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The Nuclear Bible: Pakistan, ISI, CIA & Blackwater/Xe Connections Intro: The following compilation of articles shows a clear and concise connection between acts of terror and the government of the United States of America and Israel. For further evidence and proof that the aforementioned governments are indeed participating in state sponsored terrorism, please watch the following documentaries for free on Google video or YouTube. 1) State Sponsored Terrorism: Terrorstorm 2) 9/11 Terror Attacks (New York): Loose Change: Final Cut (www.ae911truth.org) 3) 7/7 Terror Attacks (London): Ripple Effect Date: September 18, 2001 Source: BBC Title/Headline: Who Is Osama Bin Laden? Abstract: Osama Bin Laden is both one of the CIA's most wanted men and a hero to many young people in the Arab world. He and his associates were already being sought by the US on charges of international terrorism, including in connection with the 1998 bombing of American embassies in Africa and last year's attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. In May this year a US jury convicted four men believed to be linked with Bin Laden of plotting the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Bin Laden, an immensely wealthy and private man, has been granted a safe haven by Afghanistan's ruling Taleban movement. During his time in hiding, he has called for a holy war against the US, and for the killing of Americans and Jews. He is reported to be able to rally around him up to 3,000 fighters. He is also suspected of helping to set up Islamic training centres to prepare soldiers to fight in Chechnya and other parts of the former Soviet Union. His power is founded on a personal fortune earned by his family's construction business in Saudi Arabia. Born in Saudi Arabia to a Yemeni family, Bin Laden left Saudi Arabia in 1979 to fight against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Afghan jihad was backed with American dollars and had the blessing of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He received security training from the CIA itself, according to Middle Eastern analyst Hazhir Teimourian. While in Afghanistan, he founded the Maktab al-Khidimat (MAK), which recruited fighters from around the world and imported equipment to aid the Afghan resistance against the Soviet army. Egyptians, Lebanese, Turks and others - numbering thousands in Bin Laden's estimate - joined their Afghan Muslim brothers in the struggle against an ideology that spurned religion. After the Soviet withdrawal, the "Arab Afghans", as Bin Laden's faction came to be called, turned their fire against the US and its allies in the Middle East. Bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia to work in the family construction business, but was expelled in 1991 because of his anti-government activities there. He spent the next five years in Sudan until US pressure prompted the Sudanese Government to expel him, whereupon Bin Laden returned to Afghanistan. Terrorism experts say Bin Laden has been using his millions to fund attacks against the US. The US State Department calls him "one of the most significant sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world today". According to the US, Bin Laden was involved in at least three major attacks - the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1996 killing of 19 US soldiers in Saudi Arabia, and the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. BBC correspondent James Robbins says Bin Laden had "all but admitted involvement" in the Saudi Arabia killings. Some experts say he is part of an international Islamic front, bringing together Saudi, Egyptian and other groups. Their rallying cry is the liberation of Islam's three holiest places - Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Analysts say Bin Laden's organisation is very different from the groups that carried out bombings and hijackings in the past in that it is not a tightly knit group with a clear command structure but a loose coalition of groups operating across continents. American officials believe Bin Laden's associates may operate in over forty countries - in Europe and North America, as well as in the Middle East and Asia. The few outsiders who have met Bin Laden describe him as modest, almost shy. He rarely gives interviews. He is believed to be in his 40s, and to have at least three wives. Date: September 10, 2002 Source: CNN Title/Headline: Have U.S. Efforts In Afghanistan Been Successful If Bin Laden Is Alive? Abstract: Congressman Jim McDermott told CNN in 2002 that the U.S. created the Taliban and placed the group of fanatics in Afghanistan. From a CNN transcript: McDermott: ―It certainly is an improvement for the women of Afghanistan. But you‘ve got to remember that of American policy, we put the Taliban there. We gave the money to the… Carlson: I beg your pardon? McDermott: … Pakistanis. Carlson: You‘re breaking news here, Congressman. I don‘t think this has ever been reported before in the United States. McDermott: Oh, yes, it has been. We funded the Taliban through the Pakistanis, and all that money — we could have cut off that money and stopped what was going on. We knew what was going on there‖ (CNN, 2002). Date: Spring 2003 Source: Demokratizatsiya, Michael Powelson, Title/Headline: U.S. Support For Anti-Soviet And Anti-Russian Guerrilla Movements And The Undermining Of Democracy Abstract: The U.S. government has demanded that nations and international bodies join forces to combat terrorism. Yet the United States has played an important role in fostering the very terrorism it now denounces. While terrorist groups are portrayed as an "evil enemies" by the United States, many terrorist organizations initially received considerable support from the U.S. government, either openly or clandestinely. From the Mujihadeen in Afghanistan to the Kosovo Liberation Army in the former Yugoslavia, the U.S. government has provided training and support to "terrorist" organizations. One of the best ways to combat terrorism in the world today is to pressure the United States and other governments to stop lending support to such organizations. This is of particular importance for Russia, since terrorists originally armed and trained by the United States battled Soviet forces for over a decade in Afghanistan, and these Mujihadeen fighters can now be found in the Russian region of Chechnya. Not only has the U.S. support for the Mujihadeen resulted in considerable bloodshed in Chechnya, but the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan and the Russian Federation's war in Chechnya served to undermine efforts at democratization. My principal thesis in this article is that democracy cannot be instituted during war or under wartime conditions. In the United States own history, the periods when democracy was most threatened occurred during wartime. During the American Civil War, for example, many civil liberties were suspended. During World War I this was also the case, and right after the war the first "Red Scare" was instituted. World War II also saw strict limits on democratic rights, limitations that were repeated during the Viet Nam war. Of course in the history of Russia it has been during wartime that rights were most vigorously curtailed. During World War I no opposition voices were allowed, and with the outbreak of the Civil War in 1918 both the Reds and the Whites instituted a reign of terror that was justified by the reality of war. It was the threat of war that gave Stalin the excuse he needed to purge the Soviet Union of all of his opponents in the 1930s, and it was the cold war that gave Soviet leaders the justification for preventing democracy from breaking out. Thus, democracy cannot coexist alongside war, and from 1979 to the present, the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation have been bogged down in conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya- conflicts in which the United States has played a considerable role. In the 1980s, the Soviet war in Afghanistan served to counteract the push toward democratization, since this war was used as an excuse for state control of speech and press freedoms. Currently, the presence of "terrorists" in Chechnya is undermining Russia's efforts to institute democratic reforms in the country, while at the same time the Chechen conflict has tended to empower antidemocratic forces. Under the umbrella of fighting terrorism, the Russian government justifies the violation of basic civil rights of Russian citizens, whether Chechens or one of the many other nationalities within the Russian Federation. In this article I will explore the ways that the United States has contributed to the spread of terrorism as it concerns the former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. The U.S. role has been twofold; first, in its material support of terrorist groups, and second, by the example set in using extreme violence to achieve ends. From there I will explore the ways in which these U.S.- trained terrorists have played a significant role in Russia's conflict with Chechnya. The model for state-sponsored terrorism is the U.S. role in arming, training, and supporting the Mujihadeen "freedom fighters" of Afghanistan in the 1980s. From this guerrilla movement, initially intended to oust the Soviet Union from Afghanistan, arose terrorist groups in nations such as Indonesia, the Philippians, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Chechnya, and the former Yugoslavia. Later, some of the Afghan-trained "freedom fighters" were involved in terrorist acts against the United States, the very government that had given them support in the early days of their organization. The initial bombing of the World Trade Center in 1992, the attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the attack on the USS Cole, and the attacks of 11 September all have been linked to individuals and groups that at one time were armed and trained by the United States and/or its allies. And while the United States has given strong logistical support to terrorist movements, it also provided terrorists with the moral justification for their acts. For example, neither Iraq nor Libya ever attacked the United States, yet the U.S. government believes it was justified in attacking those two countries. So too with the missile attacks on Sudan and Afghanistan in 1998. While neither Afghanistan nor Sudan attacked the United States, President Clinton argued that the United States had the right to launch missile attacks against them. As former Pakistani interior minister Naseer Ullah Babar described the missile attacks, "[t]his is American gangsterism." U.S. support of the Mujahideen actually began even prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. While it is widely believed, and officially reported, that U.S. support for the Mujahideen was a response to the Soviet invasion in 1979, former Secretary of State Zbigniew Brzezinski admitted otherwise in an interview with the French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur in 1998. In the interview he declared that: ―According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahideen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention Brzezinski defended his actions to the reporter, and declared at one point that the "secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap, and you want me to regret it?" The actions of the Carter administration and Secretary Brzezinski can only be seen as an act of ruthless cynicism, because the Carter administration gave support to a violent movement led by Moslem fundamentalists, a group that has little in common with the ideals of the U.S. government and its people. By contrast, the Soviets gave support to the Afghan communist and noncommunist Left, that is, groups that shared the Soviet perspective on domestic and international issues. But the alliance of the Mujahideen and the United States was not rooted in any common values or perspectives, only the overriding desire to destroy the Soviet Union. Certainly Moslem fundamentalists could see the cracks in this unnatural alliance. As Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric who was convicted in the conspiracy to bomb the World Trade Center in 1993, put it in an interview in 1997, Do you think we were naive enough to believe that the United States government was helping the Afghans because it believed in their cause-to raise the flag of jihad for Islam? That they were helping a people, a country, to free themselves? Absolutely not. The Americans were there to punish the Soviet Union. In his article on U.S. support of the Mujihadeen, Phil Gaspar writes: Between 1982 and 1992, some 35,000 Muslim radicals from 43 Islamic countries in the Middle East, North and East Africa, Central Asia and the Far East would pass their baptism under fire with the Afghan mujahideen. Tens of thousands more foreign Muslim radicals came to study in the hundreds of new madrassas [religious schools] that Zia's military government began to fund in Pakistan and along the Afghan border. Eventually more than 100,000 Muslim radicals were to have direct contact with Pakistan and Afghanistan and be influenced by the jihad [against the USSR]. In the 1980s the Reagan administration believed that supporting Moslem fundamentalists was the best way to fight communism and socialism in predominately Moslem countries. It was reasoned that while secular movements of national liberation, such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization, embraced socialism, Moslem fundamentalists were vehemently anticommunist and antisocialist. In addition, support for Moslem fundamentalist groups was looked upon with favor by Saudi Arabia, the key U.S. ally in the Gulf region. And the Saudi regime, like the United States, disliked the strong socialist content of most modern Arab movements. What better way to undermine both the Soviet Union and Arab and Moslem socialism than to give support to Moslem religious fanatics? Such was the cynical reasoning of the U.S. government in the 1980s. To that end the United States encouraged Moslem fundamentalists from around the world to join the Mujahideen in their fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. The very reason that Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman was allowed into the United States, despite his known ties to Moslem extremist groups in Egypt and Afghanistan, was to help recruit American Moslems to fight the jihad in Afghanistan. Later convicted for his role in the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, Rahman was permitted to live in the United States to recruit soldiers to fight the jihad. Rahman did his job, but when the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, he set his sights on other targets. Now in the United States, a veteran of the jihad in Afghanistan, Rahman and his followers focused their efforts on the other "Great Satan," the United States. And even after the ouster of the Soviet Union from Afghanistan, the United States continued to play a role in fostering Moslem fundamentalism. Although the United States has been attacked for abandoning Afghanistan after the departure of the Soviet Union, the United States and its Pakistani and Saudi allies continued to exert influence in the region. Indeed, initial support for the Taliban was from the Pakistani government, which in turn was given approval from the United States. It was only when the Taliban had taken control of Kabul and when Osama bin Laden had taken refuge in Afghanistan that the United States began to withdraw its support for this fundamentalist regime. With the withdrawal of the Soviets from Afghanistan, many jihad soldiers returned to their home countries to pick up the fight they left in Afghanistan. In Algeria, for instance, the Islamic Salvation Front has engaged in a bloody civil war with the government, and many of its key members are veterans of the Afghan war. This is also the case in the former Yugoslavia and in Chechnya, where key fighters gained their training and experience during the U.S.-backed jihad in Afghanistan. Of course the best known byproduct of the Afghan jihad is Osama bin Laden. Although the U.S. government claims that there is no direct link between bin Laden and the United States, there is no doubt that the United States provided a favorable environment for bin Laden to build his reputation and following. It is difficult to believe that the United States played no role in the operations of the son of one of the wealthiest men in Saudi Arabia. Indeed, it is much more likely that the United States knew full-well of bin Laden's operation and gave it all the support they could. It was well- known in the Moslem and Arab world that the United States preferred the type of work that bin Laden engaged in; rather than getting money directly from the United States or some other government, bin Laden had enough cash to run his own operation. This fit well with the U.S. government's own belief that wealthy individuals, not the state, should step forward and, in an act of charity and volunteerism, provide the necessary funds and support for a worthy cause. Bin Laden's actions in Afghanistan fit well within the U.S. government's concept of a "worthy cause," and so he was allowed to work to train and to recruit his following. Once the Mujihadeen's war with the Soviet Union was through, its members turned their attention to other enemies. This was especially true in Chechnya, where former Mujihadeen fighters joined forces with Chechen rebels battling the Russian army for control of the region. Beginning in 1993, former Mujihadeen fighters were known to be operating in Chechnya, while the Pakistani secret police, the ISI, was training fighters in camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight in the Caucasus region. In June 1995, the Chechen leader Shamil Basayev led a raid on the Russian town of Budennovsk, and his force included fighters from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria, all of whom had fought in Afghanistan against the Soviets. And from the civil war in Afghanistan came one of the most feared and ruthless of the Chechen fighters, the "Arab" Kattab. Born in the border region between Saudi Arabia and Jordan, Kattab fought with the Mujihadeen in Afghanistan as an Afghan Arab, and he later went to Chechnya to continue his religious war against the Russians. As recently as January 2002, Kattab was identified in a videotape with Osama bin Laden, thereby underscoring the link between bin Laden and the Chechen fighters. Although of Arab origin, Kattab spoke fluent Russian on the videotape, underscoring his long contact with Russian speaking Chechens. Although Kattab has since been proclaimed dead by Russian authorities, he is only one example of dozens, perhaps hundreds, of non-Chechens fighting in Chechnya with the skills they acquired from the United States or U.S.-backed groups in their fight against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Since the CIA conducted its operations in Afghanistan through the Pakistani government and secret police, it is difficult to document who received training and support directly from the United States, and who was trained by U.S.-backed interests but presumably without the direct knowledge of the United States. The U.S. government has denied any contact or support for Osama bin Laden, for example, and since no direct evidence has surfaced linking bin Laden directly with the CIA, the U.S. government has maintained this (highly unlikely) position. But what cannot be refuted is the use of U.S.-produced Stinger missiles in Chechnya, missiles from the conflict in Afghanistan. Not only were Stingers from the Afghan war used in Chechnya, but the United States has unwisely given Stinger missiles to nations such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, two nations where there is strong support for the Chechen fighters. Thus, in both training and the supply of arms, the United States and its backers have played a strong role in the conflicts in both Afghanistan and Chechnya and thus in undermining the democratic process in Russia. In the 1980s, while then-Soviet premier Gorbachev was attempting to reform Soviet politics and society, a futile conflict in Afghanistan made his efforts all the more difficult. And while Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union has made cautious steps toward greater freedom and democracy, this too has been undermined by the ongoing war in Chechnya. Although there is no hard evidence that the United States is directly supporting Chechen "terrorists," there is no doubt that the United States and/or its allies did train fighters who are now in Chechnya fighting the Russian army. And there is considerable evidence that nations such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, two close U.S. allies, have given aid and support to Chechen fighters. Conclusion: In sum, U.S. policies since 1979 have served to strengthen the very "terrorism" it claims to oppose. In supporting the Mujihadeen in Afghanistan, the United States helped push the Soviet Union into the "Afghan trap," as Zbignew Brzezinski put it, and therefore helped to undermine the possibility of a democratic opening in the Soviet Union. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, those same terrorists have relocated to Chechnya, where the war continues to weaken the hoped-for democracy in the newly formed Russian Federation. It is only by halting support for these terrorists groups that the United States can help create an environment in Russia that would encourage rather than discourage the growth of democracy. While the United States might technically claim it is not responsible for supporting and training terrorists in Chechnya, it certainly helped to contribute to the current conflict by its role in the Afghan war of 1979-92. Additionally, the United States continues to support Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, two nations that have been known to give aid and support to Chechen rebels. As long as this conflict continues, there will be no hope for greater democracy in Russia (Powelson,, 2003). Date: January 19, 2006 Source: CBC News (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Title/Headline: Who Is Osama Bin Laden? Abstract: On March 7, 2004, as the snows melted in the mountains of Afghanistan and U.S. President George W. Bush eyed a November election, the United States launched Operation Mountain Storm in the rugged border between Afghanistan and Pakistan to find the elusive Osama bin Laden. The United States said the operation, based at their headquarters in Kandahar, would unfold in secret across eastern and southern Afghanistan. Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Bryan Hiferty gave few details when he confirmed on March 13 that Operation Mountain Storm was underway, but he did tell the Associated Press, "The leaders of al-Qaeda and the leader of the Taliban need to be brought to justice – and they will be." The U.S. also sent the elite special forces outfit, Task Force 121, a joint unit of commandos and CIA officers, to the border region to find bin Laden and the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Muhammed Omar. Intelligence sources have told several U.S. media organizations that Task Force 121 was key in tracking down the former president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and after that success, the task force was sent to Afghanistan. There is one big difference between Saddam, and bin Laden and many of his al- Qaeda and Taliban followers. While Saddam spent most of his time in luxury, choosing which palace to sleep in each night, bin Laden and his men have years of experience dodging a previous enemy, the Soviet Union, which occupied Afghanistan until it was driven out in the 1980s. Bin Laden was still at large in January 2006. Many experts believe that bin Laden remains in hiding somewhere in the mountains near Khowst, an area that European intelligence sources have told the media is still controlled by the Taliban. It is an area of old tribal loyalties, where local leaders have always been fiercely independent from any ruler of Afghanistan or Pakistan. Pakistani security forces have also stepped up operations in the border area. Reports say that President Perez Musharraf was reluctant to stir up the hornets' nest of tribes and Islamic fundamentalists in the region, until a couple of failed attempts to assassinate him. There have been accusations both in the American media and from Europe that while the United States painted bin Laden as public enemy number 1, the Americans "neglected" Afghanistan when its focus turned to Iraq in March 2003, a charge top U.S. officials vehemently deny. There are also persistent reports that the U.S. invasion of Iraq changed al-Qaeda's focus, with bin Laden and his senior advisors moving resources from Afghanistan to Iraq because it was a good place to fight "the American crusaders," according to a Taliban source quoted by Newsweek magazine. A new generation: The Washington Post has reported that there is a new generation of al-Qaeda, led by Osama's eldest son, Saad bin Laden, 24, who is said to be in Iran along with Saif el-Adel, al-Qaeda's chief of military operations, and Abullah Ahmed Abdullah, al-Qaeda's chief financial officer. The three and their followers are, according to the Post, surrounded by an elite Iranian security force, loyal to hard-line Iranian Islamists, who act both as guards and jailers, both preventing attack or arrest and restricting their movements. However, communication between father and son is apparently still possible, using written messages carried by courier and sometimes even satellite phones, which according to some sources, are hard for U.S. signals intelligence to pinpoint in the rugged mountains. According to the Washington Post, intelligence sources believe that the orders and organization for two suicide bombings, in Saudi Arabia and Morocco in May 2003, came through Saad bin Laden, rather than directly from his father. Despite American efforts, or perhaps because of them, Osama bin Laden is a hero to many people in the Middle East and South Asia. Bazaars and marketplaces are full with bin Laden merchandise including posters, video and audio tapes, and T-shirts. Osama bin Laden has been called America's most wanted terrorist suspect at least since the bombing in 1998 of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The U.S. State Department said bin Laden is "one of the most significant financial sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world." His code name, "The Contractor," is maybe the best indicator of bin Laden's link to terrorism. Officials in many countries including the United States say that bin Laden's money has paid for attacks in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His personal wealth is estimated at $250 million US. Osama bin Laden is believed to be the youngest of 24 brothers in a family that came from Yemen and built up one of the largest construction companies in the Arab world, Bin Laden Group, an empire based in the Saudi city of Jidda that made its fortune in building projects for the Saudi royal family. As a teenager and a young man, Osama bin Laden was reported to be a typical Saudi of his generation, a bit of a playboy who used his family fortune to have fun outside of Saudi Arabia in Europe and the Gulf states. The invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979 changed bin Laden's life. Like many young Islamists, he went to Afghanistan to help fight the invaders, to take part in the jihad against the infidel Soviets. Bin Laden apparently received training from the CIA, which was backing the Afghan holy warriors – the mujahedeen – who were tying down Soviet forces in Afghanistan. He gave the family money and his own expertise gleaned from the family business to MAK, Maktab al-Khidimat, which recruited young Muslim men from around the world. He also used his fortune to help buy equipment for the Afghan resistance. In 1984, he helped Abdullah Azzam, founder of the Pakistani "Office of Services," establish training camps across the border in Afghanistan. The Office of Services' goal was to recruit and train Muslim volunteers. Bin Laden provided financial support and handling of military affairs. Two years later, in 1986, Bin Laden established his own training camp for Persian Gulf Arabs called al Masadah, or the Lion's Den. In 1988, as the Soviet occupation faltered in Afghanistan, bin Laden turned to a global crusade. He founded the group called al-Qaeda, Arabic for The Base. According to one report from the CIA in 2001, al-Qaeda had at least 5,000 trained militants, who created cells in 50 countries. The purpose of these camps was to take militants from around the world and shape them into an international network that would bring all Muslims under a militant version of Islamic law. In 1989, the collapsing Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan and bin Laden returned to Saudi Arabia to join his family's construction company. He kept up his contacts with al-Qaeda. In 1991, bin Laden moved the headquarters of al-Qaeda to Sudan, where a militant Islamic government had come to power. In 1993, a bomb exploded in an underground parking garage at the World Trade Center in New York, killing six people and injuring another 1,000. The attack was linked to al-Qaeda. In 1994, Saudi Arabia stripped bin Laden of citizenship for alleged terrorist links and his family disavowed him, at least publicly. In 1996, bin Laden was forced to leave Sudan for Afghanistan following intense pressure from the U.S. on the government. While in Sudan, bin Laden met a man who was probably a key ally, Imad Mugniyah, a Lebanese said to be a leader of Hezbollah, wanted by the United States for kidnappings and killings during the civil war in Lebanon in the 1980s. By September of that year, the militant Taliban, capitalizing on the divisions in Afghanistan, which was torn by civil war between the mujahedeen factions, took over the country and imposed strict Islamic rule. Bin Laden's son Saad was with Osama when he returned to Afghanistan. By 1998, bin Laden had teamed up with an Egyptian militant, Ayman Zawahiri, to form "The International Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders," which acted as an umbrella group for international militant groups. It issued a religious order saying it was a religious duty of Muslims to kill Americans anywhere possible. The group in effect declared war against the West, but the declaration was ignored by most of the media and discounted by many in the intelligence community. In October 1998, the U.S. Justice Dept. indicted bin Laden for his alleged role in ordering the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. In 1999, bin Laden moved to the village of Farmifadda, Afghanistan, and later settled in a compound near Jalalabad. In October 2000, suicide bombers attacked the U.S.S. Cole in Aden harbour in Yemen. Bin Laden was suspected of ordering the attack. On September 11, 2001, members of al- Qaeda hijacked American passenger planes and attacked New York and Washington. Soon after the attack, bin Laden and his associates fled Jalalabad for the mountains. On Oct. 7, the United States and its allies began the attack on Afghanistan and the Taliban regime quickly collapsed. In December 2001, U.S. intelligence pinpointed bin Laden in a cave complex at Tora Bora. U.S. special and regular forces and Afghan allies attacked the caves, but bin Laden successfully slipped through their fingers and disappeared into the mountains. In an interview with ABC correspondent John Miller on May 28, Bin Laden made the following comment on the fatwa issued calling Muslims to kill Americans regardless of whether they are civilians or military: "Allah ordered us in this religion to purify Muslim land of all non-believers. After World War II, the Americans became more aggressive and oppressive, especially in the Muslim world. American history does not distinguish between civilians and military, and not even women and children. They are the ones who used the bombs against Nagasaki. Can these bombs distinguish between infants and military? America does not have a religion that will prevent it from destroying all people" (CBC News, 2006). Date: August 6, 2007 Source: Der Spiegel, Siegesmund Von Ilsemann Title/Headline: The Checkered History of American Weapons Deals Abstract: The United States has upset its European allies with plans for a massive arms deal with several governments in the Middle East. Washington has been down this road before. Karsten Voigt, the German government‘s Coordinator for German-American Cooperation, was completely gobsmacked last week. How Washington could encourage democratic change in the Middle East by selling Saudi Arabia billions of dollars in weapons, he said, was ―a huge question mark.‖ The Islamic kingdom might be a US ally in name, but it wasn‘t ―particularly democratic,‖ said Voigt, and its oppressive family regime continued to be a fertile breeding ground for Islamic terrorists. At a summit meeting at the end of July, top US officials announced a deal to send major new weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and other governments in the Middle East to counterbalance Iran's growing influence there. Voigt wondered whether it was a wise move. "The region is not suffering from a lack of arms, but from a lack of stability," he said. "I have strong doubts whether stability could be achieved with these weapons." But such arms deals have a long tradition in Washington. ―The enemy of my enemy is my friend‖ was a maxim of several US governments during the Cold War. Washington‘s foreign policy often sanctioned selling weapons to questionable regimes promising to help contain the communist threat regardless of the potential consequences. The deals frequently ended as debacles: US soldiers have all too often stared down the barrels of guns their own government sold to the armies of countries that used to be their supposed allies. The convoluted US-Iranian relationship is a textbook example of such policies. After the Shah of Iran consolidated his power with CIA help in 1953 in what is known as Operation Ajax, the country became America‘s most important ally in the Middle East after Israel. In return for access to Iran‘s bountiful oil fields, Washington sold the Shah an arsenal of modern weapons. With state-of-the-art fighter jets, new rockets and powerful tanks, Iran became a leading military power in the Persian Gulf. Some 40,000 US military advisors taught Iranians how to use the weapons. After the Islamic fundamentalist regime led by Ayatollah Khomeini toppled the Shah in 1979 and sparked a crisis by taking 52 Americans hostage, it became painfully clear to Washington that its weapons were now in the wrong hands. And so the US government quickly turned to the biggest enemy of the religious fundamentalists -- Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. For eight years -- until 1988 -- Hussein waged a brutal war with his eastern neighbors, supported with weapons and know-how from American sources. Even Donald Rumsfeld, who would go on to plan the current war in Iraq as defense secretary under US President George W. Bush, visited Hussein in 1983. As a sweetener, the Americans offered Baghdad classified aerial photographs that allowed Hussein‘s generals to inflict great damage on Iranian forces -- sometimes using chemical weapons. Only a few years later, of course, US soldiers would wage a war with the very Iraqi military that Washington had so meticulously helped build. The United States also supplied Afghan freedom fighters in the 1980s with money and arms for their struggle against occupying Soviet troops. One of the best customers for the CIA back then was Saudi millionaire Osama Bin Laden. Two decades later, US commandos are hunting for the world‘s most notorious terrorist and his Taliban helpers. Military and civilian aircraft flying over Afghanistan are still forced to make evasive maneuvers to avoid Stinger missiles fired at them which were originally supplied by the United States to fight the Communists. Washington protected and supported Panamanian dictator Gen. Manuel Noriega for years. Despite all the cash and weapons from America, he also was deeply involved in the drug trade. That led the father of the current US president, George Bush senior, to depose the strongman by sending troops to the Central American country in Operation Just Cause. Noriega was sent to jail in Miami. The Americans also had little luck with their strategy in the Philippines. As Ferdinand Marcos came to power in Manila in 1965, it appeared as if both sides would benefit. The new president sent Filipino troops to bolster Washington‘s flagging war effort in Vietnam. In return, the United States supported the regime in Manila both politically and militarily -- even though it was clear that Marcos‘ henchmen were using US weaponry to oppress the country‘s opposition. The instability that continues to plague the Philippines today is part of that legacy. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the latest string of weapons deals during her recent diplomatic tour of the Middle East. "We are determined to maintain the balances -- the military and strategic balances -- within the region," she said. But American weapons have a way of outlasting the shifting goals of American foreign policy (Von Ilsemann, 2007). Date: December 16, 2009 Source: Telegraph, Dean Nelson Title/Headline: Mumbai Suspect Is US Double Agent, India Claims Abstract: David Headley, a Pakistan-born American national arrested in Chicago in October, is alleged to have carried out reconnaissance missions in the run-up to the Mumbai attacks, in which 166 people were killed. He is also believed to have been present in the terrorists' "control room" in Pakistan where their handlers directed the killing spree over an open telephone line. According to Indian officials, Headley travelled to India again in March this year, with the knowledge of American agencies who did not inform their Indian counterparts. During the trip, Headley is alleged to have collected intelligence for future terrorist attacks on civilian and military targets, including India's National Defence College. Indian officials are desperate to question Headley but have been frustrated by American refusals to grant them access. A team of Indian investigators travelled to Washington shortly after Headley was arrested in October but soon returned after their American counterparts told them they would not be able to meet him. They want to question him about the Mumbai attacks involved Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency in any way and the role of Indian extremists in providing logistical support. American officials say that under US law they cannot force any person in their custody to give evidence to foreign agencies. But Indian intelligence officers have questioned why Washington is not doing more to help their own inquiry and suggested Headley's connections with American intelligence agencies is behind the reluctance. Headley, who was born Daood Syed Gilani and schooled in Pakistan before moving to Philadelphia with his American mother in 1977, was convicted of smuggling heroin into the United States in 1998. He served only 15 months in jail after agreeing to become an informant for the Drugs Enforcement Administration (DEA). He changed his name to David Headley in 2006. According to Indian officials he continued to serve as a DEA informant until shortly before his arrest in October. Indian intelligence sources believe Headley may have been recruited to work for the CIA which, along with the FBI, shared intelligence with the DEA and other government agencies after the creation of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre in 2004. B. Raman, a former senior official in India's intelligence agency, said: "He was working for Lashkar e Taiba, taking photographs and video recordings of the [Mumbai] hotels and harbour. And he was an agent for the DEA on drugs, so in that sense he was a double agent. "Indian officials are very keen to question him about his network, but we can't because we might find out about any connections with the CIA or ISI. They don't want that to happen. The Americans say 'you ask us what you want us to find out and we'll share the information'," he added (Nelson, 2009). Date: December 17, 2009 Source: The Sunday Times, Rhys Blakely Title/Headline: Mumbai Terror Suspect David Headley Was „Rogue US Secret Agent‟ Abstract: A key terror suspect who allegedly helped to plan last year‘s attacks in Mumbai and plotted to strike Europe was an American secret agent who went rogue, Indian officials believe. David Headley, 49, who was born in Washington to a Pakistan diplomat father and an American mother, was arrested in Chicago in October. He is accused of reconnoitring targets in India and Europe for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Pakistan-based terror group behind the Mumbai attacks and of having links to al-Qaeda. He has denied the charges. He came to the attention of the US security services in 1997 when he was arrested in New York for heroin smuggling. He earned a reduced sentence by working for the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) infiltrating Pakistan-linked narcotics gangs. Indian investigators, who have been denied access to Mr Headley, suspect that he remained on the payroll of the US security services — possibly working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) — but switched his allegiance to LeT. ―India is looking into whether Headley worked as a double agent,‖ an Indian Home Ministry official said yesterday. Mr Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani, was in Mumbai until two weeks before the attacks on the city, which claimed 166 lives last November. It is alleged that he spent months checking targets in India‘s commercial capital, using his Western looks and anglicised name to move in elite social circles, hobnob with Bollywood actors and even to pass himself off as Jewish. Despite being firmly on the radar of the US intelligence agencies, he was allowed to return to India as recently as March. Indian officials are furious that their American counterparts did not share details of that visit at the time. The Indian media has raised the possibility that Mr Headley was being protected by his American handlers — a theory that experts say is credible. ―The feeling in India is that the US has not been transparent,‖ said B. Raman, a former counter-terrorism chief in the Indian foreign intelligence service, the Research and Analysis Wing. ―That Headley was an agent for the DEA is known. Whether he was being used by the CIA as well is a matter of speculation, but it is almost certain that the CIA was aware of him and his movements across the subcontinent.‖ According to Mr Raman, it is probable that Mr Headley, who was arrested when the US authorities learned that he was about to fly to Pakistan, was listed on the main database of the US National Counterterrorism Centre, a facility used by the CIA and several other American agencies to track terror suspects. Indian officials suspect that US agencies declined to share intelligence to avoid compromising other secret operations and to be able to deny any link with Mr Headley. Analysts believe that the US may also have been anxious to avoid sharing information that could further raise tensions between India and Pakistan, nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars. According to documents put before a court in Chicago, Mr Headley had links with the Pakistan Army and, through it, with al-Qaeda. As well as helping to co-ordinate the Mumbai atrocity, Mr Headley is accused of planning attacks on Mumbai‘s Bollywood film industry, the Shiv Sena, a Hindu extremist group also based in Mumbai, a major Hindu temple, and a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. The US authorities allege that he was close to Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a former Pakistani schoolmate and businessman who is also being charged with planning to attack the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. Mr Rana is accused of having known about the attack on Mumbai in advance. The CIA denied that Headley had worked for the organisation. ―Any suggestion that Headley was working for the CIA is complete and utter nonsense. It‘s flat-out false,‖ Paul Gimigliano, from the CIA‘s Office of Public Affairs, said. The Indian Home Secretary, Gopal Krishna Pillai, has said that his Government would seek the extradition of Mr Headley — a request that has so far been stonewalled by US officials (Blakely, 2009). Date: January 23, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: Pakistan Govt. Urged To Explain Blackwater Presence Abstract: Pakistani lawmakers say the government must to come clean about the presence of the notorious American security firm Blackwater (now known as Xe Services LLC) in the country. The lawmakers, both pro-government and opposition parties, during a heated debate on Friday, urged Islamabad to break its silence and own up as there are strong evidences of the presence of Xe Services LLC in Pakistan. The call came after US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates admitted that Xe Services and DynCorp have been operating in Pakistan. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sharif Senator Zafar Ali Shah, citing Gates' confirmation on Thursday, demanded Interior Minister Rehman Malik to step down over the issue. Malik had earlier stated that he would tender his resignation if anyone proved Blackwater's presence in the country (Press TV, 2010). Date: January 30, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: US Refuses To Share Info On Mumbai Suspect Abstract: Despite the horrific attacks, the US has refused to share details about the past records of a key terror suspect of the 2008 Mumbai attack, Indian intelligence sources say. The Indian team tasked with probing the Mumbai bombing is desperately looking for information regarding the role David Headley played in the deadly attack, but Washington has denied them access to the details. Indian intelligence sources claim that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has continued to withhold information on the suspect. Despite the fact that the CIA and Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence have denied any links with Headley, the report said, he was hired by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Headley came to the attention of the US security services in 1997 when he was arrested in New York for heroin smuggling. He earned a reduced sentence of 15 months in jail in exchange for working as an agent for the DEA. Headley reportedly worked for the DEA since then until an American court convicted him in December 2009 of having played a role in the Mumbai attack. The report said that the CIA was in possession of Headley's records as he was earlier sent by the DEA to Pakistan on a secret mission. Indian officials suspect that the US agencies declined to share intelligence in order to be able to deny any link with Headley (Press TV, 2010). Date: February 24, 2010 Source: New York Times, Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez Title/Headline: C.I.A. And Pakistan Work Together, Warily Abstract: Inside a secret detention center in an industrial pocket of the Pakistani capital called I/9, teams of Pakistani and American spies have kept a watchful eye on a senior Taliban leader captured last month. With the other eye, they watch each other. The C.I.A. and its Pakistani counterpart, the Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence, have a long and often tormented relationship. And even now, they are moving warily toward conflicting goals, with each maneuvering to protect its influence after the shooting stops in Afghanistan. Yet interviews in recent days show how they are working together on tactical operations, and how far the C.I.A. has extended its extraordinary secret war beyond the mountainous tribal belt and deep into Pakistan‘s sprawling cities. Beyond the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, C.I.A. operatives working with the ISI have carried out dozens of raids throughout Pakistan over the past year, working from bases in the cities of Quetta, Peshawar and elsewhere, according to Pakistani security officials. The raids often come after electronic intercepts by American spy satellites, or tips from Pakistani informants — and the spies from the two countries then sometimes drive in the same car to pick up their quarry. Sometimes the teams go on lengthy reconnaissance missions, with the ISI operatives packing sunscreen and neon glow sticks that allow them to identify their positions at night. Successful missions sometimes end with American and Pakistani spies toasting one another with Johnnie Walker Blue Label whisky, a gift from the C.I.A. The C.I.A.‘s drone campaign in Pakistan is well known, which is striking given that this is a covert war. But these on-the-ground activities have been shrouded in secrecy because the Pakistani government has feared the public backlash against the close relationship with the Americans. In strengthening ties to the ISI, the C.I.A. is aligning itself with a shadowy institution that meddles in domestic politics and has a history of ties to violent militant groups in the region. A C.I.A. spokesman declined to comment for this article. Officials in Washington and Islamabad agree that the relationship between the two spy services has steadily improved since the low point of the summer of 2008, when the C.I.A.‘s deputy director traveled to Pakistan to confront ISI officials with communications intercepts indicating that the ISI was complicit in the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. The spy agencies have built trust in part through age-old tactics of espionage: killing or capturing each other‘s enemies. A turning point came last August, when a C.I.A. missile killed the militant leader Baitullah Mehsud as he lay on the roof of his compound in South Waziristan, his wife beside him massaging his back. Mr. Mehsud for more than a year had been responsible for a wave of terror attacks in Pakistani cities, and many inside the ISI were puzzled as to why the United States had not sought to kill him. Some even suspected he was an American, or Indian, agent. The drone attack on Mr. Mehsud is part of a joint war against militants in Pakistan‘s tribal areas, where C.I.A. drones pound militants from the air as Pakistani troops fight them on the ground. And yet for two spy agencies with a long history of mistrust, the accommodation extends only so far. For instance, when it comes to the endgame in Afghanistan, where Pakistan hopes to play a significant role as a power broker, interviews with Pakistani and American intelligence officials in Islamabad and Washington reveal that the interests of the two sides remain far apart. Even as the ISI breaks up a number of Taliban cells, officials in Islamabad, Washington and Kabul hint that the ISI‘s goal seems to be to weaken the Taliban just enough to bring them to the negotiating table, but leaving them strong enough to represent Pakistani interests in a future Afghan government. This contrasts sharply with the American goal of battering the Taliban and strengthening Kabul‘s central government and security forces, even if American officials also recognize that political reconciliation with elements of the Taliban is likely to be part of any ultimate settlement. Tensions in the relationship surfaced in the days immediately after Mullah Baradar‘s arrest, when the ISI refused to allow C.I.A. officers to interrogate the Taliban leader. Americans have since been given access to the detention center. On Wednesday, Pakistani and Afghan officials meeting in Islamabad said that a deal was being worked out to transfer Mullah Baradar to Afghan custody, which could allow the Americans unrestrained access to him. Besides Mullah Baradar, several Taliban shadow governors and other senior leaders have been arrested inside Pakistan in recent weeks. A top American military officer in Afghanistan on Wednesday suggested that with the arrests, the ISI could be trying to accelerate the timetable for a negotiated settlement between the Taliban and the Afghan government. ―I don‘t know if they‘re pushing anyone to the table, but they are certainly preparing the meal,‖ the officer said. In the three decades since the C.I.A. and the ISI teamed up to funnel weapons to Afghan militias fighting the Soviets, the two spy services have soldiered though a co-dependent, yet suspicious relationship. C.I.A. officers in Islamabad rely on the Pakistani spy service for its network of informants. But they are wary of the ISI‘s longstanding ties to militants like the Taliban, which Pakistani spies have seen as a necessary ally to blunt archrival India‘s influence in Afghanistan. The ISI gets millions of dollars in United States aid from its American counterpart (which allowed the Pakistan spy service to develop a counterterrorism division), yet is suspicious that the Americans and the Indians might be playing their own ―double game‖ against Pakistan. In Islamabad, officials are nervous about the intensification of the C.I.A.‘s drone campaign in North Waziristan against the network run by Sirajuddin Haqqani, whom the ISI for years has used as a force to carry out missions in Afghanistan that serve Pakistani interests. C.I.A. officials believe that Mr. Haqqani‘s group played a role in the killing of seven Americans in Khost, Afghanistan, in late December, and since then have carried out more than a dozen drone strikes in the Haqqani network‘s enclave in North Waziristan. The ISI, an institution feared by most Pakistanis, is used to getting its way. It meddles in domestic politics and in recent months has been suspected by Western embassies in Islamabad of planting anti-American stories in Pakistani newspapers. It has also been criticized in reports by international human rights organizations of using brutal interrogation tactics against its prisoners, though the same could certainly be said of the C.I.A. in the period of 2002 to 2004. The annual human rights report of the State Department in 2007 said ―there were persistent reports that security forces, including intelligence services, tortured and abused persons.‖ The head of the Pakistani military, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, said in a recent briefing that it was doubtful that a centralized government would work in post- conflict Afghanistan, making it more important for Pakistan to continue to influence the Taliban in the years to come. As a result there remains a belief among American intelligence officials that Pakistan will never completely abandon the Taliban, and officials both in Washington and Kabul admit that they are almost completely in the dark about Pakistan‘s long-term strategy regarding the Taliban. ―We have a better level of cooperation,‖ said one top American official who met recently in Islamabad with General Kayani. ―How far that goes, I can‘t tell yet. We‘ll know soon whether this is cooperation, or a stonewall and kind of rope a dope‖ (Mazzetti & Perlez, 2010). Date: February 25, 2010 Source: Webster Griffin Tarpley Title/Headline: The Battle For Baluchistan: Iran Nabs Top NATO Terrorist With Help From Pakistan Abstract: Iran announced the capture of Abdulmalek Rigi, the boss of the terror organization Jundullah, which works for NATO. The capture of Rigi represents a serious setback for the US-UK strategy of using false flag state-sponsored terrorism against Iran and Pakistan, and ultimately to sabotage China‘s geopolitics of oil. The Iranians claim to have captured Rigi all by themselves, but the Pakistani ambassador to Teheran is quoted in The Dawn as claiming an important role for Pakistan. The Iranians say that Rigi was attempting to fly from Dubai to Kyrgystan, and that his plane was forced to land in Iran by Iranian interceptors. This exploit recalls Oliver North‘s 1985 intercept of the accused Achille Lauro perpetrators, including Abu Abbas, forcing their Egyptian plane to land at Sigonella, Sicily. But other and perhaps more realistic versions suggest that Iran was tipped off by the Pakistanis, or even that Rigi was captured by Pakistan and delivered to the Iranians. Jundullah, otherwise known as the Rigi organization, is a clan-based Mafia organization that has long infested the Iran-Pakistan border. The Rigis are traditionally smugglers and drug pushers of royalist persuasion, and now they have branched out into terrorism. Jundullah is mounting a Sunni rebellion against the Shiite Iranian regime in Iranian Baluchistan. They have blown up a Shiite mosque, killing 25, and managed to kill 50 in a bombing in Pishin last October, where their victims included some top commanders of Iran‘s Revolutionary Guard, against which Mrs. Clinton has now declared war. There is no doubt that Jundullah is on the US payroll. This fact has been confirmed by Brian Ross of ABC News, the London Daily Telegraph, and by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker. Hersh noted that Jundullah has received some of the $400 million appropriated by the US Congress in the most recent Bush-era regime change legislation targeting Iran. Jundullah is a key part of the US-UK strategy of fomenting ethnic and religious civil war in both Iran and Pakistan. Jundullah is a twofer in this context, since it can help destabilize both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border. Baluchistan has special importance because any oil pipeline linking Iran with China must go straight across Baluchistan. Jundullah‘s false flag jihad is a means to make sure that strategic pipeline, which would help solve China‘s energy problem, is never built. There is also no doubt that Jundullah functions as an arm of NATO, a kind of irregular warfare asset similar in some ways to the KLA of Kosovo. Rigi is reported by the Iranians to have met with Jop de Hoop Scheffer when he was NATO Secretary General. Rigi has also met with various NATO generals operating in Afghanistan. Who knows — he may have met with McChrystal himself, a covert ops veteran from Iraq. This capture comes at a moment when Baluchistan is the object of intense US-UK exertions. The current US-NATO offensive in southern Afghanistan targets Marjah and the rest of Helmand province, which directly faces Baluchistan. Many observers were puzzled when the US and NATO publicized the Marjah offensive in advance. Militarist talking heads like General Barry McCaffrey responded that the main goal of the Marjah offensive was not to destroy the Taliban, but to drive them out of the province. It was thus clear from the beginning that the real goal was to drive the Helmand Taliban fighters into Pakistani Baluchistan. Why? A statement from the Afghan Taliban covered on the RIA Novosti web site suggests that the real goal of the US-NATO offensive in Marjah-Helmand is to attack Chinese economic interests in Pakistani Baluchistan, and especially the port of Gwadar, one of China‘s largest overseas projects. If the US can push the Taliban into Pakistani Baluchistan and into the area around Gwadar, they will have a pretext for militarization – perhaps through Blackwater mercenaries, who are already operating massively in Pakistan, or perhaps through direct US military involvement in the zone. US jackboots on the ground in Baluchistan would interfere mightily with Chinese economic development plans. They would also allow the US to commandeer Gwadar as the home port of a new NATO supply line into southern Afghanistan, allowing the avoidance of the Khyber Pass bottleneck. The US could also use Baluchistan as a springboard for bigger and better terror ops into Iran, electronic surveillance of Iranian activities, and so forth. The US and NATO had evidently planned a double envelopment of Baluchistan, with Taliban fighters from Helmand arriving from the north, while the Jundullah escalated their own activity on the ground. Now that Rigi has joined his brother in Iranian jails, Jundullah has been decapitated, and the NATO strategy has consequently been undermined. Iran has bagged a dangerous terrorist foe. Another winner is Pakistan, where The Dawn celebrated the capture of Rigi as ―a godsend‖ and ―a lucky break‖ for Pakistan. By helping Rigi to fall into Iranian hands, Pakistan may have finally found an effective way to counter the US-UK strategy, which notoriously aims at the breakup and partition of Pakistan. The coming Iranian trial of Rigi may go far towards exposing the real mechanism of terrorism in today‘s world, with the CIA sitting in the dock next to Rigi (Tarpley, 2010). Date: April 20, 2010 Source: Daily Express Title/Headline: U.S. Blamed For Pakistan Violence Abstract: An Islamist politician whose party lost several members in a suicide attack has blamed Pakistan's alliance with the US for the violence and urged Islamabad to break ranks in the war on terror. The comments showed the depth of anti-Americanism in Pakistan, whose support Washington considers key to stabilising neighbouring Afghanistan. In the past three days, attacks in Pakistan have killed some 74 people in a new wave of violence. A remote controlled bomb on Tuesday hit an army convoy as it travelled in the Hangu district close to the Afghan border, killing three soldiers and a civilian, said police official Farid Khan. The Jamaat-e-Islami party was hit on Monday when a suicide bomber apparently targeted police watching over a rally of the pro-Taliban group. Many of the 24 dead and 45 wounded were party loyalists, while two were officers, police official Khan Abbas said. Although authorities blamed the Taliban in the immediate aftermath of the attack in Peshawar, the Islamist party's leaders have declined to do so, instead alleging the CIA or Indian intelligence were behind it. "It is because we have brought America's war to our own country," Sirajul Haq, a provincial party leader, said in Peshawar after attending funerals for some of the victims. "Still, there is time to end this alliance with America" to avoid more bloodshed. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but that is not unusual in cases where many ordinary Pakistanis die. Earlier on Monday, a bomb exploded outside a school run by a police welfare foundation, killing a young boy and wounding 10 people. And over the weekend, multiple bombs in the Kohat region elsewhere in the north-west killed nearly 50 people. Taliban and al-Qaida militants based in the Afghan border region - who are fighting Pakistani police and the army - have carried out hundreds of attacks over the last three years. They have frequently targeted security forces, government officials and their supporters or family members in mosques, schools and markets, showing no concern for civilian casualties. Peshawar, the capital of the north-west region, has been one of the hardest-hit cities because it lies close to the border area (Daily Express, 2010). Date: May 3, 2010 Source: Prison Planet, Paul Joseph Watson Title/Headline: Al-Qaeda Terror Tape Proven Fraudulent Once Again Abstract: Investigators say no evidence of foreign involvement in Times Square car bombing, contradicting alleged Taliban tape released by dubious Pentagon front group. Everything about SITE indicates that it is nothing more than a dummy organization being used by the military-industrial complex to release staged Al-Qaeda videotapes as part of the ongoing propaganda offensive to justify the brutal, pointless and manufactured war on terror. SITE miraculously were able to obtain the highly suspicious September 2007 Bin Laden video tape before it was released by the so-called Al-Qaeda group who had made it. A month before the release of this tape, SITE‘s sister organization IntelCenter was caught adding its logo to a tape at the same time as Al-Qaeda‘s so-called media arm As- Sahab added its logo, proving the two organizations were one and the same. SITE has been positively endorsed by Blackwater USA, the infamous military contractor co-founded by former Navy Seal Erik Prince that was found to have been involved in several massacres of innocent Iraqi civilians. SITE‘s continued existence relies on fleecing the American taxpayer by way of contracts with the U.S. government and constantly invoking and hyping the hugely exaggerated threat of alleged Al-Qaeda groups in the Middle East. Having been caught once again releasing a suspicious video in which Middle Eastern terrorists claim responsibility for something that investigators say they had no involvement in, Americans really need to start asking hard questions about why their tax dollars are being thrown at such a dubious outfit, not to mention how investigations into acts of terror are being confused and hampered by frivolous claims of responsibility that turn out to be baseless. The fact that the corporate media still treats such videotapes with presumed authenticity, despite the fact that they have been proven fraudulent on almost every occasion, tells you everything you need to know about the role of the establishment press in propping up the mirage of the war on terror. Of course, now that foreign involvement has been dismissed, it‘s almost guaranteed that the amateurish botched bombing attempt in Times Square will now be blamed on ―homegrown extremists‖ and used to increase the purge of any and all dissent against big government, bolstering efforts to censor and silence passionate but peaceful criticism on talk radio and the Internet, a move being heartily cheered by liberals who cried foul when they were called traitors for criticizing the invasion of Iraq under Bush (Watson, 2010). Date: May 6, 2010 Source: Prison Planet, Paul Joseph Watson Title/Headline: Times Square Bomber Linked With CIA-Controlled Terror Group Abstract: A man arrested in Pakistan in connection with the Times Square car bombing attempt who had traveled with accused bomber Faisal Shahzad is a member of a terrorist organization that is controlled by British MI6 and the CIA. Sheik Mohammed Rehan, who was arrested on Tuesday in Karachi, ―Allegedly drove with Shahzad from Karachi to Peshawar on July 7, 2009, in a pickup truck, authorities said. They returned to Karachi July 22. It is not known why they went to Peshawar and whether they met with anyone there,‖ reports the L.A. Times. Rehan is a member of the militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad, a terrorist organization that came to prominence in the mid-1990‘s and has been involved in attacks in the disputed Kashmir border region between India and Pakistan. The group also helped carry out the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear war, tensions that proved very lucrative for British and American arms manufacturers who sold weapons to both sides.―The December 2001 terrorist attacks on the Indian parliament — which contributed to pushing India and Pakistan to the brink of war — were conducted by two Pakistan-based rebel groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, both of which are covertly supported by Pakistan‘s ISI,‖ writes Michel Chossudovsky. ―Needless to say, these ISI-supported terrorist attacks serve the geopolitical interests of the US. They not only contribute to weakening and fracturing the Indian Union, they also create conditions which favor the outbreak of a regional war between Pakistan and India.‖ Jaish-e-Muhammad, the group now emerging in connection with the Times Square incident, was founded by Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the 9/11 bagman who delivered $100,000 from the United Arab Emirates to Mohammed Atta at the behest of General Mahmud Ahmed, then head of the ISI. Mahmud Ahmed, the man who ordered Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh to bankroll the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, was meeting with Republican Congressman Porter Goss and Democratic Senator Bob Graham in Washington DC on the morning of 9/11. In the days before and after the attack, Ahmed also met with CIA Head George Tenet as well as current Vice-President Joe Biden, then Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In a report on Jaish-e-Muhammad‘s involvement in the murder of Daniel Pearl, who was investigating the ISI, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the Pakistani government, ―Believe that Saeed Sheikh‘s power comes not from the ISI, but from his connections with our own CIA.‖ Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf also alleged that Sheikh was recruited by MI6 while studying in London for the effort to destabilize Bosnia. During the 1992-1995 Bosnia conflict, the CIA helped Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to train and arm Bosnian Muslims. In 2002, the London Times reported that Sheikh ―is no ordinary terrorist but a man who has connections that reach high into Pakistan‘s military and intelligence elite and into the innermost circles of Osama Bin Laden and the al-Qaeda organization.‖ Despite Sheikh‘s intimate involvement in numerous acts of terror as well as political kidnappings, including the 2008 Mumbai massacre, he was protected by both the CIA and British intelligence at every turn. To recap, this is the man who founded the group now emerging in connection with the botched Times Square bombing – a CIA and MI6 asset. ―Experts believe Jaish-e-Muhammad still benefits from links with Pakistan‘s powerful government intelligence community. Some experts believe Pakistan‘s Inter-Services Intelligence agency facilitated the group‘s formation,‖ states yesterday‘s L.A. Times article. As the vast majority of geopolitical analysts concur, the Pakistani ISI is virtually nothing more than a CIA outpost. The ISI does nothing without the Agency giving its approval. The CIA has paid millions of dollars to the ISI since 9/11, accounting for no less than a third of the ISI‘s entire budget, despite the foreign spy agency‘s notorious history of funding and arming terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Muhammad and despite the fact that it bankrolled the 9/11 hijackers. Since the CIA has its fingerprints all over almost every Middle Eastern terror group, it‘s unsurprising that an Agency connection to the Times Square bomber has come to light. We‘ve never come across a terrorist who wasn‘t trained, equipped, radicalized, entrapped, or provocateured by a western intelligence agency or a terror group controlled by a western intelligence agency (Watson, 2010). Date: May 21, 2010 Source: MSNBC News, Haji Mujtaba Title/Headline: Taliban Blow Up 'U.S. Spies' In Pakistan Abstract: Taliban militants strapped explosives to two men accused of being U.S. spies and blew them up at a public execution in northwest Pakistan, intelligence officials and residents said on Friday. The killings took place on Thursday evening in North Waziristan, a lawless al-Qaida and Taliban sanctuary on the Afghan border where the United States has stepped up attacks with missile- firing drone aircraft, fuelling militants' fears of spies. Five masked militants paraded the handcuffed men before dozens of people in the Datta Kheil area and accused them of passing information to the United States on targets for its CIA-operated pilotless drone aircraft. "They strapped explosives around their bodies and then blew them up," a Pakistani intelligence official in the region told Reuters by telephone. Militants have killed hundreds of people they suspect are spies for the United States or the Pakistani government over the past few years. They usually decapitate or shoot the suspects. Residents said this was the first time the militants had blown up suspected spies (Mujtaba, 2010). Date: June 15, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: Taliban Claim No ISI Relationship Abstract: The Taliban in Afghanistan reject a London-based report which depicts the relationship between them and Pakistan's intelligence agency as being "strong." The London School of Economics (LSE) claimed the relationship between the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is greater than previously estimated and that the intelligence agency "orchestrates, sustains and strongly influences the movement." On the same issue, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency not only funds and trains Taliban insurgents fighting the US-led troops in Afghanistan, but also maintains its own representation on the insurgency's leadership council." The LSE said that its report was based on interviews it had had with nine Taliban field commanders in Afghanistan between February and May of this year. The Taliban also alleged the report was concocted to "protect" American and British interests (Press TV, 2010). Date: June 20, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: Jundallah Leader Rigi Executed In Iran Abstract: Iran says it has executed ringleader of the Pakistan-based Jundallah terrorist group. Abdolmalek Rigi arrested while preparing to launch a new round of attacks on the country. Rigi was hanged on Sunday morning in Tehran's Evin prison upon a ruling issued by the country's Islamic Revolution Court, Fars news agency reported. The Jundallah ringleader was charged with 79 counts of various crimes including armed robbery, bombing operations in public places, armed attacks on the army, police personnel, and ordinary civilians, assassination attempts, disrupting regional stability, kidnapping and murder. Rigi's execution comes as Iranian security forces arrested him on February 23 in eastern Iran while he was on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan. Following his arrest, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said that Rigi was at an American base 24 hours before his capture, and that the United States had forged an Afghan passport for him. Rigi, accompanied by his lawyer, appeared in court for the first time on May 27 in the presence of the families of the victims killed by his terrorist group. In the court session, Iranian prosecutors demanded the death penalty for him. Following the demand, Rigi claimed responsibility for the crimes committed by his terrorist group, acknowledging that his acts were in violation of the Islamic and human regulations. After pleading guilty to all charges against him, the Jundallah ringleader went on to ask for forgiveness and made an appeal against the decision for his execution. Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, however, rejected the appeal and ordered his execution. The terrorist leader had earlier confessed to having links with NATO officials in Afghanistan and foreign spy agencies like the CIA and Mossad. Jundallah, which is based in Pakistan, has carried out numerous bombings, assassination attempts, and terrorist attacks in Iran. One of the cited attacks left 40 people dead, including several senior commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, in Iran's southeastern city of Pishin (Press TV, 2010). Date: July 6, 2010 Source: Fox News, Associated Press Title/Headline: CIA, Pakistan Locked In Aggressive Spy Battles Abstract: A Pakistani man approached CIA officers in Islamabad last year, offering to give up secrets of his country's closely guarded nuclear program. To prove he was a trustworthy source, he claimed he had spent nuclear fuel rods. But the CIA had its doubts. Before long, the suspicious officers had concluded that Pakistan's spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, was trying to run a double agent against the them. CIA officers alerted their Pakistani counterparts. Pakistan promised to look into the matter and, with neither side acknowledging the man was a double agent, the affair came to a polite, quiet end. The incident, recounted by former U.S. officials, underscores the schizophrenic relationship with one of America's most crucial counterterrorism allies. Publicly, officials credit Pakistani collaboration with helping kill and capture numerous Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders. Privately, that relationship is often marked by mistrust as the two countries wage an aggressive spy battle against each other. The CIA has repeatedly tried to penetrate the ISI and learn more about Pakistan's nuclear program; and the ISI has mounted its own operations to gather intelligence on the CIA's counterterrorism activities in the tribal lands and figure out what the CIA knows about the nuclear program. Bumping up against the ISI is a way of life for the CIA in Pakistan, the agency's command center for recruiting spies in the country's lawless tribal regions. Officers there also coordinate Predator drone airstrikes, the CIA's most successful and lethal counterterrorism program. The armed, unmanned planes take off from a base inside Pakistani Baluchistan known as "Rhine." "Pakistan would be exceptionally uncomfortable and even hostile to American efforts to muck about in their home turf," said Graham Fuller, an expert on Islamic fundamentalism who spent 25 years with the CIA, including a stint as Kabul station chief. That means incidents such as the one involving nuclear fuel rods must be resolved delicately and privately. "It's a crucial relationship," CIA spokesman George Little said. "We work closely with our Pakistani partners in fighting the common threat of terrorism. They've been vital to the victories achieved against Al Qaeda and its violent allies. And they've lost many people in the battle against extremism. No one should forget that." Details about the CIA's relationship with Pakistan were recounted by nearly a dozen former and current U.S. and Pakistani intelligence officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter. An ISI official denied that the agency runs double agents to collect information about the CIA's activities. He said the two agencies have a good working relationship and such allegations were meant to create friction between them. But the CIA became so concerned by a rash of cases involving suspected double agents in 2009, it re-examined the spies it had on the payroll in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. The internal investigation revealed about a dozen double agents, stretching back several years. Most of them were being run by Pakistan. Other cases were deemed suspicious. The CIA determined the efforts were part of an official offensive counterintelligence program being run by Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the ISI's spy chief. Pakistan's willingness to run double agents against the U.S. is particularly troubling to some in the CIA because of the country's ties to longtime Osama bin Laden ally Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and to the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based Taliban faction also linked to Al Qaeda. In addition to its concerns about Pakistan's nuclear program, the CIA continues to press the Pakistanis to step up their military efforts in North Waziristan, the tribal region where Hekmatyar and Haqqani are based. CIA Director Leon Panetta talked with Pasha about ISI's relationship with militants last year, reiterating the same talking points his predecessor, Gen. Michael Hayden, had delivered before him. Panetta told Pasha he had needed to take on militant groups, including those such as Hekmatyar and Haqqani, a former U.S. intelligence official said. But the U.S. can only demand so much from an intelligence service it can't live without. Recruiting agents to track down and kill terrorists and militants is a top priority for the CIA, and one of the clandestine service's greatest challenges. The drones can't hit their targets without help finding them. Such efforts would be impossible without Pakistan's blessing, and the U.S. pays about $3 billion a year in military and economic aid to keep the country stable and cooperative. "We need the ISI and they definitely know it," said C. Christine Fair, an assistant professor at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies. "They are really helping us in several critical areas and directly undermining us in others." Pakistan has its own worries about the Americans. During the first term of the Bush administration, Pakistan became enraged after it shared intelligence with the U.S., only to learn the CIA station chief passed that information to the British. The incident caused a serious row, one that threatened the CIA's relationship with the ISI and deepened the levels of distrust between the two sides. Pakistan almost threw the CIA station chief out of the country. A British security official said the incident was "a matter between Pakistan and America." The spate of Pakistani double agents has raised alarm bells in some corners of the agency, while others merely say it's the cost of doing business in Pakistan. They say double agents are as old as humanity and point to the old spy adage: "There are friendly nations but no friendly intelligence services." "The use of double agents is something skilled intelligence services and the better terrorists groups like Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, provisional Irish Republican Army and the Tamil Tigers have regularly done. It's not something that should be a surprise," said Daniel Byman, a foreign policy expert at the Saban Center at Brookings Institution. Nowhere is the tension greater than in the tribal areas, the lawless regions that have become the front line in what Panetta described on Sunday as "the most aggressive operations in the history of the CIA." The area has become what's known in spy parlance as a wilderness of mirrors, where nothing is what it appears. The CIA recruits people to spy on Al Qaeda and militant groups. So does the ISI. Often, they recruit the same people. That means the CIA must constantly consider where a spy's allegiance lies: With the U.S.? With Pakistan? With the enemy? Pakistan rarely -- if at all -- has used its double agents to feed the CIA bad information, the former U.S. officials said. Rather, the agents were just gathering intelligence on American operations, seeing how the CIA responded and how information flowed. Former CIA officials say youth and inexperience among a new generation of American officers may have contributed to the difficulties of operating in the tribal regions, where the U.S. is spending a massive amount of money to cultivate sources. After the 2001 terrorist attacks, the CIA dispatched many young officers to Pakistan and Afghanistan to recruit Al Qaeda spies. Young officers sometimes unwittingly recruited people who had been on Pakistan's payroll for years, all but inviting Pakistan to use their longtime spies as double agents, former CIA officials said. The Pakistanis "are steeped in that area," Fuller said "They would be tripping over a lot of the same people." Many former CIA officials believe a lack of experience among agency officers led to the bombing in Khost, Afghanistan, last year that killed seven CIA employees. The CIA thought it had a source who could provide information about Al Qaeda's No.2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was believed to be hiding in the tribal lands. But the person turned out to be a double agent wired with explosives. Ironically, the CIA steered the source to Khost because officers were concerned ISI would spot him if they brought him to Islamabad for questioning or possibly even arrest him because he was an undocumented Arab. But experience isn't always the problem. One example of how the suspicious relationship constrains operations was the CIA's base in the remote town of Miram Shah in North Waziristan. U.S. military and CIA officers worked with the ISI together there, under the protection of the Pakistani army, which kept the base locked down. The two intelligence agencies sometimes conducted joint operations against Al Qaeda but rarely shared information, a former CIA officer said. Haqqani spies were well aware the CIA was working there, and the base frequently took mortar and rocket fire. Two former CIA officers familiar with the base said the Americans there mainly exercised and "twiddled their thumbs." Just getting out of the base was so difficult, U.S. personnel gave it the nickname "Shawshank" after the prison in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption." The CIA closed the base last year for safety reasons. None of that tension ever spilled into the public eye. It's the nature of intelligence-gathering (Fox News, 2010). Date: July 13, 2010 Source: Prison Planet, Paul Joseph Watson Title/Headline: CNN Host Calls Deadly Terror Bombings “Helpful” To NWO Agenda Abstract: CNN host Rick Sanchez let slip a telling admission in response to the deadly bombings in Uganda during his show yesterday, the fact that such attacks are ―helpful‖ for the military-industrial complex agenda to take over and occupy third world countries under AFRICOM, the United States African Command. Speaking with a former CIA agent, Sanchez stated, ―You know what‘s interesting about this, in a strange way the event is helpful to the cause of those of us who know how sadistic these fundamental radical Islamic terrorists are and if it helps get the message out there that these are not the good guys then so be it‖ Sanchez is brazenly admitting that deadly terror attacks like the bombings in Uganda only aid the military-industrial complex agenda to take over and occupy third world countries. Given the fact that such attacks help the geopolitical agenda of the powers that control the United States, who has the strongest motivation to carry out the attacks? We heard similar rhetoric back in 2008 when shocking excerpts of confidential recordings released under the Freedom of Information Act featured former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld talking with top military analysts about how a flagging Neo-Con political agenda could be successfully restored with the aid of another terrorist attack on America. The tapes were released as part of the investigation into the Pentagon‘s ―message force multipliers‖ program in which top military analysts were hired to propagandize for the Iraq war in the corporate media. In the audio recording, Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong bemoans shrinking political support for Neo-Con war plans on Capitol Hill and suggests that sympathy for the military-industrial complex agenda will only be achieved after a new terror attack. Rumsfeld agrees that the psychological impact of 9/11 is wearing off and the ―behavior pattern‖ of citizens in both the U.S. and Europe suggests that they are unconcerned about the threat of terror: DeLong: ―Politically, what are the challenges because you‘re not going to have a lot of sympathetic ears up there until it [a terror attack] happens.‖ Rumsfeld: ―That‘s what I was just going to say. This President‘s pretty much a victim of success. We haven‘t had an attack in five years. The perception of the threat is so low in this society that it‘s not surprising that the behavior pattern reflects a low threat assessment. The same thing‘s in Europe, there‘s a low threat perception. The correction for that, I suppose, is an attack. And when that happens, then everyone gets energized for another [inaudible] and it‘s a shame we don‘t have the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the threats…the lethality, the carnage, that can be imposed on our society is so real and so present and so serious that you‘d think we‘d be able to understand it, but as a society, the longer you get away from 9/11, the less…the less…‖ In a similar vein to CNN‘s Sanchez, Neo-Con writer Stu Bykofsky expressed his yearning for ―another 9/11″ in order to ―help America‖ restore its sense of ―outrage and national resolve‖ in an August 2007 column for the Philadelphia Daily News. Lt.-Col. Doug Delaney, chair of the war studies program at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, told the Toronto Star in July 2007 that ―The key to bolstering Western resolve is another terrorist attack like 9/11 or the London transit bombings of two years ago.‖ The same sentiment was also explicitly expressed in a 2005 GOP memo, which yearned for new attacks that would ―validate‖ the President‘s war on terror and ―restore his image as a leader of the American people.‖ In June 2007, the chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party Dennis Milligan said that there needed to be more attacks on American soil for President Bush to regain popular approval. These statements take on an even greater significance when we consider the fact that the U.S. military-industrial complex and the government has openly planned and even admitted to carrying out terrorist attacks as part of its geopolitical strategy. Operation Northwoods, a plan signed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon to to ―kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war‖ made headlines in May 2001 when it was revealed by investigative journalist James Bamford in his book Body of Secrets. Operation Ajax, a CIA program of false flag terror to crush Iran‘s first democratic government in the 1950‘s, was responsible for the deaths of around 300 people. The CIA admits to the program on their own website. Then there‘s Operation Gladio, a ―decades-long covert campaign of terrorism and deceit directed by the intelligence services of the West — against their own populations‖ run by NATO in collusion with the CIA, a campaign which included the 1980 bombing of the Bologna train station which killed 85 people. Given this dark history, it‘s no surprise to learn that terror attacks in the modern age are still being directed by the same forces. That‘s not to say that there aren‘t Islamic fundamentalists who are perfectly willing to commit violence, but every major terror attack we have investigated leads back to the same players. The most recent example of this was the November 2008 Mumbai massacre, an attack overseen by David Headley, a Pakistan-born American national and a CIA agent who has been protected from questioning by American authorities since the attack. The consequences of the attacks in Uganda which killed 74 people will doubtless be used to further the integration of Africom, the African arm of the move towards global government under the United States African Command, and the events will also be exploited to pave the way for further U.S. military incursions and occupations of the continent in pursuit of controlling Africa‘s rich and untapped natural resources. As CNN‘s Rick Sanchez rightly points out, this week‘s tragic terror attacks in Uganda will serve to be immeasurably ―helpful‖ in the pursuit of both of these agendas (Watson, 2010). Date: July 18, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: Ahmadinejad: US Behind Terror Attacks Abstract: Iran's president says US and NATO forces offer financial and material support to terrorists, yet US President Barack Obama, ironically enough, sends a condolence message on the recent deadly terrorist attacks in southeast Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that US troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan sponsor such acts of terror, reported IRNA. "No grouping other than US-backed terrorist groups which are devoid of human feelings can commit such acts," added President Ahmadinejad. The president further called on the Iranian Foreign Ministry to follow up the terror attack through the Pakistani government. "We are friends with the Pakistani nation, … but the Pakistani government should be held accountable", he said. Mahmoud Ahmadi also instructed his office to lodge a complaint with international circles base on the 'existing documents', and follow up on NATO and Israel's cooperation with the terrorists. "The puppeteers pulling the strings in this show will get nothing", President Ahmadinejad said. "Such aggressive policies will only fuel public hatred", he underscored. Two bombs were detonated in quick succession in front of the Zahedan Grand Mosque in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan last Thursday. At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 100 others were injured in the terrorist act (Press TV, 2010). Date: July 26, 2010 Source: The Guardian, Munir Ahmed Title/Headline: Pakistani Spy Agency Denounces US Intel Docs Abstract: Pakistan's most powerful spy agency on Monday lashed out against a trove of leaked U.S. intelligence reports that alleged close connections between it and Taliban militants fighting NATO troops in Afghanistan, calling the accusations malicious and unsubstantiated. The reports, which were released by the online whistle-blower Wikileaks, raised new questions about whether the U.S. can succeed in convincing Pakistan to sever its historical links to the Taliban and deny them sanctuary along the Afghan border — actions that many analysts believe are critical for success in Afghanistan. The U.S. has given Pakistan billions in military aid since 2001 to enlist its cooperation. But the leaked reports, which cover a period from January 2004 to December 2009, suggest Pakistan allows representatives of its Inter-Services Intelligence agency to meet directly with the Taliban to organize militant networks that fight U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders, according to The New York Times. A senior ISI official denied the allegations, saying they were from raw intelligence reports that had not been verified and were meant to impugn the reputation of the spy agency. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with the agency's policy. Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, spokesman for Pakistan's army, was not reachable for comment Monday on the intelligence reports. The ISI is under the command of the army. Hamid Gul, a former head of the spy agency who is mentioned many times throughout the more than 91,000 intelligence reports released, also denied allegations that he was working with the Taliban. "These leaked documents against me are fiction and nothing else," said Gul. Wikileaks released the documents, which include classified cables and assessments between military officers and diplomats, on its website Sunday. The New York Times, London's Guardian newspaper and the German weekly Der Spiegel were given early access to the documents. The Guardian also expressed skepticism about the allegations in the documents, saying "they fail to provide a convincing smoking gun" for complicity between the ISI and the Taliban. But the U.S. has had little success convincing Pakistan to target Afghan Taliban militants holed up in the country, especially members of the Haqqani network, an al-Qaida-linked group that the U.S. military considers the most dangerous in Afghanistan. Pakistan helped the Taliban seize power in Afghanistan in the 1990s. Although the government renounced the group in 2001 under U.S. pressure, many analysts believe Pakistan refuses to sever links with the Taliban because it believes it could be a useful ally in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw. White House national security adviser Gen. Jim Jones defended the partnership between the U.S. and Pakistan in a statement Sunday, saying "counterterrorism cooperation has led to significant blows against al-Qaida's leadership." Still, he called on Pakistan to continue its "strategic shift against insurgent groups." Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., said the documents "do not reflect the current on-ground realities." The United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan are "jointly endeavoring to defeat al-Qaida and its Taliban allies militarily and politically," he said (Ahmed, 2010). Date: August 12, 2010 Source: Fox News, The Wall Street Journal Title/Headline: Report: U.S. Military Stops Lobbying Pakistan To Help Root Out Militant Group Abstract: The U.S. military has stopped lobbying Pakistan to help root out one of the biggest militant threats to coalition forces in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say, acknowledging that the failure to win better help from Islamabad threatens to damage a linchpin of their Afghan strategy. Until recently, the U.S. had been pressing Islamabad to launch major operations against the Haqqani network, a militant group connected to Al Qaeda that controls a key border region where U.S. defense and intelligence officials believe Usama bin Laden has hidden. The group has been implicated in the Dec. 30 bombing of a CIA base in Khost, a January assault on Afghan government ministries and a luxury hotel in Kabul, and in the killing of five United Nations staffers in last year's raid on a U.N. guesthouse. But military officials have decided that pressing Pakistan for help against the group—as much as it is needed—is counterproductive. U.S. officials believe elements of Pakistan's intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, are continuing to protect the Haqqani network to help it retain influence in Afghanistan once the U.S. military eventually leaves the country. U.S. officials say the support includes housing, intelligence and even strategic planning, During a trip to Pakistan last month, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, chose not to raise the issue of an offensive against the Haqqani network—a departure from the message U.S. defense officials delivered earlier this year. The U.S. also had intensified the pressure for Pakistani operations in North Waziristan in May after the attempted bombing of New York's Times Square was linked to militants in Pakistan. Pakistan officials reject the U.S. conclusions about their efforts. They say they are taking significant action against militants in North Waziristan. They say their intelligence service has severed all ties with the Haqqani network (Fox News, 2010). Date: August 28, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: Bin Laden Is A CIA Agent, Castro Says Abstract: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro has said al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a US agent used by former US President George W. Bush to scare the world. "Any time Bush would stir up fear and make a big speech, bin Laden would appear threatening people with a story about what he was going to do," Castro said on Friday, AP reported. The former Cuban leader added that Bush had bin Laden's full support. "Bush never lacked for bin Laden's support. He was a subordinate." Castro says US military documents on the Afghan war recently released by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks have effectively proven that bin Laden is a CIA agent. Castro officially stepped down in February 2008, and Cuba's National Assembly elected his brother Raul Castro as the new president. Castro, who turned 84 on August 13, returned to public life on July 7 after four years of convalescence from a serious illness (Press TV, 2010). Date: August 29, 2010 Source: Veterans Today, Gordon Duff Title/Headline: Crash Of Airbus 320 Outside Islamabad Now Believed Hijacked , Heading For Nuke Facility Abstract: Informed sources in the Government of Pakistan have told Veterans Today that they are developing ―hard evidence‖ indicating the Air Blue Airbus 320 that crashed July 28th outside Islamabad was a terrorist hijacking tied to rogue American security forces operating inside that country. Sources indicate that the plane crash was an unsuccessful hijacking attempt intended to crash into the nuclear weapons facility at Kahuta, outside Islamabad. Such an attack may have been blamed on India and would likely have led to retaliation which could easily have escalated to a nuclear exchange between these two nations that have spent decades at each other‘s throats. Suspicions were raised inside Pakistan‘s military and intelligence organizations when American military contractors employed by Blackwater/Xe showed up on the scene immediately after the crash, seizing the black box and ―other materials.‖ There is no confirmation that parachutes or electronic equipment had been removed when Blackwater/Xe security relinquished control of the crash scene to Pakistani investigators. Royal Television in Islamabad, owned by the brother of the head of Pakistan‘s powerful JI (Jamate Islami), the Islamic political party, has reported that investigations are underway tying American based contractors to the planning of the attack. Pakistan‘s ISRP (Inter-Services Public Relations) has failed to confirm this but private sources indicate that an active investigation of these allegations is, not only underway but has established ties between an American group and the hijackers. Military and intelligence officials inside Pakistan, in concert with the American embassy, are withholding all official details of the investigation and are likely to continue doing so. This same facility had been the subject of an armed penetration by American contractors, believed to be employed by the State Department, in 2009. Four Blackwater employees, armed and possessing explosives were arrested outside the Kahuta nuclear facility in 2009. The four, driving a Jeep 4×4 and possessing advanced surveillance and jamming equipment of Israeli manufacture, were intercepted 1.5 miles from the Kahuta nuclear facility. The four spoke fluent Pushtu and were dressed in a manner as to resemble Taliban fighters. The order for their release, given by Minister of the Interior Rehman Malik, is an issue of considerable controversy between the civilian government in Pakistan and the powerful military. The passenger jet with 152 on board slammed into a hillside in what was believed to be Pakistan‘s most serious air crash. At least 2 Americans were believed to be on board but, a month later, the US Embassy in Islamabad has left this unconfirmed. Reports received today, however, confirm that at least 5 Americans, military contractors said to be employed by Xe, may also have been on the craft but could not be identified as they had been traveling in local garb and had boarded with false identification. Xe is an American based military and intelligence contracting firm formerly known as Blackwater and has been the subject of considerable controversy for activities inside Pakistan. Sources indicate that the attackers stormed the cockpit in a hijacking attempt. The pilot is said to have jammed the flight controls, careening the Airbus 320 and all aboard into a hillside rather than allowing the plane to be used in a ―9/11″ type attack inside Pakistan or flown into Indian air space for a repeat of the 2008 Mumbai attack. Pakistan has, at times in error, referred to American contractors employed by the Departments of Defense, State or the Central Intelligence Agency as Blackwater. However, it is believed the majority of such employees are, in fact, members of that organization or is derivitive, Xe. The same group, often criticized for irregularities in Iraq, has been contracted by the Central Intelligence Agency to operate Predator drones inside Pakistan, operations that have resulted in a significant number of civilian deaths and said by political leaders of several factions to do little but recruit terrorists (Duff, 2010). Date: September 16, 2010 Source: Online Journal, Wayne Madsen Title/Headline: Blackwater/Xe Cells Conducting False Flag Terrorist Attacks In Pakistan Abstract: WMR (Wayne Madsen Report) has learned from a deep background source that Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, has been conducting false flag terrorist attacks in Pakistan that are later blamed on the entity called ―Pakistani Taliban.‖ Only recently did the US State Department designate the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, a terrorist group. The group is said by the State Department to be an off-shoot of the Afghan Taliban, which had links to ―Al Qaeda‖ before the 9/11 attacks on the United States. TTP‘s leader is Hakimullah Mehsud, said to be 30-years old and operating from Pakistan‘s remote tribal region with an accomplice named Wali Ur Rehman. In essence, this new team of Mehsud and Rehman appears to be the designated replacement for Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri as the new leaders of the so-called ―Global Jihad‖ against the West. However, it is Xe cells operating in Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad and other cities and towns that have, according to our source who witnessed the U.S.-led false flag terrorist operations in Pakistan. Bombings of civilians is the favored false flag event for the Xe team and are being carried out under the orders of the CIA. However, the source is now under threat from the FBI and CIA for revealing the nature of the false flag operations in Pakistan. If the source does not agree to cooperate with the CIA and FBI, with an offer of a salary, the threat of false criminal charges being brought for aiding and abetting terrorism looms over the source. The Blackwater/Xe involvement in terrorist attacks in Pakistan have been confirmed by the former head of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), General Hamid Gul, according to another source familiar with the current Xe covert operations. In addition, Pakistani ex-Army Chief of Staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg, reportedly claimed that while serving as president, General Pervez Musharraf approved Blackwater carrying out terrorist operations in Pakistan. Blackwater has been accused of smuggling weapons and munitions into Pakistan. Earlier this year WMR reported that ‖intelligence sources in Asia and Europe are reporting that the CIA contractor firm XE Services, formerly Blackwater, has been carrying out ‗false flag‘ terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Somalia, the Sinkiang region of China, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq, in some cases with the assistance of Israeli Mossad and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) personnel. A number of terrorist bombings in Pakistan have been blamed by Pakistani Islamic leaders on Blackwater, Mossad, and RAW. Blackwater has been accused of hiring young Pakistanis in Peshawar to carry out false flag bombings that are later blamed on the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. One such bombing took place during the Ashura procession in Karachi last month. The terrorist attacks allegedly are carried out by a secret Blackwater- XE/CIA/Joint Special Operations Command forward operating base in Karachi. The XE Services component was formerly known as Blackwater Select, yet another subsidiary in a byzantine network of shell and linked companies run by Blackwater/Xe on behalf of the CIA and the Pentagon. On December 3, 2009, the Pakistani newspaper Nawa-i-Waqtreported: ‗Vast land near the Tarbela dam has also been given to the Americans where they have established bases for their army and air forces. There, the Indian RAW [Research and Analysis Wing] and Israeli Mossad are working in collaboration with the CIA to carry out extremist activities in Pakistan.‘‖ The bombing of a CIA base in Khost, Afghanistan last December was blamed on the TTP but may have actually involved the covert Xe/CIA program to stage false flag attacks and something went drastically wrong with the operation that resulted in the deaths of seven CIA personnel, including the Khost station chief. The TTP was also linked to the failed Times Square ―bombing‖ last May. Responsibility for the recent bomb attack of a pro-Palestine Shi‘a rally in Quetta that killed 54 people was claimed by the Pakistan Taliban, but it was actually carried out by one of the Xe covert cells in the country, acting in concert with the CIA, Israeli Mossad, and Indian Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). The ultimate goal is to destabilize Pakistan to the point where it has no choice but to allow the Western powers to secure its nuclear weapons and remove them from the country in a manner similar to the procurement by the West of South Africa‘s nuclear weapons prior to the stepping down of the white minority government in the early 1990s. WMR has been informed that any American, whether or not he or she holds a security clearance, is subject to U.S. national security prohibitions from discussing the U.S.- sponsored terrorist attacks in Pakistan. In one case, a threat was made against an individual who personally witnessed the Xe/CIA terrorist operations but is now threatened, along with family members (Madsen, 2010). Date: September 23, 2010 Source: The Times Of India Title/Headline: CIA Runs 3,000-Strong Covert Army To Hunt Down Al-Qaida In Pakistan Abstract: America's CIA is running a 3,000-strong covert army to hunt down key leaders of Taliban and al-Qaida in not only Afghanistan but across the border in Pakistan. This heavily-armed irregular force manned entirely by Afghan personnel operates in small units called Counter- terrorism Pursuit Teams, the New York Times reported today quoting extracts from a new book 'Obama's wars' by journalist Bob Woodward. The stunning disclosures in the book which is making waves for laying bare the policy divisions and the personality clashes among the Obama advisors on the Afghan policy may complicate relations between Washington and Islamabad, the paper said. "Firing missiles from unmanned drones patrolling over Pakistan's turbulent northwest tribal region at a rate that has outstripped the Bush administration's record is bad enough and now to have brigade size paramilitary units operating inside Pakistan marks a significant expansion of the covert war that the Obama administration has waged there," the book claims. These forces, the paper said, conducted clandestine raids into Pakistan as part of stepped-up campaign against al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban havens there. The CIA directs and funds the force, which is being billed as the best Afghan fighting force which has made major contributions to stability and security, the book claims. "The covert army captures and kills Taliban fighters and seeks support in Tribal areas," the NYT reported and quoted Pentagon officials as saying that these Afghan units were closely working with American Green Berets to go after Taiban fighters. According to the Woodward's book, by the end of 2009 strategy review, the President had concluded that the task in Afghanistan could not succeed without wiping out al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban havens operating with impunity in the border tribal areas of Pakistan. The book says that Obama has remarked, "We need to make clear to the people that the cancer is in Pakistan", so the CIA had turned into its classic old strategy of setting up of a lethal proxy unit. The book says that such "kill teams" were also operating within Afghanistan to target groups like Haqqani network, closely linked to Taliban and al-Qaida. The members of these hot pursuit units have been probably recruited from the private militias of warlords (The Times Of India, 2010). Date: September 27, 2010 Source: New York Times, Mark Mazzetti, Eric Schmitt Title/Headline: C.I.A. Steps Up Drone Attacks On Taliban In Pakistan Abstract: The C.I.A. has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan in recent weeks, American officials said. The strikes are part of an effort by military and intelligence operatives to try to cripple the Taliban in a stronghold being used to plan attacks against American troops in Afghanistan. As part of its covert war in the region, the C.I.A. has launched 20 attacks with armed drone aircraft thus far in September, the most ever during a single month, and more than twice the number in a typical month. This expanded air campaign comes as top officials are racing to stem the rise of American casualties before the Obama administration‘s comprehensive review of its Afghanistan strategy set for December. American and European officials are also evaluating reports of possible terrorist plots in the West from militants based in Pakistan. The strikes also reflect mounting frustration both in Afghanistan and the United States that Pakistan‘s government has not been aggressive enough in dislodging militants from their bases in the country‘s western mountains. In particular, the officials said, the Americans believe the Pakistanis are unlikely to launch military operations inside North Waziristan, a haven for Taliban and Qaeda operatives that has long been used as a base for attacks against troops in Afghanistan. Some Pakistani troops have also been diverted from counterinsurgency missions to help provide relief to victims of the country‘s massive flooding. Beyond the C.I.A. drone strikes, the war in the region is escalating in other ways. In recent days, American military helicopters have launched three airstrikes into Pakistan that military officials estimate killed more than 50 people suspected of being members of the militant group known as the Haqqani network, which is responsible for a spate of deadly attacks against American troops. Such air raids by the military remain rare, and officials in Kabul said Monday that the helicopters entered Pakistani airspace on only one of the three raids, and acted in self-defense after militants fired rockets at an allied base just across the border in Afghanistan. At the same time, the strikes point to a new willingness by military officials to expand the boundaries of the campaign against the Taliban and Haqqani network — and to an acute concern in military and intelligence circles about the limited time to attack Taliban strongholds while American ―surge‖ forces are in Afghanistan. Pakistani officials have angrily criticized the helicopter attacks, saying that NATO‘s mandate in Afghanistan does not extend across the border in Pakistan. As evidence of the growing frustration of American officials, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Afghanistan, has recently issued veiled warnings to top Pakistani commanders that the United States could launch unilateral ground operations in the tribal areas should Pakistan refuse to dismantle the militant networks in North Waziristan, according to American officials. ―Petraeus wants to turn up the heat on the safe havens,‖ said one senior administration official, explaining the sharp increase in drone strikes. ―He has pointed out to the Pakistanis that they could do more.‖ Special Operations commanders have also been updating plans for cross-border raids, which would require approval from President Obama. For now, officials said, it remains unlikely that the United States would make good on such threats to send American troops over the border, given the potential blowback inside Pakistan, an ally. But that could change, they said, if Pakistan-based militants were successful in carrying out a terrorist attack on American soil. American and European intelligence officials in recent days have spoken publicly about growing evidence that militants may be planning a large-scale attack in Europe, and have bolstered security at a number of European airports and railway stations. ―We are all seeing increased activity by a more diverse set of groups and a more diverse set of threats,‖ said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano before a Senate panel last week. The senior administration official said the strikes were intended not only to attack Taliban and Haqqani fighters, but also to disrupt any plots directed from or supported by extremists in Pakistan‘s tribal areas that were aimed at targets in Europe. ―The goal is to suppress or disrupt that activity,‖ the official said. The 20 C.I.A. drone attacks in September represent the most intense bombardment by the spy agency since January, when the C.I.A. carried out 11 strikes after a suicide bomber killed seven agency operatives at a remote base in eastern Afghanistan. According to one Pakistani intelligence official, the recent drone attacks have not killed any senior Taliban or Qaeda leaders. Many senior operatives have already fled North Waziristan, he said, to escape the C.I.A. drone campaign. Over all the spy agency has carried out 74 drone attacks this year, according to the Web site The Long War Journal, which tracks the strikes. A vast majority of the attacks — which usually involve several drones firing multiple missiles or bombs — have taken place in North Waziristan. The Obama administration has enthusiastically embraced the C.I.A.‘s drone program, an ambitious and historically unusual war campaign by American spies. According to The Long War Journal, the spy agency in 2009 and 2010 has launched nearly four times as many attacks as it did during the final year of the Bush administration. One American official said that the recent strikes had been aimed at several groups, including the Haqqani network, Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban. The United States, he said, hopes to ―keep the pressure on as long as we can.‖ But the C.I.A.‘s campaign has also raised concerns that the drone strikes are fueling anger in the Muslim world. The man who attempted to detonate a truck filled with explosives in Times Square told a judge that the C.I.A. drone campaign was one of the factors that led him to attack the United States. In a meeting with reporters on Monday, General Petraeus indicated that it was new intelligence gathering technology that helped NATO forces locate the militants killed by the helicopter raids against militants in Pakistan. In particular, he said, the military has expanded its fleet of reconnaissance blimps that can hover over hide-outs thought to belong to the Taliban in eastern and southern Afghanistan. The intelligence technology, General Petraeus said, has also enabled the expanded campaign of raids by Special Operations commandos against Taliban operatives in those areas (Mazzetti & Schmitt, 2010). Date: October 10, 2010 Source: NDTV News Title/Headline: Pak-Based British Militant May Have Worked For UK Police: Report Abstract: A Pakistan-based British Al-Qaida militant, who was part of a group plotting Mumbai-type attacks in Europe before his possible killing in a drone attack, may have worked as a police community support officer in the UK, raising fears that Osama bin Laden's group may be trying to infiltrate the security system here. Abdul Jabbar, said to be from the Manchester area, was part of a group of between 10 and 20 Islamist extremists linked to recent intelligence warnings about Mumbai-style attacks in Britain, France and Germany, 'The Sunday Times' reported. The group is based at militant camps in the tribal areas of North Waziristan in Pakistan. Community support officers - so-called 'plastic policemen' - have fewer powers than ordinary officers, but they have access to police databases that could be invaluable to extremists planning an attack. Security officials said Jabbar was "a rising star" of Al-Qaida. But they have played down suggestions that any formal British branch of Al-Qaida had been set up or that Jabbar was directly linked to any plan to attack European public places. Three years ago it emerged that up to eight police officers and civilians were on a secret list of alleged radicals said to be working in the Metropolitan police and other forces. Some were thought to have attended training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to the report, the list was drawn up amid fears that individuals linked to Islamic extremism were taking advantage of police attempts to increase staff from ethnic minorities. A spokesman for Greater Manchester police declined to comment on suggestions that a terror suspect had previously worked there as a community support officer. "Everything is being handled by the security service," he said. A counter-terrorism official said it was a policy of Mi5 - Britain's internal intelligence service - never to confirm or deny such claims. The Manchester link has emerged as part of an Mi5 investigation into a web of terrorists planning attacks in Europe. The network is believed to be led by Al-Qaida commander called Ilyas Kashmiri, a one-eyed Pakistani who has reportedly boasted that he had sent cells to attack Britain and Germany. Intelligence officials disclosed ten days ago that they had received "credible but non-specific" information that simultaneous commando attacks were planned in European cities. Extremists were thought to be organising an assault similar to the Mumbai attack in 2008 when 10 Pakistani terrorists armed with machine guns and grenades killed over 160 people. In response, the CIA had stepped up its drone attacks on suspected militants in remote camps in Waziristan. Attention has focussed on Jabbar, the British militant who is said to have been killed in a drone attack last month. He is thought to have been an associate of Kashmiri. According to the report, electronic eavesdroppers had heard Jabbar, his brother and a group of eight German suspects discuss plans to obtain guns and explosives in phone calls to Britain and Germany. Their "campfire chatter" was apparently intercepted by GCHQ, the Government listening centre in Cheltenham. Counter-terrorism officials said Jabbar, who is married and in his late 30s, attended a meeting of militants in May at which he spoke about setting up an "Islamic Army of Great Britain". Other sources claimed that Jabbar, who had been living with his wife in Pakistan for at least a year, may have previously attended a mosque in the Manchester area. There is no indication whether he was the militant who had worked there as a community support officer (NDTV News, 2010). Date: October 20, 2010 Source: Fox News, Catherine Herridge Title/Headline: EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda Leader Dined At The Pentagon Just Months After 9/11 Abstract: Anwar Al-Awlaki may be the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list, but he was also a lunch guest of military brass at the Pentagon within months of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Fox News has learned. Documents exclusively obtained by Fox News, including an FBI interview conducted after the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009, state that Awlaki was taken to the Pentagon as part of the military‘s outreach to the Muslim community in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. The incident was flagged by a current Defense Department employee who came forward and told investigators she helped arrange the meeting after she saw Awlaki speak in Alexandria, Va. The employee "attended this talk and while she arrived late she recalls being impressed by this imam. He condemned Al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks. During his talk he was 'harassed' by members of the audience and suffered it well," reads one document. According to the documents, obtained as part of an ongoing investigation by the specials unit "Fox News Reporting," there was a push within the Defense Department to reach out to the Muslim community. "At that period in time, the secretary of the Army (redacted) was eager to have a presentation from a moderate Muslim." In addition, Awlaki "was considered to be an 'up and coming' member of the Islamic community. After her vetting, Aulaqi (Awlaki) was invited to and attended a luncheon at the Pentagon in the secretary of the Army's Office of Government Counsel." Awlaki, a Yemeni-American who was born in Las Cruces, N.M., was interviewed at least four times by the FBI in the first week after the attacks because of his ties to the three hijackers Nawaf al- Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Hani Hanjour. The three hijackers were all onboard Flight 77 that slammed into the Pentagon. Awlaki is now believed to be hiding in Yemen after he was linked to the alleged Ft. Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan, who e-mailed Awlaki prior to the attack. Sources told Fox News that Awlaki, who is a former Muslim chaplain at George Washington University, met with the Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Yemen and was the middle-man between the young Nigerian and the bombmaker. Awlaki was also said to inspire would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. Apparently, none of the FBI's information about Awlaki was shared with the Pentagon. Former Army Secretary Tommy White, who led the Army in 2001, said he doesn't have any recollection of the luncheon or any contact with Awlaki. "If this was a luncheon at the Office of Government Counsel, I would not necessarily be there," he said. The Pentagon has offered no explanation of how a man, now on the CIA kills or capture list, ended up at a special lunch for Muslim outreach. After repeated requests for comment on the vetting process beginning on October 13th, an Army spokesman insisted Wednesday that the lunch was not an Army event. "The Army has found no evidence that the Army either sponsored or participated in the event described in this report," spokesman Thomas Collins said. Collins also noted that the FBI document referred to the ―Office of Government Counsel‖ but should read ―Office of General Counsel.‖ Collins said he believed the event was sponsored by the office of the Secretary of Defense. A spokeswoman there said she would look into it and get back to Fox News. A former high-ranking FBI agent told Fox News that at the time Awlaki went to lunch at the Pentagon, there was tremendous "arrogance" about the vetting process at the Pentagon. "They vetted people politically and showed indifference toward security and intelligence advice of others," the former agent said (Herridge, 2010). Date: November 27, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: US Supports MKO Terrorists: Iran Cmdr. Abstract: A top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps says the European Union is only providing an excuse for the US to remove the "Rajavi Cult" from its terror list. Brigadier General Yadollah Javani made the remarks on Saturday after the European Parliament issued a declaration on Thursday urging the removal of the Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) from Washington's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The European Union removed the MKO from its similar list of terrorist organizations in 2009. Brigadier General Javani said that despite placing the MKO on its list of terrorist organizations Washington has not refrained from providing all out-support for the group over the past 30 years. "The group has conducted a terror campaign from the safe haven provided by the West, the US and the Zionists," he was quoted by Mehr News Agency as saying. "In order to escape from the glaring inconsistency between the words and actions of the US, Washington needs an excuse and justification such as the request made by the European Union," he added. The "Rajavi cult", as the MKO came to be known, was founded in Iran in the 1960s, but its top leadership and members fled the country some twenty years later, after carrying out numerous acts of terror inside the country. In the 1970s the group targeted American citizens in Iran, killing William C. Cottrell, Colonel Lewis L. Hawkins, Donald G. Smith, and Colonel Jack Turner in the country. They also masterminded the 1981 bombing of the offices of the Islamic Republic Party, in which more than 72 senior Iranian officials were killed, including the then Judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti. After fleeing to neighboring Iraq, the terror cell provided security services to Saddam Hussein, fighting on his behalf during the eight-year Iraqi- imposed war on Iran. In 1991, Maryam Rajavi as then leader of the group's military forces directly ordered the massacre of Kurdish Iraqis in the north and the Shia population in the south (Press TV, 2010). Date: November 30, 2010 Source: The Independent Title/Headline: Yossi Melman: Mossad, MI6, The CIA And The Case Of The Assassinated Scientist Abstract: Three events – not seemingly related – took place yesterday. The leaking of State Department documents, many of which deal with the world's concerns about Iran's nuclear programme; the mysterious assassination in Tehran of a top Iranian nuclear scientist and the wounding of another, and the appointment of Tamir Pardo as the new head of Mossad, Israel's foreign espionage agency. The attack on the two scientists, one of them mentioned as a top nuclear scientist working with Iran's Ministry of Defence, was part of these efforts. No organisation claimed responsibility but it is obvious, not just because of accusations by Iranian officials and Iran's media, that Israel was behind it. Most experts who follow Middle East politics and Mossad history would agree. It is at least the fourth attempt to assassinate Iranian scientists linked with the country's nuclear programme in four years. There were probably other attempts which did not hit the headlines. The attribution to Mossad is not because of the use of motorcycles, though in the past Mossad has been involved in similar operations. The best known one was in 1995 in Valletta, Malta, when a Mossad hit-team liquidated Dr Fathi Shkaki, the leader of the Islamic Jihad. It has more to do with the policy of Mossad to deal a blow to Iran's nuclear programme. On top of assassinating nuclear scientists to terrorise others and force some to quit, it is believed that Mossad was also behind penetrating Iranian purchasing networks and selling them flawed equipment of its nuclear enrichment centrifuges and most recently by planting a virus which has damaged the nuclear computers at Natanz. Yet despite these daring ploys, it is obvious to Israeli decision-makers as well as to western leaders that if a country is determined enough to develop nuclear weapons nothing would stop it. But there's a link between them. They are part of the endless efforts by the Israeli intelligence community, together with its Western counterparts including Britain's MI6 and America's CIA, to sabotage, delay and if possible, to stop Iran from reaching its goal of having its first nuclear bomb (The Independent, 2010). Date: November 29, 2010 Source: Press TV Title/Headline: 'West Resorts To Terrorism Against Iran' Abstract: Following the terrorist attack on two Iranian lecturers, a Tehran university professor says the West is resorting to state terrorism to stop Iran's nuclear program. Unknown terrorists detonated bombs in the vehicles of Dr. Majid Shahriari and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi in separate locations on Monday morning between 7-8 a.m. local time. Shahriari was martyred immediately, but professor Abbasi and his wife sustained injuries and were transferred to hospital. Both men were professors at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. "Those atomic physics professors were very active in Iran's peaceful nuclear energy [program]… during the past 7-8 year… the United States and the Zionist regime [of Israel] have been trying different methods to stop Iran's peaceful nuclear program," Dr. Foad Izadi said in an interview with Press TV on Monday. "Sanctions, threats of military attacks and different types of pressures have been exerted." Izadi pointed to the murder of an Iranian physics professor a few months ago and said now the US and Israel are resorting to one of the tactics that both are familiar with -- state terrorism. On July 12, Iranian nuclear physics scientist Dr. Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was killed in a remote-controlled bomb attack in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Iranian security officials believe that the equipment and bomb system used in the attack were related to a number of foreign intelligence agencies, particularly the Israeli Mossad. Izadi called the UN resolution 1747 in which Abbasi's name was cited as a "nuclear scientist" a ―hit list‖ and said the people on the list were being assassinated. "These assassinations will not have any effect, except that they will encourage the people in Iran to continue this path and make sure they can stand up to these aggressive governments," Izadi concluded (Press TV, 2010). Conclusion: It is now clear that the War of Terror is a complete FRAUD. Anyone still believing that some Arab guys in caves brought down the Twin Towers or detonated the nuke at the Super Bowl is either in denial, borderline retarded, or under such mind-control and brainwashing that they are unable to distinguish between fact and fiction.
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