Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blowback from US Arrest and Strip Search of Indian Diplomat

Lila Rajiva writes in the comments of my post BUSTED: Lefty Hypocrite
The Indian gvt is not taking the arrest and strip searching of a senior diplomat by Preet Bharara lying down.

The fun begins - all US personnel in India are now being requested for visa and salary details.
Since the Indian Supreme Court ruled gay sex illegal in India, US gays in India can also be prosecuted for being in violation of Indian laws, the same way Ms Khobragade was treated.

"India has also sought salary details of all Indian staff employed in US consulates, including those working as domestic help at the homes of US diplomats in India. It has asked for visa and salary details of teachers at US schools here to determine if they are paying tax or not.

The police have been asked to lift barricades outside the US embassy in Delhi. India is also stopping all import clearances for the embassy. (Devyani Khobragade's arrest: angry India takes reciprocal steps)

India is livid that Ms Khobragade, 39, was subjected to a humiliating strip search and was kept in a cell with drug addicts after her arrest last Thursday. She has refused to comment on this.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said earlier today, "it is completely unacceptable... We have put in motion what we believe will be an effective way to address this issue and protect her dignity... Everything that can be done, will be done"

This morning, Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde refused to meet a visiting US Congressional delegation. The BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he too has refused to meet the delegation "in solidarity with our nation." Sources said senior officials in the foreign ministry had urged Mr Khurshid to cancel his meeting yesterday with the US team too, but the minister chose to meet them and convey India's displeasure.

The BJP's Yashwant Sinha said this was not enough action. He said, "The media has reported that we have issued visas to a number of US diplomats' companions. Companions means that they are of the same sex. Now, after the Supreme Court ruling (on gay sex verdict), it is completely illegal in our country. Just as paying fewer wage was illegal in the US. So, why doesn't the Government of India go ahead and arrest all of them! Put them behind bars, prosecute them in this country and punish them?"

Yesterday, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon cancelled meetings in Delhi with the delegation. Mr Menon has described Ms Khobragade's treatment as "despicable and barbaric."

Ms Khobragade, 39, was arrested on Thursday on the street while she was dropping her daughter to school and was handcuffed in public. She was later released on a $250,000 bail. She has been accused of lying on the visa application for an Indian national who worked at her home from November 2012 to June 2013 for less than four dollars an hour.
(Indian diplomat arrested in US for alleged visa fraud, handcuffed in public)

A day later, Foreign secretary Sujatha Singh summoned American ambassador in New Delhi, Nancy Powell, and lodged a strong protest over what India has described as "unacceptable treatment" meted out to its senior consular officer. (India summons US ambassador to protest diplomat being handcuffed)

Noel Clay, a spokesperson for the US State Department, told NDTV that standard procedures had been followed during Ms Khobragade's arrest. Mr Clay also said, "Under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the Indian Deputy Consul General enjoys immunity from the jurisdiction of US courts only with respect to acts performed in the exercise of consular functions." India has argued that the US has violated the Vienna Convention."


  1. I guess one could have mixed emotions here. So, an "Elite" was treated like the rest of us. But it does highlight the despicable nature of the police state. No one should undergo this type of treatment no matter their social standing, position or influence. This is straight out of the Stazi playbook. The rest of the "civilized" world will to be outraged. What bet that the American people are not.

    1. That's like saying no Gestapo officer deserved to be gassed. You cannot decouple the position from the treatment. If there were no positions of the type Khobagadre filled, and the kind of power allotted to her, there would be no such treatment as this to begin with. This kind of treatment exists because the Khobagadres of the world exist.
      As a matter of fact, people Khobagadre *should* undergo treatment like this, because they themselves support treatment like this to the lowly people. The best way to get change done is to make no one exempt from laws that apply to the rest of us.
      Saying that "no one" should be treated like this is based on the utopia that there are no politicians or diplomats therefor we can all be treated with respect. But the reality is, the state exists, and so long as it does, if ANYONE should be treated like this, it is state functionaries and state supporters.

      And of course, American diplomats deserve to be treated this way too in India just as Indian people themselves are. Let the hypocrisy finally be exposed.

  2. I guess picking on someone who can fight back is not a percentage move. Maybe we stick to beating up the totally defenseless.

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  4. I will contact the Indian Embassy this morning and make sure that they look into congressional Interns.
    I saw an interview with Nancy Pelosi one time where she claimed not to have to pay minimum wages because her interns "volunteered".

  5. overweening brahmin caste arrogance meets uncaring officer safety bureaucratic procedure. Doesn't go well.

  6. @Heath

    Actually, the diplomat is from the lowest rank - a Dalit, what used to be called Untouchable.
    That is precisely why she was chosen, since the banking cartel (Rothschild related) work WITH older families, higher castes, who have traditionally aligned themselves with foreign interests over Indian ones.

    For eg. the Tatas, now so respectable, made their money through the opium trade and the addiction and impoverishment of the Asian masses. The Tatas worked then and now with the Rothschilds, who also made money in the opium trade in India.

    Bharara, a Sikh (a community at odds with Indian interests over the years), has a Jewish wife, incidentally, and his brother's business was bought out by Amazon for hundreds of millions of dollars. He's also deeply embedded in the NY and NJ Democrat political machinery, through his work with Chuck Schumer

    Perhaps because of this, he has avoided going after any major wrong-doers on Wall Street (except for Cotzein), and has gone after patsies. Even with the non-patsy, SAC, he avoided going after major wrong-doing, and just slapped a fine on it for insider-trading, a marginal issue. He is seen as a grand-stander and politically ambitious, as well as rather unscrupulous (duh).

    The Devyani story seems to be an intelligence pysop, just like the Rajat Gupta affair. Gupta, was a patsy thrown to the wolves to save Blankfein's skin at Goldman Sachs, because of his status as a director at McKinsey, the firm most responsible for outsourcing American jobs, which had nothing to do with the financial crisis, but made Gupta a good target in a time of job loss and xenophobia.

    More crucially, Gupta was a power player in the rise of the Indian lobby in DC and of South Asia in the financial world, which the banking cartel wanted to curb, thus again making him a ripe target.

    I believe Devyani's targeting is similarly political. It is part of a pattern of targeting the Indian Foreign Service, the elite cadre of the civil service.

    This group is actually LESS corrupt than others. And the civil service itself is less corrupt (at least until the last few years) than the larger group of politicians.

    The targeting of the IFS would make India less effective in diplomatic circles.

    Why do I suspect an intel psyop?

    There has been a history of CIA infiltration into India, especially in recent years.
    The maid's family worked for the US embassy. She was interested in getting a more permanent visa to the US than the one she got through her employment with the diplomat, who from the account of the maid's own daughter, treated her well. The maid is a Christian convert from a highly unionized state (Kerala) with a strong communist and Christian (Zionist Christian) influence.

    The maid tried to extort and blackmail the diplomat, who filed a case against her in India,

    Instead of letting that case take its course, the USG along with a NY NGO interfered in the judiciary in India, by spiriting the maid out of the country, and giving her and her family different visas - very strange behavior in the circumstances.

    All this happened over the months leading up to the arrest of the diplomat and while the Indian gvt was keeping the US gvt informed, the US gvt appeared to be conspiring with the maid to arrest the diplomat, along with the human-trafficking NGO, Safe Horizon, whose Board of Advisers gives the game away - it's all big bank (Rothschild-related -JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, UBS and so on).

    Safe Horizon is a prominent New York NGO, working closely with the NY government and therefore probably quite close to NY AG Preet Bharara, who was the lawyer in the Gupta case too.