Terrorists Using U.S. Law As A Weapon – January 31,2011
Posted on January 31st, 2011

Ira de Silva London, Canada

The Editor
The Island
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dear Sir:
The case filed by Bruce Fein illustrates the lack of integrity and the unscrupulous nature of some U.S. lawyers who will sell themselves and anyone else for money. It also illustrates that the LTTE supporters in the U.S. are well and active in their goal of dividing Sri Lanka to create Eelam. The money that was used to fund terrorism by Prabhakaran is now being used to buy lawyers and others in the U.S. who are “for sale” whether they be  politicians or bureaucrats who will represent any “cause” without ascertaining the truth of what they are fed by those to retain them. Unfortunately too many in Sri Lanka believe that the LTTE is “dead” and are dedicating themselves to having a good time and making as much money as possible in the short term.
In the case of Bruce Fein, this is the same Bruce Fein who on February 3,2004 in an article published in the Washington Times commenting on the designation of the LTTE and PKK as foreign terrorist organizations by the U.S. stated “The designations pivoted on the indiscriminate use of violence by the PKK and LTTE to intimidate civilian populations and to cow the democratically elected governments in Turkey and Sri Lanka to capitulate to their secessionist demands.” In further criticism of the LTTE he goes on to say “a constitutional right to assist a foreign terrorist organization to win secession from a nation with which the United States is at peace “”…” whether through negotiations or otherwise -is preposterous”.  The Tamil Tigers seek a secessionist state in the northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka through violence. Characteristic of like organizations, the LTTE undertakes auxiliary activities that strengthens its terrorist torso and sweetens its public face: political organizing and advocacy; diplomacy and social services”. He even criticised the Sri Lankan Government for providing medical services to the LTTE. According to him “medically assisting the LTTE, however, facilitates terrorist abominations. Its injured members more quickly return to terrorist duties. And the LTTE attracts more grass-roots sympathizers, financial contributions and terrorist recruits. The nefarious LTTE terrorist goal of partitioning Sri Lanka into separate Tamil and Sinhalese nations will be closer”. Today, as the paid servant of this same LTTE he is undertaking their “auxiliary activities” such as this case he has filed, to strengthen the “terrorist torso” of the LTTE and “sweeten its public face” as well as “sweeten” the fees he regularly receives from the LTTE supporters who operate openly in the U.S. while U.S. authorities who are supportive of the LTTE cause do nothing, even though according to U.S. law they can and should be prosecuted.
If the claim is that according to U.S. law Fein believes that he can sue President Rajapakse, is it not then feasible for the Sri Lankan Government to use U.S. law and sue those who are violating U.S. law and have funded terrorism in Sri Lanka for the last thirty years and who today are using LTTE money to set up a Transnational Government in the U.S.? The prime candidate would be Rudrakumaran who styles himself as the “Prime Minister” of this LTTE government in exile. He continually makes statements on behalf of the LTTE and before 2009 took part in the so-called “peace talks” in Geneva representing the LTTE. If the U.S. authorities applied their laws without prejudice, he would have been out of the “Eelam business” a long time ago.  However, as the State Department considers the LTTE “good terrorists” the U.S. turns a blind eye to the activities of supporters of what their own FBI classified as the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world. Certainly based on U.S. law the LTTE would not have been able to continually fund LTTE terrorism from the U.S. but that is what they did with the full knowledge of the U.S. Government. Obviously the U.S. does not apply it’s own laws in a democratic, systematic manner although it tries to project to the world that it upholds the law and is the model the rest of the world should follow. It is the duplicity of the U.S. and other western countries that has contributed in a large way to the strength of the LTTE over the decades.
If it is a case of claiming damages, Fein would be entitled to a large portion of the money should he win. If the GOSL sues, the damages claimed would be billions and it would be one way to empty the LTTE coffers held by their supporters in the U.S. and use the money to rebuild the lives of the many thousands of Tamils  as well as those of the other communities in Sri Lanka who were adversely affected by LTTE violence. There is a hue and cry from all over about rebuilding the lives of the displaced Tamils but little or no mention of the thousands of displaced and war affected people who are non-Tamil. If the lawsuit  takes into consideration the inconsistent application of U.S. law which allows the LTTE to operate freely in the U.S. and the fact that funding from the U.S. contributed to the deaths of thousands and billions in economic damage to Sri Lanka  – would the U.S. be liable for damages? 
Reading the news reports of what is taking place in the Middle East at present it is interesting to note that there are many news items which indicate that the U.S. has a policy of “cooptation of opposition leaders”. It supports major opposition parties and civil society organizations including such groups as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Crisis Group. The process of cooptation is financed and implemented through U.S. based foundations such as the National Endowment for Democracy and Freedom House known to have ties to the CIA.  Tunisia is a country where “cooptation” is claimed as well as in Egypt.  Published cables from the U.S. embassy in Colombo to Washington  through Wikileaks do not inspire confidence about U.S. actions and designs on Sri Lanka. According to Stephen Gowans, January 2011 “What’s Left”, the NED took over the financing of foreign overthrow movements but overtly and under the rubric of “democracy promotion”. Considering the number of countries in which the U.S. is promoting “democracy” in the world today, Sri Lankans should seriously consider if cooptation has and is taking place in Sri Lanka too with continuous statements from the State Department calling for “investigations and accountability” to discredit the government, which policies the U.S. does not practice in it’s own country. 
Further, it is well known that it is a policy of the U.S. to back leaders of countries while at the same time backing and financing parties in opposition. When leaders no longer serve the interest of the U.S. they are discarded and the U.S. “sponsors” a new leader often recruited from the ranks of the political opposition they have been supporting and financing. In the context of Sri Lanka the question is whether the U.S. is trying to discredit President Rajapakse through these LTTE supporters and if so the million dollar question is who will they “sponsor” from the ranks of the opposition parties in Sri Lanka or is it Rudhrakuman that they have in mind.
Yours truly,
Ira de Silva
London, Canada

3 Responses to “Terrorists Using U.S. Law As A Weapon – January 31,2011”

  1. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    In Sri Lanka there was a saying that “Money is the younger brother of God”. One hasnt got to be Asian or from the 3rd world to embrace the faith of the “younger brother” and do anything to have it.

  2. Ben_silva Says:

    Unfortunately, the ‘younger brother” is the driving force of the world economy. If we do not understand this, we will be left behind and end up as second class citizens. This is a fact of life in the tough old world, where only the fittest will survive.

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    In a Democracy, with the GDP system in place, however much money there is in a country, in almost all countries there will be a thin layer of very rich (in USA about 1% or less), some usually educated, professional middle class, and whole huge bunch of people servicing the upper layers. How do we have a more equitable money distribution system throughout the country ? How do we improve the Quality of Life for everyone in a Democracy ?

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