On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) refused to comment on its decision to withhold a visa for former Guantánamo Bay commander Jeffery Harbeson. Russian media reports stated that the MID denied the high-ranking American official entry due to his alleged “violation of human rights”. According to sources, the MID informed Rear Admiral Harbeson informed of its decision back in late 2011, when American lawmakers were debating the notorious Magnitsky Bill, forcing Russia to warn about possible implications in the form of visa restrictions for Americans linked to the Guantánamo detention camp. The MID didn’t disclose the blacklist of people barred from travelling in the country.
According to anonymous sources in the MID and the RF Gosduma, today, Jeffrey Harbeson, a former commandant of Joint Task Force Guantánamo, which runs the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, was denied a Russian visa due to “human rights abuses”. Media reports noted that Harbeson received word about the negative decision late 2011. Then, American lawmakers had just started work upon the Magnitsky Act, and Russian authorities threatened visa restrictions to American citizens related to the Guantánamo camp in response. The MID and Aleksei Pushkov, the head of the RF Gosduma Special Committee on International Affairs, confirmed a visa denial to a Guantánamo-related figure. They didn’t disclose the person’s name, though, but said that he was part of a Pentagon department in charge of Russian issues after his service at the camp.
Our source went on to say that only man who fits in these criteria is Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harbeson, who was in charge of the Guantánamo camp from June 2010 until August 2011. In 2012, he became Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO, and Russia on the US Joint Staff. The US Congress adopted the Magnitsky Act in November-December 2012. The act imposes visa and finance sanctions on Russian citizens supposedly implicated in human rights violations. In response, the RF Gosduma initiated a bill imposing sanction upon American citizens involved in abusing the rights of Russian citizens.
19 December 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
The US media vilifies China and Russia because they won’t allow the USA to push them about. They’ve also got the military power to deter any American attack on their territory. Besides that, the RVSN has the capacity to strike a crippling blow at the American heartland, a fact that enrages the juvenile and self-centred Anglo-Americans. That’s why the USA spends trillions on crackbrained ABM schemes… none of them work, and none of them can offer a foolproof defence against incoming warheads (the ICBM negates American naval supremacy and the two wide ocean barriers that are the USA’s true defence line).
Ergo, the Magnitsky Act. However, Russia says, “Turnaround is fair play”. This’ll enrage the adolescent Anglos even further. “How dare they defy us! We’re the City on the Hill! We’re God’s Elect! American Exceptionalism says that we’re Number One”. The Russians will simply say “Nyet” to that and the Chinese will back them up to the hilt.
Orthodox people… the konvertsy are like that. They’re typical juvenile, arrogant, short-sighted, grasping, ignorant, and self-preening Anglos. Paffhausen, Dreher, Reardon, and Freddie M-G are all-too-typical examples of this noxious brood of vipers. We’ve got to protect the Church from such, and I’m not alone in thinking that way.