(AE) – The following FOX News report, from four days ago, showing IDF troops inside Syrian territory, makes today’s destruction of an Israeli vehicle, once again inside Syrian territory, and heading towards the rebel held (ie, Al Qaeda terrorist held) village of Bir Ajam, just so much more interesting…
2013.5.17 Israel Prepares For War In The Golan Heights (FOX News, amazingnews3000, youtube.com):
2013.5.21 Syria & Israel In Exchange Of Fire (bbc.co.uk):
Israeli and Syrian forces have exchanged fire across the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights.
Israel returned fire after one of its military vehicles was hit by shots from Syria, Israel’s defence forces say. Media reports say no one was hurt.
Syria says it destroyed an Israeli vehicle which it says crossed the ceasefire line into territory its forces control.
Syria and Israel have traded fire a number of times in recent weeks.
The Israeli military said its troops “returned precise fire” after the vehicle was hit.
A statement from the Syrian army said it had “destroyed an Israeli vehicle with everything that it had in it”. The statement said the vehicle was shot after it crossed the ceasefire line and headed towards the rebel-held village of Bir Ajam.
It warned that any attempts to violate its sovereignty would be “met with immediate and firm retaliation”.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has previously accused Israel of aiding the rebels, but has not provided substantive evidence.
Speaking after Tuesday’s incident, Israeli chief of staff Lt Gen Benny Gantz said Israel would not allow the Golan to become “a comfortable sphere for Assad to operate from”, warning the Syrian leader would “bear the consequences” if the situation deteriorated.
Syrian gunfire has hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in two previous incidents this week, without causing injury. There have been sporadic exchanges of fire between the two sides in recent months.
The difference this time is that the Syrian regime, which did not comment on the previous reported incidents, have made a big issue of this one, and cast it in quite a different light, says the BBC’s Jim Muir in Beirut.
It has used the event to highlight what it calls the close co-operation between Israel and the Syrian rebels – whose wounded in that area are in fact reported to be being treated in Israeli medical facilities, he says.
By warning of an “immediate and firm” response to any future “breaches” it also hinted at the kind of regional flare-up that is increasingly worrying the international community as it sees the Syrian crisis deepening, our correspondent adds.
Tensions between Israel and Syria have soared this year, with Israel carrying out three air strikes on Syria to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to the militant Islamist movement Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Syrian shells have hit Israeli positions on the Golan Heights, though it is unclear whether they were aimed at rebels in border areas, and Israel has returned fire.
Syria and Israel have been in a state of war since 1948 but the border had been relatively calm in recent years.
Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since the 1967 war. It annexed the territory in 1981, in a move that has not been recognised by the international community.
(AE) – The great episode below of “Comment With George Galloway” exposes some of the latest war crimes in Syria, performed by western backed foreign mercenaries, and also discusses how the British people are suffering in a collapsing economy of increasing austerity while the British Empire has an unlimited budget for war.
Here are some of my personal opinions before the video…
THESE LATEST ACTS ARE DESPERATE ATTEMPTS BY NATO & THE GULF STATE MONARCHIES, WHO’S FOREIGN INVADING TERRORIST MERCENARIES ARE LOSING THE WAR ON SYRIA, TO DIVIDE & CONQUER SYRIA BY TRYING TO SPARK A LARGER SECTARIAN WAR WITHIN THE REGION.
Those who arm, finance, support, and train NATO’s Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorist mercenaries are guilty for the actions performed by those mercenaries.
The actions of these invading terrorists are NOT the actions of Muslims, they are the actions of pagans:
- Muslims DO NOT bomb their own ancient Mosques
- Muslims DO NOT desecrate their own ancient Muslim graves, especially the grave of Hujr Ibn Adi, a close companion of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)
- Muslims DO NOT perform cannibalism by eating the hearts and/or livers of their victims (historically a pagan act)
- Muslims DO NOT perform Right Arm Salutes (as seen in my previous article here)
FACILITATORS OF TERRORISM WHO SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED FOR WAR CRIMES IN SYRIA:
- Anders Rasmussen – NATO Secretary General
- David Cameron – British Prime Minister
- William Hague – British Foreign Secretary
- Barack Obama – US President
- Hillary Clinton – Ex US Secretary Of State
- John Kerry – US Secretary Of State
2013.5.17 Comment With George Galloway; Syrian Militant Eats Soldier’s Heart (PressTV, youtube.com):
A gruesome video has emerged on the Internet, showing a foreign backed militant in Syria cutting out the heart of a Syrian soldier and biting into it.
In the footage posted online on Sunday, a man wearing military gear is seen knife in hand slicing parts of a dead soldier’s torso before turning to the camera and putting the heart in his mouth. ”I swear we will eat from your hearts and livers…,” the man says referring to the Syria government soldiers.
Peter Bouckaert of the New York-based Human Rights Watch says the man has been identified as Abu Sakkar, a founder of the militant Farouq Brigade. Abu Sakkar’s identity has been confirmed by militant sources in Homs and by images of him in other videos wearing the same black jacket as in the latest clip and with the same rings on his fingers.
“The mutilation of the bodies of enemies is a war crime. But the even more serious issue is the very rapid descent into sectarian rhetoric and violence,” Bouckaert said. He added that in the unedited version of the film, Sakkar is heard telling his men to slaughter the Syrian soldiers and take their hearts out to eat them.
(AE) – Afghanistan is currently suffering from daily attacks and car bombings… so we’re supposed to believe that the US troops are going to withdraw into their nine military bases, not engage the Taliban, and somehow “teach” the Afghan Army (ie, imperial army forced to fight their own people) to bring “security” to a country that all of NATO’s joint forces cannot even control now after 12 years of war???
This is pure comedy, but with a massive and humorless price tag.
Or will the true function of the remaining NATO and US troops be to protect the ongoing mining operations (performed by China under US military protection) and to act as the “Opium Protection Police” for Britain’s most profitable export product???
Of course the puppet Karzai will agree to anything since the continuous monthly $300K cash drops of US dollars to his office are much more enticing than getting shot in the face…
How anyone can read the following article and consider this to be a “US withdrawal plan” is beyond me…
2013.5.9 Afghanistan; Hamid Karzai Reveals US Will Retain Nine Bases After Withdrawal (guardian.co.uk):
President strikes conciliatory tone about larger-than-expected continuing deployment, despite frequent criticism of US forces
The United States wants to keep troops at nine bases across Afghanistan, the country’s president, Hamid Karzai, said on Thursday – a larger number than expected given Washington’s scaled-back ambitions for shaping the country’s future.
Karzai, who has often been a fierce critic of the foreign forces that have dominated his country for years, was surprisingly conciliatory about the prospect of a long-term US presence. Keeping American soldiers on the ground was in Afghan interests, he said, as long as the soldiers came with support for the Afghan government and economy.
“We can agree to give them the bases – them staying on after 2014 is for the good of Afghanistan,” Karzai said in a speech at Kabul University. “The condition is that they bring peace and security and take action quickly … on the basic strengthening of Afghanistan, helping the economy of Afghanistan.”
The uneasy allies are currently thrashing out a bilateral security agreement (BSA) to define the terms for their future co-operation, and Karzai’s comments were the first real insight into the slow and difficult negotiations.
“We are trying to ensure the interests of both countries are satisfied in this agreement,” Karzai told students and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the university’s 80th anniversary. “We want roads, electricity, hydropower dams, and strengthening of the Afghan government.”
He may nonetheless have annoyed American officials by revealing details about strategic planning on future commitments to Afghanistan that had been kept under tight wraps.
President Barack Obama has made clear that the US will not fight the Taliban after the Nato-led mission to Afghanistan ends next year; any troops that stay on will concentrate instead on training Afghan soldiers and tackling al-Qaida and similar groups in the lawless border areas near Pakistan.
Facing budget pressures at home, and a declining appetite for risking lives and US money in Afghanistan, Obama has explored a range of possibilities for supporting Afghanistan in future – including a “zero option” that would see the US foot the bill for much of the Afghan military but without any presence on the ground at all.
But the relative weakness of the Afghan army – which is struggling to master key capabilities from bomb detection and heavy weaponry to air power and medical evacuation – means that there is an expectation of some kind of long-term presence to help government forces hold off the battle-hardened Taliban.
The US embassy declined to confirm that Karzai had described its intention to remain in nine bases accurately, but said that it was not trying to secure title to land, or unlimited rights to keep forces on Afghan soil.
“President Obama has made it clear that we don’t seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan,” said US embassy spokesman David Snepp. “We anticipate that the BSA will address access to and use of Afghan facilities by US forces in the future.”
The places in which the US wants to keep troops include the capital, Kabul, the sprawling Bagram airbase, which has been the heart of operations in the east, the restive southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, and Shindand in the west, where Nato is training the Afghan airforce, Karzai said.
The other bases are in the northern hub of Mazar-i-Sharif, the western city of Herat, near the Iranian border, and eastern Gardez and Jalalabad, which is a key gateway to Pakistan and a base for drones.
Karzai’s speech also included an attack on Pakistan after days of skirmishes between Afghan and Pakistani forces along their contested border, so the public embrace of a long-term US military presence may have been intended as a reminder to Islamabad that his country has a powerful ally with a stake in keeping the government in Kabul afloat.
Afghanistan has long accused its neighbour of covert support for insurgent groups that have found safe havens in its lawless mountain regions.
2013.5.4 US To Have Military Bases In Afghanistan After 2014 (PressTV, youtube.com):
This is a full frontal assault on “911 Truth”, “Conspiracy Theorists”, and any other kind of “Alternative Media” with a blanket claim that they are all dangerous, and directly linking them with Al Qaeda via the Boston Bombings suspects, the Tsarnaev brothers.
This strategy is going to be used to push through internet restrictions via CISPA, or whatever new bill they create.
Some of us were suspicious when accused Boston Bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was immediately called a “911 Truther” and “Conspiracy Theorist”, see my article here. There was additional concern when it was notice that he became a US citizen on 911 of 2012, see my article here.
Not all of us see the world through “Left Right Paradigm” like Rachel Maddow does… it’s interesting how strongly she depends on, and uses, the “Left Right Paradigm” in her attack on “911 Truth” and “Conspiracy Theorists” by claiming they only come from the “Right Wing”. This is interesting since I was called a “Left Wing” nut for discussing 911 when Bush Jr. was in power.
In the second video below Maddow makes a joke about Bush thinking she wouldn’t “fact check”… well I did a quick fact check on Maddow and discovered that she’s had her own “Conspiracy Theories” about Bush Admin having foreknowledge of 911, see second video below.
Now for the main video… this is simply outrageous, guilt by association. So anyone who questions the government is automatically lumped in with fear porn artist The Texas Whale, or the disingenuous Glenn Beck, or the unknown people who make ridiculous YouTube videos about Sandy Hook???
2013.4.24 ‘He Radicalized Himself By Visiting These Alternative News Websites!’ (Rachel Maddow Interviews Alice Hoagland) (MOXNEWS, MSNBC, youtube.com):
My own transcript of a key part of the discussion near the end. – Joel
RACHEL MADDOW: Do you think there is anything, other than the serenity prayer, that can lessen the harm that they do? I’m worried because with these theories about Boston… I see pretty mainstream conservative media really flirting with these folks and maybe, maybe starting to mainstream some of this craziness so we maybe won’t be able to ignore it.
ALICE HOAGLAND: Well I’m very sorry to hear that, and I know conspiracy theories work against us in several ways, we already talked about a few of them… another serious problem with conspiracy theories is that these two Chechnian [should be Chechen - Joel] brothers, especially the older one Tamerlan Tsarnaev, he radicalized himself, and then he recruited his brother and sisters to a ridiculously fowl and violent form of Islam, and he did that by visiting these various alternative news websites, one of them was Al Qaeda that taught him step by step how to make a bomb. It’s horrifying to me that, uh… we live in the information age where we’re blessed with just a bombardment of information but it leaves us with the responsibility to sort out the wheat from the chaff, the truth from the lies, and operate on the truth… [ie, her truth, whatever the government tells her is the truth - Joel]
2011.1.23 Rachel Maddow; 911 Foreknowledge Is Indisputable (Claims Bush Admin. Had Foreknowledge Of 911) (wearechangenj, MSNBC, youtube.com):
If the government knew about it, did nothing to stop it, and helped cover it up and use it for political gain…what other conclusion does that leave except that the government carried it out?
The recent “Chechen Terrorists” Boston Bombings baloney has really solidified my belief in how things are going to play out on the world stage in terms of alliances and wars. Please see my comments below followed by a supporting article…
I’ve had the belief for some time, due to long historical research, that Russia has been working behind the scenes with the US, and Britain. Actually, this alliance has been going on for a very long time, but I want to keep this short and to the point.
This concept is most recently demonstrated by the fact that Russia fully allowed the destruction of Libya, when anyone with half a strategic brain knew that the ridiculous “Humanitarian Intervention” and “No Fly Zone” would mean the complete destruction and looting of the country.
Russia is a very strong believer and partner in the “International Community” and proudly does its part, when required, to see that the overall goals of the United Nations (UN) continue to move forward… into the ditch of one world tyranny.
So because of my historical research, and various clues and reactions by Russia to the last 12 years of complete annihilation of the Middle East by NATO and the US, I reaffirm my conclusion that Russia will abandon Syria at its greatest time of need, or, Russia has already abandoned Syria and is actively working against it, from the inside, while continuing to pose as an ally.
What we’ve really been witnessing in the Middle East for the last 12 years is NOT wars for oil, although controlling the flow of oil is the most strategic part of controlling the world, but rather a war on a religion, a “War On Islam” or “War On Muslims”, the last religion that has not been totally absorbed, corrupted, and replaced by so called Western “values” provided through Hollywood, television, and now the internet. This is the attempted destruction of a culture, forever.
So when I ran across the RT article below, with the very bizarre comments by Russian officials (keep in mind this article was written April 16, before Chechen involvement was known, allegedly), compounded by my earlier viewing of RT’s interview of Zubeidat Tsarnaev (mother of the accused Tsarnaev brothers), where RT’s tone was distinctly accusatory, disregarded that she said her sons were being fully tracked by the FBI for the last 3 to 5 years, gave little allowance for the obvious language barrier, and finally didn’t ask the lady exactly who the man was that she said her sons were “scared of”.
Therefore, I believe all signs point toward a new open alliance between Russia and the US to “fight terrorism”, all sparked by the “Chechen” Boston Bombings, to fight their “common enemy”, to “fight this evil”, the “International Network Of Assassins” (ie, Al Qaeda, Muslims)… just read the article below.
So are we to believe that Russia is completely unaware that NATO and the US have been arming, funding, supplying, and training this “common enemy”, this so called “International Network Of Assassins”, that have been invading and destroying Syria for the last two years????
2013.4.16 Scrap Blacklists, Fight Terrorism Together, Russian Officials To US (rt.com):
Hours after the Boston Marathon bombings, several top Russian politicians have said the US and Russia must join forces in countering terrorism, expressing hope it would revive the ties that came under threat after the Magnitsky List was published.
“It is important for the Russia-US relations that the American side understands that the main threat for the United States comes not from the people on the Magnitsky List, but from terrorists, and the administrations of our countries must make a mutual effort to fight this evil instead of making some lists or counter-lists,” top Russian senator Viktor Ozerov has said, according to RIA Novosti.
The senator added that Russia also faced the objective of raising the security level at mass events similar to the Boston Marathon that was targeted by yet-unidentified bombers on Monday. He said that the parliament must step up the work on the bill on security at sports events that had already passed the first hearing in the State Duma.
The head of the upper houseʼs Foreign Affairs Committee, Mikhail Margelov, made a similar statement and called for a joint struggle against terrorism.
The senator noted that though the Boston Marathon attack cannot be compared to the September 11 events in New York City in terms of casualties, it is a reminder, for Russia and the United States alike, that terrorism has not yet been defeated and that terrorism is always an international phenomenon.
“The Boston events are another reminder that instead of making blacklists that are only dividing us, we should unite. Our common enemy is obvious and all-penetrative. This is a very sad case when one should not ask for whom the bell tolls,” Margelov told the press.
The Russian official also expressed the opinion that the Boston bombings were organized by a homegrown US terrorist cell which, however, is an inseparable part of the “international network of assassins.”
President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences in connection with the attack that killed three people and wounded scores of others.
“Vladimir Putin resolutely denounces this barbaric crime and expresses his belief that the fight against terrorism requires active cooperation of the international community as a whole,” reads the statement released by the Kremlin press service.
The Russian president also emphasized that his country was ready to provide assistance in the investigation of the Boston bombing.
“I hope also that members of Congress, both parties, including my own, will realize that the war against terror is not over. And it’s foolhardy to be making cuts in Homeland Security…” – Peter King
All I can say is… follow the money.
Peter King sounds quite insane, but he is the mouthpiece for the military industrialists who want more “money” for more “security”, and more “money” to keep fighting their never ending wars in places like… Afghanistan!
If an Al Qaeda Afghan Taliban link is found does this mean the War On Afghanistan goes on… forever????
2013.4.16 Rep. Peter King Tells Steve Malzberg Saudi Man At Race Still A Suspect (NewsmaxTV, youtube.com):
On the Steve Malzberg Show today, Congressman Peter King, a member of the Homeland Security Committee, says that despite contradicting reports, the fleeing Saudi man that was injured at the Boston Marathon is
not a suspect. ["Not" is a typo - Joel]
2013.4.16 Congressman Peter King; ‘We Need More Cameras’ (MSNBC, youtube.com):
Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC: Congressman briefly, do you think that this will lead to more cameras? I know it’s controversial, there are privacy issues. Boston does have a lot of cameras. European cities, led by London, have the most. Are Americans going to have to get used to more surveillance on a daily basis?
Rep. Peter King (R-NY): I think we do because I think privacy involves being in a private location. Being out in the street is not an expectation of privacy. Anyone can look at you, can see you, can watch what you’re doing. A camera just makes it more sophisticated, but it’s no different from your neighbor looking out the window at you or a police officer looking at you walking down the street.
So I do think we need more cameras. We have to stay ahead of the terrorists and I do know in New York, the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, which is based on cameras, the outstanding work that results from that. So yes, I do favor more cameras. They’re a great law enforcement method and device. And again, it keeps us ahead of the terrorists, who are constantly trying to kill us.
I hope also that members of Congress, both parties, including my own, will realize that the war against terror is not over. And it’s foolhardy to be making cuts in Homeland Security, especially to cities, whose police departments need this to train and to be ready to take on terrorism.
(Andrea Mitchell Reports, April 16, 2013)
Part of the play? Setting the trap by leaving an evidence trail for future reference…. Even if this is true, Holmes could still have been a patsy! Lee Harvey Oswald was told to incriminate himself (which he did) and this was used posthumously to convict him. Remember that a “false Flag” carries 3 distinctive traits: 1) PRIOR KNOWLEDGE 2) Stand Down 3) Coverup and the 4th if you need it… Cui Bono? ~ JB
[See: Aurora, Colorado Shooting 'Oddities'.]
Documents reveal psychiatrist told police a month before attack that suspect had homicidal thoughts
Still sporting his Al Qaeda beard…The Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes in court in Colorado. Photograph: Reuters
A psychiatrist who treated the suspect in last year’s Aurora cinema shooting in Colorado told police a month before the attack that James Holmes had homicidal thoughts and was a danger to the public, newly released documents show. The attack killed 12 and injured 70 and was one of the worst mass shootings in US history.
The documents released on Thursday show Dr Lynne Fenton told police at the University of Colorado, Denver, that Holmes also threatened and intimidated her.
Holmes last week offered to plead guilty in the shooting, which occurred during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie. Prosecutors rejected that offer and said on Monday they would seek the death penalty.
The shooting has already helped inspire a new state ban on large-capacity firearm magazines.
The documents had been sealed, but a new judge overseeing the case ordered that they be released after requests from media organisations.
In the days after the shooting, campus police said they had never had contact with Holmes, a graduate student at the university. But campus police told investigators that Fenton had contacted them, following her legal requirement to report specific threats to authorities, according to a search warrant affidavit.
“Dr Fenton advised that through her contact with James Holmes she was reporting, per her requirement, his danger to the public due to homicidal statements he had made,” the affidavit said.
University police referred calls for comment on Thursday to a campus spokeswoman who did not immediately return a message.
Holmes also sent Fenton a package in the days before the shooting, including a notebook that the documents describe as a journal. The package was dated 12 July – eight days before the massacre – but was found four days after the attack, in the university mail room. It included a note with an “infinity design” and burnt $20 bills.
Prosecutors have suggested Holmes was angry at the failure of a once-promising academic career and stockpiled weapons, ammunition, teargas grenades and body armour as his research deteriorated and professors urged him to get into another profession. Chief deputy district attorney Karen Pearson said Holmes failed a key oral exam in June, was banned from campus and began to voluntarily withdraw from the school.
Holmes’s attorneys have said he is mentally ill. The documents show that police collected more than 100 items of evidence from his booby-trapped apartment that he had designed to explode at the time of the shooting, including 50 cans and bottles of beer, a Batman mask, paper shooting targets and prescription medications to treat anxiety and depression.
Both prosecutors and defence attorneys had raised concerns about releasing the documents. Prosecutors said they were worried about the privacy of victims and witnesses. Attorneys for Holmes said they did not want to hurt his chances for a fair trial.
Media organisations said there had been a “wealth of information already made public in the proceedings thus far”. They argued there was no basis for the documents to remain sealed.
“The United States, and Britain, and France, and others, have been fighting against the true Arab nationalist movement, any true Arab nationalist society… Turkey, they’re not Arabs… Arab nationalism is under attack.” – Dr. Randy Short
“I understand real well… you need to work in Hollywood because you have an imagination greater than Walt Disney.” – Dr. Randy Short
“It’s a horrible, genocidal, racist, imperialistic, crusader attack on 1.5 billion Muslims in the world… and I am embarrassed that the silence from Christians in other countries, who don’t show solidarity… we share Abraham, Jesus, and a lot in common, we should stand with them, and stop these wars…” – Dr. Randy Short
I’m posting this brilliant debate to expose a new media propaganda campaign that’s attempting to confuse the public about the facts regarding who is actually arming, funding, and invading Syria.
Dr. Randy Short is one of the only people I’ve heard who actually has a historical grasp on the entire Middle East situation and can express it accurately within a few sentences. Dr. Short’s description of the “War On Syria” will tell you everything you need to know about who’s creating the conflict and why.
The following video is supposed to be a debate between Dr. Randy Short and Sheik Omar Bakri Muhammad, or as he should more accurately be named Sheik “I’m Paid By London & I Don’t Know Nothin’ “. This Sheik, who “released prepared statements from Osama bin Laden after the 1998 United States embassy bombings”, and who was “forced” to leave Britain, is an embarrassment to facts and reality as he claims Britain, France, and the US ARE NOT arming, funding, supporting, and training NATO’s Free Syrian Army (FSA) terrorists!!
This is truly unbelievable disinfo, since this is well documented, admitted to in my article here, and further funding, direct arming, and training, of the Syrian Rebels is currently in the news!! This is a bizarre new disinfo campaign that I’ve seen a number of times in the last week. There seems to be a new propaganda campaign to completely confuse the public about what’s really going on. London is the epicenter of terrorist groups and terrorism, and this former British based Sheik is a great example of how Britain historically has always been able to find a brown person willing to sell out his people and his religion… that’s what Al Qaeda is, paid mercenaries.
There is some poor audio from the Sheik “Don’t Know Nothin’ ” in Tripoli, but he’s speaking complete nonsense anyway, so please watch this for Dr. Short’s profound statements and accurate info.
2013.3.17 ‘West Punishing Anti Zionist Syrians’ (PressTV, youtube.com):
A political activist says the ongoing crisis in Syria is a Western project to punish the Syrian people for their position against Zionism.
France and Britain have called on the EU to lift an arms embargo on Syria to assist the foreign-backed militants attacking the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The two-year conflict in the Arab country continues to claim lives and destroy the Syrian infrastructure.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Randy Short, a human rights activist from Washington to further discuss the issue. Short is joined by Sheikh Omar Bakri, founder of Hizb ut-Tahrir UK branch from the Lebanese capital city of Beirut.
Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has claimed many victories in the war on terror.
Each time a domestic terror suspect is arrested, the public is told that another horrific plot has been averted.
But after combing through thousands of pages of court documents, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson came to a different conclusion — that most of the men arrested could never have done what they were accused of if the FBI hadn’t given them the tools to do so.
In his new book, “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism,” Aaronson argues that the U.S. government is responsible for “hatching and financing more terrorist plots in the United States than any other group.” He spoke to Heather Maher.
You began your research by asking whether the FBI is “busting terrorist plots — or leading them?” What did you find out?
Trevor Aaronson: The FBI is looking for what they term “a lone wolf terrorist,” which is someone holed up in an apartment somewhere who sympathizes with Al-Qaeda but may lack the specific means to do that. And so the FBI uses sting operations to [find] these people — these people who may want to commit an act of terrorism, are right on that line from moving from sympathizer to operator — and then through these sting operations, lure them out and get them involved in a terrorism plot that they’re ultimately prosecuted for.
But what I found is that of these cases, we can point to a handful of real, dangerous terrorists, like Faisal Shahzad, who came close to bombing [New York's] Times Square, or Najibullah Zazi, who came close to bombing the New York City subway system. But so many more of them, more than 150 people, were these men who were caught in sting operations who never had the means and, in some cases, never had the idea for the terrorism plot, and it was the FBI that provided them with everything — the bomb, the transportation, everything they needed to move forward in a terrorism plot that on their own, they never would have been able to do. And certainly evidence suggests that in most of these cases, they never had any specific connections to terrorism. So it’s really hard to believe that they ever would have had or acquired the means to commit some sort of act of terrorism.
How do these FBI sting operations go down?
Aaronson: In a terrorism sting operation, the FBI informant or undercover agent poses as an Al-Qaeda operative or an operative of another terrorist group and says to the target, “You know, I have what you need if you want to move forward on a terrorist plot. I can provide the bomb, I can provide the transportation, everything you need I can give you.” And when they move forward in that plot, when they get the bomb together, and they put it in a car, and they drive it to a location and the target of the sting operation dials the cell phone that he believes is going to detonate the bomb and kill dozens of people, he’s then arrested. And so in sting operations, essentially the government becomes part of the plot and then ultimately prosecutes the target of the sting operation based on his involvement in that plot, the actions that he took as part of that plot.
You write that key to these sting operations are informants who find terror sympathizers and bring them to the FBI’s attention. Who are these informants and what’s in it for them? Aaronson: The FBI has an unprecedented number of informants — there’s a total of 15,000 informants. And they are paid — in some cases handsomely; $100,000 in some cases, $400,000 in a case in California – they are paid to find people who are interested in committing an act of terrorism, people who are espousing some sort of violence, who say they want to commit some sort of violent act, but may not have the means to do that, and it’s their job to target them and to get them involved in these sting operations.
But the problem I found in a lot of these cases is that there’s a real question of whether the informant is actually a worse criminal than the target of the sting operation could ever be. In these sting operations, the FBI has used drug dealers frequently as informants, they’ve used an accused murderer, in a Seattle case; they’ve used a child molester — people who are just odious in every way. And they also have a direct incentive to find terrorists and see them prosecuted because they can make so much money as informants.
So when they enter mosques and they look for people who are interested in committing acts of terrorism, they know there’s a lot of money riding on it for them to find that person. And as a result of that, what they’re ultimately finding in most of these cases are people on the fringes of society who are economically desperate, in some cases mentally ill, and these are people who are easily susceptible to a strong-willed informant.
The same UN that authorized an ECOWAS invasion of Mali, that quickly changed to a France / NATO invasion, and created what the UN now calls a “humanitarian crisis in Mali”, has just awarded the creator of this crisis, France’s President Francois Hollande, with the UNESCO Peace Prize for his “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”.
So France and NATO’s arming and funding of Al Qaeda terrorists to overthrow Libya, which has resulted in the destabilization Africa, and has conveniently provided the excuse for neo colonial invasions of multiple African countries, this equals peace and stability in Africa????
France has also just sent Special Forces troops into Cameroon to find hostages in Nigeria… sure, things are looking really peaceful and stable in Africa.
2013.2.21 Prize for Killing? UN Honors Hollande For Peace As War Goes On In Mali (Interviews Abayomi Azikiwe) (RT, youtube.com):
The French President will be awarded a UNESCO Peace Prize for the operation in Mali. An official states that Francois Hollande made a “valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa”. For more on the UNESCO move RT talks to Abayomi Azikiwe, editor at Pan-African News Wire.
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