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Daeron
2007-04-10 19:41:26 EST
Bush Officials Cover-Up Indonesian Military Role in Murder of U.S.
Citizens

April 9th, 2007


Evidence of Indonesian military involvement in the deaths of two
American citizens has been suppressed, according to a report released
today by Joyo Indonesian News Service and Pantau Foundation. U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and other senior administration
officials, have been misleading Congress and the public about a 2002
assault near the gold and copper mine of Freeport McMoRan (FCX) in
the remote Indonesian province of Papua. The Bush Administration sees
Indonesia, the world?s most populous Muslim nation, as a key ally in
the Global War on Terrorism.

?It?s sad to see that U.S. terrorism policy has once again sacrificed
truth and justice,? said Andreas Harsono, a journalist of the Pantau
media group, who co-authored the report.

F.B.I. agents entrapped at least one innocent man, Reverend Isak
Onawame, in connection with this murder. Rev. Onawame, an elderly
human rights advocate, was detained by the F.B.I. in Papua and
delivered to Indonesian custody where he was strip searched, deprived
of sleep, and interrogated. On November 7th, 2006, an Indonesian
court found Rev. Onawame guilty of supplying attackers with food,
based on a false confession extracted during interrogation. Six other
men, including Antonius Wamang, who has admitted to participating in
the attack, were given sentences of 18 months to life in jail during
the same trial.

?By all accounts Wamang?s group only had three guns,? said co-author
S. Eben Kirksey, a doctoral candidate at the University of California
at Santa Cruz. The report authors obtained a copy of a classified
Indonesian ballistics report, which is being released to the public
for the first time today. Through microscopic analysis of bullet
fragments, this ballistics report concluded that a total of 13 guns
were fired at the scene of the crime.

?We?re the first to publicly identify a smoking gun. In fact, we have
unearthed evidence of 10 smoking guns,? continued Kirksey. ?There was
another group of shooters wielding enormous firepower.? Eyewitnesses,
and logs of vehicle traffic through road checkpoints, place
Indonesian soldiers at the scene of the crime.

The full text of the report, ?Murder at Mile 63?, and the Indonesian
ballistics report, is available, on the websites of the East Timor
Action Network (http://www.etan.org/) and TAPOL?-The Indonesian Human
Rights Campaign (http://tapol.gn.apc.org/).

Daeron
2007-04-10 19:54:17 EST
http://atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/HA19Ae01.html

Papua puppetry leaves murders unsolved
By Gary LaMoshi

DENPASAR, Bali - The United States and Indonesia have gotten their man in
the ambush killings of two Americans in Papua three years ago. The arrest
of Antonius Wamang, an alleged separatist military commander, is supposed
to quell speculation that the Indonesian military was behind the shootings.
But in this intercontinental production of wayang kulit - Indonesian shadow
puppetry - Wamang may not follow the script.

Wamang has admitted firing shots in the August 31, 2002, attack near Timika
on a road to Freeport-McMoRan's vast Grasberg mining complex in otherwise
remote Papua (see Indonesia's gold standard, Asia Times Online, September
7, 2002). His lawyer says Wamang told police and others he chose the site
after receiving information that Indonesian troops would be there, and he
intended to attack them.

Instead, he attacked a van full of teachers and other Grasberg employees
returning from a picnic. Three people were killed - an Indonesia teacher
and two Americans, school principal Edwin Burgon and teacher Ricky Lynn
Spier - and 11 others wounded. Wamang was indicted for murder in the US in
June 2004 but eluded security forces and a US Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) team until last week, though Australian television
managed to interview him three months after the indictment.

Masked men
Attacking Westerners would have been unprecedented for the separatist Free
Papua Organization (OPM, for Organisasi Papua Merdeka), which has waged a
low-level insurgency against Indonesian rule for decades in the province
that Indonesia annexed in 1969. According to his lawyer, Wamang told police
interrogators he saw three masked men in military uniforms firing their
weapons at the scene as well. He also repeated his past claim that he
received his ammunition for the attack from a high-ranking soldier.

Of course that makes no sense. Why would the military give bullets to a
militant planning to attack its soldiers? And why would soldiers fire at
employees of a company that acknowledges paying nearly US$20 million from
1998 to 2004 to the military for protection, as well as spending $35
million on housing and equipment for soldiers? It makes sense if this
deadly drama is wayang kulit, where the dalang (puppet master) below the
stage controls the action of the puppets.

In the weeks before the shooting, Freeport McMoRan reportedly proposed
cutting its rich payments to military commanders. Fees for security
services, along with business interests - illegal and otherwise - cover
about 70% of the budget for the military, known by the acronym TNI (Tentara
Nasional Indonesia). It's been a happy coincidence that for decades
low-level insurgencies simmered in Aceh and Papua, where Western companies
have extensive resource-extraction facilities needing protection. Despite
the small numbers of armed militants, the military was never able to quash
these fighters.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
Investigative reports link the military and Papuan opposition forces,
particularly in the 1996 rioting that resulted in $3 million worth of
damage at Grasberg and the start of Freeport McMoRan's direct payments to
the military.

From one end of the archipelago to the other, for various reasons, TNI has
repeatedly encouraged, supplied and supported, sometimes with troops,
militants such as those responsible for the massacres in East Timor and the
sectarian fighting in Ambon and Central Sulawesi that even conspiracy
skeptics such as International Crisis Group director Sidney Jones now
recognize as key to the growth of Islamic terrorism in Indonesia (aee
Terrorism links in Indonesia point to military, Asia Times Online, October
8, 2004).

Government security forces are also believed to smuggle arms to militants.
That's a two-way win: the military makes money on the sales and on the
additional security needed for protection against the fighters. That makes
Wamang's story of bullets and masked men more credible.

... ... ...

Seon Ferguson
2007-04-10 22:03:51 EST
I'm not surprised the Australian government covered up the deaths of
reporters murdered by the Indonesian army. Plus there's no oil in Indonesia
so why play problem reaction solution over it?



Daeron
2007-04-11 08:07:56 EST
seon ferguson wrote:
> there's no oil in
> Indonesia so why play problem reaction solution over it?

Although Java does not have any oil or natural resources; it has military.
In Asia
Sumatra & Borneo have oil & minerals
Outside Asia
East Timore has oil & West Papua has gold, copper, gas, etc.

Mobil & Chevron found West Papua had gold & copper in 1936,
when the Papuans discovered there was local gold & began searching for it,
John Rockefeller II had his Freeport Sulphur company begin working on the
Ertsberg & Grasberg mines ;

When Indonesia's military proved unable to seize West Papua itself,
McGeorge Bundy & Robert Komer inside the White House told Kennedy that
the only way to save America from communism was to force the Netherlands to
sign the New York Agreement selling West Papua to Indonesia.


Seon Ferguson
2007-04-12 02:38:34 EST

"Daeron" <name@domain.tld> wrote in message
news:2713430.mNKVlQsnmq@minds.org...
> seon ferguson wrote:
>> there's no oil in
>> Indonesia so why play problem reaction solution over it?
>
> Although Java does not have any oil or natural resources; it has military.
> In Asia
> Sumatra & Borneo have oil & minerals
> Outside Asia
> East Timore has oil & West Papua has gold, copper, gas, etc.
>
> Mobil & Chevron found West Papua had gold & copper in 1936,
> when the Papuans discovered there was local gold & began searching for
> it,
> John Rockefeller II had his Freeport Sulphur company begin working on
> the
> Ertsberg & Grasberg mines ;
>
> When Indonesia's military proved unable to seize West Papua itself,
> McGeorge Bundy & Robert Komer inside the White House told Kennedy that
> the only way to save America from communism was to force the Netherlands
> to
> sign the New York Agreement selling West Papua to Indonesia.
>
I didn't know that, interesting. Now I know why people want to free West
Papua and our leaders let that movement get oppressed. We both know Bush
doesn't care if some reporters are murdered. Unless of course it will help
the interests of him and his neocon buddies and the propaganda.



Daeron
2007-04-12 08:32:31 EST
seon ferguson wrote:
> "Daeron" <name@domain.tld> wrote in message
> news:2713430.mNKVlQsnmq@minds.org...
>> seon ferguson wrote:
>>> there's no oil in
>>> Indonesia so why play problem reaction solution over it?
>>
>> Although Java does not have any oil or natural resources; it has
>> military.
>> In Asia
>> Sumatra & Borneo have oil & minerals
>> Outside Asia
>> East Timore has oil & West Papua has gold, copper, gas, etc.
>>
>> Mobil & Chevron found West Papua had gold & copper in 1936,
>> when the Papuans discovered there was local gold & began searching for
>> it,
>> John Rockefeller II had his Freeport Sulphur company begin working on
>> the Ertsberg & Grasberg mines ;
>>
>> When Indonesia's military proved unable to seize West Papua itself,
>> McGeorge Bundy & Robert Komer inside the White House told Kennedy that
>> the only way to save America from communism was to force the Netherlands
>> to sign the New York Agreement selling West Papua to Indonesia.
>>
> I didn't know that, interesting. Now I know why people want to free West
> Papua and our leaders let that movement get oppressed. We both know Bush
> doesn't care if some reporters are murdered. Unless of course it will help
> the interests of him and his neocon buddies and the propaganda.

Bechtel services all the US companies in Indonesia & does a lot of other
Indonesian work also paid for with colonial profits ;
it is head of the "US Indonesia Society" lobby and together I understand
they were George Bush's top corporate sponsors for the election in 2000.

GW began in Jan/2001 campaigning for the US to lift its bans on the TNI
military ; after 9/11 he claimed it was because America had to prove it had
Islamic friends.
From 1999-Oct/2002 Laskar Jihad was burning down over two hundred
Churches, killed over 8,000 Christian Melanesians, and drove some 70 to 90
thousand fleeing from their homes and islands in Ambon and the Moluccas
Islands.
In Oct/2002 Laskar Jihad moved to West Papua and began operations there.

Back in 2002 the Indonesian Intelligence Chief admitted al Qaeda and Laskar
Jihad cams were both operating and cross training their operatives.
According to this
http://news.sbs.com.au/dateline/index.php?page=transcript&dte=2005-03-16&headlineid=940
video report smuggled out of West Papua and aired in March 2005,
the Laskar Jihad leaders were still claiming to be in regular contact and
coordinating their activities with the leaders of al Qaeda.

Regarding the Neocon buddies, there seems to be grounds for asking how
much gold Freeport & Bechtel are really digging up - a perfect source for
covert funds.
For full info on West Papua you can use http://wpik.org
as a good starting point.
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