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NATO Slaughter: James and Joanne Moriarty expose the truth about what happened in Libya
30 Jun 2015
And all the children are insane - The End, The Doors
It goes without saying that we rarely get an accurate representation of reality in the corporate media, which is, after all, what independent media exists for. Last Sunday Joe Quinn and I interviewed a very ordinary couple with a very extraordinary tale: businesspeople James and Joanne Moriarty and how they escaped from capture by Al Qaeda terrorists during the 2011 'Libyan revolution'. Listening to James and Joanne tell their story, it was impossible not to be struck by the significance, for every human being on this planet, of the problem of psychopaths in positions of power.
The Moriarty's present three powerful motivating factors for the destruction of Libya by Western powers and their internationalist financiers:
* thwarting Gaddafi's plan to establish a gold-backed currency, to ultimately serve as a pan-African currency and thereby economically unite African nations and free them from Western imperialism;So far from "freeing the Libyan people from a dictator", the NATO bombardment of Libya in 2011 was about the maintenance of US and EU domination over Africa.
* the US desire to establish AFRICOM (military control of Africa to ward off Chinese investment);
* an alleged $7 trillion lawsuit, on behalf of all participating African countries, at Gaddafi's instigation, to sue for damages incurred from broken treaties with European countries during their "colonial era".
But what really comes across in this riveting interview with the Moriartys is the utter recklessness displayed in Libya (and elsewhere, for that matter) by both NATO and the 'rebel' forces, as well as the relish with which they demonstrably enjoyed tearing the entire country apart. These demented animals have access to unparalleled hi-tech weaponry and vehicles, enabling them to 'achieve feats of destruction' that before only 'the gods' could perform. Their handiwork is psychopathy writ large, the nihilistic culmination of Western civilization, and the glorious - for them - embrace of the destructive principle.
Among the things we discussed in the interview were the back-story to how two Texan businesspeople came to be in Libya; what Libya - and Gaddafi - was really like pre-2011; the real ideological motivations for the 'humanitarian intervention' - listed above; the atrocities and war crimes witnessed by the Moriartys as they traveled throughout the country as international observers on behalf of a fact-finding commission launched by an international youth organization; their incredible escape from terrorist capture; and the persecution they are today being subjected to by the US government.
One of the most important points to understand about Libya in 2011 is that Gaddafi was no longer the country's formal political leader. Since 2006 he was essentially Libya's spiritual leader, a symbol, although he did continue to represent the people's interests on the international stage. The country's form of government - the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - was nominally socialist, in the sense that wealth was fairly distributed, but it was way more than that. Gaddafi had created, or was the inspiration for, the closest you will ever get to 'utopia' on Earth. Libya wasn't just democratic (in the positive sense of the word); it was humane in a way not seen in the West in a long, long time.
That imaginary world you may have dreamed of, where there's no debt, no insurance companies, no banks (certainly no Central Bank), and where everyone's needs are taken care of... well, that was Libya pre-2011. Disputes were largely settled between people without state intervention. Libya's modest military was equipped with Soviet weapons from the 1980s, and was therefore an easy target for overwhelming NATO firepower.
Since the Lockerbie and Berlin disco bombings, for which he was framed by the CIA and friends - Gaddafi was a pariah in 'the international community'. After the 9/11 attacks, he sought to bury the hatchet with the West and committed Libya to Bush's War On Terror, providing rich intel on radicals in his country and making deals that would lift the decades-long embargo on Libya, not least, claim the Moriartys, via massive bribes to Western leaders like former French President Nicholas Sarkozy and Barack Obama (via one of his uncles). Sarkozy was investigated by police for accepting 50 million euros for his 2007 presidential election campaign from Gaddafi.
Western political psychopaths repaid Gaddafi with an extreme form of 'regime change' that saw Gaddafi almost literally torn apart by NATO-backed blood-thirsty "rebels".
The Moriartys describe how NATO forces bombed the country's archival buildings, in an apparent effort to eliminate all traces of Libyan history. They blew up homes, streets, food stores, schools, hospitals, basic infrastructure like water supplies, wheat fields and date-palm groves. They 'opened up' the country for what it is today a truly "failed state" with daily violence and not one but two competing governments. Libya has some of the best preserved Roman ruins in all the Mediterranean. I don't know if NATO bombed those too, but based on what's happening in Syria, it's only a matter of time before those are destroyed too.
The 'Libyan rebels' (today operating as ISIS in Syria and Iraq) that Western citizens cheered were invariably completely off their heads on drugs. The Moriartys told us how they heard the screams of Libyan soldiers being dragged into their hotel in Tripoli, then taken upstairs to be tortured to death. Mosques were turned into torture centers by the 'Islamist' rebels, where thousands of people were raped, cut into pieces, limb-by-limb, and force-fed to the still-living.
The death toll from NATO's bombardment and its roving death squads is, based on figures compiled and passed to the Moriartys by tribal leaders, at least 600,000 dead. The population of Libya was 6 million at the time. The Moriartys say 40,000 of those were tortured to death. Based on meetings with tribal leaders, they reported to the fact-finding commission that 100,000 people were killed by NATO bombing in the first month. They claim that NATO dropped more bombs on Libya from March-October 2011 than were dropped in the entire world during World War Two. The total figure they have for the number of 'rebels' is far higher than anything reported anywhere else: 250,000 terrorists poured into the country from all over the Middle East and beyond. It's clear that the terrorists particularly targeted black Africans, with the Moriartys describing the slaughter as a 'black genocide'. There are at least 128 mass graves in the country. Another two million people are displaced, barely surviving in refugee camps on the Tunisian and Egyptian borders.
A quarter of a million terrorists... this gives you an idea of the scale of these US-led proxy wars. No wonder the combined might of the Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi and Hezbollah forces struggles against 'ISIS' in the Syrian desert - they are up against so many foot-soildiers of empire.
The Western powers embargoed Libya of food, water, medical supplies - just like Yemen is undergoing now. Thousands of armed pick-ups rolled off cargo ships at ports, unloading humvees, SUVs, and pickups loaded for bear with heavy artillery and mercenaries. The Moriartys describe attack helicopters arriving in Tripoli from aircraft carriers and firing indiscriminately at anything and everything. 1,300 people, mostly civilians, were killed on the very first day of the establishment of NATOs so-called 'no-fly zone'.
Six days into the coup-d'état-disguised-as-a-'revolution', the new regime, the Western-imposed 'National Transitional Council of Libya', opened Libya's first ever central bank. For Libya to be 'welcomed back into the international community', all its cash, precious metals, and other assets - at home and abroad - were signed over to the new privately-owned, foreign-controlled Central Bank of Libya. The Moriartys say they also agreed to the construction of a permanent Israeli military base in Libya, and that they have documents to prove it.
If you were a journalist in Libya during this time you were relatively safe; not because these animals respected journalists as neutral observers, but because the journalists were on their side. The Moriartys have evidence of embedded journalists, not least from Qatar-owned Al Jazeera, whose staff were among the terrorists from day one, personally calling in airstrikes and working side-by-side with the terrorists.
The Moriartys know what happened in the Benghazi 'consulate' attack on September 11th, 2012. They had foreknowledge of an attack, but no one in Washington, D.C. was interested in what they were hearing on the ground. Afterwards, locals told them where the attackers could be found. Still no interest from Washington; the US State Department's announcement at the time of a "$10 million reward for information leading to the capture of Stevens' killers" was pure theater. The Moriartys described to us in detail, based on accounts from eyewitnesses with whom they spoke, the scene at the residence that night. Among other things, Stevens appears to have been killed before the attack started.
As to why Ambassador Chris Stevens was sacrificed, they suspect it's because he "knew too much". Stevens was overseeing - or was at least deeply involved in - shipments of weapons and terrorists through the Benghazi residence, which was actually a CIA safe-house, to Syria to fuel the US government's proxy war against Assad that begun in earnest earlier in 2012. The Moriartys suggest that Stevens may have been trying to recall delivery of 20,000 'MANPAD' portable surface-to-air missile launchers to the terrorists.
When the Moriartys became trapped inside Libya, the US government basically told them to 'pound dirt'. Escape only became possible when the Russian ambassador directed them towards a rescue ship sent by the Maltese government. They tried in vain to locate the ship, but it never docked because the situation was so dangerous. And then, back at their hotel in Tripoli, they were cornered by some of the 'rebels', who told them their names were "on our list." Having learned at this point that these maniacs were being paid handsomely for each person they killed, with bonus payments if they cut up and burned the bodies, the Moriartys thought their goose was cooked. They watched as Western TV crews recorded interviews with foreign nationals, which they later realized was being allowed only because these people's statements were subsequently used in Western media reports as evidence of 'atrocities committed by the Gaddafi regime'.
The Moriartys' eventual miraculous escape from that NATO-created hell-hole came when they paid $16,000 to the 'rebels', one of whom took pity on them and led them to safety. As someone from the US Defense Intelligence Agency later told them, "Y'all need to be written up in the Guinness Book of Records because no one has ever escaped al Qaeda alive."
Please note, the Moriartys are ordinary businesspeople. They had no anti-Western or 'liberal' ax to grind in going to Libya. They were there on the basis of good old-fashioned American capitalism.
Finally making it back to the US, via Tunisia and Rome, the Moriartys were 'debriefed on arrival', and spent the next year speaking with various intel agencies. US officials wanted their story, and the evidence they had gathered for the fact-finding commission, but the Moriartys realized that their information was being used to assist rather than thwart the terrorists in Libya. After being told explicitly to "shut up, or else", they went public with their information. More death threats ensued and they narrowly escaped an attempt to frame them for possession of drugs. They are regularly harassed by government agents and are blacklisted from restarting their oil-cleaning business or gaining employment. The Moriartys are living hand-to-mouth thanks to donations and sales of their DVD, 'Escape from Al Qaeda', which I strongly encourage you to purchase.
The DVD includes a presentation/talk given by the Moriartys, an interview they gave in Libya, an interview with US Rep. Dennis Kucinich on US intervention in Libya, and never-before-seen footage of the destruction wrought by Western military in Libya, US Special Forces operating there, and the two-million-strong rallies held by ordinary Libyans, at the height of NATO's blitzkrieg, in support of Gaddafi and their government. The DVD also includes a documentary produced by the fact-finding commission on the basis of the Moriartys' reports. I should warn you that the DVD contains some extremely graphic footage (the 'rebels' laughing as they behead people, and forcing captured Libyan soldiers - hands bound and down on their knees - to eat parts of their dead comrades), but you should force yourself to watch that anyway, at least once, while keeping in mind: 'This is the outer expression of the inner nature of the people who run my government.'
When speaking with people as they travelled the country collecting data, the Moriartys tried to impress on them the urgent need to counter the lies in the Western media about what was happening there, to which the Libyans responded, "The truth and our fate will save us." In their naivety, they believed - in the terror of the moment anyway - that being good, decent people was enough. But I think the only thing that might have prevented this is if enough of us in the West had known the truth about our psychopathic leaders and what they do.
And so, here's the interview. Please listen, then share. Transcript available shortly...
Truth about Libya: Sott Radio interview with
James and Joanne Moriarty
Syrian Spies Working Inside Embassies in Damascus for the US & The West
Tunisia attacker trained in Libya at the same time as Bardo Museum attackers (the museum attack was staged)
A Big Fat Lie Will Become a Movie 'A Gay Girl in Damascus'
The End - The Doors
This song dedicated to US Ambassador Christopher Stevens (inside joke):
Elton John - Rocket Man