From the Independent UK , By Robert Fisk
The Pentagon building after 9/11 attacks. The cause of destruction of the building remains controversial todate. Read more »
Osama is dead, Obama is enjoying a surge in popularity, Pakistani military high command is hiding in embarrassment, and the big question for Pakistan is where do we go from here? Read more »
The following book review published by the Economist is a must read for all educated Pakistanis particulary for those sections of the ruling elites or the liberals who continue to deny that the dramatic escalation in extremism and the rapidly growing radicalization in the last few years has a lot to do with the war on terror. Read more »
Last updated on 11th September 2009
The last time we heard a squeak from him was on June 3 this year.
The world’s most notorious terrorist outsmarted America by releasing a menacing message as Air Force One touched down on Saudi Arabian soil at the start of Barack Obama’s first and much vaunted Middle East tour. Read more »
The Wall Street Journal is reputed for its coverage of markets, business, and economy. But it is also a conservative paper and in terms of political orientation, not much more than a mouthpiece of the Washington establishment. Mr. Bret Stephens is the deputy editor of its editorial page (International) and its foreign affairs columnist. On June 8, 2010, he wrote a column ‘Israel and its Liberal Friends”. While referring to the Flotilla mission to Gaza and to cover up for Israel’s criminal and murderous attack on the peace mission, he had used the now familiar tactic of raising the bogey of Al Qaeda. Read more »
October 25, 2006, revised October 30, 2007
What America Has Lost, By Fareed Zakaria
Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat? Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Laden’s terror network has been unable to launch a single major attack on high-value targets in the United States and Europe. While it has inspired a few much smaller attacks by local jihadis, it has been unable to execute a single one itself. Today, Al Qaeda’s best hope is to find a troubled young man who has been radicalized over the Internet, and teach him to stuff his underwear with explosives. Read more »
Why the Courts have not heard the appeal of Omar Saeed Sheikh of Jaish-e-Mohammed even after eight years? Omar Saeed Sheikh, best known for killing Daniel Pearl, is a notorious terrorist currently in Hyderabad jail. Some mainstream media people who cry hoarse about the pervasiveness of ‘conspiracy theories’ in Pakistan ought to answer why Omar Seed Sheikh’s appeal case has not been decided since 2002? If such well known, high profile and convicted killers [called militants by some] go unpunished, there is no other choice but to conclude that they are protected by very powerful forces in the establishment. Read more »
Political analysts and media, particularly those who do not see the link between 9/11, War on Terror, and US foreign policy, should take a note of the following apparently innocuous Bloomberg story about the oil activity in Iraq. Between bigotry and paranoia of the right-wingers and the blissful ignorance of the ‘Burger Generation’ there is a real world out there - driven by self-interests. Economic interests overshadow most interests.
Points to be noted about this story:
1. Iraq’s crude oil output is projected to increase by five times to equal that of Saudi Arabia
2. The biggest oil servicing and drilling companies are rapidly expanding operations in Iraq.
3. The British Petroleum (BP) is developing the Rumaila oil field, which, according to BP, may become the second largest oil field in the world after Ghawar (located in the Eastern provinces) of Saudi Arabia. Read more »
By Katherine Shaver
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Thousands of demonstrators protested the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on Saturday in a march through downtown Washington. Many expressed concern that health care and the dismal economy have begun to overshadow the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more »
General Pervez Musharraf acknowledged in his book, ‘In the Line of Fire’, that Omar Saeed Sheikh – the man who was convicted for killing Wall Street Journal’s correspondent Daniel Pearl, in 2002, was recruited by MI6, the British intelligence agency.
We also know that Omar Saeed Sheikh conducted terrorist strikes in India and was also very close to the sectarian terrorist outfits in Pakistan besides being very close to the former Intelligence Bureau Head, Brig. (rtd) Ijaz Shah. Omar Saeed was also linked (in the reports of the Associated Press, DAWN, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, among others) to transferring $100,000 to Mohd. Atta, who allegedly led the hijackings of 9/11. Read more »
We have been able to secure an electronic version of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s Book, America’s “War on Terrorism”. This book is not available in Pakistan though it can be ordered through Amazon.com. You can download this as a pdf file.
The book starts with a reference to a report by Dan Rather of CBS News [ CBS Evening News with Dan Rather; CBS, January 28, 2002] that on September 10, 2001 Osama bin Laden had been admitted to a Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi. What follows is a massive documentary evidence work according to Amazon.com
He has taught as visiting professor at academic institutions in Western Europe, Latin America and , has acted as economic adviser to governments of and has worked as a consultant for international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Development Bank, the for and Planning (AIEDEP), the (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the (ECLAC).is professor of economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Canada and author of several books. He is Director of the (CRG), a think-tank based in Montreal.
March 3, 2010
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — With his white turban, untrimmed beard and worn army jacket, the man known uniformly here by his nom de guerre, Col. Imam, is a particular Pakistani enigma.
A United States-trained former colonel in Pakistan’s spy agency, he spent 20 years running insurgents in and out of Afghanistan, first to fight the Soviet Army, and later to support the Taliban, as Pakistani allies, in their push to conquer Afghanistan in the 1990s. Read more »
A lingering technical question about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still haunts some, and it has political implications: How did 200,000 tons of steel disintegrate and drop in 11 seconds? A thousand architects and engineers want to know, and are calling on Congress to order a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center.
“In order to bring down this kind of mass in such a short period of time, the material must have been artificially, exploded outwards,” says Richard Gage, a San Francisco architect and foun Read more »
Published in DAWN
Even after seven years, the US has failed to try the alleged mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. — File Photo
A columnist recently lamented the “emotionally charged thinking of Pakistanis” that leads them to believe conspiracy theories that present the events of Sept 11, 2001 as a plot hatched by mysterious elements in the American establishment. There is no doubt that fundamentalism and terrorism are a serious threat to our country, but the views about 9/11 and the United States “being the only country that can help” need to be analysed with cold logic and in the context of some critical questions about 9/11 that were raised by serious Americans who did not make the movie Loose Change.
But before that, recent comments by former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad; the latter told a Malaysian TV channel last month that 9/11 was an inside job. Mahathir also said some people were afraid of saying anything critical about the governments of powerful countries or accusing them of wrongdoing. But, he added, the governments of powerful countries told lies to go to war.
Mahathir is not the only senior statesman to say this. Francesco Cossiga (Italy’s president for seven years until April 1992) told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Dec 3, 2007 that the attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad and that was common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies. What about Alan Greenspan, an icon of the Wall Street Republicans?
No US official or journalist or think tank has ever raised or answered the question that Alan Greenspan posed in his book, The Age of Turbulence:
“There was no bigger question in Washington than why no second attack? If Al Qaeda’s intent was to disrupt the US economy, as Bin Laden declared, the attacks had to continue. Our society was open, our borders porous, and ability to detect weapons and bombs was weak. I asked this question of a lot of people at the highest levels of government, and no one seemed to have a convincing response.”
Mr Greenspan has known George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other top leaders for decades and had access to everyone who was anybody in Washington at the time. The reason he did not get a convincing response was that the people at the highest level of (US) government did not have one. Why?
On Sept 17, 2008, Time magazine published a story ‘Risking War with Pakistan’ written by an ex-CIA officer (for the Middle East) Robert Baer. He wrote:
“On Tuesday, Pakistan’s military ordered its forces along the Afghan border to repulse all future American military incursions into Pakistan. The story has been subsequently downplayed.”
Baer asked a troubling question: “Is it worth the ghost hunt we’ve been on since September 11? There has not been a credible sighting of Osama bin Laden since he escaped from Tora Bora in October 2001. As for Al Qaeda, there are few signs it’s even still alive. Al Qaeda couldn’t even manage to post a statement on the Internet marking September 11, let alone set off a bomb.”
The 9/11 commission itself charged the US government of a cover-up. On Jan 2, 2008, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton who served as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the 9/11 commission wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times, accusing the US government of a cover-up and obstruction (of justice) as no one in the administration ever told the commission of the existence of videotapes of detainee interrogations: “…. government officials decided not to inform a lawfully constituted body, created by Congress and the president, to investigate one of the greatest tragedies to confront this country.” (Emphasis added).
John Pistole, deputy assistant director of the Federal Bureau, testified before the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs on July 31, 2003.
“The FBI conducted a detailed financial investigation/analysis of the 19 hijackers and their support network, [and] traced the origin of the funding of 9/11 back to financial accounts in Pakistan, where high-ranking and well-known Al Qaeda operatives played a major role in moving the money forward, eventually into the hands of the hijackers located in the US.”
There was no follow-up investigation into these grave and startling revelations. His testimony was consistent with what the Wall Street Journal had published on Oct 10, 2001. The WSJ never followed up or contradicted its story.
The fact is that even after nearly seven years of his arrest, the US government has failed to try the alleged mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in a normal civil federal court. He was arrested in March 2003 and handed over to the US but never faced open trial. According to the 9/11 Commission Report he was “the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks”.
Four critical questions:
1) Why would the US government not pursue the Al Qaeda money trail leading to 9/11 attacks? 2) Why would the CIA destroy video tapes containing hundreds of hours of interrogations of Al Qaeda detainees in Guantanamo Bay? 3) Why would it obstruct independent investigation by members of the 9/11 Commission? 4) Why would the Pentagon and the CIA not try Khalid and other Al Qaeda members in a normal court under normal laws?
Unless the US government can answer these critical questions, followers of the one-sided version of history churned out by networks like Fox TV should not dismiss the sceptics as merely anti-American, emotional Muslims. The critics of the US policies include leading figures in the western world. Many enlightened, liberal, and well-informed Pakistanis have solid reasons, and are not spurred merely by emotions, to not just question but ridicule the US government theory that the Al Qaeda has safe havens in Pakistan from which it can launch terrorist attacks on America given some of the above well-documented facts.
The US government and its intelligence agencies have major credibility issues. Their record, unfortunately, includes lies, deliberate disinformation and doctored intelligence — all designed to promote and implement hidden agendas like conquest of the oil fields in Iraq behind the smokescreen of the weapons of mass destruction that never existed.
Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad has once again stated that the September 11 attacks were a staged event, rejecting claims that his comments are a publicity stunt.
“What do I gain from a publicity stunt? I am merely going by a public statement. I am not going to be a Prime Minister anymore unless you (pointing to a journalist) want me to …” the former Malaysian prime minister told reporters on Friday. Read more »
November 20, 2009
If it accomplished nothing else, the Obama administration’s announcement last Friday to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in lower Manhattan blew the Nidal Hasan murders out of the news. The KSM fiasco deserves all the attention it gets. What Hasan represents, however, is a more immediate concern.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is an old-school jihadi. They sit in far-off redoubts, assembling terror teams of foreign nationals who now must figure out how to get themselves and their plot inside the U.S. Not impossible, but harder than before 9/11.
Hasan is new school. He is what’s known as a homegrown terrorist. Virtually all the Islamic terrorist plots thwarted in the U.S. in recent years were homegrown, not designed from afar by a KSM. Read more »
By: Peter Chamberlin
We are fighting a war that is like no other. The illusion is made as real; the real is made as dust. Nothing is as it seems in this war, even though this is the era of instant news. This alteration of our very understanding of reality has been necessary for us to pursue a war policy of pure evil, even though we have paraded ourselves before the world as warriors in defense of truth and light. The human race is begging for an end to the path of destruction that trusted American leaders have steered the world onto., longing to turn onto a permanent path of Light. It is high time the United States either showed the world the way into the Light, or got out of the way of those who can. Read more »
WASHINGTON – The “War on Terror” is losing the war of words.
The catchphrase burned into the American lexicon hours after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is fading away, slowly if not deliberately being replaced by a new administration bent on repairing the U.S. image among Muslim nations. Read more »
Who stands to gain the most from the Mumbai attacks?
The Pakistani media was quick to dismiss Indian allegations about the complicity of elements from Pakistan in Mumbai attacks. Some channels even carried stories that there was no Aslam Amir in Faridkot, only to contradict themselves later. We need to reflect upon the whole paradigm of ‘terrorism’. For this purpose, it is essential to to take a holistic view including examination of some important and critical events since 9/11, US’s strategic interests in the Middle East and Central Asia, the relationship between the US and Pakistan authorities, and the murky nature of CIA’s involvement with the so-called Islamic militants. Read more »
by Michael Parenti
December 7, 2008
Note: Michael Parenti is an internationally known award-winning author and lecturer. Michael Parenti’s recent books are Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader and the forthcoming God and His Demons. Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.
Barack Obama is on record as advocating a military escalation in Afghanistan. Before sinking any deeper into that quagmire, we might do well to learn something about recent Afghan history and the role played by the United States.
Less than a month after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, US leaders began an all-out aerial assault upon Afghanistan, the country purportedly harboring Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist organization. More than twenty years earlier, in 1980, the United States intervened to stop a Soviet “invasion” of that country. Even some leading progressive writers, who normally take a more critical view of US policy abroad, treated the US intervention against the Soviet-supported government as “a good thing.” The actual story is not such a good thing. Read more »
An open letter to Media
Consider the following news reports:
1. Two of the attackers drank beer in a nearby restaurant before they embarked on the killing spree according to a BBC report of Nov. 27, 2008. According to the BBC radio report, the witness Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi tourist from Baghdad, said he saw at least two men who started the firing outside the Leopold Cafe.
2. Two of the terrorists spoke fluent marahti according to ‘Maharashtra Times’ of Nov 29th
3. CNN claimed [Dec. 2, 2008] that the U.S. intelligence had warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before last week’s massacre in the country’s financial capital left nearly 180 dead. “U.S. intelligence indicated that a group might enter the country by water and launch an attack on Mumbai”, the report said.
4. According to prominent Indian journalist Saeed Naqvi, at least 80 of those killed in Mumbai attacks were Muslims but the only targeted killing was that of Mumbai’s Anti-Terrorism chief Hemant Karkare.
5. According to Guardian (Nov. 27) and BBC : Mumbai Attackers “White Foreigners,” “Neatly Dressed” with “Blonde” and “Punkish” Hair. One police officer who encountered the gunmen as they entered the Jewish centre told the Guardian the attackers were “white”.
The current received wisdom in the United States is that the militants in northwest Pakistan have provided safe havens to Al Qaeda has along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and the greatest threat to America’s security comes from this region. No US official or journalist or think-tank has ever raised or answered the question that Alan Greenspan posed in his book, The Age of Turbulence: Read more »
The following may be the most vital and comprehensive piece of information about 9/11, the War of Terror and its relationship to Pakistan, that you would have come across in the last seven years. Links provide details of original sources. This has been put together with the help of the material based on the official records of the 9/11 Commission, the reports including but not limited to that appeared in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CBS News, Dawn, The News International, USA Today, Center for Research on Globalization, Canada, New Yorker, and sources like Gen. Musharraf’s book (In the Line of Fire) and Alan Greenspan’s The Age of Turbulence.
Why is that so that the principal characters linked with 9/11 including its alleged master mind have not been tried in an open court while we are told daily by the US officials that Al-Qaeda – allegedly based in Pakistan ’s tribal areas – is the biggest threat to the US ? What are immediate strategic objectives of the US in Pakistan? Read more »
Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2008
By Robert Baer
As Wall Street collapsed with a bang, almost no one noticed that we’re on the brink of war with Pakistan. And, unfortunately, that’s not too much of an exaggeration. On Tuesday, the Pakistan’s military ordered its forces along the Afghan border to repulse all future American military incursions into Pakistan. The story has been subsequently downplayed, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Mike Mullen, flew to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, to try to ease tensions. But the fact remains that American forces have and are violating Pakistani sovereignty. Read more »
AIJAZ ZAKA SYED
By Jeremy R. Hammond
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Sep 11, 2008, 00:20
A recent New York Times article examined how Arabs in the Middle East don’t believe the official story of what happened on September 11, 2001 and are rather apt to think the U.S. government itself had a hand in the terrorist attacks. The title of the article dismisses the notion, reading “9/11 Rumors That Become Conventional Wisdom.” But what the Times fails to recognize is that behind many myths often lies an element of truth. Read more »
Blog Note: The ‘escape’ of Abu Yahya al-Libi is difficult to explain. Why was he kept in Afghanistan in the first place?
On the night of July 10, 2005, an obscure militant preacher named Abu Yahya al-Libi escaped from an American prison in Afghanistan and rocketed to fame in the world of jihadists.
The breakout from the Bagram Air Base by Mr. Libi and three cellmates — they picked a lock, dodged their guards and traversed the base’s vast acreage to freedom — embarrassed American officials as deeply as it delighted the jihadist movement. In the nearly three years since then, Mr. Libi’s meteoric ascent within the leadership of Al Qaeda has proved to be even more troublesome for the authorities. Read more »
By Kristina Borjesson
There it was, the first story on AOL’s January 17, 2008 front page news line-up: “FBI Wants You to Notice Them” and then “Most Wanted List Gets Updated.” And there too, of course, was a not-so-recent black and white photo of Osama bin Laden and a description of why he’s at the top the list: “Osama bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. These attacks killed over 200 people. In addition, Bin Laden is a suspect in other terrorist attacks throughout the world.” Notice, not a word about 9/11, the deadly national trauma to which Osama’s name is most commonly linked in the minds of Americans. Read more »
By Wayne Masden (www.opednews.com)In November 2007, Cossiga said that 9/11 was an “inside job” carried out by elements of the CIA and Mossad (http://www.nowpublic.com/crime/ex-italian-president-9-11-inside-job). Furthermore, Cossiga (Italy’s president 1985-1992) said that one of the more recent Bin Laden videotapes, which threatened former right-wing Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, was a fake produced at Berlusconi’s Mediasat TV studios in Milan. Cossiga said the tape fraud was discovered by intelligence officials in the Palazzo Chigi, the headquarters for Italian intelligence. Read more »
MORE than five years ago, Congress and President Bush created the 9/11 commission. The goal was to provide the American people with the fullest possible account of the “facts and circumstances relating to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001” — and to offer recommendations to prevent future attacks. Soon after its creation, the president’s chief of staff directed all executive branch agencies to cooperate with the commission. Read more »
Jan 9, 2008
Many who deny government complicity in 9/11/01 maintain that some of the best evidence against official involvement in the crime of the century lies in the Bush administration’s unbroken record of sheer incompetence, an argument bolstered by the perception that key members of the administration, notably The Commander Guy, spent that entire day running around like headless chickens. On the contrary, they did no such thing. Rather, the administration was highly competent and enormously successful that day — they just had different criteria for success than would sane people. And they’ve been highly competent ever since. You just have to adjust your standards for evaluating success, then view the past six years through the PNAC/neocon lens. Read more »
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FBI says, “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11″
FBI says, “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”
June 6, 2006 – This past weekend, a thought provoking e-mail circulated through Internet news groups, and was sent to the Muckraker Report by Mr. Paul V. Sheridan (Winner of the 2005 Civil Justice Foundation Award), bringing attention to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist web page for Usama Bin Laden. (See bottom of this web page for Most Wanted page) In the e-mail, the question is asked, “Why doesn’t Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted poster make any direct connection with the events of September 11, 2001?” The FBI says on its Bin Laden web page that Usama Bin Laden is wanted in connection with the August 7, 1998 bombings of the United States Embassies in
Is bin Laden Responsible for the 9/11 attacks?
Is bin Laden Responsible for the 9/11 attacks? July 26, 2007 — To those who are not familiar with our work, Ed Haas and I have done extensive research regarding the authenticity of the “bin Laden Confession Tape” that was released by the U.S. government on December 13, 2001. Bush administration officials pointed to the video as the smoking gun and proof that Osama bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. After more than a year of research, we were able to show with a very high degree of certainty that the tape was the result of a sting operation run by U.S. intelligence, with the help of Saudi intelligence, and that bin Laden could have been captured on the date he was taped, September 26, 2001, ten days prior to the war in Afghanistan. We concluded that bin Laden was allowed to walk because if he were captured instead of just being taped, there would have been diminished justification and therefore less support for military actions in Afghanistan. Read more »
Watch this ten minute video, prepared by the 911 Truth Movement. This offers a holistic view of the 911, containing interviews of University of California (
It may be recalled that it was Pakistan’s DAWN that published the following story (http://www.dawn.com/2001/10/09/top11.htm) on October 9, 2001:
“ Director General of Pakistan’s Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Mahmud Ahmed has been replaced after the FBI investigators established credible links between him and Umar Sheikh, one of the three militants released in exchange for passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999. The FBI team, which had sought adequate inputs about various terrorists including Sheikh from the intelligence agencies, was working on the linkages between Sheikh and former ISI chief Gen Mahmud which are believed to have been substantiated, reports PTI website. Informed sources said there were enough indications with the US intelligence agencies that it was at Gen Mahmud’s instruction that Sheikh had transferred 100,000 US dollars into the account of Mohammed Atta, one of the lead terrorists in strikes at the World Trade Centre on Sept 11, it adds.”
The Wall Street Journal carried the following report on October 10, 2001 and then the story disappeared with no follow ups or denials?????? This was rather mysterious given the huge implications of the story.( http://22.214.171.124/search?q=cache:P7SIhs_O5×0J:www.opinionjournal.com/best/%3Fid%3D95001298+wsj+pakistanis+friends+2001&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=pk ):
“Yesterday we noted a report from a Pakistani newspaper that Lt. Gen. Mahmud Ahmad had been fired as head of Islamabad’s Inter-Services Security agency after U.S. linked him to a militant allied with terrorists who hijacked an Indian Airlines plane in 1999. Now the Times of India says Ahmad is connected to the Sept. 11 attacks:
Top sources confirmed here on Tuesday, that the general lost his job because of the “evidence” India produced to show his links to one of the suicide bombers that wrecked the World Trade Centre. The
Omar Saeed Shiekh ( http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/timeline.jsp?the_isi:_a_more_detailed_look=saeedSheikh&timeline=complete_911_timeline ) was arrested for the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal’s reporter Daniel Pearl in February 2002 in Karachi but was never extradited to the U.S. He is still in a jail some where in Pakistan. His boss and the purported master mind of 911, Khalid Mohammed Sheikh was extradited to the U.S. and is still in Guantanamo Bay but he has never been tried in open. So the two top terror suspects directly linked with 911 have never been brought to a public trial for their alleged (see In the Line of Fire by Pervez Musharraf, pages 223-228)) role in 911.
Now watch the video!!!
See below this news wire report. Pakistani media, like CNN, continues to ignore these reports and follow the official US line on the War on Terror. They do not even investigate in a professional manner or they do not want to? When Busharraf depart from the scene, maybe they will get the courage to question the entire basis of joining the so-called War (a big fraud) and its implications. It is remarkable that all key extremists characters or terror suspects, from Osama to the Mullahs of Lal Masjid, and from the killers of Daniel Pearl to the Mullahs in Swat were, at some point, associated with the CIA, or its sister intelligence agencies. And so perhaps are the journalists who write and talk about the extremists and Talibanization without discussing the role of the US and Pakistani establishment in creating, nurturing and protecting these Frankensteins. Read more »
Friday, Dec. 07, 2007
By Robert Baer
The CIA has proved, once again, that the cover up is worse than the crime. Or at least let’s hope that’s the case.
CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden has admitted that in 2005 the CIA destroyed two videotapes of interrogations of al-Qaeda prisoners, including a central figure in 9/11, Abu Zubaydah. Hayden said the tapes were destroyed to protect the identities of the CIA interrogators from members of al-Qaeda and other terrorists who might try to retaliate. He also claims that the tapes were made to safeguard against unlawful treatment of detainees, and that they were only destroyed after it was confirmed that suspects were not being tortured. Read more »
From Associated Press
By Pamela Hess
December 7, 2007 – The CIA videotaped its interrogations of two top terror suspects in 2002 and destroyed the tapes three years later out of fear they would leak to the public and compromise the identities of U.S. questioners, the director of the agency told employees Thursday. Read more »