- In a propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism, two
alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, of the Associated
Press or, rather, of the White House Ministry of Truth, write, or
copy off a White House or CIA press release that "Osama bin Laden,
the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was
hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis
added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials
- How many Americans will notice that the first paragraph
of the "report" justifies CIA prisons and torture? Without secret
prisons and torture "the terror mastermind" would still be running
free, despite having died from renal failure in 2001.
- How many Americans will have the wits to wonder why the
"terror mastermind" who defeated not merely the CIA and
the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with Israel's Mossad
and the intelligence services of NATO, who defeated NORAD, the National
Security Council, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Air Force,
and Air Traffic Control, who caused security procedures to fail four times
in US airports in one hour on the same day, who caused the state-of-the-art
Pentagon air defenses to fail, and who managed to fly three airliners into
three buildings with pilots who did not know how to fly has not pulled
off any other attack in almost ten years? Do Americans really believe that
a government's security system that can so totally fail when confronted
with a few Saudi Arabians with box cutters can renew itself to perfection
- How many Americans will notice the resurrection of the
long missing bin Laden as "terror mastermind" after his displacement
by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Guantanamo prisoner who confessed to being
the "mastermind of 9/11" after being water-boarded 183 times?
- Americans are too busy celebrating to think, a capability
that seems to have been taken out of their education.
- Americans are so enthralled over the death of bin Laden
that they do not wonder why information gleamed years ago would take so
long to locate a person who was allegedly living in a million-dollar building
equipped with all the latest communication equipment next to the Pakistani
Military Academy. Allegedly, the "most wanted criminal" was not
moving from hide-out to hide-out in desolate mountains, but ensconced in
luxury quarters in broad daylight. Nevertheless, despite his obvious location,
it took the CIA years to find him after claiming to have gained information
of his whereabouts out of captives in secret prisons. This is the image
of the CIA as the new Keystone Cops.
- In an immediate follow-up to the announcement that the
Navy SEALs and CIA mercenaries acted in an exemplary fashion following
the rules of engagement while a cowardly bin Laden hid behind a woman shield
when the gunfire erupted, we have from the pressitutes that "U.S.
officials conceded the risk of renewed attack. The terrorists almost certainly
will attempt to avenge bin Laden's death, CIA Director Leon Panetta wrote
in a memo. . . . Within a few hours, the Department of Homeland Security
warned that bin Laden's death was likely to provide motivation for attacks
from 'homegrown violent extremists'."
- John Brennan, White House counter-terrorism adviser,
told reporters that "it was inconceivable that the terrorist fugitive
didn't have support in Pakistan where his hideout had been custom built
six years ago in a city with a heavy military presence."
- So the claimed murder of bin Laden by the US in a sovereign
foreign country with which the US is not at war, a crime under international
law, has set up three more self-serving possibilities:
- Terrorists will avenge bin Laden's death, says the CIA,
setting up another false flag attack to keep the profits flowing into the
military/security complex and the power flowing into the unaccountable
CIA. Homeland Security can extend the domestic police state, abuse of travelers,
and arrests of war protestors. And Pakistan is under the gun of invasion
and takeover (for India, of course) for shielding bin Laden.
- The Israel Lobby's representatives in the US Congress
quickly fell in with the agenda. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate
Armed Services Committee, declared that the Pakistani Army and intelligence
agency "have a lot of questions to answer, given the location, the
length of time and the apparent fact that this was actually this
facility was actually build for bin Laden, and its closeness to the central
location of the Pakistani army."
- The two reporters question nothing in the government's
propaganda. Instead, the reporters join in the celebration. Nevertheless
they let slip that "officials were weighing the release of at least
one photo taken of bin Laden's body as part of what Brennan called an effort
to make sure 'nobody has any basis to try and deny the death.'"
- As the Guardian and European newspapers have
revealed, the photo of the dead bin Laden is a fake. As the alleged body
has been dumped into the ocean, nothing remains but the word of the US
government, which lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda
connections, about yellowcake, about Iranian nukes, and, according to thousands
of experts, about 9/11. Suddenly the government is telling us the truth
about bin Laden's death? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn
that I'll let you have for a good price.
- My initial interpretation of the faked bin Laden death
was that Obama needed closure of the Afghan war and occupation in order
to deal with the US budget deficit. Subsequent statements from Obama regime
officials suggest that the agenda might be to give Americans a piece of
war victory in order to boost their lagging enthusiasm. The military/security
complex will become richer and more powerful, and Americans will be rewarded
with vicarious pleasure in victory over enemies.
- Copyright © 2011 Paul Craig Roberts