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What's often most interesting here is the names of persons and groups and countries which pop up in documents, and form a mosaic of complicity and connections.  This page will become a work in progress of additional relevant articles as they arise. Check back.
see: ENEMIES and ASSETS from Free Republic 1997
see: Jane's Defense Weekly below - A Marriage of Convenience
see: Are the 70,000 Pentagon Mercs in Iraq killing Shias, Sunnis?
more on 1993 WTC attack on home page

Path to 9/11 Obscures Real Terror Network Kurt Nimmo Local PDF

See below for details  
from Cooperative Research 911 Timeline  Bin Laden, dressed in combat fatigues, in Afghanistan during the 1980’s. [Source: CNN]As we know, Osama and crew were part of the “Militant Islamic Network” consisting of thousands of Mujahideen hand-picked for their viciousness and religious intolerance by the CIA and its proxy, Pakistan’s ISI. A congressional press release, dated 16 January 1997, reveals all the facts we need to know—Clinton factotum Anthony Lake, head of the National Security Council at the time, “helped turn Bosnia into a militant Islamic base,” that is to say Clinton flipped on a green light and “al-Qaeda” rushed in to help the effort to fracture Yugoslavia.

“For the past 10 years, the most senior leaders of al Qaeda have visited the Balkans, including bin Laden himself on three occasions between 1994 and 1996,” Marcia Christoff Kurop wrote for the Wall Street Journal Europe on November 1, 2001.
“The Egyptian surgeon turned terrorist leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri has operated terrorist training camps, weapons of mass destruction factories and money-laundering and drug-trading networks throughout Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Bosnia. This has gone on for a decade. Many recruits to the Balkan wars came originally from Chechnya, a jihad in which Al Qaeda has also played a part.

Did U.S. cut deal to let bin Laden stay free?
The CIA has shut down a unit assigned to hunt down Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants.
Our inability to track down bin Laden has always been curious. Military and intel professionals publicly admit we were closing in on the what the Bush administration calls the "world's most wanted terrorist" when those on the hunt were suddenly pulled out of the mission in Afghanistan and redeployed to Iraq. The decision to abandon the mission in Afghanistan allowed al-Qaida to rebuild and become more of a threat.
The Bush family has long had ties to the bin Laden family. Judicial Watch reported in 2002:
Kathy and Bill Christison (former CIA) are both strong advocates for Palestine.
Electric Politics [wimpy sounding host] interviews former CIA analyst Bill Christison about his nine eleven conversion.
“Within the past year 70-year-old Bill has changed his mind about 9/11, from rejecting conspiracy theories outright to thinking that the standard story is not what it seems. ... we talk a lot about what happens when one rethinks something like 9/11, less about the facts in question.”

Don't Miss Al-QAEDA HISTORY  elite US mil/Al-Qaeda operatives

How the CIA created Osama bin Laden

local copy
19 September 2001  BY NORM DIXON   Well worth reading this ONE article completely

“Throughout the world ... its agents, client states and satellites are on the defensive — on the moral defensive, the intellectual defensive, and the political and economic defensive. Freedom movements arise and assert themselves. They're doing so on almost every continent populated by man — in the hills of Afghanistan, in Angola, in Kampuchea, in Central America ... [They are] freedom fighters.” ~ Reagan

No, not a Bin Laden Fatwa.  In fact, this glowing praise of the murderous exploits of today's supporters of arch-terrorist bin Laden and his Taliban collaborators, and their holy war against the “evil empire”, was issued by
US President Ronald Reagan on March 8, 1985The “evil empire” was the Soviet Union, as well as Third World movements fighting US-backed colonialism, apartheid and dictatorship.

Reagan Library at U Texas

from conservative FREE REPUBLIC on the WTC 1993 attack

1.  Tapes Depict Proposal to Thwart Bomb Used in Trade Center Blast
2.  The FBI And The Mad Bombers
3.  FBI HISTORY - THE WORLD TRADE TOWERS -- FBI allowed the bombing to happen.
5.  Who Is Ramzi Yousef? And Why It Matters  (Laurie Mylroie is critiqued by Schoenman as working for a PR firm Benador, specializing in war propaganda.)
4.  HEY, FOX NEWS!!!!

Brzezinski popup on the Mujahideen and "a bunch of stirred-up Moslems".
(popup) How Jimmy Carter and I started the Mujahedeen  (Counterpunch brief)
Washington IS supporting new Muj terrorists in the War on Terror". -popup- MEK.


"On the surface, this would appear to be more horrific Islamic violence, hardly uncommon in Russia’s Islamic provinces, yet another incident of jihadist madness. However, when the neocons stake their interest in the world, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, Muslim violence invariably follows."

The most powerful group there is not Al-Qaeda, but ACPC, a "non-govt. org (tax-free NGO), that includes Brzezinski.  This is the heart of neo-con and neo-liberal capitalism, tied to Exxon, Enron, and the Carlysle Group, looking to expand influence, build pipelines, and checkmate Russia. ... the committee is composed of more than one hundred distinguished [neocon and neolib] Americans representing both major political parties and nearly every walk of life ... no shortage of Straussians from the American Enterprise Institute, the Freedom House (CIA-front, like NED, chaired by the “world war four” proponent and former CIA director, James Woolsey), the neoliberal Jamestown Foundation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (a long-time CIA psychological warfare outfit), and the perennial warmongering RAND Corporation (a confluence of Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundation money and conniving globalist agendas).
ACPC MEMBERS List  is this really a peace NGO????

CRG -- Who Is Osama Bin Laden?  - With regard to Chechnya, the main rebel leaders Shamil Basayev and Al Khattab were trained and indoctrinated in CIA sponsored camps in Afghanistan and ...
  Fake Al Qaeda - Zacarias Moussaoui fought for the CIA in Chechnya ... CIA reins in loose cannons, and keeps their Al Qaeda creation alive and well ...

More Evidence “al-Qaeda” is a CIA-ISI Contrivance

“Omar Khyam, an accused leader among seven men charged in 2004 with stockpiling half a ton of explosives in an Al Qaeda-linked bombing plot, took the stand Tuesday long enough to refuse to continue his testimony. (OMG! WHY??) The judge temporarily adjourned the trial, which began in March,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

“On Monday, Khyam stunned his own lawyer when he declared that his relatives in Pakistan had been intimidated in recent days by agents of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency, which has a shadowy history of contacts with Islamic extremist networks.”

No mention here of the “shadowy” fact the ISI is a branch office of the CIA. “A number of officers from the ISI’s Covert Action Division received training in the US and many covert action experts of the CIA were attached to the ISI to guide it in its operations against the Soviet troops by using the Afghan Mujahideen, Islamic fundamentalists of Pakistan and Arab volunteers,” writes B. Raman for the South Asia Analysis Group. These “Arab volunteers” and “Islamic fundamentalists,” of the most virulent strain (Saudi Wahhabism), are now known as “al-Qaeda,” a wily and phantasmal enemy specifically designed to serve as a forever enemy, an elusive Goldsteinesque enemy explicitly engineered to pose a threat in perpetuum.

SO then, if ISI wants Omar Khyam to SHUT UP about Al-Qaeda on the witness stand, then obviously that means CIA wants Khyam to SHUT UP.

According to Jane’s Information Group (Jane's Defense Weekly is a private professional pub on the Pentagon and foreign events), the ISI “was modelled on Savak, the Iranian security agency during the reign of the Shah, and, like Savak, ISI was trained by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the SDECE, France’s external intelligence service.”

Vital intelligence on the Taliban may rest with its prime sponsor – Pakistan’s ISI  - Jane's Intelligence - (local pdf)

SAVAK, according to Sam Ghandchi, who experienced the secret police’s brutality firsthand, specialized in shoving broken bottles in the rectums of political dissidents, murdering “pregnant activists, and all other forms of killing and rape.”  SAVAK was a law unto itself, possessing the legal authority to arrest, detain, interrogate, and torture dissidents indefinitely.  SAVAK operated its own prisons in Tehran, such as the Qezel-Qalaeh and Evin facilities. Because it operated autonomously, without checks and balances, it serves as a standard-bearer for secret police around the world.

(Note:  America is in the process of establishing it's own basis for internal secret police.)

“Khyam has revealed more information than was expected,” remarked Sajjan Gohel of the Asia-Pacific Foundation, billed as a counter-terrorism think tank. “He has given a lot of insight into how very many British Muslims have been recruited…. I think everyone was shocked. The question now is whether the whole truth will come out.”

Of course, it does not matter if “the whole truth will come out,” as it is irrelevant, especially for a society unable to connect the dots and, really, not wanting to connect the dots and learn the truth, as this particular truth interrupts sit-coms and football games.
For every person who looks beyond the official story and gleans the indisputable truth about “al-Qaeda” and various other intelligence contrivances engineered by the Pentagon, CIA, MI-6, Mossad, et al, there are literally millions of people who buy into the official explanation, or rather Brothers Grimm machination — the Muslims, represented by the dead Osama and al-Zarqawi, are out to get us and an incessant “clash of civilizations” is required, with attendant police state and tyranny at home.


Even the conservative top military and foreign affairs publication  (local) (only if main article missing)

Jane's Defence Weekly (almost) backs "conspiracy theories":

A marriage of convenience 
The US-led ‘proxy war’ model was based on the premise that Islamists made good anti-Communist allies. The plan was diabolically simple: to hire, train and control motivated Islamic mercenaries. The trainers were mainly from Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, who learnt their craft from American Green Beret commandos and Navy SEALS in various US training establishments. Mass training of Afghan mujahideen was subsequently conducted by the Pakistan Army under the supervision of the elite Special Services Group (SSG), specialists in covert action behind enemy lines and the ISI.
Pakistan’s current military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, spent seven years with the SSG and was also involved in training Afghan mujahideen. Provided he co-operates, he will prove a useful guide to the US in hunting down terrorists inside Afghanistan.

The entire anti-Soviet operation, headed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and held together on the ground by the ISI, was supported by generous donations from the US State Department, Western governments, Saudi Arabia and a handful of commando experts from the UK Special Air Service (SAS), while surveillance training, communication and first aid help came from France.

Israel provided weapons like rifles, tanks and even artillery pieces, captured during its many wars with the Arab states, while Sudan and Algeria contributed committed mujahideen and religious motivation. The entire operation was, inexplicably but amusingly, christened the Safari Club.
The rise of Al-Qaeda 
In 1988, with US knowledge, Bin Laden created Al Qaeda (The Base): a conglomerate of quasi-independent Islamic terrorist cells in countries spread across at least 26 countries, including Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Burma, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Azerbaijan, Dagestan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Syria, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Bosnia as well as the West Bank and Gaza. Western intelligence sources claim Al Qaeda even has a cell in Xinjiang in China, a country that ironically was another willing partner in the jihad against the Soviets. China wanted the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan for its own strategic ends and even trained and despatched Muslim Uighurs of the western Xinjiang region to fight alongside the Afghan mujahideen. China feared that the old Silk Route along the Karakoram Highway could, in time, come under Moscow's domination if the Soviets were not swiftly dislodged from Kabul.
 Washington turned a blind eye to Al-Qaeda, confident that it would not directly impinge on the US.  
(well, not exactly a blind eye ...)

NON-CONSPIRACY STORY OF AFGHANISTAN TRAGEDY PROVOKED BY U.S. and SOVIET interests, playing out the Cold War, and interests of neighboring states.  By Amnesty International.  I would point out that at least the USSR had a genuine stake in Afgh, their southern neighbor, and assisted the modernistic socialist government in seizing power from the religious warlords, at very least for the practical reason that Afgh is on the Soviet border.  The US had no such interest or security need in that region, other than a quest for resources, and to screw with the SovietsThat was Brzezinski's stated purpose, to make the Soviets bleed for as much and as long as possible, both real blood, money, weapons, and public support.

The world's largest single refugee group
Two decades of civil war and serious human rights abuses have forced millions of Afghan men, women and children to flee their homes and seek refuge in other parts of Afghanistan or outside the country.
Since the armed conflict began after the Soviet invasion in 1979, civilians - women and children in particular - have suffered enormously from the devastating consequences of continuous fighting. All the warring factions that have been party to the conflict over the years have given precedence to their military objectives over the lives and livelihoods of the people of Afghanistan. Hundreds of thousands have been killed or injured in indiscriminate bombing and shelling of residential areas. Thousands have been arbitrarily arrested, tortured and raped, "disappeared", or murdered for their political affiliation, ethnic identity, gender, or in reprisal attacks by the various armed groups fighting for control of territory. Schools, hospitals, homes, and farms have been burned and destroyed leaving millions of Afghans displaced and dispossessed.
Between the years 1979 and 1992, more than a fifth of Afghanistan's population - over six million people - were driven from the country in search of safety, mainly to the neighbouring countries of Iran and Pakistan.   Continued costs of war.  http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/engASA110161999

What good friends left behind  Guardian UK

For 17 years, Washington poured $4bn into the pockets of some of the most brutal men on earth - with the overall aim of exhausting and ultimately destroying the Soviet Union in a futile war. One of them, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a warlord particularly favoured by the CIA, received tens of millions of dollars. His speciality was trafficking opium and throwing acid in the faces of women who refused to wear the veil. In 1994, he agreed to stop attacking Kabul on condition that he was made primeminister - which he was.

Eight years earlier, CIA director William Casey had given his backing to a plan put forward by Pakistan's intelligence agency, the ISI, to recruit people from around the world to join the Afghan jihad. More than 100,000 Islamic militants were trained in Pakistan between 1986 and 1992, in camps overseen by the CIA and MI6, with the SAS training future al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in bomb-making and other black arts. Their leaders were trained at a CIA camp in Virginia. This was called Operation Cyclone and continued long after the Soviets had withdrawn in 1989.

"I confess that [countries] are pieces on a chessboard," said Lord Curzon, viceroy of India in 1898, "upon which is being played out a great game for the domination of the world."  Brzezinski, adviser to several presidents and a guru admired by the Bush gang, has written virtually those same words.  In his book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives, he writes that the key to dominating the world is central Asia, with its strategic position between competing powers and immense oil and gas wealth. "To put it in terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires," he writes, one of "the grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy" is "to keep the barbarians from coming together".

The latest mutation of the mojahedin, the Taliban, now ruled Afghanistan. In 1997, US state department officials and executives of the Union Oil Company of California (Unocal) discreetly entertained Taliban leaders in Washington and Houston, Texas. They were entertained lavishly, with dinner parties at luxurious homes in Houston. They asked to be taken shopping at a Walmart and flown to tourist attractions, including the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, where they gazed upon the faces of American presidents chiselled in the rockface. The Wall Street Journal, bulletin of US power, effused, "The Taliban are the players most capable of achieving peace in Afghanistan at this moment in history."

Complete 911 Timeline -- Soviet-Afghan War - Makhtab al-Khidimat

Bin Laden, dressed in combat fatigues, in Afghanistan during the 1980’s.
(Note image digitally altered the brighten the shadow on his face.) [Source: CNN]

from Cooperative Research 911 Timeline  Bin Laden, dressed in combat fatigues, in Afghanistan during the 1980’s. [Source: CNN]1977-1981: The Nationalities Working Group Advocates Using Militant Islam Against Soviet Union

In 1977 Zbigniew Brzezinski, as President Carter’s National Security Adviser, forms the Nationalities Working Group (NWG) dedicated to the idea of weakening the Soviet Union by inflaming its ethnic tensions. The Islamic populations are regarded as prime targets. Richard Pipes, the father of Daniel Pipes, takes over the leadership of the NWG in 1981. Pipes predicts that with the right encouragement Soviet Muslims will “explode into genocidal fury” against Moscow. According to Richard Cottam, a former CIA official who advised the Carter administration at the time, after the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1978, Brzezinski favored a “de facto alliance with the forces of Islamic resurgence, and with the Republic of Iran.” [Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 241, 251 - 256]

Makhtab al-Khidimat offices in the US in the late 1980s.
Some of the offices in fact were represented by single individuals. [Source: National Geographic]
Makhtab al-Khidimat offices in the US in the late 1980s. Some of the offices in fact were represented by single individuals. [Source: National Geographic]
1985-1989: Precursor to Al-Qaeda Puts Down US Roots
Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, bin Laden’s mentor, makes repeated trips to the US and other countries, building up his organization, Makhtab al-Khidimat (MAK), also known as the Services Office. Azzam founded the MAK in 1984 (see 1984). Branches of the MAK open in over 30 US cities,

archived NY Times article on Cryptome  December 1, 1998 
THE MASKING OF A MILITANT: Special Report.; A Soldier's Shadowy Trail In U.S. and in the Mideast

Apr 20, 2005 - Judicial Watch, the public interest group that fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents dated September 24, 2003 through the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) has invoked privacy right protections on behalf of al Qaeda terror leader Osama bin Laden. (Vanity Fair wanted info for an article.)

Enemies and "Assets"

response to:
Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why It Matters  The National Interest  by Laurie Mylroie 1995/96

BACK WHEN right-wingnut FREE REPUBLIC was still free, half-libertarian, and not pure neo-con:
The main headline on this link is Laurie Mylroie (neocon think-tank asset, Benador), along with Frank Gaffney (CIA)  and others, actually creates a plausible excuse for the Feds.  The same "lack of coordination btw departments" party line we are hearing now to justify the creation of a new "security regime".  This article is posted in response by "Uncle Bill", beneath other articles by Ralph Blumenthal posted by others.  Mylroie's effort to connect this to Saddam (and not the U.S. security state itself) is simply an amnesiac propaganda angle gearing up for Bush and 2003. 

One thing that is shocking is that all this was brewing in circles of dissent, and
most Liberals in America were completely unaware of this as conspiracy (I was not aware at the time of any dissent from the Right except *stupid* Clinton-hating over Monica Lewinsky), just as most Conservatives were completely in the dark about Bush regime criminality until perhaps recently.
The most prominent non-right-wingnut source of this criticism is perhaps surprisingly Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone, a Marxist (of some sort) couple on
www.takingaimradio.com and www.gunsandbutter.net.

By William Norman Grigg  March 3, 1997

The World Trade Center bombers had some curious connections

Following the outbreak of communist revolutions across Europe in 1848, Frederic Bastiat, a French champion of free enterprise, took note of the fact that many of his government's supposedly anti-communist policies were actually creating communist-style controls over the economic and political life of his country. As a member of the French Assembly, Bastiat chided his government for "concocting the antidote and the poison in the same laboratory" and for devoting "half of its resources to destroying the evil it has done with the other half."

Our own federal government's ever-escalating "war" on terrorism displays similar dynamics. The same Clinton Administration that urges the expansion of federal power -- and the contraction of personal liberties -- in the struggle against terrorism has eagerly courted the Syrian terror regime and has played host to representatives of the IRA, the Russian mafia, the Red Chinese arms-smuggling industry, and Muslim terrorist factions. This same bizarre duality is apparent in the Administration's domestic "anti- terrorism" initiatives. As the November 11th Washington Post reported, "Since the Oklahoma City bombing [of] April 19, 1995, the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and other federal law enforcement agencies have embarked on a preemptive strategy to uncover domestic terrorist conspiracies while they are in the planning stages. This strategy requires aggressive and potentially controversial tactics as investigators infiltrate groups and bring charges on the basis of allegedly criminal plans that are conceived but not carried out."

Federal Entrapment

The new federal anti-terrorism strategy has resulted in the arrest, prosecution, and (in some cases) conviction of militia members on conspiracy charges in Georgia, Arizona, Washington, and West Virginia. However, it has also produced convincing evidence that the federal informants have acted as agents provocateurs, urging militia members to undertake potentially criminal actions.

In the case of the "Viper Team" in Phoenix, for example, it was a "confidential informant" who infiltrated the militia and suggested that the group rob banks in order to finance its activities. (For more on the "Viper" case, see page 19.) In the Georgia militia case, federal informants who had infiltrated the militia urged its leaders to manufacture pipe bombs; after failing to win support for their idea, the informants planted pipe-bomb components on property belonging to the militia group's leaders.

In the more recent case of the Mountaineer Militia in West Virginia, an FBI informant -- posing as an arms dealer -- asked militia leader Floyd Ray Looker to sell him plans of a local FBI computer facility for $50,000. Although U.S. Attorney William D. Wilmoth has acknowledged that "the facility itself was never in any direct danger" from the Mountaineer Militia, seven members of the group were arrested on terrorism charges on October 11th in what the Washington Post called an "unprecedented use of a new anti-terrorism law...." None of the militias targeted for "preemptive" federal action has a track record of violence. What would happen if federal agents were to use the same tactics on an authentic terrorist cell -- one composed of genuinely ruthless people possessing both the will and the means to carry out lethal acts of political violence?

Bungling or Abetting?

One answer was provided by the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, an attack that killed six Americans, wounded more than a thousand others, inflicted $500 million in damage, and dispelled America's sense of immunity to international terrorism. The leaders of the radical Islamic network responsible for the bombing, who later planned a campaign of urban terrorism which could have claimed the lives of thousands of Americans, were given financial aid and training by the CIA. Furthermore, at several critical junctures where the conspiracy could have been exposed and its leaders arrested, federal law enforcement either ignored that network or actually provided crucial help to it.

The central figure of that terrorist network was Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, the "spiritual leader" of the Egyptian extremist group Gama al-Islamiya. In January 1996, Sheik Omar was convicted of "seditious conspiracy" and sentenced to life in prison for his part in planning the bombing; his nine co-conspirators were handed sentences ranging from 25 years to life. The sheik's defense team attempted to depict the prosecution of their client as an instance of anti-Muslim persecution. However, Sheik Omar's religious vocation, unlike that of the vast majority of devout, peaceful Muslims, was steeped in violence and hatred.

Sheik Omar and his followers were arrested in June 1993, six months after the Trade Center bombing; at the time of the arrest, some of the plotters were literally mixing chemicals to manufacture bombs. Following the January 1996 convictions of Sheik Omar and his disciples, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy declared, "There is a support system for terrorism in the United States whose designer is Sheik Abdel-Rahman.... [It would be] naive to think it has been destroyed." According to Two Seconds Under the World, an account of the Trade Center bombing by New York Newsday's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team of Jim Dwyer, David Kocieniewski, Deidre Murphy, and Peg Tyre, Sheik Omar's followers have established cells in Texas, California, Illinois, and Michigan. Although Sheik Omar may have been the "designer" of this terrorist network, its "support system," as we will see, included the CIA, the U.S. Army, and -- arguably -- federal law enforcement agencies.

CIA Connection

Sheik Omar, who was accused of complicity in the plot to assassinate Anwar Sadat, has devoted his adult life to the overthrow of the secular Egyptian government and the propagation of his variety of Islam. In 1987, the U.S. State Department placed Sheik Omar's name on its "watch list" of non-Americans believed to be involved in terrorism. However, this did not prevent the CIA from enlisting Sheik Omar as a "valuable asset" in covert operations involving the Afghan mujahideen during the 1980s.

Between 1980 and 1989, the CIA pumped more than $3 billion in aid into the mujahideen, the Islamic resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The mujahideen's rank and file was composed of brave and motivated men who displayed astonishing courage in their effort to evict the Soviets from Afghanistan. However, as veteran foreign correspondent Kurt Lohbeck documented in his study Holy War, Unholy Victory: Eyewitness to the CIA's Secret War in Afghanistan, the CIA invested most of its aid in the least combat-worthy and most anti-American factions of the mujahideen. Among the CIA's dubious beneficiaries was Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman.

Writing in the May 1996 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, foreign correspondent Mary Anne Weaver pointed out that it was in Peshawar, Pakistan in the late 1980s that Sheik Omar "became involved with U.S. and Pakistani intelligence officials who were orchestrating the war" against the Soviets, and that the "sixty or so CIA and Special Forces officers based there considered him a 'valuable asset' ... and overlooked his anti-Western message and incitement to holy war because they wanted him to help unify the mujahideen groups."

Sheik Omar and his associates created an institution in Peshawar, Pakistan called the Service Office, which recruited Muslims from around the world as volunteers to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. However, as Weaver pointed out, "Money flowed into the Service Office from the Muslim Brotherhood" -- one of the most radical and violently anti-Western factions of the Pan-Islamic movement. Along with hundreds of millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, Muslim Brotherhood money was distributed through branches of the Service Office in Europe and the United States, thereby providing a ready slush fund for terrorists and anti-Western agitators. While the Service Office sluiced money into the coffers of terrorists, Sheik Omar preached his gospel of jihad in Pakistan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, and in Islamic population centers in Turkey, Germany, England, and even the United States -- despite his listing on the State Department's "watch list." Sheik Omar's CIA-aided access to the United States continued after the Soviets vacated Afghanistan in 1989.

On May 10, 1990, Sheik Omar was granted a one-year visa from a CIA agent posing as an official at the U.S. Consulate in Khartoum, Sudan, and he arrived in New York in July 1990. In November of the same year Sheik Omar's visa was revoked, and the State Department advised the Immigration and Naturalization Service to be on the lookout for him. So attentive was the INS to this advisory that it granted Sheik Omar a green card just five months later.

Terrorist Network

The American-based radicals who sponsored Sheik Omar's 1990 trip to the U.S. included Mahmud Abouhalima, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a CIA-supported veteran of the Afghan campaign. Abouhalima had networked with radical Muslims and American Black Panthers since the mid- 1980s. Also helping to make arrangements for the sheik's visit was Mustafa Shalabi, the Brooklyn-based director of Alkifah, a support fund for mujahideen fighters. Another leader of Sheik Omar's American network was El Sayyid Nosair, an Egyptian expatriate who was later acquitted of the 1990 murder of Jewish militant Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Abouhalima and Nosair were eventually among those convicted of conspiring with Sheik Omar to wage urban warfare in the United States, and in that campaign they made use of skills imparted to them by the CIA and the U.S. military. During the conspiracy trial, attorneys for Sheik Omar and his disciples introduced a file documenting that in 1989, the U.S. Army had sent Special Forces Sergeant Ali A. Mohammed to Jersey City to provide training for mujahideen recruits, including Abouhalima and Nosair. But even as Abouhalima and Nosair underwent that training, according to Two Seconds Under the World, the FBI had them under surveillance as possible terrorists. Although Sheik Omar provided "spiritual" guidance to his network, the Abu Nidal-trained Nosair was the conspiracy's field commander, and Abouhalima was his most important lieutenant.

The FBI engaged in a curiously timed fit of incompetence when the opportunity arose for a preemptive strike against Sheik Omar's network. Following the shooting of Rabbi Meir Kahane in November 1990, the FBI seized and impounded 49 boxes of documents from Nosair's New Jersey apartment; the cache included bomb-making instructions, a hit list of public figures (including Kahane), paramilitary training materials, detailed pictures of famous buildings (including the World Trade Center), and sermons by Sheik Omar urging his followers to "destroy the edifices of capitalism."

But the FBI made none of the evidence available to New York City Assistant District Attorney William Greenbaum, who prosecuted the case. In fact, the FBI ignored the material until after the Trade Center bombing in 1993. Veteran radical lawyer William Kunstler offered his services as Nosair's defense attorney. Kunstler deployed his entire arsenal of sophistries, and presiding Judge William Schlesinger of the New York State Supreme Court granted Kunstler extraordinary procedural latitude (including the privilege of dismissing white potential jurors on racial grounds). Schlesinger's penchant for Kunstler was so pronounced that he invited the notorious Marxist barrister to a Christmas party in his chambers during jury deliberations.

Hamstrung by the FBI's decision to withhold the evidence collected at Nosair's apartment, and stymied by Judge Schlesinger's visible partiality toward the defense, prosecutor Greenbaum was unable to secure a murder conviction against Nosair. When the verdict was announced on December 20, 1991, Kunstler was carried triumphantly away from the courtroom on the burly shoulders of Muslim Brotherhood terrorist Mahmud Abouhalima. Nosair, who was convicted on lesser firearms-related charges, began a seven-year term in Attica prison, where he continued to direct the affairs of Sheik Omar's terrorist network.

The violence pulsating through Sheik Omar's network was not directed solely at predictable enemies like Kahane. By March 1991, Sheik Omar and his associates had seized control of the Alkifah fund, which had by then swollen to an estimated $2 million -- and Shalabi, the fund's manager, was found murdered shortly after a confrontation with three of Sheik Omar's disciples. The CIA-originated fund helped finance Nosair's trial defense. It was also used to procure many of the bomb components that were assembled under the expert supervision of Afghan terrorist Ramzi Yousef, who was imported by the Sheik Omar network in late 1992.

FBI Foreknowledge

Yousef was convicted on September 8, 1996 of plotting a 48-hour campaign of bombings against American commercial flights over the Pacific Ocean. The campaign would have targeted a total of 12 jetliners and as many as 4,000 passengers. Yousef is also accused of carrying out the December 11, 1994 bombing of a Philippine jetliner that killed a Japanese passenger, as well as plotting to assassinate Pope John Paul II. Yousef met Abouhalima in Afghanistan in 1988, and it was Abouhalima who brought the Afghan terrorist to the United States in September 1992 on behalf of Sheik Omar's network.

Shortly after Yousef's arrival, the FBI subpoenaed two dozen of Sheik Omar's followers and questioned them about the sheik, Nosair, and Abouhalima. However, no arrests were made, no grand jury investigation was launched, and the FBI chose to downgrade its scrutiny of Omar's network -- just as plans were being finalized for the Trade Center bombing. This curious decision is even more peculiar in light of the fact that the FBI had obtained intelligence on the network's capabilities and intentions from Emad A. Salem, a former Egyptian Army officer and FBI informant who served as Omar's security guard.

Salem's relationship with the FBI was turbulent, and there were suggestions of impropriety in his personal contacts with FBI handler Nancy Floyd. However, he had repeatedly warned the FBI that Nosair was running a terrorist ring out of his prison cell, and he had supplied detailed descriptions of the Sheik Omar network's plans. But the FBI was doubtful of Salem's reliability and severed its contacts with him seven months before the bombing.

In the aftermath of the Trade Center bombing, the FBI renewed its association with Salem, paying him a reported $1 million to infiltrate Sheik Omar's group once again. Salem secretly recorded many of his conversations with law enforcement agents, including exchanges in which it was revealed that the FBI had detailed prior knowledge of the Trade Center bomb plot. According to Salem, the FBI had planned to sabotage the Trade Center bomb by replacing the explosive components with an inert powder. The October 28, 1993 New York Times reported that in one conversation Salem recalled assurances from an FBI supervisor that the agency's plan called for "building the bomb with a phony powder and grabbing the people who [were] involved in [the plot]." However, the supervisor, in Salem's words, "messed it up."

Salem recalled that when he expressed a desire to lodge a protest with FBI headquarters, he was told by special agent John Anticev that "the New York people [wouldn't] like the things out of the New York office to go to Washington, DC." Unappeased, Salem rebuked Anticev: "... you saw this bomb went off and you ... know that we could avoid that.... You get paid, guys, to prevent problems like this from happening."

Perhaps the most remarkable illustration of the depth of the FBI's knowledge of the Sheik Omar network came after the World Trade Center bombing, when the Bureau employed Salem's services as an informant once again. As the Wall Street Journal reported, from March to June 1993 Salem "helped organize the 'battle plan' that the government alleged included plots to bomb the United Nations and FBI buildings in New York, and the Holland and Lincoln tunnels beneath the Hudson River. Working with a charismatic Sudanese man named Siddig Ali, a follower of Sheik Omar, Mr. Salem recruited seven local Muslims to scout targets, plan tactics and obtain chemicals and electrical parts for bombs...." By the time the FBI closed in on the plotters on June 23rd, it had literally hours of videotapes documenting the conspiracy in intimate detail -- including footage of conspirators mixing fertilizer and diesel fuel to build a bomb.

Predictably, defense attorneys for Sheik Omar and his followers insisted that Salem's actions amounted to entrapment. While the court rejected this defense, the FBI's proficiency at using Salem to assemble a radical Muslim terrorist cell is unsettling, to say the least. Clearly, Salem knew his way around the sheik's network, and was well-versed in the techniques of terrorism; just as clearly, the FBI knew how to make use of Salem's abilities. It is difficult to believe that the FBI was incapable of cracking down preemptively on the sheik's followers before the Trade Center bombing.

Poison and Antidote

However, the fact that Sheik Omar's network consistently benefited from the actions of the federal government -- from direct CIA aid to instances of peculiar neglect by the FBI -- suggests that the cabal should be considered as much a creature of our federal government as it was a creation of a particular strain of Muslim extremism. Furthermore, the influence and activities of Sheik Omar's co-conspirators are not limited to the United States.

As Mary Anne Weaver pointed out in The Atlantic Monthly, "the CIA helped to train and fund what eventually became an international network of highly disciplined and effective Islamic militants -- and a new breed of terrorists as well." According to Weaver, the CIA's handiwork is on display across the Middle East -- in the December 1995 car bomb attack in a crowded market in Peshawar, Pakistan that killed 36 people and wounded 120 more, and also in two nearly identical car bombings in November 1995 that targeted U.S. military advisers in Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The same network could also be considered a prime suspect in last summer's unsolved terrorist attack on U.S. troops in Daharan, Saudi Arabia, terrorist bombings in Algeria and the Philippines, and perhaps even the downing of TWA Flight 800. Weaver quoted a former U.S. diplomat who told her, "The common element in all these attacks -- whether in Cairo or Riyadh, Islamabad or Algiers, Europe or New York -- is today's equivalent of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade" -- namely, a CIA-trained terrorist network.

Some intelligence analysts describe the emergence of that network as an example of "blowback" -- unintended negative fallout from a covert operation. However, a more accurate analysis might make use of Frederic Bastiat's metaphor of government creating the poison and the antidote in the same laboratory. The same power elite that created the "poison" of the post-Afghanistan terrorist network stands poised with an equally dreadful "antidote." As Richard Haass, director of national security programs at the influential Council on Foreign Relations, asserted in a Washington Post op-ed column, the war against terrorism will require "a willingness to compromise some of our civil liberties, including accepting more frequent phone taps and surveillance. Those who would resist paying such a price should keep in mind that terrorism could well get worse in coming years."

In such fashion, American citizens will pay the price for evils nurtured by a government that poses as their protector.

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How we utterly destroyed Iraq in 1990.  How the war REALLY started.

Iraq 1990-1991: Desert holocaust

I dare any American to read this article through from top to bottom, and remain aloof about US foreign policy and especially Iraq.  Then tell me about how Iraq was a threat to America, either in 2003 or earlier.  I highlighted key parts, probably too much.  If anyone still has the guts to support a war like this, they ought to have the guts at least to read the details.
The statements of George Herbert Walker Bush about his concerns for 'innocents' and how "every human life is precious" are particularly nauseating.

(commentary by a friend)
Young Pelton is a Journalist and his new book: “Licensed To Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror” describes in detail the "Private Security" forces, there are over 70,000 in Iraq -- some from Israel, who are basically causing a lot of this chaos and bombing in Iraq. The US has been making Iraqi's pay for these private security forces who are ironically there to destroy the country. These private forces do not have to follow the rules of war, and are mafia like in their actions, and answer to no one. They can never be convicted of war crimes for anything they do.  (Sounds like something Rumsfeld thought of). Very clever, if you want to play dirty and try to start a civil war.  
Recently, some of them have been kidnapped by Iraqi's in hopes to bring an end to their destruction. The Iraqi's are not as dumb as the Bush Adminstration thinks.

Much of this bombing is very sophisticated ( simultaneuous bombs in several different cities) and this type of sophisticated warfare tipped off most in the region that there is a very professional, organized force contributing and causing all of this murder. Sunni and Shiite leaders have been voicing this concern for a very long time, but with so much bloodshed and retaliation there is very little they can do.
Something to think about.

Are the 70,000 Pentagon Mercs in Iraq killing Shias, Sunnis?

11/27/2006 2:30:00 PM GMT
The kidnapping of four American security contractors earlier this month in Iraq revived allegations that U.S. private security companies are involved in the current bloodshed in Iraq. Iraq war is not just fought by occupation armies and resistance fighters- private firms, consisting of gun-wielding ex-soldiers, are also involved.

Could some of the Pentagon’s hired Mercenaries be the real perpetrators of the daily bombings and assassinations of Sunnis and Shias in Iraq?

Is the current disaster taking place in the war-torn country part of a wider plot to provoke a U.S./Israeli planned civil war that will dismember Iraq?

That is what’s being said in Young Pelton’s upcoming book “Licensed To Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror”

Pelton, a journalist, filmmaker, and explorer who authored The World's Most Dangerous Places, Come Back Alive, The Adventurist, and Three Worlds Gone Mad, suggests that there are more than 70,000 armed men working as security contractors in Iraq to back the U.S. military as the U.S. begins to draw down troops.

What backs Pelton’s revelations and shocking facts he discovered about the world of military contractors is what Nick Bicanic and Jason Bourque uncover in their “Shadow Company” documentary that unveils the origins and destinations of these modern-day guns for hire.

Who are these security contractors? What do they do? Why do they do it? Bicanic’s documentary answers these questions.
Shadow Company highlights the danger of allowing profit-motivated firms to get into the business of war.

Those individuals, those modern-day mercenaries, are changing the face of modern warfare while their world has remained mystery to those at home.  The U.S. believes in using private sector in all facets of its so-called "War on Terror"; resorting to contractors to back its military, giving them a license to kill- their services available to the highest bidder.

Click Here to view the trailer from “Shadow Company”, the investigative documentary that reveals the truth about the thousands of private soldiers operating in Iraq and all over the world.

In Iraq, regarding Muslim-Muslim violence:
Finally one of my friends posted an article from al-Jazeera (above on www.Takeoverworld.info/aq-lies.html) about the possibility of the 70,000 U.S.-based mercenaries in Iraq causing the violenceSome of these mercs are "cowboys" ex-Army Special Forces, kill with no compunctions, private firms, no accountability, outsourced. 
Some of these firms like Blackwater employ people that Stan Goff ret. US Army Master Sgt Special Forces said he would reject from their crew for their reckless and sadistic attitude.
What does America get from using private mercs?  Plausible deniability.  America could always blame it on rogues if they got caught.  (Yet British SAS got caught staging terrorism, did you know that?)  Iraqis are saying this on the street, as everyone wonders who is doing this killing.  (Some of it surely is Iraqi resistance killing people perceived to be collaborators, but I'm talking about the senseless bombing of civilian targets and some tightly coordinated bombing attacks.)
Even my friend's son, a Marine, talked about multi-level 'rules of engagement' with approaching cars, levels of warnings as a car approaches the base ---- and then about what they really do ... fire a warning shot then light 'em up.  This is just Marines thinking about their survival.
But some of the mercs I understand are from death squads we trained at the School of Americas in Georgia and South America and undisclosed locations.  Some of the Pinochet crowd.  This is people who go on hunting missions, especially hunting for non-violent political activists, killing leftists and liberals.  Killing peace activists, human rights activists, labor activists, killing politicians and their friends and family --- that is their speciality. 
In other words, civilians who are truly working on democratic peace in Iraq, these people would be typical targets of a US-run murder squad.  This is normal.  That's what Washington did in Latin America and elsewhere.  We know that CIA must have some covert ops in Iraq, some black ops teams, one way or another.
I think the chances are VERY strong that these mercs and black ops guys are instigating the violence by bombing Shiites and Sunnis (or paying or bribing or coercing or threatening some Arabs to do it, kidnap their child or whatnot) --- since civil war and a breakup of Iraq into Sunni and Shiite and Kurd sections is a stated goal of the Israelis and PNAC neocons and the Tri-Lateral Comm 'liberals' in their official published plans (the elite global finance community)
As a matter of fact, this tactic of fomenting violence and terrorism is specifically what we have always used Al-Qaeda for.  Did we suddenly get noble and suddenly reverse 25 years of U.S. policy on the employment of professional terrorists (and perhaps tricking dumb fanatic Wahabbi recruits) to do our dirty work?  (On Sept 11, I think they probably skipped trying to hire people willing to commit suicide by plane and just staged the whole thing, using the "19 guys" as movie extras.)
What I cannot understand is why so many people have such a hard time accepting that the US would forment terrorism --- as it's clearly done this before, it's documented by official sources, Congress, it's done worse in the past, and covert ops are the name of the game, even on TV and movies.  People just cannot accept we'd KILL innocent civilians and sacrifice our own troops in bombings and that we'd bomb Iraqi police stations and kill people we hire, just to foment civil war, even when it's there in black and white ... and examples in evidence.  I sometimes don't understand the disconnect.
On one hand, the childish naïveté of the American public is touching.  On the other hand, it's deadly.

Brzezinski: The Beginning of the End for Israel
Nathan Gardels editor-in-chief of the journal of social and political thought published by Blackwell/Oxford, and Global Services of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune in a recent interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski posed this question to the former National Security Advisor to President Carter:  "Doesn't military superiority as a blunt instrument lead to eternal enmity, not security?"

Brzezinski responded:

"These neocon prescriptions, of which Israel has its equivalents, are fatal for America and ultimately for Israel. They will totally turn the overwhelming majority of the Middle East's population against the United States. The lessons of Iraq speak for themselves. Eventually, if neo-con policies continue to be pursued, the United States will be expelled from the region and that will be the beginning of the end for Israel as well".

Although he's correct, I personally don't trust Brzezinski and what has in mind.  Given his past track record, that would be continued pursuit of power in the M.E. via use of more covert and strategic operations.

Neocon Iran Nuke Lies “Outrageous” and “Dishonest”  by Kurt Nimmo

CIA analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive: report

By Agence France-Presse

11/19/06 "
AFP"-- -- WASHINGTON - A classified draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter said on Saturday.

Seymour Hersh, writing in an article for the November 27 issue of the magazine The New Yorker released in advance, reported on whether the administration of Republican President George W. Bush was more, or less, inclined to attack Iran after Democrats won control of Congress last week.

A month before the November 7 legislative elections, Hersh wrote, Vice President Dick Cheney attended a national-security discussion that touched on the impact of Democratic victory in both chambers on Iran policy.

“If the Democrats won on November 7th, the vice president said, that victory would not stop the administration from pursuing a military option with Iran,” Hersh wrote, citing a source familiar with the discussion.

Cheney said the White House would circumvent any legislative restrictions “ and thus stop Congress from getting in its way,” he said. 
(scream!!  no shyness about saying "we are a totalitarian outlaw regime")

The Democratic victory unleashed a surge of calls for the Bush administration to begin direct talks with Iran.

But the administration’s planning of a military option was made ”far more complicated” in recent months by a highly classified draft assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency “challenging the White House’s assumptions about how close Iran might be to building a nuclear bomb,” he wrote.

The CIA found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear-weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Hersh wrote, adding the CIA had declined to comment on that story.

A current senior intelligence official confirmed the existence of the CIA analysis and said the White House had been hostile to it, he wrote.  Cheney and his aides had discounted the assessment, the official said.

“They’re not looking for a smoking gun,” the official was quoted as saying, referring to specific intelligence about Iranian nuclear planning.  “They’re looking for the degree of comfort level they think they need to accomplish the mission.” 
(they only want a sufficiently plausible patina of lies, and silence from any opposition in the mainstream)