Gaddafi Has Ordered Security Services to Start Sabotaging Oil Pipelines

Muammar al-GaddafiFormer CIA field officer Robert Baer writes in TIME:

There’s been virtually no reliable information coming out of Tripoli, but a source close to the Gaddafi regime I did manage to get hold of told me the already terrible situation in Libya will get much worse. Among other things, Gaddafi has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities. They will start by blowing up several oil pipelines, cutting off flow to Mediterranean ports. The sabotage, according to the insider, is meant to serve as a message to Libya’s rebellious tribes: It’s either me or chaos.

Two weeks ago this same man had told me the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt would never touch Libya. Gaddafi, he said, had a tight lock on all of the major tribes, the same ones that have kept him in power for the past 41 years. The man of course turned out to be wrong, and everything he now has to say about Gaddafi’s intentions needs to be taken in that context.

The source went on and told me that Gaddafi’s desperation has a lot to with the fact that he now can only count on the loyalty of his tribe, the Qadhadhfa. And as for the army, as of Monday he only has the loyalty of approximately 5,000 troops. They are his elite forces, the officers all handpicked. Among them is the unit commanded by his second youngest son Khamis, the 32nd Brigade. (The total strength of the regular Libyan army is 45,000.)

My Libyan source said that Gaddafi has told people around him that he knows he cannot retake Libya with the forces he has. But what he can do is make the rebellious tribes and army officers regret their disloyalty, turning Libya into another Somalia. “I have the money and arms to fight for a long time,” Gaddafi reportedly said.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Well, that’s it. Only a matter of time, as Qaddafi probably concluded at some point yesterday. The grim reaper’s a’ knockin’ . . . Time to give the Devil his due . . . If he can’t take it with him, he can at least make sure no one else gets to have it either.

    Or at least that it takes a month or so to get back online.

    My only question is: Will they ever find Qaddafi’s body? Or a DNA sample reliable enough to prove he snuffed himself? My guess is that he’ll show up in Venezuela (apparently the new Argentina) a few years from now, partying w/ Elvis and Tupac.

  • Anonymous

    Well, that’s it. Only a matter of time, as Qaddafi probably concluded at some point yesterday. The grim reaper’s a’ knockin’ . . . Time to give the Devil his due . . . If he can’t take it with him, he can at least make sure no one else gets to have it either.

    Or at least that it takes a month or so to get back online.

    My only question is: Will they ever find Qaddafi’s body? Or a DNA sample reliable enough to prove he snuffed himself? My guess is that he’ll show up in Venezuela (apparently the new Argentina) a few years from now, partying w/ Elvis and Tupac.

  • Payrollpinky

    The pic of Gaddafi looks like Leather Face skined his face off and is wearing it. He looks like a soulless creature ready for destruction and chaos. Let the blood shed begin!

  • Payrollpinky

    The pic of Gaddafi looks like Leather Face skined his face off and is wearing it. He looks like a soulless creature ready for destruction and chaos. Let the blood shed begin!

  • FREEK power ULTD.

    The only reason the U.S. isn’t invading right now is because their too strung out in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oil prices are already on the rise due to peak oil and whats going on right now in the Middle East might very well deliver the death nail for the American economy. Libya is like the eighth largest supplier in the world so if Gaddafi successfully blows these pipelines get ready for some oil shocks.

  • FREEK power ULTD.

    The only reason the U.S. isn’t invading right now is because their too strung out in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oil prices are already on the rise due to peak oil and whats going on right now in the Middle East might very well deliver the death nail for the American economy. Libya is like the eighth largest supplier in the world so if Gaddafi successfully blows these pipelines get ready for some oil shocks.

  • E.B. Wolf

    A “former” CIA man quotes an unnamed source in Time. I’m sure we can take this story at face value. No sir, no propaganda here. Move along.

  • E.B. Wolf

    A “former” CIA man quotes an unnamed source in Time. I’m sure we can take this story at face value. No sir, no propaganda here. Move along.

  • WhiteRose

    I told you he was gangsta…

  • WhiteRose

    I told you he was gangsta…

  • WhiteRose

    I told you he was gangsta…

  • http://www.ledtvsguide.com Blessedmercy01

    He will do anything to keep his power. scaring he is also brutal person. beware

  • UNF

    In this context ‘a long time’ means until next Friday at the outside

  • UNF

    In this context ‘a long time’ means until next Friday at the outside

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