Truth in Media Global Watch Bulletins

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May 4, 1999

Special Truth in Media Global Watch Bulletins on NATO's War on Serbia

Issue S99-64, Day 42, Update 1

FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA explosion.gif (16495 bytes)  Topic: BALKAN AFFAIRS

May 4, 1999; 0:30AM EDT - DAY 42, UPDATE 1

HEADLINES

Phoenix                      1. New Photos from Washington Rally, Sound of

                                     Bombs in Belgrade, TiM Target Buttons, Pamphlets

Washington               2. Washington-supported KLA Finances Kosovo

                                    War with Heroin Sales

Cambridge                3. British International Lawyer Drafts Articles of

                                    Indictment for War Crimes by NATO Leaders

The Hague               4. World Court To Hear Belgrade vs. NATO Case In May

Arlington                   5. NATO's Losses Detailed by ISSA Parallel Earlier TiM Data

Nebraska                  6. Nebraska Cattle Ranchers Support TiM

Washington (state) 7. Wondrous Embers of Freedom

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1. New Photos from Washington Rally, Sound of Bombs in Belgrade, TiM Target Buttons, Pamphlets

PHOENIX, May 3 - As promised, new photos from the "March on Washington '99" rally at the White House Ellipse are now available at our Web site (see http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/photos-dc.html ).

In addition, we have now also added to our Web site another real life recording of NATO bombs pounding downtown Belgrade on Apr. 30, an event referenced in the TiM editor's speech in Washington on May 1. Check out the S99-61, Day 39, Update 1, May 1, and click on the sound of bombs in the text (http://www.truthinmedia.org/Kosovo/day39up1.html).

Ever since we published our Phoenix barbershop story (see "Barbershop Small Talk Turns Ugly," S99-58, Day 36, Update 1, Item 6, Apr. 28), we have been receiving requests from TiM readers around the world for the TiM target buttons which this writer handed out to his German-American lady-barber on Apr. 27 (the actual design of the badges can be seen at our Web site). We're grateful and gratified by the support of the TiM readers who have already ordered various quantities of the TiM target buttons.

As a lady-protestor at the Washington, DC, May 1 rally put it, listening to the praises which a friend had been singing to the TiM editor, "That's nice, (name withheld). Now put your money where your mouth is," the lady said, contributing a $20-bill to TiM's efforts. Embarrassed, the man who was heaping mountains of praise upon your editor ran back to his car to get his wallet and make his own contribution.

Anyway, for those TiM readers who may like to have some TiM target buttons for their personal use, or for distribution to friends and relatives, we wish to point out that these badges are a part of a fund-raising effort by the Truth in Media, a non-profit organization, as you know. We suggest that a $2-donation per TiM button you may wish to order. If you want to support our work for God's truth, please let us have your snail mail address, along with request for how many buttons you wish to order. Thank you.

By the way, we will also include the TiM color pamphlets about NATO's destruction of the civilian targets in Serbia, referenced in my speech at the White House Ellipse, to all TiM supporters, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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2. Washington-supported KLA Finances Kosovo War with Heroin Sales

WASHINGTON, May 3 - The Kosovo Liberation Army, which the Clinton administration has embraced and some members of Congress want to arm as part of the NATO bombing campaign, is a terrorist organization that has financed much of its war effort with profits from the sale of heroin, the Washington Times reported today.

Recently obtained intelligence documents show that drug agents in five countries, including the United States, believe the KLA has aligned itself with an extensive organized crime network centered in Albania that smuggles heroin and some cocaine to buyers throughout Western Europe and, to a lesser extent, the United States.

The documents tie members of the Albanian Mafia to a drug smuggling cartel based in Kosovo's provincial capital, Pristina. The cartel is manned by ethic Albanians who are members of the Kosovo National Front, whose armed wing is the KLA. The documents show it is one of the most powerful heroin smuggling organizations in the world, with much of its profits being diverted to the KLA to buy weapons.

The clandestine movement of drugs over a collection of land and sea routes from Turkey through Bulgaria, Greece and Yugoslavia to Western Europe and elsewhere is so frequent and massive that intelligence officials have dubbed the circuit the "Balkan Route."

For a full WT story, check out http://www.washtimes.com/news/news1.html#link

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3. British International Lawyer Drafts Articles of Indictment for War Crimes by NATO Leaders

CAMBRIDGE, May 3 - A British international law expert from the faculty of social and political sciences at the Cambridge University, has drafted articles of indictment against some of the NATO leaders for waging war on Serbia. Glen Rangwala, whose coordinates are enclosed below, is soliciting input from all parties who can help him embellish his case for criminal prosecution of NATO leaders who are prosecuting this illegal war against Serbia.

So far, Mr. Rangwala has drafted the following submission to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, requesting the indictment of Prime Minister, Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, and Defense Secretary, George Robertson, of the United Kingdom:

To Part I of the submission: Background, The Accused, General Allegations, and General Legal Issues

To Part II of the submission: Counts 1-3

To Part III of the submission: Counts 4-6

Please note that this submission is still at the draft stage. More information about NATO atrocities is required before a viable brief can be submitted. For specific requests for information see this page (http://ban.joh.cam.ac.uk/~maicl/info.htm).

This submission is in accordance with Article 18(1) of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia:

Any TiM readers who have FIRST-HAND, EYEWITNESS-type information which can help bring the NATO war criminals to justice are encouraged to contact:

Glen Rangwala, International Lawyer

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Cambridge University

Free School Lane

Cambridge CB2 3RQ, ENGLAND

Tel: 44 (0)1223 334535

Fax (shared): 44 (0)1223 334550

Home Tel: 44 (0)1223 462187

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4. World Court To Hear Belgrade vs. NATO Case In May

THE HAGUE, May 1 - The United Nations' top court said on Thursday it would hear on May 10 and 11 an unprecedented Yugoslav suit against 10 NATO states, including the United States and Britain, aimed at halting the allied bombing of its territory.

The International Court of Justice will consider separate complaints against the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Portugal and Spain in a first round of legal argument.

"At a meeting held today, the court decided that hearings on provisional measures would open on Monday 10 May 1999 at 10 a.m. (0800 GMT). They are expected to last two days," the court said.

Yugoslavia is accusing the 10 of bombing its territory in breach of their obligations under international law not to use force against another state. It also charges they have meddled in Yugoslav internal affairs and violated its national sovereignty.

Belgrade is basing its case on a string of international treaties including the 1949 Geneva Convention, the 1948 Convention on Free Navigation of the Danube and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The World Court's decisions are binding and without appeal.

"Yugoslavia maintains that if the proposed measures are not adopted, there will be new losses of human life, further physical and mental harm, further destruction of civilian targets, heavy environmental pollution and further physical destruction of the people of Yugoslavia," the court said. Its statement followed a day of hectic meetings among the world court's 15 international judges, legal sources said.

The Yugoslav embassy in The Hague had filed its complaint on Thursday morning. The application also asks the court to declare the 10 named states liable to pay compensation. "Yugoslavia asserts that both military and civilian targets have come under attack during the bombings," the court said.

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5. NATO's Losses Detailed by ISSA Parallel Earlier TiM Data

ARLINGTON, May 3 - The NATO losses stood at approximately 38 fixed-wing aircraft, six helicopters, seven unmanned aerial vehicles, and "many" cruise missiles shot down by the YU Army's AAA or SAM missile fire as of April 20, 1999, said the Arlington, VA-based, ISSA, closely approximating TiM's other sources about the NATO losses during the first four weeks of its air campaign against Serbia.

"Several other NATO aircraft were reported down after that date, including at least one of which there was Serbian television coverage. The aircraft reportedly include three F-117A Stealth strike aircraft, including the one already known. One of the remaining two was shot down in an air-to-air engagement with a Yugoslav Air Force MiG-29 fighter; the other was lost to AAA (anti-aircraft artillery) or SAM (surface-to-air missile) fire. Given the recovery by the Yugoslavs of F-117A technology, and the fact that the type has proven less than invincible, the mystique of the aircraft — a valuable deterrent tool until now for the US - has been lost.

At least one USAF F-15 Eagle fighter has been lost, with the pilot, reportedly an African-American major, alive and in custody as a POW.

At least one German pilot (some sources say two men, implying perhaps a Luftwaffe crew from a Tornado) has been captured.

There is also a report that at least one US female pilot has been killed.

In one instance in the first week of the fighting, an aircraft was downed near Podgorica. A NATO helicopter then picked up the downed pilot, but the helicopter itself was then shot down, according to a number of reports.

Losses of US and other NATO ground force personnel, inside Serbia, have also been extensive. A Yugoslav Army unit ambushed a squad climbing a ravine south of Pristina, killing 20 men. When the black tape was taken from their dog-tags it was found that 12 were US Green Berets; eight were British special forces (presumably Special Air Service/SAS). This incident apparently occurred within a week or so of the bombing campaign launch.

It is known that other US and other NATO casualties have, on some occasions, been retrieved by NATO forces after being hit inside Yugoslavia. At least 30 bodies of US servicemen have been processed through Athens, after being transported from the combat zone. At least two of the helicopters downed by the Yugoslavs were carrying troops, and in these two a total of 50 men were believed to have been killed, most of them (but not all) of US origin."

For a full ISSA report on the situation in the Balkans, check out:

http://www.strategicstudies.org/crisis/newrome.htm#-NATO

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6. Nebraska Cattle Ranchers Support TiM

NEBRASKA, May 3 - We received the following message from a cattle rancher family in Nebraska:

"Just wanted you to know that you are right about NATO and everything else. We are cattle ranchers from western Nebraska. Free trade and globalization is wiping out what is left of us. Soon we, as a nation, are not going to be able to produce our own food. Agriculture is losing the small, independent producer in large numbers every day. Buchanan is the only candidate that seems to care about the physical economy. Keep on telling the truth!"

Janelle Skinner, Nebraska

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7. Wondrous Embers of Freedom

WASHINGTON (state), May 3 - We've received the following letter from a TiM reader in Washington (state), who has also contributed his comments in the past (do a search by his name):

"Keep up the fight. We live in a land of fraud. We are governed by demons. Our once proud republic, which not long ago was the brightest beacon on the globe for Liberty, has grown dim by corruption, greed, ego and self-interest. Recent events, most especially those involving Yugoslavia, have made me very ashamed to be a U.S. citizen, but the fire for Freedom instilled by Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee et. al. flames my heart with a tremendous quest for Liberty. Lest any think I unequivocally back the Serbs as they fight against the beast of NATO because of bloodlines, my southern most ancestors came from Baden-Baden, Germany.

So wondrous are the embers of Freedom, that all the fraud and vicious murder of my country cannot extinguish my fire for Liberty, Liberty for me and all who seek it throughout the world."

Steffan Bertsch, Washington (state)

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Also, check out... Truth in Media Statement on Kosovo Crisis, "Wither Dayton, Sprout New War?", "On the Brink of Madness", "Tragic Deja Vu's," "Seven U.S. Senators Suggest Ouster of Milosevic", "Biting the Hand That Feeds You", "A Balkan Affairs Potpourri", "Put the U.N. Justice on Trial", "International Justice 'Progresses' from Kidnapping to Murder", "Milosevic: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery'...", "Kosovo Lie Allowed to Stand", "New World Order's Inquisition in Bosnia", "Kosovo Heating Up""Decani Monastery Under Siege?", "Murder on Wall Street""Kosovo: 'Bosnia II', Serbia's Aztlan""What If the Shoe Were on the Other Foot?", "Green Interstate - Not Worth American Lives", "An American Hero or Actor of the Year?" (A June '95 TiM story) and/or "Clinton arme secrètement les musulmans bosniaques"

Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail,"  "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"

Or Djurdjevic's NEW DAWN magazine columns: "Washington's Crisis Factory,"  and "A New Iron Curtain Over Europe"