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U-2 crashes upon return from Iranian mission

The story, as reported through the U.S. media, states that 'U-2 crashes upon return from Afghanistan mission'. The corrected title for this cover story released as a news story should more than likely read, 'U-2 crashes upon return from Iranian mission'.
Iran surrounded by American Forces
Iran surrounded by American Forces

U-2 crashes upon return from Iranian mission

On May 1st, 1960, a U2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers, an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, was shot down over the Soviet Union. On the afternoon of May 1st, when Eisenhower was informed that contact had been lost with the U2, and that the plane was probably lost, a cover story was devised to be disseminated to the American people through the media, which stated that the lost plane was a joint NASA-U.S Air Force weather service mission which had gone down in a lake somewhere in Turkey. However four days later, on May 5th, in a speech to the Supreme Soviet, Khruschev announced that the Soviet military had shot down the American spy plane and captured the pilot. Eisenhower, on recieving the news from Allan Dulles, then met with his top advisors on the U2 spy program, and devised a second cover story that would harmonize with the first failed cover story. After Eisenhower announced an 'investigation' into the incident, it was stated that it was possible that the weather plane might have wandered accidentally into Soviet air space, after the pilot had problems with his oxygen equipment. To bolster the cover story, a U2 spy plane was quickly painted in the colors of NASA and then paraded before the press on May 6th.. At this time the American government was unaware that the pilot was in Soviet custody and Khruschev waited almost a week to allow the American cover story to spread before embarrassing the White House by announcing to the world the capture of the pilot and showing images from the rolls of film, as well as information that revealed that plane had never been anywhere near Turkey, but that rather the flight originated in Pakistan and its end destination was Norway. Eisenhower then held a press conference where he in effect admitted to the cover up and stated that as long as two powers were in conflict there would be espionage, and that, while he did not want to be alarmist or overly dramatic, nevertheless Americans should never forget the lessons of Pearl Harbor..

This story is relevant today, for it is just one of so many examples that illustrate the point that truth is the first casualty of war fare, and that therefore you can never believe anything that you hear from the government, since they will lie, dissimulate, and cococt tall tales which will then be obediently repeated by the press, and perhaps uncritically accepted by the patriots. .

Today the American military and intelligence complex released another one of their covers stories, after another u2 spy plane went down, this time, so they say, in the United Arab Emirates. the plane, they say, was on routine mission over Afghanistan before the accidental crash took place. The story was obediently reported on the CNN site, as 'U-2 crashes upon return from Afghanistan mission'. The corrected title for this cover story released as a news story should more than likely read, 'U-2 crashes upon return from Iranian mission'. .

Earlier this week, Scott Ritter, who was once a weapons inspector in Iraq, wrote an article for Aljazeera, since it would be unlikely that his article would have been printed in the American media. The title of his article was, .

The US war with Iran has already begun Scott Ritter (Aljazeera.net)...the article was then reprinted on the Znet site.

As we came to know, one of the very first meetings held by the Bush administration, in the days following the first (s)election of 2000,, was convened to discuss the upcoming attack on Iraq (almost 8 months before the events of 9-11 made the attack more feasible, and found some, such as Donald Rumsfeld, agitating to use the attacks as a justification for a war against Iraq). Continuing on and expanding upon this theme Ritter stated that...

The reality is that the US war with Iran has already begun. As we speak, American over flights of Iranian soil are taking place, using pilotless drones and other, more sophisticated, capabilities.

The violation of a sovereign nation's airspace is an act of war in and of itself. But the war with Iran has gone far beyond the intelligence-gathering phase.

President Bush has taken advantage of the sweeping powers granted to him in the aftermath of 11 September 2001, to wage a global war against terror and to initiate several covert offensive operations inside Iran.

The most visible of these is the CIA-backed actions recently undertaken by the Mujahadeen el-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group, once run by Saddam Hussein's dreaded intelligence services, but now working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations.

It is bitter irony that the CIA is using a group still labelled as a terrorist organisation, a group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence units of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, who are slaughtering American soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq.

Perhaps the adage of "one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist" has finally been embraced by the White House, exposing as utter hypocrisy the entire underlying notions governing the ongoing global war on terror.



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The map above, taken from the United Nations website, shows the position of Iran, in relation to Azerbaijan, in the upper left corner, circled in Red, Tehran, the capital of Iran, located below the Caspian Sea, and circled in blue, Iraq, currently under American imperial occupation, on the left, circled in yellow, The United Arab Emirates, accross the water way from Southern Iran, and the alleged location of the downed U2 spy plane, circled in light blue, and Afdghanistan, also under American Imperialist occupation, to the right of Iran, circled in lime green, with a dark brown line showing the shortest flight for a U2 between the UAE and Afghanistan, which of course crosses right through Iran, assuming here that the plane was really intended to work over Afghanistan, and faithfully kept the spy instruments turned off during the time of overflight over Iran, and that it also did no spying as it approached the UAE (at those altitudes U2 planes can see for hundreds of miles into Iran, without even crossing into Iranian air space).

In his article Ritter continues...

To the north, in neighbouring Azerbaijan, the US military is preparing a base of operations for a massive military presence that will foretell a major land-based campaign designed to capture Tehran.

CIA paramilitary operatives and US Special Operations units who are training with Azerbaijan forces to form special units capable of operating inside Iran for the purpose of intelligence gathering, direct action, and mobilising indigenous opposition to the Mullahs in Tehran.

But this is only one use the US has planned for Azerbaijan. American military aircraft, operating from forward bases in Azerbaijan, will have a much shorter distance to fly when striking targets in and around Tehran.

In fact, US air power should be able to maintain a nearly 24-hour a day presence over Tehran airspace once military hostilities commence.

No longer will the United States need to consider employment of Cold War-dated plans which called for moving on Tehran from the Persian Gulf cities of Chah Bahar and Bandar Abbas. US Marine Corps units will be able to secure these towns in order to protect the vital Straits of Hormuz, but the need to advance inland has been eliminated.

A much shorter route to Tehran now exists - the coastal highway running along the Caspian Sea from Azerbaijan to Tehran.

It is interesting to note that the Caucasus region, once formerly part of the southern Soviet Union, was referred to by Dick Cheney in 1998 as the 'most strategically significant' region in the world today. This is because these southern Muslim states of the old Soviet Empire currently have the largest untapped reserves of oil and gas remaining in the world. The region proved to be a contributing factor to the downfall of Adolph Hitler in the second world war, when, against the advice of his generals, Hitler insisted at the beginning of the conflict with Russia, in diverting forces to capture this region, and the end result was a Napoleonic disaster later on in the year, as the German troops were decimated outside Moscow by better equipped Russian forces, and permanently lost the advantage. Hitler's generals also advised against an attack against Russia for at least two or three years, but given that the only Superpower in the world at that time was Germany, Hitler insisted on going immediately to make use of the 'historical opportunity' presented to Germany. In a few years it might be to late. In a similar line of thinking, the Project for a New American Century, a think tank of hawks currently in power in Washington, spoke of America's 'historical opportunity', presented by the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the military weakness of all other world powers, including Europe, to launch a belligerent policy of imperialistic conquest. As the window threatened to close on this marvelous opportunity for American dominate the world for a century, the hawks tried desperate moves such as the Clinton fellatio impeachment attempt, and then in one great act of desperation, engineered the rigging and stealing of the Florida election in 2000, for, you see, you just cannot let such a great historical opportunity slip by.

Currently Washington is 'fighting international terror', or then again, perhaps they are bringing democracy and freedom to the world, which is the new tune being sung for the second administration (once again stolen using those squirrely voting machines that leave no paper trail, because, you see, it would be a shame to miss such a glorious historical opportunity). While Washington is bringing to glories of Democracy to Iraq, the administration wasted no time sending in troops to establish bases in the former southern Soviet Union, the source of all that Oil and Gas, and has been building pipe lines out of the region, which head, naturally to the west, rather than south to the Indian Ocean, and then on to China and India, two other rising rival powers who are desperate for O-I-L as well. But alas, given the historical situation, and how far behind India and China are in the military sense, it would seem they will have to go looking for scraps that fall from the table, as the sole superpower makes hay while the sun shines, you might say.

It is worth noting here that the regimes in the Southern Soviet Union territory, currently partners in the war on terror, are some of those super weird tyrant states, where the statues and pictures of the glorious leader are seen everywhere, and torture and state terror are rampant. This proves to be no problem, since America can't be everywhere, since occupation troops are currently guarding Wall Street investments in close to 140 countries already. Therefore the American troop presence in these tyrant states is small, and Washington is relying on the tyrannical systems already in place to crush the population and maintain order while the oil begins flowing out through those pipelines. Democracy, in this case, would be inconvenient, since it would lead to another Bolivia, or Venezuela, two countries that also have O-I-L and G-A-S, but which unfortunately also have populist activism, and thus, apparently, according to Washington, need more of that same 'Democracy' Washington has been bringing to other O-I-L and G-A-S nations, and will soon be bringing to Iran (that wonderful gift of Democracy for the people of Iran, the real reason for the sudden change in the propaganda tune during the second administration, since it would be stupid to promise to save Iranians from terrorists, or accuse Iranians of being terrorists, who thus needed invasion, but they do need Democracy, and so that will be the reason).

The clearest sign of an upcoming attack on Iran is this sudden change in military propaganda coming out of the Bush administration at the beginning of the second term. You hear a lot more about 'Democracy' now, and less about 'terrorism' since Iraq is now a done deal, and upcoming is Iran, which requires something different if the historical opportunity to nail down the conquest of Iran is not to be tragically missed. This becomes especially important when you consider that Iran is signing deals to do bad things like sell O-I-L and G-A-S to India and China, those two rising powers (as Bush called China in one of his state of the Union addresses, 'america's strategic rival', referring here to China's growing thrist for O-I-L, which, tragically for China, is not matched by China's military power, thus creating a great historical opporutnity for Washington).

Anyone of thinks that Bush will not attack Iran does not know Bush. When Bush ran for Congress in Texas back in the late 1970s, one of his campaign themes was that Social Security would be broke within ten years, if something was not done, that something being, of course, to privatize the system. And of course the attack on Iraq was planned long before he got in and so is the policy against Iran, which has been simmering for a long time, Iran being the original member of the Axis of Evil, and acting more and more evil all the time by signing big contracts to sell all their O-I-L and G-A-S to India, and in particular that evil rival, China. Bush policies are carved in stone, and they never change. Public opinion has no effect on the man, neither does crisis or even disaster. This is what the religious right admires in the man, the fact that he is one of those 'strong leaders', the 'Feuhrer type', when actually he is just really stubborn and a true ideologue, and ultra capitalist, the capitalist's capitalist, and like Reagan, he just hates the New Deal and taxes and programs, not to mention inheritance taxes, which is something that will really benefit him personally, when his parent's die, and now, given his recently passed policy on not taxing rich estates, will mean that George will be getting extra rich when mom and dad are gone. (So we can see American policy being driven by more than a little bit of self interest here as well, not to forget the self interest of those elite have mores of America, the capitalists, who are the true political base of George Bush, and who stand to benefit the most from the riches of the world which due to historical developments, are now passing into the hands of the American Imperial Empire, being built by that great historical figure, George Bush, an empire of the richest oil and gas producing region remaining on earth, and soon to include Iran as well, if everything goes as planned, and nothing spins out of control or anything...and then there remains that problem with the tyrant Chavez in Venezuela, and the 'collapse of Democracy' that keeps happening in Bolivia, but first things first...





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I Like Ike 22.Jun.2005 17:01

old ironthrower

"This story is relevant today, for it is just one of so many examples that illustrate the point that truth is the first casualty of war fare, and that therefore you can never believe anything that you hear from the government..."

Yes to the above.

I was very young and just learning about such things as kings and queens and presidents and Ike at the time seemed so benevolent and to a tyke it seemed that ike fit into the category of "honest abe" and the cherry tree story was fresh in my mind and it was such a shock to my young mind that the president of the united states could ever tell a lie so big a lie that the sound of that dissonance ringing in my ears has never left me but has left me always a little bit changed to never be the same and to never trust anyone especially those who say "trust me" and never believe anything that you hear from the government...

But c'mon, lying is not such a bad thing. We are lied to all the time and are accustomed to it. Politicians lie to get elected, corporations lie in their advertising to get their products sold, presidents lie to go to war. Big deal happens all the time. Nowadays you cannot tell the truth without lying.

If dishonesty bothers you, all you have to do is to assimilate the dissonance. Learn to hold two contradictory beliefs simultaneously, then lies can't hurt you anymore. See? It's simple.

I believe that presidents cannot lie. I believe that presidents must lie. What's the problem? There is no contradiction.

Of course the Iran war has already begun but it has not yet started. We at peace with Iran and there will never be a war with Iran. Unless of course they start it first which is something they could do with a word or a glance from their boy, or a wink and a nod from bush. See? We really cannot be at peace until there is war.

Bush cannot attack Iran and will never do so. Furthermore Bush must attack Iran because they are evil because he said so -- he would never lie.

And if you think I'm crazy you are right. BLAME EISENHOWER the lying bastard.

even when wars end they are never finished 22.Jun.2005 17:41

ignorance is strength

there is always a bad guy out there because there has to be and that's why there are moments of peace because there are always wars going on.

I think your right ironthrower, your crazy and never believe anything you hear from the government.

meanwhile, back to the story... 22.Jun.2005 18:06

this thing here

i'm not sure why the u.s. military still uses the u-2 platform when it has drones and spy satellites?

anyways, if there is a war with iran, there will be a draft. if there is a draft, there will be a war with iran.

i doubt how much the bush administration could trust any kind of internal, iranian coup carried out by the genuine, indigenous reform elements now in iran. they could easily turn their backs on america. i also doubt how successful any american orchestrated coup in iran would turn out, because the puppet leader would face mass opposition, for BEING an american puppet. this leaves the bush admin. really only one choice for getting the kind of "guaranteed results" they are looking for, and that is to do exactly the same thing in iran that they haven't finished in iraq.

of course, it would be an absolute disaster, on an even larger scale then the one in iraq. death, expense, time, everything would be on a larger scale. but need i remind anyone of how f'ing insane the bush admin. is...

We know it was Iran 22.Jun.2005 18:14

Doubting Thomas

Most folks who are knowledgeable realize that the news really means Iran. Scott Ritter alludes to the "unmanned drones" and other sophisticated devices used to gather intelligence over Iran. What I really would like to know is this. What happened to all those unmanned drones and super spy devices that the government spent billions of tax dollars on? Remember the satellite cameras that could read your license plate from outter space? What happened to that stuff? Instead, we read that the government is using spy planes from 1960 and that one was probably shot down by the Iranians. Is it possible that Halliburton got the contracts to develop those unmanned drones and spy devices?

US Gov't just likes that Hollywood feel 22.Jun.2005 22:45

silly spy tactics

I don't think there is any *lack* of surveillance... :)

I just think the powers that be get off on pretending they are Very Important People and the world is just a stage that features them. I'm pretty sure a lot of the extra spy programs are solely to fulfill one person or another's private fantasy about running this or that type of operation. Especially if it involves "foreign" landscapes and old planes.

Wasn't A U-2...Or an SR-71! 23.Jun.2005 00:14

Surfin' Dude

When the SR-71 retired, a few years ago. Something top secret replaced it. We won't know for years.
Regardless of what the craft was? I do believe the U.S. is going to attack Iran. These NeoCons are ruthless. All for the love of power and money.
Only hope. That the Citizens of our Great Country can stop these monsters.

New England

Ike was right 23.Jun.2005 07:56

Gregory L. Carr gregc2@cox.net

Many of you will remember as I do, Eisenhower`s farewell address to the nation in 1960. He warned us of the (then new) military industrial complex gaining too much influence over the policys and actions of our government. Well folks, it didn`t take very long. In my opinion,on Nov. 22,1963 the United States was taken over by a facist form of government. John Kennedy was the first and last United States President to stand up for something other than war,(Peace Corps ect.) When the CIA lied to him about the Bay of Pigs,he swore to break the CIA into a thousand pieces and he had a good start on them. I do not belive anything our government says about anything, every word being lies and misinformation. Just start with the Warren Commision`s debacle of an investigation, and the list goes on and on and on. My fear is that they have had 42 years to get their hooks into every possible obstacle that could turn this country back to the poeple for the people and not for dominating the world and all of her riches. I believe that we are lost as a nation and no one or no thing can bring us back to our status in the world like we were after WWII.

Strange 23.Jun.2005 09:11

Bison Boy

It's hard to imagine that they'd use a U-2 for any nations in the area save Iran or Syria. I doubt it was looking at Afghanistan.

But I find it really strange that the thrust of the article is to say that the U-2 was part of a secret war against Iran, yet the article includes a map showing the shortest path between the base and some point in Afghanistan. Does the author think they're lying, or not?

Hedging that bet weakens the article.

Caucuses Specifics 23.Jun.2005 12:05

InHawaii crimsonapex04@yahoo.com

It is clear that the knowledge of the Caucuses in this article is very limited, and presented in an overgeneralized format. It should be noted, that among the Caucuses nations, only Azerbaijan is Muslim, and has oil. Georgia and Armenia are Christian nations, with as much to lose if a war with Iran starts. Armenia is currently at war with Azerbaijan (although there has been an 11 year cease fire), under economic and military blockade, and looks upon Russia as an ally. Conversely, it does not want to isolate the United States, which has already taken a foothold in the region, so the line must be towed very carefully. Azerbaijan on the other hand, wants to distance itself as far from Russia as possible, needs the United States and the West as allies, and significant amounts of Azeris live in Northern Iran, waiting for the time when they can break free from Iranian control and join their brothers to the North. The president of Azerbaijan is an oppressive ruler, with all the qualities that prevent freedom and democracy in that region. The Caucuses is a highly volatile area, and any war nearby, would certainly result in unexpected ramifications. The planners of this Iranian war, have as much shortsightedness as they did when they decided to invade Iraq. There are no long term goals, and unlike Iraq, Iran can strike back.

1995/ The whole program of wars in the Middle East 23.Jun.2005 13:26

Orwell 84

The whole program of wars in the Middle East was written by the Neo Cons in 1995 .

The autors are now in the Pentagon and in the State Departement


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Caucusus 23.Jun.2005 13:48

brent

In reference to 'Specifics' just above...the nations I was referring to are those along the southern border of the old Soviet Union, which were hastily garrisoned with American troops right after 9-11 and then used as a staging post in Afghanistan...
the following map shows the nations in question...these are the nations with the 'weird tyrants' with the statues and the torturers and the lack of democracy and the American bases, as well as the oil and the gas...this would include Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, and possibly Kazahkstan...A country like Georgia is only of consequence as the location for oil pipe lines out of this much larger and much more important Muslim region with all the oil and gas...
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