Killings and Assassinations – Modern State Policy

Posted in America, China, Current Affairs, Desert Bloc, India, politics by Anuraag Sanghi on November 19, 2011

Suspicions have swirled in the air for decades now about the deaths of Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai. How valid are these doubts?

Death of Bhabha

For decades now, there has been a speculation about the death of Homi Bhabha. To my mind, till today, these were ‘conspiracy’ theories – of a weak and poor nation, which probably saw ghosts under their beds.

Bhabha died in mysterious air crash near Mont Blanc in Swiss Alps, when Air India Flight 101, a scheduled Boeing 707 flight from Mumbai to New York, crashed on January 24th, 1966.

Officials investigated bombing that killed an Iranian scientist in January, 2010  |  Source: telegraph.co.uk

Officials investigated bombing that killed an Iranian scientist in January, 2010 | Source: telegraph.co.uk

The pilot did not report any problem with the aircraft, and was preparing to land at Geneva, when without any forewarning the plane crashed. All 106 passengers and 11 crew were killed.

A subsequent enquiry concluded that it was pilot error, who had miscalculated his position – and started descent for Geneva, while still in the mountains, only to crash in to the Swiss Alps.

Some other individuals concluded otherwise.

Two deaths in two weeks

Bhabha’s death was 15 days after Shastri died at Tashkent – again by mysterious heart attack.  Before that in 1955, in another Air-India crash, it was suspected that Chou En Lai was the intended victim.

Strangely, Vikram Sarabhai, also died in his sleep at Kovalam, even though he suffered from no signs of any heart disease. Before Pokhran in 1974, Nehru claimed from 1958 onwards, that India could produce a nuclear weapon in a few years time.

Massoud Ali Mohammadi's home in Tehran. Fears of violence escalating as bomb kills Iranian scientist  |   By Katherine Butler, Foreign Editor  |   Wednesday 13 January 2010   |   Physicist had criticised regime's treatment of protesting students

Massoud Ali Mohammadi’s home in Tehran. Fears of violence escalating as bomb kills Iranian scientist | By Katherine Butler, Foreign Editor | Wednesday 13 January 2010 | Physicist had criticised regime’s treatment of protesting students

Of late

In the last 4 years, 4 Iranian scientists died with questions attached to their deaths.

The Americans deny everything.

The Israelis also deny everything — but with a smile, according to a senior U.S. official.

Regardless of who is killing Iran’s nuclear scientists — the Israelis, the Americans or the Iranians themselves — there’s no question that researchers and officials linked to Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program keep turning up dead.

Since 2007, four different scientists allegedly associated with the nation’s nuclear weapons program have died via bomb, gunshot or poisoning, while a fifth barely survived a car bombing.

The most recent victim, 35-year-old Darioush Rezaeinejad, was shot in the neck outside his daughter’s Tehran kindergarten on Saturday by two gunmen on a motorcycle. According to an unconfirmed report in an Israeli intelligence publication, Rezaeinejad was working on a nuclear detonator, and was seen daily at a nuclear lab in northern Tehran.

This extract below, from a post in nytimes.com, casually admits that Iran’s enemies (US and Israel at the fore) did kill Iranian scientists to slow down the Iranian nuclear program.

I see four key elements. First, Iran is fiddling around with nuclear triggers and high-precision detonators because it seeks a military-nuclear capability common to its region (Israel, Pakistan, India and Russia).

Second, its halting progress toward this goal, far slower than Pakistan’s, relates not only to effective countermeasures (Stuxnet, dead scientists) but also to a deep-seated inertia and ambiguity; Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, is the “guardian of the revolution” and as such in a conservative business where he will be judged on the Islamic Republic’s survival. The nuclear program is nationalistic glue for a fragile society even if it goes nowhere.

Third, Iran, shaken by the 2009 uprising, a young nation with a stale revolutionary regime, is uneasy: a feverish demand for hard currency has pushed the unofficial dollar rate way above the official one, prices for staples are soaring, a huge banking scandal has underscored rampant corruption, and the tensions between the Islamic Republic’s divine superstructure (Khamenei) and its (fraudulently) elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are virulent.

Fourth, the big loser from the Arab Spring has been Iran because the uprisings are about accountability and representation, which is precisely what the Iranian Revolution denied its authors after promising freedom. Nobody finds inspiration in the Iranian model. (via Contain and Constrain Iran – NYTimes.com).

All this, makes me question my lack of belief in validity of conspiracy theories.

It also reminds me of the world’s first spy mission – when Kachcha was sent to spy on the Shukracharya and his secret to reviving the asuras, who were killed by the devas in battle.

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  1. Anuraag Sanghi said, on December 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

    The CIA is notorious in eliminating people who are perceived to be
    a threat to America . In that sense, it’s not different from the
    underworld. Just how ruthless the CIA can be can be appreciated from
    the shocking admittance of a CIA top gun in the below interview. The
    man reveals how the CIA killed Dr Homi Bhabha, one of India ‘s
    greatest ever scientist, and Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. The
    article is spine-chilling.


    SOURCE: http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2880.htm#004

    Known as ‘The Crow’ within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),
    Robert T. Crowley (‘Bob’ Crowley) joined the CIA at its inception and
    spent his entire career in the Directorate of Plans, also know as the
    ‘Department of Dirty Tricks,’ Crowley was one of the tallest man ever
    to work at the CIA. Born in 1924 and raised in Chicago , Crowley grew
    to six and a half feet when he entered the U.S. Military Academy at
    West Point in N.Y. as a cadet in 1943 in the class of 1946. He never
    graduated, having enlisted in the Army, serving in the Pacific during
    World War II. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1986 as a lieutenant

    Bob (Robert) Crowley first contacted journalist Gregory Douglas in
    1993 and they began a series of long and often very informative
    telephone conversations that lasted for four years. In 1996, Crowley
    told Douglas that he believed him to be the person that should
    ultimately tell Crowley ‘s story but only after Crowley ‘s death.
    Douglas, for his part, became so entranced with some of the material
    that Crowley began to share with him that he secretly began to record
    their conversations, later transcribing them word for word, planning
    to incorporate some, or all, of the material in later publications.

    In 1998, when Crowley was slated to go into the hospital for
    exploratory surgery, he had his son, Greg, ship two large foot lockers
    of documents to Douglas with the caveat that they were not to be
    opened until after Crowley ‘s death. These documents, totaled an
    astonishing 15,000 pages of CIA classified files involving many covert
    operations, both foreign and domestic, during the Cold War.

    While CIA drug running, money-launderings and brutal assassinations
    are very often strongly rumored and suspected, it has so far not been
    possible to actually pin them down but it is more than possible that
    the publication of the transcribed and detailed Crowley-Douglas
    conversations will do a great deal towards accomplishing this.

    These many transcribed conversations are relatively short because
    Crowley was a man who tired easily but they make excellent reading.
    There is an interesting admixture of shocking revelations on the part
    of the retired CIA official and often rampant anti-social (and very
    entertaining) activities on the part of Douglas but readers of this
    new and on-going series are gently reminded to always look for the
    truth in the jest!


    Conversations with ‘the Crow’ – Part 14

    Originally published in TBRNews.org – July 11, 2008

    SOURCE: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=8966

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS (GD): I am a man of sorrows and
    acquainted with rage, Robert. How about the Company setting off a
    small A-bomb in some hitherto harmless country and blaming it on mice.

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY (RTC): Now that’s something we
    never did. In fact, we prevented at least one nuclear disaster.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: What? A humanitarian act? Why, I am
    astounded, Robert. Do tell me about this.

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Now, now, Gregory, sometimes
    we can discuss serious business. There were times when we prevented
    terrible catastrophes and tried to secure more peace. We had trouble,
    you know, with India back in the 60s when they got uppity and started
    work on an atomic bomb. Loud mouthed cow-lovers bragging about how
    clever they were and how they, too, were going to be a great power in
    the world. The thing is, they were getting into bed with the Russians.
    Of course, Pakistan was in bed with the ****** so India had to find
    another bed partner. And we did not want them to have any kind of
    nuclear weaponry because God knows what they would have done with it.
    Probably strut their stuff like a Washington nigger with a brass
    watch. Probably nuke the *****. They’re all a bunch of neo-coons
    anyway. Oh yes, and their head expert was fully capable of building a
    bomb and we knew just what he was up to. He was warned several times
    but what an arrogant prick that one was. Told our people to **** off
    and then made it clear that no one would stop him and India from
    getting nuclear parity with the big boys. Loud mouths bring it all
    down on themselves. Do you know about any of this?

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: Not my area of interest or expertise.
    Who is this joker, anyway?

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Was, Gregory, let’s use the
    past tense if you please. Name was Homi Bhabha. That one was
    dangerous, believe me. He had an unfortunate accident. He was flying
    to Vienna to stir up more trouble when his BOEING 707 had a bomb go
    off in the cargo hold and they all came down on a high mountain way up
    in the Alps . No real evidence and the world was much safer.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: Was Bhabha alone on the plane?

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: No it was a commercial Air
    India flight.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: How many people went down with him?

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Ah, who knows and frankly, who

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: I suppose if I had a relative on the
    flight I would care.



    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Then don’t worry about it. We
    could have blown it up over Vienna but we decided the high mountains
    were much better for the bits and pieces to come down on. I think a
    possible death or two among mountain goats is much preferable than
    bringing down a huge plane right over a big city.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: I think that there were more than
    goats, Robert.

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Well, aren’t we being a
    bleeding-heart today.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: Now, now, it’s not an observation that
    is unexpected. Why not send him a box of poisoned candy? Shoot him in
    the street? Blow up his car? I mean, why ace a whole plane full of

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Well, I call it as it see it.
    At the time, it was our best shot. And we nailed Shastri as well.
    Another cow-loving rag head. Gregory, you say you don’t know about
    these people. Believe me, they were close to getting a bomb and so
    what if they nuked their deadly **** enemies? So what? Too many people
    in both countries. Breed like rabbits and full of snake-worshipping
    twits. I don’t for the life of me see what the Brits wanted in India .
    And then threaten us? They were in the sack with the Russians, I told
    you. Maybe they could nuke the Panama Canal or Los Angeles . We don’t
    know that for sure but it is not impossible.


    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: A political type who started
    the program in the first place. Bhabha was a genius and he could get
    things done so we aced both of them. And we let certain people there
    know that there was more where that came from. We should have hit the
    ****** too, while we were at it but they were a tougher target. Did I
    tell you about the idea to wipe out Asia ‘s rice crops? We developed a
    disease that would have wiped rice off the map there and it’s their
    staple diet. The ******* rice growers here got wind of it and raised
    such a stink we canned the whole thing. The theory was that the
    disease could spread around and hurt their pocketbooks. If the Mao
    people invade Alaska , we can tell the rice people it’s all their fault.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: I suppose we might make friends with

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: With the likes of them? Not at
    all, Gregory. The only thing the Communists understand is brute force.
    India was quieter after Bhabha croaked. We could never get to Mao but
    at one time, the Russians and we were discussing the how and when of
    the project. Oh yes, sometimes we do business with the other side.
    Probably more than you realize.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: Now that I know about. High level
    amorality. They want secrets from us and you give them some of them in
    return for some of their secrets, doctored of course. That way, both
    agencies get credit for being clever.

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Well, you’ve been in that game
    so why be so holy over a bunch of dead ragheads?

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: Were all the passengers Indian atomic

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: Who cares, Gregory? We got the
    main man and that was all that mattered. You ought not criticize when
    you don’t have the whole story.

    JOURNALIST GREGORY DOUGLAS: Well, there were too many mountain
    goats running around, anyway. Then might have gotten their hands on
    some weapons from Atwood and invaded Switzerland .

    FORMER CIA OFFICER ROBERT T CROWLEY: You jest but there is truth in
    what you say. We had such a weight on us, protecting the American
    people, often from themselves I admit. Many of these stories can never
    be written, Gregory. And if you try, you had better get your wife to
    start your car in the morning.

    # # # #

    Source: Homi J. Bhabha – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Dr Homi Jehangir Bhabha died in the Air India Flight 101 air
    disaster near Mont Blanc in 1966.[12] Conspiracy theories point to a
    sabotage intended at impeding India ‘s nuclear program, but his death
    still remains a mystery. The reason for the conspiracy was primarily
    the intense pressure by the US and Britain on India not to follow the
    Chinese – who exploded in 1964 – in testing a nuclear weapon. Dr.
    Bhabha had the technical expertise but not the political backing to go
    ahead with a test. His death was also very similar to the death of
    Enrico Mattei – the Italian oil magnate who also started work on Italy
    ‘s 1st nuclear reactor and was allegedly killed by the CIA – by
    sabotaging his private airplane.


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