Monday, November 28, 2011

Camp Thunder Cove, the "Iranian Threat," and the Depopulation of Diego Garcia

The Obama administration has been rapidly expanding US offensive capacity in the African island of Diego Garcia, claimed by Britain, which had expelled the population so that the US could build the massive base it uses for attacks in the Central Command area. The Navy reports sending a submarine tender to the island to service nuclear-powered guided-missile submarines with Tomahawk missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads.
--Noam Chomsky, 7/2/10
Where the heck is Diego Garcia? Its a small tropical coral atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, positioned at 7 degrees, 26 minutes south latitude, 72°23' east longitude, and part of the British Indian Ocean Territory [BIOT]. It is also home to a gigantic US naval military base recently renamed "Camp Thunder Cove," an alleged CIA black site where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other suspected terrorists have been imprisoned and tortured, and an island that was home to an estimated 1,151 native inhabitants before they were kicked off to make way for the the Americans (sound familiar?).

Camp Thunder Cove
Now, this stolen paradise figures prominently in the idiotic and suicidal ramping-up for US/Israeli aggression against Iran:
According to a US Navy cargo manifest obtained by the Sunday Herald (Glasgow), the substantial military equipment Obama has dispatched includes 387 "bunker busters" used for blasting hardened underground structures. Planning for these "massive ordnance penetrators," the most powerful bombs in the arsenal short of nuclear weapons, was initiated in the Bush administration, but languished. On taking office, Obama immediately accelerated the plans, and they are to be deployed several years ahead of schedule, aiming specifically at Iran."They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran," according to Dan Plesch, director of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of London. "US bombers and long range missiles are ready today to destroy 10,000 targets in Iran in a few hours," he said. "The firepower of US forces has quadrupled since 2003," accelerating under Obama.
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
Diego Garcia
Diegogarcia.jpg
IATANKW – ICAOFJDG
Summary
Airport typeNaval Air Facility
OwnerUnited Kingdom - British Territory
OperatorMoDHer Majesty's Government
LocationBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryIndian Ocean
Built1971-1976; Major Extensions 1982-1986
In use1971 - present
Elevation AMSL9 ft / 3 m
Coordinates7°18′48″S 72°24′40″E
Map
Diego Garcia is located in Indian Ocean
Diego Garcia
Location of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
13/3112,0033,659Concrete

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