Saturday, June 21, 2014

Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga Denounced Religion, Believers and the Bible in College Essay

DailyKos poll shows that a vast majority of participants do not believe in God.

The following is the college essay, "Religion-It's Just Not for Me", that Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) published in his college newspaper, the Nothern Star, at Northern Illinois University, on Monday, October 4, 1993, in which he denounces religion, believers in religion, God and the Bible.

This article is important because it shows that if MAMZ were allowed to select candidates for the Democratic Party, he would select atheists, whom polls show are the least regarded group in America, reviled even more than communists and felons.  MAMZ has a right to his atheism, but it would be disastrous to allow him to impose it upon the Democratic Party, as the following essay by him clearly shows:
It seems like one doesn't have to look very far or wait too long here at NIU before he or she runs into a white Christian knight, self-righteously waving his or her bloodied sword of morality at us sinners.
Be it in the op-ed pages of the Star, the Letters to the Editor section of the paper or just a stroll through the MLK Commons, it seems there is no happier creature than religion's many mindless sheep, Bible in hand, decrying sin with blood-lust in their eyes... 
I really don't care if someone wants to waste their life away, content to live life wearing blinders and extracting guidance from a book which is mediocre fiction at best. That's his or her problem. I just don't want anything to do with it. 
Although it should amaze me how many people allow their lives to be molded by a book, it really doesn't. The Bible, in its inherent vagueness, happens to support just about any course of action one may be compelled to perform. Why do you think it's been used to justify almost every act of cruelty mankind has performed? (The Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition just happen to pop into mind).
You happened to have participated in gang rape and feel guilty? Don't worry about it. Genesis 19:8 says it's okay. Lot, revered for his holiness, says to a mob outside his house, looking for two men he has sheltered, "I have two daughters who have never had intercourse with men. Let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you please, but don't do anything to these men, for you know they have come under the shelter of my roof." 
How about justification for the mass murdering of children? See II Kings 2:23. In that little snippet, the Lord's priest Elisha was on his way to Bethel. On the way, some small boys came up to him and taunted him about his bald head. This I have to quote: "The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces." Good thing the guy in the Hair Club for Men commercials isn't a priest. (You know the one, he's not only the president of the company, but a customer, too.)
It shouldn't be too difficult to see why I can't place any seriousness in the book, but don't just take my word on the above two examples. Look them up. 
Inconsistencies in the Bible are so numerous I can't even begin to list them. For example, why is it that in the Old Testament, God is this uncompromising and spiteful God, turning whole villages to sand and such, while when you turn the page to the New Testament, he turns into this swell guy you'd want to invite home for dinner with Mom and Dad? 
Well, I suppose the older God gets, the more mellowed out and less demonstrative he tends to become. I can understand that. My grandfather is the same way. 
I can see how religion is utilized by many lacking guidance or purpose. I encounter those problems myself. Still, I have looked at religion and any kind of answers are conspicuously absent from it (and I'm not just talking Christianity, but all the major religions of the world). You may not agree with me on that point, but just think about the many times you've heard a question on a difficult religious matter answered, "Just have faith. It's all too big for us to understand." 
Sorry, but faith doesn't solve anything. I seek concrete answers to my very concrete problems and if religion can't answer them because of its inevitable limitations, then I don't need its excess baggage in my quest for purpose. 
Religion, being created by mankind, can't help but be imperfect. I don't pretend to have all the answers or even understand the problems, but the mistakes I make will be my own, and when all is over and done I will be sure in the fact that I created my own destiny, and didn't just play-act a part read out of a book.

Markos C.A. Moulitsas' Articles Opposing ALL Gays in Military and Denouncing the Bible are Relocated

[UPDATE]  As of June 21, 2014, Markos C. A. Moulitsas' 1993 college freshman campus newspaper article arguing against ALL gay participation in the military can be found at the following link: Military right". If the address of the article changes again, then you can use the search function at the Northeastern Illinois University (NIU) to discover where the article has been hidden, as well as to read all of the NIU college newspaper articles by and about Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ).


OK.  Markos Carlos Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) admits that he held "stupid ass" beliefs when he was a Republican.  Now, he need only admit that he "evolved" those beliefs during what he said was approximately two years of training at the CIA, during which he started DailyKos.

Saying the above MAMZ article was an example of a "Bad Attitude" on his part, Cheryl Anndel, also then a student at NIU, said:
I'd like to address this letter to Marcos C. Moulitsas. First, do not assume that former military service people share your views. Rest assured that this one does not. I resent the fact that you assume that just because I'm prior service, I share your opinion. 
Second, if a military unit is inefficient and morale is down, that is the entire unit's fault and not just one soldier's fault. As military personnel, we are trained to accomplish a mission. If you cannot accomplish that mission because you're worried about who's watching you while you change your underwear, it sounds like you don't have the right mental attitude.
CHERYL ANNDEL
Business
Senior 
Unfortunately, the NIU reorganization of its archives disconnected original articles from the comments about them.  So, you wouldn't know that there was a vehement counter-argument to MAMZ article above unless you diligently searched the archives for all articles mentioning e.g. "Moulitsas".

In another MAMZ NIU college article, entitled "Religion-It's Just Not for Me", MAMZ proclaims early on that the Bible is "mediocre fiction at best" and says, "Sorry, religion doesn't solve anything...I don't need its excess baggage..."  The entire article is as follows, in case NII once again reformats its archives and effectively hides this article from the public:
It seems like one doesn't have to look very far or wait too long here at NIU before he or she runs into a white Christian knight, self-righteously waving his or her bloodied sword of morality at us sinners. 
Be it in the op-ed pages of the Star, the Letters to the Editor section of the paper or just a stroll through the MLK Commons, it seems there is no happier creature than religion's many mindless sheep, Bible in hand, decrying sin with blood-lust in their eyes... 
I really don't care if someone wants to waste their life away, content to live life wearing blinders and extracting guidance from a book which is mediocre fiction at best. That's his or her problem. I just don't want anything to do with it. 
Although it should amaze me how many people allow their lives to be molded by a book, it really doesn't. The Bible, in its inherent vagueness, happens to support just about any course of action one may be compelled to perform. Why do you think it's been used to justify almost every act of cruelty mankind has performed? (The Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition just happen to pop into mind). 
You happened to have participated in gang rape and feel guilty? Don't worry about it. Genesis 19:8 says it's okay. Lot, revered for his holiness, says to a mob outside his house, looking for two men he has sheltered, "I have two daughters who have never had intercourse with men. Let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you please, but don't do anything to these men, for you know they have come under the shelter of my roof." 
How about justification for the mass murdering of children? See II Kings 2:23. In that little snippet, the Lord's priest Elisha was on his way to Bethel. On the way, some small boys came up to him and taunted him about his bald head. This I have to quote: "The prophet turned and saw them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the children to pieces." Good thing the guy in the Hair Club for Men commercials isn't a priest. (You know the one, he's not only the president of the company, but a customer, too.) 
It shouldn't be too difficult to see why I can't place any seriousness in the book, but don't just take my word on the above two examples. Look them up. 
Inconsistencies in the Bible are so numerous I can't even begin to list them. For example, why is it that in the Old Testament, God is this uncompromising and spiteful God, turning whole villages to sand and such, while when you turn the page to the New Testament, he turns into this swell guy you'd want to invite home for dinner with Mom and Dad? 
Well, I suppose the older God gets, the more mellowed out and less demonstrative he tends to become. I can understand that. My grandfather is the same way. 
I can see how religion is utilized by many lacking guidance or purpose. I encounter those problems myself. Still, I have looked at religion and any kind of answers are conspicuously absent from it (and I'm not just talking Christianity, but all the major religions of the world). You may not agree with me on that point, but just think about the many times you've heard a question on a difficult religious matter answered, "Just have faith. It's all too big for us to understand." 
Sorry, but faith doesn't solve anything. I seek concrete answers to my very concrete problems and if religion can't answer them because of its inevitable limitations, then I don't need its excess baggage in my quest for purpose. 
Religion, being created by mankind, can't help but be imperfect. I don't pretend to have all the answers or even understand the problems, but the mistakes I make will be my own, and when all is over and done I will be sure in the fact that I created my own destiny, and didn't just play-act a part read out of a book.
MAMZ did not believe in the Bible or God, as is his right.  However, polls show that the least respected group of Americans is atheists, beneath even communists and felons.  So, anyone who hopes to make strides in American politics and who accepts guidance from MAMZ about their messaging concerning religion is unlikely to get far.

Likewise, MAMZ opinions about who should be candidates is colored by his view that religion is nonsense. If MAMZ were allowed to select candidates for the Democratic Party, he would select atheists like himself, and then the Party would find it impossible to win elections.  The anger at DailyKos against politicians who express religious belief (like both Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) show how outside-the-mainstream MAMZ and DailyKos are on this issue.

Once again, there was a vigorous contemporaneous response to MAMZ's declaration of atheism in the NIU student newspaper that was disconnected from the original article when the NIU archives were reorgaized: "Column Retort".

MAMZ's approximately 37 college newspaper articles and the responses to them provide an important window into his thinking, self-image and aspirations.  They show that he was an extremely homophobic young man and a virulent atheist, and he meanwhile considered color-aroused antagonism on campus to be unworthy of his attention as a writer for the school newspaper, demeaning the experiences of color-aroused antagonism that were recounted to him by students after he finished a four-part series on color-aroused antagonism on campus, to which he was involuntarily assigned, which is quoted here in part but worth reading in full, because it shows that MAMZ conceives of himself as a privileged white man and not a Latino:


I was terribly happy to escape the ugliness of a racist world for the safety of my every day-to-day life. Sure, I could always talk against racism, fight ignorance and prejudice wherever I ran into it, yet I would always be looking in from another room and I could always close the door. My life, in my world, in my own detached selfishness.
And as I left the ugly reality of racism behind, it struck me that what was such an easy and trivial exercise for me would be impossible for anyone whose skin color or religious persuassion (sic) made them the target of bigotry and discrimination. They would never be able to escape who they were.
It is no wonder, then, that you are more likely to find Blacks and Latinos participating in the Republican Party than you are to find them participating at DailyKos.



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Netroots Nation 2012 and the Infiltration of the Liberal Blogosphere

As Netroots Nation finishes it's annual meeting, in Providence, Rhode Island, I continue to be troubled by the fact that the founder of this meeting, Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ), is quietly from the Salvadoran oligarchy and has acknowledged ties to the US Central Intelligence Agency.

(Click on MAMZ's photo in the sidebar to the immediate right of this article.  See right entire right side bar for links to statements by MAMZ himself about his CIA involvement, and to original US and Salvadoran Government documents, private industry statements and MAMZ family statements that make his true identity and family background undeniable.)

It seems obvious to me that a meeting organized by the CIA for American liberals and leftists cannot deliver whatever it is these activists hope to obtain by attending the meeting.  Instead, it will deliver what CIA-trained MAMZ hoped to deliver when he started DailyKos while training to be a secret-agent at the CIA.

In response to the outing of MAMZ as a CIA-trainee, he has successfully downplayed his involvement in the Netroots Nation conference, convincing its attendees that the conference can be reputable even if its founder is a CIA tool.  I have posted here and disseminated all of the information that an intelligent person would need to have in order to evaluate Netroots Nation.

Now, I reluctantly but confidently await the fresh historical vindication that will come when the US Government eventually acknowledges the extent to which it infiltrated and oriented the liberal blogosphere, using big box blogs like DailyKos and subsequently inventing the DailyKos YearlyKos convention.

To those who have attended Netroots Nation 2012, I can only remind you that you are helping to write the infiltrated history of the American Left's manipulation by US Government undercover agents and forces.  Unlike the true radicals of the civil rights movement, the 1960's and early 70's, it will never be necessary to shoot you down because you are so easily and passively led astray.

Friday, January 13, 2012



During my days at DailyKos, I opposed John Edwards candidacy because there were two better candidates (one of whom was elected President), but also because Edwards DailyKos-supported candidacy would have perpetuated what was then a 43-term white male monopoly of the Democratic Party nomination and of the US Presidency.

This didn't go over well at the 96% white DailyKos.  (See Quantcast DailyKos demographic data in right sidebar.)  I attacked Edwards from every conceivable (to me) angle and many other DailyKos participants resented that.  How could I insist, day after day, that the next US President ought not necessarily be a white man, when everyone knew that ALL US presidents had been white men?

As we all know now, the Democrats would certainly have lost the election in 2008 had John Edwards been nominated, as a plurality at DailyKos preferred.  John Edwards, it turned out, was a selfish, shameless philanderer, while his wife was an knowingly enabling, manipulative and exceedingly ambitious woman, who hid all she knew about John's clear unfitness for the nomination.

Today, CNN reports that:
Edwards is charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts related to donations to and payments from his failed 2008 presidential campaign. He is accused of conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. He denies any wrongdoing.

Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, died of cancer in December 2010. The couple had separated that year, shortly after Edwards admitted that he had fathered a daughter with Rielle Hunter, who was hired to make documentary videos for his campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Had either or both of John and Elizabeth Edwards succeeded in their nomination ambitions, they would have destroyed the Democratic Party's hopes for regaining the presidency, because lying John Edwards' General Election campaign would have been embarrassingly over before it could begin in earnest.  So, I now hold John Edwards in very low esteem.

When John Edwards is in Federal prison, mumbling to Elizabeth Edwards, who earned her place in Hell, then both of them will have gotten their due for the harm they knowingly and intentionally tried to do to the Democratic Party, simply for their own personal gain.  It is no longer possible to assert that Edwards wanted to help the poor or anyone else through his candidacy, because the only way he could have helped would have been to get out of the race, given what would soon become known about him.

I am proud to be able to write this at at Truth About Kos blog, which provides the truth about the DailyKos community, it's owner, and its (right-wing, CIA-driven?) politics.

"Banned at Kos" is Ongoing Topic at Tikun Olam Arab-Israeli Topic Blog

Two recent visitors to the Tikun Olam blog have added information to a thread started in 2006 about banning at DailyKos.  In summary, many DailyKos participants eventually realized that any defense of the Palestinians or criticism of the Israelis would lead to the writer being banned from participation at DailyKos.

Atheo, for example, found out very quickly this month that there are some subjects you simply are not allowed to address at DailyKos. Atheo discussed his experience at Tikun Olam.

It's ironic that the mainstream media constantly address the issue of Palestinians and Israelis, but a supposedly "liberal," "leftist" blog bans the topic entirely.  DailyKos does not seem to hold the sentiment behind the First Amendment -- freedom of speech -- in very high esteem.

For example, DailyKos bans all discussion of how and why and by whom the Twin Towers were destroyed on 9-11.  Meanwhile, YouTube is full of videos (2.5 Million) typically doubting the official story of 9-11. and Time and CBS have discussed the theory that 9-11 did not occur as reported, but was perhaps an inside job.  So, you have the mainstream media and Google sharing information about an issue whose mere mention will get you banned at DailyKos.  Why does DailyKos believe it is crucial to prevent this discussion, even as Google/YouTube, a much larger media corporation, is a veritable treasure trove of information about 9-11.  Google permits it, but DailyKos blocks it.

It seems to me that the roles of the big box blog and the mainstream media have been reversed and many issues that can be covered in the mainstream media are now (and have been virtually since the beginning) BANNED at DailyKos. And that is the wall against which Atheo bumped his nose in his first attempt to address what was important to him at DailyKos.

I don't visit DailyKos anymore, except to see them go berserk when they realize that the guy they banned from their little backwater published opinion pieces at, for example, Huffington Post, and is quoted in the Washington Post and at Slate.

When I initially began contacting the mainstream media about my experience of being banned at DailyKos for expressing the views of a Black man, big wigs at DailyKos mocked and derided me.  In think they underestimated me, as you can see when you read the article, "Bloggers' Convention a Sea of Middle-Aged White Males," for which I spoke with the Washington Post writer beforehand.  I found bigger and better places and ways to publish my opinions after I was banned from DailyKos.

With 456,000 hits at Google for "Moulitsas" and "CIA," mostly based on information first widely disseminated at my Truth About Kos blog, I believe I have done what I could to explain to the public why DailyKos and its cohorts (look at its blog list) serve the conversation-curtailing role that they do in the whitosphere.

I also note that history and these two historical figures have proved my judgment correct about John and Elizabeth Edwards, whose DailyKos-supported candidacy for the presidency I opposed because, among other factors, John's election would have perpetuated what was then a 43-term white male monopoly of the US Presidency. 

This didn't go over well at the 96% white DailyKos.  (See Quantcast DailyKos demographic data in right sidebar.)  I attacked Edwards from every conceivable (to me) angle and other DailyKos participants resented that.  How could I insist, day after day, that the President ought not necessarily be a white man, when everyone knew that ALL US presidents had been white men?

As we all know now, the Democrats would certainly have lost the election in 2008 had John Edwards been nominated, as a plurality at DailyKos preferred.  John Edwards was a shameless philanderer and his wife was an enabling, manipulative and exceedingly ambitious woman, who hid all she knew about John's unfitness for the nomination.

Today, CNN reports that:
Edwards is charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts related to donations to and payments from his failed 2008 presidential campaign. He is accused of conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. He denies any wrongdoing.

Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, died of cancer in December 2010. The couple had separated that year, shortly after Edwards admitted that he had fathered a daughter with Rielle Hunter, who was hired to make documentary videos for his campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Had either or both of John and Elizabeth Edwards succeeded in their nomination ambitions, they would have destroyed the Democratic Party's hopes for regaining the presidency, because lying John Edwards' General Election campaign would have been embarrassingly over before it could begin in earnest.

When John Edwards is in Federal prison, mumbling to Elizabeth Edwards, who earned her place in Hell, then both of them will have gotten their due for the harm the knowingly and intentionally they tried to do to the Democratic Party, for their own personal gain. 

I am proud to be able to write this at at Truth About Kos blog, which provides the truth about the DailyKos community, it's owner, and its (right-wing, CIA-driven?) politics.

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And now John Edwards suddenly discovers that he has a life-threatening heart condition just before his aforementioned Federal trial was scheduled to begin?  I was wondering what this lying lawyer would fabricate to derail his trial.  And now we know.   The man who was the apparent epitome of health has discovered that he has a heart condition and so, regrettably, cannot go ahead with his trial at the moment.  Maybe he can join his wife in her present abode and thereby avoid the trial entirely.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Minneapolis "City Pages" Shows Contradictions in MAMZ's Disinformation Campaign About Himself and His "Right-Sympathizing" Family History

On June 8 2011, Jessica Lussenhop of Minneapolis-St. Paul's "City Pages' published an article covering what Markos Moulitsas says are important moments and facts in his blog's and the whitosphere blogs' history. She gets one crucial fact right that other mainstream media biographers have ignored. She says,
WHEN MOULITSAS WAS A nine-year-old boy living in civil war-torn El Salvador, his parents received a strange envelope in the mail.  Inside were photos of Moulitsas and his brother being driven to their grandmother's, and getting on and off the school bus.  It was a message to the right-sympathizing family from the communist guerilla fighters: We can take your children at any time.  Terrified, the family fled to Chicago in 1980.  (Emphasis added.)
This is the first time I recall a mainstream newspaper making the obvious observation and stating as fact the reality that Marcos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) comes from a "right-sympathizing family."

The Indictment of Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (MAMZ) by Justice and History (Updated with Additional Information and Counts) pointed this out in 2007.  This fact is important because MAMZ has consistently lied about it and because it stands at odds with MAMZ's own incredible assertion, through his Cato Unbound biography, that his heroes are the late (assassinated by the Salvadoran right wing) Catholic Archbishop Arnulfo Romero, who was identifying and organizing increasingly with goals of the the Salvadoran leftist majority when he was assassinated, as well as Cesar Chavez, the famous Latino union organizer.

On September 9, 2006, the editors of Cato Unbound wrote of MAMZ,
Moulitsas’s heroes are Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, Cesar Chavez, and, above all others, his father. Moulitsas currently resides in Berkeley, California, with his wife and son.
The Cato Institute can only have written this because this is what MAMZ told them.

The media has never asked MAMZ to explain why someone like himself, who acknowledges voting for President George H. W. Bush in 1992, when the right-wing Salvadoran Government's civil war against leftists  was raging, would also admire the leftist Archbishop Romero, who was assassinated after increasingly supporting the Salvadoran left wing in its opposition to the right-wing Government's war against its leftist opposition.  MAMZ tries to position himself as a leftist while acknowledging that he voted and politically organized as a Republican.

MAMZ has said of his politics at the time of the election of George H.W. Bush, in an autobiographic piece at the American Prospect:
I was also a Republican. As a 17-year-old precinct captain in 1988, not even old enough to vote, I helped deliver one of the district’s best precinct performances for Henry Hyde. I had a framed picture of me with George H. W. Bush.
George H. W. Bush was elected in 1988, when the Salvadoran civil war was raging between a right-wing Government and a left-wing populace, which populace was supported by some Catholic Church officials who found themselves morally compelled to side with the terrorized leftist public against the Government.

PBS has written:
Truth Revealed With continuing reports of atrocities and murders in El Salvador, the U.S. Congress no longer accepted the State Department's assurance that things were getting better. Speaker of the House Tom Foley created a special task force to monitor El Salvador's investigation of the murders.
Congressman Joe Moakley of Massachusetts was selected to head up the investigation. During his research and visits to El Salvador, Congressman Moakley encountered a massive cover-up, deep problems with the Salvadoran armed forces, conspiracy and lies, which led him to challenge U.S. policy. He discovered that from a very high level, the armed forces of El Salvador had been responsible for the murders of the Jesuits. His investigation also led to the conclusion that certain levels of the U.S. government had known about the situation long before the task force was created.
Moakley's report revealed the cruel injustice of the U.S.-backed Salvadoran government, setting in motion an international process to end the war. Both sides of the conflict in El Salvador approached the United Nations for help in negotiating a settlement. The United Nations sponsored talks, which culminated in the January 1992 signing of the Peace Accords, ending 12 years of civil war.
So, what did MAMZ, who came from a right-wing family and voted for a right-wing President in the United States, nonetheless admire about the left-leaning Archbishop Romero and Cesar Chavez?  And how did MAMZ's admiration for Romero and Chavez become convoluted into his support for Republican politics in the United States?  Jessica Lussenhop's story in Minneapolis-St. Paul's "City Pages'
seems to offer a ready answer.  MAMZ is from a "right-sympathizing family"and his assertions to the contrary are simply bold-faced lies.

MAMZ disingenuous and dishonest in his identification of his "heroes," and was engaging in political positioning that derived from his desire to be seen as a "leftist."  Since MAMZ has admitted being trained by the CIA to be as a secret agent between 2001 and 2003, while he started DailyKos in 2002, wasn't MAMZ's incredible assertion that he admired Archbishop Romero and Cesar Chavez just more CIA-trained misinformation, or does that sort of self-serving posturing come naturally to MAMZ?  It seems that both motivations have a basis in fact.

What stands out about the two leaders whom MAMZ claims to admire, is that they led Latin Americans in fighting for liberation from oppression.  And yet MAMZ himself has apologetically and categorically rejected any such role for himself with respect to Latin Americans.  After the Northern Illinois University "(NIU) student newspaper assigned MAMZ to write about "racism", and MAMZ wrote a mult-part series on the topic, MAMZ wrote an unassigned piece summing up his attitude toward the task and the people he had been assigned to cover.

He said in the Northern Star, 
"And as I left the ugly reality of racism behind, it struck me that what was such an easy and trivial exercise for me would be impossible for anyone whose skin color or religious persuassion (sic) made them the target of bigotry and discrimination. They would never be able to escape who they were." (Emphasis added.)
MAMZ has made good on his promise to ignore Latinos; Quantcast.com says that only 1% of the readership at DailyKos is Latino, even though 67% of Latinos voted for Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008.  The quote above shows why a Black presidential candidate is so much better at leading Latinos than is a Salvadoran blogger "from a right-sympathizing family" with the resources to fly to Chicago, with legal immigration status, when necessary. (Emphasis added.)

Monday, August 22, 2011

CIA Protected Two 9-11 Hijackers from Arrest Before 9-11, Says Clinton and Bush Counterterorrism Director, Richard Clarke

Based on information from Richard Clarke Former White House counterterrorism czar under Presidents Clinton and Bush, the Daily Beast asks,

Did the CIA keep mum about two 9/11 hijackers because it tried and failed to recruit them? Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan [are] authors of 'The Eleventh Day,' on whether there’s any truth behind ex-Bush official Richard Clarke’s claim.

Here's the conspiracy theory, reported at the DailyBeast and offered by the highest-level White House official on counterterrorism at the time, based on the facts available.  Close your eyes and ears at DailyKos, because this theory involves the same CIA that was training Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) to be a "secret agent" during and two years after the year of the 9-11 terror attacks:
Former White House counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke has reignited controversy by speculating, in an interview cited in Thursday’s Daily Beast, that the CIA intentionally withheld advance knowledge of two of the 9/11 hijackers from the White House and the FBI, in an attempt to cover up the agency’s failed effort to recruit the two men as assets.
There's a 9-11 conspiracy theory that could not be printed at DailyKos (because Kos doesn't tolerate conspiracy theories about the CIA) even though this theory comes from Richard Clarke, top counter-terrorism aide to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, before, during and after 9-11. 

Former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke says that although the CIA shared much information with him, he and the Bush and Clinton White Houses were never told that the CIA had identified two of the hijackers of the 9-11 jets long before the attacks; knew that they had attended Al Quaeda attack meetings overseas and knew their exact whereabouts within the United States.

 The DailyBeast reports:
Clarke’s comments—and immediate, emphatic denials from former CIA director George Tenet and two senior CIA officials involved—go to the core of one of the enduring enigmas about 9/11.
Things began to unravel for the CIA on the day of the attacks, just four hours after the Qaeda strikes, according to research we conducted for our new book, The Eleventh Day. Soon after 1 p.m. that day, at agency headquarters in Langley, an aide handed Director Tenet the passenger manifests for the four downed airliners. “Two names,” he said, placing a page on the table where the director could see it, “these two we know."
Tenet looked, then breathed, “There it is. Confirmation. Oh, Jesus ...”
There on the manifest for Flight 77, listed as traveling in first class, were the names of Nawaf al-Hazmi and his brother, Salem. Also on the manifest, near the front of the coach section, was passenger Khalid al-Mihdhar.
The names Hazmi and Mihdhar were instantly familiar, Tenet has said, because his people had learned only weeks earlier that both men might be in the United States. According to the director’s version of events, the CIA had known of Mihdhar since as early as 1999, identified him as a terrorist suspect by December that year, had him followed, learned he had a valid multiple-entry visa for the United States, and placed him and comrades—including Hazmi—under surveillance for a few days in Southeast Asia. Later, in the spring of 2000, the agency had learned that Hazmi, who also had a multiple-entry visa, had arrived in California.

The CIA knew of two of the hijackers but made no attempt to prevent them from entering the United States and no attempt to detain them.  This, according to Counterterrorism Chief Richard Clarke, is not a "conspiracy theory, but is rather a conspiracy fact:
Clarke, who led governmentwide counterterrorism efforts from the White House during the Bush and Clinton administration, has said in the past that he was astonished to learn after 9/11 that the CIA had long known about the presence of Hazmi and Mihdhar inside the United States.

“To this day, it is inexplicable why, when I had every other detail about everything related to terrorism, that the director didn’t tell me, that the director of the counterterrorism center didn’t tell me,” Clarke said in the interview for the documentary, referring to Tenet and Cofer Black. “They told us everything—except this.”
He said that if he had known anything about Hazmi and Mihdhar even days before 9/11, he would have ordered an immediate manhunt to find them—and that it would have succeeded, possibly disrupting the 9/11 plot.
“We would have conducted a massive sweep,” he said. “We would have conducted it publicly. We would have found those assholes. There’s no doubt in my mind, even with only a week left. They were using credit cards in their own names. They were staying in the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square, for heaven’s sake.” He said that “those guys would have been arrested within 24 hours.”
It has always seemed incredible and inexplicable to the average American that hijackers could attend Al Quaeda terrorism planning meetings and then enter and leave the United States undetected.

Here's my conspiracy theory:  Director Tenet kept Clarke out of the loop on director orders from Vice President Dick Cheney, who perceived the immense political benefits that would derive from letting these men go ahead with their terrorist plots, and then bringing the nation into a virtual state of siege based on what had happened.  The power of the Presidency (and the Vice President) was greatly enhanced by the 9-11 attacks.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

31 Things You Should Know About the Owner of DailyKos and His Family

Having discovered that Markos C. A.Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (MAMZ), (founder and owner of DailyKos) has a long history of participation in and support of the Republican Party and, moreover, trained or worked or "interviewed" with the US Central Intelligence Agency betwee 2001 and 2003, now research into the life and history of Markos C. A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (MAMZ) has revealed and established the following facts and, therefore, justice and history now bring this thirty-one count indictment of Markos C. A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (MAMZ):

1). Markos C. A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was actively at Central Intelligence Agency offices in Washington, DC, training to become a CIA agent for two years, between 2001 and 2003, with or without pay. (Listen carefully to MAMZ's speech to the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, on June 2, 2006.) He says that he started training at the CIA to be a "secret agent" in 2001 and finished his training when the Howard Dean campaign took off, which was in 2003. Since secret agents are trained to offer cover stories, false backgrounds and provide false information, therefore, nothing that MAMZ, his supporters and associates say can be accepted at face value.

2). Markos C. A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was born in Chicago, not in El Salvador. Therefore, he is a US citizen and is NOT and never was an immigrant, in spite of his habitual assertions to the contrary.

3). Markos C. A. Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) has used at least three aliases, including Mark Moulitsas, and Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga and Markos Moulitsas and Markos C. A. Moulitsas. No one seems to know MAMZ's complete name with certainty, but it certainly is not what he has said it is.

4). Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA lied when he said "I don’t have money. I don’t come from a famous or powerful family. I was an immigrant to the United States." CatoUnbound.Org:Markos Moulitsas [ZÚÑIGA] Counter to the rags to riches immigrant story MAMZ has conveniently adopted recently for public consumption, MAMZ has said that he can and does "always close the door" on immigrant identity "in detached selfishness."

5). Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was a Ronald Reagan Republican, taking credit for supporting Ronald Reagan, campaigning for George. H.W. Bush, and for Republican Representative Henry Hyde, the House prosecutor in the Clinton impeachment hearings.

6). Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (MAMZ) is not a "liberal" and he is not a "progressive." In an essay submitted to the Northern Illinois University campus newspaper, the Northern Star, MAMZ strenuously opposed ALL service by gays in the US military, a position more extremely Republican and discriminatory than that taken by many other military members and conservatives. Northern Star

7). Like David Duke and the Klu Klux Klan, Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA promotes "states rights," a codeword for opposition to integration and determined acts and policies of segregation. Is DailyKos a White Supremacist Group?

8). Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA has told the media, without naming her, that his mother "returned to El Salvador several years ago to run a hotel." San Francisco Gate

9). In fact, Mr. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s family owns a sumptuous and “exclusive” resort hotel and tourism conglomerate in El Salvador called the "Club Joya del Pacífico" (Club Jewel of the Pacific) a unit of which is the (Jaltepeque Suites Hotel).

10). Demonstrating his connection to these, what MAMZ has called "family business" interests, Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA invited his wife, friends and family to celebrate his honeymoon with him at the this Jaltepeque Suites Hotel after he was married in the year 2000. (For some reason, the original link no longer works. Fortunately, we have two screenshots from his wedding album, including their web addresses, to prove that the album was public before its significance was pointed out. And now it's gone.)
11). Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA ZÚÑIGA's "family business" actually received five million dollars in foreign investments between 1997 and 2000, immediately before the period in which MAMZ states that he sought work at the CIA because he was "underemployed, unemployed." Audiotape of 2006 Speech to the Commonwealth Club.

12). Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga, the “family” member listed in government records as “manager” of the Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s hotel is also president of the “Junta Directiva” of the CÁMARA SALVADOREÑA DE TURISMO (CASATUR), the national tourism board of El Salvador, according to El Salvador's "La Prensa" newspaper. He has aggregated power in El Salvador through participation in a series of interlocking tourism-related directorates and has used this power to facilitate the destruction of the Jaltepeque Estuary by his hotel conglomerate, Club Jewel of the Pacific, even though the Jaltepeque Estuary is universally recognized by international groups as an endangered habitat for imperiled marine life. VII. MACROPOLITICAS, CONVENIOS INTERNACIONALES Y LEGISLACIÓN QUE INCIDE EN LAS ÁREAS DE CONSERVACION (VII. Macropolitics, International Conventions and Legislation Regarding Conservation)
. . . [P]resión urbana y la descontrolada dinámica de ocupación de la zona esta generando un fuerte y rápido deterioro provocando una alteración en dicho ecosistema. Urban pressure and the uncontrolled dynamic of occupation of the zone is generating a strong and rapid deterioration, provoking a deterioration of said ecosystem." Guide to Sustainable Development of the Jaltepeque Estuary in the La Paz Region.
See also:
Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA's "Family Business" Pollutes Unique Salvadoran Lagoon and Threatens Wildlife Species.


Why Has Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (M.A.M.Z.) Lied About His Wealthy Salvadoran Oligarchy Family Background?


13). Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga, the man listed in public documents as the “manager” of the Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s Jaltepeque Suites Hotel, is also president of the “Junta Directiva” of the CÁMARA SALVADOREÑA DE TURISMO (CASATUR), the national tourism board of El Salvador. In addition, he is a member of the member of the “Junta Directiva” of the “Sistema de Integración de Centroamerica” (System for Integration of Central America).

14). The man listed as the manager of the Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s hotel is also named in Salvadoran Government documents as the “ADMINISTRADOR UNICO PROPIETARIO” (Administrator Sole Proprietor) of PRODUCTOS TURISTICOS Y OTROS, SOCIEDAD ANONIMA DE CAPITAL VARIABLE - PROTURO, S.A. DE C.V. CNR.GOB.SV: Names and Credentials

15).Proturo, S.A. de C.V. is also known as the “Baja Salt Group,” which does business as “Baja Salt.”

16). Baja Salt distributes table salt and industrial salt in the United States, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Central and South America, and maintains offices in Odessa, Texas, where President George W. Bush was born. This Odessa, Texas office shares a telephone number, fax number and physical address with a peculiar equipment rental and petroleum industry business, Light Tower Rentals, Ltd, listed along with Halliburton Energy Services Group in the Texas organization records of USA Oilfield. These activities associated with Carlos Alberto Delgado Zúñiga's Baja Salt Group have not been sufficiently explained. See "The Secret "Family Business" of Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga (DailyKos)"

17). Baja Salt is the sole Central American distributor for the salt produced by Mexico’s Exportadora de Sal, S.A. (ESSA).

18). Baja Salt/ESSA is a notorious polluter of pristine grey whale and sea turtle spawning grounds and habitat in Baja Mexico.

19). ESSA is represented in its environmental pollution cases by the same Skadden, Arps powerhouse law firm that represents The Carlyle Group.

20). The internationally powerful Carlos Alberto Delgado ZÚÑIGA , the “family” member listed in government records as “manager” of the Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA’s hotel (see screenshot) was on the organizational member board of El Salvador’s ANEP, the Asociación Nacional de Empresas Privadas (National Association of Private Corporations).

21). ANEP is listed by the US Central Intelligence Agency as a right-wing political pressure group.

22). ANEP is "a lobby of El Salvador’s most influential businessmen" that advocates free markets and “wants to privatize El Salvador’s water delivery” and its hospitals, which has led to large popular demonstrations in El Salvador against ANEP’s pro-corporate policies. CountryData.Com

23). The large national and international corporate members of ANEP were the principal political opponents of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero at the time when he was assassinated. CIA: Political Pressure Groups Mongabay.com

24). ANEP ran a vigorous media campaign against El Salvador’s populist Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero in the months that led up to his assassination on March 24 1980.

25). The corporate members of ANEP were the principal political opponents of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero when he was assassinated. CIA: Political Pressure Groups Mongabay.com

26). While Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA was supporting Ronald Reagan and campaigning for other Republicans, the Reagan Administration provided billions of dollars in military and other aid to the Salvadoran Government and to the right-wing pressure groups believed to be responsible for the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero.
Total United States aid to El Salvador rose from US$264.2 million in fiscal year (FY) 1982 to an estimated US$557.8 million in FY 1987. On average over this period, economic aid exceeded military aid by more than a two-to-one ratio.

Economic aid was provided in the form of Economic Support Funds (ESF), food aid under Public Law 480 (P.L. 480), and development aid administered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ESF was intended to provide balance of payments support to finance essential non food imports. Assistance with food imports as well as the direct donation of foodstuffs was accomplished through the P.L. 480 program. Development aid covered a broad spectrum of projects in such fields as agriculture, population planning, health, education, and training.
For FY 1987, regular non supplemental ESF appropriations totaled US$181.7 million, and combined food and development aid amounted to US$122.7 million. The regular FY 1987 appropriation for military aid was US$116.5 million. Mongabay.Com: Country Studies/El Salvador
27). In 1983, another source provided the U.S. embassy with a chilling account of how death-squad operations were planned, financed and executed. According to the source, these right-wing death squads, which were all connected to D'Aubuisson's group,
“get their orders from paymasters in the Sol family ... younger members of the de Sola family and some members of the National Association of Businessmen (ANEP) ... The chain of command then proceeds to death-masters like [deleted] [who] have contacts with retired officers who go around to the different security forces as "black bag" men, paying off and recruiting likely foot-soldiers. The latter are recruited at the lower and even middle levels (captains and majors) of the different security forces. Death squad hit-men thus recruited are on the receiving end of a vertical hierarchy leading up to the paymasters (whom the foot-soldiers do not know...).”Center for International Policy
28). In spite of the leadership role of Carlos Alberto Delgado ZÚÑIGA in ANEP, and ANEP's role in the events leading to the assassination of Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero, Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA has told the public and his supporters -- cynically and as part of a continuing history of misinformation and deception -- that Archbishop Oscar Romero was one of his "heroes."

29). DailyKos practices blog apartheid, banning Black voices and restricting overall minority membership to less than 4% of membership. Is DailyKos a White Supremacist Group?

30). Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA could not be unaware of these facts, and yet, through dozens or hundreds of media interviews, he has persistently hid his knowledge of these facts, and of his family’s role, from his supporters and from the American public.

31). Markos C.A. Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA has lied to the public about whom he really is, and he is not the person who he pretends to be, but is an impostor who makes a mockery of progressive people and progressive values.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Now Public" Liberal Blog Bought by Billionaire Republican Party Donor

I posted the following article at the "Now Public" site in 2009, as soon as I learned that the blog had been purchased by a right-wing Republican.  Many of us express surprise and outrage when we are shut down at these right-wing-owned sites, even though censoring our facts and opinions is the most natural thing for sites like DailyKos' and Now Public's right wing owners to do, given their right-wing political goals.  Apparently, it is important to Republicans that they own and control the large blogs where we Leftists would like to express our opinions and share facts.

If Hitler didn't let the Jews publish at Third Reich's newspapers, then why would we expect people like Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ) and Phillip Anschutz of Now Public to let us express our opinions at their blogs?  Our political goals and interests are antithetical to theirs.  Meanwhile, there are far more leftists at our collective Blogspot and Wordpress blogs than at those faux leftist and once-liberal rightosphere blogs. 

We just need to keep doing what we're doing independently, while informing the public not to be confused about which blogs are truly leftist-owned-and-operated, and which are undercover right-wing propaganda organs.

Within a day or two after my publication of the following article at Now Public, my posting privileges were put "Under Review" and withdrawn, and have remained so since September, 2009.  No surprise.  I knew Phillip Anschutz was not going to let me publicly defrock him more than once at his own blog.

The problem is much larger than who owns the blogs.  The problem is who owns the means of production and the aggregated wealth in a capitalist society.
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Subsequently posted at the Francis L. Holland Blog.

Phillip Anschutz, the new owner of Now Public, has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republicans and Republican causes, including $3,000 to Senator John McCain and the Colorado Republican Party, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).    
The world's 89th wealthiest billionaire, according to Forbes, has been a consistent giver to Republican candidates and causes since at least 1999.  The FEC Contributions to Political Committees report says that Phillip Anschutz of Denver, Colorado gave:
The DailyKos blog is owned by Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga ("Kos), who says he started DailyKos during a two year training period with the CIA, after he worked for the election of Republican Congressman Henry Hyde, chief prosecutor in the House for Bill Clinton's impeachment.

Now, Now Public is owned by multi-billionaire Phillip Anschutz, who has been a consistent supporter and substantial contributor to Republican candidates and causes.

The FEC also lists the following contributions:



  ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN PARTY
12/30/1999 621.00 20036134782    MICHIGAN REPUBLICAN PARTY
12/30/1999 513.00 20036190432    NEW JERSEY REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE
12/30/1999 423.00 20036133646    NEW YORK REPUBLICAN FEDERAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
12/30/1999 927.00 20036190854    OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY STATE CENTRAL & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
12/30/1999 594.00 20036213059    REPUBLICAN FEDERAL COMMITTEE OF PENNSYLVANIA
12/30/1999 657.00 20036161321    REPUBLICAN PARTY OF FLORIDA
12/30/1999 711.00 21037034107    REPUBLICAN PARTY OF KENTUCKY
12/30/1999 225.00 20036192419    REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA INC
12/30/1999 369.00 20036254141    WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY
12/30/1999 315.00 20036351456

Recipient Total:    5580.00

CIA-Connected DailyKos Blog Bans Critical Discussion of Israel, Says "Desert Peace" Blog

Over at the Desert Peace blog, there is an article reporting and criticizing the DailyKos crackdown on critical discussion of the US's relationship with Israel.  It ought to be apparent by now, after DailyKos banning "conspiracy theories" and banning discussion of September 11, and banning critical discussion of Israel, that the purpose for the existence of DailyKos is to dissuade American Leftists from discussion reality, while convincing the press that a CIA trainee is a representative of the American Left.

This is very convenient for the American media, since they are loath to invite, for example, a socialist to discuss the benefits of socialism as opposed to capitalism on a talking heads television show.  Instead, they invite a man who acknowledges having been trained by the CIA and HE tells the press what leftism means.  They live off of Left/Right discussions, but they can't bring themselves to invite a real Leftist to speak on behalf of the Left.

The press never mentions in its biographical articles about MAMZ that he says he spent two years training with the CIA.  However, I have noticed that there have been dramatically fewer biographical articles about MAMZ in the mainstream press since this obviously-relevant fact became public knowledge. 

The media seems to believe that it is better not to write about MAMZ at all than to address any of the glaring and thoroughly-documented facts raised in "The Indictment of Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas ZÚÑIGA (MAMZ) by Justice and History (Updated with Additional Information and Counts)."

So, I posted the following (common knowledge to readers of this blog) at the Desert Peace blog, with minor revisions:
Markos C. Alberto Moulitsas Zúñiga (MAMZ or "Kos" of DailyKos) admits that he trained with the US CIA for two years (transcript), between 2001 and 2003, while he started his "leftist" DailyKos blog in 2002, simultaneously with his CIA training. "Moulitsas Acknowledges that Many Consider Him a CIA Agent."

He has never categorically denied that he still works for the CIA, although he calls the belief that he does a "conspiracy theory."  He HAS said that he would be more than willing to work for the CIA today, because "their hearts are in the right place."  (See "Transcript" and listen to MAMZ's statements in the accompanying videos.)

I am proud that "Stu Piddy" ("Kos and the CIA") and the Truth About Kos blog, combined with hundreds of other blogs and over one hundred thousand hits at Google have compelled MAMZ to address the public's "conspiracy theory" that he is CIA, whether it be as an agent, operative or asset. MAMZ did finally admit publicly that the "conspiracy theory" about him exists widely, but he did not deny the validity of "conspiracy theory" directly, categorically or convincingly.

The question for leftists and for those who criticize the US relationship with Israel is not whether to participate at DailyKos, but rather what the Democratic Party and the American Left should do when we become convinced that a CIA agent is manipulating and disinforming the public by telling the public that he is a Democratic Party "leftist," "progressive," and "liberal" when, in fact, there are at least thirty-one good reasons involving him and his family for us to believe that he is a CIA agent and is trying to manipulate us.

Warren Weinstein, US AID Contractor in Pakistan (and CIA Representative?) Kidnapped There

Warren Weinstein has been kidnapped was a country director for the US Government's USAID agency at one time, and that he was in Pakistan doing similar work when he was kidnapped, on a contract from the US Government.  But was he a CIA agent? 

No one has proved so as of yet, but everyone is speculating based on information about his life and work, such as the details provided by a New York Times article (with salient details highlighted in yellow below):

The New York Times reports:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A group of armed men broke into the home of an American development expert in Lahore on Saturday and abducted him, Pakistani and American officials said.

American officials identified the man as Warren Weinstein, 70, the Pakistan director for J. E. Austin Associates, an international development consulting company based in Arlington, Va.
( . . . )
According to J. E. Austin’s Web site, Mr. Weinstein had been working on the company’s Pakistan initiative for strategic development and competitiveness.
( . . . )

Over the past several years, Mr. Weinstein has worked on projects with the United States Agency for International Development and corporations in Pakistan
 ( . . . )
A Pakistani friend of his said he was advising the provincial livestock department and the Industries Ministry, and was working on a development project financed by the American government in the tribal regions, a largely lawless area where militants operate along the border with Afghanistan.
( . . . )

“He was a very experienced man and said he had worked in many countries in difficult circumstances,” said the Pakistani acquaintance, who asked not to be identified. People who know him said he tried to assimilate into the local culture, wearing the Pakistani national dress, baggy trousers and a long tunic known as a shalwar kameez, and speaking functional Urdu.  
( . . . )
Mr. Weinstein and his wife maintain a split-level home in a middle-class neighborhood in Rockville, Md., a suburb of Washington.
Britain's The Telegraph offers a cogent reason why Mr. Weinstein would be a target of kidnappers:
Mr Weinstein was working as the Pakistan country director of Virginia-based development company J.E. Austin Associates. He described his work as supervising a four-year $11 million “competitiveness project”, funded by the American government.
Although the New York Times and the Telegraph don't mention it with specificity Mr. Weinstein's history of involvement with the US Government makes him a plumb target:  OpenSecrets.Org says that Weinstein was once an office director for the US Agency for International Development, a "country director" for the Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast and Togo.

In April, Antiwar.com reported:
Now, Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau has turned its eyes toward USAID, the official US government aid agency. There is concern, according to reports, that the various USAID “corruption” scandals surrounding inefficient projects are evidence that the agency is being used as cover for CIA activities.
It is possible that Mr. Weinstein became perceived to be an operative or agent of the US Central Intelligence Agency, and that is both part of why he was taken hostage and part of why the US Government is making such a big deal of getting him back?

Anyone who says that CIA activity in Pakistan is a mere "conspiracy theory" is trying to convince you not to use your eyes, your ears and your brain.  Many conspiracy suspicions are also conspiracy facts.