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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Negroponte

“Remotely controlled explosive devices have taken a heavy toll on U.S. military forces in Iraq and Bush said some of the best minds in America are working to find ways to combat them.
Quoting his national intelligence director John Negroponte, Bush said Iran has been responsible for at least some of the increasing lethality of attacks in Iraq.
‘Coalition forces have seized IEDs and components that were clearly produced in Iran,’ Bush said.”
-MSNBC, March 13, 2006

“It makes sense that Dubya would be quoting Negroponte. I mean, the current problems in Iraq revolve around the roaming death squads and an ongoing civil war.”

"I'm pleased to announce my decision to nominate Ambassador John Negroponte as Director of National Intelligence . . . John brings a unique set of skills to these challenges."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, February 17, 2005

“And what exactly were Mr. Negroponte’s unique skills? Well, he has a good working knowledge of Iran and its military. After all, he was one of the guys who involved with the Iran-Contra scandal, so he was actually involved in arming Iran to begin with (does any of this sound familiar?).”

“Iran-Contra Affair: in U.S. history, secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. The first was a commitment to aid the contras who were conducting a guerrilla war against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua. The second was to placate “moderates” within the Iranian government in order to secure the release of American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon and to influence Iranian foreign policy in a pro-Western direction.
Despite the strong opposition of the Reagan administration, the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted legislation, known as the Boland amendments, that prohibited the Defense Dept., the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or any other government agency from providing military aid to the contras from Dec., 1983, to Sept., 1985. The Reagan administration circumvented these limitations by using the National Security Council (NSC), which was not explicitly covered by the law, to supervise covert military aid to the contras. Under Robert McFarlane (1983–85) and John Poindexter (1985–86) the NSC raised private and foreign funds for the contras. This operation was directed by NSC staffer Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North. McFarlane and North were also the central figures in the plan to secretly ship arms to Iran despite a U.S. trade and arms embargo.”
-Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition

“Negroponte was in a little trouble a while back for the Iran-Contra deals. You know, the ones where we were supporting Central American death squads while selling weapons to Iran in order to support their ongoing war against Iraq. Iraq: the people he will now be the ambassador to... This guy was an aide to Kissinger in the Paris negotiations with Vietnam between 1969-1971, and was the officer-in-charge for Vietnam in the NSC from 1971-1973. Not, of course, that there is any comparison between Vietnam and Iraq. Remember back after September 11 when they said that irony was dead?”
-Skippy, April 20, 2004

“So this isn’t Vietnam, though most of the people involved were all involved in Vietnam (except Dubya of course. He was defending the skies of Texas part-time). It’s Negroponte’s time working in the Honduras that gets the most attention though..””

“Intelligence Battalion 3-16 was also created in the early 1980s with the help of the CIA. Together with the DNI, Battalion 3-16 is blamed for the repression, capture, interrogation and disappearance of about 180 people, generally popular movement leaders.”
-U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Honduras, October 14, 1998

“Battalion 3-16 counter-terrorist tactics included torture, rape, assassination against persons thought to be involved in support of Salvadoran guerrillas or the Honduran leftist movement. Information available to the United States Government in the 1980s indicated that named individuals were abducted and killed by Battalion 3-16 and the FUSEP Special Unit.”
-CIA Working Group Stipulations, September 13, 2001

"I think it is important to stress there was no effort on the part of myself or others serving the U.S. Government at the time to stifle reporting about human rights in Honduras, to cover up any credible evidence of human rights abuses which came to our attention, or to misrepresent the general picture with respect to the human rights situation in the country."
-John Negroponte, September 13, 2001

“A former commander of Battalion 316, General Luis Alonso Discua Elvir, might have made an informative witness at Negroponte's confirmation hearing, but although he has lived in Florida for several years, he is suddenly unavailable. He left the United States in February after his residence visa was canceled . . . When an American reporter asked about the notorious battalion, he demurred, saying he wanted no more ‘problems with the United States’ because ‘your country is too powerful.’"
-Stephen Kinzer, September 20, 2001

“I did a lot in the area of quiet diplomacy. I think that is acknowledged and I think that is demonstrable in the record."
-John Negroponte, September 13, 2001

“So Mr. Negroponte knows all about the skills needed to maintain the peace in Iraq, and oddly enough what he knows seems to be being useful in Iraq..”

“Senior Iraqi officials Sunday confirmed for the first time that death squads composed of government employees had operated illegally from inside two government ministries.
‘The deaths squads that we have captured are in the defense and interior ministries,’ Minister of Interior Bayan Jabr said during a joint news conference with the Minister of Defense. ‘There are people who have infiltrated the army and the interior.’"
-Knight-Ridder, March 13, 2006

“Oh, and Negroponte is also involved in the illegal wiretapping issue. Small world, isn’t it?”

"’This isn't a drift net out there where we're soaking up everyone's communications,’ said Hayden, who is now principal deputy to U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte.
‘This is hot pursuit of communications entering or leaving America involving someone we believe is associated with al-Qaida,’ he said in remarks delivered at the National Press Club.”
-MSNBC, January 23, 2005

“Ah yes.. Dubya quoting Negroponte. Kind of sums up the entire war. Ignorance and incompetence looking to fear, torture and lies for the answers.”


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