Wayne Madsen. WMR.
NATO’s campaign in Libya goes far beyond trying to assassinate Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and members of his family, according to informed sources in Tripoli. NATO is using sophisticated geo-location intelligence provided by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) to pinpoint key figures in the Libyan government, as well as close friends of Qaddafi, for assassination by missiles fired from U.S. unmanned drones and NATO piloted aircraft.
State Department legal adviser Harold Koh recently testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the U.S. and its allies were not trying to target Qaddafi or members of the Libyan government. Koh stated, “We don’t target individuals.”
However, it is clear from the evidence of U.S. and NATO strikes on residential areas, particularly homes where key Libyan government officials live, as well as their vehicles, that Koh perjured himself during his Senate testimony.
NATO’s attack on June 20 of a residential compound in Sorman, west of Tripoli, was a clear example of the strategy to assassinate key Qaddafi advisers and government officials. The compound struck by NATO in Sorman is owned by Khweildi Hmeidi, a senior adviser to Qaddafi. Fifteen civilians, including six members of Hmeidi’s family, were killed in the attack. The compound was attacked because a surge in cell phone activity was detected by NSA signals intelligence (SIGINT) assets and the target coordinates were developed by NSA, working with NGA, and passed to NATO and U.S. forces. NSA has compiled the cell phone numbers of top Libyan officials and any time the cell phone numbers and active frequencies “light up” on sophisticated SIGINT eavesdropping and monitoring systems at NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland and the NSA field station at Menwith Hill in England, the geo-location coordinates are quickly passed to U.S. and NATO forces in order that they can calibrate their weapons systems for attacks on the Libyan officials.