Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Thailand: Solving the Internet Gateway Problem

September 29, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) - There is a growing controversy as the Thai government is allegedly preparing to implement measures online to track, intercept and block certain information. Much of the complaints revolve around what critics claim the government will do, not what the government has actually said it will do.

The Bangkok Post in its article titled, "Govt internet gateway plan sparks fury," reports:
Activists campaigning for internet freedom have slammed the government's recent move to develop a single internet gateway to expand state control over online media.

Last week, citizens learned of the government's intention to build a single gateway, after it ordered the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) to take steps to channel all traffic in or out of Thailand.

According to an army source, the single gateway will be implemented to control access to websites deemed inappropriate and monitor the influx of information from abroad.  

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is concerned about the increasing number of political messages conveyed online, criticising the government and defaming the monarchy, the source said.

The plan is designed to target websites with domains that are registered abroad, which the Thai government cannot order closed down, the source added.
Information Warfare & National Security 

The flow of information in any country is a matter of national security. The very fact that those leading the current protest are nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) funded from abroad illustrate perfectly the concerns the Thai government has over the role of foreign interests in interfering with Thailand's domestic affairs. Organizations like Thai Netizen cited by the Bangkok Post are funded and directed by foreign interests and coordinate closely with other Thai-based, US State Department-funded NGOs like Prachatai. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Turkish-Uyghur Terror Inc. - America's Other Al Qaeda

September 23, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - It is no longer tenable for the United States and its regional allies in and near the Middle East to claim they are backing "moderate rebels" in the proxy war raging in Syria, Iraq, and parts of Lebanon. There is the Syrian government on one side, and terrorists including Al Qaeda and its various franchises such as the Al Nusra Front and the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) on the other.

If one is not supporting the Syrian government, it is very clear they are supporting Al Qaeda. So obvious is this fact, that the Western press and the corporate-financier think tanks that produce for them their talking points, have begun a campaign to re-brand Al Qaeda as a lesser evil vis-a-vis ISIS. In reality, there is virtually no difference, with the US and its regional allies clearly arming, funding, and supporting both.

The most recent and obscene manifestation of this re-branding was US Army General and former CIA Director David Petraeus' open calls to use Al Qaeda to "fight" ISIS. In the Daily Beast's article, "Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda Fighters to Beat ISIS," it was reported that:
Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus. 

The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly, told The Daily Beast.
Within this rhetorical shift we find an admission that there is indeed no "moderate rebel" force to speak of. All that exists, admittedly, are extremists operating under the various banners of Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Revelations of America's support behind Al Qaeda may not have ever been so overt, but are certainly nothing new. It is admitted that the US and its Saudi allies first created Al Qaeda as a proxy mercenary force to fight the Soviet Union in a proxy war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. In 2007, long before the current war in Syria broke out, it was warned by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh in the pages of the New Yorker that under the then Bush administration, support already began to flow to the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and other extremists groups including Al Qaeda for the purpose of violently undermining the Syrian government in Damascus.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Thailand: Lobbyists Posing as "Journalists" Endanger True Journalism

September 15, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - ATN) Pravit Rojanaphruk was again summoned by Thai government this week. Anti-government groups, including foreign-funded NGOs have condemned his summoning, including The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) - part of the US, EU, and Open Society-funded Southeast Asian Press Alliance - who released a statement yesterday urging the government "to free Pravit and clarify its action, which "not only threatened the Thai people's right of expression but also affected the country's image"" claimed the Nation.

Image: Pravit Rojanaphruk is not a journalist.  His talk at the Oslo Freedom Forum covers the 2014 coup - but omits any mention of what led to the coup or who the coup even ousted from power. Such omissions cannot be defined as "journalism," and are instead, clearly examples of overt lobbying. 
Also according to the Nation, the US State Department's National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded Thai Lawyers for Human Rights accompanied Rojanaphruk as he was summoned. The Nation reports in its article, "Groups call for release of senior 'Nation' reporter," that:
Pavinee Chumsri from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, who accompanied Pravit on Sunday to report to the NCPO, said yesterday that Pravit had asked her to act as his lawyer and an observer when he went to the First Army Area Command. But she was not able to enter.
After waiting for an hour, she was told that Pravit had been taken to another place. But the military officer would not say where and how long Pravit would be detained.
However, both Rojanaphruk himself, and the foreign-funded lobbying fronts posing as journalistic organizations and "rights" advocates, are not engaged in "free speech," but rather systematic fraud and propaganda designed to spread hysteria and division across Thai society, aiding and abetting the ousted regime of Thaksin Shianwatra and his violent political front.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BREAKING: Jane's Analyst Implicates NATO Terror Group in Bangkok Blast

Jane's analyst at FCCT panel implicates "Grey Wolves" terror organization in Bangkok blast - created and for decades run out of the US embassy in Ankara, Turkey. 

August 25, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The means, motivation, and opportunity have all already long been established linking last week's unprecedented terror attack in Bangkok to ousted US-backed dictator Thaksin Shinawatra and his foreign sponsors. It has also been established that nearly all of the potential suspects these interests may have used to carry out the bombings are also linked to US interests.

The bombing occurred as Thailand prepared to move forward with a new national charter and as additional measures were being put in place to fully uproot Shinawatra's political networks once and for all.

The bombing also follows a February double bombing just down the street in the popular Siam shopping district - both incidents involving nearly identical bombs and using identical means to put them in place before they detonated.

Eager to exonerate Thaksin Shianwatra - leader of a client regime the West has spent a decade and billions of dollars propping up - narratives involving foreign terrorists have been promoted across the Western media. The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) - a collection of foreign journalists from prominent Western news networks - conducted a panel to specifically lay the blame upon an obscure Turkish-based terror organization called the "Grey Wolves."

Forbes in their report, "Thailand's Shrine Bombing - The Case For Turkey's Grey Wolves," claims:

The most likely perpetrators of the deadly Bangkok bombing last week were militant members of a right-wing Turkish organization infuriated by the Thai government’s forcible repatriation of Uighur refugees back to China. Anthony Davis, a veteran security analyst with IHS-Jane’s, made a persuasive case for the Grey Wolves on a panel at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand Monday evening.

And while Forbes assures readers that domestic groups, including "political dissidents" could not have been responsible, neither Forbes nor the "experts" they cite qualify this claim.

Images: Side-by-side comparison of a recreated pipe bomb used in last week's bombings (left), and a pipe bomb recovered last year (right) after two of Shinawatra's "red shirt" terrorists accidentally killed themselves while transporting explosive devices.

In fact, large pipe bombs almost identical in make and material to those used last week and in the double Siam bombing, have been at the center of an ongoing investigation stretching as far back as 2010 where an apartment exploded in Nonthaburi as Shinawatra's "red shirts" were attempting to assemble explosive devices. A similar incident occurred in 2014 amid anti-Shinawatra protests, where two of Shinawatra's "red shirt" terrorists accidentally killed themselves when a large pipe bomb they were carrying exploded.