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TiM GW Bulletin 99/9-6
Sep. 22, 1999
U.S.-Trained Indonesian Death Squads: Butchers of East Timor
Crimes Increase after
Australians Disarmed; For Your Smile: Life in Russia Under
Socialism; Life in Russian Under Capitalism
Also see... "NWO Retools, Stirs Up Trouble in Indonesia..."
U.S.-Trained Indonesian Death Squads - Butchers of East Timor
Crimes Increase After Australians Disarmed
Clinton's Secret Service Flood Chicken Farm with Faxes
For Your Smile - Life Under Socialism
For your smile - Life Under Capitalism...
1. U.S.-Trained Indonesian Death Squads -
Butchers of East Timor
ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 22 - Like father, like son
Just as the U.S. and other
western countries once armed and trained Saddam Hussein's army before invading Iraq, so
had the same global troublemakers done in Indonesia, the London Guardian/Observer points
out in its Sept. 19 edition. Both U.S. and British governments have the East Timor blood
on their hands. Here are some excerpts from that story:
"Washington trained death squads in secret while
Britain has spent £1m helping Indonesian army
Indonesian military forces linked to the carnage in East Timor
were trained in the United States under a covert program sponsored by the Clinton
Administration which continued until last year.
The Observer can also disclose that the (British) Government has
spent about £1 million in training more than 50 members of the Indonesian military in
Britain since it came to power. Human rights campaigners claim a number of these are
likely to have links with those complicit in the atrocities.
The US program, code-named 'Iron Balance', was hidden from
legislators and the public when Congress curbed the official schooling of Indonesia's army
after a massacre in 1991. Principal among the units that continued to be trained was the
Kopassus - an elite force with a bloody history - which was more rigorously trained by the
US than any other Indonesian unit, according to Pentagon documents passed to The Observer
last week. Kopassus was built up with American expertise despite US awareness of its role
in the genocide of about 200,000 people in the years after the invasion of East Timor in
1975, and in a string of massacres and disappearances since the bloodbath. Amnesty
International describes Kopassus as 'responsible for some of the worst human rights
violations in Indonesia's history'.
The Pentagon documents obtained by the US-based East Timor
Action Network and Illinois congressman Lane Evans detail every exercise in the covert
training program, conducted under a Pentagon project called JCET (Joint Combined Education
and Training). They show the training was in military expertise that could only be used
internally against civilians, such as urban guerrilla warfare, surveillance,
counter-intelligence, sniper marksmanship and 'psychological operations'.
Specific commanders trained under the US program have been tied
to the current violence and to some of the worst massacres of the past 20 years, including
the slaughter at Kraras in 1983 and at Santa Cruz in 1991. The US-trained commanders
include the son-in-law of the late dictator General Suharto, Prabowo Subianto, and his
mentor, General Kiki Syahnakri the man appointed last week by the so-called 'reform'
government as commissioner for martial law in East Timor.
The secret program unveiled in the document became the focus for
military training when above-board aid was curtailed by Congress after the Santa Cruz
massacre. Congress had stepped in after up to 270 peaceful protesters many of them
schoolchildren were murdered by Kopassus shock troops as they paraded through Dili.
American sponsorship of the Indonesian regime began as a matter
of Cold War ideology, in the wake of defeat in Vietnam. The left-wing movement in East
Timor was feared by Jakarta and seen by the US as an echo of those in southern Africa and
of Salvador Allende's government in Chile. Jakarta's harassment of the Timor government
and the invasion of 1975 were duly encouraged by the United States.
The training of Indonesia's officer corps peaked during the
mid-Eighties. In 1990 a former official at the US Embassy in Jakarta cabled the State
Department to say US sponsorship had been 'a big help to the (Indonesian) army. They
probably killed a lot of people and I probably have a lot of blood on my hands'.
But the horror of Santa Cruz in 1991, when trucks were seen
dumping bodies in the sea, was too much. The US decided that the training, while still
available, should be paid for by the recipient nation in other words, it would no longer
be military aid. The covert program then became the main means of training Indonesia's
military still at the American taxpayers' expense.
In an undated prospectus, the Pentagon says the prime mission was
to 'to develop, organise, equip, train, advise and direct indigenous militaries'. The
scale was small, to offer concentrated 'significant special training' which would create
'self-sufficient small units'. In 1996, for instance, 10 exercises involved 376 US
personnel and 838 Indonesians or 'loyal' Timorese.
Britain also made a significant contribution to Indonesia's
military training. The Observer has established that, since May 1997, 24 senior members of
Indonesia's forces have been trained in UK military colleges. This included training in
running military units efficiently and how to use technical equipment like guided
missiles. In addition, 29 Indonesian officers have studied at non-military establishments.
Revelations of the extent to which Labour (party) has used
taxpayers' money to aid the Indonesian military has angered many MPs, who claim it makes a
mockery of Foreign Secretary Robin Cook's 'ethical foreign policy'. In the last four years
of the Tory Government, only one Indonesian soldier was trained in the UK.
Ann Clwyd, the Labour chair of the all-party group on human
rights, has previously shown that Indonesian military trained here have subsequently
committed atrocities. She said: 'It is simply not acceptable that we have been training
these people. We know the police, the army, the militia are all interlinked. How many of
those trained by this Government are now involved in the East Timor operation?'
Last week both America and Australia suspended military
co-operation with Indonesia. Funding for the military training would have been made
available by the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence through the Defence Military
Assistance Fund. Earlier this year Defence Minister Doug Henderson admitted that training
one Indonesian navy officer at the Joint Service Command and Staff College and another on
the International Principal Warfare Course at HMS Dryad cost the Government £170,000.
Amnesty International's East Timor country specialist, Deborah
Sklar, traces the regime's 'over-reliance on thuggish military operations' as being due to
the demands of the foreign investment community and even from the World Bank.
She cites a blueprint called The East Asian Miracle, written by
US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, in which he urges governments to 'insulate'
themselves from 'pluralist pressures' and to suppress trade unions. This, she says, became
a primary Kopassus role during the years of training by the United States.
'If the US,' says Sklar, 'has supplied to the Indonesians
equipment that has been concerned in the perpetration of human rights abuses, then that is
TiM Ed.: So there you have it, the real ugly face of the Washington officials who are
fomenting death and unrest, and supporting thuggish dictators while preaching
"democracy" and "reform."
For the rest of this article, check out - http://www.newsunlimited.co.uk/AC/setguestcookie.cgi?section=News&host=www%2...
TiM Ed.: For more on the crimes committed in Indonesia with the assistance and/or
complicity of the U.S. government, check out the article from Pacific Affairs, 58, Summer
1985, pages 239-264. Peter Dale Scott is a professor of English at the University of
California in Berkeley, and a member of the advisory board at Public Information
Also see how "CIA Compiled Indonesian Death Lists in 1965" at: http://www.pir.org/kadane.html
2. Crimes Increase After Australians Disarmed
AUSTRALIA - The following is a letter published by the Orange Country Register
(8/04/99) on the effects of confiscation of guns which the Australian government imposed
on its population just over a year ago. In short, what the crime statistics say is that
there is no (positive) relationship between gun control and crime rates. And that, if
Americans allow the criminal Washington government to disarm us, the Second Amendment
rights notwithstanding, the only guns left will be in the hands of organized crime - at
the state and street levels.
"It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia
were forced to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed, a program costing the
government more than $500 million dollars.
And now the results are in: Australia-wide, homicides are up
3.2percent; Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent; Australia-wide, armed robberies
are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent). In the state of Victoria, homicides with firearms are
up 300 percent. Figures over the previous 25 years show a steady decrease in armed robbery
with firearms (changed drastically in the past 12months). There has been a dramatic
increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly.
Australian politicians are on the spot and at a loss to explain
how no improvement in "safety" has been observed after such monumental effort
and expense was successfully expended in "ridding society of guns."
Bet you won't see this data on the evening news or hear your
governor or members of the state Assembly disseminating this information. It's time to
state it plainly: Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes,
gun-control laws only affect the law-abiding citizens. Take note, Californians, before
it's too late!"
3. Clinton's Secret Service Flood Chicken Farm
MANGERE, New Zealand, Aug. 3 - A New Zealand chicken processing plant had been
bombarded with stray faxes from U.S. security officials preparing for the recent visit to
Auckland by President Clinton. Instead of orders for processed chickens at Poultry Pride,
factory owner Saji Philips finds himself fielding fax messages on security issues such as
the installation of White House communications equipment in the Auckland Airport control
Despite being assured by the White House that the situation is being taken care of, the
plant still received details of President Clintons arrival in Auckland for an
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
One fax detailed the installation of White House communications equipment in the
Auckland airport control tower ahead of the arrival Air Force One, carrying Clinton to a
summit of Asia Pacific leaders on Sept. 12-13.
Names and car registration details of military communications officials have also been
"I think it said something like U.S. APEC Support office, or something like that.
And names of a few people, you know, who were supposed to drive some military vehicles and
things like that and some equipment being installed at the airport," said Philips,
the owner of Poultry Pride.
"One of them had the name of a military officer with his code name and security
number," Philips told a local newspaper.
"For us it doesnt really matter, but if this fell into the wrong hands, who
knows what could happen. It's really quite frightening," Philips said.
He said that several weeks ago he had asked the U.S. support office for the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to stop the faxes but they kept coming."
TiM Ed.: And you wonder why the NATO/Pentagon bumble heads couldn't tell the Chinese
embassy in Belgrade from a storage facility they were supposedly trying to bomb?
(By the way, while in Belgrade, the TiM editor drove past the site of the Chinese
embassy bombing. The blackened ruin of the marble-lined structure still stands out eerily
among the surrounding New Belgrade apartment buildings. Not exactly a typical scene for a
4. For Your Smile
- Life Under Socialism
MOSCOW, Sept. 19 - We received the following contribution from a TiM reader in
George dies and goes to hell. He notices one sign that says,
"Capitalist Hell," and another that says, "Socialist Hell." There's a
long line of souls waiting to get into socialist hell, but no one waiting to get into
capitalist hell. George asks the guard, "What do they do to you in socialist
"They boil you in oil, whip you, and then put you on the
rack," says the guard.
"And what do they do to you in capitalist hell?" George
"Same thing," the guard replies.
"Then why is everybody in line for socialist hell?"
"Because in socialist hell," the guard explains,
"they're always out of oil, whips and racks."
TiM Ed.: To which we replied with a Socialism 101 comment of our own:
A Russian buys a new Moskvich (car) in 1980, and is assigned a
delivery date of Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1990, between 8AM and noon.
"Could you change that to the afternoon?" he asks the
"But why? How do you know what you'll be doing 10 years from
"It's because my TV set is being delivered in the
5. For your smile - Life Under Capitalism...
MOSCOW, Sept. 18, 1999 - Finally, here is a true story about capitalism in the former
center of socialism.
On Saturday night, we went out to dinner to a typical Russian
restaurant (Georgian food, in this case). Service could have stood some improvements, but
the grub was good. Total bill for a three course-meal for three people, including a bottle
of Georgian wine - only $36! (Wonders of the ruble devaluation for foreign visitors!).
Then this party of three went back to our American hotel where we
had three coffees. Total bill - $20.
And you think the Russians are slow learners when in comes to
capitalism? Or when the game is skinning the foreigners alive at American hotels? No ruble
Also, check out... "NWO
Retools, Stirs Up Trouble in Indonesia...", "Who
Lost China?", "Hillary Clinton's Jewish Family Ties
and Other Tales," "Lou's Lair vs. Bill's
Loft," "From a Nation of Producers, to a Nation of
Gamglers," "What's a Trill Here, a Trill
There...?", "The Amazing "U.N.
Amazon Women," "Services-based Economy Means
Cheaper Labor," "Natives Are Getting
Restless," "Toward Nations of Obedient
Mutts", "Klinton's Amerika: Israel's
Faces of Globalism", "Canadian
Banks Speculating Against Canadian Dollar", "Election '98: Much Ado About Nothing",
"A Spoof on Goof: ABC Adds God to Its
Editorial Lineup," "Taking
a Little Bite Out of the 'Big Apple'", "Greenscam's
Meriwether Bailout," "Wall
Street's Conquest of America," "Yeltsin-IMF Deal: Feeding Drugs to Drug
Watergate, Cover-up Worse Than Original Crime," "Death Merchants 80; U.S. Taxpayers 19" ,
"The Great American Divide
Widens", "Was Buchanan Robbed in
Louisiana, Iowa, Arizona?"
Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "When Will Wall
Street's Bubble Burst?", "Russia, IMF, and Global House
of Cards", "Rekindling
NATO to Fuel Cold War...", "The
Great American Hoover", "Russia, IMF and Global House of
Cards" , "Christianity
Under Siege: Toward a One World Religion,"
Or Djurdjevic's CHRONICLES columns: "Wall Street Financial
Out the Middle Class."