Rex Tom, FBI Director of Investigative Publicity, stated the FBI's position in 2006:
“The FBI gathers evidence. Once evidence is gathered, it is turned over to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice then decides whether it has enough evidence to present to a federal grand jury. In the case of the 1998 United States Embassies being bombed, bin Laden has been formally indicted and charged by a grand jury. He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to 9/11.”
5/2/11 after heroically killing deadman again
Obama To 9/11 Victims: 'Justice Has Been Done'
Crowds Of People Sing National Anthem, Chant 'USA'
Obama rallies support linking bin laden/al qaeda to 911
(excerpt from full text of Obama announcement)
We quickly learned the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda - an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies...For over two decades, bin Laden has been al Qaeda's leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al Qaeda. Yet his death does not mark the end of our effort...And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. I know that it has, at times, frayed. Yet today's achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.
US National Security Information Operations: Obama’s Bin Laden Kill Sets Precedent
5/10/11 by John Stanton, Virginia based writer specializing in national security and political matters
Excerpt: Even though the original version of the Bin Laden story continues to crumble/change, it was wildly successful in stimulating US nationalism through the media’s constant repetition of the matter. Even Hezbollah’s website Al Manar carried wires stories from AP on Bin Laden’s ignominious demise.
According to Army Special Operations Forces Unconventional Warfare, September 2008, “Information is a strategic resource vital to national security. Dominance of the information environment is a reality that extends to the armed forces of the United States at all levels. Military operations, in particular, are dependent upon many simultaneous and integrated activities that, in turn, depend upon information and information systems, which the United States must protect…With the free flow of information present in all theaters, such as TV, phone, and Internet, conflicting messages can quickly emerge to defeat the intended effects. As a result, continuous synchronization and coordination between Information Operations, Public Affairs, Public Diplomacy, and U.S. allies is imperative. It also helps to ensure that information themes employed during operations involving neutral or friendly populations remain consistent.”[...]
NYT dutifully removes U.S. from the 'tribal' war and propaganda
“What is Al Qaeda? The truth is there is no Al Qaeda”
Yemen’s Drive on Al Qaeda Faces Internal Skepticism
Nov, 03, 2010 - SANA, Yemen — As Yemen intensifies its military campaign against Al Qaeda’s regional arm, it faces a serious obstacle: most Yemenis consider the group a myth, or a ploy by their president to squeeze the West for aid money and punish his domestic opponents. Those cynical attitudes — rooted in Yemen’s history of manipulative politics — complicate any effort to track down the perpetrators of the recent plot to send explosives by courier to the United States. They also make it harder to win public support for the fight against jihadist violence, whatever label one attaches to it. “What is Al Qaeda? The truth is there is no Al Qaeda,” said Lutfi Muhammad, the violence is “because of the regime and the lack of stability and the internal struggles.” That view echoed across Yemen is only partly a conspiracy theory. The Yemeni government has used jihadists as proxy soldiers in the past, and sometimes conflates the Qaeda threat and unrelated political insurgencies in northern and southern Yemen. In a country where political and tribal violence is endemic, it is often impossible to tell who is killing whom, and why.
Dr. Saad Al-Fagih: A dissident Saudi now living in London lived in Afghanistan...
"Al Qaida" in Arabic means 'The Base.' Al Qaeda is just a record for the people who came to Peshawar and moved from there back and forth to the guest house. And moved back to their country. And if they want to follow the number, they must be talking about 20, 30 thousand people. Which is impossible to trace... That record, that documentation was called the record of Al Qaeda...that was Al Qaeda. There's nothing sinister about Al Qaeda. It's not like an organization - any terrorist organization or other underground group...I think most of those records are in the hands of the Saudi government anyway, because people used the Saudi airlines, [at] a very much reduced fare."...
Al Qaeda - the Database
by Pierre-Henri Bunel
"The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the 'TV watcher' to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US..."
April-June 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, former agent for French military intelligence.
Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons "Al Qaeda" is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan.
Videos released May, 16th 2006 by the US Department of Defense confirms the analysis of the former artillery officer Pierre - Henri Bunel published by Thierry Meyssan in his book Pentagate that we reprint here Voltaire Net, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=2473 Comprehensive data-base: http://www.911investigations.net/
Who is Osama bin Ladin?
From the outset, the objective was to use 9/11 as a pretext for launching the first phase of the Middle East War, which consisted in the bombing and occupation of Afghanistan.
Within hours of the attacks, Osama bin Laden was identified as the architect of 9/11. On the following day, the "war on terrorism" had been launched. The media disinformation campaign went into full gear. Also on September 12, less than 24 hours after the attacks, NATO invoked for the first time in its history "Article 5 of the Washington Treaty - its collective defence clause" declaring the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon "to be an attack against all NATO members."
What happened subsequently, with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq is already part of history. Iran and Syria constitute the next phase of the US adminstration's military roadmap.
9/11 remains the pretext and justification for waging a war without borders.
Al Qaeda and the Role of Western Intelligence [to be continued in Part II]
from AL QAEDA AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS: Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda... Incessant and Repetitive Public Discourse Part I
By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky 3/24/12 www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29938
Acknowledged by CIA, Islamic jihad "was" a US sponsored "intelligence asset" going back to the Soviet-Afghan war (1979-1989)...yes we created the Mujahideen, we set up the training camps and the koranic schools, with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Acting on behalf of the CIA, the ISI was involved in the recruitment, training and religious indoctrination of the "jihadists" described by President Ronald Reagan as "Freedom Fighters". From the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war in 1979 to the present, various Islamic fundamentalist organizations became de facto instruments of US intelligence and more generally of the US-NATO-Israel military alliance.
Unknown to the American public, the US spread the teachings of the Islamic jihad in textbooks "Made in America", developed at the University of Nebraska:... the US spent millions of dollars supplying Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation. The primers, filled with jihad 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.. USAID removed its logo and any mention of the U.S. government from the religious texts spokeswoman Kathryn Stratos said "It's not USAID's policy to support religious instruction. But we went ahead with this project because the primary purpose... is to educate children, a predominantly secular activity." ... Published in the dominant Afghan languages of Dari and Pashtun, the textbooks were developed in the early 1980s under a USAID grant to the University of Nebraska -Omaha and its Center for Afghanistan Studies. The agency spent $ 51 million on the university's education programs in Afghanistan from 1984 to 1994." (Washington Post, 23 March 2002)
Newly Disclosed Documents Shed More Light on Early Taliban Offers, Pakistan Role
9-21-10 By Jeremy R. Hammond
first posted at: http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2010/09/20/newly-disclosed-documents...
U.S. government documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and recently posted on the website of the George Washington University National Security Archive shed additional light on U.S. talks with the Taliban prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, including repeated Taliban offers to hand over Osama bin Laden, and the role of Pakistan before and after the attacks.
One of the recently released State Department documents, from March 2000, notes that a proposed “gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Multan, Pakistan figured prominently in discussions” about the mutual goal between the U.S. and regional players of stabilizing Afghanistan. Discussions on another proposed pipeline from Iran to India via Pakistan had also been proposed that were “more advanced”, and the Pakistanis had gone to Tehran to meet with Iranian officials “to pursue these negotiations”. But neither “pipeline is likely to go forward in the mid-term”, the documented concluded. A Pakistani official told the U.S. that “Pakistan ‘will always support the Taliban’”. This “policy cannot change, he continued; it would prompt rebellion across the Northwest Frontier Provinces, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and indeed on both sides of the Pashtun-dominated Pak-Afghan border.” But the Taliban were “‘looking for a way out’ of the problem with bin Laden”. The U.S. was urged to “find a way to compromise with the Taliban”, and possible “ways that the U.S. and the Taliban might use to break the impasse” were suggested, including “the possibility of a trial in a third (Muslim) country”, “U.S. assurances that bin Laden would not face the death penalty”, and “a U.S. outline of what the Taliban would gain from extradition of bin Laden”.
It is already known the U.S. had demanded in secret discussions with the Taliban that bin Laden be handed over for more than three years prior to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The talks continued “until just days before” the attacks, according to a Washington Post report the month following the attacks. But a compromise solution such as the above that would offer the Taliban a face-saving way out of the impasse was never seriously considered. Instead, “State Department officials refused to soften their demand that bin Laden face trial in the U.S. justice system.” Officials described the U.S. decision to reject Taliban offers as a missed opportunity. Former CIA station chief Milt Bearden told the Post, “We never heard what they were trying to say….We had no common language. Ours was, ‘Give up bin Laden.’ They were saying...”Show us the evidence’”, a request U.S. officials deemed unreasonable....
Rejecting Taliban offers to have bin Laden handed over, the U.S. pursued a policy of regime change well prior to the 9/11 attacks. Jane’s Information Group reported in March 2001 that “India is believed to have joined Russia, the USA and Iran in a concerted front against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime”, which included support for Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance, including “information and logistic support” from Washington....
A newly released document dated August 30, 2001 shows that Pakistan was continuing to urge the U.S. “to maintain open channels to the Taliban.” Pakistani officials denied that their support for the Taliban included military assistance. When asked “why Pakistan supports the Taliban”, an official replied, “We don’t support but inter-act with the Taliban”. Pressed further on why Pakistan continued “to give the Taliban international diplomatic support and to press the USG [United States Government] to engage with the Taliban?” the Pakistanis “reiterated that the Taliban are the effective rulers of at least 90 percent of Afghanistan, they enjoy significant popular support because they ended the banditry and anarchy that once bedeviled the country, and that the instant success of the opium poppy production ban underscored … the reality and effectiveness of Taliban authority.” If it wasn’t for “external support” for the Northern Alliance, it “would collapse in a matter of days.”
Another newly disclosed document shows that two days after the 9/11 attacks Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was told “bluntly” that “There was no inclination in Washington to engage in a dialog with the Taliban.” The U.S. was already prepared for military action and “believed strongly that the Taliban are harboring the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks.” The U.S. was “fairly sure” that bin Laden “and his Al Qida network of terrorists” were guilty.
The following day, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage issued an ultimatum to Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmed that Pakistan’s cooperation was expected “should the evidence strongly implicate Usama bin-Laden and the Al Qaida network in Afghanistan and should Afghanistan and the Taliban continue to harbor him and this network”. Mahmud conveyed the message to Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and reported back to Armitage that “the ‘response was not negative on all these points’.” The Taliban was to convene a grand council to discuss the U.S.’s terms. Mahmud said he had “framed the decision to Mullah Omar and the other Afghans as essentially choosing between one man and his safe haven versus the well-being of 25 million citizens of Afghanistan” and that they were “now engaged in ‘deep introspection’ about their decisions.”
The BBC reported on the Pakistani talks with the Taliban, noting the Taliban were “demanding proof of his involvement in the terror attacks on the US” before they would consider handing over Osama bin Laden, who issued a statement saying, “The US is pointing the finger at me but I categorically state that I have not done this”. CNN similarly reported that the Taliban was “refusing to hand over bin Laden without proof or evidence that he was involved” in the 9/11 attacks. Ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef said “that deporting him without proof would amount to an ‘insult to Islam.’” But, he added, “We are ready to cooperate if we are shown evidence.” U.S. officials said evidence gathered linking bin Laden to other terrorist attacks were all the proof that was needed, but declined to provide evidence of his involvement in the 9/11 attacks....
Secretary of State Colin Powell at the time told Tim Russert on NBC’s Meet the Press, “I am absolutely convinced the al Qaeda network, which he heads, was responsible for this attack.” When asked whether the government would “release publicly a white paper which links him and his organization to this attack”, Powell replied, “We are hard at work bringing all the information together, intelligence information, law enforcement information. And I think in the near future we will be able to put out a paper, a document that will describe quite clearly the evidence that we have linking him to this attack.” The promised white paper was never delivered.
The U.S. war against Afghanistan commenced October 7, and the Taliban again repeated offers to negotiate handing over bin Laden. Taliban deputy prime minister Haji Abdul Kabir announced that “If the Taliban is given evidence that Osama bin Laden is involved” and the U.S. stopped its bombing, “we would be ready to hand him over to a third country”. President George W. Bush rejected the offer as “non-negotiable”, adding, “There’s no need to discuss innocence or guilt. We know he’s guilty.” Refusing to provide evidence of bin Laden’s guilt, Bush reiterated the U.S. ultimatum: “If they want us to stop our military operations, they’ve just got to meet my conditions. When I said no negotiations, I meant no negotiations.”
The Taliban then dropped their demand for evidence and repeated their offer to turn bin Laden over to a third country. The London Guardian reported that Taliban minister Muttawakil met with officials from the CIA and ISI to propose the offer, which was once again dismissed by U.S. officials. Taliban spokesman Amir Khan Muttaqi said at the end of October, “We do not want to fight…. We will negotiate. But talk to us like a sovereign country. We are not a province of the United States, to be issued orders to. We have asked for proof of Osama’s involvement, but they have refused. Why?” State Department spokesman Richard Boucher responded by falsely claiming, “All one has to do is watch television to find Osama bin Laden claiming responsibility for the September 11 bombings.”...
Bin Laden was correct in his observation that the U.S. perceived the need for an external enemy in order to pursue their policy goals. Without such a threat, the goal of many after the end of the Cold War not only to maintain U.S. military expenditures, but to effect a “transformation” of the military into a force for U.S. global hegemony, could not be realized. The neoconservative think tank The Project for a New American Century (PNAC), acknowledged this in its September 2000 manifesto “Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces, and Resources for a New Century”, which argued the case for maintaining U.S. preeminence and global hegemony, and to “extend the current Pax Americana” through a buildup of the military. But this “process of transformation” was “likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.”
This assessment echoed that of Andrew Krepinevich, Executive Director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities on March 5, 1999. After stating that “There appears to be a general agreement concerning the need to transform the U.S. military into a significantly different kind of force from that which emerged victorious from the Cold and Gulf Wars,” he noted “this verbal support has not been translated into a defense program supporting transformation.” He stated further that “While there is growing support in Congress for transformation the ‘critical mass’ needed to affect it has not yet been achieved.” In conclusion, he said, “in the absence of a strong external shock to the United States—a latter-day ‘Pearl Harbor’ of sorts—surmounting the barriers to transformation will likely prove a long, arduous process.”
While the U.S. never produced the white paper it promised to present the evidence against bin Laden in making its case for war, the British government presented a paper Tony Blair insisted demonstrated his guilt. Yet “Downing Street acknowledged the 21-page dossier did not amount to a prosecutable case against bin Laden in a court of law.” Harder evidence, the document claimed, was “too sensitive to release.”
To this day, the attacks of 9/11 are not listed as being among the crimes for which Osama bin Laden is wanted by the FBI, because there is not enough evidence against him to bring an indictment against him in a court of law. The threshold of evidence required for waging a war is apparently much lower than that to issue an indictment in a court of law...
Are You a Homegrown Terrorist?
1/23/08 John Whitehead, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-whitehead/are-you-a-homegrown-terro...
Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Calif.) who introduced the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007, has a long productive relationship with the RAND Corporation think tank and close ties to the military-industrial-intelligence complex. In 2005 RAND study, "Trends in Terrorism", a chapter titled "Homegrown Terrorist Threats to the United States" maintains "homegrown terrorism" will come from anti-globalists and radical environmentalists who "challenge the intrinsic qualities of capitalism" ..."exist in much the same operational environment as al Qaida" and pose "a clear threat to private-sector corporate interests, especially large multinational business." Any thought, speech or action that threatens corporate hegemony and profit under this law - however protected by the Bill of Rights - could be considered an act of homegrown terrorism... not unlike the 1950s government McCarthy Red Scare when thousands of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers for disagreeing with the government or associating with any who did so.
Al Qaeda and the "War on Terrorism"
1/20/08 By Michel Chossudovsky, www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7718
The following was first published in Italian in: Giuletto Chiesa (Ed), Zero, Perché la versione ufficiale sull' 11/9 è un Falso [Zero: Why the Official Version on 9/11 is a Falsehood], Piemme, Casale Monferrato, 2007.
One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to "fabricate an enemy". The "outside enemy" personified by Osama bin Laden is "threatening America". Pre-emptive war directed against "Islamic terrorists" is required to defend the Homeland. Reality turned upside down: America under attack. In the wake of 9/11, the creation of this "outside enemy" has served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the war in the Middle East and Central Asia. Waged on the grounds of self-defense, the pre-emptive war is upheld as a "just war" with a humanitarian mandate. As anti-war sentiment grows and political legitimacy falters, doubts regarding the existence of this illusive "outside enemy" must be dispelled. Counter-terrorism and war propaganda are intertwined. The propaganda apparatus feeds disinformation into the news chain. The terror warnings must appear to be "genuine". The objective is to present the terror groups as "enemies of America." Ironically, Al Qaeda --the "outside enemy of America" as well as the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks-- is a creation of the CIA.
From the outset of the Soviet-Afghan war in the early 1980s, the US intelligence apparatus has supported the formation of the "Islamic brigades". Propaganda purports to erase the history of Al Qaeda, drown the truth and "kill the evidence" on how this "outside enemy" was fabricated and transformed into "Enemy Number One".
The US intelligence apparatus creates it own terrorist organizations. And creates its own terrorist warnings concerning the terrorist organizations which it has created. Meanwhile, a cohesive multibillion dollar counterterrorism program "to go after" these terrorist organizations has been put in place.[...]
Cass Sunstein wants government to "cognitively infiltrate conspiracy theorist" websites and groups
1/15/10 Glenn Greenwald, http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/01/15/sunstein/pr...
...As Obama’s "Information Czar", Sunstein effectively interprets the law for the Executive, and Sunstein has outlined plans for the government to infiltrate "conspiracy groups" to undermine them via postings on chat rooms and social networks, as well as real meetings. Sunstein effectively penned the blueprint for a Cointelpro "provocateur" style program to silence what have become the government’s most vociferous and influential critics. The specifics of the plans must be read in full in order to gauge their extreme nature and the threat Sunstein poses to the freedom in America. On page 14 of Sunstein’s January 2008 white paper entitled "Conspiracy Theories," he proposed that "under imaginable conditions" the government "might ban conspiracy theorizing" ... demanding websites be mandated by law to link to opposing information or that pop ups containing government propaganda be forcibly included on political blogs..."The best would be for this to be done voluntarily. But the word voluntary is a little complicated and people sometimes don't do what's best for our society...The idea would be to have a legal mandate as the last resort. . . an ultimate weapon designed to encourage people to do better," Sunstein concluded... we have "a well-motivated government" doing this so that "social welfare is improved." Thus, just like state secrets, indefinite detention, military commissions and covert, unauthorized wars, what was once deemed so pernicious during the Bush years -- coordinated government/media propaganda -- is instantaneously transformed into something Good....
The most chronic, dangerous purveyors of "conspiracy theory" games should be empowered ... Government should pay "credible independent experts" to advocate on its behalf, more effective because people don't trust the Government and only listen to people they believe are "independent" ... "...government can supply these independent experts with information and perhaps prod them into action from behind the scenes," but "too close a connection will be self-defeating if it is exposed."...
Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard Law School, Adrian Vermeule, Harvard Law School
Many millions of people hold conspiracy theories; they believe powerful people have worked together in order to withhold the truth about some important practice or some terrible event. A recent example is the belief that the attacks of 9/11 were carried out not by Al Qaeda, but by Israel or the United States...
PENTAGON "COORDINATION" OF MEDIA ACTIVITIES
The Department of Defense last week increased its efforts to require that Department contacts with the media be monitored and approved by DoD public affairs officials.
The latest Pentagon move follows up on a July 2 memo from Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, who stated that the DoD Office of Public Affairs "is the sole release authority for official DoD information to news media in Washington, and ... all media activities must be coordinated through appropriate public affairs channels. This policy is all too often ignored...We have far too many people talking to the media outside of channels, providing information which is incorrect, out of proper context, unauthorized, or uninformed..."
IDF unit to fight enemies on Facebook, Twitter
“It’s not a matter of what is true that counts but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”
A Cog in the mighty machinery of state propaganda
Mike Whitney, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28008.htm
...Would it surprise you to know that the man responsible for the Bush national security strategy (which included the preemptive "first strike" doctrine) was also appointed executive director of the 911 Commission?... something else about Philip Zelikow... he's an expert on “the creation and maintenance of ‘public myths’ or ‘public presumptions’. His theory analyzes how consciousness is shaped by “searing events” which take on “transcendent importance” and, therefore, move the public in the direction chosen by the policymakers.... from Wikipedia:
“In the Nov-Dec 1998 issue of Foreign Affairs he (Zelikow) co-authored an article called ‘Catastrophic Terrorism’ in which he speculated that if the 1993 bombing of the World Trade center had succeeded ‘the resulting horror and chaos would have exceeded our ability to describe it. Such an act of catastrophic terrorism would be a watershed event in American history. ‘It could involve loss of life and property unprecedented in peacetime and undermine America’s fundamental sense of security, as did the Soviet bomb test in 1949. The US might respond with draconian measures scaling back civil liberties, allowing wider surveillance of citizens, detention of suspects and use of deadly force.” (Wikipedia)
Zelikow’s article presumes that if one creates his own “searing event”, he can steer public opinion in whatever direction he chooses. It's just a matter of the state and media working together to maintain a consistent storyline. And, western media has done a stand-up job in this regard, never veering from the official narrative and never allowing anyone who disputes the prevailing storyline to appear on the major news programs....Bin Laden is a cog in the mighty machinery of state propaganda... "perception management"....Bin Laden has got to be the most successful psychological operation (psy ops) of all time...
the only U.S. defendant charged in connection with the Sept. 11 attacks
U.S. Gave Secrets to Terror Suspect
By PHILIP SHENON http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/27/national/27TERR.html?ex=1034180732&ei=...
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 - Federal prosecutors mistakenly turned over 48 classified F.B.I. reports to Zacarias Moussaoui in what a federal judge described as a grave security breach, the government acknowledged in court documents released today. The reports, which were summaries of interviews related to Mr. Moussaoui's case and the bureau's larger investigation
of the terror network of Al Qaeda, were retrieved in searches of his jail cell this summer ...officials said the summaries, known as "302's," the form used by F.B.I. to record results of an interview, were not marked as classified, even though they contained classified information....
...Assistant US Attorney Robert Spencer said the documents "contain national security information." The Bush administration denied access to such data even to most members of Congress...
27 Sep 2002 http://iafrica.com/news/worldnews/165590.htm
Moussaoui prosecutor kept CIA tapes secret :
The lead prosecutor in the terror case against Zacarias Moussaoui likely knew the CIA destroyed tapes of its interrogations of al-Qaeda suspects more than a year before the government acknowledged it to the court, newly unsealed documents show. By turning down Moussaoui's attempt to directly confront witnesses who - the defense believes - could exonerate him of any Sept. 11 involvement, the court will require the crafting of unclassified summaries from classified prisoner interrogation statements.
MOUSSAOUI SECRECY FOLLIES
The national security classification system exists, it is fair to say, in order to keep sensitive information away from declared enemies of the United States such as accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. So it is more than ironic that in the course of Moussaoui's pending trial for conspiracy to commit terrorism, in which he is representing himself, he was inadvertently provided access to numerous classified documents.Compounding its error in providing the documents, the government subsequently "disclosed the classified nature of the materials erroneously produced" in a separate document sent to Moussaoui. September 26 court order: http://notablecases.vaed.uscourts.gov/1:01-cr-00455/docs/67613/0.pdf
and the unsealed correspondence here: http://notablecases.vaed.uscourts.gov/1:01-cr-00455/docs/67613/2.pdf
Is Al Qaeda Just Bush Boogeyman?
Former British Foreign Secretary: 'Al Qaeda is Not a Real Group, Just a U.S. Propaganda Campaign'
Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook says: The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the 'devil' only in order to drive the TV watcher to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US. Cook has previously written: Al-Qaida, literally "the database", was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians. Cook is merely confirming what others have said. Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Senate that the war on terror is "a mythical historical narrative"...
got this right....
"The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th..."
GWB, July '07 press conference
CIA disbands "Bin laden" unit
7/4/06 The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/alqaida/story/0,,1812598,00.html Nearly five years after George Bush vowed to bring Osama bin Laden to justice "dead or alive"
“Bin Laden doesn’t fit with the administration’s strategy for combating terrorism. Bush: Capturing Bin Laden Is ‘Not A Top Priority Use of American Resources’
Just months after declaring he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive ,” Bush said: "I don’t know where he is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him...I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. <3/13/02 Turning his attention away from bin Laden, Bush trained his focus on Iraq>
New National intelligence report: Al-Qaida may use Iraqi network to attack homeland:
U.S. OPERATION CYCLONE
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Operation Cyclone was code name for the United States Central Intelligence Agency program to arm the Afghan mujahideen against a Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, 1979 to 1989. one of the longest most expensive covert CIA operations ever undertaken;...Carter's national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, stated that the U.S. effort to aid the mujahideen was preceded by an effort to draw the Soviets into a costly and presumably distracting Vietnam War-like conflict. In a 1998 interview with the French news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, Brzezinski said: "We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability they would... That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Soviets into the Afghan trap...The day the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter, "We now have the opportunity of giving the Soviet Union its Vietnam War."...
Brzezinski: 'Operation Cyclone': "A Few Stirred up Muslims"
[Zbigniew] Brzezinski revealed that on July 3, 1979, unknown to the American public and Congress, President Jimmy Carter secretly authorised $500million to create an international terrorist movement that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and "destabilise" the Soviet Union... The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4billion into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan (Taliban means "student").Young zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in Virginia, where future members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage skills" - terrorism. Others were recruited at an Islamic school in Brooklyn, New York, within sight of the fated Twin Towers. In Pakistan, they were directed by British MI6 officers and trained by the SAS. The result, quipped Brzezinski, was "a few stirred up Muslims" - meaning the Taliban. The Wall Street Journal declared: "The Taliban are the players most capable of achieving peace. Moreover, they were crucial to secure the country as a prime trans-shipment route for the export of Central Asia's vast oil, gas and other natural resources."
JIHAD: The Great CIA Game (from Part 6)
5/27/10 by H Rizvi, http://www.daily.pk/jihad-the-great-cia-game-part-6-17997/
CONCLUSION... ‘Global Islamic Jihad’ was forged as an instrument for the pursuit of US strategic interests, and that it proved itself as a worthwhile CIA asset in Afghanistan. It’s very first operation – “Operation Cyclone” – the organizing and launching of the biggest covert operations the world had ever seen proved a remarkable success; enabling the USA and it’s Jihadi allies to attain the stated goal of defeating and forcing the Soviet troops out of Afghanistan. Yet as we have seen in remarks of US officials it was an instrument forged to pursue goal stretching far beyond the immediate objective of defeating Russia in Afghanistan. It is here that except for some success in Yugoslavia –Bosnia and Kosovo-and Chechnya; the idea backfired very badly. To begin with –amongst the various Afghan Mujahideen groups – the concept of ‘holy war’ seemed to give way immediately to struggle for leadership and control of the Afghan capital. Pakistan having a huge Pashtun population in it’s tribal area, and interested in retaining control over Afghanistan as a means of strategic depth as well as access to Central Asia; was increasingly drawn in on the side of Gulbadin Hikmatyar and the Pashtuns. The USA aiming for quick stability in order to implement it’s greater game in Central Asian Republics and Yugoslavia – and also perhaps lessen Pakistani and Pakhtun influence on Afghan issues...the unexpected resistance of the Najeeb government upset US planning and forced the ISI as well as the CIA to continue funding the Mujaheddin for another three years. In the process the conflicting tactical and strategical compulsions of the many strange bed fellows in ‘Global Jihad’ started to surface....
5/27/10 Former CIA Officials Admit Faking Bin Laden Video
Two former CIA officials admitted creating a fake video with intelligence officers dressed up as Osama Bin Laden and cronies ..."
NYT reporter crosses U.S. public diplomacy 'all the news fit to print' line
NYT Reporter Subpoenaed Over Source Of CIA-Iran Book
New York Times | PHILIP SHENON | January 31, 2008 11:20 PM
A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena to NYT reporter James Risen, apparently to try to force him to reveal his confidential sources for a 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration one of the reporter's lawyers said. The subpoena was delivered last week to the New York law firm representing Risen, and ordered him to appear before a grand jury in Alexandria, Va. Feb. 7.
"State Of War" (by New York Times reporter James Risen) first revealed President Bush's covert domestic spying program, examines U.S. intelligence-gathering under the current administration, identifying crucial failures relating to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and more. http://www.metacritic.com/books/authors/risenjames/stateofwar
Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group
The Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group (CPEG), created shortly after September 11, 2001, by Douglas J. Feith, the under secretary of defense for policy
In the April 28, 2004, New York Times, James Risen described the "Group" as "a two-man intelligence team [that] set up shop in a windowless, cipher-locked room at the Pentagon, searching for evidence of links between terrorist groups and host countries. Risen wrote that "Feith created his team a few weeks after the September 11, 2001, attacks to study links between terrorist groups and potential state sponsors around the world. F. Michael Maloof and his colleague, David Wurmser began work in October 2001 in a 15-by-15-foot space on the third floor of the Pentagon. The pair spent their days reading raw intelligence reports, many from the Central Intelligence Agency, in the Pentagon's classified computer system." The "Group" reported weekly to Steven A. Cambone, "then Mr. Feith's principal deputy."
Maloof said the "men culled classified material, much of it uncorroborated C.I.A. data ...recorded and annotated it on butcher paper hung like a mural around their small office. By the end of the year, as rubble was being cleared from the World Trade Center and US forces were in Afghanistan, the men constructed a startling new picture of global terrorism." (all emphases added)
"Old ethnic, religious and political divides between terrorist groups were breaking down, the two men warned, posing an ominous new threat. They saw alliances among a wide range of Islamic terrorists, and theorized about a convergence of Sunni and Shiite extremist groups and secular Arab governments. Their conclusions, delivered to senior Bush administration officials, connected Iraq and Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden." [...] Also see "A Small Intelligence Cell's Connections" graphics, NYT, April 27, 2004.
US state terrorism's manufacture of 'terrorists'
Pentagon P20G Plan to Provoke Terrorist Attacks
by Chris Floyd, 11/1/02 http://www.themoscowtimes.com/
Osama, Death Squads and the Biggest Lie Ever Told
Joe Quin, http://signs-of-the-times.org/signs/editorials/signs20060704_OsamaDeathS...
... "Osama", "al-Qaeda", "al-Qaeda in Iraq", "al-Zarqawi" "al-Zawahiri" are, or were, all part of a US government psychological operation that pitched them as the likely suspects to take the blame for the US and Israeli government Middle Eastern predations, not to mention the imposition of a police state in the US and Britain...
...It has already been exposed that the killings and bombings are the work of "death squads" working out of the Iraqi interior ministry, which itself is entirely controlled by the CIA. Let me reiterate that in every war waged by the US government against a foreign nation, a counter-insurgency operation has immediately been implemented. Counter-insurgency operations are required in such circumstances because when a country is invaded, ! an insurgency of some form invariable arises to defend the country. Such insurgents are very difficult for an invading army to defeat given the extensive support and collaboration they enjoy from the general population. Essentially, an invading army finds itself at war with the population of the country they are invading rather than a separate and independent insurgency. Strategies developed over the years to deal with such situations has come to be known as "counter-insurgency", and include attempts to identify divisions within the society, usually religious, political or ethnic, however insignificant, and to then attempt to provoke these divisions...
WEINER: Osama bin Laden is dead
Robert Weiner, former Clinton White House and the House Government Operations Committee spokesman. James Lewis, national security analyst .
...In 2008, former CIA case officer Robert Baer asserted, “Of course he’s dead.” In 2002 and 2009, Pakistani Presidents Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari separately stated that bin Laden was dead. In 2002, FBI counterterrorism chief Dale Watson stated that bin Laden “probably” was dead. Since 2004, we have seen no new bin Laden videos; we’ve only heard audios. One video released in 2007 could be a compilation of older videos. So why does the intelligence community continue to support the impression that he’s alive?
"All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama Bin Laden..."
Has Osama Bin Laden been dead for seven years - U.S. and Britain covering it up to continue war on terror?
9/11/09 By Sue Reid http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1212851/Has-Osama-Bin-Laden-dead...
The last time we heard a squeak from him was on June 3 this year. The world's most notorious terrorist outsmarted America by releasing a menacing message as Air Force One touched down on Saudi Arabian soil at the start of Barack Obama's first and much vaunted Middle East tour. Even before the new President alighted at Riyadh airport to shake hands with Prince Abdullah, Bin Laden's words were being aired on TV, radio and the internet across every continent...
Bin Laden has been blamed for orchestrating the horrific 911 attack - in which nearly 3,000 people perished - eight years ago this week. President George W. Bush made his capture a national priority, infamously promising with a Wild West flourish to take him 'dead or alive'.The U.S. State Department offered a reward of $50million for his whereabouts. Fake? Bin Laden two months later, when he was supposedly dead. He has escaped the most extensive and expensive man-hunt in history, stretching across Waziristan, the 1,500 miles of mountainous badlands on the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan.Barack Obama launched a fresh operation to find him. Working with the Pakistani Army, elite squads of U.S. and British special forces were sent into Waziristan this summer to 'hunt and kill' the shadowy figure intelligence officers still call 'the principal target' of the war on terror. This new offensive is, of course, based on the premise the 9/11 terrorist is alive. After all, a plethora of 'Bin Laden tapes' prove it. What if he has been dead for years, and the British and U.S. intelligence services are actually playing a game of double bluff? What if everything we have seen or heard of him on video and audio tapes since the early days after 9/11 is fake - and he is kept 'alive' by Western allies to stir up support for the war on terror?...the weight of opinion now swinging behind the possibility that Bin Laden is dead - and the accumulating evidence that supports it - makes the notion, at the very least, worthy of examination. The theory first received an airing in the American Spectator magazine earlier this year when former U.S. foreign intelligence officer and senior editor Angelo M. Codevilla, a professor of international relations at Boston University, stated bluntly: 'All the evidence suggests Elvis Presley is more alive today than Osama Bin Laden.'...
Osama Bin Dead
by Rand Clifford
Bush [Obama] is reminding us we must work together to battle extremists who try to imitate our murder of the innocent in order to achieve political objectives....The "experts" know bin Laden is dead, so do the intelligence analysts, and everyone with any genuine knowledge of the situation—even Bush knows...! Fox "News" ran December 26, 2001, Report: Bin Laden Already Dead . 18 July, 2002, the BBC: Bin Laden "probably" dead . CNN.com followed their own story of October 7, 2002 about bin Laden’s death  with the October 26, 2002: Magazine runs what it calls bin Laden’s will . An excellent overview plus many more links can be found at the WHAT REALLY HAPPENED website .
 http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2135473.stm  http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/central/10/06/karzai.binladen/
 http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/10/26/binladen.will/  http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osama_dead.html  http://www.newamericancentury.org/
Osama Bin Laden's body 'identified by dead sister's brain' DNA
US officials confirmed the body had been identified by a DNA test conducted in Afghanistan.
DNA Evidence Easily Fabricated
NYTimes.com "17 Aug 2009... Scientists in Israel demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA profiles. ... undermining the credibility of... the gold standard of proof in criminal cases. The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva....showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person. " www.nytimes.com/2009/08/18/science/18dna.html
MP: Bin Laden Killed for Fear of Intelligence Leakage
The US killed Osama Bin Laden to prevent any possible leakage of intelligence and information about the US-Al-Qaeda joint terrorist operations Javad Jahangirzadeh, a member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told FNA Monday.
Wikileaks, quoting leaked US cable, says US knew of Abbottabad lair from 2008:
Obama said he directed helicopter-borne US to launch an attack against heavily fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan Sunday acting on a lead that first emerged last August
Osama bin Laden raid yields trove of computer data
The assault force of Navy SEALs snatched a trove of computer drives and disks during their weekend raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, yielding what a U.S. official called “the mother lode of intelligence.”The special operations forces grabbed personal computers, thumb drives and electronic equipment during the lightning raid that killed bin Laden, officials told POLITICO. “They cleaned it out,” one official said. “Can you imagine what’s on Osama bin Laden’s hard drive?”
According to ABC, inside the compound, the raiding team discovered “computers” — plural... That’s ironic. One of the most important security measures the two brothers who hid bin Laden in the compound took was to take it off the grid. A senior intelligence official told reporters that it had “no telephone or internet service,” an anomaly for the area. That attracted the attention of the satellite imagery sleuths of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the communications interceptions specialists of the National Security Agency and the spy-runners of the CIA ...Spencer Ackerman, danger room, http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/05/video-inside-bin-ladens-drone-pr...
White House admitted last night its initial account of the way Osama bin Laden died at the hands of US forces had been riddled with errors.
Claims that the al-Qaeda leader had died while firing an automatic weapon at commandos were withdrawn, with President Barack Obama’s spokesman admitting “he was unarmed”. A dramatic description of bin Laden using his wife as a “human shield” and forcing her to sacrifice her life also proved to be false. The woman was still alive and was taken into custody with several of the terrorist’s children. In an embarrassing climb-down, Barack Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, admitted that the previous version of events — which came mostly from the chief US counter-terrorism adviser, John Brennan — had been put out “with great haste”. The about-turn left the US open to accusations of a cover-up and led to calls for video footage of the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and images of bin Laden’s body to be released to end conspiracy theories.
However, the White House suggested pictures of bin Laden’s body were too “gruesome” to be made public because they could prove “inflammatory”.
Relations between the US and Pakistan, already strained by the fact that Pakistan was not told in advance about the raid, were put under renewed pressure by contradictory statements from Islamabad. It came as:
* The CIA director, Leon Panetta, said they had been only “60 to 80 per cent sure” that bin Laden was living at the compound.
* Mr Panetta also disclosed that the US was concerned that the Pakistani authorities would alert bin Laden if they told them about the operation.
* Material from the hard drive of bin Laden’s computer, described as “the mother lode of intelligence”, was being analysed.
"Finally, shortly before 2 a.m. in Pakistan, the commandos burst into an upstairs room. Inside, an armed bin Laden took cover behind one of his wives, Brennan said. With a burst of gunfire, one of the longest and costliest manhunts in modern history was over." http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Osama bin Laden was not armed and did not use one of his four wives as a human shield in his dying moments, contrary to earlier reports, as White House officials began to "clarify" early accounts of Monday's commando raids by US special forces.
By Peter Foster
...In the original account of the firefight, John Brennan, a US counter-terrorism official briefing the media, said "There was family at that compound, and there was a female who was, in fact, in the line of fire that reportedly was used as a shield to shield Osama from the incoming fire".
However US officials have now conceded that Bin Laden was not armed during the assault, did not fire back and that his wife was only injured in the assault, most likely in the crossfire, according to unnamed officials quoted by the US website Politico. "A different guy's wife was killed", said the website, quoting an unnamed official who had briefed US television media, with the official adding that Bin Laden's wife was "injured not killed", having been shot in the calf. "Two women were shot here. It sounds like their fates were mixed up," said the US official....
The discrepancy between earlier accounts and the new version of events was put down to "confusion" by the White House, who said that the "fact pattern" on the assault was only now becoming clear as more of the participants were interviewed. The contradictions came despite the fact that other reports suggesting that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state and other senior officials had watched the assault on a live feed provided by a camera mounted on the commando's helmets.
The identity of the dead woman has not been made public. However, officials quoted by the Reuters news agency added that she had been in a different part of the compound from bin Laden when he was killed. Twenty-three children and nine women were in the compound at the time of the assault and were turned over to Pakistani authorities, added the US official who requested anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter.
Osama bin Laden’s Useful Death
By Paul Craig Roberts, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28016.htm
In a propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism, two alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, of the Associated Press or, rather, of the White House Ministry of Truth, write, or copy off a White House or CIA press release that “Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed Monday.”
How many Americans will notice that the first paragraph of the “report” justifies CIA prisons and torture? Without secret prisons and torture “the terror mastermind” would still be running free, despite having died from renal failure in 2001.
How many Americans will have the wits to wonder why the “terror mastermind”--who defeated not merely the CIA and the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with Israel’s Mossad and the intelligence services of NATO, who defeated NORAD, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Air Force, and Air Traffic Control, who caused security procedures to fail four times in US airports in one hour on the same day, who caused the state-of-the-art Pentagon air defenses to fail, and who managed to fly three airliners into three buildings with pilots who did not know how to fly--has not pulled off any other attack in almost ten years? Do Americans really believe that a government’s security system that can so totally fail when confronted with a few Saudi Arabians with box cutters can renew itself to perfection overnight?... Americans are too busy celebrating to think, a capability that seems to have been taken out of their education...so enthralled over the death of bin Laden that they do not wonder why information gleamed years ago would take so long to locate a person who was allegedly living in a million-dollar building equipped with all the latest communication equipment next to the Pakistani Military Academy. Allegedly, the “most wanted criminal” was not moving from hide-out to hide-out in desolate mountains, but ensconced in luxury quarters in broad daylight. Nevertheless, despite his obvious location, it took the CIA years to find him after claiming to have gained information of his whereabouts out of captives in secret prisons...
In an immediate follow-up to the announcement that the Navy SEALs and CIA mercenaries acted in an exemplary fashion following the rules of engagement while a cowardly bin Laden hid behind a woman shield when the gunfire erupted, we have from the pressitutes that “U.S. officials conceded the risk of renewed attack. The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge bin Laden’s death, CIA Director Leon Panetta wrote in a memo. . . . Within a few hours, the Department of Homeland Security warned that bin Laden’s death was likely to provide motivation for attacks from ‘homegrown violent extremists’.” John Brennan, White House counter-terrorism adviser, told reporters that “it was inconceivable that the terrorist fugitive didn’t have support in Pakistan where his hideout had been custom built six years ago in a city with a heavy military presence.” So the claimed murder of bin Laden by the US in a sovereign foreign country with which the US is not at war, a crime under international law, has set up three more self-serving possibilities: Terrorists will avenge bin Laden’s death, says the CIA, setting up another false flag attack...Homeland Security can extend the domestic police state, abuse of travelers, and arrests of war protestors. And Pakistan is under the gun of invasion and takeover (for India, of course) for shielding bin Laden...
As the alleged body has been dumped into the ocean, nothing remains but the word of the US government, which lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections, about yellowcake, about Iranian nukes, and, according to thousands of experts, about 9/11. Suddenly the government is telling us the truth about bin Laden’s death?
Benazir Bhutto named Osama bin Laden's killer before her death ... "15 Jan 2008 ... Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in a suicide attack at the end of 2007 stated in November that the Osama bin Laden, the head of the ..." english.pravda.ru/world/asia/15-01-2008/103426-benazir_bhutto_osama-0/
Osama Bin Laden: Dead or Alive? "9 Oct 2009 ... by David Ray Griffin ...www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=15601 | • www.amazon.co.uk/Osama-Bin-Laden-Dead-Alive/dp/184437081 ISBN 9781566567831 • paperback • $15.00 ...www.interlinkbooks.com/product_info.php?products_id=2129
Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government ... "11 Jul 2002 ... Osama bin Laden is dead. The news first came from sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan almost six months ago: the fugitive died in December ..." whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/osama_dead.php
Bin Laden dead or alive? « RAWA News "10 Jan 2010 ... BBC NEWS: Osama Bin Laden died eight years ago during the battle for Tora Bora in Afghanistan, either from a US bomb or from a serious ..." www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2010/01/10/is-osama-bin-laden-dead-or-aliveo.ht...
Report: Bin Laden Already Dead - U.S. & World "26 Dec 2001 ... Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who .." www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html
Is Bin Laden Dead? - TIME "23 Sep 2006 ... Attending Saudi national day ceremonies in D.C, the CIA director weighs in on the hot question of the weekend."
GORDON DUFF: CIA HINTS, BIN LADEN DEAD SINCE “EARLY 2000′s ... "29 Jun 2010 ... America has known for certain, no doubt, that Osama bin Laden has been dead yet over 300 Americas have lost their lives looking for him ..."www.veteranstoday.com/2010/06/29/gordon-duff-cia-hints-bin-laden-dead-since-early-2000s/
Osama bin Laden Dead, U.S. Officials Say - NYTimes.com "1 May 2011 ... Osama bin Laden has been killed, a United States official said Sunday night. President Obama is expected to make an announcement on Sunday ..." www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/world/asia/osama-bin-laden-is-killed.html
“U.S. Military conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify role of al-Qaeda in Iraq"
Military Plays Up Role of Zarqawi
By Thomas E. Ricks www.washingtonpost.com/ wp-dyn/ content/ article/ 2006/ 04/ 09/ AR2006040900890.html
The U.S. military propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program....helped the Bush administration tie the war to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks....
The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign...One briefing slide about U.S. "strategic communications" in Iraq, prepared for Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home audience" as one of six major targets of the American side of the war.... sections of the briefings indicate there were direct military efforts to use U.S. media to affect views of the war.... for example...a "selective leak" about Zarqawi was made to Dexter Filkins, New York Times reporter based in Baghdad. Filkins's resulting article, about a letter supposedly written by Zarqawi and boasting of suicide attacks in Iraq, ran on the Times front page on Feb. 9, 2004...official evidence of a propaganda operation using an American reporter is rare..."There was no attempt to manipulate the press," Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military's chief spokesman when the propaganda campaign began in 2004, said in an interview Friday. "We trusted Dexter to write an accurate story, and we gave him a good scoop." Another briefing slide states that after U.S. commanders ordered the atrocities of Saddam Hussein's government be publicized, U.S. psychological operations soldiers produced a video disc was not only widely disseminated inside Iraq, but was also "seen on Fox News."...
The Zarqawi program was not related to another effort, led by the Lincoln Group, a U.S. consulting firm, to place pro-U.S. articles in Iraq newspapers, according to the officer familiar with the program who spoke on background..
The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several of the internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response," one U.S. military briefing from 2004 stated. It listed three methods: "Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (a reference to Task Force 626, an elite U.S. military unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP," the U.S. military term for propaganda work.
One internal briefing, produced by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, said that Kimmitt concluded that, "The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date." Kimmitt is now the senior planner on the staff of the Central Command that directs operations in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East...
Kimmitt said, "There was clearly an information campaign to raise the public awareness of who Zarqawi was, primarily for the Iraqi audience but also with the international audience." A goal of the campaign was to drive a wedge into the insurgency by emphasizing Zarqawi's terrorist acts and foreign origin, said officers familiar with the program.
"Through aggressive Strategic Communications, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents: Terrorism in Iraq/Foreign Fighters in Iraq/Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)/Denial of Iraqi Aspirations," the same briefing asserts.
Targeting the “US Home Audience”
by Sunil K. Sharma
...The Bush Administration has desperately tried to portray the Iraqi resistance as being to a significant extent a tool of “foreign” jihadists like Zarqawi, rather than the inevitable and legitimate, overwhelmingly homegrown resistance to US occupation and brutality that it in fact is. As one US intelligence agent commented: “We were basically paying up to $US10,000 a time to opportunists, criminals and chancers who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq.” “Back home this stuff was gratefully received and formed the basis of policy decisions. We needed a villain, someone identifiable for the public to latch on to, and we got one.”
Indeed, as the Washington Post reported on April 11, 2006, based on military documents it obtained, the US military had conducted a “propaganda campaign to magnify the role” of Zarqawi in Iraq. “The documents explicitly list the ‘U.S. Home Audience’ as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign.” The Post went on to report that, “The effort has raised his profile in a way that some military intelligence officials believe may have overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to the organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.” One military briefing from 2004 cited by the Post states: “Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response.” The document listed three methods to be employed in this campaign: “Media operations,” “Special Ops (626)” (referring to Task Force 626, an elite US military unit assigned primarily to hunt down senior officials in Saddam Hussein's government) and “PSYOP”, the military term for propaganda work. Another briefing states that the “The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date,” in the view of Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, now a senior planner on the Central Command staff directing operations in Iraq and the Middle East.[...]
examining psyop prototype
. Reasonable Doubts about the Guilt and Death of the Deceptive "Mr. Zarqawi", Dr. Richard Marsden http://www.uruknet.info/?s1=1&p=24073&s2=20
. Zarqawi -- Bush's man for all seasons, by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times, Oct. 15, 2004http://www.unknownnews.org/0606110607Zarqawi.html
. Orwell in Iraq: Snow Jobs, Zarqawi and Bogus Peace Plans, By Dahr Jamail, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13840.htm
. Hubub in Hibhib: The Timely Death of al-Zarqawi, by Chris Floyd, http://www.chris-floyd.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=689...
Zarqawi - Bush's man for all seasons
By Pepe Escobar, 10/15/04, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FJ15Ak02.html
...There's no shortage of documentation, in print and online, on how US intelligence agents operating around the world since the 1950s have created and developed their own terrorist groups; their own terrorist warnings concerning these terrorist groups; and then how they applied multibillion-dollar counterterrorism tactics - including black psy-ops - to neutralize these terrorist groups they created in the first place. Disinformation and propaganda are key. Creating a "face" to terror is key. So these black psy-ops always include the creation of a cipher. One American psy-ops operative recently leveled with the Australian newspaper The Age: "We were basically paying up to US$10,000 a time to opportunists and criminals who passed off fiction and supposition about Zarqawi as cast-iron fact, making him out as the linchpin of just about every attack in Iraq."
The Zarqawi Rules
Op-Ed By David Brooks http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/14/opinion/14BROO.html?ex=1077784481&ei=1...
The Zarqawi memo's central message is that there is a symbiotic relationship between hard power - the sort of thing the Pentagon can do - and soft power, the sort of thing the State Department, National Endowment for Democracy and United Nations can do. We've just endured two years of bitter debate over the U.S. decision to lead a coalition into Iraq. But the post-Saddam world is different from the Saddam world. In this era, most responsible people understand the implications of Zarqawi's memo: hard-power and soft-power need each other.... That's why, no matter how much they bicker, there's not a dime's worth of difference between neoliberals and neoconservatives over Iraq. Despite the partisan warfare, we're on the verge of a broad foreign policy consensus. Let's all give a shout out to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi for clarifying it for us.