‘Feet or Buttocks?’ Shocking Video Shows Gaddafi’s Son Being Tortured in Libyan Prison
A video that shows Saadi Gaddafi, son of Libya’s late Muammar Qaddafi, being tortured in jail has been condemned by lawyers and rights groups.
The nine-minute video shows Saadi, 42, in a green tracksuit, being hooked up to an improvised rack, apparently while in custody at Tripoli’s maximum security al-Hadba prison. His bare feet are then caned.
Segments show him sitting blindfolded and forced to listen to screams of other detainees being beaten in an adjacent room.
WARNING: Some may find elements of video disturbing
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“It raises serious concerns about the methods used to interrogate al-Saadi Gaddafi and other detainees at al-Hadba prison,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East Director of Human Rights Watch.
“The Tripoli authorities need to urgently establish exactly what did occur.”
The video’s release, by Arabic network Clear News, has alarmed lawyers worried about the treatment of other detainees at al-Hadba, where former Gaddafi-era officials are held.
“This is a shocking video that raises questions about conditions inside the prison,” said Karim Khan QC, London-based lawyer for Libya’s former prime minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, also at al-Hadba. “The international community needs to demand a full investigation.”
Gaddafi is blindfolded by his captors, perhaps to prevent him from identifying those who are about to torture him. Photo: YouTube/Clear News
Saadi is facing trial on charges including killing a football player while head of Libya’s football federation. During his father’s time in power, he established a reputation as a playboy and had a brief unsuccessful career playing for several Italian football clubs.
The undated video, consisting of several segments, was apparently made by Saadi’s captors, some of whom are seen in the footage in military uniform. At one stage, a captor asks Saadi if he wants to be beaten on the “feet or buttocks”. He answers: “What kind of question is this? My feet.”
Al-Hadba is held by Libya Dawn, a militia alliance that controls Tripoli and is battling forces of the internationally recognised government based in the east of the country.
Gaddafi pleads with his captors as a metal rack with restraining straps is dragged into the room. Photo: YouTube/Clear News
Gaddafi is bound and helpless, his feet strapped to the rack. Photo: YouTube/Clear News
The release of the video comes a week after Tripoli authorities pronounced death sentences for Saadi’s older brother, Saif al-Islam , and eight other former Gaddafi-era officials, including Mahmoudi, after a trial condemned by rights groups and the United Nations as lacking due process. Saif al-Islam was tried in absentia, since he has been held since 2011 by a former rebel group in Zintan, a region beyond Tripoli’s control. Right groups say the verdict was riddled with flaws.
Despite the manner of his downfall, still enjoys pockets of goodwill.
In a rare demonstration, supporters in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday shouted “Muammar, Muammar”, but dispersed after opponents opened fire with guns and hurled rocks.
No-one appeared to have been hurt among dozens of supporters of Gaddafi.
The Gaddafi supporters waved pictures of the man who had ruled for 42 years, and demanded the release of Saif al-Islam.
“Only God, Muammar and Libya!” the crowd chanted and waved the green flags of the old regime.
They dispersed after other residents, some of them carrying the Libyan national flag, opened fire.
Residents said this was the first protest of Gaddafi loyalists in Libya’s second-largest city, the cradle of the revolution, since 2011.
Frustration has been building among Libyans with the country’s chaos as two governments fight for power with the help of former rebels who have fallen out along political, tribal and regional lines.
Benghazi has been especially hard hit as fighting between forces allied to the official government based in the east and Islamist groups has closed the port, choking off wheat, food and petrol imports.
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In parallel proceeded French team of lawyers two days ago to prepare for filing a lawsuit on behalf of victims of NATO bombing, fighting with media and legal campaign to sensitize the French and international opinion the world the seriousness of what happened and is happening in Libya, and for each violation of covenants and international laws, and that the Iraq scenario may actually been repeated in Libya, describing Sarkozy a criminal and murderer and ugliest descriptions and adjectives, and said he was “less French, and its randomness taken to the leadership of a brutal military intervention contrary to the history and culture of the French people who, asserting that the turnout on the war on Libya was his dimensions purely electoral.
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The petition and confirmed that the main objective is to “lift the mask from these killers” responsible for NATO air strikes that destroyed the people and the country unlawfully. “
مساع للاتصال بحقوقيين ومحامين جزائريين لتوقيع العريضة الدولية
شرعت أندية “فكر فرنسا” في التوقيع على عريضة دولية يجري توزيعها على نطاق واسع تحسبا لإحالة الرئيس الفرنسي السابق، نيكولا ساركوزي، أمام محكمة الجنيات الدولية، بتهمة ارتكاب “جرائم ضد الإنسانية وقتل الزعيم الليبي السابق معمر القذافي”. وحمّلت أندية “فكر فرنسا” في بيان لها اطلعت “البلاد” على نسخة منه “مسؤولية انهيار الدولة الليبية وتصاعد المد الإرهابي في البلاد وسيطرة الفصائل والميليشيات المسلحة على مفاصل المؤسسات الدستورية إلى الخطوة الإجرامية التي قام بها رئيس فرنسا السابق بترأس بلاده لعمليات الائتلاف العسكري الدولي في ليبيا”. وتابع البيان أن “فعاليات وهيئات حقوقية ومحامون وقضاة سابقون من فرنسا وبلدان افريقية أخرى إضافة إلى ممثلين عن عائلات ضحايا قصف الحلف الأطلسي باشروا الإجراءات القانونية لمقاضاة ساركوزي أمام محكمة الجنايات الدولية، لكونه السبب الرئيسي في حالات الاضطراب والتفكك والاقتتال التي تعيشها الدولة الليبية حاليا، بفضل سياسية خارجية فاضحة تم رسمها لأغراض انتخابوية محضة حينما كان يتربع مقاليد الحكم في فرنسا”. وأكدت أندية “فكر فرنسا” أنها “تخوض حاليا معركة قانونية لجمع الأدلة الثبوتية والوثائق الرسمية التي تتيح بتحويل ساركوزي للجنائية الدولية بتهمة القتل والتحريض على الإرهاب وارتكاب جرائم ضد الانسانية، عبر جمع عدد من المحامين الفرنسيين والليبيين ومن العالم، لرفع دعوى بهذا الخصوص، تطرح فيها أيضا قضية التدخل الفرنسي السافر في ساحل العاج”. وبالموازاة باشر فريق محامين فرنسي قبل يومين للإعداد لرفع دعوى قضائية نيابة عن ضحايا قصف حلف شمال الأطلسي، مع خوض حملة إعلامية وقانونية لتحسيس الرأي العالم الفرنسي والدولي بخطورة ما حدث ويحدث في ليبيا، وخرقه لكل المواثيق والقوانين الدولية، وأن سيناريو العراق قد تكرر فعلا في ليبيا، واصفين ساركوزي بالمجرم والقاتل وبأبشع الأوصاف والنعوت، وقالوا انه “أقل فرنسية، وأن قراراته العشوائية التي اتخذها لقيادة تدخل عسكري وحشي تتناقض وتاريخ وثقافة الشعب الفرنسي، مؤكدين أن إقباله على الحرب على ليبيا كانت له أبعاد انتخابية محضة”. وأشارت العريضة الدولية لمقاضاة ساركوزي أن “موقعيها يطالبون بتعبئة نواب البرلمان الفرنسي لفتح تحقيق أمام المحكمة العليا الفرنسية أيضا، ضد كل من المفكر الفرنكوصهيوني برنار هنري ليفي الذي يوصف بكونه عراب الحرب الذي أشعل ثورات ما يوصف بالربيع العربي، هنري غوين، ماكس غالو، وطبعا ضد نيكولا ساركوزي، بتهمة “خيانة مبادئ الجمهورية الفرنسية”، لكون أنه “بسبب حسابات سياسية سخيفة، ظل الحزب الاشتراكي الفرنسي صامتا ضد كل هذه الجرائم، وعلى رأسها القصف الوحشي على رؤوس المدنيين الليبيين، واغتيال زعيم هذا البلد معمر القذافي بطريقة بربرية”. وأكدت العريضة أن هدفها الرئيسي هو “رفع القناع عن هؤلاء القتلة” المسؤولين عن غارات حلف الأطلسي الجوية التي دمرت العباد والبلاد دون وجه حق”.
Turkish Ship Headed to Derna Stopped by Libyan Army
To tell this story one must begin by explaining the reasons Turkey would be sending a ship to the port at Derna, Libya. Why would Turkey ever send a ship to eastern Libya? The reason is because Turkey has been supporting the radical Islamists in Libya since the beginning of the false flag phoney revolution in 2011. Derna is the head of the snake for radical Islam in Libya. This is where ISIS leaders hide and claim that Derna is an Islamic state. Derna is the area in Libya that has always been home to the radical psychopaths, the Libyan army under the past regime kept that cesspool of evil in line. There is no other reason for a Turkish ship to land in Derna but to arm and replenish ISIS. The Turkish leader, Erdogan believes he will be the Calipha when the Caliphate takes place. Consequently, Turkey has been bringing in weapons, mercenaries and money to the illegal ISIS, Al Qaeda, militias (Libya Dawn) etc. in Libya. This is not LEGAL yet the UN and all western countries look the other way. If the illegal support from Turkey, Qatar and the US would stop, the Libyans would finish the radicals fairly quicklyand cleanse their country of this virus that is destroying free Libya.
Now Turkey tried a weak attempt to lie about the ship saying it was headed to Tobruk instead of its real destination of Derna but this lie was quickly exposed with the actual satellite track of the ship which is posted below this article. How stupid are these Turks, they don’t think the satellites can see where the ship was headed and what destination was filed for this ship? The reason they lied is because everyone who knows Libya and the North Africa area knows that Derna is home of the radical ISIS Islamic psychopaths so it is not hard to understand what Turkey is doing and has been doing for 4 years. They have been trying to do this without the world knowing but the Libyans have been shouting about this for years and it has fallen on deaf ears. The Libyans have warned Turkey many times to stop arming the militias and ISIS and Turkey has been banned from going into the port at Derna.
The quote from the legitimate Libyan government in Tobruk: ” A Libyan military spokesman responded to condemnations from Ankara, saying the vessel came under attack after ignoring a warning not to approach the city of Derna, some 145 km west of Tobruk. A ship was shelled about 10 miles from Derna coast.We have warned before about approaching Derna port,” Mohamed Hejazi, a spokesman for forces with Libya’s internationally recognized government, told Reuters. “
Libya has been left to fend for herself, to clean her country by herself and she has begun to do this – via the Libyan army. The Libyan army shelled the ship from shore and attacked the ship by air to keep it off their shores. I say “well done”!
Of course, Turkey has begun whine and cry about being attacked, if today you looked up “hypocrisy” in the dictionary you find a big picture of Turkey. Turkey has made its country a safe haven for all radicals and has given wounded ISIS and Libya Dawn mercenaries 5 star accommodations.The Turkish Zionist mafia in Misurata was a driving force to destroy Libya in 2011 and take control which they are still attempting to hang on to via Libya Dawn criminal militias. Turkey is responsible for thousands of deaths of innocent Libyans, for thousands more imprisoned and many tortured to death. Turkey is also responsible for the continued turmoil and destruction keeping 2 million legitimate Libyans in exile. So,do we have any sympathy for Turkey, NEVER, payback is just beginning for them.
Now the UN has made a statement to the Libyan army to watch how they move?? Excuse me?? First of all, Turkey went and cried to the UN? and the UN is so uniformed that they do not understand why the Turkish ship was stopped? OR is it that the Zionists that control the UN are again making up LIES. First of all, Libya has the right to protect her country from the influx of mercenaries and weapons, this is actually the UN’s job but because they do nothing but side with the radicals and demand the Libyans negotiate with the radicals, Libya must protect herself. On the other hand had it been weapons and fighters to support the Libyan army and ISIS has bombed the ship, the UN would say nothing and no one would care!
It is Libya’s right as a sovereign nation to protect her ports and shores, Turkey had best stay away, they have been duly warned and shown that they are NOT welcome in Libya.
Besides, who cares what the UN says anyway, they are ones who illegally blew up Libya and placed the radicals on Libyan soil.
NATO War Crimes In Libya: Deformities of Newborns Because of Depleted Uranium Bombs
Regarding this depleted uranium report below, we brought in the first sophisticated radiation detectors with us on our fact finding commission in May of 2011.
Libyans knew that depleted uranium was being used by NATO in their bombing raids and they were very concerned.
There is no doubt that NATO/US broke every agreement imposed by the Geneva Convention.
War crimes against humanity in Libya by NATO and its member countries is unmatched in the world.
This is a crime beyond the wildest imagination, Libya was a naive country, no drugs, no AIDs, very few birth defects, very small number cancer patients– look at the evil left behind by the psychopaths of the one world order.
A new report from Human Rights Watch(better later than never, after backing the US-NATO propaganda during the entire aggression against Libya) has expressed deep concern with the confirmed information of the use, by both France and Britain, of Internationally prohibited weapons on raids in Libya in 2011 under the UN Resolution 1973.
1973 authorized NATO to bomb sites for military yet there were 60,000 bombing raids against civilian targets, great man made river, hospital, hotels, homes, schools, power plants and on and on.
Those NATO countries used bombing Libya with cluster bombs with depleted uranium radioactive metal, for its ability to penetrate the concrete.
As a result of the saturation of agricultural crops, livestock and water sources that have become seriously polluted with radiation resulting in the appearance of grossly deformed Newborns in Libya as well as the Libyan citizens
In Libya now being recorded by the WHO (world health organization), the highest deformation in fetuses inside Libya and reached 23% of newborns and also the high incidence of new forms of cancer that were not known among ordinary Libyans and now amounting to 18% of the total of cancers that have been diagnosed by the organization’s branch in Libya .
Despite this serious health disaster countries involved with NATO are now demanding that Libya pay them one billion seven hundred million dollars for their help in toppling the Gaddafi regime.
This is beyond absurd, first they stole 500 billion of Libyan money in the EU and the Fed and used it destroy Libya with bombs laden with radiation.
They destroyed the infrastructure, the government and left Libyans with terrorists in charge of their country, 2 million in exile and Libya should pay for this??
The leaders in these corrupt governments are so arrogant they think they can destroy a country and make that country pay for it – Libya already paid and paid – 500 times over.
Despite the fact that these weapons were originally intended for disposal and the US was supposed to pay for the disposal, they should be compensating for Libya because they used it (illegally) to get rid of dangerous weapons arsenal overflowing in storage with the British and French.
NATO Leaders Guilty Under US Code of Providing Material Support to Terrorists
This article is by Tony Cartalucci posted in “Infowars” but before I post the article my question to the International community is WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR ALL THE DAMAGES DONE BY NATO LEADERS AND THE TREE SUPER POWERS WHICH IS FRANCE, UNITED KINGDOM AND U.S.A. KNOWN TO ALL LIBYANS AS F.U.K.U.S?
Will these countries PAY compensation for the DESTRUCTION OF A WHOLE LIBYAN NATION? Will these countries together with NATO be HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THE ICC? Will these countries compensate the MOTHERS that lost their infants? The Genocide of BLACK LIBYANS BY THE THOUSANDS? Will these countries compensate for GENERATIONS TO COME FOR THE 60.000 SORTIES WITH DEPLETED URANIUM BOMBED IN OUR COUNTRY, YOU HAVE ONLY TO TAKE A LOOK AT IRAQ’S DEFORMED CHILDREN? Will these countries compensate LIBYA’S INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH WAS DESTROYED BY THEIR GREED TO TOPPLE THE JAMAHIRYA GOVERNMENT AND MURDER IN COLD BLOOD THE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY? When Will these countries pay for all the terror they have brought to smaller nations just because we want to be INDEPENDENT FROM THE ROTHSCHILD’S BANKING SYSTEM AND FROM THE CORPORATIONS WHO WANT TO STEAL OUR RESOURCES?
“Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To violate this paragraph, a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization (as defined in subsection (g)(6)), that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorism (as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989).”-USC S 2339B. Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations
In March 2011, the London Telegraph reported that Libya’s rebels had direct ties to Al Qaeda and that both leaders and fighters had spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan combating US troops. The article titled, “Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links” featured Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who had been captured by the US after fighting Americans in Afghanistan, returned to Libya, and released under a bargain for Hasidi and his Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) militants to abandon extremism and become productive members of society. Quite obviously, and with the US, UK, and NATO’s help, Hasidi and his men went back on this bargain and are now sowing murder and mayhem across Libya.
The New York Time more recently reported in an article titled, “Exiled Islamists Watch Rebellion Unfold at Home” that LIFG has “renounced Al Qaeda and are part of the mosaic of rebel fighters united under the umbrella of the Transitional National Council, the opposition leadership that the United States formally recognized as Libya’s legitimate government.” Of course, “renouncement” is exactly what these very same men did to be released from Qaddafi’s prisons in the first place before immediately taking up arms and laying waste to the nation. The New York Times also notes that exiled LIFG leader Abu Sohaib, currently being harbored in London, is unable to return to Libya because he and LIFG is a listed terrorist across the Middle East and throughout most of Europe, including the UK. His LIFG fighters are noted as having “combat experience in Iraq or Afghanistan,” and that they are part of the “social fabric of eastern Libya,” namely Benghazi, Tobruk, and Darnah in a region often referred to as Cyrenaica.
NATO Leaders Guilty Under US Code of Providing Material Support to Terrorists WestPointStats
Image: Taken from a US West Point study, these graphs created by data obtained in Iraq clearly show that Libya’s eastern region, and the cities of Darnah and Benghazi in particular, provided by far more militants found fighting US troops in Iraq than any other nation, including Saudi Arabia. An apt summary of the report can be found at Tarpley.net. (click image to enlarge)
To get a clearer picture of just how much of the “social fabric of eastern Libya” these Al Qaeda LIFG fighters make up, a study from West Point US Military Academy indicates that this region produced more foreign fighters per capita found in Iraq than any other nation including Saudi Arabia. The vast majority of these fighters came from Darnah and Benghazi, the latter being the epicenter of the current Libyan rebellion. The report, explained in detail by geopolitical analyst Dr. Webster Tarpley, proves just how understated the New York Times article is in portraying these terrorists as “part of the social fabric of eastern Libya.” The facts prove quite clearly that terrorism is the social fabric of eastern Libya.
Just this week, the UK Independent provided its readership with a watered down headline that reads, “Rebel military chief says he was tortured by CIA.” The article indicates that the current rebel leader, Abdulhakim Belhaj (aka Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi) is in fact an LIFG founding member, with combat experience in Afghanistan against the Russians, omits that he was also involved in fighting US troops there in 2001, but does mention that he was held by the CIA, then the Libyan government before taking command of NATO-backed rebels in Libya. The Daily Beast reports in an article titled, “Libya’s Powerful Islamist Leader,” that Belhaj was in fact, face-to-face with Osama Bin Laden back in the 1980′s, and that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is listed by both the U.S. State Department and the British Home Office as an international terrorist organization.
NATO Leaders Guilty Under US Code of Providing Material Support to Terrorists LIFGlisted
Image: A screenshot taken directly from the US State Department website showing the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) clearly listed as a foreign terrorist organization. This is important, as US Code prohibits providing material support to listed terrorist organizations.With revelations of Al Qaeda and LIFG fighters leading the Libyan rebellion with NATO-members’ full military, financial, and diplomatic support, attempts are being made to plea ignorance as to the true nature of the rebels. Listed below LIFG, is MEK, an Iraqi/Iranian group also being armed and supported by the US. (click on image to enlarge) ****(as we already know by the revelations of Clinton’s & Obama’s on Benghazigate scandal, the late Stevens was working with the leader of LIFG who is non other than Abdulhakim Belhaj together they moved arms – money – jihadists – sex slaves women and children from Libya to the border of Turkey – Syria were they were met by CIA people who then took over from there. I will let your imagination to make your own conclusions on who murdered the late Stevens it was not the Sharaia or Lifg they would not bite the hand that feeds them.)
With the corporate media’s help, Belhaj/al-Hasidi and his men are being portrayed as reformed terrorists despite the fact that they are still LIFG fighters and LIFG itself is still listed as an international terrorist organization. And while many will applaud the corporate media for coming forward with this information, it should be noted that Pepe Escobar first broke this story on Russia Today, and the US and British propaganda outlets have merely been forced to address the growing public awareness of who these “pro-democracy”rebels really are and what role the US and British governments have had in betraying their people by providing material support for men who literally killed US and UK troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan over the 10 year “War on Terror.”
According to US Code Section 2339A & 2339B, the leaders of NATO, along with the US, UK, and French governments, are clearly guilty of providing a listed terrorist organization with material support in the most egregious, overt case since the code was written.The staggering scale of training, arming, and providing air support for Libyan Islamic Fighting Group militants, listed by the US State Department itself as a terrorist organization, all done criminally under the guise of “international law” rubber stamped by the contrived UN and bolstered with support from the equallycontrived International Criminal Court, may be partially why more people are unable to understand the scope of criminality involved in NATO’s intervention in Libya.
A similar situation exists within Iran, where another terrorist organization, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) are being covertly armed and aided in fighting the Iranian government. US policy makers are fully aware that organizations like LIFG and MEK have US blood on their hands. In fact, their only concern is howusing such organizations will appear publicly and how such perceptions might threaten their agendas. In the Fortune 500-funded Brookings Institution report, “Which Path to Persia?” we can see clearly the thought process that goes on behind supporting terrorist organizations. Brookings’ only concern is how to remove MEK terrorists from the US State Department list (listed just below LIFG) so they can be supported more overtly in a Libyan-style military intervention.
“Potential Ethnic Proxies,” page 117-118 (page 130-131 of the PDF): ”Perhaps the most prominent (and certainly the most controversial) opposition group that has attracted attention as a potential U.S. proxy is the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), the political movement established by the MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq). Critics believe the group to be undemocratic and unpopular, and indeed anti-American.
In contrast, the group’s champions contend that the movement’s long-standing opposition to the Iranian regime and record of successful attacks on and intelligence-gathering operations against the regime make it worthy of U.S. support. They also argue that the group is no longer anti-American and question the merit of earlier accusations. Raymond Tanter, one of the group’s supporters in the United States, contends that the MEK and the NCRI are allies for regime change in Tehran and also act as a useful proxy for gathering intelligence.The MEK’s greatest intelligence coup was the provision of intelligence in 2002 that led to the discovery of a secret site in Iran for enriching uranium.
Despite its defenders’ claims, the MEK remains on the U.S. government list of foreign terrorist organizations. In the 1970s, the group killed three U.S. officers and three civilian contractors in Iran. During the 1979-1980 hostage crisis, the group praised the decision to take America hostages and Elaine Sciolino reported that while group leaders publicly condemned the 9/11 attacks, within the group celebrations were widespread.
Undeniably, the group has conducted terrorist attacks–often excused by the MEK’s advocates because they are directed against the Iranian government. For example, in 1981, the group bombed the headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party, which was then the clerical leadership’s main political organization, killing an estimated 70 senior officials. More recently, the group has claimed credit for over a dozen mortar attacks, assassinations, and other assaults on Iranian civilian and military targets between 1998 and 2001. At the very least, to work more closely with the group (at least in an overt manner), Washington would need to remove it from the list of foreign terrorist organizations.”
US policy makers, working directly for Wall Street and London corporate-financier interests, clearly have no qualms over using or supporting terrorism, with perception management being their only concern. We see this diabolical methodology, precisely articulated in “Which Path to Persia?” now being executed across Libya verbatim. It looks as if there was not enough time to get LIFG off various international lists of terrorist organizations as Brookings had hoped to do with MEK, and instead a concerted effort by the corporate-media and NATO members is being made to downplay the reality that the US, British, French and Qatari governments are openly sponsoring terrorism. Look for similar narratives as seen in Libya to be used in both Syria and Iran – with militant terrorists portrayed as hapless protesters being oppressed by a brutal government, before a full-scale military insurrection followed by a US led military intervention.