America’s illegal activities against other countries as well as its own citizen are being exposed as never before. To Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA’s snooping on all Americans as well as citizens of other countries, must now be added the news that a four-star retired US general, James Cartwright is being investigated by the Justice
Department for leaking information about the US Stuxnet virus attack on
Iran in 2010.
Washington DC, Crescent-online
June 28, 2013, 09:43 EDT
Amid the fury surrounding Edward Snowden’s NSA snooping leaks and
his escape from the US (currently holed up at Moscow airport), another
story has broken out with broad implications for the way the US conducts
itself. James Cartwright, a retired US general is reportedly the target
of Justice Department investigation into leaking secret information
about the US Stuxnet virus attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in
2010. The attack reportedly damaged 1,000 centrifuges in Iran.
The American channel, NBC News was the first to break the Cartwright
investigation story on June 27 but other media outlets have immediately
pounced on it. The story was too juicy and carried major implications
especially because it involved a top generalthe second highest
ranking US military officeras well as a countryIranthat
the US has targeted for more than 30 years. Cartwright had served as
vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 2007 and 2011.
President Barack Obama is on record as saying that anyone who leaks
secret information will be punished. He has been fuming against
Snowden’s revelations and demanded that China and Russia hand him
over. Senators and senior administration officials have denounced
Snowden in vicious terms all the while trying to shift the focus from
the government’s illegal activities of snooping on its own citizens
to Snowden’s alleged misdemeanor.
General Cartwright’s story falls under the same category. Cyber
attacks are illegal; it is essentially a declaration of war against
another country. Obama has intensified this war against Iran on the
false allegation that Tehran is trying to make nuclear weapons, a charge
strongly denied by Iranian leadership for many years. No shred of
evidence has been presented to back the allegations against Iran.
Instead, the US and its surrogate, Zionist Israel, have indulged in
cyber warfare that constitutes a war crime.
Why General Cartwright divulged the information is subject to
speculation. At times, American officials reveal information because
they do not agree with government policy. At other times, they feel the
policy is counter-productive and would not achieve American objectives.
Whatever the reason, the targeting of a retired senior general indicates
that some in the military feel the US is conducting itself in a way that
would not advance American objectives.
While Obama has presented himself as different from his predecessor, his
actions have been anything but. In fact, under Obama’s presidency,
illegal acts have intensified. He has authorized the killing of foreign
as well as American citizens; attacks against other countries have
increased and lawlessness borne of US policies has become the order of
Currently on an African tour where he is touting equality and human
rights, Obama would do well to practice some of it at home. The US is
fast becoming a police state in which everyone is under surveillance and
every individual is considered an enemy. These are sure signs of a
country in decline.