over a third person, who also died. A murder case was registered against Raymond Davis, who was handed into police custody. A case has also been registered against the driver of the US consulate vehicle that ran over a third person, but the driver has yet to be apprehended.After a fair deal of scrambling by both US and Pakistani officials on what to do or say, their positions have now started becoming clear and they have taken the stance that is usually taken in such cases: the US is asking that Raymond Davis, as a diplomatic functionary, should be handed back to them; Pakistan seems to be responding that the matter is sub judice and that the law should take its course.Beyond that, there are more questions than answers. For most part, these questions fall into three categories: (1) Who is Raymond Davis? (2) What exactly happened at Mozang, Lahore? (3) What should happen now? 

The answer to the first question is: the earliest reports suggested that Raymond Davis was a “technical adviser” and a “consular” official. More recently, US Embassy officials have described him as a “functionary” of the Embassy assigned to the US consulate in Lahore and carrying a US Diplomatic passport. Reportedly he was hired at the US consulate in Lahore as a security contractor from a Florida-based firm Hyperion Protective Consultants.

All of this has material relevance to whether he is entitled to diplomatic immunity or not, but even more because of the apprehensions of many Pakistanis that he could be linked to the CIA or to the infamous firm Blackwater (later renamed XE Services).

And that leads squarely to the second question: what exactly was happening at Mozang? In line with the immediate knee-jerk reaction of many Pakistanis, an early commentary by Jeff Stein in The Washington Post seemed to suggest rather fancifully that the shootout could have been a “Spy rendezvous gone bad”? That could be a conspiracy theory, but not an entirely implausible one. Mozang is not a part of town that you would expect too many foreigners, let alone a US official, visiting; and certainly not in what was reportedly a rented private vehicle. And while Pakistan today is clearly an unsafe place, the question of just why an embassy official was carrying a firearm be wished away.

On the other hand, however, Mr Davis claims that he shot in self-defence as the two men on the motorcycle were trying to rob him at gun point. Anyone who knows Pakistan knows all too well that this, too, is entirely possible. TV footage and reports coming immediately after the incident showed one of the young men lying dead with a revolver and wearing an ammunition belt. And certainly, the question of why at least one of the two young men on the motorcycle was carrying a loaded firearm cannot be wished away just because of enmity

Indeed, serious questions need to be asked about just who the two young men on the motorcycle were, just as they need to be asked about who Raymond Davis is. There just seems to be too many unnecessary weapons in too much proximity in this story. All of the many explanations that are floating around are very disturbing, but also very plausible. This is exactly why this story is even more dangerous if left unresolved.

Finally, the third question – which is now getting the most attention – about what should happen now. Much is being made – maybe too much – about the Vienna Convention and its implications for diplomatic immunity. Familiar diplomatic games about the minutia of vocabulary are being played and will in most likelihood result in all too familiar results. That is exactly what one would expect in any such situation anywhere.

But this is not ‘any’ situation’; and this is not ‘anywhere’. This is about US-Pakistan relations: A relationship that is so jaundiced that there is just about nothing that the US can say or do which Pakistanis are likely to believe, and there is just about nothing that Pakistan can say or do which Americans are likely to trust. Which is why getting stuck in the intricacies of the Vienna Convention of 1963 is the exact wrong place to get stuck. This is a time for public diplomacy: certainly from the US and maybe even from Pakistan. It is not in America’s interest to be seen to be standing in the way of justice and due process. And it is not in Pakistan’s interest to be seen to conducting a flawed process of justice.

There are too many people on the extreme in both countries who will not and cannot change their opinion and apprehensions about the other. But there are even more people in both countries who could all too easily be swayed to the extremes on distrust if this delicate case is not handled with clarity and transparency by both sides. Doing so will probably bring with it more than just a little diplomatic embarrassment. Not doing so can only bring worse in the tinderbox that is US-Pakistan relations.

The writer is a professor of International Relations at Boston University and founder of the blog ‘All Things Pakistan’.

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Pakistan is ‘mercenary free’ zone: All XE soldiers of furtune should leave

Posted on 08 February 2011. Tags: 2008 Mumbai attacks, Asif Ali Zardari, Cameron Munter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan, United States

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What started out as a tiff is turning into a schism between Washington and Islamabad. The US ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter called on President Asif Ali Zardari in Islamabad on Monday to follow up on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s phone call to him last week to resolve the matter. The issue has dragged on despite reports in the pro-American section of the Pakistani media which claims that Pakistan has agreed to release the American mercenary. The US is pulling all the stops in its support for the mercenary who was caught in the murder of two Pakistani motorcycle riders–both of whom were shot in the back. A third was brutally run over by an American who has allegedly been whisked out of Pakistan. Islamabad on Monday put three more Americans, accused of mowing down a by-stander in a hit-and-run felony, on an exit control list. The US mission has declined to hand over the three other Americans accused in the hit-and-run case.

There are reports that Mr. Raymond Davis, Davis, a private security contractor was in Pakistan in a Business Visa–the issuance of his visa was part of the wholesale dispatch of Business visas, which was demanded by the US because it was ostensibly hindering the implementation of the Kerry Lugar Bill. The Pakistani media has displayed the non-diplomatic passport of Mr. Davis–who is not using his real name.

The fact that Mr. Raymond Davis was armed and had maps and pictures of several Pakistani cities makes him a prime suspect as a spy and a mercenary. The US Embassy has disseminated several conflicting stories about Mr “Raymond Davis”. Af first it said, that Mr. “Raymond Davis” was a diplomat. Then it was announced that he was a contractor working in the Islamabad Embassy. Another statement said that he was working for the Consulate in Lahore. Yet another statement claimed that Mr. “Davis” was working for the consulate in Peshawar. The US has been unable to release the so called diplomatic passport of “Mr. Davis”–or prove his diplomatic immunity.

The manner in which the driver of the SUV was whisked away from Pakistan make many wonder about the facts in this case.

The US has now allegedly suspended all high-level contacts with Pakistan. The so called “Strategic Dialogue” is on hold, Mr. Zardari’s trip to Washington is in the doldrums and all contact between Pakistan and the US is in cold storage. The relations have dramatically deteriorated over the Raymond Davis affair.

With the suicide of the victims’ wife, the situation in Pakistan appears to have slipped out of government’s control inflaming public opinion, which is already anti-American. The dead wife of the victim demanded “blood for blood.” before she breathed her last. Several Prominent Pakistani politicians have demanded that Davis and other Americans be tried for her death too.

There could be some deeper issues in this matter. The Express Tribune (the local version of the New York Times) the entire issue was also a “reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate…the ISI in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks…”

There is now a demand in some quarters in Washington to turn off the aid spigot to Pakistan and there is pressure on the PPP government to hold to account the United States–and halt the supply chain to Afghanistan which runs through Pakistan. Each country can hold the other hostage.

All this now makes it even more difficult for Pakistan’s PPP government to release Mr. Davis.

Bob Woodward has reported that there is a 3000 strong “CIA Army” working in Pakistan. Mr. Davis seems to be representative of the Blackwater type of mercenaries that are running amok in Pakistan. Irregardless of what happens to Mr. Davis, the fact remains that the US has been put on notice–that its mercenaries are no longer wanted in Pakistan and they are not welcome. Pakistani youth are tracking and tracing their whereabouts.

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PAKISTAN: Blackwater/Xe Hits in Quetta

Posted on 14. Sep, 2010 by Raja Mujtaba in Pakistan

September 13, 2010 — Blackwater/Xe cells conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan

By Wayne Madsen

Bomb Blast In Quetta

WMR has learned from a deep background source that Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, has been conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan that are later blamed on the entity called “Pakistani Taliban.”

Only recently did the US State Department designate the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, a terrorist group. The group is said by the State Department to be an off-shoot of the Afghan Taliban, which had links to “Al Qaeda” before the 9/11 attacks on the United States. TTP’s leader is Hakimullah Mehsud, said to be 30-years old and operating from Pakistan’s remote tribal region with an accomplice named Wali Ur Rehman. In essence, this new team of Mehsud and Rehman appears to be the designated replacement for Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri as the new leaders of the so-called “Global Jihad” against the West.

However, it is Xe cells operating in Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad and other cities and towns that have, according to our source who witnessed the U.S.-led false flag terrorist operations in Pakistan. Bombings of civilians is the favored false flag event for the Xe team and are being carried out under the orders of the CIA.

However, the source is now under threat from the FBI and CIA for revealing the nature of the false flag operations in Pakistan. If the source does not agree to cooperate with the CIA and FBI, with an offer of a salary, the threat of false criminal charges being brought for aiding and abetting terrorism looms over the source.

Some of the funerals of the score of people killed

The Blackwater/Xe involvement in terrorist attacks in Pakistan have been confirmed by the former head of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), General Hamid Gul, according to another source familiar with the current Xe covert operations. In addition,  Pakistani ex-Army Chief of Staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg, reportedly claimed that while serving as president, General Pervez Musharraf approved Blackwater carrying out terrorist operations in Pakistan. Blackwater has been accused of smuggling weapons and munitions into Pakistan.

Earlier this year WMR reported that ”intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out ‘false flag’ terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel . . . A number of terrorist bombings in Pakistan have been blamed by Pakistani Islamic

Blackwater, RAW and Mossad doings!

leaders on Blackwater, Mossad, and RAW. Blackwater has been accused of hiring young Pakistanis in Peshawar to carry out false flag bombings that are later blamed on the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. One such bombing took place during the Ashura procession in Karachi last month. The terrorist attacks allegedly are carried out by a secret Blackwater-XE/CIA/Joint Special Operations Command forward operating base in Karachi. The XE Services component was formerly known as Blackwater Select, yet another subsidiary in a byzantine network of shell and linked companies run by Blackwater/Xe on behalf of the CIA and the Pentagon. On December 3, 2009, the Pakistani newspaper Nawa-i-Waqt reported: ‘Vast land near the Tarbela dam has also been given to the Americans where they have established bases for their army and air forces. There, the Indian RAW [Research and Analysis Wing] and Israeli Mossad are working in collaboration with the CIA to carry out extremist activities in Pakistan.’”

The bombing of a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan last December was blamed on the TTP but may have actually involved the covert Xe/CIA program to stage false flag attacks and something went drastically wrong with the operation that resulted in the deaths of seven CIA personnel, including the Khost station chief. The TTP was also linked to the failed Times Square “bombing” last May.

Responsibility for the recent bomb attack of a pro-Palestine Shi’a rally in Quetta that killed 54 people was claimed by the Pakistan Taliban, but it was actually carried out by one of the Xe covert cells in the country, acting in concert with the CIA, Israeli Mossad, and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The ultimate goal is to destabilize Pakistan to the point where it has no choice but to allow the Western powers to secure its nuclear weapons and remove them from the country in a manner similar to the procurement by the West of South Africa’s nuclear weapons prior to the stepping down of the white minority government in the early 1990s.

WMR has been informed that any American, whether or not he or she holds a security clearance, is subject to U.S. national security prohibitions from discussing the U.S.- sponsored terrorist attacks in Pakistan. In one case, a threat was made against an individual who personally witnessed the Xe/CIA terrorist operations but is now threatened, along with family members.

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for several renowned papers and blogs.

Madsen is a regular contributor on Russia Today. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows.  He has been invited to testifty as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and the National Press Club. He is a regular contributor to Opinion Maker.

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Raymond Davis Crisis Escalates: US-Pak Diplomatic Freeze, Three Americans Can’t Leave

6:22 am in Foreign Policy, Pakistan by Jim White

The crisis sparked by US “consular employee” Raymond Davis shooting and killing two Pakistani citizens in Lahore on January 27 heightened on Monday, when it was revealed that his victims were part of Pakistan’s “security establishment”, that a second Congressional delegation had intervened with the Prime Minister on Davis’ behalf and that the widow of one of the victims had committed suicide. Developments in the case continue at breakneck pace, with the story once again breaking into the Washington Post for Tuesday, where we learn that the US “has suspended all high-level dialogue with Pakistan” over the incident. Dawn fills in more detail on that suspension, noting that Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari had been scheduled to visit Washington next month, but that trip now appears endangered. Further, we learn that Pakistan has added three more consular employees to the exit control list, preventing their departure from Pakistan. The unidentified employees are believed to have been in the car that rushed to Davis’ defense after the shooting, hitting and killing a third Pakistani who was on a motorcycle.

Here is how the Post describes the heightened tensions:

The Obama administration has suspended all high-level dialogue with Pakistan, a key U.S. partner in the Afghanistan war, over the case of an American diplomat the Pakistanis have detained on possible murder charges, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.

The case of Raymond Allen Davis, who has admitted he fatally shot two Pakistanis he said threatened him from a motorcycle while he was driving in Lahore on Jan. 27, has severely strained relations between the two governments and threatens to scuttle a planned summit among U.S., Afghan and Pakistani leaders scheduled for the end of this month in Washington.

The article goes on to describe some of the sources of tension:

In Pakistan, the issue has become embroiled in widespread anti-Americanism and suspicions, fanned by the Pakistani media and used for political advantage, that U.S. spies and intelligence contractors are secretly operating in the country. It has also posed a challenge to Pakistan’s weak civilian government as it struggles to wrest control of national security policy from the powerful military and fends off opposition political parties.

Further description of the various tensions within in Pakistan comes from the Times of India (it hardly needs noting that India is seen as benefiting from internal discord in Pakistan, but the newspaper had a hilarious editing failure, with the headline for this article staring off with “Tinkered, Tailored, Soldered, Spied”):

For instance, it turns out that even as Islamabad is publicly resisting American pressure, a section of the Pakistani establishment has revealed that the two men who were shot were in fact agents of the ISI, its spy agency. Adding to the confusion, the wife of one of the alleged robbers/spies died under mysterious circumstances in a Pakistani hospital after consuming poison, but not before she met journalists and issued a revenge call, demanding “blood for blood.”

Meanwhile, unnamed Pakistani officials also told the Express Tribune newspaper in Lahore that the Pakistani government’s “tough stance” on the whole issue was also a “reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate…the ISI in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks,” including the decision by an American court to summon top ISI officials in connections with the attacks.

This description goes beyond what was in the Express Tribune, which merely said the victims were part of the “security establishment” by stating outright that the victims were ISI. The article continues:

All this now makes it even more difficult for Pakistan’s civilian government to release Davis even if it now transpires, as was reported by the Express Tribune, that the two motorcycle borne men who were killed were ISI agents. An unnamed security official told the newspaper, which is brought out in collaboration with the International Herald Tribune, that the duo belonged to the security establishment and “found the activities of the American official detrimental to our national security.”

The Washington Post article also follows up on Pakistani accusations against Davis:

Further complicating the situation, a Pakistani intelligence official said that the two men Davis killed were not, as he has said, armed robbers intent on stealing money, his telephone and perhaps his car, but intelligence agents assigned to tail him. This official said the two intended to frighten Davis because he crossed a “red line” that the official did not further define.

It would be very interesting to know just how one crosses the “red line” to prompt an armed confrontation with security agents who most likely are ISI. The attempts to tie ISI to the Mumbai attack appears to me to be a more general accusation against US interests, so it doesn’t seem on first glance to fit as a triggering event caused by Davis himself, although it should be noted that Lahore is on the border where Pakistan and India meet, directly across the country from Afghanistan, so it is possible that Davis was investigating the attack.

More perspective on the widening diplomatic rift comes from Dawn:

The United States has put all bilateral contacts with Pakistan on hold until Islamabad releases an employee of the its consulate in Lahore, arrested for shooting down two men, diplomatic sources told Dawn.

The sources said that the dispute could affect three major events planned this year: President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to Washington, the next round of US-Pakistan strategic dialogue and trilateral talks involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States.

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They also want [sic] that the US Congress is currently considering budget proposals for the next fiscal year and the diplomatic row could affect $1.5 billion of annual assistance for Pakistan as well.

Escalation of the crisis is also seen on another front, with three more Americans being placed on the exit control list, banning them from leaving Pakistan:

Three more Americans, besides US official Raymond Davis who fatally shot two Pakistanis in Lahore, have been prohibited from going abroad, said an official.

The government barred the three more US nationals from going out of the country on allegations that they were in the vehicle that crushed a man to death in Lahore after Davis was involved in the shooting, the Express Tribune reported Monday.

Davis was arrested after he shot dead two people riding on a motorbike at a busy intersection in Lahore Jan 27. He called up the US consulate after the shooting and a team rushed to help him. The team’s vehicle collided with a motorcyclist, killing him.

The article does not identify the consular employees.

Stay tuned for further developments.

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Raymond Davis Update: Victims Were Spies, Second House Junket and Widow Suicide

6:51 am in Foreign Policy, Government, Military by Jim White

When we last looked in on the ongoing saga of Raymond Davis in Pakistan, we saw that Congressman Darrell Issa was there, meeting with the President and the Prime Minister, arguing for release of Davis after he shot dead two Pakistanis on the streets of Lahore, with a third Pakistani killed by a US consular vehicle rushing to the scene in the aftermath of the shootings. Now, despite earlier US claims that Davis’ victims were thieves trying to hold him up at gunpoint, a report has surfaced in the Pakistani press that Davis’ victims were actually intelligence operatives for Pakistan’s government and that they had found Davis’ actions to be “detrimental to our national security.” In further developments, a second Congressional delegation met with Prime Minister Gilani, threatening US military funding to Pakistan if Davis is not released quickly and the widow of one of the victims has committed suicide because she believed that Davis would be released without being tried in Pakistan.

The revelation that Davis’ victims were intelligence operatives (h/t Emptywheel via email) comes from Pakistan’s Express Tribune, which is published in cooperation with the International Herald Tribune:

“Yes, they belonged to the security establishment….they found the activities of the American official detrimental to our national security,” disclosed a security official.

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The official confirmed that the president, the prime minister and the chief of army staff (COAS) had discussed the issue in a meeting last week. The three thought it was advisable to resist the US pressure on the Raymond Davis issue and believed the detained American national should not be released at this stage, he said.

The article goes on to provide further context for Pakistan’s frustration with the US:

He said the government’s tough stance on the controversy was also its reaction to the attempts by certain elements in Washington to implicate the country’s top spy agency, the ISI, in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The article does go on to suggest, however, that Davis could be released later, especially if the US provides assurance similar incidents would be avoided in the future and that Davis would face prosecution in the US.

Following on the heels of last Tuesday’s Congressional delegation led by Darrell Issa lobbying for Davis’ release, we learn that only three days later, a new delegation met with Prime Minister Gilani on Friday. From the US Embassy in Pakistan:

In a meeting today [February 4] with Prime Minister Gilani, a bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation protested the continued illegal detention of the American diplomat in Lahore. U.S. Representatives Buck McKeon (Republican, California), John Kline (Republican, Minnesota), and Silvestre Reyes (Democrat, Texas) called on the Government of Pakistan to abide by its obligation under international and Pakistani law to recognize his diplomatic immunity, and immediately release him.

Dawn provides details from a source claiming to have been at the meeting:

The House Armed Services Committee delegation took the toughest line in its meeting with Prime Minister Gilani on Friday, where it was reportedly communicated to Pakistani leadership that it might be difficult for the committee to approve military aid and arms supply as long as its official remained in detention.

This same article has very interesting details coming from further investigation into Davis. After stating that at the time of his arrest, Davis was carrying an ID card stating that he worked for the US Consulate in Pershawar, the article suggests that Davis had documentation for working simultaneously at three different locations. It continues:

Some of the other information shared with by the investigators confirmed the previously known information that he had a military background and was posted with US Regional Affairs Office, which is linked by many analysts to CIA.

A US Department of Veteran Affairs card and Department of Defence contractor card were also in possession of Davis, which only adds to the confusion over his identity. The contract documents in Davis` possession revealed that he was on an annual contract with a fee of $200,000.

Having multiple sets of identification documents would seem to provide further evidence for Davis being an intelligence operative, although having them together in one place comes off as very amateurish tradecraft, in my opinion. With hints of both CIA and Blackwater-like postings, it seems unlikely we will ever know for sure what Davis’ official function was at the time of the shooting. Especially with the Defense Department contractor status, I wonder if that would place him in the category of people whom Buck McKeon is arguing should remain in Pakistan in the video above, where he argues against a Dennis Kuchinich resolution for withdrawing DoD personnel from Pakistan.

Further, the article goes on to note that Davis was missing from an official list of embassy employees given to Pakistan’s Foregin Office just two days before the shooting and that his name was included on a revised list submitted just one day after the incident. It is this revised list, submitted after the shooting, on which the US government appears to be basing its claim for diplomatic immunity for Davis. Presumably, the US will argue that Davis was left off the earlier list due to the sensitive nature of his posting, but I haven’t seen that argument made overtly yet.

In additional news on the Davis case, the widow of one of Davis’ victims has committed suicide:

The widow of a Pakistani man who was killed by a US official has killed herself by taking poison.

In her dying statement, Shumaila said she feared the American would be released without trial, police and doctors said.

She issued a deathbed statement on how she felt Davis’ case should be handled:

AP reported that Shumaila also spoke to reporters after arriving at the hospital, saying: “I want blood for blood.”

“The way my husband was shot, his killer should be shot in the same fashion,” she said.

This case is receiving much more attention in Pakistan than it is getting in the US, with Shumaila Faheem’s suicide highlighting just how important it is. Many Pakistanis are suggesting that if Davis is to be released, it should be in a trade for Aafia Siddiqui. Also, with the entry of US charges of ISI complicity in the Mumbai bombings into these discussions, the stakes of the overall situation seem to be rising on a daily basis. The intensity of US actions in trying to obtain Davis’ release would argue for him being very highly placed in the US intelligence community, but his amateurish collection of conflicting identification documents in his possession at the time of the shooting would argue for him being at a much lower and less professional level. As in most real world spy stories, the multiple, conflicting sets of information here and the practice of governments lying when it comes to intelligence activities means that we are unlikely to ever have a complete and truthful description of what has happened coming from either government involved in this case.

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Why Is Darrell Issa in Pakistan Asking President, PM for Release of Raymond Davis?

6:12 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

Update (Wednesday): The Guardian now has a story on this situation.

We learn from Dawn.com Tuesday that Raymond Davis, a US “consular employee” who killed two men on Thursday in Lahore, has been placed on the exit control list, barring his exit from Pakistan. Remarkably, Representative Darrell Issa led a small Congressional delegation that met on Tuesday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zadari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, seeking release of Davis, according to Pakistan’s Online International News Network. Those meetings came a day after State Department spokesman Philip Crowley declared that as a consular employee, Davis has full diplomatic immunity.

The story in Dawn.com opens with Davis’ exit from Pakistan being blocked:

A judge on Tuesday blocked any move to hand over to US authorities an American government employee under investigation for double murder, and put his name on the exit control list.

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“I am restraining him (from being handed over to US authorities). Whether he has or does not have (diplomatic) immunity will be decided by the court,” ruled Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

“An order is issued to put his name on the ECL (exit control list). The case is adjourned for 15 days.”

The story ends with this intriguing revelation:

When asked by visiting US congressmen on Monday to free Davis, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said: “It would be prudent to wait for the legal course to be completed”.

After a bit of digging, I found this story on the visiting delegation:

A US congressional delegation Monday separately called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani at PM House. The delegation included Representatives Darell El Issa, Todd R. Platts, Jason Chaffetz, Stephen F. Lynch, Brian M. Higgins and Raul L. Labrador. Mr. Stephen Engelken, Charge d’ Affairs, Mr. Thomas A. Alexander, senior Counsel (Majority) Committee on Oversight, Mr. Adam Pl. Fromm, Counsel (Majority) Director of Member Services and Mr. Scott Lindsay, Counsel (Majority) Committee on Oversight, were also present.

Pak side included Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Finance Minister, Mr. M. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Ch. Abdul Ghafoor, Chairman National Commission for Government Reforms , Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MOS for EAD/Finance, Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani and Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar besides Foreign Secretary Mr. Salman Bashir and other senior officials. Briefing media Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar said that matters relating to Pak-US bilateral relations, mutual cooperation, fight against militancy, ROZs and security situation in the region among other related issues were discussed during the meeting.

But why would a Congressional delegation working on trade and terrorism control involve itself in the Davis case? More from the same link:

Babar said the Congressmen also raised the matter of Mr. Raymond Davis, involved in the killing of Pakistani nationals in Lahore, with the President. The President said that he appreciated their concern but the matter was already before the courts. It would be prudent to wait for the legal course to be completed, he said.

Requests for Davis’ release had already been publicly issued by the State Department. From AFP:

“He is a member of the embassy’s technical administrative staff and therefore entitled to full criminal immunity. He cannot be lawfully arrested or detained in accordance with the Vienna Convention,” said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley on Monday.

Crowley said Washington agreed with the US employee’s version of events: “In our view, he acted in self-defense, when confronted by two armed men on motorcycles.”

The video above brings the US version of events into question. Note that both of Davis’ victims were shot multiple times, which seems at odds with mere self-defense. Note also on the crawler near the end of the video where it is stated that some are charging Davis with being a spy. That is most likely the true heart of the matter. ABC News has done some digging on Davis and has come up with this bit of background:

Davis runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides “loss and risk management professionals.”

A key question as this story continues to unfold will be whether Davis (or Hyperion) was directly employed by the consulate or if he was working as a contractor for another entity such as Erik Prince’s Xe. At any rate, if requests for his release were deemed worthy of direct requests from a Congressional delegation to Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister in separate meetings, it is probably safe to assume that Davis’ “technical” responsibilities in the consulate were not insignificant.

Also note that Crowley claimed that Davis’s victims were small-time thieves who had robbed another victim shortly before they encountered Davis:

The diplomat, Raymond Davis, “had every reason to believe that the armed men meant him bodily harm. And minutes earlier, the two men, who had criminal records, had robbed money and valuables at gunpoint from a Pakistani citizen in the same area,” said Crowley.

There is no mention of the earlier robbery in the Pakistani news video above.

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How Much More US Abuse Will Pakistan Tolerate?

7:52 am in Pakistan by Jim White

It’s hard to imagine how the United States could heap more abuse on Pakistan. We are approaching the one year anniversary since Jeremy Scahill disclosed the extensive JSOC-Blackwater secret war effort within Pakistan and yet there is no indication that either Barack Obama or David Petraeus sees a need to shut down the rogue operators there. Despite the occasional attempt to portray the US military as providing crucial relief efforts in the massive floods in Pakistan (such as in the accompanying photo), the reality is that US military relief to Pakistan has been derided as but a tiny fraction of the military relief provided in other recent world catastrophes. Last week’s sentencing of Aafia Siddiqui to eighty-six years in jail provoked massive protests across Pakistan. And now we are learning that NATO (which really means US) helicopters have killed over 50 people in air raids on the Pakistan side of the border with Afghanistan over the weekend.

For a refresher, here is Jeremy Scahill last November on the secret war in Pakistan:

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.

Despite this tying of Blackwater, with its horrible reputation for abuses, especially in Iraq, to drone operations in Pakistan, no response from Barack Obama or David Petraeus has been seen.  News stories routinely cite the animosity created by the drone attacks, as seen, for example, in the BBC story on the helicopter raids:

The raids, however, will do nothing to improve anti-American sentiment which is being fuelled by escalating numbers of drone attacks on targets in Pakistan, our correspondent adds.

Despite a chance to show that the US cares about the Pakistani people by rushing to their aid during the massive floods, the meager effort that ISAF is trying to portray in a good light by sending out photos like the one above is far short of how the US military responded other recent disasters:

But the $76 million is dwarfed by the massive humanitarian assistance — hundreds of millions — the U.S. military brought directly to victims of the 2005 earthquake and the 2004 tsunami — delivered via aircraft carriers, hospital ships and thousands of American troops. U.S. military helicopters flew some 6,000 relief operations to Pakistani earthquake victims alone. For both the 2005 earthquake and the tsunami, the U.S. military worked closely with local governments, but did not leave it primarily up to them to deliver the aid.

Just as US action was too little when it came to flood relief, action in sentencing Aafia Siddiqui was excessive, as pointed out by ondelette:

Judge Richard Berman rewrote verdicts, applied enhancements and came up with 86 years, and after insisting that the defendant was sane, remanded her to Carswell Federal Prison for the Criminally Insane. For her part, Aafia Siddiqui told her supporters not to be angry but to forgive.

The New York Law Journal has a good article on how you can get 86 years out of an attempted murder verdict. They said Judge Berman applied all the enhancements possible. For instance, he made it a hate crime. And he apparently added years because he said she lied on the stand. Presumably that’s because she said she didn’t shoot the gun? The prosecution never proved she did, but never mind. The one that really got me was when he “ruled”, on the insistence of Christopher LaVigne, that the shooting was “premeditated”. That one overruled the jury, as Carolyn Weaver of Voice of America rightly pointed out, they had thrown out the verdict of premeditation last Spring.

This excessive sentence was not met well in Pakistan:

Pakistani activists poured into the streets on Friday shouting “Death to America” and burning effigies of President Barack Obama after a US court jailed a woman scientist for 86 years.

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The protestors shouted “Death to America,” “Allahu akbar” (God is greater), “Free Aafia Siddiqui” and “Down with the US system of justice”.

Hundreds of anti-riot police deployed on the main Shahra-e-Faisal road to stop protesters from marching towards the US mission.

But it is not just activists who are upset at the sentencing. Dawn reports that the Pakistani government also is responding:

The government decided on Friday to use legal, political and diplomatic means for repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui who was sentenced to 86 years imprisonment by a US court on Thursday.

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The prime minister said in a statement that the government would use all options to get Dr Siddiqui repatriated and would ask US authorities to consider her a prisoner of war.

The decision was taken in the wake of countrywide demonstrations organised by a number of political and religious parties calling for release of Dr Siddiqui and condemning the US government and its judicial system.

The article also notes that the government of Pakistan has approved $2 million for use in the case.

So, in the same week that has seen Obama burned in effigy and protesters stopped by riot police as they headed for the US mission, NATO forces cross the border into Pakistan by helicopter to kill over 50 people. I shudder to think what the response will be if the targeting of these attacks proves to be as faulty as some previous attacks.  If it turns out that a large number of women and children are among the dead in these air strikes, this could be the final straw for Pakistan.  In that regard, it is worth noting what appears to be a warning to the US in the Dawn article about the protests, where it is stated in just the second paragraph that Pakistan is a “nuclear-armed Muslim nation of 167 million”.  That is a warning that Obama and Petraeus should consider very carefully as they monitor investigations into the helicopter raids and other developments within Pakistan.

Update: According to the Washington Post, Pakistan is already protesting the air strikes:

The Pakistani government on Monday strongly condemned a pair of NATO airstrikes on Pakistani soil that NATO officials said killed about 55 suspected insurgents over the weekend.

“These incidents are a clear violation and breach of the U.N. mandate” that governs the conduct of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

ISAFMedia photo on Flickr of Pakistanis unloading relief supplies from US helicopter on September 20.

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Scahill’s Reporting Thoroughly Debunks Hiatt’s Latest Drone Defense

7:24 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

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In an editorial in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Fred Hiatt joins in on Harold Koh’s attempted whitewashing of drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s too bad he’s helping to spread lies.

The editorial is titled “Defending drones: The laws of war and the right to self-defense” and opens in this way:

WITHIN DAYS of taking office, President Obama authorized the deployment of unmanned drones to strike terrorism suspects in remote areas of Pakistan. Although first employed during the Bush years, drone attacks have been used increasingly during the Obama administration. They have, in short, become a centerpiece of national security policy.

Hiatt then goes on to cite the March 25 speech by Harold Koh in which the legal underpinnings of the program were defended. I want to concentrate on the closing of the editorial:

Such actions must be undertaken with caution. Mr. Koh asserted that the administration has taken “great care” to ensure that drone strikes are carefully and lawfully executed. “The imminence of the threat, the sovereignty of the other states involved, and the willingness and ability of those states to suppress the threat” are taken into account before striking, he said.

The president personally signs off on targets, and relevant lawmakers are periodically briefed on the program. That accountability is one more reason the drone strikes cannot be described as lawless.

Leaving aside the detailed legal arguments that Koh puts forth (although there are those at the UN who disagree on the legality of the program), we can only assume that Hiatt does not read Jeremy Scahill, because Scahill’s recent work thoroughly debunks Hiatt’s claims that the president signs off on the targets and that lawmakers are periodically briefed on the program.

Last November, Scahill provided dramatic revelations of the extent of US actions in Pakistan and the involvement of Blackwater with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan:

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and help direct a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes, according to a well-placed source within the US military intelligence apparatus.

Scahill goes on to inform us that this structure of JSOC carrying out the strikes, with assistance from Blackwater, is set up specifically to avoid Congressional oversight:

The military intelligence source says that the drone strike that reportedly killed Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, his wife and his bodyguards in Waziristan in August was a CIA strike, but that many others attributed in media reports to the CIA are actually JSOC strikes. “Some of these strikes are attributed to OGA [Other Government Agency, intelligence parlance for the CIA], but in reality it’s JSOC and their parallel program of UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] because they also have access to UAVs. So when you see some of these hits, especially the ones with high civilian casualties, those are almost always JSOC strikes.” The Pentagon has stated bluntly, “There are no US military strike operations being conducted in Pakistan.”

The military intelligence source also confirmed that Blackwater continues to work for the CIA on its drone bombing program in Pakistan, as previously reported in the New York Times, but added that Blackwater is working on JSOC’s drone bombings as well. “It’s Blackwater running the program for both CIA and JSOC,” said the source. When civilians are killed, “people go, ‘Oh, it’s the CIA doing crazy shit again unchecked.’ Well, at least 50 percent of the time, that’s JSOC [hitting] somebody they’ve identified through HUMINT [human intelligence] or they’ve culled the intelligence themselves or it’s been shared with them and they take that person out and that’s how it works.”

The military intelligence source says that the CIA operations are subject to Congressional oversight, unlike the parallel JSOC bombings. “Targeted killings are not the most popular thing in town right now and the CIA knows that,” he says. “Contractors and especially JSOC personnel working under a classified mandate are not [overseen by Congress], so they just don’t care. If there’s one person they’re going after and there’s thirty-four people in the building, thirty-five people are going to die. That’s the mentality.” He added, “They’re not accountable to anybody and they know that. It’s an open secret, but what are you going to do, shut down JSOC?”

More recently, Scahill has expanded on the lack of oversight and how JSOC forces are exploiting it:

While the former CENTCOM employee said the US military’s training mission in Pakistan (he is against using contractors for such missions) is in the “US interest,” he cautioned that there is growing concern within the military about what is perceived as the disproportionate and growing influence of JSOC’s lethal “direct action” mentality on the broader Special Forces operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As The Nation reported in November, JSOC operates a parallel drone bombing campaign in Pakistan, carrying out targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, “snatch and grabs” of high-value targets and other sensitive action. JSOC, a military intelligence source told The Nation, also operates several secret bases inside Pakistan. These actions are deeply classified and not subjected to any form of comprehensive oversight by Congress.

With General Stanley McChrystal, who commanded JSOC from 2003-2008, running the war, forces–and commanders–accustomed to operating in an unaccountable atmosphere now have unprecedented influence on overall US military operations, opening the door for an expansion of secretive, black operations done with little to no oversight. “The main thing to take away here is a recognition and acceptance of the paradigm shift that has occurred,” says the former CENTCOM employee. “Everything is one echelon removed from before: where CIA was the darkest of the dark, now it is JSOC. Therefore, military forces have more leeway to do anything in support of future military objectives. The CIA used to have the ultimate freedom–now that freedom is in JSOC’s hands, and the other elements of the military have been ordered to adapt.”

The bottom line is that Jeremy Scahill’s reporting on what is really happening in Pakistan makes Hiatt’s claim in the editorial that drone strikes are carried out with presidential authorization of targets and Congressional oversight of the program a complete lie. Hiatt has to be aware of Scahill’s reporting. Why does he continue to spread what he knows to be lies?

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If the Blackwater Nisour Square Killers Can’t Be Convicted, Hold Them Indefinitely at Gitmo

10:45 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

Last May, our Constitutional Law Professor President had this to say:

“We are going to exhaust every avenue that we have to prosecute those at Guantanamo who pose a danger to our country,” Obama said. “But even when this process is complete, there may be a number of people who cannot be prosecuted for past crimes, but who nonetheless pose a threat to the security of the United States.”

If he truly believes that, then I would like to nominate a group of terrorists for indefinite detention at Guantanamo: the Blackwater guards who carried out the Nisour Square killings in Iraq. Last week, it was announced that all charges against them were dropped because of improper handling of the case.

Today, the UN working group on the use of mercenaries is speaking out:

“We respect the independence of the United States judiciary and the requirements for due process, but are very concerned that the recent decision to dismiss the case against Blackwater guards may lead to a situation where no one would be accountable for grave human rights violations,” said Shaista Shameem, who chairs the U.N. group of independent experts.

It’s too bad that the UN working group is laboring under the quaint notion of due process. Our forward-looking President is more pragmatic than that, and has shown that he is willing to lock up the “worst of the worst” when he knows that they pose a threat to the security of the United States.

What could pose more of a threat to the security of the United States than allowing to go free “five guards [who] were charged a year ago with 14 counts of manslaughter, 20 counts of attempted manslaughter and one weapons violation count”? Come on Mr. President. Show us that you are willing to use your bad policies for good results. Put these five away. And lose the key.

And before you ask, I really don’t know if this is snark.

Update: Jeremy Scahill is now reporting that Blackwater has settled with the families of the dead Iraqis for $100,000 per person killed. Blackwater sure has a cheap view of life, doesn’t it?

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Jeremy Scahill Discusses Erik Prince’s Attempted Damage Control With Rachel Maddow

11:14 am in Uncategorized by Jim White

Appearing on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, Jeremy Scahill brought together his reporting on Erik Prince and Blackwater with the Vanity Fair piece on Prince and a Scott Shane article in the New York Times on expansion of drone attacks in Pakistan.

Note that this cascade of revelations and accusations began with Scahill’s long and very well-documented article on Blackwater’s role in covert activities in Pakistan. Scahill’s main point is that this activity is taking place through the Joint Special Operations Command and is operating outside the military chain of command and outside Congressional supervision. This was followed quickly by Prince’s response (written by a former CIA attorney), in which Prince claims to have been operating since 2004 as an “asset” of the CIA. Prince’s spin does not mention any significant interaction with the JSOC in the Vanity Fair article. Then, we have yesterday’s article from Scott Shane in the New York Times, where Shane explains that the CIA is expanding its use of predator drones in Pakistan. Shane also takes great pains to explain how careful the CIA is in preventing civilian deaths.

Shane completely ignores what Scahill has discovered. Scahill reports that the JSOC/Blackwater drone attacks are carried out in a completely careless manner with regard to civilian deaths. I have no reason to doubt Shane’s description of the care the CIA takes in its prevention of civilian deaths, but because Shane does not mention the JSOC activity, I’m wondering if the following passage in his article relates only to an analysis of CIA drone attacks and not JSOC attacks:

About 80 missile attacks from drones in less than two years have killed “more than 400” enemy fighters, the official said, offering a number lower than most estimates but in the same range. His account of collateral damage, however, was strikingly lower than many unofficial counts: “We believe the number of civilian casualties is just over 20, and those were people who were either at the side of major terrorists or were at facilities used by terrorists.”

Here is the Scahill appearance:

As Scahill states, it appears that Erik Prince is trying to protect himself against Congressional inquiries into the multiple crimes for which Blackwater has been accused, employing a former CIA attorney as an “author” in a piece clearly meant to put him in a more favorable light (see this piece by Marcy Wheeler for further perspective on the JSOC vs. CIA aspect of the Vanity Fair article). It also seems quite fishy to me that Scott Shane pops up at the very same time to help in the attempt to put attention on the CIA when attention should also be directed at Special Operations that appear have put Dick Cheney, Stanley McChrystal and Erik Prince together to carry out a private war they want nobody to know about.

This will be a very interesting situation to watch for the next few weeks. I’m especially interested in what the next few public statements from Dick (or Liz) Cheney will be. I’m betting they will be directing attention toward the CIA and away from the JSOC just as Shane’s article does.

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Breaking: Jeremy Scahill Blows Lid off Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan

6:15 pm in Uncategorized by Jim White

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Stanley McChrystal: Pimp Connection Between Cheney and Blackwater

Jeremy Scahill blows the lid off “Blackwater’s Secret War in Pakistan” in an article just published in The Nation. This story brings together an amazing array of bad actors: Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Stanley McChrystal and Blackwater. It should come as no surprise, then, that the outcome of this team working together is a jaw-dropping tale of war crimes that continue to be carried out.

The entire story should be read, but since I have written a number of diaries on Stanley McChrystal and why he should be facing a war crimes tribunal rather than commanding US forces in Afghanistan, I will excerpt two paragraphs where he plays a central role:

While JSOC has long played a central role in US counterterrorism and covert operations, military and civilian officials who worked at the Defense and State Departments during the Bush administration described in interviews with The Nation an extremely cozy relationship that developed between the executive branch (primarily through Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld) and JSOC. During the Bush era, Special Forces turned into a virtual stand-alone operation that acted outside the military chain of command and in direct coordination with the White House. Throughout the Bush years, it was largely General McChrystal who ran JSOC. “What I was seeing was the development of what I would later see in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Special Operations forces would operate in both theaters without the conventional commander even knowing what they were doing,” said Colonel Wilkerson. “That’s dangerous, that’s very dangerous. You have all kinds of mess when you don’t tell the theater commander what you’re doing.”

Wilkerson said that almost immediately after assuming his role at the State Department under Colin Powell, he saw JSOC being politicized and developing a close relationship with the executive branch. He saw this begin, he said, after his first Delta Force briefing at Fort Bragg. “I think Cheney and Rumsfeld went directly into JSOC. I think they went into JSOC at times, perhaps most frequently, without the SOCOM [Special Operations] commander at the time even knowing it. The receptivity in JSOC was quite good,” says Wilkerson. “I think Cheney was actually giving McChrystal instructions, and McChrystal was asking him for instructions.” He said the relationship between JSOC and Cheney and Rumsfeld “built up initially because Rumsfeld didn’t get the responsiveness. He didn’t get the can-do kind of attitude out of the SOCOM commander, and so as Rumsfeld was wont to do, he cut him out and went straight to the horse’s mouth. At that point you had JSOC operating as an extension of the [administration] doing things the executive branch–read: Cheney and Rumsfeld–wanted it to do. This would be more or less carte blanche. You need to do it, do it. It was very alarming for me as a conventional soldier.”

Tomorrow, I will be calling the office of the Senate Armed Services Committee to request that Senator Carl Levin, as chair, convene hearings immediately to look into the evidence Scahill has presented.

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American Consulate official kills 3 Pakistanis in Lahore

Lahore Shootings: As The Case Unfolds, The Mystery Deepens

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: As the US diplomatic machinery moved to calm a brewing storm over Thursday’s shooting incident in Lahore involving an official attached to its consulate, peculiar details are trickling in regarding the exact identity of the man.

US Ambassador Cameron Munter is learnt to have met Foreign Secretary Salman Basheer, requesting the federal government’s intervention in the case of US official Raymond Allen Davis, who gunned down two young motorcyclists near Lahore’s Qurtaba Chowk in apparent self-defence. The case is currently being handled by the Punjab government, and Davis has been remanded into police custody for six days, according to police officials, by a magistrate.

Munter, according to well-placed sources, is said to have brought up the Geneva Convention, under which diplomats are allowed diplomatic immunity. The provincial government has so far refused to bring the international protocol into play. Other diplomats are also learnt to have tried to contact the Punjab government.

The Foreign Office is learnt to have contacted the Punjab government requesting case details. There has also been a meeting between Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik regarding the matter. Gen. Kayani is said to have advised Malik to handle the matter with ‘extreme care’ given its sensitive nature. He also advised that, aside from the apparent diplomatic links, Davis’ military links should also be kept in mind as the case moves forward.

Also discussed was the law and order situation that could arise if Davis is granted immunity.

Who is Davis?

Meanwhile, intelligence data shows that Davis has visited Pakistan nine times since 2009.

According to records available with The Express Tribune, Allen Davis, aged 37, visited Pakistan for the first time on October 18, 2009, landing in Islamabad. His last entry into Pakistan was on January 20, 2011, when he landed in Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Davis travelled using a regular passport, on which he had regular visit visas. There was no diplomatic passport.
Insiders say that Davis was performing duties as a technical advisor serving in the Intelligence and Security Wings of the US Embassy in Islamabad and the consulate in Lahore. He also made frequent visits to Karachi and Peshawar. The police are said to have recovered an identity card from Davis for the US’ Peshawar consulate.

Pakistani intelligence agencies have so far not reached any conclusion and had not submitted a report regarding the incident till the filing of this report. However, initial data suggests that police or other security/intelligence agencies had no record or intimation of Davis’ movement or participation in official events since he first arrived in Pakistan in 2009.
According to policy guidelines and security advisory issued by the Foreign and Interior Ministries, US officials are, for their own security, not meant to move around without informing security officials due to the terror threat in the country. The vehicle Davis was driving was locally-registered, and did not have diplomatic number plates.

Initial reports revolved around a possible looting attempt by the men on the motorcycles, to which Davis is said to have retaliated. Conversely, some reports rejected the robbery bid. However, it is unclear what would have provoked Davis to open fire.

A new angle to the incident, submitted in a statement by Davis himself, has it that the vehicle he was driving had had a minor collision with a Rickshaw a little before the incident. Therefore, if not a robbery, the two men could have chased the vehicle to argue with the driver.

Tristram Perry, the information officer of the US Consulate in Lahore, did not answer queries regarding Davis’ immunity, saying that he has been requested by Islamabad to not comment on the incident. “We are working with Pakistani authorities to determine the facts and work toward a resolution,” he said

FIRs against the deceased

Meanwhile, though it was initially reported that the two deceased motorcyclists had no criminal record, the police registered FIRs against them posthumously on Friday, police sources told The Express Tribune.

The complainants, Doctor Farzand and Sheharyar Malik, in a written application, state that the two had robbed them of their mobiles and cash just before the incident and were fleeing.

As evidence, the two have referred to phone logs of calls made to Rescue 1-5 about the incident right after it happened. The police say that two mobile phones were recovered from the deceased which matched the description of those the applicants had complained to 1-5 had been stolen.

However, the police had also shown the recovery of foreign currency from the deceased, which they say had also been looted. On the other hand, there is yet to be a complaint regarding the theft of foreign currency on the day of the incident.

In the FIR registered against Davis, the police have also included charges of carrying an illegal weapon – a Glock pistol and two magazines. The police also recovered a digital camera, a phone tracker with a charger.
Conversely, the police so far have no information about the other vehicle that came to rescue Davis and crushed a motorcyclist – Ibadullah – in the process. After killing the man, the vehicle fled from the scene. Davis did not disclose who was heading to his rescue, but did tell the police that, after the incident, he telephoned his Regional Security Officer who might have sent some officials for his rescue.

A police officer, on condition of anonymity, said that they had, through the Lahore Capital City Police Officer, sent a formal request to Pakistan’s foreign office to contact the US Consulate to identify those in the vehicle for their arrest.
The security of the US consulate has meanwhile been increased in light of increasing protests against the incident, The Express Tribune has learnt.

Lahore shootings: As the case unfolds, the mystery deepens – The Express Tribune

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The mystery of ‘Raymond Davis’

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The plot thickens. US Embassy claims have been identified as false. It is now being revealed that both Pakistani men who were supposedly attacking Mr. ‘Raymond Davis’ were actually shot from behind, which makes the US Embassy’s the self-defense story untenable.

Pakistani authorities have ruled out the diplomatic status of the alias “Raymond Davis’’. Islamabad confirms that Mr Davis was on a visit visa, and is not allowed diplomatic immunity. The American Embassy has thus been broadcasting totally false information. Instead of cooperating with the authorities, the US administration is pressurizing the Pakistani government to release Mr Davis. So far the government has not buckled under US pressure. The PPPP did not want this crisis. It is now stuck between the hardline nationalists and the US State Department.

There are news reports that the Federal government has buckled to US pressure a Federal minister has supposedly informed Mr. Shahbaz Sharif that “Immunity from the federal government will reach Lahore in the next few days.” This has created tensions between the PPPP and the PMLN. The Punjab government spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rashid told reporters that the Punjab government has received different messages from the Center and the US Embassy– to hand over Raymond Davis to the US on the basis of the claimed diplomatic immunity.

Mr. Rashid claimed that the Punjab government’s stance was clear–the issue was in a court and only the court could decide whether the American citizen enjoyed immunity. Mr. Rashid said the that Punjab government had also told the US diplomats that they will have to hand over the other US citizen and his car, which killed a motorcyclist in Lahore.

In a hastily called press conference–Khurshid Kasuri briefed the press about the Mutahada Muslim League (MML) decisions:

  • The alliance leaders had strongly condemned the incident at Mozang in which an employee of the US Consulate in Lahore, Raymond Davis killed two civilians on the pretext of defending himself.
  • Mr. Kuseri in an emotional and fiery speech told the media that the alliance leaders demanded that facts in this highly sensitive matter should be investigated thoroughly and brought to light at the earliest.
  • To a query regarding Davis case, Kasuri said that judiciary was independent and would provide justice in every case.

Sheikh Rashid the president of his own wing of the Muslim Leage call the Awami Muslim League (AML) interrupted Mr. Khurshi Kasuri on the issue of diplomatic immunity to Davis and said that government before looking into US demand for diplomatic immunity to Davis should ask the Americans about the real identity of Davis and his mission in Pakistan.

The AML chief said the questions regarding purpose of Davis’ 10 visits to Pakistan:

  • His real name or identity.
  • Whether he was a regular staffer of the US diplomatic corps or working undercover.
  • What was he doing at a busy area of Lahore, Mozang while carrying a weapon.

Mr. Rashid said that these questions needed to be answered at the earliest in order to ascertain the real status of Raymond Davis.

Facts confirm what most Pakistanis had already suspected. Mr. ‘Davis” is a mercenary and he has acted and behaved as a Blackwater operative. There are dozens, if not hundreds of “Davis” type of mercenaries running roughshod in Pakistan. Many Pakistanis believe that it is these operatives that is creating law the law and order situation in Pakistan. By asking Pakistan to let Mr Davis leave the country without a trial or a proper court hearing, the US is not doing themselves and favors. The nationalists are squeezing the government in a vice. The PPP government has a tough task at hand and will be unable to release the US operative.

The White House validates that ‘Raymond Davis’ is not his real name. US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “We have not released the identity of our employee at this point.”

Some reports indicate that Mr Davis runs Hyperion Protective Consultants, LLC, a company that provides “loss and risk management professionals”. The site of the organization (http://hyperion-protective.com/services.html) was put up by a Computer Science drop-out confirming the belief that it is a front for other organizations.

In the “About US” section–Hyperion describes itself in euphmisms “The conception of our company came about from the simplest of reasons,” Demand”. Potential customers requested of our founder Gerald L. Richardson in 1999 to find ways to guide them through the often foggy areas of loss and risk management. Armed with this request he set out to find other like minded professionals to fill this need. The requests more specifically stated can we reduce our dependence on outside entities. Which are costly in the long run, and has many limitations in its effectiveness. The answer was “Yes”, and a plan was drafted to bring this method to all safety and cost conscious companies. The protection and service of our client is our business. Lets talk about us, meaning the individuals that make our company successful! New and affordable ways to fill the oldest of needs, “PROTECTION OF ASSETS””.

It is very clear that in whatever capacity Mr Davis was working for the US Consulate in Lahore–it was not about buying alarm systems. That could be done in Anarkali. Mr. ‘Davis” was a sharp-shooter and was armed (a violation of his visa and fake ‘diplomatic status’). Pakistanis have seen many aspects of ‘the ugly American’.

It because of the hubris and arrogance that Anti-American sentiment is at fever pitch. It is exactly this sort of nefarious activity that has led to the situation in Tunisia and Egypt.

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U.S.-Pakistan Row Intensifies

Washington Scraps Talks, Citing ‘Political Changes’ Amid American’s Detention

By ZAHID HUSSAIN

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The U.S. canceled talks in Washington involving Pakistan due to an escalating diplomatic row over the detention last month of an American employed by the U.S. government who shot dead two armed men.

AFP/Getty ImagesParamilitary soldiers take positions on Sunday outside Kot Lakhpat prison in Lahore, where U.S. government employee Raymond Davis is held.

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A U.S. State Department statement Sunday said the high-level meeting involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. was  called off “in light of the political changes in Pakistan.” Pakistan’s government Friday announced cabinet changes that removed Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the country’s former foreign minister, from his post.

But a senior Pakistan foreign ministry official said Washington’s cancellation of the meeting was intended to pressure Pakistan to release the U.S. government employee.

Pakistan police say preliminary investigations have shown the man, who they have named as Raymond Davis, is likely to be charged soon with murder.

Pakistani authorities say Mr. Davis is an employee of a U.S.-based security company who was working under contract for the U.S. government in Pakistan.

The U.S. government has given few details about the man, who it hasn’t named. The embassy in Islamabad said the man, who it claims fired in self-defense, is covered by diplomatic immunity and should be immediately released.

Pakistani officials have publicly questioned whether Mr. Davis acted in self-defense and have said he may have known the attackers, but they have given no clear picture of what they think occurred.

The U.S. last week suspended several bilateral engagements with Pakistan after a high court barred Pakistan’s government from releasing Mr. Davis, Pakistani officials said.

Abdul Basit, a Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman, said the cancellation of the Washington meeting won’t affect the long-term strategic partnership between the two nations.

Pakistani officials said the Obama administration also has threatened to call off an upcoming state visit to Washington by President Asif Ali Zardari if the standoff over Mr. Davis doesn’t end.

The visit was expected to take place in March, though no date was fixed.

No official at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad was available for comment.

Mr. Davis shot and killed two gunmen who tried to intercept his car in a congested market place in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Jan. 27. A second car, which came to extricate Mr. Davis from the situation, ran over and killed a bystander. Police arrested Mr. Davis and have held him in detention since then. The driver of the second car, who wasn’t named, escaped arrest.

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End tribal areas operation: Jirga

Published: February 14, 2011

LAHORE – JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has said that thousands of “Raymond Davises” were roaming in the country, but instead of catching them, the Army was killing own countrymen.
Addressing a tribal jirga at Mansoora on Sunday, the JI chief said that failure of the law-enforcement agencies to arrest Davis’ four accomplices and seize their vehicle “clearly shows their utter helplessness and incompetence.”
The Jirga, attended by elders from different areas, demanded immediate end to the military operation in the tribal areas, pulling out from the US war on terror, withdrawal of troops and holding dialogue with local people for ensuring durable peace. It condemned the drone attacks resulting in large scale killings in violation of the country’s sovereignty and demanded an end to these. The declaration also called upon the government to take necessary steps for the return of the displaced persons to their homes with honour and provision of the essentials to them in a respectable manner. It called for setting up a judicial commission to assess the damage done by the operation in the tribal areas and for fixing the responsibility, besides a reasonable financial package for the tribal areas to compensate for their losses. The Jirga called for hanging Raymond Davis besides interrogation from him in regard to the network of Blackwater and other US organizations operating in the country.
Opposing release of Raymond Davis, the Jirga also demanded that serious efforts be made for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. The Jirga called for an end to the FCR terming it a colonial era legacy and demanded enforcement of the Shariah in the light of the constitution and the law reforms. It demanded abolishing Political Agent’s authority and subjecting him to the judiciary. It also demanded construction of basic infrastructure in the tribal areas besides provision of basic needs to facilitate their return.
In his address, Syed Munawar Hasan said that the ISPR was misleading the nation by creating an impression that all the residents of the Khyber PK were terrorists and traitors. He said that the tribal people had always served as backbone of the army. Had the tribal people not been patriotic, they would have begun a separatist movement instead of bearing all the oppression silently, he argued.

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Hearts & minds campaign?

By Syed Talat Hussain | From the Newspaper 

OFFICIAL quarters in Islamabad claim with a straight face that the Raymond Allen Davis case is not an insurmountable challenge in Pakistan’s relations with the US. They say that the bilateral equation is strong enough to withstand the jolts of this controversy.

The time to evaluate the impact of this issue on the vital strategic relationship between the two countries will come later. But at least in one significant respect, Pakistan-US ties are already badly damaged. And this relates to the nature and direction of public discourse in Pakistan about the United States.

The Davis issue has disfigured the environment in which the strategic partnership with the US was being nurtured. Raymond Davis endorses the typical Pakistani image of the US as a trigger-happy bully. In popular perception, Davis is the personification of a policy conduct Washington has displayed all around since 9/11 at a much larger scale — from the sands of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan and in the Fata region.

In this context, the general eye in Pakistan perceives Washington’s demand for immunity for Davis’s actions as akin to audacious American actions against Muslim countries, where international law is stretched and distorted to defend invasions and destruction of Muslim homelands
in the name of countering terrorism.

The uncontrollable outrage that creeps into every discussion about the possibility of setting Davis free is not just because the information trickling about his activities in Pakistan is completely scandalous bordering on the seditious.

It is in part a reaction to the murder and mayhem in Mazang. In part it is now also because of the tragic suicide of the widow of one of the victims of Davis’s precision shooting. The plight of the deceased widow has sown the seeds of grief and anger in the hearts of even housewives.

The demand for punishment for Davis is no longer a subject of conversation of macho nationalists or media sensationalists. The homes of ordinary folk too are alight with fiery commentary at the mere mention of the name of the former US military man, who has had special warfare training at Fort Bragg.

This nationwide welling up of anti-US emotion pushes further down the already declining US ratings in Pakistan. This is major damage to the ‘hearts and minds’ outreach programme that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been spearheading to fashion a better image for her country in Pakistan.

The policy worked at three levels: promotion of goods and services that the US brings to Pakistan; dilution of criticism of Washington’s policies by a robust media policy of rebuttals, denials and counter-charges; and isolation of those organisations and individuals whose sense of reality did not conform to Washington’s interest in Pakistan.

Admittedly, this policy worked rather well. The voice of America in Pakistan got considerably amplified, thanks primarily, though not only, to well-planned vigorous pro-US media activity carried out by known native advocates of Washington’s interests.

To change negative publicity into a positive profile, Washington carried out vast and constant diplomatic engagement with the politicians and the military top brass alike. Statistics show that in the last year and a half, Pakistan has been the US officials’ most ‘visited’ country in the world.

These visits on the one hand underscored Pakistan’s strategic importance and on the other served the valuable purpose of showing US in the bright light of a ‘trustworthy’ country that is fair and square in its dealings with Pakistan. By the time Ms Clinton had conducted her second round in Pakistan last year, the situation had started to improve. Upon her return home, she reported “visible changes in public mood”. Later, building on this happy new ground, US diplomats artfully scripted Washington’s aid measures for Pakistan’s flood victims and got some palpable PR points from the relief efforts.

How many hearts and minds exactly turned in Washington’s favour, we don’t know. Perhaps not many. But something did change. Thorny controversies that once defined public discourse on the US disappeared into thin air. Towards the end of 2010 and on the eve of 2011 not a whisper was heard about the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan, expansion of US embassy premises, unauthorised and suspicious movement of US diplomats and embassy personnel. Even the matter of granting visas to US officials became a non-issue. The Kerry Lugar Bill’s preconditions for getting aid were totally forgotten.

But then came Mr Davis with his Glock handgun taking Pakistani lives and shooting through the heart the hearts and minds campaign. Since then Washington’s public profile has been completely defiled.

The strategic communication regime Washington’s spin doctors had put in place to create an enabling environment for successful diplomacy — called propaganda in old times — is completely dysfunctional. The trust deficit in the realm of public diplomacy is as wide as never before.

This is long-term damage recovering from which would take much longer than settling the issue of diplomatic immunity.

We do not know what Davis’s real mission was, but he certainly performed one task of strategic scale: ruining whatever little hope public diplomacy campaigners might have had of convincing the simple folk of Pakistan that the US was just a friendly giant they had no reason to run away from.

The writer is senior anchor at DawnNews.

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Davis flies into fury on prayer call

By: Jam Sajjad Hussain | Published: February 15, 2011

LAHORE – The inmates facing murder charges invariably display quite caution. American killer Raymond Davis, however, is a different species. Undeterred by the implications of his case, he lives in the jail the way he wants to.
Davis doesn’t like to be disturbed in any manner whatsoever. Even Azaan, the prayer call, comes as a source of disturbance for him. And distressing is the disclosure that the loudspeakers in the jail were muted when Davis complained about the prayer call Monday morning.
Davis lodged a protest with the jail authorities on “being disturbed by the morning prayer call”.
“He started shouting in a quite savage manner in the wee hours when the Azaan was in progress and the prisoners were waking up for the prayers,” said a prisoner requesting not to be named.
The inmate said that Davis started shouting, “Shut the louder or I will raise the matter with the (US) Consulate.”
“Surprisingly, jail officials shut the loudspeaker. It prompted the other prisoners to protest. In return, the officials switched the speaker back on,” said the inmate.
An official of the Kot Lakhpat Jail, pseudonym Bholi Shah, said Davis had started huffing and puffing on hearing the Friday prayer call on his first day in jail.
“Seeing four prisoners offering Asr prayers in the corridor of their barrack, Davis started grumbling in a derogatory way,” said Shah.

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Davis affair cost Qureshi his job: Pakistani daily

2011-02-15 13:30:00
 

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Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) The refusal of Shah Mahmood Qureshi to ‘recognise Raymond Davis as a diplomat or accord him immunity ultimately cost him his job’ as the foreign minister, a Pakistani daily said Tuesday.An editorial in the News International Tuesday said: ‘An incident on a Lahore street in which three people died, two shot and one crushed to death, has sparked a chain of events that have increasing regional and international gravity.’ 

‘The Davis affair’s latest casualty in purely human terms is…Shah Mahmood Qureshi, whose refusal to recognise Davis as a diplomat or accord him immunity ultimately cost him his job. Qureshi’s principled stand earned him the disapproval of Hilary Clinton who wanted his head on a plate – and got it.’

Davis shot dead two Pakistani men on a motorcycle on a Lahore street Jan 27 after they allegedly brandished weapons. Some reports say the two were Pakistani intelligence operatives tailing him. The American has said he fired in self-defence because he thought the two were robbers.

The incident led to a third death when a speeding US consulate vehicle coming to the rescue of Davis overran another motorcyclist. US officials have threatened to cut off the $1.5 billion in annual aid to Pakistan if Davis was not released and Washington has put bilateral contacts with Islamabad on hold.

The editorial said: ‘And then there is the silence of the drones. It may be purely by coincidence or it may not, but there has not been an attack by drones anywhere in Pakistan since Davis was arrested. The last such attack was Jan 23. Davis was arrested Jan 27.’

‘Could it be that somebody in the US administration worked out that continuing the drone strikes was going to make a bad situation even worse,’ the editorial wondered.

It went on to say that the ‘highest-profile casualty may be the meeting between President (Asif Ali) Zardari and President (Barack) Obama’.

‘It will be remembered that Obama made a commitment to inviting Zardari to Washington after he chose not to visit Pakistan before or after his recent trip to India. A failure to offer a date to Zardari would be the diplomatic equivalent of having a shoe thrown at you.’

It observed that Davis issue was increasingly becoming ‘toxic’.

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Exclusive: The Case of “Raymond Davis”: What Actually Happened

Sources in Pakistan’s security infrastructure have confirmed that the two people gunned down by “Raymond Davis” were ISI operatives who were pursuing the technical advisor for the US Consulate in Lahore after they found him with large amounts of cash traveling to a specific destination. This is routine surveillance work for intelligence operatives especially when it comes to monitoring foreign agents in the country.

It turns out that apart from a lot of cash, “Raymond Davis” was also caught with a cache of sensitive equipment that “could be used for something big”, according to one officer, whose name is not being revealed on condition of anonymity.

Readers might remember that in 2009, four armed Xe operatives were arrested near Kahuta. The four, driving a Jeep 4×4 and possessing advanced surveillance and jamming equipment of Israeli manufacture, were intercepted 1.5 miles from the Kahuta nuclear facility.

Pakistan’s intelligence apparatus is dedicated to the well-being of Pakistan. Counter-intelligence is what the ISI and MI specialize in, and this has been acknowledged by US officials.

”Pakistan would be exceptionally uncomfortable and even hostile to American efforts to muck about in their home turf,” said Graham Fuller, an expert on Islamic fundamentalism who spent 25 years with the CIA, including a stint as Kabul station chief.

“Davis”, however, is not affiliated with Blackwater (Xe) or Dyncorp as some reports suggest. He is an employee of Hyperion Protective Consultants LLC, an organization that deals with surveillance equipment, wireless alarms and personal protection gadgets.

Hospital sources for the slain victims reveal that 15 bullets were fired. It has been reported that before “Davis” went ahead with shooting those two operatives, he was trying to take their pictures and even did a small inquiry with people from here and there in Urdu language. Pedestrians on Ferozepur Road Lahore say that “Raymond Davis” kept telling them in Urdu “These two men were dacoits and were trying to snatch my money on gunpoint”. This accusation aside, now the questions arise: If this operative knows Urdu, why and how?

We have to keep this in mind: The CIA’s operational statistics have shown there has been an increase in the number of officers proficient in mission-critical languages by 11 percent. Urdu, Arabic, Pashto, Persian and Chinese are the languages in high recruit-demands since the past two years. The CIA also offers hiring bonuses of up to $35000 to agents who are up to the mark in this domain (as mentioned in USA today dated 19 April, 2009)

Could “Raymond Davis” be a CIA operative who blew his cover in confusion? Why would an electronics and telecom specialist learn Urdu for a brief posting in Lahore, Pakistan?

It was during Pervez Musharraf’s tenure that American operatives were allowed to roam free across Pakistan. However, despite all their movement, they are being constantly watched by Pakistan’s intelligence agencies.

Another question: What about the people who filed a statement in court saying that the two slain operatives were “dacoits, they had robbed my iPhone before attempting to loot Davis”? It seems both those “witnesses” were paid handsome amounts by the US Consulate to give false confessions in court.

Diplomatic immunity is not for those who are armed and shoot down Pakistanis in broad daylight. If this were so, diplomacy would turn into a legal conman business. Pakistan’s Foreign Office has already said that “Raymond Davis” cannot get diplomatic immunity.

It is noteworthy to mention here also that Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen. Kayani commented on this issue with the Interior Minister Rehman Malik and advised him to “handle the American’s case with care given its sensitive nature”.

Gen. Kayani also advised that the American’s “apparent diplomatic links” and “military links” should be kept in mind as the case moves forward, the report said.

Note that it isn’t necessary that the killer’s real name is “Raymond Davis”. Intel officers have a custom of adopting pseudonyms for themselves, a previous case was of “Jonathan Banks”, who ran from Pakistan after he was to be convicted in court by tribal elder Karim Khan for murdering innocent civilians through illegal drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

It is solely upon Pakistan’s citizens as to whether they will force the government to carry out the prosecution of this operative. The first step has been taken by a Pakistani judge who has blocked any move to hand over “Davis” to US authorities.

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“Raymond Davis” and his aides were busy in photographing the religious seminary and buildings of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and were directly sending the pictures to their centre via satellite.

The Xe/CIA operatives were mapping out a strategic approach in South Punjab to hunt for ”non-state actors” (recruitment) for drone attacks or a possible operation. Next, the Pakistani embassy in the UAE mysteriously issued visas to Americans who were affiliated with Xe/CIA, meant to carry out undercover assignments in South Punjab and other adjacent areas

http://livepakistan.com/news/2011/02/15/exclusive-the-case-of-raymond-davis-what-actually-happened/

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US Terror Campaign in Pakistan? (abridged)
Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, Feb 10 2011

Jane Perlez, in a Feb 8 NYT article datelined Lahore, for the first time mentions the forensic evidence that both of Davis’s victims were shot in the back, and quotes police as saying that Davis had told them he shot the men not because they had menaced him with guns, as has earlier been asserted in the US media, based on statements from the State Dept, but because “he believed that the men were armed.” If that was the accepted standard for shooting someone in Texas or Arizona, half the residents of the state would be shooting the other half. It’s also a pretty lame justification for shooting two people in the back! Perlez also confirms another point; the suspicious array of items that police found in Davis’s rented Honda Civic when they arrested him, though she diminishes their significance by offering the snide comment that the local Pakistani press has been “dwelling” on the items, as well as on his various, and mutually exclusive array of business cards, which included one listing him as working out of the Peshawar Consulate, on the edge of the Pashtun Tribal area, one listing him as a Defense Dept contractor, and one listing him as an employee of the seemingly non-existent Hyperion Protective Consultants in Orlando. There is a company in Las Vegas Nevada called Hyperion Protective Services. That firm’s 2006 registration information lists as its owners Raymond Davis and his wife.

The items that the Pakistani press are “dwelling” on though, as listed by Perlez, include a Glock handgun, a flashlight that attaches to a headband, and a pocket telescope. Unmentioned by Perlez, but also found by police in Davis’s car, were a large number of cellphones, including at least one satellite phone, a collection of batteries, bucketloads of bullets, both for the Glock and a Beretta allegedly used by Davis to kill the two motorcyclists in his pinpoint shots through his front windshield, and a load of M-16 shells. Police report that the bullets were high-powered killer projectiles not allowed in many countries. There were military-grade knives, wires, and a surprising array of high-capacity magazines for the handguns, too (like the one used to such devastating effect in the recent Tucson massacre. There was also something else police found that is profoundly puzzling and disturbing: a camera loaded with pictures of dozens of madrassas and other buildings around Lahore. This was not the run-of-the-mill armament for an embassy security guard, one of the various titles that the State Dept has claimed for Davis at the Lahore Consulate.

The US, which seems to really want this guy out of Pakistani hands, is reportedly threatening to cut off financial assistance to Pakistan and to cancel a planned visit by Obama if Davis is not released; pretty heavy pressure for a low-ranking consular contractor, especially one who has admitted he shot two locals to death while apparently not working in any official capacity. Perlez also uncritically parrots the US government’s line that Davis is “protected by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions and that he must be released from custody.” The problem is that Vienna Convention that Perez and the US government are relying on to demand his release states very clearly that any immunity for diplomats or consular staff does not apply to “serious crimes,” and it would be hard to imagine a more serious crime than a double murder, which is what Davis is currently being charged with. What seems clear at this point is that Davis, 36, is not what the US government is now claiming he is: a “technical advisor” to the consulate. His record, 10 years in US Special Forces, supposedly ending in 2003, and his shell “security” company in the US, with its faked addresses, suggest strongly that he is working for the US, either in some intelligence branch, or more likely as an employee of some mercenary-for-hire company like Xe/Blackwater.

What he was actually doing on his ill-fated drive into the commercial heart of Lahore is up for grabs. There have been several reports in the Pakistani press, unmentioned by Perlez, that the two men he killed were not, as initially reported by the US, petty thieves, but were actually ISI agents. Today, ABC’s Nick Schifrin reports that while the State Dept “adamantly denies” the claim, four Pakistani officials, off the record, have told ABC that the two men Davis killed were ISI agents assigned to tail Davis because he was a spy who had “crossed a red line.” What “red line?” Again there is speculation in Pakistan’s media that Davis may have been involved in some kind of covert US program to actually finance or orchestrate some of the bombings that have been destabilizing Pakistan. Certainly that could explain the stop at the ATM for a bundle of cash, and for all of those cell phones recovered from Davis’s car, which could serve nicely as bomb detonators, a popular method adopted by terrorists everywhere, though of course they could also have been dedicated lines or throwaways for “cutouts,” as one veteran of such black-ops notes. The suicide by rat poison of the 18-year-old bride of one of the two slain men would seem to point to the victim’s being more than just a petty street thief, too. The young woman, from her hospital bed, before dying, said that she was killing herself because she despaired of seeing justice done for the murder of her husband.

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‘Raymond Davis’ Affair: Deeper than you think–and profound repercussions

14. Feb, 2011 0 Comments

Obama Taliban‘Davis’ is the missing link to US support for ‘TTP’ terror in Pakistan

Undoubtedly this is the biggest scandal in US Foreign relations since the US was shot down by the Soviets in the sixties. Then, as now, both sides played out the drama in an iterative manner–neither side letting the other know how much they know.

There are clear indications that there is much more to the “Raymond Davis” affair than the Pakistanis are letting on. THis isn’t about murder and diplomatic immunity. This is mush bigger. Something is very wrong with this picture, and Islamabad is tight lipped because it now has concrete evidence that Mr “Raymond Davis” is linked with the Tehrik e Taliban e Pakistan (TTP) and some of the terror activities that have been happening in Pakistan. The Pakistanis are not stupid. Americans stick out like sore thumbs in Pakistan. When they go running around in their black SUVs laced with Satellite equipment they are tracked, traced and followed. In a cat and mouse game, the contractors can sometimes shake their “tails”. On other occasions they cannot. In fact the ISI gives them enough rope to hang themselves with. In this case, it seems Mr. Davis fell into a trap and his situation is now fully compromised. In panic Mr. “Davis” used the Nuclear option and killed the two Pakistanis who were trailing him–knowing full well that killing Pakistani spies or those who knew his identity would blow up in this face. He doesn’t have to say much–the equipment he carried tells a long and bloody story. All this is irrefutable evidence in a Pakistani court of law. The Pakistanis have already released the pictures of the equipment and the evidence that they have gathered. Of course they are still holding on to the juiciest details.

The US has postponed the Afghan-Pakistan-US Trilateral meeting, dropped hints about postponing the date of Mr. Zardari’s visit to the US, and floated all sorts of other threats. Normally Islamabad would have been cognizant of the the problems of spoiling its relationship with the sole Superpower. However the smirking Pakistanis are so confident in the validity of their cause, that they are letting the US escalate the issue.

Pakistan has ignored some of the US pressure and has not buckled under intense US pressure. Both General Kayani and Former Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi were not very impressed by US posturing. In fact right after their threatening phone calls and messages Islamabad formally charged Davis with pre-meditated murder in the Lahore High Court. The Court promptly remanded Mr. “Davis” to prison for another 14 days of interrogation. There were stories that if Mr. “Davis” does not cooperate, the interrogation would have been upgraded to level 3 (a euphemism for torture). There are reports that despite admonitions from the US Embassy, Mr. Davis is singing like a bird, and has already given enough information to the Pakistanis to get him convicted in any court of law.

The Former Foreign Minister Qureshi publicly confirmed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressured him to “publicly confirm diplomatic immunity of Davis. However, I refused to do so because it was against the factual position in the case.” FM Qureshi’s confirmation that Mr “Davis” is not a diplomat was repeatedly discussed on all 80 TV channels with copies of his passports and visas prominently displayed for the audience. Mr. Quresh said that
“The kind of blanket immunity Washington is pressing for Davis is not endorsed by the official record of the Foreign Ministry,” adding that Washington even “threatened that Hillary Clinton would not meet me at the Munich conference on February 6 if the request was not granted.”

The situation is so polarized that even traditional US allies in Pakistan have condemned the intrusive murders. Mr. Pervez Hoodbhoy who almost never criticizes the US has condemned the “Davis” affair. The PMLN is of course threatened the PPP with a vote of no-confidence.

It is clear that Mr. “Davis” shot the Pakistani operatives knowing full well who they were. The Pakistani authorities have informed the the media that they are very well aware that Mr. Davis was in touch with the “Pakistani Taliban” (TTP). There is conjecture that Mr. “Davis” walked into a trap laid out by the ISI. In fact his contacts were actually ISI agents. All that he said and did is in the hands of the Pakistanis. Mr. “Davis” thought that by shooting the two operatives, he would eliminate the evidence against him. In fact, it made matters worse. Other operatives who were in the vicinity had already taken the necessary precautions. The ISI has leaked information to the media that Mr. “Davis” had crossed a “red line”.

Clearly, the Americans have panicked because the know that the Pakistani side knows much more than it is prepared to admit in public. This is typical behavior when spies are caught with their thumbs up their noses. There are clear indications that Mr. “Davis” has broken down after sustained interrogation in police custody, and has spilled his guts–making the Pakistanis aware of explosive stuff. Its not that this stuff has surprised the Pakistanis. When you have 3000 of these guys running around the country–something gives. The ISI is one of the world’s most powerful spy organizations in the world. It has deep roots in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nothing that crawls or walks in Pakistan is hidden from the ISI and other agencies. On top of this there is a million man Pakistani army. 180 million Pakistanis are also watching the Americans and reporting on them. The panicked Americans have continually given highly contradictory versions about Mr. “Davis’s” identity and the nature of his assignment in Pakistan.

It is very clear that Mr. “Davis’s” discovery and detention has sent alarm bells ringing all the way to President Obama’s White House. In a way the Pakistanis are amused. They know they have the Americans where they want them–right up against the wall. The Americans are fully aware that the “Davis” case is shaking the very foundations of the transactional relationship with Pakistan. While the CIA, the State Department and the White House think that this is a new discovery–the Pakistanis point to a long trail of evidence that directly points to the US consultants and their hirelings in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The ISI and the Army believe that at the right time, the details of what the Pakistanis know will be revealed to President Obama and the world.

Pakistan and Pakistanis have known for a long time who is behind the TTP (Tehrik e Taliban e Pakistani). Its not that hard to guess. What surprised the Pakistanis was their ability to inflict bloody attacks on the Pakistani military in order to destabilize Pakistani. Mr. Davis is not an isolated incident–there is a history behind much of what is happening in Pakistan–most of which can be correlated to the rise of the US “consultants” and “contractors” in Pakistan. It is pedagogical to note that last year when the ISI put in requests for deep security checks on those coming into Pakistan–the US put up a hissy fit and forced about 500 of these “Davis types” through without any background checks. Is is noted that the ISI became very suspicious of the insistence of the US in getting these guys into Pakistan at short notice. These guys got very special attention–and that has paid off in the arrest and detention of Mr. Davis. This points to the fact that this incident was not just an accident–it was an incident waiting to happen. The ISI was ready to pounce on the situation once it happened.

Pakistan has been very suspicious of these “contractors” especially when Pakistani state institutions were attacked. The attacks on the the Army HQ, and the ISI sent alarm bells among the rank and file of the Pakistani government. The vibrant Pakistani press has also been on the trail and has repeatedly pointed out the facts about the former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh (who was eventually fired by Mr. Karzai). However the US security establishment was in cahoots with him.

The Pakistani military and its highly efficient intelligence set-up had concluded a very long time ago that the TTP was being aided by the very sort of free-wheeling “contractors” that Mr. Davis represents. It was just a matter of time when things came to a boil. It is amazing that the Americans are surprised they have finally be caught red-handed. This has happened in the past, but during the reign of President Musharraf, the Americans got away with it and escaped. This time Mr. “Davis” was caught with his hands in the cookie jar.

Over 100,000 American troops in Afghanistan facing the new Taliban “Spring Offensive” are totally dependent on supplies running through Pakistan. The last time Pakistan shut off the spigot, the Americans ran out of toilet paper and had to cut down on food rations. It must have been hard eating food with dirty hands! If the tiff between the US and Pakistan is not resolved the US may face the consequences in Afghanistan. Failure in the Hindu Kush will certainly impact the presidential elections in 2012.

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US Terror Campaign in Pakistan? What was Raymond Davis Shooting for in Lahore?

Wed, 02/09/2011 – 15:00 — Anonymous
by:
Dave Lindorff

The mystery surrounding Raymond A. Davis, the American former Special Forces operative jailed in Lahore, Pakistan for the murder of two young motorcyclists, and his funky “security” company, Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, in the US continues to grow.

When Davis was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the double slaying in a busy business section of Lahore, after he had fatally shot two men in the back, claiming that he feared they might be threatening to rob him, police found business cards on him for a security company called Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, which listed as its address 5100 North Lane, Orlando, Florida.

A website for the company gave the same address, and listed the manager as a Gerald Richardson.

An investigation into the company done for Counterpunch Magazine that was published on Tuesday, disclosed that the address was actually for a vacant storefront in a run-down and almost completely empty strip mall in Orlando called North Lane Plaza. The 5100 shop was completely empty and barren, save for an empty Coke glass on a vacant counter.

Now Tom Johnson, executive of a property company called IB Green, owner of the strip mall property, says that the 5100 address was rented by a man named Gerald Richardson, who used it to sell clothing. “We made him move out in December 2009 for nonpayment of rent,” he says. Johnson recalls that at one point when Richardson was leasing the space for his clothing store, he told him, “Oh, I have another company called Hyperion which might get mail there.”

Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, as reported in the Counterpunch article, is not registered with the Florida Secretary of State’s office, although it still lists the vacant 5100 North Lane, Orlando address as its headquarters on the company website, which also provides an email address for Richardson, who is described as the company’s “manager and chief researcher.” (Efforts to reach Richardson via his email and by leaving a message on the one functioning number listed on the website have gone unanswered.)

But there are other mysteries here, too, regarding Davis (whose name does not appear on the Hyperion-Protective website), and regarding Hyperion.
Just a security guy? Guns, shells, clips, multiple cell phones and batteries all found in Davis's possession by policeJust a security guy? Guns, shells, clips, multiple cell phones and batteries all found in Davis’s possession by police

As reported today in the New York Times in an article by Jane Perlez, there is also a company in Las Vegas Nevada called Hyperion Protective Services. That firm’s 2006 registration information lists as its owners Raymond A Davis and his wife Rebecca J. Davis of 9811 W. Charleston St., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89117. It lists the company’s address as 9345 Boulder Opal Ave., Las Vegas. A registration in Nevada of that name says that Gerald Richardson “founded the firm” in 1999. In an curious twist though, Channel 7 News in Denver, a local ABC affiliate, has learned that Davis and his wife, the two listed principals of the company, actually live in Highland Ranch, Colorado, which would be a fair commute to Vegas.

This company, which Perlez says claims it at least hopes to win government contracts, advertises its services (basically providing due diligence for companies making property purchases, and running background checks on employees), on a website called LasVegasComplete.com. On that site, it lists its website, which is the same original site for Hyperion-Protective Consultants, LLC, the apparently virtual company that borrowed the mail address of Gerald Richardson’s clothing shop at 5100 North Lane, Orlando until he couldn’t pay the rent and got evicted, and that doesn’t have a listed number, or a person to answer the phone. One reason may be that it may no longer exist. Lee Rivers, an official of the Florida Secretary of State’s office on says that the company was registered back in before 2008 as Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC, but that it was dissolved that year for “failing to file a report with the Division of Corporations.” Rivers notes that it is illegal for a company to “hold itself out as a Florida Corporation,” when it is not actually one.

Meanwhile, the phone number listed for the Nevada incarnation of Hyperion-Protective is a cell phone with a Tucson, Arizona area code, which is registered to Raymond A. Davis. A call to that phone reached a recording of a male voice, with no mention of Hyperion-Protective, and no name offered, asking for call-back information. The call was not returned.

Perlez in her article, datelined Lahore, Pakistan, at least for the first time mentions the forensic evidence that both of Davis’s victims were shot in the back and the back of the head, and quotes police as saying that Davis had told them he shot the men not because they had menaced him with guns, as has earlier been asserted in the US media, based on misleading statements from the State Department, but because “he believed that the men were armed.” (According to a witness, the shot to the head was fired execution-style at one of the wounded men by Davis after he exited his car.)

If that was the accepted standard for shooting someone in Texas or Arizona, half the residents of the state would be shooting the other half. It’s also a pretty lame justification for shooting two people in the back!

Perlez also confirms another point–the suspicious array of items that police found in Davis’s rented Honda Civic when they arrested him–though she diminishes their significance by offering the snide comment that the local Pakistani press has been “dwelling” on the items, as well as on his various, and mutually exclusive array of business cards, which included one listing him as working out of the Peshawar Consulate, on the edge of the Pashtun Tribal area, one listing him as a Defense Department contractor, and one listing him as an employee of the seemingly non-existent Hyperion-Protective Consultants LLC in Orlando.

The items that the Pakistani press are “dwelling” on though, as listed by Perlez, include a Glock handgun, a flashlight that attaches to a headband, and a pocket telescope. Unmentioned by Perlez, but also found by police in Davis’s car, were a large number of cellphones, including at least one satellite phone, a cellphone tracker, a collection of batteries, bucketloads of bullets, both for the Glock and a Beretta allegedly used by Davis to kill the two motorcyclists in his pinpoint shots through his front windshield, and a load of M-16 shells. Police report that the bullets were high-powered killer projectiles not allowed in many countries. There were military-grade knives, wires, wire cutters, and a surprising array of high-capacity magazines for the handguns, too (like the one used to such devastating effect in the recent Tucson massacre that killed several people and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords with a serious brain injury). and, reportedly, also some very odd items for a “consular official” to be carrying: masks and makeup.

There were also some other things police found that are profoundly puzzling and disturbing: masks and make-up, and a camera loaded with pictures of dozens of madrassas (religious schools) and other religious buildings around Lahore, as well as with photographs of Pakistani military installations, some on the critical borders with India and Afghanistan. The photos have reportedly led prosecutors to ask that espionage be added to the list of charges facing Davis.

This was not the run-of-the-mill office equipment one would expect for an embassy security officer (one of the various titles (covers?) that the State Department has claimed for Davis at the Lahore Consulate).

The US, which seems to desperately want this guy out of Pakistani hands, is reportedly threatening to cut off financial assistance to Pakistan and to cancel a planned visit by President Obama if Davis is not released–pretty heavy pressure for a low-ranking consular contractor–especially one who has admitted he shot two locals to death while apparently not working in any official capacity.

Perlez also uncritically parrots the US government’s line that Davis is “protected by diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Conventions and that he must be released from custody.”

The problem, as I reported in my earlier Counterpunch article, is that Vienna Convention that Perez and the US government are relying on to demand his release states very clearly that any immunity for diplomats or consular staff does not apply to “serious crimes,” and it would be hard to imagine a more serious crime than a double murder, which is what Davis is currently being charged with.

What seems clear at this point is that Davis, 36, is not what the US government is now claiming he is: a “technical advisor” to the consulate. That geeky description is belied by the eight or more perfect shots that he put, rapid-fire, into the two motorcyclists, shooting through the front windshield of his car.

The tight pattern of bullet holes in the windshield shows the precision of Davis's shots at his victims.The tight pattern of bullet holes in the windshield shows the precision of Davis’s shots at his victims.

His record –10 years in US Special Forces, supposedly ending in 2003–and his shell “security” company in the US, with its faked addresses, suggest strongly that he is working for the US, either in some intelligence branch, or more likely as an employee of some mercenary-for-hire company like Xe (Blackwater). In fact, a former long-time Army Special Forces veteran familiar with black-ops, speculates that Davis may still be in the Special Forces. He says, “Consider the strong possibility of our man being active-duty military, not Agency, not contract. Military people from special units have more and more taken responsibility for covert ops, especially those that involve shooting.”

This veteran adds, “Military folks are sometimes given an “official” cover, ie, a diplomatic
passport and some BS story about what they do (consular section, eg). This is a problem, because it violates agreements with the host nations about reporting how many military are in country, and covers some sensitive operations. Thus the panic of the Department of State et al right now.”

What Davis was actually doing on his ill-fated drive into the commercial heart of Lahore when things went wrong is up for grabs.

There have been several reports in the Pakistani press, unmentioned by Perlez, that the two men he killed were not, as initially reported by the US, petty thieves, but were actually agents working for Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI. Today, ABC’s Nick Schifrin, who has been the best reporter on this story in the US corporate media, reports that while the State Department “adamantly denies” the claim (big surprise, that!), four Pakistani officials, off the record, have told ABC that the two men Davis killed were ISI agents assigned to tail Davis because he was a spy who ISI felt had “crossed a red line.”

What “red line” might that be? Again there is further speculation in Pakistan’s media that Davis, instead of simply gathering intelligence, may have been involved in some kind of covert US program to actually finance or orchestrate some of the bombings that have been rocking, and destabilizing Pakistan. (Certainly that could be an explanation for the stop at the ATM for a bundle of cash, and for all of those cell phones recovered from Davis’s car and person, which could serve nicely as bomb detonators–a popular method adopted by terrorists everywhere– though of course they could also have been dedicated lines or throwaways for “cutouts,” as one veteran of such black-ops notes.)

The suicide by rat poison of the 18-year-old bride of one of the two slain men would seem to point to the victim’s being more than just a petty street thief, too. The young woman, from her hospital bed, before dying, said that she was killing herself because she despaired of seeing justice done for the murder of her husband.

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America’s “”Islamists”” Go Where Oilmen Fear to Tread

Posted on 31. Mar, 2010 by Editor in Letters to Editor

OIL IS CERTAINLY THICKER THAN BLOOD

By Peter Chamberlin

New Pipelines

By following the trail of militant terrorists US forces and American interests have gained access deep in Central Asia, where oil companies have had little luck gaining a foothold on their own.

To students of American foreign policy in Afghanistan and throughout the world, it is common knowledge that the United States military and Central Intelligence often act in a manner that is contradictory to the words of American leaders.  To those who care to look behind the curtain of American duplicity, which casts a veneer of benevolence over our actions, it becomes readily apparent that “Islamic militants” tend to show-up wherever American oil companies have expressed an interest.  America’s historical usage of the same militant groups in the past casts suspicion on their reappearance today, all along the pathway of the projected pipelines.
It is much more than mere serendipity that militant actions usually target American adversaries, such as China, Russia and Iran.  In addition, “Islamists” seem to also target disobedient American allies, such as Pakistan, who have fallen out-of-line, or otherwise failed to meet American expectations.  Given our use of Islamist militants in Afghanistan to attack Russian forces, as well as in Bosnia, to attack Russia’s allies, the Serbians, it takes a very small leap of the imagination to see that the US is logically supporting the very militants our forces are fighting in the field.
The key to understanding American foreign policy is the Hegelian dialectic—the policy of taking certain actions that will cause reactions that are the polar opposite of what you really claim to wanted in the first place:
“The Hegelian Dialectic is, in short, the critical process by which the ruling elite create a problem, anticipating in advance the reaction that the population will have to the given crisis, and thus conditioning the people that a change is needed. When the population is properly conditioned, the desired agenda of the ruling elite is presented as the solution. The solution isn’t intended to solve the problem, but rather to serve as the basis for a new problem or exacerbate the existing one.”
To study the Afghan Islamists is to conduct a forensic dissection of a psyop.  From the very beginning, before the Soviets even invaded, the Afghan revolution was manufactured by a coalition of foreign powers led by the CIA.  Even the political form of Wahabi “Islam” which was taught to combatants in local madrassas, using American-created “Islamic” textbooks from the University of Nebraska, was really a deviation from true Islam that incorporated behavioral modification techniques.  “Suicide bombers” are a CIA mind-control phenomenon.
All the militant Islamists dance to the Wahabi tune, or that of its closest cousin, the equally bankrupt Deobandi movement.  Saudi Arabia spreads this false religion wherever oil and gas fields beckon American corporations.  Pakistan merges Wahabbism with the Deobandi faith in its Islamists who receive training in the tribal region.  The radicalism that arises thereafter from either branch is the desired bi-product that is sought by American military and intelligence planners.  The radicalism and the terrorism which it brings, all in the name of Allah, provide excuses for American military trainers to penetrate targeted nations.
In central Asia, Hizb ut-Tahrir radicalizes young minds and prepares the path for the more radical Wahabi imports.  Saudi-built mosques in the former Soviet republics that were previously cleansed of all formal religion by the communist overlords provide very fertile ground where young minds can fill their hunger for both knowledge and religion.
Former government translator Sibel Edmonds recently gave testimony in the court case of Turkish Islamic leader Fetullah Gulen, who was seeking a green card, which confirmed US/Saudi sponsorship of radical mosques and Islamists in central Asia.  She described American government documents which she had transcribed during her government service.
“Now we come full circle to the current operations in Central Asia which are at the core of the gagging of Sibel Edmonds. As outlined in my recent article, “Court Documents Shed Light on CIA Illegal Operations in Central Asia Using Islam & Madrassas,” the CIA has been funding an illegal covert operation to ‘Islamicize’ the Central Asian region in order to wrest control away from Russia and secure the vast energy resources of the region. The US has been using Turkey as a proxy to carry out this operation, for reasons that Sibel explained:
Given the history, and the distrust of the West, the US realized that it couldn’t get direct control, and therefore would need to use a proxy to gain control quickly and effectively. Turkey was the perfect proxy; a NATO ally and a puppet regime. Turkey shares the same heritage/race as the entire population of Central Asia, the same language (Turkic), the same religion (Sunni Islam), and of course, the strategic location and proximity.
This started more than a decade-long illegal, covert operation in Central Asia by a small group in the US intent on furthering the oil industry and the Military Industrial Complex, using Turkish operatives, Saudi partners and Pakistani allies, furthering this objective in the name of Islam.
This is why I have been saying repeatedly that these illegal covert operations by the Turks and certain US persons dates back to 1996, and involves terrorist activities, narcotics, weapons smuggling and money laundering, converging around the same operations and involving the same actors.
And I want to emphasize that this is “illegal” because most, if not all, of the funding for these operations is not congressionally approved funding, but it comes from illegal activities.
And one last thing, take a look at the people in the State Secrets Privilege Gallery on my website and you will see how these individuals can be traced to the following; Turkey, Central Asia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia – and the activities involving these countries.
As part of this operation, Turkish organizations such as the Gulen ‘movement,’ a $25 billion economic powerhouse, reportedly financed by the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, has been establishing madrassas and mosques across Central Asia – including Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan – for the past decade.
The construction and operation of these madrassas and mosques appear to serve a number of purposes:
1. Indoctrination and radicalization of students
2. Providing a front for CIA and State Department-sanctioned ‘teachers’ to operate with the protection of Diplomatic passports.
3. Laundering money for a variety of purposes.”
Thanks to these successful psyops, terrorist drug-runners from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) find more willing recruits than they can employ to sow terror, crime and drug addiction throughout all of the fertile, though uranium rich, Ferghana Valley, which connects to all of the “Stans.”
“The IMU is best understood as an amalgam of personal vendetta, Islamism, drugs, geopolitics, and terrorism…Only the IMU had a network of contacts on all sides of the Afghan conflict, which enabled it to freely move across Afghanistan and Tajikistan unlike any other known organization.”—The Drugs-Crime-Radical Islamist Nexus.
There is every reason to believe that the IMU itself, is a CIA creation.  According to the definitive history on this topic, given by author Steve Coll in Ghost Wars,:
CIA Director William Casey, in a move exceeding his authority, decided to extend destabilizing propaganda measures inside the borders of the Soviet Union. To this end, the CIA promoted the Muslim religion in Uzbekistan, by CIA commissioning a translation of the Qu’ran into Uzbek by an Uzbek exile living in Germany, and then commissioning Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence to deliver 5,000 copies.”
If the CIA did, in fact, supply the corrupted Islamic jihadi textbooks to the madrassas where IMU foot soldiers were indoctrinated in Uzbekistan, then it follows that whatever arose from them is also a product of the CIA.  At this point, it is necessary to quote from official US military doctrine—from US Air Force doctrine paper Irregular Warfare, under “Support to Insurgencies”–
“Various US government organizations are postured to recruit, organize, train, and advise indigenous guerrilla or partisan forces.  These operations usually consist of supplying equipment, training, and advisory assistance to non-state actors.  They may also involve US direct-action operations supporting specific campaign goals.”
American military and drug-interdiction missions in hot pursuit of IMU terrorists and drug-dealers provide cover for Special Forces operatives, who scout-out local leadership for further development, or termination.  The “Irregular Warfare” document deals with leadership becoming targeted by both drone and PSYOP, as well.  The Partnership for Peace programs open the door for an influx of thousands of American and NATO trainers, giving them bases for operations for “direct-action” missions, while it transfers tons of surplus military equipment to oil rich customers and sets the stage for joint military war games.
The new anti-terror training center at Batken, Kyrgyzstan will train the “Scorpion” Special Forces units for drug-interdiction and anti-terrorist operations.  Batken is the axis point for American operations, the point where dominion over former Soviet states formally transfers out of Russian hands, into greedy American hands.  The Russians passed-up the chance to build a military facility at Batken.   IMU terror convinced the Kyrgyz government that the center was needed to deal with IMU terror operations, after 800 IMU agents penetrated the Ferghana Valley:
“The incursions by the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in the Batken Oblast of Kyrgyzstan in August 1999 exposed fundamental weaknesses in the Kyrgyz armed forces. Coordinated activities by the groups of armed insurgents confirmed that the state security bodies were unable to cope adequately with the tactics of guerrilla war…Despite the official claims made by the MoD, neither Kyrgyz security nor military units conducted successful combat engagements with the insurgents. This lack of success underscored a number of critical Kyrgyz military shortfalls that hampered their ability to effectively find, fix, and engage the hostile groups”
The recent sudden realignment of Taliban and Pakistani interests (represented in the string of Taliban “arrests”) is intended to provide the US and NATO with an excuse to open this new front in their terror war, by shifting the emphasis to protecting the new Northern Distribution Network (NDN) that parallels anticipated pipeline routes to the irresistable underground wealth that waits to be pumped from underneath the fertile Caspian basin soil.  This attempted realignment on interior Asia was only made possible because American and Pakistani leaders decided to take advantage of Pakistan’s continued friendly relations with the Taliban, instead of working at cross-purposes with each other.
Now it is possible to plan for an American “exit from Afghanistan,” which will firmly place total control of Afghanistan back into Pakistan’s hands (if only India and Russia can be persuaded to go along).  The sad part of the story is that now, when America needs Indian cooperation more than ever, the David Headley case is threatening to blow Indo-American relations asunder.  If possible, America is attempting to allow India limited access to Headley, if it can be done without exposing the American hand behind the Mumbai attack.  (SEE: Mumbai Mystery: American Designs on Pakistan and India)
The new Afghan paradigm will free American forces for the central Asian expedition, so that American oil companies can get the oil that everybody will want piped to the outside world.  India has a vested interest in making all of this happen.
If all the players really wanted to ensure that the oil and gas flowed out of Asia, then they would now support turning back the clock in Afghanistan, to the former arrangements that prevailed before 2001.  Friend of Pakistan (and formerly the US) Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has led the way by taking the first steps to introduce the new Afghan paradigm—a rapid American pull-out, based on Pakistan reeling-in the Taliban and Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e-Islami effectively challenging the Taliban and renegade Uzbeks around Kunduz.
A Pakistani-engineered peace deal between the Karzai government and Hekmatyar, for northern Afghanistan only, is clearly in the cards, but that also depends upon whether or not the Indian/Russian-allied Northern Alliance wants to play the role of spoiler.  A return to pre-2001 conditions could turn the clock all the way back to 1996 and the civil war in Afghanistan between Taliban and Northern Alliance.  If that happens, then look for India to increase support to resistance (terrorist) groups in Balochistan.  If that path is chosen, then we should also expect a surge in Taliban-related violence in Balochistan, as Gen. Musharraf’s MMA militant/mullah alliance is revived, and Taliban are once again imported to take on the BLA and other foreign-supported resistance groups.
Either way, by handing Afghanistan off to Pakistan, in short order, US forces will be freed-up to move northward, to secure territory around the new Northern Distribution Network (NDN) and the clearing of the way for the planned pipelines.  Pakistan will be given a free hand to pacify its own territory, including Balochistan, with American air power available if needed.  Pakistan will clear Balochistan to the port at Gwadar, if everything works out as anticipated.  It will be expected to anchor this end of the supply chain, a position it has gotten used to in its service to America in the past.
But there is a very large credibility hurdle that both Pakistan and America must get past—the ease with which Pakistan has been able to round-up so many of the “Quetta Shura” gives rise to multiple questions about what other lies have been issued from Islamabad.

If Pakistan can effortlessly sweep-up half of the Taliban leadership, after giving American Predator pilots guidance to so many key militant leaders in a very small timeframe, then it proves that they have known where all the militants were all along.  It disproves the lie that the link between mullahs and military had been broken, but does it likewise disprove the American contention that its use of Islamists is also a thing of the past?  The recent capture of IMU-trained Jundullah terrorist leader Abdolmalek Rigi, and the possible resultant upsetting of US plans to merge IMU terrorists into Jundullah’s ranks (as recently revealed by rese.

Peter Chamberlin has been actively opposing all non-defensive war most of his life. Peter’s first petition (as a

Peter Chamberlin

teenager) was a success in his local community, raising several hundred signatures protesting Nixon’s scapegoating of Lt. Calley for the My Lai incident. He has been very active since 1982 writing letters to newspapers and magazines, as well as recalcitrant national leaders, speaking-out against war, nuclear war, and the impending violent collapse of the Western empire (that is now at hand). Chamberlin has had several hundred letter-to-editors printed in this time.

Besides few other publications, his articles appear regularly in Opinion Maker

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The Case of Raymond Davis: International Law Perspective

by Ayesha Umar February 01, 2011 20:30

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ejaz Chaudhry gave a ruling barring Raymond Davis to be released to U.S. authorities based on diplomatic immunity.

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On January 27th an American national Raymond Davis, who identified himself as a diplomat, shot and killed two Pakistani civilians on a busy road in Lahore while the third person got killed when a separate car rushed to rescue Davis. That car couldn’t be intercepted, however, after the shooting people held Davis when he tried to escape.Initially, the media reports dubbed Raymond Davis as a diplomat, than he was called a consular employee and later some of the reports claimed he was a plain civilian visiting on a business visa. The US Department of State didn’t divulge much either. When on the day of incident the Assistant Secretary of State, Philip J. Crowley, was asked about the incident, he refused to share much information about the identity except that he called him an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Lahore. 

After initial investigation by the Lahore police, Davis was remanded for six days in judicial custody. This development triggered the debate that whether Davis had the diplomatic immunity as expounded in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. It is a multilateral treaty that governs the principles of diplomatic relations between the independent countries. According to various news reports it is confirmed that Davis doesn’t fall in the category of a diplomat. Generally, diplomats and their families enjoy blanket immunity from the criminal and civil jurisdiction of the host country under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Davis was said to be a member of the consular staff, if so, than there is a separate multilateral treaty called the Vienna Convention on the Consular Relations which deals with the consular relations between the countries. Unlike Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations the Convention on Consular Relations doesn’t provide complete immunity to consular. The consular immunity under the Convention is limited to the course of his duty only. Many claimed that at the time of shooting Davis wasn’t exercising any consular function. Several courts in the US have interpreted the scope of ‘consular function’ quite broadly as it is a very fact based term.

In one of the well known cases, Commonwealth v. Jerez, the US court held that a consular officer charged with assault and battery of a police officer was immune under the Consular Convention because at the time of the act the consular officer was going from mission to attend a cultural function hence he was performing a ‘consular function’.

It is yet to be determined that whether Davis was actually performing the ‘consular function’ at the time of the crime or was on a private business.

About consular immunity from criminal jurisdiction Article 41 Section 1 of the Vienna Convention on the Consular Relations states that:

‘Consular officer shall not be liable to arrest or detention pending trial, except in the case of a grave crime…’

‘Grave crime’ again is an expansive term. Although any reasonable person can conclude that there is nothing graver than taking someone’s life but there are certain exceptions such as self defense which Davis claimed. The Pakistan Penal Code sections 96-106 deals with the issue of self defense. Section 100 mentions cases in which the right of self defense resulting in death can be exercised:

‘The right of private defense of the body extends, to the voluntary causing of death or of any other harm to the assailant, if the offence which occasions the exercise of the right be of any of the descriptions hereinafter enumerated, namely:

First: Such an assault as may reasonably cause the apprehension that death will otherwise be the consequence of such assault;
Secondly: Such an assault as may reasonably cause the apprehension that grievous hurt will otherwise be the consequence of such assault…’

Under Section 100 Davis can have a plausible claim that he acted in sheer self defense because the armed men tried to rob him. However, there are still certain factual questions that remained unanswered as to why a consular officer was carrying a gun. Diplomat is allowed to carry a gun only when the host country exclusively allow. The other question raising issue is that why Davis’ identity or his job status wasn’t released earlier. According to the latest reports the U.S. claimed that Davis had the diplomatic status hence he was immune from the local jurisdiction.

The local media, on the other hand, is throwing its own conspiracy theories from time to time since the facts about Davis’ real status are quite murky. It is, however, apt to note that the concept of ‘diplomatic crime’ isn’t new. Several diplomatic officials in the US have committed serious crimes (including killings) but they get away under the cover of diplomatic immunity. If the US claims a diplomatic status for Raymond Davis, bound by the rules of Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, Pakistan will have to release him. In such a case, the most Pakistan can do is to declare Raymond Davis persona non grata under Article 9 of the Convention.

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Pakistan’s new cabinet: The ‘Raymond’ files

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:09 Salman Azeem
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The resizing of the cabinet from 52 member cabinet to a modest size of 22 members was done to appease the opposition; mainly the PML-N on their 10 point agenda. This was a much needed step for a country like Pakistan, which had to rely majorly on the IMF loans to run its operations. The revised 22 member cabinet was announced two days ago and it came with its fair share of surprises. One of the biggest shockers of this new development was the controversial ouster of former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi from the cabinet, deemed perhaps the most effective and professional minister of the otherwise ridiculed and berated cabinet. This maneuver by the ruling government of the PPP indicates that there is much going behind the scenes as what is apparent to the naked eye.

A number of sources are drawing serious linkages between the proceedings of the Raymond Davis case and the unexpected removal of Shah Mehmood Qureshi from the Federal Cabinet. The curious case of the so-called American spy Raymond Davis has shaken the diplomatic ties between the two countries with certain quarters within the US government indicating a cut on $1.5 billion aid package promised to Islamabad for the war on terror.

The main confusion over the case arose when Qureshi disclosed that the US secretary of state Hillary Clinton had “forced” him to confirm diplomatic immunity for Raymond Davis, who shot dead two people in Lahore. Over the past few weeks, United States has been adamantly trying to prove Davis’s diplomatic immunity without showing any regards to Pakistan’s judicial procedures. There is considerable amount of tension and confusion over which country has the onus to declare that Davis is diplomatically immune. Despite Pakistan’s clear position on legal immunity and an equally clear position by America which is insisting that a case for immunity does exist, some grey areas of interpretation may appear in the different vantage points of the two sides. Pakistan’s Foreign Office obviously invokes the Pakistan’s Diplomatic and Consular Privileges Act, 1972 while ruling on diplomatic immunity. The US, meanwhile, is invoking the Vienna Convention of 1961. According to Pakistan’s Diplomatic and Consular Privileges Act, 1972, which guides the provision of diplomatic immunity to foreign government employees and also incorporates the Vienna Convention of 1961 and 1963, Davis did not deserve any special treatment. Both the nation’s conflicting positions flow from their different interpretation of who holds the final word on diplomatic immunity, the sending country or the receiving country and from what SOPs (standard operating procedures) must prevail in providing diplomatic immunity.

According to some sources Hillary wanted the immediate handover of Davis and insisted that Pakistan was violating the Vienna Convention by the illegal incarceration of a “US diplomat”. Confirming the contents of that conversation to The News, Shah Mehmood said that he had patiently explained to Hillary that while he understood her anxiety she too had to understand the highly emotive and sensitive nature of the incident. And also that since the judicial process had been kick-started in Lahore, the Foreign Office and the US had little option but to submit to the due process of law. Furthermore, as indicated by highly reliable sources, the Pakistani Interior ministry’s immense resources were also offered to cause any necessary change of documentation or any ‘exceptional’ service warranted under these ‘exceptional circumstances’, but an adamant Qureshi, who had strongly argued the case that Raymond did not enjoy unlimited diplomatic immunity under law, flatly refused and even said that if need be, he’d rather resign than become an accessory to multiple murder. It was a surprising outcome for all the others because Qureshi had always been perceived and even pilloried by the media, as being an American lackey and was not expected to dig in his heels over an issue so vital for the US administration. Apparently, Qureshi’s stand shows that he dealt with the Americans as an equal, and created personal as well as professional respect for himself in the power corridors of Washington – respect due to which he could take a stand, but could not be invulnerable to the fallback.

With America’s popularity hitting an all time low in Pakistan, any steps taken by the US to hijack the judicial procedures and let it take its due course can prove detrimental to America’s so called  ‘War on Terror’. Besides the legal aspect of the case, other factors that have ruled out any possibility of Pakistan ‘delivering’ Davis back to the US include a very realistic possibility of invoking public outrage against the killing; the death of the widow of one of those killed by him (Davis); the publicly available information that he had little chance of claiming legal immunity, chances of Davis being an undercover intelligence agent; his past record as a contractor; his suspicious activities in Pakistan such as contacts with militant groups in Waziristan; and the Punjab government’s professed stand that the law will be upheld.

For this newly formed cabinet, the ‘Raymond Davis case’ and its handling will be a critical litmus test for the government. Sadly, this is the most pressing issue that the new cabinet has to urgently deal with instead of the ‘war on terror’, the dying economy, etc. Furthermore, there are unconfirmed reports that Qureshi is unlikely to face disciplinary action for his dissent and but this in no way indicates that he will hold the same stature within the PPP ranks which he used to hold before this episode – PPP ministers taking jabs at Qureshi and proving themselves to be ‘more loyal than the king’ are already comparing him to Leghari, Benazir’s appointee to the Presidency who later dismissed the second BB government. The last thing which certain powerful quarters within the government of Pakistan, or the US, want is a state actor with “reawakened consciousness” and who is not willing to listen to ‘Uncle SAM’.

By Salman Azeem

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Kearry to try to do what Hillary couldn’t

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Congressional portrait with U.S. flag in the b...Senator Kerry to try to fix what Hillary broke

Hillary Clinton was the bad cop. Senator Kerry will be the good cop.

President Obama has dispatched the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John F. Kerry, to Islamabad to do damage control in Pakistan. The Senator is well respected in Pakistan will try to halt the slide of deteriorating relations after a US mercenary murdered two Pakistanis in cold blood and a third was run over by a US Embassy SUV. Senator Kerry’s mission will be to “help tone down the rhetoric and reaffirm the US partnership with Pakistan.’’ Senator Kerry has close relations with Pakistan leadership and was responsible for pushing through a $7.5 billion, five-year aid package for the country. He has visited Pakistan four times since he became chairman of the powerful US Foreign Relations Committee in early 2009.

The urgently organized trip, is the current twist in the unfolding drama of “Raymond Davis”, who shot dead two men in Lahore, the capital of the Punjab on Jan. 27. “Raymond Davis” admitted to murdering the two Pakistanis and informed the Police that he was a “consultant”. President Obama trust Senator Kerry implicitly and has used Kerry on delicate foreign policy missions in the past. In the fall of 2010 he delivered messages to Sudanese leaders in the run-up to a tense referendum on independence for the south. In 2009, Kerry was sent to try to persuade Afghan President Karzai to accept the verdict of the Election Commission in he runoff with his nemisis.

According to press reports Senator Kerry, the Democrat from Massachusetts, is not trying to secure the release of Davis, who Pakistani officials have indicated. The restoration and upgrade of the Kot Lakpat jail seems to suggest that “Davis” will remain in custody for the near term.

The Pakistani government has refused to retroactively give Davis diplomatic immunity confirming rumors in the Pakistani press that “Davis” is a mercenary with connection to the terrorist group the TTP.

Senator Kerry will travel first to Lahore to speak to local officials who arrested Davis, and then to Islamabad, where he will talk to senior officials of the federal government.

US-Pakistan relations were already strained with Pakistan over stepped-up drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal region and disagreements over the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton postponed a high-level meeting in Washington with Pakistani and Afghan officials that had been scheduled for Feb. 23, in retaliation for “Davis’s” arrest and continued detention.

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U.S. claims diplomatic immunity for ex-Special Forces soldier accused of shooting dead two men in Pakistan

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:43 PM on 15th February 2011

  • Ex-Special Forces soldier Raymond Davis was working for U.S. consulate
  • Sources claim telescope, photos, make-up for disguises found in his car
  • U.S. threatening to withdraw millions in aid unless Davis is released
  • Pakistan ‘considering prisoner swap’ to release Davis

America is claiming diplomatic immunity for a U.S. official accused of shooting two men dead in Pakistan in an extraordinary case which threatens to open up new tensions between the two countries.

The case of Raymond Davis, a former Special Forces soldier who worked for the U.S. Consulate in Lahore, has sparked an international stand-off between Pakistan and the U.S. – with Congress even threatening to withdraw millions in aid unless he is handed over to American authorities.

Mystery surrounds Mr Davis’s role in Pakistan amid speculation that he was not just an ordinary diplomat, but a spy working on the frontline in one of the most perilous countries on the planet.

Sources in Pakistan claim that when police searched Mr Davis’s Honda rental car, they found a telescope, photographs of sensitive defence installations and even sophisticated make-up that could be used for facial disguises.

Centre of the storm: Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Allen Davis, centre, to a local court in Lahore on January 28Political storm: Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Davis toa court in Lahore on January 28 after two men were killed. The U.S. is claiming he has diplomatic immunity and there are now suggestions he was a spy

There were also claims today that Pakistan is considering releasing Mr Davis under a prisoner swap agreement.

It is believed that Pakistan’s law minister, Babar Awan, has linked Mr Davis’s case with the fate of Aafia Siddiqui, who is in prison in the U.S. after being detained in Afghanistan.

She was found guilty of trying to kill her American interrogators and sentenced to 86 years in jail – but her case has provoked anger among Pakistanis who doubt that she was able to grab a rifle and wound U.S. marines in a heavily fortified base.

When asked by journalists how the case should be resolved, Mr Awan linked the two prisoners, and said the US had ‘a repatriation call and we have a call’.

Deathbed: Shumaila Faheem, the widow of one of the dead men, poisoned herself a week ago, saying she feared her husband's death would go unpunishedDeathbed: Shumaila Faheem, the widow of one of the dead men, poisoned herself a week ago, saying she feared her husband’s death would go unpunished

Mr Davis’s case is due to be heard in court on Thursday.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Philip J Crowley, said: ‘This Thursday, February 17, the higher court in Lahore will examine several petitions and the issue of diplomatic immunity.

‘Unfortunately, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations clearly states that this not a matter for local courts to decide. And we continue to insist that Pakistan certify his diplomatic immunity and release him.’

A clandestine video which appears to show Pakistani investigators quizzing Mr Davis over the January 27 killings has also emerged.

Although the questioning reportedly took place soon after the killings, Mr Davis, 36, sounds calm while several excitable male voices talk over him.

He claims to work as a consultant for America’s Regional Embassy Office and worries that his passport has disappeared.

‘Did you search the car for my passport?’ he asks at one point. ‘It is under the seat. I need to tell the embassy where I am at,’ he adds.

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Prisoner swap: Pakistan's law minister hinted that his Government would consider a deal to release Mr Davis in return for Aafia Siddiqui, pictured, who is in prison in the U.S. after being found guilty of trying to kill her American interrogatorsPrisoner swap: Pakistan’s law minister hinted that his Government would consider a deal to release Mr Davis in return for Aafia Siddiqui, pictured, who is in prison in the U.S. for trying to kill her American interrogators

More than meets the eye: Davis's face appears briefly in a video that appears to have been secretly shot during his interrogation by Pakistani officials. It is not clear where the video came from

More than meets the eye: Davis’s face appears briefly in a video that appears to have been secretly shot during his interrogation by Pakistani officials. It is not clear where the video came from

Diplomatic row: Supporters of Pakistani Islamic political party Jamaat e Islami shout slogans during a protest over the weekend against the alleged killing of two Pakistanis by by Davis

Diplomatic row: Supporters of Pakistani Islamic political party Jamaat e Islami shout slogans during a protest over the weekend against the alleged killing of two Pakistanis by by Davis

Fury: Enraged crowds joined the protest in Karachi over Davis on Friday amid allegations he killed two PakistanisFury: Enraged crowds join the protest in Karachi to demonstrate against Mr Davis

And the closer investigators have looked at the story, the murkier it has become.

But any hopes at the State Department that the whole affair could be hushed up were allayed by anti-American protests that have flared up across Pakistan demanding a trial.

Shumaila Faheem, the widow of one of the dead men, even poisoned herself on Sunday, saying she feared her husband Faheem’s death would go unpunished.

If he does turn out to be a regular diplomat, he is also an expert marksman. He is said to have shot the two men eight times from his car using a Beretta pistol with pinpoint accuracy.

Protection: A police escort guarding Davis as he was brought to a Lahore court on FridayProtection: A police escort guarding Davis as he was brought to a Lahore court on Friday amid the protests

Then, according to some Pakistani reports, he got out and shot his victims two more times just to make sure. He also photographed the men with his cellphone before he was arrested.

The Pakistani Express Tribune claimed each man was shot twice in the back and twice in the front.

No direct mention of the shootings was made in the video, which was broadcast in Pakistan by privately owned Dunya TV.

Diplomats in Islamabad said they fear the leaked footage could further muddy the waters with U.S. officials who may believe it was released maliciously.

Glimpses of Mr Davis’s face can be seen in the video, which appears to have been surreptitiously shot from below.

He is asked: ‘You are from America?’

Mystery: Intrigue surrounds Davis, shown here in Lahore in January, amid unanswered questions about why the U.S. is willing to risk a diplomatic row with its biggest partner in the war on terror to get him backMystery: Intrigue surrounds Davis, shown here in Lahore in January, amid unanswered questions about why the U.S. is willing to risk a diplomatic row with its biggest partner in the war on terror to get him back

‘Yes,’ he says, adding that he is from the U.S. Embassy.

He goes on: ‘My passport. My passport. When at the site I showed the police officer . It’s somewhere. It’s lost.’

‘It’s consulate general. It’s not an ambassador,’ he adds, referring to the U.S. offices in Lahore.

‘I just work as a consultant there. With the REO (Rtegional Emnbassy Office.)

‘Can I sit down. Do you have a bottle of water?’ he asks, adding: ‘Did you search the car for my passport. It’s under the seat. I need to tell the embassy where I’m at.’

No details have been offered as to how the video was released or who took it.

Little is known about Mr Davis’ background and some of the facts he has given appear increasingly hazy.

Counterpunch magazine made some inquiries about Hyperion Protective Consultants, the company Mr Davis said he worked for in the U.S., but could find no evidence that it existed and it’s headquarters in Florida was an empty storefront.

Frontline of terror: Jamaat e Islami supporters during another protest against Davis on Sunday Frontline of terror: Jamaat e Islami supporters during another protest against Davis on Sunday

In an added complication to the already complex case, a consular car that supposedly went to Mr Davis’s aid ended up running over and killing a third motorcyclist.

Lahore police now claim that the consular car was actually accompanying Mr Davis at the time and was not coming to his aid.

According to the Express Tribune, Pakistani prosecutors have recommended that an espionage case be brought against Mr Davis.

Also found in his rental car, say police, were photos of the strategic Balahisar Fort, the headquarters of the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Peshawar, and amy bunkers on the eastern border with India.

There was also said to be a Glock pistol and a phone tracker.

‘Keeping in view the nature of the case it is strongly recommended that a case of espionage be registered against Davis, the prosecution branch of the Punjab police has reportedly written to the investigative department.

Fred Burton, a former deputy chief of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service’s counter-terrorism section, told the Washington Post: ‘It looks like an informant meet gone bad rather than a robbery of carjacking attempt.’

He added that the shooting showed that Davis ‘had outstanding situational awareness to recognize the attack unfolding and shoot the other men.

‘It shows a high degree of firearms discipline and training. Either the consulate employee’s route was compromised by terrorist or criminal surveillance, or it’s feasible he was set up in some sort of double-agent operation, if this wasn’t a criminal motive,’ he added.

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The Raymond Davis Drama

02.09.2011 · Posted in Foreign Affairs

Looks like the North Waziristan operation will be postponed again

From the very beginning, it was hard to shake off the suspicion that the Raymond Davis affair involved covert operatives from both the United States and Pakistan. That Mr Davis was engaged in diplomacy by other means should have been clear to anyone with a passing familiarity of the business (attained, perhaps, by the study of the scholarly works of David John Moore Cornwell or Ian Lancaster Fleming). Once the US embassy confirmed that he enjoyed diplomatic immunity it was a matter of pedantic or professional interest as to whether he worked for the CIA, DHA, State Department or indeed was a private security contractor employed by the US government.

But what was less discussed, at least until a couple of days ago, was that the two Pakistanis men (referred to as ‘youths’ or ‘boys’ in the Pakistani media) he killed might have also been engaged in diplomacy by other means. (Incidentally, Express Tribune pulled the initial report, here’s the cached article). Diplomats and foreign journalists who have served in Pakistan are familiar with such diplomacy, not infrequently conducted from a motorcycle. It would be of pedantic or professional interest as to whether they worked for the ISI, Intelligence Bureau or some other “agency”.

It is possible that the dust-up between Mr Davis and the two Pakistanis was the result of the escalation of free and frank discussions to a higher calibre. It is also possible that the two Pakistanis, and one of their innocent counterparts, lost their lives in the risky venture of creating a dust-up.

Consider. There are two possibilities why Lahore police would arrest a white American man who identified himself as US diplomat with immunity. First, that they were told to do so by higher authorities. Second, that the local authorities were so radically anti-American—consistent with general public sentiment—that they were willing to disregard claims of diplomatic immunity, and brazen out the consequences. This is unlikely, not least because it would mean some people would lose their jobs in the process.

General Kayani’s guidance to the interior minister reminding him to keep Mr Davis’ military background in mind supports the hypothesis that the military-jihadi complex instigated this drama. Why?

That is hard to say. It is, however, the biggest beneficiary of the crisis. Politically, it is the Zardari government—which it has no love for—that is on the ropes, caught between an increasingly tough Washington and an increasingly anti-American public sentiment. Even if the matter is resolved in a few days’ time by getting the judiciary to affirm his diplomatic immunity, the episode can be offered as a reason, yet again, for the Pakistani army to avoid launching the much delayed operation against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in North Waziristan. The overall rise in temperature works to call for a reduction in US drone attacks, using the argument that doing so is necessary to lower anti-American feelings.

The Pakistani military leadership calculates that the United States can suspend bilateral relations or aid for a short while, but overall, the risk of a permanent break is low. It is not wrong. That is why it can afford to rock the boat—with terrorist attacks or diplomatic dramas—to pre-empt US coercion. After all, for the Pakistani military-jihadi complex, poking the United States in the eye is less risky compared to having to really fight itself.

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Davis flies into fury on prayer call, abuses police staff and inmates

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LAHORE – The inmates facing murder charges invariably display quite caution. American killer Raymond Davis, however, is a different species. Undeterred by the implications of his case, he lives in the jail the way he wants to.

Davis doesn’t like to be disturbed in any manner whatsoever. Even Azaan, the prayer call, comes as a source of disturbance for him. And distressing is the disclosure that the loudspeakers in the jail were muted when Davis complained about the prayer call Monday morning.

Davis lodged a protest with the jail authorities on “being disturbed by the morning prayer call”.

“He started shouting in a quite savage manner in the wee hours when the Azaan was in progress and the prisoners were waking up for the prayers,” said a prisoner requesting not to be named.

The inmate said that Davis started shouting, “Shut the louder or I will raise the matter with the (US) Consulate.”

“Surprisingly, jail officials shut the loudspeaker. It prompted the other prisoners to protest. In return, the officials switched the speaker back on,” said the inmate.

An official of the Kot Lakhpat Jail, pseudonym Bholi Shah, said Davis had started huffing and puffing on hearing the Friday prayer call on his first day in jail.

“Seeing four prisoners offering Asr prayers in the corridor of their barrack, Davis started grumbling in a derogatory way,” said Shah.

A jail officer, pseudonym Mohammad Abdullah, claimed the American abused Jail Superintendent Mian Mushtaq Awan who was approaching to pacify him.

Before the superintendent, Davis misbehaved with Awan’s subordinates who woke him up for the breakfast around 8am.

“You all are bloody bastards. How dare you wake me without my permission. Now get lost,” Davis swore at Abdullah.

Abdullah said he just woke Davis up to tell him that some senior officers, transferred from other jails for the special duty, had brought him breakfast, but he flew into rage.

Then the senior official themselves gave it a try, humbly saying, “Davis Sahib, please take your breakfast”.

Davis shouted in reply, “You uncivilised fools don’t even make good servants. Is this the method to serve?”

On being informed, Mian Mushtaq Awan arrived within no time and tried his best to placate Davis, but the raging Davis just ran over him. “I am saying you should go now, bastard,” Davis shouted at Awan.

Abdullah said though they could understand what Davis was saying, they asked Awan. But Awan tried to downplay it, saying, “Davis was using meaningless slang.”

The other prisoners continue to face acute shortage of basic necessities in the Kot Lakhpat Jail. They say they see Davis’ behaviour as highly intolerable. Three to four US Consulate vehicles visit Davis every day.

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US-Pak relations: terms of estrangement

Najam Sethi
Sunday, February 06, 2011

The case of Raymond Davis has outraged most Pakistanis and raised nagging questions about the nature of the US role in Pakistan, about the integrity of powerful sections of the media and intelligentsia, and about the political opportunism of the ruling PPP and PMLN governments in Islamabad and Lahore respectively. Ominously, the strategic US-Pak relationship is fraying with unforeseen consequences for both.

The US has stationed dozens of armed intelligence agents in Pakistan. These belong to the CIA – which is a part of the US state – or Blackwater-type private security or intelligence companies specifically contracted to the State Department or to the Pentagon. These men and women have been granted visas by the Government of Pakistan (GoP) on the basis of a protocol signed during General Pervez Musharraf’s time after 9/11. Many, though not all, carry diplomatic passports with “official” or “official business” visas granted by the GoP following formal requests by one or the another US agency or department. Some are attached to the US Embassy in Islamabad, others to the Consulates. Some have formal diplomatic (status) cards issued by the Foreign Office, others don’t, which makes their diplomatic status vague despite their possession of diplomatic passports. Some carry firearms and fake IDs – which is known to the relevant GoP ministries and military intelligence agencies, firearm licenses or not – and others don’t. In other words, ambiguity about their status, work, and facilities afforded are duly maintained jointly by the US and Pakistani governments and intelligence agencies like the CIA and ISI.

That, at least, is the theory. In practice, however, the GoP retains a conscious element of “plausible deniability” about the status and work of such Americans. This is akin to the theory and practice of publicly protesting and privately condoning drone attacks, as one recent incriminating Wikileak revealed. We may also recall how provincial police, including military police, have often, in the past, stopped vehicles with tinted windows or windscreens and false number plates, but have been helpless against armed Americans inside these vehicles on account of interventionist phone calls from powerful officials in Islamabad. The rules of such discourse have not been made public. That is why there is so much anguish and outrage in the media and public against the Americans “who are so brazenly breaking the law of the land” when, in fact, they are doing so with the knowledge, connivance and even approval of the civilian government and military authorities.

Therefore the chronicle of Raymond Davis was foretold. It was only a matter of time before an Iraq-type Blackwater incident of “shooting first and asking questions later” would happen somewhere in Pakistan. I warned against it in October 2009. Neither the Americans, nor the Pakistanis, it seems, have learnt any lessons. No Standard Operating Procedures for such operatives and operations (spies tasked to uncover terrorists) were laid down or made public, nor was their status exactly defined, let alone implemented.

For example, the tinted windows and windscreens, false number plates, and weapons in the vehicles are meant purely for security purposes (to deny recognition to any would-be terrorist and afford defense) and not for evasion of the law (the correct registration documents are always inside the car and can be produced at will). But this SOP hasn’t been properly conveyed to provincial policemen. Nor was the diplomatic status for immunity purposes of such agents clarified and coded by Pakistani and American authorities, just as in Iraq where such agents had to be secretly sent to the US by local authorities after every violent transgression of the laws of the land. Out of over 200 such incidents in Iraq during 2005-2007, over 160 incidents were characterised by US “private agents shooting first”, ostensibly for purposes of “self-defense” or “security”.

This explains the confusion in the statements issued by the American Embassy in Islamabad which first said that Davis was on “official business” contracted to the Consulate, and then changed it to the Embassy when a reading of the Vienna Conventions of 1961 and 1963 suggested that the question of diplomatic immunity might be affected by the consular or embassy status of the person involved, regardless of the diplomatic passport held. It also explains why a State Department official in Washington was wary of confirming whether the agent at the centre of the storm in Pakistan was in fact Raymond Davis or someone else under the guise of Raymond Davis. It also explains the reluctance of the Pakistani Foreign Office to make a clear statement about the diplomatic status of Davis regarding immunity from criminal prosecution.

To make matters worse, the issue quickly became a vicious ping-pong game between the PPP government in Islamabad and the PMLN government in Punjab. Each side has been trying to get brownie nationalist points from the people regardless of the consequences for the strategic US-Pak relationship and national security. If the Punjab government had consulted the federal government before formally arresting Davis and acceded to an informal request to hand him over to the Americans, there would have been no storm and the “Protocols of the Elders” would have remained hidden. Instead, the Punjab government immediately gave a statement that Davis would be tried for murder in a court of law unless the federal government took responsibility for him and confirmed his diplomatic immunity. When the FO dithered, the Punjab government appointed a public prosecutor who immediately went public with his “strong case” against Davis by consciously distorting the facts of the shootout. Unfortunately, the more the Punjab government delighted in the discomfort of the federal government and exploited the media and public outrage, the more the federal government in general, and the FO in particular, retreated behind a smokescreen of feigned ignorance and wounded pride. Privately, the Punjab government has told the US embassy that it is ready to facilitate Davis’s release if the FO makes a statement in court that Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity!

The role of the media and intelligentsia, in general, is a case of deliberate distortion and outright lies. The fiction persists that Davis “murdered” two Pakistanis by shooting them in the back, despite an autopsy report that says four out of seven bullets hit the armed motorcyclists in the front. The fiction persists that they were “innocent citizens” despite the fact that they had robbed two passersby earlier in the day, whose cash and cell-phones were found on their persons. The fiction persists that he was in no imminent danger of grievous injury, let alone kidnapping or death, despite the fact that foreigners, especially Americans, have been routinely targeted and killed or kidnapped by terrorists in Pakistan in the last decade. No one, of course, has bothered to offer a motive for Davis to “murder” the two young men, and even talk of “proportionate” defense is misplaced. So where do we go from here?

The US has signaled distinct annoyance with the GoP. A cool reception was accorded by US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani in this weekend’s trilateral meeting in Munich. Ambassador Hussain Haqqani has been summoned to the White House and lectured on the virtues of state maturity and reciprocity. The Af-Pak border in Waziristan has heated up, with one Pakistani soldier having been killed in clashes with US-Afghan troops on the border. The IMF has hardened its stance. President Asif Zardari’s proposed trip to Washington and one-0n-one with President Obama in March stands threatened. A go-slow could also impact Coalition Support Funds and US$2 billion worth of weapons in the pipeline for the Pakistan military and $1.5 billion from the Kerry-Lugar Bill for the civilian government of Pakistan.

The sooner this matter is sorted out, the better it is for both countries. Additionally, the rules of US-Pak engagement involving state and non-state actors must be made explicit for the media and public, without hypocrisy and doublespeak. No state’s national interest can be served by passion or prejudice, regardless of the affront or hurt. It is in the national interest of Pakistan to retain a strategic relationship with the United States. However, the US must stop pressuring Pakistan to accept armed, trigger-happy cowboys on intelligence operations as unaccountable diplomats. If this practice continues, there will be more outrage and anguish on the street, and both Pakistan and the US will be the net losers.

The writer is Jang Group/Geo adviser on political affairs

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Why is the NY Times Underplaying Account of Task Force 373’s Extrajudicial Killings?

By Jeffrey Kaye
The Public Record
Jul 28th, 2010

Unfortunately, I don’t have time to examine the question posed in the title of this piece as carefully as I’d like, but even the quickly posted Wikipedia entry on Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force 373 notes that there is a large discrepancy between the amount of targets on TF373’s “kill/capture” list as reported by the major media.

The figures are drawn from the extraordinary release of previously classified Afghan war reports by Wikileaks, and now searchable at the latter’s website.

Task Force 373 is alternately described by the New York Times as “a secret commando unit”; as “an undisclosed ‘black’ unit of special forces” by the UK Guardian; and “an elite American unit…. which operates in Afghanistan outside of the ISAF mandate” by Spiegel Online. These three news sources were partners with Wikileaks in the release of the documents, and had special access to the material prior to their public posting.

By all accounts, Task Force 373 seems to be a kidnapping and death squad, run by the Americans, but housed at a German base in Afghanistan. The very secret unit, unknown even to other ISAF forces, works off a “kill or capture” list known as JPEL, which stands for “Joint Prioritized Effects List.” From this bland name springs an operations force that, according to the UK Guardian, has “more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida” on its seize or kill list. Most of the world press has reported this same or similar figure, though Spiegel only says the figure is “large”:

The list of targeted individuals is arranged according to process number and priority level. Depending on the case, the commandos are sometimes given the option to arrest or kill their prey. Nowhere in the available documents is that list printed in full, but a total of 84 reports about JPEL operations can be filtered out of the thousands of documents. It is not possible to work out from the documents exactly how many JPEL targets there are in Afghanistan, but the four-digit process numbers are enough to suggest that the total number of targets is large.

It was the four-digit process numbers that the Guardian used to determine their figure. Simply put, they counted.

The pursuit of these “high value targets” is evidently embedded deep in coalition tactics. The Jpel list assigns an individual serial number to each of those targeted for kill or capture and by October 2009 this had reached 2,058.

But however they did it, the New York Times came up with a much different and drastically lower number.

Secret commando units like Task Force 373 — a classified group of Army and Navy special operatives — work from a “capture/kill list” of about 70 top insurgent commanders. These missions, which have been stepped up under the Obama administration, claim notable successes, but have sometimes gone wrong, killing civilians and stoking Afghan resentment.

The dramatically lower of numbers reported may be a fudged way of looking at figures. They say “top insurgent commanders”, and this may be a subset of the total of 2000 or more. But the Times never reports the larger number, or even that it runs into the four digits. The import of this is to underplay the amount of killings. It’s unlikely there are 2000 or more “top insurgent commanders.” So, who is the U.S. seizing or killing?

Operation Phoenix Redux

The Guardian article by Nick Davies reports much more than the single paragraph the New York Times dedicates to the story, emphasizing the legal, moral and political ramifications of the Task Force’s actions.

The United Nations’ special rapporteur for human rights, Professor Philip Alston, went to Afghanistan in May 2008 to investigate rumours of extrajudicial killings. He warned that international forces were neither transparent nor accountable and that Afghans who attempted to find out who had killed their loved ones “often come away empty-handed, frustrated and bitter”.

Now, for the first time, the leaked war logs reveal details of deadly missions by TF 373 and other units hunting down Jpel targets that were previously hidden behind a screen of misinformation. They raise fundamental questions about the legality of the killings and of the long-term imprisonment without trial, and also pragmatically about the impact of a tactic which is inherently likely to kill, injure and alienate the innocent bystanders whose support the coalition craves.

The Guardian story documents some of the cases of killings of women and children, and notes that there is also likely a British version of Task Force 373 operating in Afghanistan as well. The parallels with Vietnam are extraordinary, where U.S. counterinsurgency amounted to a large degree to a capture, torture and assassination program known to us today as Operation Phoenix.

It was only a few weeks ago that I noted (based on an observation in a Guardian story by Ian Cobain and Owen Bowcott) that documents released in Britain in the Binyam Mohammed et al. suit had referenced what sounded like extrajudicial killings associated with the rendition program. “Is it clear that detention, rather than killing, is the objective of the operation?” asks a protocol for MI6 operatives working with the U.S. on rendition operations.

Now we have evidence of massive killings underway by secretive U.S. forces, and of plenty of deaths of civilians who get in the way. But the U.S. press has mostly deep-sixed this aspect of the Wikileaks Afghan logs. A story by CNN makes no mention of how many people might be on TF373’s target list, but does add a word of dissent:

“You have people going in with a kill list and the public accountability simply doesn’t exist,” said Sarah Knuckey, director of the Project on Extrajudicial Executions at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law.

Marc Ambinder on Task Force 373

Mainstream bloggers appear to be taking the lead of the major U.S. press. Take Marc Ambinder’s story on the release at The Atlantic, and his own reference to TF373:

The task forces themselves — well, there’s TF 373, the Joint Special Operations Command task force for Afghanistan, which has since morphed into something else. The structure is different today. There are, however, references to the activities of Task Force 2-2, a multi-element special operations element that has — and I emphasize has — the authority to basically self-task, to take bad guys off of the JPEL list (the joint prioritized effects list) and decide whether to capture or kill them based on the situation at hand.

There are several incidents in which 2-2 and other 373 elements killed civilians and saw those killings covered up or obscured in official press releases.

Ambinder’s link is to the same Guardian story on TF373 that I have quoted here, so I’ll give him that. But the failure to report the extent of the targets, and the reference to “take bad guys off the JPEL list” makes them sound, well, sort of innocuous, basically good guys. His view that the TF is “basically self-task” is belied by the Guardian’s coverage, which reports, “The process of choosing targets reaches high into the military command.” Additionally, the idea that there have only been “several incidents” underplays the extent of damage done by the secret U.S. death squad.

Consider this “incident”, reported by Speigel Online:

The documents don’t just reveal the existence and activities of the Taliban hunters, they also show why these special units cause so much anger in the Afghan population. Mistakes made by special units are kept secret. One particularly sensitive report of a TF 373 operation dated June 17, 2007 is classified so secret that details of the mission must not be passed on to other ISAF forces. On this day the soldiers appear to have committed a particularly fatal error. The aim of the mission seems to have been to kill the prominent al-Qaida official Abu Laith. The unit had spent weeks watching a Koran school in which the Americans believed the al-Qaida man and several aides were living. But the five rockets they launched from a mobile rocket launcher ended up killing the wrong people.

Instead of the finding the top terrorist, the troops found the bodies of six dead children in the rubble of the completely destroyed school.

The Guardian reports, “The logs reveal that TF 373 has also killed civilian men, women and children and even Afghan police officers who have strayed into its path.”

It is a sign of how debased our society has become that reports of “targeted killings” and assassinations are met with little outrage in the press or by the public. Perhaps this is because we use terms that will not offend as much. Indeed, in the title of this very piece I use the term “extrajudicial killings” rather than “death squads” (which I do clearly use in the text) because I fear that this reality will be so discordant to readers that they will shun the article, perhaps too psychologically defended to accept the terrible truth about the government they have and the country they live in.

Let us say, too, that the mainstream press plays a major role in this. The downsizing of the figure of killings — really murders — by the Special Operations task force, as reported by the New York Times, or underplayed by major bloggers such as Marc Ambinder, lulls the population into believing the terror wrought by the U.S. military in Afghanistan is really not so bad. But it is bad. It is a war crime, and Julian Assange, who orchestrated the release of the documents upon which this story is based is correct in saying that they give evidence of war crimes. I’m reminded of recent stories that have cited the Harvard study (PDF) that showed how the media dropped using the word “torture” after Abu Ghraib.

One wonders what kind of schizoid state exists at the New York Times. One minute their ed board calls President Obama’s forcible deportation of an Algerian Guantanamo prisoner back to a country where he feared persecution, torture, or death “an act of cruelty that seems to defy explanation.” The next minute, the editorial news staff is minimizing the number of targets on a U.S. military task force hit list. I’ll let them figure that one out for themselves.

As for the rest of us, we need to step up the demand that U.S. and NATO forces pull out of Afghanistan.

Originally published at Firedoglake.

Jeffrey Kaye is a psychologist living in Northern California who writes regularly on torture and other subjects for The Public Record, Truthout and Firedoglake. He also maintains a personal blog, Invictus. His email address is sfpsych at gmail dot com.

http://pubrecord.org/world/8082/times-underplaying-account-force/

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Afghanistan war logs: Task Force 373 – special forces hunting top Taliban

Previously hidden details of US-led unit sent to kill top insurgent targets are revealed for the first time

  • Nick Davies
  • guardian.co.uk, Sunday 25 July 2010 22.13 BST
  • Article history
  • US soldiers pursue militants in Helmand province US soldiers pursue militants in Helmand province. The shadowy Task Force 373 meanwhile focuses its efforts on more than 2,000 senior Taliban figures on a target list. Photograph: Adrees Latif/ReutersThe Nato coalition in Afghanistan has been using an undisclosed “black” unit of special forces, Task Force 373, to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. Details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida are held on a “kill or capture” list, known as Jpel, the joint prioritised effects list.In many cases, the unit has set out to seize a target for internment, but in others it has simply killed them without attempting to capture. The logs reveal that TF 373 has also killed civilian men, women and children and even Afghan police officers who have strayed into its path. 

    The United Nations’ special rapporteur for human rights, Professor Philip Alston, went to Afghanistan in May 2008 to investigate rumours of extrajudicial killings. He warned that international forces were neither transparent nor accountable and that Afghans who attempted to find out who had killed their loved ones “often come away empty-handed, frustrated and bitter”.

    Now, for the first time, the leaked war logs reveal details of deadly missions by TF 373 and other units hunting down Jpel targets that were previously hidden behind a screen of misinformation. They raise fundamental questions about the legality of the killings and of the long-term imprisonment without trial, and also pragmatically about the impact of a tactic which is inherently likely to kill, injure and alienate the innocent bystanders whose support the coalition craves.

    On the night of Monday 11 June 2007, the leaked logs reveal, the taskforce set out with Afghan special forces to capture or kill a Taliban commander named Qarl Ur-Rahman in a valley near Jalalabad. As they approached the target in the darkness, somebody shone a torch on them. A firefight developed, and the taskforce called in an AC-130 gunship, which strafed the area with cannon fire: “The original mission was aborted and TF 373 broke contact and returned to base. Follow-up Report: 7 x ANP KIA, 4 x WIA.” In plain language: they discovered that the people they had been shooting in the dark were Afghan police officers, seven of whom were now dead and four wounded.

    The coalition put out a press release which referred to the firefight and the air support and then failed entirely to record that they had just killed or wounded 11 police officers. But, evidently fearing that the truth might leak, it added: “There was nothing during the firefight to indicate the opposing force was friendly. The individuals who fired on coalition forces were not in uniform.” The involvement of TF 373 was not mentioned, and the story didn’t get out.

    However, the incident immediately rebounded into the fragile links which other elements of the coalition had been trying to build with local communities. An internal report shows that the next day Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Phillips, commander of the Provincial Reconstruction Team, took senior officers to meet the provincial governor, Gul Agha Sherzai, who accepted that this was “an unfortunate incident that occurred among friends”. They agreed to pay compensation to the bereaved families, and Phillips “reiterated our support to prevent these types of events from occurring again”.

    Yet, later that week, on Sunday 17 June, as Sherzai hosted a “shura” council at which he attempted to reassure tribal leaders about the safety of coalition operations, TF 373 launched another mission, hundreds of miles south in Paktika province. The target was a notorious Libyan fighter, Abu Laith al-Libi. The unit was armed with a new weapon, known as Himars – High Mobility Artillery Rocket System – a pod of six missiles on the back of a small truck.

    The plan was to launch five rockets at targets in the village of Nangar Khel where TF 373 believed Libi was hiding and then to send in ground troops. The result was that they failed to find Libi but killed six Taliban fighters and then, when they approached the rubble of a madrasa, they found “initial assessment of 7 x NC KIA” which translates as seven non-combatants killed in action. All of them were children. One of them was still alive in the rubble: “The Med TM immediately cleared debris from the mouth and performed CPR.” After 20 minutes, the child died.

    Children

    The coalition made a press statement which owned up to the death of the children and claimed that troops “had surveillance on the compound all day and saw no indications there were children inside the building”. That claim is consistent with the leaked log. A press release also claimed that Taliban fighters, who undoubtedly were in the compound, had used the children as a shield.

    The log refers to an unnamed “elder” who is said to have “stated that the children were held against their will” but, against that, there is no suggestion that there were any Taliban in the madrasa where the children died.

    The rest of the press release was certainly misleading. It suggested that coalition forces had attacked the compound because of “nefarious activity” there, when the reality was that they had gone there to kill or capture Libi.

    It made no mention at all of Libi, nor of the failure of the mission (although that was revealed later by NBC News in the United States). Crucially, it failed to record that TF 373 had fired five rockets, destroying the madrasa and other buildings and killing seven children, before anybody had fired on them – that this looked like a mission to kill and not to capture. Indeed, this was clearly deliberately suppressed.

    The internal report was marked not only “secret” but also “Noforn”, ie not to be shared with the foreign elements of the coalition. And the source of this anxiety is explicit: “The knowledge that TF 373 conducted a HIMARS strike must be protected.” And it was. This crucial fact remained secret, as did TF 373’s involvement.

    Again, the lethal attack caused political problems. The provincial governor arranged compensation and held a shura with local leaders when, according to an internal US report, “he pressed the Talking Points given to him and added a few of his own that followed in line with our current story”. Libi remained targeted for death and was killed in Pakistan seven months later by a missile from an unmanned CIA Predator.

    In spite of this tension between political and military operations, TF 373 continued to engage in highly destructive attacks. Four months later, on 4 October, they confronted Taliban fighters in a village called Laswanday, only 6 miles from the village where they had killed the seven children. The Taliban appear to have retreated by the time TF 373 called in air support to drop 500lb bombs on the house from which the fighters had been firing.

    The final outcome, listed tersely at the end of the leaked log: 12 US wounded, two teenage girls and a 10-year-old boy wounded, one girl killed, one woman killed, four civilian men killed, one donkey killed, one dog killed, several chickens killed, no enemy killed, no enemy wounded, no enemy detained.

    The coalition put out a statement claiming falsely to have killed several militants and making no mention of any dead civilians; and later added that “several non-combatants were found dead and several others wounded” without giving any numbers or details.

    This time, the political teams tried a far less conciliatory approach with local people. In spite of discovering that the dead civilians came from one family, one of whom had been found with his hands tied behind his back, suggesting that the Taliban were unwelcome intruders in their home, senior officials travelled to the stricken village where they “stressed that the fault of the deaths of the innocent lies on the villagers who did not resist the insurgents and their anti-government activities … [and] chastised a villager who condemned the compound shooting”. Nevertheless, an internal report concluded that there was “little or no protest” over the incident.

    Concealment

    The concealment of TF 373’s role is a constant theme. There was global publicity in October 2009 when US helicopters were involved in two separate crashes in one day, but even then it was concealed that the four soldiers who died in one of the incidents were from TF 373.

    The pursuit of these “high value targets” is evidently embedded deep in coalition tactics. The Jpel list assigns an individual serial number to each of those targeted for kill or capture and by October 2009 this had reached 2,058.

    The process of choosing targets reaches high into the military command. According to their published US Field Manual on Counter Insurgency, No FM3-24, it is policy to choose targets “to engage as potential counter-insurgency supporters, targets to isolate from the population and targets to eliminate”.

    A joint targeting working group meets each week to consider Target Nomination Packets and has direct input from the Combined Forces Command and its divisional HQ, as well as from lawyers, operational command and intelligence units including the CIA.

    Among those who are listed as being located and killed by TF 373 are Shah Agha, described as an intelligence officer for an IED cell, who was killed with four other men on 1 June 2009; Amir Jan Mutaki, described as a Taliban sub-commander who had organised ambushes on coalition forces, who was shot dead from the air in a TF 373 mission on 24 June 2009; and a target codenamed Ballentine, who was killed on 16 November 2009 during an attack in the village of Lewani, in which a local woman also died.

    The logs include references to the tracing and killing of other targets on the Jpel list, which do not identify TF 373 as the unit responsible. It is possible that some of the other taskforce names and numbers which show up in this context are cover names for 373, or for British special forces, 500 of whom are based in southern Afghanistan and are reported to have been involved in kill/capture missions, including the shooting in July 2008 of Mullah Bismullah.

    Some of these “non 373” operations involve the use of unmanned drones to fire missiles to kill the target: one codenamed Beethoven, on 20 October 2008; one named Janan on 6 November 2008; and an unnamed Jpel target who was hit with a hellfire missile near Khan Neshin on 21 August 2009 while travelling in a car with other passengers (the log records “no squirters [bodies moving about] recorded”).

    Other Jpel targets were traced and then bombed from the air. One, codenamed Newcastle, was located with four other men on 26 November 2007. The house they were in was then hit with 500lb bombs. “No identifiable features recovered,” the log records.

    Two other Jpel targets, identified only by serial numbers, were killed on 16 February 2009 when two F-15 bombers dropped four 500lb bombs on a Jpel target: “There are various and conflicting reports from multiple sources alleging civilian casualties … A large number of local nationals were on site during the investigation displaying a hostile attitude so the investigation team did not continue sorting through the site.”

    One of the leaked logs contains a summary of a conference call on 8 March 2008 when the then head of the Afghan National Directorate of Security, Amrullah Saleh, tells senior American officers that three named Taliban commanders in Kapisa province are “not reconcilable and must be taken out”. The senior coalition officer “noted that there would be a meeting with the Kapisa NDS to determine how to approach this issue.”

    It is not clear whether “taken out” meant “killed” and the logs do not record any of their deaths. But one of them, Qari Baryal, who was ranked seventh in the Jpel list, had already been targeted for killing two months earlier.

    On 12 January 2008, after tracking his movements for 24 hours, the coalition established that he was holding a large meeting with other men in a compound in Pashkari and sent planes which dropped six 500lb bombs and followed up with five strafing runs to shoot those fleeing the scene.

    The report records that some 70 people ran to the compound and started digging into the rubble, on which there were “pools of blood”, but subsequent reports suggest that Baryal survived and continued to plan rocket attacks and suicide bombings.

    Numerous logs show Jpel targets being captured and transferred to a special prison, known as Btif, the Bagram Theatre Internment Facility. There is no indication of prisoners being charged or tried, and previous press reports have suggested that men have been detained there for years without any legal process in communal cages inside vast old air hangars. As each target is captured, he is assigned a serial number. By December 2009, this showed that a total of 4,288 prisoners, some aged as young as 16, had been held at Btif, with 757 still in custody.

    Who are TF373?

    The leaked war logs show that Task Force 373 uses at least three bases in Afghanistan, in Kabul, Kandahar and Khost. Although it works alongside special forces from Afghanistan and other coalition nations, it appears to be drawing its own troops from the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and to travel on missions in Chinook and Cobra helicopters flown by 160th special operations aviation regiment, based at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/25/task-force-373-secret-afghanistan-taliban

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WikiLeaks US military logs reveal US ‘Death Squad’ in Afghanistan: Task Force 373

Fri, 2010-07-30 16:48 — editor
Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune
Washington, D.C. 30 July (Asiantribune.com):

Among many classified/secret military data brought in to light by the organization WikiLeaks, other than the civilian killings which amount to war crimes, is the revelation of a ‘death squad’ called the Task Force 373 operating in the Afghanistan war theater which is going about killings with impunity.

A ‘black’ Special Forces squad led by the U.S. targets Taliban and Al-Qaeda figures in Afghanistan.

The team, Task Force 373, hunts for suspects on a 2,000 strong list to kill or capture, known as Jpel.

The secret-classified military log allegedly reveals the unit has killed innocent men, women and children and Afghan police officers who got in their way.

An entry on June 11 2007 told how a taskforce set out with Afghan Special Forces to capture or kill Taliban commander Qarl Ur-Rahman.

They crept up in the dark but opened fire when a torch was shone on them. A AC-130 gunship was called in for back up and started shooting.

The report said: 7x ANP KIA, 4x WIA – meaning seven Afghan police officers were dead and four wounded. The involvement of TF-373 was never mentioned.

Previously hidden details of US-led unit sent to kill top insurgent targets are revealed for the first time.

This Online Daily Newspaper closely scrutinized the WikiLeaks revelations in its Website and agency reports based on the revelations of those secret/classified logs.

Previously Asian Tribune carried the WikiLeaks revelations of US war crimes or crimes against humanity.

Today, this Online Daily presents the ‘antiques’ of the previously concealed US ‘Death Squad’ called the Task Force 373.

The NATO coalition in Afghanistan has been using an undisclosed “black” unit of Special Forces, Task Force 373, to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. Details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida are held on a “kill or capture” list, known as Jpel, the joint prioritized effects list.

In many cases, the unit has set out to seize a target for internment, but in others it has simply killed them without attempting to capture. The logs reveal that TF 373 has also killed civilian men, women and children and even Afghan police officers who have strayed into its path.

The United Nations’ special rapporteur for human rights, Professor Philip Alston, went to Afghanistan in May 2008 to investigate rumors of extrajudicial killings. He warned that international forces were neither transparent nor accountable and that Afghans who attempted to find out who had killed their loved ones “often come away empty-handed, frustrated and bitter”.

Now, for the first time, the leaked war logs reveal details of deadly missions by TF 373 and other units hunting down Jpel targets that were previously hidden behind a screen of misinformation. They raise fundamental questions about the legality of the killings and of the long-term imprisonment without trial, and also pragmatically about the impact of a tactic which is inherently likely to kill, injure and alienate the innocent bystanders whose support the coalition craves.

On the night of Monday 11 J