Usama Bin Laden
|On the Russian / Afghanistan conflict- 1979
"I hate to be
cynical about these things, but once we got the Soviets out, our reason to
be there basically evaporated. You may ask about the poor people and the
poor country. Well, we have a history of doing this kind of thing, of
using people. The Kurds are one example. We use them and betray them, and
we don't care much once our little geopolitical objective has been
achieved. That's what was in play here. Nobody gave a damn. We had a
brilliant victory, we got the Soviets out of there, we started pounding
our chests, and nobody gave much thought to helping the poor Afghanis that
were left behind.
In addition, these bad guys were our good guys. Osama bin Laden and all
those folks were people we armed and trained, and when you get that close
and this is a Systemic problem within the Agency when you get that
close so that you're in bed with these guys, you can't step back and say,
"Whoa, wait a second. These guys could be a real danger in the future."
You can't make a calculated, dispassionate analysis of what might be in
store for these guys. It was a poor situation politically, strategically,
and as it turned out, analytically as well."
Interview with Ray
Mcgovern, 27-Year CIA Veteran by Will Pitt
an organisation born from the Mujahadeen...
These were freedom fighters that were
taught to fight the Russian occupation of Afghanistan by the CIA...
Imagine the possibility that this man is a double agent who's
job it is
order and manipulate [brainwash] the loyalty of 'real' groups
from the CIA and Pentagon ...
...and all the while these terrorist groups never realise they are
anything other than 'Gods soldiers'
"It's like it has become a cold storage facility," said Richard Bourke, a lawyer in Louisiana representing two Australian citizens who are among the prisoners. "You hear comments from the camp commander about how they are constantly improving their interrogation techniques. They are just experimenting in areas that interest them." - Andrew Buncombe,
Meanwhile 4,000 miles away in Guantanamo Bay, 660 prisoners have no idea when they will be freed - The independent, UK
CIA Recruits Terrorist Agents At Guantanamo
US Using 'Terrorist' Methods Over Guantanamo Prisoners: Former Hostage Terry Waite
Secret detention centers
The United States is holding terrorism suspects in more than two dozen detention centers worldwide and about half of these operate in total secrecy, said a human rights report released on Thursday.
Human Rights First, formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, said in a report that secrecy surrounding these facilities made "inappropriate detention and abuse not only likely but inevitable."
"The abuses at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib cannot be addressed in isolation," said Deborah Pearlstein, director of the group's U.S. Law and Security program, referring to the U.S. Naval base prison in Cuba and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq where abuses are being investigated.
"This is all about secrecy, accountability and the law," Pearlstein told a news conference.
The report coincided with news that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld ordered military officials to hold a suspect in a prison near Baghdad without telling the Red Cross. Pearlstein said this would be a violation of the Geneva Conventions and Defense Department directives.
She said thousands of security detainees were being held by the United States in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as locations elsewhere which the military refused to disclose.
"The U.S. government is holding prisoners in a secret system of off-shore prisons beyond the reach of adequate supervision, accountability of law," said the report.
Reuters via indymedia
click for windows media file showing President Jimmy Carters defense secretary Zbigniew Brzezinski rallying mujahadeen troops...
Brzezinski with Bin Laden
"In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.
The "Primers", which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system's core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books, though the radical movement scratched out human faces in keeping with its strict fundamentalist code."
Must Read: The Hidden Face of Terrorism by Paul David Collins
Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote a book called 'The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives'
"major deployments of U.S. and British forces had taken place before the  attacks. And the U.S. Army and the CIA had been active in Uzbekistan for several years. There is now evidence that what the world is witnessing is a cold and calculated war plan - at least four years in the making - and that, from reading Brzezinski's own words about Pearl Harbor, the World Trade Center attacks were just the trigger needed to set the final conquest in motion."
Mike Ruppert - HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE?
Have Al Queda [if they exist!!!] been told that their leader has been a business
partner of the BUSH / Carlylse / CIA / Pentagon cartel for years?
Mohammed Atta dressed like a Mafioso, had a stripper girlfriend, smuggled drugs, was already a licensed pilot when he entered the US, enjoyed pork chops, drank to excess and did cocaine, was closer to Europeans than Arabs in Florida, and included the names of defence contractors on his email list, proves how dangerous the radical fundamentalist Muslim can be. - The Coincidence Theorist's Guide to 9/11 [a must read]
|Osama Bin Laden [left]
Osama was a pious boy, attending Islamic classes and private school, although he was never an incisive Islamic scholar. As a teenager, he is said to have flown often to Beirut, where he partied in casinos and nightclubs, chased women and got into occasional brawls. - source
If Bin Laden perpetrated 9-11 -
Did he do it because the Bush dynasty killed both his father and his older Brother?
Osama was 11 or 12 when his father died in a plane crash near San Antonio in 1968. It is unclear how much he inherited - reports vary from $20 million or $80 million to as high as $300 million source
Flashback: 1988-05-29 - Saudi Businessman - Salem bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's older brother, major investor in George Bush Jr.'s Arbusto Energy. Killed in a ultra light plane crash in Texas. The accident report was kept secret. - source
Most people think Bin Laden orchestrated the attacks on the WTC & the Pentagon.
THE CORPORATE MEDIA - ON THE DAY OF THE ATTACKS,
WERE CONSTANTLY MENTIONING 'WAR' - 'PEARL HARBOUR' and 'Bin Laden'
"This is perhaps the most audacious terrorist attack that's ever taken place in the world," said Chris Yates, an aviation expert at Jane's Transport in London. "It takes a logistics operation from the terror group involved that is second to none. Only a very small handful of terror groups is on that list. ... I would name at the top of the list Osama bin Laden."
"This is the second Pearl Harbor. I don't think that I overstate it," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor killed nearly 2,400 people and drew the United States into World War II.
Pocono Record - The 2nd Pearl Harbor - 11th Sept 2001
"The attacks, which some have compared in intensity to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941,
forced the evacuation of key buildings and the closure of financial markets and schools." -
12th Sept 2001
9-11-2001 - 4 p.m: CNN National Security Correspondent David Ensor reports that U.S. officials say there are "good indications" that Saudi militant Osama bin Laden, suspected of coordinating the bombings of two U.S. embassies in 1998, is involved in the attacks, based on "new and specific" information developed since the attacks. - CNN
Think back: do you recall knowing the name 'Bin Laden' before the WTC attacks?
No mention of 9-11 on the FBI's site????
CIA AGENT ALLEGEDLY
MET BIN LADEN IN JULY
From 'Le Figaro' [1 November 2001]
Translated by Tiphaine Dickson
By Alexandra Richard
(Page 2, October 31st, 2001)
Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the Federation of the United Arab Emirates, North-East of Abi-Dhabi. This city, population 350,000, was the backdrop of a secret meeting between Osama bin Laden and the local CIA agent in July. A partner of the administration of the American Hospital in Dubai claims that public enemy number one stayed at this hospital between the 4th and 14th of July.
Having taken off from the Quetta airport in Pakistan, bin Laden was transferred to the hospital upon his arrival at Dubai airport. He was accompanied by his personal physician and faithful lieutenant, who could be Ayman al-Zawahari--but on this sources are not entirely certain--, four bodyguards, as well as a male Algerian nurse, and admitted to the American Hospital, a glass and marble building situated between the Al-Garhoud and Al-Maktoum bridges.
Each floor of the hospital has two "VIP" suites and fifteen rooms. The Saudi billionnaire was admitted to the well-respected urology department run by Teerry Callaway, gallstone and infertility specialist. Dr Callaway declined to respond to our questions despite several phone calls.
As early as March, 2000, 'Asia Week,' published in Hong Kong, expressed concern for bin Laden's health, describing a serious medical problem that could put his life in danger because of "a kidney infection that is propagating itself to the liver and requires specialized treatment". According to authorized sources, bin Laden had mobile dialysis equipment shipped to his hideout in Kandahar in the first part of 2000. According to our sources, bin Laden's "travels for health reasons" have taken place before. Between 1996 and 1998, bin Laden made several trips to Dubai on business.
On September 27th, 15 days after the World Trade Center attacks, at the request of the United States, the Central Bank of the Arab Emirates announced an order to freeze assts and investments of 26 people or organisations suspected of mainting contact with bin Laden's organization, and in particular at the Dubai Islamic Bank.
"Relations between the Emirate and Saudi Arabia have always been very close," according to sources, "princes of reigning families, having recognized the Taliban regime, often travelled to Afghanistan. One of the princes of a ruling family regularily went hunting on the land of bin Laden, whom he had known and visited for many years."
There are daily flights between Dubai and Quetta by both Pakistan and Emirates Airlines. As to private planes from Saudi Arabia or from the Emirates, they regulariy fly to Quetta, where their arrival is rarely registered in airport logs.
While he was hospitalised, bin Laden received visits from many members of his family as well as prominent Saudis and Emiratis. During the hospital stay, the local CIA agent, known to many in Dubai, was seen taking the main elevator of the hospital to go to bin Laden's hospital room.
A few days later, the CIA man bragged to a few friends about having visited bin Laden. Authorised sources say that on July 15th, the day after bin Laden returned to Quetta, the CIA agent was called back to headquarters.
In late July, Emirates customs agents arrested Franco-Algerian activist Djamel Beghal at the Dubai airport. In early August, French and American authorities were advised of the arrest. Interrogated by local authorities in Abu Dhabi, Beghal stated that he was called to Afghanistan in late 2000 by Abou Zoubeida, a military leader of bin Laden's organization, Al Qaeda. Beghal's mission: bomb the US embassy on Gabriel avenue, near the Place de la Concorde, upon his return to France.
According to Arab diplomatic sources as well as French intelligence, very specific information was transmitted to the CIA with respect to terrorist attacks against American interests around the world, including on US soil. A DST report dated 7 September enumerates all the intelligence, and specifies that the order to attack was to come from Afghanistan.
In August, at the US Embassy in Paris, an emergency meeting was called between the DGSE (French foreign intelligence service) and senior US intelligence officials. The Americans were extremely worried, and requested very specific information from the French about Algerian activists, without advising their counterparts about the reasons for their requests. To the question "what do you fear in the coming days?", the Americans kept a difficult-to-fathom silence.
Contacts between the CIA and bin Laden began in 1979 when, as a representative of his family's business, bin Laden began recruiting volunteers for the Afghan resistance against the Red Army. FBI investigators examining the embassy bombing sites in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam discovered that evidence led to military explosives from the US Army, and that these explosives had been delivered threee years earlier to Afghan Arabs, the infamous international volunteer brigades involved side by side with bin Laden during the Afghan war against the Red Army.
In the pursuit of its investigations, the FBI discovered "financing agreements" that the CIA had been developing with its "arab friends" for years. The Dubai meeting is then within the logic of "a certain American policy".
(c) Le Figaro 2001 * Reprinted for Fair Use Only
CIA AGENT ALLEGEDLY
MET BIN LADEN IN JULY
From 'Le Figaro' [1 November 2001]
The Guardian covered it too
The first public response from Osama bin Laden was read on September 16, 2001. He stated, |
"I stress that I have not carried out this act, which appears to have been carried out by individuals with their own motivation,"
which was broadcast by Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite channel. This statement received very little coverage internationally, and no media coverage in the United States. - wikipedia
Surely publishing a denial could be used to implement public incredulity?
On November 9, 2001, in the southern Afghanistan city of Kandahar, Osama bin Laden met a Saudi cleric
and several al-Qaeda members for dinner. A home-movie was recorded of the conversation, and the
videotape was discovered weeks later in an abandoned private house in Jalalabad. The tape is about one hour
long and is comprised of three segments. Two segments are of Osama bin Laden's conversations in a room,
and another segment shows footage of a U.S. helicopter crash site in Ghazni province.
U.S. President George W. Bush viewed the tape on November 30th, and he indicated that if the authenticity
of the tape could be verified then he wanted the video released to the world. On December 9, 2001 the
Washington Post, quoting senior U.S. officials, broke the story of the Osama bin Laden videotape. The
Washington Post story likely hurried the release of the tape, and on December 13th the video was
released to news agencies and broadcast later that morning across America and worldwide.
To ensure the authenticity of the videotape, the U.S. utilized the latest voice and face identification techniques,
and although the quality of the videotape is poor, teams of Arabic translators spent days listening to the tape
to make sure the audible text of the conversations were accurately translated.
After the release of the tape, many newspapers in the Arab world played down the significance of the video.
Some Arabic news agencies questioned the authenticity of the video, which brought a strong response from
U.S. President Bush who said, "This is bin Laden unedited. It's preposterous for anybody to think that this tape
is doctored. That's just a feeble excuse to provide weak support for an incredibly evil man."
The Bin Laden tape evidence...
"The translators missed a lot of things on the tape," said Ali
Al-Ahmed, director of the Saudi Institute, an organization that
promotes human rights in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ahmed said bin Laden identifies nine of the suspected hijackers --
not just Mohamed Atta as had the original translation.
Al-Ahmed and the independent translator -- who did not want to be
identified -- said bin Laden named two additional hijackers on the
tape: the brothers Nawaf al Hazmi and Salam al Hazmi.
Later, he said four other hijackers were from the Al Ghamdi tribe. He
also mentioned two others, both named al Shehri.
Also left out of the translation, they said, were the names of three
Saudi clerics who publicly backed the attacks, according to the man
speaking with bin Laden on the tape. At least one of those three
Saudi clerics was possibly a government official.
One more striking example of detail left out of the government translation, according to Al-Ahmed and the independent translator: Bin Laden's description of exactly what he said to others just before the radio announcement that the first of the attacks had succeeded. They quoted him as saying he told followers, "When you hear a breaking news announcement on the radio, kneel immediately, and that means they have hit the World Trade Center."
Bin Laden named nine hijackers on tape, not one
- By David Ensor
"Unlike the non-CNN versions of the tape, while bin Laden did address the destruction of the
World Trade Towers being far greater than had been anticipated from an engineering standpoint,
bin Laden made no mention of martyrs having now retired to paradise where as a reward they
enjoy all the things that were too sinful to touch on Earth.
Unlike the White House version of the translation, Osama did suggest that for a period of time,
Duh and Company didn't know if there was a coup-in-progress, but nowhere in the tape does bin Laden
suggest Duh tried to put out the fires (or was so scared) he pissed his pants.
From the Tally Ho Tavern in Talent (Oregon), it was said although an extraordinarily high proportion
of the Twin Towers victims were lawyers, the question of New York's hot young financial wizards
"now meeting at the city morgue" is a bald face lie, and the same rumor traced back to the Tally Ho,
which no longer sells New York Fries."
Among the other false statements attributed to Bin Laden: "If the yankee pig dogs apprehend me,
I intend to immolate myself. This will be the signal to our martyrs to attack New York..."
- Networking the internet
The Saudi connection
1) Why were fighters not launched from andrews air force base to protect dc when anyone who has lived in dc knows that that is what always happens. The average intercept time is like 13 minutes and usually in 7. Yet on 9/11 they were never launched at all.
2) Why did the Bush administration block fbi investigations into Abdullah and Omar Bin Laden until 9/13/2001, 2 days after the attacks when coincidentally the administration flew them out of the country (with 9 other of the Bin Laden family) when all other air traffic was still grounded. These two had been under investigation, and "coincidentally" lived right near the dc and ny hijackers in virginia and were know to have financial and social links to them. Yet the Bush administration flew them out of the country 2 days after the attacks and only then allowed the fbi to investigate them. Learn about it from this clip: http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/cta/progs/newsnight/attack22.ram
3) Why doesn't it bother anyone that the Bush and Bin Laden families (as well as Rumsfeld, Cheney, and the rest of the administration) have ongoing business connections and a long history of business dealing? Bush Jr. made his first million running Harken energy which was funded by the Bin Laden's. The administration has had long running ties with the Bin Laden's through the Carlyle group, which happens to be one of the largest defense contractors in the country.
4) Why is the Bush Administration doing everything it can to block investigations into 9/11? Almost no money is being spent on the investigation, documents that have been testified to by intelligence officials are being sealed, the investigation was delayed until the powers of the investigation panel were watered down, etc...
5) Why did was the patriot act written and sitting on Bush's desk days before the attacks waiting for the right "opportunity" to push it through congress? Especially since anyone who has read the document knows that there is no way it could have ever passed prior to 9/11.
9-11 coincidence theory
What You Think You Know About Sept. 11... but don't.
The Saudi government paid off al-Qaida in exchange for immunity from terror attacks. Saudi princes knew in advance about the Sept. 11 attacks. Most of the Saudi officials who assisted al-Qaida all died mysteriously soon thereafter. The revelations in Gerald Posner's new book Why America Slept are an astonishing reminder of just how much we still don't know about Sept. 11 and its planning.
Confessions of a Terrorist
Author Gerald Posner claims an al-Qaeda leader made explosive allegations while under interrogation
By March 2002, the terrorist called Abu Zubaydah was one of the most wanted men on earth. A leading member of Osama bin Laden's brain trust, he is thought to have been in operational control of al-Qaeda's millennium bomb plots as well as the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in October 2000. After the spectacular success of the airliner assaults on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, he continued to devise terrorist plans. Seventeen months ago, the U.S. finally grabbed Zubaydah in Pakistan and has kept him locked up in a secret location ever since. His name has probably faded from most memories. It's about to get back in the news. A new book by Gerald Posner says Zubaydah has made startling revelations about secret connections linking Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and bin Laden.
Details of that terrorism triangle form the explosive final chapter in Posner's examination of who did what wrong before Sept. 11. Most of his new book, Why America Slept (Random House), is a lean, lucid retelling of how the CIA, FBI and U.S. leaders missed a decade's worth of clues and opportunities that if heeded, Posner argues, might have forestalled the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Posner is an old hand at revisiting conspiracy theories. He wrote controversial assessments dismissing those surrounding the J.F.K. and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations. And the Berkeley-educated lawyer is adept at marshaling an unwieldy mass of information-most of his sources are other books and news stories-into a pattern made tidy and linear by hindsight. His indictment of U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies covers well-trodden ground, though sometimes the might-have-beens and could-have-seens are stretched thin. The stuff that is going to spark hot debate is Chapter 19, an account-based on Zubaydah's claims as told to Posner by "two government sources" who are unnamed but "in a position to know"-of what two countries allied to the U.S. did to build up al-Qaeda and what they knew before that September day.
Zubaydah's capture and interrogation, told in a gripping narrative that reads like a techno-thriller, did not just take down one of al-Qaeda's most wanted operatives but also unexpectedly provided what one U.S. investigator told Posner was "the Rosetta stone of 9/11 ... the details of what (Zubaydah) claimed was his 'work' for senior Saudi and Pakistani officials." The tale begins at 2 a.m. on March 28, 2002, when U.S. surveillance pinpointed Zubaydah in a two-story safe house in Pakistan. Commandos rousted out 62 suspects, one of whom was seriously wounded while trying to flee. A Pakistani intelligence officer and hastily made voiceprints quickly identified the injured man as Zubaydah.
Posner elaborates in startling detail how U.S. interrogators used drugs-an unnamed "quick-on, quick-off" painkiller and Sodium Pentothal, the old movie truth serum-in a chemical version of reward and punishment to make Zubaydah talk. When questioning stalled, according to Posner, cia men flew Zubaydah to an Afghan complex fitted out as a fake Saudi jail chamber, where "two Arab-Americans, now with Special Forces," pretending to be Saudi inquisitors, used drugs and threats to scare him into more confessions.
Yet when Zubaydah was confronted by the false Saudis, writes Posner, "his reaction was not fear, but utter relief." Happy to see them, he reeled off telephone numbers for a senior member of the royal family who would, said Zubaydah, "tell you what to do." The man at the other end would be Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, a Westernized nephew of King Fahd's and a publisher better known as a racehorse owner. His horse War Emblem won the Kentucky Derby in 2002. To the amazement of the U.S., the numbers proved valid. When the fake inquisitors accused Zubaydah of lying, he responded with a 10-minute monologue laying out the Saudi-Pakistani-bin Laden triangle.
Zubaydah, writes Posner, said the Saudi connection ran through Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, the kingdom's longtime intelligence chief. Zubaydah said bin Laden "personally" told him of a 1991 meeting at which Turki agreed to let bin Laden leave Saudi Arabia and to provide him with secret funds as long as al-Qaeda refrained from promoting jihad in the kingdom. The Pakistani contact, high-ranking air force officer Mushaf Ali Mir, entered the equation, Zubaydah said, at a 1996 meeting in Pakistan also attended by Zubaydah. Bin Laden struck a deal with Mir, then in the military but tied closely to Islamists in Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (isi), to get protection, arms and supplies for al-Qaeda. Zubaydah told interrogators bin Laden said the arrangement was "blessed by the Saudis."
Zubaydah said he attended a third meeting in Kandahar in 1998 with Turki, senior isi agents and Taliban officials. There Turki promised, writes Posner, that "more Saudi aid would flow to the Taliban, and the Saudis would never ask for bin Laden's extradition, so long as al-Qaeda kept its long-standing promise to direct fundamentalism away from the kingdom." In Posner's stark judgment, the Saudis "effectively had (bin Laden) on their payroll since the start of the decade." Zubaydah told the interrogators that the Saudis regularly sent the funds through three royal-prince intermediaries he named.
The last eight paragraphs of the book set up a final startling development. Those three Saudi princes all perished within days of one another. On July 22, 2002, Prince Ahmed was felled by a heart attack at age 43. One day later Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki al-Saud, 41, was killed in what was called a high-speed car accident. The last member of the trio, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir, officially "died of thirst" while traveling east of Riyadh one week later. And seven months after that, Mushaf Ali Mir, by then Pakistan's Air Marshal, perished in a plane crash in clear weather over the unruly North-West Frontier province, along with his wife and closest confidants.
Without charging any skulduggery (Posner told TIME they "may in fact be coincidences"), the author notes that these deaths occurred after cia officials passed along Zubaydah's accusations to Riyadh and Islamabad. Washington, reports Posner, was shocked when Zubaydah claimed that "9/11 changed nothing" about the clandestine marriage of terrorism and Saudi and Pakistani interests, "because both Prince Ahmed and Mir knew that an attack was scheduled for American soil on that day." They couldn't stop it or warn the U.S. in advance, Zubaydah said, because they didn't know what or where the attack would be. And they couldn't turn on bin Laden afterward because he could expose their prior knowledge. Both capitals swiftly assured Washington that "they had thoroughly investigated the claims and they were false and malicious." The Bush Administration, writes Posner, decided that "creating an international incident and straining relations with those regional allies when they were critical to the war in Afghanistan and the buildup for possible war with Iraq, was out of the question."
The book seems certain to kick up a political and diplomatic firestorm. The first question everyone will ask is, Is it true? And many will wonder if these matters were addressed in the 28 pages censored from Washington's official report on 9/11. It has long been suggested that Saudi Arabia probably had some kind of secret arrangement to stave off fundamentalists within the kingdom. But this appears to be the first description of a repeated, explicit quid pro quo between bin Laden and a Saudi official. Posner told TIME he got the details of Zubaydah's interrogation and revelations from a U.S. official outside the cia at a "very senior Executive Branch level" whose name we would probably know if he told it to us. He did not. The second source, Posner said, was from the cia, and he gave what Posner viewed as general confirmation of the story but did not repeat the details. There are top Bush Administration officials who have long taken a hostile view of Saudi behavior regarding terrorism and might want to leak Zubaydah's claims. Prince Turki, now Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Britain, did not respond to Posner's letters and faxes.
There's another unanswered question. If Turki and Mir were cutting deals with bin Laden, were they acting at the behest of their governments or on their own? Posner avoids any direct statement, but the book implies that they were doing official, if covert, business. In the past, Turki has admitted-to TIME in November 2001, among others-attending meetings in '96 and '98 but insisted they were efforts to persuade Sudan and Afghanistan to hand over bin Laden. The case against Pakistan is cloudier. It is well known that Islamist elements in the isi were assisting the Taliban under the government of Nawaz Sharif. But even if Mir dealt with bin Laden, he could have been operating outside official channels.
Finally, the details of Zubaydah's drug-induced confessions might bring on charges that the U.S. is using torture on terrorism suspects. According to Posner, the Administration decided shortly after 9/11 to permit the use of Sodium Pentothal on prisoners. The Administration, he writes, "privately believes that the Supreme Court has implicitly approved using such drugs in matters where public safety is at risk," citing a 1963 opinion.
For those who still wonder how the attacks two years ago could have happened, Posner's book provides a tidy set of answers. But it opens up more troubling questions about crucial U.S. allies that someone will now have to address.
Pak Helped Bin Laden Set Up Base In Afghanistan: Report
Washington, July 25 (NNN): The final report of the 9/11 probe panel has said that Pakistan helped Osama bin Laden set up base in Afghanistan.
The report, which reviews the circumstances that allowed a group of terrorists to attack the United States on Sept 11, 2001, said that after the 1977 coup, Pakistan military leaders turned to Islamic groups for support, and fundamentalists became more prominent.
Pakistan military rulers, the report said, found "ardent young Afghans" educated at privately madressas "a source of potential trouble at home but potentially useful abroad."
They believed that the Taleban movement could bring order in chaotic Afghanistan and make it a cooperative ally. Pakistani generals also thought that the Taleban might give Pakistan greater security on one of the several borders where Pakistani military officers hoped for what they called "strategic depth," the report said.
"It is unlikely that Osama could have returned to Afghanistan had Pakistan disapproved. The Pakistan military intelligence service probably had advance knowledge of his coming, and its officers may have facilitated his travel," the report said.
The report claimed that during his entire time in Sudan, Osama had maintained guesthouses and training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan. These were part of a larger network used by diverse organizations for recruiting and training fighters for Islamic insurgencies in such places as Tajikistan, Kashmir, and Chechnya.
"Pakistani intelligence officers reportedly introduced Osama to Taleban leaders in Kandahar, their main base of power, to aid his reassertion of control over camps near Khost. In doing so, Pakistani generals hoped that Osama would expand the camps and make them available for training Kashmiri militants," the report said.
When arrived in Afghanistan, the Taleban controlled much of Afghanistan, but key centers, including Kabul, were still held by rival warlords. According to the report, Osama went initially to Jalalabad, probably because it was in an area controlled by a provincial council of Muslim leaders who were not major contenders for national power. He found lodgings with Younis Khalis, the head of one of the main Mujahideen factions.
After September 1996, when first Jalalabad and then Kabul fell to the Taleban, Osama cemented his ties with them. The Taleban, like the Sudanese, would eventually hear warnings, including from the Saudi monarchy. The Taleban leader Mullah Omar "invited" Osama to move to Kandahar, after he gave a controversial interview to the CNN, hoping that this would allow him to exercise greater control over the Saudi dissident.
Osama eventually enjoyed a strong financial position in Afghanistan, thanks to Saudi and other financiers associated with his network. Through his relationship with Mullah Omar, Osama was able to circumvent restrictions; Mullah Omar would stand by him even when other Taleban leaders raised objections. - indolink.com
Afghan interior minister: Pakistan ISI helping Bin Laden
30 December, 2001,|
Afghan interior minister Younis Qanooni has accused the Pakistani secret service of helping al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden flee Afghanistan.
Speaking in an interview with Iranian television, Mr Qanooni said the Pakistani ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) was at odds over Bin Laden with the Pakistani Government, which has supported the American-led war against terror.
"Undoubtedly they (ISI) knew what was going on," he said.
"The fact that there have not been any reactions and that he has not been arrested indicates that he is somehow being supported by the Pakistani ISI."
Benazir Bhutto: Pakistan ISI helping Bin Laden
Half-jesting, half-serious, Benazir Bhutto has told shocked Western capitals that the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden, may be well be securely hidden in the "basement of the presidency of Pakistan", three years after George W. Bush set out to hunt him down.
"But you'll have to ask General Musharraf if it is true", she finished mockingly in what many believe to be the swiftest, single-shot, character assassination in Pakistani politics.
Times of India
In an interview, marked by a bitter attack on the Gen. Musharraf and his Government, Ms. Bhutto questioned Islamabad's commitment to fight terrorism, claiming that there was no Al-Qaeda in Pakistan when she was in power.
Portraying herself as a victim of fundamentalist groups, she said her troubles started after she ordered a crackdown on madrassas.
Dismissing allegations of corruption against her, she said Gen. Musharraf had hailed the nuclear scientist Abdul Qadir as his 'hero' despite allegations that he had siphoned off "millions of dollars".Ms. Bhutto welcomed the India-Pakistan peace process and called for more confidence-building measures on the nuclear issue.
Musharraf Government is protecting Osama, says Benazir
Bin Laden's hideout in wilds of Pakistan|
FEDERALLY ADMINISTERED TRIBAL AREAS, PAKISTAN September 15, 2003
The dirt road that connects Pakistan's remote town of Wana with Afghanistan is lined with walled compounds. They form the outermost ramparts for Osama bin Laden's hideaway of forests, mountains, and ravines, local residents and officials say.
The compounds are believed to be part of the concentric circles of defense that insulate senior Al Qaeda leaders, giving them plenty of early warning in the event of a ground assault here.
Although US officials say they have set their sights on a 20-square-mile section within this northwestern region of South Waziristan, they face a number of obstacles to going after America's Enemy No. 1.
The terrain here is as treacherous politically as geographically. Government control is tenuous in this fiercely conservative district of Pakistan's tribal belt, where tribesmen share the Taliban's Pashtun ethnicity.
Local residents and officials recently gave a reporter a tour of the zone near Wana, the district capital, which they described as "infested" with Al Qaeda members.
Pakistan Slams Door On U.S. Troops
Jan. 29, 2004
(CBS/AP) Pakistan will not allow U.S. troops to use its soil for a planned "spring offensive" against Taliban or al Qaeda fugitives, officials said Thursday.
Brig. Javed Iqbal Cheema, who as chief of the National Crisis Management Cell coordinates with U.S. officials in the war against terrorism, said Pakistan's policy did not allow U.S. troops to operate inside the country.
"As a matter of fact they (the United States) have not contacted us for this purpose," he told The Associated Press.
U.S. officials in Washington said Wednesday the U.S. Defense Department was planning a new offensive amid concern that current operations in Afghanistan aren't having the effect they want on terrorist networks. One official hinted that troops might extend operations to the Pakistani side of the Afghan border.
Osama bin Laden and top lieutenants are believed to be in hiding in the rugged border regions possibly inside Pakistan. The U.S.-backed Afghan government have complained that resurgent Taliban rebels are operating from Pakistani territory and launching cross-border assaults.
A Pakistani intelligence official said Thursday authorities have no specific information on bin Laden's whereabouts.
Al-Qaeda aided by Pakistan intelligence: US analysts
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
UNI Washington March 22: Rouge elements within the Pakistani military and its intelligence establishment are aiding Al-Qaeda members evade capture and making a mockery of the media hype about the fresh military operations against leaders such as Osama bin Laden, United States analysts have said.
“Certain elements within the Pakistani state and society are known to sympathise with the Al Qaeda, and it is likely that certain rogue elements within the Pakistani military and intelligence establishment are helping Al Qaeda members evade capture,” said the analysts at the geopolitical intelligence firm strategic forecasting (Stratfor).
Following leaks out of Washington in February, the global media are rife with reports of renewed and vigorous efforts to nab senior Al Qaeda leaders.
The latest operation by the Pakistani army gave rise to media speculations that Al Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zwahri had been surrounded. However, those reports turned out to be baseless.
Despite US and Pakistani military activity along the northeastern border of Afghanistan, there has been no sign of Osama bin Laden or any of his top associates, Stratfor said.
“The generic explanations of why this has been the case cite difficult terrain and sympathetic natives — particularly in the autonomous federally administered tribal area (FATA) — but we must consider the possibility that influential elements are helping the jehadists elude their would-be captors,” it said.
With anti-Taliban and anti-Al Qaeda forces controlling Kabul, Stratfor said, the only remaining suspects are within Islamabad’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) apparatus.
Contending that it had no doubt that the ISI leadership was firmly under President, General Pervez Musharraf’s control thanks to certain personnel changes since September 11, 2001, Stratfor quoted sources close to Islamabad as saying that “certain old-school individuals — from colonels on down — remain in a position to thwart anti-Al Qaeda efforts.”
The sources told Stratfor that news travels fast when the military sets out on a fresh assault, and jehadist sympathisers relay the details to Bin Laden through a series of contacts.
“These ISI elements are no longer in positions of authority, but they retain sufficient influence to save Bin Laden’s hide,” the sources added.
“Sympathisers don’t know where Bin Laden is, sources say, but are in touch with a network of middlemen who do know,” the sources added further.
Washington will give Gen Musharraf a chance to purge rogue military elements and provide information about the jehadists’ whereabouts, Stratfor said. But if he complies, Gen Musharraf will run the risk of dissent from within the military, which is his only remaining constituency, Stratfor added.
“If Gen Musharraf fails, the United States likely will take matters into its own hands. This inevitably would lead to the president’s downfall. US troops operating openly in Pakistan likely would incite the masses and some in the military to revolt.” it said.
Mounting US pressure is creating significant problems for Gen Musharraf, it said. The Pakistan President’s principal opponents, who refuse to compromise, are taking this as a cue to move against the him.
Moreover, the exiled leadership of the two main non-Islamist parties — the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) — are preparing to return home.
The PPP chairperson, Ms Benazir Bhutto has hinted that she might return to Pakistan later this year, and the PML-N leader, Mr Shahbaz Sharif also reportedly is considering returning to Pakistan before summer.
“Although the outcome is unclear, Gen Musharraf does not appear to be in a position to prevent the Opposition from ganging up on him,” Stratfor said.
Stratfor said Gen Musharraf basically had two choices: he can produce Bin Laden, or he will have to convince Washington that he does not know where the Al-Qaeda leader is and that he has purged his intelligence agencies of people playing both sides.
“Either way will be an uphill climb, further complicated by government and popular unrest,” Stratfor said. source
Is this Bluff & cover for the CIA issuing new orders to Al Qaeda Via Pakistan Intelligence?
Another Al-Qeada set up in Pakistan|
Pakistan's establishment recently labeled Amjad Farooqi as al-Qaeda's mastermind in the country. However, Asia Times Online contacts vigorously dispute this claim ... and they suspect that Farooqi has already been arrested in Karachi and that he will be "presented" at a later date.
- Twin hot spots near boiling point, Asia Times Online, Jun 5
KARACHI - Even as President General Pervez Musharraf played to the international gallery on his trip to the United Nations and beyond, at home, Pakistan was cooking up another treat to be served on the tour.
On Sunday, Pakistan announced that paramilitary police had killed Amjad Farooqi, a suspected top al-Qaeda operative wanted in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl two years ago, as well as for two assassination attempts against Musharraf last December.
Asia Times Online contacts, however, are adamant that Farooqi was in fact arrested some months ago, and that the "incident" resulting in his death in the southern Pakistani city of Nawabshah was in fact stage-managed by Pakistani security forces.
- Syed Saleem Shahzad
U.S. Thwarts al-Qaeda Sting Operation
Pakistan complained Saturday that the United States blew the cover of an al-Qaida suspect, putting an end to a sting operation against the terror network.
Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan, an al-Qaida computer expert, had agreed to work for Pakistani intelligence agencies after his arrest early last month in the Pakistani city of Lahore.
After an arrangement with Pakistani agencies, he agreed to send coded e-mail messages to other al-Qaida operatives. Pakistani intelligence agents had hoped that with his cooperation they would be able to net other al-Qaida suspects as well.
But in an effort to justify the high security alert in three American cities declared last Sunday, U.S. officials told The New York Times that the decision was based on the information received from Khan.
The revelation exposed Khan and forced Pakistanis to move him to a secret location.
During the last two weeks Pakistan arrested more than 20 al-Qaida operatives, including Ahmad Khalfan Ghailani, the man suspected of orchestrated the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa that killed 224 people. - Big News Network.com Sunday 8th August, 2004
"The $2.1 trillion fiscal year 2003 federal budget that starts October 1 includes $396.2 billion for national defense," he said. "That's $1.08 billion every day. But a significant part of the budget is for weapons designed to fight past wars, and to implement NMD [the National Missile Defense system]."
He said he went on record in 1996 as saying the US military would have to "take leave of old ideas of what constitutes 'military defense'. Back then, I said our greatest threat is from terrorists, and our massive military foces have little utility against such threats. We have to use diplomacy and economic power to eliminate the conditions that create terrorism.
Pentagon offers Pakistan $1.2B arms deal
The Pentagon has offered Pakistan a $1.2 billion arms package, the first in more than 14 years, the Hindustan Times reported Thursday.
Some see the offer as a reward for Pakistan's support in the U.S. war on terror.
The arms package, which must be approved by the U.S. Congress, includes eight P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft, six Phalanx rapid-fire guns for the Pakistan navy and more than 2,000 TOW 2 missiles for the army, according to Pentagon sources.
It does not include the F-16 fighter jets that Pakistan has been keen to acquire. Islamabad had asked the United States for at least 18 new F-16s.
Congress has 30 days to reject or approve the proposed arms sales. But congressional sources said the sale is expected to sail through smoothly, as both the House of Representatives and Senate have Republican majorities.
The delivery of an earlier batch of 60 F-16s to Pakistan was suspended in 1990 due to the Pressler sanctions, which blocked the sale amid reports that Pakistan was clandestinely developing nuclear weapons. The sanctions were lifted after Pakistan pledged to help the United States rid the region of terrorist activity. - bnn
Hunt for Osama: Rumsfeld praises Pakistan's cooperation
WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday praised the "terrific cooperation" of Pakistani forces in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
"They're working closely with the tribal leaders in that area. We have also trained an Afghan national army, which is participating with our coalition forces. And they're working their way around in that country to see that the Taliban and Al Qaeda don't have an opportunity to regroup and try to cause additional terrorist acts."
Rumsfeld said he believed Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was doing everything possible to aid the US war on terrorism. "We have a lot of respect for the efforts they're making. And they've been helpful.
They've rounded up Al Qaeda from time to time and put pressure on the Taliban. And we appreciate that cooperation in the global war on terror both by the Afghan and Pakistani governments."
He also said US forces were better equipped to counter Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan as US forces launched a new offensive against Bin Laden's fighters.
But Rumsfeld insisted that Bin Laden's whereabouts remained a mystery.
"He may be alive and he may not be. We don't know if he's alive or dead," Rumsfeld told CNN television.
"He may be in Afghanistan. He may be in Pakistan. - dailytimes - AFP
US-Pakistani row erupts in hunt for Osama bin Laden
REBUKE: The tensions may stem from a combination of US impatience to accelerate the hunt for militants, and Pakistani reticence to anger the tribes sheltering them
Friday, Apr 22, 2005 -
Cross-border tensions in the hunt for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda militants erupted into the open on Wednesday as Pakistan's frontline commander issued a stinging rebuke to the top US general in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant General Safdar Hussain, who leads 70,000 troops in the lawless tribal belt, described as "highly irresponsible" comments by Lieutenant General David Barno that Pakistan was about to launch a fresh anti-terrorist operation.
"He should not have made that statement. It was a figment of his imagination. There is no bloody operation going on until we have the right intelligence," he told reporters at his headquarters in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
The rift underscored Pakistani sensitivities about its military cooperation with the US, which is unpopular across the country and particularly among the conservative northern Pashtun tribes.
"I don't want to give the nation the impression that Barno can come down here and dictate the operation," he said.
In response, Lieutenant Cindy Moore, a coalition spokeswoman in Kabul, said: "Coalition and Pakistani forces share a common enemy in the global war on terrorism."
Pakistan cooperates in operations to corner al-Qaeda fugitives hiding along the 2,250km border but vehemently rejects suggestions that US troops should be allowed to cross into its territory.
Pakistani troops opened fire on a joint US-Afghan patrol that strayed across the border on Jan. 30, killing one Afghan soldier, Hussain said.
"We warned them `you are in Pakistan, please go back' through a loudhailer, and fired warning shots in the air. They kept going. Thereafter we opened up on them," he said.
He confirmed that the CIA was operating remote surveillance posts near the border, but said its agents were not allowed to roam the tribal areas "for their own safety and security." - Guardian via Tapei Times
Washington, 22 April (AKI) - Documents obtained by the anti-corruption body Judicial Watch show that the US government used privacy right protections to prevent the disclosure of information about Osama bin Laden. In a declassified FBI report from September 2003, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI invoked exemption 6 of the same act on behalf of bin Laden.
This exemption allows the government to withold all information about US persons in "personnel and medical files and similar files" when the disclosure of such information "would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."
Before invoking such a privacy protection, the FBI must carry out a balancing "test" of the public's right to disclosure against the individual's right to privacy, Judicial Watch says.
"It is dumbfounding that the United States government has placed a higher priority on the supposed privacy rights of Osama bin Laden than the public's right to know what happened in the days following the September 11 terrorist attacks," said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. "It is difficult for me to imagine a greater insult to the American people, especially those whose loved ones were murdered by bin Laden on that day."
Last month Judicial Watch obtained other documents from the same report showing that the privacy rights of Saudis, helped to leave the United States immediately after September 11, were also protected for law enforcement purposes, even though the report also says that "no information of investigative value" was gained from interviews with Saudi royals or members of bin Laden's family. The report also showed that they were given only "cursory" questioning, which Judicial Watch said "shows a lackadaisical investigation" and suggested that "the FBI dropped the ball."
Between September 11 and 15 in 2001, 160 Saudis were allowed to leave on 55 commercial flights from airports around the country. source
US double-crossed as militias let bin Laden go
April 14, 2005 - The head of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service says Osama bin Laden was able to elude capture after the US invasion of Afghanistan by paying bribes to the Afghan militias who were supposed to be finding him.
"The principal mistake was made already in 2001, when one wanted bin Laden to be apprehended by the Afghan militias in Tora Bora," August Hanning said in an interview with the German business newspaper Handelsblatt published on Tuesday.
"There, bin Laden could buy himself free with a lot of money." A spokeswoman for Dr Hanning said Afghan forces had told bin Laden that they knew his whereabouts and that he would be arrested, but they allowed him safe passage in exchange for a bribe.
Other officials - including the former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General Tommy Franks - have admitted that Afghan militias who fought on the side of the invasion coalition had allowed al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders to get away, but Dr Hanning is the most senior intelligence official to suggest that bin Laden was among them.
Military experts have also questioned the practice of relying on Afghan militias during the hunt for senior al-Qaeda and Taliban figures, saying that once the Taliban fell, the militias became more interested in gaining power in Afghanistan's many tribal regions than in fulfilling American political goals.
During last year's US presidential campaign, the Democratic candidate, John Kerry, frequently criticised the Bush Administration for what he called "outsourcing" the hunt for bin Laden. The search reached its most active phase after the fall of the Taliban government, when American and Afghan troops attacked al-Qaeda hideouts in the Tora Bora mountains on the Afghan border with Pakistan.
Defenders of President George Bush's Administration have maintained that using local troops to fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban was aimed at minimising US casualties and at preventing the conflict from becoming an "American war".
In his interview, Dr Hanning was critical of that strategy. He said bin Laden was able to insulate himself inside a protective network of supporters after the early efforts to arrest or kill him failed.
"Since then, he has been able to create his own infrastructure in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area and has won many friends from the tribal groups there," Dr Hanning said.
A CIA contractor has told a North Carolina court that his rough interrogation in 2003 of an Afghan prisoner who subsequently died was indirectly authorised by the highest ranks of the Bush Administration.
A lawyer for David Passaro, the only CIA contractor to be indicted publicly as the result of a prisoner's death in Afghanistan, said in court documents released on Tuesday that he wished to call the legal counsel to the Vice-President, Dick Cheney; two former senior Justice Department officials; the former CIA director, George Tenet; and the Attorney-General, Alberto Gonzales, as witnesses in his defence.
Passaro pleaded not guilty to four charges of assault. - source
'Osama planned strike on Wall St'
The Times April 14, 2005 -
WASHINGTON: Three terror suspects being held in Britain were yesterday indicted in the US for allegedly plotting al-Qa'ida attacks on major financial institutions in New York and Washington.
US Justice Department officials were due last night to unseal four indictments accusing a 32-year-old man with British and Pakistan citizenship and two alleged accomplices of scouting the New York Stock Exchange and the Citicorp building in New York, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington and the Prudential building in Newark, New Jersey.
Dhiren Barot (also known as Issa al-Hindi), Nadeem Tarmohammed and Qaisar Shaffiare were arrested in Britain last August after raids on leading al-Qa'ida figures in Pakistan, who reportedly led detectives to them.
US officials, speaking anonymously, said they would seek extradition of the trio from Britain, but possibly not until they had been prosecuted there.
Senior British legal sources said yesterday the men's trial at the Old Bailey would take precedence.
This was not expected to begin until next year.
US security chiefs claim the key figure is a senior al-Qa'ida member who carried out detailed surveillance of the financial institutions at the behest of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qa'ida leader, shortly before the September 11 terror attacks.
US prosecutors say the three men conducted surveillance on the buildings between August 2000 and April 2001.
Key al-Qa'ida figures captured since the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon have reportedly told how bin Laden's network was planning a second series of attacks in the US, aimed at the financial heart of New York and Washington.
The charges revealed yesterday include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to provide and conceal material support to a terrorist organisation and conspiracy to damage and destroy buildings used in interstate and foreign commerce.
Lawyers say the men deny all the charges against them. The Australian
see: Neo UK - The non-existent ricin ring
Bush says capture of al-Qaeda No. 3 a critical victory
Wednesday 4th May, 2005 -
President Bush said Wednesday the capture of al-Qaida's operational chief in Pakistan represents a critical victory in the war on terror.
"Before I talk about Social Security, though, I want to remind you the war on terror goes on," Bush told a gathering in Washington. "Today's report on the capture of a top al-Qaida operative -- Abu Farraj al-Libbi -- represents a critical victory in the war on terror."
The announcement of the capture of the No. 3 al-Qaida leader triggered wild applause from the audience.
"Al-Libbi was a top general for Osama bin Laden. He was a major facilitator and a chief planner for the al-Qaida network," Bush said.
"His arrest removes a dangerous enemy who was a direct threat to America and for those who love freedom. I applaud the Pakistani government for their strong cooperation in the war on terror," said Bush.
He said Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf acted on solid intelligence to bring the man to justice, and vowed to stay on the offensive until al-Qaida is defeated.
Big News Network.com
Taliban making its way back in Afghanistan
Captured Al-Qaeda kingpin is case of 'mistaken identity'
THE capture of a supposed Al-Qaeda kingpin by Pakistani agents last week was hailed by President George W Bush as "a critical victory in the war on terror". According to European intelligence experts, however, Abu Faraj al-Libbi was not the terrorists' third in command, as claimed, but a middle-ranker derided by one source as "among the flotsam and jetsam" of the organisation.
Al-Libbi's arrest in Pakistan, announced last Wednesday, was described in the United States as "a major breakthrough" in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
Bush called him a "top general" and "a major facilitator and chief planner for the Al- Qaeda network". Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state, said he was "a very important figure". Yet the backslapping in Washington and Islamabad has astonished European terrorism experts, who point out that the Libyan was neither on the FBI's most wanted list, nor on that of the State Department "rewards for justice" programme.
Another Libyan is on the FBI list - Anas al-Liby, who is wanted over the 1998 East African embassy bombings - and some believe the Americans may have initially confused the two. When The Sunday Times contacted a senior FBI counter-terrorism official for information about the importance of the detained man, he sent material on al-Liby, the wrong man.
"Al-Libbi is just a 'middle-level' leader," said Jean-Charles Brisard, a French intelligence investigator and leading expert on terrorism finance. "Pakistan and US authorities have completely overestimated his role and importance. He was never more than a regional facilitator between Al-Qaeda and local Pakistani Islamic groups."
According to Brisard, the arrested man lacks the global reach of Al-Qaeda leaders such as Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden's number two, Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, or Anas al-Liby.
Although British intelligence has evidence of telephone calls between al-Libbi and operatives in the UK, he is not believed to be Al-Qaeda's commander of operations in Europe, as reported.
The only operations in which he is known to have been involved are two attempts to assassinate Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, in 2003. Last year he was named Pakistan's most wanted man with a $350,000 (£185,000) price on his head.
No European or American intelligence expert contacted last week had heard of al-Libbi until a Pakistani intelligence report last year claimed he had taken over as head of operations after Khalid Shaikh Mohammad's arrest.
A former close associate of Bin Laden now living in London laughed: "What I remember of him is he used to make the coffee and do the photocopying."
What is known is that al-Libbi moved from Libya to Pakistan in the mid-1980s before joining the jihad in Afghanistan. He married a Pakistani woman and is said to specialise in maps and diagrams. He is thought to have joined Bin Laden in Sudan with other Libyan nationals in about 1992 and to have become Al-Qaeda's co-ordinator with home-grown Pakistani terrorist groups after 9/11.
Some believe al-Libbi's significance has been cynically hyped by two countries that want to distract attention from their lack of progress in capturing Bin Laden, who has now been on the run for almost four years.
Even a senior FBI official admitted that al-Libbi's "influence and position have been overstated". But this weekend the Pakistani government was sticking to the line that al-Libbi was the third most important person in the Al-Qaeda network.
One American official tried to explain the absence of al-Libbi's name on the wanted list by saying: "We did not want him to know he was wanted."
Whatever his importance, al-Libbi is the sixth Al-Qaeda figure to have been caught in Pakistan, suggesting that the country is now the organisation's centre of operations. The interior minister, Aftab Khan Sherpao, conceded that Bin Laden and his deputy might be hiding in a Pakistani city.
"But the capture of al-Libbi will have made them very apprehensive. Whether big fry or small fry, they're on the run, I can tell you that."
Bush playing hide & seek?
Is this all a PSYOP?
Think about it!
After the Attacks on WTC & Pentagon: 911
Bush announces a 'WAR ON TERROR' whereby he states that Afghanistan will be the target to root out Al Queda over the next year...he even announces that the operation will begin in 2 weeks...
Why announce to the 'terrorists that you are coming for them???
"i'll count to 1 hundred ...Mr Bin Laden...then we'll come get you...!"
Then over the course of 4 years, Efforts are made and failures are AMPLIFIED. Why?
re-read this quote from the above article:
"Whether big fry or small fry, they're on the run, I can tell you that"
and compare it to this classic Bush-ism
BUSH LETS SLIP!
U.S. President George W. Bush, who vowed to catch bin Laden 'dead or alive' more than three years ago, admitted last week there was no sign of an imminent capture. 'We're on a constant hunt for bin Laden,' he said at a swearing-in ceremony for Michael Chertoff, the new head of the Homeland Security Department.
'We're keeping the pressure on him, keeping him in hiding.' - Pakistan admits bin Laden trail has gone cold 
Now compare to this classic PSYOPS article:
Bush: Bring me the head of Bin Laden
CIA agent reveals orders on bin Laden
WASHINGTON May 5, 2005 - The CIA officer who led the first American unit into Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said yesterday that his orders included an unusual assignment: bring back Osama bin Laden's head on ice.
Gary Schroen and his six-member CIA team arrived in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley two weeks after the attacks.
A 32-year CIA veteran with long experience in South Asia and the Middle East, Schroen's prime task was to build up Northern Alliance forces so they could join U.S. troops in the overthrow of the Taliban harboring bin Laden. Schroen said his boss at the CIA, Cofer Black, who was then the director of the CIA's counterterrorist center, also told him and his deputy in no uncertain terms to kill the al-Qaida leadership.
"What he said (was), 'I would like to see the head of bin Laden delivered back to me in a heavy cardboard box filled with dry ice, and I will take that down and show the president. And the rest of the lieutenants, you can put their heads on pikes,' " Schroen told Reuters in an interview.
"I don't think he meant that in detail. ... I think he meant to impress upon me and my deputy that this was very serious business and he wanted to get our adrenaline charged," Schroen added.
Black was not immediately available for comment.
Schroen recounts his post-Sept. 11 Afghan experience in the book, "First In: An Insider's Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan," which will be published next week.
Bin Laden's trail grew cold after the Bush administration withdrew its most highly trained special operations and intelligence units from Afghanistan in preparation for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, Schroen said. - seattletimes
|Dead or Alive
OSAMA bin Laden, leader of the Al Qaeda network and architect of the terror visited upon the United
States on September 11 2001, is alive and well and living in Saudi Arabia.
Supposedly the worlds most hunted man, he is living under the protection of the Saudi royal family
and with the full knowledge of Western intelligence, a high-level intelligence source has revealed
to Pharo. It is understood he entered Saudi Arabia after escaping from Afghanistan through Pakistan
and Iran. - Pharo.com
The importance of a balanced standard is particularly evident in President Bush's request to
Congress for additional law-enforcement powers to investigate terrorist suspects while questions
persist about why the White House and FBI permitted 140 Saudis (including two-dozen relatives
of Osama bin Laden) to leave hurriedly from the United States for Saudi Arabia.
- Jeffrey J. Connaughton Boston.com
"We're hunting him down," he said. "We're tracking him down. He's hiding. We haven't heard hide nor hair of him for about, oh, since December, in terms of anything hard." Rumsfeld said...
[AP Article, 4/26/02, by ROBERT BURNS]
Bin Laden has aged enormously...|
CNN: The last interview you did with bin Laden was back in 1997. How different was the Osama bin Laden we saw in this tape, the interview taped late in October of 2001?
BERGEN: He's actually quite similar. I mean, in terms of his demeanor and his voice -- these kinds of things are quite similar. The big difference is that he's aged enormously between '97 and October of last year.
This is a man who was clearly not well. I mean, as you see from these pictures here, he's really, by December he's looking pretty terrible. But by December, of course, that tape that was aired then, he's barely moving the left side of his body. So he's clearly got diabetes. He has low blood pressure. He's got a wound in his foot. He's apparently got dialysis ... for kidney problems.
I mean, this is a man who has a number of health problems, apart from the fact that anybody running around the Afghan mountains is not going to be in great shape.
CNN: And, of course, the question that people continue to debate is not only is he not well, is he still alive today? Peter Bergen, thank you very much for coming along to share your insights with us this morning.
Musharraf: bin Laden likely dead
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) --Pakistan's president says he thinks
Osama bin Laden is most likely dead because the
suspected terrorist has been unable to get treatment for
his kidney disease.
"I think now, frankly, he is dead for the reason he is a ...
kidney patient," Gen. Pervez Musharraf said on Friday in an
interview with CNN.
Musharraf said Pakistan knew bin Laden took two dialysis
machines into Afghanistan. "One was specifically for his own
personal use," he said.
"I don't know if he has been getting all that treatment in
Afghanistan now. And the photographs that have been shown
of him on television show him extremely weak. ... I would
give the first priority that he is dead and the second priority
that he is alive somewhere in Afghanistan."
OBL in Tora Bora?
"We saw Osama while standing here in front of our guesthouse at 9 p.m. on that Tuesday," says Babrak Khan, a Jalalabad resident who once worked as a guard at a nearby base for Islamic militants. Mr. Babrak says he's sure of the time, because he listened to part of the BBC Pashto language news broadcast that begins at 9:30 p.m. in Afghanistan.
As Babrak and three other city residents describe it, bin Laden rapidly exited the sixth or seventh car, a custom-designed white Toyota Corolla with an elongated, hatchback, in a convoy of several hundred cars. Bin Laden cradled a Kalakov machinegun, a shortened version of a Kalashnikov, as he barked orders to his man.
"A little later, he stood beside a mosque under a tree, surrounded by about 60 armed guards, but quite visibly nervous. Maulvi Abdul Kabir, the Taliban governor of Jalalabad, was holding his hand, as is customary for Muslim men who are spiritually close. The two men were speaking briskly with the son of Younus Khalis, the city's aging patriarch with links to both bin Laden and the Taliban.
Not long after this rare sighting of bin Laden, the convoy, mostly four-wheel drive trucks but followed up with six armored vehicles in the rear, hastily left town. The fleeing Al Qaeda and Taliban members snaked their way down a bumpy dirt road that runs through ancient battlefields and tattered villages and into the Al Qaeda base.
In the foothills of Tora Bora, about 30 miles southeast of Jalalabad, the convoy split up. One group went to the village of Mileva and the other group to the village of Garikhil as they prepared to take up their positions in the nearby cave complex.
"They were scornful and in a hurry, and sat there on a stoop, dividing up the fighters and assigning them to different caves," says Malik Osman Khan, chief the village of Garikhil. "Our people were terrified, because we thought the planes would hit the Arabs as they stopped in our village. We sent the women and children into another village for their own safety." - CSM
So is this CIA built military Base
The Al-Badr I base in Jalalabad [3425'00"N 7027'00"E] is about 120 kilometers east of Kabul. The Tora Bora base near Jalalabad was rebuilt on the site of a camp first constructed by the US Central Intelligence Agency in the early 1980s. According to one report, bin Ladin's "Abu Khabab" camp is focused on development and training with chemicals, poisons and other toxins. This camp is named after the Egyptian who runs it, Midhat Mursi who uses the name Abu Khabab. The camp, about eight miles from Jalalabad, is part of a complex of training sites known as Darunta [3428'00"N 7022'00"E], after a nearby stone dam. -
Centcom Central command
Kerry [jeez...remember him?] says bin Laden will be hunted down, as tape surfaces before election
CAIRO, Egypt Osama bin Laden, addressing the American public ahead of presidential elections, said in a video aired Friday that the United States can avoid another Sept. 11 attack if it stops threatening the security of Muslims.
Reading a statement, the al-Qaeda leader refrained from threats of new attacks and instead appealed to Americans.
"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry, Bush or al-Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands," bin Laden said, referring to the president and his Democratic opponent. "Each state that does not mess with our security, has naturally guaranteed its own security."
Admitting for the first time that he ordered the Sept. 11 attacks, bin Laden said he did so because of injustices against the Lebanese and Palestinians by Israel and the United States.
U.S. intelligence officials conclude bin Laden tape made recently
It was the first footage in more than a year of the fugitive al-Qaeda leader, thought to be hiding in the mountains along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The video, broadcast on Al-Jazeera television, showed bin Laden with a long gray beard, wearing traditional white robes, a turban and a golden cloak, standing behind a table with papers and in front of a plain, brown curtain.
He gestured and his hands were steady as he spoke.
The FBI and Justice Department had no immediate assessment of the tape. Officials said one part of their analysis will be to discern whether there may be hidden messages or clues about a possible future attack against the United States. But they said it was too early to know that yet.
- Sign on -San Diego
Search for Osama bin Laden may be warming up
15th May, 2005 - Both Pakistani and US intelligence believe that they are hot on the heels of Osama bin Laden, after his trail went cold months ago.
"Both the US and concerned Pakistani authorities are positive that in the coming days we shall be around Osama bin Laden," a senior Pakistani official told Asia Times Online in an exclusive interview, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The potential breakthrough in the hunt for bin Laden follows the arrest of al-Qaeda operative Abu Faraj al-Libbi in Pakistan last week, and an important lead he divulged during interrogation. Abu Faraj was interrogated by various agencies, including Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, Britain's MI6 and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
This is according to the Pakistani official, who was assigned by Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf - the target of two assassination attempts allegedly masterminded by Abu Faraj - to coordinate and oversee investigations involving recent al-Qaeda detainees in Pakistan.
"The arrest of al-Libbi has only one significance for Pakistan, and that is that he was involved in assassination plots on Musharraf. Apparently there is no way that we will get Osama bin Laden through al-Libbi. MI6 also interrogated al-Libbi separately, and they are also of this opinion, that al-Libbi is little more than a foot soldier and no way eligible to be named as an operational chief. However, US interrogators have a different opinion and they call al-Libbi the catch of the year," the official said.
"Nevertheless," said the official, "the arrest cannot be down-played as insignificant. During interrogation, al-Libbi pointed [out] Bajur Agency, a tribal area situated in North West Frontier Province, where we found an al-Qaeda sanctuary and arrested many important operatives, including an Uzbek."
Despite repeated questioning from Asia Times Online, the official refused to say whether the Uzbek was the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Tahir Yaldevish, who has been widely reported to have been seen in Pakistan's tribal areas. "This is a state secret," the official said.
"Neither will I tell you his name nor give you any hint, but it is true that there is big 'head money' on him, and as a result of interrogations so far we are quite sure that through him we will be getting Osama bin Laden, or at least we will be around his sanctuary and be able to track his area of rotation. At present, we are completely in the dark."
The official believes that a breakthrough will come soon, but this carries problems. "After that [bin Laden's apprehension] a new debate will start on whether Osama should be arrested in Pakistan's tribal areas or not," said the official.
"I am not part of any strategic community, but my political acumen suggests that in the present drive we will find Osama bin Laden in our tribal areas, and I am sure we will soon ... we should try to push him to the other side of the border and then let US troops arrest him. He should not be arrested by or in Pakistan. Because if that happens, I tell you that the Pakistan army will lose its honor among the masses forever, and at the same time there would be retaliation against the government beyond our comprehension, and in that process anything is possible, real terrorism, bloodshed and even revolution," he continued.
Recalling his experience in dealing with the interrogation of the Uzbek, the official maintained that it had been "truly incredible".
"You can differ in ideologies, but it is difficult not to be impressed by conviction. We are politicians - compromise, retreat and lies are part of our business, but believe me, I passed one hour with that Uzbek and I admitted to myself some guilt - his unbreakable conviction for his cause was the reason.
"He was blindfolded, and when an interrogator served him a glass of water, he said, 'Make sure that it is [served] with the right hand, and not the left hand.' [as per Muslim custom] He gave a full lecture on their cause, and said that he had no regrets that he had joined al-Qaeda. He even recognized me from my voice, as he said that he had often heard me on television, and advised that I should take care as soon everybody 'would be accountable before Allah'.
"I am the person who is monitoring things very closely, and I see the arrest of bin Laden not very far away, this is the same opinion of the US authorities following al-Libbi's arrest. But whether it will bury extremism once and for all, or spark it, is a different debate," the Pakistani functionary commented. -
Syed Saleem Shahzad - Asia Times
Afghan Interim Authority Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah (left) is escorted through an honor cordon and into the Pentagon by Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz on Jan. 25, 2002. Abdullah and Wolfowitz will meet to discuss the war on terrorism in Afghanistan.
Afghan FM sees no evidence of Laden being in Afghanistan
28th MAY - Washington: Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah said in an interview released that he has seen no evidence to convince him that Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is hiding in Afghanistan.
"Personally, as well as the foreign minister of Afghanistan, I haven't seen any evidence to convince me that he is in Afghanistan at this stage," Abdullah said in an interview with CNN to be aired Sunday. "Perhaps in other phases, he was able to come back and forth, go back and forth" between Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said.
Abdullah noted that Abu Faraj al-Libbi, Al-Qaeda's alleged third in command and a close aide of Osama bin Laden, was captured in Pakistan earlier this month. "We all were witness to a situation where hundreds of Al-Qaeda, high-ranking people, including al-Libbi very recently, were arrested outside Afghanistan. So that's one of the evidence," the foreign minister said. - manorama online
So as a consequence of the 9-11 attacks,
the CIA go to Afghanistan and
bomb camps that they built...
While Osama Bin laden is allowed
passage to Chinese territory...
are the US simply destroying evidence
that could implicate complicity in the
nurture & sustinance of Islamo-fascism?
Karzai says bin Laden not in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) 9/7/2005 - President Hamid Karzai said Friday that Osama bin Laden wasn't in Afghanistan, saying his government has no idea of his whereabouts. "God knows where he is," he said. "We don't know. ... He is not in Afghanistan."
The comments come just days after Pakisani Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said the al-Qaida leader wasn't in Pakistan and could be hiding in southeastern Afghanistan.
U.S. officials have said they believe bin Laden to be hiding somewhere in rugged mountains between the two nations.
- source = usatoday
'Bin Laden funded Australian embassy attack in Jakarta'
Sydney, Aug. 1 (PTI): Osama bin Laden funded last year's bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta, the man who led the attack has told Indonesian police.
A courier had delivered the cash to Malaysian master bomber Azahari bin Husin, and it came directly from bin Laden, Rois, who is on trial in Jakarta on terrorism charges in connection with the attack which killed 11 people, and who also goes by the name of Iwan Dharmawan, told police.
Rois said Australia had been chosen as a target for the bombing because of its support for the US in Iraq, according to a transcript of his police interview seen by the daily newspaper 'The Australian.'
As the right-hand man of Azahari and co-conspirator Noordin Mohammed Top, Rois was in charge of logistics and regularly discussed operations and planning with his two militant superiors.
"What I know, from what was said to me by Azahari when we were still in the rented house in Purwakarta, the bombing cost as much as 10,000 dollars, which Azahari said would convert to around 50million to 60million rupiah," Rois told police in an official interview on November 10 last year.
"According to Azahari's explanation to me at the time, the funds came from Osama bin Laden, and they were sent by a courier, but he didn't say the name, or when he received it." Azahari and another Malaysian Top are among the most wanted men in Asia and are accused of leading roles in several terror attacks such as the Bali bombing in 2002 that killed 202 people.
Australia cannot confirm bin Laden hand
CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Australian government says it cannot confirm a suspect's claim that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden financed the bombing of its embassy in Indonesia.
The suspect has told police in Indonesia that bin Laden sent $10,000 in Australian currency to fund the bombing, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.
Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said the information from the suspect, known as Rois, could be unreliable. He said bin Laden may have been trying to rebuild links with Jemaah Islamiah in Indonesia in the wake of 2003 arrest of key militant Hambali.
"Of course in these situations these kind of people make all kinds of claims. These are not the sort of people you look to for wisdom, advice, or even integrity," he said.
"It's $10,000, it's not so much as to be an alarming amount of money, so it could have come from anywhere."
Osama evaded Pak troops: Report
NDTV Correspondent Monday, November 21, 2005 (New Delhi):
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had evaded capture by Pakistani troops by just 30 minutes as they zeroed in on him in a remote village close to the Afghan border a few months ago.
Data from a mobile phone used by one of bin Laden's closest aides helped the Pakistani troops to pinpoint his hideout, but by the time they could mount a raid, the al-Qaida chief had slipped away.
The Pakistani embassy in London has confirmed this and said that this is the closest authorities have managed to get to him since 2001.
Bin Laden has not been seen in videos, issued by his terror network, for over a year and some western intelligence agencies believe he may be dead.
The news of The World [prop. R Murdoch]
taken seriously internationally???
'Osama missed by 30 minutes'
By Arshad Sharif - LONDON, Nov 20:
Pakistani troops missed capturing Osama bin Laden by just 30 minutes, a British newspaper, The News of the World, reported on Sunday.
According to the newspaper, the Pakistani embassy in London confirmed the information and quoted it as saying, "We think we missed him (bin Laden) by 30 minutes. It was the closest we have been since 2001."
When contacted, Director General ISPR, Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan told Dawn by phone from Islamabad, "It was not this year but last year."
In reply to a question if President Musharraf had told an American journalist details of the operation, Maj Gen Sultan said, "the president has not talked to any US journalist recently. However, he did give an interview some time ago and told the journalist about the operation which took place last year."
Details of the operation were revealed to American TV interviewer Daphne Barak by President Pervez Mushrraf earlier this year, the newspaper said.
The newspaper said Osama evaded capture by Pakistani troops by just 30 minutes as they zeroed in on him in a remote village close to the Afghan border sometime earlier in the spring.
"Data from a mobile phone used by one of bin Laden's closest aides helped the Pakistani troops to pinpoint his hideout but by the time the troops could mount a raid, Bin Laden had slipped away," said the newspaper.
"It was in the spring. We acted on intelligence reports and were close. Such fleeting opportunities come and either you succeed in a moment or you fail and miss the opportunity for a long time," it quoted President Musharraf as saying in Islamabad. - dawn.com
|Bin Laden may be unable to command, Rumsfeld says
By Lesley Wroughton 21 / 12 /2005 - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden may no longer be able to run the militant network and has not been heard from for nearly a year, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Wednesday.
Rumsfeld said on a trip to Pakistan the Bush administration still considers it a priority to capture the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, who is believed to be hiding somewhere in mountains along the Afghan-Pakistani border.
"I think it is interesting that we haven't heard from him for close to a year," Rumsfeld told reporters en route to Islamabad. "I don't know what it means, but I suspect in any event if he is alive and functioning that he is spending a major fraction of his time trying to avoid being caught," Rumsfeld said. "I have trouble believing he is able to operate sufficiently to be in a position of major command over a worldwide al Qaeda operation, but I could be wrong," he said.
Rumsfeld's comments echoed earlier assessments by the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Ryan Crocker, but contradicted the assertion of al Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, in a video interview this month that bin Laden's battle against the West was only just beginning.
Said Rumsfeld: "We just don't know."
The most recent al Qaeda message from bin Laden came on December 27, 2004, with the broadcast of an audiotape in which he urged Iraqis to boycott elections the following month. Rumsfeld's visit to Pakistan, an ally in the U.S. war on terrorism, is intended to reinforce America's support and assess U.S. relief operations after an October earthquake that killed 73,000 people. His visit comes a day after a similar trip by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.
Before flying on to Afghanistan, Rumsfeld toured a U.S. military field hospital in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistani Kashmir, and stopped in neighboring North West Frontier Province, which was also badly hit in the quake. Rumsfeld posed for photographs with U.S. personnel and told them their efforts were appreciated both in Pakistan and in the United States.
The United States and its military have headed Western relief efforts for Pakistani earthquake victims, a gesture U.S. officials hope will improve Washington's image in the region.
Some key al Qaeda members, such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, have been captured in Pakistan, and President Pervez Musharraf recently announced that a senior al Qaeda figure, Abu Hamza Rabia, had been killed in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
As the United States helps Pakistan recover from the earthquake's devastation, Rumsfeld also said it was important that the world recognize the U.S. relationships with moderate Muslim countries like Pakistan.
"I'll leave it to the historians to say what happens, but certainly as a friend and partner in this effort, we are pleased to be working side-by-side with President Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani military to do whatever can be done to reduce the suffering of so many Pakistanis," he said.
it should be noted that the context of the above story : The Pakistan Earthquake relief efforts which were visited in short succession by Rice, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Bush Snr. [who was appointed UN envoy by Kofi Annan]
Spot the Puppet
Bin Laden's Felt-Skinned Henchman?
Sunday, October 14, 2001 By Michael Y. Park NEW YORK - Do the global terror links reach even as far as Sesame Street? Is Bert the Muppet a henchman of terrorist mastermind Usama bin Laden? The answer is clearly no, but puzzled newspaper readers are still wondering how the Sesame Street icon ended up in a news service photograph of a pro-bin Laden protest in Bangladesh. The pictures showed demonstrators holding up a large poster in which bin Laden and Bert are standing next to each other.
The picture quickly began making the e-mail rounds Wednesday morning, astonishing people and provoking laughter from Los Angeles to Switzerland to South Korea. The poster is a collage of pictures of bin Laden in white robes or in camouflage fatigues and sometimes lecturing with a microphone in his hand, all ringing a large portrait of the bearded Saudi exile. Along the bottom is printed "Usama." On the right side of the picture, just past the right shoulder of the large portrait, is irascible Bert, bosom buddy of Ernie.
The photographs do not appear to have been doctored. They were taken by news photographers covering at least two different demonstrations from different angles on at least two separate days. The first known Bert-bin Laden posters appeared on Oct. 5 in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and photographs of them were printed by the Dutch news service Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau and the Associated Press and Reuters news services. At least one other photograph including the posters was taken at another location by Reuters photographer Rafiqur Rahman on Oct. 9.
Reuters spokeswoman Felicia Cosby said the photos were authentic. "We've just noticed it ourselves, since you queried, that there is Bert on that poster," she said. "I don't know if they're mass-producing these posters, but what I can say is that it is definitely our policy not to doctor photographs."
Associated Press spokesman Jack Stokes said the AP photographs were also untouched. "We haven't changed the photo at all," he said. "We have very strict editing guidelines."
The AP photographs were taken by Pavel Rahman. Stokes said he did not know if Rahman was another name for, or related to, Rafiqur Rahman. Cosby said Rafiqur Rahman, a native Bangladeshi, did not know that he was photographing a Muppet when he covered a prayer demonstration for bin Laden's health Oct. 9. "The photographer is as bemused as we are," she said. "He didn't know what that furry creature was." Rahman is going to a local marketplace to hunt down more Bert-bin Laden posters Wednesday, Cosby said.
The creator of a parody Web site dedicated to "Evil Bert" said he had a theory about how an associate of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and Snuffleupagus had been recruited into the Al Qaeda cause. For several years, Dino Ignacio, 27, a San Francisco 3-D animator, had been maintaining a humor Web site that purported to "prove" that the bad-tempered, banana-shaped Jim Henson creation was connected to evil causes from Hitler and the JFK assassination to the stolen Pamela Anderson sex tapes and Kevin Costner movies. But he stopped maintaining the site when he lost interest in 1998.
A week after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, someone e-mailed him an altered picture of bin Laden standing next to Bert wearing a trenchcoat and looking very angry. Ignacio didn't post the picture on his site out of respect for victims of the terror attack, but the picture began showing up on Bert fan sites and in other odd corners of the Internet.
"What I'm thinking is that [someone there] has access to the Internet, got this picture to pop up off of Alta Vista or Google and put together this collage," he said.
Of course, the other explanation might be that Bert has finally ditched Ernie, canceled his account at Mr. Hooper's shop and taken his Kalashnikov to the other side of the war.
Sesame Workshop issued a statement saying it was very unhappy with the sudden connection between a lovable character with a penchant for pigeons and bottlecaps and the most wanted man in the world. "Sesame Street has always stood for mutual respect and understanding," a spokeswoman said. "We're outraged that our characters would be used in this unfortunate and distasteful manner. This is not at all humorous.The people responsible for this should be ashamed of themselves. We are exploring all legal options to stop this abuse and any similar abuses in the future."
When asked about Bert's current whereabouts, however, the spokeswoman replied: "No comment."
Regardless of the explanation, Ignacio said he doesn't find his "Evil Bert" idea very funny right now. "It's weirding me out," he said. "It's like reality imitating the Web, but it's taking something that I did so much further. I don't want to get into this one because it's too real." - foxnews
Victoria, Australia - Network X Produces Pornography
One day I was working on a computer at Network X. As I was working, Bob Sisterly approached my computer and put a floppy disk in the machine. He said "Look at this" and proceeded to bring up images of pornography involving humans and Sesame Street characters. I was very embarrassed and did not know how to react.
I asked "Where did you get that?" and he replied "Oh, someone put it together here", indicating that Network X was producing pornography.
I was later to discover that Network X is also producing child pornography and is, in fact, an Illuminati-owned and run television station. I was also later to discover that Bob Sisterly is a passionate member of the Illuminati "religion".
- Aussy Abuse ring whistle blower Dr Reina Michaelson
Victoria plans child strip search powers - counter-terrorism laws could allow children as young as 10 to be strip searched without their parents' knowledge. see: Abuse
Linked? CIA / Illuminati death cult plays mind games with the public
Pentagon enlists Sesame Street to help war families
President Jimmy Carters defense secretary & co founder of the Trilateral Commission, Zbigniew Brzezinski, rallied mujahadeen troops..including one Usama Bin Laden.
PSYOPS - MK Bin Laden: US attacks prepared
just before State of The Union Address...Someone resembling OBL warned that al Qaeda was preparing new attacks inside the United States, but said the group was open to a conditional truce with Americans, according to an audio tape attributed to him on 20th Jan. "The operations are under preparation and you will see them in your houses as soon as they are complete, God willing," said the speaker on the audio tape, who sounded like bin Laden. Bin Laden found time to "plug" a book by US Empire watcher William Blum. "If Bush decides to carry on with his lies and oppression, it would be useful for you to read the book Rogue State," - A little odd...in that in it Blum details the CIA's role in recruiting Millionaire Bin Laden & The Mujahadeen for the fight against the Russians in Afghanistan...
USAma Bin Laden's last tape appeared in December 2004 - there has not been a shred of evidence to indicate he is even alive, much less where he might be hiding. In other words, the vast $40 billion a year intelligence apparatus of the United States has not turned up a single credible report about bin Laden in over a year - despite an offer of a $25 million reward for information leading to his death or capture.
Meanwhile as if on cue an OP-Ed in The Washington post asserts:
- E.U.'s Patchwork Of Policies Leaves It Vulnerable to 9/11-Style Attack & Chirac says France is ready to use nuclear arms as retaliation to state sponsored terror... Question: which state?
Meanwhile not to be outdone: Friday 21st Jan 2006, al-CIAda releases a tape Zawahiri recites a poem called "Tears in the Eyes of Time." ...What rhymes with mujahedeen? Antihistamine?
Flashback: Quake hits Northern Pakistan: Dec 2005
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan , makes Senior Bush a UN envoy to the Pakistan earthquake region, he phoned President Musharraf to inform him about his decision. So, now we see Bush Snr. overseeing the very region that his creation: Usama Bin Laden... is said to be hiding...
Meanwhlie: After doing some crawling to remember the holocaust in Auschwitz oh and visiting CIA/NATO Black sites in Poland, Dick Cheney visited Pakistan's earthquake zone, "underscoring the idea that helping Muslims in times of tragedy is one of the best ways the United States can improve its 'image' overseas."
"It's been an amazing experience to see the extent of the devastation," - Cheney said during a visit to a field hospital being run by the U.S. military near the quake's epicenter in the mountainous area 65 miles northwest of the capital Islamabad.
Rumsfeld also visits the disaster area, commenting that Usama Bin Laden might not be able to lead Al Queda "I'll leave it to the historians to say what happens" he rather cryptically said
In Jan 2006 - a Predator drone [remotely flown via GPS] killed men, women & children many more dead - figures unknown - So NO MENTION that this barbaric attack on innocent people is in the same region where thousands are without adequate heating & shelter
Thousands still in desperate need: What do the CIA do? Bomb innocents via remote control - Bombing an earthquake zone? is that sensible?
Maybe Bin Ladens not real at all...
Maybe journalists & agents met with actors...similarly to the way children are taken to see Santa Claus...
|and now some humour...
The Search for Santa Claus Continues
by Garrison Frost
Following weeks of airstrikes and battles in icy, rugged terrain near the North Pole, the soldiers of Operation Twinkle Twinkle are still no closer to locating Santa Claus, whom is wanted for questioning by American officials for possible ties to terrorism.
"There's no telling how extensive is his network of caves, igloos and cute Alpine villages," said a senior Pentagon official.
Although Santa Claus has not been directly linked to any terrorist activities - and is in fact known to be quite jolly - officials with the Justice Department say they want to question the Arctic strongman about his extensive international "spying and distribution network."
"This is a guy who operates without regard to national boundaries or laws," said Attorney General John Ashcroft. "He apparently has access to a great deal of intelligence about everyone's behavior, and his "little helpers" follow his orders without question."
There has been no official word from Claus since the first American assault, but CIA officials have authenticated a video, first broadcast on Al-Jazeera, depicting the bearded leader telling elves that Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and President Bush had been moved from the "nice" list to the "naughty" list.
Fear that Claus might use his network for terrorism - and the widespread understanding that he usually picks up his activities during the winter months - prompted U.S. officials to take preemptive action in November.
"If we don't show our resolve and take bold action today, we may regret it tomorrow," President Bush said in an address to the nation in October.
Although U.S. intelligence has failed to produce evidence that Santa Claus has embraced any of the violent tendencies of Osama Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein, they do point to his record of giving gifts to just about everyone. Ashcroft this week confirmed that the United States will take a firm stand against anyone giving material support to terrorists.
"We know that Mr. Claus in 1993 gave Osama Bin Laden a necktie with little gold stars on it that played "Deck the Halls" when anyone pulled on it," Ashcroft said. "He is also on record as giving one of Hussein's granddaughters a Barbie."
It was initially predicted that the North Pole operation would be an easy one, and in fact President Bush rode a sleigh into an army base in Alaska after only a week to declare the end of combat operations. However, troops in the region have since been subjected to daily attacks by diminutive locals armed with hard candy, dart guns and high-powered water pistols.
Although administration officials told the United Nations that they had reason to believe Claus had large stores of fairy dust and weapons grade peppermint which he could deploy on minutes' notice, inspectors have yet to find these materials, and have so far produced only a few boxes of toys guns and rubber band slingshots.
While U.S. allies have called for the occupation of the North Pole to come to a speedy end, all efforts to bring self-rule to the elves have proved unsuccessful. Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Friday at the U.S.-appointed Leadership Council has accomplished little more than goodhearted mischief and recipes for warm cider.
Recent Pentagon briefings have been replete with solemn reminders that the search for the North Pole dictator could be a protracted affair. Rumsfeld today noted that many of his elves are battle-hardened veterans of Claus' 10-year war against the Easter Bunny in the 1980s.
As support for the war dwindles at home and abroad, many observers speculate that unless Claus is captured soon, the issue could spill over into the 2004 elections, needless to say holiday shopping.
More and more, Democratic presidential candidates are criticizing Bush for his handling of the war, and small children everywhere are refusing to even look at their vegetables pending a full military pullout.
Administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, have expressed fear that the president's poll numbers could drop even further if Santa Claus is captured and brought before a military tribunal as an "enemy combatant."
The Tooth Fairy, a senior fellow at the conservative Brookings Institute, said that she has already seen the backlash among key GOP constituents.
"I'm seeing a lot of outrage among kids that Santa won't receive a trial in open court," Fairy said. "And if the government finds itself hauling in every old man with a white beard it can get its hands on for questioning, well that's probably a worst case scenario for the president going into his reelection campaign." - theaesthetic.com