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Beyond Snowden: US General Cartwright has been indicted for espionage

RELATED: Whistleblower General Cartwright: demonized by a criminal US government

21st Century Wire

While the world focuses on Washington’s pursuit of NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden, another much more high ranking member of the US power structure has been indicted for espionage this week…

US General James Cartwright was regarded by Washington insiders as ‘Obama’s General’, and now he’s facing prosecution for blowing the whistle on ‘Operation Olympic Games’ which planted the Stuxnet and Flame viruses in Iranian nuclear facilities in order derail Iran’s civilian nuclear program. At closer examination, it appears that Cartwright’s revelations didn’t so much harm US interests per say, but they hindered Israeli ambitions towards a war with Iran.

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But why espionage? What is the line between “whistleblowing” and “espionage” in America today?

Journalist Thierry Meyssan give us a historical perspective and tells is what it really means…

Voltaire Net

‘While the international press plays up the information leaked by Edward Snowden as a revelation concerning the PRISM surveillance program, feigning to have discovered what everyone should already have known for a long time, Thierry Meyssan, is particularly curious about the meaning of this rebellion. From this perspective, he attaches more importance to the case of General Cartwright, who has also been indicted for espionage.’

By Thierry Meyssan

Are American public servants, civilian or military, who face a minimum of 30 years in prison for revealing U.S. state secrets to the press “whistleblowers” exercising power in a democratic system, or are they “resistors to oppression” at the hands of a military-police dictatorship?

The answer to this question does not depend on our own political opinions, but on the nature of the U.S. government. The answer completely changes if we focus on the case of Bradley Manning, the young leftist Wikileaks soldier, or if we consider that of General Cartwright, military adviser to President Obama, indicted Thursday, 27 June 2013, for spying.

IMAGE: US General James Cartwright

Here, a look back is needed to understand how one shifts from “espionage” in favor of a foreign power, to “disloyalty” to a criminal organization that employs you.

Worse than censorship: the criminalization of sources

The President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Woodrow Wilson, tried to confer on the Executive branch the power to censor the press when “national security” or “the reputation of the government” are in play. In his speech on State of the Union (7th of December 1915), he said:

There are citizens of the United States … who have poured the poison of disloyalty into the very arteries of our national life, who tried to drag the authority and reputation of our government in contempt … to destroy our industries … and degrade our policy in favor of foreign intrigue …. We are without adequate federal laws …. I urge you to do nothing less than save the honor and self-respect of the nation. Such creatures of passion, disloyalty, and anarchy must be crushed.”

However, Congress did not heed him immediately. After the U.S. entry into the war, it passed the Espionage Act, taking in most of the British Official Secrets Act. It was no longer a matter of censoring the press, but of cutting off access to information by muzzling the custodians of state secrets. This device allows the Anglo-Saxons to present themselves as “defenders of freedom of expression“, though they are the worst violators of the democratic right to information, constitutionally defended by the Scandinavian countries.

Silence, not secrecy

Thus, the Anglo-Americans are less informed about what is happening at home than are foreigners. For example, during World War II, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada managed to keep under wraps something as big as the Manhattan Project, that created the first nuclear bomb, while it employed 130,000 people for 4 years and it was widely penetrated by foreign intelligence services. Why? Because Washington did not prepare the weapon for this war, but for the next, against the Soviet Union. As shown by Russian historians, the abdication of Japan was postponed until after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed as a warning to the USSR. If Americans had known that their country possessed such a weapon, their leaders would have had to use it to finish with Germany and not to threaten the Soviet ally at the expense of the Japanese. In reality, the Cold War began before the end of World War II [1].

In terms of secrecy, it should be noted that Stalin and Hitler were informed of the Manhattan Project from its inception. They indeed had inside agents. Meanwhile Truman was informed in his capacity as vice president, but only at the last moment, after the death of President Roosevelt.

The real utility of the Espionage Act

In any event, the Espionage Act deals only secondarily with espionage as shown by its jurisprudence.

In wartime, it is used to punish dissent. Thus, in 1919, the Supreme Court recognized in Schrenck v. United States, and Abrams v. United States, that calling for insubordination or non-intervention against the Russian Revolution fell under the Espionage Act.

In peacetime, the same law serves to prevent public officials from exposing a system of fraud or crimes committed by the state, even if their revelations are already known, but not yet proven.

Under the administration of Barack Obama, the Espionage Act has been invoked 8 times, a peacetime record. Let’s put aside the case of John Kiriakou, a CIA officer who revealed the detention and torture of Abu Zubaydah. Far from being a hero, Kiriakou is actually an agent provocateur funded by the Agency, whose role it was to delude the public regarding pseudo-confessions extorted from Zubaydah to justify, a posteriori, the “fight against terrorism” [2].

Let’s also eliminate the case of Shamal Leibowitz, since his revelations were never released to the public. There remain six cases instructing us about the U.S. military-police system.

Stephen Jin-Woo Kim confirmed to Fox News that North Korea was preparing a nuclear test regardless of U.S. threats; a confirmation that caused no harm to the USA other than pointing out their inability to be obeyed by North Korea. In another context, this information had already been released by Bob Woodward without provoking reactions.

Andrew Thomas Drake revealed the mismanagement of the Trailblazer program to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. He was alleged to have informed those congressmen tasked with keeping an eye on the intelligence agencies with regard to the billions that the NSA was secretly throwing out the window. Trailblazer sought to find a way to plant viruses on any computer or mobile phone. It has never worked.

In a similar vein, Edward Snowden, an employee of the Booz Allen Hamilton technology consulting firm, published various NSA documents attesting to U.S. spying in China as well as on the guests of the British G20. Above all, he has revealed the scope of the military phone tapping and internet spy system, which no one can escape, not even the President of the United States. U.S. politicians described Snowden as “a traitor to kill” only because his documents prevent the NSA from continuing to deny before Congress activities long known to all.

Bradley Manning, a simple soldier, sent to Wikileaks videos of two blunders by the army, 500,000 intelligence reports on military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq, and 250,000 cables on the information gathered by U.S. diplomats in conversations with foreign politicians. None of this is of paramount importance, but the documentation projects a poor image of ​​the gossip collected by the State Department to serve as the basis for its “diplomacy.”

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is a CIA employee who revealed “Operation Merlin” to the New York Times. More surprisingly, General James Cartwright was number two man in the military, in his capacity as Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and so close an advisor to the President as to be dubbed “Obama’s general“. He supposedly revealed “Operation Olympic Games” to the New York Times last year and has been placed under investigation, according to CNN.

Sterling and Cartwright don’t buy into the Israeli myth of “the atomic bomb of the mullahs.” So they tried to defuse the war into which Tel Aviv is trying to plunge their country. “Operation Merlin” consisted in sending to Iran false information about the manufacture of the bomb. In reality, it was supposed to push Iran to engage in a military nuclear program to justify a posteriori the Israeli accusation [3]. As for “Operation Olympic Games,” it was meant to implant the Stuxnet and Flame viruses in the Natanz plant, to disrupt its operation, notably that of its centrifuges [4]. It was therefore intended to block Iran’s civilian nuclear program. None of these revelations damaged U.S. interests, but they hindered Israeli ambitions.

Resistance heroes

A salon opposition presents the men indicted under the Espionage Act as “whistleblowers“, as if the United States today were a real democracy and they were alerting citizens to the need to correct some errors. In fact, what they show us is that in the United States, from a common soldier (Bradley Manning) to the second in command (General Cartwright), men are trying as best they can to fight against a dictatorial system in which they discover themselves to be a cog. Faced with a monstrous system, they ought to be celebrated as major resistance figures such as Admiral Canaris or Count Stauffenberg.

Roger Lagassé

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  • Charlie Primero

    First I’ve heard of this. Good reporting.

  • ajackattack

    If they go after the General , then he should tell all he knows. I bet he has plenty to reveal in the Obama WH

  • Randa

    The General should take this to the Supreme Court and prosecute the Obama administration for being the fatass, lying psychopaths that they are.

  • LocalHero

    Terrific reporting. I had no clue about Cartwright or Sterling.

  • BillOtinger

    MAJOR JOrDAN Presented EVIDENCE to a CONGRESSIONAL HEARING , He Caught the STATE DEPARTMENT giving RUSSIA a Copy of all our TOP SECRET Documents, Copy of all PATENTS, etc 1949, http://youtu.be/BCiylpzR60U, Watch Video MAJOR JOrDAN DIARIES on youtube

  • Carroll Price

    I suspect this indictment is simply a red herring being trotted out at this time by the Justice Dept. (sic) for the purpose of diverting attention from Edward Snowden who appears to be a genuine whistle rather than a loyal general who has agreed to play along with being prosecuted, while being assured beforehand that at some future time, all charges will be dropped due to a lack of evidence.

  • Gary R Ryan

    I’m to the point where I am appealing for Divine Intervention.

    • Eileen Kuch

      I’m beginning to feel the same way, Gary. I say, let’s all appeal for Divine intervention, since we sorely need it.

      • gibbon

        since god created everything, according to genesis, god also created the
        american government and its evil, or the evil period we are passing
        thru. so lift not your arms towards heaven for help because it rolls on
        as impotently as you or i.

        • paul tarsuss

          You assume too much. At least regarding everything you said but the “Impotently” and “I” part. Those two words appear dead on correct. I suggest you actually s-t-u-d-y our Father’s Word with more than a skeptical glance or prejudicial skimming as you have apparently done in the past…..while time remains for such to be of potential benefit to you and yours.


          Good Journies

          • Muhammad Abbass

            Ameen. It would do anyone well to read the scriptures rather than what others say about them. I strongly recommend people read the Quran properly before attempting to assume you have read anything of it and when you do, just as with the Bible and Talmud, try and distinguish between the historical/mythical parts and the teachings. The problem with Islamophobes is ironically the same one as those Takfiri nutjob phony jihadis of ISIS. Both groups look to the historical record as if it were teachings and they read the teachings without context of the history. The result is the two most extreme groups around the subject, are in fact the least informed and aware of the truth of what they either fight against or for. The result is that both Islamist extremists and Islamophobes are fighting on the same side in reality and both are harming the Muslim world and dragging the West into conflict with the East.

          • gibbon

            since all our imagined problems originate in the mind, we have one choice, to identify with the mind/body complex or not. “me and mine”, (you and yours)are an error or problem and i i try to eliminate them by having no interest in anything external to the heart.
            as god is all there is there are no separate entities such as “i”, in reality.
            my remarks about lift not your arms are taken from the rubiyat of omah kyam, which i enjoyed immensely.
            the mind divides, and i’m sure you are familiar with jesus’s advice to be STILL, and know the truth. hence meditation.
            as to biblical studies, great care must be taken as they are all caught up in duality. but there is great guidance amongst all the holy books none the less.

        • Muhammad Abbass

          Not so fast and shallow. Methinks people who speak like this, assume they are just a few days training short of being God themselves. This is not a fairy tale. Gibbon life here is a trial and testing ground. What seems so precious to us here, our lives are actually just short rides and nothing which seems so important now, is in it’s own right when the curtain is drawn aside. Allah created all and nothing happens without His will. He is not a giant Santa Claus or Genie granting wishes and making sure all the good people never suffer. Having created and set in motion he merely observes. He doesn’t lift a finger to save the baby antelope from the hungry crocodile, the croc too is His creation and it has it’s place. If we had everything perfect and bad people could have no effect, then there would be no point, no ride, nothing at all to allow us to grow, learn and develop our consciousness.

    • Muhammad Abbass

      I do ask for comfort for the afflicted and I beg him regularly to come now. Surely all is in place, have not the deserving of the fires been clearly identified and given every chance to repent? Yet I also know that if I could see with broader vision, I would yet recognise that all is unfolding as it should.

  • haroldburbank

    all lawyers of conscience and political awareness should rise to cartwright’s defense.

  • Golfah

    Who are the Bad Guys ?

  • Tajah

    As usual, it goes to show that the so-called tail wags the dog.

    • Muhammad Abbass

      It may look like a tail, but I think Israel is a festering carbuncle hanging off the dog’s arse. True though it seems to rule the dog all the same.

  • danteardenz

    “Finish with Germany?” Trying to polish up your credentials, with the Zionist history pushers?” Or the “Left’,side of the Left /Right ,matrix. WRONG! The people ,working on that bomb wanted to drop that on Germany I assure you. They were mostly Jews,and mostly pro Soviet. The fire bombing on Germany was relentless,and on Japan. Allied policy was “Unconditional Surrender”,and relentless. The Atomic Bomb assault was the culmination of that policy of ‘Terror Bombing “,adopted by Proto-Neoconservative Churchill from the time; he on behalf of his Rothschild’s sponsors ,pushed,for another war,as far back as 1936. September 3,1939,he got his war: World British Empire declared it,and France,on Germany,over a REAL border dispute,without they themselves being threatened or attacked. See: THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD YT. HUMAN SMOKE Baker. THE UNNECESSARY WAR: Buchanan. CHURCHILL:S WAR: David Irving Action Report.Com,THE BAD WAR.Com.

  • Kim P

    Obama isn’t calling these shots, the Jews who placed him in the White House are.

    • DickVanstone

      Not Jews, but Satanists. Of course they will not admit to the Satanism, they will, however, call themselves Zionists. I personally like the term NaZionists.

      • Tajah

        I like the term Zio-Nazis. The shoe fits.

  • Bobby Lokey

    This is amazing, and telling. If a five star general, second in command at JCS, can’t manage to reign in such a serious abuse of federal authority without getting indicted for espionage, then all is truly lost. Just imagine if he had also revealed who Obama’s dog has sex with: he’d already be executed on the end of a rope, and hated as severely as Saddam Hussein, for American presidents are America’s Gods Almighty.

  • michaelrivero

    Can you imagine the fear?

    Maybe you don’t have to. Maybe you are old enough to remember Three Mile Island, or Chernobyl. Maybe you’re one of the people living around the Pacific where the radiation meters have been singing their songs of death since Fukushima.

    Can you feel the horror? There is an invisible killer dancing in the air. Maybe hiding in that rain drop. You cannot know for sure.

    That metallic taste in your mouth; is it being that scared? Or is it something … worse?

    You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

    You wish you could stop breathing, but of course you can’t. And with each breath comes an unspoken question; Is this the breath during which I inhale my own end? Is there an irrevocable link between this breath and my final breath to come? Is this the breath that deforms my unborn child? Is this the breath that transforms my future from an old age filled with family and friends, to loneliness, lingering pain, and a horrible death?

    You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

    Or maybe it was on that stamp you licked, or in the wine you drank, or the cookie you ate.

    Maybe you showered with the killer, slept with the killer, shared your clothes with the killer.

    You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

    Now imagine living with that fear, day after day after day; fear for yourself, fear for the lives and health of your loved ones. Imagine the long sleepless nights wondering if the next day will invite the killer into your home; if the rain will wash the killer onto the food you will eat.


    Then imagine a monster so evil they would inflict that endless fear onto innocent and unoffending people.

    Then stop imagining, because it really happened! The US planting of STUXNET risked triggering a nuclear accident on the scale of Chernobyl.

    By their deeds, you shall know your government.

    • Muhammad Abbass

      Yes Mike, the truth of what they have done with their nuclear filth is horrific. It was brought home to me abruptly already a couple of years ago, when my daughter was diagnosed with thyroid problems which doctors admit are probably due to travel in the Northern Hemisphere where she has picked up some hot particles. We live as far from the rest of the world as it is possible to do, in Perth. Yet the nuclear filth has entered our lives. As for Fukushima, I can’t get my head around how bad it is, or how surreal the way the media and government ignore the whole situation, as if it were happening on another planet. The most pessimistic observers at the outset, have been shown to have been optimists as far as I can see. I’m fascinated by the idea of having the Olympics in Japan for 2020. Really? I do not see that happening. By 2020 we will not be able to ignore the truth like we mostly are now.