"Friendly Fire" Murder of UN Afghan Staff by US Forces Covered Up like
Louis Maxwell's, -UN Staff
July 26 -- Beyond the documents released by Wikileaks,
including plans to kidnap UN officials involving Pakistani ex General
Gul, and contrary to the US Administration's ad hominen defense,
problems have continued. When a UN contractor is killed in
Afghanistan is killed by US forces, what happens? Nothing, an
official spokesman told Inner City Press last week.
front of the
Security Council on July 21, UN public information officer Alexandre
Dolivet approached Inner City Press, which reported on the October
2009 killing of the UN's Louis Maxwell by friendly fire from Afghan
again,” Dolivet said. “A contractor for UNOPS [the UN Office of
Project Services] was killed in Kabul, this time by US forces.”
Very little has been reported. On July 23, Inner City Press formally
asked UN spokesman Martin Nesirky about this death. “Have you asked
UNAMA?” was Nesirky's response, referring to the UN Mission in
Dolivet is with
UNAMA's Spokesperson's Unit. But Inner City Press demurred, seeking
Nesirky's confirmation. More than 48 hours later, no response. In the
meantime, other UN staff still in Afghanistan, requesting anonymity due
to fear of retaliation and just plain fear, have told Inner City Press
more, alleging cover up.
a UN Security
officer from Miami was killed by Afghan National forces last October,
the US like the UN said very little. When video of Louis Maxwell's
execution by Hamid Karzai's soldier became public, belated
investigations began. But so far nothing has come of it, with the FBI
delaying, and the UN constrained by “cultural sensitivity” given
how many Afghans have been killed. Click here
for exclusive Inner
City Press story.
UN's Ban and Mistura on red carpet, Louis Maxwell
follow through not shown
the light of
the documents released by WikiLeaks, first to three elite papers then
the public, the UN's and US's cover up of the death of UN staff
becomes all the more important. Watch this site.
tale of Ban's arrival in Kabul for the conference is more
detailed than elsewhere reported. He stopped in Tblisi for
re-fueling, but the windshield of the plane was broken. Another plane
was found, which arrived in Kabul 30 minutes later. Rockets had been
fired, and so it proceeded to Bagram. From there, Blackhawk
helicopters to the Presidential Palace,and 1 1/2 hours sleep. Sleep
walk through the summit, fly back through Abu Dhabi. Some
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Visits US, More Questions of Who Killed Louis Maxwell Raised by
Sister: An Inconvenient Death
May 9 -- An inconvenient death casts a shadow, at least for
some, over this week's visit to the U.S. by Afghan President Hamid
Karzai, and over the UN.
of American UN staffer Louis
Maxwell in October 2009, following an attack on a UN guesthouse of
international elections workers in Kabul, has belatedly been
described by the UN as "friendly fire."
a cell phone
video suggests, and Mr. Maxwell's sister among others believes, that
Maxwell was summarily executed by Afghan National forces after the
firefight was over. The UN never retracted its version, that Maxwell
and four other UN staff were all killed by the Taliban, until the
video became public and questions became to be asked, including by
Inner City Press.
video, here, esp. at Minute 1:01 to 1:04
the weekend wrote to Inner City Press for a third time, now
putting into words the doubt that the Taliban were (solely)
responsible for the attack on the UN guesthouse. She focuses on the
conflict of interest the UN has, in confining itself to an internal
investigation -- which it described as external and independent --
and then refusing to release a copy of its report, even to the
the U.S., too,
has a conflict, as a press conference call by Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute
on May 7 shows. Lute repeatedly described Karzai as "our
partner" and spoke about the training and evaluation of Afghan
National forces. (Lute is, as Inner City Press has reported, the
husband of former head of the UN Department of Field Support Jane
Washingotn Post op-ed says he will "convey my deepest
condolences to families of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan."
Lute and his
staffer emphasized that Karzai will spend three full hours with
Obama. In all that time, will the matter of Louis Maxwell be
raised? Inner City Press was on the press call and put itself in the
question cue as soon as it was open, but was not able to ask the
question. But the questions will continue. Below is Louis Maxwell's
third letter to Inner City Press (click here
Karzai and UN's Ban, public and credible
report on Maxwell's death not shown
Date: Sun, May 9, 2010 at 3:39
To: Matthew Lee [at] innercitypress.com
Around October 20, 2009, Kai Eide the top UN official of the mission
affirmed that the August 20 elections had been tainted. It was stated
that about one to five of the votes should be discounted and that
most of the election fraud came from Karzai supporters.
On October 28 the UN guesthouse was attacked. The same guesthouse
where UN monitors for this same election was staying.
After the attack it is stated by top UN officials that senior afghan
officials were uncooperative in providing information and that
they(UN) were completely stonewalled.
On November 1 the runoff candidate to Karzai drops out of the
On November 7 Karzai is declared president.
And this is the same government that Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
wants to investigate their deliberate killing(murder) of my brother
be the judge....