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Shocker: Afghan Air Force Investigated for Drug Running

by John Reed on March 9, 2012

As one tipster jokingly said, here’s what the Afghan air force was going to do with those Super Tucanos that the U.S. Air Force was going to give to the Afghans.

From the Wall Sreet. Journal:

KABUL—The U.S. is investigating allegations that some officials in the Afghan Air Force, which was established largely with American funds, have been using aircraft to ferry narcotics and illegal weapons around the country, American officials told The Wall Street Journal.

Two probes of the Afghan Air Force, or AAF, are under way—one led by the U.S. military coalition and another by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, officials said.

Maybe that’s why the light attack contract was cancelled. (Ok, not really.)

Is anyone really that surprised to find that the Afghan military is running drugs? Wait a second, where else have I heard of an air force smuggling drugs in cargo planes?

And yes, that’s an Afghan air force C-27A in the pic above.

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notasblindasyou March 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

If they are then they got the idea from us during Vietnam…..American Gangster anyone.

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Nicky March 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Can we say Air America Part 2 can we get mel gibson back in the air again

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WarPony - VINDICATED March 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Central-bankster cartel hegemony
After Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan went under the New World Order umbrella, there were less than a half-dozen Nation States without a central bank controlled by the Zionist cartel. And, it won't be long before it's just Cuba and Panama are left to find their seat under the umbrella, unless of course, they are already so corrupted as to be insignificant in the banksters scheme of things. Darn shame the US pays about 3/4 of the costs in blood and treasure for this UN/NATO ponzi rip.
Forgot to mention that Syria and Iran are not Nations with central banks under Zionist control. Therein lies the rub.
It's not the Citizens of the US that want this march to hegemony – we really have no choice in being the beat cop for the World Order. Hey, they got a monopoly on our money Mar. 9, 1932 – it was only a matter of time before the tyrants had the absolute monopoly.
Talk radicals, talk banksters, talk world hegemony, but isn't there a pipeline waiting to go through to the med (for Israel/Zion)- maybe a narcotic pipeline as well as Afghan'n is the world's largest producer of opium and hash?

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WarPony March 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

read it and weepvigilantcitizen(dot)com/sinistersites/sinister-sites-israel-supreme-court/
www2(dot)ministries-online(dot)org/biometrics/aglobgov3(dot)html
www(dot)abovetopsecret(dot)com/forum/thread564758/pg1

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notasblindasyou March 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

"money will always be able to corrupt every greedy person" Greed is a cancer to the world, not a particular place where greedy people live. If that is your rationale, what do you say about this country?

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Nick T March 10, 2012 at 12:45 am

Greed is the blood that makes human society function. Ambition is the heart that pumps it through the body that is a country. Money and people is the oxygen and Nitrogen. In that regard, we are strong. That's why the USSR died. Right now the cancer are people like you who have nothing better to do than whine about it on Defense analysis blog. Change has to be all in or it won't happen. So your world without greed can't happen until I and the rest of the Jingos here agree. And we don't. Humans society only advances in in times of war.

That's what I say. Stick that starbucks and drink it.

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passingby March 10, 2012 at 2:02 am

what a load of nonsense.

you can do better than that.

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notasblindasyou March 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hate to let you in on the little truth about the cold war NickyT……the reason we won is not that we out Greeded the Commies…. its that we supplemented the profits to our defense industry by allowing the continual advancement of commercial technology and developed rampant consumerism to continue the trend.

What this does is drop the price considerably of those specialist goods that only the Military buys….can you say Cell phones? GPS? Go and look when the Military started really talking about the new Future Warrior concept. Now see how long it took for that tech to be built by the private sector, and how long the development periods are. How many generations of IPODs will come out between the outset of this project and having every US serviceman wired up.

One more though for you Nick…… the reason that we won, is that we can afford to purchase, through the private market, technological goods that would be cost prohibitive, at the scales of consumption used by the military, for them to produce . Go and look at how many individual cell phones were produced, compare that to the total number of hand held radios. We live in the post communistic age, it's a consumerist age! What the upcoming ideological war will be about is whether to allow the owners of industry to pollute and corrupt our political discourse to entrench their interests and deny technological advancement in key areas for the sake of continual profit.

I'd rather have a pbr…..

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benny March 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Afgan drug production has increased seven fold since we went in. Is the US so stupid as to not think they willl get the drugs out any way possible. And drug money will always be able to corrupt every greedy person they need to make it happen. Afganistan is a cancer to the world.

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Before the illegal US invasion and occupation, Afghanistan wasn't producing as much drugs.

The American government is a cancer to the world.

Everywhere the US and the NATO have gone, the place and the people have become FAR worse off than before … Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya …

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JEFF March 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Yeah Germany, Japan and South Korea are just awful……

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I'm not talking about WWII. NATO was established AFTER WWII.

You are welcome to do your own research and prove me wrong.

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gunslinger6 March 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Korea was after WWII 1950-1953 just a heads up

Praetorian March 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I guess you just got proved wrong Passingby.

Mitchell March 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I'm in full agreement with you Passingby. Indeed the American government is a cancer to the world, and our malignant War Cancer is about to mestastasize in Iran. Fortunately for the rest of the world the American War Cancer is terminal and will eventually die an ignominious death while the rest of world breathes a heavy sigh of gratitude.

TGR March 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Because the UN has done such an outstanding job? Just saying…

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

in killing civilians, yes

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TGR March 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Because they wouldn't be killed already through local nationals?

david March 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

South Korea is one of richest countries on earth. We helped them.
We have helped many countries throughtout our nations history. You should
take some courses on American Military History.

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passingby March 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

LOL. you obviously never read any real history.

propaganda, yes. History? not a chance. Nice try though.

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majrod March 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Yep, Zinn isn't on my reading list.

Praetor March 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Nato? And what about Croatia-Kosovo? Kuwait (Desert Storm)? Lybia?…. Nevermind you must be very proud bout the achievements os Varsaw Pact, like Cuba, North Korea, Afganistan and Yugoslavia on the 80's…

Bill March 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

blah blah blah… ok, so lets pretend the US is demolished, do you realize what sort of power vacuum would be created? We would only have another country assume the reigns, and you would hate and blame all the world's woes on them. No one wins; agree that people are cancer, and try to focus on things that make you happy.

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KarlW March 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Prohibition doesn't work. The common sense solution would be to treat drugs the same way as tobacco and alcohol. Control it, tax it, do a hearts-and-minds campaign against it, treat is as a health and social problem, not as a crime. At a stroke, we'd get rid of a lot of crime at home and save other countries from being taken over by cartels. As it stands, prohibition is about 10 times more expensive (in terms of law enforcement, crime, health care, broken lives) than legalization would be. – Plus, as a bonus, our enemies in Afghanistan would be starved of cash. How about that! – I wonder how many politicians campaigning for prohibition are (secretly) funded by drug barons…

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blight_ March 11, 2012 at 3:09 am

Taliban banned drugs in the '90s because it was un-Islamic. Once they disappeared the planting resumed. Taliban will settle scores again once the Americans are out, but need the money.

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WarPony March 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I think "I told you so" would be in order here. But, remember who it was that requested the Russians for added air assets in A' stan . . . remember NATO!? Shocker (NOT) . . .to whom!?
And, YOU think they are supporting US interests? (Insert meniachal laugh here)

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TLAM Strike March 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

The contract was not canceled because they would use the aircraft to smuggle drugs; it was canceled because they refused to cut the CIA in on the profits.

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

It's probably because of the amount of the cut demanded by the CIA and others in the loop.

The CIA operates like a mafia ( this might be too much of a compliment, as mafias seem to have much higher moral standards, relatively speaking.)

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crackedlenses March 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Although sometimes the most efficient way to defend yourself is to kill everyone that might be a threat…..

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

using your twisted logic, the Chicago mafias were entitled to kill the police as the most efficient way to defend themselves.

but then, you are a product of the most successful brainwashing machines in the world – the US propaganda apparatus.

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Lance March 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

NOT surprised. I really dislike the bums the Afghan armed forces are. They take free weapons from Uncle Sam and kill GIs with them. No surprised the Afghan Air Force is taking dope around and taking money from Taliban back drug makers. Time to leave them in there own stew.

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Mitch S. March 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Gee those C27s look like something that could be really useful for the US army.
To bad the AF won't let it have any.
I suppose the Army can pay the Afghans to "smuggle" in supplies the AF is unwilling to transport.

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Francis Burns March 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

The Army can fly fixed wing prop planes. Didn't know that until I caught a ride on a Ohio Guard flight with Warrants for pilots. I think the Army can't have armed ones is what they are not allowed to have.

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dinkidau March 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

The Air Force is getting ready to "Stand Down" some C27's.
I know the Army could use some.

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Chris March 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Interesting, the Main MSR(s) from Pakistan are closed. Their is a transportation/logistics problem with the USAF flying aireal resupply, and the longer overland routes into Afghanistan. So how is it, that these guys, have enough time on their hands to do this?

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Kski March 10, 2012 at 12:03 am

I ain't surprised, all were doing is training the enemy in the long run. Lets just nuke the god forsaken crap hole.

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brady March 10, 2012 at 12:33 am

does America have to do everything

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Francis Burns March 10, 2012 at 1:30 am

Air America with the locals doing the drug running all over again. Who couldn't have seen this coming. Get out of there as soon as we can with the best deal we can get. Just fly drones to whack the bad guys, and leave the rest of that hell hole for them to deal with on their own. There is a reason they hate, and kill each other. Its a hell hole, like all places like that it breeds seriously POed folks looking for a reason to hurt others instead of helping their own.

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andy March 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

like nyc and la lol

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Jack Luz March 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

How can this be? Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't drug smuggling/possesion of drugs/narcotics a direct violation to Islamic law? This is supposed to be punishable by death, according to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

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eirikr1 March 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

you're kidding, right?
murder, kidnapping, etc are all against Islamic law. (which some translate as "submission to God.")
You just rationalize around it. It's killing the enemy, not murder. It's taking a prisoner, not kidnapping, etc….

But yeah, drug running was an execution offense when the country was Taliban ruled, now the taliban uses it for fundraisng…

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Rob March 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

I can't wait…leave and take our toys with us.

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Pam March 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Dear Rob:

After the Russians left that was the fall of the USSR no ?

Pam

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WarPony - VINDICATED March 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

The greatest thing about a "War on Terror" is … you can ALWAYS find new terrorists if you look hard enough. S'pose that's what DHS is hoping for? Coming to a town near you soon.

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WarPony VINDICATED March 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

re: defensetech(dot)org/2012/03/09/shocker-afghan-air-force-investigated-for-drug-running/?comp=1198882887570&rank=3

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passingby March 12, 2012 at 2:17 am

No need to look for terrorists. Just create them out of thin air by propaganda and false flag operations. Once your soldiers are on foreign soil as invaders, the local people will defend themselves. Now you can label them all as "terrorists". It's just that simple – it's the strategy used by the U.S., the UK, France and Israel.

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RCDC March 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

The Afghan presidency could be involve.

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itfunk March 12, 2012 at 5:05 am

The funniest thing is that 30% of Taliban funding comes directly from the US. The brutes take our money laugh at us and then beat us .

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Tom March 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

I want MY Plane back. I'm sick and tired of seeing MY Money going to these animals

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passingby March 13, 2012 at 5:48 pm

by "animals" you mean the criminals running the CIA (and the US govt) and the thugs working for the CIA???

if so, then not only are you NOT getting your money back, you will be sending them more money (both with and without yourself knowledge) in the years to come.

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passingby March 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

(what's wrong with my fingers!!) meant to say " … both with and without your consent or knowledge) in the years to come. "

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blight_ March 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Pick up a old copy of Fletcher Prouty's Secret Team. Go see where your money was going back then, and draw your conclusions about where it would go now.

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John Knox March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm

After Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan went under the New World Order umbrella, there were less than a half-dozen Nation States without a central bank controlled by the Zionist cartel. And, it won't be long before it's just Cuba and Panama are left to find their seat under the umbrella, unless of course, they are already so corrupted as to be insignificant in the banksters scheme of things. Darn shame the US pays about 3/4 of the costs in blood and treasure for this UN/NATO ponzi rip.
Forgot to mention that Syria and Iran are not Nations with central banks under Zionist control. Therein lies the rub.
It's not the Citizens of the US that want this march to hegemony – we really have no choice in being the beat cop for the World Order. Hey, they got a monopoly on our money Mar. 9, 1932 – it was only a matter of time before the tyrants had the absolute monopoly.
Talk radicals, talk banksters, talk world hegemony, but isn't there a pipeline waiting to go through to the med (for Israel/Zion)- maybe a narcotic pipeline as well as Afghan'n is the world's largest producer of opium and hash?

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passingby March 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Well said. I hope that Russia, India and China would supply weapons and troops to Iran and make it Vietnam 2.0 or 3.0 if the countries is attacked / invaded.

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passingby March 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

damn me again … meant to say " .. if the country (Iran) is attacked / invaded."

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Mastro March 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Things that Third World Nations use US supplied transport planes for:

—flying refugees to safety
—flying relief supplies to flood victims
—flying crack troops to battle terrorists

or

—-Flying heroin runs to benefit the ruling family
—-Flying Russian hookers to "party" with elderly generals
—-Flying Rolls Royces from the UK to the government palace

Vote how you like

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blight_ March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I think heroin to benefit generals and Rolls Royces is likely.

Not a third world country, but spain used C-130s to move Spanish gold (extracted from the New World and on the blood of Aztecs, Incas et al) recovered from a shipwreck back to Spain.

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Patricio March 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

this is gona create some competition… i think now the zetas and the mexican cartels are gona start some shit with these guys

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blight_ March 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Afghans do heroin. Mexico is on the cocaine/marijuana circuit.

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S.S June 11, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Afghans are big on hash, heroin, opium and cannabis. Anything I'm missing?

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popsiq April 16, 2012 at 10:23 am

There was an effective Afghan air force well before the greatest force for god on earth showed up. Mind you they didn't know how to fly 'American-style'. That training only took a decade.

How long will it last after the masters of space and time go home? About as long as it takes to get Russian equipment, but no longer than the South Vietnamese outfit.

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

that's the UN vs NK, USSR, PRC

geezz

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

you guessed wrong AGAIN, Peetorian

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Praetorian March 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Only in your mind, *********

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I'm totally against Stalin and the former USSR in all their murderous campaigns against domestic and foreign dissidents, just as I'm totally against the war criminals in the White House and US Congress in all their murderous campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria … (too long to list)

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passingby March 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Gregory Savage, forgot to mention that if you actually think the CIA operates as regular government agency instead of the murderous mafia entity it truly is, then do yourself and the US a favor, stay away from the voting booths, as you simply don't have sufficient IQ, real world knowledge and experience pick your representatives in the so-called US government. (it's really not your government right now)

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passingby March 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

No, at least not in the massive numbers as a result of US led UN intervention to stop the North from overthrowing the vastly corrupt, vastly unpopular regime in the South.

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Nick T. March 10, 2012 at 12:33 am

Not sure if trolling or a communist…

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tiger March 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

Ok, that's it. You have officially become anoying.

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passingby March 10, 2012 at 1:43 am

neither

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andy March 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

no he just likes it in the butt.

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William C. March 11, 2012 at 1:05 am

Can I get a "murderous American death merchant" t-shirt? I love the names you leftists people come up with.

I do wish idiots like yourself would spend a few years working in a factory in the PRC, or starving to death in North Korea. Might give you some insight.

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Bill March 12, 2012 at 12:34 am

Someone should calm down a little; if you expect people to hear you out and acknowledge what you say, you can drop the insults.

Yeah, there is corruption in the world, but I can guarantee you that the world's corruption doesn't rest solely in the hands of scheming rich Americans…. the scheming rich maybe, but they're not exclusively American.

Money has no nationality and it speaks in all languages, there are filthy Americans, Canadians, Venezuelans, Mexicans, Brits, Frenchmen, Russians, Somalis, etc. So if you remove this "American blight", it isn't going to do anything – someone else is going to come along and do something similar.

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William C. March 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

What the hell are you going on about? When some ***hole is captured after shooting at, you don't owe him a lawyer, visits from his family, or good food. They're lucky their not treated as non-uniformed fighters were in WWII.

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William C. March 11, 2012 at 3:41 am

Really? Posting 9/11 conspiracy theories?

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passingby March 11, 2012 at 3:47 am

I don't think I've posted anything from the 9-11 Commission Report.

Are you sure you understand the term "Conspiracy Theory"????

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William C. March 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

Let me guess. All orchestrated by the evil Zionists in control of everything?

Can't you crackpots even come up with some new and interesting insane ideas? Try linking it to Nigeria, aliens, and Stalin's death.

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WarPony March 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

How 'bout just admitting the central bankster cartel – monopoly begets monopoly. And, don't forget their masters . . the reptilians. Ostrich!

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passingby March 12, 2012 at 12:30 am

William Crack, put the crack pipe down. Too much crack-induced Hallucination is bad for ya. Don't guess. You ain't got the necessary equipment for that.

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WarPony March 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Actually, NATO is headed by a Dane – go figure. All roads lead to Rome my friend. Check out the article at abovetopsecret (dot) com

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passingby March 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

it doesn't matter who heads the NATO – a brit, a dane, a pole, or a hole. The attack plans and strategies are all decided by The Interests (aka The Establishment) … just as it doesn't matter who's in the White House – a Democrat or a Republican, White or Black. The Establishment controls them all.

The US is NOT a democracy in the real sense of the word. Only the most naive, gullible and ignorant voters think their votes mean anything.

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passingby March 12, 2012 at 2:50 am

I agree with you on this one.

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