“For many years, the Americans have avoided signing an extradition agreement,” Mr Ushakov said, “And they have invariably responded negatively to our requests for extradition of people who committed crimes on the territory of Russia, pointing at the absence of such agreement."
Russian Kremlin statement regarding the Obama’s refusal to meet president Putin at the upcoming G20 conference
I’ll stick to what I’ve been saying. The US government won’t let this little dust-up affect our over-arching need for Russia’s land routes to Afghanistan and on the other hand, Russia’s need for the US to pin down it’s expat Chechens in “manufactured exile” (boxer Todashev was being interviewed for the THIRD time in a day just b/c his parents bought him a plane ride home for graduation. Bet he was regretting the run-up to the trip home) while THEY turn Chechnya into gravel suitable, literally, for fracking.
Abdul Rashid Dostum Of The ‘Northern Alliance’
And Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Afghan Army
ProPublica (Copiously linked onsite):
The long saga began in November 2001, when Taliban prisoners who had surrendered to Northern Alliance commander Abdul Rashid Dostum were transported in shipping containers without food or water. According to eyewitness accounts and forensic work by human rights investigators, hundreds of men died of suffocation while others were shot, and their bodies buried at the desert site of Dasht-i-Leili.
Dostum was working closely with U.S. troops at the time. Surviving prisoners alleged that Americans were present at the loading of the containers – but the Pentagon has said repeatedly that it had no evidence that U.S. forces participated or were even aware of the deaths. (Dostum has denied any personal involvement, and claims that roughly 200 men died in transit, from battlefield wounds.)
In the fall of 2002, the U.S., U.N., and even Dostum himself expressed support for an investigation. But none got underway. In the summer of 2009, prompted by a New York Times report that Bush administration officials had actively discouraged U.S. investigations, President Obama ordered a new review of the case.
Hayden, the White House spokeswoman, said the new investigation “was led by the intelligence community,” and found that no Americans – including CIA officers, who were also in the region – were involved.
She declined to answer the following lingering questions…
(* ‘Spike’ is news-speak for ‘killed story’)"
In Full @ ProPublica
See: Cabale News Service, August 11, 2009 for more information from the inception of the ‘investigation’ process.
Also, from July 2009, The World According To Bill Fisher, Afghan Massacre: More Bad Apples?
William Fisher passed recently. Read his onsite obituary. Another good man gone, William fisher was one of the former State Department employees gone blogger watching Guantanamo, our concentration camp by the Caribbean, with great dismay and writing about it.
Wikipedia entry for General Abdul Rashid Dostum
WikiLeaks documents on the Dasht-e-Leili massacre
Also from Cabale News Service, July 17 2009 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Murder, Apologies, ‘Themistan’, and Our Presence In Central Asia
A series of short, cynically humorous audio commentaries regarding Central Asia, by Travus T. Hipp, morning news announcer at KPIG Radio Freedom California, Proto-Hippie and the Original “Family Dog”. Rest In Peace Chan.
Another example of how the authorities can harass someone until they crack and then blame the dead victim
For a start I’ll reiterate a couple of things I’ve penned to date.. The first being “When the FBI “Interviews” you they NEVER let go! They’ll stalk and harass you until you lie to them (they don’t ask the questions unless they know the answers … at least the answers THEY’VE derived), until you confess, or break down and do something otherwise illegal. That IS their MO. It’s been that way for as long as I (all 60 years of “I” ) can remember.
Further, a while back I said the following about the Chechen boxer Ibragim Todashev in Florida who ended up being gunned down by an FBI agent during an ‘exit interview’ triggered by a family-purchased ticket home to visit for his University graduation:
In TODAY’S news:This fellow was being ‘interviewed’ at his home, (but they STILL frisk you before they start the ‘interview’) for the second time in a day AT TWELVE MIDNIGHT for a 2 year old investigation.
Has the FBI finally settled on a story that includes a knife? Yesterday they were pretty vague. If so, and it’s true (the counterpoint storyteller is dead now), he probably just picked up a letter opener or kitchen knife laying around….
Another example of how the authorities can harass someone until they crack and then blame the dead victim using techniques such as institutional Slander.Sources said Todashev might have been lunging toward a sword, but he was not in possession of it.” ~ FBI’s Todashev Story Gets Stupider, EmptyWheel, May 29 2013
For instance: NBCNews.com May 24 2013:
Short, combative past for Chechen man killed during FBI questioning
Even the headline itself sets the semantic stage for the mode of thinking… meme: “He was potentially dangerous. This was bound to happen" suitable for framing an innocent person as somehow OK to kill in the 'interest of a law enforcement officer's safety', never mind the fact that Ibragim Todashev had just completed four years of university studies and was looking forward to visiting his family in Chechnya.
I want to close this off by reiterating the overweening reason why Ibragim Todashev is dead.
Our new ally Russia, which fed Obama all the cooked intelligence he wanted after the Marathon bombing, is overdue on it’s payback for allowing the West to use it’s land routes to Afghanistan instead of “Sniper Alley”, also know as the Khyber Pass.
We’ll help the Russians go ‘energy independent’ by allowing them to turn Chechnya into fracking gravel without complaining to the UN at all. While legally ‘pinning down’ or as in this case, wiping out anyone currently in the West from Chechnya who might return to resist that or even be suspected of that motivation due to profiling by age and family background
Again, Russian cooked intelligence will be very important as the ones most subject to institutional slander type targeting will also be the ones who were the most effective fighters when they were fighting a war against the Russians on the ostensible side of US interests. The Russians have better knowledge of that.
In other words, the US is turning on it’s own Chechen proxy fighters.
Expect more blowback… You won’t be disappointed.