Falsifying The
War On Terror

By Joel Skousen
World Affairs Brief

With increasing evidence that normal terrorism isn't happening in the US despite wide-open borders on the North and South, US and Canadian anti-terrorism forces have increasingly engaged in acts of outright provocation to lure young Muslims into planning amateur acts of terror and then arresting them for falling for those provocations. Civil libertarians are rightly outraged. Let's take on two recent cases in point:
Canada: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) held a big press conference showcasing the breaking of a Muslim "al Qaeda connected" cell in Toronto that was supposedly constructing a Timothy McVeigh-type fertilizer bomb. Just as Tim McVeigh had help from government agent provocateurs in planning his attack on the OKC Murrah Building, these young Muslims (most only teenagers) were led down this path by agents of the RCMP - an important piece of information notably absent from the "show and tell" news conference.
As Kurt Nimmo reported, "Not only did the 'terrorists' in Canada not have a target for their so-called fertilizer bomb, the fertilizer was delivered by the RCMP as part of a sting operation (i.e., the suspects were framed) ... [According to the Toronto Star:]'Once the deal was done, the RCMP-led anti-terrorism task force moved in for the arrests ... At a news conference yesterday morning, the RCMP displayed a sample of ammonium nitrate and a crude cell phone detonator they say was seized in the massive police sweep when the 17 were taken into custody. However, they made no mention of the police force's involvement in the sale.'
"Naturally, the corporate media and experts on such matters are clueless. 'A Canadian terrorism expert said the type of fertilizer ordered by the group - 34-0-0 - is the highest grade and the best for making explosives,' reports the neocon National Post, not bothering to mention the fact Canadian police arranged the delivery of the fertilizer. 'This would indicate that they had done their homework,' Tom Quiggin, a senior fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore, told the discredited newspaper, basically a neocon propaganda tool. In fact, it appears the RCMP 'had done their homework,' not the patsies.
"In order to demonize the suspects, or rather patsies, the National Post and other newspapers in Canada have gone out of their way to establish, at best tenuously, an 'al-Qaeda' connection. 'Fahim Ahmad, 21, and Zakaria Amara, 20, are being described as the key figures among the 12 adults and five juveniles charged over the weekend with terrorism-related offences ... Both had been followers of Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, a senior member of the Al-Rahman Islamic Centre in Mississauga and the oldest of the 17 accused.' Jamal, according to the National Post, quoting Aly Hindy, imam at the Salaheddin Islamic Centre in Scarborough, 'was upset at the way some in Toronto's Muslim community have distanced themselves from the Khadrs, the Toronto family that once lived in Osama bin Laden's compound in Afghanistan.'"
Often the so-called "connection" to al Qaeda turns out to be people working undercover for anti-terrorist task forces - this is the kind of circular reasoning that leads to evidence of "controlled terrorism" rather than real terrorism. McVeigh certainly had numerous connections with FBI paid provocateurs. We'll wait and see what emerges later in this case.
Nimmo's report continues: "Meanwhile, so-called 'counter-terrorism officials' have admitted 'that lethal chemical devices they feared had been stored at an east London house raided on Friday may never have existed,' the Guardian reports. 'Confidence among officials appeared to be waning as searches at the address continued to yield no evidence of a plot for an attack with cyanide or other chemicals. A man was shot during the raid, adding to pressure on the authorities for answers about the accuracy of the intelligence that led them to send 250 officers to storm the man's family home at dawn.'"
I tend to agree with Nimmo that "it does not matter a chemical attack never occurred, or the police are unable to find chemicals or deadly substances, because simply mentioning 'cyanide or other chemicals' in the same sentence with 'terrorists' is enough to provoke" both a public reaction in support of this shoddy prosecution, and further support of the phony war on terror. What is telling here is how easy it is for government agents, posing as Muslim radicals in internet chat rooms to lure in young Muslims who, granted, are frustrated and dislike America, and who can be goaded into acts of bravado. These things probably never would have happened on their own. These are not professional terrorists - just angry young wannabees who get lured into a sting operation. Police agencies have no business going on fishing expeditions, deliberately trying to radicalize young Muslims.
USA: The high profile prosecution of a supposed "terrorist cell" in Lodi, California turned out to be a manipulation of simple people who hardly spoke English. If we are to believe the FBI, a simple cherry picking Pakistani immigrant and his father, who drove an ice cream truck, formed an al Qaeda terrorist cell intent on "wreaking havoc" in California. In this case, there was absolutely no evidence of terrorist activities or planning, only a concocted confession by the younger man who, at the suggestion of the interrogator, admitted that he had attended a camp in Pakistan.
As veteran journalist Alexander Cockburn put it, "Their ordeal began last summer, when Hamid Hayat, fresh back from a two-year trip to Pakistan where he has spent half his life, was called in by the FBI and interrogated three times. The California-born Hamid is evidently a simple fellow. At his first interview in the FBI he betrayed no alarm at the prospect of interrogation by men who believed they were on the verge of breaking a major terror ring in Lodi. He complimented one of the agents on the style of his shoes and in general made every effort to be helpful. So did his father, Umer, whose job is driving an ice-cream truck. The FBI also grilled him intensively last June.
"What actually emerged in the trial, where both men were fortunate to have good lawyers, was the usual saga of FBI chicanery. It became very clear from videotapes of the FBI's questioning that the men have very poor English. Their native tongue is Pashto. They understood little of what they were being asked and were mostly concerned with pleasing their interrogators. In the words of one courtroom reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle, 'they gave many answers that had been previously suggested by the agents - who did most of the talking.'"
According to the boy's confusing confession, the terrorist camp was in Pakistan, then Afghanistan or (he's not sure) maybe Kashmir. In one version, it was run by Pakistanis, then by his uncle, or perhaps his grandfather. Then at the FBI's suggestion it was al-Qaeda. His father made even more bizarre admissions claiming he saw a "camp with 1,000 Muslim fighters wearing ninja masks, shooting automatic weapons, practicing swordplay and pole vaulting over obstacles - and the camp was underground." Pole vaulting? Sure. In any case, there was no evidence other than these confessions - and a written prayer found in the boy's wallet: "Lord let us be at their throats, and we ask you to give us refuge from their evil." Hardly a definitive terror threat given the typical language of Muslim hyperbole.
As in the examples cited above, this situation also involves agent provocateurs taking advantage of the young and impressionable. Naseem Khan, 32, a former Bend, Ore., 7-Eleven clerk and highschool dropout was recruited by the FBI in 2001 to infiltrate the large Muslim community in Lodi - and paid a whopping $230,000 over three years to do so. He joined their group and talked terrorism to as many as he thought were willing. Apparently, one of those listening turned out to be the young Hamid. Someone within the Lodi group suggested to Hamid and his father that they go back to Pakistan and attend a camp. Who knows if the camp is not another one of the creations of the ISI (Pakistan's version of the CIA), which has been as deeply involved as the CIA in controlling al Qaeda operatives - like so called 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed, who after three years in supposed CIA/ISI captivity has never been shown in public or prosecuted. Why? Either way, federal agents manipulated Khan with outrageous amounts of money, who in turn, it seems, influenced young Hamid.
Moreover, Khan's credibility has been questioned after he made the rather fantastic claim that "he saw Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Egyptian Ayman Zawahiri, worshiping in a Lodi mosque in 1998-99." If true, the FBI needs to explain how Zawahiri got inside the US. Was it like so many other dangerous terrorists already on the FBI's "watch lists" that get issued visas "by mistake"? Excuse me for being skeptical of this much incompetence. In comparison, federal agents never seem to be that incompetent when hunting down tax protestors and other "really dangerous" Americans.
William M. Arkin, the Washington Post's resident shill for the official "war on terror," commented on the Toronto case saying [my comments in brackets], "The apprehension of the Toronto gang, and the use of Internet monitoring by Canadian law enforcement authorities to track and understand them points not only to the evolved nature of worldwide terrorism since 9/11, but also the possibility of a workable deterrence strategy to stem the tide of new recruits." [Not at all. When engaging government agents acting as sting operators, new recruits are actually incited - not deterred.]
"The Toronto suspects, Canadian officials say, met and communicated over the Internet, using Email and chat rooms and visiting Jihadist websites for inspiration as well as information on weapons and tactics. [Real terrorists aren't that stupid. They all know the internet is monitored. Only naive dupes like these young Muslims would be entrapped so easily.] A group of men, many of whom barely knew each other, banded together to plot a grand terrorist strike against Canada over the web. [On the contrary, this is actually more evidence that this wasn't a real cell, but something cobbled together with guidance from authorities.]
"Of course we need to better understand the anti-Canada and anti-Western motivations of these young men, but let's face it: They fell in love over Email and got caught up in the excitement, intrigue, and danger associated with their terrorism affair. [Finally, he gets something right, but omits the provocation origins of the whole affair.]
"Canadian intelligence and law enforcement (and it is presumed, their NSA and FBI partners) were monitoring many of these websites, penetrating password protected chat rooms and local encryption, building dossiers. [They were doing more than that - they were actively participating.] Over two years, various members of the 'cell' met for training, made propaganda videos, acquired weapons, picked targets, made detailed plans. [Arkin fails to mention that among the providers of these weapons were undercover police, guiding the process.] Two Americans from Atlanta, according to U.S. court documents, came to Toronto in March 2005 to meet with their newly found 'like-minded Islamic extremists.' [These recorded internet conversations will be evidence in court, and we, unfortunately, will never know which of the conversants were the agent provocateurs because the government won't reveal that information - nor will the transcripts be made public so we can tell who is driving the agenda.]
Copyright 2006 Joel Skousen
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