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Reflections on Khadafy’s Death

COMMENT: With Khadafy’s death, a focal point of research in the archives has died. I seriously doubt that the more important aspects of his reign will ever be fully explored.

In AFA #4, we examined evidence that Khadafy’s terrorist cadre was trained by elements of U.S. intelligence, operating through the “ex” CIA agents Edwin Wilson and Frank Terpil. (Courtesy of Joe Trento, we now know that the network overseeing this operation was known as The Safari Club.)

The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie Scotland was pinned on Khadafy, despite evidence that implicated terror elements linked to the underbelly of the Iran-Contra covert Operations.

Libya was also the site of the murder of Silvan Becker, a German intelligence agent in Libya researching Islamic extremists, apparently against the murder of his superiors. The killers appear to have been part of Osama bin Laden’s network. One of the killers had the same name as a suspect in the 9/11 attacks.

Do not expect any of this to be examined in the wake of his passing.

Likewise, we shouldn’t expect to hear of the development of Khadafy’s intelligence service, formed under the tutelage of SS officers assembled by former Gestapo chief Heinrich Mueller.

In Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile, Paul Manning discussed the role of the Mueller/Skorzeny team in forming Khadafy’s intelligence agency.

When Colonel Nasser became president of Egypt, he asked the
CIA for assistance in establishing a similar organization in his
country. The CIA did not wish to become involved, and so
referred him to General Gehlen, then chief of the West German
federal intelligence organization, which was in fact maintained
by the CIA. But Gehlen ducked the request, suggesting
that former SS General Otto Skorzeny, son-in-law of Hjalmar
Schacht, one-time Minister of Finance for Hitler, should be
approached. Skorzeny, who made his headquarters in Spain, did
not want the assignment either, for he was doing too well as an
engineer and businessman in Spain, and was also owner of a
large farming establishment outside of Dublin. But, urged by
Schacht, he had Heinrich Mueller in Brazil send him a team of
secret police specialists, who all arrived in Cairo as a German
mission led by Skorzeny, who promptly returned to Spain after
introductions had been made. Mueller’s team established such
an effective intelligence service for Nasser, known as the General
Intelligence Service, that Colonel Qadhafi of Libya, then
the new revolutionary leader of his country, asked Nasser to
make the German team of advisors available to him also. This
was done, and upon arrival the Germans started with a thorough
housecleaning of the Libyan secret police hired by the
previous ruler, King Idris. Two thousand Libyan police were
put in jail and continue to languish there today, and the Germans
rebuilt from scratch. . . .

Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile by Paul Manning; p. 212.

In FTR #152, Paul Manning related his encounter with General Mueller in Libya, an event that prompted Manning to leave that country promptly, after changing his airline reservations.


6 comments for “Reflections on Khadafy’s Death”

  1. I wouldn’t have expected this quite so soon, but it appears that the legalization of polygamy is one of the first controversial priorities of the transitional government, although that appears to be a consequence of the decision to nullify any laws that contradict Shariah law. It looks like Libya is going to be dancing the “moderate Islamist” limbo too: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2011/1025/Sharia-law-to-be-main-source-of-legislation-in-Libya

    Just as in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, Islamists have emerged from yet another Arab Spring uprising as the most powerful group in the country. How far they will go will be decided at the ballot box — in Tunisia this week, in Egypt in November and in Libya within eight months.

    National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil said Sunday that Islamic Sharia law would be the main source of legislation, that lawscontradicting its tenets would be nullified, and that polygamy would be legalized.

    “I would like to assure the international community that we as Libyans are moderate Muslims,” said Abdul-Jalil, who added that he was dismayed by the focus abroad on his comments Sunday on polygamy. A State Department spokeswoman said the U.S. was encouraged that he had clarified his earlier statement.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | October 24, 2011, 9:17 pm
  2. @Pterrafractyl: Sad thing is, the radicals very well could take advantage of these poor people. Hopefully the Libyan people will have awoken enough to see thru the B.S., however.

    Posted by Steven | October 25, 2011, 10:28 am
  3. Yes, let’s not forget, for all of his Oxford degrees, nationalized oil industries, and human services (universal healthcare), The Colonel put and kept his country in the 8th century. While Michelle Bachmann’s paymasters can only admire the usefulness of such wedge issues as shariah-sanctioned polygamy, let’s remember it is, after all, just about the oil. Look back in anger.

    Posted by Rob Coogan | October 25, 2011, 10:44 am
  4. …and then there’s Tunisia’s new “moderate Islamist” government:


    Tunisia’s Ghannouchi too liberal for some Islamists

    By Andrew Hammond

    TUNIS | Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:42pm EDT

    (Reuters) – Tunisian Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi is seen by many secularists as a dangerous radical, but for some conservative clerics who see themselves as the benchmark of orthodox Islam — he is so liberal that they call him an unbeliever.

    Ghannouchi’s Ennahda party won Tunisia’s first free elections, 10 months after an uprising brought down ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who had banned the group and imprisoned Ghannouchi before he took up home as an exile in London.

    The party said on Tuesday it had won more than 40 percent of seats in Sunday’s election, pledging to continue democracy after the first vote that resulted from the “Arab Spring” revolts sweeping the Middle East and North Africa.

    He stands out in the Islamist spectrum — which ranges from the political ideologues of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to puritanical Salafists in Saudi Arabia — for his view that there should be no bar on women or non-Muslims as head of state since citizenship must take priority over Islam.

    “Salafis, Wahhabis and even some Brotherhood don’t like the guy, some might even say he’s a ‘kafir’ (apostate),” said an Egyptian friend of Ghannouchi’s from his years in London, who did not want to be named.

    Awajy said Ghannouchi had the respect of influential clerics such as Qaradawi — who appears regularly on leading Arabic broadcaster Al-Jazeera — and Sheikh Salman al-Odah in Saudi Arabia, who led a movement for democratic reforms in the 1990s that the ruling Al Saud family managed to quash.

    Ghannouchi’s Egyptian friend recalled how his newspaper articles angered Brotherhood leaders in the 1990s.

    He said Ghannouchi had written some of the best critiques of the strict Saudi form of Islam known as Wahhabism, and is no longer invited to the annual Saudi intellectual seminar known as the al-Janadiriyya, which Riyadh uses to bestow largesse and spread influence.

    Although Ghannouchi’s Ennahda was inspired by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the Brotherhood has by contrast struggled in recent years with the idea of equal rights for women and allowing Coptic Christians access to the highest offices of state.



    Nonetheless, many Tunisian intellectuals and secularists think Ghannouchi’s is dissembling about his true opinions. They also suspect that his movement is receiving funding from the international network of the Muslim Brotherhood and Gulf Arab supporters.

    Ennahda has bent over backwards in recent weeks to assuage the concerns of secularists who have had the upper hand in society since Tunisia’s independence leader Habib Bourguiba set the North African state aggressively on a pro-Western path.

    Yet Tunisian commentator Rachid Khechana said many in Ennahda give different messages in their own communities.

    “They use different rhetoric in the rural areas where it’s more conservative: rhetoric about stopping culture from outside, corruption of youth and defending Islam,” he said.

    “In the mosque, they tell their believers they should not fear what they hear them saying on TV.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | October 27, 2011, 2:51 pm
  5. @Pterrafractyl: Thanks for that article. In all honesty, I DO hope that people will and realize that they are going to be terribly screwed if they don’t wake up soon.

    Posted by Steven | October 27, 2011, 8:12 pm
  6. http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20120324.aspx

    Dark And Very Ugly Secrets Surfacing

    March 24, 2012: A year after the rebellion against Kaddafi began, the dictatorship is gone but so is any effective government. The regional, tribal, and city militias that were organized during the months of fighting have not disbanded and many refuse to recognize the authority of the NTC (National Transitional Council). This is supposed to be fixed by the June 23rd national elections but without cooperation from all the militias, the June elections won’t work and seem likely to be delayed.

    Civil war is brewing and the goal will be to control the oil income. There are over 200,000 armed men in Libya, most of them belonging to a tribal or local militia. Some of these militias have set themselves up as local governments and are demanding “taxes” from businesses. So far, the NTC retains control of the oil trade. But that may not last. Success in avoiding civil war rests on the ability of the NTC leaders to negotiate unity deals with the many independent-minded factions. The NTC has managed to negotiate deals to gain control of airports, border crossings, and oil production and shipping facilities. But payments must be made and disputes can still arise over the power, and cost, of over a hundred militias spread all over the country. NTC efforts to disarm Libyans have been unsuccessful. Having a rifle or pistol in the house is seen as a form of insurance, along with a small stash of gold coins or gems. Just in case.

    There won’t be any oil income if the fighting damages the oil fields deep in the desert or the pipelines that bring the oil to the ports where tankers move the stuff to foreign buyers. The cash from that is what keeps Libya going. The NTC has a $22 billion a year payroll (the government is the largest employer) and spends $14 billion on providing electricity, fuel, and other goods to citizens. Kaddafi used oil revenue to run a welfare state, which made most Libyans fearful of opposing him. The NTC has to continue this welfare state spending for a while and expects to come up $10 billion short in the next year. The NTC is looking for loans. Libya is a good credit risk, as it has over $5 trillion worth of oil reserves. But not much money is available right now. Oil production declined 98 percent during the fighting and is not quite back to half its pre-war level. The oil dependent economy shrank 60 percent in the last year and most Libyans are feeling the pain and are not happy about it. Because of the oil income (which accounted for half the GDP) Libya was, on paper, well off.

    But the reality was otherwise. An international ranking of “quality-of-life” (QOL) listed Libya as 70 out of 111 nations. For comparison purposes, note the ranking from 62nd to 83rd place: Bahrain (62nd place), Lithuania, Jamaica, Morocco, Latvia, Oman, Estonia, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, India, Paraguay, Jordan, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Albania, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Algeria, Bolivia, and Tunisia. What’s important to note here is that GDP helps but does not guarantee a higher QOL. Indonesia (just below Libya) had about a third the GDP per capita of Libya and much less oil. Jamaica had higher QOL and a GPD per capita similar to Indonesia (as did many other nations, such as Costa Rica, with ten percent less GDP per capita having a QOL rank of 36). Libya was in trouble because it was a dictatorship, with Kaddafi and his cronies running a command (they make all the decisions) economy. This does not work and causes political and economic complaints that grow worse decade after decade. This brought about the collapse of the communist states in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s (including the Soviet Union). This economic and political decline caught up with Libya this year.

    There are other problems brewing, this time in the southwest, among the Tuareg tribes. The Tuareg of Libya have been quiet so far, but Moamar Kaddafi’s long support of all Tuareg tribes to the south has led to a Tuareg uprising in Mali and a military coup there in response. Most of the 1.5 million Tuareg in the region are living in nations bordering Algeria (Burkina Faso, Libya, Mali, and Niger). Mali has faced rebellious Tuareg for a long time and made peace with most of them in 2007. The current bunch of Tuareg rebels insist that they have no connection with al Qaeda or other Islamic radical groups, but many other Tuaregs do and there’s no denying that. A year ago Libyan diplomats and agents were seen recruiting Tuareg tribesmen in Niger, Mali, Algeria, and Burkina Faso to fight in Libya to keep Kaddafi in power. Kaddafi had been hiring Tuareg to fight for him for decades, so there was a willingness among young Tuaregs to take the money ($10,000 to sign up and over a thousand a week thereafter) to risk their lives for a desperate dictator. Kaddafi had the cash and trucks to recruit and transport several thousand of these Tuareg mercenaries north. While many of these Tuaregs were killed by NATO bombs or Libyan rebels, most made it back to their homes late last year, and that’s when the Mali Tuareg uprising began anew.

    The battlefield down there, on the southern border of Algeria and Libya, is where the Sahara desert turns into the semi-desert Sahel, a band of barely livable land stretching from the Atlantic coast to Somalia. Libya has restless Tuareg down south as well but not as many as Mali. Most of the Tuareg are in Algeria, Mali, and Niger.

    Members of the 7,000 man Mali army staged a coup in the capital on the 21st and the president went into hiding among loyal troops. News of the coup caused demoralization among the several thousand troops in the north, where several thousand Tuareg tribesmen are trying to establish a separate state. As troops withdrew to the south, the Tuaregs began advancing and occupying towns and military bases.

    The coup is led by mid ranking officers who insist that new presidential elections will be held as soon as “national unity” (all opposition is silenced) and “territorial integrity” (the Tuareg rebels are defeated) is taken care of. No word on how long that might take, but it appears that the scheduled presidential elections next month are not going to happen. The mutinous soldiers were upset at a perceived lack of support by the government. The troops wanted more weapons and equipment to deal with the Tuareg rebels up north. The government preferred more emphasis on negotiation. The Tuaregs have been a problem for centuries, as they are ethnically distinct from the Arab and Berber people living to the north (the Maghreb) and those (mostly Bantu or other black African groups) to the south.

    Libya has other problems outside Libya. A program last year, to provide medical treatment abroad for wounded rebels was corrupted (not unusual in Libya). Local militia and tribal authorities were allowed to decide who was eligible to go abroad for treatment and the NTC provided cash for that purpose. But soon anyone with the right connections, or a large enough bribe, got a trip to a European or Moslem country for “medical treatment.” Many of those going abroad on this program were not ill but they got to take family members as well and expected the NTC to pay them a stipend (several hundred dollars a month) while they were abroad. But many of these travelers were actually migrating, and the NTC cut off the stipends and cracked down on who was going. The NTC had to do this because the “medical treatment abroad” program was draining huge amounts of cash from what little the NTC had and making most Libyans (who were not in on the boondoggle) angry.

    March 22, 2012: Mauritania denied that it had agreed to turn over Kaddafi’s secret police chief, Abdullah Al Senussi. While Mauritania had arrested Senussi for entering the country (from Morocco) on a false passport on the 16th, they are under no obligation to honor a Libyan extradition request. If Senussi can muster enough cash and friends he can escape to whichever sanctuary he was headed for. Libya and many Western and Arab intelligence agencies want to talk to Senussi, who was the keeper of Kaddafi’s most embarrassing and explosive secrets (involving torture, terror, and dirty deeds in general). Mauritania is under pressure from many nations to turn over Senussi. One of the things foreigners would like to discuss with Senussi was a recently discovered (by the NTC) Kaddafi program to store weapons and bomb making materials at many Libyan embassies around the world. These weapons were to be used to kill Libyan expatriates who were causing Kaddafi problems and support local terrorists who were working for Kaddafi. Senussi is believed to have been involved with this embassy terrorism support program, which has been in place for decades.

    March 16, 2012: In Benghazi a rally in support of autonomy for eastern Libya was attacked by some armed men and one protester was killed.

    March 15, 2012: Police broke up a people smuggling gang, run by a Bangladeshi man, which smuggled people from South Asia and Somalia to Europe, via North Africa.

    March 13, 2012: Libya and eight other North African nations have agreed to improve border security and do more to hamper smuggling (of people and goods).

    March 9, 2012: Thousands of people demonstrated, in eastern and western Libya, against regional autonomy.

    March 8, 2012: A militia, which has been controlling the Tripoli airport since Kaddafi was overthrown last year, has agreed to turn control of the airport (the nation’s largest) over to the NTC.
    Next Article ? COLOMBIA: Border Blues

    Posted by Vanfield | March 28, 2012, 1:33 pm

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