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December 25, 2007

Big Brother on Stage: What Kind of Actor is the EU?

Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Part III

(Previous: Part I Killing with a Clear Conscience
Part II Dictator at the Door )

Rafael Dochao Moreno, principal administrator of the Euro-Med Partnership, when asked the question why Spain chose to launch the Alliance of Civilizations initiative at the United Nations rather than the European Union responded that the “Barcelona process is already an AoC…why do we need an AoC?” Moreno’s response reminded those of us who have been following the Barcelona Process what we’ve already known--that the Alliance of Civilizations is a key aspect for the European foreign policy. The Barcelona Process, introduced in 1995 by Spain’s Javier Solana, contained a social cohesion strategy which had a goal to combat religious fundamentalism worldwide. The Alliance of Civilizations is merely a vehicle for such activity. Right from the start, the AoC was intended to form the core of the global counter-terrorism strategy. Before the cartoon crisis (in which Spain’s Zapatero, Moratinos, Federico Mayor, and Solana so authoritatively rose to the occasion to turn crisis into opportunity), Spain’s foreign minister had introduced the idea of the AoC as a tool to combat terrorism. Incidentally, although no group has ever stepped forward to claim responsibility or offer rationale for inciting the cartoon crisis, blame was assigned to “religious extremists” along with the claim that they seek to provoke a clash of civilizations. There is only one group that has reaped tremendous political benefit from the cartoon crisis--it almost reminds me of the Reichstag fire.

In a previous blog post we examined the Club of Madrid’s 2005 counter-terrorism strategy. As I reviewed the conference pictures and list of participants, I noticed linkages to those who put forth the EU Social Cohesion Policy and the Alliance of Civilisations initiative. (Click on image to enlarge.)











It is not surprising then that the Madrid Agenda contains identical objectives to those of the European Union’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Europe’s counter-terrorism strategy was presented to the June 2003 Thessalonika European Council by Javier Solana. Solana’s counter-terrorism strategy, which was incorporated into the security strategy A Secure Europe for a Better World, addresses combating strategic terrorism as its primary objective. Recall in Part I of my counter-terrorism article that strategic terrorism has been attributed to religious beliefs in which one accepts an “exclusivist” truth claim. An examination of the EU counter-terrorism documents yields the same definition. But here we see the lion’s teeth of militarization. There is an interesting paragraph in the Thessalonika document which reads:

  • “…the Danish Presidency decided to commission a group of Ministers' personal representatives to submit an analysis of the phenomenon of extreme fundamentalism and terrorism…The final report has been submitted and will be further discussed within the Council with a view to taking forward its recommendations.”

I of course was curious to read this report but have been unable to do so because a Decision of the European Ombudsman ruled that there were politically sensitive evaluations concerning a large number of foreign states. During my search, I was able to locate a research report published by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs which frequently quotes from the Extreme Fundamentalism and Terrorism Group (EFTG). It may give us a glimpse of some of the sensitive issues contained within this report. For example, I suspect we may find that the EFTG considers Israel an authoritarian regime:

  • “In most fundamentalist transnational terrorist violence, the perpetrators tend to view the front line to be between Israel and the United States, on the one hand, and the Islamic world on the other. It involves the dispute about the US occupation of holy areas either itself or through proxies such as the authoritarian regimes of Saudi Arabia and Persia, or Israel. According to the report of the Extreme Fundamentalism and Terrorism Group (EFTG) the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would have a very important positive impact on the struggle against extreme fundamentalism and terrorism.”

This is consistent with the Alliance of Civilizations’ statements as during the Doha debates Israel’s government was named an extremist regime. Regarding fundamentalism, the EFTG says:

  • "Fundamentalism has been defined as an attitude where non-negotiable principles are introduced to politics from a transcendental source, holy texts or a divine discourse. “From the point of view of fundamentalism, religion expresses a divine order, which ideally embraces all life spheres. Although this may simply lead fundamentalists to encapsulate their own existence around their religious beliefs (“Quietism”), they will most often actively pursue the goal of seeking other life spheres, including political one, dominated by religious rather than secular principles.” Often fundamentalism has also meant a tendency to impose these principles indiscriminately on believers and non-believers alike.”

The European Commission’s social cohesion research report further demonstrates that religious fundamentalism will not be tolerated within the European neighborhood.

  • "This third school of thought is referred to as 'civil society as the public sphere'. "Theories of the public sphere demand a return to the practice of politics. Not as an elite occupation in which the public takes part once every four or five years through elections, but as an ongoing process through which 'active citizens' can help to shape both the ends and means of the good society…Essential to the functioning of democracy, according to the line of thinking of this school, is that all sets of voices are heard. Inequality and discrimination are therefore seen as the enemies of the public sphere. Fundamentalism is seen as its most dangerous enemy, since fundamentalism does not acknowledge the existence of different truths nor does it respect other values, which makes it impossible to reach a consensus with other groups... The only similarity between European policy and this third school of thought is its aversion to fundamentalism."

As part of the 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy, member states are bound by agreement to implement European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) guidelines. As mentioned earlier, the European Defense Strategy’s focus is primarily on combating strategic terrorism. To do so, Solana has created a military-industrial complex having the following characteristics (to name only a few):

  • The theatre of operations is global.
  • Military assets that operate far beyond European borders.
  • Capacity to conduct offensive in addition to defensive war.
  • In the event not all member states are in agreement, draw upon a nucleus of states comprising a permanent structured cooperation.
  • Strategic missions will be organized through coalitions of the “willing and able.”
  • A civilian-military crisis management approach (CIMIC). CIMIC is a plan which places the civilian population subject to military authority.
  • Crisis management through EU Battle Groups
  • Overcome the divide between military and criminal intelligence.
  • Involve gendarmerie forces in all types of police missions: crowd control, maintaining public order, conducting intelligence work, criminal investigations, counter-terrorism, etc.
  • Establishment a citizens’ biometrics database (Schengen Information System, aka SIS II and Visa Information System). These systems were developed in secrecy without consultation of the European Parliament.
  • Gather intelligence through satellite capabilities and the Torrejon Satellite Centre.
  • The Galileo Navigational System provides the ability to conduct precision urban warfare (see An Evaluation of the Military Benefits of the Galileo System).
  • New EU-NATO framework - Ensure escalation dominance in the essence of Berlin-Plus.
  • Ability to conduct network-enabled warfare: co-operability with US armed forces having ability to “plug into” US networks.
  • Use of NATO Response Forces in crisis management.
  • Provide military capabilities to the UN. Would include a reserve or an “extraction force” provided to support a UN operation.
  • Activate Western European Union Recommendation 666 which places above assets into control of the High Representative (Solana) in the event of a crisis.

The new EU-NATO relationship has tripled European capacity for power-projection. The Prague Summit Declaration , a blueprint for EU-NATO co-operation, reinforces Solana’s social cohesion platform:

  • We reaffirm that security in Europe is closely linked to security and stability in the Mediterranean. We therefore decide to upgrade substantially the political and practical dimensions of our Mediterranean Dialogue as an integral part of the Alliance’s cooperative approach to security. In this respect, we encourage intensified practical cooperation and effective interaction on security matters of common concern, including terrorism-related issues, as appropriate, where NATO can provide added value. We reiterate that the Mediterranean Dialogue and other international efforts, including the EU Barcelona process, are complementary and mutually reinforcing.
  • Endorse the agreed military concept for defence against terrorism. The concept is part of a package of measures to strengthen NATO’s capabilities in this area, which also includes improved intelligence sharing and crisis response arrangements.

NATO’s military concept for defence against terrorism coincides with Solana’s civilian-military approach as NATO’s framework directs:

  • “Act…in support of the international community’s efforts against terrorism.” [Recalling that the Alliance of Civilizations social cohesion program is the core of the counter-terrorism strategy.]
  • “Developing an overreaching international strategy for defence against terrorism.”
  • “religious extremism is likely to be the source of the most immediate terrorist threats to the Alliance…”
  • “Counter Terrorism, primarily offensive measures.”
  • “…winning the trust of the local population through Psychological Operations and Information Operations is vital.”
  • “Within most NATO nations, civil authorities, such as the police, customs and immigration authorities, finance ministries, interior ministries, intelligence and security services, are the primary agencies involved in dealing with terrorism and military forces will need to operate in support of, and in close coordination with all of these agencies. The Concept therefore states that NATO must harmonise its procedures and efforts with civil authorities within nations in order to maximize its effectiveness against terrorism.

This is a tremendous amount of power to be placed in the hands of one individual. Many of us have often heard that a picture is worth 1000 words. For a visual representation of the EU Security and Defense Policy and to grasp Javier Solana’s power, watch this Center for International Peace Operations presentation. (I would recommend you download it as it is likely to soon disappear.) So what kind of actor is the EU? Again, this picture speaks volumes.

One living in other parts of the world may read this and mistakenly believe that this is only a European problem. This cohesion strategy is global and is intended to be realized through the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations initiative. For those of us living in the United States, this past week we were made aware of the FBI’s formation of a vast biometrics database as well as the Dept. of Homeland Security’s domestic satellite-surveillance program. I am certain that these systems will “plug into” the Schengen biometrics system which is referred to as Big Brother. What many have long feared, I’m saddened to say, has arrived. Indeed, Big Brother is now here.

Part IV

25 comments:

Rudi said...

Rich, Wow- You really have put forth so much outstanding information. I don't know how you, Constance, Johnny, farmer and Holly and Adam at FP manage to keep track of and present such an immense amount of documentation. Thank you for all the hard work. I had to smile when I saw the title of your current article, and the picture at the end that refers to "EU Actors". Before reading your blog article tonight, I had just posted comments on Constances' and had made mention of how many times in the documentation I've been reading on the EU etc. the writers are using terms to describe their leadership and others as 'actors' and 'role-players'. I thought it seemed odd.-Rudi

Eric said...

Rich, Based on your reporting of the rise of this "beast" power in Europe, it is becoming increasingly evident how it could be described as in Rev. 13:4 and Daniel 7:7. Your efforts are most appreciated.

Philip said...

Alot of interesting information in your last three writings Rich...thank you for putting it all together and sharing it with us. With global governance just around the corner...we could very well be close to the "day of the lord". I will probably use a lot of your information to share with other friends of mine. May God be with you all...

Philip

Anonymous said...

Rich, thank you for this wonderfully clear presentation of information.

I am adding this comment for those who read your information but need a further context for the information.

For some individuals reading here who are at Level 16 on the food chain, which is where I most of the time think I am, the information does not appear pertinent to our everyday lives. What possible impact can having this information have on my day to day life?

The bottom line is that the planning you write about is meant to influence the important players on the world stage, to convince them of the importance of going along with the long term goals of those who would structure the world.

The plans are well advanced, having been gradually implemented for decades. We at Level 16 are not to know any of this. We are being kept deliberately dumb and amused, for instance by the shenanigans around the presidential election.

Of course I made up the number 16, but I do believe that government control operates on a pyramid structure and the different levels could be numbered.

What do you think could be done to get the information to those individuals higher in the structure who might be able to put a stick in the mechanism?

Dorothy

Rich Peterson - Medford said...

Thanks to everyone for the input. I appreciate your comments and it encourages me to continue writing as I know you're paying attention. Dorothy, regarding your quesetion

What do you think could be done to get the information to those individuals higher in the structure who might be able to put a stick in the mechanism?

This has been a frustration of mine. I've approached various people in positions to get the word out and none appear to be interested. I hear "all I want to do is live my life and be left alone" or I hear "I don't give conspiracy theories the time of day."

In the meantime, I intend to keep writing and have added a couple of suggestions based on some of your input.

1) I am putting this information together into a Spanish version of the blog.

2) I am working with my neice who is goinng to assist me in re-writing much of this material. It will be made understandable and directed toward those who have never heard of the Alliance of Civilizations. In other words, I'm hoping to "take it to the street."

Rich

Eric said...

It is one thing to get the word out as a witness to a dying world, but should followers of Jesus Christ be concerned with a stick? A stick could come back as a boomerang hard.

Rich Peterson - Medford said...

Never a stick Eric--just some strong coffee beans and a word to the wise. As friend Constance Cumbey says, "everyone is entitled to one kind warning".

Rich

Rich Peterson - Medford said...

Eric,

I think what Dorothy means by stick in the mechanism is to stop this thing. In the '80s, due largely to the efforts of Constance and Dorothy, they've been able to put up road blocks and delay their plans for 25 years. Let's hope we can do it again.

Rich

Eric said...

Rich, Thanks for your reply.
I think we have an obligation as Christians to warn the world as to what's coming, like watchmen, and who knows, maybe some will repent. That is the important thing. In any case, it appears that you, Constance, farmer, Butterfield, FP, Dorothy, et al., appear to be serving as watchmen.

Anonymous said...

A positive aspect of delaying the New Age agenda another 25 years would be the salvation of people.
Because the world is filled with extreme evil and suffering Christ's return couldn't come sooner!

Thank you for your dedication and hard work. You are making a difference in the lives of many.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that our most powerful weapon is prayer. We need to remember that we serve a sovereign God that controls all of mankind. We very well may be seeing the end of time and all of prophecy coming to pass. If this is indeed true, we need to see past the fear and rejoice in the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus. We also need to remember that He can thwart man's evil plans. We need to stand firm in His truth and continue to pray.

Anonymous said...

Oh what a tangled web they weave!

Anonymous said...

Rich, if everyone reading here would send your column on to at least five other blogs it would help. I posted it over at EUreferendum.blogspot.com. Littlegreenfootballs.com now has a feature which allows posters to link to other pieces of information. If anyone reading here can post there, add Rich's link. Did anyone post a link at Fulfilled Prophecy?

When Constance first started her blog, I would find other sites touching on New Age and send a link to her spot over to them. Over at the EUreferendum blogspot there are many links that can be contacted. So many people read and never post that they will never know how long you've been reading their particular blog.

It takes a lot of work by a lot of people. I truly believe that anyone who sits on their backsides and does nothing but makes excuses is just as guilty of bringing about the New Age as any of the big names in that movement. The New Age people raise money and work to bring about their goals. Over the last 25 years of researching and spreading the information I've heard too many thank yous and tons of excuses and at this point I'm bored with both. Everybody, and I mean everybody, can do something to spread extremely well-researched pieces such as yours.

Dorothy

Anonymous said...

Pass blog spots such as Constance's, Dorothy's, Rich's, Farmers, etc on to friends, pastors, and church members. If you don't know a blogspot to post the info on (as I don't) this will get the word out as well. If people choose not to look at the information at least you know you tried.

Rudi said...

Hi Dorothy-
I loved your "put a stick in the mechanism" comment here. I could think of a few more ideas of where we could put the stick. Sorry eric! And yep- first thing I do when I see Rich has a new article up is pass it on to FP, unless someone like nony already has.-Rudi

Anonymous said...

This is some heavy doooooo dooooo!!!

Anonymous said...

As of today, 24 people viewed the story over at EUreferendum blogspot. Putting out the information that way does work.

Dorothy

Constance Cumbey said...

Check out this 2003 UN Conference involving Javier Solana's very good friend Giandomenico Picco as moderator:

http://tinyurl.com/3b848y

Solana's disturbing speech at the Fire and Crystal conference can be accessed at

http://tinyurl.com/3aeoyf

Dorothy, Herb Peters and I all took close looks at these when given. In view of Rich of Medford's research, it has taken on even deeper and more disturbing signficance.

Anonymous said...

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/08/gingrich/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

Anonymous said...

Check out Constance's site, she posted important news.

Anonymous said...

Rich - I wanted to let you know just how big of a blessing you are. Thank you for the dedication to your studies and for sounding the alarm. Because of people like you the church has a chance of being alert. I would not know these things if it weren't for you.

I pray that God's annointing rests upon you like never before. I pray that he provides you with supernatural wisdom and insight. You are reaching many and more will see your work in the future. The body of Christ is fortunate to have you.

Watchman said...

Rich, I just wanted to thank you for your diligent research and the work you put into sharing it with those who have ears to hear. You are a primary source for my own understanding of developments and I appreciate your work and am sharing your information with those visiting the Watchman Bible Study site and newsletter.

May God continue to bless and protect you in shining the light of His Word on the plans of the enemy to awaken those with ears to hear. Keep up the excellent work!

Phillip

Constance Cumbey said...

Hi Rich,

Your research is awesome and I have retrieved, but not yet had time to watch all the videos. Thanks!

I just posted this on Farmer's comments section, but it clearly belongs here as well.

I just discovered that Share International, Benjamin Creme's "Maitreya the Christ" group has a picture and story up about Federico Mayor, the co-chair of the Alliance of Civilizations. Links to it are on my blog, but for the convenience of your readers, here are tiny url's to both the Spanish and English translated stories.

http://tinyurl.com/3aprnr
http://tinyurl.com/3cwpud

Sincerely,
Constance

Rich Peterson - Medford said...

So Now We Are Terrorists

http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/2193

"According to the President of Italy...Eurosceptics are "psychological terrorists" because they suggest that there is a growing "European superstate"...The EU is not a European superstate, Napolitano said, it is a "new form of democracy."

Eric said...

Rich, Mr. Napolitano's comments remind me of the hazards of getting into a discussion with someone who Dr. M. Scott Peck, in his outstanding and insightful book, "People of the Lie", would describe as a malignant narcissist. They are never wrong, as in to suggest that the European Union is turning into a European super state is to be a psychological terrorist. I have found that in dealing with people who have this personality disorder, i.e., in not being able to accept truth, it is not worth the emotional energy. As in the story by Chandler Harris, "Song of the South" where Uncle Remus tells the story of Brer rabbit and the tar baby, interacting with a malignant narcissist is like getting into an altercation with a tar baby. You cannot win. Better to pray, "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done", and "Deliver us from evil.", staying away from those persons who exhibit such traits for your own sanity.