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9/11 : Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 15, 2007

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=== News Update ===

9/11 : Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist

Marc Perkel Rantz

al-Qaeda is Fiction – The organization doesn’t exist as a large terrorist organization

July 03, 2005

I came across three films produced by the BBC called “The Power of Nightmares” which explain how various groups use the fear of terrorism to advance their political power. I’ve spent all day converting them to a smaller format so that they can be ea silly downloaded. But they are an hour long each and are about 75 megs each. They are however extraordinary and it’s quite an education into the history of Islamic Terrorism and American neo conservatives. Here are the links:

Baby it’s Cold Outside
The Phantom Victory
The Shadows in the Cave

Sorry for the windows (WMV) format but it allowed me to shrink the video to 1/10 it’s original size. I don’t think there’s a copyright issue but if there is I’ll wait till someone screams about it. I think the BBC would want people to see these films. I think that something as important as faking the existence of a terrorist organization that started two wars is more important that someone’s copyright.

It appears however that might have gotten it wrong on the claim that Al Qaeda was and invented term by New York Prosecutors. The article in The Nation seems to refute that premise. However the size and scope of the organization has been greatly exagerated.

On the other hand I had someone do a Lexis-Nexis search that shows the term appearing first in late 1998 at the New York trial. Nothing before that. That would indicate that the term might have been invented there. The word Al Qaeda translates into “the base” which is a generic term and because of that this issue might never be completely resolved.

Here’s the BBC Link that talks about the 3 films. I edited off the front part of the last two because it was identical to the first one and I wanted to save bandwidth.

Transcript of Third Film Follows:

THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES 

Episode 3 – The Shadows on the Cave 

Originally aired on BBC 2, 3 November 2004, 9 pmWritten and produced by Adam Curtis

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/3970901.stm

VOICE OVER:
In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this. But their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered to their people. Those dreams failed. And today, people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life. But now, they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares. They say that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism. A powerful and sinister network, with sleeper cells in countries across the world. A threat that needs to be fought by a war on terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy, which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It’s a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media.

VOICE OVER:
This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two groups: the American neoconservatives, and the radical Islamists. Last week’s episode ended in the late ’90s with both groups marginalized and out of power. But with the attacks of September 11th, the fates of both dramatically changed. The Islamists, after their moment of triumph, were virtually destroyed within months, while the neoconservatives took power in Washington. But then, the neoconservatives began to reconstruct the Islamists. They created a phantom enemy. And as this nightmare fantasy began to spread, politicians realized the newfound power it gave them in a deeply disillusioned age. Those with the darkest nightmares became the most powerful.

[OPENING TITLES: THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES / THE RISE OF THE POLITICS OF FEAR / THE SHADOWS IN THE CAVE]

[TITLE: AFGHANISTAN 1998]

VOICE OVER:
At the end of the 1990s, Osama bin Laden had returned to Afghanistan. He was accompanied by Ayman Zawahiri, the most influential ideologist of the Islamist movement. For 20 years, Zawahiri had struggled to create revolutions in the Arab world, but all attempt had ended in bloody failure.

[EXCERPT, CNN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

INTERVIEWER (in Arabic, English subtitles):

We haven’t had any information about your whereabouts for some time. Where were you?

AYMAN ZAWAHIRI:
{?} I was just home and clubs.

INTERVIEWER:
Not in Afghanistan? Somewhere else?

ZAWAHIRI:

Everywhere, everywhere.

INTERVIEWER:
Everywhere?

ZAWAHIRI:
I am a Muslim. Being a Muslim, you are wanted everywhere. Because if you — just if you say no to the superpowers, this immediately in itself is a crime you are wanted for.

INTERVIEWER:

{?} Yes, but isn’t what you do not to do with arms?

ZAWAHIRI:
{?} It’s aggressive but ask Allah, and he is greater than superpower.

VOICE OVER:
Zawahiri was a follower of the Egyptian revolutionary, Sayyed Qutb, who had been executed in 1966. Qutb’s vision had been of a new type of modern state. It would contain all of the benefits of Western science and technology, but it would use Islam as a moral framework to protect people from the culture of Western liberalism. Qutb believed that this culture infected the minds of Muslims, turning them into selfish creatures who threatened to destroy the shared values that held society together. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Zawahiri had tried to persuade the masses to rise up and topple the rulers who had allowed this corruption to infect their countries.

[EXCERPT, VIDEOTAPE OF SADAT ASSASSINATION]

[CUT TO AYMAN ZAWAHIRI IN EGYPTIAN COURTROOM CELL]

ZAWAHIRI [haranguing courtroom]:
We want to speak to the whole world. Who are we?

VOICE OVER:
But the revolutionaries became trapped in a horrific escalation of violence, because the masses refused to follow them. Islamism failed as a mass movement, and Zawahiri now came to the conclusion that a new strategy was needed.

GILLES KEPEL, HISTORIAN OF ISLAMIST MOVEMENT:
They had no revolution at all. I mean, they had failed in their takeover, they had failed to topple the powers that be, and, you know, they became more and more interested in this idea that only a small vanguard could be successful. I mean, they had lost confidence in the spontaneous capacity of the masses to be mobilised. Then they decided to change strategy completely, and instead of striking at what they called the ”near enemy” — i.e., the local regimes — they decided that they could strike at the ”far away enemy” — i.e., at the West, at America — and that would impress the masses, and the masses would be mobilised.

[TITLE: NAIROBI, AUGUST 1998]

VOICE OVER:
Zawahiri and bin Laden began implementing this new strategy in August, 1998. Two huge suicide bombs were detonated outside American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing more than 200 people. The bombings had a dramatic effect on the West. For the first time, the name ”bin Laden” entered the public consciousness as a terrorist mastermind.

[CUT TO AFGHANISTAN]

VOICE OVER:
The suicide bombers had been recruited by bin Laden from the Islamist training camps in Afghanistan. But his and Zawahiri’s operation was very much on the fringes of the Islamist movement. The overwhelming majority of the fighters in these camps had nothing at all to do with bin Laden or international terrorism. They were training to fight régimes in their own countries, such as Uzbekistan, Kashmir, and Chechnia. Their aim was to establish Islamist societies in the Western world, and they had no interest in attacking America. Bin Laden helped fund some of the camps, and in return was allowed to look for volunteers for his operations. But a number of senior Islamists were against his new strategy, including members of Zawahiri’s own group, Islamic Jihad.

[EXCERPT, CNN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: BIN LADEN, SURROUNDED BY ARMED, MASKED SOLDIERS]

VOICE OVER:
Even bin Laden’s displays of strength to the Western media were faked. The fighters in this video had been hired for the day and told to bring their own weapons. For beyond this small group, bin Laden had no formal organisation — until the Americans invented one for him.

[CUT TO MANHATTAN CITYSCAPE]

[TITLE: MANHATTAN, JANUARY 2001]

VOICE OVER:
In January, 2001, a trial began in a Manhattan courtroom of four men accused of the embassy bombings in east Africa. But the Americans had also decided to prosecute bin Laden in his absence. But to do this under American law, the prosecutors needed evidence of a criminal organisation because, as with the Mafia, that would allow them to prosecute the head of the organisation even if he could not be linked directly to the crime. And the evidence for that organisation was provided for them by an ex-associate of bin Laden’s called Jamal al-Fadl.

JASON BURKE, AUTHOR, ”AL QAEDA”:
During the investigation of the 1998 bombings, there is a walk-in source, Jamal al-Fadl, who is a Sudanese militant who was with bin Laden in the early 90s, who has been passed around a whole series of Middle East secret services, none of whom want much to do with him, and who ends up in America and is taken on by — uh — the American government, effectively, as a key prosecution witness and is given a huge amount of American taxpayers’ money at the same time. And his account is used as raw material to build up a picture of Al Qaeda. The picture that the FBI want to build up is one that will fit the existing laws that they will have to use to prosecute those responsible for the bombing. Now, those laws were drawn up to counteract organised crime: the Mafia, drugs crime, crimes where people being a member of an organisation is extremely important. You have to have an organisation to get a prosecution. And you have al-Fadl and a number of other witness, a number of other sources, who are happy to feed into this. You’ve got material that, looked at in a certain way, can be seen to show this organisation’s existence. You put the two together and you get what is the first bin Laden myth — the first Al Qaeda myth. And because it’s one of the first, it’s extremely influential.

VOICE OVER:
The picture al-Fadl drew for the Americans of bin Laden was of an all-powerful figure at the head of a large terrorist network that had an organised network of control. He also said that bin Laden had given this network a name: ”Al Qaeda.” It was a dramatic and powerful picture of bin Laden, but it bore little relationship to the truth.

[EXCERPT, CNN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: BIN LADEN AND SOLDIERS]

VOICE OVER:
The reality was that bin Laden and Ayman Zawahiri had become the focus of a loose association of disillusioned Islamist militants who were attracted by the new strategy. But there was no organisation. These were militants who mostly planned their own operations and looked to bin Laden for funding and assistance. He was not their commander. There is also no evidence that bin Laden used the term ”Al Qaeda” to refer to the name of a group until after September the 11th, when he realized that this was the term the Americans have given it.

[CUT TO MANHATTAN SKYLINE]

VOICE OVER:
In reality, Jamal al-Fadl was on the run from bin Laden, having stolen money from him. In return for his evidence, the Americans gave him witness protection in America and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many lawyers at the trial believed that al-Fadl exaggerated and lied to give the Americans the picture of a terrorist organisation that they needed to prosecute bin Laden.

SAM SCHMIDT, DEFENCE LAWYER EMBASSY BOMBINGS TRIAL:
And there were selective portions of al-Fadl’s testimony that I believe was false, to help support the picture that he helped the Americans join together. I think he lied in a number of specific testimony about a unified image of what this organisation was. It made Al Qaeda the new Mafia or the new Communists. It made them identifiable as a group and therefore made it easier to prosecute any person associated with Al Qaeda for any acts or statements made by bin Laden — who talked a lot.

BURKE:
The idea — which is critical to the FBI’s prosecution — that bin Laden ran a coherent organisation with operatives and cells all around the world of which you could be a member is a myth. There is no Al Qaeda organisation. There is no international network with a leader, with cadres who will unquestioningly obey orders, with tentacles that stretch out to sleeper cells in America, in Africa, in Europe. That idea of a coherent, structured terrorist network with an organised capability simply does not exist.

VOICE OVER:
What did exist was a powerful idea that was about to inspire a single, devastating act that would lead the whole world into believing the myth that had begun to be constructed in the Manhattan courtroom.

[CUT TO MANHATTAN SKYLINE: WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS . ONE TOWER HAS BEEN HIT, AND IS ON FIRE .]

MAN (off-camera):
What’s this other jet doing? What’s this other jet doing?

WOMAN (off-camera):
What the hell’s that?

[AIRCRAFT ENTERS VIEW FROM LEFT, CRASHES INTO SECOND TOWER. FIREBALL ERUPTS .]

MAN:
Holy — fuck!

WOMAN:

Oh my God! Oh my God! Jesus fucking Christ!

[ARM PASSES BEFORE CAMERA LENS]

MAN #2:
Don’t touch it!

WOMAN [SOBBING]:
Oh my God! Oh my God!

[OTHER EXCLAMATIONS AND SOBBING IN BACKGROUND AS SMOKE BILLOWS FROM TOWERS]

VOICE OVER:
The attack on America by 19 hijackers shocked the world. It was Ayman Zawahiri’s new strategy, implemented in a brutal and spectacular way. But neither he nor bin Laden were the originators of what was called the ”Planes Operation.” It was the brainchild of an Islamist militant called Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who came to bin Laden for funding and help in finding volunteers. But in the wake of panic created by the attacks, the politicians reached for the model which had been created by the trial earlier that year: the hijackers were just the tip of a vast, international terrorist network which was called, ”Al Qaeda.”

[CUT TO INTERIOR, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, UNITED STATES CONGRESS]

GEORGE W BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES [ON SPEAKER’S PODIUM]:
Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries. They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods, and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained in the tactics of terror.

[CUT TO PENTAGON BRIEFING ROOM]

DONALD RUMSFELD, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE:
This one network, Al Qaeda, that’s receiving so much discussion and publicity make have activities in 50 to 60 countries, including the United States.

[CUT TO OTHER INTERIOR, PODIUM]

BUSH:
Our war is against networks and groups, people who coddle them, people who try to hide them, people who fund them. This is our calling.

VOICE OVER:
And the attacks had another dramatic effect: they brought the neoconservatives back to power in America. When George Bush first became president, he had appointed neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz, and their allies like Donald Rumsfeld, to his administration. But their grand vision of America’s role in the world was largely ignored by this new régime.

[TITLE: SEPTEMBER 2000]

[CUT TO PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE]

BUSH:

I just don’t think it’s the role of the United States to walk into another country and say, ”We do it this way, so should you.”

[TITLE: BUT NOW]

BUSH:
We’re going to find those who, uh, who, uh, uh, those evil-doers.

VOICE OVER:
But now, the neoconservatives became all-powerful, because this terror network proved that what they had been predicting through the 1990s was correct: that America was at risk from terrifying new forces in a hostile world. A small group formed that began to shape America’s response to the attacks. At its heart were Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, along with the vice-president, Dick Cheney, and Richard Perle, who was a senior advisor to the Pentagon. The last time these men had been in power together was 20 years before, under President Reagan. Back then, they had taken on and, as they saw it, defeated a source of evil that wanted to take over America: the Soviet Union. And now they saw this new war on terror in the same epic terms.

RICHARD PERLE, CHAIRMAN PENTAGON DEFENSE POLICY BOARD 2001-2003:
The struggle against Soviet totalitarianism was a struggle between fundamental value questions. ”Good” and ”evil” is about as effective a shorthand as I can imagine in this regard, and there’s something rather similar going on in the war on terror. It isn’t a war on terror, it’s a war on terrorists who want to impose an intolerant tyranny on all mankind, an Islamic universe in which we are all compelled to accept their beliefs and live by their lights, and in that sense this is a battle between good and evil.

VOICE OVER:
But, as previous episodes have shown, the neoconservatives distorted and exaggerated the Soviet threat. They created the image of a hidden, international web of evil run from Moscow that planned to dominate the world, when, in reality, the Soviet Union was on its last legs, collapsing from within. Now, they did the same with the Islamists. They took a failing movement which had lost mass support and began to reconstruct it into the image of a powerful network of evil, controlled from the center by bin Laden from his lair in Afghanistan. They did this because it fitted with their vision of America’s unique destiny to fight an epic battle against the forces of evil throughout the world.

VINCENT CANNISTRARO, HEAD OF COUNTER – TERRORISM, CIA, 1988-90:
What the neoconservatives are doing is taking a concept that they developed during the competition with the Soviet Union, i.e., Soviet Communism was evil, it wanted to take over our country, wanted to take over our people, our classrooms, our society. It was that kind of concept of evil that they took — an exaggerated one, to be sure — and then apply it to a new threat, where it didn’t apply at all, and yet it was layered with the same kind of cultural baggage. The policy says there’s a network, the policy says that network is evil, they want to infiltrate our classrooms, they want to take our society, they want all our women to wear, you know, veils, and this is what we have to deal with and therefore since we know it’s evil let’s just kill it, and that will make it go away.

[CUT TO TANKS AND VEHICLES ROLLING DOWN A ROAD IN AFGHANISTAN]

VOICE OVER:
And so the Americans set off to invade Afghanistan, to find and destroy the heart of this network.

[TITLE: AFGHANISTAN, NOVEMBER 2001]

[CUT TO DESOLATE TERRAIN, MOUNTAINS IN BACKGROUND, SHOOTING IN FOREGROUND]

VOICE OVER:
To do this, the Americans allied themselves with a group called the Northern Alliance. They were a loose collection of warlords, fighting a war of resistance against the Taliban, the Islamists who controlled Afghanistan. The Taliban’s best troops were the thousands of foreign fighters from the training camps who the Northern Alliance hated.

[NORTHERN ALLIANCE TROOPS RETRIEVE IDENTITY PAPERS FROM DEAD TALIBAN FIGHTERS . ONE HOLDS AN IDENTITY CARD UP TO THE CAMERA]

NORTHERN ALLIANCE SOLDIER:
Pakistan, eh! Pakistan! Pakistan!

VOICE OVER:

And now, they took their revenge on the foreign fighters. The Americans believed that these men were Al Qaeda terrorists, and the Northern Alliance did nothing to disabuse them of this, because they were paid by the Americans for each prisoner they delivered. But the majority of these fighters had never had anything to do with bin Laden or international terrorism. Both they and the Taliban were radical nationalists who wanted to create Islamist societies in their own countries. But now, they were either killed or taken off to Guant{{225}}namo Bay and Islamism, as an organised movement for changing the Muslim world, was obliterated in Afghanistan. But as it disappeared, it was replaced by ever more extravagant fantasies about the power and reach of the Al Qaeda network.

[TITLE: TORA BORA]

VOICE OVER:
In December, the Northern Alliance told the Americans that bin Laden was hiding in the mountains of Tora Bora. They were convinced they had found the heart of his organisation.

[EXCERPT, ”MEET THE PRESS, ” NBC TV]

TIM RUSSERT:

The search for Osama bin Laden: there was constant discussion about him hiding out in caves and I think many times the American people have a perception that it’s a little hole dug out of the side of a mountain.

DONALD RUMSFELD [OFF CAMERA]:
Oh, no.

[CUT TO DIAGRAM OF HIDDEN CAVE HEADQUARTERS MARKED ”SOURCE: THE TIMES OF LONDON”, DEPICTING A MULTI-STORY UNDERGROUND COMMAND POST]

RUSSERT:
This is it. This is a fortress.

RUMSFELD:
Yes.

RUSSERT:
A complex. Multi-tiered. [READING, AS LABELS ARE DISPLAYED ON DIAGRAM] ”Bedrooms and Offices” on the top, as you can see. ”Secret Exits” on the side, and on the bottom. ”Cut Deep to Avoid Thermal Detection.” A ventilation system, to allow people to breathe and to carry on. The entrances, large enough to drive trucks and even tanks. Even computer systems and telephone systems. It’s a very sophisticated operation.

[CUT TO STUDIO]

RUMSFELD:
Oh, you bet. This — this is serious business. And — and there’s not one of those; there are many of those.

[CUT TO TORA BORA, AFGHANISTAN: B-52S BOMBING MOUNTAINS]

VOICE OVER:
For days, the Americans bombed the mountains of Tora Bora with the most powerful weapons they had. The Northern Alliance had been paid more than a million dollars for their help and information, and now their fighters set off up the mountains to storm bin Laden’s fortress and bring back the Al Qaeda terrorists and their leader.

[NORTHERN ALLIANCE SOLDIERS SEARCHING CAVE OPENINGS]

VOICE OVER:
But all they found were a few small caves, which were either empty or had been used to store ammunition. There was no underground bunker system, no secret tunnels: the fortress didn’t exist. The Northern Alliance did produce some prisoners they claimed were Al Qaeda fighters, but there was no proof of this, and one rumor was that the Northern Alliance was simply kidnapping anyone who looked remotely like an Arab and selling them to the Americans for yet more money.

[FADE TO AMERICAN FORCES IN TORA BORA]

VOICE OVER:
The Americans now began to search all the caves in all the mountains in eastern Afghanistan for the hidden Al Qaeda network.

AMERICAN SOLDIER, SPEAKING INTO RADIO:

We found a cave. The rest of it is open. Break.

[CUT TO INTERIOR, COMMAND POST]

AMERICAN ARMY SERGEANT:
If nobody went up to look into that cave, people could’ve been hiding up there for days and watching everything that we did.

[CUT TO VIEW OF MISSILE STRIKING CAVE OPENING, SOLDIERS INSPECT DAMAGE]

VOICE OVER:

But wherever they looked, there was nothing there. Al Qaeda seemed to have completely disappeared.

[FADE TO VIEW OF HELICOPTERS FLYING OVER AFGHANISTAN MOUNTAIN RANGE]

VOICE OVER:
But then, the British arrived to help. They were convinced they could hunt down Al Qaeda because of what they said was their unique experience in fighting terrorism in Northern Ireland. They could succeed where others had failed.

[CLOSE UP ON BRIGADIER ROGER LANE, COMMANDER, BRITISH FORCES, ADDRESSING AN OFF-CAMERA AUDIENCE]

BRIGADIER LANE:

The hunt for Al Qaeda Taliban goes on, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States and our other coalition allies in the global war on terrorism.

[TITLE: FIVE WEEKS LATER]

INTERVIEWER:
But how many Al Qaeda have you captured?

LANE:
We haven’t, uh, captured any Al Qaeda, but…

INTERVIEWER:
And how many have you actually managed to kill here in south-east Afghanistan?

LANE:
We haven’t killed any.

[EXCERPT, THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD: MARKETPLACE SCENE, SCROLL IS UNROLLED READING:

Ten thousand pieces of gold for the body of Ali Baba and the destruction of the band of thieves.

by order of

Hulagu, Khan of the Mongols

and Ruler of Baghdad]

[SCENES OF MEN ON HORSEBACK JUMPING CHASMS AND ESCAPING]

[CUT TO CNN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF BIN LADEN, WAVING .]

[FADE TO BLACK]

[FADE TO AFGHANISTAN EXTERIOR]

VOICE OVER:
The terrible truth was that there was nothing there because Al Qaeda as an organisation did not exist. The attacks on America had been planned by a small group that had come together around bin Laden in the late 90s. What united them was an idea: an extreme interpretation of Islamism developed by Ayman Zawahiri. With the American invasion, that group had been destroyed, killed or scattered. What was left was the idea, and the real danger was the way this idea could inspire groups and individuals around the world who had no relationship to each other. In looking for an organisation, the Americans and the British were chasing a phantom enemy and missing the real threat.

JASON BURKE, AUTHOR, ”AL QAEDA”:
I was with the Royal Marines as they trooped around eastern Afghanistan, and every time they got a location for a supposed Al Qaeda or Taliban element or base, they’d turn up and there was no one there, or there’d be a few startled shepherds, and that struck me then as being a wonderful image to the war on terror, because people are looking for something that isn’t there. There is no organisation with its terrorist operatives, cells, sleeper cells, so on and so forth. What there is is an idea, prevalent among young, angry Muslim males throughout the Islamic world. That idea is what poses a threat.

[CUT TO WASHINGTON, D.C., MONUMENTS AND SKYLINE]

VOICE OVER:
But the neoconservatives were now increasingly locked into this fantasy, and next they set out to uncover the network in America itself.

PAUL WOLFOWITZ, US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE:
This is a network that has penetrated into some 60 countries, including very definitely our own, and it’s got to be rooted out. Our intelligence priority, in many ways, is getting after the network here in the United States first. We will do whatever we need to do to go after these networks and dismantle them.

[CUT TO FLYOVER OF NEW ENGLAND TOWN]

VOICE OVER:
The American government set out to search for the Al Qaeda organisation inside its own country. Thousands were detained as all branches of the law and the military were told to look for terrorists.

[CUT TO VIEW OF GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, SAN FRANCISCO]

CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER:
You don’t really know what a terrorist looks like, what kind of car they drive, or anything else, so it’s just basically everything and everybody and anything out here.

[CUT TO NEWS TITLE: ”AMERICA UNDER ATTACK”]

[CUT TO SCENES OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES]

VOICE OVER:
And, bit by bit, the government found the network: a series of hidden cells in cities around the country from Buffalo to Portland.

[CUT TO PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM]

GEORGE W BUSH:

We’ve thwarted terrorists in Buffalo and Seattle, Portland, Detroit, North Carolina, and Tampa, Florida. We’re determined to stop the enemy before he can strike our people.

VOICE OVER:
The Americans called them ”sleeper cells, ” and decided that they had just been waiting to strike. But in reality there is very little evidence that any of those arrested had anything at all to do with terrorist plots. From Portland to the suburb of Buffalo called Lackawanna, yet again the Americans were chasing a phantom enemy.

DAVID COLE, PROFESSOR OF LAW, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY:
They say ”terrorist sleeper cell.” That’s what — they — they call the Lackawanna people a terrorist sleeper cell, the Detroit people a terrorist cell, the Portland people a terrorist cell. But when you look at the details, the facts just don’t support that, and they have not proved that any group within the United States has plotted to engage in any terrorist — uh — activity within the United States in all of the cases that they’ve brought since 9/11.

[CUT TO HOME VIDEO OF YOUTHS AT DISNEYLAND, CALIFORNIA]

VOICE OVER:
The evidence behind all of the sleeper cell cases is flimsy and often bizarre. This tape was one of the central pieces of evidence in the first of the cases. It was found in a raid on this house…

[CUT TO EXTERIOR VIEW OF HOUSE]

VO … in Detroit. Four Arab men were arrested on suspicion of being an Al Qaeda sleeper cell.

[VIEWS OF ARREST PHOTOGRAPHS OF SUSPECTS . TITLE: DETROIT ACCUSED]

VOICE OVER:
They had been accused by another immigrant called Mr Hmimssa. But Mr Hmimssa was, in reality, an international con man with 12 aliases and wanted for fraud across America.

[CUT TO PHOTOGRAPH ; TITLE: YOUSSEF HMIMSSA, US GOVERNMENT WITNESS]

VOICE OVER:
Despite this, the FBI offered to reduce his sentence for fraud if he testified against the men. And to back up Mr Hmimssa’s allegations, the FBI turned to the videotape. On the surface it was the innocent record of a trip to Disneyland by a group of teenagers who had nothing to do with the accused, but the government had discovered a hidden and sinister purpose to the tape.

RON HANSEN, REPORTER – THE DETROIT NEWS:

The government expert who has looked into surveillance tapes — ”casing tapes, ” as he referred to them — said that one of the objectives of making these kinds of tapes is to disguise the nature, the real purpose, of the tape, and he explained it that the tape is made to look benign, made to look like a tourist tape to obscure its real purpose as a tape to case Disneyland, and that the very appearance of it as being just a tourist tape is actually evidence that it’s not a tourist tape.

[CUT TO DISNEYLAND VIDEO ; YOUTH IS SPEAKING TO CAMERA]

YOUTH [HOLDING IMAGINARY MICROPHONE]:
Al-Jazeera, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Hello?

[CUT TO DISNEYLAND VIDEO ; INTERIOR OF INDIANA JONES RIDE]

RON HANSEN:

I could never get past the fact that the tape just looked like a tourist tape. The Disneyland ride, for example, was a lengthy queue, people just making their way to the ride. The camera occasionally pans to look at the rocks on the wall, made to look like an Indiana Jones movie, and after several minutes the camera pans across and shows a trash can momentarily, and then continues off to look into the crowd. The expert basically said that, by flashing on that trash can for a moment, the people who are part of this conspiracy to conduct these kinds of terrorist operations, they would understand what this is all about: how to locate a bomb in Disneyland in California.

[CUT TO VIEW OF YOUTHS IN RESTAURANT]

YOUTH, WAVING:
Hello!

RON HANSEN:
All the talking and bantering were intended to disguise the hidden message contained within the tape.

[CUT TO VIEW OF YOUTHS DANCING ON VIDEOTAPE]

VOICE OVER:
The government was convinced that the tape was full of hidden messages. A brief shot of a tree outside the group’s hotel room was there, they said, to show where to place a sniper to attack the cars on the freeway.

[CUT TO SHAKY VIEW OF SHADOW ALONG SIDEWALK AS INDIVIDUAL CARRIES CAMERA]

VOICE OVER:
And what looked like a camera which had accidentally been left running was in reality a terrorist secretly counting out distances to show others where to place a bomb.

[CUT TO VIEW OF US AIR FORCE JET LANDING]

VOICE OVER:
And the government also said that the Detroit cell was planning to attack US military bases around the world. Yet again, they found hidden evidence of this in a day planner they discovered under the sofa in the house in Detroit. What looked like doodles were in reality, they said, a plan to attack a US base in Turkey.

WILLIAM SWOR, DEFENCE LAWYER, DETROIT SLEEPER CELL TRIAL, INDICATING COPY OF DRAWINGS FROM DAY PLANNER:
The government brought in its security officer from the base to testify that she interpreted this as being the main runways. She identified these as being AWACS airplanes and these as being fighter jets. She said that these solid lines were lines of fire and she also said that this down here was a hardened bunker.

VOICE OVER:
But the drawings in the day planner were discovered to have actually been the work of a madman. They were the fantasies of a Yemeni who believed that he was the minister of defence for the whole of the Middle East. He had committed suicide a year before any of the accused had arrived in Detroit, leaving the day planner lying under the sofa in the house. Despite this, two of the accused were found guilty. But then, the government’s only witness, Mr Hmimssa, told two of his cellmates that he had made the whole thing up to get his fraud charges reduced. The terrorism convictions have now been overturned by the judge in the case, but it was acclaimed by the President as the first success in the war on terror at home.

[INTERIOR, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SPEAKER’S DAIS]

GEORGE W BUSH:
We have the terrorists on the run. We’re keeping them on the run. One by one the terrorists are learning the meaning of American justice.

[CUT TO VIDEOTAPE, YOUTHS HAVING A PILLOW FIGHT]

[CUT TO BUFFALO, NEW YORK, SKYLINE]

VOICE OVER:
Another case, in the city of Buffalo, New York, seemed on the surface to be more substantial. Six young Yemeni-Americans had gone to an Islamist training camp in Afghanistan.

[CUT TO AFGHANISTAN, TRAINING CAMP]

VOICE OVER:
They travelled there in early 2001 and spent between 2 and 6 weeks training and being taught Islamist revolutionary theory. Two of them even met bin Laden on one of his tours of the camp. They then returned to the Buffalo suburb of Lackawanna, where they lived, but they did nothing. The FBI heard about their trip and they watched the six men around the clock for nearly a year, but there was no suspicious behavior.

[CUT TO LACKAWANNA, SUBURBAN STREET]

VOICE OVER:
But then, one of the men, Mr al-Bakri, went to Bahrain and sent his friends an E-mail. It said he was going to get married and that he wouldn’t be seeing them for awhile. The CIA, who had been monitoring their E-mails, understood this to be a coded message: the cell was about to launch a suicide attack on the US Fifth Fleet.

JOHN MOLLOY, DEFENCE LAWYER, LACKAWANNA TRIAL:
The FBI, the government, took that phrase to mean something sinister. They believed that the word ”wedding” was a code. They believed that the phrase ”not seeing you anymore” indicated that Muktar al-Bakri was a suicide bomber. The reality is that Mr al-Bakri was in Bahrain to get married and the reality of him getting married was that he wouldn’t be around his friends anymore.

[CUT TO NEWS FOOTAGE OF POLICE]

[CUT TO US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT]

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL:
Good afternoon. In the past 24 hours, United States law enforcement has identified and disrupted an Al Qaeda-trained terrorist cell on American soil.

VOICE OVER:
The arrests were announced proudly by Washington as another sleeper cell plotting an attack. But it soon became clear that there was no evidence for this at all, other than the E-mail.

COLE:
And the best the government can point to as a sleeper cell are these, you know, young men in Lackawanna, in New York, who, yes, went to Afghanistan, trained in an Al Qaeda training camp, but to all appearances had no intention to ever take any action on the basis of that. One of them faked an injury to try to get out early. They came back to the United States. We had them under intensive surveillance and we found no evidence — not one shred of evidence — that they ever planned or intended to engage in any kind of criminal, much less terrorist, act. That’s the best they can show for a sleeper cell.

VOICE OVER:
Faced with the fact that there was no evidence, the government quietly dropped any charges of their being a terrorist cell. Instead, they were prosecuted simply for having gone to the training camp, and for having bought uniforms there. And all the other cases were even flimsier: A group of students who supported the liberation of Kashmir were found paint-balling in the woods of Virginia. They were convicted of training to attack America. A group of African-Americans from Oregon tried to go to Afghanistan to support the Taliban but got lost in China. All these groups, the government said, were part of a hidden and terrifying Al Qaeda network.

SWOR:
The government had a legitimate concern at the beginning, but they let that concern, and they took it, and they made it a panic. They had reasonable questions and took them and made a complete fantasy out of them. They started out with a conclusion and then filled in all the blanks to the questions. So this was totally driven by the need — or the desire — to have terrorists. You build this conclusion based on this assumption, and this assumption, and this assumption, and, sure, if you go — if you build assumptions upon assumptions, you can go anywhere!

INTERVIEWER:
It’s a work of imagination.

SWOR:
It is. It’s a fantasy, and it’s a fantasy that it was politically expedient to sell.

[CUT TO PRESIDENTIAL PRESS CONFERENCE]

GEORGE W BUSH:
And make no mistake about it: we got a war here just like we got a war abroad.

[CUT TO BRITAIN: GOLF COURSES ; INTERIOR, DOWNING STREET: DAVID BLUNKETT]

VOICE OVER:
In Britain, too, the government and most of the media have created the overwhelming impression that there is a hidden network of Al Qaeda sleeper cells waiting to attack.

[CUT TO POLICE OFFICERS AT CRIME SCENE]

VOICE OVER:
But, yet again, there is very little evidence for this. Of the 664 people arrested under the Terrorism Act since September the 11th, none of them have been convicted of belonging to Al Qaeda. Only 3 people have so far been convicted of having any association with any Islamist groups, and none of those convictions were for being involved in a terror plot; they were for fundraising, or posessing Islamist literature. The majority of people convicted under the Terrorism Act since September the 11th have actually been members of Irish terrorist groups like the UVF or the Real IRA. And many of the arrests that were dramatically announced as being part of a hidden Al Qaeda network were, in reality, as absurd as the cases in America. For example, the London police swooped on a Mr Zain ul-Abedin who they said was running an international network for terrorist training. It turned out to be a self-defence course for bodyguards. He called it ”Ultimate Jihad Challenge.” His only client was a security guard from a supermarket, who wanted to learn how to defend himself against shoplifters. Mr Zain ul-Abedin was cleared of all charges. Then there was the Hogmanay terror cell who, it was alleged, were planning to attack Edinburgh. All charges against them were quietly dropped when it was revealed that a key part of the evidence, a map that showed the targets they were going to attack, turned out to have been left in their flat by an Australian backpacker who had ringed the tourist sites he wanted to see. And even the most frightening and high profile of the plots uncovered turned out to be without foundation. No one was ever arrested for planning gas attacks on the London tubes; it was a fantasy that swept through the media. Just as in America, there is no evidence yet of the terrifying and sinister network lurking under the surface of our society which both government and the media continually tell us is there.

[CUT TO MEETING ROOM]

INTERVIEWER:
So there was no network.

BILL DURODIE, DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR SECURITY ANALYSIS, KINGS COLLEGE:

No.

INTERVIEWER:
Never.

DURODIE:
Probably not.

INTERVIEWER:

We invented it.

BILL DURODIE:
”Invention” is too string a term. I think we projected it — um, we projected our own worst fears, and that what we see is a fantasy that’s been created.

[CUT TO BBC NEWS INTERVIEW]

GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN:
Al Qaeda is a global network with global reach.

[CUT TO BBC NEWS READER]

READER:
The target, a deadly web of terror.

[CUT TO BILL DURODIE IN MEETING ROOM]

DURODIE:
I’m not saying that an atrocity might not happen on the British mainland. What I am saying is that we have an exaggerated perception of the possibility of terrorism that is quite disabling, and we only need to look at the evidence to understand that the figures simply don’t bear out the way that we have responded as a society.

[CUT TO LONDON SKYLINE, WESTMINSTER, ETC .]

VOICE OVER:
What the British and American governments have done is both distort and exaggerate the real nature of the threat. There are dangerous and fanatical groups around the world who’ve been inspired by the extreme Islamist theories, and they are prepared to use the techniques of mass terror on civilians. The bombings in Madrid showed this only too clearly. But this is not a new phenomenon. What is new is the way the American and other governments have transformed this complex and disparate threat into a simplistic fantasy of an organised web of uniquely powerful terrorists who may strike anywhere and at any moment. But no one questioned this fantasy because, increasingly, it was serving the interests of so many people. For the press, television, and hundreds of terrorism experts, the fact that it seemed so like fiction made it irresistible to their audiences. And the Islamists, too, began to realise that by feeding this media fantasy they could become a powerful organisation — if only in people’s imaginations.

The prime mover in this was one of bin Laden’s associates, who had been captured by the Americans. He was called Abu Zubaydah. He began to tell his interrogators of terrifying plots that Al Qaeda was preparing, some of which, he said, they had copied from Hollywood movies like Godzilla, which they had watched in Afghanistan.

[CUT TO INTERIOR, BRIEFING ROOM]

DR JOHN PRADOS, NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE, WASHINGTON DC:
Zubaydah told the interrogators a set of stories based on what he thought would alarm us. He told us, for example — coming out of a movie that had been recent at that time, Godzilla, in which the Brooklyn Bridge was destroyed by the monster — he told us that Al Qaeda was interested in destroying the Brooklyn Bridge. He told us of attacks on mass transit sources like subway trains. He told us there were intentions of attacking apartment buildings and shopping centers, the Statue of Liberty, all manner of things.

[EXCERPT, GODZILLA: MONSTER RISING OVER BROOKLYN BRIDGE]

[CUT TO PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WASHINGTON, D.C.]

JOHN ASHCROFT, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES:
Recent intelligence reports suggest that Al Qaeda leaders have emphasised planning for attacks on apartment buildings, hotels, and other soft or lightly-secured targets in the United States.

[CUT TO ANOTHER PRESS CONFERENCE]

ASHCROFT:
Terrorists are considering physical attacks against US financial institutions.

[EXCERPT, GODZILLA: MONSTER RAMPAGING THROUGH STREETS, CRUSHING CARS]

VOICE OVER:
And Abu Zubaydah also told his interrogators of a terrifying new weapon the Islamists intended to use: an explosive device that could spray radiation through cities, the ”dirty bomb.”

[EXCERPT, CBS EVENING NEWS]

DAN RATHER:
First, a CBS News exclusive about a captured Al Qaeda leader who says his fellow terrorists have the know-how to build a very dangerous weapon and get it to the United States.

VOICE OVER:
And the media took the bait. They portrayed the dirty bomb as an extraordinary weapon that would kill thousands of people, and, in the process, they made the hidden enemy even more terrifying. But, in reality, the threat of a dirty bomb is yet another illusion. Its aim is to spread radioactive material through a conventional explosion, but almost all studies of such a possible weapon have concluded that the radiation spread in this way would not kill anybody because the radioactive material would be so dispersed, and, providing the area was cleaned promptly, the long-term effects would be negligible. In the past, both the American army and the Iraqi military tested such devices and both concluded that they were completely ineffectual weapons for this very reason.

[CUT TO INTERIOR, LIVING ROOM]

INTERVIEWER:
How dangerous would a dirty bomb be?

DR THEODORE ROCKWELL, NUCLEAR SCIENTIST AND RADIATION RISK EXPERT:
The deaths would be few, if any, and the answer is, probably none.

INTERVIEWER:

Really?

ROCKWELL:
Yes. And that’s been said over and over again, but then people immediately say after that, ”But, you know, people won’t believe that, and they’ll panic.” And then all the people working on this project, you know, the defence and so forth, breathe a big sigh of relief because they got their problem back: you know, we’re gonna all panic. I don’t think it would kill anybody and I think you’ll have trouble finding a serious report that would claim otherwise. The Department of Energy actually set up such a test and they actually measured what happened. And they — they — the measurements were extremely low. They calculated that the most exposed individual would get a fairly high dose — not life-threatening, but fairly high — and I checked into how the calculation was done, and they assume that after the attack, no one moves for one year. One year. Now, that’s ridiculous.

[CUT TO ANOTHER INTERIOR, LIVING ROOM]

LEWIS Z KOCH, BULLETIN OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS:
The dirty bomb — the danger from radioactivity is basically next to nothing. The danger from panic, however, is horrendous. That’s where the irony comes. This — instead of the government saying, ”Look, this is not a serious weapon; the serious danger of this is the panic that would ensue, and there is no reason for panic. Don’t panic.”

[CUT TO VIEW OF ATOMIC BOMB EXPLODING, DESTROYING TEST HOUSES AND OBJECTS]

BRITISH NARRATOR:
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the end of our show; however, something very much like this could happen at any moment. We just thought we ought to prepare you and more or less put you in the mood. Thank you.

And now, back to our story.

[CUT, CITY SKYLINE]

VOICE OVER:
The scale of this fantasy just kept growing as more and more groups realised the power it gave them — above all, the group that had been instrumental in first spreading the idea: the neoconservatives. Because they now found that they could use it to help them realise their vision: that America had a special destiny to overcome evil in the world, and this epic mission would give meaning and purpose to the American people.

[CUT, INTERIOR, ROOM IN IRAQ, SADDAM HUSSEIN AND OFFICERS]

VOICE OVER:
To do this, they were going to start with Iraq, and, just as they had discovered a hidden reality of terror beneath the surface in America, they now found hidden links that previously no one had suspected between the Al Qaeda network and Saddam Hussein.

[CUT, SPEAKER’S DAIS, UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES]

GEORGE W BUSH:
Evidence from intelligence sources, secret communications, and statements by people now in custody reveal that Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of Al Qaeda. Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons and other plans, this time armed by Saddam Hussein.

[CUT, OFFICE INTERIOR]

RICHARD PERLE, CHAIRMAN, PENTAGON DEFENSE POLICY BOARD, 2001-2003:
I continue to be amazed at the people who say there are no links. It simply isn’t true. What hasn’t been established is a direct link between Saddam’s intelligence and the 9/11 plotters, although even there there is evidence that suggests, very possibly, facilitation and assistance to the 9/11 hijackers.

INTERVIEWER:

There really is evidence?

PERLE:
There really is evidence.

INTERVIEWER:
So, when people say there is no association between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, they’re wrong.

RICHARD PERLE:

They’re flatly wrong.

INTERVIEWER:
Really?

RICHARD PERLE:
Absolutely wrong.

[CUT, INTERIOR, AL-JAZEERA STUDIOS ; ARABIC VOICES IN BACKGROUND]

[SUBTITLE: THE BOMBING HAS STARTED]

[VIEW OF TELEVISION MONITORS DISPLAYING ATTACK ON BAGHDAD ; CUT TO REACTION OF NEWSROOM STAFF]

VOICE OVER:
The driving force behind these new global policies in the war on terror was the power of a dark fantasy: a sinister web of hidden and interlinked threats that stretched around the world. And such was the power of that fantasy that it also began to transform the very nature of politics because, increasingly, politicians were discovering that their ability to imagine the future and the terrible dangers it held gave them a new and heroic role in the world.

[CUT TO SCENE OF FUTURISTIC ROADWAY AND COUPLE DRIVING IN FUTURE CAR]

VOICE OVER:
In the post-War years, politicians had also used their imaginations, but to project optimistic visions of a better future that they could create for their people, and it was these visions that gave them power and authority.

[CUT, INTERIOR, DOWNING STREET: ANGLE ON TONY BLAIR]

VOICE OVER:
But those dreams collapsed, and politicians like Tony Blair became more like managers of public life, their policies determined often by focus groups. But now, the war on terror allowed politicians like Blair to portray a new, grand vision of the future. But this vision was a dark one of imagined threats, and a new force began to drive politics: the fear of an imagined future.

[CUT, INTERIOR, TONY BLAIR ADDRESSING AUDIENCE]

TONY BLAIR:
Not a conventional fear about a conventional threat, but the fear that one day these new threats of weapons of mass destruction, rogue states, and international terrorism combine to deliver a catastrophe to our world. And then the shame of knowing that I saw that threat, day after day, and did nothing to stop it.

[CUT, ANOTHER ADDRESS]

BLAIR:
It may not erupt and engulf us this month or next, perhaps not even this year or next …

[CUT, CLOSE-UP ON TONY BLAIR, SPEAKING TO INTERVIEWER BEFORE STUDIO AUDIENCE]

BLAIR:
I just think these — these dangers are there, I think that it’s difficult sometimes for people to see how they all come together — I think that it’s my duty to tell it to you if I really believe it, and I do really believe it. I may be wrong in believing it, but I do believe it.

[CUT, EXTERIOR, MOONLIT, DARK CITY SKYLINE]

VOICE OVER:
What Blair argued was that faced by the new threat of a global terror network, the politician’s role was now to look into the future and imagine the worst that might happen and then act ahead of time to prevent it. In doing this, Blair was embracing an idea that had actually been developed by the Green movement: it was called the ”precautionary principle.” Back in the 1980s, thinkers within the ecology movement believed the world was being threatened by global warming, but at the time there was little scientific evidence to prove this. So they put forward the radical idea that governments had a higher duty: they couldn’t wait for the evidence, because by then it would be too late; they had to act imaginatively, on intuition, in order to save the world from a looming catastrophe.

[CUT, INTERIOR, MEETING ROOM]

DURODIE:
In essence, the precautionary principle says that not having the evidence that something might be a problem is not a reason for not taking action as if it were a problem. That’s a very famous triple-negative phrase that effectively says that action without evidence is justified. It requires imagining what the worst might be and applying that imagination upon the worst evidence that currently exists.

[CUT, INTERIOR, HALL ; ANGLE ON TONY BLAIR ADDRESSING STATE FUNCTION]

BLAIR:
Would Al Qaeda buy weapons of mass destruction if they could? Certainly. Does it have the financial resources? Probably. Would it use such weapons? Definitely.

[CUT, INTERIOR, MEETING ROOM]

DURODIE:
But once you start imagining what could happen, then — then there’s no limit. What if they had access to it? What if they could effectively deploy it? What if we weren’t prepared? What it is is a shift from the scientific, ”what is” evidence-based decision making to this speculative, imaginary, ”what if”-based, worst case scenario.

[CUT, EXTERIOR, CAMP X-RAY, Guant{{225}}namo Bay, Cuba]

VOICE OVER:
And it was this principle that now began to shape government policy in the war on terror. In both America and Britain, individuals were detained in high-security prisons, not for any crimes they had committed, but because the politicians believed — or imagined — that they might commit an atrocity in the future, even though there was no evidence they intended to do this. The American attorney general explained this shift to what he called the ”paradigm of prevention.”

[CUT, INTERIOR, HEARING ROOM, UNITED STATES CONGRESS]

ASHCROFT:
We had to make a shift in the way we thought about things, so being reactive, waiting for a crime to be committed, or waiting for there to be evidence of the commission of a crime didn’t seem to us to be an appropriate way to protect the American people.

[CUT, INTERIOR, OFFICE]

DAVID COLE:
Under the preventive paradigm, instead of holding people accountable for what you can prove that they have done in the past, you lock them up based on what you think or speculate they might do in the future. And how — how can a person who’s locked up based on what you think they might do in the future disprove your speculation? It’s impossible, and so what ends up happening is the government short-circuits all the processes that are designed to distinguish the innocent from the guilty because they simply don’t fit this mode of locking people up for what they might do in the future.

VOICE OVER:
The supporters of the precautionary principle argue that this loss of rights is the price that society has to pay when faced by the unique and terrifying threat of the Al Qaeda network. But, as this series has shown, the idea of a hidden, organised web of terror is largely a fantasy, and by embracing the precautionary principle, the politicians have become trapped in a vicious circle: they imagine the worst about an organisation that doesn’t even exist. But no one questions this because the very basis of the precautionary principle is to imagine the worst without supporting evidence, and, instead, those with the darkest imaginations become the most influential.

[CUT, INTERIOR, RESTAURANT]

DAVID JOHNSTON, INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST, NEW YORK TIMES:
You’ll hear about meetings where terrorist matters are discussed in the intelligence community, and always the person with the most dire assessment, the person with the — who has the, kind of, the strongest sense that something should be done will frequently carry the day at meetings. We thus believe the most dire estimate of what could happen here. The sense of disbelief has vanished.

INTERVIEWER:
So the person with the most vivid imagination becomes the most powerful.

JOHNSTON:
In a sense, that’s correct.

[CUT, INTERIOR, FBI OFFICE]

FBI OFFICIAL:

We knew that Al Qaeda’s tentacles were beginning to become far-reaching.

[CUT, INTERIOR, BRITISH MEETING ROOM]

BRITISH OFFICIAL:
There will be an attack. It is ”when” within the United Kingdom; I think the ”if” is academic.

[CUT, TONY BLAIR AT PODIUM, ADDRESSING AUDIENCE]

BLAIR:

It is only a matter of time, and its potential is huge.

[EXCERPT, GODZILLA: WALL OF WATER SLAMS INTO CITY]

[CUT, INTERIOR, RESTAURANT]

JOHNSTON:
How will we ever know when it’s over? How will we ever know when the threat is gone? In the mindset we are now in, once we declare it to be over will be exactly the time that we believe that they will strike.

[CUT, BRITISH NEWSSTAND]

NEWS VENDOR:
You know, uh, it’s just — it’s the way we live today. We’re living on a knife edge.

[CUT, AERIAL VIEW OF LONDON, FOLLOWED BY SCENES OF DISASTERS, ETC]

VOICE OVER:
This story began over 30 years ago as the dream that politics could create a better world began to fall apart. Out of that collapse came two groups: the Islamists and the neoconservatives. Looking back, we can now see that these groups were the last political idealists who, in an age of growing disillusion, tried to reassert the inspirational power of political visions that would give meaning to people’s lives.

[CUT, VIEW OF ARABIC CROWD]

[SUBTITLES OVER CROWD SCENES: We will fight for an Islamic state, we will die for it.]

[CUT, PAUL WOLFOWITZ ENTERING PRESS BRIEFING ROOM]

VOICE OVER:
But both have failed in their attempts to transform the world and, instead, together they have created today’s strange fantasy of fear which politicians have seized on. Because in an age when all the grand ideas have lost credibility, fear of a phantom enemy is all the politicians have left to maintain their power.

[CUT, INTERIOR, HALL, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION]

BUSH:
And we have seen Americans in uniform storming mountain strongholds and charging through sandstorms. We have fought the terrorists across the earth because the lives of our citizens are at stake. And America and the world are safer.

[CUT, INTERIOR, HALL, DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION]

JOHN KERRY, UNITED STATES SENATOR AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
The stakes are high. We are a nation at war, a global war on terror against unlike we’ve ever known before….

[CUT, RNC]

BUSH:
Faced with that choice I will defend America every time.

[CUT, ANGLE ON CHEERING CROWDS OF REPUBLICANS]

[CUT, INTERIOR, MEETING ROOM]

DURODIE:

In a society that believes in nothing, fear becomes the only agenda. Whilst the 20th century was dominated between a conflict between a free-market Right and a socialist Left, even though both of those outlooks had their limitations and their problems, at least they believed in something, whereas what we are seeing now is a society that believes in nothing. And a society that believes in nothing is particularly frightened by people who believe in anything, and, therefore, we label those people as fundamentalists or fanatics, and they have much greater purchase in terms of the fear that they instill in society than they truly deserve. But that’s a measure of how much we have become isolated and atomised rather than of their inherent strength.

[CUT, EXTERIOR DOWNING STREET, TONY BLAIR WALKING TOWARD DOOR]

VOICE OVER:
But the fear will not last, and just as the dreams that politicians once promised turned out to be illusions, so, too, will the nightmares, and then our politicians will have to face the fact that they have no visions, either good or bad, to offer us any longer.

[END CREDITS]

source:
http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000753.html

Transcripts are available in various places including here:
http://disruptive.org.uk/20050129.power-nightmares/

===

-muslim voice-
______________________________________
BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW

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The Folly of Total War

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 15, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The Folly of Total War

Kurt Nimmo, Another Day in the Empire

January 13, 2006

Is Dubya’s objective to see how many wars he can start at one time? Let’s see, there’s Iraq Attack II, of course, the family affair, and then there’s North Korea, that bit of fifty year old unresolved business, and now there’s Pakistan where the US bombed a religious school the other day. If you really want to groom hatred, simply bomb religious schools, hospitals, water purification plants, electrical grids, etc. Then there’s Bahrain where the people rioted against the presence of US troops the other day. In Kuwait, policemen are taking potshots at soldiers. According to the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, over a hundred US soldiers are missing in Afghanistan.

Reality check for the neocon chicken hawks — the US is not set up to wage multiple wars in multiple “theaters” across the world. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of all people, should know this — yet he tells the world no problem, the US can wage multiple wars and win them hands down. “The message of the holiday season is peace on Earth,” Rumsfeld told the troops over Christmas. “Yet, despite our best hopes, history shows that this season of peace has often been a time of war.” Donald Rumsfeld, as the Grinch who stole Christmas, ordered the carpet bombing of Who-ville. “No one quite knows the reason. It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.”

“I don’t like the word crisis,” said Secretary of State Colin Powell the other day, “it suggests we’re about to move forces or there’s a war about to break out, and that’s not the case at all.” Powell is often at odds with the neocons who have exclusive permission to yell strident directives in the ear of his half-wit boss. In the months before Dubya was installed in the White House these dogmatic neocons made their intentions known. The “core mission” of the US military is to “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars… the process of transformation is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.” As the neocon Richard Perle — known in Washington by the affectionate moniker the “Prince of Darkness” — told the journalist John Pilger, the US must wage a “total war” against “a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq… this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war… our children will sing great songs about us years from now. “

So, Mr. Powell, climb onboard — or your children will not be allowed to “sing great songs” about mass murder and endless wars of conquest. Of course, your children may choose not to live in the world after the neocons are finished with it — a world ravaged by “mini-nukes” and poisoned by countless tons of depleted uranium, a world where the “grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy,” as Zbigniew Brzezinski so candidly put it, “are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.” The New Feudalism envisioned by the Bush neocons may require multiple wars fought with designer nukes (specifically engineered for regional conflict), as the Rumsfeld-Grinch Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) spells out. Nuclear war’s not strictly for deterrence anymore, but a “force intended primarily for war-fighting,” as Robert K. Musil, Executive Director and CEO of Physicians for Social Responsibility explains. “Future warfare scenarios may require low-yield nuclear options,” says the Heritage Foundation matter-of-factly. Get used to it.

Now imagine the above mentioned “multiple, simultaneous major theater wars” fought against “a variety of enemies” using “low-yield nuclear options.” Hold that wretched thought in mind and then consider what David W. Allan, esteemed atomic clock physicist, has to say about such madness. “Detonating many nuclear explosions at once, such as in a nuclear war scenario, would be like focusing a giant blow torch toward the center of the earth,” writes Allen. Not only would this exacerbate the green-house effect, it would also contribute to polar ice cap melting and the rise of ocean levels and the inundation of the continents with water. If you live in England, you might want to think about moving. Even without a noxious concert of nukes going off simultaneously, according to researchers, 85% of Alaskan glaciers have lost vast portions of their mass in the last 40 years and some are now thinning at double the rates of the 1950s, which may explain the 9% sea level rise over the last century. No doubt the neocons see this as pure poppycock — that as if they even bother to notice such inappreciable facts. After all, we’re talking about the “axis of evil” here and preventing “barbarians from coming together.” Richard Perle is looking forward to his kids singing “great songs,” so what’s a little more water — or massive misery in “lesser” nations — when “geostrategic imperatives” are at stake?

Junior’s not fooling around. The US military, now fully cognizant of its mission, will use “every resource, every weapon, every means to assure full victory” over intransigent “vassals,” many of whom have their own ideas about the natural resources and the destiny of the people who live in their countries. Let them chew on the prospect of the newest addition to the Pentagon’s armory — the B-61, called the Mk-11 or the “burrowing bomb.” This marvel of death technology is designed to smoke ’em out in appreciable fashion, especially if they hide in underground bunkers or the caves of Tora Bora. “Built ram tough with a heavy metal casing for smashing through earth and concrete, ” writes George Smith of the Village Voice, “the B-61 explodes with the force of an estimated 340,000 tons of TNT. It is lots of bang for the buck, literally two apocalypse bombs in one — a boosted plutonium firecracker called the primary, and a heavy hydrogen secondary for that good old-fashioned H-bomb fireball. The B-61 also features a detonation option called the Dial-a-Yield for those times when 340 kilotons is just a little too much.” Lovely. “One B-61 will bring on a calamity of biblical proportions between Tigris and Euphrates. The sky will turn the color of sackcloth, the Arab world will supernova, our European allies will try our leaders in absentia as war criminals in the Hague — but, hey, anyone who contemplates using the thing plans on America’s hair getting a little mussed.” Considering Bush’s authorization for such excessive weaponry — and the stated willingness to use them — it would seem there will be more than a few bad hair days for America in the days ahead.

But how does the empire “assure full victory” when increasing numbers of “vassals” are moved to resistance and violence? How does the US “mini-nuke” a Muslim fundamentalist with a Kalashnikov and not kill the innocent shopkeeper walking past minding his own business? Bush and his neocons do not seem concerned with such insignificant details. “Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoset,” proclaimed the papal killers of the Cathars (“Kill them all. God will know His own.”), an expression, slightly modified, which found popular use during the Vietnam war and in paramilitary operations and neocolonial brush wars ever since. Surely, the relatives of 500,000 plus children to die of entirely preventable diseases over the span a decade of US-imposed sanctions against Iraq must understand this cruel maxim. “Bush can just say ‘I don’t like that leader’s face so he must be removed’. If he removes Saddam he will do the same in the whole region,” a Kuwaiti lawyer told Michael Georgy of Reuters a few days ago. “The Americans are just trying to impose their influence on Muslims. We hate the Americans,” declared another.

Rumsfeld may brag “a capability in the United States to provide for homeland defense, to undertake a major regional conflict and win decisively — including occupying a country and changing the regime if necessary — and simultaneously swiftly defeat another aggressor in another theater,” but this will hardly stem the tide of growing hatred in countries where US “pre-eminence” is to be exacted for the likes of transnational corporations and the international banking cartel. No doubt the US military will be able to take out Saddam’s Republican Guard — and maybe in short order while at the same time taking out North Korea’s nukes — but the hatred for the US will remain and painstakingly eat away at the edges of the empire like a slow acid.

The geniuses in the Pentagon and in the diabolical labs over at Lockheed Martin have yet to invent a bomb able to eradicate the hatred of millions of people who yearn to determine their own destinies.

Kurt Nimmo is a photographer and multimedia developer in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit his excellent online gallery. He can be reached at: nimmo@zianet.com Visit his website, Another Day in the Empire

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The Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories: what should one call it?

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 15, 2007

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=== News Update ===

The Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories: what should one call it?

By: Victoria Buch– Jan 14, 2007

The State of Israel calls it “fight for existence” or “fight against terror”. Its detractors call it “colonization”, “apartheid”, or “ethnic cleansing”. Baruch Kimmerling coined the term “politicide of Palestinians”. Edward Said spoke of slow bleeding. Recently, even words such as “genocide”[1] have been used. Let us try to define the Israeli policy, and then grapple with the question of proper naming.

It should be stated in advance, that by “policy” I mean consistent long term developments pursued by the different Israeli governments in the Occupied Territories. Its major element has been massive settlement construction in conjunction with land grab. By now the number of Israeli Jewish citizens residing beyond Israel’s 1967 border nears 0.44 million (including Jerusalem). The built-up area of the settlements consists of less than 3% of the area of the West Bank, but the area which they officially dominate (municipal jurisdiction) constitutes over 40% [2]. Presently, more than 1/3 of the West Bank is out of reach for most Palestinians [3]. A second element has been confinement of West Bank Palestinians to disconnected enclaves, and attrition of the enclaves by military invasions and economic blockade [4].

On the other hand, I shall attach little significance to the recent Olmert-Abbas meeting, and to recent declarations by PM Olmert of forthcoming goodwill gestures towards Palestinians. Similar declarations by Israeli leaders were made periodically in the past, and have thus been an integral part of the Israeli policy. However, the “goodwill gestures” were never carried through to any significant extent, for any significant length of time [5]. Not a dent was made in the large-scale settlement and expropriation projects noted above. Thus, the obvious significance of such declarations is a publicity gimmick designed to make Israel look good in the eyes of the public, which is ignorant of the reality on the ground, and mistakes the declarations for reality. Also, as noted astutely by D. Breslau, such declarations often serve as a prelude for a major military invasion to the Occupied Territories.

To assess the Israeli policy one needs to face squarely the grim reality in the Occupied Territories, and to look through periodic publicity exercises. One aspect of this reality transpires through the following translation of a letter from a soldier, received by Yesh Gvul – an organization of Israeli men who refuse military service in the Occupied Territories. I quote such an ugly letter, since in my view, it is indicative of the strong current inside the IDF:

“Hello, as written above, my name is Ofir and all I have to say is that for 3 years I have committed `war crimes` as you guys define it. I have beaten and shot Palestinians and their belongings. I even have plenty of pictures. I really enjoyed it and I was even a commander, a Platoon Sergeant, and later a Sergeant-Major of a company. The entire company did similar things. I must admit that I am proud of what I did there. I don’t give a damn about those beasts you call Palestinians, and don’t give a damn about you guys. I think you should all be sent to camps, you and your friends across the border. OK, I am sure you are nothing but a bunch of old ladies who came up with this temporary solution to your boredom, to pass time between retirement and death… I am sure you won’t bother to read this but just in case, you should know that I am quite smart (engineering major), young (23), secular, not some settler loonie from the OT, and yet, I think you shouldn’t be living with us. I wish you all get the worst disease there is, you and your kids. Die. Nazi assholes.”

The adjectives applied by the author of the letter to Yesh Gvul activists are not of much interest beyond evoking an old Jewish saying “A condemner condemns himself” (“Ha-posel be’mumo posel”). Of much greater interest is this man’s self image – he views himself as just a “regular guy”. Most “regular people” acquire their value systems from the surroundings. It appears that the army leaders want the soldiers to view Arabs as “those beasts”. The army leaders seem to view them likewise.

And if you do not believe me – observe the current policy in Gaza, the West Bank, and, last summer, in Lebanon. The principle is simple – “the more damage to the Arabs, the better”. Otherwise, how can you explain spreading of millions of cluster bombs all over South Lebanon just before the retreat from Lebanon? In view of the commanders, the act must have been equivalent to spraying pesticide before leaving a room. And what is the point of systematic demolition of the Gaza Strip by the Israeli army since the beginning of the Second Intifada? You cannot seriously believe that the objective is to stop the Qassams. In fact, there were no Qassam rockets well into the second year of the Intifada, by which time the piece-meal destruction campaign of Gaza by military invasions was well under way. Keeping one and a half million traumatized people imprisoned under hellish conditions, and denying them any chance of normal life will mathematically feed the ranks of extremists, and thus bring more Qassams. Any sensible person understands that the Qassams will keep coming.

A second pertinent quotation follows, this time by a public figure: Arnon Sofer, Professor of Geography at Haifa University, father of Sharon`s “separation plan” (quotation from the Jerusalem Post weekend supplement Up Front, May 21, 2004, p.9):

“When 1.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it`s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It`s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day. If we don`t kill, we will cease to exist. The only thing that concerns me is how to ensure that the boys and men who are going to have to do the killing will be able to return home to their families and be normal human beings.”

There was no public uproar in Israel after the above pronouncement. The author of the above quotation remains a respectable professor in one of the major Israeli academic institutions. You can hear him on public radio. He is a recognized specialist on “demographic problems”. Note the kind of ideas which are currently accepted – or tolerated – by the brain-washed Israeli mainstream.

I do not wish to convey by this that most Jewish Israelis are blood-thirsty monsters craving Arab blood. In fact most are quite oblivious to the existence of Palestinians and their plight. The majority of Israelis simply don’t care. For myself, a 1968 immigrant from Poland, Palestinians used to be an abstract entity. I became very disturbed and embarrassed by what is done to them by my State only in the nineties, after becoming personally acquainted with some of them. Most Israelis do not have Arab friends. Most Israelis view themselves as peace loving people, regretfully forced to protect themselves from these Palestinian barbarians by military force. The Israelis are desensitized to the humanity of Palestinians by daily propaganda dispensed copiously by the media (“Arabs only want to throw us to the sea”, “this is our fight for existence”, “we have to overcome terror before negotiating” and the remaining worn-out mantras, which are literally believed.) However, I think that if offered a different version of reality (“we have to seek a compromise with Palastinians to survive”) the majority of Israeli Jews would believe that too. The potential for peaceful coexistence still exists. You can still see Israeli Jews and Arabs coexisting and cooperating under normal everyday conditions (although the opportunities for such cooperation are being reduced).

However, the people in power in Israel are not interested in dispensing the other version of reality, except as a part of occasional propaganda stints noted above. The Israeli Jewish citizens have been harnessed by their leaders to service a Machine for Gradual Piece-Meal Demolition and Expropriation of Palestinians. The majority of the Israeli citizens are wonderfully unaware of what is it that they are servicing; they are being told – and believe – that they are serving the State Security. This is despite the evidence of massive settlement construction in the West Bank, the inefficacy of military means to bring security, and the pauperization of the Israeli society, as the Occupation keeps draining the resources. Discarding the media spin and grasping the big picture seems to be beyond the capacity of an average citizen of our country. In this respect, Israelis are not very different from any other nation.

Let us summarize the principles governing the Israeli government policy:

Principle (1) was already noted: “The more damage to Arabs, the better”. It was not always like that, at least not entirely. Well into the PM Barak tenure, a notion was floating among Israeli politicians and military, that making Palestinian life bearable and keeping them gainfully employed is in the interests of the State of Israel. No more. This notion was effectively eradicated by that terrible old man, the epitome of Israeli colonialism, presently lingering in the Hadassah Hospital. Since the beginning of the Occupation, Sharon was perhaps the most important and talented of the developers and promoters of the Machine (though by far not the only one). The Machine was greatly empowered and fine-tuned during Sharon’s tenure as the Prime Minister. Here is just a fraction of the “methods” [4,6]: Palestinian home and property demolitions. Unleashing “hilltop boys” from settlements to scare off farmers from their fields, and to destroy crops. Denying Palestinian access to water. Delaying access of Palestinian produce to markets until it rots, while pushing Israeli products to Palestinian shops. Blocking economic investment, confiscating money. Making Palestinian travel to any place outside one’s own town or village a humiliating, lengthy and often impossible undertaking. Evicting foreign citizens married to Palestinians. Evicting sympathetic foreigners. Widespread arrests. Imprisonment in disconnected enclaves, where work is scarce and life miserable. Subjecting the enclaves to endless military incursions. All this concurrently with a large-scale land grab and settlement construction.

Principle (2) of the Israeli policy: Keep the violence rolling; dodge peace initiatives. This policy is carried out in broad daylight, unnoticed by the brainwashed Israeli public. Among the past examples, note the scorned peace overtures of Abu-Mazen, and those of the Saudis. Perhaps the most striking example is the Israeli treatment of the Hamas government [4]. The Israeli establishment must have sighed in relief when Abu-Mazen, with his Western face and uncomfortable peace overtures finally lost power to Hamas. But Hanieh did not deliver! He behaved like a respectable statesman rather than a terrorist! The political wing of Hamas which came to power expressed interest in negotiating a settled solution based on that anathema to the Israeli establishment – 1967 international borders! Even worse, Hamas demonstrated the ability to maintain a ceasefire throughout the year preceding the elections, at the time that Israel did not maintain any ceasefire. This could not be permitted. A frantic string of Israeli provocations followed in the form of assassinations of Palestinian leaders, which finally bore fruit – the attack on Israeli military post, in which a soldier was taken prisoner. The poor soldier Shalit provided the military leaders with a pretext for a large scale invasion of Gaza, for which they have been drooling since the “disengagement” from Gaza . Much of the Hamas political wing was carted off to jail, impairing their ability to rule, and leaving the Palestinian street to gunmen. The latter are unlikely to make any uncomfortable peace overtures, and can be trusted to deliver the Qassams. The latter could be stopped – simply by negotiating with Hamas. But the Qassam salvos are convenient prerequisites for the militaristic policy.
[Do not get confused by the recent Olmert – Abu-Mazen meeting. Support for Abu-Mazen could have been considered an effective step towards negotiated compromise a couple of years ago, when Abu-Mazen came to power and enjoyed support of most of the Palestinian public. At that time Israeli government did everything in its means to pull the rung from under his feet. The present show of support for the discredited Palestinian leader who lost the elections can only be interpreted as an effort towards further destabilization of the Palestinian society.]

Principle (3): Bully anybody who dares to criticize Israel. One may note the shameless use of Holocaust, and the accusations of anti-Semitism directed against decent people (some Jewish!) who oppose the Israeli government.

So what should we call the above Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories? It certainly does not answer the definition of “fight against terror”, as claimed by the government, since one of its outcomes is empowerment of the violent elements within the Palestinian political system. On the other hand, the term “genocide” in its simple meaning does not sound appropriate, since wholesale murder does not take place (however the extended definition adopted by the UN does include elements of the OT reality [1]). “Colonial expansion” seems to cover much, but not all, of this reality. Apartheid appears to be a fair approximation. In fact, many of the discriminatory rulings against the Palestinians parallel the ones employed in the past against the non-whites in South Africa . One can only marvel, what is the point of imitating measures such as the infamous Pass Laws and confinement to Bantustans, after these measures failed so spectacularly in South Africa ! However there is one significant difference with respect to the SA apartheid. The whites in SA viewed the rest of the society as inferiors, designated servants and laborers, but did not propose to exclude them totally from the society. The people in power in Israel have a dream – a dream of Palestinians disappearing from sight – and pursue this dream relentlessly. If you do not believe me, just look around. For example, note that most West Bank and Gaza Palestinians were expelled from the Israeli labor market, and laborers from Thailand, Romania, and other remote lands were imported in their stead. Or drive along No 6 freeway, and note the grey walls of the Qalqilya ghetto. There is not one road-sign pointing towards Qalqilya along the freeway. And trees are being planted along the walls, which will eventually hide the ugly sight from the drivers. There are numerous other examples, big and small.

Summarizing, I think that “ethnic cleansing” is the most adequate description of the Israeli policy. Meaning: “(1) Forceful dispossession of one ethnic group (Palestinians) on behalf of another (Israeli Jews), which considers itself superior. (2) Gradual destruction of the dispossessed society”.

So what next? Evidently, the Israeli establishment believes that the policy of imprisonment of Palestinians in ghettoes, their disconnection from the rest of the world, and piece-meal destruction by attrition – can continue indefinitely. The hope seems to be that the Palestinian society will implode, and the in-fighting will “finish the job”. However the number of Palestinians living under Israeli rule is close to that of Israeli Jews. In the not-so-long-run, making normal life impossible for Palestinians will result in large scale escalation of violence, unlikely to remain confined within the walls of the ghettoes. Are the Israeli military and militaristic leaders unable to see it? The answer may be “yes”; as short-sightedness of military men is a well documented phenomenon in the history. But it is also possible that some of them foresee the forthcoming paroxysm of violence and look forward to it – their ilk thrives on bloodshed. They may consider it an opportunity for large scale expulsion of Palestinians from the West Bank, in the 1948 fashion. Perhaps Gaza is a designated mega-refugee camp and a destination for such mass expulsion.

Will the above succeed? Ethnic cleansing projects have been known to succeed in distant and not-so-distant past. The Israeli government is riding the wave of newly fashionable and acceptable Western colonialism (renamed conveniently “fight against terror”). Also, by now everyone in the US Congress and Senate knows that saying a good word for Palestinians is equivalent to a political suicide. Even supposedly progressive people such as Nancy Pelosi grovel in front of AIPAC[7]. But once-upon-a-time South African apartheid also seemed invincible, enjoying support of Reagan and Thatcher. And then it crumbled. And the Israeli Machine does display signs of wear. Sharon, the evil genius who contributed more than anybody to its launching, is out of political circulation. The people who replaced him in power appear narrow-minded and predictable, by far below his league. Israeli citizens continue to serve the Machine, but without the erstwhile ideological zeal. During the last elections, remarkably low percentage went to the polls; and out of those, surprisingly many chose to vote for a “Pensioners’ Party”.
I once attended a tour to the Wall (“Separation Fence”) in the Jerusalem area. Our guide, a well known lawyer Danny Seideman described preposterous resources spent on erecting the Wall, and equally preposterous manpower resources needed to maintain it in future. “The thing will collapse under its own weight, like the South African apartheid system”, he prophesized. In my view, the same will happen to the whole Machine. Let us only hope that the two hapless nations will not end up buried under its ruins.

* An Israeli academic, an anti-occupation activist, and one of the editors of the Occupation Magazine: www.kibush.co.il. She can be reached via e-mail at: vvbb54@yahoo.com

Sources:

[1] Kathleen and Bill Christianson, Counterpunch, 27.11.06 “Does it matter what you call it? Genocide or erasure of Palestinians” http://www.counterpunch.org/christison11272006.html
One may note that the criteria that determine genocide under the UN Convention extend beyond wholesale murder: `In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such:
a. Killing members of the group;
b. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
c. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
d. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
e. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.`

[2] The West Bank – Facts and Figures – June 2006
http://www.peacenow.org.il/site/en/peace.asp?pi=61&fld=191&docid=1856

[3] See, a map published in Haaretz in March 2006 “More than a third of the West Bank – out of reach for most Palestinians” . A copy, with legends translated to English, can be downloaded from http://www.kibush.co.il/downloads/MAP.jpg.

[4] For an archive of pertinent articles from the Israeli, Palestinian and international press, see the Occupation Magazine http://www.kibush.co.il
See also compilations of UN data www.ochaopt.org

[5] See, e.g., Haaretz Editorial 25.12.06 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/805014.html
http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=18212

[6] Many of the methods of oppression are summarized in the website of B’Tselem, http://www.btselem.org

[7] From Nancy Pelosi speech to AIPAC “`There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel`s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. This is absolute nonsense. In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been: it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist.” See: http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=3840

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Zionist Racist : Separation among Israelis and Palestinians even in vehicles

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 15, 2007

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Zionist Racist

Separation among Israelis and Palestinians even in vehicles

Mon, 2007-01-15 04:17

By *Mohammed Mar’i

Ramallah, Occupied Palestine, 15 January, (Asiantribune.com): On 19 January 2007 the Palestinians in the West Bank will add another suffering to their lives by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). Beside the Separation Wall that shatters the West Bank and more than 400 roadblocks, the (IOF) will implement the discriminatory Israeli order which prohibits Israelis and tourists from using their vehicles to transport Palestinians in the West Bank without an army permit.

Violating human rights and international law, Israel build the separation Wall, prohibited Palestinian vehicles on certain roads in the West Bank, and forbidden Israeli citizens from entering Palestinian controlled areas to separate the Palestinians from Israelis. The new (IOF) order penetrates into the private space of the vehicle to separate its passengers.

Despite the fact that the order does not apply to Palestinians who hold a permit to enter Israel or the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, to Israeli bus drivers, Israel residents carrying Palestinians who are first-degree relatives , such as a cousin or nephew, and soldiers and police officers on duty, most Palestinians will suffer. Ahmed is a taxi driver transports Palestinians from Ramallah to Qalandya checkpoint ever day. He will not be able to transport Palestinian passengers who do not meet the Israeli criteria in his taxi that bears Israeli license plates. He fears to loose his job. “If they apply the order I will not be able to meet the raising needs of my family”, Ahmed said. “I hardly manage to gain some Sheqels (Israel’s currency), so how I will do when they oblige me not to transport Palestinians in my tax”, he added. Qais, a resident from Qalandya and holder of Israeli identity card shares Ahmed his fears. Although he will not have problems transporting his first degree relatives, he has with others. “How I will be able to join with my friends in the West Bank? I used to travel with them to different places using my car. If the Israelis implement their order I will loose them” he said. Dr. Awad, a Palestinian citizen. He is a researcher known to international institutions concerned with internal Palestinian issues. He used to travel with foreign diplomats, foreign journalists in the West Bank using a vehicle bearing Israeli license plates. “From that date, I will not be able to travel with them. I will loose most of my monthly income” he said.

The order further aggravates the already harsh restrictions on the freedom of movement of West Bank Palestinians. For some time, Israel has restricted, completely or partially, Palestinian travel on major roads in the West Bank, which have been set aside for use of Israelis, primarily settlers. Despite these restrictions, Palestinians have been able to travel along these roads by taxi or other vehicles bearing Israeli license plates. The new order will close this “loophole” and increase the discrimination between Israelis and Palestinians on certain roads.

The order also impedes the activity of humanitarian organizations, human rights organizations, and organizations providing assistance to the local population, whose work entails transporting Palestinians inside the West Bank.

The Palestinian passenger and the Israeli driver are subject to punishment since the violation of the order is a criminal offense. The penalties prescribed in the order are also discriminatory. Whereas an Israeli who violates the order is tried in a civilian Israeli court, where he will not expect a hard punishment, the Palestinian violator is tried in an Israeli military court, where he might be sentenced up to five years in jail and loss of magnetic card given by the Israeli Intelligence Service (Shin Bet), thus preventing the person from obtaining various permits from the Israeli authorities.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said in a press release that eight Israeli human rights groups petitioned the High Court of Justice on January 7th, 2007 against the military order which was issued by, the commander of (IOF) in the West Bank, Major-General Yair Naveh On 19 November 2006. Besides ACRI, the petitioners are: Yesh Din-Volunteers for Human Rights, Gisha, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel, HaMoked-Center for Defense of the Individual, Machsom Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and Bimkom-Planners for Planning rights.

Attorney Michael Sfard who represents the petitioners said the order will “lead to a rift between Israelis and Palestinians who have legitimate social, political and commercial ties.”

The groups considered the order reminiscent of apartheid, as it “implements an ideology of separation by creating criminal sanctions on different peoples.”

Under international law, Israel must respect the human rights of all persons under its authority. These rights include the right to equality, freedom of movement, maintain family ties and social ties, engage in political activity, and the right to work and earn a livelihood. The (IOF) ignore the discriminatory nature of the order and justify it as a military necessity, for example, by restricting the number of Palestinians entering Israel in Israeli vehicles without a permit.

* Mohammed Mar’i is a journalist based in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine

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Iraqi Sunnis Rebuild Destroyed Shiite Shrine

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 15, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Iraqi Sunnis Rebuild Destroyed Shiite Shrine

By Mazen Ghazi and Nada Omran, IOL Correspondents

  • BAGHDAD, February 26, 2006 (IslamOnline.net) – In a gesture of goodwill, Iraqi Sunnis in the northern city of Samarra are working tirelessly to rebuild the Golden Mosque, one of the holiest Shiite shrines which was devastated in an odious explosion last week.

“The initiative came soon after the explosion in solidarity with our Shiite brothers,” Abu Oqba Al-Samarrai told IslamOnline.net Monday, February 27, after collecting golden pieces of the mosque’s destroyed dome.

He said people of different age groups have volunteered to remove the ruble in a love demonstration.

“Elderly, women, children and men of [predominantly Sunni] Samarra rush to the tomb to remove the debris, using shovels and manual carriages,” he explained.

Women provided food and water to exhausted men after a long day of hard work to get the job done as soon as possible.

“The men chant in unison Islamic songs to kill time,” Samarrai said.

More than 200 people have been killed since Wednesday, February 22, when the Golden Mosque was destroyed in a bombing that sparked a wave of tit-for-tat killings and led the defense minister to warn of the danger of “endless civil war.”

The main Sunni political coalition announced on Thursday, February 23, boycotting talks on government formation after the sectarian attacks, while Shiite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr ordered protection for Sunni mosques in predominantly Shiites areas.

On Saturday, February 25, Shiite scholars from the Sadr and Khalsi schools met with Sunni leaders in Baghdad’s premier Sunni mosque Abu Hanifa, where they both prayed under the leadership of prominent Sunni imam Abdel Salam Al-Qubaissi.

The meeting also announced the formation of a commission to “determine the reasons for the crisis with a view to solving it,” while also calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops.

Donations

Chairman of the Sunni Waqfs Ahmad Abdul Ghaffor Al-Samarrai has declared that his body will donate two billion Iraqi dinars ($1,350 million) to reconstruct the shrine..

The Shiite shrine contains the tombs of the 10th and 11th imams, Ali Al-Hadi, who died in 868 A.D., and his son Hassan Al-Askari, who died in 874 A.D.

Tradition says the shrine, which draws Shiite pilgrims from around the world, is near the place where the last of the 12 Shiite imams, Muhammad Al-Mahdi, disappeared.

Shiites believe he is still alive and will return to restore justice to humanity.

Shiite scholar Jawad Al-Khalsi has said the shrine bombing was a planned and a specialist work.

The Iraqi capital returned to relative normality on Monday with the end of an extended curfew that had seen a traffic ban to reduce the threat of further violence.

Residents were moving freely, with cars back on the roads under the direction of traffic police.

source:
http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2006-02/27/article01.shtml

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Mahdi Army

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 15, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Mahdi Army

Iraqi screen

Sunday, January 14, 2007

When the fight broke out with Sader’s fallowers and US forces, most of the journalists heaed to Najef to cover the fight there, while we were there, we had the chance to speak with one of Sader assistant about Sader, the father views about Imam Al-mahdi, the man said, ” Al-Sader, the father belives that injustice, corruption and flourish of all sorts of bad things would help in bring Imam Mahdi back to save the world but when Imam Al-Mahdi comes to life and look at those who claim that they are his fallowers and they are waiting for him, he will turn his face and gets very upset because of their behaviour and incommitments to Islam.

We could not believe the man when he said that Imam Al-Mahdi will leave muslems and go to the west nut he insisted on that fact, but today when we look at the crimes committed by those who call themsleves, ” Mahdi Army”, I found that man speech was right and sure Imam Al-Mahdi if he comes back to life he would get rid of this army who is using his name for doing very bad things which do not have any relation with the Imam.

Dhiya Ibrahiem, Sunni man in his mid thirtiess with four kids, he just got back from Syria a week ago after renting an apratment there to take his family and leave his neighbourhood which is dominated by this bloody army.

Dhiya who works in selling cars, had few cars that he needed to sell them to leave Iraq to Mahdi army to turn it a jungle that is suitable only for them to stay in.

Dhiya was in his shop which is few meters of his family house, sitting inside his shop when more than 15 armed sectarian cirminal broke in his shop ordering him to come with them, he tried to resist but their guns was on his head in a way he could not do anything.

They were in two cars and they put him in his car and ranaway to Al-Hurriyia district, the den of the criminals.

Dhiya was thrown in the trank of his car and while he was isnide teh trank, his mobile was with him, he rang his family saying, ” Mahdi militia took me.”

These were the last words Dhyia family heard from him and then he disappeared, the family did not leave a place to ask about their son only the forenisc department because no Sunni dares to go there to collect teh body of his relative, otherwise he himslef he would be killed because this bloody filthy militia is waiting their like hungry vampires to kill the relatives of their Suni victims.

The family decided to send their Shiite neighbour to go to the forenisc department and look for Dhiya because sure he would be one of the 100 unknown body every day found in Baghdad while the Iraqi officials are sitting in the Green Zone counting their millions and stating that the situation is imporving and that their government is the government of the national unity.

The Shiite neighbour found Dhiya sinking in his blood at the forensic department after receiving five bullets in his head and his face and that his hand was on face just to avoid the bullets in a way his fingers were cut too.

Along the trip from Dhiya house till Abu Ghraib graveyard, Dhiya mother was trying to have one look to say goodbye to her son and when the coffin was open, it was full of blood in a way, Dhiya mother became full of blood while she was trying to give him her last kiss.

I was talking with a singer from Sader city who is chased by the co called Mahdi army, he said, ” I swear to you, these bloody guys who are chasing me and they want to kill me because I am a singer, I know them all because I am Shiite from Sader city, all of them are drug adicts and they drink wines and do all sorts of bad things, now, they tallk about religion and this is Halal and this Haram, may God curse be upon them.”

source:
http://iraqiscreen.blogspot.com/2007/01/mahdi-army.html

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US Terrorize The World – 25 Dhul-Hijjah 1427 H (15.1.07)

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 15, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

9/11 : Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist

al-Qaeda is Fiction – The organization doesn’t exist as a large terrorist organization

There’s no such thing as al Qaeda, or al Qaida, or however you want to spell it. It’s a fraud perpetrated on the American people by our own government to scare us into submission.

This is a clip from the excellent three-part BBC documentary “The Power of Nightmares”.

You can watch the whole thing on Google Video or download it at: scholarsfor911truth.org.

Transcripts are available in various places :
http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000753.html

including here:
http://disruptive.org.uk/20050129.power-nightmares/.

see clip at:
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-9213554821937648649

see also:
http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000753.html

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9/11 : The Power of Nightmares

UK Prime Minister and US President George W Bush stand behind a picture of Osama Bin Laden

Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart?

Click here to send us your comments

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/3755686.stm

“The Power of Nightmares” – BBC News Documentary

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9/11 : Transcripts of “The Power of Nightmares”

These were taken from the transcriptions which were done by Mike Conley.

HTML versions
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

PDF versions
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

http://disruptive.org.uk/20050129.power-nightmares/

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Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Exposing Falsehoods and Revealing Truths
http://www.scholarsfor911truth.org/#AV

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9/11 : Absolute Power

The real reason the Bush administration won’t back down on Guantanamo.

Why is the United States poised to try Jose Padilla as a dangerous terrorist, long after it has become perfectly clear that he was just the wrong Muslim in the wrong airport on the wrong day?
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16171.htm

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Hate crime or free speech? Windsor police board member wants anti-Islam lecturer arrested

A member of the Windsor Police Services Board says the anti-Islamic lecture held at a Baptist church Thursday night was a hate crime, and he’s leading the charge to have the speaker arrested.

Now a Christian convert, Anani said Islamic doctrine teaches the “ambushing, seizing and slaying” of non-believers, especially Jews and Christians. He said Islam is a religion that worships a god “who strikes with terror.”

Pastor Donald McKay, who heads the Baptist church of about 350 members, also called Islam “oppressive” and “vicious.”
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=465428a2-657b-4732-b12f-e07548dda592

MMN Note: We have also compiled this information on the “Claims made by Zachariah Anani”
See: http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net/anani.htm

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Is the United States a military dictatorship?

Is the United States a military dictatorship? Three stories all from January 14, 2007
http://www.xymphora.blogspot.com/

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The Folly of Total War

Is Dubya’s objective to see how many wars he can start at one time? Let’s see, there’s Iraq Attack II, of course, the family affair, and then there’s North Korea, that bit of fifty year old unresolved business, and now there’s Pakistan where the US bombed a religious school the other day. If you really want to groom hatred, simply bomb religious schools, hospitals, water purification plants, electrical grids, etc. Then there’s Bahrain where the people rioted against the presence of US troops the other day. In Kuwait, policemen are taking potshots at soldiers. According to the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, over a hundred US soldiers are missing in Afghanistan.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070113&articleId=4445

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A Time to Break Silence – “A time comes when silence is betrayal.”

In his “Beyond Vietnam” speech delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before he was murdered — King called the United States “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2564.htm

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Iraq : You owe us, Bush says

In amongst admitting that maybe they’d made a few mistakes in Iraq, President Bush also dropped this assessment of his country’s efforts in Iraq:

“(The) Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude.”

Mmmmm. CNN Correspondent Arwa Damon probably wasn’t aware of Mr Bush’s comment when she posted this story on the CNN blog In the Field:

“Baghdad is dying, we are all just waiting in line.” Khaled-not his real name to protect his life-one of our Iraqi employees, said the words softy, his eyes glossing over.
http://blogs.news.com.au/news/blogocracy/index.php/news/comments/you_owe_us_bush_says/

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Iraqi Sunnis Rebuild Destroyed Shiite Shrine

BAGHDAD, February 26, 2006 (IslamOnline.net) – In a gesture of goodwill, Iraqi Sunnis in the northern city of Samarra are working tirelessly to rebuild the Golden Mosque, one of the holiest Shiite shrines which was devastated in an odious explosion last week.

“The initiative came soon after the explosion in solidarity with our Shiite brothers,” Abu Oqba Al-Samarrai told IslamOnline.net Monday, February 27, after collecting golden pieces of the mosque’s destroyed dome.

He said people of different age groups have volunteered to remove the ruble in a love demonstration.
http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/2006-02/27/article01.shtml

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The US behind Saddam videos

Now, the second macabre video of the murdered President Saddam Hussein has appeared. The first video, captured by a cell phone, showed the hanging, where the martyr Saddam Hussein is hanged in the midst of saying his “Shahada”, the creed, which all believing Muslims should say before they die.
http://fritirak.blogspot.com/2007/01/us-behind-saddam-videos.html

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Iraq Breaking: Michael Ledeen is dead

Michael Leeden was one of four men named by the Italian Parliament as suspected of forging the Niger uranium documents cited as a reason to invade Iraq (http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/aipacledeen.html).

Ledeen was a lobbyist for AIPAC, the Israeli spy operation that funds many congressional campaigns, as well as one of Karl Rove’s key advisers.
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/01/breaking-news-michael-ledeen-is-dead.html

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More notes on the ‘surge’ and Iraq

A number of people have commented how nervous and uncomfortable Bush looked while giving the surge speech. Wouldn’t you feel nervous if you’d just told the American Establishment – you know, the guys Noam says rule the world – to fuck off, eat shit, and die? Bush mentioned Baker’s suggestions and then made fun of them. What kind of powerful hold do the Zionists have on him that Bush is prepared to give up the help of the people who have provided him with everything, up to and including a major league baseball team and the Presidency of the United States?
http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2007/01/more-notes-on-surge.html

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THE ANGUISH OF ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED IRAQ

The price of our illegal ocupation is written in the scream of this eleven year old Iraqi girl who lost her father.

Look closely, for even more heartbreaking are the faces of those around her who, each in their own way, are trying to cope with her grief.
http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2007/01/13.html

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Video of the Iraqi resistance attacking American Marine

http://www.o10o.com/download.php?filename=82402d8938.wmv

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Video of the Iraqi resistance attacking American Embassy in the green zone

http://www.o10o.com/download.php?filename=29ff3e90d9.wmv

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Video of the Iraqi resistance attacking American base

http://www.o10o.com/download.php?filename=5eabf7887d.wmv

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Video of the Iraqi resistance attacking Saddam Airport

http://www.o10o.com/download.php?filename=ad19b61d8d.wmv

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 13 January 2007.

  • Resistance attacks three US positions in Hit simultaneously Friday afternoon.
  • Five US troops reported killed in series of Resistance attacks in Baghdad on Saturday.
  • In Baghdad’s al-Ghazaliyah district, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column damaging an armored vehicle but causing no casualties.
  • Resistance attacks, destroys puppet “National Guard” checkpoint in Baghdad Saturday afternoon.
  • Massive fire guts popular market run by Iranian and Shi’i sectarian merchants after Sunni businsses were run out or murdered.
  • US troops blockade ad-Durah, give residents until Sunday morning to hand over personal weapons or face arrest.
  • Resistance sharpshooter kills Jaysh al-Mahdi communications, propaganda chief in Baghdad Saturday evening.
  • Resistance car bomb targets Baghdad fuel station stronghold of pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi Shi’i sectarian militia, killing 11.
  • US Marine dies under mysterious circumstances in Ba’qubah on Saturday.
  • Resistance rockets blast into US consulate in al-Hillah Saturday afternoon.
  • Puppet regime shocked as results of census show Arab Sunnis the largest population group in oil-rich Kirkuk.
  • Revolutionary Guard Colonel among Iranians captured by US forces in Irbil.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2007/0107/iraqiresistancereport_130107.htm

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The Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories: what should one call it?

The State of Israel calls it “fight for existence” or “fight against terror”. Its detractors call it “colonization”, “apartheid”, or “ethnic cleansing”. Baruch Kimmerling coined the term “politicide of Palestinians”. Edward Said spoke of slow bleeding. Recently, even words such as “genocide”[1] have been used. Let us try to define the Israeli policy, and then grapple with the question of proper naming.
http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net/israelioccupied.htm

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Zionist Racist : Separation among Israelis and Palestinians even in vehicles

Ramallah, Occupied Palestine, 15 January, (Asiantribune.com): On 19 January 2007 the Palestinians in the West Bank will add another suffering to their lives by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF). Beside the Separation Wall that shatters the West Bank and more than 400 roadblocks, the (IOF) will implement the discriminatory Israeli order which prohibits Israelis and tourists from using their vehicles to transport Palestinians in the West Bank without an army permit.

Violating human rights and international law, Israel build the separation Wall, prohibited Palestinian vehicles on certain roads in the West Bank, and forbidden Israeli citizens from entering Palestinian controlled areas to separate the Palestinians from Israelis. The new (IOF) order penetrates into the private space of the vehicle to separate its passengers.
http://www.asiantribune.com/index.php?q=node/4139

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Crossing The Line: Life in Occupied Palestine

A weekly podcast giving voice to the voiceless in occupied Palestine and The Gaza Strip.

Click here to hear the interview: http://ctl.libsyn.com

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Chavez and Iran unveil “anti-US” fund

The presidents of Iran and Venezuela have agreed to spend billions of dollars to help other countries free themselves from what they describe as US domination.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16172.htm

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US military strike on Iran seen by April ’07

The attack will be launched from the sea and Patriot missiles will guard all oil-producing countries in the region, they add. Recent statements emanating from the United States indicate the Bush administration’s new strategy for Iraq doesn’t include any proposal to make a compromise or negotiate with Syria or Iran.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16169.htm

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